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.

“Show Your Soft Side” Campaign Seeks to Show that Animal Abuse Isn’t a Sign of Toughness


Written by: Phil Monahan

Above is a new public service announcement from the Mayor of Baltimore’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission “Show Your Soft Side” campaign, which was launched in 2009 after some teenagers doused a dog with gas and lit it on fire:


Many horrific cases of animal cruelty like this have been committed by young people, which is why the commission began searching for ways to change their mindset. Research shows that some teenagers think that torturing or killing an animal is a demonstration of their toughness, but “Show Me Your Soft Side” seeks to prove that real men don’t. . .

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Pastor’s Dog Found Alive Three Days After Church Destroyed by Fire


Written by: Phil Monahan

The Rev. David Reasby, an Iowa pastor, was so convinced that his 10-year-old Chuhuahua, Lil Bit, had perished in a fire that destroyed the Lighthouse Full Gospel Baptist Church that he kept trying to get to store to purchase a cross and flowers to commemorate the dog. But, for various reasons, Reasby kept getting interrupted by other jobs. Good thing, too, because Lil Bit wasn’t. . .

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An Important Medical Breakthrough in the Treatment of Canine Bone Cancer


Written by: Phil Monahan


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Biomedical engineers at the University of California-Davis recently announced a breakthrough in the treatment of canine cancer. Currently, when a dog suffers from oral cancer, part of the jawbone is removed. This saves the dog’s life but causes problems with chewing and grasping. Anyone who owns a dog knows that chewing and grasping things in the mouth are. . .

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Hero Dog Saves Owner from Cougar Attack


Written by: Phil Monahan


Angie Prime and her 11-year-old border collie, Vicious, who leaped into action to
drive off a cougar that was attacking Prime in her home.

photo via ifpress.com

On Saturday evening, Angie Prime was just sitting on her couch in her home in Trail, British Columbia, when she noticed something move out of the corner of her eye. In a flash, she realized it was an adult cougar, which pounced on Prime before she could do anything but raise her arms and legs as a defense. Luckily for her, . . .

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UPDATE: The Fight Over Unrestrained Dogs in Cars Continues in New Jersey


Written by: Phil Monahan


Should it be a crime to have an unrestrained dog in your car, or is this a
case of government overstepping its bounds?

photo via nydailynews.com

Back in June, we posted about a crackdown on unrestrained dogs in cars in New Jersey. The New York Daily News reported yesterday that there are now dueling bills in the New Jersey State Assembly seeking to either ensure either that. . .

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Video: Dog Loves the Ice Cream Man!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Do you remember how excited you were as a child when you heard the siren’s song of the ice cream truck from a few streets away? That was your signal to run inside and beg mom or dad for enough money to get a Rocket Pop, a Drumstick, or an Italian Ice. Well, here’s a dog who feels the same way. Look at how giddy he is at the. . .

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Oregon Family Reunited with Beloved Dog After Three Years


Written by: Phil Monahan


Sara managed to travel from Oregon to Utah during her time away, but she looks so healthy that she must have been with another family.

photo via statesmanjournal.com

There were scenes of joy on Sunday when an Oregon family was reunited with their lost dog, Sara, a border collie/Australian shepherd mix who had disappeared three years ago from a friend’s home. Owner Kristin Riccitti got a phone call last week from a veterinary tech in Utah saying that a Sara had been found wandering through a. . .

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Video: Tennessee No-Kill Shelter Faces “Sophie’s Choice”


Written by: Phil Monahan

A woman who runs a Tennessee no-kill shelter for dogs that no one else wants is running out of funds. . .and time. Owner of Death Row Doggies Rescue, Deb Ellis, says that she can no longer afford to keep the 50 dogs she has rescued, so she will have to find forever homes for half of them by Friday, or she will have to do what she has long refused to: . . .

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Videos: Our First-Ever Puppy Film Festival!


Written by: Phil Monahan

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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