Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Too Cute

There are lots of cute dogs waiting to meet you at Orphans of the Storm®!

Dazzle the five-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix has quickly become a volunteer favorite. When I took her out, we passed two other volunteers who told me how great she is. Dazzle is well-behaved and waited patiently for me to put the leash on before stepping out of her kennel. Her tail wags pretty much all the time.

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Dazzle glowing in the sunshine

Dazzle is a friendly girl. When we were in the off-leash run, she stayed pretty close to me and always came over for a pat when I knelt down to her level. She politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence but otherwise didn’t pay too much attention to it. When we went for a walk around the woodland preserve, she walked nicely on the leash and didn’t try to pull ahead. Come in soon to see if Dazzle is the one for you!

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Dazzle with her perky ears

Grunge the two-year-old Rat Terrier mix and Oscar the five-year-old Rat Terrier mix are a couple of little cutiepies. I’m not sure if they came in together or not, but they’re sharing a kennel and they are very attached to each other. If you have the space for two little dogs in your home and heart, I would encourage you to adopt them together!

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Oscar, not so sure about the camera

Grunge and Oscar are both on the shy side when they first meet someone new, but they warm up soon enough. When I took them out of their kennel and we started towards the off-leash run, Grunge and Oscar were literally walking right next to each other, with their sides touching. They continued to stay close to each other even once they were off-leash and sniffed the same things, followed each other behind the bushes, and stopped for a drink at the same time.

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Grunge nibbling on some grass

Grunge was the first one to get friendlier with me. When I sat down on the bench, he hopped up next to me and seemed to enjoy the perch. Later, when I sat down on the ground, he came over and put his little front paws in my lap. Grunge can also be a little bit of an escape artist. He’ll look for any openings in a fence and try to stick his little head or legs through. So, his future family should keep a close eye on him if you have a fenced-in yard.

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Grunge wondering how to get out of the fence

Oscar is more mellow. When Grunge would run in the off-leash area, Oscar would just walk. Oscar is also a little more shy and wasn’t too sure about me petting him at first. After seeing Grunge hang out with me, though, he came over and decided he too would like some attention. Oscar let me know he was ready to head back to his kennel by giving a little bark. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Grunge and/or Oscar are the right match for you!

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Oscar smiling in the sun

Buddie the three-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix was recommended to me by another volunteer. I had seen him out the previous week and noted what a handsome boy he is. This week I learned that he has a great personality to go along with his great looks! Buddie was a little shy when I came over to him with the leash, but warmed up quickly.

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Buddie is a happy guy

Buddie and I headed for the woodland preserve and walked around the trail. Buddie does well on the leash and rarely pulled. We passed another dog a few times and Buddie didn’t pay much attention to him; he was more focused on sniffing around. In the off-leash run, Buddie politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence. Buddie would do best in an adult home. If that description fits you, come in soon to meet Buddie!

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Buddie’s soft, speckled fur

I also saw Aleck, Bella (one of my favorites!), Carlos, Emmett, Mookie, O’Shea, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Take a Woodland Walk

It was a busy day at Orphans of the Storm®, so that meant more walks around the woodland preserve trail when the off-leash runs were occupied. There are lots of good walking buddies at the shelter right now who have nice leash manners!

Max the four-year-old Shepherd mix is a big, big boy–or, more accurately, he’s a gentle giant. Max was nice and calm while he got his leash put on, and gave a quick tail wag before we headed off on our walk. Max is a very handsome boy, so between his size and his coloring, he’ll get lots of looks and attention when his future family walks him around the neighborhood!

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Handsome Max

Max likes to walk at a quick pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash. He occasionally stopped and sniffed, but mostly just followed the trail with his head held high. We stopped at one of the benches towards the end and Max enjoyed getting a good scratch on the back. Max gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Stop in soon to see if Max is the pooch for you!

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Max smiling on his walk

Ramsey the three-year-old Hound mix came from a family who could no longer care for him. This means he already has a lifetime of experience being a family dog and probably already knows some basic commands. We first went to the off-leash run, where Ramsey showed off his cuddling expertise when he joined me on the bench, put his paw in my lap, and gave me some doggy kisses.

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Ramsey is always up for cuddling

Ramsey and I then hit the trail. Ramsey is great at walking on the leash and either stayed right by my side or just a couple steps ahead of me. He would sometimes look up at me as we walked, which is a good sign that he’ll pay attention to his new family’s instructions. Ramsey would do best in a home with adults and/or teenagers. If that description fits you, be sure to say hi to Ramsey!

