November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and the senior dogs (and cats!) at Orphans of the Storm® are ready to celebrate all month long with plenty of adoptions! I compiled a list of Senior Dogs just a couple of months ago, but there are new dogs to be added to that list–and, I’m happy to say, almost half of the dogs I profiled then have since been adopted!
Note: The dogs below are listed in the order they arrived at the shelter, so long-term residents are first.
Shamrock the eight-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier is, as you may know, the first dog I ever walked at Orphans of the Storm®–so, of course, she holds a very special place in my heart. She has been at the shelter for over six years now, which is far too much time. Shamrock may not get along with other dogs, but she certainly gets along great with people! Shamrock has a beautiful brindle coat and warm, expressive eyes. She’s a good walking buddy and just wants to be someone’s companion and have a home to call her own. If you don’t mind having just one dog in your house at a time, let Shamrock show you that one dog can give you as much love as you could ever want.
Corky the eight-year-old Shepherd mix is such a good boy. I see him out and about almost every weekend and have walked him plenty of times myself. He’s a great leash-walking buddy and would love to go on long walks with his new family. He also knows a few commands, and will happily sit for you even if you don’t have a treat to offer in return (though hopefully Corky’s future family will spoil him with lots of treats!). Corky loves attention and will stay by your side as long as you’re petting him.
Winter the seven-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is one of the most affectionate dogs you’ll find at the shelter. She will cover your face in doggy kisses with her tail wagging the entire time. Winter also seems like she is very eager and willing to learn new tricks. She quickly became an expert at climbing the agility bridge in the off-leash run and you could just see how proud of herself she was. Just think of what other fun things she could learn! Winter has beautiful, all-white fur and is on the smaller side, which makes snuggling that much easier.
Benny the seven-year-old Terrier mix is one of my favorites at the shelter, and he cemented that spot after he and I went to this year’s Happy Halloween Pooch Parade together. Benny is super easy to walk (and doesn’t need too much exercise anyway), super easy to pick up and carry (if need be), super easy on car rides (just settles in and makes himself comfy), and super adorable! Benny goes to lots of off-site events and, if the Pooch Parade was any indication, gets spoiled with affection and treats by anyone who sees him. Benny could be the ideal companion for an older person who isn’t necessarily up for talking long walks and playing fetch all day, because Benny is content to spend most of his time cuddling.
Gypsy the seven-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is a little cutiepie. Gypsy gets along great with other dogs (especially ones who are closer to her size) and has shared her kennel with several dogs who have been adopted. Why does Gypsy keep getting passed over? It’s a mystery to me! She may be a little reserved at first, but once Gypsy gets to know you, she’s happy to snuggle. The last time I walked her, she tried to jump into my lap and give me doggy kisses as soon as I knelt down to put her leash on!
Mack the seven-year-old American Bulldog mix was such a sweetheart when I walked him–but, I’m ashamed to say, I haven’t walked him since then. I will have to fix that on my next visit! Mack may do some barking when he’s inside his kennel, but that’s most likely because he’s nervous. Mack came from a family who had to give him up when they moved to a building that didn’t allow dogs, so the shelter is a strange environment for him and he misses his family. How thankful Mack will be to the new family that comes along and discovers what a great pooch he is!
Shasta the eight-year-old Border Collie mix is a sweet girl who becomes even sweeter the more you get to know her. She gets a little nervous when new people come to her kennel, but once she’s out and about on her leash, she’s a happy girl with a wagging tail. Shasta could probably benefit from going home with a family who will take her on nice, long walks so she can shed a few pounds. She’s a good walker, so she won’t mind the extra exercise at all!
Daisy the seven-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is as happy and bright as her name indicates. She’s a volunteer favorite because of her easy-going personality, and volunteers are always showing her off to potential adopters; the right one just hasn’t come along yet. She’s a good leash-walking buddy, she gets along with other dogs, she’s affectionate–what more can you ask for in a pooch? Her breed may have a negative stereotype, but Daisy will proudly show you that stereotypes can be wrong. She’s a lover, not a fighter!
Scotty the eight-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix is another pooch who came from a family that could no longer take care of him. That just means that Scotty is ready to quickly settle back into family life again! He’s a pretty laid-back guy who walks well on the leash and loves to be showered with affection–and he’ll shower you with doggy kisses right back. Scotty recently had some work done on his knee, but you wouldn’t even be able to tell from looking at him; he walks like there was never any problem in the first place. Let Scotty show you just how much of a pro he is at being a family pet!
Daka the seven-year-old Shepherd mix is a big, big boy who doesn’t believe that he falls into the “senior” category. He’s always up for going on a walk, and he’s always up for playing with toys. His official photo on the shelter’s website features him carrying a toy, and the first time I walked him he wouldn’t let go of the stuffed monkey he found. Just think of how happy Daka would be to have a full set of toys in his future home! That tail of his would never stop wagging.
Joanie the eight-year-old Beagle mix is just the sweetest. You can tell by looking at her that her life hasn’t always been the easiest, but she always has the nicest expression on her face that shows she’s plenty hopeful about the future. Joanie has shared her kennel with several other dogs so far, so she could go to a home with or without a furry friend. Mostly, she just wants to go to a home that will love her. (I’m in the process of trying to convince my family to come in and meet her, but seeing as our current dog isn’t overly fond of other dogs, I certainly won’t be upset if someone else comes in and adopts her first!)
Rocky the seven-year-old American Bulldog mix is yet another pooch who came from a family that could no longer care for him. Although Rocky misses his old family, he certainly isn’t shy about getting to know new people. Rocky will happily offer doggy kisses to anyone, and has been known to roll over for belly rubs with a giant doggy grin on his face while he wriggles with happiness. Rocky still has plenty of energy and plenty of playfulness and would love to have his own yard to romp around in. This cutie’s face will make you smile as soon as you see him.