Orphans of the Storm® Dogs in the Dog Days of Summer

What better time to add a dog to your home than during the dog days of summer? There are plenty of playful pooches at Orphans of the Storm® who are ready to enjoy the outdoors and sunshine with you!

Annie the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a super playful and happy girl. She loves toys and can easily keep herself entertained by playing fetch with herself, romping around the yard while carrying a toy, or plopping down and chewing on it. Annie also loves rolling around on her back in the grass and getting her belly rubbed. She likes hip scratches and will wriggle from one side to the other depending on where you’re petting her.

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Annie is an active girl

Annie can pull a bit on the leash when she first comes out of her kennel, but she walks great on the trail when using a front-clip harness. She isn’t a fan of other dogs when she passes them on walks or sees them on the other side of the fence, but we are working on her dog socialization skills. She is looking for a home where she can be the only dog. Annie is a smart girl who already knows some basic commands and is housebroken, so she’s ready to settle into her new forever home. Come in soon to meet Annie!

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Annie will enjoy snuggles post-playtime

Socks the one-year-old Shepherd mix is very gentle. He enjoyed meandering slowly around the yard, sniffing at all the new smells. Socks wasn’t too interested in toys on this particular outing, but he does enjoy getting lots of attention and pets. Socks is happy to greet people and walk right up to them to get more snuggles (and hopefully a treat!). When I sat down on a bench, Socks hopped up next to me. He just likes being close to his people.

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Socks showing off his white paw-socks

Socks likes to lead the way on walks and moves at a brisk pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash at all. Socks gets along with other dogs and participates in play group with dogs who like to play tag with each other. This means he could go to a home with or without another dog. If you’re looking for a big, sweet boy, come in soon to meet Socks!

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Socks on the bench

Data the one-year-old Shepherd mix is new to the shelter and still a little nervous about her new surroundings. She is very submissive and often rolls over onto her back when she’s not sure what else to do. But when you start rubbing her belly and tell her it will be okay, her tail starts to wag! Data is pretty skittish and doesn’t seem too familiar with walking on a leash, but she’ll get better with more practice.

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Data being braver in the yard

Data comes out of her shell more the longer she’s out of her kennel. When we went to the Enrichment Park, she started by just pacing at the gate. After a few minutes, though, she was exploring all the way out to the middle of the yard. She eventually came over to where I was sitting so I could pet her. Data has potential to go to a home with another dog or with a cat. This sweet puppy has lots to offer–she just needs the right comforting home to help her develop into her full potential. Be sure to say hello to Data on your next visit to the shelter!

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Data hiding in the corner

Kara the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Weimaraner mix is a sweet girl. Her favorite thing is to be close to her people. Whenever I knelt down to her level or sat down somewhere, Kara would come trotting over without even being called and snuggle up next to me. She especially loves hip scratches and neck scratches. Kara enjoyed sniffing her way around the Enrichment Park. She chased after a toy when I threw it, but wasn’t interested in picking it up or playing with it.

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Kara likes to stop and smell the roses (and other flowers)

Kara is a perfect walking companion. She stayed right by my side and didn’t pull at all. In fact, she walked so close to me that I was afraid I would step on her toes! Kara wanted to pause occasionally so she could smell the flowers and other plants lining the trail, and was also happy to pause for more pets. Come by the shelter soon to meet Kara!

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Kara enjoys her walks

Bubbles the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is very calm. She walks nicely on the leash, moving at an easy pace and not pulling at all. Bubbles especially likes to snuggle. Whenever I knelt down to her level, she came running over and rested her chin in my lap while I pet her. She also gave the occasional doggy kiss. When I sat down on the bench, Bubbles put her front paws up on the bench next to me and gave me a big, happy doggy smile.

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Bubbles exploring the Enrichment Park

Bubbles gets along with other dogs and attends play group almost every day. She already has a long list of doggy friends. Her favorite type of play style is to chase and be chased. When we were in the Enrichment Park, Bubbles politely sniffed a much larger dog on the other side of the fence. So, she could go to a home with or without another dog. If you’re looking for a happy, bubbly pooch, look no further than Bubbles!

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Bubbles trying to be a lapdog

Snow the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix sits without even being asked when it’s time to put her leash on–both when she’s in her kennel, and when she’s in the yard. She would be eager to learn even more! Snow is super snuggly. When we went into the Enrichment Park, Snow immediately sat down next to me and just wanted to cuddle. When I eventually got up and walked away, Snow came over and stood in front of me so I had to stop and pet her more. She particularly likes getting her sides rubbed.

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Snow often has a doggy smile on her face

Snow is a good walking companion. We made our way around the trail at a nice pace. Snow sometimes perked up when a chipmunk or bird crossed our path, but she didn’t try to chase after them. She especially enjoys rolling around on her back in the tall grasses. Snow regularly attends play group and does well with the calm and gentle dogs. She has potential to go home with another dog, but she does not like cats. Come in soon to meet Snow!

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Snow leading the way

Lupa the seven-month-old Labrador Retriever mix is still very much a puppy. She has lots of energy, but eventually plops down in a shady spot after she has a chance to run and play. Lupa loves toys. She happily chases after them when you throw them, and then runs a couple laps around the yard carrying them in her mouth. She isn’t possessive, though–when you reach out to take the toy back, Lupa drops it quickly and then eagerly hops up and down waiting for you to throw it again. Lupa is also learning to enjoy splashing around in the puppy pool and will dip her toes in if you throw a toy in the middle for her to fetch.

