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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

Of the three dogs I am going to feature in this post, two of them I have written about before, but they are still waiting for their perfect family fit. I’m hoping that just the right person will read about them this week and come and take them home.

But first—I have a wonderful adoption to tell you about. Remember sweet Kaylahana from last week’s post? She was adopted but had to be returned the next day by her brokenhearted new family because she can’t live with cats. Well, Sunday afternoon a couple stopped in and asked Megan and me if we could recommend a dog for them. Our first question, of course, was did they have any cats? No, they didn’t. So we told them about our girl. They met her, fell in love with her, and took her home. I already got an update that she was checking out her new digs, doing great, and showing them she is a total sweetheart. And, they have named her Daisy, which happened to be the very same name the first family named her. Here are their going-home pictures.




That’s right, I’m back again. Waiting for just the right person! Is it you?

Some dogs are just all about people. Rufus is such a boy. He is a mixed-breed guy who is about seven years old, though you’d never know it by his energy!


Rufus came to us from another shelter in July. He is an active boy with a great sense of humor. He was adopted once, but the family had a small child. Young children can be grabby and unpredictable and Rufus was not comfortable, so he will need to go to a home without children. What does Rufus like to do more than anything else? Hang out with his peeps, which he did with us on Sunday.



Rufus is treat-motivated which will be key in training him not to pull when going for a walk.


Rufus will need to be an only dog in a cat-free home. But his love of people and his optimistic outlook on life will be all his family needs in a new member. Because of his enthusiasm for all things, Rufus’ adoption package includes both a free Dog Smart class, a thirty-minute private lesson from one of our trainers, and a 50% off private behavior consultation.

If you are wishing for an affectionate, cuddly 65-pound lap dog, this is your boy!



And do you need someone to encourage and help you get out and exercise? This is your guy!



Oh, and did I mention his sense of humor?



Rufus is going to be a wonderful best friend for some lucky adults. We’re hoping those folks find him soon.






I’m really hoping that someone who understands I’m just a big puppy will adopt me next time!

Swayze is a nine-month-old pup, looking for a puppy-savvy family who has the time, energy and patience, using positive reward-based training, to teach Swayze the skills he needs. The reward for this endeavor will be huge because this boy is so worth the effort! In full disclosure, Swayze has been adopted and returned four times. But he knows his perfect home is out there, we just need to find it!

Swayze has many fans at WHS, including Jolene, Linda, and Marianne.



Swayze came to us on June 3rd, a transfer from an over-crowded California shelter, where he had not received any training. After being returned several times, Swayze is now enrolled in our behavior training program, as well as working with volunteer trainers Linda and Jolene. He is hoping—in fact, all of his many fans at the shelter are hoping—that the fifth time will be the perfect fit.



Swayze’s adoption comes with a free Dog Smart Class PLUS a free 30-minute private training lesson PLUS a 50%-off private behavior consultation with our trainers to help both Swayze and his new peeps get off on the right paw. Because of his youthful enthusiasm, Swayze can be jumpy, so is recommended for kids thirteen and older. He also will need to be an only pet.

So for a family with older kids who believes in positive, rewards-based training who wish they had an exuberant, friendly pup to teach, here he is. And since he LOVES treats (especially cheese bits), this guy will be an eager and fast learner. With some time and effort, Swayze will grow up to be a wonderful family companion.



Swayze has been working very hard with his trainers and it shows. We decided I needed to make a movie so you could see his progress.


Swayze is being shown by our training department. Please submit your adoption questionnaire and allow them to contact you for an appointment to meet him. You can fill out an application here.






I’m new here, and I don’t mind saying, it’s a little overwhelming!

Sadie is an eight-year-old Chihuahua mix who is an absolute sweetheart. She may have some gray in her face, but she still has much love to give her new family. Her former owner reported that she is friendly, likes to be petted, and rolls over on her back for tummy rubs. She also is a total lap dog, and at twelve pounds, she’s a perfect fit.

Sadie was a little nervous on Sunday when I met her, but she posed for my camera and enjoyed some cheese bits. She has lived with an older cat, and while she didn’t LOVE the cat, she tolerated it with no problems. Because she is a senior, she is rated for kids about 13 and older. Of course she is house-trained, has been for years. She is also crate-trained, and when left alone, simply sleeps. Sadie hasn’t had a very adventurous life and will be happy to continue just hanging out with her family. Maybe a stroll around the neighborhood, then just relaxing on the couch. She has been diagnosed with a heart murmur, so we don’t know what medical issues might be in Sadie’s future. But for now, she is a quiet, low-maintenance girl. She will make a wonderful, loving companion. We hope she won’t have to wait very long.



Sadie enjoyed some lap time with Marianne who quickly became one of her fans.


She’ll be waiting for you.



Mutts on the Mile!

Mutts on the Mile is getting close! It will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m. at Capitol Subaru. We are hoping for a big turnout of WHS alumni dogs! Since I know that many of my readers of this blog are alumni owners, here’s the scoop!




We have two terrific updates for you this post!


Peppi and Max

Last January, puppy Peppi was adopted (for the second time) by a wonderful family. Here was the picture I took of him at the shelter.



Then on June 1st, they came back to WHS to adopt puppy Max!


The family sent me an update soon after Max’s adoption, and this week I got another one—two very lucky shelter dogs!

“Well Max has been with us for just over 3 months and Peppi just under 9. What did we do without them? I have no idea. They make so many smiles in this house. If I can ever get a video of their monthly BarkBox opening I will send it. It’s hilarious! They know it’s for them and are so silly and impatient! This pic perfectly captures their personalities…. Max all up front ‘look at me! Look at me! Love me! Love me!’ And Peppi hanging back in the background waiting to be called over for the snuggles he loves so much ❤️ These little fellas certainly do more for us than we do for them. Thanks to WHS for what you do. We are so very grateful.”





I wrote about Maggie in my August 21 post. She was a volunteer favorite and had been an outdoor-only dog her whole life. We were so hoping that she would be allowed inside in her next home. I loved taking pictures of this beautiful, sweet girl.



I was really excited when she was finally adopted last week. Today I got this wonderful update.

Last Thursday I adopted Maggie, the three-year-old German Shepherd. Her new name is Murphy & she’s doing great! I was very scared that with her being an outdoor dog her whole life as well as very shy, that we might not ever bond, but it’s just the opposite! Murphy follows me everywhere & sleeps with me every night! She adores car rides, hasn’t had a single accident in the house & only destroys her toys, which is a plus! She is a happy girl & adapting as an indoor dog wonderfully!”


We are absolutely thrilled that Murphy has adjusted so quickly to her new INDOOR life! And we are grateful that her new person gave her the chance to do it!



On those happy notes, that’s it for this week!

All of the dogs I have featured today, along with other terrific dogs waiting to be adopted, can be found at Willamette Humane Society. Here is the link to the adoptable-dog page:


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