Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a New Mom This Mother’s Day Weekend

If you’re looking to add a new fur-baby to the family this weekend as you celebrate Mother’s Day, there are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who are eager to meet you!

Sage the nine-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is currently recovering from an ACL injury, but he’s ready to go to his new home to finish recuperating and then will be back to his active lifestyle! Even though Sage is still a puppy, he already has good leash manners and is a nice walking companion. He enjoyed sniffing his way around the woodland preserve.

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Sage is super cute

Sage, like most puppies, loves getting attention and hopped up on the bench next to me so we could snuggle. He never strayed too far from me, even when he was off-leash in the Enrichment Park. Sage liked stretching out in the sun and chewing on a squeaky toy. Sage had a couple playdates with another puppy before his injury, so he seems to get along with other dogs. Come in soon to see if Sage is the pup for you!

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Sage is looking forward to having his own yard someday soon!

Clyde the three-year-old Heeler mix (not to be confused with the other Clyde) was previously adopted but returned because he wasn’t getting along with the other dog in the house. But this means that Clyde is ready to settle into his new home because he already knows some obedience training, is housebroken, and walks great on the leash (except occasionally when other dogs are nearby, when he can pull and bark a little).

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Clyde looking very proper

Clyde is extremely affectionate and will be very attached to his new person. He loves to give doggy hugs and lean against you while you pet him. He’s perfect for doing agility and other active pursuits. Although Clyde doesn’t want to share his home with another dog, he does pretty well in play groups when he’s with calmer dogs. If you know and love Heelers, come see if Clyde is the right match for you!

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Clyde comes when called

Aiden the eight-year-old Mountain Feist mix looks a little sad and elderly inside his kennel, but don’t be fooled–he still has plenty of pep in his step! As soon as I let him off his leash in the Enrichment Park, he ran clear across it and then circled back around. He also likes to lead the way on walks, and I had to hurry to keep up with those little legs.

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Aiden romping in the woodchips

Aiden is a little shy and doesn’t initiate much petting, but if you start petting him then he will happily stand right by your side for as long as you continue. Aiden has participated in play groups with smaller and/or calmer dogs but mostly keeps to himself, with the occasional sniff hello. If you’re looking for a sweet senior, be sure to say hello to Aiden on your next visit to the shelter!

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Aiden would rather go for walks than pose for photos

I also saw Barney, Gracie, Cheyenne (Shyanne), and Quinn.

Orphans of the Storm Play Group May 6

Romeo, Jack, John Boy, and Huckleberry

My first play group this week included Alec(k), Brutus, Clyde the Heeler, Eastside, Elijah, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Lucy, Maggie, Gia (Pippa), Romeo, Sasha, and Tom, as well as the not-yet-profiled dogs Pumpkin and Zorro.

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Huckleberry, Gia (Pippa), John Boy, and Elijah, and Clyde

My second play group included Aiden, Alec(k), Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde the Heeler, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Maggie, Mojo, Quinn, Sasha, and Yoyo (YeYo), as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Finn, Pumpkin, and Roxy.

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Brutus, Jack, Gia (Pippa), and Sasha’s fluffy tail

 

Orphans of the Storm® Is Hoping to “Empty the Shelter” on May 4

This Saturday, May 4, Orphans of the Storm® is participating in the national “Empty the Shelters” event, sponsored by BISSELL Pet Foundation. All dogs and cats age 6 months and older will have their adoption fee lowered to $25 (additional veterinary fees may still apply). There are more than 70 dogs waiting to meet you! Here are just a few.

Clyde the four-year-old Hound/Mountain Cur mix is a sweet, happy boy. He’s very patient about getting his leash put on and does a nice job walking on the leash. He usually just stayed a couple steps ahead of me and rarely pulled. Clyde, being a Hound mix, enjoys occasionally pausing to smell the flowers and other interesting scents when he’s on a walk.

