Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Think Two’s Company

If you’re looking for a dog who likes other dogs–whether you already have one (or more) at home, or want to go to dog parks, or plan to take your dog to doggy daycare–there are plenty of dog-friendly pooches at Orphans of the Storm® right now!

Kaffee the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has a very interesting look. He has one blue eye and one brown; he has black spots all over his face like a Dalmatian; and he has a big brown patch on his back like a Hound! You will surely get lots of compliments and questions about Kaffee whenever you take him out and about.

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Kaffee showing off his spots

Kaffee is on the shy side and mostly kept to himself when we were in the off-leash run. But he would take occasional breaks from sniffing and come over by me so I could pet him a bit. He also walks nicely on the leash. Kaffee is currently sharing his kennel with Thunder (see below), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Come in soon to meet Kaffee!

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Kaffee’s blue eye really stands out

Thunder the seven-year-old Weimaraner mix (not to be confused with the other Thunder) is a big, strong boy, but very sweet. He wanted to be off and running as soon as he came out of his kennel, but he settled down quickly once we were in the off-leash run. Thunder did his own thing at first, but also seemed to like following Kaffee, his kennelmate (see above), around the run.

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Thunder is ready to be someone’s best buddy

Thunder warmed up to me after a few minutes and then started following me everywhere so I could keep petting him. He would also come to me when I called. Thunder didn’t give any doggy kisses on this particular visit, but he did like putting his nose to my nose. Although he’s a big guy, he doesn’t really seem to throw his weight around. Stop by soon to see if Thunder is the one for you!

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Thunder loves getting pet

Constance the two-year-old Mountain Cur/Hound mix is very sweet and snuggly. The first thing she did when she came out of her kennel was give me a doggy hug. When we were in the off-leash run, Constance often put her front paws in my lap so I could pet her and so she could give me doggy kisses. She never strayed too far from me.

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Constance likes to both give and receive kisses

Constance is currently sharing her kennel with Tucker (see below) and gets along great with him, but she can be a little bark-y around other dogs she hasn’t been formally introduced to (like the dog on the other side of the fence in the off-leash run). Constance is sort of mini-Hound-sized, so she could be a sweet lapdog. Be sure to say hello to Constance on your next visit!

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Constance knows how to smile

Tucker the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is a sweet and mellow guy. He greeted me with a doggy kiss right away. When we were in the off-leash run, he would take a break from his sniffing every so often and come back to me so I could pet him more. He particularly likes getting his back and floppy ears scratched.

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Tucker not sure about the camera

Tucker was interested in a tennis ball when I threw it and went over to sniff it, but didn’t pick it up or bring it back to me. Maybe his new family can work with him on his fetching skills! Tucker gets along well with other dogs. He’s currently sharing his kennel with Constance (see above) and politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the run. Come in soon to say hello to Tucker!

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Tucker is a handsome guy

Hank the five-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix found himself at the shelter because his original owners moved and didn’t bring him with. Hank is a great walking companion. He usually walks at a faster pace but doesn’t pull at all, and he also takes plenty of breaks to use that good Hound nose. He seems like a pretty mellow dog; he didn’t bark once when we were out together.

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You have to be okay with a little bit of doggy drool if you adopt Hank

Hank enjoys a good pet and will stand right by your side while you pet him. He might even rest his chin on you, or he’ll poke his nose to your nose. He didn’t give other dogs a second glance while we were out, but I didn’t take him close enough to see how he did in a real meeting. Hank would do best in an adult-only home. If that sounds like you, stop by soon to meet Hank!

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Hank keeping an eye on things

Harley and Reeco the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix brothers are looking for a new furever home that will adopt them both. They are so cute and so friendly–the perfect pair! Harley and Reeco are strong and pull a bit on the leash when they first come out of their kennel, but settle down pretty quickly.

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Harley says, “Me first!”

Harley (with the more brown face) likes to give doggy kisses. If you’re sitting or kneeling, he’ll put his front paws in your lap and cover your face in kisses. He tried to climb into my lap a couple of times when I was sitting on the bench, but didn’t quite make it all the way up.

