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® Celebrates Adopt a Senior Month

Orphans of the Storm® knows that senior dogs are great dogs, and that’s why we’re promoting Adopt a Senior Month all November long! If you adopt a dog who is eight years or older, the adoption fee will be waived (additional veterinary fees still apply). There are lots of lovable seniors eager to meet you! Here are the seniors I’ve previously written about:

  • Bella – 11-year-old Boxer
  • Cody – 10-year-old Labrador Retriever
  • Diamond – 8-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Lucy – 9-year-old Box
  • Lucy – 14-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Puggie – 12-year-old Chihuahua
  • Scotty – 10-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Snuffles – 9-year-old Australian Cattle Dog
  • Weezie – 10-year-old Chow Chow

And here are a couple new dogs (one senior, one not) who would also be happy to make your acquaintance!

Festus the eight-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a mellow guy who never seems to be in much of a hurry. He was happy to come out of his kennel, but took his time sniffing along the walkway. Festus even spent several minutes sniffing around the same five-square-foot area of grass until I encouraged him to keep moving along so we could spend some time in the off-leash run.

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Festus putting his nose to work

Festus may not be the most handsome dog at the shelter (his fur is pretty sparse by his hind legs and tail), but he has the sweetest face. When I was petting him, he stared right into my eyes with the most loving expression and it was just so clear that he has a gentle soul. Festus isn’t overly active and we didn’t make it all the way around the woodland trail, but that makes him easy to walk and a great companion for just hanging around the house. If you’re looking for an older, quieter dog, come in soon to meet Festus!

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Festus being curious

Hank the five-year-old Catahoula mix is an energetic boy. He jumped up in excitement when he realized it was his turn to come out, and quickly led the way once his leash was on. We went straight to the woodland trail, where Hank had a fun time following his nose through the falling leaves. Hank mostly walks at a faster pace, but doesn’t pull too much.

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Hank has a great smile

Hank is great at cuddling. When I knelt down to his level, Hank bounded right over to me, put his front paws in my lap, and gave me lots of doggy kisses. He kept his paws in my lap while I pet him and eventually got so comfortable that he leaned his whole body against me. Hank is a happy boy whose tail is always wagging. Stop in soon to say hello to Hank!

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Hank says, “Whatcha got there?”

I also saw Blush, Courage (who is so affectionate–she climbed right into my lap and gave me lots of kisses), Ginger, Honey Lamb, and Pike.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a Treat This Halloween

What better treat for an Orphans of the Storm® dog than to be adopted in time for Halloween? And in case you haven’t been following along on Instagram, several of the pooches got into the holiday spirit last weekend and modeled their Halloween costumes!

Axle the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a friendly guy who likes to be with people and get plenty of attention. When we got to the off-leash run, Axle spent most of his time close to me so I could pet him, and he was happy to give doggy kisses in return. He has a cute face, with bonus cuteness when his ears perk up and his forehead gets wrinkly. Axle would prefer to be the only pet in an adult home.

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Axle’s cute face

Axle absolutely loves to play fetch. Luckily there were two tennis balls in the off-leash run, so as soon as he picked up the first one I could throw the next one right away. Axle could even catch the ball in midair! There were a couple instances where he tried to pick up both tennis balls at once, but he quickly figured out it didn’t work that way. After lots of running around, Axle plopped down with both tennis balls in front of him and happily chewed on them while catching his breath. If you’re looking for a playful new friend, come in soon to meet Axle!

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Axle having a great time playing fetch

Mimi the six-year-old Chihuahua mix may look like your typical purse dog, but don’t be fooled! This little lady would much rather walk around on her own four legs. She was always leading the way on our walk and had plenty of energy. Who knew such tiny legs could move so quickly?

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Mimi enjoying her walk

Mimi also doesn’t mind getting a little dirty. It had rained earlier in the day and Mimi got her paws a little muddy while she had a good time digging in the dirt. Mimi seems to have a bit of “Small Dog Syndrome,” where she would start barking at much bigger dogs, but she didn’t react much when we passed another Chihuahua. Mimi has incredibly soft fur, adorable spots, and ears that are maybe a size or two too big 🙂 Stop by soon to say hi to Mimi!

