Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
I have to open this post with one of the best adoption announcements ever! Pony has appeared on my blog many, many times since his arrival at WHS on June 6th. I am so happy to be able to report that he is now in his forever home with his new brother, Jake. Jake was also a long-termer at the shelter with a personality much like Pony’s. Laura, another WHS volunteer dog walker with a huge heart for older dogs who wait and wait for their forever homes, adopted Jake in 2010. After seeing Pony week after week, she brought Jake in for a dog-to-dog meet. The boys got along and the rest is history. Here Laura and Pony are leaving WHS. Think Pony is grateful? Laura has promised me updates on the boys, so we haven’t seen the last of this good dog!
One more adoption note: One of our new Wednesday dog walkers, Angie, adopted Misty. Here they are last Wednesday. Angie reports that Misty’s new name is Finley and that she is doing great. “I picked her up Saturday and she is adjusting very well. She already follows me from room to room and likes to be wherever I am. Can’t wait to get her cone off and give her a bath and a good grooming!”
Play group was wonderful with the weather still summery and the dogs happy. The main topic of conversation at first was the upcoming Yappy Hour on Saturday. WHS is holding an Adoption Alumni Reunion & Volunteer Social from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the shelter. There will be food, drink, games, agility equipment, and even a play group for well-behaved dogs. So if you are part of the WHS family of dog owners, contact the shelter and come and join in our fun! The event caused quite a stir during Sunday’s play group!
Faye, a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix and Jax, a one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix, had a ton of fun wrestling. They were too busy playing to talk. Jax kept flopping himself down on his back. They had a blast.
I’m a little older, but I’ll make a great friend!
After play group, I had quite a few new dog pictures to take. One of the first was a now-awake Mickey. He may be nine, but he’s a fun little guy who could lose a few pounds by taking walks around the neighborhood. We don’t get many pure-bred American Cocker Spaniels, and I have a feeling he’ll find a new home soon. Here he is with volunteer Bill.
My name is Annie and everyone loves me here!
Yes, we do! Annie is a two-year-old Lab mix who is about as nice as they come. The rowdy yard of play group was a bit overwhelming for her, but she enjoyed playing with the smaller dogs in the more mellow yard. Annie already knows some commands and is treat motivated. She is such a happy girl! She will make a wonderful family dog. Jamie really enjoyed spending time with this sweetheart.
Got a BIG backyard?
Meet Parsnip, a one-year-old Great Dane mix. As you saw above, this girl is quite shy and felt much more comfortable in the smaller dog play yard. She has won many fans since she arrived at WHS with her gentle nature. Later in the afternoon I happened to see her out in the big yard with another Great Dane. They were having a dog meet with a potential adopter. The two huge dogs were romping like puppies. It was a joy to watch. Here Parsnip is with volunteer Diane.
I’m a little shy at first, but then I warm up!
This is Lacey, a two-year-old Boxer mix who arrived at the shelter from California as a S.T.A.R.T. rescued dog. On Sunday she was very unsure of her new surroundings, but given a little time and gentle attention, she was soon showing her affectionate side as you’ll see below with volunteer Barb. Lacey is a beautiful, sweet-tempered girl who is looking for an understanding family to help her gain self-confidence. A quiet home with older kids would be perfect for this young girl.
When I arrived at WHS this afternoon, BJ, our volunteer manager suggested having a play date for Faye and Jax, as their high energy could really use some release. So Debbie and I took these two goofy dogs out for a long time in the big yard. I believe they have become best friends. They have the same play style (rowdy) and same energy level (high). Both are S.T.A.R.T. rescued dogs from California. Here are some sample pictures of their terrific time together.
The Pure Joy of Play
The name’s Smokey Boy. I’m looking for a new family.
What a great face! Smokey Boy is about two years old and is a Rottweiler mix. He is another one of our rescued S.T.A.R.T. dogs from California. He is extremely friendly and seems to love everybody. He also gets along with other dogs. He really is a gentle giant. Here he is with one of his many fans, Bill.
I’m Parsnip’s friend from play group!
This is Hemingway, a ten-month-old Pomeranian mix who did not hesitate to play chase with the Great Dane, Parsnip, in play group on Sunday. You may think you see a small dog, but his personality is huge! Hemingway is a delightful character who loves to play or just hang around, but one thing he is picky about is his food. He does not like to share and so should go home with older kids or adults. WHS training classes would be ideal for this little bundle of energy. Here he is with volunteer Danna.
I’m a laid-back kind of guy looking for a relaxed family.
This is Boy, a seven-year-old Shih Tzu/Dachshund mix who is a quiet fellow looking for a calm family to love. He is friendly, affectionate and walks well on leash. He’d like an adult home where he could go for leisurely walks and then spend the evening at his family’s feet. Kathy found Boy to be a wonderful little guy.
Emelynn’s Pick of the Week!
Toward the end of our shift, I started looking for Emelynn to see who her pick of the week was going to be. I found her sitting with Jasper, a seven-year-old Miniature Dachshund. Jasper is such a cuddler! He loves to lean against you and would rather hang out than do any real activity, as you saw in his pictures in play group. This lifestyle has resulted in him becoming…shall we say…chunky. The boy could afford to lose about ten pounds. However, walks around the neighborhood could be the answer. He also doesn’t like to be left alone, so Jasper needs an understanding and patient owner. But what a best friend he will become!
Luna and Handsome
Remember Luna who was adopted on the very day one year later than Handsome had been adopted? I got another happy update from Teresa about these wonderful dogs.
“Luna and Handsome have been an amazing pair of Pit Bulls that came from California to be a loyal pair to our family. I can trust Luna and Handsome to take care of my 5-year-old daughter. They give us their unconditional love. They both need exercise and they try to eat healthy like me and they enjoy the jogs in the evenings with me. Couldn’t be happier with my kiddos.”
Lulu and Macy
And then there was this update from Ryleigh on another pair of slightly more dainty dogs.
“We had pictures of Lulu and Macy done a few weeks ago at WHS thanks to Signature Images and they were just too cute not to share.”
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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