Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer

It’s not the dog days of summer without actual dogs by your side! Come in to Orphans of the Storm® to meet your new best friend.

Jupiter the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a super playful pup who loves toys. The first thing he did when we got to the off-leash run was pick up a stuffed duck toy and proudly carry it around the run. Jupiter later alternated between carrying the duck and a stuffed octopus. He’s happy to chase after toys if you throw them, but prefers holding them to bringing them back for more fetching.

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Jupiter very proud of his toy duck

Jupiter can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, but as soon as we got to the woodland preserve trail, he settled down into a nice walking companion. He likes to sniff and explore, but didn’t stray too far from my side. He was also happy to take the occasional break for pets and snuggles. Jupiter is ready to join a fun-loving home who will have fun loving him. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Jupiter is the one for you!

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Jupiter loving the octopus

Thelma and Louise the six-year-old Pug/Beagle (Puggle) mixes are a bonded pair looking for a forever home with space for two. And when I say bonded, I really mean it–they do everything together! They walk with their sides touching a lot of the time, they sniff the same spots, and they even pooped at the same time and place 😀

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Imagine waking up to Thelma’s precious face every morning

Thelma and Louise spent the first few minutes doing some exploring of the off-leash run on their own. But after that, they both came over to me and wanted to snuggle up in my lap. Thelma and Louise both love having their hips scratched and do a cute little dance with happy snorts.

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Louise leading the way

Louise ended up joining me on the bench and gave me a few doggy kisses. Thelma attempted to hop on the bench but it was a little too tall for her, so I scooted down to the ground to cuddle with her instead. Thelma and Louise used to live with children, so they could go to a home with or without kids.

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Thelma is a cutie-patootie

Thelma and Louise walk surprisingly quickly for their size and shape! They led the way around the woodland preserve trail. Their Beagle side came out when a chipmunk ran in front of us and they were both ready to chase after it. But their sweet, friendly, affectionate Pug side is what will steal your heart. Be sure to say hello to Thelma and Louise on your next visit to the shelter!

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Louise following her nose

Bruno the two-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix has been adopted but returned a couple times, so he’s looking for owners who have experience with his breed or other active working breeds. Bruno is a dog who likes to be kept busy! He would be good for someone who likes long walks or jogs, because he walks at a quick pace but doesn’t pull on the leash at all.

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Bruno is ready for his close-up

Bruno loves toys. He both plays fetch and just enjoys plopping down and chewing on a favorite toy. He seems partial to tennis balls, but also liked a soft ring-shaped toy for chewing. Bruno gets along with other dogs and is a play group regular who likes to play tag and either chase or be chased. If you know and love his breed and are looking for an active companion, come in soon to meet Bruno!

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Bruno is such a handsome boy

Charles the three-year-old Doberman Pinscher mix is super sweet and affectionate. All he wants to do is be cuddled. He’s a little too large to fit in laps, but he rested his head on my lap multiple times and looked at me with the sweetest puppy-dog eyes. It was hard to get a full-body photo of him because every time I knelt down to his level, he was right there to snuggle with me.

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Charles says, “Please love me!”

Charles is a good leash-walking buddy. I’ve walked him around the woodland preserve trail on two different days. The first day, he was always right by my side or a couple steps ahead and didn’t pull at all. He was a little more active the second time and wanted to go at a quicker pace, but would still stop and come cuddle when I knelt down to his level. Charles would do best as the only dog in his new home. Stop by the shelter soon to say hello to Charles!

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Charles loves getting attention

Duke the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix can be a little strong when he first comes out of his kennel, but was much calmer as we made our way around the woodland preserve trail. He liked leading the way and sniffing, but was happy to pause for some pets and put his front paws next to me on the bench. He also rested his head in my lap.

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Duke being lovey-dovey

Duke also liked exploring around the Enrichment Park, snuffling around the trees and flower pots. He took a dip in the puppy pool and had fun splashing around with his front paws. Duke gets along with other dogs and attends play group often, where he romps and plays with the others. If you’re looking for a big puppy, come in soon to meet Duke!

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Duke has the prettiest chocolate fur

I also saw Apollo, Barney (who loves mud puddles and splashing in the puppy pool), Mabel, Mojo, and Sonny.

Play group this week included Alec(k), Beatrix, Bo, Cass, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Donny, Duke, Dunkin the Red, Leia, Lucy, Maggie, Max, Polly, Reeco, and Roscoe, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Al, Baby Girl, Cindy, Felix, Henry, Henry Hippo, Hunter, Kraken, the other Max, Pixie, Posie, Simba, Stella, Val, Wile-E, and Zimma.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Very Cute

It was a busy day at Orphans of the Storm® with lots of people looking for their new furry family member! Perhaps one of these pooches will catch your eye. (And I apologize for the blurry photos–maybe it’s time to invest in a new camera!)

