April 16 and 17, 2016 – Sandee is headed from intake in southern Florida, to her foster home in Pennsylvania. Earlier in the week she was transported from southern Florida up to Kingsland GA to be in a better position for the ride north and so it could be accomplished in 2 days. A big thank you to Coordinators Angela Maddux and Cindy Richard, and huge thanks to Kelli Cristin Gavaghan who drove Sandee a whopping 265 miles from Jupiter to Jacksonville. Sandee is a 6 year old spayed female who obviously loves car rides and people.

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Heartfelt thanks go out to Coordinators and drivers Cindy Richard and Angela Maddux, drivers Cheryl Nelson, Becky Baker and Debbie Keebler, Sue and Dennis Card, Russ Raniszewski, Barbara Bozeman, Hazel and Gerry Michael, Susan and Jim Hynes, Claibourne Jackson, Sharon Mangus, Jennifer Loach who overnighted on Saturday and drove to PA on Sunday to meet foster family Kim and Curt Zellers. I think Sandee also had another driver coming up from Florida to GA and will add that name in the future. We had some new drivers on this run (welcome!), some drivers who have been transporting for years, and some who drove the weekend before. An absolutely marvelous group of volunteers who handled Sandee with affection, care and experience. AWESOME TEAM!

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As you can see from the pictures, Sandee enjoyed herself immensely. She is now home with her foster family and should be up for adoption soon.
Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, 4/23/16 – Maddie made the trip to her forever home on Saturday. A huge thank you to foster mom Jan Saylors and drivers Linda Allen and Sue Walker. Maddie’s new family met her in Indiana. Sue had transported Maddie earlier this year, in January, to Jan for fostering, and received a big hug when they met up again on the trip north. Congratulations to the Mehring family and we wish Maddie a wonderful life!!!

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Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Sunday, April 10, 2016 – Due to an urgent medical situation, Katie, Stryker and Farrah needed to be moved from their home in Florida to new fosters awaiting their arrival. There were actually 2 separate transports so we could accommodate all 3 dogs.

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stryker and russ

stryker at home

Huge thanks go out to drivers Melissa Frye, Donna Moore, Coral Wages, Kathy Burnett, Angela Maddux, Kimberly Williams, Cheryl Nelson, Linda Shannon, Russ Raniszewski and Ruthanne Wilson who transported Stryker and Katie. Katie got off transport in Kingsland and Stryker continued on to Columbia SC to his foster home. As you can see from the picture, it was a pretty happy homecoming as Stryker is being fostered in a home where his brother lives.

Farrah had the wonderful opportunity of a straight thru ride to Jacksonville with Cynthia Strawn, where Angela met her coming in and transported her north. Thank you Cynthia!!!
Everyone is doing fine and we hope to have all in their new foster homes shortly. Thank you to all the drivers who put aside other activities to help Stryker, Katie and Farrah get safely to their destinations!!!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, April 2, 2016 – Leshka made the trip from Florida to her foster home in Gaffney SC with Ellen Pauly today. Leshka had an awesome group of drivers who beautifully handled I-95 during a Saturday on Spring Break. Leshka was an excellent rider and happy to see each and every driver on her run.
A huge thanks to drivers Sean Conover, Flavia Downs, Paula Hayes, Cheryl Nelson, Becky Baker and Debbie, Brigitta Cochran Treanor, Annie Manchester and CJ, Annette Boette and Helen, and to driver and foster Ellen Pauly.

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Leshka is an excellent girl and will be up for adoption shortly.

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, February 20, 2016 – Pepper is a 4 year old female Malinois who originally came out of Texas. She recently made the trip from Texas up to her foster home with Kitty Pursley in Kansas. She was found alongside a highway, injured, presumable after being hit by a car, resulting in the amputation of her left front leg.

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Today Pepper, with the help of 3 amazing Pilots n Paws volunteers, made her way from Kansas City to her forever home in Michigan. Thank you to Kitty Pursley for fostering Pepper (saying goodbye is so hard to do); pilots Sam Taylor, Tom Bragg and Bill Garrison; and to her forever family, the Van Essen’s, who met her in Valparaiso IN.

