Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Wish You Happy Holidays!

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but back open at our normal time of 11am on Thursday. If you don’t get the dog you wished for under the tree this week, then come by the shelter to meet the perfect pooch for you!

Rudgie the six-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix is an energetic boy. He loves using his Hound nose to explore all the interesting scents when he romps around the yard off-leash. Rudgie gets the occasional burst of energy where he runs a lap or two around the yard, but then settles down to more of a meandering. Rudgie is very snuggly and will happily stand by your side for as long as you keep petting him.

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Rudgie coming over to cuddle (with a guest appearance by Sirius in the background)

Rudgie is a smart boy and comes bounding over when you whistle. He would be eager to learn much more! He’s also easy-going enough that he doesn’t mind getting dressed up in hats and other cute outfits. Rudgie was previously sharing his kennel with Sirius (see below), so he gets along with other dogs. If you’ve been looking for a happy Hound, come in soon to meet Rudgie!

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Rudgie has the floppiest ears

Sirius the four-year-old Labrador Retriever/Chow Chow mix is pretty mellow. He enjoyed exploring the off-leash yard on his own, at a slow and steady pace. Sirius walks nicely on the leash and rarely pulls (except for when he doesn’t want to go back to his kennel, understandably!). When Sirius comes over to get pet, he particularly enjoys getting his hips scratched.

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Sirius’ sweet face (with a guest appearance by Rudgie)

Sirius was previously sharing his kennel with Rudgie (see above), so he gets along with other dogs. He also has done well being around children. Black dogs sometimes get overlooked in shelters, but Harry Potter taught us that black dogs can sometimes be a doting godfather in disguise. Come by the shelter soon and let Sirius show you how sweet he can be!

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Sirius would love a yard to call his own

Blanche the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Hound mix is pretty timid when she first comes out of her kennel, but she warms up after a few minutes and is actually very snuggly. She can also be skittish when there are loud or unfamiliar noises, but after some encouragement she gets braver. Blanche ended up enjoying being able to explore around the Enrichment Park and did lots of sniffing and investigating.

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Blanche is a nice walking buddy

Blanche snuggled up with me when I knelt down to her level, and put her front paws up on the bench next to me when I sat down during our walk. She can be a little resistant to walking on the leash at first, but once we got on the woodland preserve trail she was a great walking companion. Blanche has participated in at least one play group, and being with other gentle dogs brings out her playful side. Be sure to say hello to Blanche on your next visit to the shelter!

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Blanche coming out of her shell

Bessie the six-year-old Beagle mix is a little cutie. She can be a bit of a slowpoke on walks because, being a Beagle, she wants to sniff absolutely everything. If she’s going too slow for your liking, though, Bessie doesn’t mind being picked up and carried. Bessie had a great time snuffling her way around the Enrichment Park. The shelter in Tennessee where she came from said that Bessie also loves playing with toys.

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Bessie doing what Beagles do best

Bessie gets along with other dogs of all sizes. She was previously sharing her kennel with another dog her size who has since been adopted, and has also participated in play group with larger dogs and actively played with them. If you’re looking for a playful pup, be sure to say hello to Bessie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Bessie says, “Hey, what was that noise?”

I also saw Carlos (who gave me very enthusiastic doggy hugs).

Play group included Anya, Barney, Batman (Wombat), Blanche, Carlos, Polly, Rooster, and Turbo, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Brunhilda, Jordan, Lola, Mrs. Doolittle, Pumpkin, and Wednesday.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Can Brighten Up a Rainy Day

This week’s pictures aren’t the best because the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® and I got caught in the rain! Nobody seemed interested in extending their outdoor time longer than necessary. But even on a dreary day, these dogs will definitely be able to put a smile on your face.

Tahini the three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is happy, playful, and snuggly. She gladly leaned against my legs so I could pet her and gave me doggy kisses whenever I knelt down to her level. Tahini loves playing with toys, whether it be playing fetch with a person, throwing it in the air herself, or lying down and chewing. She enjoys a mix of stuffed squeaky toys and rubber bouncy balls. Tahini walks nicely on the leash, though she mostly wanted to run on this particular day to dodge the raindrops.

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Tahini taking a break from romping around the Enrichment Park

Where Tahini really shines is in play group. She is a play group rockstar and also a designated “helper dog,” which means she plays with dogs who need to better develop their doggy socialization skills and teaches them proper play group etiquette. She’s gotten along with every dog she’s met so far and can adjust her play style to match that of her playmate. If you’re looking for a sweet dog who loves to play with people and other dogs alike but will cuddle with you at the end of the day, be sure to meet Tahini on your next visit to the shelter!

