Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a Playmate

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Orphans of the Storm® Foster Program is now live! Give a dog a break from the kennel–a chance to truly shine–or somewhere quiet to recover from a procedure or treatment. All dogs come with medical care, food, and supplies (as available), and a full team of support for all their needs.

Fostering is also great because it helps two dogs at once: Bringing a dog into your home opens up a kennel at the shelter for another dog in need.

If you’re not ready to adopt, but still want to help our dogs, our foster program could be perfect for you! See the current list of foster-able dogs and, when you’re ready, fill out an application.

If you are ready to adopt, then come by the shelter and meet these playful pups!

Spot the one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix was originally living in a home with a family, including older children, but due to a housing issue they had to give him up. That means that even though Spot is barely out of puppyhood, he already has experience in a home and is ready to join another family. Spot absolutely loves playing with toys! He particularly likes stuffed squeaky toys–but he also likes tearing the stuffing out of them, so he should be supervised while playing.

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Spot has the funniest ears

Spot has plenty of energy. He loves having a big yard where he can run around with his toys. He can pull a bit on the leash, but for the most part he walks pretty well. Spot wanted to jump up on every single bench we passed, so maybe he has agility in his future! Spot occasionally participates in play groups and prefers playing with the other rough-and-tumble dogs. Come in soon to see if Spot is the one for you!

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Spot is very appropriately named

Emma the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is super easy-going. She’s already gone to some off-site events and is very well-behaved when meeting new people (including children) and new dogs. At the shelter, Emma likes to spend her time slowly exploring around the off-leash run. When she’s done with that, she likes to come over to get some pets and cuddles. Emma gives very gentle doggy kisses.

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Emma has such a sweet face

Emma is a great leash-walking companion. She stayed right by my side almost the whole way around the woodland preserve trail. She picked up the pace towards the end, but that might be because her paws were getting cold in the snow! And even so, she never went too fast or pulled. If you’re looking for a mellow, loving almost-senior, be sure to say hello to Emma on your next visit to the shelter!

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Emma plodding through the snow

Chaco the five-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever mix is very mellow, bordering on timid. He’s a little confused about being at the shelter and has mastered the “sad puppy eyes” look, but we know being in a loving home will cheer him up! Chaco did some exploring in the off-leash run, but always came back to me when I knelt down to his level. He enjoys gentle pets and will stay by your side. He put his nose right up to mine and seriously considered giving a doggy kiss.

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I was serious about Chaco’s “sad puppy eyes”

Chaco is perfect on the leash. He walks at a nice, easy pace and never pulls. He rarely even stops to sniff! Chaco’s definitely a go-with-the-flow kind of walker. Chaco regularly attends play group and likes being with the other calmer, gentler dogs. He was also briefly sharing a kennel with another dog when he first arrived. Come in to see if you can turn Chaco’s frown upside down by making him your new family member!

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Chaco enjoying the trail

Brisco the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix is literally the best lap dog I have encountered. When I sat down on the bench, Brisco hopped up to join me. He balanced all four paws on my legs and then sat down so we were face-to-face, and proceeded to cover my face in doggy kisses. He eventually took a break from the kisses and just wanted to be hugged. The only reason Brisco got out of my lap is because I stood up–and he still tried to balance on me for as long as physically possible!

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I had to lean back to get a break from Brisco’s kisses!

Brisco can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel because he’s excited that it’s his turn, but he settles down nicely once he’s walking on the trail. He stopped to hop up on almost every bench we passed so I would give him more cuddles. He also already seems to know “sit.” Brisco has the potential to go home with older children or other dogs, though in play group he’s been very high-energy and too much for some of the dogs. He just needs to find the right buddy. Be sure to say hello to Brisco on your next visit to the shelter!

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Brisco says, “Will you stop taking pictures and pet me instead?”

Springer the three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix arrived at the shelter a little wary of people, but made instant friends with shy puppy Skye (who is now in a foster home). He’s starting to make more human friends, too, and was very playful when I took him out. Springer found a toy in the off-leash run and started tossing it around and chewing it right away. He did start to tear out some of the fluff, though, so heavy-duty toys might be better for him in his future home.