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Ramsey says, “Ready or not, here I come!”

Lola the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a little cutie who can also be a little bit of a handful at first, but calms down considerably after a couple minutes. She wanted to play tug-of-war with the leash when she first got out of the kennel, but once we got to the woodland trail she started walking nicely. She has a cute, happy face and pretty brindle fur.

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Lola stopping for a quick drink

Lola enjoyed sniffing and exploring the different plants along the trail. At the end of our walk, Lola stretched out in a shady spot of grass to cool off and relax. I was able to give her a quick belly rub then. Lola is not a fan of other dogs and got pretty distracted by them when we passed others on our walk, so she should be the only dog in her future home. If you’re a one-dog type of person, come in soon to meet Lola!

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Lola being a good walking companion

Josh the five-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is such a good boy! Another volunteer was already out with him and Josh greeted me with an enthusiastic tail wag when I took the leash. Josh walks super nicely on the leash and didn’t pull at all until the very end of our walk, when I think he was ready to go back inside to get a drink and enjoy the air conditioning.

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Josh’s sweet face

Josh hopped up on the bench next to me when we took a break halfway around the trail. He sat when I asked him to, though that may have just been a coincidence. I then asked him to “shake” and picked up his paw, which he had no problems with. When it was time to get his portrait taken for the website, he calmly stood next to me while I tied a bandana around his neck and then posed for the camera with a cute head tilt. He also loves treats and takes them very gently from your hand. Be sure to say hi to Josh on your next visit to the shelter!

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Josh made sure to stop and smell the flowers

Carlos the three-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is a friendly boy with plenty of energy. He was jumping up and down when he saw it was his turn to come out and quickly led the way to the off-leash run. There was a much smaller dog in the run next to us. Carlos politely sniffed it through the fence and went back multiple times to say hello again. His tail was always wagging and he didn’t bark at all.

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Carlos with his wagging tail

Carlos absolutely loves walks. When I said, “Do you want to go for a walk?”, he immediately perked up and jumped up to put his front paws on me, saying, “Yes, please please please!” Carlos, like some of the other Hounds I’ve walked, was in his element in the woodland preserve. You can really tell that he was bred to be in that environment. We ran all the way around the trail, and Carlos either had his nose to the ground or high in the air. If you’re looking for an active companion, come in soon to meet Carlos!

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Carlos says, “Is it walk time yet?”

I also saw Aleck, Merlin, and O’Shea.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in the Dog Days of Summer

There are still plenty of days left in the summer, and plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® eager to spend them with you!

Brock the six-year-old Shepherd mix and Susana the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came in together after their owner could no longer care for them. If possible, they would like to go to their new home together. I actually had no idea that they came from the same home until after I had walked them, but it made perfect sense because I kept thinking to myself, “Wow, they get along so nicely!”

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Brock following his nose

Brock and Susana are both mellow dogs. They were happy to come outside, but still walked nicely on the leash without much pulling. We cut through the cat wing on our way outside, and Susana didn’t pay any attention to the cats, while Brock sniffed at a couple with a wagging tail.

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Susana coming over to cuddle

When we got to the off-leash run, Brock and Susana spent most of their time exploring. They started in the far corner and slowly but surely made their way all the way around, being sure to investigate behind the bushes too. They stayed close together and even stopped to get a drink at the water bowl at the same time.

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Brock investigating under the bench

Susana was the first one to come over and get some pets from me. She enjoyed a good scratch under the chin and on her hips. Brock then started to warm up to me too, and he liked getting his back scratched the most. If you’ve been considering the idea of two new additions to your family, come in soon to meet the calm and sweet bonded pair of Brock and Susana!

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Susana says, “What’s that over there?”

Mookie the three-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is a big boy, but don’t let that deter you! He is much calmer than you might think. Although he could certainly throw his weight around if he wanted to, he walks pretty well on the leash and didn’t pull much at all. He has a big, lovable head with a wrinkly face you just want to squish!

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Mookie enjoying the sunshine

Mookie mostly meandered around the off-leash run, following his nose. I tossed a tennis ball a couple times to see if he wanted to play fetch, but he would just look at it and then look at me. Whenever I knelt down, he would come over so I could pet him. Stop in soon to say hello to Mookie!

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Mookie’s big head

E-Gray the four-year-old Hound mix is a sweet boy who can be a little nervous and shy when he first comes out of his kennel, but warms up after a few minutes. He walked nicely on the leash and stayed pretty close to my side while we made our way to the off-leash run.