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Lupa ready for me to throw the toy

Lupa, still being a puppy, needs a little more practice walking on a leash. She likes to lead the way and would often rather run than walk. She would probably do best with a harness to prevent her from pulling as much–but once she’s in a home where she’s getting regular walks and exercise, she probably won’t have quite as much energy on every walk. Lupa attends play group and enjoys romping with the other dogs. If you’re looking for a fun and playful puppy, come in soon to meet Lupa!

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Lupa likes toys of all shapes and sizes

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Get Along with Other Dogs

If you already have a dog (or multiple dogs) at home with you and are looking to add another, there are so many dog-friendly dogs at Orphans of the Storm® right now! Below are just some of the ones you should meet.

Princess the one-year-old Boxer/Pit Bull Terrier mix is super snuggly. Any time you kneel down to her level, she will immediately scoot her way into your lap to get pets. She wanted to be so close to me when we were sitting together on a bench that she first put her paws on my shoulder, and then on top of my head! You can’t get much closer than that. Princess also likes to give gentle doggy kisses. She is a very easy walking companion.

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Princess coming in for a cuddle

Princess is a play group regular and participates every day. Even the dogs who are pickier about their friends all want to be friends with Princess. Princess is housebroken and crate-trained. She has been around children as young as four and did well with them, so she’s ready to join a family. Be sure to say hello to Princess on your next visit to the shelter!

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Princess has one cute tan ear

Badger the five-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is the kind of dog who would rather cuddle on the couch than go on walks. In fact, the only way I got him to walk at all was to go as far as the leash would let me, kneel down, and have Badger come over for pets; then repeat; then repeat again. Badger loves to bury his face in your lap while you scratch his ears and sides. Badger eventually did some exploring in the off-leash run but came back to me often to get more attention.

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Badger sticking his tongue out at the idea of walking

Badger is getting more comfortable in play group and is becoming a regular participant. He enjoys playing with the other dogs. He has some resource-guarding tendencies when it comes to food, so an adult-only home would probably be best for him. If you’re looking for a new cuddle companion, come in soon to meet Badger!

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Badger likes to keep an eye on things

Brunhilda the two-year-old Hound mix is very Hound-y! We always know where she is because she is a talker who loves to bay. Once Brunhilda gets on the woodland preserve trail, though, she quiets down and focuses on sniffing. She likes to walk at a quick pace bordering on running but keeps her nose to the ground almost the entire time. She would love to go home with an active person who will take her on long walks often.

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Brunhilda loves to use her nose

Brunhilda also enjoyed romping around the Enrichment Park. She poked at toys and watched me throw them, but wasn’t too interested in playing with any of them. Brunhilda participates in play group every day and loves being with the other dogs. She puts a smile on every volunteer’s face when we hear her coming. She’s a very sweet girl. Stop in soon to meet Brunhilda!

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Brunhilda, summed up in one photo

Rascal the six-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a big, strong boy. He walks nicely on the leash for the most part, but if he decides he wants to go in a certain direction then that’s probably the direction you’re going to go in! He just doesn’t realize his own strength. Rascal enjoyed exploring all around the Enrichment Park. He sniffed at some toys but wasn’t interested in playing fetch on this particular outing.

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Rascal has the cutest wrinkly forehead

Rascal loves getting his hips scratched. His whole back half wriggles and he looks up at you with a happy doggy smile. He’s a friendly boy and seems pretty good at coming to you when you call for him. Rascal has participated in a couple play groups and likes romping with the other dogs. He could also go to a home with children. Come by the shelter soon to say hello to Rascal!

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Rascal unfortunately came out blurry in the rest of his photos because we got caught in some rain

Winston the two-year-old Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix is looking for a special, understanding home. Winston has epilepsy and will probably need to be on medication for the rest of his life to prevent seizures. But he can absolutely still live a full and happy life! (My childhood dog was medicated for epilepsy and lived to be 11, with only a handful of seizures.) Winston is super smart. He already knows basic commands like “sit” and “shake” and could definitely learn more.

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Winston is such a handsome, attentive boy

Winston loves playing with toys. He will happily chase after toys when you throw them, though he doesn’t always bring them back. Winston is a pretty good walking companion who only occasionally gets a burst of energy where he would rather run than walk. He’s an affectionate boy who likes to give doggy hugs. Winston gets along with other dogs and enjoys coming to play group. Come in soon to learn more about Winston!

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Winston always has a knowing look

Chopper the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was adopted as a little puppy but recently returned for reasons unrelated to him. He’s not too happy about being back at the shelter and can be a little nervous when he first comes out of his kennel, but warms up quickly and likes getting pet. He’s an easy walking companion.

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Chopper doing some exploring

Chopper enjoyed exploring around the off-leash yard and would come over to me when I knelt down to his level. He got more playful the longer he was out. Chopper sometimes joins play group and starts off with his tail tucked between his legs, but comes out of his shell after a bit and has made some good doggy friends. Chopper already has almost a year of experience living in a home, so he’s ready to settle in with his new forever family. If you think that might be you, come in soon to meet Chopper!

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Chopper was much perkier by the end of our outing

Monty the three-year-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix is a little bundle of energy. You haven’t seen zoomies until you’ve seen Monty sprinting around the Enrichment Park! It is too cute. Those little legs go much faster than you would expect. Even on our walk around the woodland preserve trail, Monty led the way and I almost had to jog to keep up with him.

