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

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

I had to miss the annual WillaMutt Strut this year, but these pictures were sent to me of our WHS alumna, Ruby. Each year Ruby enters the “Will Your Dog Eat It?” competition and each year she wins! This year she was tied as the winner along with a black Lab, also named Ruby. It was the raw rhubarb that was the deal breaker, which neither Ruby decided was edible. There were almost 500 people taking part in the Strut on Sunday despite the rain!

I’m not young anymore, but everyone here has fallen in love with me. You will, too!

I met Sheba for the first time on Sunday. She is a nine-year-old youngster with lots of bounce and energy. If you didn’t know, you’d never think she was a senior. Sheba is house-trained, knows several commands, loves treats, and has even lived successfully with a cat in her previous home. She is not a fan of big dogs, though her former owner said she got along with smaller ones. She likes kids and is listed for children about ten. Oh, and she LOVES to play fetch for as long as you’ll throw the ball. I first met her outside with Ayla.

Later we brought her into Mary’s Place to get to know her a little better. What a delightful girl she is, so playful and happy!

Why play with only one ball when you can hold on to TWO?

Yep, I’m still here. No one knows why. I mean, hey, if you need a couch potato to snuggle with, I’m your guy! 

Biscay is such a terrific dog in so many ways. He has been hanging out with staff and volunteers at the shelter since February 3rd. Biscay is a two-year-old mixed breed boy who is a nice medium size, weighing 38 pounds. He came to us as a transfer from a sister shelter in Texas. Biscay is calm, walks well on leash, is very affectionate, and is as smart as a whip. He loves to learn. Biscay is uneasy around small children, so will need a home with kids 15 and older. He would be happy as an only dog, but could live with another canine if they met first and had similar play styles. He should not go home with small animals or cats. At first when he wasn’t adopted, we thought it was his kennel presentation, which wasn’t great. But he’s improved so much over the time he’s been at WHS, that it’s not an issue any longer. We know that there are lots of families with older kids and no small animals. We just can’t figure out why they haven’t come and adopted our boy.

Sunday was a very fun day for Biscay. First, volunteer Jolene took him to the WillaMutt Strut and wrote this report on his excellent behavior.

“Biscay went to the WillaMutt Strut on Sunday and he was terrific. He has turned into a very social boy and had friendly greetings for all the people who approached to say hello. He has a lot of fans at WHS, and many of them who attended the Strut were excited to see him. A few of the dogs there got a little too close for his comfort level and he got excited, but calmed immediately once we created more distance. Biscay has made so much progress in being around dogs, and he ignores them for the most part. He was much more interested in all the activity (tents, vendor booths, people, bikers, and he was particularly interested in the river). He got a lot of exercise and will be one tired guy! Such a delightful dog!”

Here he was with a bunch of his fans at the Strut!

And boy, was Jolene right about him being tired when they got back to WHS! Marianne, Ayla, and I took him into Mary’s Place and after his usual greetings and snuggles, he could barely keep his eyes open!

And then it happened…

Look at that face. Let’s get this sweet boy adopted soon!

Need a diet partner? I’m your gal! We can lose those pesky pounds together!

For the first time, I’m writing about a dog I haven’t yet met. Pixie is a ten-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix who is so gentle and tolerant that she will be great with kids as young as five. She is house-trained, affectionate, and loves attention. To say she is overweight is an understatement, but since she is quite sensitive about her size, we will simply say she’s on a diet and leave it at that. Pixie has been receiving medical treatment and wasn’t ready for adoption on Sunday, so I didn’t meet her. But now she is recovered and excited about finding a forever family who will help her reach her healthy weight goal. One of her biggest fans is volunteer Ayla who asked me to feature her in this week’s blog post. Ayla and her mother, another WHS volunteer, spent Sunday morning out and about with Pixie and the three of them sent in this report:

“Pixie had a lot of fun on her outing and we sure fell in love with her. She wanted to tell you about it herself. 

‘Hi, I’m Pixie and I really love my friends here at the shelter, but I need a family of my own. I’m lots of fun to be around and love to make people laugh. My friends decided I should go to this event called the WillaMutt Strut, but it really wasn’t my thing. When we got there, it was filled with so many people and dogs that it was pretty overwhelming for me. I like one-on-one or small groups, but the Strut was too much. So we decided to let the other shelter dogs ham it up there and we went to the mall. It was so much fun! I got to go window shopping, ride in an elevator, pose in front of a WHS sign, and even “drive” a little yellow car. Afterwords I was so tired, I cuddled up and took a nap in Ayla’s lap. It was lots of fun and I hope I can do it again soon with my new family.”

Ayla sent along these pictures from their fun morning adventure. We think some lucky family will soon take up Pixie’s diet challenge and adopt her.

I’m not a youngster and so people overlook me, but I really am a good dog with a lot of love still to give. Won’t you come and meet me?

I first wrote about Bridgit in April and we are amazed she has not yet been adopted. Bridgit is a ten-year-old Shepherd mix who was found as a stray. She can be timid at first meeting and may need a little time to get to know you, but oh, what a sweet girl she is once she warms up. She is house-trained and knows several commands including sit, shake, and lie down. She was adopted once, but decided she didn’t care for the other small resident dog, so was returned. However, her family said the following about her: “Did really well with the kids. Was timid at first with the family but once she adjusted she was a really great dog. Listens well, likes to please. She stops at the door before entering a room as if she may have been trained, doesn’t just jump out of cars, waits till you tell her to come out.” Bridgit would like a calm home. She won’t be a dog for adventures and will be happy with short walks and being with her family. She could live with a dog about her own size, but would need to meet them before going home. Bridgit will be a wonderful companion for some lucky familyOn Sunday we took her into Mary’s Place for some new pictures. She was happy and relaxed and even enjoyed playing with a ball.

Even though she’s been waiting for a new family since April, Bridgit is not discouraged.

Read any good books about dogs lately? I have.

Summer is a four-year-old gal full of love and fun. She can be picky about her dog friends, so will need to meet any dog she goes home with. She also is nervous around children, so older teenagers would be perfect for her. Oh yes, and no cats! They are just too easy to chase. Summer has an ear canal issue and WHS may send her to a more specialized vet for an operation to correct it. Meanwhile, she has a “hold” (interested person) waiting to adopt her. Marianne and I took her into Mary’s Place on Sunday to hang out for a while. The two of them have been working on “leave it” and Summer was excited to show me her progress.

Resisting one was hard enough…

…but THREE?!?

But that wasn’t the only new skill Summer wanted to demonstrate. Who would have guessed she loves to READ?!

On that happy note, that’s it for this week!

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

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

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

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

I spent a fun and gratifying Sunday afternoon at WHS meeting recent arrivals, getting caught up on new dog pictures, and spending time with some favorites who are still waiting for their forever homes. So let’s get started with Kenzi.

I’ve been here since April and I’m so ready for my new family! 

Kenzi is a joyful, energetic four-year-old with one of the best smiles on the planet!

She arrived at WHS as a stray with some fear issues, but with staff and volunteers helping her, she has blossomed into a happy, playful, energetic dog. She LOVES cheese, or really any treat for that matter, and is smart as a whip, so teaching her new skills is easy and fun. She also thoroughly enjoys the pool, playing fetch, and hanging out with her peeps. She likes playgroup and gets along with other rowdy players like herself, and will be happy to meet any dog siblings she might have to make sure their play styles match. Kenzi would love to be in a family with older kids who would throw tennis balls for her and let her splash in a kiddie pool.

On Sunday, after some pictures involving posing for cheese, volunteer Christine, one of Kenzi’s biggest fans, started to take her back inside. We both laughed as Kenzi decided the “pictures for cheese” session was not over yet and plopped herself down in the grass looking at me. So Christine sat down beside her.

Later in the afternoon, Marianne and I took Kenzi into Mary’s Place for some relaxing time with a Giant Fluff Ball. She loved it.

Then it was time to make her a movie.

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I’m in a foster home waiting to meet you!

Sophie, a six-year-old Vizsla and Labrador mix, first arrived at WHS last August. She was adopted, but then returned in February.

