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

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

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

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Pony Boy has good woodchip camouflage!

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

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Pony Boy says, “Oh boy, a walk!”

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

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Red has the cutest wrinkles

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

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Red is very attentive

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

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Jackson happy with his Santa toy (pre-shredded)

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

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Jackson’s tail is always wagging

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

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Samara gives the best doggy hugs

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

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

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

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Pepper daintily carrying her Santa toy

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

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Pepper is looking for a permanent walking buddy

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

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Can Be Your Furry Valentine

Orphans of the Storm® is having a “My Furry Valentine Adoption Event” from February 9-11! The adoption fee will be waived for all dogs and cats 6 months and older. The waived fee includes spay or neuter, the first round of vaccinations, worming, flea and tick treatments, two weeks of aftercare, and a Valentine goody bag with a leash, collar, and special treats. (Please note that additional vet costs may still apply.) So if you’re looking for love this Valentine’s Day, come in to Orphans of the Storm® to find the furry kind!

Pony Boy the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has that signature puppy exuberance. His tail is constantly wagging and he gets excited about everything. Pony Boy greeted me with a doggy hug and then we quickly made our way to the Enrichment Park. He likes to chase after toys, but needs a little more practice when it comes to bringing them back. He has a good nose and was pawing through the snow to find frozen treats.

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Pony Boy will make you laugh with his funny faces

Pony Boy can pull a bit on the leash at first, but about halfway around the woodland preserve he settled into a nice walking pace. He likes getting pet and has the cutest wrinkled forehead. He was previously sharing his kennel with another dog, so he could go to a home with or without a furry friend. If you’re looking for a big puppy to call your own, come in soon to meet Pony Boy!

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Pony Boy doing his racehorse (racepony?) impression

Nando the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came from an owner who could no longer afford to keep him. That means he already has experience living in a home and is ready to find a more permanent family! Nando has only been at the shelter for a short time, but multiple volunteers are already gushing over how sweet he is.

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Nando caught in the act of being cute

Nando likes to lead the way on walks, but doesn’t pull much. He will stay by your side as long as you’re petting him, but is ready to start moving again as soon as you stop. He had a good time exploring the Enrichment Park and liked running through the snow. He politely sniffed a couple dogs through the fence but didn’t pay them much attention otherwise. Stop in soon to see if Nando is the one for you!

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Nando didn’t mind wading into the deeper snow

Evelyn the one-year-old Shepherd mix is calm inside her kennel, but absolutely loves to run and play when given the space and opportunity. Most of my pictures of her are just a black blur because she was speeding all around the Enrichment Park. Evelyn likes other dogs and spent most of her time in the park racing Tom on the other side of the fence–and she always won!

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Evelyn says, “Oh hi!”

Evelyn wanted to continue running on our way around the woodland preserve trail (though as I’ve mentioned before, it seems like the majority of dogs prefer running through snow but walk at a slower pace when the ground is clear). Evelyn didn’t mind pausing every once in a while, though, to get a pat on the back or a scratch behind her ears. Be sure to say hello to Evelyn on your next visit to the shelter!

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Evelyn with some snow on her nose

Peepers the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has lots of energy and is hoping to go to a home where he can get plenty of exercise, whether it be running in a big yard or going on lots of walks (or ideally a combination of both!). Peepers had a fun time exploring the Enrichment Park. Whenever I knelt down to his level, he would come bounding over. This sometimes led to a crash if the snow was too slippery for him to stop in time.

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Peepers with a wagging tail

Peepers is very affectionate. He put his front paws in my lap and covered my face with doggy kisses. He likes getting pet and will wiggle around to make sure you pet his favorite spots. He’s attentive and alert, and liked keeping an eye on things through the fence. Peepers seems to prefer to walk quickly, but he can also match your pace if you move slower. Come in soon to say hello to Peepers!

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Peepers using his peepers to keep an eye on the parking lot

Lolabell the five-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix is very friendly and outgoing. She likes to be where the action is, so she would probably prefer to have company if she’s out in your backyard rather than being alone. Lolabell likes to give doggy hugs. While she enjoyed sniffing around the Enrichment Park, she would come back to me every couple of minutes to check in and get pet.

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Lolabell not so sure about this whole “ice” thing

Lolabell gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing her kennel with Maebe (see below). She politely sniffed the dogs on the other side of the fence and wanted to stay by them rather than going for a walk. Lolabell can sometimes pull on the leash but overall was a nice walking buddy. Be sure to say hello to Lolabell on your next visit!

