Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Celebrate Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Orphans of the Storm® has made Adopt a Senior Pet Month into a two-month, end-of-year special adoption event. Dogs and cats who are 8 years and older will have their $90 adoption fee waived through the end of 2018. Our partner veterinary office, Ruth Helen Wolf Animal Hospital, will also donate the cost of some medical fees including senior wellness exam, senior blood work, distemper and rabies vaccinations, and new tag. I met some new senior dogs this week, but first, here is a list of other seniors I’ve profiled before, and their current ages:

On to new pooches, both older and younger!

Whiskey the five-year-old Hound mix is a super happy pooch. She wags her tail so hard when she’s getting pet that her entire back half wiggles. Whiskey is very affectionate and loves to cuddle and give doggy kisses. When she sees someone she knows, she goes straight up to them and leans against their legs so they have to stop and pet her.

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Whiskey keeping an eye on things

Whiskey is a nice walking companion and does a good job on the leash. She happily joined me on the bench whenever I sat down. Whiskey gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing her kennel with Huckleberry, so she could go to a home with or without other dogs. Whiskey is also housebroken and gets along with children, so she’s ready to join a new family today. Come in soon to meet sweet Whiskey!

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Whiskey is practically camouflaged!

Geezer the eight-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix does not act like a geezer at all. He was leaping and bounding around the Enrichment Park and didn’t show signs of slowing down. He politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence but didn’t pay much attention otherwise. Geezer will take the occasional break to get pet, though, and enjoys receiving lots of attention and cuddles.

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Geezer coming over for a cuddle

Geezer goes into full Hound mode once he hits the trail. He led the way on our walk around the woodland preserve and moved at a quick pace. His nose is either close to the ground or high in the air, to catch as many scents as he can. Geezer has that lovable Hound face that will put a smile on yours. Be sure to say hello to Geezer on your next visit to the shelter!

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Geezer can also look very wise

Hazel the nine-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix is currently undergoing heartworm treatment, so she’s looking for a special home that will help her with her recovery. She isn’t supposed to overexert herself, but that isn’t an issue because Hazel is super mellow and easygoing. Hazel walks nicely on the leash. She likes to lead the way, but will stop and follow you in a different direction if you want her to.

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Hazel is a good-natured girl

Hazel enjoys getting pet and will stand by your side as long as you keep petting her. She has pretty coloring and one blue eye, one brown eye. Hazel seems to get along with other dogs, especially ones that are more her energy level. If you’re willing to open your home to a senior with some extra medical needs, Hazel would be very grateful to go home with you!

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Hazel glowing in the sunshine

Jericho the four-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix has that typical Terrier spunk. His little legs are almost always on the move. Jericho likes playing with toys and knows how to play fetch, or is just as happy to chew on a squeaky toy. Jericho walks well on the leash and doesn’t pull much. Jericho gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with a dog closer to his size, so he could go to a home with or without other dogs.

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Jericho is a cutie-patootie

Jericho is a very affectionate boy. He likes to cuddle and give lots of enthusiastic doggy kisses. He joined me on the bench and put his front paws in my lap. He also climbed into my lap when I knelt down to his level. If you stop petting him before he thinks you should, he’ll jump up and tap your leg with his front paws until you reach down to pet him again. If you’re looking for a fun and snuggly companion, be sure to meet Jericho!

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Jericho will smile for snuggles

I also saw Apollo, Cooper, DukeMaggie Mae, Nash, and Zeke.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Recommend You Adopt, Don’t Shop!

The holiday shopping season is well underway. But if you’re considering adding a furry friend to your home this winter, the dogs (and cats!) at Orphans of the Storm® hope that you will look for them at a shelter rather than a shop.

Rocko the seven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a friendly boy who gets along with pretty much everybody and everything–kids, cats, and other dogs. Don’t let the gray fur on his face fool you into thinking he’s a slow-moving senior. Rocko is still an active dog who enjoyed exploring the Enrichment Park and led the way on our quick-paced walk around the woodland preserve.

