Orphans of the Storm® Dogs and Cats Want You to Come Out and Clear the Shelters!

This Saturday, August 17, Orphans of the Storm® is again participating in the national Clear the Shelters initiative, in partnership with NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago. Orphans of the Storm® will be waiving adoption fees for dogs and cats over the age of 6 months. The waived fee includes a spay or neuter, but costs for final shots still apply.

If you’re planning on attending this Saturday, here are a few things to know:

  • If you will be considering a new dog and there are other members of your household–human or canine–please bring them to the shelter! Your new pet will need to meet everyone to make sure it is a good fit.
  • If you bring your current dog(s) with you to the shelter, please bring someone else to help you with them and don’t leave them in the car.
  • If you are renting your home, bring your lease or rental agreement that shows you are allowed to have a pet.
  • Please no fingers in the kennels–both for your safety and for the safety of the animals.
  • Although the $90 adoption fee will be waived for all adult cats and dogs, the normal adoption process is in place and you will need to pay for the final veterinary care at the vet.

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This year, Orphans of the Storm® is featuring 20 special dogs who are volunteer favorites. Their kennels will be specially marked, and you will be able to talk to volunteers who can tell you more about why they’re a favorite and why they should go home with you! In alphabetical order, this year’s featured dogs are:

  • Big Boy the five-year-old Boxer mix. Big Boy arrived at the shelter with his mom, Mojo (see below), but they’ve been living in separate kennels for a while now, so Big Boy can either be adopted by himself or with Mojo. Big Boy loves being around people and is super snuggly. He enjoys climbing into laps and cuddling. Big Boy can be choosy when it comes to doggy friends, though he’s been participating in play groups more often and is getting more comfortable socializing. He can get a little bark-y and pull-y when he passes other dogs on leash, but otherwise is a good walking companion.
  • Bo the eight-year-old Labrador Retriever mix. Bo is a snuggler. He’ll just plop down right next to you (or if you’re standing, he’ll lean against your legs) and look at you with the sweetest puppy-dog eyes. Bo participates in play groups, but lets us know right away if he doesn’t like a certain dog. He would probably be most comfortable as the only dog in his new home, or with a very mellow furry friend.
  • Brutus the three-year-old Hound mix. Brutus is a super-dog! He participated in last year’s Top Dog Competition and mastered the agility course. He also attended obedience courses and knows his basic commands. Brutus is a high-energy dog looking for a playful home. He is currently sharing his kennel with another dog, and he is also a play group regular. Brutus could go to a home with or without another dog.
  • Carlos the five-year-old Black-and-Tan Coonhound mix. Carlos is a big, strong boy who loves toys and is also happy to play dress-up! He cooperates very nicely when we put the dogs in costumes for holidays and special occasions. Carlos has a great time playing with certain doggy friends, but in general prefers the company of people to that of other dogs. Carlos would do best in an adult-only home.
  • Cass the six-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix. Cass lived with another dog in his previous home, before his owner could no longer afford to take care of him. That means Cass has experience being a pet and could also go to a home with or without another dog. Cass can be a little strong when he first comes out his kennel, but settles into a nice walking buddy. He likes going to play group.
  • Chevy the seven-year-old Terrier mix. Chevy is the smallest dog on this list, and he makes for a great lapdog! Chevy likes to cuddle and be held. He’s a little shy and nervous, so he’s looking for someone who can give him extra TLC and make sure he’s loved. Chevy was sharing his kennel with another dog when he first arrived at the shelter, and he has also participated in small-dog play groups. He doesn’t play much, but he doesn’t mind being around other dogs.
  • Cheyenne (Shyanne) the six-year-old Hound mix. Cheyenne is a total sweetheart. Whenever I walk by her kennel, she sticks her front paw out so I can hold it. She also loves to give doggy hugs and get lots of pets. Cheyenne used to not be too fond of other dogs, but now she is a play group regular and gets along with just about everybody.
  • Cocoa the three-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Cocoa got the nickname “crazy Cocoa” when she first arrived because she has so much playful energy. Cocoa loves toys (especially jolly balls) and loves playing with other dogs. She has a rambunctious play style, but has learned to tone it down when needed with calmer dogs. Cocoa graduated from Level 1 obedience classes and is part of the way through Level 2!
  • Delilah the ten-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Delilah is a sweet, calm girl who enjoys taking it easy. She sometimes wants to nibble on the leash, but once she’s on the trail she prefers spending her time sniffing and enjoying the fresh air. Delilah likes having a toy nearby. She gets along with other dogs in play group but isn’t much of an active player. You can read more about why Delilah is a volunteer favorite here.
  • Elijah the five-year-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix. Elijah is another athlete who competed in the Top Dog Competition. Besides knowing how to do the agility course, Elijah also knows basic commands like “sit” and “paw” and is eager to learn more. Elijah enjoys playing with other dogs and is best friends with John Boy, who is currently his kennelmate. Elijah loves being with people and will happily snuggle with you. He would probably do best in an adult-only or teenaged children home.
  • Huckleberry the two-year-old Hound mix. Huckleberry is our play group rockstar! He has yet to meet a dog he doesn’t like (and only one dog who didn’t like him back). Huckleberry would love to go to a home with another dog so he has a constant friend to play with. Huckleberry attended obedience classes and knows his basic commands. He is also super affectionate and loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses. He’s a tall, lanky boy, so getting a hug from him is basically like getting a hug from a human. Huckleberry is the sweetest and most fun!
  • Lucy the eleven-year-old Boxer mix. Lucy is a sweet senior who still has plenty of spunk. She jumps up and down in excitement when she realizes it’s her turn to come out. She is a great, easy walking companion. Lucy attends play group, but is more of an observer and only plays on rare occasion. She can get a little grumpy when play gets too rowdy around her. Lucy would prefer to be the only dog in her new home so she can be spoiled for her golden years.
  • Maggie the seven-year-old Shepherd/Labrador Retriever mix. Maggie is a short and stocky girl, but she holds her own! She doesn’t mind playing rowdy with the big boys and gets along well with other dogs in play group. Maggie loves toys and always gets to bring one back to her kennel after a walk. But she also loves tearing out the stuffing when given the chance! Maggie is a super easy walking companion.
  • Mojo the seven-year-old Boxer mix. Mojo arrived at the shelter with her son, Big Boy (see above), but they’ve been living in separate kennels for a while now, so Mojo could be adopted by herself or with Big Boy. Mojo is gentle and sweet. She’s a nice walking companion, though some days she doesn’t want to go too far and would rather lie next to you and get petted. Mojo attends play group and gets along with other dogs, but mostly sniffs hello and then keeps to herself.
  • Polly the three-year-old Mountain Cur mix. Polly loves to play, either with people or with other dogs. She particularly likes fetch (with people) and tag (with dogs). She’s an affectionate girl who likes to give doggy hugs. Polly can pull a bit when she first comes out of her kennel, but settles into a nice yet fast-paced walking buddy. Polly is looking for a lifelong playmate!
  • Sox the eight-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Sox is a sweetheart. She loves to give doggy kisses and will happily join you wherever you’re sitting. Sox also loves toys, especially stuffed ones, and will proudly carry one around or toss it in the air and chase after it. Sox attends play group but mostly keeps to herself, so she would probably be most comfortable as the only dog in her new home. Sox has had a few mammary tumors removed and will probably need future monitoring, but that doesn’t slow her down.
  • Tiger the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Tiger is the only featured dog I haven’t profiled yet! He’s such a volunteer favorite that he’s always one of the first ones to go out in the morning, so I haven’t gotten the chance to walk him myself yet. I did hold his leash for a few minutes when someone else had him out, and he treated me like a longtime friend and gave me lots of doggy kisses. Tiger absolutely loves being around people. He would do best as the only dog in his future home.
  • Tom the three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix. Tom loves playing with toys and can entertain himself by playing fetch with himself. He’s an active dog looking for an active home. Tom has made some female doggy friends in play group, but he still isn’t too fond of most other males. He would probably do best as the only pet in his new home.
  • Whizzer the eight-year-old Hound mix. Whizzer was the winner of the Top Dog Competition! He excels at agility. Whizzer also attended obedience classes and knows his basic commands. He absolutely loves toys and would probably have a toy in his mouth at all times if he could. Whizzer did a sleepover with another volunteer and was a great houseguest. He also got along with this volunteer’s dog. Whizzer attends play group and sometimes plays, sometimes just watches the action happening around him.
  • Wombat the six-year-old Hound mix. Wombat would make a great walking or running companion for an active person. He does great on the leash and likes to move at a quick pace. Being a Hound, he also likes to sniff thoroughly. Wombat is a smart, happy boy. He would do best as the only dog in his new home.

