Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Hoping This Is Their Weekend to Clear the Shelter

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 19, Orphans of the Storm® is participating in Clear the Shelters for the third year in a row. While we hope to clear as much of the shelter as we can, below are some long-timers who have been waiting a year or more to find their forever home. It would be extra special if we could clear these pooches from the shelter! These long-timers each have their own fan club consisting of volunteers, who will be happy to talk to you about their favorites when you come in to meet these lovable dogs.

  • Honey Lamb the eight-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is Orphans of the Storm®’s longest long-timer, which is confusing to everyone who knows her. Honey Lamb lives up to her name because she is a sweet girl who loves to be with people and share lots of snuggles and kisses. She isn’t a fan of other dogs, so she is looking for a home where she can be the queen. You can watch her video to see her in action.
  • Puggie the thirteen-year-old Chihuahua mix is a cute little guy who gets along with other dogs that are closer to his size. He has had many furry walking companions over the years. Even in his older years, Puggie has the spunk and attitude that’s common in little dogs like him.
  • Bobo the eight-year-old Wire-Haired Terrier mix loves belly rubs and going for walks. He went to doggy boot camp at TOPS Kennel a couple years ago, so he knows plenty of commands. Bobo likes to be the boss and doesn’t like to be told “no,” so he is looking for an experienced dog owner and an adult home where he can be the only pet. Watch his video to learn more about Bobo.
  • Blush the eight-year-old Labrador Retriever mix absolutely loves going for walks, which is good because she’s a little on the chunky side! That’s because she also loves pig ears and treats. Blush used to share her kennel with other dogs, but has gotten more particular about which dogs she does and doesn’t like as she’s gotten older. Blush is a smarty who is eager to learn more tricks. See Blush on the move in her video.
  • Thunder the eight-year-old Boxer mix is easy-going with people. He doesn’t mind being dressed up for different holidays and occasions. Thunder also seems to know some basic commands. He loves getting his hips scratched. Thunder isn’t a fan of other dogs, so he would need to be the only pet in his new home. Watch Thunder’s video to learn more.
  • Roxy (or RoxyAnne) the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came from an owner who could no longer care for her, so she knows how to be a pet in a home. She’s a sweet girl who likes being pet and likes hanging out in the yard. You can see Roxy’s special day out in her video.
  • Scotty the eleven-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a mellow senior. He doesn’t move too fast and likes to just amble around the yard, following his nose. Scotty had some work done on his knees a while back, but you wouldn’t even know it now! Watch a short video of Scotty showing off his “sit” skills.
  • Courage the five-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is one of the most affectionate dogs. She thinks she’s a lapdog, even though she can only fit a portion of herself into your lap. She also likes to give kisses. She can pull on the leash a bit when she first comes out of her kennel, but then settles into being a nice walking companion. Courage gets along with some dogs but not all, so she would probably do best as the only dog in her new home. Watch a short video of Courage eating carrots.
  • Aleck the four-year-old Hound mix is a well-behaved boy–so much so that he often gets to go to the Orphans of the Storm® Highland Park location. Aleck likes going for walks and giving people doggy hugs and kisses. You can watch his video to see him out and about.
  • Bella the twelve-year-old Boxer mix is my personal favorite. She is a super easy walking buddy and prefers short walks. She likes getting pet, enjoys getting a quick bath with the hose, and tolerates getting her ears cleaned even though she probably doesn’t like it much. Bella is also gentle with kids. She isn’t a fan of other dogs, though, so she would need to be the only pet in her new home.
  • O’Shea the six-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has mellowed out since he first came to the shelter. But he still loves to greet people he knows with a doggy hug and kiss! O’Shea does well with some dogs but doesn’t care much for others, so he would probably do best as the only dog in his new home. Watch his video to see what a sweetie O’Shea is.
