Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in the Springtime Sun

The Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is just over a week away–April 28 at 5 p.m.! Help support a great cause that helps these great dogs (and cats!) find their new happy homes. Even if you can’t make it to the dinner itself, you can still donate items to the silent auction.

Nano the eight-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is a lap dog if I ever did see one. As soon as we were in the off-leash run, Nano was jumping up and down and tried to climb into my lap as soon as I started to kneel down next to him. When I sat down on the bench, Nano was up there next to me in a flash and kept trying to burrow into my lap, as if he couldn’t get close enough. He loves to give doggy kisses and does the cutest little doggy dance when you scratch his hips.

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Nano is always smiling

Nano may love to snuggle, but he also has plenty of energy. I think I’ve said this about most of the Miniature Pinschers I’ve met at the shelter: those little legs can really move! Nano is no exception. He was interested in chasing down any toy I threw, though he hasn’t mastered the “fetching” part yet (he’d just sniff the toy where it landed and that was that). Little Nano will make a fun addition to any home, so come in soon to meet him!

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Nano thinking about jumping into my lap again

Sweet Pea the three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix certainly has the right name to match her personality. This darling girl gets along with everybody–adults, kids, other dogs, you name it. She walked pretty well on the leash as we made our way to the off-leash run and gave a friendly hello sniff to Corky, who was on the other side of the fence, before going off to explore.

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Sweet Pea being attentive

Sweet Pea is a smart girl who would probably respond well to training to learn some new tricks. She even went over the agility bridge with just a little bit of encouragement! Sweet Pea also likes to keep an eye on things and greet anyone who comes over. She put her front paws up on the gate of the off-leash run to watch what was happening on the other side of the fence, and her tail would start wagging whenever someone walked her way. This sweetie is ready for her forever home! Could it be with you?

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Sweet Pea coming over for a snuggle

Alice the two-year-old German Shepherd mix was feeling very shy at the shelter when I met her because she had just been turned in by her owner, who could no longer care for her. She was a little hesitant about coming out for a walk, but after just a few minutes of quietly strolling around, she started to warm up to me.

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Alice has such a sweet face

Alice is clearly a sweet, gentle soul. She walked well on the leash, and would come and stand next to me so I could scratch her chin, which she seemed to enjoy. Those brown eyes will make you fall in love with her right away! She’s sad about losing her first home, but she will make a wonderful companion to her new family. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Alice!

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Alice enjoying the spring sunshine

Tom-Tom the nine-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix has one of those faces that immediately makes you smile because it is just so cute (and so big!). Tom-Tom is a strong boy, but for the most part he was good at walking on the leash. He’s also a polite pooch–he walked right through the middle of a group of kids who were visiting the shelter and just gave a quick sniff here and there before continuing on.

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Tom Tom has the best face ever

Tom-Tom is very attentive to what people want. When we were in the off-leash run, the dog in the run next door was barking at Tom-Tom. Rather than barking back, Tom-Tom looked up at me like, “What should I do about this?” I told him to come over by me, and he did just that. Then he gave me a couple of doggy kisses. What a cutie! If you’re looking for a big boy to be your new companion, come in soon to meet Tom-Tom.

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Tom Tom would love his own yard to romp in

I also saw my furry friends Tiger (who is also friendly with dogs and kids), Javan, Molly, the other Molly (who is still the best fetch-player you’re ever going to find), Dezzie, Duke (yet another dog who gets along with everybody and everything, including cats!), Giorgio, Jade, Saber, and Lucky.

Even if you can’t adopt right now, there’s another great way to help: Orphans of the Storm® is looking for volunteer dog walkers to give the pooches some exercise now that the weather is nicer. There is a handling class on May 14 if you’re interested!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Lovey-Dovey

There were so many new pooches looking for their furever homes at Orphans of the Storm® this weekend, and the great news is that many of them found one! But there are plenty of wonderful dogs still waiting to be discovered. All three of the dogs below were quickly added to my “favorites” list because they are all so sweet!

Hollister the seven-year-old Shepherd mix is, in a word, amazing! When I came to his kennel to put his leash on, he simply sat and waited until he was hooked up and the kennel door was opened. Hollister is a big boy (and so fluffy!), but he is so gentle. He walked wonderfully on the leash and would occasionally stop and look up at me just to make sure we were still on the same page about where we were going. Talk about attentive!

