Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Found Their Furever Home, Part XI

I’m happy to bring you another Orphans of the Storm® success story! Steve and his family have shared their adoption story and some adorable photos of their Orphans of the Storm® dog, Charlotte:

We adopted our Catahoula mix from Orphans of the Storm® in January of 2013. Our previous dog, Shelby, had passed away after 12 wonderful years after we adopted him from Orphans of the Storm® and we wanted to give another dog a forever home with us.

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Charlotte liked to rest her head on my shoulder as I drove to Colorado

We had looked at many dogs and I had even been to Orphans of the Storm® on a Friday when my wife wanted to go look again two days later on a Sunday. Orphans of the Storm® had just had 25 dogs from out-of-state arrive and the first one we saw was this Catahoula mix with bright amber eyes jumping up at us from inside her cage. We took her for a walk and instantly bonded with her. Because we had previously adopted from Orphans of the Storm® and because it was a bit chaotic there at the time, we were able to complete the paperwork and take her home with us right away.

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Charlotte got a little hamburger at Sonic in Nebraska for dinner

We named her Charlotte. She was a bit submissive and we’ve had to work very hard to make sure she didn’t stay afraid of people. She is still a bit skittish at times, but she is also protective of her new family. We bring her as many places as we can–she is a fantastic car-rider! Her eyes see everything, her ears hear everything, and her nose is often buried in a smell or sniffing the wind. She certainly has the traits of a Catahoula.

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On the way home, Charlotte found our daughter’s leg to be a comfortable pillow in the car

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Charlotte crashes on the couch in our cabin after a walk

Recently we brought her on our summer vacation to Colorado where we rented a cabin that allows dogs. Charlotte had a terrific time and was perfect during the drive and in hotels and in the cabin. She doesn’t chew or bark and she’s wonderfully house-trained.

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Charlotte found the Winter Park, Colorado, area to be very dog-friendly

At home she enjoys her spacious fenced-in yard and chasing birds, lying in the sun, or playing with a stick or tennis ball. We’ve also introduced her to friend’s and family’s dogs and she gets along with everyone. She’s also very gentle around small children and is never afraid of them.

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My wife Robin and our daughter Lauren relaxing with Charlotte on the front porch of the cabin we rented in Colorado

We really love this beautiful dog and thank Orphans of the Storm® for all the hard work they do to find homes for dogs. Charlotte is the third dog I’ve had from Orphans of the Storm® (my family adopted a German Short Haired Pointer when I was a kid around 1977) and I highly recommend this shelter to anyone seeking a terrific animal to share a forever home with.

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Charlotte loves to jump from bed to bed in the hotel

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My wife Robin riding in the backseat with a happy Charlotte

Thank you for sharing Charlotte’s story with us, Steve!

If you have an Orphans of the Storm® adoption success story that you’d like to share on the blog, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Against Black Dog Syndrome, Part 4

There are a number of black dogs at Orphans of the Storm® right now, and they’re all hoping that you will appreciate their fur color instead of avoid it! (And the black cats at the shelter feel the same way.)

BeeWee the two-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is a playful, happy guy. He quickly led the way to the off-leash run and had a fun time following his nose and exploring. When I threw a tennis ball, he bounded right after it–but he hasn’t quite mastered ‘fetch’ yet so he didn’t bring it back. He’s a retriever, though, so with a little practice I’m sure he’ll get the hang of it!

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BeeWee coming to say hello

BeeWee is the type of pooch who wants to say hi to everyone and be friends with everyone. He was originally sharing his kennel with another (big) dog who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. BeeWee loves to get attention and will do a cute little dance when you scratch his hips. Stop by soon to say hello to BeeWee!

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BeeWee loves being outside

Bonnie the five-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is much smaller than your purebred Lab. In fact, her legs are so short that when she tried to hop up onto the bench next to me, she couldn’t make the leap! (So I moved and sat down on the ground so she wouldn’t feel left out.) Bonnie is an absolute sweetheart who just wants to love and be loved in return.

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Bonnie will stay by your side

Bonnie could be considered a “Velcro” dog because she likes to stay close to her person. Even when I let her off the leash, she still stayed close to me as I walked around. Whenever I knelt down next to her, she would put her head in my lap and cuddle. And walking with her on the leash was a breeze. If you’re looking for a sweet and gentle companion who loves to snuggle, come in soon to meet Bonnie!

