Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Need You to Help Clear the Shelters

Don’t forget: This Saturday, July 23 is the day to Clear the Shelters at Orphans of the Storm® and other animal shelters all around the country. Orphans of the Storm® was featured on the NBC 5 Chicago news to help promote the event! The $90 adoption fee for animals 5 months and older will be waived; other fees may still apply.

Adopting a shelter pet is always a good deed, but adopting a long-timer is extra-good! Here are some of the shelter’s dogs who have been waiting more than their fair share for a new home, which they will hopefully find this weekend:

  • Bella – senior who loves to snuggle
  • Blush – loves toys, treats, and walks
  • Clarinet – playful cuddler
  • Diamond – volunteer favorite
  • Fred – very affectionate
  • Gypsy – lots of personality in a small body
  • Honey Lamb – lots of energy and lots of love
  • O’Shea – likes to play
  • Puggie – senior looking for companionship
  • Roxy – knows how to be a great pet
  • Scotty – calm, gentle, super sweet
  • Thunder – loves a good hip scratch
  • Trixie – one of the best fetchers there is
  • Weezie – gentle and affectionate senior
  • Willow – cute and spunky
  • Zoey – fully trained (sit, stay, roll over, etc.)

And here are some newer dogs who will also be eager to meet you on Saturday!

Mila the five-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix came to the shelter with heartworm, but she’s finished her treatment and now she’s ready to go home. Volunteers have come to know her well and often walk her around the woodland preserve. She walks nicely on the leash and enjoys the occasional stop to sniff around. Mila has pretty coloring and fluffier fur than most Cattle Dogs I’ve met.

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Mila keeping an eye on things

Mila spent most of her time following her nose and exploring underneath the bushes while we were in the off-leash run. She politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence but otherwise didn’t pay it much attention. She stopped by my side every once in a while for a pat on the back or a scratch behind the ears. Mila would do best in an adults-only home. If you think that home might be yours, come in soon to meet Mila!

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Mila’s sweet face

Mona the three-year-old Greyhound/Labrador Retriever mix is the absolute sweetest. As soon as I took her out of her kennel, she jumped up and literally hugged me with her front paws, as if she was saying, “Thank you for taking me out. Please bring me home with you. I love you already!” We couldn’t even walk for a while, because every time I tried to move, Mona would keep clinging to me. I assured her she would be just fine.

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Mona won’t stray far from your side

Mona is super snuggly and affectionate. We eventually made our way to a shady spot in the grass and Mona rolled over for a belly rub, half in my lap and half on the ground. She licked my arm while I pet her. Later, she fully climbed into my lap and gave me lots of doggy kisses. It was a little heartbreaking to put her back in her kennel because she started clinging to me again, but I know a dog as sweet as her will be adopted soon. Be sure to say hi to Mona on your next visit!

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Mona is a sweetie

Krystal the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a friendly girl. She gave my hand a quick lick when she first got out of her kennel, and then we were on our way. We took a walk around the woodland preserve, where Krystal had a great time sniffing her way through all of the plants. She was more of a meanderer for the first half, and then picked up the pace for the second half, but was a good leash-walker the whole time.

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Krystal says, “Hi there!”

Krystal likes to give doggy kisses. Whenever I knelt down to take her picture, she would come right over to me. She seems like she might like other dogs, but we always say it’s best for you to bring your current dog(s) to meet any potential new family members, to make sure. Krystal has beautiful blue-gray coloring that will catch your eye as you make your way through the shelter. Stop in soon to meet Krystal!

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Krystal enjoying the summer sun

I also saw CoalLucky, Merlin, and Windy.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Clear the Shelter

If you’ve been wondering whether this summer is the right time to adopt a pet, the answer is yes! For the second year in a row, Orphans of the Storm® is participating in the national Clear the Shelters event on Saturday, July 23. Over 100 animals were adopted from Orphans of the Storm® at the event last year, and we’re hoping for even higher adoption numbers this year!

But, if any of the dogs profiled this week (or listed on the Dog Profiles page) have already caught your eye, don’t delay! The shelter is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays and until 5 p.m. every other day of the week.

