Notes from Terry Libro, MWCR President

First MWCR Online Auction a Success

MWCR held its first online silent auction in May and raised a little over $1,400 to help our collies. Thank you to everyone who bid on and who won items.   Most of the items in the auction had been donated to MWCR over the course of the last six months, so we had a nice array of items to offer.  Linda Riegger bravely offered to spearhead this fundraiser and worked with Helping Paws, a nonprofit in Indianapolis that hosts online auctions.  A big thank you to Linda, Deborah Cornacchia of Helping Paws, Sarah Rebernick for designing our MWCR Fundraising page, Dave and Barb Gibson for photographing the donated items, and to everyone who donated items.  Linda has offered to organize another online auction in late summer or early fall, so watch for more details.

May Dog Events

MWCR participated in two community dog events in May.  Bark for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society to honor people and dogs touched by cancer, was held at Barkers Alps Park in Stillwater, Minn.  Barb Gibson with Emily and Laddie staffed our booth, participated in dog games, and welcomed all who stopped at our table.

Judy Roggow worked with Kathy Bulicz of Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis to organize the annual Collie Flower party. Residents and their families spent a Sunday afternoon playing with our collies and with shelties from the Minnesota Sheltie Rescue.  Thank you to Judy for organizing the event and thank you to Judy and Linda from the Sheltie Rescue and to Arnie Hilk and Robin Kashuba for sharing Coney, Journey, Prancer, Chase, Skylar, and Shelby with the residents.  We hope to be back in December for our annual Caroling with Collies event (see pictures on the May Photo Wall blog post).

June Dog Events

MWCR will be at three community events in June.  We’ll start the month at the Canine Carnival on June 3 at the Wildlife Science Center’s new location in Stacy, Minn.  On June 10, we’ll have a table at the Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter’s Paws on Parade event at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Minn.  The following Saturday, June 17, we’ll be at the CBS Radio’s Pet-A-Palooza at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul.  Let Cat know ( if you’d like to volunteer at any of these events – we’d love to see you.

Minnesota Collie Frolic

We’re finalizing the date for the Minnesota Collie Frolic which will be held in July this year.  Watch for more details shortly.

Save the Date for MWCR Annual Dinner

Our Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, November 4, at the Wayzata American Legion.  Mark your calendars for this fun evening.

May photo wall

Luna (notacollie), all spiffed up for a sunny Saturday – M.F Ridge

Rodgers Norman enjoying Mother’s Day sunshine

Duncan giving the side-eye.

Raney Roggrow wants Mom to stop gardening to play with him.




Photos from the Collie Flower Party at Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis on May 21


May Rainbow Bridge


Our daughter’s collie, Lila, whom we fostered, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on April 5. It was a very sad day for her family and both Ron and me, too. Gena and her son were visiting while we were fostering Lila and fell in love with her. That was the same time we had Gertie as a foster, the one who made us foster failures.  – Mari & Ron




Nadine and I lost Lucy to liver cancer this morning (May 11). She no longer feels any discomfort and now lives in Heaven. We will miss her every day of our lives. – Nadine & Jim Ferlaak



Ten years ago, after seeing the picture that was posted saying that he would be pulled from the shelter if MWCR could find a foster home for him, my husband and I agreed to “foster” Tango. I can now admit that I never intended to foster him – I knew from that first sight of his picture that he was MY boy! Tonight (May 15), though, our hearts are gutted; he was put to sleep late this afternoon. Our sweet Tangoman had dropped to below his pre-foster weight, could barely stand up anymore, and panted constantly. His loving nature was with him to the end, but he had lost his joy. It’s storming tonight, and I’m grateful that he doesn’t have to contend with such scary weather any more, but I know I’ll never stop missing him. – Faith Howe


Last night (May 16), we said goodbye to our beloved Lucy Collie. She had a mercifully quick decline before dying from kidney failure. As recently as Sunday (when I took this picture) she was enjoying the sunshine with us. We adopted her in 2004 from MWCR when she was 18 months old, and she was a loving pet to us for 13 long years. She leaves us with happy memories and heavy hearts. We know she’s frolicking with Kellie Collie in heaven. She’ll be missed deeply and remembered fondly.

