Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Love You

Thank you to everyone who attended or donated auction items for the Orphans of the Storm® Benefit Dinner on Monday! The theme was “Who Rescued Whom?” and we got to hear some very heartwarming adoption success stories. If you would like to share your own Orphans of the Storm® adoption success story here on the blog, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Here are just a few of the many dogs benefiting from the funds raised!

T-Bone the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is super cute. I can’t resist a wrinkly forehead, and T-Bone’s forehead is extra wrinkly and adorable. T-Bone is a sweet boy who really blossoms when he receives positive attention. Whenever I pet him, his tail would immediately start wagging and not stop until I stopped.

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T-Bone is too cute

T-Bone is a big boy, but seems to be pretty well-behaved. He pulled a little on the leash when he first got out of his kennel, but that’s to be expected. T-Bone had a fun time playing with Roxy (who was in the off-leash run next to ours) through the fence, but he didn’t seem too interested in playing with any of the tennis balls. T-Bone knows he’s ready to join a family–all he needs is the right family to come in and find him!

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T-Bone racing along the fence

O’Shea the four-year-old black Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix is another cutie with a wrinkly forehead. O’Shea would definitely benefit from having a family that will take him on daily walks and spend time playing with him. He had a good time exploring the off-leash run and going under and around the bushes, and ran after the tennis ball when I threw it (though he didn’t pick it up or bring it back).

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O’Shea says, “A little to the left.”

O’Shea is definitely a people dog. Once he knows you, he will happily greet you with a doggy hug and give you plenty of doggy kisses. O’Shea would do best as the only pet in his new home, since he usually isn’t a fan of other dogs, but one O’Shea will give you all the love you need! Stop by the shelter soon to see if O’Shea is the pooch for you.

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O’Shea knows he’s a handsome boy

Zoey the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix (not to be confused with the other Zoey) came from a family who could, unfortunately, no longer keep her. That means that she has a lifetime of experience as a family pet, and it shows. Zoey is very well-behaved: she walks nicely on the leash, knows some basic commands, and is housebroken. She’s family-ready!

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Zoey is a good leash-walking buddy

Zoey needs to be the only pet in her new home, but she does well with children. In fact, she was featured on the Orphans of the Storm® Facebook page a few weeks ago, with a picture of her surrounded by a group of kids. Zoey is also a very pretty girl (she could practically be Hachi‘s twin sister). Zoey ended up at the shelter through no fault of her own; she knows she can make you fall in love with her if you give her the chance. Come in soon to meet Zoey!

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Zoey has such interesting coloring

Kayne the six-year-old Mastiff is an absolute gem. I can’t say enough good things about him (which can be vouched for by my family and friends, who have kindly listened to me talk about him for days now). Kayne was adopted a while back, but returned because his family could no longer care for him. Kayne is a very easy dog, but before you decide to bring home a dog this size, it’s important to consider things like the cost of all the food he’ll need.

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Here comes Kayne!

Kayne is the epitome of a gentle giant. He walks nicely on the leash, even though he could easily pull you over if he wanted to. He is very much a snuggler, even though the only part of him that could fit in my lap was his giant face. He’ll sit right by your side and give you slobbery doggy kisses (emphasis on ‘slobbery’). Kayne also does well with other dogs of all sizes; he currently shares his kennel with Tulip but previously shared a home with a Dachshund! Kayne is just the biggest sweetheart. If you have the space in both your home and your heart, stop by soon to meet Kayne!

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Kayne’s ginormous face that you just have to love

I also saw Arnold, Azul, Bear, Blush, Cooper, Courage, Diamond, Gus, Jasmine, Javan, and Rosco.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Happy for Spring

Spring has finally arrived at Orphans of the Storm® and all of the dogs were happy to spend some extra time outside, enjoying the warm sunshine.

One quick reminder before we meet this week’s pooches: The Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is this Monday, April 20. I hope to see you there!

Sky the eight-year-old Husky mix is such a handsome boy. Surprisingly, he was found as a stray, wandering around on his own! He must have been part of a home at some point in his life, though, because he is very well-behaved. After an initial burst of excitement when he first gets out of his kennel, he settles into a nice walking companion.

