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

Here is another success story to put a smile on your face today! Dog walker volunteer Christy adopted her two dogs, Westley (tricolor) and Preston (brown-and-white), from Orphans of the Storm®. Here are their stories.

We adopted Westley (formerly Toby) in October 2017, when he was about 2 years old. We had walked a few other dogs when we saw him, and there something about his eyes that we connected with.

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He had some separation anxiety when we first brought him home (which usually involved him gathering things we had recently touched, like our shoes, into a pile) but he was basically potty trained and seemed to have had some training in his previous home as he picked up commands really quickly. He also got along well with our two senior cats right away.

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He didn’t seem sure about toys when he first got home, but after a few weeks we found a toy he loved (his Kong Wubba). Over time he has amassed a large collection of squeaky toys that for the most part he is gentle with. After a few months, the separation anxiety went away (he figured out that we would always come home) and we couldn’t imagine our life without him.

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Last year we started thinking about getting a second dog so that Westley could have a playmate. We tried a couple of dog meets but the look with Westley’s eyes told us we hadn’t found the right dog. Then last September, we came in and saw Preston. Just like with Westley, there was something in Preston’s eyes that said we should take him for a walk. He was a bigger dog than we were looking for but he was such a gentle soul. He walked well on a leash and he knew some basic commands. He also gave amazing hugs. We came back later with Westley and it was clear that Preston was meant to be his brother.

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Westley and Preston at their first meeting at the shelter

When Preston came home, he and Westley quickly became inseparable. They walk really well together on the leash and really enjoy their neighborhood walks each day. It took several attempts, but Westley did teach his brother to “play” with him in the backyard. Each morning after breakfast they run in the backyard to chase squirrels up a tree and then play for a few minutes (sometimes it’s zooming around the yard together, other times it’s playing together with squeaky toys–Preston can actually throw the toy and then chase it all over the yard). Preston was also about 2 years old when we got him. They are both totally bonded to us and to each other and we can’t imagine our lives without them.

P.S. We did DNA tests on both of them. Westley is an Australian Cattle Dog mix (50% Cattle Dog) and Preston is more of a mutt (25% Australian Cattle Dog, 25% Boxer, 25% Staffordshire Terrier, 12.5% Chow Chow, and 12.5% other).

Thank you, Christy, for sharing your adoption story and these adorable pictures and videos! And for being a dedicated volunteer!

If you would like to have your own Orphans of the Storm® adoption success story featured on the blog, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Snuggle in the Snow

A little snow doesn’t put a stop to how much the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® want to cuddle! There are so many super-affectionate dogs available right now. You’ll fall in love with at least one!

Scooby the three-year-old Shepherd/Labrador Retriever mix absolutely loves toys. He enjoys playing fetch, though it might be best to have two tennis balls handy because he loves them so much he doesn’t want to drop the one he currently holds before chasing after the next one. He even tries to fit two tennis balls in his mouth simultaneously, though I haven’t seen him succeed yet. Scooby will happily lean against your legs or try to sit in your lap while chewing on his toys. He particularly enjoys getting his ears and hips scratched.

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Scooby sniffing in the snow

Scooby is a nice leash-walking companion. He rarely pulls and walks at an easy pace. Scooby would fit in well in a variety of homes. He attends play group approximately every other day and gets along with the other dogs. He also has the potential to live with children and cats. Stop by the shelter soon to meet snuggly Scooby!

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Scooby with his tennis ball (sorry it came out blurry!)

Bailey the eight-year-old Boxer mix already has years of experience living in a home. She’s housebroken and enjoys going for car rides. Bailey is very cuddly and loves getting her hips scratched. She does a little happy dance and turns around to give you a doggy smile when you’re petting the right spots. Bailey is also cat-like in that she enjoys rubbing her whole body against you when she walks by.

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Bailey is happy to stay warm with a cute sweater

Bailey enjoys having a yard to romp around in. She’s also good at walking on the leash and likes going for walks. When walking by other dogs, she’ll bark if the other dog barks first, but is quiet if the other dog is quiet. Bailey has shared her kennel with a couple other dogs and is currently sharing with Meshai (see below), and she also participates in play group. However, she likes to be the queen bee in her home and would do best as the only dog. Come in soon to see if Bailey is the one for you!

