This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

With Fall coming and the starting of school, I always worry that our dog adoptions may decrease. So I was very happy to see that last week there were nineteen who went to new homes. Of those, here are the Blog Dogs.

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A few words about adoptions…

Hank, our loveable and very vocal Hound, found his person while wearing his Adopt Me vest visiting the State Fair with volunteer Luke and his family. When Hank got back to the shelter, he had to tell anyone who would listen that he would soon be going home. His new mom is over the moon with this silly boy and I’ll have an update at the end of this post.


Ariel, our wonderful, smart-as-a-whip but long-waiting girl, finally will have the perfect future for her abilities and personality. She was accepted into the Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA) Freedom Tails project. This program takes qualifying shelter dogs and matches them with a person serving time in a state prison. The dogs “give offenders an opportunity to learn about responsibility, caring, and love for another living being. They live with the offenders 24/7 for ten weeks. They are trained in basic commands, both verbal and hand, and in socialization skills.” At the end of ten weeks, the dogs are adoptable and find loving forever homes, “a home needing a new member is made whole, and the offenders find that sense of purpose in doing something that may have been missing for such a long time.” ( Ariel has a job with a farmer in Montana waiting for her to complete her training. Here she is outside the prison on her first day. We are so happy that this special dog will have what she wants most in life—a family and a job. You go, sweet girl!

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Buddy, one of our long-termers, had a great day in play group last Sunday. Because of stress, he had become quite dog-reactive during his long stay at the shelter, so he had not been allowed in play groups lately. But during Aimee Sadler’s visit, we fitted him with a muzzle and let him play during several play-group sessions. He did so well that on Sunday, staff-member Jessi took his muzzle off and to our delight, Buddy happily continued romping with his friends. Here he is, taking a break, posing for my camera. Buddy is a four-year-old Bull Dog/Boxer mix. He is such a good boy and has been waiting so long for a forever home. If you need a large lap dog, Buddy is it!

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Here was Buddy later in the day on Sunday with volunteer Natalie. (He’s looking up at another walker who I found out later was making faces at him.)


This morning’s play groups were great fun. The highlight was watching Buddy and his new BFF Prudence. They would race around a while…


…then take some time to relax.

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I’m available for adoption! Pick ME! Pick ME!

Wilson, a three-year-old Shepherd mix arrived as a S.T.A.R.T. dog last May. Since he came to us as a stray from California, we don’t know about his history, but he had several issues in the beginning. Poor Wilson was afraid of so many things out in the world, like parked cars! He also had some issues with guarding food and was very underweight. It was decided to work with him for awhile before making him adoptable. One of his main trainers was volunteer Jolene (below). Gradually Wilson gained weight, got braver, and started acting like a happy dog. He began enjoying play groups with the more mellow dogs and we discovered he LOVED the pools. Last week it was decided that he had made the improvement needed to become adoptable! His many fans at the shelter are thrilled that this very good boy can now be found by his forever family. We hope that will be soon!

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Bruce meets Bruce!

Early Sunday afternoon, volunteer Bruce brought a dog who had just been surrendered to where I was taking pictures.

“What’s the dog’s name, Bruce?” I asked.

“Bruce,” said Bruce.

“No, I mean the dog’s name,” I said.

“Bruce,” said Bruce.

And that’s how I met Bruce, the dog, who was having a hard time believing that there was a human named Bruce, too.

Page_1Bruce is a nine-year-old Boxer mix who is the whole package. He is house-trained and has lived happily with other dogs, cats, and children of all ages. Everyone who meets Bruce falls in love with this boy. Whoever adopts him will be so glad!




I get along with everyone. Really, I do!

Budda is a new arrival. He is a seventeen-pound, one-year-old Chihuahua mix. He was a little nervous at our initial meeting, but he began to warm up to Marianne by the time our picture session was over. Budda is another all-star at relationships. He has lived happily with both other dogs and cats. He would do best with older kids who would handle him gently. Budda is a cuddler and definitely a lap dog. He is also crate-trained, an added plus. He would like a little help in fine-tuning his potty training. I have a feeling this little guy will find a new home quickly!

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Yes, I really am the cutest thing you’ve seen in a long time!

Oh my gosh! When Jolene brought Sheniah out for pictures, I just smiled. What a face! This little Maltese/Bichon Frise mix is about five years old and was found as a stray. She is gentle, affectionate (as Jolene found out!) and pretty much the most adorable little dog you could imagine. I’m sure she’ll be adopted VERY soon! Enough said!

