Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Say Thank You to All Fundraiser Attendees!

Orphans of the Storm®’s 2018 annual fundraiser was another great success! To celebrate the shelter’s 90th anniversary, there is a great video about its history and accomplishments. You may recognize some familiar faces in the video! And below are some newer faces who are ready to become part of the shelter’s happy statistics by finding their furever home.

Gypsy the five-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix can be a little nervous at first when she meets someone new, but warms up and eventually shows her true, playful personality. She wasn’t too sure about getting her leash put on, but Gypsy ended up being a good walking companion. She likes to stop and sniff, which makes sense with her Hound nose, but doesn’t pull much on the leash.

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Gypsy has those lovable Hound eyes and floppy Hound ears

Gypsy was happy to take a break every once in a while and get some pets. Gypsy gets along with other dogs, so she could go to a home with or without another furry friend. However, she can be protective of her food so would do best if she eats separately. She isn’t a fan of farm animals, though. The domestic home life is the one for her! Stop in soon to say hello to Gypsy.

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Gypsy meandering around the run

Zainie the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is an easy-going girl. She greeted me with a wagging tail and waited patiently to get her leash put on. Zainie can pull a bit when she first comes out of her kennel, but she walked great on the leash when we were out on the woodland preserve trail.

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Zainie has such a sweet face

Zainie seems very relaxed. We passed a couple other dogs during our walk and she barely gave them a second glance. She is always happy to get attention and stood right by my side so I could pet her some more. Zainie looks like she may have had puppies in the not-too-distant past. Now she’s ready to join a human family! Come in soon to see if Zainie is the one for you.

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Zainie says, “Follow me!”

Mulan the two-year-old Heeler/Husky mix was barking in excitement when she realized it was her turn to come out, but she didn’t make another peep once her leash was on. I figured Mulan would want to run rather than walk since she’s part Husky, but it turns out that Mulan is an excellent walking buddy. She didn’t pull on the leash at all and preferred to talk long, thorough stops to sniff.

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Mulan’s giant ears will make you smile

Mulan seems to like other animals. She gets along with cats. She also was wagging her tail at John Boy through the fence and the two of them were play-bowing at each other. Mulan is a friendly girl who came back to me often to get pet. She didn’t seem overly interested in toys, but would enjoy having a yard to call her own. Be sure to say hello to Mulan on your next visit!

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Mulan making a silly face

Tender the two-year-old Mountain Feist mix is super snuggly. She will hop into your lap and give you very enthusiastic doggy kisses as soon as she’s given the opportunity. Once she settles down a bit, her kisses are gentler and she will sit still in your lap for a proper cuddle session. She particularly enjoys getting her hips scratched.

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Tender is ready for her close-up

Tender likes to walk at a quick pace when she’s not in your lap. She can pull on the leash a bit, but mostly does fine as long as you’re going at the same pace she is. Tender could potentially be interested in agility! She was happy to jump up and over the bench on multiple occasions. Tender is a sweet and fun little girl. Come in soon to meet her!

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Tender coming in for a kiss

I also saw Barney, Bella, Belle (who gave me lots of doggy kisses), Big Boy (who had a fun time playing fetch) and Mojo, Brutus, Buster, Carlos, Dunkin, Finley, Goliath, Harley, Jasmine, Jess, Lucy, Nash, Parker, Sadie, Scotty, and Vanilla (who sits nicely while she’s getting her leash put on).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Benefit from Your Attendance at the Annual Dinner

The Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is this upcoming Tuesday, April 18! This year’s theme is “Love Is a Four-Legged Word,” and anyone who has spent time with the dogs and cats at Orphans of the Storm® knows just how true that is. I hope to see lots of you there!

Peony (also known as Pumpkin) the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a sweetie who likes to cuddle and get belly rubs. When we first got to the woodland preserve, Peony sat right at my feet so I would have to pet her before we continued our walk. She quickly rolled over so I could rub her tummy, and looked like she would have been just fine doing that for the rest of our time together! Once we did start walking, though, Peony did a good job on the leash.

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Peony is a pretty girl

Peony prefers the company of other women, so she would like to go to a home with just a woman or women. She was friendly to two men who stopped to pet her while we were out, so it’s more about sharing her house. Peony seems fairly submissive and sat down immediately when she was sniffing another dog through the fence. If you’re a lady looking for a new best friend, come in soon to meet Peony!

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Peony loves her belly rubs

Brady the two-year-old Basset Hound mix is a nice, easy-going guy. He often gets picked to go to Orphans of the Storm®’s Highland Park location since he’s so well-behaved. Brady gets along well with other dogs and was sharing his kennel with another dog for several weeks before that dog got adopted. If you already have a dog and are looking for a second, Brady might be the right companion!

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Brady is always up for a walk

Brady, being a Basset Hound, follows his nose wherever it may lead him. His short and stubby legs move faster than you might expect, but our quick walk around the woodland preserve was often paused so Brady could stop to sniff a tree or bush more thoroughly. Brady has those sweet Hound eyes, but doesn’t seem to do much Hound howling. Be sure to say hello to Brady on your next visit to the shelter.

