A Newsletter from Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois, Inc.
The Collie Nose
Holiday 2016
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In this issue:
Santa, please
give all dogs a
home for
Meet the Newsletter Team2
A Home for the Holidays for Beau4
Book Review: Sophie… Best Friends are Forever7
Grunts and Groans9
Cash and Tango9
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helping our Collies!
Meet the Newsletter Team
Meet Gail Diedrichsen - Ive always loved the collie breed. My first collie
was a dog I was given as a gift back in 1972. I began volunteering for CRGI
when the organization hosted the Collie Follies Silent Auction and Dinner.
My responsibilities for the newsletter include collecting the stories and pre
-editing them for accuracy. Ive always enjoyed writing about dogs. Ive
been nominated twice by Dog Writers Association of America for an award
in the Rescue Category.The success stories are my favorite part of the
newsletter. I love reading and writing about adopted, happy dogs. They
make our work all worthwhile. I am the proud dog mom of two collies,
Brody, who was adopted from Indiana Collie Rescue, and Gracie, who was
adopted from Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois.
Meet Dale Mohr - In early 1997 I noticed an article in the
Naperville Sun newspaper about Collie Rescue of
Illinois looking for more persons to serve as volunteers. I
began fostering and I fostered about 50 dogs before
leaving the foster program in 2009. I joined the newsletter
committee as a writer in 2010. I've always aimed for
clarity in writing and have done some editing in previous
journal articles, so it made sense to offer my talents to
something that I love. It's difficult for me to pick a favorite
part of the newsletter, but I certainly enjoy the articles
describing the personal stories of dogs loved so dearly by
their owners. I don't have a collie now because of often
being away from home in volunteer work, but I do enjoy
giving back to Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois through my
contributions towards the newsletter.
Meet Amy Zurita - While I was completing my English degree, I saw a
Facebook post that CRGI was looking for volunteers to write for their
newsletter. Since that would combine two of my favorite things, col-
lies and writing, I reached out and got involved. I started writing for
the newsletter in December 2014 and have since taken on putting
together the newsletter layout. I am a huge grammar nerd and love
all the little particulars of the English language. I really enjoy the
volunteer spotlight; I think it's great to get a peek behind the curtain
to get to know the people who keep CRGI running. I have two collies:
Tesla and Clive. I haven't been lucky enough to get a CRGI collie my-
self yet, but hopefully my next collie will be! I also have a Chihuahua
mix, Lydia, who thinks she's a collie too. She's got the same coloring
and she likes to romp around like the big guys!
Meet Kym McNabney - I quit my job due to the cost of childcare.
While at home and with my young kids, and being an animal lover,
I wanted to volunteer to help animals in one way or another. I
came upon Collie Rescue because of my love for collies. I loved
Lassie as a kid, and purchased my first collie as a young adult. It
was because of the collie we had that I decided to foster collies.
In addition to fostering, I contribute to the newsletter through my
writing skills. I write articles on a wide variety of subjects. I enjoy
all the pictures in the newsletter. Im a very visual person. I love
the from rags to richesheartwarming stories. My family and I
have one collie mix, Hammie, that we adopted from Collie Rescue
of Greater Illinois.
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Meet Ellen Keirnan – I have always loved the breed and I have
had collies since I was in my 20s. I wanted to volunteer for
CRGI and since I majored in English, I figured the newsletter
would be a way to use old skills. I specialize in editing and
writing some articles. I was a project manager until I retired so
I helped set up timelines etc. when the newsletter was first
resurrected. Now I love to watch the team in action. We've
adopted 5 dogs from CRGI over the past 11 years. We currently
are owned by Mickey, f/k/a MacGregor, 9 yrs old and Minnie,
f/k/a Sadie, who is 10 months old. She's a collie wannabe who
we fostered for CRGI in April and adopted in July. I hope we
succeed in convincing her that she can behave like a collie
even though she's a boxer/husky!
Meet George Rohde - My heart and soul has always been with
the rescue and welfare of the collie breed. Since I was a young
child, my family members have been supporters and volunteers
of Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois. The necessity for rescue is
inevitable in our breed; living situations change and the dogs
need a new forever home. I believe that being involved in the
rescue efforts is my way of giving back to this breed. I pursued
both my Bachelors and Masters Degree in Journalism, so
writing comes firsthand to me. I enjoy writing for the
newsletter and offering features on events and special features.
