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 Wish You Happy Holidays!

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but back open at our normal time of 11am on Thursday. If you don’t get the dog you wished for under the tree this week, then come by the shelter to meet the perfect pooch for you!

Rudgie the six-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix is an energetic boy. He loves using his Hound nose to explore all the interesting scents when he romps around the yard off-leash. Rudgie gets the occasional burst of energy where he runs a lap or two around the yard, but then settles down to more of a meandering. Rudgie is very snuggly and will happily stand by your side for as long as you keep petting him.

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Rudgie coming over to cuddle (with a guest appearance by Sirius in the background)

Rudgie is a smart boy and comes bounding over when you whistle. He would be eager to learn much more! He’s also easy-going enough that he doesn’t mind getting dressed up in hats and other cute outfits. Rudgie was previously sharing his kennel with Sirius (see below), so he gets along with other dogs. If you’ve been looking for a happy Hound, come in soon to meet Rudgie!

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Rudgie has the floppiest ears

Sirius the four-year-old Labrador Retriever/Chow Chow mix is pretty mellow. He enjoyed exploring the off-leash yard on his own, at a slow and steady pace. Sirius walks nicely on the leash and rarely pulls (except for when he doesn’t want to go back to his kennel, understandably!). When Sirius comes over to get pet, he particularly enjoys getting his hips scratched.

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Sirius’ sweet face (with a guest appearance by Rudgie)

Sirius was previously sharing his kennel with Rudgie (see above), so he gets along with other dogs. He also has done well being around children. Black dogs sometimes get overlooked in shelters, but Harry Potter taught us that black dogs can sometimes be a doting godfather in disguise. Come by the shelter soon and let Sirius show you how sweet he can be!

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Sirius would love a yard to call his own

Blanche the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Hound mix is pretty timid when she first comes out of her kennel, but she warms up after a few minutes and is actually very snuggly. She can also be skittish when there are loud or unfamiliar noises, but after some encouragement she gets braver. Blanche ended up enjoying being able to explore around the Enrichment Park and did lots of sniffing and investigating.

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Blanche is a nice walking buddy

Blanche snuggled up with me when I knelt down to her level, and put her front paws up on the bench next to me when I sat down during our walk. She can be a little resistant to walking on the leash at first, but once we got on the woodland preserve trail she was a great walking companion. Blanche has participated in at least one play group, and being with other gentle dogs brings out her playful side. Be sure to say hello to Blanche on your next visit to the shelter!

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Blanche coming out of her shell

Bessie the six-year-old Beagle mix is a little cutie. She can be a bit of a slowpoke on walks because, being a Beagle, she wants to sniff absolutely everything. If she’s going too slow for your liking, though, Bessie doesn’t mind being picked up and carried. Bessie had a great time snuffling her way around the Enrichment Park. The shelter in Tennessee where she came from said that Bessie also loves playing with toys.

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Bessie doing what Beagles do best

Bessie gets along with other dogs of all sizes. She was previously sharing her kennel with another dog her size who has since been adopted, and has also participated in play group with larger dogs and actively played with them. If you’re looking for a playful pup, be sure to say hello to Bessie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Bessie says, “Hey, what was that noise?”

I also saw Carlos (who gave me very enthusiastic doggy hugs).

Play group included Anya, Barney, Batman (Wombat), Blanche, Carlos, Polly, Rooster, and Turbo, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Brunhilda, Jordan, Lola, Mrs. Doolittle, Pumpkin, and Wednesday.

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 Are Ready for a New Home in the New Year

The weather finally cooperated enough for me to meet the first new pooches of 2017! There are lots of cuties at Orphans of the Storm® right now. It was hard for me to decide who to take out first.

Riley the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came from an owner who could no longer care for her, but she came with a glowing review that she certainly lived up to! Riley is friendly, affectionate, gets along with children, and walks nicely on the leash. (Though she is mostly muscle, so if she happens to have a direction she wants to go then you will most likely be going in that direction also.) Riley might look big at first, but her legs are pretty short and stubby (and cute), so she stays low to the ground.

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Riley has the sweetest face

Riley enjoyed exploring the off-leash run and did lots of snuffling behind and underneath the bushes. When I asked if she was ready to go for a walk, she immediately headed to the gate and wagged her tail while I put the leash on. After our walk around the woodland preserve, I sat down on the bench and patted the spot next to me. Riley hopped right up, put her front paws in my lap, and covered my face in enthusiastic doggy kisses. Come in soon to meet Riley and see if she’s the sweet family dog for you!

