Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
We had some more wonderful dog adoptions last week despite having to adopt through appointments only. Here are a couple of pictures of two happy new families taken by staff.
Here’s what WHS Trainer Nichole wrote: “Marvelous news this Sunday: Rudy was adopted! He’ll be going on adventures with a brother-from-another-mother and a wonderful couple. I know I’m going to miss the little squirt but I am super happy for him. Thank you to everyone who practiced patience and helped Rudy become more confident around new people and situations.”
Layla, one of our seniors at 11 years old, will have her very own little girl to play with.
The Adoption Process
WHS is keeping people safe while continuing to match dogs and cats with their perfect fits of families. WHS is open for adoption appointments 10:00 – 3:00 every day.
To find out exactly how the adoption process works, click on the link below:
Are you one of those Hound Lovers I’ve heard about? I know you’re out there! You need to meet me!
Jethro is in search of a hound-savvy family who wishes to adopt a young, eager, handsome Coonhound mix. He is two years old and seventy-six pounds of energy.
Jethro is all hound. His former family reports that he is affectionate, playful, and loves to run. He likes to be petted all over his body and especially enjoys ear scratches. He was surrendered because his family did not have enough time to give him and were getting barking complaints.
Jethro would do best living in the country where he can be free to do what hounds do—howl and bark their excitement about being alive. Jethro is house-trained and paws at the door when he needs to go out. He is not a fan of riding in cars—he whines. He also doesn’t like to be in a crate, becoming very anxious when put in one. He loves kids but, because of his exuberance, he is rated for kids about thirteen and older. He is shy when meeting new people and in new situations. He can be especially uneasy around men until he gets to know them.
Jethro was overwhelmed when he arrived at the shelter. But he has been working with the training staff, is becoming less anxious, and has become one of their favorites. He loves romping with his shelter dog friends in playgroups. He takes corrections well from other dogs and is appropriate in his own corrections. Jethro is a hoot to watch giving other dogs play bows. He also likes to take a dip in the kiddie pool. He is dog-selective, and will need to meet any dog he would be living with. Because he is a Hound, he will need a feline-free home.
Jethro knows he needs to work on polite leash-walking—it’s just so hard when you are eager to see what’s around the next corner. But during his time at WHS using rewards-based training, he is trying to improve his impulse control.
One of Jethro’s favorite things to do is explore the wooded back property of the shelter. WHS Trainer Nichole writes, “He loves to take long walks in the woods and to roll in the grass.” His long lanky legs make him a bit clumsy, but he doesn’t seem to notice.
WHS Trainer Nichole made this movie about Jethro.
So what is the ideal home for Jethro? He needs a Hound-savvy family who understands a Hound’s need to be vocal. He’d also like to have someone home most of the time, as he becomes worried and anxious when left alone. He would love a big fenced yard where he could romp and maybe a dog friend and older kids to play with. He needs a family who will give him attention, action, and time. In return he will give them his affection, loyalty, and many laughs—after all, he’s a Hound!
If Jethro sounds like a perfect fit for your family, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on the link “Ask About Jethro” under his picture on the WHS adoptable dog page found here: https://whs4pets.org/adopt-a-pet/dogs-2/
I may be small, but I’ve got a big heart!
Do you enjoy sitting in the grass under a tree on a summer day? Well, Cassie would love to join you. Relaxing in a yard with a person or another dog is one of Cassie’s favorite ways to spend an afternoon.
Cassie is a twelve-year-old senior Chihuahua mix who came to the shelter after her person died. She was surrendered along with her friend, Baby, and while they enjoy each other’s company, they are not a bonded pair. She really does enjoy dog interaction, so it would be best if she goes to a home that has another dog. You’ll notice big dogs don’t even faze her!
As a senior, Cassie has some of the usual older-dog issues that will need to be monitored with diet, medication, and vet checks, but she is in remarkably good shape for her age and as her foster mom says, “She has some spunk in her and still has the energy to go on walks to the park.”
When Cassie arrived at WHS, she was not the least intimidated by the shelter environment. She tolerated all handling during her intake, including her vaccinations and was socially motivated, eager for the attention of the staff.
She is a hoot during shelter playgroups. She greets the other dogs, mingles for a while, then lies down and happily watches the other dogs romping around her.
