Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Looking for Their Valentine

What better time to open your heart to a new love than Valentine’s Day? That’s why Orphans of the Storm® is having a Find the Love of Your Life event this Saturday, February 11 through Tuesday, February 14. Adoption fees will be waived for all dogs and cats six months and older. (Vet and vaccine fees still apply.) So stop in and feel the love for yourself!

Vanilla the two-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix has been waiting for a while now for the right person to come in and find her. She may seem like a bit of a handful when you walk by her kennel (she can be a little barky), but she is actually very easy to get along with. She just wants to grab your attention! She didn’t bark at all when we were out for our walk.

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Vanilla is ready to be your walking partner

Vanilla and I headed straight for the woodland preserve. Vanilla walks nicely on the leash and barely pulled at all. Mostly she stayed by my side or just a little ahead of me and occasionally stopped to sniff. Vanilla loves getting loved and will stand next to you for as long as you’re petting her. Vanilla doesn’t like other dogs, so she would need to be the only pet in her new home. If you’re a one-dog type of person, come in soon to see if Vanilla is the one for you!

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Vanilla says, “Hi there!”

Christi the eleven-year-old Shepherd/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is such a sweetheart. When she realized it was her turn to come outside, she jumped up like a puppy! Other than that initial burst of excitement, Christi was very mellow. She is super easy to walk on a leash and moves at a good walking pace.

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Christi’s sweet face and wagging tail

Christi is very affectionate. She covered my face in doggy kisses at every opportunity she had. When I sat down on the bench or on the ground, she would sit right next to me and enjoy a nice scratch on the back. Christi also has the sweetest expression on her face all the time. Don’t just walk past Christi’s kennel because of her senior age. Give her a chance to show you how much love she has to offer!

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Christi enjoying the sunshine

Fiona the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was found hit by a car. The vets weren’t sure if she was going to make it, but we’re all very glad that she did! She has become a volunteer favorite. Now Fiona has made a full recovery and is ready to start her second chance at life with a loving family. Despite her traumatic past, Fiona is always happy and greets everybody with an enthusiastically wagging tail.

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Fiona needed a drink after all her romping

Fiona loves to give doggy kisses. I walked her once in the fall before she was available for adoption and we barely got anywhere because she kept hopping in my lap and kissing my face. This time, she was more energetic and explored the off-leash run for a while before we took a lap around the woodland preserve. Fiona would do best as the only dog in her new home. Stop in soon to meet Fiona!

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Fiona from back in the fall. We’re all dreaming of green leaves!

Holly the one-year-old Hound mix has plenty of energy, which is understandable for a dog as young as she is. We were off and running as soon as her leash was on. When we got to the off-leash run, Holly had a fun time racing the dog on the other side of the fence. She briefly joined me on the bench for a quick pat on the back before hopping off to do some exploring in the bushes.

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Holly debating between joining me on the bench and racing the dog on the other side of the fence

Holly and I then took a walk/run around the woodland preserve. Holly would probably enjoy living with someone who has better endurance than I do! She was happy to lead the way around the trail and, being a Hound, stopped to sniff the trees and bushes every so often. Since Holly is still a puppy, she could probably use some training to learn some basic commands. If you’re looking for a fun-loving pup, come in soon to meet Holly!

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Holly has a cute face

Riley the ten-month-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix is very nervous at the shelter, but very sweet. He wasn’t too sure about coming out of his kennel at the beginning, and then wasn’t too sure about going back inside his kennel at the end, so he ended up being carried both ways. But he wasn’t squirmy or fidgety about getting picked up.

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Riley didn’t know what to make of the snow flurries

Riley really starts to come out of his shell when he’s around other dogs. We spent some time with two smaller dogs and Riley was very good with his polite greetings. His tail even untucked and started wagging! When I sat down on the ground next to him after that, he put one paw in my lap and tentatively poked my nose with his nose. Riley will probably need a little extra TLC in his new home so he can learn that the world isn’t so scary. If you’d like to be the one to help Riley with that, come in soon to meet him!

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Riley is ready to mingle! Especially with other dogs

I also saw Bella, Blush, the other Riley, Scotty, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Ready for a New Home in the New Year

The weather finally cooperated enough for me to meet the first new pooches of 2017! There are lots of cuties at Orphans of the Storm® right now. It was hard for me to decide who to take out first.