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Bonnie never strays too far

Gambler the two-year-old Border Collie mix is one of those dogs who will make you smile immediately because he is just so friendly. When another volunteer hooked Gambler onto a leash and let him out of his kennel, the first thing Gambler did was give that volunteer a doggy hug. It was quite possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen, because it was so clearly a “thank you for taking me out!” hug. After that, I knew Gambler and I would get along great.

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Gambler has an adorable face

Gambler is a happy pooch with a constantly wagging tail. He had a good time racing the dog on the other side of the fence while we were in the off-leash run, but soon came back to me and buried his head in my lap so we could snuggle. Gambler seems like he gets along with other dogs, but if you do bring him into a home with another dog, Gambler would prefer to eat his meals separately. If doggy hugs are your thing, be sure to say hello to Gambler!

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Gambler eagerly joined me on the bench

I also saw Bella, Blush, Diamond, Kayne (also spelled as Kane), Lexi, and O’Shea.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Found Their Furever Home, Part X

We have another Orphans of the Storm® adoption success story to share today! Suzie and her husband Adam sent the following story about their pooch, Josie:

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A Josie collage

We adopted “Dot,” a Beagle Mix, on March 29, 2015. She was very stand-offish every time I visited the kennel (like nine times before we adopted) always laying in the back of the kennel never coming to the front to see people. My husband and I had our list of four dogs the day we came to finally adopt (she was in last place). Turns out the other dogs were either already adopted or not what we were looking for. There was something about Dot; my husband said, “Let’s go see her again.” We went to her kennel and she still stayed curled up in the back even when we called her. My husband saw something in her so we took her to the off-leash run for a solo visit. As soon as she got there, she perked up immediately! And of course we fell for her.

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Josie in her favorite place

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Josie

Dot (Josie now) is such a good dog! We are absolutely in love with her and she is quite smitten with my husband. She has taken and passed a six-week obedience class at TOPS (not all dogs pass – yay Josie!), she is fun to walk or run with, she loves her new yard, comfy beds, and spending time with us. She is such a sweetheart, she loves snuggling up and giving kisses.

Josie loves watching squirrels

Josie loves watching squirrels

While it is always a chance when you adopt a dog with no history, it is definitely worth the risk!

Josie ready for a walk

Josie ready for a walk

Thank you for sharing your success story with us, Suzie and Adam!

If you are interested in sharing your own Orphans of the Storm® success story on the blog, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Orphans of the Storm®’s “Clear the Shelter” Success!

When I turned onto Riverwoods Road around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, I could immediately see that this wasn’t going to be an average day at Orphans of the Storm®! The visitor parking lot was full and cars were parked along the side of the road as far as the eye could see. I turned onto Saunders Road, where the second parking lot was also full and cars were lined up on both sides of the road. I parked a ways away and made my trek back to the entrance gate, which was decorated with a banner and balloons. It was the official Clear the Shelters day, and Orphans of the Storm® was hoping to do just that!

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There was no doubt as people drove by that it was a special day!

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All of the animals were ready and eager to find their furever home

I had never seen so many dogs being walked simultaneously! It was a bit overwhelming, but in the best way. Even though the shelter had been open for less than an hour, there were already plenty of “ADOPTED! :-)” signs written on individual kennels. I saw many potential adopters with lists in their hands, keeping track of which dogs they were interested in walking. There were a few instances where a dog had already been adopted, but the great thing was that there were still so many wonderful dogs to choose from!

There were several tents set up at the shelter, including a tent with staff from the Ruth Helen Wolf Animal Clinic, which is where the dogs and cats from the shelter go for their spay/neuter and any other medical needs before heading to their furever home.

Orphans of the Storm Clear the Shelters 1I spent my time helping take dogs out to meet potential adopters, and also made sure to stop and talk to people who were with dogs I had already profiled here to tell them what a good dog they were walking. When I left the shelter a little after 2, over 30 dogs had already been adopted.

In total, 57 (yes, 57!) dogs were adopted over the weekend, along with 48 cats. That’s over half of the dogs who were at Orphans of the Storm®! If you haven’t already, I highly encourage you to visit the Orphans of the Storm® Facebook page to see the photos that have already been shared by the happy adopters and adoptees. It’s safe to say that Clear the Shelters was a success–not only at Orphans of the Storm®, but around the entire country. According to NBC, nearly 20,000 dogs and cats were adopted over the weekend.

