Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in the First Snow of the Season

Chicago got its first (big!) snow of the season. Some of the furrier dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were ready to play in it, while others took it as a perfect opportunity to spend more time snuggling.

Tobi the nine-month-old Border Collie mix was definitely interested in playing in the snow. I’m sure Tobi would be interested in playing in any type of weather, actually, and he does a great job of entertaining himself if he doesn’t have someone to play with him. Tobi is an expert at one-dog fetch and spent most of our time in the run chasing after a tennis ball.

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Tobi’s snow-covered face

Still pictures didn’t do the best job of capturing his exuberance, so check out the video!

Tobi‘s little quirk is that he loves to chase cars. Whenever a car would drive past the road near the off-leash run, Tobi would go speeding along the fence. Then one would come from the other direction, and Tobi would come sprinting back. He didn’t seem particularly interested in cars when we were walking on the leash, though, which is probably a good thing! Tobi would do best in an active home that can keep him busy, both because he’s still a puppy and because his breed is known for wanting to have a job to do. If you think Tobi would be a good fit in your home, stop by soon to meet him!

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Tobi is always on the move

Trickey the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is a sweetie. He walks very nicely on the leash, which is important in the icy conditions you can encounter during Chicago winters. Trickey didn’t seem interested in playing with a tennis ball; he was more interested in following his nose, even if it got covered in snow in the process!

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Trickey doesn’t mind the cold

Trickey was happy to stand by my side and get a good scratch on the back. He is a super cute pooch, with a short tail and ears that can perk straight up. Trickey is currently sharing a kennel with Zola, and seemed pretty nice when saying hello to the dog on the other side of the fence in the run, so he could go to a home with or without another pooch. On your next visit to the shelter, say hi to Trickey!

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Trickey is good at giving side-eye

Elvis the two-year-old Miniature Poodle mix wasn’t too sure about coming out in the cold at first. Once I let him off the leash in the run, though, he jumped right into the snow and romped around happily. Elvis is currently sharing his kennel with another small dog, and he was also very friendly through the fence with two big dogs in the run next to us, so Elvis could go to a home with or without another pooch.

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Elvis is a little snowball himself

Elvis is definitely a cuddler. Whenever I knelt down to take his picture, he would hurry over, put his front paws in my lap, and give me some doggy kisses. He was also fine with being picked up and carried. This is a happy-go-lucky guy who seems to get along with pretty much everybody. If you’re looking to add a lapdog to your family, be sure to come in and meet Elvis!

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Elvis says, “Here comes a kiss!”

Lucy Ricardo the one-year-old Heeler mix is so precious. When I went to her kennel to take her out, she was sort of cowering in the corner, but when I got down to her level she crawled over with her tail wagging and put her head in my lap. I was immediately in love! Lucy Ricardo is very submissive and will roll over when she encounters anyone new, including other dogs, but as she gets more comfortable she stays upright and wags her tail.

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Lucy Ricardo about to roll over for the other dog

Lucy Ricardo is big on snuggling. She will melt in your arms, or your lap, or wherever is available. She also enjoys belly rubs and wriggled around in the snow for a bit. And Lucy Ricardo will give you plenty of doggy kisses if you give her the chance! She may not be as outgoing as her namesake at the moment, but once she gets into a stable and loving home, that will help her come out of her shell even more and become a wonderful companion. Come in soon to meet Lucy Ricardo!

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Lucy Ricardo is just too sweet

Wilson the seven-year-old Australian Shepherd mix is such a handsome boy. He arrived at the shelter with his brother, who has already been adopted, and now Wilson is hoping that it will be his turn soon! Wilson was a little high-strung when he first arrived, but he has mellowed out considerably and gets along with people and other dogs alike.

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Wilson has such soft and pretty fur

Wilson walks nicely on the leash but was happy to spend some time freely exploring the off-leash run. He would disappear behind the bushes and then reappear with his fur all snowy. Wilson was a little shy at first but warmed up after a few minutes. He may be middle-aged, but he has plenty of love and companionship to offer his new family. Visit the shelter soon to spend time with Wilson!