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Clyde giving a little smile for the camera

Clyde loves getting pet and will lean against your legs while you scratch his hips and back. He also gave me a few doggy kisses. Clyde attends play groups regularly and gets along well with other dogs. He doesn’t engage in too much active play-wrestling, but he politely sniffs everybody hello and his short tail is always wagging. Be sure to say hello to Clyde on your next visit to the shelter!

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Clyde has a cute ridge of fur right down his nose

Eastside the two-year-old Heeler mix absolutely loves going to play group. In fact, he barely wanted to walk around the woodland preserve with me because he was so eager to join all of his doggy friends in the yard instead. Eastside’s play style can get a little intense sometimes (Heelers are known for being very focused!), but overall he gets along with pretty much everybody.

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Eastside has fox-like ears and tail

Eastside can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, because he’s so excited to be out and about. Once we got about a third of the way around the trail, though, he settled into being a pretty good walking companion. Eastside is looking for an active home (maybe with teenagers–he was found as a stray hanging out at a high school and the students there loved him) where he can be your new best playmate. Come in soon to meet Eastside!

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Eastside says, “Play group, please!”

Cooper the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix arrived at the shelter very shy, but he is starting to come out of his shell and showing what a sweetheart he can be. He’s a little skittish with loud or strange noises (like when his leash rubbed against a tree trunk), but does better as he gets more comfortable being out. Cooper is a great walking companion and was walking so close to me that his side was touching my leg.

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Cooper is the cutest with his little tongue poking out

Cooper likes to snuggle once he gets to know you. He even gave me a few doggy kisses eventually. Cooper has participated in play groups and can be a little overwhelmed at first when there’s a large group, but has found some doggy friends that he likes to play with. He also likes to go on his walks with another dog. If you want to help Cooper come out of his shell even more, be sure to say hello on your next visit to the shelter!

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Cooper keeping an eye on things

Yellow the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is still very much a puppy. He has lots of happy exuberance that he wants to share with people. Yellow is super friendly and loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses. He enjoys standing on his hind legs and resting his front paws on your arms while you pet him. He even smiles!

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Yellow leading the way on our walk

Yellow is a playful pooch. He sometimes went into a play bow while we were on our walk and did a quick spin or two. Yellow politely sniffed a couple dogs on the other side of the fence, but doesn’t normally do play groups. He’s one of those extra-pretty dogs with one brown eye and one blue eye. If you’re looking for a fun-loving puppy to join your home, come in soon to meet Yellow!

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Yellow showing off his bright blue eye (cameo by Gracie)

I also saw Apollo, Barney, Dusty, Gracie, and Princess.

The first play group I attended this week included Brutus, Clyde, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Lucy, Romeo, Sasha, and YoYo (Yeyo). There were also not-yet-profiled dogs Harry, Pumpkin, and Zaxby.

The second play group included Alec(k), Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde, Cooper, Donny, Eastside, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Gracie, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Maggie, Pony Boy, Romeo, Sasha, Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo). There were also not-yet-profiled dogs Clyde (we currently have two Clydes!), Harry, Henry, Mamba, Pumpkin, Thea, Zaxby, and Zorro.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs on a Snowy Afternoon

The snow started falling about halfway through my afternoon at Orphans of the Storm®, but the dogs certainly didn’t mind!

Turbo the four-year-old Hound mix is an energetic guy, hence his name. He loved romping around the off-leash run, following his nose behind the bushes, and exploring. Turbo would come running back to me every once in a while to quickly check in, and then be off doing his own thing again. Turbo can be a little bark-y around certain dogs but doesn’t pay as much attention to others.

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Turbo hitting the trail

Turbo likes to walk at a quick pace when he’s on the leash, but is happy to take the occasional break to nicely stand by your side and get pet. He particularly enjoys getting his chin scratched. Turbo is missing a couple toes on one of his back paws, but that certainly doesn’t slow him down. Come in soon to meet Turbo!

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Turbo says, “Yup, that’s the spot.”

