10 Warnings Signs for Canine Cancer (Repost)

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Cancer is a word that has long held a strong emotional impact. The word itself is derived from the Greek word for crab. The Greeks made the association recognizing some shared characteristics of the disease and the animal, the firmness and tenacity seen in both. Today, we have a much more sophisticated, although still imperfect, appreciation of what cancer is, but many questions remain. In the future, I will address questions on OrvisNews.com about how cancer affects our pets, explain how specific cancers are diagnosed and treated, and look at the good work of the Morris Animal Foundation that the Orvis Canine Cancer Campaign supports. As an introduction, here are some early warning signs owners can watch for in their dogs.

The American Veterinary Medical Association has developed the following list common signs of cancer in small animals.

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Pictures of the Day: Eastern Guide Rendezvous Brown Trout

The wild brown trout of the Battenkill are wary and big, but a Hendrickson
spinnerfall will bring them to the surface.

photo courtesy Michael Steiner

[Editor’s Note: Someone commented that, based on the pictures published on OrvisNews.com, the Western Guide Rendezvous looked like it was more fun than the Eastern version. To prove that the Eastern guides got a chance to lay into some nice trout, too, here’s a post from Michael Steiner of Nemacolin Field Club in Farmington, Pennsylvania.]

This past week we were in attendance at the Orvis Endorsed Guide’s Eastern Rendezvous, held in Manchester, Vermont. This was our first opportunity to vist the corporate facilities, rod-building factory, flagship Orvis school facility, and . . .

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“I’ll Never Buy a Different Pair of Waders” – Sonic Seam Wader Review by Orvis Customer Michael Coleman

Read more reviews and purchase Orvis Sonic Seam Waders, here.

When I was first introduced to fly fishing by my father, I wasn’t allowed to step foot into a river, lake, or stream.  Looking back on it now, I see this was mostly a safety concern for my father and it makes perfect sense not to allow an eight year old to dive head first into a river.  Thus, fly fishing during my formative years under my father’s tutelage was spent learning to cast, tie and observe from a stream side perspective until he felt I was skilled enough to step into the trout’s natural habitat.  As you can imagine, it was quite a joyous occasion when I received my first pair of waders for my 14th birthday.  Nothing flashy; just some hunter green Cabella’s stocking foot neoprene waders.  I don’t remember them being overly comfortable, but I was so excited to get into the river that I wasn’t about to complain.  The waders were accompanied by an Orvis 2 piece, 5-weight fly rod, and I was one happy fly fisherman.  Both the rod and the waders served their purpose and lasted me the next 15 years of my fly fishing adventures (with some help from a wader repair kit here and there).

One of the first things I did when I got a steady job was to buy some new fly fishing equipment.  My family always respected Orvis for their high quality products and great customer service.  However, since this was to be my first waders purchase with my own money, I poured over fishing journals, websites, blogs and magazines to try to educate myself on the different types of waders available.  My primary concern revolved around my frequent travel and I wanted something I could easily pack in my carry-on bag.  The trade off to portability always seemed to be less durability, less breathability, a huge mark-up on the price or just less quality overall.   I also knew I wanted to get stocking foot waders again, and I hoped to make a purchase that would stand the test of time like my old waders did.

After plenty of research, I finally set my sights on the “Pack & Travel Waders with SonicSeam Technology”.  I talked to a couple Orvis representatives who wore these waders themselves and they stated confidently: “once you buy these, you’ll never want another pair of waders.”   I kind of balked at that quote because they not only worked for the company, but I knew they were trying to sell me a product.  I thought about it some more and I figured: “well, if I don’t like them, I can always send them right back to Orvis and let them know what I think.”

I ordered the waders right before the spring steelhead run in Minnesota began.  They arrived on time and my wife accepted the package and cleverly added a bow before setting it out for me to find after work.  I tried the waders on immediately to make sure they fit.  This is one of the areas where Orvis always excels: their online fitting chart made choosing my size without trying them on easy and reliable.  So of course, they fit perfectly.  Before my steelheading adventure was to begin, the next stop was the Kinnickinnic River in Wisconsin for some spring creek trout fishing.  I also convinced my fishing buddy to purchase the SonicSeam waders, and we were both “getting our feet wet” with them for the first time.  I can say without reservation that the waders performed admirably.  They were easy to put on, and I’ve never felt warmer inside a pair of waders.  It’s true what they say about the “sonic seam” technology.  They’re easy to fold and pack up because there are no seams, and they don’t leak for the same reason.  I was impressed with the maneuverability they provided.  They didn’t feel stiff like some waders feel until they are broken in.  After having had the same pair of waders for the last 15 years, it was like night and day.

The part I hate most about using waders is taking them off at the end of the day.  I’m usually a bit tired by that point, and taking them off always means an end to the day’s adventures.  They slipped off effortlessly and the mud and dirt seemed to almost slide right off them.  Don’t get me wrong, they still needed their proper cleaning, but they also wouldn’t destroy the back of my friend’s SUV if I just tossed them in the back.  After cleaning them according to the recommended instructions with the machine wash setting on my washer, they looked brand new. 

