Orphans of the Storm® Pups and Seniors

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® come in all ages, but regardless of their age, they’re all looking for the same thing: a loving home with a family they can count on for the rest of their lives!

Zak the eight-year-old Husky/Labrador Retriever mix already has some gray fur around his nose, but that just helps make him look more dignified–while his “one ear up, one ear down” look will make you smile. Zak, being on the older side, is a very mellow pooch who walked nicely on the leash and was happy to just take a casual stroll.

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Zak is a handsome fellow

Zak also enjoyed sniffing his way around the off-leash run. He mostly kept to himself at first, but we eventually were able to spend some time side-by-side while I pet his back. Zak seems like the type who would enjoy having a backyard to call his own, where he can spend time in the fresh air. If you’re looking for a gentle companion who is happy to just go with the flow, come in soon to meet Zak!

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Zak enjoys the outdoors

Augusta the three-year-old Basset Hound mix is a very friendly girl who gets along with people and other dogs alike. Augusta enjoys just about everything, from cuddling in your lap and covering your face in doggy kisses to chasing after toys and romping around gleefully. She is currently sharing her kennel with another dog, so she could go to a home with or without another pooch.

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Augusta is always ready to cuddle

Augusta‘s tail is wagging pretty much constantly. If her adorable, unique look doesn’t make you smile (which is highly unlikely), her personality absolutely will. Augusta had a great time chasing after one of the toys in the off-leash run, though she hasn’t quite mastered the idea of “fetch” yet, and watching her run is just too cute. Augusta is sure to bring joy to whoever is lucky enough to adopt her. Come in soon to see for yourself!

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Augusta, post-water-bowl

Georgie the one-year-old Beagle mix is an exuberant little pup. As soon as I went inside her kennel to put the leash on, she was jumping up and down and trying to get into my lap. Once the leash was on and the gate opened, she was ready to go! Georgie happily led the way to the off-leash run and had a great time playing.

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Georgie being silly

Georgie is currently sharing her kennel with Rodney (see below), so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Georgie would also do best in a home with just adults or a family with teenage children. A young dog like Georgie could definitely benefit from some training, and she seems like an eager learner who would be happy to pick up whatever her future owners want to teach her. If you’re looking for a fun and active pooch, come in soon to say hi to Georgie!

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Georgie is a cutiepie

Rodney the eight-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix has been at the shelter for a couple months already because he was being treated for heartworm–but now he has a clean bill of health and is ready to be adopted into his forever home! Rodney is a little on the shy side and needed some convincing to come out on the leash with me, but his kennelmate Georgie (see above) was there to support him and that seemed to help.

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Rodney may be shy, but he knows when to smile!

Rodney has very unique markings and coloring, and even has one blue eye to go along with his uniqueness. Rodney will need an owner who can build his trust and give him an extra boost of confidence so he’s able to come out of his shell. By the end of our visit together, Rodney went from “head down, tail down” to head up and smiling for the camera! Stop by the shelter soon to give Rodney some much-needed TLC.

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Rodney showing off his one blue eye

Leo the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a handsome boy with extra-pretty eyes. He’s new to the shelter, so he was a little unsure about coming outside and walking on the leash. He started out a bit shy and nervous, but after just a few short minutes, this sweet boy turned into quite the snuggler, complete with wagging tail and lots of doggy kisses.

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Leo looking proud

Leo quickly realized that he could snuggle with any of the other volunteers we came across. He’s definitely a leaner (meaning he’ll lean all of his body weight against your legs/side/wherever while you pet him) and close is never close enough! Leo is still a puppy, so he does give some gentle nibbles when he’s extra excited. This cute little guy just needs someone to show him that the world isn’t a scary place. If you think that someone might be you, come in soon to meet Leo!

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Leo getting used to walking on the leash

I also saw Bear, Blush, and Winter.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Snuggle in Any Weather

It was the first snow-less day at Orphans of the Storm® in a long time, and the dogs were happy to be out and about without fear of snowy paws!

