Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Eager to Head Home

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day, but you can still come in this weekend to find your new best friend! There are dogs big and small, older and younger, all ready to head home with you.

Brutus the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a handsome and fluffy boy. He was very excited to come out for a walk and was happy to lead the way. He pulled on the leash a bit at first, but we soon found a walking pace that worked for both of us and enjoyed making our way around the woodland preserve trail. Brutus is definitely a sniffer. His nose was either along the ground, in a bush, or at the base of a tree trunk.

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Brutus has such a sweet face

Brutus will gladly take a break from that to snuggle with you, though! He gave me a few doggy kisses while I was taking his picture. When we got towards the end of the trail, we stopped by a bench and Brutus stood next to me while I pet him. He particularly enjoys getting his hips scratched and does a little dance. He’ll also lean his head into your hand while you scratch his ears and neck. Brutus gets along with adults and children alike, so if you’re looking for a family companion, come in soon to meet him!

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Brutus following his nose

Randy the three-year-old Terrier mix is always on the move. He could barely contain his excitement when he realized it was his turn to go out and was jumping up and down inside his kennel. Many of my pictures of Randy are just a brown blur because he thought he had more important things to do than stand still and get his photo taken! I wish I had gotten better pictures, though, because Randy is super-cute with his oversized ears.

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Randy on the move

Randy has that signature Terrier spunk. He was always exploring and kept a close eye on the people and dogs we passed. He took the lead on our walk and probably was wishing I would walk faster to keep up with him! Eventually he slowed down long enough for me to scratch his chin, but we were off again soon after. Randy is a bit on the skinny side right now, so his new family can certainly spoil him with plenty of treats when he gets home. If you’re looking for lots of personality in a small package, come in soon to meet Randy!

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Randy says, “Please try to keep up!”

Lucy the fourteen-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is in a particularly sad situation because her original owner became homeless and could no longer take care of her. Nothing would make Lucy’s golden years shine even brighter than joining a new home! She may have a mostly gray snout, but Lucy certainly does not act like a senior. She hopped right out of her kennel and was ready and rarin’ to go on our walk.

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Lucy smiling for the camera

Lucy is super adorable. She’s much smaller than most dogs in her breed and has these big bug eyes (which I mean as a compliment). Lucy is an affectionate girl. She hopped up on the bench next to me–again, not very elderly-like–and gave me lots of kisses while I pet her. Then we just sat next to each other for a few minutes, enjoying the sun and the fresh air. If you’ve been thinking about opening your home to a senior, stop by soon to see if Lucy is the one for you!

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Lucy loves being with people

I also saw Blush, Courage, Diamond, O’Shea, Weezie, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Want to Meet You

It was another busy (but cold!) day at Orphans of the Storm®, so that meant more walks around the woodland preserve with the dogs this week.

Mini Me the ten-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix may technically be a senior, but don’t let her age or her small stature fool you. Mini Me took the lead on our walk and often looked back at me like, “Why aren’t you moving faster?” We didn’t make it all the way around the trail, but on a warmer day I’m sure Mini Me would be fine with staying out much longer.

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Mini Me’s cute face

Mini Me can be on the shy side and was a little skittish at first. But after we were together for a while, she realized that getting a nice scratch under the chin wasn’t too scary and stayed by my side as long as I was petting her. Mini Me has cute spots, including some on her ear that look like a paw print–which is the same as one of the most famous Jack Russells! Stop by the shelter soon to see if Mini Me could be the next mini you!

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Mini Me says, “Come on, we have places to go!”

Billie Bob the two-year-old Hound mix was looking a little sad inside his kennel, but boy did that change as soon as he realized it was his turn to go out! Billie Bob greeted me with a wagging tail and we went on our merry way. Billie Bob showed off his Hound characteristics, following his nose along the trail and wanting to chase birds that flew across our path (which I didn’t let him do, to his disappointment).

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Billie Bob’s “I’m ready to snuggle” face

Billie Bob is a “paws-on” type of dog. At one point, the leash got stuck behind his front leg. I lifted up his paw to fix it, and rather than putting his foot back down, he just stood there with his paw in my hand for a few moments. He’s also very snuggly and joined me on the bench for a while, where he gave me plenty of doggy kisses. This sweet boy is ready to shower his new family with affection. If you think that might be you, come in soon to meet Billie Bob!

