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!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs to Cuddle

Although any time of year is the perfect time to adopt a dog (or cat) from Orphans of the Storm®, you have to admit that the middle of winter is a great time to bring home a new furry friend to help keep you warm!

Bear the one-year-old Chow Chow/Shepherd mix can pretty much be described in one word: mellow. When he’s inside his kennel, he’s just relaxing on his doggy bed. When he’s outside, he is a great walking buddy who doesn’t pull on the leash at all. Bear seems politely interested in other dogs; he sniffed nicely through the run’s fence and even whined a little bit when the other dog walked away!

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Bear has a very handsome face

Bear has plenty of adorable black fluff to keep him warm in these cold temperatures. He has a sweet, expressive face that he doesn’t mind putting right up to yours in order to give you a quick doggy kiss. Although Bear seems to be naturally well-behaved, keep in mind that he’s still young and would benefit from some training. Bear would also prefer to be in an adult-only home. If you think Bear could be the pooch for you, come in soon to meet him!

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Bear enjoying the outdoors

Clarinet the one-year-old Catahoula mix is a real sweetie. She will greet any person who comes her way with a doggy hug and a doggy kiss. Her entire body was wriggling with happiness when she realized she was going out for a walk and she quickly led the way to the off-leash run, where she had a fun time exploring.

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Clarinet following her nose

Clarinet is a very affectionate and snuggly girl. After she had romped around the run for a few minutes, she joined me on the bench and sat as close as she could without actually being in my lap. Clarinet loves attention and will gladly stay by your side as long as you’re petting her. If you’re looking for a fun girl who will surely put a smile on your face, stop by the shelter soon to meet Clarinet!

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Clarinet with her pretty blue eye/brown eye combo

Pancho the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Catahoula mix is another young dog, which you can easily tell by his exuberant and happy-go-lucky personality. Pancho is constantly wagging his tail, whether he’s walking on the leash, greeting another dog, or trying to climb into your lap (“trying” being the key word, since he’s a little big for that).

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Pancho also has one blue eye and one brown eye!

Pancho loves people, and it seems like he would get along with other dogs as well. Whenever I knelt down to his level, he would come hurrying over to snuggle, and also rolled over for a belly rub a couple times. While we were in the middle of one belly rub, the girl in the run next to ours said, “I want a dog like that!” because Pancho was being so sweet and cute. If you want a dog like that too, be sure to say hello to Pancho on your next visit to the shelter!

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Pancho wants to say hi to everybody

Jingles the five-year-old Rat Terrier mix is a little cutie. I actually tried to walk him a while ago, when he first arrived at the shelter, but he was too nervous and shy at the time. Now he’s started to come out of his shell and was more than ready to come out for a walk (and it probably helps that he now has a buddy, Suzie [see below], to make him feel safer).

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Jingles preferred being in the bushes

Jingles is still a little on the shy side, so he spent the first few minutes hanging out in and around the bushes in the off-leash run. Once he got more comfortable, though, he came over to me on his own and even put his front paws in my lap so we could cuddle. Our visit got cut a little short because Jingles was heading to an off-site event, so we know he does well on car rides too. If you’re looking for a smaller dog who can easily settle into your lap for a nap, be sure to meet Jingles!

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Jingles has an adorable little face

Suzie the seven-year-old Beagle mix is absolutely adorable. She has a bit of a round tummy (as Beagles can sometimes have, since they’re known for getting a little chunky if not properly monitored) but that doesn’t slow her down in the slightest. She quickly led the way to the off-leash run, though we sometimes had to stop and wait for her kennelmate Jingles (see above) to catch up. Suzie is the typical Beagle in that she usually keeps her nose to the ground, following whatever scent she picks up.

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Suzie the sweetie

Suzie is another incredibly affectionate pooch. She’ll put her paws on your leg and wait for you to lean over so she can give you a doggy kiss, and she’ll also try to climb into your lap if given the opportunity. Suzie also gets along with dogs of all sizes, from little Jingles all the way up to a big yellow Lab that she spent some time with. Whether you’re looking for your first dog or looking to add another dog to your pack, you can’t go wrong with Suzie! Stop by the shelter soon to see if she’s the one for you.