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Riley following her nose

Lucy the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is so well-behaved. She was sitting politely in her kennel, just looking at me, so I couldn’t ignore such good manners. Lucy did some signature Hound baying once she was in the outside portion of her kennel, but as soon as the leash was on, she didn’t make another peep for the rest of our time together. A lot of Hounds will be off and running as soon as the gate opens, but Lucy walks nicely on the leash and mostly stayed by my side.

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Lucy climbing into my lap

Lucy is a great snuggler. When I knelt down next to her, she put a paw on my knee. Then I sat all the way on the ground and she put both front paws on my lap and didn’t budge for as long as I pet her. Even when I told her we should keep walking, she just looked at me like, “No, I’d rather stay here and cuddle.” Lucy politely sniffed a Beagle we passed on our walk, so she seems to get along with dogs of different sizes. Be sure to say hi to Lucy on your next visit to the shelter! (You can also say hi to Lucy the Boxer mix and Lucy the Terrier mix while you’re at it. All Lucy’s at the shelter are super sweet!)

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Lucy showing off her spots

Copper the eight-year-old Chow Chow mix is a fluffy lovebug. She does the cutest thing that you will have to see in person, but I will try my best to describe. When Copper wants you pet her, she’ll tilt her head to the side, and then hop forward and give you a little nudge or head-butt. This happened at least four or five times while we were out, and it never stopped being adorable. And then once you do start petting her, she’ll plop right down next to you if you’re sitting or lean against your legs if you’re standing.

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Copper leading the way around the woods

Copper is a good walking companion. She didn’t walk too fast or too slow, she occasionally stopped to sniff, and she didn’t get overexcited if other dogs were nearby. Copper gives very convincing “sad puppy dog eyes” when she’s inside her kennel, but perks up as soon as you take her out. Copper’s heart is as golden as her fur! Stop in soon to see if Copper is the pooch for you.

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Copper looks particularly majestic in the sunlight

Buddy the eight-year-old Rottweiler mix was snoozing on his doggy bed when I came by his kennel, but as soon as I opened the doggy door to the outside, he was ready to go. Buddy is yet another great leash-walker. I don’t think he pulled on the leash even once. He came from an owner, so he has plenty of experience being a pet in a home.

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Buddy says, “I love you!”

Buddy was content to just meander around the off-leash run and come back to me every once in a while for a scratch on the back. He looked at a tennis ball and a giant rope toy but didn’t seem too interested in fetching either of them. Buddy knows some basic commands and would be happy to demonstrate for you. If you’re looking for a more mellow companion, Buddy may be the right buddy for you! Stop in soon to find out.

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Buddy is more of a sniffer than a player

I also saw AstridBella, Blaze, Blush, Juno, MerlinNoah, and Tino.

Orphans of the Storm® Long-Timers Hoping for a Home for the Holidays

I’m going to save new dogs for the new year and take the next couple of weeks to write about some of the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who have been waiting for their forever family a little longer than others. Included are updated photos from this past weekend.

Weezie the nine-year-old Chow Chow mix is quickly becoming one of my favorites. She may bark at you when you first walk by her kennel, but once you take her out she is one of the sweetest dogs. Now that she knows me, she greets me with a wagging tail instead of a bark. Weezie is a senior and walks on the slower side, but she gets around just fine and enjoys being outside. When I had her out this past weekend, she sat by my feet and enjoyed getting a scratch on the neck. She will happily give you doggy kisses if you give her the opportunity! Weezie has a lifetime of experience as a family pet and is ready to join a new family and show off what a lovable companion she is. You can read more about my first visit with Weezie here.

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Weezie

Zoey the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is an energetic girl who loves to run and play. She knows her basic commands like “sit” and would be a quick learner if her new family wanted to teach her more. Zoey likes to chase tennis balls, though she doesn’t usually bring them back. She’s also enjoyed playing with other dog toys in the past. Zoey has very pretty coloring that I haven’t seen on any other dog. If you’re an active person looking for an active companion, Zoey might be the one for you! You can read more about my first visit with Zoey here.

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Zoey

Showtime the six-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a volunteer favorite. There were several other volunteers at the shelter when I was there this weekend, and all of them stopped what they were doing to say hello to Showtime. Showtime’s favorite thing is getting her hips scratched; she does a cute little dance and wags her tail. Showtime seems to do pretty well with other dogs also. Since everyone who knows her likes her, all you have to do is come in to meet her! You can read more about my first visit with Showtime here.

