Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Leap and Bound

The Chicago area, particularly the northern suburbs, has been hit by some heavy storms in the last two weeks. Orphans of the Storm®’s woodland preserve had a couple trees come down in the wind and rain, but that didn’t stop the dogs from getting their walks! Whether over or under, the dogs and their walkers made their way past the fallen tree trunks.

Bentley the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has a bit of a loud bark, so you certainly can’t miss him when you’re walking through the shelter. But once he was out of his kennel, he didn’t make a peep. Bentley is currently getting treated for heartworm but is ready to go home. His new family will just have to make sure he gets rest until he receives his clean bill of health. Bentley still likes to go for walks, though!

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Bentley doesn’t mind a bit of rain

Bentley is an affectionate guy. He put his front paws in my lap and covered my face in doggy kisses whenever he got the chance. Bentley can pull a bit on the leash, but he’s still a puppy so his new family will have to do some training with him anyway. Bentley gets a little excited when other dogs are around, but can be refocused to keep walking. If you’re looking for a young, fun, and sweet boy, come in soon to meet Bentley!

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Bentley loves to give hugs

Otis the nine-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is also known as a grandpa at the shelter because he took care of a litter of puppies for a while. Otis can be picky about which dogs he likes and which he doesn’t, though, so it’s important for you to bring in your current dog to meet him if you’re thinking of adding him as a second dog. (This is also true for any dog!)

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Otis is always happy to be with people

Otis is a sweet boy who likes going for walks. His tail wags almost constantly and he likes to sniff and explore. Otis is a good walking companion and is also happy to take breaks so he can be pet. He also likes to give doggy kisses. Even though he’s on the older side, he doesn’t act too much like a senior. Say hello to Otis on your next visit to the shelter!

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Otis says, “Follow me!”

Bell the two-year-old Boxer/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix takes a daily anti-inflammatory for her knees, but you wouldn’t know she has any movement issues with the way she was leading the way on our walk! She also jumped over one of the fallen trees in the woodland preserve. Right after she jumped over, she rolled onto her back for a belly rub as if she was saying, “Please reward me for my good job!”

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Bell curious about what’s ahead

Bell is affectionate and loves being with people. Anywhere you go, she will follow (hence jumping over the tree trunk instead of crawling underneath it). She gives doggy kisses and will sit by your feet and lean against your legs so you can pet her. Bell isn’t fond of other dogs, though, so she would do best as the only dog in her new home. Stop in soon to meet Bell!

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Bell has cute white “socks”

Emma the six-year-old Dachshund mix is super adorable and super friendly. She often put her front paws on my leg, either so I would pet her or just give her some encouragement. Whenever I knelt down to her level, she would climb into my lap and give me doggy kisses. When I was climbing over the fallen tree trunk, she put her paws on my leg to “help” and make sure I got over safely. It was too cute.

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Emma is a lap dog

Emma wanted to go exploring off the trail in the woodland preserve. When I started to steer her back, she looked up at me like, “Excuse me, we’re missing out on a lot of interesting smells over here.” Emma gets along with dogs of all sizes and is currently sharing her kennel with a large Shepherd mix, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Be sure to say hello to Emma on your next visit!

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Emma laughs (sneezes) in the face of “danger”

I also saw Aleck, Bella, Chester and Te Amo, Courage, John Boy, Lucy, Mongo, O’Shea, Tyson, Vanilla, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Cool Off

On the warmer summer days, the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® enjoy having the opportunity to cool off with a quick hose spray-down. Most of them happily stand still and appreciate the impromptu bath!

Lucretia the three-year-old Hound mix is always eager to go for a walk. Her whole back half was wiggling with excitement when she saw me coming with the leash. Lucretia can pull a bit when she first comes out of her kennel, but don’t let that deter you because she settles into a pretty good walking companion.

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Lucretia says hello!

Lucretia, being a Hound, likes to stop and sniff every once in a while during her walks. She loves being pet and gives doggy hugs to show her affection to people. Lucretia isn’t a fan of other dogs, though, so she would do best in a home where she is the only pet. Stop in soon to see if Lucretia is the one for you!

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Lucretia is a happy girl

JoJo the ten-year-old Border Collie mix is a total sweetheart. Since she’s on the older side, she’s very mellow. JoJo is one of the easiest dogs to walk and doesn’t pull on the leash at all. She’s happy to take occasional breaks during her walk for snuggles and will give you very gentle doggy kisses.

