Orphans of the Storm® Dogs on a Snowy Afternoon

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

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

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Turbo hitting the trail

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

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Turbo says, “Yup, that’s the spot.”

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

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

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

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Have you ever seen a more satisfied dog than Bonus?

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

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Ruth is the cutest little baby

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

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Ruth just wants to be loved

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

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JoJo with a snowy chin

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

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JoJo is a pretty girl

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

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Hoping 2019 Is Their Year to Find a Home

2018 was a happy year for the 1,075 dogs and 823 cats who were adopted and went to their furever homes! There are still plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who are waiting for their new families to find them, and some have been waiting longer than others. At the beginning of each year, I always like to make a special note of the long-timers who could use an extra boost in attention to help make this year the year they finally get to go home. The dogs listed below have been at Orphans of the Storm® for one year or longer. Please consider taking them out and spending some time with them on your next visit to the shelter!

  • Aleck (Alec) the 5-year-old Pointer mix
  • Barney the 6-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Big Boy the 4-year-old Boxer mix and Mojo 6-year-old Boxer mix (a son/mom pair)
  • Blush the 9-year-old Labrador Retriever mix
  • Bo the 8-year-old Labrador Retriever mix
  • Brutus the 2-year-old Hound mix (who was a Top Dog Competitor and completed a training course)
  • Carlos the 5-year-old Hound mix
  • Chase the 4-year-old Hound mix (who has been trained at a doggy boot camp)
  • Claire (Clarinet) the 4-year-old Catahoula mix
  • Delilah the 9-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix (you can read about why she is a volunteer favorite)
  • Diamond (Riley) the 10-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Donny the 10-year-old Mountain Cur mix
  • Dunkin the Red the 9-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Hamilton the 1-year-and-9-month-old Great Dane mix (who has been trained at a doggy boot camp)
  • Hobbs the 7-year-old Mountain Cur mix
  • John Boy the 6-year-old Labrador Retriever mix (who was a Top Dog Competitor)
  • Lucy the 10-year-old Boxer mix
  • Nash the 3-year-old Labrador Retriever mix (who I have been taking out almost every week since he arrived, my personal favorite!)
  • Pippa (Gia) the 3-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix
  • Puggie the 15-year-old Chihuahua mix
  • Reeco the 5-year-old Boxer/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix (who was a Top Dog Competitor and completed a training course) (his twin brother Harley was adopted earlier this year)
  • Shyanne (Cheyenne) the 6-year-old Hound mix
  • Snow White the 10-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Thunder the 10-year-old Boxer mix
  • Vanilla the 4-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Whizzer the 7-year-old Hound mix (who has completed a training course and was our Top Dog Champion!)
  • Wombat the 5-year-old Hound mix

And here are a few dogs who haven’t been at the shelter quite as long, but some good pooches I walked the weekend before Christmas:

  • Apollo the 3-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Jasmine the 8-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix
  • Maggie Mae the 2-year-old Labrador Retriever mix
  • Princess the 7-year-old Labrador Retriever mix

Make 2019 the year you add a new furry family member!

Orphans of the Storm® Younger Dogs and Friends

Orphans of the Storm® has about a dozen dogs right now who are one year old or younger. If you’ve been thinking about adding a puppy or practically-puppy to your home, now is a great time to come in and meet some! There are also still plenty of middle age and senior dogs who would be happy to greet you too.

Murphy the six-year-old Hound mix is super snuggly and affectionate. He gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel and would have been happy to stay right there and get pet the whole time, but we eventually got to walking. Murphy will also cover your face in doggy kisses whenever he gets the chance. He enjoyed romping around the Enrichment Park but always came back to me for more cuddles. Murphy gets along with kids, so he’s ready to be a family dog.

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Murphy coming over to cuddle

Murphy went into full Hound mode once he hit the woodland preserve trail. He kept his nose to the ground and moved quickly, but didn’t pull as long as I was moving at the same pace. Murphy was very eager to look through the window at the cat room, but it would be best if he went to a home with no cats. Murphy has skin allergies and will need owners that can stay consistent with his medication. If you’re looking for a big, sweet, active boy, come in soon to meet Murphy!

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Murphy using his Hound nose

Oreo the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was found as a stray but is friendly with everyone he meets and has already become a volunteer favorite. He can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, but settles into being a nice walking companion once you’re on the trail. His tail is constantly wagging and he seems attentive to whoever is walking him.

