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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

Saturday was a very fun day for me, as I was asked to take pictures at the Paws for Love event at Capitol Subaru. Here’s the scoop from the WHS website: “For the eighth year in a row, Capitol Subaru has named Willamette Humane Society the local charity for Subaru’s Share the Love campaign, happening Nov. 18, 2021 to Jan. 3, 2022. To participate, consumers must buy, lease, or order a new Subaru and name WHS as the charity of choice. Subaru of America, Inc. will donate $250 per vehicle to WHS. To celebrate this partnership, WHS and Capitol Subaru planned a very special holiday event called Paws for Love at Capitol Subaru on Saturday. People visiting the dealership sampled snacks from a food cart, checked out Dapper Dog mobile grooming, and visited with a WHS trainer.”

My job was to take candid shots of the activities and it was a hoot. I met several dogs who came to the event with their people. One was Fenway (yes, he’s an enthusiastic Red Sox fan). Fenway is four months old and what a character he is! (And no, he’s not adoptable, he already has his own peeps.)

First, he loved greeting everyone who came in.

He loved to pose with WHS staff member Rachel.

Then he got to check out Dapper Dog mobile grooming for a nail trim.

Of course, he had to check out the snacks.

Here are some of the other canine visitors and their people.

It was a very special event and WHS is so grateful for the wonderful support Capitol Subaru gives us.

There were SIX excellent adoptions during the past week. The first one, Apollo, was adopted so quickly after he arrived at the shelter that I never got to meet him.


Moggy was an instant favorite at the shelter. A senior at ten years old, he was quite shy at first, but gradually gained confidence during his stay. He loved time in Mary’s Place with Megan, Marianne, Linda, and me. We are so happy that he now has a forever home.


I was planning on featuring puppy Fox in this post and we spent a lot of time with him on Sunday. Then later in the day he was adopted! Lucky family. He’s a terrific young dog!


Our shy, sweet Ginger was also adopted. Volunteer Linda, who spent a lot of time with Ginger helping her feel more confident, will miss her. We wish her the very best in her new home!

We were delighted to get a couple of pictures from her first night in her new home. Her person says she is very active, but seems happy. Yay!


We were so excited on Tuesday when Jet was adopted. This twelve-year-old senior was becoming very stressed at the shelter and needed to go to a new home—and yesterday he did!


A friend of mine had been watching Popcorn on my blog posts and decided she needed to meet him. She felt that two months was far too long for him to be in a shelter. I went to WHS yesterday to take going-home pictures of this couch potato. Happily, Marianne was on a walk shift and got to say goodbye to him, too. Megan, his #1 shelter fan spent extra time with him on Monday. We will miss this sweet boy but are thrilled he’s in a home and I’ll get updates!

News Flash: I got a call soon after they arrived home. He had already checked out the large fenced back yard and was sound asleep and snoring on his new bed with his blanket and stuffed unicorn from his time at the shelter. Oh, and his new name is Hopkin.

Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, December 15, 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 featured dogs are still available and to see other available dogs, click on the link to the currently available dogs here.

So Martha told me that if I dress up, I might be adopted soon—let’s prove her right!

I first featured Shadow in my November 17th post. I was hoping she would be adopted quickly, but that hasn’t happened. Shadow is a one-year-old Terrier mix. She is such an active, fun, medium-sized girl who has won the hearts of everyone at the shelter. She was found as a stray and brought to WHS on October 21st. Shadow likes other dogs and loves to play chase games with them. She likes to be on the go, but can also be relaxed and cuddly. She has not received house-training, but being the smart girl that she is, we think she’ll catch on very quickly given the chance.

On Sunday we had a great time with her. We started outside in the rain-soaked play yard. She loved racing around with the big red ball.

Then we went into Mary’s Place for some Christmas posing.

She wasn’t quite sure how to wear a Santa hat.

Shadow is a favorite of many volunteers, one of her biggest fans is Lee, who took her on a respite away from the shelter last week. Here is their report:

Rain or shine, our dogs need a break from the shelter! I had planned to take Shadow out this week, but I did not expect this storm. Shadow has been at our shelter for two months; I didn’t want to put a rain check on our outing. We had a nice drive to the downtown area, and I treated her to a pup shake from Bentley’s. Shadow was so happy to see people; I could tell she wanted attention. She’d look at people with her big puppy eyes and whimper. Shadow was so happy when some people came up to greet her, and she did so well not jumping on anyone and she was so polite. Even when she saw other dogs, she did so well, remaining calm. She was very good on the leash, only very occasionally pulling, but she was very good about walking right next to me. She is pretty good about commands; I would tell her to sit, and she listened. We spent the rest of our outing driving in the nice warm car and she was so cute! She’d rest her head on my lap. Don’t get me wrong—she is a very active, energetic gal! But give her a minute or two and she gets used to exciting things and settles down. I see how much she just wants to be loved. I wish people could see how lovely she really is. I hope her forever home is just around the corner.”