Frank the four-year-old Pug/Beagle mix is super cute. One look at that semi-squished Puggle face and you’re in love. Frank has plenty of energy in that little body of his, which meant he was very happy to have a chance to run around in the off-leash run. Frank was sharing his kennel with another dog while I was there, and was also very polite to the dog on the other side of the fence in the run, so he could go to a home with or without another dog.

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Frank is quite the cutie

Frank has incredibly soft fur, which makes him extra snuggle-able. He also has that adorable curly tail from his Pug side. Everyone who saw him while we were out kept exclaiming over how cute he is, so he probably isn’t going to be staying at the shelter for very long. All of the other volunteers I talked to told me what a nice dog Frank is, and I have to agree with them! Stop by the shelter soon to see if Frank is the pooch for you!

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Frank getting some exercise

Toby the five-year-old Rottweiler mix is such a good boy. He’s also a big boy, which might make him seem a little intimidating, but he’s really just a giant softie. Toby seems to love everybody he meets and wags that little tail of his almost all the time. He appreciates a good scratch on the back and a hug, where he will take the opportunity to give you a doggy kiss.

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Toby is very photogenic

Toby is extremely well-behaved. He knows his basic commands and sat for me even though I didn’t have a treat to give him (shame on me). He can pull a bit on the leash when he first gets out of his kennel, but settles down and walks nicely soon after. He was interested in chasing tennis balls and good about bringing them back. Mostly, Toby just wants to love and be loved in return! That doesn’t seem like too much to ask for. If you’re looking for a big, sweet dog, come in soon to meet Toby!

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Toby is a happy guy

Sebastian the one-year-old Border Collie mix is definitely still in his puppy phase. He loves to run and play, something his kennelmate Blush (who loves to give doggy kisses) puts up with as politely as she can. Sebastian led the way to the off-leash run and was scampering around, happy as a clam. He was also polite to the dog on the other side of the fence, so Sebastian is another pooch who could go to a home with or without other dogs.

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Sebastian has an adorable face

Sebastian eventually slowed down long enough to climb into my lap for a cuddle session, even though his back half didn’t quite fit. This puppy needs a family to show him what love is, and also a family who will be able to keep him both physically and mentally active–Border Collies are working dogs, and they love having a job to do (which is why you see so many of them in agility competitions). If you’re looking for a young, adorable dog who will grow into a great companion, Sebastian might be the one for you!

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Sebastian also has a very cute curly tail

I also spent some time with Diamond (who I had forgotten was such a snuggler!), Ebbie (who doesn’t need a whole lot of exercise at her age but still appreciates a nice walk), Lucky (another Border Collie who will make a great companion), Akiva (who knows ‘sit’ and ‘shake’, among other commands), Frankie (who is just so sweet and gentle), Emerald (who is so happy to spend time outside), Corky (who is a good walking buddy), Star (who would be happy to be a couch potato with you), Topaz (who doesn’t care how big she is–she’s going to sit in your lap), Lady (who is very well-behaved), and Bella (who is very affectionate). So many wonderful pooches!

Orphans of the Storm® Has Dogs Young and Old

All of the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® still have so much love to offer their new forever families, whether they’re nine months old or nine years old. Meet some of the shelter’s lovable middle-aged and senior pooches.

Lucky the nine-year-old Border Collie mix is an excellent leash-walker, after his initial “Hurray, I’m free!” burst of energy when he first gets out of his kennel (but really, who can blame him?). Lucky currently shares his kennel with Halley, another great senior dog, and the two of them make quite the fluffy pair. Lucky is a handsome guy with the sweetest brown eyes.

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Lucky checking out the agility bridge

Lucky is what I call a leaner. While I was petting him, he leaned his body right against my legs and stayed there until a few seconds after I stopped petting him. Lucky particularly enjoys getting a nice scratch on his hips, but the fur right at the top of his head between his ears is extra soft and pet-able. This sweet guy will make a family very happy!

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Lucky kicking back in the grass

Thunder the ten-year-old Boxer mix has plenty of energy. He led the way to the off-leash run and took a quick lap around the perimeter, sniffing all of the new scents along the way. He also liked to keep watch of what was happening on the other side of the fence, whether it was a car, a person, or another dog. Thunder isn’t too fond of other dogs, so he would do best in a home where he’s the only one.

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Thunder exploring the run

Thunder is a very affectionate pooch. Once he’s run off his energy, he will offer many doggy kisses–and of course you can’t say no to a face like that! Like Lucky, Thunder is a big leaner when you pet him. He just wants somebody to snuggle with! Who could possibly deny him? If you’re looking for a big, happy dog, come in soon to meet Thunder! UPDATE 2019: Thunder underwent back surgery last winter and was fostered by a number of volunteers during his recovery. He is now back to being an excellent walking companion and will jump on and over every bench he sees. He still loves to give doggy kisses!

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Thunder coming in for a kiss

Pinta the five-year-old Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix is just the cutest little thing–the kind of dog I am guilty of squealing over because she is just too precious. Her body (not counting head or tail) is literally the size of my foot. Pinta prances rather than walks, and keeps those big ears up and alert.

