Apologies for the long hiatus! But the dogs of Orphans of the Storm® are still here and still ready to find their forever homes. Orphans of the Storm® is once again open on a walk-in basis, so you no longer need to make an appointment before coming in. However, appointments are still encouraged. Here are NINE great dogs who want to meet you!
Posey the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is the snuggliest! She wants to be as close to her people as possible. She loves to give doggy hugs and will happily stand on her back legs for as long as you scratch her ears and sides. She also enjoys getting belly rubs and will climb into your lap and roll over so you can reach all her favorite spots. Posey is a big fan of giving doggy kisses too, and will cover your face in licks and then rest her chin on your shoulder so you can cuddle even more.
Posey is a little pig-like. She snorts and snuffles while she explores around the yard or on the trail, and the noises are the cutest. Posey walks nicely on the leash once she gets her initial burst of energy out of her system and was a good walking buddy on the trail. She loves romping around the yard and raced another dog on the other side of the fence a few times. Posey chased after toys but wasn’t too interested in playing fetch. If you are looking for a dog who will never stray far from your side, come in soon to meet Posey!
Kap the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is such a smart boy. He already knows “sit,” “high five” (with both paws!), “down,” and probably even more! He is very treat-motivated, so he will be a quick and eager learner. Kap is also a sweetheart. He loves to put his front paws in your lap and cover you in doggy kisses, and then happily keep his paws in your lap while you pet him. He can get a little worked up when he’s in his kennel, but he is very mellow outside of the kennel and just enjoys being out with people.
Kap loves toys. He easily entertains himself by kicking and chasing balls around the yard–he doesn’t even need a person in order to play fetch! Once he’s tired himself out, he takes his toy and plops down to do some chewing. Kap is a serious chewer and can quickly tear toys apart, though, so he needs to be supervised when he has a toy to make sure he doesn’t accidentally eat any of it. He quickly trades a toy for a treat, though, so it’s never an issue getting a torn toy away from him. If you’re looking for a smart and playful pooch, stop in soon to meet Kap!
Zoey the five-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is such a pretty girl, with her flowing and shiny black fur. Her absolute favorite thing is back and hip scratches. She wiggles back and forth until you find the perfect spot and then leans into your hand to make sure you keep scratching, and she turns around and gives you a big doggy smile so you know how much she’s enjoying herself. She’ll also give you a few doggy kisses as a thank-you.
Zoey is attentive to her person and is pretty good about coming when you call her, even when she’s on the other side of the yard. She enjoys romping around the yard but wasn’t overly interested in playing with toys. Zoey can occasionally pull on the leash when she’s excited to go in a particular direction, but overall she’s an easy walking buddy and does even better when she’s on a harness. Be sure to say hello to Zoey on your next visit to the shelter!
Steel the three-year-old Canaan Dog/Chow Chow mix will catch your eye right away. He is so handsome and has such a distinct blue-black tongue! Steel is a smart boy who already knows some commands and can definitely learn more. He walks great on the leash and walks just a few steps ahead of you. Steel gets along with other dogs and attends play group, but he is not a fan of cats.
Steel loves toys–but sometimes too much! He can be a little possessive and doesn’t want his toys taken away. For this reason, he would do best in an adult-only home where he doesn’t have to worry about sharing (intentionally or otherwise) with kids who might want to play with his toys too. Steel even likes to carry toys with him on walks sometimes. Steel has plenty of energy and is looking for an active home where he can get the exercise and playtime he deserves. If that sounds like you, come in soon to meet Steel!
Norman the eight-month-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is such a sweetie. Any time you sit down on a bench, Norman hops up and sits down right next to you–as close to you as he can get without actually being on you–and stays still and calm for as long as you’re petting him. He sometimes leans over and gives you a doggy kiss or two. Even though he’s still a puppy, he walks pretty well on the leash and only pulls every once in a while.
