Orphans of the Storm® Snuggly Dogs

If you’re looking for a new friend to snuggle with as the weather starts to turn cooler this fall, stop by Orphans of the Storm® and meet some of the best cuddlers!

Rocky the seven-year-old American Bulldog mix ended up at the shelter because his family could no longer care for him. That just means that Rocky has years of experience being a family pet and knows what it takes to be the best companion there is. Rocky has plenty of energy, as shown by him racing the dog on the other side of the fence in the off-leash run, but he also knows when it’s time to snuggle.

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Rocky just has the cutest face!

Rocky happily joined me on the bench a couple of times and covered the side of my face in doggy kisses. Another volunteer who had walked him earlier said that Rocky also thinks he can be a lapdog. He might be a little too big for most laps, but that won’t stop him from trying! Rocky can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, but that’s just because he is so excited to be out. This great boy is a giant lovebug who can’t wait to join his new furever family. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Rocky!

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Rocky certainly knows how to smile for the camera

CK the one-year-old Hound mix is a cutie who has gone to several off-site events and seems to get along with most other dogs. Since CK is still pretty young and puppy-like, he could certainly benefit from training–and he’s sure to be a quick learner! One thing you don’t have to teach CK is how to be a snuggler. This guy is already a pro at that!

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CK coming over to snuggle some more

CK would come over and lean against me whenever I knelt down to his level and loved getting a good scratch on the back and neck in the process. He even gave me a few doggy hugs and doggy kisses while we were out. This playful pooch is ready to go home with a family who will love him just as much as he will love them. If you’re looking for a younger dog who is an expert at both playtime and snuggle-time, come in soon to meet CK!

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CK romping in the yard

I also saw my furry friends Abby (who is another great snuggler), Bueller (who will look at you with the most loving eyes ever), Ebbie (who is just so gentle), Harley (who gets along great with kids), Lucy (who is a pro at giving doggy hugs), Shard (who is another gentle giant), and Wilbur (who absolutely loved getting brushed–such a good boy!).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Take a Walk

It was the first cool day in a while at Orphans of the Storm®, but the dogs certainly didn’t mind because they all have their fur coats!

Digby the four-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is a pretty mellow guy. He’s usually snoozing in his kennel when I walk by, but he was happy to have the chance to take a walk. Since he’s so laid-back, he makes for a good walking companion because he rarely pulls on the leash. He does like to follow his nose, like any good Hound, but will stop doing that in order to cuddle with you if you kneel down next to him.

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Digby being a good walking buddy

Digby is what I call a leaner. When you start petting him, he will lean against your legs and maybe even attempt to sit on your lap! (Even though he’s a little big for that.) Digby was found as a stray but seems to know what it takes to be a great companion. His sweet brown eyes are clearly saying, “Let me love you.” Come by the shelter soon to see if Digby is the one for you!

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Digby smiling for the camera

Duke the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is one handsome pooch (who actually has very similar coloring to the equally pretty Topaz). Duke is ready to greet everyone with a wagging tail. He’s a good walking buddy who would love to have an owner who can take him on nice walks every day. Duke had a great time exploring the off-leash run and getting the chance to stretch his legs.

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Duke playing with Corky on the other side of the fence

Duke is a very affectionate boy. At one point, he hopped up on the bench in the off-leash run. When I came over to pet him, he put his front paws on my shoulders for a big doggy hug and covered my face with doggy kisses, with his tail wagging like crazy. Duke is the kind of dog who thrives on human attention. He just wants to make his person happy. If you think you could be that person, come in soon to meet Duke!

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Duke says, “Yep, I know I’m cute.”

Jelly the nine-year-old Chow Chow mix has been a pet her entire life, but her owners recently got divorced and neither could take her. So now she’s at the shelter, waiting for a new family to find her. Jelly is super-duper fluffy, with some of the softest fur you’ll find. One person that we passed while we were on our walk said, “It’s a teddy bear!”, which is a pretty accurate description of how adorable Jelly is.

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Jelly is so fluffy!

Jelly, having years of experience as a pet, is an excellent walking buddy; she didn’t pull on the leash once. She’s currently sharing her kennel with another dog, so we know that she is dog-friendly. Jelly didn’t do anything wrong to end up at the shelter, so she’s hoping that she’ll be out of there and in a new, loving home soon. If you think that loving home could be yours, stop by soon and meet Jelly!

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Jelly knows her leash manners

Scooter the six-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix is a little cutie. If you were a fan of Wishbone (as I most certainly was), you will quickly notice that Scooter could almost be Wishbone’s twin! Scooter seems energetic inside his kennel, but he was very easy-going when we were out on our walk. Scooter would do best as the only dog in his new home and, being a Terrier, would like to have an owner who can keep him busy by teaching this middle-aged dog some new tricks!

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Scooter sniffing

Scooter was a little on the shy side when we first got to the off-leash run. He started by tentatively sniffing my leg, then my hand–but before I knew it, Scooter was in my lap! He only needed a couple short minutes to warm up to this stranger. After that, we had an enjoyable time sitting on the bench together. If you’re looking for a new, fun cuddle-buddy, come to the shelter soon and say hello to Scooter!

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Scooter’s cute face

I also saw Abby (who sat in my lap like the lovebug she is), Shard, Tom-Tom (who gives the biggest and best doggy hugs), Corky, Benny (who is just so gentle), and Shasta.

