President’s Corner


By Terry Libro, MWCR President

Auctions to help collies

AUCTIONS TO HELP COLLIES!, an online auction on Facebook run by Cathy Pupo, raised $1000 last month for the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue.  Cathy’s auctions have raised thousands of dollars to help collie rescues across the United States.  Thank you to Cathy for selecting MWCR to be a recipient of the auction, thank you to everyone who donated items, and thank you to everyone who bid on the items. Your generosity helped many collies.

MWCR’s Online Auction May 23 to May 27

Linda Riegger is again organizing an online auction with Helping Paws to benefit MWCR.  Linda and her team ran a successful auction last spring and wanted to do another online auction this spring.  Barb and Dave Gibson are busy photographing the items which will be auctioned and Linda is busy doing the behind-the-scenes work.  Items in this year’s auction include a beautiful, custom-made wood collie Welcome sign made by MWCR member Arnie Hilk, vintage collie books, a collectible Mosser glass collie figurine, MWCR clothing, gift cards, and more.  If you have items you’d like to donate to the online auction, please contact Linda at  Watch for more details on the auction process as we get closer to the date.  Here is the online auction link:


Pause 4 Paws Adoption Event

Chris Norman, Rodgers the collie, and I had a blast at the Pause 4 Paws Adoption event held on April 21.  Handsome Rodgers was quite the charmer.  In addition to promoting the adoption of rescue animals, the Pause 4 Paws organizers held a raffle and a bake sale to raise funds for their beneficiary rescues.  A special thank you to the students at Providence Academy in Plymouth, Minn. who made fleece blankets, tug toys, and a cat toy for each rescue. See pictures from this event on the April Photo Wall.

Upcoming events

The Minnesota Collie Rescue will have a table at the Paws on Parade event organized by the Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter in Hutchinson, Minn., Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  If you’d like to volunteer for a few hours at this or other events, please let our Volunteer Coordinator, Cat Olund, know of your interest.  Cat’s email is

MWCR also will be holding its annual Collie Flower event on Sunday, May 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Catholic Eldercare located at 817 NE Main Street in Minneapolis.  This event, organized by Judy Roggow, is an opportunity for collies and shelties to visit with the residents at Catholic Eldercare.  Calm dogs on leashes are welcome and do not need to be certified therapy dogs.  The residents and staff always enjoy visiting with the collies and shelties.

Food Drives Are For Pets Too

Food drives aren’t only for people, they’re for pets as well.  Food shelves distribute pet food so that family pets don’t go hungry.  So, the next time your employer or church or other organization has a food drive, please consider donating pet food.  The National Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger food drive is on Saturday, May 12.  Nonperishable items, including unopened dry and canned pet food, can be left at your mailbox for your mail carrier to pick up.  Some events, such as the Dog Days Westonka, collect dog and cat food for the local food shelf and MWCR always donates dog food at these events.  So, please include dog and cat food as part of your next food donation and make a family pet happy.  If you’d like to drop off pet food at MWCR’s table at community events, your donation will be donated to a local food shelf.

Traveling from Puerto Vallarta?

Are you planning to travel by air from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Minneapolis?  Would you like to help a rescue cat or small dog find a new home?  If so, then Jill Goldstein from Pause 4 Paws would love to hear from you.  Pause 4 Paws, which raises money for its beneficiary rescues, including MWCR, has partnered with a rescue in Puerto Vallarta to help with the abundance of neglected and homeless animals in Mexico.  Pause 4 Paws has arrangements with Aero Mexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, United, and Virgin America to transport cats and small dogs in the cabins of their planes.  Sun Country, which many people fly to Minneapolis, does not allow pets in the cabin.   If you, or anyone you know, would be willing to transport a homeless animal from Puerto Vallarta to Minneapolis, please contact Jill at or 612-810-2893 who will make the arrangements.  Pause 4 Paws will pay for the cost of transporting the animal which will be delivered to you in Puerto Vallarta.  A representative of either Pause 4 Paws or Angel of Hope Animal Rescue will meet your flight in Minneapolis and take the animal to its foster home.  Their Airline Angel program operates all year, not just the winter months.  Please contact Jill if you can help these animals.

A tribute to Mackie

A beautiful tribute from the family of a senior adopter: Shirley Cloninger recently passed, she was the proud recipient of a Minnesota Wisconsin Collie from your rescue program named Mackie. At a time in her life when our father had died, Shirley really needed support and turned to you in hopes of bringing a rough collie into her life. Since she was in her eighties her daughter Sandra and Shirley co-adopted him. You could say it was a match made in Heaven. In no time at all Shirley and Mackie became soul mates and best of friends. They did everything together. Shirley took excellent care of him with the support of her two daughters. She had reclaimed purpose for her life and that was Mackie. Our family has always been so grateful for allowing this senior dog to be such an important part of all of our lives. Shirley lived to be ninety-three all because she had found new love and joy with Mackie. Your program is really important for collies and the many people who adopt and take care of them. Thank you all for trusting in our family and we hope that more seniors can find the incredible bond that she had developed with Mackie. Mackie crossed the Rainbow Bridge first and as a family we are very sure that our mother is now with him in Heaven. Thank you for all the great things you do.

April photo wall

Cat, cat, collie


MWCR alum Nick passed his AKC Canine Good Citizen Test with his first attempt!




