Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Warm Up Your Summer

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are ready to get their summers off to a sunny start by finding their new forever homes!

Pumpkin the four-year-old Boxer mix has experience as a family dog and is ready to find a new family to join. She was adopted several months ago but returned because she was jumping the fence and not getting along with other dogs in her neighborhood. So, Pumpkin is looking for a home where she can go on leashed walks or be closely supervised in a fenced yard.

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Pumpkin keeping an eye on things

Pumpkin loves people and gets along with kids and even babies. She politely sits while getting her leash put on, without even being asked. Pumpkin is a great walking companion. She also likes to cuddle and get pet. Pumpkin attends play groups and sometimes plays with the other dogs, but more often keeps to herself or tries to initiate pets from the humans in the yard. She would prefer to be the only dog in her new home.  Come in soon to see if Pumpkin is the pooch for you!

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Pumpkin in a little bit of rain

Brady the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is an active, playful guy. He can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel or if he sees something exciting, but will also eventually slow down to enjoy some sniffing along the trail. Brady liked romping around the off-leash run and exploring along the fence line. He often has a doggy smile on his cute white face.

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Brady knows how to smile for the camera

Brady gets along well with other dogs. He arrived at the shelter with his sister, who has since been adopted. He also attends play groups and particularly enjoys the company of Jackson (see below). Brady liked sniffing at toys and poking them with his nose, but wasn’t too interested in playing fetch on this outing. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Brady!

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Brady following his nose

CoCo and Scooby the six-year-old Great Dane mixes found themselves at the shelter because their family was moving and couldn’t bring them with. They’re hoping to find a new home together–and it will hopefully be a large home, because these are two of the largest (and strongest) dogs I’ve walked!

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CoCo has white socks!

CoCo and Scooby occasionally attend play groups, but since they’re so much bigger than everyone else, they make some of the other dogs a bit nervous and tense. They can also be bark-y around other dogs when they’re on the leash or on opposite sides of the fence (CoCo more so than Scooby).

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Scooby is a handsome boy

Scooby seems to be the more affectionate of the two. He often came back to me while exploring the off-leash run so he could cuddle and give me a couple doggy kisses. CoCo did more exploring on his own, but he also poked my nose with his nose once or twice and liked getting scratched on his hips. If you have the space in your home and your heart for these two big brothers, come in soon to meet CoCo and Scooby!

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CoCo and Scooby finding out what’s behind the bushes

Athena the one-year-old Hound mix is very friendly and affectionate. She gave me a doggy hug as soon as she came out of her kennel and was always attentive to where I was when we were in the Enrichment Park. I’m not sure how much training she’s had since she’s barely out of puppyhood, but she did come running over when I called her.

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Athena being attentive

Athena can pull a bit on the leash when she first comes out of her kennel, but settles into a nice walking companion after she has a chance to romp around and get some of her excess energy out. Athena is currently sharing her kennel with Jackson (see below) but was a little tentative and nervous when she went into a larger play group. Be sure to say hello to happy Athena on your next visit to the shelter!

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Athena caught in a blink

Jackson the eleven-month-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is super sweet. He likes to snuggle and will tuck his head into you. He also gave me a couple gentle doggy kisses. Being a Hound, Jackson likes to follow his nose and take his time exploring. He criss-crossed the Enrichment Park in order to find all of the interesting smells.

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Jackson has super floppy ears (cameo by Athena in the back)

Jackson walks nicely on the leash and is pretty calm overall, especially for a puppy. He is currently sharing his kennel with Athena (see above) and also attends play group regularly. He interacts nicely with the other dogs and particularly enjoyed the company of Brady (see above), so he could go to a home with or without a doggy friend. If you’re looking for a lovable and loving pup, come in soon to meet Jackson!

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Jackson doing what Hounds do best

Beatrix the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is very attentive to her person. When we were on our walk around the woodland preserve, Beatrix often paused to look up at me and confirm that we were still on the same page. She alternates between walking at an easy-going, meandering pace and speeding up to follow an interesting scent trail, but she doesn’t pull much on the leash.

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Beatrix has such a smooshy face

Beatrix also likes to be close to her person. When I knelt down next to her, she leaned against me so much that I almost toppled over! She wanted to be as close as possible without actually climbing into my lap. Although Beatrix loves the company of people, she doesn’t seem too fond of other dogs and would probably do best as the only dog in her new home. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Beatrix!

