This is an example of what we do with your donations!

gingerbearGinger was regretfully surrendered because her owners felt it was the best way to get her the help she needs for a severe skin condition. Ginger’s foster mom got the results of her allergy test and she’s allergic to quite a bit – including human epithelial cells, which means people. That in combination with the dermatomyositis (DM) is probably is why her condition is so severe. So the plan is to get her on a food she can tolerate, keep working on getting her skin better and then we’ll start allergy treatments to help her build up an immunity to the environmental allergens. If we can keep the allergies from flaring up that should also keep the DM from getting out of hand. Ginger says she’ll just take a quick nap while we figure out the details.  

We are all so thankful for your donations, allowing up to help this sweet dog.

Sweet Mia

MiaSweet Mia is still looking for a forever home, so if anyone is interested in adding a nice older lady to their household please let us know. She could also be a possible candidate for ‘forever foster’, ideally near the dermatologist MWCR uses in Minneapolis. Her foster mom, Joan, will be at the Minnesota Frolic, June 5, so we even have transport to the area. Mia’s bio is below – please consider making her a part of your family!
Mia was surrendered to MWCR with her companion Bobbi when their elderly owner could no longer care for them. Bobbi has found her forever home but 10 year old Mia is still looking for the perfect place. She has recently been diagnosed with dermatomyoitis (DM), which has caused her to have some skin issues. Mia had to have emergency surgery for pyometra (uterine infection), and since DM is a hereditary autoimmune disease, we think it may have flared up because her system was fighting that infection. Her foster mom said she’s starting to see new hair growth, so that’s an excellent sign. There’s not a lot of preventative treatment involved with DM, mostly a matter of dealing with any symptoms if they pop us and cause discomfort. We have had several members whose collies have had it and they recommend good food, some supplements and reducing stress as much as possible. Mia was recently at the collie frolic in Milwaukee and was a big hit!

Mia likes to look pretty and enjoys being groomed. Car rides were new and scary at first but now Mia is jumping in and out like a pro. Going for walks was likely also new and she seemed to have no clue what to do at first but is starting to get the hang of it and now enjoys walks, behaving better each time. She gets excited when seeing a person or animal on their walks, but passing traffic does not bother her. Neither does the vacuum cleaner – when it gets too close for their comfort, she will calmly walk away from it.

Mia is out-going and spunky for her age, quick to show affection and really enjoys being around her people. You can’t help but want to pet her as she will come to you to say “Hi” often throughout the day. Do you have room in your heart and home for this lovely lady?


Sometimes our collies come in a bit more needy than others. Vice President and Adoption Coordinator Sarah Rebernick tells us about one such collie. Thank you to all our members and donors. You make rescue possible!

Aug. 11

Murdock1Murdoch, a 2-4 year old sable/white boy, came to us from a farmer who found him with a bad wound on his back end. He thought it was a bite from another animal, possibly a coyote and treated him with home remedies. He contacted us to surrender Murdoch and we picked him up on Sunday.

Murdoch2Murdoch’s vet visit on Monday revealed that he is indeed a collie in need of rescue. He has several broken teeth and his coat is tangled into a solidly matted coat of armor with what appear to be metal shavings stuck in it. He tested positive for a couple of tick borne diseases, which is not surprising since he was covered in fleas and ticks under that solid mass of hair. The poor baby also has a large abdominal mass that was drained of over 8 oz. of (icky, stinky) fluid. He went home last night on antibiotics and will return today to be shaved and assess whether or not the mass will need to be surgically removed and if he will need to be neutered – he is matted so badly that they couldn’t tell :-(.

Through all of this he has been an absolute angel and his foster mom cannot say enough about what a nice boy he is. I’m so glad he is here with us and am really, really grateful that his foster mom is willing to help him become the happy, healthy collie he should be!


Aug. 12

Murdoch3Excellent report for Murdoch on his return trip to the vet. The mass stopped draining and was soft and small – we’re hoping it’s part of his original bite wounds and will absorb on it’s own now that it’s been treated. After shaving it was discovered that he will indeed need to be neutered, so we’ll take care of that and assess his teeth when he’s feeling better. The groomer reported that he was a perfect gentleman and even gave her a play bow when she was finished. She did a wonderful job and managed to save some mane and tail – he certainly looks handsome with his new lion cut. He lost 5 lbs of flea & tick matted hair, bringing him down to a svelte 65 lbs, which is just about perfect for him. Foster mom says he feels so much better now that he hasn’t stopped doing a happy dance since they got home :-).


