Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Walking in Warm Weather

This was the first time this year where it was warm enough that the dogs I walked at Orphans of the Storm® needed a break to drink some water and lay in the shade! I think we can finally say spring has arrived.

Lady the six-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is such a sweetheart. She’s a little shy at first, but once she gets comfortable then she gets along with everybody. She does well with kids and was super nice and mellow when we met a couple other dogs while we were out on our walk. She politely sniffed them and wagged her tail and that was that. She also likes to give people doggy kisses.

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Lady says, “It’s hot out here!”

Lady will be a very loyal companion once she knows that you’re her person. The entire time we were out, all she wanted to do was say hello to one of the other volunteers who has walked her a couple times previously. When she finally did get to say hello, she snuggled with him and then rolled over for a belly rub. It was adorable! Lady did nicely on the leash when we took a stroll around the walking trail. If you’re looking for a younger dog to be your new best friend, come in soon to meet Lady!

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Lady licking her lips

Meatball the three-year-old Shepherd/Mountain Cur mix is a fun boy. As soon as his leash was on, he was ready to go. We first went to the walking trail, where about half the time Meatball walked nicely by my side and the other half he was excitedly romping and sniffing, which is understandable. Now that the weather is nice, you can see golfers on the other side of the fence when walking around the trail, and Meatball was very curious about what they were doing!

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Meatball knows to smile for the camera

Meatball is playful, in his own way. He doesn’t exactly fetch, but he gets excited when you hold up a toy and throw it. Sometimes he picks it up and sometimes he just sniffs at it, but he’s always happy when you pick it up and show it to him again. Meatball is also happy to give doggy kisses. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Meatball is the pooch for you!

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Meatball playing with his rope toy

Yellow Stone the four-year-old Golden Retriever mix was found as a stray, but he must have been in a home at some point because he is very well-behaved. If you like going for brisk walks or jogs, Yellow Stone may be the perfect companion for you. He walks quickly, but he doesn’t pull as long as you keep up with him. We took a break about halfway around the walking trail and he enjoyed sniffing in the bushes and getting a nice scratch on the neck.

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Yellow Stone enjoyed being out in the woods

Yellow Stone is very much a retriever. As soon as we went into the off-leash run, Yellow Stone found a tennis ball and happily carried it around with him. He occasionally dropped it to sniff something or get a drink, and he would chase after it when I threw it but then carry it around some more. He eventually laid down and kept the ball between his paws while he rested. It was too cute! On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hello to Yellow Stone!

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Yellow Stone carrying his tennis ball

Pharea the six-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is very shy but very sweet. Since he’s still a puppy, it seems like he doesn’t have much experience with leashes. He wasn’t too sure about getting the leash put on to come outside, and he could also use a little training to learn to walk nicely rather than pull. But when we were making our way around the walking trail, if I stopped walking, Pharea would come back to me so I could pet him.

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Pharea with his cute freckled nose

Pharea is a super cute puppy. I’m a softy when it comes to wrinkly foreheads and semi-floppy ears, and Pharea has both! Pharea also has a tickly spot on the right side of his neck. Whenever I scratched there, he started kicking his back foot. Pharea hasn’t gotten off to the best start in life, so he needs someone who will help him come out of his shell and show him what a nice place the world can be. If you think that someone could be you, come in soon to meet Pharea!

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Pharea coming over to cuddle

I also saw Bella, the other Bella, Blush, Bolt, Chief, Coal, Diamond, Lisa, Tobi, and Zoey.

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

I’m happy to share another success story! Michael and Wei adopted Willie the Beagle mix and have their story and some adorable pictures to share.

If you would like to share your own Orphans of the Storm® success story here on the blog, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Here is what Michael had to say:

I wanted to let everyone know Willie is doing great in his new home. We adopted Willie on December 23, 2015.

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Willie on his car ride home for the first time

We first went into Orphans sometime in October just browsing and considering a second dog for company to our young puppy Oreo (also a rescue but from WrightWay).

