June photo wall

Maui Olund enjoying the beach at Park Point, Duluth.


Recently adopted Hazel helping Mom with the garden weeding.


Hazel learning that playing in the water is a good way to keep cool.


Minnesota Collie Frolic

June 24 at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge, Blaine, Minn.

Thanks to everyone who attended Sunday’s MWCR Collie Frolic in Blaine, Minn. People and dogs had a great time, with the dogs playing in both the indoor and the outdoor play areas and people mingling in the play areas and in the dining area. Congratulations to the raffle winners and to the furries who won prizes in the Longest Schnoz contest. It was good to see familiar faces as well as to see so many new faces. We’re a good group of caring dog lovers. Also seeing our adopted collies so happy with their families is very rewarding. Thank you to all who brought a dish to share and who donated items for the prize drawings. Thank you to Spirit Graphics, Gray Gables Farm, and Alan Michael for making your wonderful products and services available to those who attended, to Brenda Pulkrabek for the fabulous pictures. And, thank you to our Events/Fundraising Committee who spent many hours planning and working at the event.


For more pictures from this frolic, you can visit our Facebook Page



June adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Beautiful Duchess, a 2-year-old tricolor female, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. She has moved around quite a bit in her young life and her previous owner hoped that MWCR would be able to find the perfect fit for this lovely lady. Duchess can be nervous of new situations and is a bit reserved when first meeting new people. Her new parents are excited to give her a quiet, stable home where she can develop the skills, trust and good manners that will make her the wonderful companion she wants to be. No more looking for love in all the wrong place for this regal girl.



Nellie, a 6-year-old sable/white girl and 9-year-old tricolor,  Zivah, have been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. They originally lived with several other collies in one loving home since they were a few weeks old.


Unfortunately the hardest of life’s knocks tore their home apart and their loving Mom asked MWCR to re-home them. We’re so happy to announce that they are now officially foster ‘failures’. A big thank you to their foster mom for knowing these girls would be happiest staying together and making them a part of her family.


The Minnesota Collie Frolic held at the Stone Mountain Pet Lodge was a fun event for both dogs and people.  We had good food, great vendors, and fun contests, including the Longest Schnoz and the Shortest Schnoz contests.  Thank you to all who donated your time, items, and food as well as thank you to all who attended and made it a fun event.  Please check out the pictures on MWCR’s Facebook page.

The Madison Area Collie Frolic will be held on Sunday, September 23, at the home of Diane and Dale Liebert.  Their park-like yard is the perfect setting for the Frolic.  Hope to see you there.

Upcoming events

Fall Online Auction

Our May online auction was a hit so we’re planning another online auction running from September 26 through September 30.  More details as we get closer to the date.

Dog Days of Summer

Once again, MWCR will be participating in the Dog Days of Summer event held at the Alimagnet Dog Park in Burnsville, Minn.  The event runs from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, and includes a variety of activities and vendors as well as a silent auction to benefit the dog park.  Please stop by our booth or volunteer if you have an hour or two to spend at our table under the large tent.


Dangers of Xylitol

Xylitol is a popular sugar substitute that is found in a variety of products, including gum and light or diet peanut butter.  However, it is toxic in dogs so please do not use diet peanut butter to hide medications or to fill Kong toys.
Here are a few articles on the dangers of xylitol.
Xylitol is a naturally occurring substance that is widely used as a sugar substitute. Chemically, it is a sugar alcohol, and found naturally in berries, plums, corn, oats, mushrooms, lettuce, trees, and some other fruits.
A common substance that’s harmless to most humans but potentially life-threatening if consumed by dogs is xylitol. And as the use of xylitol in foods becomes more common, xylitol poisoning in dogs is becoming more common.

Learn about the veterinary topic of Xylitol. Find specific details on this topic and related topics from the Merck Vet Manual.

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June Rainbow Bridge


On Friday June 1st,  with our vet’s assistance, we helped our sweet, beautiful Miss Ally walk across the Rainbow Bridge, from home in our backyard, by the creek she loved to explore (arthritis, Lyme Disease, and probable cancer had taken it’s toll).  She is now free from all the pain and daily struggling she has been enduring. Our hearts are so very sad, but at 12.5 years old we know she lived a happy, full life, and that her last 8.5 years were with a family that loved her deeply and treated her like a queen.

It was easy to tell that she always felt her job here was to comfort, nurture, and protect our family. She was always so in tune with the emotions in this house and has been by our sides through some very trying times. She did her job to perfection. I often called her “Miss Queen” and she deserved to be treated like one.  I am sure they rolled out the red carpet for her arrival and that she looked stunning as she entered doggie paradise!
Now we will have to give Casey an overabundance of love and attention. Ally was his soul mate and constant companion for over eight years (he was adopted through MWCR two months after Ally), and at the age of 11, I am not sure how long he will hang in there now without his Ally.
Enjoy the freedom from your pain sweet Ally girl. We will never forget. Thank you for blessing us with such a loving fur baby! It is so very hard to lose them! – Dolly Lee

Foster update

Sweet and petite senior Jesse is feeling good after her surgery last month to remove mammary tumors. The extent of the surgery required a longer than normal recovery period. She has been a very brave dog the whole time and can now be free of the hated neck cone and kennel confinement. She is running, playing, and bouncing with the other collies at the foster home.
She is wearing a pink ribbon breast cancer awareness bandanna her foster humans gave her so she can remind dog owners of the importance of spaying their dogs. Dogs are three times more likely to get mammary cancer than humans. Spaying a dog early in life can reduce the chance of contracting this disease by 95%. Spaying later in life can still significantly reduce the risk.
Spayed or not, please take time doing those belly rubs your dog likes so much to feel for lumps and look for changes in texture or coloration around the teats. Be sure to check in the crotch areas too. Early detection is key to having the best prognosis.
A huge ‘thank you!’ to fosterers Tim and Renee for their loving care of Jesse!

Wisconsin & Iowa Walk/Run for charity

Two opportunities for charity dog events in Wisconsin and Iowa.

Although MWCR won’t have an official part, several members in Wisconsin have enjoyed doing the Run, Walk, Wag for MADACC for the past four years. So dust off your sneakers and come have some fun! The Iowa Dog Jog is a 4K and 2K run/walk or “dance” to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc.

Walk, Run, Wag for MADACC 

9 a.m., July 14, 2018
Hart Park, Wauwatosa, WI

Iowa Dog Jog 2018 

10 a.m. – 2 p.m., September 22, 2018

Terra Park, 5300 Pioneer Pkwy, Johnston, Iowa