The MWCR Annual Dinner & Fundraiser is less than a week away

The Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser is this Saturday, Nov. 4th. If you haven’t registered, please do so at mwcr.org or send an email to tlibro@hotmail.com

This is the perfect weather to enjoy comfort food like traditional and vegetable lasagna and help our collies.  We’ll have an entertaining speaker, door prizes, and a “free” table where people can drop off items not being used and can help themselves to other free items.  As always, we’ll have a large silent auction with items such as a $100 VISA gift card, a $50 VISA gift card, a gift basket from Chuck and Dons, a wine basket, a gourmet pasta basket, dog beds, and other items perfect for gift giving.  Gray Gables Farm products, including gift baskets for people and yummy dog treats, will be available for purchase.

So, let’s gather from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, at the Wayzata American Legion located at 949 Wayzata Blvd E in Wayzata, Minn., for a fun event to benefit MWCR and our wonderful collies.  Plus, everyone attending will go home with a special gift made by MWCR members Joan and Yogi Tadisch of Spirit Graphics.

Hope to see you next Saturday!

MWCR Events and Fundraising Committee

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Notes from our President

By Terry Libro, MWCR President

2018 MWCR Calendars Are Here!

The beautiful 2018 MWCR calendars created by talented Eileen Mack and featuring our adopted collies are available for purchase at www.mwcr.og.  The calendars are always popular items, so get your orders in soon.  We’ll also have calendars for sale on Saturday at the Dinner.

MWCR at Community Events in October

MWCR is winding down its busy community events season.  In October we participated in a Blessing of the Animals at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Elk River, Minnesota.  The event was coordinated by Pause 4 Paws and featured a free lunch, vendors, and a craft fair.  In addition to dogs and cats, the event included a prize-winning llama.

MWCR also had a booth at the Carver Scott Humane Society’s Howl-O-Ween 5k run held at historic City Square Park in Chaska, Minn.. We had the perfect location in front of the gazebo.  Despite, the rain, runners and vendors participated in the event and made it a success.

Upcoming Events

Watch for more information on the Give to the Max Day and the Giving Tuesday fundraising events in November.  Also, we may do another Caroling with Collies event in December.

October photo wall

MWCR alum, Buster was adopted in 2016

 

Murray loves to help with the fall yard work.

 

Petey thinks muddy feet are a badge of his adventures.

 

Hobie loves joining his brother Petey for fall hikes.

 

Campbell, adopted in 2014.

 

Nick and Blaze in their ‘collie courtyard’.

 

Allie and Bella enjoying a fall day in their garden.

 

Desi is ready to greet trick or treaters.

 

Hudson ‘takin’ it easy’ in Gresham, Wis.

October Adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator

Jessie

Joyous Jessie, a 4.5 year-old sable/white female has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Her Mom hit a rough patch in life and tearfully surrendered Jessie to MWCR in order for her to have a better future. This sweet lady will now be enjoying her huge fenced yard, sister collie and a mom and dad that are home most of the time. Congratulations to all!

Sadie

Sweetie Dickens, a 2-year-old red tricolor collie mix, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. She came to MWCR after being brought in from a cruelty case by the AHS. She was very scared and not doing well in the shelter environment but really blossomed in foster care.

With no disrespect to the fabulous Gloria Gaynor, we present The Ballad of Sweetie Dickens (now happily renamed Sadie). Feel free to sing along.
🎶 At first I was afraid, I was petrified.
Kept thinking something here would hurt me with you by my side,
But I’m not the kind dog who just feels sorry for myself,
So I grew strong and I learned how to get along.
And now I’m home! I’m not alone!
I’ve got toys and beds and couches of my very own.
I’ve got all my fur to pet, I’ve got all my treats to get,
I will survive, I’ll learn high fives! woof, woof! 🎶

Buddy

Buddy (aka Snowy), a 2-year-old sable-headed white male, has been adopted and will be living in Illinois. This handsome boy is a deaf “double dilute”, the result of breeding two merle collies. He was sadly surrendered due to the owner losing her home. He’s such a love that his foster mom wanted to keep his original name of Buddy because that is exactly what he is. He is also quite the gentleman and enjoys the company of other dogs and cats so I know he’s going to love having both a new canine and human sister to play with.