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Lolabell coming over to cuddle

Maebe the two-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix is a little shy at first. Once she gets to know you, though, she loves getting her ears and neck scratched and will stay by your side as long as you keep petting her. She might even give you a doggy hug or two! Maebe, being a Hound, spent most of her time following her nose around the Enrichment Park and uncovered a couple frozen treats that had been lost in the snow.

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Maebe is a sweetie-pie

Maebe gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing her kennel with Lolabell (see above). Maebe likes to move slowly when she’s walking on the leash because she wants to make sure she picks up as many scents as she can. She has those soulful Hound eyes that just make you want to give her a reassuring hug. Stop in soon to meet Maebe!

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Maebe doing what Hounds do best

I also saw Barney, Cass, Huckleberry (who is currently taking off-site obedience classes once a week), Sasha, and Tyson.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Think Two’s Company

If you’re looking for a dog who likes other dogs–whether you already have one (or more) at home, or want to go to dog parks, or plan to take your dog to doggy daycare–there are plenty of dog-friendly pooches at Orphans of the Storm® right now!

Kaffee the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has a very interesting look. He has one blue eye and one brown; he has black spots all over his face like a Dalmatian; and he has a big brown patch on his back like a Hound! You will surely get lots of compliments and questions about Kaffee whenever you take him out and about.

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Kaffee showing off his spots

Kaffee is on the shy side and mostly kept to himself when we were in the off-leash run. But he would take occasional breaks from sniffing and come over by me so I could pet him a bit. He also walks nicely on the leash. Kaffee is currently sharing his kennel with Thunder (see below), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Come in soon to meet Kaffee!

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Kaffee’s blue eye really stands out

Thunder the seven-year-old Weimaraner mix (not to be confused with the other Thunder) is a big, strong boy, but very sweet. He wanted to be off and running as soon as he came out of his kennel, but he settled down quickly once we were in the off-leash run. Thunder did his own thing at first, but also seemed to like following Kaffee, his kennelmate (see above), around the run.

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Thunder is ready to be someone’s best buddy

Thunder warmed up to me after a few minutes and then started following me everywhere so I could keep petting him. He would also come to me when I called. Thunder didn’t give any doggy kisses on this particular visit, but he did like putting his nose to my nose. Although he’s a big guy, he doesn’t really seem to throw his weight around. Stop by soon to see if Thunder is the one for you!

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Thunder loves getting pet

Constance the two-year-old Mountain Cur/Hound mix is very sweet and snuggly. The first thing she did when she came out of her kennel was give me a doggy hug. When we were in the off-leash run, Constance often put her front paws in my lap so I could pet her and so she could give me doggy kisses. She never strayed too far from me.

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Constance likes to both give and receive kisses

Constance is currently sharing her kennel with Tucker (see below) and gets along great with him, but she can be a little bark-y around other dogs she hasn’t been formally introduced to (like the dog on the other side of the fence in the off-leash run). Constance is sort of mini-Hound-sized, so she could be a sweet lapdog. Be sure to say hello to Constance on your next visit!

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Constance knows how to smile

Tucker the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is a sweet and mellow guy. He greeted me with a doggy kiss right away. When we were in the off-leash run, he would take a break from his sniffing every so often and come back to me so I could pet him more. He particularly likes getting his back and floppy ears scratched.

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Tucker not sure about the camera

Tucker was interested in a tennis ball when I threw it and went over to sniff it, but didn’t pick it up or bring it back to me. Maybe his new family can work with him on his fetching skills! Tucker gets along well with other dogs. He’s currently sharing his kennel with Constance (see above) and politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the run. Come in soon to say hello to Tucker!

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Tucker is a handsome guy

Hank the five-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix found himself at the shelter because his original owners moved and didn’t bring him with. Hank is a great walking companion. He usually walks at a faster pace but doesn’t pull at all, and he also takes plenty of breaks to use that good Hound nose. He seems like a pretty mellow dog; he didn’t bark once when we were out together.

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You have to be okay with a little bit of doggy drool if you adopt Hank

Hank enjoys a good pet and will stand right by your side while you pet him. He might even rest his chin on you, or he’ll poke his nose to your nose. He didn’t give other dogs a second glance while we were out, but I didn’t take him close enough to see how he did in a real meeting. Hank would do best in an adult-only home. If that sounds like you, stop by soon to meet Hank!

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Hank keeping an eye on things

Reeco the six-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came to the shelter with his brother Harley, who has since been adopted. Reeco is a little strong and can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, but settles down pretty quickly. Reeco participated in the Top Dog Competition last fall and has mastered the agility course. He has also attended obedience classes.