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Harley is a happy guy

Reeco (with the more white face) loves getting his side rubbed. He’ll lean against your legs and practically fall over because he’s enjoying himself so much. He also gives your hands lots of doggy kisses while you’re petting him (which can sometimes turn into little love-nibbles when he’s extra excited).

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Then Reeco says, “No, I want to be in front!”

Harley and Reeco are so much fun together, and so much fun with people! They know how to smile and their tails are constantly wagging. If you’re looking for two times the joy in your home, be sure to say hi to Harley and Reeco on your next visit.

I also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Boss, Carlos, Diamond (Riley), Lucky, Lucy, Oliver, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Found Their Forever Homes, Part XVII

What better way to start the week than with another Success Story! Cayrne and her husband and daughter adopted Maude and Lola eight weeks ago. Here is their story:

To be honest, we weren’t even in the market for another dog, let alone two! We happened to have been at Northbrook Court when my husband stumbled over the Orphans of the Storm® store front. He went in for a “dog fix” while my daughter and I shopped.

Once my husband spotted the two Hound mix puppies, he texted my daughter for us to come there. It has been three years since we put down our previous dog, a rescued Beagle.

I walked in and like a ton of bricks, it hit me how much I missed having a dog in my life.

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Two amazing friends my husband and I adopted eight weeks ago. We can’t imagine life without our “girls.” Thank you Orphans of the Storm® and to Carol Ross, our trainer.

My husband pointed to the Hound mix sisters and my daughter and I melted. When the puppies came to me and sat quietly at my feet, I knew they had to come home with us.

I had no reservations about adopting dogs from a shelter as my previous dogs were also rescues. Orphans has a great reputation. I know many dogs that have come from Orphans and they are sweet, happy pups. When we visited the actual site to complete the paperwork, I was really impressed at the cleanliness of the facility. The dogs were clean, well cared for, and loved the nature walk.

Our puppies are happy and enjoying their forever home. I truly believe they are thankful they were able to stay together. We never get tired of all the puppy kisses Maude and Lola bestow on us!

Thank you for sharing your story, Cayrne!

If you would like to share your own Orphans of the Storm® success story, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Put a Smile on Your Face

There are so many sweet dogs at Orphans of the Storm® right now (and always!). Come by for a visit and find out how happy a new forever friend could make you.

Gracie the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a sweet girl. She led the way to the woodland preserve and then settled into being a good walking companion. Gracie only pulled on the leash a couple of times when there was a particularly interesting scent she wanted to investigate. The rest of the time, she walked at a nice pace just a few steps ahead of me.

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Gracie has cute patches on her face

Gracie likes to give doggy kisses, especially after she’s had the chance to get to know you. Gracie also had no problem pausing a few times during our walk so she could get pet. When we were in the off-leash run, Gracie did some exploring on her own but always came back to get a pat on the back. Stop in soon to meet Gracie!

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Gracie literally shines in the sun!

Luke the eleven-month-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix is a happy boy who will be even happier once he has a home to call his own. Luke isn’t shy at all, and will cover your face in doggy kisses. He’s also happy to hop up and join you on the bench for a snuggle session. This puppy will take all the attention he can get!

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Luke knows how to smile

Luke is pretty well-behaved for a puppy. He probably hasn’t had much (if any) training, but he walks well on the leash and is content to just go with the flow. Luke gets excited around other dogs but it seems to be more of a friendly exuberance. He has a cute, curly tail and sweet face. Come in soon to see if Luke is the pup for you!

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You can’t say no to a face like Luke’s!

Boss the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix might look tough, but he doesn’t act tough! When I first saw this big boy, he was rolling around on his back in the grass and kicking all four paws in the air. Boss sometimes makes a snuffly noise of contentment when you pet him, which is cute.

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Boss says hello!

Boss enjoyed his walk around the woodland preserve. He made his way through the tall grasses and did some more snuffling. He can get bark-y around some dogs, but other dogs he doesn’t give a second glance. Boss would do best as the only pet in his new home (he’s not a fan of cats in particular). If you have a one-pet kind of home, come in soon to meet Boss!

