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

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

It was a busy week at Willamette Humane Society culminating in the annual Bowser’s Boo Bash fundraiser on Saturday evening. It was a sold-out affair and loads of fun for over 500 WHS supporters. I was thrilled to finally meet Steve Spiro and René Ruston, two of the three co-founders of the incredible S.T.A.R.T. organization which has transported so many wonderful dogs from overcrowded shelters in California to us and other rescues. They came to support WHS and to see where many of “their dogs” have landed on their way to forever homes. (Yes, I’m the purple crayon.)


I was also excited to see Jeremy and Mandy from Sevadog, a phenomenal rescue/training team which has successfully helped us with some of our dogs having  challenging issues. (Yep, purple crayon again.)


See this group of very happy people? What do they all have in common? They are  amazing animal rescuers who spent the evening supporting WHS.

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Jeremy, Mandy, René, Steve, Aimee (Riverside Shelter), Suzanna (Steve’s wife), Jen (WHS Shelter Operations Director), Lori (Hands, Paws & Hearts Rescue).

Front row – L to R
Amy (S.T.A.R.T. driver), Sue (S.T.A.R.T. driver), Vicki (Hands, Paws & Hearts Rescue).

As usual, I took a lot of pictures so you could see what a terrific evening we had. I’ll let you know how much money was raised next week.





We had 17 wonderful dog adoptions last week, of which nine were Blog Dogs. Here they are:

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We got to go to Bowser’s Boo Bash!

Two of our shelter dogs, Sarah and Frankie, attended the Bash as well as the humans. Both were great sports and got lots of attention.

Sarah is a six-year-old Lab/German Shepherd mix, who has been waiting for a month for a new home. She loves people but is not fond of other dogs or cats, so she would do best as the only pet in the home. She weighs 84 pounds. We volunteers have become very fond of this older girl and hope she will be found by her forever family soon. Here she was at Bowser’s with volunteer Allison.


Frankie is a newbie who has quickly won the hearts of everyone he’s met. He’s a three-year-old Lab/Pug mix (seriously!). He is a gentle, friendly, guy and is house-trained. When we brought him to play group on Sunday, he was somewhat overwhelmed by the bigger, rough and rowdy characters, so we moved him to the calm/smaller dog side and he was very happy. Frankie did very well at Bowser’s with volunteer Ashtyn and was quite a little celebrity.

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After all of the excitement on Saturday night, Franky settled down with Ian Sunday afternoon. We’re hoping this little guy gets a forever home very soon.





Yep, I have big ears and a big heart!

Jolene spent some time with Bella on Sunday afternoon. Bella is a five-year-old Dutch Shepherd mix. She is a happy girl with lots of energy so will do well in an active family. She has a good history with kids, but with her enthusiasm, she would do best with older children. Bella walks well on leash and took my treats politely. She would be a great candidate for training classes and a quick study. She is house-trained and spent some time in a foster home where she got along well with two other dogs. Bella will be a great family dog!






I got to go on a respite!

Nico, one of our long-termers, got to go for an adventure with volunteers Jill and Caitlin last week. Nico is an Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull Terrier mix. He is two years old and weighs about 50 pounds. He’s been at WHS since July. He’ll need a home with experienced owners with no cats. Nico loves people and is hoping just the right family will find him. Here are some pictures from his fun outing.

“Here are a few pictures I took of Nico and Caitlin on 10/24, when we took him on a short respite to a couple of parks. He was really good and I hope he enjoyed the walk. That sweet boy so deserves a home!” – Jill

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I have a bit of a cold, but I’m getting better and you can still adopt me!

Volunteer Francis gave the dogs who are in the ISO kennels (because they are getting over colds) some time on Sunday. Here he is with Oden, a one-year-old pup who is full of excitement and love. Oden would make a great hiking or jogging partner. He is very treat-motivated and is a quick learner. He does very well with other dogs, but not with cats. He walks well on leash, loves car rides, and is house-trained. He’d love to come to training classes to learn more—like crate training, so he won’t chew on things he shouldn’t. Oden is a terrific young dog just waiting for his new family. I hope they come soon.






I’m new here, but Martha thinks I won’t be here long!

I was anxious to meet two newbies today and what a joy they both are! The first dog I spent time with was Blossom, a three-year-old Bulldog mix. I took her out to get pictures for the WHS website with Marianne’s help. We both instantly loved this big-headed girl, but try as I might, I couldn’t get her to smile.