Riley the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came from an owner who could no longer care for her, but she came with a glowing review that she certainly lived up to! Riley is friendly, affectionate, gets along with children, and walks nicely on the leash. (Though she is mostly muscle, so if she happens to have a direction she wants to go then you will most likely be going in that direction also.) Riley might look big at first, but her legs are pretty short and stubby (and cute), so she stays low to the ground.

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Riley has the sweetest face

Riley enjoyed exploring the off-leash run and did lots of snuffling behind and underneath the bushes. When I asked if she was ready to go for a walk, she immediately headed to the gate and wagged her tail while I put the leash on. After our walk around the woodland preserve, I sat down on the bench and patted the spot next to me. Riley hopped right up, put her front paws in my lap, and covered my face in enthusiastic doggy kisses. Come in soon to meet Riley and see if she’s the sweet family dog for you!

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Riley following her nose

Lucy the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is so well-behaved. She was sitting politely in her kennel, just looking at me, so I couldn’t ignore such good manners. Lucy did some signature Hound baying once she was in the outside portion of her kennel, but as soon as the leash was on, she didn’t make another peep for the rest of our time together. A lot of Hounds will be off and running as soon as the gate opens, but Lucy walks nicely on the leash and mostly stayed by my side.

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Lucy climbing into my lap

Lucy is a great snuggler. When I knelt down next to her, she put a paw on my knee. Then I sat all the way on the ground and she put both front paws on my lap and didn’t budge for as long as I pet her. Even when I told her we should keep walking, she just looked at me like, “No, I’d rather stay here and cuddle.” Lucy politely sniffed a Beagle we passed on our walk, so she seems to get along with dogs of different sizes. Be sure to say hi to Lucy on your next visit to the shelter! (You can also say hi to Lucy the Boxer mix and Lucy the Terrier mix while you’re at it. All Lucy’s at the shelter are super sweet!)

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Lucy showing off her spots

Copper the eight-year-old Chow Chow mix is a fluffy lovebug. She does the cutest thing that you will have to see in person, but I will try my best to describe. When Copper wants you pet her, she’ll tilt her head to the side, and then hop forward and give you a little nudge or head-butt. This happened at least four or five times while we were out, and it never stopped being adorable. And then once you do start petting her, she’ll plop right down next to you if you’re sitting or lean against your legs if you’re standing.

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Copper leading the way around the woods

Copper is a good walking companion. She didn’t walk too fast or too slow, she occasionally stopped to sniff, and she didn’t get overexcited if other dogs were nearby. Copper gives very convincing “sad puppy dog eyes” when she’s inside her kennel, but perks up as soon as you take her out. Copper’s heart is as golden as her fur! Stop in soon to see if Copper is the pooch for you.

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Copper looks particularly majestic in the sunlight

Buddy the eight-year-old Rottweiler mix was snoozing on his doggy bed when I came by his kennel, but as soon as I opened the doggy door to the outside, he was ready to go. Buddy is yet another great leash-walker. I don’t think he pulled on the leash even once. He came from an owner, so he has plenty of experience being a pet in a home.

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Buddy says, “I love you!”

Buddy was content to just meander around the off-leash run and come back to me every once in a while for a scratch on the back. He looked at a tennis ball and a giant rope toy but didn’t seem too interested in fetching either of them. Buddy knows some basic commands and would be happy to demonstrate for you. If you’re looking for a more mellow companion, Buddy may be the right buddy for you! Stop in soon to find out.

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Buddy is more of a sniffer than a player

I also saw AstridBella, Blaze, Blush, Juno, MerlinNoah, and Tino.

Staying Cozy in the Orphans of the Storm® Cat Room

It was too cold for dogs or people to be outside much this past weekend, so that meant I got to visit the cat room at Orphans of the Storm®. I can’t think of a much nicer way to spend a cold day!

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This one did a good job posing for pictures

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This orange one was not interested in sharing lap space

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This cat was pretty mellow

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This little cutie could use some extra TLC

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A cat who likes belly rubs! We were meant to be.

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The crowd that suddenly appears when the staff walks in with treats and toys

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This cat let me know it wanted a treat

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The orange cat still was not sharing lap space!

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This sweetie wanted some treats too

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People say black cats are unlucky, but when I had FOUR black cats all trying to climb into my lap at once, I couldn’t have felt luckier (you can see the fourth’s tail and whiskers in the bottom right corner). The one with the blue collar is the cuddliest cat I have ever met.

