Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
It’s been a very busy week for adoptions even with all the rain we’ve had. There are fifteen dogs who are with their new families since last Wednesday! Thirteen of them were Blog Dogs. Here they are:
Potter was adopted Sunday afternoon just after I left the shelter. As I was about to leave, I saw volunteers Colby and his mother, Alysha, out in the big yard playing with Potter. I took the following pictures to highlight him on this week’s post. I decided to publish them here even though he was adopted because it shows what fun our dogs have with our volunteers. Colby would call Potter and start running and Potter would race with Colby. When Colby would stop, Potter would lie down and munch on a tennis ball. Both boys were happily exhausted by the end of the play session. What an all-around great day for Potter!
We had a blast in playgroup on Sunday. There was quite a bit of chatter as the dogs dashed around the yards. Here is what I overheard.
We were so happy that Joker, well on the road to recovery, was able to join in the fun.
We’ve been together forever. Will you adopt both of us?
These two newbies are Lily and Daisy. Daisy is a ten-year-old Lab/American Blue Heeler mix. Lily is an eleven-year-old Blue Heeler mix. The sisters have been together all their lives and want to stay together in a new home. Having them both won’t be much trouble, as they are house-trained, get along with other dogs AND cats (!) and like kids. Because of their ages, older children who will not be rough with them are needed. These girls had fun during playgroup, but when someone took Lily in, Daisy wanted to follow. Surely there is a home out there for them both. Here they are with Marianne and Caroline.
You read about me last week. But for some reason, I’m still here.
Thor is a one-year-old Australian Cattle Dog/Pit Bull Terrier mix. I featured him last week and he wanted me to try again, since his forever family hasn’t found him yet. Thor is still quite young and has a ton of energy. He’d love to become your partner in exercise whether it’s running, jogging, or hiking. He’d also like the challenge of some of the training classes here at the shelter, since he could use some polish on his leash-walking skills. He is treat-motivated, so training will be fun for both him and you. As you can see, he already knows how to pose for a camera, so that won’t be an issue!
I’m looking for a calm, understanding family. Is it yours?
Molly May is a four-year-old Lab mix who came to us with an injured tail and some other health problems. She is now feeling fine again and ready to meet her forever family. Molly won Jolene and me over several weeks ago while she was still recovering when all she wanted to do was lean up against Jolene. Molly loves to go for walks, play with tennis balls, and hang out with people and other dogs. Jolene reported that Molly had a wonderful time romping in playgroup on Tuesday with Lillith. I hope Molly won’t have to wait long for her new people.
Yes, I have a cone. No I’m not happy about it. Yes, I want you to adopt me.
Akussa was not thrilled at having to wear a cone after getting spayed last week, so she wouldn’t smile for my picture. She is a beautiful German Pointer mix who once the cone is off, will return to her active, playful self. She is such a great dog for a family looking for a medium-sized, happy, smart girl. Akussa would love to go to training classes where she’ll get treats as she learns new skills. She already walks well on leash and likes my hot dog bits. Since she was transferred to us from another shelter after being found as a stray, we don’t know her history, but we’re hoping she’ll have a very happy future. She enjoyed spending time with Laslo on Sunday.
Someone called me a big dog in a little package. Yep, that’s me!
If you’re looking for a dog who will keep you laughing and on your toes, Chuck is the one for you! This cute little guy is a one-year-old, sixteen-pound bundle of energy. His mix? Well, we think he’s a Chihuahua/Dachshund/Yorkshire Terrier mix! He is house-trained and knows how to sit when asked…well, for a nanosecond he’ll sit until he sees something so exciting that he needs to check out, like a blowing leaf. Chuck had a great time in playgroup on Sunday, as you saw in the above Chatter. He would enjoy training classes where he could work on impulse control (remember the leaf?) and will be highly motivated to work for treats. This character is a delight! Here he was with Jolene.
Yes, I really am this happy! You could see this grin every day!