DSCN3458So, after taking a slew of serious shots, we said good-bye to Marianne and headed out to spend some time in the big yard. She walks perfectly on leash, and as we went, I took a few more pictures just because.


But after about the third shot, I got this look.


Once in the yard, Blossom blossomed! What a difference a walk makes!

DSCN3475 DSCN3487Blossom is such a great dog! Besides walking perfectly on leash, she is treat-motivated, but takes them gently, so she’ll be a great student as she learns new skills. This will be necessary, since at this point, Blossom knows nothing! We started working on “sit” this afternoon. But what a joy training this sweetheart will be!




Yep, I seem to be the perfect dog. Just ask Martha!

The second newbie I met was Lucy, a two-year-old Collie/Australian Shepherd mix. And yes, she does seem to be perfect. She walks politely on leash, takes treats gently, knows several commands, plays fetch, and gets along with other dogs. Here she is with Joan today.

DSCN3550I played fetch with her for a long time, but she would have continued for who knows how long. Not only did she return the ball to me, she dropped it at my feet. And if I didn’t pick it up right away, she would pick it up and drop it again to let me know it was there.


Besides “sit,” she also knows “down.” This beautiful dog will make a wonderful companion and I’m sure she will find her forever home very quickly!







Remember Tad, the loveable Pointer?


He was adopted by Ashleigh, WHS Foster and Rescue Coordinator. I was so happy when she sent this update.

“It’s been a year since we adopted Tad from WHS – and we couldn’t be happier with him! We honestly do not understand how he landed himself in a shelter – other than being the average crazy Pointer.  It has been (and will continue) to be quite the adventure having Tad in our home but we wouldn’t have it any other way!”


“This summer, we spent a lot of time playing in the river. He has learned the joys of underwater diving. He literally puts his whole head under water to retrieve sticks and other things off the bottom. Always gives us a good laugh!”


“He is doing so well off leash! Such a smart, attentive boy. Of course this all goes out the window when we see those tweety birds :)”


“Kongs are one of his (and my) favorite toys. Right now, we are stuffing them with pumpkin and peanut butter! Goodness, he loves them!”


“We also took Tad on his first pheasant hunt. First time out, and he got a bird! So, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t teach an old dog a new trick. So proud of our boy.”


 “And last… He was really unsure about these big orange things we brought into the home. Haha :)”
Bryce & Ashleigh




Girly Girl/GiGi

Girly Girl arrived at WHS last August in pretty rough shape. Her nails were overgrown and she had a dirty coat with lots of tangled mats. Here’s how she looked then. I remember feeling very sorry for her. I was so happy when she was adopted in just a few days of arriving.


Last week I got this update on Girly Girl. What a difference love makes!

“I adopted Girly Girl (now called GiGi) on August 17th.  She is a Toy Poodle/Terrier mix and was an owner relinquish.  She was a mess when I brought her home.  At 4 years old, she had just been spayed, lost two teeth in the dental cleaning, and her hair and skin needed TLC. Her vet exam the first week she was home revealed a probably collapsing trachea and a luxating right rear patella.  She responded well to treatment. I spent hours brushing and cutting out mats.  She was already so bonded with me.  In fact, everyone in my apartment building commented on how quickly she bonded with me. Her first professional grooming went very well and people cannot believe she is the same dog I originally brought home.  She is so adorable and sweet.  I just had her certified as an emotional support dog for my PTSD.  She loves traveling in the car and going everywhere with me. I have recommended WHS in Salem to several, even though I live in Portland, because you allow 30 days to see if the animal is a fit.  In our case, we needed all that time and thankfully she is a perfect fit. I recall Marie conducting the paper work and Marianne showing her to me in the observation room.  I definitely would like them to know how happy we both are.
Thank you,

And look at her now!

This picture was taken a month after her adoption, before professional grooming, but after hours of Kaaren’s brushing.

IMG_1812 IMG_1837 IMG_1852That’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,

The Fall rains have arrived in Salem, but happily last Sunday was beautiful and I got most of my pictures for this post that afternoon. There were many new dog adoptions during last week and here are the Blog Dogs who went to new homes.

