April Rainbow Bridge


At noon today, our sweet, quiet member of our pack was sent to his final resting place. Scout was born in 2004 and came to live with us in 2010. Scout’s only purpose in life was to “be with his people”.

He also loved to play tug with a rope and chase a ball, as long as it was inside the house. He loved his home and would never think of leaving it. In fact it took him a couple of years to investigate his entire back yard. He preferred run out the front door, say “hello” to our neighbor Tony and run right back in the house, again.

When Scout joined our family, he joined a pack of one canine sister, Sandy, and two feline’s, Greta and Grayling. This was fine with Scout; he just adjusted to them all. Then in 2014, energetic 1 year old Charlie came into his life. Charlie needed a lot of discipline and both Scout and Sandy took turns dealing with the situation. It was great fun watching Scout and Charlie playing tug. Scout also wrestled Collie style with Charlie.

Then last summer, Scout developed a Collie style ear problem and started losing his balance. Even though some days he was fine, his condition deteriorated and this morning he gave up trying to stand up. We will definitely miss the sweet, Gentle Giant of our pack. – Diane Lambert


A memorial video for Cece by Laure Victor:


The era of the “Boat People” has come to a close


It is with heavy hearts that Tamy and I must bring the sad news of Lucky’s passing. Lucky was the last of four collies that we loving referred to as “The Boat People”. On 8/24/2004 Lucky was rescued by MWCR from a shelter in Racine, Wis. where he was in danger of being put down. Lucky was estimated to be 18 months old at that time. He was pulled and fostered by a MWCR member in Racine. Some time later the Racine foster needed to leave on a business trip and needed a temporary foster home for Lucky. Tamy and I volunteered to be temporary foster parents. We soon discovered that Lucky had an unpredictable mean streak; he bit me when I tried to pet him. Perhaps he had been mistreated by his original owner who dumped Lucky at the Racine pound. As a result MWCR decided that Lucky was too risky to send to a forever home. Tamy and I worked with Lucky, giving him lots of gentle love and understanding and eventually he got over his bad manners and became a very well behaved and perfectly safe collie, even for small children. But because Lucky had a past history that was unpredictable, Tamy and I decided it was better for Lucky to stay with us than to confuse him by sending him to a new home. And so on 9/18/06 we officially became foster flunkies by adopting our foster Lucky.

The Boat People

Over the last two years Lucky started to lose strength in his back legs. But, being the indomitable fellow that he was, he kept right on being the same collie he always was, except at a slower pace; he never did catch a squirrel, but his disabilities didn’t stop him from always trying. Starting last summer Lucky could no longer climb more than two steps. When up at our lake cottage, we had to carry him up and down the steps to go in and out of the house. We knew his condition was getting worse. We were giving Lucky carprofen (generic Rimadyl) which greatly helped his condition.

Last past fall, Tamy and I were quite afraid that Lucky would not make it through the winter, but to our surprise, aside from falling down a couple times on slick ice patches, he came through with flying colors. He couldn’t navigate deep snow, so we used the snow blower on the back lawn and he was able to do his business there. In the last several weeks he seemed to be visibly slowing down. Our walks were down to a very slow pace now. We went on short 1 block walks that took 30 minutes, mostly sniffing and exploring and not much walking. We only went out on nice days to avoid the dampness which had a tendency to aggravate Lucky’s weak back legs.

The Saturday before Easter was beautiful. High for the day was around 80. So I took Lucky for what became his last walk. Evidently the heat of the day and spending the afternoon in the shade of our back yard was too much for his weak constitution. Saturday at around 6 p.m. Lucky threw up and was so weak he couldn’t get up. He stopped eating and drinking. His breathing became very difficult and I could see by the color of his tongue and gums that he was starving for oxygen. So at 6 a.m. on the morning of Monday April 17, 2017 the vet came to our home to help Lucky cross over the Rainbow Bridge. Lucky was approximately 14 years and 2 months old. Our hearts are broken and I can’t stop the tears, because he was the most rewarding foster we ever had. The joy that Lucky brought into our lives, as he grew from a sassy little brat, into the fine loving collie he became, will remain in our hearts forever.

Thank you to MWCR for giving us the wonderful gift of our collie Lucky. He will forever hold a special place in our hearts among the seven collies Tamy and I have been blessed with. – Collie Hugs, Bob and Tamy Galanter


Notes from Terry Libro, MWCR President

Event Season Has Started

Every year, the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue participates in a number of community events to raise awareness of our rescue and to showcase our gorgeous collies.  On April 28, Kitty and Arnie Hilk and Dave Gibson staffed our table at the All About Dogs Day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  On April 29, Chris and KJ Norman and Judy Roggow staffed our table at the Pause 4 Paws Adoption Day at the new Stone Mountain Pet Lodge in Brooklyn Park.  Also on April 29, the Milwaukee Collie Frolic was held.  We’re finalizing the date and location of the Minnesota Collie Frolic which will be held in late June or July.