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I’ve been waiting for my forever family for a long time. Other little dogs get adopted but I haven’t been. Would you adopt me?

Balboa is a six-pound, two-year-old Chihuahua cutie. He arrived from California last July. He had a cold and was lucky enough to get to go to volunteer Jolene’s house to recuperate. Now he’s back at the shelter. Here he was on Sunday with Natalie.

DSCN0736While we don’t know anything about his past, we certainly know what a great little dog he is now because of his time at Jolene’s house. And just to show you how smart this little guy is, he wrote up about his vacation himself! Here’s what he had to say.

“Hi, my name is Balboa. My foster mom called me Bo. I stayed with her until I was over my cold. All better now though! While I was there, I played with her dogs. They were big guys, but I loved them just the same. Well, everything is big to me, but these four dogs were almost 100 pounds each! Someone had to be the boss. 🙂 We played together, napped, ate dinner and took walks. I enjoyed their company. After playing with them, I would take a nap on my foster mom’s lap and snuggle a bit. I liked that, too. I got to ride to the store in her car. We went to Lowe’s and I met all kinds of people. I got a lot of attention there!  After dinner and more playing with my “buds,” I would go into my crate for a good night’s sleep. The next day I was happy and eager to play and learn again. My foster mom told me that I was a happy dog, easy to please, and good company.”

So there you have it! This little guy is ready for his new forever family. Some family is going to be mighty lucky! Here are some pictures taken during his vacation with Jolene’s family.

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I’m shy and a little nervous. I’m hoping for a calm, quiet home.

This is Ginger, a nine-pound, five-year-old Chihuahua mix. Ginger is shy, but given a few minutes, she crawled into Alexis’ lap where she stayed. Ginger is looking for a home without a lot of hubbub, and please, no cats. She has lived with other dogs just fine. Older kids who would not over-handle her would also be good. She needs consistency in house-training in order to be successful. Ginger is hoping for a family who will give her the time and attention she longs for. We’re thinking she’ll be adopted soon!





You know my BFF, now you can meet ME!

Prudence, Buddy’s new best friend, is a five-year-old Cane Corse/Rottweiler mix. At 84 pounds, she is is a BIG girl! She is also gentle, except when she’s roughhousing with Buddy. Since Prudence came to us as a S.T.A.R.T.-transported dog from California, we don’t know her history, but we do know she enjoys being with people (believe it or not, she considers herself a lap dog!) and seems to do well with other dogs, as we saw in play group today. Here she was with Bruce on Sunday. (She’s his current favorite!)





Yes, I know I have big ears, is there a problem with that?

Pulla is a newbie to the shelter. She is an Australian Shepherd/Pit Bull Terrier mix who is six years old. Pulla is a very active girl who loves going on adventures. She came to play group this morning and did well. She would love attending some of our training classes at WHS with a new person so she could learn to walk more easily on leash and other skills. Pulla is house-trained and seems smart and eager to learn. She’s hoping for an active family with older children. Here she was with Jolene on Sunday.





My name is Twinkie. I promise to be a great little friend to you!

Nine-year-old Twinkie, a Chihuahua who hasn’t had an easy life, is hoping to start a brand new chapter by being adopted into a loving home. All she needs is that loving home. At 12 pounds, she fits just right into your lap. She’s affectionate, liked my hot dog bits, and enjoyed spending time with her new friend, Bruce. She’ll need some pointers on house-training, but she’ll no doubt be a quick study with a little time and patience. Twinkie deserves a fresh start with people to call her own. Are you looking for a new best friend?







I’m on a diet and exercise plan to get ready for my new family!

Ian spent some quality time with Daisy on Sunday. Daisy is one of our S.T.A.R.T. California dogs who came to us looking for an Oregon family. She is an eight-year-old Beagle/Chihuahua mix who is as sweet as she can be. Because she is somewhat shy, it takes her a few minutes to warm up, but once she does, she’s a delightful little character. She’s put on a few too many pounds lately and is proud to say that she’s already lost two of them since arriving at the shelter and is hoping to shed a few more. Daisy is already house-trained. She has been in play group, but isn’t the rambunctious type, so would be happier just to hang out with her people. Could her people be YOU?