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Willie and Oreo waking up in the morning

We saw Willie, and he was so adorable! We took him out for a walk and discovered he was having issues with one of his rear legs. It made us so sad to see him limping along on 3 legs! But he was so eager to walk and enjoy the fresh air it broke our hearts to put him back inside. We weren’t sure if we could handle two dogs, so we opted to consider it for a while and also allow some time to diagnose more of what was wrong with his leg.

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Willie lives in comfort now

Over the next few weeks I couldn’t stop thinking about the poor guy stuck in the shelter. I went back about 4 weeks later, and he was still there. I walked in and he was in the office area behind the door. He saw me and instantly jumped up and came to the door, almost like he remembered who I was. He stood on the other side looking up at me through the glass with his tail wagging, and I knew at that point I had to take him home! A little convincing to Wei and she agreed.

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Willie and Oreo getting acquainted

It took a few additional weeks to sort out his medical issues, but we were finally able to bring him home on December 23. The whole ride home he kept looking at me and reaching out for me with his paw…he seemed to know he was rescued! He’s been a wonderful addition to our family and we’ve been giving him plenty of exercise. His leg seems to be all better now and he really enjoys running. I’ll take him for a nice run everyday, and it’s at the point where when I get the leash, he starts jumping up and down in excitement to go for the run.

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Willie and Oreo enjoying the fireplace

He has become best friends with our younger Oreo. The two are almost impossible to separate, often sleeping next to each other and playing together. They are the perfect partners in crime, having managed to destroy more than a few soft toys–often working together on the same toy.

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Willie and Oreo have great teamwork

He’s completely spoiled, but we figure that’s okay–we’re just making up for him the time he spent at Orphans. He likes to sleep on the bed curled up right alongside either Wei or me.

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Willie in bed with Wei

Hope you enjoy–we are certainly enjoying Willie.

Thank you, Michael and Wei, for sharing your story and pictures with us!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoy a Spring Day

Firstly, I hope many of you are able to come to the Orphans of the Storm® Benefit Dinner this upcoming Tuesday, April 12!

Secondly, there was finally a day where it started to feel like spring, so the dogs were eager to come outside, play in the run, and take a nice lap around the woodland preserve walking trail.

Nancy the eight-year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever/Labrador Retriever mix is a real sweetheart. She was half-napping in her kennel when I came by, but when I opened the doggy door to the outside she perked right up and met me with a wagging tail. Nancy is an excellent walking buddy. She likes to walk at a brisk pace, but doesn’t pull at all. She seems like a pretty mellow girl.

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Nancy enjoying a scratch on the back

Nancy isn’t super-duper affectionate like some other dogs at the shelter, but when you kneel down next to her she’ll sniff your face for a moment and then give you a couple doggy kisses. Another volunteer came to brush out Nancy’s coat, and Nancy stood there nice and still and seemed to enjoy the extra attention. If you’re looking for a companion who will keep you quiet company around the house but who is up for daily walks, Nancy might be the perfect pooch for you! Come in soon to find out.

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Nancy investigating among the pebbles

Bella the two-year-old Boxer/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix (who looks like a smaller version of the other Bella, who I love!) loves to be around people. Her tail was wagging so hard when I came to take her out that her entire body was wriggling. Bella is very sweet, and also very muscular! She can pull on the leash when she first gets out of her kennel and was happy to race the dog on the other side of the fence in the off-leash run to burn off some energy.

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Bella enjoying the sunshine

Bella is a snuggler. When I sat down on the bench, she came right over, put her front paws up on my lap, and gave me lots of doggy kisses. She stood like that for a while as I scratched her ears and back, then was off and running again. When we went around the walking trail, she walked very quickly around the first half or so but then slowed down and we enjoyed ourselves. Stop by the shelter soon to say hi to Bella!

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Bella coming over for a cuddle

I also saw Angel, Bear, Blush, Bootsy, Honey Lamb (who gave me a big hug), Lexi, Lisa, Snuffles, and Weezie (one of my favorites!).

