Today’s Featured Available Dogs at Oregon Humane Society Salem Campus—September 13, 2023


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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

It is always a joy when I can start a post with a wonderful story. But this week I have TWO fantastic tales to tell! So sit back and have a box of tissues nearby!

Pickles’ Story

Pickles, a five-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix, arrived at our campus on July 6th. He came from another shelter, so we had no idea of his history. He was nervous and shy, but also a delightful little dog.

Here he was with Megan soon after he arrived at our campus.

On July 11th, Pickles was adopted and moved to Jefferson, Oregon. Later that day, we received the news that he had jumped a 4-foot fence and was lost. Here was the post on Jefferson Oregon Lost and Found Pets: “Lost dog. Just picked him up from the shelter. Jumped 4ft fence and ran. Headed south towards Adams Ln when last seen. His name is Pickles.”

Pickles may have been small, but he was extremely street-savvy. There were multiple sightings, including one near the interstate. Many dog lovers tried to find him, but he eluded capture. As days, then weeks passed, we began to give up hope. Then, in late August, he showed up in Shedd, Oregon, at a seed store. The owner left food out for him and Pickles stayed close for a week, enabling a trap to be set and on September 8th, he was secured. The woman who trapped him reported, “For almost two months he has been on the go. Thank goodness he was being fed for the last week, he stayed put and was easy to trap. He looked great.” Pickles’ adventure lasted 59 days and he had traveled about 23 miles. If only he could talk!

Winter’s Story

Winter, a seven-year-old Siberian Husky mix, first arrived at our shelter in 2018 as a transfer. She was soon adopted. Then on August 5th, she was surrendered when her family could no longer take care of her. She was very sad in her kennel, but perked up as soon as we had her outside. She enjoyed slow-motion fetch. She became an instant volunteer favorite and I featured her in last week’s post.

We were worried about her, and how long it might take for her to be adopted.


Now we need to travel back in time to April, 2016. Milo, a senior Border Collie mix, arrived at the shelter as a transfer. He was shy and we called him a senior statesman. As always, we worried about who would adopt a senior.

It turned out we didn’t need to worry about Milo. He was adopted on April 24th. In that week’s post, I wrote, “It was so obvious, just watching, that he will be loved to the moon and back!” And he was for six-and-a-half years.

Back to the present…

Last week I got an email from Milo’s person, Kim. She said that they had lost her “Marvelous Milo” a year ago. After reading last week’s blog post, she and her parents were coming to meet Winter on Saturday. She was hoping Marianne and I would be at the shelter and that I would bring my camera. She wrote, “With any luck, there will be some more Gotcha Day pics to take!! Fingers crossed.” We were thrilled! And so, here is the rest of the story in pictures.

And in case you are wondering how Winter is settling in with her new peeps in her forever home…

So there you have it—two amazing stories about two very special shelter dogs! And one more thing…Winter’s new family does not use the term “senior dogs.” Instead, they use “frosted dogs.”

And the happy news continues! There were 18 dog adoptions last week! Seven of them were puppies whom I didn’t meet. Here are the others besides Winter:







He looks so happy! Thanks for the going-home picture, Mackenzie.



Our long-termer, smart Goose was adopted on Monday. We are hoping this will be his perfect forever home.



She’s the one on the left of the picture. Thanks for the going-home picture, Mackenzie.

Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, September 13, 2023. But things change fast and our goal is always to find wonderful homes for our dogs as quickly as possible. To see if today’s featured dogs are still available and to see other available dogs, click on the link to the currently available dogs here. “The shelter is open for walk-through viewing and meet-and-greets 10 AM – 7 PM seven days per week. Meet-and-greets are done on a first-come/first-served basis.The shelter address is 4246 Turner Rd. SE, Salem.When you come to the shelter and see a pet you are interested in meeting, please take note of the pet’s name and visit the front desk in the lobby. Our Customer Care team will be happy to assist you with the next steps.”

I’m a pup and I’m looking for a family I can call my own. We could go on adventures together!

We are amazed that Koko is still waiting for her new home. She is a nine-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix who is an absolutely delightful youngster.

Koko is an eager learner and loves people. She can become overly excited at times, which can result in jumpy and mouthy behavior, but since she is very treat-motivated, she will be easy to train with positive reinforcement. She also loves to romp with dogs who have a rough and tumble play style like her own. She has had two excellent canine playmates since she has been at the shelter, but both of them have been adopted.

We took Koko out to a yard to play. While she loves to play fetch, she is still working on the concept of returning the ball to the thrower.