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Sky enjoying the springtime sun

Sky is a super snuggly pooch. When I knelt down next to him, he put his head in my lap and then curled around so he was practically sitting on me. As long as you’re petting him, Sky will stick by your side. When I sat down on the bench at one point, he put his front paws up on the bench next to me and gave me a quick doggy kiss. It’s hard to know how Sky ended up as a stray, but one thing is clear–he’s ready to be your new best friend! Stop by the shelter soon to meet Sky.

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Sky joining me on the bench

Smoochie the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is appropriately named because she’ll give you lots of doggy kisses if given the opportunity. When you stop by her kennel, her entire body starts wriggling with happiness and she’ll enthusiastically kiss your hand.That enthusiasm continues once she’s out and about.

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Smoochie smiling for the camera

Smoochie is still very much a puppy, which means she has plenty of energy and would definitely benefit from some obedience training. Sometimes she’s pretty good at leash-walking, and sometimes she gets excited and starts to pull. Smoochie would have a great time with a family that will give her plenty of love and attention and playtime. Also, just look at that face! Come in soon to see if Smoochie is the one for you.

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Smoochie loves romping in the grass

Freddy the five-year-old Golden Retriever probably isn’t going to be at the shelter for very long, because it’s pretty rare for purebred Goldens to end up in shelters. Goldens are known for being friendly and easygoing, and Freddy definitely has that in him, but he needs a little more time than most. He’s very nervous inside his kennel (understandably), but once you get him outside it’s like he’s a whole new dog.

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Freddy is so pretty

Freddy is an affectionate boy. When I knelt down next to him a few minutes into our walk, he put his front paws in my lap and covered my face in doggy kisses. Then he happily stayed right there while I pet him. Even a few people visiting the shelter commented on how much happier Freddy was when he was in the off-leash run versus inside his kennel. Freddy would like to be the only pet in his new home and would prefer to be in an adult-only home with people who will help give him a confidence boost. If you think you could be that person, stop by soon to meet Freddy!

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Freddy relaxing in the off-leash run

Sailor the six-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix is a staff favorite who can often be found hanging out behind the desk in the front office. He’s a very sweet boy who can start off a bit timid, but warms up the longer he spends with you. Sailor is an incredibly easy walking buddy; he doesn’t pull at all, but his little legs can move quickly enough to keep up with anybody.

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Sailor is just too cute

Sailor has such an adorable face. He’s definitely one of those dogs that will get a lot of “aww”s when you take him out for a walk in your neighborhood. When I sat down on the ground next to Sailor, he put one paw on my leg and gave me a tentative sniff. Later, when we were in the off-leash run, he liked standing underneath my legs while I sat on the bench–and he eventually hopped up to join me on the bench, too. If you’re looking for a little cutie, look no further than Sailor!

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Sailor is ready to be your companion

I also saw Luciano, Azul, Blush, Cooper, Rosco, Spooky, Topaz, Zoey, and Winter.

Orphans of the Storm® Good Dogs on Good Friday

Orphans of the Storm® dogs are always good dogs, but they’re even better on Good Friday! The shelter will be closed on Sunday for Easter, but you can visit today or tomorrow and welcome a new family member home for the holidays!

Heaven the two-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix is a little cutie who loves to be with people. She was a little nervous when we first got outside and would duck her head a little when I pet her, but by the end of our visit she was happily putting her paws in my lap so we could snuggle some more. She also rolled over for a couple of belly rubs. It looks like Heaven might have had a bit of a rough start, based on the spots on her nose, but she’s more than ready to turn a new leaf.

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Heaven has a cute little face

Heaven was previously adopted but returned for being “too active.” It’s important to research different breeds before bringing one into your home, because Jack Russells (and Terriers in general) are known for being active and like to be kept busy, whether it’s with obedience training or agility or just taking long walks. Heaven certainly enjoyed being outside and liked romping around, so she’ll do best with a family that is already active or looking for some new activities. If you’re looking for a fun little companion, come in soon to meet Heaven!

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Heaven says, “Hey, what’s going on in there?”

Bianca the nine-month-old Hound/Labrador Retriever mix is pretty well-behaved for a puppy. She walked nicely as we made our way to the off-leash run and was very mellow even after she was free to roam. She enjoyed exploring behind the bushes and politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence.