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Monty is too precious

Monty doesn’t mind being picked up and snuggled, but he would still prefer to walk on his own rather than be carried around. He especially enjoys playing with toys. Monty was sharing his kennel with another smaller dog who has since been adopted, and he has a big enough personality that he would probably get along with larger dogs too. Be sure to say hello to Monty on your next visit to the shelter!

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Monty has the tiniest legs but biggest ears

I also saw Batman (Wombat), Carlos, Cocoa, Jupiter, Prince, and Turbo.

The first play group this week included Badger, Big Boy, Brunhilda, Carlos, Polly (who has just graduated from Level 2 of obedience training!), Prince, and Princess, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Buck and Lola.

The second play group included Badger, Batman (Wombat), Brunhilda, Carlos, Chevy, Chopper, Jupiter, Pepper, Polly, Prince, Princess, Sirius, Titus, Turbo, and Winston, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Bailey, Buck, Chestnut, Chili, Cornelius, Flower, Frosty, Garland, Hinkle, Keggy, Kylo, Lenny, Lola, Skippy, Spooky, Wednesday, and Yukon.

Orphans of the Storm® Is Hoping to Empty the Shelter

This is a big weekend for Orphans of the Storm®!

Firstly, Orphans of the Storm® is excited to be one of 125+ shelters participating in BISSELL Pet Foundation’s nationwide Empty the Shelters adoption event this Saturday, October 12! Dogs and cats 6 months and older will have their adoption fees waived. If you missed Clear the Shelters back in August, now is another great opportunity to bring home a furry friend.

Secondly, Orphans of the Storm® is happy to be returning to the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Spooky Pooch Parade on Sunday, October 13 from 11am-1pm! Several of our adoptable dogs will be dressed up in Halloween costumes, strutting their stuff. Be sure to come out and cheer them on!

There are many new dogs for you to meet on your next visit to the shelter too.

Titan the five-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a very big boy, but really just a big baby! He loves being doted on and will happily stand by your side or lean against your legs for as long as you keep petting him. Titan greeted me with a very waggy tail and was eager to go on a walk. He prefers to walk at a quicker pace but doesn’t pull too much–unless he sees a squirrel or bird, and then you better hold on! Titan can definitely be strong when he wants to be.

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Titan spotted a squirrel in the tree

Titan enjoys sniffing around and exploring when he’s off-leash in the yard. He has been in one play group so far and did well with the other dogs, though he was equally interested in hanging out with the humans. Titan has a ginormous head that he will nudge you with when he wants some more pets. Come in soon to meet Titan!

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Titan is a handsome guy

Hazel the two-year-old and Nutella the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mixes are a bonded pair that are looking to be adopted together. A couple of the benefits of adopting a bonded pair are that they already have a built-in friend to feel comfortable with as they adjust to their new home, and they also have a built-in playmate to keep them company when you leave the house. Plus, Hazel and Nutella look super cute when they cuddle during naptime!

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Hazel is a sweetheart

Hazel is the slightly more shy and mellow of the two. She can pull a bit on the leash when she first comes out of her kennel, but settles into being a nice walking companion pretty quickly. Hazel particularly enjoys getting her chin scratched and looks at you with such sweetness and gratefulness. She spent most of her time in the Enrichment Park slowly sniffing around.

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Hazel watching her buddy

Nutella is more outwardly affectionate and playful. He likes chasing after toys but wasn’t too interested in picking them up or bringing them back. Nutella happily romped around the Enrichment Park but often came back to me for more snuggles. When I sat down on the bench, he put his front paws in my lap so I could pet him more. He pulls on the leash during walks a bit more than Hazel does, but not too much.

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Don’t let Nutella’s serious face fool you–he’s a goofball

Hazel and Nutella both attend play groups and get along with the other dogs. Nutella engages in actively playing more so than Hazel. This is a sweet, happy pair ready to join a sweet, happy home! If you have the space for two, be sure to say hello to Hazel and Nutella!

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Nutella exploring the Enrichment Park

Kado the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix was a little wary of people when he first arrived at the shelter, but has already come a long way! Now he is quite snuggly and will put his front paws in your lap and give you plenty of doggy kisses. There are still some times when he can get nervous and skittish, though, so we think Kado would do best in an adult-only home or a home with older children/teenagers.

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Kado hopped on the bench and politely sat without being asked

Kado is a play group rockstar and participates basically every day. He’s gotten along with every dog he’s met so far, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Kado likes to lead the way on walks and moves at a quick pace, but doesn’t pull as long as you keep up with him. He enjoys chasing after toys and nibbled on a couple that were in the Enrichment Park. Come in soon to meet Kado!

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Kado was a little camera-shy

Toes the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Catahoula Leopard Dog mix has pretty much every good quality you could want in a dog. He walks great on the leash, he is friendly and affectionate, he gets along with other dogs of all sizes, and he plays nicely with toys. Toes is a play group rockstar and participates every day. Also, we walked the whole way around the woodland preserve trail next to another volunteer and a tiny Chihuahua and Toes was the perfect gentleman.

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One toy is not enough for Toes

Toes will put his front paws in your lap and gives you doggy kisses when you kneel down to his level. He’s also content to sit in your lap and get lots of pets. Toes enjoys playing fetch with stuffed toys. He likes to play a bit of tug-of-war before you throw the toy, but he always drops it without being asked when he’s ready to fetch again. Toes is the total package. Be sure to say hello to him on your next visit to the shelter!

