Lots of dogs are still looking for their new furever homes at Orphans of the Storm®!
Gilly the five-year-old Husky mix is, I think, the calmest Husky I’ve walked at the shelter. Most Huskies, being sled dogs, are ready to shoot out of their kennel and go running (and I certainly can’t keep up). Gilly, on the other hand, just walked calmly a few steps ahead of me when we went out for our walk and was great on the leash.
Handsome Gilly standing at attention
Gilly is, of course, incredibly handsome, with his white face, blue eyes, and silver fur. If you want to have the best-looking dog in the neighborhood, look no further than Gilly. Although Gilly seems very laid back, Huskies are known for getting bored easily, so be prepared to have fun doing training and other activities to keep you and your Husky happy. A dog like Gilly won’t be at the shelter for long, so come in soon to get acquainted!
Gilly’s beautiful blue eyes
Juliet the four-year-old Labrador Retriever mix probably also has a good amount of Chow Chow in her, because she has a curly tail and a blue tongue. Both Labs and Chows make great family pets, and Juliet would be no exception. This friendly girl was happy to cover my face in doggy kisses and was a good walking buddy who didn’t pull much on the leash.
Juliet showing her good manners
Juliet also gets along well with other dogs. She was previously sharing her kennel with an eight-month-old puppy (who has since been adopted) but was a good sport and put up with all of his puppy antics, like pouncing and chasing. Juliet wasn’t too interested in playing fetch when I tried to throw a tennis ball for her in the off-leash run, but I’m sure she and her new owner will find plenty of ways to have a good time together. If you’re looking for a family dog, come meet Juliet!
Juliet displaying that blue Chow tongue
Misty the five-year-old German Shepherd mix is a big ball of energy, which makes sense because she is a working breed. She was ready to get out of her kennel and run some laps around the off-leash run to burn off her energy. Misty is a beautiful example of a German Shepherd, with that intelligent face of hers. Training her should be a piece of cake!
Misty exploring the run
Misty currently has a kennelmate (see below), so she could go to a home with another dog. She gets very excited when other dogs are around, but just wants to play! She was playing tag with her kennelmate when we were in the off-leash run, so if you already have a high-energy dog at home, Misty would be a great playmate. After she ran around for a bit, Misty decided to cool off in the water bucket. Maybe she’d enjoy trips to the doggy beach!
Misty cooling off in the water bucket
Balu the four-year-old St. Bernard mix is, I believe, the first St. Bernard I’ve seen at Orphans of the Storm®–or at least the first one I’ve had the opportunity to walk–which is funny, because there’s a St. Bernard on the Orphans of the Storm® logo! This breed had a semi-recent boost in popularity, thanks to the movie Beethoven (a personal favorite of mine), but they certainly are a lot of dog to handle. Balu is, I think, the largest dog I’ve ever walked.
Balu’s giant face
Despite his size, Balu is a breeze to walk! He doesn’t lumber around like you might expect a dog of his size to do; he prances with surprising grace, and doesn’t try to throw his weight around. His current kennelmate is Misty, and he enjoyed playing tag with her just as much as she enjoyed playing tag with him (though Misty is, admittedly, faster on her feet). This big boy has a big heart that he can’t wait to share with his new forever family. If you’re looking for a BIG dog, Balu is the pooch for you!
Balu getting ready to play tag with Misty
Little Bit the eight-month-old Mountain Cur mix is a little cutie. Considering I had never even heard of a Mountain Cur before I started volunteering at the shelter, you can imagine my surprise when I read an article earlier this week saying that Mountain Curs are one of the ten breeds who have had the biggest jump in popularity in the last decade! When you meet an adorable puppy like Little Bit, it’s easy to see why.
Little Bit’s adorable little face
Although Little Bit is a puppy, she has very good manners. She gets along well with other dogs: she currently has a kennelmate (see below), and was friendly with some of the other dogs we saw while we were on our walk. She will also sit without being told if the person holding her leash stops walking. I gave her lots of praise for that, since that’s a good habit to have! If you’re ready to welcome a puppy into your home, Little Bit is ready to be that puppy!
Little Bit following her nose
Half Pint is another eight-month-old Mountain Cur mix, and Little Bit’s current kennelmate. They don’t look too much alike, though; Half Pint might have some Dachshund or Basset Hound in her, since she’s long and low to the ground. That just makes her extra cute! She was a little hesitant about coming out on a walk with a couple of strangers, but once she was out in the grass, she was happy to romp around.
Half Pint smiling for the camera
Half Pint also gets along well with other dogs and spends most of her time wagging her tail. She put her little paws in my lap while I was kneeling down to get a picture and gave me some puppy kisses. What’s better than puppy kisses? Not much! This little sweetie won’t be hanging around the shelter for long, so if you think Half Pint might be the one for you, stop by the shelter soon!
Half Pint leading the way on her walk
Since it was a lovely day outside and I had some extra time on my hands, I got to visit with some old friends:
Kennelmates Bailey the Lab mix and Frankie the Shepherd mix were excited to get a chance to play in the yard. Poor Frankie always looks so sad when he’s inside their kennel, but he perks up right away once he realizes he gets to go out for a walk. This calm, gentle guy would make a great companion dog. Bailey was practically hopping on our way to the yard because she was so excited. It was adorable. She also loves to give kisses!
Brothers Wilbur and Rosco like a chance to stretch their legs, too. Rosco is a fan of doing laps around the yard, while Wilbur is more interested in a casual stroll. They are both big, lovable guys who are ready to go to a loving home!
And, of course, a visit to the shelter isn’t complete if I don’t spend some time with Molly and Reebok. Reebok doesn’t get much of a chance to say hello to people when they stop by his kennel because Molly is a bit of an attention hog, but once you get to know him on his own, he’s a big love bug. And remember how I’ve been talking about what an excellent fetcher Molly is? Well, I now have video proof!
If that isn’t skill, I don’t know what is. Molly also knows some commands, like “Sit” and “Shake” (she can do both her left and her right paw!).
So many wonderful dogs are ready to be adopted! Come in soon to find your new family member!