Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Will Keep You Cozy

There are lots of extra-snuggly dogs waiting to meet you at Orphans of the Storm® right now! Below are just a few.

And although these dogs are all young, remember that Adopt a Senior Pet Month is still going strong, and Orphans of the Storm® is still waiving the adoption fee for senior dogs (and cats!). See the current list of available senior dogs here.

Jason the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is super sweet and snuggly. He gave me a doggy hug right away and attempted to climb into my lap whenever I knelt down to his level. Jason is also a big fan of covering your face in doggy kisses. A very cute thing that he does is sit right in front of you and wait expectantly until you start petting him. With a face that cute, though, he never has to wait long!

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Jason says, “Hello, I’d like pets now, please.”

Jason sometimes likes to play fetch and sometimes just sniffs at toys before continuing on with his exploring around the yard. Jason likes to walk at a quick pace when he’s on the leash, but doesn’t pull as long as you’re keeping up with him. He can get a little grumbly when he’s on the leash and passes another dog, but he does attend play groups and does fine with other dogs off-leash. So, he has the potential to go to a home with another dog. He also could go to a home with children. If you’re looking for a loving and lovable puppy, come in soon to meet Jason!

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Jason romping around the yard

Rocko the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Rottweiler mix is a big, happy boy. He loves to give doggy hugs, but is gentle enough that he doesn’t unintentionally knock you off-balance. In fact, Rocko is a gentle giant overall. He walks great on the leash and doesn’t pull at all. When I sat down on a bench, Rocko put his front paws up next to me and rested his chin on my shoulder while I pet him.

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Rocko in the snow

Rocko loves to play with toys. He can easily play fetch with himself, tossing a toy high in the air and then catching it. Rocko can jump up high, though, so make sure your nose is out of the way so you don’t accidentally get booped! Rocko temporarily lived in a home with cats, a Chihuahua, and teenagers, and got along with all of them. So, he has the potential to live with other dogs, cats, and older children. If you love big dogs, be sure to say hello to Rocko on your next visit to the shelter!

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This picture shows off Rocko’s pretty coloring the best

Willow the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has quickly become a volunteer favorite because she is so sweet. She loves to give doggy kisses and will put her front paws in your lap so she can get nice and close. Willow can be a little unsure of her surroundings and starts out with her tail tucked between her legs, but it loosens up the longer she’s out. She also has a little bit of an adventurous side and went through the agility tunnel all on her own.

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Willow coming in for a doggy kiss

Willow is very easy to walk on the leash. She attends play group and gets along with the other dogs, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. She also gets along with children. However, Willow has separation anxiety and is looking for a patient and understanding home with people who will work with her on dealing with and hopefully overcoming this issue. Willow is still a puppy, so she has so much love to offer her new family. Come in soon to see if Willow is the one for you!

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Willow investigating a squeaky toy

I also saw Barney, Chevy, Cocoa, Delilah, Oreo, and Turbo (whose barking should not deter you–he’s anxious around the kennels, but is the calmest, quietest, snuggliest once he’s on the woodland preserve trail).

Play group this week included Barney, Brutus, Cocoa, Kado, Prince, and Willow, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Ace, Badger, Banjo, Bull, Burger, Cardi B, Carlos, Charming, Darcie, Dolly, Emily, Ginger, Mardi Gras, Millie, Pepper, Poochie, Raider, Red, Rooster, Samara, Sara, Sophie, and Tahini.

Orphans of the Storm® Celebrates Adopt a Senior Pet Month

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and Orphans of the Storm® is celebrating by waiving the adoption fees for dogs and cats 7 years and older! (Additional vaccination/vet fees will still apply.) The Orphans of the Storm® website now has a feature to let you sort by age, so you can see a full list of available senior dogs.

But if you’re thinking of a younger dog, there are plenty for you to meet too!

French Fry the five-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is shy but super sweet. He’s already come out of his shell a lot in the few weeks that he’s been here, but we know there’s more fun personality in there! French Fry loves to cuddle and get attention. He put his head in my lap when I sat down next to him and rolled over to get a belly rub. French Fry also enjoyed getting pet by a young girl while her parents were looking at another dog.

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French Fry would rather cuddle than walk

French Fry didn’t want to walk too far when we were out, but when he does walk, he is an easy walking companion. He occasionally sniffs, but mostly just watches what’s happening around him and then comes back to his person for some extra encouragement. French Fry is looking for a home that will give him all the love he deserve. If you’re looking for a sweet, snuggly boy, come in soon to meet French Fry!

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French Fry being a lapdog

Henry Hippo the three-year-old Hound mix absolutely loves going to play group and being with the other dogs. He wants to interact with everybody, and encourages the other dogs to play with him by rolling on the ground with all four legs straight in the air (you can see a video of this here). Henry Hippo is currently sharing his kennel with Pups (see below), so he can definitely go to a home with another dog.