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Boss is a handsome boy

Sydney (also known as Melody) the eight-year-old German Shepherd mix ended up at the shelter because her original family became homeless and could no longer care for her. But this means that she has a lifetime of experience being a family dog, and we know that she gets along with children. Sydney is very sweet and will give you some doggy kisses while you pet her.

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Sydney (Melody) could be a dog model

Sydney is a gorgeous dog. More than one customer stopped me to ask more about Sydney while we were out on our walk. She walks great on the leash but also didn’t mind stopping every once in a while so I could pet her. Sydney can get a little bark-y around other dogs, but it was easy enough to redirect her and keep walking. Be sure to say hello to Sydney on your next visit to the shelter!

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Sydney (Melody) keeping an eye on things

Buddy the three-year-old Hound/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a fun boy. The first thing he did when he came out of his kennel was give me a big doggy hug. He gave me a few more during the rest of the time we were out together. Buddy has some energy when he first comes out, but he settled down soon after.

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Buddy’s smile will brighten your day

Buddy likes to chase after toys, but could use some extra practice on bringing them back to the person who threw them. Buddy’s tail was wagging pretty much the entire time we were together. He did some exploring in the off-leash run, but mostly stayed close to me so I could keep petting him. Buddy is ready to find his own buddy, so come in soon to meet him!

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Buddy cooling off after chasing his toys

I also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Clarinet, Delilah, Dunkin the Red, Lucy, Oliver, and Scotty.

Orphans of the Storm® Smaller, Older Dogs

Adopting a middle-aged and older dog has many benefits compared to adopting a puppy. And when dogs are on the medium or smaller size, the usual “senior” cutoff tends to get pushed back a few years. Older dogs have so much love and companionship to offer, and will appreciate having a loving home. There are several older dogs at Orphans of the Storm® right now who are ready and waiting to meet you!

Donny the nine-year-old Mountain Cur mix has come a long way since he first arrived at the shelter. He used to be nervous and didn’t like leaving or going back into his kennel. Now, the volunteers think he’s great and he’s a perfect walking companion! Donny likes to sniff around and explore during his walks. He will also happily try to chase squirrels. (That’s the only time he pulls on the leash.)

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Donny was very alert for our walk

Donny can be a little bit of a “grumpy old man.” Sometimes he’s happy to stand or sit by your side and get his ears scratched, and sometimes he would just prefer to do his own thing and not be bothered. But everyone can get a little moody in old age, so we don’t hold that against Donny. Overall, he’s a calm guy who would probably prefer being in a calm, adult home where he can come out of his shell even more. Stop in soon to see if Donny is the one for you!

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Donny smiling in the sunshine

Jack the seven-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix is super cute. He is also super athletic. Don’t be fooled by his small stature, because this guy’s little legs move fast. Sometimes I had to jog in order to keep up with him during our walk around the woodland preserve. Since Jack was always on the move, it was hard to get an in-focus picture of him!

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Jack leading the way on our walk

Jack might have fun doing agility, because he jumped up and over a number of benches and also climbed up to the top of the picnic table. Jack likes to move at a quick pace, but he also appreciates having the chance to sniff things thoroughly. Jack went right into the bushes or through the tall grasses in order to find more good smells. This little cutie will bring lots of fun to his new family. Come in soon to meet Jack!

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Jack keeps those little legs moving

Lucky the eight-year-old Smooth Fox Terrier mix was a little unsure about coming out of his kennel at first, but he warmed up as soon as his leash was on. Whenever you start petting Lucky for more than a few seconds, he’ll sit right at your feet so you can continue. And when he sat, he reminded me of Ancient Egyptian dog statues because of his perfect posture!

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Lucky’s eyes are always shining

Lucky is a good walking companion. He rarely pulls on the leash and mostly walks by your side or just a few steps ahead. Although he didn’t get nose-to-nose to other dogs while we were out, Lucky seemed politely interested from a short distance, particularly with dogs that were closer to his size. Lucky will feel even more lucky once he has a family to call his own. Stop in soon to meet Lucky!

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Lucky standing at attention

I also saw Bella, Diamond (Riley), and Sid.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Found Their Forever Homes, Part XVI

We have another Success Story to share! Diana wrote this sweet letter to her dog, Piglet, who she adopted from Orphans of the Storm® eight years ago.

