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  • Adopted Murdock in December 2006 when he was 10 Mos old. He has been the best boy ever! We just learned he has Lymphoma & are devasted. I can't imagine life without him & am hoping he responds well to treatment and lives many more months!!
  • Marie, PA
  • I lost my best friend, Evie, a year ago September. I adopted her in 2006, she was 2 years old. That sweet girl was the love of my life and I miss her dearly. Thank you MAESSR for bringing that beautiful dog into my life.
  • Carrie, VA

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    WEEKLY UPDATE 8-13-17


    UPCOMING EVENTS – save the dates!


    • THIS WEEK!!  Saturday, August 19th from Noon to five(ish):  Summer Splash - a trip to Mexico this year with Chuck and Jean Grutzius at 85 Covenant Way in Bumpass, Virginia.  Registration: $25.00 per person. Go to or check out Special Events under Categories at for all the fun-filled facts!


    • NEXT WEEK!!  Sunday, August 20th from 5 to 7 pm:  Yappy Hour at Mueller's General Store - 3205 S. Delaware Drive - Easton PA.  If you are available to help, please contact Candi Lynn at


    • Saturday, September 2nd from 11 am to 3 pm:  Phillips Paws-A-Pawlooza at Phillips Feed Pet Outlet - 7642 Beth Bath Pike (Route 512) - Bath, PA.  If you are available to help, please contact Candi Lynn at
    • Saturday, September 9th from noon to 5 pm: Woofstock at Cedar Beach Park - 2600 Parkway Blvd. - Allentown, PA.  If you are available to help, please contact Candi Lynn at
    • Saturday, September 23rd from 11 am to 3 pm:  Barkfest at Midway Manor - 2020 E. Pennsylvania Street - Allentown, PA.  If you are available to help, please contact Candi Lynn at
    • Saturday, September 30th:  Fifth Annual MAESSR Williamsburg (VA) Golf Classic – Go to or check out Special Events under Categories at for details.  We hope many of you will be able to participate and are looking for players, volunteers, and donations. Fall is a beautiful season in Virginia, so think about coming to play a round of golf, win prizes, have some fun, and raise $$$ for our pups! Maybe you can get a team of friends to come and play.  If you can volunteer to help during the tournament, please email Mary Beach at


    Saturday, September 9th from 10 am - 4 pm:  Jarrettsville, MD.  Go to or check out Special Events under Categories at for all the details. Deadline to register is 9/1.


    All seniors and special needs dogs listed as “available” have all been adopted!!!   Dogs over 9 years old are considered senior dogs, although a great number of them still have more energy than their owners. It all depends on the dog, some may have slowed down, even gotten a little gray in their beautiful coat or have some minor health issues requiring daily medication.  However, they still have a lot of love and kisses to give a loving family. The big benefit to a "senior" dog is they are already trained, have good house manners and life experience.  Special needs dogs may require a special home, such as few or no stairs, no children and etc. Some of these may be shy or unsocialized dogs who have grown enough to move with a medical issue that needs to be controlled on a daily basis, which does not prevent the dog from living a normal active life.  Take a few minutes to look over these seasoned dogs that still have much love to give.  If interested, contact Candi Lynn at



    • Thanks to all of the families feeding Verus dog food. The free bags MAESSR receives from the Rescue Frequent Feeder Program helps the foster homes. If you don't know what the Rescue Frequent Feeder Program is, go to the Donations tab, then the Affiliates tab, find the Verus logo and click on the link or go to this link for details. It is a really easy way to help foster homes. If you need a frequent feeder envelope, please email Debbie at

    • Check out  Place your first order and will proudly donate $20 to MAESSR!  There is a huge selection of pet food (including 5-star dog foods), treats, and supplies delivered straight to your door!   They sell over 300 brands of pure pet love, have 24/7 customer service, free shipping on orders over $49, and are cheaper than your local store.  Sign up for automatic shipment of dog food or other supplies right to your door on the schedule you choose.  No more lugging big bags of dog food from your car to the house. 

