Memorial service for Carol Propotnik

The celebration of Carol’s life will be held at the home of Don Wanschura and his wife from 3- 6 p.m., on Sunday, October 8.  The address is 7505 Dupont Avenue South, Richfield, Minn.   According to Don, the informal, catered gathering will be an opportunity to meet Carol’s family and share memories of Carol.  Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.  The family has requested that any memorials be directed to the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue, Howling for Wolves, or another animal charity.

Over the years, Carol, who adopted collies from MWCR, has been a tremendous resource to our organization and has helped many dogs and their families who had questions about dog behavior.  Carol worked with my collie-mix, Jake, after he had an encounter with Minneapolis Animal Control and helped save his good name.  Carol was always willing to provide an assessment for any MWCR collie and work on a behavioral plan to help the dog and the family.  Carol was a strong supporter of MWCR and rarely missed one of our events.  Carol is greatly missed. – Terry Libro, MWCR President

Carol’s obituary


Laddie Gibson is MWCR’s newest therapy dog

Congratulations to Barb Gibson and Laddie for passing the TDI test on Saturday at the Responsible Dog Ownership Day event in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.  Not only did Laddie pass, but the evaluator told Barb that he did the best of the dogs in the group.  Laddie spent the first years of his life outdoors on a farm before coming to MWCR.  He now enjoys the benefits of city life, a loving home, healthy food, and dog parks nearby.  The attached picture shows Laddie (in front) with his sister Emily shortly after passing his therapy dog test.  As you can see from his smile, Laddie is quite proud of his accomplishment.

Barb works at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis.  Barb plans to take Laddie, who loves people, to visit the veterans and brighten their days.  Congratulations to Barb and Laddie!

Collie Strong fundraiser

From Houston Collie Rescue: 

Though our rescue groups have reported we do not not personally need assistance we have five foster homes/adopters that have been completely flooded. Some of those have their dogs at Camp Collie until they can be allowed back into their homes due to mandatory evacuations. Two have been told it could be up to 10 days longer due to the reservoir releasing water. We have learned some do not have flood insurance as it is not required in some areas.
So please see the link below if you’d like to help by purchasing Chuck Heubach’s designed Collie Strong T-shirt.
       – Vickey Willard, Houston Collie Rescue

CollieStrong Fundraisers

They stepped up for the collies, now we step up for them!
Here in the Houston, collie rescuers and adopters that have been catastrophically impacted by Harvey. Our talented friend Chuck Heubach of Twin City Dog has designed these T-shirts for support. This fundraiser is for people and all net proceeds will go directly to help provide relief.
Order your T-shirt at the CollieStrong link:
T-shirts $15 with free shipping. Additional donations can be made when ordering.
Houston Collie Rescue fully supports this fundraiser.
This fundraiser supports ALL of our local collie rescue volunteers and adopters in the Houston area. Please contact us if you have been catastrophically impacted.

Notes from our president

MWCR Has a LinkedIn Page

MWCR Secretary MyLinda Anderson suggested and created a business LinkedIn page for MWCR.  Thank you, MyLinda!  Here is the link to our new page:  This will give us another avenue to share information about our great organization.

Helping Animals Affected by Hurricane Harvey

We’ve heard from the Collie Rescue Foundation that all of the foster dogs and foster homes affiliated with the collie rescues in Texas, including Houston Collie Rescue and Freedom Collie Rescue in Sugar Land, are safe.  At this time, the Texas collie rescues are not requesting any specific help or donations, but that may change.  Pat from the Freedom Collie Rescue sent the following information regarding ways people could help pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey:
HoustonPetSet  is a nonprofit organization here that helps with grants to rescues in need. They are now also taking donations and making the funds available to any rescue that need help.
Austin Pets Alive are working in conjunction with K-9 transporters to move as many animals as they can out of harms way in Houston to the Austin area to a no kill shelter environment. They have a large staging activity out in Katy Texas right now moving animals as we speak.
Houston SPCA and the Houston Humane Society are also taking donations to help with any animals.
Houston PetTalk Magazine also has a donation drive going on for animals in need.
Locally, the Animal Humane Society in the Twin Cities is sending two teams to the Houston area to help with pets who have been separated from their families as well as help injured pets.  Some humane societies in the upper Midwest are providing shelter to animals until they can be reunited with their families.  Best Friends Animal Society in Utah has several teams in Texas helping with injured and lost pets.  Wings of Rescue is flying rescued animals to various locations in the United States.  Cathy Cline of Janesville, Wis. posted on her Facebook page that she is collecting crates for the Texas animals.  There are many ways that we as individuals can help.  Just avoid unsolicited emails and phone calls and other scams.