And don’t forget to sign up and start fundraising for the Pooch Parade on October 18!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Know What They’re Looking For

All of the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are looking for one thing: a forever home. Some just have more specific requirements than others. Dogs, like people, have preferences. Some dogs would love to have other furry family members; others simply prefer the company of humans. Some dogs want to play all the time; others are couch potatoes. Some dogs prefer women over men; some will befriend anybody. That’s why it’s always a good idea to spend time with a couple of different dogs at the shelter, to make sure that you both like the same things and help ensure that their forever home will be a happy home.

Hachi the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix still has a bit of a puppy look about him–especially that adorable face! As I’ve said before, one-year-olds are still definitely puppies in my book. Hachi is a friendly boy who likes to say hello to any person he comes across, and will do so by giving a happy doggy hug and wagging his tail while he gets a good scratch on the neck.

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Hachi enjoying playing in the yard

Hachi is also a playful pooch. When the dog in the run next to us was playing fetch, Hachi looked so eager to join in that I found a tennis ball for him too. He hasn’t quite mastered the concept of “fetch,” but with a little practice I’m sure he’ll get there! Hachi would do best in an active household with experienced dog owners who can help give Hachi a purpose, since he was bred to work! If you’re looking for a young dog who is ready to become a faithful companion, come in soon to meet Hachi!

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Hachi has such interesting fur color(s)!

Sally the two-year-old Boxer mix was found as a stray, but she must have had an owner at some point because she is super sweet with everyone she meets and is extremely well-behaved. Being mostly muscle, Sally could throw her weight around if she wanted to, but in fact she is a great leash-walking buddy and likes to stay close to her person. Her tail wags almost nonstop.

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Sally’s pretty profile

Sally is also super affectionate. She loves to give doggy kisses and would make a great cuddle-buddy. When I sat down on a bench after we had walked around for a bit, she hopped right up next to me and sat there, keeping an eye on things and wagging that tail every time I pet her. The shelter staff and other volunteers think Sally is the sweetest, and I agree! Stop by the shelter soon to say hi to Sally.

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Sally in the sunshine

Courage the three-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is a big girl with plenty of energy. She would have a great time with an owner who likes to go for long walks, which Courage would enjoy both for the exercise and for all the fun smells she could track with her excellent Hound nose. Courage also has that signature Hound howl (though I only heard it once while I was with her). Although she spent most of her time following her nose around the off-leash run and less time socializing, she still enjoyed getting a nice scratch on the back.

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Courage putting that Hound nose to good use

Courage was plenty polite when giving a hello sniff to the dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the off-leash run, but she would prefer to be the only pet in her new home. She, like Hachi, would also do best in a home with experienced dog owners. I know there are plenty of Hound-lovers out there who would love to add this beautiful girl to their home. If you think that means you, come by the shelter soon and get to know Courage!

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Courage is one good-looking pooch!

Riya the one-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix has, I’m ashamed to say, been flying under my radar the last few weeks–and boy, have I been missing out on one great dog! Riya excitedly led the way straight to the off-leash run and had a great time romping around. There were three small dogs in the run next to ours, and Riya also enjoyed racing them along the fence, even going into a play-bow a couple of times.

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Riya exploring around the run

Riya, like Hachi, still has plenty of puppy qualities, including being super cute! Riya is a friendly girl who greets everybody with a wagging tail. She hopped up on the bench next to me for a quick pat before going off and romping some more. Don’t let Black Dog Syndrome keep a sweetheart like Riya at the shelter for too much longer! Stop by soon and find out if Riya is the pooch for you.

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Riya wondering if the agility bridge is right for her

Trixie the three-year-old Chihuahua mix (not to be confused with the other Trixie!) is just the cutest little thing. She is extremely nervous at the moment, but that’s because she’s just waiting for someone to show her the love that she deserves. She’s not a huge fan of walking on the leash (though she did get better the longer we were out), but she will climb into your lap as soon as she gets the chance and she will contentedly stay there for as long as she can. I couldn’t even keep her out of my lap long enough to take a picture, so another volunteer had to take our picture for us :-)

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Trixie is a cute little lapdog

Trixie is one of those dogs who prefers women over men. She climbed into three different women’s laps while I was with her (though I wasn’t near any men at the time so I didn’t get a chance to see how she behaved with them). Trixie is currently sharing her kennel with Gypsy (who jumped right into my lap as soon as I went into their kennel), but she could certainly benefit from some one-on-one love and attention to help bring her out of her shell. She is so sweet and so adorable–she just needs someone to give her a chance. If you’re a lady looking for a new friend, come in soon to meet Trixie!

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Trixie just wants someone to love her

Simon (also known as Harry) the three-year-old Silky Terrier mix has the best head of hair (fur) at the shelter, hands down. It is impossible not to smile when you see him because he is just so fluffy! Simon knows he’s a good-looking dog, too–you can tell by the way he struts his stuff when he’s walking on the leash. But Simon doesn’t mind getting a little dirty; he had so much fun rolling around in the grass! And he happily received a belly rub while doing so.

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Simon is just precious

Simon, like Trixie, prefers the company of women. And with that independent Terrier personality, he’s another pooch who would do best in a home with someone who has owned dogs before. Simon is a fun guy who walks nicely on the leash and will make for a great snuggler. Calling all the single ladies: If you’re looking for a new, handsome guy in your life, look no further than Simon!

