Photo requests for the 2017 calendar

calendar2016It’s time again to take and save cute high resolution photos for MWCR’s 2017 calendar.

Here are the tips:

(1)  The photo must be of high quality. The originally taken photo should be at least 1M in size and the bigger the better, really!  When you send the photos in be sure your email program doesn’t shrink them for portability. We’ll let you know if they are too small.

(2) Please email your photographs to:

(3)  Please, PLEASE include a bit of info about your collie. Age, year rescued or adopted, cute personality trait, etc….oh yes, and NAME, too 🙂

(4) Please get your photos in by September 7, 2016. That should give us ample time to design, review, and order calendars for arrival in time for the annual dinner.

July adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, Adoption Coordinator


Sweet 1-year-old collie mix, Foxy, has been adopted and will be living in Nebraska. Foxy was surrendered when her owners realized that they didn’t have the time necessary to devote to an active young pup. Now she will be sharing her new life with border collie and kitty siblings, so she is sure to get lots of playtime and long walks. Congratulations on your new family!




Jasper, a 5-year-old sable-headed white male, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This big handsome (100 lbs.), boy was surrendered to MWCR when a new overly sensitive neighbor began to complain about him chatting up friends when out in his yard.  Combined with other changes in her life she realized that it would be best for him to find a new home. His new family includes two human sisters to cuddle with and a couple of kitties to keep him in line ;-). Congratulations big guy!




Cody, a 9-year-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Cody was surrendered to MWCR along with another collie, Jamie, when their owner passed away after a lengthy illness. They were kept outdoors in large separate side-by-side kennels but they both have embraced indoor living with all four paws, especially snoozing on the couch. Although they were quite matted and had to be shaved, they should be back in full fur by the time the weather turns cold. Mellow, tolerant Cody will be sharing his new home with some kitties and a greyhound sister. Congratulations sweet boy!

Dog Days of Summer

AllieMWCR had a special volunteer at the Dog Days of Summer in Burnsville on July 30 – little Allie who is the daughter of MWCR members Russell and Christina Sager.  Allie proudly wore her volunteer “onesie” made especially for her by MWCR members Yogi and Joan Tadisch of Spirit Graphics.  Allie and her collie sister Nessa charmed the crowd.

Thank you to Barb Gibson with Laddie and Emily and to Kitty and Arnie Hilk who staffed MWCR’s booth along with Russell and Christina.  Dog Days of Summer is an annual fundraiser for the Alimagnet Dog Park in Burnsville, Minn.

MWCR will have booths at two events in August.  On August 6 we will be at the Dog Days Westonka held in Mound, Minn., on the shores of Lake Minnetonka from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  On Sunday, August 28, we’ll participate in the Pet Day held at the Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park, Minn.  Pause 4 Paws, a nonprofit that raises funds for select animal rescue groups including MWCR, was invited to have an adoption event featuring its rescues at Pet Day.  Pet Day runs from noon to 3 p.m.

Hope to see you at these events!

Terry and the MWCR Events/Fundraising Committee

July photo wall

Jinny was hoping to go on vacation with her family to Wisconsin Dells, but went to the grandparents instead.

Jinny was hoping to go on vacation with her family to Wisconsin Dells, but went to the grandparents instead.


MWCR alumni Spike, Jake and Rivers representing at the Friends of MADACC Walk, Run, Wag in Wauwatosa July 9. Beautiful weather and lots of fun for a good cause.

MWCR alumni Jake, Rivers and Spike, representing at the Friends of MADACC Walk, Run, Wag in Wauwatosa, Wis.,  July 9. Beautiful weather and lots of fun for a good cause.


Raylan, adopted in 2013, relaxing on the porch

Raylan, adopted in 2013, relaxing on the porch.


Ginger and Mom, Twila, are back to their therapy work after Ginger's tail amputation (cancer). MWCR was able to help with the cost of Ginger's surgery, through donations made by generous people like you!

Ginger and Mom, Twila, are back to their therapy work after Ginger’s tail amputation (cancer). MWCR was able to help with the cost of Ginger’s surgery, through donations made by generous people like you!