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Toes’ face of contentment

Kira the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is super snuggly. She gave me a doggy hug as soon as she came out of her kennel and wasn’t even interested in walking! She just wanted to cuddle. Kira joined me on the bench and loved getting her ears and sides scratched. When I stopped petting her, she reached out and poked me with her front paw to let me know she wasn’t ready for me to stop yet. (I obliged, of course.)

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Kira’s happy face

Kira is an excellent leash-walking companion. She doesn’t pull at all and walks at a nice, easy pace. Kira regularly attends play group and doesn’t mind the company of other dogs. She is not a fan of cats, however, so she should go to a cat-free home. Kira would also do best in an adult-only home. If that sounds like you, come in soon to meet Kira!

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Kira has a super fluffy tail

Bison the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is very attentive to his person. He looked at me frequently as we made our way around the woodland preserve trail, and I always responded by telling him what a good boy he is. Bison prefers to walk at a quick pace, but doesn’t really pull on the leash. He happily joined me on the bench for a break.

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Bison has fun ears

Bison occasionally attends play groups, and he generally does better in smaller groups with mostly female dogs. Bison has a number of playmates that he particularly enjoys romping with, but some dogs that he isn’t as fond of. When Bison has the Enrichment Park all to himself, he likes to run a couple laps and then come back to his person for more pets. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Bison!

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Bison about to jump on the bench

I also saw Blue and Rachel (who greeted me with a happy doggy hug).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs on a Drizzly Day

It was a little damp at Orphans of the Storm®, but the dogs didn’t seem to mind! (My camera did, though, so I apologize for the blurry photos.)

Prince the three-year-old German Shepherd/Pit Bull Terrier mix gave me a doggy hug accompanied by a very happy wagging tail as soon as I let him out of his kennel. Even when I let him off-leash in the Enrichment Park, he decided he would rather give me another doggy hug than go play. Prince is a very snuggly pooch! He also likes to give the occasional doggy kiss.

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Prince taking a break from his squeaker snowman

Prince has plenty of energy. He enjoyed romping around the Enrichment Park and playing with a squeaky toy. He’s one of those dogs who can play fetch with himself. Prince is a pretty good walking companion, but in general likes to walk at a quicker pace. He was happy to take a break every once in a while to put his front paws in my lap and get more pets. Prince gets along with children, so he could go to a family home. Be sure to say hello to Prince on your next visit to the shelter!

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Prince wanted to nibble on some of the leaves and wood chips

Rachel the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix loves people so, so much. Meet her once, and she will greet you like her best friend forever after. This greeting includes a doggy hug and covering your entire face in lots of doggy kisses. Rachel has one of the most waggy tails I’ve encountered. Her tail was wagging so hard when I was petting her that she knocked my camera out of my hand!

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Rachel is a ray of sunshine!

Rachel particularly loves getting her hips and sides scratched. She does a little dance and looks at you with a big doggy smile. Rachel is a nice walking companion, which is good because she’s a little on the chunky side and could use regular walks to shed a few pounds in her new home. Rachel has participated in a few play groups and is getting more comfortable with the other dogs each time. If you’re looking for an extra-happy girl to join your home, come in soon to meet Rachel!

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Rachel didn’t mind getting her white paws a little muddy

Reno the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is one of the strongest dogs at the shelter right now, but don’t let that deter you! He’s a very friendly boy. He just likes to lead the way and decide where to go on his walks–however, he isn’t stubborn about it and will start following you if you want to go a different direction. Reno also likes spending time in the yard and enjoyed following his nose all the way around the perimeter of the Enrichment Park.

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Reno enjoying the outdoors

Reno sniffed at a squeaky toy but wasn’t too interested in chasing after it on this particular outing. He gets along with other dogs and attends play group a couple times a week. Even though he might seem like the rough-and-tumble type, Reno’s actually pretty mellow with the other dogs. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Reno is the one for you!

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Reno has one adorable floppy ear and one adorable perky ear

Joan the eleven-month-old Shepherd mix has lots of puppy playfulness. She loves toys and playing fetch, either with a person or with herself. She also enjoys going to play group and being with the other dogs. Joan is speedy, so she prefers playing tag (either being the chaser or the chased). Joan has attended some off-site events and enjoys all of the attention she gets.

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Joan showing off her pretty blue eye

Joan is also affectionate. She likes to give doggy hugs and will happily stand on her back legs for as long as you keep petting her. She gives the occasional doggy kiss too. Joan especially likes getting scratched on her sides and will snuggle up against you when you kneel down to her level. Joan walks nicely on the leash and rarely pulls. If you’re looking for a sweet puppy, come in soon to meet Joan!

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Joan is slim and agile

I also saw Blush, Chance, Sox, and Turbo (who is talkative in his kennel, but really calms down once he’s out on the trail and away from the other barking dogs).

Play group included Alec(k), Cass, Chance, Cocoa, Donny, Joan, John Boy, Polly, Quinn, and Tommy, as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Al, Dipper, Henry Hippo, Inca, Isabelle, June Bug, Preston, Sam Parker, Seadra, Willah, and Xandria.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Will Be Your Cuddle Buddy

There are lots of sweet and snuggly dogs ready to meet you at Orphans of the Storm®! Here are just a couple.

Sonny the one-and-a-half-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Labrador Retriever mix can be a little bark-y and jump-y in his kennel, but he melts into a puddle of sweetness as soon as he gets his leash put on. He gave me a doggy hug and doggy kisses right away, and wasn’t even that interested in walking! He just wanted to climb into my lap and get pet. One kiss is definitely never enough for Sonny!

