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

What better time to add a dog to your home than during the dog days of summer? There are plenty of playful pooches at Orphans of the Storm® who are ready to enjoy the outdoors and sunshine with you!

Annie the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a super playful and happy girl. She loves toys and can easily keep herself entertained by playing fetch with herself, romping around the yard while carrying a toy, or plopping down and chewing on it. Annie also loves rolling around on her back in the grass and getting her belly rubbed. She likes hip scratches and will wriggle from one side to the other depending on where you’re petting her.

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Annie is an active girl

Annie can pull a bit on the leash when she first comes out of her kennel, but she walks great on the trail when using a front-clip harness. She isn’t a fan of other dogs when she passes them on walks or sees them on the other side of the fence, but we are working on her dog socialization skills. She is looking for a home where she can be the only dog. Annie is a smart girl who already knows some basic commands and is housebroken, so she’s ready to settle into her new forever home. Come in soon to meet Annie!

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Annie will enjoy snuggles post-playtime

Socks the one-year-old Shepherd mix is very gentle. He enjoyed meandering slowly around the yard, sniffing at all the new smells. Socks wasn’t too interested in toys on this particular outing, but he does enjoy getting lots of attention and pets. Socks is happy to greet people and walk right up to them to get more snuggles (and hopefully a treat!). When I sat down on a bench, Socks hopped up next to me. He just likes being close to his people.

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Socks showing off his white paw-socks

Socks likes to lead the way on walks and moves at a brisk pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash at all. Socks gets along with other dogs and participates in play group with dogs who like to play tag with each other. This means he could go to a home with or without another dog. If you’re looking for a big, sweet boy, come in soon to meet Socks!

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Socks on the bench

Data the one-year-old Shepherd mix is new to the shelter and still a little nervous about her new surroundings. She is very submissive and often rolls over onto her back when she’s not sure what else to do. But when you start rubbing her belly and tell her it will be okay, her tail starts to wag! Data is pretty skittish and doesn’t seem too familiar with walking on a leash, but she’ll get better with more practice.

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Data being braver in the yard

Data comes out of her shell more the longer she’s out of her kennel. When we went to the Enrichment Park, she started by just pacing at the gate. After a few minutes, though, she was exploring all the way out to the middle of the yard. She eventually came over to where I was sitting so I could pet her. Data has potential to go to a home with another dog or with a cat. This sweet puppy has lots to offer–she just needs the right comforting home to help her develop into her full potential. Be sure to say hello to Data on your next visit to the shelter!

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Data hiding in the corner

Kara the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Weimaraner mix is a sweet girl. Her favorite thing is to be close to her people. Whenever I knelt down to her level or sat down somewhere, Kara would come trotting over without even being called and snuggle up next to me. She especially loves hip scratches and neck scratches. Kara enjoyed sniffing her way around the Enrichment Park. She chased after a toy when I threw it, but wasn’t interested in picking it up or playing with it.

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Kara likes to stop and smell the roses (and other flowers)

Kara is a perfect walking companion. She stayed right by my side and didn’t pull at all. In fact, she walked so close to me that I was afraid I would step on her toes! Kara wanted to pause occasionally so she could smell the flowers and other plants lining the trail, and was also happy to pause for more pets. Come by the shelter soon to meet Kara!

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Kara enjoys her walks

Bubbles the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is very calm. She walks nicely on the leash, moving at an easy pace and not pulling at all. Bubbles especially likes to snuggle. Whenever I knelt down to her level, she came running over and rested her chin in my lap while I pet her. She also gave the occasional doggy kiss. When I sat down on the bench, Bubbles put her front paws up on the bench next to me and gave me a big, happy doggy smile.

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Bubbles exploring the Enrichment Park

Bubbles gets along with other dogs and attends play group almost every day. She already has a long list of doggy friends. Her favorite type of play style is to chase and be chased. When we were in the Enrichment Park, Bubbles politely sniffed a much larger dog on the other side of the fence. So, she could go to a home with or without another dog. If you’re looking for a happy, bubbly pooch, look no further than Bubbles!

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Bubbles trying to be a lapdog

Snow the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix sits without even being asked when it’s time to put her leash on–both when she’s in her kennel, and when she’s in the yard. She would be eager to learn even more! Snow is super snuggly. When we went into the Enrichment Park, Snow immediately sat down next to me and just wanted to cuddle. When I eventually got up and walked away, Snow came over and stood in front of me so I had to stop and pet her more. She particularly likes getting her sides rubbed.

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Snow often has a doggy smile on her face

Snow is a good walking companion. We made our way around the trail at a nice pace. Snow sometimes perked up when a chipmunk or bird crossed our path, but she didn’t try to chase after them. She especially enjoys rolling around on her back in the tall grasses. Snow regularly attends play group and does well with the calm and gentle dogs. She has potential to go home with another dog, but she does not like cats. Come in soon to meet Snow!