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Rocko gives great doggy smiles

Rocko likes being close to his person and getting plenty of attention. He’ll happily stand by your side while you pet him, and will give you a few doggy kisses in return. He also enjoys riding in the car and is ready to head home for the holidays. If you think that home could be yours, come in soon to meet Rocko!

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Rocko has cute white socks

Junior the two-year-old Rottweiler mix is a champion snuggler. He likes getting his hips scratched and will lean against your side while you pet him. He was always right there with his front paws in my lap when I sat down on a bench or knelt down to his level. Junior is very attentive to his person.

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Junior is too cute

Junior walks nicely on the leash and rarely pulls. He’ll often look up at you to check in while walking. He has a very expressive face that automatically makes you smile at him. Junior was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so he likes some dogs but can be bark-y around others. Be sure to say hello to Junior on your next visit to the shelter!

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Junior being a cuddle buddy

Huckleberry the two-year-old Hound mix is so much fun. I thought he was still a puppy because of his playfulness and innocence, and was shocked when I saw his age after our walk. Huckleberry absolutely loves playing with toys and can easily entertain himself with them. When he stops to chew on them, though, he’ll plop down next to you so you can pet him while he chews. Huckleberry also likes to give doggy hugs.

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Huckleberry loves his squeaky toys

Huckleberry walks nicely on the leash for the most part. He has strong Hound instincts and tried “treeing” a few times when he thought he saw, heard, or smelled something. Huckleberry’s puppy personality means that he’s looking for an experienced dog owner who can give him some training. If you’re looking for a fun, outdoorsy companion, be sure to meet Huckleberry!

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Huckleberry says, “There must be a ‘coon around here somewhere!”

Benji the ten-month-old Hound mix is one of the biggest puppies I have ever seen. He is basically at face-level when he stands on his back legs (which is often–he is a big fan of giving doggy hugs). Benji has plenty of puppy energy and will literally run circles around you. He likes to play fetch, both with himself or with a person, though it’s a good idea to have at least two toys to alternate since Benji is still learning to “drop” or “leave it.”

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Benji brought me his toy

Benji led the way on our walk around the woodland preserve, but he would always come back to my side if I stopped walking. Benji seems to be friendly with other dogs and even cats. Benji is looking for a home that can keep up with his energy level and that will give him some training, since he’s still a puppy. Come in soon to see if Benji is the pup for you!

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Benji has long legs and a long tail

Tipsy the four-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is the perfect walking companion. I almost forgot I had a dog with me at one point because she was just quietly, contentedly moving at the same pace as me and it didn’t even feel like I was holding a leash. Tipsy will occasionally stop to sniff, but she mostly likes to keep moving and get her exercise.

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Tipsy enjoys her snuggle sessions

Tipsy did some exploring on her own when we were in the Enrichment Park, but she mostly stayed by my side to get pet and give doggy kisses. She is very cuddly and affectionate. Although Tipsy loves people, she would prefer to be the only dog in her new home. If you’re looking for an easy-going sweetheart, be sure to meet Tipsy!

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Tipsy wondering if all these toys are really for her

I also saw Barney (who sits and shakes paw), Cooper, Reggie, and Tom.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Are Black and White and Cute All Over

If black and white are your preferred colors, there are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® now who meet that description! And, of course, there are lots of dogs in other shades who are super cute.

Basil the seven-year-old Border Collie mix arrived at the shelter with her brother, who has since been adopted. So Basil is ready for her turn now! Basil is a nice leash-walker, but likes to stop and smell the roses (and trees, and bushes, and grass). If you’re more of a meanderer than a power-walker, Basil would be a great walking companion for you.

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Basil coming over to get pet

Basil enjoys having company and will come over to you when you kneel down to her level. She particularly seems to enjoy scratches on the side of her neck. Although Basil was originally living with her brother, she can be bark-y around some other dogs. Stop in soon to see if Basil is the pooch for you!

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Basil showing off her big ears

Tom the three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is looking for an active and fun home. This guy has plenty of energy and is looking for a buddy to expend it with! Tom would make a great jogging partner in particular. We ran most of the way around the woodland preserve trail and Tom only slowed down because I slowed down first.

