Orphans of the Storm® Both Bubbly and Shy Dogs

There are a few shy dogs (a couple of which are puppies) at Orphans of the Storm® who are still super sweet! They also have made some bubbly doggy companions who are already helping them come out of their shell.

Romeo the one-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix wants to be by his person’s side all the time. He loves to give doggy hugs and will happily stand on his hind legs and hold you for as long as you let him. Romeo was a little nervous when we were making our way around the woodland preserve and was far more interested in snuggling than walking, but once he gets used to his surroundings he should be a much better walking companion.

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Romeo is a handsome guy

Romeo enjoyed romping around the Enrichment Park and even jumped over one of the agility hurdles after I demonstrated how to do it. He is a quick learner! Romeo would do a quick lap around the park and then come running back to me for more cuddles. He loves getting pet and will lean against you while you scratch his side. Come in soon to see if sweet Romeo is the one for you!

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Romeo putting his Hound nose to use

Apollo the nine-month-old Mountain Cur mix (not to be confused with the other Apollo) is a little shy at first, but once he feels comfortable with you then he shows you what a cuddle-bug he can be. Apollo can be a little hesitant on the leash, but after some words and pets of encouragement, he’s a good walking buddy. Apollo will put his front paws in your lap when you kneel down next to him or sit on a bench. He might even give you a quick, gentle doggy kiss!

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Apollo has such unique coloring!

Apollo gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with Bubba (see below). Apollo has also gone to play groups and interacts politely with the other participants, but is also interested in getting attention from the people in the yard. Apollo is a sweet puppy who just needs to build up his confidence a little more. Come in soon to meet Apollo!

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Apollo getting used to walking with a harness

Bubba the three-year-old Mountain Cur mix is friendly with everybody. He greets every person he sees with an enthusiastically wagging tail and will be your new best friend in no time. He’s small enough that he can hop right into your lap and cover your face and hands in doggy kisses. Bubba will also roll over next to you so you can give him a belly rub.

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Bubba always has a smile on his face

Bubba likes to move at a quick pace and can pull a bit on the leash, but overall he’s a good walking companion. Bubba gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with Apollo (see above). This happy-go-lucky guy is sure to bring a smile to his new family’s face. If you think that might be you, come in soon to say hello to Bubba!

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Bubba is eager to explore

Mr. Brown the seven-month-old Dalmatian/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix arrived at the shelter with his brother, who has since been adopted. Mr. Brown absolutely loves play group and spending time with other dogs. He played a little rough when he first arrived, but the older dogs have taught him much better manners and now Mr. Brown is a play group favorite.

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Mr. Brown makes for an adorable Easter egg

Mr. Brown also loves people. He is very affectionate and loves to snuggle and give doggy kisses. He gladly joined me and another volunteer on the bench to get extra pets. Mr. Brown is up for anything and was even one of our Easter Egg-dogs who got decorated with (dog-safe) fur dye last week. If you’re looking for a fun-loving puppy, be sure to say hello to Mr. Brown on your next visit to the shelter!

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Mr. Brown is ready to give lots of kisses!

Athena the nine-month-old Mountain Cur mix is extra shy right now, but she already has a group of volunteers who love her and are working to build her confidence. She isn’t quite used to walking on a leash yet and sometimes gets carried from her kennel to an off-leash yard, but perks up once she’s free to romp. Athena also feels better when she has a doggy companion to walk next to or play with.

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Athena enjoyed the sunshine

Athena shows what a sweetheart she is once she has a few minutes to get to know you. By the end of our outing, she was coming over to me when I called to her and was giving me a couple quick doggy kisses. Athena is looking for a home that will give her the extra TLC she needs to become an outgoing puppy again. Stop in soon to meet Athena!

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Athena is tentative but loving

I also saw Barney, Big Boy and Mojo, Blue, Claire (Clarinet), Gracie, Jack, Peepers, Prince, Princess, and Sox.

The play group I attended this week included Alec (Aleck), Apollo the Mountain Cur, Brutus, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Gracie, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Luna, Mr. Brown, Prince, Sasha, Tom, Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo). There were also new dogs who haven’t been profiled yet: Clyde, Cowboy, Eastside, Freckles, Harry, Henry, Hippo, Lyla, Mazie, and Phoenix.

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Bonus shot of Athena and Mr. Brown playing!

Orphans of the Storm® Puppies

One-year-old dogs are still puppies in my book, and Orphans of the Storm® currently has plenty of pups to choose from!

Josie the one-year-old Basset Hound mix is very lovable. Everyone knows by now that I’m a softy when it comes to dogs who want belly rubs, and Josie absolutely loves them. She didn’t care about the ice or the snow–she just flipped right over and gave me a big doggy grin while I rubbed her tummy. And she has just the cutest face!

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The snow may have been deeper than Josie is tall, but Josie didn’t mind!

Josie was originally sharing her kennel with another dog who recently got adopted, so she is both dog-friendly and people-friendly. However, Josie would do best in a single-person home because she gets very attached to her person. And what’s wrong with having a loyal companion? Nothing! Josie was also a good walking companion who would enjoy a good walk around the neighborhood with her new owner. Come in soon to meet Josie!

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Josie enjoying one of many belly rubs

Nicki the one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix has pretty good manners for such a young dog. When I came up to her kennel with the leash, instead of jumping up and down like a lot of the dogs do, she laid down and waited patiently for the leash to be put on. Since she’s still young, she could probably use some training–but she certainly seems eager to please!

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All of Nicki’s pictures are action shots

Nicki has plenty of puppy energy, of course. She had a great time racing Diamond along the fence between the runs, and Diamond got tired long before Nicki did. Nicki has also become a quick favorite of the other volunteers at the shelter, since she’s such a sweetie. Don’t let Nicki spend too much longer at the shelter–she deserves a home to call her own!

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Nicki takes the lead in her race with Diamond!

Hutch the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix was a little shy when he first came out of his kennel (he seemed more interested in standing between my feet rather than walking with me), but he warmed up quickly. And he certainly didn’t mind the snow–in fact, he wanted to jump right into the deepest pile! He looked a little disappointed when I didn’t follow.

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Hutch is one good-looking pup

Hutch is just the cutest. I love his spots, his ears, his face–everything! Hutch was also politely interested in Corky on the other side of the fence, but was more interested in sticking his nose into the snow and finding a fun scent trail to follow. Hutch enjoyed a good scratch on the back and was a pretty good leash-walker. Stop by the shelter soon to say hello to Hutch!

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Hutch enjoying the snow

Some other dogs who enjoyed the snow on this chilly day were Wilbur, Rosco, Jade, Ebbie, Keini, Molly, and Trixie (who loves to catch and eat snowballs in place of her favorite tennis balls).

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

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

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

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Creek romping in the rain

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

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

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

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

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Max and all of his wrinkles

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

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Max being a playful pup

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

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Tango getting his exercise

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

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Tango flying through the air!

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