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Reeco says, “Me first!”

Reeco loves getting his side rubbed. He’ll lean against your legs and practically fall over because he’s enjoying himself so much. He also gives your hands lots of doggy kisses while you’re petting him (which can sometimes turn into little love-nibbles when he’s extra excited). Reeco gets along with other dogs and attends play group. Be sure to say hi to Reeco on your next visit!

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Reeco is a happy guy

I also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Boss, Carlos, Diamond (Riley), Lucky, Lucy, Oliver, and Vanilla.

Take Orphans of the Storm® Dogs for a Walk

Whether you’re looking for an older dog, younger dog, or middle-aged dog, Orphans of the Storm® has them all! Stop by the shelter and take them for a walk around the woodland preserve so you can get to know them.

Maggie the two-year-old Border Collie/Great Pyrenees mix is a happy, beautiful girl. She greets everyone with a wagging tail. I thought because of her size she might be a little hard to walk, but it turns out that Maggie is a gentle giant. She walks great on the leash and mostly stays by your side or just walks a few steps ahead without any pulling. We took a stroll around the woodland preserve and she enjoyed sniffing her way through the brush.

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Maggie is happy on her walks

Maggie was always happy to take a quick break from our walk to get a good scratch on her hips or behind her ears. Maggie loves people and gets along well with kids, so she would be eager to join a family. Maggie would prefer to be the only dog in her new home, but she didn’t seem to mind dogs too much when we were just passing them from a short distance on our walk. Stop by soon to meet Maggie!

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Maggie’s pretty face

Pixel the five-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix is a fun girl who likes being with people. We started in the off-leash run, where Pixel first followed her nose around like a Hound should. She soon joined me on the bench and gave me some doggy kisses while I scratched her back. She gladly stayed by my side as long as I was petting her.

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Pixel showing off her spots

Pixel was very excited to go around the woodland preserve. She was ready to forge her own path through the forest and kept looking back at me, wondering why I wasn’t letting her have her fun! (You have to keep to the trail, is why.) But when Pixel did stay on the trail, she was a good walking buddy who didn’t pull much. Come in soon to see if Pixel is the pooch for you!

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Pixel enjoys the outdoors

Tino the one-year-old American Bulldog mix looks like an oversized French Bulldog, with his smushed nose and perky ears. A face like his is guaranteed to make you smile! Tino is a sweet boy, but he’s easily excitable and can jump up on people when he says hello. Since he’s still young, he’ll need a family who will help him learn his manners and teach him to wait for an invitation before he gives a doggy hug.

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Tino has the most precious face

Tino is very snuggly. He loves getting his hips scratched and will do a cute little dance while you do that. Whenever I sat on a bench or knelt on the ground, he put his front paws on my legs and snuffled around my face. Tino can pull on the leash sometimes and liked having the freedom to scamper around the off-leash run. Say hello to Tino on your next visit to the shelter!

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Tino doing some exploring

Blaze the eleven-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix has that signature Hound howl. If he happens to be in the outside part of his kennel when you arrive at the shelter, you’ll hear him before you see him! (He doesn’t bark much when he’s inside.) Blaze walked nicely on the leash, but he didn’t seem too eager to be out in the cold so we took an abbreviated walk.

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Blaze isn’t too sure about this cold weather

Blaze wants you to know that senior dogs are great dogs! In his case, he’s looking for a nice home where he can curl up in a comfy bed and enjoy his golden years. Blaze likes getting his floppy ears pet and will stay by your side to soak up the attention. If you think an older dog might be a good fit for you, come in soon to meet Blaze!

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Blaze on the move

I also saw Bella, Blush, and Scotty.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs with Personalities as Warm as Sunshine

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are all about being companion animals. They’re just looking for someone who will give them the love and attention they deserve, and in return they will shower that someone with lots of affection!

Sophia the five-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix is extremely easy-going. There was a lot of hustle and bustle while I was at the shelter because a Boy Scout troop was hosting a fundraising barbecue, but Sophia just politely sniffed at them and wagged her tail as we made our way past. She walks very nicely on the leash and is happy to stop and sit by your side if you want to take a break. She is a sweet, gentle girl.

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Sophia says, “Pet me!”

