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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

This week I’m going to introduce you to three dogs who have arrived recently at the shelter. Two of them were surrendered by their owners and one was found as a stray. All three are hoping that soon they will be found by their forever families, and I promised them I’d try to help.

But first, there are four adoptions to report from last week—two were newbies and seniors. Because I missed going to WHS last week, I never got to meet them. Happily, volunteer Marianne got some pictures.


This little guy arrived at the shelter looking a bit scruffy. But Marianne got him a date with a terrific groomer who gave him an adorable makeover last Thursday morning. And…you guessed it, he was adopted Thursday afternoon!


Angus was found as a stray and we are so happy that he now has a home. Here he was last week in Mary’s Place where he won the hearts of everyone who met him.

It didn’t take him long to win over his new person. Adoption Specialist Sasha sent me this photo of Angus about to head home.


I only met Shade on Sunday, after she was spayed. We are so glad she was adopted, as she was not comfortable at the shelter. Now she can relax.

Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, April 20, 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 new here and a bit shy at first, but give me a little time and…

Tiger is a four-year-old German Shepherd mix who arrived at WHS on April 12th. He was surrendered because his family did not have enough time for him. He originally came from a shelter in Texas several months ago.

Tiger is quite shy at first meeting. When we brought him out for pictures on Sunday, he was nervous and uncertain. While he tried to pose for me, he was not relaxed and wouldn’t smile.

He felt a little better when he could be close to Linda and became interested in a cheese bit, but didn’t take it.

Tiger’s former family writes that when he is comfortable, he is “sweet, happy, sociable, licks everyone.” He has lived with three other big dogs, but was not a rough player. He was fine with the family’s eight-year-old child. He likes to chew, so a supply of appropriate toys would be good in his next home. Although he would sometimes have accidents in the house when he was left too long, he has not had any in his kennel at WHS. He loves to go for car rides.

Tiger should lose some weight, as he is on the chunky side at 66 pounds. Need a reason to go for walks? Tiger would love to go with you and romping in the back yard would be fun, too.

We decided to take Tiger into Mary’s Place and spend a little time getting to know him. We are so glad we did! What a delightful, hilarious, and goofy personality he showed us as he felt more and more comfortable. And smile, he did!

But you need to see him in action to fully appreciate the “goofiness” of this boy. He had us all in stitches! He isn’t the most graceful dog at the shelter, as you will see.

After quite a few minutes of romping, this happened.

Tiger is going to be such an entertaining, loving dog for some lucky family. Could it be yours?

If you are that lucky 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/.

Are you up for a young, high-energy adolescent who’s looking for an active family to have adventures with? Pick ME!

This stunning boy is Boris, a one-year-old German Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix who is such a joyful dog.

The first thing to know about Boris is that he is not an apartment kind of dog. He was surrendered because his family lived in one and felt it was unfair to Boris who loves to run and play. Being a German Shepherd and Siberian Husky mix, he can also be vocal when excited. But if you have a large fenced yard and enjoy watching a young dog entertain himself with a tennis ball, this is the dog for you!

Here he was on Sunday afternoon having such a wonderful time playing all by himself. No need to throw a ball, Boris throws it!

Boris’ family loved him and had many good things to tell us. Boris is very playful, but can also relax. He’s never met a stranger, and runs to them to say, “Hi!” He lived with an eleven-year-old and was very gentle with her. He enjoys the company of other dogs. He has lived with three cats and wanted to play with them, so they kept out of his reach. He knows basic cues like “sit” and “down.” He is very smart, in fact so smart that he figured out how to open the refrigerator in his former home. He is still fine-tuning his house-training skills, so will need a little more time and patience to complete them.

If you are a family who camps and hikes, Boris would love to have adventures with you. If you have a fenced yard where he can romp, he will be a delight to watch.

Boris enjoyed my cheese bits and happily posed.

This young dog has tremendous potential to become a terrific family addition. He is not the right dog for everyone, but for the right family who has space, time, and is eager for adventure, Boris would be a perfect fit. 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.or/dogs/.

I’m a youngster, too! I have lots of energy, too! I know I have stuff to learn, but you could teach me, right?

Moose is a one-year-old German Wirehaired Pointer mix who was found as a stray and brought to WHS on April 5th. When he arrived, he looked like he’d been on his own for a while. He had ear infections, his skin was irritated, his paw pads were tender and he was very thin. But none of that affected his happy-go-lucky, friendly spirit. The officer who delivered him to the shelter wrote, “VERY SWEET, GOOD BOY!” Here he was on Sunday, having had a medicated bath for his skin issues.

Since we know nothing about Moose’s past, I can only tell you what staff and volunteers have learned about him in the short time he’s been at the shelter. He is fine about getting harnessed and leashed to go for walks, he loves attention and will solicits pets. He is “loose and wiggly” during handling, knows basic manners, and loves treats (I found cheese is a favorite). He has not shown any reactivity toward other dogs as he walked by them.

When we took Moose outside for pictures on Sunday, he was very cooperative. He wanted to show his serious side.

He took my cheese bit very gently.

He knows the cues for “sit” and “lie down.”

He enjoyed posing for a picture with Marianne.

Moose is a very sweet boy. If you’d like to learn more about him and see if he’d be a good fit for your family, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on his picture and then on the link Adopt Me found on this page: https://whs4pets.or/dogs/.

We have a very fun update to close with this week. If you are a regular reader of my posts, you know Sasha, an Adoption Specialist at WHS, who often sends me dog going-home photos.


When little Flurry arrived at the shelter, we knew he wouldn’t be there long. He was a ten-month-old American Eskimo pup who was absolutely adorable. Here are the pictures I took of him in November of 2021.

Little did we know that Sasha had fallen for him the moment he arrived at WHS. The rest is history. This week I got this happy update.

Where do I start? Flurry, now Mango, has been a great addition to our family. It took him quite a while to feel like he was part of the gang. I just love this boy. He is such a cuddle bug. Mango gets so excited to see any of us when we come home, even when we have been gone for a short amount of time. He still steals my five-year-old daughter’s toys and runs off. Frustrates her to no end.

We are working on recall, but he still thinks being chased is a game. He loves to sit in the window, bird watching. One of our cats is his best friend. Half the time I think he believes he is a cat. 

 Mango still has some confidence issues we are working on. He is still wary of strangers and gets spooked easily by the smallest unexpected sounds, leaves rustling, a plastic bag blowing in the wind. His reaction, true to his breed, is to bark the scary things away. Earplugs would probably be a good investment.”

Mango is a very lucky pup to have been adopted by this family!

That’s it for this week!

As always, my thanks to my photo team, Marianne and Linda (Megan was out this week), and to Adoption Specialist Sasha.

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