It was a good weekend at Orphans of the Storm®, with a number of happy adoptions–including the first dog I walked that day, who had a new furever home before I even left the shelter! Let’s help the rest of these pooches find their new families, too!
Francine the six-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is about as gentle as they come, though she was jumping up and down excitedly when she saw it was her turn to come out for a walk. Once we were out, though, she settled down quickly and walked nicely on the leash. She was such a good walking buddy, in fact, that I was able to walk her and her kennelmate, Shard (who is just so sweet and snuggly), together simultaneously. Considering neither of them are small dogs, I think that speaks very highly of their leash-walking skills!
Francine is very well-mannered. She had some tufts of loose fur on her back and hind legs, so I spent a few minutes brushing her and she stood perfectly still the whole time. It seemed like she didn’t want it to end! I’m sure she enjoyed the extra attention. Francine was kind enough to give me a doggy kiss as a thank-you. Don’t let Black Dog Syndrome keep Francine at the shelter for too long–this sweet girl is ready for her second chance at a loving home. Stop by soon to see if Francine is the pooch for you!
Harley the six-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix came from a family who could no longer take care of her. Although it’s upsetting that she lost her first home, it means that Harley is move-in ready for her second home! She gets along great with children, having lived with two, and knows her basic commands like “sit” and “down,” which she is happy to show anyone who asks.
Harley is also probably the best leash-walker you’re going to find at the shelter right now. I probably could have just held the leash with my pinky finger, and we would have gotten along just fine. She stayed right by my side. If you’re looking for a fully trained dog who already knows the ins and outs of being a family pet, Harley should be the first one you meet on your next visit to the shelter!
Daka the seven-year-old Shepherd mix is a big, handsome boy who will catch your eye right away with his good looks. He had just gone on a nice walk with another volunteer before I brought him to the off-leash run, so he was mostly interested in sniffing, moseying around, and staying in the shade. He walks well on the leash, but he is a strong guy when he wants to be because of his size.
Daka discovered a sock monkey toy in the off-leash run and claimed it as his. He brought the monkey with him to a shady spot and laid down. He wasn’t interested in chewing on the monkey; he just liked having it with him. When it was time to head back to his kennel, Daka picked up the monkey and carried it with him. You will certainly have to get Daka a sock monkey of his own if you’re the lucky person who adopts him! If you’re looking for a big, easygoing companion, come in soon to meet Daka.
Redd the six-month-old Beagle mix and Lucie the two-year-old Beagle mix came to Orphans of the Storm® together and would like to find their new forever home together. Redd and Lucie have gone to many Orphans of the Storm® off-site events together, but so far they haven’t been able to find the right family to join.
Redd is definitely still a puppy with all of the playfulness that comes with that. He wanted to run and run when he first got out of his kennel and he tried valiantly to get Lucie to join in the frivolity. Redd is a friendly–and, of course, adorable–little guy who loves getting attention and giving doggy kisses. And even though he’s still just a pup, he’s already picked up the Beagle trait of keeping that nose to the ground.
Lucie is probably the one who has taught Redd that! All Lucie wanted to do was follow scent trails around the off-leash run, and she wasn’t going to let her little brother get in the way of doing what she was bred to do. There was one moment, though, where Lucie went into a play bow and took a little half-jump–so she still has some spunk! Lucie is a good girl and a good older sister.
Redd and Lucie are already so bonded with each other, but they are more than ready to share that bond with a new family! If your heart and your home are big enough for two pooches (who aren’t particularly big themselves), stop by the shelter soon to meet Redd and Lucie.
I also saw my buddies Ebbie, Lucy (who loves to give doggy hugs), Molly (who continues to impress everyone with her fetching skills), Rosco, Wilbur (who I sat with for almost a half-hour because those eyes get me every time and I can’t bring myself to put him back in his kennel!), Scotty, and Sweet Pea (who still lives up to her name in every sense–she gets along with everybody!).