Beethoven, a 6-month-old male collie/golden mix, has been adopted and will be living in Illinois. He and his brother came to MWCR when there was a death in the family and this wonderful smart pup will be an excellent family dog.
Beethoven is a bit shy at first but gets along with everyone and everything and is quickly learning all the ins and outs of being a ‘good boy’. As long as his new family makes a commitment to continuing his education and socialization, he will be a great companion once he outgrows the usual puppy naughtiness. With the smarts and strength of a golden combined with the smarts and grace of a collie, this sweet Beethoven hits all the right notes!

Piper

Sweet Piper, a 7-month-old female sable merle has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This lovely girl was reluctantly surrendered by her loving mom because of changes in her life that make it difficult to meet Piper’s needs. You see, Piper had an accident when she was four months old that resulted in three fractures to her pelvis and hip and needed to find a home that could help with her exercise regime and rehabilitation. Although she will never be an agility dog or run a marathon, her new mom is more than happy to share her life with such a loving companion.

We’re also sending out a big Thank You! to our wonderful members Jim & Nadine Ferlaak who stepped up to fly this sweet girl to her foster home in order to shorten her travel time. Piper won the hearts of everyone involved in her transports and her happy, friendly personality makes friends wherever she goes. We know her fan club is only going to grow over time.

Prince

Prince, a 6-month-old Gollie (collie/golden mix), has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Prince, who came to MWCR when there was a death in the family, was adopted out a couple weeks ago but his new family unfortunately discovered they were extremely allergic to him. Happily, there was another adopter who had been waiting for a happy, wiggly bundle of puppy energy to join their family and Prince now has a new home with a canine buddy and two human brothers to keep him entertained. Congratulations cutie!

Buddy, a 9-year-old sable/white male has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. This sweet, friendly boy was surrendered to a shelter when his owner hit a rough patch in life. Fortunately a fellow collie lover was able to notify us right away and help get him to his foster home. Now he is in his forever home, enjoying a soft bed and belly rubs.

Buddy

Buddy is a big boy, weighing in at almost 130 lbs., so his new mom will be continuing his strict diet in order to lose weight and avoid injuries to his joints and ligaments. But just as he is “king-sized” in his physique, he also has a king-sized sweetness to his personality. He’s such a good boy that the store manager at Walmart offered to hire Buddy as a Greeter!

October Rainbow Bridge

Simon

Sadly, Simon (fka Rocky), developed seizures in late March and had a couple long ones the morning of April 29, and passed that afternoon after another one.  Our vet believed he was much older than we thought as he slowed much during the winter. – John Tremble

 

Sadie

Sharing our sad news that Sadie went to the rainbow bridge last week. We loved our pretty, silly, sweet girl.  It was a joy having her in our lives.  She took a little piece of our hearts with her.   – Cecille Zastrow

 

Mackenzie

 

Sometimes in life you are truly blessed to share your life with an exceptional furry best friend who touches your heart- just a little more, wags his tail when he greets you- just a little more, looks deeply into your eyes with love- just a little more. That was my sweet braveheart Mackenzie. After meeting him at his foster mom’s (thank you Laure), I decided this gentle big boy (all huggable 80 pounds) was mine. He quickly made himself at home, situating himself on the living room sofa with his head on the armrest to insure a better view of his arch nemesis, the squirrel, daring to come into his backyard. When Madeline joined our family, he put up with all of her rambunctious collie behavior- even her attempts at herding. But ever the patient fellow, when getting their chewy treats, Mackenzie would wait for a moment of Madeline’s inattentiveness and slowly sneak over and snatch her treat to enjoy. Last Monday, a beautiful fall day, Mackenzie and I were standing on the patio glorying in the blue sky and dazzling colors of the leaves swirling round when he slowly walked over to the side of the garden. He stood there, nose twitching, taking in all those curious smells, the wind wafting through his magnificent brown and white ruff, and I thought, I will keep that image of him in my heart forever. We said goodbye yesterday as he lay on his bed by the fireplace, remembering his 14 years of love and devotion.