Bonus the one-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix has the best doggy smile I have ever seen. It’s impossible not to smile back at him. He always looks so content! Bonus is an easy-going companion. He is a great leash-walking buddy who doesn’t pull at all. He pauses to sniff every once in a while, but mostly just walks by your side.

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Bonus looks like he’s part-raccoon with his striped tail

Bonus is also affectionate. He joined me on the bench a few times and gave me some very gentle doggy kisses. Bonus loves getting pet and that’s when he really starts to smile, and even closes his eyes as if to say, “Ahh, so relaxing.” He did a little exploring around the off-leash run but mostly wants to be close to his person. Bringing Bonus home would be a big bonus for any home!

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Have you ever seen a more satisfied dog than Bonus?

Ruth the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is new to the shelter and very shy and nervous. As of now, she doesn’t like when strangers walk right up and try to pet her without her getting a chance to get acclimated first. But once she feels comfortable with you, Ruth completely melts into the best lapdog and a great walking companion.

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Ruth is the cutest little baby

Ruth rubbed her side against my legs whenever I knelt down next to her. About halfway around the woodland preserve trail, I sat on the ground and she climbed into my lap and rolled over for a belly rub. When I sat down on a bench, Ruth put her front paws up next to me so I could keep petting her. Ruth is hoping to go to a patient home that will give her plenty of love and confidence so she can fully come out of her shell. Be sure to say hello to Ruth on your next visit to the shelter!

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Ruth just wants to be loved

JoJo the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix looks like a permanent puppy, and has a fun-loving personality to go with her looks. She had a great time running freely around the Enrichment Park and raced another dog along the fence. JoJo watched when I threw a toy, but wasn’t interested in chasing after it or returning it at that particular moment. Perhaps she prefers stuffed animals to rubber bones!

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JoJo with a snowy chin

JoJo happily hopped up on the bench next to me and gave me some doggy kisses. She loved playing in the falling snow and did some fun spins when we were out on the woodland preserve trail. JoJo gets along with children, so she could go home with a family. She is also already housebroken. Come in soon to see if JoJo is the one for you!

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JoJo is a pretty girl

I also saw Apollo, Barney, Dusty (who gave me enthusiastic doggy hugs), Gia (Pippa), James, Reyah, and Sasha.

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® Are Ready for Warmer Weather

Now is a great time to spring into this sunnier weather with a new furry friend from Orphans of the Storm®!

Jax the four-year-old Mountain Cur mix is the best walking companion I’ve encountered for a while. He is absolutely perfect on the leash. Jax stayed so close to my side that I could have pet the top of his head for almost our entire walk. Jax is super easy-going and was happy to pause our walk every once in a while to cuddle.

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Jax is a total sweetheart

Jax didn’t give any doggy kisses during our time together, but he did sniff my face a bunch and also hopped up on the bench next to me a couple of times. Jax gets along with other dogs and was sharing his kennel with a Beagle who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Come in soon to see if Jax is the pooch for you!

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Jax is attentive when other dogs are nearby

Maya the two-year-old Heeler/Border Collie mix is fun and playful. When she gets extra excited, she does this funny move where she jumps into the air and simultaneously does a little shake all the way from her head to her tail. Maybe her hops would make her good for agility training! Maya can have short bursts of energy where she pulls on the leash a bit, but overall she was a good walking companion.

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Maya is absolutely beautiful!

Maya is a snuggly and affectionate girl. Multiple times, she put her front paws in my lap and covered my face in doggy kisses. Maya already raised a litter of puppies and gets along with other dogs, so she could go to a home with or without another doggy friend. Maya has the prettiest coloring and will certainly catch your eye as you walk through the shelter. Be sure to say hello to Maya on your next visit!

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Maya is always happy to say hello

I also saw Barney (who knows commands like sit and shake), Big Boy and Mojo, Clarinet (who loves her belly rubs), GoliathLucy, NashReecoRufus, and Sadie.

