Orphans of the Storm® Girlie Dogs

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.

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Mia likes her walks

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!

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Mia enjoyed having a big yard to explore

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.

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Gracie just wants to cuddle

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!

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Gracie with her little tail tucked

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.

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Luna has the cutest forehead wrinkles (sorry it’s blurry)

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!

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Luna wasn’t quite sure about the rocks

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.

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Maggie Lynn coming over to say hello

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!

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Maggie Lynn has such pretty brindle fur

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.

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John Boy, Jax, Pippa (Gia), Jack, Huckleberry, and maybe Peepers or Maggie Lynn

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.

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Pippa is a designated “play group rock star” because she gets along with every dog (and obviously feels comfortable in groups, laying on her back!), seen here with John Boy, Huckleberry, and Elijah

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.

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Jax, Sasha, and Jack (who is another “rock star”)–and possibly Maggie and Whiskey in the background

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.

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Jax, John Boy, Jack, Sasha, and maybe Maggie in the back

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.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Hoping Spring Is Just Around the Corner

There’s only a little bit of snow left around the grounds of Orphans of the Storm®, and the dogs and people are hoping it won’t stick around much longer!

Dumplin’ the one-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix is a real sweetheart. She can be a little shy and skittish, particularly when she’s off-leash in the yard and there’s another dog on the other side of the fence, but she loves going for walks. Dumplin’ is actually very playful when she’s on the leash and does little hops and twirls when she’s particularly happy. She is a nice walking companion and doesn’t pull much at all.

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Dumplin’ was just a little nervous at first

Dumplin’ is an affectionate pup. She likes to snuggle and will lean against your legs while you pet her. She’s also happy to give gentle doggy kisses. Dumplin’ put her front paws up on the bench next to me so I could pet her more. She has pretty coloring and bright blue eyes, so she’s sure to grab your attention as you walk through the kennels. Come in soon to see if Dumplin’ is the dog for you!

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But Dumplin’ loves being close to her person!

Phoenix the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a happy girl. She wags her tail so hard that her entire body wiggles back and forth. Phoenix loves getting attention and is very affectionate. She gives doggy hugs and doggy kisses. Phoenix joined me on the bench and sat as close to me as she could without actually being in my lap.

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Phoenix never strayed too far from me

Phoenix is generally a good walking companion on the leash, but she does have the occasional burst of energy where she would rather run than walk. Phoenix has participated in a number of play groups, so she could probably go to a home with or without another dog. Many volunteers think she’s the absolute cutest. Be sure to say hello to Phoenix on your next visit to the shelter!

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Phoenix is ready to be your TV-watching buddy

Jesse the five-year-old Coonhound/Catahoula Leopard Dog mix is an easy-going guy and an ideal walking companion. I got stuck on some ice (I thought the woodland preserve trail thawed out more than it had) and Jesse patiently stood still and waited until I got my bearings again before moving on. He doesn’t pull on the leash at all, and walks at a nice pace with the occasional stop to sniff.

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Jesse has the most unique markings

Jesse is a good cuddle buddy. He will gladly stand right next to you as long as you keep petting him, and might nudge you if you stop before he’s ready! Jesse has gone to a couple of play groups and gotten along with dogs of both high and low energy levels. This sweet boy is ready to find his home sweet home. Come in soon to say hello to Jesse!

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Jesse is a lovey-dovey

Roscoe the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is friendly with people and dogs alike. He loves going to play group and tried to pull me in the direction of the play group area instead of going for a walk around the woodland preserve. He’s more of the “rough and tumble” type, so he might be a little much for low-key dogs but great for active dogs.

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Roscoe is a handsome boy

Roscoe likes getting pet and particularly enjoys a good scratch under his chin. He enjoys sniffing and exploring in the yard. Roscoe can pull on the leash when there’s a particular direction he wants to go, and sometimes would rather run than walk. If you’re looking for an active new friend, be sure to come in and meet Roscoe!

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Roscoe says, “Yup, that’s the spot!”

