Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Would Be Thankful to Go Home with You

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed on Thanksgiving, but open again at 11am on Friday. It would be a great long weekend to bring home a new family member!

Pony Boy the one-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei mix is a happy boy. His entire body wiggles when he wags his tail, especially when he realizes it’s his turn to come out for a walk. He greeted me and another volunteer with doggy hugs right away. Pony Boy likes staying close to his person so he can get pets often. When we were in the Enrichment Park, Pony Boy was interested in chasing after toys but not as interested in bringing them back to me.

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Pony Boy has good woodchip camouflage!

Pony Boy likes to lead the way on walks and can pull a bit on the leash. He’s still a puppy, though, so he probably doesn’t have much leash-walking experience yet. Pony Boy politely sniffed another dog on the other side of the fence when we were out. He’s participated in a couple play groups but is a little nervous about being with a big group of dogs. If you’re looking for a super sweet puppy, come in soon to meet Pony Boy!

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Pony Boy says, “Oh boy, a walk!”

Red the two-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei/Labrador Retriever mix is a playful pooch. He can entertain himself with toys and enjoys having a variety of toys to choose from. However, Red sometimes mistakes the leash for a toy too and wants to play tug-of-war when he’s first getting his leash put on. (A couple of his volunteer friends are working with him on this!) Once he’s on the woodland preserve trail, though, he is actually an excellent walking companion and goes at a nice, easy pace.

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Red has the cutest wrinkles

Red particularly likes to get his chin and sides of his face scratched and will happily stand by your side as long as you’re petting him. He also likes to give doggy hugs. Red is improving his doggy socialization skills and regularly attends play group, though he tends to prefer the company of female dogs. If you’re looking for an active dog who loves to play, be sure to say hello to Red on your next visit to the shelter!

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Red is very attentive

Jackson the three-year-old Labrador Retriever/Collie mix is a big, strong boy–one of the strongest I’ve walked in a while! But he’s very sweet, friendly, and easy-going. Jackson would love to have a big yard to call his own, where he can run a few laps and then play with toys. Jackson is happy to carry a stuffed squeaky toy in his mouth while he romps around, but he also likes to tear out the stuffing when he lies down for a break. I see some sturdy Kong toys in his future!

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Jackson happy with his Santa toy (pre-shredded)

Jackson walks at a very quick pace on the leash and sometimes wants to chase after squirrels, but not too often. He looks at you with a doggy smile on his face while you pet him. Jackson also attends play groups. Even though he’s the biggest dog in the yard, the other dogs enjoy playing with him. So, Jackson could go to a home with or without another dog. If you love big dogs, stop by the shelter soon to meet Jackson!

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Jackson’s tail is always wagging

Samara the ten-month-old Basset Hound mix is definitely still a puppy. He is super wriggly, super snuggly, and thinks that everything is a toy meant to be played with! This included my camera and occasionally the leash. Overall, though, Samara actually walks very nicely on the leash and is an easy walking companion.

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Samara gives the best doggy hugs

Samara loves to give doggy hugs and very exuberant doggy kisses. He jumped into my lap at the first opportunity and was much more interested in cuddling than walking. He also joined me on the bench a couple times and thoroughly licked my ear. Samara gets along with other dogs (particularly other puppies) and attends play group. Come to the shelter soon to say hello to Samara!

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My lens got a little blurry after a visit inside Samara’s puppy mouth

Pepper the one-year-old Bluetick Coonhound/Shepherd mix is playful with everybody and everything. She enjoys playing with all kinds of toys and is equally happy to fetch a ball or chew on a stuffed squeaky toy. Pepper is also a “play group rockstar” and gets along great with other dogs. She attends play group almost every single day.

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Pepper daintily carrying her Santa toy

Pepper walks nicely on the leash and likes sniffing her way along the woodland preserve trail. She joined me on the bench to get some pets and gave me a quick doggy kiss. Pepper is super cute and will definitely catch your eye as you walk through the shelter. Stop by soon to get to know Pepper!

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Pepper is looking for a permanent walking buddy

I also saw Barney and briefly met the not-yet-profiled dogs Charming (who is a cuddle-bug) and Raider.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Make Themselves at Home

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are ready and waiting to find the perfect person to bring them home!

Gizmo the seven-year-old Shepherd/Husky mix came from an owner who was moving and couldn’t bring him with. That means Gizmo has a lifetime of experience as a pet and is ready to show you what a good boy he is. Gizmo was a little nervous when he first arrived at the shelter, but is coming out of his shell more now.

