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.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs on a Warm Summer Day

It was a hot and humid day at Orphans of the Storm®, as evidenced by all of the lolling tongues you will see in this week’s photos! The dogs were still happy to come outside for a walk, though many of them found a shady spot pretty quickly.

Abby the one-year-old Red Heeler mix is such a little cutie. When I mentioned to one of the staff members that I was going to walk her, I was told that she is a sweet dog–and that turned out to be very true! Abby is the perfect size and has the perfect amount of energy. She’s more than happy to play with you, but equally happy to snuggle in your lap.

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Abby has the cutest markings!

Abby hopped right up onto the bench next to me, and she seemed to really enjoy this perch so she could keep an eye on everything. She was very interested in the other dogs who were walking around, watching them with her ears perked, though we never got close enough for her to greet them. At one point, Abby tried to climb into my lap and give me some doggy kisses. If you’re looking for a friendly and adorable pooch, come in soon to meet Abby!

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Abby smiling for the camera

Diesel the four-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix is a handsome boy who is, sadly, extremely nervous inside his kennel. He’s not so sure about getting a leash put on for a walk and would probably do best with an owner who will be gentle and understanding in order to help him come out of his shell. Once Diesel is out of his kennel, though, he perks up and becomes a happy, friendly dog.

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Diesel is a friendly guy

Diesel is actually pretty good at walking on the leash, despite his initial hesitations. After we walked around for a bit, Diesel found a shady spot under a tree and laid down. When I started to pet him, he rolled over and gave me a big doggy smile while I rubbed his belly. Another volunteer gave Diesel a bath last week and said he was very well-behaved. This sweet boy is ready for his chance at a loving home. Stop by the shelter soon to see if he’s the one for you!

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Diesel being a good walking buddy

Charlie the six-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix seems to have two settings: full speed and full stop. This is pretty normal for Jack Russells, and Terriers in general. Charlie likes to run and run, and then stretch out in the shade and catch his breath. Since Charlie’s body is a little longer than the average Jack Russell, him stretching out is especially cute. And that face of his is even cuter!

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Charlie watching the dogs in the other run

Charlie currently shares his kennel with another dog, and he was also pretty friendly through the fence with the dogs in the run next to ours, so he could probably go to a home with or without another dog. But the main thing Charlie is looking for is a fun family who will be sure to keep him entertained. And with Charlie as part of your family, you will certainly be entertained as well! If you’re looking for a playful and spunky pup, come in soon to meet Charlie.

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Charlie knows how to smile for the camera, too!

Luciano the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is one of those special dogs with one blue eye and one brown eye (like Clint and Elmo!). Luciano is a little rambunctious when he first gets out of his kennel and he especially likes to jump up to say hello, but he listens when you tell him “off” and he settles down after a few minutes, turning into a good walking companion.

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Luciano is a big lovebug

Luciano, according to the card on his kennel, gets along with just about everybody, including kids, cats, and other dogs. Although I didn’t get to see him interact with other dogs while I had him out, I can certainly believe that he’d be a very good boy. Luciano is a happy dog whose tail is always wagging. He doesn’t understand how he ended up at the shelter, but Luciano is more than ready to show his future owners what a great addition he would be!

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Luciano enjoying the warm summer day

I also saw my furry friends Corky, Dezzie, Emerald, Lucy, Molly, Ryla, Scotty, Shard, and Wilbur.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Want to Celebrate Independence Day by Finding a Family

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are happy to celebrate our country’s independence this 4th of July, but they’re also ready to find a dependable family! Orphans of the Storm® will be closed on the 4th, but will be open during its normal hours (11am-5pm) all weekend. Maybe save some of your BBQ leftovers for your new pooch!

Shogun the twelve-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is still plenty spry for his age. He may have some gray fur around his nose, but other than that he isn’t showing any signs of aging. When he first came out of his kennel, he was off and running and couldn’t wait to have some fun in the off-leash run. As has been the case with other dogs at the shelter far too often recently, Shogun’s previous owners could no longer care for him. Shogun is more than ready to find his new, permanent family.

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Shogun using the bush as a back-scratcher

Shogun is a friendly guy who greets people with a wagging tail. He enjoys getting his back, chin, and ears scratched, and will stay right by you while you pet him. Shogun loves getting his back scratched so much, in fact, that he will use the branches of a bush to do so! Do you have bushes in your backyard? Shogun would love them. Now is the perfect time to give this senior pooch a chance at a happy home in which to spend his golden years. If you’re looking for a big lovebug, come in soon to meet Shogun!

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Shogun keeping an eye on things

Louie the two-year-old Chihuahua mix is a playful cutie who is full of energy. Louie isn’t the type of little dog who wants to be carried around in a purse–Louie wants to use his own four legs to get around, and get around he does. It was hard to get a good picture because he was darting this way and that way! Louie also doesn’t let his size deter him; he seems to be an adventurous sort.

