Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a Playmate

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Orphans of the Storm® Foster Program is now live! Give a dog a break from the kennel–a chance to truly shine–or somewhere quiet to recover from a procedure or treatment. All dogs come with medical care, food, and supplies (as available), and a full team of support for all their needs.

Fostering is also great because it helps two dogs at once: Bringing a dog into your home opens up a kennel at the shelter for another dog in need.

If you’re not ready to adopt, but still want to help our dogs, our foster program could be perfect for you! See the current list of foster-able dogs and, when you’re ready, fill out an application.

If you are ready to adopt, then come by the shelter and meet these playful pups!

Spot the one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix was originally living in a home with a family, including older children, but due to a housing issue they had to give him up. That means that even though Spot is barely out of puppyhood, he already has experience in a home and is ready to join another family. Spot absolutely loves playing with toys! He particularly likes stuffed squeaky toys–but he also likes tearing the stuffing out of them, so he should be supervised while playing.

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Spot has the funniest ears

Spot has plenty of energy. He loves having a big yard where he can run around with his toys. He can pull a bit on the leash, but for the most part he walks pretty well. Spot wanted to jump up on every single bench we passed, so maybe he has agility in his future! Spot occasionally participates in play groups and prefers playing with the other rough-and-tumble dogs. Come in soon to see if Spot is the one for you!

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Spot is very appropriately named

Emma the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is super easy-going. She’s already gone to some off-site events and is very well-behaved when meeting new people (including children) and new dogs. At the shelter, Emma likes to spend her time slowly exploring around the off-leash run. When she’s done with that, she likes to come over to get some pets and cuddles. Emma gives very gentle doggy kisses.

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Emma has such a sweet face

Emma is a great leash-walking companion. She stayed right by my side almost the whole way around the woodland preserve trail. She picked up the pace towards the end, but that might be because her paws were getting cold in the snow! And even so, she never went too fast or pulled. If you’re looking for a mellow, loving almost-senior, be sure to say hello to Emma on your next visit to the shelter!

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Emma plodding through the snow

Chaco the five-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever mix is very mellow, bordering on timid. He’s a little confused about being at the shelter and has mastered the “sad puppy eyes” look, but we know being in a loving home will cheer him up! Chaco did some exploring in the off-leash run, but always came back to me when I knelt down to his level. He enjoys gentle pets and will stay by your side. He put his nose right up to mine and seriously considered giving a doggy kiss.

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I was serious about Chaco’s “sad puppy eyes”

Chaco is perfect on the leash. He walks at a nice, easy pace and never pulls. He rarely even stops to sniff! Chaco’s definitely a go-with-the-flow kind of walker. Chaco regularly attends play group and likes being with the other calmer, gentler dogs. He was also briefly sharing a kennel with another dog when he first arrived. Come in to see if you can turn Chaco’s frown upside down by making him your new family member!

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Chaco enjoying the trail

Brisco the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix is literally the best lap dog I have encountered. When I sat down on the bench, Brisco hopped up to join me. He balanced all four paws on my legs and then sat down so we were face-to-face, and proceeded to cover my face in doggy kisses. He eventually took a break from the kisses and just wanted to be hugged. The only reason Brisco got out of my lap is because I stood up–and he still tried to balance on me for as long as physically possible!

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I had to lean back to get a break from Brisco’s kisses!

Brisco can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel because he’s excited that it’s his turn, but he settles down nicely once he’s walking on the trail. He stopped to hop up on almost every bench we passed so I would give him more cuddles. He also already seems to know “sit.” Brisco has the potential to go home with older children or other dogs, though in play group he’s been very high-energy and too much for some of the dogs. He just needs to find the right buddy. Be sure to say hello to Brisco on your next visit to the shelter!

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Brisco says, “Will you stop taking pictures and pet me instead?”

Springer the three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix arrived at the shelter a little wary of people, but made instant friends with shy puppy Skye (who is now in a foster home). He’s starting to make more human friends, too, and was very playful when I took him out. Springer found a toy in the off-leash run and started tossing it around and chewing it right away. He did start to tear out some of the fluff, though, so heavy-duty toys might be better for him in his future home.

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Springer’s ears may be able to access satellite TV channels

Springer is still learning to trust the person at the other end of his leash, so he can pull a bit when he’s walking on the trail. But if you stop walking and start to pet him, he’ll gladly stand by your side for a bit before continuing on. Springer has the potential to go to a home with children over 5 or with another dog. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Springer!

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Springer looking skeptical

Haruto the one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Pointer mix loves toys. Stuffed squeakies, tennis balls, ropes–you name it, he’ll play with it! He’s about halfway to being good at fetch. Haruto enjoys chasing after toys when you throw them, but then he’ll just plop down and start chewing it instead of bringing it back to chase again. If you have two toys handy, though, he’ll drop the one toy to run after the next. Haruto is another dog who thinks it’s great fun to pull out the stuffing.

