November Rainbow Bridge


Sad news from Baron’s mom – he was adopted in 2009: I struggle to type this, but wanted you all to know. I rescued Baron from MWCR 10 years ago, a shy skinny boy that feared all people. He grew to be a strong beautiful people loving collie. In June he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Today (November 15), he crossed the rainbow bridge. He fought long for me and kept his amazing grace. Thank you so much for taking him and giving me the opportunity to give him the best life for 10 years. I am forever grateful!



Sad news from Cricket’s mom: Sadly I am writing this email to let you that Cricket lost her battle with kidney disease early November. We are heartbroken, this sweet little girl was a gigantic part of our lives. Her fun loving, outgoing and cuddly personality could not have been more of a perfect fit for our family. She helped her collie sister, Lacey, come out of her shell and enjoy the outdoors. Thank you for allowing my perfect Cricket to come into our lives, she is deeply missed. I only wish there was more I could have done for her but we were lucky enough to make precious memories with her.



Sadly we had to let our dear Lassie go over the Rainbow Bridge (Nov. 6). She has had hip problems in the past year or so that made it a little hard at times for her to get around but in the past few days she could barely stand and would fall after only a few steps. She also refused to eat the past few days. Lassie would have turned 12 in January.


Lassie came to MWCR in 2009 at a year and a half old when her owner, who was in the service, got stationed to Iraq. Within a day, we knew we knew we would be adopting her – she was just the dog we were looking for. Lassie loved to run free and was always excited when she was allowed outside the fenced area of the seven acres at her home. She liked to show off how fast she could run. Lassie was a wonderful companion who lived up to the character of her breed and her name-sake. Every time a new foster arrived, Lassie was thrilled and would immediately welcome her new friend(s) into a game of chase. Always friendly toward every person and dog she met, one of her favorite things to do at the dog park was to hang out at the gate to meet all the people and the dogs as they would come and go.

When it became difficult for her to run and chase with the dogs she would stand aside and cheer (joyfully bark) while the other dogs played. She enjoyed her years as cheerleader almost as much as she had enjoyed the times she had running with her canine friends.


I adopted Loki in 2011. He was the tricolor smoothie from the litter born on 7-4-2010. When I first got him, he was very shy and scared of so many things. But I dedicated a lot of time and training with him, and year after year he became more and more comfortable with me and his surroundings. Eventually he became so confident and content that you never would’ve known he was ever a timid dog. We did everything and anything together. We had plenty of adventures; travelling, going on hikes, spending time at the dog park, and visiting the beach. But I think our favorite moments together were just cuddling on the couch and relaxing at home. We went through so much together and we became very close. We had a deep connection where I honestly felt he knew exactly what I was feeling, and vice versa. He was my best friend.

Earlier this month, I had to put him down due to inoperable and incurable cancer. He was my best friend and enriched my life in every way possible. My home and heart feel so empty without him. I want to thank MWCR for bringing him into my life. My life wouldn’t have been the same without him and I feel so lucky to have spent the time with him that I did.

November adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordiinator


Ian has been adopted and will be living in North Dakota. An adorable 1-year-old sable/white male, Ian is a typical teenager who was looking for a new home where he can get all the attention and training that a young collie boy deserves. This sweet boy will surely blossom in his new home that has the time and dedication to shape the behaviors that will make him into the majestic companion he’s meant to be – and he even has a zen collie companion to show him the ropes.


Aubrey (nka Kelcie), has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Aubrey is a small sable nine month old female. Some good Samaritans found her running loose and when she was returned to her family, they decided they didn’t really want her back, so the people that found her surrendered her to us. She is an absolute doll – gets along well with other dogs, friendly with strangers, ignores cats, good snuggler, which is great because her new family has another dog for her to play with and a human brother for her to snuggle with. There may be something besides collie in there but whatever it is, it only makes her even cuter.


Handsome Fly, a 1-year-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Fly was surrendered by his loving mom because, after getting out of an abusive relationship, she knew she didn’t have the ability to give him the attention he needed while rebuilding her life. We all know how stressful the environment must have been to a sensitive collie and we’re thrilled that this sweet, fun boy is now in a stable, loving home.


Handsome 6-year-old Dakota (fka Chubs), has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. He was surrendered to MWCR because he wasn’t being accepted by the resident pack. Fortunately for this sweet boy, there was a home ready and waiting for a collie exactly like him! Now he and his new mom have made their own pack with extended family nearby so he never has to go too long without belly rubs.  Happy Holidays to all!