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.

Orphans of the Storm® Pups and Adults

There are almost two dozen dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who are a year or younger right now! If you’re looking to add a young dog to your family, now is the time to come in. But if you want the puppy personality without the puppy antics, there are plenty of dogs who are past the puppy stage but still have a young spirit.

Cayenne the three-year-old German Shepherd mix is an active girl looking for an active home. She loves going for walks–and maybe the occasional run! Cayenne can be strong and pull on the leash when she first comes out of her kennel, but don’t let that deter you. Once she gets that initial burst of energy out of her system, she settles down.

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Cayenne romping in the snow

Cayenne enjoyed being in the snow and wasn’t shy about sticking her nose in snow piles to follow an interesting scent. She would come running over to me every time I knelt down to her level. Cayenne isn’t a big fan of other dogs, so she would do best as the only dog in her new home. Cayenne would also prefer to be in an adult-only home. Stop in soon to say hello to Cayenne!

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Cayenne stopping to snuffle

Sadie the eleven-month-old Hound mix is a super cute puppy. She gave me a doggy hug as soon as she came out of her kennel, and was always happy to stop during our walk for more snuggles and doggy kisses. Sadie seemed interested in the other dogs we passed on our walk, though we didn’t get close enough to see how she interacts.

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Sadie is a little cutie

Sadie did pretty well on the leash, even though she’s still a young pup. She will still need some training, though, both for leash-walking and basic obedience. This perky girl is eager to learn! If you’re looking for a sweet and fun puppy to join your family, come in soon to meet Sadie!

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Sadie enjoying her walk through the woods

Rufus the five-year-old American Bulldog mix has the most lovable face. He has an adorable underbite with his two bottom teeth sticking out that makes him look like one of the many college bulldog mascots. And Rufus isn’t shy about putting his cute face right up to yours! He will happily give you as many doggy kisses as you could want.

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Rufus is a real attention-grabber with that face

Rufus is also a fan of cuddling. He hopped up on the bench next to me and put his front paws in my lap. Rufus likes walking at a quick pace, but doesn’t really pull on the leash as long as you’re keeping up with him. He isn’t a big fan of other dogs, so sometimes he will bark but other times he can walk by without a second glance. Be sure to say hello to Rufus on your next visit to the shelter!

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Rufus also has a tiny little wagging tail

Dill the one-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix can be a little shy at first, and is a bit nervous about being on the leash when you first hook him up. But once he got used to the leash, he ended up being a great walking buddy. Dill seems to be more comfortable with women than men, at least when it comes to initial greetings, so he’s looking for a home with people who will help him come out of his shell more.

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Dill doing some exploring

Dill is still a puppy, though, and that means he likes to play! He had a great time racing Dexter on the other side of the fence while we were in the off-leash run, and also poked at and picked up a couple of the doggy toys that were there. He hasn’t quite mastered “fetch” yet, but he has plenty of time to learn that and other games. Come in soon to see if Dill is the pooch for you!

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Dill has a handsome “tuxedo” coat

I also saw Carlos, Eve (who greeted me with a doggy hug), Goliath (who had a great time rolling around in the snow), Hamilton (who is still convinced he is a lapdog despite his extra-large size), Nash, Scotty, Wombat (who also greeted me with a doggy hug), and YoYo (formerly Yeyo).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Post-Blizzard

More than a foot of snow came down, but that didn’t stop the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® from spending time outside! I’ll preface this post by saying that these dogs might not always run so quickly when they’re on the leash–it may have just been easier to get momentum running/jumping than trying to walk at a normal pace when up to their bellies in snow 🙂

Dolly the two-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix came from a family who couldn’t keep up with her energy, so she is looking for an active home to join! Dolly would love going for regular walks (or maybe even runs) every day and having a fenced-in yard to call her own. Dolly is a friendly girl who gets along with children and adults alike.

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Dolly says, “No trail? No problem!”

