Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Will Protect Your Yard from Squirrels

I don’t know what it was, but almost every dog I walked at Orphans of the Storm® this week really, really, really wanted to chase squirrels!

Chevy the three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is one of the most snuggly dogs I’ve walked in a while. When he’s walking on the leash, Chevy wants to be as close to his person as possible and was either walking literally between my legs or to my side with his body nudging my leg. A little bit of a tripping hazard, but at least you know he’ll always walk at the same pace as you! The only time Chevy pulled on the leash was when–you guessed it–a squirrel crossed our path.

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Chevy is the best snuggler

Chevy loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses. His entire body wriggles with happiness when you pet him. Chevy also enjoys belly rubs and even manages to receive belly rubs while standing by sticking one his back legs straight out so you can get to his belly more easily. Chevy likes playing with other dogs and attends play groups. If you’re looking for a sweet, happy, playful pup, be sure to say hello to Chevy!

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Chevy gives very persuasive puppy-dog eyes

Blue the one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is definitely still a puppy, which you can tell by her enthusiasm for everything! Blue ran several laps around the Enrichment Park and had a big doggy grin on her face the whole time. Blue has excellent vision and spotted a squirrel across the street in a neighbor’s yard, which she watched very closely and very much wanted to chase! She also wanted to chase the squirrels we later saw during our walk around the woodland preserve trail.

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Blue is a pretty girl

Blue sometimes has spurts of energy where she can pull on the leash a bit, and other times when she is an easy walking buddy. She’s an affectionate girl who likes to give doggy hugs and also joined me on the bench a couple times to get extra pets. Blue doesn’t seem too fond of other dogs, so she might do best as the only dog in her future home. If you’re looking for a fun and spunky puppy, come in soon to meet Blue!

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Blue showing off her doggy grin

Spot the seven-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix was the exception to the squirrel-watching this week. He either didn’t see any or didn’t care if he did! Spot is a sweet, friendly boy. He didn’t mind being picked up, held, or carried and he settled nicely into my arms. Spot also joined me on the bench a few times and put his front paws in my lap so I could pet him more.

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Spot is a little cutie-pie!

Spot is a nice walking companion and likes to do lots of sniffing. He also enjoyed exploring the Enrichment Park and smelling all the smells there. Spot participates in the “small dog” play groups and gets along with the other dogs his size, politely sniffing hello to everyone. Be sure to say hello to Spot on your next visit to the shelter!

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Spot hanging out on the bench

I also saw Loki, Reeco, and Turbo.

Play group this week included Alec(k), Cass, Donny, Dunkin, Polly, Quinn, Rachel, Reese, Reno, Sadie, and Turbo, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Al, Fletcher, Henry Hippo, Izzy, June Bug, Marley, Pepper, Pepsi, Phat, Rosanna, the other Sadie, Toes, and Toni. And new arrival Sasha was a bit overwhelmed by the group, so we went on a nice walk around the trail instead!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Hoping to Start Their Summers in a Forever Home

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, but open regular hours (11am-5pm) Saturday and Sunday. You still have time to welcome a new furry family member into your home before the holiday!

Molly the four-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is the sweetest! All she wants to do is snuggle with the nearest person. Instead of exploring around the Enrichment Park, Molly spent her time giving me lots of doggy hugs and attempting to climb into my lap. When someone walks up to pet her, she wants to be as close as possible and will try to sit on their feet.

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Molly has the floppiest ears

Molly walks nicely on the leash and occasionally stops to sniff, but not as much as you might expect from a Hound. She’s currently sharing her kennel with a little Beagle, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. She also goes to play group, but gets a little overwhelmed in large, active groups and prefers just a quick sniff hello before moving on. If you’re looking for a great cuddle companion, be sure to say hello to Molly on your next visit to the shelter!

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Molly always has the sweetest look on her face

Spike the ten-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came from an owner who didn’t have enough time for him, but that means he already has experience living in a home and is ready to find his forever one. Spike is very calm for a puppy! Even though he could throw his weight around if he wanted to, he actually walks great on the leash. He’s more of a meanderer and likes to take his time sniffing.

