Good morning!

We have filled our current fostering needs!  This has been a busy year for the rescue and we are so grateful to the foster homes that were able to respond to our urgent request for foster homes, as well as all those already fostering right now. I know that many of us are frustrated that we cannot foster for various reasons but your support of our mission in other ways is always appreciated!  
We would encourage you to promote our foster program with people you know have the skills needed to foster.   
Mary Scopp
Foster Home Coordinator

Thank you for attending the MWCR Dinner

Thank you to everyone who attended MWCR’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser yesterday, Nov. 3. People had a good time. In fact, a few people from the bar area of the American Legion joined in the festivities and participated in the silent auction.

We had a dynamic speaker in Katie K9, a large silent auction, goodies from Gray Gables Farm and Spirit Graphics, and time for collie lovers to gather and share stories.

It was great to see familiar faces and to meet new people, including Ben Dobkin, our newest volunteer who is working on graphic design projects, and Elizabeth, a foreign exchange student from Denmark who is living with Jennifer and Jeff Krause.  Plus, a number of youngsters attended this year.

Thank you to those who brought wonderful items for the silent auction and to those who brought delicious desserts.

Thank you to everyone who brought donations for MyLinda and Neal Anderson to take to the Dominican Republic to help the abandoned dogs.  They may need to pack a couple of extra suitcases!

And of course, a big thank you to our team of volunteers who worked hard to make the event a success.

Thanks again for supporting MWCR and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Terry and the Events/Fundraising Committee

October Rainbow Bridge


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.



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.


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

October adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Stunning Scottie, an 11-month-old tri-headed white smoothie, has been adopted and will be living in Iowa. He was surrendered to MWCR because his juvenile collie behavior was too much for his owners. They lived on a busy road, so he was very excited by all the traffic, bikes, motorcycles and skateboards zipping past. Scottie’s new forever home has two canine buddies, a collie and a sheltie, to join on long walks and dog park playtime. He seems to have assimilated into his new pack extremely well and this drop-dead gorgeous boy will get plenty positive reinforcement of his new dad.


And cutie patootie, 3-month-old Sherlock also went to his new home in Wisconsin with mom, dad and kitty.



Beautiful Lady, a 4-year-old sable/white, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Lady was sadly surrendered due to difficult life changes – her mom passed away a few months ago and her dad is moving to assisted living. They had adopted a collie from us previously so he knew that MWCR would be able to find a loving home for this sweet girl. Lady is now with her new mom and dad and they promise to give her lots of love and spoil her like crazy



Precious, a 1.5-year-old sable/white girl has been adopted and will be living in Clorado. She sends her thanks to our members, the Ferlaaks, who volunteered to fly her to her new home. Jim’s willingness to fly Precious made her travels to her new home so much easier than a two-day ground trip and the Friendly Skies a little furrier.



Handsome Benji, a 6-year-old sable-headed white male, has been adopted and will be living in Indiana. Benji was sadly surrendered to MWCR because his personality and medical issues were not a good fit for his home situation. Fortunately, his foster dad discovered that Benji was exactly the right boy for him and we are happy to announce that he had turned ‘foster’ into ‘forever’. Congratulations to both dad and Benji! 



Charming Coco, a 12-year-old sable/white smoothie has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. She was surrendered due to financial reasons and you might think that at her age she would be ready to retire and regally enjoy a comfy cushion, but no! This spunky senior has the energy of a much younger girl and loves to play, leaps effortlessly into a car and bounds up staircases.

We are especially happy for her because her new mom is the adopter who took such great care of sweet Laddie, the senior boy with bone cancer that recently left us. Thank you so much for opening your heart and home to another senior – you’re my hero!



Ollie the Collie, a 10-month-old sable/white male has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Ollie was sadly surrendered to MWCR by his loving Mom who has health issues and was facing surgery with many months of recovery. Although it was a heartbreaking decision she knew that she would not be able to give Ollie the attention and exercise that he needs. We’re so grateful that she put his needs first and that she trusted us to find a new loving home for him.

And there’s no need to worry about him getting enough exercise now! With a 2-year-old collie companion and two young human brothers, they’re sure to have a great time racing around in his new big backyard. Have a great time guys!



Agatha, a 5-year-old sable/white female, has been adopted and will living in Minnesota. Agatha was surrendered due to a changing life situation but now she has changed the life of her new mom. Her exact words were “I’m in heaven” and I’m sure Agatha feels the same way.




Beautiful Allie, a 2-year-old tricolor female, has been adopted and will be living in Nebraska. She was reluctantly surrendered by her family who had rescued her from a bad situation, but they then realized that they don’t have the time and energy to provide adequate exercise and companionship for her. Fortunately for Allie, it didn’t take long for her foster family to realize that she was the perfect fit for them and now she’s landed in the perfect spot.



Lovely Lucy, a 13-month-old sable-headed white female has been adopted and will be living in Illinois. Lucy was sadly surrendered to MWCR when her owner realized, as she got bigger, that a young dog was too much for her to handle with her medical issues. This beautiful girl’s new mom and dad are excited to have her in their lives to share their love and home.



Handsome Grady, a 9-month-old sable/white scotch collie, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. He was surrendered because his owners (who got him as a puppy), realized a young dog did not fit in with their lifestyle and wanted him to find a home that was right for him. He is a cross between an collie and an English shepherd, which have very similar temperaments and behaviors, so it really is a lovely mix and Grady is a lovely boy. He is now sharing his home with a new canine buddy and they certainly seem to be comfortable with each other,

September adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP and Adoption Coordinator


Handsome Buddy, a 1.5-year-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Buddy was surrendered to MWCR by an older couple who realized they weren’t able to keep up with the needs of a young dog. Buddy’s new mom recently lost her senior collie and is so happy to have another collie in her life. They are both looking forward to long walks in the cool fall weather!



Friendly (Lam)Beau, a 1-year-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This sweetie was surrendered when his owner moved in with her daughter and is such a good boy that he won over the hearts of his foster family. Instead of a ‘fosture failure’ think we’ll call this one a ‘foster touchdown’! Go Pack!!



Lovely Heidi, a 9-month-old sable/white female, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This sweet girl was surrendered because she was too much for her older owners to handle. She ended up spending a lot of time alone in the yard and the neighbors were complaining about her barking (well, who can blame her)! She feels that squirrels and chipmunks were put on this earth for her entertainment – possibly because they had been her only entertainment for the past few months – but hopefully her new collie sister will prove a more interesting playmate.


Little cutie, Mycroft (nka Parker), a 10-week-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Illinois. Mycroft’s new extended family includes lots of other rescue buddies to show him the ropes. Besides his new sheltie brother, he gets to enjoy the company of a collie uncle, and an auntie and uncle sheltie. Everyone seems to be getting along well and we’re hoping mom and dad will get a full night’s sleep soon.


Gorgeous Graham, a 6-month-old blue merle male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. This sweet boy was sadly surrendered to MWCR due to the life changes that go along with divorce. We are grateful that we can be there for owners going through difficult times and are able to help find new homes for their beloved companions. Graham’s new home comes complete with both a canine and feline companion and word is that everyone is getting along well .

August Rainbow Bridge


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 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.