Dolly greeted me with a doggy hug as soon as I took her out of her kennel. But she was off and running once we were on the woodland preserve trail! Who needs a Husky when you have Dolly to lead you through the snow? Being a Hound, of course, Dolly had to take an occasional break to stop and sniff. She is attentive and looked back at me every once in a while to make sure we were on the same page. If you’re looking for a new activity buddy, come in soon to meet Dolly!

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Dolly pausing to get a good sniff of the tree

Naida the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a playful girl. She loves playing with stuffed or squeaky toys, but her future family will need to make sure they buy sturdy ones or else Naida will pull out all the stuffing and squeaker pretty quickly. She also enjoys chasing tennis balls and running in general.

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Naida is very attentive

Naida seems very treat-oriented. Every time I reached into my pocket, she was right there waiting to see what I had for her (which was disappointingly nothing besides my camera). Naida can pull a bit on the leash when she first gets out of her kennel and is on the stronger side, but can settle into a nicer pace once she gets her initial burst of energy out of her system. Be sure to say hello to Naida on your next visit to the shelter!

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Naida doesn’t let deep snow slow her down!

Scooby the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pointer mix has springs for legs! When he realized it was his turn to come out for a walk, he was jumping up and down in excitement. Then, when we were making our way around the woodland preserve, Scooby was bounding through the snow like a bunny.

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Scooby with some snow on his nose

Scooby is an affectionate boy. He likes to give plenty of doggy hugs and doggy kisses. Scooby also gets along with other dogs. He is crate-trained and also most likely housebroken. If you’re looking for a playful, happy-go-lucky pooch with a constantly wagging tail, come in soon to meet Scooby!

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Scooby bouncing his way through the snow

I also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Brutus, Carlos, Goliath (who was perfectly at home in the deep snow and walked at a normal pace like it was any other walk on any other non-snowy day), Hamilton, Kaffee, Lucy, Nash, Nico, Roxy, and Thunder.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Super!

Looking for a super companion to join you for the Super Bowl this Sunday? There’s still time to come in and meet the perfect dog for you at Orphans of the Storm®!

Red the seven-year-old Hound mix was a little shy and hesitant at first, but once we hit the trail he really perked up. You can tell that he’s a true Hound dog because he always kept his nose to the ground and wanted to forge his own path through the trees and brush rather than following the actual trail. Red may be on the skinny side at the moment, but he still has plenty of energy and endurance.

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Red in his element

Red is pretty easy-going. He can walk past other dogs without giving them a second glance, but also politely sniffed another smaller dog we passed. Red enjoyed exploring the off-leash run and also did some racing with the dog on the other side of the fence. Come in soon to see if Red is the one for you!

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Red wondering, “Who’s over there?”

Jacques the two-year-old Border Collie mix is a friendly guy. He greets every person he sees with a doggy hug and wagging tail. He’s also eager to give out doggy kisses. Jacques joined me on the bench a couple times and happily stood by my side so I could pet him. He was glad to have the opportunity to bound around the off-leash run for a bit at first, and sniffed at some of the toys. (We didn’t get a chance to try fetch yet.)

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Jacques being a good walking buddy

Jacques did a pretty good job walking on the leash around the woodland preserve. He would stop and sniff, then get a burst of energy and run for a short distance, and then settle into a nice walking pace. He would love to be part of an active family. Jacques is one of those dogs who truly looks like he’s smiling, and he’ll make his new family smile too! Be sure to say hello to Jacques on your next visit to the shelter.

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Jacques smiling for the camera

Quinn the six-year-old Mountain Cur mix is such a sweetie. He’s a little bigger than what you would normally consider a “lapdog,” but Quinn’s favorite place is in his person’s lap. He joined me on the bench, put his front paws in my lap, and stayed there for a long time–even after I asked if he wanted to go for a walk! Quinn just enjoyed being in the fresh air, relaxing, and watching cars drive by.

