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  •  Three years ago, we made the best decision in deciding to adopt another ESS.  Zoey then came to us and is the BEST dog ever.  She is not only beautiful but so well behaved and is loved by everyone. We can't thank MAESSR and Debbie enough for giving us Zoey.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Judy Minnick, NJ              

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MAESSR – P.O. Box 807 – Goochland, VA 23063



UPCOMING EVENTS – save the dates!




Due to public health concerns, the NJ/PA picnic at Mercer County Park in West Windsor Township, NJ has been rescheduled to October 10th.  More details to follow…




In our senior/special needs dogs, Claire 2’s adoption is pending!



Our program, SENIORS FOR SENIORS, charges a $75 adoption fee for adopters aged 60 and over who adopt dogs nine years old and older or special needs dogs.  If interested in one of our senior/special needs dogs, contact Candi Lynn at



  • THE ALL GROWN UP BIRTHDAY SHELTER CHALLENGE began on Wednesday, July 8th and concludes on Friday, August 21st.  Vote every day for MAESSR!  Register/vote at If you are new, click on the ‘Register’ link. Put in your name and e-mail address, confirming your e-mail address. Hit the purple button to choose your shelter. Enter ‘United States’for country, ‘VA’ for state, & ‘Burkeville’ for city. Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Rescue is the only rescue that comes up. Select us. Check that you accept the rules & that you’re over 13 years of age. Click on ‘Create an Account’ and you’re ready to vote.  


  • Thanks to all of the families who feed VeRUS dog food. The free bags that MAESSR receives from the Rescue Frequent Feeder Program help the foster homes. To learn more about the Rescue Frequent Feeder Program, 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 


  • Sign up for AMAZON SMILE, and a portion of your purchase of eligible products to MAESSR will be donated by the Amazon Smile Foundation.  You’ll find it at  Once you’ve registered and go on the Amazon site, you should be asked if you want to go to Smile.  If you are not asked, make sure that you type in the address to be taken there.  Eligible products will be labeled as such on the website.  



  • DOGS ARE FROM NEPTUNE (168 pages) by JEAN DONALDSON.  But people are on another planet! Dog-dom’ s most influential dog trainer and behaviorist, Jean Donaldson, is back with a newly revised and expanded edition of her popular DOGS ARE FROM NEPTUNE. In forty-one essays, Jean highlights the common and frequently wrong-headed notions people have about why dogs behave the way they do and explains what really motivates your pooch and how to change behavior.  Jean’s innovative ideas are delivered via quirky and witty but her always scientifically-based essays will help create “Aha! moments” for every dog lover on earth. If you loved Jean’s best-selling The Culture Clash, you will enjoy learning more about the dogs who inhabit planet Neptune and the people who don’t! Your dog is from Neptune narrow the gap by learning more about: The truth and power of consequences and how you can use them to train your dog. * The best ways to deal with common problem behaviors including guarding, separation anxiety and fear. *Why you should be skeptical of anyone whose training techniques and philosophies sound appealing but cannot be backed up with scientific evidence. * Dispel common myths associated with using food in training, dominance and whether playing tug with your dog really encourages aggression. * While we may be on different planets, learn how the fundamentals of behavior apply equally to dogs and people. * Why it seems that owners become more attentive trainers when they dress their dogs in costumes!   Donated by Beth Reid.


  • SCAREDY DOG: UNDERSTANDING AND REHABILITATING YOUR REACTIVE DOG DVD by ALI BROWN, M.ED., CPDT.   If you're frustrated by your dog's lunging, barking and growling in certain environments, even though he's generally good natured, this DVD is the one you've been waiting for!  A companion to the book Scaredy Dog! Understanding and Rehabilitating Your Reactive Dog. It contains over 2 hours of instruction and an additional 45 minutes of video from actual reactive dog group classes, narrated by the author. It will give the owners of reactive dogs the tools they need to improve their dog's behavior and make it possible to get and keep their dog's attention even in difficult situations. If you're frustrated by your dog's lunging, barking and growling in certain environments, even though he's generally good natured, this program will make a big difference. All training is based on non-force positive methods.



~The MAESSR library has over 175 titles of DVDs, CDs, and books, both fiction and non-fiction, to lend out.  You can borrow items directly from the Training Library at by simply adding them to the shopping cart and checking out or you can email your name, address and material you wish to borrow to  The material will be mailed to you and is due back in three weeks; you are responsible for return postage.  Unfortunately, we can no longer mail materials internationally.


~To find the Training Library’s Amazon Wish List, go to  You can purchase materials (new or used) off the list, and it will be shipped directly to the library.  Pretty quick and easy way to help out MAESSR as well as educate adopters!


~Check out MAESSR Library’s Facebook page at  You can also access the Library on the “Learn More” button on the page.




  • If you have a PET IN NEED OF PRAYERS, please contact Linda Shope at or Linda Johnston at  They would be happy to add your pet’s name to the pet ministry prayer list.


  • IF YOU SEE A SPRINGER NEEDING RESCUE:  For a springer being rehomed in an ad on social media or in a newspaper, please email  For a springer in a shelter, please email  In your email include contact info such as links to the online post, shelter name, state, and phone number.




Unfortunately, the Weekly Update mail group does not allow photos, but if you want to share pics or videos of your MAESSR dog:




  • RAINBOW BRIDGE CROSSINGS are noted on a monthly basis.  If you would like your MAESSR dog included, please send your name, dog’s MAESSR name if different than the post-adoption name, and year of adoption to  Feel free to include who fostered the dog.


  • When you send your notes about events or requests for help, please cc: to help insure that all events are given mention in the Weekly Update.


  • Mistakes happen!  Corrections or omissions to the Weekly Update can also be sent to





We have 15 dogs in our care this week.  There are 4 permanent fosters with Mocha 5 joining the pack.  No dogs are pending a foster home.



Moving into foster homes:  Mocha 5 to Debbie Lipcsey ~ CeCe 2 to Judy Bennett ~ Lola 3 to Tom Scanlan

Springing into furever homes:   Oreo to Hogan ~ Angus 2 to Ferguson ~ Woo-woo!



Submitted by volunteer Cathy Moyer

With thanks to those who helped with submissions/information