Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking to Celebrate Father’s Day with a New Family

Father’s Day is this Sunday. What better way to celebrate than by adding a fur-child to the family? The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are happy to show you why you should pick one of them to come home with you.

Apollo the three-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is a handsome boy. He can be strong and pull on the leash when he wants to, but most of the time he’s a good walking companion. Apollo is a friendly guy who likes being with people. After you meet him once, he’ll always greet you with a wagging tail (and maybe a doggy hug!) after that.

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Apollo is always alert

Apollo would enjoy being in an active home where he can go on long walks and have playtime with toys. He has a bit of a prey drive and may try to chase wildlife while you’re outside. This also means he would do best as the only pet in his new home. If you’re a one-pet kind of person, come in soon to meet Apollo!

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Apollo doesn’t mind a bit of rain (apologies for the blurriness though)

Marnie the five-year-old American English Coonhound mix is a sweet and gentle girl. She enjoyed meandering around the off-leash run, following her Hound nose wherever it led her. Whenever I knelt down to her level, she would come over and stand next to me to get some pets. Marnie has that sweet Hound expression that just makes you want to give her a hug!

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Marnie says, “Can we PLEASE go play with that dog up ahead?”

Marnie loves other dogs. She was sharing her kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, and she wanted to run and catch up to every dog we saw on the woodland preserve trail. When she’s not trying to say hello to another dog, though, she walks very gently on the leash. Be sure to say hello to Marnie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Marnie’s ears are extra floppy

Taz the two-year-old Terrier mix is super cute. He has ears that are maybe a size or two too big for his little body, and a curly tail. Taz likes romping around the off-leash run. Although he sniffed at some toys, he wasn’t too interested in playing fetch on this particular outing.

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Taz is a precious pup

Taz also likes going for walks. He does nicely on the leash and didn’t pull at all (except for when it was time to go back in his kennel, then he pulled in the opposite direction–but that’s understandable!). Taz was happy to stop and take breaks every once in a while so I could pet him. This friendly little guy is ready to find his forever family. Come in soon to meet Taz!

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Taz enjoys a thorough sniff through the grass

Karma the one-year-old German Shepherd mix is a sweetheart. Even though she’s barely out of puppyhood and an active working breed, she walks great on the leash and was either right by my side or just a few steps ahead of me. Karma likes to snuggle and will either lean her body against your legs or rest her head in your lap.

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Karma is a pretty girl

Karma has moderate hip dysplasia, which is common in large breeds and treatable in a variety of ways. But right now, it isn’t slowing her down! Karma gets along with children. However, she isn’t a fan of other dogs and would do best as the only pet in her new home. Stop by soon to say hello to Karma!

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Karma has plenty of fluff to go around

I also saw Brutus, Foxy, Howard, Jasmine, Jess, Lucy Locket, Naida, Nash, and Parker (who covered my face in kisses and refused to get out of my lap).

Orphans of the Storm® Puppy Dogs and Older Dogs

There are dogs of all ages at Orphans of the Storm® right now, ready and eager to find their perfect match!

Jasmine the eight-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix (not to be confused with the other Jasmine) is a sweetie-pie. She waited patiently for me to put on her collar and leash, and then we were off. Jasmine pulled a little when she first came out of her kennel, but then settled into being a great walking companion when we went to the woodland preserve. Though she does like to chase birds if they happen to land on the ground near her, so be prepared to run in short spurts!

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Jasmine enjoying her walk in the woods

Jasmine is very affectionate. She gives lots of doggy kisses and the occasional doggy hug. When I sat down on the bench, she hopped right up next to me and put her front paws in my lap so we could snuggle. I was the one who had to encourage her to get up and keep walking! Jasmine greets everyone with a wagging tail. Don’t let her “senior” age deter you–she still has plenty of energy, but also good manners. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are extremely rare at the shelter, so if you’re interested in that breed, come in soon to meet Jasmine!

