Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Super!

Looking for a super companion to join you for the Super Bowl this Sunday? There’s still time to come in and meet the perfect dog for you at Orphans of the Storm®!

Red the seven-year-old Hound mix was a little shy and hesitant at first, but once we hit the trail he really perked up. You can tell that he’s a true Hound dog because he always kept his nose to the ground and wanted to forge his own path through the trees and brush rather than following the actual trail. Red may be on the skinny side at the moment, but he still has plenty of energy and endurance.

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Red in his element

Red is pretty easy-going. He can walk past other dogs without giving them a second glance, but also politely sniffed another smaller dog we passed. Red enjoyed exploring the off-leash run and also did some racing with the dog on the other side of the fence. Come in soon to see if Red is the one for you!

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Red wondering, “Who’s over there?”

Jacques the two-year-old Border Collie mix is a friendly guy. He greets every person he sees with a doggy hug and wagging tail. He’s also eager to give out doggy kisses. Jacques joined me on the bench a couple times and happily stood by my side so I could pet him. He was glad to have the opportunity to bound around the off-leash run for a bit at first, and sniffed at some of the toys. (We didn’t get a chance to try fetch yet.)

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Jacques being a good walking buddy

Jacques did a pretty good job walking on the leash around the woodland preserve. He would stop and sniff, then get a burst of energy and run for a short distance, and then settle into a nice walking pace. He would love to be part of an active family. Jacques is one of those dogs who truly looks like he’s smiling, and he’ll make his new family smile too! Be sure to say hello to Jacques on your next visit to the shelter.

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Jacques smiling for the camera

Quinn the six-year-old Mountain Cur mix is such a sweetie. He’s a little bigger than what you would normally consider a “lapdog,” but Quinn’s favorite place is in his person’s lap. He joined me on the bench, put his front paws in my lap, and stayed there for a long time–even after I asked if he wanted to go for a walk! Quinn just enjoyed being in the fresh air, relaxing, and watching cars drive by.

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Quinn tried to sniff as high as his neck could stretch

Quinn and I did eventually go on our walk, and Quinn walks nicely on the leash. He didn’t pull at all, which makes sense with his mellow personality. He would stop and sniff occasionally, but mostly stayed close to my side. Quinn gets along with other dogs and seems like a go-with-the-flow kind of pooch. Come in soon to say hello to Quinn!

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Quinn is a cuddler

Petey the ten-month-old Carolina Dog/Shepherd mix is all puppy. This means he still explores the world with his mouth. He nibbled on the leash, my gloves, my headband, and wood chips. The good news is he’s pretty good about dropping things also and let me take the wood chips right out of his mouth. Petey also walks surprisingly well on the leash, considering he probably doesn’t have much experience or training.

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Not pictured: The black spot on the back of each of Petey’s ears

Petey has that irresistible puppy enthusiasm and will give you doggy kisses for as long as you let him. He also likes to give doggy hugs and will try his best to jump into your lap whenever he gets the opportunity. Puppy joy is contagious, so you can’t help but feel happy when you’re with Petey. Petey gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with Tucker (see below). If you’re looking to add a puppy to your home, be sure to say hello to Petey!

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Petey somehow looks a little like a bunny

Tucker the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix is a velcro dog. His side was literally touching my leg when we were walking, even when he first came out of his kennel (usually the dogs want to start running when they first get out). Tucker is very attentive and kept looking up at me while we were walking.

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Tucker was a little unsure of the pebbles

Tucker is sweet and affectionate. He gave me some doggy kisses and also licked my hand while I was petting him. Tucker has a beautiful brindle coat and a sweet face. He gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with Petey (see above). Tucker also gets along with cats. Come in soon to meet Tucker!

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Tucker is a sweetheart

Sadie the eight-year-old Husky mix came from a family who could no longer afford to care for her. But since she has a lifetime of experience as a family pet, that means she is already housebroken and gets along with children. Her previous owners described her as gentle and passive. Sadie takes a little time to warm up to new people, but she did eventually hop up on the bench next to me so I could pet her.

