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: 11/17/2018
Zale Zale Zale


It’s been just about a year since we adopted Zeus from MAGSR.  He’s a Belgian Malinois, a breed affectionately nicknamed “Maligators” because they are quick with very powerful jaws. His favorite thing is hoarding balls and playing fetch.  He also really loves to play tug and will even take clothes out of the laundry basket to entice someone to play.   He has blossomed into a very different dog and has become very affectionate and playful.  He loves going to Lowe’s with Dad, needs morning hugs and kisses, and rolls over for belly rubs.  Zeus also likes to howl when he hears sirens and howls back and forth with our son.  He now tries to play with the resident cats who are not so scared of him anymore, but is still bossed around by the resident Chihuahua with no teeth. Zeus has been an adventure and we look forward to many more years with him.

Posted: 11/14/2018
Solomon Solomon Solomon


The past six months with Solomon have been an absolute blessing. Him and our female German Shepherd could not be a better match and are always together. Where one is, you will see the other. Solomon completed his beginner class through Dauntless and is currently half way through intermediate. He absolutely loves playing fetch, taking naps, chasing his sister female shepherd through the house, and laying with his person. He walks right in his crate and when we are in our room will just hang out in there.

Solomon is absolutely in love with our god children. When they come over he loves playing the game Tag with them. He is very gentle with them and will lay with them or run with them throughout the house.

He has been the perfect addition to the family. I am getting emotional typing this as I am thinking to myself “who really saved who?”

All the best-

Kate and Tyler Coburn

Posted: 11/13/2018
Blue loves his family!
Blue loves his family! Blue loves his family!



Blue has settled into our home and family as if he has been with us from the start. He has a special bond with each of us, especially the kids. He LOVES to play fetch and will greet every visitor we have with a ball in his mouth to let them know he’d like to play.

He’s a big boy, currently weighing in at 105 lbs, a lot of that is due to the fact that he sits next to the kids and waits to catch their crumbs! He is such a gentle, kind soul and we love him beyond words.

He has helped all of our hearts heal after the loss of our sweet boy Murphy and are so happy we made the choice to adopt and got this sweet boy!

The Kinna Family 

Posted: 09/24/2018
Mally Mally


Mally Bear!!!  Mally is doing good.  She loves her momma, maybe a little too much , walks and cleaning dishes!  When we got Mally the end of April she wanted nothing to do with my son or husband.  It's been a long 4 months but well worth it!  She is starting to play like a puppy, she likes my son and most days doesn't bark at my husband anymore (he gives her the dishes to clean).  Hoping one day soon she'll accept the cats We are learning little secrets to help her trust them more and as the saying goes "slow and steady wins the race".  We have the time...Mally is finally home

Posted: 09/12/2018
Nash and his new baby sister, Faye
Happy Nash Happy Nash Nash the Lion Happy Nash Nash the Bunny Nautical Nash Nash the family man


We just wanted to update you all on Nash, formerly Comanche. Nash was adopted one year ago this month and we couldn’t be happier having him in our lives. This summer he experienced 2 big changes and is adapting to both very well. In July we moved to PA to be closer to family and in August he received a baby sister named Faye!  We look forward to watching their bond continue to grow :)


Hannah and Mike Pothering

Posted: 06/09/2018


We’ve had Loudon for almost 2 years now. He has become a very obedient, loving dog. He loves camping and hiking with us. This was taken today at Bushkill Falls.

Steve and Diane Sharp

Posted: 05/03/2018


Fate has grown to be such a fabulous girl. She loves to sunbathe on her deck, play for endless hours in the snow, snuggle all day long, run races with her Momma and swim until she is forced to take a break. We couldn't imagine our lives without her. She’s perfect. 

Posted: 04/04/2018
Victor aka Conway
Victor aka Conway Victor aka Conway Victor aka Conway Victor aka Conway Victor aka Conway Victor aka Conway Victor aka Conway and the cone of shame Victor aka Conway and the late cone of shame


Hope you enjoy some picture updates! First birthday, downtown walks, fun snow days, and cone of shame!!

He’s the best thing that ever happened to me!


Posted: 04/04/2018


We adopted Demi in the summer of 2015. It was a rough start but she has come a long way and we wouldn't trade her for the world!!!

We love her so much and couldn't imagine life without her!!

Posted: 04/01/2018
Liam (FKA Aro)
Liam (FKA Aro)


These are pics of Liam (formerly Aro) adopted as a puppy October 2nd 2010.  He has the sweetest disposition and is an amazing companion.  He loves to play with other dogs, chase balls,  devour sticks and sniff for critters.  When he settles down in the evening, I couldn't ask for a better sidekick!  Thanks, MAGSR, for this wonderful boy!  

Posted: 03/23/2018
Sadie & friend


I would like you all to know it was a great pleasure working with you. I will again adopt from MAGSR. Ms. Sadie is doing awesome and shes a perfect match for our family. Thank you Trish for suggesting her to me.  She has free roam of the house and is a very good girl. Each day is a new adventure to her. She's getting along great with my other two.  I have attached a pic of her napping next to my 14 yr old. Once again, thank you all. 

Posted: 03/21/2018
Maxi & Geiger having fun in the snow!
Maxi & Geiger having fun in the snow! Maxi & Geiger having fun in the snow! Maxi & Geiger having fun in the snow!