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Beatrix enjoying the outdoors

I also saw Alec(k), Anna, Barney (who loves splashing around in the puppy pool), Clyde the Heeler (who just wants to spend all of his time snuggling with you), John Boy, Pony Boy, Sox, and YoYo (Yeyo).

My first play group this week included Alec(k), Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde the Heeler, Cocoa (who is getting better in larger groups), Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Maggie, Pumpkin, Tom, Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo). Snow White also had a one-on-one with Huckleberry. The not-yet-profiled dogs were Bandi, Bruno, Emma, Gilbert, Marcie, Polly, and Vannah.

My second play group included Alec(k), Brutus, Cass, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde the Heeler, Delilah, Donny, Elijah, Jackson, John Boy, Maggie, Mojo, Quinn, Romeo, Sasha, Sox, Spike (who is doing great in larger groups), Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo). Barney also had a one-on-one with Cocoa. Not-yet-profiled dogs included Bogo, Bruno, Emma, Gilbert, Maizie, Pepsi, and Polly.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a Cuddle Companion

There are lapdogs big and small at Orphans of the Storm® right now! If you’re looking for a particularly snuggly new friend, now is the time to come in and find him or her!

Polar Bear the seven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a big lovebug who doesn’t realize just how big he is, because he will try to climb into your lap whenever he gets the chance. Polar Bear is super affectionate and covered my face in doggy kisses multiple times. He joined me on the bench and was happy to sit as close to me as possible. When we passed a couple other volunteers, Polar Bear politely sat by their feet and waited for them to give him pets.

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Polar Bear is super smiley

Polar Bear is a very easy walking companion. Since he’s older and larger, he just pleasantly lumbers along at a slow pace and doesn’t pull on the leash at all. We only made it part of the way around the woodland preserve before Polar Bear decided he had walked long enough, so short walks around the neighborhood will probably be enough for him in his new home. Although Polar Bear loves people, he isn’t as much a fan of other dogs and would do best as the only dog in his new home. Come in soon to meet Polar Bear!

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Polar Bear enjoying his walk

Kacy and Oliver the five-year-old Rat Terrier mixes are a bonded pair looking for their new home together. They can be a little wary of strangers, but once they feel comfortable with you, you will have two new best friends forever! Because of this wariness of strangers, they’re looking to go to a home that doesn’t get many visitors. These little pooches act as good guard dogs and will alert their new owner whenever someone is coming by the house.

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Kacy has giant ears and tiny toes

Oliver warmed up to me first. When we got to the Enrichment Park, Oliver hovered around my feet until I knelt down to pet him. He later joined me on the bench and enjoyed getting more attention. Oliver also let me pick him up and carry him around a bit, but he’s an active boy and prefers doing his own walking. He did some zooming around the park! Oliver also prefers to lead the way on walks and moves at a quick pace.

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Oliver flys!

Kacy was also pretty eager to get pet and put her front paws in my lap when I got down to her level. Kacy enjoys taking her time exploring, and mostly watched as Oliver romped around. She was also fine with me picking her up and holding her, and sat in my lap for a bit. Kacy is a good walking companion and likes to stop and sniff often. She doesn’t pull on the leash at all.

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Kacy being serious

Kacy and Oliver are smart dogs and quick learners. They participated in the Top Dog Competition back in October and mastered the agility course. They are very treat-motivated! Kacy and Oliver have shared their kennel with a variety of small dogs and also participate in small dog play groups, so they get along with other dogs around their size. If you’re looking for two loyal dogs to bring happiness to your home, be sure to say hello to Kacy and Oliver!

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Oliver saying hello

Kona the seven-year-old Chihuahua mix has a big personality in a teeny body. He has a couple favorite volunteers and when he sees them coming, his entire body wriggles in excitement and he starts squealing! It is super cute. Kona can take a little time to warm up to strangers, but once he knows you then he will ask to be picked up and held, and will give you lots and lots of doggy kisses.

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Kona is a cutie

Kona gets along with dogs both large and small. He is currently sharing a kennel with Kacy and Oliver (see above) and has participated in both small dog play groups and medium/large dog play groups. You can see a video of Kona holding his own with the big dogs here. In terms of people, Kona prefers the company of adults rather than children (10 years or younger) and might do best in an adult home. Be sure to say hello to Kona on your next visit to the shelter!

