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

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

Fall is in the air, though today it seemed that summer was back with temperatures in the 80s. The trees are starting to turn and another school year is beginning. Meanwhile, we have shelter dogs still in need of loving homes. We had some terrific adoptions over the last week, eleven dogs in all, even though WHS was closed on Monday. Here are the Blog Dogs who found new families.

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Jolene’s new Swim Dog, eight-year-old Daisy Duke, was adopted so fast I didn’t even get to introduce her to you. But since I have her swim pictures, I decided to include them in this post. Here Daisy was, posing with Laslo on Sunday for what all three of us thought would be her blog pictures. Instead, she is settling happily into her new family.

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Caroline’s Picks of the Week!

I first wrote about these girls last week. They are a very bonded pair of twelve-year-olds who have lived together their whole lives. Zoe is a Basset Hound mix and Sadie is a Chihuahua/Beagle mix. They have become such favorites at the shelter and Caroline and I are both big fans. Zoe has some arthritis in her legs and is undergoing some bloodwork to see how she can best be helped. They have a hold on them, so we’re hoping they will go home once the medical tests are completed. Today Caroline and I took them out for some quiet time under the trees, then some yard time.

DSCN48822 DSCN48902 DSCN48892I wondered why Zoe’s ears were wet when I got her out of her kennel. Then I saw this…

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I’m new here, hoping to find my forever home.

Athena is a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. She came to us from one of our shelter partners where she was well-loved, but no one adopted her. She’s hoping that her perfect person will find her at WHS. Here she was on Sunday with Linda, one of her biggest fans.

DSCN46632When Athena first arrived, she was extremely shy and nervous. After giving her a couple of days to settle, Marianne and I took her out to play some ball and play she did! We discovered that Athena is a wonderful fetch player. She can get mouthy when excited about the game, so needs to work on her impulse control. She is such a smart and treat-motivated girl that our rewards-based training classes at WHS would be terrific for this high-energy, delightful dog. Here are some shots soon after Athena came to us. She wore a Thundershirt to help make her less anxious. She knows some basic commands and will make the right person a wonderful, active teammate, ready for adventures.

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Still here…still Laslo’s most favorite dog EVER: Week 4

This is week four of the adventures of Daisy-Head Mayzie (you can call her Daisy) and Laslo. Daisy is a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Australian Cattle Dog mix. I first wrote about Daisy in my June 24th post soon after she arrived from California. Laslo fell in love with this sweetheart soon after. We can’t believe she hasn’t been adopted yet. The fact that Daisy hasn’t become overly stressed from being in a shelter environment for so long is a testament to her character.  WHS classes would be perfect for this eager-to-learn girl. Daisy will need a home without cats and with older kids or adults, as she is very energetic. She is a typical active, playful young dog. With positive training, she’ll grow into a well-mannered, wonderful best friend.

DSCN46682She’s very affectionate!

DSCN46672Sometimes a girl is just not in the mood to run after a tennis ball.

CartoonsSometimes it’s just time to sit out the game!

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I’m little, I’m new, I’m looking for a family. I’m thinking yours!

Prada is a four-pound, two-year-old purebred Chihuahua. She is shy, but once she gets to know you, she warms up, as volunteer Allie discovered. She has lived with children well, but older kids would be best due to her timidness. She has lived mostly outdoors and really wants to be an indoor dog, so will need some help in house-training, which she has started at the shelter. She enjoys snuggling and just hanging out with people once she is comfortable. She has lived with her friend Nina (see below) but they don’t need to be adopted together.

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I’m new here, too, and looking for a family of my own.

Nina is a one-year-old, four-pound purebred Chihuahua (long coat). She, like Prada, is timid and easily startled by sudden movements and loud noises. She would do best with older kids, too. And, like Prada, she will need some house-training help also. Nina will need a patient and understanding person to help her gain confidence. Here she was with volunteer Peter on Sunday.

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Later on Sunday afternoon, I happened to see Allie and Bianca sitting with Nina and Prada on a bench looking so cute.

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I’m pretty stressed here at the shelter. I hope I get a new home soon.

I introduced you to Tucker last week. He is a forty-five pound, one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. He was found as a stray and transferred to us from another shelter, so nothing is known about his past. He is quite thin and nervous. Being here for a week has been hard on this youngster. He is sad and wants to be with a person. When taken back to his kennel after going on a walk, he cries for a while. He would probably do best with someone who will be home most of the time so that he learns he is safe and secure. He takes treats politely and knows some basic commands. I wish we knew his story before he came to us. Here he is with Marianne and Daniel.

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I can’t believe I’m still here! I was sure I’d be adopted by now.

If you are looking for a new best friend in a little dog, meet Nugget, a twelve-pound, six-year-old Miniature Pinscher. This little guy’s owner had to give him up due to the person’s health, but Nugget has obviously been loved very much. He is a bit shy at first, but soon is crawling into your lap and loves to snuggle. He is both calm and affectionate. He has lived a rather sheltered life and not been around cats, dogs or children. So maybe older children or just adults would be good. Nugget is house-trained and loves to go for walks. He really is a delightful little character. Allie has become one of his many fans at the shelter.

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Yes, I’m just what I look like…only smaller.

Picture a regular-sized (eighty-pound) Doberman Pinscher. Now in your mind’s eye shrink him down to sixteen pounds. That will be Billy Joel, a two-year-old Miniature Pinscher, and just about as cute as he can be. He’s one of our new ASPCA-transferred dogs from California. He’s a bit shy and would like a calm, understanding person who will help him gain confidence. He knows some basic commands and enjoys being around people. He has quickly become one of Marianne’s favorites. He is an endearing little character.

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Do you want a puppy? Do you? Do you? Pick ME! Pick ME!

McGruff is an eight-month-old Terrier mix pup who was found as a stray. He weighs 20 pounds and is a sweet-tempered, happy, excited youngster. He already knows some basic commands and is highly treat-motivated, so positive-based training should be fun. He’d love to attend some puppy classes at the shelter. He scored very well in his behavior assessment and seems to get along with other dogs, though he would need to meet any potential canine siblings. He was a little out of sorts on Sunday when I snapped this picture of him wearing the “dreaded cone” after being neutered, and so refused to smile with Bianca.

DSCN46582Here he was before the cone. I have a feeling he’ll be adopted quickly.

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Updates!

Houdini

As you know, last week I had a wonderful update from Houdini’s family. Well, Jacob sent me another picture just for fun and I couldn’t resist putting it in this post. Talk about happy best friends! Pictures like these are treasures to shelter staff and volunteers.

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Papu/Mr. Sharpie

Volunteers will remember this ten-month-old gigantic puppy, Papu, who arrived at the shelter to everyone’s delight. But he didn’t stay long. In fact, he was adopted before I had a chance to feature him in a blog post.

Papu PapuHowever, I was thrilled when Catherine, our WHS Canine Behavior Coach, sent me this update that the new family had sent to her.

“Just wanted to update you on Mr. Sharpie (formerly Papu).  He is doing quite well.  The boy is super smart and very willing to work…unless he is having a stubborn moment.  He has reliably learned sit, down, paw, kisses, stay, and loose leash walking.  We are working on come (which is difficult for him), leave it and heel.  I started working in my front yard today on stay around distraction and was able to drop the leash and walk away successfully.  His heel work is impressive!!  We haven’t worked on it very much and he is so good at it.  He already knows close, auto sit when we stop and I am able to walk for about 15 steps without having the treat right on his nose.  He is also fully potty trained and crate trained.

He still struggles with counter surfing and general unruly house manners in the evenings.  It’s so funny because when he gets tired he gets obnoxious.  He has successfully self settled for the last 3 evenings though.  He is also sleeping through the night (thank goodness).

Yesterday he was full of crazy energy.  We played fetch for a solid 30 minutes, followed by a serious case of the zoomies up and down my hallway and then a 3 mile walk and he was still ready to go!  Crazy boy.

I am incorporating agility training into playtime in order to tire him out more effectively.  He is very good at the jumps and is learning the tire jump.  He will do the short (3 foot) tunnel but is scared of the longer one.

I have had him at daycare twice and he does well with all dogs…big and little.

The more I get to know him the more I fall in love with him.

Here’s a couple of pics.  I kid you not, the one with the stick…well, he dragged that stick all the way home from a walk one day.”

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That’s it for this week!

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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,

I have some terrific adoption news to report this week! Several of our long-termers (Sailor, Wiley, Gordo, Odie, Nala) were found by their forever families and we couldn’t be happier for the dogs and their new peeps. There were fifteen adoptions and here are the ones that were Blog Dogs.

