Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Benefit from Your Attendance at the Annual Dinner

The Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is this upcoming Tuesday, April 18! This year’s theme is “Love Is a Four-Legged Word,” and anyone who has spent time with the dogs and cats at Orphans of the Storm® knows just how true that is. I hope to see lots of you there!

Peony (also known as Pumpkin) the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a sweetie who likes to cuddle and get belly rubs. When we first got to the woodland preserve, Peony sat right at my feet so I would have to pet her before we continued our walk. She quickly rolled over so I could rub her tummy, and looked like she would have been just fine doing that for the rest of our time together! Once we did start walking, though, Peony did a good job on the leash.

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Peony is a pretty girl

Peony prefers the company of other women, so she would like to go to a home with just a woman or women. She was friendly to two men who stopped to pet her while we were out, so it’s more about sharing her house. Peony seems fairly submissive and sat down immediately when she was sniffing another dog through the fence. If you’re a lady looking for a new best friend, come in soon to meet Peony!

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Peony loves her belly rubs

Brady the two-year-old Basset Hound mix is a nice, easy-going guy. He often gets picked to go to Orphans of the Storm®’s Highland Park location since he’s so well-behaved. Brady gets along well with other dogs and was sharing his kennel with another dog for several weeks before that dog got adopted. If you already have a dog and are looking for a second, Brady might be the right companion!

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Brady is always up for a walk

Brady, being a Basset Hound, follows his nose wherever it may lead him. His short and stubby legs move faster than you might expect, but our quick walk around the woodland preserve was often paused so Brady could stop to sniff a tree or bush more thoroughly. Brady has those sweet Hound eyes, but doesn’t seem to do much Hound howling. Be sure to say hello to Brady on your next visit to the shelter.

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Brady sniffing the base of the tree

Dunkin the Red the six-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Labrador Retriever mix is a friendly boy. He’s a big fan of doggy hugs, doggy kisses, and cuddling. Whenever I knelt down to his level, Dunkin was right there to put his head in my lap. He also joined me on the bench a few times–and he seemed to like the higher view he got of the woodland preserve while he was up there.

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Dunkin the Red knows how to cuddle

Dunkin the Red is a pretty good walking companion. He only pulled a few times when he was extra excited. Dunkin loves people but isn’t as much a fan of other dogs, so he would do best as the only dog in his new home. The lighter fur on his face may make you think that he’s older and slower, but that’s not the case. He’s a fun and active boy who is ready to play. Stop in soon to meet Dunkin the Red!

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Dunkin the Red enjoying the view from the bench

Mack the four-year-old American English Coonhound mix came from an owner who moved and couldn’t bring Mack with. This means that Mack has a lifetime of experience being a pet and some of the good habits that come along with that, such as already being housebroken. He also gets along with children.

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Mack enjoying a refreshment

Mack is very much a Hound dog. He was happy to take the lead on our walk around the woodland preserve and did plenty of sniffing. When he saw golfers and golf carts moving on the other side of the fence, he started his Hound howl. (The golfers may not have appreciated the distraction, but I thought it was cute.) Mack would enjoy being in an active home where he can go on plenty of long walks. Visit the shelter soon to see if Mack is the one for you!

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Mack following his nose wherever it goes

Bud the four-year-old Hound/Boxer mix is a sweetie who loves to snuggle. He gave me a quick doggy hug when he first came out of his kennel, and we stopped several times during our walk for a cuddle session. Bud happily joined me on the bench, where he sat down next to me and especially enjoyed getting a nice rub on his chest.

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Bud’s happy face

Bud has the cutest little mini-tail that wiggles pretty much constantly. He gets along with other dogs and was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another furry friend. Bud can pull on the leash a bit when he first comes out of his kennel, but he was a nice walking buddy when we made our way around the woodland preserve. Say hello to Bud on your next visit!

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You can just barely see Bud’s tiny tail

Honey the six-year-old Hound mix is as sweet–or even sweeter!–than her name implies. She likes to give doggy kisses, so much so that when she met a Doberman mix on our walk, she gave him a doggy kiss too! I’ve heard about dogs kissing each other but had never seen it in person, and it was adorable. Honey is sharing her kennel with another dog and seems to get along with pretty much everybody she meets.

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Honey’s sweet face

Honey is a great walking companion. She walks at a nice pace that isn’t too fast or too slow, doesn’t really pull, and doesn’t do much extended sniffing in any one spot. Honey likes getting her hips scratched and will do a cute little dance when you find the right spot. Stop in soon to meet sweet Honey!

