Orphans of the Storm® Dogs with Personalities as Warm as Sunshine

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are all about being companion animals. They’re just looking for someone who will give them the love and attention they deserve, and in return they will shower that someone with lots of affection!

Sophia the five-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix is extremely easy-going. There was a lot of hustle and bustle while I was at the shelter because a Boy Scout troop was hosting a fundraising barbecue, but Sophia just politely sniffed at them and wagged her tail as we made our way past. She walks very nicely on the leash and is happy to stop and sit by your side if you want to take a break. She is a sweet, gentle girl.

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Sophia says, “Pet me!”

Sophia loves getting pet. When you start petting her, she’ll scoot closer and closer to you until she’s practically in your lap, and will stick her nose right up next to yours–and maybe even give you a doggy kiss! One of the cutest things she did while we were on our walk is put her paws up on the fence outside of the cat room so she could look inside and watch all the cats. You could just see that she was thinking, “Oh boy! Kitties!” Sophia was previously sharing her kennel with another dog, so she could go to a home with or without another pooch. Stop by soon to meet Sophia!

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Sophia smiling in the sunshine

Ringo the six-year-old Husky mix might be inching his way towards my “favorites” list because he is such a good boy. He walks nicely on the leash and knows some basic commands like “sit,” which he did for me even without a treat! Ringo was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with another pooch; however, he isn’t a fan of cats. What Ringo is a fan of is people of all ages, including children.

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Ringo is so fluffy

Ringo definitely likes to cuddle, which is good because his fluffy fur makes him extra cuddle-able! He was happy to stay by my side while I pet him, and when I sat down on the bench he quickly joined me and sat right next to me. He’s not shy about offering doggy kisses, and he’s an alert boy who likes to keep track of things and investigate. Whenever a new dog came into the run next to ours, Ringo was always right there at the gate to say hello. If you’re looking for a great family pet, come in soon to meet Ringo!

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Ringo enjoying a pat on the back

Ginger the four-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix (not to be confused with the other Ginger) is a super affectionate pooch. We had only known each other for a few moments before she was giving me doggy kisses and trying to sit as close to me as possible. Her happy, sweet personality has quickly made her a volunteer favorite. Now she just has to steal the heart of a potential adopter!

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Ginger romping in the run

Ginger absolutely loves going for walks. She was practically bouncing up and down when she realized she was coming out with me and took off at a quick clip. Ginger could probably lose a couple pounds, but with her enthusiasm for walks and being outdoors, that should be pretty easy to do once she’s in a home that gives her regular exercise. Ginger greets everybody with a wagging tail and a doggy smile. Come by the shelter soon to meet Ginger!

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Ginger is a happy girl

I also saw Blush, Courage, Fred, Hachi, Rock, Tucker, Zack, Zoey, and the other Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Black Dogs and Brown Dogs

You can find dogs of every shape, size, and color at Orphans of the Storm®–I just coincidentally happened to walk a number of black ones and brown ones (and black-and-brown ones!) this week.

Chevy the one-year-old Heeler mix is a sweet boy who is just a little bit shy and anxious at the moment. He politely waited for his leash to be put on before heading out of his kennel, and he walked pretty well on the leash as we made our way to the run. Chevy is sharing his kennel with another dog, and he was also interested in all of the dogs we saw while we were out, so he could go to a home with or without a four-legged friend.

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Chevy enjoying a scratch on the back

Chevy was a little unsure of being pet at first, but when I sat down on the bench inside the run at one point, he soon came over and hopped up onto the bench next to me so we could enjoy each other’s company. He let me know when he was ready to leave by going to the gate and making little noises. Since Chevy is both still a puppy and a breed known for being active, he would probably prefer to be in an active home where he can come out of his shell and do some serious playing! Stop by soon to see if Chevy is the pup for you.

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Chevy might have the cutest pair of ears around

Lady the eight-year-old Rottweiler/Doberman Pinscher mix may look familiar to some of you. I wrote about her back in 2012 and she was adopted shortly thereafter, but she was recently returned because her owners are moving and can’t bring her with them (which, sadly, is the same reason she and her brother were originally brought to the shelter in 2012). Everything I first wrote about her still applies–or actually, she might be even sweeter now than she was then!