After a little fetch, Koko just wanted to hang out with us.

Then we went into Mary’s Place and she had us laughing with her antics. If you are wishing for a lap dog, you’ve found her.

We weren’t quite sure what this was, but it made us laugh.

We had a great time with Koko and when it was time to go back to her kennel, she wanted to say one more thing.

We’re hoping that a family looking for a fun, playful, loving young dog will come and meet Koko and take her home.

If the challenge of adopting a puppy is too daunting, how about adopting me?

Need a slower paced loyal companion? Meet Baby, a ten-year-old Lab mix. Baby was transferred to us and we don’t know much about her history. We do know that she can be a bit handling-sensitive, perhaps due to her age. She was very shy the first time I met her, but since that time, she has relaxed and her personality has shown through.

Baby loves to play fetch which we found out when we took her to a yard. She had a blast.

After a rousing game, we went into Mary’s Place to relax.

It didn’t take Baby long to settle.

Marvelous Milo

You read a little about Milo at the beginning of this post. I asked Kim to write about his life with them. Here is his story.

On 09/20/2022, we said So Long to this 2016 OHS-Salem alum, our precious goofy goofball, resident lovebug, protector, entertainer and shadow—the Marvelous Milo. He was 15.5 years old. 

Milo lived for rambunctious indoor fetch with his red ball, Dad’s (volunteered) slipper, veggie drawer snackies, walkies regardless the weather, endless car rides, announcing walkers on our hill, and under-the-covers sleeptime snugglies. But RV-ing with his Mom & Dad to summer drag races may have been his very fav (even stamped his passport twice to Canada!). He generally fancied himself the captain, and had to be coaxed from the driver’s seat to actually go anywhere. 

In his final year, when walkies were no longer, we spent countless hours sharing deck-time and yard-time, where he could take in the world and continue to make himself known to any passersby. He garnered an impressive neighborhood fan club, a number who remain close friends thanks to him, and many stopped to share a tear when he no longer appeared at his post. 

Milo was widely loved and his devotion and giant personality left a memory-filled, though cavernous, vacancy. We could not be more grateful for the privilege of being his fur-family or ever miss him less.

Fast forward one year, when we were again chosen….enter Winter.

Milo, a “frosted” shelter dog, could not have found a better home. I’m sure he would approve of Winter.

On a personal note, I have a dear friend coming to visit and we’re heading to the coast, so I won’t be writing a blog post next week.

As always, thanks to my photo team volunteers Marianne, Megan, and Linda, and staff members Mackenzie and Clare. All of the dogs I have featured today, along with other terrific dogs waiting to be adopted, can be found at Oregon Humane Society Salem Campus at this link. Remember, if you see a dog on my blog whom you are interested in meeting, try to make arrangements to get to the shelter soon. Some dogs are adopted more quickly than you might think.You can reach me at

Today’s Featured Available Dogs at Oregon Humane Society Salem Campus—September 6, 2023


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I’m happy to be back after three weeks. Today’s post will be part catch-up and then three new features, plus a special update.

Needless to say, there were many dog adoptions while I was gone. In fact, there have been 47 dogs adopted since my last post on August 9! Rather than list all of them, I’ve decided to just post the pictures staff and volunteers sent me of some of the dogs with their new families.


Our long-termer, Sadie, is now a Trucker Buddy! She was adopted by a long-haul trucker and she’ll be his co-pilot! We are over the moon for Sadie’s new life adventure! Thanks for the going-home picture, Marianne!


We were thrilled that finally Buddy was recognized for the wonderful dog that he is! Thanks for the going-home photo, Hobie, Customer Care Manager.

Sherlock Holmes

We were happy that Sherlock didn’t have to stay at the shelter long. Thanks for the going-home picture, Mackenzie!


Little Tofu, eleven years old, went home. We hoped she’d be gone very soon after she arrived at the shelter, and she was. Once again we are grateful to people who adopt our seniors. Thank you, Mackenzie, for the going-home picture.


Another long-termer, sweet Lotus, was adopted. Here she was in the car about to head home. Thanks for the going-home picture, Mackenzie.


Snow waited for a long time for his perfect fit of a home. Finally after several tries, he found it! Thanks for the going-home picture, Mackenzie.


Marshmallow is such a fun, goofy boy! He had to wait a while for his new peeps. So glad they found him! Thank you for his going-home picture, Mackenzie!

I’m not a youngster, and I’ve slowed down a lot, but you’ll never meet a better cuddle-buddy who will love you!