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Spike has a lovable giant square head

Spike has participated in a couple small play groups with well-socialized dogs who have been teaching him proper play group etiquette. Spike is a quick learner but may still be too exuberant for some dogs, and may do best as the only dog in his new home. Spike has quickly become a volunteer favorite because of his happy personality. Come in soon to meet Spike!

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Spike is surprisingly floofy for his breed

Reggie the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has lots of energy! Reggie ran a few laps around the yard before slowing down to sniff and explore. He wasn’t overly interested in playing fetch, but poked some of the toys with his nose. Reggie politely sniffed Clyde when they were on opposite sides of the fence, as well as when we passed Clyde on leash during our walk around the woodland preserve.

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Reggie says, “Whee!!”

Reggie likes to take breaks from romping around in order to get pet. He put his front paws in my lap on multiple occasions so I could scratch his neck and ears. Reggie likes to walk at a quick pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash too much. He has a great doggy smile and always looks happy. Stop by the shelter soon and say hello to Reggie!

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Reggie being silly

Stevo the two-year-old Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix is a little shy and nervous right now. He wasn’t so sure about coming out for a walk, so I sat in his kennel with him for a couple minutes to give him time to get comfortable with me. Then we were on our way! Despite his hesitation, Stevo is great at walking on the leash. He was always either right by my side or just a couple steps ahead.

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Stevo is too cute for words

Stevo prefers having a chance to sniff a person before you start petting him (which is what you should do for all dogs anyway!) but will stand politely once you do pet him, and won’t start walking again until you stop. Stevo is looking for an understanding home with people who will help him come out of his shell. If that sounds like it could be you, come in soon to meet Stevo!

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Stevo on the move

Thea the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is super affectionate. She loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses, and will try to climb into your lap whenever the opportunity presents itself. Thea was a little shy when she first arrived at the shelter, but she has made a lot of progress and now wags her tail at everyone and wants to say hello.

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Thea sometimes rocks the “one ear up, one ear down” look

Thea walks pretty well on the leash, but can be a little reluctant sometimes and needs encouragement to keep going. Once she’s settled and comfortable in her new neighborhood, she’ll probably do just fine! Thea attends play groups and mostly kept to herself at first, but has recently started engaging with other dogs and is showing more of her playful side. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Thea is the pooch for you!

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Thea will eventually learn to love walks!

Cocoa the three-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is very energetic and playful. She gets super excited when she realizes it’s her turn to come out for a walk and can pull on the leash a bit, but eventually settles down (though she still prefers to walk at a quick pace). Cocoa loves toys more than anything! Balls, squeakers, ropes–you name it, she’ll play with it! This means she’s also great at playing fetch.

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Cocoa loved this ball the most

Cocoa is also cuddly and affectionate. She combines her love of people and toys by snuggling on her person’s lap while chewing her toy. Cocoa participates in play groups and has a rambunctious play style. She has also completed Level 1 of obedience training and has graduated to Level 2. If you’re looking for an active, playful dog who will also snuggle with you at the end of the day, be sure to say hello to Cocoa!

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Cocoa was hopeful that the camera was also a toy

I also saw Alec(k), Barney, Big Boy, Brutus, Carlos, Cheyenne (Shyanne)Clyde, Dusty, and Gracie.

The play group I attended this week included Alec(k), Bo, Cocoa, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Lucy, Maggie, Mojo, Molly, Sasha, Thea, Tom, and YoYo (Yeyo), as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Bandi, CoCoPolly, Pumpkin, Scooby, and Tucker.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Celebrate Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Orphans of the Storm® has made Adopt a Senior Pet Month into a two-month, end-of-year special adoption event. Dogs and cats who are 8 years and older will have their $90 adoption fee waived through the end of 2018. Our partner veterinary office, Ruth Helen Wolf Animal Hospital, will also donate the cost of some medical fees including senior wellness exam, senior blood work, distemper and rabies vaccinations, and new tag. I met some new senior dogs this week, but first, here is a list of other seniors I’ve profiled before, and their current ages:

On to new pooches, both older and younger!

