Orphans of the Storm® Has a Wide Variety of Dogs

Orphans of the Storm® has dogs of all sizes, colors, ages, and breeds. Schedule an appointment soon to find your new forever friend!

Blocky the ten-year-old Pekingese/Shih Tzu mix is super sweet and snuggly. The moment I knelt down next to him, he put his front paws in my lap and cuddled up next to me so I could pet him. He happily joined me on the bench later and enjoyed watching the world go by as I pet him some more. His fur is so soft, and his face is too cute!

Blocky standing proud

Blocky may be a senior, but those little legs can go faster than expected! Blocky loves to romp around the yard and lead the way on walks. He gets along with other dogs, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Blocky is currently in a foster home, so you will need to email fosterdogadopt@orphansofthestorm.org to schedule a meet-and-greet if you’re interested in him.

Blocky will be a regular on his forever family’s couch

Chase the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Shepherd mix arrived at the shelter very shy and scared, and wasn’t too interested in leaving his kennel. He didn’t mind being picked up and carried to a quieter area, though, and gained more confidence the longer he was out and about. Once he was willing to walk, he actually did well on the leash. Chase is a sweet boy who gave my hand some gentle licks while I scratched under his chin.

Chase doesn’t mind wearing a poofy scarf around his neck on cold days

Chase can (and will!) jump fences, so he needs to go to a home where he will be closely supervised if he’s off-leash in a yard. Chase has the potential to go to a home with other dogs and with children over 10. He’s currently in a foster home where he’s getting used to being a family pet and learning that he doesn’t have to be so nervous. If you’d like to meet Chase, please email fosterdogadopt@orphansofthestorm.org to schedule a meet-and-greet.

Chase doing a little more exploring

Bandit the four-year-old Mountain Cur mix is a sweet boy with some anxiety. He can be a little nervous with new people, but once he feels comfortable with you, he really likes to snuggle. Any time I knelt down to his level, he immediately sat right next to me (sometimes on my foot) so I could pet him. Bandit likes to lead the way on walks, but doesn’t pull on the leash.

Bandit likes to stop and sniff on his walks

Bandit occasionally participates in play group but usually keeps to himself, though he has made a couple doggy friends that he will play with. Bandit prefers the company of quiet, gentle adults, so he would do best in an adult-only home where he can be the only dog. Bandit also requires an intro class before being adopted, so his new family can learn more about how to understand Bandit’s personality. If you have a quiet home that could benefit from a snuggly companion, come in soon to meet Bandit!

Bandit will be your little shadow once he feels comfortable with you

Latin the two-year-old Shepherd mix loves to both give and receive affection. He gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel, and gave me a few more both when we were on our walk and when we were in the Enrichment Park. He also likes to tuck his chin and bury his face in your lap while you scratch his neck and ears. Latin joined me on the bench and covered me with lots of doggy kisses, too.

Latin smiling on the bench

Latin can pull a bit when he first comes out of his kennel, but he settles down into a nice walking companion when he’s on the trail. He sniffed at some toys and watched me throw them, but wasn’t too interested in playing fetch or chewing. Latin doesn’t really enjoy larger play groups, but he still has the potential to go to a home with another dog. Be sure to say hello to Latin on your next visit to the shelter!

Latin coming in for a doggy kiss

Raptor the eight-year-old American Bulldog mix is super playful. He loves all kinds of toys, but especially loves playing tug-of-war with a rope toy. Raptor has it down to an art form: he brings you the toy, pokes you with it until you take the other end, and then tugs! Whenever you let go, he repeats the process. If you happen to ignore him, he drops the toy at your feet and gives a bark or two to get your attention again. Raptor also fetches toys, but still prefers to play tug when he brings it back to you.

Raptor showing off his toy collection

Raptor is also a perfect leash-walking companion. Even though he’s a big boy and could potentially be strong, he doesn’t pull at all and goes at an easy pace. Raptor will gladly stand next to you while you scratch his back and hips. He occasionally attends play group and has made a couple doggy friends. Raptor could go to a home with teenage children. If you’re looking for a fun and lovable playmate, come in soon to meet Raptor!

Raptor is a handsome boy

Sheldon the five-year-old German Shepherd mix is a smart, active boy who likes to have things to do. These activities could include walks, playtime, food puzzles, learning new tricks–Sheldon is up for all of it! Sheldon walks nicely on the leash for the most part, though he can be strong when he wants to go in a certain direction. He does best when walking with a front-clip harness.

Sheldon is also affectionate. He gives the occasional doggy hug so you can scratch his sides, and he also leans against your legs when you sit down so you can pet him some more. Sheldon can bark and pull when he passes by other dogs on the leash, but he attends play group pretty much every day and has the potential to go to a home with another dog. He’s also looking for an adult-only home or home with teenage children, with people experienced with larger working breeds like his. If that sounds like you, be sure to say hello to Sheldon on your next visit to the shelter!