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Pinta prancing around the run

Pinta is another dog who isn’t shy about giving doggy kisses. I picked her up, which she didn’t protest about at all, and she immediately began licking my chin. She rolled around in the grass for a little bit and enjoyed getting a belly rub in the process. Pinta was sharing her kennel with another small dog who had already been adopted, so she could go to a home with another dog. Is Pinta the pooch for you?

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Pinta scratching an itch

Kanner the three-year-old Pug/Beagle (Puggle) mix is another cutie. Puggles are one of the most popular “designer dogs” because both Pugs and Beagles are known for their great companionship. So what is a pooch like Kanner still doing at the shelter? He has that great half-smushed face that makes you smile as soon as you see him. Think about all of the smiles he could bring to your life!

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Kanner romping around

Kanner currently shares his kennel with Benny, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. He had fun playing with Max (who got adopted, hurray!) on the other side of the fence. Kanner is also a good leash-walker; I was able to walk him and Benny simultaneously without too many complications, which is always a sign of well-behaved dogs. If you’re interested in a designer dog without the designer price, come in soon to meet Kanner!

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Kanner playing with Max (and Benny in the background)

PeeWee the nine-year-old Chihuahua mix acts a bit angry when he’s inside his kennel, which is so unfortunate because he is the sweetest little doggy as soon as you take him out. The poor guy is probably very stressed and scared inside the kennel, which is why he isn’t too sure about strangers coming up to say hello. Outside, though, PeeWee literally melts into your arms if you pick him up, and he accepts pets from everybody!

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PeeWee smiling for the camera

PeeWee shares a kennel with Astro (another dog who is barky inside and a sweetie outside!), and was politely interested in the spaniel mix on the other side of the fence. This little guy is ready to go to a furever home with someone, so he can show off his true lovable personality. Remember, smaller dogs often live longer, so nine isn’t very old at all! Please consider welcoming a senior dog like PeeWee into your home.

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PeeWee sniffing the air

Some of the other senior dogs who are still waiting for the right person to find them are Buckeye and Freckles, Frankie, Giorgio, Granny, Keini, Lady, Midnight, Star, and Ty.

I also spent some time with Winter, Reebok, Molly, China, and Goose!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Have Big Hearts

Half of the dogs I walked at Orphans of the Storm® this week have already been adopted, but the four dogs below are all ready to find their new forever homes too!

Chico the six-year-old Labrador Retriever/Shepherd mix is just wonderful. He is friendly, gentle, and extremely affectionate. Chico will cover your face in doggy kisses if you give him the opportunity and prefers to stay close to whoever is walking him. We took a nice walk around the shelter and he wasn’t pulling on the leash at all.

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Chico is so photogenic!

Chico was originally sharing his kennel with another dog, who has since been adopted, so Chico could go to a home with another four-legged friend, or would be equally happy to be the only apple of your eye. Sometimes you just know when a dog is a good dog, right? (I felt that way about Roxie, a staff and volunteer favorite who happily got adopted while I was at the shelter this week!) Chico is one of those dogs where you just know. If you’re looking to add a big, handsome sweetheart to your family, Chico could be the pooch for you!

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Chico posing for the camera

Cherry the five-year-old Husky mix is another affectionate pooch ready to share her love with a new family. She sure has an appropriate name, too, with that reddish-brown fur of hers. Cherry isn’t shy when it comes to giving doggy kisses and will happily bound over to any new person coming her way to get a nice scratch on the top of her head.

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Cherry’s smiling face

Cherry, being a Husky, would do best with a big, fenced-in yard and/or an active family who can keep up with her energy. She walked well on the leash, but sometimes got excited and would jump straight into the air, all four paws off the ground (hence the needed fence). Huskies are athletes, and Cherry is no exception! Once she’s run off her energy, though, Cherry is an excellent cuddle buddy who enjoys a good bellyrub. If you’re thinking about welcoming a Husky into your home, come in soon to meet Cherry (or Gilly, or Akiva)!

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Cherry wanting to run around in the yard

Vienna the eight-year-old Beagle/Pug (Puggle) mix and Bailey the eight-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix are one of the pairs currently at the shelter who would like to be adopted into their new home together (the others being some of my personal favorites, Freckles and Buckeye and Wilbur and Rosco). Vienna and Bailey grew up together in a home, but unfortunately their family split up and neither side could take the dogs.

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Vienna’s precious puggle face

Vienna and Bailey are excellent at walking on the leash and, because of their good behavior, they have gone to many off-site events in just the few short weeks they’ve been at the shelter. They get along great with people and dogs alike, and know at least a few commands (if not more).

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Bailey being a good girl on her walk

If your home has room for two, consider adopting this lovable pair!

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Vienna and Bailey make a great pair!

I also spent some time with Gizmo, who gave me a real self-esteem boost because he was so happy to see me again, and my buddies Frankie and Bailey (not to be confused with the Bailey above) and Molly and Reebok. Reebok has become a pro at climbing the agility bridge, and is so proud of himself when he makes it to the top!