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


UPCOMING EVENTS – save the dates!



  • ALMOST HERE!  Saturday, September 29th - Come Join the Fun! Score Points for Springers.  THE 6th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held at the Kiskiack Golf Club in WILLIAMSBURG, VA. Online registration is available at:  Check out last year’s tournament at

  • ALMOST HERE!  Saturday, September 29th & Sunday, September 30th from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm: TUCKERTON DUCK AND DECOY at 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.  For more info go to  If you are able to help out, even for a few hours, at this event please email with your days and times.  Please indicate if you can bring a well-socialized four legged MAESSR ambassador.

  • 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 

  • Saturday, October 13th from 11 am to 4 pm:  PAWS 4 A BEAT at Southern Lehigh Living Memorial Park – Route 309 – Coopersburg, PA.  If you are able to help out for any/all of this event, please email Candi Lynn at

  • Saturday, October 20th & Sunday, October 21st from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm: CHATSWORTH CRANBERRY FESTIVAL in 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.  If you are able to help out, even for a few hours, at this event please email with your days and times.  Please indicate if you can bring a well-socialized four legged MAESSR ambassador.

  • 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   


NEW DATE!  Saturday, October 13th:  REEDVILLE, VA.  For more info or to register, go to If you can help in any way either in planning or organizing on the day of, please email Deb Sell-Pugh at


SADIE 18 and PEPPER 10 are available!  Read Sadie’s special write up on Facebook at or her regular writeup on our website at  Find out more about Pepper 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



  • 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. 

  • 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!

  • Marketplace is open 24/7 for purchases.  Shop for great deals that help MAESSR cover 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. Check out Almost Gone/Bargain and Clearance items and be on the lookout for new items and the 2019 calendars to be making their debuts soon!



  • SUSAN GARRETT’S CRATE GAMES FOR SELF-CONTROL AND MOTIVATION DVD (85 minutes) Featuring puppies as young as 9 weeks and dogs much older, "Crate Games" gives step-by-step instruction.  Allows anyone to produce: * Focus and motivation for work * A dog that can relax in his crate even while you work another dog * A phenomenal sit-stay * A speedy and dependable recall * Distance skills for obedience or agility * Self- rather than imposed-control * A remarkable working relationship * Confidence while being proofed during any tough distraction * A dog that keenly offers responses when being shaped * ...and much more! See why the cornerstone of Susan Garrett's amazingly successful dog training program is now being implemented in training schools all over the world!  Donated by Phyllis Chan.

  • WAY TO GO! HOW TO HOUSETRAIN A DOG OF ANY AGE (23 pages) by Karen B. London, PhD and Patricia B. McConnell, PhD.  This clear, concise booklet written by Patricia McConnell and Karen London can help your puppy or adult dog learn a lifetime of good house training habits. Perfect for new dog owners, and the perfect addition to puppy packets or puppy socialization classes. This small, reader-friendly dog training booklet will help any dog and dog lover get off on the right paw. 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.


  • 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.

  • 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!


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


We have 21 dogs in our care this week.   There are now 3 permanent fosters as Luther crossed Rainbow Bridge.  Five dogs are pending a foster home. 


Moving into Foster Homes were:   Abbott to Karen Alexander  ~  Jackson Daniel to Liz Watson  ~  Ferdinand and Riley Marie to Nadia Andrijiw  ~  Brandon to Cherie Saggers

Springing into Furever Homes were:   Waylon to Carpenter


Submitted by MAESSR volunteer Cathy Moyer

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