Marley the one-year-old Shepherd mix still has plenty of puppy spunk. She absolutely loves having the freedom to run in a big yard and was flying around the Enrichment Park. When she’s on the leash, though, she’s actually quite calm and makes for a nice walking buddy. Her tail was up and wagging during our entire walk.

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Marley is such a pretty girl

Marley is a snuggler. She likes to give doggy kisses and tried her best to climb 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 who can keep her in check. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Marley!

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Marley says, “Oh, hello there!”

I also saw Barney, Big Boy and Mojo (who are no longer sharing a kennel but enjoy spending time in the yard together), Blue, and Cheyenne (Shyanne).

And I was part of two play groups this week, which included the participants Gia (Pippa), Hobbs, Loki, Lolabell, Lucy, Maya, Quinn, Ruth, Tyson, and Whizzer one day and Brutus, Elijah, Gracie, Huckleberry, John Boy, Luna, Peepers, Sadie, Sasha, and Wombat the second day.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Are Happy to Give You Lots of Kisses

Firstly, the Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is just a month away! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m. Get the details here and then call the shelter directly at 847-945-0235 to RSVP!

Secondly, it was my lucky day because all of the new dogs I met were particularly affectionate and so much fun to be with!

Luna the one-year-old Beagle/Spaniel mix spent some time in a foster home before coming to the shelter, so that means she already has experience living in a home. Her foster mom says that Luna gets along with other dogs and did well with visitors. She also says that Luna enjoys cuddling on the couch, which I could have easily guessed because Luna kept climbing into my lap and giving me doggy kisses!

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Luna being playful

Luna does a pretty good job walking on the leash, but every once 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 that will spoil her with lots of toys and a nice yard to play in. Come in soon to see if Luna is the puppy for you!

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Luna says, “Yes, hello, have you met my friend Jack?”

Gracie the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier (or maybe some Weimaraner, based on her coloring) mix is a lot of fun. We spent some time in the Enrichment Park, where Gracie had a great time chasing after toys and proudly carrying around a tennis ball. Gracie is also super snuggly. She put her front paws in my lap whenever she got the opportunity and covered my face in doggy kisses.

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Gracie positively glows!

Gracie gets along with other dogs and has participated in a play group, which involved lots of bouncing around and play-bowing, even with dogs who are much bigger than she is. Gracie walks nicely on the leash and will be a good walking companion around the neighborhood. Be sure to say hello to Gracie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Gracie loves tennis balls

Sadie the three-year-old Mountain Cur mix is a sweet, happy girl. She genuinely knows how to smile and her tail is almost constantly wagging. Sadie gives people a friendly greeting whether she knows them well or not. She is very cuddly and will happily lean against you while you pet her, or attempt to climb into your lap. Sadie gives very enthusiastic doggy kisses too.

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Sadie smiling in the sunshine

Sadie has a little bit of a limp (she appears to be missing a toe on one of her front paws), but it doesn’t slow her down at all. She walks nicely on the leash and is happy to lead the way just a couple steps ahead of her person. Sadie is looking for an adults-only home where she can be the only dog. If that sounds like your situation, be sure to come in and meet Sadie!

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Sadie is happy-go-lucky

Irwin the two-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix is a very handsome boy. Literally every volunteer and customer we passed had to stop and tell him how pretty he is. Irwin is a great walking companion and rarely pulls on the leash. He was mostly interested in sniffing and exploring along the woodland preserve trail.

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Irwin wanted a better look at the dogs on the other side of the fence

Irwin is currently sharing his kennel with another dog and politely sniffed the dogs on the other side of the fence with his tail wagging, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Irwin likes getting pet, particularly on the side of his neck, and will stay by your side while you pet him. Stop in soon to say hello to Irwin!

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Irwin enjoys his walks

I also saw Apollo, Barney, Big Boy, Carlos, Carson, Claire (Clarinet), Huckleberry, Lolabell, Mojo, Pony Boy, Tom, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Have Slip-n-Slidin’ Fun

A good portion of Orphans of the Storm®’s woodland preserve trail was transformed into an ice rink, which was a little challenging to walk across on two human legs but also slowed down the dogs! So we mostly stuck to the dry areas and had a better time, though some of the dogs were eager to give their ice skating skills a test.