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Bianca is a sweetheart

Bianca kept to herself at first but soon realized that I was there to give her attention, which she happily accepted in the form of scratches under the chin and behind her ears. She even said “thank you” with a quick doggy kiss. Bianca is a cute girl who probably won’t get much bigger than she currently is, which makes her a great size for both cuddling and playing. Stop by soon to see if Bianca is the puppy for you!

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Bianca enjoying a nice pat on the shoulder

Spooky the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is the absolute antithesis of his name–a more accurate name would be something like “Happy” or “Friendly,” because that’s what he really is! Spooky greets everyone with a wagging tail and will happily give you a doggy hug and kiss if he gets the opportunity. Whenever I knelt down to his level, he came hurrying over to cuddle.

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Spooky is all about his tennis balls

Spooky is a playful young pup. He had a fun time racing Jarvis (also known as Cooper now), who was in the off-leash run next to ours. He also discovered a tennis ball and loved carrying it around. He was pretty good at playing fetch, too. A dog as happy as Spooky is sure to make his future owners just as happy. Stop by the shelter soon to say hi to Spooky!

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Spooky loves to snuggle

Arnold the three-year-old Beagle mix is super adorable. I’ve heard more than one “aww” come out of people’s mouths when they stop by his kennel. Arnold is a very shy dog, though, and needs some time to warm up to new people. I was going to walk him last week but he wasn’t too sure about the leash–though when I held it out for him to sniff, he took it and used it as a chew toy. Silly pup! Arnold is currently sharing his kennel with another Beagle mix (who is even more shy), so he could go to a home with or without another dog.

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Arnold is too cute

Arnold was more willing to walk on the leash this week, though, so we took a nice walk. Being a Beagle mix, Arnold mostly kept his nose to the ground and liked to give everything a good sniff before moving on. Arnold would probably prefer to be in a calmer, quieter home with owners who will help him come out of his shell and become the best companion he can be. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Arnold!

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Arnold wondering if this is the last of the snow

Jasmine the four-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is a sweet, well-behaved girl. She’s also a very affectionate girl who quickly joined me when I sat down on the bench in the off-leash run and gave me lots of doggy kisses. Jasmine likes to be with her people–so much so that she would prefer to go to a home where at least one person is around most of the time (i.e. works from home, or retired).

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Jasmine is pretty in pink

Jasmine also gets along well with other dogs. She’s currently sharing her kennel with Hachi (who is another super affectionate pooch), so she could go to a home with or without another dog, especially since she enjoys having company! Labs are known for being loyal companions, and Jasmine is a great example of that. Come by the shelter soon to meet Jasmine!

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Jasmine about to join me on the bench

I also saw Cooper, Blush, Winter, Tucker, and Trixie.

Orphans of the Storm® Pups and Seniors

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® come in all ages, but regardless of their age, they’re all looking for the same thing: a loving home with a family they can count on for the rest of their lives!

Zak the eight-year-old Husky/Labrador Retriever mix already has some gray fur around his nose, but that just helps make him look more dignified–while his “one ear up, one ear down” look will make you smile. Zak, being on the older side, is a very mellow pooch who walked nicely on the leash and was happy to just take a casual stroll.

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Zak is a handsome fellow

Zak also enjoyed sniffing his way around the off-leash run. He mostly kept to himself at first, but we eventually were able to spend some time side-by-side while I pet his back. Zak seems like the type who would enjoy having a backyard to call his own, where he can spend time in the fresh air. If you’re looking for a gentle companion who is happy to just go with the flow, come in soon to meet Zak!

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Zak enjoys the outdoors

Augusta the three-year-old Basset Hound mix is a very friendly girl who gets along with people and other dogs alike. Augusta enjoys just about everything, from cuddling in your lap and covering your face in doggy kisses to chasing after toys and romping around gleefully. She is currently sharing her kennel with another dog, so she could go to a home with or without another pooch.

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Augusta is always ready to cuddle

Augusta‘s tail is wagging pretty much constantly. If her adorable, unique look doesn’t make you smile (which is highly unlikely), her personality absolutely will. Augusta had a great time chasing after one of the toys in the off-leash run, though she hasn’t quite mastered the idea of “fetch” yet, and watching her run is just too cute. Augusta is sure to bring joy to whoever is lucky enough to adopt her. Come in soon to see for yourself!

