July adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator

Black Jack

Sweet senior Black Jack has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. We’re happy to report that at his vet check up on Thursday he had gained three pounds! Excellent work on behalf of his foster home and his new family will continue fattening him up. His new home has another senior collie to be his buddy and I’m sure they are looking forward to spoiling this sweet boy with love and treats! I know his former mom would be so happy with this outcome. (Note: Jack needs some good thought sent his way. His appetite is down and he is losing weight. His vet is trying to figure out why).


Adorable Jack, a 1-year-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Minn.  Jack was surrendered because his owner knew he was not happy living in an apartment and needed more space and attention. This sweet, loving boy is thrilled with his new family and big back yard. His mom says he’s a major cuddle-bug who loves to play and learn new things. So happy this boy has found the right fit for his personality!

Our lovely golden girls, Emeline, an 8-year-old merle and Jasmine, a 6-year-old tricolor, have been adopted and will be living in Minn.. The girls came to us as a bonded pair and we are so happy that they can stay together. Their new mom is excited to welcome them to her home and we’re all pleased the the resident collie and kitties think the girls are great companions. Congratulations Girls!


Sweet, petite 1-year-old smooth collie mix, Malibu, has been adopted and will be living in Illinois. Malibu came to us after she was surrendered to a shelter because her family couldn’t afford to keep her. At the shelter she was extremely scared and shy, but soon started to warm up to her caregivers. Malibu’s exam showed that she had a heart murmur and their vet felt she should have further testing, so they reached out to us to see if we could bring her in.

So, of course, we did just that. Our vet started with bloodwork and then an ultrasound, which showed that there are actually two different things going on with her heart. Neither one was a huge concern on its own but since she has both, they recommended a cardiac consult as well. The cardiologist gave the go ahead for her to be spayed and felt that her condition shouldn’t impact her quality of life. I want to give a huge Thank You! to her foster mom, Nancy Kibbe, who did such a great job getting Malibu ready for adoption (especially during these unusual times), and has continued to work with her adoptive mom to help Malibu settle into her new home.

Her new mom says:  She is doing amazingly well. She lays by my feet napping as I write this. She loves her yard and all the neighbors’ dogs. She runs up and down the fence with the neighbor’s big German Shepherd who first barked in her face, now they are nose to nose and her fear is gone. My brother has been helping her get over her fear of men and it’s working. Malibu has a pretty level temperament and we give her the space and time to decide men are okay. She gets pretty rambunctious in the morning (puppy energy) but will play and play with her toys – one of the very first things she did was pull every last toy out of her baskets and I have many.  She loves them all. She loves her walks, wants to chase all the birds, rabbits . . . all this energy.  I make the walk longer so she can get some of this puppy energy out. She is a wonderful dog with nice traits. I’m very happy to have adopted her.  She is adapting to her new home quite well – more quickly than I ever expected and it’s really nice to see she is happy and settling in. She also had a really great foster mom who helped her along. So it may have been a little rough for Malibu in the beginning but it’s all going in a good direction.
Congratulations to Malibu and her new mom!


FDA Issues Important Dog Food Warning

Dear Fellow Dog Lover,
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning dog owners not to feed one lot of Aunt Jeni’s Home Made Dog Food after a sample tested positive for Salmonella bacteria.
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Join MWCR alum Gunnar in Agility Run For Fun

Looking for a fun way to get more connected with your dog? Join Level 1 Agility Run For Fun class at Agile Canines in St. Louis Park, Minn.

These four sessions progressively teach you and your dog about basic agility equipment and running a course. Equipment is kept at a low height. You and your dog will come out of this class better connected with improved communication skills. Dogs get a chance to use their brain, run off steam and have fun. Graduates move on to level 2 Agility for Fun learning simple agility courses and handling techniques. Cost is $100. To register contact info@agilecanines.com

A collie puppy is one of three dogs from New England Shelter playing in 16th annual Puppy Bowl


(WHDH) — Three dogs from animal shelters in New England will be competing in the 16th annual Animal Planet Puppy Bowl.

Team Fluff will take on Team Ruff on Feb. 2 at 3 p.m., just hours before the San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.

