Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Boston terrier makes a big splash at Willamette Humane Society event

Sinead at the Food Truck Frenzy

Last week, Sinead the Boston terrier should have been strutting her stuff on the red carpet at Blog Paws in Myrtle Beach. But her mother's broken leg and need for a slower recovery kept her home. I was determined to ensure that my leg didn't keep Sinead from the training she needs, so I looked for alternate activities we could handle instead.

Enter Willamette Humane Society.

The shelter holds an annual food truck event, open to humans and canines. The big dog-walking field at the shelter is set up with 10 or so food trucks, along with several picnic tables and a few shady canopies. People from all over the Salem area come to check out the food, mingle with the dogs and have a great time.

This is just the sort of event I try to attend with Sinead. She spends time socializing with friendly people and dogs, and that can help her to combat her endless shyness.

And, of course, I'm there to whisper in her ear and boost her confidence.

Sinead the Boston terrier and her mother

This year was an amazing year for Sinead. Instead of cowering in my arms, she insisted on walking with all four feet on the ground. She sniffed a few dog butts, she accepted a few cookies from humans and she even did a little posing for photographers.

A year ago, I wouldn't have thought this was possible. Sinead has always been a shrinking violet in crowds. But some sort of switch has been thrown in her mind, and she's found her inner confidence. All of that training, all of those treats and all of the encouragement is paying off.

Sinead was still a little on the aloof side, particularly with people who wanted to pet her, so there's more work to be done. You might see us working at the Salem Saturday Market, at the Willamette Humane Society Willamutt Strut or at Minto Island Park this summer. If you do, come and say hello! We gratefully accept training help.

Even though we missed BlogPaws this year, we're still fans. And that's why we almost always join in the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. You should, too! It's easy and fun!

But before you do, leave me a note and let me know you were here, okay?

And special favor: I have a foster cat from Willamette Humane Society right now that will need a home soon. Can you share her story? Thanks!


  1. Really cute dog. I hope you have a speedy recovery!

    Yael from

  2. We dropped in to learn more about you. The photos are wonderful - quite a menagerie! I have a dog, Soldier (age 18) and a cat, Peanut Butter (age 17). I'm lovin' senior pets these days! If you have a chance, visit us at, where you'll find lots of advice, pet product reviews and a rainbow bridge tribute page.

  3. Great job raising money for a worth cause, Sinead!

  4. What a fantastic way to continue Sinead's training. :)