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 Are Happy to Give You Lots of Kisses

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

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

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

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Luna being playful

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

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

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

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Gracie positively glows!

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

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Gracie loves tennis balls

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

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Sadie smiling in the sunshine

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

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Sadie is happy-go-lucky

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

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

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

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Irwin enjoys his walks

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

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs 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.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Can Handle the Cold

Winter is certainly upon us, but there are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who are more than happy to romp around outside, even when it’s cold!

Flappy the five-year-old Bloodhound mix is just precious. I admit that I could not stop squee-ing the entire time I was with her because I love everything about her, and after I left the shelter I would talk about her to anyone who would listen. Flappy has that sweet Bloodhound look with the droopy eyes, floppy face, and flappy (of course) ears. She was a good walking buddy, though if her nose picks up a trail it’s pretty certain that she’ll follow it.

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Flappy is too cute (even with a little drool…)

Flappy is one of the few hounds I’ve met who loves to play fetch, and is very good at it! She was sniffing around the off-leash run and emerged from the bushes with a tennis ball in her mouth, which she promptly dropped at my feet. She loved running after the ball and always brought it right back to me. When we were done playing fetch, I knelt down next to her and she put her front paws in my lap and gave my nose a doggy kiss. What a fun, sweet, good-natured dog! Stop by the shelter soon to meet Flappy.

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Flappy following her nose

Mack the one-year-old Weimaranar/Doberman Pinscher mix (not to be confused with the other Mack) is still very much a puppy, although he is a big puppy. He is full of energy and thinks that everything is a game, which should make training him lots of fun! It seems that nobody has tried to teach Mack his doggy manners yet, so he does like to play tug-of-war with the leash and was nibbling on my gloves and jacket sleeves a bit–but who can blame him?

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Mack seems to know he’s a good-looking dog

Mack seemed to do pretty well with Sonny, who was on the other side of the fence, though his exuberance might be a bit much for some dogs. He understood the concept of chasing after a tennis ball, but hasn’t quite grasped that he has to bring it back in order for it to be thrown again. Mack did settle down eventually, where he very nicely sat next to me while I pet him, and gave me a few doggy kisses. Mack would be so happy to have a home of his own where he can go on daily walks and have daily playtime. If you’re looking for a big puppy to bring laughter to your life, come in soon to meet Mack!

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Mack saying hi to his new buddy, Sonny

Frosty the eight-year-old Husky mix is probably the dog best suited for this type of weather. Not only does she have a warm, fluffy coat, but she’ll even blend in with the snow! Her eyes are such a pale blue that even they look white. Frosty was snoozing in her kennel when I came by, but she perked up and went outside as soon as she realized she was going for a walk. She did a great job on the leash as we made our way to the run.

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Frosty is a pretty girl

Frosty is, overall, a very sweet and gentle dog. Since she’s on the older side, she doesn’t seem like she needs as much exercise and activity as younger Husky mixes. She meandered around the run, sniffing here and there, stopping for a pat on the back when she’d pass me. As she got more used to me, she gave me a couple doggy kisses and enjoyed being scratched on the neck. Frosty isn’t asking for much–just a nice home for the holidays. Could that home be with you?

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Frosty wondering where the snow is

On this frigid day, I also spent time with Molly (who greeted me with a big doggy hug), the other Molly (who covered my face in doggy kisses as I tried to put on her leash), Trixie (who loves tennis balls just as much as before), Akiva (who wants a yard of her own so she can romp in the snow to her heart’s content), Topaz (who happily joined me on the bench and kept a paw in my lap), and Lily (who didn’t show any signs of her initial shyness now that she knows me).

The Holiday Pet Showcase is still going strong at Northbrook Court, all the way until Christmas Eve! Be sure to stop in and say hi to the adoptable dogs and cats while you finish up your holiday shopping.