The MWCR Auction is officially Open!

The easiest way I’ve found to bid is to go to the Helping Paws, Inc Facebook page:

Click on the “photos” link on the left side of the screen. You will then see the MN WI Collie Rescue auction photo with the notation beneath stating “auction is open”.  Click on “see all”, and all photos will be displayed. You can scroll through the photos, clicking to open the ones that have items you wish to bid on.

The process to get to the site to bid is sometimes a bit confusing, just remember the auction is being hosted by Helping Paws, so their facebook page is where to bid at (not the MWCR Fundraising FB page).

I’ll be monitoring the site, and will be available to assist as needed, I’ll be checking the site frequently. You can also contact me directly at or 612-756-2728.

Please share widely with your Facebook friends and families!

Happy Bidding!

-Linda Riegger

Notes from Terry Libro, MWCR President

Event Season Has Started

Every year, the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue participates in a number of community events to raise awareness of our rescue and to showcase our gorgeous collies.  On April 28, Kitty and Arnie Hilk and Dave Gibson staffed our table at the All About Dogs Day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  On April 29, Chris and KJ Norman and Judy Roggow staffed our table at the Pause 4 Paws Adoption Day at the new Stone Mountain Pet Lodge in Brooklyn Park.  Also on April 29, the Milwaukee Collie Frolic was held.  We’re finalizing the date and location of the Minnesota Collie Frolic which will be held in late June or July.

We have more events planned for May and June.  We’ll have a booth at the Bark for Life walk held at Barkers Alps Park on the border of Bayport and Stillwater, Minn.  on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  On May 21, we’ll hold our annual Collie Flower (and Sheltie) gathering at Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis from 2 – 3 p.m.  On June 3, we’ll be at the Canine Carnival at the new Wildlife Science Center located in Stacy, Minn. from 11 a.m. to 4.p.m. where our dogs get to interact with the wolves.   Paws on Parade at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Minn. is from 9 a.m. to 1.p.m. on Saturday, June 10.  Then we’ll be at the CBS Radio’s Pet-A-Palooza on Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If you can volunteer at any of these, please let us know.

Also our first Online Silent Auction will be held from Wednesday, May 3, through Sunday, May 7.  Be sure to check out the fun items on the auction which will benefit our collies.

Special Needs Dogs

Recently, MWCR has taken in a number of collies who are deaf, blind, or both as well as several elderly collies who need homes.  Thank you to the loving foster homes who have cared for these dogs and thank you to the wonderful adopters who have opened their hearts and homes to these special dogs.  These dogs simply want a safe and loving home in which to spend their final years, and I’m so grateful that we were able to care for these dogs and find them their special homes.  We couldn’t have helped them without the care and support of all of you.

We invite you to join us for our premier MWCR online auction!

By Linda Riegger
We are very excited about this new fundraising venture to benefit our collies in need, and hope everybody will jump on the bandwagon to have fun bidding on the vintage collie jigsaw puzzle and the fresh Key Lime fudge, along with an “I Love My Collie” hoodie, a silver cuff bracelet with “Collie Lover” charm, several adult coloring books and so much more. A most special item has been generously donated by MWCR member Jane Roberts – a handmade stained glass sable collie, with an attached chain for the winner’s hanging convenience. MWCR will pay for shipping on this one of a kind item. (This fact won’t be noted on the bid photo, due to logistics, but we wanted all bidders to be alerted before the bidding begins). 

The auction will run from the morning of Wednesday, May 3, 2017 through Sunday night, May 7. Bidding will close at 7 p.m. (CDT).

Here’s how it works:

Helping Paws, Inc., is the organization that actually hosts the auction. Once I get all of our auction items and descriptions into the photo section of the MWCR Fundraising page, Helping Paws will pull these photos and load them onto their auction page. Helping Paws then determines the pricing of the items up for bid including shipping costs, and maintains the auction throughout its running time.
Helping Paws will provide a link to the auction, in addition to promoting it. It is very important for all of us to also promote it so we can make this event a smashing success. Once the auction has begun, please share daily as an album, or share individual items to friends as you see fit. In order to bid, you just type your bid amount in the comment section beneath the photo of the item(s) you want to bid on.
During the auction, I will be monitoring the Helping Paws auction page to answer any questions anybody may post.
Winners will have two weeks after the auction closes to pay for their items.
Going once, going twice……we have almost 100 items ready for your bidding pleasure! New items to bid on will be added to the auction page throughout the week, so make sure to check in frequently!

Volunteers needed for upcoming events

Hi Collie Lovers!

We need volunteers for three upcoming events happening in Minnesota:
  • May 13th: Bark for Life –  American Cancer Society walk  for dogs and owners in Bayport, Minn, 9 a.m.-Noon
  • June 3rd: Canine Carnival – Need someone to set up and help take down our booth. 22830 Sunrise Rd NE, Stacy, Minn.,  55079,  11: a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • June 17th: Pet-A-Palooza – Need someone to set up and help take down our booth. State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, Minn. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Please contact Cat Olund at if you can help.

Milwaukee Collie Frolic

It’s time again to get our frolic on in the Milwaukee area. Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 30th, from noon to 4 p.m., and be ready to romp. We will be gathering at the Central Bark on State St. in Wauwatosa – the same location as last year, 6228 W. State St. Suite G.

Central Bark requires all dogs that use their facilities to be up to date on vaccinations including Bordatella. There will be a form to sign that requests vaccination expiration dates. Please make sure you have these dates for the form or print out the attached copy to fill out in advance.

To RSVP, get directions or ask questions, please email me at
I hope to see lots of collies for tail wagging fun – Sarah
From I-94 West:

Take exit 307A for 68th St. toward 70th St. (0.2 mi)
Turn Right onto S 68th St. (1.0 mi)
Turn Right onto State St.
Central Bark is on the Left
6228 W. State St. Suite G, Wauwatosa, WI 53213

From I-94 East

Take exit 307A toward 68th St/70th St (0.2 mi)
Merge onto W. Kearney St. (0.2 mi)
Turn Left onto S 68th St (1.0 mi)Turn Right onto State St.

Central Bark is on the Left

6228 W. State St. Suite G, Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Caroling with Collies is back!

caroling-colliesOnce again, the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue will be Caroling with Collies and Shelties on Sunday, December 11, at 2 p.m. at Catholic Eldercare located at 817 Main Street NE in Minneapolis, Minn.  MWCR member Judy Roggow is a volunteer at Catholic Eldercare and has organized this event.  The staff and residents are always thrilled to see our sweet dogs.  Hope you can join in the fun.  Please either email Judy at or Terry if you can make it.  Hope to see you on December 11.