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Jasmine knows how to snuggle

Rudy the eleven-month-old Shepherd/Husky mix is a playful pup. As soon as he was in the off-leash run, he bounded around with puppy enthusiasm and ran a few laps. Rudy likes chasing after toys, but rather than bringing them back for a game of fetch, he put all the toys I gave him behind the bushes for later. Rudy enjoys getting pet and likes to give doggy hugs.

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Rudy is a happy pup

Rudy, being a puppy, could probably still use some training. He doesn’t seem to have much experience with being on a leash and gets a little nervous when you first try to put a leash on him. He also likes to take the lead and can pull a bit once he is on the leash. Rudy was previously sharing his kennel with another dog who since got adopted, so he could potentially go to a home with or without another dog. If you’re looking for a big, lovable goofball, come in soon to meet Rudy!

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Rudy loves the sunshine

Smooch the one-year-old Dogo Argentino mix had two broken legs, but he recovered and now is ready to find his forever home! This sweet boy didn’t let his injuries dampen his spirits. Smooch’s tail is constantly wagging, and he got his name because he would give everyone doggy kisses when he was at the vet. Smooch has beautiful blue-gray eyes, and his face turns pink when he’s extra happy or excited.

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Smooch making his way through the grass

Smooch doesn’t take the ability to walk for granted. He absolutely loves going on walks and will happily lead the way. He looks back at you every once in a while as if to say, “Come on, keep up!” Smooch enjoyed romping around the off-leash run and exploring through the bushes. Be sure to say hello to Smooch on your next visit to the shelter!

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Smooch coming to give smooches

Conny the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is adorable. She is a permanent puppy size, which makes her great for snuggling. But don’t let her petiteness fool you–she is surprisingly strong for how small she is! Conny started off running around the woodland preserve trail, but she eventually tired herself out and settled into an easier walking pace. She ended up plopping down spread-eagle in the shade to cool off.

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Conny says, “Whatcha doin’?”

Conny likes to cuddle. Whenever I knelt down to her level, she’d come bounding over and put her front paws in my lap. Conny loves being with people, but she’s a little more particular about which dogs she likes being with, so she potentially would do best as the only pet in her new home. If you’re interested in having a permanent puppy, come in soon to see if Conny is the one for you!

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Conny showing off her wrinkly forehead

Rocky the one-year-old Cairn Terrier mix is the cutest. I couldn’t stop complimenting his looks the entire time we were out. He has the most adorable little face, and his fur is funnily very straight on his front half and then very curly on his back half. Terriers are known for being bold and energetic, and that’s what Rocky is!

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Rocky says, “Hello!”

Rocky loves to romp and play. He enjoys exploring when he’s on walks and playing with squeaky toys when he’s in the yard. Rocky sat right next to my feet for a while so I could pet him. He has a little bit of “small dog syndrome” and barks at bigger dogs, but doesn’t seem to mind dogs that are closer to his size. If you have the energy and creativity to keep up with Rocky, come in soon to meet him!

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Rocky is too precious

Snow White the nine-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is one of the shelter’s long-timers, and I am ashamed with myself for not writing about her before now! Snow White completed an 8-week doggy boot camp and was an excellent learner. She knows many commands, including “sit,” “stay,” and “heel,” and she’s very attentive to whoever is walking her. Snow White likes to get treats, of course, but she’ll do all of her commands without them.

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Snow White wondering if I have any treats for her

Snow White both looks and sounds like a pig, which is a compliment. She has a wrinkly nose and a low, round body, and she makes cute snorting noises. She also has a great smile! Snow White isn’t a fan of other dogs and would need to be the only pet in her new home. She’s looking for an experienced dog owner who will keep up with the training she’s already had. Snow White is hoping that “Someday My Prince Will Come” soon. If you think that prince (or princess) might be you, be sure to say hello to Snow White!

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Snow White is a well-behaved walking buddy

I also saw Big Boy and Mojo, Hobbs, Lucy, the other Lucy (who loves water and will splash around in anything from a pool to a water bowl), Naida, and Nash.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Wish You a Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day, but you can still come in on Saturday or Sunday to find your new friend before the holiday!