Meet Canelo, a big-headed, big-hearted five-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. At sixty-two pounds, he is quite a sturdy boy. Canelo has never lived with other dogs, so would probably do best as an only pet. He loved my hot dog bits, so training classes at the shelter would be fun. He will need a person who will enjoy the challenges and rewards of positive training, as he has had little in his short life. He will also need a secure yard, as he is a bit of an escapist. But when you look into this boy’s eyes, you see how much he wants to love you and be your best friend. Staff member Sam is one of his biggest fans.
Looking for a new pal? I could totally be your lap dog!
Teddy is a three-year-old purebred Pomeranian, and he is mostly fur. When I picked him up, I was amazed to discover he’s only seven pounds! Teddy is a friendly little guy who walks with a spring in his step. He has lived with other small dogs before, so wouldn’t mind sharing his home with a friend. His preferred locations are in your arms, like he is in this picture with Caroline, or on your lap. He’ll do best with older kids who will be careful of his small size. This little guy won’t be at the shelter long, I bet!
Martha fell in love with me on the spot! You might, too!
I first met Brody when I went to his kennel to take him out to playgroup on Sunday. He is a one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. Since he is a youngster, I expected him to be overly excited about going outside, but was happily surprised at how cooperative he was. He quietly stood while I harnessed him up. When we came to a door, I asked him to sit and wait until I opened it and gave him permission to go through. He did it! Once outside, we had to wait our turn to go out to the yard. The morning puppy class was just wrapping up and several pups were heading home. Brody and I sat and he calmly watched them. And when it was our turn to go to the yard, he walked well on leash all the way. He had a great time romping with his friends. This boy will be so much fun to train, as he learns quickly. I hope a family will see what a terrific family member Brody will make. Here he is with Jolene on Sunday afternoon. I couldn’t get him to smile, but look at the blur of the tail!
Emelynn’s Pick of the Week!
This week Emelynn picked Lillith. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will recognize her from many earlier posts. Yes, Lillith is back yet again. She first arrived at WHS last August as a S.T.A.R.T. (Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team) dog, brought to us from an overcrowded shelter in California. She immediately became one of my favorites. Lillith was eager, treat-motivated, and full of energy. She loved romping with other dogs and was a rough-and-tumble player. She was adopted, then later found as a stray. She was adopted again, twice, and returned. Neither time was a good fit of a family. Lillith needed more training and so volunteers and staff have been working with her. I’m very happy to say that she has learned a lot. I took her out this afternoon and she walked perfectly using a Halti (head halter). She doesn’t mind it a bit and does not pull at all. She has learned to sit and wait at doors until given permission to exit. She takes treats gently. When playing fetch, she will drop the ball at your feet. She listens and follows commands. She would love to continue improving her skills by attending some of the shelter’s training classes. Later this afternoon, Emelynn and I took Lillith out again. We are so hoping that she will finally find the right fit of a family and will have the forever home she deserves.
I’m going to be a star in the newspaper on Friday! Read all about me!
Mommis, a five-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who has been at WHS since November 10th, is feeling pretty excited (yes, this is her excited look!) She just learned that her story will be on the adoptable pet page in the Statesman Journal on Friday. We’re all hoping the perfect person for Mommis will see it. Here she is today with Sandra.
We’re back, too, but oh do we look better since our haircuts!
Scooper and Bebe are back, but it was no fault of theirs; their person could not take care of them anymore. Scooper is a thirteen- and Bebe is a fourteen-year-old Shih Tzu mix. They are healthy and happy and looking for a new home. They need to stay together since they have been best friends for the last twelve years. Their needs are simple: a lap to sit in, walks around the neighborhood, snuggle time in the evening. They are house-trained and eager to have a new family to love. And their adoption fee is two for one! Here they are today with Joan and Steve.
See ya later! I’m off to training class!
Gordo, a four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix, had an adventure today. He got to go with Marianne and Caroline to a training class at Petco! Here they were about to leave WHS. His whole body was a-quiver in anticipation.
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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