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Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21, 2014 – Tawny and Gidget are littermates who have been enjoying foster care with Terre Wing Halle in Florida since intake into Rescue. Now Tawny has a home waiting for her in PA and Gidget is headed north too, keeping her sister company and going to foster care.

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FL to PA is a long trip and 2 days were needed on the road for this one. The girls had a bit of a shaky start, transport is confusing with all the transfers and driver changes, but both girls relaxed as Saturday wore on and by the time they reached their overnight they were doing well. They continued to do well on the trip on Sunday and arrived in PA in fine shape.

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A great big heartfelt THANK YOU! to foster Terre Wing Halle who has worked so hard with these girls and now found Tawny the perfect home. To drivers Terre Wing Halle, Pam Campbell, Missy Owens, Laura DeVoie, Tim Conover, Ellen Paul (who also overnighted the girls), Sheila Cindric, Connie Perdue, Halie Rogers, Bobby Arellano, Lea Dwyer and to Adrienne and Paul Woll (Tawny’s adoptive family). And to Janet McSwain, transport monitor and state coordinator for both girls!

We had quite a few new drivers on this run and we could not have made it without each and every one of you. Your attention to detail, expert handling and kindness shown to the girls were invaluable and we hope to get the chance to work with everyone again.

We wish Tawny and her new family congratulations and best wishes for a bright future filled with all kinds of Mali-adventures… and Gidget, your turn for a forever home will come soon, for now you can enjoy your new foster home! Thank you to all those who touched these girls on their journey!

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Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Sunday, September 6 and 7, 2014 – Romeo is a sweet 6 year old male who loves water, tennis balls and attention, and not necessarily in that order. He is a beautiful boy who is headed from his foster home in Columbia MO with ABMR State Coordinator Taylor Updike, to the perfect forever home with David Taddei family, in Townsend VT. Another long transport – 2 days, an overnight and 13 incredible drivers!

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romeo headed to ashland

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romeo and david

ABMR sends out a huge thank you to drivers Taylor Updike, Parmelee Fehnel, Beth Beck-Marts, Joe Kersey, Sue Young, Maryanne Vrabel, Carrie Morrow, Carol and Ed Frederick, Debby Meder, Adam D’Ambrosio, Lynn Brown, Ann Fiorello and David Taddei. Thank you to Carol and Ed for overnighting Romeo (he sure looked comfy) and for taking the last leg on Saturday and first on Sunday.

We wish Romeo and his new family many, many years of fun playing in the waters of Vermont, chasing tennis balls and just enjoying life as it should be for this very special Malinois. Amazing job drivers!!! You made it look so easy, and Romeo certainly seemed to be enjoying all that attention (and those out of shot tennis balls!!). What a wonderful gift you have given Romeo and his new family!!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Transporters, Fosters, Adoptive Homes: The 2015 Calendar is now accepting submissions for our 2015 Calendars and there is a Special Category Especially for YOUR Malinois’s Journey. Guidelines for submissions.

Lyn Harral ABMR Webmaster

Information detailing Freedom Ride Photos for 2015 Calendar

I want to draw attention to a very special group of people that volunteer in Florida to ID, evaluate, pull and transport Malinois from shelter situations such as MDAS (Miami-Dade Animal Shelter) and get them into short-term or boarding situations to stage for transport north. These volunteers have to make hard decisions every time they walk into a shelter, whether a dog is coming into rescue or whether we must leave them behind. All too often their work is not recognized by those outside of the main body of ABMR, they are the silent workers who do what needs to be done every day.

Hugs and immense gratitude to ABMR FL State Coordinators Kay Wright and Sara Flynn Kramer; and volunteers Cindy Richard, Terry Seiss, Carola Di Perna and Bob and Eileen Burnell. Almost every Malinois in and coming north out of Florida is touched by one of these angels at some point.

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These volunteers make up that first line in Florida, they look into the eyes of those lost and frightened Malinois, the sick and injured, and I am sure that every dog they see takes a piece of their hearts with them. I don’t know how you do it but please don’t ever stop….

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

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Saturday, August 30, 2014 – Today we are moving 2 beautiful girls from North Carolina to their foster homes in Maryland and Pennsylvania, but first let me tell you about Sweety. She is a 3 +/- year old female who was a stray pulled from MDAS (Miami-Dade) in Florida, transferred to the Dog House in Pompano Beach while a foster home was found and then we took a shot at making transport but failed to find all the drivers we needed the first time. We had a lot of open space and when we received an offer for a straight thru from FL to NC for the following weekend, we cancelled and waited.

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sweety and linda

On Sunday, August 24, Sweety was picked up at the Dog House by Stacy Santarone who outfitted her with a beautiful new collar and leash (not to mention the goody bag!!) and they headed north to meet drivers Ellen Rich, Linda Bonjorno, and eventually Nancy Kurul who was visiting in Florida and would be returning to NC the next day, taking Sweety with her. It was an excellent and uneventful transport and Sweety impressed everyone along the way.

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Nancy and Sweety made the trip north in good time and Sweety enjoyed a week of wonderful accommodations with Nancy and her crew while waiting for transport north to be put together for the following weekend.

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There was also another female in Wilmington NC, a 2 year old female named Bliss, who needed a ride to Maryland to her foster home, so she was added to the run and plans were made. Transport from NC to MD went together very quickly with the exception of 2 legs from Smithfield NC to Henrico VA just south of Richmond.

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We constantly struggle to find drivers in this area and although we continued to post to transport groups and groups on FB seeking drivers, by Friday we still had 2 open legs. But one more angel to the rescue and Bob Clardy offered to drive all the way down from VA (where he was on vacation) to Smithfield, pick up the girls and head back to Henrico, a round trip of over 500 miles, filling our 2 missing legs and completing the transport.

are we there yet

With Bob’s generous offer we were a go and the trip went off beautifully. The girls rode very well (yes, you can put 2 Malinois in a car) and again impressed all their drivers with their ability to get through what can be a very stressful day – 2 Malinois (unknown to each other until that morning), passed from vehicle to vehicle/driver to driver every hour).

I want to thank all the volunteers and drivers who made it possible for Sweety and Bliss to get to their foster homes – ABMR Coordinator Kay Wright, Cindy Richard, Stacy Santarone, Ellen Rich, Linda Bonjourno, Nancy Kurul, Sara Anderson (short-term foster for Bliss), Jennifer and David Jones, Bob Clardy, Claibourne Jackson, Martha Paschal, Theresa Matarazzo, and to drivers and fosters Sue Griefer and Doug Gitt, and to ABMR Coordinator Janet McSwain for monitoring. Also, our thanks to the Dog House in Pompano Beach and The Dog Club in Wilmington!!

Both girls are settling in nicely and should be up for adoption on the website soon. Wishing them both fantastic forever homes in the near future!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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 ….

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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