I’m celebrating a few days late, but Meet the Pooches is officially a year old! The first post was on October 6, 2011. In that time, over 100 dogs have been profiled, over 60 have been adopted into their new furever homes, plenty of off-site events have taken place, and my family welcomed an Orphans of the Storm® pooch into our home! What a great year it has been!

For those of you who are considering adding a cat to your household, this weekend is a great time to meet all of the adoptable kitties at Orphans of the Storm® because it is CATMANIA! Check out all the posts on the Orphans Facebook page for more information.

Do you love to give belly rubs? Draco the two-year-old American Bulldog mix loves to get them! When Draco and I started our walk, as soon as he was on the grass he rolled over for a belly rub. His tail was wagging like crazy and he had the happiest doggy grin on his face. You can’t help but smile back at him.

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Draco resting after his walk

Draco also has lots of energy. He wanted to go in every direction at the same time while we were on our walk, and he wanted to say hello to everyone who passed by. That tail of his never stopped wagging. Draco is ready for new friends who will play with him, take him for nice walks, and give him the love and attention he deserves.

Draco American Bulldog 2

Draco smiling for the camera

I then took out two kennelmates: Astro the five-year-old Pekingese/Spaniel mix, and Ryu the four-year-old Beagle mix. Poor Astro has been at Orphans of the Storm® for a while because he’s a bit of a barker when people walk up to his kennel. Ryu, on the other hand, is very calm and wants to sniff everybody who stops to say hello.

Astro Pekingese Spaniel Ryu Beagle

Astro and Ryu ready to explore

Astro does much better when he’s out and about, which is understandable. He loved being outside and led the way during our walk. If you give Astro a chance, you might come to find that he’s the dog for you! He was perfectly willing to let Craig pick him up and hold him for a little bit. He’s just looking for the right person to snuggle with!

Astro Pekingese Spaniel 1

Astro is precious

You can’t deny that Astro is a total cutie. He had much longer fur when I first saw him at the shelter, but has since had a haircut. He looks adorable either way, but probably appreciates longer fur in the winter to help keep that little body of his nice and warm.

Astro Pekingese Spaniel Mix 2

Astro loves being out and about

I haven’t talked about any Beagles recently, but there are still a few to choose from! Ryu is a great example. It’s impossible to resist those sweet, round brown eyes. One look, and you’re sold. Ryu also likes to explore and follow his nose wherever a scent leads him (but I was still able to keep Ryu and Astro moving in generally the same direction while we were on our walk).

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Ryu’s adorable face

Ryu seemed a little shy at first, but he happily received a few scratches around his ears while the three of us relaxed under the shade of the tent in the middle of our walk. He came to stand next to me and watched all of the activity that was happening around us with that Beagle attentiveness. Ryu and Astro get along very well together (and Astro has had other kennelmates in the past), so they could both go to multi-dog homes.

Ryu Beagle 2

Ryu at attention

Be sure to visit the shelter this weekend to find your perfect pet!

3 responses »

  1. […] also took Astro out for a walk (since his new kennelmate was out with a potential new family, it only seemed fair). […]

  2. […] the way he runs is cute–just everything is cute! Nico is currently sharing his kennel with Astro (who is SO soft and fluffy, especially now that his fur has grown out again. I just wanted to […]

  3. […] shares a kennel with Astro (another dog who is barky inside and a sweetie outside!), and was politely interested in the […]

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