Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Would Be Thankful to Go Home with You

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed on Thanksgiving, but open again at 11am on Friday. It would be a great long weekend to bring home a new family member!

Pony Boy the one-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei mix is a happy boy. His entire body wiggles when he wags his tail, especially when he realizes it’s his turn to come out for a walk. He greeted me and another volunteer with doggy hugs right away. Pony Boy likes staying close to his person so he can get pets often. When we were in the Enrichment Park, Pony Boy was interested in chasing after toys but not as interested in bringing them back to me.

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Pony Boy has good woodchip camouflage!

Pony Boy likes to lead the way on walks and can pull a bit on the leash. He’s still a puppy, though, so he probably doesn’t have much leash-walking experience yet. Pony Boy politely sniffed another dog on the other side of the fence when we were out. He’s participated in a couple play groups but is a little nervous about being with a big group of dogs. If you’re looking for a super sweet puppy, come in soon to meet Pony Boy!

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Pony Boy says, “Oh boy, a walk!”

Red the two-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei/Labrador Retriever mix is a playful pooch. He can entertain himself with toys and enjoys having a variety of toys to choose from. However, Red sometimes mistakes the leash for a toy too and wants to play tug-of-war when he’s first getting his leash put on. (A couple of his volunteer friends are working with him on this!) Once he’s on the woodland preserve trail, though, he is actually an excellent walking companion and goes at a nice, easy pace.

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Red has the cutest wrinkles

Red particularly likes to get his chin and sides of his face scratched and will happily stand by your side as long as you’re petting him. He also likes to give doggy hugs. Red is improving his doggy socialization skills and regularly attends play group, though he tends to prefer the company of female dogs. If you’re looking for an active dog who loves to play, be sure to say hello to Red on your next visit to the shelter!

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Red is very attentive

Jackson the three-year-old Labrador Retriever/Collie mix is a big, strong boy–one of the strongest I’ve walked in a while! But he’s very sweet, friendly, and easy-going. Jackson would love to have a big yard to call his own, where he can run a few laps and then play with toys. Jackson is happy to carry a stuffed squeaky toy in his mouth while he romps around, but he also likes to tear out the stuffing when he lies down for a break. I see some sturdy Kong toys in his future!

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Jackson happy with his Santa toy (pre-shredded)

Jackson walks at a very quick pace on the leash and sometimes wants to chase after squirrels, but not too often. He looks at you with a doggy smile on his face while you pet him. Jackson also attends play groups. Even though he’s the biggest dog in the yard, the other dogs enjoy playing with him. So, Jackson could go to a home with or without another dog. If you love big dogs, stop by the shelter soon to meet Jackson!

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Jackson’s tail is always wagging

Samara the ten-month-old Basset Hound mix is definitely still a puppy. He is super wriggly, super snuggly, and thinks that everything is a toy meant to be played with! This included my camera and occasionally the leash. Overall, though, Samara actually walks very nicely on the leash and is an easy walking companion.

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Samara gives the best doggy hugs

Samara loves to give doggy hugs and very exuberant doggy kisses. He jumped into my lap at the first opportunity and was much more interested in cuddling than walking. He also joined me on the bench a couple times and thoroughly licked my ear. Samara gets along with other dogs (particularly other puppies) and attends play group. Come to the shelter soon to say hello to Samara!

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My lens got a little blurry after a visit inside Samara’s puppy mouth

Pepper the one-year-old Bluetick Coonhound/Shepherd mix is playful with everybody and everything. She enjoys playing with all kinds of toys and is equally happy to fetch a ball or chew on a stuffed squeaky toy. Pepper is also a “play group rockstar” and gets along great with other dogs. She attends play group almost every single day.

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Pepper daintily carrying her Santa toy

Pepper walks nicely on the leash and likes sniffing her way along the woodland preserve trail. She joined me on the bench to get some pets and gave me a quick doggy kiss. Pepper is super cute and will definitely catch your eye as you walk through the shelter. Stop by soon to get to know Pepper!