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Simon knows he’s handsome

I also saw my furry friends Bueller, Ebbie, Mr. Big (who is doing so much better with his leash-walking now!), Screamer (who is still a total lapdog), and Tom-Tom.

Were you wondering what happened to the annual Orphans of the Storm® Pooch Parade this summer? Never fear! It has been moved to Saturday, October 18 and is Halloween-themed! You and your pooch can come in costume and help raise both awareness and funds for the shelter. For more information, visit https://www.stayclassy.org/deerfield/events/happy-halloween-pooch-parade-2014/e37134.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoy the Sunshine

It was a lovely day to walk some lovely dogs at Orphans of the Storm®!

Dolly the two-year-old West Highland White Terrier mix is just one of the cutest things you will see, especially with that adorable black spot on her otherwise all-white fur. You can tell that when you talk to her she’s really listening, because she’ll cock her head to the side and give you a look that says, “Yup, I’m with you.” Dolly is a take-charge kind of girl who liked to lead the way on our walk.

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Dolly loves taking walks

Dolly does her Terrier roots proud and feels very dedicated to chasing away vermin–but sometimes that extends to animals that aren’t actually vermin (i.e., cats), so Dolly would probably do best in a home where she’s the only smaller animal. But that should be just fine for her new owners, because Dolly has plenty of love to share! She absolutely loves people and gets along well with children. If you’re looking for a spunky pup, come in soon to meet Dolly.

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Who could resist Dolly’s face?

Bleu the three-year-old Mountain Cur mix is an adorable bundle of energy who still seems very puppy-like. He had been barking at people who walked past his kennel, but as soon as he realized he was going for a walk he put on his best manners and I didn’t hear a peep out of him for the rest of the time! Bleu and I hurried over to the off-leash run, where he had a great time racing the dogs on the other side of the fence.

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Bleu’s cute face

After Bleu got the chance to stretch his legs, he quickly became my new companion. He loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses (which are sometimes a little on the slobbery side) and enjoys a good scratch on the back. Bleu might also be a good swimmer! He put his paws in the water bowl and splashed around, having a great time. There are still plenty of warm days ahead of us, so perhaps Bleu can find his own pool to play in at his new home! Stop by the shelter soon to meet Bleu.

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Bleu enjoys romping in the yard

Boo the two-year-old American Bulldog mix is as friendly as they come. She has a short, little tail that is wagging almost constantly, which sometimes causes her whole back half to wiggle with happiness. It’s so cute! Boo also has that great, wrinkly Bulldog face that will make anybody say, “Aww!” It’s a winning combination of looks and personality.

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Boo making a funny face for the camera

Boo is a great leash-walking buddy. She rarely pulled, instead choosing to stay close to me. If I ever stopped walking for some reason, she would also stop and sit at my feet, looking at me expectantly for the next cue. When I would kneel down next to her, she’d give me a quick doggy kiss and a tail wag. Boo even got a quick bath with the hose, and she was such a good sport about it! A pooch this sweet won’t stay at the shelter for long, so come in soon to meet Boo!

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Boo is such a good girl

Casey the two-year-old Shepherd mix is a good girl who does well with other dogs. She was sharing her kennel with Cody, who was recently adopted (hurray, Cody!) and wanted to play with all of the other dogs we passed while we were out and about. Casey would do best in an adult-only home with people who are experienced dog owners.

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Casey the cutie

Casey is another good leash-walking buddy. She seems like the type who would enjoy nice walks around the neighborhood or longer walks on trails. Afterwards, she’ll be happy to climb up on the couch with you to relax (if her jumping up on the bench next to me was any indication). Casey also has one of those great doggy smiles that is sure to make you smile back at her. Put a permanent smile on Casey’s face by bringing her into a new furever home!

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Casey is a happy girl

Baylor the one-year-old Shepherd mix isn’t quite ready to be adopted yet, but you can still stop by and get to know him! Regular visits would probably be a good thing for Baylor, actually, because he’s a little on the shy and skittish side. All he needs is a gentle and loving friend to show him that the world isn’t a scary place.

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Baylor enjoying the sunshine

Baylor‘s shyness doesn’t take away from his sweetness, though. When we were in the off-leash run, Baylor would come up to me every minute or so and take a quick sniff at my shoes or hand, just to check me out. When it was time to head back inside, Baylor had no problems with me putting the leash back on and enjoyed getting a scratch behind his ears. Baylor will make for one great companion once he comes out of his shell. Could you be the one to help him do that?

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Baylor thinking about saying hello

I also spent some time with my favorite pair of brothers, Wilbur and Rosco!

Orphans of the Storm® Senior Dogs

Everybody knows that puppies are cute. There’s even a show dedicated to how Too Cute puppies are. But those cute puppies all grow up, and get older, and eventually become senior dogs who are just as deserving of a happy home. I started going through the Dog Profiles page to pick some seniors to highlight who have been at Orphans of the Storm® for a while now, and it turns out that there are many! Why do they keep getting looked over? Some Orphans of the Storm® seniors are just looking for a nice, soft bed where they can relax in their new loving home; others would make you believe that they’re much younger because of how active they still are. So whatever activity level or personality you’re looking for, you can be sure that an Orphans of the Storm® senior dog has it!