This will be a common view of Sheldon because he loves getting his hips scratched

Pope the three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix can be a little unsure of new people, especially men, but turns into a total lovebug once he gets comfortable. Pope rested his head in my lap so I could scratch his ears, and would poke my hand with his nose whenever I stopped petting him to let me know I should continue. He leaned into me so much that he eventually flopped over for a belly rub, where he contentedly closed his eyes while I pet him.

Pope enjoying a chin scratch

Pope isn’t only about the cuddles, though–he also loves to play! He particularly likes tennis balls and is great at chasing after them, and can even catch them in the air after a bounce. Pope has started to attend play group and was nervous at first, but has made a couple doggy friends so far and will probably only gain more confidence the more times he attends. Pope is looking for a cat-free home, and could also go to a home with children over 10. Give Pope a chance to show you what a sweet, happy boy he can be!

Pope loves his belly rubs

I also saw Cocoa and Roger (who has since moved to a foster home).

Orphans of the Storm® Is Now Open!

Orphans of the Storm® is excited to announce that it has reopened to the public! However, there are new protocols and procedures in place to keep staff, volunteers, and potential adopters safe. Please read the following notes before visiting the shelter:

  • We are open by appointment only.
  • Appointments will be daily between noon and 3pm and last 45 minutes.
  • Walk-ins are not permitted and will be turned away.
  • Only 2 people per party are permitted inside the shelter at a time.
  • Minors must not be left unattended, so please plan accordingly.
  • Please leave your pets at home.
  • Masks must be worn at all times. Entry will not be granted without a mask.
  • Contactless temperature checks will be performed on all entrants.

To make an appointment for either dog adoption or cat adoption, please call 847-945-0235.

And here are some of the new dogs who are eager to meet you!

Tom Hanks the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix already has a large fan club, and volunteers have only been back for one week! Everyone who has had the opportunity to walk him has fallen in love with this super sweet boy. Tom Hanks will be happy to join his future family out in the yard, where he can loll around in a sunny spot in the grass and keep you company while you read, garden, or play outside. He especially enjoys belly rubs and will lay by your side so you can continue to pet him.

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Tom Hanks is such a happy boy

Tom Hanks walks nicely on the leash and does well wearing a harness for walks. He was very patient with me while I learned to put his harness on correctly. He’s very attentive to his person and was happy to pause several times on our way around the trail to get more pets and snuggles. Tom Hanks only pulls on the leash when he sees some dogs, but some dogs he doesn’t give a second glance. He regularly attends play group and enjoys the company of calmer, gentler dogs. Come in soon to meet Tom Hanks!

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Tom Hanks wondering why I stopped rubbing his belly

Colossus the five-year-old Bloodhound mix is a big, strong boy who likes to stay active. He may bay inside his kennel to get your attention, but he’s very quiet once he’s out and about. The only sound he made when we were on our walk was when he whined at me to keep moving (I had stopped him to take a few photos). Colossus definitely enjoys his walks and keeps his nose to the ground to follow scents. He moves at a quick pace but does well with a front-clip harness.

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Colossus says, “Follow me!”

Colossus would love to have a fenced-in yard to call his own. He had a fun time romping around the Enrichment Park and didn’t want to leave. Colossus tolerates other dogs his size or larger, but may be too much for smaller dogs. He also is not a fan of cats and is looking for a cat-free home. Colossus could go to a home with older children and would make a loyal family dog. Be sure to say hello to Colossus on your next visit to the shelter!

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You’ll have to be okay with a bit of drool if you bring Colossus home!

Paladin the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix gets super excited when it’s his turn to come out of the kennel, but settles down nicely and just wants to snuggle and give kisses. When I sat down on a bench, he first put his front paws in my lap so I could scratch his sides and then he hopped up onto the bench next to me to cover my face in doggy kisses. He wasn’t too interested in toys on this particular outing and mostly just wanted to stay close to me when we were in the off-leash run.

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Paladin waiting for me to join him on the bench

Paladin is a great walking companion when he’s wearing a front-clip harness and walks at an easy pace, but can pull a bit when using a regular collar. He likes dogs, so he gets excited when passing by other dogs and wants to run over to say hello. In fact, Paladin has made lots of doggy friends in play group. He’s high-energy and loves the more rough-and-tumble kind of play. If you’re looking for a sweet and playful pooch, come in soon to meet Paladin!

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Paladin is a handsome boy

Turner the seven-year-old American Bulldog mix is such a happy boy. He constantly looks like he’s smiling and the expression on his big, wide face makes it impossible for people to not smile back! Turner will happily stay by your side as long as you keep petting him. He particularly likes getting his sides scratched, with his tail wagging all the while.

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Turner smiling for the camera

Turner is a very easy walking buddy. He doesn’t pull on the leash at all, and goes at a more meandering pace with the occasional stop to sniff. Turner is a play group rock star and helps socialize new dogs to teach them how to play properly, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. He could also go to a home with children over 10. Stop in soon to say hello to Turner!