I specifically enjoy seeing the stories of the dogs that CRGI has
placed and reflecting on the good work that we all do.
Meet George Hayes - Gorge writes our popular column, Grunts
n Groans.George has been a race car driver and a hockey
player in his former life. Hes in the hockey hall of fame. Hes
shared his home with collies most of his married life. He and his
wife, Karen, share their home with two collies, (Roxie and An-
nie), and a cat who is Roxies nemesis. With his furry family as
his muse, George brings lots of humor to our newsletter and we
appreciate that.
Beaus story is a perfect example of how several organizations, working as a team, are able to rescue
dogs in dire straits.
Spoiler Alert: This is a story with a very happy ending.
From the time he was a young pup, Beau was chained outside. For three lonesome years he was chained,
but he never lost his sweet collie disposition. A kind neighbor, Donna, could not turn a blind eye, seeing
this poor dog, day after day, from her window. She took water and food to him and became his best
friend and savior.
Donna became attached to this sweet dog and successfully con-
vinced the dogs owner to give him to her. He desperately needed
a bath and grooming. The groomer had to shave Beau's coat to the
skin, due to filth and matting. It came off in one large piece,
crawling with fleas, ticks and bot flies.
Things were looking up for Beau! His life in his new home was an
improvement, and he was happy. Unfortunately, once he was
clean and healthy, his original owner changed her mind, wanting
him returned. How disheartening it must have been for confused,
poor Beau who found himself chained outside once again. Donna
was broken-hearted and frustrated, but she continued to care for
Beau the best she could under the circumstances.
Sadly for Beau, his friend, Donna, moved out of state. She was the
only person looking out for him, and surely Beau felt abandoned.
Although Donna no longer saw Beau daily from her window, she
could NOT forget him, and she was haunted by his memory in the
worst way. Would anyone remember to bring him fresh water or
the extra food he needed to stay warm in the winter? Donna wanted to save him from future torment.
So, she called Tina Holman of Forever Friends Humane Society, a local rescue organization.
Donna asked Tina to check on the sweet collie she loved. Tina and the local animal control officer,
Randy, made a surprise visit and discovered Beau chained, without shelter, as Donna had predicted.
With the support of the animal control officer, Tina persuaded Beaus very distraught owner to relin-
quish him. Although Tina knew what had to happen for the dogs sake, it proved to be a very difficult
and heart-wrenching ordeal.
Nothing is ever black or white, and this situation was no exception. The dog ALWAYS comes first, but
this woman who owned the collie was a special needs person and had been a victim herself. The emo-
tionally charged situation that transpired that day was tough on kindhearted Tina. Tina realized the
woman actually loved her dog, but she was not capable of caring for him.
Tina, described the situation: I could tell the dog loved this woman, even though she had tied him to a
tree. He leaned into her and gave her a farewell kiss. It was not easy for me to take him even knowing I
was doing what was best.Beau had not been abused, but due to poverty and the ignorance it breeds,
he had been neglected. Tina soothed the sobbing woman, listening to her story of how this collie hap-
pened into her life.
Beau was the friendher parents would not allow her have. She had been a bullied child. After coming
home from a particularly bad day of abuse at school, she went to her room and prayed for just one
friend. She wanted one just like the dog she had watched on TVLassie. When a collie showed up at her
yards gate the next morning, the girl thought her prayers had surely been answered.
However, her mother recognized the collie as belonging to the neighbors and insisted she take the dog
back home. The girl, now a grandmother, never forgave her mother and to this day, believes the collie,
she had obediently returned to the neighbors, never actually belonged to them.
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Beaus coat came off in one piece
A Home for the Holidays for Beau Gail Diedrichsen
Years later, when she went into town, she saw a pickup truck with a collie in the backend. She wandered
over to pet the collie, bringing back her childhood memory. When the owner returned to his truck, she
shared her sad childhood story with him. Wanting to perform an act of kindness, he promised hed find
her a collie puppy. Keeping his promise, the stranger showed up at her door with a gift: an eight-week-
old Lassie puppy. Her childhood prayers had finally been answered.
With her heart aching for this woman, Tina described in detail how Beau would be given an opportunity
to have good food, medical care, and a home where he would live inside as a house pet. He would be
loved; she promised her that. Maybe her collie would even become a childs best friend. In the end,
Tinas empathetic kindness, sympathetic ear, and patient negotiations turned the tide for this dog. Tina
unhooked Beau from his chain and placed him in her car with the owners blessing. The woman did care
enough for her collie to agree he needed better than she could give. Tina had allowed this woman to feel
good about the decision she had made freely for Beau.
Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois personnel had followed Beau's saga from
afar, but there was not much that could be done. Then, one day came a
call from Connie Guthrie of Save Our Strays, Inc., (S.O.S.). Tina has
him! Hes safe. Can you get him from here and into a foster home
Melanie Clawson, our intake coordinator, put gears in motion right away.
First of all, the dog needed a transport. Then, he needed a health check
and most likely medical attention. Finally, he would need grooming and
possibly a dental check. She alerted our foster home coordinator,
Cathy Schroeder, to find a temporary place where the dog could adjust
and be evaluated.
While we planned here in Illinois for his arrival, Tina and Connie planned
for his departure back in Oklahoma. Tina had placed Beau with volunteer
fosterer, Beverly Dodson of Forever Friends. Beverly cared for him until
he could be transported. Connies husband, Dave Guthrie, is a humane
transporter and hes driven thousands of miles in his van, the Dog Gone
Express.This saint of the highwayhas saved thousands of dogs.
S.O.S, as ALWAYS, stepped up offering to join our relay and move Beau north.
CRGI's Mary Zwirn volunteered to give Beau a lift and I rode along. We left late afternoon, navigated
around strong storms, and rested in Macomb, IL. close to where we had agreed to meet up. Dave, in the
meantime, was behind the wheel of the Dog Gone Express with Beau, driving through the night, headed
in our direction. He planned to meet us at Pawsitive Begin-
nings founded by Gillian Stupples.
Very early in the morning, we arrived at Gillians and the
Dog Gone Expressvan with Dave, Gillian, and Beau, still
in his crate, were waiting for us. We leashed Beau and
coaxed him out of his crate. He took a good long stretch, a
nice long potty break, and a drink of water. Mary made
fast friends with Beau. Mary and I both knew right away
this boy was, indeed, very special. Beau melted our hearts
with his exceptionally sweet temperament and those soft
brown eyes.
Beau wasnt too keen on getting back into a crate after
that long trip he had just finished with Dave. He put the
brakes on and who could blame him. However, Marys
large bag of enticing cheese curds made her a very
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Beau gets a once over for
Beau is ready to head north with Mary
Zwirn. Gillian says Have a better life!
attractive chauffeur. He capitulated as Gillian and Mary picked him up and placed him in his waiting
crate. Beau settled comfortably into his air-conditioned, padded space without complaint and ate his bits
of lovely cheese.
After goodbyes and thanks to Dave and Gillian, we headed northeast to complete the last stretch of the
relays journey. The last leg included a visit to one of our partnering clinics where Beau would receive
initial medical evaluation and care before placement in one of the CRGI foster homes. We had miles to
Beau was quiet and well-mannered all the way. On arrival at the clinic he took
another walk before entering. While we wondered how he would react to an-
other new place, he was polite and unassertive with the other dogs he met in
the waiting room. Beau remained calm during his exam, taking advantage of the
opportunity to lean gently into the tech while she examined him. He allowed
Dr. Carey to remove a stubborn, lone tick on his neck without protest. Beau
was thankful for every little kindness. He wanted nothing more than an affec-
tionate scratch behind his ear, AND an occasional piece of Marys cheese.
After appropriate blood work, treatment for Ehrlichiosis (a tick borne disease)
initiated, dental work completed, and a good bath and grooming to remove
Beaus plentiful flea dirt was finished, the next big step for CRGI: to find Beau's
forever home. Adoption coordinator, Maureen Joyce, knew Beau needed the
BEST of homes where he would NEVER again want for anything. He deserved
ONLY the best after surviving three years of neglect at the end of a chain.
CRGI foster home coordinator, Cathy Schroeder, placed Beau in a foster home while Maureen searched
for his perfect fit. His foster family, including a collie and a young boy, was grieving the loss of their bull-
dog who had just passed away.
Beau won the entire family over in no time; especially the little boy. Even his new collie brother liked
him. Beau was meant to be with them and they would give him his forever home! Mom describes Beau
and her little boy as attached at the hip.Beau watches the little boy board the school bus every morn-
ing and he waits for him to get off that bus safely every afternoon. Beaus done a great job mending this
little boys heart, while he was healing from his years of neglect.