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Pepper is looking for a permanent walking buddy

I also saw Barney and briefly met the not-yet-profiled dogs Charming (who is a cuddle-bug) and Raider.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Make Themselves at Home

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are ready and waiting to find the perfect person to bring them home!

Gizmo the seven-year-old Shepherd/Husky mix came from an owner who was moving and couldn’t bring him with. That means Gizmo has a lifetime of experience as a pet and is ready to show you what a good boy he is. Gizmo was a little nervous when he first arrived at the shelter, but is coming out of his shell more now.

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Gizmo proudly showing off his big ears

Gizmo is a good leash-walking companion. He walks at a nice pace and likes to do the occasional stop-and-sniff. Gizmo is well-behaved in general. He was patient about getting his leash put on, he didn’t pay much attention to the dogs we passed during our walk, and he probably already knows some commands and would be eager to learn more. Stop in soon to say hello to Gizmo!

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Gizmo enjoys the outdoors

Hunter the seven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a pretty easy-going guy. He came from a home that could no longer keep him, so he has many years of experience as a family pet. Hunter sat nicely without me even asking when I was putting his leash on. He enjoyed exploring the off-leash run but would come back to where I was sitting every once in a while for a quick pat.

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Hunter gives you the sweetest look when he wants to get pet

Hunter walks well on the leash for the most part. He does get some bursts of energy where he pulls a bit, but then settles down and walks nicely by your side again. Hunter hopped up on the bench and was happy to have me sit next to him. He gets along with some dogs but not necessarily all. Come in soon to see if Hunter is the one for you!

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Hunter liked sniffing around the bushes

Bryan the five-year-old Basset Hound/Shar-Pei mix is one of the most unique-looking dogs you will come across at the shelter. He has the squishy, wrinkly face of a Shar-Pei and the long, low body of a Basset. His personality is a mix, too. He can take a little longer to warm up to a new person (Shar-Pei), and he also loves to follow his nose and sniff everything (Basset).

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Bryan’s lovable face

Bryan is great at walking on the leash. He rarely pulls and mostly just stays a couple steps ahead of you. He didn’t jump on people or things, and he doesn’t seem to be overly talkative. Bryan wasn’t too interested in cuddling, but he did eventually stand still next to me so I could pet him for a while. If you want the most interesting dog in the neighborhood, come in soon to meet Bryan!

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Bryan’s little legs on the move

I also saw Barney, Bella, Carlos, Elijah, Lucy Locket, Naida, Nash, and Shyanne (Cheyenne).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Are Different Shapes and Sizes

Orphans of the Storm® always has a wide variety of breeds for people to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a big dog, small dog, fluffy dog, short-haired dog, spotted dog, or solid-colored dog, there’s sure to be one that will catch your eye!

Lily the one-year-old Heeler mix is such a cutie, but somehow she keeps getting overlooked. She was very eager to come out for a walk and did a few spins of happiness before we went on our way. After her initial burst of energy, she walked nicely on the leash and was pretty calm and gentle the entire time I was with her. She’s much smaller than other Heeler mixes we’ve had at the shelter, which makes her even cuter!

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Lily enjoys being outside

Lily is an adventurous girl who likes to explore. Even when she was still on the leash, she was doing her best to crawl underneath the bushes and find out what was going on. She’s a girl who likes to follow her nose. She wasn’t too interested in playing with a tennis ball when we were in the off-leash run, but her playful side will probably come out more once she’s settled in her new home. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Lily is the right companion for you!

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Lily has such cute spots

Nana the seven-year-old Shepherd mix is a special girl looking for a special home. She has cancerous tumors, but you wouldn’t know that from spending time with her–I didn’t even know until after I had brought her back to her kennel and read her card more carefully. Nana is an absolute sweetie who has already stolen the hearts of several volunteers.

