Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Are Different Shapes and Sizes

Orphans of the Storm® always has a wide variety of breeds for people to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a big dog, small dog, fluffy dog, short-haired dog, spotted dog, or solid-colored dog, there’s sure to be one that will catch your eye!

Lily the one-year-old Heeler mix is such a cutie, but somehow she keeps getting overlooked. She was very eager to come out for a walk and did a few spins of happiness before we went on our way. After her initial burst of energy, she walked nicely on the leash and was pretty calm and gentle the entire time I was with her. She’s much smaller than other Heeler mixes we’ve had at the shelter, which makes her even cuter!

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Lily enjoys being outside

Lily is an adventurous girl who likes to explore. Even when she was still on the leash, she was doing her best to crawl underneath the bushes and find out what was going on. She’s a girl who likes to follow her nose. She wasn’t too interested in playing with a tennis ball when we were in the off-leash run, but her playful side will probably come out more once she’s settled in her new home. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Lily is the right companion for you!

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Lily has such cute spots

Nana the seven-year-old Shepherd mix is a special girl looking for a special home. She has cancerous tumors, but you wouldn’t know that from spending time with her–I didn’t even know until after I had brought her back to her kennel and read her card more carefully. Nana is an absolute sweetie who has already stolen the hearts of several volunteers.

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Nana is a sweetheart

Nana is an affectionate and gentle girl. She’ll happily give you doggy kisses and stay by your side as long as you’re petting her. She’s one of the “backyard dogs” who gets to hang out by herself in one of the fenced-in areas at the shelter, so we know she won’t be jumping any fences if you let her out in your own yard! It can be difficult to open your heart and your home to a pet when you aren’t sure how much time you’ll be able to have with them, but Nana will appreciate it! On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Nana.

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Nana exploring the greenery

Magoo the three-year-old Shar-Pei mix is one of those dogs who will immediately make you smile, because his wrinkles are so cute! Magoo likes people and dogs alike. He’s currently sharing his kennel with another dog, and he also wanted to say a friendly hello to the other dogs who were out and about when we were. In fact, the only occasions where he pulled on the leash was when he wanted to say hi to somebody.

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Magoo is a cutie

Magoo loves giving doggy kisses to anyone willing to be on the receiving end. Whenever I knelt down beside him, his wrinkly nose would be right there to greet me. His semi-curly tail was wagging almost the entire time we were together. This sweet, happy boy is ready to join his furever family. If you think that might be you, come in and meet Magoo!

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Magoo always looks like he’s smiling

I also saw Bella, Blush, Cooper, Diamond, Heaven, Jasmine, Scotty, Skippy, Trixie, and Winter.

Raining Cats and Dogs at Orphans of the Storm®

With the odd weather we had this weekend, I got to visit with both the dogs and the cats when I went to Orphans of the Storm®!

Tiger the two-year-old Pointer mix is a sweet, easy-going boy. Whether you’re taking long walks or relaxing on the couch, Tiger will be right there with you. I’m guessing Tiger got his name because of his handsome, unique markings and coloring. Tiger seems like he gets along with people and other dogs alike, based on the way he greeted the dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the off-leash run.

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Tiger showing off his tiger stripes

Tiger was happy to get a chance to stretch his legs and did a couple exploratory laps around the off-leash run before he came back to me to enjoy some good scratches on the back and ears. He’s a very alert and attentive boy and kept an eye on everything that was happening on the other side of the fence. Tiger walks nicely on the leash and was super easy to put back in his kennel. Stop by soon to say hi to Tiger!

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Tiger is always up for getting pet

BooBear the one-year-old Hound mix is definitely still in her puppy phase. This big girl has plenty of playful energy and thinks everything can be made into a game. She was literally jumping up and down in her kennel when she realized it was her turn to go out, and was soon giving me doggy hugs and doggy kisses. A big, fenced-in yard would make BooBear very happy in her new home.