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Springer’s ears may be able to access satellite TV channels

Springer is still learning to trust the person at the other end of his leash, so he can pull a bit when he’s walking on the trail. But if you stop walking and start to pet him, he’ll gladly stand by your side for a bit before continuing on. Springer has the potential to go to a home with children over 5 or with another dog. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Springer!

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Springer looking skeptical

Haruto the one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Pointer mix loves toys. Stuffed squeakies, tennis balls, ropes–you name it, he’ll play with it! He’s about halfway to being good at fetch. Haruto enjoys chasing after toys when you throw them, but then he’ll just plop down and start chewing it instead of bringing it back to chase again. If you have two toys handy, though, he’ll drop the one toy to run after the next. Haruto is another dog who thinks it’s great fun to pull out the stuffing.

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Every picture of Haruto was an action shot

Haruto’s entire body wriggles with happiness when you pet him. It starts with his wagging tail and then goes all the way up, so even his head moves back and forth while he gives you a big doggy grin. It is adorable. Haruto also likes to give the occasional doggy hug and get his sides scratched while he’s standing up next to you. Haruto is basically still a puppy, so he could use some extra training when it comes to walking nicely on the leash rather than pulling in excitement. If you’re looking for a happy puppy, come in soon to meet Haruto!

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Haruto taking a sharp turn

I also saw Bailey (who loves to cuddle) and Meshai (who is so well-behaved that he sometimes gets to be the front desk dog).

Orphans of the Storm® Pups and Young Dogs

There are many adorable puppies and younger dogs eager to meet you at Orphans of the Storm® right now! (Also, it was another rainy day, so I apologize for the blurry and dreary photos. Everyone looks much cuter and happier when they’re dry, I promise!)

Mack the three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a big, friendly boy. He can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, but calms down into a nice walking companion once he gets on the woodland preserve trail. He likes to spend his walks sniffing thoroughly and exploring. Mack also likes to snuffle around the off-leash runs.

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Mack standing at attention

Mack is attentive and likes to keep an eye on what’s happening around him. When we were in the off-leash run, he was poking his nose through the fence to see which people and dogs were on the other side. Mack occasionally attends play group, but prefers to be in smaller groups with females. He isn’t as much a fan of other male dogs. Mack also isn’t fond of cats, so he may do best as the only pet in his new home. Come in soon to see if Mack is the pooch for you!

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Mack was skeptical about the rain

Sadie the eight-month-old Australian Cattle Dog mix (not to be confused with the other Sadie) is a little shy and nervous when you first meet her, but she gets super snuggly once she feels more comfortable. In fact, it was hard to get a good picture of her because she wanted to keep climbing into my lap or leaning against my legs. Sadie is a champion leaner. She even spent the first few play groups standing in between the leaders’ legs, but has started engaging and playing more. Her “heeler” side is coming out and she tries herding the other dogs!

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Sadie is definitely a snuggler

Sadie is a nice leash-walking companion who rarely pulls, since she likes to be as close to her person as possible. Her tail can sometimes be tucked, but it starts wagging when you scratch her hips. Sadie is a smart, sweet, athletic girl looking for an active home where she can also cuddle on the couch. Be sure to say hello to Sadie on your next visit to the shelter!

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I wish this wasn’t so blurry, but you can at least see Sadie’s giant ears

Fletcher the seven-month-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a happy, playful puppy. He’s excited when it’s his turn to come out, but he quickly settles into being a super easy walking companion. Fletcher already knows some basic commands and is ready to learn more. He’s attentive to his person and will look at you often while on walks to make sure you’re on the same page.

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Fletcher being a good walking buddy

Fletcher is a play group regular and enjoys playing with the other dogs. He lived with another dog before he arrived at the shelter, so he could go to a home with or without a furry friend. Fletcher also likes getting lots of pets and attention, and will give you a doggy smile with a wagging tail. Fletcher has adorable spots on his nose that will make you smile when you see him. Come in soon to meet Fletcher!