I have to give a special hurray to Shamrock, who was actually adopted the day before Clear the Shelters. Shamrock was not only the shelter’s longest long-timer (she had been at Orphans of the Storm® since 2006!), but she was also the very first dog I walked and profiled here. There were several other long-timers adopted over the weekend, which is extra exciting.

If you weren’t able to make it to Orphans of the Storm® this past weekend, don’t feel like you missed out! There are still over 50 dogs waiting for their turn at a new, happy life. Some long-timers who are still available for adoption are:

There will always be good dogs looking for good homes, so if this weekend wasn’t the right time for you to adopt, don’t worry! When the time is right for you, there will be the perfect pooch ready and waiting to join your family.

Thank you to all of the staff, volunteers, and especially the adopters who made Clear the Shelters such a success! We love to get updates on our dogs and cats, so if you would like to share your Orphans of the Storm® Success Story, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Hoping to Clear the Shelter

Saturday is the big day! Orphans of the Storm®, along with 25 other shelters in the Chicago area and even more shelters nationwide, is looking for your help to Clear the Shelters. If you’re ready to have a new furry friend join your family this Saturday, your adoption fee will be waived (fees for additional shots still apply). I’ll be there, hanging out with some of the shelter’s long-timers who are eager to find their furever home.

This past weekend, though, I met some new pooches!

Parzivie the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is so incredibly lovable. It is impossible not to smile when you spend time with this happy guy. He’s pretty strong and can sometimes pull when he’s on the leash, but that’s just because he is enthusiastic about everything! Parzivie does seem to have good manners, though. If I stopped walking for more than a few seconds while he was on the leash, he would either sit or lay down next to me to wait. Parzivie is also very affectionate. When I knelt down next to him to take his picture, he bounded right over and covered my face in doggy kisses.

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Parzivie is a happy guy

Parzivie loves to play. When we first got into the off-leash run, he tried to get the two tiny Yorkies on the other side of the fence to race with him (to no avail). Then he spotted a squeaky hamburger toy and had a blast! He chewed on it, rolled it around on the ground, threw it into the air, and was very much capable of keeping himself entertained. The cutest thing was that when it was time to leave the off-leash run, he dropped the hamburger right at the gate so the next dog could play with it! If you’re looking for a fun, loving, and fun-loving companion, come in soon to meet Parzivie!

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Parzivie playing with his hamburger toy

Saddie the three-year-old German Shepherd mix is a sweet, pretty girl who was found as a stray. You wouldn’t know that from spending time with her, though, because she is well-behaved and likes being around people. (However, she would prefer to be with adults rather than children.) Saddie walked nicely on the leash and also seems like she knows some basic commands like “sit.”

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Saddie expressing an interest in the camera

Saddie is an affectionate girl who will gladly stand by your side and give you doggy kisses while you pet her. She does have a playful side: when Saddie discovered that there were little birds in the bushes in the off-leash run, she got them to fly out and started chasing them! On your next visit to the shelter, say hello to Saddie!

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Saddie after flushing the birds

Franklin the one-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix seems like pretty much a perfect example of his breed. He has plenty of energy, follows his nose, is athletic, and has that great Hound baying voice. Franklin can be a little bit of a handful when he first gets out of his kennel, but he settles down after he gets to romp around for a bit and eventually became a good walking companion who stuck by my side.

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Franklin sharing a doggy hug

Franklin is a fan of giving doggy hugs and will stand on his hind legs with his front paws resting on you while you pet him. Since he’s both athletic and curious, he could potentially jump fences, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on him when he’s off-leash. Franklin was originally sharing his kennel with another big Hound who has already been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. If you’re looking for an active new friend, come in soon to meet Franklin!

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Franklin wondering what’s on the other side of the fence

I also saw Bear, Blush, Clarinet, Honey Lamb, Lexi, Roxy, and Skippy.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Go Home with You

If you’ve been thinking about adopting a dog (or cat) but have been “waiting for the right time,” the right time just may be August 15! NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago are hosting Clear the Shelters, along with 25 shelters in the Chicago area. One of those shelters is Orphans of the Storm®! If you adopt your dog or cat that day, the adoption fee will be waived (additional fees for shots may apply). There are plenty of deserving pooches ready to go home with you!

