A Newsletter from Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois
The Collie Nose
“The Lone Star Eight” Remind Us Of
What the Holiday Spirit is ALL About
Gail Diedrichsen
Collie lovers from around the world gasped with disbelief as they read and watched the news reports
relaying the story of 90 plus collies hoarded on private property in Texas. Many of us sent donations to
help Houston Collie Rescue, knowing a daunting task was at hand. To organize, bathe, feed, medicate
and whelp the puppies soon to come would mean they needed our help. In fact, the number of rescued
collies soon reached 150 once all the pregnant mothers gave birth.
These collies had lost all hope until the afternoon of August 29
, when a team of angels ap-
peared. Each and every one of these starved and dehydrated collies were plucked from their cages of
doom. That first small step from behind captive bars meant their world was about to change forever!
One can only imagine the horrific scene the investigators discovered as they walked into this
unfathomable collie hell.The air was thick with the sickening stench that burned the eyes and the
cries for help deafening.
These pathetic, innocent creatures were left suffering in outdoor runs in the blazing Houston
heat. Forced to live with their own excrement, not to mention the fleas, flies, ticks, mites and the
dreaded mosquitoes that feasted on their boney bodies, they suffered day after day. Many were infect-
ed with heartworms, as well as a vast array of parasites and mange. Vickey Willard, (not to be confused
with our Vicki Wilder), President of Houston Collie Rescue claimed, Justice has been served and it's
about time! These
dogs have been
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GIANT Holiday Edition, November 2014
In This Issue...
Texas Collies 1 Karlas Paschon 5 KidsCorner 7
Volunteer Profile: the Olsons 8 Presidential Address 2 Collie Holiday Tips 2
Timmys In The Well 10 COLUMN: Grunts & Groans 7 Year in Review 12
Meet our Groomers 3 Picnic Recap 4
Throughout this newsletter, keep an eye out for clickable links to more
information! The text will be in color, and underlined for visibility! And
Click on our logo whenever you want to come back to page 1!
Seasonal Safety Tips
Amy Zurita
It's that time of year again! As you prepare
for the inevitable gatherings that accompa-
ny this time of year, keep your furry family
members' safety in mind:
Keep decorations such as Christmas
lights and ornaments out of the reach
of your dog.
Refrain from placing presents in the
reach of your dog, and when opening
presents, be sure to dispose of any
wrapping or ribbons so that your dog
cannot get into it.
Though it is tempting to share some
holiday cheer with your pets by giving
them scraps, too much food that they
are not used to can cause stomach up-
set, and therefore should be avoided.
Likewise, do not give any left over
bones to your dog, as the bones can
splinter and cause damage to the diges-
tive tract.
Avoid placing food near the edges of
tables or counters, where a curious
nose may be tempted to snatch some-
Be aware that often dogs bolt. Take
extra precautions at the entry door as
your company comes and goes.
Make sure your dog is wearing a collar
with its tags up to date. With people
coming and going at get-togethers,
there are more chances for your dog to
escape, and up-to-date tags will help
your dog to make its way back home.
Keep outdoor temperatures in mind and
do not leave your dog outside for too
long. Though they have their own fur
coats, the pads of their paws are ex-
posed and more susceptible to frost-
Be mindful about sidewalk salt as it
can hurt your dog's feet and it is harm-
ful if ingested. Pet-safe salt is available
at pet stores, and if you are walking
your dog somewhere where there may
be regular salt, consider putting
dog-booties on your dog's feet.
What a busy year we have had at Collie Rescue of
Greater Illinois, Inc! We started 2014 with a litter of
puppies being born, and in August welcomed the Tom-
ball 8 collies coming into our rescue, and served all the
dogs that found forever homes in between. It has been
a while since our last issue of the Collie Nose Newslet-
ter, and you can expect this one to be action packed!
With the Holidays approaching we have so much to be
thankful for. To all our volunteers and supporters near
and far, we could not do this work without you. We cel-
ebrate each and every one of you whether you donat-
ed, helped with transported, fostered, worked an
event, shared our stories or adopted a Collie.
The Board of Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois would like
to wish you all Happy Holidays and a prosperous New
Susie Moncek
President & Foster Home
See more of our year in review on page 13
Look at
the year
weve had!
Kym McNabney
An important part of rescuing dogs and ultimately finding these dogs
new homes is making them look presentable for potential adopters. An-
yone who has owned a long coated dog knows grooming can be both
time consuming and challenging. Grooming a dog means more than just
a bath and a pretty haircut. Giving attention to nails, ears, teeth and
anal glands is all part of the grooming process. Keeping pets comforta-
ble, parasite free and healthy is important and scheduled grooming is a
must for all dogs.