Orphans of the Storm® Puppies and Pups-at-Heart

Last week we featured some of the older dogs at Orphans of the Storm®, and so this week it’s only fair for younger dogs to get their turn!

Bolt the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a cute boy who still has that puppy spunk. He was eager to hit the walking trail and for the most part he walked pretty well on the leash, though he did occasionally pull a little. If I stopped walking, though, Bolt would immediately come back to my side and lean against my legs so I could pet him.

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Bolt enjoying the walking trail

Bolt likes people and is happy to give you doggy kisses. He doesn’t seem like a big fan of other dogs, though. Bolt would do best in an adult home with people who can give him some training, since he’s still pretty young and hasn’t learned all of his manners yet. If you’re looking for a young dog who likes to snuggle, come in soon to meet Bolt!

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Bolt romping around

Reggie the seven-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix has plenty of energy. We quickly headed to the off-leash run, where Reggie had a fun time chasing down and playing with the toys there. He hasn’t mastered “fetch” yet, but he seems like a pretty intelligent boy who would get the hang of it eventually.

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Reggie in my lap

Reggie has the cutest wrinkly forehead and a very expressive face that you will fall in love with. When I sat down on the bench in the off-leash run, Reggie quickly came over to me and put his front paws in my lap so I could scratch his ears and he could give me doggy kisses. Stop in soon to see if Reggie is the puppy for you!

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Reggie ready to go for a walk

Clover the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix is super sweet. She was a little shy at first, so I sat in her kennel with her for a minute so she could get used to me before I put the leash on. She walked nicely on the leash as we made our way to the off-leash run and mostly kept to herself as she explored. I did sit on the ground at one point, though, and she came over, put her front paws in my lap, and sniffed my face.

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Clover is a sweetie

Clover really perked up when we went around the walking trail. Her breed is an outdoorsy one, and you could tell that she enjoyed being in a forested area like that. Instead of having her head down like she did in the run, she was alert and eager on the trail. Clover is currently sharing her kennel with another dog, so she could go to a home with or without another furry friend. Be sure to say hi to Clover on your next visit to the shelter!

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Clover keeping an eye on things

Moo the nine-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is a special girl looking for a special home. She’s deaf, so her future family will need to learn hand signals themselves and then teach those hand signals to Moo. Training will be very important, but the bond between Moo and her family will be a great one because she will always be looking to them for cues on how to behave. One benefit is that Moo doesn’t bark, though she does make other sounds like whines when she’s excited.

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I guess from this angle Moo looks sort of cow-like

Moo acts like any other puppy would. She’s very playful and had a fun time racing the dog on the other side of the fence in the off-leash run. She likes to jump up on people, since she doesn’t realize yet that some might not find that behavior polite, but she just wants attention. She’s very curious and enjoyed following her nose. And, of course, she is super cute! If you’re able to open your home to a special dog like Moo, come in soon to meet her!

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Moo is a playful pup

I also saw Blush, Diamond, Ginger, Merlin, O’Shea, TuTu, and Weezie.

Orphans of the Storm® Middle-Aged Dogs

Yesterday was National Puppy Day, but don’t forget that there are dogs of all ages looking to find their “furever” loving home! I met some great middle-aged dogs at Orphans of the Storm® this week who still have plenty to offer their new family.

Chief the nine-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is an absolute pro at playing fetch. The first thing he did when we got to the off-leash run was find a tennis ball. He carried it around in his mouth for a bit, but then he stopped a few feet away from me, put the ball on the ground, and rolled it towards me with his nose. It was too cute! If you throw the ball high enough, Chief can catch it in midair. But he’s also happy to chase after it if you throw it far rather than high.

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Chief shining in the sun

Chief is a very appealing guy. There was a family in the run next to us looking at a different dog, but Chief caught their eye and they were eager to meet him. Unfortunately, they already owned another dog and Chief would do best as the only pet in his new home. But Chief loves people and will give you doggy kisses! He is fun and sweet and doesn’t act like an older dog, so don’t let his age deter you from taking him out and getting to know him. Come in soon to meet Chief!