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Showtime

Lexi the five-year-old American Bulldog mix is super happy, all the time. Her tail never stops wagging and she is always eager to greet people and do some cuddling. Lexi quickly joined me on the bench and tried her best to fit in my lap, though she’s a little big for that. Lexi loves going for walks and literally jumps up and down when she finds out it’s her turn. Sadly, Lexi has cancer, but you wouldn’t know that just from spending time with her. Lexi is looking for a special person who will love her and take care of her through her illness. You can read more about my first visit with Lexi here.

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Lexi

Zola (previously known as Chola) the two-year-old Hound mix has shared her kennel with many dogs during her time at Orphans of the Storm®, and for some reason her kennelmates always get adopted and Zola remains. Although Zola gets along with other dogs, she would prefer to be the only dog in her new home. Zola is very snuggly and absolutely loves getting belly rubs. I wish I could have gotten a picture of her this weekend when I was giving her a belly rub because I have never seen a dog look so happy: Zola’s eyes were half-closed and the corners of her mouth were turned up just slightly so she really looked like she was smiling. She could have stayed like that all day! You can read more about my first visit with Zola here.

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Zola

Diamond the eight-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is one of the longest long-timers at the shelter, and she’s another volunteer favorite. She walks pretty well on the leash and enjoys spending time in the off-leash run. One of her favorite activities is racing whatever dog happens to be in the run next to her; she’ll do a little bark and go into a play-bow to entice them. Diamond will gladly stay by your side as long as you’re petting her. You can read more about my first visit with Diamond here.

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Diamond

Bear the two-year-old Chow Chow mix likes being around adults but isn’t as much of a fan of children. Bear likes adults so much that he sometimes has separation anxiety, so he would prefer to be in a home where someone is around most of the day. Bear is a sweet boy who walks pretty well on the leash and enjoys getting a good scratch under the chin. You can read more about my first visit with Bear here.

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Bear

Roxy the six-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix came from an owner, so she knows what it takes to be a family dog. She’s not too fond of other dogs but loves being with people and will give you plenty of doggy kisses once she gets a chance to know you. Roxy can pull a bit on the leash at first but settles down quickly. She would love to have a yard to call her own and an owner who will take her for daily walks. You can read more about my first visit with Roxy here.

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Roxy

Bella the eleven-year-old Boxer mix is another one of my favorites. I know I say this about her every time, but it’s because it’s so true: Bella is the definition of “gentle giant.” She’s one of the largest dogs at the shelter right now, but one of the easiest to walk on the leash. Bella loves to snuggle and give doggy kisses. Her favorite place to get pet is her back, but her ears and chin are good choices too! Bella would like to be the only dog in her new home. All she’s looking for is a loving family to join for her golden years. She has so much love to offer! You can read more about my first visit with Bella here.

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Bella

Scotty the ten-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix is another sweetheart. He walks nicely on the leash and just loves spending time with people. Scotty will stay by your side as long as you’re petting him and particularly likes getting scratched on his back and hips. Scotty has a horseshoe-shaped marking on his back, which we keep hoping will bring him some luck! Scotty had some surgery on his back knee a while ago but you wouldn’t be able to tell that now; he gets around with no problem. Scotty is a mellow senior looking for a loving home. You can read more about my first visit with Scotty here.

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Scotty

Stay tuned next week to get reacquainted with some other long-timers!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Bring the Holiday Cheer

When you adopt a pet from Orphans of the Storm®, that cat or dog is going to brighten your day every day! But the holidays are an especially nice time to have some extra cheer. The three dogs I met this week will have no problem putting a smile on your face.

Spade the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a cutie. His light brown eyes really jump out at you from the black fur on his face, so you won’t be able to resist saying hello! Spade was a little shy at first, but he walked nicely on the way to the off-leash run and he even sat down next to me and waited patiently while I took his leash off (unlike most dogs, who try to run free before I can even close the gate behind us!).

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Spade showing off his black “mask”

Spade spent the first couple of minutes exploring on his own, but he came back to me soon enough so I could pet him. He gave me a few doggy kisses in return. Spade joined me on the bench briefly, so there’s a good chance there is some couch-cuddling in store for his future owners. Spade seems like a pretty calm and easy-going guy. Stop by the shelter soon to say hello to Spade!