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Gizmo proudly showing off his big ears

Gizmo is a good leash-walking companion. He walks at a nice pace and likes to do the occasional stop-and-sniff. Gizmo is well-behaved in general. He was patient about getting his leash put on, he didn’t pay much attention to the dogs we passed during our walk, and he probably already knows some commands and would be eager to learn more. Stop in soon to say hello to Gizmo!

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Gizmo enjoys the outdoors

Hunter the seven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a pretty easy-going guy. He came from a home that could no longer keep him, so he has many years of experience as a family pet. Hunter sat nicely without me even asking when I was putting his leash on. He enjoyed exploring the off-leash run but would come back to where I was sitting every once in a while for a quick pat.

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Hunter gives you the sweetest look when he wants to get pet

Hunter walks well on the leash for the most part. He does get some bursts of energy where he pulls a bit, but then settles down and walks nicely by your side again. Hunter hopped up on the bench and was happy to have me sit next to him. He gets along with some dogs but not necessarily all. Come in soon to see if Hunter is the one for you!

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Hunter liked sniffing around the bushes

Bryan the five-year-old Basset Hound/Shar-Pei mix is one of the most unique-looking dogs you will come across at the shelter. He has the squishy, wrinkly face of a Shar-Pei and the long, low body of a Basset. His personality is a mix, too. He can take a little longer to warm up to a new person (Shar-Pei), and he also loves to follow his nose and sniff everything (Basset).

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Bryan’s lovable face

Bryan is great at walking on the leash. He rarely pulls and mostly just stays a couple steps ahead of you. He didn’t jump on people or things, and he doesn’t seem to be overly talkative. Bryan wasn’t too interested in cuddling, but he did eventually stand still next to me so I could pet him for a while. If you want the most interesting dog in the neighborhood, come in soon to meet Bryan!

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Bryan’s little legs on the move

I also saw Barney, Bella, Carlos, Elijah, Lucy Locket, Naida, Nash, and Shyanne (Cheyenne).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Benefit from Your Attendance at the Annual Dinner

The Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is this upcoming Tuesday, April 18! This year’s theme is “Love Is a Four-Legged Word,” and anyone who has spent time with the dogs and cats at Orphans of the Storm® knows just how true that is. I hope to see lots of you there!

Peony (also known as Pumpkin) the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a sweetie who likes to cuddle and get belly rubs. When we first got to the woodland preserve, Peony sat right at my feet so I would have to pet her before we continued our walk. She quickly rolled over so I could rub her tummy, and looked like she would have been just fine doing that for the rest of our time together! Once we did start walking, though, Peony did a good job on the leash.

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Peony is a pretty girl

Peony prefers the company of other women, so she would like to go to a home with just a woman or women. She was friendly to two men who stopped to pet her while we were out, so it’s more about sharing her house. Peony seems fairly submissive and sat down immediately when she was sniffing another dog through the fence. If you’re a lady looking for a new best friend, come in soon to meet Peony!

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Peony loves her belly rubs

Brady the two-year-old Basset Hound mix is a nice, easy-going guy. He often gets picked to go to Orphans of the Storm®’s Highland Park location since he’s so well-behaved. Brady gets along well with other dogs and was sharing his kennel with another dog for several weeks before that dog got adopted. If you already have a dog and are looking for a second, Brady might be the right companion!

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Brady is always up for a walk

Brady, being a Basset Hound, follows his nose wherever it may lead him. His short and stubby legs move faster than you might expect, but our quick walk around the woodland preserve was often paused so Brady could stop to sniff a tree or bush more thoroughly. Brady has those sweet Hound eyes, but doesn’t seem to do much Hound howling. Be sure to say hello to Brady on your next visit to the shelter.

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Brady sniffing the base of the tree

Dunkin the Red the ten-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Labrador Retriever mix is a friendly boy. He’s a big fan of doggy hugs, doggy kisses, and cuddling. Whenever I knelt down to his level, Dunkin was right there to put his head in my lap. He also joined me on the bench a few times–and he seemed to like the higher view he got of the woodland preserve while he was up there.

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Dunkin the Red knows how to cuddle

Dunkin the Red is a pretty good walking companion. He only pulled a few times when he was extra excited. Dunkin attends play groups occasionally, but would still probably do best as the only dog in his new home. He’s a fun and active boy who is ready to play. Stop in soon to meet Dunkin the Red!

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Dunkin the Red enjoying the view from the bench

Mack the four-year-old American English Coonhound mix came from an owner who moved and couldn’t bring Mack with. This means that Mack has a lifetime of experience being a pet and some of the good habits that come along with that, such as already being housebroken. He also gets along with children.

