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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 10-22-17

    October is Adopt-A-Dog Month!


    UPCOMING EVENTS – save the dates!



    • TODAY!  Sunday, October 22nd from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm:  Chatsworth Cranberry Festival in Downtown Chatsworth, NJ 08019.  This is a very large festival and, according to their website, over 160 arts and craft vendors, antique vendors, food vendors, an antique car show and live music are expected this year.  If you are able to help out, even for a few hours, please email  
    • TODAY!  Sunday, October 22nd from noon to 4 pm:  7th Annual Central PA Pets Expo at Blair County Convention Center – 101 Convention Blvd -  Altoona, PA. The Expo is filled with family fun and education on how to be a great pet parent. Visit with pet vendors, special guests, experts along with animal shelters and rescue groups!


    HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS IS BACK!  Adoption fees are waived for all senior and special needs dogs until the end of the year.  COLE 2 and CANNON are available - read Cannon’s special write up on Facebook ( or at the MAESSR mail group (  Check out the rest of our Senior/Special Needs friends “on hold” on the website. 

    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



    • will pay us for walking our dogs.   Download the app for either your iPhone or smart phone and follow the directions.  When you are asked to pick a shelter/rescue (it may show the one closest to your home, but ask to change), pick VIRGINIA as the site, scroll to the M’s and select Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Rescue.  You will then be asked to verify your email address, but just keep following the directions, and the app will appear on your phone’s screen.  When you tap it, you’re invited to enter your dog’s information and start walking.   The more people who participate, the better our rate.  Tell your friends!!!

    • is another MAESSR affiliate. All 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.

    • Bissell participates in Partners for Pets.  They believe in pet adoption and are committed to helping the animal welfare organizations that serve our nation’s homeless pets through the Partners for Pets program.  Find out more at  go to Categories, slide down to Donations, click on Affiliates and look for the Bissell logo.


    • The Dog’s Mind: Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior (222 pages) by Dr. Bruce Fogle. Quite simply this is an excellent book. It is well-written, with snatches of dry humour. It should be mandatory reading for anybody who keeps a dog or has intentions of so doing." - R. W. F. Poole, Daily Telegraph. How do dogs perceive the world about them? How do they see, hear, learn, relate to their owners? How large are their brains, what is their emotional makeup? Why do they suffer from stress and how can it be coped with? Over the last few years a substantial body of knowledge has been built up about the psychology of dog behavior. Combining more than twenty years of practical experience as a veterinary clinician with a personal knowledge and understanding of the latest international research, Dr. Bruce Fogle has written the most inclusive and relevant book on how the canine mind works. Donated by Beth Reid

    • DBMT: Dog Behavior, Medicine & Training Series: Dominance Aggression by Dr. Nicholas Dodman.   One of the most common forms of canine aggression is owner-directed aggression, formerly known as dominance aggression. The classical view was that dogs who growl, lift their lips, snap or bite their owners over resources, postural interventions, or admonishment, are displaying "dominant" behavior toward them.  Thus, owners were told to dominate their dogs to become the "alpha" and to use physical methods to straighten out the relationship. It is now known that anxiety and conflict fuel owner-directed aggression and physical methods of dealing with it lead to increased aggression. Avoidance of conflict and proper leadership, on the other hand, can reduce or eliminate the problem without need for physical intervention. Methods of reducing owner-directed aggression will be discussed in detail during this talk.  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 9 permanent fosters.  Four dogs are pending a foster home. 


    Moving into Foster Homes were:  Charlie 27 to Debbie Lipcsey

                                                            Happy to Eva Van Stratum


    Springing into Furever Homes were:   Buzz 2 to Kramer

                                                                 Da Jeongah to Sardone

                                                                Speckles to Felacara/Nolt



    Submitted by MAESSR volunteer Cathy Moyer

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