About a week later, they got their ultimate test under the grueling conditions of a post-winter steelhead run on the North Shore of Minnesota.  They held up great under turbulent conditions with rain, sleet and high wind.  They remained breathable while keeping me nice and dry.  The stocking foot left plenty of room for thick thermal socks.  I never felt underprepared and the little chest pocket kept my phone out of the rain (it was also in its own waterproof bag).

The only part I haven’t mentioned is that the SonicSeam waders barely take up any room when they’re packed.  At just a little over 2 lbs and tightly packed, it makes my travel plans so much easier.  Now I can bring them with me even when I’m not sure if I’ll be fishing.

I couldn’t have asked for a better pair of waders and my friend feels the same way.  I’ve had them for two seasons now and they perform like the day I first bought them.  I have enjoyed these waders so much, I bought a pair for my brother just this year, and he’ll be stepping into them for the first time in about a month.  I have no doubt he will be singing praises and become a convert to the new SonicSeam technology as I have.

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Ultimate Upland Chaps: “Our wingshooting guides wear them in the field daily.”

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The crew at highland Hills Ranch, in Condon, Oregon, hunts long and hard
during the season, and they love the Ultimate Upland Chaps.

photo courtesy Highland Hills Ranch

Here at Highland Hills Ranch, we are constantly recommending the Orvis Ultimate Upland Chaps to our guests. Our wingshooting guides can be found wearing them in the field daily. The waterproof feature makes them great when walking through the early morning dew and prevents wet pant legs for the rest of the day. Our guides appreciate the lightweight yet durable construction that makes these chaps a “go to” item for them. Another feature that we love is they are breathable yet waterproof, unlike so many others. The wash-and-wear factor makes them easy to clean and maintain. This year, a couple of the guides finally “retired” theirs after 3 years of very heavy use! It is common for us to re-stock our pro shop several times each season with these chaps, due to their popularity.

Click here to learn more and see a video about the Ultimate Upland Chaps.

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Tuesday Tip: Dead-Drifting Streamers for Big Trout

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Drew Price shows off a 24.5-inch beast that fell for a dead-drifted streamer on Saturday.

photo by Drew Price

Early in the season, trout streams tend to be a bit on the high side, and the water is cold and discolored. These can be tough conditions for fishing, but it can also be one of the best times of year to get into larger fish if you use the right techniques. This past weekend was the opening of the trout season in Vermont. Although conditions here are very atypical of April—most streams are low, the water is fairly warm (in the mid to upper 40’s) and there is good clarity—I still stuck with my opening weekend tradition of. . .

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Los Ombues Named 2012 Orvis International Lodge of the Year

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Los Ombues guest looking to bag one of the many species of ducks in the
Parana River floodplain, Entre Rios, Argentina.

photo courtesy Los Ombues

Los Ombues Lodge in Entre Rios Province, Argentina, is the first wingshooting lodge to receive Orvis’s International Lodge of the Year award. The award is based on customer feedback sent to Orvis and reflects customers’ recent experiences at a sporting destination. Carlos Sanchez and his associates at Los Ombues cater to Orvis customers who travel to hunt ducks, doves, and perdiz on their 37,000-acre property bordering the Parana River. Those customers routinely rave about. . .

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Virginia Festival to Feature Women’s Fly-Fishing Forum

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Ladies of all ages can participate in an event at the Virginia Fly Fishing festival.

photo by Beau Beasley

Fly fishing, women, and wine: they go well together. Ever wanted to learn more about the quiet sport of fly fishing? The Virginia Fly Fishing Festival (April 21-22, 2012 in Waynesboro, Virginia) is offering a Women’s Fly Fishing Forum hosted by well-known lady angler Wanda Taylor. This forum, open to all festival goers, came about as a direct result of the strong showing of women anglers at the festival over the past few years. The forum will cover variety of. . .

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Review: “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”

How is it that I feel qualified, even called upon, to advise you to rush to see “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”? As I sat beside my wife, Betty, in the theatre yesterday afternoon watching this remarkable movie, I couldn’t but feel our seventy years of throwing flies together at trout and salmon resting delightfully between us. I would have been willing to bet that Betty was the sole woman in the theatre who had taken an Atlantic salmon on a fly. How is that for qualification for advising you on this movie?

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Bitten by the Fly-Fishing Bug

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TV host Mariko Izumi with her first-ever trout on a fly, in Colorado.

photo courtesy Mariko Izumi

The sound of line sweeping the water and the feel of every bite, pull, and twist that comes from a fish being reeled in on an almost weightless fly is relatively new to me. It’s true I’ve been exposed to fishing since I was in diapers, but it’s only recently that I took up fly fishing. I grew up in a bass fishing/spinning-gear family, and while. . .

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Fishing Against the Wind

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Sarah Hoog with a bonefish on a much less windy day.

photo courtesy Sarah Hoog

If you’ve read any of my past saltwater blogs, you may remember a trend that runs through each of them: the wind! It was January 23rd, and we’d had only a few days of variable wind in almost eight weeks. Variable means no wind, my favorite kind of day. But, I was working in the shop those days and instead watched as our guides departed with their clients while I stared out the window—there may still be face prints on that window—and wished I was. . .

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