We are so very happy for Pepper. She is one incredible girl! Wishing you fantastic adventures with your new family!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, January 30th, 2016 – Lobo was pulled from the shelter in Burgaw today and transported to his foster home in Winnsboro SC. Thank you to drivers Sara Anderson, Pat Dukes and Barry Gilbert. The Gilbert family will be fostering Lobo.

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, January 30th, 2016 – Sammy was transported from short-term foster care with ABMR Coordinator Jennifer Harrison, to his foster home in Louisiana with Brett Green. We had an excellent team and our thanks go out to drivers Jennifer Harrison, Helena Uber-Wamble, Beth McFarlane, Crystal Gaugler and Brett Green. Sammy is an 11 month old male who loves hot dogs and giving kisses. Awesome transport – excellent team! Thank you so much!

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Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, January 9th, 2016 – Maddie made the trip from Illinois to her foster home with Jan Saylors in Rock Island TN. Thank you to drivers Christine Reilly, Steve Plant, Sue Walker and Jan Saylors. She is a such beautiful girl.

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steve and maddie

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, January 9th, 2016 – Ragnar made the trip from short-term foster CJ Landry to long-term foster Brad Bogedin today. Thank you to CJ for bringing this boy into rescue; to drivers Annie Manchester, Marilyn Welton, Jan Banks, Dianna Thompson, Robin Campbell, Kristina Pattison, Matthew Bohn, Maryanne and David Vrable, Lee Nelson and Brad Bogedin; and to Brad for fostering Ragnar. We look forward to hearing more about this boy in the near future.
jan banks and marilyn welton on transport with ragnar

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Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, January 9th, 2016 – Loki made the trip from foster home to forever home today. To say the least, it was an adventure for everyone but the trip was successful. Loki met his new family in Buffalo and then returned home the following day. A big thank you to foster home and drivers, Catherine and Robert Traina; drivers Amie Lafex, Shannon Hyde, Mike Zekas; and adoptive home and drivers Windelin and Christopher Rickard.

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loki and new family

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Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Sunday January 10th – Star made the trip from her foster home in Ohio to her forever home in New Jersey. ABMR thanks to foster mom and driver Emily Browning, drivers Susie Johnson, Nina du Pont, Doug Git, and new mom and driver Emily Morley. Have a wonderful life Star, filled with many, many adventures!

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Transport Coordinator Kitty Pursley
Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

I’m sure you have all noticed the lack of updates on transports since July. I have various excuses but wanted to be sure that we recognized the amazing transport teams who have been moving Malinois across the country since August. Obviously there are many, many small transports done every week from shelters to local foster homes, fosters who are meeting adoptive homes, etc, but below is a recap of those organized transports we have had to date since August. Thank you – everyone – for all you have done to get these precious pups from shelters to foster homes and from foster to forever homes. You made miracles happen! Thank you for all your help in 2015 and wishing you the best in 2016!! Hoping to see you on many more transports. Thank you and Happy New Year! Lin, Jen and Kitty

Kane – Carleton MI to Oklahoma City OK – Sat/Sun December 26 & 27 – 1001 miles – Drivers: Katrina Giznsky, Marva Griffin, Sue Walker, Greg Skidmore, Denise Burris, Virginia Lee Hunter, Angela Chamberlain, Cissy Ashlock, Mary Ann Brown, Tonya Wilson, Cindy Rutledge, Stevie Easter.

Aspen – Georgetown KY to Aurora CO December 19, 2015 – 1178 miles – Drivers: Meagan Ference, Mindi Patterson, Vicki Cruz, Sue Falkenheim, Lisa Scott Rhodes & Steve Milligan, Barb Clauson, Brian Smith, Rita Mann.

