Orphans of the Storm® Long-Timers Hoping for a New Home in the New Year

Here is another batch of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who have been waiting more than their fair share of time to find a forever loving home. Help us spread the word and find new homes for these lovable pooches in 2016!

Skippy the eleven-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is a fun little guy who doesn’t act like a senior at all. Those little legs move faster than you’d think! Skippy’s original owner had to move into assisted living and couldn’t bring Skippy with him, but that means Skippy has a lifetime of experience being a companion. Skippy would prefer to be in an adult-only home. He does get along well with other dogs, though, especially ones that are closer to his size, and has shared his kennel with a few different dogs during his time at the shelter. You can read more about my first visit with Skippy here.

Orphans of the Storm Dogs: Skippy update


Fred the eight-year-old Shepherd mix loves being with people. This big boy is a big cuddler who just wants a good scratch on the back. Fred is on the larger side, but he walks great on the leash. I took him around the woodland preserve trail this past weekend and he stayed by my side the whole time without pulling. Fred doesn’t particularly like other dogs, so he would prefer to be the only dog in his new home. Fred can offer his new family plenty of affection! You can read more about my first visit with Fred here.

Orphans of the Storm Dogs: Fred update


Courage the four-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is one of the most affectionate dogs at the shelter right now. Even though she’s a big girl, she’s absolutely convinced that she’s a lapdog and will try to fit as much of herself in your lap as possible, and then cover your face with doggy kisses. Courage would do best in an active household with experienced dog owners, and would like to be the only dog in her new home. She loves being outside and will happily join her new family for walks or runs. When I took her into the woodland preserve this weekend, we ran the first 3/4 of the way and then slowed to a walk for the last portion. You can read more about my first visit with Courage here.

Orphans of the Storm Dogs: Courage update


Nana the seven-year-old Plott mix is a very mellow girl. She’s one of the dogs I most often find napping in her kennel when I walk by. But when you tell her that she’s going out for a walk, she perks right up! Nana walks nicely on the leash and doesn’t seem like the overly excitable type. Nana, like Lexi from last week, has cancer and is hoping a very special person will welcome her into their home. Nana is a loving and lovable girl who will give you doggy kisses while you pet her. You can read more about my first visit with Nana here.

Orphans of the Storm Dogs: Nana update


Happy New Year to all!

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.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoy the Winter Sunshine

It’s been a chilly week, but the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were still plenty eager to come outside and play in the snow!

Azul the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is an extremely handsome, well-behaved boy. He might look like a lot to handle at first glance, if you’re judging on size alone, but he knows his manners and is actually a very good walking companion. He seems like a pretty mellow guy who is more interested in spending time with his people than anything else.

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Azul in the snow

Azul may be a pooch who needs booties to protect his paws in the winter, because he wasn’t too keen on staying in the snow in the off-leash run for long. So instead, we took a nice walk around the snow-free parking lot pavement. Azul has beautiful coloring and warm eyes that are clearly saying, “Pick me!” Stop by the shelter soon to see if Azul is the one for you!

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Azul is such a handsome boy

Chola the two-year-old Hound mix is quite the cutie. I may be biased in favor of Hounds, but it’s because they have such sweet faces! Chola is no exception. She happily led the way on our walk and had a great time exploring the off-leash run, though she made sure to come back to me every once in a while to check in and get a nice scratch on the ears. She even put her front paws in my lap for a bit so we could snuggle some more.

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Chola’s cute face

Chola is currently sharing her kennel with another dog who is about the same size as she is, but she would probably prefer to be the only pet in her new home. She had a fun time racing the dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the off-leash run, but it would be a good idea to take it slow when introducing her to other dogs in your neighborhood (which is true for all dogs, really). If you’re a one-pooch type of person, come in soon to meet Chola!

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Chola keeping an eye on things

Skippy the eleven-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is such a little sweetie. He hasn’t been at the shelter for very long, but he’s quickly become a volunteer favorite. Even though he’s probably sad and confused right now, since he lost his home, he’s still in high spirits and ready for his second lease on a happy, loving life. Considering the fact he’s a smaller breed, eleven really isn’t that old, and his actions prove that.

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Skippy is a little cutiepie

Skippy may have little legs, but that doesn’t stop him from jumping right into snow piles that are as tall as he is. Skippy also seems pretty calm when it comes to being around other dogs. Bella (whose head is about the same size as Skippy’s entire body) was barking at him on the other side of the fence, but Skippy just sniffed her and went on his merry way. If you’re looking for a smaller companion to brighten your day, stop by soon and say hello to Skippy!

