Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoyed a Warm Winter Day

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® certainly don’t mind that our winter got off to a mild start–it meant longer, more enjoyable walks this past weekend!

Dopey the eight-year-old Great Pyrenees mix is a sweet, mellow boy. He loves getting attention and will stand at your side while you scratch his ears or pet his back. Dopey is equally happy to meander around the yard and sniff. He’s also up for a good game of fetch! (Though I tried to play with him and another dog simultaneously and since Dopey was bigger, he accidentally ran his buddy over trying to get to the toy.)

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Dopey keeping an eye on things

Dopey gets along well with other dogs. He was sharing his kennel with a smaller dog who has since been adopted, and he liked following her around the run and doing whatever she did. Dopey walks nicely on the leash. If you’re looking for a happy, easy-going guy who could be fine as the only pet or as a companion to another dog, Dopey could be your guy. Come in soon to meet Dopey!

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Dopey is more of a Happy, if you ask me!

Wally the five-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is always eager to go for a walk. When he first comes out of his kennel, he can be extra excited and want to get off to a running start. After we ran around the first half of the woodland preserve, though, Wally settled into a (quick) walking pace and took the opportunity to sniff through the bushes and tall grasses.

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Wally is usually in “oh boy oh boy!” mode

Wally enjoys getting pet. Once he got his initial burst of energy out of his system, he was happy to pause every once in a while so I could pet him. Wally 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 a furry friend. Be sure to say hello to Wally on your next visit to the shelter!

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Wally likes to follow his own path

Eve the four-year-old Shepherd/Mountain Cur mix absolutely loves going for walks. She was very mellow when we were in the off-leash run, but when I asked if she wanted to go for a walk, she completely lit up and went straight for the gate. Then we were off and running around the woodland preserve! After her initial excitement wore off, she settled into being a good walking companion.

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Eve investigating the toys

Eve likes a good cuddle. She’ll come up and lean against your legs. She particularly likes getting her hips scratched and will do a little dance for you when you scratch the right spot. Eve didn’t pay any attention to the other dogs we passed during our walk, but she would prefer to be the only dog in her future home. She would also do best in an adults-only home. If that sounds like your situation, stop by soon to meet Eve!

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Eve’s cute face

Gus the six-year-old German Shepherd mix is a big boy–so big that his front paws are practically the same size as my hands! But don’t let his size intimidate you. Gus is a big softie. He put his paws in my lap and gave me some doggy kisses. He also enjoyed getting a belly rub. When I sat down on the bench, he rolled right over next to my feet and licked my hand and arm while I pet him.

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Gus is so handsome

Gus seemed a little unsure when he first came out of his kennel and kept looking up at me as we made our way to the woodland preserve. Once we got there, though, Gus was eager to get a move on. His walk is the same pace as my run, so we walked/ran most of the way around. Gus also liked having a chance to stop and sniff every once in a while. This handsome boy was already getting a lot of attention when I was there, so if you think he might be the one for you, come in soon to say hello to Gus!

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Gus being a good walking buddy

I also saw Balto, Bella, Brutus, Chase, Diamond (Riley), Donny, Dunkin, Goliath, John Boy, Nash, Shyanne (aka Cheyenne, who greeted me with a doggy hug, then when I put her paws back on the ground jumped back up to give me a second doggy hug before continuing on her walk with another volunteer), Thunder, Vanilla, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Give Their New Families Many Thanks (and Many Kisses)

Thanksgiving may be over, but the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® will be thankful to find their forever home at any time of the year!

Chase the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is appropriately named because he likes having the chance to run! Chase led the way running around the first part of the woodland preserve, but then slowed to a quick walk and took plenty of pauses to sniff. Chase also likes to stop and stick his nose straight up in the air so he can catch even more scents.

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Chase can cuddle and use his Hound nose simultaneously

Chase is snuggly. He joined me on the bench a few times and enjoyed getting pet. He gave me a few doggy kisses in return. He’s also happy to give doggy hugs. Chase seems to get along with other dogs and politely sniffed two dogs (one his size, one much smaller) while we were out. Come in soon to see if Chase is the one for you!

