Notes from our President

2018 MWCR Calendar

MWCR member Eileen Mack has once again used her considerable talents to create a beautiful calendar featuring MWCR collies.  The 2018 calendar will be available for purchase in early November and will be available at our Annual Dinner on November 4.  Thank you to Eileen for the hours of work designing the calendar and thank you to the many people who submitted gorgeous photographs of their beautiful collies.

Hurricane Irma in Florida

MWCR member Linda Riegger divides her time between Minnesota and Florida.  Linda was in Florida when Hurricane Irma struck the Gulf Coast side of the state.  Linda’s neighborhood was under mandatory evacuation, so she and her furry family moved inland  into her father’s assisted living apartment.  As Hurricane Irma battered the area, Linda not only kept her pets calm, but she also helped the residents at the apartment complex with their pets.  Thank you, Linda, for using your animal rescue skills to help animals during a very frightening experience.

Memorial Service for Carol Propotnik

A memorial service for animal behaviorist and MWCR member Carol Propotnik will be held on Sunday, October 8, from 3 – 6 p.m. at the home of Don Wanschura located at 7505 Dupont Avenue South in Richfield.  Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome.  Carol’s family has asked that any memorials be made to the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue, Howling for Wolves, or another animal charity. – Terry Libro, MWCR President

September Rainbow Bridge


Dear friends at MWCR: I am posting on my Facebook today about my beloved collie Snickers, who I adopted four years ago this weekend. I am extremely sad to say that he passed away at the end of July. I have not been able to write much about it because every time I try I just start to cry. He was so special.  His name was Nick when I adopted him but I changed it to Snickers because he was so sweet and it suited him. People may remember that he weighed 116 pounds when he was surrendered to MWCR. He was the fattest dog I have ever seen and could hardly stand. I loved him immediately. With a lot of love and a diet that included lots of green beans, he got down to 73 pounds but never lost his sweet disposition. Snickers was the best dog I have ever had. I hope anyone thinking about adoption will consider a senior dog. We had many adventures and spent many hours cuddling. Everyone who met him loved him. Thank you so so much for letting me adopt this dog. – Very sincerely, Sara Mainquist


It is with  much sadness and  heavy hearts that my wife Pam and I must inform you  of Maple Sugar Frizzell’s crossing over the Rainbow Bridge on Saturday September 2ndWe brought Maple into our family in February 2008 when she was just four months old. She was a great dog and a wonderful family member and will be greatly missed by our family and friends. We would never had the chance to have Maple be a  part of our family if it hadn’t been for MWCR and people like Leslie Ciaccio who worked with us to find the right match and it was spot on! We will greatly miss her but have many fond memories of her that will help get us through this sad time.

Again we thank MWCR and all it’s dedicated volunteers who help find homes for this great breed of dog. – Wayne and Pam Frizzell


It is with a heavy and grieving heart that I write that my baby, Bailey, has passed on to the Rainbow Bridge. Bailey was my little angel. I loved him so much. Many years ago, when I was a kid, I had a collie. We adopted her when she was about three months old and I had her until she was 18 years old. I remember how difficult it was for me to say goodbye to her. It took me a few decades to get to a place where I felt I could adopt again. But I didn’t rescue Bailey – he rescued me. He was so adorable and sweet. He didn’t have a mean bone in his little body. When I first met him, he was so nonchalant. He seemed so disinterested in everything. When family and friends would visit, he would turn his head away. But that was Bailey. He found so many ways to show me that he loved me. He was precious, loving, and caring.

A few days ago, his leash became wrapped around some trees. Apparently there was an underground wasp hive and it was disturbed. The wasps attacked him. Because he was wrapped around the tree, he had nowhere to go to get away from them. I was able to get him loose and pulled him away. By then, he was unconscious. I got him to the vet and they said he was in anaphylactic shock. They gave him something to counteract it, and he came around. He was alert and looking around. But then his blood pressure dropped and his heart rate spiked. He needed plasma. The next day they gave him plasma and his numbers got better and he seemed to be on the mend. He was still groggy when I saw him and he didn’t move much, but I knew he was aware I was there. Last night, I couldn’t sleep, because I was haunted by the images of my baby with all of those wasps on him. This morning, the vet called and said he had taken a turn for the worse, and there was nothing they could do to make him better. I went to say goodbye to my dear, little friend. I adopted Bailey less than three years ago, but I feel as though I’ve had him forever. He was such a sweet, sweet boy. This house is quiet and empty without him. I miss my baby, but I know he is no longer suffering and is at peace.