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Sadie says, “Hello there!”

Sadie is a stereotypical Husky when she’s outside. She loves to be active and go for runs, and quickly led the way around the woodland preserve. She did occasionally stop to sniff. Sadie would enjoy having a fenced-in yard, but Huskies are known escape artists so her new family would need to supervise her when she’s out. If you’re looking for a new companion as well as a new running buddy, stop by soon to meet Sadie!

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Sadie is a pretty girl

I also saw Bella, Blush (who greeted me with a doggy hug), Clarinet, Dexter, Eve, Goliath, Hamilton, Nash, Thunder, Whizzer, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Has Hounds and More

There are more than a dozen Hounds waiting to meet you at Orphans of the Storm®, and of course plenty of non-Hounds too!

Howard the six-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix needed some convincing to go outside, but once he realized it meant going for a walk, he was excited. Howard gave me a doggy hug as soon as I put the leash on and continued to be sweet and snuggly the whole time we were together. He enjoys a good pet and will stand right by your side or lean against your legs while you pet him.

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Howard enjoying his walk through the woods

Howard, being a Hound, loves to sniff. He kept his nose to the ground for the majority of our walk around the woodland trail, but still walked at a good pace and didn’t make too many stops or pull on the leash. Howard is housebroken and knows some basic commands, and would be motivated to learn more. Come in soon to see if Howard is the pooch for you!

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Howard wasn’t as sure about having muddy paws

Jake the one-year-old Hound mix is a playful puppy. Most of his photos were a white-and-tan blur because Jake is always on the move. He had a fun time running around the off-leash run and sniffing in the snow. Jake spends lots of time play-bowing and bouncing around also, even with people rather than other dogs.

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Jake is a happy pupper

Jake is affectionate too. He likes to give doggy hugs and maybe a doggy kiss or two. Jake is a go-with-the-flow kind of pup and didn’t mind getting dressed up in different outfits for his official portrait and other pictures. Since Jake is still a puppy, he’s looking for a home with people who can spend plenty of time with him. Be sure to say hi to Jake on your next visit to the shelter!

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Jake doesn’t mind a little snow

Sergeant the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Australian Cattle Dog mix is very shy at first, but don’t let that deter you! Once you spend some time with him and get past the shyness, Sergeant shows what a sweet boy he is. He likes being pet once he starts feeling more comfortable, and will lay by your feet so you can pet him some more.

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Sergeant exploring in the tall grasses

Sergeant doesn’t seem to have much experience with walking on a leash and can be a little resistant at first, but he ended up doing a nice job walking around the woodland trail. He got more curious the longer we were out and enjoyed sniffing around. Sergeant is looking for a family who will help him come out of his shell and give him plenty of love and encouragement. If that sounds like you, come in soon to meet Sergeant!

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Sergeant’s one bright blue eye will catch your attention!

I also saw Bella, Bo (who is super sweet and cuddly), Goliath, Harley and Reeco, and Nash.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Have a Snowy Kind of Day

After a long stretch of single-digit temperatures, the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were thrilled that they could actually enjoy some time outside this week! They had a chance to romp in at least a little bit of snow before it all melted.

Harley the five-year-old Labrador Retriever/Australian Shepherd mix came to the shelter because her owners could no longer take care of her, but that means she already has a lifetime of experience as a family pet. Harley is housebroken and walks nicely on the leash. Overall, she seems like a happy, mellow girl–who would be even happier back in a home!

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Harley following her nose through the snow

Harley wasn’t feeling overly playful when we were in the off-leash run, but she did sniff all of the toys that were there and wagged her tail at them. Harley gives nice doggy kisses and will happily stand next to you while you pet her. She didn’t pay any attention to the dogs on the other side of the fence and seemed to just like meandering and exploring. Stop in soon to see if Harley is the one for you!