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Billie Bob romping freely

Sounder the five-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix has been at the shelter for a few months, but he recently got a clean bill of health and is now ready to head home! When I opened the doggy door in his kennel so he could go to the outside section, Sounder responded happily with that signature Hound baying. Although Sounder is a big boy, he walks nicely on the leash and barely pulls at all.

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Sounder on Hound patrol

Sounder is an absolute sweetheart. When I sat down on the bench about halfway around the trail, Sounder first just put his front paws on the bench next to me and sniffed the air. I invited him to come up next to me, which he did, and he rested his chin on my shoulder while I pet him. He then tried to climb into my lap, which didn’t work too well considering his size, but it’s the thought that counts. Sounder may be one of my new favorites, and another volunteer told me that Sounder is the best Hound he’s seen in a long time. Stop in soon to see for yourself what a great dog Sounder is!

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Sounder in his element

Sirus the five-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is one of the most handsome dogs at the shelter right now. Not only does he have a pretty silvery-blue coloring, but he also has one blue eye and one brown eye. It’s a very striking look that you won’t be able to miss when you walk through the kennels! Sirus can pull on the leash a bit when he first gets out, but that’s just because he’s so excited to be with somebody.

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Sirus is a good boy

Sirus is a fetch-player extraordinaire. You can see for yourself in this video (which only includes 2 fetches out of many!):

As you can see, Sirus drops the toy right at your feet. He was also fine with me petting him while he chewed on the ball for a bit. Overall, Sirus seems like a happy boy. His tail wags almost constantly and he isn’t shy about giving doggy kisses. Sirus came from an owner, so he already has experience being in a home and being a companion. If fetch is one of your favorite games too, come in soon to meet Sirus!

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Sirus ready to play fetch

Leroy the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Heeler mix is an adorable pooch who is, unfortunately, scared of pretty much everything at the moment. If there are loud-ish noises, Leroy freezes and flattens himself as close to the ground as possible. The good news is he responds well to kind words and encouragement! He’s definitely a fan of snuggling and feels more comfortable the closer he physically is to someone.

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Leroy says, “Love me!”

Leroy perked up tremendously once we made it to the woodland preserve, where it was just us and nature. His tail, which had previously been tucked between his back legs, slowly untucked and eventually started wagging. He was alert and sniffing along the trail like any normal dog. When we stopped for a break, Leroy leaned in and rested his head against me while I pet him. This sweet boy just needs someone to show him that the world can be a happy place rather than a scary one. Leroy could go to a home with or without another dog. When I returned Leroy to his kennel, he and his kennelmate had the happiest reunion I’ve ever seen between two dogs. If you think you can help Leroy come out of his shell, come in soon to meet him!

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Leroy enjoying his walk

I also took Blush for a walk around the trail.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Happy to Be Your Buddy

It was a very happy Mother’s Day weekend at Orphans of the Storm®–33 dogs found their forever homes! Because it was so busy, I wasn’t able to spend time in the off-leash run with the dogs I took out this weekend, but I did get to go on lovely walks around the woodland preserve with them.

Chula the two-year-old Mastiff mix is a big (and I do mean big) sweetheart. She is not at all shy when it comes to showing her affection for people. As soon as she came out of her kennel, she gave big doggy hugs to me and another volunteer. When we were making our way around the trail, we passed a family walking another dog and Chula made sure to greet each person, her tail wagging nonstop. Although Chula can certainly throw her weight around when she wants to, she walks nicely on the leash the majority of the time.

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Chula has an adorable face

Chula joined me on the bench for a break about halfway around the trail and gave me lots of doggy kisses. While Chula absolutely loves people, she doesn’t get along quite as well with other animals and would do best as the only pet in her new home. But with a dog as big and lovable and loving as Chula, one is plenty! If you think Chula might be the dog for you, come in soon to say hello!