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Every picture of Haruto was an action shot

Haruto’s entire body wriggles with happiness when you pet him. It starts with his wagging tail and then goes all the way up, so even his head moves back and forth while he gives you a big doggy grin. It is adorable. Haruto also likes to give the occasional doggy hug and get his sides scratched while he’s standing up next to you. Haruto is basically still a puppy, so he could use some extra training when it comes to walking nicely on the leash rather than pulling in excitement. If you’re looking for a happy puppy, come in soon to meet Haruto!

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Haruto taking a sharp turn

I also saw Bailey (who loves to cuddle) and Meshai (who is so well-behaved that he sometimes gets to be the front desk dog).

Orphans of the Storm® Has Singles Looking for a Valentine

This weekend, February 15-16, Orphans of the Storm® is hosting a “Singles for Singles” Valentine’s Day Promo! Several dogs and cats are designated as needing to go to a “single-pet” home where they can be the only one to get all of your love and attention. For the specific dogs and cats listed below, their adoption fee will be waived (final vet fees still apply). So if you’re a one-pet kind of person, be sure to stop in this weekend to find your perfect match!

Eligible Dogs:

Eligible Cats:

This is also a big week because we celebrated our one-year anniversary of implementing play groups! More than 8,000 times in just this one year, a dog has entered the play group yard to join the fun. Play groups make the dogs happy, make the staff and volunteers happy, and make potential adopters happy because we can tell them even more about a dog’s personality from the way they behave in play group. It’s a win-win-win!

And here are some more sweet dogs also looking for a Valentine!

Lenny the eight-month-old Labrador Retriever mix was rescued from a hoarding situation, but his unfortunate beginning hasn’t dampened his spirits! He is a happy, playful puppy with plenty of energy. Lenny loves racing around the Enrichment Park. He did a few laps on his own and then slowed down long enough to sniff each corner of the yard. Lenny also enjoyed chasing after and playing with a bouncy ball.

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This was possibly Lenny’s first time experiencing snowfall, but he seemed to like it

Lenny likes to give doggy hugs and likes getting pet, when he does eventually slow down! Despite all of his energy when he’s off-leash, he is actually a pretty easy walking companion on-leash and rarely pulls. Lenny occasionally participates in play group, but is still learning some doggy manners and can pester the other dogs when he wants to play but they don’t. If you’re looking for a playful pup, be sure to say hello to Lenny on your next visit to the shelter!

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Lenny on the move!

Duke the three-year-old Feist/Australian Cattle Dog mix is super sweet. He gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel and continued wanting to cuddle when we were in the off-leash run. He climbed right into my lap (or as much of him as would fit) and covered my face in doggy kisses. Any time I knelt down to his level, he came right over for more pets, snuggles, and kisses.

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Duke being a cutie

Duke likes meandering around the yard, casually sniffing and exploring. He is one of the easiest leash-walkers I’ve walked in a while. Duke doesn’t pull at all and stays by your side or just a couple small steps ahead. Duke participates in play groups and actively plays with the other dogs. Come in soon to see if Duke is the one for you!

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Duke is a champion snuggler

Douglas the one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier is a little shy when he first comes out of his kennel, but perks up the longer he’s out. It was almost impossible to get a picture of his adorable face because every time I knelt down to his level, he tucked his head into my lap and leaned into me. It was so sweet! Douglas loves getting his sides and hips rubbed when he does this. He’ll happily stay in this position until you stand up again.

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I wasn’t lying about Douglas getting too close to get a good face photo!

Douglas got more playful as we spent more time together. He had a lot of fun chasing after toys and chewing on stuffed squeakers. Douglas walks nicely on the leash and rarely pulls. He’s been in one play group so far and did pretty well, though he was getting a little anxious being with several other large males. We’ll find the right friends for him! If you’re looking for a super snuggler, come in soon to meet Douglas!

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Douglas in the snow

Achilles the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a gentle giant. If you love ginormous, wrinkly faces, then you will absolutely love Achilles! But he’s more than just good looks. Achilles is an easy-going guy. He particularly likes getting his hips scratched and will turn his head around to look at you as if to say, “Oh good, you found the right spot.” Achilles wasn’t too interested in toys, and was mostly just making his way through the snow to explore the yard.

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Achilles looking very gentlemanly

Achilles likes to move at a quick pace on his walks. Even though he’s big and could be strong, though, he doesn’t pull as long as you’re keeping up with him. Achilles is already a play group regular and likes being with the calmer, gentler dogs. He politely sniffs each one in greeting but isn’t too interested in actively playing. You’re more likely to find him sitting at the feet of one of the people in the yard. Be sure to say hello to Achilles on your next visit to the shelter!

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Achilles enjoying his back scratches

I also saw Bailey, Meshai, and Polly.

Play group this week included Achilles, Bailey, Cocoa, Douglas, Jupiter, Meshai, Prince, Rudgie, and Spooky, as well as the not-yet-profiled Barrett, Buffer, Chaco, Chili, Crema, Flower, Ink, Nina, Pumpkin Spice, Rambo, Roxie Marie, and Zeb.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a New BFF

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are looking for their new BFF–which in this case stands for “best forever family!”