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Hollister enjoying the springtime sun

Hollister just wants to be loved. He gently licked my nose as a thank-you while I pet his back, and when I sat down on a bench he rested his head in my lap and just enjoyed being scratched behind the ears. Everyone who passed by thought he looked like the sweetest pooch, and he is! Hollister was even friendly with itty-bitty Rico (who has since been adopted, hurray!), who was smaller than Hollister’s head alone. If you’re looking for a big dog to be the perfect companion, come in soon to meet Hollister!

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Hollister the gentle giant

Enos the three-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is a cuddle-bug who thrives on human contact. While we were making our way to the off-leash run, Enos kept rubbing against my leg like a kitty and I kept giving him a reassuring pat on the back. Although he did some exploring once we were in the run, he always came running back to me for more petting.

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Enos wondering why I’m taking his picture instead of petting him

Enos is another great leash-walker. If I said, “Come,” he would go in whatever direction I wanted–and with a wagging tail! When I sat down on the bench, Enos scooted his back half between my knees so I could scratch his hips. He turned his head around and gave me the sweetest doggy smile while I did that. Before I stood up again, he made sure to give me plenty of doggy kisses. I am definitely part of the Enos fan club, and you will be too as soon as you meet him!

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Enos just wants to snuggle

Freddy the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is one of the cutest pups at the shelter right now. He even got picked to make an appearance at the Northbrook Court Pet Showcase on Sunday! His tail was wagging all over the place when he saw me come over with a leash, but he was very patient about waiting for me to put it on. Freddy was a little skittish about loud or unusual noises (opening the gate to leave the off-leash run made him jump), but it’s easy to see that once he’s settled in a loving home, he will be a happy-go-lucky pooch.

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Freddy got lots of compliments while we were out

Freddy stayed pretty close to me while we were in the off-leash run, but he did enjoy sticking his nose in the hay to see what smells he could find. If I knelt down next to him, he was happy to stand next to me and get a nice scratch on the chest. He gave my nose a tentative sniff a few times, so maybe the next time I see him we’ll progress to doggy kisses. Freddy is still a young dog with plenty of love to offer. Stop by the shelter soon and say hi to Freddy!

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Freddy’s adorable face

I also saw my furry friends Dezzie, Giorgio, Jade, Lucky, Maggie, and Saber.

And don’t forget–”The Cat’s Meow” Annual Benefit Dinner is coming up quick: Monday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m. Attendees can get a VIP tour of the new cat wing!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Play in the Hay

As much as all of us at Orphans of the Storm® love Yeager, we don’t want to see him back at the shelter! This is his last week of training at Tops Kennel, and if someone doesn’t adopt him soon, he’ll have to come back. Who wouldn’t want a fully trained dog who is lovable, affectionate, and has a constantly wagging tail? You even get one week of training FREE so you and Yeager can form a great bond right away. This smart, happy boy wants what all of the animals at Orphans of the Storm® want: a loving forever home. Let’s make sure he finds one soon! You can check out his latest video update here.

And don’t forget–the Orphans of the Storm® annual benefit dinner is coming up in just a few short weeks! Monday, April 28 is the day, so mark your calendars and reserve your spot soon!

Maggie the seven-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix may have some gray fur on her face, but don’t let that fool you! Maggie still has plenty of pep in her step: she walked at a quick clip on our way to the off-leash run, and had a great time playing fetch once we got there. Maggie truly is a puppy at heart, and that makes her so much fun to spend time with!

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Maggie enjoying a nice scratch under her chin

Maggie is one of the most affectionate dogs I’ve met at the shelter. If you love being on the receiving end of doggy kisses, Maggie will not disappoint you. She is all about being lovey-dovey, and her tail never stops wagging. Maggie would probably prefer to be the only dog in her new home, but with a pooch like Maggie, one is all you need! If you’re looking for a lovable, loyal companion, come in soon to meet Maggie!

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Maggie taking a quick pause from our game of fetch

Jeff the one-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is full of energy. He had so much fun racing Molokai (who, for a 12-year-old, certainly can move!) in the off-leash run, and he likes to take the lead on walks–though, since he is a scent hound, he stops pretty regularly to smell interesting things in the grass. And he’s such a handsome boy!

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Jeff on the move!

