Orphans of the Storm® Dogs on a Snow-Covered Day

Some dogs at Orphans of the Storm® like snow more than others. This week’s dogs all seemed to enjoy it!

Carson the eight-year-old Shepherd mix will fool you with his gray snout. You may think he’s a slow-moving senior, but think again! Carson acts like a puppy. He absolutely loves playing with toys and likes to have many toys to choose from so he can switch between them. Carson likes to run around while carrying a toy in his mouth, or will throw toys in the air and play fetch with himself.

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Carson loves his toys

Carson had the best time in the snow. He flopped down and rolled around in it multiple times. Carson also enjoys getting belly rubs while he’s stretched out on his back. He’s a sweet, friendly guy who likes to give doggy kisses while you pet him. While Carson is playful off-leash, he’s a good walking companion on-leash. If you’re looking for an older dog who still has puppy qualities, come in soon to meet Carson!

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Carson is very attentive

Boulder (or “Bo”) the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Hound mix gave me a doggy hug as soon as I took him out of his kennel. He proceeded to cover my face in doggy kisses. Boulder is very appreciative of going for walks, apparently! He also has one of the most waggy tails I’ve seen. He wags his tail so often and so fast that it’s basically just a blur.

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Boulder saying hello to the dog on the other side of the fence

Boulder loved romping around the Enrichment Park, both on his own and while racing the dog on the other side of the fence. He slowed his pace a bit when we made our way around the woodland preserve trail and was also happy to pause every once in a while to get some snuggles. Although Boulder is affectionate with adults, he isn’t as much of a fan of children and is looking to go to an adult-only home. If that fits your situation, be sure to say hello to Boulder on your next visit to the shelter!

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Boulder coming over for a cuddle

Tyson the eleven-year-old Miniature Schnauzer mix is too cute. Even though he’s older, Tyson ran around the Enrichment Park with the same enthusiasm as younger dogs. Tyson doesn’t mind being picked up and held in someone’s lap. He was also a good sport about standing still while I pulled off the snowballs that had formed on his paws before we went back inside.

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Tyson is so handsome with his beard

Tyson walks nicely on the leash. The snow was basically up to his belly, but he marched through it like a champ. He seems politely interested in other dogs and put his little front paws on the fence to get nose-to-nose with Tom (who barked right in Tyson’s face, but Tyson didn’t bark back). Tyson still has plenty of love and companionship to offer, so don’t skip over him just because of his age. Come in soon to meet Tyson!

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Tyson followed the pawprints

Dominic the one-year-old Hound mix has that happy-go-lucky puppy spirit. Everything is fun and games for him. He made sure to sniff every toy in the Enrichment Park and gave some a nibble. Mostly, Dominic enjoyed stretching his legs and running. He would chase after the toys I threw, but still needs to work on the finer points of “fetch.”

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Dominic skidding to a stop

Dominic likes to give doggy hugs and will stand next to you on his back legs so you can scratch his ears and sides, while giving you a big doggy smile. Since he’s still young, he could benefit from some leash training (Dominic sometimes thinks the leash is another chew toy). Dominic has already been to the shelter’s off-site locations so he can meet more people. Stop in soon to see if Dominic is the pup for you!

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Dominic using his Hound nose

I 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 playdates together).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Romping Around the Enrichment Park

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® truly love the Enrichment Park!

Reyah the six-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a sweet, calm girl. She likes to be close to her person and cuddle. When I sat down on the bench, she hopped up and sat as close to me as was possible without actually being in my lap. Reyah particularly likes getting her chin and ears scratched. Although she didn’t give me any doggy kisses during our walk, she did boop my nose with her nose a few times.

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Reyah relaxing on the bench

Reyah is a good walking companion. She rarely pulls and mostly seems to just enjoy being out and about. Reyah found a little hole that was probably dug by a wild animal and started digging further, but was easily redirected and kept walking. Reyah sniffed at some toys when we were in the Enrichment Park but wasn’t too interested in fetch on this particular outing. Come in soon to see if Reyah is the pooch for you!