Dear Piglet,

Today marks you and I being a family together for eight years. I think. I was wrong about this date, but now the year seems foggy as well. My one regret is that I never saved your picture from the Orphans of the Storm® website that made me say, “That’s my dog.”

 

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You were in a kennel that was a middle corner spot, barking your little face off. Your bark was terrifying. I would be terrified too if I was in a cage. Your story was that you were found wandering the streets of Mundelein. I have a hunch that you were living by a pizza place because you always go crazy when we have pizza. Someone threw you away because you never had to be trained and always had a lot of energy back then. You also came with a little note of nots. “Not good with small children, not good with other animals,” but none of which panned out to be true.

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We started together in a place in Lake Forest. You would play with the kids on the lawn of the library. We’d run together for many miles in your youth. You busted your knee as we fondly call now “The D-Rose Incident.” You were attacked by a German Shepard while we were on a walk. It was one of the most horrifying things that I had ever experienced and forever changed your demeanor towards bigger dogs. You are still so sweet and so lovely. They were wrong about you and your list of nots.

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Since then, we’ve lost some people. We’ve definitely gained some people and other animals too. We’ve moved quite a bit, but I know that you understand now, you are my dog, I am your person, and even if we lose everything, you and I will always be together.

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Happy Gotcha Day, Piglet! I hope we get to celebrate many more. Love always, the lady you taught to be a Mom

Thank you for sharing your and Piglet’s story, Diana!

If you have adopted a dog and/or cat from Orphans of the Storm® and would like to share your own success story, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs with All Different Markings

Whether you like spots, stripes, solids, or patches, there are a variety of looks to choose from when you visit the dogs at Orphans of the Storm®!

Sid the one-year-old Beagle mix greeted me with a wagging tail and was eager to head out on our walk. When you take Sid on a walk, you have to be prepared to make lots of stops because Sid takes his Hound roots seriously and keeps his nose to the ground, sniffing very thoroughly. Overall he is a good walking buddy, though, because he goes at a nice pace and rarely pulls.

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Sid’s adorable face

Sid also enjoyed having a chance to explore the off-leash run. He sniffed in front of, behind, and through all of the bushes. He also poked some of the toys with his nose, but didn’t seem too interested in playing with them at the moment. Sid is a real cutie with his tricolored spots and patches, and those irresistible Hound eyes. Come in soon to see if Sid is the one for you!

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Sid following the trail

Toby the one-year-old Plott Hound mix was jumping in excitement when he realized it was his turn to come out. Although he had an initial burst of energy and wanted to start off at a run, he quickly settled into a nice walking pace when we got to the woodland preserve. I thought that since Toby is still a puppy, he would want to play with the toys in the off-leash run, but he just sniffed them and continued on. Maybe he needs someone to teach him how to play!

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Toby wasn’t sure what to do with all these toys

Toby politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the off-leash run. When we were walking around the woodland preserve and passed another dog, Toby didn’t give him a second glance. Toby would do best in an adult home with an experienced dog owner. If that description fits you, stop in soon to meet Toby!

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Toby has great camouflage fur!

Whizzer the six-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix absolutely loves squeaky toys. The first thing he did when we got to the off-leash run was pick up a blue plush ball with a squeaker. But one toy is never enough, of course, and soon Whizzer had himself a pile of toys that he could alternate playing with. He’ll chase after toys when you throw them but would rather chew on them than bring them back.

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Whizzer loved this toy

Whizzer is a strong boy and likes to walk at a brisk pace. When we were going around the woodland preserve, Whizzer stretched his nose up as high as it would go so he could collect more smells. Maybe there was a raccoon hiding in the trees, because he was very intrigued. Whizzer also likes to give doggy hugs. He is currently sharing his kennel and gets along with other dogs that are closer to his size, but might be a bit overwhelming for a small dog. Be sure to say hello to Whizzer on your next visit to the shelter!

