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It’s been another busy week at WHS. There were five new dog adoptions to celebrate.


Our sweet Peter, who because of his age—15—and some medical conditions, was a hospice adoption. As always, we are so grateful that there are people who are willing to take a dog into their home and heart, not knowing how long it will be before their heart is broken. In the meantime, Peter will have a wonderful life filled with love.


I never got to meet Mojo, but what a beautiful boy he is!


Our sweet, people-loving Chester went home! So happy for this boy! Lucky person who adopted him! Here he was at the shelter; I finally got him to put up his ears! Such a fun, goofy boy!

And here he is going home.


Tito is such a delightful character. He has so much personality and was a favorite of many volunteers, including Marianne.


This little guy thinks he’s a big dog. So glad he now has a loving home!

Everyone here at the shelter says I am a good boy and very well-mannered. They say I’ll find a new family soon! How about yours?

Hector is a seven-year-old Border Collie mix who was surrendered due to the health of his people. They felt they were getting too old to give Hector the life that he deserves.

When Hector arrived at the shelter, he immediately impressed the Intake staff with his gentle behavior. One staff member wrote, “Hector is a great dog and is very quiet. He didn’t solicit attention but accepted it. After processing, he walked back into his kennel with no issue at all. He is very food-motivated!” Today, a staff member wrote, “When I approached his kennel this morning, he was very wiggly with his tail going a billion miles an hour. I gave him a Kong and he excitedly started eating that as well as his food puzzle. He came back up and took a break, smelled my hand and sat while leaning his full body weight against me for pets.”

Hector’s former family also had many good things to report about his behavior. They said that he’s a pretty calm, laid-back boy. He was an only pet and loved being with his family. He is a bit shy when first meeting new people, but warms up quickly. He has not lived with children, but has greeted them happily while out on walks. Hector is house- and crate-trained. He will stand by the door and give his person “a look.” He might bark once to alert. He loves his crate; in fact, he happily curls up in it when he goes to bed at night with the door left open.

Hector is not picky about treats and is happy with “anything!” His favorite game is “tug” and his favorite toys are ropes. In his enthusiasm, Hector can get overly excited while playing tug. He enjoys going for walks and then lounging next to his family. Here he was this morning with Marianne.

Hector is well-behaved for baths and vet visits, and though he does not like his feet touched or his nails trimmed, he is tolerant. When left alone in the house, he was loose and simply rested, waiting for his people to come home. He will take advantage of an open door sometimes. He loves car rides and lies down in the back seat. He knows several cues such as “sit,” “stay,” “roll over,” “down,” “shake,” and “look out”—meaning get out of the way.

On Tuesday, volunteers Marianne and Nancy spent some quality time with Hector in Mary’s Place. He’s such a gentle soul.

Hector is fearful of loud noises, including fireworks. Hector is a herding dog and has a natural instinct to chase or herd smaller animals, so he will need a feline- and small-dog-free home. He is dog-selective with bigger dogs and doesn’t like to share his toys. He will need to meet any dogs that he would be living with.

When asked what words best describe Hector, his former family wrote, “gentle, friendly, calm, playful, and quiet.”

Hector has made many friends at the shelter during his stay. He walks well on leash and is a sweet, polite senior. If Hector is the dog you have been looking for, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on Hector’s picture and then on the link Apply to Adopt found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/

I’m very smart. Some people say I’m too smart. I’m looking for a family who appreciate my problem-solving skills. Is it yours?

Cedar is a one-year-old Shepherd mix who came to us as a stray. He is extremely intelligent, affectionate, and active. He is looking for a family who is shepherd-savvy and can give him the attention and adventures he so enjoys.

Cedar is not a couch-potato kind of dog—unless you are on the couch with him. He loves people and cuddle time, and he has no idea that he is a very big boy at 73 pounds, as volunteer Megan found out on Sunday!

Cedar thrives on attention and is a very quick learner with rewards-based training. He now sits when asked and waits at doors for permission to exit, making eye contact and checking in with his handler frequently. He is highly treat-motivated which makes working with him lots of fun as well as gratifying.

Here he is working with WSH Trainer Jessi.

Since Cedar is still an adolescent pup, his enthusiasm for life sometimes results in his being jumpy and exuberant, so a family with teens or just adults would be a great home for him.

Cedar has participated in our shelter playgroups and seems to prefer large female dogs to romp with rather than males. He is a rowdy player with other dogs, but takes their corrections well. He will need to meet any dog he will be sharing a home with.

Cedar loves adventures and with his skills as an “escape artist,” he will need a secure yard with at least a six-foot fence. He has figured out how to open latches, gates, and doors. He can even raise the divider separating the two halves of his kennel. The boy is smart! His new family will need to be alert. Cedar does not like to be left alone, he bonds to his people quickly, and wants to be with them. He should not be left in a yard unsupervised.