She has been happily staying at volunteer/trainer Karla’s house since March, where she has been a star pupil, learning manners and skills she was sadly lacking. Sophie was also afraid of traffic and new places. But oh, what a few weeks under Karla’s positive-based training has done for this uneducated dog! Sophie now knows the following commands: sit, down, stand, touch, place, kennel, wait, okay, and come. She now walks on a loose leash with direction and pace changes. Here’s how Karla describes her:

My foster Sophie is a mix of two wonderful things:  She can settle and laze in her bed, just happy to be in a home and she can come expressively alive for short periods of time.  I have tried not to laugh at her life-with-flourishes ways, but I just have to laugh.  Silly girl! Sophie loves people, she’s smart and she is house-trained.  Her manners make her easy to be around. But like us, she is not perfect.  While normal household sounds don’t bother her, thunder, gunshots and probably fireworks do.  She may frustration-bark for short periods of time.  And lastly she likes people better than dogs.  In fact, she will need to be the only pet in the home. Want to look after a new best friend?   Sophie may be your match!”

Karla sent along the following clips showing Sophie’s amazing transformation into a new best friend for some lucky adopter! If you are interested in meeting this wonderful dog, contact the WHS foster coordinator: foster@whs4pets.org.

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Sophie is currently spending a few days with Susan, another foster volunteer who just sent me this update:

“I am currently fostering Sophie. She has been a perfect house guest with impeccable manners. She waits at the door, goes to her bed when asked, on top of all the regular commands. I have not heard her bark even when the neighbor dog barked at her. She was a very good girl when I left her to do a shift at WHS. She is such a sweet girl and LOVES tummy rubs.”

Someone is going to be very lucky to adopt Sophie!

I’m from Hawaii and I need a home. And, by the way, you need a dog!

Hiiaka arrived at WHS in February from our sister shelter in Maui. She is a six-year-old Plott Hound mix and, at 52 pounds, she’s a perfect medium-sized best friend. Here she is with Marianne.

On Sunday we took her into Mary’s Place to make a movie. She was such a delightful, affectionate character.

Hiiaka was adopted once, but it wasn’t the right fit, and she came back to us. She LOVES to play with her friends in our playgroups, but would still need to meet any potential dog siblings to make sure they were good romp matches. Hiiaka can be a little shy at first meeting, especially with men, but she warms up very quickly and is such a cuddler. She is looking for a home with older teenagers, but what a great hiking/jogging friend she could be. She is hoping for a quiet home where there will be lots of snuggle time with her new family.

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This afternoon Marianne took Hiiaka on an outing and just sent this update with pictures.

“I just cannot say enough good things about sweet Hiiaka, and it was fun to take her on a ‘field trip’ today. We went to Cascade Gateway Park and then to Lowe’s so that she could look at outdoor furniture and washer and dryer combos.

Hiiaka rides wonderfully in the car and is great on leash. She loved being outside, and she sniffed everything. She liked looking at the ducks, but then quickly moved on to the next good smell. We walked by several people and she wanted to meet everyone—such a friendly girl! It was fairly warm today, so we left the park and headed to Lowe’s. Again, she wanted to meet everyone and was very well behaved the entire time. When we got back to the shelter, we immediately went into Mary’s place where she cuddled with me and two other people nonstop. She is so affectionate and just loves attention. Whoever adopts this dog will get an absolute gem.”

After such a fun adventure, a girl needs a nap!

It’s summer! Perfect time to adopt a dog named Summer! That’s ME!

Summer is a four-year-old bundle of love and fun. I started hearing about her from Marianne the moment Summer arrived at the shelter. On Sunday I finally got to meet her and what a joy she is! This gal is constantly smiling!

Here she was on her afternoon walk with volunteer Gail.

Summer enjoys playgroup, but can be picky about her dog friends, so will need to meet any dog she goes home with. She also is nervous around children, so older teenagers would be perfect for her. Oh yes, and no cats! They are just too easy to chase.

After her walk, we took her into Mary’s Place where she thoroughly enjoyed the attention and cuddles. Summer is playful, loves toys, and is so affectionate. She will make a wonderful family addition.

Summer loved hanging out with Jolene.

She is good about sitting and waiting for the toy to be tossed.


Lap dog? You bet!

I met some great new arrivals on Sunday!

Here is sweet Bellatrix, a ten-year-old American Staffordshire mix with Angie and Kaylee.

Jenna spent some quality time with newbie Gracie, a two-year-old Retriever mix.

Here is Pixel, a four-year-old Terrier mix, with Francis.

Meet Lucy, a nine-month-old English Shepherd mix youngster, here with Christine.

Elizabeth spent some quiet time with Casey, a nine-year-old mix who was at WHS in 2014. Hope she finds her retirement forever home very soon. She’s a sweetheart still.


Rosco/Roscoe

Here’s a terrific update from Roscoe, one of longest-term dogs we’ve ever had who finally got the jackpot of homes with Laura! And he’s coming to the Willamette Strut on Sunday!

“Just wanted to provide a Roscoe update prior to the Willamutt Strut, pictures included!  The first is ‘chilling’ at the Willamette River. Not to worry fans—he did not go swimming in that fast current. He is not really a water dog! Well, but as you can see he enjoys taking a drink from the bird bath. He enjoys lying in the sun and when I am home I can only imagine how much he enjoys being able to just walk right out into his very own yard! So different from living in a shelter no matter how much wonderful attention he got!😃 Oh, and the last picture is Roscoe modeling his “cammo” raincoat that he got for Christmas from “Uncle” Francis,” Sunday walker and regular Roscoe walker extraordinaire!! We WILL be at Willamutt Strut on June 10th so we hope to see everyone there! Please stop and say Hi!!”

That’s it for this week!

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

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

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

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

This week I want to start out telling you about a very special and a happily-ever-after adoption update. Wes arrived at WHS last August as a stray. He was emaciated and weighed a mere 48 pounds. Just looking at him broke our hearts.

We couldn’t imagine what Wes’ story had been, but we were determined to give him the absolute best future life imaginable. He was immediately put on a five-small-meals-a-day plan with unlimited love and attention from volunteers and staff. We decided that whatever had happened in his short two-year life, he must have been loved at some point because he was incredibly affectionate and playful. Of course he became a favorite of Marianne and she spent hours with him in Mary’s Place and outside. Finally, at the end of September, Wes was ready to find a forever home. He was now 64.2 pounds and thriving. On October 5th, he found his jackpot of a person, Sandra. It was love at first sight and last week we received this wonderful update on Wes, who is now Jake.

“Hi Marianne & all who were a part of loving Jake (Wes) and a big thank you for helping to stabilize him for adoption. I’d like to give an update and share a bit of the journey we’ve had since the day we brought him to his forever & ever home. My husband, Mel, & I rescued a very loving little black Pit Bull named Missy from a shelter in McMinnville two years ago. We felt so lucky to have her, but after a year we knew she needed a brother or sister to share her toys & blankies with. So I popped into WHS on the spur of the moment one day. I saw Wes and the minute I looked at him, he sat up straight and I knew. I asked to visit him in Mary’s Place and he came in & showed me all his toys, jumped up on the couch next to me, laid his head on my leg and looked at me with those big eyes. I sent a pic to my husband & he gave a two thumbs up! I brought Missy in the next day to meet him. He stole my heart again when he started running & playing with Missy. We brought him home a few days later. We re-named him Jacob Wesley but he goes by Jakey. After a few months and lots of patience he learned that he would always be fed. He trusts us and burrows his head into our chests and hugs us to show us how much he loves us. He also learned that we could love him & Missy at the same time so he can rest and settle in & feel secure. He’s gained almost 50 pounds since we brought him home. His favorite thing to do is climb into bed with Missy, my husband & me to cuddle for hours. Jake has brought so much joy to our family and loves our grandkids when they come to visit. He wants to please us & make us proud & happy every minute of the day. Jake has come a long way. He was full of love the day we got him. Thank you all at WHS for giving him such an important head start & for all you do to love & care for the other babies who come into your wonderful care. Jakey will be in to visit soon.”

Look at our big boy now!

I’ve been waiting for you for quite a while. Will you be coming soon?

