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 Leap and Bound

The Chicago area, particularly the northern suburbs, has been hit by some heavy storms in the last two weeks. Orphans of the Storm®’s woodland preserve had a couple trees come down in the wind and rain, but that didn’t stop the dogs from getting their walks! Whether over or under, the dogs and their walkers made their way past the fallen tree trunks.

Bentley the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has a bit of a loud bark, so you certainly can’t miss him when you’re walking through the shelter. But once he was out of his kennel, he didn’t make a peep. Bentley is currently getting treated for heartworm but is ready to go home. His new family will just have to make sure he gets rest until he receives his clean bill of health. Bentley still likes to go for walks, though!

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Bentley doesn’t mind a bit of rain

Bentley is an affectionate guy. He put his front paws in my lap and covered my face in doggy kisses whenever he got the chance. Bentley can pull a bit on the leash, but he’s still a puppy so his new family will have to do some training with him anyway. Bentley gets a little excited when other dogs are around, but can be refocused to keep walking. If you’re looking for a young, fun, and sweet boy, come in soon to meet Bentley!

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Bentley loves to give hugs

Otis the nine-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is also known as a grandpa at the shelter because he took care of a litter of puppies for a while. Otis can be picky about which dogs he likes and which he doesn’t, though, so it’s important for you to bring in your current dog to meet him if you’re thinking of adding him as a second dog. (This is also true for any dog!)

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Otis is always happy to be with people

Otis is a sweet boy who likes going for walks. His tail wags almost constantly and he likes to sniff and explore. Otis is a good walking companion and is also happy to take breaks so he can be pet. He also likes to give doggy kisses. Even though he’s on the older side, he doesn’t act too much like a senior. Say hello to Otis on your next visit to the shelter!

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Otis says, “Follow me!”

Belle the two-year-old Boxer/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix takes a daily anti-inflammatory for her knees, but you wouldn’t know she has any movement issues with the way she was leading the way on our walk! She also jumped over one of the fallen trees in the woodland preserve. Right after she jumped over, she rolled onto her back for a belly rub as if she was saying, “Please reward me for my good job!”

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Belle curious about what’s ahead

Belle is affectionate and loves being with people. Anywhere you go, she will follow (hence jumping over the tree trunk instead of crawling underneath it). She gives doggy kisses and will sit by your feet and lean against your legs so you can pet her. Belle isn’t fond of other dogs, though, so she would do best as the only dog in her new home. Stop in soon to meet Belle!

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Belle has cute white “socks”

Emma the six-year-old Dachshund mix is super adorable and super friendly. She often put her front paws on my leg, either so I would pet her or just give her some encouragement. Whenever I knelt down to her level, she would climb into my lap and give me doggy kisses. When I was climbing over the fallen tree trunk, she put her paws on my leg to “help” and make sure I got over safely. It was too cute.

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Emma is a lap dog

Emma wanted to go exploring off the trail in the woodland preserve. When I started to steer her back, she looked up at me like, “Excuse me, we’re missing out on a lot of interesting smells over here.” Emma gets along with dogs of all sizes and is currently sharing her kennel with a large Shepherd mix, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Be sure to say hello to Emma on your next visit!

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Emma laughs (sneezes) in the face of “danger”

I also saw Aleck, Bella, Chester and Te Amo, Courage, John Boy, Lucy, Mongo, O’Shea, Tyson, Vanilla, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Know What They’re Looking For

All of the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are looking for one thing: a forever home. Some just have more specific requirements than others. Dogs, like people, have preferences. Some dogs would love to have other furry family members; others simply prefer the company of humans. Some dogs want to play all the time; others are couch potatoes. Some dogs prefer women over men; some will befriend anybody. That’s why it’s always a good idea to spend time with a couple of different dogs at the shelter, to make sure that you both like the same things and help ensure that their forever home will be a happy home.

Hachi the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix still has a bit of a puppy look about him–especially that adorable face! As I’ve said before, one-year-olds are still definitely puppies in my book. Hachi is a friendly boy who likes to say hello to any person he comes across, and will do so by giving a happy doggy hug and wagging his tail while he gets a good scratch on the neck.

