Orphans of the Storm® Smaller Dogs

One of the benefits of going to a shelter to find your next family member is that there is so much variety! At Orphans of the Storm®, you can find dogs of all shapes and sizes. This week I walked some dogs who are on the smaller side, and they are all adorable!

Roxy the ten-month-old Hound/Beagle mix (not to be confused with the other Roxy) has plenty of puppy energy. The off-leash runs were occupied when I took her out, so instead we headed for the walking trail which, in Roxy’s case, was more of a running trail! We ran around the first half or so and then stopped at one of the benches, where Roxy enjoyed poking her nose in the bushes and last few bits of remaining snow.

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Roxy doesn’t mind the snow

Roxy walked a bit better once she got that initial burst of energy out of her system. We stopped a little farther along the trail so I could scratch under her chin, and she gave me a little doggy kiss in return. Roxy loves getting attention just as much as she loves playing. Roxy also likes other dogs, though sometimes she can get extra-excited and bark at them, saying, “Play with me! Play with me!” A cute little puppy like Roxy won’t be at the shelter for long, so come in soon to say hello!

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Roxy was feeling adventurous

Chalito the two-year-old Beagle mix is super cute. There were several potential adopters who asked me, “Which one is that?” while I was out with him because he was catching everyone’s eye. Chalito seems like a pretty easy-going pooch. He walked nicely on the leash and took his time meandering around the off-leash run, just enjoying being outside.

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Chalito following his Beagle nose

Chalito can also be pretty snuggly once you get to know him. He came up to me after a few minutes and leaned against my legs while I pet him, and didn’t seem to have any interest in moving from his comfy position. Chalito is currently sharing his kennel with another dog, so he could go to a home with or without another furry friend. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Chalito!

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Chalito is a cute little boy

Peanut the three-year-old Chihuahua mix will immediately make you smile because his ears are about two sizes too big for his little head. Peanut was a little nervous at first and not too eager to have his leash put on, but we soon got moving and made our way to the off-leash run. Peanut stopped a couple of times along the way to voice his opinion but overall he walked pretty well on the leash.

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Peanut showing off his giant ears

Peanut is very cuddly. I sat down on the ground so I could be closer to his level, and he climbed right into my lap and gave me lots of doggy kisses. We probably could have stayed like that all afternoon. Peanut also doesn’t mind being picked up, though I’m not sure how he feels about heights (he wasn’t too excited to be up on the bench to get his portrait for the website). Peanut is currently sharing his kennel with fellow Chihuahua Mimi, so he could go to a home with another dog. If you’re looking for a cute and cuddly companion, come in soon to meet Peanut!

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Peanut will never be far from your lap!

I also saw Angel, Barney, Blush, O’Shea, and Winter. I didn’t feature Winter when I wrote about some of the shelter’s long-timers at the end of 2015 (see Part I and Part II), so I’m going to write about how wonderful she is here! Winter was already hanging out in the off-leash run when I got to the shelter this week. I let myself into the run and Winter came when I called her, put her front paws in my lap, and covered my face with doggy kisses. Winter is one of the most affectionate dogs at the shelter. We then went for a walk around the woodland trail and she had perfect leash manners. (She sometimes likes to play tug-of-war with the leash when she first gets out of her kennel, but I doubt she would do that in a home when she gets regular walks throughout the day.) Winter would need to be the only dog in her new home, but she is such a sweetheart with people. And she loves to learn and play! When we had the agility bridges at the shelter for a while, Winter loved going up and over. Winter has been waiting a long time for the perfect person to come in and find her. Maybe that perfect person is you!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for Fun

There are dogs with all sorts of activity levels at Orphans of the Storm®, but the dogs below are particularly looking to have a good time with a new playful family.

Candice the three-year-old Shepherd mix has been at the shelter for several months, getting treatment for heartworm until she is healthy enough to go to her forever home. And now that time has come! Candice is an active girl who is always up for going on a walk. She quickly led the way to the off-leash run and had a good time exploring. She mostly kept to herself at the beginning, but that’s because she was so happy to be outside.

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Candice loves the outdoors, even when it’s cold

Candice warmed up, though, and was eventually covering my face in doggy kisses. I was glad I kept her outside those extra few minutes so she could become more comfortable with me. She is also happy to lean against your legs and snuggle once she gets to know you. Candice would prefer to be the only dog in her new home. If you are interested in adopting Candice, the shelter staff can give you more information on her health status. Stop by soon to meet Candice!