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Kona investigating the case of missing toy stuffing

I also walked Thunder for the first time in a long time! He had back surgery in December, but is now recovered and ready to find his forever home! You can see updates (with lots of cute photos and videos) of his recovery process here. Thunder was fostered by a couple different volunteers while he was recovering and was a sweet, snuggly, well-behaved house guest. Thunder is housebroken and crate trained, and loves to be with his person. He’s looking for a home where he can be the only pet.

The play group I attended this week included Alec(k), Bo, Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde, Cocoa, Delilah, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Lucy, Maggie, Quinn, Reggie, Sasha, Spike, Thea, Tom, Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo), as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Bandi, Polly, and Pumpkin. We reached a new milestone this week, of over 2,000 dogs in play groups!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Hoping to Start Their Summers in a Forever Home

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, but open regular hours (11am-5pm) Saturday and Sunday. You still have time to welcome a new furry family member into your home before the holiday!

Molly the four-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is the sweetest! All she wants to do is snuggle with the nearest person. Instead of exploring around the Enrichment Park, Molly spent her time giving me lots of doggy hugs and attempting to climb into my lap. When someone walks up to pet her, she wants to be as close as possible and will try to sit on their feet.

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Molly has the floppiest ears

Molly walks nicely on the leash and occasionally stops to sniff, but not as much as you might expect from a Hound. She’s currently sharing her kennel with a little Beagle, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. She also goes to play group, but gets a little overwhelmed in large, active groups and prefers just a quick sniff hello before moving on. If you’re looking for a great cuddle companion, be sure to say hello to Molly on your next visit to the shelter!

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Molly always has the sweetest look on her face

Spike the ten-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came from an owner who didn’t have enough time for him, but that means he already has experience living in a home and is ready to find his forever one. Spike is very calm for a puppy! Even though he could throw his weight around if he wanted to, he actually walks great on the leash. He’s more of a meanderer and likes to take his time sniffing.

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Spike has a lovable giant square head

Spike has participated in a couple small play groups with well-socialized dogs who have been teaching him proper play group etiquette. Spike is a quick learner but may still be too exuberant for some dogs, and may do best as the only dog in his new home. Spike has quickly become a volunteer favorite because of his happy personality. Come in soon to meet Spike!

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Spike is surprisingly floofy for his breed

Reggie the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has lots of energy! Reggie ran a few laps around the yard before slowing down to sniff and explore. He wasn’t overly interested in playing fetch, but poked some of the toys with his nose. Reggie politely sniffed Clyde when they were on opposite sides of the fence, as well as when we passed Clyde on leash during our walk around the woodland preserve.

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Reggie says, “Whee!!”

Reggie likes to take breaks from romping around in order to get pet. He put his front paws in my lap on multiple occasions so I could scratch his neck and ears. Reggie likes to walk at a quick pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash too much. He has a great doggy smile and always looks happy. Stop by the shelter soon and say hello to Reggie!

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Reggie being silly

Stevo the two-year-old Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix is a little shy and nervous right now. He wasn’t so sure about coming out for a walk, so I sat in his kennel with him for a couple minutes to give him time to get comfortable with me. Then we were on our way! Despite his hesitation, Stevo is great at walking on the leash. He was always either right by my side or just a couple steps ahead.

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Stevo is too cute for words

Stevo prefers having a chance to sniff a person before you start petting him (which is what you should do for all dogs anyway!) but will stand politely once you do pet him, and won’t start walking again until you stop. Stevo is looking for an understanding home with people who will help him come out of his shell. If that sounds like it could be you, come in soon to meet Stevo!

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Stevo on the move

Thea the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is super affectionate. She loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses, and will try to climb into your lap whenever the opportunity presents itself. Thea was a little shy when she first arrived at the shelter, but she has made a lot of progress and now wags her tail at everyone and wants to say hello.

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Thea sometimes rocks the “one ear up, one ear down” look

Thea walks pretty well on the leash, but can be a little reluctant sometimes and needs encouragement to keep going. Once she’s settled and comfortable in her new neighborhood, she’ll probably do just fine! Thea attends play groups and mostly kept to herself at first, but has recently started engaging with other dogs and is showing more of her playful side. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Thea is the pooch for you!

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Thea will eventually learn to love walks!

Cocoa the three-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is very energetic and playful. She gets super excited when she realizes it’s her turn to come out for a walk and can pull on the leash a bit, but eventually settles down (though she still prefers to walk at a quick pace). Cocoa loves toys more than anything! Balls, squeakers, ropes–you name it, she’ll play with it! This means she’s also great at playing fetch.