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A white dog on a muddy day isn’t the best, but Fletcher still looks cute

June Bug the two-year-old English Coonhound mix gave me a doggy hug as soon as she came out of her kennel. Even when I let her off leash in the Enrichment Park, she just wanted to spend her time snuggling with me. When I knelt down to her level, June Bug curled up against me and gave me some doggy kisses while I scratched her sides. After we got our cuddling in, June Bug spent some time following her nose and sniffing all the smells.

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June Bug wishing I wasn’t slowing her down

June Bug goes into Hound mode once she hits the trail, though. She walks with a purpose and is eager to track scents. Although she likes to walk at a quick pace, she doesn’t pull too much as long as you’re keeping up with her. June Bug attends play group pretty much every day and loves playing with other dogs. However, she isn’t a fan of cats. June Bug might do best in an adult-only home. If that sounds like you, come in soon to meet June Bug!

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June Bug doing what Hounds do best

Bandit and Remmy the four-month-old Pointer/Labrador Retriever mixes are the most precious puppies. I unfortunately couldn’t tell who was who because they look so similar, but one is smaller with a wider white space between the eyes, and the other is larger with a thinner white space between the eyes. But whichever one you pick (or, if you pick both!), you can’t go wrong.

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This one (Bandit? Remmy?) was the shier of the two

Bandit and Remmy are in the wriggly, snuggly puppy stage. They are constantly moving, jumping up to give doggy hugs, attempting to nibble your shirt sleeves, and just overall adorable. They don’t have a ton of experience walking on the leash yet, so they can be a little nervous at first and try to walk between your legs.

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But Bandit and/or Remmy loves to cuddle too

When you kneel down to their level, you will soon find yourself covered in doggy kisses. Bandit and Remmy just want to be close to their person. They are very playful and were happy to play a game of tag with me as I ran back and forth across the Enrichment Park. Getting “tagged” meant getting even more kisses.

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This other one (Remmy? Bandit?) wanted to be the leader

Bandit and Remmy have started participating in play groups and enjoy spending time with other dogs. They’re learning proper socialization, though sometimes they still get stuck in their puppy mentality and can annoy the older dogs a bit. Bandit and Remmy don’t need to be adopted together since they’re so young, but they do make a super-cute pair. Come in soon to meet one or both!

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Happy doggy hugs from Remmy and/or Bandit

I also saw Alec(k), Barney, the other Sadie, and Turbo.

This week’s play group included Bandit, Blue, Cass, Chance, Donny, Joan, June Bug, Polly, Rachel, Reese, Remmy, Reno, Sadie, Spike, and Turk, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Anya, Bison, Fannie, Henry, Henry Hippo, Izzy, Kida, Maggie, Queenie, Red, Sapphire, Scarlett, Sunshine, Todd, and Toes.

Orphans of the Storm® Girlie Dogs

Firstly, a reminder that the Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is coming up quick–Tuesday, April 9!

I unintentionally walked only girl dogs this week, and they are eager to show everyone how sweet they are.

Mia the three-year-old Anatolian Shepherd/Pointer mix is super easy-going. She patiently sits and waits for her leash to be put on without even being asked. Once she was on the leash, she happily stayed by my side and didn’t pull at all. Mia is a great walking companion. She also loves attention. When I sat down on the bench, Mia put her front paws up next to me so I could pet her more. She always has the sweetest look on her face.

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Mia likes her walks

Mia was previously sharing her kennel with another dog who has since been adopted. Mia has also participated in at least one play group, and was very calm. She didn’t engage in actual play too much, but happily walked around and sniffed and said hello to the other dogs. So, there is a good chance she would do well in a home with another dog. Be sure to say hello to Mia on your next visit to the shelter!

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Mia enjoyed having a big yard to explore

Gracie the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a little skittish, but warms up quickly once she has a couple minutes to get to know you. When I knelt down next to her, she rested her chin on my knee and leaned her whole body against my leg so we could snuggle. She also hopped up and joined me on the bench later. Her tail started wagging the second I started petting her, and she gave me a few doggy kisses.