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Henry Hippo has the best Hound face

Henry Hippo is a good leash-walking companion and enjoys sniffing and exploring, as Hounds do. His nose is most often right on the ground to track all the scents. Henry Hippo can be talkative in play group but quiet when it’s just him. He particularly likes getting scratches on his chin and ears. Henry Hippo is a happy, fun boy who will bring smiles to his new home. Be sure to say hello to Henry Hippo on your next visit to the shelter!

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This may not be Henry Hippo’s most flattering angle

Pups the ten-year-old Rottweiler mix was adopted from Orphans of the Storm® years ago, but his owner recently passed away so Pups is back and looking for a new home again. Now Pups has many years of experience living in a home and being a companion. He is super sweet, mellow, and easy-going. He’d be happy to spend most of his time relaxing around the house with his new family.

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Pups always has a smile on his face

Pups does enjoy the occasional spurt of romping around the yard too, though, and since he’s a bit chunky, more walks and exercise would be good for him! Pups walks nicely on the leash. He especially enjoys getting his hips scratched and will wriggle around happily when you scratch the right spot. Pups is currently sharing his kennel with Henry Hippo (see above) and sometimes attends play groups, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. If you’ve been considering adding a senior to your home, consider Pups!

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Pups like having a yard to explore

Oreo the five-year-old Border Collie mix would be a good companion for someone who likes taking brisk walks, because Oreo walks with a purpose (but doesn’t pull at all). He led the way around the woodland preserve trail and only stopped when I stopped. Oreo was happy to join me on the bench for some pets. He loves getting his hips scratched and will keep leaning and leaning against your hand until he plops over.

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Oreo is such a handsome boy

Oreo did some sniffing and exploring around the off-leash yard but was mostly interested in staying close to me and getting more pets. He occasionally attends play group and doesn’t mind being around the other dogs, but generally doesn’t actively play with them. Oreo is looking for an adult home or a home with older, teenaged children (Border Collies are known to herd kids). Come in soon to see if Oreo is the pooch for you!

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Oreo wanting a closeup

Willie the one-year-old Shepherd mix is super affectionate. He quickly became a volunteer favorite because of how snuggly he is. Willie loves to give doggy hugs, climb into laps, and cover faces in doggy kisses. He excitedly joined me on the bench and would have stayed right next to me all afternoon if he could. He gets along with other dogs and has done nicely with kids that he’s met at the shelter.

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Willie sitting on the bench

Willie walks nicely on the leash overall, though he gets the occasional burst of energy where he jumps and spins around a few times before continuing on his walk. Being barely out of puppyhood, Willie loves to play with toys and seems to understand the concept of “fetch.” Willie arrived at the shelter with some health issues, but he’s ready now to settle in to his forever home. Come in soon to meet Willie!

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Willie enjoyed this squeaky bone

Rita the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Australian Cattle Dog mix is super snuggly. As soon as she came out of her kennel, she gave a doggy hug to me and then another one to a visitor, who of course started cooing about how cute Rita is. When I let Rita off-leash in the yard, she just wanted to climb into my lap and cuddle some more. She’s a little timid at the shelter, but super sweet.

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Rita on a walk

Rita was originally sharing her kennel with another puppy who has since been adopted. She also attends play group and comes out of her shell more after playing with the other dogs. So, she could go to a home with or without another dog. If you’re looking for a cuddly and playful puppy, be sure to say hello to Rita!

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Rita wasn’t quite sure what to make of this big yard

I also saw Barney, Brutus, and Kira.

Play group included Brutus, Dunkin, Kado, Kira, Reno, and Riley (Diamond), as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Addie, Corrina, Freyr, and Maisie.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Recommend You Adopt, Don’t Shop!

The holiday shopping season is well underway. But if you’re considering adding a furry friend to your home this winter, the dogs (and cats!) at Orphans of the Storm® hope that you will look for them at a shelter rather than a shop.

Rocko the seven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a friendly boy who gets along with pretty much everybody and everything–kids, cats, and other dogs. Don’t let the gray fur on his face fool you into thinking he’s a slow-moving senior. Rocko is still an active dog who enjoyed exploring the Enrichment Park and led the way on our quick-paced walk around the woodland preserve.

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Rocko gives great doggy smiles

Rocko likes being close to his person and getting plenty of attention. He’ll happily stand by your side while you pet him, and will give you a few doggy kisses in return. He also enjoys riding in the car and is ready to head home for the holidays. If you think that home could be yours, come in soon to meet Rocko!

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Rocko has cute white socks

Junior the two-year-old Rottweiler mix is a champion snuggler. He likes getting his hips scratched and will lean against your side while you pet him. He was always right there with his front paws in my lap when I sat down on a bench or knelt down to his level. Junior is very attentive to his person.

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Junior is too cute

Junior walks nicely on the leash and rarely pulls. He’ll often look up at you to check in while walking. He has a very expressive face that automatically makes you smile at him. Junior was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, so he likes some dogs but can be bark-y around others. Be sure to say hello to Junior on your next visit to the shelter!

