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

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

We may not have had a large number of dog adoptions in the past week (10), but three of them were long-term favorites of many, including me, and we are thrilled that they have finally found their forever homes. More on them a little later. Here are the Blog Dogs who were adopted during the last week.

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And now a word from three of them.

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And here is Oscar/Springer and his new people.

SpringerUpdate: Just got this from his foster after Oscar’s first night in his new home: “Just got a call from new mom and she says he did great last night and they are in love already!”

 

 

 

Chatter

With the cooperation of staff and dedicated volunteers, WHS now has play groups six days a week! This was our goal after the Aimee Sadler training and we made it. Play groups are incredibly good for the dogs in relieving shelter stress and great for staff and volunteers as a way to better evaluate each dog in a setting other than inside a kennel or during a brief behavior evaluation. Sunday morning was busy, but I did get a chance to overhear some interesting conversation.

Chester, a nine-year-old Basset Hound mix, did his best for my picture, but didn’t quite get what I meant.

Page_02Lucy decided to demonstrate.

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When volunteer Harmony and I were trying to get better pictures of Cinders, little Boo Boo felt ignored.

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Meanwhile in the Rough & Rowdy side, Blossom (adopted the next day) tried to impress Love Bug with her athletic skills.

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Hello. I’m a gentle giant hoping for a new family who will love me.

I know what you’re thinking…that I fall in love with almost every dog I meet at the shelter. Well, you’re right, but wait. There are some whose personality and back story are grabbers, such as Champ. While I was taking pictures of new dogs on Sunday afternoon, this beautiful boy was surrendered. His owner, since Champ was a puppy, had died. Champ is a ten-year-old Siberian Husky mix. He is a gentle giant at 103 pounds. He walks perfectly on leash, is house-trained, and gets along with other dogs and doesn’t pay any attention to cats. He took my treats politely and enjoyed the attention that Diane and I gave him. This lovely old dog is looking for a quiet retirement home, leisurely walks, and a person to love and curl up next to in the evening. Both Diane and I totally fell in love with this sweet boy. Let’s get him a great home quickly so he doesn’t have to stay in the shelter for long. Calling lovers of older dogs!

DSCN3791DSCN3784Here this sweet boy was today with Steve. He seemed to be feeling sad.

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It’s a miracle that I’m here in Oregon. Oh, and my name is Miracle, too.

I met this shy girl on Sunday, also. Miracle is a recent transfer to us from an overcrowded shelter in California through our S.T.A.R.T. partner, so we don’t know her history. She is recovering from a cold at the moment, so is in the ISO kennels, but still very much available for adoption. Miracle was fearful at first when Wendi and I met her, but she slowly started to warm up as we spoke softly to her and she began to take the hot dog bits I offered her. The worried look in her eyes didn’t leave, however. Miracle is a Dalmatian/Boxer mix and we think she is about four years old. She would do best in a calm, quiet home with either adults only or one with older children. We’re hoping her forever family will find her very soon.

 

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I’m a very happy girl and you would be lucky to adopt me! Did I convince you?

I’ve been waiting for this cheery gal to be available for adoption and this week she is. Meet Oswin, a two-year-old Lab/Siberian Husky mix who can hardly hold in her excitement about life. She is looking for a family who is active and who will continue training classes that she has taken and loved. She needs a family with older children, as little ones make her nervous. She also shouldn’t live with cats or any small furry animals, as she likes to play chase. Oswin has been in play group and does well with some dogs, but is picky about her playmates, so will need to have a shelter dog-meet with any dog she would live with, and it shouldn’t be a dog who is smaller than she. Oswin walks great on leash, she is treat-motivated and loves to learn new things. She is affectionate and loves to go on adventures. She will make the right family a wonderful companion. She enjoyed spending time with Jolene last week.

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And here she is with Jeff on Sunday.

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I’m told I am a very handsome boy and I’m looking for a home.

This is Houdini, a two-year-old, 60-pound Pit Bull Terrier mix, one of our newly arrived California S.T.A.R.T. dogs. He was surrendered when his person went off to college. This boy is friendly, smart, and treat-motivated. He will be a breeze to teach new skills to. He was feeling a little uncertain in his new state and I couldn’t get him to smile no matter what crazy sounds I made. As you can see by his expressions, he wasn’t impressed by my silliness. He is active and will need a family with older kids or just adults who will continue with his training. He can be a little possessive of his toys, so will need some training on that issue. But he has great potential and could surely use a loving family. He has very sincere eyes. Here he is with Francis.

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My name is Lucy. I’m a good girl, but am stressed here at the shelter.

Lucy is a two-year-old Collie/Australian Shepherd mix. I wrote about her last week and was certain that she would be adopted by now, since she is the whole package. She walks politely on leash, takes treats gently, knows several commands, plays fetch, and gets along with other dogs. On Sunday I felt sorry for this sweetheart, as she is showing signs of stress being in the shelter environment. She isn’t smiling as much and seems sad. I’m really hoping she’ll be adopted very soon, she’s such a wonderful dog. Here she was with Wendi.

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Emelynn’s Pick of the Week!

We first met Isabella last Wednesday, shortly after she arrived at WHS. She is a one-year-old Blue Healer mix. She was surrendered due to the health of her owner and she was very scared by all the new sounds and activity of the shelter. Emelynn took her outside and, after a walk, the two of them sat down together for a long time. You could see Isabella visibly start to relax and settle leaning on Emelynn. After awhile, Emelynn started to read and that was fine with Izzy.

