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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

Note: Update on my WordPress issues: It turns out the “theme” that I’ve used since I started posting here in 2012, has been “retired,” causing several issues, including stretched pictures on mobile devices. I have yet to get through to a human at WordPress to “chat” online to help me navigate choosing/implementing a new theme. In the meantime, I have figured out a way to load the pictures so that they are acceptable on all devices (I think!)

It was another busy week at the shelter. Here are the adoptions.

There were several newbies adopted before I got a chance to meet them. They were Ayra, Tucker, Freida, Beau, Oliver, Ruckus and Yoshi.


Remember this delightful dog from last week’s post? I’m happy to report that she is now adjusting to her new life as part of a family. Staff member Mackenzie sent me this wonderful going-home picture.

Princess Peach

I fell for this puppy when she posed longer than a nanosecond for her pictures!


Also a puppy, he was so serious during pictures.


Still a youngster at eleven months, I was so surprised that he wasn’t adopted immediately. Glad he was last week!


I just met Toby last Sunday and he was adopted on Monday. We knew he would be scooped up quickly.


Drum roll, happy dance! Howdy was one of our long-termers. We had planned to feature him again this week, but he was adopted Sunday afternoon! I was so happy to take his going-home picture. Howdy’s expression says it all.


Jake is a ten-year-old senior. He was adopted once, but returned quickly when he didn’t care for the resident cat. But he was adopted again on Tuesday! So happy when people adopt our seniors.


Hunter is such a calm and delightful dog. Glad he didn’t have to stay at the shelter for long.


This sweet little girl was very nervous on Sunday, she was a new arrival. Happily now she’s with a loving family.

Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, August 2, 2023. 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.“The shelter is open for walk-through viewing and meet-and-greets 10 AM – 7 PM seven days per week. Meet-and-greets are done on a first-come/first-served basis.The shelter address is 4246 Turner Rd. SE, Salem.When you come to the shelter and see a pet you are interested in meeting, please take note of the pet’s name and visit the front desk in the lobby. Our Customer Care team will be happy to assist you with the next steps.”

Are you done dealing with puppies and all of their issues? Are you wishing for a calm, no-drama kind of girl whose favorite place to be is curled up next to you? Well, you’ve come to the right dog!

Sadie is a seven-year-old Retriever mix who is one of the most affectionate dogs we’ve ever met. At seventy-five pounds, she is a big girl who still considers herself to be a lap dog.

It didn’t take long for Sadie to show her loving personality during our first photoshoot with Linda. First she sat and posed.


Sadie has not had a very stable life. She was found as a stray after having been in several different homes. It’s amazing how resilient and forgiving dogs are. Sadie’s favorite thing in the world is hanging out with people, and she is quick to befriend everyone she meets. We have learned some things about her from her previous homes. While Sadie loves people, she wants to be left alone while eating. She also should not go to a home with small animals. She will do fine with older children who will respect her desire for an uninterrupted meal.

To no one’s surprise, Sadie has made many new friends since her arrival at the shelter on July 18th. The Intake staff wrote, “Soliciting attention, leaning in for pets, rolling over, allowed a wipe down with pet wipes, sweet and patient.” Dog walking volunteers note, “Good Girl—very treat-motivated.” “Sadie was an absolute love. Had no issues on the walk. She was not interested in a ball, but would receive loves all day! So gentle with treats! Very smart—love this girl.”

On Sunday we took Sadie into Mary’s Place to have some treats and relax.

Sadie is a big girl, and often large dogs stay at the shelter longer. But she is so easy-going and such a cuddler that we’re hoping a family will look beyond her size and take her home. She deserves finally to have a family for the rest of her life.

Do you need a dog who can entertain you and himself in the backyard while you sip a glass of lemonade?

Goose first arrived at the shelter as a surrender in May of 2022. Since then he has been adopted several times, but has always come back to us. Although Goose loves to be around his people, he also enjoys going on adventures. He is very smart and has figured out how to escape his enclosures and how to dash out of doors, so supervision and a secure yard are musts for this energetic two-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix who has won the hearts of everyone here at the shelter.

Goose is smart, affectionate, and loves to please his peeps. Catahoula Leopard Dogs are very active and happiest when there is an area in which to run. They need exercise every day. They are very intelligent and are quick learners. They think they are lap dogs and greatly enjoy times with their families. Goose has a strong prey drive, so must have a feline-free home and one without small animals or livestock. Goose has usually gotten along with other dogs, but would need to meet any he would be going home with. He has a good history with older children. One of his former families wrote, “Goose is energetic, happy, and awkward. He doesn’t realize how big he is. Wants to be on your lap. A really sweet goof-off.”

On Sunday, we started our time with Goose going out to the big yard. Who would have guessed he likes to play One-Dog Soccer? All we had to do was sit back and watch and laugh.

After his soccer game (which he won), we headed into Mary’s Place. He had several things on his mind and he was quite busy.

Remember that I said Catahoula dogs are smart? Goose is especially knowledgeable in geometry.

Goose is very popular for Dog’s Day Out adventures. He went on one last week with Marianne and Linda. Here is their report:

“Weekly Dog’s Day Out for Goose. This time we went to Cascades Gateway Park—he loves it there. What a good boy he is—walks so well on leash. He enjoys leisurely strolling along and sniffing all the things. Loves to wade in the water. FYI Goose does not like blackberries.”

Goose has not yet found his forever family. We’re hoping that he will soon.

I know I need to keep working on my manners, and I AM improving my leash walking. It’s just that I’m excited and happy!

Look at this face. Marshmallow is a two-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix with a big head and eyes that melt your heart.

Marshmallow arrived at the shelter on July 15th as a stray. We wish he could tell us his story. He hasn’t had much training, but he does know the cues for sit and stay. He is a smart boy and treat-motivated, so is improving in his leash-walking. Here he was on his initial photo session with Marianne.

He makes friends very quickly!

Although Marshmallow needs to continue practicing loose-leash walking, volunteers have said nice things about him. “Does well on leash after running in yard. Loves treats, very playful. Great boy!” “Loved playing in the pool!” “He is getting better at leash manners; still pulls. He loves attention, is very sweet and excited. Good dog.”

We took him into Mary’s Place and did he ever have a blast as we laughed! The brand-new GFB (Giant Fluff Bal) was a huge hit.

And here he is in action.

Marianne and Linda were discussing the toy drawer contents, and Marshmallow was eager to assist.

After romping, Marshmallow got tired of hearing us visiting.

Marshmallow is an active, fun, young dog who can’t wait to have a family to call his own.

If you think Marshmallow might be a good fit for you, come to the shelter and meet him. He’ll be waiting for you.

As I was leaving the shelter on Sunday, I stopped to say hi to Sophie. She was sitting quietly in the front of her kennel and as I spoke to her, she leaned against the bars for pets. I wrote about this sweet girl in my July 19th post here. I’m so hoping she will be found by her new family soon.

That’s it for this week!

As always, thanks to my photo team volunteers Marianne and Linda, and staff member Mackenzie. 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 at this link.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