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Staff sent me the following going-home pictures:

That’s Gordo‘s wonderful foster mom, Jolene, on the right. Gordo was her thirtieth WHS foster dog!

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King Pumbaa‘s new peeps!

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Our goofy Sailor and his new family.

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Nala about to head home.

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And if you know Odie at all from previous posts, you won’t be surprised that he wanted to make his adoption announcement himself.

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It takes a long time to get this sweet.

On Sunday afternoon when I arrived at WHS to start taking pictures of new arrivals, I found Marianne and Daniel sitting with this bonded pair of old ladies, Zoe and Sadie.

Cartoons 8:30:15 (1)I felt my heart melt once again since I’m a sucker for loving old dogs, especially bonded old dogs. Zoe is a twelve-year-old Basset Hound mix. Here she was posing so nicely with Daniel.

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DSCN44192Sadie is a twelve-year-old Chihuahua/Beagle mix. She smiles all the time, here with Marianne.

DSCN44432DSCN44392These girls have been together their whole lives. They are, of course, house-trained and well-mannered. They are happy and still have springs in their steps, although a short walk around the neighborhood is plenty of exercise for them. They love to be around people and to snuggle together. They have been around children and done fine, but now that they are seniors, they would like to be in a quiet home with older kids or just adults. And while they have lived with cats, they prefer not to anymore. These two wonderful old ladies won’t be much trouble and they will bring so much love with them. We’re hoping they are adopted very soon into their forever home.

DSCN44502   DSCN44562Oh, and one more thing from ASPCA: “At shelters, older dogs are often the last to be adopted. Saving an animal’s life offers an unparalleled emotional return on your investment, and you’ll feel the rewards every day you spend together.” For the Top Ten Reasons why adopting an older dog (or dogs!) is a great idea, click below: https://www.aspca.org/adopt/adoption-tips/top-10-reasons-adopt-older-dog.

And here are some pictures of the girls from today with Kathy and Sandra.

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I’m a long-termer and I hope I’m adopted next! Oh, and I’m still Laslo’s favorite dog EVER!

This is week three of the adventures of Daisy-Head Mayzie (you can call her Daisy) and Laslo. You’ll remember that last week Laslo and his mother, Katie, took Daisy out for an afternoon in the park. This Sunday when they arrived at the shelter, Laslo could hardly wait to see Daisy and take her for a walk. Daisy is a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Australian Cattle Dog mix. She has a ton of energy and little impulse control, so will need someone willing to spend time in training her using positive reinforcement. WHS classes would be perfect for this eager girl. Daisy will need a home without cats and with older kids or adults, as she is so energetic. This sweetheart is your typical active, excitable, playful young dog. With positive training, she’ll grow into a well-mannered, wonderful best friend.

DSCN45062 DSCN45012Below are videos of Daisy and Laslo in action. Laslo and I are hoping that Daisy can start having adventures with her own family very soon.

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Here’s what one of the WHS staff members wrote about Daisy:

“I want to give a shout out to my favorite adoptable dog right now, Miss Daisy-Head Mayzie! Daisy loves, and I mean loves, life! This gorgeous girl is engaging, attentive, playful, and affectionate with people. Her zest for life means she is happy, exuberant, and always ready to do whatever you want! Her favorite game is tug, and she knows a lot of the basics. She’s looking for a person with an active lifestyle, who enjoys rewards-based training as much as she does! If you want a wiggly-butt, crocodile-smiling kind of dog in your life, you must meet Daisy!”

Let me introduce myself. I’m Jolene’s new Swim Dog!

Buddy is a six-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix. He is shy and a little unsure of strangers at first. Buddy will need a quiet adult home with someone who will give him the understanding and love he needs to settle. He enjoys our quiet time when he and I go far out in the yard and sit under a tree and visit.

Buddy BuddyBuddy had a grand adventure last week! If you follow my blog posts, you know that volunteer Jolene is our shelter dog “Swim Coach” and takes a selected dog twice a week to Bailey’s Journey for swim therapy. Each time she’s taken a dog, it has gotten adopted almost immediately. So we’re hoping the magic will continue for Buddy. Here’s what Jolene wrote about Buddy’s first swim: “He was a trooper. While he walked right up to the water, he wasn’t too sure about actually going in the pool. He was a great little swimmer once he got his back legs moving. He’s a sweet little guy who has a big dog attitude.” Buddy will go swimming again this week…unless, of course, he’s adopted first!

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I have a little cold right now, so I’m in the ISO kennels. But I’m still adoptable!

Icabaud is a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who came to us from another shelter and had been a stray, so we don’t know much about his history. We do know that he’s an eager, happy young boy who scored well in his behavior assessment and knows some commands. He would enjoy a WHS class to fine-tune his skills, as he can be a little mouthy in his exuberance. He would do well with older kids (ten and up) and an active family, as he has a lot of energy. I don’t know him well yet, but I can tell that he wants to become a great family dog. Here he was last week with Jolene.

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Caroline’s Pick of the Week!

Tucker is a forty-five pound, one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. He was found as a stray and transferred to us from another shelter, so nothing is known about his past. He is quite thin and nervous. Staff put a Thundershirt on him to help calm his fears. After taking a walk with Caroline, he hung out with her, Marianne and me for a while under a tree, where he proceeded to climb into Caroline’s lap for pictures. He knows “sit” and took my treats politely. With his feeling of unease in the shelter environment, we’re hoping he’ll be adopted quickly. I felt sorry for this little guy.

DSCN45612  DSCN45662After we visited for a little while, Tucker seemed to relax some.

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I could use a little sprucing up, but I’m pretty cute anyway!

Volunteer Kylie spent some time with newbie Mr. Myiagi, a four-year-old Brussels Griffon mix, on Sunday. This little guy is friendly, calm, and polite. He will be an uncomplicated family member who just needs some exercise and a lap to climb into every day. He came from California as part of a transport through ASPCA. He has quickly become a favorite of many at WHS with his sunny personality.

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I’m as good as gold! My name’s Nugget! (Get it?)

If you are looking for a new best friend in a little dog, look no further! Meet Nugget, a twelve-pound, six-year-old Miniature Pinscher. This little guy’s owner had to give him up due to the person’s health, but Nugget has obviously been loved very much. He is a bit shy at first, but soon is crawling into your lap and loves to snuggle. He is both calm and affectionate. He has lived a rather sheltered life and not been around cats, dogs or children. So maybe older children or just adults would be good. Nugget is house-trained and loves to go for walks. He really is a delightful little character. Here he was on Sunday with Jessica, Gracie, and Marianne.

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Speaking of little dogs, don’t forget ME!

Meet James, a very active three-year-old Terrier mix weighing in at eleven pounds. James is a very sweet-tempered boy about everything except his food bowl. He doesn’t like it messed with while he’s eating. Because of that, he should go home with teenage kids or above, who will respect his space. James loves to be outside for walks and prances happily along beside you. He enjoys being in your lap and settles in. But he also enjoys a good romp. Here he is with Jolene.

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We’re in the ISO kennels, too, but we’re adoptable!

At the end of our shift, I went out to spend some time with Marianne while she was getting the dogs with colds out for some play time. When I got to the ISO yard DJ, a very active, happy five-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix, was playing fetch. Well, he was sort of playing fetch. He’d chase the ball and then return without it. But this bundle of energy was having a blast, anyway. DJ is house-trained and is looking for a family with older kids and no cats. He’ll keep everyone laughing with his goofy personality.

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While DJ was romping in the yard, I hung out with Venus waiting for her turn to play.

Page_2Venus is a one-year-old Fox Terrier mix. If you are looking for a REAL ball dog, you’ve found her. This girl will play fetch as long as you are willing to throw the ball. And she is FAST! I was trying to see if I could tire her out by throwing ball after ball, but nope!

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Ball in the mouth…ball ready to be thrown…hmm…

Venus cartoon (1)Venus is very smart and would love taking some of our WHS training classes. She would probably enjoy agility and certainly hiking. She needs a home without cats and since she can be picky about her dog friends, would need to meet any potential roommates before going home. I really liked her size and playfulness.

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Updates!

Houdini

This guy was one of my all-time favorite shelter dogs. He was so doggone cute and had a clownish personality. He was also one of Emelynn’s favorites, as you can see from the pictures below. He loved reading a good book!

Houdini and Emelynn Houdini and EmelynnHis family sent this picture to WHS recently. It is nice to know he’s continuing his higher education and doing so well!

HoudiniI asked his family if they would send me an update and today I got this wonderful note and pictures.