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This gray cat is super pretty

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This little cat just wanted to be pet all the time

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What better way to stay warm in the middle of winter than snuggling with your 15 closest friends?

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This sweetheart only has one good eye, but that doesn’t slow it down at all

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This one monopolized my lap for quite a while (and the one in the back is wondering when it gets a turn)

After spending about an hour in the cat room, I got to know a few cats that are in individual kennels. Zoe ended up at the shelter after her owner passed away. She has come out of her shell a lot and once she spends a little time with you, she gets very snuggly. I also met Buster, who likes people but isn’t a fan of other cats, so if you’re a one-cat kind of household then you should meet him. Lastly was Smiley, who hangs out with the kittens and likes being held like a baby.

I’ll be back to meeting more pooches next week!

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

Our first Success Story of 2017! Jeff adopted Cassidy, formerly Heidi, on Good Friday in 2013. Here is their update:

We have five dogs in our home and Cassidy rules the roost. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out at first since we already had two when we adopted her, but it’s been great. Can’t imagine life without her.

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Cassidy

First off, we had looked at Orphans of the Storm® a few years earlier when our first dog went to the rainbow bridge in 2011. Nothing seemed to click then, but having grown up in Northbrook, adopting from Orphans was always in the back of my mind. We ended up with two puppies that year, so for the rest of 2011 and 2012, my wife and I were pretty consumed with those two but by the spring of 2013, our first two had passed their puppy phase and had settled in so we thought it would be good to adopt another dog. We already had two so what’s one more, right?

On Good Friday 2013, my wife and I were both off work, and we thought it would be a good opportunity to go down to Orphans of the Storm® and see if there was a dog there that might fit in with us. So I got our other two dogs and put them in the car and we made the trip south. After seeing all the dogs that were available for adoption, my wife and I liked a Boxer mix you had, and we took it out to one of the pens in the back. He was very high energy and was constantly running all over the pen. When I brought my other two dogs from the car, they both seemed very skittish around the Boxer mix. I am glad we did have our current dogs with us so we could see up close how they seemed to get along and in this case, it didn’t seem like it was working out okay.

But we were determined, and we had noticed another kennel that had Heidi, a Feist mix, and a 9-month-old Beagle puppy. I was leaning toward the Beagle puppy, but for some reason my wife felt a connection with Heidi, and we decided to take her out to the pen. She was definitely lower energy than the Boxer mix from before, and since that seemed to go well, I went to retrieve our other two dogs from the car again to see how they would interact. It was almost the completely opposite reaction from the Boxer where our two were more dominant and Heidi decided it would be better to snuggle up with my wife than deal with two crazy 2-year-old dogs. Based on that interaction, we decided to adopt Heidi on the spot.

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Cassidy on her first day home from the shelter

Since she was not spayed, I had to pick her up the following Monday at your medical facility in Vernon Hills. The first few days, she was definitely under the weather, and kept to herself for the most part, but after the first week, she began to come out of her shell. It was very funny to see how our other dogs reacted to this. They had been with us for almost 2 years already, but Heidi–now named Cassidy–decided that she was in charge. Now that did not come without a struggle, as my other two needed to adjust to the new social order. It definitely wasn’t simple and there were a few fights that needed to be separated along the way, but as time went on and everyone, including us, adjusted to the new social order, things began to settle down.

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Cassidy (right) with her two siblings, Christmas 2013

It really took almost a year for Cassidy to really begin to settle in to the point where she really felt like she was safe and home. We had come to find out that she was on a euthanasia list three different times in Tennessee where she was from and the third time, the woman who busted her out of the shelter wrecked her car on the way to get her and a Tennessee State Trooper who responded to the accident drove the woman the additional 45 minutes to the shelter so Cassidy could be saved. Knowing what kind of a background this little dog has had, it’s no surprise that she might have been a little hesitant to trust people again, but the good news is that she’s fully bought in to the program and we spoil her like the little princess that she is.

I can’t believe it will be 4 years with her already on April 1st.

Thank you, Jeff, for sharing your and Cassidy’s story!

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

Call for Success Stories!

