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

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

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

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Carson loves his toys

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

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Carson is very attentive

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

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

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

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Boulder coming over for a cuddle

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

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Tyson is so handsome with his beard

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

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Tyson followed the pawprints

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

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Dominic skidding to a stop

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

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Dominic using his Hound nose

I also saw Blue, Dunkin the Red, Jack (who loves playing with other dogs), Maya, and Carlos and Vanilla (who are BFFs and have off-leash playdates together).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Romping Around the Enrichment Park

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

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

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Reyah relaxing on the bench

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

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Reyah leading the way

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

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Rudy sniffing

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

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Rudy confused by the hidden Yorkie

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

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Luna following her nose

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

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Luna stretching her legs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Wish You a Merry Christmas

There is still time to welcome home a new furry family member before the holidays! Orphans of the Storm® is open its regular 11am-5pm hours except for Tuesday, Christmas Day, when it is closed. Dogs and cats will also be at the Northbrook Court location to help with last-minute gift wrapping all weekend and through 6 p.m. on December 24.

Blue the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is super snuggly. He likes to sit in your lap and lean against you while you pet him. Every time I knelt down to Blue’s level, he came bounding over for more cuddles. He has a ticklish spot on his hips and will do a little wiggly dance and kick his back legs when you scratch him there. Blue likes to give the occasional doggy kiss too.

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Blue ready to go for a walk

Blue is also adventurous. He went right over the A-frame without any prompting from me and particularly liked standing at the top so he could survey the land and see over the top of the fence. Blue politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence but otherwise didn’t pay much attention to other dogs. Blue also does a pretty good job walking on the leash. Be sure to say hello to Blue on your next visit to the shelter!

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Blue is a natural at the A-frame

Tulip the three-year-old Husky mix will be your own personal giant snowball for the winter (and every other season). She has beautiful all-white fur and piercing blue eyes. Tulip is a little on the chunky side, so she’s looking for an active home where she can get her regular walks and exercise. Tulip prefers to walk at a quick pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash at all as long as you’re keeping up with her.

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Tulip is ready for the next snowfall

Tulip is pretty mellow and easy-going. She doesn’t mind doing her own thing when she’s in the yard, but she’ll also stand by your side while you pet her. Tulip was sharing her kennel with another Husky who has since been adopted, and she seems to get along with other dogs too, so she could go to a home with or without another fluffy friend. Come in soon to meet Tulip!

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Tulip could be a model

Romeo the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was found as a stray, but seems to know at least a few of the ropes. He can pull a bit when he first comes out of his kennel, but walking around the woodland preserve he did a good job on the leash. Romeo likes to lead the way on his walks, but often looked back over his shoulder to check in with me.

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Look at Romeo’s innocent face!

Romeo likes being with people and rarely left my side when we were in the Enrichment Park. He loves getting attention and lots of pets. Romeo can jump up a fair bit, but some training should help with that. He was already pretty responsive when I told him “off.” Come in soon to see if handsome Romeo will steal your heart!

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Romeo getting some exercise

Daisy the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is perhaps the Hound-iest Hound I’ve ever walked. She was really in her element when we were in the woodland preserve. Daisy wanted to forge her own trail rather than follow the path, and can be a little stubborn about following her nose rather than her person. She did some serious treeing, with her front paws on the tree trunk and long, loud baying. (I personally didn’t see any raccoons, but she had me pretty convinced they were up there somewhere.)

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Daisy demonstrating the appropriate treeing technique

Daisy has plenty of energy and enjoyed having a chance to stretch her legs and run around the off-leash run. She didn’t need a toy to chase or a dog to race–she just likes being outside. Daisy would do best in an active home that understands what Hounds do. If that sounds like you, be sure to say hello to Daisy on your next visit to the shelter!

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Daisy says, “Whee!”

I also saw Barney, Carlos, Dunkin the Red (who greeted me with a doggy hug), Nash, Phantom, and Vanilla (who is best friends with the aforementioned Carlos).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Celebrate Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Orphans of the Storm® has made Adopt a Senior Pet Month into a two-month, end-of-year special adoption event. Dogs and cats who are 8 years and older will have their $90 adoption fee waived through the end of 2018. Our partner veterinary office, Ruth Helen Wolf Animal Hospital, will also donate the cost of some medical fees including senior wellness exam, senior blood work, distemper and rabies vaccinations, and new tag. I met some new senior dogs this week, but first, here is a list of other seniors I’ve profiled before, and their current ages:

On to new pooches, both older and younger!