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Mack enjoying a refreshment

Mack is very much a Hound dog. He was happy to take the lead on our walk around the woodland preserve and did plenty of sniffing. When he saw golfers and golf carts moving on the other side of the fence, he started his Hound howl. (The golfers may not have appreciated the distraction, but I thought it was cute.) Mack would enjoy being in an active home where he can go on plenty of long walks. Visit the shelter soon to see if Mack is the one for you!

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Mack following his nose wherever it goes

Bud the four-year-old Hound/Boxer mix is a sweetie who loves to snuggle. He gave me a quick doggy hug when he first came out of his kennel, and we stopped several times during our walk for a cuddle session. Bud happily joined me on the bench, where he sat down next to me and especially enjoyed getting a nice rub on his chest.

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Bud’s happy face

Bud has the cutest little mini-tail that wiggles pretty much constantly. He gets along with other dogs and was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another furry friend. Bud can pull on the leash a bit when he first comes out of his kennel, but he was a nice walking buddy when we made our way around the woodland preserve. Say hello to Bud on your next visit!

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You can just barely see Bud’s tiny tail

Honey the six-year-old Hound mix is as sweet–or even sweeter!–than her name implies. She likes to give doggy kisses, so much so that when she met a Doberman mix on our walk, she gave him a doggy kiss too! I’ve heard about dogs kissing each other but had never seen it in person, and it was adorable. Honey is sharing her kennel with another dog and seems to get along with pretty much everybody she meets.

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Honey’s sweet face

Honey is a great walking companion. She walks at a nice pace that isn’t too fast or too slow, doesn’t really pull, and doesn’t do much extended sniffing in any one spot. Honey likes getting her hips scratched and will do a cute little dance when you find the right spot. Stop in soon to meet sweet Honey!

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Honey says, “Ah, that’s the spot!”

I also saw Bella, Buddy, Carlos, Casper, Chester and Te Amo, Cookie, Gunner, John Boy, Marcus, Nala, O’Shea, Roxy, Sammy, Snowflake, and Spot.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Give Kisses

If you’re looking for an affectionate new companion, now is the perfect time to come into Orphans of the Storm® and meet some of the dogs who will be more than happy to cover you in doggy kisses.

Batman the five-year-old Border Collie/Labrador Retriever mix has been at the shelter for several months, but now has his clean bill of health and is ready to be adopted! Batman loves going for walks and spending time outside, even when it’s chilly. We quickly made our way to the off-leash run, where Batman enjoyed exploring in the bushes and being able to romp freely.

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How can you say no to a face like Batman’s?

Batman was more cuddly once he was back on the leash and less distracted. When I knelt down next to him, he came over to lean against my legs and get a good scratch on the back. His fluffiness makes him an ideal snuggle buddy! Batman isn’t a fan of other dogs, so he would like to be the only dog in his new home. If you’re a one-dog kind of person, come in soon to say hello to Batman!

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Batman had a big smile on his face

Nuk the nine-year-old Basset Hound mix is super adorable and lovable. (I admit I have a personal bias towards Basset mixes, but for good reason!) Nuk walks nicely on the leash, which is good because he could use some extra exercise with his new family to shed a couple extra pounds around his middle. Nuk, like most Hounds, spent a lot of his time with his nose to the ground, seeing what might be hiding underneath the snow.

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Nuk is just too precious

Nuk is an affectionate boy. When I sat down on the bench, he soon came to join me (he may have stubby legs, but he can still jump!) and gave me plenty of doggy kisses. We sat together on the bench for a while, just enjoying each other’s company. Those sweet brown eyes of his will capture your heart immediately. Be sure to say hi to Nuk on your next visit to the shelter.

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Nuk liked being up high on the bench

Ginger the ten-year-old Labrador Retriever mix (not to be confused with the other Ginger, who is also affectionate!) may be considered a senior, but she still has plenty of pep in her step. When I came to take her out, she was jumping up and down excitedly at the opportunity to go outside. Once she was out of her kennel, though, she calmed down quickly and was a nice walking companion.

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Ginger was shining in the sunlight

Ginger did some exploring on her own when we first got to the off-leash run, but after that she was stuck to my side like glue. She hopped up next to me on the bench and gave me doggy kisses every so often while I pet her. Sometimes she would sit next to me, sometimes she would squeeze behind me and lean against my back, and sometimes she put her front paws in my lap to get extra close. What a lovebug! Stop in soon to meet Ginger.