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Tom has a cute face

Tom is also one of those dogs who is happy to play fetch with himself. He’ll take a toy, shake it back and forth, fling it into the air, chase it, and repeat. Tom also likes to chase squirrels, though I didn’t let him get too close. He would do best in a cat-free home. If you’re looking for a new activity buddy, be sure to say hello to Tom!

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Tom doesn’t mind a little snow

Duke the one-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix is a sweet boy who likes to play. My first few pictures of him are just flashes of tail or paw, because Duke was romping around the Enrichment Park with glee. Duke is affectionate and likes to give doggy hugs or put his paws in your lap whenever he gets the opportunity.

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Duke loves getting attention

Duke gets along with pretty much everybody. He likes other dogs and cats, and does well with older children. He likes sniffing and exploring during his walks, but doesn’t pull on the leash too much. Duke is barely out of puppyhood, so he has plenty to offer his new family. Come in soon to meet Duke!

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Duke is a handsome boy

Prince the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a volunteer favorite who was returned after being adopted last year (you can read his original profile here). He was one of the Top Dog competitors last month and does an excellent job on the agility course. He already has some training and would be happy keep up with the mental and physical stimulation that agility provides.

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Prince wondering if there’s a treat

Prince is a great walking companion. He stays close to his person’s side and doesn’t pull on the leash at all. He’s also an affectionate boy and will cover your face in gentle doggy kisses. In warmer weather, Prince enjoys splashing around in kiddie pools. Prince would do best as the only dog in his new home. If you’ve always wanted to try agility with your dog, be sure to meet Prince!

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Prince is happy to join people on the bench or couch

James the three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a smart cookie. He already knows some basic commands like “sit” and will do them without a treat (though he did jump up in excitement when he thought my camera was food). James also walks nicely on the leash and will slow down if you ask him to.

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James enjoys his walks

James would also be eager to learn new tricks. For example, he went over the A-frame in the Enrichment Park twice! All I had to do was tap the bottom of the ramp with my hand and up he went. Maybe there will be more agility fun in the future for him and his new family. James is looking to be the only dog in his new home. Come in soon to say hello to James!

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James will be an agility master in no time

Hiker the two-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix gave me a doggy hug as soon as I took him out of his kennel. Hiker is a snuggler and put his front paws in my lap whenever I knelt down to his level or sat on a bench. He loves getting pet. But he also has plenty of energy! The majority of my pictures of him are white-and-brown blurs.

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Hiker likes to cuddle

Hiker would love to have a fenced-in yard where he can run and play. He likes to chase after toys but hasn’t quite mastered the part of “fetch” where he brings the toy back. Once he gets his initial burst of energy out of his system, Hiker settles into being a nice walking companion. He’s a happy guy who seems to like other dogs he’s met. Be sure to say hello to Hiker on your next visit to the shelter!

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Hiker standing at attention

Honey the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is new to the shelter and still pretty shy. She currently seems a little more comfortable with women than men, but our friendly male volunteers should be able to help her with that! Honey isn’t too eager to come out for walks at first, but once she gets on the trail she ends up leading the way.

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Honey does a tiny blep

Honey kept looking over her shoulder at me during our walk, like “Just checking we’re still on the same page.” She walks at a quick pace but doesn’t mind stopping every once in a while so you can pet her. She’ll also pause for the occasional sniff. This sweet girl gets more comfortable the longer you spend with her. Give Honey a chance to get to know you!

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Honey says, “Keep up!”

I also saw Apollo, Barney, Cooper, Dusty, Maggie MaeNash, YoYo, and Zeke.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoy Crunching through the Leaves

It was a perfect autumn day at Orphans of the Storm®, and the dogs were happy to romp around the woodland preserve trail. I unfortunately didn’t notice that my camera lens had a spot right in the middle, so I apologize for all of the dogs looking a little “ghosty” this week! They all have much clearer photos that you can look through on the Orphans of the Storm® website.

