It was a cold, slippery day at Orphans of the Storm®, but four dog paws seem to do much better on ice than two human feet!

Gramps the eight-year-old Hound mix might look like a senior citizen, but don’t let his appearance or his name fool you! Gramps is eight years young, in his humble opinion, and doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon. He led the way to the off-leash run and happily put that hound nose to good use as he sniffed his way through the snow and the bushes.

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Gramps using that nose to lead the way

Gramps likes to be with people. Even though his nose led him astray every once in a while, he would always come back to me for a nice scratch behind the ears and he offered me a sweet doggy kiss on the nose a couple of times. Whenever you pet Gramps, his tail will wag nonstop because he’s so happy to get the attention he most certainly deserves. If you’re looking for an older gentleman who still has plenty of pep in his step, come in soon to meet Gramps!

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Gramps following a scent trail

Lina the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a very gentle dog. She waited patiently while I put her leash on, and walked nicely once we were out and about. It was a little hard to tell if she was shy or just cold because she wasn’t too sure about going for a walk, but she warmed up to both the temperature and me soon enough.

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Lina is such a pretty girl

Lina enjoyed exploring the off-leash run and had a fun time racing with the dogs on the other side of the fence (and nobody slipped!). Lina came over to me for a nice pat on the back and touched her nose to mine–not quite a doggy kiss, but close! This pretty girl is ready and waiting for a family to find her and welcome her into their home in the new year.

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Lina wondering why there is ice in the water bowl

Lael the two-year-old Chihuahua/Corgi mix is a cutie-patootie with ears that almost seem too big for her head, but that’s what makes her so adorable! Lael is a little furball of happiness who was more than ready to come outside and play. Those short legs sure can move quickly when they want to.

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Lael keeping me company on the bench

Lael is mostly interested in cuddling. After she took a lap around the off-leash run, she hopped up next to me on the bench and, after I scratched her chin for a moment, climbed into my lap and snuggled into my arms. How could a pooch so cute and lovable still be at the shelter? Lael will find a spot in your heart just as soon as she’ll find a spot in your lap. Come to the shelter soon to meet her!

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Little Lael being too cute

And Happy New Year from all of the pooches at Orphans of the Storm®! May this new year bring new furever homes to all!

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