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Our vocal boy got a jackpot of a home for himself! I was so happy to hear from his new family on how things have been going so far.

“Thanks to a sweet young man I met at the state fair who was volunteering at the Humane Society booth, we, Danielle (mom), Phil (dad), Zachary, Harmony, Keith, Cameron, David & Jessy (all 6 kids), adopted Hank just 4 days ago from the Willamette Humane Society!  Hank is a three-year-young black and tan coon hound that we absolutely adore. He is fun, energetic, loves and sleeps with the kids and our perfect pup. We honestly couldn’t have picked a more perfect family dog. We are in search of a house to get out of our apartment so we can keep him in a more comfortable lifestyle. My oldest son is autistic and also has ODD and ADHD. Hank has opened a more loving and brighter side to him since he has been here.”

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Guess Hank isn’t having a problem relaxing in his new home!




Remember Clyde? He was one of my all-time favorite dogs and was with us for a long time, adopted twice and returned before he found his wonderful forever home. Here he was with me when he was at WHS.

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Now, I knew that Clyde was smart, but imagine my surprise when I got this message from him and found out that he also has his own Facebook page! What a smart boy!

“Hi! My name is Clyde Flood. Mel and Jess adopted me from the Willamette Humane Society in April. They take such great care of me. Every morning I wake Jess up between 8 and 9:30 and she makes me a wonderful breakfast, then we’re off to the park so that I can get my exercise and play with my friends. We have met so many wonderful people and dogs at the park. Jess and I usually spend about two hours there, we spend most of our time playing fetch, and trying out my tricks. So far I’ve learned how to sit, sit pretty, shake, lie down, and roll over. I sit and wait before leaving and coming into the house and cars.  They have also been teaching me how to stay, come when called, and take a bow recently; I can’t wait to see what’s next in my training schedule. When we get back from the park, Jess gets herself ready for work and Mel and I spend most afternoons together working on my obedience and learning new tricks to keep my mind busy. Sometimes she takes me in to visit Jess at work, her co-workers tell me what a good boy I am and they wish I could stay there more often, but I have too much to do, and can’t be there all the time. Sometimes we get to go to the pet store and I get to pick out a pig ear for myself and watch the ferrets and other animals play. In May Jess took me to Seattle with her to visit friends, and I learned how to swim in Lake Washington. It’s fun to go swimming, and when we’re done I’m usually really sleepy and have to take a nap. I love the beach and Mel has taken me to visit her momma and dad on the coast where we get to go play in the sand. I love the way the sand flies around when I run around, but the ocean is too cold and wild for swimming; it’s ok to splash around in when the waves sneak up on you, though. I have been so happy living with Mel and Jess; they take such good care of me, and I take good care of them. It’s hard to believe that I met them only five months ago, and how much I’ve learned about being a good boy from them.”

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I’m so happy you are having such a great life, big boy!

That’s it for this week!

Remember, if you see a dog on my blog whom you are interested in meeting, try to make arrangements to get to the Willamette Humane Society soon. Some dogs are adopted more quickly than you might think.

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This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

As you know, last week I did not publish a post. But don’t think I was taking it easy! I was attending the week-long Aimee Sadler workshop at WHS. Aimee has given her Playing For Life seminars in shelters across the United States. Her workshops discuss and demonstrate how play groups benefit shelter dogs socially and behaviorally. Each day our dogs enjoyed romping with each other as Aimee taught us how to expand our ability to help shelter dogs in so many ways. It was an exciting and learning-filled week. Aimee’s challenge to us was to extend our play group schedule to every day. We’re already making plans and the dogs now and in the future will greatly benefit from Aimee’s visit to our shelter. Today was our very first Wednesday morning play group!

There were many happy dog adoptions during the past two weeks—twenty-five in all and, of those, sixteen were Blog Dogs. Here they are.

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While all of the adoptions were celebrated, there was one that was very special. Rockie, a S.T.A.R.T. dog, arrived at WHS last May 8th. He came with food and resource-guarding issues and so it was decided not to put him up for adoption until he had some training. Staff and volunteers worked with this eager, active boy and despite his issues, he soon became a favorite of many. The training worked, and in early July Rockie was made available for adoption. And there he stayed. He loved his walks, and especially play groups where he would romp with other dogs and splash in the pools. But no one showed interest in adopting him…until Sunday. I was thrilled when staff sent me this adoption picture. We all wish Rockie a wonderful new life!