Kanela the nine-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was very shy when she first arrived at the shelter. I tried to take her out a few weeks ago, but she wasn’t interested. Now, she was excited to come out and likes going for walks! She may have gotten off to a rough start for the first few months of her life, but now that she’s being showered with love by nice people, she’s showing her true, sweet personality.

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Kanela has many lovable wrinkles

Kanela does a pretty good job at walking on the leash, though she is pretty muscle-y (other volunteers call her “Fat Jasmine” even though Kanela isn’t fat, it’s just that Jasmine is very skinny) and can pull a bit if she wants to go in a certain direction. Kanela likes getting pet and hopped up on the bench next to me for some cuddles. If you’re looking to add a puppy to your home, come in soon to meet Kanela!

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Kanela showing how to balance

Chewie the three-year-old Border Collie mix is a super smart boy. He knows “sit” and “shake” and probably other commands, and will gladly do them even if he doesn’t get a treat in return. Although he has plenty of energy, he walked well on the leash.

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Chewie is super attentive

Chewie loves to play fetch. He is the only dog I’ve met over the years who has put the ball directly back into my hand. Chewie and I started with a tennis ball, then moved to a rope with a ball in the middle, and finally ended with a rubber ball. So, you better have lots of toys for Chewie when you bring him home! Here is a video of Chewie’s excellent fetching skills:

Chewie isn’t just about the activity, though. He is also a snuggler. He would come up and rest his head on my lap. Chewie also joined me on the bench and enjoyed a good scratch on his back. Chewie is ready and eager to join an active home with people who can keep up with his smarts! If that sounds like you, come in soon to meet Chewie!

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Chewie is a happy boy when he has a toy

Floppy the three-year-old Beagle mix is an adorable little guy. One of his favorite things to do is snuggle. He’ll stand right by your feet and wait for you to lean over and pet him. Floppy would also put his front paws in my lap so I could pet him some more. Floppy is pretty good at walking on the leash, though being a Beagle he also likes to follow his nose.

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Floppy has a sweet face

Floppy loves other dogs. He’s currently sharing his kennel with another dog who is a little bigger than he is. He also wanted to say hello and play with every other dog we passed during our walk. So, Floppy would do great in a home with another furry friend. Be sure to say hello to Floppy on your next visit to the shelter!

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Floppy licking off some raindrops

Foxy the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is an affectionate, easy-going, and very pretty girl. She will happily give you doggy hugs and doggy kisses. She is one of those dogs who will walk between your legs and stand still there so you can scratch her hips. Foxy also joined me on the bench a couple times.

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Foxy debating between fetching and snuggling

Foxy enjoys playing fetch, though after a couple of throws she sometimes loses interest and goes back to sniffing around the yard. Foxy gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing her kennel with another dog, so she could go to a home with or without a furry friend. Come in soon to meet Foxy!

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Foxy showing off her bushy tail

I also saw Elijah, Howard (who is super sweet and snuggly), Nash, Nico, Quinn, and Roxy.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Make Themselves at Home

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are ready and waiting to find the perfect person to bring them home!

Gizmo the seven-year-old Shepherd/Husky mix came from an owner who was moving and couldn’t bring him with. That means Gizmo has a lifetime of experience as a pet and is ready to show you what a good boy he is. Gizmo was a little nervous when he first arrived at the shelter, but is coming out of his shell more now.

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Gizmo proudly showing off his big ears

Gizmo is a good leash-walking companion. He walks at a nice pace and likes to do the occasional stop-and-sniff. Gizmo is well-behaved in general. He was patient about getting his leash put on, he didn’t pay much attention to the dogs we passed during our walk, and he probably already knows some commands and would be eager to learn more. Stop in soon to say hello to Gizmo!