The pups are not only competing against one another; they are also looking to get adopted.

Animal Plant says in years past, 100 percent of the puppies and kittens that have participated in the Puppy Bowl have been adopted to loving families.

Dogs that made the starting lineup from New England include:

DATCP Quarantines Animal Shelters and Adopted Dogs due to Canine Brucellosis

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) confirms that two dogs in Wisconsin have tested positive for canine brucellosis. Due to exposure to the source of the infection, several animal shelters and private homes that adopted the exposed dogs have been placed under quarantine.


A national rescue organization imported a group of dogs from South Korea to Canada. Some of these dogs were then imported to Wisconsin with proper documentation. After the dogs were in Wisconsin, it was discovered that one of the dogs that had died in Canada tested positive for canine brucellosis. DATCP contacted the rescue organization who provided the names of the shelters where the dogs had been sent. DATCP learned that the majority of the dogs had been adopted, and notified adopters and shelters that still had the dogs that testing for canine brucellosis was needed. As a result of those tests, two were confirmed positive.

Current Situation

Quarantines are in place for locations that had exposed dogs and will be removed when test results are confirmed negative. The dogs must be tested at least two more times with 30-45 days between tests.

For the two dogs confirmed positive, one dog was euthanized and the other is under a life-long quarantine. Under this type of quarantine, an owner can only move the dog for veterinary care after informing the district state veterinarian.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine is organizing a separate quarantine facility for exposed dogs so that shelters can remove animals, clean and disinfect their facility, and return to operations. All shelters that removed animals will remain under quarantine until cleaning and disinfection are complete.

Next Steps

Veterinarians are the first line of defense for diagnosing, treating, and preventing this disease from spreading. If a client presents a dog exposed to canine brucellosis, it is important to ensure you are using basic biosecurity practices. More information about standard precautions are available from the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians at http://www.nasphv.org/documentsCompendiaVet.html.

Please continue to be aware of exposure to any diseases for animals you are treating and follow proper precautions and biosecurity. Learn more about the disease at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/CanineBrucellosis.aspx.

Animal shelters should follow proper biosecurity by isolating new animals in their facility for 30 days. While there is no vaccine to prevent canine brucellosis, shelters should only receive dogs that are known to be brucellosis-free. Newly acquired dogs should be tested, quarantined for 30 days, and re-tested before being introduced to the kennel.

Dogs testing negative will be released from quarantine. However, should the dog develop signs of illness later, adopters should make their veterinarian aware of the previous exposure to canine brucellosis. Based on the dog’s health and immune system, it could take months or years before the disease develops. A veterinarian will decide what symptoms may require further testing.

Public Health Impact

There is the potential for canine brucellosis to be transmitted to humans. More information is available from the Department of Health Services at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/brucellosis.htm.


If you have questions, contact:

Division of Animal Health
(608) 224-4889

2019 Membership Renewal

Thank you to everyone who has either mailed in their MWCR membership renewal or renewed online at www.mwcr.org.

Membership renewals received by December 31 will enable you to vote in the 2019 officer elections.  Renewals received after December 31 will be accepted, but you will not be able to vote in the elections.

Thank you for renewing your membership and helping our collies!

– Terry

Agility Run For Fun class

On Saturday Jan. 5th we will be offering a Level 1 Agility Run for Fun class. This is a class for those who just want to do agility for fun and have no interest in competing.

Students can then move into the ongoing Saturday classes. The classes play games and run courses. The contacts stay low. The teeter is never used. Only six weaves and jumps are low.

The class will meet for four weeks on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., starting Jan. 5th. Cost is $100 for first session. Subsequent sessions are $80.

Please email Judith Roggow with questions (516jude@gmail.com). To register go to www.agilecanines.com events section.

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Good morning!

We have filled our current fostering needs!  This has been a busy year for the rescue and we are so grateful to the foster homes that were able to respond to our urgent request for foster homes, as well as all those already fostering right now. I know that many of us are frustrated that we cannot foster for various reasons but your support of our mission in other ways is always appreciated!  
We would encourage you to promote our foster program with people you know have the skills needed to foster.   
Mary Scopp
Foster Home Coordinator

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.

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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