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Chula enjoying her afternoon walk

Queen the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a lovebug. It was almost impossible to get a full-body picture of her because every time I knelt down, she would jump right into my lap and cover my face with doggy kisses. To say that Queen is affectionate is an understatement! She’s also a great size for snuggling–not too big, not too small.

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Queen hanging out in my lap

Queen is super adorable. She has one ear that sticks straight up and one ear that flops over to the side. She’s a pretty good walking companion who didn’t pull much as we made our way around the trail. When I sat down on the bench, Queen put her front paws in my lap and rested her head against me while I scratched her ears and neck. Be sure to say hello to Queen on your next visit to the shelter!

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Queen with her one ear sticking up

Astrid the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix will definitely catch your eye as you make your way through the shelter. She has very pretty coloring and the cutest semi-smushed face. Astrid is another example of a good walking buddy. She’s more of a sniffer, so she moves at a slower pace because she generally keeps her nose to the ground or stops to smell the trees and bushes.

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Astrid is photogenic

Astrid is also a snuggler. She hopped up onto the bench next to me and gave me some doggy kisses, then just relaxed by my side for a little bit before we continued on our walk. Astrid doesn’t seem overly fond of other dogs, but again, she’s very fond of people! Another volunteer recommended I take her out, so she already has a fan club. Stop in soon to meet Astrid!

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Astrid leading the way on our walk

Princess the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has a very appropriate name. When she walks, she is so poised and elegant! Everyone this week walked nicely on the leash, but Princess takes the cake. She didn’t pull once the entire time we were out. She also seems like a pretty mellow dog. I didn’t hear her bark at all, either when she was inside her kennel or when we were out and about.

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Princess’s face of contentment

Princess came from an owner whose landlord said no more dogs, so she already has experience living in a home and being a companion. She wasn’t overly affectionate, but since she moved from a home to the shelter it’s understandable that she would be a little shy and confused. She was happy to stay by my side while I pet her, though, and seemed to enjoy being outside and getting some sun. Come to the shelter soon to see if Princess is the pup for you!

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Princess getting some springtime sun

I also saw Blush, Bootsy, Clarinet, Diamond, Honey Lamb (who is such an affectionate girl), Nancy, and Weezie (who got the most adorable lion haircut).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Found Their Forever Home, Part XIV

Here is another happy success story! Dan sent us some pictures of his dog Django (formerly Pongo), who was adopted from Orphans of the Storm® in January 2013. Here is what Dan had to say about his experience:

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As a guy who has lived in Deerfield/Riverwoods for 36 years, I had passed Orphans of the Storm® for decades. I had always gotten my dogs from Lambs Farm and loved them all (three Labs and a Beagle ). However, in January of 2013 we lost our Yellow Lab and wanted to get another dog to keep as a companion to our other Lab.
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My sons suggested we go to Orphans rather then Lambs Farm. I was hesitant at first, but once I walked into Orphans, we all spotted Django and knew we wanted him.
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Picture of me and Django at Orphans below.
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He immediately took well to his new home, and we loved him immediately. He’s an amazing dog, so smart and so loving. Thank God for Django, and Orphans.
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Thank you for sharing your stories and pictures with us, Dan!
If you would like to share your Orphans of the Storm® adoption success story here on the blog, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Walking in Warm Weather

This was the first time this year where it was warm enough that the dogs I walked at Orphans of the Storm® needed a break to drink some water and lay in the shade! I think we can finally say spring has arrived.

Lady the six-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is such a sweetheart. She’s a little shy at first, but once she gets comfortable then she gets along with everybody. She does well with kids and was super nice and mellow when we met a couple other dogs while we were out on our walk. She politely sniffed them and wagged her tail and that was that. She also likes to give people doggy kisses.

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Lady says, “It’s hot out here!”

Lady will be a very loyal companion once she knows that you’re her person. The entire time we were out, all she wanted to do was say hello to one of the other volunteers who has walked her a couple times previously. When she finally did get to say hello, she snuggled with him and then rolled over for a belly rub. It was adorable! Lady did nicely on the leash when we took a stroll around the walking trail. If you’re looking for a younger dog to be your new best friend, come in soon to meet Lady!