Sadie Lou the three-year-old Hound mix is very calm and easy-going. She gave me a doggy hug as soon as she came out of her kennel and wanted to spend most of her off-leash time just snuggling with me. She especially likes to get her chin scratched, and happily stayed right by my side for as long as I was petting her. She eventually did some exploring around the Enrichment Park and enjoyed sniffing the different scents. Sadie Lou watched me throw a few toys, but wasn’t interested in playing fetch on this particular day.

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Sadie Lou will never be too far from your side

Sadie Lou is a very easy walking companion. She doesn’t pull on the leash at all and stayed just a couple steps ahead of me. She would occasionally stop to sniff, but mostly just liked to keep moving along. Sadie Lou gets along with other dogs and attends play group pretty regularly. She prefers the company of calmer, gentler dogs like herself. Come in soon to meet sweet Sadie Lou!

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Sadie Lou watching the goings-on

Max Becks the five-year-old Hound/Bull Terrier mix is a volunteer favorite because he is happy all the time. Max Becks is also super affectionate. He loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses, and will gladly climb into the laps of people he just met for a snuggle session. Max Becks particularly enjoys getting his hips scratched and does a happy dance. He is a great leash-walking companion and already knows some basic commands like “sit.”

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Max Becks liked this monkey toy

Max Becks loves toys. He prefers squeaky stuffed toys (rather than rubber or tennis balls) and will romp around the yard with one in his mouth, toss it in the air, and lie down to chew. Sometimes he likes to chew on his own, and sometimes he’ll bring the toy to you and plop down next to you so he can get some loving at the same time. Max Becks also likes to play with the other dogs in play group. His favorite form of play is to chase or be chased. Stop by the shelter soon to see for yourself how lovable Max Becks is!

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Max Becks showing off his “sit” (and giving me a Look for not having a treat to reward him)

Hunky the three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is actually smaller in stature than he appears in pictures. He’s the perfect size for cuddling, which is good news because Hunky loves to cuddle! He covered my entire face (ears included) in doggy kisses and only stopped when I stood up. Hunky also joined me on the bench and liked being able to sit either right by my side or with his front paws in my lap.

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Hunky has the cutest squishy face

Hunky is a good leash-walking companion and rarely pulls. He’s usually pretty mellow when he’s off-leash in the yard, but gets a very occasional case of the zoomies. Hunky watched as I threw a couple toys and walked over to sniff them, but wasn’t interested in fetching. Hunky is a play group rockstar and has so far gotten along with every dog he’s met, so he could probably go home with another dog. Be sure to say hello to Hunky on your next visit to the shelter!

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Hunky being a good walking companion

I also saw Bailey, Meshai, and the not-yet-profiled Skye (who is scared of most things and would rather be carried than walk on her own, but takes treats very gently and loves being pet–and she’s already starting to come out of her shell more after just a few days of extra TLC!).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Snuggle in the Snow

A little snow doesn’t put a stop to how much the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® want to cuddle! There are so many super-affectionate dogs available right now. You’ll fall in love with at least one!

Scooby the three-year-old Shepherd/Labrador Retriever mix absolutely loves toys. He enjoys playing fetch, though it might be best to have two tennis balls handy because he loves them so much he doesn’t want to drop the one he currently holds before chasing after the next one. He even tries to fit two tennis balls in his mouth simultaneously, though I haven’t seen him succeed yet. Scooby will happily lean against your legs or try to sit in your lap while chewing on his toys. He particularly enjoys getting his ears and hips scratched.

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Scooby sniffing in the snow

Scooby is a nice leash-walking companion. He rarely pulls and walks at an easy pace. Scooby would fit in well in a variety of homes. He attends play group approximately every other day and gets along with the other dogs. He also has the potential to live with children and cats. Stop by the shelter soon to meet snuggly Scooby!

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Scooby with his tennis ball (sorry it came out blurry!)

Bailey the eight-year-old Boxer mix already has years of experience living in a home. She’s housebroken and enjoys going for car rides. Bailey is very cuddly and loves getting her hips scratched. She does a little happy dance and turns around to give you a doggy smile when you’re petting the right spots. Bailey is also cat-like in that she enjoys rubbing her whole body against you when she walks by.

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Bailey is happy to stay warm with a cute sweater

Bailey enjoys having a yard to romp around in. She’s also good at walking on the leash and likes going for walks. When walking by other dogs, she’ll bark if the other dog barks first, but is quiet if the other dog is quiet. Bailey has shared her kennel with a couple other dogs and is currently sharing with Meshai (see below), and she also participates in play group. However, she likes to be the queen bee in her home and would do best as the only dog. Come in soon to see if Bailey is the one for you!

