2018 calendars are available!

The 2018 calendars are here! Each year Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue publishes a calendar which captures beautiful photographs of rescued collies in their forever homes. All proceeds go towards the rescue and well being of collies in our care.

You can order them from our website or get them at the Annual Dinner on Nov. 4 in Wayzata, Minn.

Here’s a great preview from Eileen Mack, who created the calendar from the photos you submitted.

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MWCR events

Busy Month at Community Events

MWCR participated in five community events in September.  We had a booth at the Responsible Dog Ownership Day held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo, Minn.  Laddie Luke Gibson passed his Therapy Dog International test at this event and is now a therapy dog.  Laddie and his sister Emily had fun testing doggie exercise equipment at the event.  Morgan and his dad also stopped by the booth in the afternoon.  Thank you, Tim Bush, for staffing the booth and packing up the booth.

The next day, collies and their families gathered at the home of Dale and Diane Liebert for the Madison Collie Frolic.  The dogs frolicked in the large yard while their people visited, enjoyed food, and shopped for MWCR items made by Spirit Graphics.  Everyone enjoyed the beautiful afternoon.  Thank you, Diane and Dale, for graciously sharing your home with us.

The northern suburbs of the Twin Cities hosted two dog events.  Bark Park was held in Brooklyn Park.  Rodgers, with his mom Chris Norman, staffed our booth and greeted many visitors, including a family with three collies.  A little girl who stopped by our booth to spin the prize wheel was very surprised when her first tooth suddenly fell out.  The Love My Pet Fest was held the following Saturday in Coon Rapids.  A large crowd attended even though the weather was unseasonably hot and humid.

Southern Minnesota was the site of the Dogs and More event hosted by BACB Unleashed and the Rescued Animals Coalition of SE MN at the History Center of Olmsted County in Rochester.  The beautiful location provided rescues and attendees with the opportunity to visit and learn more about available animals.

See pictures from these events in our September Photo Wall

Community Events in October

MWCR will have a booth at the Blessing of the Animals and Pet Fair held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Elk River, Minn. on October 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  This is a new event sponsored in part by Pause 4 Paws, a Minnesota nonprofit that raises funds for animal rescues such as MWCR.  On October 21, MWCR will participate in the Howlo’ween 5K and fundraiser organized by the Carver-Scott Humane Society.  The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City Square Park in Chaska.  Hope to see you at these events!

MWCR’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser

Registration is now open for MWCR’s Annual Dinner on Saturday, November 4, from 3-6 p.m. at the Wayzata American Legion in Wayzata, Minn.  We’ll have a fun event with a silent auction, free items, dog treats and jams and bath products from Gray Gables Farm, a presentation by trainer Laska Parrow, door prizes, a delicious meal, and surprises.  The cost is $25 per person or $20 if you bring a dessert to share.  Registration is at www.mwcr.org or email tlibro@hotmail.com.  Let Kitty know if you’d like to pre-order any of her Gray Gables products.  Your dogs will love you if you get Kitty’s homemade turkey jerky dog treats.  Come and have a fun evening with fellow collie lovers and support the work done by MWCR.

MWCR’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser is Saturday, November 4

MWCR’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser is Saturday, November 4, from 3-6 p.m. at the Wayzata American Legion located at 949 Wayzata Blvd E in Wayzata, Minn.  The event will include a delicious lasagna meal, a large silent auction, door prizes, MWCR merchandise including new shirts and sweatshirts created by Joan and Yogi Tadisch, and jams, bath products, and dog treats made by MWCR member Kitty Hilk of Gray Gables Farm.

This year’s guest speaker is Laska Parrow, a well-known Twin Cities dog trainer.  Laska will give a presentation on nontraditional activities, such as nose work and brain games, to do with our collies.  Laska will describe fun activities, other than agility and herding, for our dogs as well as answer our questions.

Admission is $25 per person or $20 if you bring a dessert to share with the group.  Registration will be available on our website at www.mwcr.org or by emailing Terry at tlibro@hotmail.com or by calling 952-432-0200.  Registration by October 25 will guarantee a seat as well as help with food planning.

Join other collie lovers for a fun event and help support the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue and the work we do for collies.