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Skippy being silly

I also saw Cinder, Ebbie, Skipper, Tom-Tom, Trixie, Winter, and Zha Zha.

Orphans of the Storm® Celebrates Adopt a Senior Pet Month

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and the senior dogs (and cats!) at Orphans of the Storm® are ready to celebrate all month long with plenty of adoptions! I compiled a list of Senior Dogs just a couple of months ago, but there are new dogs to be added to that list–and, I’m happy to say, almost half of the dogs I profiled then have since been adopted!

Note: The dogs below are listed in the order they arrived at the shelter, so long-term residents are first.

Shamrock the eight-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier is, as you may know, the first dog I ever walked at Orphans of the Storm®–so, of course, she holds a very special place in my heart. She has been at the shelter for over six years now, which is far too much time. Shamrock may not get along with other dogs, but she certainly gets along great with people! Shamrock has a beautiful brindle coat and warm, expressive eyes. She’s a good walking buddy and just wants to be someone’s companion and have a home to call her own. If you don’t mind having just one dog in your house at a time, let Shamrock show you that one dog can give you as much love as you could ever want.

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Corky the eight-year-old Shepherd mix is such a good boy. I see him out and about almost every weekend and have walked him plenty of times myself. He’s a great leash-walking buddy and would love to go on long walks with his new family. He also knows a few commands, and will happily sit for you even if you don’t have a treat to offer in return (though hopefully Corky’s future family will spoil him with lots of treats!). Corky loves attention and will stay by your side as long as you’re petting him.

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Winter the seven-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is one of the most affectionate dogs you’ll find at the shelter. She will cover your face in doggy kisses with her tail wagging the entire time. Winter also seems like she is very eager and willing to learn new tricks. She quickly became an expert at climbing the agility bridge in the off-leash run and you could just see how proud of herself she was. Just think of what other fun things she could learn! Winter has beautiful, all-white fur and is on the smaller side, which makes snuggling that much easier.

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Benny the seven-year-old Terrier mix is one of my favorites at the shelter, and he cemented that spot after he and I went to this year’s Happy Halloween Pooch Parade together. Benny is super easy to walk (and doesn’t need too much exercise anyway), super easy to pick up and carry (if need be), super easy on car rides (just settles in and makes himself comfy), and super adorable! Benny goes to lots of off-site events and, if the Pooch Parade was any indication, gets spoiled with affection and treats by anyone who sees him. Benny could be the ideal companion for an older person who isn’t necessarily up for talking long walks and playing fetch all day, because Benny is content to spend most of his time cuddling.

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Gypsy the seven-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is a little cutiepie. Gypsy gets along great with other dogs (especially ones who are closer to her size) and has shared her kennel with several dogs who have been adopted. Why does Gypsy keep getting passed over? It’s a mystery to me! She may be a little reserved at first, but once Gypsy gets to know you, she’s happy to snuggle. The last time I walked her, she tried to jump into my lap and give me doggy kisses as soon as I knelt down to put her leash on!

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Mack the seven-year-old American Bulldog mix was such a sweetheart when I walked him–but, I’m ashamed to say, I haven’t walked him since then. I will have to fix that on my next visit! Mack may do some barking when he’s inside his kennel, but that’s most likely because he’s nervous. Mack came from a family who had to give him up when they moved to a building that didn’t allow dogs, so the shelter is a strange environment for him and he misses his family. How thankful Mack will be to the new family that comes along and discovers what a great pooch he is!

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Shasta the eight-year-old Border Collie mix is a sweet girl who becomes even sweeter the more you get to know her. She gets a little nervous when new people come to her kennel, but once she’s out and about on her leash, she’s a happy girl with a wagging tail. Shasta could probably benefit from going home with a family who will take her on nice, long walks so she can shed a few pounds. She’s a good walker, so she won’t mind the extra exercise at all!

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Daisy the seven-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is as happy and bright as her name indicates. She’s a volunteer favorite because of her easy-going personality, and volunteers are always showing her off to potential adopters; the right one just hasn’t come along yet. She’s a good leash-walking buddy, she gets along with other dogs, she’s affectionate–what more can you ask for in a pooch? Her breed may have a negative stereotype, but Daisy will proudly show you that stereotypes can be wrong. She’s a lover, not a fighter!