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Hachi enjoying playing in the yard

Hachi is also a playful pooch. When the dog in the run next to us was playing fetch, Hachi looked so eager to join in that I found a tennis ball for him too. He hasn’t quite mastered the concept of “fetch,” but with a little practice I’m sure he’ll get there! Hachi would do best in an active household with experienced dog owners who can help give Hachi a purpose, since he was bred to work! If you’re looking for a young dog who is ready to become a faithful companion, come in soon to meet Hachi!

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Hachi has such interesting fur color(s)!

Sally the two-year-old Boxer mix was found as a stray, but she must have had an owner at some point because she is super sweet with everyone she meets and is extremely well-behaved. Being mostly muscle, Sally could throw her weight around if she wanted to, but in fact she is a great leash-walking buddy and likes to stay close to her person. Her tail wags almost nonstop.

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Sally’s pretty profile

Sally is also super affectionate. She loves to give doggy kisses and would make a great cuddle-buddy. When I sat down on a bench after we had walked around for a bit, she hopped right up next to me and sat there, keeping an eye on things and wagging that tail every time I pet her. The shelter staff and other volunteers think Sally is the sweetest, and I agree! Stop by the shelter soon to say hi to Sally.

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Sally in the sunshine

Courage the three-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is a big girl with plenty of energy. She would have a great time with an owner who likes to go for long walks, which Courage would enjoy both for the exercise and for all the fun smells she could track with her excellent Hound nose. Courage also has that signature Hound howl (though I only heard it once while I was with her). Although she spent most of her time following her nose around the off-leash run and less time socializing, she still enjoyed getting a nice scratch on the back.

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Courage putting that Hound nose to good use

Courage was plenty polite when giving a hello sniff to the dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the off-leash run, but she would prefer to be the only pet in her new home. She, like Hachi, would also do best in a home with experienced dog owners. I know there are plenty of Hound-lovers out there who would love to add this beautiful girl to their home. If you think that means you, come by the shelter soon and get to know Courage!

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Courage is one good-looking pooch!

Riya the one-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix has, I’m ashamed to say, been flying under my radar the last few weeks–and boy, have I been missing out on one great dog! Riya excitedly led the way straight to the off-leash run and had a great time romping around. There were three small dogs in the run next to ours, and Riya also enjoyed racing them along the fence, even going into a play-bow a couple of times.

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Riya exploring around the run

Riya, like Hachi, still has plenty of puppy qualities, including being super cute! Riya is a friendly girl who greets everybody with a wagging tail. She hopped up on the bench next to me for a quick pat before going off and romping some more. Don’t let Black Dog Syndrome keep a sweetheart like Riya at the shelter for too much longer! Stop by soon and find out if Riya is the pooch for you.

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Riya wondering if the agility bridge is right for her

Trixie the three-year-old Chihuahua mix (not to be confused with the other Trixie!) is just the cutest little thing. She is extremely nervous at the moment, but that’s because she’s just waiting for someone to show her the love that she deserves. She’s not a huge fan of walking on the leash (though she did get better the longer we were out), but she will climb into your lap as soon as she gets the chance and she will contentedly stay there for as long as she can. I couldn’t even keep her out of my lap long enough to take a picture, so another volunteer had to take our picture for us 🙂

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Trixie is a cute little lapdog

Trixie is one of those dogs who prefers women over men. She climbed into three different women’s laps while I was with her (though I wasn’t near any men at the time so I didn’t get a chance to see how she behaved with them). Trixie is currently sharing her kennel with Gypsy (who jumped right into my lap as soon as I went into their kennel), but she could certainly benefit from some one-on-one love and attention to help bring her out of her shell. She is so sweet and so adorable–she just needs someone to give her a chance. If you’re a lady looking for a new friend, come in soon to meet Trixie!

