MWCR events

Busy Month at Community Events

MWCR participated in five community events in September.  We had a booth at the Responsible Dog Ownership Day held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo, Minn.  Laddie Luke Gibson passed his Therapy Dog International test at this event and is now a therapy dog.  Laddie and his sister Emily had fun testing doggie exercise equipment at the event.  Morgan and his dad also stopped by the booth in the afternoon.  Thank you, Tim Bush, for staffing the booth and packing up the booth.

The next day, collies and their families gathered at the home of Dale and Diane Liebert for the Madison Collie Frolic.  The dogs frolicked in the large yard while their people visited, enjoyed food, and shopped for MWCR items made by Spirit Graphics.  Everyone enjoyed the beautiful afternoon.  Thank you, Diane and Dale, for graciously sharing your home with us.

The northern suburbs of the Twin Cities hosted two dog events.  Bark Park was held in Brooklyn Park.  Rodgers, with his mom Chris Norman, staffed our booth and greeted many visitors, including a family with three collies.  A little girl who stopped by our booth to spin the prize wheel was very surprised when her first tooth suddenly fell out.  The Love My Pet Fest was held the following Saturday in Coon Rapids.  A large crowd attended even though the weather was unseasonably hot and humid.

Southern Minnesota was the site of the Dogs and More event hosted by BACB Unleashed and the Rescued Animals Coalition of SE MN at the History Center of Olmsted County in Rochester.  The beautiful location provided rescues and attendees with the opportunity to visit and learn more about available animals.

See pictures from these events in our September Photo Wall

Community Events in October

MWCR will have a booth at the Blessing of the Animals and Pet Fair held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Elk River, Minn. on October 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  This is a new event sponsored in part by Pause 4 Paws, a Minnesota nonprofit that raises funds for animal rescues such as MWCR.  On October 21, MWCR will participate in the Howlo’ween 5K and fundraiser organized by the Carver-Scott Humane Society.  The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City Square Park in Chaska.  Hope to see you at these events!

MWCR’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser

Registration is now open for MWCR’s Annual Dinner on Saturday, November 4, from 3-6 p.m. at the Wayzata American Legion in Wayzata, Minn.  We’ll have a fun event with a silent auction, free items, dog treats and jams and bath products from Gray Gables Farm, a presentation by trainer Laska Parrow, door prizes, a delicious meal, and surprises.  The cost is $25 per person or $20 if you bring a dessert to share.  Registration is at or email  Let Kitty know if you’d like to pre-order any of her Gray Gables products.  Your dogs will love you if you get Kitty’s homemade turkey jerky dog treats.  Come and have a fun evening with fellow collie lovers and support the work done by MWCR.


Traveling Like a Rock Star

Giving Piper a pre-flight pep talk.

Piper, a seven-month-old collie puppy who is recovering from a pelvic fracture, needed a transport from the Twin Cities to her foster home in Wisconsin. We asked MWCR member and professional pilot, Jim Ferlaak, if he would consider flying Piper to her foster home to avoid a several hour car trip. Without hesitation, Jim enthusiastically agreed to fly Piper in his private plane which is outfitted with a crate to transport dogs. Jim studied aviation weather forecasts to find the perfect day, flew into the Twin Cities with his friend Karl,

Piper, Jim, Carl and staff from Airlake Airport.

also a professional pilot, and picked up Piper who flew off to her foster home like a rock star in her private plane. As you can see from the photographs, Piper even had a group of fans at the airport to send her off in style. Plus, she was greeted at the airport in Wisconsin by her foster mom and another group of fans.

Piper’s Chariot

Jim and his wife Nadine, who also is a pilot, have generously flown MWCR collies in the past. Jim made this flight in honor of Lucy, their beloved MWCR collie who died earlier this year. We can’t thank you enough, Jim, for volunteering your time and services and for your care, dedication, compassion, and willingness to help our wonderful dogs.  Piper, too, thinks you’re pretty great.