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Oreo has a cute smile

Oreo likes to play with other dogs but can be a little rough-and-tumble, so he does best with bigger does who can put him back in his place when needed. (Since he’s barely out of puppyhood, he’s still learning proper playtime etiquette.) Once he’s done frolicking, he walks nicely side-by-side with his doggy friends. Come in soon to see if Oreo is the pooch for you!

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Oreo enjoying the outdoors

Kobi the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came from an owner that no longer had the time to take care of him. So, he has experience being a pet but would appreciate more stability in his next home. Kobi is a handsome boy with bright blue eyes that stand out against his dark brindle fur. He’ll be sure to catch your eye as you walk through the shelter!

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Kobi showing off one of his blue eyes

Kobi likes to lead the way on walks and can pull on the leash occasionally. He doesn’t seem too fond of other dogs and usually barks when another one passes by, but otherwise he’s quiet. Kobi likes to sniff and explore. Since he’s still young, he’d enjoy going to an active home that will take him on regular walks throughout the day. Stop in soon to meet Kobi!

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Kobi follows his nose wherever it goes

Mike the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a sweet and happy boy. He gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel and also likes to give doggy kisses. Whenever I knelt down to his level or sat on a bench, Mike would come right over to snuggle. He put his front paws up on the bench next to me so I could pet him more.

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Mike leading the way

Mike is a big fan of toys. We passed by one of the toy chests and he stuck his nose right in to find a toy he liked. He happily chased after and batted around an orange ball. Mike arrived at the shelter with another dog and seems to get along with other dogs in general. He also likes to chase cats, but just for fun. Be sure to say hello to Mike on your next visit to the shelter!

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Mike cooling off in the shade

Cooper the four-year-old Mountain Cur/Labrador Retriever mix has a cute puppy look even though he’s a few years beyond puppyhood. He happily sniffed and explored around the off-leash run before going on our walk. Cooper does a nice job walking on the leash. He was very interested in watching the golf carts drive by when we were on the far side of the woodland preserve next to the golf course.

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Cooper says hello!

Cooper enjoys attention. He would come over to me whenever I knelt down to his level so he could get pet. Cooper can be selective about his doggy friends, but does get along with some dogs. He has already gone to off-site events and done well with greeting many different people. Come in soon to meet Cooper!

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Cooper is a real cutie

I also saw Apollo, Bailey and Percy, Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Cass and Crowley, Chevy, Dunkin, Maggie Mae, Milo, Nash, Phantom (who loves the puppy pool), Princess, Quinn, Scotty, Snow White, Tiny, and Whizzer.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Invite You to Clear the Shelters

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 18, is the annual Clear the Shelters nationwide event! Orphans of the Storm® is participating for the fourth year in a row. On this day, adoption fees for dogs and cats 5 months and older will be waived. This waived fee includes spay/neuter, but additional veterinary costs (such as final shots) will still apply if needed.

There are more than 100 dogs ready and waiting to join a new family this weekend. Here is a list of the longest long-timers, who have been at Orphans of the Storm® for 2 or more years, and who have their paws crossed that this year is their year!

And below are some newer dogs for you to meet, too!

Monte the one-year-old Vizsla mix found himself at the shelter because he was too nervous for his first family. He is still skittish, but has come a long way since he first arrived. He’s afraid of some things, like walking past the big dumpsters in the parking lot or having a branch of the bush he’s sniffing touch his back unexpectedly, but doesn’t seem fearful of people. Monte greeted me with a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel, and gave me a few doggy kisses during our walk.

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Monte is a handsome pup

Monte is an excellent walking companion. He only pulls on the leash if something spooks him. Otherwise, he’s super easy. Monte enjoys being pet and always came straight to me when I knelt down to his level. Monte gets along with children, so he could join a family with kids. He’s just looking for the right loving home to help him fully come out of his shell. Be sure to say hello to Monte on your next visit to the shelter!

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Monte cooling off in the shade

Ruthy the one-year-old Chow Chow mix is a poofball whose face makes her look like she’s half-bear, half-fox. Even though she’s young, she already knows some manners. For example, she didn’t take a single step away from her kennel until I put the right walking collar on her. Ruthy walks nicely on the leash for the most part, though she does get the occasional burst of energy and wants to run a little ways.

