Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Would Be Thankful for a Second Chance

If you already have a dog, they’re probably on your list of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. There are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who are just waiting for their opportunity to be given a second chance at a new loving home, though–and they would be sure to thank you for that second chance every single day, if you adopt one!

Oscar the four-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is one cute pooch. He has a short, docked tail that just wiggles all over the place when he’s happy (which is most of the time). He was more than ready to go out and brave the cold weather, and walked pretty well on the leash.

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Oscar enjoying the outdoors

Oscar has a very unique look, so it’s hard to know exactly what he’s mixed with, but whatever it is made for one great dog. Oscar has such a sweet expression on his face all the time, and he seems like he would be very eager to please his new owners. Maybe on Black Friday you can fight against Black Dog Syndrome and welcome a black dog into your family! Oscar would really appreciate it.

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Oscar’s sweet face

Sky the three-year-old Husky mix is a beautiful girl. She has those bright blue Husky eyes that will grab your attention immediately. Although her fur is on the short side, there’s no doubt that she’s happy to run and play even in cold temperatures like we had this weekend. She had a good time exploring the off-leash run and is probably wondering where the snow is!

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Sky and her baby blues

Sky is currently sharing her kennel with Frankie (poor Frankie–all of his kennelmates keep getting adopted, and he keeps getting overlooked), so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Huskies are, in general, active dogs who were bred to work, so Sky is looking for a new family that will be able to keep her busy. She’s a friendly girl who would make a great companion. Come in soon to meet Sky!

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Sky certainly doesn’t mind cold weather

Cybor the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix hasn’t been at the shelter for very long, but she’s quickly become a staff and volunteer favorite. She knows her basic commands and is very affectionate, and on top of that she also has an adorable face that everybody loves, and perky ears that I absolutely love.

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Cybor is a cutie

Cybor (who is listed as Sadie on the website) got lots of attention while we were on our walk. Everyone we passed said, “Look at that face!” Since Cybor always looks like she’s smiling, you can’t help but smile back at her. Although Cybor is pretty much all muscle, she was pretty good at walking on the leash and has a constantly wagging tail. This sweetie will bring lots of joy to whichever lucky family brings her home this holiday season!

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I wish I got a good picture of Cybor’s adorable face!

Roxy the one-year-old Shepherd mix is super cute, super energetic, and still very much a puppy. I don’t think Miniature German Shepherds are actually a thing, but that’s basically what Roxy is–a German Shepherd that you can pick up and hold in your lap. You’ll have to get Roxy to stay still long enough to do that, though! She was running laps around the off-leash run and played a racing game with the dog on the other side of the fence.

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Roxy is flying through the air!

Roxy is currently sharing her kennel with Benny (who is a super-sweet senior), so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Roxy likes to give doggy hugs, and even gave me a couple of doggy kisses while she was at it. Roxy enjoyed chasing after the tennis ball and was good about bringing it back to me. If you’re looking for a playful puppy who will stay puppy-sized, come in soon to meet Roxy!

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Roxy has plenty of puppy energy

I also spent some time with my buddies Dennis, Lucky, Akiva, Rock, Molly, Jade, and Hugo. If you bring a new dog into your home this holiday season, you’ll both be “furever” thankful!

Orphans of the Storm® Bigger Dogs with Bigger Hearts

Don’t forget to stop by Northbrook Court for the Holiday Pet Showcase to meet some of Orphans of the Storm®’s dogs and cats looking for a new home this holiday season!

Beech the two-year-old Hound mix is an energetic pup who loves to run. In fact, Beech is one of the few Hound mixes I’ve met who actually likes to play fetch! He doesn’t always bring the ball back, but he is more than happy to chase after it and then run a few laps while keeping the ball in his mouth. Beech is definitely looking for a family playful enough to keep up with him!

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How can you not fall in love with Beech’s face?

Beech also has his snuggly side, of course. After he had been running around for a bit, he rested his head against me and looked up at me with the sweetest, most lovable expression on his face while I scratched his ears. I was completely in love after that! Beech is ready to show his new family what a fun, loving companion he can be. Come in soon to meet him!