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Nana is a sweetheart

Nana is an affectionate and gentle girl. She’ll happily give you doggy kisses and stay by your side as long as you’re petting her. She’s one of the “backyard dogs” who gets to hang out by herself in one of the fenced-in areas at the shelter, so we know she won’t be jumping any fences if you let her out in your own yard! It can be difficult to open your heart and your home to a pet when you aren’t sure how much time you’ll be able to have with them, but Nana will appreciate it! On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Nana.

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Nana exploring the greenery

Magoo the three-year-old Shar-Pei mix is one of those dogs who will immediately make you smile, because his wrinkles are so cute! Magoo likes people and dogs alike. He’s currently sharing his kennel with another dog, and he also wanted to say a friendly hello to the other dogs who were out and about when we were. In fact, the only occasions where he pulled on the leash was when he wanted to say hi to somebody.

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Magoo is a cutie

Magoo loves giving doggy kisses to anyone willing to be on the receiving end. Whenever I knelt down beside him, his wrinkly nose would be right there to greet me. His semi-curly tail was wagging almost the entire time we were together. This sweet, happy boy is ready to join his furever family. If you think that might be you, come in and meet Magoo!

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Magoo always looks like he’s smiling

I also saw Bella, Blush, Cooper, Diamond, Heaven, Jasmine, Scotty, Skippy, Trixie, and Winter.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Deserve a Second Chance

When I arrived at Orphans of the Storm® this week, Tiger the Chihuahua was working as greeter in the front office. And greet me he did! He wanted to hop right into my lap, snuggle, and give some doggy kisses. Wouldn’t you love to come home to that every day? Tiger is sure to bond quickly with his new family, since he seemed extra-happy to see me and I’ve only walked him once!

Now, onto some new dogs (and a couple old favorites)!

Lilly the six-year-old Labrador Retriever/Shar-Pei mix is such a sweetheart. (I find myself saying that about a lot of the dogs, but that’s because it’s true! There are so many lovable and loving dogs at Orphans of the Storm®–What are you waiting for?!) She is currently rooming with Bandit and gets along great with him, so she could do well in a home with or without another dog.

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Pretty Lilly

You know Lilly has some Shar-Pei because of those adorable ears, and you know she has some Lab because of that wonderful, happy-go-lucky personality. She’s looking for some new companions to love and play with. Her tail wags constantly and she is a big fan of giving and receiving kisses. Labs don’t last long at the shelter, so come in soon to meet Lilly!

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Lilly being a good girl

Vivian the one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is (unintentionally) hilarious. I have never in my life seen a dog wag its tail so hard and so much. Vivian almost knocks herself over because the wagging doesn’t stop at her tail–her entire body wiggles from side to side. It is too funny and too, too cute. She is such a happy dog!

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Vivian posing for the camera

Vivian obviously loves to be with people, and that tail is wagging when she’s around other dogs too. Since she’s still in her puppy stage, she could probably use some basic training. She looks small and skinny, but she is a strong girl who can end up walking you instead of the other way around! Give this sweet girl a chance, and she will love you forever!

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Vivian’s wagging tail

Keegan the one-year-old Pointer/Pit Bull Terrier mix is another strong pup who would be much happier with a family to call his own. This handsome boy is full of energy, as he should be with that mix of breeds and his age. Pointers can go-go-go, so you should be prepared to keep up with them!

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Handsome Keegan

Keegan will grab your attention as soon as you see him inside his kennel, with his adorable, inquisitive face and those unique markings. Take him over to the run where he can burn off some energy, and then let him show you what a great companion he can be!

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Keegan walking along

Buddy the eight-year-old Beagle mix is very appropriately named. This guy will be your best buddy if you’re the lucky family who takes him home. (You may have seen Buddy and I pictured together on the Orphans of the Storm® Facebook page! He is very photogenic.) Buddy is great with people and dogs alike, and doesn’t seem to be as talkative as some other Beagles at the shelter.

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Buddy coming to say hello

Buddy is a snuggler. If you saw our picture, you saw that he was attempting to both climb into my lap and kiss my nose (before the photographer got his attention). He was also perfectly content to let me pick him up, carry him around, and set him on my lap. If you’re looking for an older dog who still loves to go out and have fun, but will be ready to cuddle at the end of the day, come in and meet Buddy!