Orphans of the Storm® Big and Biggest Dogs

If you are looking for a big best friend, now is the time to come to Orphans of the Storm®! There are lots of big breeds eager to meet you and show you that extra size = extra love.

Jake the nine-year-old Australian Shepherd/Labrador Retriever mix came from owners who could no longer keep him. This means he has plenty of experience being a pet and is ready to settle into a new home. Despite his giant size, Jake is great at walking on the leash and doesn’t pull at all. He gets along with kids, so he could go home with a young family, but he isn’t a fan of cats.

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Jake enjoys his walks

Jake loves getting pet. We took many cuddle breaks during our walk around the woodland preserve and Jake would tuck his head into my lap while I pet him. This boy has a lot of fluff, so he’s extra great for snuggling. Jake has unique coloring and he also has one blue eye. If you think Jake has enough fluff for you, come in soon to meet him!

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Jake is very attentive to his person

Calhoun the one-year-old Redbone Coonhound/Bloodhound mix likes to spend a lot of his time sniffing, which is understandable for a Hound dog. I thought Calhoun would be the type to want to run all the way around the woodland preserve, but in fact Calhoun is an easy-going walking buddy who likes to go at a slower pace so he can catch all the good smells.

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Calhoun’s sweet Hound eyes

Calhoun is a sweet boy. When I knelt down to pet him, he put his nose right up to mine and enjoyed getting the attention. Calhoun was in a foster home for a while and has experience with kids, other dogs, and cats. He is also housebroken and crate trained. So now all he needs to complete the package is a new home! If you think Calhoun might be the one for you, stop in soon to say hello!

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Calhoun in his element

Daisy Mae the three-year-old Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) mix has some bursts of energy and excitement. The first thing she did when she came out of her kennel was give me a doggy hug. Then we were off and running! But Daisy Mae settled down soon after we got to the woodland preserve trail and ended up being a nice walking companion.

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Daisy Mae looking sassy

Daisy Mae is a good girl who often gets picked to go to off-site events. She likes to sniff and explore when she’s out on a walk. Daisy Mae gets along with some dogs (she was previously sharing her kennel with Whizzer), but not all dogs. She’ll be a fun and enthusiastic companion for her future owners. Be sure to say hi to Daisy Mae on your next visit!

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Daisy Mae leading the way on our walk

Ernesto the four-year-old Great Pyrenees mix is super sweet and mellow, which makes sense given his breed. Wherever we went, Ernesto was calm and steady. He didn’t pay any attention to the other dogs we passed during our walk. He does a great job on the leash and didn’t pull at all.

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Ernesto being a good walking buddy

Ernesto likes to give doggy kisses. Whenever I knelt down to pet him, he would reciprocate with a kiss on the nose. He has an adorably sweet face that still looks a little puppy-ish. Ernesto’s fur isn’t at its full fluffiness at the moment, but he’s still plenty soft, especially around his ears. If you’re looking for an easy-going pooch, look no further than Ernesto!

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Ernesto is always up for a good side-scratch

Tank the four-year-old Mastiff mix is unintentionally funny. Here you have this giant dog, descended from serious guard dogs, and yet he gets spooked by little things like falling leaves! Once he’s settled into his new home, Tank will live up to his name and get more confident. But even though he can be a little skittish, Tank is still very sweet. He greeted me with a wagging tail and was eager to come out for a walk.

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Tank is a happy guy

Tank walks nicely on the leash overall, but because of his size he can unintentionally pull if he wants to go in a particular direction. Two young girls came over to pet him, and Tank enjoyed their company and sniffed their faces politely. Tank likes to follow his nose, and mostly kept his nose to the ground during our walk. This big boy is a big softie. Come in soon to say hello to Tank!