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Chief was never far from his tennis ball

Lucy the eight-year-old Boxer mix is such a sweetheart. The first thing she did when I took her out of her kennel was to give me a doggy hug and try her best to reach up and give me doggy kisses. The card on her kennel says that she walks on the slower side, but I think she walks at the perfect speed if your main interest is strolling around the neighborhood.

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Lucy coming in for a cuddle

Lucy loves to snuggle. Whenever I sat down on the bench in the off-leash run, Lucy was quick to follow suit and happily stayed next to me while I pet her. When I sat down on the ground, she was by my side almost immediately. You can’t ask for a much better companion than that! If you’re looking for a sweet older dog who just wants to love you and be loved in return, come in soon to meet Lucy.

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Lucy with her pretty brindle fur

Merlin the six-year-old Heeler mix is a handsome bundle of energy. He’s one of those breeds that does best when they’re kept active. When I came to let Merlin out, he was literally jumping up and down in excitement–and boy, can he jump! Merlin quickly led the way to the off-leash run, where he had a fun time racing the dog on the other side of the fence.

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Merlin is magical!

Merlin‘s card on his kennel says that he prefers men, but he was very friendly with me (though I didn’t see him interact with any men, so maybe he would be even friendlier!). He can be a little overenthusiastic with his affection and accidentally bonk you with his nose when trying to give you a doggy kiss, but that’s okay. If you’re an active guy looking for an active dog, be sure to stop in and meet Merlin!

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Merlin loves being outside

Tracy the six-year-old American Foxhound mix seems like a pretty mellow girl. She’s currently sharing her kennel with a little dog (not available for adoption yet) who sometimes jumps all over her when excited, and Tracy doesn’t seem to mind. I didn’t hear her bark once, either in her kennel or when we were outside. She walked pretty well on the leash overall.

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Tracy says, “That’s the spot!”

Tracy was a little shy at first, but the longer we were together the more she warmed up. Eventually she was giving doggy kisses! Being a Hound, she mostly followed her nose around the off-leash run, but she would come back to me for a reassuring scratch behind the ears or under her chin every once in a while. She’s a sweet girl who gets along with dogs and people alike. Stop by soon to say hello to Tracy!

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Tracy has such a sweet face

I also saw Barney (who loves to play with toys of any type!), Blush, John Boy, Lucky, Roxy, and TuTu.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in the Rain

It was a rainy day at Orphans of the Storm®, but the dogs were still happy to come outside (well, some were happier than others). Their pictures are a bit ethereal this week due to all the raindrops on the camera lens, but that just means I’ll have to walk them again and get better pictures when the weather is nicer!

River the one-year-old Shepherd mix was one of the dogs who didn’t mind the rain at all. He was eager to come outside and wasn’t in a hurry to get back to his kennel at the end. River seems like a pretty athletic dog who would like to go for walks or runs, and since he’s still young he would of course like to have plenty of playtime!

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River has super cute ears

River was originally sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so we know he gets along with his fellow pooches. River is a sweet boy who will happily give you doggy kisses once he gets to know you. He mostly explored the off-leash run on his own, but he would come to me every once in a while for a pat on the back or a scratch under the chin. He’s a bit on the skinny side, so his new family can spoil him with plenty of treats! Stop by soon to meet River.

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River shaking off the rain

Wishbone the two-year-old Shepherd mix caught my eye as I was walking through her wing because she is so pretty and fluffy! She was a little hesitant about the rain but once her leash was on, she was ready to go! Wishbone can pull a bit when she first gets out of her kennel, but she settles down into a good walking companion.

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Wishbone’s pretty (blurry) face

Wishbone was a little skittish at first and mostly kept to herself for the first few minutes we were in the off-leash run, but eventually she realized that we could get along just fine and so she stood by my side while I pet her. You may or may not agree with the pro-Obama message on her collar, but don’t let that influence your decision:-) On your next visit to the shelter, take some time to get to know Wishbone!