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Chase pretending to be a Pointer

Blake the seven-year-old Boxer mix is a big softie. He is super affectionate and loves being close to people. Whenever I patted my legs, Blake came right over and put his front paws in my lap. He will also cover your face in doggy kisses whenever he gets the opportunity. And with that lovable face, you won’t want to turn him away!

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Blake being a lapdog

Blake is a great walking companion. He rarely pulled on the leash and also responded well if I asked him to go in a particular direction. Blake has a tickly spot on the side of his neck and will kick his back foot when you scratch him there. Blake didn’t seem to mind other dogs when we passed them on our walk, but he isn’t a fan of cats. Be sure to say hello to Blake on your next visit to the shelter!

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Blake looking majestic in the fall foliage

Aibileen the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is such a happy girl. Her tail wags constantly–and strongly!–so you’ll certainly get thwacked with it if you’re standing nearby. Aibileen particularly likes getting her hips scratched. She’ll do a little dance and back right up against you to make sure you’re scratching the right spot.

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Aibileen’s sweet face

Aibileen likes to snuggle in general, too. She’ll come running over and just lean against you while you pet her. She’s also not at all shy about giving doggy kisses. Aibileen gets along with other dogs big and small. She’s currently sharing her kennel with Minny (see below). If you’re looking for a happy, snuggly girl, come in soon to meet Aibileen!

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Aibileen coming in for a doggy kiss

Minny the one-year-old Jack Russell Terrier/Schipperke mix is super friendly. She’s small and energetic, so she’ll run right to you and then put her front paws on your legs and do a little jump to get your attention. If you kneel down to her level, she’ll hop right into you lap and happily get pet. She also likes to give doggy kisses.

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Minny is a little cutie

Minny got off to a bit of a rough start and is missing fur in some places, but that doesn’t slow her down at all and certainly hasn’t dampened her spirits. She’s happy and curious and likes following her nose to explore. Those little legs can move faster than you might expect! Minny gets along with other dogs of different sizes. She is currently sharing her kennel with Aibileen (see above). Come in soon to meet sweet Minny!

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Minny making a funny face

I also saw Balto (who greeted me with a doggy hug), Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Carlos, Harley and Reeco, Lucy, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Be Your New Best Friend

There are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® right now who are particularly eager to spend as much time as possible snuggling with their new family. And with the weather getting colder, what better time to add a new cuddle-buddy to your home?

Parker the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a lovey-dovey boy. He gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel. He also likes to give doggy kisses. Parker spent some time snuggled in my lap when we took a break during our walk around the woodland preserve. He certainly will want to be close to his person!

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Parker is a cutie

Parker walks nicely on a leash. The only time he pulls a bit is when he passes another dog. He can get a little excited then. The rest of the time, Parker walks at a perfect pace. Since Parker can get so attached to his person, he may want to act a little protectively around his future owner. Come in soon to see if Parker is the one for you!

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Parker thinks you can never be too close!

Gale the two-year-old Hound mix is a little skittish at the moment, but she’s still a sweet and friendly girl who likes to stay close to whoever is walking her. So close, in fact, that Gale was weaving in and out of my legs while we were on our walk! You don’t have to worry about Gale getting too far ahead of you.

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Gale likes having time to enjoy the outdoors

Gale enjoys keeping her Hound nose to the ground so she can keep track of interesting scents. But she’s happy to take a break from that every once in a while for a snuggle session. Gale hopped up to join me on the bench and put her front paws in my lap while I pet her. Stop by soon to meet Gale!

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Gale squinting in the autumn sun

I also saw Aleck, Bella, Big Boy and MojoDiamond (Riley), Hamilton, Lucky, and Thunder.

Orphans of the Storm® Celebrates Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

This Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29, Orphans of the Storm® is waiving the adoption fee for all dogs to celebrate the end of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! (The waived fee includes spay/neuter, but costs for final shots still apply.) If you’ve been thinking about adopting a dog but haven’t gotten around to it yet, now is the perfect time to come in and meet some pooches!

Prince the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is about as ready to go home as any dog could be. Prince is housebroken, knows some commands like “sit” and would be eager to learn more, gets along with children, and walks great on the leash. With all these traits and skills already, your main job would be to make sure Prince gets all the love he deserves!

