Orphans of the Storm® Young Dogs

People sometimes say that you can’t find puppies at shelters, but Orphans of the Storm® is here to prove them wrong! There are a number of young dogs at the shelter right now who are more than ready to spend the rest of their lives in a loving home.

Stevie the seven-month-old Beagle mix is super cute and super snuggly. His vision isn’t the best, which you can tell by his cloudy blue eyes, but that doesn’t slow him down at all. In fact, if I was just watching Stevie from a distance, I would have never guessed that his vision is impaired. He romps and plays just as much as any other puppy. The only thing he ran into was me, and that’s only because he kept leaping into my lap!

Stevie in his lapdog mode

Stevie in his lapdog mode

Stevie is just so friendly and good-natured. He had no problems with me picking him up and carrying him, and even gave me some doggy kisses while I did so. He quickly switches between cuddle-mode and play-mode, as puppies are known to do, and he politely sniffed the dogs on the other side of the fence while we were in the off-leash run. Stevie may need a little extra attention to make sure he doesn’t get himself into trouble, but any extra effort would be well worth it for a dog as wonderful as Stevie. If you think Stevie might be a good fit for your home, come in soon to say hello!

Stevie is just so adorable

Stevie is just so adorable

Milly the ten-month-old Belgian Malinois mix may be a big puppy, but she is definitely still a puppy. Her favorite activity seems to be running at full speed. If you’re looking for a running partner to keep you motivated, Milly would probably be an excellent choice! She also loves to play, and found a tennis ball for herself underneath the bushes in the off-leash run that she brought back to me.

Milly with her tennis ball

Milly with her tennis ball

Once Milly got the chance to stretch her legs and run off some of that puppy energy, she settled down and turned into quite a snuggler. When she was back on the leash, she stood close to me and even started to lean against my legs so I could pet her more. She gave me a few excited doggy kisses and had her tail wagging all over the place. Milly doesn’t want to spend any more time in a kennel; she just wants a home (and preferably a yard!) that she can call her own. If you’re looking for a playful pooch, stop by the shelter and meet Milly!

Milly running in the run

Milly running in the run

Peppermint Patty the one-and-a-half-year-old Catahoula mix has the perfect name for the holiday season (though, of course, her new owners are welcome to change it). Peppermint Patty was a little shy and skittish at first, and mostly kept to herself the first few minutes we were in the off-leash run. But after she got used to me being around, she was happy to get some attention and didn’t shy away when I pet her.

Peppermint Patty showing off her pretty eyes

Peppermint Patty showing off her pretty eyes

Peppermint Patty is a pretty girl, with the extra-special look of one blue eye and one brown eye (like Clint!). She was originally sharing her kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so she could go to a home with or without another pooch. If you come to the shelter to meet Peppermint Patty, understand that she might take a little longer to warm up to you than some of the other dogs–but once she does, she’ll be your best friend!

Peppermint Patty keeping an eye on things

Peppermint Patty keeping an eye on things

I also saw CK, Ebbie, Gus, Honey Lamb, Lucky, Ranger, Scotty, Tom-Tom, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Celebrate the Season

It’s the holiday season right now, but it’s always the right season to adopt a new furry family member! The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are ready to celebrate the holidays with a family to call their own. Several of the dogs I met this week recently lost their original homes, but that just makes them all the more ready to join a new one!

King the five-year-old Shepherd mix is such a good boy. He was super easy to take out of his kennel, and super easy to put back in. He walks pretty well on the leash, though he was a little shy and skittish when we first started our walk. King is a handsome boy, too, with a bit of a fox-like appearance and soft, fluffy fur.

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King is so handsome

King started off by exploring the run on his own, but after a few minutes he warmed up to me and became such a snuggler! He attempted to climb into my lap and leaned all of his weight against me while I pet him, and he even gave me a few doggy kisses. This sweet boy will become such a loyal companion to his new owner. Come in soon to see if King is the pooch for you!

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King being a snuggler

Gordon the five-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix has encountered some bad luck, but is hoping that good luck is on its way. Gordon’s original owner lost his home, so that means Gordon lost his home too. The good news is that Gordon has five years of experience as a pet, and is more than ready to show potential adopters what a good boy he can be.

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Gordon’s a good boy

Gordon is very mellow when he’s inside his kennel, spending most of his time snoozing on the doggy bed. But when he’s out and about, it’s like a flip gets switched and he becomes an active pup who just wants to run and play. Gordon joined me on the bench for a quick cuddle but was soon off romping again. Gordon was previously sharing his kennel with a smaller dog who has since been adopted, so we know he gets along with dogs and people alike. Stop by the shelter soon and turn Gordon’s frown upside down!