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Cocoa loved this ball the most

Cocoa is also cuddly and affectionate. She combines her love of people and toys by snuggling on her person’s lap while chewing her toy. Cocoa has participated in play groups with a couple select dogs who can handle her particularly rambunctious play style, but Cocoa is a little too intense for most dogs and would probably do best as the only dog in her new home. If you’re looking for an active, playful dog who will also snuggle with you at the end of the day, be sure to say hello to Cocoa!

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Cocoa was hopeful that the camera was also a toy

I also saw Alec(k), Barney, Big Boy, Brutus, Carlos, Cheyenne (Shyanne)Clyde, Dusty, and Gracie.

The play group I attended this week included Alec(k), Bo, Cocoa, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Lucy, Maggie, Mojo, Molly, Sasha, Thea, Tom, and YoYo (Yeyo), as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Bandi, CoCoPolly, Pumpkin, Scooby, and Tucker.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Love Their Play Groups!

It’s been about three months since Dogs Playing for Life visited Orphans of the Storm® and taught us how to implement play groups. In that time, we have held more than 70 play groups with 170+ unique dogs. When you count dogs who have participated multiple times, that means we have had a grand total of more than 1,500 dogs in play groups! We have learned so much about the dogs in these past few months, so I thought I’d share some highlights (particularly about long-timers).

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Jack, John Boy, Huckleberry, and Elijah get things off to a running start!

Jack, Huckleberry, John Boy, and Elijah are four play group regulars. They love to play “rough and rowdy” with each other, all one big blur of fur and sixteen paws. Since they play with each other so often, they know exactly when it’s time to take a breather and do some exploring on their own before going back to playing. This play style can be a little much for some dogs, but other more adventurous ones are happy to join in!

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Huckleberry, Elijah, John Boy, Roxy, Clyde, and Sasha

Even though both John Boy and Elijah are labeled as needing to be the only dog in their future home, the two of them in particular are the best of friends. When they’ve tired each other out, they roll over on their backs next to each other and lounge, with happy doggy smiles on their faces. I have unofficially given them the “cutest couple” title.

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Pumpkin, Huckleberry, Elijah, John Boy, Jack, Maggie, and Gia

Some of the other play group regulars are Brutus, Gia (Pippa), Maggie, Prince, Sasha, and Whizzer. Gia, in fact, holds the top spot for most play groups attended. She gets along with everybody!

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Eastside, Brutus, Huckleberry, Maggie, and John Boy

There are some dogs who we knew had a history of not liking other dogs, but having more freedom in a yard can bring out different behavior than being on a leash. Dogs like Apollo and Barney have found a select number of doggy friends that they enjoy playing with!

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Lucky loves the puppy pool

Bo, Cheyenne (Shyanne), and YoYo (Yeyo) also enjoy the company of dogs much better when they’re in play group as opposed to being on leashed walks. Tom still doesn’t particularly like boy dogs, but he now has a long list of girlfriends. He’s been in play groups with five or more girl dogs at one time and has a blast.

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Maggie, Donny, Elijah, and Whizzer

Dogs like Alec(k), Delilah, Donny, Lucy, Mojo, and Quinn are developing their socialization skills. Delilah, Lucy, and Quinn like to play with some dogs sometimes. Alec really wants to be part of the Jack/Huckleberry/John Boy/Elijah group and is building up his courage, but mostly watches from the sidelines. Donny and Mojo often keep to themselves but will politely sniff hello if another dog comes by.

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Lucy and Bo

Although attending play group is a great sign that a dog gets along with other dogs, it still isn’t a guarantee that a particular dog could go to a home with another dog. Having a 30-minute play session is different than sharing your space, family, toys, and treats with someone 24/7! As always, we ask potential adopters to bring your current dog(s) to the shelter to meet the dog you’re considering adopting.

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Delilah, Bo, and YoYo (who still has his Easter Egg spots)

Play groups happen on pretty much a daily basis (weather-dependent) and can have 10 to 30 dogs cycled through in a 1.5-hour period. There can be anywhere from 2 to 12 dogs in the yard at a time. It’s a highlight of many dogs’ (and volunteers’) days!

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Molly, Pumpkin, Lucy, and Bo

The first play group I attended this week included Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde the Heeler, Donny, Eastside, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Lucy, Maggie, Romeo, Sasha, Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo), as well as the not-yet-profiled dogs Lucky, Pumpkin, and Roxy.