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Candice is ready for snuggle time

Bootsy the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a little shy and nervous right now, but I know there’s a playful pooch in there! Bootsy started out with her tail tucked between her legs and was a little skittish as we made our way to the off-leash run. But I let her do her own thing once we got there, and I could see her start to perk up and get a little more confident.

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Bootsy could use some extra treats

Bootsy soon felt comfortable enough for me to pet her without her jumping or taking a step back. She seemed to particularly enjoy getting scratched under the chin. The more she learns that there are nice people who will love her and treat her well, the more she’ll come out of her shell. When there was another dog in the run next to us, Bootsy politely sniffed him and even started wagging her tail a little bit, which was nice to see! Say hello to Bootsy on your next visit to the shelter.

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Bootsy is curious about the world around her

Otis the one-year-old Shepherd/Australian Shepherd mix was the most playful of the bunch this week. He is one of those dogs who is perfectly happy to play fetch with himself (but he’ll also play fetch with people if someone is around to play with!). He’ll pick up a tennis ball, shake his head a bit, throw the ball in the air or roll it along the ground, and then start over–all while moving at a fast speed! Otis’ cute little stubby tail just wags and wags and wags.

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Otis is a cute boy

Otis seems to get along with everybody, people and other dogs alike. He is currently sharing his kennel with another dog, so he could go to a home with or without a furry friend. Otis loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses, and he joined me on the bench a couple of times for a quick cuddle session. Even though he’s energetic, he still walked pretty well on the leash. If you’re looking for a playful new friend, come in soon to meet Otis!

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Otis with snow on his nose

I also saw Angel, Barney, Blush, John Boy, Mimi, Rooney, and Weezie.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Give Kisses

If you’re looking for an affectionate new companion, now is the perfect time to come into Orphans of the Storm® and meet some of the dogs who will be more than happy to cover you in doggy kisses.

Batman the five-year-old Border Collie/Labrador Retriever mix has been at the shelter for several months, but now has his clean bill of health and is ready to be adopted! Batman loves going for walks and spending time outside, even when it’s chilly. We quickly made our way to the off-leash run, where Batman enjoyed exploring in the bushes and being able to romp freely.

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How can you say no to a face like Batman’s?

Batman was more cuddly once he was back on the leash and less distracted. When I knelt down next to him, he came over to lean against my legs and get a good scratch on the back. His fluffiness makes him an ideal snuggle buddy! Batman isn’t a fan of other dogs, so he would like to be the only dog in his new home. If you’re a one-dog kind of person, come in soon to say hello to Batman!

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Batman had a big smile on his face

Nuk the nine-year-old Basset Hound mix is super adorable and lovable. (I admit I have a personal bias towards Basset mixes, but for good reason!) Nuk walks nicely on the leash, which is good because he could use some extra exercise with his new family to shed a couple extra pounds around his middle. Nuk, like most Hounds, spent a lot of his time with his nose to the ground, seeing what might be hiding underneath the snow.

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Nuk is just too precious

Nuk is an affectionate boy. When I sat down on the bench, he soon came to join me (he may have stubby legs, but he can still jump!) and gave me plenty of doggy kisses. We sat together on the bench for a while, just enjoying each other’s company. Those sweet brown eyes of his will capture your heart immediately. Be sure to say hi to Nuk on your next visit to the shelter.

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Nuk liked being up high on the bench

Ginger the ten-year-old Labrador Retriever mix (not to be confused with the other Ginger, who is also affectionate!) may be considered a senior, but she still has plenty of pep in her step. When I came to take her out, she was jumping up and down excitedly at the opportunity to go outside. Once she was out of her kennel, though, she calmed down quickly and was a nice walking companion.

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Ginger was shining in the sunlight

Ginger did some exploring on her own when we first got to the off-leash run, but after that she was stuck to my side like glue. She hopped up next to me on the bench and gave me doggy kisses every so often while I pet her. Sometimes she would sit next to me, sometimes she would squeeze behind me and lean against my back, and sometimes she put her front paws in my lap to get extra close. What a lovebug! Stop in soon to meet Ginger.

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Ginger is all about cuddling

I also saw Barney, Bear, Blush, John Boy, and Scotty.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs on a Wintery Day

It was a bit of a dreary day at Orphans of the Storm®, but the dogs were happy to spend some time outside and stretch their legs in the off-leash run.