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Bailey enjoys the outdoors

Rhino the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix has become an instant volunteer favorite. Every other volunteer I’ve talked to is in love with him, and I am too! Rhino unfortunately got off to a bad start in life and was found tied to a tree. He’s missing some fur around his neck from this, but otherwise you would have no idea he’s had it rough. He is so happy, friendly, and playful. Rhino loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses, and appreciates receiving lots of pets in return.

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Rhino says, “Yay toys!”

Rhino loves toys. He can keep himself entertained for a long time by holding a toy in his mouth and happily romping around the yard. Sometimes he’ll lay down and chew on the toy for a bit, then get back up and start romping again. Rhino is also super easy to walk on a leash. He attends play group and has gotten along with every dog he’s met so far. We’ve all seen what a gem Rhino is, and hope you’ll see it too!

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Rhino thought the tennis ball thrower was a toy too

Meshai the one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix arrived at the shelter in rough shape (skinny and missing some fur), but we’re making sure he gets better! He’s nervous and shy right now, and needs some convincing to leave his kennel. Once he’s out, though, he’s very gentle and sweet. Meshai is a little uncertain about getting pets and might pull away at first, but he gets more comfortable the longer he’s out and even starts to enjoy getting pets eventually.

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Meshai was a little uncertain about the cold

Meshai really perks up when he’s around other dogs, though. He’s currently sharing his kennel with Bailey (see above) and he also attends play group. Meshai likes to actively play with the other dogs, and hops around energetically with his tail wagging. He might feel more comfortable going to a home with another nice dog who can show him the ropes. Come in soon to meet Meshai!

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Meshai already knows how to use a doghouse

I also saw Badger (who is walking much better now than the first time I took him out, though he still doesn’t want to go all the way around the trail), Cocoa, and Rascal, as well as a quick walk with the not-yet-profiled Dusty (who is a super easy walking buddy). I also took Princess for a walk, and at every single bench we passed, she hopped up, sat down, and waited expectantly for me to get her lots of pets and kisses.

Play group this week included Bailey, Brunhilda, Jupiter, Meshai, Polly, Princess, Rhino, Rudgie, Sirius, Spike, Spooky, and Titus, as well as the not-yet-profiled dogs Amaryllis, Astrid, Bambi, Chaco, Clara, Dax, Flower, Hunky, Ivy, Lenny, Lucy, Max Becks, Oleander, Penny, Pongo, and Sadie Lou.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Get Along with Other Dogs

If you already have a dog (or multiple dogs) at home with you and are looking to add another, there are so many dog-friendly dogs at Orphans of the Storm® right now! Below are just some of the ones you should meet.

Princess the one-year-old Boxer/Pit Bull Terrier mix is super snuggly. Any time you kneel down to her level, she will immediately scoot her way into your lap to get pets. She wanted to be so close to me when we were sitting together on a bench that she first put her paws on my shoulder, and then on top of my head! You can’t get much closer than that. Princess also likes to give gentle doggy kisses. She is a very easy walking companion.

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Princess coming in for a cuddle

Princess is a play group regular and participates every day. Even the dogs who are pickier about their friends all want to be friends with Princess. Princess is housebroken and crate-trained. She has been around children as young as four and did well with them, so she’s ready to join a family. Be sure to say hello to Princess on your next visit to the shelter!

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Princess has one cute tan ear

Badger the five-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is the kind of dog who would rather cuddle on the couch than go on walks. In fact, the only way I got him to walk at all was to go as far as the leash would let me, kneel down, and have Badger come over for pets; then repeat; then repeat again. Badger loves to bury his face in your lap while you scratch his ears and sides. Badger eventually did some exploring in the off-leash run but came back to me often to get more attention.

