Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Like Other Dogs

If you already have a furry friend and are looking to add another, there are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who would do well in a home with a buddy! Both of the dogs below share or previously shared their kennels with another dog, so it’s a good indication that they could do well in a home with four-legged friends. Of course, we always recommend that you bring your current dog to the shelter to make sure everybody gets along!

Troy the one-year-old Boxer mix is a playful little (big) puppy. He was sharing his kennel with another one-year-old pup who has since been adopted, so now it’s Troy’s turn! Troy is always ready to say hello to anyone and everyone who walks by his kennel, and he was just as friendly when we were out and about on our walk and in the off-leash run. Considering he’s still young and probably hasn’t had too much training, Troy walked pretty nicely on the leash.

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Troy has such cute markings

Troy had a great time running around and stretching his legs in the off-leash run. One minute he’d be by my side to get a nice scratch on the ears, and the next he’d be running laps. He never tried to play too rough with his kennelmate; mostly, he was just thrilled to be out in the snow. If you’re looking for a young dog who can grow into the perfect companion, come in soon to meet Troy!

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Troy trotting over the snow

Saber the one-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is another young, sweet pooch. He currently shares his kennel with Jade and boy, was he excited to come out for a walk! He doesn’t have the best leash manners (he can pull a bit), but he’s young enough and smart enough to learn how to be an excellent walking buddy. Labs aren’t the most popular breed in America for nothing, and Saber is a fine example.

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Saber says, “I’m ready for my close-up!”

Saber is super affectionate. He loves to give doggy kisses and loves to cuddle. Who could possibly resist that adorable face? If you’re looking for a dog who will stay by your side, Saber could be the one for you. As long as you’re petting him, he’s happy to stay as close to you as possible. Don’t let Black Dog Syndrome stop you from getting to know Saber!

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Saber enjoying a good run

Orphans of the Storm® also has some pooches who would 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 choices!

I also spent some time with Buddy (who covered my face in doggy kisses) and Lucky. Lucky used to share his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, but I haven’t seen Buddy interact with other dogs yet to know how he does. You can always call the shelter for more specific information on any of our dogs.

As always, if you’re interested in sharing your own Orphans of the Storm® Success Story, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Orphans of the Storm® also has plenty of upcoming events! Tonight is a book signing at Cellar Gate in Highwood; Saturday is another opportunity to meet your new friend for life at Northbrook Court; and April 28 is the annual benefit dinner. Check out the shelter’s Events page on Facebook for more information!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs with Cold Paws

Orphans of the Storm® made sure that plenty of dogs (and cats!) had a Valentine this year, but there are plenty more still waiting at the shelter for that perfect someone!

Alcon the four-year-old Rottweiler mix is one big, beautiful, gentle dog. He greets everybody who comes by his kennel with a lick on the hand, and when it’s time to put his leash on he just lies down and waits patiently. Alcon walked very nicely on the leash and that little stub of a tail was wagging almost constantly.

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Alcon sniffing in the snow

Alcon (listed as Alan on the website) had a great time playing in the snow. He gets pretty excited when other dogs are nearby, but he’s very calm and super sweet with people. Alcon could certainly gain a few pounds, so if you’re the lucky person who brings him home, feel free to spoil him with lots of treats! He certainly deserves it. If you’re looking for a big pooch with a heart of gold, come in soon to meet Alcon!

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Alcon at attention

Buck the one-year-old Hound mix is the type who gets along with anybody and everybody. He was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, and he was very friendly with Corky on the other side of the fence while we were in the off-leash run (they even look like brothers!), so he could go to a home with or without another dog.

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Buck has such pretty, loving eyes!

Buck is great with people, too. He is very affectionate and loves to be showered with attention. He especially seemed to enjoy a good scratch on the hips. Buck took treats extremely gently from my hand and waited patiently for seconds–no jumping or barking or anything like that. You can tell just by looking at his big brown eyes that Buck is full of love and can’t wait to share it with a new family. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Buck!

