The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® certainly don’t mind that our winter got off to a mild start–it meant longer, more enjoyable walks this past weekend!
Dopey the eight-year-old Great Pyrenees mix is a sweet, mellow boy. He loves getting attention and will stand at your side while you scratch his ears or pet his back. Dopey is equally happy to meander around the yard and sniff. He’s also up for a good game of fetch! (Though I tried to play with him and another dog simultaneously and since Dopey was bigger, he accidentally ran his buddy over trying to get to the toy.)
Dopey keeping an eye on things
Dopey gets along well with other dogs. He was sharing his kennel with a smaller dog who has since been adopted, and he liked following her around the run and doing whatever she did. Dopey walks nicely on the leash. If you’re looking for a happy, easy-going guy who could be fine as the only pet or as a companion to another dog, Dopey could be your guy. Come in soon to meet Dopey!
Dopey is more of a Happy, if you ask me!
Wally the five-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is always eager to go for a walk. When he first comes out of his kennel, he can be extra excited and want to get off to a running start. After we ran around the first half of the woodland preserve, though, Wally settled into a (quick) walking pace and took the opportunity to sniff through the bushes and tall grasses.
Wally is usually in “oh boy oh boy!” mode
Wally enjoys getting pet. Once he got his initial burst of energy out of his system, he was happy to pause every once in a while so I could pet him. Wally gets along with other dogs and was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without a furry friend. Be sure to say hello to Wally on your next visit to the shelter!
Wally likes to follow his own path
Eve the four-year-old Shepherd/Mountain Cur mix absolutely loves going for walks. She was very mellow when we were in the off-leash run, but when I asked if she wanted to go for a walk, she completely lit up and went straight for the gate. Then we were off and running around the woodland preserve! After her initial excitement wore off, she settled into being a good walking companion.
Eve investigating the toys
Eve likes a good cuddle. She’ll come up and lean against your legs. She particularly likes getting her hips scratched and will do a little dance for you when you scratch the right spot. Eve didn’t pay any attention to the other dogs we passed during our walk, but she would prefer to be the only dog in her future home. She would also do best in an adults-only home. If that sounds like your situation, stop by soon to meet Eve!
Eve’s cute face
Gus the six-year-old German Shepherd mix is a big boy–so big that his front paws are practically the same size as my hands! But don’t let his size intimidate you. Gus is a big softie. He put his paws in my lap and gave me some doggy kisses. He also enjoyed getting a belly rub. When I sat down on the bench, he rolled right over next to my feet and licked my hand and arm while I pet him.
Gus is so handsome
Gus seemed a little unsure when he first came out of his kennel and kept looking up at me as we made our way to the woodland preserve. Once we got there, though, Gus was eager to get a move on. His walk is the same pace as my run, so we walked/ran most of the way around. Gus also liked having a chance to stop and sniff every once in a while. This handsome boy was already getting a lot of attention when I was there, so if you think he might be the one for you, come in soon to say hello to Gus!
Gus being a good walking buddy
I also saw Balto, Bella, Brutus, Chase, Diamond (Riley), Donny, Dunkin, Goliath, John Boy, Nash, Shyanne (aka Cheyenne, who greeted me with a doggy hug, then when I put her paws back on the ground jumped back up to give me a second doggy hug before continuing on her walk with another volunteer), Thunder, Vanilla, and Wombat.