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Honey says, “Ah, that’s the spot!”

I also saw Bella, Buddy, Carlos, Casper, Chester and Te Amo, Cookie, Gunner, John Boy, Marcus, Nala, O’Shea, Roxy, Sammy, Snowflake, and Spot.

Orphans of the Storm® Black Dogs and White Dogs

The weather has been pretty dreary lately, but the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® will always be able to brighten your day!

Marcus the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a nice boy. When I was first putting his leash on, he kept wiggling around in order to lick my hands. In the off-leash run, Marcus did some exploring and also kept an eye on what was happening on the other side of the fence. He wasn’t too interested in toys on this particular outing, but I’ve seen him out before and he does like to settle down and chew on a ball when the ground isn’t so wet!

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Marcus doesn’t mind a little drizzle

Marcus and I then took a walk around the woodland preserve. Marcus is a good walking buddy who mostly stayed by my side or just a few steps ahead. He seems to get along with other dogs and in fact almost went home with another black Staffie mix, but the family decided to start with just one dog. Stop in soon to see if Marcus is the one for you!

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Marcus trying to determine who or what is on the other side of the fence

Snowflake the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is super affectionate. The first thing she did when she came out of her kennel was give me a doggy hug. She gave me at least five more hugs during our time together. Whenever I sat or knelt down, Snowflake would come over and rest her chin on either my arm or my leg. She is so snuggly!

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Snowflake has the best wrinkles on her forehead

Snowflake has nice manners, too. She walks well on the leash and knows how to sit. Snowflake has the cutest smooshy/wrinkly face. Everyone we passed on our walk couldn’t help but smile at her. During our walk, Snowflake would sometimes stop and stand right in front of me so I would have to stop too–giving herself another opportunity for me to pet her. If you’re looking for a cuddle buddy, come in soon to meet Snowflake!

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Snowflake will always be happy to sit (or stand) next to you

Bert the one-year-old Pointer/Hound mix likes to explore. He spent most of our walk with his head held high so he could see, hear, and smell everything. Bert can have bursts of energy (the first time I saw him, he was running laps around the yard) and can pull a little on the leash, but for the most part he’s a nice walking companion who simply prefers to go at a quick pace.

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Bert thinking about going into full Pointer pose

Bert has no problem stopping for a snuggle session every once in a while, though. I invited him to join me on a bench a few times, but maybe somebody already taught him not to go on furniture because he kept his four paws on the ground and preferred to lean against my legs while I pet him. By the end of our walk, Bert was giving me doggy hugs and kisses. Be sure to say hello to this sweet and fun boy on your next visit to the shelter!

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Bert thinks he isn’t allowed on the bench

Gunner the five-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a little nervous when he’s inside his kennel, and can be shy when you first meet him, but in just a few short minutes he turns into a real lapdog. We first went to the off-leash run, and after Gunner did some exploring on his own, he hopped up next to me on the bench and climbed right into my lap so I could pet him.

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Gunner says, “Please join me!”

Gunner and I went around the woodland preserve next, and Gunner led the way. He can pull on the leash a bit, but that might have to do with nerves too. He’ll be calmer once he’s settled into a nice, loving home with people who can help him come out of his shell more. Gunner has quickly become a volunteer favorite because of his sweet personality. Come in soon to say hello to Gunner!

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Gunner is always alert

I also saw Blaze, Chester and Te Amo, John Boy, Max and Rye, Ralphie, Tucker, Tyson, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Spotted Dogs

You can always find dogs of different colors at Orphans of the Storm®, but there seem to be a good number of dogs with spots at the moment!

Cactus Jack the two-year-old Coonhound mix is a friendly guy. He gave me a doggy hug right away, and he will also give hugs on command if you pat your legs. Whenever I sat down on a bench, he would either put his front paws in my lap or hop up next to me. When we were in the off-leash run, Cactus Jack did his Hound thing by following his nose in and around the bushes.

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Cactus Jack with all his spots

Cactus Jack does a pretty good job at walking on the leash, though he usually prefers to go at a quick pace. As long as you’re keeping up with him, he doesn’t pull at all. He politely sniffed two other dogs when we were on our walk around the woodland preserve, and seems like he would have liked to play with them if given the chance. He might bark to say hello, but otherwise he was quiet. Stop in soon to meet Cactus Jack!