Chapo the one-and-a-half-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a playful pup with plenty of energy. He was very eager to come outside and have a chance to romp around. When we got to the off-leash run, Chapo very quickly found a stuffed reindeer toy, picked it up, and ran a few laps. He eventually dropped it so I could pick it up and throw it for him to chase, which he enjoyed. There were a couple of tennis balls in the run also, but Chapo wasn’t too interested in those; he seems to prefer stuffed toys.

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Chapo is always on the move (hence the blurriness)

Chapo gets along with some dogs better than others. He was originally sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, but there were a couple dogs we saw while we were out that got him more wound up than others. Since Chapo is still pretty young, he could definitely benefit from some training. Chapo is an affectionate boy who happily joined me on the bench for some snuggling. If you’re looking for a fun-loving pooch, come in soon to meet Chapo!

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Chapo wondering if my camera is a toy or not

Bubba the ten-year-old Cocker Spaniel mix is a super-cute senior looking for a nice home in which he can spend his golden years. Bubba is about as mellow as they come. He walks nicely on the leash, though he does like to stop and sniff every once in a while. When we got to the off-leash run, he took his time exploring and never moved too fast.

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Bubba not too sure about the snow

Bubba kept to himself at the beginning, but he eventually warmed up and enjoyed getting a good scratch on the back and behind his (curly and adorable) ears. Bubba also seems to like other dogs, based on the way he sniffed and wagged his little tail at the dogs on the other side of the fence. If you’re looking for a sweet companion to add to your family, be sure to say hi to Bubba on your next visit to the shelter!

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Bubba is too cute

Angel the nine-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix might look sort of big and muscle-y, but in fact she is very gentle. Walking her on the leash was easy because she never strayed too far from my side. Angel is another senior dog, so she’s pretty calm and enjoys taking it slow. When we got to the off-leash run, she spent most of her time following her nose through the snow and under the bushes.

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Angel says, “Who, me?”

Angel certainly is named appropriately. She’ll stay by your side as long as you’re petting her and might even give you a doggy kiss if you’re lucky! She has quickly become a volunteer favorite because of her sweet disposition. Angel is ready to head to her new forever home and snuggle up with her new family. Stop by soon to meet Angel!

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Angel enjoying the snow

I also saw Bear, Blush, Courage, Jax (Charlie), John Boy (who is an expert at playing fetch with himself), Lexi, and Lisa.

An Orphans of the Storm® Dog Named “Puppy”

There have already been lots of new adoptions at Orphans of the Storm® in the new year! In fact, I only have one new pooch for you to meet today because the other new ones I walked this week have already been adopted.

Puppy the three-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever mix may not technically be a puppy anymore, but he certainly still acts like he is! Puppy is a boisterous boy who loves to play. When we got to the off-leash run, I tossed a tennis ball for him and he chased right after it. Rather than bringing it back, though, he just ran around with the ball in his mouth and his tail wagging. There were a couple of occasions where Puppy got distracted and dropped the ball, so I could throw it again and he could chase it again. Puppy is always on the move, so I barely even got a picture with all of him in the frame. (Going through the photos was like “There’s Puppy’s tail! And this one has Puppy’s nose! But where is the rest of Puppy?”)

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Puppy loves tennis balls

Puppy is also very snuggly. He isn’t shy about giving people doggy hugs, and he loves to get scratched on his back and by his hips. When I sat down on the bench, Puppy kept going under my legs as if they were a back-scratcher. Puppy does this very cute thing: he’ll put his head and front legs on the ground and start to roll over, but he’ll keep his back legs standing while you pet him until he eventually loses his balance and flips all the way over so you can give him a belly rub. This happened multiple times and it made me laugh each time. Puppy will definitely bring a smile to whichever lucky person or people adopt him! On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Puppy.

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Puppy in the snow (minus his nose)

I also saw Bear, Blush, Courage, Diamond, Gypsy, John Boy, Lisa, Showtime, Weezie, Willow, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Long-Timers Hoping for a New Home in the New Year

Here is another batch of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who have been waiting more than their fair share of time to find a forever loving home. Help us spread the word and find new homes for these lovable pooches in 2016!

Skippy the eleven-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is a fun little guy who doesn’t act like a senior at all. Those little legs move faster than you’d think! Skippy’s original owner had to move into assisted living and couldn’t bring Skippy with him, but that means Skippy has a lifetime of experience being a companion. Skippy would prefer to be in an adult-only home. He does get along well with other dogs, though, especially ones that are closer to his size, and has shared his kennel with a few different dogs during his time at the shelter. You can read more about my first visit with Skippy here.

