Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Love You

Thank you to everyone who attended or donated auction items for the Orphans of the Storm® Benefit Dinner on Monday! The theme was “Who Rescued Whom?” and we got to hear some very heartwarming adoption success stories. If you would like to share your own Orphans of the Storm® adoption success story here on the blog, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Here are just a few of the many dogs benefiting from the funds raised!

T-Bone the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is super cute. I can’t resist a wrinkly forehead, and T-Bone’s forehead is extra wrinkly and adorable. T-Bone is a sweet boy who really blossoms when he receives positive attention. Whenever I pet him, his tail would immediately start wagging and not stop until I stopped.

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T-Bone is too cute

T-Bone is a big boy, but seems to be pretty well-behaved. He pulled a little on the leash when he first got out of his kennel, but that’s to be expected. T-Bone had a fun time playing with Roxy (who was in the off-leash run next to ours) through the fence, but he didn’t seem too interested in playing with any of the tennis balls. T-Bone knows he’s ready to join a family–all he needs is the right family to come in and find him!

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T-Bone racing along the fence

O’Shea the four-year-old black Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix is another cutie with a wrinkly forehead. O’Shea would definitely benefit from having a family that will take him on daily walks and spend time playing with him. He had a good time exploring the off-leash run and going under and around the bushes, and ran after the tennis ball when I threw it (though he didn’t pick it up or bring it back).

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O’Shea says, “A little to the left.”

O’Shea is definitely a people dog. Once he knows you, he will happily greet you with a doggy hug and give you plenty of doggy kisses. O’Shea would do best as the only pet in his new home, since he usually isn’t a fan of other dogs, but one O’Shea will give you all the love you need! Stop by the shelter soon to see if O’Shea is the pooch for you.

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O’Shea knows he’s a handsome boy

Zoey the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix (not to be confused with the other Zoey) came from a family who could, unfortunately, no longer keep her. That means that she has a lifetime of experience as a family pet, and it shows. Zoey is very well-behaved: she walks nicely on the leash, knows some basic commands, and is housebroken. She’s family-ready!

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Zoey is a good leash-walking buddy

Zoey needs to be the only pet in her new home, but she does well with children. In fact, she was featured on the Orphans of the Storm® Facebook page a few weeks ago, with a picture of her surrounded by a group of kids. Zoey is also a very pretty girl (she could practically be Hachi‘s twin sister). Zoey ended up at the shelter through no fault of her own; she knows she can make you fall in love with her if you give her the chance. Come in soon to meet Zoey!

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Zoey has such interesting coloring

Kayne the six-year-old Mastiff is an absolute gem. I can’t say enough good things about him (which can be vouched for by my family and friends, who have kindly listened to me talk about him for days now). Kayne was adopted a while back, but returned because his family could no longer care for him. Kayne is a very easy dog, but before you decide to bring home a dog this size, it’s important to consider things like the cost of all the food he’ll need.

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Here comes Kayne!

Kayne is the epitome of a gentle giant. He walks nicely on the leash, even though he could easily pull you over if he wanted to. He is very much a snuggler, even though the only part of him that could fit in my lap was his giant face. He’ll sit right by your side and give you slobbery doggy kisses (emphasis on ‘slobbery’). Kayne also does well with other dogs of all sizes; he currently shares his kennel with Tulip but previously shared a home with a Dachshund! Kayne is just the biggest sweetheart. If you have the space in both your home and your heart, stop by soon to meet Kayne!

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Kayne’s ginormous face that you just have to love

I also saw Arnold, Azul, Bear, Blush, Cooper, Courage, Diamond, Gus, Jasmine, Javan, and Rosco.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Get a Bath

It was a warm and sunny day at Orphans of the Storm®, which can only mean one thing: bathtime! This week I was Craig’s assistant as we helped some of the dogs cool off. I was again pleasantly surprised by how well-behaved all of the pooches were. Maybe giving a dog a bath isn’t as hard as I originally thought!

Marge the one-year-old Border Collie mix is a real cutie. She seemed to be a little bit shy at first, and got a little nervous about all of the other dogs barking at her as we walked by on our way out, but she warmed up quickly. She also walked very nicely on the leash as we made our way around the shelter’s outdoor area, which is kind of surprising considering she’s still a puppy!