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Scotty the eight-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix is another pooch who came from a family that could no longer take care of him. That just means that Scotty is ready to quickly settle back into family life again! He’s a pretty laid-back guy who walks well on the leash and loves to be showered with affection–and he’ll shower you with doggy kisses right back. Scotty recently had some work done on his knee, but you wouldn’t even be able to tell from looking at him; he walks like there was never any problem in the first place. Let Scotty show you just how much of a pro he is at being a family pet!

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Daka the seven-year-old Shepherd mix is a big, big boy who doesn’t believe that he falls into the “senior” category. He’s always up for going on a walk, and he’s always up for playing with toys. His official photo on the shelter’s website features him carrying a toy, and the first time I walked him he wouldn’t let go of the stuffed monkey he found. Just think of how happy Daka would be to have a full set of toys in his future home! That tail of his would never stop wagging.

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Joanie the eight-year-old Beagle mix is just the sweetest. You can tell by looking at her that her life hasn’t always been the easiest, but she always has the nicest expression on her face that shows she’s plenty hopeful about the future. Joanie has shared her kennel with several other dogs so far, so she could go to a home with or without a furry friend. Mostly, she just wants to go to a home that will love her. (I’m in the process of trying to convince my family to come in and meet her, but seeing as our current dog isn’t overly fond of other dogs, I certainly won’t be upset if someone else comes in and adopts her first!)

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Rocky the seven-year-old American Bulldog mix is yet another pooch who came from a family that could no longer care for him. Although Rocky misses his old family, he certainly isn’t shy about getting to know new people. Rocky will happily offer doggy kisses to anyone, and has been known to roll over for belly rubs with a giant doggy grin on his face while he wriggles with happiness. Rocky still has plenty of energy and plenty of playfulness and would love to have his own yard to romp around in. This cutie’s face will make you smile as soon as you see him.

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The pooches that I profiled during my previous Senior Dogs post who are still available for adoption are: Ebbie, Akiva, Rosco, Lucky, Lady, Tom-Tom, and Shogun.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in the Springtime Sun

The Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is just over a week away–April 28 at 5 p.m.! Help support a great cause that helps these great dogs (and cats!) find their new happy homes. Even if you can’t make it to the dinner itself, you can still donate items to the silent auction.

Nano the eight-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is a lap dog if I ever did see one. As soon as we were in the off-leash run, Nano was jumping up and down and tried to climb into my lap as soon as I started to kneel down next to him. When I sat down on the bench, Nano was up there next to me in a flash and kept trying to burrow into my lap, as if he couldn’t get close enough. He loves to give doggy kisses and does the cutest little doggy dance when you scratch his hips.

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Nano is always smiling

Nano may love to snuggle, but he also has plenty of energy. I think I’ve said this about most of the Miniature Pinschers I’ve met at the shelter: those little legs can really move! Nano is no exception. He was interested in chasing down any toy I threw, though he hasn’t mastered the “fetching” part yet (he’d just sniff the toy where it landed and that was that). Little Nano will make a fun addition to any home, so come in soon to meet him!

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Nano thinking about jumping into my lap again

Sweet Pea the three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix certainly has the right name to match her personality. This darling girl gets along with everybody–adults, kids, other dogs, you name it. She walked pretty well on the leash as we made our way to the off-leash run and gave a friendly hello sniff to Corky, who was on the other side of the fence, before going off to explore.

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Sweet Pea being attentive

Sweet Pea is a smart girl who would probably respond well to training to learn some new tricks. She even went over the agility bridge with just a little bit of encouragement! Sweet Pea also likes to keep an eye on things and greet anyone who comes over. She put her front paws up on the gate of the off-leash run to watch what was happening on the other side of the fence, and her tail would start wagging whenever someone walked her way. This sweetie is ready for her forever home! Could it be with you?

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Sweet Pea coming over for a snuggle

Alice the two-year-old German Shepherd mix was feeling very shy at the shelter when I met her because she had just been turned in by her owner, who could no longer care for her. She was a little hesitant about coming out for a walk, but after just a few minutes of quietly strolling around, she started to warm up to me.

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Alice has such a sweet face

Alice is clearly a sweet, gentle soul. She walked well on the leash, and would come and stand next to me so I could scratch her chin, which she seemed to enjoy. Those brown eyes will make you fall in love with her right away! She’s sad about losing her first home, but she will make a wonderful companion to her new family. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Alice!