I can see the love that many of you have when I read the postings on this blog. I wanted to share with you that my little one has joined so many other loved ones at the Rainbow Bridge. – Sharon F. Skinner


Moonlight’s Holliday, the dog I adopted from the MWCR ten years ago passed away on Sunday, September 17th. Holly was 11.5 years old. – Kathryn Allen



Jinny celebrates the New Year

Our family said good-bye to our beloved Jinny today. We adopted her from the MN-WI Collie Rescue organization when she was 5-6 years old in April of 2012. We will always remember Jinny as a kind and gentle dog. Saying good-bye is so hard, but we are so grateful for the years we had with her and all the wonderful memories. RIP dear girl. – Amy, Brad and Kaelyn Sillanpa

MWCR events

Busy Month at Community Events

MWCR participated in five community events in September.  We had a booth at the Responsible Dog Ownership Day held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo, Minn.  Laddie Luke Gibson passed his Therapy Dog International test at this event and is now a therapy dog.  Laddie and his sister Emily had fun testing doggie exercise equipment at the event.  Morgan and his dad also stopped by the booth in the afternoon.  Thank you, Tim Bush, for staffing the booth and packing up the booth.

The next day, collies and their families gathered at the home of Dale and Diane Liebert for the Madison Collie Frolic.  The dogs frolicked in the large yard while their people visited, enjoyed food, and shopped for MWCR items made by Spirit Graphics.  Everyone enjoyed the beautiful afternoon.  Thank you, Diane and Dale, for graciously sharing your home with us.

The northern suburbs of the Twin Cities hosted two dog events.  Bark Park was held in Brooklyn Park.  Rodgers, with his mom Chris Norman, staffed our booth and greeted many visitors, including a family with three collies.  A little girl who stopped by our booth to spin the prize wheel was very surprised when her first tooth suddenly fell out.  The Love My Pet Fest was held the following Saturday in Coon Rapids.  A large crowd attended even though the weather was unseasonably hot and humid.

Southern Minnesota was the site of the Dogs and More event hosted by BACB Unleashed and the Rescued Animals Coalition of SE MN at the History Center of Olmsted County in Rochester.  The beautiful location provided rescues and attendees with the opportunity to visit and learn more about available animals.

See pictures from these events in our September Photo Wall

Community Events in October

MWCR will have a booth at the Blessing of the Animals and Pet Fair held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Elk River, Minn. on October 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  This is a new event sponsored in part by Pause 4 Paws, a Minnesota nonprofit that raises funds for animal rescues such as MWCR.  On October 21, MWCR will participate in the Howlo’ween 5K and fundraiser organized by the Carver-Scott Humane Society.  The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City Square Park in Chaska.  Hope to see you at these events!

MWCR’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser

Registration is now open for MWCR’s Annual Dinner on Saturday, November 4, from 3-6 p.m. at the Wayzata American Legion in Wayzata, Minn.  We’ll have a fun event with a silent auction, free items, dog treats and jams and bath products from Gray Gables Farm, a presentation by trainer Laska Parrow, door prizes, a delicious meal, and surprises.  The cost is $25 per person or $20 if you bring a dessert to share.  Registration is at or email  Let Kitty know if you’d like to pre-order any of her Gray Gables products.  Your dogs will love you if you get Kitty’s homemade turkey jerky dog treats.  Come and have a fun evening with fellow collie lovers and support the work done by MWCR.

September photo wall

Jerna, Rich & Toby (pictured), wanted to say hello and also say we are doing great :)! Toby has been instrumental with our fostering work (if you can call it work LOL), and is always the perfect gentleman helping new dogs find their way. We are so proud of our Golden Boy! Thank you again MWCR for bringing him in to our lives!


Sweet Rilla, adopted in 2015, is so glad her human brother is sleeping through the night now. She is such a good big sister that she would get up with every single feeding and diaper change and was as exhausted as mom & dad were with the new baby!


Yogi and Maisie Gerber enjoying a fall day.


September events

Repsonsible Dog Ownership Day

Bark Park Expo

Love My Pet Fest

Dogs and More

Traveling Like a Rock Star

Giving Piper a pre-flight pep talk.

Piper, a seven-month-old collie puppy who is recovering from a pelvic fracture, needed a transport from the Twin Cities to her foster home in Wisconsin. We asked MWCR member and professional pilot, Jim Ferlaak, if he would consider flying Piper to her foster home to avoid a several hour car trip. Without hesitation, Jim enthusiastically agreed to fly Piper in his private plane which is outfitted with a crate to transport dogs. Jim studied aviation weather forecasts to find the perfect day, flew into the Twin Cities with his friend Karl,

Piper, Jim, Carl and staff from Airlake Airport.

also a professional pilot, and picked up Piper who flew off to her foster home like a rock star in her private plane. As you can see from the photographs, Piper even had a group of fans at the airport to send her off in style. Plus, she was greeted at the airport in Wisconsin by her foster mom and another group of fans.

