Orphans of the Storm® Has Dogs of All Energy Levels

Whether you’re looking for a companion to keep you cozy on the couch, a running partner, or a fetch guru, Orphans of the Storm® has the dog with the right energy level for you!

Maria the five-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix is one of the most mellow dogs at the shelter right now. She was lounging in a sunny spot in her kennel when I came to take her out, and she wagged her tail when she saw the leash but otherwise wasn’t in a hurry to get up. When I let her off-leash in the yard, she went straight for the doghouse, dug up some fresh, cool dirt, and plopped down to do some more lounging. Maria is happy to get lots of scratches and snuggles while she’s relaxing, too, and will gently nudge your hand with her nose if you stop petting her.

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Maria enjoys her chest scratches

Maria is a very easy walking companion. She goes at an easy pace and never pulls. Sometimes she can be a little stubborn if she wants to stop and you want to keep moving, but she starts going again with a little encouragement. Maria has attended an off-site event and was calm the entire time. She already has a big fan following among the volunteers. Maria sometimes participates in play group, but because she prefers things to be low-key like she is, she isn’t too fond of all the activity involved. If you’re looking for a sweet and gentle couch potato, come in soon to meet Maria!

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Maria being a good walking buddy

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Bonus photo of Maria dozing in the doghouse

Chappie the five-year-old Labrador Retriever/Hound mix is a real cutie. He was excited to come out of his kennel and quickly led the way to the Enrichment Park, where he enjoyed sniffing and exploring. Chappie did several slow loops around the perimeter and especially enjoyed snuffling around the potted plants. A staff member was coming in and out of the park to do some cleaning, and Chappie didn’t pay him any attention or even notice that the gate kept opening and closing. He was just content to do his own thing.

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Chappie looking serious

Chappie finally realized that I was there to spend time with him once we were on the walking trail. When I knelt down to his level, he came over to get some neck scratches and gave me a few gentle doggy kisses. Chappie likes to walk at a quick pace but doesn’t pull as long as you’re keeping up with him. In fact, Chappie has the potential to be a great jogging or running partner–his speed perfectly matched my jogging pace, and he even started to run a little when he realized I was running too. Chappie has participated in a few play groups with gentler dogs. Come to the shelter soon to see if Chappie is the one for you!

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Chappie smiling

Kobe the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is an active boy who loves toys. He chased after the toys I threw, then picked his favorite and carried it in his mouth while he ran a few laps around the yard. After that, he found a shady spot in the grass and laid down to do some chewing. The good news is that Kobe doesn’t try to destroy his toys when he’s chewing, like some dogs do. He just casually nibbles and keeps the toys intact. Kobe can pull a bit on the leash when using a regular collar, but walks more easily with a front-clip harness.

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Kobe loved this squeaky pumpkin

Kobe attends play group every day. He loves wrestling and romping with the other rough-and-rowdy dogs–but annoys the calmer and gentler dogs, so he does best with high-energy dogs like himself. Kobe is learning basic obedience and would be eager to learn more. His previous owners noted that he can be protective of his home and yard, so Kobe is looking for an adult-only home that can work with him on this and teach him that he doesn’t need to be territorial or wary of visitors. If you’re looking for a playful pup, be sure to meet Kobe on your next visit to the shelter!

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Kobe says, “Whatcha got there?”

I also saw Chevy.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Wish You Happy Holidays!

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but back open at our normal time of 11am on Thursday. If you don’t get the dog you wished for under the tree this week, then come by the shelter to meet the perfect pooch for you!

Rudgie the six-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix is an energetic boy. He loves using his Hound nose to explore all the interesting scents when he romps around the yard off-leash. Rudgie gets the occasional burst of energy where he runs a lap or two around the yard, but then settles down to more of a meandering. Rudgie is very snuggly and will happily stand by your side for as long as you keep petting him.

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Rudgie coming over to cuddle (with a guest appearance by Sirius in the background)

Rudgie is a smart boy and comes bounding over when you whistle. He would be eager to learn much more! He’s also easy-going enough that he doesn’t mind getting dressed up in hats and other cute outfits. Rudgie was previously sharing his kennel with Sirius (see below), so he gets along with other dogs. If you’ve been looking for a happy Hound, come in soon to meet Rudgie!

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Rudgie has the floppiest ears

Sirius the four-year-old Labrador Retriever/Chow Chow mix is pretty mellow. He enjoyed exploring the off-leash yard on his own, at a slow and steady pace. Sirius walks nicely on the leash and rarely pulls (except for when he doesn’t want to go back to his kennel, understandably!). When Sirius comes over to get pet, he particularly enjoys getting his hips scratched.