Pippa the one-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix is a true athlete. You’ll see her jumping up and down inside her kennel, and she even does that every once in a while when she’s on a walk! She’s a perfect candidate for agility. Pippa also seems to love water and was splashing her front legs around in the water bowl. So, if you have a pool or live near water, Pippa would fit right in with your activities!

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Pippa will happily share her personal space

Pippa was actually pretty calm when we were in the off-leash run. Every time I sat down on the bench, Pippa hopped up next to me and gave me doggy kisses. She would then sit or lay next to me while I pet her. She enjoyed following her nose and sometimes did a little digging in the gravel to see what she could unearth. Pippa can be a little bark-y inside her kennel, but she didn’t make a peep when we were outside. If you’re looking for a fun-loving girl to join your active family, come in soon to meet Pippa!

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Splish-splash, Pippa’s taking a dip!

Daffodile the three-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is a pretty girl with lots of energy. She makes a cute little noise when she’s excited, such as when she realizes it’s her turn to come out for a walk. We quickly made our way to the off-leash run, where Daffodile scampered around and explored. She watched me throw a tennis ball, but didn’t seem too interested in fetching it.

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Daffodile has a cute spotted nose

Daffodile can be a cuddler. After she had burned off her initial energy, she joined me on the bench, gave me a few doggy kisses, and attempted to climb into my lap. Daffodile would like to be the only pet in her new home. She’s a strong girl who could probably use a refresher on how to politely walk on a leash, but once she’s in a home where she gets regular exercise that shouldn’t be much of an issue. Stop by soon to say hi to Daffodile!

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Daffodile relaxing on the bench

Jacob the five-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is one of the best-behaved dogs I’ve walked recently. When I came to his kennel with the leash, he sat and stayed (without being told!) until the leash was put on. Then he walked very calmly, just a couple steps ahead of me. He would occasionally look up at me as if to check that he was doing a good job. Of course I told him what a good boy he is!

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Jacob asks, “Are you ready for a doggy kiss?”

Jacob enjoyed a good scratch under the chin and behind his ears. It seems as though he might like other dogs, because every time we passed one he would start wagging his tail and want to say hello, though we never got close enough for an official greeting. Jacob already has some gray fur around his nose, but don’t let that deter you. He still has lots of companionship to offer! Be sure to say hi to Jacob on your next visit to the shelter.

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Jacob following his nose through the grass

I also saw Aleck, Blush, Coal, Duke, Lucy, the other Lucy, Merlin, Roxy, Weezie, Windy, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Cuddly Dogs, Big and Small

This week, I walked one of the littlest dogs at Orphans of the Storm®, and then one of the largest! (I also walked two medium-sized dogs, but they were both happily adopted that same day.)

Roger the two-year-old Rat Terrier mix has plenty of spunk. He barks a bit inside his kennel, but that’s to grab your attention. Once he sees that he’s going out for a walk, he quiets down–but then starts bouncing in excitement! He’s pretty good at walking on the leash, but he doesn’t hesitate to lead the way.

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Roger looks very dignified

Roger had a fun time romping around the off-leash run. He sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence but didn’t pay much attention to it otherwise. Roger’s tail was always up and wagging. When I knelt down next to him, he put his tiny front paws in my lap so we could snuggle for a bit. If you’re looking for big personality in a small package, come in soon to meet Roger!

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Roger modeling for the new roof in the off-leash runs

Shaka the eight-year-old St. Bernard mix is a handsome, happy boy. He might seem like a lot to handle at first, but he actually walks pretty nicely on the leash after his initial burst of excitement at being out. Shaka is outgoing and will happily give you doggy hugs and kisses even if you only just met him.

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Shaka says, “Is that a toy? Are we going to play?”

Shaka is playful. He kept thinking my camera was a toy but I was able to redirect him to a tennis ball. He didn’t exactly fetch, but he was happy to run after the ball. Shaka loves getting scratched on the hips and will do a little dance while you do that. Shaka gets along great with people, but isn’t such a fan of other dogs and would prefer to be the only dog in his new home. Come in soon to see if Shaka is the pooch for you!