Sophia loves getting pet. When you start petting her, she’ll scoot closer and closer to you until she’s practically in your lap, and will stick her nose right up next to yours–and maybe even give you a doggy kiss! One of the cutest things she did while we were on our walk is put her paws up on the fence outside of the cat room so she could look inside and watch all the cats. You could just see that she was thinking, “Oh boy! Kitties!” Sophia was previously sharing her kennel with another dog, so she could go to a home with or without another pooch. Stop by soon to meet Sophia!

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Sophia smiling in the sunshine

Ringo the six-year-old Husky mix might be inching his way towards my “favorites” list because he is such a good boy. He walks nicely on the leash and knows some basic commands like “sit,” which he did for me even without a treat! Ringo was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with another pooch; however, he isn’t a fan of cats. What Ringo is a fan of is people of all ages, including children.

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Ringo is so fluffy

Ringo definitely likes to cuddle, which is good because his fluffy fur makes him extra cuddle-able! He was happy to stay by my side while I pet him, and when I sat down on the bench he quickly joined me and sat right next to me. He’s not shy about offering doggy kisses, and he’s an alert boy who likes to keep track of things and investigate. Whenever a new dog came into the run next to ours, Ringo was always right there at the gate to say hello. If you’re looking for a great family pet, come in soon to meet Ringo!

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Ringo enjoying a pat on the back

Ginger the four-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix (not to be confused with the other Ginger) is a super affectionate pooch. We had only known each other for a few moments before she was giving me doggy kisses and trying to sit as close to me as possible. Her happy, sweet personality has quickly made her a volunteer favorite. Now she just has to steal the heart of a potential adopter!

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Ginger romping in the run

Ginger absolutely loves going for walks. She was practically bouncing up and down when she realized she was coming out with me and took off at a quick clip. Ginger could probably lose a couple pounds, but with her enthusiasm for walks and being outdoors, that should be pretty easy to do once she’s in a home that gives her regular exercise. Ginger greets everybody with a wagging tail and a doggy smile. Come by the shelter soon to meet Ginger!

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Ginger is a happy girl

I also saw Blush, Courage, Fred, Hachi, Rock, Tucker, Zack, Zoey, and the other Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Are All About Snuggling

It was a beautiful fall day at Orphans of the Storm®, and the dogs (and cats!) at the shelter think that this is the perfect season for “fall”ing in love with your new, furry, furever friend!

Myra the four-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix is an absolute sweetheart who gets along with everybody. She was sharing her kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so she’s definitely dog-friendly. She also loves people, and is gentle enough to do well with children. She’s a very mellow girl who doesn’t bark much (but when she does, she has that beautiful Hound voice!). Speaking of beautiful, Myra’s markings will certainly catch your eye.

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Myra putting that Hound nose to good use

Myra enjoys a good snuggle session. She spent the first couple of minutes using that Hound nose to explore around the run, but when I knelt down and called to her, she came over and basically attempted to climb into my lap. She’ll keep her face right next to yours as long as you’re petting her–and she might even give you a kiss! If you’re looking for a sweet and gentle dog who is happy to just be your companion, come in soon to meet Myra!

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Myra is such a pretty girl

Zoey the Pit Bull Terrier mix is anything but shy. There was no “get to know each other” period–as soon as I knelt down next to her, she covered my face in doggy kisses and we were officially friends. Zoey has plenty of energy and had a great time romping around the run, exploring under the bushes, and keeping an eye on things happening on the other side of the fence. She has adorable perky ears that stand straight up when she’s extra happy.

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Zoey hurrying over to snuggle

Zoey discovered a big ball while we were in the run, and she loved playing with it and carrying it around with her. In fact, she liked it so much that she brought it back to her kennel with her at the end of our walk! She had no problems with me petting her while she chewed on her ball. Zoey is a happy, playful girl who would do best as the only pet in her new home. If you’re looking for a fun friend, stop by soon to see if Zoey is the pooch for you!

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Zoey is a playful pup!

Bode the one-year-old German Shepherd mix is definitely still in his puppy stage–in the best way! He’s energetic, playful, happy-go-lucky, and absolutely loves being around people. One of Bode’s favorite things to do is give doggy hugs: he’ll put his front paws on your arms and happily stand on his back legs while you pet him, while giving you a great smile and maybe a doggy kiss or two.

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Bode exploring the new pebbles in the run

Bode, being a breed that is part of the Working Group, wants to have something to do. We ran a lap or two while he was on the leash, and he stayed right by my side, so he would make an excellent running buddy. He was also interested in chasing the tennis ball that the dog in the other run was playing with, though he didn’t seem overly interested in playing with his own tennis ball. Bode is a great pup who will grow up to be a loyal dog. Come in soon if you think Bode could be the one for you!