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JoJo’s tail is often wagging

JoJo gets along with people and dogs alike, including little dogs like Chihuahuas and Poodles. She has shared her kennel with a couple small dogs already, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Don’t let JoJo’s older age stop you from giving her a chance, because she still has lots of love to offer. Be sure to say hi to JoJo on your next visit to the shelter!

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JoJo is a good walking buddy

Commander the one-year-old Hound mix has such pretty and expressive brown eyes. He’s a sweet boy who happily gives doggy kisses. When you kneel down next to him or sit on a bench or chair, Commander tucks his head into your lap so you can pet him. He is certainly a cuddler.

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Commander was excited to be out on the trail

Commander is also a nice walking companion. He mostly stayed by my side as we made our way around the woodland preserve and occasionally stopped for some sniffing. He also looked up at me every once in a while to check in, so he’s attentive too. His name may make him seem like a leader, but Commander is mostly interested in being a partner. Be sure to say hello to Commander on your next visit!

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Commander is a handsome guy

Peter the two-year-old Hound mix was super excited to come out for his walk. He was jumping up and down as I was putting his leash on, but as soon as he came out of his kennel he settled down and actually was a very nice walking buddy. Peter has unique blue merle coloring on part of his neck and back, which adds to his handsomeness.

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Peter taking a break by the bench

Peter can be a little skittish at times. He was found as a stray and we think he may have been bred to be a hunting dog but wasn’t too great at it, so his previous owner let him go. But there’s certainly nothing wrong with being a lover instead of a hunter! Peter just needs to find a family that will love him right back and teach him that he doesn’t have to be afraid. If you think that might be you, come in soon to meet Peter!

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Peter will happily join you on the couch

I also saw Bella, Bud, Chester and Te Amo, Courage, Gunner, John Boy, Mojo, O’Shea, Ralphie, Sadie, Scotty, Sir, Snuffles, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Are Older

Some people come to Orphans of the Storm® looking for a puppy or young dog, but there are many advantages to adopting an older one! Oftentimes they have come from a home, so they know how to be part of a family and are most likely housebroken. Some might also have some basic (or advanced) training. They also tend to be mellower, though plenty of seniors still love to play. Maybe one of these seniors will steal your heart!

Buster the ten-year-old Shepherd mix isn’t up for adoption quite yet, but he is still eager to say hello to everyone who comes by! Buster was dancing with excitement when he realized it was his turn to go for a walk. He makes a great walking buddy and stayed by my side for most of our walk around the woodland preserve, though he did enjoy snuffling through the tall grasses every once in a while.

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Buster is so fluffy

Buster is always up for a scratch on the back (or under the chin, or behind his ears). While we were in the off-leash run, Buster would go off on his own to explore for a bit, and then come back to me for some attention. He sniffed at some of the toys but wasn’t too interested in playing fetch at the time. Buster is sweet and friendly. Stop in soon to learn more about Buster and his adoption status!

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Buster asking, “Why did you stop petting me?”

Stella the twelve-year-old Mountain Feist mix doesn’t act like a senior at all. This spunky girl led the entire way around the woodland preserve. Even though her little legs are about 1/5 the length of mine, I had to hurry to keep up! Stella is also adventurous. She leapt right over a fallen log to go exploring in the bushes, and also walked along the top of the log for a while.

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When Halloween comes around, Stella will make a great house-elf from Harry Potter!

Stella is very snuggly. While we were walking, she suddenly stopped and looked at me. I knelt down to see what she wanted, and Stella hopped right into my lap and then gave me some doggy kisses. She stayed in my lap for a bit before we continued on our walk. Stella always has such a sweet expression on her face, and those big ears are too cute. Stop in soon to see if Stella is the “feisty” dog for you!

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Stella enjoying snuggle-time

Some other seniors (8 years+) who I have previously profiled are:

(Please note that some ages haven’t been updated since I wrote each dog’s first post, so check the website or call the shelter for the most up-to-date information.)

I also saw Bella (another sweet senior), Biscuit, Bud, Chester and Te Amo (two of the most playful seniors), Gunner, Mojo, Mongo, Oliver, Sadie, Sammy, Sir, and Tyson.

Orphans of the Storm® Boxer Dogs

It was a big week for adoptions at Orphans of the Storm®, so all of the dogs but one I met this week have already been adopted!

