Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are on a Roll

I don’t know if it was the weather or what, but all of the Orphans of the Storm® dogs I walked this week wanted to take a break by rolling around on their backs in the grass. Sometimes multiple times! It certainly put a smile on my face to see them wiggling around.

Remember to mark your calendars for Saturday, August 19 because Orphans of the Storm® is again participating in Clear the Shelters! You can read about the 2015 event and 2016 event.

Brownie the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix found herself at the shelter because she didn’t get along with the other dog in her original home. So, she would probably do best as the only dog in her new home. Brownie absolutely loves people and also gets along with kids, though, so she could be a great family dog. She has dark brown fur with some black spots, so she looks like a chocolate chip brownie!

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Brownie says, “A toy? For me?”

Brownie spent the first few minutes in the off-leash run exploring on her own, but she soon came over to get some cuddles and joined me on the bench. Brownie did a pretty good job at walking on the leash as we made our way around the woodland preserve. She was happy to stop and give some doggy kisses every once in a while. Come in soon to see if Brownie is the one for you!

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Brownie popping out of the bushes

Daisy the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is finishing up her heartworm treatment, but she is now ready to go to her new home and the shelter will cover the remaining costs of her treatment. This big girl is a total sweetheart. She loves to give doggy hugs and kisses and enjoys a good snuggle session. Daisy also gets along with cats, so she could go to a home with other furry friends.

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Daisy leaping onto bench #2

Daisy is an active girl, so once she’s done with her treatment she will be ready to go on adventures. Daisy made sure that she jumped up on every single bench along the woodland preserve (there are at least six), and then she would sit there and wait for me to pet her. She also loved rolling in the tall grass and was happy to get her belly rubbed at the same time. Be sure to say hello to Daisy on your next visit to the shelter!

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Daisy getting pet on bench #4

Tino the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix had everyone we passed commenting on how cute he is, because he has that unique white face and dark body. Tino is a strong boy, so he can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, but don’t let that deter you. Tino prefers to walk at a quick pace but didn’t pull too much once we were on the woodland preserve trail.

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Tino was all smiles on our walk

Tino is a happy boy. He greeted me with a doggy hug, and jumped up on the bench next to me multiple times so he could cuddle and give me some doggy kisses. It was a warm day when we were out, so about halfway through our walk Tino plopped down in the shade and rolled over so I could give him a belly rub. He can get excited when he sees other dogs, so he might need a little training to learn how to stay calm. Come in soon to meet Tino!

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Tino certainly isn’t shy

Buddy and Shadow the six-year-old Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever mixes are a handsome pair who would like to be adopted together. I’m not entirely sure if I’m matching the right name to the right dog (though they aren’t 100% identical–I’m just bad at matching their faces to their official portraits on the shelter website), so apologies if their descriptions are flipped!

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Buddy (I think!) sniffing a toy

Shadow was more interested in sniffing around on his own and exploring behind and underneath the bushes, but he did come over to get pet after a few minutes. He also would check in with Buddy every so often and they would sniff the same things.

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Shadow (I think!) following his nose

Buddy was more of a cuddler. He would come over to me and tuck his head into my lap so I could scratch his ears and back. He also was interested in chasing tennis balls, but needs a little refresher on the part where he brings it back!

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Buddy (I think!) coming to say hello

Buddy and Shadow were very eager to come out for a walk. They can jump around a bit when they’re getting their leashes put on, but they were both very mellow once we got to the off-leash run. If you think you have the space in your heart and home for these two lovable boys, come in soon to meet Shadow and Buddy!

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Buddy and Shadow are a winning combination

I also saw Bella, Blush, Carlos, Clarinet, Lucretia, Mojo and Big Boy (who need to be adopted together rather than individually), Quincy (who greeted me like we are best friends even though I had only walked him once before, which shows how quickly he can warm up once he knows you!), Roxy, and Sadie.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Have a Snow Day

Another day of snow meant another day of fun with the dogs at Orphans of the Storm®!

Lightning the six-year-old Golden Retriever mix fits his breed description well because he just loves being with people. Lightning is a big fan of giving doggy hugs: I got one when I first took him out of his kennel, got another when I told him we were going for a walk around the trail, got a third when we finished our walk around the trail, and got one more at the very end when I was trying to put him back in his kennel (he wanted to stay outside with me instead).