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Mimi showing off her big ears

Fitz the five-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix is quite possibly the most lovey-dovey dog at the shelter right now. All he wants to do is snuggle. When we were in the off-leash run, he didn’t even do any exploring! He just stayed right by my side and leaned against my leg so I would keep petting him. He has the cutest little tail that wags all the time.

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Fitz is a real cutie

Fitz is absolutely a lapdog. After we left the off-leash run, I took Fitz to a quieter spot and sat down on the ground. He immediately climbed into my lap, made himself comfortable, and gave me some doggy kisses. We could have stayed like that all afternoon! Even when I eventually stood up, Fitz tried to hold onto his spot. When I was leaving the shelter a while later, another volunteer was hanging out with Fitz in the front office, cuddling on the bench. If you’re looking for a snuggly new family member, come in soon to meet Fitz!

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Fitz loves to cuddle

Giorgio the three-year-old Catahoula mix will immediately catch your eye when you walk through the shelter because he is stunning. Not only does he have bright, ice-blue eyes, but he has the most interesting markings! He’s half white and half blue merle. No doubt people will stop and ask about him when his future family takes him out for walks!

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Giorgio’s piercing blue eyes

Giorgio was very eager to come out for a walk and romp in the off-leash run. He politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence, but mostly kept to himself and enjoyed being outdoors. Giorgio can be a little slow to warm up, but once he knows you he will quickly become your best friend and give you lots of doggy hugs and doggy kisses. For your next loyal companion, stop by the shelter and see if Giorgio is the one for you!

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Giorgio’s handsome markings

I also saw Arnold, Bear, Blush, Cooper, O’Shea, Scotty, Showtime, Trixie, and Winter.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Found Their Furever Home, Part XI

I’m happy to bring you another Orphans of the Storm® success story! Steve and his family have shared their adoption story and some adorable photos of their Orphans of the Storm® dog, Charlotte:

We adopted our Catahoula mix from Orphans of the Storm® in January of 2013. Our previous dog, Shelby, had passed away after 12 wonderful years after we adopted him from Orphans of the Storm® and we wanted to give another dog a forever home with us.

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Charlotte liked to rest her head on my shoulder as I drove to Colorado

We had looked at many dogs and I had even been to Orphans of the Storm® on a Friday when my wife wanted to go look again two days later on a Sunday. Orphans of the Storm® had just had 25 dogs from out-of-state arrive and the first one we saw was this Catahoula mix with bright amber eyes jumping up at us from inside her cage. We took her for a walk and instantly bonded with her. Because we had previously adopted from Orphans of the Storm® and because it was a bit chaotic there at the time, we were able to complete the paperwork and take her home with us right away.

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Charlotte got a little hamburger at Sonic in Nebraska for dinner

We named her Charlotte. She was a bit submissive and we’ve had to work very hard to make sure she didn’t stay afraid of people. She is still a bit skittish at times, but she is also protective of her new family. We bring her as many places as we can–she is a fantastic car-rider! Her eyes see everything, her ears hear everything, and her nose is often buried in a smell or sniffing the wind. She certainly has the traits of a Catahoula.

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On the way home, Charlotte found our daughter’s leg to be a comfortable pillow in the car

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Charlotte crashes on the couch in our cabin after a walk

Recently we brought her on our summer vacation to Colorado where we rented a cabin that allows dogs. Charlotte had a terrific time and was perfect during the drive and in hotels and in the cabin. She doesn’t chew or bark and she’s wonderfully house-trained.

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Charlotte found the Winter Park, Colorado, area to be very dog-friendly

At home she enjoys her spacious fenced-in yard and chasing birds, lying in the sun, or playing with a stick or tennis ball. We’ve also introduced her to friend’s and family’s dogs and she gets along with everyone. She’s also very gentle around small children and is never afraid of them.

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My wife Robin and our daughter Lauren relaxing with Charlotte on the front porch of the cabin we rented in Colorado

We really love this beautiful dog and thank Orphans of the Storm® for all the hard work they do to find homes for dogs. Charlotte is the third dog I’ve had from Orphans of the Storm® (my family adopted a German Short Haired Pointer when I was a kid around 1977) and I highly recommend this shelter to anyone seeking a terrific animal to share a forever home with.