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Gracie just wants to cuddle

Gracie likes to walk at a quick pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash. She already knows the “sit” command and is ready to learn more! Gracie is a little on the skinny side, so she especially enjoys treats in return for her good behavior. Gracie has participated in play groups and plays nicely with other dogs. She is looking for a loving home with people who will help her come out of her shell. Come in soon to meet Gracie!

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Gracie with her little tail tucked

Luna the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix ended up at the shelter because her family could no longer care for her. But, that means she already has experience as a family pet and she gets along with children. She also seems to already have some basic training and will sit nicely when you ask her to. Luna has a special note, which is that she is allergic to chicken, so her new family will need to keep an eye on what she eats.

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Luna has the cutest forehead wrinkles (sorry it’s blurry)

Luna is very affectionate. Her entire body wriggles when you scratch her hips and sides, and she’ll try to sit in your lap. She also gave me lots of doggy kisses. Luna walks nicely on the leash for the most part, though she occasionally thinks the leash is a tug-of-war toy. Luna has participated in play groups and generally likes the “rough and tumble” kind of play, but settles down when she needs a break. Stop by soon to see if Luna is the one for you!

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Luna wasn’t quite sure about the rocks

Maggie Lynn the one-year-old Basenji/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix found herself at the shelter because her owner passed away. She’s still basically a puppy, so she has plenty of energy and playfulness. Maggie Lynn wanted to run rather than walk when we were on the woodland preserve trail, though she did slow down occasionally to sniff and explore.

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Maggie Lynn coming over to say hello

Maggie Lynn will listen to the “sit” command, but if there is a lot going on around her then she gets a little distracted and pops back up. She’s always interested in what else is happening and who else is around, whether it be a dog or a squirrel or a person. Maggie Lynn loves going to play group and bounds right into all the action. If you’re looking for a fun, active dog, look no further than Maggie Lynn!

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Maggie Lynn has such pretty brindle fur

I also saw Barney, Blue, Peepers, and Wombat.

I’ve also helped with a few play groups over the last two weeks, and here are the participants (not all at the same time!):

Play group 1: Apollo, Brutus, Chevy, Dunkin the Red, Elijah, Hamilton, Hobbs, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Loki, Lolabell, Lucy, Maya, Mojo, Peepers, Pippa (Gia), Sasha, Shyanne (Cheyenne), Trent, and Whizzer.

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John Boy, Jax, Pippa (Gia), Jack, Huckleberry, and maybe Peepers or Maggie Lynn

Play group 2: Brutus, Elijah, Gracie, Hamilton, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Lolabell, Maya, Peepers, Pippa (Gia), Pony Boy, Quinn, Roxy, Sasha, Shyanne (Cheyenne), Trent, and Whizzer.

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Pippa is a designated “play group rock star” because she gets along with every dog (and obviously feels comfortable in groups, laying on her back!), seen here with John Boy, Huckleberry, and Elijah

Play group 3: Brutus, Elijah, Gracie, Hamilton, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Lolabell, Maggie, Maggie Lynn, Maya, Luna, Peepers, Pippa (Gia), Pony Boy, Quinn, Roxy, Sasha, Trent, and Whizzer.

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Jax, Sasha, and Jack (who is another “rock star”)–and possibly Maggie and Whiskey in the background

Play group 4: Elijah, Gracie, Hamilton, Huckleberry, Jack, Lolabell, Lucy, Luna, Maggie, Maggie Lynn, Maya, Mia, Peepers, Pippa (Gia), Prince, Quinn, Roxy, Sasha, Trent, Turbo, Whizzer, and Wombat.

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Jax, John Boy, Jack, Sasha, and maybe Maggie in the back

Dogs who I haven’t had a chance to profile yet but who have also participated in the above play groups are Jax, Mazie, Penelope, Rose, Rufus, Tiger, Tootsie, and Whiskey.