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Ginger is all about cuddling

I also saw Barney, Bear, Blush, John Boy, and Scotty.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Walk

For those who haven’t heard, tomorrow is a big day at Orphans of the Storm®! It’s the Official Opening of the Orphans of the Storm® Woodland Preserve. The dogs at the shelter will now have a great walking trail that takes them through the forest. If that sounds like an activity you would enjoy as well, you can sign up as a volunteer dog-walker! Here are some of the pooches who might enjoy walking on the new trail, or even better, taking walks with their new families!

Spot the one-year-old Jack Russell Terrier/Basset Hound mix is a cute, little, happy-go-lucky kind of guy. When we first got to the off-leash run, he was more interested in sniffing and exploring. But after a few minutes of getting his bearings and stretching his little legs, he came trotting over to me and we became fast friends. Spot is definitely a people dog!

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Spot coming in for a doggy kiss

Spot is a super affectionate pooch. He hopped right into my lap and started giving me doggy kisses. He also sort of acts like a kitty, in the sense that he will rub his head and side against your legs until you reach down to pet him. He also gets along well with other dogs. He’s currently sharing his kennel with Zola (Chola) and they’ve become good buddies too. (And I will take this opportunity to say that Zola is also super affectionate and loves to be outside in the yard or on a walk. There were a few times where both of them were in my lap, giving me kisses simultaneously!) If you’re looking for an affectionate companion, come in soon to meet Spot!

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Spot sitting by my side

Showtime the six-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is new to the shelter and therefore pretty nervous inside her kennel. But Showtime is another great example of why it’s important to take the dogs out for some one-on-one time rather than judge them from their kennel. As soon as she realized it was her turn to come out with the leash, her tail started wagging and she pretty much melted into the other volunteer’s arms.

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Showtime has such a sweet face

Showtime can be a little shy, but she’s also very sweet. She didn’t do too much exploring in the off-leash run, but did some sniffing here and there. She enjoyed a nice scratch under the chin and was overall pretty mellow. When a different volunteer offered her some treats, she took them from her hand very gently. (But there was some doggy drool involved.) It even seems like she gets along with other dogs, based on the way she was sniffing other dogs both big and small through the fence and wagging her tail. On your next visit to the shelter, give Showtime a chance to show you what a sweetheart she really is!

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Showtime keeping an eye on things

Donna the seven-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is a little cutie. I actually wanted to walk her a couple of weeks ago, but she was napping and even when I opened her kennel she seemed more content to stay inside. But this week she was up and at ’em and ready to go for a walk! I have yet to meet a Miniature Pinscher I didn’t like, and Donna helped to support this.

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Donna following her nose through the bushes

Donna, being more middle-aged, is a very calm girl. She strolled around the off-leash run, poking her head inside the bushes to see what smells she could find. Donna is another pooch who enjoys treats, but she’s a very methodical eater. Rather than inhaling a treat (like my own dog does), she chews off smaller pieces one at a time. I guess she’s figured out that means she can enjoy each treat longer! Stop by soon to say hi to Donna!

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Donna munching on a yummy treat

I also saw Willow, Roxy, Nana, John Boy, Kanne and Osito, Gypsy, Courage, Blush, and Bear.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Don’t Mind a Cloudy Day

Last week I met a total of five new dogs at Orphans of the Storm®, and I’m happy to say that three of them have already been adopted before I could write about them! But there are still plenty of pooches waiting to find their perfect match, including these two sweeties.

Marcus the two-year-old Basset Hound/Beagle mix is super adorable. When we first got to the off-leash run, Marcus was mostly interested in exploring on his own, but once he realized that I was there to spend time with him, he happily came trotting over and enjoyed getting pet. There were a few times where he put his front paws in my lap so we could cuddle even more.

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Marcus enjoys a good snuggle session

Marcus ran after a toy when I threw it, though he didn’t pick it up and bring it back to me. He seemed to prefer either standing next to me and getting lots of attention, saying hello to the dogs we saw on the other side of the fence, or following his hound nose. Marcus has those sweet puppy-dog eyes that will melt your heart as soon as you meet him. If you’re looking for a cute little companion, stop by soon to say hi to Marcus!

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Marcus exploring the run

Rufus the four-year-old Shepherd mix was happy to learn that it was his turn to come out for a walk and walked pretty nicely on the way to the off-leash run. He was a little skittish at first and sometimes jumped a bit when I pet him, but the longer we were together the more comfortable he became. Rufus even gave me a doggy kiss eventually!

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Rufus says, “What’s that you’ve got there?”

