Orphans of the Storm® Has Big Dogs and Active Dogs

It finally cooled down enough to be able to walk the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® in the afternoon!

Joe the seven-year-old Hound mix is a big boy, but very gentle. He can unintentionally be a little strong when he first comes out of his kennel because he’s happy to be outside, but he is a super easy walking companion once he’s on the trail. Joe preferred walking in the tall grasses (I think because it was cooler there) and took some breaks in the shade. He was happy to get his neck and back scratched during these breaks, and gave me a big doggy smile.

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Joe enjoying his yard time

Joe would love to have a yard to call his own. He had a great time meandering around the yard, thoroughly sniffing the perimeter and exploring behind the bushes. His future family will be glad to know that Joe is very calm and patient when getting his long, floppy ears cleaned. Joe has already made a couple doggy friends in play group and is gentle around the dogs he’s met so far. If you love big Hounds, be sure to come in soon to meet Joe!

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You’ll have to be okay with a little drool if you bring Joe home

Cooper the one-year-old Hound mix has lots of energy, since he’s basically still a puppy. He jumped up and down in excitement when he first came out of his kennel and wanted to play tug with the leash, but dropped it quickly when we started our walk. Cooper likes to lead the way on walks and wanted to run rather than walk on this particular outing. What Cooper likes the most, though, is water. He hops right into the kiddie pool and has so much fun splashing around. He even plunges his face into the water with his mouth open as if he’s trying to catch fish.

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Cooper relaxing in the shade

Cooper enjoyed romping freely around the yard. He did a couple quick laps and then slowed down to do more sniffing, and eventually came back to me to get some pets. Cooper loves playing rough-and-tumble with other high-energy dogs in play group and could go to a home with or without another dog. He also has potential to go to a home with cats or children. If you’re looking for a fun and playful addition to your family, come by the shelter soon to meet Cooper!

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Cooper’s face of pure contentment in the pool

Boon the three-year-old Anatolian Shepherd mix is a gentle giant–so giant that you don’t even need to lean over in order to pet him. He’s been a little nervous and shy at the shelter but is starting to come out of his shell more. Boon likes to stay close to his person. When we were in the Enrichment Park, Boon either stood at the gate waiting to leave or stood next to me and enjoyed getting neck scratches.

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Boon says, “I’d like to go for my walk now.”

Despite Boon‘s size, he’s very easy to walk on the leash and didn’t stray far from my side. He did a little sniffing here and there, but mostly kept moving at an easy pace and paused occasionally so I could give him more pets. When I knelt down next to him, he gave me lots of gentle doggy kisses. Boon’s breed is known for being loyal, protective, and territorial, so Boon is looking for an adult-only home where he can be the only pet. If that sounds like your situation, stop in soon to say hello to Boon!

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Boon in the middle of giving doggy kisses

I also briefly met Sherpta, Boon’s sister, who has quickly become a volunteer favorite because she is so sweet and just wants to snuggle and give kisses.

Orphans of the Storm® Girlie Dogs

Firstly, a reminder that the Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is coming up quick–Tuesday, April 9!

I unintentionally walked only girl dogs this week, and they are eager to show everyone how sweet they are.

Mia the three-year-old Anatolian Shepherd/Pointer mix is super easy-going. She patiently sits and waits for her leash to be put on without even being asked. Once she was on the leash, she happily stayed by my side and didn’t pull at all. Mia is a great walking companion. She also loves attention. When I sat down on the bench, Mia put her front paws up next to me so I could pet her more. She always has the sweetest look on her face.

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Mia likes her walks

Mia was previously sharing her kennel with another dog who has since been adopted. Mia has also participated in at least one play group, and was very calm. She didn’t engage in actual play too much, but happily walked around and sniffed and said hello to the other dogs. So, there is a good chance she would do well in a home with another dog. Be sure to say hello to Mia on your next visit to the shelter!

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Mia enjoyed having a big yard to explore

Gracie the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a little skittish, but warms up quickly once she has a couple minutes to get to know you. When I knelt down next to her, she rested her chin on my knee and leaned her whole body against my leg so we could snuggle. She also hopped up and joined me on the bench later. Her tail started wagging the second I started petting her, and she gave me a few doggy kisses.

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Gracie just wants to cuddle

Gracie likes to walk at a quick pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash. She already knows the “sit” command and is ready to learn more! Gracie is a little on the skinny side, so she especially enjoys treats in return for her good behavior. Gracie has participated in play groups and plays nicely with other dogs. She is looking for a loving home with people who will help her come out of her shell. Come in soon to meet Gracie!

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Gracie with her little tail tucked

Luna the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix ended up at the shelter because her family could no longer care for her. But, that means she already has experience as a family pet and she gets along with children. She also seems to already have some basic training and will sit nicely when you ask her to. Luna has a special note, which is that she is allergic to chicken, so her new family will need to keep an eye on what she eats.

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

Luna is very affectionate. Her entire body wriggles when you scratch her hips and sides, and she’ll try to sit in your lap. She also gave me lots of doggy kisses. Luna walks nicely on the leash for the most part, though she occasionally thinks the leash is a tug-of-war toy. Luna has participated in play groups and generally likes the “rough and tumble” kind of play, but settles down when she needs a break. Stop by soon to see if Luna is the one for you!

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Luna wasn’t quite sure about the rocks

Maggie Lynn the one-year-old Basenji/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix found herself at the shelter because her owner passed away. She’s still basically a puppy, so she has plenty of energy and playfulness. Maggie Lynn wanted to run rather than walk when we were on the woodland preserve trail, though she did slow down occasionally to sniff and explore.

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Maggie Lynn coming over to say hello

Maggie Lynn will listen to the “sit” command, but if there is a lot going on around her then she gets a little distracted and pops back up. She’s always interested in what else is happening and who else is around, whether it be a dog or a squirrel or a person. Maggie Lynn loves going to play group and bounds right into all the action. If you’re looking for a fun, active dog, look no further than Maggie Lynn!

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Maggie Lynn has such pretty brindle fur

I also saw Barney, Blue, Peepers, and Wombat.

I’ve also helped with a few play groups over the last two weeks, and here are the participants (not all at the same time!):

Play group 1: Apollo, Brutus, Chevy, Dunkin the Red, Elijah, Hamilton, Hobbs, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Loki, Lolabell, Lucy, Maya, Mojo, Peepers, Pippa (Gia), Sasha, Shyanne (Cheyenne), Trent, and Whizzer.

Orphans of the Storm March Play Group 1

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

Play group 2: Brutus, Elijah, Gracie, Hamilton, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Lolabell, Maya, Peepers, Pippa (Gia), Pony Boy, Quinn, Roxy, Sasha, Shyanne (Cheyenne), Trent, and Whizzer.

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

Play group 3: Brutus, Elijah, Gracie, Hamilton, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Lolabell, Maggie, Maggie Lynn, Maya, Luna, Peepers, Pippa (Gia), Pony Boy, Quinn, Roxy, Sasha, Trent, and Whizzer.

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

Play group 4: Elijah, Gracie, Hamilton, Huckleberry, Jack, Lolabell, Lucy, Luna, Maggie, Maggie Lynn, Maya, Mia, Peepers, Pippa (Gia), Prince, Quinn, Roxy, Sasha, Trent, Turbo, Whizzer, and Wombat.

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

Dogs who I haven’t had a chance to profile yet but who have also participated in the above play groups are Jax, Mazie, Penelope, Rose, Rufus, Tiger, Tootsie, and Whiskey.