Orphans of the Storm® Has Dogs of All Ages

Whether you’re looking for a young, playful puppy, an older, wiser senior dog, or anything in between, Orphans of the Storm® has plenty of options for you!

Cody the nine-and-a-half-year-old Labrador Retriever mix may look familiar to you. If you’ve been reading since November 2011, you’ll remember that I posted a video of Cody way back then! Cody was happily adopted shortly thereafter, but now, almost three years later, his new family is no longer able to take care of him. So now Cody is back at Orphans of the Storm®, ready to find his new and hopefully permanent furever family. Cody may not have seen me for a while, but I think I remembered me. He was just as sweet now as he was three years ago.

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Sweet Cody is still sweet!

Cody is still his friendly self, but since he’s a few years older he isn’t as likely to jump up and give doggy hugs. He’s still happy to give doggy kisses, though. He moves at a bit of a slower pace, but he still has plenty of happiness to share. Cody is also excellent with other dogs. He and Stewie (now known as Sky, another dog who was adopted years ago but returned because his family’s home recently flooded and they had to move) got along great! If you’re looking for an older dog who will make a great companion, come in soon and give Cody a chance!

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Cody giving that doggy smile

Sunnie the five-year-old Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix will certainly catch your eye as you walk through the shelter because he is just so darn fluffy and cute. Sunnie came from an owner who, like Cody’s owners, could no longer take care of him. That means that Sunnie has five years of experience being a family pet, and can’t wait to share that experience with his new family.

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Sunnie is one giant fluffball!

Sunnie walked pretty well on the leash as we made our way around the shelter. He also seemed pretty friendly with other dogs who were out and about. Sunnie has that signature blue tongue that Chows are known for, and of course that fluffy fur! He might appreciate a summer cut in these hotter summer months, but he will be the perfect pooch to snuggle with come winter. Do you prefer poofy pooches? Sunnie has plenty of poof for you!

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Sunnie will make the perfect cuddle companion

Asha (also known as Bootsy, because of her white paws) the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is just a little sweetheart. She’s a little nervous at the shelter and wasn’t quite sure about coming out for a walk with me, but once we got away from the other barking dogs she seemed to get more comfortable and was more interested in getting to know me and getting some nice pets. She walked pretty well on the leash, especially considering her young age, as we made our way to the off-leash run.

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Asha is such a pretty girl

Asha is certainly still a puppy, though. Honey Lamb was playing in the run next to us, and Asha was more than ready to race her along the fence (Honey Lamb won). Asha already kind of understands the idea of coming when called, though I’m sure she would be even more motivated if there were treats as a reward. Once we had spent some time together, she gave me a couple of quick doggy kisses. If you’re looking for a younger dog who has plenty of playfulness, stop by the shelter soon and say hi to Asha!

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Asha knows how to pose for the camera

Eros the one-year-old Boxer mix is the kind of puppy that makes me squeal incoherently because he is too precious. Poor little Eros doesn’t know how he ended up at the shelter and he’s pretty nervous, especially when it comes time to put the leash on. When I tried to walk him out to the off-leash run, he kept laying down and did more crawling than walking because he was so scared. All Eros needs in order to come out of his shell is a family who will show him what love truly is!

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Eros relaxing in the grass

Eros really just wants to be a cuddle buddy. I sat down in the grass and he flopped down right next to me, resting his front legs and head in my lap and then rolling over so I could rub his belly. He licked my arm while I did that and then rolled around in the grass some more, like the adorable little pup he is. When we eventually made it to the off-leash run, he was mildly interested in the various toys but still seemed more interested in being a lapdog. This little cutie will find a home quickly, so if you think he might be the pooch for you, be sure to stop by the shelter soon!

