Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Ready for Fall

If you like taking autumn strolls to enjoy the changing leaf colors, think about adding a new walking buddy to your home! The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are ready and waiting.

Maggie the ten-year-old Border Collie mix is a sweet senior. She was eager to come out for a walk and greeted me with a wagging tail. We headed straight for the woodland trail, where Maggie showed off what a good walking companion she is. She walks at a nice pace and doesn’t pull. She found a small bush with lots of stems and had a great time using it as a back-scratcher.

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Maggie enjoys her walks

Maggie occasionally does a cute half walk/half run, which ends up looking more like a bunny hop. When we passed other dogs on our walk, Maggie seemed politely interested and gave one of them a quick sniff hello. Maggie likes attention and will gladly stay by your side while you pet her. If you’re looking for an older dog who still has plenty of pep in her step, come in soon to meet Maggie!

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Maggie has such a sweet face

Jayda the five-year-old Boxer/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a well-behaved girl. She was the best leash-walker I met this week; I don’t think she pulled even once. Jayda is friendly and likes to snuggle. Although she didn’t give me any doggy kisses at this early stage in our relationship, she did put her nose up to my face a couple times, and I could see her being very affectionate once she gets to know a person better.

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Jayda following her nose

Jayda knows that the best place to relax is at the foot of a person’s seat. When we got about 3/4 of the way around the woodland trail, Jayda spotted a bench and immediately went over and lay down next to it. She was happy to get a side rub and scratch behind the ears while we relaxed. Since it was perhaps the last warm day we’ll be having for a while, Jayda got a quick rinse with the hose at the end of our walk and very nicely stood still for it. Stop by soon to say hello to Jayda!

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Jayda’s happy to just hang out

Yuri the three-year-old Husky mix is a very handsome boy with a playful nature. He was excited to come outside and quickly led the way to the off-leash run. He followed his nose around for a while, but then went back to the gate and looked at me like, “Are we going for a walk now?” So we did!

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Yuri knows he’s handsome

Yuri, being a Husky, could potentially be a good running buddy. I started to jog with him around the woodland trail, but we both determined it was too hot for that. Yuri gave me a quick doggy hug before we continued on our way. Yuri would do best as the only dog in an adult home. If that description fits you, come in soon to meet Yuri!

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Yuri leading the way through the forest

McGregor the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was described as “awesome” by one of the other volunteers before I took him out. And he is indeed a good boy! McGregor can be a little bark-y inside his kennel to get your attention, but he was quiet and calm while we were out. McGregor is one of those dogs who truly smiles, and it is so cute.

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McGregor knows how to cheese for the camera

McGregor seems like a pretty easy-going guy. He walks nicely on the leash, gives doggy kisses, and gets along with other dogs. He previously shared his kennel, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. He was happy to stay by my side, both while we were walking and when we were taking a break on the bench. Be sure to say hi to McGregor on your next visit to the shelter!

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McGregor will happily follow you wherever

I also saw Bella, Candice, Coal, Courage, Daffodile, Ginger, O’Shea, Snuffles, Weezie, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoy a Good Walk

It was a beautiful day to be outside and enjoy the nice weather, and the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® agreed!

Blanche the eight-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever mix is incredibly sweet. When she saw me coming in her direction with the leash, she politely sat at the gate to her kennel and patiently waited for me to put the leash on before moving. She is super easy to walk and doesn’t pull at all. If you start petting her while she’s walking, she’ll stop where she is and enjoy the attention.

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Blanche has the most loving face

Blanche had a good time exploring the off-leash run, but would come back to me every couple of minutes to check in and get an encouraging pat on the back. She was also happy to give the occasional doggy kiss. Blanche seems to do well with other dogs–in fact, she barely acts like they’re there! She walked right under another dog’s chin and just kept on walking, but didn’t mind when that dog sniffed her more. Blanche is missing some fur on her face and tail, but that doesn’t dampen her spirits at all. If you’re looking for a sweet, older companion, be sure to say hi to Blanche!

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Blanche enjoys walking in the woodlands

Pete the nine-month-old Wire-Haired Terrier mix is a fun boy. When he realized it was his turn to go out, he started jumping up and down inside his kennel. As soon as I put the leash on, he gave me a doggy hug and then quickly led us on our way. After that initial burst of excitement, though, Pete calmed down and turned out to be a pretty great walking buddy.