Whiskey the five-year-old Hound mix is a super happy pooch. She wags her tail so hard when she’s getting pet that her entire back half wiggles. Whiskey is very affectionate and loves to cuddle and give doggy kisses. When she sees someone she knows, she goes straight up to them and leans against their legs so they have to stop and pet her.

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Whiskey keeping an eye on things

Whiskey is a nice walking companion and does a good job on the leash. She happily joined me on the bench whenever I sat down. Whiskey gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing her kennel with Huckleberry, so she could go to a home with or without other dogs. Whiskey is also housebroken and gets along with children, so she’s ready to join a new family today. Come in soon to meet sweet Whiskey!

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Whiskey is practically camouflaged!

Geezer the eight-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix does not act like a geezer at all. He was leaping and bounding around the Enrichment Park and didn’t show signs of slowing down. He politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence but didn’t pay much attention otherwise. Geezer will take the occasional break to get pet, though, and enjoys receiving lots of attention and cuddles.

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Geezer coming over for a cuddle

Geezer goes into full Hound mode once he hits the trail. He led the way on our walk around the woodland preserve and moved at a quick pace. His nose is either close to the ground or high in the air, to catch as many scents as he can. Geezer has that lovable Hound face that will put a smile on yours. Be sure to say hello to Geezer on your next visit to the shelter!

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Geezer can also look very wise

Hazel the nine-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix is currently undergoing heartworm treatment, so she’s looking for a special home that will help her with her recovery. She isn’t supposed to overexert herself, but that isn’t an issue because Hazel is super mellow and easygoing. Hazel walks nicely on the leash. She likes to lead the way, but will stop and follow you in a different direction if you want her to.

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Hazel is a good-natured girl

Hazel enjoys getting pet and will stand by your side as long as you keep petting her. She has pretty coloring and one blue eye, one brown eye. Hazel seems to get along with other dogs, especially ones that are more her energy level. If you’re willing to open your home to a senior with some extra medical needs, Hazel would be very grateful to go home with you!

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Hazel glowing in the sunshine

Jericho the four-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix has that typical Terrier spunk. His little legs are almost always on the move. Jericho likes playing with toys and knows how to play fetch, or is just as happy to chew on a squeaky toy. Jericho walks well on the leash and doesn’t pull much. Jericho gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with a dog closer to his size, so he could go to a home with or without other dogs.

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Jericho is a cutie-patootie

Jericho is a very affectionate boy. He likes to cuddle and give lots of enthusiastic doggy kisses. He joined me on the bench and put his front paws in my lap. He also climbed into my lap when I knelt down to his level. If you stop petting him before he thinks you should, he’ll jump up and tap your leg with his front paws until you reach down to pet him again. If you’re looking for a fun and snuggly companion, be sure to meet Jericho!

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Jericho will smile for snuggles

I also saw Apollo, Cooper, DukeMaggie Mae, Nash, and Zeke.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Visit the Enrichment Park

The Orphans of the Storm® website is still undergoing maintenance, so be sure to stop by the shelter to learn more about these new dogs and others who haven’t been added to the site yet.

This weekend was my first time in the Enrichment Park! I only took one new dog in this time (since Jack Russells are known for being good at agility) but also took in a few of my “regulars.” Next time, I will bring more treats! Scroll to the bottom of this post for some videos.

Milo the three-year-old Labrador Retriever/Bloodhound mix is a big, strong boy. He loves playing with toys, especially ones that squeak. The Hound part of him also enjoys getting the chance to sniff everything thoroughly. Milo is already housebroken and he gets along with children (though his size may intimidate some), so he’s ready and eager to join a family home.

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Milo says, “Oo, is that toy for me?”

Milo is a sweet boy who likes getting attention and plenty of petting. Even though he’s strong, he walks well on the leash most of the time. Milo sniffed one dog politely through the fence when we were in the off-leash run, but then got bark-y around some other dogs when we were on our walk. He would prefer to be the only pet in his new home. Come in soon to meet Milo!