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Lady can be friendly with creatures of all sizes

Lady can still be very strong, especially when she first gets out of her kennel, but I think she just doesn’t know her own strength. She is the biggest cuddle-bug who rested her head in my lap while I sat on the bench. If I stopped petting her at any point, she’d nudge my arm with her nose to get me to start again. When we were in the off-leash run, she stayed by my side pretty much the entire time. She also very politely sniffed the little dog on the other side of the fence. She was raised with her brother, so she could potentially go to a home with another dog. If you’re looking for a gentle giant, come in soon to meet Lady!

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Lady loves getting attention

Red the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is just the happiest boy. I don’t think his tail stopped wagging the entire time we were out. Red needed to have FHO surgery on one of his back legs when he arrived at the shelter, but he is now fully recovered and ready to join his furever family! Red was bounding around the off-leash run as if he had never had a leg problem.

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Red is constantly happy

Once Red knows you, he loves you. He gives excellent doggy hugs and will cover you with plenty of doggy kisses, and will even try to fit himself into your lap (though only about half of him can fit at a time). Red also seems to be pretty friendly with other dogs, at least through a fence. He even tried to get a little Chihuahua mix to race him! This affectionate boy is ready to show you just how “lova-bull” his breed can be. Come in soon to meet Red!

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“Yippee!!!” says Red

Brandy the eight-month-old black Labrador Retriever mix was found as a stray but is very well-behaved, especially for a puppy. When the Orphans of the Storm® photographer was taking Brandy’s picture for the website, Brandy quickly sat as soon as she was shown a treat. Even when we passed the photographer on our way back to her kennel at the end of our walk, Brandy sat again without any prompting. She’s obviously a quick learner!

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Brandy likes to cuddle

Brandy is a sweet girl who gets along with people and other dogs alike. She was sharing her kennel with a little Bichon Frise who has since been adopted, so she could go to a home with or without another dog, big or small. While we were in the off-leash run, Brandy happily joined me on the bench and put her paw in my lap so we could cuddle some more. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Brandy!

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Brandy enjoying the outdoors

Fred the seven-year-old Shepherd mix has been at the shelter for at least a year now, and I’m upset with myself for not having walked him before because I have really been missing out! Fred is one of the select few “backyard dogs” who gets to spend time in one of the yards at the shelter that has a shorter fence, which he won’t jump (which is good for possible future owners to know!).

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Fred will stick to his new family like glue

Fred is well-behaved in pretty much every way. He walks great on the leash, he knows basic commands like “sit,” and he loves to cuddle. One of his favorite things is getting his back scratched, right by his hips and base of his tail. He does a little dance that is just too cute. The only thing holding Fred back (in my opinion) is that he doesn’t get along with other dogs. But when we were in the off-leash run and Clarinet was barking at him from the run next to ours, he didn’t react at all. So it really depends on the situation, and it shouldn’t be held against him. Fred is more than ready for his second chance. If you’re a one-dog-at-a-time kind of owner, come in soon to meet Fred!

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Fred loves getting his hips scratched

I also saw Blush, Courage, Daka, Honey Lamb, Joy, Roxy, Smoochie, Tulip, Zak, and Zoey.

P.S. Apologies for the extra human limbs you see in the pictures this week. Still getting used to the new camera!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Aren’t Shy

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were the first test subjects for my new wide-angle lens camera, so thank you in advance for bearing with me as I figure out how to compose these shots over the next few weeks!

Sharkie the two-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix found himself at Orphans of the Storm® because his original family’s new baby ended up being allergic to dogs. The bright side of this is that we know Sharkie is good with kids and would fit right in with a new family. As I say every time I write about Labs, there’s a reason why they’re the most popular breed in America–they’re so friendly!

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Sharkie the snuggler

Sharkie was very energetic when we first started on our walk and was eager to run and play. Funnily enough, when I let him loose in the off-leash run, he calmed down and took his time following his nose around. When I’d kneel down next to him to pet him, he’d put his nose right in my face and eventually gave me a couple doggy kisses. On our walk back to his kennel, he was a much better walking buddy. In fact, if I stopped walking, he would stop and sit at my feet! If you’re looking for a good boy who gets along with people of all ages, come in soon to meet Sharkie!

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Sharkie exploring the run

Lisa the three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix was pretty nervous when she first arrived at the shelter, but now she’s always happy to go for walks and meet new people! Lisa has the cutest perky ears that sometimes point straight up to the sky. She was pretty good at walking on the leash and seemed pretty friendly with other dogs when they sniffed each other through the fence.