  • Shyanne the four-year-old Hound mix came to the shelter with a puppy. Her puppy was adopted quickly, but Shyanne is still waiting to find that perfect home. Shyanne is very affectionate and snuggly. She knows she can get her dog-walker to keep her out longer by giving them a doggy hug whenever they try to walk her back to her kennel. Shyanne would prefer to be the only dog in her new home.
  • Barney the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a bit of a goofball with a mischievous streak. He can be an escape artist if he’s left alone for too long in the yard, because he wants to be with people instead! Barney likes to play and especially likes getting pet. Watch a short video of Barney on ice.
  • Vanilla the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix has calmed down a lot since she first came to the shelter. Vanilla may seem like a lot to handle because of her size, but she is actually a great walking buddy. Vanilla would like to be the only pet in her new home.
  • Hobbs the six-year-old Mountain Cur mix is a nice boy hoping for a home and a backyard to call his own. Hobbs like to follow his nose and explore whenever he’s off-leash. He’s a good walking buddy, too. Hobbs will always greet you with a wagging tail.
  • Lucy the fifteen-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix does not act her age at all. Her face may have some gray on it, but she runs and plays as well as any youngster. Lucy’s bug-eyed expression has earned her several nicknames, including “Alien,” but they are all given with lots of love. Watch a short video of Lucy playing.
  • Wombat the four-year-old Hound mix has plenty of energy and playfulness. He’s always up for going on a walk and is happy to lead the way. Wombat would also make a good running partner, if you’re looking for either motivation or companionship during your runs. Watch his video to learn more about Wombat.
  • Maggie the six-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix gets along with people of all ages, including children. Maggie likes to cuddle. She also loves going for walks and she’s a believer in that the longer the walk, the better. She has experience as a family pet, so she just needs to find that new perfect family. Maggie would do best as the only dog in her new home.
  • Tyson the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a strong but lovable and loving boy. He has a big, wide face that will make you smile, and he’ll smile right back! Tyson likes to give doggy hugs and kisses, and will happily join you for a snuggle session.
  • Roxy the five-year-old Shepherd/Rottweiler mix is a leaner, meaning she’ll lean against you or rest her head on you while you’re petting her. Roxy prefers the company of adults and older children, and is less comfortable around little kids. She’s a great walking companion. Roxy would do best as the only dog in her new home.
  • Clarinet the three-year-old Catahoula mix is super lovey-dovey. She will join you on the couch, sit in your lap, give you doggy kisses–everything you would expect from an affectionate dog! Clarinet likes having the opportunity to run and play on a regular basis. Although Clarinet loves people, she doesn’t love other dogs, so she would do best as the only dog in her new home. Watch a short video of Clarinet playing fetch.
  • Carlos the three-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is a big, strong boy with a big heart to match. He loves going for walks and particularly seems to like walking in wooded areas, where there are smells both on the ground and in the air for him to follow. And he has those great floppy ears that are so much fun to pet!
  • Lucy the nine-year-old Boxer mix is an easy-going sweetie. She walks at the perfect strolling pace and is always happy to take a cuddle break. Lucy likes to give doggy hugs and kisses, too. She was sharing her kennel with another dog when she first arrived at the shelter, but she can be a little picky about which dogs she likes and would probably do best as the only dog in her new home.
  • Diamond (who is now known as Riley) the nine-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was at the shelter for a couple years. She was adopted several months ago but recently returned because she has separation anxiety and needs to be in a home where someone is around the majority of the time. Diamond has always been a volunteer favorite, and we’re hopeful that we can find her a new perfect home! Watch her video to see Diamond out and about.