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Shaka has such pretty, fluffy fur

I also saw Blush, Brutus, Coal, Diamond, Duke, Fred (who is a volunteer favorite because he’s such a sweetheart), Lexi, Lisa, Lucky, Lucy, and Roxy.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Make Summer Plans with You

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed on the 4th of July, but you can still come in this weekend to find your next family member to celebrate with!

Windy the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a well-behaved girl. She walks nicely on the leash and was calm the entire time we were out. Even when I threw a tennis ball for her to try to get her to play, she just sniffed it and that was that. Windy is more of a snuggler than a fetcher.

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Windy liked being in the sun

Windy was happy to join me on the bench and sat by my side while I pet her. She gave me a couple doggy kisses before hopping off and exploring in the bushes some more. Although Windy didn’t mind having a dog on the other side of the fence, she would prefer to be the only dog in her new home because she can get a little jealous. If you’re looking for a new companion who equally enjoys going on walks and hanging out on the sofa, stop in soon to meet Windy!

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Windy has such pretty coloring

Padmay the one-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is an affectionate bundle of energy. She was so excited to come out for a walk that she ran headlong into my shin and then ran in circles around me. Once we got that straightened out, we made our way to the off-leash run. Padmay politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence. She also did that signature Hound howl when the other dog stopped paying attention to her!

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Padmay says, “Hi! I love you!”

Padmay loves to give doggy kisses. She sat next to me on the bench for a while and covered my face (including my ears) in kisses. Padmay is also very playful. She found a squeaky toy and carried it in her mouth as she ran a couple laps, then brought it to me so I could throw it. Padmay would love to join an active household that will take her on walks and play with her. Stop in soon to see if Padmay is the pup for you!

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Padmay being a hound

Snoopy the four-year-old Hound mix is super cute and super sweet. He was a little shy when we first got to the off-leash run and kept to himself as he explored. Instead of following his nose along the ground like most scent hounds, Snoopy kept his nose high in the air and found smells that way! It was funny to watch.

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Snoopy has such an innocent face

Snoopy started to warm up to me after a few minutes and came over so I could pet him. He enjoyed a good scratch under the chin. Snoopy didn’t pay much attention to the dogs on the other side of the fence. Like his namesake, Snoopy will make a loyal companion. Be sure to say hi to Snoopy on your next visit to the shelter!

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Snoopy enjoys being out and about

Klovie the nine-year-old English Setter mix is a handsome boy who will look absolutely stunning after he gets a nice bath and grooming. Klovie seems pretty mellow and is easy to walk on a leash. I never heard him bark, either inside his kennel or when we were out for our walk. He sniffed the dogs on the other side of the fence when we were in the off-leash run but wasn’t particularly interested after that.

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Klovie is a big sweetheart

Klovie has such a sweet face. You know you’re dealing with a nice dog as soon as he looks at you. Klovie would come over to me and just rest his head on my arm or leg while I pet him. He even gave me a couple doggy kisses eventually. Don’t pass over Klovie just because he’s a senior dog. He still has so much love to offer his new family. If you think that might be you, come in soon to meet him!

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Klovie is a graceful guy

Ziggy the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix has a very unique look. Most of him is a blonde-ish brindle color, but his paws look like he just walked through mud and his snout is a dark brown too. He will certainly catch your eye! When I first saw Ziggy, he was running back and forth inside his kennel, barking at the dog next to him. But when I came back later to take him out, he was relaxing in a shady corner.

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Ziggy showing off his unique markings

Ziggy can be a little bit of a velcro dog. He mostly stayed right by my side when he was on the leash, and even when I let him off-leash in the run he would often come back to me and lean against my legs so I could pet him. We took a walk around the woodland preserve and he enjoyed all of the new smells. Come in soon to say hi to Ziggy!

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Ziggy hits the trail

I also saw Blush, Candice, Diamond, Roxy, Trixie, Weezie, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Big Dog and Small Dog

Whether you’re looking for a larger dog or a smaller dog, Orphans of the Storm® has them all! This week, I met one dog from each end of the spectrum.