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Sonny has the happiest smile

Sonny is a nice walking companion. In fact, he wants to be so close to his person that sometimes he was walking between my legs rather than to my side. Sonny enjoys rolling around on his back in the grass but will also lay still for you to give him belly rubs. Sonny needs a little more practice learning how to be a dog, because he seemed a little nervous when I started tossing toys for him to chase and didn’t know what to do with them. But this young pup is eager to learn. Be sure to say hello to Sonny on your next visit to the shelter!

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Sonny got a little muddy but didn’t mind

Harper the two-year-old Australian Cattle Dog/Labrador Retriever mix likes people of all ages, including children. She’s already gone to Orphans of the Storm®’s Northbrook Court location and loved getting attention and pets from everyone who stopped in. Harper loves water and enjoys stretching out in the puppy pool. She also liked splashing in puddles from the recent rain when we were on our walk. Maybe her future home will include a pool or a lake!

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Harper getting her feet wet

Harper is well-mannered. She sat nicely for me without even being asked, and is a good walking companion. She likes to give doggy hugs and the occasional doggy kiss. Harper gets along with other dogs and has become a play group regular. Sometimes she just enjoys sniffing on her own, and sometimes she likes to tumble around with the others. Come in soon to meet Harper!

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Harper showing her serious side

Play group this week included Brutus, Cass, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Donny, Dunkin the Red, Elijah, Harper, Huckleberry, John Boy, Leia, Lucy, Maggie, Max, Mojo, Polly, Reeco, Sasha, Turbo, and Whizzer

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Everyone’s hiding their faces! But we have Dennis (I think), Snickers, Huckleberry, Magic, Henry, and Lucy

…As well as not-yet-profiled dogs Baby Girl, Calamity Jane, Dennis, Honey, Jupiter, the other Max, Pixie, Posie, Raven, Rhett, Rowdy, Snickers, Sybil, and Tracker.

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Dennis (I think) and Snickers

There were also a few dogs who haven’t made it on the website yet (it’s still under construction but will be updated soon!) like Henry, Magic, PB&J, Rose, and Tiny.

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Cheyenne (Shyanne), Raven, Calamity Jane, and Snickers

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Awaiting a Summer Adventure

There have been many dog adoptions at Orphans of the Storm® over the last couple of weeks, so I only have two new guys to write about today. But there are still many more eager to meet you and enjoy the rest of their summers (and lives!) in a new forever home.

Buddy the nine-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is an energetic pup. When we went around the woodland preserve trail, Buddy was much more interested in running than walking–so if you’re looking for a new friend to motivate you to exercise, Buddy could be your guy! However, when Buddy was off-leash in the Enrichment Park, he was much more mellow and enjoyed meandering around and sniffing. After he did some exploring on his own, Buddy came back to me to get some snuggles.

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Buddy’s ears act as little wings when he romps

Buddy is still a puppy, so he would benefit from training. He seems eager to learn, though! When I practiced the “sit” command with him, he did it faster each time. Buddy also gets along with other dogs and participates in play groups. Sometimes he’s in a more playful mood, and other times he’s calmer. If you’re looking for a fun pooch to join your home, come in soon to meet Buddy!

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Buddy not so sure about the heat

Roscoe the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Shepherd mix must have gotten some training at some point, because he very politely sat while I put his leash on and also sat to wait while I opened the door to the shelter hallway–without being asked! Roscoe is also easy to walk on the leash. In fact, he moves at a pretty slow pace during his walks because he’s interested in doing lots of sniffing. It was hard to get a picture of his adorable face because his nose was always to the ground!

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Roscoe will sniff all the things!

Roscoe enjoyed snuffling his way around the Enrichment Park. He watched me throw a toy but didn’t seem too eager to chase it or bring it back to me. Roscoe is an easy-going pooch who gets along with other dogs as well as cats. He attends play groups and even does well with some of the dogs who are more selective about their playmates. Whether you’re looking to add to your furry pack or just want one, be sure to say hello to Roscoe on your next visit to the shelter!

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Roscoe has such a pretty fur color

I also saw Barney, CoCo and Scooby, Sasha, Sox, and Thunder.

The first play group I went to included Beatrix, Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Cocoa, Donny, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Karla, Lucy, Maggie, Mojo, Polly, Reggie, Sasha, Sox, and the not-yet-profiled Baby Girl.

Play group 2 included Alec(k), Beatrix, Bo, Brutus, Cass, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Cocoa, Donny, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Karla, Lucy, Maggie, Polly, Quinn, Reggie, Sasha, and Whizzer, and the not-yet-profiled Baby Girl and Simba.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Warm Up Your Summer

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are ready to get their summers off to a sunny start by finding their new forever homes!

Pumpkin the four-year-old Boxer mix has experience as a family dog and is ready to find a new family to join. She was adopted several months ago but returned because she was jumping the fence and not getting along with other dogs in her neighborhood. So, Pumpkin is looking for a home where she can go on leashed walks or be closely supervised in a fenced yard.

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Pumpkin keeping an eye on things

Pumpkin loves people and gets along with kids and even babies. She politely sits while getting her leash put on, without even being asked. Pumpkin is a great walking companion. She also likes to cuddle and get pet. Pumpkin attends play groups and sometimes plays with the other dogs, but more often keeps to herself or tries to initiate pets from the humans in the yard. She would prefer to be the only dog in her new home.  Come in soon to see if Pumpkin is the pooch for you!

