Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
I’m happy to report that adoptions picked up again during the last week. Here are the six lucky dogs who are settling in with their new families.
Shilo is six months old and a delightful, goofy character. He will keep his new family laughing!
At four months, Sally has lots to explore and learn. What a cutie she is!
We are over the moon about this adoption. Beya got adopted (again) on Friday! We are so hoping that this will be her perfect family fit! She’s been waiting to go to her forever home for six months.
Our sweet Bear was adopted on June 2nd. Such a nice boy. Lucky family!
I was so happy that I was at the shelter on Sunday to say goodbye to our sweet hospice boy, Copper, as he went home with his new family. He liked them immediately and was not at all hesitant to get into their van. We are so grateful there are people who will adopt a hospice dog and give him the best life for as long as he has. Megan was glad she was there to say goodbye, too!
Once again we are grateful there are adopters for our seniors. Babie is thirteen, but you’d never know it. She’s adorable and such a spunky little girl! Lucky family.
Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, June 8, 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 my kennel presentation needs work. But you see, I’m very shy. If you spend some time with me, you’ll realize I’m quite affectionate!
Rocky arrived at the shelter May 2nd because his family was moving and couldn’t take him. He is a three-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix with the cutest face.
Life at the shelter is stressful for this sensitive boy. He cowers at the back of his kennel when a visitor approaches. We think this may be why potential adopters pass him by. Rocky was adopted once, but returned when the resident dog did not want to share her family with him.
Rocky’s former family had many good things to tell us about him. Once he feels at home, he is such a fun character. He gets along with other dogs, is fine with cats, and great with children. He has been mostly an outdoor dog since a puppy, and so will need a little time and patience when becoming more of an indoor dog. He isn’t totally house-trained and stairs are scary for him. He is crate-trained.
Rocky warms up quickly to new people, but my camera was a different story. While he’d take my treats and lick my hand without my camera, he became fearful when I took it out. Thus I took pictures from afar when Megan and I took him out to the big yard a couple weeks ago.
Last Sunday we brought him into Mary’s Place and he loved being with Marianne, Linda, Megan, and me (except when I brought out my camera).
I decided I’d try making a little movie to show Rocky’s cuddly side. Luckily, he is very treat-motivated and so while he was nervous during the filming, some cheese bits helped.
If you are looking for a dog who will think you are the best human in the world and who, with a little time and patience, will be a delightful new family addition, 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 still here, waiting for you. I promise to be your best dog EVER if you just give me the chance.
I first wrote about Juicy in my May 25th post, hoping she’d be adopted quickly. She hasn’t been. On Sunday we decided to spend some fun time with her in Mary’s Place and take some fresh pictures. She was so excited to be with us and so happy to be in Mary’s Place.
Juicy was found as a stray, arriving at WHS on May 10th, very timid and uneasy. We guess her age at about eight. 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. Since she is a senior, a family with older kids or just adults would be best for Juicy.
Since she arrived, Juicy has become a volunteer favorite. She is so happy to see us, eager to please, and loves to hang out with her peeps in Mary’s Place. She likes to play with toys (though she may de-stuff plushies).
Juicy seems to enjoy posing for my camera.
Juicy would love to spend her evenings watching movies on the couch with her next family. It turns out her favorite movie is “E.T.” Who would have thought?
Juicy really didn’t want to head back to her kennel, she enjoys Mary’s Place so much.
To see more pictures (and cartoons) of Juicy, check out my May 25th post here. If you’d like to give Juicy the loving retirement home that she deserves, 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 may only have three legs, but that doesn’t slow me down for a minute.
I met Blaze for the first time on Sunday, though he had been surrendered on May 17th. This spunky one-year-old Chihuahua arrived at the shelter needing his front right leg amputated due to an injury after getting out of his former home. After the operation, he went to a foster to recuperate. He is now back at the shelter and ready to be adopted.
His foster person got to know Blaze quite well. She wrote, “Blaze likes to be held or sitting next to someone, and whines if you leave him in a kennel but eventually settles and sleeps in his crate. He walks well on three legs and walks okay on a leash if you give gentle suggestions and call him. He does not like strangers to reach toward him if being held, but will allow touching if you move slowly and talk in a comforting tone. He likes to be scratched on his back and around his neck. He is very food-motivated and eats both kibble and wet food.” We don’t know what Blaze’s experience has been with other dogs, cats, or children. Since he is young and still learning to navigate on three legs, he’ll need a family who will continue his training.
While he was initially timid when meeting me, it only took a couple of cheese bits to befriend him.
Here he is with Behavior and Training Instructor, Nichole.
He does like cheese!
Blaze has adapted to three legs amazingly well. He trots, hops, and jumps with no problem.
He even gave me a little play bow!
If your family would like to help Blaze grow up into a happy, confident little dog, 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 featured Bing in my January 19, 2021 post, writing, “Bing arrived at WHS on December 30, having been found with another dog, Phoebe, running near an intersection. The finder kept them overnight before bringing them to the shelter and reported that they were both extremely timid. Phoebe was adopted right away, but Bing is still waiting.”
I wondered what had happened in his young life to make him so fearful of new places and people.
The very next week, Bing was adopted. Here’s what Behavior and Training Instructor Nichole wrote, “Bing was adopted today! He went home with an older female dog, a woman and her son.”
This week Nichole got an update!
“I adopted Bing back in January and said I would give you an update. Sorry it’s been so long, time gets away from me. When we brought him home, he was scared of everything, including going outside by himself. He has come a long way and is getting used to a lot of things. He still has a way to go but he is such a good boy and I do believe he loves it here with us. He does love to snuggle and demands attention all the time :)”
We’re hoping that Rocky will be found by someone like Bing’s family.
On that happy update, that’s it for this week.
As always, my thanks to volunteers Marianne, Megan, and Linda, and Behavior and Training Instructor, Nichole.
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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