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® 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 Post-Blizzard

More than a foot of snow came down, but that didn’t stop the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® from spending time outside! I’ll preface this post by saying that these dogs might not always run so quickly when they’re on the leash–it may have just been easier to get momentum running/jumping than trying to walk at a normal pace when up to their bellies in snow 🙂

Dolly the two-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix came from a family who couldn’t keep up with her energy, so she is looking for an active home to join! Dolly would love going for regular walks (or maybe even runs) every day and having a fenced-in yard to call her own. Dolly is a friendly girl who gets along with children and adults alike.

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Dolly says, “No trail? No problem!”

Dolly greeted me with a doggy hug as soon as I took her out of her kennel. But she was off and running once we were on the woodland preserve trail! Who needs a Husky when you have Dolly to lead you through the snow? Being a Hound, of course, Dolly had to take an occasional break to stop and sniff. She is attentive and looked back at me every once in a while to make sure we were on the same page. If you’re looking for a new activity buddy, come in soon to meet Dolly!

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Dolly pausing to get a good sniff of the tree

Naida the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a playful girl. She loves playing with stuffed or squeaky toys, but her future family will need to make sure they buy sturdy ones or else Naida will pull out all the stuffing and squeaker pretty quickly. She also enjoys chasing tennis balls and running in general.

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Naida is very attentive

Naida seems very treat-oriented. Every time I reached into my pocket, she was right there waiting to see what I had for her (which was disappointingly nothing besides my camera). Naida can pull a bit on the leash when she first gets out of her kennel and is on the stronger side, but can settle into a nicer pace once she gets her initial burst of energy out of her system. Be sure to say hello to Naida on your next visit to the shelter!

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Naida doesn’t let deep snow slow her down!

Scooby the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pointer mix has springs for legs! When he realized it was his turn to come out for a walk, he was jumping up and down in excitement. Then, when we were making our way around the woodland preserve, Scooby was bounding through the snow like a bunny.

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Scooby with some snow on his nose

Scooby is an affectionate boy. He likes to give plenty of doggy hugs and doggy kisses. Scooby also gets along with other dogs. He is crate-trained and also most likely housebroken. If you’re looking for a playful, happy-go-lucky pooch with a constantly wagging tail, come in soon to meet Scooby!

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Scooby bouncing his way through the snow

I also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Brutus, Carlos, Goliath (who was perfectly at home in the deep snow and walked at a normal pace like it was any other walk on any other non-snowy day), Hamilton, Kaffee, Lucy, Nash, Nico, Roxy, and Thunder.

Orphans of the Storm® Black Dogs and White Dogs

The weather has been pretty dreary lately, but the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® will always be able to brighten your day!

Marcus the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a nice boy. When I was first putting his leash on, he kept wiggling around in order to lick my hands. In the off-leash run, Marcus did some exploring and also kept an eye on what was happening on the other side of the fence. He wasn’t too interested in toys on this particular outing, but I’ve seen him out before and he does like to settle down and chew on a ball when the ground isn’t so wet!

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Marcus doesn’t mind a little drizzle

Marcus and I then took a walk around the woodland preserve. Marcus is a good walking buddy who mostly stayed by my side or just a few steps ahead. He seems to get along with other dogs and in fact almost went home with another black Staffie mix, but the family decided to start with just one dog. Stop in soon to see if Marcus is the one for you!

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Marcus trying to determine who or what is on the other side of the fence

Snowflake the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is super affectionate. The first thing she did when she came out of her kennel was give me a doggy hug. She gave me at least five more hugs during our time together. Whenever I sat or knelt down, Snowflake would come over and rest her chin on either my arm or my leg. She is so snuggly!

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Snowflake has the best wrinkles on her forehead

Snowflake has nice manners, too. She walks well on the leash and knows how to sit. Snowflake has the cutest smooshy/wrinkly face. Everyone we passed on our walk couldn’t help but smile at her. During our walk, Snowflake would sometimes stop and stand right in front of me so I would have to stop too–giving herself another opportunity for me to pet her. If you’re looking for a cuddle buddy, come in soon to meet Snowflake!

