Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Found Their Forever Homes, Part XXII

With Orphans of the Storm® closed to the public (including volunteers), there won’t be posts about new dogs for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, I’d like to help spread positivity by sharing more success stories! If you’ve adopted a dog or cat from Orphans of the Storm® and would like to be featured on the blog, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com. These happy tales put a smile on everyone’s faces!

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you might remember Courage. After waiting three years at Orphans of the Storm®, she finally found her forever home with volunteers Ron and Lucy. Here is their success story!

We adopted Courage, our Black and Tan Coonhound, in September of 2017. My wife Lucy and I are volunteer dog walkers at Orphans of the Storm®, so we were familiar with Courage as we both had walked her several times. When we were ready to adopt a dog, we had a couple of other dogs that we were interested in and Courage was not one we had considered. One weekend we came and walked a couple of dogs on the wonderful wooded trail at Orphans but did not feel a “connection” with those dogs. We were looking for a bigger dog that was an affectionate “people dog.”

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We were feeling frustrated when Lucy said, “How about Courage?” Lucy had recently participated in an off-site adoption event at Chalet Nursery, and Courage was one of the dogs chosen to be there. After spending several hours with her at the event, Lucy saw just how sweet (and quirky) this pooch was. So we took Courage for a walk and when we stopped to sit down on one of the trail benches, Courage jumped up and licked my face and demanded a belly rub! Lucy and I looked at each other. We both knew Courage was the one!

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Courage has made a phenomenal transition from shelter dog to family pet. She is housebroken and only had a couple of accidents when we first brought her home. Now Courage goes to the back door when she needs to relieve herself in the yard, then she barks when she wants to come back into the house. She enjoys a long walk every day as well. We thought that because she was a Hound she would bark a lot, but she does not. She follows us all over the house and tries to be a 65+-pound lapdog. Her morning routine includes laying on the floor waiting for us to rub her tummy. Courage loves to play hide-and-seek with treats hidden all over the house.

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She is definitely a member of our family and we can’t imagine life without her. It is hard to believe that Courage had been at the shelter for over 3 years. She is so sweet, and we would recommend to potential adopters that Hounds do make excellent house dogs. She makes us laugh every day. Adopting Courage has enriched our lives beyond what we could ever hope for.

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Thank you, Ron and Lucy, for adopting Courage and sharing your story! And for being dedicated volunteers!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Warm Up Your Summer

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are ready to get their summers off to a sunny start by finding their new forever homes!

Pumpkin the four-year-old Boxer mix has experience as a family dog and is ready to find a new family to join. She was adopted several months ago but returned because she was jumping the fence and not getting along with other dogs in her neighborhood. So, Pumpkin is looking for a home where she can go on leashed walks or be closely supervised in a fenced yard.

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Pumpkin keeping an eye on things

Pumpkin loves people and gets along with kids and even babies. She politely sits while getting her leash put on, without even being asked. Pumpkin is a great walking companion. She also likes to cuddle and get pet. Pumpkin attends play groups and sometimes plays with the other dogs, but more often keeps to herself or tries to initiate pets from the humans in the yard. She would prefer to be the only dog in her new home.  Come in soon to see if Pumpkin is the pooch for you!

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Pumpkin in a little bit of rain

Brady the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is an active, playful guy. He can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel or if he sees something exciting, but will also eventually slow down to enjoy some sniffing along the trail. Brady liked romping around the off-leash run and exploring along the fence line. He often has a doggy smile on his cute white face.

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Brady knows how to smile for the camera

Brady gets along well with other dogs. He arrived at the shelter with his sister, who has since been adopted. He also attends play groups and particularly enjoys the company of Jackson (see below). Brady liked sniffing at toys and poking them with his nose, but wasn’t too interested in playing fetch on this outing. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Brady!

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Brady following his nose

CoCo and Scooby the six-year-old Great Dane mixes found themselves at the shelter because their family was moving and couldn’t bring them with. They’re hoping to find a new home together–and it will hopefully be a large home, because these are two of the largest (and strongest) dogs I’ve walked!