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Turner enjoying the outdoors

Jed the seven-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is a mellow guy. He spent the first few minutes in the off-leash run just sniffing around, but eventually came over to me for some pets. He especially likes hip scratches and chin scratches. Jed walks nicely on a front-clip harness and moves at an even pace. Being a Hound, though, he does like to stop and snuffle around.

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Jed in his element among the trees

Jed and I walked all the way around the woodland preserve trail at a socially distant 6 feet away from another dog and volunteer, and Jed has no problems walking with other dogs. He doesn’t pay much attention to them at all, actually. Jed attends play group but prefers being with calmer, mellower dogs like himself and is happy to do his own thing rather than engage in play. Jed could go to a home with children over 10, and is looking for a cat-free home. Be sure to say hello to Jed on your next visit to the shelter!

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Jed has the sweetest Hound eyes

Pinky the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Dalmatian mix is deaf, but I didn’t know that until after I walked her and I couldn’t tell a difference! Pinky acts like any other dog, but is looking for a special home that will learn to train her with non-verbal commands and make other adjustments to keep a deaf dog happy and safe. Pinky is super snuggly and will enthusiastically climb into your lap at any opportunity she gets.

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Pinky enjoying the plants

Pinky walks nicely on the leash and is happy to stop along the way for more cuddling and doggy kisses. She also enjoys bounding into tall grasses and rolling around on her back. When we were in the Enrichment Park, all Pinky wanted to do was stay close to me and get more pets. She wiggles happily and turns her head around to lick your hands while you scratch her sides. If you’re interested in giving Pinky the special home she needs, be sure to stop by the shelter soon to meet her!

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Pinky showing off her spots in the sunshine

And remember that we have many dogs in foster homes right now, so not all dogs available for adoption are on-site at the shelter. Please see the full list of adoptable dogs on the Orphans of the Storm® website, and the “Location” field on each dog’s page will say whether they are at the shelter or in a foster home.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Celebrate St. Pawtrick’s Day

This weekend, March 14-15, Orphans of the Storm® is hosting a St. Pawtrick’s Day adoption event! The adoption fee for dogs and cats 6 months and older will be waived (final vet fees still apply). New adopters go home with a goody bag! We are especially hoping to find families for dog-friendly dogs who can go to a home with another furry friend. Since the dog wings have been closed due to kennel cough for the past two weeks, we are excited to be back open and hoping for lots of happy adoptions this weekend!

Chili the two-year-old American Bulldog mix is super playful. He particularly enjoyed playing with a big, long rope toy–he ran around with it in his mouth, shook it back and forth, and plopped down to chew on it. Chili then brought the toy over to me and leaned into my lap while continuing to chew. When we eventually went for a walk, Chili didn’t want to leave this fun toy behind!

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Chili with his favorite rope toy

Chili is a good walking companion. He likes to walk at a quick pace but doesn’t pull too often. He also likes to stop and snuffle his nose through piles of leaves or in tall grasses. Chili has become a play group regular and has a long list of doggy friends that he actively likes to play with, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. If you’re looking for a fun-loving pooch, be sure to say hello to Chili!

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Chili being a good walking buddy

Ziggy the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Hound mix loves to snuggle. He gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel and just wanted to stand still there, getting lots of pets. He gave me many more doggy hugs during our time together. Ziggy always waits for the person to end the hug first because in his mind, a hug can never be too long! When Ziggy wants attention, he’ll sit at your feet and look up at you expectantly until you start petting him.

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Ziggy gives the best hugs

Ziggy enjoys playing with a variety of toys: stuffed squeakies, ropes, balls, etc. He’ll happily plop down next to you and chew on a toy while you pet him. If you stop petting him, though, he’ll stop chewing and poke your hand so you continue. Ziggy also hopped up to join me on the bench. He just wants to be close to his person! Ziggy can occasionally pull on the leash, but he’s barely out of puppyhood so he just needs some extra practice. Ziggy has participated in a few play groups and gets along with the other dogs, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Come in soon to see if Ziggy is the one for you!

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Ziggy happy with his big toy

Crema the two-year-old Shepherd mix loves her toys so much that she even carries them in her mouth during walks. Soft squeakies, tennis balls, ropes–she’s happy to have them all! Crema is also great at playing fetch. She prefers to play with a person, but she can also keep herself entertained by throwing the toy in the air herself and catching it. She may even be able to figure out how to use an automatic fetch machine in her new home because she’s such a smart girl.

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Crema’s face of contentment/satisfaction

Crema likes to lead the way on walks. She keeps up a quick pace and doesn’t stop too often for sniffing. Crema doesn’t pull too much if you’re able to keep up with her, though. Crema participates in play groups regularly and her favorite form of play is to chase or be chased. Sometimes she gets overexcited with a lot of other high-energy dogs, but after a quick breather she settles down again nicely. If you’re looking for an active dog to participate in your active lifestyle, stop by the shelter soon to meet Crema!

