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

Happy New Year, Fellow Dog Lovers!

Not surprisingly, the number of dog adoptions slowed between Christmas and New Year’s, but even so, we had a total of ten dogs starting 2015 in their new homes. Two of them were Blog Dogs. I was especially happy about ten-year-old Trusty Rusty, who had been waiting since early in December. He went home to a family with four wonderful kids. He’ll be such a happy boy!



I’m going to begin this blog post talking about three of my current favorite shelter dogs who also happen to have been waiting for their forever homes the longest.


I am really, really trying to improve my kennel presentation!

Mommis is a five-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who was originally adopted from WHS, but in November was found as a stray and her owners could not be located. While Mommis is a real sweetheart, she is embarrassed to admit that her kennel presentation is not good. Potential adopters walk past her as she barks, trying to get their attention. (She is trying to work on this and has made progress.) But if someone looking for a smart, loving, loyal best friend would just spend some time with this girl, they would fall in love. Mommis has learned to politely sit and wait at doors until she is given permission to go out. She walks well on leash. She loves people and gives kisses. She would need to meet any dogs she would live with and would do very well as an only dog. We don’t know how she would do with cats. If you are looking for dog to share your life with, Mommis would like to meet you! Here she is today with volunteer Francis, one of her fans. You may find prettier girls, but you’ll not find a better friend!





Yep, still here. Still waiting for my new family!

Nico continues to patiently hang out at the shelter waiting for the perfect match to find him. In the meantime, he still enjoys his training sessions with volunteer Linda as well as his respites at her house. Nico is two years old and weighs about 50 pounds. He’s been at WHS since July. He is an Australian Kelpie mix. He’ll need a home with experienced owners (and no cats). And he’ll need a tall fence that he can’t climb. (He has been known to climb our chain-link fences at the shelter!) Nico loves people and is hoping just the right family will find him. He is an eager, smart boy, working on his manners. He has come soooo far and knows many commands, including sit, down, stay, and how to bow. We love this boy and are hoping his long wait will be over soon. Here he is after one of his training sessions with Linda last week. Such a serious boy!

DSCN7719 DSCN7717Just so you know that he isn’t ALWAYS so serious, here he is with Alexis.

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I’ve been waiting, too! I’m a little rough around the edges, but I’ll be a loyal and loving companion!

Parker is a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who has been waiting for his perfect fit of a family since July 26th. He was adopted once, but returned, not being the right match for the family. He will need an experienced person. 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. Here are some of my favorite pictures I’ve taken of him during his long stay.

He’s a ham and never minds posing for my camera.

Parker - Version 2 One of Parker’s biggest fans is Jolene. He loves to tell her jokes which he finds hilarious.

DSCN7754He enjoys playing in the big yard.

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As you can tell, he wasn’t impressed with my request to wear antlers for the Christmas issue.





I’ve been here before. I’m hoping that this time I’ll find my forever home!

This sweet girl is Cali, a three-year-old American Bull Dog mix. She originally came to WHS from another shelter in April of 2013. She was adopted later that month. But she turned up again as a stray at Marion County Animal Shelter and was transferred back to us on December 19th. She is house-trained, knows several commands, and scored very well on her behavior assessment. She is simply a wonderful family dog. She is affectionate (see below), loves people and gets along with most other dogs. She had a blast in play group on Sunday. She would love an active family who would take her on adventures hiking, running, camping, you name it. Here she was with Laslo on Sunday.

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I love her smile!





We may be little, but we’ll be a big part of your life!

This is Anna, a seven-year-old Chihuahua mix who, along with her best friend, Elsa, was found together as strays. Since they are bonded, WHS is hoping they can both go to the same home for the adoption fee of only one! Both dogs are active and very people-oriented. During Sunday’s playgroup, they would dash around the yard, but if I called them, they would come racing toward me as fast as their little short legs would carry them. They think of themselves as lap dogs, no surprise there! Here Anna is with Ian Sunday afternoon.

DSCN7716I’m Elsa, Anna’s BFF!