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Adorable little Marge

Marge has one of the cutest faces I’ve seen in a while. She’s also a little smaller than your average Border Collie, which makes her extra cute. She currently has a kennelmate, so she could go to a home with another dog, or would be happy to be the center of attention. Marge is calm and gentle, two great qualities for a companion to have. Don’t let Black Dog Syndrome stop you from adopting this wonderful pooch!

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Marge being a cutie

Bella the nine-year-old Boxer mix is a gentle giant. She’s one of the bigger dogs at the shelter right now, but she is an amazing walking buddy who doesn’t pull on the leash at all. Craig gave her a bath all by himself while I was walking Marge (so her fur is a little damp in these pictures), so that gives you an idea of just how well-behaved she is.

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Bella being my buddy

Bella just wants to be someone’s buddy. She stuck close to my side while we were walking, and when I sat down at one of the picnic tables she sat down right next to me and put one of her paws in my lap. Bella also isn’t shy about giving doggy kisses. This good girl can’t wait to find her new furever home with a family she can shower with love and kisses!

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Bella, post-bath

Lady the thirteen-year-old Shiba Inu/Labrador Retriever mix certainly doesn’t act like a senior citizen! The only hint of older age you’ll find is the bit of white fur on her face. Lady, like all of the other pooches I walked this week, does a great job walking on a leash. Since she is an older girl, though, she probably doesn’t need more than a couple casual strolls around the block every day.

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Lady’s sweet face

Lady is also a very good-looking dog. She has such an expressive face, you’ll be sure to fall in love with her at first sight. And once you get to know her sweet, gentle personality, that will just seal the deal! There aren’t too many Shiba Inu mixes that come in through Orphans of the Storm®, so if this is a breed that interests you, you should definitely come in soon! Lady is looking for a nice home in which to spend her golden years.

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Lady being a good walker

Mack the seven-year-old American Bulldog mix is a big sweetheart (and could also pass as Peggy‘s twin!). This poor pooch lost his home when his family had to move to an apartment that doesn’t allow dogs. This means, though, that Mack is a pro when it comes to being a family dog. He’s excellent when walking on the leash and is a calm dog who seems to get along with everybody.

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Mack smiling for the camera

Mack is also a fan of cuddling. After we were both sitting in the grass and I had been petting him for a while, he rolled over for a belly rub. (I am a huge softy when it comes to belly rubs.) When we were done with the belly rub, Mack put his big face right up next to mine and covered me in doggy kisses. This sweet boy didn’t do anything wrong to wind up at the shelter; all he’s looking for is a new family who will be able to love him and keep him furever!

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Mack is such a happy guy!

It was also bathtime for my buddies Reebok and Molly. I just can’t praise Reebok enough. He’s such a handsome dog with that fluffy fur, and is so affectionate once he gets to know you. He has calmed down considerably since the first time I took him out, and is now great on the leash and gets so proud of himself when he climbs over the agility bridge (always stopping at the top to lick my face, of course)! He gets along great with Molly, even though she sometimes tries to hog the front of their kennel when someone comes by to greet them. And a dog like Molly would make an active family very happy. She loves to run and play fetch (as seen in this video), already knows some basic commands, and is an incredibly smart girl who could learn even more tricks in a flash.

I also stopped by to see the Big Dog Show in downtown Highland Park. Orphans of the Storm® had their tent set up in Port Clinton Square, with a few familiar faces. Ty pulled his volunteer over to me as soon as he saw me and gave me lots of welcoming doggy kisses. Half Pint was making friends with all of the other dogs at the event. Bailey, who is probably a little sad because her sister Vienna just got adopted, was being as well-mannered as always and can’t wait for it to be her turn to find a furever home.

And in case you haven’t seen the Big Dog sculptures for yourself yet, below are some pictures from around Highland Park.

The paw prints leading the way on the sidewalk:

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Information about the Big Dog Show:

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One of the many statues along the street:

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A big group of the statues in front of City Hall:

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Doggy kisses!:

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And don’t forget: the annual Pooch Parade is coming up quick on August 3! Have you started your online fundraising page yet?