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Crema says, “Yay! TWO toys for me!”

I also saw Hayden, Hunky, Rusty, Scooby, and Titus.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Have Holiday Hope

Today and tomorrow (December 13-14), Orphans of the Storm® is participating in the BISSELL Pet Foundation Empty the Shelters Holiday Hope event. Adoption fees will be waived for dogs and cats 6 months and older. If you’ve been debating bringing home a new furry family member before the holidays, now is the perfect time!

Rooster the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is always super excited when he realizes it’s his turn to come out for a walk. He gave me several thankful doggy hugs once he was out of his kennel (and a few nibbles on my fingers, but he is still a puppy after all). Rooster had a great time expending his energy by romping around the Enrichment Park, chasing after toys, and racing a dog on the other side of the fence.

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Rooster leading the way on our walk

Rooster settles down nicely for walks, though. He’s an easy (but quick-paced) walking companion. Rooster also joined me on the bench and gave me lots of gentle doggy kisses. He is definitely a cuddler. Rooster gets excited when he passes other dogs on walks, but that’s because he loves playing with his doggy friends in play group. If you’re looking for a happy and playful puppy, come in soon to meet Rooster!

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Rooster coming over for a snuggle

Poochie the two-year-old American Bulldog mix is going to be a loyal companion to his new person, because he is so attentive! When I was walking him on the leash, he would look up and check in with me often, as if he were saying, “This is okay? We’re on the same page, right?” And we always were! Poochie is a great walking buddy and very well-mannered.

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Poochie has a super-cute face

Poochie enjoyed exploring around the off-leash run but came back to me often. He particularly likes getting his back and hips scratched, but any attention is welcome. Poochie is a play group regular and enjoys being with the other dogs. He’s made a couple doggy friends who he especially likes to romp around with. Poochie is a super handsome boy. Be sure to say hello to Poochie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Poochie liked these long grasses

Carlos the two-year-old American Bulldog mix will immediately put a smile on your face, and that smile will only grow the longer you spend with him. He is so happy, silly, and snuggly. Carlos loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses–but he can jump up pretty high in the process, so watch out that he doesn’t boop your nose. Carlos is one of the few dogs I’ve seen who will turn down a treat and give the person doggy kisses instead. He particularly likes getting his hips scratched and will lean so far into you that he almost topples over.

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Carlos is basically a giant puppy

Carlos loves playing with toys. Tennis balls, rubber balls, stuffed toys–whatever happens to get his attention. He’ll happily carry them in his mouth while he runs around the yard, takes a walk, or gets pet. On walks, Carlos prefers running to walking and can pull a bit if you’re not keeping up with him. Carlos gets along great with other dogs (though some bigger males aren’t as fond of him) and is a play group regular. Come in soon to see if Carlos is the dog for you!

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I didn’t get a single picture of Carlos without a toy

Einstein the four-year-old German Shepherd mix is a smart boy, as his breed is known to be. He already knows “sit” and “shake” and maybe even more–and if he doesn’t know it yet, he’ll be eager to learn! Einstein likes to lead the way on walks but doesn’t pull too much. He was also fine with taking the occasional break to get some pets.

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Einstein is very dapper

Einstein is pretty new to the shelter, so he was a little anxious when we were out and spent most of his time in the Enrichment Park standing by the gate and watching who walked by. He did eventually run back and forth a couple times to expel some of his energy and had a doggy smile on his face while he did so. If you’re a German Shepherd fan, come by the shelter soon to meet Einstein!

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Einstein says, “Hello there!”

I also saw Peanut and Red, and played with not-yet-profiled puppy Ruby (who loves to get belly rubs and is very nice about letting go of toys when you ask her to).

Most play groups were cancelled this week due to the cold weather, but I was able to get in some extra walks with Barney, Jupiter, Polly (who is attending weekly obedience classes and already graduated to Level 2), and Turbo.

Orphans of the Storm® Pups and Adults

There are almost two dozen dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who are a year or younger right now! If you’re looking to add a young dog to your family, now is the time to come in. But if you want the puppy personality without the puppy antics, there are plenty of dogs who are past the puppy stage but still have a young spirit.

Cayenne the three-year-old German Shepherd mix is an active girl looking for an active home. She loves going for walks–and maybe the occasional run! Cayenne can be strong and pull on the leash when she first comes out of her kennel, but don’t let that deter you. Once she gets that initial burst of energy out of her system, she settles down.

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Cayenne romping in the snow

Cayenne enjoyed being in the snow and wasn’t shy about sticking her nose in snow piles to follow an interesting scent. She would come running over to me every time I knelt down to her level. Cayenne isn’t a big fan of other dogs, so she would do best as the only dog in her new home. Cayenne would also prefer to be in an adult-only home. Stop in soon to say hello to Cayenne!