Here’s to another successful Clear the Shelters! Orphans of the Storm® will be opened extended hours during the event, from 11am-7pm. The adoption fee is waived for dogs and cats older than 5 months. The waived fee includes spay/neuter, but additional fees for final shots may apply. We hope to see lots of you there!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking to Spend the Dog Days of Summer in a New Home

What better time to bring a dog into your home than the dog days of summer? It’s meant to be! Stop by Orphans of the Storm® soon to meet your new best friend.

Balley the one-year-old Boxer/Mountain Cur mix is a total cuddlebug. She’ll sit right in front of you and tuck her head into your lap so you can pet her. When you stop, she sticks her paw out and taps your arm to get your attention again. Balley also likes to roll around on her back and get a belly rub simultaneously.

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Balley says, “Maybe put down the camera and pet me instead?”

Balley walks really nicely on the leash, and if you stop walking then she will come back to you and sit at your feet until you start moving again. Balley likes people so much that she has some separation anxiety, so she would do best in a home where someone is around the majority of the time. Since she’s so sweet and gentle, she could go to a home with kids. Stop in soon to say hello to Balley!

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Balley coming in for a doggy kiss

Brutus the one-year-old Hound mix is very excited and energetic when he first comes out of his kennel. Brutus loves to greet people with doggy hugs, and that’s what he did with me and two other volunteers who we passed on our walk. Brutus is also a water dog. He would love to have a puppy pool (or, even better, a full-size pool!) to splash around in during the summer. He’s also one of those dogs who tries to “eat” the spray from a hose.

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Brutus loves to go exploring

Brutus is a happy boy. He’ll join you on the bench for snuggles before heading off on a walk. Brutus prefers to walk at a quick pace but doesn’t pull too much once he gets his initial burst of energy out of the way. Brutus likes other dogs, but isn’t as fond of kids, so he would do best in an adult home with or without another dog. If that description fits you, come in soon to meet Brutus!

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Brutus could only be happier if he was in his new forever home

Arnold the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a good boy. When I came to his kennel, he sat nicely without me even asking while I put his leash on. We first went to the off-leash run, where Arnold did some sniffing on his own but then spent most of the time with me so he could get pet. He joined me on the bench and gave me a couple doggy kisses.

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Arnold with his puppy pool

Arnold can pull a bit on the leash, but for the most part he does a nice job being a walking companion. When we were making our way around the woodland preserve, Arnold liked exploring in the tall grass. He also enjoyed a dip in the puppy pool after our walk. Arnold has one of those lovable wide faces and always seems to be smiling. Say hello to Arnold on your next visit to the shelter!

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Arnold has a heart-warming smile

I also saw Bella, Belle, Big Boy (who is so snuggly and sweet!) and Mojo, Bud, Buddy and ShadowDelilah, Diamond (now known as Riley), and Lucy.

And don’t forget–Saturday, August 19 is Clear the Shelters!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are on a Roll

I don’t know if it was the weather or what, but all of the Orphans of the Storm® dogs I walked this week wanted to take a break by rolling around on their backs in the grass. Sometimes multiple times! It certainly put a smile on my face to see them wiggling around.

Remember to mark your calendars for Saturday, August 19 because Orphans of the Storm® is again participating in Clear the Shelters! You can read about the 2015 event and 2016 event.

Brownie the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix found herself at the shelter because she didn’t get along with the other dog in her original home. So, she would probably do best as the only dog in her new home. Brownie absolutely loves people and also gets along with kids, though, so she could be a great family dog. She has dark brown fur with some black spots, so she looks like a chocolate chip brownie!

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Brownie says, “A toy? For me?”

Brownie spent the first few minutes in the off-leash run exploring on her own, but she soon came over to get some cuddles and joined me on the bench. Brownie did a pretty good job at walking on the leash as we made our way around the woodland preserve. She was happy to stop and give some doggy kisses every once in a while. Come in soon to see if Brownie is the one for you!

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Brownie popping out of the bushes

Daisy the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is finishing up her heartworm treatment, but she is now ready to go to her new home and the shelter will cover the remaining costs of her treatment. This big girl is a total sweetheart. She loves to give doggy hugs and kisses and enjoys a good snuggle session. Daisy also gets along with cats, so she could go to a home with other furry friends.

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Daisy leaping onto bench #2

Daisy is an active girl, so once she’s done with her treatment she will be ready to go on adventures. Daisy made sure that she jumped up on every single bench along the woodland preserve (there are at least six), and then she would sit there and wait for me to pet her. She also loved rolling in the tall grass and was happy to get her belly rubbed at the same time. Be sure to say hello to Daisy on your next visit to the shelter!

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Daisy getting pet on bench #4

Tino the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix had everyone we passed commenting on how cute he is, because he has that unique white face and dark body. Tino is a strong boy, so he can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, but don’t let that deter you. Tino prefers to walk at a quick pace but didn’t pull too much once we were on the woodland preserve trail.

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Tino was all smiles on our walk

Tino is a happy boy. He greeted me with a doggy hug, and jumped up on the bench next to me multiple times so he could cuddle and give me some doggy kisses. It was a warm day when we were out, so about halfway through our walk Tino plopped down in the shade and rolled over so I could give him a belly rub. He can get excited when he sees other dogs, so he might need a little training to learn how to stay calm. Come in soon to meet Tino!

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Tino certainly isn’t shy

Buddy and Shadow the six-year-old Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever mixes are a handsome pair who would like to be adopted together. I’m not entirely sure if I’m matching the right name to the right dog (though they aren’t 100% identical–I’m just bad at matching their faces to their official portraits on the shelter website), so apologies if their descriptions are flipped!