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Lisa is super cute

Lisa is a very affectionate girl. She likes to give doggy kisses and also likes to snuggle whenever the opportunity presents itself. When I joined her on the bench, she laid down next to me, resting her head on my arm. When she sat up again, she scooted right beside me so I could keep petting her. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Lisa is the couch-sharing pooch for you!

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Lisa likes to be by her people

Ginger the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a happy, friendly girl who loves to be with people. When I first stopped by her kennel, her entire body was wiggling because her tail was wagging so much. Then, as soon as she got out of her kennel, the first thing she did was give me and another volunteer doggy hugs. We went on a fast-paced walk (more like a run) to the off-leash area.

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Ginger not so sure about getting her picture taken

Ginger is another pooch who likes to shower her people with affection. She’ll gladly stay by your side while you pet her, and give you doggy kisses as thanks. Although Ginger is a big fan of being with people, she isn’t such a fan of other dogs and would like to be the only dog in her new home. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Ginger, who will enthusiastically say hello back!

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Ginger enjoying the outdoors

I also saw Blush (who is the best walking buddy), Cooper (who is so snuggly), Diamond (who loves to play), Hachi (who gives great doggy hugs), Heaven (who has plenty of energy), Joy (who is so sweet), Shasta (who is such a good girl), Smoochie (who is always eager to go for walks), Zak (who is such a gentle boy), and Zoey (who loves to fetch).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready for Summer Fun

There were so many new dogs at Orphans of the Storm® this week, it was hard to decide who to take out for a walk! So here are just a few of the many great pooches you can find on your next visit.

Zack the two-year-old Pointer mix (not to be confused with the other Zak) was super excited when he realized he was coming out for a walk. This is a boy who loves to be out and about, and loves even more to have a companion during these adventures. Zack has lots of energy when he first gets out of his kennel (which is true for many of the dogs, understandably), but after we walked around for a few minutes he calmed down and settled into being an excellent walking buddy.

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Zack being a good walking buddy

Zack was found as a stray, so we don’t know too much about him, but I do know that he is very friendly. He will gladly give you doggy kisses while you pet him and wanted to greet everybody we passed. Zack is a little on the skinny side at the moment, so he won’t mind being spoiled with both treats and affection when he goes to his new home. Pointers are active dogs, and Zack would definitely be happy with a family that can give him walks and playtime every day. If you think Zack might be the pooch for you, come in soon!

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Zack cooling off in the shade

Aleck the two-year-old Hound mix is another boy with plenty of energy. He took the lead on our walk and made sure we covered plenty of ground before we headed to the off-leash run. Aleck politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence and they even did a little bit of play-bowing and racing. Aleck didn’t seem too interested when I tossed him a tennis ball, but maybe a different type of toy is more his style.

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Aleck coming to say hello

Aleck is a happy, friendly boy who likes to be with people. His tail is almost always wagging, and ever time I knelt down to his level he came hurrying over to give me doggy kisses. He does have bit of a habit of jumping up, but with a little bit of training and definitely with more opportunities for exercise, he should be able to break that habit. He just wants to show everybody what a sociable guy he is! By the end of our visit, Aleck was walking much better on the leash and kept looking up at me with that big doggy smile. Stop by soon to see if Aleck is the buddy for you!

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Aleck leading the way on our walk

Flo the two-year-old German Shepherd mix is such a sweetheart. She’s a little shy inside her kennel, but becomes very snuggly and affectionate after you take her out. When we got to the off-leash run, I knelt down next to her and she immediately tucked herself under my arm and leaned against my leg so we could cuddle. Flo never strayed too far from me, though she did enjoy exploring under the bushes.

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Flo is a pretty girl

Flo seems like a pretty calm dog overall. She didn’t pull much on the leash and she didn’t go sprinting around the off-leash run like some other dogs do. She does get a little excited and bark-y when other dogs are nearby, though that seemed to be the case more when she was off-leash than when she was walking on the leash. Flo is ready for her second chance at a forever home, so if you think she might be a good fit for you, come in soon to say hello!

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Flo is ready to be your new companion

Truman the four-year-old Rottweiler mix is a sweet boy who thrives on attention. He’s a little shy at first, but he comes out of his shell quickly and turns into quite the companion. Since he loves people so much, Truman would do best in a home where someone is around most of the time. So if you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re a stay-at-home parent, Truman might be an excellent option for you!

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Truman is a cutie!