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Tahini choosing which toy to play with

Peanut the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix (who you have previously seen me call Phat in my play group summaries, but that name was confusing people!) is energetic and upbeat. She enjoyed exploring around the off-leash run but came back to me often to get pet. Peanut has a cuddly side and scooted underneath my knees when I was sitting on the bench so I could pet her more. She later hopped up and joined me on the bench.

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Peanut is a little cutie

Peanut likes to lead the way on walks and can be a little strong, so it might be best for her future family to walk her with a harness. She attends play group regularly and likes to actively play with the other dogs, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. She could also go to a home with children. Come in soon to see if Peanut is the pooch for you!

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Peanut says, “Yup, that’s the spot!”

Cooper the three-year-old Beagle mix can be a little shy at first, but warms up very quickly and loves getting pet. He’ll happily stand by your side as long as you keep petting him. Cooper enjoys following his nose around the yard. He is also an easy walking companion because he goes at a meandering pace so he can catch even more interesting scents. He didn’t pull on the leash at all. When I sat down on the bench, Cooper put his front paws up next to me.

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Cooper appreciates a good scratch

Cooper used to live with children, dogs, and cats. However, he still has his Hound genes and thought the family chickens were for hunting rather than observing. So, he could go to a home with children and other dogs or cats, but no birds. Cooper prefers being with just one or two dogs rather than larger play groups, and also prefers if those other dogs are closer to his size. If you’re looking for a family dog, be sure to say hello to Cooper on your next visit to the shelter!

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Cooper joining me on the bench

I also saw Big Boy, Cocoa, and Pepper.

Play group this week included Anya, Barney, Batman, Kado, Nutella, Pepper, and Samara, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Betty, Bull, Jordan, Kimbo, Mardi Gras, Millie, Raider, Roscoe, Sasha, Skippy, and Turkey. I also went for walks with not-yet-profiled Sara and Carlos (who are also play group regulars, but just happened to go for walks instead on this particular morning).

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

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

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

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Jupiter very proud of his toy duck

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

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Jupiter loving the octopus

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

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Imagine waking up to Thelma’s precious face every morning

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

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Louise leading the way

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

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Thelma is a cutie-patootie

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

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Louise following her nose

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

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Bruno is ready for his close-up

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

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Bruno is such a handsome boy

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

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Charles says, “Please love me!”

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

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Charles loves getting attention

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

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Duke being lovey-dovey

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

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Duke has the prettiest chocolate fur

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Luanne with her pretty speckled fur

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

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Luanne has bright eyes and a pink tongue!

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

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Ansley on alert

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

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Ansley enjoying a romp

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

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Puddin feeling perkier

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

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

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

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

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

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Mabel in play group with new friends

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

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

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

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

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

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Max is such a sweetheart

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

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Max staying cool in the shade

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

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Eddie being attentive

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

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Eddie is a little ball of fluff

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

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Leia smiling for the camera

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

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Leia enjoying an afternoon roll

I also saw Barney and Reeco.

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

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Are Happy to Give You Lots of Kisses

Firstly, the Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is just a month away! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m. Get the details here and then call the shelter directly at 847-945-0235 to RSVP!

Secondly, it was my lucky day because all of the new dogs I met were particularly affectionate and so much fun to be with!

Luna the one-year-old Beagle/Spaniel mix spent some time in a foster home before coming to the shelter, so that means she already has experience living in a home. Her foster mom says that Luna gets along with other dogs and did well with visitors. She also says that Luna enjoys cuddling on the couch, which I could have easily guessed because Luna kept climbing into my lap and giving me doggy kisses!

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Luna being playful

Luna does a pretty good job walking on the leash, but every once in a while she gets a puppy spurt of energy and wants to run rather than walk. She politely sniffed Jack on the other side of the fence and enjoyed exploring the off-leash run. Luna is hoping for a home that will spoil her with lots of toys and a nice yard to play in. Come in soon to see if Luna is the puppy for you!

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Luna says, “Yes, hello, have you met my friend Jack?”

Gracie the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier (or maybe some Weimaraner, based on her coloring) mix is a lot of fun. We spent some time in the Enrichment Park, where Gracie had a great time chasing after toys and proudly carrying around a tennis ball. Gracie is also super snuggly. She put her front paws in my lap whenever she got the opportunity and covered my face in doggy kisses.

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Gracie positively glows!

