MWCR Community Events in August

Come and visit MWCR at the lake in August.  We will be participating in two events located on the shores of lakes.  The first is Dog Days Westonka which will be held on Saturday, August 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mound Harbor District on the shores of Lake Minnetonka in Mound, Minn.  The event will include dog contests, a doggie parade, a food truck, and many exhibitors.

On Saturday, August 26, MWCR will participate in Dog Days of Stockholm held at Stockholm Village Park on the shores of Lake Pepin in Stockholm, Wis.  This is a charming event held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with numerous exhibitors and a great location.  The event will be emceed by Pat Kessler of WCCO-TV in the Twin Cities and his dog, Shelby.  So, take a scenic drive, visit a delightful small town, spend a few hours at this event, and stop at MWCR’s booth.

MWCR’s Collie Frolic and the Dog Days of Summer in July

MWCR held its annual Collie Frolic in the Twin Cities  on July 15.  This event is a celebration of collies and their families with indoor and outdoor play areas for the dogs, an indoor area for people, lunch, door prizes, and vendors.  Nearly sixty people with about forty dogs attended.  Thank you to all who attended, to those who planned the event, and the vendors who joined us at this fun event.

On July 29, MWCR had a booth at the Dog Days of Summer held at Alimagnet Dog Park in Burnsville, Minn.  Kitty and Arnie Hilk along with Tristan and Chase staffed the booth and Barb Gibson with Laddie and Emily stopped by.  We had several collie visitors including Ron and Peggy Glaub with Kimmi and Lynn Stoerzinger with six-month-old Gillie.  It was a perfect summer day to enjoy the dog park, take in a disc dog show, and visit the many exhibitors at the event.
See more pictures of these events on the July Photo Wall post.

MWCR at June community events

MWCR volunteers were busy representing the organization at several community events in June (see more pictures of these events in the June Photo Wall post).


Canine Carnival:  Wolves, wolf puppies, fox kits, bears, raptors, and assorted smaller wild animals were all on display for visitors to the Canine Carnival held at the Wildlife Science Center’s new location in Stacy, Minn.  Mikey, Tim Bush’s handsome blue merle smooth collie, made his debut as an MWCR ambassador.  Mikey was joined by Maui, Cat Olund’s charming collie.  Kitty and Arnie Hilk joined Tim and Cat for a delightful day.


Paws on Parade:  MWCR had a booth at the Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter’s annual Paws on Parade walk in Hutchinson, Minn.  Hutchinson residents and MWCR members Robin Kashuba and Brenda Pulkrabek staffed our table along with Kitty and Arnie Hilk.  Special guests were Brenda’s son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren who were visiting from Finland.  Our table drew a considerable amount of attention with six gorgeous collies greeting everyone – Harley Kashuba, Eddie Pulkrabek, Tristan, Jackson, Sammi and Chase Hilk.

Pet-A-Palooza:  CBS Radio’s Pet-A-Palooza held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn., continues to draw huge crowds every year.  What could be more enjoyable than fair food and dogs in a festive atmosphere.  Gracie, Gail Toussaint’s beautiful sable collie, made her debut as an ambassador for MWCR and did a wonderful job.  Gail and Gracie will be volunteering at future events.  Barb Gibson with Emily and Laddie, Robin Kashuba with Harley and Olaf, Judy Roggow, and Marian Ridge staffed our booth.  We were next to the Minnesota Sheltie Rescue so visitors got to play with many adorable furry dogs.


MWCR at July community events

In addition to the Collie Frolic, MWCR will participate in the Dog Days of Summer on Saturday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alimagnet Dog Park in Burnsville, Minn.

We’re always looking for volunteers, with or without their collies, to staff our booth at these community events.  If you’d like to spend a few hours with other dog lovers helping MWCR, please contact Cat Olund at to volunteer.

2017 Minnesota Collie Frolic

The next Collie Frolic will be held on Saturday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stone Mountain Pet Lodge located at 10073 Baltimore Street in Blaine, Minn.  Free admission with $5 suggested donation for lunch.  This is a great opportunity for our collies to play in the indoor and outdoor play areas while all of us collie lovers visit.

Check out animal communicator Kathy Grimes, Reiki practitioner Alan Michael, homemade dog treats and jams and bath products by Kitty Hilk of Gray Gables Farm, and MWCR merchandise made by Yogi and Joan Tadisch of Spirit Graphics.

We’ll have a table of free items and door prizes as well as raffle-style drawings for those who donate to MWCR at the event.

RSVP by emailing or by emailing or by calling Terry at 952-432-0200.  Hope to see you there!

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