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Pete coming to say hello

Pete romped around the off-leash run and investigated underneath and behind the bushes. When I asked if he was ready to go for a walk, he gave me another doggy hug in response, which I took as a yes. As we made our way around the woodland preserve, Pete was happy to take multiple cuddle breaks. He particularly enjoyed getting his hips scratched. Come in soon to see if Pete is the pup for you!

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Pete is very content to sit in the sun and be pet

Pike the two-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is very much a scent hound. It was hard to get a picture of his adorable face because he almost always had his nose to the ground, following an invisible scent trail. Pike is still learning his leash manners and can pull a little when he’s on a walk, but if you’re a quick walker then you can keep up with him.

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Pike will follow his nose wherever it goes

Pike is a friendly guy whose tail is almost always wagging. He didn’t bark at all while we were out and mostly just seemed happy to be outside. Pike spent some time in a foster home with another dog, so he could go to a home with or without another pooch. If you’re looking for an active dog, be sure to say hi to Pike!

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Pike takes his sniffing seriously

I also saw Bella, Buddie, Carlos, Daffodile, Lucy, Max, Merlin, Oliver, Shyanne, and Snuffles.

Orphans of the Storm® Super Sweet Dogs

I guess I had particularly good instincts this week, because each dog I walked at Orphans of the Storm® ended up being one of the sweetest dogs I’ve met! If you’re looking for a cuddle buddy, there are lots of sweeties to choose from right now.

Bonnett the five-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix is a cutie. She barks a little from inside her kennel, but that’s just to get your attention. She didn’t make a peep the entire time I was out with her. Bonnett was a little shy at first, but warmed up after a few minutes. She spent some time exploring underneath the bushes in the off-leash run but eventually came over to spend some time with me.

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Bonnett in the shade

Bonnett loves going for walks. When I said, “Do you want to go for a walk?” she jumped up and put her front paws on me with her little stub of a tail wagging enthusiastically. Bonnett is a good leash-walker who likes to walk at a quick pace but doesn’t pull. She was previously sharing her kennel with another dog, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Be sure to say hi to Bonnett on your next visit to the shelter!

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Bonnett following her nose

Oliver the two-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix looks like a bundle of energy when he’s inside his kennel, but after his initial burst when he first comes out, he’s actually pretty calm. Oliver likes to cuddle and joined me on the bench a couple of times. He’s happy to give doggy kisses.

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Oliver says, “May I join you up here?”

Oliver and I took a stroll around the woodland preserve. Oliver walked nicely on the leash and occasionally looked up at me, which is a good sign that he’ll take cues from his new owner. He liked taking breaks every once in a while for a good scratch on the back. Hounds can be talkative, but Oliver wasn’t when we were out. Come in soon to meet Oliver!

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I’d say Oliver was pretty happy on his walk

Andy the eight-year-old Border Collie mix is such a sweetheart. He was resting on his doggy bed when I came by his kennel, but got up to say hello. He was a little nervous when I showed him the leash, but after a minute or so of petting him and telling him it would be just fine, Andy let me hook him up and we went on our way.

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Andy coming over to cuddle

Andy walks on the slow side (he has arthritis) but still seems to enjoy being out and about. The longer he was outside, the more his tail wagged. Andy is so precious. Whenever I started petting him, he would keep leaning into me and tuck his head against me. Andy looks a little sad right now, but once he gets some TLC and a nice bath, he will look and feel so much better. Make sure to say hi to Andy on your next trip to the shelter!

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Andy is ready to head to a loving home

I also saw Bella, Coal, Cody, Daffodile, Josh, Lucy, the other Lucy, Ramsey, Roxy, and Waggles.

Orphans of the Storm® Special and Extra-Special Dogs

Every dog is special, but Orphans of the Storm® has a couple extra-special dogs right now who are looking for extra-special homes.

Miagi the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a super nice boy. He was very patient when getting his leash put on and was a good walking buddy overall. He pulled occasionally when we were making our way around the woodland trail, but for the most part he just stayed a step or two ahead of me.

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Can’t resist Miagi’s adorable face!

Miagi loves attention. He’ll happily stay by your side as long as you’re petting him. He also enjoyed getting a quick rinse from the hose and stood still very nicely (some dogs aren’t so eager to get wet). When I sat down on a bench and invited Miagi to join me, he hopped up and then over–so maybe he would be a natural at agility! Miagi is a handsome and fun boy who is ready to head home. Be sure to say hi to Miagi on your next visit!