Rainbow Bridge: Kelly

Kelly1Kelly, my dear sweet, gentle, sensitive big boy died unexpectedly of presumed internal bleeding.  He was eleven years old.

Kelly, whose previous owner died, was another of my foster failures.  Kelly joined my household in 2013 and, despite having severe hip dysplasia, wanted to be part of everything.  Kelly threw up his breakfast quite forcefully and didn’t look right afterwards; he simply rested and refused to get up.  MN Pets didn’t have a veterinarian who could make a hospice visit so a veterinarian from Blue Skies Pet Euthanasia in the Twin Cities made the house call.  She spent over an hour evaluating and observing Kelly.  Based on his symptoms (pale gums, weak back leg pulses, and extreme exhaustion when attempting to rise), she felt he was bleeding internally, possibly from a ruptured undiagnosed mass.  She said the bleeding might stop, but would reoccur.  Given his age, health issues, and current condition, we felt it was best to let him go now rather than have him suffer in the future.

I’m a bit numb and stunned right now.  Jake is now an only dog and he is very quiet.  Even the two kitties are quiet. The house feels empty without the big, caring guy. – Terry Libro

Rainbow Bridge: Jingles

I wanted to let you know that my former MWCR collie, Jingles, has gone to the Rainbow Bridge.  He was 14.5 years old.  Jingles came to me in 2005 as a wild child.  He was a certifiable car chaser, a “rules don’t apply to me” boy, and a holy terror to my then 12 year old Rottweiler mix.  The first year was a definite challenge, but one we both met head-on and out of which grew one of the most amazing relationships I’ve ever had with a dog.
He became an “only dog” less than a year after he came to me, and he stepped up to the position of protector-of-the-yard.  I wasn’t ready to add a permanent member to my household at that time, so I started fostering for MWCR instead.  Jingles helped many a foster feel comfortable and learn to play, his favorite game ever was “Tug”.  He was a great teacher.  He taught a friend’s dog how to jump into a vehicle, he taught another friend’s dog how to do the steep stairs at my house.  He taught my current dog (a Gordon Setter) how to tug when she was just nine weeks old and they were best friends after that.
He was truly an ambassador for the breed.  He met many people who stated that they didn’t particularly care for collies, but to him, it was a challenge accepted.  Usually within the first half hour, he had them sold. Fortunately he wasn’t as vocal as some can be, so he was welcome anywhere he went.
The last year had been one of decline.  First the hearing went, then the strength in the back legs went (but with just a little help he could still do the stairs), but through it all his amazing zest for life remained.  His MWCR foster dad told me when I called about him all those years ago, that “Jingles was a joyful creature, happy to be a dog and to be alive”.  He was so right.  He was.  And he was up until that very last day when his body betrayed him and his legs failed entirely.  I am so fortunate to be a veterinarian and to have been able to help him cross the bridge at home … with his Gordon Setter sister at his side, and one of my trusted veterinary technicians to help us both with the final chapter. I will never forget that smooth collie boy.  Thanks to MWCR we found each other and had a wonderful ride. – Sincerely, Becky Hauser

Rainbow Bridge: Jake

Jakejerna1It breaks my heart that I am writing this today. July 2nd we lost our beloved dog Jakey. He was so full of life and loved to chase squirrels and birds and didn’t have an unkind bone in his body. He was so rambunctious and always wanted to play. He taught our sweet Toby that toys are fun and wrestling was awesome. He came into our lives and stole our hearts and our beds and our sofas 🙂 Now I understand the meaning of how silence can be deafening. Our home is missing his joyful barks tremendously. Rest in peace sweet Jacob and I hope you are up there running free and barking. We miss your sweet soul and spirit more than you can ever know. The only way I can describe how much our hearts are breaking are by these lyrics. We love you Jake!!!


And this whole world seems
Cold and empty
Someone please turn on the lights
Lord if there’s an angel you could send me
I could use one here tonight
       – Jerna M.