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Cactus Jack has such a sweet Hound face

Spot the one-year-old Pointer/Border Collie mix still has his puppy energy. He gets excited about pretty much everything. When I knelt down to his level, he exuberantly hopped right into my lap. When people or other dogs passed us on our walk, Spot barked hello and wanted to give the people doggy hugs. Spot also likes to give doggy kisses, which can sometimes come with a small nibble because he’s so eager.

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Spot will always be happy to see you!

Spot might make for a great agility dog. He jumped up and then over almost all of the benches that are placed around the woodland preserve. He doesn’t seem to have fully mastered the concept of “fetch” yet, but I’m sure with some practice he will be great at that too. Spot is a sweet, snuggly boy who is ready to join an active family. If you think that might be you, come in soon to say hello to Spot!

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Spot following his nose

Roscoe the four-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix is a little shy and nervous at first, but very sweet. He was found as a stray but has nice manners. Roscoe will gently take treats from your hand (and takes his time to chew thoroughly!). He also walks nicely on the leash and barely pulled at all during our entire walk around the woodland preserve.

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Roscoe is a handsome boy

Roscoe quickly turns into a cuddle buddy. He hopped up onto the bench next to me and kept scooting closer the more I pet him. He seems to get along with other dogs and politely sniffed a couple when we were out. Roscoe is sure to come out of his shell once he’s settled into a new, loving home with people who show him that the world isn’t so scary. Be sure to say hi to Roscoe on your next visit to the shelter!

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Roscoe perked up the longer we were together

I also saw Chester and Te Amo (my new favorites!), Cookie, John Boy, O’Shea, Sammy, and Tino.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Hoping Today Is Their Lucky Day

I don’t think there are many Irish breeds at Orphans of the Storm® at the moment, but all of the dogs are claiming they’re Irish today so they can get some extra luck! They don’t care too much about finding a pot of gold, though–what they really want is to find their forever home.

Cookie the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came from an owner who had to move and couldn’t bring her with. This means she already has two years of experience being a family dog, and she is housebroken and gets along with kids. Cookie is a sweet and snuggly girl.

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Half of Cookie’s pictures included her tongue sticking out

Cookie walks pretty nicely on the leash. She enjoyed sniffing her way along the woodland preserve trail. When I knelt down next to her, she put her front paws in my lap and snuffled around my face. Later, she joined me on the bench for a snuggle session. Cookie likes getting her hips scratched and does a cute wiggly dance. Stop in soon to see if Cookie is the one for you!

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Cookie hanging out on the bench

Candy Cane the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix has lots of energy, understandably, since he’s still a young pup. We were off and running as soon as he came out of his kennel. Candy Cane was happy to lead the way, but often looked back to check in with me (and probably also wondering why I wasn’t keeping up).

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Candy Cane doing a little wiggle

Candy Cane settled down eventually and showed off his sweet side. He gave me some doggy kisses when we were in the off-leash run. Candy Cane was also eager to race the dog on the other side of the fence. He didn’t seem too interested in playing fetch, but I’m sure he’d be happy to learn. If you’re looking for a young and fun dog, come in soon to meet Candy Cane!

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Candy Cane is ready to give doggy kisses

Sir the three-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix can be a little wound up when he first comes out of his kennel, but give him a few minutes to settle down and then you’ll see what a sweetie he is. Sir wanted to play tug-of-war with the leash when he first came out, but by the time we got to the woodland preserve, he wasn’t paying it any attention at all and walked pretty well.

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Sir is a cutie

Sir and I found a quiet spot along the trail where he sat right at my feet and gave me some doggy kisses while I pet him. When we went to the off-leash run, Sir loved chasing after a tennis ball, but needs some practice on bringing it back so his person can throw it again. Sir would do best in an adult home with an experienced dog owner. If that description fits you, be sure to say hi to Sir on your next visit!

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Sir shines in the sunlight

Tucker the three-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix is a big softie. We met a little puppy on our walk around the woodland preserve, and I thought Tucker might be too much for a small dog, but it was the other way around! The puppy jumped on Tucker’s head and Tucker just looked at me like, “Is this okay?” It was too cute.

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Tucker is a handsome guy

Tucker has long legs, so his walking pace was my jogging pace. He doesn’t pull on the leash as long as you’re keeping up with him, though. Tucker gave me a doggy hug and some doggy kisses and wasn’t in any hurry to put his front paws back on the ground. He can be a little skittish around loud or strange noises, but will probably get over that once he’s settled in his new home. Come in soon to meet sweet Tucker!