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Buddy (I think!) sniffing a toy

Shadow was more interested in sniffing around on his own and exploring behind and underneath the bushes, but he did come over to get pet after a few minutes. He also would check in with Buddy every so often and they would sniff the same things.

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Shadow (I think!) following his nose

Buddy was more of a cuddler. He would come over to me and tuck his head into my lap so I could scratch his ears and back. He also was interested in chasing tennis balls, but needs a little refresher on the part where he brings it back!

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Buddy (I think!) coming to say hello

Buddy and Shadow were very eager to come out for a walk. They can jump around a bit when they’re getting their leashes put on, but they were both very mellow once we got to the off-leash run. If you think you have the space in your heart and home for these two lovable boys, come in soon to meet Shadow and Buddy!

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Buddy and Shadow are a winning combination

I also saw Bella, Blush, Carlos, Clarinet, Lucretia, Mojo and Big Boy (who need to be adopted together rather than individually), Quincy (who greeted me like we are best friends even though I had only walked him once before, which shows how quickly he can warm up once he knows you!), Roxy, and Sadie.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Warming Up

Some dogs will act as if they are your lifelong best friend the first time they meet you. Others can take a little longer to warm up. There are some shy but incredibly nice dogs at Orphans of the Storm® right now, and they are looking for the right person or family to help them break out of their shell.

Baloo the six-month-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix is a little shy, but super sweet. Many dogs are off and running when they first come out of their kennel, but the first thing Baloo did was sit by my feet so I could pet him. I think it’s safe to say that one of Baloo’s favorite things is getting pet, because we took many cuddle breaks. Once Baloo spent more time with me, he was also happy to give some doggy kisses.

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Baloo has cute pointy ears

Baloo is one of the best walking companions. He heels without being told and was so close to me that my leg was touching his side with almost every step. The only way he could have been closer is if he stood on my feet! Baloo didn’t pull on the leash once. I must have told him, “You’re perfect!” about 50 times. If you’re looking for a sweet puppy who already knows his manners, come in soon to meet Baloo!

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Baloo says, “Yes, I am a good boy!”

M&M the three-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever mix is pretty mellow. We started in the off-leash run, where M&M gave the dog on the other side of the fence a quick sniff but then went off and did her own exploring. M&M can be a little skittish if she hears an unexpected noise, but once she’s settled in her new home she’ll feel much more comfortable.

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M&M loves her walks

M&M is another great walking buddy. It seems like she prefers going for walks rather than just hanging out in a yard. She walks at the perfect pace and doesn’t pull on the leash at all. I invited her to join me on the bench but maybe she was previously taught to not get on furniture, because she only rested her chin on the seat. Be sure to say hello to M&M on your next visit to the shelter!

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M&M not so sure about jumping on the bench

Jada the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix has one of those wide, lovable faces with plenty of adorable wrinkles–and she isn’t shy about getting that face right up next to yours! Jada loves to snuggle and give doggy kisses. She particularly likes getting her hips scratched and does a little happy dance. Jada will put her front paws in your lap for maximum cuddles.

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Jada leading the way

Jada can pull on the leash a bit when she first comes out, but as we made our way around the woodland preserve, she settled into a better walking pace. She enjoyed going into the tall grasses on the edge of the trail to do some extra sniffing. Jada gladly joined me on the bench a couple times to take a break. She would do best as the only dog in her new home. If you think you fit the bill, come in soon to meet Jada!

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Jada coming in for a doggy kiss

Quincy the one-year-old Shepherd mix can be a little shy at first. He wanted to give me a thorough sniff before I put his leash on, which I was happy to oblige. Quincy got more snuggly and less skittish the longer we were out, which is a great sign that getting some TLC in his new home will bring him out of his shell.

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Quincy looks a little fox-y

Quincy did a good job walking on the leash, considering he was a little skeptical of the idea at first. He liked to stop and sniff every once in a while–either the grass, tree trunks, or my leg. He was also happy to pause and get a nice scratch on the back or under his chin. Stop by soon to meet handsome Quincy!