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Buddy is so photogenic

Toby the two-year-old Terrier/Beagle mix is currently Buddy’s kennelmate and he is just too cute to handle (not literally–I scooped this little guy right up into my arms). The first time I knelt down and started to pet him, Toby did the closest thing I’ve seen to a doggy somersault and flipped right over onto his back so I could rub his little belly.

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Toby getting his belly rubbed

If you end up bringing Toby home, the first thing you must get him (besides the essentials like food and a water bowl) is a squeaky toy. I’m not sure if he stole the squeaky toy from the photographer or if she let him play with it, but boy did he love that toy! He didn’t want to part with it because he was having such a wonderful time, but even so, he didn’t show any signs of aggression when the photographer finally decided to take it back. Toby is ready for a home he can call his own, a family he can call his own, and toys he can call his own!

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Cute little Toby

Sonya the one-year-old Terrier mix was a popular dog on the day I was at the shelter. She’s currently living with Dillon (who has really come out of his shell! What a difference two weeks make. He’s still as sweet as before, but now you can see his tail!), so she would be happy to go into a home with or without four-legged friends.

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Sonya being attentive on our walk

Sonya has that great Terrier personality: she’s curious, energetic, happy, and playful. She also has a great look (that face!) and is a great size if you don’t want a dog who is super small or super big. Sonya has lots to offer her new forever family. Come in soon and say hello!

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Sonya and her buddy Dillon

Now for some old friends! Emerald the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is one of Orphans of the Storm®’s longest residents, and she is another one of the dogs I first took out. Emerald arrived at the shelter back in 2006 with a litter of puppies, all of whom were happily adopted. But what about sweet Emerald? She loves to give slobbery doggy kisses and doggy hugs, and she appreciates getting scratched on her hips and ears. She may be seven (which really isn’t old at all), but she still loves to run and play. Emerald knows that her future family is out there somewhere, so she’s waiting patiently in the meantime. Maybe that future family is yours? You can read more about my first visit with Emerald here.

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An updated photo of Emerald

I also took Astro out for a walk (since his new kennelmate was out with a potential new family, it only seemed fair). Poor Astro seems to be a little misunderstood. It’s true that he is a barker when he’s inside his kennel, but can you really blame him? As soon as you get him on a leash and take him outside, he becomes so calm and gentle. You can pet that soft, fluffy fur as much as you’d like, and he’ll stand right by your side. He almost always has a kennelmate, so he does well with other dogs, but would be sure to bond with the person who decides to give him a chance.

Finnigan also came out for a walk with me this week. He certainly does like to talk, especially when there are other dogs for him to talk to, but when it’s calm one-on-one time, Finnigan is a big sweetie. There are so many Beagles to choose from at Orphans of the Storm®! Perhaps Finnigan will be the one for you.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in Action

Still photos are cute and all, but videos are even better. The three dogs I met with at the shelter this week got to star in their own mini-movies and seemed to enjoy being in the spotlight.

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Goldie sniffing around the run

Goldie is a beautiful six-year-old Shepherd mix. She looks a little bit like a fox (in my opinion) and is just as clever. Like Billy, she knows that treats come from pockets and would get very excited any time I reached for mine. Also, while sniffing around the bench inside the run, Goldie crawled underneath and found herself a bit of doggy treat that had been abandoned by another dog. Very appropriate for Halloween.

She has big, perked ears that fold back against her head when she’s getting a good pat. Goldie’s another dog who gets a little tickly when scratched by her hips. She liked walking under my legs while I sat on the bench, and when I knelt down to her level she was happy to stick her nose in my face to say hello. Although Goldie is part Shepherd, she’s a very manageable size. As another person looking for a dog at the shelter said (which you might be able to hear in the video), Goldie is a pretty girl.