Jeff has an old injury in one of his front legs that makes it more comfortable for him to hold that paw up when he’s standing still, but I can assure you that it doesn’t slow him down in the slightest. This big guy will love spending plenty of time outside with his new family. Jeff also enjoys getting plenty of attention, including a good scratch behind the ears. If you’ve been thinking about adding a hound to your household, stop by the shelter and say hi to Jeff!

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Jeff’s handsome profile

Rico the eight-year-old Chihuahua mix was pretty much brand-new to the shelter when I met him, so he was a little shy and unsure about his new surroundings. Luckily he has Gypsy for a kennelmate, so the two of them (who are practically twins) can snuggle up together while they both wait to find their new forever homes. Rico walked nicely on our way to the off-leash run, though he wasn’t so sure about the feeling of hay between his paws once we got there.

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Rico exploring in the hay

Since Rico is on the shy side, he likes having his own space in the beginning but will be sure to let you know when he feels comfortable with you. After just a few short minutes of us being in the run together, Rico came over and happily let me pet his back. When it was time to go back to his kennel, Rico instead wanted to jump into my lap. Once Rico knows you, he’ll be stuck to your side! If a lapdog is what you’re looking for, come in and see if Rico is the one for you!

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Rico is such a little cutie patootie!

Blueberry the three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a big, strong boy–but he definitely has a snuggley side! Blueberry was more than ready for a chance to go out for a walk and led the way to the off-leash run, where he had a great time bounding through the new hay. You’ll notice right away how Blueberry got his name: it goes perfectly with his beautiful blue fur!

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I just love Blueberry’s ears!

Blueberry was very attentive to everything that was happening on the other side of the fence. He liked watching the other dogs and people walk by and wanted to be part of the action. Blueberry may look kind of tough at first glance, but you’ll soon see that he’s just a big goofball. I love those ears and that face! Big dogs like Blueberry have lots of love to offer, so come in soon to meet him!

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Blueberry at attention

I also saw Emerald, Ebbie, Wilbur, Bella, Dezzie, Diamond, Javan, Molly, the other Molly, Rock, and Winter! A great group of dogs, if I may say so.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Think It Might Be Spring

Firstly, remember that our buddy Yeager is still in training at Tops Kennel and is still looking for that perfect forever family! You can check out all of the videos of his progress (and boy, has he come a long way in just a few short weeks!) on the Orphans of the Storm® Facebook page.

Secondly, Keith Sanderson (sidekick of Orphans of the Storm® alum Max A Pooch, who you might recall from our Success Stories) just interviewed Julie Adams, co-founder of Chicago Cat Rescue, about Black Cat/Dog Syndrome. I’ve written about Black Dog Syndrome a number of times, and there are still plenty of black dogs at Orphans of the Storm® wondering why they keep getting passed up. Benny, Blackie, Blush, Max, Ryla, and Saber are all great choices!

Thirdly, time to meet more pooches!

Ollie the six-year-old Husky mix is one of the calmest, gentlest dogs I’ve met at Orphans of the Storm®. Usually the Husky mixes I take out want to go sprinting off right away, but Ollie walked calmly by my side all the way to the off-leash run. Even once he was off-leash, he was more of a meander-er than a runner. If you’re looking for a walking companion, Ollie should definitely be on your list.

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Ollie with his pretty blue eyes

Ollie, like most of the Husky mixes I’ve met at the shelter, was a little aloof when we first started out. But (like most of the Husky mixes I’ve met at the shelter) after a few minutes, he was coming up to me to get a nice scratch on the chin and back. It’s so important to give these dogs a chance–they see strangers coming and going every day, so you can’t blame them for not always cuddling up to you immediately. Once Ollie knows you, though, you’ll have a very loyal companion. And, of course, I couldn’t write about Ollie without mentioning his stunning blue eyes! Come in soon to get to know Ollie.

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Ollie is such a handsome, gentle guy

Buddy the one-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is definitely still in his puppy phase. This little guy thinks that everything is a game (which is perfect for when his future owner starts training him!). It took us a little bit to get situated because he wanted to play tug-of-war with the leash, but once we got walking he let it go and we hurried over to the off-leash run so he could burn off that puppy energy.

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Buddy smiling for the camera

Buddy hasn’t fully grasped the concept of “fetch” yet, but he’s certainly willing to learn. He loved chasing the tennis ball around, but wasn’t so sure about bringing it back to me. After he dropped it, though, he was happy to have me pick it back up and throw it again–no signs of being possessive. Buddy also loves to give doggy hugs. All he really wants is to be spoiled with love and attention. Don’t let Black Dog Syndrome keep him at the shelter for too long! If you’re looking for a fun, playful pup, come in soon to meet Buddy.