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Snowflake will always be happy to sit (or stand) next to you

Bert the one-year-old Pointer/Hound mix likes to explore. He spent most of our walk with his head held high so he could see, hear, and smell everything. Bert can have bursts of energy (the first time I saw him, he was running laps around the yard) and can pull a little on the leash, but for the most part he’s a nice walking companion who simply prefers to go at a quick pace.

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Bert thinking about going into full Pointer pose

Bert has no problem stopping for a snuggle session every once in a while, though. I invited him to join me on a bench a few times, but maybe somebody already taught him not to go on furniture because he kept his four paws on the ground and preferred to lean against my legs while I pet him. By the end of our walk, Bert was giving me doggy hugs and kisses. Be sure to say hello to this sweet and fun boy on your next visit to the shelter!

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Bert thinks he isn’t allowed on the bench

Gunner the five-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a little nervous when he’s inside his kennel, and can be shy when you first meet him, but in just a few short minutes he turns into a real lapdog. We first went to the off-leash run, and after Gunner did some exploring on his own, he hopped up next to me on the bench and climbed right into my lap so I could pet him.

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Gunner says, “Please join me!”

Gunner and I went around the woodland preserve next, and Gunner led the way. He can pull on the leash a bit, but that might have to do with nerves too. He’ll be calmer once he’s settled into a nice, loving home with people who can help him come out of his shell more. Gunner has quickly become a volunteer favorite because of his sweet personality. Come in soon to say hello to Gunner!

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Gunner is always alert

I also saw Blaze, Chester and Te Amo, John Boy, Max and Rye, Ralphie, Tucker, Tyson, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Spotted Dogs

You can always find dogs of different colors at Orphans of the Storm®, but there seem to be a good number of dogs with spots at the moment!

Cactus Jack the two-year-old Coonhound mix is a friendly guy. He gave me a doggy hug right away, and he will also give hugs on command if you pat your legs. Whenever I sat down on a bench, he would either put his front paws in my lap or hop up next to me. When we were in the off-leash run, Cactus Jack did his Hound thing by following his nose in and around the bushes.

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Cactus Jack with all his spots

Cactus Jack does a pretty good job at walking on the leash, though he usually prefers to go at a quick pace. As long as you’re keeping up with him, he doesn’t pull at all. He politely sniffed two other dogs when we were on our walk around the woodland preserve, and seems like he would have liked to play with them if given the chance. He might bark to say hello, but otherwise he was quiet. Stop in soon to meet Cactus Jack!

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Cactus Jack has such a sweet Hound face

Spot the one-year-old Pointer/Border Collie mix still has his puppy energy. He gets excited about pretty much everything. When I knelt down to his level, he exuberantly hopped right into my lap. When people or other dogs passed us on our walk, Spot barked hello and wanted to give the people doggy hugs. Spot also likes to give doggy kisses, which can sometimes come with a small nibble because he’s so eager.

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Spot will always be happy to see you!

Spot might make for a great agility dog. He jumped up and then over almost all of the benches that are placed around the woodland preserve. He doesn’t seem to have fully mastered the concept of “fetch” yet, but I’m sure with some practice he will be great at that too. Spot is a sweet, snuggly boy who is ready to join an active family. If you think that might be you, come in soon to say hello to Spot!

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Spot following his nose

Roscoe the four-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix is a little shy and nervous at first, but very sweet. He was found as a stray but has nice manners. Roscoe will gently take treats from your hand (and takes his time to chew thoroughly!). He also walks nicely on the leash and barely pulled at all during our entire walk around the woodland preserve.

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Roscoe is a handsome boy

Roscoe quickly turns into a cuddle buddy. He hopped up onto the bench next to me and kept scooting closer the more I pet him. He seems to get along with other dogs and politely sniffed a couple when we were out. Roscoe is sure to come out of his shell once he’s settled into a new, loving home with people who show him that the world isn’t so scary. Be sure to say hi to Roscoe on your next visit to the shelter!