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Pumpkin in a little bit of rain

Brady the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is an active, playful guy. He can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel or if he sees something exciting, but will also eventually slow down to enjoy some sniffing along the trail. Brady liked romping around the off-leash run and exploring along the fence line. He often has a doggy smile on his cute white face.

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Brady knows how to smile for the camera

Brady gets along well with other dogs. He arrived at the shelter with his sister, who has since been adopted. He also attends play groups and particularly enjoys the company of Jackson (see below). Brady liked sniffing at toys and poking them with his nose, but wasn’t too interested in playing fetch on this outing. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Brady!

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Brady following his nose

CoCo and Scooby the six-year-old Great Dane mixes found themselves at the shelter because their family was moving and couldn’t bring them with. They’re hoping to find a new home together–and it will hopefully be a large home, because these are two of the largest (and strongest) dogs I’ve walked!

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CoCo has white socks!

CoCo and Scooby occasionally attend play groups, but since they’re so much bigger than everyone else, they make some of the other dogs a bit nervous and tense. They can also be bark-y around other dogs when they’re on the leash or on opposite sides of the fence (CoCo more so than Scooby).

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Scooby is a handsome boy

Scooby seems to be the more affectionate of the two. He often came back to me while exploring the off-leash run so he could cuddle and give me a couple doggy kisses. CoCo did more exploring on his own, but he also poked my nose with his nose once or twice and liked getting scratched on his hips. If you have the space in your home and your heart for these two big brothers, come in soon to meet CoCo and Scooby!

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CoCo and Scooby finding out what’s behind the bushes

Athena the one-year-old Hound mix is very friendly and affectionate. She gave me a doggy hug as soon as she came out of her kennel and was always attentive to where I was when we were in the Enrichment Park. I’m not sure how much training she’s had since she’s barely out of puppyhood, but she did come running over when I called her.

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Athena being attentive

Athena can pull a bit on the leash when she first comes out of her kennel, but settles into a nice walking companion after she has a chance to romp around and get some of her excess energy out. Athena is currently sharing her kennel with Jackson (see below) but was a little tentative and nervous when she went into a larger play group. Be sure to say hello to happy Athena on your next visit to the shelter!

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Athena caught in a blink

Jackson the eleven-month-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is super sweet. He likes to snuggle and will tuck his head into you. He also gave me a couple gentle doggy kisses. Being a Hound, Jackson likes to follow his nose and take his time exploring. He criss-crossed the Enrichment Park in order to find all of the interesting smells.

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Jackson has super floppy ears (cameo by Athena in the back)

Jackson walks nicely on the leash and is pretty calm overall, especially for a puppy. He is currently sharing his kennel with Athena (see above) and also attends play group regularly. He interacts nicely with the other dogs and particularly enjoyed the company of Brady (see above), so he could go to a home with or without a doggy friend. If you’re looking for a lovable and loving pup, come in soon to meet Jackson!

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Jackson doing what Hounds do best

Beatrix the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is very attentive to her person. When we were on our walk around the woodland preserve, Beatrix often paused to look up at me and confirm that we were still on the same page. She alternates between walking at an easy-going, meandering pace and speeding up to follow an interesting scent trail, but she doesn’t pull much on the leash.

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Beatrix has such a smooshy face

Beatrix also likes to be close to her person. When I knelt down next to her, she leaned against me so much that I almost toppled over! She wanted to be as close as possible without actually climbing into my lap. Although Beatrix loves the company of people, she doesn’t seem too fond of other dogs and would probably do best as the only dog in her new home. Stop by the shelter soon to meet Beatrix!

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Beatrix enjoying the outdoors

I also saw Alec(k), Anna, Barney (who loves splashing around in the puppy pool), Clyde the Heeler (who just wants to spend all of his time snuggling with you), John Boy, Pony Boy, Sox, and YoYo (Yeyo).

My first play group this week included Alec(k), Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde the Heeler, Cocoa (who is getting better in larger groups), Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Maggie, Pumpkin, Tom, Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo). Snow White also had a one-on-one with Huckleberry. The not-yet-profiled dogs were Bandi, Bruno, Emma, Gilbert, Marcie, Polly, and Vannah.

My second play group included Alec(k), Brutus, Cass, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde the Heeler, Delilah, Donny, Elijah, Jackson, John Boy, Maggie, Mojo, Quinn, Romeo, Sasha, Sox, Spike (who is doing great in larger groups), Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo). Barney also had a one-on-one with Cocoa. Not-yet-profiled dogs included Bogo, Bruno, Emma, Gilbert, Maizie, Pepsi, and Polly.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a Cuddle Companion

There are lapdogs big and small at Orphans of the Storm® right now! If you’re looking for a particularly snuggly new friend, now is the time to come in and find him or her!

Polar Bear the seven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a big lovebug who doesn’t realize just how big he is, because he will try to climb into your lap whenever he gets the chance. Polar Bear is super affectionate and covered my face in doggy kisses multiple times. He joined me on the bench and was happy to sit as close to me as possible. When we passed a couple other volunteers, Polar Bear politely sat by their feet and waited for them to give him pets.

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Polar Bear is super smiley

Polar Bear is a very easy walking companion. Since he’s older and larger, he just pleasantly lumbers along at a slow pace and doesn’t pull on the leash at all. We only made it part of the way around the woodland preserve before Polar Bear decided he had walked long enough, so short walks around the neighborhood will probably be enough for him in his new home. Although Polar Bear loves people, he isn’t as much a fan of other dogs and would do best as the only dog in his new home. Come in soon to meet Polar Bear!

