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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 5-21-17

    Pet Cancer Awareness Month


    UPCOMING EVENTS – save the dates!

    • TODAY!  Sunday, May 21st from 11 am to 4 pm:  Wimmer Wag Fest at Animal Therapy Center - 3247B Wimmer Road - Bethlehem, PA. If you are available to help, please contact Candi Lynn at

    • TODAY!  Sunday, May 21st from 8 am to 4 pm:  Hair of the Dog 5k and Chesterfest at Working Dog Winery - East Windsor, NJ.  If you are able to help out, even for a few hours please email

    • NEW!  Sunday, June 4th from 9 am to 4 pm: Barnegat Bay Festival at Wanamaker Field - Island Heights, NJ.  If you are able to help out, even for a few hours please email  

    • Sunday, June 4th from 11 am to 4 pm: Paw Prints on the Canal Event - 1525 Canal Street - Northampton, PA.  If you are available to help, please contact Candi Lynn at

    • Sunday, June 11th from 11 am to 4 pm: Canal Pup Fest at Mueller's General Store & Restaurant - 3205 S. Delaware Drive - Easton, Pa.  If you are available to help, please contact Candi Lynn at

    • Sunday, July 9th thru Saturday, July 15th:  The ESSFTA National Specialty at the Purina Farms Event Center - 200 Checkerboard Loop - Gray Summit, MO.  MAESSR will again be at the national specialty and will help to host the Paws Across America cocktail party and charity auction. All proceeds are being shared by the springer rescue groups attending. Why not come, see a great show, and help MAESSR at our booth and the Charity Auction!  See request for help Vicki Phillips in HELP WANTED below. 


    GETTING CLOSER!  Saturday, June 3rd - Picnic hosted by Deb Sell-Pugh at 2783 Fleeton Road, Reedville, VA. Find the flyer at: 



    CASTRO, honorary springer BLANCHE, RILEY 12, and COLE 2 (offered – paws crossed!) are all looking for their forever homes.  Go to to read their stories and check out their web pages for a complete description.  Read Cole’s special writeup on our Facebook page.  All of our seniors/special needs dogs are available with Reggie 7 who was recently diagnosed with central diabetes insipidus joining the permanent foster pack.  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.  You can install the iGive button on your toolbar and when you go to eligible sites, a pop-up will appear to ask you if you wish to donate.

    • 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. 



    • Training Dogs with Dunbar (I hour 5 minutes.)  In his entertaining and common sense style, Dr. Ian Dunbar covers a wide variety of topics, including people training games (to help owners see training from the dog's point of view) and methods for troubleshooting fighting dogs.  Dog training is not just about control, it's about relationships.  And successful relationships all depend on good communication skills. If you have a good relationship with your dog, he will do his best to please you. So make sure you use kind and patient training methods to enhance that relationship and produce a well-mannered companion.  Dr. Dunbar's easy and enjoyable lure/reward training techniques make training fun for you and your dog.

    • On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals (78 pages) Norwegian dog trainer and behaviorist Turid Rugaas is a noted expert on canine body language, notably “calming signals,” which are signals dogs use to avoid conflict, invite play, and communicate a wide range of information to other dogs and people. These are the dogs’ attempt to defuse situations that otherwise might result in fights or aggression.• Learn to identify situations that are stressful to your dog so that you can resolve or avoid them.• Rehabilitate a dog that has lost her ability to read or give calming signals.• Become a keen observer of canine behavior at home, in the community, and among dogs to get better behavior and build a solid relationship.


    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 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!




    If you have a pet in need of prayers please contact Linda Shope at  or Linda Johnston at springerlove@comcast.netWe would be happy to add your pets name to the pet ministry prayer list.


    If you want to share photos of your dog on our social media send:


    For those of you not able to attend the National Springer Spaniel Specialty, we need your help with the AUCTION!  We are looking for the following things for the auction:

    1.  Bottles of wine/beer from wineries/breweries  in the Mid-Atlantic  (each year we create a tub of local libations to be auctioned) this is always a big draw!  Wines/Beers of the MAESSR territory.

    2. State themed baskets- In the past, one or two volunteers have taken a lead for their state and gathered local made items for a state basket.  (Example: baskets had food, candy, hats, recipe books, glasses, pottery)

    3. Do you know any celebrities or have access to NFL, NHL, NBA tickets for a sporting event (all past July 15th)

    4. Tickets to a regional attraction like 4 passes to bush gardens, sesame place or great adventure. 

    5. Any other item that might draw bids in a silent auction.

    All of this has to be to Debbie in VA or Vicki in NJ by June 15th. The first week in June, Linda and Pat are heading east from Pittsburgh, I am heading south from NJ, Heather is heading south from the Leigh Valley to attend the Reedville VA picnic.  So donations may be able to hitch a ride that weekend.  

    Thank you to all of you for the work you do on behalf of MAESSR.  Each and every hour spent, and donation offered is greatly appreciated!  

    You all make MAESSR great!  Vicki Phillips

    • 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 22 dogs in our care this week.   There are 7 permanent fosters now that Reggie 7 has joined the pack.  One dog is pending a foster home. 


    Moving into Foster Homes were:     Joy to Eva Van Stratum  ~  Teddy to Debbie Lipcsey

    Springing into Furever Homes were:   Zach 4 to Thompson


    Submitted by MAESSR volunteer Cathy Moyer

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