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Buck loved the snow

Blackie the ten-year-old Schipperke mix is another older dog who believes that age is just a number. For a dog his size, ten isn’t even that old (though Blackie does have a little gray on his face). Even though Blackie has little legs, they sure can move quickly when he wants! He was a great leash-walking buddy, though, and enjoyed sticking his nose into the piles of snow to find a fun scent.

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Blackie having a good time on his walk

Blackie had no problems being picked up, held, and carried. He stayed in my arms very nicely, and was probably thankful to not have to walk in the salt! This little guy is the perfect lapdog size. Blackie currently has a kennelmate, so he’s another pooch who could go to a home with or without another dog. If you’re considering an older dog who is just looking for companionship, look no further than Blackie!

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Blackie didn’t mind the deep snow

Dezzie the five-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix will make you smile as soon as you see her, because she is wearing a constant smile herself! I’ve never seen such a perfect doggy grin before. Dezzie’s looks fit her personality, because she is one happy dog who would be even happier in a home of her own. Dezzie knows how to walk nicely on the leash and would enjoy going on walks around her new neighborhood.

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Does Dezzie have the best doggy grin or what?

Dezzie came from an owner who had to move and couldn’t bring Dezzie, so we know that she has plenty of experience as a pet and knows how to behave in a home. She’s a sweet girl who will kindly rub her nose on your face, which I took to be a precursor to doggy kisses. As far as Dezzie is concerned, any spot is the right spot for petting. Give Dezzie even more of a reason to smile by giving her a second chance at a forever home!

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Dezzie has great looks and a great personality!

Some other pooches who enjoyed being out and about this week were Jade, Rock, Molly, the other Molly, Shamrock, Lucky, Lady, Giorgio, and Shasta. I also made a new furry friend (not available for adoption, but still awfully cute!):


A little raccoon!

Lucky for him, I didn’t walk any Coonhounds this week!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs with Snow-Covered Faces

There’s still plenty of time to find yourself a valentine of the furry variety! The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® will love you forever if you give them the chance.

Also, if you’d like to share your own love story this Valentine’s Day, help us add to our growing list of Success Stories and email meetthepooches@gmail.com to tell us all about your Orphans of the Storm® adoption experience!

Babe the one-year-old Beagle mix is such a little cutie, especially in his bright yellow harness! He waited patiently for me to put his leash on, and then we were off and running. Babe was sharing his kennel with a dog who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. And don’t worry about Babe not liking this weather–he was sticking his face into piles of snow to discover new scents.

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Babe going into his play bow

Babe is an active, playful little guy. If you’re looking for a dog that you can train for agility, look no further than Babe! He was jumping up and over the snowbanks like they were no big deal (perhaps he is part bunny?), and he’s certainly speedy. Once he’s had his exercise, he’ll be happy to sit in your lap and give you doggy kisses. Babe got snow all over my lap because he was so eager to snuggle! If you’re looking for an adorable young pup, come in soon to meet Babe.

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Babe has such a cute little face!

Sherman the four-year-old Rottweiler mix is a big sweetheart who is very people-oriented. He was a little shy when I first took him out of his kennel and stuck close to my side while we made our way to the off-leash run, sometimes stopping and waiting for me to give him an encouraging pat on the back. Soon enough, though, that pretty tail of his was wagging.

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Sherman is a great “dog in the snow” model

Once Sherman got over his shyness, he wanted to say hi to everybody. If someone walked by the run, he’d put his front paws up on the fence and wag that tail. When another dog came into the run next to ours, he had a great time racing them. Sherman may be a little too big to be a lapdog, but that won’t stop him from trying. Give Sherman the chance to warm up to you, and you’ll have a loyal companion forever!

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Sherman smiling for the camera

Molokai the twelve-year-old Hound mix certainly doesn’t act like a senior citizen! The only thing that gives her age away is the gray fur on her face. Although you’ll usually find her curled up on her doggy bed in her kennel, she perks up as soon as she gets outside. Molokai set a quick pace as we made our way to the off-leash run and was romping through the snow with no signs of slowing down.