Rufus seems like the type of dog who just goes with the flow. He casually made his way around the off-leash run, stopping here and sniffing there. When he got used to me being around, he was happy to stand by my side and get a good scratch on his back. Rufus’ fur is surprisingly wiry in texture, which just adds to his cuteness. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Rufus!

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Rufus was always there when I turned around

I also saw Bella, Blush, Diamond, and Lexi.

Orphans of the Storm® Pups and Seniors

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® come in all ages, but regardless of their age, they’re all looking for the same thing: a loving home with a family they can count on for the rest of their lives!

Zak the eight-year-old Husky/Labrador Retriever mix already has some gray fur around his nose, but that just helps make him look more dignified–while his “one ear up, one ear down” look will make you smile. Zak, being on the older side, is a very mellow pooch who walked nicely on the leash and was happy to just take a casual stroll.

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Zak is a handsome fellow

Zak also enjoyed sniffing his way around the off-leash run. He mostly kept to himself at first, but we eventually were able to spend some time side-by-side while I pet his back. Zak seems like the type who would enjoy having a backyard to call his own, where he can spend time in the fresh air. If you’re looking for a gentle companion who is happy to just go with the flow, come in soon to meet Zak!

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Zak enjoys the outdoors

Augusta the three-year-old Basset Hound mix is a very friendly girl who gets along with people and other dogs alike. Augusta enjoys just about everything, from cuddling in your lap and covering your face in doggy kisses to chasing after toys and romping around gleefully. She is currently sharing her kennel with another dog, so she could go to a home with or without another pooch.

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Augusta is always ready to cuddle

Augusta‘s tail is wagging pretty much constantly. If her adorable, unique look doesn’t make you smile (which is highly unlikely), her personality absolutely will. Augusta had a great time chasing after one of the toys in the off-leash run, though she hasn’t quite mastered the idea of “fetch” yet, and watching her run is just too cute. Augusta is sure to bring joy to whoever is lucky enough to adopt her. Come in soon to see for yourself!

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Augusta, post-water-bowl

Georgie the one-year-old Beagle mix is an exuberant little pup. As soon as I went inside her kennel to put the leash on, she was jumping up and down and trying to get into my lap. Once the leash was on and the gate opened, she was ready to go! Georgie happily led the way to the off-leash run and had a great time playing.

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Georgie being silly

Georgie is currently sharing her kennel with Rodney (see below), so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Georgie would also do best in a home with just adults or a family with teenage children. A young dog like Georgie could definitely benefit from some training, and she seems like an eager learner who would be happy to pick up whatever her future owners want to teach her. If you’re looking for a fun and active pooch, come in soon to say hi to Georgie!

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Georgie is a cutiepie

Rodney the eight-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix has been at the shelter for a couple months already because he was being treated for heartworm–but now he has a clean bill of health and is ready to be adopted into his forever home! Rodney is a little on the shy side and needed some convincing to come out on the leash with me, but his kennelmate Georgie (see above) was there to support him and that seemed to help.

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Rodney may be shy, but he knows when to smile!

Rodney has very unique markings and coloring, and even has one blue eye to go along with his uniqueness. Rodney will need an owner who can build his trust and give him an extra boost of confidence so he’s able to come out of his shell. By the end of our visit together, Rodney went from “head down, tail down” to head up and smiling for the camera! Stop by the shelter soon to give Rodney some much-needed TLC.

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Rodney showing off his one blue eye

Leo the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a handsome boy with extra-pretty eyes. He’s new to the shelter, so he was a little unsure about coming outside and walking on the leash. He started out a bit shy and nervous, but after just a few short minutes, this sweet boy turned into quite the snuggler, complete with wagging tail and lots of doggy kisses.

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Leo looking proud

Leo quickly realized that he could snuggle with any of the other volunteers we came across. He’s definitely a leaner (meaning he’ll lean all of his body weight against your legs/side/wherever while you pet him) and close is never close enough! Leo is still a puppy, so he does give some gentle nibbles when he’s extra excited. This cute little guy just needs someone to show him that the world isn’t a scary place. If you think that someone might be you, come in soon to meet Leo!

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Leo getting used to walking on the leash

I also saw Bear, Blush, and Winter.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in the First Real Snow of the Year

It was a busy day at Orphans of the Storm®, with many pawprints and footprints being left in the freshly fallen snow and many happy adoptions! But there are still plenty of dogs waiting for their future furever family to find them. Meet a few of your snuggly options!