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Wilson in the snow

I also saw Blush (who loves the snow and had a great time walking through the winter wonderland that is the woodland preserve trail), Donna, John Boy, Showtime, Skippy, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoy a Nice Fall Day

It was a beautiful fall day at Orphans of the Storm®, and there were plenty of people coming in to meet their future family member! Several happy adoptions took place while I was there, including one of the dogs I was planning on writing about this week. There are still plenty more ready to find their forever homes!

Lexi the six-month-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix (not to be confused with the other Lexi) is a real sweetheart. She was found as a stray, but she seems to have pretty good manners–especially for a pooch that’s still in puppy phase. She politely waited to have the leash put on before leaving her kennel and didn’t pull too much when we were on our walk.

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Lexi has a lovable face

Lexi liked being free to roam around the off-leash run and would sometimes disappear behind the bushes, but I could always hear her snuffling around. She said hello to the dogs on the other side of the fence but wasn’t overly interested. When she finished her exploring, she came back to me and enjoyed a good scratch on the back and behind her floppy ears. She even ended up giving me a few doggy kisses. Say hello to Lexi on your next visit to the shelter!

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Lexi following her Hound nose

Oliver the two-year-old Chihuahua mix is so adorably tiny. But inside that small body is a big personality! Oliver was happy to take the lead on our walk and made sure we covered plenty of ground before we went into the off-leash run. For the first few minutes, Oliver kept to himself and scurried around. But once I sat down on the ground, Oliver immediately went into lapdog mode.

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Oliver was a little wind-blown

Oliver hopped right into my lap and wiggled around a bit to make himself comfortable. Once he found the perfect spot, he stayed there and didn’t budge. Even when it was time for us to let another dog use the off-leash run, Oliver didn’t want to get off my lap, so I just picked him up and carried him. He’s an affectionate guy who isn’t shy about giving doggy kisses and cuddling. If you’re looking for a lapdog with lots of spirit, come in soon to meet Oliver!

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Pictures don’t do Oliver’s cuteness justice

Hunter the two-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is an outgoing girl. Actually, “boisterous” might be a good way to describe her. Hunter wants to be everywhere at once, always has her tail wagging, and has quite a voice. Hunter is definitely a people-dog in that she wants to say hello to everybody and will gladly offer doggy hugs. She was fine hanging out in the off-leash run, but like Old Red last week, I could tell she wanted to run on the trail.

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Hunter giving me a doggy hug

And run we did! Hunter was thrilled to be in the forest and could barely contain her excitement. She made sure to tell everyone how happy she was to be out and about by doing the signature Hound howl all the way around the trail. Her exuberance caused many people to smile as we ran past. Hunter would do best in an active home with people who like to go for walks or runs. If you think that might be you, come in soon to say hi to Hunter!

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Hunter and her ears flying

I also saw Bear, Blush, Courage, Donna, Gypsy, Kanne and Osito, Precious, Skippy, and Willow.

Orphans of the Storm® Cats and Dog Looking for a Home

I ended up picking the only rainy day to visit Orphans of the Storm®, so I only have one new pooch to write about this week. But that also means I got to spend some time drying off and warming up with the cats in the cat room! Nothing is quite as cozy as having two (or more) cats in your lap simultaneously.

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Old Red has such a sweet face

Old Red the six-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix didn’t mind the rain at all. Old Red’s personality couldn’t be any more Hound-like. He loves being outside and he loves following his nose. When we were in the off-leash run, he kept putting his paws up on the side of the fence and stretching his neck as much as he could so he could smell even more in the air above him and beyond the fence. He started doing a signature Hound howl to let me know that he didn’t want to be confined by the fence anymore, so I listened and we headed to the walking trail.

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Old Red says, “I want to see what’s on the other side!”

Old Red is really in his element when he’s in the woods, and it’s clear that his breed is meant to be there. We literally ran the entire trail (which tells you how contagious Old Red’s enthusiasm is, because I don’t run for anything or anybody!), and Old Red would have been happy to run another lap but I needed a break. We only stopped once during our run for Old Red to sniff around the base of the tree before we were off again. Old Red is a sweet boy who gets along with kids and would love to be part of an active household. If you think that might be yours, come in soon to meet Old Red!

