Orphans of the Storm® Middle-Aged Dogs

Yesterday was National Puppy Day, but don’t forget that there are dogs of all ages looking to find their “furever” loving home! I met some great middle-aged dogs at Orphans of the Storm® this week who still have plenty to offer their new family.

Chief the nine-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is an absolute pro at playing fetch. The first thing he did when we got to the off-leash run was find a tennis ball. He carried it around in his mouth for a bit, but then he stopped a few feet away from me, put the ball on the ground, and rolled it towards me with his nose. It was too cute! If you throw the ball high enough, Chief can catch it in midair. But he’s also happy to chase after it if you throw it far rather than high.

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Chief shining in the sun

Chief is a very appealing guy. There was a family in the run next to us looking at a different dog, but Chief caught their eye and they were eager to meet him. Unfortunately, they already owned another dog and Chief would do best as the only pet in his new home. But Chief loves people and will give you doggy kisses! He is fun and sweet and doesn’t act like an older dog, so don’t let his age deter you from taking him out and getting to know him. Come in soon to meet Chief!

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Chief was never far from his tennis ball

Lucy the eleven-year-old Boxer mix is such a sweetheart. The first thing she did when I took her out of her kennel was to give me a doggy hug and try her best to reach up and give me doggy kisses. The card on her kennel says that she walks on the slower side, but I think she walks at the perfect speed if your main interest is strolling around the neighborhood.

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Lucy coming in for a cuddle

Lucy loves to snuggle. Whenever I sat down on the bench in the off-leash run, Lucy was quick to follow suit and happily stayed next to me while I pet her. When I sat down on the ground, she was by my side almost immediately. You can’t ask for a much better companion than that! Lucy attends play groups and alternates between hanging out on her own and romping with the other dogs, but she would still prefer to be the only dog in her future home. If you’re looking for a sweet older dog who just wants to love you and be loved in return, come in soon to meet Lucy.

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Lucy with her pretty brindle fur

Merlin the six-year-old Heeler mix is a handsome bundle of energy. He’s one of those breeds that does best when they’re kept active. When I came to let Merlin out, he was literally jumping up and down in excitement–and boy, can he jump! Merlin quickly led the way to the off-leash run, where he had a fun time racing the dog on the other side of the fence.

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Merlin is magical!

Merlin‘s card on his kennel says that he prefers men, but he was very friendly with me (though I didn’t see him interact with any men, so maybe he would be even friendlier!). He can be a little overenthusiastic with his affection and accidentally bonk you with his nose when trying to give you a doggy kiss, but that’s okay. If you’re an active guy looking for an active dog, be sure to stop in and meet Merlin!

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Merlin loves being outside

Tracy the six-year-old American Foxhound mix seems like a pretty mellow girl. She’s currently sharing her kennel with a little dog (not available for adoption yet) who sometimes jumps all over her when excited, and Tracy doesn’t seem to mind. I didn’t hear her bark once, either in her kennel or when we were outside. She walked pretty well on the leash overall.

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Tracy says, “That’s the spot!”

Tracy was a little shy at first, but the longer we were together the more she warmed up. Eventually she was giving doggy kisses! Being a Hound, she mostly followed her nose around the off-leash run, but she would come back to me for a reassuring scratch behind the ears or under her chin every once in a while. She’s a sweet girl who gets along with dogs and people alike. Stop by soon to say hello to Tracy!

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Tracy has such a sweet face

I also saw Barney (who loves to play with toys of any type!), Blush, John Boy, Lucky, Roxy, and TuTu.

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