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

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

It was great to get back to play group on Sunday. I found the dogs to still be quite talkative, but first, let’s talk about last week’s adoptions. There were thirteen of them, eight of which were Blog Dogs. Here they are.

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These are some very lucky dogs, but the families are very lucky, as well!




It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten to attend play group, but the chatter hasn’t stopped.

Max needs some foot surgery before he goes home, but his new family came to watch him in play group on Sunday.


Rockie had some wise advice for Hank, but I’m not sure Hank listened.


Meanwhile, in the mellow yard, Curly decided to take matters into his own paws.


Brutis is eleven months old, still very much a big puppy, but he was happy to act like  a helpful big brother to staff member Jessi’s new puppy. He explained lots of stuff!

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Yetti didn’t say much, but certainly enjoyed just standing in the water.



Brutis got tired of waiting for Yetti to share.





I’m was found as a stray…but I found out I’m very popular!

There was quite a stir around WHS when Yetti arrived, brought to us by the Independence Police Department where he had been staying after being picked up wandering. It’s not every day that we get a Great Pyrenees mix at the shelter. We think he’s about two years old. When no one claimed him, he became adoptable. Within hours he had multiple holds on him. There is not a sweeter dog on the planet. Here he and I were last Sunday. He’ll be going to his new home after he is neutered.





I’m a Bichon Frise mix! Yep, pretty special, don’t ya think?

If you look up Bichon Frise dogs, here’s one description you’ll find: “Happy, charming and independent, the Bichon Frise is an engaging companion.” ( And that pretty much sums up Casey who is five years old. He is active, to be sure, as I found out watching him dash around the yard in play group. What I didn’t realize until he spent some time with Marianne was that he loves a good joke.

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Okay, all you lovers of Hounds! Come on down to the shelter and take me home!

Yep, we have another Hound looking for a new family. Meet Hank, a three-year-old who enjoys following his nose. Because of his love of adventure, he’ll need a six-foot fence (at least). He has a good history with kids and as long as you don’t mind him being a little “chatty” when he’s excited about life, you’ll thoroughly enjoy his company. Here he was with Caroline on Sunday.





Looking for an active, happy, boisterous little dog? That’s ME!

Getting Carter to stay still for a nanosecond for a picture was not easy! This character is on the move all the time. Francis, however, discovered that Carter does like to be in someone’s arms and so I was able to get this shot. Carter is a one-year-old Australian Terrier mix from California. He’s decided he likes Oregon and is ready for a new home here. I think he’ll get one soon!





Never had a dog before? Need one who will teach you how to be a good dog family? Well, here I am!

This is Sadie, a five-year-old Border Collie/Lab mix. She would be a great first dog for a family, as she is about as easy-going as can be. She is house-trained and crate-trained. She gets along with all ages of children and other mellow dogs (she had a great time with the calm dogs in play group on Sunday.). She loves long walks and could use them often so she could get back her trim figure she wishes she still had! And at the end of the day, she’d enjoy some belly rubs as she sits next to your feet. Yep, she’s pretty much the perfect dog with the only exception being she can’t live with cats. She never has liked them and never will, thank you very much!

DSCN8934She had some relaxing time with Marianne on Sunday.

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I’m perky. That’s what they say! Looking for a perky dog?

You can’t not smile when you are greeted by Truffles, a three-year-old Manchester/Jack Russell Terrier mix. This little guy smiles on command! He loved my hot dog bits and didn’t mind my camera. He does well with children, however he is sensitive about his feet being handled, so should go home with older dog-savvy kids. He enjoyed playing with other small dogs during play group. Truffles is affectionate, smart and active. He’ll make a great little buddy. Bruce really liked him!

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Nope, you’re not seeing double! Casey and I look a lot alike!

Casey and Vincent are buddies, but they aren’t the same breed. Vincent is a Miniature Poodle mix. He is a lively, happy little guy ready for adventures and learning new things. He’d be an excellent candidate for our WHS training classes. Since he came from California with the S.T.A.R.T. team, we don’t know his history, but we do know that he loves being with people. Here he is with Jolene.





I’m still here waiting for my forever family. Maybe you’ll come soon?