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Lady licking her lips

Meatball the three-year-old Shepherd/Mountain Cur mix is a fun boy. As soon as his leash was on, he was ready to go. We first went to the walking trail, where about half the time Meatball walked nicely by my side and the other half he was excitedly romping and sniffing, which is understandable. Now that the weather is nice, you can see golfers on the other side of the fence when walking around the trail, and Meatball was very curious about what they were doing!

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Meatball knows to smile for the camera

Meatball is playful, in his own way. He doesn’t exactly fetch, but he gets excited when you hold up a toy and throw it. Sometimes he picks it up and sometimes he just sniffs at it, but he’s always happy when you pick it up and show it to him again. Meatball is also happy to give doggy kisses. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Meatball is the pooch for you!

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Meatball playing with his rope toy

Yellow Stone the four-year-old Golden Retriever mix was found as a stray, but he must have been in a home at some point because he is very well-behaved. If you like going for brisk walks or jogs, Yellow Stone may be the perfect companion for you. He walks quickly, but he doesn’t pull as long as you keep up with him. We took a break about halfway around the walking trail and he enjoyed sniffing in the bushes and getting a nice scratch on the neck.

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Yellow Stone enjoyed being out in the woods

Yellow Stone is very much a retriever. As soon as we went into the off-leash run, Yellow Stone found a tennis ball and happily carried it around with him. He occasionally dropped it to sniff something or get a drink, and he would chase after it when I threw it but then carry it around some more. He eventually laid down and kept the ball between his paws while he rested. It was too cute! On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hello to Yellow Stone!

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Yellow Stone carrying his tennis ball

Pharea the six-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is very shy but very sweet. Since he’s still a puppy, it seems like he doesn’t have much experience with leashes. He wasn’t too sure about getting the leash put on to come outside, and he could also use a little training to learn to walk nicely rather than pull. But when we were making our way around the walking trail, if I stopped walking, Pharea would come back to me so I could pet him.

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Pharea with his cute freckled nose

Pharea is a super cute puppy. I’m a softy when it comes to wrinkly foreheads and semi-floppy ears, and Pharea has both! Pharea also has a tickly spot on the right side of his neck. Whenever I scratched there, he started kicking his back foot. Pharea hasn’t gotten off to the best start in life, so he needs someone who will help him come out of his shell and show him what a nice place the world can be. If you think that someone could be you, come in soon to meet Pharea!

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Pharea coming over to cuddle

I also saw Bella, the other Bella, Blush, Bolt, Chief, Coal, Diamond, Lisa, Tobi, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Found Their Forever Home, Part XIII

I’m happy to share another success story! Michael and Wei adopted Willie the Beagle mix and have their story and some adorable pictures to share.

If you would like to share your own Orphans of the Storm® success story here on the blog, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Here is what Michael had to say:

I wanted to let everyone know Willie is doing great in his new home. We adopted Willie on December 23, 2015.

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Willie on his car ride home for the first time

We first went into Orphans sometime in October just browsing and considering a second dog for company to our young puppy Oreo (also a rescue but from WrightWay).

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Willie and Oreo waking up in the morning

We saw Willie, and he was so adorable! We took him out for a walk and discovered he was having issues with one of his rear legs. It made us so sad to see him limping along on 3 legs! But he was so eager to walk and enjoy the fresh air it broke our hearts to put him back inside. We weren’t sure if we could handle two dogs, so we opted to consider it for a while and also allow some time to diagnose more of what was wrong with his leg.

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Willie lives in comfort now

Over the next few weeks I couldn’t stop thinking about the poor guy stuck in the shelter. I went back about 4 weeks later, and he was still there. I walked in and he was in the office area behind the door. He saw me and instantly jumped up and came to the door, almost like he remembered who I was. He stood on the other side looking up at me through the glass with his tail wagging, and I knew at that point I had to take him home! A little convincing to Wei and she agreed.

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Willie and Oreo getting acquainted

It took a few additional weeks to sort out his medical issues, but we were finally able to bring him home on December 23. The whole ride home he kept looking at me and reaching out for me with his paw…he seemed to know he was rescued! He’s been a wonderful addition to our family and we’ve been giving him plenty of exercise. His leg seems to be all better now and he really enjoys running. I’ll take him for a nice run everyday, and it’s at the point where when I get the leash, he starts jumping up and down in excitement to go for the run.