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Lightning enjoying a snuggle session

Lightning enjoyed romping in the snow and didn’t even mind when he ended up with a big clump of it on the tip of his nose. He snuggled with me for a bit when we were in the off-leash run and gave me a few doggy kisses. When we got to the woodland preserve, Lightning was off and running. We ran almost the entire way around, with just a few pauses to sniff. If you’re looking for a fun and active companion, come in soon to meet Lightning!

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Lightning was happy about the snow

Geraldine the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix is very cute and very sweet. She waited patiently for the leash to be put on, but as soon as the kennel gate opened, she was ready to go! Geraldine also wanted to run the entire way around the woodland preserve. (I’m not sure if this is just because it was snowing and she was excited/cold or if she would regularly like to go for runs.)

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Geraldine with a snowy nose

Geraldine and I then spent some time in the off-leash run. Geraldine seemed a little confused when the dog in the run next to ours kept barking at her, but she didn’t bark back or seem to mind much. Geraldine put her front paws on my lap when I knelt down next to her and she gave me a quick doggy kiss. Be sure to say hi to Geraldine on your next visit to the shelter!

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And Geraldine with a blurry nose!

Rose the five-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog/Labrador Retriever mix is another fan of the snow. She doesn’t hesitate to stick her nose right into a snow pile. When we were in the off-leash run, Rose would always come running over to me any time I knelt down. Rose absolutely loves getting her hips scratched. She does a cute little happy dance and will turn back and look at you if you stop before she wants you to.

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Rose made several funny faces

Rose will happily give you doggy kisses once she gets to know you. She preferred to walk quickly around the woodland preserve, rather than run, and overall did nicely on the leash. She was more interested in sniffing around the snow-covered tree trunks and shrubs. Rose wasn’t too eager to go back inside her kennel and kept looking at me like, “Let me stay with you instead!” If you think you could be the one for Rose, stop in soon!

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Rose on the move

I also saw Bella, Blaze, Coal, Courage, Festus, John Boy, Lucy, Noah, Roxy, Wombat, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Walking in Warm Weather

This was the first time this year where it was warm enough that the dogs I walked at Orphans of the Storm® needed a break to drink some water and lay in the shade! I think we can finally say spring has arrived.

Lady the six-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is such a sweetheart. She’s a little shy at first, but once she gets comfortable then she gets along with everybody. She does well with kids and was super nice and mellow when we met a couple other dogs while we were out on our walk. She politely sniffed them and wagged her tail and that was that. She also likes to give people doggy kisses.

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Lady says, “It’s hot out here!”

Lady will be a very loyal companion once she knows that you’re her person. The entire time we were out, all she wanted to do was say hello to one of the other volunteers who has walked her a couple times previously. When she finally did get to say hello, she snuggled with him and then rolled over for a belly rub. It was adorable! Lady did nicely on the leash when we took a stroll around the walking trail. If you’re looking for a younger dog to be your new best friend, come in soon to meet Lady!

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Lady licking her lips

Meatball the three-year-old Shepherd/Mountain Cur mix is a fun boy. As soon as his leash was on, he was ready to go. We first went to the walking trail, where about half the time Meatball walked nicely by my side and the other half he was excitedly romping and sniffing, which is understandable. Now that the weather is nice, you can see golfers on the other side of the fence when walking around the trail, and Meatball was very curious about what they were doing!

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Meatball knows to smile for the camera

Meatball is playful, in his own way. He doesn’t exactly fetch, but he gets excited when you hold up a toy and throw it. Sometimes he picks it up and sometimes he just sniffs at it, but he’s always happy when you pick it up and show it to him again. Meatball is also happy to give doggy kisses. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Meatball is the pooch for you!

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Meatball playing with his rope toy

Yellow Stone the four-year-old Golden Retriever mix was found as a stray, but he must have been in a home at some point because he is very well-behaved. If you like going for brisk walks or jogs, Yellow Stone may be the perfect companion for you. He walks quickly, but he doesn’t pull as long as you keep up with him. We took a break about halfway around the walking trail and he enjoyed sniffing in the bushes and getting a nice scratch on the neck.

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Yellow Stone enjoyed being out in the woods

Yellow Stone is very much a retriever. As soon as we went into the off-leash run, Yellow Stone found a tennis ball and happily carried it around with him. He occasionally dropped it to sniff something or get a drink, and he would chase after it when I threw it but then carry it around some more. He eventually laid down and kept the ball between his paws while he rested. It was too cute! On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hello to Yellow Stone!