Maya the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a fan of snuggling. She’s an affectionate girl who likes to give plenty of doggy hugs and doggy kisses. Maya enjoys going for walks. She can pull a bit when she first comes out of her kennel because she’s excited, but settles into being a nice walking companion once you’re on the trail. Maya especially liked walking through the tall grasses and thoroughly sniffing.

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Maya loves sniffing the fall smells

Maya got multiple “Look how cute!” exclamations from customers when we were on our walk. She pulls a bit when she sees other dogs, but can be redirected. Maya is barely out of puppyhood, but she already knows some basic commands. She is looking for an experienced owner who can keep up with her training. Stop in soon to see if Maya is the one for you!

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Maya has some cute barely-there freckles

Candy the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a volunteer favorite. As soon as I let her out of the kennel, she sat right at my feet before giving me a doggy hug. She also gives the occasional doggy kiss. Candy loves rolling around on her back in the crunchy leaves and in the grass. She also enjoys getting belly rubs.

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Candy wondering if now is a good time for a doggy kiss

Candy walks pretty well on the leash. She sniffs some dogs politely and has gone on walks with a couple other dogs. Candy doesn’t mind getting dressed up for holidays and special events! (She was a cup of coffee for Halloween.) This happy girl always has a wagging tail and will always come to cuddle when you kneel down to her level. Stop in soon to meet Candy!

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Candy says, “That’s the spot!”

Bruno the nine-year-old Parson Russell Terrier/Beagle mix is an energetic guy–don’t let his older age fool you! Bruno likes to walk at a quick pace and would love to have a yard where he can run and run and run. He sometimes will chase after a toy, but can get distracted and forget to bring it back. Bruno is also a big talker.

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Bruno is always alert

Bruno gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with Timmy (see below), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. He also gets along okay with children. Bruno enjoys getting pet and may even roll over for a belly rub. If you’re looking for that Terrier spunk, look no further than Bruno!

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Bruno is eager to take the lead

Timmy the eleven-year-old Cocker Spaniel mix surprised me when I found out how old he was–he was frolicking around the Enrichment Park like a much younger pup! Timmy has the softest fur I have pet in a very long time, so he will make a great cuddle buddy for his new family. Timmy has had it a little rough, so he’s looking for a comfy home where he can enjoy his golden years.

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Timmy coming over for some pets

Timmy gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with Bruno (see above), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Bruno sometimes riles up Timmy and they have a barking contest, but Timmy is much mellower on his own. Timmy’s new family will need to give him daily eye drops and regular ear cleanings. If you’ve been considering opening your home to a senior, come in soon to meet Timmy!

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Timmy is a little fluffball

Zeke the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was previously known as Boss but was returned recently after being in a home for many months. He can jump over and/or climb fences, even tall ones, and was escaping the yard. So, in his new home he will need to only go on leashed walks and have constant supervision in a fenced yard.

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Zeke says, “Hello!”

Zeke loves people and children, likes playing with toys, knows his basic commands, and walks great on the leash despite the fact that he is all muscle. He does not like any other animals, though, and needs to be the only pet in his new home without too many neighboring pets (such as in a condo building). Zeke is a handsome boy and seems to know it. If you’re looking for a large new family companion, be sure to say hello to Zeke!

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Zeke is very gentle when carrying his toys

I also saw Jack, Nash, Phantom, Reggie, Rudy, and Sullivan.

Guest Post: 10 Reasons Why Delilah Is Carrie’s Favorite Long-Timer

Next week I’ll return to my regular updates with new dogs at Orphans of the Storm®, but here is something different! Volunteer Carrie has written about why Delilah is her favorite “long-timer” and why you should consider adopting her.

My favorite long timer is Delilah. How can I describe Delilah? Gentle, sweet, and easy-going. Delilah truly appreciates the little things. She likes to take slow walks around the trail and take everything in. She has earned the nickname “Delay of Game Delilah” among the volunteers, because she cannot be rushed! This girl wants to smell the world and everything in it. Because of her calm personality, she does not need much exercise. She enjoys laying in the sunshine in the yard as much as she enjoys a walk around the trail.