Rusty the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a fun, good-natured boy. He’s strong, but even so, he walks well on a leash and seems eager to please people. Rusty kept to himself for the first few minutes we were in the off-leash run, but he soon realized that I was there to cuddle and play with him. Rusty loves getting a good scratch on his hips and will gladly stay by your side as long as you’re petting him.

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Rusty looking dapper

Rusty also enjoys playing with toys. He found a seahorse-shaped squeaky toy and proudly carried it around. He was also good at fetching it, and didn’t seem to get possessive over the toy. Once Rusty gets to know you, he will shower you with affection, including lots of doggy hugs and doggy kisses. If you’re looking for a happy and playful new companion, come in soon to meet Rusty!

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Rusty loved playing with his seahorse toy

Nutmeg the one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix still looks and acts like a puppy, meaning she is both adorable and exuberant. She was literally jumping up and down in excitement when I came over to her kennel with the leash. Nutmeg will need a bit of leash training from her new family, because right now she likes to think that the leash is a tug-of-war toy.

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Nutmeg is a playful little girl

Nutmeg had a good time exploring the off-leash run and keeping an eye on the birds that were hiding in the bushes. After she had the chance to stretch her legs, she came over to me and attempted to climb into my lap so we could snuggle. She gave me some happy doggy kisses in the process, her tail wagging the entire time. Nutmeg knows she would be a great addition to someone’s home. If you think that someone could be you, stop by the shelter to meet Nutmeg!

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Nutmeg coming over to cuddle

Oak the ten-year-old Shepherd mix could definitely use some cheering up right now. He lost his home and is hoping that someone new will welcome him into theirs. Oak is a senior dog, so that means he is extremely mellow and easy to get along with. He walks well on the leash and enjoys the outdoors.

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Oak is very regal

Oak is probably one of the best-looking dogs at the shelter at the moment. He is so soft and fluffy, with really beautiful coloring. He enjoys a good petting, and you will certainly enjoy petting him! Oak has a bit of a stiff leg, but that doesn’t stop him from getting around just fine. If you’re looking for a calm, gentle dog to be your new companion, come in soon to see if Oak is the one for you!

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Oak’s fluffy fur makes him an ideal snuggle buddy

Tulip the five-year-old Chow Chow mix is a little nervous right now. She was abandoned by her previous owners and has had it a little rough, based on the burs and matting you can find in her fluffy fur. But after a few minutes of gentle petting and soothing words, Tulip started to warm up and that tail started to wag. (Regarding the drool in Tulip’s pictures, I think it was mostly because she was nervous.)

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Tulip also knows all about being fluffy

Tulip, despite her hardships, is pretty easy to get along with. She walks well on the leash and she’s currently sharing her kennel with another dog, so she could go to a home with or without a furry friend. This sweet girl just wants to love and be loved in return, which really isn’t asking for much. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Tulip!

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Tulip was smiling by the end of our visit

During this visit, I re-fell in love with Clint (not that I had fallen out of love with Clint, but I just hadn’t spent time with him in a while). Clint is the pooch sharing his kennel with Tulip, so I took them both out simultaneously. When I sat down on the ground, Clint came right to me and rolled over for a belly rub. He then rested his head on my legs and promptly fell asleep. I haven’t seen such a content look on a dog’s face in a long time. If you’re looking for a snuggly lapdog, look no further than Clint!

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Clint, happy as a clam

I also saw Tucker, Tom-Tom, Skipper, Sandy, Roxy, Honey Lamb, Diamond, Courage, Boston, Blush, and Bella.

Orphans of the Storm® Long-Timers, and an Adoption Update!

All of the new dogs I walked this week have been adopted already, which is wonderful! So I don’t have any new pooches to introduce you to this week, but I did spend some time with a few great Orphans of the Storm® long-timers who are all waiting for their new families to find them.

