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.

Orvis Dog of the Day: Livia!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Livia

Livia has been through a lot in her six years, but that hasn’t dampened her sweetness.

photo by Stacy Pobatschnig

I was walking by Stacy’s desk the other day—she’s Orvis’s Sporting Traditions Marketing Manager—when I saw the cute face above on her computer screen. I asked about it, and Stacy replied, “That’s Livia!” and proceeded to rave about her for a few minutes. So I asked Stacy to send me the picture, as well as a description of what makes Livia so special. Here’s what she came up with: . . .

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Video: Dogs in Cars


Written by: Phil Monahan

Dogs in Cars from keith on Vimeo.

Okay, before you watch this, please be advised that Orvis recommends that all dogs in cars be restrained. We sell a very nice Dog Safety Harness, but there are lots of other such products available.

That said, this is a beautiful video that features dogs of all shapes and sizes. (You’ll note that many of the dogs here are restrained, which we applaud.) What’s particularly wonderful are their expressive faces and the sense of wonder apparent in their eyes.

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Letting Slip the Dogs of War


Written by: Phil Monahan


Military dogs today receive extensive training before they are deployed.
Here, Tech. Sgt. Adam Miller carries Tina after she is “shot.”

photo by Jared Dort via WSJ.com

We’ve posted many times about military dogs, but most of those stories have to do with what happens to the animals after their time in harm’s way. A book excerpt published on the Wall Street Journal website offers some more insight into the history of dogs in the U.S. military, where they come from, and how they are trained. It’s interesting stuff that reveals just how heroic these dogs can be, as well as how devoted their handlers are to the animals’ well-being.

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Video: Happy Endings for Rescue Dogs


Written by: Phil Monahan

Sometimes, you just want to end the week on a happy note, and this video from The Forgotten Dog Foundation made me smile. It focuses on some of the successful rescues the Los Angeles organization accomplished in 2011, and it’s wonderful to see the changes in these dogs’ lives. Of course, the work of such an organization is never done, but it’s important to celebrate the successes. So enjoy these wonderful stories of dogs who were reborn because of the heroic acts of a few dedicated individuals.

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More Photo Contest Honorable Mentions


Written by: Phil Monahan


Maggie May, a golden retriever, earned $7,745 for charity.

photo by Melissa, Midland

Last month, we highlighted two “Honorable Mentions” from the second 2011 Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest: the dog who raised the most money, and the one who received the most unique votes. You may recall that each vote for one of the photos in the contest translated to a $1 donation to the Morris Animal Foundation’s research into canine cancer.

There were six other dogs who received more than 1,000 votes (which means they raised more than $1,000, as well), and we want to make sure that we honor their achievements, too. Thanks to their owners and to everyone who voted for them. So, without further ado, here are those fantastic photos.

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Video: Passion for Dogs


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a great, short video about one woman’s lifelong passion for dogs. For her, there’s not too much complexity behind her love for Moxie, her Italian greyhound. Instead, the love itself is the reason. And if others don’t understand or think of her as a “crazy dog lady,” that’s their problem.

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