Last weekend was the grand opening and dedication of Orphans of the Storm®’s new Jim Farmer Memorial Enrichment Park. Diamond (Riley) helped with the ribbon-cutting, as pictured below, and Elijah, Whizzer, and Brutus showed off their agility skills for the crowd. You can read more about the park’s creation and purpose in the Chicago Tribune. It’s an exciting addition that many dogs will love!

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The cutting of the ribbon

Daisy the four-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a super snuggly and affectionate girl. As soon as I took her out of her kennel, she sat right at my feet so I could pet her. When we were in the off-leash run, Daisy spent most of her time by my side. She put her front paws in my lap and gave me lots of doggy kisses. Daisy might be a little bigger than the usual “lapdog,” but she doesn’t see why size should stop her from enjoying her person’s lap!

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Daisy’s tail is constantly wagging

Daisy is currently sharing her kennel with Marnie. So, she gets along with other dogs and could go to a home with or without another dog. She does get a little jealous if you stop petting her and start petting another dog, though, but that’s why we have two hands–to pet two dogs simultaneously! Be sure to say hello to Daisy on your next visit to the shelter!

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Daisy is most happy when getting attention

Bailey the seven-year-old Boston Terrier mix and Percy the nine-year-old Shih-Tzu mix are a bonded pair looking for a forever home together. And they are the cutest little duo! Bailey and Percy are super easy walking companions and you can even hold both of their leashes in the same hand without worrying about them pulling in opposite directions.

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Percy and Bailey are happy to catch some rays

Bailey is known for his spunk and sass. He can be talkative when he wants to be, but was quiet for the most part during our walk around the woodland preserve. He did turn around at one point and yap at Percy to keep moving. Bailey recently had one eye removed, but he doesn’t even seem to notice that it’s gone and gets around just fine.

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Bailey knows when to pose for a photo

Percy has a constant smile on his furry little face. He liked to take the lead on our walk, but he also liked to stop and sniff more often. Percy has a tickle-y spot on his left side and will start kicking his back leg when you scratch there. He’s an easy-going guy who likes staying close to Bailey.

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Percy is too precious

Bailey and Percy have been together for five years and are best friends. If you have space in your home and your heart for two little cuties, come in soon to meet Bailey and Percy!

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Percy and Bailey on the move

Jack the eight-month-old Labrador Retriever/Brittany mix is a handsome boy. His dark-ringed eyes will surely grab your attention when you walk past his kennel. Jack enjoyed romping around the off-leash run and was very attentive when it came to watching what was happening on the other side of the fence. With all the commotion from the Enrichment Park preparations, Jack was more interested in that than playing with toys.

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Jack at attention

Jack walks surprisingly well on the leash, considering he’s just a puppy. He did have one spurt where he wanted to play tug-of-war with the leash, but he dropped it quickly and we continued on. Jack also loves rolling around in the tall grasses, kicking all four legs in the air. If you’re looking for a fun puppy to join your family, come in soon to say hello to Jack!

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Jack with his freckled nose

Sullivan the Border Collie mix is always eager to come out for a walk. Sullivan has springs for legs and jumps up and down when he realizes it’s his turn to walk. He can pull on the leash a bit at first due to his eagerness, but he settles down pretty soon after. Sullivan prefers walking at a quicker pace, but didn’t pull once we were on the woodland preserve trail.

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Sullivan had his photo shoot before the trees and grass turned green

Sullivan loves to sniff. He often had his nose to the ground during our walk. Sullivan was also intrigued by the camera and came right over to investigate whenever I took mine out. Sullivan isn’t a fan of other dogs, so he would do best as the only dog in his new home. He has been returned to the shelter twice, so an experienced dog-owner who can give Sullivan the mental and physical exercise he needs would be best for him. If that sounds like you, stop in to meet Sullivan!

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Walks are one of Sullivan’s favorite things!

I also saw Bella, Nash, and Quinn.

13 responses »

  1. […] weekend was my first time in the Enrichment Park! I only took one new dog in this time (since Jack Russells are known for being good at agility) but […]

  2. […] potential adopters, I also spent some time with Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Cass and Crowley, Hobbs, Jack, Nash, Oliver, Quinn, and Sullivan (who showed off his affectionate side when he joined me on the […]

  3. […] also saw Apollo, Bailey and Percy, Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Cass and Crowley, Chevy, Dunkin, Maggie Mae, Milo, Nash, Phantom (who […]

  4. […] seems to get along with other dogs. He politely sniffed and wagged his tail at Jack through the fence. When we passed by the toy bin on our way back inside, Fluffy stopped and stuck […]

  5. […] The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® truly love the Enrichment Park! […]

  6. […] also saw Blue, Dunkin the Red, Jack (who loves playing with other dogs), Maya, and Carlos and Vanilla (who are BFFs and have off-leash […]

  7. […] in a while she gets a puppy spurt of energy and wants to run rather than walk. She politely sniffed Jack on the other side of the fence and enjoyed exploring the off-leash run. Luna is hoping for a home […]

  8. […] into my lap. She likes to lean against you while you pet her side. Marley had a short playdate with Jack but was playing a little rough, so she might do best as the only dog in her new home or with a dog […]

  9. […] group 1: Apollo, Brutus, Chevy, Dunkin the Red, Elijah, Hamilton, Hobbs, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Loki, Lolabell, Lucy, Maya, Mojo, Peepers, Pippa (Gia), Sasha, Shyanne (Cheyenne), […]

  10. […] group 1: Brutus, Elijah, Hamilton, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Lolabell, Luna, Maggie, Maya, Norman, Peepers, Pippa (Gia), Pony Boy, Prince, Quinn, […]

  11. […] play group this week included Alec(k), Brutus, Clyde the Heeler, Eastside, Elijah, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Lucy, Maggie, Gia (Pippa), Romeo, Sasha, and Tom, as well as the not-yet-profiled dogs […]

  12. […] Jack, Huckleberry, John Boy, and Elijah are four play group regulars. They love to play “rough and rowdy” with each other, all one big blur of fur and sixteen paws. Since they play with each other so often, they know exactly when it’s time to take a breather and do some exploring on their own before going back to playing. This play style can be a little much for some dogs, but other more adventurous ones are happy to join in! […]

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