Larry Byrd the four-year-old Boston Terrier mix is a super friendly guy who seems to get along with everybody, including other dogs. He walks pretty well on the leash, though with squishy-faced breeds like Boston Terriers, it’s recommended that they be walked on a harness rather than a regular collar. Larry Byrd had a fun time playing in the snow in the off-leash run and didn’t mind sticking his nose in snow piles to investigate.

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Larry Byrd romping in the snow

Larry Byrd is also super affectionate. He is a big fan of giving doggy kisses and makes a cute little snorting nose while he does so. Larry Byrd is also not shy when it comes to sharing personal space. He attempted to climb into my lap and had no problems with me picking him up and carrying him to avoid some of the salt on the sidewalk. Larry Byrd is all about being a companion, and can’t wait for the right companion to come in and adopt him! Stop by the shelter soon to see if Larry Byrd is the pooch for you.

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Larry Byrd has the cutest face

Lottie the one-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is such a little sweetheart. She was originally curled up on her doggy bed inside her kennel and wasn’t too sure about coming out into the cold, but once she was on the leash she was happy to take a walk. Lottie seemed a little shy and nervous at first, but warmed up to me quickly after I gave her a few scratches on the back and behind the ears.

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Lottie following her Hound nose

Once Lottie knows you, she turns into quite the snuggle-bug. She’s also a fan of offering doggy kisses and will put her front paws on your lap or lean against you while you pet her. Lottie seems to thrive on attention; she could also use some extra TLC, since she’s both a little nervous and a little skinny. Whatever her past may have been, she’s ready to move on and join a family that she can love for years to come. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hello to Lottie!

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Lottie hurrying over for a doggy hug

Luigi the ten-month-old Hound mix seems to be pretty calm and well-behaved for a puppy. He walked nicely on the leash as we made our way to the off-leash run and seems to be past the stage where puppies want to nibble on everything. But don’t let that fool you–Luigi definitely still loves to play! Whether it’s romping in the snow or racing another dog, Luigi is game.

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Luigi is a playful pup

Luigi tried his best to get the dog on the other side of the fence to race him: play-bowing, little yips and barks, sticking his paw through the fence, and lots of tail-wagging. Once that dog left, Luigi realized that there was a person (me) with him in the run who was more than happy to give him the attention he wanted. Luigi cuddled up with me and enjoyed a good scratch on the hips. He even smiled! If you’re looking for a fun, happy-go-lucky pup, come in soon to meet Luigi!

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Luigi really knows how to smile for the camera!

Chato the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a big, strong boy–but don’t let that discourage you from taking him out for a walk. As long as you don’t mind walking at a quick clip, he doesn’t really pull. But a big boy like Chato would appreciate an owner who can give him the exercise he needs, whether it be long walks, running, or playing in the yard.

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Chato is all about the action shot

Chato had such a fun time playing in the snow in the off-leash run. All of my pictures of him ended up being action shots, since he was flying through the air. You can just tell by the look on his face that he was having a blast. After he got a chance to run off his energy, he spent some time with me so I could pet him and tell him what a good boy he is. Chato’s file says that he gets along with children, so he’s more than ready to be your new family member! Come in soon to say hello to Chato.

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Chato knows how to smile, too!

Lukas the four-month-old Basset Hound mix is actually one of the dogs I walked last week, but wasn’t up on the Orphans of the Storm® website yet. Now he is, so now I can tell you all about him! This little cutie is still very much a puppy. He’s playful, adventurous, and a little bit of a troublemaker (as demonstrated by him thinking my gloves were a chew toy–while they were still on my hands!).

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Possibly Lukas’ first time in the snow!

Lukas is guaranteed to make you smile. Everybody who walks by his kennel stops and exclaims over how adorable he is. Lukas will do his best to jump into your lap and cover you with doggy kisses, and then run off to play. Lukas is currently sharing his kennel with another dog, so he could go to a home with or without a furry playmate. He’ll need some obedience training, since he’s just a pup, but make it into a game and he’ll be an eager learner. If you’re looking for a cute puppy to add to your family, come in quick to meet Lukas!

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Lukas is a cute little pup

I also saw Aubrey, Bella (who is such a gentle giant–so sweet, but so sad to find herself back at the shelter), Corky, Dezzie, Joy, Lucky, Scotty, and Tom-Tom.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs of All Personalities

Whether you’re looking for a playmate, a walking companion, a couch potato, or anything and everything in between, Orphans of the Storm® has enough dogs to match any personality!

Gitana the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is very playful when she first gets out of her kennel, but after a few minutes of running off that puppy energy she calms down and turns into a good leash-walker. Gitana wants to say hi to everybody. She gets along with people and dogs alike and has been sharing her kennel with Homey, who I met at Northbrook Court and who was recently adopted just this week. Now it’s Gitana’s turn!