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Suzie coming over to snuggle

Turbo the two-year-old German Shepherd mix is very appropriately named, since he is full of energy and quite speedy. We hurried our way over to the off-leash run, where Turbo took full advantage of the open space and had a fun time racing the dog on the other side of the fence. Turbo is out of official puppyhood, but he can still act like a pup sometimes, especially when it comes to thinking the leash is a toy!

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Turbo knows how to smile for the camera

Turbo came from a family who could no longer care for him, so he already has some training under his belt and is housebroken. However, Turbo has some separation anxiety and would do best in a home where at least one member of the family is home the majority of the time. What fun company Turbo would be! If you’re looking for a big boy who can provide great companionship, come in soon to meet Turbo!

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Turbo racing through the run

I also saw my buddies Cosmo, Chubs, Blush, Gypsy, Willow, and Shasta.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Super

Some of the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are energetic and eager to say hello to anyone and everyone, while others are a little more reserved and need a few minutes to warm up to new people. Either way, what all of them really want is a loving home to call their own. This week, I met both types!

Mary the two-year-old Terrier mix is one of the dogs on the shy side. She seems a bit overwhelmed by the shelter environment and was sitting in the back of her kennel, rather than up at the front to sniff people as they walk by. But when she realized she was coming outside for a walk, she perked right up! Mary walked pretty well on the leash, though since she’s a little nervous she would sometimes stop and duck behind me if she saw or heard something.

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Mary is such a cutie

Mary may be shy, but that doesn’t stop her from being super snuggly! Whenever I knelt down next to her, she put her front paws in my lap and gave me a few little doggy kisses. When she wasn’t attempting to climb into my lap, she was leaning against my legs while I pet her and seemed to appreciate the fact that someone was giving her love and attention. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Mary is the next cuddle-buddy for you!

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Mary being a good walking companion

Jarvis the one-and-a-half-year-old Hound mix is as outgoing as they come. His short tail is constantly wagging and he’s happy to greet every person he sees. Jarvis has quickly become a volunteer favorite because of his great personality. Jarvis is just barely out of puppyhood, so he still has plenty of energy and would do best with a family that can keep him active and engaged.

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Jarvis smiling for the camera

Jarvis, being a Hound mix, always wants to explore everything. We went dashing through the snow, stopping every few feet so Jarvis could sniff around. Jarvis would probably make a good running buddy for anyone looking for a new exercise partner in the new year. Jarvis is sure to bring a smile to your face with his exuberance. A happy-go-lucky pooch like Jarvis won’t stay at the shelter for long, so come in soon to see if Jarvis is the one for you!

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Jarvis enjoying the snow under his paws

Cosmo the one-year-old Shepherd mix is an absolutely stunning all-white dog who, unfortunately, is extremely nervous at the shelter. I’ve been getting to know him over the last three weeks by sitting in the outdoor portion of his kennel with him, giving him plenty of treats and words of encouragement. I was thrilled that I could finally take him for a walk this week! Since he’s still young and doesn’t appear to have had the best start in life, Cosmo doesn’t seem particularly comfortable with being on a leash–but the longer we were out together, the better he walked.

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Cosmo is such a handsome boy

Cosmo seems very food-oriented and will gently take treats from your hand, then lick your fingers to get the crumbs. He doesn’t mind being pet, especially if it’s nice and gentle. Cosmo just needs an owner who will take the time to build his trust and show him the world isn’t such a scary place. He has so much potential to be a wonderful, loyal companion. I plan on spending time with him every week as long as he’s at the shelter, and you should visit too to get to know Cosmo!

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Cosmo has a signature “one ear up, one ear down” look

I also saw Bella, Blush, Corky, Courage, Diamond, Ebbie, Lady, Lucky, and Topaz.

Orphans of the Storm® Has Big Boy Dogs

You know it’s been a cold couple of weeks when 40 degrees feels warm! The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were eager for a chance to romp in the winter sunshine this week. If you’re looking for a big dog who can keep up with your adventures, there are plenty of options right now!