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Yellow Stone carrying his tennis ball

Pharea the six-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is very shy but very sweet. Since he’s still a puppy, it seems like he doesn’t have much experience with leashes. He wasn’t too sure about getting the leash put on to come outside, and he could also use a little training to learn to walk nicely rather than pull. But when we were making our way around the walking trail, if I stopped walking, Pharea would come back to me so I could pet him.

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Pharea with his cute freckled nose

Pharea is a super cute puppy. I’m a softy when it comes to wrinkly foreheads and semi-floppy ears, and Pharea has both! Pharea also has a tickly spot on the right side of his neck. Whenever I scratched there, he started kicking his back foot. Pharea hasn’t gotten off to the best start in life, so he needs someone who will help him come out of his shell and show him what a nice place the world can be. If you think that someone could be you, come in soon to meet Pharea!

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Pharea coming over to cuddle

I also saw Bella, the other Bella, Blush, Bolt, Chief, Coal, Diamond, Lisa, Tobi, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Lots of Fun

Pets always know how to brighten your day, and the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are no exception! Some are more playful than others, but they all know that the best way to have a good time is to be with their new family.

Buster the eight-year-old Hound mix is a big (and I do mean big) cuddle-bug. When we were in the off-leash run, Buster spent most of his time hanging out next to me so I could give him lots of attention, and in return he put his front paws in my lap and gave me doggy kisses. There’s just something about those soulful Hound faces that make them so lovable!

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Buster has the most lovable face

Buster is sure to be a loyal companion. When another volunteer who has walked Buster multiple times came by the fence, Buster’s tail started wagging and he eagerly watched and waited for the volunteer to say hello to him. Buster gets along with people and dogs alike, and is currently sharing his kennel with Stella (see below). Buster is sweet, gentle, affectionate, and handsome! What more could you want in a new best friend? If you think Buster might be the pooch for you, come in soon to meet him!

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Buster enjoying the sunshine

Stella the six-year-old Retriever mix is a sweetheart. She waited patiently to get her leash put on, and once we were out she was a very nice walking companion who didn’t do much pulling at all. Stella can be a little shy at first, but after a few minutes of getting to know you she warms up and happily accepts all of the attention you can give her.

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Stella showing off her lovely smile

Stella enjoyed exploring the off-leash run and would probably like to be able to have a yard of her own, but since she walks so nicely on the leash it isn’t a necessity. Stella is currently sharing her kennel with Buster (see above), so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Since Stella is more middle-aged, she’s pretty calm and gentle. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hello to Stella!

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Stella strutting her stuff

London the eight-month-old Hound mix is the first “true” puppy (under a year old) that I’ve walked in a while, and I’ll admit I didn’t want to put her back in her kennel! London is what I would consider the epitome of a puppy: she is super snuggly, super friendly, and super silly. London was a bit overwhelmed by all of the other dogs barking at her when I first took her out of her kennel, so she had no problems with me scooping her up and carrying her out to a quieter area in the grass. When I set her down, she put her front paws on my legs as if she wanted to be picked up again.

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London is definitely a lapdog

London hasn’t quite mastered leash-walking yet, so sometimes she liked to hold the leash in her mouth while we walked like it was a toy and sometimes she would wriggle around like she was trying to break free. But most of our time together was spent with London snuggling in my lap, which is a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon! At one point I thought she was going to fall asleep because she was so comfy. Puppies usually don’t last at the shelter for very long, and one as cute and friendly as London is likely to get a lot of lookers. Come in soon if you think London is the pup for you!

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Who can say no to London’s sweet face?

Duke the two-year-old Rottweiler mix has plenty of energy and a sense of adventure, so if you have an active lifestyle then Duke might be your dog! Duke pulled on the leash a bit when we first started our walk, but he settled down pretty quickly. When I sat down on a bench, he stopped and sat right by my feet so I could pet him.

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Duke asking, “When is it our turn to go in the run?”

Duke can be a bit of a rascal. When it was time for us to leave the off-leash run, he would scurry away whenever I came towards him with the leash. At first I thought it was because he might be a little shy or nervous, but then he started going into a play-bow before scurrying off and I realized he just wanted to play and romp some more. It wasn’t until I pretended to leave that he came over to the gate and let me put the leash on–which shows that he may like to play, but he likes being with his person even more! Stop by the shelter soon to meet Duke.

