Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Ready to Let Freedom Ring

This weekend (Friday the 28th through Sunday the 30th), Orphans of the Storm® is hosting a “Let Freedom Ring” adoption event! Adoption fees will be waived for adult dogs and cats. There will be a Pet Stuff Sale, raffles, giveaways, and a Red, White, and Cute petting booth. A big event with big hopes for lots of happy adoptions!

Sawyer the two-year-old Hound mix was a little timid when I first came to her kennel, but she warmed up quickly and gave me a couple doggy hugs as soon as I put her leash on. We started in the off-leash run, where Sawyer did what Hounds do best and followed her nose all around the perimeter and underneath the bushes. As soon as I went to the gate to get her leash, though, Sawyer came running over without even needing to be called and was ready to go for a walk.

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Sawyer doesn’t mind a little drizzle

Sawyer is a perfect walking companion. She stayed right by my side or just a couple steps ahead of me, and didn’t pull at all. She had one spurt of energy when a chipmunk ran in front of us, but otherwise walked at an easy pace. Sawyer loves other dogs and has already become a play group regular. She wants to say hello to everyone and tries to get the shier dogs to come out of their shells. Come in soon to meet sweet Sawyer!

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Sawyer is a sweetheart

Karla the two-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix is a super lovable girl. She is easy-going and mellow, and happy to sit by your side as long as you’re petting her. Karla did some of her own exploring around the off-leash run, but often came back to me for some more attention. Karla is also an excellent walking companion. She walks at a nice pace and never pulls on the leash.

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Karla knows to smile for the camera

Karla attends play groups and although she doesn’t actively play with other dogs too often, she walks around with her tail wagging constantly and occasionally sniffs hello. She gets along with larger dogs similar to her size, but isn’t as much a fan of smaller dogs or cats. She also prefers adults and older children to small kids. Be sure to say hello to Karla on your next visit to the shelter!

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Karla standing at attention

Polly the three-year-old Mountain Cur mix is a bundle of energy. She’s a regular in the “rough and rowdy” play groups and enjoys wrestling, chasing and being chased, and occasionally woofing to get other dogs to play with her. Polly knows when it’s play group time and heads straight for the gate! Polly also likes to say hi to other dogs when she’s out for walks, though she might be a little exuberant for smaller or more timid dogs.

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Polly’s ears are the cutest

Polly can pull a bit on the leash when she first comes out of her kennel, but she settled down once we were on the woodland preserve trail. She can sometimes have spurts of energy where she would rather run than walk, but mostly preferred walking at a quick pace. Polly enjoys people’s company too and will give the occasional doggy hug. If you’re looking for a playful pooch, come in soon to say hello to Polly!

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Polly caught in a blink

I also saw Alec(k), Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde the Heeler, Cocoa, Donny, Kacy and Oliver, Maggie, and Thunder (who is so well recovered from his surgery that he jumped on and off every single bench we walked past!).

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A big group today! Polly, Peterson, Cocoa, Reeco, Bart, Elijah, Sawyer, Huckleberry, John Boy, someone too far in the back to ID, Kodi, Karla, and Heidi

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Gia (Pippa), Kodi, Chubby, and Huckleberry

Play group this week included Beatrix, Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Cocoa, Daisy, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Karla, Maggie, Polly, Pumpkin, Sasha, Sawyer, Sox, and Whizzer, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Amadeus, Baby Girl, Bach, Bart, Billy, Chance, Charley, Chubby, Cowboy, Faith, James, Katie, Kerrigan, Kodi, Lucy, Peterson, Sandy, and Tintoo.

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Gia (Pippa), Daisy, John Boy, Pumpkin, Maggie, Heidi, Chubby, and Kodi

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Daisy, Gia (Pippa), Kodi, Pumpkin, Karla(?), Cocoa, Elijah, John Boy, and Heidi

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® Puppy Dogs and Older Dogs

There are dogs of all ages at Orphans of the Storm® right now, ready and eager to find their perfect match!

Jasmine the eight-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix (not to be confused with the other Jasmine) is a sweetie-pie. She waited patiently for me to put on her collar and leash, and then we were off. Jasmine pulled a little when she first came out of her kennel, but then settled into being a great walking companion when we went to the woodland preserve. Though she does like to chase birds if they happen to land on the ground near her, so be prepared to run in short spurts!

