Spring flowers for Twin Cities area residents

Animal Folks Minnesota is holding a spring plant sale fundraiser. Ann Olson, the executive director of Animal Folks Minnesota, a nonprofit that works on puppy mill issues, was the guest speaker at MWCR’s Annual Dinner in 2015.   A variety of hanging baskets and patio pots are available.  Orders must be placed by April 10 and will be available for pick up on May 18 in Savage or May 19 in St. Paul.  This is a great opportunity to get beautiful flowers and support a reputable animal organization.

http://www.animalfolksmn.org/retail.html

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2018 election results

Congratulations to Terry Libro on her re-election as MWCR’s President and to MyLinda Anderson on her re-election as MWCR’s Secretary.

Over 70 ballots were mailed in and counted.  Thank you to all of the members who voted in this year’s election and thank you to Nominating Committee members Linda Riegger, Judy Roggow, Russell Sager, and Matt Beckwith for their work on this year’s election.

Notes from our President

By Terry Libro

Thank you for voting

Thank you to everyone who voted in the 2018 MWCR election for President and Secretary. If you haven’t mailed your ballot, there still is time to do so.

The Nominating Committee, consisting of  Linda Riegger, Judith Roggow, Russell Sager, and Matt Beckwith with the assistance of Chris Norman, will be meeting in mid-March to count the ballots and officially announce the results.

Online auction

Mark your calendars for May 23 to May 27, the dates of this year’s MWCR Online Auction.  Linda Riegger, along with Barb and Dave Gibson, are getting ready for the second MWCR Online Auction to benefit MWCR’s collies.  Last year’s auction was very successful with bidders from across the country.  Watch for more details closer to the date.

Event season has started

MWCR’s community event season started with this year’s Great Lakes Pet Expo and will continue with numerous events through the spring, summer, and fall.   If you have a few hours to spare, we’d love for you and your collie to staff our booth at various events.  We’ll be listing our upcoming events so if something catches your eye, come and join us.

Updating our subscriber list

As a MWCR member you are automatically subscribed to our snail mail and email list. You receive our newsletter and occasional emails. The newsletter is sent out on the first of each month at 7 a.m. If you’re not seeing it in your inbox, check your spam folder.

If you’re not a member you can still be on our email list. This is a new list so if you’ve subscribed before, I’m asking you to resubscribe. I apologize for the inconvenience, but I want to make sure you’re still interested. You can subscribe by clicking here, or going to the link on the left side of the blog page.

Also, if you have photos/stories of your collies please send them to me at iswim41@gmail.com. We love to hear from you!

Thank you!

Chris Norman, Blog/newsletter editor

Notes from our president

2018 Membership Renewals

Thank you to everyone who renewed their MWCR memberships and to the new people who joined. If you’re still interested in being an MWCR member, simply return your paper renewal form to the address on the form, renew online at www.mwcr.org, or in you’re interested in joining, complete a membership form on our website. And, thank you to all who included a donation with your renewal.  Greatly appreciated by all of the collies we’ve taken in from the cold this winter.

Suggestions for New Services

Thank you to everyone who submitted suggestions for additional services that MWCR could provide. Your thoughtful suggestions covered many areas, including food allowances for foster homes, additional support for chronic conditions, temporary fostering of collies to prevent the need for surrender, and others. The Board has started the process of reviewing and prioritizing the suggestions to determine which we could feasibly implement in the short term and which may need much more planning and review. If you have additional suggestions, please send them to bod@mwr.org.

Online Silent Auction

MWCR is planning another online silent auction this spring. Linda Riegger has volunteered to head up this popular fundraiser again this year. Watch for more details in the coming months.

Community Event Season has Started

MWCR’s participation in community events is starting with the Great Lakes Pet Expo in Milwaukee at the State Fair Park on Saturday, February 3. So, stop by our booth and visit with MWCR volunteers and their collies.

We participate in community events to increase the awareness of MWCR, to showcase our wonderful adopted collies, and to support the organizers of these community events, many of whom are volunteers themselves who organize events to promote animals and their adoption. We’re always looking for more volunteers to spend a few hours at our booth interacting with the public. Watch for a list of upcoming events and their location and let Cat (cat_chisago@frontiernet.net), know if you’d like to volunteer.  There is an underscore _ between cat and chisago.  Thanks so much!

Terry Libro, MWCR President

Gray Gables Dog Treats and Bath Products

Kitty Hilk at the Collie Frolic in Blaine

The middle of the winter is the perfect time to pamper yourself and your dogs with goodies from Kitty Hilk’s Gray Gables line.  Kitty will custom-make fresh, preservative-free dog biscuits and dog turkey jerky for your pooch.  Turkey jerky is $7.00 for an approximately one- quart jar or $15 for a one-gallon plastic bag.  Dog biscuits, made of meat and cheddar cheese, are $7.00 per quart jar. Kitty’s extra-rich hand cream is $7.00 jar.

The prices do not include shipping, but Terry Libro will be making dog food runs to Madison and Milwaukee and possibly other areas in the next few weeks and would be glad to deliver any orders.  Please call Kitty at 952-472-6897 to place your order, then contact Terry (tlibro@hotmail.com), if you’d like delivery through her.