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Willie and Oreo enjoying the fireplace

He has become best friends with our younger Oreo. The two are almost impossible to separate, often sleeping next to each other and playing together. They are the perfect partners in crime, having managed to destroy more than a few soft toys–often working together on the same toy.

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Willie and Oreo have great teamwork

He’s completely spoiled, but we figure that’s okay–we’re just making up for him the time he spent at Orphans. He likes to sleep on the bed curled up right alongside either Wei or me.

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Willie in bed with Wei

Hope you enjoy–we are certainly enjoying Willie.

Thank you, Michael and Wei, for sharing your story and pictures with us!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoy a Spring Day

Firstly, I hope many of you are able to come to the Orphans of the Storm® Benefit Dinner this upcoming Tuesday, April 12!

Secondly, there was finally a day where it started to feel like spring, so the dogs were eager to come outside, play in the run, and take a nice lap around the woodland preserve walking trail.

Nancy the eight-year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever/Labrador Retriever mix is a real sweetheart. She was half-napping in her kennel when I came by, but when I opened the doggy door to the outside she perked right up and met me with a wagging tail. Nancy is an excellent walking buddy. She likes to walk at a brisk pace, but doesn’t pull at all. She seems like a pretty mellow girl.

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Nancy enjoying a scratch on the back

Nancy isn’t super-duper affectionate like some other dogs at the shelter, but when you kneel down next to her she’ll sniff your face for a moment and then give you a couple doggy kisses. Another volunteer came to brush out Nancy’s coat, and Nancy stood there nice and still and seemed to enjoy the extra attention. If you’re looking for a companion who will keep you quiet company around the house but who is up for daily walks, Nancy might be the perfect pooch for you! Come in soon to find out.

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Nancy investigating among the pebbles

Bella the two-year-old Boxer/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix (who looks like a smaller version of the other Bella, who I love!) loves to be around people. Her tail was wagging so hard when I came to take her out that her entire body was wriggling. Bella is very sweet, and also very muscular! She can pull on the leash when she first gets out of her kennel and was happy to race the dog on the other side of the fence in the off-leash run to burn off some energy.

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Bella enjoying the sunshine

Bella is a snuggler. When I sat down on the bench, she came right over, put her front paws up on my lap, and gave me lots of doggy kisses. She stood like that for a while as I scratched her ears and back, then was off and running again. When we went around the walking trail, she walked very quickly around the first half or so but then slowed down and we enjoyed ourselves. Stop by the shelter soon to say hi to Bella!

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Bella coming over for a cuddle

I also saw Angel, Bear, Blush, Bootsy, Honey Lamb (who gave me a big hug), Lexi, Lisa, Snuffles, and Weezie (one of my favorites!).

Orphans of the Storm® Puppies and Pups-at-Heart

Last week we featured some of the older dogs at Orphans of the Storm®, and so this week it’s only fair for younger dogs to get their turn!

Bolt the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a cute boy who still has that puppy spunk. He was eager to hit the walking trail and for the most part he walked pretty well on the leash, though he did occasionally pull a little. If I stopped walking, though, Bolt would immediately come back to my side and lean against my legs so I could pet him.

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Bolt enjoying the walking trail

Bolt likes people and is happy to give you doggy kisses. He doesn’t seem like a big fan of other dogs, though. Bolt would do best in an adult home with people who can give him some training, since he’s still pretty young and hasn’t learned all of his manners yet. If you’re looking for a young dog who likes to snuggle, come in soon to meet Bolt!

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Bolt romping around

Reggie the seven-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix has plenty of energy. We quickly headed to the off-leash run, where Reggie had a fun time chasing down and playing with the toys there. He hasn’t mastered “fetch” yet, but he seems like a pretty intelligent boy who would get the hang of it eventually.

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Reggie in my lap

Reggie has the cutest wrinkly forehead and a very expressive face that you will fall in love with. When I sat down on the bench in the off-leash run, Reggie quickly came over to me and put his front paws in my lap so I could scratch his ears and he could give me doggy kisses. Stop in soon to see if Reggie is the puppy for you!

