Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
Hey, everyone! Guess what’s coming up on June 14. Yes! It’s the third annual WillaMutt Strut! It’s time to sign up to get involved in this exciting fun day to help WHS shelter animals. Check out all the information you need by clicking here!
Hope to see you at Riverfront Park!
Twelve shelter dogs found new homes during the past week. Six of them were Blog Dogs! (Actually, Rosemary was GOING to be a Blog Dog today, but was adopted right out from under my computer!)
This week I was especially happy about Rambo, who has been waiting for his new home since February, and Snoop who is eleven years young!
There was a lot of chatter in Sunday’s play group! Mostly it came from the mellow dog side this week.
Bismark loved playing with the Poodle Boys, Koda and Mater. But first he had to get things straight. Bismark was very popular and no one seemed to mind his bossiness.
We humans always try to find all of the tennis balls before play starts so there are no arguments. This time we overlooked one and Spitzer found it and wasn’t about to share!
Adrian, one of the most gentle of all dogs, was very polite.
Adrian loves people and will work for pretend treats. Bob couldn’t believe it.
After spending a couple of days in volunteer Karla’s home, Adrian wanted to show her appreciation the only way she knew how.
Meanwhile, on the rowdy dog side, Thelma and newbie Zeke had a great time romping. (Harley, Sherrie’s Pug, was unfazed, but wanted no part in their play.)
Want to run? Jog? Climb mountains? Throw tennis balls? Pick ME!
Murphy is a two-year-old Rottweiler/Lab mix who can hardly wait to join a very active family. He’s an extremely friendly boy and will make a devoted companion for someone eager for a high-energy partner. He already knows some commands, loves people, and is very interested in learning new skills. Here he is with Bruce on Sunday. Because of his size and eagerness, he should go to a family with older kids. Hope this boy gets a new home quickly!
I may not smile much, but you’ll never meet a nicer dog than me!
Adrian, a seven-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix, has been at the shelter almost a month. Her serious, quiet and calm demeanor may cause her to be overlooked by potential adopters walking through the kennels. That’s the only reason I can think of why she hasn’t been adopted. Adrian is simply an exceptional dog. As you saw in the play group photos, she’d rather play happily with the more mellow, small dogs than the big, rowdy ones. She is happiest when she’s with people and thinks she’s a lap dog. She is a little anxious when first left alone, but settles down and waits for her person to return. Karla, her foster mom, can’t say enough good things about this girl. She’s a favorite at the shelter and we all hope she finds her forever home soon! If only I could get her to smile for my pictures! Here she was on Sunday with Karen and Ian.
I’m a little shy here at the shelter, but I know you’ll love me!
Maya is a seven-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mix, and weighs only six pounds. She is a newbie to the shelter and she was quite timid about my camera. She loved being held by Alexis. Maya has lived happily with kids, dogs and even cats! She is a cuddler and enjoyed my hot dog bits. She is a keeper!
We’re still here! Looking for a handsome, happy Poodle? We’re waiting!
Mater and Koda, the two eleven-year-old Poodle mixes, are such happy little guys! You would never guess they are eleven when you see them racing around the play yard in chase games. Now with their new haircuts, they are looking quite dapper! They share a kennel, but do not have to be adopted together (unless you fall in love with both of them!). Here they were on Sunday with Bruce and Diane. I hope this week will be their lucky one!
I’m new here and very nervous. I’m looking for a quiet home.
Little Penny arrived at WHS from California. She is a seven-year-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix. Penny is very shy and unsure of the shelter environment. She is fearful when you enter her kennel, but wants to come out and be with people. She will need a patient, understanding family who will surround her with love so she can adjust. A retired person with time to devote to this sweet girl would be ideal. She is a sweetheart and really wants a person to love. Here she is with Diane on Sunday. I like the way Penny looks up at Diane for reassurance.
I’ve been here awhile but I’m still waiting for you!
Volunteer and trainer Linda has been spending time with Rodeo, a seven-year-old Shepherd mix, ever since she decided he was being overlooked by potential adopters. He may be a little older than what many adopters are usually looking for, but he’s such a great boy with lots of energy. He is smart, motivated, and eager. He knows several commands already and would be a star in our WHS training classes. He’d be a great hiking partner. He’s been at the shelter since March. Linda says Rodeo LOVES people; she had him out when walking volunteers were arriving on Sunday and Rodeo was beside himself, so happy to greet each new person. He walks well on leash. It’s time this deserving boy found a forever home!
Are you kidding me?
Volunteer Marianne bought Emma a present last week. Noticing that Emma didn’t like to go out in the rain because of it running into her cropped ears, Marianne set out on a mission to find a hat that would fit this three-year-old American Staffordshire mix. Find one she did! I was eager to see what Emma thought about wearing a hat. In short, she put up with it for brief periods of time, then would shake her head in disgust. The fact that she would wear it at all was encouraging, and Marianne isn’t finished working on making it fit just right. Emma continues to wait patiently for her forever family.
Yes! Are you ready for some ACTION? So am I!
This big sixty-five pound bundle of energy is Zeke, a purebred Doberman Pinscher. This boy is a hoot! He is two years old and ready for LIFE! He loves playing with other dogs in play group on the rowdy side! He will need a family willing to work on training with him, as he’s had little. In addition, he needs a cat-free home. Watching him in play group on Sunday was a joy. He leaps around the yard like a deer. Here he is with Bruce when he stopped moving for a nanosecond!
Looking for a new best friend? I’d like to apply!
Alexis spent time with Nicki, a six-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix. Nicki is a happy, eager girl who is looking for just the right family. She would like to be the only pet. While she has lived with another dog, she’d rather have her people to herself. I love Nicki’s happy smile!
I’ve been here since early April. I’m hoping my new family will find me soon!
One of the dogs I walked today was Billy Jean, a six-year-old Boxer mix. She is such a good girl. She walks perfectly on leash and was happy to stop and pose for me on the walking path. A quiet home with adults would be perfect for this gal. She is working on some resource guarding issues, so will need a more experienced owner to continue her training. I have become very fond of this sweetheart with her sincere eyes.
I’m still here, too!
Jolene spent time with another of my favorites this afternoon. Lady Jane is a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. She has been waiting for a family since early March. After spending a few weeks in a foster home, her foster mom had only good things to say about this girl. She walks well on leash, takes treats politely, has lived with other dogs (though needs more training on being with small ones), and loves people. Lady (or Janie, as she’s come to be called) is loved by the staff and volunteers and we are all hoping she’ll find a great home soon!
Remember Luke, the eight-year-old stray who won my heart as soon as I met him?
I just got this new picture of him tonight, camping with his family. What a lucky boy and family!
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.
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Angela Garcia said:
I thought Spitzer was on hold to be adopted? Is the hold off now?
Yes, the hold is off.
Another awesome blog! Thank you, Martha!
Maureen McLaughlin said:
Ha! Ha! I have never heard of air treats. I wonder how many times a dog would fall for that before figuring out there was to be no reward. 🙂
hannah benstein said:
Even though I am not looking for another dog, I check your blog every week. It’s wonderful.. Thanks for doing it. P.S., I hope that your husband is doing better.
Laurel Hines said:
Emma looked great in h
er hat. What a great idea and great find. Maybe she could learn to like it??? My older dog had to wear a raincoat when she couldn’t shake off the rain anymore. Keeping a hat on a dog’s head might be harder though.