We have more events planned for May and June.  We’ll have a booth at the Bark for Life walk held at Barkers Alps Park on the border of Bayport and Stillwater, Minn.  on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  On May 21, we’ll hold our annual Collie Flower (and Sheltie) gathering at Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis from 2 – 3 p.m.  On June 3, we’ll be at the Canine Carnival at the new Wildlife Science Center located in Stacy, Minn. from 11 a.m. to 4.p.m. where our dogs get to interact with the wolves.   Paws on Parade at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Minn. is from 9 a.m. to 1.p.m. on Saturday, June 10.  Then we’ll be at the CBS Radio’s Pet-A-Palooza on Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If you can volunteer at any of these, please let us know.

Also our first Online Silent Auction will be held from Wednesday, May 3, through Sunday, May 7.  Be sure to check out the fun items on the auction which will benefit our collies.

Special Needs Dogs

Recently, MWCR has taken in a number of collies who are deaf, blind, or both as well as several elderly collies who need homes.  Thank you to the loving foster homes who have cared for these dogs and thank you to the wonderful adopters who have opened their hearts and homes to these special dogs.  These dogs simply want a safe and loving home in which to spend their final years, and I’m so grateful that we were able to care for these dogs and find them their special homes.  We couldn’t have helped them without the care and support of all of you.

April Adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, Adoption Coordinator


Charming Nicholas (Nico), a 2-year-old mahogany sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin.  This sweet boy was surrendered to MWCR by a good samaritan who was worried that he would end up in a bad place when his original family didn’t have time for him anymore. This wonderful boy is working very hard to spruce up his manners but one thing he didn’t need to learn was how to be a sweet and loving collie!



Sweet Laddie, an 11-year-old sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. This wonderful gentleman proves the power of a tiny microchip. After picking him up from animal control we called the microchip company and they were able to tell us who this sweet boy was registered to! Sadly, after contacting his owner he was not able to go back to his original home but happily, we now know his age, name and history. Laddie is now comfortably enjoying his new forever home which includes MWCR senior siblings Bella & Jade (nka Kade).



Charming Crystal, a 1-year-old female double-dilute white collie, has been adopted and will be living in Missouri. Crystal is both blind and deaf – the result of a mating between two merle parents. She is the remaining sibling of Cloud (deaf) and Blue (blind), who were both recently adopted. These beautiful dogs were saved from euthanasia by their Guardian Angel and surrendered to MWCR. Crystal took to her new mom and dad right away and she also has two collie siblings to help her find her way, so life is pretty good for her :-).

April photo wall

Nick and Blaze Knoll enjoying a spring day.


Lacy was adopted in January by a couple who live in the country with a few horses. This was her first experience with horses. Her family reports she is getting better about being around them close up and now barks less at them. Having had a cat friend at her first home, Lacy, was very happy to see the barn cat at her new home. The cat, however, was curious and cautious about her and would just peer down from the barn loft to check her out from a distance. The cat is gradually getting comfortable around Lacy and will now come down from the loft when Lacy is in the barn and allows Lacy to smell her. Lacy is being very well behaved and sticking close to her owners when outside and doesn’t chase the wild turkeys or deer that come into the nearby fields. Lacy is a lucky girl and gets to go up to the family cabin in northern Wisconsin and she has already been to Nashville twice to visit relatives.
Lacy’s best friend is Sydney, an Australian Shepherd. Sydney and Lacy stay at each other’s homes when either one’s owners go away and cannot take their dog along. This photo of Lacy with Sydney, was taken recently when Sydney stayed at Lacy’s house for two weeks.


All About Dogs event held Saturday, April 29 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Kitty and Arnie Hilk along with Dave Gibson staffed our booth. This was newly adopted Chase’ (the blue merle in these photos), first event! Looks like he did well.





Sunday, April 30 at the Pause 4 Paws Annual Adoption Event, Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Rodgers met so many people and enjoyed ‘leaning’ on anybody who would let him.



Collie Frolic, Sunday, April 30, at Central Bark in Wauwatosa, Wis.








Redemption Has 4 Paws

MWCR member and volunteer, Robin Kashuba has written a book about her journey into the world of therapy dogs.

Kashuba writes:

I have written a book titled “Redemption Has 4 Paws”.  This is my memoir about how all of the dogs in my life have helped me realize what my life’s purpose is – making therapy visits with my dogs.

I have been offered a contract through Covenant Books to publish my book.  No traditional publisher (with advances and royalties) will take on an unknown author. Covenant Books is a cross between a self-publishing company and a traditional publisher.  They are requiring me to pay in advance to get my book published, they will distribute it and help promote and sell it and then will pay me royalties at 100% until my initial investment has been paid back.