Judy Rychter, owner of
Motif Grooming and Doggy Day-
care, in South Elgin, IL is a vital
asset to our organization and has
been helping us for years. We
appreciate her donated time and
frequently depend on her exper-
tise. Anyone whos had the pleas-
ure of working with Judy, de-
scribes a genuine, humble, and
knowledgeable person who puts
the dogsinterests first. She un-
derstands the importance of
grooming to obtain both good
health and an attractive appear-
ance, especially for one of our rescued collies.
Susie Moncek, foster home coordinator, says, We had a dog
that came to us by the name of Princess. Judy and her daughter Aman-
da, literally saved her life by uncovering several pockets of infections
under her skin. Princess had been sick for weeks, and nobody could fig-
ure out what was wrong. While in Judys care, she notified me that
Princess needed to seen by a vet right away.
Sherylee Dodge, one of our foster home volunteers, also praises
Judy. Ive been in Motifs grooming facility many times, not only
for the dogs Ive fostered, but for my own dogs as well. Judy
has helped me with all kinds of dog-related infor-
mationfrom understanding how dogs relate to
each other, to food and feeding, to hotspots. She is
committed to the best case scenario for every res-
cue we bring her, whether it is hours of brushing
and repeated bathing to save a neglected coat, or
a complete shave for the fastest route to healing
and a new beginning.
When a new rescue is posted on our website, often those view-
ing the dogs bio havent a clue as to what a dogs prior condition was
like before he or she came to us. Judy is not only willing to take the
time and care to get them looking great, but she also wants them to
feel great. Shes not just a groomer; shes someone who genuinely
cares about the well being of animals.
Not one to toot her own horn, Judy works quietly behind the
scenes. She brings out the best in our dogs, while sharing a wealth of
information to our fosterers. She deserves our recognition because she
goes over and above for our collies. Their best interest is always her
priority. Never taking the shortcut, its obvious she performs her
grooming magic for the love of the breed. Expecting nothing in return
but the satisfaction of knowing she has helped a dog look and
feel so much better makes her a true hero! Thank YOU, Judy.
More Than Just A Pretty Coat
Motif Grooming and
Doggy Daycare
503 W Sundown Rd
South Elgin IL 60177
From Left: Groomers Amanda
Maravilla, Judy Rychter, and Presi-
dent/Foster Home coordinator
Susie Moncek.
Collie Rescue Whinesare still
available for purchase, to bene-
fit the dogs and satisfy the con-
nosoir in you (or someone you
love) Click HERE.
Commercial Break:
Thank you,
Judy and
2014 Annual Collie
Rescue Picnic
By Kym McNabney
There is nothing quite like attending a Collie Rescue
Picnic for the first time. Entering the park grounds
and seeing collies wherever you look, is quite a
sighttricolors, blue merles, sables, roughs,
smooths, young dogs, old dogs, and just about every-
thing in-between.
Its not just the collies that draw people to the
event each year. Its the chance to meet others who
foster, see past fostered dogs with their new families
and meet and enjoy the company of those in charge
of such a wonderful organization.
There were 150 attendees this year; many brought
their dog...or two, or three. It could not happen
without the hands and feet of the volunteers that
offer their time, many doing so year after year.
Caroline Lewis does a wonderful job managing the
donations for the raffle table, making up signs and
arranging the basket items in an attractive display.
Nicole Belizaire spends most of her time behind
the tables, collecting the money, handing out tick-
ets, recording the ticket numbers that are pulled for
the winners, and making sure everyone gets their
winnings. The raffle table is one of the highlights of
the event, and provides much-needed funding for
the organization.
Volunteers handled the sales tent. They set
it up attractively and spent the duration of the pic-
nic managing the many sales, keeping the tables well
stocked and helped people decide on the appropri-
ate size.
Jan Melhan was in charge of the food and
did a wonderful job keeping the tables replenished
with a variety
of delicious
foods, plates
and utensils,
in order to
keep the lines
moving along.
Dr. Jeremy
Buishas takes
time out of his
busy schedule
each year to
talk about
important top-
ics, giving
dogs owners
and fosterers a
wealth of in-
Kim Nelson
says, The
board would
like to personally thank all that helped this year.