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Duke sticking out his tongue

Osito the two-year-old Miniature Poodle mix and Kanne the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix may seem like The Odd Couple, but they are best friends and they are looking to find their new forever home together. Osito and Kanne were abandoned by their previous owner, but they got through it together and are hopeful for the future!

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Osito is super cute

There are some people who believe that the “bully” breeds are dangerous and can’t be around other dogs, but Kanne is more than happy to prove them wrong and show how you can’t generalize an entire breed or group. Although Kanne can sometimes step on Osito when he’s excited (like when they learned it was their turn to go for a walk), it’s clear how bonded they are and how well they get along. Wherever Osito wandered inside the off-leash run, Kanne was never far behind. When Osito decided to climb into my lap, Kanne came over to give me a sniff of approval.

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Kanne is a handsome boy

Osito is technically the “big” brother because he’s older, and he knows that he can keep Kanne in line by giving a little yelp when Kanne gets boisterous. Osito was more interested in exploring and enjoying the outdoors at first, but soon enough he made his way over to me and was happy to cuddle.

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Osito got a summer haircut for late-summer

Kanne is very well-behaved, considering he’s just a year old–I was surprised to find out his age afterwards! After his initial burst of excitement when he first got out of the kennel, he was calm in the off-leash run. He enjoyed a good scratch under the chin and has surprisingly soft fur.

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Kanne standing guard at the gate

If you’re one of those people who has a hard time choosing between small dogs and large dogs–here’s a perfect solution where you don’t have to choose! Osito and Kanne are already set as a pair. Now they just need a loving family and a place to call home.

I also saw Bear, Blush, Cooper, Diamond, Gypsy, Lexi, Nana, O’Shea, Parzivie, Red, Scotty, Trixie, Tucker, Willow, and Zoey. So many greats dogs are waiting to meet you at Orphans of the Storm®!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Happy for Spring

Spring has finally arrived at Orphans of the Storm® and all of the dogs were happy to spend some extra time outside, enjoying the warm sunshine.

One quick reminder before we meet this week’s pooches: The Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is this Monday, April 20. I hope to see you there!

Sky the eight-year-old Husky mix is such a handsome boy. Surprisingly, he was found as a stray, wandering around on his own! He must have been part of a home at some point in his life, though, because he is very well-behaved. After an initial burst of excitement when he first gets out of his kennel, he settles into a nice walking companion.

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Sky enjoying the springtime sun

Sky is a super snuggly pooch. When I knelt down next to him, he put his head in my lap and then curled around so he was practically sitting on me. As long as you’re petting him, Sky will stick by your side. When I sat down on the bench at one point, he put his front paws up on the bench next to me and gave me a quick doggy kiss. It’s hard to know how Sky ended up as a stray, but one thing is clear–he’s ready to be your new best friend! Stop by the shelter soon to meet Sky.

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Sky joining me on the bench

Smoochie the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is appropriately named because she’ll give you lots of doggy kisses if given the opportunity. When you stop by her kennel, her entire body starts wriggling with happiness and she’ll enthusiastically kiss your hand.That enthusiasm continues once she’s out and about.

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Smoochie smiling for the camera

Smoochie is still very much a puppy, which means she has plenty of energy and would definitely benefit from some obedience training. Sometimes she’s pretty good at leash-walking, and sometimes she gets excited and starts to pull. Smoochie would have a great time with a family that will give her plenty of love and attention and playtime. Also, just look at that face! Come in soon to see if Smoochie is the one for you.

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Smoochie loves romping in the grass

Freddy the five-year-old Golden Retriever probably isn’t going to be at the shelter for very long, because it’s pretty rare for purebred Goldens to end up in shelters. Goldens are known for being friendly and easygoing, and Freddy definitely has that in him, but he needs a little more time than most. He’s very nervous inside his kennel (understandably), but once you get him outside it’s like he’s a whole new dog.

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Freddy is so pretty

Freddy is an affectionate boy. When I knelt down next to him a few minutes into our walk, he put his front paws in my lap and covered my face in doggy kisses. Then he happily stayed right there while I pet him. Even a few people visiting the shelter commented on how much happier Freddy was when he was in the off-leash run versus inside his kennel. Freddy would like to be the only pet in his new home and would prefer to be in an adult-only home with people who will help give him a confidence boost. If you think you could be that person, stop by soon to meet Freddy!