Whiskey the five-year-old Hound mix is a super happy pooch. She wags her tail so hard when she’s getting pet that her entire back half wiggles. Whiskey is very affectionate and loves to cuddle and give doggy kisses. When she sees someone she knows, she goes straight up to them and leans against their legs so they have to stop and pet her.

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Whiskey keeping an eye on things

Whiskey is a nice walking companion and does a good job on the leash. She happily joined me on the bench whenever I sat down. Whiskey gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing her kennel with Huckleberry, so she could go to a home with or without other dogs. Whiskey is also housebroken and gets along with children, so she’s ready to join a new family today. Come in soon to meet sweet Whiskey!

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Whiskey is practically camouflaged!

Geezer the eight-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix does not act like a geezer at all. He was leaping and bounding around the Enrichment Park and didn’t show signs of slowing down. He politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence but didn’t pay much attention otherwise. Geezer will take the occasional break to get pet, though, and enjoys receiving lots of attention and cuddles.

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Geezer coming over for a cuddle

Geezer goes into full Hound mode once he hits the trail. He led the way on our walk around the woodland preserve and moved at a quick pace. His nose is either close to the ground or high in the air, to catch as many scents as he can. Geezer has that lovable Hound face that will put a smile on yours. Be sure to say hello to Geezer on your next visit to the shelter!

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Geezer can also look very wise

Hazel the nine-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix is currently undergoing heartworm treatment, so she’s looking for a special home that will help her with her recovery. She isn’t supposed to overexert herself, but that isn’t an issue because Hazel is super mellow and easygoing. Hazel walks nicely on the leash. She likes to lead the way, but will stop and follow you in a different direction if you want her to.

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Hazel is a good-natured girl

Hazel enjoys getting pet and will stand by your side as long as you keep petting her. She has pretty coloring and one blue eye, one brown eye. Hazel seems to get along with other dogs, especially ones that are more her energy level. If you’re willing to open your home to a senior with some extra medical needs, Hazel would be very grateful to go home with you!

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Hazel glowing in the sunshine

Jericho the four-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix has that typical Terrier spunk. His little legs are almost always on the move. Jericho likes playing with toys and knows how to play fetch, or is just as happy to chew on a squeaky toy. Jericho walks well on the leash and doesn’t pull much. Jericho gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with a dog closer to his size, so he could go to a home with or without other dogs.

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Jericho is a cutie-patootie

Jericho is a very affectionate boy. He likes to cuddle and give lots of enthusiastic doggy kisses. He joined me on the bench and put his front paws in my lap. He also climbed into my lap when I knelt down to his level. If you stop petting him before he thinks you should, he’ll jump up and tap your leg with his front paws until you reach down to pet him again. If you’re looking for a fun and snuggly companion, be sure to meet Jericho!

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Jericho will smile for snuggles

I also saw Apollo, Cooper, DukeMaggie Mae, Nash, and Zeke.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Recommend You Adopt, Don’t Shop!

The holiday shopping season is well underway. But if you’re considering adding a furry friend to your home this winter, the dogs (and cats!) at Orphans of the Storm® hope that you will look for them at a shelter rather than a shop.

Rocko the seven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a friendly boy who gets along with pretty much everybody and everything–kids, cats, and other dogs. Don’t let the gray fur on his face fool you into thinking he’s a slow-moving senior. Rocko is still an active dog who enjoyed exploring the Enrichment Park and led the way on our quick-paced walk around the woodland preserve.

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Rocko gives great doggy smiles

Rocko likes being close to his person and getting plenty of attention. He’ll happily stand by your side while you pet him, and will give you a few doggy kisses in return. He also enjoys riding in the car and is ready to head home for the holidays. If you think that home could be yours, come in soon to meet Rocko!

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Rocko has cute white socks

Junior the two-year-old Rottweiler mix is a champion snuggler. He likes getting his hips scratched and will lean against your side while you pet him. He was always right there with his front paws in my lap when I sat down on a bench or knelt down to his level. Junior is very attentive to his person.

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Junior is too cute

Junior walks nicely on the leash and rarely pulls. He’ll often look up at you to check in while walking. He has a very expressive face that automatically makes you smile at him. Junior was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so he likes some dogs but can be bark-y around others. Be sure to say hello to Junior on your next visit to the shelter!