Remember Pearla from last week? Well, she’s still waiting for her forever people. As you can see, she still loves her tennis ball! In fact, during play group, she spent most of her time keeping an eye peeled for any stray tennis balls that might be hidden in the grass. Pearla is a seven-year-old German Shepherd mix and will make some family a wonderful new companion, just make sure to have tennis balls handy! Here she is having just played fetch with Bruce on Sunday.





My best friend got adopted, but I’m still waiting for you!

Curly came in with another dog who was adopted quickly. He is hoping that his turn will come very soon. He is about ten years old, though he certainly doesn’t act it. We think he’s a Spaniel mix. He gets along great with other dogs and kids. He’s eager, active, and affectionate. He had a great time in play group and enjoyed hanging out with Caroline. I’m hoping his wait for a new home will be over soon.





Marianne and Martha say I’m a great young dog and a family will be lucky to adopt me. I think they’re right ’cause they know stuff!

Brutis is a wonderfully happy Pit Bull Terrier youngster, as you saw in the play group pictures. At eleven months old, he still exhibits some puppy characteristics so will need a patient family to help him polish his house-training skills and review what is to be chewed and what is to be left alone. This boy is eager to please and would be a great student in a WHS training class where he could learn the skills he’ll need to be the perfect adult. Brutis loves people and other dogs. His rowdy play style might be annoying to some older dogs, so he should meet any new family members he’ll be living with. This boy will become such a terrific ambassador for his breed with the right positive training. He’s such a good boy!





Yep, I’m another Hound dog! And I LOVE to sing!

A newbie whom I met for the first time today is Baldrick, an eight-year-old Hound mix who is such a fun character and who had Marianne, Caitlin, and me in stitches while I tried to take pictures of him for the WHS website. The boy LOVES to sing. I finally got this one. DSCN9293

Then we all decided to just have some Hound fun.

DSCN9307 DSCN9308 DSCN9318How could we all not chime in and have a song fest? Baldrick LOVED every minute and we all had such a fun time!





Sweet Destiny

Of course I can’t write a post without talking about one of my all-time favorites, Destiny. We are hoping for the perfect home for this girl who has had a rough start to life. Destiny is a three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who came to us as a S.T.A.R.T. dog last December. 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 great in my car, calmly looking out the window or lying down. She will need a patient family who will help her with house training, as she needs consistency. I’m hoping that she won’t have to stay at the shelter too long before finally finding her right fit of a family. Here she is with Bruce on Sunday.





I’ll miss you, Debbie!

Our Wednesday dog-walking team had to say good-bye to a loyal and dedicated walker today. Debbie is moving out of state and today was her last day at WHS. While we will all miss her, Rockie may miss her the most. Rocky is a four-year-old Lab mix who has been at WHS since early May. Debbie fell in love with him and each week would spend time with the big boy. Here are some of my favorite pictures of the two of them.

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We were thrilled when Chevy and his new mom stopped in at WHS to say hi. As you can see, they are bonding well and she is totally in love with our boy. Such a lucky dog finally!

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Scrappy and Gryffindor

I was so happy when I got a message from Scrappy’s family that they had adopted newbie Gryffindor. He was adopted so fast, I didn’t get him posted in my blog. But here is the picture I took that I had planned to use.


And here are the new brothers at home.

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Last night the family sent me this one of Gryffin, as he is now called. Too bad he can’t totally relax!


They found out yesterday what happens during a thunder storm…into mom’s lap he jumps!


And that’s it for this week!

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

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

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

The reason this time of year is called the Dog Days of Summer may be because of the terrific adoptions we’ve had at WHS this week! Here are the Blog Dogs who are now enjoying the love of their new families.

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I was so happy that ten-year-old Allie was adopted so quickly. We are always thankful for adopters who open their hearts and homes to our seniors.

One of the most joyful adoptions in a long time happened late Monday. Chevy arrived at WHS last March. Fences for Fido had rescued him from life on a chain where he had lived during the first three years of his life. His first adoption was not the right fit, and so he came back to us. With the help of volunteers, Chevy began learning needed skills through classes both at WHS and at My Dog’s Gym. Monday his hard work paid off and he went to a new home and a fresh start. Being Chevy, he had something he wanted to say before he left.