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Freddy relaxing in the off-leash run

Sailor the six-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix is a staff favorite who can often be found hanging out behind the desk in the front office. He’s a very sweet boy who can start off a bit timid, but warms up the longer he spends with you. Sailor is an incredibly easy walking buddy; he doesn’t pull at all, but his little legs can move quickly enough to keep up with anybody.

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Sailor is just too cute

Sailor has such an adorable face. He’s definitely one of those dogs that will get a lot of “aww”s when you take him out for a walk in your neighborhood. When I sat down on the ground next to Sailor, he put one paw on my leg and gave me a tentative sniff. Later, when we were in the off-leash run, he liked standing underneath my legs while I sat on the bench–and he eventually hopped up to join me on the bench, too. If you’re looking for a little cutie, look no further than Sailor!

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Sailor is ready to be your companion

I also saw Luciano, Azul, Blush, Cooper, Rosco, Spooky, Topaz, Zoey, and Winter.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Wish You a Happy Holiday Season

If you asked Santa for a doggy this year but didn’t get one, don’t worry! There are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm®, all of whom are more than happy to join you for the rest of the holiday season, and for many holiday seasons to come!

Wanda the one-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is a big bundle of love. The first thing she did when I took her out of her kennel was give me a doggy hug before we made our way to the off-leash run. When we were in the run, she continued to be her snuggly self and spent most of her time next to me. She even rolled over for a belly rub, which you can tell she enjoys because her tail wags the entire time.

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Wanda enjoying exploring

Wanda seemed politely interested in the dog in the run next to ours and played a racing game. She has a bit of a limp on one of her front legs, which may be from an old injury that didn’t heal properly, but it doesn’t slow her down in the slightest. Wanda walked pretty well on the leash and is just a happy dog looking for a loving home where she can spread that happiness every day. If you’re looking for a new companion, come in soon to meet Wanda!

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Wanda loves those belly rubs

Daisy the eleven-year-old Parson Russell Terrier could use some extra cheering up this holiday season. The owner that she had been with her entire life got sick and couldn’t care for Daisy anymore, so now Daisy is looking for a new home in which to spend her golden years. But don’t let her age fool you! Daisy still has plenty of pep in her step and will be a fun, lively companion.

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Daisy still has plenty of pep in her step

Daisy is an easy dog to get along with. She walks well on the leash, she politely sniffed the bigger dog in the run next to ours, and she enjoys getting attention. She’s a gentle girl, and such a cutie! Daisy has years and years of experience as a pet, so she will easily settle into a new home. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Daisy is the pooch for you!

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Daisy is a little cutie

Buster the three-year-old Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever mix is a dog that will bring a smile to your face. He’s a happy, playful guy who just wants to have fun. He had a good time trying to get Aubrey to play with him from the other side of the fence (though Aubrey didn’t accept his invitation) and was interested in the different toys in the run. Although he’s a mix of two retrieving breeds, he hasn’t quite mastered the art of “fetch” yet–but there’s still plenty of time for him to learn!

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Buster is a handsome boy

Buster, in addition to being playful, is also very cuddly. He practically rolled into my lap while I was petting him and happily joined me on the bench for more snuggling. Buster’s happy personality will make him a happy addition to any home. He currently shares his kennel with Skipper (see below), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. On your next visit to the shelter, say hello to Buster!

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Buster getting in touch with his retrieving genes

Skipper the seven-year-old Shepherd mix is such a sweetie. He’s a very gentle, easy-going dog who does well on the leash and will gladly join you for long walks. Skipper currently shares his kennel with Buster (see above), so he could go to a home with or without another dog as well. He was even friendly with Stevie (who has since been adopted, hurray!), who is much smaller than Skipper.

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Skipper has such unique coloring

Skipper is a very attentive boy who likes to keep an eye and ear on things. He was interested in the sounds the squeaky toy was making and chased after it, but didn’t exactly ‘fetch’ the toy. When I sat down on the bench, he hopped up next to me and took a seat so I could spend some more time petting him. Skipper has such a sweet face, and such pretty coloring! Stop by the shelter soon to meet Skipper!

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Skipper is always interested in what’s going on

I also spent time with Shasta (who walks so well on the leash and wags her tail whenever someone gives her the attention she deserves), Scotty (who is so gentle), Topaz (who gives great doggy hugs and is so affectionate), Corky (who knows his basic commands very well), and Ebbie (who has spent far too long at the shelter and just hopes for a home for the holidays).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs of All Personalities

Whether you’re looking for a playmate, a walking companion, a couch potato, or anything and everything in between, Orphans of the Storm® has enough dogs to match any personality!

