Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Have Holiday Hope

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

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

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Rooster leading the way on our walk

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

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Rooster coming over for a snuggle

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

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Poochie has a super-cute face

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

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Poochie liked these long grasses

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

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Carlos is basically a giant puppy

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

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

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

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Einstein is very dapper

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

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Einstein says, “Hello there!”

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

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

Orphans of the Storm® Is Hoping to Empty the Shelter

This is a big weekend for Orphans of the Storm®!

Firstly, Orphans of the Storm® is excited to be one of 125+ shelters participating in BISSELL Pet Foundation’s nationwide Empty the Shelters adoption event this Saturday, October 12! Dogs and cats 6 months and older will have their adoption fees waived. If you missed Clear the Shelters back in August, now is another great opportunity to bring home a furry friend.

Secondly, Orphans of the Storm® is happy to be returning to the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Spooky Pooch Parade on Sunday, October 13 from 11am-1pm! Several of our adoptable dogs will be dressed up in Halloween costumes, strutting their stuff. Be sure to come out and cheer them on!

There are many new dogs for you to meet on your next visit to the shelter too.

Titan the five-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a very big boy, but really just a big baby! He loves being doted on and will happily stand by your side or lean against your legs for as long as you keep petting him. Titan greeted me with a very waggy tail and was eager to go on a walk. He prefers to walk at a quicker pace but doesn’t pull too much–unless he sees a squirrel or bird, and then you better hold on! Titan can definitely be strong when he wants to be.

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Titan spotted a squirrel in the tree

Titan enjoys sniffing around and exploring when he’s off-leash in the yard. He has been in one play group so far and did well with the other dogs, though he was equally interested in hanging out with the humans. Titan has a ginormous head that he will nudge you with when he wants some more pets. Come in soon to meet Titan!

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Titan is a handsome guy

Hazel the two-year-old and Nutella the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mixes are a bonded pair that are looking to be adopted together. A couple of the benefits of adopting a bonded pair are that they already have a built-in friend to feel comfortable with as they adjust to their new home, and they also have a built-in playmate to keep them company when you leave the house. Plus, Hazel and Nutella look super cute when they cuddle during naptime!

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Hazel is a sweetheart

Hazel is the slightly more shy and mellow of the two. She can pull a bit on the leash when she first comes out of her kennel, but settles into being a nice walking companion pretty quickly. Hazel particularly enjoys getting her chin scratched and looks at you with such sweetness and gratefulness. She spent most of her time in the Enrichment Park slowly sniffing around.

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Hazel watching her buddy

Nutella is more outwardly affectionate and playful. He likes chasing after toys but wasn’t too interested in picking them up or bringing them back. Nutella happily romped around the Enrichment Park but often came back to me for more snuggles. When I sat down on the bench, he put his front paws in my lap so I could pet him more. He pulls on the leash during walks a bit more than Hazel does, but not too much.

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Don’t let Nutella’s serious face fool you–he’s a goofball

Hazel and Nutella both attend play groups and get along with the other dogs. Nutella engages in actively playing more so than Hazel. This is a sweet, happy pair ready to join a sweet, happy home! If you have the space for two, be sure to say hello to Hazel and Nutella!

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Nutella exploring the Enrichment Park

Kado the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix was a little wary of people when he first arrived at the shelter, but has already come a long way! Now he is quite snuggly and will put his front paws in your lap and give you plenty of doggy kisses. There are still some times when he can get nervous and skittish, though, so we think Kado would do best in an adult-only home or a home with older children/teenagers.

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Kado hopped on the bench and politely sat without being asked

Kado is a play group rockstar and participates basically every day. He’s gotten along with every dog he’s met so far, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Kado likes to lead the way on walks and moves at a quick pace, but doesn’t pull as long as you keep up with him. He enjoys chasing after toys and nibbled on a couple that were in the Enrichment Park. Come in soon to meet Kado!

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Kado was a little camera-shy

Toes the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Catahoula Leopard Dog mix has pretty much every good quality you could want in a dog. He walks great on the leash, he is friendly and affectionate, he gets along with other dogs of all sizes, and he plays nicely with toys. Toes is a play group rockstar and participates every day. Also, we walked the whole way around the woodland preserve trail next to another volunteer and a tiny Chihuahua and Toes was the perfect gentleman.

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One toy is not enough for Toes

Toes will put his front paws in your lap and gives you doggy kisses when you kneel down to his level. He’s also content to sit in your lap and get lots of pets. Toes enjoys playing fetch with stuffed toys. He likes to play a bit of tug-of-war before you throw the toy, but he always drops it without being asked when he’s ready to fetch again. Toes is the total package. Be sure to say hello to him on your next visit to the shelter!

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Toes’ face of contentment

Kira the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is super snuggly. She gave me a doggy hug as soon as she came out of her kennel and wasn’t even interested in walking! She just wanted to cuddle. Kira joined me on the bench and loved getting her ears and sides scratched. When I stopped petting her, she reached out and poked me with her front paw to let me know she wasn’t ready for me to stop yet. (I obliged, of course.)