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Junior being a cuddle buddy

Huckleberry the two-year-old Hound mix is so much fun. I thought he was still a puppy because of his playfulness and innocence, and was shocked when I saw his age after our walk. Huckleberry absolutely loves playing with toys and can easily entertain himself with them. When he stops to chew on them, though, he’ll plop down next to you so you can pet him while he chews. Huckleberry also likes to give doggy hugs.

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Huckleberry loves his squeaky toys

Huckleberry walks nicely on the leash for the most part. He has strong Hound instincts and tried “treeing” a few times when he thought he saw, heard, or smelled something. Huckleberry has attended basic obedience training so he already knows some commands. He is also our play group “rock star” and gets along with basically every dog he meets. If you’re looking for a fun, outdoorsy companion, be sure to meet Huckleberry!

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Huckleberry says, “There must be a ‘coon around here somewhere!”

Benji the ten-month-old Hound mix is one of the biggest puppies I have ever seen. He is basically at face-level when he stands on his back legs (which is often–he is a big fan of giving doggy hugs). Benji has plenty of puppy energy and will literally run circles around you. He likes to play fetch, both with himself or with a person, though it’s a good idea to have at least two toys to alternate since Benji is still learning to “drop” or “leave it.”

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Benji brought me his toy

Benji led the way on our walk around the woodland preserve, but he would always come back to my side if I stopped walking. Benji seems to be friendly with other dogs and even cats. Benji is looking for a home that can keep up with his energy level and that will give him some training, since he’s still a puppy. Come in soon to see if Benji is the pup for you!

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Benji has long legs and a long tail

Tipsy the four-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is the perfect walking companion. I almost forgot I had a dog with me at one point because she was just quietly, contentedly moving at the same pace as me and it didn’t even feel like I was holding a leash. Tipsy will occasionally stop to sniff, but she mostly likes to keep moving and get her exercise.

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Tipsy enjoys her snuggle sessions

Tipsy did some exploring on her own when we were in the Enrichment Park, but she mostly stayed by my side to get pet and give doggy kisses. She is very cuddly and affectionate. Although Tipsy loves people, she would prefer to be the only dog in her new home. If you’re looking for an easy-going sweetheart, be sure to meet Tipsy!

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Tipsy wondering if all these toys are really for her

I also saw Barney (who sits and shakes paw), Cooper, Reggie, and Tom.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in Warm Weather

It felt more like May than February two weekends ago, and the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® were all eager for a chance to come out and enjoy the nice weather.

Wilbur the two-year-old Beagle mix was happy to lead the way as soon as his leash was on. We headed to the woodland preserve, where Wilbur enjoyed doing his Hound thing by keeping his nose mostly to the ground. Wilbur walks nicely on the leash (except for when it’s time to go back to his kennel, in which case he stops walking until you give him lots of petting and encouragement).

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Wilbur enjoys a good scratch on the back

Wilbur likes to snuggle. He’ll gladly lean against you as long as you’re petting him. He also tried to climb into my lap at one point when I was kneeling next to him. Wilbur would do best in an adult home that doesn’t get too many visitors, but will be a loyal companion for his new owners. Come in soon to see if Wilbur is the one for you!

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Wilbur leading the way on our walk

Brix the five-year-old Boxer/Plott mix has plenty of energy and is looking for an energetic family to match. Brix likes to give doggy hugs and will occasionally top it off with a doggy kiss. He’s a happy boy who knows how to smile for the camera. When he’s extra excited, he jumps up and down like, “Oh boy oh boy oh boy!”

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Brix is happy all the time

Brix and I took a lap around the woodland preserve. Brix would have preferred to go at a faster speed and pulled on the leash a bit, but was also nice about turning around and waiting for me to catch up. Brix was sharing his kennel with another dog, so he could go to a home with or without another furry friend. If you’re looking for a new exercise buddy and playmate, come in soon to meet Brix!

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Brix is an expert at making funny faces

Max the eight-year-old Great Dane and Rye the eleven-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix are a bit of an odd couple, but an adorable and lovable one! The two came from a military family who was transferred and couldn’t take them along. Max and Rye have been together for years, so they need to be adopted together.

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The perfect duo

Max is basically a horse. He’s probably taller than most people are if he were to stand on his hind legs. But Max is very gentle and easygoing. He mostly stayed near me when we were in the off-leash run. He particularly likes getting scratched on his hips and will do a little dance and/or lean against you. Max’s future owner can’t be too opposed to doggy drool, because Max makes a lot of it.

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Max showing off his spots

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Max’s big (cute) nose

Rye is smallish for a Cattle Dog and Max makes him look even smaller by comparison. Rye can easily walk underneath his big little brother. Rye doesn’t get too worked up over things. Another dog was barking at him on the other side of the fence, but Rye just looked at him for a minute and then continued on his way.

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Rye is a little cutie

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Rye is a mellow guy

Both Max and Rye seem like they walk pretty nicely on the leash, though we didn’t go to the woodland preserve for a full walk. Adopting a bonded pair like this is great because your new family members will have built-in friends and can help each other adjust to a new home. If you have the space in your heart and home for two dogs (one extra-large), stop in soon to meet Max and Rye!