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CoCo has white socks!

CoCo and Scooby occasionally attend play groups, but since they’re so much bigger than everyone else, they make some of the other dogs a bit nervous and tense. They can also be bark-y around other dogs when they’re on the leash or on opposite sides of the fence (CoCo more so than Scooby).

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Scooby is a handsome boy

Scooby seems to be the more affectionate of the two. He often came back to me while exploring the off-leash run so he could cuddle and give me a couple doggy kisses. CoCo did more exploring on his own, but he also poked my nose with his nose once or twice and liked getting scratched on his hips. If you have the space in your home and your heart for these two big brothers, come in soon to meet CoCo and Scooby!

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CoCo and Scooby finding out what’s behind the bushes

Athena the one-year-old Hound mix is very friendly and affectionate. She gave me a doggy hug as soon as she came out of her kennel and was always attentive to where I was when we were in the Enrichment Park. I’m not sure how much training she’s had since she’s barely out of puppyhood, but she did come running over when I called her.

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Athena being attentive

Athena can pull a bit on the leash when she first comes out of her kennel, but settles into a nice walking companion after she has a chance to romp around and get some of her excess energy out. Athena is currently sharing her kennel with Jackson (see below) but was a little tentative and nervous when she went into a larger play group. Be sure to say hello to happy Athena on your next visit to the shelter!

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Athena caught in a blink

Jackson the eleven-month-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is super sweet. He likes to snuggle and will tuck his head into you. He also gave me a couple gentle doggy kisses. Being a Hound, Jackson likes to follow his nose and take his time exploring. He criss-crossed the Enrichment Park in order to find all of the interesting smells.

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Jackson has super floppy ears (cameo by Athena in the back)

Jackson walks nicely on the leash and is pretty calm overall, especially for a puppy. He is currently sharing his kennel with Athena (see above) and also attends play group regularly. He interacts nicely with the other dogs and particularly enjoyed the company of Brady (see above), so he could go to a home with or without a doggy friend. If you’re looking for a lovable and loving pup, come in soon to meet Jackson!

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Jackson doing what Hounds do best

Beatrix the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is very attentive to her person. When we were on our walk around the woodland preserve, Beatrix often paused to look up at me and confirm that we were still on the same page. She alternates between walking at an easy-going, meandering pace and speeding up to follow an interesting scent trail, but she doesn’t pull much on the leash.

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Beatrix has such a smooshy face

Beatrix also likes to be close to her person. When I knelt down next to her, she leaned against me so much that I almost toppled over! She wanted to be as close as possible without actually climbing into my lap. Although Beatrix loves the company of people, she doesn’t seem too fond of other dogs and would probably do best as the only dog in her new home. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Beatrix!

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Beatrix enjoying the outdoors

I also saw Alec(k), Anna, Barney (who loves splashing around in the puppy pool), Clyde the Heeler (who just wants to spend all of his time snuggling with you), John Boy, Pony Boy, Sox, and YoYo (Yeyo).

My first play group this week included Alec(k), Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde the Heeler, Cocoa (who is getting better in larger groups), Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Maggie, Pumpkin, Tom, Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo). Snow White also had a one-on-one with Huckleberry. The not-yet-profiled dogs were Bandi, Bruno, Emma, Gilbert, Marcie, Polly, and Vannah.

My second play group included Alec(k), Brutus, Cass, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde the Heeler, Delilah, Donny, Elijah, Jackson, John Boy, Maggie, Mojo, Quinn, Romeo, Sasha, Sox, Spike (who is doing great in larger groups), Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo). Barney also had a one-on-one with Cocoa. Not-yet-profiled dogs included Bogo, Bruno, Emma, Gilbert, Maizie, Pepsi, and Polly.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Hoping to Start Their Summers in a Forever Home

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, but open regular hours (11am-5pm) Saturday and Sunday. You still have time to welcome a new furry family member into your home before the holiday!