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Reggie ready to go for a walk

Clover the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix is super sweet. She was a little shy at first, so I sat in her kennel with her for a minute so she could get used to me before I put the leash on. She walked nicely on the leash as we made our way to the off-leash run and mostly kept to herself as she explored. I did sit on the ground at one point, though, and she came over, put her front paws in my lap, and sniffed my face.

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Clover is a sweetie

Clover really perked up when we went around the walking trail. Her breed is an outdoorsy one, and you could tell that she enjoyed being in a forested area like that. Instead of having her head down like she did in the run, she was alert and eager on the trail. Clover is currently sharing her kennel with another dog, so she could go to a home with or without another furry friend. Be sure to say hi to Clover on your next visit to the shelter!

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Clover keeping an eye on things

Moo the nine-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is a special girl looking for a special home. She’s deaf, so her future family will need to learn hand signals themselves and then teach those hand signals to Moo. Training will be very important, but the bond between Moo and her family will be a great one because she will always be looking to them for cues on how to behave. One benefit is that Moo doesn’t bark, though she does make other sounds like whines when she’s excited.

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I guess from this angle Moo looks sort of cow-like

Moo acts like any other puppy would. She’s very playful and had a fun time racing the dog on the other side of the fence in the off-leash run. She likes to jump up on people, since she doesn’t realize yet that some might not find that behavior polite, but she just wants attention. She’s very curious and enjoyed following her nose. And, of course, she is super cute! If you’re able to open your home to a special dog like Moo, come in soon to meet her!

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Moo is a playful pup

I also saw Blush, Diamond, Ginger, Merlin, O’Shea, TuTu, and Weezie.

Orphans of the Storm® Middle-Aged Dogs

Yesterday was National Puppy Day, but don’t forget that there are dogs of all ages looking to find their “furever” loving home! I met some great middle-aged dogs at Orphans of the Storm® this week who still have plenty to offer their new family.

Chief the nine-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is an absolute pro at playing fetch. The first thing he did when we got to the off-leash run was find a tennis ball. He carried it around in his mouth for a bit, but then he stopped a few feet away from me, put the ball on the ground, and rolled it towards me with his nose. It was too cute! If you throw the ball high enough, Chief can catch it in midair. But he’s also happy to chase after it if you throw it far rather than high.

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Chief shining in the sun

Chief is a very appealing guy. There was a family in the run next to us looking at a different dog, but Chief caught their eye and they were eager to meet him. Unfortunately, they already owned another dog and Chief would do best as the only pet in his new home. But Chief loves people and will give you doggy kisses! He is fun and sweet and doesn’t act like an older dog, so don’t let his age deter you from taking him out and getting to know him. Come in soon to meet Chief!

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Chief was never far from his tennis ball

Lucy the eight-year-old Boxer mix is such a sweetheart. The first thing she did when I took her out of her kennel was to give me a doggy hug and try her best to reach up and give me doggy kisses. The card on her kennel says that she walks on the slower side, but I think she walks at the perfect speed if your main interest is strolling around the neighborhood.

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Lucy coming in for a cuddle

Lucy loves to snuggle. Whenever I sat down on the bench in the off-leash run, Lucy was quick to follow suit and happily stayed next to me while I pet her. When I sat down on the ground, she was by my side almost immediately. You can’t ask for a much better companion than that! If you’re looking for a sweet older dog who just wants to love you and be loved in return, come in soon to meet Lucy.

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Lucy with her pretty brindle fur

Merlin the six-year-old Heeler mix is a handsome bundle of energy. He’s one of those breeds that does best when they’re kept active. When I came to let Merlin out, he was literally jumping up and down in excitement–and boy, can he jump! Merlin quickly led the way to the off-leash run, where he had a fun time racing the dog on the other side of the fence.

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Merlin is magical!