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Bode is one handsome fellow

Gus the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix is, in one word, affectionate. If you’re looking for a new pooch to snuggle with, Gus is definitely up for the job. He rolled over for belly rubs, gave doggy kisses, and joined me when I sat on the bench. Gus is also just plain happy. His tail wags constantly and he loves saying hello to new people.

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Gus enjoying a drink of water

Gus is super adorable. He has some black spots on his mostly white fur–a few more, and you could easily make someone believe that he’s part Dalmatian! He can bark a little when he’s inside his kennel, but he didn’t bark at all once we were out and about (though he did make some whine-y sounds when I didn’t let him say hi to other dogs). This happy, lovable boy will bring a smile to your face every day if you’re the lucky one to bring him home. Stop by the shelter soon to say hi to Gus!

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Gus sure knows how to take an adorable picture!

I also spent some time with Ares, Wilbur (my favorite!), Rosco, Daisy, Delilah (who was also at the Pooch Parade two weekends ago), Javan, Ranger, Sweet Pea (who truly lives up to her name–she gets along great with kids and loves to play), and Tom-Tom (who gave me the biggest doggy hug ever when he saw me). So many wonderful dogs for you to choose from!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready for Spring

Before we meet our pooches for this week, I wanted to let you all know that you can now RSVP for the Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner, which will be Monday, April 22 at 5:30pm. Check out the Facebook event page for more information. I hope to see you there!

Now, time to meet some of the dogs who will benefit from the benefit dinner!

Jax (who has the name ‘Cooper’ outside his kennel now) the two-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix is such a handsome boy. He looks a lot like Mervin, who was happily adopted a few weeks ago, but is a little smaller and has a little less drool. Jax, being a scent hound, kept his nose pretty close to the ground while we were out on our walk. If you start to pet him, though, he stops sniffing and will stay right next to you until you stop.

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Jax sniffing his way over to me

Jax loves other dogs. If you already have a dog and are looking for another, Jax might be a good choice for you. He really, really, really wanted to play with Ebbie, but Ebbie isn’t really a fan of playing with other dogs, so poor Jax had to settle for just walking and sniffing. He is a sweet boy ready to make himself at home with a new loving family.

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Jax has too cute of a face to keep it pointing at the ground all the time!

Wilbur the eight-year-old and Rosco the seven-year-old are Pit Bull Terrier mix brothers who would be extra happy if they could both go to the same new home together. They’ve been together all this time! When they first came to the shelter two weeks ago, they were a little shy and very skinny. They’ve already started to perk up and gain some weight, and would improve even faster if they were in their forever home.

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How can you resist Wilbur’s adorable face? (And say hi to Sage, still waiting for her forever home, in the background!)

Wilbur and Rosco are, of course, very friendly with each other. They also seem to be pretty friendly with other dogs, though Rosco wasn’t such a fan of a visiting Rottweiler. Even though they’re on the older side, they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down–don’t let Wilbur’s graying face fool you! They love to run and explore and sniff.

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Rosco the big sweetie

They’re also good dogs who walked pretty well on the leash after they got their energy out. They both came over to me periodically while we were in the off-leash run to get a reassuring pat on the head or scratch on the back. Wilbur even came close to giving me a doggy kiss–but then decided to stick with just a friendly sniff for now.

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Wilbur enjoying the outdoors

If Rosco jumping up on the bench is any indication, these two guys would probably be happy to join you on the couch while watching TV or reading a book, once they’ve gotten their exercise for the day. What better snuggle buddies are you going to find than these two lovable guys?

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Rosco investigating the bench

I also took the always-gentle Akiva out for a walk during my visit. She’s probably the only one at the shelter who is just fine with it still being below freezing in March! The rest of us are hoping that sun and warm weather are on the way!

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Looking for the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s day? How about visiting Orphans of the Storm® to find your newest dog friend who will love you furever and ever? There are lovable dogs of all shapes, ages, and sizes waiting for the perfect family to discover them and take them home!

Sage the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Border Collie mix is full of energy! Being a younger dog, and a mix of two very active breeds, you can’t expect anything less. He was so happy to go romping through the snow, and kept wanting to play with his kennelmate (see below). Sage will most likely be very easy to train and an eager learner.

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Sage romping in the snow

Sage would definitely do best in an active home with a walking or running buddy, and plenty of toys to keep him stimulated. He’s a big sweetie, though, so once you tucker him out with all of his activity, he will be more than happy to snuggle up to you. Is Sage the pooch for you?