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Miagi often has one ear up, one ear down

Tricycle the eight-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is one of the extra-special pooches. As you may have guessed from his name, Tricycle gets around on three legs (two front, one back). But he moves around just fine! In fact, he was walking faster than I was and I had to hurry to keep up. He enjoyed sniffing around and exploring and didn’t seem at all deterred by the fact that he’s one leg short.

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Tricycle standing at attention

Tricycle is very friendly. He greeted me with a wagging tail and gave me a couple doggy kisses. When we were in the off-leash run, he came when called. Tricycle has only been at the shelter for a couple weeks, but he’s such a good-natured boy that he’s been to off-site events already. Stop in soon to see if Tricycle is the one for you!

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Tricycle wondering if I have a treat somewhere

Wombat the three-year-old Hound mix is an energetic guy. He hopped up and down when he realized it was his turn to come out for a walk and we were quickly off and running! We first stopped in the off-leash run, where Wombat scampered around and explored behind the bushes. When I said, “Do you want to go for a walk?” he immediately went straight to where the leash was hanging over the gate and poked it with his nose. What a smarty!

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Wombat says, “Hi there!”

Wombat would be a good running partner. For the first two-thirds of the woodland trail, I was able to keep up with Wombat by either walking quickly or jogging slowly. By the last third, we were both hot and slowed to a more normal walking pace. Wombat didn’t pay much attention to any of the dogs we passed. If you’re looking for a new exercise buddy, come in soon to meet Wombat!

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Wombat’s ears flying in the wind

Cody the ten-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has more energy than you might think, given his senior age. He was happy to take the lead as we headed towards the off-leash run. Once we were in there, Cody followed his nose around and enjoyed being in the sunshine.

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Cody’s lovable face

Cody is fluffy and has a cute, sweet face. He liked getting scratched behind his ears and between his shoulders. Cody doesn’t seem overly fond of other dogs, but was easily refocused. Cody is looking for a loving home where he can enjoy his golden years in comfort. Stop in soon to meet him!

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Cody’s curly tail wagging

Waggles the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix is the other extra-special dog. She too is on three legs, but two back and one front. On uneven surfaces she can be a little hesitant, understandably, but on a smooth surface like the concrete in the parking lot, she was practically running. One of the great things about dogs is how resilient they are. Waggles doesn’t feel sorry for herself, so you don’t need to feel sorry for her either.

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Waggles is a lapdog

Waggles is super affectionate. When I put her leash on, she immediately started licking my hands and arms. When we sat down in a shady spot in the grass, she covered my face in doggy kisses and then snuggled in my lap. She even rested her chin on my shoulder for a while. Waggles may not have a perfect front leg, but she could certainly be the perfect pooch for you! Come in soon to find out.

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Waggles is on the move!

I also saw Bella (my favorite), Coal, Daffodile, Grunge and Oscar (who are so cute I can’t even handle it!), Honey Lamb, Josh, Ramsey, Weezie (my other favorite), and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Too Cute

There are lots of cute dogs waiting to meet you at Orphans of the Storm®!

Dazzle the five-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix has quickly become a volunteer favorite. When I took her out, we passed two other volunteers who told me how great she is. Dazzle is well-behaved and waited patiently for me to put the leash on before stepping out of her kennel. Her tail wags pretty much all the time.

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Dazzle glowing in the sunshine

Dazzle is a friendly girl. When we were in the off-leash run, she stayed pretty close to me and always came over for a pat when I knelt down to her level. She politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence but otherwise didn’t pay too much attention to it. When we went for a walk around the woodland preserve, she walked nicely on the leash and didn’t try to pull ahead. Come in soon to see if Dazzle is the one for you!

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Dazzle with her perky ears

Grunge the two-year-old Rat Terrier mix and Oscar the five-year-old Rat Terrier mix are a couple of little cutiepies. I’m not sure if they came in together or not, but they’re sharing a kennel and they are very attached to each other. If you have the space for two little dogs in your home and heart, I would encourage you to adopt them together!