Cookie the five-year-old Hound mix came from a family who could no longer care for her. That means she has experience living in a home and is ready to get resettled! Cookie greets people with a wagging tail. She’s a friendly girl who enjoys getting pet but who didn’t mind going off and doing her own exploring in the off-leash run.

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Cookie has such a sweet face

Cookie gets along with other dogs and has participated in a few play groups. She can be more actively playful or sit back and be calmer, depending on the dogs she’s with. However, Cookie isn’t a fan of cats. Cookie walks nicely on the leash and is a good walking companion. If you’re looking for a sweet girl to join your family, be sure to say hello to Cookie!

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Cookie investigating with her nose

Peaches the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is as sweet as his name. He loves getting attention and will gladly stand by your side as long as you’re petting him. Peaches can pull on a leash a little bit, but for the most part does a good job with walking on the leash and likes to pause every once in a while to do some sniffing.

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Peaches using his very pink nose

Peaches likes other dogs and enjoys being part of play groups. He’s more of a “rough and tumble” guy, which can be too much for some playmates but perfect for others. He likes to say hello to people and dogs alike, and wants to know what everyone else is up to. Come in soon to see if Peaches is the one for you!

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Peaches says, “I know there’s a dog behind here! I know it!”

Loki the nine-year-old Beagle mix still has plenty of energy and spunk. He’s talkative, as Beagles are known to be, and will bark hello when you come to take him out of his kennel. He’s also a little stubborn when it comes to deciding which way to go on walks. Loki eventually follows his person, but will give a little “Fine! I don’t agree but I’ll still do it!” bark first. Overall, though, he walks at a nice pace and enjoys sniffing the ground at a quick pace too.

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Loki balancing on the ice

Loki loves the snow and that’s where his puppy-like personality really comes out. He rolls on his back in it, eats it, crawls across it with his (cutely chubby) belly, and doesn’t want to leave it! Loki also enjoys belly rubs and getting his ears scratched. He made me smile the entire time we were together. Be sure to say hello to Loki on your next visit to the shelter!

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Loki loving the snow

Anna the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a big, strong girl. She can pull on the leash a bit when she first comes out of her kennel, but don’t let that deter you. She does well on the leash once she gets settled in her walking pace, as long as you can keep up with her. Anna enjoyed snuffling her way around the woodland preserve trail and often kept her nose to the ground.

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Anna leading the way on our walk

Anna loves people and will greet you with a doggy hug once she knows you. She’ll also try to give you some enthusiastic doggy kisses. She doesn’t seem too fond of other dogs at this point, though, so she may do best as the only pet in her new home. If you like big dogs, come in soon to meet Anna!

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Anna stepping gingerly on the ice

Sherman the one-year-old Plott mix can be just a tiny bit skittish, but very sweet. He’s an affectionate puppy who likes to snuggle and give doggy kisses. He put his front paws in my lap whenever I was down at his level or sitting on the bench, and also hopped up on the bench next to me a couple times. Sherman is very gentle and seems to prefer meandering around the yard rather than romping.

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Sherman wasn’t a fan of the 40mph wind gusts

Sherman is a nice walking companion and didn’t pull on the leash at all. He was mostly interested in staying close to my side, but his ears would always perk up if he heard something. Sherman is just a lovey-dovey eager to find a home as sweet as he is. Stop by the shelter soon to say hello to Sherman!

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But Sherman was a fan of cuddling!

I also saw Barney, Big Boy (who is so snuggly and convinced he’s a lapdog), Blue (who loves to play with toys), Brutus, Carlos, Dunkin (who gave me a doggy hug), Evelyn, Hazel, Hobbs, Huckleberry (who is so affectionate), Lolabell (who walked much nicer on the leash this week), Maya, Mojo, and Tyson.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Playing for Life

Last week, Orphans of the Storm® was excited to welcome Dogs Playing for Life! Dogs Playing for Life is a program that travels to shelters around the country (and internationally!) to “demonstrate both the practical efficiencies of play groups for the rescue organization, as well as the emotional and behavioral benefits for the animals.”