MWCR’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser is Saturday, November 4

MWCR’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser is Saturday, November 4, from 3-6 p.m. at the Wayzata American Legion located at 949 Wayzata Blvd E in Wayzata, Minn.  The event will include a delicious lasagna meal, a large silent auction, door prizes, MWCR merchandise including new shirts and sweatshirts created by Joan and Yogi Tadisch, and jams, bath products, and dog treats made by MWCR member Kitty Hilk of Gray Gables Farm.

This year’s guest speaker is Laska Parrow, a well-known Twin Cities dog trainer.  Laska will give a presentation on nontraditional activities, such as nose work and brain games, to do with our collies.  Laska will describe fun activities, other than agility and herding, for our dogs as well as answer our questions.

Admission is $25 per person or $20 if you bring a dessert to share with the group.  Registration will be available on our website at or by emailing Terry at or by calling 952-432-0200.  Registration by October 25 will guarantee a seat as well as help with food planning.

Join other collie lovers for a fun event and help support the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue and the work we do for collies.

MWCR at community events

August Community Events

MWCR had a booth at the annual Dog Days Westonka in Mound, Minn. on August 12.  Our booth was next to Robert Photography and our collies were photographed frequently during the event.
Participating in the Pet Parade this year were Arnie Hilk with MWCR collies Tristan, Jackson, and Chase.  Thank you to Robin Kashuba with Harley and to Kitty and Arnie Hilk with Tristan, Jackson, Chase, and Sammi for sharing your gorgeous collies with the numerous visitors to our booth.  Nothing attracts people like five gorgeous collies laying in front of the booth.  Thank you to Judy Roggow for also helping staff the booth.  After the event, Kitty and Arnie hosted a barbecue at their nearby home where people and dogs had the chance to rest and take in the quiet beauty of their place. For pictures see August Photo Wall.
MWCR members had been looking forward to the Dog Days of Stockholm event in Stockholm, Wis.  However, the weather forecast for rain all day resulted in us reluctantly cancelling our participation.  We plan to be there next year.

September Community Events

September will be a very busy month for MWCR with community events scheduled every weekend.  We can always use volunteers to staff these events.  Here is where we’ll be:

  • September 9 – Responsible Dog Ownership Day at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo, Minn.
  • September 10 – Madison Collie Frolic at the home of Diane and Dale Liebert.  Please contact Diane at  if you’re planning to attend and to get directions.
  • September 16 – Bark Park Expo at the Brookdale Dog Park in Brooklyn Park, Minn.
  • September 17 – Walk for Paws (a fundraiser for Pause 4 Paws) at the Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth, Minn.
  • September 23 – Love My Pet Fair in Coon Rapids, Minn.
  • September 30 – Rochester Adoption Event at the History Center of Olmsted County in Rochester, Minn.

MWCR Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser on November 4

Our Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 4, from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Wayzata American Legion in Wayzata, Minn.  Trainer Laska Parrow will give an entertaining presentation on keeping your collie happy – nontraditional activities to do with your dog.  We’ll have a delicious meal, a large silent auction, MWCR merchandise for sale, Gray Gables Farm goodies for people and dogs, door prizes, and lots of fun.  Watch for registration information in the coming weeks.

Walk 4 Paws

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to announce our first-ever Walk 4 Paws!  This family and pet-friendly walk will take place on Sunday, September 17th at 10 a.m. at the Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth (3500 Plymouth Boulevard).
We will have live music, food trucks, raffle prizes, fun activities for kids, a photo booth and even some dogs available for adoption!
Registration is now open!
$25 for adults and $18 for kids if you register before September 10th.
And Save the Date for our fall fundraiser, “A Tail Wagging Affair,” on Friday, November 3rd at the beautiful Minneapolis Event Center.
Thanks as always for your support and we hope to see you on the 17th.  Please tell your friends and family too!
Jennifer Ryan
Pause 4 Paws Board of Directors