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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!





Due to public health concerns, the NJ/PA picnic at Mercer County Park in West Windsor Township, NJ. has been rescheduled to October 10th.  More details to follow…



MARLEY 10 has sprung onto our Senior and Special Needs page and is currently “on hold.” You can 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



  • 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.   

  • We can earn money through WOOFTRAX.COM 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.  We can also win donations by signing up for Challenges.  All you need to do is tap the Challenges button!  Currently we have only 15 active (uses the app at least once a week) walkers.  Spread the word - make your walks count!

  • 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 DOG CANCER SURVIVAL GUIDE: FULL SPECTRUM TREATMENTS TO OPTIMIZE YOUR DOG'S LIFE QUALITY AND LONGEVITY (496 pages) by Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM with Dr. Susan Ettinger, DVM.   If your dog has cancer, you need this book.  No matter what you’ve heard, there are always steps you can take to help your dog fight (and even beat) cancer.  This scientifically researched guide is your complete reference for practical, evidence-based strategies that can optimize the life quality and longevity for your dog. No matter what diagnosis or stage of cancer your dog has, this book is packed with precious advice that can help now.   Discover the Full Spectrum approach to dog cancer care:  everything you need to know about conventional western veterinary treatments (surgery, chemotherapy and radiation) including how to reduce their side effects; the most effective non-conventional options, including botanical nutraceuticals, supplements, nutrition, and mind-body medicine; and how to analyze the options and develop a specific plan for your own dog based on your dog’s type of cancer, your dog’s age, your financial and time budget, your personality, and many other personal factors.  Imagine looking back at this time in your life, five years from now, and having not a single regret. You can help your dog fight cancer and you can honor your dog’s life by living each moment to the fullest, starting now. This book can help you as it has helped thousands of other dog lovers.  Donated by Dee Piccinini.


  • SCAREDY DOG: UNDERSTANDING AND REHABILITATING YOUR REACTIVE DOG (149 pages) by Ali BrownM.Ed. CPDT.   When dogs growl at other dogs, lunge at people, and bark at everything it's often mislabeled as "aggression." But most aggression is fear-based and should be treated as such. The appropriate term for this constellation of behaviors is "reactivity."  This book helps the trainer and dedicated dog owner to understand the reactive dog and help him change for the better. The process is not an easy one, but once the changes begin to take shape, owners become so encouraged that the rest of the process suddenly becomes easy!  All training methods and classroom techniques are based on fun and on the development of a working relationship with your dog. 149 pages and 68 photographs and graphics to help you recognize and solve problems.   Donated by Phyllis Chan & by MAESSR Library. 


~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.



  • Volunteer ANN HOOVER was on our team that interviewed applicants.  Ann’s son informed us that she passed away after a fairly brief illness and stay in the hospital. She passed without pain, and the family is so grateful for the amazing life she led and her care right up until the end.  This fine lady will be missed.  Our thanks to Ann for everything she did to help our dogs find furever homes, and our condolences to her family for their great loss.

  • GUTHRIE (Class of 2010) was adopted by STEPHEN BUCHANAN and his former wife.  They loved him from the first day he joined their pack. They had just recently adopted their sweet girl Izzy via MAESSR, and the dogs got along famously from the very first moment. Guthrie was a big, loveable goof ball, and they loved him dearly. Since he crossed Rainbow Bridge Stephen has a hole in his heart because he is gone. Stephen thanks MAESSR for having him in his life. 

  • BUDDY XIX (Class of 2007) was adopted by JACKIE GALLAGHER AND FAMILYDEBBIE LIPCSEYfostered him.  He was almost 14 years old, and his back legs and hips had been paining him for a long time, but while he still enjoyed his walks, they kept taking them.  When he suddenly couldn't make it along the front walk they knew it was time to say goodbye.  They are all brokenhearted. Buddy was the best dog in the world. He hiked and swam, camped, and ran with his family. Jackie’s daughter dressed him up and smothered him in kisses, and he didn't complain once. Her husband and son took him for long hikes, and he loved it; they made sure it involved a swim! 

  • BELLE 5 (class of 2018) was fostered by DEBBIE LIPCSEY and adopted by ANDY AUSTIN when she was eight years old with a myriad of health issues. With a heart as big as a Springer's and a sense of mischief to rival any Springer Spaniel, no one had the heart to tell her that she was a Cocker Spaniel!  Absolutely nothing slowed her down - not her poor badly healed back leg, her lack of eyesight, her toothlessness, or her weight. She was always happy and ready for mischief or a cuddle!  She was so protective of Jed - all 30 pounds of fierce Cocker Spaniel protecting a 65-pound Springer.  Her passing leaves a huge hole in their hearts, and their lives will never be the same. 

  • MARIPOSA (Class of 2012) was fostered by APRIL SMITH and adopted by ELLEN JETTO.  She was one of the Spanish Water Dogs who were rescued over several years from a kennel situation in Maryland.  At age seven years, Mariposa finally learned what living the good life was for the last half of her life.   Mariposa (Spanish for butterfly) was so precious and was close friends with Ellen – her shadow.  Mariposa needed her and helped Ellen and her husband as they went through years of his illness and transplant.  A sweet little scamp, and Ellen is missing her.  The house seems so empty.
  • Foster MOOSE 5 had been adopted for a short time in 2019 by an experienced Springer family but was returned due to aggressive behavior.  For the past six months he has been closely worked with and evaluated by MAESSR’s most Springer-savvy foster family.  Unfortunately, his behavior regressed markedly, and it was apparent that he could never be safely adopted out.  Rather than to endanger others, Moose was humanely sent to the Rainbow Bridge.  Run free and happy there, big boy.




  • The DOG INTAKE REPORT FOR YEAR ENDING 2019 is posted on the website.  We started the year with 24 dogs, took in 106 during the year for a total of 130 dogs.  Number of dogs placed was 89.  Check the website for more specific details.

  • 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 14 dogs in our care this week.  There are 2 permanent fosters.  Three dogs are pending a foster home.



Moving into foster homes:  Dexter 6 to Debbie Lipcsey

Springing into furever homes:  None.



Submitted by volunteer Cathy Moyer

With thanks to those who helped with submissions/information