Bella the nine-year-old Boxer mix is the perfect definition of “gentle giant.” She would prefer to be the only pet in her new home, but with people she is just the sweetest. She walks great on the leash, enjoys snuggling, and knows some basic commands since she’s been a family pet before.

Blush the five-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a fun girl. I don’t know if you’ll find a dog who loves snow more than Blush. She literally dives head-first into snow and tunnels her way through, then throws snow into the air with her nose. She’s a good mix of wanting to run and play, and then settling down to cuddle.

Ebbie the fifteen-year-old Shepherd mix is Orphans of the Storm®’s longest long-timer. At this stage in her life, all Ebbie is looking for is a nice, comfortable home where she can relax and be loved. She doesn’t need long walks or lots of activity, just a family that will take good care of her.

Lucky the ten-year-old Border Collie mix is another great senior, but a senior who doesn’t act like one at all. He is always ready to go out and play. Just this week, he jumped right into a snow pile and started wriggling and rolling around like a puppy.

Tom-Tom the nine-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is one of my favorite dogs at the shelter. How can you not love a dog that looks like a baby hippo?! He looks a little intimidating, but under all that muscle is the biggest softie. Tom-Tom is so affectionate and just loves to give hugs and be close to people. He’s also pretty friendly with other dogs.

Winter the nine-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is another affectionate pooch. She will cover your face in kisses if given the opportunity. She is an excellent walking companion and loves nothing more than going on long, strolling walks where she can just enjoy the outdoors. Winter doesn’t like other dogs, but absolutely loves people.

Also, today marks my Cooper’s third adoptday from Orphans of the Storm®! Since his one-year update:

cooper3year 4He sometimes still isn’t super eager to go for walks

cooper3year 3But we have learned how to share the couch

cooper3year 2Cooper discovered that my bed is a warm and comfy spot to sleep in the winter

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Thank you for bringing us together, Orphans of the Storm®!

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

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoy the Winter Sunshine

It’s been a chilly week, but the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were still plenty eager to come outside and play in the snow!

Azul the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is an extremely handsome, well-behaved boy. He might look like a lot to handle at first glance, if you’re judging on size alone, but he knows his manners and is actually a very good walking companion. He seems like a pretty mellow guy who is more interested in spending time with his people than anything else.

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Azul in the snow

Azul may be a pooch who needs booties to protect his paws in the winter, because he wasn’t too keen on staying in the snow in the off-leash run for long. So instead, we took a nice walk around the snow-free parking lot pavement. Azul has beautiful coloring and warm eyes that are clearly saying, “Pick me!” Stop by the shelter soon to see if Azul is the one for you!

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Azul is such a handsome boy

Chola the two-year-old Hound mix is quite the cutie. I may be biased in favor of Hounds, but it’s because they have such sweet faces! Chola is no exception. She happily led the way on our walk and had a great time exploring the off-leash run, though she made sure to come back to me every once in a while to check in and get a nice scratch on the ears. She even put her front paws in my lap for a bit so we could snuggle some more.

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Chola’s cute face

Chola is currently sharing her kennel with another dog who is about the same size as she is, but she would probably prefer to be the only pet in her new home. She had a fun time racing the dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the off-leash run, but it would be a good idea to take it slow when introducing her to other dogs in your neighborhood (which is true for all dogs, really). If you’re a one-pooch type of person, come in soon to meet Chola!

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Chola keeping an eye on things

Skippy the eleven-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is such a little sweetie. He hasn’t been at the shelter for very long, but he’s quickly become a volunteer favorite. Even though he’s probably sad and confused right now, since he lost his home, he’s still in high spirits and ready for his second lease on a happy, loving life. Considering the fact he’s a smaller breed, eleven really isn’t that old, and his actions prove that.