(Note: The dogs below are listed in the order they arrived at the shelter, so longest residents at the top and dogs who haven’t been there as long at the bottom.)

Ebbie the thirteen-year-old Shepherd mix is currently Orphans of the Storm®’s longest resident. In fact, when she first arrived at Orphans of the Storm®, she wasn’t even a senior! I walk Ebbie almost every week now, and she is such a sweetie. Her legs are a little stiff, but she still enjoys spending time outside and sniffing around in the grass. She doesn’t need long walks, just a little bit of fresh air. Mostly she would enjoy having a comfy bed and a loving companion.

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Ebbie

Akiva the ten-year-old Husky mix has been one of the prettiest dogs at the shelter since she arrived several years ago. I thought she would have been adopted in a heartbeat, but an incontinence condition has kept people from seriously considering her. Dogs like Akiva are the reason they created doggy diapers, though! The best time I had Akiva was last winter. She had a great time playing in the snow (of course, being a Husky) and loved trying to catch snowballs in midair. You can have fun with her all year round if you bring her home!

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Akiva

Wilbur and Rosco the nine-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix brothers are just the best. Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while knows that Wilbur is my favorite, favorite dog in the entire shelter, and Rosco is a great dog too. You don’t necessarily have to adopt the two brothers together, but it would be nice! Wilbur is more on the mellow side, enjoying casual strolls and laying in the grass. Rosco, on the other hand, loves to run laps around the yard and play. Rosco is also very well-behaved: when the other volunteers and I open his kennel for him to come out, he waits until the leash is on before bounding out the gate. They are both lovebugs waiting for a happy home.

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Rosco

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Wilbur

Lucky the nine-year-old Border Collie mix still has plenty of energy, and he’s such a handsome boy too! I used to walk Lucky pretty regularly, and he loves giving doggy hugs. Lucky also used to share his kennel with another senior dog who has since been adopted, so we know that he can do well with other dogs. Lucky absolutely loves getting attention and will stay by your side as long as you’re petting him. Why wouldn’t you want a lovable fluffball?

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Lucky

Lady the thirteen-year-old Labrador Retriever/Shiba Inu mix was THIS close to going to her forever home–but then we found out that she doesn’t get along with cats, and unfortunately the home she was about to go to had some. So now Lady is still waiting for the perfect family to find her. Lady definitely does not act like a thirteen-year-old, as demonstrated when she comes bounding out of her kennel. But she does settle down and walk very nicely on the leash after that. All Lady is asking for is to be the only pet in her home, so she can relax and enjoy her golden years.

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Lady

Tom-Tom the nine-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is another favorite of mine. I have heard him referred to as a potbellied pig and a hippo because of his absolutely adorable looks. Tom-Tom is another senior dog who doesn’t really act like it. He’s happy to run a couple of laps around the yard and jumps up to give doggy hugs like nobody’s business. And he’ll try to cover your face with doggy kisses while he’s at it because he is such a lover. Tom-Tom has a huge head with the sweetest face that is guaranteed to make you smile when you see him. Now it’s his turn to smile by getting adopted into a new forever home!

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Tom-Tom

Shard the ten-year-old Shepherd mix isn’t up for adoption at the moment, but you can certainly start to express an interest now and keep checking back at the shelter to find out when he’ll be ready to go to his new home. Shard is great at walking on the leash and he is also super gentle. He knows that he can make a great companion; he’s just waiting for the right family to give him that opportunity. He loves to snuggle and will give you doggy kisses of gratitude when you pet him.

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Shard

Shogun the twelve-year-old Labrador Retriever mix was adopted from Orphans of the Storm® several years ago, but his adopted family could no longer take care of him, so now he’s back and looking for his third chance at a happy life. Shogun still has plenty of energy, especially for a dog his age. He will certainly be happy to take the lead on any walks you go on, and he will be equally happy to join you for some TV-watching as long as you’re scratching his back.

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Shogun

Cody the nine-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has a similar story to Shogun’s: he was adopted a few years ago (I knew him back during his first time at Orphans of the Storm®), but his family couldn’t take care of him anymore. Cody is about as perfect as you’re going to get. He loves other dogs and people of all ages. He’s slowed down a bit in his old age and doesn’t jump up for doggy hugs as much as he used to, but that doesn’t mean he’s any less loving. I was ready to bring him home myself three years ago when I first met him, and he’s still that same great pooch today.

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Cody

Colby the ten-year-old Shepherd/Basset Hound mix is another fun-looking mix, like Tom-Tom. He is very gentle and easy-going–a good leash-walking companion. He currently shares his kennel with another dog, so he could go to a home with or without a furry friend. Colby would rather have you think that he’s ten years young, rather than ten years old, and he’ll be happy to show you why when you come in and spend some time with him.

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Colby

How’s that for a comprehensive list? And I didn’t even include the eight-year-olds, of which there are plenty! Orphans of the Storm® has such a variety of breeds, sizes, and personalities, even just among the senior dogs. So on your next visit to the shelter, please consider adopting a senior. They will truly appreciate it!

Orphans of the Storm® Black, White, and Brown Dogs

Are you looking to add a little color to your life? Stop by Orphans of the Storm® and meet some of these adorable dogs with adorable spots, patches, and markings!