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Gordon at attention

Yona the two-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix was very excited to come outside for a walk. He’s one of those dogs whose entire body wiggles when he wags his tail, and his tail wags plenty! Yona is a little smaller than the average Lab, but despite his smaller stature, he still likes to be the leader.

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Yona loves to go for walks

Yona has plenty of energy, considering he’s still young, and would love a family who can play with him and take him on nice walks. Yona sometimes pulls on the leash a bit when there’s a particular direction he wants to go in, but he was walking better the longer we were out. Come in soon to say hi to Yona!

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Yona is always on the move!

Joy the seven-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix came from a family that had a total of five dogs, which they realized was maybe too many. But what that means for potential adopters is that Joy has a lifetime of experience living in a home and sharing with other four-legged family members. She walks great on the leash and knows some basic commands. She’s home-ready!

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Joy coming over to say hello

Joy is a volunteer favorite because she’s so easy to get along with and so well-behaved. She had a fun time exploring the off-leash run and politely greeted the dog on the other side of the fence. Joy has a kidney condition that staff at the shelter can help explain, but it certainly isn’t slowing her down! If you’re looking for a dog with being-a-pet experience, come in soon to meet Joy!

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Joy is such a pretty girl

Aubrey the four-year-old Shepherd mix is yet another dog who came from a family. Unfortunately, Aubrey stopped getting along with the family cat, so she will need to be the only pet in her new home. Aubrey is a big, lovable girl with a big, loving heart that she is ready to share with her new family.

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Aubrey in the winter sun

Aubrey is well-trained: she is a good leash-walking buddy (though she does walk at a quick pace, since she takes big steps!) and knows her commands. She’d ideally like to have her own yard to explore. This sweet girl will happily be your cuddle-buddy during the cold winter months. Come into the shelter soon to see if Aubrey is right for you!

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Aubrey had the perfect pose, except her eyes were closed!

I also saw Corky, Ebbie, Javan, Lucky, Ranger, Rocky, Rosco, Scotty, Shogun, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in the Run

There were many happy adoptions over the past week, but there are many more dogs who are eagerly waiting for their new family to find them at Orphans of the Storm®!

Streeter the one-year-old Terrier mix is a happy pup who is always so polite when he greets people at his kennel, and he’s equally polite when he’s out on a leash or romping in the run. Streeter may be young, but he already seems to know his manners and is a pretty good walking buddy.

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Streeter in the sunshine

Streeter is a fun pup who would enjoy having a backyard to explore and a companion to walk with. He had a fun time making a path for himself underneath the bushes, but would come back to me every few minutes for a reassuring scratch on the back. Streeter’s coloring is very unique, so he’s sure to catch your eye as you make your way through the shelter. If you’re looking for a younger dog who is more than ready to fit right in with his new family, visit the shelter soon and say hello to Streeter!

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Streeter is such a cutie!

Bogie the six-month-old black Labrador Retriever mix is definitely still a puppy. He’s all about running and playing, and has plenty of that puppy exuberance. Bogie was eager to race any dog that came into the run next to ours, but was just as content to race against himself when he didn’t have a competitor. Bogie has not quite mastered the concept of “fetch,” but he does enjoying playing with toys, so the “retrieving” part of his DNA should kick in eventually!

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Bogie playing with a basketball

Bogie is enthusiastic about everything. He was so enthusiastic about cuddling with me that he knocked my camera right out of my hand (my fault for not having the wrist strap on). Bogie launched himself onto the bench while I was sitting there and tried to climb all over me and wriggle his way into my lap. Since Bogie is still just a pup, he would certainly benefit from the structure and socialization that comes with obedience classes. If you’re looking for a fun-loving puppy, stop by the shelter soon to meet Bogie!

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Bogie on the move

Willow the six-year-old Lhasa Apso mix may look familiar to you, because I wrote about him back in October 2013. He was adopted by a single older woman shortly thereafter, who unfortunately can no longer care for him, so Willow is back looking for his third chance at a furever home. Willow is a very mellow dog who is equally happy going for a stroll around the neighborhood and snoozing on a doggy bed.

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Willow is so precious

Willow has the softest fur ever. I have never pet another dog with fur like his. You’ll just want to snuggle with him all day! Willow also has the most adorable face. He has a little bit of an underbite, so his bottom teeth sometimes stick out. Willow is currently sharing his kennel with Gypsy, so he could go to a home with or without another dog, though he would probably prefer if the other dog was close to his size. If you’re looking for a snuggly new friend, come in soon to meet Willow!