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Bonus (who has since been adopted!), Leon, and Nando (with Roxy doing her own thing in the background)

Dogs are naturally social animals, but if you’ve visited or seen pictures of most animal shelters, dogs are kept separate in individual kennels. They get to socialize with the human staff, volunteers, and potential adopters, but don’t often get an opportunity to socialize with other dogs. Implementing play groups for shelter dogs has many benefits, including:

  • Dogs get more physical exercise during a play group than during a leashed walk
  • Dogs learn important social and communication skills
  • Staff can do more accurate assessments of individual dogs’ personalities
  • More dogs can get taken out of their kennels in a shorter period of time, meaning there’s a higher chance that every dog gets out every day and some dogs can go out twice in one day
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Nando, Bonus, and Leon

Dogs Playing for Life leads multi-day seminars that include a presentation and several days of hands-on training. At Orphans of the Storm®, more than 40 volunteers attended the presentation and almost all of those attended at least one of the six hands-on sessions. Several members of staff attended as well. We learned about different play styles, how to introduce dogs to the play group, and–most importantly–how to keep both the dogs and people safe.

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Bonus and Roxy

A key part of Dogs Playing for Life is that it really is all about the dog-to-dog interactions. There are usually only 2-4 people inside the yard with the dogs (depending on how many dogs are in the yard at the time) and they are mostly there to keep an eye on things. The people don’t pet the dogs or play with them in any way. They’ll correct a dog’s behavior if the other dogs aren’t correcting it themselves, but it is truly amazing (especially to me, who has only ever owned one dog at a time and has very little experience with multiple dogs in one space) how well the dogs communicate with each other and work things out on their own.

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Ruth ended up being a great “greeter” dog who welcomed new dogs into the yard

During the hands-on training, almost every dog at Orphans of the Storm® got to join a play group at least once. This includes dogs that we all thought didn’t get along with other dogs! Some examples include Barney, Cheyenne (Shyanne), and Tom. Successfully playing in a group is not a guarantee that these dogs can go to a home and spend all day, every day living with another dog–but it is still great to know that they are capable of appropriate dog-to-dog interactions!

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Ruth, Leon, and John Boy (sorry for the blurriness, I got snow on my lens!)

Play groups don’t only benefit the super-energetic dogs. Shy dogs, like Quinn and Ruth, came out of their shells and were playing in the course of just one group outing. Jax the German Shepherd (who I haven’t had a chance to profile yet) arrived at the shelter scared and overcompensated by barking at everything–but in the play groups, he’s a happy and playful pooch. When you just let dogs be dogs, incredible things can happen!

Orphans of the Storm® would like to thank the ASPCA and the Petco Foundation for bringing the Dogs Playing for Life program to us.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs on a Snowy Afternoon

The snow started falling about halfway through my afternoon at Orphans of the Storm®, but the dogs certainly didn’t mind!

Turbo the four-year-old Hound mix is an energetic guy, hence his name. He loved romping around the off-leash run, following his nose behind the bushes, and exploring. Turbo would come running back to me every once in a while to quickly check in, and then be off doing his own thing again. Turbo can be a little bark-y around certain dogs but doesn’t pay as much attention to others.

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Turbo hitting the trail

Turbo likes to walk at a quick pace when he’s on the leash, but is happy to take the occasional break to nicely stand by your side and get pet. He particularly enjoys getting his chin scratched. Turbo is missing a couple toes on one of his back paws, but that certainly doesn’t slow him down. Come in soon to meet Turbo!

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Turbo says, “Yup, that’s the spot.”

Bonus the one-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix has the best doggy smile I have ever seen. It’s impossible not to smile back at him. He always looks so content! Bonus is an easy-going companion. He is a great leash-walking buddy who doesn’t pull at all. He pauses to sniff every once in a while, but mostly just walks by your side.