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John Boy, Sasha, and Roxy

The second play group had Alec(k), Bo, Brutus, Delilah, Donny, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Lucy, Maggie, Sasha, Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo), as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Birdie, Chief, Molly, Paulie, Polly, Pumpkin, Roxy, the other Roxy, Rufus, Spike, and Zandrea.

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Huckleberry, Elijah, Maggie, Chief, Birdie, Polly, Paulie, Rufus, and John Boy

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a New Mom This Mother’s Day Weekend

If you’re looking to add a new fur-baby to the family this weekend as you celebrate Mother’s Day, there are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who are eager to meet you!

Sage the nine-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is currently recovering from an ACL injury, but he’s ready to go to his new home to finish recuperating and then will be back to his active lifestyle! Even though Sage is still a puppy, he already has good leash manners and is a nice walking companion. He enjoyed sniffing his way around the woodland preserve.

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Sage is super cute

Sage, like most puppies, loves getting attention and hopped up on the bench next to me so we could snuggle. He never strayed too far from me, even when he was off-leash in the Enrichment Park. Sage liked stretching out in the sun and chewing on a squeaky toy. Sage had a couple playdates with another puppy before his injury, so he seems to get along with other dogs. Come in soon to see if Sage is the pup for you!

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Sage is looking forward to having his own yard someday soon!

Clyde the three-year-old Heeler mix (not to be confused with the other Clyde) was previously adopted but returned because he wasn’t getting along with the other dog in the house. But this means that Clyde is ready to settle into his new home because he already knows some obedience training, is housebroken, and walks great on the leash (except occasionally when other dogs are nearby, when he can pull and bark a little).

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Clyde looking very proper

Clyde is extremely affectionate and will be very attached to his new person. He loves to give doggy hugs and lean against you while you pet him. He’s perfect for doing agility and other active pursuits. Although Clyde doesn’t want to share his home with another dog, he does pretty well in play groups when he’s with calmer dogs. If you know and love Heelers, come see if Clyde is the right match for you!

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Clyde comes when called

Aiden the eight-year-old Mountain Feist mix looks a little sad and elderly inside his kennel, but don’t be fooled–he still has plenty of pep in his step! As soon as I let him off his leash in the Enrichment Park, he ran clear across it and then circled back around. He also likes to lead the way on walks, and I had to hurry to keep up with those little legs.

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Aiden romping in the woodchips

Aiden is a little shy and doesn’t initiate much petting, but if you start petting him then he will happily stand right by your side for as long as you continue. Aiden has participated in play groups with smaller and/or calmer dogs but mostly keeps to himself, with the occasional sniff hello. If you’re looking for a sweet senior, be sure to say hello to Aiden on your next visit to the shelter!

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Aiden would rather go for walks than pose for photos

I also saw Barney, Gracie, Cheyenne (Shyanne), and Quinn.

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Romeo, Jack, John Boy, and Huckleberry

My first play group this week included Alec(k), Brutus, Clyde the Heeler, Eastside, Elijah, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Lucy, Maggie, Gia (Pippa), Romeo, Sasha, and Tom, as well as the not-yet-profiled dogs Pumpkin and Zorro.

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Huckleberry, Gia (Pippa), John Boy, and Elijah, and Clyde

My second play group included Aiden, Alec(k), Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde the Heeler, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Maggie, Mojo, Quinn, Sasha, and Yoyo (YeYo), as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Finn, Pumpkin, and Roxy.

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Brutus, Jack, Gia (Pippa), and Sasha’s fluffy tail

 

Orphans of the Storm® Is Hoping to “Empty the Shelter” on May 4

This Saturday, May 4, Orphans of the Storm® is participating in the national “Empty the Shelters” event, sponsored by BISSELL Pet Foundation. All dogs and cats age 6 months and older will have their adoption fee lowered to $25 (additional veterinary fees may still apply). There are more than 70 dogs waiting to meet you! Here are just a few.

Clyde the four-year-old Hound/Mountain Cur mix is a sweet, happy boy. He’s very patient about getting his leash put on and does a nice job walking on the leash. He usually just stayed a couple steps ahead of me and rarely pulled. Clyde, being a Hound mix, enjoys occasionally pausing to smell the flowers and other interesting scents when he’s on a walk.

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Clyde giving a little smile for the camera

Clyde loves getting pet and will lean against your legs while you scratch his hips and back. He also gave me a few doggy kisses. Clyde attends play groups regularly and gets along well with other dogs. He doesn’t engage in too much active play-wrestling, but he politely sniffs everybody hello and his short tail is always wagging. Be sure to say hello to Clyde on your next visit to the shelter!

