Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
The first week of December has been a great one for SEVEN shelter dogs who are now feeling loved and parts of families. Only one do I not have a picture of—Wanda.
Our spunky little girl got a great home. Here’s what WHS Trainer Nichole wrote: “Sweet little Luna went to her forever home today! She could be feisty sometimes but she was always a lady. Happy tails, little miss!”
This happy-go-lucky boy had everyone he met at the shelter wrapped around his paw. He went home to a resident cat and they are getting along perfectly!
Lacey’s new family was smitten with her!
Our very timid boy, Buddy, went home with an equally shy sister dog. They will be learning to be brave together with a wonderfully understanding family.
Goofy, funny Eeyore also found his new family. This is his second adoption. We’re hoping this one is his perfect fit.
Our sweet girl Nunu was adopted on Tuesday! Here’s what WHS Trainer Nichole wrote about her: “Nunu is leaving the WHS parking lot as I type this! She has a new home with a German Shepherd-savvy young couple who will walk, play, and take her on adventures like to the coast. She’s going to have a great life!”
I’ve been here before, a long time ago. I’m waiting for a new family, now. Maybe it’s yours?
Danika first arrived at WHS in January of 2017. She had been found as a stray. It turned out that she had had four different homes in her young life. I took pictures of her, but she was adopted before I was able to write about her in my blog. She is Shepherd mix and is now six years old.
Danika has had a very happy life since 2017. She lived on a farm which was perfect for this energetic girl. However, her family has recently moved to a small house in town and with an expanding family along with long work hours, her family decided she needed a different home where she can get the attention and space so she will thrive.
Danika loves people. Her family writes, “At home, she wants to be with people.” She knows many commands such as: “go to your place, out, down, off, sit, come, leave it, go to your bed.” She enjoys car rides, is not possessive of her food or toys, and loves strangers. “There are no strangers to Danika,” laughs her family. She has been an indoor/outdoor dog and when left alone, out in her yard in nice weather, or indoors in a gated area, she was not destructive and did not bark. She is crate- and house-trained. She loves new adventures, gets “very excited and happy in new environments.”
During her in-take exam this time, staff wrote that she “was very affectionate and easy to process. She took treats gently.”
Danika has some specific requirements for her new family. She will need to be the only dog in the home, as she has not always gotten along with other dogs. She also should not live with a cat. She has some prey drive and has killed a chicken in the past, so will need to be monitored around other animals. While her earlier owners reported that she would climb a six-foot fence and escape, her last owner (who had her over three years) said she never tried to get over their fence.
Danika is a bright, affectionate, and active dog. She would love a home with older children who could give her the exercise she needs playing fetch (which she loves). She would like going hiking, swimming, or camping. She will do her best to please people, especially if treats are involved. Here she was today.
If you think you are the perfect fit for Danika, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on her picture, then on the link “Interested in this animal?” on the WHS adoptable dog page found here: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/
I’m still here, waiting for my right fit of a family! Could it be yours?
Last week I told you all about Midnight, the stunning girl with distinct Husky markings and a huge smile. She is one of the Huskies rescued during the September Oregon wildfires.
Midnight is still waiting for her perfect fit of a family and this is a picture and video of her during the last week. Here she is with volunteer Linda working for a treat.
Here she is playing with Eeyore (now adopted). Notice how she doesn’t overwhelm him, but adjusts to his play style.
And here she is today romping in the big yard.
Read all about this wonderful dog in last week’s post here: https://adopt-an-oregon-dog.com/2020/12/02/this-weeks-featured-adoptable-dogs-willamette-humane-society-by-martha-russell-376/
If you think you might be a match with Midnight, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on her picture, then on the link “Interested in this animal?” on the WHS adoptable dog page found here: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/
I’m still here, too, and I’m loving hanging out with Cash. But I really need a forever family. How about yours?
Also last week, you read all about Magnum who is being fostered by WHS Trainer Jessi and trained by her son, Cash.
We’ve decided that Junior Trainer Cash deserves his own section on my blog, so next week you can look forward to “Trainer Cash’s Dog Training Tips!” Stay tuned. In the meantime, here are a few new pics.
Mags’ “safe place” is his pen. The door is always open and he can come and go as he pleases. However, he chooses to spend a lot of time in the open pen. Often Graceland, one of Jessi’s other dogs, stops in to spend some time with Mags.
Sometimes Graceland can talk Mags into coming out of his pen for a while.
Mags’ favorite person continues to be Trainer Cash. He’d been lying in his pen when Cash sat down. Mags crawled over and put his head in Cash’s lap.
When Cash is “at school” on his computer, Mags is a loyal buddy. Jessi says, “Mags is a good Comprehensive Distant Learning assistant…
…until he falls asleep on the job.”
Jessi and Cash are learning new things all the time about Mags. The latest is that Mags is a “collector.” He likes to collect things and hide them under his blankets in his pen. It could be bits of food or toys belonging to Cash and his little sister, Bowie. Jessi writes, “The other day Bowie had her baby stuff on a blanket near Mags’ area and little by little her stuff was leaving and I found like four baby toys in his pen covered by blankets!”
To read all about Magnum and what kind of a home he needs, check out his feature in last week’s blog post here: https://adopt-an-oregon-dog.com/2020/12/02/this-weeks-featured-adoptable-dogs-willamette-humane-society-by-martha-russell-376/
If you think you might be a perfect match for Magnum, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on his picture, then on the link “Interested in this animal?” on the WHS adoptable dog page found here: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/
Remember last week’s adoption notice about our little deaf Sanders?
His new family sent this happy update to the Adoption Team.
“I thought I’d update you on how well Sanders is doing just a week after we adopted him. First of all, he’s been renamed. His name is now Sullivan—or Sully as we call him—which means ‘little dark eye.’ With his half-black and half-white face, the name seemed appropriate. His last name (Ryan) actually means ‘little king’ which is also appropriate because he’s become the ruler of our hearts.
He has gained quite a bit of confidence and is now letting us put the leash on for walks, and stands patiently when we get home so it can be taken off. He’s getting to know his ‘Nana and Papa’ (my parents) who take care of him a few times a week when I’m at work. The first day I dropped him off (he’d already spent some time with my parents getting acquainted the day before) he had terrible separation anxiety when I left. By Friday he just looked over his shoulder and said, ‘See ya later Mom! I’m gonna go play in the yard with Papa!’
We’ve been working on a few commands—sit, potty and hush/quiet. He’s doing great and seems to have conquered house-training. He loves long walks here at home and doing zoomies when he’s in Nana & Papa’s yard, but by far his favorite thing to do is cuddle.
We just wanted to thank all of you for the work you do. Sully has definitely added a lot of love to our lives.”
We were thrilled when our senior (11 years old) Yukon went home last week with a Husky-savvy couple. He was one of the wildfire-rescued Huskies who had never lived indoors.
Nichole got a call from the family with this happy news, “Yukon has settled into his new life with ease and lives inside the house with Rex, his wife, and two husky siblings. Yukon goes in and out of the house at his discretion and is enthusiastic about all the love and attention he receives.”
On that very happy note, that’s it for this week. Thank you to staff members Jessi, Nichole, and Sasha for their wonderful pictures for this post!
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: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/
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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