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Bailey enjoys the outdoors

Rhino the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix has become an instant volunteer favorite. Every other volunteer I’ve talked to is in love with him, and I am too! Rhino unfortunately got off to a bad start in life and was found tied to a tree. He’s missing some fur around his neck from this, but otherwise you would have no idea he’s had it rough. He is so happy, friendly, and playful. Rhino loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses, and appreciates receiving lots of pets in return.

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Rhino says, “Yay toys!”

Rhino loves toys. He can keep himself entertained for a long time by holding a toy in his mouth and happily romping around the yard. Sometimes he’ll lay down and chew on the toy for a bit, then get back up and start romping again. Rhino is also super easy to walk on a leash. He attends play group and has gotten along with every dog he’s met so far. We’ve all seen what a gem Rhino is, and hope you’ll see it too!

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Rhino thought the tennis ball thrower was a toy too

Meshai the one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix arrived at the shelter in rough shape (skinny and missing some fur), but we’re making sure he gets better! He’s nervous and shy right now, and needs some convincing to leave his kennel. Once he’s out, though, he’s very gentle and sweet. Meshai is a little uncertain about getting pets and might pull away at first, but he gets more comfortable the longer he’s out and even starts to enjoy getting pets eventually.

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Meshai was a little uncertain about the cold

Meshai really perks up when he’s around other dogs, though. He’s currently sharing his kennel with Bailey (see above) and he also attends play group. Meshai likes to actively play with the other dogs, and hops around energetically with his tail wagging. He might feel more comfortable going to a home with another nice dog who can show him the ropes. Come in soon to meet Meshai!

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Meshai already knows how to use a doghouse

I also saw Badger (who is walking much better now than the first time I took him out, though he still doesn’t want to go all the way around the trail), Cocoa, and Rascal, as well as a quick walk with the not-yet-profiled Dusty (who is a super easy walking buddy). I also took Princess for a walk, and at every single bench we passed, she hopped up, sat down, and waited expectantly for me to get her lots of pets and kisses.

Play group this week included Bailey, Brunhilda, Jupiter, Meshai, Polly, Princess, Rhino, Rudgie, Sirius, Spike, Spooky, and Titus, as well as the not-yet-profiled dogs Amaryllis, Astrid, Bambi, Chaco, Clara, Dax, Flower, Hunky, Ivy, Lenny, Lucy, Max Becks, Oleander, Penny, Pongo, and Sadie Lou.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Play in the Snow

It was the first real snow of the year, and the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were (mostly) excited to play in it!

Wednesday the five-year-old Mountain Cur mix has the cutest little bob tail, and when it wags, the entire back half of her body wags along with it. Wednesday can be a little shy when she first comes out of her kennel but gets more playful the longer she’s out. She enjoys romping around the Enrichment Park and also likes keeping an eye on things happening on the other side of the fence.

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Wednesday has the cutest little nose

Wednesday likes to lead the way on walks and can occasionally pull on the leash, but I think that was just because she wanted to get through the snow faster. Wednesday is a play group regular and prefers to be with the gentler dogs. She’s also good at engaging with some of the shier dogs who aren’t sure how to play yet. If you’re looking for a sweet and gentle girl, come in soon to meet Wednesday!

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Wednesday has a watchful eye

Spooky the two-year-old Hound mix is the opposite of spooky! She’s happy, playful, and affectionate. Spooky is excellent at playing fetch. She drops the ball or toy right at your feet and bounces on her front paws while she waits for you to throw it again. She’s an active girl and only stopped fetching when I stopped throwing. She didn’t seem possessive of her toys and was fine with being pet while holding one in her mouth.

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Spooky is so pretty

Spooky is a pretty easy walking companion on the leash. She walks at a nice pace and rarely pulls. Spooky enjoys getting attention and will happily stand by your side while you pet her. She also gets along with other dogs and likes participating in play groups. She’s even made friends with one of the pickier dogs! Spooky also has the potential to be a family dog living with children. Be sure to say hello to Spooky on your next visit to the shelter!

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Spooky doesn’t mind the snow

Peggy the two-year-old Hound/Labrador Retriever mix is a little shy at first but gets more comfortable the longer she spends with you. When I sat down on the ground, she came right over to snuggle with me and enjoyed getting gentle pets. Peggy did a little bit of exploring in the off-leash yard but mostly wanted to stay by me.

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Peggy perked up during our walk

Peggy is great at walking on the leash. She stays right by your side and doesn’t pull at all. She started to get a little ahead of me during our walk around the trail, but I think that was because she was getting cold! Peggy attends play groups with other gentle and easy-going dogs, so she has potential to go home with another gentle dog. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Peggy!

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Peggy is looking for some TLC

I also saw Badger, Brice, Rascal, Sirius, Turbo, and Winston. On this very chilly past Sunday, I also took quick walks with not-yet-profiled dogs Apollo (who takes treats very gently), Cheri (who likes to snuggle), and Chester (who is a perfect leash-walking companion).

