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MAESSR - P.O. Box 807 – Goochland, VA 23063


UPCOMING EVENTS – save the dates!


  • Saturday, September 8th from 12 noon to 5 pm: Woofstock at Cedar Beach Park - 2600 Parkway Blvd.  - Allentown, PA. If you are able to help out for any/all of this event, please email Candi Lynn at


  • Saturday, October 6th from 11 am to 3 pm:  Barktoberfest at Macungie Memorial Park - 50 N Poplar Street - Macungie, PA. If you are able to help out for any/all of this event, please email Candi Lynn at

  • Sunday, October 28th from noon to 4 pm:  The Central PA Pets Expo – Blair County Convention Center – 1 Convention Center Drive Altoona, PA.  If you are able to help out for any/all of this event, please email         


  • Saturday, August 18th: both a Springer Splash and Richmond Picnic together in beautiful Lake Anna, VA at the home of Chuck & Jean Grutzius.  All of the usual Springerfest activities plus a lot more.  Swimming for both dogs and their people, so don't forget the towels and bathing suits.   For information and registration details go to:


SADIE 18 is available!  Read her special writeup on Facebook at or her regular writeup on our website at  We have five other senior/special needs dogs “on hold.” Check out their stories on our 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


  • Sign up for Amazon Smile, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase of eligible products to MAESSR.  You’ll find it at  Once you’ve registered and go on the Amazon site, you will be asked if you want to go to Smile.   Eligible products will be labeled as such on the website.   

  • specializes in stuff that’s all about dogs! Gifts and items for dog lovers and owners are specialties. If you love sharing your love of dogs with the world, chances are they have the product you’re looking for. You’ll find apparel and accessories for the home as well as stationery items and toys that are great as gifts for dogs and humans alike. Every dog needs everyday items, so they carry a selection of dog supplies and accessories to keep your pooch healthy and happy.  Dogstuff isn’t just focused on providing you and yours with presents and gift ideas for dog lovers. They are also dedicated to helping dogs in need. They’re proud to donate a portion of every purchase made on their site to dog rescue charities regionally and nationwide. When you shop at Dogstuff, you’re not just treating yourself, you’re helping a dog looking for a loving home!  Shop at today for yourself or for dog lover gifts for friends and loved ones, and they’ll ship any order of $59 or more for free!

  • 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. 



  • Dog Behavior, Medicine & Training Series: Separation Anxiety and Treatment Protocols DVD (1 hr. 40 min.) by Dr. Nicholas Dodman.  Separation anxiety is a problem that affects up to 15% of the 18 million dogs in the United States. The causes, diagnosis and treatment of separation anxiety will be discussed. Though there are new FDA approved drug treatments for separation anxiety, none is a panacea and separation anxiety remains a tricky problem to resolve. State of the art treatments and their efficacy will be discussed in this talk.  Donated by Phyllis Chan.

  • The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs (272 pages) by Patricia McConnell, PhD.  The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years’ experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends. After all, although humans and dogs share a remarkable relationship that is unique in the animal world, we are still two entirely different species, each shaped by our individual evolutionary heritage. Quite simply, humans are primates, and dogs are canids (like wolves, coyotes, and foxes). Since we each speak a different native tongue, a lot gets lost in the translation. The Other End of the Leash demonstrates how even the slightest changes in your voice and the way you stand can help your dog understand what you want. Once you start to think about your own behavior from the perspective of your dog, you’ll understand why much of what appears to be doggy-disobedience is simply a case of miscommunication. Inside you will learn:  How to use your voice so that your dog is more likely to do what you ask. • Why “getting dominance” over your dog is a bad idea. • Why “rough and tumble primate play” can lead to trouble–and how to play with your dog in ways that are fun and keep him out of trouble. • How dogs and humans share personality types–and why most dogs want to live with benevolent leaders rather than “alphawannabees!”  In her own insightful, compelling style, Patricia McConnell combines wonderful true stories about people and dogs with a new, accessible scientific perspective on how they should behave around each other. This is a book that strives to help you make the most of life with your dog, and to prevent problems that might arise in that most rewarding of relationships. Donated by Fran Fisher.


**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.

**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.

**The Training Library has a WISH LIST of books and DVDs on  Find it at  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!



  • 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.



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


Moving into Foster Homes were:   None.

Springing into Furever Homes were:   Izzy 5 to Reid  ~ PAWSOME!


Submitted by MAESSR volunteer Cathy Moyer

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