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Whizzer was proud of his collection

Layla the two-year-old Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix is a very pretty girl. She seemed a little skittish at first, but warmed up quickly. When we went to the off-leash run, Layla joined me on the bench. She put her front paws in my lap and gave me some doggy kisses while I pet her. Most dogs I’ve met have their tickly spot (where they kick their leg while you scratch them) somewhere around their ribs, but Layla’s tickly spot is right on her chest between her front legs!

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Layla with perky, upright ears

Layla is a great walking companion. She didn’t pull and mostly stayed by my side. We stopped occasionally for more snuggles. Layla got a couple sticky plants stuck to her fur while she was sniffing around the tall grasses, but stayed still so I could pull them off. Layla would like to be the queen in her new home (rightfully so), so she would do best as the only dog in an adult home. Stop in soon to meet Layla!

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Layla with her ears down in the sunshine

Nasus the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix ended up at the shelter because he didn’t get along with the little dog at his old home, but he loves people! At first glance, you might think Nasus is a lot to handle because he’s big and muscle-y, but he’s actually quite easy-going and walks great on the leash.

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Nasus is a big, lovable boy

Nasus might do best as the only dog in his new home, but when he’s out on a walk he doesn’t seem to mind passing other dogs. When a smaller dog walked past us on the trail, Nasus first sat and then laid down until it went by. I also saw him walking on the trail with another larger dog on Clear the Shelters. Nasus is a happy boy looking for a happy home. Stop in and say hello to Nasus soon!

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Nasus says, “Okay, follow me!”

I also saw Barney, Bella, and Thunder (who I haven’t walked in a while but he knew we were old friends and gave me lots and lots of doggy kisses).

Orphans of the Storm®’s Clear the Shelters 2017 Was a Success!

Last Saturday, 53 dogs and 31 cats found new furever homes! This includes several of the long-timers featured in last week’s post, such as Honey Lamb, Bobo, Roxy, Aleck, O’Shea, and Maggie.

Below are just a few pictures I was able to take before the gates opened, but you can see the whole photo album from the event on Orphans of the Storm®’s Facebook page. There are lots of adorable new family portraits!

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There was already a line at the front gate at 10:15am, when we didn’t open until 11!

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A welcoming environment with lots of balloons and banners!

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The dogs were ready and waiting to greet their potential adopters

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All of the dogs got new signs and colorful bandanas

Orphans of the Storm® has already received over two dozen new dogs since last weekend, so if you weren’t able to make it for the event, there are still plenty of pooches eager to meet you! Come in soon to say hello!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Hoping This Is Their Weekend to Clear the Shelter

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 19, Orphans of the Storm® is participating in Clear the Shelters for the third year in a row. While we hope to clear as much of the shelter as we can, below are some long-timers who have been waiting a year or more to find their forever home. It would be extra special if we could clear these pooches from the shelter! These long-timers each have their own fan club consisting of volunteers, who will be happy to talk to you about their favorites when you come in to meet these lovable dogs.

