Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
I am amazed and thrilled to report that even in the midst of the pandemic, last week SEVEN of our shelter dogs found their new homes!
Trixie (Her new brother is Max, on the left.)
Red (He fell instantly in love with Garland, a WHS alumna. Update at the end of this post!)
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:
I can’t wait to meet my new family! I’ll love to romp and then relax with you in our house!
Bruno is a one-year-old German Shepherd mix with an absolutely delightful personality. He lived with his former family since he was four months old, but now that he is a big boy at 60 pounds, he has been escaping the yard and exploring the neighborhood. He always returned, but his family decided he needs more space. They were also getting complaints that he was barking when the family was gone.
Bruno has been an outdoor dog his whole life and he can’t wait to become an indoor dog, too. Even though he has never been house-trained, he has not messed his kennel since arriving at WHS, showing everyone he’s ready to live in a home!
Bruno has a wonderful history with children and his former family said that he loved their attention and was very gentle with them. Because of that, he is rated for kids five and older.
Having lived in a backyard since he was a puppy, Bruno has not had much contact with other dogs. He seems to be dog-selective, meaning he feels comfortable with some dogs and not with others. He has been in our shelter playgroups and, while initially tense, he has tried to engage with other dogs. However, he does not seem to have much experience in canine play, though he was able to mingle with some of the other dogs. He did enjoy the kiddie pool in the play yard.
Since he has had no experience with cats, we are advising a feline-free home.
Bruno is a young, active dog and will need lots of physical exercise. With his history of escaping, he’ll need a secure yard and should not be left without supervision. He walks well on leash, likes to be petted, and is not handling-sensitive. Our Intake Staff reported, “He did great, no issues. Still wanted to be petted and was soliciting attention after his exam was done. We walked him to his kennel and he walked right in. Great dog.”
So what does Bruno need in his new home? He’d like to spend times both indoors and outdoors. Since he loves people, especially children, he wants to spend time with them. He’d like a secure yard to romp in, and some hiking or jogging with his peeps would be great.
If Bruno sounds like a perfect fit for your family, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on the link “Ask About Bruno” under his picture on the WHS adoptable dog page found here: https://whs4pets.org/adopt-a-pet/dogs-2/
Are you looking for a super-sniffing sleuth who will make you laugh every day?
“Such a sweetheart. Calmest Hound I’ve ever met.” That’s how WHS Trainer Nicole described Sherlock to me in an email.
Sherlock is a one-year-old Hound mix who was found as a stray. Since we do not know his history, Nichole has spent time getting to know him since his arrival. “For a youngster, Sherlock is pretty laid back, but he can be shy at first,” she says. “He enjoys getting to know people at his own pace so gradual introductions to new people and environments would be best. Once he gets to know you, he will lean into you for body scratches and look to you for comfort when he feels uncomfortable. He will also show his exuberance to see you by jumping up on you. He will benefit from rewards-based training which we have started at the shelter.”
Sherlock LOVES food puzzles. In fact, he loves them so much that he wants to be left alone when eating. He also can be jumpy when he’s excited. Because of these behaviors, he will need a family with older children, about thirteen and up, who will respect his space when he’s eating and who won’t be knocked over when they are excitedly greeted. Because he is a Hound, he’ll need a feline-free home.
Sherlock can walk politely on leash, however, Nichole notes, “He loves to sniff. He’ll pull you on the leash towards anything that looks interesting. He would probably enjoy sniffing games like Find the Treat.” Did I mention that Sherlock is extremely treat-motivated?
Sherlock has enjoyed our shelter playgroups, but has been dog-selective, meaning he likes some dogs and not others. He will need to meet any dog he will be living with.
We think that Sherlock has been loved, as he knows some basic cues like “sit” and is affectionate once he feels comfortable with a person. The Intake Staff discovered he LOVES peanut butter and the person who brought him to WHS said he likes to ride in a car. Being a Hound, Sherlock will need a securely fenced yard and he is not recommended for apartment living due to—well, being a Hound!
For a family who has a soft spot for Hounds, Sherlock may be a wonderful addition.
If Sherlock sounds like a perfect fit for your family, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on the link “Ask About Sherlock” under his picture on the WHS adoptable dog page found here: https://whs4pets.org/adopt-a-pet/dogs-2/
We have three wonderful updates for this post.
Red and Garland
This was Garland in December of 2017. She had been found as a stray. She was a sweetheart and Marianne loved her.
We were thrilled when she got adopted. She has been very happy.
Fast forward to last week. Garland and her people came to meet Red. It was instant love—Red was over the moon for Garland, reported Adoption Specialist Sasha. I just received this happy update.
“Both Garland and Red are doing fantastic. They are getting along very well. Red really enjoys being able to run around and investigate the yard. He’s adopted my chair as his place in the house. Funny because half of him hangs out of it.
As for Garland, she has blossomed so much since we brought her home. She loves her bananas and baby carrots, her love seat and most of all besides car rides, my boyfriend. He is her most favorite thing in the world. Where you see one, you see the other close by. Since adopting Garland, she has really become an important and much loved part of the family. She loves the beach.
Red is following them around like he’s been here forever. He has decided my tiny chair is his favorite thing to lie in. He has already figured out the doggy door. Makes me happy.”
Remember last week when I announced Chip’s happy adoption?
WHS received this great update.
“Thank you for letting me spend the needed time with Chip at our meet and greet!
Chip had several accidents in the house for the first two days. I started rewarding him with treats for going potty outside and we’ve had no more accidents! Today was the first day I went back to work since getting him and was terribly concerned about barking and a potty accident but neither happened! He’s been wonderful with all of the neighbors and their dogs so far and everyone loves him! He even went to the dog park on Tuesday and did fantastic!
I wish I could upload the video of him sleeping because he snores when he sleeps and it’s loud but freaking adorable. So far so good! I think he knows he’s mine!”
With those happy reports, 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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