Notes from Terry Libro, MWCR President

First MWCR Online Auction a Success

MWCR held its first online silent auction in May and raised a little over $1,400 to help our collies. Thank you to everyone who bid on and who won items.   Most of the items in the auction had been donated to MWCR over the course of the last six months, so we had a nice array of items to offer.  Linda Riegger bravely offered to spearhead this fundraiser and worked with Helping Paws, a nonprofit in Indianapolis that hosts online auctions.  A big thank you to Linda, Deborah Cornacchia of Helping Paws, Sarah Rebernick for designing our MWCR Fundraising page, Dave and Barb Gibson for photographing the donated items, and to everyone who donated items.  Linda has offered to organize another online auction in late summer or early fall, so watch for more details.

May Dog Events

MWCR participated in two community dog events in May.  Bark for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society to honor people and dogs touched by cancer, was held at Barkers Alps Park in Stillwater, Minn.  Barb Gibson with Emily and Laddie staffed our booth, participated in dog games, and welcomed all who stopped at our table.

Judy Roggow worked with Kathy Bulicz of Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis to organize the annual Collie Flower party. Residents and their families spent a Sunday afternoon playing with our collies and with shelties from the Minnesota Sheltie Rescue.  Thank you to Judy for organizing the event and thank you to Judy and Linda from the Sheltie Rescue and to Arnie Hilk and Robin Kashuba for sharing Coney, Journey, Prancer, Chase, Skylar, and Shelby with the residents.  We hope to be back in December for our annual Caroling with Collies event (see pictures on the May Photo Wall blog post).

June Dog Events

MWCR will be at three community events in June.  We’ll start the month at the Canine Carnival on June 3 at the Wildlife Science Center’s new location in Stacy, Minn.  On June 10, we’ll have a table at the Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter’s Paws on Parade event at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Minn.  The following Saturday, June 17, we’ll be at the CBS Radio’s Pet-A-Palooza at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul.  Let Cat know ( if you’d like to volunteer at any of these events – we’d love to see you.

Minnesota Collie Frolic

We’re finalizing the date for the Minnesota Collie Frolic which will be held in July this year.  Watch for more details shortly.

Save the Date for MWCR Annual Dinner

Our Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, November 4, at the Wayzata American Legion.  Mark your calendars for this fun evening.

BOD changes

The Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue Board of Directors would like to congratulate Marian Ridge and Matt Beckwith on their appointments as Directors for MWCR.  They fill the vacancies created by Patty Hopkins who moved from Director to Treasurer following this year’s election and by Chris Norman who decided to step down after serving six years on the Board.  Beth Selburg, who did not run for re-election as Treasurer due to professional work demands, decided not to remain on the Board as a Director at this time.

Marian and Matt have both been active with MWCR for a number of years, including transporting, fostering, and adopting dogs.  Marian has provided valuable input on decisions involving foster dogs, their care, and their transfer to MWCR.  Matt has a strong business and accounting background which will help guide MWCR as we continue to grow and evolve as an organization.

The Board wants to thank Beth and Chris for their years of valuable guidance to MWCR.  Beth will continue to manage the tags and microchips for our foster dogs.  Chris will continue to use her journalism background to write and manage MWCR’s newsletter and blog.  Beth and Chris will continue to be ambassadors for MWCR at various community events throughout the year.

We greatly appreciate the work that Beth and Chris have done for MWCR as Board members and are pleased that they’ll continue to be involved with the organization. We want to congratulate Marian and Matt on their new roles with MWCR and thank them for taking on additional responsibilities within MWCR.

Terry Libro, Sarah Rebernick, MyLinda Anderson, Patty Hopkins, and Mary Scopp

The MWCR Auction is officially Open!

The easiest way I’ve found to bid is to go to the Helping Paws, Inc Facebook page:

Click on the “photos” link on the left side of the screen. You will then see the MN WI Collie Rescue auction photo with the notation beneath stating “auction is open”.  Click on “see all”, and all photos will be displayed. You can scroll through the photos, clicking to open the ones that have items you wish to bid on.

The process to get to the site to bid is sometimes a bit confusing, just remember the auction is being hosted by Helping Paws, so their facebook page is where to bid at (not the MWCR Fundraising FB page).

I’ll be monitoring the site, and will be available to assist as needed, I’ll be checking the site frequently. You can also contact me directly at or 612-756-2728.