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Jasmine enjoying her walk in the woods

Jasmine is very affectionate. She gives lots of doggy kisses and the occasional doggy hug. When I sat down on the bench, she hopped right up next to me and put her front paws in my lap so we could snuggle. I was the one who had to encourage her to get up and keep walking! Jasmine greets everyone with a wagging tail. Don’t let her “senior” age deter you–she still has plenty of energy, but also good manners. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are extremely rare at the shelter, so if you’re interested in that breed, come in soon to meet Jasmine!

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Jasmine knows how to snuggle

Rudy the eleven-month-old Shepherd/Husky mix is a playful pup. As soon as he was in the off-leash run, he bounded around with puppy enthusiasm and ran a few laps. Rudy likes chasing after toys, but rather than bringing them back for a game of fetch, he put all the toys I gave him behind the bushes for later. Rudy enjoys getting pet and likes to give doggy hugs.

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Rudy is a happy pup

Rudy, being a puppy, could probably still use some training. He doesn’t seem to have much experience with being on a leash and gets a little nervous when you first try to put a leash on him. He also likes to take the lead and can pull a bit once he is on the leash. Rudy was previously sharing his kennel with another dog who since got adopted, so he could potentially go to a home with or without another dog. If you’re looking for a big, lovable goofball, come in soon to meet Rudy!

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Rudy loves the sunshine

Smooch the one-year-old Dogo Argentino mix had two broken legs, but he recovered and now is ready to find his forever home! This sweet boy didn’t let his injuries dampen his spirits. Smooch’s tail is constantly wagging, and he got his name because he would give everyone doggy kisses when he was at the vet. Smooch has beautiful blue-gray eyes, and his face turns pink when he’s extra happy or excited.

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Smooch making his way through the grass

Smooch doesn’t take the ability to walk for granted. He absolutely loves going on walks and will happily lead the way. He looks back at you every once in a while as if to say, “Come on, keep up!” Smooch enjoyed romping around the off-leash run and exploring through the bushes. Be sure to say hello to Smooch on your next visit to the shelter!

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Smooch coming to give smooches

Conny the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is adorable. She is a permanent puppy size, which makes her great for snuggling. But don’t let her petiteness fool you–she is surprisingly strong for how small she is! Conny started off running around the woodland preserve trail, but she eventually tired herself out and settled into an easier walking pace. She ended up plopping down spread-eagle in the shade to cool off.

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Conny says, “Whatcha doin’?”

Conny likes to cuddle. Whenever I knelt down to her level, she’d come bounding over and put her front paws in my lap. Conny loves being with people, but she’s a little more particular about which dogs she likes being with, so she potentially would do best as the only pet in her new home. If you’re interested in having a permanent puppy, come in soon to see if Conny is the one for you!

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Conny showing off her wrinkly forehead

Rocky the one-year-old Cairn Terrier mix is the cutest. I couldn’t stop complimenting his looks the entire time we were out. He has the most adorable little face, and his fur is funnily very straight on his front half and then very curly on his back half. Terriers are known for being bold and energetic, and that’s what Rocky is!

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Rocky says, “Hello!”

Rocky loves to romp and play. He enjoys exploring when he’s on walks and playing with squeaky toys when he’s in the yard. Rocky sat right next to my feet for a while so I could pet him. He has a little bit of “small dog syndrome” and barks at bigger dogs, but doesn’t seem to mind dogs that are closer to his size. If you have the energy and creativity to keep up with Rocky, come in soon to meet him!

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Rocky is too precious

Snow White the eleven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is one of the shelter’s long-timers, and I am ashamed with myself for not writing about her before now! Snow White completed an 8-week doggy boot camp and was an excellent learner. She knows many commands, including “sit,” “stay,” and “heel,” and she’s very attentive to whoever is walking her. Snow White likes to get treats, of course, but she’ll do all of her commands without them.

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Snow White wondering if I have any treats for her

Snow White both looks and sounds like a pig, which is a compliment. She has a wrinkly nose and a low, round body, and she makes cute snorting noises. She also has a great smile! Snow White isn’t a fan of other dogs and would need to be the only pet in her new home. She’s looking for an experienced dog owner who will keep up with the training she’s already had. Snow White is hoping that “Someday My Prince Will Come” soon. If you think that prince (or princess) might be you, be sure to say hello to Snow White!

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Snow White is a well-behaved walking buddy

I also saw Big Boy and Mojo, Hobbs, Lucy, the other Lucy (who loves water and will splash around in anything from a pool to a water bowl), Naida, and Nash.