All of the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are looking for one thing: a forever home. Some just have more specific requirements than others. Dogs, like people, have preferences. Some dogs would love to have other furry family members; others simply prefer the company of humans. Some dogs want to play all the time; others are couch potatoes. Some dogs prefer women over men; some will befriend anybody. That’s why it’s always a good idea to spend time with a couple of different dogs at the shelter, to make sure that you both like the same things and help ensure that their forever home will be a happy home.

Hachi the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix still has a bit of a puppy look about him–especially that adorable face! As I’ve said before, one-year-olds are still definitely puppies in my book. Hachi is a friendly boy who likes to say hello to any person he comes across, and will do so by giving a happy doggy hug and wagging his tail while he gets a good scratch on the neck.

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Hachi enjoying playing in the yard

Hachi is also a playful pooch. When the dog in the run next to us was playing fetch, Hachi looked so eager to join in that I found a tennis ball for him too. He hasn’t quite mastered the concept of “fetch,” but with a little practice I’m sure he’ll get there! Hachi would do best in an active household with experienced dog owners who can help give Hachi a purpose, since he was bred to work! If you’re looking for a young dog who is ready to become a faithful companion, come in soon to meet Hachi!

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Hachi has such interesting fur color(s)!

Sally the two-year-old Boxer mix was found as a stray, but she must have had an owner at some point because she is super sweet with everyone she meets and is extremely well-behaved. Being mostly muscle, Sally could throw her weight around if she wanted to, but in fact she is a great leash-walking buddy and likes to stay close to her person. Her tail wags almost nonstop.

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Sally’s pretty profile

Sally is also super affectionate. She loves to give doggy kisses and would make a great cuddle-buddy. When I sat down on a bench after we had walked around for a bit, she hopped right up next to me and sat there, keeping an eye on things and wagging that tail every time I pet her. The shelter staff and other volunteers think Sally is the sweetest, and I agree! Stop by the shelter soon to say hi to Sally.

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Sally in the sunshine

Courage the three-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is a big girl with plenty of energy. She would have a great time with an owner who likes to go for long walks, which Courage would enjoy both for the exercise and for all the fun smells she could track with her excellent Hound nose. Courage also has that signature Hound howl (though I only heard it once while I was with her). Although she spent most of her time following her nose around the off-leash run and less time socializing, she still enjoyed getting a nice scratch on the back.

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Courage putting that Hound nose to good use

Courage was plenty polite when giving a hello sniff to the dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the off-leash run, but she would prefer to be the only pet in her new home. She, like Hachi, would also do best in a home with experienced dog owners. I know there are plenty of Hound-lovers out there who would love to add this beautiful girl to their home. If you think that means you, come by the shelter soon and get to know Courage!

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Courage is one good-looking pooch!

Riya the one-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix has, I’m ashamed to say, been flying under my radar the last few weeks–and boy, have I been missing out on one great dog! Riya excitedly led the way straight to the off-leash run and had a great time romping around. There were three small dogs in the run next to ours, and Riya also enjoyed racing them along the fence, even going into a play-bow a couple of times.

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Riya exploring around the run

Riya, like Hachi, still has plenty of puppy qualities, including being super cute! Riya is a friendly girl who greets everybody with a wagging tail. She hopped up on the bench next to me for a quick pat before going off and romping some more. Don’t let Black Dog Syndrome keep a sweetheart like Riya at the shelter for too much longer! Stop by soon and find out if Riya is the pooch for you.

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Riya wondering if the agility bridge is right for her

Trixie the three-year-old Chihuahua mix (not to be confused with the other Trixie!) is just the cutest little thing. She is extremely nervous at the moment, but that’s because she’s just waiting for someone to show her the love that she deserves. She’s not a huge fan of walking on the leash (though she did get better the longer we were out), but she will climb into your lap as soon as she gets the chance and she will contentedly stay there for as long as she can. I couldn’t even keep her out of my lap long enough to take a picture, so another volunteer had to take our picture for us 🙂

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Trixie is a cute little lapdog

Trixie is one of those dogs who prefers women over men. She climbed into three different women’s laps while I was with her (though I wasn’t near any men at the time so I didn’t get a chance to see how she behaved with them). Trixie is currently sharing her kennel with Gypsy (who jumped right into my lap as soon as I went into their kennel), but she could certainly benefit from some one-on-one love and attention to help bring her out of her shell. She is so sweet and so adorable–she just needs someone to give her a chance. If you’re a lady looking for a new friend, come in soon to meet Trixie!

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Trixie just wants someone to love her

Simon (also known as Harry) the three-year-old Silky Terrier mix has the best head of hair (fur) at the shelter, hands down. It is impossible not to smile when you see him because he is just so fluffy! Simon knows he’s a good-looking dog, too–you can tell by the way he struts his stuff when he’s walking on the leash. But Simon doesn’t mind getting a little dirty; he had so much fun rolling around in the grass! And he happily received a belly rub while doing so.

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Simon is just precious

Simon, like Trixie, prefers the company of women. And with that independent Terrier personality, he’s another pooch who would do best in a home with someone who has owned dogs before. Simon is a fun guy who walks nicely on the leash and will make for a great snuggler. Calling all the single ladies: If you’re looking for a new, handsome guy in your life, look no further than Simon!