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Milo doesn’t mind a little rain

Ducky the two-year-old Hound mix still acts like a puppy in that she is enthusiastic about everything and everyone. It isn’t just her tail that wags when she’s happy–it’s her entire body! Ducky is super snuggly and will give you as many doggy hugs and doggy kisses as you want. Any time I knelt down to her level, she would come bounding over and put her front paws right in my lap.

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Ducky incoming!

Ducky is very playful. She enjoys chasing after toys, playing tug-of-war, and wrestling with other dogs. Ducky is dog-friendly and currently sharing a kennel with Paco (see below), and has had playdates with other dogs including Jack. So, she could go to a home with or without another dog. Ducky can pull on the leash a bit due to her enthusiasm, so she may need a little training. If you’re looking for a fun new playmate, come in soon to meet Ducky!

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Ducky at a slower speed

Paco the four-year-old Hound/Mountain Cur mix is an easy-going and mellow guy. He walks nicely on the leash, even when he first comes out of his kennel. Paco enjoyed exploring the off-leash run on his own, but would come back to me every so often so I could pet him.

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Paco is apparently concerned about Ducky’s photobomb

Paco gets along with other dogs, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. However, he isn’t such a fan of cats. Paco is currently sharing a kennel with Ducky (see above) and politely tolerates when she jumps on him or nibbles his ear. He also sniffed another dog on the other side of the fence and wagged his cute little tail. If you’re looking for a good walking buddy and someone to relax with afterwards, stop by soon to meet Paco!

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But Paco also knows how to smile

Phantom the Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is the cutest. Literally everyone we passed during our walk commented on his looks. He looks like a little piglet, and has a face that will automatically make you smile (which I unfortunately did not capture well in my photos). Phantom is surprisingly strong for his tiny size and will sometimes insist on taking you in the direction he wants to go.

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Phantom following his nose

Phantom is a serious sniffer. He’s one of those dogs who not only sniffs, but also licks things to pick up even more information. That includes plants, toys, and people! Overall, he does a pretty good job walking on the leash. Phantom gets along with some dogs, but isn’t as fond of others. Be sure to say hello to Phantom on your next visit!

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Phantom appreciates a good stretch

Dynamo the three-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix is friendly with pretty much everyone. When we were in the off-leash run, Dynamo put his front paws up on the bench next to where I was sitting so I could pet him. He greets the people he knows with enthusiastic doggy hugs.

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Dynamo enjoys his walks

Dynamo likes walking at a quicker pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash at all. He’ll be a great walking companion. Dynamo gets along with other dogs and wants to say hello and play, unless they don’t like him first (for example, Dunkin doesn’t like other dogs and instigated a barking match). He’s a happy boy looking for a happy home to join. Stop in soon to meet Dynamo!

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Dynamo is a handsome pooch

Charles the eight-year-old Jack (Parson) Russell Terrier mix is adorable. He is so small! But don’t be fooled by his diminutive size–terriers like him have plenty of smarts and spunk and will keep you active. Charles likes to romp around, but he also doesn’t mind being picked up and held. He also has a unique bark!

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Charles making his way up and over the A-frame

Charles walks nicely on the leash and holds both his head and tail high. Charles explored the Enrichment Park and went over the A-frame with just a little bit of encouragement, though he wasn’t too sure about trying it a second time. This little guy has lots of love to offer. Say hello to Charles on your next visit to the shelter!

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Charles’ little legs move fast

I also saw Belle (who rolled over at my feet for a belly rub), Big Boy (who climbed into my lap and gave me doggy kisses), Clarinet, Scotty, and Thunder.

Now for agility videos!

Nash absolutely loved having such a large space where he could run freely. He was far more interested in romping than being agile, but he did eventually make it over the hurdle. I stopped filming too soon and missed the part where he sat perfectly after he completed his jump! Nash is such a good boy.