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Old Red wanted even more water in addition to the rain

And even though it was rainy, I of course had to take my best buddy Blush for our weekly walk around the trail. She didn’t mind the rain either :-)

Then it was time to head inside and say hello to the cats. My camera also needed a chance to dry off, so apologies for the first few pictures being blurry!

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So many cute cats to choose from!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a Treat This Halloween

What better treat for an Orphans of the Storm® dog than to be adopted in time for Halloween? And in case you haven’t been following along on Instagram, several of the pooches got into the holiday spirit last weekend and modeled their Halloween costumes!

Axle the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a friendly guy who likes to be with people and get plenty of attention. When we got to the off-leash run, Axle spent most of his time close to me so I could pet him, and he was happy to give doggy kisses in return. He has a cute face, with bonus cuteness when his ears perk up and his forehead gets wrinkly. Axle would prefer to be the only pet in an adult home.

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Axle’s cute face

Axle absolutely loves to play fetch. Luckily there were two tennis balls in the off-leash run, so as soon as he picked up the first one I could throw the next one right away. Axle could even catch the ball in midair! There were a couple instances where he tried to pick up both tennis balls at once, but he quickly figured out it didn’t work that way. After lots of running around, Axle plopped down with both tennis balls in front of him and happily chewed on them while catching his breath. If you’re looking for a playful new friend, come in soon to meet Axle!

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Axle having a great time playing fetch

Mimi the six-year-old Chihuahua mix may look like your typical purse dog, but don’t be fooled! This little lady would much rather walk around on her own four legs. She was always leading the way on our walk and had plenty of energy. Who knew such tiny legs could move so quickly?

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Mimi enjoying her walk

Mimi also doesn’t mind getting a little dirty. It had rained earlier in the day and Mimi got her paws a little muddy while she had a good time digging in the dirt. Mimi seems to have a bit of “Small Dog Syndrome,” where she would start barking at much bigger dogs, but she didn’t react much when we passed another Chihuahua. Mimi has incredibly soft fur, adorable spots, and ears that are maybe a size or two too big :-) Stop by soon to say hi to Mimi!

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Mimi showing off her big ears

Fitz the five-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix is quite possibly the most lovey-dovey dog at the shelter right now. All he wants to do is snuggle. When we were in the off-leash run, he didn’t even do any exploring! He just stayed right by my side and leaned against my leg so I would keep petting him. He has the cutest little tail that wags all the time.

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Fitz is a real cutie

Fitz is absolutely a lapdog. After we left the off-leash run, I took Fitz to a quieter spot and sat down on the ground. He immediately climbed into my lap, made himself comfortable, and gave me some doggy kisses. We could have stayed like that all afternoon! Even when I eventually stood up, Fitz tried to hold onto his spot. When I was leaving the shelter a while later, another volunteer was hanging out with Fitz in the front office, cuddling on the bench. If you’re looking for a snuggly new family member, come in soon to meet Fitz!

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Fitz loves to cuddle

Giorgio the three-year-old Catahoula mix will immediately catch your eye when you walk through the shelter because he is stunning. Not only does he have bright, ice-blue eyes, but he has the most interesting markings! He’s half white and half blue merle. No doubt people will stop and ask about him when his future family takes him out for walks!

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Giorgio’s piercing blue eyes

Giorgio was very eager to come out for a walk and romp in the off-leash run. He politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence, but mostly kept to himself and enjoyed being outdoors. Giorgio can be a little slow to warm up, but once he knows you he will quickly become your best friend and give you lots of doggy hugs and doggy kisses. For your next loyal companion, stop by the shelter and see if Giorgio is the one for you!

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Giorgio’s handsome markings

I also saw Arnold, Bear, Blush, Cooper, O’Shea, Scotty, Showtime, Trixie, and Winter.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoying Autumn

It was a beautiful fall day at Orphans of the Storm®, and the pooches were all happy to be out and about! (Apologies for pictures not being the best this week–I was having camera issues.)

Arnold the one-year-old Rat Terrier mix is a happy guy who is always eager to say hello to anyone who stops by his kennel. Since he’s practically still a puppy, he has plenty of energy and playfulness. Arnold quickly led the way to the off-leash run and enjoyed being free to romp and roam on his own once we got there.