Truman did well on the leash and had a good time in the off-leash run. He had one burst of energy where he ran a quick lap all around the perimeter, and after that he was more of a meander-er. When I sat down on the bench, he was up there next to me in no time. Once he knows you, Truman doesn’t give much thought to personal space. He’ll happily stick his face right up next to yours and give you a doggy kiss. Come in soon to say hi to Truman!

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Truman enjoying the outdoors

Rocky the one-year-old English Shepherd mix is one of the handsomest dogs at the shelter right now, in my humble opinion–and also one of the softest and fluffiest (just look at those paws). I hadn’t heard of an English Shepherd before, but a quick Google search showed me that they are all just as beautiful as Rocky! Since Rocky is still pretty young, he would do best in a home with experienced dog owners who can provide him the training he needs to be the best pooch he can be!

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Rocky exploring the off-leash run

Rocky spent the first few minutes of our visit keeping mostly to himself, though he certainly didn’t object when I walked over to pet him while he was sniffing around the off-leash run. After he had that opportunity to explore on his own, we took a walk on the leash and that’s when he really showed what a sweet companion he can be. When I sat down at one of the picnic tables, Rocky parked himself right in front of me and sat by my feet while I pet him. We could’ve stayed that way for ages! Stop by the shelter soon to meet Rocky!

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Rocky is such a handsome boy

I also saw Bear, Cooper, Daisy, Ebbie, Hachi, O’Shea, Precious, Rock, Trixie, Tulip, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a Summer Home

There were eight (eight!) happy dog adoptions at Orphans of the Storm® during just the ~3 hours I was there this week. There are still plenty more waiting to find their furever home, though! And what better time to welcome a new pooch into your home than the end of spring/beginning of summer, when the weather is beautiful and you’re looking for a new walking buddy to enjoy it with!

Porky the two-year-old American Eskimo mix is an adorable little ball of fluff. He was found as a stray and gets a bit nervous when people walk up to his kennel, but he absolutely lights up as soon as he’s on a leash and gets to go for a walk. For the first few minutes we were in the off-leash run, Porky mostly kept to himself and followed his nose, just getting used to his surroundings.

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Porky is more fluffy than porky

Porky soon came to the realization that I was there to spend time with him. He trotted over to me and tentatively sniffed my shoe and my hand, then happily stood by my side while I pet his fluffy fur. He especially seemed to enjoy being scratched right at the top of his head, between his ears. Porky was originally sharing his kennel with another smaller dog, so he could potentially go to a home with another furry friend. Come in soon to see if Porky is the companion for you!

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Porky has an adorable face

Celine the one-year-old German Shepherd mix is a sweet girl who just needs somebody who will help her come out of her shell. Celine wasn’t too sure about having a leash put on at first, and spent the beginning of our walk close to my side, sometimes stopping and hiding behind my legs if other people or dogs passed by. After some soothing words of encouragement, she perked up and started walking much more confidently.

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Celine, still not too sure about this leash business

Celine warmed up more the longer we spent together. She even eventually gave me a quick doggy kiss and put her paw in my lap. Her tail started off tucked between her back legs, but by the end of our walk it was actually up and wagging a little. Celine is still a puppy, so she could definitely benefit from some training (which would also help boost her confidence!). Everybody who saw us on our walk commented on how pretty she is. Come in soon to meet Celine!

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Celine is sure to catch your eye

Joei and Susan the seven-year-old Beagle mixes make an adorable (almost identical) pair. They don’t have to be adopted together, but they’re very attached to each other and would prefer to stay together if possible. After all, what’s better than one Beagle? Two Beagles!

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Susan happy to be out and about

Joei and Susan are new to the shelter, so they were a little unsure about coming out for a walk with me–Susan especially. But with the encouragement from her buddy, we were all able to get outside and take a little walk before heading over to the off-leash run. I’m not particularly good at walking two dogs simultaneously, but Joei and Susan made it pretty easy for me since they were more interested in staying close to each other.

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Joei is a real cutie

Although Susan was more apprehensive initially, she turned out to be the first one to come over and cuddle with me once the two were free to roam. Susan is one of those dogs who truly looks like she’s smiling, and you can’t help but to smile back. Susan also liked to follow Joei wherever he went in the run.

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Susan smiling for the camera

Joei was staying true to his Beagle breed and kept his nose to the ground most of the time, following scents and exploring underneath and behind the bushes. When I sat down on the bench, though, he came over and hopped up on the bench next to me (after a few tries, since his legs are on the shorter side).

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Joei doing what Beagles do best

If you’re considering adding an adorable duo to your household, come in soon to meet Joei and Susan!

