Once again, the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue will be Caroling with Collies and Shelties on Sunday, December 11, at 2 p.m. at Catholic Eldercare located at 817 Main Street NE in Minneapolis, Minn. MWCR member Judy Roggow is a volunteer at Catholic Eldercare and has organized this event. The staff and residents are always thrilled to see our sweet dogs. Hope you can join in the fun. Please either email Judy at email@example.com or Terry firstname.lastname@example.org if you can make it. Hope to see you on December 11.
We adopted Griffin from MWCR in September of 2010. He has had the best disposition and was a great companion. In 2013 he passed his therapy dog test and observations, and began coming to work with me two days a week. He touched many lives during his few years at “work”. We believe Griffin was nine years old, but may have been older. He had several health problems, including thyroid issues, arthritis, and at the end they thought colitis. Griffin stopped eating, would not take his pills, and ended up dying in his sleep while being boarded at Kind Vet while we were out of town. We will miss our Griffie! – Marlae Cox-Kolek
Nemo went to the Bridge on Friday, Nov. 11. His person wrote this before he made the trip: Earlier today, Nemo and I walked through Hartley. It was a slow walk as he doesn’t move very fast anymore but nevertheless, it was a good walk. The sun was shining, the leaves have fallen and the fall air was surprisingly warm. Nemo and I have come to relish our small moments in time as both of us know our days together are numbered. As sad as it is, with each and every passing day, it pains me to see my Nemo’s inner light slowly fading away, as though someone is turning a dimmer switch lower and lower. There are times when I feel like I’m in a tug- of-war with life and death. I panic and pull with all my might – No, you can’t have him just yet! But then God pulls back and reminds me, “he was never yours to keep forever. He is here only for you to love for a short while.” I grieve a thousand small deaths of my old boy with each passing day . . . the loss of his physical health, his senses, his strength, his energy, his vitality, and even the spark in his eyes. Breaks my heart to suffer with him through so many small losses and to watch his health and spirit fade away. But this is the final battle . . . the one I know I cannot win. There is only so much that I can do and so much that I cannot do. What I can do is carry on with grace and dignity and all the love that has swelled in my heart these past several years to make his last days on this earth more loving and comfortable. What I can’t do is make him young again. Every morning we wake up to thank God for giving us one more day together. When the time comes, I will have to let my Nemo go, and he’ll surely take my heart and soul with him. I pray every day for strength for that final today and I will kneel in humility and gratitude that God ever granted me – me of all the millions of people in this world, the most precious gift of this sweet dog’s love for so many years. Nemo, my heart dog – my gift from God – You will be in my arms a short while longer but you will be in my heart forever. – Sally Ringsred
Ruby went to the rainbow bridge today (Nov. 14). She was 14 years old. Ruby came to me as a foster five years ago and has been with me ever since. She will truly be missed. – Monty Witt
Our hearts are very heavy. Marley left us yesterday (Nov. 12). It was such a difficult decision but felt like what he wanted. He had degenerative nerve disease. We struggled a bit but he hung in there with his huge heart and smiling eyes until the last week when he lost all function in his back legs. We are so sad to lose our precious baby. My sister, Mary Ann, Karen and I were with him when he died. We can never thank you enough for bringing Marley to us. He meant everything to my mother and took care of her around the clock. He took care of all of us for these many years and was such a special addition to our family. – Chris Senn
Dear Friends @ MWCR, I lost my darling collie dog Lacey the day before Thanksgiving. It was a terribly sad day and yet during this Thanksgiving season I was so thankful that we got to spend part of our lives together. Lacey was seven when I adopted her from MWCR, and almost 12 when she passed. She lost control of her back legs and hips. I couldn’t stand to see her collapse to the floor. She wanted so badly to get up and so I would help her but then she would fall before completing a single step. My heart ached. My daughter Emily lives with me and I would like to share what she has written and shared with our friends and family. Thank-you so much for bringing Lacey and me together. She taught me what unselfish love is. In her last hours her eyes said it all. – Sincerely, Robert Heussner
It is with a sad heart that we had to say goodbye to this beautiful girl yesterday. My dad adopted Lacey about 4½ years ago from the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue. The day her foster mom brought her to the house, we instantly fell in love with her beautiful collie face and sweet demeanor. The rescue site had described her as the “almost perfect dog”, which she was. She was sweet, oh so gentle, well behaved, and funny! We soon came to realize that the “almost” referred to her love for barking. She didn’t discriminate against who she barked at … little old ladies, girls on pink bikes, men, women, big dogs, small dogs, and the occasional cement statue of a dog. Despite my best efforts to rank as #1 human in her life by giving her small tokens of human food and a never ending supply of belly rubs, she was my dad’s dog through and through. You could see how much she adored him in the way she watched him with her soulful eyes and the playful way she would nudge his arm with her long collie nose. She had a long nose and she knew how to use it. It came in handy for floor surfing, herding her humans, as a nudging device when she wasn’t given an ample amount of attention, and for fun stuff like flipping the couch pillows in the air. I laid awake the other night thinking about the things I would miss most about my girl and so many things came to mind like the way she would stumble out of bed in the middle of the night groggy, with bed head to get a drink of water, the way she would lean into me while I was giving her a hug, how she would burp in my face when I’d go to give her a kiss on the nose, and the enthusiastic greetings she would give, even if you had only been gone for 10 minutes. R.I.P, Goob, Thanks for being such a great dog! Your presence is sorely missed. – Emily Heussner
By Terry Libro, MWCR President
Watch your mail for your MWCR holiday card with the membership renewal form for current members. Memberships can be renewed by returning the renewal form or renewing online at www.mwcr.org. Memberships must be postmarked by December 31, 2016 or renewed online by 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2016 for members to be eligible to vote in the 2017 election.
