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I’m thrilled to report there were three very happy dogs who were adopted last week—one who had been waiting for his perfect home since December!
Roxie was very uneasy at the shelter. We are so glad she is now settling in with her new family. Lucky dog, lucky family! Here are some pictures from her time with Marianne and Linda a couple of weeks ago. We all fell in love with her that day.
Trixie was adopted on Monday. She is such a little sweetheart and, oh, so cute! She even “sits pretty.”
Drum roll, happy dance! Coco has been adopted! He’s been waiting for his perfect fit of a home since December! We are over the moon that he finally has his new family. He jumped right into their laps. He knew that this family was the one for him.
Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, July 21, 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/ .
I may need a little time to get to know you, but once I do, I’ll be devoted!
Cinderella is an adorable six-year-old, nine-pound Chihuahua mix who was closely bonded with her owner her whole life. Sadly, because of her person’s health, Cinderella had to be surrendered.
At first, shelter life was not easy for this confused and frightened little girl. The Behavior and Training staff moved her to their office, where it was quiet, and she could feel safe in her crate. Her fearful trembling gradually subsided, and she is learning she can trust her new friends.
The BT Team has been patiently working with Cinderella, and they report, “Cinderella has made amazing progress in the last month. Though shy, she seeks new experiences and investigations. She loves taking walks outside to our cars, to yards, and on the back property. She also enjoys accompanying us around the shelter on a leash and in our arms. She attends meetings on our laps—she likes to walk up and down on laptop keyboards.”
Here she is helping to oversee the BT staff work. WHS Trainer Nichole sent me the picture along with the caption, “Why small dogs are great—they make excellent micro-managers!”
The BT team also writes, “Once Cinderella gets to know you, she will sit on you lap for extended periods and take an occasional nap. While she is still wary of hands reaching for her, especially from strangers, she will approach new people and take hot dogs bits or cheese from their hands. She will sometimes put her paws on their legs but tends to shy away if they attempt to touch her.”
On Sunday, the BT team decided that Cinderella was ready to make some new friends. Nichole brought her outside for some Blanket Time with Marianne, Linda, and me. At first, Cinderella was hesitant and stayed very close to Nichole.
But with the help of cheese, she started venturing toward the rest of us.
And it wasn’t very long before she was feeling more comfortable with us.
And she discovered Linda’s treat bag.
Then we began to see her delightful personality. We had so much fun with her!
Cinderella is afraid of sudden movements and sounds, barking when she is startled, but she quickly calms down once she feels safe again. When she is with people she trusts, she will follow them around both inside and out in a yard. The fact that she is very treat-motivated—ham and cheese being her favorites—helps when meeting new people, as it did with us.
Cinderella needs an understanding, dog-experienced family who will recognize the importance of letting her bond with them on her terms, giving her the necessary space and time. She will need a quiet, calm, adult home environment so that she’ll feel comfortable. It will take time and patience to win Cinderella’s trust and love, but once you have, she will be your best pint-sized buddy ever.
If you think you might be the right family for Cinderella, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on her picture and then on the link Adopt Me found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/.
Are you looking for a family dog who loves everybody? I’m not a youngster, but I still have pep!
To put it simply, Jax is a very good boy. He is an eight-year-old senior Lab/American Staffordshire Terrier mix who can’t wait to find his retirement home. He was surrendered when his family moved to an apartment and couldn’t take him with them. He has liked everyone he has met at the shelter. The Intake staff wrote, “Jax was very social, approaching loose and wiggly, taking treats and giving soft eye contact. He met several members of Intake staff and medical team and performed well.” His family was sad to give him up and had great things to say about him. They know him well, since they had him since he was a puppy and wrote, “Jax is big, but is a big softy and very loving.”
Jax likes to cuddle with his peeps. He is also quite energetic and gets excited when he meets new people, wanting their attention. He loves to be petted all over except for his feet. He is house- and crate-trained. When he needs to go out, he runs to the door and looks back at you. Being an older dog, he does need to go out about every six hours. Jax is not picky about treats, but if you ask him, cheese is his favorite. Jax has lived happily with another dog and has had other dog friends. He will still need to meet any dog he will be living with to make sure their play styles are compatible. Cats, however, are another matter. They are just too tempting to chase, so Jax will need a feline-free home.
On Sunday, Marianne, Megan, Linda, and I took Jax out to a yard to run and then gave him some Blanket Time. He loves to play fetch, though he’s not big on returning the ball.
After racing around the yard, Jax was happy to settle with us on the blanket. He loved being the center of our attention.
We never could figure out what we had said that caused Jax to break into laughter.
After our outdoor time, we took Jax into Mary’s Place. He enjoyed just hanging out with us.
Who knew he LOVES fresh apple slices?!
In his former family, Jax did fine when left alone. He is nervous when riding in a car and doesn’t like his nails trimmed. He is alarmed by loud noises like fireworks or the vacuum. He loves playing hide-and-seek and with rope toys. He knows basic cues like sit, down, roll over, and speak. When asked to describe him, is family wrote, “Goofy, loving, excitable, and curious.”
While Jax likes everyone at the shelter, he is becoming quite stressed and we are hoping he’ll be found by his new family soon. He would love a home with a yard to romp in, as he hasn’t had one. Jax will be a wonderful family dog who, after some playtime, will love to snuggle in the evening with his people.
If Jax sounds like the family member you’ve been wishing for, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on his picture and then on the link Adopt Me found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/.
Do you enjoy brushing a dog? I love to be brushed!
Koosah is a Siberian Husky mix. We guess she is about six years old and she weighs 70 pounds. We don’t know much about this sweet girl, as she was found as a stray. But since she has been at the shelter, she has wrapped the volunteers and staff around her big paw. Megan was instantly smitten.
Are you looking for a no-drama, quiet, couch-potato kind of dog? And you don’t mind a tad (well, more than a tad) of shedding? Koosah may be your perfect fit! This sweetheart is all about hanging out. She is house-trained and walks very well on leash, with no reactivity. She also loves car rides.
We decided to take Koosah out in a yard on Sunday and see if she’d like to romp. Nope.
Koosah knows several cues like sit, down, and shake.
We decided to see what she thought of Mary’s Place. Again, no surprise, she loved it.
As I was leaving the shelter Sunday afternoon, I happened to walk by Mary’s Place again and saw volunteer Christine brushing Koosah and, of course, Koosah was loving it.
So if you are looking for a laid-back, relaxed dog and don’t mind a little loose hair floating around, Koosah may be the perfect dog for you. Just fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on her picture and then on the link Adopt Me found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/.
That’s if for this week.
Thanks to Adoption Specialist Sasha, WHS Trainer Nichole, and volunteers Megan, Marianne, Linda, and Christine 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.
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