Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
There were three very happy dog adoptions during the past week. Two of them, Izzie and Jora, I don’t have pictures of. But I do have a going-home photo of Odin.
This is Odin’s second time being adopted and we’re hoping this will be his perfect family fit!
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’ll need a family with the means to keep me healthy. Can yours?
Osha is a four-year-old Siberian Husky mix. At only 38 pounds, she is a smaller Husky than most. She is very friendly, loves attention, and has a good history with children, so is rated for kids about eight and older.
I first wrote about Osha in my September 9th post. Since then, she has been receiving some vet care to deal with a medical condition. Osha has been diagnosed with a rare genetic and autoimmune condition called Canine Dermatomyositis. She has had skin lesions since she was a puppy, but with medication at WHS, her lesions are currently mild. A special diet has also improved her health, and she will need to continue on it. It is a GI prescription food (about $68 for a 17-pound bag) which is expensive, but she will develop skin lesions without it, so will need a family who can afford the expense. She might also need antibiotics and/or steroids if symptoms crop up. She will need regular vet checkups to make sure her condition stays in check. But even with these medical issues, Osha is worth he extra care. She is a happy, active girl who loves people and romping with her dog friends.
WHS Trainer Jessi writes, “Osha is very friendly toward handlers and fairly easy to walk on leash. She does need some basic manners work, but is motivated by rewards, and is eager to learn.”
Osha loves playgroups. She can be selective about her dog friends, but with dogs she likes, she is able to adjust her play style to match theirs. She can be rough and rowdy one minute and running/herding the next.
Osha has a herding tendency that might be a problem for small dogs and cats, so she would do best in a feline-free home and one with dogs her size or larger. Osha is excellent at giving corrections to other dogs when they are too rough, and dogs listen to her. WHS Trainer Jessi says, “Osha is a fun dog to work with!”
When WHS Trainers Jessi and Nichole set up a Halloween-themed play yard, Nicole wrote, “Halloween photo shoot! Osha approached the props without hesitation. She sniffed and ran through them. She had a great time.” And she didn’t mind posing for Jessi’s camera.
Another WHS staff member reports, “Osha has the energy of a puppy, but the wisdom of an adult. She is very sweet.”
Osha had a great time romping this morning in the big yard. Jessi sent the following happy pictures.
Osha is a bright, happy dog who will become a much-loved member of the right family. If that family might be yours, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on the link “Ask About Osha” under her picture on the WHS adoptable dog page found here: https://whs4pets.org/adopt-a-pet/dogs-2/
I got to have an adventure at the beach! You and I could go there, too!
Yes, Sherlock is still waiting for his perfect fit of a family but his positive, optimistic Hound outlook persists and he is not a bit discouraged. Sherlock is a one-year-old Hound mix who was found as a stray in September.
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! He will also need a Hound-savvy person who will appreciate and love his Hound personality.
Last weekend, Sherlock got a special treat—an outing to the coast with WHS Trainer Nichole and her husband! Here’s what Nichole wrote about their grand adventure.
“Sherlock is the best road-trip companion ever! He was calm and quiet in the car. He enjoyed putting his head out the window and letting the wind flap his big ears. On the beach, he sniffed the sand, grass, and under driftwood in true hound fashion. He was not a fan of the water, however, running far away from the waves. He met six friendly strangers and allowed pets from everyone. It was exciting to see that his confidence in new situations is building.
He slept in the car all the way home dreaming of seagulls.”
Sherlock had some fun time in the big yard today, too!
If Sherlock sounds like a perfect fit for you, 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/
~Thank you to WHS Trainers Jessi and Nichole for the wonderful pictures in this week’s post!
If you are a regular reader of my posts, you know the touching story of Jack and Snoop who were fostered and loved by our WHS Trainer Jessi and her son, Junior Trainer Cash. Last week I took a couple of framed photos of the boys and Cash to him, so he will always have a reminder of his special bond with them. He put them on his night stand.
The next day I got this message from Jessi: “He is reading books and I see he brought his pictures out by him.”
Then a couple of days ago, I received the following moving email from Jack and Snoop’s original owner. She sent along some pictures of the boys when they were younger.
“Hi, I was Snoop and Jack’s mom. First of all, I never wanted to have to give them away. I love them so very much. But I lost everything. I was devastated to read that Jack died, I just hope that he is in heaven with my late husband. I would like to thank Jessi and Cash for being there with him. I also read that Snoop was adopted. To Snoop’s new family, I want you to know that he’s a wonderful dog and I hope he brings you as much love and happiness as he did me. I want people to know that when you are forced to surrender your pets that pain doesn’t just stop. I am still broken. Thank you.”
For those of my readers who have ever had to give up a beloved dog, you know the pain. I am thankful that I write for a shelter where the staff and volunteers understand that heartbreak and do their very best to support both the dog and the owners until a new loving family is found. Snoop found his.
On that 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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