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Skippy is a little cutiepie

Skippy may have little legs, but that doesn’t stop him from jumping right into snow piles that are as tall as he is. Skippy also seems pretty calm when it comes to being around other dogs. Bella (whose head is about the same size as Skippy’s entire body) was barking at him on the other side of the fence, but Skippy just sniffed her and went on his merry way. If you’re looking for a smaller companion to brighten your day, stop by soon and say hello to Skippy!

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Skippy being silly

I also saw Cinder, Ebbie, Skipper, Tom-Tom, Trixie, Winter, and Zha Zha.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs with Snowy Paws

Before we meet this week’s new pooches, there are a few Orphans of the Storm® announcements:

  • Please bring your newspapers to the shelter! There is an area to deposit them at the entrance to the parking lot, or you can bring them to the front office and then stop in and meet the pooches (and/or cats) yourself!
  • Orphans of the Storm® has returned to its spot at Northbrook Court. Meet adoptable and adorable dogs and cats every Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm.
  • The Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is Monday, April 20–mark your calendar!

Sandy the three-year-old Husky mix is a happy girl who eagerly greets everyone who walks by her kennel. When she saw me coming with the leash, she started jumping up and down as if she was on a pogo stick! Even though she was super excited, once she was on the leash she walked pretty well without much tugging. Sandy is naturally prepared for this type of cold weather, so she was ready to jump right into the snow.

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Sandy is appropriately named with her sand-colored fluff

Sandy kind of kept to herself while we were in the off-leash run, since she was enjoying the chance to run around and explore (and politely sniff the dog on the other side of the fence), but when I hooked her back onto the leash and took her to a place where we could sit together, she attempted to climb into my lap and gave me a few happy doggy kisses. Who wouldn’t want a fluffy snuggle buddy? If you’re looking for a happy girl who can bring you years of happiness, come in soon to meet Sandy!

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Sandy certainly loves the snow

Caesar the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a big, handsome boy whose unique looks caught my eye right away. Caesar has one blue eye and one brown eye (like Clarinet, Clint, Luciano, and Pancho!) and pretty chocolate-colored spots on his otherwise white fur. He has plenty of energy, so he would be happiest in a home that can give him the exercise and stimulation he needs, whether that be a big yard to romp in or long walks or plenty of playtime.

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Caesar is such a handsome boy

Caesar had a great time running around in the snow in the off-leash run. He happily chased after a ball I threw, though he doesn’t seem to have realized that if he picks it up and brings it back, that means I can throw it again. When we walked around for a bit with him on the leash, he mostly did pretty well, though sometimes he would pull if there was a particular direction he wanted to go in. This big boy has an even bigger heart that he is ready to share with a new family. Stop by soon to say hello to Caesar!

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Caesar would love a yard of his own where he can romp

Belle the eight-month-old black Labrador Retriever mix is such a cutie. She’s a little nervous inside her kennel, since she’s new to the shelter, but when she’s out and about she seems much more comfortable. She’s currently sharing her kennel with Hachi (who is such an affectionate boy who gives great doggy hugs) and was eager to play with him when they were both outside, so she could go to a home with or without another dog.

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Belle is a real beauty!

Belle walks pretty well on the leash and will stop and sit if you stop walking–which is quite impressive for a puppy! Whenever I knelt down next to her, she would put her front paw in my lap. She didn’t mind when I took her paw to practice the ‘shake’ command. Belle is a sweet girl who just needs someone to give her an extra boost of confidence. She also seems like a smart girl who is eager to please, so she should do well in obedience classes. If you’re considering adding a puppy to your home, come in soon to see if Belle is the pup for you!

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Belle sitting pretty

I also saw Bella, Blush, Chato, Cosmo, Gus, Jarvis, Rocky, Tom-Tom, and Winter.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Eager for a Valentine

What better way to open your heart this Valentine’s Day than by welcoming a new pet into your home? The dogs (and cats!) from Orphans of the Storm® are all eagerly awaiting their new loving families. I only have two new pooches to introduce this week (the other two I walked have already been adopted, hurray!), but there are currently 97 dogs listed on the Orphans of the Storm® website, and all of them are in need of a good home!

