ABMR 2014 Transports

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.

malory 4

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.

kira and sara G

A huge thank you to drivers Kay Wright, Bob and Eileen Burnell, Sara Gagliardi, Sara Flynn-Kramer, Erica Feuerbacher, Coral Ohl Wages, Becky and Bryan Haughton, 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

The 2014 “Ultimate Cute” Shelter Challenge Ended June 29th. Thank you for supporting Malinois Rescue with your votes.


Lyn Harral
ABMR Webmaster

Friday, April 18, 2014 – Asha is a 4 year old spayed Malinois female who suffers from a sialocele, a hole in her neck where her saliva would puddle, and a heart condition. She is currently in the Louisiana area and headed to her foster home in Pennsylvania.

asha with kim on transport

Our first attempt at transport fails, but we have a quick offer of transport north and a new plan is quickly put in place. In the middle of major severe weather, all the way from Louisiana to Georgia, Asha leaves early Sunday morning, 4/13, headed north, rain and storms and lightening all around.

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Needless to say this was not a good trip and Asha struggled with the weather, transport and stress. Thanks to the incredible tenacity of drivers Linda Cochran and Kim Newman, Asha makes it to the Atlanta area where she spends a week with Kim, but not before being forced off the road and into a hotel on Sunday evening by numerous tornadoes threatening the area.

asha taking nap on transport

Asha spent the week with Kim in the Atlanta area, making some vet visits and de-stressing and putting on a few pounds. Transport is arranged north, to her foster home, and transport today is much much better than a week ago. She is riding much more comfortably and while still has little episodes of barking, she made best friends with a huge knuckle bone and that pretty much kept her busy throughout her trip, except for those wonderful moments of cuddling in the back seat.

asha enjoying bone on transport

Standing ovation is due drivers Linda Cochran and Kim Newman who faced mother nature and still got Asha where she needed to be. Incredible job ladies!!!

asha and her new buds

And a huge round of applause for Friday drivers Kim Newman, Kim Futch, Roger and Eve Jordan, Gwen Mongeli with Janet and Denny Sheaffer, and Beth and Jerry Frear. Beth and Jerry will be fostering Asha (now Sasha) and taking her through medical evaluation. As you can see, she has already settled in with her new playmates. She is doing very well.

Jerry/Beth – we hope to see many updates on Sasha on FB! We hear she is such a love…. we wish her all the best and are so happy she is in your capable hands!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, April 12, 2014 – Tazz came into rescue after having survived an F5 tornado event. He is a 2-1/2 year old male, a wonderful goofy boy. As chance would have it, we had to cancel transport to his long-term foster home in the north when we could not fill the run. However, on that very day, a wonderful application was filed for Tazz, a family in Florida, and it turned out to be the perfect home for Tazz.

tazz last picture with foster family

Transport quickly filled for the following weekend and armed with his “stress” ball and a happy send-off, Tazz headed to Pensacola FL where he would meet John and Cody LaBonte, who were driving all the way up from St. Petersburg FL to meet him.

tazz and barbara

A huge thank you to all the “angels” who touched Tazz on his journey to his forever home – to ABMR Coordinator Debra Reid who brought Tazz into rescue and fostered him until long-term foster could be found. To transport monitor Carol Aulick. To drivers Karen O’Brien, Barbara Pretzsch and Suzanne Rivers, and to driver John LaBonte and the LaBonte family for giving him the perfect home.

tazz with family in milton

Tazz fit right into the LaBonte home and as you can see from the pictures, is truly enjoying his own back yard and playmate. Where he would have ended up without all those wonderful people who helped him on his journey – nobody knows – but because they cared enough to help Tazz, because they took the time out of their busy lives, because they made room for one more… Tazz is home!


If you can foster, drive, identify, evaluate, do home visits, donate funds or help in any way – please seize the opportunity and help save a life!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

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