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Arnold’s cute nose

Arnold loves to follow his nose. He would disappear behind the bushes and I could hear him rummaging and snuffling around. Then he would reappear and stop by to say a quick hello before following his nose again on a new scent trail. Arnold could probably benefit from getting more practice with walking on the leash. When I had him out, he was so excited and wanted to see everything at once that he was pulling in different directions. But who can blame him? If you think this little cutie might be the one for you, come in soon to say hi to Arnold!

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Arnold following that cute nose

Lucky the three-year-old Pointer mix (not to be confused with the other Lucky) is a handsome boy who likes to be with people. When I sat down on the bench in the off-leash run, Lucky was quick to hop up and join me. He was so enthusiastic about snuggling, in fact, that he tried (unsuccessfully) to fit in my lap. When that didn’t work, he settled for giving me lots of doggy kisses.

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Lucky wondering about this camera contraption

Lucky was very interested in chasing after tennis balls, but hadn’t quite mastered bringing the ball back so I could throw it again. Although Lucky loves people, he isn’t a fan of other dogs and would prefer to be the only pooch in his new home. If you’re looking for a new companion who equally enjoys snuggling on the couch and playing outside, be sure to meet Lucky on your next visit to the shelter!

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Lucky knows how to smile

Rambo the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is such an affectionate guy. As soon as I took his leash from another volunteer, Rambo wanted to give me doggy kisses. Rambo is pretty much all muscle, but he actually wasn’t too difficult to walk on the leash. He’s a young pooch with plenty of love to offer his new family.

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Rambo enjoying a good scratch on the back

Rambo had a fun time in the off-leash run. He said a polite hello to the dog on the other side of the fence, explored behind the bushes, and paused for a nice drink of water. When I sat on the bench and tapped the open space next to me, Rambo put his front paws up there so he could give me some more doggy kisses. What a lovebug! Stop in soon to say hello to Rambo.

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Rambo loves being with people

Pepper the six-year-old Shih-Tzu/Poodle mix is a little cutie who will look even more adorable after he gets a nice bath and haircut. When I went to Pepper’s kennel, he was sitting in the back corner, looking a little unsure. But as soon as I knelt down, he came right over and rubbed his side against my leg (like a kitty!). The info card on Pepper’s kennel says he isn’t too into snuggling, but if you give him a little time to warm up to you, he certainly enjoys attention. Pepper is currently sharing his kennel with Charlie (see below), so we know he gets along with other dogs.

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Pepper was ready for his closeup

Pepper wasn’t too fond of walking on the leash at first and seemed a little nervous about being out in this new environment, but once we got to the off-leash run he seemed more comfortable and happily walked around. Any time I sat on the ground, Pepper was by my side almost instantly. Pepper would prefer to be in an adult-only home with people who will give him the opportunity to come out his shell and be the happy, affectionate pup he knows he can be. If that sounds like a good fit for you, come in soon to meet Pepper!

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Pepper is one big fluffball at the moment

Charlie the four-year-old Beagle mix is pretty nervous at the shelter, but he warms up quickly once you spend some one-on-one time with him. Unlike his kennelmate Pepper (see above), he was more than ready to head out for a walk on the leash–luckily he was there to help convince Pepper! Since Charlie is on the nervous side, he’s actually a very easy walking buddy because he moves pretty slowly.

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Charlie is looking for some TLC

Charlie wasn’t too interested in exploring the off-leash run. Instead, he spent his time either standing in my lap or getting pet by a customer (who was trying to convince her husband to get a small dog instead of a big dog). Charlie ended up at the shelter because his former family couldn’t take care of him anymore, which is why he seems so sad. Charlie is just hoping to find his loving forever home, which isn’t too much to ask. If you think that home might be yours, stop by soon to say hello to Charlie!

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Help Charlie turn that frown upside down!

I also saw Bear, Blush, Cooper, John Boy, Kanne and Osito (Osito was being extra snuggly this week and sitting in my lap), Lisa, Scotty, and Zoey.

And I forgot to include this in last week’s video with Blush, but here’s a picture of the entrance to the new woodland preserve/walking trail!

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Autumn is the perfect time to come walk dogs through the forest!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Hit the Trail

The new Orphans of the Storm® woodland preserve and walking trail is officially open! Of course, who would I take for my first walk there other than my best walking buddy, Blush? Check out the video below to see how nice and tranquil this new space is. And also notice how much Blush’s tail is wagging! She absolutely loved it.