Molly the four-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is the sweetest! All she wants to do is snuggle with the nearest person. Instead of exploring around the Enrichment Park, Molly spent her time giving me lots of doggy hugs and attempting to climb into my lap. When someone walks up to pet her, she wants to be as close as possible and will try to sit on their feet.

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Molly has the floppiest ears

Molly walks nicely on the leash and occasionally stops to sniff, but not as much as you might expect from a Hound. She’s currently sharing her kennel with a little Beagle, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. She also goes to play group, but gets a little overwhelmed in large, active groups and prefers just a quick sniff hello before moving on. If you’re looking for a great cuddle companion, be sure to say hello to Molly on your next visit to the shelter!

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Molly always has the sweetest look on her face

Spike the ten-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came from an owner who didn’t have enough time for him, but that means he already has experience living in a home and is ready to find his forever one. Spike is very calm for a puppy! Even though he could throw his weight around if he wanted to, he actually walks great on the leash. He’s more of a meanderer and likes to take his time sniffing.

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Spike has a lovable giant square head

Spike has participated in a couple small play groups with well-socialized dogs who have been teaching him proper play group etiquette. Spike is a quick learner but may still be too exuberant for some dogs, and may do best as the only dog in his new home. Spike has quickly become a volunteer favorite because of his happy personality. Come in soon to meet Spike!

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Spike is surprisingly floofy for his breed

Reggie the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has lots of energy! Reggie ran a few laps around the yard before slowing down to sniff and explore. He wasn’t overly interested in playing fetch, but poked some of the toys with his nose. Reggie politely sniffed Clyde when they were on opposite sides of the fence, as well as when we passed Clyde on leash during our walk around the woodland preserve.

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Reggie says, “Whee!!”

Reggie likes to take breaks from romping around in order to get pet. He put his front paws in my lap on multiple occasions so I could scratch his neck and ears. Reggie likes to walk at a quick pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash too much. He has a great doggy smile and always looks happy. Stop by the shelter soon and say hello to Reggie!

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Reggie being silly

Stevo the two-year-old Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix is a little shy and nervous right now. He wasn’t so sure about coming out for a walk, so I sat in his kennel with him for a couple minutes to give him time to get comfortable with me. Then we were on our way! Despite his hesitation, Stevo is great at walking on the leash. He was always either right by my side or just a couple steps ahead.

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Stevo is too cute for words

Stevo prefers having a chance to sniff a person before you start petting him (which is what you should do for all dogs anyway!) but will stand politely once you do pet him, and won’t start walking again until you stop. Stevo is looking for an understanding home with people who will help him come out of his shell. If that sounds like it could be you, come in soon to meet Stevo!

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Stevo on the move

Thea the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is super affectionate. She loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses, and will try to climb into your lap whenever the opportunity presents itself. Thea was a little shy when she first arrived at the shelter, but she has made a lot of progress and now wags her tail at everyone and wants to say hello.

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Thea sometimes rocks the “one ear up, one ear down” look

Thea walks pretty well on the leash, but can be a little reluctant sometimes and needs encouragement to keep going. Once she’s settled and comfortable in her new neighborhood, she’ll probably do just fine! Thea attends play groups and mostly kept to herself at first, but has recently started engaging with other dogs and is showing more of her playful side. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Thea is the pooch for you!

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Thea will eventually learn to love walks!

Cocoa the three-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is very energetic and playful. She gets super excited when she realizes it’s her turn to come out for a walk and can pull on the leash a bit, but eventually settles down (though she still prefers to walk at a quick pace). Cocoa loves toys more than anything! Balls, squeakers, ropes–you name it, she’ll play with it! This means she’s also great at playing fetch.

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Cocoa loved this ball the most

Cocoa is also cuddly and affectionate. She combines her love of people and toys by snuggling on her person’s lap while chewing her toy. Cocoa participates in play groups and has a rambunctious play style. She has also completed Level 1 of obedience training and has graduated to Level 2. If you’re looking for an active, playful dog who will also snuggle with you at the end of the day, be sure to say hello to Cocoa!

