Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
This week’s post is about five very different dogs, but each is so hoping for the right family to love them. But first, take a look at the happy adoptions that happened during this past week. WHS has a number of puppies old enough to be adopted. There were four (Freya, Astrid, Wizard, and Odin) who were adopted on Tuesday! They came and went so quickly, I never met them.
Tesla and Flash
We were over the moon about these adoptions! Every so often, a bonded pair of dogs is surrendered to the shelter. It can be a challenge to find a home for them together, as most adopters are looking for one dog, not two. It’s even more difficult when the dogs are medium or large. We had a wonderful time with Flash and Tesla two Sundays ago. They are absolutely delightful dogs. And on March 19th, they got adopted! We are overjoyed that they didn’t have to stay long at the shelter and that they went to their new home together!
They even happily posed last week for St. Patrick’s Day photos with Megan and Linda!
This sweet boy won the hearts of everyone who met him. Megan was one of his many fans. Another volunteer took him home on a respite and was so smitten, she adopted him!
Hennesy, a four-month-old Pit Bull Terrier/Siberian Husky mix, was adopted once but returned when members of the family were allergic to her. However, she didn’t stay long at the shelter. We had a fun time with her on Sunday. Staff member Rachael raced with her and Linda worked on impulse control. On Tuesday she went home with her new family.
Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, March 23, 2022. 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.
I’m looking for a quiet, calm retirement home where I can relax with a bit of cheese and a rope toy. Got a rope toy?
Are you one of those people who has a special place in your heart for senior dogs? Let me introduce you to Bond, a nine-year-old Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix. He has been described as an elder gentleman. He was surrendered when his owner could no longer take care of him.
I met Bond when he first arrived at WHS in late February while he was getting to know the Behavior and Training staff. Here he was with Trainer Karla. He was quite uneasy when he first came to the shelter, but I told him if he posed for pictures, I’d give him some cheese. His ears perked up.
After a few pictures, this happened.
Bond’s former person had many good things to say about this big boy (92 pounds!). At home he was relaxed, but did like to go for walks. He loves treats and rope toys. He will bark when first seeing a stranger, but then settles and “is happy to see them.” His best friend was a neighbor dog, quite a bit smaller than Bond. “They went on walks together. They gave each other kisses and he shared his rope toys with her.” When he was left alone free in the house, he slept. He loves to go in the car. He is house-trained and “gives the look” when he needs to go outside.
One thing Bond does not like is cats, so he will need a feline-free home. He also can be quite handling-sensitive. He does not like hands over his head or over-petting. He needs a family who will respect his space and let him make the move for affection. His handling sensitivity is most obvious at the vet. Bond also has some allergies that his family will need to stay on top of.
We took Bond into Mary’s Place and he enjoyed just hanging out with us. He takes treats gently and was relaxed. He loved my cheese bits.
The day we were taking St. Patrick’s Day shots, Bond posed happily with Marianne.
If you have a heart for an old dog who needs a place to relax and be loved in his golden years, you need to meet Bond. He is waiting for you.
If you think Bond will fit well in your home, 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/.
I’m young, I’m eager, and I have spunk! I’d love to romp with you!
Do you have an active lifestyle and space for a dog to run? Have you been feeling a bit down and are in need of a boost? Then you need to meet Booster, a one-year-old Boxer mix who is an absolute delight to be around.
Booster was found as a stray, so we don’t know any of his brief history, but he has made quite an impression on volunteers at the shelter. This boy loves ACTION! Just take him out to your yard and watch him play. You don’t even have to throw a ball or toy more than once—Booster takes it from there.
On Sunday we took him out to the big yard to see if he would like to romp. Silly question. And he is not picky about his toys.
Pictures are fun, but you can’t fully appreciate Booster until you see him in action.
Booster is still very much a puppy with the usual lack of impulse control. He is a happy, jumpy, youngster. He will need rewards-based training to learn the skills he needs to become a great family dog. But, oh, what fun it will be to train him. While he isn’t picky about toys, he does appreciate more high-value treats. Cheese is a favorite. We don’t know how much socialization this boy has gotten, so he will need to meet any dog he would be living with.