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Willow can surely sport a variety of handsome hairdos

I also saw Corky, Diamond, Dezzie, Ranger, Topaz, Tucker, and Zoey (who just loves to play and give doggy hugs).

Orphans of the Storm Dogs® Would Be Thankful for a Family

The dogs (and cats) at Orphans of the Storm® are certainly thankful that they have a roof over their heads and meals every day, but being in a kennel just isn’t the same as being in a loving home with a family to call their own. This holiday season, make a new furry friend forever thankful and forever grateful by adopting!

Liberty the five-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is very mellow and calm. Most of the time I pass her kennel, she’s curled up on her doggy bed. It even took some convincing to get her to come out for a walk! But once she was on the leash, her head was up and her tail was wagging. She’s a great leash-walking buddy who never tries to stray very far from her person.

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Liberty is such a sweetie

Liberty turns into quite a snuggler once she gets to know you (which, for her, just means a few minutes of walking around together). When I knelt down to her level, she put her nose right up to mine and happily stayed by my side while I pet her. She seems a little unsure of new things (like the new pebbles in the off-leash run), but with some encouraging, she comes out of her shell. Liberty was previously sharing her kennel with a dog who has since been adopted, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. If you’re looking for a real sweetie, come in soon to meet Liberty!

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Liberty not so sure about those pebbles

Ginger the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix was adopted but returned because her new family realized they didn’t have enough time for her. Ginger is like a more active version of Liberty–she was more than ready to come out for a walk and took the lead on our way to the off-leash run. Once there, she did a little bit of racing with the dog on the other side of the fence and enjoyed exploring in the bushes.

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Ginger’s sweet face

Ginger is super cute and super affectionate. She attempted to climb into my lap and succeeded in giving me several doggy kisses. When I sat down on the bench, she hopped up to join me for a moment before going back to following her Hound nose. She has that signature Hound voice, but doesn’t use it too often. Ginger is ready to commit to a new family, and hopes that her new family will be just as committed to her. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Ginger!

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Ginger at attention

Jordan the five-year-old German Wirehaired Pointer mix is full of energy. In fact, I thought she was still a puppy because of the way she was racing around. Most of my pictures of Jordan turned out be action shots that were more of a black-and-gray blur. This is a girl who likes adventure, as shown by her attempting to climb on top of the water bowl stand, rather than just stand next to it to get a drink.

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Jordan says, “It’s playtime!”

Jordan is a pooch who just wants to play. She had such a fun time racing the different dogs that came into the run next to ours, and barked in disappointment if they stopped or went away. She doesn’t quite seem to have mastered the concept of ‘fetch’ yet, but once she does, she will be great at it. Jordan was a little wound up when she was first on the leash, but after she got a chance to expend her energy, she turned into an easier walking buddy. If you’re looking for an energetic companion, look no further than Jordan!

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Jordan on the move!

I also saw Baylor, Corky, Daka, Javan, Lucy, Ranger, Rocky, Rosco, Shamrock, Shasta, Shogun, Sweet Pea, Topaz, and Tucker.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Want a Cozy Winter

It was a bit of a chilly day at Orphans of the Storm®, but these pooches didn’t mind! They were happy to be out and about. But I’m sure they would all be even happier to have a home to call their own this winter, where they can spend plenty of time snuggling with their new families.

Yolanda the four-year-old Great Pyrenees mix is a big (and I do mean big) sweetheart. Everybody we saw while we were out said, “Wow, that’s a big dog!” and Yolanda happily wagged her tail at the attention. She can pull a bit when she’s walking on the leash, but that’s just because her steps are so much longer! Yolanda is a playful pooch who enjoyed romping around the off-leash run and using the bushes to scratch that hard-to-reach spot on her back.

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Yolanda being a friendly girl

Yolanda is under the impression that she can be a lapdog. She just loves to snuggle. Once she had spent her initial burst of energy, she came trotting over to where I was kneeling, rested her big head on my shoulder, and tried her best to get all of her paws into my lap. When she realized that arrangement wasn’t going to work, she just gave me a couple of doggy kisses and settled for a nice scratch behind the ears. Yolanda is sure to catch your attention as you walk through the shelter, so take some time to get to know her and see what a wonderful family companion she can be!

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Yolanda using the bush as a back-scratcher

Buck the four-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is quite the cutie. He was very excited when he realized it was his turn to go for a walk, and it turns out that he is a great walking buddy! He stayed pretty close to me and didn’t pull much at all. Buck always has a sweet expression on his face that just makes you want to give him a big hug. He also has cute white ‘socks’ on all four of his paws!