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Cocoa was hopeful that the camera was also a toy

I also saw Alec(k), Barney, Big Boy, Brutus, Carlos, Cheyenne (Shyanne)Clyde, Dusty, and Gracie.

The play group I attended this week included Alec(k), Bo, Cocoa, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Lucy, Maggie, Mojo, Molly, Sasha, Thea, Tom, and YoYo (Yeyo), as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Bandi, CoCoPolly, Pumpkin, Scooby, and Tucker.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Recommend You Adopt, Don’t Shop!

The holiday shopping season is well underway. But if you’re considering adding a furry friend to your home this winter, the dogs (and cats!) at Orphans of the Storm® hope that you will look for them at a shelter rather than a shop.

Rocko the seven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a friendly boy who gets along with pretty much everybody and everything–kids, cats, and other dogs. Don’t let the gray fur on his face fool you into thinking he’s a slow-moving senior. Rocko is still an active dog who enjoyed exploring the Enrichment Park and led the way on our quick-paced walk around the woodland preserve.

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Rocko gives great doggy smiles

Rocko likes being close to his person and getting plenty of attention. He’ll happily stand by your side while you pet him, and will give you a few doggy kisses in return. He also enjoys riding in the car and is ready to head home for the holidays. If you think that home could be yours, come in soon to meet Rocko!

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Rocko has cute white socks

Junior the two-year-old Rottweiler mix is a champion snuggler. He likes getting his hips scratched and will lean against your side while you pet him. He was always right there with his front paws in my lap when I sat down on a bench or knelt down to his level. Junior is very attentive to his person.

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Junior is too cute

Junior walks nicely on the leash and rarely pulls. He’ll often look up at you to check in while walking. He has a very expressive face that automatically makes you smile at him. Junior was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so he likes some dogs but can be bark-y around others. Be sure to say hello to Junior on your next visit to the shelter!

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Junior being a cuddle buddy

Huckleberry the two-year-old Hound mix is so much fun. I thought he was still a puppy because of his playfulness and innocence, and was shocked when I saw his age after our walk. Huckleberry absolutely loves playing with toys and can easily entertain himself with them. When he stops to chew on them, though, he’ll plop down next to you so you can pet him while he chews. Huckleberry also likes to give doggy hugs.

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Huckleberry loves his squeaky toys

Huckleberry walks nicely on the leash for the most part. He has strong Hound instincts and tried “treeing” a few times when he thought he saw, heard, or smelled something. Huckleberry has attended basic obedience training so he already knows some commands. He is also our play group “rock star” and gets along with basically every dog he meets. If you’re looking for a fun, outdoorsy companion, be sure to meet Huckleberry!

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Huckleberry says, “There must be a ‘coon around here somewhere!”

Benji the ten-month-old Hound mix is one of the biggest puppies I have ever seen. He is basically at face-level when he stands on his back legs (which is often–he is a big fan of giving doggy hugs). Benji has plenty of puppy energy and will literally run circles around you. He likes to play fetch, both with himself or with a person, though it’s a good idea to have at least two toys to alternate since Benji is still learning to “drop” or “leave it.”

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Benji brought me his toy

Benji led the way on our walk around the woodland preserve, but he would always come back to my side if I stopped walking. Benji seems to be friendly with other dogs and even cats. Benji is looking for a home that can keep up with his energy level and that will give him some training, since he’s still a puppy. Come in soon to see if Benji is the pup for you!

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Benji has long legs and a long tail

Tipsy the four-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is the perfect walking companion. I almost forgot I had a dog with me at one point because she was just quietly, contentedly moving at the same pace as me and it didn’t even feel like I was holding a leash. Tipsy will occasionally stop to sniff, but she mostly likes to keep moving and get her exercise.

