Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
Let’s start out with some happy news. The Adoption Team has been working very hard, studying applications to find the perfect family fits for our available dogs. I’m thrilled to report that since my last post, SIX dogs have been adopted! These three I featured in my blog recently.
I love this selfie of WHS trainer Jessi with Jesse!
Here is a picture staff sent me of Zora and her new person.
This is what I wrote about Thor when I announced his adoption on my WHS Facebook page: “What a fantastic dog adoption happened today! Thor, our sweet boy, went to his forever home today! Thor came to the shelter very frightened and shy. He has come so far with the help of staff and his foster! Here’s what the WHS trainer wrote about the meeting of Thor and his new person: ‘Thor went home with an active young man who lives on 11 acres. Thor was loose and wiggly with him, and he even licked his face. It brought us both to tears (seriously)! So happy for this big guy.’” We are over the moon for this happy happily ever after!
Here are three dogs still waiting for their perfect fits of families.
WHS is keeping people safe while continuing to match dogs and cats with their perfect fits of families. WHS is open for adoption appointments 10:00 – 3:00 every day.
To find out exactly how the adoption process works, click on the link below:
Are you partial to Hounds? If so, we need to talk!
Do you love pepperoni? Would you do just about anything for a taste of pepperoni? Are you a lover of hounds and their unique communication style—the howl? If so, you need to meet Wade.
Here he was going home with his new foster dad.
Wade is a one-year-old hound mix who is in love with life and can’t wait for his next adventure. Wade’s foster dad describes him as “lap loving, curious, active, playful, intelligent and—communicative!”
Since Wade was found as a stray, we don’t know his history. However, we have learned a lot about his exuberant personality and what he needs in a forever family while he’s been in his foster home.
Wade is working hard on impulse control. In his eagerness to play, he can be mouthy and jumpy, and because he is still a youngster, his attention span is very short. He loves to play tug and fetch, but doesn’t always want to give up the toy or ball in his mouth. That’s when pepperoni comes in very handy as a trade. Because Wade has a way to go in learning to be calm when excited, he will need to go to a family with adults only, or with teens 15 and older.
Wade likes to place his own orders for a pup shake.
Wade is house-trained and will signal when he needs to go out by staring at you. He sleeps through the night. He has learned several commands (thanks again to pepperoni!) such as “sit,” “lie down,” “stay,” and “crate.” He is not a fan of being in his crate, and becomes anxious when in it. He also knows words like “ball,” “walk,” and “outside.” He has been practicing walking politely on leash and does well now unless he sees a small animal (squirrels especially) or human he’d like to greet. His foster says, “a howl-less walk will be a moral victory every time!” Wade will need a feline-free home.
Wade is selective in his dog friends and can be too much for some, not paying attention to another dog’s corrections at times. He will need to meet any dog he will be living with to make sure their play styles are compatible.
Wade can be fearful in new situations. He is nervous about cars driving by on the street, loud noises, children, dogs barking, and at times, women. He will need a family who will understand his need for consistency and continued positive reward-based training.
Here he is hanging out in his foster home.
What is the ideal home for Wade? His foster dad says, “Wade is a fantastic young dog that needs an active family. He does best with regular and consistent exercise.” Wade would like a fenced yard where he can play with his people and a family who accepts the fact that hounds howl to communicate. “Wade has been a great companion who wants to please in his own way. He loves to play and does best with as little crate time as possible.”
Want to see Wade in action? Here’s a movie that one of our trainers made about him.
If Wade sounds like the new best friend you’ve been looking for, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on the link “Ask About Wade.”
Are you in need of a loyal friend to hang out with during this staying-put time? Well, I’d like to apply for the job!
Do you need a new best friend—someone who is happy just being with you no matter what you are doing? Sky might be your perfect companion.
Sky is a three-year-old Chihuahua mix who is about the sweetest nine pounds of devotion you’ll ever find. Her family had to surrender her because they could no longer afford her care. When she arrived at the shelter, she was overwhelmed and fearful. But she immediately won the hearts of staff due to her desire to be close—leaning into them and snuggling.
Sky’s former family reported that she is gentle and calm but also likes to play. She loves children and enjoys racing around with them. Because of her excellent history with kids, she is rated for children about five and older.
Sky is house- and crate-trained. In her former home she was crated when left alone and slept, never being destructive. She has lived with another small dog and gotten along fine. She will bark briefly at strangers but then settles quickly. She is fearful of thunder, fireworks, and the vacuum. She can be a little nervous around new men until she gets to know them.