Orphans of the Storm® is also featuring a special long-timer who has been at the shelter for 6+ years: Riley (Diamond) the eleven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Riley was adopted out for several months a couple years ago, but returned due to her severe separation anxiety. Her new family will hopefully have someone at home the vast majority of the time, and be willing to train Riley to ease some of her anxiety. Riley has started to participate in play group more often, but would still prefer to be the only dog in her new home. She is also looking for an adult home.

Earlier this week, I also saw Barney, Mabel, Thelma and Louise, and Wombat, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Orlando, Zane, and the bonded father/daughter Shadow and Betsy.

Play group this week started off with Barney, Huckleberry, and Cocoa having a fun romp. Then we had Beatrix, Big Boy, Bo, Bruno, Cass, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Donny, Dunkin the Red, Elijah, Harper, John Boy, Mojo, Maggie, Polly, Quinn, and Roscoe, and not-yet-profiled dogs Al, Cheese, Cindy, Felix, Heath, Henry Hippo, Hunter, Kraken, Major, Onyx, Pixie, Red, Salem, Tex, Tiny, Val, Zane, and Zimma.

There are so many amazing dogs (and cats!) for you to meet this weekend. Please help us make this the most successful Clear the Shelters event yet!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer

It’s not the dog days of summer without actual dogs by your side! Come in to Orphans of the Storm® to meet your new best friend.

Jupiter the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a super playful pup who loves toys. The first thing he did when we got to the off-leash run was pick up a stuffed duck toy and proudly carry it around the run. Jupiter later alternated between carrying the duck and a stuffed octopus. He’s happy to chase after toys if you throw them, but prefers holding them to bringing them back for more fetching.

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Jupiter very proud of his toy duck

Jupiter can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, but as soon as we got to the woodland preserve trail, he settled down into a nice walking companion. He likes to sniff and explore, but didn’t stray too far from my side. He was also happy to take the occasional break for pets and snuggles. Jupiter is ready to join a fun-loving home who will have fun loving him. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Jupiter is the one for you!

