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The Rainbow Bridge
There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors.
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land
of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place.
There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again.
Those who are maimed are made whole again.
They play all day with each other.
There is only one thing missing.
They are not with their special person who loved them on earth.
So, each day they run and play until the day comes
when one suddenly stops playing and looks up!
The nose twitches!
The ears are up!!
The eyes are staring!!
And this one suddenly runs from the group!

You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet,
you take him or her in your arms and embrace.
Your face is kissed again and again and again and again,
and you look once more in the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together,
never again to be separated.

These are memorial entries for MAGSR Dogs that have gone to wait at the Bridge.

Memorial tributes for our beloved MAGSR pups reported prior to 2016 can be found here.

August, 2022 to Monday, August 15, 2022

 Our great and well-loved dog, Bolton, crossed the  Rainbow Bridge  this afternoon.  He will be greatly missed.

He was 2 when we adopted him in 2012 from the Mid-Atlantic German Shepard Rescue group and he was a loyal, smart, obedient and protective companion.  We spent many days and hours with a profession trainer to help direct Bolton’s energy and curiosity and it was worth the effort to enjoy his playful personality.

He was well-known in our small community because he would some times escape the house and cruise the neighborhood out of curiosity.   All the kids recognized him and and when I showed up in my SUV they’d just point and say, “He went that way.”  Luckily he was well trained enough that when he saw me he’d come running and happily jump in the back of the car, so proud of his escape but happy to be with his dad again.

Trips to the dog park were always a treat because his guard-dog genes would kick in and the first thing he’d do is inspect the perimeter fence, all 15 acres.  He was also the self-appointed sheriff. If two dogs squabbled he’d immediately run up to them and walk between them as if the say, “Alright, guys calm done.”  Then he’d walk away as the “combatants” also left.

A couple of years ago he began suffering from hip dysplasia ( common on large dogs) and arthritis and long walks and trips to the dog park were no longer possible.  None the less, he was ALWAYS ready to walk to the mail box for the morning paper followed by a short walk down the street and back.

From the waist forward he was 100 percent pure dog, but his rear legs wouldn’t always cooperate.

The life span of a GSD is 13 years, and our dear furry friend almost made it.

He will be missed terribly as we get accustomed to his absence, his happy welcoming when we returned from errands, and his demands for his 8:30 pm treat before bed time.

Good bye to the “bestest” dog — ever.


Thursday, July 28, 2022

Max was adopted from MAGSR a little under 5 years ago.  This boy was such an athlete.  He could catch freebies and loved playing ball all day, every day.  Frequently he would go running at least once a week.  He loved life and was so happy. We are so glad to have been part of his happiness. We miss him terribly.  

Monday, July 25, 2022


Today, I had to say goodbye, for now, to Pretty. We captured her in March 2015 and I adopted her in April 2015. Pretty was really something special. Flights risks dogs have so much to offer and while it may take a while (and I mean a while, like years), they do finally trust and bond … over the last 3-4 years, she regularly looked for attention, leans, pets, and kisses. 

Even with all the tighter routines I had in place to ensure she was always kept secured, she ended up being probably the easiest dog I’ve ever had, which is kind of hard to believe, but she really was. 

I never thought that the skittish girl that came into the rescue, who was trembling that day when I bathed her, and then got loose from her adopters 2 weeks later, then after those 9 weeks out loose and 35 miles of tracking her, that she would finally know she was home here .. but she did. 

I remember the night Monty & I captured her down in Beltsville, after 3 weeks of no sightings and then that day .. the phone rang off the hook with sightings … that night we captured her, I just couldn’t believe it; and she was mine already, I just didn’t know it that night. 

It will be quiet here without her, as she was the loudmouth lol … and we will miss her. She was the Pretty Princess in this home (and a hooker for food always lol), but she was worth every single minute I had the pleasure of having her in my life. RIP Pretty – you will surely be missed.