Charlie the three-year-old Shepherd mix came to the shelter with his brother, Bravos (see below), after their owner got too allergic to keep them. Charlie and Bravos would prefer to be adopted together, but if two big boys are too much for you right now, they can go to separate homes. Charlie is the smaller of the two, but definitely the more energetic one. He was running this way and that way and was thrilled to have the chance to race a dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the off-leash run.

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Charlie has such handsome coloring

Charlie is an affectionate boy. Once he had burned off some of his energy, he came bounding over to me so I could pet him, and he thanked me by giving me a few doggy kisses. He was interested in tennis balls and liked chasing after them, but hasn’t quite mastered the second part of ‘fetch’ that involves bringing the ball back! He’s a smart boy, though, so with a little practice he’ll become an expert fetcher. Charlie has a lifetime of experience as a pet and is ready to join his new furever home. If you think that home might be yours, come in soon to say hello to Charlie!

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Charlie is all about exploring

Bravos the three-year-old Shepherd mix is Charlie’s (see above) big brother, size-wise. Although he’s a little calmer than Charlie, he is extremely strong–I don’t think he even realizes his own strength. He seems to get along well with children, but the adults in his future home should be the ones responsible for holding onto the leash. Bravos is a handsome boy who just loves getting attention.

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Bravos is a big, friendly boy

Bravos is already at the expert level when it comes to playing fetch. He had a fun time chasing after the tennis ball, batting it around in the snow with his front paws, and then dropping it near my feet so I could throw it again. Bravos also likes to give doggy hugs, but might accidentally knock you over with his exuberance if you aren’t paying attention. Bravos hopes he and his brother can find their new home(s) soon, so don’t make them wait too long! On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Bravos.

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Bravos running over for a doggy hug

Boston the two-year-old American Bulldog mix is a happy dog who seems to want to be able to do everything all at once. He would jump up to give me a doggy hug, then hurry towards the off-leash run, then stop and sniff a pile of snow, and repeat. Boston seems like the type of dog who would absolutely love to have a yard to call his own. His face lit up once he was able to romp freely in the off-leash run.

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Boston with his wagging tail

Boston is such a cutie. He’s one of those dogs who looks like he’s smiling all the time. Based on how much his short little tail wags (which is almost constantly), he probably is really smiling! He may bark a bit when he’s inside his kennel, but that’s because he’s saying, “Pick me! Pick me!” Once he was out and about, I didn’t hear a peep. If you’re looking for a fun, playful pooch, come in soon to meet Boston!

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Boston says, “I’m ready for my close-up!”

Hooch the two-year-old Dogue de Bordeaux mix is very shy and nervous at the shelter. He was a little resistant to walking on the leash at first and needed a bit of coaxing, but he soon realized that it’s not as scary as he thought and ended up being a pretty good leash-walking companion. Hooch always looks like he’s thinking deep, serious thoughts with that adorable face of his–but then he sticks his tongue out a little bit and you can’t help but laugh.

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Hooch with his little tongue sticking out

Hooch needs a patient, understanding owner who will help him come out of his shell. He was already making progress just during our short time together, and seemed to decide that getting love and attention from people is actually a good thing. He stood by my side while I scratched under his chin and pet his back. Everybody I saw walking past Hooch’s kennel mentioned how cute he is, so you better hurry in if you think Hooch might be the pooch for you!

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Hooch being very serious

I also saw Bella (who is so sweet), Blush (who has been waiting at the shelter for far too long), Corky (who loves to play with doggy toys), Courage (who is absolutely convinced she is a lapdog, despite her large size), Ebbie (who wants nothing more than a warm bed in a loving home), Rock (who got fully trained when he went to boot camp last year), Scotty (who is ready to become part of a new family), Skipper (who will be the most loyal companion), Tom-Tom (whose resemblance to a hippo will make you smile every time), Topaz (who loves to give doggy hugs), Tucker (who quite possibly loves to give doggy hugs even more!),  and Zha Zha (who would make a good running buddy).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in the First Real Snow of the Year

It was a busy day at Orphans of the Storm®, with many pawprints and footprints being left in the freshly fallen snow and many happy adoptions! But there are still plenty of dogs waiting for their future furever family to find them. Meet a few of your snuggly options!