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Bonus looks like he’s part-raccoon with his striped tail

Bonus is also affectionate. He joined me on the bench a few times and gave me some very gentle doggy kisses. Bonus loves getting pet and that’s when he really starts to smile, and even closes his eyes as if to say, “Ahh, so relaxing.” He did a little exploring around the off-leash run but mostly wants to be close to his person. Bringing Bonus home would be a big bonus for any home!

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Have you ever seen a more satisfied dog than Bonus?

Ruth the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is new to the shelter and very shy and nervous. As of now, she doesn’t like when strangers walk right up and try to pet her without her getting a chance to get acclimated first. But once she feels comfortable with you, Ruth completely melts into the best lapdog and a great walking companion.

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Ruth is the cutest little baby

Ruth rubbed her side against my legs whenever I knelt down next to her. About halfway around the woodland preserve trail, I sat on the ground and she climbed into my lap and rolled over for a belly rub. When I sat down on a bench, Ruth put her front paws up next to me so I could keep petting her. Ruth is hoping to go to a patient home that will give her plenty of love and confidence so she can fully come out of her shell. Be sure to say hello to Ruth on your next visit to the shelter!

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Ruth just wants to be loved

JoJo the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix looks like a permanent puppy, and has a fun-loving personality to go with her looks. She had a great time running freely around the Enrichment Park and raced another dog along the fence. JoJo watched when I threw a toy, but wasn’t interested in chasing after it or returning it at that particular moment. Perhaps she prefers stuffed animals to rubber bones!

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JoJo with a snowy chin

JoJo happily hopped up on the bench next to me and gave me some doggy kisses. She loved playing in the falling snow and did some fun spins when we were out on the woodland preserve trail. JoJo gets along with children, so she could go home with a family. She is also already housebroken. Come in soon to see if JoJo is the one for you!

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JoJo is a pretty girl

I also saw Apollo, Barney, Dusty (who gave me enthusiastic doggy hugs), Gia (Pippa), James, Reyah, and Sasha.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Can Be Your Furry Valentine

Orphans of the Storm® is having a “My Furry Valentine Adoption Event” from February 9-11! The adoption fee will be waived for all dogs and cats 6 months and older. The waived fee includes spay or neuter, the first round of vaccinations, worming, flea and tick treatments, two weeks of aftercare, and a Valentine goody bag with a leash, collar, and special treats. (Please note that additional vet costs may still apply.) So if you’re looking for love this Valentine’s Day, come in to Orphans of the Storm® to find the furry kind!

Pony Boy the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has that signature puppy exuberance. His tail is constantly wagging and he gets excited about everything. Pony Boy greeted me with a doggy hug and then we quickly made our way to the Enrichment Park. He likes to chase after toys, but needs a little more practice when it comes to bringing them back. He has a good nose and was pawing through the snow to find frozen treats.

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Pony Boy will make you laugh with his funny faces

Pony Boy can pull a bit on the leash at first, but about halfway around the woodland preserve he settled into a nice walking pace. He likes getting pet and has the cutest wrinkled forehead. He was previously sharing his kennel with another dog, so he could go to a home with or without a furry friend. If you’re looking for a big puppy to call your own, come in soon to meet Pony Boy!

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Pony Boy doing his racehorse (racepony?) impression

Nando the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came from an owner who could no longer afford to keep him. That means he already has experience living in a home and is ready to find a more permanent family! Nando has only been at the shelter for a short time, but multiple volunteers are already gushing over how sweet he is.

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Nando caught in the act of being cute

Nando likes to lead the way on walks, but doesn’t pull much. He will stay by your side as long as you’re petting him, but is ready to start moving again as soon as you stop. He had a good time exploring the Enrichment Park and liked running through the snow. He politely sniffed a couple dogs through the fence but didn’t pay them much attention otherwise. Stop in soon to see if Nando is the one for you!

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Nando didn’t mind wading into the deeper snow

Evelyn the one-year-old Shepherd mix is calm inside her kennel, but absolutely loves to run and play when given the space and opportunity. Most of my pictures of her are just a black blur because she was speeding all around the Enrichment Park. Evelyn likes other dogs and spent most of her time in the park racing Tom on the other side of the fence–and she always won!

