Orphans of the Storm® Is Now Open!

Orphans of the Storm® is excited to announce that it has reopened to the public! However, there are new protocols and procedures in place to keep staff, volunteers, and potential adopters safe. Please read the following notes before visiting the shelter:

  • We are open by appointment only.
  • Appointments will be daily between noon and 3pm and last 45 minutes.
  • Walk-ins are not permitted and will be turned away.
  • Only 2 people per party are permitted inside the shelter at a time.
  • Minors must not be left unattended, so please plan accordingly.
  • Please leave your pets at home.
  • Masks must be worn at all times. Entry will not be granted without a mask.
  • Contactless temperature checks will be performed on all entrants.

To make an appointment for either dog adoption or cat adoption, please call 847-945-0235.

And here are some of the new dogs who are eager to meet you!

Tom Hanks the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix already has a large fan club, and volunteers have only been back for one week! Everyone who has had the opportunity to walk him has fallen in love with this super sweet boy. Tom Hanks will be happy to join his future family out in the yard, where he can loll around in a sunny spot in the grass and keep you company while you read, garden, or play outside. He especially enjoys belly rubs and will lay by your side so you can continue to pet him.

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Tom Hanks is such a happy boy

Tom Hanks walks nicely on the leash and does well wearing a harness for walks. He was very patient with me while I learned to put his harness on correctly. He’s very attentive to his person and was happy to pause several times on our way around the trail to get more pets and snuggles. Tom Hanks only pulls on the leash when he sees some dogs, but some dogs he doesn’t give a second glance. He regularly attends play group and enjoys the company of calmer, gentler dogs. Come in soon to meet Tom Hanks!

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Tom Hanks wondering why I stopped rubbing his belly

Colossus the five-year-old Bloodhound mix is a big, strong boy who likes to stay active. He may bay inside his kennel to get your attention, but he’s very quiet once he’s out and about. The only sound he made when we were on our walk was when he whined at me to keep moving (I had stopped him to take a few photos). Colossus definitely enjoys his walks and keeps his nose to the ground to follow scents. He moves at a quick pace but does well with a front-clip harness.

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Colossus says, “Follow me!”

Colossus would love to have a fenced-in yard to call his own. He had a fun time romping around the Enrichment Park and didn’t want to leave. Colossus tolerates other dogs his size or larger, but may be too much for smaller dogs. He also is not a fan of cats and is looking for a cat-free home. Colossus could go to a home with older children and would make a loyal family dog. Be sure to say hello to Colossus on your next visit to the shelter!

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You’ll have to be okay with a bit of drool if you bring Colossus home!

Paladin the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix gets super excited when it’s his turn to come out of the kennel, but settles down nicely and just wants to snuggle and give kisses. When I sat down on a bench, he first put his front paws in my lap so I could scratch his sides and then he hopped up onto the bench next to me to cover my face in doggy kisses. He wasn’t too interested in toys on this particular outing and mostly just wanted to stay close to me when we were in the off-leash run.

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Paladin waiting for me to join him on the bench

Paladin is a great walking companion when he’s wearing a front-clip harness and walks at an easy pace, but can pull a bit when using a regular collar. He likes dogs, so he gets excited when passing by other dogs and wants to run over to say hello. In fact, Paladin has made lots of doggy friends in play group. He’s high-energy and loves the more rough-and-tumble kind of play. If you’re looking for a sweet and playful pooch, come in soon to meet Paladin!

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Paladin is a handsome boy

Turner the seven-year-old American Bulldog mix is such a happy boy. He constantly looks like he’s smiling and the expression on his big, wide face makes it impossible for people to not smile back! Turner will happily stay by your side as long as you keep petting him. He particularly likes getting his sides scratched, with his tail wagging all the while.

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Turner smiling for the camera

Turner is a very easy walking buddy. He doesn’t pull on the leash at all, and goes at a more meandering pace with the occasional stop to sniff. Turner is a play group rock star and helps socialize new dogs to teach them how to play properly, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. He could also go to a home with children over 10. Stop in soon to say hello to Turner!

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Turner enjoying the outdoors

Jed the seven-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is a mellow guy. He spent the first few minutes in the off-leash run just sniffing around, but eventually came over to me for some pets. He especially likes hip scratches and chin scratches. Jed walks nicely on a front-clip harness and moves at an even pace. Being a Hound, though, he does like to stop and snuffle around.