Looking for a dog to go on hikes with? A jogging partner? Someone who will eagerly go on adventures with you? Mari is an energetic two-year-old English Pointer mix who has been waiting for her perfect family fit since February 10th.

She was adopted once, but was too exuberant for the adopters, though they loved her and wrote: “She is energetic, sweet, cuddly, friendly, loves people. She loves to run and explore in the pasture. She’s a working dog, not a couch potato.” What is Mari’s favorite thing to do? Well, she actually has two favorite activities. She LOVES to play fetch and will return a ball to you, dropping it at your feet, for as long as you will throw the ball. She also ADORES stuffed toys. (Full disclosure: She will tear them apart if left unattended with them.) And get this—she challenges herself to see how MANY stuffed toys she can stuff into her mouth at ONE TIME! She asked me to report she is proud that her current record is THREE! And she doesn’t just stuff them in and drop them. Oh no, she prances around to show everyone her success!

There are a few other things that Mari would like you to know about her. She is house-trained and knows several commands including “sit,” “down” and “leave it.” She likes to play with other dogs who have her same very active play styles, so she would need to meet any dog she will be living with. She loves kids and kids about eight or above would be great for her. She even has lived with a dog-savvy cat, but would need the proper slow and careful introductions. Oh, yes, and she loves to work for cheese bits. When I reminded Mari that she needed to give potential adopters the whole story, she admitted that she’s not a fan of loud noises and can be a bit handling sensitive, so isn’t a big vet fan. But if you are an active family who is looking for a fun, energetic, smart, devoted gal, Mari is your pick! We’re hoping her forever family will find this wonderful dog very soon.

Mari wanted to show you her personality in person, so here is her movie.

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What?! You say I’m a LITTLE dog? Nope! Not me!

I met Tito for the first time on Sunday and so enjoyed his outside photoshoot, we decided to take him into Mary’s Place for some fun after the rest of the new dog pictures were done.

Tito is a two-year-old Terrier mix who is a delightful little guy who is convinced he’s a big dog. He is active, loves to romp, and his favorite place is in someone’s lap. He is not shy about letting you know when he wants some lap time. Tito is house-trained as well as crate-trained. He can be anxious about new situations and strangers until he gets comfortable with them. Because of this, he will do best in a home with older teenagers or just adults. Since Tito loves treats (especially cheese), he is a quick and eager learner. Tito is such a happy little dog. He’s done fine in our playgroups and gives appropriate corrections to other dogs who are too forward for his taste. He has also lived with a dog-savvy cat in the past. We had a wonderful time with Tito in Mary’s Place and he relished all the attention, running from person to person. He will be a wonderful companion for the right family!

Here he is during his couch time with Marianne.

Our Volunteer Manager, Janine, stopped in to say hi and got an earful.

And I loved it when he hopped into my lap!

Just like last time I was featured in this blog, I’m still here waiting and hoping.

I have featured sweet Biscay several times and still he sits in his kennel, hoping his perfect fit of a person will find him. So here goes again. He has so many fans at WHS, we just can’t figure out why he hasn’t found his forever home yet. He’s been waiting since February 3rd. Biscay is a two-year-old mixed breed boy who is a nice medium size, weighing 38 pounds. He came to us as a transfer from a sister shelter in Texas. Biscay is calm, walks well on leash, is very affectionate, and is as smart as a whip. He loves to learn. Volunteers Jolene and Linda have been taking Biscay on outings which he thoroughly enjoys. He settles and is polite in the car, though still a little nervous. They often go for a coffee run and after the latest one Jolene wrote: “Very sweet dog; quiet and polite entering and exiting the building. Really seems to look forward to our visits and the extra attention he is getting. I think he would strongly bond to his person once he warmed up to them.” Biscay is uneasy around small children, so will need a home with kids 15 and older. He would be happy as an only dog, but could live with another canine if they met first and had similar play styles. He should not go home with small animals or cats. We’re hoping he will find his perfect family fit very soon. On Sunday we took Biscay into Mary’s place for some snuggle time. He is such an affectionate guy!

My name is Hiiaka! You may know me as an Hawaiian goddess!

Hiiaka came to us as a transfer from our Hawaii shelter partner and is a six-year-old Plott Hound mix.

Hiiaka arrived at WHS in February. She can be shy at first meeting and feels more comfortable with women than men, but can be won over with time and gentle kindness. She was adopted twice, but was not a good fit for either home. We don’t know her history, but because she lacks self-confidence, she needs a family who, through positive training, will show her that the world is not a scary place anymore and that she is safe. She has done well in our shelter playgroups, but would need to meet any dogs she would live with, and she will never be a dog park kind of girl. Because of her unease around new situations and new people, Hiiaka needs a calm, quiet home with adults only or with kids who are 15 and older. She will also need people with the patience to give her settle-in time. But oh, what a wonderful, goofy family member she will become! She is so affectionate and loves to hop up on the couch and roll over for a belly rub. Here she is with Marianne.

And here she is in Mary’s Place.

Linda spent some time with us, too.

Hiiaka is a sweetheart looking for a special family. We sure hope she finds it soon.

This is Pita Bread, a brand-new arrival from Texas and such a happy girl! She is an eight-year-old Retriever mix and rated for kids five and up! Marianne and I don’t know her well yet, but she sure seems like a wonderful dog!


Here is Tucker with Francis. Tucker is a four-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix who has won so many hearts at WHS! Because of his size and enthusiasm, he’s rated for older kids. What a gem of a dog he is!

What a cutie Maverick is, here with Jenna. He is a twelve-year-old Shih Tzu mix and is rated for older kids. But oh, is he adorable! He’s looking for his retirement home.

Meet Smallz, another ten-year-old senior, here with Caroline. He’s a Chihuahua mix and is rated for kids five and above. He’s gentle and sweet. We’re not sure how well he can hear. He’s hoping to find a loving retirement home soon.

Caleb, here with Christine, is a recent transfer from Texas. He is a one-year-old Lab mix. He seemed sad when I met him. It takes time to get used to a new shelter. Hope he’s adopted soon!

Meet Hera, a one-year-old American Staffordshire mix who is about as sweet as they come! She is rated for kids five and above. She came from a sister shelter in California, and one of our former WHS staff people fostered her and her new puppies. Hera is now ready for a family of her own. She is a snuggle bug who adores people. Here she is with Gail.

Hoagie has been waiting for his perfect fit of a family for a long time. He arrived at the shelter with some issues, and has been working on his manners with our Behavior and Training team who adore him.

Trainer Ayla has a special bond with this smart, people-loving dog, and has spent many hours working with him.

She sent along these two pictures of a recent training session. Hoagie really will make a wonderful companion for the right experienced person.

This beautiful boy is Auto, a five-year-old Lab mix, here with Francis. He’ll need a family with older teenagers, but what a great addition to an active family!

Ramses is a two-year-old German Shepherd, here with Marilyn, one of our staff trainers. He is quickly and eagerly learning manners from our Behavior and Training team and loves people. His favorite toy is a tennis ball. Such a handsome boy!

Garth is a stunning two-year-old Anatolian Shepherd mix, here with Francis. He will need an adult home, as he isn’t a fan of children. But he is smart, food- and toy-motivated, loves car rides, and walks well on leash. He is house-trained. This boy is a keeper for someone who likes BIG dogs!

That’s it for this week!

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

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

I want to start this post by telling you about a very special adoption that happened on Monday. Lincoln, a one-year-old mixed breed dog, was transferred to WHS from another shelter on August 25, 2017. He arrived with some issues, but staff and volunteers saw potential in this young, energetic, happy boy. He became a long-term Behavior and Training Team project with many positive training sessions, fun outings and lots of attention. He was adopted once, but returned because of landlord issues. Over time, Lincoln made big gains in his dog reactivity, though he will always need to be the only dog in the family. I think he came to believe that WHS was his home, and he patiently waited for his outings, treats, and walks. He loved his time in Mary’s Place where he could relax and play. Then finally on Monday, his new person found him and Lincoln spent his first night in his new home after eight months of waiting at WHS (and who knows how long he was in the other shelter!). We are all over the moon about our boy. Here are some pictures I took of him during the eight months he was with us, with two of his favorite people (and trainers), Linda and Jolene.