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Trixie just wants someone to love her

Simon (also known as Harry) the three-year-old Silky Terrier mix has the best head of hair (fur) at the shelter, hands down. It is impossible not to smile when you see him because he is just so fluffy! Simon knows he’s a good-looking dog, too–you can tell by the way he struts his stuff when he’s walking on the leash. But Simon doesn’t mind getting a little dirty; he had so much fun rolling around in the grass! And he happily received a belly rub while doing so.

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Simon is just precious

Simon, like Trixie, prefers the company of women. And with that independent Terrier personality, he’s another pooch who would do best in a home with someone who has owned dogs before. Simon is a fun guy who walks nicely on the leash and will make for a great snuggler. Calling all the single ladies: If you’re looking for a new, handsome guy in your life, look no further than Simon!

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Simon knows he’s handsome

I also saw my furry friends Bueller, Ebbie, Mr. Big (who is doing so much better with his leash-walking now!), Screamer (who is still a total lapdog), and Tom-Tom.

Were you wondering what happened to the annual Orphans of the Storm® Pooch Parade this summer? Never fear! It has been moved to Saturday, October 18 and is Halloween-themed! You and your pooch can come in costume and help raise both awareness and funds for the shelter. For more information, visit https://www.stayclassy.org/deerfield/events/happy-halloween-pooch-parade-2014/e37134.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Against Black Dog Syndrome, Part 2

I am happy to say that all of the black dogs who were featured in Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Against Black Dog Syndrome, Part 1, were adopted shortly after I wrote about them. But there are still plenty of black dogs at the shelter who are happy to prove that fur is just a color! (And a couple brown dogs are also looking for their forever home!) (And I apologize in advance for some of the blurry photos. I blame the rain/mist/fog.)

Blush the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has many great qualities. She is much smaller than the average Lab, and a little fluffier. She has bright, inquisitive eyes and ears that perk up when she realizes she gets to come out and play. Even though the snow was still pretty deep for her shorter legs, Blush was happy to romp around.

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Blush romping in the snow

Blush will stay close to you as long as you’re petting her. She walks well on a leash and is hopeful that someone will come to the shelter soon and fall in love with her. Maybe that someone will be you! UPDATED 2019: Blush was diagnosed with diabetes. Susie’s Senior Dogs has generously sponsored the cost of her future insulin and monitoring expenses for her future family! She gets insulin shots twice a day, which she tolerates quite well and otherwise has a normal, happy doglife!

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Blush is hoping that spring brings her a new family!

Winnie the Pooh (or just Winnie for short) the four-year-old Dachshund mix is as cute and lovable as his namesake. Winnie is currently sharing a kennel with Blush, so he too does well with other dogs. When Winnie realized he was about to go for a walk, he started doing a little tap-dance because he just couldn’t contain his excitement.

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The snow was a little deep for Winnie’s little legs!

Winnie loves being close to people. He’s happy to be cradled in your arms or just snuggled in general. He also has plenty of energy, though, and seems like a playful guy. Those little legs sure can move! A cutie like Winnie won’t be at the shelter for long, so come in soon to meet him!

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Winnie is super adorable

Dottie the one-year-old Rottweiler mix is just a giant lovebug. This big girl is convinced that she is a lapdog. I knelt down to pet her, and she rested her front legs across my lap and seemed perfectly content to stay right there. If you are standing instead of sitting, Dottie will take the opportunity to lean all of her weight against your legs in a not-so-subtle request to pet her. Once she gets to know you a little bit better, she will happily give your nose some doggy kisses.

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Dottie giving a doggy smile for the camera

Although Dottie is large (and may even get a little larger, since she’s only a year old), she doesn’t try to throw her weight around when she’s walking on the leash. She will make a great companion dog! Dottie is currently sharing a kennel with Sage (who is a little more rambunctious than Dottie), so she could go to a home with or without another dog. This big sweetheart is hopeful for her new forever home!

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Dottie’s sweet face

Spring the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a playful pooch who would be much happier in a home of her own. She was so happy to go for a walk that she was bouncing up and down when she first got out. Once she realized we would be out for a while, she settled down and enjoyed sniffing all of the interesting smells. She even found the birdseed by the windows to the cat room, and wanted to help herself to a snack!

