Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
Spring is in full bloom in the Northwest and both dogs and volunteers are enjoying the sun and warm temperatures. One dog who especially loves his outside exercise time is Bogart!
I can’t wait to meet my forever family! Is it yours? I’ll be here at the shelter waiting for you!
Bogart is a five-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix who arrived at WHS in March. He has been patiently waiting and hoping that a new family will adopt him since his first family moved and couldn’t take him with them. Bogart is a big boy at 90 pounds and will need a family with older kids 13+, as he can get very excited about treats, birds, playing fetch, birds, tennis balls, and did I mention birds? Bogart is house-trained and has been around children and done well, but needs to learn to walk more politely on leash. Using a Halti (a head harness) is helping to teach him more polite walking. Bogart will need to be the only pet. He is highly treat-motivated and very smart, which means he would love to learn new skills as long as cheese bits were involved. We’re hoping Bogart’s perfect family will find him soon; he’s been waiting for them a long time. Here he was on Sunday with Jolene. He wanted me to make a movie showing his love of life, hoping that will help him find his forever home.
Are you retired? Do you need another retiree who won’t be much trouble, but be a quiet best friend? If so, you need to come and meet me!
Spike is a Rat Terrier mix and is about ten years old. He was found as a stray and taken to another Oregon shelter where he was not adopted. Now he is hoping that he’ll find a retirement home through us. Spike is a bit shy at first meeting, but warms up given a little time. Our vet has determined Spike has a somewhat enlarged heart, but reports that he is doing very well and may have a long, happy life. Spike is looking for an adult home, or one with children over thirteen. He gets along well with small dogs, but is frightened by large ones, is startled by loud noises, and can be fearful of strangers. Although he loves to be next to his person, he isn’t comfortable being picked up. What a delightful little dog Spike is! He is eager, lively and attentive. He loves cheese treats and hanging out with people. This little guy deserves to have a loving home to spend as long as life is good for him. We are always amazed and thankful for the special adopters who happily accept a dog like Spike, uncertain how long they will have to enjoy him, but anxious to shower him with love. He has become one of Marianne’s and my current favorites. Here he was on Sunday. We’re hoping he’ll soon be relaxing with his new peeps.
If you adopt me, I’ll be your best friend forever!
Our sweet Lady arrived at WHS in May, when her family could no longer take care of her. She is one of the gentlest, happiest, most affectionate dogs we’ve had in a long time. Lady is an eight-year-old Retriever mix who has been an outdoor dog her whole life. She really hopes to be an indoor dog now that she’s a bit older, but she’ll need a little patience and help in becoming house-trained. As smart and people-motivated as she is, it should be a snap. Lady needs to be the only pet, as she likes to chase cats and prefers to play with people rather than other dogs. On Sunday we brought Lady out for some Blanket Time and she was in heaven. We quickly discovered that having her tummy rubbed is one of her favorite things in the world. Lady really will be a wonderful best friend for a family with children ten and older. What a gem.
Jasmin loves me to the moon and back!
This week I’m happy to post a “guest editorial” written by high school volunteer, Jasmin, about about her favorite shelter dog Feona.
“I started volunteering at WHS in March and the times I’ve spent at the shelter have been the best days of my life. The biggest reason is because of my four-legged best friend, Feona, a three-year-old Staffordshire/Bull Terrier mix. Each day that I volunteer is a day full of Feona kisses and love! Feona is intelligent, affectionate, and outgoing. She is the first and last dog I visit each day. She enjoys playgroup with her dog friends and, afterward, I go in her kennel and rub her neck. She eventually falls asleep in my lap and sometimes I’ll catch her snoring! Although Feona loves her naps, she also loves her squeaky toys. Feona has many squeaky toys because I can’t help but spoil her. When she hears their squeal, she looks at me playfully and jumps around with happiness. Her body wiggles all over, and her face breaks into a huge grin. Feona also enjoys long walks and stops to sniff every smell. After her walk, we usually go sit in the shade so she can cool down and have some quiet time before she goes back to her kennel. After a couple of minutes, she starts rolling around in the grass being silly. Feona is loving to anyone who shows her affection. In April I was in an accident and couldn’t go to WHS for a week. The moment I could, I drove straight to WHS, itching to see my beautiful Feona girl. I walked in and she was lying on her bed. The minute she saw me, she began wiggling all over with excitement, and I got a lump in my throat. Feona is not just any dog. She has so much love to give a new family. I so hope Feona will be found by her forever people very soon and that they will love her as much as I do.”
To show you how well Feona does on leash, here is a clip from last week when I took her out for her afternoon walk.
Feona got to go swimming with volunteer Joan last Friday. Joan reported that while she wasn’t very graceful, by the third swim, she was doing much better. “When I picked her up at WHS, she didn’t want to or couldn’t jump up in the car. However, when we were finished swimming and went back out to the car, she just hopped in. I bought her a beautiful new martingale collar as a reward when we returned to the shelter.❤️ I, of course, am smitten. She kissed me!”
Speaking of guest editorials…here’s another one from one of our foster moms, Jolene.
“Hey everyone, do you like apples? How about pears, well pairs! The spelling is different but these two little dogs are just as sweet! Eddie, a two-year-old Chihuahua/Pug mix and Sugar, a four-year-old Chihuahua, are my foster dogs. I have been fostering them because they were scared and stressed in the shelter. They have learned that life is good and as sweet as they are. They are ready to show their forever family how much they have grown. Both of them are house-trained, love going for walks, get along with my large dogs, seem dog- and people-social and do well riding in cars. I do not have cats so I am not sure if that would be a good situation. Considering their personality and size, small children may make them feel uncomfortable. They would enjoy the love and attention of older respectful kids. They are quite the pair and love playing and napping with each other. So much so, that you may want to turn off the TV and watch them! 🙂 So if you want to add to your family, are a retired couple, or you are a single/retired person and just want some wonderful company, these two may be for you”
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if these two best friends went to their new home together?
Speaking of pairs that would be so happy to go home together, here are my latest pictures of Angus and Audrey from Sunday. How great it would be if someone fell in love watching these two characters. Both are American Staffordshire Terrier mixes. Angus is one and Audrey is three.
Rosco is still waiting for his perfect person fit. He adores his Giant Fluff Ball! Rosco is a four-year-old Shepherd mix in need of a special home.
Meet Bubba, a six-year-old Dachshund mix, here with Diane.
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.