Take Orphans of the Storm® Dogs for a Walk

Whether you’re looking for an older dog, younger dog, or middle-aged dog, Orphans of the Storm® has them all! Stop by the shelter and take them for a walk around the woodland preserve so you can get to know them.

Maggie the two-year-old Border Collie/Great Pyrenees mix is a happy, beautiful girl. She greets everyone with a wagging tail. I thought because of her size she might be a little hard to walk, but it turns out that Maggie is a gentle giant. She walks great on the leash and mostly stays by your side or just walks a few steps ahead without any pulling. We took a stroll around the woodland preserve and she enjoyed sniffing her way through the brush.

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Maggie is happy on her walks

Maggie was always happy to take a quick break from our walk to get a good scratch on her hips or behind her ears. Maggie loves people and gets along well with kids, so she would be eager to join a family. Maggie would prefer to be the only dog in her new home, but she didn’t seem to mind dogs too much when we were just passing them from a short distance on our walk. Stop by soon to meet Maggie!

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Maggie’s pretty face

Pixel the five-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix is a fun girl who likes being with people. We started in the off-leash run, where Pixel first followed her nose around like a Hound should. She soon joined me on the bench and gave me some doggy kisses while I scratched her back. She gladly stayed by my side as long as I was petting her.

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Pixel showing off her spots

Pixel was very excited to go around the woodland preserve. She was ready to forge her own path through the forest and kept looking back at me, wondering why I wasn’t letting her have her fun! (You have to keep to the trail, is why.) But when Pixel did stay on the trail, she was a good walking buddy who didn’t pull much. Come in soon to see if Pixel is the pooch for you!

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Pixel enjoys the outdoors

Tino the one-year-old American Bulldog mix looks like an oversized French Bulldog, with his smushed nose and perky ears. A face like his is guaranteed to make you smile! Tino is a sweet boy, but he’s easily excitable and can jump up on people when he says hello. Since he’s still young, he’ll need a family who will help him learn his manners and teach him to wait for an invitation before he gives a doggy hug.

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Tino has the most precious face

Tino is very snuggly. He loves getting his hips scratched and will do a cute little dance while you do that. Whenever I sat on a bench or knelt on the ground, he put his front paws on my legs and snuffled around my face. Tino can pull on the leash sometimes and liked having the freedom to scamper around the off-leash run. Say hello to Tino on your next visit to the shelter!

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Tino doing some exploring

Blaze the eleven-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix has that signature Hound howl. If he happens to be in the outside part of his kennel when you arrive at the shelter, you’ll hear him before you see him! (He doesn’t bark much when he’s inside.) Blaze walked nicely on the leash, but he didn’t seem too eager to be out in the cold so we took an abbreviated walk.

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Blaze isn’t too sure about this cold weather

Blaze wants you to know that senior dogs are great dogs! In his case, he’s looking for a nice home where he can curl up in a comfy bed and enjoy his golden years. Blaze likes getting his floppy ears pet and will stay by your side to soak up the attention. If you think an older dog might be a good fit for you, come in soon to meet Blaze!

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Blaze on the move

I also saw Bella, Blush, and Scotty.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Would Be Thankful to Go Home with You

There are lots of young dogs at Orphans of the Storm® now who are ready to join a family this holiday season, and look forward to enjoying many more holidays for years to come. They (and the rest of the dogs and cats at the shelter) would be so thankful for you to come in and give them a chance to show you what you’ve been missing!

Boomer the two-year-old Border Collie mix is a real cutie. He’s smaller than your usual Border Collie but has plenty of energy to make up for his size. Boomer was eager to lead the way around the woodland preserve. He walks at a pretty quick pace, but doesn’t pull much. He also likes to stop and sniff.

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Boomer’s cute nosie

Boomer is an affectionate guy too. Whenever I knelt down to his level, he would come scampering over, put his front paws in my lap, and give me a few doggy kisses. As long as you’re petting him, Boomer is happy to stay still right by your side. Stop in soon to see if Boomer is the pooch for you!