“So Houdini is probably one of the best things to happen to me ever. I got out almost a year ago after serving 5 years in the US as a Hospital Corpsman.  During that time I never had a dog despite growing up with at least 2 dogs in my house (most of which were adopted from Willamette Humane Society). When my wife and I decided to get a dog as a companion for us, I insisted upon adopting a dog. We went in and strolled the kennels a few times until we found a couple potential family members. On our last stroll through the kennels I saw Houdini, he nonchalantly came up to the bars and licked my hand. I knew we had to meet him. When he came in to the visiting area he sniffed my wife and me, put his paws in my lap and drooled. I knew he was ours. Since then we have made sure he slept every day with us, constantly cuddled him and walked him a lot. He’s down to 62 pounds from the 69.something we got him at. He also now has a little sister named Mushu who is a rescued Miniature Dachshund mix. They play all the time and she is the brains in the operation. He is working on his food-guarding behavior and occasional distrust of people he doesn’t know. He is and will always be my Slobber Buddy.”

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Gizmo and Gigi

Here were Gigi and Gizmo when they were at WHS in November of last year.

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Be There/Luna

Remember the puppies Be There and Be Square? They came to us from California in November of 2012. Here was Be There, who became Luna, with Sarah. She was adopted, but surrendered a year later.

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She was adopted by another family and found her forever home with them. Annie, her person, sends me updates from time to time and here is the latest one from last week.

“Hello again. It’s Annie, Luna’s (Be There) mom. Luna loves her two kids and she doesn’t even mind sharing them with the two cats. Luna has never been a big fan of water or swimming. She likes lying around sunbathing. She loves going to the groomer because when she’s finished she gets to pick out a new bone or toy. It’s hard to believe she just turned three in June! I love her with my whole heart. I can’t thank you enough for helping get her. Just wanted to give you an update!”
I’m so glad Luna has such a wonderful family who loves her!

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That’s it for this week!

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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,

I have some terrific adoption news to report this week! Several of our long-termers (Sailor, Wiley, Gordo, Odie, Nala) were found by their forever families and we couldn’t be happier for the dogs and their new peeps. There were fifteen adoptions and here are the ones that were Blog Dogs.

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Staff sent me the following going-home pictures:

That’s Gordo‘s wonderful foster mom, Jolene, on the right. Gordo was her thirtieth WHS foster dog!

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King Pumbaa‘s new peeps!

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Our goofy Sailor and his new family.

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Nala about to head home.

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And if you know Odie at all from previous posts, you won’t be surprised that he wanted to make his adoption announcement himself.

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It takes a long time to get this sweet.

On Sunday afternoon when I arrived at WHS to start taking pictures of new arrivals, I found Marianne and Daniel sitting with this bonded pair of old ladies, Zoe and Sadie.

Cartoons 8:30:15 (1)I felt my heart melt once again since I’m a sucker for loving old dogs, especially bonded old dogs. Zoe is a twelve-year-old Basset Hound mix. Here she was posing so nicely with Daniel.

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DSCN44192Sadie is a twelve-year-old Chihuahua/Beagle mix. She smiles all the time, here with Marianne.

DSCN44432DSCN44392These girls have been together their whole lives. They are, of course, house-trained and well-mannered. They are happy and still have springs in their steps, although a short walk around the neighborhood is plenty of exercise for them. They love to be around people and to snuggle together. They have been around children and done fine, but now that they are seniors, they would like to be in a quiet home with older kids or just adults. And while they have lived with cats, they prefer not to anymore. These two wonderful old ladies won’t be much trouble and they will bring so much love with them. We’re hoping they are adopted very soon into their forever home.

DSCN44502   DSCN44562Oh, and one more thing from ASPCA: “At shelters, older dogs are often the last to be adopted. Saving an animal’s life offers an unparalleled emotional return on your investment, and you’ll feel the rewards every day you spend together.” For the Top Ten Reasons why adopting an older dog (or dogs!) is a great idea, click below: https://www.aspca.org/adopt/adoption-tips/top-10-reasons-adopt-older-dog.

And here are some pictures of the girls from today with Kathy and Sandra.

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I’m a long-termer and I hope I’m adopted next! Oh, and I’m still Laslo’s favorite dog EVER!

This is week three of the adventures of Daisy-Head Mayzie (you can call her Daisy) and Laslo. You’ll remember that last week Laslo and his mother, Katie, took Daisy out for an afternoon in the park. This Sunday when they arrived at the shelter, Laslo could hardly wait to see Daisy and take her for a walk. Daisy is a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Australian Cattle Dog mix. She has a ton of energy and little impulse control, so will need someone willing to spend time in training her using positive reinforcement. WHS classes would be perfect for this eager girl. Daisy will need a home without cats and with older kids or adults, as she is so energetic. This sweetheart is your typical active, excitable, playful young dog. With positive training, she’ll grow into a well-mannered, wonderful best friend.

DSCN45062 DSCN45012Below are videos of Daisy and Laslo in action. Laslo and I are hoping that Daisy can start having adventures with her own family very soon.

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Here’s what one of the WHS staff members wrote about Daisy:

“I want to give a shout out to my favorite adoptable dog right now, Miss Daisy-Head Mayzie! Daisy loves, and I mean loves, life! This gorgeous girl is engaging, attentive, playful, and affectionate with people. Her zest for life means she is happy, exuberant, and always ready to do whatever you want! Her favorite game is tug, and she knows a lot of the basics. She’s looking for a person with an active lifestyle, who enjoys rewards-based training as much as she does! If you want a wiggly-butt, crocodile-smiling kind of dog in your life, you must meet Daisy!”

Let me introduce myself. I’m Jolene’s new Swim Dog!

Buddy is a six-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix. He is shy and a little unsure of strangers at first. Buddy will need a quiet adult home with someone who will give him the understanding and love he needs to settle. He enjoys our quiet time when he and I go far out in the yard and sit under a tree and visit.

Buddy BuddyBuddy had a grand adventure last week! If you follow my blog posts, you know that volunteer Jolene is our shelter dog “Swim Coach” and takes a selected dog twice a week to Bailey’s Journey for swim therapy. Each time she’s taken a dog, it has gotten adopted almost immediately. So we’re hoping the magic will continue for Buddy. Here’s what Jolene wrote about Buddy’s first swim: “He was a trooper. While he walked right up to the water, he wasn’t too sure about actually going in the pool. He was a great little swimmer once he got his back legs moving. He’s a sweet little guy who has a big dog attitude.” Buddy will go swimming again this week…unless, of course, he’s adopted first!

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I have a little cold right now, so I’m in the ISO kennels. But I’m still adoptable!

Icabaud is a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who came to us from another shelter and had been a stray, so we don’t know much about his history. We do know that he’s an eager, happy young boy who scored well in his behavior assessment and knows some commands. He would enjoy a WHS class to fine-tune his skills, as he can be a little mouthy in his exuberance. He would do well with older kids (ten and up) and an active family, as he has a lot of energy. I don’t know him well yet, but I can tell that he wants to become a great family dog. Here he was last week with Jolene.

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Caroline’s Pick of the Week!

Tucker is a forty-five pound, one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. He was found as a stray and transferred to us from another shelter, so nothing is known about his past. He is quite thin and nervous. Staff put a Thundershirt on him to help calm his fears. After taking a walk with Caroline, he hung out with her, Marianne and me for a while under a tree, where he proceeded to climb into Caroline’s lap for pictures. He knows “sit” and took my treats politely. With his feeling of unease in the shelter environment, we’re hoping he’ll be adopted quickly. I felt sorry for this little guy.

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I could use a little sprucing up, but I’m pretty cute anyway!

Volunteer Kylie spent some time with newbie Mr. Myiagi, a four-year-old Brussels Griffon mix, on Sunday. This little guy is friendly, calm, and polite. He will be an uncomplicated family member who just needs some exercise and a lap to climb into every day. He came from California as part of a transport through ASPCA. He has quickly become a favorite of many at WHS with his sunny personality.

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I’m as good as gold! My name’s Nugget! (Get it?)

If you are looking for a new best friend in a little dog, look no further! Meet Nugget, a twelve-pound, six-year-old Miniature Pinscher. This little guy’s owner had to give him up due to the person’s health, but Nugget has obviously been loved very much. He is a bit shy at first, but soon is crawling into your lap and loves to snuggle. He is both calm and affectionate. He has lived a rather sheltered life and not been around cats, dogs or children. So maybe older children or just adults would be good. Nugget is house-trained and loves to go for walks. He really is a delightful little character. Here he was on Sunday with Jessica, Gracie, and Marianne.

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Speaking of little dogs, don’t forget ME!