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Harley considering playing with a penguin

Nico the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix has an adorably wrinkly face that will make you smile as soon as you see him. Once you take him out, his personality will make you smile even more! Nico loves playing with toys. He was going back and forth between which toys to play with when we were in the off-leash run, but eventually settled on a pink tennis ball.

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Nico is a handsome guy

Nico is pretty good at playing fetch, though he can sometimes get a little distracted and drop the ball on the ground halfway back to you. But if you throw it again, he’ll happily chase after it. Nico likes getting his hips scratched and will wriggle around while you pet him to make sure you get all his favorite spots. Be sure to say hello to Nico on your next visit to the shelter!

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Note to Nico’s future owner: Buy pink tennis balls!

Charlie the three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a good boy. He waited nicely for me to put his leash on, and then walked nicely on the leash without pulling. Charlie is already housebroken. He gets along with dogs that are smaller than he is, but gets a little unsure of things when he’s around larger dogs. Charlie started off exploring the off-leash run on his own and followed his nose behind and through the bushes.

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Charlie is a cutie

Charlie then came and sat right at my feet when he was ready to get some pets and attention. He seemed to particularly enjoy getting his chin and ears scratched. While Charlie is a sweet boy, he would do best in an adult-only home with few visitors since he’ll be attached to his person. If that description fits you, come in soon to meet Charlie!

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Charlie likes to keep an eye on things

America the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is already a volunteer favorite, even though she’s only been at the shelter for a couple weeks. Everybody we passed on our walk stopped, called out her name, and came over to pet her. She greeted everyone with a wagging tail in return. America is a playful girl who enjoyed racing around the off-leash run and chewing on different toys.

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Can you blame the volunteers for falling in love with a face like America’s?

America seems friendly with other dogs. She was sniffing and play-bowing and tail-wagging with the dog on the other side of the fence. However, she isn’t a fan of cats. With people, America is an affectionate and snuggly girl. She hopped up to join me on the bench and put her paws in my lap while I pet her. Since America is still a puppy, she’ll need to get some training from her new family. Be sure to stop by America’s kennel on your next visit to the shelter!

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America racing the (unseen) dog on the other side of the fence

Dexter the ten-month-old Hound/Shepherd mix was waiting to receive his clean bill of health when I first walked him a few weeks ago, so his photos are from pre-snowfall. Now Dexter is healthy and ready to go home with you! He has plenty of puppy energy, but also plenty of affection to give. Dexter put his front paws in my lap and covered my face in doggy kisses. When I knelt down next to him, he tucked his head under my arm and leaned against me so I could pet him more.

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Dexter being curious

Dexter loves to give doggy hugs! When I was putting him back in his kennel, he gave me one last doggy hug as if to say, “Are you sure you want to put me back?” Dexter is also playful. He hasn’t quite mastered “fetch” yet, but he was interested in the different toys in the off-leash run and scampered around. He was also happy to get a running start on the woodland preserve, but slowed to a walk soon enough. This happy pup is ready to join a home. Be sure to say hello to Dexter on your next visit to the shelter!

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Dexter is a kissy-face

I also saw Big Boy and Mojo, Hamilton, and Harley and Reeco.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Hoping 2018 Is Their Year

Of course every dog (and cat!) at Orphans of the Storm® is hoping to find their new forever home in the new year, but some dogs are hoping a little more because they have been at the shelter for a year or longer. Come in soon to meet these long-timers and find out if they’re the pooch for you!

