Orphans of the Storm® Is Now Open!

Orphans of the Storm® is excited to announce that it has reopened to the public! However, there are new protocols and procedures in place to keep staff, volunteers, and potential adopters safe. Please read the following notes before visiting the shelter:

  • We are open by appointment only.
  • Appointments will be daily between noon and 3pm and last 45 minutes.
  • Walk-ins are not permitted and will be turned away.
  • Only 2 people per party are permitted inside the shelter at a time.
  • Minors must not be left unattended, so please plan accordingly.
  • Please leave your pets at home.
  • Masks must be worn at all times. Entry will not be granted without a mask.
  • Contactless temperature checks will be performed on all entrants.

To make an appointment for either dog adoption or cat adoption, please call 847-945-0235.

And here are some of the new dogs who are eager to meet you!

Tom Hanks the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix already has a large fan club, and volunteers have only been back for one week! Everyone who has had the opportunity to walk him has fallen in love with this super sweet boy. Tom Hanks will be happy to join his future family out in the yard, where he can loll around in a sunny spot in the grass and keep you company while you read, garden, or play outside. He especially enjoys belly rubs and will lay by your side so you can continue to pet him.

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Tom Hanks is such a happy boy

Tom Hanks walks nicely on the leash and does well wearing a harness for walks. He was very patient with me while I learned to put his harness on correctly. He’s very attentive to his person and was happy to pause several times on our way around the trail to get more pets and snuggles. Tom Hanks only pulls on the leash when he sees some dogs, but some dogs he doesn’t give a second glance. He regularly attends play group and enjoys the company of calmer, gentler dogs. Come in soon to meet Tom Hanks!

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Tom Hanks wondering why I stopped rubbing his belly

Colossus the five-year-old Bloodhound mix is a big, strong boy who likes to stay active. He may bay inside his kennel to get your attention, but he’s very quiet once he’s out and about. The only sound he made when we were on our walk was when he whined at me to keep moving (I had stopped him to take a few photos). Colossus definitely enjoys his walks and keeps his nose to the ground to follow scents. He moves at a quick pace but does well with a front-clip harness.

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Colossus says, “Follow me!”

Colossus would love to have a fenced-in yard to call his own. He had a fun time romping around the Enrichment Park and didn’t want to leave. Colossus tolerates other dogs his size or larger, but may be too much for smaller dogs. He also is not a fan of cats and is looking for a cat-free home. Colossus could go to a home with older children and would make a loyal family dog. Be sure to say hello to Colossus on your next visit to the shelter!

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You’ll have to be okay with a bit of drool if you bring Colossus home!

Paladin the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix gets super excited when it’s his turn to come out of the kennel, but settles down nicely and just wants to snuggle and give kisses. When I sat down on a bench, he first put his front paws in my lap so I could scratch his sides and then he hopped up onto the bench next to me to cover my face in doggy kisses. He wasn’t too interested in toys on this particular outing and mostly just wanted to stay close to me when we were in the off-leash run.

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Paladin waiting for me to join him on the bench

Paladin is a great walking companion when he’s wearing a front-clip harness and walks at an easy pace, but can pull a bit when using a regular collar. He likes dogs, so he gets excited when passing by other dogs and wants to run over to say hello. In fact, Paladin has made lots of doggy friends in play group. He’s high-energy and loves the more rough-and-tumble kind of play. If you’re looking for a sweet and playful pooch, come in soon to meet Paladin!

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Paladin is a handsome boy

Turner the seven-year-old American Bulldog mix is such a happy boy. He constantly looks like he’s smiling and the expression on his big, wide face makes it impossible for people to not smile back! Turner will happily stay by your side as long as you keep petting him. He particularly likes getting his sides scratched, with his tail wagging all the while.

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Turner smiling for the camera

Turner is a very easy walking buddy. He doesn’t pull on the leash at all, and goes at a more meandering pace with the occasional stop to sniff. Turner is a play group rock star and helps socialize new dogs to teach them how to play properly, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. He could also go to a home with children over 10. Stop in soon to say hello to Turner!

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Turner enjoying the outdoors

Jed the seven-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is a mellow guy. He spent the first few minutes in the off-leash run just sniffing around, but eventually came over to me for some pets. He especially likes hip scratches and chin scratches. Jed walks nicely on a front-clip harness and moves at an even pace. Being a Hound, though, he does like to stop and snuffle around.