At this time in my life, I don’t have the money to get my book published.  So I’m asking for your help in getting Redemption Has 4 Paws published.  Any little bit will help tremendously.

As a way of giving back, once the book is published and I have recouped the amount paid to Covenant Books, I will donate $1,000 each to the four rescues who have helped me and allowed me to adopt dogs that have become my beloved therapy dogs:  Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue, MN Sheltie Rescue, The Long Island Sheltie Rescue, and The Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue.   So in the long run, your donation to help get my book published will end up helping four rescues that I care greatly about and will also help to get more dogs adopted.

To donate click here:


Thank you so much for reading this and for any help you can give me.  I’m looking so forward to getting “Redemption Has 4 Paws” out into the world so more people can learn about the wonderful things that deaf and rescue animals can achieve.  Thank you!


We invite you to join us for our premier MWCR online auction!

By Linda Riegger
We are very excited about this new fundraising venture to benefit our collies in need, and hope everybody will jump on the bandwagon to have fun bidding on the vintage collie jigsaw puzzle and the fresh Key Lime fudge, along with an “I Love My Collie” hoodie, a silver cuff bracelet with “Collie Lover” charm, several adult coloring books and so much more. A most special item has been generously donated by MWCR member Jane Roberts – a handmade stained glass sable collie, with an attached chain for the winner’s hanging convenience. MWCR will pay for shipping on this one of a kind item. (This fact won’t be noted on the bid photo, due to logistics, but we wanted all bidders to be alerted before the bidding begins). 

The auction will run from the morning of Wednesday, May 3, 2017 through Sunday night, May 7. Bidding will close at 7 p.m. (CDT).

Here’s how it works:

Helping Paws, Inc., is the organization that actually hosts the auction. Once I get all of our auction items and descriptions into the photo section of the MWCR Fundraising page, Helping Paws will pull these photos and load them onto their auction page. Helping Paws then determines the pricing of the items up for bid including shipping costs, and maintains the auction throughout its running time.
Helping Paws will provide a link to the auction, in addition to promoting it. It is very important for all of us to also promote it so we can make this event a smashing success. Once the auction has begun, please share daily as an album, or share individual items to friends as you see fit. In order to bid, you just type your bid amount in the comment section beneath the photo of the item(s) you want to bid on.
During the auction, I will be monitoring the Helping Paws auction page to answer any questions anybody may post.
Winners will have two weeks after the auction closes to pay for their items.
Going once, going twice……we have almost 100 items ready for your bidding pleasure! New items to bid on will be added to the auction page throughout the week, so make sure to check in frequently!

Volunteers needed for upcoming events

Hi Collie Lovers!

We need volunteers for three upcoming events happening in Minnesota:
  • May 13th: Bark for Life –  American Cancer Society walk  for dogs and owners in Bayport, Minn, 9 a.m.-Noon
  • June 3rd: Canine Carnival – Need someone to set up and help take down our booth. 22830 Sunrise Rd NE, Stacy, Minn.,  55079,  11: a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • June 17th: Pet-A-Palooza – Need someone to set up and help take down our booth. State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, Minn. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Please contact Cat Olund at cat_chisago@frontiernet.net if you can help.

Milwaukee Collie Frolic

It’s time again to get our frolic on in the Milwaukee area. Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 30th, from noon to 4 p.m., and be ready to romp. We will be gathering at the Central Bark on State St. in Wauwatosa – the same location as last year, 6228 W. State St. Suite G.

Central Bark requires all dogs that use their facilities to be up to date on vaccinations including Bordatella. There will be a form to sign that requests vaccination expiration dates. Please make sure you have these dates for the form or print out the attached copy to fill out in advance.

To RSVP, get directions or ask questions, please email me at sbrebe@yahoo.com
I hope to see lots of collies for tail wagging fun – Sarah
From I-94 West:

Take exit 307A for 68th St. toward 70th St. (0.2 mi)
Turn Right onto S 68th St. (1.0 mi)
Turn Right onto State St.
Central Bark is on the Left
6228 W. State St. Suite G, Wauwatosa, WI 53213

From I-94 East

Take exit 307A toward 68th St/70th St (0.2 mi)
Merge onto W. Kearney St. (0.2 mi)
Turn Left onto S 68th St (1.0 mi)Turn Right onto State St.

Central Bark is on the Left

6228 W. State St. Suite G, Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Annual microchip check

Your pet’s spring check up is the perfect time to have their microchip checked to make sure it’s still active. Eleven-year-old Laddie is an excellent example of the power of this tiny tool – after picking him up from animal control we called the microchip company and they were able to tell us who this sweet boy was registered to! Sadly, after contacting his owner he is not able to go back to his original home but happily, we now know his age, name and history. Laddie is comfortably chillin’ in his foster home getting some veterinary care and lots of tasty food and seems very happy to be called by his real name!