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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

I’m going to start this post with a wonderful video which was made by OHS staff and shown at Bowser’s Boo Bash, our annual fundraising dinner, a couple of weeks ago. If you are a regular reader of my posts, you’ll remember Rocky, the extremely shy Pit Bull mix who found his perfect home last July.

Here is his story…

We had some wonderful adoptions during the past week.


This beautiful young dog was adopted by one of our OHS staff members. Volunteer Kate loved him, too!

Peter Pan

Seven-month-old Peter Pan found his new family. He will bring them much joy.


This sweet girl is an eleven-year-old senior with one of her many fans, Megan. Thanks for the picture, volunteer Lori!

Pork Chop

This character was hilarious. He LOVED to play, and though he never smiled, his tail showed his joy. Marianne enjoyed spending time with the goofy boy.


This puppy will keep his new family active! Thanks for the picture, Lori!


I was smitten with this girl the moment I met her. Marianne loved her, too. What a lucky family!


This bouncy puppy is a delight and we’re so happy he now has a home.


Another happy, active puppy was adopted this morning! Thanks to Lori for the picture.


Ripley was adopted today! This sweetheart won all of our hearts on Sunday. She is a senior and such a wonderful girl. Lucky family!

News from OHS Portland Campus

Now that we are part of Oregon Humane Society, we are able to work with the Portland staff to find the best possible placement for our dogs. Sometimes Portland sends us dogs who need a fresh potential adopters pool, and sometimes we send a dog to them. Dakota had been waiting patiently with us for a family since early September. I featured her twice, but still she waited in her kennel. At the end of October, staff agreed that she needed a fresh start. It was hard for those of us who love her to say goodbye, but we are hoping her perfect family will finally find her at our Portland campus. We knew she’d be well taken care of, but worried that she’d be confused and lonesome. We needn’t have worried. After letting my Portland volunteer friend, Julie, know Dakota was coming to them, I got the following wonderful update about Dakota from her a few days ago.

“Dakota is already a favorite of the Kennel Buddies, the volunteers who work to enrich the kennel experience with puzzles, toys, and snuggles. On her kennel buddy board a volunteer has made note of several of Dakota’s favorite toys and snacks. She has visited the fenced yards and gotten in at least one play session. 

Breaking News! 😂 Currently Dakota is helping answer the phones from her soft bed in the Community Outreach office (picture attached) and this afternoon, she has a playdate scheduled with the Afterschool Kids Club. Geez, she’s got more activities planned for one day than I have.”

It totally relieved our minds when we saw how Dakota has settled into her new digs. I hope I can report that she’s been adopted soon!

I’ve been here before and I got adopted into a super family. But they had to surrender me. They are sad and hope I get another really good family. Could you be that family?

Penny, an American Staffordshire Terrier mix, first came to the shelter in March of 2020, having been found as a stray. She was about two years old. She instantly became a favorite because of her gentle nature. Here she was with Marianne at that time.

Penny was adopted quickly and has had a happy two years. However, her family is heartbroken that they had to surrender her. It is obvious she has been very well taken care of. Her coat is sleek, her nails trimmed, and she is the same happy girl when she is with people.

It rained all day on Sunday, so my photo team and I hung out in Mary’s Place. Penny enjoyed visiting with us and was focused on getting a new home soon.

Penny’s former family wanted us to know what a terrific girl she is. They wrote, “Penny is the sweetest lapdog you ever met. She loves attention, she loves new people, loves playing with her Kong ball. She was raised with five chickens and loved them and never had any issues with them, although she will chase cats.”

She is affectionate and playful but settles nicely. She knows the cues for sit, stay, down, come, and drop. Her favorite things to do are, “lie around, nap, and be loved on.” Penny is house trained, and was left to freely roam in the house when her family was gone, never having any accidents. She has lived happily and with three children ages two, ten, and thirteen, and loved them all. She is fearful of fireworks and other loud noises. She walks well on leash after her initial excitement wears off. Penny has not had many experiences with other dogs, and would like to meet any dog she will be living with.

While Penny is outgoing and friendly to everyone when she is out and about, she is shy in her kennel. She will hesitantly come to the front, but looks uneasy, ears down and tail tucked. We hope that potential adopters won’t judge her personality by her kennel presentation. What a joyful and sweet dog she is when she is away from her kennel.

