May Rainbow Bridge


Handsome senior Rex, adopted in early 2018, was found as a stray and surrendered to MWCR. This is from his mom and dad who gave him a wonderful, loving home:
May 9th, our beautiful beloved friend, Rex, went over the Rainbow Bridge. Because each step he took was painful, because he did not see well anymore, and mostly looked sad, because he could not get better, but only worse, we gently let him go. We are so grateful to have been able to have him with us as long as we did. His spirit was generous and gentle. His presence was comforting. Thank you, Rex, for coming to be part of our family as you always will be. Thank you MWCR for letting us bringing Rex to our lives.


Laddie, originally known as Murdock, was indeed a collie in need of rescue when he came to us in 2015. He had a bad wound on his back end, several broken teeth and his coat was tangled into a solidly matted coat of armor with what appeared to be metal shavings stuck in it. He tested positive for tick borne diseases, which was not surprising since he was covered in fleas and ticks under that solid mass of hair. He also had a large abdominal mass that was drained of over 8 oz. of infected fluid. He was so badly matted that they couldn’t even tell if he was neutered until he was shaved. Despite it all, he was an absolute angel to everyone who was helping him and we share his family’s grief at his loss.

This is from his loving family: It’s with great sadness we helped Laddie (aka Murdock) over the Rainbow Bridge after he began having serious problems with his hips resulting in difficulty standing and pain. He came to us 3 1/2 years ago as a stray with multiple medical issues. These were resolved with the aid of MWCR and foster mom Mary Kozak. Laddie enriched our lives and the lives of his humans and was the friend to all dogs and cats. He was known as Mr Mellow in the neighborhood. We’ve had six collies (Lady, Chelsea, Maggie, Sam and Sadie), with three from MWCR. Laddie was at the top of the list. We will miss him terribly but will always have his memories to cherish. Thank you MWCR for giving us the opportunity to have Laddie for as long as we did.

Cooper, one of our special needs collies, went over the Rainbow Bridge this weekend. When he originally came to MWCR in 2017 from a shelter in Wisconsin he was only two years old. While there he was diagnosed with dermatomyocitis (DM), an autoimmune disorder of skin and muscle found primarily in collies and shelties. It had been active and untreated for several months but they started him on proper treatment for the DM and for a long time his symptoms were fairly mild, concentrated to his nose and his paws, which had no toenails and were sensitive to touch. His new dad did lots of research on DM before deciding to adopt him and dedicated himself to giving him all the care he needed.

Despite his condition, Cooper was a sweet, loving, happy boy who went everywhere with his dad and won over the hearts of everyone who met him. Earlier this month he was diagnosed with oral cancer. Because of the medications for his auto-immune issue, the cancer’s symptoms were suppressed at first so it progressed quite quickly over the last few weeks. On Sunday the cancer started to interfere with his ability to breath and his dad knew it was time. Our hearts go out to him and we are so appreciative of his willingness to open his heart to this special boy.


May adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator



Congratulations to sweet Brianna (now known as Lady) and her new family!










Prince 2 and puppy Bridget have been adopted this weekend. Prince will be regally residing in Wisconsin and Bridget will be in Minnesota. Prince was surrendered to MWCR after a fire destroyed his owners’ property and they sadly needed to find a new home for him.
Bridget’s new family says: she has a wonderful personality and is fitting into our family so well. We feel blessed to have her!








Handsome 10-year-old sable headed white, Spencer, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Spencer was surrendered because his family did not have the time to give him the attention he deserves. Spencer’s new mom and dad are retired so he’ll get lots of love and he has new senior collie brother to hang with. So happy for this sweet boy!




Handsome 4-month-old Shamrock has been adopted and will be living in Illinois. Always love to see puppies and kids playing.





Beautiful white puppy Brooklyn came to us from a breeder who contacted us when he realized that she was deaf. Being born deaf or blind is usually an all too common side effect when two merles are bred together and that is often done in the hopes of producing more white, merle or unusually colored puppies. We are thrilled that Brooklyn has been adopted into a family that includes another collie who is both deaf and partially blind, so mom and dad are fully prepared to help this little sweetie lead a fun, full life. She’s already learning sign language and her big sister collie is helping her to master the art of stair climbing. We’re so grateful to her new family and excited to see her grow up!


Beautiful Zara (nka Meadowsweet), a 2.5-year-old sable female, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Zara was sadly surrendered by her family with another collie (Prince2) when they needed to rebuild their lives after a devastating fire. Unfortunately, the necessary upheaval of her life was very upsetting to Zara and she has had (and continues to have) some issues to work through. Fortunately, her foster mom has dedicated herself to helping Zara recover and over the last few months, while working to gain her trust, they have formed a loving, lifetime bond that will be the basis of Zara’s ability to blossom like the meadowsweet she’s been renamed for. Her foster mom knows that there’s still lots of work to do and that it would not be in Zara’s best interests to start over with a new family so Meadow has officially found her forever home. Her new mom says she can’t imagine her life without her. Congratulations to both of these lovely ladies!