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Buddy showing off his silly side

Barney the seven-year-old Beagle mix is just too precious. He seems a little sad inside his kennel but once you have him out on a leash, that little tail of his does not stop wagging! Barney walks pretty well on the leash and could certainly use some more exercise, judging by the size of his tummy (cute as that round tummy may be). Barney is currently sharing his kennel with another dog, so he could go to a home with or without another doggy friend.

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Barney knows how to pose

Barney is super affectionate. As soon as I knelt down next to him, he put his little front paws on my leg and covered my face in doggy kisses. I was just about ready to scoop him up and take him home with me! Barney isn’t as bark-y as some Hounds are known to be, which is a plus. And he just has the cutest little face. This sweet, happy boy would bring so much joy to his new family. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Barney!

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Barney coming over to cuddle

I also saw my furry friends Ebbie, Emerald, Honey Lamb, Javan, Molly (who is still the best fetch-player at the shelter, by far), and Zeus.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs with Common Names

You’re more than welcome to give a new name to the dog you adopt from Orphans of the Storm®, but this week’s pooches have some of the most popular pet names already!

Bella the seven-year-old American Bulldog mix will make you smile the instant you see her. She’s a little chubby, which is cute in and of itself, but she also looks exactly like Yoda, with a wrinkly face and ears that stick out to the side of her head. You will be sure to get lots of comments from Star Wars fans when you’re seen out walking Bella. In addition to her adorable looks, Bella also has an adorable personality.

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Bella would love to have her own yard to play in!

Bella was surrendered by her owners because they no longer had the time to care for her properly, so Bella already knows what it’s like to be a family pet. She does pretty well on the leash and she is friendly and affectionate with people, though she would probably do best as the only dog in her new home. She’s only been at the shelter for a couple of weeks, but she’s already a volunteer favorite. Come in soon to find out if Bella is the pooch for you!

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Bella’s adorable face

Max the two-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is an all-around great dog. He walked really well on our way to the off-leash run and he already knows some basic commands like “Sit,” which he did for me even without a treat (sorry, Max!). I was wondering if he might even be part Pointer, since whenever he heard something he would go into that signature Pointer stance.

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Max enjoying the hay–no more snow!

Max is a typical Lab mix, in that he loves being with people and will make a very loyal companion. We hadn’t been together for very long before he was staying close to my side like we were old pals. Max would prefer to be the only dog in his new home, and he would definitely enjoy going on nice walks around the neighborhood every day. He loved to get his back scratched and gives doggy kisses in return. If you’re looking for a Lab, take a look at Max!

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Max coming in for a snuggle

Jasper the ten-month-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is 100% puppy. He loves to run and play and give doggy hugs and doggy kisses. We kept stopping on our way to the off-leash run because he kept wanting to get pet! He’s still just a pup, so he’ll definitely need some training to learn things like leash manners. He’s a smart boy who just wants to make people happy, though, so he’s sure to be a quick learner!

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Jasper knows how to turn it on for the camera

Jasper somehow already seems to know what a camera is, though. As soon as I pulled mine out, he was ready for his close-up and posed like a pro. He also seemed to instinctively know that it’s more polite if he sits down when another dog is coming nearby, which he did on a couple of occasions when different dogs walked past us. Jasper doesn’t want to grow up in the shelter; he wants to be with a loving family who will spend plenty of time playing with him and helping him become the amazing companion he knows he can be!

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Seriously, Jasper could be a doggy model!

Bailey the five-year-old Beagle mix does the Hound group proud. This little scent hound follows his nose wherever it takes him–in fact, he barely takes his nose off the ground at all! We paused a lot on our way to the off-leash run so he could take an extra-good sniff. With all the snow melting now, I bet it’s quite interesting! When Bailey isn’t sniffing, though, he walks very nicely on the leash.

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Bailey being an excellent scent hound

Bailey is a gentle guy who would prefer to be in an adult-only home. It may take him a few minutes to stop sniffing and start socializing with you, so don’t count him out too soon because he does enjoy getting a nice pat on the back. And what an adorable boy he is! That face and those eyes will have you falling in love almost immediately. Bailey currently has a kennelmate (see below), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Come in soon to say hi to Bailey!