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Wishbone exploring the bushes

Tyson the ten-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is a big boy, and since he’s still a puppy he might even get a little bit bigger. But along with that big size comes a big heart–Tyson is super sweet and funny. He has a lot of energy and can be a bit of a handful when he first gets out of his kennel, but after he gets the chance to run around a bit he calms down considerably. Don’t get turned off right away with him!

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Tyson has a big, lovable face

Tyson has some cute puppy tendencies still. He’s still learning about the world and has plenty of curiosity. He was sniffing a plastic cover that was hanging from the fence and when it moved he jumped away, but then immediately went back and poked it with his nose again. Tyson gives big doggy hugs and is so cute. If you’re looking for a big, lovable companion and you have the time to put into training, come in soon to meet Tyson!

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Tyson is up for anything!

Festus the four-year-old Hound mix has been at the shelter for a little while now. He’s always been sharing his kennel with other dogs who get adopted, and now Festus is ready for his turn! We know Festus is a friendly guy, so he could go to a home with or without another pooch.

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Festus is an outdoorsman

Festus is well-behaved. He waited patiently while I put his leash on and didn’t try to dash out. He also walked pretty nicely on the way to the off-leash run. Being a Hound, Festus was more interested in following his nose than anything else. He’s a cute boy with nice coloring and markings. Stop by soon to see if Festus is the pooch for you!

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Festus has that sweet Hound face

I also saw Blush, John Boy, Lisa, TuTu, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Younger Dogs

You can find dogs of all ages at Orphans of the Storm®, but this week I spent some time with the younger crowd. And what a fun and friendly crowd it is!

Chase the eight-month-old Labrador Retriever mix is a playful pup. He was jumping up and down with excitement when he saw me coming with the leash, but he actually turned out to be a pretty good walking companion who didn’t pull as much as I had anticipated. When we were in the off-leash run, Chase politely sniffed some dogs on the other side of the fence but was a little bark-y with others.

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Chase’s cute (slightly blurry) face

Chase is appropriately named because he loves to chase after tennis balls! He’ll need to be taught the full “fetch” concept that involves bringing the ball back to the person who threw it, but for now he’s happy to chase it once and then run around with the ball in his mouth. Chase is an affectionate boy who will gladly give you plenty of doggy kisses. He also loves to get scratched on his hips and does a cute little dance while you do so. If you’re looking for a fun pup to join your family, come in soon to meet Chase!

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Chase playing with his tennis ball

Dottie the one-year-old Pointer/Heeler mix is shy but sweet. When I went to take her out, she was semi-cowering in the back corner of her kennel. But as soon as I stepped into the kennel and knelt on the ground, she came over to me, gave me a doggy kiss, and let me scratch her chin. She was a little unsure of walking on the leash at first but gained more confidence the longer we were out.

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Dottie is such a pretty girl

Dottie may be shy, but her Pointer instincts kick in regardless. When we were walking around the woodland trail, a bird flew across the path in front of us. Dottie immediately perked up, struck a Pointer pose, and then quickly led the way towards the bird (who was gone by then, but that’s not the point!). In the off-leash run, Dottie was happy to join me on the bench for a bit in between exploring the bushes. This sweet girl just needs a stable and loving home in order to come out of her shell. If you think that might be with you, come in soon to say hi to Dottie!

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Dottie following her nose

TuTu the two-year-old Australian Shepherd mix is a perfect example of why you can’t judge a dog from inside its kennel. I’ll admit that I was a little nervous to take TuTu out because she’s very bark-y inside her kennel. (I’m guessing this is because TuTu is a smart and athletic dog who gets a little crazy if she’s cooped up all day.) But as soon as I put her leash on, she was amazing.