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Gitana being a good walking buddy

Gitana is an affectionate girl, too. When I sat down on the bench, she put her front paws up on the seat next to me and covered my face in doggy kisses while I pet her. Gitana is such a happy girl with so much puppy enthusiasm that she’s sure to bring a smile to your face. My pictures definitely don’t do her justice–she’s so much cuter in person! (And it was hard to get a good picture because every time I knelt down to her level, she would come over and stick her face in my face.) You’ll just have to stop by the shelter and see her for yourself!

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Gitana thinks there is always room for two on a bench (and probably couch!)

Delilah the four-year-old Hound mix is another pooch who gets along well with other dogs. She’s had a couple of different kennelmates since she’s been at the shelter, including a puppy who brought out the playful puppy side of Delilah! The two of them were ready for a high-speed game of tag, but us mere humans weren’t quite up for it. Delilah has absolutely beautiful red markings on her white fur, so even though her kennel is at the end of the wing she’ll still be sure to catch your eye.

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Hey there, Delilah!

Delilah, being a Hound mix, liked to follow her nose around the off-leash run but was more than ready to play with the dogs on the other side of the fence when they showed an interest in her. Delilah has super-soft fur, which is just one more reason why you’ll want to snuggle with her. Delilah would prefer to be in an adult-only home, so if your kids are heading off to college later this month, maybe think about adding Delilah to your family!

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Delilah has one of those sweet Hound faces

Colby the ten-year-old Shepherd/Basset Hound mix is a funny-looking little guy–and I mean that in the nicest way! How many Shepherd/Basset mixes do you know? If they all looked like Colby, there should definitely be more. Colby is always eager to greet people who stop by his kennel and he was easy-peasy to get on the leash and take out. This older gentleman certainly knows his manners and walked nicely on the leash, though he did want to stop and sniff often (but what else would you expect?).

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Colby enjoying the outdoors

Colby is currently sharing his kennel with Blush, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Don’t let his age or that gray fur on his face fool you–Colby still has a spring in his step. He had a great time exploring the off-leash run and romping around. He seemed to be a little more independent than some of the other dogs I walked that day, but he did stop sniffing for a few minutes to let me scratch his back. This little cutie is ready for a nice home in which to spend his golden years. Come by the shelter soon to meet Colby!

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Colby still has plenty of pep in his step

Cinnamon the ten-year-old Golden Retriever and Carmel the eight-year-old Golden Retriever have a sad story. One of their owners passed away, and the other owner could no longer care for the two of them. They’re confused about how they ended up at the shelter and anxious about being in a new place. The good news is that they still have each other, and therefore would be so happy if they were able to find their new furever home together.

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Aren’t Cinnamon and Carmel the perfect pair?

Carmel (who has the black nose) is the younger of the two, and even though she isn’t exactly “young” she still has some puppy tendencies, like wanting to hold the leash in her mouth while she walks. Carmel doesn’t want to go anywhere without her big sister–when Cinnamon would start walking one way, Carmel wanted to follow. Carmel loves attention and loves to cuddle. She practically crawled into my lap when I was sitting on the ground.

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Carmel is such a pretty girl

Cinnamon (who has the pink nose) is a little bit calmer and spent most of her time sitting on the shady bench in the off-leash run. If you adopt these two, you better make sure you have a couch big enough for everybody! Cinnamon will sit as close to you as possible if you join her, and might even give you a quick doggy kiss. If you talk to anybody who has Golden Retrievers, they will tell you that they are the best breed in the world, and Cinnamon and Carmel are excellent examples. Turn their frowns upside down and bring them home with you today!

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Cinnamon apparently is a couch potato

Janet the two-year-old Beagle mix isn’t quite ready to be adopted yet, but she is so adorable that I can’t help but start to spread the word about her already. In fact, I’m wondering if my dog would like a little sister, because both their looks and their personalities are so similar! Janet is currently one of the ‘office dogs’ in the room next to the front desk, where she spends most of her time curled up in her little spot in the corner because she’s scared of just about everything. But even though she’s scared, she is still the sweetest thing. She’s quickly become a volunteer and staff favorite.

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Little Janet was a little nervous on our walk

Janet does enjoy eating treats, and she was even willing to take some right from my hand. Once we spent a few minutes together inside the office getting to know each other, I took her outside for a quick walk. She walks surprisingly well on the leash and didn’t seem too bothered by the barking dogs. Those big brown eyes of hers just get me every time. Once Janet is in a nice, loving, gentle home, she will come out of her shell and make a wonderful companion. Stop by the shelter soon to learn more about her!

