2017 Minnesota Collie Frolic

The next Collie Frolic will be held on Saturday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stone Mountain Pet Lodge located at 10073 Baltimore Street in Blaine, Minn.  Free admission with $5 suggested donation for lunch.  This is a great opportunity for our collies to play in the indoor and outdoor play areas while all of us collie lovers visit.

Check out animal communicator Kathy Grimes, Reiki practitioner Alan Michael, homemade dog treats and jams and bath products by Kitty Hilk of Gray Gables Farm, and MWCR merchandise made by Yogi and Joan Tadisch of Spirit Graphics.

We’ll have a table of free items and door prizes as well as raffle-style drawings for those who donate to MWCR at the event.

RSVP by emailing frolic@mwcr.org or by emailing tlibro@hotmail.com or by calling Terry at 952-432-0200.  Hope to see you there!

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 (cat_chisago@frontiernet.net) 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