Beaus adopters hope Donna will have an opportunity to read this
story. Not only do they want Donna to know her old neighbor is
safe, but they want Donna to see the joy on their little boys
face and the mutual love in Beaus adoring eyes reflected in the
photos theyve shared. Donnas humane caring and persistence
ultimately saved Beau. His new family is thankful to her and eve-
ryone who played a part in bringing Beau to their family.
Tina, Randy, Melanie, Beverly, Connie, Dave, Mary, Gillian,
Cathy, and Maureen, all selfless heroes, orchestrated an amazing-
ly coordinated rescue-relay. If one link of this collaborative chain
hadnt held strong, Beau could very well still be out there
chained behind the shed.
As we look back on 2016, we find great satisfaction in our accom-
plishments, knowing 33 collies have been placed in loving homes.
For these dogs, CRGI's crucial work has made a difference. Our
members who give financial support and our wonderful volunteers
who give of their time have made a home for the holidaysa reality for dogs like Beau.
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Beau loves his new
Beau and his happy new family
SophieBest Friends are Forever by: Ted Slupik
Celebrating simple acts of giving: a must read for all dog lovers!
Just walking into a hospital makes me feel a bit anxious,
even if Im not the patient. When I enter Edward Hospital's
south entry, I always pause because I really enjoy looking
at the wall displaying the therapy dogs. The pictures
make me smile and I find myself breathing easier.
Ted Slupiks adopted collie, Sophie, served for over twelve
years as a registered therapy dog. In fact, Sophie was one
of those beautiful dogs I admired on that wall. Backed by
the latest research, these tail-wagginvolunteers make
hospital stays better. For this reason, many hospitals in-
clude an animal-assisted therapy program (AAT) in their
treatment plans.
Sophie, could not have been a better therapist, whether
her new friend was young or old, she delivered that special
something, either a welcomed distraction for children, or a
comforting, nostalgic reminder for older adults who had
grown up watching Lassie. Sweet Sophie was a friend for
patients and staff alike. In fact, the staff looked forward
to Sophies visits as much as the patients.
Patty Kaplan, RN, BSN, founded Paws 4 Therapy in 2001,
an organization specializing in the development and opera-
tions of hospital-based AAT programs. She implemented
Edward Hospitals AAT Program, serving as its director
when Sophie and Ted were volunteering. She and trainer,
Susan Jakobs, of Dog Builders, accepted Sophie and Ted in
the program.
Pattys passion comes through as she explains, The visiting dogs make a positive impact, giving uncondi-
tional love. Its a moment to JUST BE. When meeting people in a hospital setting, the team has no idea
whats going on in that persons day. Whether the person is a patient, visitor, or staff member, EVERY
interaction is an opportunity to make somebodys day better. It takes more than an intuitive dog, howev-
er. The handler needs to have an intuitive mindset as well. Ted and Sophie were dedicated volunteers
who made a difference for many years. Sophies trigger was when Ted put his special volunteer jacket on.
She understood she had a job to do. Their passion was evident.
Ted freely shared Sophies therapeutic talents with countless people. She also regularly visited an Alzhei-
mers wing of a nursing home. When Sophie passed away, she was greatly missed by more than just the
Slupiks. Teds desire to share did not wane; in fact, he was inspired to describe Sophies joyful life in a
book so her work could continue.
Not only did Ted want to honor his collies memory in his book, but he wanted to describe his own life-
affirming experiences as her humble partner. Ted sings the praises of all therapy dogs who touch the lives
of people in need every day. Hes confident Sophies story will spark an interest, recruiting potential vol-
Whether these dogs work in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, libraries or private homes, their contribu-
tions make lives better. Ted celebrates his collies simple, yet amazing, acts of giving in his book, So-
phieBest Friends are Forever.
In 2012, before losing Sophie, Ted and his wife, Bernie, had started a foundation called Lizzys Fund in
honor of Sophies former sister, Lizzy, a long-haired Chihuahua, who was 16 1/2 years old when she
passed away. In January 2016 the foundation was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charity in Illinois. The foun-
dation's mission is to assist senior dogs, improving their likelihood of being adopted. The Slupiks want So-
phies legacy to be one that also supports this mission. So, in keeping with the true spirit of sisterly
love,Ted and Bernie have earmarked the proceeds from Sophies book to help support Lizzys Fund. It
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Book Review Gail Diedrichsen
Book cover
seems the perfect arrangement, considering that Sophie and Lizzy were best friends. Lizzy, however, who
had been a bit bossy, will remain top dog and the foundation will keep her name.