Collie Strong fundraiser

From Houston Collie Rescue: 

Though our rescue groups have reported we do not not personally need assistance we have five foster homes/adopters that have been completely flooded. Some of those have their dogs at Camp Collie until they can be allowed back into their homes due to mandatory evacuations. Two have been told it could be up to 10 days longer due to the reservoir releasing water. We have learned some do not have flood insurance as it is not required in some areas.
So please see the link below if you’d like to help by purchasing Chuck Heubach’s designed Collie Strong T-shirt.
       – Vickey Willard, Houston Collie Rescue

CollieStrong Fundraisers

They stepped up for the collies, now we step up for them!
Here in the Houston, collie rescuers and adopters that have been catastrophically impacted by Harvey. Our talented friend Chuck Heubach of Twin City Dog has designed these T-shirts for support. This fundraiser is for people and all net proceeds will go directly to help provide relief.
Order your T-shirt at the CollieStrong link:
http://www.twincitydog.com/collie-strong.html
T-shirts $15 with free shipping. Additional donations can be made when ordering.
Houston Collie Rescue fully supports this fundraiser.
This fundraiser supports ALL of our local collie rescue volunteers and adopters in the Houston area. Please contact us if you have been catastrophically impacted.

Notes from our president

MWCR Has a LinkedIn Page

MWCR Secretary MyLinda Anderson suggested and created a business LinkedIn page for MWCR.  Thank you, MyLinda!  Here is the link to our new page:  https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/24969033/  This will give us another avenue to share information about our great organization.

Helping Animals Affected by Hurricane Harvey

We’ve heard from the Collie Rescue Foundation that all of the foster dogs and foster homes affiliated with the collie rescues in Texas, including Houston Collie Rescue and Freedom Collie Rescue in Sugar Land, are safe.  At this time, the Texas collie rescues are not requesting any specific help or donations, but that may change.  Pat from the Freedom Collie Rescue sent the following information regarding ways people could help pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey:
HoustonPetSet  is a nonprofit organization here that helps with grants to rescues in need. They are now also taking donations and making the funds available to any rescue that need help.
Austin Pets Alive are working in conjunction with K-9 transporters to move as many animals as they can out of harms way in Houston to the Austin area to a no kill shelter environment. They have a large staging activity out in Katy Texas right now moving animals as we speak.
Houston SPCA and the Houston Humane Society are also taking donations to help with any animals.
Houston PetTalk Magazine also has a donation drive going on for animals in need.
Locally, the Animal Humane Society in the Twin Cities is sending two teams to the Houston area to help with pets who have been separated from their families as well as help injured pets.  Some humane societies in the upper Midwest are providing shelter to animals until they can be reunited with their families.  Best Friends Animal Society in Utah has several teams in Texas helping with injured and lost pets.  Wings of Rescue is flying rescued animals to various locations in the United States.  Cathy Cline of Janesville, Wis. posted on her Facebook page that she is collecting crates for the Texas animals.  There are many ways that we as individuals can help.  Just avoid unsolicited emails and phone calls and other scams.

Memorial for Carol Propotnik

As some of you know, animal behaviorist and MWCR member Carol Propotnik died unexpectedly in January.  Her family, who lives out of state, will hold a celebration of Carol’s life on Sunday, October 8, from 3 – 6 p.m. at the home of Carol’s friend, Don Wanschura.  Don’s address is 7505 Dupont Ave. S, Minneapolis and his phone number is 612-702-6597.  Carol helped many pets, including MWCR collies, with her evaluations and training plans.  Carol is deeply missed.  According to Don, dogs are welcome at the memorial service.

MWCR Calendar Pictures

Eileen Mack is busy creating the 2018 MWCR Calendar which will be available for purchase in early November.  Here are a few tips for your pictures which need to be submitted by September 6:

  1. The photo must be of high quality. The originally-taken photo should be at least 1M in size and the bigger the better, really!  When you send the photos in, be sure your email program doesn’t shrink them for portability. We’ll let you know if they are too small.
  2. Please email your photographs to: mwcrcalpics@yahoo.com
  3. Please, PLEASE include a bit of info about your collie. Age, year rescued or adopted, cute personality trait, etc….oh yes, and NAME, too.
  4. Please get your photos in by September 6, 2017. That should give us ample time to design, review, and order calendars for arrival in time for the annual dinner in November.
          – Terry Libro, MWCR President

Still time to submit your photo for the 2018 calendar

Here are the tips:

  1. The photo must be of high quality. The originally taken photo should be at least 1M in size and the bigger the better, really!  When you send the photos in be sure your email program doesn’t shrink them for portability. We’ll let you know if they are too small.
  2. Please email your photographs to: mwcrcalpics@yahoo.com
  3. Please, PLEASE include a bit of info about your collie. Age, year rescued or adopted, cute personality trait, etc….oh yes, and NAME, too
  4. Please get your photos in by September 6, 2017. That should give us ample time to design, review, and order calendars for arrival in time for the annual dinner in November