Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
There were four wonderful adoptions at WHS this week. They show once again that there are dog lovers eager to adopt dogs who may have some challenges, but are so worth the effort.
Our very active and joyful Bobby found his new people on Saturday. We are so happy that he is now enjoying the beginning of a exciting new life.
It always thrills us when senior dogs with serious health issues and who are hospice adoptions find their perfect last homes. And when TWO hospice dogs are adopted in the same week, like Danny and Buffy were, it is exceptional!
I’m excited to report that Buffy’s new person has already sent a happy update which will be at the end of this post.
If you are a regular reader of my posts, you know all about the Huskies who were rescued last September during Oregon’s wildfires. April, a senior eleven-year-old Siberian Husky mix, was one of them. We are thrilled that today this sweetheart found her forever home. WHS Trainer Jessi wrote a little while ago, “Oh! April is going home! She must have known this would be her day. She was so happy this morning in playgroup.”
And here is what WHS Trainer Nichole just wrote, “Our last wildfire Husky has been adopted! April was adopted by a wonderful retired couple. They have had Malamutes and Huskies in the past so they understand her breed. The husband was a musher and skijorer. The wife used to competitively show their Malamutes. April will have a Norweigan Elkhound as a roommate. The staff took turns saying their goodbyes (in between tears) to our sweet, snowy, shy girl.”
I know I’m a bit of a challenge, but I really am trying to learn to be a well-behaved family member. You could help me! We could work together!
Colby is a handsome young Lab mix who was surrendered mid-November because a child in the family was allergic to him. He is one year old and, at 55 pounds, he is a perfect medium-sized dog.
Colby is still very puppyish and the Behavior and Training Team has been spending lots of time with this youngster to help him learn manners and self-control. They report that he is smart, eager and absolutely loves training sessions where his mind and body are challenged. He would make a wonderful hiking or jogging partner and he would excel at dog sports such as agility and scent work. After a day of action, Colby would enjoy snuggling with his person in the evening; he is a very affectionate boy.
Colby much prefers human companionship to other animals and will need to be an only pet in the home. Because his youthful enthusiasm can lead him to be jumpy and mouthy, he will need a home with just adults or with teens.
Colby thrives on rewards-based training and the fact that he is extremely smart makes such training fun and gratifying for both him and his trainers.
Here he is working on manners with volunteer Linda.
Colby can be shy and fearful in new environments and has been known to jump over a five-foot fence when left by himself in a yard. He also can be very anxious when left alone and is afraid of loud noises such as vacuums. He will bark at strangers. These are issues that his adoption family will need to continue to work on so that Colby feels safe and relaxed in his new home until his true personality shines. Colby’s former family writes, “Colby is playful, energetic and loves attention. He knows basic commands and is treat-motivated. He loves to be petted all over. He is crate-trained.”
Colby is waiting for a patient and understanding family who will continue the rewards-based training he has been enjoying at WHS. He will take some effort and time, but what a wonderful family member this sweet boy will become given the love and patience he deserves.
If Colby sounds like your new best friend, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on Colby’s picture and then on the link Apply to Adopt found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/
Do you like to play fetch with frisbees? How about hiking? Agility? Those are my passions! If you like them, too, we could be great friends!
Look at this face! Broly is a one-year-old Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix with striking crystal-blue eyes.
Broly was surrendered because his family moved and couldn’t take him with them. He has lived in the same home since he was twelve weeks old. His former family describes him as “super friendly, can be hyper. He knows several commands including ‘sit,’ ‘stay,’ and ‘come.'” He will bark at strangers, but stops when asked by his person. Broly was kenneled at night. He is house-trained and will whine at the door to go out.
Broly is the kind of dog who needs a job. Looking for someone to retrieve a frisbee? Look no further. WHS staff wrote, “During his morning walk it was pouring down rain and windy, but Broly rushed into the yard and picked up a frisbee. I tossed it poorly due to the wind, but he still ran after it and brought it back. Fetch is his jam!”
Broly needs a lot of positive-reward training in leash walking—he is a strong puller. He has never lived with another dog and is dog-selective, so will need to meet any with whom he would share a home. Because of his strength, he needs to go home with adults only or teens who could help in his training. He is very treat-motivated, so working with him will be fun not only for Broly, but his family as well. He will also be a quick study, as he is very smart and loves to learn new skills.
Broly is not a dog who can be left at home for long hours. He needs action and mental stimulation. He would excel in agility.
Broly is a young, enthusiastic dog who will be a loyal and delightful companion for a family with time, energy and patience. If Broly sounds like a fun and rewarding challenge that you would like to accept, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on Broly’s picture and then on the link Apply to Adopt found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/
Two dogs who are available and have already been featured in my posts are still waiting for their perfect fits of families. If you are a new reader to my blog, I’d like to introduce Danika and Maxamillion.
I’ve been here before, a long time ago. I’m waiting for a new family, now. Maybe it’s yours?
I first wrote about Danika in my December 9th post. We were hoping she would have found her new family by now, but she hasn’t.
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.
To read more about Danika, see additional pictures, and learn how to adopt her, click on the link to her featured post below.
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. 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.
To read more about Maxamillion, see additional pictures, and learn how to adopt him, click on the the link to his featured post below.
We have two wonderful updates to tell you about.
I announced Buffy’s hospice adoption at the beginning of this post. I was thrilled to get this update about her wonderful new life.
“Here are a few pics of Buffy. She is such a sweetheart. She made herself at home immediately upon walking in the door. She learned right away where her food and water were and how to go to the sliding patio door to go into the fenced back yard to go potty. She never leaves my side. She got up on the bed with me the first night and never moved all night long. She is exactly what I was looking for. I will make an appointment with my vet this week to check her out. I am going to try to get in contact with the couple who adopted her brother. I would love to keep them connected.”
Remember Max, our sweet boy who needed to have his ACL repaired and was hoping for a new home where he could recover surrounded by love? We were so happy when such a family found him and took him home. And we just got this update!
“Max is doing well after his surgery yesterday. He is on good pain control, and the doctors at Carlton Vet were wonderful with him. He has one more laser treatment next week, and then Max and I will begin physical therapy.
We slept on the floor next to him last night because he was still groggy and confused from the anesthetic and pain meds. Max didn’t mind at all :). He was a little wary of his new orthopedic bed, but we were finally able to coax him on to it, and now he loves it! Attached is a picture of Max shortly after he got home last night, we took the cone off for just a few minutes while he settled into his bed.”
We are so thankful for dog lovers who adopt a dog with special needs and give it a wonderful life. Only they know the joys they receive in return.
Thanks, as always, to “my” photo team: WHS Trainers Jessi and Nichole and volunteers Marianne and Linda.
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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