Dangers of Xylitol

Xylitol is a popular sugar substitute that is found in a variety of products, including gum and light or diet peanut butter.  However, it is toxic in dogs so please do not use diet peanut butter to hide medications or to fill Kong toys.
Here are a few articles on the dangers of xylitol.
Xylitol is a naturally occurring substance that is widely used as a sugar substitute. Chemically, it is a sugar alcohol, and found naturally in berries, plums, corn, oats, mushrooms, lettuce, trees, and some other fruits.
A common substance that’s harmless to most humans but potentially life-threatening if consumed by dogs is xylitol. And as the use of xylitol in foods becomes more common, xylitol poisoning in dogs is becoming more common.
https://www.merckvetmanual.com/toxicology/food-hazards/xylitol

Learn about the veterinary topic of Xylitol. Find specific details on this topic and related topics from the Merck Vet Manual.

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President’s Corner

 

By Terry Libro, MWCR President

Auctions to help collies

AUCTIONS TO HELP COLLIES!, an online auction on Facebook run by Cathy Pupo, raised $1000 last month for the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue.  Cathy’s auctions have raised thousands of dollars to help collie rescues across the United States.  Thank you to Cathy for selecting MWCR to be a recipient of the auction, thank you to everyone who donated items, and thank you to everyone who bid on the items. Your generosity helped many collies.

MWCR’s Online Auction May 23 to May 27

Linda Riegger is again organizing an online auction with Helping Paws to benefit MWCR.  Linda and her team ran a successful auction last spring and wanted to do another online auction this spring.  Barb and Dave Gibson are busy photographing the items which will be auctioned and Linda is busy doing the behind-the-scenes work.  Items in this year’s auction include a beautiful, custom-made wood collie Welcome sign made by MWCR member Arnie Hilk, vintage collie books, a collectible Mosser glass collie figurine, MWCR clothing, gift cards, and more.  If you have items you’d like to donate to the online auction, please contact Linda at phroetz@aol.com.  Watch for more details on the auction process as we get closer to the date.  Here is the online auction link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1952399724833150/

 

Pause 4 Paws Adoption Event

Chris Norman, Rodgers the collie, and I had a blast at the Pause 4 Paws Adoption event held on April 21.  Handsome Rodgers was quite the charmer.  In addition to promoting the adoption of rescue animals, the Pause 4 Paws organizers held a raffle and a bake sale to raise funds for their beneficiary rescues.  A special thank you to the students at Providence Academy in Plymouth, Minn. who made fleece blankets, tug toys, and a cat toy for each rescue. See pictures from this event on the April Photo Wall.

Upcoming events

The Minnesota Collie Rescue will have a table at the Paws on Parade event organized by the Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter in Hutchinson, Minn., Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  If you’d like to volunteer for a few hours at this or other events, please let our Volunteer Coordinator, Cat Olund, know of your interest.  Cat’s email is cat_chisago@frontiernet.net.

MWCR also will be holding its annual Collie Flower event on Sunday, May 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Catholic Eldercare located at 817 NE Main Street in Minneapolis.  This event, organized by Judy Roggow, is an opportunity for collies and shelties to visit with the residents at Catholic Eldercare.  Calm dogs on leashes are welcome and do not need to be certified therapy dogs.  The residents and staff always enjoy visiting with the collies and shelties.

Food Drives Are For Pets Too

Food drives aren’t only for people, they’re for pets as well.  Food shelves distribute pet food so that family pets don’t go hungry.  So, the next time your employer or church or other organization has a food drive, please consider donating pet food.  The National Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger food drive is on Saturday, May 12.  Nonperishable items, including unopened dry and canned pet food, can be left at your mailbox for your mail carrier to pick up.  Some events, such as the Dog Days Westonka, collect dog and cat food for the local food shelf and MWCR always donates dog food at these events.  So, please include dog and cat food as part of your next food donation and make a family pet happy.  If you’d like to drop off pet food at MWCR’s table at community events, your donation will be donated to a local food shelf.

Traveling from Puerto Vallarta?