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Quinn tried to sniff as high as his neck could stretch

Quinn and I did eventually go on our walk, and Quinn walks nicely on the leash. He didn’t pull at all, which makes sense with his mellow personality. He would stop and sniff occasionally, but mostly stayed close to my side. Quinn gets along with other dogs and seems like a go-with-the-flow kind of pooch. Come in soon to say hello to Quinn!

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Quinn is a cuddler

Petey the ten-month-old Carolina Dog/Shepherd mix is all puppy. This means he still explores the world with his mouth. He nibbled on the leash, my gloves, my headband, and wood chips. The good news is he’s pretty good about dropping things also and let me take the wood chips right out of his mouth. Petey also walks surprisingly well on the leash, considering he probably doesn’t have much experience or training.

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Not pictured: The black spot on the back of each of Petey’s ears

Petey has that irresistible puppy enthusiasm and will give you doggy kisses for as long as you let him. He also likes to give doggy hugs and will try his best to jump into your lap whenever he gets the opportunity. Puppy joy is contagious, so you can’t help but feel happy when you’re with Petey. Petey gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with Tucker (see below). If you’re looking to add a puppy to your home, be sure to say hello to Petey!

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Petey somehow looks a little like a bunny

Tucker the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix is a velcro dog. His side was literally touching my leg when we were walking, even when he first came out of his kennel (usually the dogs want to start running when they first get out). Tucker is very attentive and kept looking up at me while we were walking.

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Tucker was a little unsure of the pebbles

Tucker is sweet and affectionate. He gave me some doggy kisses and also licked my hand while I was petting him. Tucker has a beautiful brindle coat and a sweet face. He gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with Petey (see above). Tucker also gets along with cats. Come in soon to meet Tucker!

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Tucker is a sweetheart

Sadie the eight-year-old Husky mix came from a family who could no longer afford to care for her. But since she has a lifetime of experience as a family pet, that means she is already housebroken and gets along with children. Her previous owners described her as gentle and passive. Sadie takes a little time to warm up to new people, but she did eventually hop up on the bench next to me so I could pet her.

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Sadie says, “Hello there!”

Sadie is a stereotypical Husky when she’s outside. She loves to be active and go for runs, and quickly led the way around the woodland preserve. She did occasionally stop to sniff. Sadie would enjoy having a fenced-in yard, but Huskies are known escape artists so her new family would need to supervise her when she’s out. If you’re looking for a new companion as well as a new running buddy, stop by soon to meet Sadie!

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Sadie is a pretty girl

I also saw Bella, Blush (who greeted me with a doggy hug), Clarinet, Dexter, Eve, Goliath, Hamilton, Nash, Thunder, Whizzer, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Has Hounds and More

There are more than a dozen Hounds waiting to meet you at Orphans of the Storm®, and of course plenty of non-Hounds too!

Howard the six-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix needed some convincing to go outside, but once he realized it meant going for a walk, he was excited. Howard gave me a doggy hug as soon as I put the leash on and continued to be sweet and snuggly the whole time we were together. He enjoys a good pet and will stand right by your side or lean against your legs while you pet him.

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Howard enjoying his walk through the woods

Howard, being a Hound, loves to sniff. He kept his nose to the ground for the majority of our walk around the woodland trail, but still walked at a good pace and didn’t make too many stops or pull on the leash. Howard is housebroken and knows some basic commands, and would be motivated to learn more. Come in soon to see if Howard is the pooch for you!

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Howard wasn’t as sure about having muddy paws

Jake the one-year-old Hound mix is a playful puppy. Most of his photos were a white-and-tan blur because Jake is always on the move. He had a fun time running around the off-leash run and sniffing in the snow. Jake spends lots of time play-bowing and bouncing around also, even with people rather than other dogs.

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Jake is a happy pupper

Jake is affectionate too. He likes to give doggy hugs and maybe a doggy kiss or two. Jake is a go-with-the-flow kind of pup and didn’t mind getting dressed up in different outfits for his official portrait and other pictures. Since Jake is still a puppy, he’s looking for a home with people who can spend plenty of time with him. Be sure to say hi to Jake on your next visit to the shelter!