And here are some new pooches who would also be happy to join you for a walk!

Barney the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is such a friendly guy. When he realized that it was his turn to come outside, you could just see him thinking, “Oh boy!” His tail was wagging, but he still stayed pretty calm while he got the leash put on. Barney is a big boy, so he’s pretty strong and doesn’t mind leading the way on walks. When we got to the off-leash run, Diamond was already occupying the second one, and she and Barney sniffed each other politely through the fence.

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Barney saying hello to Diamond

Barney is a very attentive boy. He was always looking through the fence to see what was happening. When it was time to get his official portrait for the Orphans of the Storm® website, it was a little challenging to get him to focus on the camera because he was too busy paying attention to everything else going on! Barney is an affectionate boy, too. He joined me on the bench for a while and enjoyed getting a good scratch on his hips and back. Come in soon to see if Barney is the companion for you!

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Barney has such a lovable face

Chanel and Gucci the eleven-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mixes make for a super adorable pair. I originally thought they were brother and sister, but apparently they are boyfriend and girlfriend! Either way, they need to be adopted to the same home. You might think that eleven is pretty old, but for dogs as small as Yorkies it really isn’t. You would never guess that they’re into double-digits when you interact with them.

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Chanel is so precious

Chanel, the girl with brown-and-silver fur, seems to be the more adventurous one. She was romping and exploring and doing her own thing while we were in the off-leash run. She even jumped up on the bench a few times, which I thought was going to be too big of a leap. But Chanel still enjoys having a person nearby, and climbed into my lap at one point for a quick cuddle session. She also had no problems with me picking her up when it was time to go back inside her kennel.

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Chanel knows she looks good

Gucci, the boy with the brown-and-black fur, seems a little calmer. He would come back to me for a reassuring pat on the back every few minutes. When Chanel hopped onto the bench, Gucci kept his four paws on the ground. Gucci wanted to say hello to anybody we passed while we were on our walk.

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Gucci is too cute to handle

These two pooches are too cute to pass up! If you’re thinking that two dogs might be too much for you, consider the fact that even if you combined Gucci and Chanel, they would still be smaller than most dogs :-) They’ve spent their whole lives together and are looking for a new, happy home that will love them both. Stop in soon to say hello!

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Gucci wondering how Chanel got to be so tall

Opa the ten-year-old Mountain Cur mix may be older and have some gray fur on his face, but don’t let that deter you. Opa still has plenty of spunk! (Appropriately, “opa” is what people say during Greek celebrations and dances.) Believe it or not, this little guy with his little legs can hop over a fence! So, if you adopt Opa and have a backyard, it would probably be a good idea to supervise him, at least in the beginning while he’s still getting used to his new surroundings.

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Opa loves going for walks

Opa is an affectionate boy who likes to cuddle. Whenever I knelt down next to him, he put his front paws in my lap and gave me doggy kisses. Opa is an excellent walking buddy who rarely pulled on the leash. He seems like a pretty happy, easy-going dog whose tiny tail wags the majority of the time. All Opa needs is a new, loving family who will help him enjoy his golden years! Come in soon if you think that might be you.

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Opa also enjoys being a lapdog

Orville the ten-year-old Husky mix is a sweetheart. I wanted to take him out this week because he looked rather forlorn inside his kennel when I first walked past, and thought he could use some quality one-on-one time to cheer up. And cheer up he did! Orville had a good time hanging out in the off-leash run, following his nose and doing some exploring.

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Orville is so fluffy

Orville is smaller than your average Husky, but his fur is just as soft and fluffy as you would expect. Since he’s getting up there in years, he doesn’t need too much activity to keep him happy–just some nice walks around the neighborhood a few times a day. Orville is very easy to walk on the leash and is a gentle boy overall. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Orville!

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Orville was interested in the camera

I also saw Bear, Bella, Lexi, Nana, Roxy, Scotty, Zoey, and Zola.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Walk

For those who haven’t heard, tomorrow is a big day at Orphans of the Storm®! It’s the Official Opening of the Orphans of the Storm® Woodland Preserve. The dogs at the shelter will now have a great walking trail that takes them through the forest. If that sounds like an activity you would enjoy as well, you can sign up as a volunteer dog-walker! Here are some of the pooches who might enjoy walking on the new trail, or even better, taking walks with their new families!