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Polar Bear enjoying his walk

Kacy and Oliver the five-year-old Rat Terrier mixes are a bonded pair looking for their new home together. They can be a little wary of strangers, but once they feel comfortable with you, you will have two new best friends forever! Because of this wariness of strangers, they’re looking to go to a home that doesn’t get many visitors. These little pooches act as good guard dogs and will alert their new owner whenever someone is coming by the house.

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Kacy has giant ears and tiny toes

Oliver warmed up to me first. When we got to the Enrichment Park, Oliver hovered around my feet until I knelt down to pet him. He later joined me on the bench and enjoyed getting more attention. Oliver also let me pick him up and carry him around a bit, but he’s an active boy and prefers doing his own walking. He did some zooming around the park! Oliver also prefers to lead the way on walks and moves at a quick pace.

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Oliver flys!

Kacy was also pretty eager to get pet and put her front paws in my lap when I got down to her level. Kacy enjoys taking her time exploring, and mostly watched as Oliver romped around. She was also fine with me picking her up and holding her, and sat in my lap for a bit. Kacy is a good walking companion and likes to stop and sniff often. She doesn’t pull on the leash at all.

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Kacy being serious

Kacy and Oliver are smart dogs and quick learners. They participated in the Top Dog Competition back in October and mastered the agility course. They are very treat-motivated! Kacy and Oliver have shared their kennel with a variety of small dogs and also participate in small dog play groups, so they get along with other dogs around their size. If you’re looking for two loyal dogs to bring happiness to your home, be sure to say hello to Kacy and Oliver!

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Oliver saying hello

Kona the seven-year-old Chihuahua mix has a big personality in a teeny body. He has a couple favorite volunteers and when he sees them coming, his entire body wriggles in excitement and he starts squealing! It is super cute. Kona can take a little time to warm up to strangers, but once he knows you then he will ask to be picked up and held, and will give you lots and lots of doggy kisses.

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Kona is a cutie

Kona gets along with dogs both large and small. He is currently sharing a kennel with Kacy and Oliver (see above) and has participated in both small dog play groups and medium/large dog play groups. You can see a video of Kona holding his own with the big dogs here. In terms of people, Kona prefers the company of adults rather than children (10 years or younger) and might do best in an adult home. Be sure to say hello to Kona on your next visit to the shelter!

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Kona investigating the case of missing toy stuffing

I also walked Thunder for the first time in a long time! He had back surgery in December, but is now recovered and ready to find his forever home! You can see updates (with lots of cute photos and videos) of his recovery process here. Thunder was fostered by a couple different volunteers while he was recovering and was a sweet, snuggly, well-behaved house guest. Thunder is housebroken and crate trained, and loves to be with his person. He’s looking for a home where he can be the only pet.

The play group I attended this week included Alec(k), Bo, Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde, Cocoa, Delilah, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Lucy, Maggie, Quinn, Reggie, Sasha, Spike, Thea, Tom, Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo), as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Bandi, Polly, and Pumpkin. We reached a new milestone this week, of over 2,000 dogs in play groups!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Are Hoping to Start Their Summers in a Forever Home

Orphans of the Storm® will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, but open regular hours (11am-5pm) Saturday and Sunday. You still have time to welcome a new furry family member into your home before the holiday!

Molly the four-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound mix is the sweetest! All she wants to do is snuggle with the nearest person. Instead of exploring around the Enrichment Park, Molly spent her time giving me lots of doggy hugs and attempting to climb into my lap. When someone walks up to pet her, she wants to be as close as possible and will try to sit on their feet.

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Molly has the floppiest ears

Molly walks nicely on the leash and occasionally stops to sniff, but not as much as you might expect from a Hound. She’s currently sharing her kennel with a little Beagle, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. She also goes to play group, but gets a little overwhelmed in large, active groups and prefers just a quick sniff hello before moving on. If you’re looking for a great cuddle companion, be sure to say hello to Molly on your next visit to the shelter!

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Molly always has the sweetest look on her face

Spike the ten-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came from an owner who didn’t have enough time for him, but that means he already has experience living in a home and is ready to find his forever one. Spike is very calm for a puppy! Even though he could throw his weight around if he wanted to, he actually walks great on the leash. He’s more of a meanderer and likes to take his time sniffing.

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Spike has a lovable giant square head

Spike has participated in a couple small play groups with well-socialized dogs who have been teaching him proper play group etiquette. Spike is a quick learner but may still be too exuberant for some dogs, and may do best as the only dog in his new home. Spike has quickly become a volunteer favorite because of his happy personality. Come in soon to meet Spike!

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Spike is surprisingly floofy for his breed

Reggie the one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has lots of energy! Reggie ran a few laps around the yard before slowing down to sniff and explore. He wasn’t overly interested in playing fetch, but poked some of the toys with his nose. Reggie politely sniffed Clyde when they were on opposite sides of the fence, as well as when we passed Clyde on leash during our walk around the woodland preserve.

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Reggie says, “Whee!!”

Reggie likes to take breaks from romping around in order to get pet. He put his front paws in my lap on multiple occasions so I could scratch his neck and ears. Reggie likes to walk at a quick pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash too much. He has a great doggy smile and always looks happy. Stop by the shelter soon and say hello to Reggie!

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Reggie being silly

Stevo the two-year-old Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix is a little shy and nervous right now. He wasn’t so sure about coming out for a walk, so I sat in his kennel with him for a couple minutes to give him time to get comfortable with me. Then we were on our way! Despite his hesitation, Stevo is great at walking on the leash. He was always either right by my side or just a couple steps ahead.