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Boomer leading the way on our walk

Jasmine the one-year-old Beagle mix will immediately grab your attention because she has such striking markings on her face. She also does the cutest head-tilt, like she’s saying, “Who, me?” Jasmine is larger than your usual Beagle mix, but she’ll still try to convince you that she’s a lapdog.

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Jasmine has a cute wrinkly forehead

Jasmine is still young, so she can be easily distracted, like any puppy. She wants to sniff everything and go in every direction and see what everyone else is up to. But when we were just walking one-on-one around the woodland preserve, she was happy to take a break every once in a while to get a good scratch on her back. Be sure to say hello to Jasmine on your next visit to the shelter!

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Jasmine’s smoky eye look is on point!

Bristol the one-year-old Shepherd/Husky mix jumps up and down in excitement when he’s inside his kennel, but don’t let that deter you. After his initial burst of excitement, Bristol settles down nicely and can be a great walking companion. He just doesn’t like being cooped up a lot (understandably), so he would prefer to be an active home.

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Bristol knows he’s handsome

Bristol and I first went to the off-leash run, where he had a good time sniffing and exploring. He would come back to me every once in a while for a pat on the back or scratch under the chin. Then we took a walk around the woodland preserve, where Bristol did a good job of staying by my side or just a couple steps ahead of me. He’s a handsome and smart boy who is eager to find a family to call his own. Stop in soon to meet Bristol!

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Bristol enjoying an ear scratch

Rosie the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is a real bundle of energy. Rosie’s motto seems to be, “Why walk when you can run?” If I had better endurance, we would have ran the entire way around the woodland preserve. (Instead, we only ran about a third.) I saw Rosie out with two potential adopters later in the afternoon, and she was running them all the way around the trail too.

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Rosie has a cute face

Rosie was a little calmer when we were inside the off-leash run. She did a few sprints along the fence, but otherwise she moved at a slower pace. She also joined me on the bench a few times and gave me some doggy kisses. She seemed to be okay around other dogs, though her exuberance might be too much for some. If you’re up for a pup with lots of pep, come in soon to meet Rosie!

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Rosie up on the bench

Joui the one-year-old Rat Terrier mix is a snuggly little guy. The moment I knelt down next to him, he hopped right into my lap and gave me doggy kisses. He didn’t even notice that there were two big dogs right next to us! Joui was also fine with being picked up and held, though he would prefer to use his own four legs to get around.

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Joui has adorably oversized ears

Joui is also adventurous. He followed his nose under the bench and crawled all the way through. He also dug around in the wood chips a bit to try to unearth whatever scent he had been following. When I gave Joui a treat, he didn’t eat it right away–instead, he carried it in his mouth and walked so proudly, with his head and his tail up high. Joui was previously sharing his kennel with another small dog, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Come in soon to see if Joui is the one for you!

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Joui is always happy to accept a pat on the back

Lucy the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix looks like she hasn’t necessarily gotten the best start in life, but she’s ready to begin a new chapter in a loving home with a loving family. Lucy can sometimes be a velcro dog and was either walking between my legs or so close to one side that we were touching. At other times, she’s happy to lead the way! She can even take a few steps just on her hind legs.

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Lucy says, “What’s going on over there?”

Lucy just wants people to like her. She’d occasionally stop and look up at me like, “Am I doing a good job?” And of course she was! Whenever I knelt down next to her, she’d put her nose right up to mine, give me a few sniffs, and then kiss my nose. Lucy particularly enjoys a good scratch on the neck. She can get a little excited around other dogs, but for the most part walked nicely on the leash. Make sure you say hi to Lucy!

