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.

February adoptions


Mona, a 3-4 month-old tricolor wiggle-butt, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This sweet girl was transferred to MWCR from a humane society in Mankato, where she came in as a stray. She is full sass and loves to give kisses and now has her very own mom and dad to keep up at night, as well as a big brother collie who is completely smitten with her.


It’s been a busy couple days for adoptions! Handsome senior tricolor, Vinnie, is in his new home in Minnesota; sweet 7-month-old sable/white Taylor has moved to Iowa and adorable tiny terror, 10-week-old Sawyer has made his way to Kansas to join big brother Cooper, adopted in 2017. Congratulations to all!


January adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP and Adoption Coordinator


Adorable 10-week-old sable Riley has been adopted and will be living in Iowa. His new mom and dad are thrilled to welcome him into their lives even though they are a little sleep-deprived right now.


Precocious Mia has also been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Her new home includes a sweet senior female who is graciously taking tiny diva Mia under her wing (or paw). We’re so happy for the chance to make sure these little sweeties will have great lives!






Beautiful Gracie, a 2-year-old tricolor female, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. She has moved around quite a bit in her young life and originally came to MWCR several months ago. Sadly her first adoptive home turned out to be too busy for her to be comfortable but her new parents and collie sister are happy to give her a quiet, stable home where she can develop the skills, trust and good manners that will make her the wonderful companion she wants to be.


Lovely Elsie, a 9 – 11 year-old mahogany sable female, has been adopted and will be living in Iowa. This beautiful lady was found as a stray and sent to the local shelter until her stray hold was up. We don’t know much about her former life but she was wearing an old shock collar and her coat was an almost unimaginable mess. A shelter volunteer spent hours working on her coat since she could hardly urinate or defecate because of the mats. Her affectionate personality and love of attention ensured that she quickly became a favorite with all the workers. Elsie and MWCR owe much thanks to the shelter that took the time to groom her and give her so much, even a name as sweet as her personality. We’re very grateful to be able to provide a soft landing in a loving home for this sweet senior girl.

January Rainbow Bridge

Last week, our dear Cole passed away. He came to us from MWCR in 2008 and quickly became a valued member of our family. He was known among our family and friends for his joyful bark, his love of being petted, and for always watching out for the children. We miss the click, click, click of his paws as he secured the perimeter of our house, ever the shepherd, and his gentle ways with all of us. Although Cole was thirteen and had a somewhat lame back leg, he still climbed on his favorite chair for naps and was alert and happy right up to the last days of his life. We are forever grateful to have had eleven wonderful years with him.


My Gentle Giant, may you now and forever be able to run, romp and play in the Heavens and join your friends at the Rainbow Bridge.
My heart is breaking into a thousand pieces today as we laid to rest our beloved Toby this morning. In our eyes there never was such a gentle and kind soul. Toby, lovingly referred to as The Lion by my great nephew, was a big boy at over 108 pounds. His heart had to have been most of the weight because he had something so special within him everyone noticed it. Each person he met wanted to take him home and make him theirs. Cars would literally pull over to talk to us just so they could get a chance to meet Toby on our walks. Neighbors waited for us to pass by so they could say hello to him, give a quick pet or two and pass on a treat and always, ALWAYS was he so friendly and well behaved with my grandson and all the neighborhood children. It wasn’t just people either, other dogs loose and running the street, had charged us before with their teeth bared only to stop dead in their tracks as they neared Toby. His calm energy and confidence let them know there was nothing to fear. Toby was also amazing and patient as he welcomed our friends and family’s pets into our home and over 10 foster dogs- always gentle and showing them the ropes but still quietly remaining the King.
I can never thank Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue enough for bringing him into our lives. And as cliche as it may sound, it wasn’t us who rescued him but it was Toby who rescued us and completed our home. He lived over a decade and spent half his life with Rich and I making us feel safe and loved each day. My heart will forever ache over this sweet golden boy. Rest in peace Toby Terhune . . . we love you. –  
Jerna Madero and Rich Laurence


In 2016 we were contacted by a local shelter about taking in sweet, senior Sandy, a collie-mix with health issues – her family had moved away and surrendered her to them. Sadly, she went to the Rainbow Bridge but we know that her last few years have been filled with love and kindness.

This is from her mom: My sweet, thirteen-year-old collie mix, Sandy, has passed away. Sandy had arthritis and atypical Cushing’s disease. Her health began deteriorating last summer and for the last few months, she had been living on the main level of the house since she could no longer do stairs. Despite her health problems and her very limited mobility, Sandy was always happy, engaged, and wanted to be part of everything that was going on. Sandy particularly enjoyed going for rides, especially to visit her veterinarian weekly for acupuncture and laser therapy. In the end, she lost interest in the world and no longer wanted to get off of her pet bed. Sandy passed away peacefully with her collie brother Jake, Duncan the cat, and me by her side. Throughout everything, Sandy’s spirit was always bright.