Volunteers needed in Milwaukee

Once again this year, MWCR will have a booth at the Great Lakes Pet Expo at State Fair Park in West Allis, Wisconsin.
The super fun event is Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and we need volunteers to help at the event. Volunteers at the booth sell merchandise, answer questions about our organization – adoption, fostering and the breed in general – as well as show off some of our beautiful collies, although you can still help out even if you don’t bring a collie companion.
I’ll be coordinating the volunteers so if you can help, please let me know at sbrebe@yahoo.comEven if you can’t help man the booth, I hope you’ll check out the event and stop by to say hello!


Agility Run For Fun class

On Saturday Jan. 5th we will be offering a Level 1 Agility Run for Fun class. This is a class for those who just want to do agility for fun and have no interest in competing.

Students can then move into the ongoing Saturday classes. The classes play games and run courses. The contacts stay low. The teeter is never used. Only six weaves and jumps are low.

The class will meet for four weeks on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., starting Jan. 5th. Cost is $100 for first session. Subsequent sessions are $80.

Please email Judith Roggow with questions (516jude@gmail.com). To register go to www.agilecanines.com events section.

Feel free to share this information.

Thank you for attending the MWCR Dinner

Thank you to everyone who attended MWCR’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser yesterday, Nov. 3. People had a good time. In fact, a few people from the bar area of the American Legion joined in the festivities and participated in the silent auction.

We had a dynamic speaker in Katie K9, a large silent auction, goodies from Gray Gables Farm and Spirit Graphics, and time for collie lovers to gather and share stories.

It was great to see familiar faces and to meet new people, including Ben Dobkin, our newest volunteer who is working on graphic design projects, and Elizabeth, a foreign exchange student from Denmark who is living with Jennifer and Jeff Krause.  Plus, a number of youngsters attended this year.

Thank you to those who brought wonderful items for the silent auction and to those who brought delicious desserts.

Thank you to everyone who brought donations for MyLinda and Neal Anderson to take to the Dominican Republic to help the abandoned dogs.  They may need to pack a couple of extra suitcases!

And of course, a big thank you to our team of volunteers who worked hard to make the event a success.

Thanks again for supporting MWCR and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Terry and the Events/Fundraising Committee


The Minnesota Collie Frolic held at the Stone Mountain Pet Lodge was a fun event for both dogs and people.  We had good food, great vendors, and fun contests, including the Longest Schnoz and the Shortest Schnoz contests.  Thank you to all who donated your time, items, and food as well as thank you to all who attended and made it a fun event.  Please check out the pictures on MWCR’s Facebook page.

The Madison Area Collie Frolic will be held on Sunday, September 23, at the home of Diane and Dale Liebert.  Their park-like yard is the perfect setting for the Frolic.  Hope to see you there.

Upcoming events

Fall Online Auction

Our May online auction was a hit so we’re planning another online auction running from September 26 through September 30.  More details as we get closer to the date.

Dog Days of Summer

Once again, MWCR will be participating in the Dog Days of Summer event held at the Alimagnet Dog Park in Burnsville, Minn.  The event runs from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, and includes a variety of activities and vendors as well as a silent auction to benefit the dog park.  Please stop by our booth or volunteer if you have an hour or two to spend at our table under the large tent.


Wisconsin & Iowa Walk/Run for charity

Two opportunities for charity dog events in Wisconsin and Iowa.

Although MWCR won’t have an official part, several members in Wisconsin have enjoyed doing the Run, Walk, Wag for MADACC for the past four years. So dust off your sneakers and come have some fun! The Iowa Dog Jog is a 4K and 2K run/walk or “dance” to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc.

Walk, Run, Wag for MADACC 

9 a.m., July 14, 2018
Hart Park, Wauwatosa, WI

Iowa Dog Jog 2018 

10 a.m. – 2 p.m., September 22, 2018

Terra Park, 5300 Pioneer Pkwy, Johnston, Iowa

Minnesota collie frolic and May events

Minnesota Collie Frolic is on Sunday, June 24

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 24, when the Minnesota Collie Frolic will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stone Mountain Pet Lodge located at 10073 Baltimore Street NE in Blaine, Minn.  Ilga Cimbulis will be our animal communicator this year and Alan Michael will provide energy healing/reiki for pets and people if requested.  Kitty Hilk’s Gray Gables Farm dog treats, jams, and bath products will be available, and Yogi and Joan Tadisch will have their Spirit Graphics MWCR merchandise for sale.  New this year is Arnie Hilk’s custom-made wood collie Welcome signs, including mantle style, mountable style, and garden stakes.  Each is unique and beautifully made to last a lifetime.  Please let us know if you’re coming by registering at www.mwcr.org or emailing me at tlibro@hotmail.com or calling 952-432-0200 so that we can plan for the lunch.  The event is open to the public, so invite your friends and family as well.