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs on a Summer Day

It was a hot, sunny, busy day at Orphans of the Storm®, and some of the long-timers were lucky enough to cool off and clean up with a nice bath from a couple other volunteers. (I looked on, impressed, since the one time my family tried to give our dog a bath ourselves it didn’t go so well.) Emerald, Corky, Diamond, and a few others all seemed to enjoy the extra attention and the nice-smelling shampoo. Diamond was especially well-behaved, so if you’re the lucky one to bring her home, you could try giving her a bath yourself!

Emilio the five-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix is a pooch I’ve been meaning to walk for a long time, because he is just so cute and so friendly! Seeing his itty-bitty tail wag puts an instant smile on your face. It may have been because of the heat, but it seemed to me that Emilio was a little calmer than the average JRT. When we were on our walk, he was just casually sniffing and strolling along, rather than running from place to place.

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Emilio coming over for a nice pat on the back

Emilio is definitely a cuddler. While we were hanging out in the shade, he pressed himself right up against my leg and enjoyed the snuggles while also keeping an eye on what else was happening around us. Since he’s small enough to fit in your lap, he’d probably happily curl up with you on the couch! He also has a fun side, though; he found a nice spot of grass to roll around in and kick up his little paws. Emilio gets along well with other dogs and currently has a kennelmate (see below), so he can go to a home with or without other dogs. This lovable guy is ready for a new family, so come in soon to meet Emilio!

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Emilio rolling happily in the cool grass

Sassy the six-year-old Terrier mix is Emilio’s kennelmate (so she could also go to a home with or without a doggy friend), but has more of that typical Terrier personality that you’d expect. The heat wasn’t slowing her down as she trotted from bush to bush, and she kept turning around to look at Emilio and me, wondering why we were being so sluggish by comparison.

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Sassy with her ears down

Sassy liked getting her hips scratched and would do a little wiggle so I got to the right place, and although she’s a little short, she enjoyed giving doggy hugs. Sassy is also super cute. She has big ears that either lay flat on her head or perk straight up towards the sky depending on what she’s doing. When she’s hot on the trail, her ears are back; when she’s looking up at you expectantly, her ears are up. This playful little girl can’t wait to find a playmate to call her own!

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And Sassy with her ears up!

Patriot the four-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is what I like to call a “big dog lap dog,” which to me means that he knows he can’t actually fit in your lap, but will stand over you while you’re sitting down with his tummy resting on your legs. I have no idea if this is comfortable or not, but Patriot seems to think so because that’s what he did with me after we found a shady spot to relax.

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Patriot being a happy boy

Although Patriot would sometimes get little bursts of energy and want to run forward, overall he was a calm, gentle dog who was always ready with a doggy grin. He especially liked getting the top of his head and his chin scratched, and when he wasn’t trying to stand on top of my lap, he was standing right by my side like the loyal friend Labs are known to be. There are a good number of Labs at the shelter right now, and Patriot would make an excellent choice!

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Patriot giving his best smile for the camera

Shadow the six-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix would make the perfect companion dog. He’s a little shy and nervous in his new surroundings at the shelter, but after we had walked around for a little bit and got to know each other, he warmed up and became the perfect walking buddy. He is incredibly gentle and only pulled on the leash when he wasn’t so sure about going back inside his kennel, understandably.

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Shadow being the best walking buddy

Shadow is pretty new to the shelter, but he’s already a volunteer favorite because he’s just such a sweetheart. Like Patriot, he appreciates a nice scratch on the head and will stay close to you both when you’re walking and when you’re just lounging around. Although the most loyal Shadow ever was a Golden Retriever, this Shadow will come in a close second. If you’re looking for a calmer Lab, come in soon to meet Shadow!

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Shadow’s handsome face

Since I was clearly on a Black Lab kick, I met up with my pal Dino from last week. He was his same fun, happy, affectionate self and, unlike Patriot who realizes he’s too big, Dino actually tried to climb into my lap and covered my face with doggy kisses. He was the one dog I took out who didn’t seem to mind the heat one bit. Dino is definitely much more active than both Patriot and Shadow, so if you’re looking for a Lab who will do all sorts of fun outdoorsy activities with you, Dino could very well be the pooch for you.