To get 2017 off to a warm and fuzzy start, let’s share some Orphans of the Storm® success stories! If you adopted your furry friend(s) from Orphans of the Storm®, we would love to hear how they’re doing in their forever home. Pictures are very welcome!

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My own Orphans alum, Cooper, celebrating Christmas this year

You can find a full list of previous updates on the Success Stories page. Feel free to write your story in whatever format you’d prefer. If you’d like to go with a more formal Q&A, below are some questions adopters have answered in the past:

  • Why Orphans of the Storm®?
  • How did you hear about Orphans of the Storm®?
  • What made you want to adopt from a shelter?
  • Was this your first dog and/or cat?
  • Did you have a specific breed/age/size/other trait in mind when you first came to the shelter?
  • How many dogs or cats did you visit with before you decided on your pet?
  • What was it about your pet that sealed your decision to adopt him/her?
  • How did your dog and/or cat transition from shelter life to home life?

Please send your success story to meetthepooches@gmail.com and it will be posted right here on Meet the Pooches. We’re excited to hear from you!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Want to Ring in the New Year with You!

At the end of each year, I like to revisit some of Orphans of the Storm®’s dogs who have been waiting a little longer than most for their turn at a forever home. The list below is by no means complete, and these dogs have waited anywhere from a couple months to several years. I spent a few hours with them this week and we had a great time walking around the woodland preserve and hanging out in the off-leash run.

Zoey the five-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix knows her basic commands. She can sit, heel, drop, come, and probably some others I haven’t tried out myself yet. She also likes to play and is happiest when she has a toy with her. I’ve heard some people hypothesize that Zoey is part Husky (due to her coloring), which makes sense to me because she loves to run. One of Zoey’s endearing traits is that her teeth chatter when she’s excited.

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Zoey

Bella the twelve-year-old Boxer mix is one of my favorites, and she has been for a long time. I take her out almost every week now. Bella is one of the biggest dogs at the shelter, but she’s very easy to walk. Since she’s older, she’ll let you know when she’s walked long enough and is ready to turn back. But she does enjoying spending time outside, even if it’s just laying in the yard. Bella isn’t a fan of other dogs and would need to be the only pet in her new home, but she loves people and will give you plenty of affection.

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Bella

Lucy the fourteen-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix does not act her age at all, so don’t dismiss her as being a couch potato. Lucy walks at a quick pace (and will occasionally even run for a bit) and jumps on and off benches with ease. Lucy is a big snuggler and will plop herself into your lap and wriggle around excitedly while giving you lots of doggy kisses. She makes funny snuffling noises when she’s happy, and several volunteers refer to her as “the alien” because of her cute bulging eyes.

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Lucy

John Boy the four-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a great walking companion. He’ll jump up and down in excitement when he realizes it’s his turn to go out, but once the leash is on, he settles down and just enjoys being out and about. John Boy enjoys a good scratch on the back. He’ll sniff your face a bit and once he decides that you’re worthy, he’ll gladly give you doggy kisses. John Boy would do best in an adult-only home with experienced dog owners who can make sure John Boy lives up to his potential for being a great pet.

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John Boy

Noah the two-year-old Hound mix is another great leash-walker. We took a nice stroll around the woodland preserve and stopped every once in a while for a pat on the back or scratch under the chin. Noah isn’t overly affectionate (in that he won’t cover your face with doggy kisses all the time like some other dogs would), but he will stay by your side and join you on the couch. Noah would prefer to be the only dog in an adult-only home.

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Noah

Sammy the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix loves to play tug-of-war, but she doesn’t really care about winning. Every time I let go of the toy, she would stop and look at me like, “Hey, that’s not how it works,” and then poke me with the end of the toy so I would grab it again. She knows commands like  “sit” and “shake” and can even catch treats in midair. Sammy is a big-time snuggler and will attempt to climb into your lap whenever she gets the opportunity.

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Sammy

Some other long-timers who would like to make 2017 the year they find their forever home are:

The shelter is closed on New Year’s Day, but we hope to see you in 2017 and help you find your new best friend!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Have a Snow Day

Another day of snow meant another day of fun with the dogs at Orphans of the Storm®!

Lightning the six-year-old Golden Retriever mix fits his breed description well because he just loves being with people. Lightning is a big fan of giving doggy hugs: I got one when I first took him out of his kennel, got another when I told him we were going for a walk around the trail, got a third when we finished our walk around the trail, and got one more at the very end when I was trying to put him back in his kennel (he wanted to stay outside with me instead).