~Candi M

Friday, July 8, 2022


After 12 wonderful years Liam was euthanized on July 18 2022 at the emergency vet clinic in Annapolis.  We had a great life together.  He hadn’t appeared to be sick but in the 17th he couldn’t get up.   We took him in hoping he just needed his thyroid meds adjusted but the vet said she couldn’t stabilize him and he was full of tumors and said we should euthanize him now.  He was surrounded by people he loved, all of us saying goodbye.  Thank you for giving me this wonderful boy. 


Monday, June 20, 2022

Scout at Sunset
Scout posing with MomScout babysittingScout and his brother

Friends of ours, friend of animals and friends of Scout, I am so sad to share with you that Scout crossed over the rainbow bridge on Sunday held closely by his mom and me. We miss him so much. He was the best dog and the worst dog we have ever had, but mostly the best. He almost never stole food from the table, but he loved his groceries. He was supremely tolerant of his cousin Papi and his cat brothers Charlie and Boomer. He is preceded in death by Riley and Cody and his cat brother Ivan.

He was only the worst dog if you were a dog that threatened him, in some manner not observable by humans. He put a few holes in other dogs before we really got our guard up! Having been rescued from a shelter in Greenville, Tennessee with several unexplained scars and a ripped tip of his ear we came to understand his instinct to protect himself. Despite these challenges he was a calm, sweet and gentle boy with people and the family’s dogs.

He loved boating. His favorite place to ride was on the little whaler, right up on the bow, keeping a watch on everything. His favorite activity was fence chasing with our neighbor’s dog. He enjoyed the outdoors in all sorts of weather, often requiring coaxing to come into the house.

He will continue to be part of our family and we are grateful for the time he spent with us.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022


So sad to say that my precious Salena went to rest on June 8th, 2022 at the age of 17 due to DM which she had for 2 years.  I adopted her when she was 7 years old and had her for 9 1/2 years.  I loved her so much and will always miss her.  My only comfort is that she spent her last 9 1/2 years without constant scratching as she had food allergies, but I had her tested and put her on a special diet.

She was such a loyal companion, always by my side.

I am grateful to MAGSR for rescuing her and to her foster mom for taking care of her for me.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022


We wanted to inform MAGSR that, sadly, Cannon (Tag#3807) passed away this morning at the age of 13.  We got him in 2015 and he’s been a great dog for us.  The foster family was Kate and Will.

Thanks for the great years, Cannon.

Angelika Wirick

Thursday, May 26, 2022


It is with a broken heart that I am writing my last post about Trudi. 3 years ago to the day of her adoption (5/26) she crossed over the rainbow bridge.

She didn't show any signs of sickness until Sunday when she suddenly stopped eating and over the course of the next few days her poor little body just gave out.  She had quite a few internal things going on and was a sick little girl. It was so shocking because as of Saturday she was out running around the yard barking and chasing the guys cutting the grass like nothing was wrong.
Over the last 24 hours we have gotten over the anger of wondering if any of this had anything to do with her prior life to knowing that this is how she came into our life for 3 years.

Trudi you had 3 great years with us and us with you. You made so much progress from being that scared little girl. It was not always easy but you learned to love, be loved and enjoy the life you deserved.
Rest in peace beautiful, run pain free. Mommy, Daddy and Ryder love you and miss you so much. 



Mary Ann and Jay

Tuesday, May 10, 2022


Hi magsr folks,

Attached is a picture of our sweet Raven, formerly known by magsr as Monroe.  She took her last breath on earth on 5/10/22, she had nerve issues in her hind quarters that could not be repaired, so the decision was made to send her over the rainbow bridge....its been a week today and I still cry at the mention of her name.  I know that she is no longer in pain....but we miss her so very much.


