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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

I’m going to start this post a little differently this week. Last week I introduced you to a very special dog named Patches.DSCN6894When she arrived at the shelter from California on February 8th, she was a very scared, very shy one-year-old Terrier/Hound mix. In fact, she was so afraid of everything, she could not be coaxed out of her kennel and had to be carried out her first few days at WHS. Since that time, Patches has been in a foster home with four foster dog siblings and while she still is shy around new things (like my video camera!), she has come a long, long way from her early shelter days. Last week I visited Patches at her foster home. Volunteer Jolene is giving Patches the time and love she needs to become adoptable. Watch how well she is doing!



Patches will need an understanding and patient family to continue to help her gain confidence, but she is now adoptable!

We had eight Blog Dog adoptions during the past week! Here they are.

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The staff sent me this picture of Jane going home!

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It was a beautiful spring day for Sunday’s play group, and everyone, both human and canine, were in happy moods.

Clyde was especially excited, as he just knew that this was going to be his week to find a new home.

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You’ll remember Donna and how she used the ramp for a slide last week. This week she had second thoughts.


Clyde tried to start a game of hide and seek.


Charlie was as happy as ever. He is just sure his new family will come and adopt him very soon.

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Donna loves to race around the yard at top speed.


In a quiet moment, Clyde tried to cheer up Grommet.


I’m very shy, but if you’re patient, I’ll promise to be a good dog.

The first dog I met on Sunday was a new arrival, Daisy, a four-year-old English Bulldog mix. Bruce brought her out for pictures but she was very nervous when she saw my camera. She wouldn’t look at me and she wasn’t very interested in my treats. She immediately warmed up to Bruce, however, and just watching the two of them interact was touching. We’re hoping this sweet and gentle girl will be adopted very soon.

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I’m working on my indoor kennel skills and I’m getting better!

Thelma, a three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix, and one of our California dogs, is wonderful with people and loves to play with her dog friends outside. However, she has become stressed inside the shelter (she has been here since early March) and so has had to work on her dog-to-dog skills in the kennel environment. Volunteer Bill has been helping Thelma and he reports she has shown great improvement. I found them relaxing outside after a very successful training session. She’s a beauty and as you can see, loves her people time. She would love for a forever family to find her and take her home.

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Looking for a fun pal? Me, too!

This happy little character is Oswald, a West Highland Terrier mix. He is one year old and has a good history with kids. He is gentle, knows how to sit on command, and is eager for treats, so should be easy to train. Bruce and I couldn’t help but smile as this little guy ran around us and grinned. I have a feeling he’ll get adopted very soon!

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I got lost and now I’m looking for a new home. How about yours?

This is Penelope, a two-year-old Chihuahua mix who came to us as a stray. Although we don’t know her history, I can tell you after spending some time with her on Sunday, that she is a keeper. While shy at first, she quickly warmed up to me and was eager to sit on my lap and munch hot dog bits. She is looking for a calm family with older kids or just adults. She will be a wonderful companion for some lucky person.

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Looking for a happy-go-lucky kind of gal? I’m it!

Dojah is a two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix. She is a bundle of fun and Bruce and I couldn’t keep from smiling the whole time we had her out for pictures. She has a good history with children, other dogs, and even cats! She loves to play, roll in the grass, and munch on treats. She’ll make a great family dog!

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Yes, I’m a big girl, but oh, I’m so lovable!

When I got to the shelter today, the first dog I walked was Beatrice, an 87-pound, three-year-old Rottweiler mix. While she can be a little overwhelming in her kennel (she is one BIG girl!), once outside, she walks perfectly on leash, pays attention to the person walking with her and is happy to sit and lie down on command. She is a California girl looking for her new Oregon home with a big-dog savvy family. She is a sweetheart and a beauty!

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I’m not sure what I said that was so funny.


Emelynn’s Pick of the Week! (again!)

When I asked Emelynn why she chose Cheeseburger for her pick of the week again, she said, ‘”He’s just so much fun!” I decided I had to go in and watch them play. Cheeseburger is a four-month-old Chihuahua mix. He was very shy and nervous when he first arrived at the shelter, but today he was happy and playful. He LOVES a tennis ball, even though, as Emelynn pointed out, it’s at big as his head! He’ll chase it and bring it back to you. He also loves a tug toy! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. We are hoping this little bundle of energy finds a forever home very soon!

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I’m showing new-walker Caroline everything about the shelter!

We have a new afternoon walker! Caroline joined us for the first time today. Here she is with her current favorite, Grommet. Grommet has been waiting at the shelter since the end of January. He is a six-year-old Lab/Chow mix. He needs a secure yard and wants to be mainly an indoor dog. Grommet walks well on leash and loves being around people. He gets along with most other dogs and enjoys play group. We can’t understand why this wonderful boy has not been adopted yet.


My name is Lilly and I’m adorable!

I met little Lilly for the first time today. She is so active that I wondered if she’d pose for my camera, but to my happy surprise, she sat still on command. Lilly is a ten-month-old Terrier mix. If you’re up for having a puppy, she might be a perfect fit! Here she is today with Jasmine.

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That’s it 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