Happy Holidays from the collies of MWCR
As the year comes to an end and we’re celebrating the holidays, now is a time to reflect on the collies whose lives we touched this year – the sweet dogs who are spending their first holiday season in their new homes as well as those who are enjoying another holiday season with their families. Over the years, MWCR has made the lives of collies and their families so much richer by the work that we do. Sometimes the work is hard, but it always is rewarding in the end when we see a happy, healthy collie embraced by a new family. We couldn’t do what we do without the compassion, dedication, and commitment of our volunteers, members, and supporters. All of you should feel good about the impact that you’ve had on so many collies and on MWCR. Warmest holiday wishes to all of you.
– Terry Libro, MWCR President
By Sarah Rebernick, V.P. & Adoption Coordinator
Adorable Ash, a 1.5-year-old sable/white male has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Although Ash loves people of all kinds, this handsome boy was surrendered to MWCR because he was running a’fowl’ of the chickens, ducks and turkeys that his family raised for food. We’re happy to announce that his new home does not have any companions of the feathered variety and the resident kitty has already made sure he knows that she’s in charge. Fortunately, Ash seemed to have no problem abdicating that responsibility and happily went back to chewing on his antler.
Shadow, a 1-year-old sable/white male has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Shadow was surrendered to MWCR because his youthful exuberance was too much with a new baby in the household. Babies just don’t know how to play with a teen-aged collie and his mom realized that she couldn’t keep up with both of them. Fortunately for Shadow, his new mom is ready and willing to take on this youngster’s exuberance and show him the path to become a wonderful companion. Looks like he’s already settling in pretty nicely.
Handsome smoothie Birk, a 5-year-old merle headed white male has been adopted and will be living in Iowa. Birk was surrendered when he had some issues with a couple of neighborhood canine troublemakers that came through the invisible fence. Fortunately for him, his new home comes equipped with nice wooden fence, a companion collie and a new mom and dad that will be around most of the time. Happy home!
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.
Katrina was euthanized yesterday (Nov. 21), around 5 p.m. She is at peace and no longer struggling. We miss her. – Beth Selburg
The Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser held on November 4 was a success with about fifty people gathering to hear our guest speaker, enjoy a delicious lasagna meal, visit the abundant silent auction, and stock up on Kitty Hilk’s goodies. All who attended received a new MWCR coffee mug made by Yogi and Joan Tadisch of Spirit Graphics. We’ll have a few of the mugs available for purchase at the Collie Frolics in 2018. Thank you to everyone who attended for making the event a success. And, thank you to the members of the Events/Fundraising Committee who worked many hours on the Dinner – Barb Gibson, Brenda Pulkrabek, Cat Olund, Catherine Loveridge, Judy Roggow, Kitty and Arnie Hilk, Linda Riegger, and Robin Kashuba. More pictures from the dinner can be seen here.
November was MWCR’s month of giving. MyLinda Anderson, MWCR’s Secretary and extraordinary fundraiser, created our highly successful 2017 Give to the Max and Giving Tuesday online fundraising campaigns. MyLinda compiled stories about the collies we helped in 2017 and created a video featuring our adopted collies. The results of our month of giving are being compiled and will be announced shortly. Thank you to everyone for generously supporting MWCR and making a difference in the lives of the collies we foster and adopt.
The beautiful 2018 Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue calendars created by talented Eileen Mack and featuring our adopted collies are available for purchase at www.mwcr.org. The calendars are popular items and make wonderful gifts for family, friends, and of course, yourself. Order now so your calendar arrives before the holidays. The proceeds from the sale of the calendars goes toward veterinary care for our foster collies.
The 2017 holiday cards, designed by MWCR member Kerri Bash, will be arriving in your mailbox soon. Current MWCR members will receive a membership renewal form with their cards. Membership renewals are due by December 31 in order for members to be eligible to vote in the 2018 officer election. Memberships can be renewed online at www.mwcr.org or by returning the paper form to the address on the form. If you’re not a member and would like to join, membership applications also are available on our website.