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Beech using his Hound nose to follow a trail

Lily the three-year-old American Bulldog mix was a little on the shy side when we first met. She wasn’t too sure about making eye contact and kept her head down while she explored the off-leash run. After I put her leash back on and walked around with her for a couple of minutes, though, she really started to warm up to me (and she is a great leash-walker!).

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Lily is a pretty girl

Lily absolutely loves getting scratched on her right hip (that’s where one of her cute brown spots is, so you know the exact location). She’d do a little dance and turn around to look at me with a doggy smile whenever I did that, with her tail wagging happily. She sat right next to me in the grass and enjoyed getting a nice pat on her head and chest, too. Lily is a sweet, gentle girl who is more than ready to love and be loved in return. Is Lily the pooch for you?

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Help turn Lily’s frown upside down!

Lance the four-year-old German Shepherd mix is one happy dog, and just think about how much happier he would be in a home of his own! Lance is another energetic dog who spent his time bounding around the off-leash run. He wasn’t too interested in tennis balls, but he did seem to like the frisbee.

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Lance sure knows how to smile for the camera

Lance is all about the doggy hugs and doggy kisses. He just wants to be close to his people. He also seems to be under the impression that he can be a lap dog (like Sonny) and will try his best to fit as much of himself as possible onto you. Lance is one good-looking dog, but I think it’s safe to say his personality is even better. If you’re looking for a big, affectionate dog, stop by the shelter to say hello to Lance!

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Lance coming in for a doggy hug

I also spent time with Dennis (who loves to play fetch and is a real pro at it), Harley and Tilly (who are super easy to walk together, which I always say is the sign of two very well-behaved dogs), Wilbur and Roscoe (who both would love to have a yard to call their own), Keini, Lucky, Akiva, Rock, Frankie, Giorgio, Jade, and Hugo. What a great way to spend an afternoon!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for New Friends

Remember, the Orphans of the Storm® Holiday Pet Showcase at Northbrook Court starts tomorrow and goes all the way until December 24. Relieve the stress of holiday shopping by meeting some adorable adoptable dogs and cats, and maybe bring one home with you! You can also stop by the shelter and meet these lovable pooches:

Nino the six-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is a little bundle of energy who had a great time romping around the off-leash run. He has excellent balance because he likes to stand up on his hind legs and wave at people with his front paws. It’s pretty darn cute. He’ll also stand on his hind legs and put his front paws in your lap while you pet his head and scratch his neck.

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Nino playing in the hay

Nino has had a couple of different kennelmates who have since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. This little guy has an adorable face and he always looks like he’s smiling, which makes sense because he’s a happy dog. He would be so much happier if he had a home to call his own, though. Could that home be with you? Come in soon to meet Nino and find out!

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Nino smiling for the camera

Zeus the one-year-and-ten-month-old Mastiff mix has definitely found his place on my list of favorites. I could gush over him all day because I think he’s just about perfect. A dog as ginormous as Zeus could easily throw his weight around if he wanted to, but Zeus was an excellent walking buddy and heeled without even being told. He’s so big that it probably takes a lot of energy for him to pick up speed, so he’s more of the meandering type.

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Does Zeus have the most lovable face or what?

Zeus gets along with everybody and everything. When little Gypsy came by, Zeus was politely interested, even though Gypsy is about the size of Zeus’ head. Zeus absolutely loves belly rubs and rolled over for one on several occasions, batting my hand with his huge paws if I stopped for too long. He also thinks he’s a lapdog, so whoever adopts him better have space on the couch and be okay with sharing. Zeus is so well-mannered and so lovable, I can’t see him staying at the shelter for much longer. Come in soon if you think Zeus is the pooch for you!

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Zeus says, “Rubbing my belly is more important than taking a picture.”

Bruce the one-year-old Bloodhound mix is another great dog. He’s barely out of puppyhood, so he still has plenty of playful energy and enjoys every opportunity to stretch his legs. He and Mona (who got adopted, hurray!) were racing each other up and down the fence in the off-leash run, and Bruce’s long ears were helping him fly through the air.

