A tribute to Mackie

A beautiful tribute from the family of a senior adopter: Shirley Cloninger recently passed, she was the proud recipient of a Minnesota Wisconsin Collie from your rescue program named Mackie. At a time in her life when our father had died, Shirley really needed support and turned to you in hopes of bringing a rough collie into her life. Since she was in her eighties her daughter Sandra and Shirley co-adopted him. You could say it was a match made in Heaven. In no time at all Shirley and Mackie became soul mates and best of friends. They did everything together. Shirley took excellent care of him with the support of her two daughters. She had reclaimed purpose for her life and that was Mackie. Our family has always been so grateful for allowing this senior dog to be such an important part of all of our lives. Shirley lived to be ninety-three all because she had found new love and joy with Mackie. Your program is really important for collies and the many people who adopt and take care of them. Thank you all for trusting in our family and we hope that more seniors can find the incredible bond that she had developed with Mackie. Mackie crossed the Rainbow Bridge first and as a family we are very sure that our mother is now with him in Heaven. Thank you for all the great things you do.

Lucky Laddie

Recently adopted Laddie, an 11-year-old senior whose owner had passed away found his new home to be one that would save his life. While in foster care Laddie sometimes favored his right front leg, but the vet felt it was just due to arthritis. Shortly after being adopted, the limp got much worse. X-rays and testing indicated cancer and it was decided amputation was necessary.

Laddie came through surgery like a champ and is adjusting to his new normal. There are several updates on our Facebook page.

We at MWCR are very grateful that, even so soon after adopting him, his new mom is so dedicated to his care – we all know it doesn’t take long to fall in love! We are also thankful to have such a wonderful group of supporters and collie lovers that allow us to help with his care.

Amazing Sarah R.

Sarah with an MWCR alumnus (not one of the puppies mentioned here).

In January, Sarah Rebernick and her husband, Randy, took in a mother collie and her litter of six unexpected puppies. Sarah and Randy, along with their collies Rivers and Creena, made the new arrivals welcome in their home and began the journey of fostering and raising the puppies. During this time, Sarah did many daily loads of puppy laundry, made puppy gruel, took the puppies to the vet for physicals and their puppy shots, worked full-time, took care of her daughter who had emergency surgery after a fall on the ice, ran her household, distributed donated dog food to MWCR members in the Milwaukee area, staffed MWCR’s booth at the Great Lakes Pet Expo, and fulfilled all of her responsibilities as MWCR’s Vice President and as MWCR’s Adoption Coordinator. Makes me exhausted to think of the amount of work Sarah did!  The puppies are healthy, happy, very well socialized, and are transitioning to their adoptive families.  Thank you, Sarah, for doing amazing work for MWCR, for your dedication, and for bringing happiness to the new puppy parents. – Terry Libro, MWCR President

Ten things only rough collie families understand

From Buzzfeed:

 

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.

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!