Page_3 Page_1 2 Page_4 Page_2I was especially excited about Destiny’s adoption by a WHS staff member. She’s had a rough life in the past and now she has hit the adoption jackpot!




Sunday’s play group was happy and full of pep. There was a complaint, however by Rocky, who disgustedly left the pool when it got crowded.

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Rocky and Eddie had a great time romping around the big yard.

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Eddie was a newbie and I was trying to take some pictures of him, when this happened. Sydney, the photo-bomber, belongs to volunteer Ryan and couldn’t understand why I wasn’t taking pictures of HER.Page_5

One of my current favorites is this guy, Copper. He was such a good boy in play group. Every time two other dogs had a bit of a tiff, Copper would charge in between them, raise his head and howl “Aaaroooooo.”

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I love play group, but I’d really like a family to play with!

Rocky is a six-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback/Boxer mix. At 83 pounds, he’s a big, loveable boy. He’s been waiting at WHS for a month. While he loves to race around the yard with his friends, he also enjoys leisurely walks and relaxing with his people in the evening. He is house-trained and knows several commands. He will make a great dog for a family with older kids. Here he was on Sunday with Natalie.

Rockie and Natalie

Here he is looking a bit less serious.





I’ve been waiting, waiting, and waiting for you.

Sarah, a six-year-old Lab/German Shepherd mix, has also been waiting for a month for a new home. She loves people but is not fond of other dogs or cats, so she would do best as the only pet in the home. She weighs 84 pounds. We volunteers have become very fond of this older girl and hope she will be found by her forever family soon. Here she was Sunday with volunteer Diane, one of her many fans. I love her smile!

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Here she was today on her walk in the rain with Steve.





I have a new name and am enjoying a temporary home…but I need a forever one!

Remember Springer? I took lots of pictures of this eager boy. Here is one of my favorites. He is a one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. Springer was finally adopted, but it was not the right fit and he was returned to the shelter with the new name of Oscar. Because he had been feeling very stressed in the kennels before he was adopted, he went to a foster home.

DSCN9743This week his foster mom asked if I would feature him on my post. I am so happy to have this wonderful update about how Oscar is doing in his foster home.

“Oscar lives with me as a foster dog along with my 12-year-old lab, two cats, husband and two kids (ages 7 and 10) and WHS foster kittens! Oscar is the biggest sweetheart in the world. He is truly a Pit Bull that you can call a “breed ambassador.” He walks well on leash, doesn’t react to other animals, and is sweet and loving with people. He’s got it all! His top loves in life are 1) people and 2) food. He is wonderful with cats and other dogs, but doesn’t really care about them, he just wants to be with his people! Oscar bonds tightly to one person and is affectionate with the other family members, but clearly has a favorite! He wouldn’t be a great dog to adopt as a companion to another dog, since he wants to be BFFs with a person, not another animal.

He is so sweet with children! Although he is a very mellow dog, he does get a little feisty and rambunctious at times and steps on toes or accidentally knocks them down, so he’d probably be best in a home with kids over the age of 8.

Oscar is a medium energy dog. He is not at all hyper and seems to do just fine with about 30 minutes of walking a day. He will join you for a jog if you want, but does not need this kind of intense exercise. He’d be great for a family who doesn’t want a super high-energy dog. He would rather lean on you and get petted than play fetch or tug-o-war.

Oscar has not had a great life so far and despite how sweet and wonderful he is, has been in at least 3 homes. As such, he does not like being left alone. We are working on crate training but he is not the kind of dog who you can leave for 8+ hours a day to go to work. He would be miserable. Although he is not destructive at all (he isn’t interested in chewing) he may try to escape to find you! He is a bit of an escape artist.

Oscar is working on basic obedience and is great on leash. He knows “sit” and “down,” is working on “wait,” “stay,” “bed,” “crate,” and “off.” He is extremely smart and treat-motivated and so he is a very fast learner! He rides extremely well in the car and would do wonderfully with an adoptive family who wants to take him places, works from home, retired or just home a lot. We are working on his socialization as some things that he hasn’t seen before scare him—things like loud children at the park, children on swings, etc. He tries to get away from these things, and so he could use some help understanding that unfamiliar things are not scary.

If you want to meet Oscar, please contact the WHS Foster Coordinator (503) 585-5900 x 303.
-Laura (WHS Foster home)”

Here are some home pictures that Laura sent. We’re all hoping that Oscar’s people will find him soon.

