Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
There were five happy dog adoptions during the past week. One was a puppy who was gone in a flash and I wasn’t able to get any pictures. But here are the four others who are now settling in with their new families.
Shy Tucker has already had a harrowing adventure. He became frightened and ran into a wooded area, dragging his leash. We were worried that due to his timidity, he would be difficult to find and had no luck the first night. However, the next afternoon, Tucker found his way back to his new home all by himself! We are so relieved that he is safe and can now settle in with his family.
This young couple was so excited to adopt Jeff that they spent more than an hour with WHS Trainer Jessi, asking questions and getting to know their new best friend.
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’m still here. Are you experienced with Hounds? I’m a Hound.
I first wrote about Sherlock in my July 22nd post. He had been found as a stray on July 6th. He was adopted a few weeks later, but he was not the right fit for the family and was returned. I’ve written about this active boy several times, but his perfect family has not found him yet. Maybe they will see this post and come take him home.
Today the dogs had a wonderful surprise in playgroup. WHS Trainers Jessi and Nichole put together a Halloween-themed set for them to explore. They all had a blast! Here’s Sherlock all decked out.
Sherlock is a one-year-old Hound mix. Since we do not know his history, WHS Trainer Nichole has spent time getting acquainted with him. “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.”
He had a lot of sniffing to do this morning! He is a Hound, after all!
To read all about this special young boy, and to see if you might be his perfect peep, click on this link and then scroll down to his story.
So here’s the deal. I need a home and you need a dog. Yes, it’s that simple.
Calm, cuddly, and playful—that’s how her former owners describe Willow, a sweet, three-year-old Lab mix. Willow was surrendered when her family’s living situation changed and they could not take her with them.
When she arrived at WHS, Willow was quiet, but loose and wiggly when meeting the staff. She used her paw to get attention and petting. She walked well on leash and was tolerant throughout her intake process.
Her former family had many good things to say about Willow. Although a little nervous when first riding in a car, she soon calms down. She was used to sleeping in the living room without any issues. She doesn’t bark often, and while she may jump on a person when she’s excited, she will soon settle. Willow loves meeting new people and strangers are immediately friends. She has a good history with other dogs, but has not been around cats.
Willow has happily lived with children (ages 10 and up), and enjoyed playing with or just hanging out with them. She is mostly an indoor dog. When left alone in the house she is “calm and waits for her person to come home.”
There is no doubt when Willow needs to go out to potty. “She will nudge you on your leg or just sit and stare at you” until you respond.
Willow LOVES the shelter playgroups! WHS Trainer Nichole writes, “Willow loves to run! Willow runs fast! Willow loves to be chased by the bigger dogs like Snoop!”
At 61 pounds, Willow is a big girl, but a gentle one. She will be a wonderful companion for some lucky family. She had a great time exploring the Halloween yard this morning.
She loved romping with Snoop!
If Willow is the right fit for your family, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on the link “Ask About Willow” under her picture on the WHS adoptable dog page found here: https://whs4pets.org/adopt-a-pet/dogs-2/
I love being with Jessi and Cash, but I really need my own family. Is it yours?
Snoop is continuing to enjoy his stay at Jessi and Cash’s house. As you’ll recall from last week’s post, Snoop, a wonderful seven-year-old Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix, is learning to be happy without his best friend, Jack, by his side. He loves to spend time with Jessi’s son, Cash, and is especially fond of playing fetch with a basket ball (which Cash has decided will go with him to his new family).
Last Sunday Snoop got to go to the shelter playgroup with Jessi and had a blast.
Here’s what Jessi reports about Snoop now. “Snoop seems to be adjusting well without Jack. He is still more comfortable when with us or another dog. I took him to playgroup on Sunday and he was great with some shy/fearful dogs. Also great with some of our rough/rowdy ones. He got along with everybody, even the older and smaller dogs.
Snoop walks well on leash on our nightly walks. He is crate-trained and will sleep in it when we are out and sometimes overnight (just to prepare him for another home).”
Cash, Jessi’s little boy and junior dog trainer, is one of Snoop’s biggest fans. He says, “I like to play with him and feed him food and give him water. He loves us. He is looking for his own home. I am his friend.”
Snoop had an especially good time at Halloween playgroup today as you’ll see in the following pictures.
To read all about Snoop and how to meet him, click on the link below.
Arlo was found as a stray in January of 2011. He quickly became one of my favorites and I worried about him getting adopted, as he continued to be at the shelter week after week.
Then on April 15th, Carol and Paul saw him and adopted him on the spot. Arlo got a jackpot of a home, and Carol has kept in touch with me ever since. Each year Arlo, Carol, and Paul attended the WHS WillaMutt Strut. Here Arlo was at nine years old. He no longer has the energy for the 5K course, but enjoyed coming and mingling with everyone while raising funds for the shelter.
Arlo now is ten, and Carol and Paul asked if I’d come out and take some pictures of him, as he has slowed down a great deal and we don’t know how much longer he’ll find life fun. Last Thursday my husband and I took a ride out in the country and had a relaxing afternoon with Arlo and his peeps.
Arlo is looking older and has a graying face, but he is the same, sweet boy he always has been. He is a well-loved and happy dog. I was so happy to see him. I like to believe that he remembers me and knows that he will always be one of my favorite shelter dogs.
Carol writes, “The thing about Arlo is that he loves life and people. An enduring image for me is of Arlo accompanying us to the McMinnville Farmers Market, charming shoppers with his love of blueberries (‘I didn’t know that dogs liked blueberries!’). He’s a great ambassador for his breed and one of the nicest ‘people’ I’ve ever known. And people seem to notice him, he has a presence that seems to draw them in on the street, walking or sitting with us at an outside table at a restaurant while we eat. Many people seem to sense that Arlo is special, and we feel like we’ve been specially blessed to have him with us the last nine and a half years.”
With that happy update, that’s it for this week!
I want to say a huge thank you to Jessi and Nichole for their wonderful idea of Halloween pictures and all the work that went into them!
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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