Sadie the six-year-old Boxer mix is a playful girl. In fact, the first thing she wants to do when she comes out of her kennel is play tug-of-war with the leash! Not everyone likes to play that game, though, so her new family might want to work on leash manners. When Sadie and I were walking around the woodland preserve, though, she was a polite walking companion who only pulled on occasion and otherwise enjoyed following her nose and stopping to sniff.

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Can’t say no to a face like Sadie’s!

Sadie and I also spent some time in the off-leash run. Sadie explored in and around the bushes, always with her tiny stub of a tail wagging. She likes to be pet and would stop and stand next to me whenever I started to pet her. Sadie came from a home that was no longer able to care for her, so she has a lifetime of experience as a family pet and gets along with children. If you think Sadie might be the one for you, stop in soon to meet her!

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Sadie pausing for a drink

And if you like Boxers in particular, there are 8 other Boxer mixes besides Sadie currently at the shelter! They are:

I also saw Chester and Te Amo, Gunner, Hobbs, Ralphie, Sammy, Sir, Snuffles, Toby, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Are All About the Cuddles

It was a hot day at Orphans of the Storm®, so it was a little hard to tell if the dogs I met this week are always mellow, or if they were just taking it easy to keep cool. One thing was for certain, though: all of these pooches love to cuddle! I almost never include myself in photos of the dogs, but there were so many lapdogs this week that it was a challenge to get solo shots!

Trooper the two-year-old Hound mix gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel. He was so excited that he got chosen to go for a walk and seemed to be saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!” Trooper is not shy about sharing affection. In addition to doggy hugs, he also likes to give doggy kisses and will put his front paws in your lap when you’re sitting down.

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Trooper is so handsome

Trooper particularly enjoys getting his hips scratched and will lean to the left or right depending on which side you’re scratching, and lick your hands while you’re at it. Trooper walks nicely on the leash, though he can pull a little bit at first when he’s extra excited. Trooper is looking for a quiet adult home where he can be with people who will return all of the affection he offers. Stop in soon to see if Trooper is the one for you!

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Trooper says, “Well hello there”

Sela the eight-month-old Labrador Retriever/Great Dane mix is an absolute sweetheart. Her description makes her sound like a big dog, but she’s currently a nice medium size. After Sela did some exploring in the off-leash run, she hopped up onto the bench with me and snuggled in my lap. She also gave me a few doggy kisses. Neither of us wanted to get up!

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Sela is a true lapdog

Sela is an attentive walking buddy. Every so often she would pause and look up at me while we were making our way around the woodland preserve, just to check in and make sure she was doing a good job (which she was). Sela is currently sharing her kennel with Oliver, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Be sure to say hello to Sela on your next visit to the shelter!

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Sela knows how to keep cool

Biscuit the five-year-old Labrador Retriever/Heeler mix is a happy girl with a wagging tail. We first spent some time in the off-leash run, where Biscuit explored on her own for a few minutes but then decided she would rather snuggle in the shade with me. She hopped up on the bench, put her front paws in my lap, and gave me a few doggy kisses. Biscuit enjoyed getting her sides rubbed.

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Biscuit’s sweet face

Biscuit and I then went for a walk around the woodland preserve. She’s a good walking companion overall, though she did have a few bursts of excitement where she wanted to run before determining it was too hot for such an activity. Biscuit also liked having the chance to stop and sniff around in the tall grass. Come in soon to meet Biscuit!

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Biscuit leading the way on our walk

Big Boy the five-year-old Boxer mix is a friendly boy. The first thing we did when Big Boy came out of his kennel was get a quick hose-down. Big Boy stood still nicely, which is a good sign that he probably won’t mind getting baths in the future. Big Boy also loves getting his back scratched and does a little dance when you get the right spot.

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Big Boy’s face of contentment

Big Boy is also affectionate. He wasn’t too sure about getting all the way onto the bench, but he put his front paws in my lap and stretched his neck so he could give me doggy kisses. Big Boy is currently sharing his kennel with Mojo (see below), and although they don’t have to be adopted together, they certainly make a good-looking pair. Say hello to Big Boy on your next visit!

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Big Boy between kisses

Mojo the five-year-old Boxer mix can be a little shy at first, but she warms up quickly and enjoys being pet. Mojo wasn’t overly enthused about getting hosed down when she first came out of her kennel, but she was a good sport about it anyway. Mojo spent most of her time in the off-leash run exploring in and around the bushes, where it was probably cooler.