Seguoi the two-year-old Chihuahua mix is a little cutie. He barks a bit when you walk past his kennel, but that’s because he’s saying, “Look at me!” Once you do stop and say hello, the barking stops. He also didn’t make a peep the entire time we were out on our walk. Seguoi may look like a lapdog, and he certainly can be, but he also likes going for walks and was eager to take the lead.

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Seguoi’s little paws and big ears

Seguoi gets along with other dogs. He’s currently sharing his kennel with Mini Me, who is closer to his size, but he also doesn’t seem to mind bigger dogs (unlike some other Chihuahuas who have “Little Dog Syndrome” and try to act tough) and basically ignored Diamond, who was in the run next to us and wanted to race. Seguoi was fine with being picked up, and I set him on the bench next to me where he seemed to enjoy having a new, taller view of the world. Stop by soon to see if Seguoi is the pooch for you!

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Seguoi’s short legs were always on the move

Blondie the three-year-old Husky/Great Dane mix is already becoming a volunteer favorite. As soon as I walked into the shelter this week, one of the other volunteers said, “You have to take out this new Husky!” and I’m glad I followed their advice. He is a very handsome boy, with that blonde fur and bright blue eyes. Although Blondie was a little shy at first, he ended up being very easy-going.

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Blondie was very interested in the camera

Blondie politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence while we were in the run, but mostly kept to himself as he followed his nose. He occasionally stopped by me so I could pet his back. Then we went for a walk around the woodland preserve, where Blondie showed off what an excellent walking companion he is. He didn’t pull at all, and stayed either right by my side or just a couple steps ahead of me. When we stopped at a bench, Blondie gave me a doggy kiss and rested his chin in my lap. Come in soon to meet Blondie!

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Blondie will be sure to catch your eye

I also saw Bella (one of my personal faves–if big dogs are your style, check her out!), Candice, Duke, Lucky, Lucy, Merlin, Mia (whose brother Marley has already been adopted, so if you only have room for one big dog at the moment, now is a good time!), Miller, Molly (who greeted me with a big doggy hug and doggy kisses), Trixie, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in a Downpour

Even though I checked the radar and thought we would get some dry time, it ended up raining (sometimes pouring) the entire time I was at Orphans of the Storm® this week. Some dogs mind the rain less than others, though, so I was able to at least take a couple new dogs out for a walk.

Miller the seven-year-old Pug mix ended up at the shelter because his original owner could no longer take care of him. Sadly, Miller is very overweight–but, on the bright side, that really doesn’t seem to slow him down. He still enjoys going for walks and being outside. If you adopt Miller, it would be a good idea to talk to your vet about the best diet and exercise routine to help him shed all the extra weight.

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Miller has that adorably wrinkled Pug face

Miller is a pretty easy-going, mellow guy. He walks nicely on the leash and doesn’t seem to get overly excited when other dogs are around. There were about five person-and-dog pairs all huddled under the tent together when the rain started coming down, and Miller just did his own thing. Pugs are a popular breed these days and make good family dogs. If you’re able to take home a dog that needs some extra TLC, come in soon to meet Miller!

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Help Miller look less like a pig and more like a pug!

Renji the two-year-old Rottweiler mix is a handsome boy with a good amount of energy. He’s not too exuberant to be challenging, but he’s always up for going for a walk and exploring. Renji had been watching me last week with a “When will it be my turn?” expression, so he was at the top of my list this week. We headed straight to the woodland preserve, where Renji had a great time following his nose and poking around the bushes and tall grass.

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Renji loved romping in the grass

Renji walked nicely on the leash for the most part, though he did occassionally get a burst of energy and sprint ahead for a few feet before slowing down again. When I knelt down next to him, he touched my nose with his nose and also licked my hand a bit. Renji would do best as the only dog in his new home. His breed is also known for needing a strong-willed owner who will be the boss, rather than letting the dog (in this case, Renji) be the boss. If you’re looking for an active new companion, stop by the shelter soon to see if Renji is the dog for you!

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Renji goes where his nose leads

I also saw Diamond, Duke, Festus, Lucy, the other Lucy, Molly, Scotty, and Weezie.