Elsa is also about seven years old. Here she is with Andrew on Sunday. Sure hope they can go home together!

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Here the two of them were today with Sandra and Joan. I didn’t realize until this afternoon what delight Anna takes from teasing me when I’m trying to get a good shot!

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I’m new here, but I have already won everyone over!

Mya is a six-year-old Doberman Pinscher/Lab mix who is one special girl. I first met her a week ago and immediately was drawn to her cheerful demeanor and her eagerness to please. She loved my hot dog bits, sat when asked, and smiled! She walks pretty well on leash and loves attention. Here she was with Laslo. What a beautiful girl she is! She will be a great dog for a family with older children.

DSCN7741Here she was with Joan last week. Mya is gaining quite a fan club.

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Yep, I really am this happy!

A newbie to the shelter last week was Casey, a three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Shar Pei mix. Although he hates to admit it, he could lose a few pounds, as he’s let himself get a little, shall we say, “chunky.” But being adopted by an active family who would make sure this boy gets the exercise he needs, would trim him down perfectly. As you can see, Casey is one happy boy. He is house-trained and loves people’s attention. He walks well on leash, but doesn’t seem to know many commands. Since he is treat-motivated, learning new skills should be a breeze. Here he was on Sunday with Marianne who couldn’t wait for me to meet this terrific boy.





Do you need a big guy to go on adventures with? Then come meet me!

The first dog I took out to walk today was Duke, a two-year-old Chow Chow/Lab mix. Duke is a very handsome boy with lots of energy. His kennel presentation isn’t the best, so he is located in the stray kennels, but is still very much adoptable. He loves to go outside and walks on leash politely. He is very food-motivated and is a quick learner, so training him will be both fun and easy. After our walk today, we went into the big yard and he happily posed for my camera. Duke is house-trained, knows several commands, and loves to be with people. He does like to go on adventures with or without you, and can jump a six-foot fence, so secure and tall fencing is a must for this character. When he is excited, he can be mouthy, so he should go home with older kids. I really enjoyed my time with Duke today. He’ll make the right person a loyal, cheerful best friend.

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Yep, I’m a puppy! Up for the challenge of puppyhood? Then come on in and take me home!

I laughed out loud when I saw this extremely cute little guy today. His name is Joe and he is a six-month-old Dachshund/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. He scored extremely well on his behavior assessment and I could certainly see why when Jolene and I met him today. He is a delightful little guy who already knows how to sit when asked, how to take treats gently, and how to walk on a leash. He’ll still need to be trained on what to chew and what not to, and to continue learning house-training. But he is definitely treat-motivated, so training should be pretty easy. I have a feeling little Joe won’t be at the shelter for long! I’m glad I got to meet him.

DSCN7887I love how his forehead wrinkles!






Buddy the Elf/Buddy

Buddy won the hearts of everyone when he arrived at WHS. This nine-year-old boy had been an outdoor dog his entire life. We couldn’t wait for someone to adopt him and take him inside!


And then someone did! I was thrilled when I got this update from Buddy’s new family!

It has been great having Buddy be part of our family.  The first few minutes Buddy was in the house, I grew concerned because he desperately tried to get my Cockatiel, Lucky! But, after those first few minutes, there have been no problems.  Once in a while Buddy looks at her intently, but I just say, “No Buddy, Lucky is part of our family.” He seems to understand, and leaves her alone. And Buddy is getting along great with Casey and Dakota, our other dogs.

I needed to go to Gladstone on Monday, and I did not yet know how Buddy would be staying at home, so I took him with me.  My Mom and Dad doted on Buddy the whole day.  He is a huge hit with my parents!  Buddy also got along great with their dog, Ruby.

The next day I had some appointments, and needed to do some shopping.  I left the 3 dogs and 1 bird home alone for about an hour the first time.  Everything was fine.  Then I left to go shopping and was gone about 3 hours, and everything was fine.  Whew!! 

He loves to eat. He is still very skinny, but he won’t be for long!