Ross is an agile and athletic dog, which I learned from seeing him climb over a fence a couple months ago! But he was apparently feeling less inspired today and wouldn’t even look at the tunnel, let alone go through it. But he too made it over the hurdle a couple of times, and at different heights.

Barney was my star of the day. He sat nicely on the “starting block” and loved being in the tunnel, though he turned around halfway and came out the same way he went in. Barney is super smart, already knows commands, and just wants to please people. (To clarify at the end of the video, he does know how to high-five–but I mistakenly had a treat in my hand when I asked him to, so he understandably wanted the treat.)

As you can see, results varied but a good time was had by all!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Give Their New Families Many Thanks (and Many Kisses)

Thanksgiving may be over, but the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® will be thankful to find their forever home at any time of the year!

Chase the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is appropriately named because he likes having the chance to run! Chase led the way running around the first part of the woodland preserve, but then slowed to a quick walk and took plenty of pauses to sniff. Chase also likes to stop and stick his nose straight up in the air so he can catch even more scents.

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Chase can cuddle and use his Hound nose simultaneously

Chase is snuggly. He joined me on the bench a few times and enjoyed getting pet. He gave me a few doggy kisses in return. He’s also happy to give doggy hugs. Chase seems to get along with other dogs and politely sniffed two dogs (one his size, one much smaller) while we were out. Come in soon to see if Chase is the one for you!

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Chase pretending to be a Pointer

Blake the seven-year-old Boxer mix is a big softie. He is super affectionate and loves being close to people. Whenever I patted my legs, Blake came right over and put his front paws in my lap. He will also cover your face in doggy kisses whenever he gets the opportunity. And with that lovable face, you won’t want to turn him away!

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Blake being a lapdog

Blake is a great walking companion. He rarely pulled on the leash and also responded well if I asked him to go in a particular direction. Blake has a tickly spot on the side of his neck and will kick his back foot when you scratch him there. Blake didn’t seem to mind other dogs when we passed them on our walk, but he isn’t a fan of cats. Be sure to say hello to Blake on your next visit to the shelter!

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Blake looking majestic in the fall foliage

Aibileen the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is such a happy girl. Her tail wags constantly–and strongly!–so you’ll certainly get thwacked with it if you’re standing nearby. Aibileen particularly likes getting her hips scratched. She’ll do a little dance and back right up against you to make sure you’re scratching the right spot.

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Aibileen’s sweet face

Aibileen likes to snuggle in general, too. She’ll come running over and just lean against you while you pet her. She’s also not at all shy about giving doggy kisses. Aibileen gets along with other dogs big and small. She’s currently sharing her kennel with Minny (see below). If you’re looking for a happy, snuggly girl, come in soon to meet Aibileen!

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Aibileen coming in for a doggy kiss

Minny the one-year-old Jack Russell Terrier/Schipperke mix is super friendly. She’s small and energetic, so she’ll run right to you and then put her front paws on your legs and do a little jump to get your attention. If you kneel down to her level, she’ll hop right into you lap and happily get pet. She also likes to give doggy kisses.

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Minny is a little cutie

Minny got off to a bit of a rough start and is missing fur in some places, but that doesn’t slow her down at all and certainly hasn’t dampened her spirits. She’s happy and curious and likes following her nose to explore. Those little legs can move faster than you might expect! Minny gets along with other dogs of different sizes. She is currently sharing her kennel with Aibileen (see above). Come in soon to meet sweet Minny!

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Minny making a funny face

I also saw Balto (who greeted me with a doggy hug), Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Carlos, Harley and Reeco, Lucy, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Smaller, Older Dogs

Adopting a middle-aged and older dog has many benefits compared to adopting a puppy. And when dogs are on the medium or smaller size, the usual “senior” cutoff tends to get pushed back a few years. Older dogs have so much love and companionship to offer, and will appreciate having a loving home. There are several older dogs at Orphans of the Storm® right now who are ready and waiting to meet you!

Donny the eleven-year-old Mountain Cur mix has come a long way since he first arrived at the shelter. He used to be nervous and didn’t like leaving or going back into his kennel. Now, the volunteers think he’s great and he’s a perfect walking companion! Donny likes to sniff around and explore during his walks. He will also happily try to chase squirrels. (That’s the only time he pulls on the leash.)