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Gizmo enjoys the outdoors

Hunter the seven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a pretty easy-going guy. He came from a home that could no longer keep him, so he has many years of experience as a family pet. Hunter sat nicely without me even asking when I was putting his leash on. He enjoyed exploring the off-leash run but would come back to where I was sitting every once in a while for a quick pat.

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Hunter gives you the sweetest look when he wants to get pet

Hunter walks well on the leash for the most part. He does get some bursts of energy where he pulls a bit, but then settles down and walks nicely by your side again. Hunter hopped up on the bench and was happy to have me sit next to him. He gets along with some dogs but not necessarily all. Come in soon to see if Hunter is the one for you!

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Hunter liked sniffing around the bushes

Bryan the five-year-old Basset Hound/Shar-Pei mix is one of the most unique-looking dogs you will come across at the shelter. He has the squishy, wrinkly face of a Shar-Pei and the long, low body of a Basset. His personality is a mix, too. He can take a little longer to warm up to a new person (Shar-Pei), and he also loves to follow his nose and sniff everything (Basset).

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Bryan’s lovable face

Bryan is great at walking on the leash. He rarely pulls and mostly just stays a couple steps ahead of you. He didn’t jump on people or things, and he doesn’t seem to be overly talkative. Bryan wasn’t too interested in cuddling, but he did eventually stand still next to me so I could pet him for a while. If you want the most interesting dog in the neighborhood, come in soon to meet Bryan!

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Bryan’s little legs on the move

I also saw Barney, Bella, Carlos, Elijah, Lucy Locket, Naida, Nash, and Shyanne (Cheyenne).

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

Here is a success story from Rubina about her family’s new dog, Lily (formerly Belle). This story shows that it can sometimes take a few tries for a dog to find their right home, but when they do, it’s extra sweet!

We found Lily (Belle) our new best friend, 5-year-old German Shepherd/Border Collie mix girl. As history goes, she was saved from a kill shelter by Orphans of the Storm® and then was adopted by an old lady who returned her as she was too much for her, and once again returned by another couple who had her for just 2 nights. Terrible! My daughter had gone to volunteer at Orphans and we all fell in love with Lily in those 3 hours we spent with her. Being a clean freak, I have to say Orphans does a wonderful job of keeping their animals and their kennels clean.

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We went back to the shelter the next day and brought her home and she has been nothing but a bundle of joy since then. Luckily, she is house-trained, but quite a fussy eater. She is playful and super smart. A little nervous at times, probably from what she has been through for the past few weeks… scared of rain and froggies, but quite the strong independent lady when it comes to meeting other big dogs! She loves to run and is super friendly to kids. My husband, who is scared of all animals, had warmed up to her in the last 3 days… really that’s got to say something about Lily’s personality. We hope to give her a good life and I believe in my heart that pleasure will be ALL ours while she is with us. We are a happier family with sweet Lily!!

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Thank you for sharing your story with us, Rubina!

If you have an Orphans of the Storm® success story that you would like posted on this site, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a Good Home Where They Can Enjoy the Good Weather

Spring has finally arrived, and the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are ready to spend lots of time outside enjoying it. But they would like it even more if they were able to go inside a new forever home at the end of the day!

Roxie the nine-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a super affectionate puppy. There were multiple times when she happily hopped up on the bench next to me, put her front paws in my lap, and gave me lots of doggy kisses. She also liked standing on the bench to get a better look at her surroundings and see what all was going on.

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Roxie is eager to say hello

Roxie walks pretty well on the leash considering she’s just a puppy. She can pull a bit when she’s excited, though, particularly when she first comes out of her kennel. But that’s understandable! Roxie isn’t a fan of other dogs, so she would do best as the only dog in her new home. Come in soon to see if Roxie is the pooch for you!

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Roxie wondering if I have a treat hiding somewhere

Lucy the two-year-old Husky mix loves to run, which makes perfect sense for her breed! Lucy will stand nicely at your side as long as you’re petting her, but she is off and running again as soon as you stop. Lucy is a smart girl who already knows some commands, such as “sit,” and could learn plenty more.

