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.

Is My Dog Normal? 6 Common Canine Behaviors Explained


Written by: Phil Monahan

Murph looking for leadership

What’s going on inside that pretty little head?

photo by Paul Fersen

Every dog owner has wondered, “Why does he [or she] do that?” Probably more than once. An interesting article on Care2.com seeks to provide explanations for 6 common dog behaviors, from rolling in stinky stuff to walking in circles before lying down: . . .

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Virginia City Bans Dog Tethering Outright


Written by: Phil Monahan


Tethering a dog outside will soon be illegal in Suffolk, Virginia.

photo via hamptonroads.com

Many municipalties have dog-tethering laws on the books, as a way to limit what many see as animal cruelty and to avoid the “barking neighbor’s dog” syndrome. Usually, such laws set a time limit on how long an owner can leave his or her dog tied up outside. But a city in southeastern Virginia has taken things a step further: . . .

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Orvis Dog of the Day: Cayenne!


Written by: Kathleen Moore

Cayenne 1

Cayenne was a wonderful photographer’s model.

photos by Phil Monahan

Last week, my family dog-sat Cayenne—an English Springer Spaniel who belongs to Steve Hemkens of Orvis Rod & Tackle and Molly Urquhart of Orvis Men’s—and she won us all over with her gentle ways and soulful eyes. We were all kind of bumming out that she was leaving us on Sunday, so when she lay down in a patch of sunlight I grabbed my. . .

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Orvis Dog of the Day: Cayenne!


Written by: Kathleen Moore

Cayenne 1

Cayenne was a wonderful photographer’s model.

photos by Phil Monahan

Last week, my family dog-sat Cayenne—an English Springer Spaniel who belongs to Steve Hemkens of Orvis Rod & Tackle and Molly Urquhart of Orvis Men’s—and she won us all over with her gentle ways and soulful eyes. We were all kind of bumming out that she was leaving us on Sunday, so when she lay down in a patch of sunlight I grabbed my. . .

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The Last Shelter Dog from Hurricane Sandy Finally Has a Forever Home


Written by: Phil Monahan


Bruno’s owner had to give him up after losing his home in Hurricane Sandy.

photo via lifewithdogs.tv

Here’s a story that’s perhaps the definition of “bittersweet.” Bruno, the nine-year-old Rottweiler who was the last dog in a shelter for animals displaced by Hurricane Sandy has found a new home. That’s great news, right? Finally, he will be in a loving home, rather than in a. . .
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10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Dog People


Written by: Phil Monahan


Cleaning out the old or expired treats and medicines makes sense.

photo via dogster.com

Although we have a new layer of white stuff on the ground around here, spring is just around the corner (fingers crossed). Over on dogster, Pamela Mitchell offers a useful list of small tasks every dog owner should do to get ready for warmer weather and times outside. Items include going through your pet’s food and medicines to see if anything has expired, restocking your. . .

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Dog Travels 10 Miles Back to Shelter to Be with His Beloved


Written by: Phil Monahan


Ben and Jade bonded as strays, and they refused to be separated by adoption.

photo courtesy dogheirs.com

We post a lot about the incredible bonds of love and loyalty that dogs for with humans, other animals, and each other. Here’s a wonderful story about a pair of strays who could not be separated, even when one of them was adopted from the Terre Haute, Indiana shelter where they . . .

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Hero “Cancer Dog” Saves Her First Life. . .Her Trainer


Written by: Phil Monahan


Daisy will sit by the urine sample that she detects has cancer.

photo courtesy telegraph.co.uk

Here’s an incredible story about how a dog learning to detect cancer ended up saving the life of the researcher who was training her. In 2009, Dr. Claire Guest was still teaching Daisy how to use her incredible nose to identify urine samples from people with cancer, when the dog began acting strangely: . . .

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Japanese Dog Circus Promotes Adoption


Written by: Phil Monahan

The pet industry in Japan is booming, but there’s one area where the country lags behind much of the developed world: adoption rates. Because adoptions are low, euthanisia rates are soaring; more than 50,000 dogs were put down in 2010 along.

The Wow Wow Circus hopes to change all that by bringing talented dogs to schools to both entertain the children and to teach them about. . .

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Pope Francis Blesses Visually Impaired Reporter’s Guide Dog


Written by: Phil Monahan


Newly elected Pope Francis blesses Asià and Alessandro Forlani.

photo by L’Osservatore Romano / Associated Press

The pomp and circumstance surrounding the recent election of Pope Francis involved a short breach of protocol on Saturday, when the pontiff took a moment to bless the guide dog of a visually impaired radio reporter. Alessandro Forlani and Asià were at an event where the pope thanked all the journalists who had come to the Vatican to cover the conclave last week. At first, the security guard told Forlani that the dog probably would. . .

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