Notes from our president

MWCR Has a LinkedIn Page

MWCR Secretary MyLinda Anderson suggested and created a business LinkedIn page for MWCR.  Thank you, MyLinda!  Here is the link to our new page:  This will give us another avenue to share information about our great organization.

Helping Animals Affected by Hurricane Harvey

We’ve heard from the Collie Rescue Foundation that all of the foster dogs and foster homes affiliated with the collie rescues in Texas, including Houston Collie Rescue and Freedom Collie Rescue in Sugar Land, are safe.  At this time, the Texas collie rescues are not requesting any specific help or donations, but that may change.  Pat from the Freedom Collie Rescue sent the following information regarding ways people could help pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey:
HoustonPetSet  is a nonprofit organization here that helps with grants to rescues in need. They are now also taking donations and making the funds available to any rescue that need help.
Austin Pets Alive are working in conjunction with K-9 transporters to move as many animals as they can out of harms way in Houston to the Austin area to a no kill shelter environment. They have a large staging activity out in Katy Texas right now moving animals as we speak.
Houston SPCA and the Houston Humane Society are also taking donations to help with any animals.
Houston PetTalk Magazine also has a donation drive going on for animals in need.
Locally, the Animal Humane Society in the Twin Cities is sending two teams to the Houston area to help with pets who have been separated from their families as well as help injured pets.  Some humane societies in the upper Midwest are providing shelter to animals until they can be reunited with their families.  Best Friends Animal Society in Utah has several teams in Texas helping with injured and lost pets.  Wings of Rescue is flying rescued animals to various locations in the United States.  Cathy Cline of Janesville, Wis. posted on her Facebook page that she is collecting crates for the Texas animals.  There are many ways that we as individuals can help.  Just avoid unsolicited emails and phone calls and other scams.

Memorial for Carol Propotnik

As some of you know, animal behaviorist and MWCR member Carol Propotnik died unexpectedly in January.  Her family, who lives out of state, will hold a celebration of Carol’s life on Sunday, October 8, from 3 – 6 p.m. at the home of Carol’s friend, Don Wanschura.  Don’s address is 7505 Dupont Ave. S, Minneapolis and his phone number is 612-702-6597.  Carol helped many pets, including MWCR collies, with her evaluations and training plans.  Carol is deeply missed.  According to Don, dogs are welcome at the memorial service.

MWCR Calendar Pictures

Eileen Mack is busy creating the 2018 MWCR Calendar which will be available for purchase in early November.  Here are a few tips for your pictures which need to be submitted by September 6:

  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 6, 2017. That should give us ample time to design, review, and order calendars for arrival in time for the annual dinner in November.
          – Terry Libro, MWCR President

MWCR at community events

August Community Events

MWCR had a booth at the annual Dog Days Westonka in Mound, Minn. on August 12.  Our booth was next to Robert Photography and our collies were photographed frequently during the event.
Participating in the Pet Parade this year were Arnie Hilk with MWCR collies Tristan, Jackson, and Chase.  Thank you to Robin Kashuba with Harley and to Kitty and Arnie Hilk with Tristan, Jackson, Chase, and Sammi for sharing your gorgeous collies with the numerous visitors to our booth.  Nothing attracts people like five gorgeous collies laying in front of the booth.  Thank you to Judy Roggow for also helping staff the booth.  After the event, Kitty and Arnie hosted a barbecue at their nearby home where people and dogs had the chance to rest and take in the quiet beauty of their place. For pictures see August Photo Wall.
MWCR members had been looking forward to the Dog Days of Stockholm event in Stockholm, Wis.  However, the weather forecast for rain all day resulted in us reluctantly cancelling our participation.  We plan to be there next year.

September Community Events

September will be a very busy month for MWCR with community events scheduled every weekend.  We can always use volunteers to staff these events.  Here is where we’ll be:

  • September 9 – Responsible Dog Ownership Day at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo, Minn.
  • September 10 – Madison Collie Frolic at the home of Diane and Dale Liebert.  Please contact Diane at  if you’re planning to attend and to get directions.
  • September 16 – Bark Park Expo at the Brookdale Dog Park in Brooklyn Park, Minn.
  • September 17 – Walk for Paws (a fundraiser for Pause 4 Paws) at the Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth, Minn.
  • September 23 – Love My Pet Fair in Coon Rapids, Minn.
  • September 30 – Rochester Adoption Event at the History Center of Olmsted County in Rochester, Minn.

MWCR Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser on November 4

Our Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 4, from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Wayzata American Legion in Wayzata, Minn.  Trainer Laska Parrow will give an entertaining presentation on keeping your collie happy – nontraditional activities to do with your dog.  We’ll have a delicious meal, a large silent auction, MWCR merchandise for sale, Gray Gables Farm goodies for people and dogs, door prizes, and lots of fun.  Watch for registration information in the coming weeks.