Play group this week included Badger, Big Boy, Brunhilda, Cocoa, Polly, Prince, Rudgie, Spike, Spooky, Turbo, Wednesday, and Winston, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Amy Pond, Buck, Buddy, Cheri, Chili, Flower, Fratt, Frosty, Gigi, Lola, Rhino, Scooby, and Sneakers.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Get Along with Other Dogs

If you already have a dog (or multiple dogs) at home with you and are looking to add another, there are so many dog-friendly dogs at Orphans of the Storm® right now! Below are just some of the ones you should meet.

Princess the one-year-old Boxer/Pit Bull Terrier mix is super snuggly. Any time you kneel down to her level, she will immediately scoot her way into your lap to get pets. She wanted to be so close to me when we were sitting together on a bench that she first put her paws on my shoulder, and then on top of my head! You can’t get much closer than that. Princess also likes to give gentle doggy kisses. She is a very easy walking companion.

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Princess coming in for a cuddle

Princess is a play group regular and participates every day. Even the dogs who are pickier about their friends all want to be friends with Princess. Princess is housebroken and crate-trained. She has been around children as young as four and did well with them, so she’s ready to join a family. Be sure to say hello to Princess on your next visit to the shelter!

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Princess has one cute tan ear

Badger the five-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is the kind of dog who would rather cuddle on the couch than go on walks. In fact, the only way I got him to walk at all was to go as far as the leash would let me, kneel down, and have Badger come over for pets; then repeat; then repeat again. Badger loves to bury his face in your lap while you scratch his ears and sides. Badger eventually did some exploring in the off-leash run but came back to me often to get more attention.

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Badger sticking his tongue out at the idea of walking

Badger is getting more comfortable in play group and is becoming a regular participant. He enjoys playing with the other dogs. He has some resource-guarding tendencies when it comes to food, so an adult-only home would probably be best for him. If you’re looking for a new cuddle companion, come in soon to meet Badger!

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Badger likes to keep an eye on things

Brunhilda the two-year-old Hound mix is very Hound-y! We always know where she is because she is a talker who loves to bay. Once Brunhilda gets on the woodland preserve trail, though, she quiets down and focuses on sniffing. She likes to walk at a quick pace bordering on running but keeps her nose to the ground almost the entire time. She would love to go home with an active person who will take her on long walks often.

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Brunhilda loves to use her nose

Brunhilda also enjoyed romping around the Enrichment Park. She poked at toys and watched me throw them, but wasn’t too interested in playing with any of them. Brunhilda participates in play group every day and loves being with the other dogs. She puts a smile on every volunteer’s face when we hear her coming. She’s a very sweet girl. Stop in soon to meet Brunhilda!

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Brunhilda, summed up in one photo

Rascal the six-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a big, strong boy. He walks nicely on the leash for the most part, but if he decides he wants to go in a certain direction then that’s probably the direction you’re going to go in! He just doesn’t realize his own strength. Rascal enjoyed exploring all around the Enrichment Park. He sniffed at some toys but wasn’t interested in playing fetch on this particular outing.

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Rascal has the cutest wrinkly forehead

Rascal loves getting his hips scratched. His whole back half wriggles and he looks up at you with a happy doggy smile. He’s a friendly boy and seems pretty good at coming to you when you call for him. Rascal has participated in a couple play groups and likes romping with the other dogs. He could also go to a home with children. Come by the shelter soon to say hello to Rascal!

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Rascal unfortunately came out blurry in the rest of his photos because we got caught in some rain

Winston the two-year-old Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix is looking for a special, understanding home. Winston has epilepsy and will probably need to be on medication for the rest of his life to prevent seizures. But he can absolutely still live a full and happy life! (My childhood dog was medicated for epilepsy and lived to be 11, with only a handful of seizures.) Winston is super smart. He already knows basic commands like “sit” and “shake” and could definitely learn more.

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Winston is such a handsome, attentive boy

Winston loves playing with toys. He will happily chase after toys when you throw them, though he doesn’t always bring them back. Winston is a pretty good walking companion who only occasionally gets a burst of energy where he would rather run than walk. He’s an affectionate boy who likes to give doggy hugs. Winston gets along with other dogs and enjoys coming to play group. Come in soon to learn more about Winston!

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Winston always has a knowing look

Chopper the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was adopted as a little puppy but recently returned for reasons unrelated to him. He’s not too happy about being back at the shelter and can be a little nervous when he first comes out of his kennel, but warms up quickly and likes getting pet. He’s an easy walking companion.

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Chopper doing some exploring

Chopper enjoyed exploring around the off-leash yard and would come over to me when I knelt down to his level. He got more playful the longer he was out. Chopper sometimes joins play group and starts off with his tail tucked between his legs, but comes out of his shell after a bit and has made some good doggy friends. Chopper already has almost a year of experience living in a home, so he’s ready to settle in with his new forever family. If you think that might be you, come in soon to meet Chopper!