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Tank on the move

I also saw Bella, Belle, Big Boy and Mojo, Buster, Constance, Harley and Reeco, Thunder, Tucker, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Are All About the Cuddles

It was a hot day at Orphans of the Storm®, so it was a little hard to tell if the dogs I met this week are always mellow, or if they were just taking it easy to keep cool. One thing was for certain, though: all of these pooches love to cuddle! I almost never include myself in photos of the dogs, but there were so many lapdogs this week that it was a challenge to get solo shots!

Trooper the two-year-old Hound mix gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel. He was so excited that he got chosen to go for a walk and seemed to be saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!” Trooper is not shy about sharing affection. In addition to doggy hugs, he also likes to give doggy kisses and will put his front paws in your lap when you’re sitting down.

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Trooper is so handsome

Trooper particularly enjoys getting his hips scratched and will lean to the left or right depending on which side you’re scratching, and lick your hands while you’re at it. Trooper walks nicely on the leash, though he can pull a little bit at first when he’s extra excited. Trooper is looking for a quiet adult home where he can be with people who will return all of the affection he offers. Stop in soon to see if Trooper is the one for you!

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Trooper says, “Well hello there”

Sela the eight-month-old Labrador Retriever/Great Dane mix is an absolute sweetheart. Her description makes her sound like a big dog, but she’s currently a nice medium size. After Sela did some exploring in the off-leash run, she hopped up onto the bench with me and snuggled in my lap. She also gave me a few doggy kisses. Neither of us wanted to get up!

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Sela is a true lapdog

Sela is an attentive walking buddy. Every so often she would pause and look up at me while we were making our way around the woodland preserve, just to check in and make sure she was doing a good job (which she was). Sela is currently sharing her kennel with Oliver, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Be sure to say hello to Sela on your next visit to the shelter!

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Sela knows how to keep cool

Biscuit the five-year-old Labrador Retriever/Heeler mix is a happy girl with a wagging tail. We first spent some time in the off-leash run, where Biscuit explored on her own for a few minutes but then decided she would rather snuggle in the shade with me. She hopped up on the bench, put her front paws in my lap, and gave me a few doggy kisses. Biscuit enjoyed getting her sides rubbed.

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Biscuit’s sweet face

Biscuit and I then went for a walk around the woodland preserve. She’s a good walking companion overall, though she did have a few bursts of excitement where she wanted to run before determining it was too hot for such an activity. Biscuit also liked having the chance to stop and sniff around in the tall grass. Come in soon to meet Biscuit!

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Biscuit leading the way on our walk

Big Boy the five-year-old Boxer mix is a friendly boy. The first thing we did when Big Boy came out of his kennel was get a quick hose-down. Big Boy stood still nicely, which is a good sign that he probably won’t mind getting baths in the future. Big Boy also loves getting his back scratched and does a little dance when you get the right spot.

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Big Boy’s face of contentment

Big Boy is also affectionate. He wasn’t too sure about getting all the way onto the bench, but he put his front paws in my lap and stretched his neck so he could give me doggy kisses. Big Boy is currently sharing his kennel with Mojo (see below), and although they don’t have to be adopted together, they certainly make a good-looking pair. Say hello to Big Boy on your next visit!

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Big Boy between kisses

Mojo the five-year-old Boxer mix can be a little shy at first, but she warms up quickly and enjoys being pet. Mojo wasn’t overly enthused about getting hosed down when she first came out of her kennel, but she was a good sport about it anyway. Mojo spent most of her time in the off-leash run exploring in and around the bushes, where it was probably cooler.

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Mojo chilling in the shade

Mojo eventually made her way over to me and then stood by my side while I pet her. She has such sweet facial expressions! Mojo is currently sharing her kennel with Big Boy (see above), so she could go to a home with or without another dog (maybe even Big Boy, since they look so cute together). Stop in soon to see if Mojo is the right next addition to your family!

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Mojo waiting to be pet some more

Lady the five-year-old Beagle mix is super mellow. She was getting her official photo taken for the Orphans of the Storm® website when I first came over, and once she sat nicely for the camera she didn’t want to get back up! So we relaxed in the shady grass for a few minutes while I pet her. Lady eventually decided she was ready for a walk and popped right up.

