Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Getting Enriched

Last weekend was the grand opening and dedication of Orphans of the Storm®’s new Jim Farmer Memorial Enrichment Park. Diamond (Riley) helped with the ribbon-cutting, as pictured below, and Elijah, Whizzer, and Brutus showed off their agility skills for the crowd. You can read more about the park’s creation and purpose in the Chicago Tribune. It’s an exciting addition that many dogs will love!

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The cutting of the ribbon

Daisy the four-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a super snuggly and affectionate girl. As soon as I took her out of her kennel, she sat right at my feet so I could pet her. When we were in the off-leash run, Daisy spent most of her time by my side. She put her front paws in my lap and gave me lots of doggy kisses. Daisy might be a little bigger than the usual “lapdog,” but she doesn’t see why size should stop her from enjoying her person’s lap!

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Daisy’s tail is constantly wagging

Daisy is currently sharing her kennel with Marnie. So, she gets along with other dogs and could go to a home with or without another dog. She does get a little jealous if you stop petting her and start petting another dog, though, but that’s why we have two hands–to pet two dogs simultaneously! Be sure to say hello to Daisy on your next visit to the shelter!

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Daisy is most happy when getting attention

Bailey the seven-year-old Boston Terrier mix and Percy the nine-year-old Shih-Tzu mix are a bonded pair looking for a forever home together. And they are the cutest little duo! Bailey and Percy are super easy walking companions and you can even hold both of their leashes in the same hand without worrying about them pulling in opposite directions.

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Percy and Bailey are happy to catch some rays

Bailey is known for his spunk and sass. He can be talkative when he wants to be, but was quiet for the most part during our walk around the woodland preserve. He did turn around at one point and yap at Percy to keep moving. Bailey recently had one eye removed, but he doesn’t even seem to notice that it’s gone and gets around just fine.

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Bailey knows when to pose for a photo

Percy has a constant smile on his furry little face. He liked to take the lead on our walk, but he also liked to stop and sniff more often. Percy has a tickle-y spot on his left side and will start kicking his back leg when you scratch there. He’s an easy-going guy who likes staying close to Bailey.

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Percy is too precious

Bailey and Percy have been together for five years and are best friends. If you have space in your home and your heart for two little cuties, come in soon to meet Bailey and Percy!

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Percy and Bailey on the move

Jack the eight-month-old Labrador Retriever/Brittany mix is a handsome boy. His dark-ringed eyes will surely grab your attention when you walk past his kennel. Jack enjoyed romping around the off-leash run and was very attentive when it came to watching what was happening on the other side of the fence. With all the commotion from the Enrichment Park preparations, Jack was more interested in that than playing with toys.

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Jack at attention

Jack walks surprisingly well on the leash, considering he’s just a puppy. He did have one spurt where he wanted to play tug-of-war with the leash, but he dropped it quickly and we continued on. Jack also loves rolling around in the tall grasses, kicking all four legs in the air. If you’re looking for a fun puppy to join your family, come in soon to say hello to Jack!

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Jack with his freckled nose

Sullivan the Border Collie mix is always eager to come out for a walk. Sullivan has springs for legs and jumps up and down when he realizes it’s his turn to walk. He can pull on the leash a bit at first due to his eagerness, but he settles down pretty soon after. Sullivan prefers walking at a quicker pace, but didn’t pull once we were on the woodland preserve trail.

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Sullivan had his photo shoot before the trees and grass turned green

Sullivan loves to sniff. He often had his nose to the ground during our walk. Sullivan was also intrigued by the camera and came right over to investigate whenever I took mine out. Sullivan isn’t a fan of other dogs, so he would do best as the only dog in his new home. He has been returned to the shelter twice, so an experienced dog-owner who can give Sullivan the mental and physical exercise he needs would be best for him. If that sounds like you, stop in to meet Sullivan!

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Walks are one of Sullivan’s favorite things!

I also saw Bella, Nash, and Quinn.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in the First Real Snow of the Year

It was a busy day at Orphans of the Storm®, with many pawprints and footprints being left in the freshly fallen snow and many happy adoptions! But there are still plenty of dogs waiting for their future furever family to find them. Meet a few of your snuggly options!