John Boy the two-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever mix caught my eye right away as I was walking through the shelter because he seemed like such a happy boy–and he absolutely is! He was just wriggling with excitement when it was time to put his leash on. Even though he was very enthusiastic, he still did a good job of walking on the leash without pulling too much.

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John Boy is a happy boy

John Boy is a very playful pooch. There was another smaller dog in the run next to us, and that dog and John Boy had the best time racing each other. John Boy would go flying through the air, and then stop and stick his nose through the fence to say hi to the other dog and wag his tail. John Boy seems like the type who would get along with everybody, as Labs are known to do. If you’re looking for a fun new friend to join the family, don’t delay–come in soon to see if John Boy is the one for you!

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John Boy dashing through the snow

Cooper the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix sadly lost his home because his family could no longer keep him. What that means for his future owners, though, is that he has a lifetime of experience being a pet! Cooper (which is an excellent name, if I may say so myself) is a strong boy, but he’s still a pretty good leash-walking buddy. A big boy like Cooper would definitely appreciate a few good walks a day and/or a nice yard to romp in.

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Cooper the cutie

Cooper had such a fun time playing in the snow. He’d sniff, dig, run, and he even attempted to fetch a snowball! Cooper seems to be okay around some dogs and less okay around others, so you’ll want to take it slow if there are other dogs in your neighborhood (which is true for all dogs, really, since you never know how two will respond to each other). Cooper enjoyed a good scratch on the back and behind the ears. He knows that he can be an excellent companion–give him a chance to let him show you! Stop by the shelter soon to meet Cooper.

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Cooper sniffing in the snow

I also saw my buddies Blush (who absolutely loves snow and will happily stick her entire face in a snow pile), Cosmo (who is thankfully getting a little less nervous each time I walk him), and Topaz (who is quite possibly the most affectionate dog at the shelter right now). Which pooch will be your Valentine this year?

Orphans of the Storm® Success Story: Rocky’s Two-Year Update!

Those of you who have been following Meet the Pooches for a while now may remember Rocky, the lovable and playful pooch who had spent far too long waiting at Orphans of the Storm® to find his forever home. But about two years ago, the Cruz family came in, met Rocky, and brought him home! They sent an update on how Rocky was settling in back in July 2013, and now that Rocky’s two-year “adoptday” is here, we have a new update with an adorable collage of photos!

“Hello! Just wanted to share with you some pics of Rocky on the 2nd year anniversary of his coming into our lives. He still enjoys rolling in the grass, long walks, and cuddle naps with his kids. New this winter is his mastery of the treadmill to keep him fit when it’s too cold outside (bottom left). He did have a run-in with a pesky skunk (2nd left), but he tolerated his bath like a good boy. He has brought so much love and joy into our lives and we can only wish a forever home for all your dogs and cats at Orphans of the Storm®. Love, Cruz family”

IMG_1369What a happy pooch! Thanks so much for the update and wonderful photos, Cruz family!

If you would like to share your own Orphans of the Storm® success story on the blog, we’d love to hear from you! Please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Also, have you checked out the new-and-improved Orphans of the Storm® website? It’s pretty great! However, some of the links on this blog may no longer work due to the new pages added to the new website. I appreciate your patience as I go through the blog and update those links. If you encounter any links that aren’t working, please feel free to leave a comment on that post or email meetthepooches@gmail.com. Thank you!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs to Cuddle

Although any time of year is the perfect time to adopt a dog (or cat) from Orphans of the Storm®, you have to admit that the middle of winter is a great time to bring home a new furry friend to help keep you warm!

Bear the one-year-old Chow Chow/Shepherd mix can pretty much be described in one word: mellow. When he’s inside his kennel, he’s just relaxing on his doggy bed. When he’s outside, he is a great walking buddy who doesn’t pull on the leash at all. Bear seems politely interested in other dogs; he sniffed nicely through the run’s fence and even whined a little bit when the other dog walked away!

