Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
It was an incredibly busy week for Willamette Humane Society. Over thirty dogs were flown to us from California on Friday! They have been settling in and on Sunday I took pictures of twenty-five of them, the rest I got today. Because there are so many newbies and because I don’t know them well yet, there will be a lot of “Quick Look” dogs this post. We have some terrific new faces who were a bit overwhelmed on Sunday, but are looking forward to becoming adopted into Oregon families. I also have some wonderful updates to share with you.
But first, here are the Blog Dogs who were adopted since last week’s post.
Friday’s swim dog was Pippy and Marianne and I had a great time with this sweetheart. Since she’s already been adopted, I’ll just post a few of her Bailey’s Journey swim pictures.
I’m going to start this week’s post with three terrific dogs who were recently adopted but have been returned to us. In each case their new family loved them, but because their circumstances changed, or the family just wasn’t quite the right fit, they could no longer keep the dog. One of the best things about our shelter is that we welcome back any of our dogs who need to find a new home.
I’m back, but it’s not my fault. And now I have my own fluff ball!
Our wonderful giant puppy, Charlie, was returned after being adopted again last week. While he was a good boy, there were landlord issues that were not his fault. The first time Charlie was adopted, we learned that he cannot live with cats. After he was returned the first time, I bought him his own giant fluff ball since he LOVED to play with one I brought from home. But before I could give it to him to take home, he was adopted the second time. I still had it in my car when he was returned on Sunday, so I’m happy to say he now has his own giant ball to take home with him next time, which we all hope will be soon. Charlie is a very active nine-month-old giant puppy. He’s a seventy-four pound American Staffordshire mix. He is looking for a family who wants a playful, happy dog to have adventures with. Charlie loves kids, but because of his size, needs to go home with older, sturdy ones. And he’ll need some brush-up on house-training. He enjoys playing with other dogs and would love to meet any dogs he would be going home with. Charlie also requires a feline-free home, as he does not like pesky cats (his term). If you are up for a happy-go-lucky, let’s play, play, play youngster, Charlie may be the one for you. I’m posting his play video again this post in case you missed it last time. This boy is such a goof! This afternoon, after all the dogs had been walked, Marianne and I took Charlie into the Ed Hall for some play time. He got to play with HIS fluff ball and it was a huge hit.
I’m the whole giant package!
Caroline, Marianne, and I fell in love with eighty-pound Opey the minute we met this lovable giant and I planned on featuring him in my blog—but he was adopted so quickly, I didn’t get the chance. Opey is back now, and like Charlie, his return was not his fault, and his people loved him. Opey is a two-year-old Staffordshire/Bull Terrier mix. He is such an easy-going guy, his family reported that he got along with the cat, the other dog, and he loved the children. Because of his size, he’ll need older kids, but what love and fun he will bring to his family! He has done well in our shelter play groups, but would like to meet any new dog siblings. Opey loves toys and his favorite place to hang out at the shelter is in our Real Room with his peeps. Here he was before he was adopted, relaxing with two of his many fans.
I’m looking for someone who will be patient with my insecurities.
Alana is a sweet senior girl with a heart-grabbing face, who is waiting for just the right person to fall in love with her. She is a nine-year-old Boxer mix and is so gentle, she is rated “G” for any age! Alana was adopted once, but was returned because she needed more time than the busy young family could give her. Alana wants nothing more than to hang out with her family, take leisurely walks, and curl up leaning against you. She feels the safest when she is touching you. Are you retired and in need of a quiet, loving companion? Alana may be your perfect match. She’d enjoy spending time with your grandchildren, then curling up with you to nap. Here she was a few weeks ago, before she was adopted, spending time with Kim in the Real Room.
I’m a Blog Regular! Still here. Still waiting for my new family.
Our longest-term resident, Rosco, was his usual happy self on Sunday. Marianne and I had a fun time with him in a yard where he was eager to show off his skills, including his sit/stay which he does perfectly. Rosco is a four-year-old Dutch Shepherd mix who is looking for a family where he can be the only pet. His ideal home will be one where his people are interested in continuing his rewards-based training and who will give him physical exercise every day. He loves walks, playing fetch, and toys. He’s a very social guy who greatly enjoys humans—teenagers and above.
I may be a little older and a little slower than those youngsters in other kennels, but you won’t find a better friend than me.