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Sirius’ sweet face (with a guest appearance by Rudgie)

Sirius was previously sharing his kennel with Rudgie (see above), so he gets along with other dogs. He also has done well being around children. Black dogs sometimes get overlooked in shelters, but Harry Potter taught us that black dogs can sometimes be a doting godfather in disguise. Come by the shelter soon and let Sirius show you how sweet he can be!

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Sirius would love a yard to call his own

Blanche the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Hound mix is pretty timid when she first comes out of her kennel, but she warms up after a few minutes and is actually very snuggly. She can also be skittish when there are loud or unfamiliar noises, but after some encouragement she gets braver. Blanche ended up enjoying being able to explore around the Enrichment Park and did lots of sniffing and investigating.

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Blanche is a nice walking buddy

Blanche snuggled up with me when I knelt down to her level, and put her front paws up on the bench next to me when I sat down during our walk. She can be a little resistant to walking on the leash at first, but once we got on the woodland preserve trail she was a great walking companion. Blanche has participated in at least one play group, and being with other gentle dogs brings out her playful side. Be sure to say hello to Blanche on your next visit to the shelter!

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Blanche coming out of her shell

Bessie the six-year-old Beagle mix is a little cutie. She can be a bit of a slowpoke on walks because, being a Beagle, she wants to sniff absolutely everything. If she’s going too slow for your liking, though, Bessie doesn’t mind being picked up and carried. Bessie had a great time snuffling her way around the Enrichment Park. The shelter in Tennessee where she came from said that Bessie also loves playing with toys.

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Bessie doing what Beagles do best

Bessie gets along with other dogs of all sizes. She was previously sharing her kennel with another dog her size who has since been adopted, and has also participated in play group with larger dogs and actively played with them. If you’re looking for a playful pup, be sure to say hello to Bessie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Bessie says, “Hey, what was that noise?”

I also saw Carlos (who gave me very enthusiastic doggy hugs).

Play group included Anya, Barney, Batman (Wombat), Blanche, Carlos, Polly, Rooster, and Turbo, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Brunhilda, Jordan, Lola, Mrs. Doolittle, Pumpkin, and Wednesday.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs with All Different Markings

Whether you like spots, stripes, solids, or patches, there are a variety of looks to choose from when you visit the dogs at Orphans of the Storm®!

Sid the one-year-old Beagle mix greeted me with a wagging tail and was eager to head out on our walk. When you take Sid on a walk, you have to be prepared to make lots of stops because Sid takes his Hound roots seriously and keeps his nose to the ground, sniffing very thoroughly. Overall he is a good walking buddy, though, because he goes at a nice pace and rarely pulls.

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Sid’s adorable face

Sid also enjoyed having a chance to explore the off-leash run. He sniffed in front of, behind, and through all of the bushes. He also poked some of the toys with his nose, but didn’t seem too interested in playing with them at the moment. Sid is a real cutie with his tricolored spots and patches, and those irresistible Hound eyes. Come in soon to see if Sid is the one for you!

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Sid following the trail

Toby the one-year-old Plott Hound mix was jumping in excitement when he realized it was his turn to come out. Although he had an initial burst of energy and wanted to start off at a run, he quickly settled into a nice walking pace when we got to the woodland preserve. I thought that since Toby is still a puppy, he would want to play with the toys in the off-leash run, but he just sniffed them and continued on. Maybe he needs someone to teach him how to play!

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Toby wasn’t sure what to do with all these toys

Toby politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the off-leash run. When we were walking around the woodland preserve and passed another dog, Toby didn’t give him a second glance. Toby would do best in an adult home with an experienced dog owner. If that description fits you, stop in soon to meet Toby!

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Toby has great camouflage fur!

Whizzer the six-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix absolutely loves squeaky toys. The first thing he did when we got to the off-leash run was pick up a blue plush ball with a squeaker. But one toy is never enough, of course, and soon Whizzer had himself a pile of toys that he could alternate playing with. He’ll chase after toys when you throw them but would rather chew on them than bring them back.

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Whizzer loved this toy

Whizzer is a strong boy and likes to walk at a brisk pace. When we were going around the woodland preserve, Whizzer stretched his nose up as high as it would go so he could collect more smells. Maybe there was a raccoon hiding in the trees, because he was very intrigued. Whizzer also likes to give doggy hugs. He used to share his kennel with another dog and attends play groups, but might be a bit overwhelming for a small dog. Be sure to say hello to Whizzer on your next visit to the shelter!