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I am looking for my just-the-right-fit of a family!

Nico is a dog with some special needs so will require a dog-experienced family who can give him the structure and help with those needs. Nico is an Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull Terrier mix. He is two years old and weighs about 50 pounds. Nico has to have a home with no cats. He has been known to climb a six-foot fence, so secure fencing will be a must. He is very energetic and is looking for an active family with kids at least 13 years old who will be able to handle his enthusiasm. Nico also needs a little help with polishing his house training. With all of this said, Nico is very smart and likes spending time with people. He is picky about his dog friends, but on Sunday had a great time with a staff-member’s puppy. Nico would enjoy and do well in training classes that  work on impulse control and manners. A dog like Nico, who needs a family with experience and certain skills, has a difficult time finding it. Nico has been waiting at WHS since July. I’m hoping his wait will soon be over. Here he is enjoying some down time with Alexis.

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I’m Caroline’s favorite! I could be YOURS, too!

When I asked volunteer Caroline to go get her current favorite dog for a picture for my post, she immediately jumped up to get Samson, a one-year-old Australian Cattle Dog. He is quite timid at first meeting and is a bit nervous around new things. He’s looking for a calm but active family who will continue to help him gain confidence. Samson is smart and eager, taking my hot dog bits politely. He knows some commands and is house-trained. He would prefer to be the only dog in the family and would do best with older kids. Samson loves to run and would make a great jogging or hiking partner. Caroline is hoping he’ll soon be found by a family wanting a new best friend.

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I’m finally adoptable! Come and take me home!

I’ve been waiting and waiting for Angel to reach the adoption floor. She’s a four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who came to us in July with an open wound in her side, so wasn’t ready for adoption until it healed. She is now in tip-top shape and ready to go home with an active family who will keep her supplied with tennis balls. Volunteer Francis is one of her biggest fans. You won’t have to worry about ever losing a tennis ball with Angel around. This girl will find a tennis ball no matter where it is!


Here’s an example.

Page_1To say that Angel loves to play fetch with tennis balls would be an understatement. This dog can cram two tennis balls into her mouth and will try for a third. She has tried to eat a hot dog treat WHILE keeping a tennis ball in her mouth.

Angel is a happy, affectionate, eager girl. She is house-trained and knows several commands. She does need work in polite leash walking. Since she has been at WHS so long, she has become quite the favorite of many volunteers. Now that she can be adopted, we hope she won’t have to wait much longer.





I’m very shy but I get brave when I have my guardian Angel with me!

Courage, a name he will hopefully grow into, is an eight-month-old Retriever puppy who is extremely timid, but oh, so cute! He is looking for a gentle family who will help him to gain confidence and teach him that every new thing isn’t scary.


Courage is so nervous that it is difficult to coax him out of his kennel to go outside— unless his most favorite dog in the world, Angel, is there. Then he happily exits the building and the two of them eagerly take treats and pose for my camera.

DSCN3006 DSCN3004 DSCN2994Pit Bull Terriers have long been called “nanny dogs” because historically they have been so good with children. Courage will definitely expand that to puppies.




Need a play group monitor? I’m up for the job!

Oh, how I love this Hound! If you are looking for a dog with personality, a big heart, a great sense of humor, and you don’t mind an occasional howl, then Copper is the boy for you! Copper is a twelve-year-old Coonhound, but you’d never guess his age. He’s still very energetic and loved thinking of himself as the boss of play group. He didn’t howl unless he felt it necessary, which wasn’t often. He keeps you laughing with his antics and loves attention. I’m hoping potential adopters won’t be put off by his age. This guy has a lot of living yet to do and needs a loving forever home. He’s one of Rayne’s favorites, too!

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I bet you would love me like Rayne does!

I wrote about Cutter last week, but couldn’t resist this sweet picture with Rayne on Sunday. Cutter is an 8-year-old Lab mix and is such a gentle boy. He has been an outdoor dog his whole life and would like to get to come inside in his new home. At 106 pounds, he’d love to have a family who would take him for walks so he could shed some weight, then curl up with them in the evening. Some family will be very lucky to adopt this gentle soul.

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Emelynn’s Pick of the Week!