Thank you Magsr for the work you do with these dogs.  When we came to your place on 1/20/13 we were looking for a black and tan shepherd, none seemed to fit. Then we met Raven (Monroe)...she picked us! We loved her so very much, she had some issues from being abused by her former owner but we loved her in spite of that and we know that she loved us...just as much!


Thank you again....blessings to all of you,

Jane and Tom Leech

Monday, May 9, 2022

We adopted Tara (fka Savannah) from MAGSR in September of 2009 and lost her this January 2022. She was the most amazing dog and I miss her every day.
We learned so many things together. She must have known over 100 different tricks, from basic manners, to agility, to nose work, and all the stupid pet tricks in between. She passed all three Odor Recognition Tests for nose work showing she knew to search for birch, anise, and clove scents. She absolutely loved to search. And when she earned her NW1 title in 2013, the judge gave her the special “Harry Award” to “the most outstanding rescue dog that demonstrates extraordinary ability and spirit in nose work.” She was absolutely the most outstanding rescue dog.
She was my constant companion for over 12 years. We hiked, ran, and walked 1000s of miles together. And that’s not an exaggeration. On average, she ran 30 miles a week through her prime. Her longest training run was 20 miles and her longest race was the toughest 10 mile trail run I’ve ever done. She was the best trail dog; no matter how far we went or how lost I was, she always knew her way back to where we started. There was nothing she loved more than running along the trails with me. She made me feel safe and rarely let me out of her sight.
She took every change in our lives in stride. She moved with us across the country to Kansas for vet school, then back to Virginia again. She traveled all over the country with us. She hiked the mountains of Colorado, the plains of Kansas, and the New Mexican desert. She swam in the Atlantic Ocean, explored the Virginia forests, and romped in the snow in the West Virginia mountains.
She stuck to me like glue when each of our boys were born. She refused to leave my side for anything. And she was amazing with the boys as babies, then as they grew into toddlers and big kids. I could not have asked for her to be more patient and tolerant of them.
She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in September 2021, twelve years after coming home to us. She was already suffering from early changes of degenerative myelopathy as well. Radiation bought us four more wonderful pain-free months with her before bloat took her suddenly in January. She was loved so very much and is missed so very greatly.
Thank you for bringing her into our lives.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Adopted just before Christmas about 8 years ago when Blue was 5. He had a splenectomy March 2 for cancer with metastasis to the liver. He was given 2 to 3 weeks. Today, 2 months later, he crossed the Rainbow Bridge very peacefully at home. Thank you for the gift of Blue, he will be missed.

Thursday, April 28, 2022


It is with extreme sadness that I tell you our beautiful girl, Sandy, passed over the Rainbow Bridge today. We adopted Sandy (aka Vanna per MAGSR) in December 2013. Sandy developed lymphoma and was diagnosed in October 2021. The doctor only gave her a few months to live. Luckily for us, she exceeded that estimate. We started chemo for our beautiful dog. The lymphoma went into remission. We were told the cancer was not curable. The cancer stayed in remission until the end of March 2022. We did absolutely everything to try to save Sandy. She was loved so so much and I and my husband are devastated by her passing. The house seems empty without her. We got Sandy special prescribed medication, chemo, learned how to infuse her with saline with electrolytes to help her physically, took her to the hospital when things weren't good, made scrambled eggs, and broiled chicken for her because she would not eat dog food any more. We stayed up nights with her to comfort her when she wasn't feeling well and let her out numerous times during the sleepless nights so she could go to the bathroom. All of that was done out of real love for our girl Sandy. We miss her so much already.

During her life with us, we took her and our other two dogs, Truffles and Duchess, on vacations to the beach. We walked in the park near our house. She had a nice fenced in backyard to run around in. She got the best dog food, and best medical care that we could get. She got nylon bones to chew on, soft dog beds to sleep on, a warm house to stay in. We gave her the best we could afford. She would sleep in our bed if she felt like it and she was welcome to do so. But most of all she got our loving attention.

