Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
Some weeks at WHS are extra happy because dogs who need something special in a home find it. This was such a week. We had four exciting adoptions.
Catarina had been waiting for several weeks for just the right person to find her. She needed a quiet, child-free home and to be the only pet. Bingo!
Jasmine was adopted once, but the family quickly learned she could not live with cats and returned her. But on January 3rd, she found her perfect new peeps. Adoption Specialist Sasha reports that Jasmine fell instantly in love with her two boys. Happy new life, sweet girl!
Leo needed someone who understood Husky personalities and would be able to keep Leo challenged mentally and physically. WHS Trainer Nichole wrote, “The rain came down on us but Leo didn’t seem fazed by it. Leo was smitten with his new person from the moment he saw him! He’s going to keep Leo busy with activities like running, hiking, and camping. Leo already took over the passenger front seat in his car! Happy new life handsome boy!”
And finally, Max got the exact home that he so needed. You’ll remember that Max has a torn ACL and will be having surgery soon. He was hoping to find a home where he could rest before the surgery and recover afterward. He was adopted once, however, he could not manage the stairs to the couple’s apartment, so had to be returned. BUT! He found his absolutely perfect home! WHS Trainer Nichole writes, “Our big love bug, Max, was adopted! One of his new people is a vet tech. She also helps with physical therapy. Perfect match, right?!”
I’m young and eager to find my new home with an active, dog-savvy family.
Maxamillion is a beautiful White German Shepherd mix. At four years old, he is still a youngster at heart and eager for new adventures.
This is Max’s second time at WHS. He was surrendered in June of 2018 because his person worked too many hours and didn’t have the time to give Max the exercise he needed. Here he was then with volunteer Francis.
Max was adopted but was surrendered again recently. He started not getting along with the small dog in the house and needs more attention and training. Here he is during a recent winter photoshoot with WHS Trainers Nichole and Jessi. “Max was great for the photoshoot. He was interested in posing for us and took treats very softly with his mouth.”
Maxamillion is smart, eager, and very treat-motivated, all which make rewards-based training both successful and fun not only for Max, but his handler, too. His new person needs to be committed to teaching Max impulse control. When excited, this big boy can get jumpy and mouthy. His former family said he would dash out of an open door at times. (They would get in the car, drive around the block to meet him, open the car door and he would hop in.) He will need a yard with a six-foot fence. Max has lived with cats successfully, but is selective about his dog friends. He will need to meet any future housemates.
Max loves romping with his friends. WHS Trainer Jessi writes, “Max is selective, but when he makes a good play match, he runs all over the yard and will stop to wrestle with his buddies, also. He takes breaks to wander around the yard and mingle and is interested in interacting with people in the yard.”
He and Roxy are a great match for playing. They also enjoy chatting with each other. (You may remember a couple of these from last week when I featured Roxy.)
Here they are in action! Wait for it…
Because of Maxamillion’s size and exuberance, he will need to go to a home with older kids who will be able to help in his rewards-based training. He already knows “sit,””down,” and “stay.” He walks well on leash and is house-trained. His former family said he is a happy-go-lucky guy who thinks he’s a lap dog. When he needs to go out, he “will nudge you and run to the door.” Max can be quite vocal, barking at strangers, and so would not be a candidate for apartment living. He loves to chew on tennis balls.
In his former home, Max was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. While he does not show any signs of problems at this time, he may be predisposed to developing arthritis as he ages.
Max is a happy dog who, with continued training will make a terrific friend for the right family. If you think you are that family, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on Maxamillion’s picture and then on the link Apply to Adopt found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/
Looking for a fun-loving dog who will encourage you to get out and have adventures with him? Look no further than ME!
Bobby is a three-year-old mixed-breed boy who is the life of any party. He was found as a stray and the officer who brought him to WHS reported that he was “good on car rides, good in a kennel and appears house-trained.”
At 70 pounds, Bobby is a large dog and can be jumpy when excited. He knows “sit” and “down” on cue and relishes interactions with people.
