June photo wall

MWCR President Terry, Libro and volunteers Arnie Hilk and Barb Gibson, take a break at a recent food distribution.

MWCR President Terry, Libro and volunteers Arnie Hilk and Barb Gibson, take a break at a recent food distribution.

Cindy Willman and new puppy, Finn, and the recent Minnesota Collie Frolic in Blaine.

Cindy Willman and new puppy, Finn, and the recent Minnesota Collie Frolic in Blaine.

 

Kitty Hilk at the recent Minnesota Collie Frolic in Blaine.

Kitty Hilk at the recent Minnesota Collie Frolic in Blaine.

Some of the collies at the recent Minnesota Collie Frolic in Blaine.

Some of the collies at the recent Minnesota Collie Frolic in Blaine.

Reiki massage at the recent Minnesota Collie Frolic in Blaine.

Reiki massage at the recent Minnesota Collie Frolic in Blaine.

 

Rainbow Bridge: Shalamar

Shalamar1Our wonderful Shalamar went to the Rainbow Bridge on May 5th.  She was not an MWCR dog, but helped every foster we had including all the puppies.
She was the kindest sweetest dog we had ever had the honor of having. The vet came to our house so CeeCee and Odie could be with her. There isn’t a day that goes by that we do not mention her.
She was in kidney failure and would have turned 13 on May 21st.  She was cremated with her favorite blanket and we had a custom urn made for her that matches her coat color. Many members and adopters of our fosters will remember her from the love that shown in her eyes. – Jeff and Laure Victor, along with Gizzy, Odie and CeeCe

June adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, V.P. & Adoption Coordinator
Dixie

Dixie

Delightful Dixie, a 1-year-old merle mix, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This little girl was surrendered to MWCR when her previous home realized they couldn’t offer her the attention and stability she needed. Dixie will be sharing her new home with a canine and feline sibling – congratulations to this Dixie chick!

Eagan

Eagan

 

 

Elegant Eagan, a 1-year-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Not only will this sweet boy will be sharing life with his new humans but he will also be getting two sheltie siblings to enjoy and learn from. Congratulations on your new life!

May & June events

The Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue participates in community events to showcase our collies and to inform the public about our rescue.  MWCR recently participated in the following events:

Pause 4 Paws

Barb, Emily and Laddie

Barb, Emily and Laddie

Pause 4 Paws held an adoption event on May 1 in Minneapolis to showcase the rescues that it supports and to encourage the public to adopt from rescues.  Barb Gibson with Emily and Laddie and Linda Riegger with

Linda and Willie

Linda and Willie

Willie represented MWCR as happy adopters with their gorgeous adopted collies.  The Fetch Delivers warehouse was packed with people looking for dogs and admiring those at the event.  Pause 4 Paws will host another adoption event in the Twin Cities at the end of August.

 

 

Bark For Life

MWCR participated in its first Bark for Life event in Stillwater, Minn. on May 14.  Bark for Life is sponsored by the American Cancer Society to celebrate both people and dogs who have been touched by cancer.  The event featured Twin Cities dog trainer and radio and TV personality Katie K-9 as the host.  Despite the frigid weather, the attendance was good and everyone had a fun time.

Paws on Parade

MacPhearson, Harley and Eddie

MacPhearson, Harley and Eddie

The annual Paws on Parade was held in Hutchinson, Minn. at the McLeod County Fairgrounds on May 21.  Hutchinson natives Robin Kashuba with Harley and Macpherson and Brenda Pulkrabek with Eddie staffed

Brenda Pulkrabek with Eddie

Brenda Pulkrabek with Eddie

MWCR’s booth along with Kitty and Arnie Hilk with Tristan, Jackson, and Sammi.  As always, our beautiful dogs were the center of attention and drew many people to our booth.  Paws on Parade includes a walk to raise funds for the local humane society.

Kitty and Arnie Hilk with Tristan, Sammie and Jackson

Kitty and Arnie Hilk with Tristan, Sammie and Jackson

 

 

Canine Carnival

Kitty and a collie wannabe!

Kitty and friend

Every spring, the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. hosts a Canine Carnival to celebrate all canines.  The Wildlife Science Center is a nationally recognized wolf center which will be moving to a new location later this year. The heat at this year’s event on June 11 caused a few people to leave their dogs at home but didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. This year’s Canine Carnival featured adorable wolf puppies being raised at the Center.  Andi Wulff planned this year’s event and brought Leo, her collie, to the event to demonstrate herding.  Cat Olund and Kitty and Arnie Hilk staffed MWCR’s booth this year and greeted the visitors.

Pet-A-Palooza

Judy Roggow and friend

Judy Roggow and friend

One of the highlights of MWCR’s event season is the Pet-A-Palooza sponsored by CBS Radio and held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul.  The outdoor location with typical fair food (fried cheese curds, pizza, popcorn, etc.), and live music always creates a very festive atmosphere and draws huge crowds of animal lovers.  This year was no exception despite the high temperatures and wind.  Numerous people stopped at our booth with their collies and others stopped to reminisce about growing up with collies.  Robin Kashuba with Harley and Macpherson, a deaf Sheltie; Brenda Pulkrabek with Eddie; Barb Gibson with Emily and Laddie  along with Judy Roggow and Cat Olund staffed MWCR’s booth and discussed our organization and our collies with visitors.  Fortunately, the severe weather that had been predicted held off until after the event ended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adoption update: Finn

FinnYou might remember the puppy MWCR brought in last month with a heart defect. He was known as Chance and you can read his story here. His new mom, Cindy, reports: Finn is doing wonderful and he is a great addition to my family!  Amazingly he is already potty trained.  In June he had his stitches removed and is scheduled for his follow up EKG and neutering in September.  He and Rascal (resident 11 year old MWCR collie-mix) are getting along great. His favorite activity is playing tug-of-war with Rascal (look for a picture of Finn and Rascal on the July 1 newsletter cover). Finn weighs 23 pounds and is growing like a weed.  He has a very funny personality and he love, love, loves peanut butter and Kitty’s homemade treats. He is also enjoying sleeping in a king size bed at night (can you say SPOILED). He begins Puppy Kindergarten at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge later in July.

Rainbow Bridge: Molly

MollyMolly, my eleven-year-old, beautiful white collie. is gone.  Molly developed “old dog syndrome” which is an inner ear disorder that causes extreme dizziness and thus the inability to stand.  Most dogs show improvement in a few days and recover in a couple of weeks.  Unfortunately, Molly did not.  In the end, she could not get up off the floor, much less stand, so she spent her days simply laying on the floor wasting away.  My regular veterinarian who makes house calls checked on her several times plus a veterinarian who provides in-home acupuncture tried several weeks of acupuncture therapy but nothing helped.  After two months, they began to question whether something else, such as a brain tumor, might also be involved.   A veterinarian from MN Pets, a Twin Cities veterinary practice that specializes in in-home euthanasia, came to the house and Molly passed away very peacefully with her collie siblings, Kelly and Jake, and her kitties, Angel and Duncan, with her.  We miss her so much, but at least she isn’t suffering. – Terry Libro