Without the volunteers at each event, Collie Rescue
would not be able to do what we do.In turn, Collie
Rescue would like to thank Kim Nelson for stepping
in and heading up the event. Its not an easy task.
Nevertheless, she did an amazing job!
A special thanks goes out to everyone who
not only attended, but also to those who volunteered
their time and helped wherever they were needed.
Thanks as well to those who donated items for the
raffle. We had some fantastic item this year.
Pictured include the muscles behind the pic-
nic. On the truck, left to right--- Edward (Butch)
Kiselka, Jason Hansas, and Greg Belizaire, Jr. In
front are Nicole Belizaire, Kate Chrisman & sister,
Kim Nelson, and Jan Melhan. Standing on the right
are Ken Kiselka, Mike Nelson (back) and Greg Be-
lizaire. This crew spends hours set-
ting up tents and tables, and anything
else that needs to be done before the
picnickers arrive. After a fun, yet long
day, they take everything down, pack
it up and deliver it back to storage
where it will all be waiting for them
next year. These men are all members
of our founder Tina Kiselkas immedi-
ate and extended family. Because they
perform all the behind-the-scenes
grunt work year after year, theyre the
unsung heroes of the day!
As the saying goes, It takes a
village.and each years successful
picnic is proof that not only does it
take a village, but the village
shows up.
Some of our contest winners
Karla’s “Paschon”
Gail Diedrichsen
Like many children who watched Lassiegrowing up,
Karla Paschon, enamored with this famous hero, fell
in love with collies. She decided very early on she pre-
ferred this breed, and no other would do. She begged
her parents for a collie, but her dad said, When you
move out and youre on your own, you can get your col-
lie.Eventually, she fulfilled the promise she had
made to herself as a young girl. FINALLY, well into
adulthood, she realized her dream, and Karla got her
Karla remembers that memorable, happy day.
Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois, Inc. held an adoption
event at a local pet store, showing adoptable dogs. I
anxiously walked in and there he wasmy very first,
very own collie. He was a great dog and a very pretty
tri-color with a white blaze too. I filled out the paper-
work because I decided that day he had to be mine.
Karla adds, I named him K.C.for Karlas Collie.’” She laughs as she recalls her choice for his
cute name and continues laughing when she describes some of his not so cuteantics. For example,
K.C. decided it would be fun to get into a bag of flourwhat a mess! He also stole a plugged in crock-
pot off my kitchen countertop. He enjoyed my chicken and dressing dinner! He liked my cooking!
With a good sense of humor, Karla describes how her newly adopted dog was not exactly behav-
ing like the dignified, exemplary hero she had watched on television. K.C. was an athletic dog and he
didnt want to just hang out.He needed a job and he sure let me know it! I registered him in an obe-
dience class. He LOVED it! I remember a particular night like it was just yesterday. We had just arrived
home from class and he put his head in my lap. He looked up at me with this certain expression. I
could read it as plainly as the nose on his collie face! K.C. looked SO satisfied...SO happy. If he could
have talked, he would have said, I did something REALLY special today and I am so proud of myself!I
knew at that very moment he wanted to work and needed the stimulation. K.C. was a quick learner.
Not only did he love the class, but I REALLY enjoyed it too. I liked the time we spent together and I
found it to be so fun and so rewarding.
Karla knew Basic Obedience classes were imperative and that came first. Additionally, she ran
K.C. in Agility just for fun, and he did very well. Impressive, this team also earned a Therapy Dog Inter-
national certification. He was a visit-
ing dog in nursing homes and a reading
therapy dog at the library.
K.C. was an unexpected spark
for Karla. This adopted collie inspired
Karla to follow a new lifes path, one
where she could combine her love for
dogs with her talent. She had the de-
sire and passion. Karla enrolled in Ani-
mal Behavior College, devoured books
on the subject, attended other train-
ersseminars and completed an ap-
prenticeship with an emphasis on posi-
tive training techniques that do not use
harsh leash correctionsshe prefers
positive reinforcement. Karla became
certified in 2002 and finds her career
as an accomplished trainer rewarding.
Karla admits its a tough job.
The hours are not ideal. She needs to
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Karla with
her current
Her facility in
Villa Park
be available when dog
owners are available;
this means shes work-
ing evenings and
weekends to accom-
modate. Knowing
everyone is on a
tight schedule, I
also offer one day
workshops. It is not
preferred, I like to have
more time, but its a
positive step in the
right direction.
Karla is also re-
quired to promote her
own business. It comes
with the territory. At-
tending outside events,
such as pet expos, is also part of her work sched-
ule. She claims word of mouthis so vitally im-
portant for her businesss survival and many of her
clients found her through another clients referral.