Here's a sneak peek from the book: One story describes a day Ted and Sophie were visiting a nursing
homes Alzheimers wing. Sophie happened upon Leo, sitting in his wheelchair all alone in the far corner
of the activity room. Seeing the collie, the elderly man held out his hand and called softly to her. Re-
sponding, Sophie wiggled her way up to him, followed close behind by Ted. Sophie gently nudged, en-
couraging the man with her long, wet collie nose to continue the conversation. This was Sophies usual
behavior and Ted saw nothing extraordinary. However, what Ted did not know, was that Sophies new
friend, Leo, had totally shutdown, becoming catatonic. On this particular day, Sophies healing power
was amazingly demonstratedLeo spoke and continued to speak from that day forward! As it turned out,
Ted had witnessed a miracle.
This story is just one of the many heartwarming moments Ted shares with
his readers. Laura T. Coffey, award winning writer, editor and producer
for TODAY.com, the website of NBCs TODAY has fallen for Sophie too,
calling Teds book a love story.Coffey is the author of the bestselling
book, My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts. Wanting
to promote Sophies message, shes written the forward for Teds book.
Besides including the contribution of an acclaimed journalist like Coffey,
Teds also distinguished our C.R.G.I. newsletter by including a story writ-
ten by Dale Mohr that was published in The
Collie Nose of March 2014. Dales story focuses on the history and positive
aspects of therapy dogs. Dale used Sophie and Ted's partnership as an ex-
ample of a successful team that was still on the job at the time of the ar-
ticle's initial publication. Sophie at that time had the distinction of being
the longest serving therapy dog in Edward Hospitals program. We are de-
lighted the author has included Dales column in his wonderful book, pro-
moting our organization.
Holiday or birthday shopping for family and friends who love dogs?DONE!
Giving this book gives back. After all, who doesnt want to help a senior
dog find a home? Sophies exemplary life teaches us about the joy of giv-
ing and the importance of paying it forward. Ted says, The most im-
portant lesson to be learned from this book is that every day is a gift.
The book is available for purchase through the websites www.sophiebestfriendsforever.com and
www.lizzysfund.org. Readers can also purchase a copy at Andersons Bookshop, Barnes & Noble, and
Amazon. An exciting opportunity to meet the author at Andersons Bookshop (downtown Naperville) is
planned for the near future.
C.R.G.I. often has senior collies available for adoption who are looking for that special home. They
have so much love to give. Ask anyone whos adopted a senior collie and they will agree with Laura and
TedTheres nothing quite like the love of an old dog!
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Lizzie and Sophie
Michelle Hirsch, volunteer,
creates these beautiful
collars. They look great on
all breeds adding a festive look
for the holidays. To order go to
Michelles Facebook page,
Baileys Collars and Crafts, or
email her at:
Special Collieday
Fashion Statement!
Annie and Roxie met a smoothie named Bruce while attending some CRGI meet & greetsHis forever
mom, Debbie Gruchalsk, shared this little story about The Bruceand we wanted to share it with you!
Its hard to believe it has been over six years since we first saw Bruce at
his foster home, looking out from the porch. His history was sad. He had
been shuffled through three homes in his three years. No training, no
immunizations, no love. He had an unflattering name, Bruiser, which his
foster family happily changed. Yet, he still wanted to give people a
chance. He bumped his head into my leg like a billy goat and just stayed
there while I scratched him behind the ears. He knew he had found a
loving home.
We worked hard those first couple of years. Bruce learned to walk on a
leash without pulling, which was a relief. We went to agility classes. We
found out he loved string cheese and hated clickers. He even received his
Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog certifications.
Six years later, he is happily snoring on his bed as I write about him. His
favorite times of the day are 7 am and 3 pm. Those are his meal times
and he is very punctual. If I am at all late he complains, loudly. He has
quite a vocabulary of moans, groans, and growls. If you mimic him, the
conversation can last for a while!
After his dinner, he expects his daily walk. When he gets back from his walk, sometimes he feels
he needs a good scratch. He goes over to the fence, leans against it and walks up and down,
mouth open with an ecstatic grin. I think hes part cat.
