By Sarah Rebernick, V.P. & Adoption Coordinator
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!
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!
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
You 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.
Molly, 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
There is a quiet to the house our dear Phoebe Maree passed over the Rainbow Bridge suddenly on Tuesday. No more yodeling at us that we were home late or doing things wrong. No more shutting herself in the bedroom when she was mad at us or giving a big sigh when we just didn’t get it. She will be terribly missed in our Saturday Agility Fun Runs, visits to Catholic Eldercare and by all who knew her. She was a great ambassador for Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue when we could help out at events. She was a regal force of nature that has left a big hole in our hearts. – Judith Roggow
Wonderful update from Ruby’s dad (adopted in 2015): Something happened yesterday that one year ago I thought may never happen. Ruby went for her first long walk in the park. She not only went she had fun doing so. There was barking at squirrels and ducks, not barking at people and other dogs, and sitting quietly while bikes went by. Standard fare for most dogs, but for a dog that was terrified of being outside I think it is darn good progress.
The Collie Frolic on June 5 was a fun event filled with barking dogs, games for people and dogs, and people sharing their collie stories. Over sixty people from three states attended along with nearly that many dogs. Several people brought delicious dishes for the meal and others donated wonderful gifts for drawings.
Thank you to Alan Michael, Reiki and energy healing practitioner; Ilga Cimbulis, animal communicator; Kitty and Arnie Hilk of Gray Gables Farm; and Joan and Yogi Tadisch of Spirit Graphics for sharing their services and products. Watch for pictures of the Collie Frolic taken by our roving photographers Russell Sager, Dave Gibson, and Doug Jurcich. Visit our Facebook page, and scroll down to June 8 for more pictures.
Chance, kna Finn, made an appearance and delighted the group. Chance/Finn is the puppy from Colorado with a congenital heart defect whom MWCR took in. Finn was evaluated by the cardiology department at the University of Minnesota Veterinary College and underwent successful surgical correction of the defect on May 25. Adoptive mom Cindy Willman brought Finn to the frolic so he could meet the people and collies who will be his extended family for years to come.
Thank you to the Events/Fundraising Committee members (Barb Gibson, Cat Olund, Judy Roggow, Kitty and Arnie Hilk, Linda Riegger, Mary Ann Statz, Robin Kashuba, and Catherine Loveridge), for making the event a success.
The next Collie Frolic will be held on Sunday, September 11, at the home of Dale and Diane Liebert in Madison. We hope to see you there!
Terry Libro and the Events/Fundraising Committee