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Jed in his element among the trees

Jed and I walked all the way around the woodland preserve trail at a socially distant 6 feet away from another dog and volunteer, and Jed has no problems walking with other dogs. He doesn’t pay much attention to them at all, actually. Jed attends play group but prefers being with calmer, mellower dogs like himself and is happy to do his own thing rather than engage in play. Jed could go to a home with children over 10, and is looking for a cat-free home. Be sure to say hello to Jed on your next visit to the shelter!

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Jed has the sweetest Hound eyes

Pinky the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Dalmatian mix is deaf, but I didn’t know that until after I walked her and I couldn’t tell a difference! Pinky acts like any other dog, but is looking for a special home that will learn to train her with non-verbal commands and make other adjustments to keep a deaf dog happy and safe. Pinky is super snuggly and will enthusiastically climb into your lap at any opportunity she gets.

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Pinky enjoying the plants

Pinky walks nicely on the leash and is happy to stop along the way for more cuddling and doggy kisses. She also enjoys bounding into tall grasses and rolling around on her back. When we were in the Enrichment Park, all Pinky wanted to do was stay close to me and get more pets. She wiggles happily and turns her head around to lick your hands while you scratch her sides. If you’re interested in giving Pinky the special home she needs, be sure to stop by the shelter soon to meet her!

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Pinky showing off her spots in the sunshine

And remember that we have many dogs in foster homes right now, so not all dogs available for adoption are on-site at the shelter. Please see the full list of adoptable dogs on the Orphans of the Storm® website, and the “Location” field on each dog’s page will say whether they are at the shelter or in a foster home.

Orphans of the Storm® Both Bubbly and Shy Dogs

There are a few shy dogs (a couple of which are puppies) at Orphans of the Storm® who are still super sweet! They also have made some bubbly doggy companions who are already helping them come out of their shell.

Romeo the one-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix wants to be by his person’s side all the time. He loves to give doggy hugs and will happily stand on his hind legs and hold you for as long as you let him. Romeo was a little nervous when we were making our way around the woodland preserve and was far more interested in snuggling than walking, but once he gets used to his surroundings he should be a much better walking companion.

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Romeo is a handsome guy

Romeo enjoyed romping around the Enrichment Park and even jumped over one of the agility hurdles after I demonstrated how to do it. He is a quick learner! Romeo would do a quick lap around the park and then come running back to me for more cuddles. He loves getting pet and will lean against you while you scratch his side. Come in soon to see if sweet Romeo is the one for you!

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Romeo putting his Hound nose to use

Apollo the nine-month-old Mountain Cur mix (not to be confused with the other Apollo) is a little shy at first, but once he feels comfortable with you then he shows you what a cuddle-bug he can be. Apollo can be a little hesitant on the leash, but after some words and pets of encouragement, he’s a good walking buddy. Apollo will put his front paws in your lap when you kneel down next to him or sit on a bench. He might even give you a quick, gentle doggy kiss!

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Apollo has such unique coloring!

Apollo gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with Bubba (see below). Apollo has also gone to play groups and interacts politely with the other participants, but is also interested in getting attention from the people in the yard. Apollo is a sweet puppy who just needs to build up his confidence a little more. Come in soon to meet Apollo!

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Apollo getting used to walking with a harness

Bubba the three-year-old Mountain Cur mix is friendly with everybody. He greets every person he sees with an enthusiastically wagging tail and will be your new best friend in no time. He’s small enough that he can hop right into your lap and cover your face and hands in doggy kisses. Bubba will also roll over next to you so you can give him a belly rub.

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Bubba always has a smile on his face

Bubba likes to move at a quick pace and can pull a bit on the leash, but overall he’s a good walking companion. Bubba gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with Apollo (see above). This happy-go-lucky guy is sure to bring a smile to his new family’s face. If you think that might be you, come in soon to say hello to Bubba!

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Bubba is eager to explore

Mr. Brown the seven-month-old Dalmatian/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix arrived at the shelter with his brother, who has since been adopted. Mr. Brown absolutely loves play group and spending time with other dogs. He played a little rough when he first arrived, but the older dogs have taught him much better manners and now Mr. Brown is a play group favorite.

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Mr. Brown makes for an adorable Easter egg

Mr. Brown also loves people. He is very affectionate and loves to snuggle and give doggy kisses. He gladly joined me and another volunteer on the bench to get extra pets. Mr. Brown is up for anything and was even one of our Easter Egg-dogs who got decorated with (dog-safe) fur dye last week. If you’re looking for a fun-loving puppy, be sure to say hello to Mr. Brown on your next visit to the shelter!