I also saw Bear, Blush, Courage, Daisy, Diamond, Roxy, Trixie, Tucker, and Winter.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Be Your New Buddy

What better place to find your new furry friend than Orphans of the Storm®? The dogs here are ready to celebrate spring by turning a new leaf and joining a new family!

Melody the three-year-old Plott mix is quite the sweetie. I believe she’s already visited Orphans of the Storm®’s location at Northbrook Court a couple times, which means she gets along with pretty much everybody and knows how to work a crowd! Melody is very calm and gentle, so walking her on a leash is a breeze. After she spends a few minutes getting to know you, she’ll happily give you a quick doggy kiss.

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Melody enjoying the outdoors

Melody is one of those dogs who causes people to say, “How sweet!” At least three people said that to us (her) while we were out and about. Melody’s one burst of energy came when she suddenly decided to race the dog in the off-leash run next to ours. She only went back-and-forth a few times and then settled down again. This cutie is ready to be showered with love and attention. Come in soon to meet Melody!

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Melody is such a pretty girl

Abby the seven-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix might look familiar to those of you who have been following the blog for a while. Abby (previously known as Roxie) was adopted from Orphans of the Storm® a couple years ago, but her adopted family is moving and can’t take her with them. So, Abby is back at the shelter and ready to join a family that will be able to keep her furever!

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Abby enjoying a nice pat

Abby moves a little more slowly than she used to, but she is still a great walking companion who enjoys spending time outside. She loves to sniff and explore the scenery. According to her previous owners, she is good with kids–which makes sense, because she is so gentle. Abby is just as sweet and well-behaved as I remembered, and she’s eager to get another chance at finding a permanent home. If you think that home might be yours, come in soon to meet Abby!

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Abby still has her pretty markings and coloring

Sandy the one-year-old Beagle mix is still very much a puppy, in all the cutest ways. She looks adorable and acts adorable, which is a winning combination. Sandy was a little bit skittish when we first headed out for a walk, ducking at any strange noises and sort of scurrying rather than walking, but once she got used to the concept, she perked up and had a good time being outside.

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Sandy knows how to pose for the camera

Sandy does what I’ve determined is a puppy move: If she gets confused or overwhelmed, she just stops and sits down. (A couple younger dogs I’ve walked at the shelter have done the same thing.) Since she’s still young, she could certainly benefit from some training, so I made sure to give her plenty of praise for sitting. Sandy also loves to snuggle and will attempt to curl into your lap if given the opportunity. She enjoyed romping around the off-leash run and wanted to play with any other dogs we saw. If you’re looking for a cute puppy, stop by soon to meet Sandy!

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Sandy says, “Incoming!”

Ozzie the ten-year-old Miniature Poodle mix is the cutest little thing. He has a funny haircut at the moment because his fur is a bit matted, but I can only imagine how adorable he’ll be after he gets a good bath and grooming. Ozzie wasn’t too sure about the leash at first, but after some encouraging from his kennelmate JuJu (see below), we were able to make our way over to the off-leash run.

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Ozzie is a little fluffball

Ozzie is super affectionate. Whatever part of you he can reach, you can be sure he’ll cover in doggy kisses. This includes ankles, shins, and arms. Ozzie also likes to stick by his person’s side. Anytime I started to walk somewhere in the off-leash run, Ozzie would trot along right behind me. Ozzie might be classified as a senior because of his age, but he still has plenty of love to offer his new family. Come in soon to see if Ozzie is the one for you!

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Ozzie says, “I hope you like doggy kisses!”

JuJu the four-year-old Beagle mix has come a long way over the last month or so he’s been at the shelter. The first time I tried to walk him, he was shaking all the way down to his little paws and wouldn’t budge. This time, when I went inside his kennel to put the leash on, he hopped right into my lap and was more than ready to go for a walk! Think of what a difference it would make for him to be in a loving, stable home.

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JuJu following his Beagle nose

JuJu might still be a little skittish, but he does love getting plenty of attention. As long as you’re petting him, he’ll stay by your side and give you a happy doggy smile. JuJu gets along well with other dogs, since he used to share his kennel with Arnold (who has since been adopted, hurray!) and is now sharing his kennel with Ozzie (see above), so he could go to a home with or without another furry friend. JuJu would also probably do best in an adult-only home. Stop by the shelter soon to meet JuJu!