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Molokai has the sweetest face

Molokai is an absolutely beautiful girl; she got lots of compliments from other visitors at the shelter because of her brindle fur. In between romps, she would come back to me for a nice scratch on the neck or ears and then set off through the snow again. Molokai isn’t asking for much–just a nice home with a nice family so she can enjoy her golden years surrounded by comfort and love. If you’re interested in a senior dog, stop by the shelter and say hi to Molokai!

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Molokai proving that you can be graceful at any age

Bilbo Baggins the two-year-old Basset Hound/Mountain Cur mix is the type of dog who seems like he would get along with just about everybody. He greets everyone who walks by his kennel with a wagging tail and, once we were out on our walk, he wanted to personally say hello to everybody outside too! Bilbo Baggins is currently sharing his kennel with Jade, and had a different kennelmate before that, so he could go to a home with or without another dog.

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Bilbo Baggins, up close and personal

Bilbo Baggins has plenty of energy. He loved dashing through the snow and wanted to run around longer than my frozen toes could handle. Bilbo Baggins is also super affectionate. He will happily give you doggy hugs and cover your face in doggy kisses if he sees an opportunity to do so. This is one happy-go-lucky guy–I can only imagine how much joy he would bring to his new forever home! Come in soon to meet Bilbo Baggins!

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Bilbo Baggins covered in snow

I also gave Ebbie (who is just the sweetest and gentlest) and Shasta (who has really started to come out of her shell now that she knows me) the chance to play in the snow for a bit. At least the dogs of Orphans of the Storm® don’t seem tired of this weather yet!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a Valentine

Firstly, be sure to mark your calendars! The date has been set for Orphans of the Storm®’s annual benefit dinner: Monday, April 28. Stay tuned for more information. I hope to see plenty of you there!

Secondly, love is in the air at Northbrook Court for the Orphans of the Storm® Valentine’s Day Gift Wrap and Pet Showcase! Meet adoptable dogs and cats February 7-16, 12pm-6pm each day. Your new furry friend will be sure to show you what true love really is.

You can also visit the shelter every day of the week and meet these adorable pooches:

Duke the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix (not to be confused with the other Duke I met last week, who is still looking for his forever home as well!) is a playful pup. His whole body was wriggling with excitement when he saw me come by with the leash and he couldn’t wait to get to the off-leash run and play in the snow. This is an active guy who would love to join an active family.

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Here comes Duke, flying through the snow!

Duke would come flying through the snow and then stop in front of me for some doggy hugs and doggy kisses. He’s still a puppy in my book, and would be eager to learn how to be the best companion possible. Duke was politely interested in the dog on the other side of the fence and didn’t do any barking except for an excited yip or two. Come in soon to meet Duke!

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Duke has the cutest puppy face

Big Ears the three-year-old Shepherd mix certainly has an appropriate name, with those big ears that stick straight up to the sky! Another appropriate name would be Big Sweetie, because that’s exactly what he is. Although he seemed a little nervous at first, soon enough that curly tail of his was wagging. Big Ears was a great walking buddy as we made our way to the off-leash run.

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Big Ears showing off his big ears

Big Ears is an affectionate guy. He likes to give doggy hugs, and don’t be surprised if he tries to climb onto your lap when you’re sitting down. Big Ears is looking for a family who will give him plenty of love, and he has more than enough love to give in return. His adorable looks and his friendly personality make him a great catch for whoever is lucky enough to adopt him. Could that be you?

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Big Ears coming in for a doggy kiss

Some other pooches looking for love this February are Molly (who is happy to hang out in the yard, winter or summer), Ebbie (who is looking for a nice, quiet place to enjoy her golden years), Akiva (who was built for a winter like the one we’re having right now!), Lucky (who greets the people he knows with so much excitement), Topaz (who is a world-class giver of doggy hugs), Corky (who is great on a leash and knows his basic commands), Wilbur and Rosco (who are the best brothers), and Zeus (who just wants someone to give him the attention he deserves). And, of course, there are many others! You can always check out the Dog Profiles page to see a list of adoptable dogs.