Larry Byrd the four-year-old Boston Terrier mix is a super friendly guy who seems to get along with everybody, including other dogs. He walks pretty well on the leash, though with squishy-faced breeds like Boston Terriers, it’s recommended that they be walked on a harness rather than a regular collar. Larry Byrd had a fun time playing in the snow in the off-leash run and didn’t mind sticking his nose in snow piles to investigate.

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Larry Byrd romping in the snow

Larry Byrd is also super affectionate. He is a big fan of giving doggy kisses and makes a cute little snorting nose while he does so. Larry Byrd is also not shy when it comes to sharing personal space. He attempted to climb into my lap and had no problems with me picking him up and carrying him to avoid some of the salt on the sidewalk. Larry Byrd is all about being a companion, and can’t wait for the right companion to come in and adopt him! Stop by the shelter soon to see if Larry Byrd is the pooch for you.

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Larry Byrd has the cutest face

Lottie the one-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is such a little sweetheart. She was originally curled up on her doggy bed inside her kennel and wasn’t too sure about coming out into the cold, but once she was on the leash she was happy to take a walk. Lottie seemed a little shy and nervous at first, but warmed up to me quickly after I gave her a few scratches on the back and behind the ears.

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Lottie following her Hound nose

Once Lottie knows you, she turns into quite the snuggle-bug. She’s also a fan of offering doggy kisses and will put her front paws on your lap or lean against you while you pet her. Lottie seems to thrive on attention; she could also use some extra TLC, since she’s both a little nervous and a little skinny. Whatever her past may have been, she’s ready to move on and join a family that she can love for years to come. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hello to Lottie!

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Lottie hurrying over for a doggy hug

Luigi the ten-month-old Hound mix seems to be pretty calm and well-behaved for a puppy. He walked nicely on the leash as we made our way to the off-leash run and seems to be past the stage where puppies want to nibble on everything. But don’t let that fool you–Luigi definitely still loves to play! Whether it’s romping in the snow or racing another dog, Luigi is game.

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Luigi is a playful pup

Luigi tried his best to get the dog on the other side of the fence to race him: play-bowing, little yips and barks, sticking his paw through the fence, and lots of tail-wagging. Once that dog left, Luigi realized that there was a person (me) with him in the run who was more than happy to give him the attention he wanted. Luigi cuddled up with me and enjoyed a good scratch on the hips. He even smiled! If you’re looking for a fun, happy-go-lucky pup, come in soon to meet Luigi!

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Luigi really knows how to smile for the camera!

Chato the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a big, strong boy–but don’t let that discourage you from taking him out for a walk. As long as you don’t mind walking at a quick clip, he doesn’t really pull. But a big boy like Chato would appreciate an owner who can give him the exercise he needs, whether it be long walks, running, or playing in the yard.

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Chato is all about the action shot

Chato had such a fun time playing in the snow in the off-leash run. All of my pictures of him ended up being action shots, since he was flying through the air. You can just tell by the look on his face that he was having a blast. After he got a chance to run off his energy, he spent some time with me so I could pet him and tell him what a good boy he is. Chato’s file says that he gets along with children, so he’s more than ready to be your new family member! Come in soon to say hello to Chato.

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Chato knows how to smile, too!

Lukas the four-month-old Basset Hound mix is actually one of the dogs I walked last week, but wasn’t up on the Orphans of the Storm® website yet. Now he is, so now I can tell you all about him! This little cutie is still very much a puppy. He’s playful, adventurous, and a little bit of a troublemaker (as demonstrated by him thinking my gloves were a chew toy–while they were still on my hands!).

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Possibly Lukas’ first time in the snow!

Lukas is guaranteed to make you smile. Everybody who walks by his kennel stops and exclaims over how adorable he is. Lukas will do his best to jump into your lap and cover you with doggy kisses, and then run off to play. Lukas is currently sharing his kennel with another dog, so he could go to a home with or without a furry playmate. He’ll need some obedience training, since he’s just a pup, but make it into a game and he’ll be an eager learner. If you’re looking for a cute puppy to add to your family, come in quick to meet Lukas!