Larry Byrd the four-year-old Boston Terrier mix is a super friendly guy who seems to get along with everybody, including other dogs. He walks pretty well on the leash, though with squishy-faced breeds like Boston Terriers, it’s recommended that they be walked on a harness rather than a regular collar. Larry Byrd had a fun time playing in the snow in the off-leash run and didn’t mind sticking his nose in snow piles to investigate.

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Larry Byrd romping in the snow

Larry Byrd is also super affectionate. He is a big fan of giving doggy kisses and makes a cute little snorting nose while he does so. Larry Byrd is also not shy when it comes to sharing personal space. He attempted to climb into my lap and had no problems with me picking him up and carrying him to avoid some of the salt on the sidewalk. Larry Byrd is all about being a companion, and can’t wait for the right companion to come in and adopt him! Stop by the shelter soon to see if Larry Byrd is the pooch for you.

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Larry Byrd has the cutest face

Lottie the one-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is such a little sweetheart. She was originally curled up on her doggy bed inside her kennel and wasn’t too sure about coming out into the cold, but once she was on the leash she was happy to take a walk. Lottie seemed a little shy and nervous at first, but warmed up to me quickly after I gave her a few scratches on the back and behind the ears.

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Lottie following her Hound nose

Once Lottie knows you, she turns into quite the snuggle-bug. She’s also a fan of offering doggy kisses and will put her front paws on your lap or lean against you while you pet her. Lottie seems to thrive on attention; she could also use some extra TLC, since she’s both a little nervous and a little skinny. Whatever her past may have been, she’s ready to move on and join a family that she can love for years to come. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hello to Lottie!

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Lottie hurrying over for a doggy hug

Luigi the ten-month-old Hound mix seems to be pretty calm and well-behaved for a puppy. He walked nicely on the leash as we made our way to the off-leash run and seems to be past the stage where puppies want to nibble on everything. But don’t let that fool you–Luigi definitely still loves to play! Whether it’s romping in the snow or racing another dog, Luigi is game.

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Luigi is a playful pup

Luigi tried his best to get the dog on the other side of the fence to race him: play-bowing, little yips and barks, sticking his paw through the fence, and lots of tail-wagging. Once that dog left, Luigi realized that there was a person (me) with him in the run who was more than happy to give him the attention he wanted. Luigi cuddled up with me and enjoyed a good scratch on the hips. He even smiled! If you’re looking for a fun, happy-go-lucky pup, come in soon to meet Luigi!

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Luigi really knows how to smile for the camera!

Chato the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a big, strong boy–but don’t let that discourage you from taking him out for a walk. As long as you don’t mind walking at a quick clip, he doesn’t really pull. But a big boy like Chato would appreciate an owner who can give him the exercise he needs, whether it be long walks, running, or playing in the yard.

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Chato is all about the action shot

Chato had such a fun time playing in the snow in the off-leash run. All of my pictures of him ended up being action shots, since he was flying through the air. You can just tell by the look on his face that he was having a blast. After he got a chance to run off his energy, he spent some time with me so I could pet him and tell him what a good boy he is. Chato’s file says that he gets along with children, so he’s more than ready to be your new family member! Come in soon to say hello to Chato.

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Chato knows how to smile, too!

Lukas the four-month-old Basset Hound mix is actually one of the dogs I walked last week, but wasn’t up on the Orphans of the Storm® website yet. Now he is, so now I can tell you all about him! This little cutie is still very much a puppy. He’s playful, adventurous, and a little bit of a troublemaker (as demonstrated by him thinking my gloves were a chew toy–while they were still on my hands!).

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Possibly Lukas’ first time in the snow!

Lukas is guaranteed to make you smile. Everybody who walks by his kennel stops and exclaims over how adorable he is. Lukas will do his best to jump into your lap and cover you with doggy kisses, and then run off to play. Lukas is currently sharing his kennel with another dog, so he could go to a home with or without a furry playmate. He’ll need some obedience training, since he’s just a pup, but make it into a game and he’ll be an eager learner. If you’re looking for a cute puppy to add to your family, come in quick to meet Lukas!