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Spade is such a handsome boy

Weezie the nine-year-old Chow Chow mix was adopted from Orphans of the Storm® when she was just a puppy. Now she’s back and ready for a second chance at a forever home where she can spend her golden years. She has a lifetime of experience as a family pet; she’s house-trained and knows some basic commands. Weezie is pretty nervous inside her kennel (understandably, since she’s used to being in a home) but she really perks up once she’s out and about.

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Weezie coming over for a scratch on the back

Weezie, being an older dog, has some knee issues. But that doesn’t stop her from enjoying the outdoors! She’s happy to go on short walks or spend time hanging out in the yard. There were a few times while we were together when she simply sat by my feet and enjoyed a good scratch on the top of her head between her ears. The cutest/funniest thing Weezie did was that when I went to take her for a walk, she was in the middle of chewing on a bone. I thought she had carried it with her, but it turned out that she sneakily hid it outside her kennel and when I went to put her back, she went straight to the spot she hid it, picked it back up, and continued to chew it after she was back in her kennel. So resourceful! Come in soon to meet Weezie.

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Weezie is ready for a new life on the other side of the fence

Tweetie the ten-year-old Beagle mix is one of those pooches who will make you say “Aww” when you see her, particularly if you have a soft spot for older dogs and/or dogs who are slightly overweight. Tweetie has a bit of a tummy that could probably be worked off once she’s in a home where she gets to go for regular walks multiple times a day. The good news is she loves going for walks!

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Tweetie is a sweetie!

Tweetie may have gray fur on her face, but she certainly doesn’t act like a senior. We headed straight for the woodland preserve walking trail and Tweetie led the way. When Tweetie wanted to follow her nose off into the bushes but I kept her on the trail, she voiced her opinion with a short howl. Tweetie was previously sharing her kennel with another Beagle mix who has since been adopted, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Stop by soon to see if Tweetie is the pooch for you!

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Tweetie enjoying the fresh air

I also saw Bear, Blush, and Duke.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Snuggle in Any Weather

It was the first snow-less day at Orphans of the Storm® in a long time, and the dogs were happy to be out and about without fear of snowy paws!

Rusty the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a fun, good-natured boy. He’s strong, but even so, he walks well on a leash and seems eager to please people. Rusty kept to himself for the first few minutes we were in the off-leash run, but he soon realized that I was there to cuddle and play with him. Rusty loves getting a good scratch on his hips and will gladly stay by your side as long as you’re petting him.

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Rusty looking dapper

Rusty also enjoys playing with toys. He found a seahorse-shaped squeaky toy and proudly carried it around. He was also good at fetching it, and didn’t seem to get possessive over the toy. Once Rusty gets to know you, he will shower you with affection, including lots of doggy hugs and doggy kisses. If you’re looking for a happy and playful new companion, come in soon to meet Rusty!

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Rusty loved playing with his seahorse toy

Nutmeg the one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix still looks and acts like a puppy, meaning she is both adorable and exuberant. She was literally jumping up and down in excitement when I came over to her kennel with the leash. Nutmeg will need a bit of leash training from her new family, because right now she likes to think that the leash is a tug-of-war toy.

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Nutmeg is a playful little girl

Nutmeg had a good time exploring the off-leash run and keeping an eye on the birds that were hiding in the bushes. After she had the chance to stretch her legs, she came over to me and attempted to climb into my lap so we could snuggle. She gave me some happy doggy kisses in the process, her tail wagging the entire time. Nutmeg knows she would be a great addition to someone’s home. If you think that someone could be you, stop by the shelter to meet Nutmeg!

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Nutmeg coming over to cuddle

Oak the ten-year-old Shepherd mix could definitely use some cheering up right now. He lost his home and is hoping that someone new will welcome him into theirs. Oak is a senior dog, so that means he is extremely mellow and easy to get along with. He walks well on the leash and enjoys the outdoors.

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Oak is very regal

Oak is probably one of the best-looking dogs at the shelter at the moment. He is so soft and fluffy, with really beautiful coloring. He enjoys a good petting, and you will certainly enjoy petting him! Oak has a bit of a stiff leg, but that doesn’t stop him from getting around just fine. If you’re looking for a calm, gentle dog to be your new companion, come in soon to see if Oak is the one for you!

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Oak’s fluffy fur makes him an ideal snuggle buddy

Tulip the five-year-old Chow Chow mix is a little nervous right now. She was abandoned by her previous owners and has had it a little rough, based on the burs and matting you can find in her fluffy fur. But after a few minutes of gentle petting and soothing words, Tulip started to warm up and that tail started to wag. (Regarding the drool in Tulip’s pictures, I think it was mostly because she was nervous.)