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Lucy likes chasing tennis balls

I also saw AleckBella, Diamond, FestusJohn Boy, Lucy, the other Lucy, PikeScotty, Weezie, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Celebrates Adopt a Senior Month

Orphans of the Storm® knows that senior dogs are great dogs, and that’s why we’re promoting Adopt a Senior Month all November long! If you adopt a dog who is eight years or older, the adoption fee will be waived (additional veterinary fees still apply). There are lots of lovable seniors eager to meet you! Here are the seniors I’ve previously written about:

  • Bella – 11-year-old Boxer
  • Cody – 10-year-old Labrador Retriever
  • Diamond – 8-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Lucy – 9-year-old Box
  • Lucy – 14-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Puggie – 12-year-old Chihuahua
  • Scotty – 10-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Snuffles – 9-year-old Australian Cattle Dog
  • Weezie – 10-year-old Chow Chow

And here are a couple new dogs (one senior, one not) who would also be happy to make your acquaintance!

Festus the eight-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a mellow guy who never seems to be in much of a hurry. He was happy to come out of his kennel, but took his time sniffing along the walkway. Festus even spent several minutes sniffing around the same five-square-foot area of grass until I encouraged him to keep moving along so we could spend some time in the off-leash run.

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Festus putting his nose to work

Festus may not be the most handsome dog at the shelter (his fur is pretty sparse by his hind legs and tail), but he has the sweetest face. When I was petting him, he stared right into my eyes with the most loving expression and it was just so clear that he has a gentle soul. Festus isn’t overly active and we didn’t make it all the way around the woodland trail, but that makes him easy to walk and a great companion for just hanging around the house. If you’re looking for an older, quieter dog, come in soon to meet Festus!

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Festus being curious

Hank the five-year-old Catahoula mix is an energetic boy. He jumped up in excitement when he realized it was his turn to come out, and quickly led the way once his leash was on. We went straight to the woodland trail, where Hank had a fun time following his nose through the falling leaves. Hank mostly walks at a faster pace, but doesn’t pull too much.

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Hank has a great smile

Hank is great at cuddling. When I knelt down to his level, Hank bounded right over to me, put his front paws in my lap, and gave me lots of doggy kisses. He kept his paws in my lap while I pet him and eventually got so comfortable that he leaned his whole body against me. Hank is a happy boy whose tail is always wagging. Stop in soon to say hello to Hank!

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Hank says, “Whatcha got there?”

I also saw Blush, Courage (who is so affectionate–she climbed right into my lap and gave me lots of kisses), Ginger, Honey Lamb, and Pike.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Win Your Vote

Tired of election talk? Then let’s switch to puppy talk! The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are all ready to show you why they would make the best new pup to bring home.

Sammy the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is super friendly and affectionate. She had her tail wagging like crazy and rolled over for a belly rub before I even opened the gate to her kennel. Once she was out on the leash, she gave me a big doggy hug and then led the way to the off-leash run. Sammy will happily give doggy kisses to whoever is in her vicinity, and isn’t shy about climbing into your lap to do so.

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Sammy enjoying a scratch on her hips

Sammy is also playful. She wasn’t too interested in the tennis ball, but when she found a rope toy she was thrilled! We played a little bit of tug-of-war, but Sammy also had a good time just carrying the toy around and shaking it back and forth occasionally. Sammy was enthusiastic about going around the woodland trail. She could use a bit of leash training to learn not to pull as much, but for the most part she did well. Come in soon to see if Sammy is the pooch for you!

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Sammy enjoying her toy

Todd the one-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is the perfect combination of couch potato and outdoor adventurer. When we were in the off-leash run, Todd was calm and mellow. He joined me on the bench and sat in my lap (as best he could, given his size) for a while. He also gave me a few doggy kisses while we were sitting there.

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Todd showing off his droopy ears

Todd then went into full Hound mode when we walked around the woodland trail. We went at a fast walk/slow jog pace set by Todd. He would stop to sniff every once in a while, but was more interested in covering a lot of ground in a short period of time. We jogged past another dog and person, who Todd barely even looked at because he was just following the trail. If you appreciate both activity and relaxation, come in soon to meet Todd!

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Todd looking regal

Bonnie and Tiny the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mixes are super precious. I was basically incoherent when I took them out because they are too cute for words. The pictures I took don’t make their size very clear, but they’re roughly the size of my Beagle/Basset Hound mix and therefore can fit in your lap with ease. Bonnie and Tiny are like permanent puppies.