10 Reasons Why I Love Delilah: 

10. She’s always smiling.

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9. She has deep, soulful eyes.

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8. She’s as beautiful as a flower, inside and out!

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7. She’s always down for the outdoors, in any weather!

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6. She’s always down for dress-up.

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5. Even when she’s the devil, she’s an angel.

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4. She’s also a baby Dino.

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3. She knows how to party.

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2. But not too hard! This “ruff”-eree always keeps things fair.

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1. She will be your very best friend for life.

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Thank you, Carrie, for writing this special guest post about one of Orphans’ special dogs!

Get to Know Orphans of the Storm®’s Top Dog Competitors!

Remember to stop by Orphans of the Storm® this Saturday, October 27, from 11am-12pm for the Top Dog Competition! Here are the 7 teams eager to leap over the hurdles and into their furever homes:

  • Whizzer the seven-year-old Hound mix: The Class Clown
  • Elijah the four-year-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix: The Energizer Bunny
  • Prince the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix: Prince Charming
  • Brutus the two-year-old Hound mix: Brutus the Bionic
  • John Boy the five-year-old Labrador Retriever mix: Jumpin’ Johnny
  • Reeco the five-year-old Boxer/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix: Rootin’ Tootin’ Reeco
  • Kacy & Oliver the four-year-old Rat Terrier mixes: Tiny but Mighty

You can read more about all of the competitors and see video updates of their training on their Orphans Top Dog Competitors Facebook page.

In addition to these teams showing off their skills on the agility course, there will also be a Halloween (or “Howl”-o-ween, if you prefer) doggy costume parade with more adoptable dogs. Here is a sneak preview of Rudy:

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Watching these pooches do their tricks will be a great treat right before Halloween!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs on a Rainy Fall Day

It was a cool and damp weekend, but that didn’t stop the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® from coming out and romping in the rain! (My camera didn’t handle the rain as well as the dogs did, though, so apologies for the rough/blurry photos this week.)

Also, mark your calendar for Saturday, October 27! Orphans of the Storm® is hosting a “Top Dog Competition” in the Enrichment Park. Whizzer, Elijah, Prince, Brutus, John Boy, Reeco, and Kacy & Oliver will be competing for Top Dog–and for the hearts of potential adopters!–by showing off their skills. It will be a fun time for all!

Sasha the five-year-old Irish Wolfhound mix is nice and patient. She politely stayed still while I put her leash on. Then, when I was having trouble opening the gate to the Enrichment Park, Sasha just stood by my side and waited until we could finally get in. She rarely pulled on the leash when we made our way around the woodland preserve, too.

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Sasha sniffing

Sasha can sometimes keep to herself and likes to explore at her own pace, but she will soon come over to get pet. She has a serious look, with her bushy eyebrows and beard, but the rest of her fur is surprisingly fluffy and soft to pet. Sasha would prefer to be the only dog in an adult home. If that sounds like your situation, come in soon to meet Sasha!

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Sasha says, “Okay, I’m ready to get out of the rain now.”

Dusty the three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix was super excited when he realized it was his turn to come out for a walk. He gave me a doggy hug right away, and then we were off. Dusty is a playful and energetic pooch. As soon as he was let off the leash in the Enrichment Park, he zoomed around and around. Dusty would definitely love to have a fenced-in yard to call his own!

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Dusty investigating the tree trunk

Dusty is always happy to take a break from his running to snuggle and give more doggy hugs. He has such a cute face! Once he got his initial burst of energy out of his system, we hit the trail and Dusty did a pretty good job walking on the leash. Dusty isn’t too fond of other dogs, so he would prefer to be the only one in his new home. Be sure to say hello to Dusty on your next visit!

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Dusty has the cutest forward-facing ears

Fluffy the twelve-year-old Border Collie mix is super easygoing. Other than his calm nature and gray face, though, you wouldn’t really think of him as a senior! Fluffy enjoys spending time outside by exploring the yard and going for walks. He is a great walking companion who doesn’t pull on the leash at all. Fluffy is also affectionate. He likes getting pet and will give you plenty of gentle doggy kisses.