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Clyde has a cute ridge of fur right down his nose

Eastside the two-year-old Heeler mix absolutely loves going to play group. In fact, he barely wanted to walk around the woodland preserve with me because he was so eager to join all of his doggy friends in the yard instead. Eastside’s play style can get a little intense sometimes (Heelers are known for being very focused!), but overall he gets along with pretty much everybody.

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Eastside has fox-like ears and tail

Eastside can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, because he’s so excited to be out and about. Once we got about a third of the way around the trail, though, he settled into being a pretty good walking companion. Eastside is looking for an active home (maybe with teenagers–he was found as a stray hanging out at a high school and the students there loved him) where he can be your new best playmate. Come in soon to meet Eastside!

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Eastside says, “Play group, please!”

Cooper the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix arrived at the shelter very shy, but he is starting to come out of his shell and showing what a sweetheart he can be. He’s a little skittish with loud or strange noises (like when his leash rubbed against a tree trunk), but does better as he gets more comfortable being out. Cooper is a great walking companion and was walking so close to me that his side was touching my leg.

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Cooper is the cutest with his little tongue poking out

Cooper likes to snuggle once he gets to know you. He even gave me a few doggy kisses eventually. Cooper has participated in play groups and can be a little overwhelmed at first when there’s a large group, but has found some doggy friends that he likes to play with. He also likes to go on his walks with another dog. If you want to help Cooper come out of his shell even more, be sure to say hello on your next visit to the shelter!

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Cooper keeping an eye on things

Yellow the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is still very much a puppy. He has lots of happy exuberance that he wants to share with people. Yellow is super friendly and loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses. He enjoys standing on his hind legs and resting his front paws on your arms while you pet him. He even smiles!

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Yellow leading the way on our walk

Yellow is a playful pooch. He sometimes went into a play bow while we were on our walk and did a quick spin or two. Yellow politely sniffed a couple dogs on the other side of the fence, but doesn’t normally do play groups. He’s one of those extra-pretty dogs with one brown eye and one blue eye. If you’re looking for a fun-loving puppy to join your home, come in soon to meet Yellow!

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Yellow showing off his bright blue eye (cameo by Gracie)

I also saw Apollo, Barney, Dusty, Gracie, and Princess.

The first play group I attended this week included Brutus, Clyde, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Lucy, Romeo, Sasha, and YoYo (Yeyo). There were also not-yet-profiled dogs Harry, Pumpkin, and Zaxby.

The second play group included Alec(k), Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde, Cooper, Donny, Eastside, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Gracie, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Maggie, Pony Boy, Romeo, Sasha, Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo). There were also not-yet-profiled dogs Clyde (we currently have two Clydes!), Harry, Henry, Mamba, Pumpkin, Thea, Zaxby, and Zorro.

Orphans of the Storm® Both Bubbly and Shy Dogs

There are a few shy dogs (a couple of which are puppies) at Orphans of the Storm® who are still super sweet! They also have made some bubbly doggy companions who are already helping them come out of their shell.

Romeo the one-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix wants to be by his person’s side all the time. He loves to give doggy hugs and will happily stand on his hind legs and hold you for as long as you let him. Romeo was a little nervous when we were making our way around the woodland preserve and was far more interested in snuggling than walking, but once he gets used to his surroundings he should be a much better walking companion.

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Romeo is a handsome guy

Romeo enjoyed romping around the Enrichment Park and even jumped over one of the agility hurdles after I demonstrated how to do it. He is a quick learner! Romeo would do a quick lap around the park and then come running back to me for more cuddles. He loves getting pet and will lean against you while you scratch his side. Come in soon to see if sweet Romeo is the one for you!

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Romeo putting his Hound nose to use

Apollo the nine-month-old Mountain Cur mix (not to be confused with the other Apollo) is a little shy at first, but once he feels comfortable with you then he shows you what a cuddle-bug he can be. Apollo can be a little hesitant on the leash, but after some words and pets of encouragement, he’s a good walking buddy. Apollo will put his front paws in your lap when you kneel down next to him or sit on a bench. He might even give you a quick, gentle doggy kiss!

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Apollo has such unique coloring!

Apollo gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with Bubba (see below). Apollo has also gone to play groups and interacts politely with the other participants, but is also interested in getting attention from the people in the yard. Apollo is a sweet puppy who just needs to build up his confidence a little more. Come in soon to meet Apollo!