Gitana the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is very playful when she first gets out of her kennel, but after a few minutes of running off that puppy energy she calms down and turns into a good leash-walker. Gitana wants to say hi to everybody. She gets along with people and dogs alike and has been sharing her kennel with Homey, who I met at Northbrook Court and who was recently adopted just this week. Now it’s Gitana’s turn!

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Gitana being a good walking buddy

Gitana is an affectionate girl, too. When I sat down on the bench, she put her front paws up on the seat next to me and covered my face in doggy kisses while I pet her. Gitana is such a happy girl with so much puppy enthusiasm that she’s sure to bring a smile to your face. My pictures definitely don’t do her justice–she’s so much cuter in person! (And it was hard to get a good picture because every time I knelt down to her level, she would come over and stick her face in my face.) You’ll just have to stop by the shelter and see her for yourself!

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Gitana thinks there is always room for two on a bench (and probably couch!)

Delilah the four-year-old Hound mix is another pooch who gets along well with other dogs. She’s had a couple of different kennelmates since she’s been at the shelter, including a puppy who brought out the playful puppy side of Delilah! The two of them were ready for a high-speed game of tag, but us mere humans weren’t quite up for it. Delilah has absolutely beautiful red markings on her white fur, so even though her kennel is at the end of the wing she’ll still be sure to catch your eye.

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Hey there, Delilah!

Delilah, being a Hound mix, liked to follow her nose around the off-leash run but was more than ready to play with the dogs on the other side of the fence when they showed an interest in her. Delilah has super-soft fur, which is just one more reason why you’ll want to snuggle with her. Delilah would prefer to be in an adult-only home, so if your kids are heading off to college later this month, maybe think about adding Delilah to your family!

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Delilah has one of those sweet Hound faces

Colby the ten-year-old Shepherd/Basset Hound mix is a funny-looking little guy–and I mean that in the nicest way! How many Shepherd/Basset mixes do you know? If they all looked like Colby, there should definitely be more. Colby is always eager to greet people who stop by his kennel and he was easy-peasy to get on the leash and take out. This older gentleman certainly knows his manners and walked nicely on the leash, though he did want to stop and sniff often (but what else would you expect?).

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Colby enjoying the outdoors

Colby is currently sharing his kennel with Blush, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Don’t let his age or that gray fur on his face fool you–Colby still has a spring in his step. He had a great time exploring the off-leash run and romping around. He seemed to be a little more independent than some of the other dogs I walked that day, but he did stop sniffing for a few minutes to let me scratch his back. This little cutie is ready for a nice home in which to spend his golden years. Come by the shelter soon to meet Colby!

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Colby still has plenty of pep in his step

Cinnamon the ten-year-old Golden Retriever and Carmel the eight-year-old Golden Retriever have a sad story. One of their owners passed away, and the other owner could no longer care for the two of them. They’re confused about how they ended up at the shelter and anxious about being in a new place. The good news is that they still have each other, and therefore would be so happy if they were able to find their new furever home together.

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Aren’t Cinnamon and Carmel the perfect pair?

Carmel (who has the black nose) is the younger of the two, and even though she isn’t exactly “young” she still has some puppy tendencies, like wanting to hold the leash in her mouth while she walks. Carmel doesn’t want to go anywhere without her big sister–when Cinnamon would start walking one way, Carmel wanted to follow. Carmel loves attention and loves to cuddle. She practically crawled into my lap when I was sitting on the ground.

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Carmel is such a pretty girl

Cinnamon (who has the pink nose) is a little bit calmer and spent most of her time sitting on the shady bench in the off-leash run. If you adopt these two, you better make sure you have a couch big enough for everybody! Cinnamon will sit as close to you as possible if you join her, and might even give you a quick doggy kiss. If you talk to anybody who has Golden Retrievers, they will tell you that they are the best breed in the world, and Cinnamon and Carmel are excellent examples. Turn their frowns upside down and bring them home with you today!

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Cinnamon apparently is a couch potato

Janet the two-year-old Beagle mix isn’t quite ready to be adopted yet, but she is so adorable that I can’t help but start to spread the word about her already. In fact, I’m wondering if my dog would like a little sister, because both their looks and their personalities are so similar! Janet is currently one of the ‘office dogs’ in the room next to the front desk, where she spends most of her time curled up in her little spot in the corner because she’s scared of just about everything. But even though she’s scared, she is still the sweetest thing. She’s quickly become a volunteer and staff favorite.