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Charlotte loves to jump from bed to bed in the hotel

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My wife Robin riding in the backseat with a happy Charlotte

Thank you for sharing Charlotte’s story with us, Steve!

If you have an Orphans of the Storm® adoption success story that you’d like to share on the blog, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs to Cuddle

Although any time of year is the perfect time to adopt a dog (or cat) from Orphans of the Storm®, you have to admit that the middle of winter is a great time to bring home a new furry friend to help keep you warm!

Bear the one-year-old Chow Chow/Shepherd mix can pretty much be described in one word: mellow. When he’s inside his kennel, he’s just relaxing on his doggy bed. When he’s outside, he is a great walking buddy who doesn’t pull on the leash at all. Bear seems politely interested in other dogs; he sniffed nicely through the run’s fence and even whined a little bit when the other dog walked away!

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Bear has a very handsome face

Bear has plenty of adorable black fluff to keep him warm in these cold temperatures. He has a sweet, expressive face that he doesn’t mind putting right up to yours in order to give you a quick doggy kiss. Although Bear seems to be naturally well-behaved, keep in mind that he’s still young and would benefit from some training. Bear would also prefer to be in an adult-only home. If you think Bear could be the pooch for you, come in soon to meet him!

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Bear enjoying the outdoors

Clarinet the one-year-old Catahoula mix is a real sweetie. She will greet any person who comes her way with a doggy hug and a doggy kiss. Her entire body was wriggling with happiness when she realized she was going out for a walk and she quickly led the way to the off-leash run, where she had a fun time exploring.

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Clarinet following her nose

Clarinet is a very affectionate and snuggly girl. After she had romped around the run for a few minutes, she joined me on the bench and sat as close as she could without actually being in my lap. Clarinet loves attention and will gladly stay by your side as long as you’re petting her. If you’re looking for a fun girl who will surely put a smile on your face, stop by the shelter soon to meet Clarinet!

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Clarinet with her pretty blue eye/brown eye combo

Pancho the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Catahoula mix is another young dog, which you can easily tell by his exuberant and happy-go-lucky personality. Pancho is constantly wagging his tail, whether he’s walking on the leash, greeting another dog, or trying to climb into your lap (“trying” being the key word, since he’s a little big for that).

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Pancho also has one blue eye and one brown eye!

Pancho loves people, and it seems like he would get along with other dogs as well. Whenever I knelt down to his level, he would come hurrying over to snuggle, and also rolled over for a belly rub a couple times. While we were in the middle of one belly rub, the girl in the run next to ours said, “I want a dog like that!” because Pancho was being so sweet and cute. If you want a dog like that too, be sure to say hello to Pancho on your next visit to the shelter!

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Pancho wants to say hi to everybody

Jingles the five-year-old Rat Terrier mix is a little cutie. I actually tried to walk him a while ago, when he first arrived at the shelter, but he was too nervous and shy at the time. Now he’s started to come out of his shell and was more than ready to come out for a walk (and it probably helps that he now has a buddy, Suzie [see below], to make him feel safer).

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Jingles preferred being in the bushes

Jingles is still a little on the shy side, so he spent the first few minutes hanging out in and around the bushes in the off-leash run. Once he got more comfortable, though, he came over to me on his own and even put his front paws in my lap so we could cuddle. Our visit got cut a little short because Jingles was heading to an off-site event, so we know he does well on car rides too. If you’re looking for a smaller dog who can easily settle into your lap for a nap, be sure to meet Jingles!

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Jingles has an adorable little face

Suzie the seven-year-old Beagle mix is absolutely adorable. She has a bit of a round tummy (as Beagles can sometimes have, since they’re known for getting a little chunky if not properly monitored) but that doesn’t slow her down in the slightest. She quickly led the way to the off-leash run, though we sometimes had to stop and wait for her kennelmate Jingles (see above) to catch up. Suzie is the typical Beagle in that she usually keeps her nose to the ground, following whatever scent she picks up.