  • Honey Lamb the eight-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is Orphans of the Storm®’s longest long-timer, which is confusing to everyone who knows her. Honey Lamb lives up to her name because she is a sweet girl who loves to be with people and share lots of snuggles and kisses. She isn’t a fan of other dogs, so she is looking for a home where she can be the queen. You can watch her video to see her in action.
  • Puggie the thirteen-year-old Chihuahua mix is a cute little guy who gets along with other dogs that are closer to his size. He has had many furry walking companions over the years. Even in his older years, Puggie has the spunk and attitude that’s common in little dogs like him.
  • Bobo the eight-year-old Wire-Haired Terrier mix loves belly rubs and going for walks. He went to doggy boot camp at TOPS Kennel a couple years ago, so he knows plenty of commands. Bobo likes to be the boss and doesn’t like to be told “no,” so he is looking for an experienced dog owner and an adult home where he can be the only pet. Watch his video to learn more about Bobo.
  • Blush the eight-year-old Labrador Retriever mix absolutely loves going for walks, which is good because she’s a little on the chunky side! That’s because she also loves pig ears and treats. Blush used to share her kennel with other dogs, but has gotten more particular about which dogs she does and doesn’t like as she’s gotten older. Blush is a smarty who is eager to learn more tricks. See Blush on the move in her video.
  • Thunder the eight-year-old Boxer mix is easy-going with people. He doesn’t mind being dressed up for different holidays and occasions. Thunder also seems to know some basic commands. He loves getting his hips scratched. Thunder isn’t a fan of other dogs, so he would need to be the only pet in his new home. Watch Thunder’s video to learn more.
  • Roxy (or RoxyAnne) the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came from an owner who could no longer care for her, so she knows how to be a pet in a home. She’s a sweet girl who likes being pet and likes hanging out in the yard. You can see Roxy’s special day out in her video.
  • Scotty the eleven-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a mellow senior. He doesn’t move too fast and likes to just amble around the yard, following his nose. Scotty had some work done on his knees a while back, but you wouldn’t even know it now! Watch a short video of Scotty showing off his “sit” skills.
  • Courage the five-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is one of the most affectionate dogs. She thinks she’s a lapdog, even though she can only fit a portion of herself into your lap. She also likes to give kisses. She can pull on the leash a bit when she first comes out of her kennel, but then settles into being a nice walking companion. Courage gets along with some dogs but not all, so she would probably do best as the only dog in her new home. Watch a short video of Courage eating carrots.
  • Aleck the four-year-old Hound mix is a well-behaved boy–so much so that he often gets to go to the Orphans of the Storm® Highland Park location. Aleck likes going for walks and giving people doggy hugs and kisses. You can watch his video to see him out and about.
  • Bella the twelve-year-old Boxer mix is my personal favorite. She is a super easy walking buddy and prefers short walks. She likes getting pet, enjoys getting a quick bath with the hose, and tolerates getting her ears cleaned even though she probably doesn’t like it much. Bella is also gentle with kids. She isn’t a fan of other dogs, though, so she would need to be the only pet in her new home.
  • O’Shea the six-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has mellowed out since he first came to the shelter. But he still loves to greet people he knows with a doggy hug and kiss! O’Shea does well with some dogs but doesn’t care much for others, so he would probably do best as the only dog in his new home. Watch his video to see what a sweetie O’Shea is.
  • Shyanne the four-year-old Hound mix came to the shelter with a puppy. Her puppy was adopted quickly, but Shyanne is still waiting to find that perfect home. Shyanne is very affectionate and snuggly. She knows she can get her dog-walker to keep her out longer by giving them a doggy hug whenever they try to walk her back to her kennel. Shyanne would prefer to be the only dog in her new home.
  • Barney the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a bit of a goofball with a mischievous streak. He can be an escape artist if he’s left alone for too long in the yard, because he wants to be with people instead! Barney likes to play and especially likes getting pet. Watch a short video of Barney on ice.
  • Vanilla the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix has calmed down a lot since she first came to the shelter. Vanilla may seem like a lot to handle because of her size, but she is actually a great walking buddy. Vanilla would like to be the only pet in her new home.
  • Hobbs the six-year-old Mountain Cur mix is a nice boy hoping for a home and a backyard to call his own. Hobbs like to follow his nose and explore whenever he’s off-leash. He’s a good walking buddy, too. Hobbs will always greet you with a wagging tail.
  • Lucy the fifteen-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix does not act her age at all. Her face may have some gray on it, but she runs and plays as well as any youngster. Lucy’s bug-eyed expression has earned her several nicknames, including “Alien,” but they are all given with lots of love. Watch a short video of Lucy playing.
  • Wombat the four-year-old Hound mix has plenty of energy and playfulness. He’s always up for going on a walk and is happy to lead the way. Wombat would also make a good running partner, if you’re looking for either motivation or companionship during your runs. Watch his video to learn more about Wombat.
  • Maggie the six-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix gets along with people of all ages, including children. Maggie likes to cuddle. She also loves going for walks and she’s a believer in that the longer the walk, the better. She has experience as a family pet, so she just needs to find that new perfect family. Maggie would do best as the only dog in her new home.
  • Tyson the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a strong but lovable and loving boy. He has a big, wide face that will make you smile, and he’ll smile right back! Tyson likes to give doggy hugs and kisses, and will happily join you for a snuggle session.
  • Roxy the five-year-old Shepherd/Rottweiler mix is a leaner, meaning she’ll lean against you or rest her head on you while you’re petting her. Roxy prefers the company of adults and older children, and is less comfortable around little kids. She’s a great walking companion. Roxy would do best as the only dog in her new home.
  • Clarinet the three-year-old Catahoula mix is super lovey-dovey. She will join you on the couch, sit in your lap, give you doggy kisses–everything you would expect from an affectionate dog! Clarinet likes having the opportunity to run and play on a regular basis. Although Clarinet loves people, she doesn’t love other dogs, so she would do best as the only dog in her new home. Watch a short video of Clarinet playing fetch.
  • Carlos the three-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is a big, strong boy with a big heart to match. He loves going for walks and particularly seems to like walking in wooded areas, where there are smells both on the ground and in the air for him to follow. And he has those great floppy ears that are so much fun to pet!
  • Lucy the nine-year-old Boxer mix is an easy-going sweetie. She walks at the perfect strolling pace and is always happy to take a cuddle break. Lucy likes to give doggy hugs and kisses, too. She was sharing her kennel with another dog when she first arrived at the shelter, but she can be a little picky about which dogs she likes and would probably do best as the only dog in her new home.
  • Diamond (who is now known as Riley) the nine-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was at the shelter for a couple years. She was adopted several months ago but recently returned because she has separation anxiety and needs to be in a home where someone is around the majority of the time. Diamond has always been a volunteer favorite, and we’re hopeful that we can find her a new perfect home! Watch her video to see Diamond out and about.