Orphans of the Storm® Big and Bigger Dogs

We have quite the lineup for you today! It was a beautiful weekend and the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were all eager to spend some time outside. Six of the seven new dogs I met were big (or extra-big), so if you’re looking for a larger new companion, now is the time to come in to the shelter!

Smalls the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix isn’t small in any sense, actually. This big, lovable boy is a sweetheart whose tail wags pretty much constantly. We first spent time in the off-leash run, where Smalls had a good time romping and exploring and sniffing the dogs on the other side of the fence. He wasn’t too interested in playing fetch, but maybe he could learn when he has a yard to call his own!

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Smalls knows to smile for the camera

Smalls will give you plenty of affection once he gets to know you. He gave me some doggy kisses when I was kneeling next to him and was happy to stand by my side as long as I was petting him. He has a big, adorable face and when he smiles, you just have to smile back! We then went for a walk around the woodland preserve trail and it turns out that Smalls is an excellent walking buddy who barely pulls at all. Stop by soon to see if Smalls is the one for you!

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Smalls in the sunshine

Chun-Li the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is this week’s smallest dog. She’s like a miniature version of her breed, if such a thing existed. Although I personally didn’t try, Chun-Li is definitely small enough to carry. There were several people who stopped and cooed when they saw how small and adorable Chun-Li is. But Chun-Li isn’t just about looks! She has a great personality to match.

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I just want to put Chun-Li in my pocket!

Chun-Li is super affectionate. When I sat down on the ground, she climbed right into my lap and wiggled around until she got comfy. She also gave me lots of doggy kisses. At one point she tried to join me on the bench, but it seemed like a little too high of a jump for her. She was pretty polite when it came to sniffing dogs on the other side of the fence when we were in the off-leash run. A cutie-patootie like Chun-Li won’t be around for long, so come in soon to meet her!

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Chun-Li says, “Help me up!”

Yeller the four-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever mix is a nice boy who mostly kept to himself, particularly at the beginning when we were still getting to know each other. We started in the off-leash run, where Yeller followed his nose around the whole perimeter. He would occasionally pass by me so I could scratch his back or under his chin.

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Yeller enjoying the outdoors

Yeller is a big fan of going for walks, as opposed to just hanging out in a yard. He walks at a brisk pace, but doesn’t pull as long as you’re keeping up with him. He didn’t try to stray off the trail or chase any birds or squirrels; he just enjoyed being outside for a stroll. I tried to stop and take a break at one of the benches along the trail so we could sit and relax together, but Yeller just wanted to keep moving. If you’re looking for a new walking companion, definitely come in to meet Yeller!

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Yeller often had his nose to the ground

Marley the four-year-old Great Dane/Labrador Retriever mix came to the shelter with Mia (see below) after their owners got divorced and neither felt they could care for both dogs. They are very much a bonded pair and would love to find a new home together. Marley falls into the “extra-big” category, but he’s still smaller than Mia! Marley is a playful pooch who was off and running as soon as he was out of his kennel (with the leash on, of course). He is too funny. There was a bumblebee flying around the off-leash run, and Marley was determined to catch it in his mouth. Luckily he was unsuccessful, but it was hilarious to see this giant dog chasing after a little bee. One of the staff members was just watching and laughing.

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Marley likes to play

Marley is super snuggly. He may not be able to fit in your lap, but he’ll at least rest his head there while you scratch his ears. Whenever I knelt down to his level, he would quickly appear by my side and stand next to me while I pet him. He may look big and imposing, but he is a puppy at heart who just wants to love you and be loved in return. I’ve been telling anyone who will listen what a great dog Marley is. Come in soon to see for yourself!

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Marley coming over to cuddle

Mia the nine-year-old Mastiff mix came to the shelter with Marley (see above) after their owners got divorced and neither felt they could care for both dogs. They are very much a bonded pair and would love to find a new home together. Mia is older, so she’s very mellow. We casually strolled over to the off-leash run, where Mia continued to take her time sniffing and exploring. I’m particularly fond of Mastiffs, so I just kept squealing about how wonderful she is!