Sandy came to us with a broken heart. She had been passed around from house to house and was sure we would get rid of her too for the longest time. We used to look at her and tell her that she was stuck with us. Lol. But, she didn't believe us. She had a wonderful personality. We had another German Shepherd who had DM. Sandy was the most compassionate dog I have ever seen. The dog with DM was lying on a dog pillow. Sandy went up and lied down beside her and put her paw on the other dogs arm and she did this numerous times. It was like, I'm here to support and comfort you. It was one of the sweetest things I've ever seen. A real heart of gold. She liked to comfort other sick or injured dogs. She had her quirks. Don't we all. She liked absolutely clean sheets with no creases in them. Would not sleep on anything else. She liked absolutely clean water with no other dog drinking in the same water. Kind of hard to do with 3 dogs. But, we changed the water many times a day. She didn't like going out in the rain. She would give me a look like why are you making it rain? She didn't like stepping in puddles or mud. She would try to walk around both. We found some of these things very amusing and made us love her more. It was Sandy. She would stand at the bottom of the stairs and howl a welcome while wagging her tail. It made you feel very welcomed and loved. We would take her for a walk. She was slow leaving the house and walking away from it. But, on the back home, she was like a horse racing back to it's barn. Sandy would start really pulling on the leash to get us to move faster so she could get back to comfort of her home. Home was a word she loved. And she loved her home and she loved us. We were greeted very enthusiastically whenever we came home.

One more story about Sandy to show what an amazing dog she was. I have so many wonderful stories and times with Sandy.  The day before she passed away, it was early in the morning. My husband was getting ready for work. I was still asleep. This was after Sandy had not eaten for a week because the cancer medication she was given destroyed her stomach and she would not eat at all no matter how much we begged her to eat. Therefore, she had gotten very physically weak. We live in a colonial house where you have to climb a lot of stairs to get to our bedrooms. We had helped Sandy up and down those stairs because she wanted to be near us at night. All our dogs have full run of the house and they decide where they want to sleep at night. So, suddenly that morning I was awaken by Sandy in my room trying to wake me up to take her downstairs so she could go to the bathroom outside. The reason this was so amazing is because she had been downstairs and in her weaken condition she climbed each stair by herself. She literally put herself in jeopardy by climbing the stairs by herself. It probably took every ounce of strength she had left in her body. My husband was in the shower and I was still asleep. It was so important to her to get me and ask me to take her outside so she could go to the bathroom. She was so amazing that even in her weaken state she was not going to go to the bathroom in the house. That tells you just how amazing Sandy was. Incredible dog. I miss her so much. My husband and I have been crying since yesterday when we had to let her go and free her from her pain. We truly miss the warmth of her love.

So, Sandy passing away today is a big loss for us. I can't say it enough, we already miss her so much. Sandy was very loved. All she wanted was to be loved and to find a permanent home. She got her dream because she had both with us. There is definitely a feeling like I'm missing a part of myself. We will remember our beautiful compassionate fun loving Sandy for the rest of our lives. She made our life so much better. 