Lost any tennis balls lately you can’t find? Trust me, I’m your gal! You can pay me with love and cheese!

Luna is a three-year-old Lab mix who was surrendered to WHS on March 18. She is such a good girl, but does have a few quirks.

Here she is with her friend and volunteer, Christine.

Luna asked me to tell you about her quirks right up front, then move on to her many strengths. So here goes. Luna will need to be the only pet in the home, and no dog parks for her. But though she is picky about her dog friends, she does have some here at the shelter, so could have play dates with dog buddies. Luna also can be quite fearful of new environments and people. She needs slow introductions and positive reinforcement (she loves cheese). She needs a family with older kids who will gently show her that they can be trusted and the world is not such a scary place. She told me to mention that she would love to attend training classes at WHS. And now on to her many strengths. Luna is a doll! Once she knows you, she is a happy, playful, affectionate girl (as you’ll see in her movie). She is house-trained, walks well on leash, and is very attentive to her walker. She knows several commands including Drop it and Sit. While she LOVES to play ball, especially fetch with tennis balls, she is incredibly well-behaved. No matter how involved she is with a ball or toy, a simple “drop it” gets immediate response. She not only drops whatever she has, but she then looks at you for direction. I don’t think I’ve ever met a dog who is more well-trained in this command. She loves treats and takes them gently. She can be boisterous one minute, then settle and cuddle the next. Even with what she calls her “quirks,” Luna will make a wonderful new best friend. We hope she won’t have to wait for her perfect family fit much longer.

P.S. Luna reminds me to tell you that after play group, she can find any lost tennis balls in the field that no one else (human or canine) can locate. Just sayin’ if you need a tennis ball hunter, look no further.

We spent some time with Luna in Mary’s Place on Sunday. She loved playing with the GFB (Giant Fluff Ball) and cuddling with Marianne.

Luna loves belly rubs.

Here she is in action!

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I’m still here. Please give me a chance to show you my affectionate personality!

Biscay has been waiting for a new family since February 3rd, and he’s getting anxious to find one. He is a two-year-old mixed breed boy who is a nice medium size, weighing 38 pounds. He came to us as a transfer from a sister shelter in Texas where he was not adopted. Biscay is calm, walks well on leash, is very affectionate and is smart as a whip. He loves to learn. Volunteers Jolene and Linda have been taking Biscay on outings which he thoroughly enjoys. He settles and is polite in the car, though still a little nervous. They often go for a coffee run and after the latest one Jolene wrote: “Very sweet dog; quiet and polite entering and exiting the building. Really seems to look forward to our visits and the extra attention he is getting. I think he would strongly bond to his person once he warmed up to them.” Biscay is uneasy around small children, so will need a home with kids 15 and older. He would be happy as an only dog, but could live with another canine if they met first and had similar play styles. He should not go home with small animals or cats. This sweet boy has been overlooked for a long time and we don’t understand why. We’re hoping he will find his perfect family fit very soon.

I love my foster family, but I’m hoping my forever family will find me soon!

Opal is a two-year-old Staffordshire/Boxer mix who arrived at WHS from another shelter on January 12th. She was somewhat stressed at first, but got better with time.

Here she was when she first arrived at WHS. I couldn’t get her to smile…

…so I asked Marianne to smile instead. Opal thought we were nuts.

Opal is a happy, bouncy girl who will need a home with older kids, as she can be somewhat jumpy when excited. Opal is having the time of her life in her foster home. Her foster mom adores her. Here’s what she says: “Opal is a wonderful dog! She enjoys spinning in circles, chasing lights on the wall, sunbathing, and playing fetch. Two young children stayed with us last weekend and she did great with them! She also currently lives with two small dogs and plays very well with them. We are still evaluating how she does with other dogs. Opal is house- and crate-trained. She bonds quickly with her person and wants to stay by their side at all times. She does not react to other dogs barking at her while we are out on a walk. She pulls on leash at first but then lightens up :)” Opal’s foster family loves her so much, they have decided to take care of her until she is adopted. If you are interested in meeting Opal, you can contact the Foster Coordinator here: foster@whs4pets.org. Phone: (503)585-5900 Ext. 303.

Opal would also like you to know some other things about her: “I love to find sticks on my walks and carry my prizes all the way home. If you play fetch with me, I am the happiest dog in the world! I bond quickly with people and want to be near my person at all times. I know the commands to ‘sit’ and ‘lie down,’ and I am very polite when it is time to eat. When my foster mom uses a vacuum cleaner, she puts me in my kennel. I don’t know what those things are, but I do not like them! I am having so much fun in my foster home, but I need a forever family. Is it yours?”

Here are some pictures from her foster home. She was serious about liking sticks!

She was also serious about playing fetch.

And she can smile!

She was wonderful with some visiting kids, but needs to go home with older ones.

I’m not a youngster and people overlook me, but I really am a good dog with a lot of love still to give. Won’t you come and meet me?

Bridgit is a ten-year-old Shepherd mix who was found as a stray. She is quite timid and nervous at first meeting and may need a little time to get to know you. But she is a sweetheart. She came down with pneumonia shortly after arriving at WHS and was quite sick, but our vet and staff took great care of her and she pulled through just fine and is healthy again.

Here she was on Sunday during her walk with volunteers Frank, Angie, and Kaylee.

Later on Sunday, we took Bridgit into Mary’s Place to relax with her. We decided she doesn’t really know what toys are for. She was interested in them, and sniffed them, but didn’t really play. We wondered if no one ever gave her toys.

But then we asked if she wanted to hang out on the couch and she did. Bridgit is a very sweet old lady. She is house-trained. She will need a calm home where she will feel secure and safe. She won’t be a dog for adventures and will be happy with short walks and being with her family. She will be a wonderful and devoted companion for some lucky person.

Here she is with Jenna.


I wondered what she was thinking about when I took this one.

Then she spent some treat time with Marianne.

This girl is a keeper. We’re hoping her forever retirement home will come along very soon.

I’m not a youngster, either, but I promise to be your very best friend!

Thelma is another senior girl who has won many hearts since she arrived at WHS on April 6th. She is a ten-year-old American Staffordshire mix who, like Bridgit, was found as a stray. She is looking for a calm, quiet retirement home where she can feel loved and secure. She was very uneasy when she first came, but has been gaining confidence and has even played a brief game of  fetch in a turnout with Marianne. Thelma does have arthritis, so walks rather slowly. She has soulful eyes and we wonder what kind of life she has had.

Marianne has spent a lot of time with Thelma, her new favorite. She wrote this about her yesterday: “Thelma’s sweetness is her best quality. Everyone in Mary’s Place fell in love with her today even though they hadn’t met her before. She goes from person to person and she does this thing where she looks right into your eyes and then she puts her head on your knee.” Marianne took this picture on Tuesday while spending some time in the spring sunshine with Thelma.

“I took her bed out of her kennel today because she seems so stiff getting up and down on it. I gave her a big puffy comforter. She still has some spunk and she will run around a little bit but mostly she would just like to sit with her person or people. She loves being outside in the sunshine. I take her to a turnout and just let her wander around and sniff everything. She’s kind of a perfect dog. She’s pretty happy at the shelter. She gets fed regularly and the volunteers spend lots of time with her; she’s just one of those dogs that takes life in stride.”

Thelma is another keeper that we hope will soon be snuggling with her forever family.

Miko, a one-year-old Poodle/Retriever mix, spent some time on Sunday with volunteer Diane.

Dozer is a two-year-old Boxer mix, here with staff Shelter Animal Trainer, Marilyn.

This is one-year-old Retriever mix Buckley, with volunteer Francis. This boy will keep his person active!

Wiggles is a Rottweiler mix youngster at ten months, here with Christine.

Staff Trainer Marilyn spent time with newbie Kenzi, a four-year-old mixed breed happy girl.


I have a wonderful update for this post. First, some back story. Steve and Joan were long-term, very dependable, canine-loving Wednesday dog walkers while I was the Wednesday team captain. I so appreciated their dedication even though they had quite a drive to get to WHS each week. They are also hound lovers, especially Steve. That brings me to Lemon, a nine-year-old redbone coonhound with issues who was found as a stray in early January, 2014. She was adopted, but quickly returned due to possible separation anxiety, along with other issues like very frequent howling (she was a hound, after all!). A month went by and Steve and Joan walked Lemon, played with Lemon, and fell in love. One day when Joan had Lemon in a turnout, I took these pictures and I knew it was only a matter of time and Lemon would have the best home ever.

