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Lyn Harral
ABMR Webmaster

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – “Blue” is an adorable 8 week old blue Malinois puppy who has just been brought into rescue and has an adoptive home waiting for him in NY. A mid-week transport was needed and once again, some wonderful volunteers stepped up to help little Blue get home!

Blue’s rescue team included Cee Kranz, Pat Kjoller, Tim Torson and new mom Ashley Keith. Thank you Cee for getting him vetted and ready for the trip and taking that first leg. Thank you Pat and Tim for taking those long legs of transport to move him closer to PA where Ashley picked him up.

Blue and Ash

Congratulations Blue on your new family, and Ashley – HAVE FUN!!! Wishing you loads of amazing adventures …

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday/Sunday, August 2-3, 2014 – Roy and Gypsy were both pulled from Miami Dade and checked into the Dog House in Pompano Beach for vetting and staging for transport north to Maryfrances Betts, the ABMR coordinator in Maryland. This would be a long, 2 day, 14-leg transport, and with two dogs on board it would also limit us to drivers with vehicles large enough crate at least one of the dogs.

gypsy pic in stuart

Our amazing transport team included drivers Eileen Burnell, Karen Alderson, Barbara Hoffman, Bea Moyer and Randy Thompson, Angela Maddux (who also overnighted Roy and Gypsy and drove 1st leg Sunday morning), Kirby Stewart (legs 7 and 8) Janet and Bill Fincannon (legs 9 and 10a), Sara Anderson (legs 10b and 11), Matthew Smith (a new driver with ABMR – welcome Matthew!), Elaine Asper and Maryfrances Betts.

roy with maryfrances

Transport ran fairly well until the last few legs when we hit tremendous traffic for both Elaine who was headed northbound and Maryfrances headed southbound. But as always, they worked thru it and made alternate arrangements to meet. It was a very long day on Sunday for everybody. Maryfrances, Roy and Gypsy went visiting while waiting for the traffic to clear, but eventually they made it home to Maryland.

roy catching a few

As of today, Roy is being fostered by Maryfrances and Gypsy has been ADOPTED!!! A huge thank you to everyone involved in rescuing Roy and Gypsy. Remarkable dogs – remarkable people!!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, August 9, 2014 – Tre is a young male Malinois who was discovered on the side of a road after being hit by a vehicle. He suffered from a crushed larynx and wounds to the front leg that required amputation. He has recovered well under the care of foster mom Michele Gihring, and now the perfect forever home has been found for Tre in Florida.


Saturday morning and he begins his trip bright and early, outfitted in his special harness to keep pressure off his healing larynx. He rides wonderfully well and enjoys all his special angels that have volunteered to get him to his forever family.


Thank you to his ABMR Coordinator LeeAnn Doyle, foster mom Michelle Gihring, transporters Tracy Strain, Bob Alspaugh, Tim Hebert, Stephanie Pruitt, Troi-Marie Higgins and Michelle Champagne. And congratulations to his new family, John and Andrea Flynn, who met him in Pensacola, overnighted and then returned home to southern Florida on Sunday.


It appears that Tre immensely enjoyed his ride and appreciated the attention he received from all the wonderful drivers. And from these pictures below – he certainly seems to be fitting right in and enjoying his new home.

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He has come a long way from the broken boy laying alongside the road… you all have made it possible for him to recover and start a new life. The loss of that leg definitely has not slowed him down and he fulfills all our wishes for a happy, healthy life!!!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, August 23, 2014 – RaRa is a 2 year old female Malinois who has been in foster care with Stephanie Simpson in Tennessee. Her forever home has been found in Minnesota. 1000 miles – can we do it! We are surely going to try!


We began posting for the transport on Monday and the legs filled slowly. By Friday, we still had 2 open legs left but drivers stretched out and make it happen for RaRa. It wasn’t an easy run, there was car trouble, construction, traffic and a nasty storm in the Indiana/Illinois area but the drivers steadily made their way north,


enthusiastically and with patience – they made it and amazingly almost on time! RaRa seemed to know she was headed home – she was such a good girl on transport.