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Badger sticking his tongue out at the idea of walking

Badger is getting more comfortable in play group and is becoming a regular participant. He enjoys playing with the other dogs. He has some resource-guarding tendencies when it comes to food, so an adult-only home would probably be best for him. If you’re looking for a new cuddle companion, come in soon to meet Badger!

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Badger likes to keep an eye on things

Brunhilda the two-year-old Hound mix is very Hound-y! We always know where she is because she is a talker who loves to bay. Once Brunhilda gets on the woodland preserve trail, though, she quiets down and focuses on sniffing. She likes to walk at a quick pace bordering on running but keeps her nose to the ground almost the entire time. She would love to go home with an active person who will take her on long walks often.

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Brunhilda loves to use her nose

Brunhilda also enjoyed romping around the Enrichment Park. She poked at toys and watched me throw them, but wasn’t too interested in playing with any of them. Brunhilda participates in play group every day and loves being with the other dogs. She puts a smile on every volunteer’s face when we hear her coming. She’s a very sweet girl. Stop in soon to meet Brunhilda!

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Brunhilda, summed up in one photo

Rascal the six-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a big, strong boy. He walks nicely on the leash for the most part, but if he decides he wants to go in a certain direction then that’s probably the direction you’re going to go in! He just doesn’t realize his own strength. Rascal enjoyed exploring all around the Enrichment Park. He sniffed at some toys but wasn’t interested in playing fetch on this particular outing.

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Rascal has the cutest wrinkly forehead

Rascal loves getting his hips scratched. His whole back half wriggles and he looks up at you with a happy doggy smile. He’s a friendly boy and seems pretty good at coming to you when you call for him. Rascal has participated in a couple play groups and likes romping with the other dogs. He could also go to a home with children. Come by the shelter soon to say hello to Rascal!

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Rascal unfortunately came out blurry in the rest of his photos because we got caught in some rain

Winston the two-year-old Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix is looking for a special, understanding home. Winston has epilepsy and will probably need to be on medication for the rest of his life to prevent seizures. But he can absolutely still live a full and happy life! (My childhood dog was medicated for epilepsy and lived to be 11, with only a handful of seizures.) Winston is super smart. He already knows basic commands like “sit” and “shake” and could definitely learn more.

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Winston is such a handsome, attentive boy

Winston loves playing with toys. He will happily chase after toys when you throw them, though he doesn’t always bring them back. Winston is a pretty good walking companion who only occasionally gets a burst of energy where he would rather run than walk. He’s an affectionate boy who likes to give doggy hugs. Winston gets along with other dogs and enjoys coming to play group. Come in soon to learn more about Winston!

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Winston always has a knowing look

Chopper the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was adopted as a little puppy but recently returned for reasons unrelated to him. He’s not too happy about being back at the shelter and can be a little nervous when he first comes out of his kennel, but warms up quickly and likes getting pet. He’s an easy walking companion.

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Chopper doing some exploring

Chopper enjoyed exploring around the off-leash yard and would come over to me when I knelt down to his level. He got more playful the longer he was out. Chopper sometimes joins play group and starts off with his tail tucked between his legs, but comes out of his shell after a bit and has made some good doggy friends. Chopper already has almost a year of experience living in a home, so he’s ready to settle in with his new forever family. If you think that might be you, come in soon to meet Chopper!

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Chopper was much perkier by the end of our outing

Monty the three-year-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix is a little bundle of energy. You haven’t seen zoomies until you’ve seen Monty sprinting around the Enrichment Park! It is too cute. Those little legs go much faster than you would expect. Even on our walk around the woodland preserve trail, Monty led the way and I almost had to jog to keep up with him.

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Monty is too precious

Monty doesn’t mind being picked up and snuggled, but he would still prefer to walk on his own rather than be carried around. He especially enjoys playing with toys. Monty was sharing his kennel with another smaller dog who has since been adopted, and he has a big enough personality that he would probably get along with larger dogs too. Be sure to say hello to Monty on your next visit to the shelter!

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Monty has the tiniest legs but biggest ears

I also saw Batman (Wombat), Carlos, Cocoa, Jupiter, Prince, and Turbo.