I hadn’t checked in with my favorite Lilly for a few weeks, so I took her and her kennelmate Midnight to the off-leash run so they could stretch their legs. Both of them seemed to be more interested in finding a shady place to relax under the bushes, but every few minutes they would both come running back to me to get an affirming scratch behind the ears. Below is a new picture of Midnight lounging at my feet, because how could I not post a picture of that precious face?

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An updated picture of Midnight, just because he looked so cute

Kennelmates Frankie and Bailey both got to enjoy some fun in the sun, too!

I also said a couple of weeks ago that I would keep you updated on the Big Dog Show in downtown Highland Park. Many of Orphans of the Storm®’s residents will be there this Saturday, July 13, from 11am-2pm. I highly recommend you check out both the dog statues and the real things!

Orphans of the Storm® Upcoming Events

Summer is a busy time at Orphans of the Storm®, and a great time to add a new member to your family! There are plenty of upcoming events where you can get to know some of the dogs available for adoption outside of the shelter, and hopefully find the perfect pooch for you!

  • This Saturday, June 29 from 10am-1pm, Orphans of the Storm® will be at Community Resource Day with Senator Julie Morrison at 700 Osterman Avenue, Deerfield. Some of the dogs you’ll get to meet there are Stanley the Great Pyrenees, Kelly the Labrador Retriever, and sisters Bailey the Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix and Vienna the Puggle. Learn more about this weekend’s event here.
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Kelly is eager to make new friends this weekend!

  • Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with the Big Dog Show in downtown Highland Park from June 28-August 19. Artist Dale Rogers will be showcasing 22 eight-foot-tall sculptures of dogs (anyone remember Cows on Parade in downtown Chicago in 1999?), and local shelters including Orphans of the Storm® will be joining in the celebration by showcasing some of their dogs available for adoption. Learn more about the event here, and stay tuned for more specific dates of when Orphans of the Storm® dogs will be out and about in Highland Park again!
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“Big Dog” Ty is still waiting to find his new furever family

  • The 7th annual Pooch Parade is happening Saturday, August 3 at 9am. This is the big summer fundraiser! There was a great turnout last year, and this year I might even bring Cooper to the festivities. You can find out more information about the event on the Orphans of the Storm® Facebook page and you can also create your very own online fundraising page here.
  • For those of you thinking about adding a cat to your family, there’s a special event for that too! Feline Friends for Seniors is a new, weekly event that happens every Wednesday at the shelter. For people 65 years and older who adopt an adult cat (kittens not included), Orphans of the Storm® will waive the $90 adoption fee and discount the vaccination fee to $60–so you’re getting your new friend for life for only $60!
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Even Akiva thinks that sounds like a great deal!

There’s no time like summertime to welcome a furry friend into your heart and your home!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Celebrate Father’s Day

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

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The Orphans of the Storm® tent was bustling!

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

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Sweet Stanley

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

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Cody being adorable

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

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Patsy smiling for the camera

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

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Candy the cutie

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

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Kendall the happy puppy

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

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Autumn making a silly face

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

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Chopper being a little camera shy

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

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Look at that face!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Wow in Highland Park

On this gorgeous Sunday afternoon, Orphans of the Storm® dogs were attracting people of all ages to come visit their booth in downtown Highland Park. There were plenty of dogs–and three kittens!–for potential adopters to meet. Two different families seemed very interested in adopting while I was there–so let’s keep our fingers crossed that all of these dogs find their new forever homes soon!

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Look at the crowd getting to know the cats and dogs of Orphans of the Storm®!

The first dog I saw when I arrived was Colt, a handsome three-year-old black Labrador Retriever/Shepherd mix. What a lovebug! He was ready to cover my face and hands in doggy kisses as soon as I walked up. When I knelt down to his level, he put his front paws in my lap so he could snuggle. Colt currently has a kennelmate (who I’ll talk about a little later), and he’s a very friendly guy, so he would do well in a home with another dog. Or he would be happy to be the center of your attention!