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Prince is a good walking buddy

Prince is a friendly boy. He likes getting pet and will give the occasional doggy kiss. He has just the smallest hint of an underbite, which makes him look like he’s pouting, but his wagging tail lets you know how happy he is. We passed a couple dogs during our walk and Prince just gave them a quick glance and kept going. This handsome boy is ready to show you what a great family member he can be. Come in soon to meet Prince!

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Prince is a real cutie

Bronson the two-year-old Beagle mix is one of the cuddliest dogs. He loves giving doggy hugs and kisses, sitting in your lap, snuggling next to you on the bench, and basically anything else that involves close contact. Whenever I knelt down or stopped walking, Bronson immediately had his paws in my lap. At one point, he would stop walking after just a few feet so I would cuddle with him some more, then walk a few more feet, stop, and repeat.

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Bronson’s signature doggy hug

Bronson was also very patient when we put him in a spider costume for his Halloween portrait. We had to stick his floppy ears through the hat multiple times and he never tried to pull away or shake us off. Bronson can be pretty bark-y around other dogs but otherwise was quiet during our time together. Bronson would do best in an adults-only home. If he sounds like the pal for you, come in soon to meet Bronson!

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Bronson is always alert on his walks

Nash the two-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is a big boy. He was super excited to come out for a walk, even though it was raining (hence the blurry photos). Nash walks pretty well on the leash despite his large size, though he can pull occasionally if there is a particular smell he wants to investigate. Nash was also happy to hop up on the bench and take a seat so I could pet him some more.

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Nash sits like a good boy

Nash didn’t pay any attention to other dogs when they passed us during our walk, except for a quick look to see who was coming. Being a Lab, Nash showed some interest in a tennis ball when we were in the off-leash run. Mostly he just liked exploring and coming back to me for more pats on the back. Nash can be a little hesitant around men and seems to prefer the company of women, so he might do best in a home with only women or with a laid-back man. Stop in soon to see if Nash is the one for you!

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Nash doesn’t mind a little rain

I also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Carlos, Delilah, Hamilton, Harley and Reeco, Kaffee, LuckyLucy, Thunder, Tyson, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Sweetie-Pie Dogs

If you are particularly interested in snuggly, cuddly dogs, now is a good time to stop by Orphans of the Storm®! Small dogs aren’t the only ones who can be lapdogs–there are plenty of big dogs who are ready to hop into your lap too!

Hamilton the 10-month-old Great Dane mix gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel, which was more like a human hug because Hamilton is as tall as a person when he’s standing on his back legs. Hamilton can be a bit of a handful when he first comes out and likes to chew on the leash a bit, but he settles down once you start on your walk. Since he’s still a puppy, it’s only understandable that he has plenty of energy.

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Hamilton is plenty perky!

Hamilton is a fun boy. He likes to chase toys, though he hasn’t fully grasped the concept of “fetch” yet and just likes carrying the toys around in his mouth. Hamilton is under the impression that he is a lapdog, even though only a small portion of him can fit in a person’s lap. He’s also happy to give doggy kisses while he’s sitting on you. Hamilton would do best in an adult home. If you’re looking for a tall, dark, and handsome guy, come in soon to meet Hamilton!

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Hamilton will be happy to join his future family on the couch

Tyson the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is the most snuggly pup. I first met him three weeks ago, when he was too scared to walk on the leash so he just cuddled in my lap the whole time. This week, he was much more confident and happy to lead the way around the woodland preserve! Tyson walks nicely on the leash and also seems to get along with most other dogs.

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Tyson has the cutest face when he’s enjoying a belly rub

Tyson loves belly rubs and sitting in people’s laps. Any time you sit or kneel, Tyson thinks that is an invitation to literally flop onto you. He will very contentedly stay in your lap until you move. He also sometimes stops in the middle of walking and sits on your feet so you can pet him some more. Tyson will need an extra loving home to help him come out of his shell even more. If you’re looking for an extra lovey-dovey dog, be sure to say hello to Tyson!

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Tyson will never be far from your side

Artemis the four-year-old Doberman Pinscher mix likes being close to his person. The first thing he did when he came out of his kennel was nuzzle his head against my leg. When we were on our walk around the woodland preserve, Artemis sometimes walked so close to me that his side was touching my leg. A natural heeler! Artemis does a great job on the leash overall and didn’t pull at all.