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Mr. Brown is ready to give lots of kisses!

Athena the nine-month-old Mountain Cur mix is extra shy right now, but she already has a group of volunteers who love her and are working to build her confidence. She isn’t quite used to walking on a leash yet and sometimes gets carried from her kennel to an off-leash yard, but perks up once she’s free to romp. Athena also feels better when she has a doggy companion to walk next to or play with.

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Athena enjoyed the sunshine

Athena shows what a sweetheart she is once she has a few minutes to get to know you. By the end of our outing, she was coming over to me when I called to her and was giving me a couple quick doggy kisses. Athena is looking for a home that will give her the extra TLC she needs to become an outgoing puppy again. Stop in soon to meet Athena!

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Athena is tentative but loving

I also saw Barney, Big Boy and Mojo, Blue, Claire (Clarinet), Gracie, Jack, Peepers, Prince, Princess, and Sox.

The play group I attended this week included Alec (Aleck), Apollo the Mountain Cur, Brutus, Elijah, Gia (Pippa), Gracie, Huckleberry, Jack, John Boy, Luna, Mr. Brown, Prince, Sasha, Tom, Whizzer, and YoYo (Yeyo). There were also new dogs who haven’t been profiled yet: Clyde, Cowboy, Eastside, Freckles, Harry, Henry, Hippo, Lyla, Mazie, and Phoenix.

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Bonus shot of Athena and Mr. Brown playing!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Wish You a Merry Christmas

There is still time to welcome home a new furry family member before the holidays! Orphans of the Storm® is open its regular 11am-5pm hours except for Tuesday, Christmas Day, when it is closed. Dogs and cats will also be at the Northbrook Court location to help with last-minute gift wrapping all weekend and through 6 p.m. on December 24.

Blue the three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is super snuggly. He likes to sit in your lap and lean against you while you pet him. Every time I knelt down to Blue’s level, he came bounding over for more cuddles. He has a ticklish spot on his hips and will do a little wiggly dance and kick his back legs when you scratch him there. Blue likes to give the occasional doggy kiss too.

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Blue ready to go for a walk

Blue is also adventurous. He went right over the A-frame without any prompting from me and particularly liked standing at the top so he could survey the land and see over the top of the fence. Blue politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence but otherwise didn’t pay much attention to other dogs. Blue also does a pretty good job walking on the leash. Be sure to say hello to Blue on your next visit to the shelter!

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Blue is a natural at the A-frame

Tulip the three-year-old Husky mix will be your own personal giant snowball for the winter (and every other season). She has beautiful all-white fur and piercing blue eyes. Tulip is a little on the chunky side, so she’s looking for an active home where she can get her regular walks and exercise. Tulip prefers to walk at a quick pace, but doesn’t pull on the leash at all as long as you’re keeping up with her.

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Tulip is ready for the next snowfall

Tulip is pretty mellow and easy-going. She doesn’t mind doing her own thing when she’s in the yard, but she’ll also stand by your side while you pet her. Tulip was sharing her kennel with another Husky who has since been adopted, and she seems to get along with other dogs too, so she could go to a home with or without another fluffy friend. Come in soon to meet Tulip!

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Tulip could be a model

Romeo the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix was found as a stray, but seems to know at least a few of the ropes. He can pull a bit when he first comes out of his kennel, but walking around the woodland preserve he did a good job on the leash. Romeo likes to lead the way on his walks, but often looked back over his shoulder to check in with me.

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Look at Romeo’s innocent face!

Romeo likes being with people and rarely left my side when we were in the Enrichment Park. He loves getting attention and lots of pets. Romeo can jump up a fair bit, but some training should help with that. He was already pretty responsive when I told him “off.” Come in soon to see if handsome Romeo will steal your heart!

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Romeo getting some exercise

Daisy the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is perhaps the Hound-iest Hound I’ve ever walked. She was really in her element when we were in the woodland preserve. Daisy wanted to forge her own trail rather than follow the path, and can be a little stubborn about following her nose rather than her person. She did some serious treeing, with her front paws on the tree trunk and long, loud baying. (I personally didn’t see any raccoons, but she had me pretty convinced they were up there somewhere.)

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Daisy demonstrating the appropriate treeing technique

Daisy has plenty of energy and enjoyed having a chance to stretch her legs and run around the off-leash run. She didn’t need a toy to chase or a dog to race–she just likes being outside. Daisy would do best in an active home that understands what Hounds do. If that sounds like you, be sure to say hello to Daisy on your next visit to the shelter!