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Jupiter loving the octopus

Thelma and Louise the six-year-old Pug/Beagle (Puggle) mixes are a bonded pair looking for a forever home with space for two. And when I say bonded, I really mean it–they do everything together! They walk with their sides touching a lot of the time, they sniff the same spots, and they even pooped at the same time and place 😀

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Imagine waking up to Thelma’s precious face every morning

Thelma and Louise spent the first few minutes doing some exploring of the off-leash run on their own. But after that, they both came over to me and wanted to snuggle up in my lap. Thelma and Louise both love having their hips scratched and do a cute little dance with happy snorts.

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Louise leading the way

Louise ended up joining me on the bench and gave me a few doggy kisses. Thelma attempted to hop on the bench but it was a little too tall for her, so I scooted down to the ground to cuddle with her instead. Thelma and Louise used to live with children, so they could go to a home with or without kids.

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Thelma is a cutie-patootie

Thelma and Louise walk surprisingly quickly for their size and shape! They led the way around the woodland preserve trail. Their Beagle side came out when a chipmunk ran in front of us and they were both ready to chase after it. But their sweet, friendly, affectionate Pug side is what will steal your heart. Be sure to say hello to Thelma and Louise on your next visit to the shelter!

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Louise following her nose

Bruno the two-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix has been adopted but returned a couple times, so he’s looking for owners who have experience with his breed or other active working breeds. Bruno is a dog who likes to be kept busy! He would be good for someone who likes long walks or jogs, because he walks at a quick pace but doesn’t pull on the leash at all.

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Bruno is ready for his close-up

Bruno loves toys. He both plays fetch and just enjoys plopping down and chewing on a favorite toy. He seems partial to tennis balls, but also liked a soft ring-shaped toy for chewing. Bruno gets along with other dogs and is a play group regular who likes to play tag and either chase or be chased. If you know and love his breed and are looking for an active companion, come in soon to meet Bruno!

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Bruno is such a handsome boy

Charles the three-year-old Doberman Pinscher mix is super sweet and affectionate. All he wants to do is be cuddled. He’s a little too large to fit in laps, but he rested his head on my lap multiple times and looked at me with the sweetest puppy-dog eyes. It was hard to get a full-body photo of him because every time I knelt down to his level, he was right there to snuggle with me.

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Charles says, “Please love me!”

Charles is a good leash-walking buddy. I’ve walked him around the woodland preserve trail on two different days. The first day, he was always right by my side or a couple steps ahead and didn’t pull at all. He was a little more active the second time and wanted to go at a quicker pace, but would still stop and come cuddle when I knelt down to his level. Charles would do best as the only dog in his new home. Stop by the shelter soon to say hello to Charles!

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Charles loves getting attention

Duke the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix can be a little strong when he first comes out of his kennel, but was much calmer as we made our way around the woodland preserve trail. He liked leading the way and sniffing, but was happy to pause for some pets and put his front paws next to me on the bench. He also rested his head in my lap.

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Duke being lovey-dovey

Duke also liked exploring around the Enrichment Park, snuffling around the trees and flower pots. He took a dip in the puppy pool and had fun splashing around with his front paws. Duke gets along with other dogs and attends play group often, where he romps and plays with the others. If you’re looking for a big puppy, come in soon to meet Duke!

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Duke has the prettiest chocolate fur

I also saw Apollo, Barney (who loves mud puddles and splashing in the puppy pool), Mabel, Mojo, and Sonny.

Play group this week included Alec(k), Beatrix, Bo, Cass, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Donny, Duke, Dunkin the Red, Leia, Lucy, Maggie, Max, Polly, Reeco, and Roscoe, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Al, Baby Girl, Cindy, Felix, Henry, Henry Hippo, Hunter, Kraken, the other Max, Pixie, Posie, Simba, Stella, Val, Wile-E, and Zimma.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Say, “Sun’s Out, Tongues Out!”

It was a steamy day at Orphans of the Storm®, so the dogs were on their most mellow setting and just wanted to relax and stay cool. There will be some long tongues in the photos ahead!

Also, the Orphans of the Storm® website is under construction, so please bear with me as I work on updating all of the dogs’ links on the Dog Profiles page! Apologies in advance if you end up on a “page not found” page.

Luanne the three-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix is super snuggly. As soon as I knelt down to her level, she put her front paws in my lap and covered my face in doggy kisses. She was happy to stay in my lap for as long as I was petting her. Luanne is a pretty good walking companion in that she mostly walks nicely by your side and doesn’t pull much, but she does like to nibble on the leash a bit. She seems to understand the “drop” command, though, so she just needs a little more practice.

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Luanne with her pretty speckled fur

Luanne loves being with other dogs. She goes to play group every day and sometimes stays in for an hour or more–she gets along with everybody! Luanne can also hold her own when play gets a little rowdy. Luanne is a fun girl looking for a fun home. If you think that might be with you, be sure to say hello to Luanne on your next visit to the shelter!

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Luanne has bright eyes and a pink tongue!

Ansley the four-year-old Plott mix greets every person with a wagging tail. She was eager to go for a walk and led the way to the off-leash run, where she had a fun time exploring behind the bushes and keeping cool in the shade. She came over for a pet when I knelt down to her level, and put her front paws in my lap.

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Ansley on alert

Ansley is currently sharing her kennel with Puddin (see below) and gets along with other dogs. She and Tiny sniffed each other through the fence and even both put their front feet up to hold paws before deciding to race each other. Ansley walked pretty nicely on the leash, though she’ll occasionally pull if there’s a particular scent she wants to follow. Come in soon to see if Ansley is the pooch for you!

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Ansley enjoying a romp

Puddin the seven-year-old Beagle mix is very shy right now and needs some extra encouragement to come out of her kennel. She doesn’t mind being picked up and seems to prefer being carried past the kennels of the other dogs before she feels more comfortable walking on her own. Puddin’s tail was tucked between her legs at first, but loosened up the longer we were out.