Leo and Mary Maksymchock

Friday, April 22, 2022


Jaicee, formally spelled Jaycee (she didn’t mind the spelling change!), joined our family on May 4, 2014.  The first picture is the day we brought her home.  She was a wild girl, and we knew things were going to be “exciting” for awhile.  With training, and lots of love, she developed into a great dog.  She loved people, and going for walks.  In fact, she with us, walked over 4 thousand miles for WolfTrax, and will continue to contribute until we get another GSD.  When we lived in Frederick, our daily walk was along Carroll Creek Linear Park, and Market St.  She made friends with the homeless, shop owners, and parking meter enforcers.  We moved to Florida in December, and resided in a hotel for 74 days.  She acclimated to the new environment immediately.  We moved into our new home the end of February.  We continued our long walks along the Gulf of Mexico.  It was important for us to secure a home with a yard for our enjoyment, as well, as hers.  Unfortunately, she would only utilize it for 2 weeks.  We noticed a change in behavior , and made an appointment with a recommended veterinarian on March 9th.  Blood tests showed anemia.  Her abdomen was tender, and an x-ray showed an enlarged spleen.  Symptoms highly suggestive of hemangioma sarcoma of the spleen.  Surgery was done the same day.  The largest tumor had ruptured.  Her abdomen was full of blood.  “Not survivable”.  Fortunately, we were able to say good bye to her while she was still alive, but under anesthesia  We are heartbroken.  We intend to adopt another GSD from MAGSR when in Maryland in June.  Please advise Trish that we’ll be in touch.  Having lost our previous beloved GSD to the same deadly diagnosis, we plan on close monitoring of labs, and abdominal tenderness in the future.  Hemangio sarcoma “the silent killer”, doesn’t exhibit symptoms, typically, until it’s too late.  Early detection may have extended the lives of 2 precious family members.

Thursday, March 31, 2022


Thanks to MAGSR we were blessed to have Alpine in our life since we adopted him in September 2012.  We were lucky to have such a wonderful GSD for almost 10 years, but at the age of 13 years, his health declined and he crossed the rainbow bridge on 3/31/2022.  


Alpine was an incredible GSD and an important member of our family.  He enjoyed doing tricks, taking walks, playing with his squeaky toys and most of all, just hanging out with us, taking in the love and affection we showered on him.  He was a gentle giant who loved his family and was loved by all who met him. 


We love him and miss him.  Thank you MAGSR for bringing the blessing of Alpine into our lives for almost 10 years. 

Thursday, March 24, 2022


Hello, It is with a devastated heart I inform you that the most amazing dog MAGSR ever adopted out was laid to rest 3-24-2022. i adopted Capri in December 2015 and the minute we connected we were as one. For 7 especially blessed years we enjoyed a relationship of loving kisses, a hilarious sense of humor and a dedication to my well-being that no human could touch. I loved her to the moon and back! Everybody, and I mean everybody, loved my sweet Capri, recognized her honesty and uniqueness and are shattered at her loss. She died when an abdominal tumor was seen on x-ray, she had hidden her illness for months until she no longer could. She was your finest example of a dog coming from a bad situation to shine her whole life through with courage, loyalty and a loving disposition that endeared her to many. She was my heart and life will never be the same.

With sincere gratitude,

Robin West

Thursday, March 10, 2022

I wanted to inform you Falcon crossed the rainbow bridge last night.  She had a mass on her spleen. Had stopped eating and taking medication. She had bad arthritis that gave her a limp, therefore one of her nicknames was limpy Mclimps, but it didn't stop her from playing with her fur sister. She had a full life since I adopted her in 2009.  She had helped foster many rescue dogs and had two fur siblings who are still with us.  She welcomed two human children over the years and many cousins. She was an extremely smart, stubborn and mischievous girl and very loving to everyone.  She loved running in the ocean, hiking and visiting new places.  She was definitely the attention hog and loved to meet new people. She also loved to dig holes! We are heartbroken   She is gone, but happy she isn't in pain any longer. She was definitely a once in a lifetime dog. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022


For the people who really know us, know that we are all about our dogs. We have been with MAGSR for many years and have had well over 150 dogs fostered in our home over the years. There are always the ones that grab you, suck you into them and pull your heart strings. This is exactly what Theo did for us. Theo started his life in California and made his way to Louisiana when the rescue stepped in and brought him into MAGSR. Shortly after arriving, we realized he had some behavior issues and he was sent to a board and train program. We decided after completion of training we would bring him to the Bulson Bed and Breakfast as a foster. He entered the farm full of life and personality. He loved playing with tennis balls, riding on the Polaris, just hanging out on the farm, and hanging with me while I trained dogs.