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Junior being a cuddle buddy

Huckleberry the two-year-old Hound mix is so much fun. I thought he was still a puppy because of his playfulness and innocence, and was shocked when I saw his age after our walk. Huckleberry absolutely loves playing with toys and can easily entertain himself with them. When he stops to chew on them, though, he’ll plop down next to you so you can pet him while he chews. Huckleberry also likes to give doggy hugs.

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Huckleberry loves his squeaky toys

Huckleberry walks nicely on the leash for the most part. He has strong Hound instincts and tried “treeing” a few times when he thought he saw, heard, or smelled something. Huckleberry’s puppy personality means that he’s looking for an experienced dog owner who can give him some training. If you’re looking for a fun, outdoorsy companion, be sure to meet Huckleberry!

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Huckleberry says, “There must be a ‘coon around here somewhere!”

Benji the ten-month-old Hound mix is one of the biggest puppies I have ever seen. He is basically at face-level when he stands on his back legs (which is often–he is a big fan of giving doggy hugs). Benji has plenty of puppy energy and will literally run circles around you. He likes to play fetch, both with himself or with a person, though it’s a good idea to have at least two toys to alternate since Benji is still learning to “drop” or “leave it.”

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Benji brought me his toy

Benji led the way on our walk around the woodland preserve, but he would always come back to my side if I stopped walking. Benji seems to be friendly with other dogs and even cats. Benji is looking for a home that can keep up with his energy level and that will give him some training, since he’s still a puppy. Come in soon to see if Benji is the pup for you!

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Benji has long legs and a long tail

Tipsy the four-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is the perfect walking companion. I almost forgot I had a dog with me at one point because she was just quietly, contentedly moving at the same pace as me and it didn’t even feel like I was holding a leash. Tipsy will occasionally stop to sniff, but she mostly likes to keep moving and get her exercise.

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Tipsy enjoys her snuggle sessions

Tipsy did some exploring on her own when we were in the Enrichment Park, but she mostly stayed by my side to get pet and give doggy kisses. She is very cuddly and affectionate. Although Tipsy loves people, she would prefer to be the only dog in her new home. If you’re looking for an easy-going sweetheart, be sure to meet Tipsy!

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Tipsy wondering if all these toys are really for her

I also saw Barney (who sits and shakes paw), Cooper, Reggie, and Tom.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Are Black and White and Cute All Over

If black and white are your preferred colors, there are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® now who meet that description! And, of course, there are lots of dogs in other shades who are super cute.

Basil the seven-year-old Border Collie mix arrived at the shelter with her brother, who has since been adopted. So Basil is ready for her turn now! Basil is a nice leash-walker, but likes to stop and smell the roses (and trees, and bushes, and grass). If you’re more of a meanderer than a power-walker, Basil would be a great walking companion for you.

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Basil coming over to get pet

Basil enjoys having company and will come over to you when you kneel down to her level. She particularly seems to enjoy scratches on the side of her neck. Although Basil was originally living with her brother, she can be bark-y around some other dogs. Stop in soon to see if Basil is the pooch for you!

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Basil showing off her big ears

Tom the three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is looking for an active and fun home. This guy has plenty of energy and is looking for a buddy to expend it with! Tom would make a great jogging partner in particular. We ran most of the way around the woodland preserve trail and Tom only slowed down because I slowed down first.

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Tom has a cute face

Tom is also one of those dogs who is happy to play fetch with himself. He’ll take a toy, shake it back and forth, fling it into the air, chase it, and repeat. Tom also likes to chase squirrels, though I didn’t let him get too close. He would do best in a cat-free home. If you’re looking for a new activity buddy, be sure to say hello to Tom!

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Tom doesn’t mind a little snow

Duke the one-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix is a sweet boy who likes to play. My first few pictures of him are just flashes of tail or paw, because Duke was romping around the Enrichment Park with glee. Duke is affectionate and likes to give doggy hugs or put his paws in your lap whenever he gets the opportunity.

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Duke loves getting attention

Duke gets along with pretty much everybody. He likes other dogs and cats, and does well with older children. He likes sniffing and exploring during his walks, but doesn’t pull on the leash too much. Duke is barely out of puppyhood, so he has plenty to offer his new family. Come in soon to meet Duke!