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Spring saying, “I’m ready for a new home! Pretty, pretty please!”

Spring gets extra-excited when there are other dogs nearby, but I think that’s because she’s so eager to find someone to play with. Since she’s barely out of puppyhood, this is understandable. Because Spring seems to especially like food, and because she’s a Lab mix, she should be a very quick and eager learner, and will make her new family very happy!

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Spring sniffing in the snow

Now onto our two brown dogs for the week:

Jackal the five-year-old Shepherd mix is an extremely gentle dog. She is the perfect companion to have for walking around the neighborhood because she’s so great on a leash, and because she gets along with everybody. She is currently sharing a kennel with Ranger (who was still a little shy at first, but loves to snuggle once he feels comfortable).

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Sweet Jackal is a great walking buddy

Jackal is a bit on the tubby side at the moment, but that just means there’s more of her to love! She certainly has plenty of love to offer in return. Jackal is one of those dogs who absolutely loves getting her back and hips scratched. She’ll lean into your hand so she knows you’re getting just the right spot. If you’re looking for a calm dog to welcome into your home, Jackal could be the one for you!

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Jackal loves getting her back scratched

Goose the six-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is quite the athlete. He and Nemo used to be neighbors, and they would have contests to see who could jump the highest. Now that they’re in separate wings, they’ve both decided to give their legs a rest. I walked Goose for the first time about a year ago, and he has calmed down considerably since then.

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Goose enjoys being out and about

Goose, being an athlete, loves to go for walks. I let him lead the way as he sniffed and explored. (I think melting snow provides extra-good smells for dogs.) Although Goose isn’t particularly fond of other dogs, he is perfectly happy when it’s him and his person. Goose is also pretty gentle when it comes to taking treats from your hand. If you’re looking for a dog who can keep up with you when you exercise, Goose may be your new workout buddy!

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Goose loves the camera, and the camera loves him!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs with Spots

Meet the Pooches had reached a milestone: We now have over 20,000 views!!! Thank you to all the readers, and an even bigger thank you to those who have adopted Orphans of the Storm®’s fantastic pooches!

Although I have yet to see a Dalmatian come through Orphans of the Storm®, there are plenty of other dogs with adorable markings! If spots are your style, come meet these four great dogs who are waiting for their second chance at a loving home.

I first took out two kennelmates, Cooper and Fumble. Cooper is a one-year-old Dachshund mix, and Fumble is a three-year-old Chihuahua mix. Since they share their kennel very nicely, it’s a good sign that they get along well with other dogs. They were both very excited to come out with me and hurried us over to one of the off-leash runs where we could play.

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Cooper being cute

Cooper is such an affectionate little guy! He jumped into my lap and covered me with kisses almost right away. He is also a very happy dog, and seems like the type who will love anybody and everybody. When I sat down on the bench, he hopped up next to me and climbed right into my lap, trying to balance his four little paws on my legs.

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Cooper being a happy dog

Fumble is a little more reserved, but still a very sweet dog. He wasn’t as in-your-face as Cooper, but when I walked up next to him and started scratching his ears, he seemed to enjoy it. If you scratch the big brown spot on the left side of his back, that’s where his tickly spot is hidden. He kicks his little back leg and wiggles; it’s adorable.

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Fumble exploring

I threw one of the tennis balls and Cooper chased after it, then sniffed it with interest. The tennis ball was a little too big for Fumble, so I picked up one of the softer chew toys and threw that. Fumble loved it! He picked it up with his mouth, threw it in the air, rolled over onto his back, picked up the toy again, and rolled around some more.

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Fumble’s precious face

When I sat on the bench for a second time, Fumble and Cooper both came to stand next to me. Fumble even started to put his front paws in my lap, but Cooper took over and crawled in his way. Cooper likes attention–and it’s impossible to deny him, because he is so cute!

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Cooper’s unique spots

If you’re looking for a smaller dog who is equally happy sitting with you on the couch and playing with you in the backyard, definitely take the time to meet these two friendly pooches.