Food donations

MWCR has been fortunate to be the periodic recipient of dog food and treats, as well as a few bags of cat food, as part of a local pet food distribution. This is being distributed to our foster homes.

Barb and Dave Gibson

Barb and Dave Gibson

MWCR President Terry Libro snapped these pictures of MWCR  members Kitty and Arnie Hilk and Barb and Dave Gibson working hard in the off-and-on again drizzle to unload the semi-trailer, sort the items, and load Arnie’s pick-up.

Arnie loading up his truck.

Arnie loading up his truck.




Supervising the operation were the Hilk’s trio – Tristan, Jackson and Sammi

Spotlighting our collies

By Terry Libro, MWCR President
mwcr logoThe Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue has been spotlighting our gorgeous collies at a variety of events this spring.  Nothing puts a smile on people’s faces like the sight  of a happy collie or the nudge of a collie who wants attention.

MWCR hosted a Collie Frolic in Milwaukee, a Collie Frolic in the Twin Cities, and will be hosting another Collie Frolic on October 4 in Madison.  We participated in the No Kill Walk for Animals held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds where Barb Gibson, along with Laddie and Emily, led the pack by raising $100 in pledges for MWCR.  We had a booth at the expanded Canine Carnival held at the Wildlife Science Center outside Forest Lake, Minnesota  where our dogs got up close and personal with the wolves, bears, and other wildlife.

In June, MWCR will have booths at the two most heavily attended events of the season –  the Pet Expo held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Saturday, June 13, and the CBS Radio Pet-A-Palooza on Saturday, June 27, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Saint Paul.  Over 10,000 attendees are expected at both of these events, so we will have great visibility for MWCR and our collies.  We need more volunteers to help at both of these events, so let Cat ( know if you can help for a few hours.  This is the perfect way to show off your beautiful collie and talk with potential adopters.  We truly appreciate the time our volunteers give to helping our rescue be more visible to both adopters and those who may, unfortunately, need to surrender a dog.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered at MWCR events and to those who have stopped at our booths.  Hope to see you in June at one of the events!

Spotlight on fostering: Chris and KJ Norman

Rodgers, foster failure #2

Rodgers, foster failure #2

Name/Family Members: Chris Norman | KJ Norman

Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Number of Years Fostering: Five years
Number of Fosters: 24 
Number of “Foster Fails”: 2
Resident Pets: 6 (two dogs, 2 cats and 2 bunnies)
How do the resident animals feel about the fosters, are they helpful? My dogs are pretty good when I bring in a new foster. I’m usually more concerned in how the foster is going to react. My new puppy (second foster failure), hasn’t had the experience of welcoming a new foster yet, but the older dog has seen many come and go. 
What do you find most rewarding about fostering? Helping a new family find the dog that is right for them and knowing I’m giving the dog a family who will take care of him. To see a dog start to trust again, is also rewarding.
What do you like least about fostering? Some have been hard to let go, but it helps knowing they will be well-cared for. I won’t lie, some I have been happy to see go, because they weren’t a good fit for my family. 
Favorite fostering experience? I don’t think I can pick one. While each one is different, and some start out difficult, they all turn into a good experience. Some of these dogs come in and don’t know how to be a house dog. My own dogs are very helpful as leaders, teaching them how to do stairs and walk on slippery floors, drink from the toilet. 
Smelliest fostering experience? I actually can’t remember which dog this was, but we had to drive with the windows down after picking him up. I keep deodorizing spray in my garage and they get sprayed before they even come in the house. A bath, neutering and regular brushing helps take away any smells. 
Helpful hints for others considering fostering? Patience. Dogs adjust quickly. 
Anything else you’d like to share? I think what I hear most is how if someone fostered they would no be able to give the dog up to another family. Foster with the mindset that it is your job to prepare the dog for another family. Don’t worry so much about how you will give it up. Knowing you have helped a family and a dog come together is very rewarding. If you’re thinking of fostering, try just one. If you decide to adopt, great. One of the things I thought of was, I am only going to have so many more dogs in my life. By fostering I have been able to connect with way more that I would have with just my own dogs.
Pictures here: The Dog in the Blog