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Buck’s sweet face

Buck definitely seems like a people-dog. Although he was happy to run around the off-leash run, if I ever reached out to pet him, he would stop moving and stay by my side. Buck is also a leaner, so while I was petting him, he would keep leaning onto me. Buck is at an ideal age to join a new family–he’s old enough to be well out of his puppy phase, but plenty young enough to have lots of fun exploring new things and going on nice walks. Come by the shelter soon to see if Buck is the pooch for you!

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Buck enjoying the outdoors

Wilder the one-year-old Hound/Labrador Retriever mix is definitely still a puppy, in pretty much every sense. He has big paws that he doesn’t quite know what to do with (watching him run can be really entertaining), he has lots of enthusiasm for just about everything, and he absolutely loves attention. Wilder will certainly bring a smile to your face with all of his puppy antics. For example, he started to take a drink from one of the water bowls in the off-leash run, but decided that wasn’t enough for him. So he started splashing around with his front paws and ended up tipping one of the bowls over. So silly!

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Wilder before he tipped over the water bowl

Wilder is in the process of learning to come when called, and when he does so, he’ll basically crash right into you with all of his enthusiasm and then hang out in your lap for a moment while receiving praise and petting. He’s a smart boy who will be eager to learn new tricks and show off his skills. Wilder is currently sharing his kennel with Myra (such a sweetie!), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. If you’re looking for a fun young dog to bring into your home, be sure to say hello to Wilder!

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Here comes Wilder!

Cara the ten-year-old Beagle mix is just adorable. Her face has gotten a little gray with age, and she has a bit of a round tummy and a constantly wagging tail. She’s very easy to walk (though, being a Beagle, she’d sometimes prefer to follow her nose than follow the person at the other end of the leash) and seems pretty happy-go-lucky. Cara would prefer to be the only dog in her new home, and would probably do best in a low-key adult home so she can enjoy her golden years in a relaxing environment.

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Cara could be your next best buddy!

Cara is another pooch who thinks she’s a lapdog, but in her case, she actually fits! When I first knelt down next to her, she put her front paws on my legs and gave me a few doggy kisses. Later on our walk, I sat down in the grass and she settled down right next to me, again putting her front paws in my lap. Cara isn’t asking for much–she doesn’t need too much exercise, and she’s happy to just be a companion. If you’re looking for a calmer, older pooch who can keep you warm this winter, come in soon to meet Cara!

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Cara the cutiepie

I also saw Ares, Casey (who is so snuggly!), Corky, Courage (who is convinced that she’s a lapdog), Daisy (who is so easy-going), Dezzie, Ebbie, Luciano, Lucky, Lucy, Mack (as promised last week–he comes when called if you have a treat, knows how to sit, and walks well on the leash), Ranger, Rock, Rocky (who has a face that will automatically make you smile), Scotty, Shamrock, Shasta, Tom-Tom (who gives the best hugs!), and Zoey. So many great choices! The best way to choose is to come into the shelter and see who chooses you!

Orphans of the Storm® Celebrates Adopt a Senior Pet Month

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and the senior dogs (and cats!) at Orphans of the Storm® are ready to celebrate all month long with plenty of adoptions! I compiled a list of Senior Dogs just a couple of months ago, but there are new dogs to be added to that list–and, I’m happy to say, almost half of the dogs I profiled then have since been adopted!

Note: The dogs below are listed in the order they arrived at the shelter, so long-term residents are first.

Shamrock the eight-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier is, as you may know, the first dog I ever walked at Orphans of the Storm®–so, of course, she holds a very special place in my heart. She has been at the shelter for over six years now, which is far too much time. Shamrock may not get along with other dogs, but she certainly gets along great with people! Shamrock has a beautiful brindle coat and warm, expressive eyes. She’s a good walking buddy and just wants to be someone’s companion and have a home to call her own. If you don’t mind having just one dog in your house at a time, let Shamrock show you that one dog can give you as much love as you could ever want.

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Shamrock

Corky the eight-year-old Shepherd mix is such a good boy. I see him out and about almost every weekend and have walked him plenty of times myself. He’s a great leash-walking buddy and would love to go on long walks with his new family. He also knows a few commands, and will happily sit for you even if you don’t have a treat to offer in return (though hopefully Corky’s future family will spoil him with lots of treats!). Corky loves attention and will stay by your side as long as you’re petting him.

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Corky

Winter the seven-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is one of the most affectionate dogs you’ll find at the shelter. She will cover your face in doggy kisses with her tail wagging the entire time. Winter also seems like she is very eager and willing to learn new tricks. She quickly became an expert at climbing the agility bridge in the off-leash run and you could just see how proud of herself she was. Just think of what other fun things she could learn! Winter has beautiful, all-white fur and is on the smaller side, which makes snuggling that much easier.

