February adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP and Adoption Coordinator


Beautiful Molly, a 7-year-old Great Pyrenees/Collie mix merle who came into rescue when her owner passed away, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Her new mom lost her senior collie a few months ago and is excited to have a furry friend again. She also has experience with both collies and larger breeds and is looking forward to long walks and cozy snuggle time in the sofa. Sounds like a great fit for both lovely ladies!


Beautiful 12 week old merle girl, Izzie (fka Charlee), has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This sweet girl was originally given up because she was sick and it turned out she had parvovirus. As her transporter said, at 7 weeks old she defeated it and that does indeed make her a dragon-slayer! Now she’s looking forward to a long, healthy life with her new family, who also agree that she’s pretty special.



Three of our sweet pups found their way to their forever homes this weekend. Venus (now Hazel),


Apollo (now Teddy) and Athena (now Seraphina) are all busy frolicking with resident dogs and keeping their new parents up at night.


A wonderful bonus is that all of them are in homes with lots of previous collie experience so our only concern is everyone suffering from a serious case of cuteness overload.


Rylie (nka Kylee), an 8-month-old sable smooth coat girl, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. She was originally surrendered to a local shelter but was transferred to MWCR because she wasn’t doing well in the shelter environment. This shy girl has transitioned well from her previous life living outside and her new mom is happy to help her relax and build her confidence so that she can blossom into the happy, mischievous smoothie she is meant to be.



January adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Adorable Ace, a 3.5 year old tri-headed white has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Ace was surrendered when his human mom passed away from cancer and Dad just doesn’t have the time or capacity to keep him.  For an “outside dog” who had never worn a collar or a leash, he took to the life of an inside pampered pet pretty quickly. Ace is officially our first foster flunkie of the year and we couldn’t be happier that he found his loving forever home!


Big handsome AJ has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Sometimes life doesn’t go just as we planned it, and a gorgeous collie like AJ has to be reluctantly surrendered by his loving family.  AJ was adopted from MWCR in 2014 as a 2-year-old and is coming back to us for re-homing, due to a divorce. His new mom and dad are retired and have lots of collie experience. They already let us know that everything is going really well and that they love him. Mom is even planning to do some more training so he can get his CGC and go to the local retirement home. I know this sweet, gentle boy will love all the pets and attention!


Lovable Lance, a 4-year-old sable merle, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Lance was sadly surrendered when his owner realized that they didn’t have the skills to deal with his reactive behavior. This sweet boy has been working hard to learn how to get along with other dogs, but he didn’t need any help to know how to snuggle up his human. In fact, he’s done such a good job at being lovable that his foster home has turned into his forever home. Congratulations sweet boy!


Thank you MWCR

A year ago today we had to put down our beautiful sable girl, Callie. She was a MWCR rescue that was with us for 11 of her 12 years. We missed her so much!

Many people asked if/when we would get another dog. At the time, we couldn’t fully answer because we hadn’t told most of our friends that my husband, Jim, needed a liver transplant. End-stage liver disease has many symptoms, three of which are muscle-wasting, exhaustion and brittle bones. Those three things, among others, made it difficult to care for Callie in the end when she was up every night vomiting or needed to go out extra times during the day on slippery, icy, snowy sidewalks.

So, getting a puppy was probably not an option. Then, we decided to try adopting an older dog and in came tricolor Memphis. Memphis has been a Godsend. He is so loving, well-trained, easy to care for, fit right into our routine, and he needs us as much as we need him. His loving , snuggly, warm personality is all his own. He makes us laugh and cuddle and have something else to talk about besides liver disease. We are so grateful for him and the work that MWCR has done. And shout out to Memphis’ foster mom, Lori Goodsell, who was so good with him. Thank you Memphis for coming in to our lives! – Linda McDonald



December adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, Adoption Coordinator


Sweet Sage, a sable male has been adopted and will be living in Illinois. Just two years old, he has lived most of his life as a neglected collie, kept outside in the yard with only a dominant male collie as a companion. He was rarely spoken to and was taught no commands or manners. Although no one played with him, this sweet boy has maintained a loving, happy personality.