Here he was yesterday with his new mom (left), Adoptions Supervisor Jessi (center), and volunteer Linda (right). Chevy is the one with the big grin! (Thanks for the great pictures, Jay!)

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Another wonderful adoption happened on Sunday while I was at the shelter. Arielle and Molly brought in their adorable Pit Bull puppy so she could pick out a sibling. And the one she picked to become her big sister was Patty! Here is the happy family before they left.

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Yes, I really am this cute!

I met several new dogs at the shelter on Sunday. First was Scamp, an eight-year-old, 27-pound Mini Aussie. Scamp is a very happy little character who loves to play, go for walks and hang out with his people. He does not care for small children, however, and should go home with adults or a family with older kids. Here he was with Jolene, and yes, he really is this cute!





I was here when I was a mere pup. Now I’m all grown up and need a new home! Yours?

Marianne could hardly wait for me to meet Juno, a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Border Collie mix. Juno is pretty much the perfect dog. She scored excellently on her SAFER test (the behavior assessment WHS gives every new dog) and would be a great dog for a first-time dog family. Actually Juno has been at WHS before, when she was a puppy from California. Here she was on Sunday with one of her biggest fans, Marianne.

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I’m a little older than some, but so over all that puppy drama!

This is little Aires, a ten-year-old Terrier/Chihuahua mix who is looking for a quiet and calm home. At only nine pounds, she is quite the cuddle bug as Bruce found out on Sunday. Aires is one of our California dogs who is looking forward to spending her senior years with a new Oregon family. She really is a sweet little girl who wants to be your best friend.DSCN8407She has such sincere eyes.





I’m back. I’m hoping for a new beginning.

One of my all-time favorites, Destiny, is back at the shelter. Her family couldn’t keep her anymore. When I found out she’d been returned, I made a special trip to WHS so I could spend some time with her. We went out to the big yard and she loved the smells and just hanging out together. Destiny is a three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who came to us as a START dog last December. 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 great in my car, calmly looking out the window or lying down. She will need a patient family who will help her with house training, as she needs consistency. I’m hoping that she won’t have to stay at the shelter too long before finally finding her right fit of a family.

Destiny and meHere she was on Sunday with Alexis. I just love her happy expression.

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Today Destiny needed a bath and Emelynn and I happily gave her one. Destiny wasn’t thrilled with the idea, but was cooperative and only complained once.





What do you mean, my ears don’t match?

This little cutie is Tenor, a two-year-old, eight-pound Chihuahua mix who was found as a stray. People reported seeing him running around for a week before a kind person picked him up. While we don’t know his history, what we do know is that he is a fun-loving, happy little guy who likes to play, go for walks and snuggle with people. Don’t quite understand his one-ear-up/one-ear-down look, but I do know he will make some lucky family a great new addition. Jolene and I think Tenor is a keeper!

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Bryan says I’m a great dog. He’s right. Want to adopt me?

I met Draco for the first time on Sunday and instantly loved this happy boy. He was found as a stray, so we don’t know his history, but what a wonderful dog he is. We think he is about five years old and is a Border Collie/Lab mix. If you know any Border Collies, you know they love to have a job to do and to keep busy. Draco would love an active family who would take him on adventures…maybe camping? Jogging? Agility? He takes treats gently, walks very well on leash, and is just a super dog. Here he is with Bryan.


Today he needed a bath, also, due to his dry skin. He couldn’t have been a better behaved boy during the entire process. He didn’t like it, but took it like a champ. I can’t believe he doesn’t have a hold on him already. He’s going to make some lucky family a fantastic new best friend.





I really needed a hair trim. Then I got one!

Gandalf is a seven-year-old Miniature Poodle weighing 11 pounds. He also came to us as a stray, so we don’t know about his past, but he seems to get along with other dogs, is affectionate, took my treats gently and seems to be a laid-back, easy-going kind of guy. Here he is with Wendi on Sunday. The only problem with taking pictures of him was trying to see his eyes through all of his hair.

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I think I’m going to like Oregon.