Meet James, a very active three-year-old Terrier mix weighing in at eleven pounds. James is a very sweet-tempered boy about everything except his food bowl. He doesn’t like it messed with while he’s eating. Because of that, he should go home with teenage kids or above, who will respect his space. James loves to be outside for walks and prances happily along beside you. He enjoys being in your lap and settles in. But he also enjoys a good romp. Here he is with Jolene.

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We’re in the ISO kennels, too, but we’re adoptable!

At the end of our shift, I went out to spend some time with Marianne while she was getting the dogs with colds out for some play time. When I got to the ISO yard DJ, a very active, happy five-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix, was playing fetch. Well, he was sort of playing fetch. He’d chase the ball and then return without it. But this bundle of energy was having a blast, anyway. DJ is house-trained and is looking for a family with older kids and no cats. He’ll keep everyone laughing with his goofy personality.

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While DJ was romping in the yard, I hung out with Venus waiting for her turn to play.

Page_2Venus is a one-year-old Fox Terrier mix. If you are looking for a REAL ball dog, you’ve found her. This girl will play fetch as long as you are willing to throw the ball. And she is FAST! I was trying to see if I could tire her out by throwing ball after ball, but nope!

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Ball in the mouth…ball ready to be thrown…hmm…

Venus cartoon (1)Venus is very smart and would love taking some of our WHS training classes. She would probably enjoy agility and certainly hiking. She needs a home without cats and since she can be picky about her dog friends, would need to meet any potential roommates before going home. I really liked her size and playfulness.

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Updates!

Houdini

This guy was one of my all-time favorite shelter dogs. He was so doggone cute and had a clownish personality. He was also one of Emelynn’s favorites, as you can see from the pictures below. He loved reading a good book!

Houdini and Emelynn Houdini and EmelynnHis family sent this picture to WHS recently. It is nice to know he’s continuing his higher education and doing so well!

HoudiniI asked his family if they would send me an update and today I got this wonderful note and pictures.

“So Houdini is probably one of the best things to happen to me ever. I got out almost a year ago after serving 5 years in the US as a Hospital Corpsman.  During that time I never had a dog despite growing up with at least 2 dogs in my house (most of which were adopted from Willamette Humane Society). When my wife and I decided to get a dog as a companion for us, I insisted upon adopting a dog. We went in and strolled the kennels a few times until we found a couple potential family members. On our last stroll through the kennels I saw Houdini, he nonchalantly came up to the bars and licked my hand. I knew we had to meet him. When he came in to the visiting area he sniffed my wife and me, put his paws in my lap and drooled. I knew he was ours. Since then we have made sure he slept every day with us, constantly cuddled him and walked him a lot. He’s down to 62 pounds from the 69.something we got him at. He also now has a little sister named Mushu who is a rescued Miniature Dachshund mix. They play all the time and she is the brains in the operation. He is working on his food-guarding behavior and occasional distrust of people he doesn’t know. He is and will always be my Slobber Buddy.”

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Gizmo and Gigi

Here were Gigi and Gizmo when they were at WHS in November of last year.

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Be There/Luna

Remember the puppies Be There and Be Square? They came to us from California in November of 2012. Here was Be There, who became Luna, with Sarah. She was adopted, but surrendered a year later.

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She was adopted by another family and found her forever home with them. Annie, her person, sends me updates from time to time and here is the latest one from last week.

“Hello again. It’s Annie, Luna’s (Be There) mom. Luna loves her two kids and she doesn’t even mind sharing them with the two cats. Luna has never been a big fan of water or swimming. She likes lying around sunbathing. She loves going to the groomer because when she’s finished she gets to pick out a new bone or toy. It’s hard to believe she just turned three in June! I love her with my whole heart. I can’t thank you enough for helping get her. Just wanted to give you an update!”
I’m so glad Luna has such a wonderful family who loves her!

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That’s it for this week!

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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,

Summer may be winding down, but it didn’t slow dog adoptions last week! Eighteen of our pups are happily settling into their new families and nine of them were Blog Dogs. Here they are:Page_3 Page_2 Page_4 Page_1 Page_5We were thrilled that Opie, who has been waiting for his forever person since June 28th, finally found her. Here they were about to head home, a very happy ever after.

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Volunteer Jolene, our Swim Dog Coach, took her new swim dog, Tubby, to Bailey’s Journey last Friday for his first swim therapy session. She reported that Tubby LOVED the water and was a very fast swimmer. Here are some pictures.

IMG_09762 IMG_09822 IMG_09832As usually happens when Jolene takes a dog swimming, Tubby was adopted very soon afterward. Here is Tubby, now Geno, going home with his new peeps. When I told them how much Geno loves to swim, they said they would get him a pool!

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There is one last adoption story I want to tell you about. Colt was surrendered to the shelter on July 19th with an injured back leg. As we waited to learn what medical assistance he would need, he won the hearts of everyone. This gentle, happy boy loved people and would crawl into any waiting lap, as Caroline found out the first time they met.

Colt and CarolineIt was determined that Colt needed an operation and a recovery time in a foster home. The operation was successful and the foster family very quickly became what we call a “foster failure”; they adopted Colt! What a lucky dog and lucky family. Here are some pictures his new family sent to me.

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I love my foster family, but I’m really wanting a family of my very own!

I want to start out my adoptable dog section with a little bundle of energy named Gordo, Gordy to his friends. He is a two-year-old Chihuahua mix who arrived at WHS on June 30, very fearful and nervous. Here he was when I met him; he was  unsure of what I was doing.

GordoHe soon went to a foster home where he could feel secure and blossom. He decided to let me know how things were going and dropped me this note yesterday.

“Hi, Martha, I thought I’d let you know how things have gone here at Jolene’s house. They fostered me because I was so scared, as you know. It was a little hard at first meeting them, but the dogs have made it easier to adjust. I sleep in my crate until my dog friends and I all go potty together in the morning. We come in, give kisses and eat breakfast. Gilbert is my best friend. We play, nap, take walks and eat together. I love my dog friends but I am not really sure if I like cats or younger kids. I also love going for car rides, snuggling and enjoy a calmer house. A couple who likes short, little walks, who has a dog or two to play with, would be fun! A couple who may want another little buddy to keep their other dog(s) company may be a good fit for me. Anyway, I’m waiting here at Jolene’s until my forever family comes to get me.”

Here are a couple of pictures and clips to show how far this little guy has come. The first one is of Gordy and his BFF Gilbert. Gilbert is a former WHS dog and has been such a wonderful big brother to all thirty of Jolene’s fosters!

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I’m back. I really need a retirement home with another retiree. Are you retired?

One of my current favorites is Ryder, a nine-year-old Dachshund who was surrendered because his person moved into a retirement home that didn’t allow pets. Ryder is a shy, sweet, gentle soul who is looking for another retiree to share a relaxed life with. He was adopted once, but the new person was gone many hours a day and Ryder did not do well being alone so much. He needs a person who is home most of the time, as he becomes bonded very quickly. He also does not like to be around children or cats. He wouldn’t mind living with another gentle dog, however. Ryder is a cuddler but also has a spring in his step for walks around the neighborhood. He needs to lose a few pounds, so those walks will help him with this goal. And because of those excess pounds, he’s Jolene’s new Swim Dog! We’re hoping Ryder won’t have to be at the shelter for long, he really wants to go to a loving home. Here are some pictures of him with two of his volunteer fans, Diane and Andrew.

Ryder Ryder Ryder RyderI took Ryder out for his afternoon walk today and what a happy little guy he was! To show you that he isn’t about to slow down at nine years old, here he is.

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And going upstairs? No problem!

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I’m new and I’m taking it all in. Quite a place you’ve got here!

King Pumbaa (I just call him King) arrived from one of our partner shelters in central Oregon last week. He is a six-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei mix. King is looking for a catless retirement home, as he’s not interested in running races or practicing agility. He’d much rather take a leisurely walk around the block and then settle in for the evening by your side. King is house-trained and a quiet, calm gentleman. When I met him on Sunday, he seemed to be silently taking in his new surroundings. Here he was with Natalie who liked him very much.

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I had a wonderful adventure with my friend, Laslo!

In last week’s post, you saw Daisy-Head Mayzie about to leave for a respite with Laslo and Katie.

DSCN35992 Daisy (1)Well, she came back tired but happy and with pictures. Daisy is a two-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix and Laslo’s most favorite shelter dog EVER. They had a wonderful time walking along the river and hanging out at Laslo’s house for a while, as you’ll see from these shots. Here’s what Katie wrote about their afternoon: “We had an amazing day! Daisy was absolutely fantastic! She was very good on leash and we were very pleased with her. She is an excellent jogging partner, not pulling on the leash, it was really easy to go with her. We loved (love) her!!!!!”