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Lightning enjoying a snuggle session

Lightning enjoyed romping in the snow and didn’t even mind when he ended up with a big clump of it on the tip of his nose. He snuggled with me for a bit when we were in the off-leash run and gave me a few doggy kisses. When we got to the woodland preserve, Lightning was off and running. We ran almost the entire way around, with just a few pauses to sniff. If you’re looking for a fun and active companion, come in soon to meet Lightning!

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Lightning was happy about the snow

Geraldine the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix is very cute and very sweet. She waited patiently for the leash to be put on, but as soon as the kennel gate opened, she was ready to go! Geraldine also wanted to run the entire way around the woodland preserve. (I’m not sure if this is just because it was snowing and she was excited/cold or if she would regularly like to go for runs.)

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Geraldine with a snowy nose

Geraldine and I then spent some time in the off-leash run. Geraldine seemed a little confused when the dog in the run next to ours kept barking at her, but she didn’t bark back or seem to mind much. Geraldine put her front paws on my lap when I knelt down next to her and she gave me a quick doggy kiss. Be sure to say hi to Geraldine on your next visit to the shelter!

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And Geraldine with a blurry nose!

Rose the five-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog/Labrador Retriever mix is another fan of the snow. She doesn’t hesitate to stick her nose right into a snow pile. When we were in the off-leash run, Rose would always come running over to me any time I knelt down. Rose absolutely loves getting her hips scratched. She does a cute little happy dance and will turn back and look at you if you stop before she wants you to.

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Rose made several funny faces

Rose will happily give you doggy kisses once she gets to know you. She preferred to walk quickly around the woodland preserve, rather than run, and overall did nicely on the leash. She was more interested in sniffing around the snow-covered tree trunks and shrubs. Rose wasn’t too eager to go back inside her kennel and kept looking at me like, “Let me stay with you instead!” If you think you could be the one for Rose, stop in soon!

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Rose on the move

I also saw Bella, Blaze, Coal, Courage, Festus, John Boy, Lucy, Noah, Roxy, Wombat, and Zoey.

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

We had the first snow of the season this past weekend, and plenty of the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were excited to play in it. (Apologies for the blurry photos. Snow and camera lenses do not mix well!)

Juno the three-year-old Husky mix was my first choice before I even arrived at the shelter because I knew there was a Husky and I knew he would love the snow! As we made our way around the woodland preserve, it was easy to imagine Juno pulling a sled through the Alaskan wilderness. Juno kept looking back at me like, “Come on! Keep up!” There are few things more joyful than a Husky on the first day of snow.

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Juno got some snow on his nose

Juno also enjoyed exploring the off-leash run. He didn’t hesitate to stick his nose in the snow and snuffle around. Juno would do best in a household that will keep him both physically and mentally active. When I saw him out with another volunteer last weekend, it seemed like he knew some basic commands like “sit” and would be ready to learn more. Stop in soon to meet Juno!

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Juno in his element

Indy the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix has lots of energy. She spent the first few minutes in the off-leash run racing the dog on the other side of the fence. She then went exploring through the bushes. But eventually she realized that I was there to give her lots of attention. Indy leaned her body against my side and tucked her head under my arm while I pet her.

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Indy on the move

Indy was eager to go around the woodland preserve. As soon as we walked through the gate, Indy and I were off and running! I think it was a combination of being excited about the snow and also wanting to warm up. Indy is currently sharing her kennel with another dog, so she could go to a home with or without another furry friend. Come in soon to meet Indy!

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Indy enjoyed racing along the fence

Dodson’s Dude the three-year-old Mountain Cur mix can be a little on the shy side at first, but the longer you’re with him, the more he warms up. Dodson’s Dude is more of a methodical sniffer: he doesn’t usually move too fast, and he makes sure he smells everything. He spent a lot of his time in the off-leash run exploring underneath the bushes.

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Dodson’s Dude didn’t realize the snow would be so deep!

Dodson’s Dude would come check in with me every so often to get a nice scratch on the back. He watched when I threw a tennis ball, but hasn’t quite grasped the idea of “fetch” yet. Dodson’s Dude doesn’t seem overly fond of other dogs, but I could divert his attention back to me. He walked nicely on the leash without much pulling. Stop by soon to see if Dodson’s Dude is the dude for you!