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Tucker following his Hound nose

I also saw Bella, Blaze, Buddy, Casper, Chester and Te Amo, Clarinet, Cleo, John Boy, Sammy, Tino, and Tyson.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs with Different Energy Levels

Whether you’re looking for a couch potato, a running partner, or something in between, Orphans of the Storm® has the dog to match your activity level.

Dillon the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is very shy and submissive at first. When I went to put his leash on, he rolled over. But he was happy to sit back up for a treat and once he realized I had a couple more in my pocket, he kept nudging me with his nose. He takes treats very gently. Dillon also walks nicely on the leash.

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Dillon is a sweetie

Dillon and I took a stroll around the woodland preserve. He was still a little nervous at the beginning, but after he got used to me, he got much more snuggly. Dillon joined me on the bench and kept scooting closer to my lap the more I pet him. He just needs a little extra encouragement to come out of his shell. Stop in soon to say hello to Dillon!

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Dillon likes getting his white spot scratched

Shay the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a pretty girl who will make a great walking companion. We headed straight for the woodland preserve, where Shay walked at mostly a quick pace but rarely pulled. She also didn’t mind stopping every once in a while to get a nice pat on the back. She enjoyed a good scratch under her chin, too.

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Shay says, “What scent am I picking up here?”

Shay has a good nose and likes to put it to work. She spent most of the walk either with her nose to the ground or high in the air, trying to pick up as many scents as she could. And it worked! There was a doggy toy half-buried in the leaves a couple feet off the trail, which we initially walked past. Then Shay stopped, sniffed, turned around, and unearthed the toy! Be sure to say hi to Shay on your next visit.

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Shay has such pretty coloring

Casper the four-year-old American Bulldog mix is a volunteer favorite. He’s friendly with everybody, gets along with other dogs, knows basic commands, and is housebroken. Casper has lots of energy when he first comes out of his kennel, but after he gets a chance to run around, he settles down and turns into a snuggle-bug.

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Casper wanted to play with the dog on the other side of the fence so badly!

Casper literally leaps with all four paws off the ground when he’s running fast. I wish I had gotten a video! When we went for a walk around the woodland preserve, though, he did pretty nicely on the leash and only pulled a few times. We sat down at a bench and Casper leaned against my legs the whole time, sometimes doing a little wiggle so I could pet the spot he wanted. He also gave me some doggy kisses. If you’re looking for a fun and affectionate boy, come in soon to meet Casper!

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Casper is definitely a leaner

I also saw Aleck, Bella, Blaze, Blush, Chester and Te Amo, Coal, John Boy, Joui, Lucy, the other Lucy, Mongo, O’Shea, Pippa, Scotty, Snuffles, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Hounds and More

If you’ve been thinking about bringing home a Hound, now is the time to come to Orphans of the Storm®! Before I introduce you to the newest Hounds, here is a list of some of the other Hounds I’ve written about before:

And here are some new Hounds, along with a few non-Hounds:

Cleo the seven-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix follows her nose, as she should. The main downside to that was that I couldn’t get a good picture of her sweet face! Her nose snuffled all the way around the woodland preserve. If you like spending time outside and don’t mind moving at a slower pace, Cleo might be the perfect walking buddy for you.

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Cleo sniffing around the base of the tree

Cleo took a break from her nosework so she could get a scratch under her chin and behind her ears. She also has a tickly spot on the side of her neck. Cleo is currently sharing her kennel with another dog, and also used to live in a home with another dog, so we know she’s dog-friendly. So whether you’re looking for your first dog or a new addition to your pack, come in soon to meet Cleo!

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Cleo’s floppy ears help pick up more scents

Franklin the seven-year-old Hound/Collie mix is like a fox and a Hound in one package. He has Hound coloring and a bushy tail. Franklin wasn’t in very good shape when he first came to the shelter, but he’s doing much better now, though he could probably gain a little more weight still. Franklin is shy at first but turns into a real sweetheart once he gets to know you.

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Franklin enjoying the sunshine

Franklin walks at a quick pace but didn’t mind stopping every once in a while to get some attention. He stood right by my side while I pet him and eventually rested his chin on my arm. Franklin was sharing his kennel with another dog for a while, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. If you can give Franklin the TLC he deserves, come in soon to meet him!

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Franklin’s handsome face

Trudy the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix was curled up and napping when I came to her kennel, but she perked up immediately once she got outside. Trudy loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses. Even when we were in the middle of our walk, she would stop and put her front paws on me so I could pet her. She walks pretty nicely on the leash but can pull a little bit when she’s excited.