Memorial for Carol Propotnik

As some of you know, animal behaviorist and MWCR member Carol Propotnik died unexpectedly in January.  Her family, who lives out of state, will hold a celebration of Carol’s life on Sunday, October 8, from 3 – 6 p.m. at the home of Carol’s friend, Don Wanschura.  Don’s address is 7505 Dupont Ave. S, Minneapolis and his phone number is 612-702-6597.  Carol helped many pets, including MWCR collies, with her evaluations and training plans.  Carol is deeply missed.  According to Don, dogs are welcome at the memorial service.

MWCR Calendar Pictures

Eileen Mack is busy creating the 2018 MWCR Calendar which will be available for purchase in early November.  Here are a few tips for your pictures which need to be submitted by September 6:

  1. The photo must be of high quality. The originally-taken photo should be at least 1M in size and the bigger the better, really!  When you send the photos in, be sure your email program doesn’t shrink them for portability. We’ll let you know if they are too small.
  2. Please email your photographs to:
  3. Please, PLEASE include a bit of info about your collie. Age, year rescued or adopted, cute personality trait, etc….oh yes, and NAME, too.
  4. Please get your photos in by September 6, 2017. That should give us ample time to design, review, and order calendars for arrival in time for the annual dinner in November.
          – Terry Libro, MWCR President

MWCR at community events

August Community Events

MWCR had a booth at the annual Dog Days Westonka in Mound, Minn. on August 12.  Our booth was next to Robert Photography and our collies were photographed frequently during the event.
Participating in the Pet Parade this year were Arnie Hilk with MWCR collies Tristan, Jackson, and Chase.  Thank you to Robin Kashuba with Harley and to Kitty and Arnie Hilk with Tristan, Jackson, Chase, and Sammi for sharing your gorgeous collies with the numerous visitors to our booth.  Nothing attracts people like five gorgeous collies laying in front of the booth.  Thank you to Judy Roggow for also helping staff the booth.  After the event, Kitty and Arnie hosted a barbecue at their nearby home where people and dogs had the chance to rest and take in the quiet beauty of their place. For pictures see August Photo Wall.
MWCR members had been looking forward to the Dog Days of Stockholm event in Stockholm, Wis.  However, the weather forecast for rain all day resulted in us reluctantly cancelling our participation.  We plan to be there next year.

September Community Events

September will be a very busy month for MWCR with community events scheduled every weekend.  We can always use volunteers to staff these events.  Here is where we’ll be:

  • September 9 – Responsible Dog Ownership Day at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo, Minn.
  • September 10 – Madison Collie Frolic at the home of Diane and Dale Liebert.  Please contact Diane at  if you’re planning to attend and to get directions.
  • September 16 – Bark Park Expo at the Brookdale Dog Park in Brooklyn Park, Minn.
  • September 17 – Walk for Paws (a fundraiser for Pause 4 Paws) at the Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth, Minn.
  • September 23 – Love My Pet Fair in Coon Rapids, Minn.
  • September 30 – Rochester Adoption Event at the History Center of Olmsted County in Rochester, Minn.

MWCR Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser on November 4

Our Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 4, from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Wayzata American Legion in Wayzata, Minn.  Trainer Laska Parrow will give an entertaining presentation on keeping your collie happy – nontraditional activities to do with your dog.  We’ll have a delicious meal, a large silent auction, MWCR merchandise for sale, Gray Gables Farm goodies for people and dogs, door prizes, and lots of fun.  Watch for registration information in the coming weeks.