Karlas Loki Seminarwas named in honor
of Loki, a dog with fear-aggression issues. The ed-
ucational seminar was designed to give our foster
homes the tools to work with a fearful dog. Hoping
to help the dog become well adjusted, Karla wants
to give every dog a chance to rehabilitate, gain
confidence and become an adoptable collie.
George and Karen Hayes, fellow volunteers,
had Karla on their team for Meet and Greets.
He shares, I have known her for 6 years. She im-
presses me with her ability to control dogs. She
took our wild puppy and turned her into a well-
behaved girl. She helped my
wife, Karen, and me with our
dogs when I had some health
issues. She came over to help
them get some exercise when I
was recovering. Shes not only
a great trainer, but a good
Susie Moncek, President
and Foster Home Coordinator,
says, I could sing Karlas prais-
es all day long! She has been so
helpful to CRGI in so many
ways. When we have training
questions, Karla is always there
with an answer or suggestion.
When we have a foster dog with
specific issues, Karla has either
fostered them for us or assisted
the foster home with training
techniques. Karla has facilitat-
ed a seminar for our fostering
volunteers. It covered dog be-
havior and suggestions for basic obedience train-
ing. It was informative and very helpful because it
gave our fostering homes the tools and techniques
needed to get our fostered dogs ready for their
forever homes.
In addition, Karla is working on putting to-
gether a very special seminar for CRGI. This one
will be open to our foster homes, transporters and
volunteers who work our events. We are still in the
planning stages, but if this seminar is even half as
good as our last...I expect it to be fantastic and
our volunteers will learn a lot! Karla has an amaz-
ing way with dogs and shes a wonderful teacher!
She volunteers her time, 100% free of charge, be-
cause she loves collies and CRGI. AND, we love her
right back!
Tina Kiselka was volunteering at the event
years ago when Karla adopted K.C. and says, No
doubt, luck was on everybodys side the day we
introduced Karla to her collie. Not only did we
find a great home for one of our lucky dogs, but
we gained a valuable volunteer too. She was just
a novice back then, adopting her first dog. Now
shes an accomplished, well-respected trainer who
advocates for all positive training methods. She is
there for us when we need her and we appreciate
her contributions very much.
Karla admits with her usual charming smile,
I joined the organization because I was impressed
with the organization, BUT I was also drafted by
the organizations representative, Tina.
Karla not only gives her students
useful information and skills, but she shows them a
good time. Her classes are lots of fun, for both
dogs and owners! Shes a great teacher, a much-
appreciated volunteer and a wonderful friend to
Classes are held in her
space behind the grooming
shop. She also does one-on-
one training and is available
for private consults
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Karla a
thing or
“No doubt, luck
was on every-
body’s side the
day we intro-
duced Karla to her
(first) collie. Not
only did we find a
great home for
one of our lucky
dogs, but we
gained a valuable
volunteer too.”
Tina Kiselka,
Paws 4 Positve Training
at Eclipse Dog Grooming
110 S Villa Ave.,
Villa Park.
Georges Grunts and Groans
George Hayes
Recently I have had to be hos-
pitalized and later stay in a rehab
center for a while to recuperate. It
was hard being away from my girls”,
Roxie and Annie, for so long. I talked
about them to the staff as often as
possible. I had pictures of them up on
the wall, but its not the same as
them being there.
One of their favorite things to
do, and mine too, is to take a nap.
We all agree that naps are good. To
curl up on the bed, and give a little
moan or groan as were getting com-
fortable became the height of my day.
It wasnt the same being there with-
out them. I knew they would be there
at home waiting for me. But knowing
and being there are not the same. I
knew when I got home Annie would
bark out the whole story of how hard it was for her to wait for me, and Roxie would hop up and
down with such joy because I came in the door. (Well, Roxie would do that if anyone came in the
door but I like to think she does it because its me.) But waiting for the day I could go home was
getting harder and harder.
Then one day, a furry angel appeared to brighten my day. Brody and his human-on-a-leash
walked in to my room and I heard choirs sing. The sun got brighter, the sky was bluer, the ap-
plesauce sweeter. A collie, a wonderful, wonderful collie was here in my rehab room. He popped up
in my bed just where I told him to come when Gail wasnt looking. We had a great time visiting. He
brought with him the luck of the Irish! (Okso Collies are supposed to be from Scotland, but Ireland
is close enough.) The luck mixes all together and knows no boundaries. The next day after Brodys
visit, they told me I would be going home soon: back to my girls,back to taking naps with two fur-
ry friends. Yes, when I got home, Annie barked out the whole story of how hard it was for her to
wait for me, and Roxie did hop up and down with joy because I came in the door and yes, she did it
because it was ME and I was home. Thank you Brody, you made my day and brought me good luck.
