Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Post-Blizzard

More than a foot of snow came down, but that didn’t stop the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® from spending time outside! I’ll preface this post by saying that these dogs might not always run so quickly when they’re on the leash–it may have just been easier to get momentum running/jumping than trying to walk at a normal pace when up to their bellies in snow 🙂

Dolly the two-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix came from a family who couldn’t keep up with her energy, so she is looking for an active home to join! Dolly would love going for regular walks (or maybe even runs) every day and having a fenced-in yard to call her own. Dolly is a friendly girl who gets along with children and adults alike.

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Dolly says, “No trail? No problem!”

Dolly greeted me with a doggy hug as soon as I took her out of her kennel. But she was off and running once we were on the woodland preserve trail! Who needs a Husky when you have Dolly to lead you through the snow? Being a Hound, of course, Dolly had to take an occasional break to stop and sniff. She is attentive and looked back at me every once in a while to make sure we were on the same page. If you’re looking for a new activity buddy, come in soon to meet Dolly!

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Dolly pausing to get a good sniff of the tree

Naida the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a playful girl. She loves playing with stuffed or squeaky toys, but her future family will need to make sure they buy sturdy ones or else Naida will pull out all the stuffing and squeaker pretty quickly. She also enjoys chasing tennis balls and running in general.

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Naida is very attentive

Naida seems very treat-oriented. Every time I reached into my pocket, she was right there waiting to see what I had for her (which was disappointingly nothing besides my camera). Naida can pull a bit on the leash when she first gets out of her kennel and is on the stronger side, but can settle into a nicer pace once she gets her initial burst of energy out of her system. Be sure to say hello to Naida on your next visit to the shelter!

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Naida doesn’t let deep snow slow her down!

Scooby the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pointer mix has springs for legs! When he realized it was his turn to come out for a walk, he was jumping up and down in excitement. Then, when we were making our way around the woodland preserve, Scooby was bounding through the snow like a bunny.

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Scooby with some snow on his nose

Scooby is an affectionate boy. He likes to give plenty of doggy hugs and doggy kisses. Scooby also gets along with other dogs. He is crate-trained and also most likely housebroken. If you’re looking for a playful, happy-go-lucky pooch with a constantly wagging tail, come in soon to meet Scooby!

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Scooby bouncing his way through the snow

I also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Brutus, Carlos, Goliath (who was perfectly at home in the deep snow and walked at a normal pace like it was any other walk on any other non-snowy day), Hamilton, Kaffee, Lucy, Nash, Nico, Roxy, and Thunder.

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Red the seven-year-old Hound mix was a little shy and hesitant at first, but once we hit the trail he really perked up. You can tell that he’s a true Hound dog because he always kept his nose to the ground and wanted to forge his own path through the trees and brush rather than following the actual trail. Red may be on the skinny side at the moment, but he still has plenty of energy and endurance.

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Red in his element

Red is pretty easy-going. He can walk past other dogs without giving them a second glance, but also politely sniffed another smaller dog we passed. Red enjoyed exploring the off-leash run and also did some racing with the dog on the other side of the fence. Come in soon to see if Red is the one for you!

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Red wondering, “Who’s over there?”

Jacques the two-year-old Border Collie mix is a friendly guy. He greets every person he sees with a doggy hug and wagging tail. He’s also eager to give out doggy kisses. Jacques joined me on the bench a couple times and happily stood by my side so I could pet him. He was glad to have the opportunity to bound around the off-leash run for a bit at first, and sniffed at some of the toys. (We didn’t get a chance to try fetch yet.)

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Jacques being a good walking buddy

Jacques did a pretty good job walking on the leash around the woodland preserve. He would stop and sniff, then get a burst of energy and run for a short distance, and then settle into a nice walking pace. He would love to be part of an active family. Jacques is one of those dogs who truly looks like he’s smiling, and he’ll make his new family smile too! Be sure to say hello to Jacques on your next visit to the shelter.

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Jacques smiling for the camera

Quinn the seven-year-old Mountain Cur mix is such a sweetie. He’s a little bigger than what you would normally consider a “lapdog,” but Quinn’s favorite place is in his person’s lap. He joined me on the bench, put his front paws in my lap, and stayed there for a long time–even after I asked if he wanted to go for a walk! Quinn just enjoyed being in the fresh air, relaxing, and watching cars drive by.

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Quinn tried to sniff as high as his neck could stretch

Quinn and I did eventually go on our walk, and Quinn walks nicely on the leash. He didn’t pull at all, which makes sense with his mellow personality. He would stop and sniff occasionally, but mostly stayed close to my side. Quinn gets along with other dogs and sometimes attends play group, though he is a fence-climber and lets us know when he’s ready to head back inside by jumping over the fence (so he will need supervision in his future yard). Come in soon to say hello to Quinn!

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Quinn is a cuddler

Petey the ten-month-old Carolina Dog/Shepherd mix is all puppy. This means he still explores the world with his mouth. He nibbled on the leash, my gloves, my headband, and wood chips. The good news is he’s pretty good about dropping things also and let me take the wood chips right out of his mouth. Petey also walks surprisingly well on the leash, considering he probably doesn’t have much experience or training.

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Not pictured: The black spot on the back of each of Petey’s ears

Petey has that irresistible puppy enthusiasm and will give you doggy kisses for as long as you let him. He also likes to give doggy hugs and will try his best to jump into your lap whenever he gets the opportunity. Puppy joy is contagious, so you can’t help but feel happy when you’re with Petey. Petey gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with Tucker (see below). If you’re looking to add a puppy to your home, be sure to say hello to Petey!

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Petey somehow looks a little like a bunny

Tucker the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix is a velcro dog. His side was literally touching my leg when we were walking, even when he first came out of his kennel (usually the dogs want to start running when they first get out). Tucker is very attentive and kept looking up at me while we were walking.

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Tucker was a little unsure of the pebbles

Tucker is sweet and affectionate. He gave me some doggy kisses and also licked my hand while I was petting him. Tucker has a beautiful brindle coat and a sweet face. He gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with Petey (see above). Tucker also gets along with cats. Come in soon to meet Tucker!

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Tucker is a sweetheart

Sadie the eight-year-old Husky mix came from a family who could no longer afford to care for her. But since she has a lifetime of experience as a family pet, that means she is already housebroken and gets along with children. Her previous owners described her as gentle and passive. Sadie takes a little time to warm up to new people, but she did eventually hop up on the bench next to me so I could pet her.

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Sadie says, “Hello there!”

Sadie is a stereotypical Husky when she’s outside. She loves to be active and go for runs, and quickly led the way around the woodland preserve. She did occasionally stop to sniff. Sadie would enjoy having a fenced-in yard, but Huskies are known escape artists so her new family would need to supervise her when she’s out. If you’re looking for a new companion as well as a new running buddy, stop by soon to meet Sadie!

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Sadie is a pretty girl

I also saw Bella, Blush (who greeted me with a doggy hug), Clarinet, Dexter, Eve, Goliath, Hamilton, Nash, Thunder, Whizzer, and Wombat.