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Duke is a handsome boy

Prince the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a volunteer favorite who was returned after being adopted last year (you can read his original profile here). He was one of the Top Dog competitors last month and does an excellent job on the agility course. He already has some training and would be happy keep up with the mental and physical stimulation that agility provides.

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Prince wondering if there’s a treat

Prince is a great walking companion. He stays close to his person’s side and doesn’t pull on the leash at all. He’s also an affectionate boy and will cover your face in gentle doggy kisses. In warmer weather, Prince enjoys splashing around in kiddie pools. Prince would do best as the only dog in his new home. If you’ve always wanted to try agility with your dog, be sure to meet Prince!

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Prince is happy to join people on the bench or couch

James the three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a smart cookie. He already knows some basic commands like “sit” and will do them without a treat (though he did jump up in excitement when he thought my camera was food). James also walks nicely on the leash and will slow down if you ask him to.

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James enjoys his walks

James would also be eager to learn new tricks. For example, he went over the A-frame in the Enrichment Park twice! All I had to do was tap the bottom of the ramp with my hand and up he went. Maybe there will be more agility fun in the future for him and his new family. James is looking to be the only dog in his new home. Come in soon to say hello to James!

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James will be an agility master in no time

Hiker the two-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix gave me a doggy hug as soon as I took him out of his kennel. Hiker is a snuggler and put his front paws in my lap whenever I knelt down to his level or sat on a bench. He loves getting pet. But he also has plenty of energy! The majority of my pictures of him are white-and-brown blurs.

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Hiker likes to cuddle

Hiker would love to have a fenced-in yard where he can run and play. He likes to chase after toys but hasn’t quite mastered the part of “fetch” where he brings the toy back. Once he gets his initial burst of energy out of his system, Hiker settles into being a nice walking companion. He’s a happy guy who seems to like other dogs he’s met. Be sure to say hello to Hiker on your next visit to the shelter!

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Hiker standing at attention

Honey the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is new to the shelter and still pretty shy. She currently seems a little more comfortable with women than men, but our friendly male volunteers should be able to help her with that! Honey isn’t too eager to come out for walks at first, but once she gets on the trail she ends up leading the way.

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Honey does a tiny blep

Honey kept looking over her shoulder at me during our walk, like “Just checking we’re still on the same page.” She walks at a quick pace but doesn’t mind stopping every once in a while so you can pet her. She’ll also pause for the occasional sniff. This sweet girl gets more comfortable the longer you spend with her. Give Honey a chance to get to know you!

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Honey says, “Keep up!”

I also saw Apollo, Barney, Cooper, Dusty, Maggie MaeNash, YoYo, and Zeke.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoy Crunching through the Leaves

It was a perfect autumn day at Orphans of the Storm®, and the dogs were happy to romp around the woodland preserve trail. I unfortunately didn’t notice that my camera lens had a spot right in the middle, so I apologize for all of the dogs looking a little “ghosty” this week! They all have much clearer photos that you can look through on the Orphans of the Storm® website.

Maya the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a fan of snuggling. She’s an affectionate girl who likes to give plenty of doggy hugs and doggy kisses. Maya enjoys going for walks. She can pull a bit when she first comes out of her kennel because she’s excited, but settles into being a nice walking companion once you’re on the trail. Maya especially liked walking through the tall grasses and thoroughly sniffing.

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Maya loves sniffing the fall smells

Maya got multiple “Look how cute!” exclamations from customers when we were on our walk. She pulls a bit when she sees other dogs, but can be redirected. Maya is barely out of puppyhood, but she already knows some basic commands. She is looking for an experienced owner who can keep up with her training. Stop in soon to see if Maya is the one for you!

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Maya has some cute barely-there freckles

Candy the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a volunteer favorite. As soon as I let her out of the kennel, she sat right at my feet before giving me a doggy hug. She also gives the occasional doggy kiss. Candy loves rolling around on her back in the crunchy leaves and in the grass. She also enjoys getting belly rubs.

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Candy wondering if now is a good time for a doggy kiss

Candy walks pretty well on the leash. She sniffs some dogs politely and has gone on walks with a couple other dogs. Candy doesn’t mind getting dressed up for holidays and special events! (She was a cup of coffee for Halloween.) This happy girl always has a wagging tail and will always come to cuddle when you kneel down to her level. Stop in soon to meet Candy!

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Candy says, “That’s the spot!”