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Ruthy is so fluffy

Ruthy hopped on and then over one of the benches during our walk, and then joined me on another bench later so I could pet her some more. She can get a little bark-y when she passes by other dogs, so Ruthy would do best as the only pet in an adult home, with someone who has experience with her breed. If you love Chow Chows, come in soon to meet Ruthy!

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Ruthy showing off her black Chow tongue

Trent the five-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is a pretty typical Hound dog. He can be talkative with that signature baying, but was mostly quiet when we were out on our walk. Trent pulls on the leash a bit when he first comes out of his kennel because he’s excited to go for a walk, but he settles down quickly and is a good walking companion.

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Trent loves the outdoors

Trent seems to be particularly fond of walking through tall grasses. His nose goes high and low to pick up as many scents as it can. It’s fun to watch! Trent is a sweet boy who likes getting pet and is gentle when taking treats from your hand. If you ain’t looking for nothing but a Hound dog, come in soon to meet Trent!

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You will often find Trent with his nose to ground

Cass the six-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix came from an owner who lost their job and couldn’t take care of him anymore. He used to live with another dog before he came to the shelter. Cass attends play group regularly and gets along with other dogs.

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Cass and Crowley are a dynamic duo

Cass is easy to walk. He didn’t pull on the leash at all, even when he first came out of his kennel. Cass enjoyed exploring the off-leash run. Cass is definitely more of a sniffer and was snuffling around behind the bushes for a while. He is affectionate and will give you doggy kisses. Cass is looking for a home with either just adults or a family with older children. Be sure to say hello to Cass!

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Cass’s eyes are mesmerizing!

Chip the ten-year-old Beagle mix may be a senior, but don’t let his age fool you. Chip still has springs for legs! When I was putting his leash on, he jumped straight up and booped my nose with his nose. Chip is a silly boy who starts barking when he sees or hears people in the distance. He also apparently doesn’t like golf carts and got a little huffy when one passed by the other side of the fence at the far end of the woodland preserve.

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Chip making his way through the woods

Chip is a problem-solver. It was a hot day, and he was getting tired by the end of our walk. So what does he do? Goes to the shady underside of a bush, digs himself a little bed in the cool dirt, and plops down to take a breather. Genius! When it isn’t too hot of a day, Chip is a nice walking buddy who moves at an easy pace. If you’re considering an older dog but still want some spunk, come in soon to meet Chip!

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Chip is a smarty-pants

I also saw Big Boy (who thinks he is a lapdog) and Mojo, Conny (who loves belly rubs), Elijah, Jasmine (who is super sweet), Nash (who enjoyed romping around the Enrichment Park and found a new favorite squeaky toy), Rudy, and Sadie (who covered my face in doggy kisses).

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 Beat the Heat

The Orphans of the Storm® website is undergoing some maintenance, so not all of the pooches profiled this week have a link. Be sure to visit the shelter in person to see all of the dogs available!

Stella the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a happy girl who gets along with pretty much everybody. She likes to snuggle with people and is also friendly with other dogs. She’s happy to have another four-legged walking companion when she goes around the woodland preserve! Stella walks nicely on the leash and is polite and well-behaved.

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Stella showing off her smile

Stella enjoyed exploring the off-leash run on her own, but came back to me every once in a while to get pet. When we were on the trail, she was eager to take cuddle breaks and get pet. Stella also knows to smile for the camera. Come in soon to see if sweet Stella is the pooch for you!

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Stella wasn’t sure what to make of Apollo on the other side of the fence at first!

Lennie the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix has plenty of puppy energy. He was spinning in circles when he realized it was his turn to come out for a walk! Lennie was off to a running start and wanted to continue running all the way around the woodland preserve even though it was a hot day. Thankfully for me, I convinced him to slow down just a bit.

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Lennie likes to sniff

Lennie is very attentive and likes watching what’s going on around him. He sniffed at some toys when we were in the off-leash run but may need to be taught the finer points of “fetch.” Lennie has a cute, extra-fluffy tail that’s always up and wagging. Be sure to say hello to Lennie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Lennie leading the way on the trail

Picka the four-year-old Mountain Cur mix has the cutest face. Pictures don’t do her justice! Her ears go both up and down, and either direction is adorable. Picka likes to move quickly at first, but she settled into being a nice walking companion as we made our way around the woodland preserve. Picka also loves to get pet.