    • The Marketplace is open 24/7 for purchases. Shop for great deals which help MAESSR care for its many fosters.  Click the Shop Now button on our FB Page or go to and click on Marketplace under Categories. Check out our Almost Gone/Bargain sections and Clearance items.  Don’t forget to purchase a 2017 calendar - they have been drastically reduced!  Volunteers have been very busy planning new merchandise for the MAESSR Marketplace.  However they have to make room in the "warehouse" before anything new is brought in!  For the next few weeks, they will be adding new sale items on the marketplace site.  This is a great time to do some early Holiday shopping for those springer lovers in your life.



    • Susan Garrett’s Crate Games for Self-Control and Motivation DVD (85 minutes) Featuring puppies as young as 9 weeks and dogs much older, "Crate Games" gives step-by-step instruction.  Allows anyone to produce:  Focus and motivation for work - A dog that can relax in his crate even while you work another dog - A phenomenal sit-stay  -  A speedy and dependable recall - Distance skills for obedience or agility - Self- rather than imposed-control - A remarkable working relationship - Confidence while being proofed during any tough distraction - A dog that keenly offers responses when being shaped ...and much more! See why the cornerstone of Susan Garrett's amazingly successful dog training program is now being implemented in training schools all over the world!  Donated by Phyllis Chan.

    • Parenting Your Dog:  Complete Care and Training for Every Life Stage (256 pages) by Trish King, CPDT, CDBC, is one of the only books on the market that applies specific human parenting techniques to multiple aspects of canine ownership to ensure a happy and well-behaved family dog. This revised and expanded edition of the highly respected and successful original features updated text, full-color photos, and a quick-reference format that makes the step-by-step training instructions easier to master. Written by an internationally renowned animal educator, this comprehensive guide analyzes each stage of a dog's physical, mental, and emotional development through puppyhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senior years and presents numerous similarities between child parenting and dog parenting, with an emphasis on understanding the canine psyche. The use of positive, reward-based care and training shows how to identify and adapt to the stages of your dog's life with the right techniques to address problem behaviors and help your dog adjust to and become part of the family dynamic. Sidebars in each chapter provide case study examples and proactive checklists to monitor training achievements.  Donated by Phyllis Chan.


    The MAESSR library has over 150 DVDs, CDs, and books, both non-fiction and fiction, to lend out.  You can borrow books and other training material directly from the MAESSR Library on the group’s website by simply adding the books/DVDs you wish to borrow to the shopping cart and checking out. You will not be charged for this process. Or you can send an email with your name, address and material you wish to borrow to The material will be mailed to you and be due back within three weeks; you are responsible for return postage.  Unfortunately we can no longer mail materials internationally.

    The Training Library now has a WISH LIST on!   If you would like to purchase a book for the library, search for Wish List on Amazon to view the list of books and DVDs we would like to add to our library.  You can purchase a book off the list, and it will be shipped directly to the library.  Pretty quick and easy way to help out MAESSR!



    If you have a pet in need of prayers please contact Linda Shope at  or Linda Johnston at springerlove@comcast.netThey would be happy to add your pets name to the pet ministry prayer list.



    If you want to share photos of your dog on our social media send:


    • As a reminder, when you send your notes about events or requests for help to the website or Facebook, please cc: This will help ensure that all events are mentioned periodically in the Weekly Update and equal attention is given to all. 
    • Mistakes happen!  Corrections or omissions to the Weekly Update can also be sent to
    • If you have a favorite resource to help MAESSR earn some extra cash or goods for our four-legged charges that hasn’t been mentioned, please let me know so it can be highlighted, too.   Thanks!


    We have 31 dogs in our care this week.   There are now 8 permanent fosters with Luther joining the pack.  Six dogs are pending a foster home. 

    Moving into Foster Homes were:  Luther to Nadia Andrijiw

                                                           Bailey 31, Jersey, and Cannon to Debbie Lipcsey

    Springing into Furever Homes were:   Zuzu to Maxwell

                                                                Riley 12 to Trousdale

                                                                TOTALLY PAWSOME!


    Submitted by MAESSR volunteer Cathy Moyer

    with thanks to all those who helped with submissions/information.