Bobby’s favorite activity is playing with other big dogs. WHS Behavior and Training Manager Marilyn writes, “Bobby loves to run and play, having a blast in our playgroups with other large dogs and giving appropriate corrections when needed.” In fact, WHS Trainer Jessi wrote this about a recent session: “During playgroup Bobby attempted to get several of the dogs to play chase with him. First giving them play bows, then barking in their faces. When Jasmine entered the yard in a jumpy/direct approach, Bobby rolled her over and stood over her as if to say, ‘Cut that out!’ Last Sunday, Bobby played with Mia and Roxy. They would race around the yard, then “took breaks on their own and at times just wandered around the yard.” Watch!
And here are the three friends sharing a drinking bowl.
Bobby became a star when he was invited to take part in Nichole and Jessi’s winter photo shoot. Jessi wrote, “Bobby came in and explored the photo area and was a great poser for pics with loose body and was friendly towards handlers. He’s very treat-motivated.”
Bobby LOVES plush toys!
While Bobby seems to get along with most of the dogs he’s met at the shelter, he will still need to meet any potential dogs he would be living with. Staff recommends that because of his size and energy he not go home with small dogs. And since we have no history of Bobby with cats or kids, he will need a feline-free home and older children.
Bobby is not a couch-potato kind of dog, and his family will need to provide lots of activities for both his physical and mental stimulation. He loves the shelter’s food puzzles (especially paper towel rolls stuffed with a mix of frozen wet food and kibble).
Here Bobby was this morning during playgroup. Such a happy dog!
If you are an active family looking for a clown of a dog who is smart and eager to learn new skills, Bobby might just be your perfect fit. He is getting stressed at the shelter, so we are hoping his perfect family finds him soon. If that family is yours, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on Bobby’s picture and then on the link Apply to Adopt found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/
I’m looking for a new family to love. Are you looking for a dog? We should meet!
Mia is a one-year-old Australian Shepherd/Lab mix who has won the hearts of everyone she’s met at the shelter since she arrived. She had been with her former family since she was eight weeks old, but circumstances changed in the home resulting in tension among the family’s three dogs. The owner travels a lot with work and did not have the time to deal with the issues, so decided it would be best for Mia to find her a new home.
From the time Mia arrived, she began collecting fans. The Intake staff wrote, “Mia solicited attention and was socially and treat-motivated. No problem getting on the scale. No issues fitting harness. Did not like shoulder being pinched before vaccine, but no issues during vaccine. Some jumping up, especially to look out window.”
Mia is thoroughly enjoying shelter playgroups. She is “very playful and social with all dogs in the yard. She was even able to mingle with the smaller dogs. No issues,” writes WHS Trainer, Jessi. She continues, “Mia was loose when entering yard and very playful once in. She joined in Rough & Rowdy play today more than I have seen in previous groups. She played a lot with Roxy, Bobby, and Milo.”
Mia has become best friends with Bobby. Here they were this morning in playgroup.
Mia’s former family described her as “happy, can be hyper when excited, friendly and affectionate. She had no problems with two cats at a friend’s house.” She has lived with children and gotten along fine.
Volunteer Marianne has spent quality time with Mia and says, “When first meeting Mia, she can be a little shy. However, she warms up quickly and is very sweet—she loves to lean in for pets. She walks well on leash and is learning to have better manners as far as jumping on people when she gets excited. She is smart and knows several commands. She is very treat-motivated and will be fun to train. I love her so much. She’s an amazing dog. I took her out twice today.”
Mia got to have a romp in playgroup today and she loved it!
Mia is hoping her new family will be active with walks and playtime followed by snuggling on the couch. She will need to meet any prospective dogs she’ll be living with to make sure their play styles are compatible. If Mia sounds like she will fit into your family life, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on Mia’s picture and then on the link Apply to Adopt found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/
We’re hoping that next week I’ll be able to report that all three of these deserving dogs have found their new families.
As always, I want to thank WHS trainers Jessi and Nichole, Adoptions Specialist Sasha, and volunteer Marianne, who make this blog possible.
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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