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Jed in his element among the trees

Jed and I walked all the way around the woodland preserve trail at a socially distant 6 feet away from another dog and volunteer, and Jed has no problems walking with other dogs. He doesn’t pay much attention to them at all, actually. Jed attends play group but prefers being with calmer, mellower dogs like himself and is happy to do his own thing rather than engage in play. Jed could go to a home with children over 10, and is looking for a cat-free home. Be sure to say hello to Jed on your next visit to the shelter!

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Jed has the sweetest Hound eyes

Pinky the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Dalmatian mix is deaf, but I didn’t know that until after I walked her and I couldn’t tell a difference! Pinky acts like any other dog, but is looking for a special home that will learn to train her with non-verbal commands and make other adjustments to keep a deaf dog happy and safe. Pinky is super snuggly and will enthusiastically climb into your lap at any opportunity she gets.

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Pinky enjoying the plants

Pinky walks nicely on the leash and is happy to stop along the way for more cuddling and doggy kisses. She also enjoys bounding into tall grasses and rolling around on her back. When we were in the Enrichment Park, all Pinky wanted to do was stay close to me and get more pets. She wiggles happily and turns her head around to lick your hands while you scratch her sides. If you’re interested in giving Pinky the special home she needs, be sure to stop by the shelter soon to meet her!

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Pinky showing off her spots in the sunshine

And remember that we have many dogs in foster homes right now, so not all dogs available for adoption are on-site at the shelter. Please see the full list of adoptable dogs on the Orphans of the Storm® website, and the “Location” field on each dog’s page will say whether they are at the shelter or in a foster home.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Visit the Enrichment Park

The Orphans of the Storm® website is still undergoing maintenance, so be sure to stop by the shelter to learn more about these new dogs and others who haven’t been added to the site yet.

This weekend was my first time in the Enrichment Park! I only took one new dog in this time (since Jack Russells are known for being good at agility) but also took in a few of my “regulars.” Next time, I will bring more treats! Scroll to the bottom of this post for some videos.

Milo the three-year-old Labrador Retriever/Bloodhound mix is a big, strong boy. He loves playing with toys, especially ones that squeak. The Hound part of him also enjoys getting the chance to sniff everything thoroughly. Milo is already housebroken and he gets along with children (though his size may intimidate some), so he’s ready and eager to join a family home.

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Milo says, “Oo, is that toy for me?”

Milo is a sweet boy who likes getting attention and plenty of petting. Even though he’s strong, he walks well on the leash most of the time. Milo sniffed one dog politely through the fence when we were in the off-leash run, but then got bark-y around some other dogs when we were on our walk. He would prefer to be the only pet in his new home. Come in soon to meet Milo!

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Milo doesn’t mind a little rain

Ducky the two-year-old Hound mix still acts like a puppy in that she is enthusiastic about everything and everyone. It isn’t just her tail that wags when she’s happy–it’s her entire body! Ducky is super snuggly and will give you as many doggy hugs and doggy kisses as you want. Any time I knelt down to her level, she would come bounding over and put her front paws right in my lap.

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Ducky incoming!

Ducky is very playful. She enjoys chasing after toys, playing tug-of-war, and wrestling with other dogs. Ducky is dog-friendly and currently sharing a kennel with Paco (see below), and has had playdates with other dogs including Jack. So, she could go to a home with or without another dog. Ducky can pull on the leash a bit due to her enthusiasm, so she may need a little training. If you’re looking for a fun new playmate, come in soon to meet Ducky!

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Ducky at a slower speed

Paco the four-year-old Hound/Mountain Cur mix is an easy-going and mellow guy. He walks nicely on the leash, even when he first comes out of his kennel. Paco enjoyed exploring the off-leash run on his own, but would come back to me every so often so I could pet him.

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Paco is apparently concerned about Ducky’s photobomb

Paco gets along with other dogs, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. However, he isn’t such a fan of cats. Paco is currently sharing a kennel with Ducky (see above) and politely tolerates when she jumps on him or nibbles his ear. He also sniffed another dog on the other side of the fence and wagged his cute little tail. If you’re looking for a good walking buddy and someone to relax with afterwards, stop by soon to meet Paco!

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But Paco also knows how to smile

Phantom the Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is the cutest. Literally everyone we passed during our walk commented on his looks. He looks like a little piglet, and has a face that will automatically make you smile (which I unfortunately did not capture well in my photos). Phantom is surprisingly strong for his tiny size and will sometimes insist on taking you in the direction he wants to go.