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Bonnie is so small and wrinkly

Bonnie and Tiny were found together as strays and would preferably like to find their new forever home together. They’re very attached and get along well with each other. At one point, Bonnie was chewing on a toy. Tiny came over, took the toy, and carried it to another part of the run. A few minutes later, Bonnie went over to Tiny and took the toy back. They were even chewing on it simultaneously at one point. There were no disagreements.

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Tiny has the cutest ears

Bonnie (the blue-gray one) was the first to come over to me. When I knelt down on the ground, she came trotting over and put her cute little front paws on my legs. After getting the sniff of approval, I was the recipient of some doggy kisses. Bonnie was always eager to come back to me for more attention.

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Bonnie with her toy

Tiny (the tan-white one) was a little more stand-offish at first, but when I sat down on the ground she eventually made her way over to my lap and gave me some doggy kisses herself. Tiny seemed like the more independent and adventurous one, because she always led the way when it came to sniffing and exploring around. If you’re looking for two bundles of fun and cuteness to add to your family, come in soon to meet Bonnie and Tiny!

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Tiny in my lap

Maggie the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix loves being with people and also gets along with kids. Maggie is one of those dogs who will stay by your side for as long as you’re petting her. She’s also happy to give doggy kisses in return. Maggie was pretty calm while we were in the off-leash run and enjoyed following her nose around.

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Maggie says, “Hi there!”

Maggie absolutely loves going for walks. You might be surprised, considering she has short legs and is a little on the chunky side, but she moves at a quick clip! Maggie likes walking so much that she was all set to go for a second lap around the trail. Maggie isn’t a fan of cats or other dogs, so she would do best as the only pet in her future home. If you’re a one-pet kind of family, come in soon to say hello to Maggie!

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Maggie enjoying the falling leaves

I also saw Bella, Blush, Clarinet, Grunge and Oscar, and Jayda.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Eager to Head Home

Orphans of the Storm® recently opened its Highland Park location, so we are having an open house on Saturday, October 22 from 10am-4pm! There will be a number of dogs and cats eager to meet you, and adoption fees will be waived if you adopt during the event. Click here for more details. But if you don’t find the furry friend you’re looking for at the Highland Park location, there will still be dozens more waiting to meet you at the shelter’s main location in Riverwoods.

Bob the eleven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix doesn’t act like a senior dog, so don’t get turned off by his age. He’s a sweet boy who loves being with people and also loves going for walks. When we were in the off-leash run, Bob alternated between sniffing in the bushes and snuggling with me. He gave me a couple doggy kisses, too.

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Bob romping in the run

Bob really perked up when we went to the woodland preserve. You can tell when a dog is really in his element, and that was Bob on the trail. He walked at the perfect pace and always had his head up, so he looked like he was prancing. Bob would do best as the only dog in his new home. If you’re looking for a great walking companion and a lovable senior, come in soon to meet Bob!

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Bob says, “Whatcha got there?”

Tyson the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a fun boy. I first met him last week when he was out with another volunteer, and Tyson hopped up on the bench next to me and covered my face in doggy kisses as if we were old friends. When I took Tyson out myself this week, he was happy to join me on the bench again but didn’t stay for long because he was eager to romp around.

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Tyson is always ready to cuddle

Tyson was found as a stray, but must have been with a person at some point because he sat when I asked him to, and then immediately stuck out his paw to shake without any prompting. He’s an athletic and energetic dog who would make a good running partner, based on how we made our way around the woodland trail. Stop in soon to see if Tyson is the one for you!

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Tyson has such a sweet (big) face

Shaylon the three-year-old Foxhound/Beagle mix is extremely affectionate. When we got to the woodland trail, I expected Shaylon to act like every other Hound and just follow his nose. Instead, all he wanted to do was cuddle! When I knelt down next to him to take his picture, he climbed right into my lap. When I sat down on a bench, he hopped up next to me and put his front paws on my legs.