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Quincy started walking with his head held high

Baby the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever mix ended up at the shelter because her previous owner passed away. Her lifetime experience of being a family pet means that she gets along with other dogs, cats, and people of all ages. (Baby is currently sharing her kennel with another dog, too.) So, she is more than ready to join a new happy home!

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Baby has such a sweet face

Baby is a very sweet girl. The first thing she did was give me a quick doggy hug, and she gave me a few more at different points during our walk. She also gave me doggy kisses. Baby is great at walking on the leash, though she would prefer having a harness rather than just her collar. If you’re looking for a family dog, be sure to say hello to Baby on your next visit!

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Baby knew to stay in the shade

I also saw Belle, Bella, Chester and Te Amo, Lucretia, Mojo, Sadie, Sir, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Leap and Bound

The Chicago area, particularly the northern suburbs, has been hit by some heavy storms in the last two weeks. Orphans of the Storm®’s woodland preserve had a couple trees come down in the wind and rain, but that didn’t stop the dogs from getting their walks! Whether over or under, the dogs and their walkers made their way past the fallen tree trunks.

Bentley the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has a bit of a loud bark, so you certainly can’t miss him when you’re walking through the shelter. But once he was out of his kennel, he didn’t make a peep. Bentley is currently getting treated for heartworm but is ready to go home. His new family will just have to make sure he gets rest until he receives his clean bill of health. Bentley still likes to go for walks, though!

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Bentley doesn’t mind a bit of rain

Bentley is an affectionate guy. He put his front paws in my lap and covered my face in doggy kisses whenever he got the chance. Bentley can pull a bit on the leash, but he’s still a puppy so his new family will have to do some training with him anyway. Bentley gets a little excited when other dogs are around, but can be refocused to keep walking. If you’re looking for a young, fun, and sweet boy, come in soon to meet Bentley!

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Bentley loves to give hugs

Otis the nine-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is also known as a grandpa at the shelter because he took care of a litter of puppies for a while. Otis can be picky about which dogs he likes and which he doesn’t, though, so it’s important for you to bring in your current dog to meet him if you’re thinking of adding him as a second dog. (This is also true for any dog!)

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Otis is always happy to be with people

Otis is a sweet boy who likes going for walks. His tail wags almost constantly and he likes to sniff and explore. Otis is a good walking companion and is also happy to take breaks so he can be pet. He also likes to give doggy kisses. Even though he’s on the older side, he doesn’t act too much like a senior. Say hello to Otis on your next visit to the shelter!

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Otis says, “Follow me!”

Belle the two-year-old Boxer/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix takes a daily anti-inflammatory for her knees, but you wouldn’t know she has any movement issues with the way she was leading the way on our walk! She also jumped over one of the fallen trees in the woodland preserve. Right after she jumped over, she rolled onto her back for a belly rub as if she was saying, “Please reward me for my good job!”

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Belle curious about what’s ahead

Belle is affectionate and loves being with people. Anywhere you go, she will follow (hence jumping over the tree trunk instead of crawling underneath it). She gives doggy kisses and will sit by your feet and lean against your legs so you can pet her. Belle isn’t fond of other dogs, though, so she would do best as the only dog in her new home. Stop in soon to meet Belle!

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Belle has cute white “socks”

Emma the six-year-old Dachshund mix is super adorable and super friendly. She often put her front paws on my leg, either so I would pet her or just give her some encouragement. Whenever I knelt down to her level, she would climb into my lap and give me doggy kisses. When I was climbing over the fallen tree trunk, she put her paws on my leg to “help” and make sure I got over safely. It was too cute.

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Emma is a lap dog

Emma wanted to go exploring off the trail in the woodland preserve. When I started to steer her back, she looked up at me like, “Excuse me, we’re missing out on a lot of interesting smells over here.” Emma gets along with dogs of all sizes and is currently sharing her kennel with a large Shepherd mix, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Be sure to say hello to Emma on your next visit!

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Emma laughs (sneezes) in the face of “danger”

I also saw Aleck, Bella, Chester and Te Amo, Courage, John Boy, Lucy, Mongo, O’Shea, Tyson, Vanilla, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Cool Off

On the warmer summer days, the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® enjoy having the opportunity to cool off with a quick hose spray-down. Most of them happily stand still and appreciate the impromptu bath!

Lucretia the three-year-old Hound mix is always eager to go for a walk. Her whole back half was wiggling with excitement when she saw me coming with the leash. Lucretia can pull a bit when she first comes out of her kennel, but don’t let that deter you because she settles into a pretty good walking companion.