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Evelyn says, “Oh hi!”

Evelyn wanted to continue running on our way around the woodland preserve trail (though as I’ve mentioned before, it seems like the majority of dogs prefer running through snow but walk at a slower pace when the ground is clear). Evelyn didn’t mind pausing every once in a while, though, to get a pat on the back or a scratch behind her ears. Be sure to say hello to Evelyn on your next visit to the shelter!

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Evelyn with some snow on her nose

Peepers the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has lots of energy and is hoping to go to a home where he can get plenty of exercise, whether it be running in a big yard or going on lots of walks (or ideally a combination of both!). Peepers had a fun time exploring the Enrichment Park. Whenever I knelt down to his level, he would come bounding over. This sometimes led to a crash if the snow was too slippery for him to stop in time.

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Peepers with a wagging tail

Peepers is very affectionate. He put his front paws in my lap and covered my face with doggy kisses. He likes getting pet and will wiggle around to make sure you pet his favorite spots. He’s attentive and alert, and liked keeping an eye on things through the fence. Peepers seems to prefer to walk quickly, but he can also match your pace if you move slower. Come in soon to say hello to Peepers!

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Peepers using his peepers to keep an eye on the parking lot

Lolabell the five-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix is very friendly and outgoing. She likes to be where the action is, so she would probably prefer to have company if she’s out in your backyard rather than being alone. Lolabell likes to give doggy hugs. While she enjoyed sniffing around the Enrichment Park, she would come back to me every couple of minutes to check in and get pet.

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Lolabell not so sure about this whole “ice” thing

Lolabell gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing her kennel with Maebe (see below). She politely sniffed the dogs on the other side of the fence and wanted to stay by them rather than going for a walk. Lolabell can sometimes pull on the leash but overall was a nice walking buddy. Be sure to say hello to Lolabell on your next visit!

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Lolabell coming over to cuddle

Maebe the two-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix is a little shy at first. Once she gets to know you, though, she loves getting her ears and neck scratched and will stay by your side as long as you keep petting her. She might even give you a doggy hug or two! Maebe, being a Hound, spent most of her time following her nose around the Enrichment Park and uncovered a couple frozen treats that had been lost in the snow.

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Maebe is a sweetie-pie

Maebe gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing her kennel with Lolabell (see above). Maebe likes to move slowly when she’s walking on the leash because she wants to make sure she picks up as many scents as she can. She has those soulful Hound eyes that just make you want to give her a reassuring hug. Stop in soon to meet Maebe!

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Maebe doing what Hounds do best

I also saw Barney, Cass, Huckleberry (who is currently taking off-site obedience classes once a week), Sasha, and Tyson.

Orphans of the Storm® Cats Will Keep You Cozy

The last couple of weeks haven’t been great weather for dog walking, so that gave me a chance to spend some time with the cats at Orphans of the Storm®! This was my first time in the FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) room, and the FIV+ cats are some of the most affectionate I’ve met. All they wanted to do was cuddle!

There are some common misconceptions and misunderstandings with FIV. I heard more than one visitor say that FIV+ cats don’t live long and have a lot of problems. Sometimes people think that an FIV+ cat has to be the only pet in the home.

FIV+ cats have weakened immune systems and can therefore be more susceptible to illnesses, but an indoor FIV+ cat who gets regular checkups and treated for any secondary illnesses can live just as long and happily as an FIV- cat. FIV cannot be transmitted to humans or dogs. It is most commonly transmitted between cats by deep bite wounds.

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Enjoying their elaborate cat tree

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The cats have lots of blankets to keep them warm in this winter weather

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This little cutie stayed in my lap almost the entire time

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Pretty kitty

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This one says, “That’s the spot!”

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One black cat, two black cat…

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There is always room for another cat in your lap

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Willow (if I’m remembering her name correctly) is a volunteer favorite

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Another happy addition to my lap

There is plenty more for potential adopters to learn about FIV before bringing an FIV+ cat home. But just know that there are plenty of lovable, snuggle-able FIV+ cats eager to meet you at Orphans of the Storm®!

 

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.