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Jake doesn’t mind a little snow

Sergeant the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Australian Cattle Dog mix is very shy at first, but don’t let that deter you! Once you spend some time with him and get past the shyness, Sergeant shows what a sweet boy he is. He likes being pet once he starts feeling more comfortable, and will lay by your feet so you can pet him some more.

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Sergeant exploring in the tall grasses

Sergeant doesn’t seem to have much experience with walking on a leash and can be a little resistant at first, but he ended up doing a nice job walking around the woodland trail. He got more curious the longer we were out and enjoyed sniffing around. Sergeant is looking for a family who will help him come out of his shell and give him plenty of love and encouragement. If that sounds like you, come in soon to meet Sergeant!

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Sergeant’s one bright blue eye will catch your attention!

I also saw Bella, Bo (who is super sweet and cuddly), Goliath, Harley and Reeco, and Nash.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Have a Snowy Kind of Day

After a long stretch of single-digit temperatures, the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were thrilled that they could actually enjoy some time outside this week! They had a chance to romp in at least a little bit of snow before it all melted.

Harley the five-year-old Labrador Retriever/Australian Shepherd mix came to the shelter because her owners could no longer take care of her, but that means she already has a lifetime of experience as a family pet. Harley is housebroken and walks nicely on the leash. Overall, she seems like a happy, mellow girl–who would be even happier back in a home!

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Harley following her nose through the snow

Harley wasn’t feeling overly playful when we were in the off-leash run, but she did sniff all of the toys that were there and wagged her tail at them. Harley gives nice doggy kisses and will happily stand next to you while you pet her. She didn’t pay any attention to the dogs on the other side of the fence and seemed to just like meandering and exploring. Stop in soon to see if Harley is the one for you!

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Harley considering playing with a penguin

Nico the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix has an adorably wrinkly face that will make you smile as soon as you see him. Once you take him out, his personality will make you smile even more! Nico loves playing with toys. He was going back and forth between which toys to play with when we were in the off-leash run, but eventually settled on a pink tennis ball.

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Nico is a handsome guy

Nico is pretty good at playing fetch, though he can sometimes get a little distracted and drop the ball on the ground halfway back to you. But if you throw it again, he’ll happily chase after it. Nico likes getting his hips scratched and will wriggle around while you pet him to make sure you get all his favorite spots. Be sure to say hello to Nico on your next visit to the shelter!

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Note to Nico’s future owner: Buy pink tennis balls!

Charlie the three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a good boy. He waited nicely for me to put his leash on, and then walked nicely on the leash without pulling. Charlie is already housebroken. He gets along with dogs that are smaller than he is, but gets a little unsure of things when he’s around larger dogs. Charlie started off exploring the off-leash run on his own and followed his nose behind and through the bushes.

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Charlie is a cutie

Charlie then came and sat right at my feet when he was ready to get some pets and attention. He seemed to particularly enjoy getting his chin and ears scratched. While Charlie is a sweet boy, he would do best in an adult-only home with few visitors since he’ll be attached to his person. If that description fits you, come in soon to meet Charlie!

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Charlie likes to keep an eye on things

America the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is already a volunteer favorite, even though she’s only been at the shelter for a couple weeks. Everybody we passed on our walk stopped, called out her name, and came over to pet her. She greeted everyone with a wagging tail in return. America is a playful girl who enjoyed racing around the off-leash run and chewing on different toys.

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Can you blame the volunteers for falling in love with a face like America’s?

America seems friendly with other dogs. She was sniffing and play-bowing and tail-wagging with the dog on the other side of the fence. However, she isn’t a fan of cats. With people, America is an affectionate and snuggly girl. She hopped up to join me on the bench and put her paws in my lap while I pet her. Since America is still a puppy, she’ll need to get some training from her new family. Be sure to stop by America’s kennel on your next visit to the shelter!