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Daisy says, “Whee!”

I also saw Barney, Carlos, Dunkin the Red (who greeted me with a doggy hug), Nash, Phantom, and Vanilla (who is best friends with the aforementioned Carlos).

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Celebrate Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Orphans of the Storm® has made Adopt a Senior Pet Month into a two-month, end-of-year special adoption event. Dogs and cats who are 8 years and older will have their $90 adoption fee waived through the end of 2018. Our partner veterinary office, Ruth Helen Wolf Animal Hospital, will also donate the cost of some medical fees including senior wellness exam, senior blood work, distemper and rabies vaccinations, and new tag. I met some new senior dogs this week, but first, here is a list of other seniors I’ve profiled before, and their current ages:

On to new pooches, both older and younger!

Whiskey the five-year-old Hound mix is a super happy pooch. She wags her tail so hard when she’s getting pet that her entire back half wiggles. Whiskey is very affectionate and loves to cuddle and give doggy kisses. When she sees someone she knows, she goes straight up to them and leans against their legs so they have to stop and pet her.

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Whiskey keeping an eye on things

Whiskey is a nice walking companion and does a good job on the leash. She happily joined me on the bench whenever I sat down. Whiskey gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing her kennel with Huckleberry, so she could go to a home with or without other dogs. Whiskey is also housebroken and gets along with children, so she’s ready to join a new family today. Come in soon to meet sweet Whiskey!

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Whiskey is practically camouflaged!

Geezer the eight-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix does not act like a geezer at all. He was leaping and bounding around the Enrichment Park and didn’t show signs of slowing down. He politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence but didn’t pay much attention otherwise. Geezer will take the occasional break to get pet, though, and enjoys receiving lots of attention and cuddles.

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Geezer coming over for a cuddle

Geezer goes into full Hound mode once he hits the trail. He led the way on our walk around the woodland preserve and moved at a quick pace. His nose is either close to the ground or high in the air, to catch as many scents as he can. Geezer has that lovable Hound face that will put a smile on yours. Be sure to say hello to Geezer on your next visit to the shelter!

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Geezer can also look very wise

Hazel the nine-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix is currently undergoing heartworm treatment, so she’s looking for a special home that will help her with her recovery. She isn’t supposed to overexert herself, but that isn’t an issue because Hazel is super mellow and easygoing. Hazel walks nicely on the leash. She likes to lead the way, but will stop and follow you in a different direction if you want her to.

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Hazel is a good-natured girl

Hazel enjoys getting pet and will stand by your side as long as you keep petting her. She has pretty coloring and one blue eye, one brown eye. Hazel seems to get along with other dogs, especially ones that are more her energy level. If you’re willing to open your home to a senior with some extra medical needs, Hazel would be very grateful to go home with you!

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Hazel glowing in the sunshine

Jericho the four-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix has that typical Terrier spunk. His little legs are almost always on the move. Jericho likes playing with toys and knows how to play fetch, or is just as happy to chew on a squeaky toy. Jericho walks well on the leash and doesn’t pull much. Jericho gets along with other dogs and is currently sharing his kennel with a dog closer to his size, so he could go to a home with or without other dogs.

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Jericho is a cutie-patootie

Jericho is a very affectionate boy. He likes to cuddle and give lots of enthusiastic doggy kisses. He joined me on the bench and put his front paws in my lap. He also climbed into my lap when I knelt down to his level. If you stop petting him before he thinks you should, he’ll jump up and tap your leg with his front paws until you reach down to pet him again. If you’re looking for a fun and snuggly companion, be sure to meet Jericho!

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Jericho will smile for snuggles

I also saw Apollo, Cooper, DukeMaggie Mae, Nash, and Zeke.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Enjoying the Outdoors

It was a lovely day to be at Orphans of the Storm®, and the dogs were all eager to spend some time in the fresh air too! Between the woodland preserve walking trail and the Enrichment Park, there was lots of romping, rolling, and sniffing to do.

Princess the seven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix found herself at the shelter because her owner passed away. Her years of experience living in a home means she’s all set to go home with you! Princess is a great walking companion who doesn’t pull on the leash at all. She greets all people she sees with a wagging tail and is eager to get pet.