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I’m a very happy, enthusiastic boy! Can you tell?

Odie is a seven-month-old Beagle/Hound mix and is he eager to romp! Odie is looking for a family who will give him the attention and positive training a youngster needs to grow into a terrific dog. He would be a perfect candidate for our WHS training classes, as he needs to work on walking politely on leash and some impulse control. But this boy is worth every moment of effort. He was adopted once and returned because he exceeded the weight limit the landlord allowed, but the report of his time in the new home was glowing. The person was very sad to have to bring him back. Odie will need a home without cats or small dogs, as he would chase them. He also is too rambunctious for young children right now. We are hoping someone will adopt this fun-loving goofball and give him the guidance he needs. Here he is with Marianne and Daniel on Sunday.

DSCN40182 DSCN40262 DSCN40242Odie has another fan, too. Caitlin is a volunteer who has practically grown up at the shelter, attending WHS camps until she was old enough to become a dog walker. She sent me the following pictures from her time with Odie last week.

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Yes, I’m just as sweet as I look!

This is Mathilda, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi mix who is six years old. Mathilda is house-trained, knows some commands and is a gentle girl. She will be a wonderful companion for someone who is looking for a devoted, slightly shy best friend. Mathilda wants to be an only dog because she has been bullied by some big dogs and is frightened of them. She might do okay with dogs smaller than she is, but would love to have all of your attention focused on her alone. She also should not live with cats, as she is too tempted to chase them. I’m sure this sweetheart won’t be at the shelter for long.

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I got to spend the day in Mariann’s office and I got lots of visitors!

Wiley continues to wait for his perfect fit of a person and we can’t understand why he hasn’t been found by them. After being at WHS since July 5th, the boy is getting stressed in the shelter environment. To help him relax, Adoptions Supervisor Mariann invited him to hang out in her office for the day on Sunday. Here is her report: “When working at the shelter, you try your hardest not to have favorites, but I have to admit, Wiley is my favorite. Wiley is a handsome five-year-old  Cattledog mix. When he wants affection he will tell you; he’s a leaner and a nuzzler. Be ready to feel his whole body pressed against yours (check it out in the picture! He is sitting on me and his tail is blurry from wagging it so much). His perfect home would be a person who doesn’t plan on having cats or children. He is dog selective, but once he starts playing, he loves to wrestle around. He has been very calm and well-mannered while in my office, so I bet he will be this way in a home.”

11902267_10153089030023861_2455832071719712999_n2When we heard that Wiley was spending the day with Mariann, Caroline, Daniel and I had to go visit him. He was happy to see us.

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Wiley is so cooperative about posing for me. All I have to do is say, “Wiley, sit and smile, please.” This is what he does. We all love this boy!

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I’m a little timid at first, but I bet I’d warm up to you!

Buddy is a six-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix. He is very shy and unsure of strangers. But once he realizes he can trust you, he relaxes. He loved my hot dog bits and took them gently. He will need a quiet adult home with someone who will give him the understanding and love he needs to settle. Here he was with Kylie on Sunday.

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When I took Buddy out this afternoon, we sat for a while under a tree. We both enjoyed some quiet time together. He really is a delightful little companion.

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Caroline’s Pick of the Week!

With Emelynn in college, Caroline has happily agreed to feature her own current favorite each post. This week it is Koda, a one-year-old Lab/Australian Kelpie mix. Koda is quite the “energizer bunny.” He is looking for a home with teenagers and a family who will put in training time starting with the WHS class that is included in Koda’s adoption package. Caroline laughed when she was telling me what a ball dog Koda is. Even after accidentally biting his own tongue while playing fetch, he didn’t miss a beat. Koda decided after beginning Search and Rescue School, that he’d really rather be a family dog, so here he is, and he can’t wait to meet his new peeps. He will be a breeze to train since he is so toy and food motivated. This happy-go-lucky dog will make some fortunate people a terrific new family member. Can you tell Caroline has fallen for him in this picture?

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Update!

Walt

Remember little Walt from a few weeks ago? He was adopted as soon as he was available.

Walt WhitmanWhat a difference a haircut makes! This is Walt today. The boy looks pretty settled into his new home! Have a great life, little man.

Walt after grooming2That’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,

As usual, it was good to get back to the shelter after being gone last week. Many of the new arrivals were adopted while I was away, but a few of our longer-term Blog Dogs have been adopted, too. Here they are.

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We were especially excited about Waffles, as she had been waiting for a family since June 28th. And Gabba, although she was not a long-termer, was an older gal at six, so we were thrilled for her, too. I was at the shelter when her new owner came to visit her on Sunday, which she did every day until she could take Gabba home.

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I’m not a smiler, but I’m a terrific friend!

I’m going to start this post with a favorite new arrival of mine. Meet Cooper, an eight-year-old Hound mix, who is looking for a calm home. Cooper scored very well on his behavior assessment and is a quiet, sweet boy. He is house-trained and loves hot dog bits as well as other treats. He does fine in playgroup with young female dogs and small dogs. He has lived with kids, but is a bit shy, so needs respectful children. Cooper would love to walk around the neighborhood with you, then settle in for an evening of just being together. Here he is spending time with volunteer Andrew on Sunday. This week he’s a camp dog with the WHS Jr. Trainers. Hoping he’ll be adopted very soon after camp!

Cooper Cooper Cooper Cooper CooperCartoons 8:17:15 (1)I spent some relaxing time with Cooper this afternoon and actually got him to smile! (Or maybe it was the heat.) He is such a gentle, sweet boy.

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Laslo’s absolute favorite!

Volunteer Laslo has had many, many favorite dogs during the time he’s been a Sunday walker. However, I don’t think I’ve ever known him to love a dog more than he loves Daisy-Head Mayzie (you can call her Daisy). She was the first one he and his mother, Katie, took out after arriving at the shelter in the afternoon. Maybe it’s because Daisy has such a goofy personality, or maybe it’s because she has such a zest for life. Daisy is a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Australian Cattle Dog mix. She has a ton of energy and little impulse control, so will need someone willing to spend time in training her using positive reinforcement. WHS classes would be perfect for this eager girl. She is very treat-motivated, so teaching her new skills will be rewarding both for her and her person. Daisy loves to play her kind of fetch. That would mean you throwing the ball, her running after it, leaving it on the ground, then running back to you. Daisy will need a home without cats and with older kids or adults, as she is such an exuberant girl. This sweetheart is a your typical active, excitable, playful young dog. With positive training, she’ll grow into a well-mannered, wonderful best friend.

Page_3 Page_2Knowing how much Laslo loves Daisy, I wasn’t surprised when he and Katie showed up to take Daisy on an afternoon respite. I caught a few pictures as they left. Daisy was soooo excited and happy!

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The “Surviving Puppyhood” class comes with my adoption! How about THAT!?

How cute is this bundle of energy? Ten-month-old Baker is a West Highland White Terrier/Poodle mix. He came to us through our partnership with ASPCA and everyone has fallen for this little guy, including Jolene. He is a typical pup, who will need guidance in what to chew and what not to, as well as house-training. But what a joyful spirit he will bring to his new family! Baker is a camp dog this week which he will no doubt thoroughly enjoy. I don’t think he’ll be at the shelter long after camp.

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I may be small, but I have a BIG personality!

Every so often, we get a dog at the shelter who decides to supervise his own adoption search. Meet Wowie, a seven-year-old Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua mix. Wowie is another ASPCA transfer. He got to attend a WHS outreach event and returned to the shelter with a glowing report. He was polite, friendly, and quite the little social butterfly. This week he is basking in the attention of Jr. Trainers while he is a camp dog. He’s hoping to be adopted very soon after camp is over on Thursday. Daniel got quite a kick out of him on Sunday.

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Need a hiking buddy? I’m so ready!

Volunteer Francis likes all of the dogs he walks during his shifts, but I could tell on Sunday that he was especially excited about Pluto, a one-year-old German Shepherd mix. While they posed for a picture after their playtime, Francis told me what a wonderful dog Pluto would be for a young outdoor-loving person who wants an eager companion to share adventures. Pluto loves to race around the big yard and leap into the pool. (Can you tell he’s wet in the picture?) He knows several commands, but would love the challenge of more training and learning new skills. Because of his size (69 pounds) and youthful energy, he needs to go home with adults. We’re hoping just the right person will adopt him very soon.

DSCN34712Here he was today with Jolene. What a handsome boy!

