Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Are Happy to Give You Lots of Kisses

Firstly, the Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is just a month away! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m. Get the details here and then call the shelter directly at 847-945-0235 to RSVP!

Secondly, it was my lucky day because all of the new dogs I met were particularly affectionate and so much fun to be with!

Luna the one-year-old Beagle/Spaniel mix spent some time in a foster home before coming to the shelter, so that means she already has experience living in a home. Her foster mom says that Luna gets along with other dogs and did well with visitors. She also says that Luna enjoys cuddling on the couch, which I could have easily guessed because Luna kept climbing into my lap and giving me doggy kisses!

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Luna being playful

Luna does a pretty good job walking on the leash, but every once in a while she gets a puppy spurt of energy and wants to run rather than walk. She politely sniffed Jack on the other side of the fence and enjoyed exploring the off-leash run. Luna is hoping for a home that will spoil her with lots of toys and a nice yard to play in. Come in soon to see if Luna is the puppy for you!

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Luna says, “Yes, hello, have you met my friend Jack?”

Gracie the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier (or maybe some Weimaraner, based on her coloring) mix is a lot of fun. We spent some time in the Enrichment Park, where Gracie had a great time chasing after toys and proudly carrying around a tennis ball. Gracie is also super snuggly. She put her front paws in my lap whenever she got the opportunity and covered my face in doggy kisses.

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Gracie positively glows!

Gracie gets along with other dogs and has participated in a play group, which involved lots of bouncing around and play-bowing, even with dogs who are much bigger than she is. Gracie walks nicely on the leash and will be a good walking companion around the neighborhood. Be sure to say hello to Gracie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Gracie loves tennis balls

Sadie the three-year-old Mountain Cur mix is a sweet, happy girl. She genuinely knows how to smile and her tail is almost constantly wagging. Sadie gives people a friendly greeting whether she knows them well or not. She is very cuddly and will happily lean against you while you pet her, or attempt to climb into your lap. Sadie gives very enthusiastic doggy kisses too.

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Sadie smiling in the sunshine

Sadie has a little bit of a limp (she appears to be missing a toe on one of her front paws), but it doesn’t slow her down at all. She walks nicely on the leash and is happy to lead the way just a couple steps ahead of her person. Sadie is looking for an adults-only home where she can be the only dog. If that sounds like your situation, be sure to come in and meet Sadie!

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Sadie is happy-go-lucky

Irwin the two-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix is a very handsome boy. Literally every volunteer and customer we passed had to stop and tell him how pretty he is. Irwin is a great walking companion and rarely pulls on the leash. He was mostly interested in sniffing and exploring along the woodland preserve trail.

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Irwin wanted a better look at the dogs on the other side of the fence

Irwin is currently sharing his kennel with another dog and politely sniffed the dogs on the other side of the fence with his tail wagging, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Irwin likes getting pet, particularly on the side of his neck, and will stay by your side while you pet him. Stop in soon to say hello to Irwin!

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Irwin enjoys his walks

I also saw Apollo, Barney, Big Boy, Carlos, Carson, Claire (Clarinet), Huckleberry, Lolabell, Mojo, Pony Boy, Tom, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Want to Cuddle

I’m celebrating a few days late, but Meet the Pooches is officially a year old! The first post was on October 6, 2011. In that time, over 100 dogs have been profiled, over 60 have been adopted into their new furever homes, plenty of off-site events have taken place, and my family welcomed an Orphans of the Storm® pooch into our home! What a great year it has been!

For those of you who are considering adding a cat to your household, this weekend is a great time to meet all of the adoptable kitties at Orphans of the Storm® because it is CATMANIA! Check out all the posts on the Orphans Facebook page for more information.

Do you love to give belly rubs? Draco the two-year-old American Bulldog mix loves to get them! When Draco and I started our walk, as soon as he was on the grass he rolled over for a belly rub. His tail was wagging like crazy and he had the happiest doggy grin on his face. You can’t help but smile back at him.

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Draco resting after his walk

Draco also has lots of energy. He wanted to go in every direction at the same time while we were on our walk, and he wanted to say hello to everyone who passed by. That tail of his never stopped wagging. Draco is ready for new friends who will play with him, take him for nice walks, and give him the love and attention he deserves.

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Draco smiling for the camera

I then took out two kennelmates: Astro the five-year-old Pekingese/Spaniel mix, and Ryu the four-year-old Beagle mix. Poor Astro has been at Orphans of the Storm® for a while because he’s a bit of a barker when people walk up to his kennel. Ryu, on the other hand, is very calm and wants to sniff everybody who stops to say hello.

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Astro and Ryu ready to explore

Astro does much better when he’s out and about, which is understandable. He loved being outside and led the way during our walk. If you give Astro a chance, you might come to find that he’s the dog for you! He was perfectly willing to let Craig pick him up and hold him for a little bit. He’s just looking for the right person to snuggle with!

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Astro is precious

You can’t deny that Astro is a total cutie. He had much longer fur when I first saw him at the shelter, but has since had a haircut. He looks adorable either way, but probably appreciates longer fur in the winter to help keep that little body of his nice and warm.

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Astro loves being out and about

I haven’t talked about any Beagles recently, but there are still a few to choose from! Ryu is a great example. It’s impossible to resist those sweet, round brown eyes. One look, and you’re sold. Ryu also likes to explore and follow his nose wherever a scent leads him (but I was still able to keep Ryu and Astro moving in generally the same direction while we were on our walk).

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Ryu’s adorable face

Ryu seemed a little shy at first, but he happily received a few scratches around his ears while the three of us relaxed under the shade of the tent in the middle of our walk. He came to stand next to me and watched all of the activity that was happening around us with that Beagle attentiveness. Ryu and Astro get along very well together (and Astro has had other kennelmates in the past), so they could both go to multi-dog homes.

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Ryu at attention

Be sure to visit the shelter this weekend to find your perfect pet!