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Picka smiling in the shade

Picka has experience being in a home. She’s already housebroken, and she gets along with children. Picka can be protective of her home, though, so proper introductions with visitors will help her be more comfortable. If you’re looking for a family-friendly dog to join your family, come in soon to meet Picka!

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Picka’s ears help her fly!

Dusty the five-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is a sweet girl. She likes getting attention and lots of pets–and luckily for whoever is petting her, she has the softest ears! Dusty is a great walking companion who walks nicely on the leash and rarely pulls. She does like to stop occasionally and take long, thorough sniffs.

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Dusty enjoying the sunshine

Dusty is easy-going. She’s already gone to off-site events, so we know she doesn’t mind crowds and also gets along with other dogs. Dusty has that signature Hound baying-type bark and can sometimes be talkative, but was quiet and content during our walk. Stop by soon to meet Dusty!

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Dusty doing what Hounds do best

I also saw Barney (who knows sit and high-five), Lucy (who enjoyed getting hosed down in the heat of the day), Lucy Locket, and Nash.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a Good Home Where They Can Enjoy the Good Weather

Spring has finally arrived, and the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are ready to spend lots of time outside enjoying it. But they would like it even more if they were able to go inside a new forever home at the end of the day!

Roxie the nine-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a super affectionate puppy. There were multiple times when she happily hopped up on the bench next to me, put her front paws in my lap, and gave me lots of doggy kisses. She also liked standing on the bench to get a better look at her surroundings and see what all was going on.

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Roxie is eager to say hello

Roxie walks pretty well on the leash considering she’s just a puppy. She can pull a bit when she’s excited, though, particularly when she first comes out of her kennel. But that’s understandable! Roxie isn’t a fan of other dogs, so she would do best as the only dog in her new home. Come in soon to see if Roxie is the pooch for you!

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Roxie wondering if I have a treat hiding somewhere

Lucy the two-year-old Husky mix loves to run, which makes perfect sense for her breed! Lucy will stand nicely at your side as long as you’re petting her, but she is off and running again as soon as you stop. Lucy is a smart girl who already knows some commands, such as “sit,” and could learn plenty more.

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Lucy knows she’s pretty

Lucy was very interested in the camera and always came right over to stick her nose up to the lens. She’s ready for her close-up! And since she’s such a pretty girl, you’ll be wanting to take plenty of pictures of her anyway. Lucy may do best as the only dog in her new home. If you’re looking for a new partner to motivate you to go running, look no further than Lucy!

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Lucy says, “Ooh, whatcha got there?”

Ross the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix is an excitable guy. He gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel and then was off, ready and rarin’ to go. He was happy to give more doggy hugs during our walk, too. Ross also joined me on the bench for a snuggle session halfway through our walk.

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Ross is a happy guy

Ross is athletic and might enjoy doing agility. He can jump/climb over fences, so he will need to be supervised if he’s off-leash in a yard. Ross is sometimes bark-y around other dogs and might prefer to be the only dog in his new home. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Ross!

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Ross enjoys the outdoors (and a good pet)

Muñeca the three-year-old Chihuahua/Terrier mix is very nervous at the shelter. She wasn’t too sure about getting a leash put on and was scared about getting pet. Muñeca was interested in sniffing me, though, and stayed pretty close when we were walking together. When I sat down in the grass next to her, she came over on her own to check out my shoes.

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Muñeca is a little doll (hence her name!)

Muñeca walks nicely on the leash and only pulled when something spooked her. She gets along with other dogs that are closer to her size and is currently sharing her kennel with another small dog. Muñeca is looking for someone who will give her the time and love she needs to help her come out of her shell. If that sounds like you, come in soon to say hello to Muñeca!

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Muñeca will warm up with her new person

Trusty the eight-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is a total sweetheart. He is one of the most easy-going dogs at the shelter right now. A lot of dogs bark when you walk by their kennels, but Trusty sits quietly and wags his tail. He is also a great walking companion and moves at a steady pace without pulling.

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Trusty is the definition of a good boy

Trusty always likes to stop for snuggles. He will either join you on the bench or sit at your feet and give you a big doggy smile while you scratch his side and ears. Trusty gets along with other dogs, so he could go to a home with or without a furry friend. He is such a dapper gentleman! Be sure to say hello to Trusty on your next visit to the shelter.

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Trusty says, “Follow me!”

