Firstly, a reminder that the Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is coming up quick–Tuesday, April 9!
I unintentionally walked only girl dogs this week, and they are eager to show everyone how sweet they are.
Mia the three-year-old Anatolian Shepherd/Pointer mix is super easy-going. She patiently sits and waits for her leash to be put on without even being asked. Once she was on the leash, she happily stayed by my side and didn’t pull at all. Mia is a great walking companion. She also loves attention. When I sat down on the bench, Mia put her front paws up next to me so I could pet her more. She always has the sweetest look on her face.
Mia was previously sharing her kennel with another dog who has since been adopted. Mia has also participated in at least one play group, and was very calm. She didn’t engage in actual play too much, but happily walked around and sniffed and said hello to the other dogs. So, there is a good chance she would do well in a home with another dog. Be sure to say hello to Mia on your next visit to the shelter!
Gracie the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a little skittish, but warms up quickly once she has a couple minutes to get to know you. When I knelt down next to her, she rested her chin on my knee and leaned her whole body against my leg so we could snuggle. She also hopped up and joined me on the bench later. Her tail started wagging the second I started petting her, and she gave me a few doggy kisses.
Gracie likes to walk at a quick pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash. She already knows the “sit” command and is ready to learn more! Gracie is a little on the skinny side, so she especially enjoys treats in return for her good behavior. Gracie has participated in play groups and plays nicely with other dogs. She is looking for a loving home with people who will help her come out of her shell. Come in soon to meet Gracie!
Luna the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix ended up at the shelter because her family could no longer care for her. But, that means she already has experience as a family pet and she gets along with children. She also seems to already have some basic training and will sit nicely when you ask her to. Luna has a special note, which is that she is allergic to chicken, so her new family will need to keep an eye on what she eats.
Luna is very affectionate. Her entire body wriggles when you scratch her hips and sides, and she’ll try to sit in your lap. She also gave me lots of doggy kisses. Luna walks nicely on the leash for the most part, though she occasionally thinks the leash is a tug-of-war toy. Luna has participated in play groups and generally likes the “rough and tumble” kind of play, but settles down when she needs a break. Stop by soon to see if Luna is the one for you!
Maggie Lynn the one-year-old Basenji/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix found herself at the shelter because her owner passed away. She’s still basically a puppy, so she has plenty of energy and playfulness. Maggie Lynn wanted to run rather than walk when we were on the woodland preserve trail, though she did slow down occasionally to sniff and explore.
Maggie Lynn will listen to the “sit” command, but if there is a lot going on around her then she gets a little distracted and pops back up. She’s always interested in what else is happening and who else is around, whether it be a dog or a squirrel or a person. Maggie Lynn loves going to play group and bounds right into all the action. If you’re looking for a fun, active dog, look no further than Maggie Lynn!
I also saw Barney, Blue, Peepers, and Wombat.
I’ve also helped with a few play groups over the last two weeks, and here are the participants (not all at the same time!):
Play 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), Trent, and Whizzer.
Play group 2: Brutus, Elijah, Gracie, Hamilton, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Lolabell, Maya, Peepers, Pippa (Gia), Pony Boy, Quinn, Roxy, Sasha, Shyanne (Cheyenne), Trent, and Whizzer.
Play group 3: Brutus, Elijah, Gracie, Hamilton, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Lolabell, Maggie, Maggie Lynn, Maya, Luna, Peepers, Pippa (Gia), Pony Boy, Quinn, Roxy, Sasha, Trent, and Whizzer.
Play group 4: Elijah, Gracie, Hamilton, Huckleberry, Jack, Lolabell, Lucy, Luna, Maggie, Maggie Lynn, Maya, Mia, Peepers, Pippa (Gia), Prince, Quinn, Roxy, Sasha, Trent, Turbo, Whizzer, and Wombat.
Dogs who I haven’t had a chance to profile yet but who have also participated in the above play groups are Jax, Mazie, Penelope, Rose, Rufus, Tiger, Tootsie, and Whiskey.