Sage definitely came a long way in his foster home – he learned his house manners, how to walk on a leash and ride well in a car and even likes to help with the dishes. About the only thing that isn’t looking up for Sage is that he has some chronic tummy trouble, but his new mom and dad know that this bundle of love is worth the extra effort his condition requires. Sage is a wonderful collie as sweet and beautiful as his face, and now he has his own family to love him.


Beautiful Brandy, a, 1.5 yr blue merle female has been adopted and will be living in Iowa. Unlike Sage, this sweet girl has always had a loving home but after she and her owner were attacked by a mastiff one night they were both left suffering from PTSD. Brandy became quite anxious and reactive and Mom didn’t have the physical strength or stamina to work through it. She also realized that she was passing her nervousness on to Brandy and believed a new environment was the best thing for her and sadly surrendered her to MWCR so she could get the help she needed.

While in foster Brandy has worked very hard to get past her fears and we’re all very proud of how far she’s come – she was even unfazed by a mastiff in her training class. Her new mom and dad will continue to provide the love, security and training that she needs and have the experience and patience to help her to get back on track. She also has a new little brother, a golden pup who already thinks she’s pretty fun!


Reamus, a 1.5-year-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This sweet boy came to MWCR after he was brought in as part of an Animal Control seizure in a neglect case. And neglected he was! Although he is a mid-sized collie, when he came in he only weighed 46 lbs. Despite his rough start, Reamus is a loving, affectionate young dog who craves human attention almost as much as he needed food. Due to the excellent care in his foster home he has been steadily gaining weight and getting the love and attention he deserves. In fact, he’s so loved that he will be joining their family permanently, so congratulations to our newest foster flunkies.

November adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, V.P. & Adoption Coordinator


Adorable Ash, a 1.5-year-old sable/white male has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Although Ash loves people of all kinds, this handsome boy was surrendered to MWCR because he was running a’fowl’ of the chickens, ducks and turkeys that his family raised for food. We’re happy to announce that his new home does not have any companions of the feathered variety and the resident kitty has already made sure he knows that she’s in charge. Fortunately, Ash seemed to have no problem abdicating that responsibility and happily went back to chewing on his antler.



Shadow, a 1-year-old sable/white male has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Shadow was surrendered to MWCR because his youthful exuberance was too much with a new baby in the household. Babies just don’t know how to play with a teen-aged collie and his mom realized that she couldn’t keep up with both of them. Fortunately for Shadow, his new mom is ready and willing to take on this youngster’s exuberance and show him the path to become a wonderful companion. Looks like he’s already settling in pretty nicely.



Handsome smoothie Birk, a 5-year-old merle headed white male has been adopted and will be living in Iowa. Birk was surrendered when he had some issues with a couple of neighborhood canine troublemakers that came through the invisible fence. Fortunately for him, his new home comes equipped with nice wooden fence, a companion collie and a new mom and dad that will be around most of the time. Happy home!



October Adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Joyous Jessie, a 4.5 year-old sable/white female has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Her Mom hit a rough patch in life and tearfully surrendered Jessie to MWCR in order for her to have a better future. This sweet lady will now be enjoying her huge fenced yard, sister collie and a mom and dad that are home most of the time. Congratulations to all!


Sweetie Dickens, a 2-year-old red tricolor collie mix, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. She came to MWCR after being brought in from a cruelty case by the AHS. She was very scared and not doing well in the shelter environment but really blossomed in foster care.

With no disrespect to the fabulous Gloria Gaynor, we present The Ballad of Sweetie Dickens (now happily renamed Sadie). Feel free to sing along.
🎶 At first I was afraid, I was petrified.
Kept thinking something here would hurt me with you by my side,
But I’m not the kind dog who just feels sorry for myself,
So I grew strong and I learned how to get along.
And now I’m home! I’m not alone!
I’ve got toys and beds and couches of my very own.
I’ve got all my fur to pet, I’ve got all my treats to get,
I will survive, I’ll learn high fives! woof, woof! 🎶


Buddy (aka Snowy), a 2-year-old sable-headed white male, has been adopted and will be living in Illinois. This handsome boy is a deaf “double dilute”, the result of breeding two merle collies. He was sadly surrendered due to the owner losing her home. He’s such a love that his foster mom wanted to keep his original name of Buddy because that is exactly what he is. He is also quite the gentleman and enjoys the company of other dogs and cats so I know he’s going to love having both a new canine and human sister to play with.