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TuTu enjoying the outdoors

TuTu is super smart and well-behaved. She either sits or lies down when she’s getting her leash put on; she knows ‘sit’ and ‘paw’ and did them for me even though I didn’t have any treats; she is excellent at walking on the leash; and she likes to give doggy kisses. I don’t know the last time I’ve walked such a well-trained dog (and that’s including my own at home!). TuTu would excel in an active home who will keep her busy with obedience, agility, or other activities that use both her brain and her body. So don’t dismiss TuTu just because she barks at you from her kennel–come to the shelter to meet her and take her out, and you won’t be disappointed!

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TuTu making her happy face, complete with tongue sticking out!

I also saw Angel, Blush, Bootsy, Canelo, Ginger, the other Ginger, Hobbs, Scotty, and Weezie.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Are Good Walking Buddies

(Most) dogs love going for walks, and there are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who make excellent walking companions! This week, I met a few more.

Gemini Rose the seven-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever mix is a happy girl who just loves being with people. She is always eager to come out for a walk, and her tail wags constantly. Gemini Rose is super snuggly; she tried her best to fit into my lap while I was sitting on the ground and when I moved to the bench, she quickly hopped up and sat right next to me. And she happily gives doggy kisses to anyone within range! I spent my entire time with Gemini Rose either smiling or laughing because she is such a sweetheart.

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Gemini Rose has a very expressive face

Gemini Rose loved walking around the woodland trail. She walks at a quick pace, but doesn’t pull as long as you’re a brisk walker also. With warm weather (hopefully) coming in the near future, now is the perfect time to add a new dog to your family to enjoy the outdoors together! Gemini Rose has experience as a family dog, but was unfortunately given up by her original owners because they had too many pets. As I said about Nala (who has since been adopted) last week, Gemini Rose is another perfect example of why Labs are so popular. Come in soon to see for yourself and find out if Gemini Rose is the pooch for you!

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Gemini Rose loves being active

Snuffles the eight-year-old Heeler mix is a well-behaved girl. When I went to take her out, she patiently waited inside her kennel until her leash was on, and then she came out (unlike some dogs who will make a dash for the exit before they’re hooked up!). She walked nicely as we made our way to the off-leash run, and once we were there she spent the first few minutes exploring on her own and snuffling (pun intended) around.

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Snuffles coming over to cuddle

Snuffles eventually realized that I was there to give her attention. When I knelt down to be on her level, she came over, put her front paws in my lap, and gave me doggy kisses. Then she calmly stayed by my side while I pet her. Snuffles has a very cute and unique look–I’m not sure if she’s mixed with a bulkier breed or just needs to shed a few pounds, but either way she’s sort of pig-shaped and it’s adorable! Be sure to say hi to Snuffles on your next visit to the shelter.

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Snuffles following her nose

Canelo the two-year-old and Golden Boy the one-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mixes are brothers who ended up at the shelter together after they were abandoned by their original owners. After being in such a sad situation, they’re a little sad themselves–but they definitely perk up when they get to come out for a walk and get treated well, which they certainly deserve!

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Canelo (left) and Golden Boy (right) walking with volunteer Craig

Canelo and Golden Boy don’t have to be adopted together, but they would appreciate it if they were! I didn’t get to spend as much time with them as I would have liked, but from the time I did get to spend with them, they both seem like sweet boys who are more than ready for their second chance at a loving home.

Canelo, being the older brother, seems to be the calmer of the two. He was looking a little unsure when he was inside his kennel, but once we were in the off-leash run his tail started to wag a bit and he enjoyed getting pet. I particularly love the wrinkles on his forehead!

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Canelo’s cute face

Golden Boy can be a little bark-y when he’s inside his kennel, but that’s because he’s nervous. He didn’t bark once the entire time he was out with me, even though there were other dogs and people around. Golden Boy is a cuddler who is happy to give out doggy kisses.

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Golden Boy is an adorable boy!

If you have the room in your home and your heart for a dog or two, come in soon to meet Canelo and Golden Boy!

I also saw Angel, Bear, Blush, Bootsy, Clarinet, Hobbs, Mazda, and Weezie.