A little over a year ago he was diagnosed with cancer. We performed surgery and within a few months the cancer returned. Again the rescue did surgery to remove the mass from his back with clean margins and we hoped he was clear. A few months later we found Theo to be in some pain and the lumps had returned. Yesterday we had to make the hard decision to let Theo run free.. he will be missed greatly as he was one of my buddies… run free and without pain buddy…  

Monday, February 14, 2022

My husband and I adopted Benny on a cold, snowy day in Pennsylvania in Jan 2010. He lovingly welcomed our son home 7 months later. Since then and for 12 years, Benny has been family. We are so heartbroken. 

Benny has been the pillar of strength and health until last year when he was diagnosed with kidney disease and then degenerative myelopathy.  With a special diet and exercise, he's had a wonderful year. Covid gifted us all the benefit of lots of time together. He kept an eye on each of us even at home... always knowing what was going on and where we all were.

Benny was fiercely loyal and protective, but so loving, too. We really, really miss you, big boy.  Thank you MAGSR for all that you do and for sharing beautiful Benny with us.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Our beautiful girl, Bella, passed away yesterday.  She fought a hard battle with her cancer and gave us four extra months with her.  We noticed her slowing down over the weekend and thought there was an infection.  She was given antibiotics and it seemed to help, but she was still clearly not well.  Then Wednesday she seemed to rally and for one perfect, beautiful day, she was our bouncy, sassy, rambunctious puppy again.  She chased Indy around the yard and visited with out neighbors, and absolutely lit up when her mama got home from work.  It was a truly perfect day.  But then midday yesterday, she came into my office to get me, laid down, and wouldn't get back up again; she was telling me she was ready to go.  I called my wife home from work and we took her to Bluepearl Pet Hospital in Rockville, MD where they diagnosed her with bleeding into her abdomen, that her cancer was back and had ruptured.  Even if they'd tried surgery, it would've been unlikely to assist, with low or no chance of significant recovery.

My wife and I made the incredibly painful decision to let her rest, and the staff took care of everything else.  We were in the room with her as she passed, my wife rubbed Bella's back and I knelt with my forehead pressed to Bella's, the same way we always said goodnight to each other the last four years.  She passed peacfully and without pain.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Our beloved Juliet passed away on the 16th of January. She had been battling several health issues. After so many trips to the vet and specialists her body couldn’t take anymore. We’re devastated, and the house feels empty without her around.

We adopted Juliet along with her brother Romeo in February of 2018. Juliet always led the way on all of our adventures. She was the first to jump in the car, and the first to find the mud on our hikes. She had the sweetest disposition, and weathered every storm in life with the same wagging tail and bright eyes. She could play rough with her bigger brother, and sprint so fast after her favorite toy. We feel fortunate that we could spend all day every day with her these last couple years. We will always treasure the special moments with her in our hearts, and she will live forever in our memories.

Thank you for bringing her into our lives.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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Our beloved Tyler had to be put to rest today, by his regular vet. He has had many health challenges, each able to be overcome with love, patience, and care – but the hardest blow was his degenerative myeloma. As I’m sure you know, there is no treatment or cure, and the progressive symptoms only continue to worsen as time goes on. Having lost the use of both his back legs, and developing other problems and injuries as a result, we were able to manage his condition as long as possible with harness systems and lifestyle changes (even looked into a wheeled aid, but that didn’t work out), it got to the point that a decision had to be made. What makes this disease so especially evil is that the dog remains sharp and healthy of mind, but does not comprehend why his body no longer works. I wish more could be done to stop breeders from perpetuating this horrible genetic illness!

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know. I’m so grateful that I had Tyler in my life for four wonderful years, and will miss him the rest of my life. I like to think that I did as much for him as he did for me, though I’m not sure I can measure up to that. I’m grateful to MAGSR for allowing us to adopt him and give him a loving home.

