Ten things only rough collie families understand

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There’s no love quite like that of a rough collie. So, can you relate?

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What would rough collies be without their long beautiful fur coat? Little balls of rough collie hair drift through your house like tumbleweeds, you go through two or more vacuums a year, and unless you are brave enough to tackle hours of grooming yourself, you're stuck forking out a mere fortune for a groomer. All of this, and we wouldn't trade it for the world.

What would rough collies be without their long beautiful fur coat? Little balls of rough collie hair drift through your house like tumbleweeds, you go through two or more vacuums a year, and unless you are brave enough to tackle hours of grooming yourself, you’re stuck forking out a mere fortune for a groomer. All of this, and we wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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Rough collies are stubborn yet sensitive dogs. A firm scolding and you're given the classic melancholy look. Try fighting the urge to give into that beautiful heartbroken face.

Rough collies are stubborn yet sensitive dogs. A firm scolding and you’re given the classic melancholy look. Try fighting the urge to give into that beautiful heartbroken face.

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Rough collies love kissing and getting all up in your business. You could say it's their favorite past-time. You're their best friend, and they make sure you never forget that.

Rough collies love kissing and getting all up in your business. You could say it’s their favorite past-time. You’re their best friend, and they make sure you never forget that.

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Sure, the younger generation might not understand, but that doesn't keep you from hearing or using the name "Lassie" whenever you take your rough collie outdoors.

Sure, the younger generation might not understand, but that doesn’t keep you from hearing or using the name “Lassie” whenever you take your rough collie outdoors.

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No, rough collies aren't a toy breed, but you still insist on dressing up your little friend in all kinds of cute outfits. A rough collie's tolerance of playing dress-up is certainly one of your favorite parts about the breed.

No, rough collies aren’t a toy breed, but you still insist on dressing up your little friend in all kinds of cute outfits. A rough collie’s tolerance of playing dress-up is certainly one of your favorite parts about the breed.

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Children are the cheese to your rough collie's macaroni. They go hand in hand. The gentleness and watchful protectiveness of the breed mean your rough collie spells "perfect family dog." This beautiful rough collie quality is something only owners may truly understand.

Children are the cheese to your rough collie’s macaroni. They go hand in hand. The gentleness and watchful protectiveness of the breed mean your rough collie spells “perfect family dog.” This beautiful rough collie quality is something only owners may truly understand.

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It doesn't matter where your rough collie is sleeping, you can almost guarantee they are sleeping on their back. And somewhere in that pretty little head, you can be certain your favorite back-sleeper is dreaming about you.

It doesn’t matter where your rough collie is sleeping, you can almost guarantee they are sleeping on their back. And somewhere in that pretty little head, you can be certain your favorite back-sleeper is dreaming about you.

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Rough collies are herding dogs, and that herding instinct carries over into your everyday life. Chasing games are always included in rough collie playtime. If it's not playtime, you can be sure your rough collie is still chasing you, and perhaps giving your heels little love-bites.

Rough collies are herding dogs, and that herding instinct carries over into your everyday life. Chasing games are always included in rough collie playtime. If it’s not playtime, you can be sure your rough collie is still chasing you, and perhaps giving your heels little love-bites.

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Rough collies sport one of the longest noses in the dog world. That foxy nose is the perfect place to plant a kiss. Laying love on your rough collie is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night.

Rough collies sport one of the longest noses in the dog world. That foxy nose is the perfect place to plant a kiss. Laying love on your rough collie is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night.

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Rough collies are beautiful, gentle, loyal, trainable, laid-back, and would do anything for their people. Only you, as an owner, get to experience the companionship of the coolest breed there is.

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Laddie Gibson is MWCR’s newest therapy dog

Congratulations to Barb Gibson and Laddie for passing the TDI test on Saturday at the Responsible Dog Ownership Day event in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.  Not only did Laddie pass, but the evaluator told Barb that he did the best of the dogs in the group.  Laddie spent the first years of his life outdoors on a farm before coming to MWCR.  He now enjoys the benefits of city life, a loving home, healthy food, and dog parks nearby.  The attached picture shows Laddie (in front) with his sister Emily shortly after passing his therapy dog test.  As you can see from his smile, Laddie is quite proud of his accomplishment.

Barb works at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis.  Barb plans to take Laddie, who loves people, to visit the veterans and brighten their days.  Congratulations to Barb and Laddie!

Redemption Has 4 Paws

MWCR member and volunteer, Robin Kashuba has written a book about her journey into the world of therapy dogs.

Kashuba writes:

I have written a book titled “Redemption Has 4 Paws”.  This is my memoir about how all of the dogs in my life have helped me realize what my life’s purpose is – making therapy visits with my dogs.

I have been offered a contract through Covenant Books to publish my book.  No traditional publisher (with advances and royalties) will take on an unknown author. Covenant Books is a cross between a self-publishing company and a traditional publisher.  They are requiring me to pay in advance to get my book published, they will distribute it and help promote and sell it and then will pay me royalties at 100% until my initial investment has been paid back.

At this time in my life, I don’t have the money to get my book published.  So I’m asking for your help in getting Redemption Has 4 Paws published.  Any little bit will help tremendously.