Meet Bella, a five-year-old Dutch Shepherd mix, and currently Emelynn’s favorite shelter dog. Bella is looking for a fun and active family who will give her exercise and play time. She has a very good history with children, but with her size, she will be best with children over ten. She is house-trained and walks well on leash. Emelynn reports that while she loves to be energetic, she also is a cuddle bug and likes to lean on her people and relax. She spent some time in a foster home with two other dogs and a child and was wonderful. We’re hoping Bella will soon have a home and family of her own.






Scrappy and Gryffindor

Some of you may remember Scrappy and Gryffindor. They were adopted into the same family and living the best life ever! Here they were when they were at WHS.

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And here they are now… both boys are doing great and are very loved.







Remember Nana, the wonderful Hound? Here she was at WHS.


I was so happy to get this update on her last week!

“We have now had Bailey (Nana) for awhile. She has quite the personality. Every morning she flips around on our bed until I rub her belly and under her chin. She also likes to “protest” if we ask her to do something that she disagrees with. She will bark/howl and then begrudgingly abide. We can’t help but laugh when she does this.

Her favorite activities include chasing squirrels and tracking scents in the backyard and then barking/howling to inform us. Her training is coming along nicely too. She has really impressed us with her “leave it” skills.

We feel so blessed that we didn’t pass her up. We never expected to adopt a hound and it was the best decision we could have made. She is loving, gentle, loyal and absolutely the best family dog.

imageThe top left picture is of her sister Daisy and their cousin Dexter (also a WHS rescue). Glad we have a king bed with all the babies sleeping with us. The top right photo is when we wouldn’t let Bailey sleep with her toy on our bed so she decided to sleep with it on her doggie bed.”


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,

I’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to Switzerland with my husband and we saw spectacular scenery. I also found it to be a very dog-friendly country. I saw many families walking their pups (and picking up after them) and didn’t see a single stray. (I had to smile when one my fellow tour members told me she noticed I took a lot of pictures of dogs.) These three pictures of Swiss dogs I’d like to share. First, this little guy was running in a park with a stick that was twice his size. He was having a blast.

Swiss dogDogs go everywhere with their people in Switzerland. As we were sitting on a train, this sweetheart came aboard with his person and when I asked if I could take his picture, he wanted to crawl into my lap.

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And this happy guy was thoroughly enjoying an outing with his peeps.


It was great to get back to WHS and meet all of the new arrivals who had come during my absence. It was also exciting to learn that there had been 32 dog adoptions! One of them was especially thrilling to many of us, and he wanted to thank everyone at WHS before he left. Here’s Buddy.

Page_1Buddy was at WHS for 4 1/2 months. He is now home on 16 acres where he will be able to romp and be loved by his own family.

Here are all of the Blog Dogs who were adopted while I was gone.

Page_7 Page_3 Page_1 2 Page_4 Page_6 Page_2 Page_5Page_1I am especially happy about Suave’s adoption which just happened on Monday. This little guy had a rough life before arriving at WHS and had been waiting since August 29th for a new family.

Staff sent me these pictures of Molly and Cheyanne with their new families.

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After missing two play groups, it was fun to be back to watch the romping and listen to the chatter. Little did Suave know that he would be adopted the very next day!

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Volunteer Marianne takes notes for us during play groups. While her efforts are very much appreciated by us humans, the dogs don’t see the point of it.

Page_1 Page_2  Page_3Cutter, at eight years old, was enjoying a quiet time in the pool when suddenly puppy Molly dove in and began excitedly splashing. Cutter was not amused.

Page_4Speaking of puppies, nine-month-old Jack charmed almost everyone (except Fiona) with his outgoing, cheerful personality.

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Don’t think because I’m a little older that I don’t have spunk!

Abby is a new arrival to the shelter. She is an eight-year-old Lab mix. She hates to admit it, but at 94 pounds, she needs to shed some weight. Walking around the neighborhood and getting together with some doggy friends for some romps would be perfect. Abby loved play group and actually raced around the yard with her new pals. She is house-trained and not only does she get along well with other dogs, but with CATS, too! Little children make her nervous, so she would do best to go to a home with kids eight or older. She can also be vocal if left outside for long periods, so a family who is home more would be good for her. Abby is a gem as volunteers Gracie and Jessica found out on Sunday.

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I just got here. I’m ready for FUN with a new family!