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Skippy

Fred the eight-year-old Shepherd mix loves being with people. This big boy is a big cuddler who just wants a good scratch on the back. Fred is on the larger side, but he walks great on the leash. I took him around the woodland preserve trail this past weekend and he stayed by my side the whole time without pulling. Fred doesn’t particularly like other dogs, so he would prefer to be the only dog in his new home. Fred can offer his new family plenty of affection! You can read more about my first visit with Fred here.

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Fred

Courage the four-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is one of the most affectionate dogs at the shelter right now. Even though she’s a big girl, she’s absolutely convinced that she’s a lapdog and will try to fit as much of herself in your lap as possible, and then cover your face with doggy kisses. Courage would do best in an active household with experienced dog owners, and would like to be the only dog in her new home. She loves being outside and will happily join her new family for walks or runs. When I took her into the woodland preserve this weekend, we ran the first 3/4 of the way and then slowed to a walk for the last portion. You can read more about my first visit with Courage here.

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Nana the seven-year-old Plott mix is a very mellow girl. She’s one of the dogs I most often find napping in her kennel when I walk by. But when you tell her that she’s going out for a walk, she perks right up! Nana walks nicely on the leash and doesn’t seem like the overly excitable type. Nana, like Lexi from last week, has cancer and is hoping a very special person will welcome her into their home. Nana is a loving and lovable girl who will give you doggy kisses while you pet her. You can read more about my first visit with Nana here.

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Happy New Year to all!

Orphans of the Storm® Long-Timers Hoping for a Home for the Holidays

I’m going to save new dogs for the new year and take the next couple of weeks to write about some of the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who have been waiting for their forever family a little longer than others. Included are updated photos from this past weekend.

Weezie the nine-year-old Chow Chow mix is quickly becoming one of my favorites. She may bark at you when you first walk by her kennel, but once you take her out she is one of the sweetest dogs. Now that she knows me, she greets me with a wagging tail instead of a bark. Weezie is a senior and walks on the slower side, but she gets around just fine and enjoys being outside. When I had her out this past weekend, she sat by my feet and enjoyed getting a scratch on the neck. She will happily give you doggy kisses if you give her the opportunity! Weezie has a lifetime of experience as a family pet and is ready to join a new family and show off what a lovable companion she is. You can read more about my first visit with Weezie here.

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Weezie

Zoey the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is an energetic girl who loves to run and play. She knows her basic commands like “sit” and would be a quick learner if her new family wanted to teach her more. Zoey likes to chase tennis balls, though she doesn’t usually bring them back. She’s also enjoyed playing with other dog toys in the past. Zoey has very pretty coloring that I haven’t seen on any other dog. If you’re an active person looking for an active companion, Zoey might be the one for you! You can read more about my first visit with Zoey here.

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Zoey

Showtime the six-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a volunteer favorite. There were several other volunteers at the shelter when I was there this weekend, and all of them stopped what they were doing to say hello to Showtime. Showtime’s favorite thing is getting her hips scratched; she does a cute little dance and wags her tail. Showtime seems to do pretty well with other dogs also. Since everyone who knows her likes her, all you have to do is come in to meet her! You can read more about my first visit with Showtime here.

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Lexi the five-year-old American Bulldog mix is super happy, all the time. Her tail never stops wagging and she is always eager to greet people and do some cuddling. Lexi quickly joined me on the bench and tried her best to fit in my lap, though she’s a little big for that. Lexi loves going for walks and literally jumps up and down when she finds out it’s her turn. Sadly, Lexi has cancer, but you wouldn’t know that just from spending time with her. Lexi is looking for a special person who will love her and take care of her through her illness. You can read more about my first visit with Lexi here.

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Lexi

Zola (previously known as Chola) the two-year-old Hound mix has shared her kennel with many dogs during her time at Orphans of the Storm®, and for some reason her kennelmates always get adopted and Zola remains. Although Zola gets along with other dogs, she would prefer to be the only dog in her new home. Zola is very snuggly and absolutely loves getting belly rubs. I wish I could have gotten a picture of her this weekend when I was giving her a belly rub because I have never seen a dog look so happy: Zola’s eyes were half-closed and the corners of her mouth were turned up just slightly so she really looked like she was smiling. She could have stayed like that all day! You can read more about my first visit with Zola here.

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Zola

Diamond the eight-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is one of the longest long-timers at the shelter, and she’s another volunteer favorite. She walks pretty well on the leash and enjoys spending time in the off-leash run. One of her favorite activities is racing whatever dog happens to be in the run next to her; she’ll do a little bark and go into a play-bow to entice them. Diamond will gladly stay by your side as long as you’re petting her. You can read more about my first visit with Diamond here.