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Phantom following his nose

Phantom is a serious sniffer. He’s one of those dogs who not only sniffs, but also licks things to pick up even more information. That includes plants, toys, and people! Overall, he does a pretty good job walking on the leash. Phantom gets along with some dogs, but isn’t as fond of others. Be sure to say hello to Phantom on your next visit!

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Phantom appreciates a good stretch

Dynamo the three-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is friendly with pretty much everyone. When we were in the off-leash run, Dynamo put his front paws up on the bench next to where I was sitting so I could pet him. He greets the people he knows with enthusiastic doggy hugs.

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Dynamo enjoys his walks

Dynamo likes walking at a quicker pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash at all. He’ll be a great walking companion. Dynamo gets along with other dogs and wants to say hello and play, unless they don’t like him first (for example, Dunkin doesn’t like other dogs and instigated a barking match). He’s a happy boy looking for a happy home to join. Stop in soon to meet Dynamo!

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Dynamo is a handsome pooch

Charles the eight-year-old Jack (Parson) Russell Terrier mix is adorable. He is so small! But don’t be fooled by his diminutive size–terriers like him have plenty of smarts and spunk and will keep you active. Charles likes to romp around, but he also doesn’t mind being picked up and held. He also has a unique bark!

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Charles making his way up and over the A-frame

Charles walks nicely on the leash and holds both his head and tail high. Charles explored the Enrichment Park and went over the A-frame with just a little bit of encouragement, though he wasn’t too sure about trying it a second time. This little guy has lots of love to offer. Say hello to Charles on your next visit to the shelter!

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Charles’ little legs move fast

I also saw Belle (who rolled over at my feet for a belly rub), Big Boy (who climbed into my lap and gave me doggy kisses), Clarinet, Scotty, and Thunder.

Now for agility videos!

Nash absolutely loved having such a large space where he could run freely. He was far more interested in romping than being agile, but he did eventually make it over the hurdle. I stopped filming too soon and missed the part where he sat perfectly after he completed his jump! Nash is such a good boy.

Ross is an agile and athletic dog, which I learned from seeing him climb over a fence a couple months ago! But he was apparently feeling less inspired today and wouldn’t even look at the tunnel, let alone go through it. But he too made it over the hurdle a couple of times, and at different heights.

Barney was my star of the day. He sat nicely on the “starting block” and loved being in the tunnel, though he turned around halfway and came out the same way he went in. Barney is super smart, already knows commands, and just wants to please people. (To clarify at the end of the video, he does know how to high-five–but I mistakenly had a treat in my hand when I asked him to, so he understandably wanted the treat.)

As you can see, results varied but a good time was had by all!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Eager to Head Home

Orphans of the Storm® recently opened its Highland Park location, so we are having an open house on Saturday, October 22 from 10am-4pm! There will be a number of dogs and cats eager to meet you, and adoption fees will be waived if you adopt during the event. Click here for more details. But if you don’t find the furry friend you’re looking for at the Highland Park location, there will still be dozens more waiting to meet you at the shelter’s main location in Riverwoods.

Bob the eleven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix doesn’t act like a senior dog, so don’t get turned off by his age. He’s a sweet boy who loves being with people and also loves going for walks. When we were in the off-leash run, Bob alternated between sniffing in the bushes and snuggling with me. He gave me a couple doggy kisses, too.

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Bob romping in the run

Bob really perked up when we went to the woodland preserve. You can tell when a dog is really in his element, and that was Bob on the trail. He walked at the perfect pace and always had his head up, so he looked like he was prancing. Bob would do best as the only dog in his new home. If you’re looking for a great walking companion and a lovable senior, come in soon to meet Bob!

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Bob says, “Whatcha got there?”

Tyson the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a fun boy. I first met him last week when he was out with another volunteer, and Tyson hopped up on the bench next to me and covered my face in doggy kisses as if we were old friends. When I took Tyson out myself this week, he was happy to join me on the bench again but didn’t stay for long because he was eager to romp around.

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Tyson is always ready to cuddle

Tyson was found as a stray, but must have been with a person at some point because he sat when I asked him to, and then immediately stuck out his paw to shake without any prompting. He’s an athletic and energetic dog who would make a good running partner, based on how we made our way around the woodland trail. Stop in soon to see if Tyson is the one for you!