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I couldn’t even get a picture of Bailey without his nose to the ground

Kaylee the four-year-old Rat Terrier mix is such a little sweetheart. She came from a family who could no longer care for her, so she’s feeling a little scared and overwhelmed at the shelter. When I first took her out, she kept her tail between her legs and got nervous if I reached towards her. She stuck close to Bailey, who is currently her kennelmate, even once we got to the off-leash run and they were free to go wherever they wanted.

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Kaylee coming to sit in my lap

Kaylee warmed up to me after just a few short minutes, though. She stood next to me a little tentatively and I started to pet her very gently. Once she seemed more comfortable, I picked her up and she melted right into my arms. When I tried to put her back down, she jumped back into my lap for more cuddling! (I have the muddy pawprints on my jeans to prove it.) Once Kaylee knows she can trust you, she will love you forever. If you’re looking for a pint-sized pooch, come in soon to meet Kaylee!

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Kaylee not so sure about this hay business (her buddy Bailey is in the background)

I also saw plenty of other doggy friends this week: Jade, Saber, Gizmo, Giorgio, Dina, Precious, Shasta, Lady, Tiger, and Molokai (who is literally the best walking companion you can find. And you can trust me–I’ve walked a lot of dogs!).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Could Use the Luck of the Irish

Orphans of the Storm® has some pooches with St. Patrick’s Day-related names who have been waiting for their furever families for far too long. Emerald, Shamrock, and Corky (for County Cork!) are three of the shelter’s longest long-timers, and Lucky has been at the shelter much longer than I expected he would be.

Emerald‘s story has been shared many times. She arrived at Orphans of the Storm® in 2006 (that’s eight years ago!) with a litter of puppies. All of her puppies found their new families quickly, but Emerald is still waiting for her turn. This ten-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is full of love and affection and plenty of energy to make for a wonderful, playful companion.

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Emerald

Shamrock, as you may recall, was the first dog I ever walked at Orphans of the Storm®. She may not like other dogs very much, but she certainly loves people! Shamrock is an eight-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier who has been waiting patiently (and I do mean patiently–Shamrock never barks or jumps around inside her kennel) for the right person to find her.

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Shamrock

Corky is such a well-behaved boy, and yet it seems like he never gets the chance to show off his good manners because visitors continue to pass him by. Corky knows his basic commands like “Sit” and “Shake” and is extremely food-motivated, so he could easily learn much more. This six-year-old Hound mix is also great at giving doggy hugs.

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Corky

Lucky has been at Orphans of the Storm® for less than a year, but I thought he would have been adopted long before now. Lucky is a nine-year-old Border Collie mix who loves to run and play and give doggy hugs. It certainly doesn’t seem like he’ll be slowing down anytime soon. Lucky originally shared his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so we know he gets along with both people and animals.

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Lucky

The next time you visit Orphans of the Storm®, ask the staff about the long-timers. They are just as deserving of a good home as everybody else–it’s just taking them a little longer to get there.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Super Lovable

The title of this post pretty much sums it up! If you’re looking for somebody to love, Orphans of the Storm® should definitely be your first stop.

Fuzzy the ten-year-old Pointer mix is a calm, gentle soul. You don’t have to worry about any leash-pulling from this pooch; he would make a good walking companion for a trip around the block. Since he’s getting up there in years, Fuzzy doesn’t need quite as much exercise–but he certainly appreciated the chance to go outside for a bit and explore the off-leash run.

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Fuzzy almost looks like he’s in the official Pointer stance

Fuzzy is on the skinny side at the moment, so he probably wouldn’t mind getting a little spoiled with nice, tasty treats from his new family. He also wouldn’t mind getting spoiled with plenty of attention. He enjoyed getting a nice scratch under the chin and on his back. If you’re interested in a calmer dog who is just looking for friendship and a soft, warm bed, Fuzzy could be exactly the right dog for you!

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Fuzzy’s sweet face

Reggie the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is such a pretty boy; he caught my eye right away as I walked through the shelter on this visit. Reggie was very polite while I put his leash on, and did a great job walking on our way to the off-leash run. When I stopped at one point, he just sat down next to me and waited. This is one dog who is all about pleasing people.