I’m attaching some files, I hope they are not too terribly large. The PDF is a small tribute I made for my dear friend. It doesn’t say half as much as I’d like to say, or contain half as many pictures as I’d like to include, but I think it helps capture his life with us and the journey we had together.

All the best,
Dave Crout

Monday, January 10, 2022

Good evening all, sadly writing to inform you of Atlas’s passing. We adopted Atlas in January of 2007 at the age of two, yes 2007! He has been an absolute model of perfect health up until last year when old age caught up with him. He was truly a kind soul filled with love and affection for everyone he met. We tried our best to spoil him in every way possible and treat him with the love he showed us. Our hearts are broken but we know we have given him the best life possible. Thank you for introducing us to him so many years, we are blessed. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021



It is with deep sorrow and the worst hurt in my heart, that I reach out to you to inform you that our sweet Frankie (formerly known as Gypsy- adopted in March 2018), lost her battle to Lymphoma today. She was diagnosed with Lymphoma in May 2021– we had called MAGSR back in May to inform the rescue but never received a phone call or email communication back.

My husband, Michael Shaffer, and I took every possible Avenue that we could to help our sweet Frankie. We worked closely with Dr. Stacie Binstock, canine oncologist, at Lancaster Veterinary Services. Frankie underwent chemotherapy starting in May, but only had a short remission. We attempted two other chemotherapy drugs, but neither of them proved successful for remission. The Lymphoma grew resistant to the treatments we attempted.

I cannot begin to express how much my heart hurts, but I am proud to say that heaven welcomed one of the best four-legged angels it could ask for. Our sweet Frankie lost her battle to cancer today. Even though she was with us for three short years, she has changed us for a lifetime. We will continue to love her and cherish our time and memories of her for the rest of our lives. We are so blessed that we were chosen to be her human parents— she came to us when we least expected it, and it was divine intervention, in my mind, that we were brought together. We didn’t want to let go today, but she knew that she was not alone and that we were with her in every moment. While this quarantine has not been ideal for anyone, it was a blessing for us that we got to spend these last two years at home with Frankie, loving and cuddling her when she needed us most! We will always love her, forever and always! Until we meet again, sweet Frankie Bean!

If you could please notify the other family’s of Frankie’s litter mates that she passed from Lymphoma, and that they, too, should be aware and cognizant of their pups’s health, we would be most appreciative!

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We hope to adopt from MAGSR again in the future. While we’re obviously not ready now, if there is any information you can provide regarding how previous adopters can should start this process again, please share with us.

Thank you!
Brittany and Michael Shaffer

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Kobe will be forever missed


I wanted to write and let you know of Kobe’s passing on December 23, 2021 due to a brain tumor.    When we adopted Kobe from MAGSR, his name was Kent, but we renamed him on our first day home seven years ago.  Kobe lit up our lives and completed our family.  He was the picture of health and full of energy up until about a week and a half before his death when he started showing symptoms of vestibular disease.  Both his vet, and then the neurology specialist we took Kobe to see, treated him with antibiotics for a middle ear infection, but Kobe’s decline was so rapid and so extreme that we took him to emergency critical care.  An MRI revealed the aggressive brain tumor which took him from us later that night.

Kobe was the mayor of our neighborhood.  My family and I enjoyed long walks with Kobe, and he easily trekked 3-4 miles each day, between the walks my husband, my two boys and I took with him separately.  Young children would come running to him as we passed their houses, yelling, “Kobe, it’s Kobe!”  They would hug him and kiss him, and he was the gentlest giant with everyone who touched him.  Kobe loved to play with other dogs too, and other dog owners would drop by so their furry friends could play inside our fence with him.

We are heartbroken to have lost Kobe, and I will be forever grateful to the kind and loving people at MAGSR who introduced Kobe to our family in November, 2014.  I have attached a picture from last winter of our beautiful boy.

Thank you, MAGSR, for the wonderful and very important work you do.

