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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

Some Sundays at WHS are extra fun because the dogs I plan on featuring in my blog are especially cooperative for posing for pictures and enjoy spending quality time with us. Last Sunday was such a day. But before I tell you about some special dogs who are waiting for their forever people to find them, here are the adoptions from last week.


Little Jack, a twelve-year-old senior, was very stressed at the shelter. We are so glad he’s now settling in with his new family.


Dewey is such a delightful dog! He is smart, eager, and affectionate. He was adopted Tuesday afternoon. Lucky family!

Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, May 18, 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 know I’m a big guy, but I’m very gentle and once I get to know you, I’ll love spending time with you.

MaGoo is a Great Dane mix and at 109 pounds, he is what the shelter calls “extra large.” But don’t be intimidated by his size, he’s actually quite shy. Here he was on Sunday with WHS Behavior and Training Instructor, Nichole.

MaGoo was found as a stray, so we don’t know his history. He was picked up by a Deputy Sheriff answering a call of a loose dog in a neighborhood. When they arrived at WHS, MaGoo accidentally got loose. What did he do? He jumped right back into the deputy’s van, ready to go again.

The Intake staff found Magoo delightful. They wrote, “Very sweet boy. Great for processing. Showed no reluctance or sensitivity to being touched anywhere.” MaGoo was a bit overwhelmed at the shelter at first and did not feel relaxed in a kennel. But since arriving, he has settled in and I got to spend some time with him and Nichole in a yard on Sunday morning. Nichole mentioned that he loved stuffed toys, so I got my GFB (Giant Fluff Ball) to see if he’d like to play with it. He did.

Although we don’t know what his past life has been, we guess that he is about four years old. He walks well on leash, although he will pull some when he wants to check out a smell along the way. He takes a little time to warm up to a new person, but he was politely taking cheese bits out of my hand very soon after I entered the yard. He also quickly sat and posed for my camera.

MaGoo is a bit intimated by large dogs—I don’t think he realizes he IS one—but seems to like smaller ones. We have no idea how he would be with cats or children. Nichole has become one of MaGoo’s favorite people and she wrote after one play session, “While in the play yard he leaned against me soliciting attention. He enjoys pets on his chest, back and rump.”

If you have experience with large breeds and are looking for a companion who will love to romp and then lean against you to relax, MaGoo may be just the right dog 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/.

Don’t want all the challenges of a puppy? Do you have a place in your heart for seniors? If so, I’ll be waiting for you.

Caleb is an absolute joy to be around. He is a ten-year-old American Staffordshire mix who was surrendered because his person was moving into a retirement home and couldn’t take him.

Caleb is looking for a quiet home where he can take short walks and spend the rest of the day relaxing with his peeps. Because of weakness in his back legs, he is on a supplement for joint mobility which he will need to be on for the rest of his life. He also finds stairs a challenge, so a one-level house would be ideal. But don’t think for a minute that Caleb isn’t a happy, eager dog. It is obvious he has been much loved. His former person wrote, “Caleb is a very sweet boy. He is a little timid, but warms up quickly. He does really well when left alone in the house. He is house-trained and had a doggy door he used. He does well in the car. His loves toys, especially plushies and balls. He is afraid of fireworks.” Caleb will chase cats, so a feline-free home is important. He has done well with other dogs in the past, but would need to meet any that he would be living with.

Caleb has made many friends at the shelter. Intake staff wrote, “Caleb solicited attention, had loose body language, wagged his tail, likes to lean on people.”

We spent time with Caleb on Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed him. Here are some pictures of our time together. Megan became an instant fan, soon to be followed by Linda and Marianne.

After our time outside, we decided to relax in Mary’s Place. Caleb loved it.

Caleb will be a wonderful companion for someone looking for a gentle, older dog. We’re hoping that person will come very soon. If you think he may be what you’ve been waiting for, 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/.

My friends here say I’m just about the perfect dog. I have some medical needs, but I promise I’m worth it if you adopt me!

Bailey is an amazing six-year-old Smooth Collie/Shepherd mix. She is as sweet as she is beautiful.