Rara and jeff

A heartfelt thank you to Foster Mom Stephanie Simpson, to our incredible drivers Dianna Thompson, Bonita Rodgers, Michelle Ellis, Denise Williams (and her husband who came to Michelle’s aid when she had a car problem), Jani Kersey, Jeff and Dar Hauser, Darlene Finley, Karen Davis and to RaRa’s new family, the Magnuson’s, who drove down from Minnesota to meet her in northern Illinois.

RaRa with new Dad (2)

A special thanks to ABMR coordinator Janet McSwain who brought RaRa into rescue and who monitored this transport, keeping all the drivers updated and positive. What an amazing team! The pictures of RaRa’s arrival in Rockford to meet her new family – wow! THANK YOU!!!

RaRa with new Dad (3)

Thank you for volunteering, for stretching out and taking on additional mileage, for dealing with adverse conditions, for delivering RaRa at the end of each leg with a smile and wishing her a wonderful life. Congratulations RaRa, Eric and Colleen on finding each other.

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – not typical that we would have a transport mid-week, or for that fact a straight thru, practically door-to-door ride, but it happened for Angie. A sweet older girl who was pulled from MDAS after being brought in as a stray. She was vetted and transferred to the Dog House to await transport up to her foster home with Coral Wages in Madison FL. Coral was eagerly awaiting her arrival, but we were not able to make it happen last weekend, so we began posting again.

saying goodbye to pompano beach

We received an offer from Shawna Abbatiello, a student at FSU, who was returning to school in Tallahassee. She could offer Angie a ride from the Dog House all the way to Madison, if Angie was able to ride in the front seat. Shawna was returning to school and had her car loaded down.

As you can see – Angie seemed to like riding shotgun and when Shawna stopped to meet her and determine if Angie was going to be able to handle the ride, Angie jumped right in and said “let’s go!”

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6 hours later and a few stops along the road for exercise and lunch, Shawna and Angie arrived to meet Coral in Madison. Our thanks to State Coordinator Janet McSwain, Foster Coordinator Julie Bear and ABMR Volunteer Cindy Richard for getting Angie out of MDAS and into the Dog House. A huge special thank you to Shawna for her generosity in making it work and getting Angie up to Madison in such fine style. Angie was even treated to lunch at Panera’s! Truly an example that we can all find a little space to help a dog, or cat or ….

finally home

Thank you to Coral for fostering Angie, I’m sure we will be seeing lots of posts on FB and this fine girl should be up for adoption, looking for the perfect home, soon.

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

malory leaving santee on transport

Saturday, July 26, 2014 – This is the story of 2 amazing dogs, on 2 transports and their incredible drivers. Malory is a 1+ year old female Malinois who was in Kingsland GA with temp foster Angela Maddux, awaiting transport to her foster home with Mark and Barbara in New York. Mal (that is his name) was in the Boston area with foster mom Emily Faircloth and headed to his forever home in the Washington DC area.

malory and

Two Malinois, headed in different directions with their paths crossing in the DC area… seems there must be a way to make this work … and so it did.

Malory’s new foster dad out of NY had offered to meet Malory’s transport in the Washington DC area. A transport was put together to bring Mal from his foster home in Boston, to Mark in NY, who then drove Mal down to Washington DC area.

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Meanwhile, Malory departed her foster home in Georgia and headed north. Mal’s new dad, Jack, had offered to meet Malory as she was headed north into the Richmond area and return with her to Washington area, where he met up with Mark and they exchanged Malinois very late in the day and then both headed home.

