4 Facts about Chemotherapy Help You Make Good Dog Care Choices

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The word “chemotherapy” comes loaded with emotional baggage, and this itself is often a barrier for dog owners as they face decisions about treating their pets with cancer. Almost everyone has heard some bad stories about canine chemotherapy. As always, a bit of understanding and frank discussion about what’s really going on are helpful. These four facts about chemotherapy should help pet owners to understand what their veterinarian is proposing and, therefore, allow owners a more certain basis for important decision-making.

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Are Hypoallergenic Dogs a Myth?

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Hypoallergenic dogs. Fact? Or Marketing?

New York Times blog post  today calls into question the idea of hypoallergenic dogs. According to studies that the blog references:

…there may be no such thing as a low-allergy or allergy-free dog, according to a new report. The study found that the quantities of dog allergens in homes with supposedly hypoallergenic breeds are no different from those in homes with dogs widely considered non-hypoallergenic.

Do you have a hypoallergenic dog to prevent allergic reactions to it. If so, have your allergies stopped entirely or do they persist? What do you think? Hypoallergenic dogs, fact or myth? Share your experiences with us.

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Murph Training, Part XVIII: Water, Water Everywhere

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Murph makes the leap

photo by Tim Bronson

Now that the heat of summer is upon us, I’ve transferred some of Murph’s simple retrieve drills on land to the water. As one might expect, there is no shortage of love for the water in Murph.

The cool thing about working here at Orvis is we have a pond right outside the door, complete with an island in the middle, which offers a number of opportunities for giving Murph different looks. Obviously at this stage I’m not trying to get too tricky here, just offer him easy, focused retrieves where he gets to do a little swimming.

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In Memory of Rudy: Hope for a Canine Cancer Cure



Rudy was a wonderful, happy-go-lucky yellow Labrador retriever; my best friend. When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in May, 2010, I was shocked! How could this happen to a dog neutered at six months of age? Then I found out that the prognosis for this type of cancer is only about one month. With the help of our Board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist, Dr. Ronald Hodges, we were able to have three quality months with him; I will always treasure each day. Even though Rudy is gone, others may have a chance because of the work being done at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation.


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Dog(s) of the Day – Lee and Bear

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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Lee and Bear take the plunge
Photo by Elizabeth, Missoula

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Murph Training XVII: The Old Dog Teaches the Young Dog New Tricks




The developing relationship between Pickett and Murphy reminds me a bit of The Old Man and the Boy, the remarkable stories of Robert Ruark about a young boy and his grandfather and their adventures together hunting and fishing in old North Carolina. While Pickett is not Murphy’s grandfather, they are in fact chronologically suited, as Pickett is nearing 63 using the hypothetical dog-year calculation and Murphy is somewhere around five.

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Are Certain Dog Breeds Dangerous?

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Last month, we blogged about a new laws in the Atlanta region that deemed certain breeds of dogs dangerous and required their owners to license them as such. These breeds included German shepherds, pit bulls, Doberman pinschers, and others. In Ohio, a new law takes a different approach.

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Take Your Dog to Work (to)Day

Today, June 24, marks the 13th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. We at Orvis home offices in Vermont are lucky that we can take our dog to work pretty much any day, and all of our retail stores welcome dogs (often with a treat) any day of the year.



Toby, my golden retriever, helps me blog at the Orvis home offices


According to the site Takeyourdog.com, the day was:

“created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support TYDTWDay by opening their workplace to employees’ four-legged friends on this one special day.”

Are you taking your dog to work today? Does your place of work allow it?

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Get Your Stinky Dog to Smell Good Again (For Now)

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Summer is here, and we dog owners know what that means: Stinky dog!

Whether it’s because our dogs get wet while swimming, splash in mud puddles, or roll around in…whatever that stuff is…with summer comes stink. Our dog Toby gets so stinky after swimming, we’ve taken to calling him Taleggio Toby. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of smelling Taleggio cheese, don’t.

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8 Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Safe this Summer

Summer officially arrives today, and we’re all ready to play with our dogs outside on the lawn or at the lake or the ocean. But summer brings its own complications regarding the safety and health of our canine companions, especially when the days get severely hot.

To enjoy the outside with your dog to the fullest this summer, practice these 8 tips from the Humane Society

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