Aleck the four-year-old Hound/Pointer mix

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Aleck is a volunteer favorite; goes to off-site events; gives doggy hugs and kisses; would do best as the only dog in an adult home

Barney the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix

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Barney is playful; knows some commands; would do best as the only dog in his new home

Bella the thirteen-year-old Boxer mix

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Bella is my personal favorite dog at the shelter; super easy to walk; gentle with kids; would do best as the only dog in her new home

Blush the eight-year-old Labrador Retriever mix

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Blush loves going for walks; enjoys pig ears and other chew toys; eager to learn new tricks

Carlos the four-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix

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Carlos is another volunteer favorite; loves playing with toys; always up for going on a long walk

Cheyenne (Shyanne) the five-year-old Hound mix

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Cheyenne is super affectionate and will give you plenty of doggy hugs and kisses; easy walking companion; would do best as the only dog in her new home

Clarinet the three-year-old Catahloula Leopard Dog mix

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Clarinet is the most cuddly and will try to fit in your lap; enjoys going for walks; would do best as the only dog in her new home

Hobbs the six-year-old Mountain Cur mix

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Hobbs is hoping to have a yard to call his own; walks nicely on the leash; always greets you with a wagging tail and doggy smile

John Boy the five-year-old Labrador Retriever mix

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John Boy likes to play outside even in the snow; was living with another dog for a while but likes to be the boss; knows some commands and is eager to learn more

Lucy the nine-year-old Boxer mix

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Lucy is a great walking companion; very mellow; gets along with some dogs but not all

Puggie the fourteen-year-old Chihuahua mix

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Puggie takes his time making new friends but once he knows you, he’s always happy to see you; likes going for walks; would prefer an adult home

Riley (Diamond) the nine-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix

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Riley is another volunteer favorite; looking for a home where someone is around most of the time because she has separation anxiety

Roxy the five-year-old Rottweiler/Shepherd mix

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Roxy likes to snuggle; walks nicely on the leash; would prefer to be the only dog in an adult home

Scotty the twelve-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix

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Scotty is an older guy who spends most of his time curled up on his doggy bed; likes going for short walks

Thunder the nine-year-old Boxer mix

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Thunder loves to give doggy kisses; goes to off-site events; knows some commands; would do best as the only dog in his new home

Vanilla the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix

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Vanilla is a good walking companion; eager to learn new tricks; would do best as the only dog in her new home

Wombat the four-year-old Hound mix

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Wombat has lots of energy; likes to play with toys; prefers running to walking

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed on New Year’s Day, but you can come in any other day of the month and help get 2018 off to a great start for these or any other pooch!

Happy New Year!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoyed a Warm Winter Day

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® certainly don’t mind that our winter got off to a mild start–it meant longer, more enjoyable walks this past weekend!

Dopey the eight-year-old Great Pyrenees mix is a sweet, mellow boy. He loves getting attention and will stand at your side while you scratch his ears or pet his back. Dopey is equally happy to meander around the yard and sniff. He’s also up for a good game of fetch! (Though I tried to play with him and another dog simultaneously and since Dopey was bigger, he accidentally ran his buddy over trying to get to the toy.)

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Dopey keeping an eye on things

Dopey gets along well with other dogs. He was sharing his kennel with a smaller dog who has since been adopted, and he liked following her around the run and doing whatever she did. Dopey walks nicely on the leash. If you’re looking for a happy, easy-going guy who could be fine as the only pet or as a companion to another dog, Dopey could be your guy. Come in soon to meet Dopey!

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Dopey is more of a Happy, if you ask me!

Wally the five-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is always eager to go for a walk. When he first comes out of his kennel, he can be extra excited and want to get off to a running start. After we ran around the first half of the woodland preserve, though, Wally settled into a (quick) walking pace and took the opportunity to sniff through the bushes and tall grasses.

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Wally is usually in “oh boy oh boy!” mode

Wally enjoys getting pet. Once he got his initial burst of energy out of his system, he was happy to pause every once in a while so I could pet him. Wally gets along with other dogs and was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without a furry friend. Be sure to say hello to Wally on your next visit to the shelter!

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Wally likes to follow his own path

Eve the four-year-old Shepherd/Mountain Cur mix absolutely loves going for walks. She was very mellow when we were in the off-leash run, but when I asked if she wanted to go for a walk, she completely lit up and went straight for the gate. Then we were off and running around the woodland preserve! After her initial excitement wore off, she settled into being a good walking companion.