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Alice enjoying the spring sunshine

Tom-Tom the nine-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix has one of those faces that immediately makes you smile because it is just so cute (and so big!). Tom-Tom is a strong boy, but for the most part he was good at walking on the leash. He’s also a polite pooch–he walked right through the middle of a group of kids who were visiting the shelter and just gave a quick sniff here and there before continuing on.

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Tom Tom has the best face ever

Tom-Tom is very attentive to what people want. When we were in the off-leash run, the dog in the run next door was barking at Tom-Tom. Rather than barking back, Tom-Tom looked up at me like, “What should I do about this?” I told him to come over by me, and he did just that. Then he gave me a couple of doggy kisses. What a cutie! If you’re looking for a big boy to be your new companion, come in soon to meet Tom-Tom.

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Tom Tom would love his own yard to romp in

I also saw my furry friends Tiger (who is also friendly with dogs and kids), Javan, Molly, the other Molly (who is still the best fetch-player you’re ever going to find), Dezzie, Duke (yet another dog who gets along with everybody and everything, including cats!), Giorgio, Jade, Saber, and Lucky.

Even if you can’t adopt right now, there’s another great way to help: Orphans of the Storm® is looking for volunteer dog walkers to give the pooches some exercise now that the weather is nicer. There is a handling class on May 14 if you’re interested!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for New Friends

Remember, the Orphans of the Storm® Holiday Pet Showcase at Northbrook Court starts tomorrow and goes all the way until December 24. Relieve the stress of holiday shopping by meeting some adorable adoptable dogs and cats, and maybe bring one home with you! You can also stop by the shelter and meet these lovable pooches:

Nino the six-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is a little bundle of energy who had a great time romping around the off-leash run. He has excellent balance because he likes to stand up on his hind legs and wave at people with his front paws. It’s pretty darn cute. He’ll also stand on his hind legs and put his front paws in your lap while you pet his head and scratch his neck.

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Nino playing in the hay

Nino has had a couple of different kennelmates who have since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. This little guy has an adorable face and he always looks like he’s smiling, which makes sense because he’s a happy dog. He would be so much happier if he had a home to call his own, though. Could that home be with you? Come in soon to meet Nino and find out!

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Nino smiling for the camera

Zeus the one-year-and-ten-month-old Mastiff mix has definitely found his place on my list of favorites. I could gush over him all day because I think he’s just about perfect. A dog as ginormous as Zeus could easily throw his weight around if he wanted to, but Zeus was an excellent walking buddy and heeled without even being told. He’s so big that it probably takes a lot of energy for him to pick up speed, so he’s more of the meandering type.

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Does Zeus have the most lovable face or what?

Zeus gets along with everybody and everything. When little Gypsy came by, Zeus was politely interested, even though Gypsy is about the size of Zeus’ head. Zeus absolutely loves belly rubs and rolled over for one on several occasions, batting my hand with his huge paws if I stopped for too long. He also thinks he’s a lapdog, so whoever adopts him better have space on the couch and be okay with sharing. Zeus is so well-mannered and so lovable, I can’t see him staying at the shelter for much longer. Come in soon if you think Zeus is the pooch for you!

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Zeus says, “Rubbing my belly is more important than taking a picture.”

Bruce the one-year-old Bloodhound mix is another great dog. He’s barely out of puppyhood, so he still has plenty of playful energy and enjoys every opportunity to stretch his legs. He and Mona (who got adopted, hurray!) were racing each other up and down the fence in the off-leash run, and Bruce’s long ears were helping him fly through the air.

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Bruce putting his Bloodhound nose to work

After Bruce got his initial burst of energy out of his system, he settled down and stood next to me while I scratched his neck. You’ll have to be okay with a bit of doggy drool if you bring Bruce home, because as a Bloodhound he uses that and his ears to pick up all of the scents he wants to track. Bruce is sure to be a fun addition to any family, so stop by the shelter and say hello!

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Don’t mind Bruce’s drool–look at that winning smile!

I also spent time with Jade, Hugo (who just loves to give doggy hugs), Tilly (who I like more and more each time I walk her), Harley (who is so sweet–why is he still at the shelter?), Ebbie, Sebastian (who snuggled into my lap as soon as I knelt beside him), Winter, Rock, and Frankie (who is another favorite of mine). So many dogs of different sizes, looks, and personalities–but one thing they all have in common is that they will make their new families very happy!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Don’t Mind a Little Rain

It was raining when I arrived at Orphans of the Storm® this week, but that wasn’t going to slow down any of these pooches!