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Tipsy enjoys her snuggle sessions

Tipsy did some exploring on her own when we were in the Enrichment Park, but she mostly stayed by my side to get pet and give doggy kisses. She is very cuddly and affectionate. Although Tipsy loves people, she would prefer to be the only dog in her new home. If you’re looking for an easy-going sweetheart, be sure to meet Tipsy!

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Tipsy wondering if all these toys are really for her

I also saw Barney (who sits and shakes paw), Cooper, Reggie, and Tom.

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 Say Thank You to All Fundraiser Attendees!

Orphans of the Storm®’s 2018 annual fundraiser was another great success! To celebrate the shelter’s 90th anniversary, there is a great video about its history and accomplishments. You may recognize some familiar faces in the video! And below are some newer faces who are ready to become part of the shelter’s happy statistics by finding their furever home.

Gypsy the five-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix can be a little nervous at first when she meets someone new, but warms up and eventually shows her true, playful personality. She wasn’t too sure about getting her leash put on, but Gypsy ended up being a good walking companion. She likes to stop and sniff, which makes sense with her Hound nose, but doesn’t pull much on the leash.

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Gypsy has those lovable Hound eyes and floppy Hound ears

Gypsy was happy to take a break every once in a while and get some pets. Gypsy gets along with other dogs, so she could go to a home with or without another furry friend. However, she can be protective of her food so would do best if she eats separately. She isn’t a fan of farm animals, though. The domestic home life is the one for her! Stop in soon to say hello to Gypsy.

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Gypsy meandering around the run

Zainie the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is an easy-going girl. She greeted me with a wagging tail and waited patiently to get her leash put on. Zainie can pull a bit when she first comes out of her kennel, but she walked great on the leash when we were out on the woodland preserve trail.

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Zainie has such a sweet face

Zainie seems very relaxed. We passed a couple other dogs during our walk and she barely gave them a second glance. She is always happy to get attention and stood right by my side so I could pet her some more. Zainie looks like she may have had puppies in the not-too-distant past. Now she’s ready to join a human family! Come in soon to see if Zainie is the one for you.

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Zainie says, “Follow me!”

Mulan the two-year-old Heeler/Husky mix was barking in excitement when she realized it was her turn to come out, but she didn’t make another peep once her leash was on. I figured Mulan would want to run rather than walk since she’s part Husky, but it turns out that Mulan is an excellent walking buddy. She didn’t pull on the leash at all and preferred to talk long, thorough stops to sniff.

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Mulan’s giant ears will make you smile

Mulan seems to like other animals. She gets along with cats. She also was wagging her tail at John Boy through the fence and the two of them were play-bowing at each other. Mulan is a friendly girl who came back to me often to get pet. She didn’t seem overly interested in toys, but would enjoy having a yard to call her own. Be sure to say hello to Mulan on your next visit!

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Mulan making a silly face

Tender the two-year-old Mountain Feist mix is super snuggly. She will hop into your lap and give you very enthusiastic doggy kisses as soon as she’s given the opportunity. Once she settles down a bit, her kisses are gentler and she will sit still in your lap for a proper cuddle session. She particularly enjoys getting her hips scratched.

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Tender is ready for her close-up

Tender likes to walk at a quick pace when she’s not in your lap. She can pull on the leash a bit, but mostly does fine as long as you’re going at the same pace she is. Tender could potentially be interested in agility! She was happy to jump up and over the bench on multiple occasions. Tender is a sweet and fun little girl. Come in soon to meet her!

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Tender coming in for a kiss

I also saw Barney, Bella, Belle (who gave me lots of doggy kisses), Big Boy (who had a fun time playing fetch) and Mojo, Brutus, Buster, Carlos, Dunkin, Finley, Goliath, Harley, Jasmine, Jess, Lucy, Nash, Parker, Sadie, Scotty, and Vanilla (who sits nicely while she’s getting her leash put on).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Take a Woodland Walk

It was a busy day at Orphans of the Storm®, so that meant more walks around the woodland preserve trail when the off-leash runs were occupied. There are lots of good walking buddies at the shelter right now who have nice leash manners!