Beethoven, a 6-month-old male collie/golden mix, has been adopted and will be living in Illinois. He and his brother came to MWCR when there was a death in the family and this wonderful smart pup will be an excellent family dog.
Beethoven is a bit shy at first but gets along with everyone and everything and is quickly learning all the ins and outs of being a ‘good boy’. As long as his new family makes a commitment to continuing his education and socialization, he will be a great companion once he outgrows the usual puppy naughtiness. With the smarts and strength of a golden combined with the smarts and grace of a collie, this sweet Beethoven hits all the right notes!


Sweet Piper, a 7-month-old female sable merle has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This lovely girl was reluctantly surrendered by her loving mom because of changes in her life that make it difficult to meet Piper’s needs. You see, Piper had an accident when she was four months old that resulted in three fractures to her pelvis and hip and needed to find a home that could help with her exercise regime and rehabilitation. Although she will never be an agility dog or run a marathon, her new mom is more than happy to share her life with such a loving companion.

We’re also sending out a big Thank You! to our wonderful members Jim & Nadine Ferlaak who stepped up to fly this sweet girl to her foster home in order to shorten her travel time. Piper won the hearts of everyone involved in her transports and her happy, friendly personality makes friends wherever she goes. We know her fan club is only going to grow over time.


Prince, a 6-month-old Gollie (collie/golden mix), has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Prince, who came to MWCR when there was a death in the family, was adopted out a couple weeks ago but his new family unfortunately discovered they were extremely allergic to him. Happily, there was another adopter who had been waiting for a happy, wiggly bundle of puppy energy to join their family and Prince now has a new home with a canine buddy and two human brothers to keep him entertained. Congratulations cutie!

Buddy, a 9-year-old sable/white male has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. This sweet, friendly boy was surrendered to a shelter when his owner hit a rough patch in life. Fortunately a fellow collie lover was able to notify us right away and help get him to his foster home. Now he is in his forever home, enjoying a soft bed and belly rubs.


Buddy is a big boy, weighing in at almost 130 lbs., so his new mom will be continuing his strict diet in order to lose weight and avoid injuries to his joints and ligaments. But just as he is “king-sized” in his physique, he also has a king-sized sweetness to his personality. He’s such a good boy that the store manager at Walmart offered to hire Buddy as a Greeter!

August adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, Adoption Coordinator


Memphis, a 7-year-old tricolor male has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Memphis is a typical velcro collie that would like nothing more to do than follow you from room to room and snuggle with you continuously. He loves to get hugs, give kisses and lie down next to you. We felt that the perfect home for Memphis was with people who would enjoy showering him with love and his new family definitely fits the bill – and he didn’t even need to go all the way to Tennessee !


Elvis is IN the building! Even better, that building is his new home in Wisconsin. This 7-year-old tricolor male came from a loving home with an owner who was reluctantly forced to re-home him due to some of the unfortunate challenges that life sometimes delivers. Elvis was surrendered with his brother but didn’t mind parting company with his litter mate – sometimes brothers are just a pain, you know? He’s gets along well with other dogs and is good with cats, which is great because his new home has one for him to enjoy.

This affectionate, easy-going boy gets along with everyone and has been a favorite at his groomer and his veterinarian. He also loves a game of ball, or even better, frisbee and is an excellent walking or driving companion – any activity that he gets to do with his people is A-OK with him! Congratulations on your new home, sweet boy!


I am so excited to announce that Millie has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. This lovely 13-year-old girl has only recently been introduced to the joys of indoor living but she took to it like a duck to water. She quickly realized that there is nothing like a comfy bed and now she has one in her very own forever home. Millie came to MWCR when she was surrendered to a local humane society due to her age. It is truly touching that we have awesome adopters who realize seniors like her deserve to live in comfort and safety. Their reward is unconditional love, affection and companionship.