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

I wrote about Cagney last post, hoping she’d soon be adopted again, but so far she hasn’t. Her family’s landlord decided no more dogs, so they sadly had to bring her back to us to find another home. Cagney walks perfectly on leash, takes treats gently, knows several commands and is such a happy girl! She’s hoping for a family with older kids, since she loves them. She’s a bit picky about her dog friends, and would rather just be an only dog. She’d like someone who will take her for walks and then let her snuggle with them in the evening. Oh, and a few treats every day would be great. She loves Laslo and enjoyed her time with him on Sunday. I’m hoping I can report her adoption next week!

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I’m shy and quiet and I’m looking for a calm, loving home. Is it yours?

As you can see, She-Ra is a lap dog even if you are standing, as Gracie found out. This five-year-old Whippit/Chihuahua mix is house-trained and has lived with cats happily. Because She-Ra is timid and easily startled by sudden noises or movements, a home with older kids would be best. This is not a dog who will enjoy going on grand adventures. Rather, she will enjoy calm walks around the block and plenty of lap time. If you are a patient person who enjoys helping a sweet dog come out of her shell, She-Ra may be just the dog for you.

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What?! You are looking for a dog to love? Pick ME!

When Dipper arrived at the shelter, he was so overwhelmed. But he was doing better on Sunday. Dipper is a two-year-old Boston Terrier/Yorkie mix. He has lived with cats, but not other dogs. And he hasn’t lived with children. He is a sweet little guy who will enjoy being a lap dog as long as he gets some exercise. Here he was with Laslo on Sunday. I have a feeling this cutie won’t be at the shelter for long!

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Emelynn’s Pick of the Week!

Emelynn picked Wiley with no hesitation and as we went out to the big yard for pictures, we both agreed that we can’t figure out why this wonderful boy hasn’t been adopted yet. Wiley is a five-year-old Australian Cattle Dog/Boxer mix. He is house-trained as well as crate-trained. Wiley does need a home without small children and he cannot go home with cats. He’d love to be an only pet. So Wiley has some quirks, but he has won the love of everyone at the shelter. He walks well on leash, is highly treat-motivated, loves attention and is very gentle with people. He was so cooperative as he and Emelynn posed for pictures. Wiley loves to play fetch. You throw the ball, he races after it, then turns around and comes running back with or without the ball. He also likes the pool. Here are some pictures from our fun time with him today. Again, we just can’t believe he hasn’t been adopted yet.

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DSCN37712And finally, a personal note. Emelynn started walking shelter dogs with her mother in 2009 on my afternoon shift. I could tell from the beginning that Emelynn had a special way with our dogs. She loved them and they could feel it. Through the years, she has become an excellent dog handler and I have watched her grow from a shy young girl into a confident young woman. Emelynn graduated this year and is about to head to college and start a new chapter in her life. Today was her last dog-walking shift. She will be missed by all of us on her team. We wish you the very best, Emelynn! You have been such a caring friend to many, many shelter dogs and to me!

This was the very first picture I took of Emelynn. It was September 9, 2009.

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Updates!

Scrappy and Gryffindor

If you were reading my blog in the summer of of 2014, you may remember Scrappy and Gryffindor. Here they were then at WHS.

Scrappy GryffindorScrappy was adopted by a wonderful family in June. Then in August, the family returned and adopted Gryffin. Here is the latest update on these two wonderful characters.

“Scrappy and Gryffin are doing fabulous. We have had a very busy summer. We have been going for lots of walks and exploring new rivers. Gryffin is learning how to swim. We bought him a life vest and Scrappy has been working with Gryffin. This last week Kayla (my daughter) and I both got our life jackets on and joined the boys for a swim. Having us in the water helped Gryffin 1000%. He has a lot more confidence now. The boys are still a huge part of our family and are very much loved. We celebrated Scrappy’s one year adoption day on June 5th and on Aug 5th we will celebrate Gryffin’s one year as well.”

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“But I don’t want to have a bath!”

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Rosco!

Got these two latest shots of the boy! Sure wish he could relax!

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In Memory of Whizzard

If you are a frequent reader of my blog posts, you will remember Whizzard, a sweet eleven-year-old boy who came to us through our partnership with ASPCA. Randy and I picked him up at the airport on March 1. It was love at first sight.

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Here were his first WHS pictures with Caroline.

Whizzar and CarolineWhizzarHe even got into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day!

WhizzardThen it was discovered that this gentle soul was in the beginning stages of renal failure. Whizzard needed a quiet and loving “hospice” home to spend his last weeks or months. One of WHS’ volunteers, Melita, stepped up and took Whizzard home.

WhizzardHe settled in happily with Melita’s other two dogs and the sparkle in his eye showed how contented he was in his forever home.

11880164_10203679949914147_1233720600_n 11913288_10203679940913922_1156922821_nAfter a wonderful five-and-a-half months of play, comfort, and affection, Whizzard’s body gave out. He left surrounded by Melita’s love. She gave Whizzard a priceless gift by freely giving her heart to him, knowing that it would soon be broken.

Whizzard (1)“If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, prospectively, to equally profound sadness.”  ~Marjorie Garber

Thank you, Melita. Run free, Whizzard!

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,

As usual, it was good to get back to the shelter after being gone last week. Many of the new arrivals were adopted while I was away, but a few of our longer-term Blog Dogs have been adopted, too. Here they are.

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We were especially excited about Waffles, as she had been waiting for a family since June 28th. And Gabba, although she was not a long-termer, was an older gal at six, so we were thrilled for her, too. I was at the shelter when her new owner came to visit her on Sunday, which she did every day until she could take Gabba home.

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I’m not a smiler, but I’m a terrific friend!

I’m going to start this post with a favorite new arrival of mine. Meet Cooper, an eight-year-old Hound mix, who is looking for a calm home. Cooper scored very well on his behavior assessment and is a quiet, sweet boy. He is house-trained and loves hot dog bits as well as other treats. He does fine in playgroup with young female dogs and small dogs. He has lived with kids, but is a bit shy, so needs respectful children. Cooper would love to walk around the neighborhood with you, then settle in for an evening of just being together. Here he is spending time with volunteer Andrew on Sunday. This week he’s a camp dog with the WHS Jr. Trainers. Hoping he’ll be adopted very soon after camp!

Cooper Cooper Cooper Cooper CooperCartoons 8:17:15 (1)I spent some relaxing time with Cooper this afternoon and actually got him to smile! (Or maybe it was the heat.) He is such a gentle, sweet boy.

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Laslo’s absolute favorite!

Volunteer Laslo has had many, many favorite dogs during the time he’s been a Sunday walker. However, I don’t think I’ve ever known him to love a dog more than he loves Daisy-Head Mayzie (you can call her Daisy). She was the first one he and his mother, Katie, took out after arriving at the shelter in the afternoon. Maybe it’s because Daisy has such a goofy personality, or maybe it’s because she has such a zest for life. Daisy is a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Australian Cattle Dog mix. She has a ton of energy and little impulse control, so will need someone willing to spend time in training her using positive reinforcement. WHS classes would be perfect for this eager girl. She is very treat-motivated, so teaching her new skills will be rewarding both for her and her person. Daisy loves to play her kind of fetch. That would mean you throwing the ball, her running after it, leaving it on the ground, then running back to you. Daisy will need a home without cats and with older kids or adults, as she is such an exuberant girl. This sweetheart is a your typical active, excitable, playful young dog. With positive training, she’ll grow into a well-mannered, wonderful best friend.

Page_3 Page_2Knowing how much Laslo loves Daisy, I wasn’t surprised when he and Katie showed up to take Daisy on an afternoon respite. I caught a few pictures as they left. Daisy was soooo excited and happy!

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The “Surviving Puppyhood” class comes with my adoption! How about THAT!?

How cute is this bundle of energy? Ten-month-old Baker is a West Highland White Terrier/Poodle mix. He came to us through our partnership with ASPCA and everyone has fallen for this little guy, including Jolene. He is a typical pup, who will need guidance in what to chew and what not to, as well as house-training. But what a joyful spirit he will bring to his new family! Baker is a camp dog this week which he will no doubt thoroughly enjoy. I don’t think he’ll be at the shelter long after camp.

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I may be small, but I have a BIG personality!

Every so often, we get a dog at the shelter who decides to supervise his own adoption search. Meet Wowie, a seven-year-old Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua mix. Wowie is another ASPCA transfer. He got to attend a WHS outreach event and returned to the shelter with a glowing report. He was polite, friendly, and quite the little social butterfly. This week he is basking in the attention of Jr. Trainers while he is a camp dog. He’s hoping to be adopted very soon after camp is over on Thursday. Daniel got quite a kick out of him on Sunday.

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Need a hiking buddy? I’m so ready!