Kids’ Corner:
MacKenna M., age 12
My mom fosters for Collie Rescue. Weve had
twenty-two dogs so far. My mom has been foster-
ing for eight years. That makes twenty-two dogs
in eight years. Each time we get a new dog, its a
whole new wonder. All the dogs are so unique.
Each dog has a different personality. Also, the
looks of the dogs are so cool, each with a look of
their own. But the neatest and the saddest thing
is the stories that tell why we have them. Each
time I hear their story, I want to sweep the dog in
my arms and hug them tight.
MacKennas first
collie Jack.
MacKenna with
current CRGI
Mr. Cuddles.
If youre reading this newsletter and enjoy keeping
up-to-date with C.R.G.I. on our website, thank Bob
Olson. Hes our tech guy extraordinaire! Bob has
been a volunteer since 1997. Bob has served on our
board for 17 years and served as Board President for
14 of those. His knowhow is, without a doubt, a
critical component to our everyday successful opera-
tion. According to Tina Kiselka, Founder, Bob is
our I.T. Guru,and he is responsible for bringing us
into the future!
With appreciation, Susie Moncek, Board Presi-
dent, describes his long list of diverse contributions,
Bobs in charge of putting together adopter con-
tracts, keeps our website up to date and posts all
the bios for our adoptable dogs. He keeps all the
medical records, contract information, and the data-
base of all past dogs and adopters. He is also in
charge of making up the supply bags that follow
each foster dog into their foster home. This takes
great care and attention to detail because the bag
includes an engraved CRGI tag, collar, heartworm
prevention, microchip and info, flea prevention and
any other meds the dog may need.
Susie gives Bob deserved accolades, Hes a
MAJOR behind-the-scenes guy! He does a ton of work
that nobody notices, and there is no glory in it for
him. There is SO much that goes on in the back-
ground of our organization that many are not aware
of. Its important and detailed work. Bob is what
you might call our unsung hero.
One can fully appreciate why Bob is such a
valued volunteer while looking for information on
our website. Whether needing to look for an event,
wanting to view a collie up for adoption, wanting to
shop for collie merchandise, looking to buy some
Collie Nose Wine, wanting to read past newsletters,
looking for photos taken at events, or simply wanting
to make a donation, our website runs smoothly and
efficiently due to Bobs expertise.
Bobs not only a tech-wiz”, but hes also an
accomplished dog trainer. He and his collie, Fiona,
are a winning team. The fact that these two found
one another is a serendipitous godsend.
Fiona, a rescued dog, had behavior issues.
Fiona needed firm, yet loving guidance. She was
one of those dogs that needed to be given a job or
she would invent an unacceptable one for herself.
Joking, Vicki Wilder, former Intake Coordinator,
says, You can quote me on this one! ... Fiona was a
REAL pain in the b-e-e-p!Fionas story has a hap-
py ending, but its beginning was a little shaky at
best. Vicki explains, Fiona came from a home that
had DCFS called in to remove the children, and when
they took the kids they also took Fiona. She dis-
played unacceptable behavior in a couple foster
homes and was quickly booted out of each. She had
problems with the other dogs and was just an all
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Volunteer Profile:
Unsung Heroes, Bob and Dee Olson
around jerk. Bob worked his butt off with this dog!
AND now, whenever I see them at a show, I am
AMAZED at the dog she has become. Love and pa-
tience certainly were key in developing her into a
top contender in agility. Shes a wonderful member
of the Olson family now.
Dee, Bobs wife, remembers this dogs early
days well. Fiona was 7-8 months old when she came
in from a shelter in the Quad Cities area after being
confiscated from her home. We were going to keep
her just overnight before she went to her foster
home. We couldnt wait for her to leave – she was
obnoxious, bothering
the old dogs. She on-
ly lasted a week at
each of two foster
homes and ended up
back at our house, so
we decided it was
time for some
Collie Boot Camp!
