ABMR 2014 Transports

Sunday, November 16, 2014 – Sam is 12 years old and came into rescue when her family was forced to move after losing their home. She was raised with love and children. She has been with Foster Mom Charlotte Blake in TN and a perfect forever home has been found for her with the Rogers family in Hamilton OH.

sam on transport 1

sam and the beanbag

Thank you to Foster Mom Charlotte, driver Terri Whitworth and new mom Jenny Rogers for getting Sam home to Ohio yesterday. Sam lost no time in settling in and getting to know the family. She is particularly enjoying time with Jenny’s daughter.

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The Rogers family is very happy to have Sam in their lives, and I’m sure Sam is VERY HAPPY to have them in hers. Great job everyone!!!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, November 8, 2014 – So while plans were being made to transport Bijou from South Bend IN to Virginia, another pup, 6 month old Apollo, needed a ride toward his new adoptive home in Stevens Point WI. This sweet, fun, goofy little guy was at a kennel in the York PA area, if we could get him to Breezewood PA, the closest point that Bijou’s family would come to him on their trip to Youngstown to meet Bijou, well then we could get him all the way home!

apollo transport 2

apollo enjoying his ride 3

Thank you to so many drivers on this one – first to Carrie Maul and Tracy Acker who moved him from York to Breezewood, to the McCall’s who then transported him to Youngstown OH where they were meeting their new pup, Bijou. From there, Lisa Doan (Bijou’s foster mom) transported Apollo back to South Bend, where I picked him up Saturday night and headed back to northern Illinois. After an unplanned ride through downtown Chicago at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night due to construction, we arrived home and had a good romp in the yard before settling in for tomorrow’s journey.

ez and linda

ez at home

Up bright and early on Sunday, November 9, Apollo and I met Jenell Peterson, who transported him to meet Don and Norma Johnson in Madison, who took him all the way to Stevens Point to meet his new family.

Apollo’s name is now EZ and he is such a sweetheart. Everyone on transport enjoyed his company and he now spends his days enjoying life in northern Wisconsin – all the good things EZ – have a blast!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, November 8, 2014 – Bijou has been with Foster Mom Lisa Doan since Spring of 2014. She has gone thru heartworm treatment and extensive desensitizing so that she is now comfortable in a home situation and all the sounds and obstacles associated with the home. Lisa has been making weekly trips to Petco and other public places to work on Bijou’s social skills. This petite female came up from Alabama in early Spring 2014 and has blossomed under Lisa’s care. Her forever home has now been found with the McCall family in Bristow VA.

bijour and her pool

Lisa, as with all her fosters, is highly invested in this girl and has decided to make the trip all the way to Youngstown Ohio to meet the McCalls, wanting to meet the family and give Bijou a good send-off.

bijou and her family nov 2014

Thank you Lisa, for always going those extra miles (or hundreds of miles in this case) to make sure your foster Malinois are right where they need to be.

Congratulations to Bijou and the McCall family – I know just how special this little girl is and we are so very excited that she has found her forever home with you.

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Sunday, October 14, 2014 – Maude is a senior female Malinois, a wonderful, sweet girl who is with Charlotte Blake in TN and is headed to her foster home with Robin Barfoot in Michigan. We began posting for a standard transport but Ellen Pauly quickly contacted me and indicated she would be traveling north to Michigan and could meet Maude along the route and take her all the way to meet Robin.

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Plans were quickly worked out and on Sunday morning Maude left home with Charlotte to meet drivers Robin Campbell, Bonita Rodgers and then to meet Ellen in Knoxville. Maude rode all the way to Michigan with Ellen, overnighted with Ellen, and was then met on Monday by Foster Mom Robin Barfoot.

ellen bonita maude

Thank you to everyone involved in getting Maude into rescue, situated for transport and then on to Robin. It’s those small little miracles that happen every day that get these wonderful Mals where they need to be.

maude and robin b

Please be sure to let me know when you are traveling any distance and can take a pup with you – you just never know who may be needing a ride. THANK YOU Charlotte, Robin C, Bonita, Ellen and Robin B!!
Wishing Maude a comfy spot by a heat source – welcome to Michigan!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, October 18, 2014 – Beautiful Bliss is headed to her forever home in South Glens Falls NY. It’s been a long journey for her, coming up from the south on another transport, but she is ready for this ride.

bliss and catherine

bliss and heather

A huge thank you to all the people who have touched Bliss’ life along the way, on this portion of her journey those people were Kelly Vermace, Judy Iannotti, Sandy Redder, Heather Rolland, Catherine Traina and the Martin family.

Rescue works because of all the incredible volunteers who do what is needed to get these wonderful companions into the right foster and adoptive homes.

Our very best wishes to Bliss and her family!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Sunday, November 2, 2014 – On Sunday Ringo made the trip from his foster home with Jan Saylors to his forever home with the Wilson family in North Carolina. He had an excellent trip and ABMR would like to thank Foster Mom Jan Saylors, drivers Robin Campbell, Dianna Thompson and Ringo’s adoptive family, for taking such wonderful care of Ringo and getting him home safely. Don’t these pictures just say it all!!!

ringo on transport jan or robin

ringo and adam 3

ringo at home on sofa


Wishing many wonderful adventures to the Wilson family and Ringo!!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

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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.

tawny and gidget on transport

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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!

romeo taylor blue ball wright city mo

romeo and maybe parm

Romeo and beth

romeo and maybe joe

romeo and carrie

romeo headed to ashland

romeo and debby

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

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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.

sweety bliss 2nd leg

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.

sweety and stacy

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.

nancy and sweety

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.

leaving wilmington

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.


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

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

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