Walk 4 Paws

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to announce our first-ever Walk 4 Paws!  This family and pet-friendly walk will take place on Sunday, September 17th at 10 a.m. at the Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth (3500 Plymouth Boulevard).
We will have live music, food trucks, raffle prizes, fun activities for kids, a photo booth and even some dogs available for adoption!
Registration is now open!
$25 for adults and $18 for kids if you register before September 10th.
And Save the Date for our fall fundraiser, “A Tail Wagging Affair,” on Friday, November 3rd at the beautiful Minneapolis Event Center.
Thanks as always for your support and we hope to see you on the 17th.  Please tell your friends and family too!
Jennifer Ryan
Pause 4 Paws Board of Directors

August adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, Adoption Coordinator


Memphis, a 7-year-old tricolor male has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Memphis is a typical velcro collie that would like nothing more to do than follow you from room to room and snuggle with you continuously. He loves to get hugs, give kisses and lie down next to you. We felt that the perfect home for Memphis was with people who would enjoy showering him with love and his new family definitely fits the bill – and he didn’t even need to go all the way to Tennessee !


Elvis is IN the building! Even better, that building is his new home in Wisconsin. This 7-year-old tricolor male came from a loving home with an owner who was reluctantly forced to re-home him due to some of the unfortunate challenges that life sometimes delivers. Elvis was surrendered with his brother but didn’t mind parting company with his litter mate – sometimes brothers are just a pain, you know? He’s gets along well with other dogs and is good with cats, which is great because his new home has one for him to enjoy.

This affectionate, easy-going boy gets along with everyone and has been a favorite at his groomer and his veterinarian. He also loves a game of ball, or even better, frisbee and is an excellent walking or driving companion – any activity that he gets to do with his people is A-OK with him! Congratulations on your new home, sweet boy!


I am so excited to announce that Millie has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. This lovely 13-year-old girl has only recently been introduced to the joys of indoor living but she took to it like a duck to water. She quickly realized that there is nothing like a comfy bed and now she has one in her very own forever home. Millie came to MWCR when she was surrendered to a local humane society due to her age. It is truly touching that we have awesome adopters who realize seniors like her deserve to live in comfort and safety. Their reward is unconditional love, affection and companionship.

August Rainbow Bridge


It is with great sorrow that Rascal, adopted in 2006, has crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge. We shared an amazing 11 years together.  He came to me as an emergency foster with fear biting and kennel aggression issues.  While I established a loving home and a leadership structure for him, his behavior started to improve.  I was contacted by a hearing and service dog organization who thought he’d be a good service dog. He passed all the physical tests and I brought him to the organization for his new life.  Two days later, naughty boy was kicked out of hearing school for his bad behavior.  It just wasn’t meant to be and it was the best thing that happened to him and me.  He was certainly a case over time where you truly did question “who rescued who?”.  He became the most loving and loyal animal who became my shadow. He attended many MWCR events and he will be greatly missed. My dad also formed a special bond with him as well.  Of all the dogs amongst the kids in my family, he was the only one who got to spend extended periods of time at the lake with grandpa and grandma.  – Cindy Willman


It is with immense sadness that I want to let everybody know that Willie went to the Bridge this past Sunday. The kind vet who came to the house phrased it very nicely, saying “He’s earned his angel wings.” Everybody who met Willie commented on what a special guy he was. He made people feel good here in Florida with his charm, as he had done in Minnesota. Nothing made him happier than schmoozing with anybody he could lean against for some attention. His finest days were as the R.E.A.D. dog at the Minneapolis Indian Center. He spent three years being read to, hugged and loved on by children who adored him. He adored them in return.  In my mind, Willie and Asa and Baxter are hanging out in a better place, fit and healthy and frolicking, while little Miss Allie Mae does her best to keep them all in line.

I miss my Big Guy more than words can say. He was truly one of a kind and will live on in my heart. He created many fond memories and smiles. – Linda Riegger



We said goodbye to my beloved collie from MWCR. We had her for 5-6 years and loved her beyond measure! She was diagnosed with bladder wall cancer about six months ago.

Last Monday her body became weaker and she couldn’t hold her weight anymore and also started having seizures, tightening up then relaxing. She had to be put down by a vet at our home June 12th at 1 p.m. and I miss her terribly. She was my best friend and loyal companion and protector.  She kept the bears out of our yard, even just a week and a half ago.

She was my constant companion and followed me wherever I went. My husband loved her so much, too. I was so lucky to have had her and she had a great life here by the lake. She was loved by everyone.

Thank you for all you do for the collie rescue. – Lorraine Franz

Still time to submit your photo for the 2018 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 6, 2017. That should give us ample time to design, review, and order calendars for arrival in time for the annual dinner in November