The first play group this week included Badger, Big Boy, Brunhilda, Carlos, Polly (who has just graduated from Level 2 of obedience training!), Prince, and Princess, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Buck and Lola.

The second play group included Badger, Batman (Wombat), Brunhilda, Carlos, Chevy, Chopper, Jupiter, Pepper, Polly, Prince, Princess, Sirius, Titus, Turbo, and Winston, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Bailey, Buck, Chestnut, Chili, Cornelius, Flower, Frosty, Garland, Hinkle, Keggy, Kylo, Lenny, Lola, Skippy, Spooky, Wednesday, and Yukon.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Hoping to Start the New Year in a New Home

If your New Year’s Resolution is to adopt a dog, Orphans of the Storm® has plenty for you to meet! Orphans of the Storm® will be open until 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and closed on New Year’s Day, but back open at 11 a.m. on January 2.

I usually end the year with a post about long-timers (dogs who have been at the shelter for one year or longer), but 2019 was such an amazing year for Orphans that there are only FIVE long-timers left! (For reference, there were 20+ long-timers in August when I highlighted some for Clear the Shelters.) Let’s make 2020 the year of no long-timers by finding the perfect homes for Barney, Batman (Wombat), Big Boy, Brutus, and Chevy.

And here are some newer dogs who would be happy to meet you too!

Brice the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is one of the snuggliest dogs I have walked. He’s almost like a cat, in that he will walk over and rub the entire length of his body along your legs (or back and sides, if you’re sitting down). He loves to be as close to his person as physically possible! Brice is also a big fan of giving lots and lots of doggy kisses.

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Brice has a cute-yet-dignified look (especially when wearing his bowtie)

Brice loves toys. He plays fetch with people or with himself and likes carrying toys in his mouth as he romps around the yard. The good thing is that while Brice likes to chew on toys, he doesn’t destroy them or tear out the stuffing. Brice is also a great leash-walking companion. Even though Brice adores people (including children), he is looking to be the only pet in his home because he isn’t fond of other dogs or cats. But Brice will give you all the love you could need! Come in soon to see if Brice is the one for you.

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Brice loves rope toys, squeaky toys, all toys!

Titus the one-year-old Boxer mix loves to give doggy hugs to whoever happens to be standing closest to him–and has a big, happy doggy grin on his face while you scratch his ears and sides. Sometimes he’s a little overenthusiastic and ends up booping your nose in the process, but he just doesn’t realize how tall he is! Titus is very attentive to whoever is holding the other end of his leash and looks up at his person often to check in. He also knows “sit” (even sometimes without being asked, if you stand directly in front of him).

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Titus was very content after his playtime

Titus is a pretty good walking buddy. He sometimes pulls on the leash when he’s particularly excited, but overall walks at a nice pace. Titus also loves playing with toys. He will toss them into the air himself and catch them, and then plop down for some chewing. Titus would appreciate a nice yard to call his own, where he can play and sunbathe. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Titus!

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Titus giving the camera a smirk

Rufus the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix gets super excited and jumps up and down when it’s his turn to come out for a walk, but settles down quickly once he’s out. He really likes to cuddle! Whenever I sat down on a bench, Rufus would put his front paws either right next to me or in my lap and enjoy side and chest scratches. He also likes to give doggy kisses.

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Rufus is happiest in a person’s lap

Rufus is an easy walking companion. He goes at a nice pace and likes to stop and sniff occasionally. He sometimes gets excited when other dogs walk by, because he likes making new doggy friends. Rufus often participates in play group and is more of a rough-and-tumble playmate, so he could go to a home with another active dog. He could also go to a home with older children. However, Rufus isn’t a fan of cats and is looking for a cat-free home. If any of that sounds like you, come in soon to meet Rufus!

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Rufus is a handsome boy

I also saw Barney.

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 Hoping 2019 Is Their Year to Find a Home

2018 was a happy year for the 1,075 dogs and 823 cats who were adopted and went to their furever homes! There are still plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who are waiting for their new families to find them, and some have been waiting longer than others. At the beginning of each year, I always like to make a special note of the long-timers who could use an extra boost in attention to help make this year the year they finally get to go home. The dogs listed below have been at Orphans of the Storm® for one year or longer. Please consider taking them out and spending some time with them on your next visit to the shelter!