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Brady sniffing the base of the tree

Dunkin the Red the ten-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Labrador Retriever mix is a friendly boy. He’s a big fan of doggy hugs, doggy kisses, and cuddling. Whenever I knelt down to his level, Dunkin was right there to put his head in my lap. He also joined me on the bench a few times–and he seemed to like the higher view he got of the woodland preserve while he was up there.

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Dunkin the Red knows how to cuddle

Dunkin the Red is a pretty good walking companion. He only pulled a few times when he was extra excited. Dunkin attends play groups occasionally, but would still probably do best as the only dog in his new home. He’s a fun and active boy who is ready to play. Stop in soon to meet Dunkin the Red!

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Dunkin the Red enjoying the view from the bench

Mack the four-year-old American English Coonhound mix came from an owner who moved and couldn’t bring Mack with. This means that Mack has a lifetime of experience being a pet and some of the good habits that come along with that, such as already being housebroken. He also gets along with children.

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Mack enjoying a refreshment

Mack is very much a Hound dog. He was happy to take the lead on our walk around the woodland preserve and did plenty of sniffing. When he saw golfers and golf carts moving on the other side of the fence, he started his Hound howl. (The golfers may not have appreciated the distraction, but I thought it was cute.) Mack would enjoy being in an active home where he can go on plenty of long walks. Visit the shelter soon to see if Mack is the one for you!

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Mack following his nose wherever it goes

Bud the four-year-old Hound/Boxer mix is a sweetie who loves to snuggle. He gave me a quick doggy hug when he first came out of his kennel, and we stopped several times during our walk for a cuddle session. Bud happily joined me on the bench, where he sat down next to me and especially enjoyed getting a nice rub on his chest.

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Bud’s happy face

Bud has the cutest little mini-tail that wiggles pretty much constantly. He gets along with other dogs and was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another furry friend. Bud can pull on the leash a bit when he first comes out of his kennel, but he was a nice walking buddy when we made our way around the woodland preserve. Say hello to Bud on your next visit!

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You can just barely see Bud’s tiny tail

Honey the six-year-old Hound mix is as sweet–or even sweeter!–than her name implies. She likes to give doggy kisses, so much so that when she met a Doberman mix on our walk, she gave him a doggy kiss too! I’ve heard about dogs kissing each other but had never seen it in person, and it was adorable. Honey is sharing her kennel with another dog and seems to get along with pretty much everybody she meets.

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Honey’s sweet face

Honey is a great walking companion. She walks at a nice pace that isn’t too fast or too slow, doesn’t really pull, and doesn’t do much extended sniffing in any one spot. Honey likes getting her hips scratched and will do a cute little dance when you find the right spot. Stop in soon to meet sweet Honey!

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Honey says, “Ah, that’s the spot!”

I also saw Bella, Buddy, Carlos, Casper, Chester and Te Amo, Cookie, Gunner, John Boy, Marcus, Nala, O’Shea, Roxy, Sammy, Snowflake, and Spot.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a Valentine

Firstly, be sure to mark your calendars! The date has been set for Orphans of the Storm®’s annual benefit dinner: Monday, April 28. Stay tuned for more information. I hope to see plenty of you there!

Secondly, love is in the air at Northbrook Court for the Orphans of the Storm® Valentine’s Day Gift Wrap and Pet Showcase! Meet adoptable dogs and cats February 7-16, 12pm-6pm each day. Your new furry friend will be sure to show you what true love really is.

You can also visit the shelter every day of the week and meet these adorable pooches:

Duke the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix (not to be confused with the other Duke I met last week, who is still looking for his forever home as well!) is a playful pup. His whole body was wriggling with excitement when he saw me come by with the leash and he couldn’t wait to get to the off-leash run and play in the snow. This is an active guy who would love to join an active family.

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Here comes Duke, flying through the snow!

Duke would come flying through the snow and then stop in front of me for some doggy hugs and doggy kisses. He’s still a puppy in my book, and would be eager to learn how to be the best companion possible. Duke was politely interested in the dog on the other side of the fence and didn’t do any barking except for an excited yip or two. Come in soon to meet Duke!

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Duke has the cutest puppy face

Big Ears the three-year-old Shepherd mix certainly has an appropriate name, with those big ears that stick straight up to the sky! Another appropriate name would be Big Sweetie, because that’s exactly what he is. Although he seemed a little nervous at first, soon enough that curly tail of his was wagging. Big Ears was a great walking buddy as we made our way to the off-leash run.

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Big Ears showing off his big ears

Big Ears is an affectionate guy. He likes to give doggy hugs, and don’t be surprised if he tries to climb onto your lap when you’re sitting down. Big Ears is looking for a family who will give him plenty of love, and he has more than enough love to give in return. His adorable looks and his friendly personality make him a great catch for whoever is lucky enough to adopt him. Could that be you?

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Big Ears coming in for a doggy kiss

Some other pooches looking for love this February are Molly (who is happy to hang out in the yard, winter or summer), Ebbie (who is looking for a nice, quiet place to enjoy her golden years), Akiva (who was built for a winter like the one we’re having right now!), Lucky (who greets the people he knows with so much excitement), Topaz (who is a world-class giver of doggy hugs), Corky (who is great on a leash and knows his basic commands), Wilbur and Rosco (who are the best brothers), and Zeus (who just wants someone to give him the attention he deserves). And, of course, there are many others! You can always check out the Dog Profiles page to see a list of adoptable dogs.