Chico the three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a fun and outgoing boy. He loves to romp around, whether it’s going for a walk on-leash or exploring a yard off-leash. He’s attentive and likes to be kept in the loop–whenever somebody walked by on the other side of the fence, Chico would hurry over to see what was going on. Chico is also very handsome, with his black-and-white markings.

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Chico happily joining me on the bench

Chico gets along with both people and other dogs. He’s currently sharing his kennel with a Husky mix, so he could go to a home with or without another pooch. He also seemed politely interested in a little Spaniel mix who was in the run next to ours. If affection is what you’re looking for, Chico is here! When I sat down on the bench, he basically catapulted himself into my lap (as best he could, since he’s a big boy) and then happily stood next to me with his tail wagging. Stop by soon to meet Chico!

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Chico likes to keep an eye on things

Razor the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix was a little nervous when he first came out of his kennel. He kept his distance in the beginning (though not that much distance, since the leash was only a few feet long) and quietly sniffed and explored. But the more time we spent together, the more snuggly Razor became.

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Razor is a cute boy

Razor, after getting used to his surroundings, came over and leaned against my leg a little. When I started petting him, he flopped over for a belly rub and kicked his cute little puppy paws in the air. After that, we were good buddies and he stayed close to me. He was a little unsure of the bigger dog in the run next to us, but it was easy enough to distract him and have him follow me to the other side. Razor is looking for a new best friend. If you are too, come in soon to say hello!

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Razor did a good job walking on leash

Rocky the eight-year-old Shih Tzu mix is super cute. He’s definitely one of those dogs who will elicit a lot of “Aww”s when he’s out and about. He has a buzz cut for the summer, which makes him extra soft to pet. Rocky is currently sharing his kennel with another dog closer to his size, so he could go to a home with or without another dog (though he does seem to have a bit of Little Dog Syndrome, trying to act tough when bigger dogs get close).

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Rocky enjoying his walk

Rocky is a dog who walks with a purpose. He trots around with his head held high as if he’s saying, “Look at me!” After we walked around for a bit, I sat down in the shade and Rocky plopped down next to me. Although I personally didn’t try picking him up, another volunteer did when putting Rocky back in his kennel and Rocky was fine with it. If you’re looking for an adorable little companion, stop by soon to meet Rocky!

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Rocky relaxing

Chica the three-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is a big girl with plenty of energy when she first gets out of her kennel, but don’t let that deter you. Once she gets the chance to stretch her legs for a few minutes, she’ll be ready to sit down and shower you with doggy kisses. Chica would be a great buddy for someone who likes to take long walks.

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Chica is not shy about saying hello

Chica is very fond of people, but not so fond of other dogs. She’d do best as the only dog in her new home, but when you have a dog as affectionate as Chica, you won’t be missing out! Half the pictures I took of Chica are a close-up of her nose because she always wanted to be right next to me. When I sat down on the bench, she quickly trotted over and stood by my side so I could pet her. Don’t let Black Dog Syndrome keep Chica at the shelter for too long! On your next visit, be sure to say hi to this sweet girl.

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Chica won’t stray far from your side

Alfred the one-year-old American Bulldog mix is a perfect example of why you can’t judge a dog from inside their kennel. Since he’s new to the shelter and probably overwhelmed, he’s very nervous when he’s inside his kennel and didn’t want to sniff my hand when I first walked by. But as soon as he was outside and walking on the leash, all he wanted to do was cuddle!

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Alfred has such a sweet face

Alfred has a super cute face with just a couple brown spots, while the rest of him is white. His tail starts wagging as soon as you start petting him, and he also wagged his tail in a friendly way when he greeted a dog on the other side of the fence. He loves getting scratched on his back by his hips and will do a cute little dance while you do that. Alfred just needs to learn that the world isn’t a scary place, and being adopted into a loving home is sure to teach him that. Come in soon to meet Alfred!

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Alfred exploring the outdoors

I also saw Bear, Blush, Cooper, Courage, Diamond, Jasmine, Jessica, John Boy, Lady, Lexi, Skippy, Tiger, Zoey, and Zola (also known as Chola).

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.

Orphans of the Storm Cat Room 2

Orphans of the Storm Cat Room 3

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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!

Orphans of the Storm Cat Room 6

Orphans of the Storm Cat Room 7

Orphans of the Storm Cat Room 8

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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Orphans of the Storm Cat Room 13

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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Orphans of the Storm Cat Room 17

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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.