Rainbow Bridge: Jake

Jake KnollWith a heavy heart we are sharing the sad news that we helped our beloved Jake cross the Rainbow Bridge this past Saturday.  After seeming a little bit “off” he showed symptoms of refusing to eat, vomiting and lethargy.  A multitude of tests completed during three vet visits in four days provided answers only to what he didn’t have although an enlarged liver and lymph nodes were cause for concern.  Friday night he took a noticeable turn for the worse.  Jake valiantly survived long term treatment for blastomycosis a year and a half ago that claimed the life of his MWCR brother Mac.  Although he lost vision in one eye as a result of the illness his sweet disposition remained unaffected.  Earlier this year he welcomed the role of big brother to MWCR puppy Nick (f.k.a. Dash).  He did his best to mentor the little “wild child” who had come into his life often probably showing Nick more patience than was deserved while he was jumped on, chewed and barked at.  We are mourning the loss of this truly special member of our family.
Kathy, Mike & Nick

MWCR Annual Dinner & Fundraiser

dinnerPlease join us for fun, camaraderie, education, and inspiration on Saturday, November 5, from 3 – 6 p.m. at MWCR’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser at the Wayzata American Legion located at 949 Wayzata Blvd. E. in Wayzata, Minnesota.

This is your chance to meet and hear from our guest speaker, KC Willis, president and founder of LightShine Canine – a Rez Dog Rescue, a 501(c)(3) group dedicated to making sustainable changes for the animals  and people of the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations of South Dakota.  KC is a dynamic speaker who will share her stories of running an organization that rescues stray and surrendered dogs from the reservations, provides basic veterinary care, and transfers the dogs to affiliate rescues, such as MWCR, which foster and adopt the dogs.  LightShine Canine rescues over 200 dogs per month, yes that is over 2400 dogs per year!  LightShine Canine relies on monetary donations and supply donations to continue their life-saving work.  Tickets to MWCR’s Annual Dinner are $25 per person or $20 with the donation of a dessert to share or a tax-deductible monetary or supply donation to LightShine Canine.

Supplies that LightShine Canine would greatly appreciate include steel dog bowls, collars, leashes, quality flea and tick medication such as FrontLine, towels, blankets (no comforters),  puppy pads, and dry dog food with smaller size pieces.  We’ll have a box set up for supply donations as well as a donation jar for LightShine.

We’ll have a silent auction with drop off of items for the silent auction starting at 2 p.m. on November 5.  Kitty Hilk will have her popular and high-quality Gray Gable Farm items, such as jam, bath products, gift baskets, and doggie treats available for sale.  Kitty generously donates the proceeds from her sales to MWCR.  If you’d like to preorder any items, please email Kitty at graygables44@aol.com before the Dinner so she can make and set aside the items for you.  Kitty’s products sell fast!  And, of course, we’ll have a delicious meal with traditional and vegetarian lasagna, a brief business meeting with updates, gift bags for all, a free table where attendees can share and take a variety of items, and door prizes.

The Events/Fundraising Committee is planning another great dinner on Saturday, November 5.  Preregistration is strongly encouraged so we can order the correct amount of food and ensure seating for all.  The registration link will be available shortly on MWCR’s website – www.mwcr.org, or you can email Terry at tlibro@hotmail.com or call at 952-432-0200.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on November 5 for an enjoyable and inspirational afternoon and evening.

2017 Calendars and Pause 4 Paws Raffle

By Terry Libro, MWCR President

2017 Calendars

It’s time again to take and save cute high resolution photos of your calendar cutie!

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: mwcrcalpics@yahoo.com

(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.

Our Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue calendars showcase our precious collies and are a very successful fundraiser for MWCR.  The calendars make great gifts – who couldn’t resist smiling and feeling happy when looking at photos of our beautiful adopted dogs!

Pause 4 Paws Raffle

For the last five years, the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue has been fortunate to be an affiliate of Pause 4 Paws, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that raises funds for select rescues and humane societies in the area.  MWCR has benefited from the generosity of the Pause 4 Paws organization which has helped pay for veterinary care for our collies.

Once again, Pause 4 Paws is holding a raffle to raise funds for rescues.  Tickets this year are $50 each.  The drawing will be at their annual fundraiser on November 4 with ten winners.  If all raffle tickets are sold, Pause 4 Paws will give one $5000 prize, two $2500 prizes, three $500 prizes, and four $250 prizes to the lucky winners.  Winners do not need to be present to win.  This is a 50/50 raffle with half of the money raised going to Pause 4 Paws to distribute to rescues and half of the money going to the lucky winners.

Raffle tickets can be purchased by mailing a check, made out to Pause 4 Paws, to MWCR at 1600 18th Avenue NE, PO Box 68006, Minneapolis, MN 55418.  The raffle tickets will be mailed to you.

Let’s have a little fun and support the good work of Pause 4 Paws and their affiliate rescues.  Good luck and thank you for supporting Pause 4 Paws and MWCR!