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Diamond

Bear the two-year-old Chow Chow mix likes being around adults but isn’t as much of a fan of children. Bear likes adults so much that he sometimes has separation anxiety, so he would prefer to be in a home where someone is around most of the day. Bear is a sweet boy who walks pretty well on the leash and enjoys getting a good scratch under the chin. You can read more about my first visit with Bear here.

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Roxy the six-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix came from an owner, so she knows what it takes to be a family dog. She’s not too fond of other dogs but loves being with people and will give you plenty of doggy kisses once she gets a chance to know you. Roxy can pull a bit on the leash at first but settles down quickly. She would love to have a yard to call her own and an owner who will take her for daily walks. You can read more about my first visit with Roxy here.

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Bella the eleven-year-old Boxer mix is another one of my favorites. I know I say this about her every time, but it’s because it’s so true: Bella is the definition of “gentle giant.” She’s one of the largest dogs at the shelter right now, but one of the easiest to walk on the leash. Bella loves to snuggle and give doggy kisses. Her favorite place to get pet is her back, but her ears and chin are good choices too! Bella would like to be the only dog in her new home. All she’s looking for is a loving family to join for her golden years. She has so much love to offer! You can read more about my first visit with Bella here.

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Scotty the ten-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix is another sweetheart. He walks nicely on the leash and just loves spending time with people. Scotty will stay by your side as long as you’re petting him and particularly likes getting scratched on his back and hips. Scotty has a horseshoe-shaped marking on his back, which we keep hoping will bring him some luck! Scotty had some surgery on his back knee a while ago but you wouldn’t be able to tell that now; he gets around with no problem. Scotty is a mellow senior looking for a loving home. You can read more about my first visit with Scotty here.

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Scotty

Stay tuned next week to get reacquainted with some other long-timers!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Found Their Forever Home, Part XII

What better way to start of the holiday week than with an Orphans of the Storm® success story! Cathy adopted Sweetie, who now goes by the name Coco Chanel, earlier this month. Here is what Cathy has to say about her new family member:

I went to Orphans of the Storm® “just to look” and was instantly smitten with Sweetie. She is only 8 lbs and would have had a hard time with the cold weather in her kennel! Luckily we were a match made in heaven and I brought her home within an hour of meeting her. Her new name reflects her princess-like personality; she’s already shown my two cats who is boss even though they both weigh twice as much as she does. Here she is celebrating Christmas and just chilling with her new mom. Coco is a real winner!

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Thank you for sharing your adoption success story (and adorable pictures!) with us, Cathy!

If you would like to have your own success story shared on the blog, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Like to Play

I met some playful dogs at Orphans of the Storm® this week, and they’re all ready to find some new playmates in the form of a new forever family.

Rooney the three-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever mix is an active boy. He’s pretty strong and can pull on the leash a bit, especially when he’s first let out of his kennel, but once he’s in a home where he gets regular walks and exercise every day he’ll probably be a little less excitable. Rooney and I hurried over to the off-leash run, where Rooney had a fun time.

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Rooney with his cute nose and flappy ears

Rooney absolutely loves tennis balls. In fact, he loves them so much that he doesn’t want to drop one long enough for you to throw it again! Rooney was perfectly content to romp around the run with the tennis ball in his mouth. On the few occasions where he got distracted and dropped the ball on his own, I picked it up and he was immediately ready to chase after it again. His new family can work on the second step of fetch, which is to return the ball! If you’re looking for a fun-loving (and just loving in general) pooch, come in soon to meet Rooney!

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Rooney proudly carrying his tennis ball

Hobbs the five-year-old Mountain Cur mix was the mellowest dog I walked this week, but he still has plenty of spirit. Hobbs is a friendly guy who gets along with people and dogs alike; he was sharing his kennel with another pooch who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another dog.

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Hobbs says, “I’m here! Love me!”

Hobbs enjoys getting attention. He would explore the off-leash run for a bit, then come back to me to get a nice scratch on the back or behind the ears. Whenever I knelt down to his level, he would be right there next to me. Hobbs is a cute boy with pretty brindle fur and a lovable face. Stop by the shelter soon to say hi to Hobbs!

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Hobbs is a good-looking guy

Reggie the eight-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix is super cute and very snuggly. He quickly led the way to the off-leash run, but once we were in there all he wanted to do was try to climb into my lap! Reggie also likes to give doggy kisses. He’s a perfect size for snuggling if you’re looking for a dog that can fit in your lap or be picked up.

