October Rainbow Bridge


A sad update as Laddie crosses the Rainbow Bridge. Yesterday morning he began having difficulty walking and his mobility decreased steadily. It is a testament to how loved he was that staff members from his vet clinic came over to help get him to the office and in the afternoon he was transferred to the emergency veterinary services. This morning his mom received the certain diagnosis that Laddie had a fractured vertebra, almost certainly caused by spread of the cancer to his spine. There was no viable treatment option due to his age and the cancer – he was in pain and his mom made the difficult decision to end his suffering. She was able to be with him for his final few hours and when he died. We can’t thank her enough for her dedication to Laddie’s care and the love that she shared with him. Rest well, sweet boy.



It is with great sadness that I tell you our beloved Huygens went to the rainbow bridge last Wednesday.  Huygens came to us at less than a year old through the ARL. Someone moved out of a house and left him. He was such a scared little collie. But he turned into a great cuddler who loved car rides, walks and being vacuumed!!

Huygens was the ninth collie to come into our lives and our 12th collie loss. Huygens is survived by Kessler who is five, another rescue. Kessler is our 13th collie. We are down to one, which hasn’t happened since 1990 when we got our first collie Halley.


Huygens is our second loss this year. Our dear sweet Hadron went to the rainbow bridge in the spring.  She was the ultimate dainty little lady and cuddle bug. She was initially rescued from an anorexic owner, and had tummy trouble her whole life. We miss them both desperately. – Ann Petersen

October adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Stunning Scottie, an 11-month-old tri-headed white smoothie, has been adopted and will be living in Iowa. He was surrendered to MWCR because his juvenile collie behavior was too much for his owners. They lived on a busy road, so he was very excited by all the traffic, bikes, motorcycles and skateboards zipping past. Scottie’s new forever home has two canine buddies, a collie and a sheltie, to join on long walks and dog park playtime. He seems to have assimilated into his new pack extremely well and this drop-dead gorgeous boy will get plenty positive reinforcement of his new dad.


And cutie patootie, 3-month-old Sherlock also went to his new home in Wisconsin with mom, dad and kitty.



Beautiful Lady, a 4-year-old sable/white, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Lady was sadly surrendered due to difficult life changes – her mom passed away a few months ago and her dad is moving to assisted living. They had adopted a collie from us previously so he knew that MWCR would be able to find a loving home for this sweet girl. Lady is now with her new mom and dad and they promise to give her lots of love and spoil her like crazy



Precious, a 1.5-year-old sable/white girl has been adopted and will be living in Clorado. She sends her thanks to our members, the Ferlaaks, who volunteered to fly her to her new home. Jim’s willingness to fly Precious made her travels to her new home so much easier than a two-day ground trip and the Friendly Skies a little furrier.



Handsome Benji, a 6-year-old sable-headed white male, has been adopted and will be living in Indiana. Benji was sadly surrendered to MWCR because his personality and medical issues were not a good fit for his home situation. Fortunately, his foster dad discovered that Benji was exactly the right boy for him and we are happy to announce that he had turned ‘foster’ into ‘forever’. Congratulations to both dad and Benji! 



Charming Coco, a 12-year-old sable/white smoothie has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. She was surrendered due to financial reasons and you might think that at her age she would be ready to retire and regally enjoy a comfy cushion, but no! This spunky senior has the energy of a much younger girl and loves to play, leaps effortlessly into a car and bounds up staircases.

We are especially happy for her because her new mom is the adopter who took such great care of sweet Laddie, the senior boy with bone cancer that recently left us. Thank you so much for opening your heart and home to another senior – you’re my hero!



Ollie the Collie, a 10-month-old sable/white male has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Ollie was sadly surrendered to MWCR by his loving Mom who has health issues and was facing surgery with many months of recovery. Although it was a heartbreaking decision she knew that she would not be able to give Ollie the attention and exercise that he needs. We’re so grateful that she put his needs first and that she trusted us to find a new loving home for him.

And there’s no need to worry about him getting enough exercise now! With a 2-year-old collie companion and two young human brothers, they’re sure to have a great time racing around in his new big backyard. Have a great time guys!



Agatha, a 5-year-old sable/white female, has been adopted and will living in Minnesota. Agatha was surrendered due to a changing life situation but now she has changed the life of her new mom. Her exact words were “I’m in heaven” and I’m sure Agatha feels the same way.




Beautiful Allie, a 2-year-old tricolor female, has been adopted and will be living in Nebraska. She was reluctantly surrendered by her family who had rescued her from a bad situation, but they then realized that they don’t have the time and energy to provide adequate exercise and companionship for her. Fortunately for Allie, it didn’t take long for her foster family to realize that she was the perfect fit for them and now she’s landed in the perfect spot.



Lovely Lucy, a 13-month-old sable-headed white female has been adopted and will be living in Illinois. Lucy was sadly surrendered to MWCR when her owner realized, as she got bigger, that a young dog was too much for her to handle with her medical issues. This beautiful girl’s new mom and dad are excited to have her in their lives to share their love and home.



Handsome Grady, a 9-month-old sable/white scotch collie, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. He was surrendered because his owners (who got him as a puppy), realized a young dog did not fit in with their lifestyle and wanted him to find a home that was right for him. He is a cross between an collie and an English shepherd, which have very similar temperaments and behaviors, so it really is a lovely mix and Grady is a lovely boy. He is now sharing his home with a new canine buddy and they certainly seem to be comfortable with each other,