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Both Emelynn and I were relieved to find out the next day that Isabella was spending some time at foster Jolene’s house. Here’s what Jolene sent me about her stay.

“Isabella is a wonderful, little dog.  She has been with me a week or so because kennel life was stressful to her.  She is young, full of energy and very smart. With that, she would do well with Frisbees, balls, being a jogging partner or running on the beach or taking hikes.  She would do well with a family with kids and cats who are comfortable with her and want to play, exercise and train with her in a nice-sized back yard.  Before she came to me, she did not have too much time spent with other dogs, and had to meet my four large dogs.  She seemed understandably hesitant, but did do fine with them.  I gave her a little extra time with each one and then added one more at a time.  She did well, but never having a chance to meet other dogs, she was unsure how to play.  She is relaxing around them and learning.  More socializing with dogs will make her a more comfortable, relaxed dog in different situations.   She loves to be with people and snuggle.  She is house trained and rides well in a car. She knows sit, down, come, and stay. She sleeps in a crate and is an excellent walker on a leash and will look up at you to check in and get direction.  She wants to play and learn and will be a good family watch dog.”

Here are a couple of pictures Jolene sent.

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Everyone at the shelter thinks I’m very special. You will, too!

Titan has won the heart of just about everybody he meets. I mean, just look at this face!

DSCN3127Titan is an eight-year-old Shar-Pei mix. Here he was with Ian on Sunday.

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DSCN3132 DSCN3124If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that volunteer Marianne falls in love with just about every dog she meets. (Yes, I know that sounds familiar!) However, some dogs climb right into her heart and don’t let go. Titan is one of those special dogs. So Marianne had no choice but to take him home for a respite. Here is her report with pictures.

“What a fantastic dog. Please help me find him a home. Titan is house-trained, great with my two mellow dogs, does not get on furniture unless invited, LOVES to play with toys, gets SUPER excited to go for a walk, is very polite, and knows commands like sit, stay, shake, down, go to your bed. He rides wonderfully in the car and was really good for his bath last night. Shar-Peis can be quite aloof and somewhat grumpy—NOT Titan. He is affectionate, and when he is happy his tail wags his whole body. He loves to be petted, and wants to be near his human, but not in a clingy way. Dogs like Titan don’t come along every day. I’m so lucky to have him at my house for a few days.”

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Marianne brought him back to the shelter today. She and Caroline took him for a walk.

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 I’m just a pup! Will you take me home?

I don’t usually feature youngsters, as they get adopted very quickly, but I’m making an exception for this cutie. His name is Trevor and he is a five-month-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who is another California S.T.A.R.T. dog. We do know that he was found as a stray. He doesn’t seem to have had much socialization with other dogs or people, so is a bit shy at first, but warms up quickly and gets along with other dogs. He’s learning to walk on a leash and he’s working on some commands. This little guy (40 pounds) is going to grow up into a big boy and training classes now will ensure he becomes a great family dog. I don’t think it will take long for this pup to worm his way into an adopter’s heart. Here he was on Sunday with Jolene.

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I’m still here waiting for my right family fit!

I’ve written about Nico several times before. 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 but no cats. Nico loves people and is hoping just the right family will find him. Volunteer Linda has been spending time with this eager, smart boy, working on his manners. Here they were on Sunday during training.

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Nico was the first dog I took out this afternoon and was I ever impressed with his improvement! He was very polite in his kennel and when we exited and reached a door, he sat on command and waited for permission to pass through. Once on our walk, he was excellent on leash, never pulling; he checked in with me often. I found it curious, though, that he chose to walk on the railroad ties rather than on the path.

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I know I’m not young, but I will cheer you up when you’re down and listen to you tell me about your day…every day.

This is Jack and he is 12 years old. His owner had to surrender him because of declining health and Jack is hoping for a new person to love. He is a Jack Russell mix and one of the calmest, nicest dogs I’ve ever met. He will make someone a wonderful companion for a long time. He has won the hearts of everyone at the shelter including Marla’s. She enjoyed spending time with this gentle soul today.

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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.

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.)

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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Updates!

Tad

Remember Tad, the loveable Pointer?

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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!”

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“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!”

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“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 :)”

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

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“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.”

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

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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.

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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,
Kaaren

And look at her now!

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

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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.

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

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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.)

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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.)

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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.

DSC_0198Back row – L to R
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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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Updates!

Tad

Remember Tad, the loveable Pointer?

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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!”

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“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!”

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“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 :)”

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

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“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.”

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

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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.

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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,
Kaaren

And look at her now!

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

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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.

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

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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!

 

 

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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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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.

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Here he is looking a bit less serious.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Updates!

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.

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Nana/Bailey

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

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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.

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

 

 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Update!

Remember Gryffindor, the gentle giant?

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

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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.

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

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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.

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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.” (https://www.hava-heart.org/freedom-tails) 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.)

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

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…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.

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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.

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“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!

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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!)

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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.

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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?

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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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Updates!

Hank

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!

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Clyde

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.

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.”

Screenshot of ScreenFloat (9-1-14, 10:00:05 PM) Screenshot of ScreenFloat (9-1-14, 10:01:01 PM)If you’d like to contribute to Project Fence, click here: https://www.youcaring.com/projectfence.

 

 

 

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Destiny 10609302_441306842673831_1131519259_n 10543172_441306742673841_899302448_nErica was getting ready for work and had left the TV on with an animal show playing. When she came back into the room, there was Destiny, mesmerized.

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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.

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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.

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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.

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

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