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Oscar, not so sure about the camera

Grunge and Oscar are both on the shy side when they first meet someone new, but they warm up soon enough. When I took them out of their kennel and we started towards the off-leash run, Grunge and Oscar were literally walking right next to each other, with their sides touching. They continued to stay close to each other even once they were off-leash and sniffed the same things, followed each other behind the bushes, and stopped for a drink at the same time.

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Grunge nibbling on some grass

Grunge was the first one to get friendlier with me. When I sat down on the bench, he hopped up next to me and seemed to enjoy the perch. Later, when I sat down on the ground, he came over and put his little front paws in my lap. Grunge can also be a little bit of an escape artist. He’ll look for any openings in a fence and try to stick his little head or legs through. So, his future family should keep a close eye on him if you have a fenced-in yard.

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Grunge wondering how to get out of the fence

Oscar is more mellow. When Grunge would run in the off-leash area, Oscar would just walk. Oscar is also a little more shy and wasn’t too sure about me petting him at first. After seeing Grunge hang out with me, though, he came over and decided he too would like some attention. Oscar let me know he was ready to head back to his kennel by giving a little bark. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Grunge and/or Oscar are the right match for you!

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Oscar smiling in the sun

Buddie the three-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix was recommended to me by another volunteer. I had seen him out the previous week and noted what a handsome boy he is. This week I learned that he has a great personality to go along with his great looks! Buddie was a little shy when I came over to him with the leash, but warmed up quickly.

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Buddie is a happy guy

Buddie and I headed for the woodland preserve and walked around the trail. Buddie does well on the leash and rarely pulled. We passed another dog a few times and Buddie didn’t pay much attention to him; he was more focused on sniffing around. In the off-leash run, Buddie politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence. Buddie would do best in an adult home. If that description fits you, come in soon to meet Buddie!

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Buddie’s soft, speckled fur

I also saw Aleck, Bella (one of my favorites!), Carlos, Emmett, Mookie, O’Shea, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Take a Woodland Walk

It was a busy day at Orphans of the Storm®, so that meant more walks around the woodland preserve trail when the off-leash runs were occupied. There are lots of good walking buddies at the shelter right now who have nice leash manners!

Max the four-year-old Shepherd mix is a big, big boy–or, more accurately, he’s a gentle giant. Max was nice and calm while he got his leash put on, and gave a quick tail wag before we headed off on our walk. Max is a very handsome boy, so between his size and his coloring, he’ll get lots of looks and attention when his future family walks him around the neighborhood!

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Handsome Max

Max likes to walk at a quick pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash. He occasionally stopped and sniffed, but mostly just followed the trail with his head held high. We stopped at one of the benches towards the end and Max enjoyed getting a good scratch on the back. Max gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Stop in soon to see if Max is the pooch for you!

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Max smiling on his walk

Ramsey the three-year-old Hound mix came from a family who could no longer care for him. This means he already has a lifetime of experience being a family dog and probably already knows some basic commands. We first went to the off-leash run, where Ramsey showed off his cuddling expertise when he joined me on the bench, put his paw in my lap, and gave me some doggy kisses.

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Ramsey is always up for cuddling

Ramsey and I then hit the trail. Ramsey is great at walking on the leash and either stayed right by my side or just a couple steps ahead of me. He would sometimes look up at me as we walked, which is a good sign that he’ll pay attention to his new family’s instructions. Ramsey would do best in a home with adults and/or teenagers. If that description fits you, be sure to say hi to Ramsey!

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Ramsey says, “Ready or not, here I come!”

Lola the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a little cutie who can also be a little bit of a handful at first, but calms down considerably after a couple minutes. She wanted to play tug-of-war with the leash when she first got out of the kennel, but once we got to the woodland trail she started walking nicely. She has a cute, happy face and pretty brindle fur.

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Lola stopping for a quick drink

Lola enjoyed sniffing and exploring the different plants along the trail. At the end of our walk, Lola stretched out in a shady spot of grass to cool off and relax. I was able to give her a quick belly rub then. Lola is not a fan of other dogs and got pretty distracted by them when we passed others on our walk, so she should be the only dog in her future home. If you’re a one-dog type of person, come in soon to meet Lola!

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Lola being a good walking companion

Josh the five-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is such a good boy! Another volunteer was already out with him and Josh greeted me with an enthusiastic tail wag when I took the leash. Josh walks super nicely on the leash and didn’t pull at all until the very end of our walk, when I think he was ready to go back inside to get a drink and enjoy the air conditioning.