(grrrrrits ok Roxie she only meant - oh never mind, Bruce is not a cat. Calm down. Lets get back to
the story)
People remark all the time what a beautiful dog he is. When we first got him, he was scrawny
and his coat was pale. I was amazed that his color changed dramatically with a good diet. He soon
became a sable beauty. He now has the white eyebrows and whiskers of a distinguished
gentleman. We are truly thankful to call him ours.
Grunts ’n Groans George Hayes, Roxie, and Annie
Cash and Tango or You Named Him What? or Finney,
Finleigh, and Finnegan Kym McNabney
Brought into Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois as puppies, Cash and Tango, brothers, were adopted just
days apart.
Thom was visiting the Healing Fields VeteransDay Memorial, when he ran
into Gail, a CRGI volunteer, with her collie. After hearing his family lost their
beloved dog, she suggested adopting a collie from CRGI. A few days later
Thom filled out an application. Searching the website, he came across the
info for the two puppies. He asked his wife, Dawn, "What are the chances of
getting one?", expecting to find that their chances weren't good.
At about that time, Anita and her husband, Scott, had their feelers out for a
collie, looking for breeders, when they came across the Collie Rescue web-
site. Later, she met some wonderful people at a Pet Show who were volun-
teering at the Collie Rescue booth. Talking to them, Anita learned of two
puppies that had just arrived, and she and Scott wasted no time filling out an
Anita contacted the foster home with an interest in adopting Tango. But,
once the foster mom heard what Anita had planned for her new pup, the fos-
ter mom suggested Cash would be a better match for their family. When
Anitas family met Cash, he gravitated to them, and demonstrated the traits
she was looking for in an agility dog, confirming Cash was indeed the pup for
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Tango and Cash as
Thank you, volunteers!
Thom and his family came to meet Tango only
days after Cash met his new family. Tango
warmed up to Thoms family and it was clear
Tango was the pup for them. The whole family
instantly fell in love with him.
The day Cash was delivered to his new home, the
foster parents learned Anita and Scott planned to
name Cash, Finney.Two days later, when Tan-
go went to his new home, the foster parents discovered Tangos new name was to be, Finleigh.As if
this coincidence was not surprising enough, Cash and Tangos third
brother, (who was adopted by the volunteer transporter who origi-
nally picked up the three brothers), named this littermate,
Today, Finney and Finleigh meet for play dates. Thom and Dawn, and
Anita and Scott have enjoyed getting to know one another, while the
two Finnsplay like any brothers do. The three Finns have grown
up to be striking young adult dogs.
The puppies' foster mom says she plans to always fondly refer to the
adorable, fluffy fur balls she fostered for a short period in their lives,
as Cashand Tangofor clarification. Meanwhile the three broth-
ers, all called Finn,have an extraordinary story and loving homes.
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Collie Nose Newsletter
Gail Diedrichsen, George Hayes, Ellen
Keirnan, Kym McNabney, Dale Mohr,
George Rohde, Amy Zurita
CRGI, Inc. Board Members:
Tina Kiselka President
Caroline Lewis Secretary
Mary Warsey Treasurer
Melanie Clawson Intake Coordinator
John Juris IT Developer
Maureen Joyce Adoption Coordinator
Cathy Schroeder Foster Home Coordinator
Ewa Jankowski Administrator
John Cymerman Administrator
The Chicago Pet Show held at Kane County Fair Grounds
on November, 12 & 13 was a fun time! We had our mar-
velous ambassador collies there to meet the public. Our
volunteers answered questions about the breed and
raised some much needed funds at our booth. Our collies
were SO beautiful and SO well behaved, they attracted
lots of attention and became a favorite with the crowd.
A big thanks to Cathy Schroeder who set up early Satur-
day morning. Thanks to Gail Diedrichsen, a.k.a. Pink
Poodle, (and Brody), who stayed all day on Saturday.
ANDGeorge Rohde (and Maggie), who stayed all day on
Sunday. Our fantastic volunteers, Ewa Jankowski, Cyn-
thia Hagstrom, Megan Gessler, Maureen Joyce, Colette
Lozins, Robin Meek, Ruth Meek, John Juris, Jill Silbert,
and Marcia Salerno joined the fun. We have the BEST
Left to right: Meagan and Cooper;
Cindy and Brody
Two Finns make a perfect heart