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Bear has a very handsome face

Bear has plenty of adorable black fluff to keep him warm in these cold temperatures. He has a sweet, expressive face that he doesn’t mind putting right up to yours in order to give you a quick doggy kiss. Although Bear seems to be naturally well-behaved, keep in mind that he’s still young and would benefit from some training. Bear would also prefer to be in an adult-only home. If you think Bear could be the pooch for you, come in soon to meet him!

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Bear enjoying the outdoors

Clarinet the one-year-old Catahoula mix is a real sweetie. She will greet any person who comes her way with a doggy hug and a doggy kiss. Her entire body was wriggling with happiness when she realized she was going out for a walk and she quickly led the way to the off-leash run, where she had a fun time exploring.

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Clarinet following her nose

Clarinet is a very affectionate and snuggly girl. After she had romped around the run for a few minutes, she joined me on the bench and sat as close as she could without actually being in my lap. Clarinet loves attention and will gladly stay by your side as long as you’re petting her. If you’re looking for a fun girl who will surely put a smile on your face, stop by the shelter soon to meet Clarinet!

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Clarinet with her pretty blue eye/brown eye combo

Pancho the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Catahoula mix is another young dog, which you can easily tell by his exuberant and happy-go-lucky personality. Pancho is constantly wagging his tail, whether he’s walking on the leash, greeting another dog, or trying to climb into your lap (“trying” being the key word, since he’s a little big for that).

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Pancho also has one blue eye and one brown eye!

Pancho loves people, and it seems like he would get along with other dogs as well. Whenever I knelt down to his level, he would come hurrying over to snuggle, and also rolled over for a belly rub a couple times. While we were in the middle of one belly rub, the girl in the run next to ours said, “I want a dog like that!” because Pancho was being so sweet and cute. If you want a dog like that too, be sure to say hello to Pancho on your next visit to the shelter!

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Pancho wants to say hi to everybody

Jingles the five-year-old Rat Terrier mix is a little cutie. I actually tried to walk him a while ago, when he first arrived at the shelter, but he was too nervous and shy at the time. Now he’s started to come out of his shell and was more than ready to come out for a walk (and it probably helps that he now has a buddy, Suzie [see below], to make him feel safer).

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Jingles preferred being in the bushes

Jingles is still a little on the shy side, so he spent the first few minutes hanging out in and around the bushes in the off-leash run. Once he got more comfortable, though, he came over to me on his own and even put his front paws in my lap so we could cuddle. Our visit got cut a little short because Jingles was heading to an off-site event, so we know he does well on car rides too. If you’re looking for a smaller dog who can easily settle into your lap for a nap, be sure to meet Jingles!

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Jingles has an adorable little face

Suzie the seven-year-old Beagle mix is absolutely adorable. She has a bit of a round tummy (as Beagles can sometimes have, since they’re known for getting a little chunky if not properly monitored) but that doesn’t slow her down in the slightest. She quickly led the way to the off-leash run, though we sometimes had to stop and wait for her kennelmate Jingles (see above) to catch up. Suzie is the typical Beagle in that she usually keeps her nose to the ground, following whatever scent she picks up.

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Suzie the sweetie

Suzie is another incredibly affectionate pooch. She’ll put her paws on your leg and wait for you to lean over so she can give you a doggy kiss, and she’ll also try to climb into your lap if given the opportunity. Suzie also gets along with dogs of all sizes, from little Jingles all the way up to a big yellow Lab that she spent some time with. Whether you’re looking for your first dog or looking to add another dog to your pack, you can’t go wrong with Suzie! Stop by the shelter soon to see if she’s the one for you.