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Shaylon sniffing in the woodland preserve

Shaylon even tried to stop me from walking by standing on my foot! He also had no issues with me picking him up. We eventually got into a good walking rhythm and Shaylon did well on the leash. He barked a bit when he first got out of his kennel (and he has that signature Hound howl), but didn’t make a peep after that. If you’re looking for a cuddle buddy, come in soon to meet Shaylon!

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Shaylon being a lapdog

Minnie the four-year-old Shepherd mix is super sweet and friendly. When I first came to her kennel she was looking a little sad, but when she realized it was her turn to come out, her tail slowly started wagging and eventually she was wriggling all over. She immediately gave me a doggy hug once she had the leash on and continued to want to cuddle the entire time we were out.

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Here comes Minnie!

Minnie is enthusiastic and will basically launch herself into your lap whenever she gets the opportunity. Whether I was kneeling on the ground or sitting on the bench, Minnie came running over and tried her best to curl up next to me. Minnie walked nicely on the leash when we went around the woodland trail and would often look up to check in with me. Be sure to say hi to Minnie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Minne about to join me on the bench

Andy the two-year-old Bloodhound/Labrador Retriever mix (not to be confused with the other Andy) is a big, strong boy who is also a big sweetheart. One of Andy’s favorite things is tennis balls. He will happily chase one down if you throw it, but then he’ll just carry it around in his mouth and chew it. He’ll also occasionally drop it and kick it around with his front paws, which is adorable and also convenient in that he can play fetch without a person! Andy enjoys getting plenty of attention and will gladly stay by your side as long as you’re petting him.

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Andy enjoying his tennis ball

Andy loved his tennis ball so much that he carried it all the way around the woodland preserve. He was even about to bring it back to his kennel with him, but dropped it just outside the door. Andy, being a Bloodhound, loved being in the woods and walked at a quick pace–so quick that even though it was a walk for him, it was a jog for me. If you’re looking for an active playmate, stop in soon to meet Andy!

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Andy is so handsome

I also saw Bella, Candice, Diamond, Lucy, the other Lucy, and Snuffles.

Orphans of the Storm® Puppy Dogs

There are a number of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who are a year or younger. If you’re looking for a young pup to join your family, come in soon to meet them!

Ophelia the one-year-old Foxhound mix is one of the most snuggly dogs you will ever meet. In fact, we never even made it to the off-leash run because all Ophelia wanted to do was snuggle instead of walk. She is an expert at giving doggy hugs and is convinced she’s a lapdog even though she’s a little too large to fit entirely. Ophelia also loves getting belly rubs and probably would have stayed lolling in the grass for hours if she had the chance.

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Ophelia says, “Excuse me, why did you stop rubbing my belly?”

Ophelia came from an owner who mostly kept her in the yard, so Ophelia doesn’t have much experience with leashes and will need some leash training. She also seems a little nervous and insecure, so she will need plenty of TLC to help her come out of her shell and make her feel comfortable in her new home. Stop in soon to meet Ophelia!

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Ophelia being a lapdog

Billy the seven-month-old Beagle mix has plenty of that puppy energy. He did his Beagle thing and followed his nose everywhere around the off-leash run, but did so with a run-and-stop method rather than casually walking. Billy’s tail was always pointing straight up and wagging.

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Billy following his nose

Billy was eager to go around the woodland preserve. He pulled on the leash occasionally when he wanted to follow his nose in a particular direction but overall did pretty well, considering he’s still young. Billy is currently sharing his kennel with another dog, so he could go to a home with or without another furry friend. Come in soon to see if Billy is the pup for you!

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Billy keeping an eye on things

Stemi the sixmonth-old Mountain Cur mix is an active and energetic pup. He was jumping up and down in excitement when he realized it was his turn to come out. Stemi led the way to the off-leash run and happily scampered around. Stemi likes to know what’s going on with everyone, so he was trying his best to look over and through the fence at the other run.

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Stemi says, “Hey, what’s going on over there?”

Stemi likes to show his affection by giving doggy hugs. When I saw him out later with another volunteer, Stemi came running over and jumped right up to hug me. He’s also one of those dogs whose entire body wiggles when he’s happy. Stemi is sure to put a smile on your face. If you’re looking for a fun-loving young dog, be sure to say hi to Stemi!