Here’s to another successful Clear the Shelters! Orphans of the Storm® will be opened extended hours during the event, from 11am-7pm. The adoption fee is waived for dogs and cats older than 5 months. The waived fee includes spay/neuter, but additional fees for final shots may apply. We hope to see lots of you there!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking to Spend the Dog Days of Summer in a New Home

What better time to bring a dog into your home than the dog days of summer? It’s meant to be! Stop by Orphans of the Storm® soon to meet your new best friend.

Balley the one-year-old Boxer/Mountain Cur mix is a total cuddlebug. She’ll sit right in front of you and tuck her head into your lap so you can pet her. When you stop, she sticks her paw out and taps your arm to get your attention again. Balley also likes to roll around on her back and get a belly rub simultaneously.

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Balley says, “Maybe put down the camera and pet me instead?”

Balley walks really nicely on the leash, and if you stop walking then she will come back to you and sit at your feet until you start moving again. Balley likes people so much that she has some separation anxiety, so she would do best in a home where someone is around the majority of the time. Since she’s so sweet and gentle, she could go to a home with kids. Stop in soon to say hello to Balley!

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Balley coming in for a doggy kiss

Brutus the one-year-old Hound mix is very excited and energetic when he first comes out of his kennel. Brutus loves to greet people with doggy hugs, and that’s what he did with me and two other volunteers who we passed on our walk. Brutus is also a water dog. He would love to have a puppy pool (or, even better, a full-size pool!) to splash around in during the summer. He’s also one of those dogs who tries to “eat” the spray from a hose.

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Brutus loves to go exploring

Brutus is a happy boy. He’ll join you on the bench for snuggles before heading off on a walk. Brutus prefers to walk at a quick pace but doesn’t pull too much once he gets his initial burst of energy out of the way. Brutus likes other dogs, but isn’t as fond of kids, so he would do best in an adult home with or without another dog. If that description fits you, come in soon to meet Brutus!

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Brutus could only be happier if he was in his new forever home

Arnold the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a good boy. When I came to his kennel, he sat nicely without me even asking while I put his leash on. We first went to the off-leash run, where Arnold did some sniffing on his own but then spent most of the time with me so he could get pet. He joined me on the bench and gave me a couple doggy kisses.

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Arnold with his puppy pool

Arnold can pull a bit on the leash, but for the most part he does a nice job being a walking companion. When we were making our way around the woodland preserve, Arnold liked exploring in the tall grass. He also enjoyed a dip in the puppy pool after our walk. Arnold has one of those lovable wide faces and always seems to be smiling. Say hello to Arnold on your next visit to the shelter!