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BooBear emerging from the bushes

BooBear, being a Hound, disappeared underneath the bushes for a while so she could do some exploring and follow scent trails. But she was back soon enough, and was trying to convince me that my camera was a dog toy (we ended up playing with a tennis ball instead). BooBear was originally sharing her kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so she could go to a home with or without another pooch. If you’re looking for a playful, affectionate pup, come in soon to meet BooBear!

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BooBear knows to smile for the camera

Roscoe the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is such a good boy. Roscoe is at the shelter because his original family no longer had the time to take care of him–but they gave him the foundation he needs to be an excellent family pet. We know that he gets along with children and cats, and he walks nicely on the leash. He also loves to give doggy kisses.

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Roscoe is never too far from his tennis ball

Roscoe’s favorite thing is tennis balls. He likes to play fetch, though it was a little too warm during my visit to really get a good game in. If he’s not fetching tennis balls, he’s either chewing them or just happily holding them in his mouth with his tongue sticking out the side. Roscoe joined me on the bench and tried to fit as much of himself on my lap as possible. His tail was wagging constantly. This sweet, happy boy is ready to go to a new, happy home! If you think Roscoe might be the one for you, come in soon to say hello!

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Roscoe is adorable

I also saw Bear, Blush, Jasmine, Lady, and Shamrock.

And plenty of kitties! Since I don’t know the cats as well as I know the dogs, it was hard to tell how many were the same as the ones I had seen on my last visit to the cat room–but they’re always ready to snuggle, regardless!

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Whether you’re looking for a dog, a cat, or both, make Orphans of the Storm® your first stop!

Orphans of the Storm® White Dogs with Spots

It was a happy reunion with the dogs at Orphans of the Storm®, since I had missed them for three weeks! I was able to spend some time with my old buddies and make new furry friends, too.

Rocky the six-year-old American Bulldog mix unfortunately found himself at the shelter when his previous owner moved and couldn’t bring Rocky with them. Rocky is a big boy, but such a sweetheart. He already has years of experience as a pet, so he’s more than ready to begin his second chance at a happy, furever home. Rocky loves to be around people and never strayed too far from me when he was off-leash in the run.

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Rocky enjoyed being in the outdoors

Rocky is an easy-going boy, too. His fur wasn’t as white as it could be, so after we took our walk we headed over to the hose for a quick bath. Rocky was pretty much perfect, standing still both while getting scrubbed with doggy shampoo and while getting rinsed. He looked so handsome afterwards! If you’re looking for a big pooch with a big heart, come in soon to meet Rocky!

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Rocky has an adorable smile for the camera

Jessica the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was found as a stray along with her puppy, and both were brought to Orphans of the Storm®. Her puppy was adopted quickly, but as is too often the case, Jessica the mommy is waiting longer to find her new home. Jessica was understandably a little nervous at first, but she came out of her shell as we spent more time together.

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Jessica wondering about this “camera” business

Jessica, despite being a stray, is very well-behaved. She walked on the leash pretty much ideally, staying by my side most of the time and rarely pulling. She seems pretty friendly with other dogs, based on the way she politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence in the off-leash run and showed an interest in some of the Chihuahuas that were out for a walk (though the Chihuahuas were not reciprocating niceties). On your next visit to the shelter, say hello to Jessica to find out if she’s the pooch for you!

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Jessica is a pretty girl

Lexi the five-year-old Boxer mix is a friendly girl with a constantly wagging tail. She was absolutely thrilled when she realized it was her turn to go out and gave me a big doggy hug to show her appreciation. Lexi had plenty of energy when she first got to the off-leash run and had a great time racing the dog on the other side of the fence. After she had the opportunity to romp, Lexi plopped onto the ground next to me so I could pet her.

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Lexi is all smiles when she gets attention

Lexi was wearing a cone the first time I saw her a few weeks ago and wasn’t able to go home yet, but now she’s ready! She does have remaining medical needs, which the staff at the shelter can discuss with you if you think you want to bring Lexi home. Lexi isn’t worried about any of that, though–she’s just excited to have the chance to find her furever family. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Lexi!