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Dodson’s Dude has such a sweet face

Noah the two-year-old Hound mix can be a little bark-y inside his kennel, but don’t let that deter you! He just wants to grab your attention. He didn’t bark once when we were together outside. Noah is a good walking companion and would often look up at me to check in and make sure we were on the same page. He would sniff around occasionally, but mostly just trotted next to me.

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Noah is a handsome boy

Noah loves getting attention. He’ll stay by your side as long as you’re petting him and will happily give you some doggy kisses in return. He seemed to get a little cold while we were out, so maybe his new owners can get him a cute doggy sweater! Noah would do best as the only pet in an adult-only home. If that description fits your home, come in soon to say hello to Noah!

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Noah was ready to head back inside

I also saw Astrid, Bella, BlushDiamond, Hank, Roxy, Wombat, and Zoey.

Take Orphans of the Storm® Dogs for a Walk

Whether you’re looking for an older dog, younger dog, or middle-aged dog, Orphans of the Storm® has them all! Stop by the shelter and take them for a walk around the woodland preserve so you can get to know them.

Maggie the two-year-old Border Collie/Great Pyrenees mix is a happy, beautiful girl. She greets everyone with a wagging tail. I thought because of her size she might be a little hard to walk, but it turns out that Maggie is a gentle giant. She walks great on the leash and mostly stays by your side or just walks a few steps ahead without any pulling. We took a stroll around the woodland preserve and she enjoyed sniffing her way through the brush.

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Maggie is happy on her walks

Maggie was always happy to take a quick break from our walk to get a good scratch on her hips or behind her ears. Maggie loves people and gets along well with kids, so she would be eager to join a family. Maggie would prefer to be the only dog in her new home, but she didn’t seem to mind dogs too much when we were just passing them from a short distance on our walk. Stop by soon to meet Maggie!

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Maggie’s pretty face

Pixel the five-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix is a fun girl who likes being with people. We started in the off-leash run, where Pixel first followed her nose around like a Hound should. She soon joined me on the bench and gave me some doggy kisses while I scratched her back. She gladly stayed by my side as long as I was petting her.

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Pixel showing off her spots

Pixel was very excited to go around the woodland preserve. She was ready to forge her own path through the forest and kept looking back at me, wondering why I wasn’t letting her have her fun! (You have to keep to the trail, is why.) But when Pixel did stay on the trail, she was a good walking buddy who didn’t pull much. Come in soon to see if Pixel is the pooch for you!

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Pixel enjoys the outdoors

Tino the one-year-old American Bulldog mix looks like an oversized French Bulldog, with his smushed nose and perky ears. A face like his is guaranteed to make you smile! Tino is a sweet boy, but he’s easily excitable and can jump up on people when he says hello. Since he’s still young, he’ll need a family who will help him learn his manners and teach him to wait for an invitation before he gives a doggy hug.

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Tino has the most precious face

Tino is very snuggly. He loves getting his hips scratched and will do a cute little dance while you do that. Whenever I sat on a bench or knelt on the ground, he put his front paws on my legs and snuffled around my face. Tino can pull on the leash sometimes and liked having the freedom to scamper around the off-leash run. Say hello to Tino on your next visit to the shelter!

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Tino doing some exploring

Blaze the eleven-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix has that signature Hound howl. If he happens to be in the outside part of his kennel when you arrive at the shelter, you’ll hear him before you see him! (He doesn’t bark much when he’s inside.) Blaze walked nicely on the leash, but he didn’t seem too eager to be out in the cold so we took an abbreviated walk.

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Blaze isn’t too sure about this cold weather

Blaze wants you to know that senior dogs are great dogs! In his case, he’s looking for a nice home where he can curl up in a comfy bed and enjoy his golden years. Blaze likes getting his floppy ears pet and will stay by your side to soak up the attention. If you think an older dog might be a good fit for you, come in soon to meet Blaze!

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Blaze on the move

I also saw Bella, Blush, and Scotty.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Would Be Thankful to Go Home with You

There are lots of young dogs at Orphans of the Storm® now who are ready to join a family this holiday season, and look forward to enjoying many more holidays for years to come. They (and the rest of the dogs and cats at the shelter) would be so thankful for you to come in and give them a chance to show you what you’ve been missing!