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Lady is all smiles

Lady‘s tail wagged the entire time we were at the woodland preserve. Lady is a great walking buddy and also didn’t mind taking occasional breaks for more cuddling. Lady gets along with other dogs. She is currently sharing her kennel with a larger dog, and also politely sniffed another Beagle while we were on our walk. Be sure to say hi to sweet Lady on your next visit to the shelter!

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Lady is such a cutie

I also saw Bella, Bud, Chester and Te Amo, Gunner, Hobbs, Honey Lamb, Lucy, Lukas, Sammy, Sir (Sammy and Sir are now great playmates with each other!), Snuffles, Toby, and Tyson.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Too Cute

There are lots of cute dogs waiting to meet you at Orphans of the Storm®!

Dazzle the five-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix has quickly become a volunteer favorite. When I took her out, we passed two other volunteers who told me how great she is. Dazzle is well-behaved and waited patiently for me to put the leash on before stepping out of her kennel. Her tail wags pretty much all the time.

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Dazzle glowing in the sunshine

Dazzle is a friendly girl. When we were in the off-leash run, she stayed pretty close to me and always came over for a pat when I knelt down to her level. She politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence but otherwise didn’t pay too much attention to it. When we went for a walk around the woodland preserve, she walked nicely on the leash and didn’t try to pull ahead. Come in soon to see if Dazzle is the one for you!

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Dazzle with her perky ears

Grunge the two-year-old Rat Terrier mix and Oscar the five-year-old Rat Terrier mix are a couple of little cutiepies. I’m not sure if they came in together or not, but they’re sharing a kennel and they are very attached to each other. If you have the space for two little dogs in your home and heart, I would encourage you to adopt them together!

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Oscar, not so sure about the camera

Grunge and Oscar are both on the shy side when they first meet someone new, but they warm up soon enough. When I took them out of their kennel and we started towards the off-leash run, Grunge and Oscar were literally walking right next to each other, with their sides touching. They continued to stay close to each other even once they were off-leash and sniffed the same things, followed each other behind the bushes, and stopped for a drink at the same time.

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Grunge nibbling on some grass

Grunge was the first one to get friendlier with me. When I sat down on the bench, he hopped up next to me and seemed to enjoy the perch. Later, when I sat down on the ground, he came over and put his little front paws in my lap. Grunge can also be a little bit of an escape artist. He’ll look for any openings in a fence and try to stick his little head or legs through. So, his future family should keep a close eye on him if you have a fenced-in yard.

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Grunge wondering how to get out of the fence

Oscar is more mellow. When Grunge would run in the off-leash area, Oscar would just walk. Oscar is also a little more shy and wasn’t too sure about me petting him at first. After seeing Grunge hang out with me, though, he came over and decided he too would like some attention. Oscar let me know he was ready to head back to his kennel by giving a little bark. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Grunge and/or Oscar are the right match for you!

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Oscar smiling in the sun

Buddie the three-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix was recommended to me by another volunteer. I had seen him out the previous week and noted what a handsome boy he is. This week I learned that he has a great personality to go along with his great looks! Buddie was a little shy when I came over to him with the leash, but warmed up quickly.

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Buddie is a happy guy

Buddie and I headed for the woodland preserve and walked around the trail. Buddie does well on the leash and rarely pulled. We passed another dog a few times and Buddie didn’t pay much attention to him; he was more focused on sniffing around. In the off-leash run, Buddie politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence. Buddie would do best in an adult home. If that description fits you, come in soon to meet Buddie!

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Buddie’s soft, speckled fur

I also saw Aleck, Bella (one of my favorites!), Carlos, Emmett, Mookie, O’Shea, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Want to Meet You

It was another busy (but cold!) day at Orphans of the Storm®, so that meant more walks around the woodland preserve with the dogs this week.

