The Land of Rovers

Drive just a few miles in any direction from the downtown bustle of Burlington, Vermont, and you’ll be in the figurative middle of nowhere. The landscape opens up to rolling pasture, lazy two. . .

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Say Cheese: Dog Photos 101

Logan's Nose
I read somewhere that the two most difficult things to control during a photography or film shoot are children and animals. I know this is true because I read it on the Internet. I’ve also experienced it firsthand. But with all of the success we’ve enjoyed with our Cover Dog photo contest, I figured it was time to review some of the basics of dog photography in order to help you (if you haven’t yet picked up that camera) get started. And being a part-time, semi-amateur photographer, I figure I’m just as qualified to tell you how to take pictures of your dog as my three-year-old son, who just received his very first camera.

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Logan the Lab and His Laser Pointer

Logan oven
Logan Loves the Oven
Eric Weissleder

I would really like to blame my mother-in-law for this one. After all it was she who gave me the laser pointer as a gift. But it was I, unfortunately, who decided to see if Logan, my adopted Labrador, appreciated it.

When Logan first came into our home, we noticed that he had a mild obsession with lights and shadows. This is not uncommon; many dogs chase shadows, or stare at reflections. It can only become a serious problem if not addressed. In Logan’s case, he would often affix his gaze upon a wall or ceiling, mesmerized by the reflections caused by a wristwatch, a sunbeam, or in some cases, a glass of water. There were times when I’d walk into the kitchen to find him staring astutely at the ceiling as if there was a leak that needed repairing. In most cases, all I needed to do was remove or eliminate the light source and he’d be back to his old self. There were, however, times when it became necessary to ask everyone in Logan’s immediate vicinity to remove anything on their person that lit up, shimmered, or reflected in order to prevent him from thrusting his nose repeatedly into a wall in pursuit of the elusive reflection.

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Orvis Puppy Monday – Ruby!

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Ruby
Picking our new puppy! Yep, she’s the one!
Jane, Federal Way
Enter the Orvis Cover Dog Photo contest for your chance to put your dog on a future cover of the The Orvis Dog Book catalog, win a $500 gift card from Orvis and help us beat canine cancer! Enter online at www.orvis.com/coverdog.
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Product Reviews Lead to Better Product Development

Developing a product and getting it on the shelves of a store or the pages of our catalog and website is merely one step of many in the life of a successful Orvis product. Of the thousands of products Orvis has developed in more than a century-and-a-half, many hundreds of them have become customer favorites. And many of these favorites have achieved this status due in large part to customer comments and reviews. In short, it’s our customers who, by commenting on the good (and bad) attributes of our products, ensure their success.

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Orvis Dog of the Day – Milo!

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Milo
Milo
Julie, New York

Enter the Orvis Cover Dog Photo contest for your chance to put your dog on a future cover of the The Orvis Dog Book catalog, win a $500 gift card from Orvis and help us beat canine cancer! Enter online at www.orvis.com/coverdog

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Orvis Dog of the Day – Samson!

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Samson
Wanna Play?
– Kaz, Nashville

Enter the Orvis Cover Dog Photo contest for your chance to put your dog on a future cover of the The Orvis Dog Book catalog, win a $500 gift card from Orvis and help us beat canine cancer! Enter online at www.orvis.com/coverdog
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