My nephew (20 years old) has been staying over the last couple of nights and he LOVES Buddy so much.  We go camping together about 3 times during the summer.  We are looking forward to going with Buddy this year, too! 

I want you and everyone at WHS to know that Buddy now has a forever home, where he lives inside with us.  I haven’t gone on many walks with him yet, but once the holidays are over, we will go at least 2 to 3 times a week.

Thank you again for posting his picture. I am so happy to have Buddy in my family.

PS Isn’t it precious the way he crosses his legs? :-)”

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And I just got these cute pics of Destiny with her sibling, Sheeba, with the caption: “Definitely meant to be sisters!!!”

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So on this New Year’s Eve, my hope for all of our wonderful shelter dogs is that they will soon be in their own loving forever families.


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

Merry Christmas Fellow Dog Lovers!

It’s Christmas Eve and I have lots of wonderful news to share with my readers tonight! First, there were an amazing 35 dog adoptions during the past week! Thirty-five special dogs are spending the first Christmas of the rest of their lives with loving families. Here are the twenty Blog Dogs who are finally really home.

Page_01 Page_05 Page_02 Page_03 Page_04 Page_06 Page_09 Page_08 Page_07 Page_10I want to mention three of these wonderful adoptions. First, I was at the shelter when Jill’s new person came to take her home. This young woman has been saving her money for a long time so she could adopt a dog, and Jill was the lucky one she chose! I couldn’t resist putting a Santa hat on Jill and she didn’t mind a bit since she was going home! It was a perfect day for Jill because she had a wonderful time romping around in playgroup that morning.


And here is a picture of Meadow with her siblings in her new home.

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Finally, Buddy the Elf (now just Buddy), who touched the hearts of so many, is happily settling into his new home where he will be an INSIDE dog for the first time in his life! I’ve been promised an update and pictures soon, but here is what his person wrote the day she adopted him.

DSCN6292“Buddy is lying on his bed in the living room right now. He is such a sweetie, I already love him with all my heart. He will have love, comfort, warmth and lots of food from now on. Thank you for posting his pic, because that is what made me decide I had to give him a home.”

And more great news…

One of our own former WHS staff members, Jamie, now works for a shelter in Maui, Hawaii. Here’s what Susan, WHS Development and Communications Director, posted last week.

“Two special dogs came all the way from Maui to Oregon last week and they already found homes! Maui Humane Society has a hard time placing all the homeless pets on their small island mostly filled with tourists. They created this fantastic program called Wings of Aloha. Alaska Airlines waives the $100 fee per pet with a ticketed passenger, so they got to fly free to Oregon. Charlie and Clara were pet number 197 and 198 of dogs flown to the mainland in 2014. The plane ride did not seem to trouble them any and they were quiet as church mice in the car on the way home from the airport. Thanks to Maui Humane Society for this program and to our Willamette Valley adopters for saying yes to these two sweet dogs.”

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Nico meets Santa!

Santa visited WHS last week and Nico was one of the first in line to greet him! Here they are posing for my camera. Nico is a very serious kind of guy, but he did let me put a Santa hat on him without complaint! He 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 and no cats. Nico loves people and is hoping just the right family will find him. Volunteer Linda has been spending lots of time with this eager, smart boy, working on his manners. He has come soooo far and knows so many commands. We love this boy and are hoping his long wait will be over soon.

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And now… Merry Christmas from current and some now former WHS shelter dogs!





We have two very happy updates this week!


Here he was at WHS where we all fell in love with this goofy boy. I’m so happy he has such a great new life!

DSCN3982And here is a report from his new person.

“I just wanted to send you a message about how Dexter is doing. He’s doing very well here in his new home. He is home with me all day, and follows me around everywhere, always wanting to know what I’m up to, and he’s always game for a cuddle on the couch and a scratch behind his ears. His favorite time of the day is when Casey gets home and he gets to lay on the couch and cuddle with him. He sleeps on the floor in his doggie bed in our room and he is great with our six-year-old son. He loves it when he loves on him, and he’s a great fit for our family. I am so glad that Dexter is part of our family. I think that he chose us to take him home and I am so glad he did.”