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Reggie coming in for a cuddle

Reggie is (as the title of this post indicates) super lovable and super loving. If you want a dog that will give you plenty of hugs and kisses every time you come home, Reggie is more than up to the task. What a sweetheart! Also, Reggie is currently sharing his kennel with another pooch, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. A dog like Reggie won’t stay at the shelter for very long, so come in soon to meet him!

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Reggie found a patch of ground with no snow!

Luca the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a volunteer favorite, and it’s easy to see why. This big, handsome boy is full of love and gets along with everyone he meets. Luca came from an owner who moved and couldn’t bring him along, so he has experience as a pet and gets along with adults, children, and other dogs. When I was out with Luca this week, he had four kids petting him simultaneously and he was enjoying every second of it.

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Luca exploring underneath the agility bridge

Luca knows a few commands, and I’m sure he’d be eager to learn more–especially for treats! He’s pretty strong, especially when he first comes out of his kennel and is excited to go for a walk, but he settles down and walks nicely on a leash after he gets the chance to stretch his legs. Luca loves to give doggy hugs and kisses, so if you’re looking for a big new friend who will shower you with affection, look no further than Luca!

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Luca is such a handsome boy

Javan the two-year-old Shepherd mix is such a happy, friendly guy. He arrived at Orphans of the Storm® with heartworm, but he has received treatment over the last couple of months and is now ready to find his new family. Javan is a real cutie (he looks like he could be Rusty‘s brother!) and has a wonderful personality to match.

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Javan enjoying the outdoors

Javan just loves to cuddle. While he was off exploring the off-leash run, I decided to take a seat on the bench. When Javan looked up and realized this, he came sprinting over and jumped right into my lap (or, at least, as much of him as could fit). He may have had heartworm, but that hasn’t hurt his ability to love with all of his heart! I think it’s safe to say that Javan is one of my new favorites. Come in soon to find out if Javan is the pooch for you!

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Javan looking for a lap to sit in

Tiger the seven-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is, like Luca, a dog who came from an owner who moved and couldn’t bring him with. That means Tiger has seven years of experience as a family pet, and can’t wait to show you what a great addition he would be to your family. Even though Tiger doesn’t understand how he ended up at the shelter, that hasn’t dampened his spirits; his tail is wagging constantly.

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Tiger has a face you just want to kiss!

Tiger has another similarity with most of the dogs in this post: he loves to give doggy hugs. If you pat your chest, Tiger will gladly oblige and jump up to say hello. Is there such a thing as being too friendly? Tiger certainly doesn’t think so. He loves people and just wants to be loved in return. This good-looking guy has been passed over for far too long. Give Tiger the second chance at a happy home that he so clearly deserves.

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Tiger’s tail wagging, as usual

Some other lovable pooches I spent time with this week are Jade, Saber, Buddy, Bebe, Wilbur, Giorgio, Lady, and Lucky.

Also, who remembers Yeager? Yeager has been at Orphans of the Storm® for over a year, and now he has the opportunity of a lifetime: he’s the latest dog to be helped by Orphans of the Storm®’s Tyler Fund, which sends dogs who need some training for a stay at Tops Kennel in Grayslake. You can follow Yeager’s progress on the shelter’s Facebook page, and if you or someone you know is interested in Yeager, you’re highly encouraged to stop by his training sessions!

Although I didn’t get the chance to meet Tyler, the first Orphans dog to go through Tops Kennel, I certainly did know Buddy, who was happily adopted after his stay at Tops. Peggy, who graduated from Tops Kennel last year thanks to the Tyler Fund, is still waiting for her future family to find her.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Like Other Dogs

If you already have a furry friend and are looking to add another, there are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who would do well in a home with a buddy! Both of the dogs below share or previously shared their kennels with another dog, so it’s a good indication that they could do well in a home with four-legged friends. Of course, we always recommend that you bring your current dog to the shelter to make sure everybody gets along!

Troy the one-year-old Boxer mix is a playful little (big) puppy. He was sharing his kennel with another one-year-old pup who has since been adopted, so now it’s Troy’s turn! Troy is always ready to say hello to anyone and everyone who walks by his kennel, and he was just as friendly when we were out and about on our walk and in the off-leash run. Considering he’s still young and probably hasn’t had too much training, Troy walked pretty nicely on the leash.

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Troy has such cute markings

Troy had a great time running around and stretching his legs in the off-leash run. One minute he’d be by my side to get a nice scratch on the ears, and the next he’d be running laps. He never tried to play too rough with his kennelmate; mostly, he was just thrilled to be out in the snow. If you’re looking for a young dog who can grow into the perfect companion, come in soon to meet Troy!