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Lucretia says hello!

Lucretia, being a Hound, likes to stop and sniff every once in a while during her walks. She loves being pet and gives doggy hugs to show her affection to people. Lucretia isn’t a fan of other dogs, though, so she would do best in a home where she is the only pet. Stop in soon to see if Lucretia is the one for you!

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Lucretia is a happy girl

JoJo the ten-year-old Border Collie mix is a total sweetheart. Since she’s on the older side, she’s very mellow. JoJo is one of the easiest dogs to walk and doesn’t pull on the leash at all. She’s happy to take occasional breaks during her walk for snuggles and will give you very gentle doggy kisses.

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JoJo’s tail is often wagging

JoJo gets along with people and dogs alike, including little dogs like Chihuahuas and Poodles. She has shared her kennel with a couple small dogs already, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Don’t let JoJo’s older age stop you from giving her a chance, because she still has lots of love to offer. Be sure to say hi to JoJo on your next visit to the shelter!

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JoJo is a good walking buddy

Commander the one-year-old Hound mix has such pretty and expressive brown eyes. He’s a sweet boy who happily gives doggy kisses. When you kneel down next to him or sit on a bench or chair, Commander tucks his head into your lap so you can pet him. He is certainly a cuddler.

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Commander was excited to be out on the trail

Commander is also a nice walking companion. He mostly stayed by my side as we made our way around the woodland preserve and occasionally stopped for some sniffing. He also looked up at me every once in a while to check in, so he’s attentive too. His name may make him seem like a leader, but Commander is mostly interested in being a partner. Be sure to say hello to Commander on your next visit!

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Commander is a handsome guy

Peter the two-year-old Hound mix was super excited to come out for his walk. He was jumping up and down as I was putting his leash on, but as soon as he came out of his kennel he settled down and actually was a very nice walking buddy. Peter has unique blue merle coloring on part of his neck and back, which adds to his handsomeness.

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Peter taking a break by the bench

Peter can be a little skittish at times. He was found as a stray and we think he may have been bred to be a hunting dog but wasn’t too great at it, so his previous owner let him go. But there’s certainly nothing wrong with being a lover instead of a hunter! Peter just needs to find a family that will love him right back and teach him that he doesn’t have to be afraid. If you think that might be you, come in soon to meet Peter!

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Peter will happily join you on the couch

I also saw Bella, Bud, Chester and Te Amo, Courage, Gunner, John Boy, Mojo, O’Shea, Ralphie, Sadie, Scotty, Sir, Snuffles, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Are Older

Some people come to Orphans of the Storm® looking for a puppy or young dog, but there are many advantages to adopting an older one! Oftentimes they have come from a home, so they know how to be part of a family and are most likely housebroken. Some might also have some basic (or advanced) training. They also tend to be mellower, though plenty of seniors still love to play. Maybe one of these seniors will steal your heart!

Buster the ten-year-old Shepherd mix isn’t up for adoption quite yet, but he is still eager to say hello to everyone who comes by! Buster was dancing with excitement when he realized it was his turn to go for a walk. He makes a great walking buddy and stayed by my side for most of our walk around the woodland preserve, though he did enjoy snuffling through the tall grasses every once in a while.

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Buster is so fluffy

Buster is always up for a scratch on the back (or under the chin, or behind his ears). While we were in the off-leash run, Buster would go off on his own to explore for a bit, and then come back to me for some attention. He sniffed at some of the toys but wasn’t too interested in playing fetch at the time. Buster is sweet and friendly. Stop in soon to learn more about Buster and his adoption status!

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Buster asking, “Why did you stop petting me?”

Stella the twelve-year-old Mountain Feist mix doesn’t act like a senior at all. This spunky girl led the entire way around the woodland preserve. Even though her little legs are about 1/5 the length of mine, I had to hurry to keep up! Stella is also adventurous. She leapt right over a fallen log to go exploring in the bushes, and also walked along the top of the log for a while.

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When Halloween comes around, Stella will make a great house-elf from Harry Potter!

Stella is very snuggly. While we were walking, she suddenly stopped and looked at me. I knelt down to see what she wanted, and Stella hopped right into my lap and then gave me some doggy kisses. She stayed in my lap for a bit before we continued on our walk. Stella always has such a sweet expression on her face, and those big ears are too cute. Stop in soon to see if Stella is the “feisty” dog for you!