Winter is a seven-year-old Siberian Husky mix who is waiting for a retirement home where she can relax, play a little slow-motion fetch, and enjoy being with her people.

Winter was surrendered when her family’s living situation changed and they couldn’t keep her anymore. Everyone at the shelter has fallen in love with this senior gal who is happy just to take slow walks, play “walking fetch,” and be brushed. She actually was adopted from our shelter five years ago. Here she was with Megan when she came back to us in August.

On Sunday we spent some quality time with her both outside and in Mary’s Place. She loved it. We started by playing some senior fetch.

Winter is looking for a forever home that does not have cats or other small animals, such as chickens. Now that she is older, with arthritis, she does not enjoy being around children, as they make her uneasy. She has lived with other dogs. She prefers female dogs with whom she can mingle and co-exist, as her energetic playing days are past.

Winter’s former family describes her as “a very sweet girl, loves cuddling on couches with her people, house-trained, will howl when she needs to go out. She walks without leash, very independent, doesn’t pay mind to other dogs.”

The intake staff wrote this about her: “soliciting attention, likes to be brushed, leaning in for pets. Slow walker, good on leash.”

After a short game of fetch, Winter was ready to just be with us.

Then we headed into Mary’s Place.

While Winter was very happy spending time with her shelter peeps, she was very sad in her kennel and would lie in the back looking depressed. Then we got the excellent news that she was going to a foster home to wait to be adopted! She’ll be so much happier in a real home.

She left the building on Tuesday!

If you think you have the retirement home that Winter needs, contact the shelter to make an appointment to meet her. We are so hoping she’ll be in her forever home soon.

Are you up for excitement? How about adventures? Do you love to run? I do!

On the other end of the activity spectrum from Winter is four-year-old Pearl, also a Siberian Husky mix. Looking for a partner on adventures? Do you have a yard in need of a dog for zoomies? If so, you need to meet Pearl.

This beautiful girl came to us from another shelter where she was found as a stray. She is full of energy and eager to make new friends. She was adopted once, but quickly returned when the family said she was too active, and they had had no experience with Huskies. For an active family looking for a fun-loving, carefree dog, Pearl may be the perfect fit.

We don’t know Pearl’s history, but we have learned a few things about her. She walks well on leash, but when she’s excited, she can be jumpy and mouthy. Because of this, she would probably do best with older children. She is smart, a quick learner, and treat-motivated. While she thinks she loves to play fetch, she hasn’t quite mastered the part where she brings the ball back to you. Often, after retrieving the ball, she drops it, deciding to race around the yard instead, simply for the joy of running.

But to fully appreciate Pearl, you need to see her in action. She kept us laughing.

After Pearl’s version of fetch, she enjoyed some brushing from Linda.

Pearl had an equally fun time in Mary’s Place, where she decided to cuddle Pearl-style with Linda.

Pearl hopes her new family will see how much fun she is and take her home soon.

I know I’ve been featured before, but I’m learning new stuff! Wait until you see me in action!

We have featured Goose several times and still he has not been adopted into his forever home. He has become such a favorite of Marianne and Linda’s that they take him on a new adventure every week. Because he is so smart and eager to learn new things, they have been playing a game they call, “Find It, Goose!” It’s all in fun, but he is also experiencing scent work. After three objects with the smell of blueberries on them have been hidden along a trail, Goose is given the same scent to smell, and then told to find it again. Watch what happens!

After his scent work, we went into Mary’s place to relax. And relax, he did!

To read all about Goose and see if you are the right family for this special boy, click here.


Remember the incredible story of Rocky, the hero dog, who saved a toddler from drowning? If you don’t, click here for the story: Rocky

Well, Rocky and his family came to the shelter on Sunday in search of a companion for him. They had looked other times, but hadn’t found the perfect fit. This time they did and adopted one of the newly arrived puppies. But they didn’t leave until they stopped in Mary’s Place to visit. We were thrilled to see Rocky again and he wasn’t a bit afraid of my camera anymore. He is greatly loved and now he has a dog sibling to train.

It was such a terrific surprise to see Rocky again. The hero dog who hates water but saved a little girl.

That’s it for this week!

As always, thanks to my photo team volunteers Marianne, Megan, and Linda, and staff members Mackenzie and Hobie. All of the dogs I have featured today, along with other terrific dogs waiting to be adopted, can be found at Oregon Humane Society Salem Campus at this link. Remember, if you see a dog on my blog whom you are interested in meeting, try to make arrangements to get to the shelter soon. Some dogs are adopted more quickly than you might think.You can reach me at