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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 23063



UPCOMING EVENTS – save the dates!


If you are available to help for either of these two events, please email Candi Lynn at

  • Saturday, October 5th from 10 am to 3 pm: BARKTOBERFEST – Macungie Memorial Park – 50 Poplar Street – MACUNGIE, PA. 
  • Saturday, October 26th from 9 am to 2 pm: REDNER'S WAREHOUSE MARKET - 101 Held Drive - NORTHAMPTON, PA


MAESSR NJ will be out and about at festivals and fairs letting people know about fostering and adopting springers and the great work that volunteers like you do for MAESSR.  We have secured space at the following events and could really use some help talking to people and selling merchandise.  If you are able to help out, even for a few hours, at any of these events please email  Thanks. Christine Lee & Jim Vezina

  • Saturday, September 7th from 8:30 am to 5 pm:  ISLAND HEIGHTS SAILFEST – River Avenue – ISLAND HEIGHTS, NJ.  Sailing Regatta, street fair, food trucks, artists, crafters!
  • Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th from 7 am to 5 pm:  TUCKERTON DUCK AND DECOY - Tuckerton Seaport & Tip Seaman Park - 120 W. Main St. - Tuckerton, NJ.  Two-day event highlighting the culture of the Barnegat Bay region. Demonstrations, contests, seminars, crafters, carvers, vendors, food and music. Includes the Dock Dog competition as featured on ESPN! Visit the Tuckerton Seaport Heritage Tent at the lake. Two great locations: Tip Seaman Park and Tuckerton Seaport. Free off-site parking and shuttle bus.  
  •  Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th from 9 am to 4 pm.  CHATSWORTH CRANBERRY FESTIVAL – downtown CHATSWORTH, NJ.  This is a very large festival and according to their website over 160 arts and craft vendors, antique vendors, food vendors, an antique car show and live music are expected this year.  


Sunday, October 20th from noon to 4 pm:  10th anniversary of CENTRAL PA PETS EXPO at the Blair County Convention Center, ALTOONA, PA.





RILEY 14’s adoption is pending! Please take a few minutes to read through the stories of our other Senior/Special Needs dog(s) “on hold.” Find out more at


Our new program, SENIORS FOR SENIORS, charges a $75 adoption fee for adopters aged 60 and older 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


  • 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 Marketplace is open 24/7 for purchases. Shop now for great deals that help MAESSR with the medical care and daily needs of our foster dogs.  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. 



  • DBMT: DOG BEHAVIOR, MEDICINE & TRAINING SERIES: DOMINANCE AGGRESSION by Nicholas Dodman.   One of the most common forms of canine aggression is owner-directed aggression, formerly known as dominance aggression. The classical view was that dogs who growl, lift their lips, snap or bite their owners over resources, postural interventions, or admonishment, are displaying "dominant" behavior toward them.  Thus, owners were told to dominate their dogs to become the "alpha" and to use physical methods to straighten out the relationship. It is now known that anxiety and conflict fuel owner-directed aggression and physical methods of dealing with it lead to increased aggression. Avoidance of conflict and proper leadership, on the other hand, can reduce or eliminate the problem without need for physical intervention. Methods of reducing owner-directed aggression will be discussed in detail during this talk.  Donated by Phyllis Chan.
  • CHOOSING A DOG FOR DUMMIES (368 pages) by Chris Walkowicz.  Getting a dog is more like getting married than it is like buying a new car or lawnmower - it's a melding of spirits and a lifetime commitment. So, before you take the leap, you'd better make sure that your choice is based on more than a nice smile and a lively tail. And with more than 400 breeds to choose from, it shouldn't be too hard to find the right canine companion for you. Looking for a fun-loving pal for lots of rough and tumble family fun? You might try a Boxer or Spinone. Are you a neat-freak who values quiet? The meticulously clean, cat-like Basenji  - the handsome Egyptian barkless dog  - is for you.  Looking for a dependable, even-tempered guard dog/baby-sitter? You might want to consider the fierce-looking Neapolitan Mastiff.  No matter what qualities you're looking for in a dog, there's a breed out there for you, and Choosing a Dog For Dummies can help you find it. Written by Chris Walkowicz, President of the Dog Writer's Association of America, this friendly guide fills you in on what you need to know to: Figure out whether or not you really want to share your life with a dog *Decide which pet qualities you value most *Select and buy the perfect pet for you and your family *Give your canine pal the care it deserves *Find out about breed rescue *Select a kid-friendly dog From Affenpinschers to Xoloitzcuintlis, Chris gives you the complete lowdown on 150 of the most popular breeds along with priceless pointers on: *Finding a reliable breeder and choosing the right puppy for you *Navigating registration and pedigree issues and handling the paperwork involved with getting a purebred dog *Preparing your home for the new arrival and adjusting to your new lives together *Understanding the unique instinctual qualities and demands of each breed, including grooming, exercise, training, and more When it comes to matching the right dog to your lifestyle and temperament, it doesn't pay to play Wheel of Fortune. Make sure that the breed you choose is the right one and have fun doing it with Choosing a Dog For Dummies.  Donated by Phyllis Chan.


**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. 

**To find the Training Library’s Amazon Wish List of books and DVDs go to  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 as well as educate adopters!

**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.



  • 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:


  • 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 your dog.
  • 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 in the Weekly Update and 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 which could 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 25 dogs in our care this week.  There are 3 permanent fosters.  Four dogs are pending a foster home. 


Moving into Foster Homes were:  Bear and Izzy to Debbie Lipcsey

Springing into Furever Homes were:  Bruno 3 to Gress

                                                            Peanut to Silliman

                                                            Tippy 5 to Wood



Submitted by MAESSR volunteer Cathy Moyer

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