Milwaukee Collie Frolic

It’s time again to get our frolic on in the Milwaukee area. Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 30th, 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 have 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
I hope to see lots of collies for tail wagging fun – Sarah
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

May Online Silent Auction

MWCR will hold its first online silent auction from May 3 – 7.  Linda Riegger, along with Barb Gibson, are heading this project.  Sarah Rebernick has created a special Facebook page which will become active in May and Dave Gibson has photographed the items for the page.  We are working with a nonprofit that will manage the process for no charge.  Essentially, photos for the auction items along with a description and starting bid will be listed on the Facebook page.  At the end of the bidding, the highest bidders will be identified and requested to pay for their items.  Once payment is received, the items will be shipped.

Our silent auction will include artwork, including a beautiful collie stained class piece, jewelry, vintage collie books and prints,   collectibles, dog items, books, gift cards, and more.

We’re excited to hold this online silent auction to benefit our collies.  Watch for more details closer to the auction dates.

2017 MWCR Elections

Congratulations to Sarah Rebernick on her re-election as MWCR’s Vice President and to Patty Hopkins on her election as MWCR’s Treasurer.  Both Sarah and Patty have years of volunteer experience with MWCR and do much for MWCR in addition to their official elected officer positions.  Patty’s experience with the accounting software used by our accountant will make filing our IRS reports much easier.

A special thank you to Beth Selburg who served as our Treasurer for the last two years.  Beth decided not to run for re-election this year due to personal and professional time constraints, but she will continue her other volunteer work with the organization.

MWCR is truly fortunate to have the caliber of talent  and commitment we have on Board.

Thank you to all of the members who voted in our 2017 election.

Dog Food Distributions

Arnie Hilk

For the last two years, MWCR has been fortunate to participate in the Chaska Shed dog food donations program.  We have literally received thousands of pounds of donated dog food for our collies.  At the distributions, volunteers from various rescue groups and humane societies gather to unload a semi filled with dog and cat food.  The distribution date is set in advance and the distributions are held regardless of the weather.  MWCR volunteers Arnie Hilk, Dave Gibson, and Barb Gibson have stood outside in the rain, in the snow, in bitterly cold weather, and in hot, humid weather to get the free dog food for MWCR.

Dave Gibson

Arnie, who is MWCR’s Food Distribution Coordinator, and Dave taken at the last distribution in February where the temperature was 9 degrees.  Our volunteers deserve a big round of applause for enduring various weather conditions to get free, high quality food for our collies.

Nick of Time Grants

vet-expenseAnnually, MWCR sets aside 15-20% of our end-of-year account balance for the Nick of Time grant fund to assist adopted MWCR collies who have extensive veterinary bills.  Grants are generally awarded quarterly with one recipient 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 unusual veterinary bills during 2017, please consider applying and perhaps we can help with some of those bills.  Send an email to and we will get an application form to you.

The American Working Collie Association (AWCA) also provides assistance to collie owners with unusual or unexpected veterinary bills.  Their Compassionate Care Fund is available to collie owners facing serious medical emergency veterinary bills (tests, surgeries, medications, etc.) beyond the ability of the owner to pay.  Collie owners facing the serious illness of their collies and inability to pay emergency veterinary bills may apply regardless of whether they are members of AWCA.  Contact Theresa Pottratz at for more information.  So, if you have a collie with extensive veterinary bills who wasn’t adopted from MWCR, this might be another option.