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It’s been a joyful week for some shelter dogs who have had prolonged stays at WHS. We were thrilled when FOUR of our long-termers found their people.

Miss Molly

This sweet but huge girl is not the right dog for just anyone. We were worried that the perfect match would be difficult. But after waiting since September 13th, Molly went home on Friday. We couldn’t be happier for her.


Bella, a twelve-year-old senior with a lot of spunk, arrived at WHS on August 21st. Here she was on Friday with her new peep. Adoption staff wrote, “Bella will live out in the country where she can run around on acres and bark into the sunset.” We are so happy for this sweetheart!


Bobo, a teenager at about one year, was found as a stray and brought to WHS on September 9. With a ton of energy and in need of some positive training, Bobo happily found her new home on Friday, too. She will keep her new family active.


Hayley has been waiting since August 28th for her new family. She had become more stressed in the shelter, but on Sunday she finally found her new home. She will be a wonderful family dog.

Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, October 6, 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, click on the link to the currently available dogs here.

I know I’m not the right dog for just anyone, but if you are Husky-savvy, we need to talk!

I first wrote about Leia on August 18th, thinking she would quickly be adopted. She was—in fact she has been adopted twice. But neither time was the right fit. Leia is an energetic, playful seven-month-old Husky mix who loves to be a clown and is absolutely delightful. Her original person was very sad to surrender her, but his work schedule changed and he had to be away from home too much. He felt Leia deserved a better home situation. She is a stunning youngster.

Leia’s former owner had many good things to say about this beauty. She already has lots of good house manners. She knows cues for “sit” and “down.” She is house-trained and whimpers at the door when she needs to go out. She is relaxed at home, never destroying anything when left alone loose in the house. She rides well in a car, sleeping most of the time. One thing she does NOT like is having a bath, and will try to leave the area. Leia’s favorite treats are anything tasting like bacon and her favorite toys are squeaky plush ones and balls. She loves to bring one of her toys to you so you’ll play with her. Leia has lived with older children and loved them. She has never lived with cats or dogs, but has played with other dogs and done well. She loved her fenced backyard.

Leia is not a first-time-dog-owner kind of girl, or a sit-at-home-while-her-person-is-at-work-all-day dog. She is extremely athletic and craves action. Last Sunday Megan and I took her out to the big yard to romp, and romp she did. Oh, and did I mention that she LOVES the pool?

And sometimes, you just want to take a moment to relax in your pool, but keeping the tennis ball, too.

Here she is in action. She gets so excited when she realizes she’s going to get to play in the pool.

Her favorite thing to do is race after a tennis ball, then race back and jump into the pool.

So this is what happened after many vigorous fetch games.

Once Leia was a little tired, she was happy to pose for pictures with Megan.

Leia has an “impish” side to her and some of her expressions are endearing .

When Leia’s former person was asked what five words would best describe her, he wrote, “playful, energetic, relaxed, curious, and cuddly.” Megan and I enjoyed all of these qualities on Sunday.

As I said at the beginning of her feature, Leia is not the right dog for everyone. But for a Husky-savvy family with time, space, and a pool, Leia will be an ideal new best friend.

If you would like Leia to be part of your family, 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/.

I was here a long time ago. I like the people at the shelter, but I hope I’ll have another real home very soon.

Note: Amari has a “meet” coming up, so may soon be off to a new home. If you are interested in her, you can check the WHS page of currently available dogs here.

Amari, now an eleven-year-old Pug/Chihuahua mix, first arrived at WHS in June 2013. She came to us through a wonderful organization called Wings of Rescue which flies dogs from overcrowded shelters in California to shelters in the Northwest. Volunteer Randy and I met the plane at Hillsboro Airport on June 8, 2013, and brought Amari and five of her friends to WHS to find new homes in Oregon. Here she was soon after she arrived.

Amari was adopted on June 20, 2013 and has spent the last eight years living happily in her Oregon home. However, her person had to move and couldn’t take Amari with her, so brought her back to us. I reunited with her on Sunday. Now a senior at eleven years old, Amari’s dark markings in her face have turned gray; but she is just as delightful as she was in 2013.

Amari has lived happily with another small dog, but has had no contact with cats. She loves car rides but not baths (though she tolerates them). She enjoys lying/sleeping in the sun in the backyard. She is fine in a crate, though hasn’t spent lengthy stays in one. She had a doggy door to go outside whenever she wanted to, but she will need some brushing up on potty training, because if left alone in the house, she has had accidents. She knows several cues like “sit” and “stay.” Her favorite activities are playing fetch with tennis balls and going for walks, and she likes any kind of treat. She loved my cheese bits on Sunday. She has never been around children. When asked to describe Amari, her former owner said, “Gentle, loving, and sweet.”

Megan and I found Amari to be very affectionate, though a little worried at all of the changes in her life.

After spending some time with Amari outside, we took her into Mary’s Place and she enjoyed just relaxing with us. At eleven, she is not a high-energy kind of dog and will be happy just hanging out, munching on some cheese bits and making sure she’s touching you.

Amari isn’t a complicated little dog. She will be a wonderful, calm companion for some lucky person.

If you think Amari would be a wonderful addition to your family, 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 it for this week!

Thanks to staff member Kristina and volunteers Megan and Marianne 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