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There are so many thank you’s that need to be put out for these two transports. We transported (one-way) a total of around 1500 miles.

malory and jack

Let me start with the coordinators Carol Aulick and Julie Bear who brought both Mal and Malory into rescue. Carol Aulick did an AWESOME job monitoring these runs, keeping everybody on track and updated so no one sat and waited. No easy job – the team from the north was driving Mal south over 500 miles – 9 hours time wise. The team from the south was driving Malory north 679 miles – 11-1/2 hours – all this plus meet sites, exercise times, traffic congestion, etc.

mark and jack mal malory

Thank you to Emily Faircloth for fostering Mal through to adoption – and to Angela Maddux for taking such wonderful care of Malory until transport could be arranged to her foster home. And to Mark Musser and Barbara Salvatoriello for fostering Malory. And to Jack, Mal’s new forever dad!!!

jack mal friend

Thank you to the incredible drivers who made this all happen – your handling and communication were excellent (not to mention the driving part :O). Thank you Emily Faircloth, Sue Moran, Jane Wheeler, Mark Musser, Jack Breslin, Angela Maddux, Cheryl Nelson, Kirby Stewart, Janet and Bill Fincannon, Russell Raniszewski, Mia Wakham, Sonia Schmidt and Donna Sees.

mal at home

You all pulled this incredible transport off beautifully. Of course, half the transport got ahead and half got behind, but you all stayed in touch and communicated through Carol – you are what makes rescue possible – and the happy pictures of Mal with his new dad, Jack, and Malory headed home with Mark – well, that just says it all people!!! AMAZING DOGS – AMAZING PEOPLE!!!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, July 19, 2014 – Elsa is a 1 year old female Belgian Malinois, currently in the Woodstock GA area, headed to her foster home with Charlotte Blake in Thompson’s Station, TN.

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bridget and pup pup

Transport came together quickly thanks to drivers Bridget and Michael Russell, Linda Allen and Scott McCormack, and Charlotte Blake. Late in the week we were contacted by another rescue regarding a 10 week old Border Collie named “Pup-Pup” who was headed in the opposite direction, Nashville to Atlanta, to his foster home. Linda and the Russell’s graciously offered to transport Pup-Pup southbound as they were also bringing Elsa northbound. It’s rare but such a wonderful thing when drivers can run dogs both coming and going. Thank you to Candy Swan and Suzianne Painter-Thorne, and Suzianne’s husband Nate, for driving this little guy.

bc puppy

elsa with charlotte

All are safely to their destinations and settling in – a huge thank you goes out to ABMR Coordinator Janet McSwain, short-term foster Cassandra Bicket, foster Charlotte Blake and drivers Linda and Scott, and Bridget and Michael – excellent job everyone!!! We heard excellent things about Elsa today and expect to see her on the website available for adoption soon.

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, July 12, 2014 – Belgian (yes, that was his name, now renamed Punch) is a 2 year old Belgian Malinois who was temporarily staying with Jan Flanagan at Tailshakers in Frankfort IL. Jan is a wonderful asset to Malinois Rescue and handles numerous dogs on both a temporary and foster through to adoption basis.

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Jared and Linda Redfield of Steven’s Point WI have offered to foster Belgian thru to adoption, so transport was very quickly arranged to get him north.

sandy and belgian

Thank you to ABMR Coordinator Mike Pechnyo, Jan Flanagan and the staff at Tailshakers, drivers Nikki Williams, Sharon Roundy, Sandy Shephard, Don and Norma Johnson and to the Redfield’s for fostering Belgian. They would be lost without the coordinators, fosters and transporters who work daily to get them into appropriate homes and safe environments. You are all angels…..

He is fitting in very well in the Redfield household, gets along beautifully with the resident dogs and is a loving soul. Soon to be on the website for adoption – watch for this boy, he is a definite keeper!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Sunday, July 6, 2014 – Ben is a large, young male Malinois, who is headed from short term foster care in Texas to the Coordinator in Missouri. His foster mom is traveling and Ben accompanies her to the St. Louis area where he then catches a ride the rest of the way to Coordinator Taylor Haywood.