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Augusta, post-water-bowl

Georgie the one-year-old Beagle mix is an exuberant little pup. As soon as I went inside her kennel to put the leash on, she was jumping up and down and trying to get into my lap. Once the leash was on and the gate opened, she was ready to go! Georgie happily led the way to the off-leash run and had a great time playing.

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Georgie being silly

Georgie is currently sharing her kennel with Rodney (see below), so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Georgie would also do best in a home with just adults or a family with teenage children. A young dog like Georgie could definitely benefit from some training, and she seems like an eager learner who would be happy to pick up whatever her future owners want to teach her. If you’re looking for a fun and active pooch, come in soon to say hi to Georgie!

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Georgie is a cutiepie

Rodney the eight-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix has been at the shelter for a couple months already because he was being treated for heartworm–but now he has a clean bill of health and is ready to be adopted into his forever home! Rodney is a little on the shy side and needed some convincing to come out on the leash with me, but his kennelmate Georgie (see above) was there to support him and that seemed to help.

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Rodney may be shy, but he knows when to smile!

Rodney has very unique markings and coloring, and even has one blue eye to go along with his uniqueness. Rodney will need an owner who can build his trust and give him an extra boost of confidence so he’s able to come out of his shell. By the end of our visit together, Rodney went from “head down, tail down” to head up and smiling for the camera! Stop by the shelter soon to give Rodney some much-needed TLC.

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Rodney showing off his one blue eye

Leo the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a handsome boy with extra-pretty eyes. He’s new to the shelter, so he was a little unsure about coming outside and walking on the leash. He started out a bit shy and nervous, but after just a few short minutes, this sweet boy turned into quite the snuggler, complete with wagging tail and lots of doggy kisses.

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Leo looking proud

Leo quickly realized that he could snuggle with any of the other volunteers we came across. He’s definitely a leaner (meaning he’ll lean all of his body weight against your legs/side/wherever while you pet him) and close is never close enough! Leo is still a puppy, so he does give some gentle nibbles when he’s extra excited. This cute little guy just needs someone to show him that the world isn’t a scary place. If you think that someone might be you, come in soon to meet Leo!

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Leo getting used to walking on the leash

I also saw Bear, Blush, and Winter.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Snuggle in Any Weather

It was the first snow-less day at Orphans of the Storm® in a long time, and the dogs were happy to be out and about without fear of snowy paws!

Rusty the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a fun, good-natured boy. He’s strong, but even so, he walks well on a leash and seems eager to please people. Rusty kept to himself for the first few minutes we were in the off-leash run, but he soon realized that I was there to cuddle and play with him. Rusty loves getting a good scratch on his hips and will gladly stay by your side as long as you’re petting him.

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Rusty looking dapper

Rusty also enjoys playing with toys. He found a seahorse-shaped squeaky toy and proudly carried it around. He was also good at fetching it, and didn’t seem to get possessive over the toy. Once Rusty gets to know you, he will shower you with affection, including lots of doggy hugs and doggy kisses. If you’re looking for a happy and playful new companion, come in soon to meet Rusty!

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Rusty loved playing with his seahorse toy

Nutmeg the one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix still looks and acts like a puppy, meaning she is both adorable and exuberant. She was literally jumping up and down in excitement when I came over to her kennel with the leash. Nutmeg will need a bit of leash training from her new family, because right now she likes to think that the leash is a tug-of-war toy.

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Nutmeg is a playful little girl

Nutmeg had a good time exploring the off-leash run and keeping an eye on the birds that were hiding in the bushes. After she had the chance to stretch her legs, she came over to me and attempted to climb into my lap so we could snuggle. She gave me some happy doggy kisses in the process, her tail wagging the entire time. Nutmeg knows she would be a great addition to someone’s home. If you think that someone could be you, stop by the shelter to meet Nutmeg!

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Nutmeg coming over to cuddle

Oak the ten-year-old Shepherd mix could definitely use some cheering up right now. He lost his home and is hoping that someone new will welcome him into theirs. Oak is a senior dog, so that means he is extremely mellow and easy to get along with. He walks well on the leash and enjoys the outdoors.

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Oak is very regal

Oak is probably one of the best-looking dogs at the shelter at the moment. He is so soft and fluffy, with really beautiful coloring. He enjoys a good petting, and you will certainly enjoy petting him! Oak has a bit of a stiff leg, but that doesn’t stop him from getting around just fine. If you’re looking for a calm, gentle dog to be your new companion, come in soon to see if Oak is the one for you!