Merlin‘s card on his kennel says that he prefers men, but he was very friendly with me (though I didn’t see him interact with any men, so maybe he would be even friendlier!). He can be a little overenthusiastic with his affection and accidentally bonk you with his nose when trying to give you a doggy kiss, but that’s okay. If you’re an active guy looking for an active dog, be sure to stop in and meet Merlin!

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Merlin loves being outside

Tracy the six-year-old American Foxhound mix seems like a pretty mellow girl. She’s currently sharing her kennel with a little dog (not available for adoption yet) who sometimes jumps all over her when excited, and Tracy doesn’t seem to mind. I didn’t hear her bark once, either in her kennel or when we were outside. She walked pretty well on the leash overall.

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Tracy says, “That’s the spot!”

Tracy was a little shy at first, but the longer we were together the more she warmed up. Eventually she was giving doggy kisses! Being a Hound, she mostly followed her nose around the off-leash run, but she would come back to me for a reassuring scratch behind the ears or under her chin every once in a while. She’s a sweet girl who gets along with dogs and people alike. Stop by soon to say hello to Tracy!

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Tracy has such a sweet face

I also saw Barney (who loves to play with toys of any type!), Blush, John Boy, Lucky, Roxy, and TuTu.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in the Rain

It was a rainy day at Orphans of the Storm®, but the dogs were still happy to come outside (well, some were happier than others). Their pictures are a bit ethereal this week due to all the raindrops on the camera lens, but that just means I’ll have to walk them again and get better pictures when the weather is nicer!

River the one-year-old Shepherd mix was one of the dogs who didn’t mind the rain at all. He was eager to come outside and wasn’t in a hurry to get back to his kennel at the end. River seems like a pretty athletic dog who would like to go for walks or runs, and since he’s still young he would of course like to have plenty of playtime!

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River has super cute ears

River was originally sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so we know he gets along with his fellow pooches. River is a sweet boy who will happily give you doggy kisses once he gets to know you. He mostly explored the off-leash run on his own, but he would come to me every once in a while for a pat on the back or a scratch under the chin. He’s a bit on the skinny side, so his new family can spoil him with plenty of treats! Stop by soon to meet River.

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River shaking off the rain

Wishbone the two-year-old Shepherd mix caught my eye as I was walking through her wing because she is so pretty and fluffy! She was a little hesitant about the rain but once her leash was on, she was ready to go! Wishbone can pull a bit when she first gets out of her kennel, but she settles down into a good walking companion.

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Wishbone’s pretty (blurry) face

Wishbone was a little skittish at first and mostly kept to herself for the first few minutes we were in the off-leash run, but eventually she realized that we could get along just fine and so she stood by my side while I pet her. You may or may not agree with the pro-Obama message on her collar, but don’t let that influence your decision:-) On your next visit to the shelter, take some time to get to know Wishbone!

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Wishbone exploring the bushes

Tyson the ten-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is a big boy, and since he’s still a puppy he might even get a little bit bigger. But along with that big size comes a big heart–Tyson is super sweet and funny. He has a lot of energy and can be a bit of a handful when he first gets out of his kennel, but after he gets the chance to run around a bit he calms down considerably. Don’t get turned off right away with him!

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Tyson has a big, lovable face

Tyson has some cute puppy tendencies still. He’s still learning about the world and has plenty of curiosity. He was sniffing a plastic cover that was hanging from the fence and when it moved he jumped away, but then immediately went back and poked it with his nose again. Tyson gives big doggy hugs and is so cute. If you’re looking for a big, lovable companion and you have the time to put into training, come in soon to meet Tyson!

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Tyson is up for anything!

Festus the four-year-old Hound mix has been at the shelter for a little while now. He’s always been sharing his kennel with other dogs who get adopted, and now Festus is ready for his turn! We know Festus is a friendly guy, so he could go to a home with or without another pooch.

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Festus is an outdoorsman

Festus is well-behaved. He waited patiently while I put his leash on and didn’t try to dash out. He also walked pretty nicely on the way to the off-leash run. Being a Hound, Festus was more interested in following his nose than anything else. He’s a cute boy with nice coloring and markings. Stop by soon to see if Festus is the pooch for you!

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Festus has that sweet Hound face

I also saw Blush, John Boy, Lisa, TuTu, and Zoey.