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Apollo getting used to walking with a harness

Bubba the three-year-old Mountain Cur mix is friendly with everybody. He greets every person he sees with an enthusiastically wagging tail and will be your new best friend in no time. He’s small enough that he can hop right into your lap and cover your face and hands in doggy kisses. Bubba will also roll over next to you so you can give him a belly rub.

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Bubba always has a smile on his face

Bubba likes to move at a quick pace and can pull a bit on the leash, but overall he’s a good walking companion. Bubba gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with Apollo (see above). This happy-go-lucky guy is sure to bring a smile to his new family’s face. If you think that might be you, come in soon to say hello to Bubba!

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Bubba is eager to explore

Mr. Brown the seven-month-old Dalmatian/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix arrived at the shelter with his brother, who has since been adopted. Mr. Brown absolutely loves play group and spending time with other dogs. He played a little rough when he first arrived, but the older dogs have taught him much better manners and now Mr. Brown is a play group favorite.

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Mr. Brown makes for an adorable Easter egg

Mr. Brown also loves people. He is very affectionate and loves to snuggle and give doggy kisses. He gladly joined me and another volunteer on the bench to get extra pets. Mr. Brown is up for anything and was even one of our Easter Egg-dogs who got decorated with (dog-safe) fur dye last week. If you’re looking for a fun-loving puppy, be sure to say hello to Mr. Brown on your next visit to the shelter!

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Mr. Brown is ready to give lots of kisses!

Athena the nine-month-old Mountain Cur mix is extra shy right now, but she already has a group of volunteers who love her and are working to build her confidence. She isn’t quite used to walking on a leash yet and sometimes gets carried from her kennel to an off-leash yard, but perks up once she’s free to romp. Athena also feels better when she has a doggy companion to walk next to or play with.

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Athena enjoyed the sunshine

Athena shows what a sweetheart she is once she has a few minutes to get to know you. By the end of our outing, she was coming over to me when I called to her and was giving me a couple quick doggy kisses. Athena is looking for a home that will give her the extra TLC she needs to become an outgoing puppy again. Stop in soon to meet Athena!

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Athena is tentative but loving

I also saw Barney, Big Boy and Mojo, Blue, Claire (Clarinet), Gracie, Jack, Peepers, Prince, Princess, and Sox.

The play group I attended this week included Alec (Aleck), Apollo the Mountain Cur, Brutus, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Gracie, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Luna, Mr. Brown, Prince, Sasha, Tom, Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo). There were also new dogs who haven’t been profiled yet: Clyde, Cowboy, Eastside, Freckles, Harry, Henry, Hippo, Lyla, Mazie, and Phoenix.

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Bonus shot of Athena and Mr. Brown playing!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Found Their Forever Homes, Part XX

Here is a short but extra sweet success story! The previously profiled pooch Frisco, who now goes by Hadji, was adopted by the Leato family. Here is their story, and the most adorable pictures!

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Five years ago, we adopted Frisco (now Hadji) from Orphans of the Storm®. Without a doubt, Hadji is the best dog that has ever walked into our lives and our family would be lost without him.

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Hadji is very loved and has many roles in the family. He is a cat sitter, bus stop greeter, patient for his cousin’s “veterinary clinic,” imaginary princess, big brother to a miniature heeler, and a nap time buddy.

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We are very thankful to have found a piece of our hearts at Orphans. Thank you for all that you do.

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Thank you to the Leato family for sharing your story!

If you would like to share your own Orphans of the Storm® success story, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com. We never get tired of hearing all these happy “tails”!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Found Their Forever Homes, Part XIX

I have a double success story to share today! Margie and her brother adopted Francis and Randy, who now go by the names of Buddy and Cubbie. Here is their story:

My brother and I adopted “Francis” and “Randy” on February 28. We went to see Francis and even though I called that morning to make sure he was in Deerfield, he was taken to the Highland Park location. While we waited for him to come back, we looked at dogs who had just been brought in that morning from Tennessee. And there we found “Randy.” I guess it was meant to be to adopt them both! Francis is now “Buddy” and Randy is now “Cubbie” (brother is a Cubs fan).

