You’re more than welcome to give a new name to the dog you adopt from Orphans of the Storm®, but this week’s pooches have some of the most popular pet names already!
Bella the seven-year-old American Bulldog mix will make you smile the instant you see her. She’s a little chubby, which is cute in and of itself, but she also looks exactly like Yoda, with a wrinkly face and ears that stick out to the side of her head. You will be sure to get lots of comments from Star Wars fans when you’re seen out walking Bella. In addition to her adorable looks, Bella also has an adorable personality.
Bella was surrendered by her owners because they no longer had the time to care for her properly, so Bella already knows what it’s like to be a family pet. She does pretty well on the leash and she is friendly and affectionate with people, though she would probably do best as the only dog in her new home. She’s only been at the shelter for a couple of weeks, but she’s already a volunteer favorite. Come in soon to find out if Bella is the pooch for you!
Max the two-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is an all-around great dog. He walked really well on our way to the off-leash run and he already knows some basic commands like “Sit,” which he did for me even without a treat (sorry, Max!). I was wondering if he might even be part Pointer, since whenever he heard something he would go into that signature Pointer stance.
Max is a typical Lab mix, in that he loves being with people and will make a very loyal companion. We hadn’t been together for very long before he was staying close to my side like we were old pals. Max would prefer to be the only dog in his new home, and he would definitely enjoy going on nice walks around the neighborhood every day. He loved to get his back scratched and gives doggy kisses in return. If you’re looking for a Lab, take a look at Max!
Jasper the ten-month-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is 100% puppy. He loves to run and play and give doggy hugs and doggy kisses. We kept stopping on our way to the off-leash run because he kept wanting to get pet! He’s still just a pup, so he’ll definitely need some training to learn things like leash manners. He’s a smart boy who just wants to make people happy, though, so he’s sure to be a quick learner!
Jasper somehow already seems to know what a camera is, though. As soon as I pulled mine out, he was ready for his close-up and posed like a pro. He also seemed to instinctively know that it’s more polite if he sits down when another dog is coming nearby, which he did on a couple of occasions when different dogs walked past us. Jasper doesn’t want to grow up in the shelter; he wants to be with a loving family who will spend plenty of time playing with him and helping him become the amazing companion he knows he can be!
Bailey the five-year-old Beagle mix does the Hound group proud. This little scent hound follows his nose wherever it takes him–in fact, he barely takes his nose off the ground at all! We paused a lot on our way to the off-leash run so he could take an extra-good sniff. With all the snow melting now, I bet it’s quite interesting! When Bailey isn’t sniffing, though, he walks very nicely on the leash.
Bailey is a gentle guy who would prefer to be in an adult-only home. It may take him a few minutes to stop sniffing and start socializing with you, so don’t count him out too soon because he does enjoy getting a nice pat on the back. And what an adorable boy he is! That face and those eyes will have you falling in love almost immediately. Bailey currently has a kennelmate (see below), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Come in soon to say hi to Bailey!
Kaylee the four-year-old Rat Terrier mix is such a little sweetheart. She came from a family who could no longer care for her, so she’s feeling a little scared and overwhelmed at the shelter. When I first took her out, she kept her tail between her legs and got nervous if I reached towards her. She stuck close to Bailey, who is currently her kennelmate, even once we got to the off-leash run and they were free to go wherever they wanted.
Kaylee warmed up to me after just a few short minutes, though. She stood next to me a little tentatively and I started to pet her very gently. Once she seemed more comfortable, I picked her up and she melted right into my arms. When I tried to put her back down, she jumped back into my lap for more cuddling! (I have the muddy pawprints on my jeans to prove it.) Once Kaylee knows she can trust you, she will love you forever. If you’re looking for a pint-sized pooch, come in soon to meet Kaylee!
I also saw plenty of other doggy friends this week: Jade, Saber, Gizmo, Giorgio, Dina, Precious, Shasta, Lady, Tiger, and Molokai (who is literally the best walking companion you can find. And you can trust me–I’ve walked a lot of dogs!).