Laddie is adapting well to his new life as a tripod.


Recently adopted Dibs and his new family


Desi after her Spring Spa Day


Photos from the Pause 4 Paws Annual Adoption Event at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge in Brooklyn Park, Minn.


April Rainbow Bridge

Leo and Rocco

Our beloved Leo crossed the Rainbow Bridge April 6, at the age of 13.  I adopted Leo from MWCR back in 2005; back then he was known as Prancer.  Not only did I rescue Leo, but I like to say that he rescued me.  I was already approved for adoption when I saw him pop up on the website and I immediately knew he was meant to be with me.  He was a loyal friend and constant companion.  Back in 2005, I was a single guy living in Crystal.  Today, I am married with an eight-year old son living in suburban Chicago.  From the day we brought our son Jake home from the hospital, Leo knew he had a job to do and he did it faithfully every day.  He was Jake’s friend, brother and protector.

Leo had a lifelong dog brother, Rocco, a Boston Terrier who we lost last November to cancer.  In the months that followed, Leo really went downhill without his pal.  He seemed lost.  Ultimately, his body failed him and we had to make the decision to end his suffering.  Attached are some pictures I wanted to share to say thank you for bringing Leo into our lives.  Keep doing your good work; I am forever grateful. – Alex Novak


Holly, our 2016 Calendar Cover Girl passed away today at home suddenly. She was 13 1/2 years old. She will be missed dearly.

April adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick VP & Adoption Coordinator


Sweet senior collie mix, Dean, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Dean came to MWCR after he was picked up as a stray. Since no family came to claim him he was happily transferred to us and is such a nice, loving boy that his foster mom and dad quickly realized that he was the perfect fit for their family. Congratulations to all concerned!


Lucy & Ryder

Ryder, a 10-year-old male tricolor and his daughter, Lucy, an 8-year-old sable/white, have been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. These two lovely collies were surrendered by the family of their owner when she became ill and was no longer able to care for the them. Handsome Ryder has a few health issues that his new dad will keep an eye on but we’re happy to report that neutering has reduced his somewhat excessive interest in the lady dogs’ … um … backsides ;-). We’re so happy that he and Lucy were able to be adopted together!


Beautiful Willow, a 3-year-old merle female, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Because of unexpected and difficult changes in life, her owner to surrender her to MWCR, reluctantly, but with her best interests at heart. This lovely girl slipped seamlessly into her new home and the hearts of her new family, even her new collie siblings think she’s pretty great. Congratulations, sweet girl!



Beautiful Isla (nka Haley), a 3-year-old tricolor female, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Because of unexpected and difficult changes in life her owner to surrender her to MWCR, reluctantly, but with her best interests at heart. Now she is in her new home with her family that is so excited to call her their own. Congratulations, sweet girl!


Trudy, a 6-year-old loving mahogany sable girl, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. She’s a very sweet, snuggly smaller girl (about 50 lbs.), who is a great kisser. We don’t know much about her former life but she is extremely loving and delights in being with her people, so much so that her foster parents think she would make a great therapy dog. Trudy will be enjoying her new home with a large fenced yard, a collie companion and a few cats just to keep life interesting.

Nick of Time Grant

Annually, MWCR sets aside 15-20% of our end-of-year account balance for the Nick of Time grant fund to assist adopted MWCR collies and their family with veterinary bills.  MWCR is committed to caring for our collies both before they’re adopted and after they’re adopted.  If your MWCR collie has veterinary expenses for an acute or an ongoing problem, we can help with some of the expenses.  Grants are generally awarded quarterly with recipients eligible to receive a maximum of 30% of the fund amount per year. The grants are awarded confidentially and payments are made directly to the adopter’s veterinary clinic.  If your adopted MWCR collie has veterinary bills, except for routine care, please consider applying and perhaps we can help with some of those bills.  Attached is the application form which can be submitted to MWCR at or mailed to us at MWCR, 1600 18th Avenue NE, PO Box 68006, Minneapolis, MN  55418.  We do not request any personal financial information, only information on the nature of the collie’s veterinary issue.

Milwaukee Collie Frolic

It’s time again to get our frolic on in the Milwaukee area. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 20th, from noon to 4 p.m. and be ready to romp. We will be gathering at the Central Bark on State St. in Wauwatosa – the same location as last year, 6228 W. State St. Suite G

Central Bark requires all dogs that use their facilities to be up to date on vaccinations including Bordatella. There will be a form to sign that requests vaccination expiration dates. Please make sure you know these dates for the form or print out the attached copy to fill out in advance.

To RSVP, get directions or ask questions, please email me at
I hope to see lots of collies for tail wagging fun,
 – Sarah
From I-94 West:

Take exit 307A for 68th St. toward 70th St. (0.2 mi)
Turn Right onto S 68th St. (1.0 mi)
Turn Right onto State St.
Central Bark is on the Left
6228 W. State St. Suite G, Wauwatosa, WI 53213

From I-94 East
Take exit 307A toward 68th St/70th St (0.2 mi)
Merge onto W. Kearney St. (0.2 mi)
Turn Left onto S 68th St (1.0 mi)Turn Right onto State St.

Central Bark is on the Left
6228 W. State St. Suite G, Wauwatosa, WI 53213