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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



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Find out more about our senior/special needs dogs “on hold”- CHASE at, SHELDON at, and JENNI LEE 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




  • Feed your pets NATURAL BALANCE?  Please save the store receipt and proof of purchase labels, staple them together, and mail to MAESSR at P.O. Box 807 - Goochland, VA 23063.  Once we collect 50 labels, we can apply for a refund. 

  • Go to GOODSHOP.COM to get Gumdrop for free!  Goodshop is the world's first-ever shopfunding site. When you shop at thousands of stores, a percentage of what you spend will be donated to MAESSR.  Gumdrop finds the best coupon codes wherever you shop.  Auto Apply Savings - just one click automatically applies the best coupons for you. Never search for a coupon again and watch the savings pour in while donating to MAESSR!  To choose MAESSR as your cause, type in Mid Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Rescue.  (Note that there is no hyphen, just a space between Mid and Atlantic.)  Highlight and click on MAESSR to adopt it as your cause.  Start shopping, MAESSRland! 

  • The MAESSR 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.  Get your 2021 CALENDARS at  



  • DOG AGGRESSION: FIGHTING (63 mins) by DR. IAN DUNBAR.  In this video lecture, Dr. Ian Dunbar addresses one of the most worrying behavior problems any dog owner can face - dogs that fight. Dealing effectively with canine aggression necessitates a comprehensive understand of its underlying causes. In his characteristically entertaining and enlightening style, Dr. Dunbar offers a thoughtful analysis of why dogs fight, outlining a variety of common-sense preventative measures and practical remedial training techniques. Topics include: The causes of dog-dog aggression in the context of pack hierarchy. How to assess whether a dog has a serious and dangerous fighting problem or whether he is just prone to frequent squabbling. How castration defuses aggressive encounters. How to set up a remedial "Growl Class". How to use precise timing, praise and reprimands to reduce and phase out aggression and build up a dog's confidence and social savvy.

  • THE DOG’S MIND: UNDERSTANDING YOUR DOG’S BEHAVIOR (222 pages) by BRUCE FOGLE, DVM, MRCVS. "Quite simply this is an excellent book. It is well-written, with snatches of dry humor. It should be mandatory reading for anybody who keeps a dog or has intentions of so doing." -R. W. F. Poole, Daily Telegraph. How do dogs perceive the world about them? How do they see, hear, learn, relate to their owners? How large are their brains, what is their emotional makeup? Why do they suffer from stress and how can it be coped with? Over the last few years a substantial body of knowledge has been built up about the psychology of dog behavior. Combining more than twenty years of practical experience as a veterinary clinician with a personal knowledge and understanding of the latest international research, Dr. Bruce Fogle has written the most inclusive and relevant book on how the canine mind works. Donated by Beth Reid.

~The MAESSR library has over 175 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.

  • The Dog Intake Report for 2020 is available on the website.  We started the year with 21 dogs, took in 101 dogs for a total of 122 dogs.  Eighty-eight dogs were placed through regular and Home for the Holidays adoptions.  For more details check out the website at  


Unfortunately, the Weekly Update mail group does not support photos, but if you want to share pics or videos of your MAESSR dog:



  • 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 the post-adoption name, and year of adoption to  Feel free to include who fostered the dog and a little background info about your dog.

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

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



We have 18 dogs in our care this week.  There are 3 permanent fosters.  No dogs are pending a foster home.


Moving into foster homes:  None

Moving into furever homes:    Pepper 11 to Clark ~ Chip 13 to Craft ~ Willie 8 to Lawrence ~ Johnny to Lipcsey ~ TOTALLY PAWSOME!



Submitted by volunteer Cathy Moyer

With thanks to those who helped with submissions/information