  • Aleck (Alec) the 5-year-old Pointer mix
  • Barney the 6-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Big Boy the 4-year-old Boxer mix and Mojo 6-year-old Boxer mix (a son/mom pair)
  • Blush the 9-year-old Labrador Retriever mix
  • Bo the 8-year-old Labrador Retriever mix
  • Brutus the 2-year-old Hound mix (who was a Top Dog Competitor and completed a training course)
  • Carlos the 5-year-old Hound mix
  • Chase the 4-year-old Hound mix (who has been trained at a doggy boot camp)
  • Claire (Clarinet) the 4-year-old Catahoula mix
  • Delilah the 9-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix (you can read about why she is a volunteer favorite)
  • Diamond (Riley) the 10-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Donny the 10-year-old Mountain Cur mix
  • Dunkin the Red the 9-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Hamilton the 1-year-and-9-month-old Great Dane mix (who has been trained at a doggy boot camp)
  • Hobbs the 7-year-old Mountain Cur mix
  • John Boy the 6-year-old Labrador Retriever mix (who was a Top Dog Competitor)
  • Lucy the 10-year-old Boxer mix
  • Nash the 3-year-old Labrador Retriever mix (who I have been taking out almost every week since he arrived, my personal favorite!)
  • Pippa (Gia) the 3-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix
  • Puggie the 15-year-old Chihuahua mix
  • Reeco the 5-year-old Boxer/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix (who was a Top Dog Competitor and completed a training course) (his twin brother Harley was adopted earlier this year)
  • Shyanne (Cheyenne) the 6-year-old Hound mix
  • Snow White the 10-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Thunder the 10-year-old Boxer mix
  • Vanilla the 4-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Whizzer the 7-year-old Hound mix (who has completed a training course and was our Top Dog Champion!)
  • Wombat the 5-year-old Hound mix

And here are a few dogs who haven’t been at the shelter quite as long, but some good pooches I walked the weekend before Christmas:

  • Apollo the 3-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Jasmine the 8-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix
  • Maggie Mae the 2-year-old Labrador Retriever mix
  • Princess the 7-year-old Labrador Retriever mix

Make 2019 the year you add a new furry family member!

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 Reminding You to RSVP For the Benefit Dinner!

Orphans of the Storm®’s Annual Benefit Dinner is Tuesday, April 10 at Ravinia Green Country Club. This year, the shelter is celebrating its 90th anniversary! If you are interested in attending but haven’t RSVPed yet, the deadline is this Saturday, March 31. You can call the shelter directly at 847-945-0235 to reserve your seat. And between now and the dinner, you can stop by the shelter to meet the dogs (and cats) who you will be benefitting!

Jasmine the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix can be a little on the shy side at first, but warms up quickly and turns into a very affectionate girl! Jasmine put her front paws in my lap and gave me lots of doggy kisses several times during our walk. She likes getting pet and kept coming back to me to get attention while we were in the off-leash run.

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Jasmine has the cutest wrinkly forehead

Jasmine is a pretty good leash-walker and likes to stop and sniff. Jasmine is on the skinny side and will definitely benefit from some TLC in her new home. Although Jasmine likes being with adults, she would do best in a home without kids or cats. She can also be a little bark-y around other dogs. She’s still a puppy, though, so she has time to learn some manners. Come in soon to say hello to Jasmine!

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Jasmine romping in the run

Chevy the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix was very eager to come out for a walk. She pulled a bit at first since she was ready and raring to go, but once we got to the woodland preserve she settled into being a good walking companion. Chevy likes to sniff her way along the trail, but her ears are always perked so she can pick up on interesting sounds too.

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Chevy enjoys the outdoors

Chevy is super cute. She’s smaller than the average Lab and has a very expressive face. Chevy was very interested in the camera and always turned to me when I knelt down to get her picture and pet her. She would enjoy having a yard to call her own and someone to go on regular walks with her. Be sure to say hello to Chevy on your next visit to the shelter!