And I was right!


At the time of her adoption, Lemon became Amber (SO much better name!) and she joined senior dog, Tucker. Did I mention she was a hound and loved to howl? And did I mention Amber had “issues” to boot? But she landed in her perfect forever home with Steve and Joan and Tucker.

Sadly, Tucker eventually died and Amber became an only senior dog. And here’s the rest of the story told by Joan.

“We adopted Amber from WHS in February of 2014. She was a beautiful redbone coonhound with long silky ears, soulful brown eyes and a nose that never quit…hunting! Amber used that nose to outwit us on many occasions. Any food left unattended for even a minute became hers!

Sadly, we lost Amber to kidney failure in January of this year. Trips to our skilled vet and OSU could not save her. We found ourselves devastated and dogless for the first time in 43 years of marriage. 

In February, the hole left by our loss led us to frequent dog rescue websites and facilities. A random stop at WHS brought Sadie and Rudy into our lives.

Sadie ( formerly known as Kiwi), is an eight-year-old border collie mix. She is timid, smart and reserved. She watches everything and moves cautiously through life. She is like a whisper of wind. Very quiet, but always there. 

Rudy is an adolescent hound mix. He is boisterous, social and outwardly affectionate. He, like Amber, loves to hunt and bay. Living in the woods with a hound can be a challenge!

Our two dogs have bonded and established their places in our home and hearts. We love them and are thankful to have them in our lives! We are grateful to WHS staff….Mel in adoptions, Jessie and the playgroup volunteers and Chelsea and Nichole in behavior and training….for helping us help them adjust to becoming ours.”

These two lucky dogs could not have found a better home. Last Sunday Joan brought Rudy to public playgroup and I was thrilled to see them both. Rudy’s exuberance reminded me of Amber.

With that happy story, that’s it for this week!

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

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

I’m back and I have some terrific dogs, two extra-happy adoptions, and a wonderful visit to tell you about!

If you are a regular reader of my posts, you will remember Hunter and Ozzie. Both of these dogs were long-termers with some challenges, and both were well-loved by volunteers and staff. So you can imagine the thrill when they were each adopted recently. Here was Hunter when he was about to go home a few weeks ago.

Ozzie, who had been at WHS since last September, finally found his perfect person just last Monday. I wish I could have been there for his send-off, which I hear was quite exciting.


We have so many wonderful dogs at the shelter right now and I’m going to tell you about some newbies and some who have been waiting for too long.

Do you like to joke around? So do I!

Joker has been waiting for his new family fit since January. He is a one-year-old goofy, energetic American Staffordshire Terrier mix, who is one of Marianne’s and my current favorite shelter dogs. He loves to play fetch, go for walks and hang out with his peeps in Mary’s Place. Since he was found as a stray, we don’t know anything about his puppy days, but just look at that face! Oh, and he LOVES cheese and playing with toys—lots of toys! While Joker can be a lively, rambunctious youngster, he can also settle for some quiet time with you on the couch. He is looking for a family with older (15+) teens or just adults. He likes most dogs, but would need to meet any he’d be living with. He is a great helper dog in our shelter play groups. Here are some pictures of his time with us in Mary’s Place on Sunday.



To show you Joker in action, we made him a movie. We’re hoping he won’t have to wait much longer for his perfect fit of a forever home. He really is a wonderful boy!

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My name’s Charlie and I’m looking for a new family! How about yours?

If you are up for an active, happy, energy-filled boy, look no further than Charlie! This is a dog who has improved soooo much during his stay at the shelter. Charlie is a six-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix. And he is definitely a “people dog.” He LOVES his fan club. He’s not so crazy about other dogs or cats, so will need to be an only pet. Did someone say tennis balls? Charlie has two favorite things to do: play fetch and hang out with his peeps in Mary’s Place. During active fetch games, he will return the ball and drop it at your feet while giving you a huge grin. He has been working on learning not to jump up on people and to walk politely on leash and is improving, though he will need to continue to practice using positive training. Oh, and did I mention that he is very treat-motivated, so that training is a very fun activity for him. Charlie is house- and crate-trained and is rated for children 13 and older due to his enthusiasm for everything. We had a great time with Charlie on Sunday. Here are some of the pictures and a movie with Caitlin and Marianne.

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I’m Kolohe and I like to watch people eat. What do you like to do?

Kolohe is a hoot! He is a one-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix. He’s looking for an experienced dog person who wants a powerhouse of a new best friend! Kolohe is an eager, bright, extremely active, playful young dog who will make a fantastic running or hiking partner. He gets along well with other equally exuberant dogs. He responds wonderfully when asked to sit, even when he’s excited. He needs to work on his leash-walking skills, but he has great eye contact and checks in with his walker often. What does Kolohe love to do? Play FETCH! He will bring a ball back, sit, and wait for it to be thrown again. His current favorite ball at the shelter is a half-deflated basketball which he stuffs into his mouth, then prances around the yard. Oh yes, another thing his former owner reported that he loves to do is—watch people eat. (I laughed out loud when I read that!) He takes treats gently and loved my cheese bits. Since he’s highly food-motivated, he’ll learn new skills quickly. Kolohe has a lot of potential if he continues to receive rewards-based training. He would love to attend some WHS training classes. If you are looking for an energetic, happy dog. Kalohe might just be a perfect fit! Here he is in Mary’s Place.

He has great checking-in eye contact.


He has HUGE ears!

Lincoln, a one-year-old mixed breed, has been waiting since August for his perfect family fit. Here he is with volunteer/trainer Linda, who has spent many hours working with him. He continues to wait patiently for his forever people to find him.

Gustav is a three-year-old Miniature Australian Shepherd mix who is probably completely deaf and has poor eyesight. But what a sweet dog he is! He’ll need a quiet home, but will be a wonderful companion. Here he is with Marianne.

Dakota is a five-year-old Staffordshire/Bull Terrier mix who could get a job as a stand-up comedienne. She had us in stitches in Mary’s Place. Here she is with Marianne.

Bandit is a one-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix who LOVES his people friends. Here he is with two of them, Caroline and Marianne.

Nikita

Nikita arrived at the shelter in early January, but I didn’t get a chance to meet her. However, I got this terrific email. What a lucky little girl!

“Hi there!  I just wanted to give you an update about my sweet Nikita that I officially adopted on 1/25. She was dropped off with her puppies and her puppies went to foster. She was scared but very sweet. Well, she is now a bouncy happy baby. She’s kennel-trained and I take her on three walks a day. She’s a little shy so I am bringing her back for some socialization training, but I am happy to update she is coming out of her skin and she is a happy pup. She loves to snuggle and loves her treats (sometimes I give in a little too much, but look at her face). Thank you for letting me adopt her!  She completes my little family!”

Kane

If you are a LONG time reader of my posts, you may remember Kane. Here’s his story…

In October of 2014, a huge twelve-year-old teddy bear named Kane was surrendered to WHS. It was so sad because he had been in the same home his whole life and his family loved him, but their landlord said Kane had to go because of his breed. Everyone at the shelter fell in love with this big lug whose favorite thing to do was roll over on his back for tummy rubs. He was such a gentle dog. But who was going to adopt this very large, very old dog? Weeks went by and Kane’s many fans worried. Then in early December Gene came to look for a companion for his aging dog, Bonnie. He wanted to give another old dog, whatever time he had left, a loving home. It was a Sunday and I was at the shelter holding my breath, as I watched Gene, Bonnie and Kane meet. It was instant love, as you can see from these pictures. Gene had found his perfect dog and Kane had found Gene.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. Gene brought Kane and Andy, another older dog he adopted after Bonnie died, to visit. Marianne and I had a wonderful time and I took lots of pictures. Kane is now over fifteen years old. He’s on pain meds for his arthritis, but he’s still the wonderful, gentle giant he was four years ago. And he still rolled over for a tummy rub. Gene said when he adopted Kane, he thought he might have a year at most, and has been so glad that he still has this happy boy. What a wonderful afternoon!

