Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Go For a Walk

Again, I want to start off with a big thank you to Craig for suggesting some pooches that are especially ready for their new “furever” home and providing some extra background information on each one!

I started the day with Domino, a seven-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. Domino was actually suggested by another volunteer who knows Domino and thinks he would be a great addition to a home. And another employee said that Domino is a great dog, too! Domino has quite a good reputation at the shelter.

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Domino posing for the camera

Domino came to the shelter from a home, so he is fully trained. He walks well on a leash and would love to go on daily walks with his new owner, after being cooped up in the shelter. He is such a handsome boy, too! Brindle coloring doesn’t get much nicer than his. If you’re looking for an older dog (who still has plenty to offer!) who is already trained, come say hello to Domino.

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Domino ready to keep walking

Next was Mia, another beautiful brindle! Mia is a a four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix and a total sweetie pie. She is a playful girl and gets along with other dogs, and loves people. She is always happy and wagging her tail.

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Mia is a very pretty girl

After we walked around for a while, I knelt down so I could get some pictures of Mia. She attempted to crawl into my lap (not realizing she’s a little too big for that) and gave me some enthusiastic doggy kisses. She’s a lover who is ready and eager to share all that love with her new owner.

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Mia about to give more doggy kisses

Fudge the ten-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever believes that age is only a number. This girl is full of energy and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. (This is probably a good thing, because she could shed a few more pounds.)

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Fudge enjoying her walk

Fudge also has that great Lab personality. She is happy about everything: getting pet, going for a walk, sniffing along a trail in the grass, etc. It’s the little things in life that Fudge appreciates. But she would especially appreciate a new home in which to spend her golden years! Chocolate Labs are popular, so come in quick to meet Fudge.

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Fudge says, “I’m ten years YOUNG!”

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs to “Fall” in Love With

Fall has arrived! I have a feeling the pooches appreciate the cooler weather. To make up for lost time (and because it was such a lovely day), I took out FIVE dogs when I was at Orphans of the Storm® last weekend. Before I start talking about the dogs, I want to thank Craig, another volunteer, for helping me and suggesting which dogs to profile!

Two of the dogs I took out, Tanner the Black Lab/Pit/Mastiff mix and Sophie the Pit Bull Terrier mix, have already been adopted! Hurray, Tanner and Sophie!

So, I will start with Bebe, a seven-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. Bebe is a big, beautiful, brindle-colored girl who walked very well on the leash after getting her initial excitement out of her system. All I had to say was, “This way, Bebe,” and she followed me wherever I was headed.

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Bebe smiling for the camera

Bebe was affectionate with Craig, who she knows well, so you can be sure that if you bring her home, she’ll greet you with doggy kisses too! She also liked to explore. Maybe it was because she smelled the crumbs from people’s lunches, or maybe she just wanted some exercise, but she climbed right up onto the wooden table under the tent.

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Bebe exploring on our walk

Bebe is a happy girl whose tail was wagging constantly as we walked around in the grass. If you’re looking for a big, affectionate dog who will happily climb onto the couch with you after going for a walk, come to the shelter and meet Bebe!

Nena is a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who is looking for her new “furever” home. She’s a little smaller than some of the other Pit Bulls at the shelter, and has an adorable face.

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Nena’s cute face

Since Nena is still pretty young, there are definitely some new tricks she can learn, and she will be a fast learner! She currently has a habit of jumping up and putting her paws on your leg to say hello, but I would tell her “Off” and off she would get. With a few treats for positive reinforcement, Nena will go from “good girl” to “extra good girl”!

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Nena being attentive

On your next visit to the shelter, stop by and say hello to Nena. That face of hers just might steal your heart.

If you’re interested in a slightly smaller dog, Nugget the ten-year-old Poodle mix might be the one for you. As soon as Craig put little Nugget in my arms, I was in love. It’s hard to look at an adorable little dog like that without wanting to cuddle with it.

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Nugget being adorable

Nugget isn’t available for adoption quite yet, but you can certainly come and meet him. Nugget has the cutest tail wag I’ve ever seen, and the funniest bark I’ve ever heard. It barely sounds like a bark at all. Since he’s a little dog with little legs, he doesn’t move very quickly and doesn’t need a ton of exercise. He would make the ideal lap dog.

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Nugget romping in the grass

Even though Nugget is an older dog, he still has a lot to offer. His itty bitty tongue will give you itty bitty kisses, and even though I was a stranger, he settled into my arms very easily and didn’t mind me picking him up to put him back in his cage at the end of my visit. You’ll find Nugget right next to the front office. He’s ready for a new cuddle buddy!

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Nugget is ready for a lap to snuggle in!

Meet the Pooches Success Stories

Today is a big deal because Meet the Pooches now has over 30,000 views!!! Thank you so much for reading and sharing the information about these adorable adoptable pooches, and an even bigger thank you–and congratulations–to those of you who have found your furry friend at Orphans of the Storm®!

To mark the occasion, and because over 100 pooches have been profiled on here so far, I have created a new page: Success Stories. On this page, you will find the list of pooches I have written about who have since been happily adopted. This will hopefully make the Dog Profiles page easier to peruse, and highlight the dogs who are still eagerly awaiting their new forever home!

Also on the Success Stories page, you will find links to interviews with people who have adopted their pets from Orphans of the Storm®. I (and the other workers and volunteers at the shelter) always love to hear how happy these once-homeless dogs are in their new homes, so if you would like to share your adoption success story, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com and I will be happy to send you some interview questions!

Again, thank you for reading Meet the Pooches and supporting Orphans of the Storm®! The pooches appreciate it!

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Fumble says, “Don’t forget me! I’m still waiting for my forever home!”

[Side note: I sincerely apologize for the lack of posts the last couple of months. I got a full-time job (yay!), which conflicts with my shelter visiting time (boo!), but I am working on finding a new time to meet the pooches. I’ve been enjoying the many off-site events in the meantime, but I hope to return to the shelter soon!]