Gracie gets along with other dogs and has participated in a play group, which involved lots of bouncing around and play-bowing, even with dogs who are much bigger than she is. Gracie walks nicely on the leash and will be a good walking companion around the neighborhood. Be sure to say hello to Gracie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Gracie loves tennis balls

Sadie the three-year-old Mountain Cur mix is a sweet, happy girl. She genuinely knows how to smile and her tail is almost constantly wagging. Sadie gives people a friendly greeting whether she knows them well or not. She is very cuddly and will happily lean against you while you pet her, or attempt to climb into your lap. Sadie gives very enthusiastic doggy kisses too.

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Sadie smiling in the sunshine

Sadie has a little bit of a limp (she appears to be missing a toe on one of her front paws), but it doesn’t slow her down at all. She walks nicely on the leash and is happy to lead the way just a couple steps ahead of her person. Sadie is looking for an adults-only home where she can be the only dog. If that sounds like your situation, be sure to come in and meet Sadie!

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Sadie is happy-go-lucky

Irwin the two-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix is a very handsome boy. Literally every volunteer and customer we passed had to stop and tell him how pretty he is. Irwin is a great walking companion and rarely pulls on the leash. He was mostly interested in sniffing and exploring along the woodland preserve trail.

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Irwin wanted a better look at the dogs on the other side of the fence

Irwin is currently sharing his kennel with another dog and politely sniffed the dogs on the other side of the fence with his tail wagging, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Irwin likes getting pet, particularly on the side of his neck, and will stay by your side while you pet him. Stop in soon to say hello to Irwin!

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Irwin enjoys his walks

I also saw Apollo, Barney, Big Boy, Carlos, Carson, Claire (Clarinet), Huckleberry, Lolabell, Mojo, Pony Boy, Tom, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Have Slip-n-Slidin’ Fun

A good portion of Orphans of the Storm®’s woodland preserve trail was transformed into an ice rink, which was a little challenging to walk across on two human legs but also slowed down the dogs! So we mostly stuck to the dry areas and had a better time, though some of the dogs were eager to give their ice skating skills a test.

Cookie the five-year-old Hound mix came from a family who could no longer care for her. That means she has experience living in a home and is ready to get resettled! Cookie greets people with a wagging tail. She’s a friendly girl who enjoys getting pet but who didn’t mind going off and doing her own exploring in the off-leash run.

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Cookie has such a sweet face

Cookie gets along with other dogs and has participated in a few play groups. She can be more actively playful or sit back and be calmer, depending on the dogs she’s with. However, Cookie isn’t a fan of cats. Cookie walks nicely on the leash and is a good walking companion. If you’re looking for a sweet girl to join your family, be sure to say hello to Cookie!

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Cookie investigating with her nose

Peaches the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is as sweet as his name. He loves getting attention and will gladly stand by your side as long as you’re petting him. Peaches can pull on a leash a little bit, but for the most part does a good job with walking on the leash and likes to pause every once in a while to do some sniffing.

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Peaches using his very pink nose

Peaches likes other dogs and enjoys being part of play groups. He’s more of a “rough and tumble” guy, which can be too much for some playmates but perfect for others. He likes to say hello to people and dogs alike, and wants to know what everyone else is up to. Come in soon to see if Peaches is the one for you!

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Peaches says, “I know there’s a dog behind here! I know it!”

Loki the nine-year-old Beagle mix still has plenty of energy and spunk. He’s talkative, as Beagles are known to be, and will bark hello when you come to take him out of his kennel. He’s also a little stubborn when it comes to deciding which way to go on walks. Loki eventually follows his person, but will give a little “Fine! I don’t agree but I’ll still do it!” bark first. Overall, though, he walks at a nice pace and enjoys sniffing the ground at a quick pace too.

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Loki balancing on the ice

Loki loves the snow and that’s where his puppy-like personality really comes out. He rolls on his back in it, eats it, crawls across it with his (cutely chubby) belly, and doesn’t want to leave it! Loki also enjoys belly rubs and getting his ears scratched. He made me smile the entire time we were together. Be sure to say hello to Loki on your next visit to the shelter!

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Loki loving the snow

Anna the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a big, strong girl. She can pull on the leash a bit when she first comes out of her kennel, but don’t let that deter you. She does well on the leash once she gets settled in her walking pace, as long as you can keep up with her. Anna enjoyed snuffling her way around the woodland preserve trail and often kept her nose to the ground.

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Anna leading the way on our walk

Anna loves people and will greet you with a doggy hug once she knows you. She’ll also try to give you some enthusiastic doggy kisses. She doesn’t seem too fond of other dogs at this point, though, so she may do best as the only pet in her new home. If you like big dogs, come in soon to meet Anna!