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JuJu has the cutest face

I also saw Tulip (who greeted me with a big doggy hug), Shasta (who is so sweet and easy-going), and Blush (who loves going for walks more than anybody).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to “Spring” into Your Heart

It’s been a big week for adoptions at Orphans of the Storm® (hurray!), so I’ve ended up with just two new dogs to introduce you to today. But they are two excellent pooches–as are all of the pooches at Orphans of the Storm®!

Kipsey the one-and-a-half-year-old Husky mix is an absolutely beautiful girl. Her dark fur has some silver to it, so she literally glows! Kipsey also has that pretty blue eye/brown eye combination. If you are looking for a new running partner, look no further than Kipsey. Huskies were bred to run and run and run, and that’s exactly what Kipsey loves to do. (She’ll even be happy to go running with you come winter!) We ran straight to the off-leash run, and then Kipsey got a chance to race Jasmine on the other side of the fence.

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Kipsey taking a water break

Kipsey isn’t just a champion runner, though–she’s also a champion snuggler! Kipsey will happily give you doggy hugs and kisses. When I knelt down next to her, she curled around so she could lean on me. Kipsey is an adventurous girl who likes to investigate and stay in-the-know. Kipsey gets along with older children (10 years and up) and would love to go to a home with a family as active as she is. If you think that family might be yours, come in soon to meet Kipsey!

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Kipsey on the move

Mya the six-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix caught my eye right away because of her pretty coloring and her sweet demeanor. When I walked up to her kennel, she greeted me with a wagging tail and then put her paws up, saying, “Pick me!” How could I resist? Mya had spent the previous day at Orphans of the Storm®’s spot in Northbrook Court, so we know that she gets along with pretty much everybody.

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Mya loves going on walks

Mya is an easy-going companion. She walked nicely on the leash and enjoyed having the chance to stretch her legs and do some exploring. She also loves getting plenty of attention from people and will give you an adorable doggy smile while you scratch her ears or chin. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Mya is the pooch for you!

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Mya coming in for a cuddle

I also saw Bella, Cooper, Courage, Daka (who, despite his big size, was doing wonderfully with a little girl!), Gus, Javan, Rock (who, lest you forget, went to doggy boot camp and knows plenty of commands), Shamrock, Trixie, and Winter.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Love You

Thank you to everyone who attended or donated auction items for the Orphans of the Storm® Benefit Dinner on Monday! The theme was “Who Rescued Whom?” and we got to hear some very heartwarming adoption success stories. If you would like to share your own Orphans of the Storm® adoption success story here on the blog, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Here are just a few of the many dogs benefiting from the funds raised!

T-Bone the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is super cute. I can’t resist a wrinkly forehead, and T-Bone’s forehead is extra wrinkly and adorable. T-Bone is a sweet boy who really blossoms when he receives positive attention. Whenever I pet him, his tail would immediately start wagging and not stop until I stopped.

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T-Bone is too cute

T-Bone is a big boy, but seems to be pretty well-behaved. He pulled a little on the leash when he first got out of his kennel, but that’s to be expected. T-Bone had a fun time playing with Roxy (who was in the off-leash run next to ours) through the fence, but he didn’t seem too interested in playing with any of the tennis balls. T-Bone knows he’s ready to join a family–all he needs is the right family to come in and find him!

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T-Bone racing along the fence

O’Shea the four-year-old black Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix is another cutie with a wrinkly forehead. O’Shea would definitely benefit from having a family that will take him on daily walks and spend time playing with him. He had a good time exploring the off-leash run and going under and around the bushes, and ran after the tennis ball when I threw it (though he didn’t pick it up or bring it back).

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O’Shea says, “A little to the left.”

O’Shea is definitely a people dog. Once he knows you, he will happily greet you with a doggy hug and give you plenty of doggy kisses. O’Shea would do best as the only pet in his new home, since he usually isn’t a fan of other dogs, but one O’Shea will give you all the love you need! Stop by the shelter soon to see if O’Shea is the pooch for you.

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O’Shea knows he’s a handsome boy

Zoey the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix (not to be confused with the other Zoey) came from a family who could, unfortunately, no longer keep her. That means that she has a lifetime of experience as a family pet, and it shows. Zoey is very well-behaved: she walks nicely on the leash, knows some basic commands, and is housebroken. She’s family-ready!