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Puddin feeling perkier

Puddin can’t hide the fact that she’s part Beagle! She loved walking through the tall grasses along the woodland preserve trail and stopped often for thorough sniffing. Puddin gets along with other dogs her size and is currently sharing her kennel with Ansley (see above). She just needs some extra TLC right now to help her come out of her shell. If you’re looking for a little sweetie, come in soon to meet Puddin!

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Puddin wanted to stay in the grass for as long as she could

Mabel the four-year-old Chihuahua/Terrier mix is the cutest little thing. As soon as she found a cool spot in the grass, she flopped over and rolled around on her back. When I started giving her a belly rub, Mabel closed her eyes and almost fell asleep! Everyone who saw her couldn’t help but smile, she looked so content.

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Mabel says, “Excuse me, I have a belly that requires rubbing!”

Mabel is also a good lapdog. She likes being carried and held. Mabel gets along with other dogs her size. She is currently sharing her kennel with a Beagle not up for adoption yet, and had a brief play group session with four other little dogs. It was too hot to actively play for her, but she politely sniffed everyone and didn’t mind them sniffing her too. Be sure to say hello to Mabel the next time you come to the shelter!

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Mabel in play group with new friends

I also spent some time with a few not-yet-profiled dogs but didn’t get their pictures yet: Khavi, Malachi, Nidget, and Carmella (who are all currently sharing a kennel and are all super snuggly lapdogs); Orlando (who is one of the most affectionate dogs at the shelter right now); and Thelma and Louise (a bonded pair of Puggles!).

Play group this week included Alec(k), Beatrix, Brutus, Cass, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Donny, Dunkin the Red, Elijah, Huckleberry, John Boy, Leia, Luanne, Lucy, Maggie, Max, Mojo, Polly, Quinn, Roscoe, Sasha, and Turbo, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Al, Bruno, Chance, Dennis, Heath, the other Max, PB&J, Pixie, Posie, Ruben, Simone, Snickers, Val, and Wile-E.dd

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Will Be Your Cuddle Buddy

There are lots of sweet and snuggly dogs ready to meet you at Orphans of the Storm®! Here are just a couple.

Sonny the one-and-a-half-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Labrador Retriever mix can be a little bark-y and jump-y in his kennel, but he melts into a puddle of sweetness as soon as he gets his leash put on. He gave me a doggy hug and doggy kisses right away, and wasn’t even that interested in walking! He just wanted to climb into my lap and get pet. One kiss is definitely never enough for Sonny!

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Sonny has the happiest smile

Sonny is a nice walking companion. In fact, he wants to be so close to his person that sometimes he was walking between my legs rather than to my side. Sonny enjoys rolling around on his back in the grass but will also lay still for you to give him belly rubs. Sonny needs a little more practice learning how to be a dog, because he seemed a little nervous when I started tossing toys for him to chase and didn’t know what to do with them. But this young pup is eager to learn. Be sure to say hello to Sonny on your next visit to the shelter!

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Sonny got a little muddy but didn’t mind

Harper the two-year-old Australian Cattle Dog/Labrador Retriever mix likes people of all ages, including children. She’s already gone to Orphans of the Storm®’s Northbrook Court location and loved getting attention and pets from everyone who stopped in. Harper loves water and enjoys stretching out in the puppy pool. She also liked splashing in puddles from the recent rain when we were on our walk. Maybe her future home will include a pool or a lake!

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Harper getting her feet wet

Harper is well-mannered. She sat nicely for me without even being asked, and is a good walking companion. She likes to give doggy hugs and the occasional doggy kiss. Harper gets along with other dogs and has become a play group regular. Sometimes she just enjoys sniffing on her own, and sometimes she likes to tumble around with the others. Come in soon to meet Harper!

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Harper showing her serious side

Play group this week included Brutus, Cass, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Donny, Dunkin the Red, Elijah, Harper, Huckleberry, John Boy, Leia, Lucy, Maggie, Max, Mojo, Polly, Reeco, Sasha, Turbo, and Whizzer

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Everyone’s hiding their faces! But we have Dennis (I think), Snickers, Huckleberry, Magic, Henry, and Lucy

…As well as not-yet-profiled dogs Baby Girl, Calamity Jane, Dennis, Honey, Jupiter, the other Max, Pixie, Posie, Raven, Rhett, Rowdy, Snickers, Sybil, and Tracker.

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Dennis (I think) and Snickers

There were also a few dogs who haven’t made it on the website yet (it’s still under construction but will be updated soon!) like Henry, Magic, PB&J, Rose, and Tiny.

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Cheyenne (Shyanne), Raven, Calamity Jane, and Snickers

Orphans of the Storm® Black and White and a Little Bit of Brown Dogs

You can find dogs of all colors at Orphans of the Storm® but this week I happened to walk mostly black-and-white ones!

Max the two-year-old Border Collie/Hound mix is super gentle. When I took him out of his kennel, he patiently waited for his leash to get put on. (When I took him out for play group a couple days later, he started jumping up and down in excitement when he realized it was his turn to come out–but was still easy to hook up.) Max mostly kept to himself when he was exploring the off-leash run, but came back to me every once in a while for a quick pat.

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Max is such a sweetheart

Max is a great leash-walking companion. He didn’t pull at all, and walked at an easy pace. When I stopped to pet him during our walk, he gave me a couple doggy kisses. Max doesn’t pay much attention to dogs he passes on walks. He attends play groups and is very mellow with the other dogs, just sniffing hello but not actively playing too often. Come in soon to meet Max!