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Lukas is a cute little pup

I also saw Aubrey, Bella (who is such a gentle giant–so sweet, but so sad to find herself back at the shelter), Corky, Dezzie, Joy, Lucky, Scotty, and Tom-Tom.

Orphans of the Storm® Beagle Mixes

It was a snowy/rainy/icy sort of day (which explains the blurriness of the photos this week), but the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were still happy to get a chance to stretch their legs and cuddle for a bit before warming up and drying off back inside their kennels. I unintentionally ended up walking all older Beagle mixes this week, and true to their Beagle nature, they were all so friendly! Phoebe the nine-year-old Beagle mix is a pretty mellow girl. When I stopped by her kennel to let her out, she politely sniffed my hand and then stretched before trotting out the door. She is super easy to walk on a leash and didn’t try to stray very far. As we waited for one of the off-leash runs to open up, she snuggled up next to me and rested her head on my knee.

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Phoebe in the first snow of the new year

Phoebe put her Beagle nose to use once we got inside the run and had a good time exploring underneath the bushes (or maybe she was just trying to stay dry). After a few minutes, she came back over to me for some more snuggling. She even offered a couple of sweet doggy kisses. Phoebe has adorable pointy ears (unlike the usual Beagle floppiness) that go up or down depending on the situation. Stop by the shelter soon and see if this sweet senior is the right match for you!

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Phoebe’s eager to spend the cold winter in a warm lap

Utah the seven-year-old Beagle mix is a fun dog to be with. He was off and romping as soon as he got on the leash and happily led the way to the off-leash run. His tail wags pretty much constantly and he just loves being the center of attention. If there is a person nearby, Utah will do his best to get a pat or two and isn’t shy about jumping into an open lap.

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Utah hurrying over for some loving

Utah is currently sharing his kennel with Chubs (see below), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. You can even consider adopting Utah and Chubs together! Utah is definitely the more active of the two and had a great time trying to get the dog on the other side of the fence to race him. Utah’s happy-go-lucky personality will make you a happy person too, if you’re the lucky one to adopt him!

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Utah ready to climb into my lap

Chubs the ten-year-old Beagle mix is just adorable. He has a round tummy (so his name is very appropriate) and that sweet Beagle face that will make anyone say, “Aww!” He needed a little more convincing to go out in the cold, but didn’t seem to mind once he was moving. He’s generally a pretty slow mover, so he’s easy on a leash as long as you don’t mind a casual stroll vs. a brisk walk.

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Chubs being silly by sticking out his tongue

Chubs isn’t quite as demanding as his kennelmate Utah (see above) when it comes to getting attention, but he certainly still wants to be snuggled. While Utah was off racing, Chubs came over to me and enjoyed a good scratch behind the ears and under the chin. One look at that face, and you’ll be ready to scoop him up and bring him home with you! Come into the shelter soon to meet gentle, lovable Chubs.

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Chubs is too cute

I also saw Lady, Lucky, Shasta, and Tom-Tom–a great group of senior dogs who are more than ready to settle down in a new home.

Orphans of the Storm® Cats Ring in the New Year

It was a little too chilly to walk the dogs when I visited Orphans of the Storm® on New Year’s Eve Day, so instead I spent some time cozying up in the cat room. This is the best place to warm up this winter–at one point, I had three cats in my lap simultaneously, and more were looking for a place to squeeze in! I sat in a few different spots inside the cat room, and each place I sat had a new group of kitties who were more than happy to cuddle.

This little cutie was the first to curl up in my lap.

This little cutie was the first to curl up in my lap.

This one was close behind.

This one was close behind.

Cats enjoying their beds by the window.

Cats enjoying their beds by the window.

This kitty looked a little rough around the edges, but just wants someone to love.

This kitty looked a little rough around the edges, but just wants someone to love.

There are lots of toys for the cats to play with (but many still wanted to play with the wristband on my camera).