Millie the eight-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is, in a word, a snuggler. Rather than romping around when she was let off the leash in the run, she kept going back and forth between me and another volunteer so we could both lavish her with attention. Millie is the type of dog who will calmly rest her chin in your lap while you rub her ears. Millie also gets along well with other dogs; she’s currently sharing her kennel with Joanie (see below).

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Millie about to come sit in my lap

Millie seems like she might not have had the easiest life before arriving at Orphans of the Storm®. She seems a little sad, but also plenty hopeful. Her tail was wagging in no time once we got out and about and she realized that we were going to treat her nicely. How could you be anything but nice to a dog as sweet and gentle as Millie? Millie is ready to show her new family just how loving she can be. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Millie!

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Millie is just the sweetest

Joanie the eight-year-old Beagle mix is a lot like Millie (see above) in that she maybe hasn’t always been cared for as well as she should have been and is a little sad about it. But that just means that now she is more than ready for a second lease on life! Joanie walked nicely on the leash as we made our way to the run, though being a Beagle mix she of course had to stop and do plenty of sniffing along the way.

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Joanie using her Hound nose

Joanie takes a little longer to warm up to new people, but once she does, you have a friend for life. After just a few minutes, Joanie was giving me doggy kisses and standing by the other volunteer, patiently waiting her turn to be pet. You can tell just from looking into Joanie’s eyes that she is a sweet, gentle soul who wants nothing more than to be someone’s companion. If you’re looking for a real sweetheart, come in soon and say hi to Joanie!

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Joanie hopes her new family will turn her frown upside down

Mr. Big the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has a bit of an ironic name, because he’s actually lapdog-sized. And that’s great for everybody, because Mr. Big certainly likes the idea of being a lapdog. He was a little uncertain about walking on the leash at first, but eventually realized that it wasn’t so scary and started leading me on our walk, instead of the other way around.

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Mr. Big showing off his sense of humor

Mr. Big quickly climbed into my lap after I took a seat on the ground and gave me some doggy kisses. We had a nice time sitting in the shade together and it was nice to see him relax a little. When it was time to go back to his kennel, though, he got nervous again so I picked him up and carried him. He had no problems with me picking him up. Mr. Big is currently sharing his kennel with Screamer (see below), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Mr. Big is the one for you!

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Mr. Big has a cute little face and cute big ears

Screamer the four-year-old Hound mix actually looks a lot like Mr. Big (see above), except he has some brown fur mixed in with the black and white. Screamer was even more uncertain about walking on the leash than Mr. Big was, so he spent most of his time in the arms of another volunteer, where he slowly but surely relaxed.

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Screamer was a little nervous about being on the leash…

Screamer has an ironic name too, since I never even heard him bark! This little guy is looking for a family who will help him gain some confidence and come out of his shell. After just a few minutes of snuggling with the other volunteer, you could see a visible difference. He even gave her some doggy kisses! Imagine what a few days in a new, loving home would do for him. If you think that loving home might be yours, come in soon to meet Screamer!

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…But then Screamer perked up and became a happy pooch!

I also saw my furry friends Benny, Blush, Colby, Corky, Ebbie, Janet, Ryla, Tom-Tom, and Winter.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs of All Personalities

Whether you’re looking for a playmate, a walking companion, a couch potato, or anything and everything in between, Orphans of the Storm® has enough dogs to match any personality!

Gitana the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is very playful when she first gets out of her kennel, but after a few minutes of running off that puppy energy she calms down and turns into a good leash-walker. Gitana wants to say hi to everybody. She gets along with people and dogs alike and has been sharing her kennel with Homey, who I met at Northbrook Court and who was recently adopted just this week. Now it’s Gitana’s turn!

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Gitana being a good walking buddy

Gitana is an affectionate girl, too. When I sat down on the bench, she put her front paws up on the seat next to me and covered my face in doggy kisses while I pet her. Gitana is such a happy girl with so much puppy enthusiasm that she’s sure to bring a smile to your face. My pictures definitely don’t do her justice–she’s so much cuter in person! (And it was hard to get a good picture because every time I knelt down to her level, she would come over and stick her face in my face.) You’ll just have to stop by the shelter and see her for yourself!

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Gitana thinks there is always room for two on a bench (and probably couch!)

Delilah the four-year-old Hound mix is another pooch who gets along well with other dogs. She’s had a couple of different kennelmates since she’s been at the shelter, including a puppy who brought out the playful puppy side of Delilah! The two of them were ready for a high-speed game of tag, but us mere humans weren’t quite up for it. Delilah has absolutely beautiful red markings on her white fur, so even though her kennel is at the end of the wing she’ll still be sure to catch your eye.

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Hey there, Delilah!

Delilah, being a Hound mix, liked to follow her nose around the off-leash run but was more than ready to play with the dogs on the other side of the fence when they showed an interest in her. Delilah has super-soft fur, which is just one more reason why you’ll want to snuggle with her. Delilah would prefer to be in an adult-only home, so if your kids are heading off to college later this month, maybe think about adding Delilah to your family!

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Delilah has one of those sweet Hound faces

Colby the ten-year-old Shepherd/Basset Hound mix is a funny-looking little guy–and I mean that in the nicest way! How many Shepherd/Basset mixes do you know? If they all looked like Colby, there should definitely be more. Colby is always eager to greet people who stop by his kennel and he was easy-peasy to get on the leash and take out. This older gentleman certainly knows his manners and walked nicely on the leash, though he did want to stop and sniff often (but what else would you expect?).