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Trudy liked seeing the world from a higher vantage point

Trudy is a playful girl. She likes other dogs and happily sniffed some of the other dogs we passed on our walk, though she may be a little exuberant for some. She also kept trying to nibble on my camera. Trudy joined me on the bench and will probably gladly join her new family on the couch. Stop in soon to meet Trudy!

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Trudy is an expert snuggler

Mitch the four-year-old Boxer mix is great. By the end of our time together, I was telling him what a perfect boy he is. Mitch is a wonderful walking companion. He heels (left side and everything!) without even being told. It seems like he knows some other commands because any time I reached for my pocket, he sat down. Unfortunately I didn’t have any treats to give him for his good behavior.

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Mitch says, “Do you have a treat?”

Mitch is very affectionate. The first thing he did when I took him out of his kennel was give me a doggy hug. When I sat down on a bench, Mitch put his front paws in my lap for a while and then eventually climbed up on the bench and sat in my lap. He isn’t quite lap-sized, but he makes it work. Mitch and I passed a few dogs while we were on our walk and he barely even glanced at them. Be sure to say hi to Mitch on your next visit to the shelter!

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Mitch hanging out in my lap

Chester the twelve-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever and Te Amo the eight-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever are so much fun. These brothers came in together and would preferably like to be adopted together. They can be a little bark-y inside their kennel but were pretty mellow when we were hanging out in the off-leash run.

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Chester coming over to say hello

Chester and Te Amo spent the first few minutes sniffing in the bushes and exploring. Te Amo was the first one to come up to me and get some pets. Chester was soon to follow. They’re both friendly boys. They also seem to walk pretty nicely on the leash.

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Te Amo always has a wagging tail

Chester and Te Amo wouldn’t be proper Labs if they didn’t like playing fetch! At first I only had one tennis ball. Chester beat Te Amo to it, but Te Amo apparently had been in this situation before and grabbed Chester’s front leg. When that tactic didn’t work, Te Amo just stuck his mouth in Chester’s and they were both holding onto the tennis ball for a while!

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Te Amo and Chester “sharing” the tennis ball (yes, there is a ball hiding in there)

Luckily for everyone, I found another tennis ball under the bushes and Chester and Te Amo were happy to each have their own. Below is a short video of how to play fetch with two Labs and two tennis balls. Who wouldn’t want to be part of this fun every day? Come in soon to see if Chester and Te Amo are the pair for you!

I also saw Aleck, Honey Lamb, Joui, Sammy, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in Warm Weather

It felt more like May than February two weekends ago, and the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were all eager for a chance to come out and enjoy the nice weather.

Wilbur the two-year-old Beagle mix was happy to lead the way as soon as his leash was on. We headed to the woodland preserve, where Wilbur enjoyed doing his Hound thing by keeping his nose mostly to the ground. Wilbur walks nicely on the leash (except for when it’s time to go back to his kennel, in which case he stops walking until you give him lots of petting and encouragement).

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Wilbur enjoys a good scratch on the back

Wilbur likes to snuggle. He’ll gladly lean against you as long as you’re petting him. He also tried to climb into my lap at one point when I was kneeling next to him. Wilbur would do best in an adult home that doesn’t get too many visitors, but will be a loyal companion for his new owners. Come in soon to see if Wilbur is the one for you!

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Wilbur leading the way on our walk

Brix the five-year-old Boxer/Plott mix has plenty of energy and is looking for an energetic family to match. Brix likes to give doggy hugs and will occasionally top it off with a doggy kiss. He’s a happy boy who knows how to smile for the camera. When he’s extra excited, he jumps up and down like, “Oh boy oh boy oh boy!”

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Brix is happy all the time

Brix and I took a lap around the woodland preserve. Brix would have preferred to go at a faster speed and pulled on the leash a bit, but was also nice about turning around and waiting for me to catch up. Brix was sharing his kennel with another dog, so he could go to a home with or without another furry friend. If you’re looking for a new exercise buddy and playmate, come in soon to meet Brix!

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Brix is an expert at making funny faces

Max the eight-year-old Great Dane and Rye the eleven-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix are a bit of an odd couple, but an adorable and lovable one! The two came from a military family who was transferred and couldn’t take them along. Max and Rye have been together for years, so they need to be adopted together.