Orphans of the Storm® Doggy Love-Bugs

Frigid temperatures and a snowstorm prevented me from going to Orphans of the Storm® two weeks ago, but this weekend was a vast improvement that made for perfect dog-walking weather!

D’Rose the one-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix could certainly live up to her name and become a great athlete (assuming she was in fact named after Bulls player Derrick Rose). This cute girl has plenty of energy and spunk, and she loves to play! She was able to keep herself pretty entertained while we were in the off-leash run, but checked back in with me every so often for a doggy hug or a nice scratch under the chin.

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D’Rose has such an expressive face

D’Rose walks nicely on the leash when there aren’t any distractions around. At one point, she cutely tried to chase birds’ shadows on the ground (which I suppose is better than chasing actual birds!). D’Rose has very pretty coloring, with a mostly-white head and mostly-black body, so she’ll certainly catch your eye as you walk through the kennels. If you’re looking for a young and playful pooch, come in soon to see if D’Rose is the one for you!

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D’Rose coming in for a snuggle

Nala the six-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever mix may look like a couch potato based on her being a little overweight, but looks can be deceiving! Nala, in fact, loves going for walks and is an excellent walking companion. She didn’t pull once the entire way around the walking trail, which is 1/3-mile long! So once she’s in a home where she gets regular exercise, it should be pretty easy for her to lose those extra pounds.

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Nala, walking companion extraordinaire

Nala is very affectionate. Soon after we started our walk around the trail I stopped and knelt down to her level, and she immediately came right to me and covered my face in doggy kisses. Nala also gets along with other dogs and was previously sharing her kennel with another dog who has since been adopted. Labs were just named the #1 most popular dog breed in America for the 25th year in a row, and Nala is a great example of why. Be sure to say hi to Nala on your next visit to the shelter!

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Nala liked investigating the plants

Bruce the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is super adorable. I knew as soon as I walked past his kennel that I wanted to take him out, because he was so happy! Bruce did a pretty good job of walking on the leash as we made our way to the run. He had a fun time romping around off-leash and politely sniffed both of the dogs who were on the other side of the fence.

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Who loves belly rubs? Bruce loves belly rubs!

Bruce is an incredibly snuggly dog. As soon as I sat down on the ground, he got into my lap (as best he could, considering he’s not exactly lap-sized) and kept wriggling around. Eventually he rolled all the way over so he could get a belly rub. He was so thrilled that all four paws kept kicking the air–I couldn’t help but laugh, it was so cute. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Bruce!

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Bruce likes being outside

Matt the ten-year-old Border Collie mix is such a sweetie. He wasn’t too sure about coming out with me at first, so I sat in his kennel with him for a little bit so he could get to know me. I eventually put the leash on and we headed out. I learned that Matt loves getting his chin scratched, so as long as you do that he will follow you anywhere!

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Matt enjoying the fresh air

Matt needs a lot of reassurance. Every few feet along our walk, he would stop and lean against my leg, looking up at me with his pretty brown eyes until I pet him and told him he was doing a good job. Even when he was getting his official portrait taken for the Orphans of the Storm® website, he would often look at me instead of looking at the camera! (You may see yours truly on his page:-).) He was very gentle about taking treats from the photographer and didn’t even mind wearing a bandana. Matt has all the makings to be a loyal companion; he just needs someone to give him a chance. If you think that someone might be you, come in soon to meet Matt!

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Matt is always attentive

I also saw Bear, Blush, Bootsy, Candice, Lisa, and Old Red.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Be Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away! What better way to celebrate than by welcoming a lovable new furry friend into your home? The dogs (and cats) at Orphans of the Storm® have so much love to offer, and would be so happy to receive your love in return!

Chiquito the two-year-old Parson Russell Terrier mix was very eager to come outside with me. He may have little legs, but don’t let that fool you–Chiquito is a fast guy! He was happy to take the lead as we made our way around the walking trail. As long as you’re a fast walker too, though, Chiquito doesn’t really pull on the leash. Chiquito is super cute, with ears that perk straight up when he’s interested in something and a curly tail that he holds high in the air.

