Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready for Summer Fun

There were so many new dogs at Orphans of the Storm® this week, it was hard to decide who to take out for a walk! So here are just a few of the many great pooches you can find on your next visit.

Zack the two-year-old Pointer mix (not to be confused with the other Zak) was super excited when he realized he was coming out for a walk. This is a boy who loves to be out and about, and loves even more to have a companion during these adventures. Zack has lots of energy when he first gets out of his kennel (which is true for many of the dogs, understandably), but after we walked around for a few minutes he calmed down and settled into being an excellent walking buddy.

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Zack being a good walking buddy

Zack was found as a stray, so we don’t know too much about him, but I do know that he is very friendly. He will gladly give you doggy kisses while you pet him and wanted to greet everybody we passed. Zack is a little on the skinny side at the moment, so he won’t mind being spoiled with both treats and affection when he goes to his new home. Pointers are active dogs, and Zack would definitely be happy with a family that can give him walks and playtime every day. If you think Zack might be the pooch for you, come in soon!

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Zack cooling off in the shade

Aleck the two-year-old Hound mix is another boy with plenty of energy. He took the lead on our walk and made sure we covered plenty of ground before we headed to the off-leash run. Aleck politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence and they even did a little bit of play-bowing and racing. Aleck didn’t seem too interested when I tossed him a tennis ball, but maybe a different type of toy is more his style.

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Aleck coming to say hello

Aleck is a happy, friendly boy who likes to be with people. His tail is almost always wagging, and ever time I knelt down to his level he came hurrying over to give me doggy kisses. He does have bit of a habit of jumping up, but with a little bit of training and definitely with more opportunities for exercise, he should be able to break that habit. He just wants to show everybody what a sociable guy he is! By the end of our visit, Aleck was walking much better on the leash and kept looking up at me with that big doggy smile. Stop by soon to see if Aleck is the buddy for you!

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Aleck leading the way on our walk

Flo the two-year-old German Shepherd mix is such a sweetheart. She’s a little shy inside her kennel, but becomes very snuggly and affectionate after you take her out. When we got to the off-leash run, I knelt down next to her and she immediately tucked herself under my arm and leaned against my leg so we could cuddle. Flo never strayed too far from me, though she did enjoy exploring under the bushes.

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Flo is a pretty girl

Flo seems like a pretty calm dog overall. She didn’t pull much on the leash and she didn’t go sprinting around the off-leash run like some other dogs do. She does get a little excited and bark-y when other dogs are nearby, though that seemed to be the case more when she was off-leash than when she was walking on the leash. Flo is ready for her second chance at a forever home, so if you think she might be a good fit for you, come in soon to say hello!

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Flo is ready to be your new companion

Truman the four-year-old Rottweiler mix is a sweet boy who thrives on attention. He’s a little shy at first, but he comes out of his shell quickly and turns into quite the companion. Since he loves people so much, Truman would do best in a home where someone is around most of the time. So if you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re a stay-at-home parent, Truman might be an excellent option for you!

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Truman is a cutie!

Truman did well on the leash and had a good time in the off-leash run. He had one burst of energy where he ran a quick lap all around the perimeter, and after that he was more of a meander-er. When I sat down on the bench, he was up there next to me in no time. Once he knows you, Truman doesn’t give much thought to personal space. He’ll happily stick his face right up next to yours and give you a doggy kiss. Come in soon to say hi to Truman!

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Truman enjoying the outdoors

Rocky the one-year-old English Shepherd mix is one of the handsomest dogs at the shelter right now, in my humble opinion–and also one of the softest and fluffiest (just look at those paws). I hadn’t heard of an English Shepherd before, but a quick Google search showed me that they are all just as beautiful as Rocky! Since Rocky is still pretty young, he would do best in a home with experienced dog owners who can provide him the training he needs to be the best pooch he can be!