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Eve investigating the toys

Eve likes a good cuddle. She’ll come up and lean against your legs. She particularly likes getting her hips scratched and will do a little dance for you when you scratch the right spot. Eve didn’t pay any attention to the other dogs we passed during our walk, but she would prefer to be the only dog in her future home. She would also do best in an adults-only home. If that sounds like your situation, stop by soon to meet Eve!

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Eve’s cute face

Gus the six-year-old German Shepherd mix is a big boy–so big that his front paws are practically the same size as my hands! But don’t let his size intimidate you. Gus is a big softie. He put his paws in my lap and gave me some doggy kisses. He also enjoyed getting a belly rub. When I sat down on the bench, he rolled right over next to my feet and licked my hand and arm while I pet him.

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Gus is so handsome

Gus seemed a little unsure when he first came out of his kennel and kept looking up at me as we made our way to the woodland preserve. Once we got there, though, Gus was eager to get a move on. His walk is the same pace as my run, so we walked/ran most of the way around. Gus also liked having a chance to stop and sniff every once in a while. This handsome boy was already getting a lot of attention when I was there, so if you think he might be the one for you, come in soon to say hello to Gus!

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Gus being a good walking buddy

I also saw Balto, Bella, Brutus, Chase, Diamond (Riley), Donny, Dunkin, Goliath, John Boy, Nash, Shyanne (aka Cheyenne, who greeted me with a doggy hug, then when I put her paws back on the ground jumped back up to give me a second doggy hug before continuing on her walk with another volunteer), Thunder, Vanilla, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Give Their New Families Many Thanks (and Many Kisses)

Thanksgiving may be over, but the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® will be thankful to find their forever home at any time of the year!

Chase the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is appropriately named because he likes having the chance to run! Chase led the way running around the first part of the woodland preserve, but then slowed to a quick walk and took plenty of pauses to sniff. Chase also likes to stop and stick his nose straight up in the air so he can catch even more scents.

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Chase can cuddle and use his Hound nose simultaneously

Chase is snuggly. He joined me on the bench a few times and enjoyed getting pet. He gave me a few doggy kisses in return. He’s also happy to give doggy hugs. Chase seems to get along with other dogs and politely sniffed two dogs (one his size, one much smaller) while we were out. Come in soon to see if Chase is the one for you!

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Chase pretending to be a Pointer

Blake the seven-year-old Boxer mix is a big softie. He is super affectionate and loves being close to people. Whenever I patted my legs, Blake came right over and put his front paws in my lap. He will also cover your face in doggy kisses whenever he gets the opportunity. And with that lovable face, you won’t want to turn him away!

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Blake being a lapdog

Blake is a great walking companion. He rarely pulled on the leash and also responded well if I asked him to go in a particular direction. Blake has a tickly spot on the side of his neck and will kick his back foot when you scratch him there. Blake didn’t seem to mind other dogs when we passed them on our walk, but he isn’t a fan of cats. Be sure to say hello to Blake on your next visit to the shelter!

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Blake looking majestic in the fall foliage

Aibileen the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is such a happy girl. Her tail wags constantly–and strongly!–so you’ll certainly get thwacked with it if you’re standing nearby. Aibileen particularly likes getting her hips scratched. She’ll do a little dance and back right up against you to make sure you’re scratching the right spot.

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Aibileen’s sweet face

Aibileen likes to snuggle in general, too. She’ll come running over and just lean against you while you pet her. She’s also not at all shy about giving doggy kisses. Aibileen gets along with other dogs big and small. She’s currently sharing her kennel with Minny (see below). If you’re looking for a happy, snuggly girl, come in soon to meet Aibileen!

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Aibileen coming in for a doggy kiss

Minny the one-year-old Jack Russell Terrier/Schipperke mix is super friendly. She’s small and energetic, so she’ll run right to you and then put her front paws on your legs and do a little jump to get your attention. If you kneel down to her level, she’ll hop right into you lap and happily get pet. She also likes to give doggy kisses.