As we got to know
her, it became clear she was a reactive dog. So, I
took her to Narnias Rowdy Roverclasses, de-
signed specifically for reactive dogs. They helped a
huge amount with having her learn to be calmer
around other dogs, but mostly in helping me to un-
derstand how to set her up for success. Fiona is so
much better now than she was when she came in
(she is five years old now) but still requires much
care when out in public, since even after all this
time she can be unpredictable around other dogs.
Fortunately, Bob found Fionas niche. This
onetime ill-behaved bully, is focused on winning ti-
tles and ribbons today. Bob has a lot to be proud of.
Dee proudly claims, Fiona is doing a great job in
agility and has earned her Master Agility Champion-
ship in AKC. She has qualified for and competed in
the AKC Agility National Championship for the past
two years; this is a big accomplishment for us since
this is a huge show. At the last show in March of
2014, there were around 2,000 dogs competing. Its
a big deal for a reactive dog to cope with and per-
form well at such an event. She is also having a ball
learning Nosework and doing well with it. She passed
her Odor Recognition Test (ORT) for Birch.
Fiona and Bob are a great team. However,
we are very lucky that Bob comes with a human
partner as well. Dee, his wife, is an accomplished
dog trainer and has a wealth of knowledge.
Tina recalls, Back in 1996 we had a special
dognamed Cody. He was adopted twice, but was
too high energy for most and kept coming back. He
went to the Olsonsto be fostered.Dee shares his
story, By the time we agreed to foster Cody he had
been in the system for four and a half months: a
shelter, temporary boarding at the veterinarians
clinic, foster home, adoptive home, another foster
home, another adoptive home, yet another foster
home, then our home. If it all sounds a bit confus-
ing, it was, especially for Cody. Although he started
out as a friendly, well-adjusted year-old dog, by the
time we took him in for fostering, he was beginning
to retreat into himself and show destructive tenden-
cies. As he was apparently out of control, I enrolled
him in a class to improve his adoptability. Cody
must have been a model student because they ended
up adopting him. Vicki Wilder says, After Dee and
Bob worked with Cody, he was AMAZING! Cody
earned top agility titles. Its very impressive, espe-
cially for a rescue who was adopted as an older
Wiley was another C.R.G.I. rescue. Dee rem-
inisces, We started fostering Wiley in 1997. He
came to Collie Rescue from a hoarding situation. He
was with us for nine months before we decided to
adopt him. It was really weird – people would meet
him at adoption events and like him and play with
him, but would then want to adopt a different dog.
A little girl he played with even gave him her Barney
stuffed animal, but didnt adopt him. While Wiley
ran in agility too and eventually did very well at it,
his true love was Flyball. He absolutely adored the
game, and made a bit of flyball history – he was the
first rough collie to achieve the Flyball Grand Cham-
pion title.
Sookie is also a member of the Olson familys
pack. Shes not a rescue, but she is a collie and de-
serves mention since she and Dee are such an ac-
complished team. Sookie is the first puppy we have
had since we bought our first collie, Birdie, in 1991.
Sookie is still a young dog (shes just turning 3 this
summer) but is doing very well in agility. She fin-
ished her Master Agility Jumper (MXJ) title in AKC in
May. Sookie is also learning Nosework and doing
great with that as well – she is a very serious worker.
She also has her Agility Ex-
cellent (AX) title, Novice
FAST (NF) agility title, Ral-
ly Advanced (RA) title, and
a Canine Good Citizen Cer-
Dee still works their
rescued border collie,
Lilli, at a young 16. One
would swear Lilli has
found the fountain of
youth in her water bowl because she is one amazing
senior canine. Keeping up with the youngsters in her
Nosework class, this old gal is active, interested, in
good shape and engaged in life. Remarka-
ble, because Lilli was a rescue found on
the side of the road dragging her two front
legs when she was a very young puppy.
Dee shares her experience and knowledge
with her students, often demonstrating with her own
dogs. Its apparent she has an extensive understand-
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ing of canine behavior. Dee also gives her students great tips on how to keep their dog healthy. Its all
about whats best for the dog, and she wants to see ALL dogs reach a ripe old age and still be goinstrong
like her Lilli. She understands its a balance between keeping the dog active both physically and mentally.
Dee is a great example for her students.
When one of C.R.G.I.s dogs has a behavior issue, Dee and Bob have stepped up and taken the dog
under their wing. They know that if a dogs behavior problems are addressed and remediated, they are
more likely to get adopted and remain in that home. Recently they worked with our notorious Carlos.
He was infamous for failing to remain happily in his many adoptive homes. Carlos needed the time, disci-
pline and attention that Dee and Bob were willing to give him. They saved his life! With guided direction,
Carlos became the good boywe knew he could be. Today Carlos is loved and thriving in his new home
thanks to Bob and Dee.
