Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Go Ice Skating

It was a cold, slippery day at Orphans of the Storm®, but four dog paws seem to do much better on ice than two human feet!

Gramps the eight-year-old Hound mix might look like a senior citizen, but don’t let his appearance or his name fool you! Gramps is eight years young, in his humble opinion, and doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon. He led the way to the off-leash run and happily put that hound nose to good use as he sniffed his way through the snow and the bushes.

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Gramps using that nose to lead the way

Gramps likes to be with people. Even though his nose led him astray every once in a while, he would always come back to me for a nice scratch behind the ears and he offered me a sweet doggy kiss on the nose a couple of times. Whenever you pet Gramps, his tail will wag nonstop because he’s so happy to get the attention he most certainly deserves. If you’re looking for an older gentleman who still has plenty of pep in his step, come in soon to meet Gramps!

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Gramps following a scent trail

Lina the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a very gentle dog. She waited patiently while I put her leash on, and walked nicely once we were out and about. It was a little hard to tell if she was shy or just cold because she wasn’t too sure about going for a walk, but she warmed up to both the temperature and me soon enough.

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Lina is such a pretty girl

Lina enjoyed exploring the off-leash run and had a fun time racing with the dogs on the other side of the fence (and nobody slipped!). Lina came over to me for a nice pat on the back and touched her nose to mine–not quite a doggy kiss, but close! This pretty girl is ready and waiting for a family to find her and welcome her into their home in the new year.

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Lina wondering why there is ice in the water bowl

Lael the two-year-old Chihuahua/Corgi mix is a cutie-patootie with ears that almost seem too big for her head, but that’s what makes her so adorable! Lael is a little furball of happiness who was more than ready to come outside and play. Those short legs sure can move quickly when they want to.

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Lael keeping me company on the bench

Lael is mostly interested in cuddling. After she took a lap around the off-leash run, she hopped up next to me on the bench and, after I scratched her chin for a moment, climbed into my lap and snuggled into my arms. How could a pooch so cute and lovable still be at the shelter? Lael will find a spot in your heart just as soon as she’ll find a spot in your lap. Come to the shelter soon to meet her!

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Little Lael being too cute

And Happy New Year from all of the pooches at Orphans of the Storm®! May this new year bring new furever homes to all!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Celebrate Father’s Day

Some adorable, cuddly dogs from Orphans of the Storm® were out and about in Highland Park on Father’s Day. How can you resist adding a four-legged child to your family? You can’t!

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The Orphans of the Storm® tent was bustling!

Stanley (Stan) the two-year-old Great Pyrenees mix was the first dog to catch my attention–not just because of his size (he’s a big boy), but because of his sweet demeanor. This guy is super mellow and also super snuggly. When I knelt down next to him to say hello, he tucked his head down and put it right in my lap. He also gave me some sweet doggy kisses. Stanley would make a wonderful addition to a family looking for a big dog!

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Sweet Stanley

Cody the two-year-old Corgi/Beagle mix is just too precious for words. She wanted to say hello to everybody and felt entirely comfortable climbing into my lap and covering my nose in kisses. Cody has an adorable little tail that wags all the time, as seen in its blurriness in the picture below. She seemed to be one of the more energetic dogs at the event (though it was pretty warm, so maybe that had to do with the dogs being extra-calm). This little cutie won’t be at the shelter long, so come in soon to meet her!

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Cody being adorable

Patsy Kline the six-year-old Beagle mix was another super mellow, super sweet dog at the event. She walked up to me with a little tail wag, and after I sat down next to her she stood right by my side and enjoyed getting a nice pat on the back. Patsy Kline is more of a blonde Beagle (I think the official name is “lemon”), but still has that lovable Beagle face and droopy Hound ears. She gave my hand a little “thank you” lick before I left. What a sweetheart!

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Patsy smiling for the camera

Candy the six-month-old Hound mix was one of two puppies strutting their stuff in Highland Park. This little girl was getting lots of attention, of course, because it’s impossible to ignore that sweet puppy face and those bright green eyes! Although Candy hasn’t had the most ideal puppyhood so far, a loving family is all she needs in order to become the best friend anyone could ask for. Candy loved everybody and is ready to find her forever family!

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Candy the cutie

Kendall the five-month-old Labrador Retriever mix (who might also have some Chow Chow in her) was the second puppy at the event. Kendall is the kind of puppy you just want to scoop up and carry around in your arms because she is so cute and so fluffy! (And she’ll soon be too big to carry around easily.) The volunteer who was walking Kendall said that she had been getting along great with everyone she met and was very friendly. As I say pretty much every time I mention a Lab, they aren’t the most popular breed in America for nothing!

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Kendall the happy puppy

Autumn the three-year-old Chihuahua mix is the ideal lap dog. She had already bonded with the volunteer who was walking her and curled up right in her lap for a little snooze in the shade. Autumn is a little bigger than the usual Chihuahua, but is still the perfect size for cuddling and being cuddled. She definitely enjoyed all of the attention she was getting from the volunteer, and would love even more to have a family of her own!

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Autumn making a silly face

I also got to see a familiar face at the event: my buddy, Chopper! What is a handsome boy like Chopper still doing at the shelter? He absolutely loves people, gets along with most other dogs, and was very well-behaved at the event. This happy guy is just looking for a happy home!

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Chopper being a little camera shy

There was also a cute little kitten hanging out under the tent. Kitten season is just starting, and the shelter expects to have more adorable kittens like this one arriving through October. If you’re more interested in an adult cat, no worries–Orphans of the Storm® has plenty!

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Look at that face!