Max the four-year-old Shepherd mix is a big, big boy–or, more accurately, he’s a gentle giant. Max was nice and calm while he got his leash put on, and gave a quick tail wag before we headed off on our walk. Max is a very handsome boy, so between his size and his coloring, he’ll get lots of looks and attention when his future family walks him around the neighborhood!

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Handsome Max

Max likes to walk at a quick pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash. He occasionally stopped and sniffed, but mostly just followed the trail with his head held high. We stopped at one of the benches towards the end and Max enjoyed getting a good scratch on the back. Max gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Stop in soon to see if Max is the pooch for you!

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Max smiling on his walk

Ramsey the three-year-old Hound mix came from a family who could no longer care for him. This means he already has a lifetime of experience being a family dog and probably already knows some basic commands. We first went to the off-leash run, where Ramsey showed off his cuddling expertise when he joined me on the bench, put his paw in my lap, and gave me some doggy kisses.

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Ramsey is always up for cuddling

Ramsey and I then hit the trail. Ramsey is great at walking on the leash and either stayed right by my side or just a couple steps ahead of me. He would sometimes look up at me as we walked, which is a good sign that he’ll pay attention to his new family’s instructions. Ramsey would do best in a home with adults and/or teenagers. If that description fits you, be sure to say hi to Ramsey!

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Ramsey says, “Ready or not, here I come!”

Lola the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a little cutie who can also be a little bit of a handful at first, but calms down considerably after a couple minutes. She wanted to play tug-of-war with the leash when she first got out of the kennel, but once we got to the woodland trail she started walking nicely. She has a cute, happy face and pretty brindle fur.

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Lola stopping for a quick drink

Lola enjoyed sniffing and exploring the different plants along the trail. At the end of our walk, Lola stretched out in a shady spot of grass to cool off and relax. I was able to give her a quick belly rub then. Lola is not a fan of other dogs and got pretty distracted by them when we passed others on our walk, so she should be the only dog in her future home. If you’re a one-dog type of person, come in soon to meet Lola!

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Lola being a good walking companion

Josh the five-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is such a good boy! Another volunteer was already out with him and Josh greeted me with an enthusiastic tail wag when I took the leash. Josh walks super nicely on the leash and didn’t pull at all until the very end of our walk, when I think he was ready to go back inside to get a drink and enjoy the air conditioning.

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Josh’s sweet face

Josh hopped up on the bench next to me when we took a break halfway around the trail. He sat when I asked him to, though that may have just been a coincidence. I then asked him to “shake” and picked up his paw, which he had no problems with. When it was time to get his portrait taken for the website, he calmly stood next to me while I tied a bandana around his neck and then posed for the camera with a cute head tilt. He also loves treats and takes them very gently from your hand. Be sure to say hi to Josh on your next visit to the shelter!

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Josh made sure to stop and smell the flowers

Carlos the five-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is a friendly boy with plenty of energy. He was jumping up and down when he saw it was his turn to come out and quickly led the way to the off-leash run. There was a much smaller dog in the run next to us. Carlos politely sniffed it through the fence and went back multiple times to say hello again. His tail was always wagging and he didn’t bark at all.

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Carlos with his wagging tail

Carlos absolutely loves walks. When I said, “Do you want to go for a walk?”, he immediately perked up and jumped up to put his front paws on me, saying, “Yes, please please please!” Carlos, like some of the other Hounds I’ve walked, was in his element in the woodland preserve. You can really tell that he was bred to be in that environment. We ran all the way around the trail, and Carlos either had his nose to the ground or high in the air. If you’re looking for an active companion, come in soon to meet Carlos!

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Carlos says, “Is it walk time yet?”

I also saw Aleck, Merlin, and O’Shea.

Orphans of the Storm® Long-Timers Hoping for a New Home in the New Year

Here is another batch of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who have been waiting more than their fair share of time to find a forever loving home. Help us spread the word and find new homes for these lovable pooches in 2016!

