Notes from our President

By Terry Libro, MWCR President

Happy New Year

2017 was a very successful year for MWCR and its collies, and we look forward to doing even more in 2018 for our collies, our members, and the collie community.  Thank you to everyone who submitted their thoughts and suggestions for additional ways we can help.  We will be reviewing your input and implementing new programs to better serve collies and their families.

All of us wish you a very happy and prosperous new year.

Membership Renewals

Thank you to everyone who renewed your MWCR membership by December 31 and are eligible to vote in our 2018 election.  We will continue to accept any late arrivals.

Holiday Photos with Collies

I, and many others, thoroughly enjoyed seeing the happy collies sharing the love of this season.  It’s heartwarming to see so many collies in loving homes.  Thank you to all who shared their pictures and thank you to everyone for opening your home to a collie in need.  Collies are the best!

2018 MWCR Calendars

We have a few 2018 MWCR Calendars left, so if you’d like a calendar featuring our gorgeous adopted collies, let us know.  Calendars can be ordered at


December adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, Adoption Coordinator


Sweet Sage, a sable male has been adopted and will be living in Illinois. Just two years old, he has lived most of his life as a neglected collie, kept outside in the yard with only a dominant male collie as a companion. He was rarely spoken to and was taught no commands or manners. Although no one played with him, this sweet boy has maintained a loving, happy personality.

Sage definitely came a long way in his foster home – he learned his house manners, how to walk on a leash and ride well in a car and even likes to help with the dishes. About the only thing that isn’t looking up for Sage is that he has some chronic tummy trouble, but his new mom and dad know that this bundle of love is worth the extra effort his condition requires. Sage is a wonderful collie as sweet and beautiful as his face, and now he has his own family to love him.


Beautiful Brandy, a, 1.5 yr blue merle female has been adopted and will be living in Iowa. Unlike Sage, this sweet girl has always had a loving home but after she and her owner were attacked by a mastiff one night they were both left suffering from PTSD. Brandy became quite anxious and reactive and Mom didn’t have the physical strength or stamina to work through it. She also realized that she was passing her nervousness on to Brandy and believed a new environment was the best thing for her and sadly surrendered her to MWCR so she could get the help she needed.

While in foster Brandy has worked very hard to get past her fears and we’re all very proud of how far she’s come – she was even unfazed by a mastiff in her training class. Her new mom and dad will continue to provide the love, security and training that she needs and have the experience and patience to help her to get back on track. She also has a new little brother, a golden pup who already thinks she’s pretty fun!


Reamus, a 1.5-year-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This sweet boy came to MWCR after he was brought in as part of an Animal Control seizure in a neglect case. And neglected he was! Although he is a mid-sized collie, when he came in he only weighed 46 lbs. Despite his rough start, Reamus is a loving, affectionate young dog who craves human attention almost as much as he needed food. Due to the excellent care in his foster home he has been steadily gaining weight and getting the love and attention he deserves. In fact, he’s so loved that he will be joining their family permanently, so congratulations to our newest foster flunkies.

Member news

MWCR Member Robin Kashuba is an Author

Robin Kashuba, MWCR volunteer, adopter, and foster mom, is now an author.  Robin’s book, Redemption Has 4 Paws, was recently published and is available for purchase online from Amazon and from Barnes and Noble.  The book chronicles the impact that Robin’s dogs have had on her life, the love that rescue dogs give to others, and the many rewards of therapy visits.  Robin has generously offered to donate the proceeds from the book sales to three rescues, including the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue.  This winter is the perfect time to curl up with a good book.  Congratulations, Robin, and thank you for giving a wonderful home to so many rescue dogs.

MWCR Member Brenda Pulkrabek Honored

The Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter in Hutchinson, Minn., honored MWCR member Brenda Pulkrabek in its latest newsletter, The Pawgress Report, for being the second highest fundraiser for the animal shelter.  Brenda, who has adopted from MWCR and is a frequent attendee with her collies at MWCR events, is the newest member of MWCR’s Events/Fundraising Committee.  Congratulations, Brenda, and thank you to you and all of our other members and supporters who volunteer with their local shelters and humane societies.  We are thrilled to have very generous and compassionate members who share their love of animals with local animals in need as well as with MWCR collies.

December photo wall


Happy Holidays from the collies of MWCR

The Hilks






Lucy and Archie



Brogan and Finnegan



Leo (center), Penny (tiny 14lb “collie” right), and Cooper (left).


Happy Holidays from Sparky and his family


Pawsome Holidays from Jaxson, Maleah, Pebbles and Finn!


Happy Holidays from MWCR alum, Buster!