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Fumble wondering, “Why did you stop petting me?”

Beau the three-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix is a very handsome boy, and also incredibly friendly. Beau shares a kennel with Chloe, and I first saw him when I was at the shelter last week and he and Chloe were out in one of the yards to stretch their legs. Beau, being a Cattle Dog mix, sure can have that intense stare that I usually associate with Border Collies. But when you’re a dog the size of Beau, and you’re supposed to be in charge of a herd of cattle, you have to have some way to make them to listen to you.

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Beau being handsome

After I let Beau into the off-leash run, I sat down on the bench so he could explore on his own for a few minutes. Instead of exploring, he came right up to me and put his front paws in my lap. He lowered his head so I could scratch his neck and ears for a few minutes.

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Beau running with his fluffy tail in the air

I decided Beau should get some exercise, though, so I picked up a tennis ball and threw it. He chased after it and kind of brought it back to me, but then put his front paws on my legs so I could continue petting him. Cattle Dogs are known for being especially intelligent, so in case Beau doesn’t know any commands yet (though he might) he will definitely be easy to train and make a great companion.

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Beau running back to me for a pat

Sweetheart the six-year-old Hound mix is appropriately named. She was curled up in her kennel when I let myself in to put her leash on and approached me a little shyly, but still with a wagging tail. Once we were out in the open, though, she perked right up!

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Sweetheart yawning in the heat of the day

Sweetheart will be an extremely devoted and loyal pet to whoever is lucky enough to adopt her. Even after just a short time together, she was following me around the run wherever I walked. When I called for her, she came running with a big doggy smile and a wagging tail. She seems to just love having a human companion near her.

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Sweetheart following me around the run

To go along with that, I sat down on the shady bench and she climbed up to sit next to me. We were there for a long time, her panting in my face and me petting her back, until a bee started buzzing around my head and I ran away. Sweetheart, of course, followed me happily.

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Sweetheart being a sweetheart!

These four pooches, and all the others waiting at Orphans of the Storm®, are looking for their new mommies (or daddies)! So, as a belated Mother’s Day gift to yourself, visit the shelter and find the perfect pooch for you!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Love to Play

The first dog I spent time with today was recommended to me by a reader. If anyone would like to see a specific dog profiled, please leave a comment and let me know! I’m always eager for suggestions.

Tyson is a silly one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix who absolutely adores running after tennis balls or any other toy that happens to be around. The first thing he did when we got inside the run was pick up a tennis ball. Seeing this interest, I thought Tyson might like to play fetch. He was thrilled to chase after the ball, and even threw it around himself a little bit, but rather than returning the ball to me, he started to make a pile of toys in front of the bushes.

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Tyson ready to chase a ball

I started picking up the toys from his collection and throwing those across the run for him. Realizing what I was doing, he chased after the ball and then started to make his pile behind the bushes. He eventually got every single toy in the run to that back corner, and then looked at me as if to say, “What are we going to play now?” I told him that he had to bring a ball back to me for us to keep playing, which he eventually did.

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Who can resist Tyson's attentive face?

He is a goofball with an incredibly expressive face. He watched me wherever I went, even if we were on opposite sides of the bushes. I could see his face low to the ground, peering out from under the branches, seeing if I was going to steal a ball from his proud horde. He used the branches as a back-scratcher a few times also, which was funny to watch. This cutie would love to find a forever playmate!

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It's hard to get a picture of Tyson without his favorite tennis ball

Red is a new staff favorite, and for good reasons. This three-year-old Dachshund mix is such a little sweetheart! When I went to her kennel to open the slot to the outside half, she was too delighted that someone was standing in front of her to go out the door. It took some pointing and encouraging to get her outside to where I could put her leash on. When I met her outside and opened the kennel gate to let her out, she jumped right into my lap, which made it easy to get the leash over her head.

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Look at Red go!

