July Rainbow Bridge


We said goodbye to our sweet Ilsa yesterday (July 2). She was our first foster in 2010. We knew she was ours the second she walked through the door. She was the sweetest, most gentle dog we’ve ever known. She happily welcomed 17 more foster pups into our home. We’ll miss everything about her — the chirpy bark, lush wooly fur, serene nature, slow pace and loyal affection.


With sadness, we said good bye to our sweet girl Cameron. She was a part of our lives for the past 11 years. We included her in as many things as we could. Boating, camping, vacationing, lots of walks, visiting Grandma and Grandpa’s. She had many doggie friends in our neighborhood. We would walk around the block and she would literally stop across the street from one of her friends, Sasha, and look at me, then their house and then back to me asking if it was ok to go visit. When I gave the ok, she ran across the street. She frequently went up to John McKenna’s porch and wanted me to come up and knock on the door, which we did often. She would always want to be in the middle of us when we danced. She loved children and was the best dog our family could ever ask for. Kev gave her daily rub downs and it melted my heart watching him love her❤️. She kept him company when he was up late, asking for a snack or attention or to play. She sat on his foot when storms were on the way. She was such a blessing to our family. Our hearts are heavy. Rest now sweetie. No more pain. We ❤️ you with all our heats. I pray I will see you in heaven some day. Mom, Dad and Mike, please watch over her. Missing you❤️. We love you❤️❤️❤️

July adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator
Buddy, a 7-year-old sable headed white male, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Buddy came to MWCR after his elderly owner became ill and was transferred to a nursing home. A neighbor was caring for Buddy, where he stayed in a pen/crate in their barn, but when the owner realized he would not be coming home he gave them permission to surrender Buddy to the local Humane Society, who then contacted MWCR.

Until now, Buddy has spent his entire life living in a small kennel outdoors but that did not crush his loving spirit. Although his experiences have been limited and he had no exposure to other dogs in his previous home, his foster mom says he is a very friendly, happy confident boy who gets along well with dogs of all sizes. Buddy’s new mom and dad are excited to introduce him to all the joys life has to offer a pampered, beloved pet.


Duke, aka the Farrah Fawcett of collies, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Four-year-old Duke was a beloved pet who was surrendered when his family realized that they couldn’t give him the attention that he deserved. After several meet-n-greets that just weren’t quite the right fit, we finally realized that Duke was already in the perfect spot with his foster family and they’ve made it official. Congratulations to Duke and his new family.


Sweet Carmel, a 12 year-old rough sable, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. She came to MWCR after she became lost, and someone picked her up and took her to the Humane Society. Her owner was very ill and his brother had been looking for a home for both his brother and Carmel. While they were gathering information for us about her, a good samaritan neighbor took her to be groomed, as her coat had become matted. The groomer ended up shaving her but her new mom has some cute sweaters for her so she’ll stay toasty warm . Since Carmel has had a lot of recent upsets in her life, as well as a few continuing health issues, we are thrilled that she will be able to permanently stay in her foster home to give her some stability. We’re so glad we were able to help this sweet and gentle girl.



Update on grain-free diets and DCM cases in dogs

From Whole Dog Journal

On June 27, 2019, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an update to two previous advisories regarding dog food and dogs who had developed dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).  The release made a splash in the mainstream news – but this is all that most people seemed to get out of the news coverage: “THERE ARE 16 BRANDS OF DOG FOOD THAT ARE KILLING DOGS!”

Unfortunately, this is a wildly oversimplified take-away message. It set off a panic in the countless dog owners who feed their dogs some variety made by one of those companies, and may have inflicted serious financial damage to the companies named (as well as all the retailers who sell them) – this, despite the fact that the FDA stated at the outset of the release that the cause of the DCM cases is still unknown. “Based on the data collected and analyzed thus far, the agency believes that the potential association between diet and DCM in dogs is a complex scientific issue that may involve multiple factors.”

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