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Chopper was much perkier by the end of our outing

Monty the three-year-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix is a little bundle of energy. You haven’t seen zoomies until you’ve seen Monty sprinting around the Enrichment Park! It is too cute. Those little legs go much faster than you would expect. Even on our walk around the woodland preserve trail, Monty led the way and I almost had to jog to keep up with him.

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Monty is too precious

Monty doesn’t mind being picked up and snuggled, but he would still prefer to walk on his own rather than be carried around. He especially enjoys playing with toys. Monty was sharing his kennel with another smaller dog who has since been adopted, and he has a big enough personality that he would probably get along with larger dogs too. Be sure to say hello to Monty on your next visit to the shelter!

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Monty has the tiniest legs but biggest ears

I also saw Batman (Wombat), Carlos, Cocoa, Jupiter, Prince, and Turbo.

The first play group this week included Badger, Big Boy, Brunhilda, Carlos, Polly (who has just graduated from Level 2 of obedience training!), Prince, and Princess, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Buck and Lola.

The second play group included Badger, Batman (Wombat), Brunhilda, Carlos, Chevy, Chopper, Jupiter, Pepper, Polly, Prince, Princess, Sirius, Titus, Turbo, and Winston, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Bailey, Buck, Chestnut, Chili, Cornelius, Flower, Frosty, Garland, Hinkle, Keggy, Kylo, Lenny, Lola, Skippy, Spooky, Wednesday, and Yukon.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Hoping to Start the New Year in a New Home

If your New Year’s Resolution is to adopt a dog, Orphans of the Storm® has plenty for you to meet! Orphans of the Storm® will be open until 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and closed on New Year’s Day, but back open at 11 a.m. on January 2.

I usually end the year with a post about long-timers (dogs who have been at the shelter for one year or longer), but 2019 was such an amazing year for Orphans that there are only FIVE long-timers left! (For reference, there were 20+ long-timers in August when I highlighted some for Clear the Shelters.) Let’s make 2020 the year of no long-timers by finding the perfect homes for Barney, Batman (Wombat), Big Boy, Brutus, and Chevy.

And here are some newer dogs who would be happy to meet you too!

Brice the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is one of the snuggliest dogs I have walked. He’s almost like a cat, in that he will walk over and rub the entire length of his body along your legs (or back and sides, if you’re sitting down). He loves to be as close to his person as physically possible! Brice is also a big fan of giving lots and lots of doggy kisses.

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Brice has a cute-yet-dignified look (especially when wearing his bowtie)

Brice loves toys. He plays fetch with people or with himself and likes carrying toys in his mouth as he romps around the yard. The good thing is that while Brice likes to chew on toys, he doesn’t destroy them or tear out the stuffing. Brice is also a great leash-walking companion. Even though Brice adores people (including children), he is looking to be the only pet in his home because he isn’t fond of other dogs or cats. But Brice will give you all the love you could need! Come in soon to see if Brice is the one for you.

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Brice loves rope toys, squeaky toys, all toys!

Titus the one-year-old Boxer mix loves to give doggy hugs to whoever happens to be standing closest to him–and has a big, happy doggy grin on his face while you scratch his ears and sides. Sometimes he’s a little overenthusiastic and ends up booping your nose in the process, but he just doesn’t realize how tall he is! Titus is very attentive to whoever is holding the other end of his leash and looks up at his person often to check in. He also knows “sit” (even sometimes without being asked, if you stand directly in front of him).

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Titus was very content after his playtime

Titus is a pretty good walking buddy. He sometimes pulls on the leash when he’s particularly excited, but overall walks at a nice pace. Titus also loves playing with toys. He will toss them into the air himself and catch them, and then plop down for some chewing. Titus would appreciate a nice yard to call his own, where he can play and sunbathe. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Titus!

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Titus giving the camera a smirk

Rufus the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix gets super excited and jumps up and down when it’s his turn to come out for a walk, but settles down quickly once he’s out. He really likes to cuddle! Whenever I sat down on a bench, Rufus would put his front paws either right next to me or in my lap and enjoy side and chest scratches. He also likes to give doggy kisses.

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Rufus is happiest in a person’s lap

Rufus is an easy walking companion. He goes at a nice pace and likes to stop and sniff occasionally. He sometimes gets excited when other dogs walk by, because he likes making new doggy friends. Rufus often participates in play group and is more of a rough-and-tumble playmate, so he could go to a home with another active dog. He could also go to a home with older children. However, Rufus isn’t a fan of cats and is looking for a cat-free home. If any of that sounds like you, come in soon to meet Rufus!

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Rufus is a handsome boy

I also saw Barney.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Wish You Happy Holidays!

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but back open at our normal time of 11am on Thursday. If you don’t get the dog you wished for under the tree this week, then come by the shelter to meet the perfect pooch for you!

Rudgie the six-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix is an energetic boy. He loves using his Hound nose to explore all the interesting scents when he romps around the yard off-leash. Rudgie gets the occasional burst of energy where he runs a lap or two around the yard, but then settles down to more of a meandering. Rudgie is very snuggly and will happily stand by your side for as long as you keep petting him.