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Suzie coming over to snuggle

Turbo the two-year-old German Shepherd mix is very appropriately named, since he is full of energy and quite speedy. We hurried our way over to the off-leash run, where Turbo took full advantage of the open space and had a fun time racing the dog on the other side of the fence. Turbo is out of official puppyhood, but he can still act like a pup sometimes, especially when it comes to thinking the leash is a toy!

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Turbo knows how to smile for the camera

Turbo came from a family who could no longer care for him, so he already has some training under his belt and is housebroken. However, Turbo has some separation anxiety and would do best in a home where at least one member of the family is home the majority of the time. What fun company Turbo would be! If you’re looking for a big boy who can provide great companionship, come in soon to meet Turbo!

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Turbo racing through the run

I also saw my buddies Cosmo, Chubs, Blush, Gypsy, Willow, and Shasta.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Super

Some of the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are energetic and eager to say hello to anyone and everyone, while others are a little more reserved and need a few minutes to warm up to new people. Either way, what all of them really want is a loving home to call their own. This week, I met both types!

Mary the two-year-old Terrier mix is one of the dogs on the shy side. She seems a bit overwhelmed by the shelter environment and was sitting in the back of her kennel, rather than up at the front to sniff people as they walk by. But when she realized she was coming outside for a walk, she perked right up! Mary walked pretty well on the leash, though since she’s a little nervous she would sometimes stop and duck behind me if she saw or heard something.

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Mary is such a cutie

Mary may be shy, but that doesn’t stop her from being super snuggly! Whenever I knelt down next to her, she put her front paws in my lap and gave me a few little doggy kisses. When she wasn’t attempting to climb into my lap, she was leaning against my legs while I pet her and seemed to appreciate the fact that someone was giving her love and attention. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Mary is the next cuddle-buddy for you!

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Mary being a good walking companion

Jarvis the one-and-a-half-year-old Hound mix is as outgoing as they come. His short tail is constantly wagging and he’s happy to greet every person he sees. Jarvis has quickly become a volunteer favorite because of his great personality. Jarvis is just barely out of puppyhood, so he still has plenty of energy and would do best with a family that can keep him active and engaged.

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Jarvis smiling for the camera

Jarvis, being a Hound mix, always wants to explore everything. We went dashing through the snow, stopping every few feet so Jarvis could sniff around. Jarvis would probably make a good running buddy for anyone looking for a new exercise partner in the new year. Jarvis is sure to bring a smile to your face with his exuberance. A happy-go-lucky pooch like Jarvis won’t stay at the shelter for long, so come in soon to see if Jarvis is the one for you!

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Jarvis enjoying the snow under his paws

Cosmo the one-year-old Shepherd mix is an absolutely stunning all-white dog who, unfortunately, is extremely nervous at the shelter. I’ve been getting to know him over the last three weeks by sitting in the outdoor portion of his kennel with him, giving him plenty of treats and words of encouragement. I was thrilled that I could finally take him for a walk this week! Since he’s still young and doesn’t appear to have had the best start in life, Cosmo doesn’t seem particularly comfortable with being on a leash–but the longer we were out together, the better he walked.

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Cosmo is such a handsome boy

Cosmo seems very food-oriented and will gently take treats from your hand, then lick your fingers to get the crumbs. He doesn’t mind being pet, especially if it’s nice and gentle. Cosmo just needs an owner who will take the time to build his trust and show him the world isn’t such a scary place. He has so much potential to be a wonderful, loyal companion. I plan on spending time with him every week as long as he’s at the shelter, and you should visit too to get to know Cosmo!

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Cosmo has a signature “one ear up, one ear down” look

I also saw Bella, Blush, Corky, Courage, Diamond, Ebbie, Lady, Lucky, and Topaz.

Orphans of the Storm® Has Big Boy Dogs

You know it’s been a cold couple of weeks when 40 degrees feels warm! The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were eager for a chance to romp in the winter sunshine this week. If you’re looking for a big dog who can keep up with your adventures, there are plenty of options right now!