And last, but not least, ridiculously handsome Teddy, an 8-month-old tri headed white male, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Teddy is a big, sweet, playful boy who was extremely nervous when he first came into foster but quickly relaxed in the company of the resident collies and let his true happy, puppy personality show. Teddy’s new home has a big brother collie to show him the ropes and an extended family of collie-lovers to adore and guide him. Congratulations to this big heart breaker and his new family!




Beautiful Colleen, a five month sable girl, was the last of the four Irish named pups to go to their forever home. Congratulations sweet girl!

April adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Prince 3, yes ‘3’ – we’ve had a lot of royalty lately, it’s kind of like Game of Bones around here ;-), a 7-year-old sable/white male has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. This lovely boy needed to find a new home after his owner passed and is now enjoying his own fenced yard and a mom and dad who are retired, so they have plenty of time to give this prince the devotion he deserves.



Patches, an almost 1-year-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. This sweet, playful boy was surrendered because he was a bit too high energy for the daycare his family had. Fortunately his new home comes equipped with another young dog to play with and lots of loving family to spoil him. Congratulations to all!



Lovely sable headed white, Rosie, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Rosie is still pretty much a puppy at 1.5 years and was a bit more than her previous owner could handle since she kept wandering off to check out the neighborhood. She first came to our attention when she was picked up as a stray but after she was returned to her home, they decided it was best to surrender her to MWCR. Now Rosie has a nice, secure fenced yard, parents who are home most of the time, grandkids to play with and a puppy buddy to help her learn the ropes – sounds like she found a pretty sweet deal.



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

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

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


If you have questions, contact:

Division of Animal Health
(608) 224-4889

March adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP and Adoption Coordinator


Handsome Blue, a 3-year-old blue merle male, was sadly surrendered by his dad when he realized that he didn’t have the right home situation for him. This gorgeous boy has strong herding tendencies and needed to learn what should be herded and who shouldn’t. Since coming into rescue, Blue has been working with a trainer with good results and his new dad will be continuing patient and gentle guidance. Blue’s new life also includes another collie buddy – so pleased for everyone!


Playful Jackson, a 1.5-year-old sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Missouri. Jackson was surrendered because he was not getting enough attention in his home and they knew he needed to find a place where he would get the love he needed. Jackson will be living with two other collies including sweet Anwyn, a deaf/blind double dilute girl, who I’m sure is going to be super excited to have a new playmate.




Josie, a 2-year-old sable/mahogany female, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. She was surrendered to MWCR by a family who took her from a situation where she was tied up outside all the time but unfortunately she wasn’t a good fit with them. Now this sweet snuggler and kisser has a new mom and dad to snuggle with and a canine sister to play with – what good girls!



Lovely Lady, a 4-year-old sable/white, has been adopted and will be living in Colorado. This sweet girl was originally surrendered last year when her mom passed away and her dad moved to assisted living and was finally settled into what everyone was hoping to be her forever home, when her new mom broke her ankle. One of our foster homes graciously took Lady in while her mom was recuperating but, unfortunately complications meant her healing would take much longer than anticipated, so this beautiful girl was looking for a new home once again. Happily, she has now found one with a previous adopter and she was a great companion on her road trip across country yesterday. Congratulations to Lady and her new dad!

March Rainbow Bridge


Bunker was my 15th foster in May of 2012. He was adopted by a family in Nebraska, who drove all the way to my house to pick him up. He lived a wonderful life with his family, a very sweet and gentle  dog who will be missed.

From Wendy – We had to put Bunker down today. He had become very arthritic and we tried everything the vet could offer. Today he was throwing up and crying. It just got to be too much for him. Thank you for being his foster mom. He had a great life and will be missed. We loved him.


My sweet Ricky went over the bridge Saturday afternoon. He was my MWCR transport failure six years ago. He was bound for Green Bay, my job was to get him from Wayzata to Eau Claire. He had clearly never ridden in a car, never wore a collar.  Had clumps of cow manure throughout his coat and was riddled with fleas. He had an overbite that rivaled Freddie Mercury. But when our eyes met, and his tail slowly wagged, I was on my phone to see if we could foster to adopt him. We never made it out of Minnesota.

We could tell things were getting harder for him. His breathing was very labored and we could tell he was uncomfortable and struggling.

He was the sweetest and most sensitive collie we ever owned. Reamus is a bit lost without him. Our house is sad without him.  Until we meet again, my sweet boy. Thank you for picking us and to MWCR for putting up with my craziness and allowing him into our lives.


We were sad to learn that handsome Eli, adopted in 2013, went to the Bridge last month. Eli came to frolic with us at most of the WI events and we will miss his sweet face. He would have been 13 yrs old in June. Run free, sweet boy.

Agility class in the Twin Cities

Agility Run For Fun

MWCR alum Gunnar, relaxing after his agility class. His owners say he has become more focused since coming to class.

On Saturday April 14th Agile Canines in St. Louis Park, Minn., will start another 4 week Level 1 – Intro to Agility Run For Fun!

This is the class for those who do not want to compete in agility but want to do it just for fun. Contacts and jumps are always low. Teeter is never done.

If anyone is interested in this class please email Annelise Allen privately. Please share with any friends or neighbors who may be interested!

One of the instructors, Judy Roggow, is a MWCR member.