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Colby enjoying the outdoors

Colby is currently sharing his kennel with Blush, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Don’t let his age or that gray fur on his face fool you–Colby still has a spring in his step. He had a great time exploring the off-leash run and romping around. He seemed to be a little more independent than some of the other dogs I walked that day, but he did stop sniffing for a few minutes to let me scratch his back. This little cutie is ready for a nice home in which to spend his golden years. Come by the shelter soon to meet Colby!

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Colby still has plenty of pep in his step

Cinnamon the ten-year-old Golden Retriever and Carmel the eight-year-old Golden Retriever have a sad story. One of their owners passed away, and the other owner could no longer care for the two of them. They’re confused about how they ended up at the shelter and anxious about being in a new place. The good news is that they still have each other, and therefore would be so happy if they were able to find their new furever home together.

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Aren’t Cinnamon and Carmel the perfect pair?

Carmel (who has the black nose) is the younger of the two, and even though she isn’t exactly “young” she still has some puppy tendencies, like wanting to hold the leash in her mouth while she walks. Carmel doesn’t want to go anywhere without her big sister–when Cinnamon would start walking one way, Carmel wanted to follow. Carmel loves attention and loves to cuddle. She practically crawled into my lap when I was sitting on the ground.

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Carmel is such a pretty girl

Cinnamon (who has the pink nose) is a little bit calmer and spent most of her time sitting on the shady bench in the off-leash run. If you adopt these two, you better make sure you have a couch big enough for everybody! Cinnamon will sit as close to you as possible if you join her, and might even give you a quick doggy kiss. If you talk to anybody who has Golden Retrievers, they will tell you that they are the best breed in the world, and Cinnamon and Carmel are excellent examples. Turn their frowns upside down and bring them home with you today!

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Cinnamon apparently is a couch potato

Janet the two-year-old Beagle mix isn’t quite ready to be adopted yet, but she is so adorable that I can’t help but start to spread the word about her already. In fact, I’m wondering if my dog would like a little sister, because both their looks and their personalities are so similar! Janet is currently one of the ‘office dogs’ in the room next to the front desk, where she spends most of her time curled up in her little spot in the corner because she’s scared of just about everything. But even though she’s scared, she is still the sweetest thing. She’s quickly become a volunteer and staff favorite.

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Little Janet was a little nervous on our walk

Janet does enjoy eating treats, and she was even willing to take some right from my hand. Once we spent a few minutes together inside the office getting to know each other, I took her outside for a quick walk. She walks surprisingly well on the leash and didn’t seem too bothered by the barking dogs. Those big brown eyes of hers just get me every time. Once Janet is in a nice, loving, gentle home, she will come out of her shell and make a wonderful companion. Stop by the shelter soon to learn more about her!

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There’s no denying that Janet is quite the cutie

I also saw my buddies Corky, Daisy, Diesel, Shamrock, Shasta, Wilbur, and Zeus.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Are Good Walking Buddies

It was a good weekend at Orphans of the Storm®, with a number of happy adoptions–including the first dog I walked that day, who had a new furever home before I even left the shelter! Let’s help the rest of these pooches find their new families, too!

Francine the six-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is about as gentle as they come, though she was jumping up and down excitedly when she saw it was her turn to come out for a walk. Once we were out, though, she settled down quickly and walked nicely on the leash. She was such a good walking buddy, in fact, that I was able to walk her and her kennelmate, Shard (who is just so sweet and snuggly), together simultaneously. Considering neither of them are small dogs, I think that speaks very highly of their leash-walking skills!

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Francine’s sweet face

Francine is very well-mannered. She had some tufts of loose fur on her back and hind legs, so I spent a few minutes brushing her and she stood perfectly still the whole time. It seemed like she didn’t want it to end! I’m sure she enjoyed the extra attention. Francine was kind enough to give me a doggy kiss as a thank-you. Don’t let Black Dog Syndrome keep Francine at the shelter for too long–this sweet girl is ready for her second chance at a loving home. Stop by soon to see if Francine is the pooch for you!

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Francine being a good walking buddy

Harley the six-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix came from a family who could no longer take care of her. Although it’s upsetting that she lost her first home, it means that Harley is move-in ready for her second home! She gets along great with children, having lived with two, and knows her basic commands like “sit” and “down,” which she is happy to show anyone who asks.

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Harley’s a pretty girl

Harley is also probably the best leash-walker you’re going to find at the shelter right now. I probably could have just held the leash with my pinky finger, and we would have gotten along just fine. She stayed right by my side. If you’re looking for a fully trained dog who already knows the ins and outs of being a family pet, Harley should be the first one you meet on your next visit to the shelter!

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Harley smiling for the camera (even though her eyes are closed)

Daka the seven-year-old Shepherd mix is a big, handsome boy who will catch your eye right away with his good looks. He had just gone on a nice walk with another volunteer before I brought him to the off-leash run, so he was mostly interested in sniffing, moseying around, and staying in the shade. He walks well on the leash, but he is a strong guy when he wants to be because of his size.