Bruno the nine-year-old Parson Russell Terrier/Beagle mix is an energetic guy–don’t let his older age fool you! Bruno likes to walk at a quick pace and would love to have a yard where he can run and run and run. He sometimes will chase after a toy, but can get distracted and forget to bring it back. Bruno is also a big talker.

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Bruno is always alert

Bruno gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with Timmy (see below), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. He also gets along okay with children. Bruno enjoys getting pet and may even roll over for a belly rub. If you’re looking for that Terrier spunk, look no further than Bruno!

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Bruno is eager to take the lead

Timmy the eleven-year-old Cocker Spaniel mix surprised me when I found out how old he was–he was frolicking around the Enrichment Park like a much younger pup! Timmy has the softest fur I have pet in a very long time, so he will make a great cuddle buddy for his new family. Timmy has had it a little rough, so he’s looking for a comfy home where he can enjoy his golden years.

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Timmy coming over for some pets

Timmy gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with Bruno (see above), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Bruno sometimes riles up Timmy and they have a barking contest, but Timmy is much mellower on his own. Timmy’s new family will need to give him daily eye drops and regular ear cleanings. If you’ve been considering opening your home to a senior, come in soon to meet Timmy!

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Timmy is a little fluffball

Zeke the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was previously known as Boss but was returned recently after being in a home for many months. He can jump over and/or climb fences, even tall ones, and was escaping the yard. So, in his new home he will need to only go on leashed walks and have constant supervision in a fenced yard.

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Zeke says, “Hello!”

Zeke loves people and children, likes playing with toys, knows his basic commands, and walks great on the leash despite the fact that he is all muscle. He does not like any other animals, though, and needs to be the only pet in his new home without too many neighboring pets (such as in a condo building). Zeke is a handsome boy and seems to know it. If you’re looking for a large new family companion, be sure to say hello to Zeke!

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Zeke is very gentle when carrying his toys

I also saw Jack, Nash, Phantom, Reggie, Rudy, and Sullivan.

Guest Post: 10 Reasons Why Delilah Is Carrie’s Favorite Long-Timer

Next week I’ll return to my regular updates with new dogs at Orphans of the Storm®, but here is something different! Volunteer Carrie has written about why Delilah is her favorite “long-timer” and why you should consider adopting her.

My favorite long timer is Delilah. How can I describe Delilah? Gentle, sweet, and easy-going. Delilah truly appreciates the little things. She likes to take slow walks around the trail and take everything in. She has earned the nickname “Delay of Game Delilah” among the volunteers, because she cannot be rushed! This girl wants to smell the world and everything in it. Because of her calm personality, she does not need much exercise. She enjoys laying in the sunshine in the yard as much as she enjoys a walk around the trail.

10 Reasons Why I Love Delilah: 

10. She’s always smiling.

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9. She has deep, soulful eyes.

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8. She’s as beautiful as a flower, inside and out!

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7. She’s always down for the outdoors, in any weather!

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6. She’s always down for dress-up.

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5. Even when she’s the devil, she’s an angel.

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4. She’s also a baby Dino.

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3. She knows how to party.

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2. But not too hard! This “ruff”-eree always keeps things fair.

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1. She will be your very best friend for life.

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Thank you, Carrie, for writing this special guest post about one of Orphans’ special dogs!

Get to Know Orphans of the Storm®’s Top Dog Competitors!

Remember to stop by Orphans of the Storm® this Saturday, October 27, from 11am-12pm for the Top Dog Competition! Here are the 7 teams eager to leap over the hurdles and into their furever homes:

  • Whizzer the seven-year-old Hound mix: The Class Clown
  • Elijah the four-year-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix: The Energizer Bunny
  • Prince the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix: Prince Charming
  • Brutus the two-year-old Hound mix: Brutus the Bionic
  • John Boy the five-year-old Labrador Retriever mix: Jumpin’ Johnny
  • Reeco the five-year-old Boxer/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix: Rootin’ Tootin’ Reeco
  • Kacy & Oliver the four-year-old Rat Terrier mixes: Tiny but Mighty

You can read more about all of the competitors and see video updates of their training on their Orphans Top Dog Competitors Facebook page.

In addition to these teams showing off their skills on the agility course, there will also be a Halloween (or “Howl”-o-ween, if you prefer) doggy costume parade with more adoptable dogs. Here is a sneak preview of Rudy:

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Watching these pooches do their tricks will be a great treat right before Halloween!