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Stemi enjoying the sunshine

I also saw Bella, Coal, Honey Lamb, Merlin, Pike, Shyanne, and Weezie.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Ready for Fall

If you like taking autumn strolls to enjoy the changing leaf colors, think about adding a new walking buddy to your home! The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are ready and waiting.

Maggie the ten-year-old Border Collie mix is a sweet senior. She was eager to come out for a walk and greeted me with a wagging tail. We headed straight for the woodland trail, where Maggie showed off what a good walking companion she is. She walks at a nice pace and doesn’t pull. She found a small bush with lots of stems and had a great time using it as a back-scratcher.

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Maggie enjoys her walks

Maggie occasionally does a cute half walk/half run, which ends up looking more like a bunny hop. When we passed other dogs on our walk, Maggie seemed politely interested and gave one of them a quick sniff hello. Maggie likes attention and will gladly stay by your side while you pet her. If you’re looking for an older dog who still has plenty of pep in her step, come in soon to meet Maggie!

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Maggie has such a sweet face

Jayda the five-year-old Boxer/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a well-behaved girl. She was the best leash-walker I met this week; I don’t think she pulled even once. Jayda is friendly and likes to snuggle. Although she didn’t give me any doggy kisses at this early stage in our relationship, she did put her nose up to my face a couple times, and I could see her being very affectionate once she gets to know a person better.

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Jayda following her nose

Jayda knows that the best place to relax is at the foot of a person’s seat. When we got about 3/4 of the way around the woodland trail, Jayda spotted a bench and immediately went over and lay down next to it. She was happy to get a side rub and scratch behind the ears while we relaxed. Since it was perhaps the last warm day we’ll be having for a while, Jayda got a quick rinse with the hose at the end of our walk and very nicely stood still for it. Stop by soon to say hello to Jayda!

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Jayda’s happy to just hang out

Yuri the three-year-old Husky mix is a very handsome boy with a playful nature. He was excited to come outside and quickly led the way to the off-leash run. He followed his nose around for a while, but then went back to the gate and looked at me like, “Are we going for a walk now?” So we did!

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Yuri knows he’s handsome

Yuri, being a Husky, could potentially be a good running buddy. I started to jog with him around the woodland trail, but we both determined it was too hot for that. Yuri gave me a quick doggy hug before we continued on our way. Yuri would do best as the only dog in an adult home. If that description fits you, come in soon to meet Yuri!

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Yuri leading the way through the forest

McGregor the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was described as “awesome” by one of the other volunteers before I took him out. And he is indeed a good boy! McGregor can be a little bark-y inside his kennel to get your attention, but he was quiet and calm while we were out. McGregor is one of those dogs who truly smiles, and it is so cute.

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McGregor knows how to cheese for the camera

McGregor seems like a pretty easy-going guy. He walks nicely on the leash, gives doggy kisses, and gets along with other dogs. He previously shared his kennel, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. He was happy to stay by my side, both while we were walking and when we were taking a break on the bench. Be sure to say hi to McGregor on your next visit to the shelter!

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McGregor will happily follow you wherever

I also saw Bella, Candice, Coal, Courage, Daffodile, Ginger, O’Shea, Snuffles, Weezie, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoy a Good Walk

It was a beautiful day to be outside and enjoy the nice weather, and the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® agreed!

Blanche the eight-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever mix is incredibly sweet. When she saw me coming in her direction with the leash, she politely sat at the gate to her kennel and patiently waited for me to put the leash on before moving. She is super easy to walk and doesn’t pull at all. If you start petting her while she’s walking, she’ll stop where she is and enjoy the attention.

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Blanche has the most loving face

Blanche had a good time exploring the off-leash run, but would come back to me every couple of minutes to check in and get an encouraging pat on the back. She was also happy to give the occasional doggy kiss. Blanche seems to do well with other dogs–in fact, she barely acts like they’re there! She walked right under another dog’s chin and just kept on walking, but didn’t mind when that dog sniffed her more. Blanche is missing some fur on her face and tail, but that doesn’t dampen her spirits at all. If you’re looking for a sweet, older companion, be sure to say hi to Blanche!