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Snow leading the way

Lupa the seven-month-old Labrador Retriever mix is still very much a puppy. She has lots of energy, but eventually plops down in a shady spot after she has a chance to run and play. Lupa loves toys. She happily chases after them when you throw them, and then runs a couple laps around the yard carrying them in her mouth. She isn’t possessive, though–when you reach out to take the toy back, Lupa drops it quickly and then eagerly hops up and down waiting for you to throw it again. Lupa is also learning to enjoy splashing around in the puppy pool and will dip her toes in if you throw a toy in the middle for her to fetch.

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Lupa ready for me to throw the toy

Lupa, still being a puppy, needs a little more practice walking on a leash. She likes to lead the way and would often rather run than walk. She would probably do best with a harness to prevent her from pulling as much–but once she’s in a home where she’s getting regular walks and exercise, she probably won’t have quite as much energy on every walk. Lupa attends play group and enjoys romping with the other dogs. If you’re looking for a fun and playful puppy, come in soon to meet Lupa!

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Lupa likes toys of all shapes and sizes

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Warming Up

Some dogs will act as if they are your lifelong best friend the first time they meet you. Others can take a little longer to warm up. There are some shy but incredibly nice dogs at Orphans of the Storm® right now, and they are looking for the right person or family to help them break out of their shell.

Baloo the six-month-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix is a little shy, but super sweet. Many dogs are off and running when they first come out of their kennel, but the first thing Baloo did was sit by my feet so I could pet him. I think it’s safe to say that one of Baloo’s favorite things is getting pet, because we took many cuddle breaks. Once Baloo spent more time with me, he was also happy to give some doggy kisses.

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Baloo has cute pointy ears

Baloo is one of the best walking companions. He heels without being told and was so close to me that my leg was touching his side with almost every step. The only way he could have been closer is if he stood on my feet! Baloo didn’t pull on the leash once. I must have told him, “You’re perfect!” about 50 times. If you’re looking for a sweet puppy who already knows his manners, come in soon to meet Baloo!

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Baloo says, “Yes, I am a good boy!”

M&M the three-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever mix is pretty mellow. We started in the off-leash run, where M&M gave the dog on the other side of the fence a quick sniff but then went off and did her own exploring. M&M can be a little skittish if she hears an unexpected noise, but once she’s settled in her new home she’ll feel much more comfortable.

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M&M loves her walks

M&M is another great walking buddy. It seems like she prefers going for walks rather than just hanging out in a yard. She walks at the perfect pace and doesn’t pull on the leash at all. I invited her to join me on the bench but maybe she was previously taught to not get on furniture, because she only rested her chin on the seat. Be sure to say hello to M&M on your next visit to the shelter!

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M&M not so sure about jumping on the bench

Jada the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix has one of those wide, lovable faces with plenty of adorable wrinkles–and she isn’t shy about getting that face right up next to yours! Jada loves to snuggle and give doggy kisses. She particularly likes getting her hips scratched and does a little happy dance. Jada will put her front paws in your lap for maximum cuddles.

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Jada leading the way

Jada can pull on the leash a bit when she first comes out, but as we made our way around the woodland preserve, she settled into a better walking pace. She enjoyed going into the tall grasses on the edge of the trail to do some extra sniffing. Jada gladly joined me on the bench a couple times to take a break. She would do best as the only dog in her new home. If you think you fit the bill, come in soon to meet Jada!

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Jada coming in for a doggy kiss

Quincy the one-year-old Shepherd mix can be a little shy at first. He wanted to give me a thorough sniff before I put his leash on, which I was happy to oblige. Quincy got more snuggly and less skittish the longer we were out, which is a great sign that getting some TLC in his new home will bring him out of his shell.

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Quincy looks a little fox-y

Quincy did a good job walking on the leash, considering he was a little skeptical of the idea at first. He liked to stop and sniff every once in a while–either the grass, tree trunks, or my leg. He was also happy to pause and get a nice scratch on the back or under his chin. Stop by soon to meet handsome Quincy!

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Quincy started walking with his head held high

Baby the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever mix ended up at the shelter because her previous owner passed away. Her lifetime experience of being a family pet means that she gets along with other dogs, cats, and people of all ages. (Baby is currently sharing her kennel with another dog, too.) So, she is more than ready to join a new happy home!

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Baby has such a sweet face

Baby is a very sweet girl. The first thing she did was give me a quick doggy hug, and she gave me a few more at different points during our walk. She also gave me doggy kisses. Baby is great at walking on the leash, though she would prefer having a harness rather than just her collar. If you’re looking for a family dog, be sure to say hello to Baby on your next visit!