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Accidentally caught Chevy during a blink

Boston the eight-year-old Mountain Cur mix is a little nervous in his current situation. He wasn’t too sure about getting the leash put on, but it turns out that he’s a great walking buddy. Boston walks at a nice, easy, relaxing pace and mostly stayed right by my side while we made our way around the woodland preserve. He didn’t pull at all.

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Boston is such a sweetheart

Boston started to feel more comfortable the longer we were out, and eventually seemed to enjoy getting some scratches behind his ears and under his chin. He didn’t pay much attention to other dogs we passed while we were out. This sweet senior is looking for a quiet and calm home where he can be showered with the love he deserves. Come in soon to meet Boston!

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Boston started exploring more

Jess the two-year-old Hound mix is a real cutie. She’s a nice small-to-medium size, has cute spots, and has an adorable short tail. And that little tail rarely stops wagging! Jess is a happy and playful girl with plenty of energy and enthusiasm. She’s eager to share that enthusiasm with people and gave me a few doggy hugs while we were out.

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Jess is precious!

Jess likes to walk at a quick pace and can pull a bit if she doesn’t think you’re keeping up with her. Jess likes to be in charge when there are other dogs around and might not get along with every dog she meets. Jess enjoyed exploring the off-leash run and would like to have a yard at her new home where she can romp. Stop by soon to see if Jess is your girl!

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Jess putting her Hound nose to use

Buster the one-year-old Boxer mix is a lovebug. He joined me on the bench multiple times and covered my face in doggy kisses. When he was done with kisses, Buster sat right in my lap and enjoyed cuddling. Buster has tail paralysis, but even though he can’t show you he’s happy with his tail, you can still tell with his doggy grin.

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Buster has a great doggy smile

Buster walks nicely on the leash for the most part, though he can get an occasional burst of energy and run for short distances in the middle of his walk. Buster was sharing his kennel with a dog who has since been adopted, so he gets along with most dogs and could go to a home with another dog, but prefers females to males. Come in soon to say hello to Buster!

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Buster telling me a secret

I also saw Big Boy and Mojo, Carlos, Goliath, Hobbs (who is such a sweetie and wouldn’t walk with the other volunteer until I said a proper hello), Nash, Parker, Rufus, and Scotty.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Give Their New Families Many Thanks (and Many Kisses)

Thanksgiving may be over, but the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® will be thankful to find their forever home at any time of the year!

Chase the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is appropriately named because he likes having the chance to run! Chase led the way running around the first part of the woodland preserve, but then slowed to a quick walk and took plenty of pauses to sniff. Chase also likes to stop and stick his nose straight up in the air so he can catch even more scents.

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Chase can cuddle and use his Hound nose simultaneously

Chase is snuggly. He joined me on the bench a few times and enjoyed getting pet. He gave me a few doggy kisses in return. He’s also happy to give doggy hugs. Chase seems to get along with other dogs and politely sniffed two dogs (one his size, one much smaller) while we were out. Come in soon to see if Chase is the one for you!

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Chase pretending to be a Pointer

Blake the seven-year-old Boxer mix is a big softie. He is super affectionate and loves being close to people. Whenever I patted my legs, Blake came right over and put his front paws in my lap. He will also cover your face in doggy kisses whenever he gets the opportunity. And with that lovable face, you won’t want to turn him away!

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Blake being a lapdog

Blake is a great walking companion. He rarely pulled on the leash and also responded well if I asked him to go in a particular direction. Blake has a tickly spot on the side of his neck and will kick his back foot when you scratch him there. Blake didn’t seem to mind other dogs when we passed them on our walk, but he isn’t a fan of cats. Be sure to say hello to Blake on your next visit to the shelter!

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Blake looking majestic in the fall foliage

Aibileen the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is such a happy girl. Her tail wags constantly–and strongly!–so you’ll certainly get thwacked with it if you’re standing nearby. Aibileen particularly likes getting her hips scratched. She’ll do a little dance and back right up against you to make sure you’re scratching the right spot.