This happy boy is Oden, a one-and-a-half year old Lab/Boxer mix. Oden is a very active dog who is hoping for a family who will continue with his training as he grows up into a great adult. He had a blast in play group on Sunday racing around the big yard. He is house-trained and knows some commands. He is food-motivated, eager and smart, so training should be a breeze. I love his zest for life, as does Diane.

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Notice how Oden’s tail is wagging so much you can hardly see it!






I’m back. Are you looking for a Hound?

Are you a lover of all things Hound? Do you enjoy their chipper personality, their eager curiosity, their melodic howl? Well, Copper might be the one for you. He is a twelve-year-old, 87-pound Coonhound who is house-trained and likes to hang out with other dogs (no cats, however). Copper has been at WHS twice. He’s really hoping that a forever family will realize what a good boy he is and won’t mind his love of singing. (If you live in an apartment, Copper isn’t your best choice.) Here he was Sunday with volunteer Jeff.

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What do you get when you cross a Lab and a Dachshund?

The answer is, you get Jack, a nine-month-old cutie who has stolen the heart of everyone at the shelter. I met Jack on Sunday when he came to play group. This youngster has never met a dog or person he doesn’t like. He joyfully ran up to each new dog entering the yard and invited them to race. If the other dog was grumpy, it didn’t phase Jack at all. He’d just trot off to find another playmate. As you can see, he has a Lab head on a Dachshund body. He already has a hold on him for after he’s neutered, so I’m sure he’ll be going home soon to some lucky family. Jolene is one of his many fans.

Jack and Jolene





I’m looking for an experienced person who wants a great dog!

This is Parker, a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix, with volunteer Rayne. Parker has been waiting for his perfect fit of a family since July 26th. Parker loves people and is very treat-motivated, so learning new things is easy for this smart guy. He can be picky about his dog friends, so would need to meet any dog he might be living with. Parker would do best with someone who will continue the training he has been working on at WHS. He has lots of fans at the shelter who are hoping this boy will find his forever home very soon.

Rayne and ParkerHere he is hanging out with me in the big yard.






Yep, people often comment on my ears.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen ears quite like the ones Joeli has, but they sure make her look cute. This one-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is one happy, active girl. She is house-trained and loved my hot dog bits. Since she is a new arrival, I haven’t gotten to know her very well yet, but look forward to spending some time with her. She had a blast in play group this morning romping with her new dog friends. With her distinct markings and laughing eyes, I have a feeling she won’t be at the shelter for long.

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I’m all over the annoying puppy stage and into the calm adult one.

Meet Cutter, an 8-year-old mellow Lab mix who is a another newbie at WHS. He is such a gentle boy and happily posed with Ian. He has been an outdoor dog his whole life and would like to get to come inside in his new home. He did fine in play group on Sunday with other dogs. At 106 pounds, he’d love to have a family who would take him for walks so he could shed some weight, then curl up with them in the evening. Some family will be very lucky to adopt this gentle soul.

Cutter and IanCutter wasn’t quite sure what to think of puppy Molly, but he was a very tolerant adult and put up with her puppy antics.





Emelynn’s Pick of the Week!

Dixon is one of the happiest dogs I’ve met. This one-year-old Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix is still a youngster and so will need an active family willing to give him the attention, training, and time he needs to grow up with good dog skills. Since he loved my hot dog bits, he should be a quick study. He has a great history with kids and other dogs. He just needs to polish his manners and he really will become the best dog ever! Here he is with Francis on Sunday.

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And not surprisingly, Dixon was Emelynn’s pick this week. She loved his goofy personality and his zest for life. She took him out to the big yard for some ball time. He’s great at racing after the ball, not so good at returning it. He’d rather swoop around us in big circles, ball in mouth, trying to get us to play chase. He’s going to grow up into a great dog.

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I don’t like my cone. I know you’re going to put it right back on after this picture. I’m not going to smile.

Volunteer Marianne couldn’t wait for me to meet one of her current favorites, Rascal, a three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. She was sure I’d fall head-over-heels in love with him and she was right. This handsome boy had just been neutered and so was wearing a cone on Sunday. I did take it off for his photos, but he seemed to know it was only a matter of time until it went on again, and he refused to smile. Rascal is a very smart, usually happy boy who will make a great hiking or jogging partner. He is looking for a family who will continue his training and let him be their new best buddy.

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I’ve been here quite a while. I just know I’ll meet my new family soon!