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Troy trotting over the snow

Saber the one-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is another young, sweet pooch. He currently shares his kennel with Jade and boy, was he excited to come out for a walk! He doesn’t have the best leash manners (he can pull a bit), but he’s young enough and smart enough to learn how to be an excellent walking buddy. Labs aren’t the most popular breed in America for nothing, and Saber is a fine example.

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Saber says, “I’m ready for my close-up!”

Saber is super affectionate. He loves to give doggy kisses and loves to cuddle. Who could possibly resist that adorable face? If you’re looking for a dog who will stay by your side, Saber could be the one for you. As long as you’re petting him, he’s happy to stay as close to you as possible. Don’t let Black Dog Syndrome stop you from getting to know Saber!

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Saber enjoying a good run

Orphans of the Storm® also has some pooches who would probably do best as the only dog in a home. If you’re a one-dog kind of person, Molly, Rock, Diamond, and Honey Lamb are all great choices!

I also spent some time with Buddy (who covered my face in doggy kisses) and Lucky. Lucky used to share his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, but I haven’t seen Buddy interact with other dogs yet to know how he does. You can always call the shelter for more specific information on any of our dogs.

As always, if you’re interested in sharing your own Orphans of the Storm® Success Story, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Orphans of the Storm® also has plenty of upcoming events! Tonight is a book signing at Cellar Gate in Highwood; Saturday is another opportunity to meet your new friend for life at Northbrook Court; and April 28 is the annual benefit dinner. Check out the shelter’s Events page on Facebook for more information!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs with Cold Paws

Orphans of the Storm® made sure that plenty of dogs (and cats!) had a Valentine this year, but there are plenty more still waiting at the shelter for that perfect someone!

Alcon the four-year-old Rottweiler mix is one big, beautiful, gentle dog. He greets everybody who comes by his kennel with a lick on the hand, and when it’s time to put his leash on he just lies down and waits patiently. Alcon walked very nicely on the leash and that little stub of a tail was wagging almost constantly.

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Alcon sniffing in the snow

Alcon (listed as Alan on the website) had a great time playing in the snow. He gets pretty excited when other dogs are nearby, but he’s very calm and super sweet with people. Alcon could certainly gain a few pounds, so if you’re the lucky person who brings him home, feel free to spoil him with lots of treats! He certainly deserves it. If you’re looking for a big pooch with a heart of gold, come in soon to meet Alcon!

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Alcon at attention

Buck the one-year-old Hound mix is the type who gets along with anybody and everybody. He was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, and he was very friendly with Corky on the other side of the fence while we were in the off-leash run (they even look like brothers!), so he could go to a home with or without another dog.

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Buck has such pretty, loving eyes!

Buck is great with people, too. He is very affectionate and loves to be showered with attention. He especially seemed to enjoy a good scratch on the hips. Buck took treats extremely gently from my hand and waited patiently for seconds–no jumping or barking or anything like that. You can tell just by looking at his big brown eyes that Buck is full of love and can’t wait to share it with a new family. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Buck!

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Buck loved the snow

Blackie the ten-year-old Schipperke mix is another older dog who believes that age is just a number. For a dog his size, ten isn’t even that old (though Blackie does have a little gray on his face). Even though Blackie has little legs, they sure can move quickly when he wants! He was a great leash-walking buddy, though, and enjoyed sticking his nose into the piles of snow to find a fun scent.

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Blackie having a good time on his walk

Blackie had no problems being picked up, held, and carried. He stayed in my arms very nicely, and was probably thankful to not have to walk in the salt! This little guy is the perfect lapdog size. Blackie currently has a kennelmate, so he’s another pooch who could go to a home with or without another dog. If you’re considering an older dog who is just looking for companionship, look no further than Blackie!

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Blackie didn’t mind the deep snow

Dezzie the five-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix will make you smile as soon as you see her, because she is wearing a constant smile herself! I’ve never seen such a perfect doggy grin before. Dezzie’s looks fit her personality, because she is one happy dog who would be even happier in a home of her own. Dezzie knows how to walk nicely on the leash and would enjoy going on walks around her new neighborhood.

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Does Dezzie have the best doggy grin or what?