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Reggie coming in for a cuddle session

Reggie also loves to play fetch, which makes sense for an active breed like his. Check out the cute video below to see what a fetching expert Reggie is!

Reggie found the tennis ball on his own and brought it straight to me, dropping it on the bench so I could pick it up easily. I would throw the ball, he would catch it, and he would bring it right back to the bench again. We did this for quite a while, until Reggie eventually got tired and took a water break. This little guy is the perfect combination of snuggly and playful. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Reggie!

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Reggie is thrilled to be playing fetch

Coal the four-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is another active guy. I knew right away that he would be perfect for walking around the woodland preserve, and he was. He occasionally pulled on the leash, but for the most part he walked just a couple steps ahead of me and enjoyed sniffing all of the trees and bushes. At one point we stopped and I sat on one of the benches on the edge of the trail. Coal rested his head on my arm while I scratched his chin for a bit. A little further along, we stopped again and Coal leaned his whole body against my legs so I could rub his side.

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Coal was happy to walk on the trail

Coal can get a little wound up when there are other dogs nearby, particularly if they’re barking at him, so that’s another reason why going on the walking trail was a good choice. The farther we got from the kennels, the calmer Coal became. Coal would do best as the only dog in his new home but has plenty of love to offer to his future person/people. If you’re a one-dog type of person, come in soon to meet Coal!

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Coal is a cutie

I also saw Bear, Blush, Lexi, Lisa (who is so cuddly and sat with me on the bench for a while), Old Red, O’Shea, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Bring the Holiday Cheer

When you adopt a pet from Orphans of the Storm®, that cat or dog is going to brighten your day every day! But the holidays are an especially nice time to have some extra cheer. The three dogs I met this week will have no problem putting a smile on your face.

Spade the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a cutie. His light brown eyes really jump out at you from the black fur on his face, so you won’t be able to resist saying hello! Spade was a little shy at first, but he walked nicely on the way to the off-leash run and he even sat down next to me and waited patiently while I took his leash off (unlike most dogs, who try to run free before I can even close the gate behind us!).

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Spade showing off his black “mask”

Spade spent the first couple of minutes exploring on his own, but he came back to me soon enough so I could pet him. He gave me a few doggy kisses in return. Spade joined me on the bench briefly, so there’s a good chance there is some couch-cuddling in store for his future owners. Spade seems like a pretty calm and easy-going guy. Stop by the shelter soon to say hello to Spade!

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Spade is such a handsome boy

Weezie the nine-year-old Chow Chow mix was adopted from Orphans of the Storm® when she was just a puppy. Now she’s back and ready for a second chance at a forever home where she can spend her golden years. She has a lifetime of experience as a family pet; she’s house-trained and knows some basic commands. Weezie is pretty nervous inside her kennel (understandably, since she’s used to being in a home) but she really perks up once she’s out and about.

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Weezie coming over for a scratch on the back

Weezie, being an older dog, has some knee issues. But that doesn’t stop her from enjoying the outdoors! She’s happy to go on short walks or spend time hanging out in the yard. There were a few times while we were together when she simply sat by my feet and enjoyed a good scratch on the top of her head between her ears. The cutest/funniest thing Weezie did was that when I went to take her for a walk, she was in the middle of chewing on a bone. I thought she had carried it with her, but it turned out that she sneakily hid it outside her kennel and when I went to put her back, she went straight to the spot she hid it, picked it back up, and continued to chew it after she was back in her kennel. So resourceful! Come in soon to meet Weezie.

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Weezie is ready for a new life on the other side of the fence

Tweetie the ten-year-old Beagle mix is one of those pooches who will make you say “Aww” when you see her, particularly if you have a soft spot for older dogs and/or dogs who are slightly overweight. Tweetie has a bit of a tummy that could probably be worked off once she’s in a home where she gets to go for regular walks multiple times a day. The good news is she loves going for walks!

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Tweetie is a sweetie!

Tweetie may have gray fur on her face, but she certainly doesn’t act like a senior. We headed straight for the woodland preserve walking trail and Tweetie led the way. When Tweetie wanted to follow her nose off into the bushes but I kept her on the trail, she voiced her opinion with a short howl. Tweetie was previously sharing her kennel with another Beagle mix who has since been adopted, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Stop by soon to see if Tweetie is the pooch for you!

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Tweetie enjoying the fresh air

I also saw Bear, Blush, and Duke.