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Princess enjoying her walk

Princess is an affectionate girl who likes to give doggy kisses. She will sit at your feet and give you a happy doggy smile while you scratch her ears or under her chin. Princess is also willing to give you a little nudge if she wants you to keep petting her. This sweet girl deserves to be treated like a princess! Stop by to say hello to Princess soon!

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Princess knows you should stop and smell the roses (or grass)

Shadow the ten-month-old Border Collie mix gave me a doggy hug as soon as he came out of his kennel. He loves to play with toys and is even happy to play fetch with himself–no human required! Shadow romped around the Enrichment Park and then flopped over to get a belly rub when he needed a breather. He has a tickly spot right on his ribs. Shadow walks pretty nicely on the leash, considering he’s still a puppy. He did have a couple bursts of energy where he wanted to run, but mostly stayed just a few steps ahead of me.

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Shadow is a real cutie

Shadow hasn’t had much opportunity for training or socializing yet. He doesn’t do great with other dogs, cats, or children. He can also get possessive of his food and toys. But since he’s still a puppy, these can all be worked on with the right owner who is ready to give Shadow the training he needs. Border Collies are smart, active dogs who do best with smart, active owners. If that sounds like you, come in soon to meet Shadow!

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Shadow with his toy

Maggie the seven-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound is pretty easygoing. She walks nicely on the leash and either has her nose on the ground or pointed high up in the air, so she can catch as many scents possible. Maggie can be a little stubborn when she wants to go one direction and you want to go the other, but kneeling down to her level and petting her usually gets her moving again.

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Maggie’s cute little blop

Maggie may not have had the easiest time before and has a couple dings in her soft, floppy ears to show for it. But that hasn’t stopped her from being a sweetie! Maggie gets along with some dogs, but not all. If you’re considering adding her to a home that already has dogs, she would probably do best with dogs that are her size or larger. Maggie would also prefer living with adults or a family with teenaged children. Say hi to Maggie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Maggie wants all the smells

Tiny the six-year-old Husky mix has a big heart. He gave me multiple doggy hugs while we were out. Whenever I knelt down to his level, Tiny came right over and put his head in my lap so I could pet him more. Tiny walks nicely on the leash and is very attentive to his person. He does like to go at a quicker pace, but doesn’t pull at all.

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Tiny enjoying a scratch on the back

Tiny is a handsome boy and has one brown eye and one blue eye. Part of the fur by his tail had to be shaved, but it will grow back as fluffy as the rest of him! Tiny seems to like water and was happy to get hosed off on a hot day. He gets along with children but isn’t a fan of other animals and would do best as the only pet in his new home. When we passed other dogs on the trail, though, he barely gave them a second glance and just kept walking. Come in soon to see if Tiny is the dog for you!

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Tiny looking regal

I also saw Apollo, Bella, Big Boy and Mojo (who are actually pretty easy for one person to walk simultaneously), Brutus, Cass and Crowley, Chevy, Clarinet, and Quinn.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Beat the Heat

The Orphans of the Storm® website is undergoing some maintenance, so not all of the pooches profiled this week have a link. Be sure to visit the shelter in person to see all of the dogs available!

Stella the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a happy girl who gets along with pretty much everybody. She likes to snuggle with people and is also friendly with other dogs. She’s happy to have another four-legged walking companion when she goes around the woodland preserve! Stella walks nicely on the leash and is polite and well-behaved.

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Stella showing off her smile

Stella enjoyed exploring the off-leash run on her own, but came back to me every once in a while to get pet. When we were on the trail, she was eager to take cuddle breaks and get pet. Stella also knows to smile for the camera. Come in soon to see if sweet Stella is the pooch for you!

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Stella wasn’t sure what to make of Apollo on the other side of the fence at first!

Lennie the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix has plenty of puppy energy. He was spinning in circles when he realized it was his turn to come out for a walk! Lennie was off to a running start and wanted to continue running all the way around the woodland preserve even though it was a hot day. Thankfully for me, I convinced him to slow down just a bit.

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Lennie likes to sniff

Lennie is very attentive and likes watching what’s going on around him. He sniffed at some toys when we were in the off-leash run but may need to be taught the finer points of “fetch.” Lennie has a cute, extra-fluffy tail that’s always up and wagging. Be sure to say hello to Lennie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Lennie leading the way on the trail

Picka the four-year-old Mountain Cur mix has the cutest face. Pictures don’t do her justice! Her ears go both up and down, and either direction is adorable. Picka likes to move quickly at first, but she settled into being a nice walking companion as we made our way around the woodland preserve. Picka also loves to get pet.