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Roscoe perked up the longer we were together

I also saw Chester and Te Amo (my new favorites!), Cookie, John Boy, O’Shea, Sammy, and Tino.

Orphans of the Storm® Younger Dogs

You can find dogs of all ages at Orphans of the Storm®, but this week I spent some time with the younger crowd. And what a fun and friendly crowd it is!

Chase the eight-month-old Labrador Retriever mix is a playful pup. He was jumping up and down with excitement when he saw me coming with the leash, but he actually turned out to be a pretty good walking companion who didn’t pull as much as I had anticipated. When we were in the off-leash run, Chase politely sniffed some dogs on the other side of the fence but was a little bark-y with others.

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Chase’s cute (slightly blurry) face

Chase is appropriately named because he loves to chase after tennis balls! He’ll need to be taught the full “fetch” concept that involves bringing the ball back to the person who threw it, but for now he’s happy to chase it once and then run around with the ball in his mouth. Chase is an affectionate boy who will gladly give you plenty of doggy kisses. He also loves to get scratched on his hips and does a cute little dance while you do so. If you’re looking for a fun pup to join your family, come in soon to meet Chase!

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Chase playing with his tennis ball

Dottie the one-year-old Pointer/Heeler mix is shy but sweet. When I went to take her out, she was semi-cowering in the back corner of her kennel. But as soon as I stepped into the kennel and knelt on the ground, she came over to me, gave me a doggy kiss, and let me scratch her chin. She was a little unsure of walking on the leash at first but gained more confidence the longer we were out.

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Dottie is such a pretty girl

Dottie may be shy, but her Pointer instincts kick in regardless. When we were walking around the woodland trail, a bird flew across the path in front of us. Dottie immediately perked up, struck a Pointer pose, and then quickly led the way towards the bird (who was gone by then, but that’s not the point!). In the off-leash run, Dottie was happy to join me on the bench for a bit in between exploring the bushes. This sweet girl just needs a stable and loving home in order to come out of her shell. If you think that might be with you, come in soon to say hi to Dottie!

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Dottie following her nose

TuTu the two-year-old Australian Shepherd mix is a perfect example of why you can’t judge a dog from inside its kennel. I’ll admit that I was a little nervous to take TuTu out because she’s very bark-y inside her kennel. (I’m guessing this is because TuTu is a smart and athletic dog who gets a little crazy if she’s cooped up all day.) But as soon as I put her leash on, she was amazing.

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TuTu enjoying the outdoors

TuTu is super smart and well-behaved. She either sits or lies down when she’s getting her leash put on; she knows ‘sit’ and ‘paw’ and did them for me even though I didn’t have any treats; she is excellent at walking on the leash; and she likes to give doggy kisses. I don’t know the last time I’ve walked such a well-trained dog (and that’s including my own at home!). TuTu would excel in an active home who will keep her busy with obedience, agility, or other activities that use both her brain and her body. So don’t dismiss TuTu just because she barks at you from her kennel–come to the shelter to meet her and take her out, and you won’t be disappointed!

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TuTu making her happy face, complete with tongue sticking out!

I also saw Angel, Blush, Bootsy, Canelo, Ginger, the other Ginger, Hobbs, Scotty, and Weezie.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoying Autumn

It was a beautiful fall day at Orphans of the Storm®, and the pooches were all happy to be out and about! (Apologies for pictures not being the best this week–I was having camera issues.)

Arnold the one-year-old Rat Terrier mix is a happy guy who is always eager to say hello to anyone who stops by his kennel. Since he’s practically still a puppy, he has plenty of energy and playfulness. Arnold quickly led the way to the off-leash run and enjoyed being free to romp and roam on his own once we got there.