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Mojo chilling in the shade

Mojo eventually made her way over to me and then stood by my side while I pet her. She has such sweet facial expressions! Mojo is currently sharing her kennel with Big Boy (see above), so she could go to a home with or without another dog (maybe even Big Boy, since they look so cute together). Stop in soon to see if Mojo is the right next addition to your family!

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Mojo waiting to be pet some more

Lady the five-year-old Beagle mix is super mellow. She was getting her official photo taken for the Orphans of the Storm® website when I first came over, and once she sat nicely for the camera she didn’t want to get back up! So we relaxed in the shady grass for a few minutes while I pet her. Lady eventually decided she was ready for a walk and popped right up.

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Lady is all smiles

Lady‘s tail wagged the entire time we were at the woodland preserve. Lady is a great walking buddy and also didn’t mind taking occasional breaks for more cuddling. Lady gets along with other dogs. She is currently sharing her kennel with a larger dog, and also politely sniffed another Beagle while we were on our walk. Be sure to say hi to sweet Lady on your next visit to the shelter!

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Lady is such a cutie

I also saw Bella, Bud, Chester and Te Amo, Gunner, Hobbs, Honey Lamb, Lucy, Lukas, Sammy, Sir (Sammy and Sir are now great playmates with each other!), Snuffles, Toby, and Tyson.

Orphans of the Storm® Medium-to-Large Dogs

You can find dogs of all shapes and sizes at Orphans of the Storm®, and this week I walked two that fall into the medium/large category. These bigger dogs appreciate bigger cuddles! Orphans of the Storm® will be closed this Monday for Memorial Day, but come in before or after to meet these two sweeties.

Scout the four-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is a special dog looking for a special home. He is completely blind because he had both eyes surgically removed. But if you just saw him walking on a leash around the neighborhood, you wouldn’t even know! Scout has no problem leading the way on walks and mostly lets his nose be his guide. He just sometimes needs occasional extra steering so he doesn’t knock into things.

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Scout is a happy boy ready to go to a happy home

Scout gets along with people and other dogs. He was laying in his kennel when I came over, but as soon as I said his name he popped right up to say hello. He likes being pet and snuggled. Scout uses his other senses to help get around, and was particularly interested in listening to people play golf on the course next to the shelter. Scout would probably do best in a calmer home with a family who doesn’t plan on rearranging the furniture often. Stop in soon to let Scout show you what a special and lovable boy he is!

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Good thing Scout has a good Hound nose!

Lukas the five-year-old Boxer mix seems to have his own fan club at the shelter. When we were out on our walk, every volunteer or staff member we passed had to stop and say hello to him. I can understand why! Lukas is very affectionate and will cover your face in doggy kisses whenever he gets the opportunity. He has a short docked tail that wiggles enthusiastically.

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Who can resist Lukas’s handsome face?

Lukas makes for a pretty good walking companion, as long as you don’t mind going at a brisk pace most of the time. We took a few breaks during our walk around the woodland preserve, and Lukas happily sat at my feet so I could pet him. It seems like Lukas might know some basic commands, and he would also be up for learning more. Lukas would do best as the only dog in an adult home. Come in soon to see if Lukas is the one for you!

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Lukas enjoyed his walk through the woods

I also saw Bella, Blush, Carlos, Casper, Chester and Te Amo, Delilah, Honey Lamb, John Boy, Oliver, Sammy, and Toby (aka Tobi).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Say Hello to Summer

It’s been a beautiful week to spend some time outdoors with the dogs at Orphans of the Storm®. If you’re looking for a new furry friend to keep you active now that the weather is warm, we have plenty of dogs up to the task!

Delilah the eight-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is an easy-going girl. She briefly jumped up to say hello when I first took her out of her kennel, and then we were on our way. Delilah walks nicely on the leash and has her tail up and wagging almost all the time. She stops occasionally to check in with the person at the other end of the leash, which is a good sign that she’ll be attentive to her new family.

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Delilah has such a sweet face (pardon the water spot)

Delilah enjoyed sniffing her way around the off-leash run. Even though we got caught in a bit of rain, Delilah was happy to take her time. Delilah also politely sniffed a couple dogs who were on the other side of the fence. She gave me a couple quick doggy kisses while I pet her. Stop in soon to see if sweet Delilah is the pooch for you!

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Delilah doing some exploring

Oliver the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix will get your attention with his sweet Hound eyes. I was expecting Oliver to be off and running as soon as his leash was on, but it turns out that Oliver is actually an excellent walking buddy. Although he prefers to go at a quicker pace, he rarely pulls on the leash and is mostly interested in keeping his nose to the ground to pick up all the scents he can.

