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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 23603


UPCOMING EVENTS – save the dates!



SPRINGERFESTS – none, but Spring is coming!  




Please take a few minutes to read about our Senior/Special Needs dog RILEY 14 “on hold.”  Find out more at


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



  • Thanks to all of the families who feed VeRUS dog food. The free bags that MAESSR receives from the Rescue Frequent Feeder Program help the foster homes. To learn more about the Rescue Frequent Feeder Program, 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


  • DOGWISE.COM is another MAESSR affiliate whose mission is to bring humane, understandable and scientifically sound information to people who enrich their lives by working with, playing with and loving dogs.  Many of the books, including the pamphlets, in the MAESSR library can be found at  You can support MAESSR and get great training advice by shopping.   They also sell toys and other products.   Look for the $5 books on sale while you are there!


  • The MAESSR.ORG MARKETPLACE is open 24/7 for purchases.  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 as well as our New items.  New products are adorable, and 2020 WALL CALENDARS are still available!  Go to We have a new shipping company which comes with technical support, making shipping a breeze.



  • THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF DOGS: UNLOCKING THE CANINE MIND FOR A HAPPIER PET (151 pages) by Victoria Stilwell.  The star of Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog Victoria Stilwell reveals how to both interpret and “speak” the hidden language of dogs.  Recent studies into the minds of canines show that they have a rich social intelligence and a physical and vocal language as complex and subtle as our own. In this fun and fascinating guide, world-renowned trainer Victoria Stilwell explores the inner world of dogs. This book is your guide to understanding your pooch, communicating effectively, strengthening your bond, and helping dogs learn in the most effective way possible so they feel confident navigating the human world with success.  Along the way, you’ll learn the answers to questions such as:  What do different tail wags mean? What does being right-pawed say about my dog’s personality?  How can I tell the difference between boredom barking and warning barking? What does it mean when my dog spins around, arches his back, or gives me the whale eye? Do dogs feel guilt? How do dogs perceive human faces? Why do some scientists think dogs’ emotional experience is even greater than ours? Filled with adorable full-color photographs and instructive illustrations, this insightful “dog decoder ” will soon make you dog’s best friend. Donated by Pam Nealer. 


  • DOG TRICKS STEP BY STEP (135 pages) by Mary Ann Rombold Zeigenfuse and Jan Walker.  Written by the Trainer of President and Barbara Bush's dog (and author in her own right), Millie! All owners will find fun things to do with the family pet in this all-new book based on the sound training philosophy of Mary Ann Rombold Zeigenfuse, Millie's trainer. Without rules and regimentation, the book's format gives a built-in success formula by allowing owners to teach those tricks best suited to their pet. Owners can devise an individual Personality Profile for each dog, which allows everyone to have a choice of tricks. There are practical tricks to make the dog useful at home; simple tricks, to build a rapport between dog and owner; and cute tricks, great just for showing off. Full color and extraordinary original artwork throughout complement the easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction, whether you want to prepare your dog for show biz or simply want to have some fun.




~The MAESSR library has over 200 titles of DVDs, CDs, and books, both fiction and non-fiction to lend out.  You can borrow items directly from the Training Library at by simply adding them to the shopping cart and checking out or you can email 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, go to  You can purchase materials (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 at  You can also access the Library on the “Learn More” button on the page.




  • If you have a PET IN NEED OF PRAYERS, please contact Linda Shope at or Linda Johnston at  They would be happy to add your pet’s 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 info such as links to the online post, shelter name, state, and phone number.



If you want to share photos of your MAESSR 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 the dog.


  • When you send your notes about events or requests for help, please cc: to help insure that all events are given mention in the Weekly Update.


  • Mistakes happen!  Corrections or omissions to the Weekly Update can also be sent to





We have 12 dogs in our care this week.  There are 2 permanent fosters.  One dog is pending a foster home.



Moving into foster homes:  Sherlock 3 to Showalter


Springing into furever homes:  Harley 17 to Robertson 


Submitted by volunteer Cathy Moyer

With thanks to those who helped with submissions/information