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Donny was very alert for our walk

Donny can be a little bit of a “grumpy old man.” Sometimes he’s happy to stand or sit by your side and get his ears scratched, and sometimes he would just prefer to do his own thing and not be bothered. But everyone can get a little moody in old age, so we don’t hold that against Donny. Overall, he’s a calm guy who would probably prefer being in a calm, adult home where he can come out of his shell even more. Stop in soon to see if Donny is the one for you!

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Donny smiling in the sunshine

Jack the seven-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix is super cute. He is also super athletic. Don’t be fooled by his small stature, because this guy’s little legs move fast. Sometimes I had to jog in order to keep up with him during our walk around the woodland preserve. Since Jack was always on the move, it was hard to get an in-focus picture of him!

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Jack leading the way on our walk

Jack might have fun doing agility, because he jumped up and over a number of benches and also climbed up to the top of the picnic table. Jack likes to move at a quick pace, but he also appreciates having the chance to sniff things thoroughly. Jack went right into the bushes or through the tall grasses in order to find more good smells. This little cutie will bring lots of fun to his new family. Come in soon to meet Jack!

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Jack keeps those little legs moving

Lucky the eight-year-old Smooth Fox Terrier mix was a little unsure about coming out of his kennel at first, but he warmed up as soon as his leash was on. Whenever you start petting Lucky for more than a few seconds, he’ll sit right at your feet so you can continue. And when he sat, he reminded me of Ancient Egyptian dog statues because of his perfect posture!

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Lucky’s eyes are always shining

Lucky is a good walking companion. He rarely pulls on the leash and mostly walks by your side or just a few steps ahead. Although he didn’t get nose-to-nose to other dogs while we were out, Lucky seemed politely interested from a short distance, particularly with dogs that were closer to his size. Lucky will feel even more lucky once he has a family to call his own. Stop in soon to meet Lucky!

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Lucky standing at attention

I also saw Bella, Diamond (Riley), and Sid.

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® Dogs Who Like to Play

I met some playful dogs at Orphans of the Storm® this week, and they’re all ready to find some new playmates in the form of a new forever family.

Rooney the three-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever mix is an active boy. He’s pretty strong and can pull on the leash a bit, especially when he’s first let out of his kennel, but once he’s in a home where he gets regular walks and exercise every day he’ll probably be a little less excitable. Rooney and I hurried over to the off-leash run, where Rooney had a fun time.

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Rooney with his cute nose and flappy ears

Rooney absolutely loves tennis balls. In fact, he loves them so much that he doesn’t want to drop one long enough for you to throw it again! Rooney was perfectly content to romp around the run with the tennis ball in his mouth. On the few occasions where he got distracted and dropped the ball on his own, I picked it up and he was immediately ready to chase after it again. His new family can work on the second step of fetch, which is to return the ball! If you’re looking for a fun-loving (and just loving in general) pooch, come in soon to meet Rooney!

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Rooney proudly carrying his tennis ball

Hobbs the five-year-old Mountain Cur mix was the mellowest dog I walked this week, but he still has plenty of spirit. Hobbs is a friendly guy who gets along with people and dogs alike; he was sharing his kennel with another pooch who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another dog.

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Hobbs says, “I’m here! Love me!”

Hobbs enjoys getting attention. He would explore the off-leash run for a bit, then come back to me to get a nice scratch on the back or behind the ears. Whenever I knelt down to his level, he would be right there next to me. Hobbs is a cute boy with pretty brindle fur and a lovable face. Stop by the shelter soon to say hi to Hobbs!

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Hobbs is a good-looking guy

Reggie the eight-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix is super cute and very snuggly. He quickly led the way to the off-leash run, but once we were in there all he wanted to do was try to climb into my lap! Reggie also likes to give doggy kisses. He’s a perfect size for snuggling if you’re looking for a dog that can fit in your lap or be picked up.