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Eros coming over for a snuggle

I also saw my buddies Archie (who is still the best), Wilbur (who is still my favorite), Corky (who is such a good boy–he walks well on the leash, he’s very affectionate, he knows his basic commands–I really can’t think of a single reason why he’s been at the shelter for so long!), Zeus (who is back from a few weeks of boot camp and now knows how to heel perfectly and sits whenever the person walking him stops moving), Akiva (who gets along with everybody), Lady (who is another senior dog like Cody who just needs a nice home in which to spend her golden years), Sweet Pea (who lives up to her name), and Shasta (who is such a well-behaved girl). So many wonderful dogs to choose from at Orphans of the Storm!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready for a Fun Summer

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® think summertime is the perfect time to add a four-legged furry friend to the family!

Pistol the five-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is one laid-back pooch. When I first walked by his kennel, he was just casually curled up, resting but still keeping an eye on things. When I showed up again with a leash, he perked right up and was happy to come out for a walk. Pistol was found as a stray, but boy does he know how to walk on a leash! He will make an excellent walking companion for whoever is lucky enough to adopt him.

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You’ve gotta love Pistol’s sweet hound face!

Pistol enjoyed a nice scratch under the chin and a pat on the back. Being a Hound, he spent a lot of time with his nose to the ground, picking up all of those interesting smells. Pistol has that adorable Hound face with those soulful brown eyes that you just can’t help but fall in love with. Combine that with his easy-going personality and you’ve got yourself a winner! If you’re looking for a big boy who will make a loyal friend, come in soon to meet Pistol.

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Pistol loves the outdoors

Rusty the two-year-old American Bulldog mix is quite a cutie. Rusty is currently sharing his kennel with Creek (who is such a lovebug–what is he still doing at the shelter?), so he could go to a home with or without another doggy friend. Rusty is pretty good on the leash but seemed to prefer being able to explore the off-leash run on his own. He had a fun time going under the bushes, but always came back to check how things were going with me.

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Rusty is a good-looking guy

Rusty may not be as overtly affectionate as some other dogs at the shelter, but he did give my face a very close sniff, which I always consider a precursor to a doggy kiss (my own dog is a face-sniffer like that). Rusty also loves getting a good scratch on the hips and will do a little dance with his tail wagging. Rusty is a happy guy looking for a happy home–could that home be yours? Come in soon to find out!

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Rusty being attentive

Shard the ten-year-old German Shepherd mix is, to put it succinctly, a gentle giant. He’s an older gentleman who doesn’t seem to have had the easiest life up until now, so he would very much appreciate a nice, loving family to give him a good home for his golden years. Shard is currently sharing his kennel with another dog (who I hope to meet next week), so he could go to a home with or without another dog.

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Shard is a big sweetie

Shard is just such a good boy. He came to stand next to me so I could pet him (his fur is so fluffy!) and he gave me a doggy kiss as a thank-you. Since he’s bigger and older, he doesn’t move too quickly, which means he’s very easy to walk on the leash. Shard is just one example of the many amazing senior dogs available for adoption at the shelter right now. He’s not asking for much–just a nice, comfy bed to sleep on at night, and a person (or an entire family) to give him the attention he most certainly deserves. If you’re looking for an older dog, stop by the shelter and let Shard strut his stuff!

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Shard coming over for some lovin’

I also spent some time with Emerald (who gave me a big doggy hug), Molly, Fuzzy (another great senior dog), Corky, Dezzie (who covered my face in doggy kisses), Lady, Wilbur and Rosco (my favorite twins!), Scotty, and Tucker.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Find a Shady Spot

It was a warm and sunny day at Orphans of the Storm®, so for the most part the dogs I met were happy to find a shady spot and relax!

Tucker the two-year-old Hound mix is a real cutie (much like the other Tucker, but with black spots instead of brown). He caught my eye as soon as I walked into the wing with his kennel and I knew I wanted to get to know him because he greeted me in such a friendly way! Tucker continued to be a happy, friendly guy as we took our walk around the shelter–and walking him was a pleasure because he walked so nicely on the leash!