The Harper Family

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

I wanted to let you know that my dog Keena (aka Topaz) adopted 11/11/06 passed away today.  She was a great dog and I want to thank your organization for allowing her to become part of my family.

December, 2015 to Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Bailey relaxing - always with a ball if at all possible
Bailey on vacation at the ocean with his partner Sweet PeaBailey staring down one of his many ballsBailey sleeping in his favorite hot weather position


We wanted to let you know that our beloved Bailey (MAGSR tag 5277) died after eating some dark false mussels.  We did not know that these mussels are highly toxic to dogs, causing acute liver failure.  We recently brought a boat into our yard, which had tiny mussels stuck to the bottom, and apparently Bailey crawled under the boat and scraped off and ate a large section of mussels.  We pieced together what happened only once he got sick and we found the tiny shells in his poop.  He spent two days in intensive care at Catonsville ER, and the vets did everything they could to save him, but the damage to his liver was too severe.  He was only 6 years old, still full of joy and ball-chasing energy, and we are completely crushed by his death.

We hope that you will help to raise awareness of the danger that these mussels pose to dogs.  (Ask potential adopters about boats?)  We never would have brought a boat into our yard if we had known.  The boat is now gone, and thankfully our other MAGSR dog (Sweet Pea - adopted in 2013?) did not eat any mussels.  She is grieving for her partner but is otherwise in great shape.

Here’s a link to a Maryland DNR health alert about the mussels:

It’s unclear exactly what in the mussels is so toxic to dogs.  The ER vet asked to have a necropsy done on Bailey, with the hope of shedding some light on the problem, so we donated his body to DNR and the veterinary pathology group at Johns Hopkins. 

Best wishes,
Bailey’s mom and dad

Thursday, November 4, 2021


We are sad to report of the passing of our shepherd, Jack Shannon, on November 4, 2021.  

We adopted Jack back in November of 2013 and while he survived emergency surgery for bloat he was unable to overcome the combined effects of arthritis and degenerative myelopathy.  

He was a big boy with a big heart and an even bigger personality.  We lived by the motto that “a good dog is a tired dog” and we spent a good portion of our day trying to wear him out.  Whether it was playing ball, playing in the snow, sledding, early morning walks, weed fun or hose fun he was always down for a good time.  

More than anything though he loved his people and he will be sorely missed by all of us.  

The Witek’s

Wednesday, October 27, 2021


Lexi crossed the rainbow bridge on Wednesday. I'm heartbroken because she was my best friend, but I wanted to write a note in her honor and just let you know of her passing. Lexi was my instant soul mate, and after a bit of a rough start with the dog we already had at the time, she settled in with her brother and they truly loved each other. While she wasn't fond of many other dogs, she had so many human best friends, and I loved walking her down the street because people always stopped in awe of how beautiful and wolf-like she was. She was also silly and very smart (much smarter than her brother). I would laugh when she wanted a toy that he had, so she pretended to be interested in another one just to trick him into dropping what he had to go for it, while she got the original.

I'm enclosing some of my favorite photos of her and her brother Titan (both gone within 6 months of each other from cancer). I’m a photographer and she even got to model in a few photo shoots (she always snuck in). I am so grateful for the time I got to spend with Lexi in her senior years.

I can't imagine my house without a dog in it and may be interested in fostering soon, something I've done in the past.



Monday, October 25, 2021

Our Tanner came into our lives in November 2017.
He died of bloat while we were away which makes it that much harder to process.
We weren’t with him.
He was the most loyal, obedient dog we have ever loved.
He melted our hearts everyday he was with us!

“Dogs are not our whole life but they make our lives whole!"

Monday, October 11, 2021

RIP, Sweet Hollie
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Hollie passed away unexpectedly early this morning from a probable ruptured hemangiosarcoma. She was such a wonderful dog and companion since the day we welcomed her into our family.

Thank you to Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue and Nicole Cox for bringing her into our hearts six years ago. She'll be there forever.