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Artemis exploring the run

Artemis seems like a pretty mellow guy. When we were in the off-leash run, he just meandered around and sniffed. He wasn’t too interested in toys when we were together. Artemis likes getting pet, especially on the side of his neck, and he’ll lean into your hand so you get the right spot. Artemis didn’t seem too fond of other dogs we passed, but it was easy enough to redirect his attention. Come in soon to see if Artemis is the one for you!

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Artemis is handsome

Balto the seven-year-old Husky mix is such a handsome boy. I have heard multiple people say “Wow” when they see him. He has bright blue eyes and a particularly majestic look. Balto gave me a doggy hug right away when he came out of his kennel, and gave me a couple more when we were out and about. Balto particularly enjoys getting his hips scratched and will do a little dance for you.

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Balto smiles during snuggle time

Balto is a good walking companion. He prefers to go at a faster pace, but doesn’t pull at all. Whenever I stopped walking, he would stop too and sit at my feet so I could pet him. We had a nice time sitting next to each other, just enjoying the outdoors. Balto would do best in an adult home with an experienced dog owner who knows what his breed needs. If that sounds like you, stop by soon to say hello to Balto!

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Balto in his element

I also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Bo, Carlos, Diamond, Goliath, Harley and Reeco, Kaffee, Scotty, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Hope You’ll #FindYourFido

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and the ASPCA has started the #FindYourFido campaign to help get more dogs adopted. Come to Orphans of the Storm® this month (and every other month!) to meet your new Fido.

Bo the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a good boy. He makes a great walking companion because he moves at a nice pace and doesn’t pull on the leash. Bo is also happy to take breaks during his walk so he can get pet. Whenever I knelt down to his level, Bo came over and snuggled up next to me.

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Bo enjoying the fall sunshine

Bo likes following his nose, even when it leads him into grasses or bushes that are taller than he is. Bo isn’t a huge fan of other dogs, but if he’s just passing them during his walk, he doesn’t pay much attention to them and just keeps walking. Bo is a sweet boy looking for a comfy lap where he can rest his head. Come in soon to meet Bo!

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Bo is a happy guy

Goliath the five-year-old Great Pyrenees mix is a giant fluffball. Because of his size, he can pull on the leash and you have to be ready to go in the direction he wants! Overall, though, he does a pretty good job on the leash and just prefers to move at a faster pace. Goliath enjoyed playing with a sheep-shaped doggy toy (appropriate for his breed’s history).

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Goliath’s big fluffy face

Goliath is easy-going when it comes to maintaining his appearance, which is good because he’ll need lots of grooming to keep his fur soft and fluffy. Goliath stood perfectly still while I picked out some burs, twigs, and leaves that his fur had picked up during our walk. Goliath enjoys a nice scratch between the ears and on his back. He isn’t a fan of other dogs, particularly smaller dogs, so he would do best as the only dog in his new home. But with a dog the size of Goliath, one is plenty! Come in soon to see if he’s the one for you.

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Goliath leading the way through the woods

Snowball the seven-year-old American Eskimo mix is so cute and so sweet. She’s like a little cotton ball! Snowball has the softest fur I have felt in a long time, and she’s perfectly content to let you pet her as long as you’d like. She’s great at walking on the leash and is also super attentive. She would stop and look up at me every once in a while during our walk to make sure we were on the same page.

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Snowball’s little fluffy face

Snowball will happily put her front paws in your lap or curl up next to you while you’re sitting down. We had a nice, relaxing time together when she jumped up on the bench next to me and laid down. We could have sat there all afternoon! Snowball also doesn’t seem to mind other dogs. She politely sniffed one during our walk and didn’t pay attention to the other ones we passed. If you’re looking for a sweet little lapdog, come in soon to meet Snowball!

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Snowball enjoying a break on the bench

Diamond the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix (not to be confused with the other Diamond/Riley) can be a little hyper when she first comes out of her kennel, but she settles down. She gets excited and wants to play tug-of-war with the leash, but as soon as you start walking she stops and is just happy to be out and about.