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Max staying cool in the shade

Eddie the one-and-a-half-year-old Pomeranian mix looks like a baby arctic fox (in its summer coat). He can be a little skittish with new people and would prefer having a few minutes to get comfortable before you start petting him. But once he does feel comfortable, he particularly likes getting scratched on his hips and does a little dance when you scratch the right spot.

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Eddie being attentive

Eddie likes to lead the way on walks but rarely pulls on the leash. He gets along with dogs his size and is currently sharing his kennel with four other little dogs. Eddie has participated in play groups and is also polite when sniffing dogs he passes on walks. This small pup is ready to find his loving forever home. Be sure to say hello to Eddie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Eddie is a little ball of fluff

Leia the two-year-old Collie mix was very shy when she arrived at the shelter, but is coming out of her shell more and more as she makes new friends–both human and dog! Although Leia was nervous about going to play group the first few times, she is now a play group regular and enjoys frolicking with the other dogs.

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Leia smiling for the camera

Leia walks nicely on the leash. She pauses to sniff every once in a while, but mostly goes at an even pace. Leia likes rolling around on her back when she finds a good spot for it (in this case, a damp spot hidden under woodchips that she pawed away). When she’s rolling around, she’ll happily lay still for a bit to get a nice belly rub. Come in soon to meet Leia!

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Leia enjoying an afternoon roll

I also saw Barney and Reeco.

The play group I went to this week included Alec(k), Beatrix, Bo, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Cocoa, Delilah, Donny, Dunkin the Red, Elijah, Huckleberry, John Boy, Leia, Lucy, Maggie, Max, Polly, Quinn, Sasha, Tom, and Whizzer; as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Baby Girl, Calamity Jane, Honey, Rhett, and Sniffy.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Awaiting a Summer Adventure

There have been many dog adoptions at Orphans of the Storm® over the last couple of weeks, so I only have two new guys to write about today. But there are still many more eager to meet you and enjoy the rest of their summers (and lives!) in a new forever home.

Buddy the nine-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is an energetic pup. When we went around the woodland preserve trail, Buddy was much more interested in running than walking–so if you’re looking for a new friend to motivate you to exercise, Buddy could be your guy! However, when Buddy was off-leash in the Enrichment Park, he was much more mellow and enjoyed meandering around and sniffing. After he did some exploring on his own, Buddy came back to me to get some snuggles.

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Buddy’s ears act as little wings when he romps

Buddy is still a puppy, so he would benefit from training. He seems eager to learn, though! When I practiced the “sit” command with him, he did it faster each time. Buddy also gets along with other dogs and participates in play groups. Sometimes he’s in a more playful mood, and other times he’s calmer. If you’re looking for a fun pooch to join your home, come in soon to meet Buddy!

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Buddy not so sure about the heat

Roscoe the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Shepherd mix must have gotten some training at some point, because he very politely sat while I put his leash on and also sat to wait while I opened the door to the shelter hallway–without being asked! Roscoe is also easy to walk on the leash. In fact, he moves at a pretty slow pace during his walks because he’s interested in doing lots of sniffing. It was hard to get a picture of his adorable face because his nose was always to the ground!

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Roscoe will sniff all the things!

Roscoe enjoyed snuffling his way around the Enrichment Park. He watched me throw a toy but didn’t seem too eager to chase it or bring it back to me. Roscoe is an easy-going pooch who gets along with other dogs as well as cats. He attends play groups and even does well with some of the dogs who are more selective about their playmates. Whether you’re looking to add to your furry pack or just want one, be sure to say hello to Roscoe on your next visit to the shelter!

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Roscoe has such a pretty fur color

I also saw Barney, CoCo and Scooby, Sasha, Sox, and Thunder.

The first play group I went to included Beatrix, Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Cocoa, Donny, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Karla, Lucy, Maggie, Mojo, Polly, Reggie, Sasha, Sox, and the not-yet-profiled Baby Girl.

Play group 2 included Alec(k), Beatrix, Bo, Brutus, Cass, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Cocoa, Donny, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Karla, Lucy, Maggie, Polly, Quinn, Reggie, Sasha, and Whizzer, and the not-yet-profiled Baby Girl and Simba.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Ready to Let Freedom Ring

This weekend (Friday the 28th through Sunday the 30th), Orphans of the Storm® is hosting a “Let Freedom Ring” adoption event! Adoption fees will be waived for adult dogs and cats. There will be a Pet Stuff Sale, raffles, giveaways, and a Red, White, and Cute petting booth. A big event with big hopes for lots of happy adoptions!

Sawyer the two-year-old Hound mix was a little timid when I first came to her kennel, but she warmed up quickly and gave me a couple doggy hugs as soon as I put her leash on. We started in the off-leash run, where Sawyer did what Hounds do best and followed her nose all around the perimeter and underneath the bushes. As soon as I went to the gate to get her leash, though, Sawyer came running over without even needing to be called and was ready to go for a walk.

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Sawyer doesn’t mind a little drizzle

Sawyer is a perfect walking companion. She stayed right by my side or just a couple steps ahead of me, and didn’t pull at all. She had one spurt of energy when a chipmunk ran in front of us, but otherwise walked at an easy pace. Sawyer loves other dogs and has already become a play group regular. She wants to say hello to everyone and tries to get the shier dogs to come out of their shells. Come in soon to meet sweet Sawyer!