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Tyson has such a sweet (big) face

Shaylon the three-year-old Foxhound/Beagle mix is extremely affectionate. When we got to the woodland trail, I expected Shaylon to act like every other Hound and just follow his nose. Instead, all he wanted to do was cuddle! When I knelt down next to him to take his picture, he climbed right into my lap. When I sat down on a bench, he hopped up next to me and put his front paws on my legs.

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Shaylon sniffing in the woodland preserve

Shaylon even tried to stop me from walking by standing on my foot! He also had no issues with me picking him up. We eventually got into a good walking rhythm and Shaylon did well on the leash. He barked a bit when he first got out of his kennel (and he has that signature Hound howl), but didn’t make a peep after that. If you’re looking for a cuddle buddy, come in soon to meet Shaylon!

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Shaylon being a lapdog

Minnie the four-year-old Shepherd mix is super sweet and friendly. When I first came to her kennel she was looking a little sad, but when she realized it was her turn to come out, her tail slowly started wagging and eventually she was wriggling all over. She immediately gave me a doggy hug once she had the leash on and continued to want to cuddle the entire time we were out.

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Here comes Minnie!

Minnie is enthusiastic and will basically launch herself into your lap whenever she gets the opportunity. Whether I was kneeling on the ground or sitting on the bench, Minnie came running over and tried her best to curl up next to me. Minnie walked nicely on the leash when we went around the woodland trail and would often look up to check in with me. Be sure to say hi to Minnie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Minne about to join me on the bench

Andy the two-year-old Bloodhound/Labrador Retriever mix (not to be confused with the other Andy) is a big, strong boy who is also a big sweetheart. One of Andy’s favorite things is tennis balls. He will happily chase one down if you throw it, but then he’ll just carry it around in his mouth and chew it. He’ll also occasionally drop it and kick it around with his front paws, which is adorable and also convenient in that he can play fetch without a person! Andy enjoys getting plenty of attention and will gladly stay by your side as long as you’re petting him.

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Andy enjoying his tennis ball

Andy loved his tennis ball so much that he carried it all the way around the woodland preserve. He was even about to bring it back to his kennel with him, but dropped it just outside the door. Andy, being a Bloodhound, loved being in the woods and walked at a quick pace–so quick that even though it was a walk for him, it was a jog for me. If you’re looking for an active playmate, stop in soon to meet Andy!

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Andy is so handsome

I also saw Bella, Candice, Diamond, Lucy, the other Lucy, and Snuffles.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Can Handle the Cold

Winter is certainly upon us, but there are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who are more than happy to romp around outside, even when it’s cold!

Flappy the five-year-old Bloodhound mix is just precious. I admit that I could not stop squee-ing the entire time I was with her because I love everything about her, and after I left the shelter I would talk about her to anyone who would listen. Flappy has that sweet Bloodhound look with the droopy eyes, floppy face, and flappy (of course) ears. She was a good walking buddy, though if her nose picks up a trail it’s pretty certain that she’ll follow it.

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Flappy is too cute (even with a little drool…)

Flappy is one of the few hounds I’ve met who loves to play fetch, and is very good at it! She was sniffing around the off-leash run and emerged from the bushes with a tennis ball in her mouth, which she promptly dropped at my feet. She loved running after the ball and always brought it right back to me. When we were done playing fetch, I knelt down next to her and she put her front paws in my lap and gave my nose a doggy kiss. What a fun, sweet, good-natured dog! Stop by the shelter soon to meet Flappy.

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Flappy following her nose

Mack the one-year-old Weimaranar/Doberman Pinscher mix (not to be confused with the other Mack) is still very much a puppy, although he is a big puppy. He is full of energy and thinks that everything is a game, which should make training him lots of fun! It seems that nobody has tried to teach Mack his doggy manners yet, so he does like to play tug-of-war with the leash and was nibbling on my gloves and jacket sleeves a bit–but who can blame him?

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Mack seems to know he’s a good-looking dog

Mack seemed to do pretty well with Sonny, who was on the other side of the fence, though his exuberance might be a bit much for some dogs. He understood the concept of chasing after a tennis ball, but hasn’t quite grasped that he has to bring it back in order for it to be thrown again. Mack did settle down eventually, where he very nicely sat next to me while I pet him, and gave me a few doggy kisses. Mack would be so happy to have a home of his own where he can go on daily walks and have daily playtime. If you’re looking for a big puppy to bring laughter to your life, come in soon to meet Mack!