Mabel is a seven-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix who came to us from another Oregon shelter where she was not adopted. She arrived before Saint Patrick’s Day, and happily wore a scarf, but she wasn’t available yet, so I couldn’t post her picture. Mabel is a sweet old soul who is looking for a quiet retirement home where she can spend her time snoozing next to her person, going for relaxing strolls, and just hanging out with her family. She walks slowly and we’re not sure how much she can hear anymore, but she loves to cuddle and is a happy gem of a gal. For someone with a heart that melts for seniors, Mabel will be a perfect new best friend. Here she was dressed up for St. P’s day and on Sunday with Jenna.
Introducing Spring, a one-year-old Carolina Dog mix, here with Marianne.
Meet Hadley, a seven-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier goofball, posing with Marianne.
There is more than one way to get off a couch!
This is Gallagher, a two-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix, here with Jolene.
This is Sophie, a two-year-old English Bulldog mix, with Caitlin.
Meet Jojo, a three-year-old American Staffordshire mix, keeping Marianne company.
This is shy Pepe, a one-year-old Norwich Terrier mix, here with Jolene.
This is sweet Audrey, a three-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix, here with Diane.
Meet Otto, a one-year-old Irish Wolfhound, with Caitlin, one of his biggest fans.
This is Ginger, a three-year-old Shih Tzu mix, here with Jolene.
Meet Pixie, a one-year-old mixed breed girl, playing with Jolene.
I can’t write a post without including Girlie, one of our long-termers and a favorite of both Marianne and mine. Girlie is a seven-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix who loves to romp, but also is a huge lover of cuddles with her peeps. Here she was today with Marianne and me.
No one can say that Girlie doesn’t know how to relax!
We have two wonderful updates this post!
Aragon was transferred to WHS from another Oregon shelter where he didn’t get adopted. Here he was posing for me when he arrived.
“We are just shy of one week having brought Aragon, who we renamed Kay-Tuesso (after my favorite Star Wars droid…we call him Kay for short) home. He is the sweetest goofball I have ever had the pleasure of cuddling 🙂
He has been incredible in all his human interactions (even with youngsters!!) and we are slowly working on introducing him to the Queen of the house, our cat, that we also adopted from WHS.
This week has mostly been a lot of new experiences for the goober. We hiked Mt. Pisgah, he met his new vet, made friends with a giant German Shepard pup and he has been disc golfing with his dad twice! He loves discing. It’s outdoors time and things flying through the air, it’s like a perfect day for a rambunctious dog! Although he is quite active and loves to play, he also loves to cuddle up next to us and catch some zzz’s. Sometimes it feels like he thinks he can’t get close enough to us when he is trying to sleep. It’s adorable and I can hardly handle the cuteness!
We have already scheduled some one-on-one training lessons for him, and I can’t wait to see him realize his full potential! Thank you WHS for bringing such a silly, fun and loving pup into our lives!”
Milo was one of my all-time favorite dogs. I wrote about him several times. Here’s what I wrote in the April 20, 2016 post:
“Milo is one of our senior dogs who is absolutely delightful. He is a nine-year-old Border Collie mix. Since he came to us from another shelter where he was not adopted, we don’t know about his past, but he has won many hearts at WHS, not just mine. Milo is calm, quiet and polite. He knows several commands, takes treats nicely and walks well on leash. He will be the perfect companion for someone wanting a dog with no drama who is easygoing and affectionate.”
Look at that face!
Milo’s many fans were over the moon when he was adopted. What we didn’t know at the time was that Milo was going to have a wonderful extended family. Kimberley, who came to the shelter in late April to adopt Milo, actually wanted him for her father who was recovering from a major illness. It was love at first sight when the two met. Kim reported that Milo seemed to know that her father needed a quiet new best friend. Since that time, Milo has become quite the traveler with the family and deeply loved by everyone. And much to our surprise, Milo is far from being the “old man” that we thought he was.
Yes, he has his own seat in the RV.
He sleeps UNDER the covers.
No words are needed.
On those very happy updates, that’s it for this week!
Remember, if you see a dog on my blog whom you are interested in meeting, try to make arrangements to get to the Willamette Humane Society soon. Some dogs are adopted more quickly than you might think.
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As the 2010 Humaneitarian Award recipient, her passion is promoting dogs for adoption through her engaging blog: adopt-an-oregon-dog.com.
Martha and her volunteer team interact with dogs each week on their walks, take photos, and post profiles and adoption updates to supporters.
Her intimate view of the dogs and the shelter highlights the joys and triumphs of volunteering.