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Reggie coming in for a cuddle session

Reggie also loves to play fetch, which makes sense for an active breed like his. Check out the cute video below to see what a fetching expert Reggie is!

Reggie found the tennis ball on his own and brought it straight to me, dropping it on the bench so I could pick it up easily. I would throw the ball, he would catch it, and he would bring it right back to the bench again. We did this for quite a while, until Reggie eventually got tired and took a water break. This little guy is the perfect combination of snuggly and playful. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Reggie!

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Reggie is thrilled to be playing fetch

Coal the four-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is another active guy. I knew right away that he would be perfect for walking around the woodland preserve, and he was. He occasionally pulled on the leash, but for the most part he walked just a couple steps ahead of me and enjoyed sniffing all of the trees and bushes. At one point we stopped and I sat on one of the benches on the edge of the trail. Coal rested his head on my arm while I scratched his chin for a bit. A little further along, we stopped again and Coal leaned his whole body against my legs so I could rub his side.

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Coal was happy to walk on the trail

Coal can get a little wound up when there are other dogs nearby, particularly if they’re barking at him, so that’s another reason why going on the walking trail was a good choice. The farther we got from the kennels, the calmer Coal became. Coal would do best as the only dog in his new home but has plenty of love to offer to his future person/people. If you’re a one-dog type of person, come in soon to meet Coal!

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Coal is a cutie

I also saw Bear, Blush, Lexi, Lisa (who is so cuddly and sat with me on the bench for a while), Old Red, O’Shea, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a Treat This Halloween

What better treat for an Orphans of the Storm® dog than to be adopted in time for Halloween? And in case you haven’t been following along on Instagram, several of the pooches got into the holiday spirit last weekend and modeled their Halloween costumes!

Axle the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a friendly guy who likes to be with people and get plenty of attention. When we got to the off-leash run, Axle spent most of his time close to me so I could pet him, and he was happy to give doggy kisses in return. He has a cute face, with bonus cuteness when his ears perk up and his forehead gets wrinkly. Axle would prefer to be the only pet in an adult home.

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Axle’s cute face

Axle absolutely loves to play fetch. Luckily there were two tennis balls in the off-leash run, so as soon as he picked up the first one I could throw the next one right away. Axle could even catch the ball in midair! There were a couple instances where he tried to pick up both tennis balls at once, but he quickly figured out it didn’t work that way. After lots of running around, Axle plopped down with both tennis balls in front of him and happily chewed on them while catching his breath. If you’re looking for a playful new friend, come in soon to meet Axle!

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Axle having a great time playing fetch

Mimi the six-year-old Chihuahua mix may look like your typical purse dog, but don’t be fooled! This little lady would much rather walk around on her own four legs. She was always leading the way on our walk and had plenty of energy. Who knew such tiny legs could move so quickly?

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Mimi enjoying her walk

Mimi also doesn’t mind getting a little dirty. It had rained earlier in the day and Mimi got her paws a little muddy while she had a good time digging in the dirt. Mimi seems to have a bit of “Small Dog Syndrome,” where she would start barking at much bigger dogs, but she didn’t react much when we passed another Chihuahua. Mimi has incredibly soft fur, adorable spots, and ears that are maybe a size or two too big 🙂 Stop by soon to say hi to Mimi!

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Mimi showing off her big ears

Fitz the five-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix is quite possibly the most lovey-dovey dog at the shelter right now. All he wants to do is snuggle. When we were in the off-leash run, he didn’t even do any exploring! He just stayed right by my side and leaned against my leg so I would keep petting him. He has the cutest little tail that wags all the time.

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Fitz is a real cutie

Fitz is absolutely a lapdog. After we left the off-leash run, I took Fitz to a quieter spot and sat down on the ground. He immediately climbed into my lap, made himself comfortable, and gave me some doggy kisses. We could have stayed like that all afternoon! Even when I eventually stood up, Fitz tried to hold onto his spot. When I was leaving the shelter a while later, another volunteer was hanging out with Fitz in the front office, cuddling on the bench. If you’re looking for a snuggly new family member, come in soon to meet Fitz!

