Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

It was a beautiful, warm spring Sunday and we and the shelter dogs that we spent time with thoroughly enjoyed posing and playing in the sunshine. First, however, here are some terrific adoptions that happened during the last week.

Rosie and Bescha

We were thrilled when a family adopted both Rosie and Bescha, who had arrived at the shelter together. While they were not tightly bonded, they did enjoy each other’s company and had lived together for a long time. We are always grateful when a family adopts one of our seniors—but this time they adopted TWO—Rosie is ten and Bescha is nine.

Here Rosie was with Marianne a couple of weeks ago.

Here was Bescha with Megan the same day.


When Benedict arrived at the shelter, he was so nervous and shy. Linda is wonderful with shy dogs and he felt safe with her almost immediately. We are all very happy he didn’t have to stay at the shelter long.


Shilo is an amazing six-month-old pup who will keep his new family laughing and busy with training. Such a delightful youngster! He had Linda in stitches.

Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, May 25, 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 not a puppy, but I have a lot of love to give to my new family if only I get the chance.

Juicy was found as a stray, arriving at WHS on May 10th, very shy and uneasy. We guess her age at about eight. She is an American Pit Bull Terrier mix. At first, Juicy was reluctant to exit her kennel for walks and her eyes had a worried look.

She wanted to be near people she felt safe with, and Marianne became one of them.

Juicy gradually relaxed and became eager to meet new friends like Megan.

This Sunday we took Juicy into Mary’s Place and she enjoyed every minute.

Later, Megan and I took her out to the big yard to see if she’d like to run around. She didn’t, but enjoyed just being out in the sunshine and posing for pictures.

Juicy is looking for a quiet retirement home. She has been shy around other dogs at the shelter, so would need to meet any she’d be living with. She’ll be happy with a leisurely walk around the neighborhood, then settling in for an evening relaxing on the couch with her peeps.

And speaking of relaxing, in the spirit of full disclosure, you need to be aware that Juicy snores. Here she in in action, filmed by another volunteer, Roxanne.

Since she is a senior, a family with older kids or just adults would be best for Juicy. If you’d like to give Juicy the loving retirement home that she so deserves, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on her picture and then on the link Adopt Me found on this page:

I know I’m not the right dog for everyone, but for the right family, I’ll be the BEST dog you’ve ever had!

Hank is an absolutely delightful youngster at eleven months old. He is an Australian Shepherd mix.

Australian Shepherds are very intelligent, high-energy dogs who are quite sensitive and want more than anything to be with their people. They are not for the first-time dog family. They are also herding dogs. This means that if they don’t have sheep to herd, they may herd young children—and that is why Hank was surrendered by his family. Hank will do best with older children. Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercise and a job. They excel in competitive dog sports such as agility and flyball. Like to play Frisbee? Hank would! They love to be introduced to new skills and learn quickly. They are not a dog who can be left alone for hours. They are loyal and eager to please, and thrive in the company of their people.

Hank’s former family described his personality at home as “very hyper, eager to please, energetic, very loyal. Playful. Kinda like a big teddy bear.” Hank was mostly an outdoor dog but is hoping his new family will let him be inside with them. Because of being an outdoor dog, he is not fully house-trained, but he’s such a quick learner, it won’t take him long. He already is crate-trained. He knows several cues such as “sit” and “down.” He loves to play fetch. He also loves “stuffies” and sleeps with a stuffed animal at night. He does okay in the car, though is a little nervous. He will do best as an only dog, as he can be a rough player. He also will need a feline-free home.

We took Hank into a yard to play and discovered he absolutely loved the Jolly Ball.

Because of his fascination with the Jolly Ball, we decided to pitch in and buy him one that he will take home when adopted.

Hank was so cooperative and seemed to enjoy posing for my camera. He seemed to know we were trying to help him get adopted to his just-right home.

Here Hank is in action!

As exuberant as Hank is, he also can settle and relax. Here he was in Mary’s Place after our playtime.

Linda gave him a little training session and he did great.

Hank is a wonderful dog and will give the right family so much joy and love. If you can give this youngster the time, patience, exercise, and training he needs, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on his picture and then on the link Adopt Me found on this page:

You already know my friend, Copper. Now it’s my turn to shine!

Last week I featured Copper, a five-year-old hospice adoption who came to WHS with his friend Carbon, a seven-year old Lab/Pit Bull Terrier mix.

Carbon’s family surrendered both dogs because they felt they deserved more attention and exercise than the family could give them. Although the dogs are friends and play well together, they are not bonded and can be adopted separately.

Carbon is a bit shy at first meetings, but once he feels comfortable, he becomes an affectionate 70-pound lap dog. He has lived happily with children, other dogs, and even cats. Intake staff reported that “Carbon was loose and wiggly. He is treat-motivated and vocal. He does well with medical handling.”

Carbon’s former family told us lots about this sweet boy. “If Carbon sees people, he wants to go play, and will run out to greet them. If a stranger comes in the house, Carbon will bark, but listens well and stops when asked to. Carbon is a lover. He wants to be on the couch with you, snuggling. Carbon pulls on the leash some on a walk, but is still very owner-oriented. He will stay by his owner.” He is crate-trained.

The first Sunday I met Carbon, he was uneasy and nervous, having just arrived at the shelter. However, this Sunday, he was much more relaxed. Marianne was quite smitten with him.

Carbon was delighted to go into Mary’s Place for some bonding time. He immediately jumped up on the couch to pose for me.

We decided to take Carbon and Copper out for a play date. We had a great time.

If Carbon sounds like the right dog to add to your family, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on his picture and then on the link Adopt Me found on this page:


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. And now Moose is hoping that his new family will find him soon. I featured Moose in my April 20th post, thinking he’d be adopted very quickly. But that hasn’t been the case.

This week Nichole, one of our Behavior and Training Instructors wrote this: “Our Animal Behavior college student took these photos of Moose just relaxing in the grass after a long training session.” We’re hoping fresh pictures will help to get this boy adopted.

To read all about Moose, click on his April 20 feature here. If you are interested in adopting Moose, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on his picture and then on the link Adopt Me found on this page:

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:

As always, my thanks to my photo team, Marianne, Linda, and Megan, and to WHS Behavior and Training Instructor, Nichole. Also a special thanks to volunteer Roxanne, who took the snoring video.

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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