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I am always excited when I am at the shelter at the time one of our dogs is adopted and I get to take their going-home picture. Most of the time I can get the dog’s attention focused on me with a bit of cheese held next to my camera. Then there are times when, well, you’ll see.


I was thrilled when Adoption Specialist Sasha told me on Sunday that Raven was about to go home with her new peeps. Cheese in hand, I asked them to pose outside. However, this is what happens when you’re trying to get a great photo and the dog decides to joke around.

But patience paid off…finally.

There were four other adoptions during the week. One, a Golden Retriever named Oso, arrived and left with his new family before I could meet him. We love it when dogs don’t have to wait long to begin their new lives.


When Asher arrived, it was his second time at WHS, and we are thrilled that he was quickly adopted again. We had a great time with him a week ago when I took pictures for his feature for last week’s post.

Asher will keep his family entertained.


One of the happiest adoptions this week was on Monday when long-termer Meatball went home with his new person. Meatball had been adopted once, but returned when he was not the right fit. Since being back at the shelter, he had been very stressed. We’re hoping that this new home will be forever. Here are a few of my favorite pictures of him during his stay with us.

And here he is, very happy, about to head home with his new person.


And then, just this afternoon, there was THIS adoption! Are you sitting down? Drum roll!! Happy dance!! After waiting for his perfect fit of a family since July, our patient Buddy finally went home today! We are over the moon, so happy for this special dog.

Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, October 20, 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’m told I am stunning. Not sure what that means, but if it helps me get my new home, I’m good with it. Are you looking for a stunning dog?

Ronin is a three-year-old Alaskan Husky mix with a lush, soft white coat (you don’t mind a little shedding do you?) and ice-blue eyes. I first met him briefly two weeks ago for his first pictures. This Sunday, knowing we’d be featuring him, Marianne, Megan, Linda and I spent some quality time with him and we all were smitten.

This is Ronin’s second time at WHS. In 2018, he was transferred to us from another shelter. He was a youngster and was adopted very quickly. He has lived happily with his family, but was surrendered because he needs to be the only pet in the home. He is not a fan of other dogs. He loves his humans, however, and his former people wrote, “Ronin is smart, vocal, and independent. He is friendly with people and is a wonderful companion.”

At 66 pounds, Ronin is a big boy with lots of energy. He will need a home where he has room to romp. He loves to run. He’ll race after a tennis ball, but is not keen on bringing it back. He will also need a secure fence, as he has been known to go on his own adventures if the opportunity arises.

We took Ronin out to the big yard so that we could watch him run, and he loved it.

Then he relaxed with us on the platform. He really enjoyed the attention and affection.

And that’s when he came up with an idea.

Ronin’s former family reported that his favorite treats were eggs and cheese. Linda didn’t have either one.

Ronin’s family had lots of good things to say about him. He enjoys going to the vet! Although he is not fond of nail trims, he is “compliant.” He is house-trained and when he needs to go out, he stands by the door. However, it that doesn’t get your attention, he softly takes your hand in his mouth. He enjoys car rides and is relaxed. He enjoys it when human company visits. He takes treats very gently. Ronin does not enjoy baths. In fact, the truth is, though he’s not proud of it, he’s afraid of water (also the vacuum). He was fine when left alone in the house. If left alone in the yard, there might be some digging, just sayin’.

After spending time outside, we took him into Mary’s Place to relax. We had a good time. Ronin is not really interested in toys. He will briefly pick one up, but soon loses interest. Even the GFB (Giant Fluff Ball) didn’t hold his attention for long.

He much preferred interactions with people.

Ronin is looking for a home where he has room to run and people to love. If you don’t mind a little white fur floating around and don’t have other pets, Ronin could be a wonderful new family addition. If you think you could be that family, 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/.


Vanilla is a tiny, eight-month-old Pekingese/Chihuahua mix puppy who is absolutely adorable. Here’s a picture WHS staff member Jean took of him recently as he tried his best to convince her to take him to her office.

I first met Vanilla two weeks ago. He was extremely shy and nervous, as he is with all new people. However, what a difference a week makes! On Sunday we took him out to a yard and he had a blast, racing around, jumping on us, and having a great time. Vanilla is not completely house-trained and will need an understanding and patient family who will go very slow and help him to build confidence. But what a wonderful little friend he will be to the lucky family who adopts him. Here are some pictures from our Sunday romp.

If you have the patience and time for the challenges of adopting a puppy, 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/.


There are some dogs who arrive at the shelter and I am pretty sure they won’t be there long, so I don’t feature them. Such was the case with Floki, a three-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. As expected, he was quickly adopted (twice), but returned when the adopters were not the right fits. Floki has opinions—lots of them. And he does not hesitate to let you know what they are. He will need a patient person willing to slowly introduce him to new people and situations using rewards-based training. He also may need some help in house-training. He is looking for an adult home, or, if there are children, the shelter recommends they be 13 and older. He has a history of not being comfortable around kids. However, Floki is hilarious! And once you are part of his circle of friends, he is affectionate and such a funny boy. He is one of Megan’s current favorites.

Floki loves to play with tennis balls in Mary’s Place. He kept us laughing!

If you think you might be the right fit for Floki, 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/.

That’s it for this week!

Thanks to staff members Sasha and Jean and volunteers Marianne, Megan, and Linda for their help with this post.

All of the dogs I have featured today, along with other terrific dogs waiting to be adopted, can be found at Willamette Humane Society.

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.

You can reach me at  adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com