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Rudgie coming over to cuddle (with a guest appearance by Sirius in the background)

Rudgie is a smart boy and comes bounding over when you whistle. He would be eager to learn much more! He’s also easy-going enough that he doesn’t mind getting dressed up in hats and other cute outfits. Rudgie was previously sharing his kennel with Sirius (see below), so he gets along with other dogs. If you’ve been looking for a happy Hound, come in soon to meet Rudgie!

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Rudgie has the floppiest ears

Sirius the four-year-old Labrador Retriever/Chow Chow mix is pretty mellow. He enjoyed exploring the off-leash yard on his own, at a slow and steady pace. Sirius walks nicely on the leash and rarely pulls (except for when he doesn’t want to go back to his kennel, understandably!). When Sirius comes over to get pet, he particularly enjoys getting his hips scratched.

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Sirius’ sweet face (with a guest appearance by Rudgie)

Sirius was previously sharing his kennel with Rudgie (see above), so he gets along with other dogs. He also has done well being around children. Black dogs sometimes get overlooked in shelters, but Harry Potter taught us that black dogs can sometimes be a doting godfather in disguise. Come by the shelter soon and let Sirius show you how sweet he can be!

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Sirius would love a yard to call his own

Blanche the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Hound mix is pretty timid when she first comes out of her kennel, but she warms up after a few minutes and is actually very snuggly. She can also be skittish when there are loud or unfamiliar noises, but after some encouragement she gets braver. Blanche ended up enjoying being able to explore around the Enrichment Park and did lots of sniffing and investigating.

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Blanche is a nice walking buddy

Blanche snuggled up with me when I knelt down to her level, and put her front paws up on the bench next to me when I sat down during our walk. She can be a little resistant to walking on the leash at first, but once we got on the woodland preserve trail she was a great walking companion. Blanche has participated in at least one play group, and being with other gentle dogs brings out her playful side. Be sure to say hello to Blanche on your next visit to the shelter!

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Blanche coming out of her shell

Bessie the six-year-old Beagle mix is a little cutie. She can be a bit of a slowpoke on walks because, being a Beagle, she wants to sniff absolutely everything. If she’s going too slow for your liking, though, Bessie doesn’t mind being picked up and carried. Bessie had a great time snuffling her way around the Enrichment Park. The shelter in Tennessee where she came from said that Bessie also loves playing with toys.

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Bessie doing what Beagles do best

Bessie gets along with other dogs of all sizes. She was previously sharing her kennel with another dog her size who has since been adopted, and has also participated in play group with larger dogs and actively played with them. If you’re looking for a playful pup, be sure to say hello to Bessie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Bessie says, “Hey, what was that noise?”

I also saw Carlos (who gave me very enthusiastic doggy hugs).

Play group included Anya, Barney, Batman (Wombat), Blanche, Carlos, Polly, Rooster, and Turbo, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Brunhilda, Jordan, Lola, Mrs. Doolittle, Pumpkin, and Wednesday.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Have Holiday Hope

Today and tomorrow (December 13-14), Orphans of the Storm® is participating in the BISSELL Pet Foundation Empty the Shelters Holiday Hope event. Adoption fees will be waived for dogs and cats 6 months and older. If you’ve been debating bringing home a new furry family member before the holidays, now is the perfect time!

Rooster the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is always super excited when he realizes it’s his turn to come out for a walk. He gave me several thankful doggy hugs once he was out of his kennel (and a few nibbles on my fingers, but he is still a puppy after all). Rooster had a great time expending his energy by romping around the Enrichment Park, chasing after toys, and racing a dog on the other side of the fence.

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Rooster leading the way on our walk

Rooster settles down nicely for walks, though. He’s an easy (but quick-paced) walking companion. Rooster also joined me on the bench and gave me lots of gentle doggy kisses. He is definitely a cuddler. Rooster gets excited when he passes other dogs on walks, but that’s because he loves playing with his doggy friends in play group. If you’re looking for a happy and playful puppy, come in soon to meet Rooster!

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Rooster coming over for a snuggle

Poochie the two-year-old American Bulldog mix is going to be a loyal companion to his new person, because he is so attentive! When I was walking him on the leash, he would look up and check in with me often, as if he were saying, “This is okay? We’re on the same page, right?” And we always were! Poochie is a great walking buddy and very well-mannered.

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Poochie has a super-cute face

Poochie enjoyed exploring around the off-leash run but came back to me often. He particularly likes getting his back and hips scratched, but any attention is welcome. Poochie is a play group regular and enjoys being with the other dogs. He’s made a couple doggy friends who he especially likes to romp around with. Poochie is a super handsome boy. Be sure to say hello to Poochie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Poochie liked these long grasses

Carlos the two-year-old American Bulldog mix will immediately put a smile on your face, and that smile will only grow the longer you spend with him. He is so happy, silly, and snuggly. Carlos loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses–but he can jump up pretty high in the process, so watch out that he doesn’t boop your nose. Carlos is one of the few dogs I’ve seen who will turn down a treat and give the person doggy kisses instead. He particularly likes getting his hips scratched and will lean so far into you that he almost topples over.

