All of the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® still have so much love to offer their new forever families, whether they’re nine months old or nine years old. Meet some of the shelter’s lovable middle-aged and senior pooches.
Lucky the nine-year-old Border Collie mix is an excellent leash-walker, after his initial “Hurray, I’m free!” burst of energy when he first gets out of his kennel (but really, who can blame him?). Lucky currently shares his kennel with Halley, another great senior dog, and the two of them make quite the fluffy pair. Lucky is a handsome guy with the sweetest brown eyes.
Lucky is what I call a leaner. While I was petting him, he leaned his body right against my legs and stayed there until a few seconds after I stopped petting him. Lucky particularly enjoys getting a nice scratch on his hips, but the fur right at the top of his head between his ears is extra soft and pet-able. This sweet guy will make a family very happy!
Thunder the ten-year-old Boxer mix has plenty of energy. He led the way to the off-leash run and took a quick lap around the perimeter, sniffing all of the new scents along the way. He also liked to keep watch of what was happening on the other side of the fence, whether it was a car, a person, or another dog. Thunder isn’t too fond of other dogs, so he would do best in a home where he’s the only one.
Thunder is a very affectionate pooch. Once he’s run off his energy, he will offer many doggy kisses–and of course you can’t say no to a face like that! Like Lucky, Thunder is a big leaner when you pet him. He just wants somebody to snuggle with! Who could possibly deny him? If you’re looking for a big, happy dog, come in soon to meet Thunder! UPDATE 2019: Thunder underwent back surgery last winter and was fostered by a number of volunteers during his recovery. He is now back to being an excellent walking companion and will jump on and over every bench he sees. He still loves to give doggy kisses!
Pinta the five-year-old Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix is just the cutest little thing–the kind of dog I am guilty of squealing over because she is just too precious. Her body (not counting head or tail) is literally the size of my foot. Pinta prances rather than walks, and keeps those big ears up and alert.
Pinta is another dog who isn’t shy about giving doggy kisses. I picked her up, which she didn’t protest about at all, and she immediately began licking my chin. She rolled around in the grass for a little bit and enjoyed getting a belly rub in the process. Pinta was sharing her kennel with another small dog who had already been adopted, so she could go to a home with another dog. Is Pinta the pooch for you?
Kanner the three-year-old Pug/Beagle (Puggle) mix is another cutie. Puggles are one of the most popular “designer dogs” because both Pugs and Beagles are known for their great companionship. So what is a pooch like Kanner still doing at the shelter? He has that great half-smushed face that makes you smile as soon as you see him. Think about all of the smiles he could bring to your life!
Kanner currently shares his kennel with Benny, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. He had fun playing with Max (who got adopted, hurray!) on the other side of the fence. Kanner is also a good leash-walker; I was able to walk him and Benny simultaneously without too many complications, which is always a sign of well-behaved dogs. If you’re interested in a designer dog without the designer price, come in soon to meet Kanner!
PeeWee the nine-year-old Chihuahua mix acts a bit angry when he’s inside his kennel, which is so unfortunate because he is the sweetest little doggy as soon as you take him out. The poor guy is probably very stressed and scared inside the kennel, which is why he isn’t too sure about strangers coming up to say hello. Outside, though, PeeWee literally melts into your arms if you pick him up, and he accepts pets from everybody!
PeeWee shares a kennel with Astro (another dog who is barky inside and a sweetie outside!), and was politely interested in the spaniel mix on the other side of the fence. This little guy is ready to go to a furever home with someone, so he can show off his true lovable personality. Remember, smaller dogs often live longer, so nine isn’t very old at all! Please consider welcoming a senior dog like PeeWee into your home.
Some of the other senior dogs who are still waiting for the right person to find them are Buckeye and Freckles, Frankie, Giorgio, Granny, Keini, Lady, Midnight, Star, and Ty.
I also spent some time with Winter, Reebok, Molly, China, and Goose!