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Lucy knows she’s pretty

Lucy was very interested in the camera and always came right over to stick her nose up to the lens. She’s ready for her close-up! And since she’s such a pretty girl, you’ll be wanting to take plenty of pictures of her anyway. Lucy may do best as the only dog in her new home. If you’re looking for a new partner to motivate you to go running, look no further than Lucy!

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Lucy says, “Ooh, whatcha got there?”

Ross the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix is an excitable guy. He gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel and then was off, ready and rarin’ to go. He was happy to give more doggy hugs during our walk, too. Ross also joined me on the bench for a snuggle session halfway through our walk.

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Ross is a happy guy

Ross is athletic and might enjoy doing agility. He can jump/climb over fences, so he will need to be supervised if he’s off-leash in a yard. Ross is sometimes bark-y around other dogs and might prefer to be the only dog in his new home. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Ross!

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Ross enjoys the outdoors (and a good pet)

Muñeca the three-year-old Chihuahua/Terrier mix is very nervous at the shelter. She wasn’t too sure about getting a leash put on and was scared about getting pet. Muñeca was interested in sniffing me, though, and stayed pretty close when we were walking together. When I sat down in the grass next to her, she came over on her own to check out my shoes.

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Muñeca is a little doll (hence her name!)

Muñeca walks nicely on the leash and only pulled when something spooked her. She gets along with other dogs that are closer to her size and is currently sharing her kennel with another small dog. Muñeca is looking for someone who will give her the time and love she needs to help her come out of her shell. If that sounds like you, come in soon to say hello to Muñeca!

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Muñeca will warm up with her new person

Trusty the eight-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is a total sweetheart. He is one of the most easy-going dogs at the shelter right now. A lot of dogs bark when you walk by their kennels, but Trusty sits quietly and wags his tail. He is also a great walking companion and moves at a steady pace without pulling.

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Trusty is the definition of a good boy

Trusty always likes to stop for snuggles. He will either join you on the bench or sit at your feet and give you a big doggy smile while you scratch his side and ears. Trusty gets along with other dogs, so he could go to a home with or without a furry friend. He is such a dapper gentleman! Be sure to say hello to Trusty on your next visit to the shelter.

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Trusty says, “Follow me!”

Lucy Locket the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix has plenty of energy. As soon as we hit the woodland preserve trail, Lucy Locket was off and running. She did pause every once in a while for the occasional sniff in the grasses and bushes, though. Since Lucy Locket is still a puppy, she could benefit from some additional leash training.

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Lucy Locket debating if she should hop on the bench

Lucy Locket joined me on the bench a couple of times so I could pet her more. She has a cute wrinkly forehead and her ears are always perked forward. Lucy Locket isn’t a fan of other dogs, so she would like to be the only dog in her new home. If you’re looking for a fun, playful, and active new companion, come in soon to meet Lucy Locket!

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Lucy Locket literally shines in the sun

I also saw Barney, Bella, Brutus, Elijah, Finley, Goliath, Jax, the other Lucy, and Nash.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Say Thank You to All Fundraiser Attendees!

Orphans of the Storm®’s 2018 annual fundraiser was another great success! To celebrate the shelter’s 90th anniversary, there is a great video about its history and accomplishments. You may recognize some familiar faces in the video! And below are some newer faces who are ready to become part of the shelter’s happy statistics by finding their furever home.

Gypsy the five-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix can be a little nervous at first when she meets someone new, but warms up and eventually shows her true, playful personality. She wasn’t too sure about getting her leash put on, but Gypsy ended up being a good walking companion. She likes to stop and sniff, which makes sense with her Hound nose, but doesn’t pull much on the leash.

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Gypsy has those lovable Hound eyes and floppy Hound ears

Gypsy was happy to take a break every once in a while and get some pets. Gypsy gets along with other dogs, so she could go to a home with or without another furry friend. However, she can be protective of her food so would do best if she eats separately. She isn’t a fan of farm animals, though. The domestic home life is the one for her! Stop in soon to say hello to Gypsy.