Zevah – Kingsland GA to St Hedwig TX – December 19, 2015 – 1092 miles. Drivers: Karie Butterfield, Deb and Doug Brown, Nancy Goyert, Susan Goodhope, Lyndie Woodard, John Cox, Crystal Gaugler, Karen O’Brien, Lori Covington, Ashleigh and Jeff Zelenak.

Ollie – Melbourne FL to Belleville MI – December 18, 2015 – 1183 miles. Drivers: Greg and Lana Darby, Angela Maddux, Lynsi Rathbun, Sue and Dennis Card, Asia Zierle-Ghosh.

Isolde – Jacksonville NC to Blythewood SC – December 17, 2015 – 264 miles. Drivers: Christina Hochschild, David Jones, Paul and Sabrena Burnett Atencio.

Onyx – Kansas City MO to Loveland CO – December 9th, 2015 – 643 miles. Drivers: Taylor Haywood, Alice Taylor and Pilots’n Paws pilot Tony Robbins.

Chip, Murphy, Pepper, Piper and Onyx – Houston TX to Kansas City MO – December 6, 2015 – 737 miles. Drivers: Linda Cole, Mira Pistillo, Taylor Haywood and short-term hold by Geneva Seiffert Fain.

Britta – Kingsport TN to Pelahatchie LA – December 5th, 2015 – 575 miles. Drivers: Stephanie Simpson, Dianna Thompson, Robin Campbell, Melissa Graham, Susan Wilkinson, John and Martha Melton, Brandy Whiddon.

Calhoun – Bondurant IA to High View WV – November 28, 2015 – 1009 miles. Drivers: Deena Pries, Lin Karrels, Sue Spinhirne, Steve Plant, Pamela Tucker-Painter.

Sam – Brick NJ to Amherst NY – November 21, 2015 – 430 miles. Drivers: Megan D’Angelo, Jodi Brewer, Tamara Roberson, Mike Zekas.

Sky – Gaffney SC to Daphne AL – November 21, 2015 – 526 miles. Drivers: Ellen Pauly, Jennifer Rush, Chris and Morgan Wood, Sandi and Peter Mahncke, David Anderson, Grady Horner, Hillary Sansone.

Lydia – NY to MA – November 14, 2015 – 206 miles. Drivers: Tamara Roberson, Susan Herskowitz, Ann Roche.

Lazer – Lauderhill FL to Port Saint John FL – November 11, 2015 – 179 miles. Drivers: Cindy Richard, Greg Becker, Amelia Hitchcock.

Star – South Bend IN to Tipp City OH – October 31, 2015 – 250 miles. Drivers: Kathy Miko, Alice Taylor, Donna Ruff, Emily Browning.

Rebel – O’Brien FL to Orlando FL – October 24, 2015 – 160 miles. Drivers: Wendy Hines, Pat Schlenker, Matt Larson, Sara Flynn-Kramer.

Hazel – Pine Bluff AR to San Antonio TX – October 21, 2015 – 614 miles. Drivers: John Segars, Tracey Dies and Val.

Buck – O’Brien FL to Kingsland GA – October 15, 2015 – 136 miles. Drivers: Wendy Hines, Mary and John Buckley, Angela Maddux.

Hillary – Walterboro SC to Kingsland GA – September 25, 2015 – 139 miles. Drivers: Janet McSwain, Becky Baker and Debbie Keebler, Angela Maddux.

Captain – Hudson OH to South Bend IN – September 20, 2015 – 269 miles. Drivers: Ed Frederick, Carrie Morrow, Nancy Willoughby, Nikki Williams, Lisa Doan.

Huey, Louie and Dewey – Hephzibah GA to Maryland – August 16, 2015 – 614 miles. Drivers: Denise, Pat Dukes, Maury Mills, Reagan Wilson, Emily and Kyle Davidson, Tamra Hassett, Kelly King, Mary Snyder.

Sync – Kansas City MO to Loveland CO – August 16, 2015 – 643 miles. Drivers: Jen Pursley, Sandi Plotner, Steve Pastecki.