Lucy Locket the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix has plenty of energy. As soon as we hit the woodland preserve trail, Lucy Locket was off and running. She did pause every once in a while for the occasional sniff in the grasses and bushes, though. Since Lucy Locket is still a puppy, she could benefit from some additional leash training.

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Lucy Locket debating if she should hop on the bench

Lucy Locket joined me on the bench a couple of times so I could pet her more. She has a cute wrinkly forehead and her ears are always perked forward. Lucy Locket isn’t a fan of other dogs, so she would like to be the only dog in her new home. If you’re looking for a fun, playful, and active new companion, come in soon to meet Lucy Locket!

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Lucy Locket literally shines in the sun

I also saw Barney, Bella, Brutus, Elijah, Finley, Goliath, Jax, the other Lucy, and Nash.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Reminding You to RSVP For the Benefit Dinner!

Orphans of the Storm®’s Annual Benefit Dinner is Tuesday, April 10 at Ravinia Green Country Club. This year, the shelter is celebrating its 90th anniversary! If you are interested in attending but haven’t RSVPed yet, the deadline is this Saturday, March 31. You can call the shelter directly at 847-945-0235 to reserve your seat. And between now and the dinner, you can stop by the shelter to meet the dogs (and cats) who you will be benefitting!

Jasmine the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix can be a little on the shy side at first, but warms up quickly and turns into a very affectionate girl! Jasmine put her front paws in my lap and gave me lots of doggy kisses several times during our walk. She likes getting pet and kept coming back to me to get attention while we were in the off-leash run.

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Jasmine has the cutest wrinkly forehead

Jasmine is a pretty good leash-walker and likes to stop and sniff. Jasmine is on the skinny side and will definitely benefit from some TLC in her new home. Although Jasmine likes being with adults, she would do best in a home without kids or cats. She can also be a little bark-y around other dogs. She’s still a puppy, though, so she has time to learn some manners. Come in soon to say hello to Jasmine!

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Jasmine romping in the run

Chevy the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix was very eager to come out for a walk. She pulled a bit at first since she was ready and raring to go, but once we got to the woodland preserve she settled into being a good walking companion. Chevy likes to sniff her way along the trail, but her ears are always perked so she can pick up on interesting sounds too.

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Chevy enjoys the outdoors

Chevy is super cute. She’s smaller than the average Lab and has a very expressive face. Chevy was very interested in the camera and always turned to me when I knelt down to get her picture and pet her. She would enjoy having a yard to call her own and someone to go on regular walks with her. Be sure to say hello to Chevy on your next visit to the shelter!

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Accidentally caught Chevy during a blink

Boston the eight-year-old Mountain Cur mix is a little nervous in his current situation. He wasn’t too sure about getting the leash put on, but it turns out that he’s a great walking buddy. Boston walks at a nice, easy, relaxing pace and mostly stayed right by my side while we made our way around the woodland preserve. He didn’t pull at all.

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Boston is such a sweetheart

Boston started to feel more comfortable the longer we were out, and eventually seemed to enjoy getting some scratches behind his ears and under his chin. He didn’t pay much attention to other dogs we passed while we were out. This sweet senior is looking for a quiet and calm home where he can be showered with the love he deserves. Come in soon to meet Boston!

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Boston started exploring more

Jess the two-year-old Hound mix is a real cutie. She’s a nice small-to-medium size, has cute spots, and has an adorable short tail. And that little tail rarely stops wagging! Jess is a happy and playful girl with plenty of energy and enthusiasm. She’s eager to share that enthusiasm with people and gave me a few doggy hugs while we were out.

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Jess is precious!

Jess likes to walk at a quick pace and can pull a bit if she doesn’t think you’re keeping up with her. Jess likes to be in charge when there are other dogs around and might not get along with every dog she meets. Jess enjoyed exploring the off-leash run and would like to have a yard at her new home where she can romp. Stop by soon to see if Jess is your girl!

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Jess putting her Hound nose to use

Buster the one-year-old Boxer mix is a lovebug. He joined me on the bench multiple times and covered my face in doggy kisses. When he was done with kisses, Buster sat right in my lap and enjoyed cuddling. Buster has tail paralysis, but even though he can’t show you he’s happy with his tail, you can still tell with his doggy grin.

