Since it was cold and snowy when I visited Orphans of the Storm® this week, I thought it would be a good idea to walk some of the fluffier dogs who are better prepared for this weather. No Chihuahuas this week, I’m afraid! (Although I’m convinced that little Hershey now recognizes me as soon as I walk into the wing where his kennel is. If you didn’t see his video on Facebook, check it out!)

Brutus the three-year-old Chow Chow/Golden Retriever mix is so fluffy and so handsome! He will definitely catch your eye as you walk through the shelter on your next visit. Chows are known for their blue tongues, but since Brutus is a mix he just has a big blue spot in the middle of his otherwise-pink tongue. Super cute!

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Brutus ready to play

Brutus is a very playful pooch with a good amount of energy. He likes to run and jump and give doggy hugs. Although I didn’t get a chance to find out, I would guess that he’d be excellent at playing fetch, with that Retriever mixed in. Brutus also knows some basic commands like “Sit” and is eager to learn more. If you’re looking for a fluffy dog to keep you warm for many winters to come, stop by and meet Brutus!

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Brutus watching other dogs during their photo shoot

Diamond/Riley the eleven-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is another long-timer at Orphans of the Storm®, but I had never taken her out before this week! She may not be fluffy, but she certainly is a sturdy dog who doesn’t mind the cold weather and snow at all. Whenever I tried to kneel down to her level to get a picture, she would come bounding over to see what was going on (hence her nose not being visible in the picture below).

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Diamond wants to say hi

Diamond/Riley is a very strong girl, especially when she first gets out of her kennel and is ready to stretch her legs. You can’t hold that against her, though–wouldn’t you be excited to run and play too? UPDATE 2019: Diamond/Riley was adopted but returned due to separation anxiety. She is looking for a home where someone is home the vast majority of the time. Diamond is ready and waiting for her forever family. Maybe it’s yours!

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Diamond ready to go on our walk

If you’ve been to Orphans of the Storm® before, then you definitely know Akiva, the beautiful seven-year-old Husky mix. This was her kind of weather, so I thought it would be the perfect day to take her out again. In fact, if she could talk, I bet she would’ve said, “You call this snow? Please. This is just a dusting!” Akiva is a gentle dog who walks wonderfully on a leash. She still has a playful side, though–I would throw a snowball in the air above her and she would jump up and try to catch it. It usually broke apart in midair, though, and showered down on her fluffy fur. She loved it. She would love even more to be adopted by a loving family! You can read more about my first visit with Akiva here.

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An updated photo of Akiva, enjoying the snow

Another gentle old friend I took out this week is Ebbie the ten-year-old Shepherd mix. Although I’ve written about Ebbie before (from my first visit to the shelter!), this was actually my first time walking her. Ebbie is Orphans of the Storm®’s featured pet because it makes no sense why a dog as sweet and gentle as Ebbie would still be at the shelter after all these years. She doesn’t need too much exercise, just a nice walk around the neighborhood to keep her joints moving. The rest of the time, she will happily curl up next to you. If you’re looking to give an older dog a home, please consider Ebbie!

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An updated photo of Ebbie, also enjoying the snow

Kennelmates Bandit and Lilly were both willing to brave the cold and come for a walk with me this time, too!

There are also going to be several off-site adoption events in February:

  • On February 2-3, 17, 23-24, from 12pm-4pm each day, at Carson’s, Hawthorn Mall, Vernon Hills
  • On February 8-17, from 12pm-7pm each day, at Northbrook Court (lower level in front of Lord & Taylor)
  • On February 2 and 9, from 11am-3pm, at Re-Invent Gallery in Lake Forest

For more information on each of these events, please visit the Facebook page.

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  1. […] girl Ebbie the Shepherd mix wasn’t quite sure what to make of all the snow. Watching her try to walk […]

  2. […] for another, Jax might be a good choice for you. He really, really, really wanted to play with Ebbie, but Ebbie isn’t really a fan of playing with other dogs, so poor Jax had to settle for just […]

  3. […] perfect fetch form, and Reebok still loves to get a nice scratch on his back. I also said hello to Diamond, who was out enjoying the nice weather too. Freckles and Buckeye were returning from an offsite […]

  4. […] time my family tried to give our dog a bath ourselves it didn’t go so well.) Emerald, Corky, Diamond, and a few others all seemed to enjoy the extra attention and the nice-smelling shampoo. Diamond […]

  5. […] also spent some time with Diamond (who I had forgotten was such a snuggler!), Ebbie (who doesn’t need a whole lot of exercise […]

  6. […] has plenty of puppy energy, of course. She had a great time racing Diamond along the fence between the runs, and Diamond got tired long before Nicki did. Nicki has also […]

  7. […] probably do best as the only dog in a home. If you’re a one-dog kind of person, Molly, Rock, Diamond, and Honey Lamb are all great […]

  8. […] also saw Emerald, Ebbie, Wilbur, Bella, Dezzie, Diamond, Javan, Molly, the other Molly, Rock, and Winter! A great group of dogs, if I may say […]

  9. […] also saw my girls Molly (who was a very good girl while getting a quick bath in the yard), Diamond, Lady, and Shasta, and my bestest boy Archie, who I just cannot say enough good things […]

  10. […] also saw Abby, Clint, Dezzie, Diamond, Diesel, Ebbie, Rocky, Rosco, Shamrock, Shard, Sweet Pea, Tom-Tom, Topaz, and […]

  11. […] also saw Wilbur, Bueller, Abby, Shard, Delilah, Diamond, Topaz, Corky, Lady, Rosco, Shasta, Sweet Pea, Shogun, Tucker, and Dolly (who, I am pleased to say, […]