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Simon knows he’s handsome

I also saw my furry friends Bueller, Ebbie, Mr. Big (who is doing so much better with his leash-walking now!), Screamer (who is still a total lapdog), and Tom-Tom.

Were you wondering what happened to the annual Orphans of the Storm® Pooch Parade this summer? Never fear! It has been moved to Saturday, October 18 and is Halloween-themed! You and your pooch can come in costume and help raise both awareness and funds for the shelter. For more information, visit

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  1. Would like to adopt Simon. I am. 81 and can!tgettothe shelter. Delores Gerken . Let me know details.

  2. […] also saw Ares, Casey (who is so snuggly!), Corky, Courage (who is convinced that she’s a lapdog), Daisy (who is so easy-going), Dezzie, Ebbie, Luciano, […]

  3. […] (who has been waiting at the shelter for far too long), Corky (who loves to play with doggy toys), Courage (who is absolutely convinced she is a lapdog, despite her large size), Ebbie (who wants nothing […]

  4. […] also saw Bella, Blush, Corky, Courage, Diamond, Ebbie, Lady, Lucky, and […]

  5. […] out and about she seems much more comfortable. She’s currently sharing her kennel with Hachi (who is such an affectionate boy who gives great doggy hugs) and was eager to play with him when […]

  6. […] also saw Tucker, Tom-Tom, Skipper, Sandy, Roxy, Honey Lamb, Diamond, Courage, Boston, Blush, and […]

  7. […] also gets along well with other dogs. She’s currently sharing her kennel with Hachi (who is another super affectionate pooch), so she could go to a home with or without another dog, […]

  8. […] of her surrounded by a group of kids. Zoey is also a very pretty girl (she could practically be Hachi‘s twin sister). Zoey ended up at the shelter through no fault of her own; she knows she can […]

  9. […] also saw Bella, Cooper, Courage, Daka (who, despite his big size, was doing wonderfully with a little girl!), Gus, Javan, Rock […]

  10. […] also saw Bear, Blush, Courage, Daisy, Diamond, Roxy, Trixie, Tucker, and […]

  11. […] also saw Bear, Cooper, Daisy, Ebbie, Hachi, O’Shea, Precious, Rock, Trixie, Tulip, and […]

  12. […] saw Blush (who is the best walking buddy), Cooper (who is so snuggly), Diamond (who loves to play), Hachi (who gives great doggy hugs), Heaven (who has plenty of energy), Joy (who is so sweet), Shasta (who […]

  13. […] also saw Blush, Courage, Daka, Honey Lamb, Joy, Roxy, Smoochie, Tulip, Zak, and […]

  14. […] also saw Blush, Courage, Fred, Hachi, Rock, Tucker, Zack, Zoey, and the other […]

  15. […] also saw Bear, Blush, Cooper, Courage, Diamond, Jasmine, Jessica, John Boy, Lady, Lexi, Skippy, Tiger, Zoey, and Zola (also known as […]

  16. […] also saw Willow, Roxy, Nana, John Boy, Kanne and Osito, Gypsy, Courage, Blush, and […]

  17. […] also saw Bear, Blush, Courage, Donna, Gypsy, Kanne and Osito, Precious, Skippy, and […]

  18. […] Courage the four-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is one of the most affectionate dogs at the shelter right now. Even though she’s a big girl, she’s absolutely convinced that she’s a lapdog and will try to fit as much of herself in your lap as possible, and then cover your face with doggy kisses. Courage would do best in an active household with experienced dog owners, and would like to be the only dog in her new home. She loves being outside and will happily join her new family for walks or runs. When I took her into the woodland preserve this weekend, we ran the first 3/4 of the way and then slowed to a walk for the last portion. You can read more about my first visit with Courage here. […]

  19. […] also saw Bear, Blush, Courage, Diamond, Gypsy, John Boy, Lisa, Showtime, Weezie, Willow, and […]

  20. […] also saw Bear, Blush, Courage, Jax (Charlie), John Boy (who is an expert at playing fetch with himself), Lexi, and […]

  21. […] also saw Blush, Courage, Diamond, O’Shea, Weezie, and […]

  22. […] also saw Bella, Candice, Coal, Courage, Daffodile, Ginger, O’Shea, Snuffles, Weezie, and […]

  23. […] also saw Blush, Courage (who is so affectionate–she climbed right into my lap and gave me lots of kisses), Ginger, […]

  24. […] also saw Bella, Blaze, Coal, Courage, Festus, John Boy, Lucy, Noah, Roxy, Wombat, and […]

  25. […] also saw Bella, Bud, Chester and Te Amo, Courage, Gunner, John Boy, Mojo, O’Shea, Ralphie, Sadie, Scotty, Sir, Snuffles, and […]

  26. […] also saw Aleck, Bella, Chester and Te Amo, Courage, John Boy, Lucy, Mongo, O’Shea, Tyson, Vanilla, and […]

  27. […] Courage the five-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is one of the most affectionate dogs. She thinks she’s a lapdog, even though she can only fit a portion of herself into your lap. She also likes to give kisses. She can pull on the leash a bit when she first comes out of her kennel, but then settles into being a nice walking companion. Courage gets along with some dogs but not all, so she would probably do best as the only dog in her new home. Watch a short video of Courage eating carrots. […]

  28. […] you’ve been following the blog for a while, you might remember Courage. After waiting three years at Orphans of the Storm®, she finally found her forever home with […]

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