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Lukas is a cute little pup

I also saw Aubrey, Bella (who is such a gentle giant–so sweet, but so sad to find herself back at the shelter), Corky, Dezzie, Joy, Lucky, Scotty, and Tom-Tom.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready for a New Family

Orphans of the Storm® has dogs big and small who are all ready and eagerly waiting for the chance to find a new forever family!

Dennis the three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix found himself at Orphans of the Storm® after his owner became ill and could no longer care for him. That means that Dennis has three years of experience as a wonderful companion dog and is ready to bring some joy into a new home. Since Dennis came from an owner, he already knows his basic commands and sat for me very nicely when I asked him to.

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Dennis enjoying the yard

Dennis walked well on the leash for the most part, but when there was a direction he wanted to go in (like to see another dog), he was very strong. This big boy isn’t all brawn, though–he is also super affectionate. He likes to give doggy kisses and he absolutely loves getting a good scratch on his hips, which causes him to do a little doggy dance that is super cute. Dennis already knows what it means to be part of a family–now he just needs a new family so he can prove it!

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Dennis has a very strong profile

Boone the four-year-old Hound mix is just adorable. I’m a sucker for those hound dog eyes, so I liked Boone immediately. He’s on the smaller side for a Hound mix, which makes him extra cute. Boone is a playful little guy with lots of energy, bouncing around as we made our way to the off-leash run.

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Boone is quite the cutie

Boone enjoyed romping around the run (so much so that it was hard to get a not-blurry picture!) but also wanted to spend some time snuggling, so he tried his best to fit into my lap. The dog in the run next to ours was making Boone a little nervous, but he was easily distracted by a nice scratch on the neck and ended up being more interested in playing than paying attention to the other dog. A playful pooch like Boone won’t be at the shelter for long, so come in soon to meet him!

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Boone being a handsome boy

Xena the seven-month-old Boston Terrier mix is a little cutie. She’s looking for an extra-special home with extra-special people, because she’s deaf. Don’t let that make you think she isn’t a normal dog, though–I didn’t even know she was deaf until after I put her back inside her kennel. She was acting like a perfectly happy puppy, so hearing loss certainly isn’t going to slow her down.

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Xena putting her nose to good use

Since Xena is both a puppy and deaf, though, she will need special training to learn hand signals rather than voice commands. She’s a feisty one, but she seems like a smart, eager-to-please dog who will learn quickly. She had no problems with being picked up and carried, though she will need to learn her leash manners since right now she thinks the leash is a tug-of-war toy. This happy girl can’t wait to show you what a great companion she can be!

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Xena has quite a hairdo

Gansito the four-year-old Chihuahua/Beagle mix is almost too precious for words. His markings are pretty Beagle-like, but he’s the size of a Chihuahua–is that a perfect combination or what? He’s going to look like a puppy for his entire life. Gansito is currently sharing his kennel with Xena and has been very patient with her puppy antics, though he would probably like to tell her to pick on somebody her own size.

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Gansito is barely taller than the grass!

Gansito is pretty much the ideal lap dog. He’s the perfect size for cuddling and was content to be scooped up and held in my arms, even giving my chin a curious sniff and then deciding it was okay to give me a little doggy kiss. When I wasn’t holding him, he was putting his front paws on my legs and asking to be pet. Gansito is ready for a permanent lap to call his own!

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Gansito being photogenic

Rusty the eight-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is as sweet as they come. He wasn’t doing any barking when I first walked by his kennel; instead, he was just patiently waiting for someone to say hello to him. Rusty walks well on the leash and would be a great walking buddy if you just want to take a casual stroll through the neighborhood.

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Rusty being a good boy

While Rusty and I were in the off-leash run, he was behaving just like a typical Lab: tail wagging, politely interested in the dog on the other side of the fence, coming back to me frequently for a nice pat on the head. Rusty is a gentle dog who still has plenty of love to offer. He may be starting to go gray, but that doesn’t mean much to him. Please consider giving an older dog like Rusty a second chance in a wonderful home.