Another happy adoption was little Riley, who arrived at WHS in mid-July. As cute as he was and with a constant smile, the little guy was not adopted. As sometimes happens, however, Riley used his cuteness to work his way into the heart of volunteer dog-walker, Joan. And this was the result.


I guess Joan need not have worried at all about Riley’s adjustment to his new home.

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My first play group post-Aimee was very busy and fun, but I did find time to snap a few pictures.

Hannah is a newbie, although she has been in our play groups often.


She couldn’t figure out what on earth Angel was doing. Neither could we.


Sadie has been at WHS for awhile and was excited about Aimee Sadler’s visit.


While Sadie enjoys playing with other dogs, once in awhile she decides to have some quiet time.





Project Fence Update

Great news from Barb Cash! Here’s the latest: “WE DID IT! On Friday, August 29, with the help of people who also help with Fences for Fido, the crew finished the enclosure by the staff parking lot! The fence is now up, secure and ready for the dogs from Holding, Receiving, Infirmary, and the Spay/Neuter Clinic. Now we need to raise more funds and start the fence around the big yard.”

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I’m new here, but I know this place!

Hannah has been a play group regular for four years, so when her owner couldn’t keep her anymore, she fit right into our shelter pack while she waits for a new family. Hannah is a six-year-old, 96 pound Rottweiler/Shar-Pei mix. She is smart and likes to please. She has a good history with kids, too. Hannah’s one issue is that she is very strong and when she sees a squirrel…well, she can’t help herself, she just has to give chase. But what a sweetheart this big girl is! She has been loved and cared for and can’t wait to meet a new family who will continue her training. Here she was on Sunday (after a great play group) with Caroline.

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I’m looking for a quiet retirement home. Need someone calm to love? That’s me.

Mikey is an Australian Cattle Dog mix who is thirteen years old. His family couldn’t keep him any longer, so we agreed to find him a great new forever home. Mikey would like to be the only dog in the family, as that’s what he’s used to. Play group was overwhelming to this older boy and he was much happier just hanging out with Gracie and Jessica afterward. Senior dogs are instant favorites at WHS. If you are looking for a calm, house-trained, easy-going dog who isn’t looking for adventures, only a soft bed near you, Mikey may be your perfect fit.

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I’m going to my new home tomorrow!

Hank, our loveable and very vocal three-year-old Hound, will be going home with his new family on Thursday. He can’t wait! He enjoyed play group this morning, though decided he wanted to go in a little early after romping with the big boys. Here he was with Ian on Sunday. Have a great new life, sweet boy!

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I’m a little older than some dogs here, but I’ll still make a great best friend!

Sasha is a seven-year-old German Shepherd/Collie mix. She came to WHS on a S.T.A.R.T. transport from California, so we don’t know her history. She is a friendly, calm dog who enjoys hanging out on the mellow-dog side of play group. She walks well on leash and knows some commands. Because she is older, she has some minor arthritis issues which can cause discomfort, so she should not be placed with small children who could accidentally hurt her. Sasha is an easy-going girl who is waiting for a family who will take her for walks, then settle in for an evening of relaxation. Here she is with Andrew on Sunday.DSCN0427





I will love you forever!

Meet Suave, a seven-year-old Chihuahua mix. This little cuddlebug has not had an easy life and hasn’t been a house dog, so in exchange for licks and love, he would like to be house-trained and live inside with his family. Suave also would like help in losing a few pounds. Brisk walks around the neighborhood would certainly help slim him down while having a blast at the same time. He enjoyed the little-dog play group today with his new friends. Bryan and Suave made an instant connection.






I’m doing better and better here at the shelter. I’m ready to go to a home now!

Jack, a happy three-year-old Shepherd mix, is another S.T.A.R.T. California dog looking for a new family in Oregon. He arrived with some dog-to-dog issues and has been working hard to get along better with other dogs with great success! He now loves to attend WHS play groups where he frolics and romps with his buddies. His adoption package even comes with three free WHS play group sessions so that he will continue his greatly improved interactions. Jack is house-trained, affectionate and would do well in an active family with older kids. He’d love to jog or hike with his people. This boy has become a favorite of many of us and we hope he’ll get his new home soon. Here he is with Andrew.

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I’ve been at WHS since May! I’m really ready for a forever home!