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Whizzer was proud of his collection

Layla the two-year-old Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix is a very pretty girl. She seemed a little skittish at first, but warmed up quickly. When we went to the off-leash run, Layla joined me on the bench. She put her front paws in my lap and gave me some doggy kisses while I pet her. Most dogs I’ve met have their tickly spot (where they kick their leg while you scratch them) somewhere around their ribs, but Layla’s tickly spot is right on her chest between her front legs!

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Layla with perky, upright ears

Layla is a great walking companion. She didn’t pull and mostly stayed by my side. We stopped occasionally for more snuggles. Layla got a couple sticky plants stuck to her fur while she was sniffing around the tall grasses, but stayed still so I could pull them off. Layla would like to be the queen in her new home (rightfully so), so she would do best as the only dog in an adult home. Stop in soon to meet Layla!

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Layla with her ears down in the sunshine

Nasus the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix ended up at the shelter because he didn’t get along with the little dog at his old home, but he loves people! At first glance, you might think Nasus is a lot to handle because he’s big and muscle-y, but he’s actually quite easy-going and walks great on the leash.

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Nasus is a big, lovable boy

Nasus might do best as the only dog in his new home, but when he’s out on a walk he doesn’t seem to mind passing other dogs. When a smaller dog walked past us on the trail, Nasus first sat and then laid down until it went by. I also saw him walking on the trail with another larger dog on Clear the Shelters. Nasus is a happy boy looking for a happy home. Stop in and say hello to Nasus soon!

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Nasus says, “Okay, follow me!”

I also saw Barney, Bella, and Thunder (who I haven’t walked in a while but he knew we were old friends and gave me lots and lots of doggy kisses).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Hoping Today Is Their Lucky Day

I don’t think there are many Irish breeds at Orphans of the Storm® at the moment, but all of the dogs are claiming they’re Irish today so they can get some extra luck! They don’t care too much about finding a pot of gold, though–what they really want is to find their forever home.

Cookie the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came from an owner who had to move and couldn’t bring her with. This means she already has two years of experience being a family dog, and she is housebroken and gets along with kids. Cookie is a sweet and snuggly girl.

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Half of Cookie’s pictures included her tongue sticking out

Cookie walks pretty nicely on the leash. She enjoyed sniffing her way along the woodland preserve trail. When I knelt down next to her, she put her front paws in my lap and snuffled around my face. Later, she joined me on the bench for a snuggle session. Cookie likes getting her hips scratched and does a cute wiggly dance. Stop in soon to see if Cookie is the one for you!

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Cookie hanging out on the bench

Candy Cane the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix has lots of energy, understandably, since he’s still a young pup. We were off and running as soon as he came out of his kennel. Candy Cane was happy to lead the way, but often looked back to check in with me (and probably also wondering why I wasn’t keeping up).

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Candy Cane doing a little wiggle

Candy Cane settled down eventually and showed off his sweet side. He gave me some doggy kisses when we were in the off-leash run. Candy Cane was also eager to race the dog on the other side of the fence. He didn’t seem too interested in playing fetch, but I’m sure he’d be happy to learn. If you’re looking for a young and fun dog, come in soon to meet Candy Cane!

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Candy Cane is ready to give doggy kisses

Sir the three-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix can be a little wound up when he first comes out of his kennel, but give him a few minutes to settle down and then you’ll see what a sweetie he is. Sir wanted to play tug-of-war with the leash when he first came out, but by the time we got to the woodland preserve, he wasn’t paying it any attention at all and walked pretty well.

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Sir is a cutie

Sir and I found a quiet spot along the trail where he sat right at my feet and gave me some doggy kisses while I pet him. When we went to the off-leash run, Sir loved chasing after a tennis ball, but needs some practice on bringing it back so his person can throw it again. Sir would do best in an adult home with an experienced dog owner. If that description fits you, be sure to say hi to Sir on your next visit!

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Sir shines in the sunlight

Tucker the three-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix is a big softie. We met a little puppy on our walk around the woodland preserve, and I thought Tucker might be too much for a small dog, but it was the other way around! The puppy jumped on Tucker’s head and Tucker just looked at me like, “Is this okay?” It was too cute.