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E-Gray not so sure about the situation

E-Gray gets along with other dogs. He was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, and politely sniffed the dogs who were on the other side of the fence in the run. E-Gray eventually felt comfortable enough to give me a few quick doggy kisses while I was petting him. Come in soon to meet E-Gray!

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E-Gray wondering what I’m doing

Emmett the ten-month-old Labrador Retriever mix has lots (and I do mean lots!) of puppy energy still. As soon as he was on the leash, we were off and running. Emmett has that cute puppy quality of getting easily distracted. There was a lot of, “Oo, a person! Oo, a ball! Oo, a rope! Oo, wait, back to the ball!”, which is entertaining to watch. Emmett does love his toys.

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Emmett says, “Whatcha got for me there?”

Emmett would be great for an active family that likes to go on walks or runs. We ran all the way around the woodland preserve trail, though Emmett was smart and stopped for a break at each water bowl. He’s a very friendly guy who likes to give doggy hugs and is always happy. If you’re looking for a fun-loving pup, stop by soon to meet Emmett!

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Emmett taking a break in the shade

I also saw Aleck, Blush, and Thunder. It’s been a while since I’ve walked Thunder, and I was happily reminded what a wonderful dog he is! He walked nicely on the leash, joined me for some cuddles and kisses while we sat on the bench, and always had a wagging tail. He doesn’t like other dogs, but if you’re fine with a one-dog household then please consider Thunder!

Orphans of the Storm® Clear the Shelters 2016 Success

At the beginning of last weekend, over 100 dogs were listed as available for adoption on the Orphans of the Storm® website. By the end of Clear the Shelters weekend, that number was below 50! Although a 100% cleared-out shelter is always the goal, over 50% in one weekend is amazing. There were also 32 cats adopted on Clear the Shelters day alone, and 58 total in the past week.

Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who worked through a hot and humid day to make sure so many dogs and cats found their forever homes. And an even bigger thank you to those who came to the shelter and left with a new furry family member! You can find some adorable family photos on the Orphans of the Storm® Facebook page.

Whether you adopted your pet from Orphans of the Storm® five days ago or five years ago, we would love to hear from you! If you would like to share your adoption success story, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com. You can read previous adoption stories on the Success Stories page.

Below are just a few photos from the event. There are many more on the Facebook page!

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The adoption tent was always bustling with people filling out the final paperwork

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Staff from both of our veterinary offices were on site, helping to answer adopters’ questions and pass out goodies!

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Hurray for long-timer Gypsy, who went home this week!

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Sweet Jacob also found his forever home

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And so did handsome Blondie, who will also have a doggy friend to play with at home!

There are still plenty of dogs and cats at the shelter, ready and waiting to go to their forever home. If you weren’t able to make it to the event last weekend, come in any day of the week and meet them! Orphans of the Storm® is open daily from 11am-5pm, with extended hours on Thursday (11am-8pm). The animals hope to see you there soon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mila keeping an eye on things

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

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Mila’s sweet face

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

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Mona won’t stray far from your side

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

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Mona is a sweetie

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

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Krystal says, “Hi there!”

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

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Krystal enjoying the summer sun

I also saw CoalLucky, Merlin, and Windy.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Clear the Shelter

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

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

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

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Pippa will happily share her personal space

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

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Splish-splash, Pippa’s taking a dip!

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

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Daffodile has a cute spotted nose

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

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Daffodile relaxing on the bench

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

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

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

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Jacob following his nose through the grass

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

Orphans of the Storm® Cuddly Dogs, Big and Small

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

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

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Roger looks very dignified

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

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

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

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

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

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Shaka has such pretty, fluffy fur

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

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

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

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

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Windy liked being in the sun

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

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Windy has such pretty coloring

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

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Padmay says, “Hi! I love you!”

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

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Padmay being a hound

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

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Snoopy has such an innocent face

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

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Snoopy enjoys being out and about

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

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Klovie is a big sweetheart

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

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Klovie is a graceful guy

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

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Ziggy showing off his unique markings

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

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Ziggy hits the trail

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

Orphans of the Storm® Big Dog and Small Dog

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

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

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Seguoi’s little paws and big ears

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

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Seguoi’s short legs were always on the move

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

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Blondie was very interested in the camera

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

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Blondie will be sure to catch your eye

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

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in a Downpour

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

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

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Miller has that adorably wrinkled Pug face

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

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

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

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Renji loved romping in the grass

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

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Renji goes where his nose leads

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