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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 1-14-18


    UPCOMING EVENTS – save the dates!





    We are down to three senior/special needs dogs “on hold” with Hunter 15’s adoption pending!  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


    • We can earn money through 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.  Currently we only have 12 active (uses the app at least once a week) walkers.  Spread the word - make your walks count!


    • Thanks to all of the families feeding Verus dog food. The free bags MAESSR receives from the Rescue Frequent Feeder Program helps the foster homes. If you don't know what the Rescue Frequent Feeder Program is, 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


    • Control Unleashed (226 pages) by Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT.  Learn how to turn stress to confidence and distraction to focus using methods that are 110% positive. Leslie McDevitt's versatile Control Unleashed program is designed to help "dogs with issues" learn how to relax, focus, and work off-leash reliably in either stimulating or stressful situations. Whether you're training a challenging dog on your own, an instructor trying to figure out how to help dogs in your classes, or an instructor who wants to design a special program just for stressed out dogs, this book is for you. Who needs Control Unleashed? Dogs that are uncomfortable or unable to work off lead around other dogs - Dogs that are easily distracted and have difficulty concentrating - Dogs that are reactive or easily aroused - Dogs that are anxious or stressed and shut down - Dogs that are unable to control their impulses when excited. This training program can change your dog's life!  Donated by Beth Reid

    • NEW TO THE LIBRARY! Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs  (249 pages) by Caroline Knapp.  At the age of 36, Caroline Knapp, author of the acclaimed bestseller Drinking: A Love Story, found herself confronted with a monumental task: redefining her world.  She had faced the loss of both her parents, given up a twenty-year relationship with alcohol, and, as she writes, "I was wandering around in a haze of uncertainty, blinking up at the biggest questions: Who am I without parents and without alcohol? How to form attachments, and where to find comfort, in the face of such daunting vulnerability?"  An answer materialized in the most unlikely form: that of a dog.  Eighteen months to the day after she quit drinking, Knapp stumbled upon an eight-week-old puppy at a local animal shelter, took her home, and named her Lucille.  Now two years old, Lucille has become a central force in Knapp's life: "In her," she writes, "I have found solace, joy, a bridge to the world."  Caroline Knapp has been celebrated as much for her fresh insight into emotional and psychological issues as she has been for her gifts as a writer.  In Pack of Two, she brings the same perception and talent to bear on the rich, complicated terrain of human-animal relationships.  In addition to mining her own experience with Lucille, Knapp speaks to a wide variety of dog people--from animal behaviorists and psychologists to other owners whose dogs have deeply affected their lives--about this emotionally complex, sometimes daunting, often profoundly healing alliance.  Throughout, she explores the shift in canine roles from working partners to intimate companions and looks, too, at how this new kinship, this wordless bond, becomes a template for what we most desire ourselves.

    Check out MAESSR Library’s Facebook page aptly titled Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Rescue Library.  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.  Take the time to check it out to learn more about our authors as well as their books, articles, videos, and websites.  We have 95 likes so far – can we make it to 100?

    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 has a WISH LIST on which you can find at  You can view the list of books and DVDs we would like to add to our library.  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 24 dogs in our care this week.   There are now 5 permanent fosters; sadly newbie Maxipoo passed from prostate cancer.  Three dogs are pending a foster home. 


    Moving into Foster Homes were:  Annie 9 to Lisa Whelan 


    Springing into Furever Homes were:   None.


    Submitted by MAESSR volunteer Cathy Moyer

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