Shadow had such a fun adventure. She is really hoping she won’t have to stay at the shelter much longer.

To read more about Shadow, see my feature about her here.

Shadow is hoping for an active family who wants a happy, playful, cuddly dog as a new member. If she sounds like the right fit for you, 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’ve been waiting for my new family for a long time. And look at me now! My skin is sooo much better! Will you adopt me now?

Cleo arrived at WHS on November 11th. She is a seven-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix. Her person was heartbroken to surrender her, but she was having to spend long hours crated due to his work schedule (she never had an accident) and he felt it was not fair to her. She arrived at the shelter with skin irritations but her coat has dramatically improved with medication and she looks great!

I featured Cleo in my December 1st post, sure that someone would see her delightful personality and adopt her. Since that person must have missed that post, we decided she needed to be featured again, this time ready for Christmas.

Cleo has lived with a dog-savvy cat. She tried to chase it, but was swatted and respected the cat from that time forward. She has also lived with children, but she is an exuberant girl and would accidentally knock into them, so a home with older kids would be perfect for Cleo.

Cleo is dog-selective and will need to meet any dog she will be living with to make sure their play styles are compatible. She does well at the vet’s office, happy and eager for their attention. Amazingly, even with spending hours in a crate, she never destroyed her bedding or tried to escape, just waited for her person to come home. She is fearful of loud noises and the vacuum. She has been in her former home for three years after being adopted from another shelter. She is really hoping that her next family will be her forever one. She is not a bit handling-sensitive and can be touched anywhere. She doesn’t even mind having her nails trimmed. She is nervous when riding in a car. She is friendly to everyone she meets. At 48 pounds, she is such a nice medium-sized dog and you would never guess she is seven by her enthusiasm for life. We had fun with her posing for our Christmas shots.

She agreed to wear the Santa hat if she got cheese.

She posed nicely with Marianne.

And then she’d had enough posing and got goofy.

To read and see more pictures of Cleo, check out my feature of her here.

Cleo will bring much happiness and action to a lucky family. She is hoping that she’ll spend Christmas with her new peeps. If you would like to meet Cleo, 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 haven’t known very many people, so I’m pretty shy at first meeting. But give me love and time and I’ll be a loyal friend.

This is Beya‘s second time at WHS. The first time, she arrived with a litter of puppies which were quickly adopted when they were old enough. At that time, Beya went back with her family. However, her people are moving and can’t take her with them, so she has returned to us to find a new home. She is a beautiful three-year-old German Shepherd mix.

Beya lived happily with her family, but did not see many other people, so she is quite nervous in new situations and first meetings. But once she gets comfortable with you, she is affectionate and eager for attention. Here she is with WHS Trainer Nichole.

When she trusts you, she becomes a “leaner” with all 83 pounds!

While Beya was happy to make friends with me (I had cheese), she was very leery of my camera and wouldn’t come near me when I was taking pictures. But we took her into a yard and she had a wonderful time playing, forgetting that I was snapping photos.

Beya lived with another dog in her previous home and got along well. Because of her limited socialization, she should not go home with young children. Beya needs some loose-leash walking practice, as in her excitement to be outside, she does pull. She had a bath at the shelter and though she didn’t seem to enjoy it, she was cooperative and tolerant during it and thrilled when it was over.

Beya is hoping for a dog-savvy home where her new family will be patient and understanding so that she can build her confidence and realize that the outside world doesn’t have to be scary. She has come a long way since arriving at WHS and is ready to go to her new home.

If you think Beya would fit well into your life and have the time and patience to make her feel safe, 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/.


Remember Maylie, the sweet girl who was adopted last week after only spending a few days in the shelter?

We got this happy update a couple of days ago.

“Maylie is such a zinger😂 she loves to play fetch and get her belly scratches. She’s like glued to our hips and can’t be in a different room without us.”

Looks like it didn’t take long for her to settle into her new home!

On that happy note, that’s if for this week!

Many thanks to Adoption Specialist Sasha, Trainer Nichole, and volunteers Marianne, Megan, and Linda for their help with this post. I couldn’t do it without them!

All of the dogs I have featured today, along with other terrific dogs waiting to be adopted, can be found at Willamette Humane Society. Here is the link to the adoptable-dog page:  https://whs4pets.org/dogs/.

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