Agility class in the Twin Cities

Agility Run For Fun

MWCR alum Gunnar, relaxing after his agility class. His owners say he has become more focused since coming to class.

On Saturday April 14th Agile Canines in St. Louis Park, Minn., will start another 4 week Level 1 – Intro to Agility Run For Fun!

This is the class for those who do not want to compete in agility but want to do it just for fun. Contacts and jumps are always low. Teeter is never done.

If anyone is interested in this class please email Annelise Allen privately. Please share with any friends or neighbors who may be interested!

One of the instructors, Judy Roggow, is a MWCR member.

January adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP and Adoption Coordinator


Adorable 10-week-old sable Riley has been adopted and will be living in Iowa. His new mom and dad are thrilled to welcome him into their lives even though they are a little sleep-deprived right now.


Precocious Mia has also been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Her new home includes a sweet senior female who is graciously taking tiny diva Mia under her wing (or paw). We’re so happy for the chance to make sure these little sweeties will have great lives!






Beautiful Gracie, a 2-year-old tricolor female, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. She has moved around quite a bit in her young life and originally came to MWCR several months ago. Sadly her first adoptive home turned out to be too busy for her to be comfortable but her new parents and collie sister are happy to give her a quiet, stable home where she can develop the skills, trust and good manners that will make her the wonderful companion she wants to be.


Lovely Elsie, a 9 – 11 year-old mahogany sable female, has been adopted and will be living in Iowa. This beautiful lady was found as a stray and sent to the local shelter until her stray hold was up. We don’t know much about her former life but she was wearing an old shock collar and her coat was an almost unimaginable mess. A shelter volunteer spent hours working on her coat since she could hardly urinate or defecate because of the mats. Her affectionate personality and love of attention ensured that she quickly became a favorite with all the workers. Elsie and MWCR owe much thanks to the shelter that took the time to groom her and give her so much, even a name as sweet as her personality. We’re very grateful to be able to provide a soft landing in a loving home for this sweet senior girl.

December adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Delightful Diggins, a nineteen-month-old collie mix (Australian Shepherd perhaps), has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Diggins was surrendered to a local humane society when his original family, which consisted of a small toddler, a frail grandmother, and a new baby on the way, realized he was not a good fit. Then he was transferred to MWCR because he was not doing well in the loud shelter environment. Fortunately for Diggins, he immediately wormed his way into the heart of one of the vet assistants at the clinic we use and she happily opened her home to him. So now this sweet boy who loves people has his very own person to cuddle and snuggle.



Sweet Holly, a 2-year-old merle female, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. She stole the hearts of her foster family and they sent this lovely poem that sums up foster failure perfectly.




Handsome Bouda, a 2-year-old blue merle male, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. He came to MWCR via a transfer from a humane society in northern Minnesota where he was surrendered. Bouda loves being with his people and getting attention, especially belly rubs, and happily, his new family has plenty of time and love for him



Beautiful Emmy, a 3-year-old mahogany sable, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Emmy was surrendered when her family realized she was not doing well in their situation. Emmy’s new home has a large fenced yard and her new mom and dad have lots of time and love to give her. Congratulations on her new start for the new year



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

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

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,