November adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP and Adoption Coordinator


Maisie, a 12-year-old mahogany sable female, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This sweet girl came to MWCR after she somehow lost her owners. She was found living rough and from the look of her coat, she had been on her own for quite a while. She was taken to a shelter which spent two weeks trying to trace her owners through her rabies tag but they were unable to locate them.

But her days on her own are over now because Miss Maisie slipped seamlessly into the hearts of her foster family, including their two kitties and especially their other collie – it seems like they have always lived together.


Handsome Bullick, a 1.5-year-old sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Bullick was surrendered to MWCR because his owners knew he wasn’t getting the attention he craved. Although he was living his life as a bit of a free spirit, this young boy was definitely craving a more structured lifestyle. Now he’s thrilled to have found that along with the love and attention of his new humans. Congratulations sweet boy!


Sweet Hazel, an 11-month-old sable/white female MWCR alum, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Hazel was originally adopted out as a puppy but was sadly returned to MWCR by her loving mom due to unexpected changes in her life. This beautiful girl has always known the love and care that a collie deserves and it shows in her confident personality. She has already won over the hearts of her new family (canine and human) and is thoroughly enjoying romping with her new brothers in the big back yard

November Rainbow Bridge

The Passing of our Zoe’s Monet –


As we lay our hands upon you,

before your final rest,

our hearts surround to love you,

and thank you for your best.

Our home you watched and treasured,

Our lives you truly blessed.

Loosening now your burdens,

we tend your tired bones.

Let us be your pillow,

then wings to take you home.

Listen for God’s calling,

sweet promises of peace.

Old friend, leap to Heaven,

and her suffering is released!

On Monday we lost our precious Zoe’ Monet.  I called her our “exotic one” because she was a blue merle collie. She was my constant companion.  In 2009, we adopted Zoe’ and her sister, Georgie Girl from a lady in Marquette, Michigan who needed to find her collie girls a good home because she was very ill.  It was a perfect fit and Zoe’ loved having lots of space to roam and hunt with her sister and our scottie boys.

She made us laugh and brought so much love into our home. Our hearts are heavy but Zoe’s paws will forever leave an imprint in our memory. – Joan & Gary Pansier



Rest in Peace my Sweet Meg. You were so very loved❤

A thank you for donated goods

Thank you to fellow members who donated items for me to donate to the Dominican Republic rescues. Please see the thank you below from the founder (from Minnesota). I will be donating other supplies to the second rescue when I go there on vacation in December. – MyLinda Anderson

A big thank you goes out to MyLinda Anderson who brought all these wonderful donations over to me while I was in Minnesota last week. She also made a very generous donation with her employer doing a 3X match. So wonderful to have such great new supporters. Gracias! – Mark Diekmann, DCDR (Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic

MWCR adopter in the news

Andrea Jahr adopted Elgar from MWCR and fostered by Robin Kashuba, about five years ago and attends the Minnesota collie frolic each summer. Being from Germany, she didn’t want a German name for her dog, so she renamed him Elvis.

Sr. Perspectives, a monthly newspaper in Glenwood, Minn., recently did a story on Angela and her move to Minnesota.

Coming To America

By Carlienne A. Frisch

(Reprinted with permission)

German singer who performed in New Ulm decides to move to the area a few years later

Fifteen years ago, when Angela Jahr came with a band from Germany to perform at festivals, such as Heritagefest in New Ulm, she wasn’t thinking of moving to southern Minnesota. Three years later, she and her husband, Klaus, immigrated to the New Ulm area, settling in Sleepy Eye because that’s where they found day jobs.   

There are more people of German ancestry living in Minnesota than of any other ethnic background (nearly 40 percent), according to a Minneapolis Star Tribune story written three years ago. German immigrants settled in Minnesota, beginning in the 1850s, establishing cities such as New Ulm, St. Cloud and Shakopee. New Ulm’s German culture and traditions attracted the Jahrs.

“After performing in the United States for three years, we decided we liked it here,” Angela said. She has continued her musical career, singing and playing not only at festivals, but also in church and in nursing homes. Her stage career began as a child, when she surprised her parents by singing at a community festival.

“I grew up in Letzlingen, a small community near Berlin,” Angela said. “When I was 11 or 12, my parents went to a festival, and I was supposed to go to bed. I knew a band was playing, so after my parents left, I dressed up very nicely. I went backstage and said, ‘Hello, I want to sing with you.’ I asked if the band could play a song I had learned from the radio. They were laughing, of course, but they did it. The curtain opened, and the band started to play the song. I came out, started singing and shocked my parents, who were in the audience. Later, the musicians said to them, ‘Let the girl sing. She will be good.’ My parents did not punish me, and later, I occasionally sang with that band.

“I’m a mezzo soprano (middle soprano), so I can sing country songs, Mexican songs, popular songs, rock and roll, country and the blues.”

The singing performance may have surprised Angela’s parents, but her musical ability did not. As a child, she learned to play the guitar and the accordion.