Maxi is getting in her best herding practice w/Geiger.  He’s still a lot faster, but he will slow down if he’s distracted by a snowflake (real or imaginary) or if he drops his ball. 

Maxi- AKA Maxine, was adopted in Dec 2013 & she will be 8 this summer.  Geiger is our resident Malinois (soon to be 9 yrs old, acts like he’s 2) 


Belinda Young

Posted: 03/17/2018
Echo (Cooper)
Echo (Cooper) Echo (Cooper)


Echo (Cooper) was the abused deaf pup at the rescue in October 2017. I have never met a deaf puppy before Echo, nor ever trained one. Echo has added so much joy and love to my life as well as my rescue black lab. He is the sweetest and follows his big brother around everywhere. He is doing awesome on hand signals and even reading my lips with commands. If anyone is skeptical about training a deaf dog, it is no harder, just different. If I could help others who are concern d about deafness, id be more than happy to help. I guess I'm expressing my gratitude and appreciation for your rescue connecting me with Echo. I'm thankful for him being in my family!

Thank you very much.



Posted: 02/20/2018
Maxi, taking in the sun.
Wilco & Geiger.  Where's dinner? Fargo & Wilco, chillin' Wilco warming up. Wilco staying warm.


Hey! I am sending a few pics for updates...

I’ve got:

  • Maxi (long-haired Shepherd basking in the sun) now 7, adopted in 2013. 
  • Geiger (Malinois) & Wilco (both waiting outside the kitchen) Wilco -FKA Willoughby- was adopted in 2016. He’s coming up on 3 years old. 
  • Fargo (Black Sheprador) & Wilco are out in the yard last summer.  Fargo (FKA Garbo) was the fastest foster failure - at less than a day;  adopted back in 2014.  She’ll be 4 in June. 
  • Last couple pictures are Wilco saying warm by the wood burning stove. 

Thx!! -Belinda 

Posted: 02/12/2018


Hero (Adopted May 2016) – Hero has been with me over a year now. Whether Hero is running in the back yard, playing in the snow, or diving into the kiddie swim pool, he’s a complete trip. Hero even helped us locate a loose dog one evening, although we didn’t quite realize it at that moment, but is was exhausting for him - he likes to nap whereever he can, even in the truck in positions that look so uncomfortable. Hero doesn’t mind to be dressed up, even with antlers. Hero gives his fur-sister, Pretty, tons of confidence and likes to go out and represent MAGSR whenever he can. Hero is happy to meet whomever comes his way, as long as it’s not a rabbit, bird or butterfly. Best of all, Hero loves to cuddle – it’s all about timing in life and Hero sure found a way to help a broken heart move forward.

Posted: 02/12/2018


Pretty has been with us now for over two years after getting loose inside the DC beltway for 9 weeks and being captured by MAGSR volunteers. Pretty is our princess! Even though she’s still skittish and we are very careful with her, she is an amazing dog. She actually barks at anything that comes to the house, even before it gets there – we’re not sure how she pulls that off, but she does. She is learning more to seek affection and she enjoys the attention. Pretty loves to eat and she will do just about anything for a treat. Pretty never knew how to play with toys, but every once in a while will take a bone and hide it from her fur-sibling. Pretty likes to go out and represent MAGSR whenever she can – she just loves to go for rides. She also lets her mom dress her up and doesn’t seem to mind (especially when it’s MAGSR apparel). Pretty is something special and she’s doing great!

Posted: 02/05/2018
Sage (fka Candi)
Sage (fka Candi)


This is Sage running around in her 3 acre backyard !! She has been chasing the ball and the stick every time we go outside and play! she is so happy!

Posted: 01/28/2018
Arya (fka Amber)
Arya (fka Amber) Arya (fka Amber) Arya (fka Amber)


From the moment that little pup came for a meet and greet with her foster mom... she chose her master! She came in and laid at his feet on that first day. Arya (formally Amber 2014) has been the best dog! She loves her dad most of all, but is very protective of her forever family. She is very smart and loves her walks! Thanks MAGSR for saving this beautiful dog! 

Posted: 01/24/2018
Canyon Canyon Canyon Canyon


Canyon, f/k/a Shorty, adopted September, 2016.  Canyon is an amazing dog, the most loyal and loving creature.  He has amassed a long list of admirers over the last year and a half, from his biased grandmom to unbiased walkers, vet techs, and overnight sitters.  Canyon is currently living the adventure life of a desert dog, as his new mom is considering a move out west and he is along for two months helping to decide on whether to relocate!  He is enjoying life among his namesake canyons of the West, and loves hiking and camping, even when he hears the song of the coyotes (from the comfort of the tent, of course).   Canyon is loving proof that rescue dogs are the best.  

Posted: 01/19/2018


Hello! I wanted to send a “pup-date” on Haley, formerly known as “Miranda,” who was adopted 3/18/17. She was one of Reese’s 11 puppies. Haley is doing awesome and it’s been such a joy to have her! She is a happy, energetic, and very smart girl. I’ve attached a picture from the day I adopted her, and two recent ones… she’s grown up so fast! I would love to hear how any of her littermates are doing, and would also love to see pictures if any of the adopting families would like to share.  Thank you so much for all that you do!


Katie Flickinger

Baltimore, MD