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Minny is a little cutie

Minny got off to a bit of a rough start and is missing fur in some places, but that doesn’t slow her down at all and certainly hasn’t dampened her spirits. She’s happy and curious and likes following her nose to explore. Those little legs can move faster than you might expect! Minny gets along with other dogs of different sizes. She is currently sharing her kennel with Aibileen (see above). Come in soon to meet sweet Minny!

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Minny making a funny face

I also saw Balto (who greeted me with a doggy hug), Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Carlos, Harley and Reeco, Lucy, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Be Your New Best Friend

There are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® right now who are particularly eager to spend as much time as possible snuggling with their new family. And with the weather getting colder, what better time to add a new cuddle-buddy to your home?

Parker the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a lovey-dovey boy. He gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel. He also likes to give doggy kisses. Parker spent some time snuggled in my lap when we took a break during our walk around the woodland preserve. He certainly will want to be close to his person!

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Parker is a cutie

Parker walks nicely on a leash. The only time he pulls a bit is when he passes another dog. He can get a little excited then. The rest of the time, Parker walks at a perfect pace. Since Parker can get so attached to his person, he may want to act a little protectively around his future owner. Come in soon to see if Parker is the one for you!

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Parker thinks you can never be too close!

Gale the two-year-old Hound mix is a little skittish at the moment, but she’s still a sweet and friendly girl who likes to stay close to whoever is walking her. So close, in fact, that Gale was weaving in and out of my legs while we were on our walk! You don’t have to worry about Gale getting too far ahead of you.

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Gale likes having time to enjoy the outdoors

Gale enjoys keeping her Hound nose to the ground so she can keep track of interesting scents. But she’s happy to take a break from that every once in a while for a snuggle session. Gale hopped up to join me on the bench and put her front paws in my lap while I pet her. Stop by soon to meet Gale!

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Gale squinting in the autumn sun

I also saw Aleck, Bella, Big Boy and MojoDiamond (Riley), Hamilton, Lucky, and Thunder.

Orphans of the Storm® Celebrates Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

This Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29, Orphans of the Storm® is waiving the adoption fee for all dogs to celebrate the end of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! (The waived fee includes spay/neuter, but costs for final shots still apply.) If you’ve been thinking about adopting a dog but haven’t gotten around to it yet, now is the perfect time to come in and meet some pooches!

Prince the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is about as ready to go home as any dog could be. Prince is housebroken, knows some commands like “sit” and would be eager to learn more, gets along with children, and walks great on the leash. With all these traits and skills already, your main job would be to make sure Prince gets all the love he deserves!

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Prince is a good walking buddy

Prince is a friendly boy. He likes getting pet and will give the occasional doggy kiss. He has just the smallest hint of an underbite, which makes him look like he’s pouting, but his wagging tail lets you know how happy he is. We passed a couple dogs during our walk and Prince just gave them a quick glance and kept going. This handsome boy is ready to show you what a great family member he can be. Come in soon to meet Prince!

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Prince is a real cutie

Bronson the two-year-old Beagle mix is one of the cuddliest dogs. He loves giving doggy hugs and kisses, sitting in your lap, snuggling next to you on the bench, and basically anything else that involves close contact. Whenever I knelt down or stopped walking, Bronson immediately had his paws in my lap. At one point, he would stop walking after just a few feet so I would cuddle with him some more, then walk a few more feet, stop, and repeat.

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Bronson’s signature doggy hug

Bronson was also very patient when we put him in a spider costume for his Halloween portrait. We had to stick his floppy ears through the hat multiple times and he never tried to pull away or shake us off. Bronson can be pretty bark-y around other dogs but otherwise was quiet during our time together. Bronson would do best in an adults-only home. If he sounds like the pal for you, come in soon to meet Bronson!