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Blanche enjoys walking in the woodlands

Pete the nine-month-old Wire-Haired Terrier mix is a fun boy. When he realized it was his turn to go out, he started jumping up and down inside his kennel. As soon as I put the leash on, he gave me a doggy hug and then quickly led us on our way. After that initial burst of excitement, though, Pete calmed down and turned out to be a pretty great walking buddy.

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Pete coming to say hello

Pete romped around the off-leash run and investigated underneath and behind the bushes. When I asked if he was ready to go for a walk, he gave me another doggy hug in response, which I took as a yes. As we made our way around the woodland preserve, Pete was happy to take multiple cuddle breaks. He particularly enjoyed getting his hips scratched. Come in soon to see if Pete is the pup for you!

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Pete is very content to sit in the sun and be pet

Pike the two-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is very much a scent hound. It was hard to get a picture of his adorable face because he almost always had his nose to the ground, following an invisible scent trail. Pike is still learning his leash manners and can pull a little when he’s on a walk, but if you’re a quick walker then you can keep up with him.

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Pike will follow his nose wherever it goes

Pike is a friendly guy whose tail is almost always wagging. He didn’t bark at all while we were out and mostly just seemed happy to be outside. Pike spent some time in a foster home with another dog, so he could go to a home with or without another pooch. If you’re looking for an active dog, be sure to say hi to Pike!

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Pike takes his sniffing seriously

I also saw Bella, Buddie, Carlos, Daffodile, Lucy, Max, Merlin, Oliver, Shyanne, and Snuffles.

Orphans of the Storm® Super Sweet Dogs

I guess I had particularly good instincts this week, because each dog I walked at Orphans of the Storm® ended up being one of the sweetest dogs I’ve met! If you’re looking for a cuddle buddy, there are lots of sweeties to choose from right now.

Bonnett the five-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix is a cutie. She barks a little from inside her kennel, but that’s just to get your attention. She didn’t make a peep the entire time I was out with her. Bonnett was a little shy at first, but warmed up after a few minutes. She spent some time exploring underneath the bushes in the off-leash run but eventually came over to spend some time with me.

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Bonnett in the shade

Bonnett loves going for walks. When I said, “Do you want to go for a walk?” she jumped up and put her front paws on me with her little stub of a tail wagging enthusiastically. Bonnett is a good leash-walker who likes to walk at a quick pace but doesn’t pull. She was previously sharing her kennel with another dog, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Be sure to say hi to Bonnett on your next visit to the shelter!

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Bonnett following her nose

Oliver the two-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix looks like a bundle of energy when he’s inside his kennel, but after his initial burst when he first comes out, he’s actually pretty calm. Oliver likes to cuddle and joined me on the bench a couple of times. He’s happy to give doggy kisses.

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Oliver says, “May I join you up here?”

Oliver and I took a stroll around the woodland preserve. Oliver walked nicely on the leash and occasionally looked up at me, which is a good sign that he’ll take cues from his new owner. He liked taking breaks every once in a while for a good scratch on the back. Hounds can be talkative, but Oliver wasn’t when we were out. Come in soon to meet Oliver!

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I’d say Oliver was pretty happy on his walk

Andy the eight-year-old Border Collie mix is such a sweetheart. He was resting on his doggy bed when I came by his kennel, but got up to say hello. He was a little nervous when I showed him the leash, but after a minute or so of petting him and telling him it would be just fine, Andy let me hook him up and we went on our way.

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Andy coming over to cuddle

Andy walks on the slow side (he has arthritis) but still seems to enjoy being out and about. The longer he was outside, the more his tail wagged. Andy is so precious. Whenever I started petting him, he would keep leaning into me and tuck his head against me. Andy looks a little sad right now, but once he gets some TLC and a nice bath, he will look and feel so much better. Make sure to say hi to Andy on your next trip to the shelter!

