Some dogs will act as if they are your lifelong best friend the first time they meet you. Others can take a little longer to warm up. There are some shy but incredibly nice dogs at Orphans of the Storm® right now, and they are looking for the right person or family to help them break out of their shell.
Baloo the six-month-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix is a little shy, but super sweet. Many dogs are off and running when they first come out of their kennel, but the first thing Baloo did was sit by my feet so I could pet him. I think it’s safe to say that one of Baloo’s favorite things is getting pet, because we took many cuddle breaks. Once Baloo spent more time with me, he was also happy to give some doggy kisses.
Baloo is one of the best walking companions. He heels without being told and was so close to me that my leg was touching his side with almost every step. The only way he could have been closer is if he stood on my feet! Baloo didn’t pull on the leash once. I must have told him, “You’re perfect!” about 50 times. If you’re looking for a sweet puppy who already knows his manners, come in soon to meet Baloo!
M&M the three-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever mix is pretty mellow. We started in the off-leash run, where M&M gave the dog on the other side of the fence a quick sniff but then went off and did her own exploring. M&M can be a little skittish if she hears an unexpected noise, but once she’s settled in her new home she’ll feel much more comfortable.
M&M is another great walking buddy. It seems like she prefers going for walks rather than just hanging out in a yard. She walks at the perfect pace and doesn’t pull on the leash at all. I invited her to join me on the bench but maybe she was previously taught to not get on furniture, because she only rested her chin on the seat. Be sure to say hello to M&M on your next visit to the shelter!
Jada the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix has one of those wide, lovable faces with plenty of adorable wrinkles–and she isn’t shy about getting that face right up next to yours! Jada loves to snuggle and give doggy kisses. She particularly likes getting her hips scratched and does a little happy dance. Jada will put her front paws in your lap for maximum cuddles.
Jada can pull on the leash a bit when she first comes out, but as we made our way around the woodland preserve, she settled into a better walking pace. She enjoyed going into the tall grasses on the edge of the trail to do some extra sniffing. Jada gladly joined me on the bench a couple times to take a break. She would do best as the only dog in her new home. If you think you fit the bill, come in soon to meet Jada!
Quincy the one-year-old Shepherd mix can be a little shy at first. He wanted to give me a thorough sniff before I put his leash on, which I was happy to oblige. Quincy got more snuggly and less skittish the longer we were out, which is a great sign that getting some TLC in his new home will bring him out of his shell.
Quincy did a good job walking on the leash, considering he was a little skeptical of the idea at first. He liked to stop and sniff every once in a while–either the grass, tree trunks, or my leg. He was also happy to pause and get a nice scratch on the back or under his chin. Stop by soon to meet handsome Quincy!
Baby the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever mix ended up at the shelter because her previous owner passed away. Her lifetime experience of being a family pet means that she gets along with other dogs, cats, and people of all ages. (Baby is currently sharing her kennel with another dog, too.) So, she is more than ready to join a new happy home!
Baby is a very sweet girl. The first thing she did was give me a quick doggy hug, and she gave me a few more at different points during our walk. She also gave me doggy kisses. Baby is great at walking on the leash, though she would prefer having a harness rather than just her collar. If you’re looking for a family dog, be sure to say hello to Baby on your next visit!