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Goldie with her big ears perked

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Dina exploring the run

A volunteer I met at the shelter last week requested that I write about Dina, a seven-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix. She’s a big, sweet girl who liked to do lots of sniffing around the run. Dina loves a good back scratch, and will lean with all of her weight against you so she can get as good a scratch as possible. Dina was the first dog to jump up next to me as I sat on the bench, so there’s a good chance that she has the capability of being a bit of a couch potato.

Dina is extremely obedient. At one point, she decided that the leash was a toy and wanted to play tug-of-war. I knew I would lose, so I just let go and waited for her to drop it. When she did, I picked it back up and said, “Dina, no,” so she would know that the leash is not the same as a toy. She sat right down and stopped trying to get it back from me. I, of course, gave her lots of pats to let her know she’s a good girl.

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Dina running towards me

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Pretty Cody

Cody was last for the day, but certainly not least. I kind of fell in love with him. Cody is an eight-year-old Shar Pei/Labrador Retriever mix who has been at Orphans of the Storm® since last November. He, like Dina, jumped up on the bench next to me and loved getting his neck scratched. And look at his face! The wrinkles on his forehead seem to be one of the few visible signs of his Shar Pei roots, and they make him that much cuter.

Cody is an absolute lovebug. The muddy paw prints on my jacket are proof of his happy hugs. Whenever I opened my arms wide, he would come running back to me and give me a few doggy kisses. When I asked him to sit, he did so immediately. Such a good boy!

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Cody joining me on the bench

These three sweethearts all deserve another look. Stop by Orphans of the Storm® and say hello!

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Cody's cute face

Who’s a Good Dog? Orphans of the Storm®’s Dogs are Good Dogs!

Today was another visit with some of Orphans of the Storm®’s long-timers. The dogs I spent time with today have each been at the shelter for over a year and are ready for a real home. Luckily, I remembered to bring my camera (finally) so you can see more of these lovable pooches.

First on my list was Billy, a six-year-old Pointer mix. Don’t let that gray fur on his face fool you! He absolutely loves to run and play. Billy and I sprinted to the grassy run and I took him off his leash so he could explore all he wanted. After rustling around inside the bushes at the far end of the run, Billy emerged with a tennis ball in his mouth. He is a big fan of playing fetch, and isn’t at all possessive of the tennis ball. He’s even spry enough to jump up and catch the tennis ball in midair!

Billy ready and waiting to play fetch

Billy enjoying the beautiful autumn day

Billy is also an extremely intelligent dog. In all of his doggy years, he has learned that treats tend to appear from inside pockets. Every time I reached for my pocket to either get my camera or put it away, he expectantly sat down right in front of me and nosed my pocket. I wished I had a treat to give him, because he was so good at it.

Billy exploring the run

A look at Wizard's face

Next was Wizard, a three-year-old Shepherd/Shar Pei mix. He is a little chubby, but enjoys going on walks and does well on a leash. Don’t expect to walk too briskly, though, because Wizard likes to sniff everything. It was hard to get a picture of his precious face because he almost always had his nose to the ground.

Wizard's round tummy and curly tail

Wizard also seems to be a little on the ticklish side, which I personally think is an endearing trait. After scratching his velvety ears, I started to scratch his back. As I moved towards his tail, one of his back legs started kicking. It was adorable.

Wizard's nose to the ground

Molly stretching her legs in a lap around the run

The last dog for me today was Molly, a three-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix. Molly was the best leash-walker of the three and was happy to walk just slightly ahead of me without pulling as we made our way to the run. Her light brown eyes match her tan markings and give her a very unique look – a look that anyone can love.

Molly liked to nibble grass

Molly is a giant sweetheart. She enjoyed sitting next to me as I gave her a good pat, and she would occasionally give me some slobbery doggy kisses. She even attempted to climb up onto my lap so she could reach my face better. If you want to make her extra happy (which everyone should, because she deserves it), you should scratch the right side of her neck. She’ll lean into your hand and pant cheerfully.

Molly sniffing in the bushes

On your next visit to Orphans of the Storm®, make sure to stop by and say hello to these three adoptable pooches!