February Rainbow Bridge


We had to put Snuff down February 5.  He was 11 and suffering the effects of arthritis in his spine and hips.  We adopted him in 2015 and were so fortunate to be able to share his life for two and a half years.  He was the epitome of the collie, so kind, caring and loyal.  And he was an instigator of trouble and always made us laugh.  We miss him so much and will always hold him in our hearts.  Thanks so much for letting us share some time with him. Sincerely, Sandy and Larry De Master


Madison  12/23/03  –  02/10/18: It was a mere 12 years ago that two “wild Indians” (as described by one of the volunteers that relayed these two to their foster home in St. Cloud), named Holly and Madison came to fill an empty void in our lives. MWCR would not separate them (at the request of the prior owner), because they were litter mates and had spent their lives to that point together. I really hadn’t thought about adopting TWO dogs before finding them, but I was won over by their exotic looks and effervescent nature. Our home became a house of “mohair”,  and we burned our way through many vacuums and  steam carpet cleaners. But the house was full of love and sounds and collie “kisses”.  When Holly developed a spinal cord hemangioma at age 12, we took her to the Minnesota Vet School for treatment, where she was operated on by a human (non-veterinary), neurosurgeon from Mayo in the Brain Tumor Program. Unfortunately, though the procedure was successful, she died a few days later from an unexpected complication, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

Her sister Madison survived her, and stayed with us for two more years. She had always been the playful athlete of the two, and, when she was young, she loved catching snowflakes and sprinkler water in her mouth as she leapt around the yard. Indoors, she also loved playing fetch with their many squeaky toys, so much so that she often had to be persuaded to stop. Madison’s brave struggle ended quietly at home on Saturday, February 10, 2018,  at 14+ years old.  She had suffered from Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), and spindle cell cancer.

I would like to thank everyone at MWCR who answered my numerous health questions about all the health issues (large and small) that we encountered throughout their lives, and give a special THANK YOU to Laure Victor and husband Jeff, who were their original foster family, and who stayed in contact over all these years, providing advice, emotional support through the hard times, and even sometimes boarded Holly and Madison in their home while I took vacations.


January Rainbow Bridge

Princess went to the Rainbow Bridge today. This sweet senior came to us last year at 11 and became a permanent foster. She was very loved by her foster mom and dad. – The Witts

 Here’s picture video of Princess:

Beautiful Princess


January 24, 2018 MacDuff met with Laddie at the Rainbow bridge. Mac had a brain tumor located at the base of his brain stem. The doctors told us in September MacDuff would be leaving us within a very short time. I am glad MacDuff didn’t know he was supposed to leave sooner. MacDuff was adopted in December 2008 as a one year old. He was 10 years, 1 month when he was greeted by his best friend Laddie who preceded him to the rainbow bridge. We already miss Mac who was a prankster, lover, protector and all around great companion. We want to thank MWCR for giving us the opportunity to adopt MacDuff and to cherish the time we had with him.

November Rainbow Bridge


Gypsy died this morning (early November), after a very short illness.  We loved loved her so much and spoiling her was one of our great joys. Yesterday she didn’t want to eat and this morning couldn’t stand, so we rushed her to the veterinarian.  She died a couple of hours later.  Her blood sugar hit rock bottom, probably as a result of massive organ failure, most likely related to her DM. – Christy & Lester



My beloved Laddie passed away on October 14. I have not been able to write about this until now, as this is quite devastating. Laddie was the best friend I have ever had; his loss makes me feel like half of me isn’t here and the rest is numb. As I remember all our times together and how we rescued each other and comforted each and learned to live again, those wondrous times will, I know, overcome the vast sadness of this time. No one who has never been owned by a collie can understand, I think. He was so sweet, so incredibly calm (my Zen master), so wise.