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Mia is so big and so sweet

Mia likes to get attention, but she isn’t pushy about it. She never strayed too far from me, and enjoyed getting a good scratch on her back and neck. At one point I was kneeling on the ground, and Marley came to stand on my right side while Mia stood on my left. I put my arms around both and felt like we were the perfect trio. Marley went to go explore some more, but Mia stayed by my side until I stood up. If you have the time and space for two big lovebugs, stop in soon to meet Mia and Marley!

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Mia standing tall and proud

Duke the five-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix seems to have had at least some basic training, because he will come when called (which is particularly impressive for a Hound, who will usually just follow their nose!). He would be going in one direction, then I would call or whistle and he would change course and come right into my open arms. He has those big, floppy ears and soulful eyes that I just can’t resist.

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Duke with his ears flapping in the wind

Duke is a sweetheart. When I was sitting on the bench, he squeezed his way underneath my legs and stood there for a long time while I pet him. He was always happy to take a break from exploring for a cuddle session. Duke is currently sharing a kennel with Lucy, so we know he gets along with other dogs and could go to a home with or without another dog. (However, he’s not as great with cats, since his breed is meant to hunt raccoons.) Be sure to say hi to Duke on your next visit to the shelter!

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Duke has such a sweet face

Molly the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Hound mix came from a family that had too many kids to care for a dog anymore. Molly could still go to a family home, but maybe one a little smaller so she gets the attention she deserves. Molly is still young, so she has plenty of energy and liked getting the chance to stretch her legs in the off-leash run. She’s a sweet girl with pretty coloring.

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Molly keeping an eye on things

Molly already knows some basic training. Another volunteer was in the run with us, eating crackers. When Molly noticed this, she sat right at his feet and waited patiently for her “treat” (though she ended up not liking the cracker and didn’t eat it). Molly also hopped up on the bench next to me for some snuggling. She is currently sharing her kennel with Festus, so we know she gets along with other dogs. If you’re looking for a new family member who already has experience being part of a home, come in soon to meet Molly!

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Molly posing nicely for the camera

I also saw Coal, Gypsy, John Boy, Weezie, Willow, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Eager to Head Home

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day, but you can still come in this weekend to find your new best friend! There are dogs big and small, older and younger, all ready to head home with you.

Brutus the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a handsome and fluffy boy. He was very excited to come out for a walk and was happy to lead the way. He pulled on the leash a bit at first, but we soon found a walking pace that worked for both of us and enjoyed making our way around the woodland preserve trail. Brutus is definitely a sniffer. His nose was either along the ground, in a bush, or at the base of a tree trunk.

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Brutus has such a sweet face

Brutus will gladly take a break from that to snuggle with you, though! He gave me a few doggy kisses while I was taking his picture. When we got towards the end of the trail, we stopped by a bench and Brutus stood next to me while I pet him. He particularly enjoys getting his hips scratched and does a little dance. He’ll also lean his head into your hand while you scratch his ears and neck. Brutus gets along with adults and children alike, so if you’re looking for a family companion, come in soon to meet him!

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Brutus following his nose

Randy the three-year-old Terrier mix is always on the move. He could barely contain his excitement when he realized it was his turn to go out and was jumping up and down inside his kennel. Many of my pictures of Randy are just a brown blur because he thought he had more important things to do than stand still and get his photo taken! I wish I had gotten better pictures, though, because Randy is super-cute with his oversized ears.

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Randy on the move

Randy has that signature Terrier spunk. He was always exploring and kept a close eye on the people and dogs we passed. He took the lead on our walk and probably was wishing I would walk faster to keep up with him! Eventually he slowed down long enough for me to scratch his chin, but we were off again soon after. Randy is a bit on the skinny side right now, so his new family can certainly spoil him with plenty of treats when he gets home. If you’re looking for lots of personality in a small package, come in soon to meet Randy!

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Randy says, “Please try to keep up!”

Lucy the fourteen-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is in a particularly sad situation because her original owner became homeless and could no longer take care of her. Nothing would make Lucy’s golden years shine even brighter than joining a new home! She may have a mostly gray snout, but Lucy certainly does not act like a senior. She hopped right out of her kennel and was ready and rarin’ to go on our walk.