Ben Recall

Thank you so much to Penny Winegartner for fostering and transporting this handsome guy, to drivers Carol Dixon and Parmelee Fehnel who helped him the last hundred or so miles to Taylor.

He is doing well and should be up on the website for adoption soon! Thank you for making this trip possible for Ben. We wish him a future filled with love and miracles. Transporters are the BEST!!!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, June 28th, 2014 – Kira is a 1+ year old female Malinois who was found as a stray on 6/16/2014 and taken to Miami-Dade Shelter, so we don’t know much about her. She is a quiet, sweet girl. She was pulled out of MDAS by Kay Wright and transported up to meet Bob and Eileen Burnell who were Kira’s temporary fosters while transport was being arranged up to her foster home with the Russell’s in Woodstock GA.

kira in beckie crate

Kira’s medical status was brought up to date and she was spayed on the 22nd but cleared to transport on the 28th. She was in some discomfort and recovering from a bout of kennel cough, so was very quiet on the trip. While with the Burnell’s she was tested with other dogs and small children and did very well.

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A huge thank you to drivers Kay Wright, Bob and Eileen Burnell, Sara Gagliardi, Sara Flynn-Kramer, Erica Feuerbacher, Coral Ohl Wages, Lori Ugolik, Bridget and Michael Russell. You make it all possible – thank you for all that you do for our rescued Malinois! It was a long trip and the weather was very hot, but Kira is settling in well with the Russell’s.

coral and kira

It’s a good thing Kira! Enjoy, recover and let’s find that perfect home!!!

beckie and kira

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, 2014 – Roxy and Nikki have been in boarding way too long in Texas, just north of Houston. Foster homes are waiting in Missouri but this is a difficult run to fill – so a rather unusual transport is put together to make this happen.


We have 3 drivers who really put themselves out there to make it happen for the girls this time. Aubrey Kotlarich picked Nikki and Roxy up on Friday morning and after a stop at the vet for updated vaccinations she headed north (260 miles), to meet up with Cindy Vranessa in Denton. Cindy then made a late night run up to Norman OK (170 miles) to meet ABMR State Coordinator Taylor Haywood, who then drove straight thru to arrive back to Missouri (450 miles) on Saturday morning. AMAZING to say the least!

I’m sure Nikki and Roxy had no idea what efforts were being put forth to get them safely to their foster homes. They were good girls on the trip and I am sure we will see them posted on the website shortly.


I believe we all jumped up and down when we received that email from Taylor on Saturday morning saying they were home and the girls were settling in. Incredible job everyone… it took a heroic effort to move things forward for the girls, but now they have the chance they need to be evaluated and begin the search to find their forever homes.

Outstanding, just outstanding!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Friday, May 16, 2014 – Gemma is a 1-1/2 +/- year old female pulled from a shelter in the Columbus OH area. She is headed to her foster home in Hudson with Carol and Ed Frederick.


A transport was quickly put together as both short-term foster and long-term foster home were scheduled to be out of town. A HUGE thank you to Tina Roudebush who offered to pick up Gemma on Friday night and keep her through the weekend – wow! a little one-on-one time for Gemma!!! Thank you so much Tina.


I’m sure Gemma will be up on the website soon! Keep watching…

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, May 17, 2014 – Wall-e has found his forever home!!! Just a short trip and he will be there. Our thanks to ABMR Coordinator Carol Aulick and drivers Jamie Thompson, David Hewitt and Patti Mager for making this transport happen so fast. We could never do it without you!!

Wall-e 1

Wall-e 3

Patti – we wish you and Wall-e many, many years of adventures and happy memories!!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, May 10, 2014 – Ha Nis Krah (American Indian name) was brought into the Humane Society in Colorado Springs after the death of his owner. He is a 7 year old male Malinois and Julie Price in Rifle CO has offered to foster him.

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A huge thank you to Erica Dalton at the HS for contacting our coordinator, Carol Aulick, seeking assistance in placement; to drivers Ashley Larson, Donna Patrick and Julie Price for getting him to Rifle; and to Julie for opening her heart and home to foster this guy. We look forward to hearing all about his adventures and seeing him posted on the web site for adoption.