Rocky – Spring TX to Morgantown WV – July 11, 2015 – 1348 miles. Drivers: Mira and Tom Pistillo, Dee Breedlove, Donna Layman, Leah Warner, John Segars, Laura Gray, Carolina and Stephen Utley, Susan Quick.

Friday, July 10, 2015 – Kane is a large 7 month old male Malinois who was picked up as a stray and landed in the Hendersonville shelter. He is big and goofy and all puppy. New foster Annette Bowman has offered to foster Kane, but due to over-crowding at the shelter, Kane needs to be out as soon as possible and on his way to Georgia.

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Kane and Morgan Wood on transport

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So the call went out on Thursday for Friday transport and while hitting Atlanta at rush hour on Friday evening is the worst of the worst possible, transport filled.

Our unending admiration and thanks go out to Jan Banks, Chris and Morgan Wood and friend Matthew, Stephanie Lewis and Annette Bowman. Heaven knows how much time they spent sitting in traffic, but they made it and as you can see… they did it with smiles!
Watch for Kane to be posted for adoption on the website shortly – he is a lucky boy and on his way to many adventures thanks to the dedication of our volunteers!
Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Sunday, July 5, 2015 – Osha is a 6 year old female Malinois. She had spent her entire life with a single family, but, due to life changes, they no longer had time for Osha and she came into rescue. She now has a new family with lots of time to devote to her.

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Osha nikki and travel mates

osha and the men in her life

osha ned and brenda parks and nikki

Osha was fostered by Sara Croft and has been adopted by Ned and Brenda Parks in Ohio. Osha had a wonderful trip north to meet her new family – our thanks and much appreciation to drivers Sara Croft, Ellen Pauly, Sheila Cindric who took a double leg, Nicki Puckett and friends, and Ned and Brenda Parks.

She is doing well and enjoying her new family. Thank you so much to all the volunteers who touched her life and made this transition possible for her.

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, July 4th through Monday, July 6th, 2015 – Britta is a 4+/- year old female Malinois who was found as a stray in the Thomasville GA area. After the hold period was over, she came into rescue and needed a ride to her foster home in Kingsport TN with Stephanie Simpson.

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Transport was put together to move her on Saturday, the 4th, up to Cumming GA where she would spend a few days until departure with Dianna Thompson on Monday as she was headed back home to TN after a visit in Atlanta.

On transport Britta was shy and nervous, obviously confused and frightened. I don’t think she took a potty break the whole way and at times needed to be carried from vehicle to vehicle. She was safely delivered to her overnight in Cumming on Saturday. On Sunday late afternoon the decision was made for Chris to pick-up Britta and hold her overnight on Sunday evening for transport on Monday morning.

Monday’s transport went well and Britta arrived to Tennessee where her foster mom, Stephanie Simpson, met her and returned to Kingston.

We have a lot of thanks to put out there on this transport, not the least to our exceptional drivers who really worked with Britta to make this trip safe and comfortable for her – thank you to drivers John Hostetler, Tara Weinreich, Pam Campbell, Chris and Morgan Wood, Dianna Thompson and Stephanie Simpson. Thank you to Sue Benkiser for providing overnight accommodations for Britta while waiting for her ride to depart Atlanta on Monday.

A very special thank you to Chris and the Wood Family for picking up Britta on Sunday afternoon and providing some very special, much needed attention in the way of a bath, food to help settle her stomach and frequent supervised potty breaks. Also thank you to John for supplying Britta with a leash and collar and to Chris for handling food requirements for Britta.

britta and her dinner in bed

While the transport was rough on her, she is now blossoming very, very nicely with Stephanie and I am sure Britta will be up for adoption on the website soon. Very pretty, special girl with an excellent temperament. Awesome transport team and thank you all so much for giving Britta the best ride possible. You all did a fantastic job in keeping up communication and sharing thoughts and solutions. Best wishes for a very happy future Britta! There are some really fun videos of Britta interacting with resident pups on the American Belgian Malinois Rescue Face Book page.

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

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