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The perfect duo

Max is basically a horse. He’s probably taller than most people are if he were to stand on his hind legs. But Max is very gentle and easygoing. He mostly stayed near me when we were in the off-leash run. He particularly likes getting scratched on his hips and will do a little dance and/or lean against you. Max’s future owner can’t be too opposed to doggy drool, because Max makes a lot of it.

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Max showing off his spots

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Max’s big (cute) nose

Rye is smallish for a Cattle Dog and Max makes him look even smaller by comparison. Rye can easily walk underneath his big little brother. Rye doesn’t get too worked up over things. Another dog was barking at him on the other side of the fence, but Rye just looked at him for a minute and then continued on his way.

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Rye is a little cutie

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Rye is a mellow guy

Both Max and Rye seem like they walk pretty nicely on the leash, though we didn’t go to the woodland preserve for a full walk. Adopting a bonded pair like this is great because your new family members will have built-in friends and can help each other adjust to a new home. If you have the space in your heart and home for two dogs (one extra-large), stop in soon to meet Max and Rye!

Roxy the four-year-old Rottweiler/Shepherd mix is a pretty girl who likes being around people. We first went to the off-leash run, where Roxy sniffed a bit at one of the doggy toys but didn’t seem overly interested in playing fetch. Roxy is very snuggly, but prefers to snuggle on her own terms. She’ll lean against you and even tuck her head into your arm, but gets a little nervous if you get right in her face.

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Roxy glows in the sunshine

Roxy and I then went for a walk around the woodland preserve. Roxy walks nicely on the leash and didn’t really pull at all. Roxy would do best as the only dog in her new home. She also prefers to be around older children and adults. If that sounds like your home, be sure to say hi to Roxy on your next visit!

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Roxy ignoring the ball behind her

Tater the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a friendly boy. The first thing he did when he came out of his kennel was give me a doggy hug. We then took a walk around the woodland preserve. Tater walks at a quick pace but doesn’t pull as long as you’re keeping up with him.

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Tater says hello!

Tater was happy to take a break from our walk every once in a while and join me on the bench for a quick cuddle session. He also gave me a few doggy kisses. Tater can get a little excited or distracted when other dogs are nearby, but it seems like giving him a treat is a good way to get him refocused. Stop in soon to say hello to Tater!

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Tater hanging out on the bench

I also saw Blaze, Lucy, O’Shea, the other Roxy, Scotty, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Still Looking for Love

The Orphans of the Storm® Valentine’s Day event went great (maybe you saw us on the WGN News that weekend!), but there are still many dogs waiting for their turn for furever love. There’s no time like the present to come in and meet them!

Mongo the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a handsome boy. I tried to take him out the week before, but he wasn’t too eager to go out in the cold. It was warmer this time, so he was happy to join me. Mongo has the cutest stubby tail that’s even cuter when its wagging. Mongo walks pretty nicely on the leash.

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Mongo looks particularly handsome in the sunshine

Mongo is a leaner. When you start petting him, he leans his whole body against you and sometimes tries to tuck his head into you. It’s a great snuggling technique! We took a few nice breaks as we made our way around the woodland preserve to cuddle. Mongo can be a little barky when other dogs are around, but otherwise he’s pretty quiet and well-behaved. Stop by soon to say hi to Mongo!

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Mongo is always up for exploring

Nala the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is super affectionate. She is more than ready to spend time snuggling on the couch with her future family. Nala loves hopping up on the nearest bench and will look at you until you sit down to join her. She sat on three or four different benches during the time I was out with her.

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Nala coming over for a cuddle

Nala also likes to play. When we were in the off-leash run, we spent some time playing fetch and tug-of-war. Nala walks nicely on the leash and would be a good walking buddy. She has quickly become a volunteer favorite because of her sweet personality. Be sure to say hi to Nala on your next visit!

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A true view of playing tug-of-war with Nala

Ralphie the eight-year-old Shepherd/Labrador Retriever mix has cute perky ears. They make him look like he’s always paying very serious attention to whatever you’re saying. But Ralphie doesn’t take things too seriously–he was happy to play with a rope toy when we were in the off-leash run.

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Ralphie and his pointy ears

Ralphie is a good leash walker. He stayed right by my side or just a few steps ahead as we made our way around the woodland preserve. He also didn’t mind stopping every once in a while to get a scratch on the back. Ralphie would do best as the only pet in an adult home. If that description meets your lifestyle, come in soon to meet Ralphie!

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Ralphie will be your walking buddy and your lounging buddy

I also saw Blush, Christi, Joui, Snuffles, Tino, Tyson, and Vanilla.

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.