This blog is dedicated to both dogs and dog lovers, and it features the best articles, photos, videos, and news that we can find from around the world. We also write about the Orvis-Morris Animal Foundation Canine Cancer Campaign and our work supporting the dog-rescue efforts of the Petfinder Foundation.

Murph Training XVII: The Old Dog Teaches the Young Dog New Tricks

Written by: Eric Rickstad




The developing relationship between Pickett and Murphy reminds me a bit of The Old Man and the Boy, the remarkable stories of Robert Ruark about a young boy and his grandfather and their adventures together hunting and fishing in old North Carolina. While Pickett is not Murphy’s grandfather, they are in fact chronologically suited, as Pickett is nearing 63 using the hypothetical dog-year calculation and Murphy is somewhere around five.


Are Certain Dog Breeds Dangerous?

Written by: Phil Monahan

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Last month, we blogged about a new laws in the Atlanta region that deemed certain breeds of dogs dangerous and required their owners to license them as such. These breeds included German shepherds, pit bulls, Doberman pinschers, and others. In Ohio, a new law takes a different approach.


Take Your Dog to Work (to)Day

Written by: Phil Monahan

Today, June 24, marks the 13th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. We at Orvis home offices in Vermont are lucky that we can take our dog to work pretty much any day, and all of our retail stores welcome dogs (often with a treat) any day of the year.



Toby, my golden retriever, helps me blog at the Orvis home offices


According to the site, the day was:

“created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support TYDTWDay by opening their workplace to employees’ four-legged friends on this one special day.”

Are you taking your dog to work today? Does your place of work allow it?


Get Your Stinky Dog to Smell Good Again (For Now)

Written by: Eric Rickstad

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Summer is here, and we dog owners know what that means: Stinky dog!

Whether it’s because our dogs get wet while swimming, splash in mud puddles, or roll around in…whatever that stuff is…with summer comes stink. Our dog Toby gets so stinky after swimming, we’ve taken to calling him Taleggio Toby. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of smelling Taleggio cheese, don’t.


Enter to Win a FREE Orvis Dog Nest in Our “Guess the Breed” Contest

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Take a guess at the breed and, right or wrong, you could win a FREE ToughChew® Dog’s Nest® from Orvis!

This breed heralds from Spain and was directly descended from the early Egyptian dogs. It is a hunter of small game, known for intelligence, affection, and loyalty.

Click READ MORE below and leave your guess in the comment section. We’ll pick a random answer, right or wrong to win the ToughChew® Dog’s Nest® worth up to $185.00!

We’ll draw a random winner at 4PM Eastern on June 29, 2011.


Enter the Orvis Cover Dog Contest and Help Prevent Canine Cancer

Written by: Eric Rickstad

Jump into summer by entering our Orvis Cover Dog Contest and help prevent canine cancer at the same time.

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Scout leaps into summer!

Photo by Daniel, Lake Oswego

Enter the Orvis Cover Dog Photo contest for your chance to put your dog on a future cover of the The Orvis Dog Book catalog, win a $500 gift card from Orvis and help us beat canine cancer! Enter online at


8 Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Safe this Summer

Written by: Eric Rickstad

Summer officially arrives today, and we’re all ready to play with our dogs outside on the lawn or at the lake or the ocean. But summer brings its own complications regarding the safety and health of our canine companions, especially when the days get severely hot.

To enjoy the outside with your dog to the fullest this summer, practice these 8 tips from the Humane Society


Therapy Dogs Help Returning Soldiers Adjust Back Home

Written by: Eric Rickstad


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A story in the Billings Gazette is a pleasant reminder of how dogs positively impact the lives of humans. Sunnie, a golden retriever who is a trained therapy dog was on hand last June when soldiers departed from Billings International Airport for a year-long tour in Iraq. This past Saturday, she helped welcome the soldiers home.

We’re just glad to be here,” said Sunnie’s owner and handler, Lyn Findley. “We were here when they left and they invited us to come back today.”