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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

I’m happy to be back writing a post after taking a week off for out-of-state company. Before I talk about two terrific dogs waiting to be adopted, there were some wonderful adoptions while I was gone. There were three dogs, Cal, Samuel, and Mufasa, whom I didn’t get to meet before they went to their new homes.

Canello

Our beautiful Canello went home. Such a nice boy and just stunning. Lucky family!

Bailey

Bailey’s new name is Noni and she has a new sister, Nala.

Adoption Specialist Sasha sent me this going-home picture.

Kenobi

Puppy Kenobi is such a spunky youngster! I’m sure he’s keeping his new family entertained!

Kaylee

Our senior and wonderful girl, Kaylee, was finally adopted! We are so happy for her to be back in a home. Volunteer Susan sent me a going-home picture.

Rusty

Our huge youngster Rusty went home! So glad his new family wanted a BIG boy!

Flora

Flora was not at the shelter long, but she won many hearts, including mine. Such a wonderful girl.

Pollo

Pollo had been waiting for his new family since July 2nd. We are so happy that his wait is over.

Ruff

Our giant puppy, eight-month-old Ruff, went home with his new family on Monday. This affectionate and eager boy will be a wonderful family addition.

Smoke

Our beautiful boy, Smoke, was adopted on Tuesday. He’s such a nice dog and has been waiting for his new family quite a while. They are lucky!

I had just finished writing Hello’s feature below, when I got a message from Marianne that she was being adopted! I decided to keep her feature in this post to show you what a lucky family she now has!

My friends here say I’ve come out of my shell and am a hoot. I’m still shy around new people, though.

In the first picture of Hello (yes, that’s her name) that the Intake team took when she arrived, she was so sad. She was huddled against the back of her kennel, extremely afraid. And the first time we took her outside for pictures she was nervous and and tense.

But slowly she started to realize that Marianne would be a very good friend.

And she relaxed.

Hello was found as a stray. She is an American Staffordshire Terrier mix and is about four years old. She jumped into the car of a good samaritan at a state park. They kept her for a few days before she was brought to the shelter. Hello has come a long way since she first arrived. One volunteer wrote, “Silly girl once she is outside! Got the zoomies and played soccer in turnout! Shy but sweet.”

On Sunday we took her into Mary’s Place and we all had a ball. When Hello feels safe, she becomes an energetic, playful, affectionate girl who LOVES toys!

She is NOT the most graceful dog…

After playing, Hello was very happy to settle and just hang out with us.

We wish we knew Hello’s history. We do know she is startled by loud noises or sudden movements. She also, no doubt due to something in her past, has “stranger danger.” This means she is fearful of new people until she gets to know them. So she will need a family who will allow her to have slow introductions and let her have a place she can go where she feels safe. Small children make her nervous, so she’ll do best in a home with older kids or just adults.

For the right family, Hello will be a joy to have around and a loyal companion. And today it happened! Hello is right now settling in with her new person.

 Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, August 3, 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.

Yep, I’m a giant puppy. And oh, do I love people! You should come and meet me!

Tuff and his brother, Ruff, were found running together as strays. Both are terrific youngsters. Ruff was adopted on Monday. Tuff is still waiting and asked that I feature him this week, and I was very happy to do so.

Tuff is a 68-pound Hound mix and is about eight months old. While he can be shy at first meeting, his goofy, quirky, and delightful personality shines through very quickly.

Tuff’s kennel presentation is not great. He is so excited to see people pass by, he barks. But once outside or in Mary’s Place, he is well-behaved and quiet. Intake staff wrote, “Tuff is slow to warm up, but sweet and gentle once he gets to know you.”

On Sunday, we decided to take him out to a yard and let him run. He had a great time and he loved having us out with him. We became an instant fan club.

After a romp, we took him into Mary’s Place. That’s when we discovered what a goofy, affectionate dog he is at only eight months old. He had us in stitches.

Tuff then settled quietly and just enjoyed being with all of us.

If you have room for a big pup and the time to continue his training, Tuff will be a fantastic family dog who will love you to the moon and back. If he seems the right fit for you, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on Tuff’s picture and then on the link Adopt Me found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/. He’s waiting for you.

I’m a Border Collie. Need I say more? I LOVE LIFE!

Sarah is an eleven-month-old ball of energy and a joy to be around. She was surrendered because she could escape her yard and go on adventures—she IS a Border Collie, after all.

Here’s what DogTime has to say about Sarah’s breed:

“The highly trainable and intelligent Border Collies excel in various canine sports, including obedience, flyball, agility, tracking, and flying disc competitions. They can make for great family companions, so long as they get a lot — a lot! — of physical and mental exercise. You’ll also have to be comfortable with a dog who can outsmart you from time to time. If you want a loving, brainy dog who will keep you active and on your toes, this may be the breed for you!” (https://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/border-collie)

Sarah’s person had many good things to tell us about her. She “loves to play, is high energy, and is great with kids. She is affectionate and friendly with visitors. She loves to play in water and to jump. She is fine with other dogs and even cats! She is frightened by loud noise such as fireworks and yelling.”

Sarah is still a youngster and will need to continue to work on house-training for when she’s left alone, something she’s a bit embarrassed about. She will need a very secure fenced yard.

Sarah was shy when she first arrived at the shelter. Here she is soon after she had been freed from the dreaded “cone” after being spayed. She wasn’t relaxed quite yet.

But over the time she has been with us, she has gained confidence, and her vivacious, hilarious personality has blossomed. We spent time with her in Mary’s Place on Sunday (it was too hot to play outside) and she was thrilled.

As she got to know us, she had lots to say, as Border Collies often do. Linda was enjoying the last of an egg McMuffin.

She noticed the toy chest.

She happened to spy the “talking ball.”

And then this happened…

Being a Border Collie, Sarah wanted to have a heart-to-heart talk about her blog feature.

Sarah is a delightful dog. She is not the dog for the casual dog owner, however. But for someone who will give her the outlets she needs for her physical and mental energy, she will be such a great family addition. Do you enjoy dog sports such as obedience, flyball, agility, tracking, or flying disc competition? Do you have a pool that she could play in? If so, Sarah would love to be part of your family. If she sounds like the dog for you, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on Sarah’s picture and then on the link Adopt Me found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/. She can’t wait to meet you!

That’s it for this week!

As always, my thanks to my photo team volunteers Marianne, Megan, Linda, and Kate. Also special thanks to volunteer Susan and Adoption Specialist Sasha for going-home pictures.

All of the dogs I have featured today, along with other terrific dogs waiting to be adopted, can be found at Oregon Humane Society Salem Campus. 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 shelter soon. Some dogs are adopted more quickly than you might think.

You can reach me at  adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com