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Baby knew to stay in the shade

I also saw Belle, Bella, Chester and Te Amo, Lucretia, Mojo, Sadie, Sir, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a Valentine

Firstly, be sure to mark your calendars! The date has been set for Orphans of the Storm®’s annual benefit dinner: Monday, April 28. Stay tuned for more information. I hope to see plenty of you there!

Secondly, love is in the air at Northbrook Court for the Orphans of the Storm® Valentine’s Day Gift Wrap and Pet Showcase! Meet adoptable dogs and cats February 7-16, 12pm-6pm each day. Your new furry friend will be sure to show you what true love really is.

You can also visit the shelter every day of the week and meet these adorable pooches:

Duke the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix (not to be confused with the other Duke I met last week, who is still looking for his forever home as well!) is a playful pup. His whole body was wriggling with excitement when he saw me come by with the leash and he couldn’t wait to get to the off-leash run and play in the snow. This is an active guy who would love to join an active family.

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Here comes Duke, flying through the snow!

Duke would come flying through the snow and then stop in front of me for some doggy hugs and doggy kisses. He’s still a puppy in my book, and would be eager to learn how to be the best companion possible. Duke was politely interested in the dog on the other side of the fence and didn’t do any barking except for an excited yip or two. Come in soon to meet Duke!

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Duke has the cutest puppy face

Big Ears the three-year-old Shepherd mix certainly has an appropriate name, with those big ears that stick straight up to the sky! Another appropriate name would be Big Sweetie, because that’s exactly what he is. Although he seemed a little nervous at first, soon enough that curly tail of his was wagging. Big Ears was a great walking buddy as we made our way to the off-leash run.

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Big Ears showing off his big ears

Big Ears is an affectionate guy. He likes to give doggy hugs, and don’t be surprised if he tries to climb onto your lap when you’re sitting down. Big Ears is looking for a family who will give him plenty of love, and he has more than enough love to give in return. His adorable looks and his friendly personality make him a great catch for whoever is lucky enough to adopt him. Could that be you?

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Big Ears coming in for a doggy kiss

Some other pooches looking for love this February are Molly (who is happy to hang out in the yard, winter or summer), Ebbie (who is looking for a nice, quiet place to enjoy her golden years), Akiva (who was built for a winter like the one we’re having right now!), Lucky (who greets the people he knows with so much excitement), Topaz (who is a world-class giver of doggy hugs), Corky (who is great on a leash and knows his basic commands), Wilbur and Rosco (who are the best brothers), and Zeus (who just wants someone to give him the attention he deserves). And, of course, there are many others! You can always check out the Dog Profiles page to see a list of adoptable dogs.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Would Be Thankful for a Second Chance

If you already have a dog, they’re probably on your list of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. There are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who are just waiting for their opportunity to be given a second chance at a new loving home, though–and they would be sure to thank you for that second chance every single day, if you adopt one!

Oscar the four-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is one cute pooch. He has a short, docked tail that just wiggles all over the place when he’s happy (which is most of the time). He was more than ready to go out and brave the cold weather, and walked pretty well on the leash.

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Oscar enjoying the outdoors

Oscar has a very unique look, so it’s hard to know exactly what he’s mixed with, but whatever it is made for one great dog. Oscar has such a sweet expression on his face all the time, and he seems like he would be very eager to please his new owners. Maybe on Black Friday you can fight against Black Dog Syndrome and welcome a black dog into your family! Oscar would really appreciate it.

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Oscar’s sweet face

Sky the three-year-old Husky mix is a beautiful girl. She has those bright blue Husky eyes that will grab your attention immediately. Although her fur is on the short side, there’s no doubt that she’s happy to run and play even in cold temperatures like we had this weekend. She had a good time exploring the off-leash run and is probably wondering where the snow is!

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Sky and her baby blues

Sky is currently sharing her kennel with Frankie (poor Frankie–all of his kennelmates keep getting adopted, and he keeps getting overlooked), so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Huskies are, in general, active dogs who were bred to work, so Sky is looking for a new family that will be able to keep her busy. She’s a friendly girl who would make a great companion. Come in soon to meet Sky!

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Sky certainly doesn’t mind cold weather

Cybor the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix hasn’t been at the shelter for very long, but she’s quickly become a staff and volunteer favorite. She knows her basic commands and is very affectionate, and on top of that she also has an adorable face that everybody loves, and perky ears that I absolutely love.

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Cybor is a cutie

Cybor (who is listed as Sadie on the website) got lots of attention while we were on our walk. Everyone we passed said, “Look at that face!” Since Cybor always looks like she’s smiling, you can’t help but smile back at her. Although Cybor is pretty much all muscle, she was pretty good at walking on the leash and has a constantly wagging tail. This sweetie will bring lots of joy to whichever lucky family brings her home this holiday season!