Bobs contribution with technology takes place quietly behind the scenes, but deserves a very loud
applause because its SO vital to our organization. The Olsons are valued members of C.R.G.I. They bring
us a multitude of talents they generously share. They have the patience of a saint and huge caring hearts.
Their many volunteer hours have helped turn troubled dogs around, resulting in saved lives and happy
adoptions. We are incredibly fortunate to have this dynamic and indispensable couple on our team.
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Bob Olson and Fiona
pose at far right with
the CRGI contingency
at Wheatons All-Night
Flea Market this sum-
mer. Other collies
from left are Laddie
May, Cody, Belle, Amy,
and Brody. Bob and his
fellow volunteers Na-
dia Bardack and Dawn
Gluzek are smiling for
their celebrity souve-
nir photo. Does their
guest of honor
(center) look familiar?
Timmy’s NOT In the Well
Many of us watched Lassie on TV as kids. Some of us still do! Its
always a toss up as to whether fans like Jeff or Timmy best. When
upstaged by a gorgeous collie, its tough to be a favorite. It didnt
matter who played the boy, we liked the dog best!
Jon Provost, who played the character of Timmy Martin,
(the angelic blond boy who replaced Jeff when he got too old to
play the part), has written a book, called Timmys In the Well.
Although Lassie saved Timmy from harms way often, Timmy
never needed to be rescued from a well. We all wonder how that
well businessever got started. In fact, if youre a collie owner
and have never had a stranger walk up to your dog and jokingly say,
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...Its Jon Provost! Read on—
Gail Diedrichsen
and Brody put
their best Lassie
forward in their
pose with Jon.
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Whats that, girl? Timmys down the
well? Better go rescue him!you are in
the minority. Regardless of the nonfactual
event alluded to in Provosts books title,
its no doubt a hit with collie fanciers.
When Jon asked C.R.G.I. Inc. to
join him as he conducted a book signing
we were elated! It proved to be an inter-
esting evening with a traditional carnival-
like atmosphere of DuPage Countys All
Night Flea Market. Jon shared stories and
sold memorabilia as he met his many fans
who lined up to meet the cute little boy
now in his sixties.
Even though none of our collies
were called upon to pull anybody out of a
well that night, they all passed their
screen tests to become perfect Lassie
We all had a great time and came
away with a signed copy of Jons book,
which was raffled off at the Collie Picnic
to raise funds for our work. Ironically,
sometimes even Lassies need to be res-
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Thanks so much to the folks who sent us photos for this year's cal-
endar. It's a hit and they've been selling like hotcakes. It's not too
late; get yours before 2015 arrives! We owe our talented Diane Cymer-
man a great deal of gratitude for the time she takes overseeing this
project. Diane does a great job. We enjoy turning those pages from
month to month and seeing all those beautiful collies we've all helped
Amy gives Jon
her best Lassie
head-tilt, posing
with mom Belle
and Mr. Provost
at the event.
Participating in
the various Chicago Pet
Shows and Expos is a chance
for us to meet the public with
our Collie Ambassadors. Gener-
ous businesses sponsor our
booths. Thanks to LeafFilter Gut-
ter Protection and West Subur-
ban Dog Magazine for making
this year's events possible!
In Case You Missed It: CRGI on TV
Ruth Meek
ABOVE: The Chicago Pet Show at Dariens SportsPlex, with
Officer Diedrichsen in attendance, manning the jail to ben-
efit our rescue efforts.
2014 Collie Craft
Corral Recap
We have a very long list of wonderful people to
thank for their participation in this years ven-
dor fair.
Tina Kiselka, Michele Hirsch and Kim Nelson
did a great job of organizing to get an event like
this up and running smoothly.
Thanks also to the Diedrichsens, Art and Gail,
who made the signs, and ensured they were
posted in advance.
Kim Nelson, Caroline Lewis and Nicole Be-
lizaire organized a scrumptious bake sale.
Our bakers raised $265.00 to help our collies
from this table alone.
Our Collie Jailwas a success again this year.
Our bail bucket collected $76.95.