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Anna stepping gingerly on the ice

Sherman the one-year-old Plott mix can be just a tiny bit skittish, but very sweet. He’s an affectionate puppy who likes to snuggle and give doggy kisses. He put his front paws in my lap whenever I was down at his level or sitting on the bench, and also hopped up on the bench next to me a couple times. Sherman is very gentle and seems to prefer meandering around the yard rather than romping.

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Sherman wasn’t a fan of the 40mph wind gusts

Sherman is a nice walking companion and didn’t pull on the leash at all. He was mostly interested in staying close to my side, but his ears would always perk up if he heard something. Sherman is just a lovey-dovey eager to find a home as sweet as he is. Stop by the shelter soon to say hello to Sherman!

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But Sherman was a fan of cuddling!

I also saw Barney, Big Boy (who is so snuggly and convinced he’s a lapdog), Blue (who loves to play with toys), Brutus, Carlos, Dunkin (who gave me a doggy hug), Evelyn, Hazel, Hobbs, Huckleberry (who is so affectionate), Lolabell (who walked much nicer on the leash this week), Maya, Mojo, and Tyson.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoy Crunching through the Leaves

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

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

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Maya loves sniffing the fall smells

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

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Maya has some cute barely-there freckles

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

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

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

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Candy says, “That’s the spot!”

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

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Bruno is always alert

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

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Bruno is eager to take the lead

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

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Timmy coming over for some pets

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

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Timmy is a little fluffball

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

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Zeke says, “Hello!”

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

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Zeke is very gentle when carrying his toys

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

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Invite You to Clear the Shelters

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 18, is the annual Clear the Shelters nationwide event! Orphans of the Storm® is participating for the fourth year in a row. On this day, adoption fees for dogs and cats 5 months and older will be waived. This waived fee includes spay/neuter, but additional veterinary costs (such as final shots) will still apply if needed.

There are more than 100 dogs ready and waiting to join a new family this weekend. Here is a list of the longest long-timers, who have been at Orphans of the Storm® for 2 or more years, and who have their paws crossed that this year is their year!

And below are some newer dogs for you to meet, too!

Monte the one-year-old Vizsla mix found himself at the shelter because he was too nervous for his first family. He is still skittish, but has come a long way since he first arrived. He’s afraid of some things, like walking past the big dumpsters in the parking lot or having a branch of the bush he’s sniffing touch his back unexpectedly, but doesn’t seem fearful of people. Monte greeted me with a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel, and gave me a few doggy kisses during our walk.

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Monte is a handsome pup

Monte is an excellent walking companion. He only pulls on the leash if something spooks him. Otherwise, he’s super easy. Monte enjoys being pet and always came straight to me when I knelt down to his level. Monte gets along with children, so he could join a family with kids. He’s just looking for the right loving home to help him fully come out of his shell. Be sure to say hello to Monte on your next visit to the shelter!

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Monte cooling off in the shade

Ruthy the one-year-old Chow Chow mix is a poofball whose face makes her look like she’s half-bear, half-fox. Even though she’s young, she already knows some manners. For example, she didn’t take a single step away from her kennel until I put the right walking collar on her. Ruthy walks nicely on the leash for the most part, though she does get the occasional burst of energy and wants to run a little ways.

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Ruthy is so fluffy

Ruthy hopped on and then over one of the benches during our walk, and then joined me on another bench later so I could pet her some more. She can get a little bark-y when she passes by other dogs, so Ruthy would do best as the only pet in an adult home, with someone who has experience with her breed. If you love Chow Chows, come in soon to meet Ruthy!

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Ruthy showing off her black Chow tongue

Trent the five-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is a pretty typical Hound dog. He can be talkative with that signature baying, but was mostly quiet when we were out on our walk. Trent pulls on the leash a bit when he first comes out of his kennel because he’s excited to go for a walk, but he settles down quickly and is a good walking companion.

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Trent loves the outdoors

Trent seems to be particularly fond of walking through tall grasses. His nose goes high and low to pick up as many scents as it can. It’s fun to watch! Trent is a sweet boy who likes getting pet and is gentle when taking treats from your hand. If you ain’t looking for nothing but a Hound dog, come in soon to meet Trent!

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You will often find Trent with his nose to ground

Cass the six-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix came from an owner who lost their job and couldn’t take care of him anymore. He used to live with another dog before he came to the shelter. Cass attends play group regularly and gets along with other dogs.