Roxy the four-year-old Rottweiler/Shepherd mix is a pretty girl who likes being around people. We first went to the off-leash run, where Roxy sniffed a bit at one of the doggy toys but didn’t seem overly interested in playing fetch. Roxy is very snuggly, but prefers to snuggle on her own terms. She’ll lean against you and even tuck her head into your arm, but gets a little nervous if you get right in her face.

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Roxy glows in the sunshine

Roxy and I then went for a walk around the woodland preserve. Roxy walks nicely on the leash and didn’t really pull at all. Roxy would do best as the only dog in her new home. She also prefers to be around older children and adults. If that sounds like your home, be sure to say hi to Roxy on your next visit!

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Roxy ignoring the ball behind her

Tater the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is a friendly boy. The first thing he did when he came out of his kennel was give me a doggy hug. We then took a walk around the woodland preserve. Tater walks at a quick pace but doesn’t pull as long as you’re keeping up with him.

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Tater says hello!

Tater was happy to take a break from our walk every once in a while and join me on the bench for a quick cuddle session. He also gave me a few doggy kisses. Tater can get a little excited or distracted when other dogs are nearby, but it seems like giving him a treat is a good way to get him refocused. Stop in soon to say hello to Tater!

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Tater hanging out on the bench

I also saw Blaze, Lucy, O’Shea, the other Roxy, Scotty, and Wombat.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Ready for a New Home in the New Year

The weather finally cooperated enough for me to meet the first new pooches of 2017! There are lots of cuties at Orphans of the Storm® right now. It was hard for me to decide who to take out first.

Riley the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came from an owner who could no longer care for her, but she came with a glowing review that she certainly lived up to! Riley is friendly, affectionate, gets along with children, and walks nicely on the leash. (Though she is mostly muscle, so if she happens to have a direction she wants to go then you will most likely be going in that direction also.) Riley might look big at first, but her legs are pretty short and stubby (and cute), so she stays low to the ground.

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Riley has the sweetest face

Riley enjoyed exploring the off-leash run and did lots of snuffling behind and underneath the bushes. When I asked if she was ready to go for a walk, she immediately headed to the gate and wagged her tail while I put the leash on. After our walk around the woodland preserve, I sat down on the bench and patted the spot next to me. Riley hopped right up, put her front paws in my lap, and covered my face in enthusiastic doggy kisses. Come in soon to meet Riley and see if she’s the sweet family dog for you!

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Riley following her nose

Lucy the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is so well-behaved. She was sitting politely in her kennel, just looking at me, so I couldn’t ignore such good manners. Lucy did some signature Hound baying once she was in the outside portion of her kennel, but as soon as the leash was on, she didn’t make another peep for the rest of our time together. A lot of Hounds will be off and running as soon as the gate opens, but Lucy walks nicely on the leash and mostly stayed by my side.

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Lucy climbing into my lap

Lucy is a great snuggler. When I knelt down next to her, she put a paw on my knee. Then I sat all the way on the ground and she put both front paws on my lap and didn’t budge for as long as I pet her. Even when I told her we should keep walking, she just looked at me like, “No, I’d rather stay here and cuddle.” Lucy politely sniffed a Beagle we passed on our walk, so she seems to get along with dogs of different sizes. Be sure to say hi to Lucy on your next visit to the shelter! (You can also say hi to Lucy the Boxer mix and Lucy the Terrier mix while you’re at it. All Lucy’s at the shelter are super sweet!)

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Lucy showing off her spots

Copper the eight-year-old Chow Chow mix is a fluffy lovebug. She does the cutest thing that you will have to see in person, but I will try my best to describe. When Copper wants you pet her, she’ll tilt her head to the side, and then hop forward and give you a little nudge or head-butt. This happened at least four or five times while we were out, and it never stopped being adorable. And then once you do start petting her, she’ll plop right down next to you if you’re sitting or lean against your legs if you’re standing.

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Copper leading the way around the woods

Copper is a good walking companion. She didn’t walk too fast or too slow, she occasionally stopped to sniff, and she didn’t get overexcited if other dogs were nearby. Copper gives very convincing “sad puppy dog eyes” when she’s inside her kennel, but perks up as soon as you take her out. Copper’s heart is as golden as her fur! Stop in soon to see if Copper is the pooch for you.

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Copper looks particularly majestic in the sunlight

Buddy the eight-year-old Rottweiler mix was snoozing on his doggy bed when I came by his kennel, but as soon as I opened the doggy door to the outside, he was ready to go. Buddy is yet another great leash-walker. I don’t think he pulled on the leash even once. He came from an owner, so he has plenty of experience being a pet in a home.

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Buddy says, “I love you!”

Buddy was content to just meander around the off-leash run and come back to me every once in a while for a scratch on the back. He looked at a tennis ball and a giant rope toy but didn’t seem too interested in fetching either of them. Buddy knows some basic commands and would be happy to demonstrate for you. If you’re looking for a more mellow companion, Buddy may be the right buddy for you! Stop in soon to find out.

