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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

Last week I reported that Galaxy had been adopted and was heading to Alaska, but I didn’t post the pictures. Her new name is Aksala Sky (note Alaska spelled backwards!) and she is settling into her new home, although she doesn’t like the rain. (She came from California, remember!) Here she is as she was leaving WHS for her new life.

And here she is a few days later in her very own house. We are all so happy for this girl who has traveled so far but found herself a patient and understanding new owner. Thank you, Kristine, for giving Aksala Sky a happy new life!

Here is the latest that Kristine wrote about Aksala. What a bond they are forming!

“Aksala was my little saviour the other night. I fell during a rainstorm and ended up flat on my back, in the dark, reinjuring my shoulder and couldn’t move. Aksala came and sat right beside me until I was ready to try moving and she literally pulled me up, walking in front of me the entire walk back to the door…what a sweetheart she is!”

Adoptions this week included these Blog Dogs!


The dogs’ play group yard had a new addition this week. The Girl Scouts built a wonderful ramp for them. They loved it! Dee Dee decided to show the other dogs that she has no fear of heights!

Nina thought if they sat on cue there might be something for them.

Nina is a very well-behaved, delightful girl who can’t understand why her new family has not found her yet.

I hadn’t made a play group movie in quite awhile, so I decided with the fall weather so nice and the new dog ramp, it was high time for some action. Here’s a taste of Sunday’s fun.

Spartan gets a respite!

If you’ve been reading my posts lately, you know that one of my current favorites is Spartan, an eight-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who has been at the shelter since August 8.

He is such a great older boy who is affectionate and longing for a family of his own. Here are some pictures from his day with the Pitzer family. He even got to have a bath!

Here is what the Pitzer family had to say about Spartan’s visit.

“Spartan adjusts quickly to new environments with his joyful disposition and calm attitude!  He did great with our two small dogs, including a dominant terrier (who eventually shared Spartan’s bed on the floor!).  He did well with children as young as 8, enjoying lots of cuddling.  Spartan loves attention and quickly becomes the center of it because of his mellow disposition.  He doesn’t guard food or territory.  His main activity was plopping down on the bed we made for him on the floor and being the center of our affections.  We knew he was glad because of the constant drumming of his tail on the floor as he received love.”

Spartan has gained many fans during his long stay at WHS. We’re all hoping a new family will find him soon!

I’m little and fluffy…what’s not to love?

One of the new arrivals I took pictures of on Sunday was Ferbie, a three-year-old Pomeranian. Here she is posing with volunteer Gracie. Ferbie had a great time in play group and got along great with all the other dogs. She also loves to be with people (especially in their laps, as Gracie found out). Under all of her fur is a slightly chubby body, so she would really like someone who would take her for walks so that she can get her girlish figure back. If you’re looking for a sweet ball of fur, Ferbie is your gal!

Here she was during play group with volunteer Tom.

It will be one lucky family who adopts me!

Meet Panda, a five-year-old Beagle mix whom Sarah and I both instantly fell in love with! Yes, being part Beagle means that she likes to follow her nose, but oh, what a sweet personality she has. She is sure she belongs in your lap if you’re sitting. She walks well on leash, loves hot dog bits, and enjoys being with people.

Are you looking for a Jack Russell Terrier? That would be ME!

Yep, this cute little three-year-old is a Jack Russell Terrier through and through. Cooper loves to explore, chase, hunt, and jump into your lap. He enjoys play group, but can be picky about whom he hangs around with, so should pre-meet any other dogs in the family. Here he is with volunteer Mayra on Sunday.

I’m waiting for my perfect match!

When I arrived at WHS this afternoon, the first walkers I saw were volunteer Marla and one of her favorites, Alma. Alma is a four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Lab mix who has been at WHS since arriving from California in September. Alma is looking for a very experienced owner who will help her through her fear of being alone. Alma loves play group and is a ball dog through and through. She is a loving, active girl who is hoping just the right person will come and take her home soon.

Reggie here…ready for action!

The first dog Emelynn and I took out today was Reggie, a two-year-old Chihuahua mix who is new to the shelter. He needs a little work on walking on a leash (why walk when you can be carried?), but he’s a perky little fellow full of spunk and eager to find a new family.

I’m still here…still waiting…and hoping.

Volunteer Kathy spent some quality time with Gia, a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Beagle mix. Gia is an active, happy girl who would love  to be adopted by a family who likes to go on adventures. Gia is not a ball dog, but loves to hang out with people and does well with other dogs. She knows several commands and would like to learn more.

I’m Dee Dee! I’m a good girl! I love to play ball! Wanna play?

Dee Dee has been at WHS for a month and is starting to feel the stress of shelter life. She really enjoyed her time out in the big yard with Marla today. Dee Dee is a one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. She is an energetic ball dog, enjoys playing with other dogs, and loves to race around the big yard.

I caught this shot as she leaped for the ball. Maybe she should teach some agility classes!

After a rousing fetch game, it was time to relax with Marla and tell some jokes. Dee Dee really enjoys her own humor, but Marla couldn’t keep from smiling. Dee Dee’s time outside helped her to be more relaxed when she went back to her kennel.

Tido here…still. Need a good older, experienced dog? I’m it!

Tido continues to wait for his new family. He is a seven-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. But don’t think the fact that he’s a little older slows him down. He’ll play ball as long as any youngster. Today he spent some happy time with Sarah. He’s a good boy and I hope he’ll be found by his forever family very soon!

Emelynn’s Pick of the Week!

No surprise here! Emelynn’s pick of the week is Spartan. I took a series of pictures of them together and no words are needed.

Looking for a quiet and loyal companion to be by your side?

After all of the other afternoon walkers had left, I decided to spend some time with one more dog before I headed home. This is Cowboy, a nine-year-old Border Collie mix. Cowboy is an uncomplicated dog. He gets along with everyone and other dogs, he loves to play with toys, especially tennis balls which he’ll fetch and then return to you. He walks well on leash and has a spring in his step. His only issue is his weight, which he is trying to work on. He’d like someone who would take him for walks so he’ll become the trim dog he’d like to be. I spent about a half hour with this calm, undemanding boy sitting on the lawn. It will be a very lucky family who decides to adopt him.

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