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Winter

Benny the seven-year-old Terrier mix is one of my favorites at the shelter, and he cemented that spot after he and I went to this year’s Happy Halloween Pooch Parade together. Benny is super easy to walk (and doesn’t need too much exercise anyway), super easy to pick up and carry (if need be), super easy on car rides (just settles in and makes himself comfy), and super adorable! Benny goes to lots of off-site events and, if the Pooch Parade was any indication, gets spoiled with affection and treats by anyone who sees him. Benny could be the ideal companion for an older person who isn’t necessarily up for talking long walks and playing fetch all day, because Benny is content to spend most of his time cuddling.

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Benny

Gypsy the seven-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is a little cutiepie. Gypsy gets along great with other dogs (especially ones who are closer to her size) and has shared her kennel with several dogs who have been adopted. Why does Gypsy keep getting passed over? It’s a mystery to me! She may be a little reserved at first, but once Gypsy gets to know you, she’s happy to snuggle. The last time I walked her, she tried to jump into my lap and give me doggy kisses as soon as I knelt down to put her leash on!

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Gypsy

Mack the seven-year-old American Bulldog mix was such a sweetheart when I walked him–but, I’m ashamed to say, I haven’t walked him since then. I will have to fix that on my next visit! Mack may do some barking when he’s inside his kennel, but that’s most likely because he’s nervous. Mack came from a family who had to give him up when they moved to a building that didn’t allow dogs, so the shelter is a strange environment for him and he misses his family. How thankful Mack will be to the new family that comes along and discovers what a great pooch he is!

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Mack

Shasta the eight-year-old Border Collie mix is a sweet girl who becomes even sweeter the more you get to know her. She gets a little nervous when new people come to her kennel, but once she’s out and about on her leash, she’s a happy girl with a wagging tail. Shasta could probably benefit from going home with a family who will take her on nice, long walks so she can shed a few pounds. She’s a good walker, so she won’t mind the extra exercise at all!

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Shasta

Daisy the seven-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is as happy and bright as her name indicates. She’s a volunteer favorite because of her easy-going personality, and volunteers are always showing her off to potential adopters; the right one just hasn’t come along yet. She’s a good leash-walking buddy, she gets along with other dogs, she’s affectionate–what more can you ask for in a pooch? Her breed may have a negative stereotype, but Daisy will proudly show you that stereotypes can be wrong. She’s a lover, not a fighter!

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Daisy

Scotty the eight-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix is another pooch who came from a family that could no longer take care of him. That just means that Scotty is ready to quickly settle back into family life again! He’s a pretty laid-back guy who walks well on the leash and loves to be showered with affection–and he’ll shower you with doggy kisses right back. Scotty recently had some work done on his knee, but you wouldn’t even be able to tell from looking at him; he walks like there was never any problem in the first place. Let Scotty show you just how much of a pro he is at being a family pet!

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Scotty

Daka the seven-year-old Shepherd mix is a big, big boy who doesn’t believe that he falls into the “senior” category. He’s always up for going on a walk, and he’s always up for playing with toys. His official photo on the shelter’s website features him carrying a toy, and the first time I walked him he wouldn’t let go of the stuffed monkey he found. Just think of how happy Daka would be to have a full set of toys in his future home! That tail of his would never stop wagging.

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Daka

Joanie the eight-year-old Beagle mix is just the sweetest. You can tell by looking at her that her life hasn’t always been the easiest, but she always has the nicest expression on her face that shows she’s plenty hopeful about the future. Joanie has shared her kennel with several other dogs so far, so she could go to a home with or without a furry friend. Mostly, she just wants to go to a home that will love her. (I’m in the process of trying to convince my family to come in and meet her, but seeing as our current dog isn’t overly fond of other dogs, I certainly won’t be upset if someone else comes in and adopts her first!)

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Joanie

Rocky the seven-year-old American Bulldog mix is yet another pooch who came from a family that could no longer care for him. Although Rocky misses his old family, he certainly isn’t shy about getting to know new people. Rocky will happily offer doggy kisses to anyone, and has been known to roll over for belly rubs with a giant doggy grin on his face while he wriggles with happiness. Rocky still has plenty of energy and plenty of playfulness and would love to have his own yard to romp around in. This cutie’s face will make you smile as soon as you see him.

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Rocky

The pooches that I profiled during my previous Senior Dogs post who are still available for adoption are: Ebbie, Akiva, Rosco, Lucky, Lady, Tom-Tom, and Shogun.