Last week I got a call from Gene. Kane’s health is declining more and the vet does not think he has a lot of time left. So there are no more walks, just lounging around the house with Gene giving him all the belly rubs he wants. What a wonderful bond these two have.

On that touching note, that’s it for this week!


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

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

I’m going to begin this post with two feel-good, happy-ending stories. Both have to do with dogs who were adopted last Sunday.

Lost for 48 hours and 50 miles!

Sadie Mae is a large, happy girl. Here is her picture from when Marianne and I met her after her arrival at WHS in October. She was adopted once, but had to be returned due to her person’s health.

On Sunday we were all thrilled when Sadie was adopted again. But she bolted just after arriving at her new home, never even getting into the house. For 48 hours, she ran and ran a total of about 50 miles, never letting anyone get close to her, even though she was seen by the many people searching for her. Knowing she was out in the rain during the night broke our hearts. The incredibly amazing Lost and Found Pets of Salem crew along with WHS folks spent hours and hours trying to track her movements. Then suddenly she appeared back on the porch of her new home! But she ran again, escaped a trap, and finally landed in a neighbor’s yard where she couldn’t escape. Once she realized she was safe, she acted like it had been no big deal, and started happily playing. Marianne may be giving her “Make Better Life Choices” speech to this silly dog! 

Here she is back home, wondering what all the fuss was about.

Falling in love from afar

I’ve been writing a WHS shelter dog blog for ten years and it still gives me such a lift when I find out that it has helped one of our shelter dogs find their perfect home. Such was the case last week. If you saw my last post, you read about Carmella, a five-year-old stray who stole my heart the moment I met her. I took this picture of her with Jenna and Caitlin and it was this shot that captured the attention of her new mom.

A couple of days after posting, I received an email from a lady in a town about fifty miles away from Salem. She had been reading my blog for some time, in search of a new pal for her other two dogs. The picture above prompted her to find out more about this sweetheart. After several back-and-forth correspondences, she picked up her dogs after school (she’s a teacher) and brought them to WHS for a dog meet. The meet went fine and they arranged for her husband and son to come back on Saturday, meet Carmella, and if everyone liked each other, take her home. I couldn’t resist meeting them at the shelter for some pictures. I may have overdone it with taking pictures (although no one at the shelter would be surprised!). I’ve been promised many updates and pictures, which have already begun, as you’ll see.

Update! I think it’s very safe to say that Carmella is settling in very well!

Looking for the perfect retirement companion? Check me out!

If you are a long-time reader of my posts, you know that I always fall for senior dogs who arrive at our shelter. And so on Sunday I fell for Josie, a Schipperke mix (we think). She was found wandering as a stray and is about eleven years old. She is an extremely sweet old gal, but is very stressed being in the kennel environment. We’re hoping she won’t have to wait long for her retirement home. Because of her age and her sensitivity to touch, she would do best in a quiet home with older (13+) kids. She is house-trained and walks very easily on leash. She won’t be any trouble, as she is happy with short walks and then hanging out with people. She enjoyed being outside and liked my cheese bits. Her eyes are a bit cloudy and she has the usual old-dog lumps. But what a delightful girl she is! Marianne and I both instantly fell in love with her.

Big? Me? I think of myself as a puppy!

Kirk is a newbie at the shelter and as Caroline brought him to me for pictures on Sunday, she said, “This is a five-year-old puppy!” and she was right. Kirk is an 80-pound German Shepherd mix who loves to play fetch and will sometimes drop the ball for you when returning it. He walks well on leash and loved my cheese bits. He knows sit and stay and will be a breeze to teach other skills, since he is very treat-motivated. He did well in playgroup and even helped manage some other dogs’ behaviors. Kirk is a high-energy boy and will need an active family and lots of exercise. He’s rated for kids 10 and older. He really is a handsome boy!

Looking for someone to throw a ball for? Pick ME!

Some family is going to be mighty lucky when they adopt Mari. She is a two-year-old Pointer mix. Her history is wonderful. She has always gotten along very well with other dogs, and in our playgroup she did great with every dog she met. She has not lived with cats, but was fine at a friend’s house who had cats. She loves kids and has lived with small children and is rated for kids eight and older. Mari is house-trained as well as crate-trained. Her former family describes her as “energetic, sweet and cuddly.” Her favorite thing to play in the world is fetch which she will play as long as you will throw the ball, which I saw on Sunday. Mari has been a little overwhelmed at the shelter and loud noises seem to scare her. She will need a family who will give her time to feel safe and secure in her new home. But oh, what a delightful new family member she will be! She just got over a cold and is now in the regular kennels, but was in the ISO kennels when I took these pictures with Francis on Sunday. I spent some time with them and she clearly was feeling fine. I watched her race after the tennis ball over and over again. This dog is one special girl!

She tried to figure out what I wanted her to do, so promptly lay down.

Of course Marianne and I spent time with Hunter on Sunday. He loves his GFB (Giant Fluff Ball) so much. Hunter is a two-year-old mixed-breed boy.

Hunter also enjoyed spending time with Francis outside.

Hoagie is a a three-year-old Retriever mix, here with Christine.

Ruby is a one-year-old Retriever mix who is a wonderful girl, here with Jenna and Caitlin.

Jester/Seamus

I met Jester’s new peeps when they were visiting him, waiting for him to be neutered so they could take him home. They promised me updates and I was thrilled when I got one a couple days later. Turns out Seamus has three new siblings: two cats and a house chicken! Yep, you read that right, a house chicken. And everyone is getting along just great! So happy for this boy!

“Seamus is fitting in so wonderfully! He is so well-mannered and such a couch potato! He loves the cats and even gets along with our house chicken, Monster! He fills a void we didn’t even know we had. I can’t imagine life without him now.

He gets three walks a day and as many snuggles as he wants! And he is learning that the crate isn’t a bad place! He doesn’t cry at night anymore when we put him in it and he has learned to ring the bell when he has to go potty. He is even learning that walks are fun and not anything to be scared of!”

Meet Monster, the House Chicken! He’s real!

Personal Note

This will be my last post for a while. I’m having surgery next week and will continue my blog upon my recovery. I hope to be able to report many new adoptions!

That’s it for this week!

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

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

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

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

I’m going to begin this post with two feel-good, happy-ending stories. Both have to do with dogs who were adopted last Sunday.

Lost for 48 hours and 50 miles!

Sadie Mae is a large, happy girl. Here is her picture from when Marianne and I met her after her arrival at WHS in October. She was adopted once, but had to be returned due to her person’s health.

On Sunday we were all thrilled when Sadie was adopted again. But she bolted just after arriving at her new home, never even getting into the house. For 48 hours, she ran and ran a total of about 50 miles, never letting anyone get close to her, even though she was seen by the many people searching for her. Knowing she was out in the rain during the night broke our hearts. The incredibly amazing Lost and Found Pets of Salem crew along with WHS folks spent hours and hours trying to track her movements. Then suddenly she appeared back on the porch of her new home! But she ran again, escaped a trap, and finally landed in a neighbor’s yard where she couldn’t escape. Once she realized she was safe, she acted like it had been no big deal, and started happily playing. Marianne may be giving her “Make Better Life Choices” speech to this silly dog! 

Here she is back home, wondering what all the fuss was about.

Falling in love from afar

I’ve been writing a WHS shelter dog blog for ten years and it still gives me such a lift when I find out that it has helped one of our shelter dogs find their perfect home. Such was the case last week. If you saw my last post, you read about Carmella, a five-year-old stray who stole my heart the moment I met her. I took this picture of her with Jenna and Caitlin and it was this shot that captured the attention of her new mom.

A couple of days after posting, I received an email from a lady in a town about fifty miles away from Salem. She had been reading my blog for some time, in search of a new pal for her other two dogs. The picture above prompted her to find out more about this sweetheart. After several back-and-forth correspondences, she picked up her dogs after school (she’s a teacher) and brought them to WHS for a dog meet. The meet went fine and they arranged for her husband and son to come back on Saturday, meet Carmella, and if everyone liked each other, take her home. I couldn’t resist meeting them at the shelter for some pictures. I may have overdone it with taking pictures (although no one at the shelter would be surprised!). I’ve been promised many updates and pictures, which have already begun, as you’ll see.