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Gypsy meandering around the run

Zainie the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is an easy-going girl. She greeted me with a wagging tail and waited patiently to get her leash put on. Zainie can pull a bit when she first comes out of her kennel, but she walked great on the leash when we were out on the woodland preserve trail.

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Zainie has such a sweet face

Zainie seems very relaxed. We passed a couple other dogs during our walk and she barely gave them a second glance. She is always happy to get attention and stood right by my side so I could pet her some more. Zainie looks like she may have had puppies in the not-too-distant past. Now she’s ready to join a human family! Come in soon to see if Zainie is the one for you.

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Zainie says, “Follow me!”

Mulan the two-year-old Heeler/Husky mix was barking in excitement when she realized it was her turn to come out, but she didn’t make another peep once her leash was on. I figured Mulan would want to run rather than walk since she’s part Husky, but it turns out that Mulan is an excellent walking buddy. She didn’t pull on the leash at all and preferred to talk long, thorough stops to sniff.

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Mulan’s giant ears will make you smile

Mulan seems to like other animals. She gets along with cats. She also was wagging her tail at John Boy through the fence and the two of them were play-bowing at each other. Mulan is a friendly girl who came back to me often to get pet. She didn’t seem overly interested in toys, but would enjoy having a yard to call her own. Be sure to say hello to Mulan on your next visit!

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Mulan making a silly face

Tender the two-year-old Mountain Feist mix is super snuggly. She will hop into your lap and give you very enthusiastic doggy kisses as soon as she’s given the opportunity. Once she settles down a bit, her kisses are gentler and she will sit still in your lap for a proper cuddle session. She particularly enjoys getting her hips scratched.

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Tender is ready for her close-up

Tender likes to walk at a quick pace when she’s not in your lap. She can pull on the leash a bit, but mostly does fine as long as you’re going at the same pace she is. Tender could potentially be interested in agility! She was happy to jump up and over the bench on multiple occasions. Tender is a sweet and fun little girl. Come in soon to meet her!

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Tender coming in for a kiss

I also saw Barney, Bella, Belle (who gave me lots of doggy kisses), Big Boy (who had a fun time playing fetch) and Mojo, Brutus, Buster, Carlos, Dunkin, Finley, Goliath, Harley, Jasmine, Jess, Lucy, Nash, Parker, Sadie, Scotty, and Vanilla (who sits nicely while she’s getting her leash put on).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Reminding You to RSVP For the Benefit Dinner!

Orphans of the Storm®’s Annual Benefit Dinner is Tuesday, April 10 at Ravinia Green Country Club. This year, the shelter is celebrating its 90th anniversary! If you are interested in attending but haven’t RSVPed yet, the deadline is this Saturday, March 31. You can call the shelter directly at 847-945-0235 to reserve your seat. And between now and the dinner, you can stop by the shelter to meet the dogs (and cats) who you will be benefitting!

Jasmine the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix can be a little on the shy side at first, but warms up quickly and turns into a very affectionate girl! Jasmine put her front paws in my lap and gave me lots of doggy kisses several times during our walk. She likes getting pet and kept coming back to me to get attention while we were in the off-leash run.

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Jasmine has the cutest wrinkly forehead

Jasmine is a pretty good leash-walker and likes to stop and sniff. Jasmine is on the skinny side and will definitely benefit from some TLC in her new home. Although Jasmine likes being with adults, she would do best in a home without kids or cats. She can also be a little bark-y around other dogs. She’s still a puppy, though, so she has time to learn some manners. Come in soon to say hello to Jasmine!

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Jasmine romping in the run

Chevy the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix was very eager to come out for a walk. She pulled a bit at first since she was ready and raring to go, but once we got to the woodland preserve she settled into being a good walking companion. Chevy likes to sniff her way along the trail, but her ears are always perked so she can pick up on interesting sounds too.