Mini Me the ten-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix may technically be a senior, but don’t let her age or her small stature fool you. Mini Me took the lead on our walk and often looked back at me like, “Why aren’t you moving faster?” We didn’t make it all the way around the trail, but on a warmer day I’m sure Mini Me would be fine with staying out much longer.

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Mini Me’s cute face

Mini Me can be on the shy side and was a little skittish at first. But after we were together for a while, she realized that getting a nice scratch under the chin wasn’t too scary and stayed by my side as long as I was petting her. Mini Me has cute spots, including some on her ear that look like a paw print–which is the same as one of the most famous Jack Russells! Stop by the shelter soon to see if Mini Me could be the next mini you!

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Mini Me says, “Come on, we have places to go!”

Billie Bob the two-year-old Hound mix was looking a little sad inside his kennel, but boy did that change as soon as he realized it was his turn to go out! Billie Bob greeted me with a wagging tail and we went on our merry way. Billie Bob showed off his Hound characteristics, following his nose along the trail and wanting to chase birds that flew across our path (which I didn’t let him do, to his disappointment).

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Billie Bob’s “I’m ready to snuggle” face

Billie Bob is a “paws-on” type of dog. At one point, the leash got stuck behind his front leg. I lifted up his paw to fix it, and rather than putting his foot back down, he just stood there with his paw in my hand for a few moments. He’s also very snuggly and joined me on the bench for a while, where he gave me plenty of doggy kisses. This sweet boy is ready to shower his new family with affection. If you think that might be you, come in soon to meet Billie Bob!

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Billie Bob romping freely

Sounder the five-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix has been at the shelter for a few months, but he recently got a clean bill of health and is now ready to head home! When I opened the doggy door in his kennel so he could go to the outside section, Sounder responded happily with that signature Hound baying. Although Sounder is a big boy, he walks nicely on the leash and barely pulls at all.

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Sounder on Hound patrol

Sounder is an absolute sweetheart. When I sat down on the bench about halfway around the trail, Sounder first just put his front paws on the bench next to me and sniffed the air. I invited him to come up next to me, which he did, and he rested his chin on my shoulder while I pet him. He then tried to climb into my lap, which didn’t work too well considering his size, but it’s the thought that counts. Sounder may be one of my new favorites, and another volunteer told me that Sounder is the best Hound he’s seen in a long time. Stop in soon to see for yourself what a great dog Sounder is!

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Sounder in his element

Sirus the five-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is one of the most handsome dogs at the shelter right now. Not only does he have a pretty silvery-blue coloring, but he also has one blue eye and one brown eye. It’s a very striking look that you won’t be able to miss when you walk through the kennels! Sirus can pull on the leash a bit when he first gets out, but that’s just because he’s so excited to be with somebody.

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Sirus is a good boy

Sirus is a fetch-player extraordinaire. You can see for yourself in this video (which only includes 2 fetches out of many!):

As you can see, Sirus drops the toy right at your feet. He was also fine with me petting him while he chewed on the ball for a bit. Overall, Sirus seems like a happy boy. His tail wags almost constantly and he isn’t shy about giving doggy kisses. Sirus came from an owner, so he already has experience being in a home and being a companion. If fetch is one of your favorite games too, come in soon to meet Sirus!

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Sirus ready to play fetch

Leroy the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Heeler mix is an adorable pooch who is, unfortunately, scared of pretty much everything at the moment. If there are loud-ish noises, Leroy freezes and flattens himself as close to the ground as possible. The good news is he responds well to kind words and encouragement! He’s definitely a fan of snuggling and feels more comfortable the closer he physically is to someone.

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Leroy says, “Love me!”