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Bronson is always alert on his walks

Nash the two-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is a big boy. He was super excited to come out for a walk, even though it was raining (hence the blurry photos). Nash walks pretty well on the leash despite his large size, though he can pull occasionally if there is a particular smell he wants to investigate. Nash was also happy to hop up on the bench and take a seat so I could pet him some more.

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Nash sits like a good boy

Nash didn’t pay any attention to other dogs when they passed us during our walk, except for a quick look to see who was coming. Being a Lab, Nash showed some interest in a tennis ball when we were in the off-leash run. Mostly he just liked exploring and coming back to me for more pats on the back. Nash can be a little hesitant around men and seems to prefer the company of women, so he might do best in a home with only women or with a laid-back man. Stop in soon to see if Nash is the one for you!

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Nash doesn’t mind a little rain

I also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Carlos, Delilah, Hamilton, Harley and Reeco, Kaffee, LuckyLucy, Thunder, Tyson, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Sweetie-Pie Dogs

If you are particularly interested in snuggly, cuddly dogs, now is a good time to stop by Orphans of the Storm®! Small dogs aren’t the only ones who can be lapdogs–there are plenty of big dogs who are ready to hop into your lap too!

Hamilton the 10-month-old Great Dane mix gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel, which was more like a human hug because Hamilton is as tall as a person when he’s standing on his back legs. Hamilton can be a bit of a handful when he first comes out and likes to chew on the leash a bit, but he settles down once you start on your walk. Since he’s still a puppy, it’s only understandable that he has plenty of energy.

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Hamilton is plenty perky!

Hamilton is a fun boy. He likes to chase toys, though he hasn’t fully grasped the concept of “fetch” yet and just likes carrying the toys around in his mouth. Hamilton is under the impression that he is a lapdog, even though only a small portion of him can fit in a person’s lap. He’s also happy to give doggy kisses while he’s sitting on you. Hamilton would do best in an adult home. If you’re looking for a tall, dark, and handsome guy, come in soon to meet Hamilton!

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Hamilton will be happy to join his future family on the couch

Tyson the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is the most snuggly pup. I first met him three weeks ago, when he was too scared to walk on the leash so he just cuddled in my lap the whole time. This week, he was much more confident and happy to lead the way around the woodland preserve! Tyson walks nicely on the leash and also seems to get along with most other dogs.

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Tyson has the cutest face when he’s enjoying a belly rub

Tyson loves belly rubs and sitting in people’s laps. Any time you sit or kneel, Tyson thinks that is an invitation to literally flop onto you. He will very contentedly stay in your lap until you move. He also sometimes stops in the middle of walking and sits on your feet so you can pet him some more. Tyson will need an extra loving home to help him come out of his shell even more. If you’re looking for an extra lovey-dovey dog, be sure to say hello to Tyson!

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Tyson will never be far from your side

Artemis the four-year-old Doberman Pinscher mix likes being close to his person. The first thing he did when he came out of his kennel was nuzzle his head against my leg. When we were on our walk around the woodland preserve, Artemis sometimes walked so close to me that his side was touching my leg. A natural heeler! Artemis does a great job on the leash overall and didn’t pull at all.

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Artemis exploring the run

Artemis seems like a pretty mellow guy. When we were in the off-leash run, he just meandered around and sniffed. He wasn’t too interested in toys when we were together. Artemis likes getting pet, especially on the side of his neck, and he’ll lean into your hand so you get the right spot. Artemis didn’t seem too fond of other dogs we passed, but it was easy enough to redirect his attention. Come in soon to see if Artemis is the one for you!

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Artemis is handsome

Balto the seven-year-old Husky mix is such a handsome boy. I have heard multiple people say “Wow” when they see him. He has bright blue eyes and a particularly majestic look. Balto gave me a doggy hug right away when he came out of his kennel, and gave me a couple more when we were out and about. Balto particularly enjoys getting his hips scratched and will do a little dance for you.