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Fluffy is not exactly the most fluffy

Fluffy seems to get along with other dogs. He politely sniffed and wagged his tail at Jack through the fence. When we passed by the toy bin on our way back inside, Fluffy stopped and stuck his nose in to search for the perfect toy. Hopefully he will have a toy bin to call his own in his new home. Don’t let Fluffy’s age deter you from getting to know him. Come in soon to meet sweet Fluffy!

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Fluffy says, “Let me at ’em!”

Katfish the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a very good boy. He knows his basic commands and walks great on the leash. He pretty much heels on your left side without even being asked. When Katfish is greeting someone new, he sort of ducks down at first and wags his tail like, “Who, me? I’m nice and small!” (even though he is not small). After that, he’s all about the snuggles.

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Katfish is lovey-dovey

Katfish loves people and gets along with children, though we recommend he go to a home with kids 5 years and older so he doesn’t accidentally knock a smaller one over. Katfish is not a fan of other dogs or animals, though, so he would do best as the only pet in his new home. Passing another dog is also the only time Katfish starts pulling on the leash, and he can be strong. Katfish also has some allergies that his new family needs to be aware of. Stop by soon to say hello to Katfish!

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Had to borrow an official Katfish portrait since the rest of mine didn’t come out!

Reggie the three-year-old Australian Shepherd mix is super sweet and loves people. He loves people so much, though, that he gets extreme separation anxiety when he’s left home alone. Because of this, he has been in and out of several homes already. Reggie is looking for an active home familiar with his breed, with a person who is home the vast majority of the time and who can help train him to feel more comfortable on his own.

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Reggie is super handsome

Reggie is very affectionate. He’ll happily try to climb into your lap or lean against you, and give you plenty of doggy kisses while you pet him. Reggie walks great on the leash and is very attentive to the person walking him. He likes toys and can play fetch with himself! Reggie needs a dedicated owner so he can finally learn to trust that he won’t be left behind. If that sounds like you, come in soon to meet Reggie!

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Reggie loves toys

I also saw Jasmine (who is so sweet and snuggly), Murphy, Nash, Phantom, and Trent.

Orphans of the Storm® Younger Dogs and Friends

Orphans of the Storm® has about a dozen dogs right now who are one year old or younger. If you’ve been thinking about adding a puppy or practically-puppy to your home, now is a great time to come in and meet some! There are also still plenty of middle age and senior dogs who would be happy to greet you too.

Murphy the six-year-old Hound mix is super snuggly and affectionate. He gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel and would have been happy to stay right there and get pet the whole time, but we eventually got to walking. Murphy will also cover your face in doggy kisses whenever he gets the chance. He enjoyed romping around the Enrichment Park but always came back to me for more cuddles. Murphy gets along with kids, so he’s ready to be a family dog.

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Murphy coming over to cuddle

Murphy went into full Hound mode once he hit the woodland preserve trail. He kept his nose to the ground and moved quickly, but didn’t pull as long as I was moving at the same pace. Murphy was very eager to look through the window at the cat room, but it would be best if he went to a home with no cats. Murphy has skin allergies and will need owners that can stay consistent with his medication. If you’re looking for a big, sweet, active boy, come in soon to meet Murphy!

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Murphy using his Hound nose

Oreo the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was found as a stray but is friendly with everyone he meets and has already become a volunteer favorite. He can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, but settles into being a nice walking companion once you’re on the trail. His tail is constantly wagging and he seems attentive to whoever is walking him.

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Oreo has a cute smile

Oreo likes to play with other dogs but can be a little rough-and-tumble, so he does best with bigger does who can put him back in his place when needed. (Since he’s barely out of puppyhood, he’s still learning proper playtime etiquette.) Once he’s done frolicking, he walks nicely side-by-side with his doggy friends. Come in soon to see if Oreo is the pooch for you!