He does know the cue to “sit.” And he is affectionate and wants to please. Marianne is one of his biggest fans.
Then our playtime was up.
With the proper guidance, Booster will grow into a wonderful family member.
He would enjoy hiking, jogging, and anything else active. We’re hoping a family looking for a happy and eager pup, who will put in the time and patience he needs, will find him soon and take him home. If you think you are 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/.
I’ve been here quite a while and I’m getting stressed at the shelter. I sure hope my new family comes to get me soon!
I first met Turner soon after he arrived at the shelter in early February. He had been abandoned and then taken in by a family, but they couldn’t keep him, so he came to us. Turner is a Pit Bull/Lab mix and is about a year old. We don’t know anything about his past. I wrote a Quick Look about him in my February 23rd post, thinking he would be adopted quickly, but that has not been the case.
Turner is not a dog for the casual dog owner. At only a year old, he has a ton of energy and not a lot of training. In his youthful enthusiasm for everything, he can be mouthy and jumpy. At 97 pounds (yes, he knows he needs to lose some of those extra pounds) he is a big boy and quite strong. He can walk nicely on leash, but when he’s excited, he will pull.
While Turner is a lot of dog, he can also be calm and extremely cuddly. Here he was a few weeks ago when we had him in Mary’s Place. He loves Marianne.
On Sunday we brought him back into Mary’s Place and Linda worked with him on the cue “leave it.” Turner proved to be a quick study and it wasn’t long before he knew what was expected of him. It was fun to watch.
After doing so well on learning “leave it,” Turner got to spend some relaxing time with Megan.
Turner is hoping that an experienced family who loves to train youngsters to become wonderful members of the family will find him soon.
If you are 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/.
Snoop is a five-year-old Pit Bull/German Shepherd mix who is a very active, eager dog. I met him for the first time on Sunday. Megan and I took him out to the big yard for his photoshoot and he was a great poser.
Snoop will need a home without small children, as he can be a resource guarder about toys and food. He’ll need a family who will respect his space. His former family reports, “Snoop is super loving and just wants to be with his people.” He is dog-selective, so should meet any dog he would be living with.
Since we were in the big yard, Snoop took advantage of the space and had a wonderful time romping. He thought I should make a movie about it, so I did!
Snoop was so much fun to watch playing. To learn more about Snoop and see if he would be a good fit for you, 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/.
Beya is a beautiful three-year-old German Shepherd mix. She has been waiting for her just-right family fit since November 29th. I have written about her several times and still she waits. So on Sunday I decided she needed some fresh pictures. She was so cooperative about posing with spring flowers.
To read all about Beya and the kind of home she is waiting for, read her feature in my March 2nd post here. If after reading about her, you think you might be the right family for Beya, 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/.
If you are a regular reader of my posts, you will remember Montegro (Monty) very well. He was a transfer from our sister shelter in Maui, Hawaii in March of 2019. He was not a handsome dog. The Maui shelter thought he had probably been attacked by a wild boar at some point and he was missing part of his mouth. He immediately became a volunteer favorite because of his gentle, affectionate nature. Marianne was one of his many fans.
He loved the GFB (Giant Fluff Ball).
We were worried about him finding a home. We didn’t need to be. Here he is meeting his forever family for the first time.
Since his adoption, Caroline (his human mom) has sent me pictures every so often that I then send on to Laura (his contact from Hawaii) who sends them on to the Maui shelter. They are always thrilled to see him so happy. Last week I got a new one.
Here’s what Caroline wrote:
“We were so excited to bring Monty home on March 17th, 2019. He has brought so much happiness, love, and humor to our home. We’ve been dog-sitting for Bear, our son’s dog, and Bear has become Monty’s best friend. Monty also loves our two outside cats. Monty has some cosmetic issues that I think some might find hard to look at. For us, that was a draw to this awesome dog! Thank you, Willamette Humane Society, for giving us the wonder gift in Monty!“
Best friends asleep.
Monty’s new bed!
Monty will always be a special boy to us and we are so grateful that he has such a loving family.
With that happy update, that’s all for this week.
My thanks to my photo team, Marianne, Megan, and Linda as well as staff members Karla and Rachael.
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.
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