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Lexi taking a rest in the shade

I also saw Blush, Cooper, Ginger, Jasmine, Red, Rock (who, you should remember, went to doggy boot camp and is fully trained), Scotty, Tucker, Zoey, and the other Zoey.

A Visit to the Orphans of the Storm® Cat Room

I’m a few days late, but June was the official Adopt a Cat Month. Any month can be your own personal Adopt a Cat Month, though, when you visit the cat room at Orphans of the Storm®!

This post will just be pictures of some of the cute kitties I spent time with on my last visit to the shelter, but I will tell you that the gray cat in my lap stayed there for an hour. When I got up and moved to a different part of the cat room in order to give other cats a chance to cuddle, my furry friend followed me and was back sleeping in my lap five minutes later. I don’t even consider myself a “cat person” and I was on the verge of picking up the phone and asking my family if I could bring my new friend home!

And if you are a cat person, Orphans of the Storm® is still looking for a cat blogger! If you’re interested and would like to learn more, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

The cats love their beds by the window.

The cats love their beds by the window.

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Of course the cats who like belly rubs found the dog person!

Of course the cats who like belly rubs found the dog person!

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This one loved stretching out in the sunny spot

This one loved stretching out in the sunny spot

If it's comfy, why not?

If it’s comfy, why not?

Why have one cat in your lap when you can have three?

Why have one cat in your lap when you can have three?

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Lots of purring was involved

Lots of purring was involved

It was catnap time when I was there

It was catnap time when I was there

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Again, if it's comfy, why not?

Again, if it’s comfy, why not?

There are so many sweet kitties at Orphans of the Storm® who are ready and waiting to find their furever home (and furever cuddle-buddy). Even if you’re like me and not a designated “cat person,” I highly recommend stopping in the cat room on your next visit.

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

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

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

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Sophia says, “Pet me!”

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

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Sophia smiling in the sunshine

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

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Ringo is so fluffy

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

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Ringo enjoying a pat on the back

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

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Ginger romping in the run

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

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Ginger is a happy girl

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

Orphans of the Storm® Black Dogs and Brown Dogs

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

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

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Chevy enjoying a scratch on the back

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

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Chevy might have the cutest pair of ears around

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

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Lady can be friendly with creatures of all sizes

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

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Lady loves getting attention

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

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Red is constantly happy

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

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“Yippee!!!” says Red

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

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Brandy likes to cuddle

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

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Brandy enjoying the outdoors

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

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Fred will stick to his new family like glue

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

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Fred loves getting his hips scratched

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

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

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Aren’t Shy

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

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

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Sharkie the snuggler

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

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Sharkie exploring the run

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

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Lisa is super cute

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

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Lisa likes to be by her people

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

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Ginger not so sure about getting her picture taken

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

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Ginger enjoying the outdoors

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

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready for Summer Fun

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

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

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Zack being a good walking buddy

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

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Zack cooling off in the shade

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

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Aleck coming to say hello

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

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Aleck leading the way on our walk

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

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Flo is a pretty girl

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

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Flo is ready to be your new companion

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

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Truman is a cutie!

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

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Truman enjoying the outdoors

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

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Rocky exploring the off-leash run

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

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Rocky is such a handsome boy

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

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a Summer Home

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

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

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Porky is more fluffy than porky

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

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Porky has an adorable face

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

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Celine, still not too sure about this leash business

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

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Celine is sure to catch your eye

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

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Susan happy to be out and about

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

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Joei is a real cutie

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

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Susan smiling for the camera

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

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Joei doing what Beagles do best

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

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

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

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

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

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Melody enjoying the outdoors

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

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Melody is such a pretty girl

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

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Abby enjoying a nice pat

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

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Abby still has her pretty markings and coloring

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

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Sandy knows how to pose for the camera

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

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Sandy says, “Incoming!”

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

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Ozzie is a little fluffball

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

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

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

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JuJu following his Beagle nose

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

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JuJu has the cutest face

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