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Rusty enjoying the outdoors

I also spent some time with Ebbie, Corky (who knows his commands–I didn’t even realize!), Keini, Lady, Bella, Midnight, and Rock.


Happy Halloween from Cooper the Batdog!

Happy Halloween from Cooper the Batdog!

Orphans of the Storm® Terriers

I tell you, Orphans of the Storm® has some of the cutest dogs around!

Benny the seven-year-old Terrier mix is a little guy with one of the most adorable little tails that is almost always sticking straight up into the air. And it’s even more adorable when it wags, which happens pretty often. Bennie’s gray face shows that he’s an older dog, but he’s definitely still eager to romp around and go for walks. He’s a Terrier, after all!

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Benny smiling for the camera

Benny currently has a kennelmate (who was being looked at by potential adopters while I was there, so I didn’t get a chance to meet him), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Benny is a very calm dog who walked well on the leash and was happy to stand by my side while I scratched his back. Those big brown eyes of his show so much love! Is Benny the pooch for you?

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Benny sunning himself

Gordon the eight-year-old Terrier mix is a pooch I’ve been meaning to take out for a few weeks now, because he is just so cute. I actually thought he was a puppy when I originally met him, but then learned that he’s well into middle age and unfortunately lost the home he had grown up in. He seems to be a little nervous and shy at the shelter, understandably, so he just needs the right person to come and welcome him to a new home.

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Gordon is just too cute!

Gordon is, I think, the only dog I’ve ever seen with a mohawk. I tried to capture it in my pictures, but they don’t do it justice. It is the funniest little tuft of fur on the top of his head. His fur is also a really interesting texture–when I was petting him, it almost felt more like wool from a sheep instead of fur from a dog! Since Gordon came from a home, he does a great job on the leash and probably knows at least a couple commands. If you’re looking for a real cutie, look no further than Gordon!

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If you look closely, you can see Gordon’s mohawk in the sunlight

Cody the six-year-old Boston Terrier mix is another dog whose family could no longer take care of him. Cody is the type of dog who will press himself up against the kennel door so you can pet him, and as soon as he did that I knew I wanted to take him out and get to know him better. He is just so sweet, and that face of his is too cute to ignore.

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Cody being a happy pooch

Cody shares his kennel with his brother Ronald (see below), and though they don’t need to go to the same home, it’s good to know that they each can get along well with other dogs. When I brought Cody into the off-leash run, he scampered around and enjoyed sniffing all the new smells. He also liked carrying around a tennis ball, though fetch isn’t really his thing. Cody is more of a snuggler, so if you’re looking for someone to snuggle with, come in soon to meet Cody!

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Cody exploring the run

Ronald the ten-year-old Boston Terrier mix is definitely the more rambunctious of the two, even though he’s the older one. While Cody was greeting me at the kennel door, Ronald was in the outdoor portion of their kennel keeping an eye on all of the other dogs. He was also the one who led the way to the run once we were outside.

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Ronald with his favorite tennis ball

Ronald absolutely loves to play fetch. He found a tennis ball and brought it right to my feet, dropping it on the ground and waiting expectantly for me to throw it. He would chase it down and bring it right back. If I ever took too long to throw it, Ronald would remind me with a short bark. This little guy just loves to play and can’t wait to find a new playmate! Could it be you?

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Ronald being an excellent fetcher

I also walked Midnight and his kennelmate, who I was going to write about but has since been adopted. That means I can write more about Midnight, though! Midnight is just the epitome of a Labrador Retriever. So friendly with other dogs and people, and incredibly affectionate. Midnight kept trying to climb into my lap and would cover my face with doggy kisses whenever he got the opportunity. He even rolled over for a quick belly rub. So what if he’s a bit on the older side? He still has so much love left to share!

And, of course, I spent some time with some of my best buddies: Wilbur and Roscoe, and Molly and Reebok. I also said a quick hello to Goose!

Whatever kind of pooch you’re looking for, you can be sure Orphans of the Storm® has it!