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Tucker is a handsome guy

Tucker has long legs, so his walking pace was my jogging pace. He doesn’t pull on the leash as long as you’re keeping up with him, though. Tucker gave me a doggy hug and some doggy kisses and wasn’t in any hurry to put his front paws back on the ground. He can be a little skittish around loud or strange noises, but will probably get over that once he’s settled in his new home. Come in soon to meet sweet Tucker!

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Tucker following his Hound nose

I also saw Bella, Blaze, Buddy, Casper, Chester and Te Amo, Clarinet, Cleo, John Boy, Sammy, Tino, and Tyson.

Orphans of the Storm® Cats and Dog Looking for a Home

I ended up picking the only rainy day to visit Orphans of the Storm®, so I only have one new pooch to write about this week. But that also means I got to spend some time drying off and warming up with the cats in the cat room! Nothing is quite as cozy as having two (or more) cats in your lap simultaneously.

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Old Red has such a sweet face

Old Red the six-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix didn’t mind the rain at all. Old Red’s personality couldn’t be any more Hound-like. He loves being outside and he loves following his nose. When we were in the off-leash run, he kept putting his paws up on the side of the fence and stretching his neck as much as he could so he could smell even more in the air above him and beyond the fence. He started doing a signature Hound howl to let me know that he didn’t want to be confined by the fence anymore, so I listened and we headed to the walking trail.

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Old Red says, “I want to see what’s on the other side!”

Old Red is really in his element when he’s in the woods, and it’s clear that his breed is meant to be there. We literally ran the entire trail (which tells you how contagious Old Red’s enthusiasm is, because I don’t run for anything or anybody!), and Old Red would have been happy to run another lap but I needed a break. We only stopped once during our run for Old Red to sniff around the base of the tree before we were off again. Old Red is a sweet boy who gets along with kids and would love to be part of an active household. If you think that might be yours, come in soon to meet Old Red!

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Old Red wanted even more water in addition to the rain

And even though it was rainy, I of course had to take my best buddy Blush for our weekly walk around the trail. She didn’t mind the rain either 🙂

Then it was time to head inside and say hello to the cats. My camera also needed a chance to dry off, so apologies for the first few pictures being blurry!

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So many cute cats to choose from!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs with Personalities as Warm as Sunshine

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are all about being companion animals. They’re just looking for someone who will give them the love and attention they deserve, and in return they will shower that someone with lots of affection!

Sophia the five-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix is extremely easy-going. There was a lot of hustle and bustle while I was at the shelter because a Boy Scout troop was hosting a fundraising barbecue, but Sophia just politely sniffed at them and wagged her tail as we made our way past. She walks very nicely on the leash and is happy to stop and sit by your side if you want to take a break. She is a sweet, gentle girl.

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Sophia says, “Pet me!”

Sophia loves getting pet. When you start petting her, she’ll scoot closer and closer to you until she’s practically in your lap, and will stick her nose right up next to yours–and maybe even give you a doggy kiss! One of the cutest things she did while we were on our walk is put her paws up on the fence outside of the cat room so she could look inside and watch all the cats. You could just see that she was thinking, “Oh boy! Kitties!” Sophia was previously sharing her kennel with another dog, so she could go to a home with or without another pooch. Stop by soon to meet Sophia!

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Sophia smiling in the sunshine

Ringo the six-year-old Husky mix might be inching his way towards my “favorites” list because he is such a good boy. He walks nicely on the leash and knows some basic commands like “sit,” which he did for me even without a treat! Ringo was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so he could go to a home with another pooch; however, he isn’t a fan of cats. What Ringo is a fan of is people of all ages, including children.

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Ringo is so fluffy

Ringo definitely likes to cuddle, which is good because his fluffy fur makes him extra cuddle-able! He was happy to stay by my side while I pet him, and when I sat down on the bench he quickly joined me and sat right next to me. He’s not shy about offering doggy kisses, and he’s an alert boy who likes to keep track of things and investigate. Whenever a new dog came into the run next to ours, Ringo was always right there at the gate to say hello. If you’re looking for a great family pet, come in soon to meet Ringo!

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Ringo enjoying a pat on the back

Ginger the four-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix (not to be confused with the other Ginger) is a super affectionate pooch. We had only known each other for a few moments before she was giving me doggy kisses and trying to sit as close to me as possible. Her happy, sweet personality has quickly made her a volunteer favorite. Now she just has to steal the heart of a potential adopter!

