October Rainbow Bridge

Laddie

A sad update as Laddie crosses the Rainbow Bridge. Yesterday morning he began having difficulty walking and his mobility decreased steadily. It is a testament to how loved he was that staff members from his vet clinic came over to help get him to the office and in the afternoon he was transferred to the emergency veterinary services. This morning his mom received the certain diagnosis that Laddie had a fractured vertebra, almost certainly caused by spread of the cancer to his spine. There was no viable treatment option due to his age and the cancer – he was in pain and his mom made the difficult decision to end his suffering. She was able to be with him for his final few hours and when he died. We can’t thank her enough for her dedication to Laddie’s care and the love that she shared with him. Rest well, sweet boy.

 

Huygens

It is with great sadness that I tell you our beloved Huygens went to the rainbow bridge last Wednesday.  Huygens came to us at less than a year old through the ARL. Someone moved out of a house and left him. He was such a scared little collie. But he turned into a great cuddler who loved car rides, walks and being vacuumed!!

Huygens was the ninth collie to come into our lives and our 12th collie loss. Huygens is survived by Kessler who is five, another rescue. Kessler is our 13th collie. We are down to one, which hasn’t happened since 1990 when we got our first collie Halley.

Hadron

Huygens is our second loss this year. Our dear sweet Hadron went to the rainbow bridge in the spring.  She was the ultimate dainty little lady and cuddle bug. She was initially rescued from an anorexic owner, and had tummy trouble her whole life. We miss them both desperately. – Ann Petersen

August Rainbow Bridge

Lobo

We grieve with Lobo’s adopters and his canine brother for the loss of this handsome boy from a very rapidly debilitating illness. We all know how hard it is to say goodbye to our loving companions but it seems especially difficult when they are so young.

This is from his loving parents: It is with great sadness that we had to help Lobo cross the Rainbow Bridge. He was not getting better. He was able to come home with us for the day from the hospital on Sunday and spent the day on the couch upstairs with us watching tv and being snuggled nonstop. Lobo is in no longer in any pain. It feels so unfair that he was only with us for 2 1/2 years, but he was the best puppy we could have asked for, and tried our hardest to give him the best life possible. Thank you all for keeping us in your thoughts over the last few days. It has been a hard week, but knowing we have so
many caring people in the rescue thinking of Lobo and wishing him well has helped!

 

Rodgers

Rodgers was my second foster failure, the summer of 2014. About a month after Woodson died, we got four puppies from a farm in northern Minnesota. Named after artists, there was Renoir, DaVinci, Picasso and Monet. Three of them went off to foster homes, while I kept Renoir for fostering and ended up adopting him.

Named after Aaron Rodgers, he was a very sensitive dog, easy to train with just a look. He mostly just wanted to lean in for face rubs.

Last Monday night he was acting strangely, and when I started trimming his nails, I looked at his gums and they were completely white. Took him outside to pee and his front legs were shaking. I got him in the car and headed for the emergency vet where they found him critical, bleeding into his abdomen. At this point he was laying flat out on a gurney. I made the difficult decision to let him go. Because he hadn’t been injured or ingested poison, they said the mostly likely cause was a tumor on his spleen.

It’s been a difficult week, especially, watching Brett look beyond us each time we come into the house, as if he’s looking for Rodgers to come back. Even though Brett has been through this twice before with Thor and Woodson, I don’t remember him acting like this, I wonder if it’s just because he’s older, or if it’s because Rodgers was so submissive to Brett, Brett is a little lost without someone to boss around.

With foster pup Tennyson

Rodgers was so good with all the puppies I fostered in the last couple years. He would let them snuggle up and was so patient. He also went to events, where he would tell me he really didn’t like the noise, but enjoyed the people.

Tuesday, I was thinking, I’m not sure I can do this anymore, mostly because this makes three collies in a row who have died too young. I know we can’t predict how long a dog will live and I will adopt another one. KJ wants to wait, but I need a collie in my life. They are intelligent and sensitive dogs, and completely click with me.

July Rainbow Bridge

Lobo

It is with great sadness that we had to help Lobo cross the rainbow bridge last night. He was not getting better. He was able to come home with us for the day from the hospital on Sunday and spent the day on the couch upstairs with us watching tv and being snuggled nonstop. Lobo is in no longer in any pain. It feels so unfair that he was only with us for 2 1/2 years, but he was the best puppy we could have asked for, and tried our hardest to give him the best life possible. Thank you all for keeping us in your thoughts over the last few days. It has been a hard week, but knowing we have so many caring people in the rescue thinking of Lobo and wishing him well has helped!  – Chaid & Kevin

June Rainbow Bridge

Ally

On Friday June 1st,  with our vet’s assistance, we helped our sweet, beautiful Miss Ally walk across the Rainbow Bridge, from home in our backyard, by the creek she loved to explore (arthritis, Lyme Disease, and probable cancer had taken it’s toll).  She is now free from all the pain and daily struggling she has been enduring. Our hearts are so very sad, but at 12.5 years old we know she lived a happy, full life, and that her last 8.5 years were with a family that loved her deeply and treated her like a queen.

It was easy to tell that she always felt her job here was to comfort, nurture, and protect our family. She was always so in tune with the emotions in this house and has been by our sides through some very trying times. She did her job to perfection. I often called her “Miss Queen” and she deserved to be treated like one.  I am sure they rolled out the red carpet for her arrival and that she looked stunning as she entered doggie paradise!
Now we will have to give Casey an overabundance of love and attention. Ally was his soul mate and constant companion for over eight years (he was adopted through MWCR two months after Ally), and at the age of 11, I am not sure how long he will hang in there now without his Ally.
Enjoy the freedom from your pain sweet Ally girl. We will never forget. Thank you for blessing us with such a loving fur baby! It is so very hard to lose them! – Dolly Lee

May Rainbow Bridge

I said goodbye to one of the best dogs ever. He would never run and find help if Timmy fell in a well, but would stay with him and keep him company. He was the most empathetic dog I have ever met. He would come and get me before his collie brother would have a seizure, he would stick his big collie nose in my face when I was sad . . . LOVED his kitties, and children. He was a great ambassador for MWCR and loved it when people petted and hugged him . . . Dyson, I knew you were in pain, but it did not make the decision easy. Run pain free and find Dakota and I will see you some day at The Rainbow Bridge – Lori Kuha

April Rainbow Bridge

Leo and Rocco

Our beloved Leo crossed the Rainbow Bridge April 6, at the age of 13.  I adopted Leo from MWCR back in 2005; back then he was known as Prancer.  Not only did I rescue Leo, but I like to say that he rescued me.  I was already approved for adoption when I saw him pop up on the website and I immediately knew he was meant to be with me.  He was a loyal friend and constant companion.  Back in 2005, I was a single guy living in Crystal.  Today, I am married with an eight-year old son living in suburban Chicago.  From the day we brought our son Jake home from the hospital, Leo knew he had a job to do and he did it faithfully every day.  He was Jake’s friend, brother and protector.

Leo had a lifelong dog brother, Rocco, a Boston Terrier who we lost last November to cancer.  In the months that followed, Leo really went downhill without his pal.  He seemed lost.  Ultimately, his body failed him and we had to make the decision to end his suffering.  Attached are some pictures I wanted to share to say thank you for bringing Leo into our lives.  Keep doing your good work; I am forever grateful. – Alex Novak

Holly

Holly, our 2016 Calendar Cover Girl passed away today at home suddenly. She was 13 1/2 years old. She will be missed dearly.

February Rainbow Bridge

Snuffy

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

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.