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  • We got Boone from MAESSR when he was 6 years old. He was not dog-friendly and not good with young children, which presented some problems for us.  However, he loved us unconditionally,and he deserved the same from us. We introduced him to swimming.  He was hesitant at first, but he quickly became a water dog.  He loved car rides and just being with his people. We lost Boone very suddenly and unexpectedly on Sept. 11,2018 due to a bleeding tumor in his spleen. It was one month shy of his 13th birthday. He was great up until that last morning.There is a huge hole in our hearts that will never be filled. Even if we get another dog, there will never be another Boone.
    Mary, NC

  • MAESSR is the best.  Debbie, VA                    
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MAESSR - P.O. Box 807 – Goochland, VA 23063


UPCOMING EVENTS – save the dates!





WALTER’S adoption is pending!  Please take a few minutes to read through the stories of the four Senior/Special Needs dogs – SCARLETT 5, DUFFY 2, RANGER 6 and DIEZ.  Find out more at

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


  • is a MAESSR affiliate which is an automatic donation when shopping at +1500 stores.  Register at under Donations category and choose Affiliates on the pull down menu. is at the top.  Simply fill out the form and download the application.  You can install the iGive button on your toolbar and when you go to eligible sites, a pop-up will ask you if you wish to donate.

  • is another MAESSR affiliate.  Many of the books, including the pamphlets, in the MAESSR library can be found at  You can support MAESSR and get great training advice by shopping.   They also sell toys and other products.   Look for the $5 books on sale while you are there! 

  • Marketplace is open 24/7 for purchases. Shop now for great deals which help MAESSR pay for medical care and daily needs of our foster dogs.  Click the Shop Now button on our Facebook page or go to and click on Marketplace under Categories.  Go to for our cyber specials. Also check out our New, Almost Gone/Bargain, and Clearance items while you are there.  It’s time to buy your 2019 calendars!  Link to 


  • HAPPY KIDS, HAPPY DOGS: BUILDING A FRIENDSHIP RIGHT FROM THE START, a 184-page book written by Barbara Shumannfang.  Children are those most often bitten by dogs and 80% of such bites come from the family dog, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Help your dog and your baby become friends. Happy Kids, Happy Dogs offers practical, easy-to-follow dog training tips presented according to your child’s developmental stages, from infancy to the teenage years.  Donated by Phyllis Chan.

  • PET OWNER’S GUIDE TO THE ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL (80 pages) by Don Miller.  For the first-time owner of an English Springer Spaniel or for the person contemplating buying one, this concise book is the ideal guide. The care of this handsome, popular gun dog is presented in nine helpful chapters along with a host of color photos.  Donated by Jean Bryant.

**The MAESSR library has over 150 titles of DVDs, CDs, and books, both non-fiction and fiction, to lend out.  You can borrow items directly from the Library on the group’s website by simply adding them to the shopping cart and checking out 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 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 of books and DVDs go to  You can purchase a book (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 owners!

**Check out MAESSR Library’s Facebook page. You will find Facebook links for many of our authors under “Pages liked by this Page” plus you can also access the library on the “Learn More” button.



  • 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 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 information such as links to the online post, shelter name, state, and phone number.



  • 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 adoptive name, and year of adoption to Feel free to include who fostered your dog.

  • 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!



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


We have 21 dogs in our care this week.   There are 5 permanent fosters.  Five dogs are pending a foster home. 

Moving into Foster Homes were:   Jack 24 to Judy Bennett and Dave Eccles 

Springing into Furever Homes were:  Annie Rose to Chewning  ~  Molly 51 to Stupka  ~  Landry to Obee  ~  Jasper 8 to Fairburn  ~  Maui to Lewis 

Submitted by MAESSR volunteer Cathy Moyer

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