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Sawyer is a sweetheart

Karla the two-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix is a super lovable girl. She is easy-going and mellow, and happy to sit by your side as long as you’re petting her. Karla did some of her own exploring around the off-leash run, but often came back to me for some more attention. Karla is also an excellent walking companion. She walks at a nice pace and never pulls on the leash.

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Karla knows to smile for the camera

Karla attends play groups and although she doesn’t actively play with other dogs too often, she walks around with her tail wagging constantly and occasionally sniffs hello. She gets along with larger dogs similar to her size, but isn’t as much a fan of smaller dogs or cats. She also prefers adults and older children to small kids. Be sure to say hello to Karla on your next visit to the shelter!

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Karla standing at attention

Polly the three-year-old Mountain Cur mix is a bundle of energy. She’s a regular in the “rough and rowdy” play groups and enjoys wrestling, chasing and being chased, and occasionally woofing to get other dogs to play with her. Polly knows when it’s play group time and heads straight for the gate! Polly also likes to say hi to other dogs when she’s out for walks, though she might be a little exuberant for smaller or more timid dogs.

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Polly’s ears are the cutest

Polly can pull a bit on the leash when she first comes out of her kennel, but she settled down once we were on the woodland preserve trail. She can sometimes have spurts of energy where she would rather run than walk, but mostly preferred walking at a quick pace. Polly enjoys people’s company too and will give the occasional doggy hug. If you’re looking for a playful pooch, come in soon to say hello to Polly!

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Polly caught in a blink

I also saw Alec(k), Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde the Heeler, Cocoa, Donny, Kacy and Oliver, Maggie, and Thunder (who is so well recovered from his surgery that he jumped on and off every single bench we walked past!).

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A big group today! Polly, Peterson, Cocoa, Reeco, Bart, Elijah, Sawyer, Huckleberry, John Boy, someone too far in the back to ID, Kodi, Karla, and Heidi

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Gia (Pippa), Kodi, Chubby, and Huckleberry

Play group this week included Beatrix, Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Cocoa, Daisy, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Karla, Maggie, Polly, Pumpkin, Sasha, Sawyer, Sox, and Whizzer, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Amadeus, Baby Girl, Bach, Bart, Billy, Chance, Charley, Chubby, Cowboy, Faith, James, Katie, Kerrigan, Kodi, Lucy, Peterson, Sandy, and Tintoo.

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Gia (Pippa), Daisy, John Boy, Pumpkin, Maggie, Heidi, Chubby, and Kodi

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Daisy, Gia (Pippa), Kodi, Pumpkin, Karla(?), Cocoa, Elijah, John Boy, and Heidi

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Warm Up Your Summer

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are ready to get their summers off to a sunny start by finding their new forever homes!

Pumpkin the four-year-old Boxer mix has experience as a family dog and is ready to find a new family to join. She was adopted several months ago but returned because she was jumping the fence and not getting along with other dogs in her neighborhood. So, Pumpkin is looking for a home where she can go on leashed walks or be closely supervised in a fenced yard.

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Pumpkin keeping an eye on things

Pumpkin loves people and gets along with kids and even babies. She politely sits while getting her leash put on, without even being asked. Pumpkin is a great walking companion. She also likes to cuddle and get pet. Pumpkin attends play groups and sometimes plays with the other dogs, but more often keeps to herself or tries to initiate pets from the humans in the yard. She would prefer to be the only dog in her new home.  Come in soon to see if Pumpkin is the pooch for you!

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Pumpkin in a little bit of rain

Brady the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is an active, playful guy. He can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel or if he sees something exciting, but will also eventually slow down to enjoy some sniffing along the trail. Brady liked romping around the off-leash run and exploring along the fence line. He often has a doggy smile on his cute white face.

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Brady knows how to smile for the camera

Brady gets along well with other dogs. He arrived at the shelter with his sister, who has since been adopted. He also attends play groups and particularly enjoys the company of Jackson (see below). Brady liked sniffing at toys and poking them with his nose, but wasn’t too interested in playing fetch on this outing. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Brady!

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Brady following his nose

CoCo and Scooby the six-year-old Great Dane mixes found themselves at the shelter because their family was moving and couldn’t bring them with. They’re hoping to find a new home together–and it will hopefully be a large home, because these are two of the largest (and strongest) dogs I’ve walked!

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CoCo has white socks!

CoCo and Scooby occasionally attend play groups, but since they’re so much bigger than everyone else, they make some of the other dogs a bit nervous and tense. They can also be bark-y around other dogs when they’re on the leash or on opposite sides of the fence (CoCo more so than Scooby).

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Scooby is a handsome boy

Scooby seems to be the more affectionate of the two. He often came back to me while exploring the off-leash run so he could cuddle and give me a couple doggy kisses. CoCo did more exploring on his own, but he also poked my nose with his nose once or twice and liked getting scratched on his hips. If you have the space in your home and your heart for these two big brothers, come in soon to meet CoCo and Scooby!

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CoCo and Scooby finding out what’s behind the bushes

Athena the one-year-old Hound mix is very friendly and affectionate. She gave me a doggy hug as soon as she came out of her kennel and was always attentive to where I was when we were in the Enrichment Park. I’m not sure how much training she’s had since she’s barely out of puppyhood, but she did come running over when I called her.

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Athena being attentive

Athena can pull a bit on the leash when she first comes out of her kennel, but settles into a nice walking companion after she has a chance to romp around and get some of her excess energy out. Athena is currently sharing her kennel with Jackson (see below) but was a little tentative and nervous when she went into a larger play group. Be sure to say hello to happy Athena on your next visit to the shelter!