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I wish I got a good picture of Cybor’s adorable face!

Roxy the one-year-old Shepherd mix is super cute, super energetic, and still very much a puppy. I don’t think Miniature German Shepherds are actually a thing, but that’s basically what Roxy is–a German Shepherd that you can pick up and hold in your lap. You’ll have to get Roxy to stay still long enough to do that, though! She was running laps around the off-leash run and played a racing game with the dog on the other side of the fence.

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Roxy is flying through the air!

Roxy is currently sharing her kennel with Benny (who is a super-sweet senior), so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Roxy likes to give doggy hugs, and even gave me a couple of doggy kisses while she was at it. Roxy enjoyed chasing after the tennis ball and was good about bringing it back to me. If you’re looking for a playful puppy who will stay puppy-sized, come in soon to meet Roxy!

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Roxy has plenty of puppy energy

I also spent some time with my buddies Dennis, Lucky, Akiva, Rock, Molly, Jade, and Hugo. If you bring a new dog into your home this holiday season, you’ll both be “furever” thankful!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for New Friends

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

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

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Nino playing in the hay

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

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Nino smiling for the camera

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

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Does Zeus have the most lovable face or what?

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

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

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

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Bruce putting his Bloodhound nose to work

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

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

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

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Celebrate Father’s Day

Some adorable, cuddly dogs from Orphans of the Storm® were out and about in Highland Park on Father’s Day. How can you resist adding a four-legged child to your family? You can’t!

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The Orphans of the Storm® tent was bustling!

Stanley (Stan) the two-year-old Great Pyrenees mix was the first dog to catch my attention–not just because of his size (he’s a big boy), but because of his sweet demeanor. This guy is super mellow and also super snuggly. When I knelt down next to him to say hello, he tucked his head down and put it right in my lap. He also gave me some sweet doggy kisses. Stanley would make a wonderful addition to a family looking for a big dog!

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Sweet Stanley

Cody the two-year-old Corgi/Beagle mix is just too precious for words. She wanted to say hello to everybody and felt entirely comfortable climbing into my lap and covering my nose in kisses. Cody has an adorable little tail that wags all the time, as seen in its blurriness in the picture below. She seemed to be one of the more energetic dogs at the event (though it was pretty warm, so maybe that had to do with the dogs being extra-calm). This little cutie won’t be at the shelter long, so come in soon to meet her!

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Cody being adorable

Patsy Kline the six-year-old Beagle mix was another super mellow, super sweet dog at the event. She walked up to me with a little tail wag, and after I sat down next to her she stood right by my side and enjoyed getting a nice pat on the back. Patsy Kline is more of a blonde Beagle (I think the official name is “lemon”), but still has that lovable Beagle face and droopy Hound ears. She gave my hand a little “thank you” lick before I left. What a sweetheart!

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Patsy smiling for the camera

Candy the six-month-old Hound mix was one of two puppies strutting their stuff in Highland Park. This little girl was getting lots of attention, of course, because it’s impossible to ignore that sweet puppy face and those bright green eyes! Although Candy hasn’t had the most ideal puppyhood so far, a loving family is all she needs in order to become the best friend anyone could ask for. Candy loved everybody and is ready to find her forever family!

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Candy the cutie

Kendall the five-month-old Labrador Retriever mix (who might also have some Chow Chow in her) was the second puppy at the event. Kendall is the kind of puppy you just want to scoop up and carry around in your arms because she is so cute and so fluffy! (And she’ll soon be too big to carry around easily.) The volunteer who was walking Kendall said that she had been getting along great with everyone she met and was very friendly. As I say pretty much every time I mention a Lab, they aren’t the most popular breed in America for nothing!

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Kendall the happy puppy

Autumn the three-year-old Chihuahua mix is the ideal lap dog. She had already bonded with the volunteer who was walking her and curled up right in her lap for a little snooze in the shade. Autumn is a little bigger than the usual Chihuahua, but is still the perfect size for cuddling and being cuddled. She definitely enjoyed all of the attention she was getting from the volunteer, and would love even more to have a family of her own!

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Autumn making a silly face

I also got to see a familiar face at the event: my buddy, Chopper! What is a handsome boy like Chopper still doing at the shelter? He absolutely loves people, gets along with most other dogs, and was very well-behaved at the event. This happy guy is just looking for a happy home!

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Chopper being a little camera shy

There was also a cute little kitten hanging out under the tent. Kitten season is just starting, and the shelter expects to have more adorable kittens like this one arriving through October. If you’re more interested in an adult cat, no worries–Orphans of the Storm® has plenty!

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Look at that face!