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Ginger romping in the run

Ginger absolutely loves going for walks. She was practically bouncing up and down when she realized she was coming out with me and took off at a quick clip. Ginger could probably lose a couple pounds, but with her enthusiasm for walks and being outdoors, that should be pretty easy to do once she’s in a home that gives her regular exercise. Ginger greets everybody with a wagging tail and a doggy smile. Come by the shelter soon to meet Ginger!

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Ginger is a happy girl

I also saw Blush, Courage, Fred, Hachi, Rock, Tucker, Zack, Zoey, and the other Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Hounds, and a Collie

You can always find a wide variety of breeds at Orphans of the Storm®, but there just so happens to be quite the collection of Hounds right now! Orphans of the Storm® also gets its share of purebreds–you just have to keep an eye out if there’s a particular breed you’re looking for!

Rigby the one-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix is a very polite pooch. He waited patiently while his leash was put on, he walked pretty nicely on the way to the off-leash run, and he gave the dog in the run next to ours a friendly sniff and tail wag. Rigby has a bit of a crooked tail, but that doesn’t stop him from wagging it almost constantly. It wagged whenever he saw a new person or a new dog.

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Rigby has such pretty fur!

Rigby enjoyed following his nose around the run and investigating behind the bushes. When it was time to put the leash back on, though, Rigby’s attention turned to me. He even decided after a few minutes on our walk that he was comfortable enough to give me a nice doggy kiss. Rigby has such a cute, sweet face and a sweet personality to match. Come by the shelter soon to meet Rigby!

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Rigby just being a Hound

Winnie the one-year-old Hound mix is a playful little girl. She was stretched out on her doggy bed when I first stopped by her kennel, but as soon as she realized she was going for a walk, she was up and at ’em! Since Winnie is still in her puppy phase and probably hasn’t had too much training, her leash manners aren’t the best–but she is certainly ready to learn.

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Winnie knows she’s a cutie

Winnie is a dog that will make you smile. She has a funny habit of jumping around and then sitting perfectly. When you start petting her, she will lean all of her weight (which isn’t very much) against you so you can pet as much of her as possible. She is certainly a people-dog! She thought another volunteer’s water bottle was a toy, but didn’t mind when I took it away from her. Instead, she just wanted to cuddle. This cutie-patootie is more than ready to join a family and bring them years of happiness. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Winnie is the girl for you!

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Winnie is such a good sitter (though you may want to discourage her from sitting on your table at home)

Old Red the six-year-old Redbone Coonhound mix is a Hound through and through. If you’re looking for a dog who will happily hit the trails with you, Old Red would be an excellent candidate. He has plenty of energy and plenty of endurance, so he would love to go to a home that will give him plenty of exercise. He would also love a home with a big yard (preferably one with a high fence) that he can explore.

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Old Red likes to stay active

Old Red is all about following his nose. While we were in the off-leash run, he went to the back corner where the woods meet the edge of the shelter. There must have been something in the woods, because Old Red did the signature Hound howl and very much wanted to climb over the fence to find whatever it was. Old Red reminded me of the dogs in Where the Red Fern Grows, which is quite the compliment! Come in soon to say hello to Old Red!

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Old Red in the autumn sunshine

Lassie the nine-year-old Rough Collie is an absolute sweetheart. I thought a purebred Collie would have been adopted the second it came into the shelter, but for some strange reason, Lassie is still here. What’s not to love about her? She is super gentle, super easy to walk on the leash, and just an overall super dog who would make her namesake proud! She seems a little sad at the shelter right now, but she will certainly cheer up when she finds her new family.

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This Lassie will rescue you once you rescue her!

Lassie is such an easy dog to get along with. Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month at Orphans of the Storm®? Lassie’s age might be the only thing that’s prevented her from being adopted already, but there are so many benefits to adopting an older dog like Lassie. As I mentioned, she is extremely calm and knows her manners. She knows what it takes to be a good family pet. All she needs is a family that’s willing to welcome her into a new furever home. If you think that home could be yours, come in quickly to meet Lassie!

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Lassie might just be the prettiest dog at the shelter right now

I also saw my furry friends Ares, Corky, Daisy (who gets along well with other dogs), Ebbie, Javan (who is such a good boy–I have no idea why he keeps getting passed over!), Luciano (who loves people and isn’t shy about showing it), Lucy, Rosco, Scotty, Shamrock (who has been at the shelter five years too long), Shasta, Shogun (a great example of a senior dog who still has plenty of pep in his step), Sweet Pea, Tom-Tom, Topaz (who is super affectionate), Tucker (who gave me a sweet doggy hug), Wilbur (my favorite!), and Zoey.