Success Stories

This is what we are all about. When we place a dog in a great home, everyone in the rescue is elated. Nothing feels better than helping our dogs on their journey to find a forever home where they can love and be loved.

We thank every one of our adoptive families for opening their hearts and homes to our dogs.

These are the most recent MAGSR Success Stories. Success Stories reported prior to 2016 can be found here.

Posted: 05/25/2024

15 January 2024 - Pumpkin (now Maggie Mae) has settled in nicely.  She is very comfortable cuddling with us but is not happy to be left alone--we will work on that using the info that you provided.

25 May 2024 - Attached is Maggie Mae’s (MAGSR-Pumpkin) first birthday photo.  She weighs 73 lbs and has settled in well with us.  Still working on training but she is so stinking smart she has come along way.

Posted: 05/14/2024
Murphy Murphy Murphy

Murphy is loving life at his new West Virginia home! He has lots of space to run, gets to watch the horses next door, is improving his manners at training, and chills out while his parents are watching TV.  He’s a sweetie!

Posted: 03/20/2024
Jo Jo Jo

Jo just hit his gotcha day on March 15 and celebrated in style with vanilla ice cream. He’s the epitome of a little sibling keeping us all on our toes and providing endless snuggles. He loves to let off steam in the yard with all the zoomies and then chasing his brother Nick while he plays fetch. His favorite activity is sitting by the front window to keep tabs on what dogs are making their rounds in the neighborhood. 

Posted: 07/30/2023
North North North North

North (formerly known as Nancy) has been a wonderful dog and a wonderful companion to our older male husky. They are truly best friends and he protects her every day. She seems to think she is a lapdog and it always needs to be on top of somebody. She is wonderful with her children of all ages.  She very much dislikes the rain and cold, prefers to sunbathe on the deck or in a sunny window.

Posted: 06/24/2023
Jaycee Jaycee Jaycee Jaycee Jaycee Jaycee Jaycee Jaycee Jaycee

MAGSR Family, Jaycee (of the J Puppies 2020) is doing very well and is happy and healthy enjoying a carefree and pampered life living out on the rural countryside.  She has blossomed into a very well behaved young lady and loves playing with her brother and chasing those Frisbees!

She is energetic and has such a relaxed and sweet disposition.  It is amazing to me how gentle and loving she is!  I am very proud of her and all the J puppies!  Jaycee brings me so much joy and companionship!  She is curious about all things and is a quick learner

Posted: 05/28/2023
Leona Leona Leona

Greetings MAGSR Family! It has been 3 years since Leona (GA-38) and I became a family. Every day for the past three years has been an adventure, and I have had the great pleasure of a front row seat to this smart and sassy girl's growing happiness and willingness to give and receive trust and love. This past year has been a particularly special one for our special girl - who many of you showed boundless compassion, patience, and kindness in her journey from Georgia to Maryland. One highlight was a cross country roadtrip in which Leona explored many national, state, and local parks and other natural attractions. From coast to coast, Leona picked up new pastimes (among them - paddleboarding, cliff walking, as well as gondola and ferry-riding) and honed some of her old favorites (hiking, swimming, digging holes, and rolling in good smells in every state). As wonderful as our adventures were, there's still no place like home. Thank you for helping us find that in one another! 

Posted: 01/09/2023

Larkin (FKA Meka) has been doing wonderfully!

She's incredibly energetic and a quick learner, and is slowly realizing that it's easier for her to get affection when she's calm. She enjoys tug of war and bothering her brother, Houston the cat, but tennis balls are her favorite.

Posted: 11/30/2022
Skeeter Skeeter Skeeter

Here are some pictures of Skeeter. She is a ray of sunshine in our lives!

Posted: 11/19/2022
Teddy Teddy Teddy Teddy Teddy Teddy Teddy


It's hard to believe we've had Teddy a year last month and I wanted to send a quick note that it's been amazing.  Looking back, I wish we had documented the journey a bit more but who knew he would come so far.

He undeniably had a tough life before MAGSR.  Given all of the things he was afraid of and has staunchly faced,  he is certainly one of the bravest dogs I know.  I'm attaching some pictures from one of Teddy's recent downtown "shop-til-you-drop" outings but it barely does this guy justice.   He's come from cowering in his crate and spending his days with his tail tucked so far you couldn't see it to enjoying company, showering kids with gentle attention, and even trying to sneak a bit off food off our plates at a restaurant.  (Oh, and meeting the unexpected fireworks at said restaurant as if they were nothing.) 

He's just been signed up for advanced obedience which we believe he's going to relish.  (Such a difference from his first days in basic obedience.) 

I hope folks at MAGSR who knew Teddy "way back when" will see this.  I'm sure they will be just as proud of him as we are.

Best regards,


P.S.  Up until nine months, we thought we had "hit the jackpot" with regard to GSD coats.  And then he began shedding.  :-)  At least he will hopefully enjoy this winter a bit more with a full coat!

