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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 23603



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…




We have no seniors/special needs dogs!


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



  • We can earn money through WOOFTRAX.COM just by walking our dogs which most of us already do - in fact you don’t even need a dog, just a smartphone and some good walking shoes! Download the app for your iPhone/smart phone and follow the directions.  (If Wooftrax doesn’t come up, look for Walk For A Dog.)  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.  It is a simple process each time you go for a walk.  The more people who participate, the more money earned.  We can also win donations by signing up for Challenges.  All you need to do is tap the Challenges button!  Currently we have 22 active (uses the app at least once a week) walkers.  Spread the word - make your walks count!

  • 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.   


  • The MAESSR.ORG MARKETPLACE is open 24/7 for purchases.  Click the Shop Now button on our Facebook page or go to and click on Marketplace under Categories. We’ve got cool toys for man’s best friend and companion.  Check out our Almost Gone/Bargain sections and Clearance items as well as our New items.  New products are adorable, and remaining 2020 WALL CALENDARS are on sale for $5.  Hurry as numbers are limited! Go to We have a new shipping company which comes with technical support, making shipping a breeze.



  • TRAINING DOGS WITH DUNBAR (I hour 5 minutes.) In his entertaining and common sense style, Dr. Ian Dunbar covers a wide variety of topics, including people training games (to help owners see training from the dog's point of view) and methods for troubleshooting fighting dogs.  Dog training is not just about control, it's about relationships.  And successful relationships all depend on good communication skills. If you have a good relationship with your dog, he will do his best to please you. So make sure you use kind and patient training methods to enhance that relationship and produce a well-mannered companion.  Dr. Dunbar's easy and enjoyable lure/reward training techniques make training fun for you and your dog.


  • INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW (384 pages) by Alexandra Horowitz.   The answers will surprise and delight you as Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human. Horowitz introduces the reader to dogs' perceptual and cognitive abilities and then draws a picture of what it might be like to be a dog. What's it like to be able to smell not just every bit of open food in the house but also to smell sadness in humans, or even the passage of time? How does a tiny dog manage to play successfully with a Great Dane? What is it like to hear the bodily vibrations of insects or the hum of a fluorescent light? Why must a person on a bicycle be chased? What's it like to use your mouth as a hand? In short, what is it like for a dog to experience life from two feet off the ground, amidst the smells of the sidewalk, gazing at our ankles or knees?   Inside of a Dog explains these things and much more. The answers can be surprising--once we set aside our natural inclination to anthropomorphize dogs. Inside of a Dog also contains up-to-the-minute research--on dogs' detection of disease, the secrets of their tails, and their skill at reading our attention--that Horowitz puts into useful context.   Although not a formal training guide, Inside of a Dog has practical application for dog lovers interested in understanding why their dogs do what they do. With a light touch and the weight of science behind her, Alexandra Horowitz examines the animal we think we know best but may actually understand the least. This book is as close as you can get to knowing about dogs without being a dog yourself.



~The MAESSR library has over 200 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.



  • Now’s the time to get out your camera (or your fancy new smartphone) and take some cool photos of your springer for MAESSR’S 2021 CALENDAR. Let your imagination run free – even if you can’t!  Has your springer participated in a Zoom call? Acquired a new office skill? Perhaps your pup has taken up a new hobby like yoga (doga in "pupular" parlance).  Gardening is a perennial favorite with springers.  And there’s always Frisbee.  The possibilities are endless and now’s the time to capture your pup’s unique charm to share with the rest of the MAESSR family.  A few things to remember:  No humans, except Santa and the Easter Bunny – just animals.  Consider the light – not too much light, not too much darkness (we want to see your springer!)  Make sure your springer is not too far away from the camera. Colorful photos are great! Incorporate color whenever you can.  And remember – family friendly!  Begin submitting you photos for the 2021 calendar NOW!  No more than 6 photos per family please.  SEND YOUR PHOTOS TO CALENDARPICTURES@MAESSR.ORG. DEADLINE IS 6/30/20.

  • 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.




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



  • 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 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 8 dogs in our care this week.  There are 2 permanent fosters.  No dogs are pending a foster home.



Moving into foster homes:  None



Springing into furever homes:  None.



Submitted by volunteer Cathy Moyer

With thanks to those who helped with submissions/information