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Josh’s sweet face

Josh hopped up on the bench next to me when we took a break halfway around the trail. He sat when I asked him to, though that may have just been a coincidence. I then asked him to “shake” and picked up his paw, which he had no problems with. When it was time to get his portrait taken for the website, he calmly stood next to me while I tied a bandana around his neck and then posed for the camera with a cute head tilt. He also loves treats and takes them very gently from your hand. Be sure to say hi to Josh on your next visit to the shelter!

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Josh made sure to stop and smell the flowers

Carlos the three-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is a friendly boy with plenty of energy. He was jumping up and down when he saw it was his turn to come out and quickly led the way to the off-leash run. There was a much smaller dog in the run next to us. Carlos politely sniffed it through the fence and went back multiple times to say hello again. His tail was always wagging and he didn’t bark at all.

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Carlos with his wagging tail

Carlos absolutely loves walks. When I said, “Do you want to go for a walk?”, he immediately perked up and jumped up to put his front paws on me, saying, “Yes, please please please!” Carlos, like some of the other Hounds I’ve walked, was in his element in the woodland preserve. You can really tell that he was bred to be in that environment. We ran all the way around the trail, and Carlos either had his nose to the ground or high in the air. If you’re looking for an active companion, come in soon to meet Carlos!

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Carlos says, “Is it walk time yet?”

I also saw Aleck, Merlin, and O’Shea.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in the Dog Days of Summer

There are still plenty of days left in the summer, and plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® eager to spend them with you!

Brock the six-year-old Shepherd mix and Susana the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came in together after their owner could no longer care for them. If possible, they would like to go to their new home together. I actually had no idea that they came from the same home until after I had walked them, but it made perfect sense because I kept thinking to myself, “Wow, they get along so nicely!”

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Brock following his nose

Brock and Susana are both mellow dogs. They were happy to come outside, but still walked nicely on the leash without much pulling. We cut through the cat wing on our way outside, and Susana didn’t pay any attention to the cats, while Brock sniffed at a couple with a wagging tail.

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Susana coming over to cuddle

When we got to the off-leash run, Brock and Susana spent most of their time exploring. They started in the far corner and slowly but surely made their way all the way around, being sure to investigate behind the bushes too. They stayed close together and even stopped to get a drink at the water bowl at the same time.

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Brock investigating under the bench

Susana was the first one to come over and get some pets from me. She enjoyed a good scratch under the chin and on her hips. Brock then started to warm up to me too, and he liked getting his back scratched the most. If you’ve been considering the idea of two new additions to your family, come in soon to meet the calm and sweet bonded pair of Brock and Susana!

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Susana says, “What’s that over there?”

Mookie the three-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is a big boy, but don’t let that deter you! He is much calmer than you might think. Although he could certainly throw his weight around if he wanted to, he walks pretty well on the leash and didn’t pull much at all. He has a big, lovable head with a wrinkly face you just want to squish!

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Mookie enjoying the sunshine

Mookie mostly meandered around the off-leash run, following his nose. I tossed a tennis ball a couple times to see if he wanted to play fetch, but he would just look at it and then look at me. Whenever I knelt down, he would come over so I could pet him. Stop in soon to say hello to Mookie!

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Mookie’s big head

E-Gray the four-year-old Hound mix is a sweet boy who can be a little nervous and shy when he first comes out of his kennel, but warms up after a few minutes. He walked nicely on the leash and stayed pretty close to my side while we made our way to the off-leash run.

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E-Gray not so sure about the situation

E-Gray gets along with other dogs. He was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, and politely sniffed the dogs who were on the other side of the fence in the run. E-Gray eventually felt comfortable enough to give me a few quick doggy kisses while I was petting him. Come in soon to meet E-Gray!

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E-Gray wondering what I’m doing

Emmett the ten-month-old Labrador Retriever mix has lots (and I do mean lots!) of puppy energy still. As soon as he was on the leash, we were off and running. Emmett has that cute puppy quality of getting easily distracted. There was a lot of, “Oo, a person! Oo, a ball! Oo, a rope! Oo, wait, back to the ball!”, which is entertaining to watch. Emmett does love his toys.

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Emmett says, “Whatcha got for me there?”