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Picka smiling in the shade

Picka has experience being in a home. She’s already housebroken, and she gets along with children. Picka can be protective of her home, though, so proper introductions with visitors will help her be more comfortable. If you’re looking for a family-friendly dog to join your family, come in soon to meet Picka!

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Picka’s ears help her fly!

Dusty the five-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is a sweet girl. She likes getting attention and lots of pets–and luckily for whoever is petting her, she has the softest ears! Dusty is a great walking companion who walks nicely on the leash and rarely pulls. She does like to stop occasionally and take long, thorough sniffs.

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Dusty enjoying the sunshine

Dusty is easy-going. She’s already gone to off-site events, so we know she doesn’t mind crowds and also gets along with other dogs. Dusty has that signature Hound baying-type bark and can sometimes be talkative, but was quiet and content during our walk. Stop by soon to meet Dusty!

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Dusty doing what Hounds do best

I also saw Barney (who knows sit and high-five), Lucy (who enjoyed getting hosed down in the heat of the day), Lucy Locket, and Nash.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Post-Blizzard

More than a foot of snow came down, but that didn’t stop the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® from spending time outside! I’ll preface this post by saying that these dogs might not always run so quickly when they’re on the leash–it may have just been easier to get momentum running/jumping than trying to walk at a normal pace when up to their bellies in snow 🙂

Dolly the two-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix came from a family who couldn’t keep up with her energy, so she is looking for an active home to join! Dolly would love going for regular walks (or maybe even runs) every day and having a fenced-in yard to call her own. Dolly is a friendly girl who gets along with children and adults alike.

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Dolly says, “No trail? No problem!”

Dolly greeted me with a doggy hug as soon as I took her out of her kennel. But she was off and running once we were on the woodland preserve trail! Who needs a Husky when you have Dolly to lead you through the snow? Being a Hound, of course, Dolly had to take an occasional break to stop and sniff. She is attentive and looked back at me every once in a while to make sure we were on the same page. If you’re looking for a new activity buddy, come in soon to meet Dolly!

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Dolly pausing to get a good sniff of the tree

Naida the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a playful girl. She loves playing with stuffed or squeaky toys, but her future family will need to make sure they buy sturdy ones or else Naida will pull out all the stuffing and squeaker pretty quickly. She also enjoys chasing tennis balls and running in general.

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Naida is very attentive

Naida seems very treat-oriented. Every time I reached into my pocket, she was right there waiting to see what I had for her (which was disappointingly nothing besides my camera). Naida can pull a bit on the leash when she first gets out of her kennel and is on the stronger side, but can settle into a nicer pace once she gets her initial burst of energy out of her system. Be sure to say hello to Naida on your next visit to the shelter!

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Naida doesn’t let deep snow slow her down!

Scooby the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pointer mix has springs for legs! When he realized it was his turn to come out for a walk, he was jumping up and down in excitement. Then, when we were making our way around the woodland preserve, Scooby was bounding through the snow like a bunny.

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Scooby with some snow on his nose

Scooby is an affectionate boy. He likes to give plenty of doggy hugs and doggy kisses. Scooby also gets along with other dogs. He is crate-trained and also most likely housebroken. If you’re looking for a playful, happy-go-lucky pooch with a constantly wagging tail, come in soon to meet Scooby!

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Scooby bouncing his way through the snow

I also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Brutus, Carlos, Goliath (who was perfectly at home in the deep snow and walked at a normal pace like it was any other walk on any other non-snowy day), Hamilton, Kaffee, Lucy, Nash, Nico, Roxy, and Thunder.

Orphans of the Storm® Has Hounds and More

There are more than a dozen Hounds waiting to meet you at Orphans of the Storm®, and of course plenty of non-Hounds too!

Howard the six-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix needed some convincing to go outside, but once he realized it meant going for a walk, he was excited. Howard gave me a doggy hug as soon as I put the leash on and continued to be sweet and snuggly the whole time we were together. He enjoys a good pet and will stand right by your side or lean against your legs while you pet him.

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Howard enjoying his walk through the woods

Howard, being a Hound, loves to sniff. He kept his nose to the ground for the majority of our walk around the woodland trail, but still walked at a good pace and didn’t make too many stops or pull on the leash. Howard is housebroken and knows some basic commands, and would be motivated to learn more. Come in soon to see if Howard is the pooch for you!

