As the year comes to an end and we’re celebrating the holidays, now is a time to reflect on the collies whose lives we touched this year – the sweet dogs who are spending their first holiday season in their new homes as well as those who are enjoying another holiday season with their families. Over the years, MWCR has made the lives of collies and their families so much richer by the work that we do. Sometimes the work is hard, but it always is rewarding in the end when we see a happy, healthy collie embraced by a new family. We couldn’t do what we do without the compassion, dedication, and commitment of our volunteers, members, and supporters. All of you should feel good about the impact that you’ve had on so many collies and on MWCR. Warmest holiday wishes to all of you.
– Terry Libro, MWCR President
By Sarah Rebernick, V.P. & Adoption Coordinator
Adorable Ash, a 1.5-year-old sable/white male has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Although Ash loves people of all kinds, this handsome boy was surrendered to MWCR because he was running a’fowl’ of the chickens, ducks and turkeys that his family raised for food. We’re happy to announce that his new home does not have any companions of the feathered variety and the resident kitty has already made sure he knows that she’s in charge. Fortunately, Ash seemed to have no problem abdicating that responsibility and happily went back to chewing on his antler.
Shadow, a 1-year-old sable/white male has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Shadow was surrendered to MWCR because his youthful exuberance was too much with a new baby in the household. Babies just don’t know how to play with a teen-aged collie and his mom realized that she couldn’t keep up with both of them. Fortunately for Shadow, his new mom is ready and willing to take on this youngster’s exuberance and show him the path to become a wonderful companion. Looks like he’s already settling in pretty nicely.
Handsome smoothie Birk, a 5-year-old merle headed white male has been adopted and will be living in Iowa. Birk was surrendered when he had some issues with a couple of neighborhood canine troublemakers that came through the invisible fence. Fortunately for him, his new home comes equipped with nice wooden fence, a companion collie and a new mom and dad that will be around most of the time. Happy home!
2017 Annual Dinner
The Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser held on November 4 was a success with about fifty people gathering to hear our guest speaker, enjoy a delicious lasagna meal, visit the abundant silent auction, and stock up on Kitty Hilk’s goodies. All who attended received a new MWCR coffee mug made by Yogi and Joan Tadisch of Spirit Graphics. We’ll have a few of the mugs available for purchase at the Collie Frolics in 2018. Thank you to everyone who attended for making the event a success. And, thank you to the members of the Events/Fundraising Committee who worked many hours on the Dinner – Barb Gibson, Brenda Pulkrabek, Cat Olund, Catherine Loveridge, Judy Roggow, Kitty and Arnie Hilk, Linda Riegger, and Robin Kashuba. More pictures from the dinner can be seen here.
November Fundraising a Success
November was MWCR’s month of giving. MyLinda Anderson, MWCR’s Secretary and extraordinary fundraiser, created our highly successful 2017 Give to the Max and Giving Tuesday online fundraising campaigns. MyLinda compiled stories about the collies we helped in 2017 and created a video featuring our adopted collies. The results of our month of giving are being compiled and will be announced shortly. Thank you to everyone for generously supporting MWCR and making a difference in the lives of the collies we foster and adopt.
2018 MWCR calendars are here!
The beautiful 2018 Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue calendars created by talented Eileen Mack and featuring our adopted collies are available for purchase at www.mwcr.org. The calendars are popular items and make wonderful gifts for family, friends, and of course, yourself. Order now so your calendar arrives before the holidays. The proceeds from the sale of the calendars goes toward veterinary care for our foster collies.
Holiday cards and membership renewals are on their way
The 2017 holiday cards, designed by MWCR member Kerri Bash, will be arriving in your mailbox soon. Current MWCR members will receive a membership renewal form with their cards. Membership renewals are due by December 31 in order for members to be eligible to vote in the 2018 officer election. Memberships can be renewed online at www.mwcr.org or by returning the paper form to the address on the form. If you’re not a member and would like to join, membership applications also are available on our website.
The associated treats have already caused numerous illnesses and even death in at least 15 dogs.
To learn which products are affected, please visit the following link:
FDA Warning: Store-Bought Bone Treats Could Kill Your Dog
Please be sure to share the news of this important recall event with other pet owners.
Mike Sagman, Editor
The Dog Food Advisor
Here’s a great opportunity to try agility with your dog in a fun and safe manner. Agile Canines in Minneapolis is offering an introduction Agility For Fun Class on Saturdays, Jan. 6-27, at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $105.
Agile Canines is located at 216 Colfax Ave N, Minneapolis, Minn.