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Cass and Crowley are a dynamic duo

Cass is easy to walk. He didn’t pull on the leash at all, even when he first came out of his kennel. Cass enjoyed exploring the off-leash run. Cass is definitely more of a sniffer and was snuffling around behind the bushes for a while. He is affectionate and will give you doggy kisses. Cass is looking for a home with either just adults or a family with older children. Be sure to say hello to Cass!

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Cass’s eyes are mesmerizing!

Chip the ten-year-old Beagle mix may be a senior, but don’t let his age fool you. Chip still has springs for legs! When I was putting his leash on, he jumped straight up and booped my nose with his nose. Chip is a silly boy who starts barking when he sees or hears people in the distance. He also apparently doesn’t like golf carts and got a little huffy when one passed by the other side of the fence at the far end of the woodland preserve.

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Chip making his way through the woods

Chip is a problem-solver. It was a hot day, and he was getting tired by the end of our walk. So what does he do? Goes to the shady underside of a bush, digs himself a little bed in the cool dirt, and plops down to take a breather. Genius! When it isn’t too hot of a day, Chip is a nice walking buddy who moves at an easy pace. If you’re considering an older dog but still want some spunk, come in soon to meet Chip!

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Chip is a smarty-pants

I also saw Big Boy (who thinks he is a lapdog) and Mojo, Conny (who loves belly rubs), Elijah, Jasmine (who is super sweet), Nash (who enjoyed romping around the Enrichment Park and found a new favorite squeaky toy), Rudy, and Sadie (who covered my face in doggy kisses).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Wish You a Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day, but you can still come in on Saturday or Sunday to find your new friend before the holiday!

Kanela the nine-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was very shy when she first arrived at the shelter. I tried to take her out a few weeks ago, but she wasn’t interested. Now, she was excited to come out and likes going for walks! She may have gotten off to a rough start for the first few months of her life, but now that she’s being showered with love by nice people, she’s showing her true, sweet personality.

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Kanela has many lovable wrinkles

Kanela does a pretty good job at walking on the leash, though she is pretty muscle-y (other volunteers call her “Fat Jasmine” even though Kanela isn’t fat, it’s just that Jasmine is very skinny) and can pull a bit if she wants to go in a certain direction. Kanela likes getting pet and hopped up on the bench next to me for some cuddles. If you’re looking to add a puppy to your home, come in soon to meet Kanela!

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Kanela showing how to balance

Chewie the three-year-old Border Collie mix is a super smart boy. He knows “sit” and “shake” and probably other commands, and will gladly do them even if he doesn’t get a treat in return. Although he has plenty of energy, he walked well on the leash.

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Chewie is super attentive

Chewie loves to play fetch. He is the only dog I’ve met over the years who has put the ball directly back into my hand. Chewie and I started with a tennis ball, then moved to a rope with a ball in the middle, and finally ended with a rubber ball. So, you better have lots of toys for Chewie when you bring him home! Here is a video of Chewie’s excellent fetching skills:

Chewie isn’t just about the activity, though. He is also a snuggler. He would come up and rest his head on my lap. Chewie also joined me on the bench and enjoyed a good scratch on his back. Chewie is ready and eager to join an active home with people who can keep up with his smarts! If that sounds like you, come in soon to meet Chewie!

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Chewie is a happy boy when he has a toy

Floppy the three-year-old Beagle mix is an adorable little guy. One of his favorite things to do is snuggle. He’ll stand right by your feet and wait for you to lean over and pet him. Floppy would also put his front paws in my lap so I could pet him some more. Floppy is pretty good at walking on the leash, though being a Beagle he also likes to follow his nose.

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Floppy has a sweet face

Floppy loves other dogs. He’s currently sharing his kennel with another dog who is a little bigger than he is. He also wanted to say hello and play with every other dog we passed during our walk. So, Floppy would do great in a home with another furry friend. Be sure to say hello to Floppy on your next visit to the shelter!

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Floppy licking off some raindrops

Foxy the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is an affectionate, easy-going, and very pretty girl. She will happily give you doggy hugs and doggy kisses. She is one of those dogs who will walk between your legs and stand still there so you can scratch her hips. Foxy also joined me on the bench a couple times.

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Foxy debating between fetching and snuggling

Foxy enjoys playing fetch, though after a couple of throws she sometimes loses interest and goes back to sniffing around the yard. Foxy gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing her kennel with another dog, so she could go to a home with or without a furry friend. Come in soon to meet Foxy!

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Foxy showing off her bushy tail

I also saw Elijah, Howard (who is super sweet and snuggly), Nash, Nico, Quinn, and Roxy.