Skippy the eleven-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is a fun little guy who doesn’t act like a senior at all. Those little legs move faster than you’d think! Skippy’s original owner had to move into assisted living and couldn’t bring Skippy with him, but that means Skippy has a lifetime of experience being a companion. Skippy would prefer to be in an adult-only home. He does get along well with other dogs, though, especially ones that are closer to his size, and has shared his kennel with a few different dogs during his time at the shelter. You can read more about my first visit with Skippy here.

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Skippy

Fred the eight-year-old Shepherd mix loves being with people. This big boy is a big cuddler who just wants a good scratch on the back. Fred is on the larger side, but he walks great on the leash. I took him around the woodland preserve trail this past weekend and he stayed by my side the whole time without pulling. Fred doesn’t particularly like other dogs, so he would prefer to be the only dog in his new home. Fred can offer his new family plenty of affection! You can read more about my first visit with Fred here.

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Fred

Courage the four-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is one of the most affectionate dogs at the shelter right now. Even though she’s a big girl, she’s absolutely convinced that she’s a lapdog and will try to fit as much of herself in your lap as possible, and then cover your face with doggy kisses. Courage would do best in an active household with experienced dog owners, and would like to be the only dog in her new home. She loves being outside and will happily join her new family for walks or runs. When I took her into the woodland preserve this weekend, we ran the first 3/4 of the way and then slowed to a walk for the last portion. You can read more about my first visit with Courage here.

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Courage

Nana the seven-year-old Plott mix is a very mellow girl. She’s one of the dogs I most often find napping in her kennel when I walk by. But when you tell her that she’s going out for a walk, she perks right up! Nana walks nicely on the leash and doesn’t seem like the overly excitable type. Nana, like Lexi from last week, has cancer and is hoping a very special person will welcome her into their home. Nana is a loving and lovable girl who will give you doggy kisses while you pet her. You can read more about my first visit with Nana here.

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Nana

Happy New Year to all!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Know What They’re Looking For

All of the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are looking for one thing: a forever home. Some just have more specific requirements than others. Dogs, like people, have preferences. Some dogs would love to have other furry family members; others simply prefer the company of humans. Some dogs want to play all the time; others are couch potatoes. Some dogs prefer women over men; some will befriend anybody. That’s why it’s always a good idea to spend time with a couple of different dogs at the shelter, to make sure that you both like the same things and help ensure that their forever home will be a happy home.

Hachi the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix still has a bit of a puppy look about him–especially that adorable face! As I’ve said before, one-year-olds are still definitely puppies in my book. Hachi is a friendly boy who likes to say hello to any person he comes across, and will do so by giving a happy doggy hug and wagging his tail while he gets a good scratch on the neck.

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Hachi enjoying playing in the yard

Hachi is also a playful pooch. When the dog in the run next to us was playing fetch, Hachi looked so eager to join in that I found a tennis ball for him too. He hasn’t quite mastered the concept of “fetch,” but with a little practice I’m sure he’ll get there! Hachi would do best in an active household with experienced dog owners who can help give Hachi a purpose, since he was bred to work! If you’re looking for a young dog who is ready to become a faithful companion, come in soon to meet Hachi!

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Hachi has such interesting fur color(s)!

Sally the two-year-old Boxer mix was found as a stray, but she must have had an owner at some point because she is super sweet with everyone she meets and is extremely well-behaved. Being mostly muscle, Sally could throw her weight around if she wanted to, but in fact she is a great leash-walking buddy and likes to stay close to her person. Her tail wags almost nonstop.

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Sally’s pretty profile

Sally is also super affectionate. She loves to give doggy kisses and would make a great cuddle-buddy. When I sat down on a bench after we had walked around for a bit, she hopped right up next to me and sat there, keeping an eye on things and wagging that tail every time I pet her. The shelter staff and other volunteers think Sally is the sweetest, and I agree! Stop by the shelter soon to say hi to Sally.

