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

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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

It’s very seldom that I include puppies in my blog posts. Puppies do not need publicity. They are spoken for the minute they hit the adoption floor. And certainly I NEVER include puppies that have already been pre-adopted or have the maximum number of holds on them. However, today I am making an exception. When I arrived at the shelter on Sunday, I did not intend to walk by the large kennel which held three newly-arrived puppies. And when I found myself walking by them, I certainly did not expect to take any pictures. But—I couldn’t help myself. Getting a three-month old puppy to sit still for a nanosecond to snap a picture is no small feat, let alone three puppies! So I proudly show you these few shots out of the gazillion I took. These cuties will all be going to their new homes as soon as they are spayed and neutered.

One puppy…

Two puppies…

Three puppies!

While puppies are adorable to look at, oh, the challenges that await their new families! So let’s turn your attention to some adult dogs well past the chewing/potty-training puppy stage.

I’ve been here a while. I’ve been adopted twice, but I wasn’t the right fit. I KNOW my perfect family is out there! You are, aren’t you?

Carly is a four-year-old Retriever mix. She is wonderful with people and most dogs, though she seems to prefer calmer dogs who are not rough and rowdy. Because she can be picky at times, she will need to meet any potential dog siblings. Carly is house-trained and loves treats (especially cheese) so will be a breeze to train. She will need a feline-free home (cats are too much fun to chase) and a fenced yard, five feet or higher. Carly would not be a great apartment kind of dog. She needs a family with older teenage kids, as she can be quite exuberant. Since she can become anxious if there is a lot of activity outside the house, a quiet, more rural area would be ideal for this sweet girl. She loves nothing more than being around her peeps. Here she is with Marianne and me.

She also is an enthusiastic toy player.


But she can also settle and just hang out.

Volunteer Susan took Carly home for a few days and had the following to say about Carly:

“Carly was a guest in my house for three days and a very respectful guest she was. She stayed out of the kitchen area when I was cooking, but made it well known she does like the human food that comes out of the kitchen. She sits politely for treats. She walked very nicely on leash but can be picky about dogs she encounters so we avoided that. She was always very happy to see me when I returned from being away; a bit jumpy but responded with a sit when offered a treat. She whined or barked when she needed to go out and there were no inside accidents.  The floor was not her preferred place to sleep. She spent down time on the couch. Come bedtime she upgraded to my bed (which I allow). She likes human attention but is not a lap dog. Carly is a real sweetheart.”

Susan snapped this photo during Carly’s visit.

To show her in person, Carly agreed to make a movie. Here she is in action.

Carly will make a wonderful companion for the right family. We’re hoping that family will find her soon. She’ll be waiting!

I’m a playful, happy girl looking for a family who wants to have fun!

Fiona is a five-year-old mixed breed girl who, at 71 pounds, is hoping for a family who will help her regain her girlish figure. The problem is that Fiona loves food…cheese is one of her favorite treats (although she isn’t picky). However, she thinks that if her family will play fetch with her, let her splash in a kiddie pool in the backyard, and take her for walks (she walks very nicely on leash), the pounds will melt away! Her favorite pool game is Dunking for Tennis Balls, a game she made up herself (she’s very creative and smart). I hope to get some video next week…unless she’s adopted before then which would be great!

Fiona is house- and crate-trained. Her former people said she would happily go into her crate when they would leave the house. She has lived with children and done well. Because of her size, she would do best with older kids. On Sunday we took Fiona into Mary’s Place and she loved it.

After posing, she played with the Giant Fluff Ball. It was a flurry of action!

Then it was time for more posing with Caroline and Marianne.

One thing her new family will have to watch out for is Fiona’s fondness for rocks. Last week she ate one which cause her considerable discomfort and could have been serious. She will need to be supervised when outside to make sure she doesn’t try to eat another one.


Fiona is a fun, eager-to-please, playful girl who will keep her new family active and laughing. We’re hoping she’ll have a new family soon.

I’m no youngster, but I still have spunk! And I’ve got all the basics down!

Misty is a twelve-year-old Beagle mix. She came to us from another shelter, so we don’t know her history, but we are sure she was loved. She is very friendly, happy and enjoyed my cheese bits. Although I didn’t ask her to sit, thinking her arthritis would make it painful, she gingerly sat down to pose for pictures. Marianne and I both instantly fell for this senior girl.

Misty should lose some of those pesky old-lady pounds that she’s put on as she’s aged, and that would put less strain on her joints. She is such a gentle soul, she is rated for children about eight or older. Knowing there are many Beagle lovers out there, we’re sure Misty will soon be snuggled in her retirement home with new peeps. She is a keeper.

Sparky, the energetic eight-year-old Rat Terrier mix whom I featured last week is still waiting for his perfect fit of a family. Here he was on Sunday with Kaylee.

Baloo, a two-year-old Black-Mouth Cur mix, enjoyed some outside time on Sunday afternoon with Francis.

Here is Pepe, a twelve-year-old Cairn Terrier mix, spending some quality time with Patty.

Jenna took Rosita, a three-year-old mixed breed girl, for her walk on Sunday.

Kia/Gertie

If you read my blog post last week, you know about Kia/Gertie and the Giant Fluff Ball (GFB) I sent to her. I had promised her that she could take one home when she got adopted, but it was in the laundry when she left with her new Washington family. A promise is a promise and after seeing how much Gertie loved the GFB, I knew I had to send a new one to her. Here she was in Mary’s Place, the week before she was adopted.

So off a GFB went in the mail, addressed to Gertie. And I was thrilled when Gertie’s family sent these pictures, saying that Gertie is doing great and so happy to have a GFB of her very own.

And on that very happy update, 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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