After a long stretch of single-digit temperatures, the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were thrilled that they could actually enjoy some time outside this week! They had a chance to romp in at least a little bit of snow before it all melted.
Harley the five-year-old Labrador Retriever/Australian Shepherd mix came to the shelter because her owners could no longer take care of her, but that means she already has a lifetime of experience as a family pet. Harley is housebroken and walks nicely on the leash. Overall, she seems like a happy, mellow girl–who would be even happier back in a home!
Harley following her nose through the snow
Harley wasn’t feeling overly playful when we were in the off-leash run, but she did sniff all of the toys that were there and wagged her tail at them. Harley gives nice doggy kisses and will happily stand next to you while you pet her. She didn’t pay any attention to the dogs on the other side of the fence and seemed to just like meandering and exploring. Stop in soon to see if Harley is the one for you!
Harley considering playing with a penguin
Nico the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix has an adorably wrinkly face that will make you smile as soon as you see him. Once you take him out, his personality will make you smile even more! Nico loves playing with toys. He was going back and forth between which toys to play with when we were in the off-leash run, but eventually settled on a pink tennis ball.
Nico is a handsome guy
Nico is pretty good at playing fetch, though he can sometimes get a little distracted and drop the ball on the ground halfway back to you. But if you throw it again, he’ll happily chase after it. Nico likes getting his hips scratched and will wriggle around while you pet him to make sure you get all his favorite spots. Be sure to say hello to Nico on your next visit to the shelter!
Note to Nico’s future owner: Buy pink tennis balls!
Charlie the three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a good boy. He waited nicely for me to put his leash on, and then walked nicely on the leash without pulling. Charlie is already housebroken. He gets along with dogs that are smaller than he is, but gets a little unsure of things when he’s around larger dogs. Charlie started off exploring the off-leash run on his own and followed his nose behind and through the bushes.
Charlie is a cutie
Charlie then came and sat right at my feet when he was ready to get some pets and attention. He seemed to particularly enjoy getting his chin and ears scratched. While Charlie is a sweet boy, he would do best in an adult-only home with few visitors since he’ll be attached to his person. If that description fits you, come in soon to meet Charlie!
Charlie likes to keep an eye on things
America the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is already a volunteer favorite, even though she’s only been at the shelter for a couple weeks. Everybody we passed on our walk stopped, called out her name, and came over to pet her. She greeted everyone with a wagging tail in return. America is a playful girl who enjoyed racing around the off-leash run and chewing on different toys.
Can you blame the volunteers for falling in love with a face like America’s?
America seems friendly with other dogs. She was sniffing and play-bowing and tail-wagging with the dog on the other side of the fence. However, she isn’t a fan of cats. With people, America is an affectionate and snuggly girl. She hopped up to join me on the bench and put her paws in my lap while I pet her. Since America is still a puppy, she’ll need to get some training from her new family. Be sure to stop by America’s kennel on your next visit to the shelter!
America racing the (unseen) dog on the other side of the fence
Dexter the ten-month-old Hound/Shepherd mix was waiting to receive his clean bill of health when I first walked him a few weeks ago, so his photos are from pre-snowfall. Now Dexter is healthy and ready to go home with you! He has plenty of puppy energy, but also plenty of affection to give. Dexter put his front paws in my lap and covered my face in doggy kisses. When I knelt down next to him, he tucked his head under my arm and leaned against me so I could pet him more.
Dexter being curious
Dexter loves to give doggy hugs! When I was putting him back in his kennel, he gave me one last doggy hug as if to say, “Are you sure you want to put me back?” Dexter is also playful. He hasn’t quite mastered “fetch” yet, but he was interested in the different toys in the off-leash run and scampered around. He was also happy to get a running start on the woodland preserve, but slowed to a walk soon enough. This happy pup is ready to join a home. Be sure to say hello to Dexter on your next visit to the shelter!
Dexter is a kissy-face
I also saw Big Boy and Mojo, Hamilton, and Harley and Reeco.