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Cayenne stopping to snuffle

Sadie the eleven-month-old Hound mix is a super cute puppy. She gave me a doggy hug as soon as she came out of her kennel, and was always happy to stop during our walk for more snuggles and doggy kisses. Sadie seemed interested in the other dogs we passed on our walk, though we didn’t get close enough to see how she interacts.

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Sadie is a little cutie

Sadie did pretty well on the leash, even though she’s still a young pup. She will still need some training, though, both for leash-walking and basic obedience. This perky girl is eager to learn! If you’re looking for a sweet and fun puppy to join your family, come in soon to meet Sadie!

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Sadie enjoying her walk through the woods

Rufus the five-year-old American Bulldog mix has the most lovable face. He has an adorable underbite with his two bottom teeth sticking out that makes him look like one of the many college bulldog mascots. And Rufus isn’t shy about putting his cute face right up to yours! He will happily give you as many doggy kisses as you could want.

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Rufus is a real attention-grabber with that face

Rufus is also a fan of cuddling. He hopped up on the bench next to me and put his front paws in my lap. Rufus likes walking at a quick pace, but doesn’t really pull on the leash as long as you’re keeping up with him. He isn’t a big fan of other dogs, so sometimes he will bark but other times he can walk by without a second glance. Be sure to say hello to Rufus on your next visit to the shelter!

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Rufus also has a tiny little wagging tail

Dill the one-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix can be a little shy at first, and is a bit nervous about being on the leash when you first hook him up. But once he got used to the leash, he ended up being a great walking buddy. Dill seems to be more comfortable with women than men, at least when it comes to initial greetings, so he’s looking for a home with people who will help him come out of his shell more.

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Dill doing some exploring

Dill is still a puppy, though, and that means he likes to play! He had a great time racing Dexter on the other side of the fence while we were in the off-leash run, and also poked at and picked up a couple of the doggy toys that were there. He hasn’t quite mastered “fetch” yet, but he has plenty of time to learn that and other games. Come in soon to see if Dill is the pooch for you!

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Dill has a handsome “tuxedo” coat

I also saw Carlos, Eve (who greeted me with a doggy hug), Goliath (who had a great time rolling around in the snow), Hamilton (who is still convinced he is a lapdog despite his extra-large size), Nash, Scotty, Wombat (who also greeted me with a doggy hug), and YoYo (formerly Yeyo).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs with Different Energy Levels

Whether you’re looking for a couch potato, a running partner, or something in between, Orphans of the Storm® has the dog to match your activity level.

Dillon the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is very shy and submissive at first. When I went to put his leash on, he rolled over. But he was happy to sit back up for a treat and once he realized I had a couple more in my pocket, he kept nudging me with his nose. He takes treats very gently. Dillon also walks nicely on the leash.

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Dillon is a sweetie

Dillon and I took a stroll around the woodland preserve. He was still a little nervous at the beginning, but after he got used to me, he got much more snuggly. Dillon joined me on the bench and kept scooting closer to my lap the more I pet him. He just needs a little extra encouragement to come out of his shell. Stop in soon to say hello to Dillon!

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Dillon likes getting his white spot scratched

Shay the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a pretty girl who will make a great walking companion. We headed straight for the woodland preserve, where Shay walked at mostly a quick pace but rarely pulled. She also didn’t mind stopping every once in a while to get a nice pat on the back. She enjoyed a good scratch under her chin, too.

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Shay says, “What scent am I picking up here?”

Shay has a good nose and likes to put it to work. She spent most of the walk either with her nose to the ground or high in the air, trying to pick up as many scents as she could. And it worked! There was a doggy toy half-buried in the leaves a couple feet off the trail, which we initially walked past. Then Shay stopped, sniffed, turned around, and unearthed the toy! Be sure to say hi to Shay on your next visit.

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Shay has such pretty coloring

Casper the four-year-old American Bulldog mix is a volunteer favorite. He’s friendly with everybody, gets along with other dogs, knows basic commands, and is housebroken. Casper has lots of energy when he first comes out of his kennel, but after he gets a chance to run around, he settles down and turns into a snuggle-bug.

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Casper wanted to play with the dog on the other side of the fence so badly!

Casper literally leaps with all four paws off the ground when he’s running fast. I wish I had gotten a video! When we went for a walk around the woodland preserve, though, he did pretty nicely on the leash and only pulled a few times. We sat down at a bench and Casper leaned against my legs the whole time, sometimes doing a little wiggle so I could pet the spot he wanted. He also gave me some doggy kisses. If you’re looking for a fun and affectionate boy, come in soon to meet Casper!

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Casper is definitely a leaner

I also saw Aleck, Bella, Blaze, Blush, Chester and Te Amo, Coal, John Boy, Joui, Lucy, the other Lucy, Mongo, O’Shea, Pippa, Scotty, Snuffles, and Wombat.

