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We only had one dog adoption this past week, but it was a happy one.

As soon as I met Mango, I knew she wouldn’t be at the shelter long. What a sweet beauty she is. Here she was posing for her photo shoot with Megan.

And here she is about to go home. She will be a very loving family member.

Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, June 23, 2021. But things change fast and our goal is always to find wonderful homes for our dogs as quickly as possible. To see if today’s dogs are still available and to see other available dogs, visit https://whs4pets.org/dogs/ .

Staff here at WHS tell me I’m goofy. Maybe I am. I may have a few quirks, but if you like big, goofy dogs, I fit the bill!

Are you a big-dog kind of person? I mean really big—like 99 pounds big—if so, let me introduce you to Georgie!

Georgie is a three-year-old Great Dane mix who is looking for a special home. He needs an adult home with people who are experienced with large-breed dogs. Georgie was adopted from another shelter, but did not get along with the other dogs in his home. His family, though they loved him, decided he needed to be an only pet, and so he came to WHS.

Georgie does not realize that he is such a big boy and he loves being next to his people. His former person wrote, “He’s such a cuddler on the couch and at night in bed he really gets into your personal space and will lie right next to you all night long.”

She also wrote, “Georgie loves balls and will happily play fetch all day long.” We found that out quickly when he was taken out to one of the big yards. I happened to be there taking pictures and loved watching him romp.

Georgie has been working on his manners since he’s been at the shelter. He can be jumpy when excited. He has been improving in taking treats gently. Speaking of treats, Georgie is not picky and because he is very treat-motivated, rewards-based training is helping him learn basic skills.

Georgie’s favorite toy is a laser pointer which he loves to chase. He also enjoys playing with “heavy-duty” large balls. He enjoys going for car rides and takes up most of the backseat. Baths are fun for him and he has done very well having his nails trimmed at the groomer. He is house-trained and never has an accident indoors. He will alert when he needs to go out by standing at the back door. He knows the cues for “sit,” “gentle,” “wait,” “leave it,” (and sometimes) “come.” His former family described him as “cuddly, goofy, and happy.” He is fine when left alone, he slept and never destroyed anything.

Besides being the only pet, Georgie will thrive in a home which is calm. He needs slow introductions to new people and environments, as he can become very anxious when confronted with new situations. A patient and understanding family is a must for this sensitive boy.

The Behavior and Training staff has been working with Georgie and reports, “Georgie is having multiple sessions on the long line working on recall. He performs great and remains treat-motivated throughout the session. He gets the “zoomies” when he first enters the large turnout. Bend your knees!”

This big, happy, rambunctious, and cuddly dog is hoping that he will finally find his forever home soon. If you have an adult home, have no other pets, have a yard in which Georgie can run, and have experience with large breeds, Georgie may be the perfect fit for you. He loves making people laugh, playing with his laser pointer, and sitting as close as possible to you on the couch. He’s hoping you’ll come soon. Fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on Georgie’s picture and then on the link Apply to Adopt found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/

I was hoping my new family would find me last week. But they didn’t. Maybe they will come NEXT week!

I wrote a feature about Willow last week, hoping she would be found by a farm family (maybe with goats?), but she hasn’t yet. So here are a few pictures of this five-year-old Great Pyrenees beauty with two of her fans, Megan and Marianne, just in case that family missed last week’s post.

To read Willow’s feature and apply to adopt her, click on this link.

I’m still here, too!

I featured Coco in my June 9th post. Last Sunday, his favorite volunteer, Linda, came to visit with him and they spent a long time working on manners and just hanging out together in a big yard. Linda said Coco did very well. Here they were just about to go back to his kennel.

Coco is a one-year-old Chihuahua mix. To read all about what Coco is looking for in a forever home, and find out how to meet him, click on this link.

Cali Blue

Cali Blue arrived at WHS on June 8, 2015. Here she was the first time Marianne and I met her. We were instantly smitten with her sweet, shy personality.

Because she was so shy, Cali Blue was sent to a foster home, where she would be more relaxed than at the shelter. Here’s what staff wrote about her at the time: “When Cali Blue went to foster, she was on the skittish side. That started to change almost immediately. Found as a stray, she just needed some time in a quiet, safe environment to start coming out of her shell.”

Cali Blue didn’t have to wait long before her forever family found her. On June 18th, she went home with her new family.

Last week I got this update. What a lucky dog she is!

“Hello, Martha,

Cali Blue has lived with us here in Albany for six years now. She is very loved and lives a wonderful life. She goes with us when we go to the coast, she has been to Hood River, The Dalles, Bandon, Yachats, Newport, etc. We had her for only three months when we took her on a big trip to California. She was so good!! She has been to many wineries here in the Willamette Valley, she loves being with us!! Cali Blue has a Facebook page, ‘Cali Blue, The Life of a Little Blue Pibbles.’ Please follow her page!! She has friends all over the world, she just got a birthday card from some friends in The Netherlands. She is so awesome!!! 🙂

Here are a couple of pictures. The first one is of Cali Blue on her recent birthday.

“Today is Cali Blue’s 9th Birthday. She wanted to spend the day having a picnic at Left Coast Cellars. We were happy to oblige her.”

To see many more pictures about Cali Blue’s happy life, check out her Facebook page. What a lucky dog she is!

On that happy note, that’s it for this week.

Thanks to Adoption Specialist Sasha, and volunteers Megan, Marianne, and Linda for their help with this post.

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. And please remember that sometimes dogs are adopted quickly, so might have already found a great home by the time you ask about them.

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com