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Chevy enjoys the outdoors

Chevy is super cute. She’s smaller than the average Lab and has a very expressive face. Chevy was very interested in the camera and always turned to me when I knelt down to get her picture and pet her. She would enjoy having a yard to call her own and someone to go on regular walks with her. Be sure to say hello to Chevy on your next visit to the shelter!

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Accidentally caught Chevy during a blink

Boston the eight-year-old Mountain Cur mix is a little nervous in his current situation. He wasn’t too sure about getting the leash put on, but it turns out that he’s a great walking buddy. Boston walks at a nice, easy, relaxing pace and mostly stayed right by my side while we made our way around the woodland preserve. He didn’t pull at all.

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Boston is such a sweetheart

Boston started to feel more comfortable the longer we were out, and eventually seemed to enjoy getting some scratches behind his ears and under his chin. He didn’t pay much attention to other dogs we passed while we were out. This sweet senior is looking for a quiet and calm home where he can be showered with the love he deserves. Come in soon to meet Boston!

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Boston started exploring more

Jess the two-year-old Hound mix is a real cutie. She’s a nice small-to-medium size, has cute spots, and has an adorable short tail. And that little tail rarely stops wagging! Jess is a happy and playful girl with plenty of energy and enthusiasm. She’s eager to share that enthusiasm with people and gave me a few doggy hugs while we were out.

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Jess is precious!

Jess likes to walk at a quick pace and can pull a bit if she doesn’t think you’re keeping up with her. Jess likes to be in charge when there are other dogs around and might not get along with every dog she meets. Jess enjoyed exploring the off-leash run and would like to have a yard at her new home where she can romp. Stop by soon to see if Jess is your girl!

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Jess putting her Hound nose to use

Buster the one-year-old Boxer mix is a lovebug. He joined me on the bench multiple times and covered my face in doggy kisses. When he was done with kisses, Buster sat right in my lap and enjoyed cuddling. Buster has tail paralysis, but even though he can’t show you he’s happy with his tail, you can still tell with his doggy grin.

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Buster has a great doggy smile

Buster walks nicely on the leash for the most part, though he can get an occasional burst of energy and run for short distances in the middle of his walk. Buster was sharing his kennel with a dog who has since been adopted, so he gets along with most dogs and could go to a home with another dog, but prefers females to males. Come in soon to say hello to Buster!

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Buster telling me a secret

I also saw Big Boy and Mojo, Carlos, Goliath, Hobbs (who is such a sweetie and wouldn’t walk with the other volunteer until I said a proper hello), Nash, Parker, Rufus, and Scotty.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoy a Sunny Day

It was a lovely day to be outside with the dogs at Orphans of the Storm®! Lots of nice walks and playtimes.

This Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) is Orphans of the Storm®’s O’doption Event! The adoption fee will be waived for all dogs and cats 6 months and older. There will also be a sale of pet supplies, including crates and doggy sweaters. Make this St. Patrick’s Day the luckiest one yet for the animals at Orphans of the Storm®!

Finder the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix is super sweet. As soon as I opened the gate to his kennel, he gave me a doggy hug and covered my face in doggy kisses. He was far more interested in cuddling than walking, so we took many breaks along the way so Finder could put his paws in my lap and get some pets. Finder was also eager to join me on the bench and just sit and enjoy our time together.

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Finder is definitely a lapdog

Finder walks nicely on the leash, once you do get him to stop snuggling and start walking. He also likes toys and sniffed around the toy bin before finding one he liked and chewing on it for a bit. Finder wasn’t too excited to go back to his kennel, but he was perfectly fine with being picked up and carried. He’s really just a big baby! Be sure to say hello to Finder the sweetheart on your next visit!

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Finder is good at finding toys!

Finley the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Shepherd mix is a playful guy. He went straight for the toy bin and chewed on the toy he found for a while before we started our walk. Then, he picked up the same toy again at the end of our walk, laid down under a bush, and chewed some more. Finley also liked carrying the toy around and throwing it for himself to catch. Finley’s new family will definitely need to get him some toys!

