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.

The 9 Most Newsworthy Dogs of 2012


Written by: Phil Monahan


The photo-bombing husky started a trend across the Internet.

photo via reddit

The Week magazine offers a list of some of the dogs who made big news over the last year. The stories range from heartwarming to cute to silly, and it’s a good reminder of just how important dogs are to every facet of human life. Here’s a taste: . . .

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Dog Saved from the Icy Waters of a Michigan River by Brave Family Member


Written by: Phil Monahan

Over the weekend, an 11-year-old coonhound named Bart wandered away from his owner and ended up falling through the ice of the Huron River, near Rockwood, Michigan. Bart’s owner, Jim Swayze, couldn’t get to the dog, who was keeping himself up by his front paws. Knowing that, if the dog spent too long in the frigid water he wouldn’t. . .

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Orvis Dog of the Day: Maple!


Written by: Phil Monahan


Maple in her self-styled treehouse.

photo via clickondetroit.com

On the west side of Detroit, a sweet 4-month-old puppy—a pit-shepherd mix—was discovered living in a hole in a tree to escape the harsh winter weather. Her rescuers thus decided to call her Maple. A vet determined that she is in good health except for an upper respiratory infection, and as soon as. . .

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Video: Dramatic Dog Rescue from the L.A. River


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s yet another great rescue video from Eldad Hagar of Hope for Paws and his friends at the Bill Foundation. This one is different from the others, for the dog is trapped in the channel of the Los Angeles River, surrounded by 20-foot concrete walls. The logistical problems this creates are challenges, but have we ever seen Eldad fail? He gathers some community support for equipment, as well as for. . .

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Update II: Schoep, the Dog Whose Photo Touched the World, Continues to Do Well


Written by: Phil Monahan


This photo of John Unger and his dog, Schoep, has resulted in hundreds of donations that have
helped pay for the elderly dog’s treatments.

photo by Hannah Stonehouse Hudson / Stonehouse Photography

The above photo of John Unger and his dog, Schoep, touched hearts around the world when it was first published in early August. (We posted about it here, here, and here.) When the photo first surfaced, it seemed clear that Unger was simply helping his friend through the dog’s final days—the end of a long, beautiful relationship they had shared. However, the flood of support allowed Schoep to get much-needed medical treatments, and the latest news is that. . .

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Christmas Miracle II: A Good Samaritan Reunites a Little Girl with Her Stolen Dog


Written by: Phil Monahan


Here’s a story that has all the elements of a great drama: a heartless criminal, an innocent child, and a good Samaritan. Seven-year-old Mia Bendray was distraught after her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Marley, was stolen in broad daylight outside a shop in New York City. The thief was even caught on tape scooping up the struggling dog and making his. . .

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A Christmas Miracle: A Blind Dog Comes Home


Written by: Phil Monahan


The Grapengeter children and their blind dog Abby, who was found after being lost for a week.

photo courtesy Fairbanks News-Miner

A heartwarming story from the Alaskan interior shows how a community can come together when a dog and her family are in need. Abby, an 8-year old blind rescue dog, disappeared during a snowstorm on December 13th, and the Grapengeter family feared the worst: . . .

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