This beautiful Red Heeler mix is Ariel, who is a one-year-old youngster. Ariel has been waiting for the perfect home since May. She needs a very active family, as she loves to swim, jump, race, you name it—if it involves action, Ariel is ready. She really would like a home where she could have a job. A farm would be great. She also would love to try agility training, and being the extremely smart girl that she is, she’d be a quick learner. Ariel loves play group and today raced around and around the yard with her friends. She does have a strong herding instinct, so she would not be appropriate for small children. She has become such a favorite among staff and volunteers, including Francis. We all hope the perfect family will find Ariel soon.

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I’m a good girl and I’ll be your best dog ever!

Destiny has been a favorite of mine since the first time she was at WHS last December. She was adopted, but when her person couldn’t keep her anymore, she was brought back to us last July. Destiny is a three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who came to us as a S.T.A.R.T. dog. She has been adopted twice. The first time it was quickly discovered that she cannot live with cats. She finds them too tempting to chase. Destiny is looking for a family who will become her forever people. She rides well in my car, calmly looking out the window or lying down. She is house-trained, walks well on leash, and loves to work for treats, which she takes politely. Here she is with Ian.


Staff member Erica has taken Destiny on respites at her house and has fallen in love with her, too. Here are some pictures from Destiny’s fun times with Erica.

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My name is Buddy. I’m still here waiting for someone who needs a buddy. You?

Buddy is a four-year-old American Bull Dog/Boxer mix. Although large, at 73 pounds, Buddy is gentle and walks well on leash. He likes nothing more than just hanging out with his people, as he did on Sunday with Jolene, Marianne, and me. Buddy does not do well with other dogs or cats, although he is working on his dog-to-dog skills with volunteers. At this point, though, he should be the only dog in the family. But he’s all the dog you’ll need! He has many fans at WHS who are all hoping that this big lap dog will be adopted in the right family very soon.

I’ve taken a lot of pictures of Buddy during his time at WHS.






I’ve been here before. This time I hope to find my real forever family.

I first wrote about Lacie in 2009 when she was found as a stray and brought to WHS. I loved the way she did a little dance at the front of her kennel whenever anyone approached. I was very surprised when I saw her back at the shelter a couple of weeks ago, again as a stray. But when I walked up to her kennel, I smiled as she still did her little dance of happiness. Lacie is a seven-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Beagle mix. She loves kids and thinks she’s a lap dog. She is house-trained and walks well on leash. She does, however, want to be the only dog in the house and certainly doesn’t like cats! I’m hoping that her real forever family will come and adopt her very soon! Here she was on Sunday with Bryan.





I’m a newbie. Please excuse my cone!

After this morning’s play group, I had a new dog to photograph. Gillian is a one-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix. Still a youngster, she is looking for a family who will continue her training to be a wonderful adult. She is extremely active and is hoping to have many adventures with her people. She should meet any dog she might be living with; she has no experience with cats. Her energy is probably too much for small children. Having just been spayed, she was sporting a cone this morning. Here she is with Marianne.

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That’s it for this week!

Remember, if you see a dog on my blog whom you are interested in meeting, try to make arrangements to get to the Willamette Humane Society soon. Some dogs are adopted more quickly than you might think.

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This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs @ Willamette Humane Society by Martha Russell

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

It was another great adoption week at WHS! There were twenty dogs who found new homes since last Wednesday! Thirteen of them were Blog Dogs and here they are.

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Here is a picture staff sent me of Nico and his new family leaving the shelter.



It was a fun play group on Sunday for both dogs and the humans watching them.

Springer (an appropriate name for such a high-jumper) wasn’t as interested in playing as he was supervising from a self-designated post.

But the most interesting character I found to watch was Pearla, the tennis-ball-loving shepherd. She spent the first part of the time scouring the yard for any wayward tennis balls. (We don’t allow toys in play group as a precaution against canine disagreements.) Finding none, she improvised.

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And so, the rest of play group time…


Meanwhile, Springer and Gunner were discussing their positions.



Magnolia and Rockie just enjoyed hanging out in the pool. Rockie thought no one could see him.





Project Fence!

