Frigid temperatures and a snowstorm prevented me from going to Orphans of the Storm® two weeks ago, but this weekend was a vast improvement that made for perfect dog-walking weather!
D’Rose the one-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix could certainly live up to her name and become a great athlete (assuming she was in fact named after Bulls player Derrick Rose). This cute girl has plenty of energy and spunk, and she loves to play! She was able to keep herself pretty entertained while we were in the off-leash run, but checked back in with me every so often for a doggy hug or a nice scratch under the chin.
D’Rose walks nicely on the leash when there aren’t any distractions around. At one point, she cutely tried to chase birds’ shadows on the ground (which I suppose is better than chasing actual birds!). D’Rose has very pretty coloring, with a mostly-white head and mostly-black body, so she’ll certainly catch your eye as you walk through the kennels. If you’re looking for a young and playful pooch, come in soon to see if D’Rose is the one for you!
Nala the six-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever mix may look like a couch potato based on her being a little overweight, but looks can be deceiving! Nala, in fact, loves going for walks and is an excellent walking companion. She didn’t pull once the entire way around the walking trail, which is 1/3-mile long! So once she’s in a home where she gets regular exercise, it should be pretty easy for her to lose those extra pounds.
Nala is very affectionate. Soon after we started our walk around the trail I stopped and knelt down to her level, and she immediately came right to me and covered my face in doggy kisses. Nala also gets along with other dogs and was previously sharing her kennel with another dog who has since been adopted. Labs were just named the #1 most popular dog breed in America for the 25th year in a row, and Nala is a great example of why. Be sure to say hi to Nala on your next visit to the shelter!
Bruce the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is super adorable. I knew as soon as I walked past his kennel that I wanted to take him out, because he was so happy! Bruce did a pretty good job of walking on the leash as we made our way to the run. He had a fun time romping around off-leash and politely sniffed both of the dogs who were on the other side of the fence.
Bruce is an incredibly snuggly dog. As soon as I sat down on the ground, he got into my lap (as best he could, considering he’s not exactly lap-sized) and kept wriggling around. Eventually he rolled all the way over so he could get a belly rub. He was so thrilled that all four paws kept kicking the air–I couldn’t help but laugh, it was so cute. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Bruce!
Matt the ten-year-old Border Collie mix is such a sweetie. He wasn’t too sure about coming out with me at first, so I sat in his kennel with him for a little bit so he could get to know me. I eventually put the leash on and we headed out. I learned that Matt loves getting his chin scratched, so as long as you do that he will follow you anywhere!
Matt needs a lot of reassurance. Every few feet along our walk, he would stop and lean against my leg, looking up at me with his pretty brown eyes until I pet him and told him he was doing a good job. Even when he was getting his official portrait taken for the Orphans of the Storm® website, he would often look at me instead of looking at the camera! (You may see yours truly on his page :-).) He was very gentle about taking treats from the photographer and didn’t even mind wearing a bandana. Matt has all the makings to be a loyal companion; he just needs someone to give him a chance. If you think that someone might be you, come in soon to meet Matt!