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Reyah leading the way

Rudy the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a little bundle of fun. He was thrilled to run around the Enrichment Park, so most of my pictures of him are blurs of brown. Whenever Rudy saw me kneeling down for a picture, he would race over and attempt to jump into my lap. When I sat down on the bench, Rudy was right there next to me. He’s very snuggly!

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Rudy sniffing

Rudy will make you laugh. Even though he has what some would consider a “tough” look, he is a little baby and got spooked by a Yorkie who barked at him from the other side of the fence. Rudy is also one of those dogs who does a little dance and wiggle when you scratch his hips. Be sure to say hello to Rudy on your next visit to the shelter!

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Rudy confused by the hidden Yorkie

Luna the four-year-old Labrador Retriever/Dalmatian mix had a great time romping around the Enrichment Park. She made sure to sniff every toy and even chased after a couple, though she didn’t try to bring them back. She also enjoyed sticking her nose in all of the (currently flower-free) planters. Luna likes to follow her nose and explore.

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Luna following her nose

Luna is friendly and gave me some doggy kisses. She can be a little strong on the leash when she wants to be, but walks nicely for the most part. Luna is often on the move so the majority of my pictures of her turned out blurry, but I can assure you that she has an adorable face and extra-spotty ears. Stop in soon to meet Luna!

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Luna stretching her legs

I also saw Aleck, Barney, Carlos, Cooper, Daisy, Hobbs, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Hoping 2019 Is Their Year to Find a Home

2018 was a happy year for the 1,075 dogs and 823 cats who were adopted and went to their furever homes! There are still plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who are waiting for their new families to find them, and some have been waiting longer than others. At the beginning of each year, I always like to make a special note of the long-timers who could use an extra boost in attention to help make this year the year they finally get to go home. The dogs listed below have been at Orphans of the Storm® for one year or longer. Please consider taking them out and spending some time with them on your next visit to the shelter!

  • Aleck (Alec) the 5-year-old Pointer mix
  • Barney the 6-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Big Boy the 4-year-old Boxer mix and Mojo 6-year-old Boxer mix (a son/mom pair)
  • Blush the 9-year-old Labrador Retriever mix
  • Bo the 8-year-old Labrador Retriever mix
  • Brutus the 2-year-old Hound mix (who was a Top Dog Competitor and completed a training course)
  • Carlos the 5-year-old Hound mix
  • Chase the 4-year-old Hound mix (who has been trained at a doggy boot camp)
  • Claire (Clarinet) the 4-year-old Catahoula mix
  • Delilah the 9-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix (you can read about why she is a volunteer favorite)
  • Diamond (Riley) the 10-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Donny the 10-year-old Mountain Cur mix
  • Dunkin the Red the 9-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Hamilton the 1-year-and-9-month-old Great Dane mix (who has been trained at a doggy boot camp)
  • Hobbs the 7-year-old Mountain Cur mix
  • John Boy the 6-year-old Labrador Retriever mix (who was a Top Dog Competitor)
  • Lucy the 10-year-old Boxer mix
  • Nash the 3-year-old Labrador Retriever mix (who I have been taking out almost every week since he arrived, my personal favorite!)
  • Pippa (Gia) the 3-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix
  • Puggie the 15-year-old Chihuahua mix
  • Reeco the 5-year-old Boxer/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix (who was a Top Dog Competitor and completed a training course) (his twin brother Harley was adopted earlier this year)
  • Shyanne (Cheyenne) the 6-year-old Hound mix
  • Snow White the 10-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Thunder the 10-year-old Boxer mix
  • Vanilla the 4-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Whizzer the 7-year-old Hound mix (who has completed a training course and was our Top Dog Champion!)
  • Wombat the 5-year-old Hound mix

And here are a few dogs who haven’t been at the shelter quite as long, but some good pooches I walked the weekend before Christmas:

  • Apollo the 3-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Jasmine the 8-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix
  • Maggie Mae the 2-year-old Labrador Retriever mix
  • Princess the 7-year-old Labrador Retriever mix

Make 2019 the year you add a new furry family member!