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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

Big, big news about two dogs you’ve seen each week for quite awhile on my posts! First, Gia. She finally has a real home to call her own! But first, here she was last Sunday when I spent some quality time with her out in the big yard. We heard a noise overhead and here was her reaction.

And here is what I’m sure she’d like to say if she could. We all wish her the very happiest of futures! We are thrilled her wait is finally over!

Then there is Tido! After spending nine months in shelters, first in Redmond and then here at WHS, Tido is entering into a new program called Pittie Pals. He joins Lucy, who is already a Pittie Pal and both dogs are now under the care of two wonderful Pit Bull Terrier advocates who will continue to train and feature both dogs until they find their perfect forever homes. (For more information about Pittie Pals and their mission, click here: http://www.pittiepals.com.) To celebrate Tido’s becoming a Pittie Pal, volunteers Sarah, Linda, and I took him out for lunch on Sunday. He loves riding in a car and spending time with his peeps almost (but not quite) as much as playing fetch.

And that brings me to this week’s Blog Dog adoptions.

Play group was quite the happy romp on Sunday. We had every size of dog out in the yard and they all seemed especially happy and excited. Here was some of the chatter I overheard in all the activity.

Little Sara, a chihuahua mix and an older lady at 10, decided Stuffie, an Alaskan Husky half Sarah’s age, would make a good pal.

The answer is nine. The question?

Charlie and Buddy had a great time playing with each other!

But the funniest twosome was Rockstar, a Pit Bull Terrier mix, and Link, a Pug/Dachshund mix, who romped together almost the entire time! Rockstar was so careful of the littler dog and their pure joy was such fun to watch.

I was so glad that I had brought my video camera along on Sunday so I could show you just how terrific the play time was!

I’m an older gal, but I still have a lot of spunk!

After play group on Sunday, I took pictures of the new arrivals. Among them was Sara, a ten-year-old Chihuahua mix, who was being walked by volunteers Brittney and Breanna. Sara is a sweet girl, but doesn’t hesitate to stand up for herself with big dogs, as we saw in play group. She will make a great family addition.

Yep, I’m a Beagle!

Also on Sunday I happened to see Diane walking Kallie, a Beagle. You’d never guess that this girl is also ten years old. She follows her nose everywhere and is hoping that a Beagle lover will scoop her up soon!

Hey Jude is still here! I’m a GREAT boy!

Jude, a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix, and a START dog, is still waiting for his perfect match. Jude is great with people, but can be a bit picky about his canine friends, so should meet any dogs in a potential adopter’s family. He walks well on leash, knows several commands, and is a very handsome lad. Here he is with Sherrie on Sunday. Don’t be fooled by his worried look. He is just hoping for a new family soon.

I’m Buddy and I’d be a good buddy!

Also on Sunday, Diane walked Buddy, a five-year-old Lab mix who was at WHS once before and when his people had to give him up, he came back to us. He is hoping for a new family to love. Buddy is affectionate, smart, knows several commands, walks well on leash, likes to play ball and gets along with other dogs. He will need a very secure yard, as he likes to go on adventures when given the opportunity. He also has some allergies which require regular vet care. Buddy is hoping just the right family will see what a great dog he is and take him home.

Do you like my stylish collar?

This is Mohave, a sweet two-year-old Shepherd mix who came to WHS with puppies. The pups are now all adopted and Mohave is ready for a life of her own with a new family. I have tried very hard to get a good picture of this girl, but she just always looked very concerned. So Sunday I borrowed a fancy collar belonging to volunteer Beth to see if that would soften her look. Here she is with Sara and Diane. What do you think?

But! Today I finally had a breakthrough! I took Mohave out as my first dog, put a bandana on her, then took her out to the big yard. She was thrilled! She raced around the yard in big loops, letting out an occasional bark in pure joy.

After a few rounds, I called her over to the platform. She hopped up on it happily and sat on command. This is the shot I got! Finally!

Looking for a young, active dog? Pick me! Pick me!

This is Rico, an eight-month-old bundle of energy waiting for a family to have fun with. Here he is today with Larry on his walk. Rico already knows some commands and would love to come to WHS training classes to learn more. He’s a happy-go-lucky guy with great potential to grow up into a  wonderful family dog.

Best Friends!

Remember watching Rockstar and Link in the play group video? Well, today I happened to see them out at the same time and asked the walkers to let them greet each other. Link was sporting a cone, as he was just neutered yesterday. This caused a bit of confusion for Rockstar.

I’m shy at first, but please get to know me.

Today when Chelsea took Kiwi, a three-year-old Lab/Pit mix, for her walk I asked to take this picture of them. I had spent some time with Kiwi on Sunday and had quickly become one of her fans. She is a quiet, shy START dog who given just a few minutes warms up and just wants to be close to you. She is a sweetheart.

I took this picture of her sitting by me on Sunday. I’m hoping for her forever Oregon home very soon.

Cookie, anyone?

Yep, her name is Cookie and she and her sister, Cracker, are eight-month-old Lab mixes. You saw them in the play group video romping together and both drinking out of a bucket at the same time. With WHS training classes, both girls will become well-behaved, happy family members. They already know some commands and are eager to learn. Here Cookie is today with Kathy.

The name is Stuffie. Yep, I’m beautiful!

Meet Stuffie, a lovely five-year-old Alaskan Husky who is just about a perfect dog. She is well-mannered, works for treats, gets along with other dogs both big and small, and loves to spend time with people. Here she is today with Debbie. What a beauty!

So you want a puppy? That would be ME!

Puppies are generally adopted so quickly at WHS that I seldom feature them. However, Sirus, a three-month-old Terrier mix, has a little cold and so has been in the ISO kennels and few people have seen him. So I asked Richard to hold him while I took a photo. He is a cutie and I’m sure once he is noticed, he will be adopted quickly! Agreed?

I’m from California and am hoping for an Oregon home.

One new dog I was anxious to meet today was Hailey, a one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who was rescued by my friend, Marianna, and brought to WHS last Sunday. At the moment, Hailey is very shy and nervous in her new surroundings. I talked to her for awhile before bringing her outside and she soon began to warm up to me. Marianna reports that she does great with other dogs and is a real snuggler. I think Hailey just needs some time to relax and realize she’s in a safe and loving place and that we’ll take great care of her until her new family comes. Here we are this afternoon. She has one blue eye and one brown. I think we’re going to become great friends.

Yes, I’m a cat. I want to live with dogs. Is that a problem?

Just as I was about to leave today, BJ, the Volunteer Manager, asked if I had room in my blog for a special cat. This is Rickey, a handsome seven-year-old Ragdoll mix who is affectionate and playful. His only problem is that he has FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). This means he can’t live with any other cats. However, that is not a problem for Rickey, because he prefers dogs to cats anyway! He will have to be an indoor-only boy but he would love to be in a family with dogs to keep tabs on. He’s the perfect solution to a family who wants both dogs and cats!

That’s it for this week! As always, hoping for many happy adoptions to report next post!

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Also, 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.