Volunteer Francis likes all of the dogs he walks during his shifts, but I could tell on Sunday that he was especially excited about Pluto, a one-year-old German Shepherd mix. While they posed for a picture after their playtime, Francis told me what a wonderful dog Pluto would be for a young outdoor-loving person who wants an eager companion to share adventures. Pluto loves to race around the big yard and leap into the pool. (Can you tell he’s wet in the picture?) He knows several commands, but would love the challenge of more training and learning new skills. Because of his size (69 pounds) and youthful energy, he needs to go home with adults. We’re hoping just the right person will adopt him very soon.

DSCN34712Here he was today with Jolene. What a handsome boy!

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

I wrote about Cagney last post, hoping she’d soon be adopted again, but so far she hasn’t. Her family’s landlord decided no more dogs, so they sadly had to bring her back to us to find another home. Cagney walks perfectly on leash, takes treats gently, knows several commands and is such a happy girl! She’s hoping for a family with older kids, since she loves them. She’s a bit picky about her dog friends, and would rather just be an only dog. She’d like someone who will take her for walks and then let her snuggle with them in the evening. Oh, and a few treats every day would be great. She loves Laslo and enjoyed her time with him on Sunday. I’m hoping I can report her adoption next week!

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I’m shy and quiet and I’m looking for a calm, loving home. Is it yours?

As you can see, She-Ra is a lap dog even if you are standing, as Gracie found out. This five-year-old Whippit/Chihuahua mix is house-trained and has lived with cats happily. Because She-Ra is timid and easily startled by sudden noises or movements, a home with older kids would be best. This is not a dog who will enjoy going on grand adventures. Rather, she will enjoy calm walks around the block and plenty of lap time. If you are a patient person who enjoys helping a sweet dog come out of her shell, She-Ra may be just the dog for you.

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What?! You are looking for a dog to love? Pick ME!

When Dipper arrived at the shelter, he was so overwhelmed. But he was doing better on Sunday. Dipper is a two-year-old Boston Terrier/Yorkie mix. He has lived with cats, but not other dogs. And he hasn’t lived with children. He is a sweet little guy who will enjoy being a lap dog as long as he gets some exercise. Here he was with Laslo on Sunday. I have a feeling this cutie won’t be at the shelter for long!

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Emelynn’s Pick of the Week!

Emelynn picked Wiley with no hesitation and as we went out to the big yard for pictures, we both agreed that we can’t figure out why this wonderful boy hasn’t been adopted yet. Wiley is a five-year-old Australian Cattle Dog/Boxer mix. He is house-trained as well as crate-trained. Wiley does need a home without small children and he cannot go home with cats. He’d love to be an only pet. So Wiley has some quirks, but he has won the love of everyone at the shelter. He walks well on leash, is highly treat-motivated, loves attention and is very gentle with people. He was so cooperative as he and Emelynn posed for pictures. Wiley loves to play fetch. You throw the ball, he races after it, then turns around and comes running back with or without the ball. He also likes the pool. Here are some pictures from our fun time with him today. Again, we just can’t believe he hasn’t been adopted yet.

DSCN37652 DSCN37572Yay! He came back WITH the ball this time!

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DSCN37442 DSCN37362 DSCN37532We had so much fun, then it was time to go back to his kennel, which he did without complaint.

DSCN37712And finally, a personal note. Emelynn started walking shelter dogs with her mother in 2009 on my afternoon shift. I could tell from the beginning that Emelynn had a special way with our dogs. She loved them and they could feel it. Through the years, she has become an excellent dog handler and I have watched her grow from a shy young girl into a confident young woman. Emelynn graduated this year and is about to head to college and start a new chapter in her life. Today was her last dog-walking shift. She will be missed by all of us on her team. We wish you the very best, Emelynn! You have been such a caring friend to many, many shelter dogs and to me!

This was the very first picture I took of Emelynn. It was September 9, 2009.

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Updates!

Scrappy and Gryffindor

If you were reading my blog in the summer of of 2014, you may remember Scrappy and Gryffindor. Here they were then at WHS.

Scrappy GryffindorScrappy was adopted by a wonderful family in June. Then in August, the family returned and adopted Gryffin. Here is the latest update on these two wonderful characters.

“Scrappy and Gryffin are doing fabulous. We have had a very busy summer. We have been going for lots of walks and exploring new rivers. Gryffin is learning how to swim. We bought him a life vest and Scrappy has been working with Gryffin. This last week Kayla (my daughter) and I both got our life jackets on and joined the boys for a swim. Having us in the water helped Gryffin 1000%. He has a lot more confidence now. The boys are still a huge part of our family and are very much loved. We celebrated Scrappy’s one year adoption day on June 5th and on Aug 5th we will celebrate Gryffin’s one year as well.”

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“But I don’t want to have a bath!”

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Rosco!

Got these two latest shots of the boy! Sure wish he could relax!

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In Memory of Whizzard

If you are a frequent reader of my blog posts, you will remember Whizzard, a sweet eleven-year-old boy who came to us through our partnership with ASPCA. Randy and I picked him up at the airport on March 1. It was love at first sight.

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Here were his first WHS pictures with Caroline.

Whizzar and CarolineWhizzarHe even got into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day!

WhizzardThen it was discovered that this gentle soul was in the beginning stages of renal failure. Whizzard needed a quiet and loving “hospice” home to spend his last weeks or months. One of WHS’ volunteers, Melita, stepped up and took Whizzard home.

WhizzardHe settled in happily with Melita’s other two dogs and the sparkle in his eye showed how contented he was in his forever home.

11880164_10203679949914147_1233720600_n 11913288_10203679940913922_1156922821_nAfter a wonderful five-and-a-half months of play, comfort, and affection, Whizzard’s body gave out. He left surrounded by Melita’s love. She gave Whizzard a priceless gift by freely giving her heart to him, knowing that it would soon be broken.

Whizzard (1)“If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, prospectively, to equally profound sadness.”  ~Marjorie Garber

Thank you, Melita. Run free, Whizzard!

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’s been an extremely hot week in Salem, but that hasn’t stopped our dedicated dog walkers from showing up and getting our canine buddies out for a potty break, a dip in a kiddy pool, or some relaxing under a tree. We also got some new arrivals through our partnership with ASPCA, some of whom already are in their new Oregon homes. Here are the adoptions of Blog Dogs since my last post.

Page_1 Page_3 Page_2 Page_4I’d like to tell two adoption stories. When Suzy was surrendered to us, she was a sad-looking little dog. She hadn’t been groomed in a very long time and her coat was matted and tangled and she could hardly see through her hair.Suzy and KylieAfter determining that only a professional groomer would do, volunteer Marianne contacted her dogs’ groomer, Claws-N-Paws, who kindly fit Suzy in last Wednesday afternoon. I was still at the shelter when they returned. Not only did Suzy look like a different dog from the OUTSIDE, she ACTED like a different dog. There was a spring in her step and she looked so happy! Not to mention, it must have been exciting to actually be able to SEE again!

DSCN26742 DSCN26702The very next day her new look caused lots of interest from potential adopters and on Friday she was adopted. Here she is with her new family, including siblings Violet and Daisy. How’s that for a happily-ending story?

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Roomba was surrendered to WHS on July 25th. Her excellent manners and delightful personality made her an instant favorite. I had just taken her pictures for the WHS website last Sunday when I saw a family visiting with her. I could tell they were smitten. When they told me they were putting a hold on her, I asked to take a picture to post when they adopted her. Since she was going to be the boy’s, Josh’s, dog, his mother said to take the picture with him. So…want to know how things turned out? Did the family come back for Roomba? Was it a perfect match? Has Josh found his new best friend? Well, you’ll have to read the update at the end of this post (and no fair scrolling down now!)

Roomba and his boy This cartoon says it all.

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I’m a newbie. I’m just about perfect in every way…except my weight, sigh.

I met a terrific girl when I arrived at the shelter on Sunday. Her name is Gabba and she’s a six-year-old Boxer/Rhodesian Ridgeback. Gabba is a gentle, sweet dog. She’s a little shy when you first meet her, but it doesn’t take long, especially if you have hot dog bits, for her to warm up. She loves playing fetch, though she doesn’t always bring the ball back; she’s working on that. She also likes the pool once she gets in. Gabba walks well on leash and is house-trained. She will be such a great family dog. She does need to lose a few pounds, so playing fetch and walking in the neighborhood, along with some light food, will do the trick. Here she is with Laslo, one of her new shelter friends.

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Gabba (1)Here she was playing out in a yard with Laslo.

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It’s time to get serious about me getting a new home!