Leroy perked up tremendously once we made it to the woodland preserve, where it was just us and nature. His tail, which had previously been tucked between his back legs, slowly untucked and eventually started wagging. He was alert and sniffing along the trail like any normal dog. When we stopped for a break, Leroy leaned in and rested his head against me while I pet him. This sweet boy just needs someone to show him that the world can be a happy place rather than a scary one. Leroy could go to a home with or without another dog. When I returned Leroy to his kennel, he and his kennelmate had the happiest reunion I’ve ever seen between two dogs. If you think you can help Leroy come out of his shell, come in soon to meet him!

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Leroy enjoying his walk

I also took Blush for a walk around the trail.

Orphans of the Storm® Middle-Aged Dogs

Yesterday was National Puppy Day, but don’t forget that there are dogs of all ages looking to find their “furever” loving home! I met some great middle-aged dogs at Orphans of the Storm® this week who still have plenty to offer their new family.

Chief the nine-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is an absolute pro at playing fetch. The first thing he did when we got to the off-leash run was find a tennis ball. He carried it around in his mouth for a bit, but then he stopped a few feet away from me, put the ball on the ground, and rolled it towards me with his nose. It was too cute! If you throw the ball high enough, Chief can catch it in midair. But he’s also happy to chase after it if you throw it far rather than high.

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Chief shining in the sun

Chief is a very appealing guy. There was a family in the run next to us looking at a different dog, but Chief caught their eye and they were eager to meet him. Unfortunately, they already owned another dog and Chief would do best as the only pet in his new home. But Chief loves people and will give you doggy kisses! He is fun and sweet and doesn’t act like an older dog, so don’t let his age deter you from taking him out and getting to know him. Come in soon to meet Chief!

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Chief was never far from his tennis ball

Lucy the eleven-year-old Boxer mix is such a sweetheart. The first thing she did when I took her out of her kennel was to give me a doggy hug and try her best to reach up and give me doggy kisses. The card on her kennel says that she walks on the slower side, but I think she walks at the perfect speed if your main interest is strolling around the neighborhood.

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Lucy coming in for a cuddle

Lucy loves to snuggle. Whenever I sat down on the bench in the off-leash run, Lucy was quick to follow suit and happily stayed next to me while I pet her. When I sat down on the ground, she was by my side almost immediately. You can’t ask for a much better companion than that! Lucy attends play groups and alternates between hanging out on her own and romping with the other dogs, but she would still prefer to be the only dog in her future home. If you’re looking for a sweet older dog who just wants to love you and be loved in return, come in soon to meet Lucy.

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Lucy with her pretty brindle fur

Merlin the six-year-old Heeler mix is a handsome bundle of energy. He’s one of those breeds that does best when they’re kept active. When I came to let Merlin out, he was literally jumping up and down in excitement–and boy, can he jump! Merlin quickly led the way to the off-leash run, where he had a fun time racing the dog on the other side of the fence.

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Merlin is magical!

Merlin‘s card on his kennel says that he prefers men, but he was very friendly with me (though I didn’t see him interact with any men, so maybe he would be even friendlier!). He can be a little overenthusiastic with his affection and accidentally bonk you with his nose when trying to give you a doggy kiss, but that’s okay. If you’re an active guy looking for an active dog, be sure to stop in and meet Merlin!

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Merlin loves being outside

Tracy the six-year-old American Foxhound mix seems like a pretty mellow girl. She’s currently sharing her kennel with a little dog (not available for adoption yet) who sometimes jumps all over her when excited, and Tracy doesn’t seem to mind. I didn’t hear her bark once, either in her kennel or when we were outside. She walked pretty well on the leash overall.

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Tracy says, “That’s the spot!”

Tracy was a little shy at first, but the longer we were together the more she warmed up. Eventually she was giving doggy kisses! Being a Hound, she mostly followed her nose around the off-leash run, but she would come back to me for a reassuring scratch behind the ears or under her chin every once in a while. She’s a sweet girl who gets along with dogs and people alike. Stop by soon to say hello to Tracy!

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Tracy has such a sweet face

I also saw Barney (who loves to play with toys of any type!), Blush, John Boy, Lucky, Roxy, and TuTu.