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Lucy smiling for the camera

Lucy is super adorable. She’s much smaller than most dogs in her breed and has these big bug eyes (which I mean as a compliment). Lucy is an affectionate girl. She hopped up on the bench next to me–again, not very elderly-like–and gave me lots of kisses while I pet her. Then we just sat next to each other for a few minutes, enjoying the sun and the fresh air. If you’ve been thinking about opening your home to a senior, stop by soon to see if Lucy is the one for you!

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Lucy loves being with people

I also saw Blush, Courage, Diamond, O’Shea, Weezie, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Want to Meet You

It was another busy (but cold!) day at Orphans of the Storm®, so that meant more walks around the woodland preserve with the dogs this week.

Mini Me the ten-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix may technically be a senior, but don’t let her age or her small stature fool you. Mini Me took the lead on our walk and often looked back at me like, “Why aren’t you moving faster?” We didn’t make it all the way around the trail, but on a warmer day I’m sure Mini Me would be fine with staying out much longer.

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Mini Me’s cute face

Mini Me can be on the shy side and was a little skittish at first. But after we were together for a while, she realized that getting a nice scratch under the chin wasn’t too scary and stayed by my side as long as I was petting her. Mini Me has cute spots, including some on her ear that look like a paw print–which is the same as one of the most famous Jack Russells! Stop by the shelter soon to see if Mini Me could be the next mini you!

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Mini Me says, “Come on, we have places to go!”

Billie Bob the two-year-old Hound mix was looking a little sad inside his kennel, but boy did that change as soon as he realized it was his turn to go out! Billie Bob greeted me with a wagging tail and we went on our merry way. Billie Bob showed off his Hound characteristics, following his nose along the trail and wanting to chase birds that flew across our path (which I didn’t let him do, to his disappointment).

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Billie Bob’s “I’m ready to snuggle” face

Billie Bob is a “paws-on” type of dog. At one point, the leash got stuck behind his front leg. I lifted up his paw to fix it, and rather than putting his foot back down, he just stood there with his paw in my hand for a few moments. He’s also very snuggly and joined me on the bench for a while, where he gave me plenty of doggy kisses. This sweet boy is ready to shower his new family with affection. If you think that might be you, come in soon to meet Billie Bob!

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Billie Bob romping freely

Sounder the five-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix has been at the shelter for a few months, but he recently got a clean bill of health and is now ready to head home! When I opened the doggy door in his kennel so he could go to the outside section, Sounder responded happily with that signature Hound baying. Although Sounder is a big boy, he walks nicely on the leash and barely pulls at all.

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Sounder on Hound patrol

Sounder is an absolute sweetheart. When I sat down on the bench about halfway around the trail, Sounder first just put his front paws on the bench next to me and sniffed the air. I invited him to come up next to me, which he did, and he rested his chin on my shoulder while I pet him. He then tried to climb into my lap, which didn’t work too well considering his size, but it’s the thought that counts. Sounder may be one of my new favorites, and another volunteer told me that Sounder is the best Hound he’s seen in a long time. Stop in soon to see for yourself what a great dog Sounder is!

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Sounder in his element

Sirus the five-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is one of the most handsome dogs at the shelter right now. Not only does he have a pretty silvery-blue coloring, but he also has one blue eye and one brown eye. It’s a very striking look that you won’t be able to miss when you walk through the kennels! Sirus can pull on the leash a bit when he first gets out, but that’s just because he’s so excited to be with somebody.

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Sirus is a good boy

Sirus is a fetch-player extraordinaire. You can see for yourself in this video (which only includes 2 fetches out of many!):

As you can see, Sirus drops the toy right at your feet. He was also fine with me petting him while he chewed on the ball for a bit. Overall, Sirus seems like a happy boy. His tail wags almost constantly and he isn’t shy about giving doggy kisses. Sirus came from an owner, so he already has experience being in a home and being a companion. If fetch is one of your favorite games too, come in soon to meet Sirus!

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Sirus ready to play fetch

Leroy the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Heeler mix is an adorable pooch who is, unfortunately, scared of pretty much everything at the moment. If there are loud-ish noises, Leroy freezes and flattens himself as close to the ground as possible. The good news is he responds well to kind words and encouragement! He’s definitely a fan of snuggling and feels more comfortable the closer he physically is to someone.