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Oak’s fluffy fur makes him an ideal snuggle buddy

Tulip the five-year-old Chow Chow mix is a little nervous right now. She was abandoned by her previous owners and has had it a little rough, based on the burs and matting you can find in her fluffy fur. But after a few minutes of gentle petting and soothing words, Tulip started to warm up and that tail started to wag. (Regarding the drool in Tulip’s pictures, I think it was mostly because she was nervous.)

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Tulip also knows all about being fluffy

Tulip, despite her hardships, is pretty easy to get along with. She walks well on the leash and she’s currently sharing her kennel with another dog, so she could go to a home with or without a furry friend. This sweet girl just wants to love and be loved in return, which really isn’t asking for much. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Tulip!

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Tulip was smiling by the end of our visit

During this visit, I re-fell in love with Clint (not that I had fallen out of love with Clint, but I just hadn’t spent time with him in a while). Clint is the pooch sharing his kennel with Tulip, so I took them both out simultaneously. When I sat down on the ground, Clint came right to me and rolled over for a belly rub. He then rested his head on my legs and promptly fell asleep. I haven’t seen such a content look on a dog’s face in a long time. If you’re looking for a snuggly lapdog, look no further than Clint!

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Clint, happy as a clam

I also saw Tucker, Tom-Tom, Skipper, Sandy, Roxy, Honey Lamb, Diamond, Courage, Boston, Blush, and Bella.

Orphans of the Storm® Long-Timers, and an Adoption Update!

All of the new dogs I walked this week have been adopted already, which is wonderful! So I don’t have any new pooches to introduce you to this week, but I did spend some time with a few great Orphans of the Storm® long-timers who are all waiting for their new families to find them.

Bella the nine-year-old Boxer mix is the perfect definition of “gentle giant.” She would prefer to be the only pet in her new home, but with people she is just the sweetest. She walks great on the leash, enjoys snuggling, and knows some basic commands since she’s been a family pet before.

Blush the five-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a fun girl. I don’t know if you’ll find a dog who loves snow more than Blush. She literally dives head-first into snow and tunnels her way through, then throws snow into the air with her nose. She’s a good mix of wanting to run and play, and then settling down to cuddle.

Ebbie the fifteen-year-old Shepherd mix is Orphans of the Storm®’s longest long-timer. At this stage in her life, all Ebbie is looking for is a nice, comfortable home where she can relax and be loved. She doesn’t need long walks or lots of activity, just a family that will take good care of her.

Lucky the ten-year-old Border Collie mix is another great senior, but a senior who doesn’t act like one at all. He is always ready to go out and play. Just this week, he jumped right into a snow pile and started wriggling and rolling around like a puppy.

Tom-Tom the nine-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is one of my favorite dogs at the shelter. How can you not love a dog that looks like a baby hippo?! He looks a little intimidating, but under all that muscle is the biggest softie. Tom-Tom is so affectionate and just loves to give hugs and be close to people. He’s also pretty friendly with other dogs.

Winter the nine-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is another affectionate pooch. She will cover your face in kisses if given the opportunity. She is an excellent walking companion and loves nothing more than going on long, strolling walks where she can just enjoy the outdoors. Winter doesn’t like other dogs, but absolutely loves people.

Also, today marks my Cooper’s third adoptday from Orphans of the Storm®! Since his one-year update:

cooper3year 4He sometimes still isn’t super eager to go for walks

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cooper3year 2Cooper discovered that my bed is a warm and comfy spot to sleep in the winter

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Thank you for bringing us together, Orphans of the Storm®!

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

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoy the Winter Sunshine

It’s been a chilly week, but the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were still plenty eager to come outside and play in the snow!

Azul the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is an extremely handsome, well-behaved boy. He might look like a lot to handle at first glance, if you’re judging on size alone, but he knows his manners and is actually a very good walking companion. He seems like a pretty mellow guy who is more interested in spending time with his people than anything else.

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Azul in the snow

Azul may be a pooch who needs booties to protect his paws in the winter, because he wasn’t too keen on staying in the snow in the off-leash run for long. So instead, we took a nice walk around the snow-free parking lot pavement. Azul has beautiful coloring and warm eyes that are clearly saying, “Pick me!” Stop by the shelter soon to see if Azul is the one for you!