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Bruce putting his Bloodhound nose to work

After Bruce got his initial burst of energy out of his system, he settled down and stood next to me while I scratched his neck. You’ll have to be okay with a bit of doggy drool if you bring Bruce home, because as a Bloodhound he uses that and his ears to pick up all of the scents he wants to track. Bruce is sure to be a fun addition to any family, so stop by the shelter and say hello!

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Don’t mind Bruce’s drool–look at that winning smile!

I also spent time with Jade, Hugo (who just loves to give doggy hugs), Tilly (who I like more and more each time I walk her), Harley (who is so sweet–why is he still at the shelter?), Ebbie, Sebastian (who snuggled into my lap as soon as I knelt beside him), Winter, Rock, and Frankie (who is another favorite of mine). So many dogs of different sizes, looks, and personalities–but one thing they all have in common is that they will make their new families very happy!

Orphans of the Storm® Lap Dogs

If you’re looking for a new snuggle buddy, look no further than the dogs at Orphans of the Storm®!

Sonny the two-year-old Hound mix has a sunny personality. I first met Sonny at this year’s Pooch Parade, where he was a perfect example of the wonderful dogs Orphans of the Storm® has to offer. So why is he still at the shelter? It’s beyond me. Sonny has just about everything you could ever want in a dog: he’s super affectionate, super well-behaved, super dog-friendly, and overall a super companion!

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Sonny is such a happy boy

Sonny definitely classifies himself as a lap dog. Don’t let his big size fool you–if any part of him can fit in your lap, it’s safe to say he’ll make it work. When I sat down on a bench, Sonny put his front paws in my lap, gave me lots of doggy kisses, and then stayed there while I gave him a nice neck rub. He also loves to give doggy hugs because he is just so excited to share his love with everybody he meets. If you’re looking for a big, happy dog, come in soon to meet Sonny!

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Sonny coming in for a snuggle

Scrabble the four-month-old Terrier mix is just the cutest little thing. Of course, he has to be the center of attention. When I sat down on the ground, he jumped right into my lap and started nibbling on my fingers (I was wearing gloves, which I eventually took off so he could use them as a chew toy) and giving me little doggy kisses. Since Scrabble is still very much a puppy, he’s going to need a family who is willing to spend time training him.

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Scrabble looks like a little lamb

Scrabble is also dog-friendly. He currently has a kennelmate (see below) and was interested in all of the other dogs who were out and about with us. He doesn’t have any problem with being picked up since that just means more snuggling for him, and he is very playful. Scrabble has the softest curly fur (I think he might be part Poodle, though it’s hard to say) and the cutest little face. Thinking about bringing a puppy into your home? Scrabble might be just the one for you!

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Scrabble making a silly face

Tim the three-year-old Chihuahua mix is nice enough to put up with the puppy antics of his kennelmate, Scrabble. When I saw him inside his kennel, he was curled up on a blanket, probably trying to keep warm. When we got outside, he was shaking a bit–a mixture of being cold and nervous. Tim’s new family might have to buy him some winter sweaters!

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Tim keeping an eye on things for me

Even though Tim was on the nervous side, as soon as I sat down on the ground he climbed right into my lap and made himself a little nest while I tried to keep him warm with the sleeves of my jacket. He even gave me a doggy kiss! Tiny Tim didn’t want to move from my lap once he made himself comfortable–the real definition of a lap dog. If you and your lap are feeling lonely, Tim will be more than happy to fix that!

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Tim is ready for a lap to call his own!

I also spent time with Ebbie, Corky, Wilbur (who was incredibly well-behaved while I gave him a good brushing), Frankie, Tilly, and Harley.

Be sure to stop by Northbrook Court for all of your holiday shopping needs this year, because Orphans of the Storm® will be on hand for the Holiday Pet Showcase from November 15-December 24! Adoptable dogs and cats will be there to bring you some holiday cheer and hopefully find a new home, and volunteers will be there to wrap gifts. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.