Boomer the two-year-old Border Collie mix is a real cutie. He’s smaller than your usual Border Collie but has plenty of energy to make up for his size. Boomer was eager to lead the way around the woodland preserve. He walks at a pretty quick pace, but doesn’t pull much. He also likes to stop and sniff.

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Boomer’s cute nosie

Boomer is an affectionate guy too. Whenever I knelt down to his level, he would come scampering over, put his front paws in my lap, and give me a few doggy kisses. As long as you’re petting him, Boomer is happy to stay still right by your side. Stop in soon to see if Boomer is the pooch for you!

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Boomer leading the way on our walk

Jasmine the one-year-old Beagle mix will immediately grab your attention because she has such striking markings on her face. She also does the cutest head-tilt, like she’s saying, “Who, me?” Jasmine is larger than your usual Beagle mix, but she’ll still try to convince you that she’s a lapdog.

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Jasmine has a cute wrinkly forehead

Jasmine is still young, so she can be easily distracted, like any puppy. She wants to sniff everything and go in every direction and see what everyone else is up to. But when we were just walking one-on-one around the woodland preserve, she was happy to take a break every once in a while to get a good scratch on her back. Be sure to say hello to Jasmine on your next visit to the shelter!

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Jasmine’s smoky eye look is on point!

Bristol the one-year-old Shepherd/Husky mix jumps up and down in excitement when he’s inside his kennel, but don’t let that deter you. After his initial burst of excitement, Bristol settles down nicely and can be a great walking companion. He just doesn’t like being cooped up a lot (understandably), so he would prefer to be an active home.

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Bristol knows he’s handsome

Bristol and I first went to the off-leash run, where he had a good time sniffing and exploring. He would come back to me every once in a while for a pat on the back or scratch under the chin. Then we took a walk around the woodland preserve, where Bristol did a good job of staying by my side or just a couple steps ahead of me. He’s a handsome and smart boy who is eager to find a family to call his own. Stop in soon to meet Bristol!

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Bristol enjoying an ear scratch

Rosie the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is a real bundle of energy. Rosie’s motto seems to be, “Why walk when you can run?” If I had better endurance, we would have ran the entire way around the woodland preserve. (Instead, we only ran about a third.) I saw Rosie out with two potential adopters later in the afternoon, and she was running them all the way around the trail too.

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Rosie has a cute face

Rosie was a little calmer when we were inside the off-leash run. She did a few sprints along the fence, but otherwise she moved at a slower pace. She also joined me on the bench a few times and gave me some doggy kisses. She seemed to be okay around other dogs, though her exuberance might be too much for some. If you’re up for a pup with lots of pep, come in soon to meet Rosie!

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Rosie up on the bench

Joui the one-year-old Rat Terrier mix is a snuggly little guy. The moment I knelt down next to him, he hopped right into my lap and gave me doggy kisses. He didn’t even notice that there were two big dogs right next to us! Joui was also fine with being picked up and held, though he would prefer to use his own four legs to get around.

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Joui has adorably oversized ears

Joui is also adventurous. He followed his nose under the bench and crawled all the way through. He also dug around in the wood chips a bit to try to unearth whatever scent he had been following. When I gave Joui a treat, he didn’t eat it right away–instead, he carried it in his mouth and walked so proudly, with his head and his tail up high. Joui was previously sharing his kennel with another small dog, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Come in soon to see if Joui is the one for you!

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Joui is always happy to accept a pat on the back

Lucy the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix looks like she hasn’t necessarily gotten the best start in life, but she’s ready to begin a new chapter in a loving home with a loving family. Lucy can sometimes be a velcro dog and was either walking between my legs or so close to one side that we were touching. At other times, she’s happy to lead the way! She can even take a few steps just on her hind legs.

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Lucy says, “What’s going on over there?”

Lucy just wants people to like her. She’d occasionally stop and look up at me like, “Am I doing a good job?” And of course she was! Whenever I knelt down next to her, she’d put her nose right up to mine, give me a few sniffs, and then kiss my nose. Lucy particularly enjoys a good scratch on the neck. She can get a little excited around other dogs, but for the most part walked nicely on the leash. Make sure you say hi to Lucy!

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Lucy likes chasing tennis balls

I also saw AleckBella, Diamond, FestusJohn Boy, Lucy, the other Lucy, PikeScotty, Weezie, and Zoey.