We Dog Walkers do our best to keep all of our shelter dogs secure as we walk them around the WHS property. However, there have been times when a dog has slipped his harness, or been so startled that he has yanked free of the walker and dashed off. When that happens there is an instant rush of everyone available to find and catch the loose dog. Since the WHS property is not fenced, an escape artist can cause a real problem. Such was the case a few months ago with a very shy and nervous dog named Hugo. During his morning walk, he suddenly yanked the leash out of the walker’s hands and dashed away. Hugo was missing for three days during which staff and volunteers searched for him. Thankfully, he was seen across Turner Road and successfully recovered, hungry and dirty, but otherwise fine. It was after this event that volunteer Barb Cash began Project Fence, with the hope of raising enough money to fence in the WHS property so that no more dogs would be in danger. Here is the poster she made with a picture of Hugo. We are hoping people will contribute to our fund so that the fence can be built very soon. Volunteers are doing all the labor, we just need money for supplies.

WHS Project Fence - Hugo PosterThe construction has already started. Here are volunteers hard at work last week.

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My name is Springer…and it fits me!

I first met this character when I arrived at his kennel and he greeted me eye-level as he leaped straight up on his side of the door. This youngster can jump straight up from a standing position! I didn’t have any trouble remembering his name after that. Springer is a one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who arrived from California. He can’t wait to explore Oregon with new people. He will need an active family who will give him the time and training he needs to grow into the wonderful adult he wants to be. Classes here at WHS would be ideal for this young boy. Here he is with his new friend, Ian, on Sunday.


And here was Springer today. Still as happy as ever.


However, I found out he is NOT a water dog. Nope, he wasn’t getting into the pool, no way, not even for a hot dog bit!


While Springer and I were hanging out in the big yard, Marianne came to visit.





I’m looking for a quiet adult home where I can be the only dog for you to love! Is it yours?

Meet Molly, an eight-year-old Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix. She will be the perfect companion for the right home. Molly is quiet and gentle. She has had some uncomfortable experiences with children so does not like being around them, and needs to be in an adult-only home. She loves adults and would be a very easy dog to have around, as her favorite place to be is curled up at your feet. However, she does love to go for rides in the car and she is very polite on leash. She took my hot dog bits nicely. Molly also doesn’t enjoy being around other dogs; she prefers just being with her people. If you’re looking for a loyal, easy companion, Molly may be the perfect fit. Both Caroline and I enjoyed our time with this sweet gal.

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Here was Molly today with Joan. Molly is quite a love bug!

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Some family is going to be mighty lucky to adopt me! Martha said so!

Oh my goodness, when I met Jasmine, I was so taken with her personality! This girl is a nine-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. She is smart, eager and doesn’t seem at all like a senior. She is house-trained and has lived happily with kids, a cat, and a male dog. She doesn’t care for other female dogs, however. She has two habits she isn’t proud of, but she knows you need to know. She will get into the garbage if it is left available and she is unsupervised. She also will need a high fence. She may be nine, but this girl has been known to go for an adventure, jumping a six-foot fence. Both Jolene and I instantly liked this very polite, happy dog and hope she’ll find the perfect home very soon.





Tennis ball? Did someone say tennis ball? Don’t worry, I’ve got it covered!

Yep, that’s a tennis ball in Pearla’s mouth, no surprise there. Pearla is a seven-year-old German Shepherd mix and will make some family a wonderful new companion—just make sure to have tennis balls handy…or a water bucket! Here she was with Alexis on Sunday. What a sweetheart she is! She walks well on leash, takes treats gently, and is content as long as she has a tennis ball handy.

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They say I’m fourteen. But no one believes it!

If you could have seen Magnolia in play group on Sunday, you would beg to differ about her age. This girl is energetic, happy, and well-behaved. She is a Retriever mix. She walks well on leash, is house-trained, loves to play with other dogs, likes to hop in a pool to cool off (see play group photo above), and loves kids. What more could you ask? Don’t be put off by her age. This dog will make some lucky family the perfect addition for years to come. Jolene and I both were smitten with her.





I’m back and looking for just the right fit of a home as the only dog.

You’ll remember Draco from last week when he was so patient as Emelynn and I gave him a bath. He is a five-year-old Border Collie/Lab mix who is looking for a job. He likes to keep busy, as Border Collies do. He’d love to go to training classes such as agility, so that his mind is active. He has also decided he’d like to be the only dog in the family. I think Draco was feeling a little discouraged on Sunday and I couldn’t get him to smile with Ian. However, he didn’t mind helping himself to the hot dog treats in Ian’s pocket. I hope he’ll get another new home quickly.

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The people here say I’m a real cutie. Do you think so? How about adopting me, then?

