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I’m happy to be back after three weeks. Today’s post will be part catch-up and then three new features, plus a special update.

Needless to say, there were many dog adoptions while I was gone. In fact, there have been 47 dogs adopted since my last post on August 9! Rather than list all of them, I’ve decided to just post the pictures staff and volunteers sent me of some of the dogs with their new families.


Our long-termer, Sadie, is now a Trucker Buddy! She was adopted by a long-haul trucker and she’ll be his co-pilot! We are over the moon for Sadie’s new life adventure! Thanks for the going-home picture, Marianne!


We were thrilled that finally Buddy was recognized for the wonderful dog that he is! Thanks for the going-home photo, Hobie, Customer Care Manager.

Sherlock Holmes

We were happy that Sherlock didn’t have to stay at the shelter long. Thanks for the going-home picture, Mackenzie!


Little Tofu, eleven years old, went home. We hoped she’d be gone very soon after she arrived at the shelter, and she was. Once again we are grateful to people who adopt our seniors. Thank you, Mackenzie, for the going-home picture.


Another long-termer, sweet Lotus, was adopted. Here she was in the car about to head home. Thanks for the going-home picture, Mackenzie.


Snow waited for a long time for his perfect fit of a home. Finally after several tries, he found it! Thanks for the going-home picture, Mackenzie.


Marshmallow is such a fun, goofy boy! He had to wait a while for his new peeps. So glad they found him! Thank you for his going-home picture, Mackenzie!

I’m not a youngster, and I’ve slowed down a lot, but you’ll never meet a better cuddle-buddy who will love you!

Winter is a seven-year-old Siberian Husky mix who is waiting for a retirement home where she can relax, play a little slow-motion fetch, and enjoy being with her people.

Winter was surrendered when her family’s living situation changed and they couldn’t keep her anymore. Everyone at the shelter has fallen in love with this senior gal who is happy just to take slow walks, play “walking fetch,” and be brushed. She actually was adopted from our shelter five years ago. Here she was with Megan when she came back to us in August.

On Sunday we spent some quality time with her both outside and in Mary’s Place. She loved it. We started by playing some senior fetch.

Winter is looking for a forever home that does not have cats or other small animals, such as chickens. Now that she is older, with arthritis, she does not enjoy being around children, as they make her uneasy. She has lived with other dogs. She prefers female dogs with whom she can mingle and co-exist, as her energetic playing days are past.

Winter’s former family describes her as “a very sweet girl, loves cuddling on couches with her people, house-trained, will howl when she needs to go out. She walks without leash, very independent, doesn’t pay mind to other dogs.”

The intake staff wrote this about her: “soliciting attention, likes to be brushed, leaning in for pets. Slow walker, good on leash.”

After a short game of fetch, Winter was ready to just be with us.

Then we headed into Mary’s Place.

While Winter was very happy spending time with her shelter peeps, she was very sad in her kennel and would lie in the back looking depressed. Then we got the excellent news that she was going to a foster home to wait to be adopted! She’ll be so much happier in a real home.

She left the building on Tuesday!

If you think you have the retirement home that Winter needs, contact the shelter to make an appointment to meet her. We are so hoping she’ll be in her forever home soon.

Are you up for excitement? How about adventures? Do you love to run? I do!

On the other end of the activity spectrum from Winter is four-year-old Pearl, also a Siberian Husky mix. Looking for a partner on adventures? Do you have a yard in need of a dog for zoomies? If so, you need to meet Pearl.

This beautiful girl came to us from another shelter where she was found as a stray. She is full of energy and eager to make new friends. She was adopted once, but quickly returned when the family said she was too active, and they had had no experience with Huskies. For an active family looking for a fun-loving, carefree dog, Pearl may be the perfect fit.

We don’t know Pearl’s history, but we have learned a few things about her. She walks well on leash, but when she’s excited, she can be jumpy and mouthy. Because of this, she would probably do best with older children. She is smart, a quick learner, and treat-motivated. While she thinks she loves to play fetch, she hasn’t quite mastered the part where she brings the ball back to you. Often, after retrieving the ball, she drops it, deciding to race around the yard instead, simply for the joy of running.

But to fully appreciate Pearl, you need to see her in action. She kept us laughing.

After Pearl’s version of fetch, she enjoyed some brushing from Linda.

Pearl had an equally fun time in Mary’s Place, where she decided to cuddle Pearl-style with Linda.

Pearl hopes her new family will see how much fun she is and take her home soon.

I know I’ve been featured before, but I’m learning new stuff! Wait until you see me in action!

We have featured Goose several times and still he has not been adopted into his forever home. He has become such a favorite of Marianne and Linda’s that they take him on a new adventure every week. Because he is so smart and eager to learn new things, they have been playing a game they call, “Find It, Goose!” It’s all in fun, but he is also experiencing scent work. After three objects with the smell of blueberries on them have been hidden along a trail, Goose is given the same scent to smell, and then told to find it again. Watch what happens!

After his scent work, we went into Mary’s place to relax. And relax, he did!

To read all about Goose and see if you are the right family for this special boy, click here.


Remember the incredible story of Rocky, the hero dog, who saved a toddler from drowning? If you don’t, click here for the story: Rocky

Well, Rocky and his family came to the shelter on Sunday in search of a companion for him. They had looked other times, but hadn’t found the perfect fit. This time they did and adopted one of the newly arrived puppies. But they didn’t leave until they stopped in Mary’s Place to visit. We were thrilled to see Rocky again and he wasn’t a bit afraid of my camera anymore. He is greatly loved and now he has a dog sibling to train.

It was such a terrific surprise to see Rocky again. The hero dog who hates water but saved a little girl.

That’s it for this week!

As always, thanks to my photo team volunteers Marianne, Megan, and Linda, and staff members Mackenzie and Hobie. 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