One of the new S.T.A.R.T. dogs from California is this beauty. Meet Pearla, a seven-year-old German Shepherd mix. Are you looking for a partner to play fetch with? Look no further! Pearla LOVES tennis balls whether she’s chasing them, returning them, or just carrying one around. She’s a gentle, big-hearted gal who is hoping for a family who will take her for walks, play ball, and in the evening let her curl up at their feet. Bruce really enjoyed spending time with Pearla, as did I.

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I’m still here waiting for you at the shelter. Need directions?

Rocky is a four-year-old Lab mix who has been at WHS since early May. He came with a group of S.T.A.R.T. dogs from California. When he arrived, he had some food-guarding issues which needed to be worked on before he became adoptable. Staff and volunteers have helped him and he has improved greatly. Rocky has a ton of energy and will do best with an experienced owner in an active family without young children. He is house-trained and really wants to be a good dog with a home of his own. Even though he has been at the shelter for so long, he has never given up the hope of a real home. He remains optimistic that any day now, his forever family will find him.





I’m an eager boy just waiting for my chance to be someone’s new best friend!

Bryan spent some time with Maximus, a three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix, on Sunday. This big boy (66 pounds) didn’t like to look directly into my camera, and pretended that I wasn’t sitting right in front of him. He’s another S.T.A.R.T. rescued dog, hoping to make a forever home in Oregon. He doesn’t like being in the shelter and can’t wait to meet his new family.





Emelynn’s Pick of the Week!

Brutis is a newbie to the shelter and Emelynn and I met him for the first time today. From the moment I entered his kennel, I knew this guy is just about perfect! He’s a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Beagle mix and is an extremely gentle, mellow boy. He sat politely while I put his harness on, he walked perfectly on leash, and he happily posed for my pictures while munching on my hot dog bits. Brutis is house-trained, gets along with other dogs, and has a good history with small children. Could he be any better? I think not! I am sure this sweetheart will be adopted quickly by a very lucky family!





I got to go walk in a park today!

Remember smiley Riley from last week’s post? Well, this afternoon, I happened to see volunteer Joan returning from a respite to Minto Brown Park with this lucky boy. She reported that once he got the hang of being in a park, he really enjoyed his walk. Riley is an eight-year-old Chihuahua mix and as you can see, he’s still smiling!

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What do you mean you can’t see Caroline? She’s right next to me!

I had to laugh when I asked Caroline to pose with Bruno today. This is what I got. Bruno is a one-year-old Dutch Shepherd mix who is extremely active and would love to take some training classes to polish his manners, which do need some polish! His youthful enthusiasm can be a tad overwhelming, but he has a good heart, an eager mind and will grow into a wonderful boy. He loves to learn, loves to play and loves everyone he meets. He’s a goofy, fun character.

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Here is my picture of Scrappy when he was at WHS. What a cutie!


“Here are some update pics of Scrappy. We adopted Scrappy back on June 5th. Scrappy has been a perfect fit for our family. We are a family with 3 very active social teenagers. We constantly have teens coming and going in our house. Scrappy has been marvelous welcoming all who enter. Scrappy has bonded with several of our male teens that spend time with our family. He prefers them to my daughter and myself but it is OK…. We love to share his amazing personality. Kayla, my 15 yr old daughter, is Scrappy’s main caretaker. He has had a huge impact in her life already. You can see by the pics that Scrappy is ‘her puppy.’ Right after we adopted Scrappy ‘Grampa’ got very sick with his cancer he had been fighting. Kayla was very close to her Gramps. During his last days Scrappy comforted Kayla as Grampa grew very weak. Eventually Grampa passed within just a couple weeks’ time of getting Scrappy. Scrappy was Kayla’s ‘go to’ for loves. What a huge blessing. Scrappy has also helped my husband a ton, too. It was my husband’s father who passed. Scrappy has traveled to Seattle several times to be with family during this time and has traveled well and has done so amazingly well with all the new people and situations. Scrappy was at the ‘celebration of life’ for Grampa and everyone loved on him. He was a star!!!

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Sheila’s family sent along a new picture of a very contented girl and wanted us to know that she is a much-loved dog and doing great.



Luna’s family sent this picture of Luna, the water dog, having a great time with the kids. She, too, is a greatly loved girl.


It is always such a joy to know that our former shelter dogs are in such loving homes.

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


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