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Rocky exploring the off-leash run

Rocky spent the first few minutes of our visit keeping mostly to himself, though he certainly didn’t object when I walked over to pet him while he was sniffing around the off-leash run. After he had that opportunity to explore on his own, we took a walk on the leash and that’s when he really showed what a sweet companion he can be. When I sat down at one of the picnic tables, Rocky parked himself right in front of me and sat by my feet while I pet him. We could’ve stayed that way for ages! Stop by the shelter soon to meet Rocky!

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Rocky is such a handsome boy

I also saw Bear, Cooper, Daisy, Ebbie, Hachi, O’Shea, Precious, Rock, Trixie, Tulip, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a Summer Home

There were eight (eight!) happy dog adoptions at Orphans of the Storm® during just the ~3 hours I was there this week. There are still plenty more waiting to find their furever home, though! And what better time to welcome a new pooch into your home than the end of spring/beginning of summer, when the weather is beautiful and you’re looking for a new walking buddy to enjoy it with!

Porky the two-year-old American Eskimo mix is an adorable little ball of fluff. He was found as a stray and gets a bit nervous when people walk up to his kennel, but he absolutely lights up as soon as he’s on a leash and gets to go for a walk. For the first few minutes we were in the off-leash run, Porky mostly kept to himself and followed his nose, just getting used to his surroundings.

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Porky is more fluffy than porky

Porky soon came to the realization that I was there to spend time with him. He trotted over to me and tentatively sniffed my shoe and my hand, then happily stood by my side while I pet his fluffy fur. He especially seemed to enjoy being scratched right at the top of his head, between his ears. Porky was originally sharing his kennel with another smaller dog, so he could potentially go to a home with another furry friend. Come in soon to see if Porky is the companion for you!

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Porky has an adorable face

Celine the one-year-old German Shepherd mix is a sweet girl who just needs somebody who will help her come out of her shell. Celine wasn’t too sure about having a leash put on at first, and spent the beginning of our walk close to my side, sometimes stopping and hiding behind my legs if other people or dogs passed by. After some soothing words of encouragement, she perked up and started walking much more confidently.

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Celine, still not too sure about this leash business

Celine warmed up more the longer we spent together. She even eventually gave me a quick doggy kiss and put her paw in my lap. Her tail started off tucked between her back legs, but by the end of our walk it was actually up and wagging a little. Celine is still a puppy, so she could definitely benefit from some training (which would also help boost her confidence!). Everybody who saw us on our walk commented on how pretty she is. Come in soon to meet Celine!

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Celine is sure to catch your eye

Joei and Susan the seven-year-old Beagle mixes make an adorable (almost identical) pair. They don’t have to be adopted together, but they’re very attached to each other and would prefer to stay together if possible. After all, what’s better than one Beagle? Two Beagles!

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Susan happy to be out and about

Joei and Susan are new to the shelter, so they were a little unsure about coming out for a walk with me–Susan especially. But with the encouragement from her buddy, we were all able to get outside and take a little walk before heading over to the off-leash run. I’m not particularly good at walking two dogs simultaneously, but Joei and Susan made it pretty easy for me since they were more interested in staying close to each other.

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Joei is a real cutie

Although Susan was more apprehensive initially, she turned out to be the first one to come over and cuddle with me once the two were free to roam. Susan is one of those dogs who truly looks like she’s smiling, and you can’t help but to smile back. Susan also liked to follow Joei wherever he went in the run.

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Susan smiling for the camera

Joei was staying true to his Beagle breed and kept his nose to the ground most of the time, following scents and exploring underneath and behind the bushes. When I sat down on the bench, though, he came over and hopped up on the bench next to me (after a few tries, since his legs are on the shorter side).

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Joei doing what Beagles do best

If you’re considering adding an adorable duo to your household, come in soon to meet Joei and Susan!

I also saw Bear, Blush, Courage, Daisy, Diamond, Roxy, Trixie, Tucker, and Winter.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Be Your New Buddy

What better place to find your new furry friend than Orphans of the Storm®? The dogs here are ready to celebrate spring by turning a new leaf and joining a new family!