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Buddy is more of a sniffer than a player

I also saw AstridBella, Blaze, Blush, Juno, MerlinNoah, and Tino.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in a Downpour

Even though I checked the radar and thought we would get some dry time, it ended up raining (sometimes pouring) the entire time I was at Orphans of the Storm® this week. Some dogs mind the rain less than others, though, so I was able to at least take a couple new dogs out for a walk.

Miller the seven-year-old Pug mix ended up at the shelter because his original owner could no longer take care of him. Sadly, Miller is very overweight–but, on the bright side, that really doesn’t seem to slow him down. He still enjoys going for walks and being outside. If you adopt Miller, it would be a good idea to talk to your vet about the best diet and exercise routine to help him shed all the extra weight.

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Miller has that adorably wrinkled Pug face

Miller is a pretty easy-going, mellow guy. He walks nicely on the leash and doesn’t seem to get overly excited when other dogs are around. There were about five person-and-dog pairs all huddled under the tent together when the rain started coming down, and Miller just did his own thing. Pugs are a popular breed these days and make good family dogs. If you’re able to take home a dog that needs some extra TLC, come in soon to meet Miller!

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Help Miller look less like a pig and more like a pug!

Renji the two-year-old Rottweiler mix is a handsome boy with a good amount of energy. He’s not too exuberant to be challenging, but he’s always up for going for a walk and exploring. Renji had been watching me last week with a “When will it be my turn?” expression, so he was at the top of my list this week. We headed straight to the woodland preserve, where Renji had a great time following his nose and poking around the bushes and tall grass.

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Renji loved romping in the grass

Renji walked nicely on the leash for the most part, though he did occassionally get a burst of energy and sprint ahead for a few feet before slowing down again. When I knelt down next to him, he touched my nose with his nose and also licked my hand a bit. Renji would do best as the only dog in his new home. His breed is also known for needing a strong-willed owner who will be the boss, rather than letting the dog (in this case, Renji) be the boss. If you’re looking for an active new companion, stop by the shelter soon to see if Renji is the dog for you!

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Renji goes where his nose leads

I also saw Diamond, Duke, Festus, Lucy, the other Lucy, Molly, Scotty, and Weezie.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Lots of Fun

Pets always know how to brighten your day, and the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are no exception! Some are more playful than others, but they all know that the best way to have a good time is to be with their new family.

Buster the eight-year-old Hound mix is a big (and I do mean big) cuddle-bug. When we were in the off-leash run, Buster spent most of his time hanging out next to me so I could give him lots of attention, and in return he put his front paws in my lap and gave me doggy kisses. There’s just something about those soulful Hound faces that make them so lovable!

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Buster has the most lovable face

Buster is sure to be a loyal companion. When another volunteer who has walked Buster multiple times came by the fence, Buster’s tail started wagging and he eagerly watched and waited for the volunteer to say hello to him. Buster gets along with people and dogs alike, and is currently sharing his kennel with Stella (see below). Buster is sweet, gentle, affectionate, and handsome! What more could you want in a new best friend? If you think Buster might be the pooch for you, come in soon to meet him!

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Buster enjoying the sunshine

Stella the six-year-old Retriever mix is a sweetheart. She waited patiently to get her leash put on, and once we were out she was a very nice walking companion who didn’t do much pulling at all. Stella can be a little shy at first, but after a few minutes of getting to know you she warms up and happily accepts all of the attention you can give her.

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Stella showing off her lovely smile

Stella enjoyed exploring the off-leash run and would probably like to be able to have a yard of her own, but since she walks so nicely on the leash it isn’t a necessity. Stella is currently sharing her kennel with Buster (see above), so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Since Stella is more middle-aged, she’s pretty calm and gentle. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hello to Stella!

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Stella strutting her stuff

London the eight-month-old Hound mix is the first “true” puppy (under a year old) that I’ve walked in a while, and I’ll admit I didn’t want to put her back in her kennel! London is what I would consider the epitome of a puppy: she is super snuggly, super friendly, and super silly. London was a bit overwhelmed by all of the other dogs barking at her when I first took her out of her kennel, so she had no problems with me scooping her up and carrying her out to a quieter area in the grass. When I set her down, she put her front paws on my legs as if she wanted to be picked up again.

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London is definitely a lapdog

London hasn’t quite mastered leash-walking yet, so sometimes she liked to hold the leash in her mouth while we walked like it was a toy and sometimes she would wriggle around like she was trying to break free. But most of our time together was spent with London snuggling in my lap, which is a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon! At one point I thought she was going to fall asleep because she was so comfy. Puppies usually don’t last at the shelter for very long, and one as cute and friendly as London is likely to get a lot of lookers. Come in soon if you think London is the pup for you!

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Who can say no to London’s sweet face?

Duke the two-year-old Rottweiler mix has plenty of energy and a sense of adventure, so if you have an active lifestyle then Duke might be your dog! Duke pulled on the leash a bit when we first started our walk, but he settled down pretty quickly. When I sat down on a bench, he stopped and sat right by my feet so I could pet him.

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Duke asking, “When is it our turn to go in the run?”