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Balto smiles during snuggle time

Balto is a good walking companion. He prefers to go at a faster pace, but doesn’t pull at all. Whenever I stopped walking, he would stop too and sit at my feet so I could pet him. We had a nice time sitting next to each other, just enjoying the outdoors. Balto would do best in an adult home with an experienced dog owner who knows what his breed needs. If that sounds like you, stop by soon to say hello to Balto!

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Balto in his element

I also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Bo, Carlos, Diamond, Goliath, Harley and Reeco, Kaffee, Scotty, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Hope You’ll #FindYourFido

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and the ASPCA has started the #FindYourFido campaign to help get more dogs adopted. Come to Orphans of the Storm® this month (and every other month!) to meet your new Fido.

Bo the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a good boy. He makes a great walking companion because he moves at a nice pace and doesn’t pull on the leash. Bo is also happy to take breaks during his walk so he can get pet. Whenever I knelt down to his level, Bo came over and snuggled up next to me.

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Bo enjoying the fall sunshine

Bo likes following his nose, even when it leads him into grasses or bushes that are taller than he is. Bo isn’t a huge fan of other dogs, but if he’s just passing them during his walk, he doesn’t pay much attention to them and just keeps walking. Bo is a sweet boy looking for a comfy lap where he can rest his head. Come in soon to meet Bo!

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Bo is a happy guy

Goliath the five-year-old Great Pyrenees mix is a giant fluffball. Because of his size, he can pull on the leash and you have to be ready to go in the direction he wants! Overall, though, he does a pretty good job on the leash and just prefers to move at a faster pace. Goliath enjoyed playing with a sheep-shaped doggy toy (appropriate for his breed’s history).

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Goliath’s big fluffy face

Goliath is easy-going when it comes to maintaining his appearance, which is good because he’ll need lots of grooming to keep his fur soft and fluffy. Goliath stood perfectly still while I picked out some burs, twigs, and leaves that his fur had picked up during our walk. Goliath enjoys a nice scratch between the ears and on his back. He isn’t a fan of other dogs, particularly smaller dogs, so he would do best as the only dog in his new home. But with a dog the size of Goliath, one is plenty! Come in soon to see if he’s the one for you.

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Goliath leading the way through the woods

Snowball the seven-year-old American Eskimo mix is so cute and so sweet. She’s like a little cotton ball! Snowball has the softest fur I have felt in a long time, and she’s perfectly content to let you pet her as long as you’d like. She’s great at walking on the leash and is also super attentive. She would stop and look up at me every once in a while during our walk to make sure we were on the same page.

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Snowball’s little fluffy face

Snowball will happily put her front paws in your lap or curl up next to you while you’re sitting down. We had a nice, relaxing time together when she jumped up on the bench next to me and laid down. We could have sat there all afternoon! Snowball also doesn’t seem to mind other dogs. She politely sniffed one during our walk and didn’t pay attention to the other ones we passed. If you’re looking for a sweet little lapdog, come in soon to meet Snowball!

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Snowball enjoying a break on the bench

Diamond the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix (not to be confused with the other Diamond/Riley) can be a little hyper when she first comes out of her kennel, but she settles down. She gets excited and wants to play tug-of-war with the leash, but as soon as you start walking she stops and is just happy to be out and about.

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Diamond coming over for a cuddle

Diamond prefers to walk at a quick pace or jog, so she’ll be happy to go home with someone who will take her on plenty of walks. But Diamond is always up for taking a break from her walk so she can get some snuggles. Diamond put her front paws in my lap and stood on her back legs so I could pet her some more. This fun and happy girl is looking for a fun and happy home! Be sure to say hi to Diamond on your next visit to the shelter.

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Diamond loves getting her hips scratched

I also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Buddy, Carlos, Clarinet, Constance, Harley and Reeco, Jake, Kaffee, Lucky, Lucy, Thunder (who knows sit, paw, and down commands), and Whizzer.