Sky is now living happily in a foster home and her family has many good things to say about her. “Sky is great around kids! She loves to be in your lap. She is easy to walk on leash. She knows her name, comes when called and is currently working on the command ‘bed.’”
Sky’s foster mom writes, “Sky is attached to me. She makes sure she knows where I am at all times. She will need to be placed in a home where someone is there most of the time.”
Sky has gotten along very well with the foster family’s other dogs, even though they are a lot bigger than she is. “She wants to play with them but is so small. She will run around with the big dogs, but when they get too rowdy, she hides behind me,” laughs her foster mom.
What kind of home does Sky need? She would like to be part of a family with children, and if there are other dogs, that would be great, too. She’d like someone home most of the time so she could be near them. She doesn’t need a lot of exercise, just some walks around the neighborhood and then evenings relaxing with her peeps.
Sky’s foster parents would have adopted her, but after the pandemic is over, they will return to work and they worry that Sky would be too lonely.
“Sky is super sweet and loving,” smiles her foster mom. “She has been a good foster addition to our family.”
If Sky sounds like the perfect fit for your family, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on the link “Ask About Sky.”
Well, I’m still looking for my perfect family fit. Could it be yours?
I wrote about Barley in last week’s post and he had some interested people, but none of them were the right fit for this energetic youngster. So here he is again, with an added twist. His foster family has been working hard with Barley and they gave me permission to use their videos to show how well he is doing, which appear a little later in this story. But first, if you missed last week’s post, meet Barley.
“If Barley’s ears and face don’t make you smile, his sweet, playful side likely will!” That’s how Barley’s foster mom begins her latest report.
Barley is an eight-month-old Golden Retriever/German Shepherd mix youngster who is thriving with the positive-rewards-based training he is receiving in his foster home. When he arrived at WHS, Barley was a typical untrained and enthusiastic “teenager” who didn’t understand boundaries or polite interactions. His eager, puppyish lack of manners made him a perfect candidate for a dog-savvy foster with the time and patience to help him understand the behavior needed to be successful in a home.
What a difference a little time in his foster home has made! Here is the latest update from his foster mom. “Barley is doing great with structure and rules and is working on understanding the words ‘wait,’ ‘no,’ and ‘stay,’ as well as keeping all four paws on the ground when running up for greetings. He’s gotten consistent with ‘sit’ and lies down when I point to the ground. He goes into his kennel and just seems to chill in there without making a whole lot of noise or fuss. He’s getting to hang with two dogs his size and is not always sure how to play with them, but he is starting to warm up to them.”
Here he is working hard on training!
Because Barley is young and enthusiastic, he is rated for teens 15 and older. He takes a little time to feel comfortable with other dogs, but has played successfully with some dogs in WHS playgroups. He will need to meet any dog he will be living with to make sure they match in play styles. His new home will need to be feline-free.
Barley is house-trained and will alert when he needs to go out. In his foster home, he has been excellent about chewing only on appropriate dog toys. He is continuing to work on polite leash-walking, not jumping, and not being mouthy. He is a very quick and eager learner and his foster mom reports he often self-corrects a behavior before she has to say anything to him. He does bark some when excited, but is easily distracted and stops. He jumps without hesitation into the foster’s truck for a ride.
Barley loves being around his humans and enjoys cuddles. He is very food- and affection-motivated. He will even try to get into your lap, if allowed, says his foster mom. “He’ll sit in my lap or want to be by me. I’ve been able to pet him all over his body including by his ears and paws. We wipe paws when it’s raining out. He didn’t care for this much at first, but now I put out food on the step, and he eats it while I wipe his paws and does fine.”
What would Barley’s ideal home be? He’d love a family who will continue the positive training he so eagerly enjoys in his foster home. He’d like a fenced yard where he could romp. He’d like his peeps to let him hang out with them a lot, as he really likes to be with his humans.
“Barley really is a sweet boy,” says his foster mom. With continued training, Barley is going to be a wonderful family member.
If Barley sounds like he is the right fit for your lifestyle, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on the link “Ask About Barley.”
We’re hoping that all three of these dogs are adopted into their perfect homes by next week. Thanks to all the foster families for the pictures/video clips!
That’s it for this week!
All of the dogs I have featured today, along with other terrific dogs waiting to be adopted, can be found at Willamette Humane Society. Here is the link to the adoptable-dog page:
Remember, if you see a dog on my blog whom you are interested in meeting, try to make arrangements to get to the Willamette Humane Society soon. Some dogs are adopted more quickly than you might think.
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