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Zoey is a good leash-walking buddy

Zoey needs to be the only pet in her new home, but she does well with children. In fact, she was featured on the Orphans of the Storm® Facebook page a few weeks ago, with a picture of her surrounded by a group of kids. Zoey is also a very pretty girl (she could practically be Hachi‘s twin sister). Zoey ended up at the shelter through no fault of her own; she knows she can make you fall in love with her if you give her the chance. Come in soon to meet Zoey!

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Zoey has such interesting coloring

Kayne the six-year-old Mastiff is an absolute gem. I can’t say enough good things about him (which can be vouched for by my family and friends, who have kindly listened to me talk about him for days now). Kayne was adopted a while back, but returned because his family could no longer care for him. Kayne is a very easy dog, but before you decide to bring home a dog this size, it’s important to consider things like the cost of all the food he’ll need.

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Here comes Kayne!

Kayne is the epitome of a gentle giant. He walks nicely on the leash, even though he could easily pull you over if he wanted to. He is very much a snuggler, even though the only part of him that could fit in my lap was his giant face. He’ll sit right by your side and give you slobbery doggy kisses (emphasis on ‘slobbery’). Kayne also does well with other dogs of all sizes; he currently shares his kennel with Tulip but previously shared a home with a Dachshund! Kayne is just the biggest sweetheart. If you have the space in both your home and your heart, stop by soon to meet Kayne!

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Kayne’s ginormous face that you just have to love

I also saw Arnold, Azul, Bear, Blush, Cooper, Courage, Diamond, Gus, Jasmine, Javan, and Rosco.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Happy for Spring

Spring has finally arrived at Orphans of the Storm® and all of the dogs were happy to spend some extra time outside, enjoying the warm sunshine.

One quick reminder before we meet this week’s pooches: The Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is this Monday, April 20. I hope to see you there!

Sky the eight-year-old Husky mix is such a handsome boy. Surprisingly, he was found as a stray, wandering around on his own! He must have been part of a home at some point in his life, though, because he is very well-behaved. After an initial burst of excitement when he first gets out of his kennel, he settles into a nice walking companion.

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Sky enjoying the springtime sun

Sky is a super snuggly pooch. When I knelt down next to him, he put his head in my lap and then curled around so he was practically sitting on me. As long as you’re petting him, Sky will stick by your side. When I sat down on the bench at one point, he put his front paws up on the bench next to me and gave me a quick doggy kiss. It’s hard to know how Sky ended up as a stray, but one thing is clear–he’s ready to be your new best friend! Stop by the shelter soon to meet Sky.

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Sky joining me on the bench

Smoochie the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is appropriately named because she’ll give you lots of doggy kisses if given the opportunity. When you stop by her kennel, her entire body starts wriggling with happiness and she’ll enthusiastically kiss your hand.That enthusiasm continues once she’s out and about.

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Smoochie smiling for the camera

Smoochie is still very much a puppy, which means she has plenty of energy and would definitely benefit from some obedience training. Sometimes she’s pretty good at leash-walking, and sometimes she gets excited and starts to pull. Smoochie would have a great time with a family that will give her plenty of love and attention and playtime. Also, just look at that face! Come in soon to see if Smoochie is the one for you.

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Smoochie loves romping in the grass

Freddy the five-year-old Golden Retriever probably isn’t going to be at the shelter for very long, because it’s pretty rare for purebred Goldens to end up in shelters. Goldens are known for being friendly and easygoing, and Freddy definitely has that in him, but he needs a little more time than most. He’s very nervous inside his kennel (understandably), but once you get him outside it’s like he’s a whole new dog.

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Freddy is so pretty

Freddy is an affectionate boy. When I knelt down next to him a few minutes into our walk, he put his front paws in my lap and covered my face in doggy kisses. Then he happily stayed right there while I pet him. Even a few people visiting the shelter commented on how much happier Freddy was when he was in the off-leash run versus inside his kennel. Freddy would like to be the only pet in his new home and would prefer to be in an adult-only home with people who will help give him a confidence boost. If you think you could be that person, stop by soon to meet Freddy!

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Freddy relaxing in the off-leash run

Sailor the six-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix is a staff favorite who can often be found hanging out behind the desk in the front office. He’s a very sweet boy who can start off a bit timid, but warms up the longer he spends with you. Sailor is an incredibly easy walking buddy; he doesn’t pull at all, but his little legs can move quickly enough to keep up with anybody.

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Sailor is just too cute

Sailor has such an adorable face. He’s definitely one of those dogs that will get a lot of “aww”s when you take him out for a walk in your neighborhood. When I sat down on the ground next to Sailor, he put one paw on my leg and gave me a tentative sniff. Later, when we were in the off-leash run, he liked standing underneath my legs while I sat on the bench–and he eventually hopped up to join me on the bench, too. If you’re looking for a little cutie, look no further than Sailor!