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Colt cooling off by the wading pool

Next was Lady, a six-year-old American Bulldog mix. Lady is also very affectionate and gave me some kisses when I came to  say hello. She already knows some basic commands (one volunteer walked by with a treat for a different dog, but Lady sat right down and of course she had to get the treat for being such a good girl!) and would be happy to learn more. She was friendly with all of the dogs and people at the event, so she too could go to a home with another dog. The volunteers all told me what a sweet, lovable girl she is. If you’re looking for an older dog, Lady might be the one for you!

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Lady, ready for her closeup

I also spent some time with Suki, a seven-year-old Rat Terrier mix. Suki was probably the calmest dog at the event, but still enjoyed getting attention from the volunteers and visitors. She’s a cute little dog with a cute little tail that was wagging almost all the time. Suki was doing a very good job of selling herself to a family that was at the event. The two sons were using some pretty good persuasion skills on their parents (including the ever-popular “But look at that face!!!”). We’ll have to wait and see how it turned out!

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Suki in the middle of a group of volunteers

Another small dog at the event was Jelly Bean, a six-year-old Brussels Griffon mix. That’s not the most common breed you see in a shelter, but Jelly Bean is quite the cutie! A little Yorkie walked by, and since it was about the same size as Jelly Bean, the two of them had a great time together. It’s hard to resist a face like Jelly Bean’s. It’s also very hard to stop petting her, because that fur is so soft! It will probably be even softer after she gets a nice bath. You’ll want to cuddle with her all day.

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Jelly Bean being a cutie

Colt’s kennelmate Roo was also working the crowd. Roo is a six-month-old Husky mix–just a little puppy who would benefit from being adopted soon. He has one of the cutest faces I’ve ever seen, and very expressive ears. He’s already learning how to sit on command, though he sometimes gets excited by the treat and jumps up. Who can blame him? But he’s a smart guy who will learn quickly. If your family is looking for a puppy to bring home, visit Roo at the shelter.

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Roo showing off his sitting skills

Another puppy I met today was Jackie O. She just arrived at Orphans of the Storm® yesterday, so she isn’t even on the website yet! Jackie O is a nine-month-old black Labrador Retriever mix–but she’s very petite. Her body seems to fit her paws, so she probably isn’t going to grow much bigger than her current size, if at all. She’ll be able to fit in your lap with no problem! This sweet girl will bond quickly with whoever is lucky enough to adopt her. She was already bonding with the two volunteers who were taking care of her today, so it’s clear that she will make a loyal and devoted pet, as Labs are known to be.

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Jackie O enjoying her seat on the bench

And last, but certainly not least, is my old friend Clay, the two-year-old Chihuahua mix. All this guy wants to do is play with other dogs! Every time one of his shelter friends came by, he would go into a play bow. When other dogs would walk by on the sidewalk, Clay would bark excitedly. You can read more about Clay in my earlier post from when I met him at the shelter–but if you’re looking for a playful four-legged friend, Clay is a good choice!

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Clay loves getting his back scratched

Also, don’t forget that kitten season is in full swing! There were three adorable kittens in Highland Park also, and there are more waiting at the shelter. If you’re looking for an older cat, don’t worry–Orphans of the Storm® has plenty!

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The three adorable kittens waiting for their forever home

Three upcoming event reminders:

  1. Wine, Bark & Meow Part IIThursday, August 9 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The first wine tasting event at Cellar Gate in Highwood was such a success, we’re having another! This week’s will feature Mediterranean wines. Cost: $25/person
  2. Dog Cooling Station at the Glen Town Art FairSaturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, all day. If you’re thinking about attending the Glen Town Art Fair in Glenview, and thinking about bringing your dog, the cooling station will be there so your dogs can have a nice drink and splash in a wading pool. Adoption information will be provided. Cost: free!
  3. Pooch Parade 2012Saturday, August 18 at 9am. Help raise money for Orphans of the Storm® and show off your pooch during the 2-mile charity walk at Jaycee Memorial Park in Deerfield. Prizes will be available! Cost: $20 donation per dog

We hope to see you around!