 

Ten things only rough collie families understand

From Buzzfeed:

 

There’s no love quite like that of a rough collie. So, can you relate?

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What would rough collies be without their long beautiful fur coat? Little balls of rough collie hair drift through your house like tumbleweeds, you go through two or more vacuums a year, and unless you are brave enough to tackle hours of grooming yourself, you're stuck forking out a mere fortune for a groomer. All of this, and we wouldn't trade it for the world.

What would rough collies be without their long beautiful fur coat? Little balls of rough collie hair drift through your house like tumbleweeds, you go through two or more vacuums a year, and unless you are brave enough to tackle hours of grooming yourself, you’re stuck forking out a mere fortune for a groomer. All of this, and we wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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Rough collies are stubborn yet sensitive dogs. A firm scolding and you're given the classic melancholy look. Try fighting the urge to give into that beautiful heartbroken face.

Rough collies are stubborn yet sensitive dogs. A firm scolding and you’re given the classic melancholy look. Try fighting the urge to give into that beautiful heartbroken face.

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Rough collies love kissing and getting all up in your business. You could say it's their favorite past-time. You're their best friend, and they make sure you never forget that.

Rough collies love kissing and getting all up in your business. You could say it’s their favorite past-time. You’re their best friend, and they make sure you never forget that.

4.

Sure, the younger generation might not understand, but that doesn't keep you from hearing or using the name "Lassie" whenever you take your rough collie outdoors.

Sure, the younger generation might not understand, but that doesn’t keep you from hearing or using the name “Lassie” whenever you take your rough collie outdoors.

5.

No, rough collies aren't a toy breed, but you still insist on dressing up your little friend in all kinds of cute outfits. A rough collie's tolerance of playing dress-up is certainly one of your favorite parts about the breed.

No, rough collies aren’t a toy breed, but you still insist on dressing up your little friend in all kinds of cute outfits. A rough collie’s tolerance of playing dress-up is certainly one of your favorite parts about the breed.

6.

Children are the cheese to your rough collie's macaroni. They go hand in hand. The gentleness and watchful protectiveness of the breed mean your rough collie spells "perfect family dog." This beautiful rough collie quality is something only owners may truly understand.

Children are the cheese to your rough collie’s macaroni. They go hand in hand. The gentleness and watchful protectiveness of the breed mean your rough collie spells “perfect family dog.” This beautiful rough collie quality is something only owners may truly understand.

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It doesn't matter where your rough collie is sleeping, you can almost guarantee they are sleeping on their back. And somewhere in that pretty little head, you can be certain your favorite back-sleeper is dreaming about you.

It doesn’t matter where your rough collie is sleeping, you can almost guarantee they are sleeping on their back. And somewhere in that pretty little head, you can be certain your favorite back-sleeper is dreaming about you.

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Rough collies are herding dogs, and that herding instinct carries over into your everyday life. Chasing games are always included in rough collie playtime. If it's not playtime, you can be sure your rough collie is still chasing you, and perhaps giving your heels little love-bites.

Rough collies are herding dogs, and that herding instinct carries over into your everyday life. Chasing games are always included in rough collie playtime. If it’s not playtime, you can be sure your rough collie is still chasing you, and perhaps giving your heels little love-bites.

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Rough collies sport one of the longest noses in the dog world. That foxy nose is the perfect place to plant a kiss. Laying love on your rough collie is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night.

Rough collies sport one of the longest noses in the dog world. That foxy nose is the perfect place to plant a kiss. Laying love on your rough collie is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night.

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Rough collies are beautiful, gentle, loyal, trainable, laid-back, and would do anything for their people. Only you, as an owner, get to experience the companionship of the coolest breed there is.