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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

With Thanksgiving over and November drawing to a close, we volunteers are so grateful for all of the wonderful adoptions that keep happening at WHS. Last week there were thirteen dog adoptions, including these Blog Dogs.


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I was subbing walking dogs on Monday when Sara went home, so got to meet her new mom and take a going-home picture. The adopter loves senior dogs and couldn’t have been more excited to take Sara home. I think Sara was pretty excited, herself.


And I already got an update on sweet Autumn—now Delta—which will be at the end of this post.



I’m a goofy guy just waiting for my perfect person to train me!

Aladdin, found as a stray, is about seven years old and is a Lab mix with oodles of energy! He’s also a cuddler when he’s tired from racing around the yard. This boy acts like a youngster and LOVES people and toys. He does need to practice walking politely on leash a bit more, though he is improving during his stay at the shelter. He is highly treat-motivated, so continued training should be fun for both Aladdin and his new owner. He’s affectionate and seems to like other dogs, though he’d need to meet any potential canines he’d be living with. We don’t know how he’d be with cats. This boy is joyful and full of life as Marianne and I found out last week. Now that he has been neutered, we hope he’ll find a forever home very quickly.

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I moved here from another shelter hoping to find my forever home! Is it yours?

Dayton is a two-year-old American Staffordshire mix who came to us from another shelter where he was not adopted. But we can’t understand why he wasn’t. Dayton is a friendly, affectionate and well-mannered boy who is looking for a family with kids ten and above. He scored wonderfully on his incoming behavior assessment and has become a shelter favorite. Today a volunteer who spent time with Dayton outside, and then in his kennel, told me he was her new favorite, and that he thinks he’s a lap dog at 56 pounds! Dayton is smart, eager to please, and already knows some commands. He does need a little work on walking politely on leash, but being treat-motivated as he is, it won’t take long. Because of his gentle nature, Dayton would be a good dog for first-time owners. My goal next week is to get him to stop looking so serious and to smile for my camera. Here he is with Mona.






I’m a little shy, but if you give me some time, I’ll be your best friend!

This beautiful girl is Sophie, a one-year-old mixed breed. When she came to the shelter she was overwhelmed at first and very nervous in her kennel, even hesitating to come to the front for a treat. But oh what a difference a week makes. Today Sophie came eagerly for a cheese bit when I stopped to say hi at her kennel. She is still a bit shy, especially around men, so would do best in a home with females. She walks well on leash, has done well with other dogs in playgroup, though can be selective about her dog friends, and seems to prefer hanging out with people. In her former home she lived with cats. Sophie can be jumpy when she’s excited, so needs to go to a home with kids ten and up. She is striking with her black ears and white face. We’re hoping that a patient, understanding woman will fall in love with Sophie very soon. Here she is with Linda, one of her fans.





I finally smiled for Martha’s camera in the Real Room!

When I met sweet Maya last week, I couldn’t for the life of me, get her to smile. She is quite stressed at the shelter, especially in her kennel. But when she is brought into the “Real Room” she’s like a different dog. (We are trying to create a room that is like a living room in a home for the dogs to practice house skills.) On Sunday, Marianne and I took her into the Real Room to see if I could get some pictures of the true Maya. She was so happy, affectionate, and relaxed. Maya is a six-year-old Retriever mix. She came to us from a sister shelter where she had not been adopted. We are so hoping that she will find a forever home through WHS. She is house-trained and crate-trained. She knows several commands including sit, down, roll over, shake, and stay. She needs to go to a home without small dogs or cats. As you’ll see below, she is a goofy, loving girl and has become one of our favorites.

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dsc_00232 dsc_00252I wanted to get some video to show you how happy Maya is in the Real Room, so after our walk shift today, Marianne and I took her in. Here she is, one very happy girl. We’re so hoping her perfect person will see beyond the stoic dog in her kennel.




I’m new here and it’s really different from Texas! I want to become an Oregon dog!

Coco is a two-year-old Rat Terrier mix who arrived on our latest Texas transport. Coco is a shy little girl who is looking for a quiet home with adults and maybe calm kids ten years or older. She scored very well on her entry behavior assessment and as Jolene found out, she likes to climb into your lap. Since Coco is so new, we haven’t gotten to know her well, but already feel that she will make the right family a wonderful new best friend.

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Here are some other shelter dogs waiting for their forever homes.
All of the following dogs are waiting for you at Willamette Humane Society. If one of them touches your heart, please come and meet them soon. Shelter hours are Mon., Thurs., Fri, 12:00 – 7:00 pm and Sat./Sun. 12:00 – 6:00 pm.


Meet Eleven, a four-year-old Chihuahua mix girl, here with Francis.


Meet Sky, a two-year-old Swedish Vallhund mix, here with Marianne.


Meet Sugar, a five-year-old Lab mix, here with John.

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Meet Sheldon, a two-year-old Retriever mix, here with Jolene.



Meet Joan, a six-month-old Parson Terrier mix, here with Jessica.





Knuckles McGee/Buddy!

I was thrilled when I got these new pictures of our good boy!

“Update on Buddy (Knuckles McGee)—he enjoyed his Thanksgiving with us! He is such a good boy!!”

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As promised, here’s the first update about our sweet girl:

“Hi friends. We are in love with this shy girl! Here are some quick snaps of our first few days with Delta.”

Delta going home.

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img_634222Settling in didn’t take long!

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On those happy updates, 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