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Chiquito loves going for walks

Chiquito sort of did his own thing while we were on our walk around the trail, but when we went to the off-leash run afterwards that’s when he showed his snuggly side. It was a little chilly, so I scooped Chiquito into my arms to give him some extra warmth and he was happy to be held. Chiquito’s breed is an active one, so Chiquito would prefer to go to a home that will keep him busy. Stop by soon to see if Chiquito is the pooch for you!

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Chiquito’s cute curly tail

Marley the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Mastiff mix is a big boy with a big heart. I was a little nervous that he would pull me over once I put his leash on, but in fact he walks nicely on the leash. Marley loves pretty much everybody. We passed several people on our way to the off-leash run and Marley greeted all of them with so much of a wagging tail that his entire body was wriggling with happiness. There is no way you can meet Marley and not have a smile on your face.

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Marley’s big, lovable face

Marley is super affectionate. He loves to give people doggy hugs and, since he’s so tall on his hind legs, he can easily give you doggy kisses at the same time because his big face is right there next to yours! Marley is also a playful pooch. He had a fun time racing the dog in the run next to ours, and enjoyed chasing and chewing on a tennis ball. He hasn’t been at the shelter for long, but he’s already a volunteer favorite. If you’re looking for a big lovebug, come in soon to meet Marley!

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My pictures do not give Marley’s adorableness justice

Shyanne the two-year-old Hound mix is a pretty girl with lots of love to offer. She was ready to come outside for a walk and pulled on the leash a bit at first because she was so excited, but by the end of our visit together she had settled into a nice walking companion. Shyanne has those lovey-dovey Hound eyes that will make sure you take a second look at her.

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Shyanne the sweetie

Shyanne is a real sweetheart with people. Shortly after we got to the off-leash run, she came walking over to where I was kneeling and rested her chin in my lap so I could pet her. Although Shyanne loves being with people, she isn’t a fan of other dogs and would like to be the only dog in her new home. But with a dog as sweet as Shyanne, one is all you need! Come in soon to see if Shyanne is the dog for you.

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Shyanne following her nose

Shadow the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is definitely still in her puppy phase, which makes her so much fun to be around! She believes everything is a toy, including the leash, jacket sleeves, and boots (even while they’re still on a person’s foot)–but she’s happy to be distracted by an actual toy, like a tennis ball. Shadow will need some training, but that’s true for any young pup. And since Shadow is so playful, she’ll think the training is just another type of game!

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Shadow’s ready to snuggle

Shadow is a cuddly girl. She tried to jump up on the bench next to me but isn’t quite coordinated enough yet, so I moved down to the ground and she gave me doggy kisses. Shadow does the cute puppy-type thing where she’ll run and run and run and then suddenly plop down because she tired herself out so fast. Don’t let her initial puppy craziness turn you off right away–she’s just happy and excited and wants to play! Stop by soon and say hello to Shadow.

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Shadow playing with a real toy

Boomer the five-year-old Terrier mix convinced me to take him out because he was quietly sitting and wagging his tail at me when all of the other dogs around him were barking and jumping. I thought good manners should be rewarded, so I brought him out for a walk! Boomer continued to show that he has good manners by walking nicely on the leash as we made our way to the run.

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Boomer has a cute face

Boomer has a very unique look. I’m not sure if it’s the result of a bad haircut or it’s just his natural look, but he has a “mane” of much longer fur around his shoulders, while the fur on the rest of his body is short. Either way, it’s both cute and funny. Boomer also has a very sweet face. He was a little shy at first, and was more interested in sniffing the dog in the run next to ours, but eventually he came over to me and enjoyed a good scratch on the back. Poor Boomer was not eager to go back to his kennel at the end of our visit, and I wasn’t eager to put him back either! Be sure to say hi to Boomer on your next visit to the shelter.

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Boomer says, “The sun is so bright!”

I also saw Angel, Blush, Bootsy, Clarinet, John Boy, Lisa, Rooney, Showtime, and Zoey.