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Azul is such a handsome boy

Chola the two-year-old Hound mix is quite the cutie. I may be biased in favor of Hounds, but it’s because they have such sweet faces! Chola is no exception. She happily led the way on our walk and had a great time exploring the off-leash run, though she made sure to come back to me every once in a while to check in and get a nice scratch on the ears. She even put her front paws in my lap for a bit so we could snuggle some more.

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Chola’s cute face

Chola is currently sharing her kennel with another dog who is about the same size as she is, but she would probably prefer to be the only pet in her new home. She had a fun time racing the dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the off-leash run, but it would be a good idea to take it slow when introducing her to other dogs in your neighborhood (which is true for all dogs, really). If you’re a one-pooch type of person, come in soon to meet Chola!

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Chola keeping an eye on things

Skippy the eleven-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is such a little sweetie. He hasn’t been at the shelter for very long, but he’s quickly become a volunteer favorite. Even though he’s probably sad and confused right now, since he lost his home, he’s still in high spirits and ready for his second lease on a happy, loving life. Considering the fact he’s a smaller breed, eleven really isn’t that old, and his actions prove that.

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Skippy is a little cutiepie

Skippy may have little legs, but that doesn’t stop him from jumping right into snow piles that are as tall as he is. Skippy also seems pretty calm when it comes to being around other dogs. Bella (whose head is about the same size as Skippy’s entire body) was barking at him on the other side of the fence, but Skippy just sniffed her and went on his merry way. If you’re looking for a smaller companion to brighten your day, stop by soon and say hello to Skippy!

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Skippy being silly

I also saw Cinder, Ebbie, Skipper, Tom-Tom, Trixie, Winter, and Zha Zha.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs with Snowy Paws

Before we meet this week’s new pooches, there are a few Orphans of the Storm® announcements:

  • Please bring your newspapers to the shelter! There is an area to deposit them at the entrance to the parking lot, or you can bring them to the front office and then stop in and meet the pooches (and/or cats) yourself!
  • Orphans of the Storm® has returned to its spot at Northbrook Court. Meet adoptable and adorable dogs and cats every Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm.
  • The Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is Monday, April 20–mark your calendar!

Sandy the three-year-old Husky mix is a happy girl who eagerly greets everyone who walks by her kennel. When she saw me coming with the leash, she started jumping up and down as if she was on a pogo stick! Even though she was super excited, once she was on the leash she walked pretty well without much tugging. Sandy is naturally prepared for this type of cold weather, so she was ready to jump right into the snow.

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Sandy is appropriately named with her sand-colored fluff

Sandy kind of kept to herself while we were in the off-leash run, since she was enjoying the chance to run around and explore (and politely sniff the dog on the other side of the fence), but when I hooked her back onto the leash and took her to a place where we could sit together, she attempted to climb into my lap and gave me a few happy doggy kisses. Who wouldn’t want a fluffy snuggle buddy? If you’re looking for a happy girl who can bring you years of happiness, come in soon to meet Sandy!

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Sandy certainly loves the snow

Caesar the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a big, handsome boy whose unique looks caught my eye right away. Caesar has one blue eye and one brown eye (like Clarinet, Clint, Luciano, and Pancho!) and pretty chocolate-colored spots on his otherwise white fur. He has plenty of energy, so he would be happiest in a home that can give him the exercise and stimulation he needs, whether that be a big yard to romp in or long walks or plenty of playtime.

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Caesar is such a handsome boy

Caesar had a great time running around in the snow in the off-leash run. He happily chased after a ball I threw, though he doesn’t seem to have realized that if he picks it up and brings it back, that means I can throw it again. When we walked around for a bit with him on the leash, he mostly did pretty well, though sometimes he would pull if there was a particular direction he wanted to go in. This big boy has an even bigger heart that he is ready to share with a new family. Stop by soon to say hello to Caesar!

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Caesar would love a yard of his own where he can romp

Belle the eight-month-old black Labrador Retriever mix is such a cutie. She’s a little nervous inside her kennel, since she’s new to the shelter, but when she’s out and about she seems much more comfortable. She’s currently sharing her kennel with Hachi (who is such an affectionate boy who gives great doggy hugs) and was eager to play with him when they were both outside, so she could go to a home with or without another dog.

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Belle is a real beauty!