Melody the three-year-old Plott mix is quite the sweetie. I believe she’s already visited Orphans of the Storm®’s location at Northbrook Court a couple times, which means she gets along with pretty much everybody and knows how to work a crowd! Melody is very calm and gentle, so walking her on a leash is a breeze. After she spends a few minutes getting to know you, she’ll happily give you a quick doggy kiss.

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Melody enjoying the outdoors

Melody is one of those dogs who causes people to say, “How sweet!” At least three people said that to us (her) while we were out and about. Melody’s one burst of energy came when she suddenly decided to race the dog in the off-leash run next to ours. She only went back-and-forth a few times and then settled down again. This cutie is ready to be showered with love and attention. Come in soon to meet Melody!

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Melody is such a pretty girl

Abby the seven-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix might look familiar to those of you who have been following the blog for a while. Abby (previously known as Roxie) was adopted from Orphans of the Storm® a couple years ago, but her adopted family is moving and can’t take her with them. So, Abby is back at the shelter and ready to join a family that will be able to keep her furever!

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Abby enjoying a nice pat

Abby moves a little more slowly than she used to, but she is still a great walking companion who enjoys spending time outside. She loves to sniff and explore the scenery. According to her previous owners, she is good with kids–which makes sense, because she is so gentle. Abby is just as sweet and well-behaved as I remembered, and she’s eager to get another chance at finding a permanent home. If you think that home might be yours, come in soon to meet Abby!

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Abby still has her pretty markings and coloring

Sandy the one-year-old Beagle mix is still very much a puppy, in all the cutest ways. She looks adorable and acts adorable, which is a winning combination. Sandy was a little bit skittish when we first headed out for a walk, ducking at any strange noises and sort of scurrying rather than walking, but once she got used to the concept, she perked up and had a good time being outside.

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Sandy knows how to pose for the camera

Sandy does what I’ve determined is a puppy move: If she gets confused or overwhelmed, she just stops and sits down. (A couple younger dogs I’ve walked at the shelter have done the same thing.) Since she’s still young, she could certainly benefit from some training, so I made sure to give her plenty of praise for sitting. Sandy also loves to snuggle and will attempt to curl into your lap if given the opportunity. She enjoyed romping around the off-leash run and wanted to play with any other dogs we saw. If you’re looking for a cute puppy, stop by soon to meet Sandy!

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Sandy says, “Incoming!”

Ozzie the ten-year-old Miniature Poodle mix is the cutest little thing. He has a funny haircut at the moment because his fur is a bit matted, but I can only imagine how adorable he’ll be after he gets a good bath and grooming. Ozzie wasn’t too sure about the leash at first, but after some encouraging from his kennelmate JuJu (see below), we were able to make our way over to the off-leash run.

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Ozzie is a little fluffball

Ozzie is super affectionate. Whatever part of you he can reach, you can be sure he’ll cover in doggy kisses. This includes ankles, shins, and arms. Ozzie also likes to stick by his person’s side. Anytime I started to walk somewhere in the off-leash run, Ozzie would trot along right behind me. Ozzie might be classified as a senior because of his age, but he still has plenty of love to offer his new family. Come in soon to see if Ozzie is the one for you!

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Ozzie says, “I hope you like doggy kisses!”

JuJu the four-year-old Beagle mix has come a long way over the last month or so he’s been at the shelter. The first time I tried to walk him, he was shaking all the way down to his little paws and wouldn’t budge. This time, when I went inside his kennel to put the leash on, he hopped right into my lap and was more than ready to go for a walk! Think of what a difference it would make for him to be in a loving, stable home.

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JuJu following his Beagle nose

JuJu might still be a little skittish, but he does love getting plenty of attention. As long as you’re petting him, he’ll stay by your side and give you a happy doggy smile. JuJu gets along well with other dogs, since he used to share his kennel with Arnold (who has since been adopted, hurray!) and is now sharing his kennel with Ozzie (see above), so he could go to a home with or without another furry friend. JuJu would also probably do best in an adult-only home. Stop by the shelter soon to meet JuJu!

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JuJu has the cutest face

I also saw Tulip (who greeted me with a big doggy hug), Shasta (who is so sweet and easy-going), and Blush (who loves going for walks more than anybody).