Orphans of the Storm® Hounds, and a Collie

You can always find a wide variety of breeds at Orphans of the Storm®, but there just so happens to be quite the collection of Hounds right now! Orphans of the Storm® also gets its share of purebreds–you just have to keep an eye out if there’s a particular breed you’re looking for!

Rigby the one-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix is a very polite pooch. He waited patiently while his leash was put on, he walked pretty nicely on the way to the off-leash run, and he gave the dog in the run next to ours a friendly sniff and tail wag. Rigby has a bit of a crooked tail, but that doesn’t stop him from wagging it almost constantly. It wagged whenever he saw a new person or a new dog.

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Rigby has such pretty fur!

Rigby enjoyed following his nose around the run and investigating behind the bushes. When it was time to put the leash back on, though, Rigby’s attention turned to me. He even decided after a few minutes on our walk that he was comfortable enough to give me a nice doggy kiss. Rigby has such a cute, sweet face and a sweet personality to match. Come by the shelter soon to meet Rigby!

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Rigby just being a Hound

Winnie the one-year-old Hound mix is a playful little girl. She was stretched out on her doggy bed when I first stopped by her kennel, but as soon as she realized she was going for a walk, she was up and at ‘em! Since Winnie is still in her puppy phase and probably hasn’t had too much training, her leash manners aren’t the best–but she is certainly ready to learn.

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Winnie knows she’s a cutie

Winnie is a dog that will make you smile. She has a funny habit of jumping around and then sitting perfectly. When you start petting her, she will lean all of her weight (which isn’t very much) against you so you can pet as much of her as possible. She is certainly a people-dog! She thought another volunteer’s water bottle was a toy, but didn’t mind when I took it away from her. Instead, she just wanted to cuddle. This cutie-patootie is more than ready to join a family and bring them years of happiness. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Winnie is the girl for you!

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Winnie is such a good sitter (though you may want to discourage her from sitting on your table at home)

Old Red the six-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix is a Hound through and through. If you’re looking for a dog who will happily hit the trails with you, Old Red would be an excellent candidate. He has plenty of energy and plenty of endurance, so he would love to go to a home that will give him plenty of exercise. He would also love a home with a big yard (preferably one with a high fence) that he can explore.

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Old Red likes to stay active

Old Red is all about following his nose. While we were in the off-leash run, he went to the back corner where the woods meet the edge of the shelter. There must have been something in the woods, because Old Red did the signature Hound howl and very much wanted to climb over the fence to find whatever it was. Old Red reminded me of the dogs in Where the Red Fern Grows, which is quite the compliment! Come in soon to say hello to Old Red!

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Old Red in the autumn sunshine

Lassie the nine-year-old Rough Collie is an absolute sweetheart. I thought a purebred Collie would have been adopted the second it came into the shelter, but for some strange reason, Lassie is still here. What’s not to love about her? She is super gentle, super easy to walk on the leash, and just an overall super dog who would make her namesake proud! She seems a little sad at the shelter right now, but she will certainly cheer up when she finds her new family.

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This Lassie will rescue you once you rescue her!

Lassie is such an easy dog to get along with. Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month at Orphans of the Storm®? Lassie’s age might be the only thing that’s prevented her from being adopted already, but there are so many benefits to adopting an older dog like Lassie. As I mentioned, she is extremely calm and knows her manners. She knows what it takes to be a good family pet. All she needs is a family that’s willing to welcome her into a new furever home. If you think that home could be yours, come in quickly to meet Lassie!

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Lassie might just be the prettiest dog at the shelter right now

I also saw my furry friends Ares, Corky, Daisy (who gets along well with other dogs), Ebbie, Javan (who is such a good boy–I have no idea why he keeps getting passed over!), Luciano (who loves people and isn’t shy about showing it), Lucy, Rosco, Scotty, Shamrock (who has been at the shelter five years too long), Shasta, Shogun (a great example of a senior dog who still has plenty of pep in his step), Sweet Pea, Tom-Tom, Topaz (who is super affectionate), Tucker (who gave me a sweet doggy hug), Wilbur (my favorite!), and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Are All About Snuggling

It was a beautiful fall day at Orphans of the Storm®, and the dogs (and cats!) at the shelter think that this is the perfect season for “fall”ing in love with your new, furry, furever friend!

Myra the four-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix is an absolute sweetheart who gets along with everybody. She was sharing her kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so she’s definitely dog-friendly. She also loves people, and is gentle enough to do well with children. She’s a very mellow girl who doesn’t bark much (but when she does, she has that beautiful Hound voice!). Speaking of beautiful, Myra’s markings will certainly catch your eye.

