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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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Zoe 8

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Entered: 07/05/2021
Status: Permanent Foster
Age: 14
Color: Liver/White
Weight: 40 lbs.
Gender: Altered Female
Location: Audubon, PA
Health: UTD, HW-, mostly deaf, taking medication to prevent urinary leakage, receiving an anti-inflammatory medication for her joints
Temperament: Good with people of all ages but would like a quiet home without young children, good with other dogs and cats

Zoe 8's Story . . .

Update 08/30/2021:  “She is a special dog, a true lady – calm, dignified, and beautiful inside and out.”  

After close to two months in MAESSR foster care, Miss Zoe is doing very well. She is a special dog, a true lady – calm, dignified, and beautiful inside and out. She continues to be loved by her foster family and everyone she meets.

Zoe has put on a pound or two and is better about eating her meals. A girl can't just wait for treats all day! She also continues to benefit from medicines for urinary leaking and some arthritis. Actually, neither are much of an issue. She climbs the stairs easily with the resident dogs. Zoe even amazed her foster mom by "springing" onto her bed one day in search of some comforting. What prompted this? Well, her favorite human, the family dad, was leaving but mom was reading in bed. Zoe decided to join the resident Cocker spaniels for some cuddling. This is quite a feat for a 14-year-old Springer because this bed is quite high. Fortunately, it was a onetime event; that bed is already too crowded at night. One dog needs to sleep in a dog bed!

Zoe is in her happy place because MAESSR and her foster family have seen to her every need for the rest of her life. She is a special girl that so deserves the love and care she receives.


Original:  “Like Mary Poppins, Zoe is practically perfect in every way.”

Zoe is a young 14 year old Springer who had been with her Pennsylvania family since puppyhood until life circumstances made it impossible to keep her and her MAESSR dog sister, Lucie. Both dogs were sadly given over to foster care.  Fortunately, Zoe adapted immediately to the change.


Friendly and outgoing, very gentle and sweet, Zoe is a fabulous dog!  As her former owner said, she could have been a therapy dog. There is no dog or person she doesn't like. Although she was around babies and young growing children at her original home, as well as a cat, her forever home should be a quiet one without young children. Zoe is largely deaf and easily startles when sleeping.


Zoe goes for multiple neighborhood walks every day and is wonderful on the leash, except when she spots a squirrel or bunny or deer. Then, her hunting instincts kick in and she is very anxious to pursue so she is not to be trusted off leash. It is unclear what commands she knows since she does not hear, but she does offer a paw and knows to wait calmly and patiently for the leash.


Totally housetrained with perfect house manners, Zoe is able to go many hours between walks and does not use the crate. She had been a reluctant eater in her original home, but her foster mom softens her food with water and waits next to Zoe while she eats to be sure the resident dogs don't eat her food. This has helped her to regain some weight she had lost. In addition she is now on regular twice a day medication for some reported urinary leakage which hasn't been noted in foster care, and an anti-inflammatory for her joints. These keep her happy and comfortable.


Zoe naps with the resident dogs during the day, sometimes on the sofa and on the floor by her foster parents’ bed at night. She does not bark or counter-surf or resource guard. Zoe occasionally enjoys carrying a ball or soft toy but easily gives them up if asked. Zoe is quiet in the car, resting on the back seat. She tolerated some trimming of her feet when she arrived and will likely do well with a full grooming since she has been well kept.