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Diamond coming over for a cuddle

Diamond prefers to walk at a quick pace or jog, so she’ll be happy to go home with someone who will take her on plenty of walks. But Diamond is always up for taking a break from her walk so she can get some snuggles. Diamond put her front paws in my lap and stood on her back legs so I could pet her some more. This fun and happy girl is looking for a fun and happy home! Be sure to say hi to Diamond on your next visit to the shelter.

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Diamond loves getting her hips scratched

I also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Buddy, Carlos, Clarinet, Constance, Harley and Reeco, Jake, Kaffee, Lucky, Lucy, Thunder (who knows sit, paw, and down commands), and Whizzer.

Orphans of the Storm® Big and Biggest Dogs

If you are looking for a big best friend, now is the time to come to Orphans of the Storm®! There are lots of big breeds eager to meet you and show you that extra size = extra love.

Jake the nine-year-old Australian Shepherd/Labrador Retriever mix came from owners who could no longer keep him. This means he has plenty of experience being a pet and is ready to settle into a new home. Despite his giant size, Jake is great at walking on the leash and doesn’t pull at all. He gets along with kids, so he could go home with a young family, but he isn’t a fan of cats.

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Jake enjoys his walks

Jake loves getting pet. We took many cuddle breaks during our walk around the woodland preserve and Jake would tuck his head into my lap while I pet him. This boy has a lot of fluff, so he’s extra great for snuggling. Jake has unique coloring and he also has one blue eye. If you think Jake has enough fluff for you, come in soon to meet him!

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Jake is very attentive to his person

Calhoun the one-year-old Redbone Coonhound/Bloodhound mix likes to spend a lot of his time sniffing, which is understandable for a Hound dog. I thought Calhoun would be the type to want to run all the way around the woodland preserve, but in fact Calhoun is an easy-going walking buddy who likes to go at a slower pace so he can catch all the good smells.

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Calhoun’s sweet Hound eyes

Calhoun is a sweet boy. When I knelt down to pet him, he put his nose right up to mine and enjoyed getting the attention. Calhoun was in a foster home for a while and has experience with kids, other dogs, and cats. He is also housebroken and crate trained. So now all he needs to complete the package is a new home! If you think Calhoun might be the one for you, stop in soon to say hello!

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Calhoun in his element

Daisy Mae the three-year-old Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) mix has some bursts of energy and excitement. The first thing she did when she came out of her kennel was give me a doggy hug. Then we were off and running! But Daisy Mae settled down soon after we got to the woodland preserve trail and ended up being a nice walking companion.

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Daisy Mae looking sassy

Daisy Mae is a good girl who often gets picked to go to off-site events. She likes to sniff and explore when she’s out on a walk. Daisy Mae gets along with some dogs (she was previously sharing her kennel with Whizzer), but not all dogs. She’ll be a fun and enthusiastic companion for her future owners. Be sure to say hi to Daisy Mae on your next visit!

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Daisy Mae leading the way on our walk

Ernesto the four-year-old Great Pyrenees mix is super sweet and mellow, which makes sense given his breed. Wherever we went, Ernesto was calm and steady. He didn’t pay any attention to the other dogs we passed during our walk. He does a great job on the leash and didn’t pull at all.

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Ernesto being a good walking buddy

Ernesto likes to give doggy kisses. Whenever I knelt down to pet him, he would reciprocate with a kiss on the nose. He has an adorably sweet face that still looks a little puppy-ish. Ernesto’s fur isn’t at its full fluffiness at the moment, but he’s still plenty soft, especially around his ears. If you’re looking for an easy-going pooch, look no further than Ernesto!

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Ernesto is always up for a good side-scratch

Tank the four-year-old Mastiff mix is unintentionally funny. Here you have this giant dog, descended from serious guard dogs, and yet he gets spooked by little things like falling leaves! Once he’s settled into his new home, Tank will live up to his name and get more confident. But even though he can be a little skittish, Tank is still very sweet. He greeted me with a wagging tail and was eager to come out for a walk.

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Tank is a happy guy

Tank walks nicely on the leash overall, but because of his size he can unintentionally pull if he wants to go in a particular direction. Two young girls came over to pet him, and Tank enjoyed their company and sniffed their faces politely. Tank likes to follow his nose, and mostly kept his nose to the ground during our walk. This big boy is a big softie. Come in soon to say hello to Tank!