Sailor is a two-year-old Black Mouth Cur/Pit Bull Terrier mix. He has quite the outgoing personality and absolutely loves to play hard whether it’s a rousing game of fetch (he brings the ball back to you and drops it!), or romping with other dogs about his size. He listens well to instruction and is highly treat-motivated, so has the best qualities to be a star in our WHS training classes. He’s been waiting for a new family since June 8th. Sailor is a quick learner and such a fun character with a great sense of humor. I can’t wait until I can tell you he’s found his forever person! Here he was with Francis on Sunday.

Sailor2 He informed me that he could speak for himself.

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Looking for a dog who’s up to speed with his knowledge of Internet slang? Look no further!

Yep, this is Pancho, a five-year-old Chihuahua mix with a great sense of humor. He kept telling Laslo dog jokes which Pancho found hilarious. Laslo not so much.

Page_3But Pancho has a quiet, serious side, too. Here he was with Caroline a little later. Pancho is an active little guy who is house-trained and has lived well with other dogs and older children. While he doesn’t like to admit it, he is frightened of cats. He liked crawling into Caroline’s lap, enjoyed munching on my hot dog bits, and loved getting tummy scratches. I have a feeling he’ll be adopted soon.

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He also has a cute little habit of play-bowing when he’s hoping for a treat.

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I’m a bit overwhelmed here at the shelter. Maybe I’ll get adopted soon?

Another new dog at WHS is Cooper, an eight-year-old Hound mix. He is uneasy about why he is at the shelter, and a little shy. He’s a very gentle older boy who is looking for a home with older children or just adults. He also would like to be an only pet in the family. Here he was with Daniel on Sunday.

CooperToday Jolene took him out and I was so hoping for a Cooper-smile. Nope. Cooper is still uneasy. I sure hope he’s adopted very soon. He is such a nice boy!

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Caroline’s Pick of the Week!

Emelynn couldn’t come walk dogs today, so I asked Caroline who her current favorite dog was. Without hesitation, she said Wiley! Off we went to get a cute picture of the two of them, sure I could get one of Wiley’s huge grins. We took our places, Caroline and Wiley at the bench and me in front. Wiley was smiling. I raised my camera…and this happened.

DSCN31682Both Caroline and I looked to see what Wiley was so interested in. We saw nothing. We posed again. Wiley was sitting, smiling. I raised my camera…

DSCN31672Baffled, we decided to let Wiley go check out whatever it was he saw.

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DSCN31622 DSCN31652 Neither he nor we saw anything. Then I moved my camera and two of us started laughing. Whenever I raised my camera, a reflection dot danced across the grass! As you can imagine, we all had a good laugh. Even Wiley thought it was funny.

DSCN31732Wiley is a five-year-old Australian Cattle Dog/Boxer mix. He is house-trained as well as crate-trained. Wiley does need a home without children and he cannot go home with cats. He might prefer to be an only pet. So Wiley has some quirks, but he has won the love of everyone at the shelter.

I’m very popular here at the shelter! Can you guess why?

This is Lil Miss, a ten-year-old Chihuahua mix who, as you probably have already guessed, is a lap dog. And yes, she is really this cute in person. Volunteer Kathy fell in love with her today. Lil Miss is house-trained and is looking for a calm, quiet retirement home. This gal will be adopted in no time, I’m sure!

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My name is Zorro! Although he was a fictional character, I’m very real!

This handsome guy is a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. Zorro is looking for a home where he can be an active member of the family. He’d love going on hikes, camping, you name it, if it’s action! Then he’ll curl up with his peeps on the couch for the evening. Zorro is feeling stressed in the shelter; he’s been waiting for the right adopters since June 27th. He is highly treat-motivated, so would love coming to WHS training classes and learning new skills. We’re hoping just the right fit of a family will find this boy soon. Here he was this afternoon in the big yard with Jolene.

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I tried to coax him into the pool, but he said he was not a pool dog and would just like to munch on my hot dog bits instead.

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I’m back and I’m looking for a forever home.

Cagney is back at the shelter, her family’s landlord decided to change the policy and no longer is allowing dogs. So Cagney needs another home. I took her out for a walk this afternoon and quickly remembered why I liked her so much the last time she was here. She walks perfectly on leash, took my treats gently, knows several commands and is so blooming cute to boot! We sat down under a tree for awhile and just talked. She’s hoping for a family with older kids, since she loves them. She’s a bit picky about her dog friends, and would rather just be an only dog. She’d like someone who will take her for walks and then let her snuggle with them in the evening. Oh, and a few treats every day would be great. She certainly enjoyed my hot dog bits.

DSCN31202 DSCN31302Then it was time to head back to her kennel. I hope her new family finds her very quickly!

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I’m still here hanging out waiting for you to adopt me! Are you coming soon?

One of Marianne’s current favorites is sweet Shelby, an eight-year-old American Bulldog mix. She is a recent arrival (I wrote about her last week) and is a little worried about why she is at the shelter, but everyone she meets falls in love with this quiet, calm girl. She has a good history with kids and many other animals including cats, dogs, birds and farm animals. My camera makes her a bit nervous and she never looks directly at it, but what a sweetie she is!

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Updates!

Wow! Do we have some fantastic updates for this post!

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“We’re just pleased as punch to have him in the family.  Josh and Roomba spent the day running errands for me and they stopped by the office to take a nap…a tired boy and his dog.”😊

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Lilo and her siblings!

I got this update from volunteer Krystal who fostered, then adopted, Lilo.

“Lisa Scott, one of the awesome fosters for WHS held a reunion party last night for all of Lilo’s siblings and her Momma Jewels.

Jewels was dropped off at WHS last year pregnant and Lisa took her home and Jewels gave birth to Buzz Lightyear, Lilo and Tinkerbell (in that order) in her home and she kept them all until they were 8 weeks old.  We then took Lilo to foster her until she was 12 weeks old and could be spayed and the Buzz went to another foster and Lisa kept Tink and Jewels at her home.  Eventually Tink was adopted to a friend of Lisa’s who lives in Canada and Buzz came to the shelter for a couple of days and was adopted out of there and you know what happened with Lilo:)  

They were born May 24th and Lilo was 5.5 ounces.  We all had such a great time visiting for several hours and playing.  The order from left to right is Buzz (who is now named Scooter), Jewels (Momma), Lilo, Lisa who was kind enough to start it all, and Tink who is now a Canadian.”

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Sami/Sammie

Here was Sami when she arrived at WHS in 2013.

Sammi“In April of 2013, my boyfriend and I lost our 8-year-old American Eskimo to cancer. Our hearts, and the heart of our other dog Freddy (Pomeranian mutt), were broken. After a few months of grief, we realized how empty our home and bed felt. We discussed what kind of dog we wanted, one that would usually have a harder time finding a home; dark colored, one eyed, three legged, or the “notorious” bully breeds. Almost weekly we walked through the local shelters looking for a dog that would fit our lifestyle.
The first week of August we landed at Willamette Humane Society. We walked slowly up and down the kennel aisles, spending a few minutes with each dog. We lingered in front of a kennel with a little red pitbull type dog, wearing a large awkward cone and a mysterious scar on her head. She had perfected the puppy dog eyes, and was reeling us in quickly. We asked a volunteer for some one-on-one time with this dog named Sammi. The volunteer informed us that Sammi was found as a stray in California, and brought to Oregon for a better chance at finding a home.
Once outside, in the dog play yard, we were smitten. Sammi had a sweet, clownish personality, and all she wanted was to be petted. It didn’t take us long to decide she had to come home with us.
The only problem was, Sammi already had a hold on her file, and we needed to introduce her to Freddy. So we added an additional hold, crossed our fingers, and waited. The next day we received the call we were hoping for. The previous hold had run out, and Sammi was ready to come home.
That afternoon we brought Freddy to the Humane Society, and facilitated a meeting between the two dogs. Sammi was ready to be friends right away, but Freddy was intimidated by the big dog with the big cone. We were confident they would eventually get along, so we filled out the adoption paperwork and headed home.
Since that night, Sammi and Freddy have become inseparable. They truly love each other, cuddling and playing 24/7. Sammi has gained about 20 pounds and an “e” on the end of her name. She has truly enriched our lives, and provided countless hours of entertainment. She has been through training, and was one of the stars of her class. We can’t imagine our lives without her. August 9th will be the two year anniversary of Sammie’s adoption date, and we plan to celebrate in a big way. Thank you to the Willamette Humane Society, and Adopt an Oregon Dog for helping us find our fur-kid.”

IMG_1480 IMG_0020  IMG_0162 IMG_1255IMG_0212That’s it for this week! I’ll be gone next week, so my next post will be on August 19th.

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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