Creek the one-year-old Shepherd mix is adorably adorable. He’s the kind of dog that you just want to scoop up and snuggle because that face!! Too cute. Creek seems pretty laid-back when he’s inside his kennel, but he turns on his puppy energy as soon as you put a leash on and go outside. I was worried about getting his wiry white fur all muddy, but it turned out that I ended up being the muddy one. (Creek likes to give lots of doggy hugs.)

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Creek romping in the rain

Creek loves to run and play. He tried to make the leash into a toy once we were inside the off-leash run, but I distracted him first with a tennis ball and then with a stuffed cow toy. Creek seemed to prefer the cow and hasn’t quite mastered “fetch” yet. When he wasn’t romping around, he loved getting his back scratched. Creek was previously sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. If you’re looking for a too-cute puppy, look no further than Creek!

Does Creek have the cutest face, or does Creek have the cutest face?

Does Creek have the cutest face, or does Creek have the cutest face?

Max the nine-month-old Neapolitan Mastiff mix is a big boy who is only going to get bigger. He still hasn’t grown into his giant paws and has that not-quite-coordinated puppy running style, which always makes me laugh. Max also doesn’t seem to know his own strength–he’s one of the strongest dogs I’ve walked at the shelter. His new family will have to take the time to teach him proper leash-walking manners.

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Max and all of his wrinkles

Max has that huge Mastiff face that you instantly fall in love with, with all of those wrinkles that make him look like he’s thinking very seriously. Max is another playful puppy who hasn’t figured out that fetching involves bringing the toy back to the person, but he was definitely interested in chasing after the tennis balls I threw, so that’s a good start! Max was also very intrigued by the cats when we passed by the kitty wing windows–he put his huge front paws up on the fence and watched eagerly. It was adorable. If you’re looking for a big puppy who will grow into a very big dog, Max is the one for you!

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Max being a playful pup

Tango the two-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix has his post right next to the front office (where some of the smaller dogs reside), so you can’t miss him! I’ve always liked the Miniature Pinschers I’ve met at the shelter (including Gypsy, who is still waiting for her new home!), and Tango is no exception. He’s a little cutie with lots and lots (and lots) of energy.

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Tango getting his exercise

Tango led the way to the off-leash run, and once he was off the leash, he was running! Most of the pictures on my camera were just black-and-brown blurs (or sometimes just the grass because Tango ran out of the frame completely). Who knew such little legs could move so fast? Tango eventually settled down, though, and enjoyed a nice scratch on the neck. He isn’t too fond of other dogs, so he’ll need to go to a home where he can be the only apple of your eye.

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Tango flying through the air!

I also walked the two tiniest, ittiest-bittiest dogs currently at the shelter (and unfortunately didn’t get a picture, shame on me!). But if you’re interested in pocket-sized pooches, come in soon to meet Silver and Snickers, because these two precious pups aren’t going to be at the shelter for long!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Like to Cuddle

If you’re looking for a new cuddly companion, Orphans of the Storm® is the place to go!

Rufus the three-year-old Labrador Retriever/Shepherd mix has officially been added to my (long) list of favorites. Not only is he super cute, he is also super lovable and cuddle-able! He was jumping up and down with excitement when he realized we were out for a walk and gave me some doggy hugs in the process. Rufus had a fair amount of energy to burn off when we first got outside, but he settled down pretty quickly.

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Rufus pre-belly-rub

Rufus liked to roll over for belly rubs at any chance he could. We’d be walking along, and he’d stop and plop down and say, “Rub my belly, please!” While I was giving him these belly rubs, he would cover my entire arm and hand in doggy kisses as a thank-you. He is just so friendly! Rufus currently has a kennelmate, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Rufus’ curly tail (which my pictures didn’t capture, unfortunately) is always wagging, and he would be even happier in a home of his own!

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Rufus is so cute!

Harley the eight-year-old Boxer mix is the ideal companion dog. He walks incredibly well on the leash–in fact, I was able to walk Harley and his kennelmate Tilly simultaneously, and you know that means both Harley and Tilly are well-behaved if I can walk the two of them together without getting tangled!

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Harley romping in the run

Harley is the type of dog who will stay by your side. Once we were inside the run, Tilly went off to sniff and explore while Harley came over to sit with me by the bench. He eventually went to do some exploring of his own, but would always come back for a reassuring pat. Harley sadly lost his home of eight years, so he knows how to be an excellent pet. And how can you possibly resist that adorable Boxer face?