With the help of these volunteers, Ha Nis Krah is safe and happy and beginning the search for his perfect forever home. Thank you all so much for giving of your time to help Ha Nis Krah on his journey. You too can make a difference…. please volunteer to drive a leg of transport the next time you see us posting through your area.

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 25, 26 and 27 – Paul has been waiting patiently. He was pulled 3 months ago from Miami Dade and has been at the Dog House in Pompano Beach, waiting while we find him a foster home that can take him through HW treatment. Paul is only around 4 years old but he is HW+ and that has to be taken care of before we can find a forever home for him.

beckie paul and teia

Finally! Carol and Ed Frederick in the Cleveland OH area have offered to foster Paul and take him through treatment. Now we just need to get him there.

We start posting for a standard transport, and quickly are contacted by Sharon Webb out of the Atlanta GA area. She is headed to Huron OH – a mere 70 miles from his foster home. She can give Paul a ride from Atlanta to Huron if we can get him to her by Saturday evening.

paul and lauren castillo

We start posting for Pompano Beach to Alpharetta and receive another amazing offer – Terry Seiss is headed to the Ocala area on that Friday and can bring Paul north with her, overnight and transport can pick up Saturday morning.

With that we began searching for our drivers, Altoona FL to Alpharetta GA, on Saturday. It was touch and go for awhile and I had no idea if we were going to fill by Thursday, which we needed to do before Paul could leave with Terry on Friday – but everyone began to spread the word and contact everyone they knew along the route and a wonderful thing happened – we found all our drivers by Thursday!!!

lenny and mary kihn

Terry pulled Paul on Friday and traveled up to Altoona FL where he overnighted and mingled with the campers, being quite the social boy. On Saturday morning, bright and early, driver Kate Wells picked him up and headed to Ocala to meet transport.

While we were posting for drivers we became aware of a chihuahua who was headed from Tampa to St. Louis. He too had a ride out of Atlanta to St. Louis if he could get there by Saturday evening. So Mary Kihn drove Lenny to Ocala where he joined Paul and they headed north with drivers Judy Geroni, Lauren Castillo, Beckie Haughton, Teia Trepanier, David and Jenni Anderson and Rebecca Brockman. Lenny met his overnight foster, Phyllis Colmar, in Atlanta and then headed on to St. Louis on Sunday.

david jenni paul

Paul overnighted with Sharon Webb and departed for the north bright and early on Sunday morning. It was a long trip but Paul was met in Mansfield OH by Carol and Ed Frederick, his new foster family.

Thank you to all the drivers who made this trip possible for both Paul and Lenny. There was excellent teamwork and communication – care and concern for Paul and Lenny – and you ran right on time!!! Thank you all so very very much!

Paul was an absolute joy on this run and many described him as a “gentleman” and a “leaner”. I’m sure once he settles in the Malinois mischief will come out, but he was such a good boy on transport. Once Lenny relaxed at his overnight he did very well and we saw pictures of him enjoying a little freedom before he headed to St. Louis on Sunday with another long day of driving.

Sharon – what can we say about Sharon except she is always on the road and always takes a rescue with her if there is anyone in need of a ride. I know taking Paul put you behind schedule but I also know you would do it again for any rescue headed in the same direction you are.

paul and becky

***Next time you are planning a trip, please consider giving a rescue dog a ride. They really don’t take up that much space, are excellent company and you would be making a huge difference in that dog’s life. All you need to do is let me know your departure date and time and your destination. I keep a calendar of all offers just in case a dog is in need along your route. It’s a great feeling to make such a huge difference in the life of a Malinois!***

Best wishes for a speedy recovery Paul!! If anyone is looking for that perfect Malinois – you might want to watch for this one in the near future to show up on the website. I hear he is a pretty great dog!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

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