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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 2-26-17



    UPCOMING EVENTS – save the dates!

    • Saturday, April 15th from 9 am to 2 pm:  Springer Easter Event at Redner’s Warehouse Markets - 101 Held Drive - Northampton, PA 18067.  If you are available to help, please contact Candi Lynn at
    • Sunday, May 7th from noon to 5 pm:  Heroes Helping Heroes at Macungie Memorial Park - 50 Poplar Street - Macungie, PA 18062.  If you are available to help, please contact Candi Lynn at


    • Saturday, May 6th:  The Langhorne picnic is moving to Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold NJ.  The park is 20 miles off of 295 which runs up the NJ side of the Delaware River.  There is a campground there.  Details to follow.
    • Saturday, June 3rd - Picnic hosted by Deb Sell-Pugh at 2783 Fleeton Road, Reedville, VA 22539. Mark the date on your calendar and watch for details to come.


    CASTRO, SADIE 17 (both offered – paws crossed everyone!), and now RILEY 12 are looking for their forever homes. Go to to read their stories and check out their web pages for a complete description.  Check out the other seniors/special needs dogs “on hold” while you are there.  Please consider making one of these deserving dogs the newest member of your family….. 

    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


    • iGive 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.  iGive is at the top.  Simply fill out the form and download the application.
    • 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 Modern Dog: How Dogs Have Changed People and Society and Improved Our Lives (288 pages)is a look at our coevolution, interpreting both canine and human points of view, by Dr. Stanley Coren, the most consistently popular author of dog books ever.  A fascinating treasure trove of information gleaned from science, folklore, religious writing, tradition, and politics, The Modern Dog explores not only how dogs behave but also how we share our lives with our dogs.  Donated by Phyllis Chan.

    Speaking for Spot:  Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Health, Longer Life (400 pages) was a labor of love for Dr. Nancy Kay, fueled by her passion to teach people how to be effective medical advocates for their four-legged best friends. Gone are the days of simply following doc’s orders-today’s dog lovers are confronted with health-care decision-making on many levels. Perhaps you’ve wondered:

    • How do I find a vet that feels just right for me and my dog?
    • How will I be able to afford my dog’s health care? Is pet insurance the way to go?
    • Does my dog truly need all those vaccines listed on the reminder postcard?
    • What are the important questions I should be asking my vet?
    • Are there other options I should be considering?
    • When is it appropriate to get a second opinion? Where should I go to get one and how can I avoid offending my vet?
    • Should I take my dog to see a specialist?
    • Should I consider treating my dog’s cancer?
    • Am I doing the right thing? Am I doing this for him or for me?
    • Is my dog ready to say goodbye? Am I ready to let him go? What are my choices when it comes to the euthanasia process?
    If you’ve struggled with these questions, you’ve come to just the right place! Dr. Kay and Speaking for Spot will help you answer all of these questions and many more. With warmth, candor, and humor cultivated over 20-plus years of working with dogs and their human companions Dr. Kay provides an insider’s guide to navigating the potentially overwhelming, confusing, and expensive world of veterinary medicine. The result is everything you need to know in one fabulous, fully illustrated book. Speaking for Spot is the consummate guide on how to be your best friend’s medical advocate.  Donated by Charles Vandegrift.

    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!

    The MAESSR library has over 150 DVDs 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.



    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.


    None reported – WOO-HOO!


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    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 this address.  Also, 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 30 dogs in our care this week.   There are 6 permanent fosters.  Two dogs are pending a foster home. 

    Moving into Foster Homes were:   Toby 14 to Debbie Lipcsey

    Springing into Furever Homes were:  Truvy to Kowlsen

                                                                Moose 4 to Bradshaw

                                                                Copper 3 to Peeler



    Submitted by MAESSR volunteer Cathy Moyer

    with thanks to all those who helped with submissions/information