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Myra putting that Hound nose to good use

Myra enjoys a good snuggle session. She spent the first couple of minutes using that Hound nose to explore around the run, but when I knelt down and called to her, she came over and basically attempted to climb into my lap. She’ll keep her face right next to yours as long as you’re petting her–and she might even give you a kiss! If you’re looking for a sweet and gentle dog who is happy to just be your companion, come in soon to meet Myra!

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Myra is such a pretty girl

Zoey the Pit Bull Terrier mix is anything but shy. There was no “get to know each other” period–as soon as I knelt down next to her, she covered my face in doggy kisses and we were officially friends. Zoey has plenty of energy and had a great time romping around the run, exploring under the bushes, and keeping an eye on things happening on the other side of the fence. She has adorable perky ears that stand straight up when she’s extra happy.

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Zoey hurrying over to snuggle

Zoey discovered a big ball while we were in the run, and she loved playing with it and carrying it around with her. In fact, she liked it so much that she brought it back to her kennel with her at the end of our walk! She had no problems with me petting her while she chewed on her ball. Zoey is a happy, playful girl who would do best as the only pet in her new home. If you’re looking for a fun friend, stop by soon to see if Zoey is the pooch for you!

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Zoey is a playful pup!

Bode the one-year-old German Shepherd mix is definitely still in his puppy stage–in the best way! He’s energetic, playful, happy-go-lucky, and absolutely loves being around people. One of Bode’s favorite things to do is give doggy hugs: he’ll put his front paws on your arms and happily stand on his back legs while you pet him, while giving you a great smile and maybe a doggy kiss or two.

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Bode exploring the new pebbles in the run

Bode, being a breed that is part of the Working Group, wants to have something to do. We ran a lap or two while he was on the leash, and he stayed right by my side, so he would make an excellent running buddy. He was also interested in chasing the tennis ball that the dog in the other run was playing with, though he didn’t seem overly interested in playing with his own tennis ball. Bode is a great pup who will grow up to be a loyal dog. Come in soon if you think Bode could be the one for you!

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Bode is one handsome fellow

Gus the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix is, in one word, affectionate. If you’re looking for a new pooch to snuggle with, Gus is definitely up for the job. He rolled over for belly rubs, gave doggy kisses, and joined me when I sat on the bench. Gus is also just plain happy. His tail wags constantly and he loves saying hello to new people.

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Gus enjoying a drink of water

Gus is super adorable. He has some black spots on his mostly white fur–a few more, and you could easily make someone believe that he’s part Dalmatian! He can bark a little when he’s inside his kennel, but he didn’t bark at all once we were out and about (though he did make some whine-y sounds when I didn’t let him say hi to other dogs). This happy, lovable boy will bring a smile to your face every day if you’re the lucky one to bring him home. Stop by the shelter soon to say hi to Gus!

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Gus sure knows how to take an adorable picture!

I also spent some time with Ares, Wilbur (my favorite!), Rosco, Daisy, Delilah (who was also at the Pooch Parade two weekends ago), Javan, Ranger, Sweet Pea (who truly lives up to her name–she gets along great with kids and loves to play), and Tom-Tom (who gave me the biggest doggy hug ever when he saw me). So many wonderful dogs for you to choose from!

Orphans of the Storm® Happy Halloween Pooch Parade

This year, the annual Orphans of the Storm® Pooch Parade got a spooky twist: the parade was moved from August to October, which meant dogs and their owners could dress up in festive Halloween costumes!

My date to the Pooch Parade this year was Benny! Benny is a popular dog who goes to many off-site events, so he is a pro at riding in the car. He settled down on the blanket in my backseat immediately and looked expectantly out the window. “Where are we off to today?” he seemed to ask.

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Benny says, “I’m ready!”

Despite the rainy weather, there was already a crowd gathered at the park when we arrived. Plenty of pooches were in costume, and those who weren’t got their own orange bandana at the registration booth.

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Everyone gathering before the parade kicked off

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The fundraising tent

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Protecting the goodies from the rain

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Dogs and owners registering

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Treats for the humans (don’t worry, there were plenty for the dogs too!)

Benny and I met up with the other Orphans of the Storm® dog at the parade who is still looking for a furever home: Delilah! Delilah has a bit (or a lot) more energy than Benny, so she was more than ready to start walking in the parade. Delilah was doing a great job politely greeting the other dogs and people, always with a wagging tail. Benny was doing a great job too. It didn’t matter if it was a Bernese Mountain Dog or a Chihuahua–Benny can be friends with dogs of all shapes and sizes!

The time came for the parade to begin, so everyone headed towards the starting line.