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Little Janet was a little nervous on our walk

Janet does enjoy eating treats, and she was even willing to take some right from my hand. Once we spent a few minutes together inside the office getting to know each other, I took her outside for a quick walk. She walks surprisingly well on the leash and didn’t seem too bothered by the barking dogs. Those big brown eyes of hers just get me every time. Once Janet is in a nice, loving, gentle home, she will come out of her shell and make a wonderful companion. Stop by the shelter soon to learn more about her!

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There’s no denying that Janet is quite the cutie

I also saw my buddies Corky, Daisy, Diesel, Shamrock, Shasta, Wilbur, and Zeus.

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!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Play in the Snow

Since it was cold and snowy when I visited Orphans of the Storm® this week, I thought it would be a good idea to walk some of the fluffier dogs who are better prepared for this weather. No Chihuahuas this week, I’m afraid! (Although I’m convinced that little Hershey now recognizes me as soon as I walk into the wing where his kennel is. If you didn’t see his video on Facebook, check it out!)

Brutus the three-year-old Chow Chow/Golden Retriever mix is so fluffy and so handsome! He will definitely catch your eye as you walk through the shelter on your next visit. Chows are known for their blue tongues, but since Brutus is a mix he just has a big blue spot in the middle of his otherwise-pink tongue. Super cute!

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Brutus ready to play

Brutus is a very playful pooch with a good amount of energy. He likes to run and jump and give doggy hugs. Although I didn’t get a chance to find out, I would guess that he’d be excellent at playing fetch, with that Retriever mixed in. Brutus also knows some basic commands like “Sit” and is eager to learn more. If you’re looking for a fluffy dog to keep you warm for many winters to come, stop by and meet Brutus!

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Brutus watching other dogs during their photo shoot

Diamond/Riley the eleven-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is another long-timer at Orphans of the Storm®, but I had never taken her out before this week! She may not be fluffy, but she certainly is a sturdy dog who doesn’t mind the cold weather and snow at all. Whenever I tried to kneel down to her level to get a picture, she would come bounding over to see what was going on (hence her nose not being visible in the picture below).

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Diamond wants to say hi

Diamond/Riley is a very strong girl, especially when she first gets out of her kennel and is ready to stretch her legs. You can’t hold that against her, though–wouldn’t you be excited to run and play too? UPDATE 2019: Diamond/Riley was adopted but returned due to separation anxiety. She is looking for a home where someone is home the vast majority of the time. Diamond is ready and waiting for her forever family. Maybe it’s yours!

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Diamond ready to go on our walk

If you’ve been to Orphans of the Storm® before, then you definitely know Akiva, the beautiful seven-year-old Husky mix. This was her kind of weather, so I thought it would be the perfect day to take her out again. In fact, if she could talk, I bet she would’ve said, “You call this snow? Please. This is just a dusting!” Akiva is a gentle dog who walks wonderfully on a leash. She still has a playful side, though–I would throw a snowball in the air above her and she would jump up and try to catch it. It usually broke apart in midair, though, and showered down on her fluffy fur. She loved it. She would love even more to be adopted by a loving family! You can read more about my first visit with Akiva here.

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An updated photo of Akiva, enjoying the snow

Another gentle old friend I took out this week is Ebbie the ten-year-old Shepherd mix. Although I’ve written about Ebbie before (from my first visit to the shelter!), this was actually my first time walking her. Ebbie is Orphans of the Storm®’s featured pet because it makes no sense why a dog as sweet and gentle as Ebbie would still be at the shelter after all these years. She doesn’t need too much exercise, just a nice walk around the neighborhood to keep her joints moving. The rest of the time, she will happily curl up next to you. If you’re looking to give an older dog a home, please consider Ebbie!

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An updated photo of Ebbie, also enjoying the snow

Kennelmates Bandit and Lilly were both willing to brave the cold and come for a walk with me this time, too!

There are also going to be several off-site adoption events in February:

  • On February 2-3, 17, 23-24, from 12pm-4pm each day, at Carson’s, Hawthorn Mall, Vernon Hills
  • On February 8-17, from 12pm-7pm each day, at Northbrook Court (lower level in front of Lord & Taylor)
  • On February 2 and 9, from 11am-3pm, at Re-Invent Gallery in Lake Forest

For more information on each of these events, please visit the Facebook page.