Update! I think it’s very safe to say that Carmella is settling in very well!

Looking for the perfect retirement companion? Check me out!

If you are a long-time reader of my posts, you know that I always fall for senior dogs who arrive at our shelter. And so on Sunday I fell for Josie, a Schipperke mix (we think). She was found wandering as a stray and is about eleven years old. She is an extremely sweet old gal, but is very stressed being in the kennel environment. We’re hoping she won’t have to wait long for her retirement home. Because of her age and her sensitivity to touch, she would do best in a quiet home with older (13+) kids. She is house-trained and walks very easily on leash. She won’t be any trouble, as she is happy with short walks and then hanging out with people. She enjoyed being outside and liked my cheese bits. Her eyes are a bit cloudy and she has the usual old-dog lumps. But what a delightful girl she is! Marianne and I both instantly fell in love with her.

Big? Me? I think of myself as a puppy!

Kirk is a newbie at the shelter and as Caroline brought him to me for pictures on Sunday, she said, “This is a five-year-old puppy!” and she was right. Kirk is an 80-pound German Shepherd mix who loves to play fetch and will sometimes drop the ball for you when returning it. He walks well on leash and loved my cheese bits. He knows sit and stay and will be a breeze to teach other skills, since he is very treat-motivated. He did well in playgroup and even helped manage some other dogs’ behaviors. Kirk is a high-energy boy and will need an active family and lots of exercise. He’s rated for kids 10 and older. He really is a handsome boy!

Looking for someone to throw a ball for? Pick ME!

Some family is going to be mighty lucky when they adopt Mari. She is a two-year-old Pointer mix. Her history is wonderful. She has always gotten along very well with other dogs, and in our playgroup she did great with every dog she met. She has not lived with cats, but was fine at a friend’s house who had cats. She loves kids and has lived with small children and is rated for kids eight and older. Mari is house-trained as well as crate-trained. Her former family describes her as “energetic, sweet and cuddly.” Her favorite thing to play in the world is fetch which she will play as long as you will throw the ball, which I saw on Sunday. Mari has been a little overwhelmed at the shelter and loud noises seem to scare her. She will need a family who will give her time to feel safe and secure in her new home. But oh, what a delightful new family member she will be! She just got over a cold and is now in the regular kennels, but was in the ISO kennels when I took these pictures with Francis on Sunday. I spent some time with them and she clearly was feeling fine. I watched her race after the tennis ball over and over again. This dog is one special girl!

She tried to figure out what I wanted her to do, so promptly lay down.

Of course Marianne and I spent time with Hunter on Sunday. He loves his GFB (Giant Fluff Ball) so much. Hunter is a two-year-old mixed-breed boy.

Hunter also enjoyed spending time with Francis outside.

Hoagie is a a three-year-old Retriever mix, here with Christine.

Ruby is a one-year-old Retriever mix who is a wonderful girl, here with Jenna and Caitlin.

Jester/Seamus

I met Jester’s new peeps when they were visiting him, waiting for him to be neutered so they could take him home. They promised me updates and I was thrilled when I got one a couple days later. Turns out Seamus has three new siblings: two cats and a house chicken! Yep, you read that right, a house chicken. And everyone is getting along just great! So happy for this boy!

“Seamus is fitting in so wonderfully! He is so well-mannered and such a couch potato! He loves the cats and even gets along with our house chicken, Monster! He fills a void we didn’t even know we had. I can’t imagine life without him now.

He gets three walks a day and as many snuggles as he wants! And he is learning that the crate isn’t a bad place! He doesn’t cry at night anymore when we put him in it and he has learned to ring the bell when he has to go potty. He is even learning that walks are fun and not anything to be scared of!”

Meet Monster, the House Chicken! He’s real!

Personal Note

This will be my last post for a while. I’m having surgery next week and will continue my blog upon my recovery. I hope to be able to report many new adoptions!

That’s it for this week!

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

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

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


Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

I want to start this post telling you about a special dog who has been waiting for her perfect fit of a family for a long time. It is my hope that with your help, Pookie will finally find her forever home.

I’ll love you forever with all my heart!

Pookie is a one-year-old Boxer mix who has been waiting to be adopted since last September. We don’t know what Pookie’s early life was like, but she clearly thought that the world was a scary place. She was afraid of many things and extremely shy in meeting new people, especially men. But we soon found that if only you spent a little time getting to know Pookie so that she learned to trust you, her love and devotion were boundless. Fast forward to the present time. Pookie has conquered so many of her anxieties with the help of her foster parents. This sweet, sensitive and playful youngster has come very far, as her latest foster dad reported in December: “Pookie has really relaxed and chilled out even more. She sleeps through the night (in rooms other than the one we’re in), chills out when we are gone. She likes to look at the window, hang out in the crate. She will just stand at the edge of the kitchen and watch us work with her head cocked, not begging.  She doesn’t mind sirens or loud music and leaves the toys alone when they are put away.  Pookie is very kind and gentle, but loves to play.” Pookie loves to play fetch, and would thoroughly enjoy living in a family with older kids who want a joyful, active best friend. After a rousing game, Pookie loves to cuddle with her peeps on the couch. Pookie will need to be the only pet in the family. She will also need one who will keep up her reward-based training and continuing building her confidence and trust, as she still has some anxieties to overcome. Pookie’s new family will need to give her some time to adjust to a new home before she is left alone. The Behavior and Training team (huge Pookie fans) will be able to help the family with tips for Pookie’s success. The reward for adopting Pookie will be enormous. You will never find a more loving, eager, devoted girl. Here are some of the many pictures I’ve taken of this very special dog.

Pookie has many, many fans, including Marianne.

Here Pookie is in action!

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I’m new here, but I already have a lot of fans!

I met Carmella for the first time on Sunday and I couldn’t believe she was found as a stray and hadn’t been claimed. This sweetheart is the whole package! She is adorable, well-behaved, house-trained, knows several commands, is gentle in taking treats, and is rated for kids eight and older. She even walks very nicely on leash! Carmella is about five years old and is an American Staffordshire Terrier mix. I mean look at this face!

Yes, she has two different colored eyes. She is such a wiggly, happy-go-lucky gal. Some family is going to be mighty lucky to adopt her!

Her serious look is just as endearing as her smile!

Jenna and Caitlin instantly become her fans.

I’m still here waiting for you…will you be coming soon?

Hunter has become one of my and Marianne’s favorite dogs ever. He’s been getting stressed at the shelter and his kennel presentation isn’t the best anymore, but take him into Mary’s Place or outside to play and he becomes his old, happy self. Hunter is a two-year-old mixed breed boy who was found as a stray. He loves people and gets along with most other dogs. He has been waiting for his perfect family since early December. To sooth himself when feeling the stress of the kennels, he uses his Giant Fluff Ball as a pacifier. Hunter was adopted once, but the horses in his new home  didn’t like him, and a very sad family had to return him. Hunter will make some lucky people the perfect family dog.

On Sunday Marianne and I took him out for some play time with his favorite yellow duck.

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I know I need work on my outdoor voice, but I’m great inside!

Another newbie I met on Sunday was Cinch, a two-year-old American Blue Heeler mix. As I watched him being taken out for his walk on Sunday, I sighed. He was so excited to see other dogs, he was barking up a storm. As typical of his breed, this boy needs a job to do! He will not be a couch potato, but what an athletic guy he is and what fun to train for someone who wants a challenge with huge rewards. Cinch also has a great sense of humor and is smart as a whip. After his (loud) walk, Glenna brought Cinch into Mary’s Place and what a different dog he became! Turns out he LOVES cheese and was happy to pose for my camera in a quiet, happy way. Cinch isn’t the dog for everyone, but for the right person, he will be such a delightful character!


There are still some of our long-term terrific dogs who remain patiently waiting for their new forever homes. We’re hoping they won’t have to wait much longer.

Ozzie is a one-year-old boy who has been at WHS since September, here with Jolene.

Gus is a three-year-old who has been at the shelter since November, here with Ayla.