Cedar has been working on his loose-leash skills and has greatly improved. A staff member recently wrote, “I had the pleasure of walking with a volunteer and Cedar this morning. He stayed at her side and accepted treats nicely from her hand.”

So what kind of home is Cedar waiting for? He is looking for a family with teens or just adults who are active and have the time and desire to take him on adventures. They will need to be able to give him the companionship he craves and be aware of what a skillful escape artist he can be. We do not think he should be in a home with cats.

This affectionate, eager, and exceptionally smart youngster can’t wait to go home with his new peeps. If Cedar sounds like the dog you have been looking for, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on Cedar’s picture and then on the link Apply to Adopt found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/

I’m not one to brag, but I’m a favorite of the staff and volunteers here at the shelter. Maybe I’ll be your favorite, too!

Are you in search of a young, active, joyful dog who loves all humans, big and small, as well as other dogs? Malibu may be your family’s perfect fit of a new best friend.

Malibu is a one-year-old Shepherd mix. She arrived at WHS with her other litter mates as a three-week-old puppy. She and her siblings went to a foster home and when old enough, Malibu was adopted. Sadly, her person is moving and can’t take her, so she brought Malibu back to the shelter to find her a new family to love.

Malibu thrives on attention. She knows several cues such as “sit,” “down,” “leave it,” and “come.” She is house-trained and will whine and look at the door when she needs to go out. She enjoys car rides. She is crate-trained and often chooses to rest in her kennel. She will also go in it when asked.

On Sunday, Megan, Marianne, and I decided to take Malibu into Mary’s Place. We had a blast. What a sweet, eager, and clown of a dog she is! Here are a few pictures from our fun time together.

As a young, athletic dog, Malibu will need lots of exercise. She would be a terrific running or hiking partner. After Mary’s Place licks, we took her out to a yard to play—and play, she did!

Malibu adores all humans and gets along very well with other dogs. She will still need to meet any dog she will be living with. She has never met a cat, and so if she does go home to a cat, we recommend gradual introductions behind barriers. Malibu’s favorite things to do are playing fetch and romping with other dogs. She has a good history with children and is gentle with them, enjoying following them around.

Malibu is excited to go to new places, though can be a bit shy when first meeting a new friend. She is not a dog who should be left alone for long periods of time, as she is very social and wants to be on the move.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Malibu has not grasped the concept of personal space. She is very affectionate and wants to snuggle right next to you after a day of action.

Among Malibu’s many fans at the shelter is staff member Ally.

Malibu is relaxed during baths and, while she doesn’t enjoy getting her nails trimmed, she tolerates it. She is extremely treat-motivated—did someone say CHEESE??—and is a breeze and fun to train.

When asked to describe Malibu in three words, her former person wrote, “loving, goofball, protective.”

Malibu is waiting for her new family who will give her lots of love, exercise, and adventures.

If Malibu sounds like the perfect fit for your family, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on Malibu’s picture and then on the link Apply to Adopt found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/

Last week I wrote all about Cisco, our goofy four-year-old Coonhound who is still waiting for his perfect Hound-savvy family. On Sunday, WHS Trainer Jessi took these pictures and video of this good boy.

Here he is playing with little Tito, who got adopted on Monday. Cisco was so amazingly gentle with him.

On Easter, WHS Trainer Nichole, hid dog-friendly Easter eggs around the walking trail. Cisco found one!

Here he was earlier today. What a good boy!

Cisco is hoping his new family will come soon. You can read all about what he needs in a new home in last week’s post found here.

WHS received an absolutely wonderful update about a very special dog.


Tulip, a one-year-old Great Pyrenees mix, was surrendered to WHS last October. She had not had much socialization, was not house-trained, was quite thin, and was fearful of just about everything. She was an instant favorite of volunteers and staff who worked with her to build her confidence.

Then in November, Tulip was found by her perfect family. Here is what they wrote: “In November we adopted Tulip and promised we would send update pictures. I have completely forgotten as we have just been having so much fun. Tulip has been gaining weight every day and looking back on when we first got her I don’t even recognize her. She fits right in with the family and is best buds with Callie, our lab. The photos of Tulip on the couch were shortly after we got her. We said she would not be allowed on the furniture, but as you can see we did not follow through on that 🙂

And oh, such pictures they sent! To say that she happily settled into the family would be an understatement.

On that very happy note, that’s it for this week!

As always, I want to thank my “photo team” who made this blog post possible: Staff members Jessi, Nichole, Sasha, and volunteers Marianne, Megan, Linda, and Nancy.

Remember, if you see a dog on my blog whom you are interested in meeting, fill out the Adoption form at whs4pets.org, and wait to be contacted by the staff.

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com