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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

We had some terrific adoptions last week. Especially happy for many of her fans, including me, was Kyra’s adoption. She had been waiting for her perfect person since April 4th. I featured her many times in my posts, but still she sat waiting. Her age (9), old-dog lumps, and her sometimes less than perfect kennel presentation contributed to her being passed over by prospective adopters. But on Monday, Kyra went home. Here she is to tell you herself.

Page_1 copyI wasn’t at the shelter when she went home, but staff sent me this picture with her very own person. Have a great new life, sweet girl!


Here are all of our wonderful Blog Dog adoptions this week.


Page_5 2Page_4 2Page_3 2 Page_2 2Page_1 3Page_7One last note on adoptions. Scout is now a “trucker buddy.” His new mom drives a truck and he gets to go everywhere with her. Here they are leaving WHS in another picture the staff sent to me.



It was a perfect June morning for play group, and play they did!

We have a new bonded pair of Miniature Dachshunds named Reggie and Sammie. They were such fun to watch as they explored the yard, never far from each other. They need to be adopted together. A “Doxie Person” will no doubt fall instantly in love with these little characters.

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I love to watch our big boys interact. I couldn’t believe it when I saw Joker and Axel nose-to-nose.


Kya, volunteer Sherrie’s dog, decided she’d give some unsolicited advice to Clay.


Joker’s pure joy at being able to run freely is wonderful to watch.


This was my favorite shot of the day. Clay is a goofy boy totally oblivious of his surroundings.

Axel and Clay

I may be small, but I’ll make a great best friend for you!

This is sweet little Lola, a three-year-old Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua mix. She is a little shy when she first meets you, but warms up quickly and is so doggone cute! I have no doubt that her forever family will find her very soon. Here she was on Sunday with volunteer Grace.

DSCN9381LolaWhat sincere eyes!

Lola (1)I’m still here and can’t WAIT to meet you! Let’s go home!

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that Gilbert spent quite a lot of time in the foster care of volunteer Jolene while he recovered from shoulder surgery. While his walk is a little awkward, it has not slowed him down for a second. He absolutely loves to run and play fetch. He is a good-hearted tank who is working on his leash manners and making progress. He is an affectionate, happy, goofy Pit Bull Terrier mix who is two years old. He would love to attend WHS training classes and then snore away the evening by your side. Here he is with volunteer Nick.


Calling all Doxie Lovers…here we are!

I met Sammie and Reggie for the first time on Sunday. They are a delightful bonded pair looking for a home together. They were such fun to watch in play group and also later when Sarah and I took them out for pictures. Sammie (black) is nine years old and Reggie is eight. I’m sure there is a Doxie fan out there who will know they struck gold when they adopt these boys.

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I’m hoping that this week will be MY adoption week!

I love this picture of Axel and volunteer Jamie. He looks so happy. He had such a fun time in play group and played well with the other dogs. He has become my current favorite as he waits for the right home. Axel is a two-year-old Boxer mix. He’ll need to have an experienced owner who will continue the training we are doing at the shelter. With patience and some effort, this dog will make a fantastic family member. I’ll have more on my time with Axel later in this post.


I am quite shy but I’m hoping for a real home very soon!

This little guy touched my heart when Sarah and I met him on Sunday. His name is Axel (I call him Little Axel) and he is a seven-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix. He has not been around other dogs much and seemed overwhelmed at first when he came to play group. We put him on the “mellow” side of the fence and after a while he attempted to make friends with a few of the dogs. He does like to hang out with people as Sarah and I found out. He took my hot dog bits politely and enjoyed our attention. He is an awfully cute little guy.

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I’m a goofy dog, everyone says so, and I’d love to be YOUR goofy dog!

This is Clay, a three-year-old Boxer/Mastiff mix with volunteer Nick. You can’t help but like this big lug who loves to play, romp, and munch on hot dog bits. His manners need some work, but he has a great attitude and wants to please. He needs to be in a family with older kids because he is oblivious of his size. He thinks he’s a lap dog. I have no doubt he’ll keep a family in stitches. Nick had a good time with this big boy.DSCN9386

My name is Jax. Have you been waiting for me?

Jax is a new arrival and he was a hit in play group where he came in happy and anxious to meet both people and other dogs. He is a one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who is hoping for an active family with older kids. Jax is convinced that life is good and his forever home is just around the corner. He already knows some commands and is eager to learn more. He’s going to be a great family dog.

DSCN9489 DSCN9500Here he was today with Emelynn. (Yes! Emelynn is back! For long-time readers of my blog, you know Emelynn well, as she was in my posts each week posing with dogs for several years. I really missed her after her family moved to the coast. But last week I got word that they have moved back and that Emelynn will again be walking dogs on Wednesdays. I was thrilled!)