Piper’s Chariot

Jim and his wife Nadine, who also is a pilot, have generously flown MWCR collies in the past. Jim made this flight in honor of Lucy, their beloved MWCR collie who died earlier this year. We can’t thank you enough, Jim, for volunteering your time and services and for your care, dedication, compassion, and willingness to help our wonderful dogs.  Piper, too, thinks you’re pretty great.

MWCR’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser is Saturday, November 4

MWCR’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser is Saturday, November 4, from 3-6 p.m. at the Wayzata American Legion located at 949 Wayzata Blvd E in Wayzata, Minn.  The event will include a delicious lasagna meal, a large silent auction, door prizes, MWCR merchandise including new shirts and sweatshirts created by Joan and Yogi Tadisch, and jams, bath products, and dog treats made by MWCR member Kitty Hilk of Gray Gables Farm.

This year’s guest speaker is Laska Parrow, a well-known Twin Cities dog trainer.  Laska will give a presentation on nontraditional activities, such as nose work and brain games, to do with our collies.  Laska will describe fun activities, other than agility and herding, for our dogs as well as answer our questions.

Admission is $25 per person or $20 if you bring a dessert to share with the group.  Registration will be available on our website at or by emailing Terry at or by calling 952-432-0200.  Registration by October 25 will guarantee a seat as well as help with food planning.

Join other collie lovers for a fun event and help support the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue and the work we do for collies.

Memorial service for Carol Propotnik

The celebration of Carol’s life will be held at the home of Don Wanschura and his wife from 3- 6 p.m., on Sunday, October 8.  The address is 7505 Dupont Avenue South, Richfield, Minn.   According to Don, the informal, catered gathering will be an opportunity to meet Carol’s family and share memories of Carol.  Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.  The family has requested that any memorials be directed to the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue, Howling for Wolves, or another animal charity.

Over the years, Carol, who adopted collies from MWCR, has been a tremendous resource to our organization and has helped many dogs and their families who had questions about dog behavior.  Carol worked with my collie-mix, Jake, after he had an encounter with Minneapolis Animal Control and helped save his good name.  Carol was always willing to provide an assessment for any MWCR collie and work on a behavioral plan to help the dog and the family.  Carol was a strong supporter of MWCR and rarely missed one of our events.  Carol is greatly missed. – Terry Libro, MWCR President

Carol’s obituary

Laddie Gibson is MWCR’s newest therapy dog

Congratulations to Barb Gibson and Laddie for passing the TDI test on Saturday at the Responsible Dog Ownership Day event in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.  Not only did Laddie pass, but the evaluator told Barb that he did the best of the dogs in the group.  Laddie spent the first years of his life outdoors on a farm before coming to MWCR.  He now enjoys the benefits of city life, a loving home, healthy food, and dog parks nearby.  The attached picture shows Laddie (in front) with his sister Emily shortly after passing his therapy dog test.  As you can see from his smile, Laddie is quite proud of his accomplishment.

Barb works at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis.  Barb plans to take Laddie, who loves people, to visit the veterans and brighten their days.  Congratulations to Barb and Laddie!

Collie Strong fundraiser

From Houston Collie Rescue: 

Though our rescue groups have reported we do not not personally need assistance we have five foster homes/adopters that have been completely flooded. Some of those have their dogs at Camp Collie until they can be allowed back into their homes due to mandatory evacuations. Two have been told it could be up to 10 days longer due to the reservoir releasing water. We have learned some do not have flood insurance as it is not required in some areas.
So please see the link below if you’d like to help by purchasing Chuck Heubach’s designed Collie Strong T-shirt.
       – Vickey Willard, Houston Collie Rescue

CollieStrong Fundraisers

They stepped up for the collies, now we step up for them!
Here in the Houston, collie rescuers and adopters that have been catastrophically impacted by Harvey. Our talented friend Chuck Heubach of Twin City Dog has designed these T-shirts for support. This fundraiser is for people and all net proceeds will go directly to help provide relief.
Order your T-shirt at the CollieStrong link:
T-shirts $15 with free shipping. Additional donations can be made when ordering.
Houston Collie Rescue fully supports this fundraiser.
This fundraiser supports ALL of our local collie rescue volunteers and adopters in the Houston area. Please contact us if you have been catastrophically impacted.