It was a very happy Mother’s Day weekend at Orphans of the Storm®–33 dogs found their forever homes! Because it was so busy, I wasn’t able to spend time in the off-leash run with the dogs I took out this weekend, but I did get to go on lovely walks around the woodland preserve with them.
Chula the two-year-old Mastiff mix is a big (and I do mean big) sweetheart. She is not at all shy when it comes to showing her affection for people. As soon as she came out of her kennel, she gave big doggy hugs to me and another volunteer. When we were making our way around the trail, we passed a family walking another dog and Chula made sure to greet each person, her tail wagging nonstop. Although Chula can certainly throw her weight around when she wants to, she walks nicely on the leash the majority of the time.
Chula joined me on the bench for a break about halfway around the trail and gave me lots of doggy kisses. While Chula absolutely loves people, she doesn’t get along quite as well with other animals and would do best as the only pet in her new home. But with a dog as big and lovable and loving as Chula, one is plenty! If you think Chula might be the dog for you, come in soon to say hello!
Queen the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a lovebug. It was almost impossible to get a full-body picture of her because every time I knelt down, she would jump right into my lap and cover my face with doggy kisses. To say that Queen is affectionate is an understatement! She’s also a great size for snuggling–not too big, not too small.
Queen is super adorable. She has one ear that sticks straight up and one ear that flops over to the side. She’s a pretty good walking companion who didn’t pull much as we made our way around the trail. When I sat down on the bench, Queen put her front paws in my lap and rested her head against me while I scratched her ears and neck. Be sure to say hello to Queen on your next visit to the shelter!
Astrid the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix will definitely catch your eye as you make your way through the shelter. She has very pretty coloring and the cutest semi-smushed face. Astrid is another example of a good walking buddy. She’s more of a sniffer, so she moves at a slower pace because she generally keeps her nose to the ground or stops to smell the trees and bushes.
Astrid is also a snuggler. She hopped up onto the bench next to me and gave me some doggy kisses, then just relaxed by my side for a little bit before we continued on our walk. Astrid doesn’t seem overly fond of other dogs, but again, she’s very fond of people! Another volunteer recommended I take her out, so she already has a fan club. Stop in soon to meet Astrid!
Princess the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has a very appropriate name. When she walks, she is so poised and elegant! Everyone this week walked nicely on the leash, but Princess takes the cake. She didn’t pull once the entire time we were out. She also seems like a pretty mellow dog. I didn’t hear her bark at all, either when she was inside her kennel or when we were out and about.
Princess came from an owner whose landlord said no more dogs, so she already has experience living in a home and being a companion. She wasn’t overly affectionate, but since she moved from a home to the shelter it’s understandable that she would be a little shy and confused. She was happy to stay by my side while I pet her, though, and seemed to enjoy being outside and getting some sun. Come to the shelter soon to see if Princess is the pup for you!