Charlie the three-year-old Shepherd mix came to the shelter with his brother, Bravos (see below), after their owner got too allergic to keep them. Charlie and Bravos would prefer to be adopted together, but if two big boys are too much for you right now, they can go to separate homes. Charlie is the smaller of the two, but definitely the more energetic one. He was running this way and that way and was thrilled to have the chance to race a dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the off-leash run.

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Charlie has such handsome coloring

Charlie is an affectionate boy. Once he had burned off some of his energy, he came bounding over to me so I could pet him, and he thanked me by giving me a few doggy kisses. He was interested in tennis balls and liked chasing after them, but hasn’t quite mastered the second part of ‘fetch’ that involves bringing the ball back! He’s a smart boy, though, so with a little practice he’ll become an expert fetcher. Charlie has a lifetime of experience as a pet and is ready to join his new furever home. If you think that home might be yours, come in soon to say hello to Charlie!

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Charlie is all about exploring

Bravos the three-year-old Shepherd mix is Charlie’s (see above) big brother, size-wise. Although he’s a little calmer than Charlie, he is extremely strong–I don’t think he even realizes his own strength. He seems to get along well with children, but the adults in his future home should be the ones responsible for holding onto the leash. Bravos is a handsome boy who just loves getting attention.

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Bravos is a big, friendly boy

Bravos is already at the expert level when it comes to playing fetch. He had a fun time chasing after the tennis ball, batting it around in the snow with his front paws, and then dropping it near my feet so I could throw it again. Bravos also likes to give doggy hugs, but might accidentally knock you over with his exuberance if you aren’t paying attention. Bravos hopes he and his brother can find their new home(s) soon, so don’t make them wait too long! On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Bravos.

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Bravos running over for a doggy hug

Boston the two-year-old American Bulldog mix is a happy dog who seems to want to be able to do everything all at once. He would jump up to give me a doggy hug, then hurry towards the off-leash run, then stop and sniff a pile of snow, and repeat. Boston seems like the type of dog who would absolutely love to have a yard to call his own. His face lit up once he was able to romp freely in the off-leash run.

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Boston with his wagging tail

Boston is such a cutie. He’s one of those dogs who looks like he’s smiling all the time. Based on how much his short little tail wags (which is almost constantly), he probably is really smiling! He may bark a bit when he’s inside his kennel, but that’s because he’s saying, “Pick me! Pick me!” Once he was out and about, I didn’t hear a peep. If you’re looking for a fun, playful pooch, come in soon to meet Boston!

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Boston says, “I’m ready for my close-up!”

Hooch the two-year-old Dogue de Bordeaux mix is very shy and nervous at the shelter. He was a little resistant to walking on the leash at first and needed a bit of coaxing, but he soon realized that it’s not as scary as he thought and ended up being a pretty good leash-walking companion. Hooch always looks like he’s thinking deep, serious thoughts with that adorable face of his–but then he sticks his tongue out a little bit and you can’t help but laugh.

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Hooch with his little tongue sticking out

Hooch needs a patient, understanding owner who will help him come out of his shell. He was already making progress just during our short time together, and seemed to decide that getting love and attention from people is actually a good thing. He stood by my side while I scratched under his chin and pet his back. Everybody I saw walking past Hooch’s kennel mentioned how cute he is, so you better hurry in if you think Hooch might be the pooch for you!

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Hooch being very serious

I also saw Bella (who is so sweet), Blush (who has been waiting at the shelter for far too long), Corky (who loves to play with doggy toys), Courage (who is absolutely convinced she is a lapdog, despite her large size), Ebbie (who wants nothing more than a warm bed in a loving home), Rock (who got fully trained when he went to boot camp last year), Scotty (who is ready to become part of a new family), Skipper (who will be the most loyal companion), Tom-Tom (whose resemblance to a hippo will make you smile every time), Topaz (who loves to give doggy hugs), Tucker (who quite possibly loves to give doggy hugs even more!),  and Zha Zha (who would make a good running buddy).