Diabetic Alert Dogs Save Lives

I’m at the Wildrose Seminars at Orvis Sandanona, which are put on by Orvis-Endorsed trainer and breeder Mike Stewart. I’m here because Mike and I are writing his signature training book, which will be published by Orvis Rizzoli in the fall of 2012. The interesting part of writing this book is that I’m also training Murphy, a Wildrose Lab, at the same time I’m writing the book. Many of you have been following. . .

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Friday Film Festival 09.30.11

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection offers super-fast action in the salt for albies, redfish, and snook, as well as great steelhead footage to get Great Lakes fishermen pumped for the season. We’ll also take you to Alaska for an adventurous float trip that features three guys daring each other to eat. . . .

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McKinney Diaries III: First Solo Fish

[Editor’s Note: A few weeks ago, we introduced a series by Orvis’s Mike Mckinney, who has been learning to fly-fish after avoiding the sport for as long as an Orvis employee can, with a post called “Resistance is Futile. Episode II described Mike’s first fish. We’ll follow Mike’s journal entries, which describe his successes (and failures) along the way to become a true fly fisherman.]

Fly Fishing lesson number 2: Steve gave me a shopping list of basics. I stopped by the store but forgot the list. I remembered all the basics, but could not remember the names of the half dozen flies he had recommended. All I could remember was the size (14). I picked anything that had white. That’s all I remember about the flies we used the last time we’d gone out. . . .

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Tom Rosenbauer’s Five Big Tips for Small Streams

In this week’s podcast, we explore the world of small stream trout with 5 detailed tips (mainly because I was too lazy to organize more–actually there are probably about 20 tips included) that cover everything from what rod to use to how to find your own small stream.

There are tens of thousands of tiny trout streams in the United States, many of which never get fished or are fished infrequently, so it’s a great place to get solitude and return to the essence of fly fishing. I also introduce two new items to the podcast, and we’re looking for your feedback on these: a selected book of the week and “products you might have missed”, a short section on handy fishing products that you might not have heard about. And, of course, we answer several questions in our popular “Fly Box” section

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Caught on Tape: Runaway Pomeranian Causes Massive Traffic Jam in Portland

Mango, the runaway Pomeranian, safe with her mom.

A pomeranian named Mango gave her owners their fifteen minutes of fame on Good Morning America after causing minutes of pain for Portland-area commuters while she ran back and  across the freeway and dodged her pursuers for a good 15 minutes. It was all caught on tape.


After 15 minutes, Mango finally gave his would-be rescuers a break by running up an on-ramp and into a neighborhood.

By then, the chase had drawn the attention of news photographers and even a TV helicopter crew, when a KATU videojournalist spotted the dog and called animal control.

Dowdy explained to officers that Mango serves as a companion dog for his wife, Linda, who suffered a stroke two years ago. He had brought the dog with him that afternoon to pick up his wife from first day of school at Portland’s Mount Hood Community College.

Animal control officers realized Mango would only stop for Linda. Once she showed up, Mango ran into her arms and the chase was over.

Read the rest of the story and see the video of Mango’s big chase scene here.

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Tying the Tabory Snake Fly

The advent of autumn means it’s time for the serious saltwater-blitz season along the Atlantic seaboard. For many salty anglers, Lou Tabory’s seminal book Inshore Fly Fishing unlocked the secrets to casting for striped bass, bluefish, and false albacore from the beach. Tabory has designed many of the best striper patterns, including the Snake Fly shown here. With its ostrich-herl tail, marabou collar and. . .

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Update: Surf Dog sets world record and Surf-A-Thon raises $100k for California animal center

Last Thursday, we posted about the Surf City Surf Dog competition, which took place over the weekend in Huntington Beach, California. It turns out that there was another event—the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon in Del Mar—held the same day. Organizers of the Surf-A-Thon announced yesterday that the event raised more than $100,000 for the no-kill Helen Woodward Animal Center

Check out the great video above, featuring scenes from both events, which shows a spectacular board-switching ride by Abbie G., who set a Guinness World Record for longest ride by a dog!

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Video of the Day: Dogs Making a Difference

Doggies Making A Difference from HealthyState.org on Vimeo.

Here’s a great video from HealthyState.org about the good works that dogs do in hospitals, especially with children. It focuses on Charlie, a four-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who is part of the Therapy Dog program at Tampa’s St. Joseph Hospital. The same calming affects that dogs have on patients living in a sometimes stressful environment is one reason they make us feel better at home, as well.

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Video of the Day: April’s Dean River Chinook

Here’s a fun video that shows April Vokey hooking and landing a big Dean River Chinook salmon. The best part is how she calls the strike just before she sets the hook: “Oop! There it is.” After listening to the cameraman and sound guy yammer while she fights the fish, you’ll have no doubt about why she always puts a musical soundtrack over these scenes.

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