  12. […] also saw Corky, Diamond, Dezzie, Ranger, Topaz, Tucker, and Zoey (who just loves to play and give doggy […]

  13. […] also saw Corky, Diamond, Dezzie, Ranger, Topaz, Tucker, and Zoey (who just loves to play and give doggy […]

  14. […] also saw Bella, Blush, Corky, Courage, Diamond, Ebbie, Lady, Lucky, and […]

  15. […] also saw Tucker, Tom-Tom, Skipper, Sandy, Roxy, Honey Lamb, Diamond, Courage, Boston, Blush, and […]

  16. […] also saw Arnold, Azul, Bear, Blush, Cooper, Courage, Diamond, Gus, Jasmine, Javan, and […]

  17. […] also saw Bear, Blush, Courage, Daisy, Diamond, Roxy, Trixie, Tucker, and […]

  18. […] 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 […]

  19. […] also saw Bella, Blush, Cooper, Diamond, Heaven, Jasmine, Scotty, Skippy, Trixie, and […]

  20. […] also saw Bear, Blush, Cooper, Courage, Diamond, Jasmine, Jessica, John Boy, Lady, Lexi, Skippy, Tiger, Zoey, and Zola (also known as […]

  21. […] also saw Bella, Blush, Diamond, Kayne (also spelled as Kane), Lexi, and […]

  22. […] also saw Bear, Blush, Cooper, Diamond, Gypsy, Lexi, Nana, O’Shea, Parzivie, Red, Scotty, Trixie, Tucker, Willow, and Zoey. So many […]

  23. […] pretty strong and doesn’t mind leading the way on walks. When we got to the off-leash run, Diamond was already occupying the second one, and she and Barney sniffed each other politely through the […]

  24. […] also saw Barney (who looks a bit like Rocky and also knows some commands), Bear, Blush, Diamond, Donna, John Boy, Showtime, and Zoey (who is also well trained–she’ll even […]

  25. […] Diamond the eight-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is one of the longest long-timers at the shelter, and she’s another volunteer favorite. She walks pretty well on the leash and enjoys spending time in the off-leash run. One of her favorite activities is racing whatever dog happens to be in the run next to her; she’ll do a little bark and go into a play-bow to entice them. Diamond will gladly stay by your side as long as you’re petting her. You can read more about my first visit with Diamond here. […]

  26. […] also saw Bear, Blush, Courage, Diamond, Gypsy, John Boy, Lisa, Showtime, Weezie, Willow, and […]

  27. […] also saw Blush, Diamond, Ginger, Merlin, O’Shea, TuTu, and […]

  28. […] also saw Bella, the other Bella, Blush, Bolt, Chief, Coal, Diamond, Lisa, Tobi, and […]

  29. […] also saw Blush, Bootsy, Clarinet, Diamond, Honey Lamb (who is such an affectionate girl), Nancy, and Weezie (who got the most adorable lion […]

  30. […] also saw Blush, Courage, Diamond, O’Shea, Weezie, and […]

  31. […] Chihuahuas who have “Little Dog Syndrome” and try to act tough) and basically ignored Diamond, who was in the run next to us and wanted to race. Seguoi was fine with being picked up, and I set […]

  32. […] also saw Blush, Candice, Diamond, Roxy, Trixie, Weezie, and […]

  33. […] also saw Blush, Brutus, Coal, Diamond, Duke, Fred (who is a volunteer favorite because he’s such a sweetheart), Lexi, Lisa, Lucky, […]

  34. […] also saw Bella, Candice, Diamond, Lucy, the other Lucy, and […]

  35. […] also saw Aleck, Bella, Diamond, Festus, John Boy, Lucy, the other Lucy, Pike, Scotty, Weezie, and […]

  36. […] also saw Astrid, Bella, Blush, Diamond, Hank, Roxy, Wombat, and […]

  37. […] Bella, Belle, Big Boy (who is so snuggly and sweet!) and Mojo, Bud, Buddy and Shadow, Delilah, Diamond (now known as Riley), and […]

  38. […] Diamond (who is now known as Riley) the nine-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was at the shelter for a couple years. She was adopted several months ago but recently returned because she has separation anxiety and needs to be in a home where someone is around the majority of the time. Diamond has always been a volunteer favorite, and we’re hopeful that we can find her a new perfect home! Watch her video to see Diamond out and about. […]

  39. […] also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Boss, Carlos, Diamond (Riley), Lucky, Lucy, Oliver, and […]

  40. […] the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix (not to be confused with the other Diamond/Riley) can be a little hyper when she first comes out of her kennel, but she settles down. She gets […]

  41. […] also saw Aleck, Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Diamond (Riley), Hamilton, Lucky, and […]

  42. […] also saw Balto, Bella, Brutus, Chase, Diamond (Riley), Donny, Dunkin, Goliath, John Boy, Nash, Shyanne (aka Cheyenne, who greeted me with a doggy hug, […]

  43. […] Riley (Diamond) the nine-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix […]

  44. […] opening and dedication of Orphans of the Storm®’s new Jim Farmer Memorial Enrichment Park. Diamond (Riley) helped with the ribbon-cutting, as pictured below, and Elijah, Whizzer, and Brutus showed off their […]

  45. […] Diamond (Riley) the 10-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix […]

  46. […] of the Storm® is also featuring a special long-timer who has been at the shelter for 6+ years: Riley (Diamond) the eleven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Riley was adopted out for several […]

  47. […] group included Brutus, Dunkin, Kado, Kira, Reno, and Riley (Diamond), as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Addie, Corrina, Freyr, and […]

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