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Sailor is ready to be your companion

I also saw Luciano, Azul, Blush, Cooper, Rosco, Spooky, Topaz, Zoey, and Winter.

Orphans of the Storm® Good Dogs on Good Friday

Orphans of the Storm® dogs are always good dogs, but they’re even better on Good Friday! The shelter will be closed on Sunday for Easter, but you can visit today or tomorrow and welcome a new family member home for the holidays!

Heaven the two-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix is a little cutie who loves to be with people. She was a little nervous when we first got outside and would duck her head a little when I pet her, but by the end of our visit she was happily putting her paws in my lap so we could snuggle some more. She also rolled over for a couple of belly rubs. It looks like Heaven might have had a bit of a rough start, based on the spots on her nose, but she’s more than ready to turn a new leaf.

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Heaven has a cute little face

Heaven was previously adopted but returned for being “too active.” It’s important to research different breeds before bringing one into your home, because Jack Russells (and Terriers in general) are known for being active and like to be kept busy, whether it’s with obedience training or agility or just taking long walks. Heaven certainly enjoyed being outside and liked romping around, so she’ll do best with a family that is already active or looking for some new activities. If you’re looking for a fun little companion, come in soon to meet Heaven!

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Heaven says, “Hey, what’s going on in there?”

Bianca the nine-month-old Hound/Labrador Retriever mix is pretty well-behaved for a puppy. She walked nicely as we made our way to the off-leash run and was very mellow even after she was free to roam. She enjoyed exploring behind the bushes and politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence.

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Bianca is a sweetheart

Bianca kept to herself at first but soon realized that I was there to give her attention, which she happily accepted in the form of scratches under the chin and behind her ears. She even said “thank you” with a quick doggy kiss. Bianca is a cute girl who probably won’t get much bigger than she currently is, which makes her a great size for both cuddling and playing. Stop by soon to see if Bianca is the puppy for you!

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Bianca enjoying a nice pat on the shoulder

Spooky the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is the absolute antithesis of his name–a more accurate name would be something like “Happy” or “Friendly,” because that’s what he really is! Spooky greets everyone with a wagging tail and will happily give you a doggy hug and kiss if he gets the opportunity. Whenever I knelt down to his level, he came hurrying over to cuddle.

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Spooky is all about his tennis balls

Spooky is a playful young pup. He had a fun time racing Jarvis (also known as Cooper now), who was in the off-leash run next to ours. He also discovered a tennis ball and loved carrying it around. He was pretty good at playing fetch, too. A dog as happy as Spooky is sure to make his future owners just as happy. Stop by the shelter soon to say hi to Spooky!

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Spooky loves to snuggle

Arnold the three-year-old Beagle mix is super adorable. I’ve heard more than one “aww” come out of people’s mouths when they stop by his kennel. Arnold is a very shy dog, though, and needs some time to warm up to new people. I was going to walk him last week but he wasn’t too sure about the leash–though when I held it out for him to sniff, he took it and used it as a chew toy. Silly pup! Arnold is currently sharing his kennel with another Beagle mix (who is even more shy), so he could go to a home with or without another dog.

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Arnold is too cute

Arnold was more willing to walk on the leash this week, though, so we took a nice walk. Being a Beagle mix, Arnold mostly kept his nose to the ground and liked to give everything a good sniff before moving on. Arnold would probably prefer to be in a calmer, quieter home with owners who will help him come out of his shell and become the best companion he can be. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Arnold!

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Arnold wondering if this is the last of the snow

Jasmine the four-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is a sweet, well-behaved girl. She’s also a very affectionate girl who quickly joined me when I sat down on the bench in the off-leash run and gave me lots of doggy kisses. Jasmine likes to be with her people–so much so that she would prefer to go to a home where at least one person is around most of the time (i.e. works from home, or retired).

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Jasmine is pretty in pink

Jasmine also gets along well with other dogs. She’s currently sharing her kennel with Hachi (who is another super affectionate pooch), so she could go to a home with or without another dog, especially since she enjoys having company! Labs are known for being loyal companions, and Jasmine is a great example of that. Come by the shelter soon to meet Jasmine!

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Jasmine about to join me on the bench

I also saw Cooper, Blush, Winter, Tucker, and Trixie.