Videos: Our First-Ever Puppy Film Festival!

There’s been quite a bit of sad news on the Dog blog lately, so I thought I’d post something full of absolute joy. And what could be a better way to generate smiles than videos of extremely cute puppies? So here’s the first installment of the Orvis Dogs Puppy Film Festival, featuring six short videos of puppies doing what they do best. The first one, above, is a day in the life of Ellie, and 8-week-old mini Dachshund with a huge personality. Enjoy them all!

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REPOST: Fishing a Mountain Pool in 15 Casts

Mountain Brook Trout

The key to catching lots of brookies from a mountain stream is to move fast and hit all the right spots.

photo by Sandy Hays

The keys to catching good numbers of trout on steep mountain streams are stealth and speed. Wild brook trout are wary, fast, and can hide in tiny spaces. There are lots of predators that eat these fish, so they’ve evolved heightened senses and evasive maneuvers. You need to learn how to move and fish upstream without spooking the fish in front of you, and you want to cover as much water as possible to get your fly in front of more fish. Think stealth and speed

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UPDATE III: The Maryland Pit-Bull Saga Continues

Find the Pit

Can you find the Pit Bull in this group of photos? (See link below.)

photo courtesy

A couple weeks ago, we posted about how the Maryland legislature, unable to come up with a compromise bill that would please both houses, failed to act on anti-breed-specific legislation that both sides actually agreed on in principle. Now, the Maryland Court of Appeals has muddied the waters further by partially reversing a ruling it made declaring pit bulls “inherently dangerous.” In the original ruling the Court had applied the “inherently dangerous” tag to. . .

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8 Safety Tips You May Not Have Thought Of

Murph looking for leadership

There are a lot of things around your house that could injure your dog, if you’re not careful.

photo by Paul Fersen

Here’s a great list of dog-safety tips from the MetroWest Daily News, in which author Allen Jung touches on a few things many dog owners may not have thought of. For instance, did you know that you shouldn’t fill your dog’s water dish out of a. . .

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Pictures of the Day: Seeking a Cure in Wydaho

Wydaho Trout

The author seems pleased with this gorgeous cutthroat.

photo courtesy Jim Lampros

[Editor’s note: I received these great photos, along with a somewhat feverish tale, from Jim Lampros last week. The writing here makes me question whether his symptoms have been alleviated or if he has only become sicker.]

I’ve been told it’s a disease for which there is no cure. It presents in the form of a visibly flushed face, bronzish gold skin, and legions of black spots becoming more pronounced towards the hind end. Hallucinations day and night, visions of snake-infested canyons, scorching heat, raging death-water. Recurring nightmares in which I’m forced to stare relentlessly at a. . .

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Picture of the Day: More Virginia Musky

Mark's Muskie

Jimmy Cheers, who works at the Orvis shipping facility in Roanoke, and his buddy, Mark (shown here), continue to find great fly fishing for muskies in Virginia.

photo courtesy Jimmy Cheers

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