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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!