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Stella enjoying snuggle-time

Some other seniors (8 years+) who I have previously profiled are:

(Please note that some ages haven’t been updated since I wrote each dog’s first post, so check the website or call the shelter for the most up-to-date information.)

I also saw Bella (another sweet senior), Biscuit, Bud, Chester and Te Amo (two of the most playful seniors), Gunner, Mojo, Mongo, Oliver, Sadie, Sammy, Sir, and Tyson.

Orphans of the Storm® Boxer Dogs

It was a big week for adoptions at Orphans of the Storm®, so all of the dogs but one I met this week have already been adopted!

Sadie the six-year-old Boxer mix is a playful girl. In fact, the first thing she wants to do when she comes out of her kennel is play tug-of-war with the leash! Not everyone likes to play that game, though, so her new family might want to work on leash manners. When Sadie and I were walking around the woodland preserve, though, she was a polite walking companion who only pulled on occasion and otherwise enjoyed following her nose and stopping to sniff.

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Can’t say no to a face like Sadie’s!

Sadie and I also spent some time in the off-leash run. Sadie explored in and around the bushes, always with her tiny stub of a tail wagging. She likes to be pet and would stop and stand next to me whenever I started to pet her. Sadie came from a home that was no longer able to care for her, so she has a lifetime of experience as a family pet and gets along with children. If you think Sadie might be the one for you, stop in soon to meet her!

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Sadie pausing for a drink

And if you like Boxers in particular, there are 8 other Boxer mixes besides Sadie currently at the shelter! They are:

I also saw Chester and Te Amo, Gunner, Hobbs, Ralphie, Sammy, Sir, Snuffles, Toby, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Are All About the Cuddles

It was a hot day at Orphans of the Storm®, so it was a little hard to tell if the dogs I met this week are always mellow, or if they were just taking it easy to keep cool. One thing was for certain, though: all of these pooches love to cuddle! I almost never include myself in photos of the dogs, but there were so many lapdogs this week that it was a challenge to get solo shots!

Trooper the two-year-old Hound mix gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel. He was so excited that he got chosen to go for a walk and seemed to be saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!” Trooper is not shy about sharing affection. In addition to doggy hugs, he also likes to give doggy kisses and will put his front paws in your lap when you’re sitting down.

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Trooper is so handsome

Trooper particularly enjoys getting his hips scratched and will lean to the left or right depending on which side you’re scratching, and lick your hands while you’re at it. Trooper walks nicely on the leash, though he can pull a little bit at first when he’s extra excited. Trooper is looking for a quiet adult home where he can be with people who will return all of the affection he offers. Stop in soon to see if Trooper is the one for you!

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Trooper says, “Well hello there”

Sela the eight-month-old Labrador Retriever/Great Dane mix is an absolute sweetheart. Her description makes her sound like a big dog, but she’s currently a nice medium size. After Sela did some exploring in the off-leash run, she hopped up onto the bench with me and snuggled in my lap. She also gave me a few doggy kisses. Neither of us wanted to get up!

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Sela is a true lapdog

Sela is an attentive walking buddy. Every so often she would pause and look up at me while we were making our way around the woodland preserve, just to check in and make sure she was doing a good job (which she was). Sela is currently sharing her kennel with Oliver, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Be sure to say hello to Sela on your next visit to the shelter!

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Sela knows how to keep cool

Biscuit the five-year-old Labrador Retriever/Heeler mix is a happy girl with a wagging tail. We first spent some time in the off-leash run, where Biscuit explored on her own for a few minutes but then decided she would rather snuggle in the shade with me. She hopped up on the bench, put her front paws in my lap, and gave me a few doggy kisses. Biscuit enjoyed getting her sides rubbed.

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Biscuit’s sweet face

Biscuit and I then went for a walk around the woodland preserve. She’s a good walking companion overall, though she did have a few bursts of excitement where she wanted to run before determining it was too hot for such an activity. Biscuit also liked having the chance to stop and sniff around in the tall grass. Come in soon to meet Biscuit!