Red is the kind of dog who loves to get her exercise, and then come snuggle in your lap. She first sprinted around the run a little bit while I sat down on the bench, and then hurtled herself onto the bench next to me and put her front paws in my lap for a quick pat. Then she was off again, this time at a slower pace so she could put her hound nose to good use.

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Red with her nose leading the way

I stood up and walked towards the middle of the run, kneeling down to Red’s level. She came hurrying over to me and again put her front paws in my lap. While I scratched her back, neck, and ears, she gave me doggy kisses on my chin and nose. She then rolled over onto her back for a belly rub, looking absolutely content.

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Red being cute

This affectionate, adorable little girl will make a family extremely happy. Come to Orphans of the Storm® and say hello!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Too Cute to Pass Up

What a wonderful day at the shelter! I got to spend time with some amazing dogs and I hope that visitors to Orphans of the Storm® find them just as amazing as I do.

Diamond is a five-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix (not to be confused with the other Diamond, a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix—apparently Diamond is a popular name). This poor girl has had some bad luck: her original family’s home had a fire, and they had to give Diamond away when they moved. This means she has many years of experience as a family pet, though, and loves people.

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Diamond exploring

Diamond likes to use her front paws to move around the very top layer of dirt, probably to unearth some new, exciting smells. She crawled under the bench inside the run and did a little scratching and sniffing in the hole that’s already there. Her cute face stuck out from under the bench and she looked at me for a moment, then turned in a half-circle and had her wagging tail sticking out from underneath instead while she continued to sniff.

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See why she's called Diamond?

When I sat down on the bench, she hopped right up and stood next to me while I gave her shoulders and neck a nice rub. She almost sounded like she was purring! She enjoyed the attention and didn’t jump down from the bench until I stopped petting her.

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Diamond's adorable face

Chewy the eight-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is my new absolute favorite. (I don’t know if I should really have a favorite, but I can’t help myself.) When I asked if I could take him out, one of the staff members said, “Only if you think you can handle him.” This turned out to be a joke, because Chewy is one of the gentlest dogs I have ever met. He is a very big boy, but he did not pull on the leash once while we took our walk. All I had to say was, “Here, Chewy,” and he would go in whatever direction I wanted.

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My favorite Chewy

In standard Lab form, Chewy stayed close to me, even when he was off-leash inside the run. He walked over to me when I sat down on the bench and put his head in my lap so I could pet him. He seemed to prefer walking, though, so after just a few minutes inside the run I put the leash back on and we took a stroll.

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Chewy the gentle giant

Since Chewy is an older dog, he didn’t need to go on too long of a walk. We did one lap around the property and I was ready to go for a second lap, but he sat down on the sidewalk and I got the hint. He knew exactly which kennel was his when I took him back and went inside with ease. He gave my hand a final sniff and wagged his tail. This sweet and gentle giant deserves the most loving home to live out his golden years.

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Chewy being a loyal Lab

When you visit Orphans of the Storm®, you’ll find two cuties sharing a kennel: Duvall the Jack Russell Terrier mix and Izzy the Dachshund mix. They are both older dogs (Duvall is seven and Izzy is nine) and they are both completely precious.

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Izzy and Duvall at attention

The two of them can be a little shy around strangers so one of the staff members accompanied the three of us out to the run, but Duvall came up to me and sniffed my shoes as a hello when he first got out of his kennel.

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Duvall's perky face

Duvall is one of the staff favorites, and it’s easy to see why. Even though he’s a bit older, he still has lots of energy (as Jack Russell Terriers are known to have) and he is a very smart boy. He is apparently also mixed with Australian Cattle Dog, which you can tell from the markings on his fur, and sometimes likes to be more in control. (It’s what herding dogs were bred to do.)

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Izzy being a hound

Izzy is a close second when it comes to my favorites (again, I couldn’t help myself). He can take a while to warm up to people, but when I knelt down to his level he came trotting over and let me pet his back for a while. His ears look almost too big for his little face, but that makes him even cuter. Izzy has been at the shelter for a few years now, which is incredibly bewildering to me. Give him a chance to get to know you, and you’ll both fall in love.

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Izzy, his little legs, and his waggy tail