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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!







Please take a few minutes to read about our Senior/Special Needs dogs “on hold.”  Find out more at


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




  • 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


  • is another MAESSR affiliate whose mission is to bring humane, understandable and scientifically sound information to people who enrich their lives by working with, playing with and loving dogs.  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!


  • 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 2020 WALL CALENDARS are still available!  Go to We have a new shipping company which comes with technical support, making shipping a breeze.



  • MINE!  A PRACTICAL HOW-TO GUIDE ON RESOURCE GUARDING (102 pages) by Jean Donaldson.  Contents include: aggression basics, nature of resource guarding, kinds of resource guarding, behaviorist vs. medical models, recognizing guarding, prognosis, safety tools, treatment overview, management, desensitization and counterconditioning, resource sample hierarchies, generalization, troubleshooting, body handling desensitization, operant conditioning.  Donated by Phyllis Chan + Beth Reid.

  • WHEN YOUR DOG HAS CANCER:  MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG  (181 pages) by Lola Ball.  While some dogs diagnosed with cancer can be treated successfully and survive for years, a diagnosis of cancer for your dog often means the time you have left together is limited. In this important new book, author Lola Ball provides answers to the question of what you the owner can do and what your alternatives are if your dog is struck by cancer. The most important first steps are to arm yourself with knowledge about the different types of cancers, medicines, treatment alternatives and prognoses. But what if treatments do not succeed? What are your options then? This is the point at which most owners are left alone not knowing what to do. Based on her two experiences with cancer in her own dogs, Lola explores the range of choices you do have and strategies you can employ to make the best of the time you have remaining with your dog.  Donated by Cathy Moyer.


~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.



  • 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.

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  • 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 16 dogs in our care this week.  There are 3 permanent fosters.  Three dogs are pending a foster home.



Moving into foster homes:  None.


Springing into furever homes:  Monday to Richards 

                                                 Buddy to Turk




Submitted by volunteer Cathy Moyer

With thanks to those who helped with submissions/information