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Howard wasn’t as sure about having muddy paws

Jake the one-year-old Hound mix is a playful puppy. Most of his photos were a white-and-tan blur because Jake is always on the move. He had a fun time running around the off-leash run and sniffing in the snow. Jake spends lots of time play-bowing and bouncing around also, even with people rather than other dogs.

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Jake is a happy pupper

Jake is affectionate too. He likes to give doggy hugs and maybe a doggy kiss or two. Jake is a go-with-the-flow kind of pup and didn’t mind getting dressed up in different outfits for his official portrait and other pictures. Since Jake is still a puppy, he’s looking for a home with people who can spend plenty of time with him. Be sure to say hi to Jake on your next visit to the shelter!

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Jake doesn’t mind a little snow

Sergeant the one-year-old Labrador Retriever/Australian Cattle Dog mix is very shy at first, but don’t let that deter you! Once you spend some time with him and get past the shyness, Sergeant shows what a sweet boy he is. He likes being pet once he starts feeling more comfortable, and will lay by your feet so you can pet him some more.

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Sergeant exploring in the tall grasses

Sergeant doesn’t seem to have much experience with walking on a leash and can be a little resistant at first, but he ended up doing a nice job walking around the woodland trail. He got more curious the longer we were out and enjoyed sniffing around. Sergeant is looking for a family who will help him come out of his shell and give him plenty of love and encouragement. If that sounds like you, come in soon to meet Sergeant!

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Sergeant’s one bright blue eye will catch your attention!

I also saw Bella, Bo (who is super sweet and cuddly), Goliath, Harley and Reeco, and Nash.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Give Their New Families Many Thanks (and Many Kisses)

Thanksgiving may be over, but the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® will be thankful to find their forever home at any time of the year!

Chase the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is appropriately named because he likes having the chance to run! Chase led the way running around the first part of the woodland preserve, but then slowed to a quick walk and took plenty of pauses to sniff. Chase also likes to stop and stick his nose straight up in the air so he can catch even more scents.

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Chase can cuddle and use his Hound nose simultaneously

Chase is snuggly. He joined me on the bench a few times and enjoyed getting pet. He gave me a few doggy kisses in return. He’s also happy to give doggy hugs. Chase seems to get along with other dogs and politely sniffed two dogs (one his size, one much smaller) while we were out. Come in soon to see if Chase is the one for you!

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Chase pretending to be a Pointer

Blake the seven-year-old Boxer mix is a big softie. He is super affectionate and loves being close to people. Whenever I patted my legs, Blake came right over and put his front paws in my lap. He will also cover your face in doggy kisses whenever he gets the opportunity. And with that lovable face, you won’t want to turn him away!

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Blake being a lapdog

Blake is a great walking companion. He rarely pulled on the leash and also responded well if I asked him to go in a particular direction. Blake has a tickly spot on the side of his neck and will kick his back foot when you scratch him there. Blake didn’t seem to mind other dogs when we passed them on our walk, but he isn’t a fan of cats. Be sure to say hello to Blake on your next visit to the shelter!

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Blake looking majestic in the fall foliage

Aibileen the two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is such a happy girl. Her tail wags constantly–and strongly!–so you’ll certainly get thwacked with it if you’re standing nearby. Aibileen particularly likes getting her hips scratched. She’ll do a little dance and back right up against you to make sure you’re scratching the right spot.

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Aibileen’s sweet face

Aibileen likes to snuggle in general, too. She’ll come running over and just lean against you while you pet her. She’s also not at all shy about giving doggy kisses. Aibileen gets along with other dogs big and small. She’s currently sharing her kennel with Minny (see below). If you’re looking for a happy, snuggly girl, come in soon to meet Aibileen!

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Aibileen coming in for a doggy kiss

Minny the one-year-old Jack Russell Terrier/Schipperke mix is super friendly. She’s small and energetic, so she’ll run right to you and then put her front paws on your legs and do a little jump to get your attention. If you kneel down to her level, she’ll hop right into you lap and happily get pet. She also likes to give doggy kisses.

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Minny is a little cutie

Minny got off to a bit of a rough start and is missing fur in some places, but that doesn’t slow her down at all and certainly hasn’t dampened her spirits. She’s happy and curious and likes following her nose to explore. Those little legs can move faster than you might expect! Minny gets along with other dogs of different sizes. She is currently sharing her kennel with Aibileen (see above). Come in soon to meet sweet Minny!