Emmett would be great for an active family that likes to go on walks or runs. We ran all the way around the woodland preserve trail, though Emmett was smart and stopped for a break at each water bowl. He’s a very friendly guy who likes to give doggy hugs and is always happy. If you’re looking for a fun-loving pup, stop by soon to meet Emmett!

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Emmett taking a break in the shade

I also saw Aleck, Blush, and Thunder. It’s been a while since I’ve walked Thunder, and I was happily reminded what a wonderful dog he is! He walked nicely on the leash, joined me for some cuddles and kisses while we sat on the bench, and always had a wagging tail. He doesn’t like other dogs, but if you’re fine with a one-dog household then please consider Thunder!

Orphans of the Storm® Clear the Shelters 2016 Success

At the beginning of last weekend, over 100 dogs were listed as available for adoption on the Orphans of the Storm® website. By the end of Clear the Shelters weekend, that number was below 50! Although a 100% cleared-out shelter is always the goal, over 50% in one weekend is amazing. There were also 32 cats adopted on Clear the Shelters day alone, and 58 total in the past week.

Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who worked through a hot and humid day to make sure so many dogs and cats found their forever homes. And an even bigger thank you to those who came to the shelter and left with a new furry family member! You can find some adorable family photos on the Orphans of the Storm® Facebook page.

Whether you adopted your pet from Orphans of the Storm® five days ago or five years ago, we would love to hear from you! If you would like to share your adoption success story, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com. You can read previous adoption stories on the Success Stories page.

Below are just a few photos from the event. There are many more on the Facebook page!

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The adoption tent was always bustling with people filling out the final paperwork

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Staff from both of our veterinary offices were on site, helping to answer adopters’ questions and pass out goodies!

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Hurray for long-timer Gypsy, who went home this week!

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Sweet Jacob also found his forever home

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And so did handsome Blondie, who will also have a doggy friend to play with at home!

There are still plenty of dogs and cats at the shelter, ready and waiting to go to their forever home. If you weren’t able to make it to the event last weekend, come in any day of the week and meet them! Orphans of the Storm® is open daily from 11am-5pm, with extended hours on Thursday (11am-8pm). The animals hope to see you there soon!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Need You to Help Clear the Shelters

Don’t forget: This Saturday, July 23 is the day to Clear the Shelters at Orphans of the Storm® and other animal shelters all around the country. Orphans of the Storm® was featured on the NBC 5 Chicago news to help promote the event! The $90 adoption fee for animals 5 months and older will be waived; other fees may still apply.

Adopting a shelter pet is always a good deed, but adopting a long-timer is extra-good! Here are some of the shelter’s dogs who have been waiting more than their fair share for a new home, which they will hopefully find this weekend:

  • Bella – senior who loves to snuggle
  • Blush – loves toys, treats, and walks
  • Clarinet – playful cuddler
  • Diamond – volunteer favorite
  • Fred – very affectionate
  • Gypsy – lots of personality in a small body
  • Honey Lamb – lots of energy and lots of love
  • O’Shea – likes to play
  • Puggie – senior looking for companionship
  • Roxy – knows how to be a great pet
  • Scotty – calm, gentle, super sweet
  • Thunder – loves a good hip scratch
  • Trixie – one of the best fetchers there is
  • Weezie – gentle and affectionate senior
  • Willow – cute and spunky
  • Zoey – fully trained (sit, stay, roll over, etc.)

And here are some newer dogs who will also be eager to meet you on Saturday!

Mila the five-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix came to the shelter with heartworm, but she’s finished her treatment and now she’s ready to go home. Volunteers have come to know her well and often walk her around the woodland preserve. She walks nicely on the leash and enjoys the occasional stop to sniff around. Mila has pretty coloring and fluffier fur than most Cattle Dogs I’ve met.

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Mila keeping an eye on things

Mila spent most of her time following her nose and exploring underneath the bushes while we were in the off-leash run. She politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence but otherwise didn’t pay it much attention. She stopped by my side every once in a while for a pat on the back or a scratch behind the ears. Mila would do best in an adults-only home. If you think that home might be yours, come in soon to meet Mila!

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Mila’s sweet face

Mona the three-year-old Greyhound/Labrador Retriever mix is the absolute sweetest. As soon as I took her out of her kennel, she jumped up and literally hugged me with her front paws, as if she was saying, “Thank you for taking me out. Please bring me home with you. I love you already!” We couldn’t even walk for a while, because every time I tried to move, Mona would keep clinging to me. I assured her she would be just fine.