Duke can be a bit of a rascal. When it was time for us to leave the off-leash run, he would scurry away whenever I came towards him with the leash. At first I thought it was because he might be a little shy or nervous, but then he started going into a play-bow before scurrying off and I realized he just wanted to play and romp some more. It wasn’t until I pretended to leave that he came over to the gate and let me put the leash on–which shows that he may like to play, but he likes being with his person even more! Stop by the shelter soon to meet Duke.

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Duke sticking out his tongue

Osito the two-year-old Miniature Poodle mix and Kanne the one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix may seem like The Odd Couple, but they are best friends and they are looking to find their new forever home together. Osito and Kanne were abandoned by their previous owner, but they got through it together and are hopeful for the future!

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Osito is super cute

There are some people who believe that the “bully” breeds are dangerous and can’t be around other dogs, but Kanne is more than happy to prove them wrong and show how you can’t generalize an entire breed or group. Although Kanne can sometimes step on Osito when he’s excited (like when they learned it was their turn to go for a walk), it’s clear how bonded they are and how well they get along. Wherever Osito wandered inside the off-leash run, Kanne was never far behind. When Osito decided to climb into my lap, Kanne came over to give me a sniff of approval.

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Kanne is a handsome boy

Osito is technically the “big” brother because he’s older, and he knows that he can keep Kanne in line by giving a little yelp when Kanne gets boisterous. Osito was more interested in exploring and enjoying the outdoors at first, but soon enough he made his way over to me and was happy to cuddle.

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Osito got a summer haircut for late-summer

Kanne is very well-behaved, considering he’s just a year old–I was surprised to find out his age afterwards! After his initial burst of excitement when he first got out of the kennel, he was calm in the off-leash run. He enjoyed a good scratch under the chin and has surprisingly soft fur.

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Kanne standing guard at the gate

If you’re one of those people who has a hard time choosing between small dogs and large dogs–here’s a perfect solution where you don’t have to choose! Osito and Kanne are already set as a pair. Now they just need a loving family and a place to call home.

I also saw Bear, Blush, Cooper, Diamond, Gypsy, Lexi, Nana, O’Shea, Parzivie, Red, Scotty, Trixie, Tucker, Willow, and Zoey. So many greats dogs are waiting to meet you at Orphans of the Storm®!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready for Summer Fun

There were so many new dogs at Orphans of the Storm® this week, it was hard to decide who to take out for a walk! So here are just a few of the many great pooches you can find on your next visit.

Zack the two-year-old Pointer mix (not to be confused with the other Zak) was super excited when he realized he was coming out for a walk. This is a boy who loves to be out and about, and loves even more to have a companion during these adventures. Zack has lots of energy when he first gets out of his kennel (which is true for many of the dogs, understandably), but after we walked around for a few minutes he calmed down and settled into being an excellent walking buddy.

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Zack being a good walking buddy

Zack was found as a stray, so we don’t know too much about him, but I do know that he is very friendly. He will gladly give you doggy kisses while you pet him and wanted to greet everybody we passed. Zack is a little on the skinny side at the moment, so he won’t mind being spoiled with both treats and affection when he goes to his new home. Pointers are active dogs, and Zack would definitely be happy with a family that can give him walks and playtime every day. If you think Zack might be the pooch for you, come in soon!

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Zack cooling off in the shade

Aleck the two-year-old Hound mix is another boy with plenty of energy. He took the lead on our walk and made sure we covered plenty of ground before we headed to the off-leash run. Aleck politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence and they even did a little bit of play-bowing and racing. Aleck didn’t seem too interested when I tossed him a tennis ball, but maybe a different type of toy is more his style.

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Aleck coming to say hello

Aleck is a happy, friendly boy who likes to be with people. His tail is almost always wagging, and ever time I knelt down to his level he came hurrying over to give me doggy kisses. He does have bit of a habit of jumping up, but with a little bit of training and definitely with more opportunities for exercise, he should be able to break that habit. He just wants to show everybody what a sociable guy he is! By the end of our visit, Aleck was walking much better on the leash and kept looking up at me with that big doggy smile. Stop by soon to see if Aleck is the buddy for you!

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Aleck leading the way on our walk

Flo the two-year-old German Shepherd mix is such a sweetheart. She’s a little shy inside her kennel, but becomes very snuggly and affectionate after you take her out. When we got to the off-leash run, I knelt down next to her and she immediately tucked herself under my arm and leaned against my leg so we could cuddle. Flo never strayed too far from me, though she did enjoy exploring under the bushes.

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Flo is a pretty girl

Flo seems like a pretty calm dog overall. She didn’t pull much on the leash and she didn’t go sprinting around the off-leash run like some other dogs do. She does get a little excited and bark-y when other dogs are nearby, though that seemed to be the case more when she was off-leash than when she was walking on the leash. Flo is ready for her second chance at a forever home, so if you think she might be a good fit for you, come in soon to say hello!