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Oliver’s ears are ready for lift-off!

Oliver loves getting his hips scratched. We took a break during our walk around the woodland preserve and Oliver stood by my side so I could pet him. When I got to his hips, he did a cute wiggling dance and nudged me to keep going after I stopped. Oliver would do best in an adults-only home. If that’s your situation, come in soon to meet Oliver!

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Oliver using his Hound nose

Peanut Butter the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a friendly pooch who particularly enjoys going for walks. We made our way around the woodland preserve, where Peanut Butter walked nicely on the leash for the most part but did have an occasional burst of energy where we would run for a bit. Peanut Butter didn’t really pay attention to any of the dogs we passed on our walk.

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Peanut Butter always smiled for the camera

Peanut Butter likes belly rubs. When we got to the off-leash run, Peanut Butter plopped down in the shade. When I started to pet her back, she rolled right over so I could pet her tummy instead. Then she started wriggling around with all four paws up in the air. It was adorable. Be sure to say hi to Peanut Butter on your next visit to the shelter!

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Peanut Butter’s coloring is almost like peanut butter!

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Bonus belly rub shot

I also saw Bella, Cactus Jack, Casper, Chester and Te Amo, Cleo, Cookie, Roxy, Snuffles, and Tyson.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoy a Sunshiny Day

It was a great day to be out and about. Lots of the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were soaking up the sun while waiting for their turn to go for a walk.

Lobo the four-year-old Husky mix is more sociable and friendly than the average Husky, which can be sort of aloof with strangers. Lobo greeted me with a quick doggy hug and was happy to take a couple breaks during our walk around the woodland preserve so I could pet him. When we were walking, he would sometimes look back to check in with me. He did nicely on the leash and mostly stayed just a step or two ahead of me.

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Lobo is a big puffball

Lobo is an attentive guy. When we were in the off-leash run, there was a fly flying around and Lobo watched it very closely. He also tried to catch it a couple times but couldn’t quite reach. Lobo is very handsome, with his reddish-brown patches and bright blue eyes. He doesn’t seem like the biggest fan of other dogs or cats so would probably prefer to be the only dog in his new home. Stop in soon to see if Lobo is the one for you!

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Lobo is a good-looking fella

Radie the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is super sweet. He was more on the shy side when he first came to the shelter, but now he’s started to come out of his shell. Overall Radie walks nicely on the leash, but he does get an occasional burst of energy where he wants to run ahead a few feet. He also wants to say hi to other dogs, so he can pull a bit when dogs are nearby.

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Radie will happily snuggle with you on the couch

Radie is affectionate. He joined me on the bench for a while and kept giving me doggy kisses. He’s very gentle about it. Radie kept scooting closer to me the longer we were sitting together and enjoyed getting a nice rub on the chest. Other volunteers agree that he’s a real sweetie. Be sure to say hi to Radie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Radie enjoying the sunshine

Boone the four-year-old Hound mix likes to stay active. We quickly made our way to the off-leash run, where Boone had fun exploring behind and underneath the bushes. He also liked keeping an eye on what was happening on the other side of the fence. Boone has a cute tail that curls up and over his back, and a face that looks like he’s smiling.

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Boone’s happy face

Boone likes to play. He was happy to chase after tennis balls, but needs a little practice on bringing them back. Also, when it was time to head back in, he wanted to play tag for a bit before getting his leash put back on. Boone gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with another Hound (see below), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Stop in soon to meet Boone!

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Boone wondering what’s happening on the other side of the fence

Queenie the seven-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is a little shy at first, but soon shows off her sweet side. She spent the first few minutes exploring the off-leash run, but came trotting over to me after I knelt down on the ground. Queenie likes getting her chin scratched and stretches her neck out to make sure you get the right spot.

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Queenie says, “So are you going to pet me now?”

Queenie is pretty mellow. She wasn’t too interested when I threw a tennis ball, she didn’t bark, and she mostly just moseyed around or stood next to me. She’s easy to walk on a leash, too. Queenie gets along well with other dogs and is currently sharing her kennel (see above), so she could go to a home with or without a furry friend. Come to the shelter to meet sweet Queenie!

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Queenie coming to say hello

I also saw Bud, Chester and Te Amo, Clarinet, Cookie, LucyMack, Mongo, Nala, Sammy, Snowflake, and Tyson.

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.