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Carlos is basically a giant puppy

Carlos loves playing with toys. Tennis balls, rubber balls, stuffed toys–whatever happens to get his attention. He’ll happily carry them in his mouth while he runs around the yard, takes a walk, or gets pet. On walks, Carlos prefers running to walking and can pull a bit if you’re not keeping up with him. Carlos gets along great with other dogs (though some bigger males aren’t as fond of him) and is a play group regular. Come in soon to see if Carlos is the dog for you!

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I didn’t get a single picture of Carlos without a toy

Einstein the four-year-old German Shepherd mix is a smart boy, as his breed is known to be. He already knows “sit” and “shake” and maybe even more–and if he doesn’t know it yet, he’ll be eager to learn! Einstein likes to lead the way on walks but doesn’t pull too much. He was also fine with taking the occasional break to get some pets.

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Einstein is very dapper

Einstein is pretty new to the shelter, so he was a little anxious when we were out and spent most of his time in the Enrichment Park standing by the gate and watching who walked by. He did eventually run back and forth a couple times to expel some of his energy and had a doggy smile on his face while he did so. If you’re a German Shepherd fan, come by the shelter soon to meet Einstein!

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Einstein says, “Hello there!”

I also saw Peanut and Red, and played with not-yet-profiled puppy Ruby (who loves to get belly rubs and is very nice about letting go of toys when you ask her to).

Most play groups were cancelled this week due to the cold weather, but I was able to get in some extra walks with Barney, Jupiter, Polly (who is attending weekly obedience classes and already graduated to Level 2), and Turbo.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Can Brighten Up a Rainy Day

This week’s pictures aren’t the best because the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® and I got caught in the rain! Nobody seemed interested in extending their outdoor time longer than necessary. But even on a dreary day, these dogs will definitely be able to put a smile on your face.

Tahini the three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is happy, playful, and snuggly. She gladly leaned against my legs so I could pet her and gave me doggy kisses whenever I knelt down to her level. Tahini loves playing with toys, whether it be playing fetch with a person, throwing it in the air herself, or lying down and chewing. She enjoys a mix of stuffed squeaky toys and rubber bouncy balls. Tahini walks nicely on the leash, though she mostly wanted to run on this particular day to dodge the raindrops.

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Tahini taking a break from romping around the Enrichment Park

Where Tahini really shines is in play group. She is a play group rockstar and also a designated “helper dog,” which means she plays with dogs who need to better develop their doggy socialization skills and teaches them proper play group etiquette. She’s gotten along with every dog she’s met so far and can adjust her play style to match that of her playmate. If you’re looking for a sweet dog who loves to play with people and other dogs alike but will cuddle with you at the end of the day, be sure to meet Tahini on your next visit to the shelter!

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Tahini choosing which toy to play with

Peanut the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix (who you have previously seen me call Phat in my play group summaries, but that name was confusing people!) is energetic and upbeat. She enjoyed exploring around the off-leash run but came back to me often to get pet. Peanut has a cuddly side and scooted underneath my knees when I was sitting on the bench so I could pet her more. She later hopped up and joined me on the bench.

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Peanut is a little cutie

Peanut likes to lead the way on walks and can be a little strong, so it might be best for her future family to walk her with a harness. She attends play group regularly and likes to actively play with the other dogs, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. She could also go to a home with children. Come in soon to see if Peanut is the pooch for you!

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Peanut says, “Yup, that’s the spot!”

Cooper the three-year-old Beagle mix can be a little shy at first, but warms up very quickly and loves getting pet. He’ll happily stand by your side as long as you keep petting him. Cooper enjoys following his nose around the yard. He is also an easy walking companion because he goes at a meandering pace so he can catch even more interesting scents. He didn’t pull on the leash at all. When I sat down on the bench, Cooper put his front paws up next to me.

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Cooper appreciates a good scratch

Cooper used to live with children, dogs, and cats. However, he still has his Hound genes and thought the family chickens were for hunting rather than observing. So, he could go to a home with children and other dogs or cats, but no birds. Cooper prefers being with just one or two dogs rather than larger play groups, and also prefers if those other dogs are closer to his size. If you’re looking for a family dog, be sure to say hello to Cooper on your next visit to the shelter!

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Cooper joining me on the bench

I also saw Big Boy, Cocoa, and Pepper.

Play group this week included Anya, Barney, Batman, Kado, Nutella, Pepper, and Samara, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Betty, Bull, Jordan, Kimbo, Mardi Gras, Millie, Raider, Roscoe, Sasha, Skippy, and Turkey. I also went for walks with not-yet-profiled Sara and Carlos (who are also play group regulars, but just happened to go for walks instead on this particular morning).