Jolene has a new favorite, Pulla, a six-year-old Australian Shepherd/Pit Bull Terrier mix. Pulla has been at WHS since September 5th and is hoping she will be in a real home soon. She has been working on her dog-to-dog skills and has shown excellent progress. She is house-trained and very affectionate. She would make a great friend to older kids who are looking for an active dog. I love this picture of this eager girl.

Pulla and Jolene




Still here. Waiting.

I have written about Destiny many time in my blog posts. I can’t figure out why she has not been adopted. She is cute, a nice size, affectionate, and well-mannered. Destiny is a three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. She has been spending some time in a staff member’s home and has been an excellent house guest. She gets along with other dogs, loves kids, but is not a fan of cats. She is house-trained, crate-trained and loves car rides. One of her best traits is that she easily adapts to new and different environments and people. I’m so hoping that this deserving girl will find her forever home soon. Here she is with one of her many fans, Ian.

Destiny and Ian

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,

This will be my last post for a couple of weeks. I hope to be able to tell you about many new adoptions in my October 15 issue. But speaking of adoptions, there were 15 of them during the past week and these were the Blog Dogs who went to new homes.

Page_1  Page_4 Page_2 Page_3I was especially happy about Mikey and Amy’s adoptions. I am always so grateful to people who are willing to take older dogs into their families, knowing that although the time will be shorter than they wish, the gift they are giving to these wonderful dogs is priceless.

Mikey was pretty excited when he found out he was going home after his walk with Jeff.

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Sunday play group was great fun. Buddy had his usual happy time romping with his friends.

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Jolene was kept busy with the little guys. Frodo was quite insistent that he have her attention.


Oreo daydreamed as he looked over into the Rough and Rowdy yard.


Rocky is a newbie to the shelter and it was such a joy to watch him adjust. When I first met him, he was extremely shy and nervous, not taking my hot dog bits and not being anxious to go to play group. We put him on the Shy/Little Dog side, stood back, and watched his confidence bloom.



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When dogs can’t settle their own disagreements, they often turn to one of us humans for help. Such was the case with Frodo and Oscar.





I was pretty nervous when I got here, but I’ve made some great friends already!

I want to start this week’s adoptables with a newbie, Rocky, a six-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback/Boxer mix. This boy has it all. He is smart, well-mannered, knows some commands, loves a pool, and is house-trained. He also is very handsome. It was such fun to watch him begin to relax and enjoy himself in Sunday’s play group with the little dogs. When we tried moving him to the Rough and Rowdy side, however, he was overwhelmed and quickly showed us he was much more comfortable with the less boisterous group. Here he was with Ian and Jolene. I love this boy!


Rocky and Jolene




I don’t’ get it. Why am I still here?

I don’t get it, either. Little Ginger was surrendered on September 7th. I thought she’d be adopted very quickly, but each day I come to the shelter, she is still waiting. Ginger is a five-year-old, nine-pound Chihuahua mix. She is a little nervous around new situations, so a more quiet home with older children or just adults would be perfect for her. She needs consistency to keep up with her house-training. She has lived with other dogs, but doesn’t care for cats at all. Diane enjoyed spending time with Ginger on Sunday.


DSCN1515When I was about to leave for the day, I happened to glance into the Small Dog room and saw her looking longingly at me. I wished I could take her home.

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Ready! Set! Action!

Every Sunday afternoon, volunteers Tom and Nancy film the “Adoptable Pets” segment for TV and the WHS website. This week, along with several other dogs, they were featuring Fiona, a ten-year-old Chihuahua mix. Fiona is eager, active and as you can see, a lapdog. She is house-trained, affectionate, and now a TV star!

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I’m ready to be an indoor dog with a new family!

Sarah is a six-year-old Lab/German Shepherd mix. She has been an outdoor dog most of her life and is hoping for a family who wants her to be more of an indoor dog! She is very friendly, likes to please and took my treats politely. She would love a home where she could go for walks around the neighborhood with her person, then settle in for the evening at their feet (or on the couch next to them?). Diane fell in love with this sweet girl and we both hope she’ll be lounging with her new family very soon!

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Buddy and his Fan Club!