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On Sunday, after finishing taking pictures of the new arrivals, I got to spend some fun time with Axel. We went out to the big yard where his favorite big white ball was waiting. Sarah and I sat in the shade and watched Axel romp around the yard happily entertaining himself. As he propelled the ball, he would check in with us every little while to make sure we were watching his antics. Then he would dash over to us, flop down at our feet, only to suddenly jump up and be off running again, the giant ball bouncing across the ground. It was a great time for all three of us.

DSCN9573 DSCN9575 DSCN9576 DSCN9578 DSCN9579AxelLater we sat in the grass and relaxed. He knows he can get to me every time he puts his head in my lap and looks up at me with those big brown eyes.

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I flew up from California to find my Oregon home. Is it yours?

Little Amari is a three-year-old Pug/Chihuahua mix who was one of the Wings of Rescue dogs Randy and I picked up at Hillsboro Airport a couple of weeks ago. She was shy when she first arrived at WHS, but has begun to blossom and her delightful personality is showing itself. Although she still looks worried, she is a happy little girl who loves to go for walks and hang out with people. She was on the mellow side of play group on Sunday and did very well. She will make some lucky family a wonderful addition. Here she was today with Kathy.


I’m quite shy, but be patient and I will be your very best friend!

Meet Cinnamon, a two-year-old Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua mix. When Sarah and I took her out on Sunday for the first time, she was so timid she had to be coaxed out of her kennel. But once outside, she relaxed some and accepted some hot dog bits and petting. She will do best in a quiet home where she can feel secure. Add some patience with love and Cinnamon will make a wonderful friend.

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Steve really likes me! Maybe you will, too!

Are you looking for a huge, gentle dog who has a big heart? Jaxson is your boy! At eight months old, Jaxson is still a puppy…a BIG puppy who is a Mastiff/Rottweiler mix. He is looking for a family with a lot of space and love. He has lived well with small children (five years old) and enjoys riding in the car. He is already house-trained. Today volunteer Steve took him out and couldn’t say enough good things about this sweet boy.


Steve even liked Jaxson’s slobbery licks.


Three Happy Updates!

Tanner the Rock Star!

Last week Linda and I went on a little road trip to visit Tanner (formerly Rockstar) at his home with Karen. As you will see in the pictures, there was no doubt Tanner recognized his favorite WHS volunteer trainer, Linda, whose efforts with this boy made his adoption a huge success.


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 Linda brought along her puppy, Henri, and the boys had a great time.

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Looking for siblings

A few posts ago I had an update on Lulu and her new family. Last week I got the following request and another update about this lucky girl.

“Hi! I sent in an update on Lulu a few months ago. I adopted her from WHS in November of 2012 and she was around 12 weeks old. I know many people follow your facebook page and blog and I would really like some help finding Lulu’s siblings. I am hoping someone will have one of her brothers or sisters. There were 6 puppies total in the litter, two short hair, the other four were very fuzzy. They were said to be some sort of doxie/pug/shih tzu mix. They were born in mid August of 2012. They were sent to WHS from a shelter in California. I’d really love to get in touch with the people who now have the puppies and set up a reunion for their 1st birthday this August. If anyone has them or knows who does, they can reach me at ryleigh9696@gmail.com
Ryleigh & Lulu”

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I used to be Puppers, but now I’m Jeffrey!

Each week when I write my post, I hope that it will help get at least one of the dogs adopted. It is always a great feeling when I find out it did. Today I got the following update on little Puppers, now Jeffrey.

“Hello Martha,

I wanted to let you know that your blog led me to meeting, then adopting, Puppers. I’ve renamed the little charmer Jeffrey.

He was originally a little cautious around my other 2 dogs as they’re about 40 lbs each and he’s only 6.5 lbs but he’s already much more comfortable with them. My cats are accepting him much faster than I’d hoped. It usually takes weeks or months for my feline crew to accept a new dog but Jeffrey is small and polite. While he will sniff them he hasn’t shown the slightest interest in chasing or being rowdy so they are beginning to relax around him.

I adopted him Monday, so it’s been less than two days, but he’s responding reliably to his new name (the wonders of treats!). He’s also been to see the vet for his rabies vaccination, a shampoo for itchy skin, and a general exam for new patients. He had some rather badly matted hair on his ears so the vet was kind enough to shave them for me as you’ll see in the pictures I’ve attached. It’s obvious he’s had some bad experiences with brushes/combs in the past so I’m glad his fur is short enough now that I can work on changing his views toward grooming without having to deal with mats right off the bat. He was a trooper when it came to bath time though and stood very calmly while I sudsed him up and rinsed him off. No fussing at all. Drying time was a little rowdier; it involved not only towels but almost every upholstered surface in the house as he rolled, wriggled, and rubbed to get all the water off. I must say he did a very good job of it.

I plan on taking him to a basic training class with Annie as I can use some tips when it comes to living and working with a dog this small. He’s an intelligent, fun little guy and I look forward to seeing how he settles in and incorporates into my pack.

I enjoy reading your blog and I’m glad it gave me the heads up on this guy. Thank you!


028 031 045I love to close my post with such happy updates!

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.

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com