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Andy is ready to head to a loving home

I also saw Bella, Coal, Cody, Daffodile, Josh, Lucy, the other Lucy, Ramsey, Roxy, and Waggles.

Orphans of the Storm® Special and Extra-Special Dogs

Every dog is special, but Orphans of the Storm® has a couple extra-special dogs right now who are looking for extra-special homes.

Miagi the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a super nice boy. He was very patient when getting his leash put on and was a good walking buddy overall. He pulled occasionally when we were making our way around the woodland trail, but for the most part he just stayed a step or two ahead of me.

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Can’t resist Miagi’s adorable face!

Miagi loves attention. He’ll happily stay by your side as long as you’re petting him. He also enjoyed getting a quick rinse from the hose and stood still very nicely (some dogs aren’t so eager to get wet). When I sat down on a bench and invited Miagi to join me, he hopped up and then over–so maybe he would be a natural at agility! Miagi is a handsome and fun boy who is ready to head home. Be sure to say hi to Miagi on your next visit!

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Miagi often has one ear up, one ear down

Tricycle the eight-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is one of the extra-special pooches. As you may have guessed from his name, Tricycle gets around on three legs (two front, one back). But he moves around just fine! In fact, he was walking faster than I was and I had to hurry to keep up. He enjoyed sniffing around and exploring and didn’t seem at all deterred by the fact that he’s one leg short.

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Tricycle standing at attention

Tricycle is very friendly. He greeted me with a wagging tail and gave me a couple doggy kisses. When we were in the off-leash run, he came when called. Tricycle has only been at the shelter for a couple weeks, but he’s such a good-natured boy that he’s been to off-site events already. Stop in soon to see if Tricycle is the one for you!

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Tricycle wondering if I have a treat somewhere

Wombat the three-year-old Hound mix is an energetic guy. He hopped up and down when he realized it was his turn to come out for a walk and we were quickly off and running! We first stopped in the off-leash run, where Wombat scampered around and explored behind the bushes. When I said, “Do you want to go for a walk?” he immediately went straight to where the leash was hanging over the gate and poked it with his nose. What a smarty!

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Wombat says, “Hi there!”

Wombat would be a good running partner. For the first two-thirds of the woodland trail, I was able to keep up with Wombat by either walking quickly or jogging slowly. By the last third, we were both hot and slowed to a more normal walking pace. Wombat didn’t pay much attention to any of the dogs we passed. If you’re looking for a new exercise buddy, come in soon to meet Wombat!

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Wombat’s ears flying in the wind

Cody the ten-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has more energy than you might think, given his senior age. He was happy to take the lead as we headed towards the off-leash run. Once we were in there, Cody followed his nose around and enjoyed being in the sunshine.

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Cody’s lovable face

Cody is fluffy and has a cute, sweet face. He liked getting scratched behind his ears and between his shoulders. Cody doesn’t seem overly fond of other dogs, but was easily refocused. Cody is looking for a loving home where he can enjoy his golden years in comfort. Stop in soon to meet him!

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Cody’s curly tail wagging

Waggles the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix is the other extra-special dog. She too is on three legs, but two back and one front. On uneven surfaces she can be a little hesitant, understandably, but on a smooth surface like the concrete in the parking lot, she was practically running. One of the great things about dogs is how resilient they are. Waggles doesn’t feel sorry for herself, so you don’t need to feel sorry for her either.

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Waggles is a lapdog

Waggles is super affectionate. When I put her leash on, she immediately started licking my hands and arms. When we sat down in a shady spot in the grass, she covered my face in doggy kisses and then snuggled in my lap. She even rested her chin on my shoulder for a while. Waggles may not have a perfect front leg, but she could certainly be the perfect pooch for you! Come in soon to find out.

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Waggles is on the move!

I also saw Bella (my favorite), Coal, Daffodile, Grunge and Oscar (who are so cute I can’t even handle it!), Honey Lamb, Josh, Ramsey, Weezie (my other favorite), and Zoey.