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Buster has a great doggy smile

Buster walks nicely on the leash for the most part, though he can get an occasional burst of energy and run for short distances in the middle of his walk. Buster was sharing his kennel with a dog who has since been adopted, so he gets along with most dogs and could go to a home with another dog, but prefers females to males. Come in soon to say hello to Buster!

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Buster telling me a secret

I also saw Big Boy and Mojo, Carlos, Goliath, Hobbs (who is such a sweetie and wouldn’t walk with the other volunteer until I said a proper hello), Nash, Parker, Rufus, and Scotty.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoy a Sunny Day

It was a lovely day to be outside with the dogs at Orphans of the Storm®! Lots of nice walks and playtimes.

This Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) is Orphans of the Storm®’s O’doption Event! The adoption fee will be waived for all dogs and cats 6 months and older. There will also be a sale of pet supplies, including crates and doggy sweaters. Make this St. Patrick’s Day the luckiest one yet for the animals at Orphans of the Storm®!

Finder the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix is super sweet. As soon as I opened the gate to his kennel, he gave me a doggy hug and covered my face in doggy kisses. He was far more interested in cuddling than walking, so we took many breaks along the way so Finder could put his paws in my lap and get some pets. Finder was also eager to join me on the bench and just sit and enjoy our time together.

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Finder is definitely a lapdog

Finder walks nicely on the leash, once you do get him to stop snuggling and start walking. He also likes toys and sniffed around the toy bin before finding one he liked and chewing on it for a bit. Finder wasn’t too excited to go back to his kennel, but he was perfectly fine with being picked up and carried. He’s really just a big baby! Be sure to say hello to Finder the sweetheart on your next visit!

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Finder is good at finding toys!

Finley the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Shepherd mix is a playful guy. He went straight for the toy bin and chewed on the toy he found for a while before we started our walk. Then, he picked up the same toy again at the end of our walk, laid down under a bush, and chewed some more. Finley also liked carrying the toy around and throwing it for himself to catch. Finley’s new family will definitely need to get him some toys!

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Finley wasn’t too disappointed that the treat cube didn’t have treats in it

Finley got the occasional burst of energy where he wanted to run rather than walk around the woodland preserve, but for the most part he did pretty well on the leash. He was also happy to put his front paws in my lap and give me some doggy kisses when we took a break from our walk. Finley is already housebroken. If you’re looking for a fun new playmate, come in soon to meet Finley!

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Finley says, “Whatcha got there?”

Elijah the five-year-old Mountain Cur/Labrador Retriever mix is a friendly and active pooch. We started in the off-leash run, where Elijah enjoyed chasing after tennis balls. He brought them back to my general vicinity and dropped them on the ground a few feet away for me to throw them again. He also enjoyed following his nose and exploring.

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Elijah has a cute little bob tail

Elijah also likes to run. Once we hit the trail, Elijah was on the move! He did slow to a quick walking pace eventually and didn’t pull too much after that. Elijah is a play group regular and gets along with other dogs, so he could go to a home with or without another furry friend. He already knows some basic commands like “sit” and “shake.” Elijah would love to join an active family who will talk him for walks and play with him in the yard. Come in soon to see if Elijah is the one for you!

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Elijah is ready to play with you!

Lobo the one-year-old Great Pyrenees/Labrador Retriever mix is a big (big!) boy with lots to offer. Although his size makes him pretty strong and he can pull a bit at first, he does pretty well walking on the leash overall. Lobo loves getting pet and will sit nicely right next to you while you pet him, giving you a happy doggy smile the whole time. If you stop, though, don’t be surprised if he jumps up to give you a doggy hug and get your attention again!

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Lobo is a big sweetie-pie

Lobo already knows some basic commands like “sit,” and since he’s still a puppy he can certainly learn much more. Lobo had surgery (hence his shaved back legs) but is now recovered and ready to join an active family, though he would do best without smaller pets or small children. If that description fits you, be sure to say hello to Lobo on your next visit to the shelter!

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Lobo is good at following his nose

I also saw Goliath, Hamilton, Maya, Nash, Parker, Scooby, Thunder, and Whizzer. And it turns out that Hamilton and Scooby are great playmates!

Orphans of the Storm Dogs® Are Ready for Warmer Weather

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

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

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Jax is a total sweetheart

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

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Jax is attentive when other dogs are nearby

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

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Maya is absolutely beautiful!

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

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Maya is always happy to say hello

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