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Aibileen’s sweet face

Aibileen likes to snuggle in general, too. She’ll come running over and just lean against you while you pet her. She’s also not at all shy about giving doggy kisses. Aibileen gets along with other dogs big and small. She’s currently sharing her kennel with Minny (see below). If you’re looking for a happy, snuggly girl, come in soon to meet Aibileen!

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Aibileen coming in for a doggy kiss

Minny the one-year-old Jack Russell Terrier/Schipperke mix is super friendly. She’s small and energetic, so she’ll run right to you and then put her front paws on your legs and do a little jump to get your attention. If you kneel down to her level, she’ll hop right into you lap and happily get pet. She also likes to give doggy kisses.

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Minny is a little cutie

Minny got off to a bit of a rough start and is missing fur in some places, but that doesn’t slow her down at all and certainly hasn’t dampened her spirits. She’s happy and curious and likes following her nose to explore. Those little legs can move faster than you might expect! Minny gets along with other dogs of different sizes. She is currently sharing her kennel with Aibileen (see above). Come in soon to meet sweet Minny!

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Minny making a funny face

I also saw Balto (who greeted me with a doggy hug), Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Carlos, Harley and Reeco, Lucy, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking to Spend the Dog Days of Summer in a New Home

What better time to bring a dog into your home than the dog days of summer? It’s meant to be! Stop by Orphans of the Storm® soon to meet your new best friend.

Balley the one-year-old Boxer/Mountain Cur mix is a total cuddlebug. She’ll sit right in front of you and tuck her head into your lap so you can pet her. When you stop, she sticks her paw out and taps your arm to get your attention again. Balley also likes to roll around on her back and get a belly rub simultaneously.

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Balley says, “Maybe put down the camera and pet me instead?”

Balley walks really nicely on the leash, and if you stop walking then she will come back to you and sit at your feet until you start moving again. Balley likes people so much that she has some separation anxiety, so she would do best in a home where someone is around the majority of the time. Since she’s so sweet and gentle, she could go to a home with kids. Stop in soon to say hello to Balley!

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Balley coming in for a doggy kiss

Brutus the three-year-old Hound mix is very excited and energetic when he first comes out of his kennel. Brutus loves to greet people with doggy hugs, and that’s what he did with me and two other volunteers who we passed on our walk. Brutus is also a water dog. He would love to have a puppy pool (or, even better, a full-size pool!) to splash around in during the summer. He’s also one of those dogs who tries to “eat” the spray from a hose.

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Brutus loves to go exploring

Brutus is a happy boy. He’ll join you on the bench for snuggles before heading off on a walk. Brutus prefers to walk at a quick pace but doesn’t pull too much once he gets his initial burst of energy out of the way. Brutus likes other dogs, but isn’t as fond of kids, so he would do best in an adult home with or without another dog. If that description fits you, come in soon to meet Brutus! UPDATED 2019: Brutus has attended obedience classes and mastered our agility course. He regularly attends play group, though he prefers smaller groups. He has shared his kennel with another dog and loves to play!

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Brutus could only be happier if he was in his new forever home

Arnold the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a good boy. When I came to his kennel, he sat nicely without me even asking while I put his leash on. We first went to the off-leash run, where Arnold did some sniffing on his own but then spent most of the time with me so he could get pet. He joined me on the bench and gave me a couple doggy kisses.

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Arnold with his puppy pool

Arnold can pull a bit on the leash, but for the most part he does a nice job being a walking companion. When we were making our way around the woodland preserve, Arnold liked exploring in the tall grass. He also enjoyed a dip in the puppy pool after our walk. Arnold has one of those lovable wide faces and always seems to be smiling. Say hello to Arnold on your next visit to the shelter!

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Arnold has a heart-warming smile

I also saw Bella, Belle, Big Boy (who is so snuggly and sweet!) and Mojo, Bud, Buddy and ShadowDelilah, Diamond (now known as Riley), and Lucy.

And don’t forget–Saturday, August 19 is Clear the Shelters!