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Louie the cutie

Louie may like to run around, but even so he was perfectly fine with me picking him up and holding him (though he was more than happy to spring back onto the ground when I was done). Once he gets his playtime for the day, he’ll be happy to join you for some snuggles. If you’re looking for a little dog with big-dog-sized energy, Louie might just be the pooch for you! Stop by the shelter soon to find out.

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Louie is a good walker

Brooklyn the one-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is another pooch who is full of energy, but she has an excuse: she is most definitely still a puppy! And all this puppy wants to do is find a family who will play with her and give her plenty of attention. When you walk by Brooklyn’s kennel to say hello, her entire body starts wiggling because her tail wags so hard from side to side. Talk about one happy dog!

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Brooklyn taking a break from racing

Since Brooklyn is still a puppy, she hasn’t quite mastered her leash manners yet–but I’m sure she would be an eager learner, especially with food as a reward. Brooklyn used that doggy nose of hers to unearth a treat from under the hay inside the off-leash run. Brooklyn also loves toys and was getting jealous when the dog in the run next to ours got to chase a squeaky, so I found a toy of her own for her to play with. If you’re thinking about adding a big pup to your family, please consider Brooklyn!

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Brooklyn quenching her thirst

Sylvester the six-year-old Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix is such a sweet, calm boy. He was by far the best leash-walker of the day, happily staying by my side and rarely pulling. Sylvester is currently sharing his kennel with another dog, so he could go to a home with or without another furry friend. Sylvester has such soft, pretty, surprisingly curly fur and an adorable, lovable face.

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Sylvester is one handsome boy

Sylvester likes to snuggle. When I sat down on a bench, he put his face right into my lap and gave me a big doggy grin while I scratched his neck and ears. He then proceeded to walk underneath my legs and stand there while I continued to pet him. This guy is certainly companion material! Come by the shelter soon to see if Sylvester could be the next member of your family.

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Sylvester in the sunshine

I also saw some of my favorite seniors Archie, Ebbie, Emerald, and Scotty, and two of my favorite active buddies Molly and Rock (who, like Zeus, is back from training and walks so much better on the leash now, especially after he’s had a chance to run off his energy).

And the day after I visited the shelter, I stopped by Orphans of the Storm®’s Pet Showcase at Northbrook Court! There was a great group of adoptable cats there that day, and there are many (MANY!) more adoptable cats waiting in the brand new cat wing at the shelter.

Orphans of the Storm® Has Dogs of All Ages

Whether you’re looking for a young, playful puppy, an older, wiser senior dog, or anything in between, Orphans of the Storm® has plenty of options for you!

Cody the nine-and-a-half-year-old Labrador Retriever mix may look familiar to you. If you’ve been reading since November 2011, you’ll remember that I posted a video of Cody way back then! Cody was happily adopted shortly thereafter, but now, almost three years later, his new family is no longer able to take care of him. So now Cody is back at Orphans of the Storm®, ready to find his new and hopefully permanent furever family. Cody may not have seen me for a while, but I think I remembered me. He was just as sweet now as he was three years ago.

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Sweet Cody is still sweet!

Cody is still his friendly self, but since he’s a few years older he isn’t as likely to jump up and give doggy hugs. He’s still happy to give doggy kisses, though. He moves at a bit of a slower pace, but he still has plenty of happiness to share. Cody is also excellent with other dogs. He and Stewie (now known as Sky, another dog who was adopted years ago but returned because his family’s home recently flooded and they had to move) got along great! If you’re looking for an older dog who will make a great companion, come in soon and give Cody a chance!

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Cody giving that doggy smile

Sunnie the five-year-old Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix will certainly catch your eye as you walk through the shelter because he is just so darn fluffy and cute. Sunnie came from an owner who, like Cody’s owners, could no longer take care of him. That means that Sunnie has five years of experience being a family pet, and can’t wait to share that experience with his new family.

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Sunnie is one giant fluffball!

Sunnie walked pretty well on the leash as we made our way around the shelter. He also seemed pretty friendly with other dogs who were out and about. Sunnie has that signature blue tongue that Chows are known for, and of course that fluffy fur! He might appreciate a summer cut in these hotter summer months, but he will be the perfect pooch to snuggle with come winter. Do you prefer poofy pooches? Sunnie has plenty of poof for you!

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Sunnie will make the perfect cuddle companion

Asha (also known as Bootsy, because of her white paws) the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is just a little sweetheart. She’s a little nervous at the shelter and wasn’t quite sure about coming out for a walk with me, but once we got away from the other barking dogs she seemed to get more comfortable and was more interested in getting to know me and getting some nice pets. She walked pretty well on the leash, especially considering her young age, as we made our way to the off-leash run.