If you are a regular reader of my blog posts, you know Buddy well. This 73-pound Bulldog/Boxer lapdog has been a favorite of mine and many other volunteers for months. Buddy has come such a long way and is now considered one of our “helper dogs” in play group. He walks beautifully on leash, takes treats gently, knows several commands and is house-trained. WHY isn’t this boy in a home? It’s a mystery! But don’t worry that he is pining away with lack of attention while he waits for a forever family. Here are just a few pictures of him with members of his ever-expanding fan club. Can’t wait until the time I can tell you this wonderful dog has found a loving home.


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I’m ready for adventures with YOU!

What do you get when you mix a Rottweiler and a Siberian Husky? Well, you get one brown eye and one blue! Meet Blueberry, a one-year-old, fifty-five pound bundle of energy and love! Since she is still a youngster, she’ll need a family who will take the time to continue to teach her manners. Blueberry loves people and is very food-motivated, so learning new things will be a blast for her. Because of her size and youth, older kids would be best for her family. Here she is showing that she already knows the command “sit” with Jolene.





I’m ready! I’m ready! Let’s go home!

You can’t help but smile when you meet Peaches, an eight-year-old, nine-pound Chihuahua mix who is a very happy girl. If you’re looking for a new family member who will always be brimming with joyful love, this is the dog for you! Here she was with Caroline on Sunday.

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I’m new here. I’m hoping to get a forever home really quickly!

This beautiful girl is a nine-month-old Anatolian Shepherd/Border Collie mix named Grell. She is eager and active. She loves people and did wonderfully in her first play group with other dogs. She does get too excited when she sees other dogs while on leash, so will need some training in this area. But Grell is very treat-motivated and took my hot dog bits eagerly but very gently. She is crate-trained already and knows some basic commands. I have a feeling this beauty won’t be at the shelter for long. Jolene enjoyed spending time with Grell today.

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Now let me get this right…

You want a dog who walks nicely on leash and checks in with you as you walk her. She should be house-trained. She should take treats politely and know several commands. You want a dog who loves people, including kids, is gentle and likes to cuddle at the end of the day. You want a dog who stops at doors, sits, and waits for you to invite her to go through them. This is what you want? Well, then this is the dog for you! Meet Lacie, a seven-year-old Pit Bull/Beagle mix who loves to prance and does the cutest little dance with her front feet when she’s excited to see someone…which is every time she sees someone. Lacie hasn’t had the best life so far. Twice she has been at WHS after being found as a stray. She is really hoping that she can finally get a loving forever home. Lacie would like to be an only dog and doesn’t care for cats. But she will bring joy, laughter, and love into any family who adopts her.

DSCN2279Here she is checking in with me during our walk today.


This is her pathetic look while getting a bath from Marianne after our walk. She wasn’t thrilled with it, but accepted it stoically. We’re so hoping this sweet girl will be found by a terrific family.





Emelynn’s Pick of the Week!

This little guy’s name is Oscar and he is a ten-year-old Miniature Dachshund. Oscar loves all people, including kids. He has enjoyed play group with other dogs and is quite the lapdog. He won Emelynn ‘s heart with his perky, bouncy personality. He is very treat-motivated, which brings up his only issue. Weighing in at 18.6 pounds, Oscar really needs to shed a few pounds through exercise and diet. Oscar will be a wonderful addition to a family looking for a small, happy little dog.

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I’ve been waiting for awhile. I hope my new family will find me soon.

Daisy is an eight-year-old Beagle/Chihuahua mix who came to us as a S.T.A.R.T. dog from California, so we don’t know her history. What we do know is that she is a shy, sweet girl who seems to have been overlooked by potential adopters. Daisy is very quiet and would do best in a calm home with adults or with older kids. She is nervous around hectic activity. She likes to go for walks, but isn’t a big fan of play groups. She feels overwhelmed when put in a yard with lots of other dogs and would prefer just hanging out with her people. I called Marla at the last minute today when I needed a sub walker and she enjoyed spending time with Daisy. We’re hoping Daisy will be found by a new family this week.






Remember Gryffindor, the gentle giant?


His family sent me this picture last week. No words needed. Any doubt this boy is loved?


That’s it for this week! I’ll post again October 15th!

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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Meet Sweet Nougat the Cat

This is Nougat: A one-year-old, female, all-white, short-haired cat. She’s been waiting for a home for about a month now, and I feel confident that she’ll find that home just as soon as people hear more about how sweet she really is. Fun and Flexible … Continue reading

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