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Tank on the move

I also saw Bella, Belle, Big Boy and Mojo, Buster, Constance, Harley and Reeco, Thunder, Tucker, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Staffie Dogs

I walked a variety of breeds at Orphans of the Storm® this week, but the other three have already been happily adopted! So I have two Staffordshire Bull Terrier mixes to introduce to you today. (It was a hot day when I was there, so both dogs got hosed off–please excuse the wet fur in the pictures!)

Katfish the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a big boy. The first collar I tried to put on wouldn’t even fit over his head! But once we got that sorted out, Katfish led the way to the woodland preserve. He walks pretty well on the leash and only pulls occasionally when there’s something in particular he wants to sniff. He’s a smart boy who knew it was best to stay on the shady side of the trail.

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Katfish is a happy guy

Katfish was a little hesitant about getting hosed off at first, but then he seemed to enjoy it. He likes getting scratched on the top of his head between his ears. Katfish can be bark-y around some dogs, but doesn’t pay much attention to others. He had a good time exploring the off-leash run, and although he poked a rope toy with his nose, it was too hot to do much fetching. Come in soon to meet Katfish!

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Katfish “chilling” under the bushes

Yeyo the eleven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix seems like a pretty mellow guy. He absolutely loves sniffing around, and scratches the grass or gravel or woodchips (whatever surface he’s on) with his front paw to get down to the extra-good smells. Yeyo unfortunately had both of his ears entirely cropped off, which certainly gives him a different look.

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Yeyo follows his nose wherever it goes!

Yeyo didn’t make a peep the entire time we were out, and I also didn’t see him barking inside his kennel. He can pull a bit when he sees other dogs, but otherwise walks really nicely on the leash. Although he would keep his nose to the ground when I pet him, his tail would start wagging faster, so I could tell he enjoyed the attention. If you’re thinking about bringing home a senior dog so they can enjoy their golden years, be sure to say hello to Yeyo on your next visit!

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Yeyo showing off his bright white fur

I also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Blush, Constance, Harley and Reeco, John Boy, Kaffee, Oliver, Tucker, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Think Two’s Company

If you’re looking for a dog who likes other dogs–whether you already have one (or more) at home, or want to go to dog parks, or plan to take your dog to doggy daycare–there are plenty of dog-friendly pooches at Orphans of the Storm® right now!

Kaffee the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has a very interesting look. He has one blue eye and one brown; he has black spots all over his face like a Dalmatian; and he has a big brown patch on his back like a Hound! You will surely get lots of compliments and questions about Kaffee whenever you take him out and about.

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Kaffee showing off his spots

Kaffee is on the shy side and mostly kept to himself when we were in the off-leash run. But he would take occasional breaks from sniffing and come over by me so I could pet him a bit. He also walks nicely on the leash. Kaffee is currently sharing his kennel with Thunder (see below), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Come in soon to meet Kaffee!

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Kaffee’s blue eye really stands out

Thunder the seven-year-old Weimaraner mix (not to be confused with the other Thunder) is a big, strong boy, but very sweet. He wanted to be off and running as soon as he came out of his kennel, but he settled down quickly once we were in the off-leash run. Thunder did his own thing at first, but also seemed to like following Kaffee, his kennelmate (see above), around the run.

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Thunder is ready to be someone’s best buddy

Thunder warmed up to me after a few minutes and then started following me everywhere so I could keep petting him. He would also come to me when I called. Thunder didn’t give any doggy kisses on this particular visit, but he did like putting his nose to my nose. Although he’s a big guy, he doesn’t really seem to throw his weight around. Stop by soon to see if Thunder is the one for you!

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Thunder loves getting pet

Constance the two-year-old Mountain Cur/Hound mix is very sweet and snuggly. The first thing she did when she came out of her kennel was give me a doggy hug. When we were in the off-leash run, Constance often put her front paws in my lap so I could pet her and so she could give me doggy kisses. She never strayed too far from me.