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There’s no denying that Janet is quite the cutie

I also saw my buddies Corky, Daisy, Diesel, Shamrock, Shasta, Wilbur, and Zeus.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Think Love is in the Air

It was a busy day at Orphans of the Storm® with some very happy adoptions, but there are always more pooches to meet!

Archie the twelve-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has officially stolen my heart. His face may be getting gray, and his back legs may not be as flexible as they once were, but he still has plenty of joie de vivre and just wants someone to love him. Archie is an excellent walking companion, and an excellent companion overall. He absolutely loved getting his neck scratched and gave me some sweet doggy kisses as a thank you.

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Archie just has the sweetest face

Archie is a big boy, but he thinks he’s a lapdog. He kept trying to scoot backwards onto my legs when I was kneeling next to him, but when that didn’t work he just laid down in the grass next to me and enjoyed some snuggle time. When he found an interesting smell in the grass, he rolled around like a puppy! Archie is a laid-back guy who wants nothing more than a soft bed to nap in and a nice family to appreciate him. He broke my heart when I put him back in his kennel, though; he started crying and stuck his paw through the gate 😦 I would’ve taken him home that very minute if I could! Come into the shelter soon and see for yourself how amazing Archie is.

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Archie was such a good boy on his leash

Sydney the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix is a little bundle of cute. She seems like she’s going to be a permanent puppy, in both appearance and personality. Since she’s over a year old, she probably isn’t going to get any bigger than her current size. She is also incredibly playful. As soon as we got in the off-leash run, she found a soft squeaky toy and started to play fetch with herself by throwing the toy in the air and pouncing on it.

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Sydney with a favorite toy in her mouth

Sydney loved her toy so much, in fact, that she carried it with her when we left the off-leash run! Her new owners should be prepared to spoil her with lots of fun toys. Sydney was very interested in all of the other dogs that were out and about, but figured out that it was best to sit nicely and watch from a distance rather than pull on the leash. Sydney might be a little too rambunctious for little kids, but she would love older kids who can keep up with her! If you’re looking for a playful, adorable companion, come in soon to meet Sydney!

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Sydney’s puppy face, with wrinkly snout!

Murphy the two-year-old Husky mix is one good-looking pooch. I helped him pose for his official picture on the website, and it just took a couple of tries to get the perfect shot. It’s not hard to be a model when you’re as handsome as Murphy! Murphy is a fun dog to be with. He had a great time chasing tennis balls in the off-leash run (though he wasn’t the best at bringing them back to me) and wanted to race the dog on the other side of the fence.

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Murphy knows how to smile for the camera

Murphy is one of those dogs who loves to give doggy hugs. While he’s doing that, he appreciates getting a good scratch on the neck or behind the ears in return. Murphy’s tail is almost always wagging, and he always has a smile on his face. He would be happiest in an active home, since his breed is meant to run long distances. Murphy is sure to bring a smile to his new family’s face every day, so come in soon to meet him!

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Murphy wanted to play with the other pooches

Clint the two-year-old Basset Hound mix is a real sweetie. He was extremely shy when he first arrived at the shelter, but he’s starting to get better–though he is still a little unsure of new things, like when we walked through the brand-new hallway by the cat wing (which you should definitely check out, by the way, even if you aren’t looking for a cat). Once we spent some time walking around together, though, Clint perked up and enjoyed himself.

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Clint is the cutest! Look at those white paws!

Clint will catch your eye right away because he is so darn cute. He (like Elmo) has one blue eye and one brown eye, and he’s the first Basset mix I’ve seen with a docked tail, which is just the cutest little thing. I sat down in the grass at one point, and Clint slowly started to take tiny steps closer and closer until he had one paw in my lap. From there, I scratched his chin until he was comfortable enough to actually sit in my lap. Clint used to have a kennelmate, so he could go to a home with or without another doggy friend. Stop by the shelter soon to see if he’s the one for you!

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Clint’s pretty blue eye

I also saw plenty of my other furry friends, like Corky (who is such a pro at sitting for a treat), Giorgio, Lady, Mister, Molly (who loves to give doggy hugs), the other Molly (who will catch anything you throw–in midair!), Peggy (who did so well with her training at Tops Kennel and wants to prove how good she is), Rosco (who loves to get his hips scratched) and Wilbur, Rusty, Shamrock, and Tom-Tom (who is also a good doggy-hug giver).