Spot the one-year-old Jack Russell Terrier/Basset Hound mix is a cute, little, happy-go-lucky kind of guy. When we first got to the off-leash run, he was more interested in sniffing and exploring. But after a few minutes of getting his bearings and stretching his little legs, he came trotting over to me and we became fast friends. Spot is definitely a people dog!

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Spot coming in for a doggy kiss

Spot is a super affectionate pooch. He hopped right into my lap and started giving me doggy kisses. He also sort of acts like a kitty, in the sense that he will rub his head and side against your legs until you reach down to pet him. He also gets along well with other dogs. He’s currently sharing his kennel with Zola (Chola) and they’ve become good buddies too. (And I will take this opportunity to say that Zola is also super affectionate and loves to be outside in the yard or on a walk. There were a few times where both of them were in my lap, giving me kisses simultaneously!) If you’re looking for an affectionate companion, come in soon to meet Spot!

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Spot sitting by my side

Showtime the six-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is new to the shelter and therefore pretty nervous inside her kennel. But Showtime is another great example of why it’s important to take the dogs out for some one-on-one time rather than judge them from their kennel. As soon as she realized it was her turn to come out with the leash, her tail started wagging and she pretty much melted into the other volunteer’s arms.

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Showtime has such a sweet face

Showtime can be a little shy, but she’s also very sweet. She didn’t do too much exploring in the off-leash run, but did some sniffing here and there. She enjoyed a nice scratch under the chin and was overall pretty mellow. When a different volunteer offered her some treats, she took them from her hand very gently. (But there was some doggy drool involved.) It even seems like she gets along with other dogs, based on the way she was sniffing other dogs both big and small through the fence and wagging her tail. On your next visit to the shelter, give Showtime a chance to show you what a sweetheart she really is!

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Showtime keeping an eye on things

Donna the seven-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is a little cutie. I actually wanted to walk her a couple of weeks ago, but she was napping and even when I opened her kennel she seemed more content to stay inside. But this week she was up and at ’em and ready to go for a walk! I have yet to meet a Miniature Pinscher I didn’t like, and Donna helped to support this.

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Donna following her nose through the bushes

Donna, being more middle-aged, is a very calm girl. She strolled around the off-leash run, poking her head inside the bushes to see what smells she could find. Donna is another pooch who enjoys treats, but she’s a very methodical eater. Rather than inhaling a treat (like my own dog does), she chews off smaller pieces one at a time. I guess she’s figured out that means she can enjoy each treat longer! Stop by soon to say hi to Donna!

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Donna munching on a yummy treat

I also saw Willow, Roxy, Nana, John Boy, Kanne and Osito, Gypsy, Courage, Blush, and Bear.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Lots of Fun

Pets always know how to brighten your day, and the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are no exception! Some are more playful than others, but they all know that the best way to have a good time is to be with their new family.

Buster the eight-year-old Hound mix is a big (and I do mean big) cuddle-bug. When we were in the off-leash run, Buster spent most of his time hanging out next to me so I could give him lots of attention, and in return he put his front paws in my lap and gave me doggy kisses. There’s just something about those soulful Hound faces that make them so lovable!

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Buster has the most lovable face

Buster is sure to be a loyal companion. When another volunteer who has walked Buster multiple times came by the fence, Buster’s tail started wagging and he eagerly watched and waited for the volunteer to say hello to him. Buster gets along with people and dogs alike, and is currently sharing his kennel with Stella (see below). Buster is sweet, gentle, affectionate, and handsome! What more could you want in a new best friend? If you think Buster might be the pooch for you, come in soon to meet him!

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Buster enjoying the sunshine

Stella the six-year-old Retriever mix is a sweetheart. She waited patiently to get her leash put on, and once we were out she was a very nice walking companion who didn’t do much pulling at all. Stella can be a little shy at first, but after a few minutes of getting to know you she warms up and happily accepts all of the attention you can give her.