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Athena caught in a blink

Jackson the eleven-month-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is super sweet. He likes to snuggle and will tuck his head into you. He also gave me a couple gentle doggy kisses. Being a Hound, Jackson likes to follow his nose and take his time exploring. He criss-crossed the Enrichment Park in order to find all of the interesting smells.

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Jackson has super floppy ears (cameo by Athena in the back)

Jackson walks nicely on the leash and is pretty calm overall, especially for a puppy. He is currently sharing his kennel with Athena (see above) and also attends play group regularly. He interacts nicely with the other dogs and particularly enjoyed the company of Brady (see above), so he could go to a home with or without a doggy friend. If you’re looking for a lovable and loving pup, come in soon to meet Jackson!

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Jackson doing what Hounds do best

Beatrix the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is very attentive to her person. When we were on our walk around the woodland preserve, Beatrix often paused to look up at me and confirm that we were still on the same page. She alternates between walking at an easy-going, meandering pace and speeding up to follow an interesting scent trail, but she doesn’t pull much on the leash.

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Beatrix has such a smooshy face

Beatrix also likes to be close to her person. When I knelt down next to her, she leaned against me so much that I almost toppled over! She wanted to be as close as possible without actually climbing into my lap. Although Beatrix loves the company of people, she doesn’t seem too fond of other dogs and would probably do best as the only dog in her new home. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Beatrix!

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Beatrix enjoying the outdoors

I also saw Alec(k), Anna, Barney (who loves splashing around in the puppy pool), Clyde the Heeler (who just wants to spend all of his time snuggling with you), John Boy, Pony Boy, Sox, and YoYo (Yeyo).

My first play group this week included Alec(k), Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde the Heeler, Cocoa (who is getting better in larger groups), Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Maggie, Pumpkin, Tom, Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo). Snow White also had a one-on-one with Huckleberry. The not-yet-profiled dogs were Bandi, Bruno, Emma, Gilbert, Marcie, Polly, and Vannah.

My second play group included Alec(k), Brutus, Cass, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde the Heeler, Delilah, Donny, Elijah, Jackson, John Boy, Maggie, Mojo, Quinn, Romeo, Sasha, Sox, Spike (who is doing great in larger groups), Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo). Barney also had a one-on-one with Cocoa. Not-yet-profiled dogs included Bogo, Bruno, Emma, Gilbert, Maizie, Pepsi, and Polly.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a Cuddle Companion

There are lapdogs big and small at Orphans of the Storm® right now! If you’re looking for a particularly snuggly new friend, now is the time to come in and find him or her!

Polar Bear the seven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a big lovebug who doesn’t realize just how big he is, because he will try to climb into your lap whenever he gets the chance. Polar Bear is super affectionate and covered my face in doggy kisses multiple times. He joined me on the bench and was happy to sit as close to me as possible. When we passed a couple other volunteers, Polar Bear politely sat by their feet and waited for them to give him pets.

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Polar Bear is super smiley

Polar Bear is a very easy walking companion. Since he’s older and larger, he just pleasantly lumbers along at a slow pace and doesn’t pull on the leash at all. We only made it part of the way around the woodland preserve before Polar Bear decided he had walked long enough, so short walks around the neighborhood will probably be enough for him in his new home. Although Polar Bear loves people, he isn’t as much a fan of other dogs and would do best as the only dog in his new home. Come in soon to meet Polar Bear!

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Polar Bear enjoying his walk

Kacy and Oliver the five-year-old Rat Terrier mixes are a bonded pair looking for their new home together. They can be a little wary of strangers, but once they feel comfortable with you, you will have two new best friends forever! Because of this wariness of strangers, they’re looking to go to a home that doesn’t get many visitors. These little pooches act as good guard dogs and will alert their new owner whenever someone is coming by the house.

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Kacy has giant ears and tiny toes

Oliver warmed up to me first. When we got to the Enrichment Park, Oliver hovered around my feet until I knelt down to pet him. He later joined me on the bench and enjoyed getting more attention. Oliver also let me pick him up and carry him around a bit, but he’s an active boy and prefers doing his own walking. He did some zooming around the park! Oliver also prefers to lead the way on walks and moves at a quick pace.

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Oliver flys!

Kacy was also pretty eager to get pet and put her front paws in my lap when I got down to her level. Kacy enjoys taking her time exploring, and mostly watched as Oliver romped around. She was also fine with me picking her up and holding her, and sat in my lap for a bit. Kacy is a good walking companion and likes to stop and sniff often. She doesn’t pull on the leash at all.

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Kacy being serious

Kacy and Oliver are smart dogs and quick learners. They participated in the Top Dog Competition back in October and mastered the agility course. They are very treat-motivated! Kacy and Oliver have shared their kennel with a variety of small dogs and also participate in small dog play groups, so they get along with other dogs around their size. If you’re looking for two loyal dogs to bring happiness to your home, be sure to say hello to Kacy and Oliver!

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Oliver saying hello

Kona the seven-year-old Chihuahua mix has a big personality in a teeny body. He has a couple favorite volunteers and when he sees them coming, his entire body wriggles in excitement and he starts squealing! It is super cute. Kona can take a little time to warm up to strangers, but once he knows you then he will ask to be picked up and held, and will give you lots and lots of doggy kisses.

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Kona is a cutie

Kona gets along with dogs both large and small. He is currently sharing a kennel with Kacy and Oliver (see above) and has participated in both small dog play groups and medium/large dog play groups. You can see a video of Kona holding his own with the big dogs here. In terms of people, Kona prefers the company of adults rather than children (10 years or younger) and might do best in an adult home. Be sure to say hello to Kona on your next visit to the shelter!