May Events

  • MWCR participated in three fun events in May.  The first event was Paws on Parade in Hutchinson, Minn.  Robin Kashuba with Harley and Mackie, Brenda Pulkrabek with Eddie, and Kitty and Arnie Hilk with Sammi and Jackson staffed the event.  As always, our dogs charmed the attendees.  Brenda, who also serves on MWCR’s Events/Fundraising Committee, was honored at the event for raising the most money, $843, for the Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter.  Congratulations, Brenda, and thank you everyone for sharing your gorgeous dogs with the public.
  • On May 20, MWCR participated in two events, one in Minneapolis and one in Milwaukee.  The Collie Flower party was held at Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis where MWCR collies as well as shelties from the Minnesota Sheltie Rescue visited with the residents of the nursing home and their families.  Thank you to MWCR member Judy Roggow and Kathy Bulicz from Catholic Eldercare for once again organizing this very heartwarming event.  As the pictures which Judy already shared on Facebook show, the residents and the dogs had a fabulous time.
  • In Milwaukee, the annual Milwaukee Collie Frolic was organized by Sarah Rebernick and her team.  Collies and their families from the greater Milwaukee area and Madison gathered for an afternoon of collie play and socializing.  Many collies slept well that evening.  The organizers provided a yummy lunch, some of which was even enjoyed by the collies who snuck a sandwich or two.  Pictures can be found on the Facebook page or in the May photo wall in this blog.  Thank you to Sarah and her team and to everyone who attended.

President’s Corner


By Terry Libro, MWCR President

Auctions to help collies

AUCTIONS TO HELP COLLIES!, an online auction on Facebook run by Cathy Pupo, raised $1000 last month for the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue.  Cathy’s auctions have raised thousands of dollars to help collie rescues across the United States.  Thank you to Cathy for selecting MWCR to be a recipient of the auction, thank you to everyone who donated items, and thank you to everyone who bid on the items. Your generosity helped many collies.

MWCR’s Online Auction May 23 to May 27

Linda Riegger is again organizing an online auction with Helping Paws to benefit MWCR.  Linda and her team ran a successful auction last spring and wanted to do another online auction this spring.  Barb and Dave Gibson are busy photographing the items which will be auctioned and Linda is busy doing the behind-the-scenes work.  Items in this year’s auction include a beautiful, custom-made wood collie Welcome sign made by MWCR member Arnie Hilk, vintage collie books, a collectible Mosser glass collie figurine, MWCR clothing, gift cards, and more.  If you have items you’d like to donate to the online auction, please contact Linda at phroetz@aol.com.  Watch for more details on the auction process as we get closer to the date.  Here is the online auction link:



Pause 4 Paws Adoption Event

Chris Norman, Rodgers the collie, and I had a blast at the Pause 4 Paws Adoption event held on April 21.  Handsome Rodgers was quite the charmer.  In addition to promoting the adoption of rescue animals, the Pause 4 Paws organizers held a raffle and a bake sale to raise funds for their beneficiary rescues.  A special thank you to the students at Providence Academy in Plymouth, Minn. who made fleece blankets, tug toys, and a cat toy for each rescue. See pictures from this event on the April Photo Wall.

Upcoming events

The Minnesota Collie Rescue will have a table at the Paws on Parade event organized by the Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter in Hutchinson, Minn., Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  If you’d like to volunteer for a few hours at this or other events, please let our Volunteer Coordinator, Cat Olund, know of your interest.  Cat’s email is cat_chisago@frontiernet.net.

MWCR also will be holding its annual Collie Flower event on Sunday, May 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Catholic Eldercare located at 817 NE Main Street in Minneapolis.  This event, organized by Judy Roggow, is an opportunity for collies and shelties to visit with the residents at Catholic Eldercare.  Calm dogs on leashes are welcome and do not need to be certified therapy dogs.  The residents and staff always enjoy visiting with the collies and shelties.

Food Drives Are For Pets Too

Food drives aren’t only for people, they’re for pets as well.  Food shelves distribute pet food so that family pets don’t go hungry.  So, the next time your employer or church or other organization has a food drive, please consider donating pet food.  The National Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger food drive is on Saturday, May 12.  Nonperishable items, including unopened dry and canned pet food, can be left at your mailbox for your mail carrier to pick up.  Some events, such as the Dog Days Westonka, collect dog and cat food for the local food shelf and MWCR always donates dog food at these events.  So, please include dog and cat food as part of your next food donation and make a family pet happy.  If you’d like to drop off pet food at MWCR’s table at community events, your donation will be donated to a local food shelf.

Traveling from Puerto Vallarta?

Are you planning to travel by air from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Minneapolis?  Would you like to help a rescue cat or small dog find a new home?  If so, then Jill Goldstein from Pause 4 Paws would love to hear from you.  Pause 4 Paws, which raises money for its beneficiary rescues, including MWCR, has partnered with a rescue in Puerto Vallarta to help with the abundance of neglected and homeless animals in Mexico.  Pause 4 Paws has arrangements with Aero Mexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, United, and Virgin America to transport cats and small dogs in the cabins of their planes.  Sun Country, which many people fly to Minneapolis, does not allow pets in the cabin.   If you, or anyone you know, would be willing to transport a homeless animal from Puerto Vallarta to Minneapolis, please contact Jill at jill@pause4pawsmn.org or 612-810-2893 who will make the arrangements.  Pause 4 Paws will pay for the cost of transporting the animal which will be delivered to you in Puerto Vallarta.  A representative of either Pause 4 Paws or Angel of Hope Animal Rescue will meet your flight in Minneapolis and take the animal to its foster home.  Their Airline Angel program operates all year, not just the winter months.  Please contact Jill if you can help these animals.