As a way of giving back, once the book is published and I have recouped the amount paid to Covenant Books, I will donate $1,000 each to the four rescues who have helped me and allowed me to adopt dogs that have become my beloved therapy dogs:  Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue, MN Sheltie Rescue, The Long Island Sheltie Rescue, and The Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue.   So in the long run, your donation to help get my book published will end up helping four rescues that I care greatly about and will also help to get more dogs adopted.

To donate click here:

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Thank you so much for reading this and for any help you can give me.  I’m looking so forward to getting “Redemption Has 4 Paws” out into the world so more people can learn about the wonderful things that deaf and rescue animals can achieve.  Thank you!

 

Annual microchip check

Your pet’s spring check up is the perfect time to have their microchip checked to make sure it’s still active. Eleven-year-old Laddie is an excellent example of the power of this tiny tool – after picking him up from animal control we called the microchip company and they were able to tell us who this sweet boy was registered to! Sadly, after contacting his owner he is not able to go back to his original home but happily, we now know his age, name and history. Laddie is comfortably chillin’ in his foster home getting some veterinary care and lots of tasty food and seems very happy to be called by his real name!

Ginger Bear is available for adoption

gingerGinger Bear is a beautiful, sweet collie girl, with an immune system disorder which affects her skin. Her family sadly surrendered her to MWCR when their vets were unable to successfully treat her condition. Ginger Bear has responded well to a high dose regimen of Prednisone that she is slowly weaning off. Her foster mom often calls her “fuzzy wuzzy” as she is re-growing all the hair that she lost. Her first five years, living in North Carolina in a quiet serene environment, she had no problems, but moving with her family to Wisconsin (and a home on a busy, high traffic street) two years ago, things changed and she was plagued with bouts of skin eruptions and hair loss. Her foster mom is confident that she will be able to continue her excellent recovery with no, or low dose levels of Prednisone, and a life in a quiet, loving forever home.

Ginger Bear is a “velcro” collie. She absolutely loves her people and will follow them everywhere. She is friendly with all people and other dogs. She is house-trained and has wonderful manners (other than occasional counter-surfing and dog bone possessiveness), knowing sit, stay and come. She is a happy girl, with great energy for a 7 year old dog (D.O.B. November 11/25/09).

Her ideal home would be one that could continue to provide her with great care, good food, stability, low stress, and of course lots of love. Although she does not have separation anxiety, she would thrive in a home with someone there most of the time, as her greatest joy is to be with her “person” or “people”. She could be an only dog, or share a home with other quiet pets. She will definitely need a home where her outside area does not have exposure to cars, as she is car obsessed, and will bark and try to chase cars, which causes her stress thereby likely contributing to her skin issues. Ginger’s foster mom loves her and wishes she could adopt her, but already has four dogs of her own, and regular foster dogs.

Check out Ginger Bear’s updated bio and pictures! http://mwcr.force.com/apex/MWCR_AllAdoptionsView 

The photos show her now, when her skin condition was at its worst, and before, when she lived in North Carolina. A beautiful Collie girl, now and then.

Rascal and the Girl Scouts

Cindy and RascalCindy Willman took her collie Rascal to speak at Spring Lake Park (Minn.), Girl Scouts Troop 13575, led by Kyria Tarnowski and Nicole Lier. Each year the girls choose a topic and Cindy was asked if she could bring Rascal to a meeting and speak about MWCR.

‘They’ talked about the rescue’s goals, volunteers and fundraising. Cindy also told them Percy’s story, and of course, Rascal’s own rescue story. The girls enjoyed listening and even received some swag from Cindy (can coozie, bandana, pet safety sticker). Cindy offered to match any funds the girls collected for MWCR. They raised $200 for a total of a $400 donation. Thank you Cindy, Rascal and Troop 12575!

 

Laddie Luke checks in

Laddie and Emily

Laddie and Emily

Hi, Laddie Luke here. I have been thinking about life again. Here I am, going to be seven years old this May. I have been with my family four years this coming August, and it’s time for me to start acting more like an adult. I mean, while it is fun chasing those nasty old motorcycles, ducks, squirrels and rabbits I should be doing more meaningful things now. I am sure now and then I will be able to indulge in swamp running, but maybe not so much anymore.

This occurred to me on a walk by the river. Emily and I love to go walking and running by the Mississippi, but I have noticed that lots and lots of people ask my Mom “what kind of dogs are they?” They notice that we are “just gorgeous, and very friendly.” Other people have never heard of Lassie, or they call us Lassie dogs. It occurred to me that I could be a Rough Collie Ambassador! With Emily Ester by my side we can educate the local people about how great collies are! Also this is an area that I can be in charge! Emily tries to run the household, but she is more reserved so I can run up to people and say “I am a collie, “My name is Laddie!,” just like the old 1960’s puzzle for kids. Then Emily can run up and say you may pet me too if you wish.laddie puzzle

I am including some pictures of one of our walks when I introduced rough collies to three teenage girls. An ambassador means presenting the very best to the public of the entity that you are the ambassador for. I will try and do my best representing rough collies. Plus, don’t tell, but it’s also great fun!

– Submitted by Laddie Luke Gibson