A reminder to get your 2017 MWCR calendar before it’s too late! Check out the preview video and order yours today at mwcr.org.
Give to the Max Success
Without all of you who donated to MWCR during our Give to the Max campaign, we would not have achieved the success we did. We surpassed our goal of $13,000! MyLinda Anderson is still tallying the last checks that have been mailed in. Because of your generosity, we are well-positioned to care for the collies we take in and give them the care that they need and deserve. Thank you to MyLinda and her team for their hours of work on this major fundraiser for MWCR.
Shopping with iGive and Amazon Smile and GoodShop
When you’re doing your holiday shopping, please consider using the iGive, Amazon Smile, and GoodShop/GoodSearch programs to help the collies at the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue. The programs donate a percentage of your online order from these sites to MWCR. Simply set up your account, identify MWCR as your cause/charity/nonprofit, and log onto the various retailers from links at each of these sites and our collies benefit.
All of us at the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue are grateful that we’re able to do what we do and help collies in need. We want to wish you and your furry friends a warm and happy holiday season and the best for the new year.
By Sarah Rebernick, V.P and Adoption Coordinator
Buddy Boy, an 8-year-old mahogany sable, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. When Buddy’s owner passed away he ended up in a shelter because the family couldn’t care for him. Although gentle Buddy was very stressed in the shelter environment, he quickly blossomed once he got into his foster home and now has his very own loving forever home. This sweet, mellow little guy has already started on an exercise program to help him shed a bit of excess weight and we are so excited to see him starting the next chapter of his life!
Handsome Homer, a 3-year-old sable/white collie/sheltie mix, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Homer was surrendered to MWCR by a good samaritan who rescued him from a place where he had no room to play and even less attention. His new family is happy to give him the love and affection he needs as well as a canine buddy for playtime and a couple kitties to let him know who’s boss. Congratulations to this sweet boy!
Several puppies have gone off to their new homes. Congratulations to all the families that are exchanging beauty sleep for puppy cuteness!
Regal boy Royal, now named Leo, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This sweet boy was surrendered due to a move and although he had been an outdoor dog in his previous life, you can clearly see that he understands what a couch is for 🙂
Spunky Twain has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. This little cutie is lucky enough to be joining another MWCR collie brother and uncle in his new home. I’m sure they’ll teach him the ropes in no time 🙂
Beautiful Letty, a 7-month-old sable/white female, has been adopted and will be living in Illinois. Letty was surrendered because her rambunctious teenage ways were not a good fit for her home but fortunately the perfect place was just waiting for her. She’s now part of a loving extended collie family and will have lots of fun playing with her own collie siblings and nearby nieces (including an MWCR alumni). Congratulations sweet girl!
Travis, a 5-year-old sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Originally Travis came to MWCR after he was abandoned in a vacant home when his family had to move and he was not allowed in their new place. A good Samaritan who noticed him in the house as she walked her dog past it every day contacted MWCR, who contacted the local canine officer, who found the owner and convinced him to surrender the dog to MWCR. With the help of MWCR, Travis found what he thought would be his forever home but sadly all that ended three short years later when his owner suddenly became critically ill. After her death this handsome boy found himself back with MWCR and looking for another loving home. Happily, he will now be sharing his playtime with his new mom and dad and another energetic MWCR collie who I’m sure will keep him entertained. Congratulations to this wonderful boy!
And then there were none 🙂 All the pups have found their new homes – nothing as sweet as a collie puppy!
When you’re busy shopping for those holiday gifts and Black Friday bargains, don’t forget to use the Amazon Smile and iGive links to raise funds for MWCR.
Simply log in via Amazon Smile or iGive, identify the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue as your nonprofit, and both sites will donate a portion of your order, at no cost to you, to MWCR. iGive (www.igive.com) works with nearly 2000 stores (including major retailers such as Macy’s, Herbergers, Kohls, Barns and Noble, etc) to help nonprofits. But you must access the retailers through the iGive and Amazon sites to get these donations.
Have fun shopping and helping our dear collies at the same time.
MWCR held it’s Annual Dinner and Fundraiser on Nov. 5 at the American Legion in Wayzata, Minn. Guest speaker KC Willis, from Lightshine Canine: A Rez Dog Rescue, gave an inspiring presentation of her work in South Dakota.
A large crowd enjoyed a delicious meal with many desserts, visited with friends and made new friends like the group from the Carver County Humane Society, visited the silent auction, shopped for items at the Spirit Graphics and Gray Gables Farm displays.
Ellie Sager (pictured with her parents Christina and Russ), our youngest volunteer received a special gift. You can see more pictures here.
Thank you everyone who attended, making MWCR’s 2016 Annual Dinner and Fundraiser a success!