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Suzie the sweetie

Suzie is another incredibly affectionate pooch. She’ll put her paws on your leg and wait for you to lean over so she can give you a doggy kiss, and she’ll also try to climb into your lap if given the opportunity. Suzie also gets along with dogs of all sizes, from little Jingles all the way up to a big yellow Lab that she spent some time with. Whether you’re looking for your first dog or looking to add another dog to your pack, you can’t go wrong with Suzie! Stop by the shelter soon to see if she’s the one for you.

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Suzie coming over to snuggle

Turbo the two-year-old German Shepherd mix is very appropriately named, since he is full of energy and quite speedy. We hurried our way over to the off-leash run, where Turbo took full advantage of the open space and had a fun time racing the dog on the other side of the fence. Turbo is out of official puppyhood, but he can still act like a pup sometimes, especially when it comes to thinking the leash is a toy!

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Turbo knows how to smile for the camera

Turbo came from a family who could no longer care for him, so he already has some training under his belt and is housebroken. However, Turbo has some separation anxiety and would do best in a home where at least one member of the family is home the majority of the time. What fun company Turbo would be! If you’re looking for a big boy who can provide great companionship, come in soon to meet Turbo!

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Turbo racing through the run

I also saw my buddies Cosmo, Chubs, Blush, Gypsy, Willow, and Shasta.

Orphans of the Storm® Young Dogs

People sometimes say that you can’t find puppies at shelters, but Orphans of the Storm® is here to prove them wrong! There are a number of young dogs at the shelter right now who are more than ready to spend the rest of their lives in a loving home.

Stevie the seven-month-old Beagle mix is super cute and super snuggly. His vision isn’t the best, which you can tell by his cloudy blue eyes, but that doesn’t slow him down at all. In fact, if I was just watching Stevie from a distance, I would have never guessed that his vision is impaired. He romps and plays just as much as any other puppy. The only thing he ran into was me, and that’s only because he kept leaping into my lap!

Stevie in his lapdog mode

Stevie in his lapdog mode

Stevie is just so friendly and good-natured. He had no problems with me picking him up and carrying him, and even gave me some doggy kisses while I did so. He quickly switches between cuddle-mode and play-mode, as puppies are known to do, and he politely sniffed the dogs on the other side of the fence while we were in the off-leash run. Stevie may need a little extra attention to make sure he doesn’t get himself into trouble, but any extra effort would be well worth it for a dog as wonderful as Stevie. If you think Stevie might be a good fit for your home, come in soon to say hello!

Stevie is just so adorable

Stevie is just so adorable

Milly the ten-month-old Belgian Malinois mix may be a big puppy, but she is definitely still a puppy. Her favorite activity seems to be running at full speed. If you’re looking for a running partner to keep you motivated, Milly would probably be an excellent choice! She also loves to play, and found a tennis ball for herself underneath the bushes in the off-leash run that she brought back to me.

Milly with her tennis ball

Milly with her tennis ball

Once Milly got the chance to stretch her legs and run off some of that puppy energy, she settled down and turned into quite a snuggler. When she was back on the leash, she stood close to me and even started to lean against my legs so I could pet her more. She gave me a few excited doggy kisses and had her tail wagging all over the place. Milly doesn’t want to spend any more time in a kennel; she just wants a home (and preferably a yard!) that she can call her own. If you’re looking for a playful pooch, stop by the shelter and meet Milly!

Milly running in the run

Milly running in the run

Peppermint Patty the one-and-a-half-year-old Catahoula mix has the perfect name for the holiday season (though, of course, her new owners are welcome to change it). Peppermint Patty was a little shy and skittish at first, and mostly kept to herself the first few minutes we were in the off-leash run. But after she got used to me being around, she was happy to get some attention and didn’t shy away when I pet her.

Peppermint Patty showing off her pretty eyes

Peppermint Patty showing off her pretty eyes

Peppermint Patty is a pretty girl, with the extra-special look of one blue eye and one brown eye (like Clint!). She was originally sharing her kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so she could go to a home with or without another pooch. If you come to the shelter to meet Peppermint Patty, understand that she might take a little longer to warm up to you than some of the other dogs–but once she does, she’ll be your best friend!

Peppermint Patty keeping an eye on things

Peppermint Patty keeping an eye on things

I also saw CK, Ebbie, Gus, Honey Lamb, Lucky, Ranger, Scotty, Tom-Tom, and Zoey.