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

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