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Tulip also knows all about being fluffy

Tulip, despite her hardships, is pretty easy to get along with. She walks well on the leash and she’s currently sharing her kennel with another dog, so she could go to a home with or without a furry friend. This sweet girl just wants to love and be loved in return, which really isn’t asking for much. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Tulip!

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Tulip was smiling by the end of our visit

During this visit, I re-fell in love with Clint (not that I had fallen out of love with Clint, but I just hadn’t spent time with him in a while). Clint is the pooch sharing his kennel with Tulip, so I took them both out simultaneously. When I sat down on the ground, Clint came right to me and rolled over for a belly rub. He then rested his head on my legs and promptly fell asleep. I haven’t seen such a content look on a dog’s face in a long time. If you’re looking for a snuggly lapdog, look no further than Clint!

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Clint, happy as a clam

I also saw Tucker, Tom-Tom, Skipper, Sandy, Roxy, Honey Lamb, Diamond, Courage, Boston, Blush, and Bella.

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® Dogs Take a Walk

It was the first cool day in a while at Orphans of the Storm®, but the dogs certainly didn’t mind because they all have their fur coats!

Digby the four-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is a pretty mellow guy. He’s usually snoozing in his kennel when I walk by, but he was happy to have the chance to take a walk. Since he’s so laid-back, he makes for a good walking companion because he rarely pulls on the leash. He does like to follow his nose, like any good Hound, but will stop doing that in order to cuddle with you if you kneel down next to him.

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Digby being a good walking buddy

Digby is what I call a leaner. When you start petting him, he will lean against your legs and maybe even attempt to sit on your lap! (Even though he’s a little big for that.) Digby was found as a stray but seems to know what it takes to be a great companion. His sweet brown eyes are clearly saying, “Let me love you.” Come by the shelter soon to see if Digby is the one for you!

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Digby smiling for the camera

Duke the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is one handsome pooch (who actually has very similar coloring to the equally pretty Topaz). Duke is ready to greet everyone with a wagging tail. He’s a good walking buddy who would love to have an owner who can take him on nice walks every day. Duke had a great time exploring the off-leash run and getting the chance to stretch his legs.

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Duke playing with Corky on the other side of the fence

Duke is a very affectionate boy. At one point, he hopped up on the bench in the off-leash run. When I came over to pet him, he put his front paws on my shoulders for a big doggy hug and covered my face with doggy kisses, with his tail wagging like crazy. Duke is the kind of dog who thrives on human attention. He just wants to make his person happy. If you think you could be that person, come in soon to meet Duke!

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Duke says, “Yep, I know I’m cute.”

Jelly the nine-year-old Chow Chow mix has been a pet her entire life, but her owners recently got divorced and neither could take her. So now she’s at the shelter, waiting for a new family to find her. Jelly is super-duper fluffy, with some of the softest fur you’ll find. One person that we passed while we were on our walk said, “It’s a teddy bear!”, which is a pretty accurate description of how adorable Jelly is.

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Jelly is so fluffy!

Jelly, having years of experience as a pet, is an excellent walking buddy; she didn’t pull on the leash once. She’s currently sharing her kennel with another dog, so we know that she is dog-friendly. Jelly didn’t do anything wrong to end up at the shelter, so she’s hoping that she’ll be out of there and in a new, loving home soon. If you think that loving home could be yours, stop by soon and meet Jelly!

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Jelly knows her leash manners

Scooter the six-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix is a little cutie. If you were a fan of Wishbone (as I most certainly was), you will quickly notice that Scooter could almost be Wishbone’s twin! Scooter seems energetic inside his kennel, but he was very easy-going when we were out on our walk. Scooter would do best as the only dog in his new home and, being a Terrier, would like to have an owner who can keep him busy by teaching this middle-aged dog some new tricks!

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Scooter sniffing

Scooter was a little on the shy side when we first got to the off-leash run. He started by tentatively sniffing my leg, then my hand–but before I knew it, Scooter was in my lap! He only needed a couple short minutes to warm up to this stranger. After that, we had an enjoyable time sitting on the bench together. If you’re looking for a new, fun cuddle-buddy, come to the shelter soon and say hello to Scooter!

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Scooter’s cute face

I also saw Abby (who sat in my lap like the lovebug she is), Shard, Tom-Tom (who gives the biggest and best doggy hugs), Corky, Benny (who is just so gentle), and Shasta.