Take Orphans of the Storm® Dogs for a Walk

Whether you’re looking for an older dog, younger dog, or middle-aged dog, Orphans of the Storm® has them all! Stop by the shelter and take them for a walk around the woodland preserve so you can get to know them.

Maggie the two-year-old Border Collie/Great Pyrenees mix is a happy, beautiful girl. She greets everyone with a wagging tail. I thought because of her size she might be a little hard to walk, but it turns out that Maggie is a gentle giant. She walks great on the leash and mostly stays by your side or just walks a few steps ahead without any pulling. We took a stroll around the woodland preserve and she enjoyed sniffing her way through the brush.

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Maggie is happy on her walks

Maggie was always happy to take a quick break from our walk to get a good scratch on her hips or behind her ears. Maggie loves people and gets along well with kids, so she would be eager to join a family. Maggie would prefer to be the only dog in her new home, but she didn’t seem to mind dogs too much when we were just passing them from a short distance on our walk. Stop by soon to meet Maggie!

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Maggie’s pretty face

Pixel the five-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix is a fun girl who likes being with people. We started in the off-leash run, where Pixel first followed her nose around like a Hound should. She soon joined me on the bench and gave me some doggy kisses while I scratched her back. She gladly stayed by my side as long as I was petting her.

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Pixel showing off her spots

Pixel was very excited to go around the woodland preserve. She was ready to forge her own path through the forest and kept looking back at me, wondering why I wasn’t letting her have her fun! (You have to keep to the trail, is why.) But when Pixel did stay on the trail, she was a good walking buddy who didn’t pull much. Come in soon to see if Pixel is the pooch for you!

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Pixel enjoys the outdoors

Tino the one-year-old American Bulldog mix looks like an oversized French Bulldog, with his smushed nose and perky ears. A face like his is guaranteed to make you smile! Tino is a sweet boy, but he’s easily excitable and can jump up on people when he says hello. Since he’s still young, he’ll need a family who will help him learn his manners and teach him to wait for an invitation before he gives a doggy hug.

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Tino has the most precious face

Tino is very snuggly. He loves getting his hips scratched and will do a cute little dance while you do that. Whenever I sat on a bench or knelt on the ground, he put his front paws on my legs and snuffled around my face. Tino can pull on the leash sometimes and liked having the freedom to scamper around the off-leash run. Say hello to Tino on your next visit to the shelter!

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Tino doing some exploring

Blaze the eleven-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix has that signature Hound howl. If he happens to be in the outside part of his kennel when you arrive at the shelter, you’ll hear him before you see him! (He doesn’t bark much when he’s inside.) Blaze walked nicely on the leash, but he didn’t seem too eager to be out in the cold so we took an abbreviated walk.

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Blaze isn’t too sure about this cold weather

Blaze wants you to know that senior dogs are great dogs! In his case, he’s looking for a nice home where he can curl up in a comfy bed and enjoy his golden years. Blaze likes getting his floppy ears pet and will stay by your side to soak up the attention. If you think an older dog might be a good fit for you, come in soon to meet Blaze!

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Blaze on the move

I also saw Bella, Blush, and Scotty.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Go Home with You

If you’ve been thinking about adopting a dog (or cat) but have been “waiting for the right time,” the right time just may be August 15! NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago are hosting Clear the Shelters, along with 25 shelters in the Chicago area. One of those shelters is Orphans of the Storm®! If you adopt your dog or cat that day, the adoption fee will be waived (additional fees for shots may apply). There are plenty of deserving pooches ready to go home with you!

Chico the three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a fun and outgoing boy. He loves to romp around, whether it’s going for a walk on-leash or exploring a yard off-leash. He’s attentive and likes to be kept in the loop–whenever somebody walked by on the other side of the fence, Chico would hurry over to see what was going on. Chico is also very handsome, with his black-and-white markings.

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Chico happily joining me on the bench

Chico gets along with both people and other dogs. He’s currently sharing his kennel with a Husky mix, so he could go to a home with or without another pooch. He also seemed politely interested in a little Spaniel mix who was in the run next to ours. If affection is what you’re looking for, Chico is here! When I sat down on the bench, he basically catapulted himself into my lap (as best he could, since he’s a big boy) and then happily stood next to me with his tail wagging. Stop by soon to meet Chico!

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Chico likes to keep an eye on things

Razor the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix was a little nervous when he first came out of his kennel. He kept his distance in the beginning (though not that much distance, since the leash was only a few feet long) and quietly sniffed and explored. But the more time we spent together, the more snuggly Razor became.

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Razor is a cute boy

Razor, after getting used to his surroundings, came over and leaned against my leg a little. When I started petting him, he flopped over for a belly rub and kicked his cute little puppy paws in the air. After that, we were good buddies and he stayed close to me. He was a little unsure of the bigger dog in the run next to us, but it was easy enough to distract him and have him follow me to the other side. Razor is looking for a new best friend. If you are too, come in soon to say hello!

