August Rainbow Bridge

Submitted by the people who loved them


Yesterday (July 31), we said goodbye to our sweet Shasta. She came to us 11 years ago and would have celebrated her 14th birthday next week and she was truly a collie who needed rescue – she was starved and neglected when she came to MWCR. Shasta spent the first three years of her life chained up and at first she only knew how to hop up and down as if she was still chained.

It took our scared, shy, skinny girl several months to realize that she now had all the good things collies should have waiting for her but once she did she embraced it with great enthusiasm! She loved the snow, running free in her big fenced yard and bossing around three male collies who all understood that she was in charge. Two of them have already crossed the Bridge ahead of her and we’re sure they were waiting to greet her. We always joked that she must have come from Wisconsin originally because her absolute favorite treat was cheese. We are so thankful to all the people who helped save her so that she was able to enjoy the great collie life she deserved and we will miss her greatly.


RIP Scotch, from his mom: After 12.5 wonderful years, I had to ease Scotch to the rainbow bridge. I’m very sad, he was the best dog ever.








Danny, who we adopted in December 2008, has gone over the rainbow bridge. He was about 13 years old and was very healthy until recently when his hind legs started to give him trouble as arthritis had set in. We got him a new orthopedic bed and bought him a sling so we could help him walk but in the end he was in pain and we decided the time had come – Always a hard decision but the best one for him.  – Sincerely, Colleen and Kris, Winnipeg, Manitoba

August adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Magnificent Mitzi, an 8-year-old sable/white female, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin.This sweet, petite rough girl with a haircut was sadly surrendered by her mom who is dealing with a progressive medical condition. Mitzi loves to snuggle and is happiest when she is getting all the attention, so she’ll be an ‘only’ in her new home. Her new mom and dad are experienced collie owners who are excited to be able to lavish her with all the love she can handle. Congratulations to all!


Handsome Bailey, a 10-month-old sable merle male, has been adopted and will be living in Wis. Bailey was bounced around a bit in the beginning of his life due to the pandemic and was surrendered to MWCR when his new owner realized that he was not the right fit for a young, shy boy. Now he’s found his forever home with a great mom and dad and a couple of other collies to show him the ropes. Congratulations sweet boy!


Eleven-week old tricolor male, Royal, has been adopted and will be living in Wis. His new mom and dad lost their previous MWCR collie last year and are thrilled to welcome this little cutie into their lives. They have lots of time to dedicate to him and he’s also going to have fun when visiting with family member’s dogs.

Helping your new dog adjust


Getting a new dog is an extremely rewarding experience, but just like bringing any pet home there’s going to be an adjustment period. And like us our dogs love having a routine, so being consistent during the first few will be an important part of helping your dog adjust.

Whether you just got a new puppy or adopted an older dog you can expect them to take a few days to settle in. These tips will help make that transition easier on your dog. Here’s how to help your new dog adjust to your home.

To ease the transition here’s 10 tips to help your new dog adjust to your home.

1. Give Your Dog Time to Decompress By Starting Slowly

You can help your dog adjust to your home by taking it slow for the first couple of days. He’ll appreciate some one on one time getting to know his new family and surroundings. Let him explore the house and yard at his own pace.

Some dogs take awhile to adjust to new settings, and sometimes that can be exhausting for them. If you adopted your dog from a shelter realize that he just came from a noisy and stressful environment; your quiet and cozy home is likely the first place he’s gotten a good sleep in awhile.

Don’t over stimulate your dog during the first couple days. If your dog is a bit standoffish just let them check things out for themselves. If they come up to you for attention by all means be as affectionate as they seem comfortable with.

Not all dogs bond immediately with a new owner – don’t take it personally. They’re in a brand new environment getting used to new sights, smells, and sounds. It can be a stressful time for your new dog so try to make them as comfortable as possible by keeping things calm and positive.

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