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Fitz loves to cuddle

Giorgio the three-year-old Catahoula mix will immediately catch your eye when you walk through the shelter because he is stunning. Not only does he have bright, ice-blue eyes, but he has the most interesting markings! He’s half white and half blue merle. No doubt people will stop and ask about him when his future family takes him out for walks!

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Giorgio’s piercing blue eyes

Giorgio was very eager to come out for a walk and romp in the off-leash run. He politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence, but mostly kept to himself and enjoyed being outdoors. Giorgio can be a little slow to warm up, but once he knows you he will quickly become your best friend and give you lots of doggy hugs and doggy kisses. For your next loyal companion, stop by the shelter and see if Giorgio is the one for you!

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Giorgio’s handsome markings

I also saw Arnold, Bear, Blush, Cooper, O’Shea, Scotty, Showtime, Trixie, and Winter.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Walk

For those who haven’t heard, tomorrow is a big day at Orphans of the Storm®! It’s the Official Opening of the Orphans of the Storm® Woodland Preserve. The dogs at the shelter will now have a great walking trail that takes them through the forest. If that sounds like an activity you would enjoy as well, you can sign up as a volunteer dog-walker! Here are some of the pooches who might enjoy walking on the new trail, or even better, taking walks with their new families!

Spot the one-year-old Jack Russell Terrier/Basset Hound mix is a cute, little, happy-go-lucky kind of guy. When we first got to the off-leash run, he was more interested in sniffing and exploring. But after a few minutes of getting his bearings and stretching his little legs, he came trotting over to me and we became fast friends. Spot is definitely a people dog!

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Spot coming in for a doggy kiss

Spot is a super affectionate pooch. He hopped right into my lap and started giving me doggy kisses. He also sort of acts like a kitty, in the sense that he will rub his head and side against your legs until you reach down to pet him. He also gets along well with other dogs. He’s currently sharing his kennel with Zola (Chola) and they’ve become good buddies too. (And I will take this opportunity to say that Zola is also super affectionate and loves to be outside in the yard or on a walk. There were a few times where both of them were in my lap, giving me kisses simultaneously!) If you’re looking for an affectionate companion, come in soon to meet Spot!

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Spot sitting by my side

Showtime the six-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is new to the shelter and therefore pretty nervous inside her kennel. But Showtime is another great example of why it’s important to take the dogs out for some one-on-one time rather than judge them from their kennel. As soon as she realized it was her turn to come out with the leash, her tail started wagging and she pretty much melted into the other volunteer’s arms.

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Showtime has such a sweet face

Showtime can be a little shy, but she’s also very sweet. She didn’t do too much exploring in the off-leash run, but did some sniffing here and there. She enjoyed a nice scratch under the chin and was overall pretty mellow. When a different volunteer offered her some treats, she took them from her hand very gently. (But there was some doggy drool involved.) It even seems like she gets along with other dogs, based on the way she was sniffing other dogs both big and small through the fence and wagging her tail. On your next visit to the shelter, give Showtime a chance to show you what a sweetheart she really is!

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Showtime keeping an eye on things

Donna the seven-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is a little cutie. I actually wanted to walk her a couple of weeks ago, but she was napping and even when I opened her kennel she seemed more content to stay inside. But this week she was up and at ’em and ready to go for a walk! I have yet to meet a Miniature Pinscher I didn’t like, and Donna helped to support this.

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Donna following her nose through the bushes

Donna, being more middle-aged, is a very calm girl. She strolled around the off-leash run, poking her head inside the bushes to see what smells she could find. Donna is another pooch who enjoys treats, but she’s a very methodical eater. Rather than inhaling a treat (like my own dog does), she chews off smaller pieces one at a time. I guess she’s figured out that means she can enjoy each treat longer! Stop by soon to say hi to Donna!

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Donna munching on a yummy treat

I also saw Willow, Roxy, Nana, John Boy, Kanne and Osito, Gypsy, Courage, Blush, and Bear.