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Kira’s happy face

Kira is an excellent leash-walking companion. She doesn’t pull at all and walks at a nice, easy pace. Kira regularly attends play group and doesn’t mind the company of other dogs. She is not a fan of cats, however, so she should go to a cat-free home. Kira would also do best in an adult-only home. If that sounds like you, come in soon to meet Kira!

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Kira has a super fluffy tail

Bison the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is very attentive to his person. He looked at me frequently as we made our way around the woodland preserve trail, and I always responded by telling him what a good boy he is. Bison prefers to walk at a quick pace, but doesn’t really pull on the leash. He happily joined me on the bench for a break.

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Bison has fun ears

Bison occasionally attends play groups, and he generally does better in smaller groups with mostly female dogs. Bison has a number of playmates that he particularly enjoys romping with, but some dogs that he isn’t as fond of. When Bison has the Enrichment Park all to himself, he likes to run a couple laps and then come back to his person for more pets. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Bison!

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Bison about to jump on the bench

I also saw Blue and Rachel (who greeted me with a happy doggy hug).

Orphans of the Storm® Is Hoping to “Empty the Shelter” on May 4

This Saturday, May 4, Orphans of the Storm® is participating in the national “Empty the Shelters” event, sponsored by BISSELL Pet Foundation. All dogs and cats age 6 months and older will have their adoption fee lowered to $25 (additional veterinary fees may still apply). There are more than 70 dogs waiting to meet you! Here are just a few.

Clyde the four-year-old Hound/Mountain Cur mix is a sweet, happy boy. He’s very patient about getting his leash put on and does a nice job walking on the leash. He usually just stayed a couple steps ahead of me and rarely pulled. Clyde, being a Hound mix, enjoys occasionally pausing to smell the flowers and other interesting scents when he’s on a walk.

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Clyde giving a little smile for the camera

Clyde loves getting pet and will lean against your legs while you scratch his hips and back. He also gave me a few doggy kisses. Clyde attends play groups regularly and gets along well with other dogs. He doesn’t engage in too much active play-wrestling, but he politely sniffs everybody hello and his short tail is always wagging. Be sure to say hello to Clyde on your next visit to the shelter!

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Clyde has a cute ridge of fur right down his nose

Eastside the two-year-old Heeler mix absolutely loves going to play group. In fact, he barely wanted to walk around the woodland preserve with me because he was so eager to join all of his doggy friends in the yard instead. Eastside’s play style can get a little intense sometimes (Heelers are known for being very focused!), but overall he gets along with pretty much everybody.

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Eastside has fox-like ears and tail

Eastside can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, because he’s so excited to be out and about. Once we got about a third of the way around the trail, though, he settled into being a pretty good walking companion. Eastside is looking for an active home (maybe with teenagers–he was found as a stray hanging out at a high school and the students there loved him) where he can be your new best playmate. Come in soon to meet Eastside!

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Eastside says, “Play group, please!”

Cooper the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix arrived at the shelter very shy, but he is starting to come out of his shell and showing what a sweetheart he can be. He’s a little skittish with loud or strange noises (like when his leash rubbed against a tree trunk), but does better as he gets more comfortable being out. Cooper is a great walking companion and was walking so close to me that his side was touching my leg.

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Cooper is the cutest with his little tongue poking out

Cooper likes to snuggle once he gets to know you. He even gave me a few doggy kisses eventually. Cooper has participated in play groups and can be a little overwhelmed at first when there’s a large group, but has found some doggy friends that he likes to play with. He also likes to go on his walks with another dog. If you want to help Cooper come out of his shell even more, be sure to say hello on your next visit to the shelter!

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Cooper keeping an eye on things

Yellow the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is still very much a puppy. He has lots of happy exuberance that he wants to share with people. Yellow is super friendly and loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses. He enjoys standing on his hind legs and resting his front paws on your arms while you pet him. He even smiles!

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Yellow leading the way on our walk

Yellow is a playful pooch. He sometimes went into a play bow while we were on our walk and did a quick spin or two. Yellow politely sniffed a couple dogs on the other side of the fence, but doesn’t normally do play groups. He’s one of those extra-pretty dogs with one brown eye and one blue eye. If you’re looking for a fun-loving puppy to join your home, come in soon to meet Yellow!

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Yellow showing off his bright blue eye (cameo by Gracie)

I also saw Apollo, Barney, Dusty, Gracie, and Princess.

The first play group I attended this week included Brutus, Clyde, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Lucy, Romeo, Sasha, and YoYo (Yeyo). There were also not-yet-profiled dogs Harry, Pumpkin, and Zaxby.

The second play group included Alec(k), Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde, Cooper, Donny, Eastside, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Gracie, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Maggie, Pony Boy, Romeo, Sasha, Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo). There were also not-yet-profiled dogs Clyde (we currently have two Clydes!), Harry, Henry, Mamba, Pumpkin, Thea, Zaxby, and Zorro.