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Asha is such a pretty girl

Asha is certainly still a puppy, though. Honey Lamb was playing in the run next to us, and Asha was more than ready to race her along the fence (Honey Lamb won). Asha already kind of understands the idea of coming when called, though I’m sure she would be even more motivated if there were treats as a reward. Once we had spent some time together, she gave me a couple of quick doggy kisses. If you’re looking for a younger dog who has plenty of playfulness, stop by the shelter soon and say hi to Asha!

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Asha knows how to pose for the camera

Eros the one-year-old Boxer mix is the kind of puppy that makes me squeal incoherently because he is too precious. Poor little Eros doesn’t know how he ended up at the shelter and he’s pretty nervous, especially when it comes time to put the leash on. When I tried to walk him out to the off-leash run, he kept laying down and did more crawling than walking because he was so scared. All Eros needs in order to come out of his shell is a family who will show him what love truly is!

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Eros relaxing in the grass

Eros really just wants to be a cuddle buddy. I sat down in the grass and he flopped down right next to me, resting his front legs and head in my lap and then rolling over so I could rub his belly. He licked my arm while I did that and then rolled around in the grass some more, like the adorable little pup he is. When we eventually made it to the off-leash run, he was mildly interested in the various toys but still seemed more interested in being a lapdog. This little cutie will find a home quickly, so if you think he might be the pooch for you, be sure to stop by the shelter soon!

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Eros coming over for a snuggle

I also saw my buddies Archie (who is still the best), Wilbur (who is still my favorite), Corky (who is such a good boy–he walks well on the leash, he’s very affectionate, he knows his basic commands–I really can’t think of a single reason why he’s been at the shelter for so long!), Zeus (who is back from a few weeks of boot camp and now knows how to heel perfectly and sits whenever the person walking him stops moving), Akiva (who gets along with everybody), Lady (who is another senior dog like Cody who just needs a nice home in which to spend her golden years), Sweet Pea (who lives up to her name), and Shasta (who is such a well-behaved girl). So many wonderful dogs to choose from at Orphans of the Storm!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready for a Fun Summer

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® think summertime is the perfect time to add a four-legged furry friend to the family!

Pistol the five-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is one laid-back pooch. When I first walked by his kennel, he was just casually curled up, resting but still keeping an eye on things. When I showed up again with a leash, he perked right up and was happy to come out for a walk. Pistol was found as a stray, but boy does he know how to walk on a leash! He will make an excellent walking companion for whoever is lucky enough to adopt him.

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You’ve gotta love Pistol’s sweet hound face!

Pistol enjoyed a nice scratch under the chin and a pat on the back. Being a Hound, he spent a lot of time with his nose to the ground, picking up all of those interesting smells. Pistol has that adorable Hound face with those soulful brown eyes that you just can’t help but fall in love with. Combine that with his easy-going personality and you’ve got yourself a winner! If you’re looking for a big boy who will make a loyal friend, come in soon to meet Pistol.

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Pistol loves the outdoors

Rusty the two-year-old American Bulldog mix is quite a cutie. Rusty is currently sharing his kennel with Creek (who is such a lovebug–what is he still doing at the shelter?), so he could go to a home with or without another doggy friend. Rusty is pretty good on the leash but seemed to prefer being able to explore the off-leash run on his own. He had a fun time going under the bushes, but always came back to check how things were going with me.

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Rusty is a good-looking guy

Rusty may not be as overtly affectionate as some other dogs at the shelter, but he did give my face a very close sniff, which I always consider a precursor to a doggy kiss (my own dog is a face-sniffer like that). Rusty also loves getting a good scratch on the hips and will do a little dance with his tail wagging. Rusty is a happy guy looking for a happy home–could that home be yours? Come in soon to find out!

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Rusty being attentive

Shard the ten-year-old German Shepherd mix is, to put it succinctly, a gentle giant. He’s an older gentleman who doesn’t seem to have had the easiest life up until now, so he would very much appreciate a nice, loving family to give him a good home for his golden years. Shard is currently sharing his kennel with another dog (who I hope to meet next week), so he could go to a home with or without another dog.

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Shard is a big sweetie

Shard is just such a good boy. He came to stand next to me so I could pet him (his fur is so fluffy!) and he gave me a doggy kiss as a thank-you. Since he’s bigger and older, he doesn’t move too quickly, which means he’s very easy to walk on the leash. Shard is just one example of the many amazing senior dogs available for adoption at the shelter right now. He’s not asking for much–just a nice, comfy bed to sleep on at night, and a person (or an entire family) to give him the attention he most certainly deserves. If you’re looking for an older dog, stop by the shelter and let Shard strut his stuff!

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Shard coming over for some lovin’

I also spent some time with Emerald (who gave me a big doggy hug), Molly, Fuzzy (another great senior dog), Corky, Dezzie (who covered my face in doggy kisses), Lady, Wilbur and Rosco (my favorite twins!), Scotty, and Tucker.