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Stevo is too cute for words

Stevo prefers having a chance to sniff a person before you start petting him (which is what you should do for all dogs anyway!) but will stand politely once you do pet him, and won’t start walking again until you stop. Stevo is looking for an understanding home with people who will help him come out of his shell. If that sounds like it could be you, come in soon to meet Stevo!

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Stevo on the move

Thea the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is super affectionate. She loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses, and will try to climb into your lap whenever the opportunity presents itself. Thea was a little shy when she first arrived at the shelter, but she has made a lot of progress and now wags her tail at everyone and wants to say hello.

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Thea sometimes rocks the “one ear up, one ear down” look

Thea walks pretty well on the leash, but can be a little reluctant sometimes and needs encouragement to keep going. Once she’s settled and comfortable in her new neighborhood, she’ll probably do just fine! Thea attends play groups and mostly kept to herself at first, but has recently started engaging with other dogs and is showing more of her playful side. Stop by the shelter soon to see if Thea is the pooch for you!

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Thea will eventually learn to love walks!

Cocoa the three-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is very energetic and playful. She gets super excited when she realizes it’s her turn to come out for a walk and can pull on the leash a bit, but eventually settles down (though she still prefers to walk at a quick pace). Cocoa loves toys more than anything! Balls, squeakers, ropes–you name it, she’ll play with it! This means she’s also great at playing fetch.

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Cocoa loved this ball the most

Cocoa is also cuddly and affectionate. She combines her love of people and toys by snuggling on her person’s lap while chewing her toy. Cocoa participates in play groups and has a rambunctious play style. She has also completed Level 1 of obedience training and has graduated to Level 2. If you’re looking for an active, playful dog who will also snuggle with you at the end of the day, be sure to say hello to Cocoa!

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Cocoa was hopeful that the camera was also a toy

I also saw Alec(k), Barney, Big Boy, Brutus, Carlos, Cheyenne (Shyanne)Clyde, Dusty, and Gracie.

The play group I attended this week included Alec(k), Bo, Cocoa, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, John Boy, Lucy, Maggie, Mojo, Molly, Sasha, Thea, Tom, and YoYo (Yeyo), as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Bandi, CoCoPolly, Pumpkin, Scooby, and Tucker.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Looking for a New Mom This Mother’s Day Weekend

If you’re looking to add a new fur-baby to the family this weekend as you celebrate Mother’s Day, there are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who are eager to meet you!

Sage the nine-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is currently recovering from an ACL injury, but he’s ready to go to his new home to finish recuperating and then will be back to his active lifestyle! Even though Sage is still a puppy, he already has good leash manners and is a nice walking companion. He enjoyed sniffing his way around the woodland preserve.

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Sage is super cute

Sage, like most puppies, loves getting attention and hopped up on the bench next to me so we could snuggle. He never strayed too far from me, even when he was off-leash in the Enrichment Park. Sage liked stretching out in the sun and chewing on a squeaky toy. Sage had a couple playdates with another puppy before his injury, so he seems to get along with other dogs. Come in soon to see if Sage is the pup for you!

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Sage is looking forward to having his own yard someday soon!

Clyde the three-year-old Heeler mix (not to be confused with the other Clyde) was previously adopted but returned because he wasn’t getting along with the other dog in the house. But this means that Clyde is ready to settle into his new home because he already knows some obedience training, is housebroken, and walks great on the leash (except occasionally when other dogs are nearby, when he can pull and bark a little).

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Clyde looking very proper

Clyde is extremely affectionate and will be very attached to his new person. He loves to give doggy hugs and lean against you while you pet him. He’s perfect for doing agility and other active pursuits. Although Clyde doesn’t want to share his home with another dog, he does pretty well in play groups when he’s with calmer dogs. If you know and love Heelers, come see if Clyde is the right match for you!

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Clyde comes when called

Aiden the eight-year-old Mountain Feist mix looks a little sad and elderly inside his kennel, but don’t be fooled–he still has plenty of pep in his step! As soon as I let him off his leash in the Enrichment Park, he ran clear across it and then circled back around. He also likes to lead the way on walks, and I had to hurry to keep up with those little legs.

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Aiden romping in the woodchips

Aiden is a little shy and doesn’t initiate much petting, but if you start petting him then he will happily stand right by your side for as long as you continue. Aiden has participated in play groups with smaller and/or calmer dogs but mostly keeps to himself, with the occasional sniff hello. If you’re looking for a sweet senior, be sure to say hello to Aiden on your next visit to the shelter!

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Aiden would rather go for walks than pose for photos

I also saw Barney, Gracie, Cheyenne (Shyanne), and Quinn.

Orphans of the Storm Play Group May 6

Romeo, Jack, John Boy, and Huckleberry

My first play group this week included Alec(k), Brutus, Clyde the Heeler, Eastside, Elijah, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Lucy, Maggie, Gia (Pippa), Romeo, Sasha, and Tom, as well as the not-yet-profiled dogs Pumpkin and Zorro.

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Huckleberry, Gia (Pippa), John Boy, and Elijah, and Clyde

My second play group included Aiden, Alec(k), Brutus, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Clyde the Heeler, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Maggie, Mojo, Quinn, Sasha, and Yoyo (YeYo), as well as not-yet-profiled dogs Finn, Pumpkin, and Roxy.

Orphans of the Storm Play Group May 10

Brutus, Jack, Gia (Pippa), and Sasha’s fluffy tail