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Mona won’t stray far from your side

Mona is super snuggly and affectionate. We eventually made our way to a shady spot in the grass and Mona rolled over for a belly rub, half in my lap and half on the ground. She licked my arm while I pet her. Later, she fully climbed into my lap and gave me lots of doggy kisses. It was a little heartbreaking to put her back in her kennel because she started clinging to me again, but I know a dog as sweet as her will be adopted soon. Be sure to say hi to Mona on your next visit!

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Mona is a sweetie

Krystal the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a friendly girl. She gave my hand a quick lick when she first got out of her kennel, and then we were on our way. We took a walk around the woodland preserve, where Krystal had a great time sniffing her way through all of the plants. She was more of a meanderer for the first half, and then picked up the pace for the second half, but was a good leash-walker the whole time.

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Krystal says, “Hi there!”

Krystal likes to give doggy kisses. Whenever I knelt down to take her picture, she would come right over to me. She seems like she might like other dogs, but we always say it’s best for you to bring your current dog(s) to meet any potential new family members, to make sure. Krystal has beautiful blue-gray coloring that will catch your eye as you make your way through the shelter. Stop in soon to meet Krystal!

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Krystal enjoying the summer sun

I also saw CoalLucky, Merlin, and Windy.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Clear the Shelter

If you’ve been wondering whether this summer is the right time to adopt a pet, the answer is yes! For the second year in a row, Orphans of the Storm® is participating in the national Clear the Shelters event on Saturday, July 23. Over 100 animals were adopted from Orphans of the Storm® at the event last year, and we’re hoping for even higher adoption numbers this year!

But, if any of the dogs profiled this week (or listed on the Dog Profiles page) have already caught your eye, don’t delay! The shelter is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays and until 5 p.m. every other day of the week.

Pippa the one-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix is a true athlete. You’ll see her jumping up and down inside her kennel, and she even does that every once in a while when she’s on a walk! She’s a perfect candidate for agility. Pippa also seems to love water and was splashing her front legs around in the water bowl. So, if you have a pool or live near water, Pippa would fit right in with your activities!

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Pippa will happily share her personal space

Pippa was actually pretty calm when we were in the off-leash run. Every time I sat down on the bench, Pippa hopped up next to me and gave me doggy kisses. She would then sit or lay next to me while I pet her. She enjoyed following her nose and sometimes did a little digging in the gravel to see what she could unearth. Pippa can be a little bark-y inside her kennel, but she didn’t make a peep when we were outside. If you’re looking for a fun-loving girl to join your active family, come in soon to meet Pippa!

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Splish-splash, Pippa’s taking a dip!

Daffodile the three-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is a pretty girl with lots of energy. She makes a cute little noise when she’s excited, such as when she realizes it’s her turn to come out for a walk. We quickly made our way to the off-leash run, where Daffodile scampered around and explored. She watched me throw a tennis ball, but didn’t seem too interested in fetching it.

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Daffodile has a cute spotted nose

Daffodile can be a cuddler. After she had burned off her initial energy, she joined me on the bench, gave me a few doggy kisses, and attempted to climb into my lap. Daffodile would like to be the only pet in her new home. She’s a strong girl who could probably use a refresher on how to politely walk on a leash, but once she’s in a home where she gets regular exercise that shouldn’t be much of an issue. Stop by soon to say hi to Daffodile!

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Daffodile relaxing on the bench

Jacob the five-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is one of the best-behaved dogs I’ve walked recently. When I came to his kennel with the leash, he sat and stayed (without being told!) until the leash was put on. Then he walked very calmly, just a couple steps ahead of me. He would occasionally look up at me as if to check that he was doing a good job. Of course I told him what a good boy he is!

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Jacob asks, “Are you ready for a doggy kiss?”

Jacob enjoyed a good scratch under the chin and behind his ears. It seems as though he might like other dogs, because every time we passed one he would start wagging his tail and want to say hello, though we never got close enough for an official greeting. Jacob already has some gray fur around his nose, but don’t let that deter you. He still has lots of companionship to offer! Be sure to say hi to Jacob on your next visit to the shelter.

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Jacob following his nose through the grass

I also saw Aleck, Blush, Coal, Duke, Lucy, the other Lucy, Merlin, Roxy, Weezie, Windy, and Zoey.