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Stella showing off her lovely smile

Stella enjoyed exploring the off-leash run and would probably like to be able to have a yard of her own, but since she walks so nicely on the leash it isn’t a necessity. Stella is currently sharing her kennel with Buster (see above), so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Since Stella is more middle-aged, she’s pretty calm and gentle. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hello to Stella!

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Stella strutting her stuff

London the eight-month-old Hound mix is the first “true” puppy (under a year old) that I’ve walked in a while, and I’ll admit I didn’t want to put her back in her kennel! London is what I would consider the epitome of a puppy: she is super snuggly, super friendly, and super silly. London was a bit overwhelmed by all of the other dogs barking at her when I first took her out of her kennel, so she had no problems with me scooping her up and carrying her out to a quieter area in the grass. When I set her down, she put her front paws on my legs as if she wanted to be picked up again.

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London is definitely a lapdog

London hasn’t quite mastered leash-walking yet, so sometimes she liked to hold the leash in her mouth while we walked like it was a toy and sometimes she would wriggle around like she was trying to break free. But most of our time together was spent with London snuggling in my lap, which is a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon! At one point I thought she was going to fall asleep because she was so comfy. Puppies usually don’t last at the shelter for very long, and one as cute and friendly as London is likely to get a lot of lookers. Come in soon if you think London is the pup for you!

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Who can say no to London’s sweet face?

Duke the two-year-old Rottweiler mix has plenty of energy and a sense of adventure, so if you have an active lifestyle then Duke might be your dog! Duke pulled on the leash a bit when we first started our walk, but he settled down pretty quickly. When I sat down on a bench, he stopped and sat right by my feet so I could pet him.

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Duke asking, “When is it our turn to go in the run?”

Duke can be a bit of a rascal. When it was time for us to leave the off-leash run, he would scurry away whenever I came towards him with the leash. At first I thought it was because he might be a little shy or nervous, but then he started going into a play-bow before scurrying off and I realized he just wanted to play and romp some more. It wasn’t until I pretended to leave that he came over to the gate and let me put the leash on–which shows that he may like to play, but he likes being with his person even more! Stop by the shelter soon to meet Duke.

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Duke sticking out his tongue

Osito the two-year-old Miniature Poodle mix and Kanne the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix may seem like The Odd Couple, but they are best friends and they are looking to find their new forever home together. Osito and Kanne were abandoned by their previous owner, but they got through it together and are hopeful for the future!

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Osito is super cute

There are some people who believe that the “bully” breeds are dangerous and can’t be around other dogs, but Kanne is more than happy to prove them wrong and show how you can’t generalize an entire breed or group. Although Kanne can sometimes step on Osito when he’s excited (like when they learned it was their turn to go for a walk), it’s clear how bonded they are and how well they get along. Wherever Osito wandered inside the off-leash run, Kanne was never far behind. When Osito decided to climb into my lap, Kanne came over to give me a sniff of approval.

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Kanne is a handsome boy

Osito is technically the “big” brother because he’s older, and he knows that he can keep Kanne in line by giving a little yelp when Kanne gets boisterous. Osito was more interested in exploring and enjoying the outdoors at first, but soon enough he made his way over to me and was happy to cuddle.

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Osito got a summer haircut for late-summer

Kanne is very well-behaved, considering he’s just a year old–I was surprised to find out his age afterwards! After his initial burst of excitement when he first got out of the kennel, he was calm in the off-leash run. He enjoyed a good scratch under the chin and has surprisingly soft fur.

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Kanne standing guard at the gate

If you’re one of those people who has a hard time choosing between small dogs and large dogs–here’s a perfect solution where you don’t have to choose! Osito and Kanne are already set as a pair. Now they just need a loving family and a place to call home.

I also saw Bear, Blush, Cooper, Diamond, Gypsy, Lexi, Nana, O’Shea, Parzivie, Red, Scotty, Trixie, Tucker, Willow, and Zoey. So many greats dogs are waiting to meet you at Orphans of the Storm®!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Don’t Mind a Cloudy Day

Last week I met a total of five new dogs at Orphans of the Storm®, and I’m happy to say that three of them have already been adopted before I could write about them! But there are still plenty of pooches waiting to find their perfect match, including these two sweeties.

