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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



UPCOMING EVENTS – save the dates!





We currently have three senior/special needs dogs on hold; paws crossed, DONNY 2 has been offered!  Check out stories on our website: MOLLY 52 at, MADDIE 2 at, and honorary springer MARIE 2 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




  • Don’t worry if you missed the ten-day MAESSR Shopping Extravaganza.  WATCH FOR A SPECIAL SALE IN OCTOBER AND THEN OUR BLACK FRIDAY HOME SHOPPING EVENTS!  In the meantime, the MARKETPLACE is still 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  We have a new shipping company which comes with technical support, making shipping a breeze.  
  • 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 
  • Sign up for AMAZON SMILE, and a portion of your purchase of eligible products will be donated to MAESSR 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.   




  • WHAT IS MY DOG THINKING? THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING PET BEHAVIOR (96 pages) by GWEN BAILEY.  Is he happy, angry, playful or distressed? What made him chew your shoe or dig up the lawn? What IS your dog thinking? Written by one of the country's leading Animal Behaviorists, this fascinating book offers expert analysis and clear explanations as to why your dog behaves the way he does. From social behavior on walks to playful behavior at home, it's all here in this accessible and fully-illustrated reference book. A Petcare classic, What is my Dog Thinking? will ensure that you're never confused by your canine again. whatismydogthinking.aspx.
  • THE SUPER SIMPLE GUIDE TO HOUSETRAINING (144 pages) by TEOTI ANDERSON.  Housetraining your dog can be a challenging task--especially if you don't know where to start. Time, patience, and dedication are needed to make sure your dog learns what you expect of him.  In The Super Simple Guide to Housetraining, you'll learn some easy ways to properly housetrain your dog and what to do if you run into a problem. This book's easy-to-read format with tip boxes and full-color photos will help you along the way.  Donated by Phyllis Chan.  thesupersimpleguidetohousetraining.aspx

~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.




  • BUDDY BOY (class of 2012) was fostered by LYNN BAKER and adopted by JIM & CHERYL MCDOWELL. Buddy came to MAESSR as a three-year-old, not having the best of beginnings.  Over the years Buds and Jim became best of friends.  He enjoyed trips with Jim and Cheryl and was always ready for walks.  He loved exploring for squirrels and deer running rampant in the Pinelands of NJ.  In April the terrible news came that Buddy had cancer, a rare small cell lymphoma. There was surgery and chemo, but the cancer finally reached his brain so there was nothing left to do.  Folks from MAESSR are probably some of the few that understand what a hole that leaves - in the house and in your heart. 
  • CODY (class of 2011) who was fostered by DEBBIE LIPCSEY and adopted by ROBERT HOOKER’s family, was a month shy of his eleventh birthday.  Cody came to them on Christmas Eve and was the greatest Christmas present. Cody had some behavioral issues when he came to the Hookers, but the time they spent together created a bond between them that was unbreakable. Cody probably spent half of his life in a creek. That's what he enjoyed the most and was never denied that time. Cody always rode shotgun in Bob’s 4Runner so his wife had to ride in the back.  Cody’s health declined significantly with a diagnosis of diabetes and Cushings disease, and he eventually lost control of his hind legs. Cody was loved very much and was a wonderful gift. 
  • KNIGHTLY (class of 2009) who came to MAESSR as a stray, was fostered by DEBBIE LIPCSEY and adopted by BETTY JOSEPH’s family.  He suddenly became ill after a perfectly normal day and was rushed to the vet.  An ultrasound of his abdomen determined that he a probable malignant tumor that had suddenly burst and hemorrhaged into his abdomen.  A decision had to be made very quickly and, with great heartbreak, they choose to let him go as he would have almost no chance to survive drastic surgery. Knightly was such a good boy always!  He was always a loving dog and never gave any one any trouble (except maybe a couple of groundhogs and some crabs at the beach.)  There is a hole in their hearts with his loss.
  • KOBY IV (class of 2009) was fostered by JUDY DASHIELL and adopted by HANK AND PAT WEBER  Sadly, Koby passed away after a massive stroke, just shy of his 14th birthday. Koby was a very active dog until this year when his worn-out hips and legs made running painful. He made over 20 8-hour trips to their beach house in Nags Head, NC.  He'd watch at the patio door for hours looking for pelicans flying over and loved walks on the beach. He loved "cookie time" when it was time for final Jeopardy. He watched for the mailman every day and often received a cookie. He loved barking and jumping when geese flew over the yard. He was a faithful "brother" to Amber for 6-1/2 years and Mellie for 5 years. Mellie is still looking for Koby. Run free Koby!



  • 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.


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.

  • 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 20 dogs in our care this week.  There are 4 permanent fosters.  No dog is pending a foster home.



Moving into foster homes:  None. 


Moving into furever homes:   Seger to Checkalos

                                              Noah 4 to Reid 

                                              Stella 4 to Copp 

                                              Donna 3 to Knutson 

                                              Buster to Wingfield

                                              Cyd to Culbert





Submitted by volunteer Cathy Moyer

With thanks to those who helped with submissions/information