Lincoln is a one-year-old who has been waiting since October for a new family. Here he is with Linda.

Ruger is seven and has been waiting for a new home since September. Here he is with Francis.

Serena is three and has been waiting for her new peeps since October. Here she is with Marianne.

That’s it for this week!

 

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

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

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

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

Happy New Year! Willamette Humane Society had some wonderful dog adoptions in the weeks before Christmas and we’re hoping for many more in the first days of 2018. In this post, I’m featuring three terrific dogs who have been waiting quite a while for their forever homes. We’re hoping that they will very soon be basking in the love of their new families.

If only the horses had liked me!

We were all so excited when Hunter was finally adopted last week. His new family adored him and reported he settled into their home beautifully. The problem was the family’s horses were insulted when Hunter tried to herd them. The horses took such a dislike to Hunter, that the family was worried he would get hurt. So they very sadly returned him to WHS. But they wrote a letter, hoping it will help Hunter find a new home, saying, “As a house dog, Hunter is excellent. He is house-trained, knows sit, stay, wait, and leave it. He rides in the car very well and knows the load up command. He settled in immediately, played well with our dog and was respectful and well-mannered with us. We agree he’s too young and rambunctious for a toddler, but children old enough to throw a ball or stick would be fine. Hunter really wants to please and is quite intelligent, we think he easily could be trained for an agility course. Hunter deserves a forever home and we hope this assesment of ours will help.”

Hunter is a two-year-old mixed breed boy who was found as a stray. He loves people and gets along with most other dogs. He has been waiting for his perfect family since early December, and is getting stressed in the shelter environment. To sooth himself, he has started to use soft toys as a pacifier, as you’ll see in his movie. Hunter will make some lucky people the perfect family dog. We’re hoping they find him soon!

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I’m the whole package! Give me a minute and you’ll fall in love!

Marianne and I fell in love with Benjamin within minutes of meeting him. This big, goofy three-year-old puppy has a huge smile and energy to burn. He was found as a stray and transferred to WHS in late November. Benjamin LOVES people and entertaining them is his favorite thing to do. He’ll be fine with older kids, younger ones might be overwhelmed by Benjamin’s enthusiasm. This boy will be a wonderful new family member. Marianne and I spent some time with him last week in Mary’s Place and we all loved it.

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I was adopted twice, but they weren’t the right fits, so I’m back.

Serena is a three-year-old mixed-breed girl. She came to us from a new shelter partner in New Mexico. She’s been adopted twice, but came back because neither was the right fit for her. The first time she was returned because she can be quite reactive to other dogs, but only while on leash. She plays beautifully in our shelter play groups and is considered a “helper dog” by the playgroup staff. The second time she was returned because she was too interested in chasing the cat. So we now know she needs a feline-free home. Serena is active, eager, smart and house-trained. She needs some work on taking treats gently and walking politely past other dogs. A home with older kids and a family who are experienced dog owners would be perfect. She will need exercise and some additional training, but she is so worth it! Serena is such a delightful, happy girl. Sometimes it just takes a little longer for a dog to find the perfect family. And if you wonder if a dog who has been returned twice can ever find the right home, be sure and read Lady’s update at the end of this post.

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We have two wonderful updates to report this post.

Lady

Lady was so loved when she was at WHS, and when she was adopted the first and then the second time, we were over the moon. But both times she was returned, and we welcomed her back. Here she was with me after the first return.

Though disappointed that the adoptions didn’t work, neither Lady nor we gave up. And then it happened. On December 22, Lady was found by her perfect fit.

Lady is perfect. From day one she fit into our routine. It took her a little bit to warm up, but she took to us quickly. She has chosen her favorite spot on our couch, and sleeps with one of us every night. She may be a little spoiled! Her laid- back attitude and playful nature reflect us and is a beautiful match. We love taking her for walks and taking her geocaching with us. She even sniffed one out for us, a training opportunity to be sure!

She is such a good girl, and we have had no problems with her. In fact, my fiancee was in a car accident recently and was very upset. Lady came up to her and started crying, grabbing for her hand and comforting her when I couldn’t be there. 

Lady made her way into our hearts from the first moment we saw her video on the humane society website, and she has continued to earn her place there. She has found her forever home, because we are never letting her go.

I want to say thank you to everyone who helped us at the Humane Society and every one who took care of her before we got to.”

Dixon

I met Dixon, a frightened stray, in February 2014. He quickly became one of my favorites and I wrote about him several times in my blog. I was thrilled when he was adopted the next month. Over the years, I’ve gotten several updates and was thrilled last week to get this one.

“Thought you might enjoy seeing pictures of Dixon and his buddy Nemesis. He loves to go out hiking and swimming still and is all about the ball. Not sure if you remember, but we adopted him in March of 2014. These pictures were taken Saturday on Henline Trail. Happy New Year! :)”

That’s it for this week!

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

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

We’ve had some wonderful adoptions in the weeks before Christmas. One of these happened on Sunday when our sweet Scarlett went home. She was returned when her family moved and couldn’t take her. She had been very stressed back at the shelter, so when I saw her being visited by this family, I asked if I could take their picture in case they decided to take her home, and decide they did! She actually belongs to the grandmother, but these three girls will be spending a lot of time with her, too!

I’ve been here waiting for you for quite a while. Will you be coming soon?

Twister is a three-year-old mixed breed boy who hasn’t had the easiest of lives or the most stable. He’s been in several homes and so badly wants a forever family with people who will love him and and give him the happy life he deserves. Twister is an outgoing, eager boy who LOVES to run, play with toys, hang out with people and play with other dogs who fit his play style. He is house-trained and even has lived successfully with cats! He will make a terrific jogging, hiking, or running partner and would thoroughly enjoy going on any adventure with his peeps. Older children will be best for his energy level. This is Twister’s second stay at WHS and we’re all hoping it’ll be his last once he’s found by his perfect family. On Sunday Marianne, Caroline and I spent some quality time with Twister and we all were smitten.

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My name is Tyke and I’m available to brighten your world!

Tyke is a happy-go-lucky, the-glass-is-half-full kind of dog. He is a two-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix. He is house-trained and while he has lots of energy to burn, he knows several commands and listens to human and other dogs’ corrections. Lee, one of our play group trainers, took Tyke home for a respite and found Tyke to be appropriately responsive to all three of his dogs. In fact, after being sharply corrected by Lee’s elderly, toothless Dachshund for accidentally lying on his bed, Tyke spent the rest of his visit avoiding Chewy, giving him a wide berth and averting his eyes when near Chewy. Tyke would do best with older children due to his exuberance. Marianne and I took him into Mary’s Place for some relaxing time on Sunday. We mentioned that he had a most interesting half-smile, and then he explained.

Tyke will need an active family and would love to attend some WHS training classes to work on curbing some of his enthusiasm. But he really is a good boy! Here are a couple of pictures from the week before.

I’m Savannah and I may be just the dog you’ve been looking for!

Savannah is a Treeing Tennessee Brindle mix. She is about a year old, is eager to please and very gentle. She loves cheese and people. In fact, she seems to love people more than other dogs. Savannah is gentle and will make a terrific family companion for kids eight or so. Since she seems to have been overlooked by potential adopters, we decided it was time for her to star in her own movie. I was amazed at how much patience she showed when hoping for a treat as I filmed her.

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Blossom is an absolute delight! She is about a year old and was transferred to us from a shelter in California. We don’t know her history, but she must have been loved at some point, as she is extremely responsive, happy and eager to please. She sits immediately when asked and seemed to enjoy posing for my pictures. She has a cold at the moment, so is in the ISO kennels, but oh, what joy she will bring some lucky family who adopts her!

Stryder is a very sweet two-year-old Hound mix. He will need a home with a very high fence (he can climb an eight-foot fence!). He is very affectionate with people. Here he is with Patty.

Hunter is a two-year-old mixed breed dog who has become very stressed at the shelter. He is such a good boy, but will need a family who will work to make him feel safe and secure. He loves the Giant Fluff Ball and uses it as a pacifier while in Mary’s Place. We’re hoping this sweet boy will go to his forever home very soon.

That’s it for this week!

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

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com

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