This is the second time little Bosco has been at WHS. He was adopted two years ago, but his family is now moving and are unable to take him with them. This is great luck for some other family who will find a perfect little companion in Bosco, a Lhasa Apso mix. He is house-trained and lap-trained (yep, the boy loves to cuddle!). He would do well in a family with older kids who wouldn’t over-handle him. His favorite toy in his former home was a knotted sock, just so you know. He enjoyed his time with Gracie.






I’m quite shy and Oregon is a brand new place for me. I hope I get a home soon.

Gunner is a four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who arrived at our shelter from California. The first time I met him last week he was so shy and nervous I couldn’t get him to even look at the camera. I felt so sorry for him. But by Sunday he was settling in and was much more relaxed. He enjoyed play group and got along fine with the other dogs. He would do well with older children. He’s a good boy who hopes to find a home where the family will be patient and understanding while he adjusts to his new life. Jolene and I really enjoyed our time with this good boy.

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Yep, I’m a puppy. Yep, I’ll need patience and training. Yep, I’m worth it!

Meet Sugar Cane, a three-month-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who is a fun, energetic, and happy little character. If you are ready for the challenge and joy of puppyhood, this little man could be just the ticket. His adoption package comes with everything you need, including a WHS training class appropriately called “Surviving Puppyhood.” Here Sugar Cane was on Sunday.

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And this is a new kind of “cone” one wears after being neutered. Sugar Cane did not find it humorous.

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I really am a good boy as Martha found out today!

I spent some time today with Parker, a Pit Bull Terrier mix whom I hadn’t gotten to know yet. This two-year-old walks very well on leash, and while he is very food-motivated, took my treats gently. He already knows some commands and is highly trainable. He’s going to be a great family dog.






I’m still here. My name’s Buddy. Do you need one?

I also spent some time with an old friend, Buddy, who is still waiting for his perfect fit of a family. Buddy is a four-year-old American Bull Dog/Boxer mix. Although large, at 73 pounds, Buddy is gentle and walks great on leash. He likes nothing more than just hanging out with his people. Buddy does not do well with other dogs or cats. He must be the only dog in the family. But he’s all the dog you’ll need. I’m hoping someone will adopt this big love very soon. Here he was hanging out with me this afternoon.

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Emelynn’s Pick of the Week!

It was not hard for Emelynn to pick her pick this week, since I asked if she wanted to meet Abby, a ten-year-old Weimaraner/Lab mix. Abby is as gentle as they come. She would love her retirement home to have kids in it and wouldn’t mind another mellow dog, and…believe it or not, she wouldn’t even mind sharing her family with a CAT! This girl has it all! Emelynn fell in love with this sweetheart and we both are hoping that she will be going to her new family very soon!

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For all of the Yettie fans (and there are MANY!) here is an update from his new family.

“Hey! Just wanted to do a little update so far on Yettie (now known as Winston). He’s adapting quite well… we’re definitely learning some of his quirks lol. He’s so very calm and sweet, loves playing with our friend’s 170-pound Great Dane. Does wonderful with our two kittens and our dog, Kahlua. He even has met our horse! The first time he met the horse, he gave one warning bark to let us know she was there, but now she doesn’t even phase him. He was a little unsure of riding in the car at first, but now he loves it… always walks right up to it when we first go outside and wants to get in. It’s pretty comical having him and our other dog in the back seat of my car together… he takes up so much more room than our Lab does ha ha! He did wonderful at the Minto Brown dog park this last weekend, got his lovely rabies shot so we can go get him groomed and take care of the matting. It’s gonna be so nice when those are gone! He’s definitely a protector! I’ve noticed that at night he will sleep where he can see us and the front door… I swear he’s making sure we’re safe! We will definitely be doing some obedience classes this fall! He most definitely likes to wander… even out of a six foot fence (not sure how he managed, he’s a tricky one!) But we’ve got some other things we’re trying to keep him occupied with while outside… usually just taking a walk with me. I’ll be sure to update again! I’m definitely very thankful that he’s in our lives!”

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That’s it for this week! I won’t be posting next week, as I’ll be taking the Aimee Sadler week-long workshop provided by WHS. So I’ll see you in two weeks!

Remember, if you see a dog on my blog whom you are interested in meeting, try to make arrangements to get to the Willamette Humane Society soon. Some dogs are adopted more quickly than you might think.

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