We had such a fun time with Penny on Sunday. She LOVED the GFB (Giant Fluff Ball).

Penny is very affectionate.

She knows “shake,” but was a little disappointed when Kate didn’t have a cheese treat.

Staff trainer Skylar stopped in to say hi, and Penny enlisted his help in finding a new home, too.

She was hopeful even though it was pouring outside.

Penny is an absolute sweetheart of a dog. She is sad in her kennel. We’re hoping she won’t have to stay in it for long. If you are interested in meeting Penny,  fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on her picture and then on the link Adopt Me found here  oregonhumane.org/adopt/salem-shelter-adopt-dogs/

I’m a youngster with a lot of energy, but I am going to grow up into a wonderful family dog if you’ll help me.

Clem was transferred to our campus from a local, overcrowded shelter. He was found as a stray, so, unfortunately, we don’t know his past. He is a German Shepherd mix, about eight months old. A big boy at 63 pounds, he is happy, active, and loves to romp.

We have discovered that Clem knows a few things including the cue to sit. I had planned to feature Clem last week, but he was quickly adopted. However, his new person discovered that a young German Shepherd was a bit much for him, and returned Clem.

Two Sundays ago, before the rains began, we took Clem out to the big yard. While he loves to run, he is careful about not running into people as he makes long loops. He did have one embarrassing moment.

Clem, being the youngster that he is, has a lot to learn through rewards-based training. The great news is that he is very treat-motivated, so learning new things, like how to walk calmly on leash, will be fun for both Clem and his person. He is eager to please and loves being with people. He can be shy at first meeting and would like to meet any dog he will be living with. Clem is hoping for a home with a large fenced yard.

After his romp, he spent some time on the platform. He was a little hesitant to jump up at first, but a promise of a cheese bit did the trick.

Did I mention that Clem is a “leaner”? Here he is with Kate.

For a family with the time, space, and energy for working with a young German Shepherd, Clem is the perfect fit. He can’t wait to meet you. If you are that family, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on his picture and then on the link Adopt Me found here  oregonhumane.org/adopt/salem-shelter-adopt-dogs/

I’m looking for a Hound-loving person. You know who you are. I need a home and you need a Hound! Perfect match.

It seems every dog breed has its devoted fans and Hounds are no exception. Meet Millie, a five-year-old Hound mix who was found as a stray. I first met her two weeks ago and instantly loved her. She is a beautiful, affectionate, and gentle girl.

Hounds are not the dogs for everyone. They can be vocal and usually have their nose to the ground when taking a walk. But for the right family, Hounds are devoted to their people, playful, and loving. As one dog walker wrote, “Millie will pull towards smells (typical Hound). Sweet girl! Easy to redirect.” She also is very playful as we found out in Mary’s Place.

While Millie can be playful and excited, she can also settle nicely.

If you have been looking for a Hound to add to your family, come and meet Millie. Just fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on her picture and then on the link Adopt Me found here  oregonhumane.org/adopt/salem-shelter-adopt-dogs/

There are two more available dogs I want to mention.


Carl is a five-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix. His former family wrote, “Carl is great with people and other dogs. He is a super smart, loving and friendly companion. He cannot be around cats and chickens.”

We spent some time with him in Mary’s Place on Sunday and had a great time getting to know him. What a good boy! And he thinks he’s a lap dog.

If you would like to know more about Carl, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on his picture and then on the link Adopt Me found here  oregonhumane.org/adopt/salem-shelter-adopt-dogs/


For those of you who have a soft spot in your heart and room in your life for a senior, this is sweet Max. He is a twelve-year-old Dachshund mix who won all of our hearts on Sunday. His former person wrote, “Max is a great dog. Great guard, barks when someone knocks on the door. Likes to lie in the sun and meditate. He is an indoor dog. He likes walks. He likes to be petted on his back and face. He is patient.” Max also needs to lose some extra pounds, but walks and fewer treats should do the trick.

If you would like to know more about Max, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on his picture and then on the link Adopt Me found here  oregonhumane.org/adopt/salem-shelter-adopt-dogs/

That’s it for this week.

As always, my thanks to my photo team volunteers Marianne, Megan, Linda, Kate, and photographer Lori.

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: oregonhumane.org/adopt/salem-shelter-adopt-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