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Constance likes to both give and receive kisses

Constance is currently sharing her kennel with Tucker (see below) and gets along great with him, but she can be a little bark-y around other dogs she hasn’t been formally introduced to (like the dog on the other side of the fence in the off-leash run). Constance is sort of mini-Hound-sized, so she could be a sweet lapdog. Be sure to say hello to Constance on your next visit!

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Constance knows how to smile

Tucker the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is a sweet and mellow guy. He greeted me with a doggy kiss right away. When we were in the off-leash run, he would take a break from his sniffing every so often and come back to me so I could pet him more. He particularly likes getting his back and floppy ears scratched.

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Tucker not sure about the camera

Tucker was interested in a tennis ball when I threw it and went over to sniff it, but didn’t pick it up or bring it back to me. Maybe his new family can work with him on his fetching skills! Tucker gets along well with other dogs. He’s currently sharing his kennel with Constance (see above) and politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the run. Come in soon to say hello to Tucker!

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Tucker is a handsome guy

Hank the five-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix found himself at the shelter because his original owners moved and didn’t bring him with. Hank is a great walking companion. He usually walks at a faster pace but doesn’t pull at all, and he also takes plenty of breaks to use that good Hound nose. He seems like a pretty mellow dog; he didn’t bark once when we were out together.

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You have to be okay with a little bit of doggy drool if you adopt Hank

Hank enjoys a good pet and will stand right by your side while you pet him. He might even rest his chin on you, or he’ll poke his nose to your nose. He didn’t give other dogs a second glance while we were out, but I didn’t take him close enough to see how he did in a real meeting. Hank would do best in an adult-only home. If that sounds like you, stop by soon to meet Hank!

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Hank keeping an eye on things

Harley and Reeco the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix brothers are looking for a new furever home that will adopt them both. They are so cute and so friendly–the perfect pair! Harley and Reeco are strong and pull a bit on the leash when they first come out of their kennel, but settle down pretty quickly.

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Harley says, “Me first!”

Harley (with the more brown face) likes to give doggy kisses. If you’re sitting or kneeling, he’ll put his front paws in your lap and cover your face in kisses. He tried to climb into my lap a couple of times when I was sitting on the bench, but didn’t quite make it all the way up.

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Harley is a happy guy

Reeco (with the more white face) loves getting his side rubbed. He’ll lean against your legs and practically fall over because he’s enjoying himself so much. He also gives your hands lots of doggy kisses while you’re petting him (which can sometimes turn into little love-nibbles when he’s extra excited).

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Then Reeco says, “No, I want to be in front!”

Harley and Reeco are so much fun together, and so much fun with people! They know how to smile and their tails are constantly wagging. If you’re looking for two times the joy in your home, be sure to say hi to Harley and Reeco on your next visit.

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Reeco might try to hop into your lap, too!

I also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Boss, Carlos, Diamond (Riley), Lucky, Lucy, Oliver, and Vanilla.

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

What better way to start the week than with another Success Story! Cayrne and her husband and daughter adopted Maude and Lola eight weeks ago. Here is their story:

To be honest, we weren’t even in the market for another dog, let alone two! We happened to have been at Northbrook Court when my husband stumbled over the Orphans of the Storm® store front. He went in for a “dog fix” while my daughter and I shopped.

Once my husband spotted the two Hound mix puppies, he texted my daughter for us to come there. It has been three years since we put down our previous dog, a rescued Beagle.

I walked in and like a ton of bricks, it hit me how much I missed having a dog in my life.

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Two amazing friends my husband and I adopted eight weeks ago. We can’t imagine life without our “girls.” Thank you Orphans of the Storm® and to Carol Ross, our trainer.

My husband pointed to the Hound mix sisters and my daughter and I melted. When the puppies came to me and sat quietly at my feet, I knew they had to come home with us.

I had no reservations about adopting dogs from a shelter as my previous dogs were also rescues. Orphans has a great reputation. I know many dogs that have come from Orphans and they are sweet, happy pups. When we visited the actual site to complete the paperwork, I was really impressed at the cleanliness of the facility. The dogs were clean, well cared for, and loved the nature walk.

Our puppies are happy and enjoying their forever home. I truly believe they are thankful they were able to stay together. We never get tired of all the puppy kisses Maude and Lola bestow on us!

Thank you for sharing your story, Cayrne!

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