A blind Great Dane and her guide dog need a new home

Lily (left), a blind Great Dane, relies on her pal Maddison to serve as her guide dog.

photo courtesy rossparry.co.uk

When Lily—a Great Dane who lives in Shrewsbury, England—was still a puppy, veterinarians were forced to remove her eyes because of a rare condition that caused her eyelashes to grow inward. Luckily, according to a story in the Daily Mail, her friend and fellow Great Dane Maddison stepped right in to serve as a guide dog for the now-blind Lily: . . .

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Tying the LaFontaine Sparkle Emerger

Gary LaFontaine’s book Caddisflies, published in 1981, completely revolutionized the ways that anglers understood caddisfly behavior, how trout reacted to it, and how imitations should be tied and fished. LaFontaine, who died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2002, had spent a decade studying caddisflies, even donning SCUBA gear to observe the underwater. . .

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Pictures of the Day: Reel-Repair Love

Reel Love

I was up at the rod shop in Manchester not too long ago
and wandered into the reel-repair room. Above the
doorway, they’ve posted some letters received from
happy customers over the years.

photo by Phil Monahan

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Video of the Day: A Real Tiger Mother

Golden Retriever takes on white tiger cubs from Travis Heying on Vimeo.

Every time you think you’ve explored the limits of what dogs are capable of, you stumble on something like this wonderful video from Safari Zoological Park in Caney, Kansas. When a female white tiger rejected her cubs, Isabella the golden retriever stepped in to take her place. It’s amazing how she draws no distinction between her own puppies and these other babies in need.

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Video of the Day: Stu Apte, Big Tarpon, and the Citrus Queen

Here’s a wonderful piece of archival footage featuring famous Florida Keys angler Stu Apte casting for big tarpon with a fiberglass rod. But he’s not in it just for the sport; no, he’s also trying to win the admiration of the Florida Citrus Queen, who is sporting a swell swimsuit. Check out the “rod stiffener” Apte threads into the butt section of his rod for more power. He lands two beauties here, but the editor has spliced in some shots of a real monster fish, as well.

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A passion for how dogs can change your life leads Mississippi man on a mission

Davis Hawn with Booster (right), the dog he credits with saving him from despair, and Fidelity, a mixed-breed he found on the streets of Cuba and which he is training to be an assistance dog.

photo by Ellis Lucia / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE

A great story by Sheila Stroup in today’s New Orleans Times-Picayune describes the journey of Davis Hawn from down-and-out to a man with a mission. It was a yellow-lab puppy named Booster who helped turn Hawn’s life around after a brutal assault and robbery had left him physically and emotionally scarred. Having experienced the astonishing therapeutic effects a dog’s love can have on a person who is struggling, Hawn has focused his energies on his “passion to show other people. . .

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