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Daka with a wagging tail

Daka discovered a sock monkey toy in the off-leash run and claimed it as his. He brought the monkey with him to a shady spot and laid down. He wasn’t interested in chewing on the monkey; he just liked having it with him. When it was time to head back to his kennel, Daka picked up the monkey and carried it with him. You will certainly have to get Daka a sock monkey of his own if you’re the lucky person who adopts him! If you’re looking for a big, easygoing companion, come in soon to meet Daka.

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Daka loves his sock monkey toy

Redd the six-month-old Beagle mix and Lucie the two-year-old Beagle mix came to Orphans of the Storm® together and would like to find their new forever home together. Redd and Lucie have gone to many Orphans of the Storm® off-site events together, but so far they haven’t been able to find the right family to join.

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Lucie being a Beagle

Redd is definitely still a puppy with all of the playfulness that comes with that. He wanted to run and run when he first got out of his kennel and he tried valiantly to get Lucie to join in the frivolity. Redd is a friendly–and, of course, adorable–little guy who loves getting attention and giving doggy kisses. And even though he’s still just a pup, he’s already picked up the Beagle trait of keeping that nose to the ground.

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Redd is very appropriately named

Lucie is probably the one who has taught Redd that! All Lucie wanted to do was follow scent trails around the off-leash run, and she wasn’t going to let her little brother get in the way of doing what she was bred to do. There was one moment, though, where Lucie went into a play bow and took a little half-jump–so she still has some spunk! Lucie is a good girl and a good older sister.

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Lucie following that nose of hers

Redd and Lucie are already so bonded with each other, but they are more than ready to share that bond with a new family! If your heart and your home are big enough for two pooches (who aren’t particularly big themselves), stop by the shelter soon to meet Redd and Lucie.

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Redd would love a yard of his own to play in every day

I also saw my buddies Ebbie, Lucy (who loves to give doggy hugs), Molly (who continues to impress everyone with her fetching skills), Rosco, Wilbur (who I sat with for almost a half-hour because those eyes get me every time and I can’t bring myself to put him back in his kennel!), Scotty, and Sweet Pea (who still lives up to her name in every sense–she gets along with everybody!).

Orphans of the Storm® Little Dogs

If you’re looking for a dog who is more lap-sized, Orphans of the Storm® has plenty of options for you right now!

Charlie the eight-year-old Chihuahua mix may be a little bark-y when he’s inside his kennel, but that’s just because he wants to make sure you won’t miss him! Once he’s out and about, he’s a happy-go-lucky little guy. When we were in the off-leash run and he saw that I had knelt down to his level, he came scurrying over and flopped right onto his back next to me so I could give him a belly rub. He loves rolling around in the grass and makes silly faces while he does so.

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Charlie coming over to say hello

Charlie acts like a tough guy when there are dogs bigger than him nearby, but he gets along great with dogs who are more his size; he was sharing his kennel with another Chihuahua who has since been adopted. Charlie is most definitely a people-dog who likes staying close by rather than going off and doing his own thing. If you’re looking for a cute little companion, come by the shelter soon to meet Charlie!

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“I LOVE BELLY RUBS!” says Charlie.

Patches the six-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix certainly lives up to that Terrier reputation. This little guy is always on the move. He had a fun time going deep into the bushes in the off-leash run to do some exploring, and then popped out and ran around a bit. He did chase after the tennis ball when I threw it, but he hasn’t quite mastered the whole “bring it back” part. But he’s a smarty, so he’ll certainly be able to learn whatever his new owners teach him!

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Patches showing off his patches

Patches is an active guy, but he still knows his manners. He patiently sat for me while waiting for me to get the leash, and once he was on the leash he walked pretty well. Patches is another pooch who gets along well with other dogs. He was sharing his kennel with Louie (who has since been adopted, hurray!). Patches will be sure to keep you entertained, so come in soon and find out if he’s the one for you!

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Patches exploring the bushes

Stanley the three-year-old Terrier mix is such a little cutie. I didn’t measure to make sure, but he might be longer than he is tall, which is always adorable! Stanley was ready and waiting for me at the gate to his kennel when he saw me with the leash, and happily set off to lead the way to the off-leash run, where he had a great time sniffing around and stretching his little legs.

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Stanley following his nose

Stanley also likes to snuggle. When I sat down on the ground, he climbed into my lap and gave my face a quick sniff. Then he stood next to me for a bit while I scratched his hips and neck, which he seemed to enjoy. His fur is so soft! Stanley has a bit of that Terrier independence in him, but he’ll always come back to you for some love and attention. If small, fluffy, and white (or off-white) are part of your criteria, come in soon to meet Stanley!

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Stanley says, “Please love me!”

Joey the three-year-old Feist mix is a happy little guy. He was sharing his kennel with Della (who I met last week at Northbrook Court, and who got adopted while I was walking Joey!), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Joey was so happy to come for a walk with me that he was jumping up and down, but he settled down nicely once we were on our way.

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Joey enjoying the summer sunshine

Joey has such interesting markings, and such a cute face and ears! He’s sure to catch your eye as you walk through the main dog wing. When we found a shady spot in the grass, Joey stood by me so I could give him a nice pat on the back, and he gave me a quick doggy kiss as a thank you. His tail is almost always wagging, and he usually looks like he’s smiling. Let this little guy bring a smile to your face every day by bringing him home with you!

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Joey has the most interesting coloring!

