Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
It has been an incredible week for WHS dog adoptions! There are twenty-eight more shelter dog who are now in their forever homes for Christmas! Here are the Blog Dogs who are among them.
I was lucky to be at the shelter on Sunday when little Evan (now Riley) went home. Since he went to foster very soon after he arrived at WHS, I never got a picture of him. But here he was going home. The kids were so excited, he’s going to have a lot of happy attention.
I’m Kenny, the Swim Dog!
Kenny is one of our ASPCA transfer dogs who arrived on October 28th. He’s a very active one-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix. He has done well with some dogs in playgroup, but can be too much for some and overwhelmed by others, so would need to meet any potential dog siblings. He was adopted once, but was returned because he did not care for the cat in the home and was very clear in his distaste. But if you’re looking for a snuggler, this boy may be a perfect fit for you. He LOVES people and their attention. He needs to go home with kids thirteen and older. Here he is with Sandra.
Kenny got to go swimming at Bailey’s Journey with volunteer Joan last week. Here is her report: “Kenny was great in the car going over. Once he got to the pool, he wasn’t sure about this new experience, and definitely did not like the life jacket! However, once they removed the life jacket and he got in the pool, he quickly got the hang of it and swam for all he was worth!! He was very friendly to all the people there (even snuggled up to me and a few others), and mildly curious about the other dogs. What a sweetheart!”
I’m still here…still waiting for you to find me and take me home!
Betty is a three-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix who has been waiting for her perfect family fit since October 24th. She is house-trained, loves squeaky toys, knows several commands, and is very affectionate. She would like an active family, since she LOVES to play. She also needs an understanding and patient person who will help her overcome her fear of strangers (especially men), and new situations. Her human kids need to be ten and older. Betty has won the hearts of many volunteers at the shelter and we’re all hoping she’ll go home soon. Here she is with Francis.
Volunteer Linda took a “tracking class” at the shelter on Sunday and chose Betty to see if she’d like to learn to track smells. They laid a “track” and this is what Linda wrote: “Yay Betty! She did really good. So Chelsea put her on our to work-with-on-this-skill list.” This girl has lots of potential!
I’m new here and a little unsure of what to expect.
Scout is a transfer from San Antonio, Texas, and is a little confused about Oregon weather. Since it was pouring out, we took some pictures under the porch roof. Scout is a two-year-old, fifty-eight pound Retriever mix. He scored very well on his entry behavior assessment. Scout is VERY active, acting much like a puppy when he plays—this means he’s jumpy, full of playbows with other dogs, and a rough and rowdy player. He can be a little mouthy, so will need some positive training to learn impulse control. I couldn’t relax his worried brow, but he did happily take my treats and posed for pictures with Marianne. Scout is looking forward to becoming an Oregon dog to a family with kids ten and older.
Daniel’s Pick of the Week!
Daniel fell in love with Chaplin on Sunday. Chaplin is a one-year-old American Bulldog mix who is one of our ASPCA transfers. He came to us fearful and nervous, but is gradually gaining in confidence. Chaplin is uneasy around other dogs and loud noise. He tries to avoid any conflict. This sweet boy needs a family with older, calm kids who will give him the space, patience and understanding to become the confident dog he wants to be. He needs to be the only dog in the home. Through working with volunteers and the Behavior Team, Chaplin is getting to feel braver, and he has even romped a little in playgroup. Daniel loved his time with this boy. We all hope Chaplin soon finds his perfect match of a home.
I’m in a foster home, but I’m available and I wrote my own profile!
Sometimes dogs in foster homes have access to the family computer and write their own profiles. Such is the case with Mika.
Mika is currently enjoying the hospitality of Marianne and her pack of three dogs and two cats. Here’s what Mika wrote: “Hi my name is Mika and I weigh about 10 pounds. I have to admit that I am a tad overweight but short walks around the block and better eating habits will get me in shape. Evenings watching your favorite T.V. shows on a warm, soft bed would be my idea of heaven. In my foster home, I live with three other dogs and two cats – all of them are bigger than I am, one is HUGE. But I am fine with them because we are all mellow and just like to hang out and nap together. I don’t think I would like to live with young rowdy dogs though because I am little and older. So, I would really like to meet any dogs you already have at your house before I go home with your family. As for children, I would prefer a home with older children since I am tiny and loud noises and quick movements make me nervous. My foster mom thinks I am super sweet and a great cuddle bug. I love my new doggie stairs—now I can get on the couch by myself with everyone else. Mom is also working to help me learn to go potty outside; I am trying, but I don’t like the cold or the rain. I will need someone who is home much of the time in the beginning as I will learn best if I am taken out frequently. I know I can do it if you are patient with me. Here at my foster home, I stay in a crate overnight or when I am left alone, and I only occasionally have an accident in there. I’m as cute as can be, and I promise to be a very loving, devoted little dog if you give me a chance.”
Marianne sent me this picture and wrote: “Rocky really likes Mika and vice versa. He doesn’t ever sleep near any of the other dogs. He definitely very seldom touches any of them. But just look at this!”
Yes, I really am this handsome and no, I’m not going to smile.
Lex is a newbie who arrived from one of our sister shelters because he hadn’t been adopted there. Lex is a shy, two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix and we’re hoping his perfect family will find him here. Since he had arrived so recently, Lex was nervous and didn’t feel like smiling for his pictures on Sunday, but I’m determined to try until he does. He liked my cheese bits and sat when asked. I hope to get to know him better as he begins to feel more at home at the shelter. Here he was with Marianne who couldn’t wait for me to meet him. Lex is looking for a calm home with older children, thirteen and older, who will help him feel safe and loved.
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 Chevy, a seven-year-old Lhasa Apso mix, here with Laslo.
Sophie has been waiting for a new family since November 17th. She is a one-year-old mixed breed girl, here with Christine.
This is Zara, a one-year-old mixed breed girl, here with Laslo.
Meet Sierra, a two-year-old Chihuahua, here with Elizabeth and Shannon.
Meet adorable Larry, a two-year-old Maltese mix, here with Marianne.
Here is Eleven, a four-year-old Chihuahua, hanging out with Francis.
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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