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Mack saying hi to his new buddy, Sonny

Frosty the eight-year-old Husky mix is probably the dog best suited for this type of weather. Not only does she have a warm, fluffy coat, but she’ll even blend in with the snow! Her eyes are such a pale blue that even they look white. Frosty was snoozing in her kennel when I came by, but she perked up and went outside as soon as she realized she was going for a walk. She did a great job on the leash as we made our way to the run.

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Frosty is a pretty girl

Frosty is, overall, a very sweet and gentle dog. Since she’s on the older side, she doesn’t seem like she needs as much exercise and activity as younger Husky mixes. She meandered around the run, sniffing here and there, stopping for a pat on the back when she’d pass me. As she got more used to me, she gave me a couple doggy kisses and enjoyed being scratched on the neck. Frosty isn’t asking for much–just a nice home for the holidays. Could that home be with you?

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Frosty wondering where the snow is

On this frigid day, I also spent time with Molly (who greeted me with a big doggy hug), the other Molly (who covered my face in doggy kisses as I tried to put on her leash), Trixie (who loves tennis balls just as much as before), Akiva (who wants a yard of her own so she can romp in the snow to her heart’s content), Topaz (who happily joined me on the bench and kept a paw in my lap), and Lily (who didn’t show any signs of her initial shyness now that she knows me).

The Holiday Pet Showcase is still going strong at Northbrook Court, all the way until Christmas Eve! Be sure to stop in and say hi to the adoptable dogs and cats while you finish up your holiday shopping.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for New Friends

Remember, the Orphans of the Storm® Holiday Pet Showcase at Northbrook Court starts tomorrow and goes all the way until December 24. Relieve the stress of holiday shopping by meeting some adorable adoptable dogs and cats, and maybe bring one home with you! You can also stop by the shelter and meet these lovable pooches:

Nino the six-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is a little bundle of energy who had a great time romping around the off-leash run. He has excellent balance because he likes to stand up on his hind legs and wave at people with his front paws. It’s pretty darn cute. He’ll also stand on his hind legs and put his front paws in your lap while you pet his head and scratch his neck.

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Nino playing in the hay

Nino has had a couple of different kennelmates who have since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. This little guy has an adorable face and he always looks like he’s smiling, which makes sense because he’s a happy dog. He would be so much happier if he had a home to call his own, though. Could that home be with you? Come in soon to meet Nino and find out!

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Nino smiling for the camera

Zeus the one-year-and-ten-month-old Mastiff mix has definitely found his place on my list of favorites. I could gush over him all day because I think he’s just about perfect. A dog as ginormous as Zeus could easily throw his weight around if he wanted to, but Zeus was an excellent walking buddy and heeled without even being told. He’s so big that it probably takes a lot of energy for him to pick up speed, so he’s more of the meandering type.

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Does Zeus have the most lovable face or what?

Zeus gets along with everybody and everything. When little Gypsy came by, Zeus was politely interested, even though Gypsy is about the size of Zeus’ head. Zeus absolutely loves belly rubs and rolled over for one on several occasions, batting my hand with his huge paws if I stopped for too long. He also thinks he’s a lapdog, so whoever adopts him better have space on the couch and be okay with sharing. Zeus is so well-mannered and so lovable, I can’t see him staying at the shelter for much longer. Come in soon if you think Zeus is the pooch for you!

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Zeus says, “Rubbing my belly is more important than taking a picture.”

Bruce the one-year-old Bloodhound mix is another great dog. He’s barely out of puppyhood, so he still has plenty of playful energy and enjoys every opportunity to stretch his legs. He and Mona (who got adopted, hurray!) were racing each other up and down the fence in the off-leash run, and Bruce’s long ears were helping him fly through the air.

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Bruce putting his Bloodhound nose to work

After Bruce got his initial burst of energy out of his system, he settled down and stood next to me while I scratched his neck. You’ll have to be okay with a bit of doggy drool if you bring Bruce home, because as a Bloodhound he uses that and his ears to pick up all of the scents he wants to track. Bruce is sure to be a fun addition to any family, so stop by the shelter and say hello!

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Don’t mind Bruce’s drool–look at that winning smile!

I also spent time with Jade, Hugo (who just loves to give doggy hugs), Tilly (who I like more and more each time I walk her), Harley (who is so sweet–why is he still at the shelter?), Ebbie, Sebastian (who snuggled into my lap as soon as I knelt beside him), Winter, Rock, and Frankie (who is another favorite of mine). So many dogs of different sizes, looks, and personalities–but one thing they all have in common is that they will make their new families very happy!