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Minny making a funny face

I also saw Balto (who greeted me with a doggy hug), Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Carlos, Harley and Reeco, Lucy, and Vanilla.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Think Two’s Company

If you’re looking for a dog who likes other dogs–whether you already have one (or more) at home, or want to go to dog parks, or plan to take your dog to doggy daycare–there are plenty of dog-friendly pooches at Orphans of the Storm® right now!

Kaffee the two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix has a very interesting look. He has one blue eye and one brown; he has black spots all over his face like a Dalmatian; and he has a big brown patch on his back like a Hound! You will surely get lots of compliments and questions about Kaffee whenever you take him out and about.

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Kaffee showing off his spots

Kaffee is on the shy side and mostly kept to himself when we were in the off-leash run. But he would take occasional breaks from sniffing and come over by me so I could pet him a bit. He also walks nicely on the leash. Kaffee is currently sharing his kennel with Thunder (see below), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Come in soon to meet Kaffee!

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Kaffee’s blue eye really stands out

Thunder the seven-year-old Weimaraner mix (not to be confused with the other Thunder) is a big, strong boy, but very sweet. He wanted to be off and running as soon as he came out of his kennel, but he settled down quickly once we were in the off-leash run. Thunder did his own thing at first, but also seemed to like following Kaffee, his kennelmate (see above), around the run.

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Thunder is ready to be someone’s best buddy

Thunder warmed up to me after a few minutes and then started following me everywhere so I could keep petting him. He would also come to me when I called. Thunder didn’t give any doggy kisses on this particular visit, but he did like putting his nose to my nose. Although he’s a big guy, he doesn’t really seem to throw his weight around. Stop by soon to see if Thunder is the one for you!

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Thunder loves getting pet

Constance the two-year-old Mountain Cur/Hound mix is very sweet and snuggly. The first thing she did when she came out of her kennel was give me a doggy hug. When we were in the off-leash run, Constance often put her front paws in my lap so I could pet her and so she could give me doggy kisses. She never strayed too far from me.

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Constance likes to both give and receive kisses

Constance is currently sharing her kennel with Tucker (see below) and gets along great with him, but she can be a little bark-y around other dogs she hasn’t been formally introduced to (like the dog on the other side of the fence in the off-leash run). Constance is sort of mini-Hound-sized, so she could be a sweet lapdog. Be sure to say hello to Constance on your next visit!

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Constance knows how to smile

Tucker the three-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is a sweet and mellow guy. He greeted me with a doggy kiss right away. When we were in the off-leash run, he would take a break from his sniffing every so often and come back to me so I could pet him more. He particularly likes getting his back and floppy ears scratched.

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Tucker not sure about the camera

Tucker was interested in a tennis ball when I threw it and went over to sniff it, but didn’t pick it up or bring it back to me. Maybe his new family can work with him on his fetching skills! Tucker gets along well with other dogs. He’s currently sharing his kennel with Constance (see above) and politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence when we were in the run. Come in soon to say hello to Tucker!

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Tucker is a handsome guy

Hank the five-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix found himself at the shelter because his original owners moved and didn’t bring him with. Hank is a great walking companion. He usually walks at a faster pace but doesn’t pull at all, and he also takes plenty of breaks to use that good Hound nose. He seems like a pretty mellow dog; he didn’t bark once when we were out together.

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You have to be okay with a little bit of doggy drool if you adopt Hank

Hank enjoys a good pet and will stand right by your side while you pet him. He might even rest his chin on you, or he’ll poke his nose to your nose. He didn’t give other dogs a second glance while we were out, but I didn’t take him close enough to see how he did in a real meeting. Hank would do best in an adult-only home. If that sounds like you, stop by soon to meet Hank!

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Hank keeping an eye on things

Reeco the six-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix came to the shelter with his brother Harley, who has since been adopted. Reeco is a little strong and can pull a bit on the leash when he first comes out of his kennel, but settles down pretty quickly. Reeco participated in the Top Dog Competition last fall and has mastered the agility course. He has also attended obedience classes.

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Reeco says, “Me first!”

Reeco loves getting his side rubbed. He’ll lean against your legs and practically fall over because he’s enjoying himself so much. He also gives your hands lots of doggy kisses while you’re petting him (which can sometimes turn into little love-nibbles when he’s extra excited). Reeco gets along with other dogs and attends play group. Be sure to say hi to Reeco on your next visit!

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Reeco is a happy guy

I also saw Bella, Big Boy and Mojo, Boss, Carlos, Diamond (Riley), Lucky, Lucy, Oliver, and Vanilla.