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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

It’s been a dismal, rainy week in Salem, but that didn’t keep dog lovers from coming to the shelter and adopting their new best friends. We had several happy stories. Here are the Blog Dogs who found their new homes despite the rain.

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It was windy with showers off and on during play group but the dogs made the best of it. Rocky, a newbie, seemed to want to take charge.

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Gorgeous couldn’t hide her disgust when Rocky started drinking out of the pool.


Yep, I’m one of Sarah’s favorites!

Baxter, a ten-year-old Toy Poodle mix, enjoyed play group, but was happy to take a break from playing to sit in Sarah’s arms. This little man is looking for a home in which to retire with his new people. He still has a lot of spunk and love to give. He’s been at the shelter since August 16th. We’re hoping he’ll be going home soon!


I’m really a lap dog. Can you tell?

This is Marlin, a five-year-old Terrier mix, who also enjoys people time during play group. Here he is with Tayanita on Sunday. He is a very sweet little boy who loves treats and takes them gently. He’s going to be a great companion for some lucky person!


Thank you, Andrew and Tyler!

Andrew and Tyler have been volunteer dog walkers since they were in middle school. Now they have graduated from high school and are soon heading off to college. Last Sunday was their last walking day at the shelter. They will certainly be missed! We wanted to get a last picture of them with adoptable dogs. Here is Andrew (left) with Casper, an eight-year-old Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix. Casper is a gentle boy who is a little shy when you first meet him. He has been in a foster home for awhile and loved to go jogging with his foster mom. He likes to be with his people and doesn’t like to be left alone, so a home where there are family members around a lot would make this guy happy. He really is a calm, sweet dog. Tyler chose to hang out with Romeo, a three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. Romeo is an energetic boy who had a great time in play group on Sunday. He walks well on leash but will need a yard where he will get enough exercise for his active lifestyle. I love his big head!

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I REALLY want to be adopted soon!

This is Rocky, who decided he was the boss of play group on Sunday. He is a one-year-old English Bull Dog. In his youthful enthusiasm, he can be a little bossy with other dogs, so should meet any other dog he would be living with. He would love the training classes at WHS. He has a ton of energy, so will need a yard to burn it off. He’d make a great hiking partner. He has such a cute face!


I’m still waiting for my forever family. Could it be yours?

Sarah and I spent some quality time with Jersey on Sunday afternoon. Neither of us can figure out why she hasn’t been adopted yet. She is such a great girl! She loves people, knows sit, down, sit pretty and shake. She takes treats gently and walks well on leash. She would need to meet any dogs she might live with. She has many fans at the shelter who all hope she goes home soon! Jersey has been at WHS since July 26. She keeps an optimistic attitude as she waits for her forever family. Jersey is a three-year-old Bull Terrier mix. Let’s get this sweetheart adopted!

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Are you ready for PUPPIES?

I don’t usually feature puppies since they get adopted so quickly. But these two, Wishbone and Grace, are so adorable, I had to share this picture of them with Sarah. Both pups already have holds on them, so will go to their new families once they are spayed and neutered. They were so cute to watch playing together, racing and tumbling over each other. They kept Sarah and me in stitches.

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Need a jogging partner? How about a running buddy? Maybe someone to throw tennis balls for? YES! I’m IT! Let’s go home! Let’s PLAY!

This is Chip, a one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix who is looking for an ACTIVE family. He’s anxious to be someone’s new best friend. Chip will need some training (he’s only a year old, after all!) and WHS classes would be perfect for this happy boy. He is treat-motivated, so learning new things should be easy for him. He is looking forward to growing into a great family dog. Maybe yours? Here he is with Debbie today.


I may look quite serious, but really I like to have fun!

You may remember Emma from last week’s post. She is a three-year-old American Staffordshire mix. She seems to look worried all the time, but she really isn’t. She actually is a happy girl. She needs to go to a home without small animals, however. She loves people and wants to learn new things, so the WHS class “Check In and Chill Out” is included in her adoption package. Kathy enjoyed some time with Emma this afternoon.


Emelynn’s Picks of the Week!

I know, more puppies! These two little characters are five-month-old purebred Shih Tzu pups. They are absolutely adorable. They already know how to sit on command. Their adoption packages come with the excellent “Surviving Puppyhood” class. I have a feeling they will be going to new homes very quickly! As you can see, Emelynn fell in love with Jovi (female) on the left and Cetera (male) on the right.


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We just arrived from California! We’re OREGON dogs now!

Today some new S.T.A.R.T. rescued dogs arrived and will soon be available for adoption. Some of them don’t have names yet, but I wanted to give you a preview of these cuties.


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Update: Justice!

As you saw in the adoption pictures at the beginning of this post, Justice was adopted last week. I was thrilled when I got this update from his new mom! I’m so happy that he has a family who loves him very much!

I am Justice’s new mom writing for Justice, giving you a report on what’s going on with him.

“As you know, all who came to visit me in the shelter saw me as a rather shy dude. Mom Sue and Dad Andy and my new sister Rachel did, too. I saw something sad in these three. Later I found out that I have a doggy sister named Sheba who had gotten sick on the 17th and the next day she went to heaven. Oh yes, I forgot to mention this big dude, my new doggy brother, who was waiting to come check me out. Boy is he big, his name is Boomer De Wayne. Now I am lying on a rather nice big doggy pillow right next to mom, telling her what to write. I get to sleep in this huge bed and while I am up there, I make sure and give mom plenty of licks. Dad was really sad as he missed Sheba, but she kind of let me know, in a way only dogs know, that if I laid my head on his lap and gave him a big kind of ‘I love you’ look, I would have a place in his heart and sure enough it worked. Now, I need to say I am slowly bonding with Boomer, he misses Sheba, too, but we played chase so all is cool. Can you let everyone know I am happy and I am at home where I get told all the time I am a precious thing. I am kind of believing this now. Well, that’s all for now. I will write again. Tell everyone I am happy.”

Me, Justice
 Written by Mom, Sue

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On this very happy note, I’ll close for this week.

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