Dezzie came from an owner who had to move and couldn’t bring Dezzie, so we know that she has plenty of experience as a pet and knows how to behave in a home. She’s a sweet girl who will kindly rub her nose on your face, which I took to be a precursor to doggy kisses. As far as Dezzie is concerned, any spot is the right spot for petting. Give Dezzie even more of a reason to smile by giving her a second chance at a forever home!

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Dezzie has great looks and a great personality!

Some other pooches who enjoyed being out and about this week were Jade, Rock, Molly, the other Molly, Shamrock, Lucky, Lady, Giorgio, and Shasta. I also made a new furry friend (not available for adoption, but still awfully cute!):

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A little raccoon!

Lucky for him, I didn’t walk any Coonhounds this week!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs with Snow-Covered Faces

There’s still plenty of time to find yourself a valentine of the furry variety! The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® will love you forever if you give them the chance.

Also, if you’d like to share your own love story this Valentine’s Day, help us add to our growing list of Success Stories and email meetthepooches@gmail.com to tell us all about your Orphans of the Storm® adoption experience!

Babe the one-year-old Beagle mix is such a little cutie, especially in his bright yellow harness! He waited patiently for me to put his leash on, and then we were off and running. Babe was sharing his kennel with a dog who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. And don’t worry about Babe not liking this weather–he was sticking his face into piles of snow to discover new scents.

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Babe going into his play bow

Babe is an active, playful little guy. If you’re looking for a dog that you can train for agility, look no further than Babe! He was jumping up and over the snowbanks like they were no big deal (perhaps he is part bunny?), and he’s certainly speedy. Once he’s had his exercise, he’ll be happy to sit in your lap and give you doggy kisses. Babe got snow all over my lap because he was so eager to snuggle! If you’re looking for an adorable young pup, come in soon to meet Babe.

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Babe has such a cute little face!

Sherman the four-year-old Rottweiler mix is a big sweetheart who is very people-oriented. He was a little shy when I first took him out of his kennel and stuck close to my side while we made our way to the off-leash run, sometimes stopping and waiting for me to give him an encouraging pat on the back. Soon enough, though, that pretty tail of his was wagging.

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Sherman is a great “dog in the snow” model

Once Sherman got over his shyness, he wanted to say hi to everybody. If someone walked by the run, he’d put his front paws up on the fence and wag that tail. When another dog came into the run next to ours, he had a great time racing them. Sherman may be a little too big to be a lapdog, but that won’t stop him from trying. Give Sherman the chance to warm up to you, and you’ll have a loyal companion forever!

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Sherman smiling for the camera

Molokai the twelve-year-old Hound mix certainly doesn’t act like a senior citizen! The only thing that gives her age away is the gray fur on her face. Although you’ll usually find her curled up on her doggy bed in her kennel, she perks up as soon as she gets outside. Molokai set a quick pace as we made our way to the off-leash run and was romping through the snow with no signs of slowing down.

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Molokai has the sweetest face

Molokai is an absolutely beautiful girl; she got lots of compliments from other visitors at the shelter because of her brindle fur. In between romps, she would come back to me for a nice scratch on the neck or ears and then set off through the snow again. Molokai isn’t asking for much–just a nice home with a nice family so she can enjoy her golden years surrounded by comfort and love. If you’re interested in a senior dog, stop by the shelter and say hi to Molokai!

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Molokai proving that you can be graceful at any age

Bilbo Baggins the two-year-old Basset Hound/Mountain Cur mix is the type of dog who seems like he would get along with just about everybody. He greets everyone who walks by his kennel with a wagging tail and, once we were out on our walk, he wanted to personally say hello to everybody outside too! Bilbo Baggins is currently sharing his kennel with Jade, and had a different kennelmate before that, so he could go to a home with or without another dog.

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Bilbo Baggins, up close and personal

Bilbo Baggins has plenty of energy. He loved dashing through the snow and wanted to run around longer than my frozen toes could handle. Bilbo Baggins is also super affectionate. He will happily give you doggy hugs and cover your face in doggy kisses if he sees an opportunity to do so. This is one happy-go-lucky guy–I can only imagine how much joy he would bring to his new forever home! Come in soon to meet Bilbo Baggins!

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Bilbo Baggins covered in snow

I also gave Ebbie (who is just the sweetest and gentlest) and Shasta (who has really started to come out of her shell now that she knows me) the chance to play in the snow for a bit. At least the dogs of Orphans of the Storm® don’t seem tired of this weather yet!