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Oreo enjoying the outdoors

Kobi the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came from an owner that no longer had the time to take care of him. So, he has experience being a pet but would appreciate more stability in his next home. Kobi is a handsome boy with bright blue eyes that stand out against his dark brindle fur. He’ll be sure to catch your eye as you walk through the shelter!

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Kobi showing off one of his blue eyes

Kobi likes to lead the way on walks and can pull on the leash occasionally. He doesn’t seem too fond of other dogs and usually barks when another one passes by, but otherwise he’s quiet. Kobi likes to sniff and explore. Since he’s still young, he’d enjoy going to an active home that will take him on regular walks throughout the day. Stop in soon to meet Kobi!

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Kobi follows his nose wherever it goes

Mike the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a sweet and happy boy. He gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel and also likes to give doggy kisses. Whenever I knelt down to his level or sat on a bench, Mike would come right over to snuggle. He put his front paws up on the bench next to me so I could pet him more.

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Mike leading the way

Mike is a big fan of toys. We passed by one of the toy chests and he stuck his nose right in to find a toy he liked. He happily chased after and batted around an orange ball. Mike arrived at the shelter with another dog and seems to get along with other dogs in general. He also likes to chase cats, but just for fun. Be sure to say hello to Mike on your next visit to the shelter!

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Mike cooling off in the shade

Cooper the four-year-old Mountain Cur/Labrador Retriever mix has a cute puppy look even though he’s a few years beyond puppyhood. He happily sniffed and explored around the off-leash run before going on our walk. Cooper does a nice job walking on the leash. He was very interested in watching the golf carts drive by when we were on the far side of the woodland preserve next to the golf course.

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Cooper says hello!

Cooper enjoys attention. He would come over to me whenever I knelt down to his level so he could get pet. Cooper can be selective about his doggy friends, but does get along with some dogs. He has already gone to off-site events and done well with greeting many different people. Come in soon to meet Cooper!

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Cooper is a real cutie

I also saw Apollo, Bailey and Percy, Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Cass and Crowley, Chevy, Dunkin, Maggie Mae, Milo, Nash, Phantom (who loves the puppy pool), Princess, Quinn, Scotty, Snow White, Tiny, and Whizzer.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoying the Outdoors

It was a lovely day to be at Orphans of the Storm®, and the dogs were all eager to spend some time in the fresh air too! Between the woodland preserve walking trail and the Enrichment Park, there was lots of romping, rolling, and sniffing to do.

Princess the seven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix found herself at the shelter because her owner passed away. Her years of experience living in a home means she’s all set to go home with you! Princess is a great walking companion who doesn’t pull on the leash at all. She greets all people she sees with a wagging tail and is eager to get pet.

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Princess enjoying her walk

Princess is an affectionate girl who likes to give doggy kisses. She will sit at your feet and give you a happy doggy smile while you scratch her ears or under her chin. Princess is also willing to give you a little nudge if she wants you to keep petting her. This sweet girl deserves to be treated like a princess! Stop by to say hello to Princess soon!

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Princess knows you should stop and smell the roses (or grass)

Shadow the ten-month-old Border Collie mix gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel. He loves to play with toys and is even happy to play fetch with himself–no human required! Shadow romped around the Enrichment Park and then flopped over to get a belly rub when he needed a breather. He has a tickly spot right on his ribs. Shadow walks pretty nicely on the leash, considering he’s still a puppy. He did have a couple bursts of energy where he wanted to run, but mostly stayed just a few steps ahead of me.

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Shadow is a real cutie

Shadow hasn’t had much opportunity for training or socializing yet. He doesn’t do great with other dogs, cats, or children. He can also get possessive of his food and toys. But since he’s still a puppy, these can all be worked on with the right owner who is ready to give Shadow the training he needs. Border Collies are smart, active dogs who do best with smart, active owners. If that sounds like you, come in soon to meet Shadow!

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Shadow with his toy

Maggie the seven-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound is pretty easygoing. She walks nicely on the leash and either has her nose on the ground or pointed high up in the air, so she can catch as many scents possible. Maggie can be a little stubborn when she wants to go one direction and you want to go the other, but kneeling down to her level and petting her usually gets her moving again.