Marcus the two-year-old Basset Hound/Beagle mix is super adorable. When we first got to the off-leash run, Marcus was mostly interested in exploring on his own, but once he realized that I was there to spend time with him, he happily came trotting over and enjoyed getting pet. There were a few times where he put his front paws in my lap so we could cuddle even more.

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Marcus enjoys a good snuggle session

Marcus ran after a toy when I threw it, though he didn’t pick it up and bring it back to me. He seemed to prefer either standing next to me and getting lots of attention, saying hello to the dogs we saw on the other side of the fence, or following his hound nose. Marcus has those sweet puppy-dog eyes that will melt your heart as soon as you meet him. If you’re looking for a cute little companion, stop by soon to say hi to Marcus!

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Marcus exploring the run

Rufus the four-year-old Shepherd mix was happy to learn that it was his turn to come out for a walk and walked pretty nicely on the way to the off-leash run. He was a little skittish at first and sometimes jumped a bit when I pet him, but the longer we were together the more comfortable he became. Rufus even gave me a doggy kiss eventually!

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Rufus says, “What’s that you’ve got there?”

Rufus seems like the type of dog who just goes with the flow. He casually made his way around the off-leash run, stopping here and sniffing there. When he got used to me being around, he was happy to stand by my side and get a good scratch on his back. Rufus’ fur is surprisingly wiry in texture, which just adds to his cuteness. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Rufus!

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Rufus was always there when I turned around

I also saw Bella, Blush, Diamond, and Lexi.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Found Their Furever Home, Part XI

I’m happy to bring you another Orphans of the Storm® success story! Steve and his family have shared their adoption story and some adorable photos of their Orphans of the Storm® dog, Charlotte:

We adopted our Catahoula mix from Orphans of the Storm® in January of 2013. Our previous dog, Shelby, had passed away after 12 wonderful years after we adopted him from Orphans of the Storm® and we wanted to give another dog a forever home with us.

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Charlotte liked to rest her head on my shoulder as I drove to Colorado

We had looked at many dogs and I had even been to Orphans of the Storm® on a Friday when my wife wanted to go look again two days later on a Sunday. Orphans of the Storm® had just had 25 dogs from out-of-state arrive and the first one we saw was this Catahoula mix with bright amber eyes jumping up at us from inside her cage. We took her for a walk and instantly bonded with her. Because we had previously adopted from Orphans of the Storm® and because it was a bit chaotic there at the time, we were able to complete the paperwork and take her home with us right away.

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Charlotte got a little hamburger at Sonic in Nebraska for dinner

We named her Charlotte. She was a bit submissive and we’ve had to work very hard to make sure she didn’t stay afraid of people. She is still a bit skittish at times, but she is also protective of her new family. We bring her as many places as we can–she is a fantastic car-rider! Her eyes see everything, her ears hear everything, and her nose is often buried in a smell or sniffing the wind. She certainly has the traits of a Catahoula.

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On the way home, Charlotte found our daughter’s leg to be a comfortable pillow in the car

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Charlotte crashes on the couch in our cabin after a walk

Recently we brought her on our summer vacation to Colorado where we rented a cabin that allows dogs. Charlotte had a terrific time and was perfect during the drive and in hotels and in the cabin. She doesn’t chew or bark and she’s wonderfully house-trained.

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Charlotte found the Winter Park, Colorado, area to be very dog-friendly

At home she enjoys her spacious fenced-in yard and chasing birds, lying in the sun, or playing with a stick or tennis ball. We’ve also introduced her to friend’s and family’s dogs and she gets along with everyone. She’s also very gentle around small children and is never afraid of them.

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My wife Robin and our daughter Lauren relaxing with Charlotte on the front porch of the cabin we rented in Colorado

We really love this beautiful dog and thank Orphans of the Storm® for all the hard work they do to find homes for dogs. Charlotte is the third dog I’ve had from Orphans of the Storm® (my family adopted a German Short Haired Pointer when I was a kid around 1977) and I highly recommend this shelter to anyone seeking a terrific animal to share a forever home with.

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Charlotte loves to jump from bed to bed in the hotel

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My wife Robin riding in the backseat with a happy Charlotte

Thank you for sharing Charlotte’s story with us, Steve!

If you have an Orphans of the Storm® adoption success story that you’d like to share on the blog, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.