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Arnold has a heart-warming smile

I also saw Bella, Belle, Big Boy (who is so snuggly and sweet!) and Mojo, Bud, Buddy and ShadowDelilah, Diamond (now known as Riley), and Lucy.

And don’t forget–Saturday, August 19 is Clear the Shelters!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are on a Roll

I don’t know if it was the weather or what, but all of the Orphans of the Storm® dogs I walked this week wanted to take a break by rolling around on their backs in the grass. Sometimes multiple times! It certainly put a smile on my face to see them wiggling around.

Remember to mark your calendars for Saturday, August 19 because Orphans of the Storm® is again participating in Clear the Shelters! You can read about the 2015 event and 2016 event.

Brownie the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix found herself at the shelter because she didn’t get along with the other dog in her original home. So, she would probably do best as the only dog in her new home. Brownie absolutely loves people and also gets along with kids, though, so she could be a great family dog. She has dark brown fur with some black spots, so she looks like a chocolate chip brownie!

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Brownie says, “A toy? For me?”

Brownie spent the first few minutes in the off-leash run exploring on her own, but she soon came over to get some cuddles and joined me on the bench. Brownie did a pretty good job at walking on the leash as we made our way around the woodland preserve. She was happy to stop and give some doggy kisses every once in a while. Come in soon to see if Brownie is the one for you!

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Brownie popping out of the bushes

Daisy the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is finishing up her heartworm treatment, but she is now ready to go to her new home and the shelter will cover the remaining costs of her treatment. This big girl is a total sweetheart. She loves to give doggy hugs and kisses and enjoys a good snuggle session. Daisy also gets along with cats, so she could go to a home with other furry friends.

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Daisy leaping onto bench #2

Daisy is an active girl, so once she’s done with her treatment she will be ready to go on adventures. Daisy made sure that she jumped up on every single bench along the woodland preserve (there are at least six), and then she would sit there and wait for me to pet her. She also loved rolling in the tall grass and was happy to get her belly rubbed at the same time. Be sure to say hello to Daisy on your next visit to the shelter!

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Daisy getting pet on bench #4

Tino the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix had everyone we passed commenting on how cute he is, because he has that unique white face and dark body. Tino is a strong boy, so he can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, but don’t let that deter you. Tino prefers to walk at a quick pace but didn’t pull too much once we were on the woodland preserve trail.

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Tino was all smiles on our walk

Tino is a happy boy. He greeted me with a doggy hug, and jumped up on the bench next to me multiple times so he could cuddle and give me some doggy kisses. It was a warm day when we were out, so about halfway through our walk Tino plopped down in the shade and rolled over so I could give him a belly rub. He can get excited when he sees other dogs, so he might need a little training to learn how to stay calm. Come in soon to meet Tino!

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Tino certainly isn’t shy

Buddy and Shadow the six-year-old Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever mixes are a handsome pair who would like to be adopted together. I’m not entirely sure if I’m matching the right name to the right dog (though they aren’t 100% identical–I’m just bad at matching their faces to their official portraits on the shelter website), so apologies if their descriptions are flipped!

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Buddy (I think!) sniffing a toy

Shadow was more interested in sniffing around on his own and exploring behind and underneath the bushes, but he did come over to get pet after a few minutes. He also would check in with Buddy every so often and they would sniff the same things.

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Shadow (I think!) following his nose

Buddy was more of a cuddler. He would come over to me and tuck his head into my lap so I could scratch his ears and back. He also was interested in chasing tennis balls, but needs a little refresher on the part where he brings it back!

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Buddy (I think!) coming to say hello

Buddy and Shadow were very eager to come out for a walk. They can jump around a bit when they’re getting their leashes put on, but they were both very mellow once we got to the off-leash run. If you think you have the space in your heart and home for these two lovable boys, come in soon to meet Shadow and Buddy!

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Buddy and Shadow are a winning combination

I also saw Bella, Blush, Carlos, Clarinet, Lucretia, Mojo and Big Boy (who need to be adopted together rather than individually), Quincy (who greeted me like we are best friends even though I had only walked him once before, which shows how quickly he can warm up once he knows you!), Roxy, and Sadie.