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Kona investigating the case of missing toy stuffing

I also walked Thunder for the first time in a long time! He had back surgery in December, but is now recovered and ready to find his forever home! You can see updates (with lots of cute photos and videos) of his recovery process here. Thunder was fostered by a couple different volunteers while he was recovering and was a sweet, snuggly, well-behaved house guest. Thunder is housebroken and crate trained, and loves to be with his person. He’s looking for a home where he can be the only pet.

The play group I attended this week included Alec(k), Bo, Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde, Cocoa, Delilah, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Lucy, Maggie, Quinn, Reggie, Sasha, Spike, Thea, Tom, Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo), as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Bandi, Polly, and Pumpkin. We reached a new milestone this week, of over 2,000 dogs in play groups!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Hoping to Start Their Summers in a Forever Home

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, but open regular hours (11am-5pm) Saturday and Sunday. You still have time to welcome a new furry family member into your home before the holiday!

Molly the four-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is the sweetest! All she wants to do is snuggle with the nearest person. Instead of exploring around the Enrichment Park, Molly spent her time giving me lots of doggy hugs and attempting to climb into my lap. When someone walks up to pet her, she wants to be as close as possible and will try to sit on their feet.

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Molly has the floppiest ears

Molly walks nicely on the leash and occasionally stops to sniff, but not as much as you might expect from a Hound. She’s currently sharing her kennel with a little Beagle, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. She also goes to play group, but gets a little overwhelmed in large, active groups and prefers just a quick sniff hello before moving on. If you’re looking for a great cuddle companion, be sure to say hello to Molly on your next visit to the shelter!

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Molly always has the sweetest look on her face

Spike the ten-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came from an owner who didn’t have enough time for him, but that means he already has experience living in a home and is ready to find his forever one. Spike is very calm for a puppy! Even though he could throw his weight around if he wanted to, he actually walks great on the leash. He’s more of a meanderer and likes to take his time sniffing.

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Spike has a lovable giant square head

Spike has participated in a couple small play groups with well-socialized dogs who have been teaching him proper play group etiquette. Spike is a quick learner but may still be too exuberant for some dogs, and may do best as the only dog in his new home. Spike has quickly become a volunteer favorite because of his happy personality. Come in soon to meet Spike!

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Spike is surprisingly floofy for his breed

Reggie the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has lots of energy! Reggie ran a few laps around the yard before slowing down to sniff and explore. He wasn’t overly interested in playing fetch, but poked some of the toys with his nose. Reggie politely sniffed Clyde when they were on opposite sides of the fence, as well as when we passed Clyde on leash during our walk around the woodland preserve.

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Reggie says, “Whee!!”

Reggie likes to take breaks from romping around in order to get pet. He put his front paws in my lap on multiple occasions so I could scratch his neck and ears. Reggie likes to walk at a quick pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash too much. He has a great doggy smile and always looks happy. Stop by the shelter soon and say hello to Reggie!

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Reggie being silly

Stevo the two-year-old Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix is a little shy and nervous right now. He wasn’t so sure about coming out for a walk, so I sat in his kennel with him for a couple minutes to give him time to get comfortable with me. Then we were on our way! Despite his hesitation, Stevo is great at walking on the leash. He was always either right by my side or just a couple steps ahead.

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Stevo is too cute for words

Stevo prefers having a chance to sniff a person before you start petting him (which is what you should do for all dogs anyway!) but will stand politely once you do pet him, and won’t start walking again until you stop. Stevo is looking for an understanding home with people who will help him come out of his shell. If that sounds like it could be you, come in soon to meet Stevo!

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Stevo on the move

Thea the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is super affectionate. She loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses, and will try to climb into your lap whenever the opportunity presents itself. Thea was a little shy when she first arrived at the shelter, but she has made a lot of progress and now wags her tail at everyone and wants to say hello.

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Thea sometimes rocks the “one ear up, one ear down” look

Thea walks pretty well on the leash, but can be a little reluctant sometimes and needs encouragement to keep going. Once she’s settled and comfortable in her new neighborhood, she’ll probably do just fine! Thea attends play groups and mostly kept to herself at first, but has recently started engaging with other dogs and is showing more of her playful side. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Thea is the pooch for you!

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Thea will eventually learn to love walks!

Cocoa the three-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is very energetic and playful. She gets super excited when she realizes it’s her turn to come out for a walk and can pull on the leash a bit, but eventually settles down (though she still prefers to walk at a quick pace). Cocoa loves toys more than anything! Balls, squeakers, ropes–you name it, she’ll play with it! This means she’s also great at playing fetch.

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Cocoa loved this ball the most

Cocoa is also cuddly and affectionate. She combines her love of people and toys by snuggling on her person’s lap while chewing her toy. Cocoa participates in play groups and has a rambunctious play style. She has also completed Level 1 of obedience training and has graduated to Level 2. If you’re looking for an active, playful dog who will also snuggle with you at the end of the day, be sure to say hello to Cocoa!

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Cocoa was hopeful that the camera was also a toy

I also saw Alec(k), Barney, Big Boy, Brutus, Carlos, Cheyenne (Shyanne)Clyde, Dusty, and Gracie.

The play group I attended this week included Alec(k), Bo, Cocoa, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Lucy, Maggie, Mojo, Molly, Sasha, Thea, Tom, and YoYo (Yeyo), as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Bandi, CoCoPolly, Pumpkin, Scooby, and Tucker.