“Music is my life,“ Angela said. “I was always good in music. In choir, when the teacher was sick, I led the choir with my guitar. I sang in many groups from age 16, and I went to a special music school in Magdeburg when I was 17 and 18 for voice lessons and dancing, a performance package of what you need onstage.”

After Angela was licensed as a professional singer, she was allowed to sing in professional music groups, mostly in festivals, occasionally in bars. She also sang at vacation destinations, in clubs and outdoors, sometimes three or four times a day.

“I toured around in my own car,” Angela said. “Everyone in the group had a car, and the instruments were transferred in a small bus. I met Klaus on a tour in Magdeburg in 1975. He became a groupie and followed me from town to town. He worked, so he had to keep track of me so he could be in the audience as often as possible.”

The couple married several years later, celebrating with a large, German-style wedding near Magdeburg, where Angela joined the musicians onstage for a song. Wanting to spend less time on the road, she focused on singing in cafes and bars and at festivals in Magdeburg and Berlin. She also worked as a hospital nurse, which also was Klaus’ occupation. Then, Angela received an invitation.

“One day in 1995, a group called me and asked me to go with them to the United States to sing at German festivals in Chicago, Wisconsin and Minnesota–more than one festival in each state.” For three years, Angela came to the United States with a group to sing at festivals, twice at Heritagefest in New Ulm, with Klaus traveling with her. The Jahrs fell in love with the New Ulm area, and in 2002, they decided to move there, although neither spoke much English and their nursing qualifications were not transferable to the United States.

“We applied for jobs many places,” Angela said, “but no one knew us. We had made many friends in New Ulm, but our references were from Germany.” So, the Jahrs used a translation dictionary to take the test for certified nursing assistant, and passed. They live in Sleepy Eye because that’s where their first employer was located, and they still work in a nursing home there.

A New Ulm friend gave the Jahrs daily English lessons. Angela recalled, “Our English improved every day, and we talked to people in the nursing home every day.” The couple began to study citizenship requirements and passed the test to become citizens.

Angela quickly became involved with local music groups, using the same tactic she used as a pre-teen. She explained, “I’d attend a music festival and then get up on stage and sing. I met Gene Bertrand, and he asked me to sing with the group, which he calls ‘Angela and Gene.’ We give four performances a month, but October is very busy. Everyone has an Octoberfest. Once in a while, during Fasching, I join the Wendinger Band on stage in one or two songs.” (The Wendinger Band was founded by brothers Peter and Paul Wendinger.)

Every two years, Angela and Klaus visit family in Germany; family members come here alternate years. Angela has taken part in a musicians’ reunion in Magdeburg, of which she said, “It was a very good experience. We sang, played and reminisced.

“One time, on vacation in Bavaria, I noticed a sign in a store window about an open house party for the store owner’s anniversary.” The Jahrs attended. Angela recalled, “I asked the keyboard player, ‘Can I sing a song with you?’ He said, ‘Why not?’ so I sang one song. The audience asked for more, so I sang all afternoon.”

The Jahrs’ two sons continue to live in Europe. One is a doctor in Switzerland, the other a computer specialist in Germany. Angela said, “We also have a 22-year-old granddaughter in Germany and two other grandchildren, ages 5 and 7, in Switzerland, who already are playing musical instruments.”

Although Angela is 65 and Klaus is 71, they continue to work as CNAs. Angela explained, “I like the interaction with people. I like to sing not only at festivals, but also in nursing homes and assisted living. I sing for them, and they sing with me. I love older people, and they love to hear someone make music. I can use both my nursing skills and my musical skills. As long as I stay healthy, I will work in a nursing home and make music. Music is good for the soul.”

Original article and more photos can be found here

Good morning!

We have filled our current fostering needs!  This has been a busy year for the rescue and we are so grateful to the foster homes that were able to respond to our urgent request for foster homes, as well as all those already fostering right now. I know that many of us are frustrated that we cannot foster for various reasons but your support of our mission in other ways is always appreciated!  
We would encourage you to promote our foster program with people you know have the skills needed to foster.   
Mary Scopp
Foster Home Coordinator

Thank you for attending the MWCR Dinner

Thank you to everyone who attended MWCR’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser yesterday, Nov. 3. People had a good time. In fact, a few people from the bar area of the American Legion joined in the festivities and participated in the silent auction.

We had a dynamic speaker in Katie K9, a large silent auction, goodies from Gray Gables Farm and Spirit Graphics, and time for collie lovers to gather and share stories.

It was great to see familiar faces and to meet new people, including Ben Dobkin, our newest volunteer who is working on graphic design projects, and Elizabeth, a foreign exchange student from Denmark who is living with Jennifer and Jeff Krause.  Plus, a number of youngsters attended this year.

Thank you to those who brought wonderful items for the silent auction and to those who brought delicious desserts.

Thank you to everyone who brought donations for MyLinda and Neal Anderson to take to the Dominican Republic to help the abandoned dogs.  They may need to pack a couple of extra suitcases!

And of course, a big thank you to our team of volunteers who worked hard to make the event a success.

Thanks again for supporting MWCR and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Terry and the Events/Fundraising Committee