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Tucker enjoyed going on his walk

Tucker was very interested in the other dogs we saw while we were out and about, though we didn’t get close enough for any actual playtime. When it was just me and him, though, he was very attentive and enjoyed getting a good scratch on the back. Tucker is still on the younger side, so he would certainly like a family that will play with him and take him for nice romps outside. A cutie like Tucker won’t be at the shelter for long, so come in soon to meet him!

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Tucker is very photogenic

Bueller the five-year-old German Shepherd mix has a bit of an independent streak. He was more than happy to lead the way on our walk to the off-leash run, and once we got there he was more interested in exploring all of the interesting smells and seeing what it was like under the bushes (cooler, I’m sure). Bueller was sharing his kennel with another dog for a short time before the other dog got adopted, so he may be able to go to a home with or without another dog.

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“Bueller? Bueller?” Unlike the movie character, he’ll come when called!

Bueller just loves going for walks, though. After we were in the off-leash run for a bit, he saw me pick up the leash and came running right over with his tail wagging. (Some dogs run in the opposite direction when they see me get the leash.) Bueller waited patiently at the gate while I put the leash back on and gave me a big doggy smile. He just has such a sweet face! Bueller is a big boy with a big heart who would love to join a happy home. Come in soon and say hi to Bueller!

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Bueller has the sweetest face

Rocky the eight-year-old Chihuahua mix found himself at the shelter when his family moved and couldn’t bring him with. He’s a little nervous when strangers come up to his kennel, but when he saw I had a leash with me he calmed down immediately and let me put the leash on with no problem. Rocky is currently sharing his kennel with Gypsy, so he could go to a home with or without another dog (though he would probably be more comfortable with a dog closer to his size).

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Rocky enjoy a nice neck scratch

Rocky is a little snuggle-bug. After we got to know each other a bit in the off-leash run, I picked him up and put him in my lap, where he happily sat while I pet him. (Gypsy tried to jump into my lap to steal some attention for herself, too.) Rocky has the cutest underbite, so his bottom teeth stick out a bit when he has his mouth closed. Rocky has eight years of experience as a family pet, and has plenty more years of love and companionship to offer! If you’re looking for a new pal, stop by the shelter soon to meet Rocky!

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Rocky is the cutest little thing

Stanley the one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is still very much a puppy, one who could use lots of love and attention. I’ve been trying to take Stanley out for weeks, but he would always go hide in the indoor part of his kennel. I’m glad I was finally able to get to know him, because he did not disappoint. Although he can be a little difficult to get out of his kennel (Stanley seems like he has minimal to no experience with a leash), once he’s out he turns into the biggest sweetie.

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Stan the man

Stanley and I headed straight for the off-leash run, where he wanted to explore inside the bushes and find some shade. Instead, I took him over to the shady bench and he sat right next to me, resting his chin in my lap and enjoying getting my undivided attention. When we left the run, he found another shady spot in the grass and laid right by my feet so I could rub his belly. Stanley probably hasn’t had very many positive experiences in his short life thus far, but once he sees that someone is nice to him, he becomes a fast and lasting friend. Could Stanley be that friend for you? Come by soon to find out!

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Stanley just wants a cuddle buddy

Scotty the eight-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is much like little Rocky, in that they’re the same age and they both came from owners who could no longer take care of them. Scotty certainly seems like he knows just how to be a good pet: he’s housebroken, he walks nicely on the leash, he’s calm, and he enjoys being around people.

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Scotty enjoying a romp in the run

Scotty spent a few minutes just meandering around the off-leash run, but eventually came to me on his own and enjoyed getting a good scratch on the back. You’ll have to be okay with a little bit of doggy drool if you adopt Scotty, but he’s definitely worth it! This big boy doesn’t understand why he lost his first family, but he’s more than ready to enjoy the rest of his life with a new one. If you’re looking for an older, gentler dog who already knows what it takes to be a good pet, stop by the shelter and see if Scotty is the one for you!

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Scotty the sweetie

I also saw my girls Molly (who was a very good girl while getting a quick bath in the yard), Diamond, Lady, and Shasta, and my bestest boy Archie, who I just cannot say enough good things about.