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Biscuit leading the way on our walk

Big Boy the five-year-old Boxer mix is a friendly boy. The first thing we did when Big Boy came out of his kennel was get a quick hose-down. Big Boy stood still nicely, which is a good sign that he probably won’t mind getting baths in the future. Big Boy also loves getting his back scratched and does a little dance when you get the right spot.

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Big Boy’s face of contentment

Big Boy is also affectionate. He wasn’t too sure about getting all the way onto the bench, but he put his front paws in my lap and stretched his neck so he could give me doggy kisses. Big Boy is currently sharing his kennel with Mojo (see below), and although they don’t have to be adopted together, they certainly make a good-looking pair. Say hello to Big Boy on your next visit!

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Big Boy between kisses

Mojo the five-year-old Boxer mix can be a little shy at first, but she warms up quickly and enjoys being pet. Mojo wasn’t overly enthused about getting hosed down when she first came out of her kennel, but she was a good sport about it anyway. Mojo spent most of her time in the off-leash run exploring in and around the bushes, where it was probably cooler.

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Mojo chilling in the shade

Mojo eventually made her way over to me and then stood by my side while I pet her. She has such sweet facial expressions! Mojo is currently sharing her kennel with Big Boy (see above), so she could go to a home with or without another dog (maybe even Big Boy, since they look so cute together). Stop in soon to see if Mojo is the right next addition to your family!

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Mojo waiting to be pet some more

Lady the five-year-old Beagle mix is super mellow. She was getting her official photo taken for the Orphans of the Storm® website when I first came over, and once she sat nicely for the camera she didn’t want to get back up! So we relaxed in the shady grass for a few minutes while I pet her. Lady eventually decided she was ready for a walk and popped right up.

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Lady is all smiles

Lady‘s tail wagged the entire time we were at the woodland preserve. Lady is a great walking buddy and also didn’t mind taking occasional breaks for more cuddling. Lady gets along with other dogs. She is currently sharing her kennel with a larger dog, and also politely sniffed another Beagle while we were on our walk. Be sure to say hi to sweet Lady on your next visit to the shelter!

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Lady is such a cutie

I also saw Bella, Bud, Chester and Te Amo, Gunner, Hobbs, Honey Lamb, Lucy, Lukas, Sammy, Sir (Sammy and Sir are now great playmates with each other!), Snuffles, Toby, and Tyson.

Orphans of the Storm® Medium-to-Large Dogs

You can find dogs of all shapes and sizes at Orphans of the Storm®, and this week I walked two that fall into the medium/large category. These bigger dogs appreciate bigger cuddles! Orphans of the Storm® will be closed this Monday for Memorial Day, but come in before or after to meet these two sweeties.

Scout the four-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is a special dog looking for a special home. He is completely blind because he had both eyes surgically removed. But if you just saw him walking on a leash around the neighborhood, you wouldn’t even know! Scout has no problem leading the way on walks and mostly lets his nose be his guide. He just sometimes needs occasional extra steering so he doesn’t knock into things.

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Scout is a happy boy ready to go to a happy home

Scout gets along with people and other dogs. He was laying in his kennel when I came over, but as soon as I said his name he popped right up to say hello. He likes being pet and snuggled. Scout uses his other senses to help get around, and was particularly interested in listening to people play golf on the course next to the shelter. Scout would probably do best in a calmer home with a family who doesn’t plan on rearranging the furniture often. Stop in soon to let Scout show you what a special and lovable boy he is!

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Good thing Scout has a good Hound nose!

Lukas the five-year-old Boxer mix seems to have his own fan club at the shelter. When we were out on our walk, every volunteer or staff member we passed had to stop and say hello to him. I can understand why! Lukas is very affectionate and will cover your face in doggy kisses whenever he gets the opportunity. He has a short docked tail that wiggles enthusiastically.

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Who can resist Lukas’s handsome face?

Lukas makes for a pretty good walking companion, as long as you don’t mind going at a brisk pace most of the time. We took a few breaks during our walk around the woodland preserve, and Lukas happily sat at my feet so I could pet him. It seems like Lukas might know some basic commands, and he would also be up for learning more. Lukas would do best as the only dog in an adult home. Come in soon to see if Lukas is the one for you!

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Lukas enjoyed his walk through the woods

I also saw Bella, Blush, Carlos, Casper, Chester and Te Amo, Delilah, Honey Lamb, John Boy, Oliver, Sammy, and Toby (aka Tobi).