Are you planning to travel by air from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Minneapolis?  Would you like to help a rescue cat or small dog find a new home?  If so, then Jill Goldstein from Pause 4 Paws would love to hear from you.  Pause 4 Paws, which raises money for its beneficiary rescues, including MWCR, has partnered with a rescue in Puerto Vallarta to help with the abundance of neglected and homeless animals in Mexico.  Pause 4 Paws has arrangements with Aero Mexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, United, and Virgin America to transport cats and small dogs in the cabins of their planes.  Sun Country, which many people fly to Minneapolis, does not allow pets in the cabin.   If you, or anyone you know, would be willing to transport a homeless animal from Puerto Vallarta to Minneapolis, please contact Jill at jill@pause4pawsmn.org or 612-810-2893 who will make the arrangements.  Pause 4 Paws will pay for the cost of transporting the animal which will be delivered to you in Puerto Vallarta.  A representative of either Pause 4 Paws or Angel of Hope Animal Rescue will meet your flight in Minneapolis and take the animal to its foster home.  Their Airline Angel program operates all year, not just the winter months.  Please contact Jill if you can help these animals.

Nick of Time Grant

Annually, MWCR sets aside 15-20% of our end-of-year account balance for the Nick of Time grant fund to assist adopted MWCR collies and their family with veterinary bills.  MWCR is committed to caring for our collies both before they’re adopted and after they’re adopted.  If your MWCR collie has veterinary expenses for an acute or an ongoing problem, we can help with some of the expenses.  Grants are generally awarded quarterly with recipients eligible to receive a maximum of 30% of the fund amount per year. The grants are awarded confidentially and payments are made directly to the adopter’s veterinary clinic.  If your adopted MWCR collie has veterinary bills, except for routine care, please consider applying and perhaps we can help with some of those bills.  Attached is the application form which can be submitted to MWCR at collietalk@yahoo.com or mailed to us at MWCR, 1600 18th Avenue NE, PO Box 68006, Minneapolis, MN  55418.  We do not request any personal financial information, only information on the nature of the collie’s veterinary issue.

Milwaukee Collie Frolic

It’s time again to get our frolic on in the Milwaukee area. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 20th, from noon to 4 p.m. and be ready to romp. We will be gathering at the Central Bark on State St. in Wauwatosa – the same location as last year, 6228 W. State St. Suite G

Central Bark requires all dogs that use their facilities to be up to date on vaccinations including Bordatella. There will be a form to sign that requests vaccination expiration dates. Please make sure you know these dates for the form or print out the attached copy to fill out in advance.

To RSVP, get directions or ask questions, please email me at sbrebe@yahoo.com
 
I hope to see lots of collies for tail wagging fun,
 – Sarah
Directions:
From I-94 West:

Take exit 307A for 68th St. toward 70th St. (0.2 mi)
Turn Right onto S 68th St. (1.0 mi)
Turn Right onto State St.
Central Bark is on the Left
6228 W. State St. Suite G, Wauwatosa, WI 53213

From I-94 East
Take exit 307A toward 68th St/70th St (0.2 mi)
Merge onto W. Kearney St. (0.2 mi)
Turn Left onto S 68th St (1.0 mi)Turn Right onto State St.

Central Bark is on the Left
6228 W. State St. Suite G, Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Spring flowers for Twin Cities area residents

Animal Folks Minnesota is holding a spring plant sale fundraiser. Ann Olson, the executive director of Animal Folks Minnesota, a nonprofit that works on puppy mill issues, was the guest speaker at MWCR’s Annual Dinner in 2015.   A variety of hanging baskets and patio pots are available.  Orders must be placed by April 10 and will be available for pick up on May 18 in Savage or May 19 in St. Paul.  This is a great opportunity to get beautiful flowers and support a reputable animal organization.

http://www.animalfolksmn.org/retail.html

2018 election results

Congratulations to Terry Libro on her re-election as MWCR’s President and to MyLinda Anderson on her re-election as MWCR’s Secretary.

Over 70 ballots were mailed in and counted.  Thank you to all of the members who voted in this year’s election and thank you to Nominating Committee members Linda Riegger, Judy Roggow, Russell Sager, and Matt Beckwith for their work on this year’s election.