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Harley’s lovable face

Gypsy the seven-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix is a bit of a barker when she’s inside her kennel, but that’s probably because she doesn’t like being cooped up all the time! Even little dogs like Gypsy need their fair share of exercise. Once she was off playing inside the run, she was a happy pooch who enjoyed a nice scratch on the back. And, of course, I love the fact that one ear is up and the other is down. Too cute!

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Gypsy following her tiny nose

Gypsy currently shares her kennel with Rafiki and Fumble (who are both super cute and super ready to find their furever homes). She definitely does better with dogs that are more her size (she barks at larger dogs), so if you already have a small dog at home, Gypsy would fit right in! Gypsy is an adorable, playful little girl who is just waiting for someone to give her a chance. Could that someone be you?

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Look at Gypsy’s adorable ears!

Magic the two-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix was the most energetic dog I took out on this visit to the shelter. He was just so happy to have the opportunity to run and stretch his legs! (Which is why my pictures of him are not the best.) Magic wasn’t particularly interested in playing fetch when I took him to the run, but since he’s a Lab he’d probably pick up the game pretty quick!

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Magic loves being out and about

After Magic got the chance to run off his energy, he calmed down and became more snuggly. When I was sitting at one of the picnic tables, he put his front paws in my lap and gave me a few doggy kisses before sitting by my feet and enjoying a nice pat on the head. Stop by Orphans of the Storm® soon and feel the magic with Magic!

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Magic keeping watch

I also said hello to Rock, Ebbie, Molly and Reebok, and Wilbur and Roscoe. So many pooches!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Can (Almost) Fit in Your Lap

Before I start talking about the dogs I met this week (and I’m very excited to introduce you to them!), I want to give a quick reminder about Orphans of the Storm®’s 12th annual Benefit Dinner, happening Monday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m. It’s just a week away, so make sure you reserve your spot ASAP!

Today was my first ever interaction with a Miniature Pinscher, and I can see that I’ve been missing out! What a great little dog six-year-old DooDah is! With a name like that, you know he has to be fun. He was incredibly excited to come outside with me and scampered around the run, sniffing everything.

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DooDah being playful

After a couple minutes, DooDah realized that I was squatting down and came running over, putting his front paws on my legs and jumping up to get close to my face. He is ready to happily receive your love and attention, and will love you back just as much. His little legs and little face are just too cute!

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DooDah's attractive profile

This guy will be a great watchdog. He was very attentive to what was happening on the other side of the fence and was eager to tell me all about it. He hopped onto the bench next to me, enjoyed being pet for a little while, and then launched himself back off the bench to continue his explorations. DooDah will make a lovable and fun addition to any home!

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DooDah being a good watchdog

Are you a Beagle lover? If so, you’re in luck! Orphans of the Storm® currently has a bundle of Beagles looking for their new homes! I only visited with two of them today, but check out the website for a full listing of all the Beagles (and all the other adoptable dogs!).

Chloe the five-year-old is a happy little dog. Her tail was wagging the entire time we were together. She put that Beagle nose to good use and spent much of her time sniffing the run, investigating who else had been outside before her.

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Chloe using her Beagle nose

It’s hard to not fall in love with an adorable Beagle face like hers. Even though the gray fur on her face makes her look a little older, you know she still has lots of energy and lots of affection to give her new family.

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Chloe knew to pose for the camera

Chloe also came to learn that she could at least partially climb into my lap, and liked being scratched on the side of her neck. Take Chloe out to one of the off-leash runs and see if she’s the perfect fit for you!

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Chloe following a scent

Boomer the six-year-old is slightly larger than Chloe, and is her current kennelmate. He was a little more playful, though I don’t know if Beagles are known for being good fetchers–they like using their noses more.

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Boomer on the scent trail

My copy of Simon and Schuster’s Guide to Dogs says that Beagles have a “harmonious voice,” which is true for Boomer. He doesn’t have a booming bark at all! He has that wonderful, low Beagle voice and was using it in an attempt to get the attention of the dogs and humans in the run next to ours. And, I’ll note, he was successful.

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Boomer between barks

This sweetheart was eager to stand next to me and get a nice back rub and scratch on the ears. Although he might be a little big for the average lap, that won’t stop him from trying to get nice and close to you. Come meet Boomer–I bet you won’t be able to resist those lovable eyes.

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Boomer's happy face