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On our way to the starting line

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Some of the lovely chalk art on the sidewalk

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A little rain won’t stop us!

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The official starting line

We headed out along the 2-mile route. A group as big as ours had the people driving past in their cars stop and take a second look!

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Benny and I were on our way!

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Is that a dog or a fast-moving turtle??

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The parade leaders leading the way

Although Benny had plenty of enthusiasm, his little legs weren’t quite ready to keep up with everybody, especially for the full parade. After a couple of blocks, we lost sight of the rest of the group and decided to head back to the park, stay dry, and spend time with the other volunteers while we waited for everyone else to complete the route.

Benny certainly knows how to work a crowd. All of the volunteers took a break from what they were doing to come over and pet him. If they stopped, he would put his little front paws on their legs, which in turn prompted them to give him plenty of treats for being so cute.

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Benny says, “I think there are supposed to be more TREATS during a Halloween parade.”

Eventually, the rest of the parade-goers made their way back to the park, and it was time to find out who won each of the many, many raffle prizes. (A big thank you to everyone who donated prizes, food, treats, and their time for this event!)

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Some of the pooches at the end of the parade

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Goodie bags for all participants, full of dog toys!

By the end of the outing, I was ready to drive Benny home with me. He was such a good boy for the entire outing, even though it was certainly something he had never experienced before, with all of those dogs and people and activity. Unfortunately, I don’t think my family or my dog would have appreciated the surprise, even if the surprise was as adorable and sweet as Benny.

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Benny taking a nap in the car on the way back to the shelter

If you’re looking for nothing more than a sweet, loving, gentle companion who will bring a smile to your face every single day, come in to Orphans of the Storm® soon to meet Benny. He doesn’t need a lot of exercise; he just needs a family that will love him. Getting adopted would be the biggest treat of all for Benny this Halloween!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Give Hugs

It was a lovely fall day with some lovely pooches at Orphans of the Storm®! Let’s hope that the weather will be just as lovely on Saturday, October 18 for the Orphans of the Storm® Annual Pooch Parade! Have you come up with you and your dog’s costumes yet?

Rooster the four-year-old Heeler mix is the friendliest of friendly dogs and gets along well with people and other dogs alike. He was sharing his kennel with another pooch who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Rooster is a very affectionate boy, too. He gives great doggy hugs and gives you an adorable doggy smile while you’re petting him.

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Rooster says, “Let’s play!”

Rooster is a pretty good walking buddy, too. If you stop walking, he’ll sometimes stop and sit next to you until you’re ready to move again. Rooster is a volunteer favorite because of his happy-go-lucky personality. Just think about how much happier he’ll be when he’s in a home of his very own! Stop by the shelter soon if you think Rooster could be the pooch for you.

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Rooster is such a cutie

Max the two-year-old Shepherd mix still acts a bit like a puppy, in a good way. He has plenty of energy (which you will notice if you see him jumping when he’s inside his kennel), but when he’s out on the leash or in the off-leash run, he settles down and turns into quite the sidekick and companion. He’s another dog who likes to give doggy hugs.

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Max would like a yard to call his own

Max is very attentive to people and constantly looked at me for feedback. When we were making our way to the off-leash run, he would stop and look up at me to make sure he was still leading us in the right direction. When we were in the off-leash run and the dog in the run next to us was barking at him, Max turned tail and hurried straight to me for some reassurance (where I told him he was being a very good boy for not barking back). This great guy has what it takes to be an amazing family pet, so be sure to say hi to Max on your next visit to the shelter!

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Max coming over for some snuggling

Zha Zha the two-year-old Terrier mix will probably look as glamorous as her name implies after she gets a good bath and haircut. But even in her current state, she is very cute and will certainly catch your eye as you make your way through the shelter. Zha Zha has plenty of that Terrier energy and quickly led the way to the off-leash run, where she had a fun time running and exploring.

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Zha Zha romping in the run

Zha Zha kept to herself for a bit at the beginning, but it was like she had an epiphany somewhere along the way and realized that I was, in fact, there to socialize with her. When this happened, she came trotting over and gave me a quick sniff, then proceeded to lick my hand (which I took to be her seal of approval). If you’re looking for a pup with some spunk in both the looks and personality departments, come in soon and meet Zha Zha!

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Zha Zha could use some TLC, but behind all that fluff is a great dog!

I also saw Wilbur, Bueller, Abby, Shard, Delilah, Diamond, Topaz, Corky, Lady, Rosco, Shasta, Sweet Pea, Shogun, Tucker, and Dolly (who, I am pleased to say, does much better around other dogs now that she isn’t so nervous).