Belle walks pretty well on the leash and will stop and sit if you stop walking–which is quite impressive for a puppy! Whenever I knelt down next to her, she would put her front paw in my lap. She didn’t mind when I took her paw to practice the ‘shake’ command. Belle is a sweet girl who just needs someone to give her an extra boost of confidence. She also seems like a smart girl who is eager to please, so she should do well in obedience classes. If you’re considering adding a puppy to your home, come in soon to see if Belle is the pup for you!

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Belle sitting pretty

I also saw Bella, Blush, Chato, Cosmo, Gus, Jarvis, Rocky, Tom-Tom, and Winter.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Eager for a Valentine

What better way to open your heart this Valentine’s Day than by welcoming a new pet into your home? The dogs (and cats!) from Orphans of the Storm® are all eagerly awaiting their new loving families. I only have two new pooches to introduce this week (the other two I walked have already been adopted, hurray!), but there are currently 97 dogs listed on the Orphans of the Storm® website, and all of them are in need of a good home!

John Boy the two-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever mix caught my eye right away as I was walking through the shelter because he seemed like such a happy boy–and he absolutely is! He was just wriggling with excitement when it was time to put his leash on. Even though he was very enthusiastic, he still did a good job of walking on the leash without pulling too much.

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John Boy is a happy boy

John Boy is a very playful pooch. There was another smaller dog in the run next to us, and that dog and John Boy had the best time racing each other. John Boy would go flying through the air, and then stop and stick his nose through the fence to say hi to the other dog and wag his tail. John Boy seems like the type who would get along with everybody, as Labs are known to do. If you’re looking for a fun new friend to join the family, don’t delay–come in soon to see if John Boy is the one for you!

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John Boy dashing through the snow

Cooper the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix sadly lost his home because his family could no longer keep him. What that means for his future owners, though, is that he has a lifetime of experience being a pet! Cooper (which is an excellent name, if I may say so myself) is a strong boy, but he’s still a pretty good leash-walking buddy. A big boy like Cooper would definitely appreciate a few good walks a day and/or a nice yard to romp in.

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Cooper the cutie

Cooper had such a fun time playing in the snow. He’d sniff, dig, run, and he even attempted to fetch a snowball! Cooper seems to be okay around some dogs and less okay around others, so you’ll want to take it slow if there are other dogs in your neighborhood (which is true for all dogs, really, since you never know how two will respond to each other). Cooper enjoyed a good scratch on the back and behind the ears. He knows that he can be an excellent companion–give him a chance to let him show you! Stop by the shelter soon to meet Cooper.

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Cooper sniffing in the snow

I also saw my buddies Blush (who absolutely loves snow and will happily stick her entire face in a snow pile), Cosmo (who is thankfully getting a little less nervous each time I walk him), and Topaz (who is quite possibly the most affectionate dog at the shelter right now). Which pooch will be your Valentine this year?

Orphans of the Storm® Success Story: Rocky’s Two-Year Update!

Those of you who have been following Meet the Pooches for a while now may remember Rocky, the lovable and playful pooch who had spent far too long waiting at Orphans of the Storm® to find his forever home. But about two years ago, the Cruz family came in, met Rocky, and brought him home! They sent an update on how Rocky was settling in back in July 2013, and now that Rocky’s two-year “adoptday” is here, we have a new update with an adorable collage of photos!

“Hello! Just wanted to share with you some pics of Rocky on the 2nd year anniversary of his coming into our lives. He still enjoys rolling in the grass, long walks, and cuddle naps with his kids. New this winter is his mastery of the treadmill to keep him fit when it’s too cold outside (bottom left). He did have a run-in with a pesky skunk (2nd left), but he tolerated his bath like a good boy. He has brought so much love and joy into our lives and we can only wish a forever home for all your dogs and cats at Orphans of the Storm®. Love, Cruz family”

IMG_1369What a happy pooch! Thanks so much for the update and wonderful photos, Cruz family!

If you would like to share your own Orphans of the Storm® success story on the blog, we’d love to hear from you! Please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Also, have you checked out the new-and-improved Orphans of the Storm® website? It’s pretty great! However, some of the links on this blog may no longer work due to the new pages added to the new website. I appreciate your patience as I go through the blog and update those links. If you encounter any links that aren’t working, please feel free to leave a comment on that post or email meetthepooches@gmail.com. Thank you!