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Flo is ready to be your new companion

Truman the four-year-old Rottweiler mix is a sweet boy who thrives on attention. He’s a little shy at first, but he comes out of his shell quickly and turns into quite the companion. Since he loves people so much, Truman would do best in a home where someone is around most of the time. So if you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re a stay-at-home parent, Truman might be an excellent option for you!

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Truman is a cutie!

Truman did well on the leash and had a good time in the off-leash run. He had one burst of energy where he ran a quick lap all around the perimeter, and after that he was more of a meander-er. When I sat down on the bench, he was up there next to me in no time. Once he knows you, Truman doesn’t give much thought to personal space. He’ll happily stick his face right up next to yours and give you a doggy kiss. Come in soon to say hi to Truman!

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Truman enjoying the outdoors

Rocky the one-year-old English Shepherd mix is one of the handsomest dogs at the shelter right now, in my humble opinion–and also one of the softest and fluffiest (just look at those paws). I hadn’t heard of an English Shepherd before, but a quick Google search showed me that they are all just as beautiful as Rocky! Since Rocky is still pretty young, he would do best in a home with experienced dog owners who can provide him the training he needs to be the best pooch he can be!

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Rocky exploring the off-leash run

Rocky spent the first few minutes of our visit keeping mostly to himself, though he certainly didn’t object when I walked over to pet him while he was sniffing around the off-leash run. After he had that opportunity to explore on his own, we took a walk on the leash and that’s when he really showed what a sweet companion he can be. When I sat down at one of the picnic tables, Rocky parked himself right in front of me and sat by my feet while I pet him. We could’ve stayed that way for ages! Stop by the shelter soon to meet Rocky!

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Rocky is such a handsome boy

I also saw Bear, Cooper, Daisy, Ebbie, Hachi, O’Shea, Precious, Rock, Trixie, Tulip, and Zoey.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Join a Furever Family

It was a busy day at Orphans of the Storm®, with some happy doggy adoptions! There are still plenty of pooches waiting for the right person to find them.

Coffey the seven-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is a big, fluffy, affectionate boy looking for a nice family to join. Those of you who have been reading for a while now know that I love all of the older black Labs I meet at the shelter, and Coffey is no exception (though Coffey really isn’t even that old!). Coffey’s whole body was wiggling with excitement when he saw that he was going for a walk. He is a strong boy who can pull a bit on the leash at first, but after he gets a chance to stretch his legs he settles down and walks nicely.

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Coffey enjoying his walk

Coffey is a fan of both giving and receiving affection. You won’t want to stop petting him because he’s just so fluffy, and he will happily give you lots of doggy kisses in return. Coffey was friendly with everybody we came across and that tail was wagging pretty much the entire time. As I always say, a Lab is a Lab is a Lab–don’t let Black Dog Syndrome stop you from getting to know a wonderful dog! Come in soon to see if Coffey is the pooch for you.

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Coffey getting a nice drink of water

James the six-year-old Rottweiler/Shepherd mix was a little shy and unsure when he first came out to walk with me, but who can blame him? James came from an owner who lost their job and could no longer care for him, but James doesn’t understand that. He’s used to being in a home and has many years of experience as a loyal companion, so he’s more than ready to leave the shelter and settle into a new home with a new family.

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James sniffing through the hay and grass

James warmed up to me after just a few short minutes, though. He enjoyed exploring the off-leash run and walked pretty nicely on the leash when we took a stroll around the shelter grounds. Once he realized that I was just there to give him some attention, he gave me a few sweet doggy kisses and stayed by me while I scratched his neck and hips. James knows what it means to be a pet, so let him show you what a good boy he can be!

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James is a cutiepie

Jenny the seven-year-old Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler mix is pretty much everybody’s favorite dog at the shelter right now because she is so sweet, gentle, and easy-going. She is an absolute breeze to walk on a leash: when I stopped moving, she stopped right next to me; when I started walking again, she was right there by my side, step for step. I’ve met some good leash-walkers before, but Jenny just might take the crown.

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Jenny is so easy to walk on the leash

Jenny seems like she would enjoy the simple things in life. We found a shady spot in the grass where I sat down and she laid down next to me, resting her head against my leg and rolling onto her side so I could give her a belly rub. We probably could have stayed like that for the entire afternoon and both of us would have been happy. If you’re looking for a calm, sweet, laidback dog, look no further than Jenny!

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Jenny’s sweet face

Frisco the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix is the perfect combination of cute and fun. Frisco is the type of dog who almost always has a doggy grin on his face, because he’s just so happy all the time! He also has a beautiful brindle coat and an adorable face and ears. Frisco walks pretty well on the leash but was happy to explore the off-leash run.

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Frisco romping in the run

Frisco is a cuddly sort of guy. While we were in the off-leash run, he joined me on the bench, put his front paws in my lap, and proceeded to cover my face with doggy kisses. Frisco is also pretty friendly with other dogs. He met an older dog and a much smaller dog, and he was polite and gentle with both of them. Frisco is ready for a family to call his own–maybe that family is yours!

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A bird’s-eye view of Frisco in my lap

I was also first greeted at the shelter by Molly, who gave me a big doggy hug when she saw me. I tell you, if you’re looking for a dog who will be an excellent running buddy and the best fetcher you’ve ever seen, Molly is your girl.