Please share widely with your Facebook friends and families!

Happy Bidding!

-Linda Riegger

Notes from Terry Libro, MWCR President

Event Season Has Started

Every year, the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue participates in a number of community events to raise awareness of our rescue and to showcase our gorgeous collies.  On April 28, Kitty and Arnie Hilk and Dave Gibson staffed our table at the All About Dogs Day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  On April 29, Chris and KJ Norman and Judy Roggow staffed our table at the Pause 4 Paws Adoption Day at the new Stone Mountain Pet Lodge in Brooklyn Park.  Also on April 29, the Milwaukee Collie Frolic was held.  We’re finalizing the date and location of the Minnesota Collie Frolic which will be held in late June or July.

We have more events planned for May and June.  We’ll have a booth at the Bark for Life walk held at Barkers Alps Park on the border of Bayport and Stillwater, Minn.  on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  On May 21, we’ll hold our annual Collie Flower (and Sheltie) gathering at Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis from 2 – 3 p.m.  On June 3, we’ll be at the Canine Carnival at the new Wildlife Science Center located in Stacy, Minn. from 11 a.m. to 4.p.m. where our dogs get to interact with the wolves.   Paws on Parade at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Minn. is from 9 a.m. to 1.p.m. on Saturday, June 10.  Then we’ll be at the CBS Radio’s Pet-A-Palooza on Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If you can volunteer at any of these, please let us know.

Also our first Online Silent Auction will be held from Wednesday, May 3, through Sunday, May 7.  Be sure to check out the fun items on the auction which will benefit our collies.

Special Needs Dogs

Recently, MWCR has taken in a number of collies who are deaf, blind, or both as well as several elderly collies who need homes.  Thank you to the loving foster homes who have cared for these dogs and thank you to the wonderful adopters who have opened their hearts and homes to these special dogs.  These dogs simply want a safe and loving home in which to spend their final years, and I’m so grateful that we were able to care for these dogs and find them their special homes.  We couldn’t have helped them without the care and support of all of you.

We invite you to join us for our premier MWCR online auction!

By Linda Riegger
We are very excited about this new fundraising venture to benefit our collies in need, and hope everybody will jump on the bandwagon to have fun bidding on the vintage collie jigsaw puzzle and the fresh Key Lime fudge, along with an “I Love My Collie” hoodie, a silver cuff bracelet with “Collie Lover” charm, several adult coloring books and so much more. A most special item has been generously donated by MWCR member Jane Roberts – a handmade stained glass sable collie, with an attached chain for the winner’s hanging convenience. MWCR will pay for shipping on this one of a kind item. (This fact won’t be noted on the bid photo, due to logistics, but we wanted all bidders to be alerted before the bidding begins). 

The auction will run from the morning of Wednesday, May 3, 2017 through Sunday night, May 7. Bidding will close at 7 p.m. (CDT).

Here’s how it works:

Helping Paws, Inc., is the organization that actually hosts the auction. Once I get all of our auction items and descriptions into the photo section of the MWCR Fundraising page, Helping Paws will pull these photos and load them onto their auction page. Helping Paws then determines the pricing of the items up for bid including shipping costs, and maintains the auction throughout its running time.
Helping Paws will provide a link to the auction, in addition to promoting it. It is very important for all of us to also promote it so we can make this event a smashing success. Once the auction has begun, please share daily as an album, or share individual items to friends as you see fit. In order to bid, you just type your bid amount in the comment section beneath the photo of the item(s) you want to bid on.
During the auction, I will be monitoring the Helping Paws auction page to answer any questions anybody may post.
Winners will have two weeks after the auction closes to pay for their items.
Going once, going twice……we have almost 100 items ready for your bidding pleasure! New items to bid on will be added to the auction page throughout the week, so make sure to check in frequently!

Volunteers needed for upcoming events

Hi Collie Lovers!

We need volunteers for three upcoming events happening in Minnesota:
  • May 13th: Bark for Life –  American Cancer Society walk  for dogs and owners in Bayport, Minn, 9 a.m.-Noon
  • June 3rd: Canine Carnival – Need someone to set up and help take down our booth. 22830 Sunrise Rd NE, Stacy, Minn.,  55079,  11: a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • June 17th: Pet-A-Palooza – Need someone to set up and help take down our booth. State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, Minn. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Please contact Cat Olund at if you can help.