Today is a rough day, and her MWCR sister Ellie is missing her greatly. – Ted & Cara Schmidt

May adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, V.P. & Adoption Coordinator


Handsome Titan (nka Casey), a 1-year-old sable/white male has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. This big boy is still working on some grown-up manners but he doesn’t need any lessons to learn how to snuggle and give collie kisses. His new kitty sister isn’t too sure about him but word is that he thinks she’s great 😉


Handsome Copper, a 2-year-old sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Kansas. Copper was surrendered to a shelter with dermatomyocitis (DM), an autoimmune disorder of skin and muscle found primarily in collies and shelties. His new dad did lots of research on DM before deciding to adopt him – he understands the care that Copper may need and is looking forward to helping him reach his full potential. Copper is just excited to have his very own person to snuggle 🙂



Sammy, a 12-year-old sable/white male – born on Valentine’s Day – was in permanent foster care but his foster mom decided it was time to make him a ‘real’ member of the family, so he has been officially adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. He was originally found by a Good Samaritan and they were able to trace Sammy’s owner from the microchip scan. MWCR contacted Sammy’s dad and he decided to surrender him so that he could have a better life than he could give him, spending too much time alone because he worked long hours and his kids were grown and no longer living at home. Sweet Sammy is a gentle, loving boy and we are thrilled that ‘foster mom’ is now simply ‘mom’ 🙂



Lovely Cookie, an 11-year-old sable/white female, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Cookie has discoid lupus, also known as ‘collie nose’, and she came to MWCR when her family was not able to care for her. Thanks to the help of many caring people, this sweet and gentle lady has found her forever place with a family who is happy to deal with her special needs. They are already in love and it sounds like the feeling is mutual – foster mom said Cookie had a big smile on her face as she bounced into their car like she owned it 🙂

BOD changes

The Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue Board of Directors would like to congratulate Marian Ridge and Matt Beckwith on their appointments as Directors for MWCR.  They fill the vacancies created by Patty Hopkins who moved from Director to Treasurer following this year’s election and by Chris Norman who decided to step down after serving six years on the Board.  Beth Selburg, who did not run for re-election as Treasurer due to professional work demands, decided not to remain on the Board as a Director at this time.

Marian and Matt have both been active with MWCR for a number of years, including transporting, fostering, and adopting dogs.  Marian has provided valuable input on decisions involving foster dogs, their care, and their transfer to MWCR.  Matt has a strong business and accounting background which will help guide MWCR as we continue to grow and evolve as an organization.

The Board wants to thank Beth and Chris for their years of valuable guidance to MWCR.  Beth will continue to manage the tags and microchips for our foster dogs.  Chris will continue to use her journalism background to write and manage MWCR’s newsletter and blog.  Beth and Chris will continue to be ambassadors for MWCR at various community events throughout the year.

We greatly appreciate the work that Beth and Chris have done for MWCR as Board members and are pleased that they’ll continue to be involved with the organization. We want to congratulate Marian and Matt on their new roles with MWCR and thank them for taking on additional responsibilities within MWCR.

Terry Libro, Sarah Rebernick, MyLinda Anderson, Patty Hopkins, and Mary Scopp

Recipe for dog treats

Dog treats, along with their recipe, was brought to the collie frolic in Wauwatosa, Wis.  This treat works for Ranger’s sensitive stomach.  Our dogs love them!
RANGER’S TREATS              375°  for 20 minutes
2 C  Whole Wheat Flour
1 Tbs  Baking Powder
1 C  Peanut Butter
1 C  Milk
Mix dry ingredients, add peanuts butter and milk.
Place dough on lightly floured cookie sheet & roll to 1/4” thick.
– Sue Bodden-Eichsteadt

The MWCR Auction is officially Open!

The easiest way I’ve found to bid is to go to the Helping Paws, Inc Facebook page:

Click on the “photos” link on the left side of the screen. You will then see the MN WI Collie Rescue auction photo with the notation beneath stating “auction is open”.  Click on “see all”, and all photos will be displayed. You can scroll through the photos, clicking to open the ones that have items you wish to bid on.

The process to get to the site to bid is sometimes a bit confusing, just remember the auction is being hosted by Helping Paws, so their facebook page is where to bid at (not the MWCR Fundraising FB page).

I’ll be monitoring the site, and will be available to assist as needed, I’ll be checking the site frequently. You can also contact me directly at or 612-756-2728.

Please share widely with your Facebook friends and families!

Happy Bidding!

-Linda Riegger