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Francis/Buddy (L) and Randy/Cubbie (R)

Buddy was returned by a couple who said he peed in the house and barked when alone. Our luck that they couldn’t bother to train him. He has had a few accidents in the house but is getting better. He does bark when I leave him alone in the house to take Cubbie for a longer walk. He limps due to a swelling on his right leg that doesn’t stop him from much, but he gets a shorter walk than Cubbie does. Buddy is around 8 years old and is a pretty chill dog. He is the alpha of the two and barks when Cubbie bothers him too much or craves too much attention from us. Buddy immediately took to his doggie bed and sleeps there most of the time, half of his body off and half on. He likes attention (sometimes) and will put his paw on you if you stop before he’s done. He’s not into toys that much but has destroyed a few rope toys already, chewing them up.

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Cubbie didn’t stay at Orphans for long. We saw him the morning he came in and picked him up at the vet’s the next day. He tested positive for worms and fleas/ticks and had to take medicine. He is very smart and I had to figure out different ways to get him to take it. I had to fight with him to take the pills and he never once snapped at me. He’s about 4 years old and is a cuddle-bug. He craves attention and will nose Buddy out of the way to get it. Since he’s younger, he likes to play a bit more, especially out on walks when he should be doing his business. He will bark and whine at dogs going by but he just wants to visit. He whines when a neighbor walks by and wants to stop to be petted. We have met a lot of our neighbors this way! Cubbie doesn’t know what a doggie bed is for, he tries to play with it. He likes sleeping in a corner on the floor.

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Both of them must have had families. They can sit and heel and somewhat know some other commands, like “no,” “come,” and “drop it.” They are both very people-oriented. We had some friends over for lunch and after they got their petting in, they slept the rest of the lunch.

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Both dogs are the sweetest things and are bonding well. I don’t know how we lucked out getting two such good dogs!

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Thank you for sharing Buddy and Cubbie’s story, Margie!

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

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Remind You to Attend “Wags and Whiskers”

Help get those dog tails wagging and those cats purring by attending Orphans of the Storm®’s Annual Benefit Dinner, Wags and Whiskers. It’s this Tuesday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. I hope to see you there!

Norman the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a happy boy. I haven’t walked such an attentive dog in a long time! Norman likes to check in often with the person on the other end of the leash. Sometimes he stopped and looked up at me to get a reassuring pet, and sometimes he’d just look over his shoulder at me as he walked. He can pull a bit when he’s excited, but for the most part he’s a nice walking companion.

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Norman checking in

Norman is also affectionate. He joined me on the bench a couple times and gave me some doggy kisses. He enjoyed exploring the off-leash run but wasn’t particularly interested in playing fetch. Norman does well with other dogs and goes to play group often. He was even enlisted to help a new puppy learn appropriate play group manners. Come in soon to see if Norman is the pooch for you!

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Norman investigating a toy

Sox the eight-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a super-sweet girl. Any time I knelt down to her level or she hopped up next to me on the bench, she covered my face in doggy kisses. Sox is also an excellent walking companion. She didn’t pull on the leash at all during our walk around the woodland preserve and was happy to walk at whatever pace I went.

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Sox is very appropriately named, with her four white socks

Sox loves toys, especially stuffed animals. She can happily keep herself occupied by tossing the toys in the air and gently chewing on them. She liked having at least two toys to alternate between. Sox is looking for a special, caring home. She was diagnosed with mammary malignancy when she arrived at the shelter, but her prognosis is good and she still has time to warm up someone’s heart and home. If you’re looking for a lovable senior, come in soon to say hello to Sox!

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Sox preferred the hedgehog, but the lamb was fun too

I also saw Barney, Big Boy, and Daisy.

And here are this week’s play group participants:

Play group 1: Brutus, Elijah, Hamilton, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Lolabell, Luna, Maggie, Maya, Norman, Peepers, Pippa (Gia), Pony Boy, Prince, Quinn, Sasha, Trent, Whizzer, and Wombat.

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We’ll need to add more puppy pools as the weather gets warmer! Elijah, Jack, and John Boy enjoying a break (with Sasha, Quinn, Maya, Jax, Huckleberry, Trent, and a couple others in the background)

Play group 2: Apollo, Elijah, Gracie, Hamilton, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Luna, Norman, Pippa (Gia), Pony Boy, Quinn, Sasha, and Trent.

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What a group! Jack, Maggie, Luna (?), Huckleberry, Pippa, Jax, Brutus, Trent (?), Sasha, and Elijah

Play group dogs who I haven’t profiled yet included Bodie, Cocoa, Jax, Mr. Brown, Polli, Rose, Rufus, Tiger, Tootsie, and Whiskey.

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John Boy, Jack, Huckleberry, Sasha, Maggie, Quinn, Elijah, Pippa, and Jax