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Sage ice skating

Piper the two-year-old Hound mix is currently Sage’s kennelmate, and she is super cute. She seemed to be much calmer than Sage, and was more interested in walking and sniffing through the snow, rather than racing through it. That’s to be expected from a Hound dog with a Hound nose!

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Piper was a little camera shy

Piper enjoys getting attention from people and will happily sit or stand at your side while you scratch her ears and back. She too would appreciate a walking buddy who will take her out to explore all of the fun scents in the neighborhood. This Piper shouldn’t be confused with the other Piper, the male Shepherd mix, but they would both make wonderful pets!

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Piper exploring the smells under the tree

Uba the three-year-old Shepherd mix has one of the cutest faces currently at the shelter. Her face is a little darker than the rest of her, and her ears perk up when she’s excited. She’s a very manageable size, much smaller than the average Shepherd, and is a very happy girl.

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Uba’s adorable face

Uba is ready to share the love with her new family. When I knelt down to her level, she sat right next to me and started covering my nose in doggy kisses. She’s playful, lovable, and can’t wait to find a family to call her own. Come in soon to meet Uba!

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Uba with her perky ears

Mervin the two-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix is such a handsome guy. Although he’s a big boy, he is very gentle and walks well on the leash. He can get distracted by a good scent, but that’s what he was bred to do! You would expect Mervin to have a big howl, but he was patiently quiet inside his kennel even when the dogs around him were barking.

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Mervin with just a tiny bit of doggy slobber

You can easily get Mervin off the scent trail by scratching his chin. He will happily stand next to you while you do so, and look at you lovingly with those sweet Hound eyes. His floppy ears would probably appreciate getting scratched every once in a while, too. Mervin is a gentle soul waiting for an affectionate family to come find him.

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Mervin putting that coonhound nose to use

Chopper the two-year-old Catahoula mix is a lot of fun. He also enjoyed bounding through the snow, and liked to climb up to the top of the snow piles to see what all was going on. He is a handsome, happy dog whose tail is always wagging and whose tongue is always hanging out the side of his mouth in a doggy grin.

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Chopper’s doggy grin

Chopper would make a great Valentine. He loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses, and will gladly receive hugs and kisses in return. With his energy level, he would enjoy long walks on the beach–or anywhere! Chopper is ready to give all of his heart to his new family. Is there space in your heart and your home for Chopper?

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Chopper ready to run and play

Coco the ten-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever mix is just a sweetheart. She is so gentle and so friendly. She is smaller than the average Lab, but has more than enough wonderful personality to make up for her size. Coco is extremely easy to walk on a leash and enjoys all of the attention she can get.

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Sweet Coco in the snow

Coco is sure to bond quickly to whoever is lucky enough to bring her home. When we were finished with our walk, I passed her over to the Orphans of the Storm® photographer for her photoshoot. It appeared that Coco had already bonded with me, because her head kept following me wherever I walked. I ended up having to stand behind the photographer so she could get a good picture of Coco! Please don’t pass this sweet dog over just because of her age. She has so much more love to give.

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Coco being photogenic

Kiedis the one-and-a-half-year-old Doberman Pinscher mix is an absolutely stunning dog. He’s a brown Doberman (rather than the usual black) with an attentive, inquisitive face. Kiedis came from a family with children, who unfortunately had to move and couldn’t take their handsome dog with them. Because we know he came from a family, though, he’s definitely housebroken and does well with kids.

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Handsome Kiedis, photographed by the official Orphans of the Storm® photographer

Kiedis, being a Doberman, is quite strong. When you first take him out, he might be the one walking you because he’s eager to stretch his legs. After he gets some exercise, though, he walks much better on the leash. He takes treats extremely gently from your hands and knows some basic commands like “Sit.” A dog like Kiedis will not be at the shelter for very long, so come in soon to meet him!

I also took Molly the Pit Bull Terrier mix out for a quick walk, and let her run around the yard for a bit. She had such a great time in the snow, rolling over onto her back with her legs kicking in the air. Even though Molly doesn’t like other dogs, she absolutely loves people and would make a wonderful friend in a one-dog-only home!

Kennelmates Bandit and Lilly also got the chance to stretch their legs and play in the run. Orphans of the Storm® now has an agility bridge in one of the runs, and Bandit mastered it right away. He was so proud of himself when he got to the top! Lilly was a little skeptical of the bridge, but she was happy to sit and watch Bandit while I sat next to her and scratched her ears. Two more loving dogs ready for their new home!