And don’t forget to sign up and start fundraising for the Pooch Parade on October 18!

Orphans of the Storm® Has Dogs of All Ages

Whether you’re looking for a young, playful puppy, an older, wiser senior dog, or anything in between, Orphans of the Storm® has plenty of options for you!

Cody the nine-and-a-half-year-old Labrador Retriever mix may look familiar to you. If you’ve been reading since November 2011, you’ll remember that I posted a video of Cody way back then! Cody was happily adopted shortly thereafter, but now, almost three years later, his new family is no longer able to take care of him. So now Cody is back at Orphans of the Storm®, ready to find his new and hopefully permanent furever family. Cody may not have seen me for a while, but I think I remembered me. He was just as sweet now as he was three years ago.

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Sweet Cody is still sweet!

Cody is still his friendly self, but since he’s a few years older he isn’t as likely to jump up and give doggy hugs. He’s still happy to give doggy kisses, though. He moves at a bit of a slower pace, but he still has plenty of happiness to share. Cody is also excellent with other dogs. He and Stewie (now known as Sky, another dog who was adopted years ago but returned because his family’s home recently flooded and they had to move) got along great! If you’re looking for an older dog who will make a great companion, come in soon and give Cody a chance!

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Cody giving that doggy smile

Sunnie the five-year-old Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix will certainly catch your eye as you walk through the shelter because he is just so darn fluffy and cute. Sunnie came from an owner who, like Cody’s owners, could no longer take care of him. That means that Sunnie has five years of experience being a family pet, and can’t wait to share that experience with his new family.

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Sunnie is one giant fluffball!

Sunnie walked pretty well on the leash as we made our way around the shelter. He also seemed pretty friendly with other dogs who were out and about. Sunnie has that signature blue tongue that Chows are known for, and of course that fluffy fur! He might appreciate a summer cut in these hotter summer months, but he will be the perfect pooch to snuggle with come winter. Do you prefer poofy pooches? Sunnie has plenty of poof for you!

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Sunnie will make the perfect cuddle companion

Asha (also known as Bootsy, because of her white paws) the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is just a little sweetheart. She’s a little nervous at the shelter and wasn’t quite sure about coming out for a walk with me, but once we got away from the other barking dogs she seemed to get more comfortable and was more interested in getting to know me and getting some nice pets. She walked pretty well on the leash, especially considering her young age, as we made our way to the off-leash run.

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Asha is such a pretty girl

Asha is certainly still a puppy, though. Honey Lamb was playing in the run next to us, and Asha was more than ready to race her along the fence (Honey Lamb won). Asha already kind of understands the idea of coming when called, though I’m sure she would be even more motivated if there were treats as a reward. Once we had spent some time together, she gave me a couple of quick doggy kisses. If you’re looking for a younger dog who has plenty of playfulness, stop by the shelter soon and say hi to Asha!

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Asha knows how to pose for the camera

Eros the one-year-old Boxer mix is the kind of puppy that makes me squeal incoherently because he is too precious. Poor little Eros doesn’t know how he ended up at the shelter and he’s pretty nervous, especially when it comes time to put the leash on. When I tried to walk him out to the off-leash run, he kept laying down and did more crawling than walking because he was so scared. All Eros needs in order to come out of his shell is a family who will show him what love truly is!

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Eros relaxing in the grass

Eros really just wants to be a cuddle buddy. I sat down in the grass and he flopped down right next to me, resting his front legs and head in my lap and then rolling over so I could rub his belly. He licked my arm while I did that and then rolled around in the grass some more, like the adorable little pup he is. When we eventually made it to the off-leash run, he was mildly interested in the various toys but still seemed more interested in being a lapdog. This little cutie will find a home quickly, so if you think he might be the pooch for you, be sure to stop by the shelter soon!

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Eros coming over for a snuggle

I also saw my buddies Archie (who is still the best), Wilbur (who is still my favorite), Corky (who is such a good boy–he walks well on the leash, he’s very affectionate, he knows his basic commands–I really can’t think of a single reason why he’s been at the shelter for so long!), Zeus (who is back from a few weeks of boot camp and now knows how to heel perfectly and sits whenever the person walking him stops moving), Akiva (who gets along with everybody), Lady (who is another senior dog like Cody who just needs a nice home in which to spend her golden years), Sweet Pea (who lives up to her name), and Shasta (who is such a well-behaved girl). So many wonderful dogs to choose from at Orphans of the Storm!