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Sally in the sunshine

Courage the three-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is a big girl with plenty of energy. She would have a great time with an owner who likes to go for long walks, which Courage would enjoy both for the exercise and for all the fun smells she could track with her excellent Hound nose. Courage also has that signature Hound howl (though I only heard it once while I was with her). Although she spent most of her time following her nose around the off-leash run and less time socializing, she still enjoyed getting a nice scratch on the back.

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Courage putting that Hound nose to good use

Courage was plenty polite when giving a hello sniff to the dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the off-leash run, but she would prefer to be the only pet in her new home. She, like Hachi, would also do best in a home with experienced dog owners. I know there are plenty of Hound-lovers out there who would love to add this beautiful girl to their home. If you think that means you, come by the shelter soon and get to know Courage!

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Courage is one good-looking pooch!

Riya the one-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix has, I’m ashamed to say, been flying under my radar the last few weeks–and boy, have I been missing out on one great dog! Riya excitedly led the way straight to the off-leash run and had a great time romping around. There were three small dogs in the run next to ours, and Riya also enjoyed racing them along the fence, even going into a play-bow a couple of times.

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Riya exploring around the run

Riya, like Hachi, still has plenty of puppy qualities, including being super cute! Riya is a friendly girl who greets everybody with a wagging tail. She hopped up on the bench next to me for a quick pat before going off and romping some more. Don’t let Black Dog Syndrome keep a sweetheart like Riya at the shelter for too much longer! Stop by soon and find out if Riya is the pooch for you.

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Riya wondering if the agility bridge is right for her

Trixie the three-year-old Chihuahua mix (not to be confused with the other Trixie!) is just the cutest little thing. She is extremely nervous at the moment, but that’s because she’s just waiting for someone to show her the love that she deserves. She’s not a huge fan of walking on the leash (though she did get better the longer we were out), but she will climb into your lap as soon as she gets the chance and she will contentedly stay there for as long as she can. I couldn’t even keep her out of my lap long enough to take a picture, so another volunteer had to take our picture for us 🙂

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Trixie is a cute little lapdog

Trixie is one of those dogs who prefers women over men. She climbed into three different women’s laps while I was with her (though I wasn’t near any men at the time so I didn’t get a chance to see how she behaved with them). Trixie is currently sharing her kennel with Gypsy (who jumped right into my lap as soon as I went into their kennel), but she could certainly benefit from some one-on-one love and attention to help bring her out of her shell. She is so sweet and so adorable–she just needs someone to give her a chance. If you’re a lady looking for a new friend, come in soon to meet Trixie!

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Trixie just wants someone to love her

Simon (also known as Harry) the three-year-old Silky Terrier mix has the best head of hair (fur) at the shelter, hands down. It is impossible not to smile when you see him because he is just so fluffy! Simon knows he’s a good-looking dog, too–you can tell by the way he struts his stuff when he’s walking on the leash. But Simon doesn’t mind getting a little dirty; he had so much fun rolling around in the grass! And he happily received a belly rub while doing so.

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Simon is just precious

Simon, like Trixie, prefers the company of women. And with that independent Terrier personality, he’s another pooch who would do best in a home with someone who has owned dogs before. Simon is a fun guy who walks nicely on the leash and will make for a great snuggler. Calling all the single ladies: If you’re looking for a new, handsome guy in your life, look no further than Simon!

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Simon knows he’s handsome

I also saw my furry friends Bueller, Ebbie, Mr. Big (who is doing so much better with his leash-walking now!), Screamer (who is still a total lapdog), and Tom-Tom.

Were you wondering what happened to the annual Orphans of the Storm® Pooch Parade this summer? Never fear! It has been moved to Saturday, October 18 and is Halloween-themed! You and your pooch can come in costume and help raise both awareness and funds for the shelter. For more information, visit https://www.stayclassy.org/deerfield/events/happy-halloween-pooch-parade-2014/e37134.