MWCR at community events in August

By Terry Libro, MWCR President
Harley and friend

Harley and friend

MWCR volunteers and collies had fun participating in two events in August.  Dog Day Westonka, held on the shores of beautiful Lake Minnetonka outside of Minneapolis, is always a delightful event, and this year was no exception.  Robin Kashuba with Harley and Kitty and Arnie Hilk with Tristan, Jackson, and Sammi charmed the crowd.  They visited with a local community service officer, children, potential adopters, and Gary who is one of the organizers of the free dog food distributions.  In fact, our collie ambassadors were so charming that MWCR was invited to participate in another pet event in September.  Who can resist our sweet, cuddly collies!

Joan Hargrave and Danny

Joan Hargrave and Danny

Pause 4 Paws held an adoption event as part of Pet Day at the Sabes Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park, Minn.  Judy Roggow, Barb Gibson with Laddie and Emily, and Joan Hargrave and John along with their collie Danny volunteered at MWCR’s booth.  This was Danny’s debut at our booth and he did so well.  This was a new venue for MWCR so we met many new people and dogs.  Even the hot, humid weather didn’t keep people or dogs from having a good time playing games, listening to a live band, watching a K-9 unit demonstration, and visiting all of the booths.

See more photos from these events here.

September will be a busy month for MWCR with events every weekend.  MWCR will be at the Responsible Dog Ownership Day on September 10 in Lake Elmo, Minn.; the Collie Frolic in Madison, Wis. on September 11; Bark Park in Brooklyn Park, Minn. on September 17; Walk/Run Fur Love in Shakopee, Minn. on September 24, and the Love My Pet Fair in Coon Rapids, Minn. on September 25.  If you’d like to volunteer at any of these events, with or without your dog, please contact Cat Olund, MWCR’s Volunteer Coordinator, at cat_chisago@frontiernet.net.  Volunteering is fun and a great opportunity to showcase your collie and meet fellow dog-lovers.  Thank you to everyone who volunteers with MWCR!

August adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, Adoption Coordinator


Sweet senior Annie came into rescue after we were contacted by a shelter in Arkansas where she was surrendered with some other dogs when their owner died. We don’t know much about her life before now since, from what we’re told, the neighbors didn’t even know he had dogs so it can’t have been too great. She was in pretty poor condition and has some vision issues but one of the biggest concerns was the large mass on her front paw. In early June she had the mass removed in a very successful surgery and soon became the bright, happy girl we knew was waiting to come out.

Annie has been adopted and will now be living in Wisconsin with another MWCR senior that was adopted earlier this year. Annie sends her grateful thanks and kisses to the many people from different organizations who helped to get her to her happy home. Her story is truly a testament to what can be accomplished when rescuers work together to help an animal in need!


Jamie, a 3-year-old sable-headed white, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This handsome big boy was surrendered to MWCR after his owner passed away. Although he had always been an outdoor dog, it took no time at all for him to discover that one of the greatest things in life is snuggling with your human on the couch. As an added bonus, his new home has another 3-year-old collie for him to romp with and his shaved coat should be nice and fluffy by the time winter shows up. Congratulations Big Guy!


Sweet Lucy, an 8-year-old tricolor, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Lucy was surrendered due to changing living conditions and her foster mom claims she is the sweetest girl ever. It is true that she’s quite a lover and she is now sharing her forever home with another collie playmate, a cockapoo and a couple kitties, who all seem to think she’s pretty alright, too.

August photo wall

Jinny demonstrates the patience of collies.

Jinny demonstrates the patience of collies.


Lobo is almost 8 months old, and 49 lbs! It seems like just yesterday he was our 12 pound ball of fur, and he is really growing into an amazing and wonderful dog. He gets along with his Basset Hound brother and they play non stop. He also gets along very well with our resident cat. The cat will even let Lobo clean his face for him at times! He is such a good listener and behaves so well and still truly an amazing addition to our family!

Lobo is almost 8 months old, and 49 lbs! It seems like just yesterday he was our 12 pound ball of fur, and he is really growing into an amazing and wonderful dog.



Lobo gets along with his Basset Hound brother and they play non stop. He also gets along very well with our resident cat. The cat will even let Lobo clean his face for him at times! He is such a good listener and behaves so well and still truly an amazing addition to our family!

Lobo gets along with his Basset Hound brother and they play nonstop. He also gets along very well with our resident cat. The cat will even let Lobo clean his face for him at times! He is such a good listener and behaves so well and still truly an amazing addition to our family!


Murdock (fka Laddie), a year after his adoption. Submitted by Tom Mortonson.

Murdock (fka Laddie), a year after his adoption. 

MWCR alumni, Eddie, at McLeod County Fair

Square dancingBrenda Pulkrabek and MWCR alumni Eddie, attended the McLeod County Fair Wednesday with several other teams from Pet Therapy TDI Chapter 252 (therapy dog group).  Brenda and Eddie participated in the square dance which the crowd loves to see and talked about Eddie and how despite his nerve disability, is a happy dog who loves making therapy visits.

TDI Chapter 252 has team members from both McLeod and Meeker counties and make visits in Hutchinson, Litchfield, Glencoe and even Waconia, Minn.