Bailey first came to WHS in 2017 from an overcrowded shelter in Texas. She was adopted very quickly. As Bailey has gotten older, sudden movements and the noise of small children make her uneasy, so she came back to us. She is looking for a family with teens or just adults where she will feel comfortable.

What her new family must understand is that Bailey has a disorder called Addison’s disease. Basically, it affects her adrenal gland’s ability to produce hormones. She will need a daily dose of corticosteroid hormone treatment for the rest of her life. The great news is that with the medication, her lifespan will not be affected and she will remain a very healthy and active dog.

Bailey can be a little shy at first meeting, but it doesn’t take long for her to ask if you want to play fetch—she LOVES to play fetch. She not only catches a toy in midair, but she drops it at your feet. Watch.

Bailey is house- and crate-trained. She knows the cues for “sit,” “down,” “shake,” and “stay.” She ignores cats and gets along with other dogs, though will need to meet any she would be living with.

While Bailey can be active in playing fetch, she also enjoys simply hanging out with her friends, as she did with us on Sunday.

Posing for pictures is exhausting!

Bailey is going to make some lucky family the best dog ever. If you are that 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 am hoping there is a person reading this who wants to give a hospice dog a forever home. I promise I will try to be the best dog you’ve ever had.

I hadn’t planned on featuring Copper in this post, as I didn’t think he’d be available yet. But since he is, I can’t resist telling you about this special boy who needs a special person. Look at this face.

Copper is a quiet, laid-back, five-year-old Terrier mix who won our hearts the minute he made eye contact with us. Copper was surrendered with Carbon, also available. The dogs have lived happily together, but can be adopted separately. Although, if you are thinking about adopting two dogs, they’d be thrilled. Megan reported that on Monday evening, Copper and Carbon had a play date and “had a blast.” She wrote, “When we took him in a yard to play with Carbon, Copper became a very bouncy and playful puppy!” They were surrendered because their family could not give them the attention they felt they deserved, and wanted them to have a family who could.

Copper is a hospice adoption. He has renal disease, hypothyroidism, and dermatitis, all which require medication to manage the symptoms, as well as medicated baths to help his skin. While we don’t know how long Copper has, he will give his person so much love in the meantime. We know there are people who willingly give their hearts to hospice dogs and we’re hoping such a person will read this post and want to make the rest of Copper’s life the best it can be. Megan, along with the rest of our team, was smitten the moment we met Copper.

Copper was originally found as a stray, but has lived the last five years with a loving family who has many good things to say about him. They wrote, “Copper is very laid-back, doesn’t bark at anything, he does whine if he sees you fixing his food.” He has a good history with cats, children, and other dogs. “He is a very good listener.” Copper ran around when let off leash, once the owner said, ‘You can run!'” Copper is house- and crate-trained. He is not a huge fan of car rides, but doesn’t become upset. He walks politely on leash and takes treats gently. The Intake staff were as taken with Copper as we were. They wrote, “Copper has loose body language and was excellent for medical handling. Treat-motivated. Very sweet boy.”

After some outside picture time, we took Copper in Mary’s Place and we all relaxed.

Copper is waiting for a special person. Maybe they will come soon. If you might be the one, 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 met Murray, a two-year-old Anatolian Shepherd mix, for the first time last Sunday and what a wonderful dog he is!

Murray came to us from another shelter as a stray, so we don’t know much about his history. We did learn a little about him from his stay at the other shelter. They said he was initially shy, but warmed up quickly to staff and volunteers. He did well in play groups, but did get overwhelmed by other large dogs.

When we took him out for pictures on Sunday, he was very cooperative and loved Linda’s treats.

Murray will need slow introductions to new people, but it won’t take long before he is comfortable and eager for pets. He will need to meet any other dog he will be living with. He may have been an outdoor dog, so will need a little help in house-training.

We took him into Mary’s Place and had a great time. He’s going to make some lucky family a wonderful addition.

He was puzzled about what exactly I was doing.

Still puzzled.

We were all smitten with this gentle, sweet boy. If you are too, 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.

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/

As always, my thanks to my photo team, Marianne, Linda, and Megan and to WHS Behavior and Training Instructor, Nichole.

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