On the other end of the activity spectrum is Archie, who is just the sweetest and gentlest and bestest and I would have taken him home with me weeks ago if I could! He’s a little on the skittish side (he was found as a stray, after all, so it’s hard to know how much human interaction he’s had), but once he knows you’re a good guy he will stay right by you and just enjoy getting the love and attention he deserves.

I also saw my buddy Javan, who is another great giver of doggy hugs and loves getting his neck and ears scratched while he does so. This is one snuggly pooch!

Brothers Wilbur and Rosco are also still looking for their furever home. Wilbur is my favorite dog at the shelter, and he knows it. He knows it so well, in fact, that he now refuses to go back to his kennel if I’m the one walking him because he knows I’m a softy and I’ll just keep him out longer. So sneaky! Rosco is great too–I just personally prefer couch potatoes, and Rosco loves to run! If you want to see what happiness looks like, take Rosco to the off-leash run and let him loose–the pure joy on his face while he runs some laps is the best. You could see that joy every day if you adopted him!

I also need to take a moment to talk about Gizmo. People see Gizmo jumping up and down in his kennel and hurry right past because they think he will be too much to handle. Au contraire! I walked Gizmo this week and he did such a good job walking on the leash. He’s all pent up in his kennel, but once he’s out and about he calms down in just a few short minutes and becomes a great walking buddy. Gizmo is also super affectionate. I knelt down next to him and he immediately started giving me doggy kisses. Gizmo is a perfect example of why it is so important to give the dogs a chance outside of their kennels. You may be pleasantly surprised!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs with Cold Paws

Orphans of the Storm® made sure that plenty of dogs (and cats!) had a Valentine this year, but there are plenty more still waiting at the shelter for that perfect someone!

Alcon the four-year-old Rottweiler mix is one big, beautiful, gentle dog. He greets everybody who comes by his kennel with a lick on the hand, and when it’s time to put his leash on he just lies down and waits patiently. Alcon walked very nicely on the leash and that little stub of a tail was wagging almost constantly.

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Alcon sniffing in the snow

Alcon (listed as Alan on the website) had a great time playing in the snow. He gets pretty excited when other dogs are nearby, but he’s very calm and super sweet with people. Alcon could certainly gain a few pounds, so if you’re the lucky person who brings him home, feel free to spoil him with lots of treats! He certainly deserves it. If you’re looking for a big pooch with a heart of gold, come in soon to meet Alcon!

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Alcon at attention

Buck the one-year-old Hound mix is the type who gets along with anybody and everybody. He was sharing his kennel with another dog who has since been adopted, and he was very friendly with Corky on the other side of the fence while we were in the off-leash run (they even look like brothers!), so he could go to a home with or without another dog.

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Buck has such pretty, loving eyes!

Buck is great with people, too. He is very affectionate and loves to be showered with attention. He especially seemed to enjoy a good scratch on the hips. Buck took treats extremely gently from my hand and waited patiently for seconds–no jumping or barking or anything like that. You can tell just by looking at his big brown eyes that Buck is full of love and can’t wait to share it with a new family. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Buck!

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Buck loved the snow

Blackie the ten-year-old Schipperke mix is another older dog who believes that age is just a number. For a dog his size, ten isn’t even that old (though Blackie does have a little gray on his face). Even though Blackie has little legs, they sure can move quickly when he wants! He was a great leash-walking buddy, though, and enjoyed sticking his nose into the piles of snow to find a fun scent.

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Blackie having a good time on his walk

Blackie had no problems being picked up, held, and carried. He stayed in my arms very nicely, and was probably thankful to not have to walk in the salt! This little guy is the perfect lapdog size. Blackie currently has a kennelmate, so he’s another pooch who could go to a home with or without another dog. If you’re considering an older dog who is just looking for companionship, look no further than Blackie!

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Blackie didn’t mind the deep snow

Dezzie the five-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix will make you smile as soon as you see her, because she is wearing a constant smile herself! I’ve never seen such a perfect doggy grin before. Dezzie’s looks fit her personality, because she is one happy dog who would be even happier in a home of her own. Dezzie knows how to walk nicely on the leash and would enjoy going on walks around her new neighborhood.

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Does Dezzie have the best doggy grin or what?

Dezzie came from an owner who had to move and couldn’t bring Dezzie, so we know that she has plenty of experience as a pet and knows how to behave in a home. She’s a sweet girl who will kindly rub her nose on your face, which I took to be a precursor to doggy kisses. As far as Dezzie is concerned, any spot is the right spot for petting. Give Dezzie even more of a reason to smile by giving her a second chance at a forever home!

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Dezzie has great looks and a great personality!

Some other pooches who enjoyed being out and about this week were Jade, Rock, Molly, the other Molly, Shamrock, Lucky, Lady, Giorgio, and Shasta. I also made a new furry friend (not available for adoption, but still awfully cute!):

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A little raccoon!

Lucky for him, I didn’t walk any Coonhounds this week!