Norman has his playful puppy side too, though. He especially likes big, bouncy balls that he can chase after and push around the yard himself. When he eventually catches it, he likes to lie down and chew. Norman will love going to a home that will spoil him with lots of toy options! Norman would also appreciate having a yard to call his own, where he can run a few laps before plopping down and sunning himself. If you’re looking for a sweet puppy, be sure to say hello to Norman on your next visit to the shelter!
Franco the ten-month-old Pit Bull Terrier/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a gentle giant. He seems like a bit of a handful inside his kennel just because he is so big and he likes to jump up against the gate to say hello, but he is actually super easy to walk and loves to cuddle. He is so attentive! During our walk, he stayed so close to me that his side was brushing against my leg with almost every step, and he would pause and look up at me at regular intervals just to make sure we were still on the same page. He has the prettiest light, bright eyes.
Franco hasn’t quite figured out his own size yet, so he can be funnily clumsy. When I sat down on the bench, he tried to put his front paws in my lap but overshot it and ended up sort of draped over my legs instead. He didn’t seem to mind as long as I scratched his sides and he was able to reach my face to give me doggy kisses. He is a play group regular and has made some doggy friends, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Don’t let Franco’s large size intimidate you–he’s a true teddy bear. Come in soon to see for yourself!
Swift the four-year-old Hound/Pit Bull Terrier mix is a silly, sweet boy. He loves having the chance to run and play in the big Enrichment Park. He enthusiastically chases after toys when you throw them, and then is happy to throw them in the air again himself and chase them some more. Swift is also enthusiastic about his people. He takes a running leap in your general direction, though he doesn’t jump on you or at you–he may nudge your elbow with his nose as he flies past. But then he settles down and leans against your legs while you rub his sides.
Swift has the cutest speckled nose that looks even cuter when he’s giving you a big doggy smile. Swift enjoys giving doggy kisses and will join you on the bench for some snuggles. He can pull on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, but he’s an easy walking buddy on the trail and likes to sniff around in all the tall grasses and bushes. Swift’s Hound side comes out when a bird crosses his path, and he almost goes into a Pointer pose as he watches it hopping around. Come by the shelter soon to meet sweet Swift!
Stella the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is an active, athletic girl looking for an active, athletic home where she can participate in all the fun. She loves to run after toys, especially balls that bounce extra high, though she hasn’t quite mastered the part where she brings it back so you can throw it again. Stella also loves to run after squirrels and will chase them up trees, where she stands on her back legs and wishes she could climb up after them. Stella can be strong when she wants to be, but overall walks nicely on the leash and mostly stayed just a step or two ahead of me and walked at a nice, even pace.
Stella is very snuggly and leans against your legs while you scratch her sides. She already knows a few commands like “sit” and could easily learn more. Stella is “most improved” in play group. When she first arrived at Orphans of the Storm, she did not get along with the other dogs at all, but now she is a play group rock star and has the longest list of doggy friends! It’s still a good idea for her to have slow introductions with new dogs, but she does have the potential to go to a home with another dog. Be sure to say hello to Stella on your next visit to the shelter!
Dana the three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix can be extra excitable when she first comes out of her kennel, but she settles down quickly once she gets a chance to stretch her legs in the yard and then does a great job walking on the leash around the trail. She leads the way, but doesn’t pull on the leash. Dana enjoys following her nose and exploring through all the tall plants along the path.
Dana likes to chase after balls, especially when they bounce a few times, but hasn’t quite mastered bringing them back in order to play fetch. She also enjoys water and likes to be sprayed down with a hose and sometimes dips her paws in the puppy pool. Dana’s secret skill is that she can climb fences, so she will need to be closely supervised when she’s off-leash! Dana is looking for a home where she can be the only pet. If that sounds like you, come in soon to meet Dana!
I also saw Coal and Polly, both of whom were unfortunately returned after long stints in homes but who are ready to find their new forevers. Polly has settled down so much since I first profiled her–she is an easy walking companion, completely housebroken, and loves to just find a sunny spot where she can lie down and relax. Coal’s favorite thing in the world is water. He loves to splash around in the puppy pools and likes getting hosed down.