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Leroy says, “Love me!”

Leroy perked up tremendously once we made it to the woodland preserve, where it was just us and nature. His tail, which had previously been tucked between his back legs, slowly untucked and eventually started wagging. He was alert and sniffing along the trail like any normal dog. When we stopped for a break, Leroy leaned in and rested his head against me while I pet him. This sweet boy just needs someone to show him that the world can be a happy place rather than a scary one. Leroy could go to a home with or without another dog. When I returned Leroy to his kennel, he and his kennelmate had the happiest reunion I’ve ever seen between two dogs. If you think you can help Leroy come out of his shell, come in soon to meet him!

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Leroy enjoying his walk

I also took Blush for a walk around the trail.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Happy to Be Your Buddy

It was a very happy Mother’s Day weekend at Orphans of the Storm®–33 dogs found their forever homes! Because it was so busy, I wasn’t able to spend time in the off-leash run with the dogs I took out this weekend, but I did get to go on lovely walks around the woodland preserve with them.

Chula the two-year-old Mastiff mix is a big (and I do mean big) sweetheart. She is not at all shy when it comes to showing her affection for people. As soon as she came out of her kennel, she gave big doggy hugs to me and another volunteer. When we were making our way around the trail, we passed a family walking another dog and Chula made sure to greet each person, her tail wagging nonstop. Although Chula can certainly throw her weight around when she wants to, she walks nicely on the leash the majority of the time.

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Chula has an adorable face

Chula joined me on the bench for a break about halfway around the trail and gave me lots of doggy kisses. While Chula absolutely loves people, she doesn’t get along quite as well with other animals and would do best as the only pet in her new home. But with a dog as big and lovable and loving as Chula, one is plenty! If you think Chula might be the dog for you, come in soon to say hello!

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Chula enjoying her afternoon walk

Queen the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a lovebug. It was almost impossible to get a full-body picture of her because every time I knelt down, she would jump right into my lap and cover my face with doggy kisses. To say that Queen is affectionate is an understatement! She’s also a great size for snuggling–not too big, not too small.

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Queen hanging out in my lap

Queen is super adorable. She has one ear that sticks straight up and one ear that flops over to the side. She’s a pretty good walking companion who didn’t pull much as we made our way around the trail. When I sat down on the bench, Queen put her front paws in my lap and rested her head against me while I scratched her ears and neck. Be sure to say hello to Queen on your next visit to the shelter!

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Queen with her one ear sticking up

Astrid the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix will definitely catch your eye as you make your way through the shelter. She has very pretty coloring and the cutest semi-smushed face. Astrid is another example of a good walking buddy. She’s more of a sniffer, so she moves at a slower pace because she generally keeps her nose to the ground or stops to smell the trees and bushes.

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Astrid is photogenic

Astrid is also a snuggler. She hopped up onto the bench next to me and gave me some doggy kisses, then just relaxed by my side for a little bit before we continued on our walk. Astrid doesn’t seem overly fond of other dogs, but again, she’s very fond of people! Another volunteer recommended I take her out, so she already has a fan club. Stop in soon to meet Astrid!

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Astrid leading the way on our walk

Princess the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has a very appropriate name. When she walks, she is so poised and elegant! Everyone this week walked nicely on the leash, but Princess takes the cake. She didn’t pull once the entire time we were out. She also seems like a pretty mellow dog. I didn’t hear her bark at all, either when she was inside her kennel or when we were out and about.

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Princess’s face of contentment

Princess came from an owner whose landlord said no more dogs, so she already has experience living in a home and being a companion. She wasn’t overly affectionate, but since she moved from a home to the shelter it’s understandable that she would be a little shy and confused. She was happy to stay by my side while I pet her, though, and seemed to enjoy being outside and getting some sun. Come to the shelter soon to see if Princess is the pup for you!

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Princess getting some springtime sun

I also saw Blush, Bootsy, Clarinet, Diamond, Honey Lamb (who is such an affectionate girl), Nancy, and Weezie (who got the most adorable lion haircut).