Many of our loyal volunteers attended with their
collies, who took turns playing the role of the
incarcerated bad dogs,wearing black and
white striped jail uniforms. Officer Diedrichsen
wrote lots of tickets and collected
John Cymerman generously made
his truck available. Tinas Strong
GuysTyler Nelson and George
Rohde helped with loading, haul-
ing and packing up as always. Most
of all,
thanks to
the ven-
dors and
the folks
who came
out to
shop! We
ate your
2014 Collie Crystal Bowl-
LEFT: Our 50/50 Raffle Winner was Dee
Santucci, who generously donated her
winnings back to CRGI. RIGHT: Kim Nelson
shows us some of the festivities.
Adopter and volunteer Terri
Hayes walks for Puppy Mill
Awareness in Naperville,
with her friend and collies
Mollie and Eli.
Our Year in Review...
Our friends of West Suburban
Humane Society, located in
Downers Grove, appeared on
WGN's morning news program to
promote their Barkapalooza
event this fall. They shared the
limelight with us by inviting
C.R.G.I. Inc. to take center
camera with them.
THANK YOU, W.S.H.S.! We ap-
preciated your invitation to
share your "15 minutes of fame"
with us!
Meghan Elise Photography.
waiting a long time to be saved.
Vickey Willard and her team of volunteers set up a ranch-like facility they dubbed Camp Collie.
An almost assembly line-like process to get these dogs bathed, fed and watered was quickly set up. Basic
medical care was sorely needed as well and that was an incredible challenge due to the condition of the
skin, ears, eyes and parasitic infestations.
Once the dogs slowly began to improve and all were identified, chipped, labeled and accounted for, Hou-
ston knew they needed help finding fostering homes for some of the 150 dogs in their care.
C.R.G.I.s Board of Directors could not sit by knowing fellow rescuers needed assistance. They needed our
help and we reached out.
Volunteers, Scott Schager and Chris Hill proved theyve got hearts as big as Texas! Without hesitation,
these two guys hopped in a rental van and spent 4 grueling days on the road transporting eight collies from
Texas back to Illinois. They clocked in over 2,887 miles in four very long days. Thats going the distance!
The return trip with eight crated collies, all needing to be walked and fed several times a day, proved to
be challenging. Crates needed to be maneuvered, unloaded, reloaded, and maneuvered againAND again
at each stop in order to get each dog out. These dogs, unaccustomed to being walked on a leash or riding
in a vehicle, were anything but a walk in the park! Great care needed to be taken. One false moveone
slip of the leash and it could mean disaster. If one of these guys got away and bolted, that would be it
theyd be long gone! Resting on the road heading back north was not an option for Scott and Chris. The
dogsneeds came first.
Back in Illinois, while the guys were in transit, Susie got to work matching up the dogs with their fostering
homes. Again, our big-hearted volunteers stepped up. Our fostering homes are truly amazing.
The Lone Star Eightare being rehabbed in loving homes where they will learn to trust and understand
what it means to feel safe with reliable meals, a comfy bed and humane loving care. Enough cannot be
said about our volunteers who have taken on the task!
Susie says, Sammy and Clooney have heart worms, Pierre and Cappy are so unsocialized it will take
months of work and training to even make them adoptable. Mickey had a horribly infected scrotum and is
still suffering with tummy issues requiring extensive testing. Most of them including Reno & Bart had infect-
ed eyes and ears. Houdini has scabs, sores and hair loss from extensive scratching due to fleas. All eight
were terribly emaciated and our wonderful fosterers are fattening them up. They will all thrive with the
care and love our fostering homes give. These poor dogs have been through so much. They are not home
free yet. They have a long road ahead of them before they are ready to be pets. Our dedicated fostering
families are healing their souls, but we need to heal their bodies and that takes funding.
Our members have never turned a blind eye to collies in need. We are asking for your help once again. In
the spirit of the Holiday Season, we ask that you open your hearts and wallets because we need your help.
These eight, who deserve a chance, continue to need veterinarian care.
PLEASE add Sammy, Clooney, Pierre, Cappy, Mickey, Reno, Bart, and Houdini to your list
this year! The best presents are not always the ones wrapped up with a bowsometimes
a wagging tail, a warm bed, a full bowl and a loving home in time for the holidays is the
best gift of all.
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Happy Holidays from your CRGI Team
Board Members: President and Foster Home Coordinator Susie Moncek, Vice President John
Cymerman, Treasurer Tina Kiselka, Secretary Caroline Lewis, Adoption Coordinator Michelle Rogers.
Intake Coordinator: Melanie Clawson
Newsletter Volunteers: Gail Diedrichsen, Kym McNabney, Sherylee Dodge, Ellen Kiernen, Dale
Mohr, George Hayes, Madiline Sibon, Amy Zurita