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Razor did a good job walking on leash

Rocky the eight-year-old Shih Tzu mix is super cute. He’s definitely one of those dogs who will elicit a lot of “Aww”s when he’s out and about. He has a buzz cut for the summer, which makes him extra soft to pet. Rocky is currently sharing his kennel with another dog closer to his size, so he could go to a home with or without another dog (though he does seem to have a bit of Little Dog Syndrome, trying to act tough when bigger dogs get close).

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Rocky enjoying his walk

Rocky is a dog who walks with a purpose. He trots around with his head held high as if he’s saying, “Look at me!” After we walked around for a bit, I sat down in the shade and Rocky plopped down next to me. Although I personally didn’t try picking him up, another volunteer did when putting Rocky back in his kennel and Rocky was fine with it. If you’re looking for an adorable little companion, stop by soon to meet Rocky!

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Rocky relaxing

Chica the three-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is a big girl with plenty of energy when she first gets out of her kennel, but don’t let that deter you. Once she gets the chance to stretch her legs for a few minutes, she’ll be ready to sit down and shower you with doggy kisses. Chica would be a great buddy for someone who likes to take long walks.

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Chica is not shy about saying hello

Chica is very fond of people, but not so fond of other dogs. She’d do best as the only dog in her new home, but when you have a dog as affectionate as Chica, you won’t be missing out! Half the pictures I took of Chica are a close-up of her nose because she always wanted to be right next to me. When I sat down on the bench, she quickly trotted over and stood by my side so I could pet her. Don’t let Black Dog Syndrome keep Chica at the shelter for too long! On your next visit, be sure to say hi to this sweet girl.

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Chica won’t stray far from your side

Alfred the one-year-old American Bulldog mix is a perfect example of why you can’t judge a dog from inside their kennel. Since he’s new to the shelter and probably overwhelmed, he’s very nervous when he’s inside his kennel and didn’t want to sniff my hand when I first walked by. But as soon as he was outside and walking on the leash, all he wanted to do was cuddle!

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Alfred has such a sweet face

Alfred has a super cute face with just a couple brown spots, while the rest of him is white. His tail starts wagging as soon as you start petting him, and he also wagged his tail in a friendly way when he greeted a dog on the other side of the fence. He loves getting scratched on his back by his hips and will do a cute little dance while you do that. Alfred just needs to learn that the world isn’t a scary place, and being adopted into a loving home is sure to teach him that. Come in soon to meet Alfred!

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Alfred exploring the outdoors

I also saw Bear, Blush, Cooper, Courage, Diamond, Jasmine, Jessica, John Boy, Lady, Lexi, Skippy, Tiger, Zoey, and Zola (also known as Chola).

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It was a happy reunion with the dogs at Orphans of the Storm®, since I had missed them for three weeks! I was able to spend some time with my old buddies and make new furry friends, too.

Rocky the six-year-old American Bulldog mix unfortunately found himself at the shelter when his previous owner moved and couldn’t bring Rocky with them. Rocky is a big boy, but such a sweetheart. He already has years of experience as a pet, so he’s more than ready to begin his second chance at a happy, furever home. Rocky loves to be around people and never strayed too far from me when he was off-leash in the run.

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Rocky enjoyed being in the outdoors

Rocky is an easy-going boy, too. His fur wasn’t as white as it could be, so after we took our walk we headed over to the hose for a quick bath. Rocky was pretty much perfect, standing still both while getting scrubbed with doggy shampoo and while getting rinsed. He looked so handsome afterwards! If you’re looking for a big pooch with a big heart, come in soon to meet Rocky!

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Rocky has an adorable smile for the camera

Jessica the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was found as a stray along with her puppy, and both were brought to Orphans of the Storm®. Her puppy was adopted quickly, but as is too often the case, Jessica the mommy is waiting longer to find her new home. Jessica was understandably a little nervous at first, but she came out of her shell as we spent more time together.

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Jessica wondering about this “camera” business

Jessica, despite being a stray, is very well-behaved. She walked on the leash pretty much ideally, staying by my side most of the time and rarely pulling. She seems pretty friendly with other dogs, based on the way she politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence in the off-leash run and showed an interest in some of the Chihuahuas that were out for a walk (though the Chihuahuas were not reciprocating niceties). On your next visit to the shelter, say hello to Jessica to find out if she’s the pooch for you!

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Jessica is a pretty girl

Lexi the five-year-old Boxer mix is a friendly girl with a constantly wagging tail. She was absolutely thrilled when she realized it was her turn to go out and gave me a big doggy hug to show her appreciation. Lexi had plenty of energy when she first got to the off-leash run and had a great time racing the dog on the other side of the fence. After she had the opportunity to romp, Lexi plopped onto the ground next to me so I could pet her.