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Arnold’s cute nose

Arnold loves to follow his nose. He would disappear behind the bushes and I could hear him rummaging and snuffling around. Then he would reappear and stop by to say a quick hello before following his nose again on a new scent trail. Arnold could probably benefit from getting more practice with walking on the leash. When I had him out, he was so excited and wanted to see everything at once that he was pulling in different directions. But who can blame him? If you think this little cutie might be the one for you, come in soon to say hi to Arnold!

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Arnold following that cute nose

Lucky the three-year-old Pointer mix (not to be confused with the other Lucky) is a handsome boy who likes to be with people. When I sat down on the bench in the off-leash run, Lucky was quick to hop up and join me. He was so enthusiastic about snuggling, in fact, that he tried (unsuccessfully) to fit in my lap. When that didn’t work, he settled for giving me lots of doggy kisses.

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Lucky wondering about this camera contraption

Lucky was very interested in chasing after tennis balls, but hadn’t quite mastered bringing the ball back so I could throw it again. Although Lucky loves people, he isn’t a fan of other dogs and would prefer to be the only pooch in his new home. If you’re looking for a new companion who equally enjoys snuggling on the couch and playing outside, be sure to meet Lucky on your next visit to the shelter!

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Lucky knows how to smile

Rambo the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is such an affectionate guy. As soon as I took his leash from another volunteer, Rambo wanted to give me doggy kisses. Rambo is pretty much all muscle, but he actually wasn’t too difficult to walk on the leash. He’s a young pooch with plenty of love to offer his new family.

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Rambo enjoying a good scratch on the back

Rambo had a fun time in the off-leash run. He said a polite hello to the dog on the other side of the fence, explored behind the bushes, and paused for a nice drink of water. When I sat on the bench and tapped the open space next to me, Rambo put his front paws up there so he could give me some more doggy kisses. What a lovebug! Stop in soon to say hello to Rambo.

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Rambo loves being with people

Pepper the six-year-old Shih-Tzu/Poodle mix is a little cutie who will look even more adorable after he gets a nice bath and haircut. When I went to Pepper’s kennel, he was sitting in the back corner, looking a little unsure. But as soon as I knelt down, he came right over and rubbed his side against my leg (like a kitty!). The info card on Pepper’s kennel says he isn’t too into snuggling, but if you give him a little time to warm up to you, he certainly enjoys attention. Pepper is currently sharing his kennel with Charlie (see below), so we know he gets along with other dogs.

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Pepper was ready for his closeup

Pepper wasn’t too fond of walking on the leash at first and seemed a little nervous about being out in this new environment, but once we got to the off-leash run he seemed more comfortable and happily walked around. Any time I sat on the ground, Pepper was by my side almost instantly. Pepper would prefer to be in an adult-only home with people who will give him the opportunity to come out his shell and be the happy, affectionate pup he knows he can be. If that sounds like a good fit for you, come in soon to meet Pepper!

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Pepper is one big fluffball at the moment

Charlie the four-year-old Beagle mix is pretty nervous at the shelter, but he warms up quickly once you spend some one-on-one time with him. Unlike his kennelmate Pepper (see above), he was more than ready to head out for a walk on the leash–luckily he was there to help convince Pepper! Since Charlie is on the nervous side, he’s actually a very easy walking buddy because he moves pretty slowly.

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Charlie is looking for some TLC

Charlie wasn’t too interested in exploring the off-leash run. Instead, he spent his time either standing in my lap or getting pet by a customer (who was trying to convince her husband to get a small dog instead of a big dog). Charlie ended up at the shelter because his former family couldn’t take care of him anymore, which is why he seems so sad. Charlie is just hoping to find his loving forever home, which isn’t too much to ask. If you think that home might be yours, stop by soon to say hello to Charlie!

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Help Charlie turn that frown upside down!

I also saw Bear, Blush, Cooper, John Boy, Kanne and Osito (Osito was being extra snuggly this week and sitting in my lap), Lisa, Scotty, and Zoey.

And I forgot to include this in last week’s video with Blush, but here’s a picture of the entrance to the new woodland preserve/walking trail!

Orphans of the Storm Woodland Preserve

Autumn is the perfect time to come walk dogs through the forest!