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Finley wasn’t too disappointed that the treat cube didn’t have treats in it

Finley got the occasional burst of energy where he wanted to run rather than walk around the woodland preserve, but for the most part he did pretty well on the leash. He was also happy to put his front paws in my lap and give me some doggy kisses when we took a break from our walk. Finley is already housebroken. If you’re looking for a fun new playmate, come in soon to meet Finley!

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Finley says, “Whatcha got there?”

Elijah the three-year-old Mountain Cur/Labrador Retriever mix is a friendly and active pooch. We started in the off-leash run, where Elijah enjoyed chasing after tennis balls. He brought them back to my general vicinity and dropped them on the ground a few feet away for me to throw them again. He also enjoyed following his nose and exploring.

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Elijah has a cute little bob tail

Elijah also likes to run. Once we hit the trail, Elijah was on the move! He did slow to a quick walking pace eventually and didn’t pull too much after that. Elijah gets along with other dogs, so he could go to a home with or without another furry friend. He already knows some basic commands like “sit” and “shake.” Elijah would love to join an active family who will talk him for walks and play with him in the yard. Come in soon to see if Elijah is the one for you!

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Elijah is ready to play with you!

Lobo the one-year-old Great Pyrenees/Labrador Retriever mix is a big (big!) boy with lots to offer. Although his size makes him pretty strong and he can pull a bit at first, he does pretty well walking on the leash overall. Lobo loves getting pet and will sit nicely right next to you while you pet him, giving you a happy doggy smile the whole time. If you stop, though, don’t be surprised if he jumps up to give you a doggy hug and get your attention again!

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Lobo is a big sweetie-pie

Lobo already knows some basic commands like “sit,” and since he’s still a puppy he can certainly learn much more. Lobo had surgery (hence his shaved back legs) but is now recovered and ready to join an active family, though he would do best without smaller pets or small children. If that description fits you, be sure to say hello to Lobo on your next visit to the shelter!

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Lobo is good at following his nose

I also saw Goliath, Hamilton, Maya, Nash, Parker, Scooby, Thunder, and Whizzer. And it turns out that Hamilton and Scooby are great playmates!

Orphans of the Storm Dogs® Are Ready for Warmer Weather

Now is a great time to spring into this sunnier weather with a new furry friend from Orphans of the Storm®!

Jax the four-year-old Mountain Cur mix is the best walking companion I’ve encountered for a while. He is absolutely perfect on the leash. Jax stayed so close to my side that I could have pet the top of his head for almost our entire walk. Jax is super easy-going and was happy to pause our walk every once in a while to cuddle.

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Jax is a total sweetheart

Jax didn’t give any doggy kisses during our time together, but he did sniff my face a bunch and also hopped up on the bench next to me a couple of times. Jax gets along with other dogs and was sharing his kennel with a Beagle who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Come in soon to see if Jax is the pooch for you!

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Jax is attentive when other dogs are nearby

Maya the two-year-old Heeler/Border Collie mix is fun and playful. When she gets extra excited, she does this funny move where she jumps into the air and simultaneously does a little shake all the way from her head to her tail. Maybe her hops would make her good for agility training! Maya can have short bursts of energy where she pulls on the leash a bit, but overall she was a good walking companion.

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Maya is absolutely beautiful!

Maya is a snuggly and affectionate girl. Multiple times, she put her front paws in my lap and covered my face in doggy kisses. Maya already raised a litter of puppies and gets along with other dogs, so she could go to a home with or without another doggy friend. Maya has the prettiest coloring and will certainly catch your eye as you walk through the shelter. Be sure to say hello to Maya on your next visit!

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Maya is always happy to say hello

I also saw Barney (who knows commands like sit and shake), Big Boy and Mojo, Clarinet (who loves her belly rubs), GoliathLucy, NashReecoRufus, and Sadie.