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Lexi is all smiles when she gets attention

Lexi was wearing a cone the first time I saw her a few weeks ago and wasn’t able to go home yet, but now she’s ready! She does have remaining medical needs, which the staff at the shelter can discuss with you if you think you want to bring Lexi home. Lexi isn’t worried about any of that, though–she’s just excited to have the chance to find her furever family. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Lexi!

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Lexi taking a rest in the shade

I also saw Blush, Cooper, Ginger, Jasmine, Red, Rock (who, you should remember, went to doggy boot camp and is fully trained), Scotty, Tucker, Zoey, and the other Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Has Big Boy Dogs

You know it’s been a cold couple of weeks when 40 degrees feels warm! The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were eager for a chance to romp in the winter sunshine this week. If you’re looking for a big dog who can keep up with your adventures, there are plenty of options right now!

Charlie the three-year-old Shepherd mix came to the shelter with his brother, Bravos (see below), after their owner got too allergic to keep them. Charlie and Bravos would prefer to be adopted together, but if two big boys are too much for you right now, they can go to separate homes. Charlie is the smaller of the two, but definitely the more energetic one. He was running this way and that way and was thrilled to have the chance to race a dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the off-leash run.

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Charlie has such handsome coloring

Charlie is an affectionate boy. Once he had burned off some of his energy, he came bounding over to me so I could pet him, and he thanked me by giving me a few doggy kisses. He was interested in tennis balls and liked chasing after them, but hasn’t quite mastered the second part of ‘fetch’ that involves bringing the ball back! He’s a smart boy, though, so with a little practice he’ll become an expert fetcher. Charlie has a lifetime of experience as a pet and is ready to join his new furever home. If you think that home might be yours, come in soon to say hello to Charlie!

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Charlie is all about exploring

Bravos the three-year-old Shepherd mix is Charlie’s (see above) big brother, size-wise. Although he’s a little calmer than Charlie, he is extremely strong–I don’t think he even realizes his own strength. He seems to get along well with children, but the adults in his future home should be the ones responsible for holding onto the leash. Bravos is a handsome boy who just loves getting attention.

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Bravos is a big, friendly boy

Bravos is already at the expert level when it comes to playing fetch. He had a fun time chasing after the tennis ball, batting it around in the snow with his front paws, and then dropping it near my feet so I could throw it again. Bravos also likes to give doggy hugs, but might accidentally knock you over with his exuberance if you aren’t paying attention. Bravos hopes he and his brother can find their new home(s) soon, so don’t make them wait too long! On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Bravos.

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Bravos running over for a doggy hug

Boston the two-year-old American Bulldog mix is a happy dog who seems to want to be able to do everything all at once. He would jump up to give me a doggy hug, then hurry towards the off-leash run, then stop and sniff a pile of snow, and repeat. Boston seems like the type of dog who would absolutely love to have a yard to call his own. His face lit up once he was able to romp freely in the off-leash run.

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Boston with his wagging tail

Boston is such a cutie. He’s one of those dogs who looks like he’s smiling all the time. Based on how much his short little tail wags (which is almost constantly), he probably is really smiling! He may bark a bit when he’s inside his kennel, but that’s because he’s saying, “Pick me! Pick me!” Once he was out and about, I didn’t hear a peep. If you’re looking for a fun, playful pooch, come in soon to meet Boston!

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Boston says, “I’m ready for my close-up!”

Hooch the two-year-old Dogue de Bordeaux mix is very shy and nervous at the shelter. He was a little resistant to walking on the leash at first and needed a bit of coaxing, but he soon realized that it’s not as scary as he thought and ended up being a pretty good leash-walking companion. Hooch always looks like he’s thinking deep, serious thoughts with that adorable face of his–but then he sticks his tongue out a little bit and you can’t help but laugh.

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Hooch with his little tongue sticking out

Hooch needs a patient, understanding owner who will help him come out of his shell. He was already making progress just during our short time together, and seemed to decide that getting love and attention from people is actually a good thing. He stood by my side while I scratched under his chin and pet his back. Everybody I saw walking past Hooch’s kennel mentioned how cute he is, so you better hurry in if you think Hooch might be the pooch for you!

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Hooch being very serious

I also saw Bella (who is so sweet), Blush (who has been waiting at the shelter for far too long), Corky (who loves to play with doggy toys), Courage (who is absolutely convinced she is a lapdog, despite her large size), Ebbie (who wants nothing more than a warm bed in a loving home), Rock (who got fully trained when he went to boot camp last year), Scotty (who is ready to become part of a new family), Skipper (who will be the most loyal companion), Tom-Tom (whose resemblance to a hippo will make you smile every time), Topaz (who loves to give doggy hugs), Tucker (who quite possibly loves to give doggy hugs even more!),  and Zha Zha (who would make a good running buddy).