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Here Abby was at WHS.

DSCN2457Abby, being the lab that she is, loves to eat anything…including socks! It was a scare a few days for her new family who love her so much. Luckily surgery did the trick and I got this report from her family:

“Abby is doing well after her surgery. She had a rough first few days, but is healing quickly and returning back to her happy self.”

And here are the pictures I just got a few days ago. Merry Christmas, Abby, and stay away from socks!

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On these happy notes, I wish all of my readers and their dogs a very Merry Christmas!

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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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

It’s been a busy week at Willamette Humane Society! If you read my last week’s post, you know about the Petco Foundation in partnership with Halo, Purely for Pets, and the $50,000 grant awarded to the shelter for the Coco video. There was a lot of excitement leading up to today when the check was presented! Of course, Coco was there, too, along with one of her puppies. Here are some pictures from this morning’s event.


Coco and her person, Dick, waiting for the presentation to begin.


Dick and Krystal. Without Krystal fostering Coco and her thirteen puppies and Dick adopting Coco, there would not have been a presentation!DSC_0021

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The presentation of the check to Executive Director BJ Andersen.

DSC_0077It was a very happy morning!

There were 15 dog adoptions during the last week, and here are the ones who were Blog Dogs.

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Spanky’s story is special. He first arrived at WHS last January. He has had a long road of experiences since then. He was adopted, then later found as a stray, he had back leg issues that finally resulted in one hind leg being amputated. He was in and out of foster homes and he could be a challenge at the shelter. BUT! His last foster mom, Laura, fell in love with Spanky almost instantly. She hinted to me a while ago that his future might be set, and last week it was! Our Spanky now has a forever home! Laura says, “Unfortunately he has a long road ahead with uncertain medical issues regarding his leg…I’ll keep everyone updated!” Thank you, Laura, from all of us who have loved Spanky over the last year! Here are some pictures Laura sent to me of Spanky at home. What a lucky dog!

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One more adoption note. A few days ago my husband and I were leaving the Red Robin restaurant after lunch, when I saw a family with a dog who looked just like Luna, adopted last week. When I got close to them, I could tell that Luna recognized me. Yep, it was Luna and she is very happy and well loved. I asked if I could take their picture. It’s such fun to see one of our adopted dogs with their families!





Since next Wednesday is Christmas Eve, and many of our readers will be too busy to read the post that evening, the dogs and I decided that today was the better day to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! As you’ll see, some dogs were more excited to put on my props than others! So here are many currently adoptable dogs, along with a couple of already adopted ones who just wanted to be in the loop.


Dante, Shepherd mix, two years old.




Jill, Miniature Poodle mix, two years old.




Luna, Pug mix, one year old.




Duke, (a very dramatic) Chow Chow mix, two years old.




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Trusty Rusty, a Shepherd mix, ten years old, who on Sunday didn’t get the concept of wearing a Santa hat.

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Patrick, Dachshund mix, eleven months old.




Buster, Beagle mix, seven years old.




Meadow, Staffordshire Terrier mix, three years old. Page_18Page_17



Starr, Lab mix, three years old.




Dino, American Pit Bull Terrier mix, two years old.Page_23



Marianne brought Patience to playgroup today and stayed to get a picture taken. Patience was not so enthusiastic about the idea, but agreed to wear the antlers as long as I didn’t try to get her to smile.




Tony, Chihuahua mix, one year old.




Anastasia, German Shepherd mix, four years old.




Kim, our Volunteer Manager at the shelter, recently adopted Vinny, who is quite the clown.




Mommis, Pit Bull Terrier mix, five years old. She reluctantly agreed to wear the Santa hat, but couldn’t believe I wanted something more!




Janey, Australian Cattle Dog mix, nine months old.Page_24

Merry Christmas from all of the dogs at Willamette Humane Society!

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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