When I first brought Laddie home, he was so sick for so long with colitis. We were in and out of the emergency and regular vets often. Finally the meds and prescription dog food worked and I began to see Laddie brighten. He never knew how to play before, but with time that teasing collie personality would shine through for just a moment here and there and I’d take advantage of it to tease him back. Before long, we had funny games going with each other and I rejoiced to see the laughter in his eyes. We went for long, long walks every day around 3:00 when I came home from work, and I’d come home every day at noon during the week to spend some time with him. Weekends were so special because we had each other all weekend long. At first he wasn’t so sure about the walks, but then realized that this was a great activity and we both had fun. He took his watchdog responsibilities very seriously, especially as it pertained to the squirrels in my yard. I did tell him, however, not to chase the deer, and after one attempt, he never did. We could go into the yard and he would stand and watch the deer and they would watch him, but he wouldn’t chase them. In fact, one doe would come up to the screen on my back porch to see Laddie, when he was out on the screened porch. That was the epitome of what Laddie was like – gentle, sweet, so intelligent, always wanting to be where I was and do what I wanted. I would only have to tell him once about something and after that, it was  like a law to him. The day I brought him home, I walked him around the perimeter of the yard. After that he never left the yard, unless I said it was okay, even if he was running full tilt after a rabbit or squirrel. He was a joy to walk with – he loved other dogs and was very social. More aloof with people (very collie-like), but it was just an elegant aloofness – like it was okay for them to pet him and talk to him, but then he’d move back and press against me, letting them know that was where he belonged.
In time, I will surely have another collie. It is too soon now, although my life and home seem so empty and quiet without Laddie. But grieving takes a while. I had to write and thank you for the wondrous gift you gave me! The world is so much emptier of beauty and simple goodness with Laddie’s passing. – Jane Kemmet



On the morning of October 5th our beautiful Gemma crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. We adopted Gemma as a senior collie from MWCR in 2013 when she was nine years old.  She seemed younger than her nine years and quickly made herself at home both in our house and in the neighborhood.  Gemma brought much joy and love to our lives.  We are so thankful for the time we had with her and will miss her every day. – Dave & Lisa Dexter


I have to report Victor was put to sleep today (Nov. 16). He was a joy and blessed my home with a special love. He was diagnosed with canine DM about two years ago. The disease progressed to a point he was having difficulty eating and his sweet nature turned to erratic aggressive outbursts with me. We are not sure if the behavioral change was DM or a possible brain tumor.

I held his precious body and talked to him while he passed. He was a special boy in so many ways. Thank you to MWCR for sharing him with us. – Beth Gibson


Story died this afternoon (Nov. 27), and I am in shock. I was gone this afternoon and when I came home he was curled up dead in his crate. The vet said it must have been a heart attack.
He was such a soft, gentle boy and we loved each other. Thank you for the honor of sharing his life with mine. – Karin


Katrina was euthanized yesterday (Nov. 21),  around 5 p.m.  She is at peace and no longer struggling.  We miss her. – Beth Selburg

October Rainbow Bridge


Sadly, Simon (fka Rocky), developed seizures in late March and had a couple long ones the morning of April 29, and passed that afternoon after another one.  Our vet believed he was much older than we thought as he slowed much during the winter. – John Tremble



Sharing our sad news that Sadie went to the rainbow bridge last week. We loved our pretty, silly, sweet girl.  It was a joy having her in our lives.  She took a little piece of our hearts with her.   – Cecille Zastrow




Sometimes in life you are truly blessed to share your life with an exceptional furry best friend who touches your heart- just a little more, wags his tail when he greets you- just a little more, looks deeply into your eyes with love- just a little more. That was my sweet braveheart Mackenzie. After meeting him at his foster mom’s (thank you Laure), I decided this gentle big boy (all huggable 80 pounds) was mine. He quickly made himself at home, situating himself on the living room sofa with his head on the armrest to insure a better view of his arch nemesis, the squirrel, daring to come into his backyard. When Madeline joined our family, he put up with all of her rambunctious collie behavior- even her attempts at herding. But ever the patient fellow, when getting their chewy treats, Mackenzie would wait for a moment of Madeline’s inattentiveness and slowly sneak over and snatch her treat to enjoy. Last Monday, a beautiful fall day, Mackenzie and I were standing on the patio glorying in the blue sky and dazzling colors of the leaves swirling round when he slowly walked over to the side of the garden. He stood there, nose twitching, taking in all those curious smells, the wind wafting through his magnificent brown and white ruff, and I thought, I will keep that image of him in my heart forever. We said goodbye yesterday as he lay on his bed by the fireplace, remembering his 14 years of love and devotion.