Posted: 08/11/2022

Onya continues to settle in. She now knows to potty outside on a schedule. She is very smart and I easily taught her all her basic commands. We continue to work on these commands with distractions. She wants to play with and herd the cats, lol, but can be called off, but if she gets too excited, gets a time out in her crate or a stay in her place. Strangers, especially men is her biggest challenge. She is wary, fearful and avoidant. She views these situations as potential threats to herself and now to me.  I have now hired a professional trainer to work with us at a more experienced level to reduce her anxiety and build her confidence and calm in these situations.

Posted: 08/11/2022

It is hard to believe that Mango (fka Vegas) has been with us for 3 years! She came to us as an unsocialized puppy who was fearful of strangers both of the human and canine variety. She has since come out of her shell quite a bit – although we still have some social skills to practice and improve.


She is a”constant” companion to her owner – traveling back and forth between two homes in Columbia, MD and Bethany Beach, DE frequently. She is an excellent walking partner – tennis partner – frisbee catcher, and all around playmate (more playing than Mom wants sometimes!)

Happy Adoptaversary Mango!

Tom and Tina Lentscher

Posted: 04/25/2022

I wanted to give an update on Thor. For those that knew him. He was animal aggressive and needed to be placed with the right family. Well I tell you what the right family came at the right time. 

From that first walk I did with him at the shelter, where he sat and looked up to me and said you are the one. he has been so loyal to me and my family. He has seen our family expand and helped us pick out our new house. 

What will amaze you all now is how gentle and loving he really can be. Some will be amazed to hear how great of a big brother he is. In February we got a German shepherd puppy. From the first time he laid eyes on her. He was willing to protect her. When she cried he would come a running check on her like a dad. When she goes potty, he has to go with her to keep an eye out for her. He plays so gentle with her. He corrects her when she needs it just like a dad would do. Everyone that knows him is shocked with the way he is with her. What is most shocking is how he lets her come up to him and try and take the ball from his mouth. 

Posted: 04/08/2022
Juno Juno

Hi! I just came across these emails from September 5th, 2013. What a journey. I could write a book. Juno is my heart.   


Victor Coll

CEO & Founder

Juno DigitalMedia

Posted: 04/01/2022

Magnolia, now  Luna,  joined our family in December 2021 after she was sure  her puppies were ready for their adoptions!. She has been going through her heart worm treatment like a pro and learning the rules of her new home. We are very happy to have her!

Posted: 02/26/2022

It’s been just over 3 months since we brought Sally home and my husband and I both agree that it feels like she’s been with us much longer. She is such a burst of energy and love! Her bubbly personality is opening up and she is making so much progress in training.

We are so glad to have this sweet babe as part of our family!

Posted: 11/21/2021
Salem Salem Salem Salem Salem

Salem never fails to remind you of her intelligence. A few things Salem loves to do is, Play with my husband, Run and walks, and probably her favorite is swimming. Loves taking naps with her new sister and playing a game where treats are hidden and then search and enjoy. It’s never a dull moment for her.

Posted: 10/18/2021

Last Sunday, October 10th, we celebrated Blackjack's (formally known as Jinx) one year anniversary at his Forever Home!  

We received BJ at 9 weeks old from the Mississippi mud.  Like many rescues, BJ was scrawny, stinky, starving, and filled with parasites.  Blackjack cleaned up well and filled out fast! At his one year birthday (we are marking as August 1st) Blackjack weighed in at a healthy 86 lbs!!

Blackjack is a quick learner and highly trainable thanks in most part to his older sister, 12 year Belgium Shepherd, Amber.  Blackjack loves to play ball, that deserves repeating, Blackjack l-o-v-e-s to play ball!  BJ would be a great shortstop; he is fast, and always in front of the ball.  It helps we have lacrosse players at home for BJ to play ball with.  BJ has daily playdates with his nextdoor neighbor, a mixed terrier, Marley, adopted at the same time, same age.  Marley's high energy is a great match for BJ at play time.   Blackjack loves his older sister, they are side by side chasing squirrels, on daily walks, hanging out in the backyard, keeping watch over the house, or napping. Blackjack is very people and dog friendly, and his carefree demeanor helps relax Amber, who is always on guard, alert to protect her home, her family.  Blackjack has also brought back a playfulness to Amber in her later years.  

Of course, Blackjack has added more joy and playfulness to the whole family!   

Posted: 10/18/2021

Almost our 1 year gotcha day for Buddy (FKA Jonah).  We love him with all of our hearts.  He was a wonder boy getting through his HW treatment and has been a happy, playful boy ever since.  

He loves people, dogs and day camp, swimming, agility and tricks training, and learns everything VERY fast.  

Thank you MAGSR, for our very happy family.

Posted: 09/16/2021

One year and one day after adoption!


Thank you MAGSR for all your work rescuing this bouncy beautiful big-hearted girl and also for curing her of heartworm. She brings me lots of joy.

Posted: 08/07/2021

Nala has been doing great.   Her 120 day heartworm test was negative.  Star of puppy class!!  She has come a long way now she is 59 pounds from the 40 when she was found.