Her former family said that she was not only friendly with all dogs she’s met, but also fine with cats. She will bark at bigger dogs, but quiets when asked. She loves to meet new people. She also has a good history with children and so is rated for kids about eight and older. Cassie does need to be reminded to go outside when she needs to, but her foster says she is “almost there.”
Cassie is having a great time in her foster home. Her foster mom says, “She is very loving. She has a funny habit—whenever she drinks water she puts her two front legs in the bowl. She loves to cuddle and spoon. She is adapting well to being in a crate at night. She has also done very well when I have been away at work for a few hours; there were no accidents. Cassie is very low-key. She is lap-loving, mellow and playful. While on walks, Cassie likes to pause, sit in the grass and smell things. She is more of a short-distance walker,” her foster mom laughs.
Cassie likes to split her time between being inside with her peeps and out in the yard with a dog friend. Her favorite activities are lounging and getting cuddles.
What is Cassie’s ideal home? She’d like a calm family and another dog to hang out with, and maybe a cat. She’d like a yard in which to relax and a water bowl big enough to get her front paws in. And most of all, Cassie wants people who want a snuggler who will be content to just be with them.
If Cassie sounds like a perfect fit for your family, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on the link “Ask About Cassie” under her picture on the WHS adoptable dog page found here: https://whs4pets.org/adopt-a-pet/dogs-2/
I may not be a big dog, and I’m not a youngster, but I have a lot of love left to give you!
If you are a laid-back person who is looking for a loving companion dog to hang out with, you need to meet Baby.
Baby is a thirteen-year-old senior Chihuahua mix who came to the shelter after her person died. She was surrendered along with her friend, Cassie, and while they enjoy each other’s company, they are not a bonded pair. She really does enjoy dog interaction, so it would be best if she goes to a home that has another dog.
As a senior, Baby has some of the usual older-dog issues like intermittent arthritis pain in her front legs and she will need some dental care in the future. But she is a happy girl and very excited to find her retirement home.
When Baby arrived at WHS, she was tolerant throughout the intake process. She was friendly, and patiently waited for treats. She LOVES treats!
In shelter playgroups, Baby likes to mingle with other dogs and gives appropriate greetings and also corrections if a dog is rude to her.
Baby’s former family reports that she is shy but friendly and easy going. She seeks attention from people and is fine with other dogs and even cats. She will bark at bigger dogs, but calms down when asked. She has a good history with children and so is rated for kids about ten and older due to her age.
Baby’s foster family has only good things to say about this sweet older girl. “She is very mellow and likes for someone to be near by. She loves to get a toy and play tug of war. As a senior dog, she needs to be taken out for potty breaks consistently. She has only had some small pee accidents with me, but that is only because she is older. She does very well sleeping in a crate at night. Baby loves to lie next to you and get cuddles. She is an absolute sweetheart and just wants your love. She is very mellow at home and mainly sleeps, but will play with toys with you.” Baby is happy with just short walks around the neighborhood.
Baby likes to split her time between being inside with her peeps and out in the yard with a dog friend. Her favorite activities are lounging and getting cuddles from her people.
What is Baby’s ideal home? She’d like a calm family (loud noises frighten her) and another dog to hang out with, and maybe a cat. She’d like a yard in which to relax and play a little tug of war and a family who will let her cuddle with them and be a loving companion.
If Baby sounds like the dog you have been waiting for, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on the link “Ask About Baby” under her picture on the WHS adoptable dog page found here: https://whs4pets.org/adopt-a-pet/dogs-2/
If you read my blog regularly, you know Lucky (now Loki) very well. I wrote about him so many times since his arrival at WHS last November. He was finally adopted on May 14th. His new family sent these wonderful pictures of him in his new home and this terrific update!
“Loki is enjoying playing ball in our yard and going for jogs, and he is practicing his skills walking on a loose leash, helped by plenty of treats. He is slowly being introduced to the cat. They sometimes hang out in the same room when we are watching TV in the evening! Loki’s foster parents did a great job training him; he sits for the leash, to go through the outside door, and for his food bowl. His favorite time is when everyone is together in the same room, so he can snuggle on the couch with us. It’s great to have another member of the family around these days, and we are grateful for the chance to adopt him!”
On that touching and beautiful note, 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.
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