I also saw some of my furry friends who can’t exactly be described as “little,” but that just means there’s more of them to love!: Cody, Daisy, Ebbie, Honey Lamb, Rock, Ryla, Scotty, Shasta, and Wilbur.

After I was done with the dogs for the day, I stopped by the new cat room for the first time (which I have been meaning to do for months)! And let me tell you, I have been missing out. I don’t even consider myself to be a cat person, but those 20 minutes were the most relaxing 20 minutes of my week. All you have to do is sit down, and the cats will come to you and snuggle right into your lap and purr and knead and just overall be adorable.

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So many cats on cat trees

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Even more cats on cat trees

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This little cutie is waiting for a forever home

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Don’t you just want to take all of them home?

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Of course I would find the cat who enjoys belly rubs like a dog

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This sweetie kept me company for a while

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One lap is plenty of room for two (or more) cats

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“Roar!” (or, more accurately, “Yawn!”)

Having a warm and fuzzy cat (or two, or three) in your lap will undoubtedly make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside!

There is also plenty happening off-site over the next few days!

  • If you’re interested in becoming a dog walker volunteer, please attend the Shelter Dog Handling Class at Deerfield Public Library on Monday, August 4 at 7pm or Wednesday, August 6 at 10am.
  • Orphans of the Storm® dogs and cats will be at their usual place at the Pet Showcase at Northbrook Court on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-5pm.
  • Orphans of the Storm® dogs and cats will also be at the Chalet in Wilmette on Sunday, August 2 from 12pm-3pm.
  • Even more dogs and cats will be at Port Clinton Square in Highland Park on Sunday, August 2 from 11am-2pm.

Orphans of the Storm® is everywhere!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs and Cats at the Pet Showcase at Northbrook Court

The Orphans of the Storm® Pet Showcase and Gift Wrap has been going strong at Northbrook Court for months, so I’m ashamed to say I only just visited there for the first time this past weekend!

The Orphans of the Storm® Pet Showcase storefront

The Orphans of the Storm® Pet Showcase storefront

The Pet Showcase is wonderful, for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it’s great exposure for Orphans of the Storm®; people who are doing their shopping and maybe hadn’t heard of it before can see the name and the pictures in the window and learn about it. Secondly, it gives some of the cats and dogs a chance to get out of the shelter for a few hours and get some much-deserved, one-on-one human attention. Thirdly, it gives people who might not want to visit an animal shelter the chance to still adopt and give a good home to an animal in need.

Posters with happy adoption pictures

Posters with happy adoption pictures

Inside the Pet Showcase

Inside the Pet Showcase

When I stopped by the Pet Showcase, there were cats of all ages, including some adorable little kittens! (I didn’t want to turn on my flash and startle them, so I apologize for all of the blurry photos.) But adult cats need loving homes too, and there are plenty to choose from. If there doesn’t happen to be one that catches your eye at the Pet Showcase, there are literally hundreds more waiting to meet you at the shelter.

Cute kitty #1 (whose name is Taz, if I'm remembering correctly)

Cute kitty #1 (whose name is Taz, if I’m remembering correctly)

Cute (sleepy) kitty #2

Cute (sleepy) kitty #2

Cute kitty #3

Cute kitty #3

Cute kitten #1

Cute kitten #1

Cute kitten #2 (whose name is Beetle, if I'm remembering correctly)

Cute kitten #2 (whose name is Beetle, if I’m remembering correctly)

There were also plenty of pooches, including some familiar faces!

Rusty greeted me with a big doggy hug and proceeded to attempt to climb into my lap, though he’s a little big for that. So instead, when I knelt next to him, he put his big paws on my shoulders and gave me lots of doggy kisses. Rusty is a lovebug through and through, and he gets along well with other dogs too! As I’ve mentioned before, he shares his kennel with Creek.

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Rusty is just the cutest-patootest.

Sky (who still gets called Stewie by volunteers who have been with Orphans of the Storm® for more than two years) is just as affectionate as Rusty, but a little less exuberant about it. He likes to snuggle and give kisses and receive lots of petting on his back and neck. Sky also gets along well with other dogs–in fact, during his first stay at Orphans of the Storm®, he shared his kennel with Precious!

You can see with eyes as blue as his why his name was changed to Sky!

You can see with eyes as blue as his why his name was changed to Sky!

Della the four-year-old Labrador Retriever mix was one of the new furry faces I met at Northbrook Court. She is much smaller than the usual Lab and she uses that to her advantage by being a complete lap dog. Della‘s favorite thing is to get her belly rubbed. In fact, I saw her more on her back than on her feet! Little kids were coming over and giving her kisses and she just loved all of the attention. What an absolute sweetheart!

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Della enjoying her belly rubs

Homey the two-year-old Pointer mix is another mellow pooch. He was stationed right by the door of the Pet Showcase, so he got to greet everybody who came in and he did so with a wagging tail. Homey is a gentle boy who enjoyed snacking on some treats, and he could certainly use some more. He’s a little on the skinny side right now. If you’re looking for an addition to your family that will make your house feel a little more “homey,” stop by soon to meet Homey!

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Homey being a sweetie

Different dogs and cats get a chance to come to the Pet Showcase each week (the Pet Showcase is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-5pm), so you can stop by every week to see who is there! And, of course, you can always visit the shelter every day of the week to see all of the dogs and cats available for adoption all at once.