There are lots of toys for the cats to play with (but many still wanted to play with the wristband on my camera).

Look at these expert snugglers!

Look at these expert snugglers!

This black-and-white cutie was a purring machine (and also stuck its tongue out when it was happy).

This black-and-white cutie was a purring machine (and also stuck its tongue out when it was happy).

This one made itself quite comfy.

This one made itself quite comfy.

This sweetie has a bad eye, but a loving heart!

This sweetie has a bad eye, but a loving heart!

Whether you’re looking for a dog or a cat (or both!) to welcome into your home in the new year, Orphans of the Storm® is the place to go!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Wish You a Happy Holiday Season

If you asked Santa for a doggy this year but didn’t get one, don’t worry! There are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm®, all of whom are more than happy to join you for the rest of the holiday season, and for many holiday seasons to come!

Wanda the one-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is a big bundle of love. The first thing she did when I took her out of her kennel was give me a doggy hug before we made our way to the off-leash run. When we were in the run, she continued to be her snuggly self and spent most of her time next to me. She even rolled over for a belly rub, which you can tell she enjoys because her tail wags the entire time.

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Wanda enjoying exploring

Wanda seemed politely interested in the dog in the run next to ours and played a racing game. She has a bit of a limp on one of her front legs, which may be from an old injury that didn’t heal properly, but it doesn’t slow her down in the slightest. Wanda walked pretty well on the leash and is just a happy dog looking for a loving home where she can spread that happiness every day. If you’re looking for a new companion, come in soon to meet Wanda!

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Wanda loves those belly rubs

Daisy the eleven-year-old Parson Russell Terrier could use some extra cheering up this holiday season. The owner that she had been with her entire life got sick and couldn’t care for Daisy anymore, so now Daisy is looking for a new home in which to spend her golden years. But don’t let her age fool you! Daisy still has plenty of pep in her step and will be a fun, lively companion.

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Daisy still has plenty of pep in her step

Daisy is an easy dog to get along with. She walks well on the leash, she politely sniffed the bigger dog in the run next to ours, and she enjoys getting attention. She’s a gentle girl, and such a cutie! Daisy has years and years of experience as a pet, so she will easily settle into a new home. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Daisy is the pooch for you!

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Daisy is a little cutie

Buster the three-year-old Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever mix is a dog that will bring a smile to your face. He’s a happy, playful guy who just wants to have fun. He had a good time trying to get Aubrey to play with him from the other side of the fence (though Aubrey didn’t accept his invitation) and was interested in the different toys in the run. Although he’s a mix of two retrieving breeds, he hasn’t quite mastered the art of “fetch” yet–but there’s still plenty of time for him to learn!

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Buster is a handsome boy

Buster, in addition to being playful, is also very cuddly. He practically rolled into my lap while I was petting him and happily joined me on the bench for more snuggling. Buster’s happy personality will make him a happy addition to any home. He currently shares his kennel with Skipper (see below), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. On your next visit to the shelter, say hello to Buster!

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Buster getting in touch with his retrieving genes

Skipper the seven-year-old Shepherd mix is such a sweetie. He’s a very gentle, easy-going dog who does well on the leash and will gladly join you for long walks. Skipper currently shares his kennel with Buster (see above), so he could go to a home with or without another dog as well. He was even friendly with Stevie (who has since been adopted, hurray!), who is much smaller than Skipper.

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Skipper has such unique coloring

Skipper is a very attentive boy who likes to keep an eye and ear on things. He was interested in the sounds the squeaky toy was making and chased after it, but didn’t exactly ‘fetch’ the toy. When I sat down on the bench, he hopped up next to me and took a seat so I could spend some more time petting him. Skipper has such a sweet face, and such pretty coloring! Stop by the shelter soon to meet Skipper!

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Skipper is always interested in what’s going on

I also spent time with Shasta (who walks so well on the leash and wags her tail whenever someone gives her the attention she deserves), Scotty (who is so gentle), Topaz (who gives great doggy hugs and is so affectionate), Corky (who knows his basic commands very well), and Ebbie (who has spent far too long at the shelter and just hopes for a home for the holidays).