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America racing the (unseen) dog on the other side of the fence

Dexter the ten-month-old Hound/Shepherd mix was waiting to receive his clean bill of health when I first walked him a few weeks ago, so his photos are from pre-snowfall. Now Dexter is healthy and ready to go home with you! He has plenty of puppy energy, but also plenty of affection to give. Dexter put his front paws in my lap and covered my face in doggy kisses. When I knelt down next to him, he tucked his head under my arm and leaned against me so I could pet him more.

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Dexter being curious

Dexter loves to give doggy hugs! When I was putting him back in his kennel, he gave me one last doggy hug as if to say, “Are you sure you want to put me back?” Dexter is also playful. He hasn’t quite mastered “fetch” yet, but he was interested in the different toys in the off-leash run and scampered around. He was also happy to get a running start on the woodland preserve, but slowed to a walk soon enough. This happy pup is ready to join a home. Be sure to say hello to Dexter on your next visit to the shelter!

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Dexter is a kissy-face

I also saw Big Boy and Mojo, Hamilton, and Harley and Reeco.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Hoping 2018 Is Their Year

Of course every dog (and cat!) at Orphans of the Storm® is hoping to find their new forever home in the new year, but some dogs are hoping a little more because they have been at the shelter for a year or longer. Come in soon to meet these long-timers and find out if they’re the pooch for you!

Aleck the four-year-old Hound/Pointer mix

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Aleck is a volunteer favorite; goes to off-site events; gives doggy hugs and kisses; would do best as the only dog in an adult home

Barney the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix

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Barney is playful; knows some commands; would do best as the only dog in his new home

Bella the thirteen-year-old Boxer mix

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Bella is my personal favorite dog at the shelter; super easy to walk; gentle with kids; would do best as the only dog in her new home

Blush the eight-year-old Labrador Retriever mix

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Blush loves going for walks; enjoys pig ears and other chew toys; eager to learn new tricks

Carlos the four-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix

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Carlos is another volunteer favorite; loves playing with toys; always up for going on a long walk

Cheyenne (Shyanne) the five-year-old Hound mix

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Cheyenne is super affectionate and will give you plenty of doggy hugs and kisses; easy walking companion; would do best as the only dog in her new home

Clarinet the three-year-old Catahloula Leopard Dog mix

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Clarinet is the most cuddly and will try to fit in your lap; enjoys going for walks; would do best as the only dog in her new home

Hobbs the six-year-old Mountain Cur mix

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Hobbs is hoping to have a yard to call his own; walks nicely on the leash; always greets you with a wagging tail and doggy smile

John Boy the five-year-old Labrador Retriever mix

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John Boy likes to play outside even in the snow; was living with another dog for a while but likes to be the boss; knows some commands and is eager to learn more

Lucy the nine-year-old Boxer mix

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Lucy is a great walking companion; very mellow; gets along with some dogs but not all

Puggie the fourteen-year-old Chihuahua mix

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Puggie takes his time making new friends but once he knows you, he’s always happy to see you; likes going for walks; would prefer an adult home

Riley (Diamond) the nine-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix

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Riley is another volunteer favorite; looking for a home where someone is around most of the time because she has separation anxiety

Roxy the five-year-old Rottweiler/Shepherd mix

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Roxy likes to snuggle; walks nicely on the leash; would prefer to be the only dog in an adult home

Scotty the twelve-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix

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Scotty is an older guy who spends most of his time curled up on his doggy bed; likes going for short walks

Thunder the nine-year-old Boxer mix

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Thunder loves to give doggy kisses; goes to off-site events; knows some commands; would do best as the only dog in his new home

Vanilla the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix

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Vanilla is a good walking companion; eager to learn new tricks; would do best as the only dog in her new home

Wombat the four-year-old Hound mix

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Wombat has lots of energy; likes to play with toys; prefers running to walking

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed on New Year’s Day, but you can come in any other day of the month and help get 2018 off to a great start for these or any other pooch!

Happy New Year!