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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Guess the Breed and Win a FREE Orvis Dog Bed!

Take a guess at our trivia question and, right or wrong, you could win a FREE ToughChew® Dog’s Nest® from Orvis!

This breed (which is NOT pictured below) is a medium-sized dog with short triangular ears that lay flat. Its naturally short tail is often docked to a four inches or so. The breed’s color is often orange/white or liver/white with freckles being common. Oh, and it loves to be after upland birds!

Let us know your guess in the comment section (click the READ MORE link and scroll to COMMENTS). We’ll pick a random answer, right or wrong, on FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, at 3 EST to win the ToughChew® Dog’s Nest® worth up to $185.00!

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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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Smile! Together We’ve Raised BIG Bucks For Canine Cancer Research

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Oscar
The Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest has been a tremendous success in so many ways. Orvis customers have consistently topped themselves and amazed us here at the home office with their incredible photographic talent (not to mention their incredibly photogenic dogs). We’ve received more than 30,000 photos since we began running these contests, and the photos still continue to roll in. You can see ALL of the entries from last year’s Orvis Cover Dog Contest here.

But it’s our collaboration with Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign that really makes the story. The voting attribute of the contest, in conjunction with our donation page, has helped raise more than $300,000 for canine cancer research—and half of that sum was raised in 2010 alone! This awe-inspiring display of generosity, achieved dollar-by-dollar and vote-by-vote, has been driven solely by your unconditional love for the dogs in our lives.

We sincerely thank everyone who’s helped make this contest what it is. And if you’ve yet to enter a photo in the contest or donate to the Campaign, fear not, there’s no better time than the present.

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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
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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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