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Maggie’s cute little blop

Maggie may not have had the easiest time before and has a couple dings in her soft, floppy ears to show for it. But that hasn’t stopped her from being a sweetie! Maggie gets along with some dogs, but not all. If you’re considering adding her to a home that already has dogs, she would probably do best with dogs that are her size or larger. Maggie would also prefer living with adults or a family with teenaged children. Say hi to Maggie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Maggie wants all the smells

Tiny the six-year-old Husky mix has a big heart. He gave me multiple doggy hugs while we were out. Whenever I knelt down to his level, Tiny came right over and put his head in my lap so I could pet him more. Tiny walks nicely on the leash and is very attentive to his person. He does like to go at a quicker pace, but doesn’t pull at all.

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Tiny enjoying a scratch on the back

Tiny is a handsome boy and has one brown eye and one blue eye. Part of the fur by his tail had to be shaved, but it will grow back as fluffy as the rest of him! Tiny seems to like water and was happy to get hosed off on a hot day. He gets along with children but isn’t a fan of other animals and would do best as the only pet in his new home. When we passed other dogs on the trail, though, he barely gave them a second glance and just kept walking. Come in soon to see if Tiny is the dog for you!

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Tiny looking regal

I also saw Apollo, Bella, Big Boy and Mojo (who are actually pretty easy for one person to walk simultaneously), Brutus, Cass and Crowley, Chevy, Clarinet, and Quinn.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for Love This Labor Day Weekend

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed on Monday for Labor Day, but open the regular 11am-5pm hours on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the long weekend by welcoming a new dog into your home!

Chevy the six-year-old Terrier mix is all about the cuddles. As soon as you kneel down to his level, he comes right over and plops down next to you. He also has no problem being picked up and actually seems to enjoy being carried more than he enjoys walking on the leash (though for exercise purposes, he should still walk more than he’s carried). Chevy is a little shy and nervous, so being close to a person is comforting for him.

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Chevy is a little cutiepie

Chevy did a little bit of sniffing while we were out but could use some more encouragement when it comes to walking on the leash. Chevy was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. If you’re looking for a sweet little cuddle-bug, come in soon to meet Chevy!

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Chevy says, “I have walked far enough.”

Maggie Mae the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is one of the most affectionate dogs at the shelter right now. She greets every person as if they were her long-lost best friend. Maggie Mae gives the most human-like doggy hugs I have ever experienced. She literally wraps her front paws around your waist and will stand like that as long as you let her. She will also cover your face in doggy kisses whenever she’s given the opportunity, and will try to climb into your lap when you sit down.

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Maggie Mae is always ready for a cuddle and a kiss

Maggie Mae is active and playful. She can pull a bit on the leash when she first comes out of her kennel, and prefers to walk at a quick pace. She would love a yard to call her own and have plenty of squeaky toys to play with. While Maggie Mae loves people more than anything, she is not a fan of other dogs and would like to be the only dog in her new home. Be sure to say hello to Maggie Mae on your next visit to the shelter!

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Maggie Mae is a smiley pooch

Cooper the eight-year-old Border Collie mix excitedly jumped up and down when he realized it was his turn to come out, but then stayed perfectly still when it was actually time to put his leash on. Cooper is a sweet boy who gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel, and gave me several other doggy hugs during the rest of our outing.

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Cooper is a good-looking guy

Cooper may be bordering on “senior,” but he doesn’t act like it. He zipped around the Enrichment Park, went a few steps up the A-frame before hopping off, and splashed around the puppy pool. Cooper walks pretty well on the leash, though he does like to weave back and forth to pick up more scents. He isn’t too fond of other dogs, so Cooper would do best as the only dog in his new home. If you’re looking for a smart dog to do all sorts of activities with, come in soon to meet Cooper!

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Cooper flying through the Enrichment Park!

I also saw Big Boy and Mojo, Dunkin (who gave me a doggy hug as a hello), Harley, Jasmine, Monte, Nash, Thunder, and Whizzer.