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A story in the Billings Gazette is a pleasant reminder of how dogs positively impact the lives of humans. Sunnie, a golden retriever who is a trained therapy dog was on hand last June when soldiers departed from Billings International Airport for a year-long tour in Iraq. This past Saturday, she helped welcome the soldiers home.
We’re just glad to be here,” said Sunnie’s owner and handler, Lyn Findley. “We were here when they left and they invited us to come back today.”
A Cocker spaniel named Sugar, who was paralyzed in the aftermath of a tornado in Joplin, MO is walking again and on her way to full recovery thanks to the efforts of a caring team of veterinarians. According to a release by University of Missouri.
Click READ MORE to see the video of the miraculous procedure and story.
On June 11 and 12, an estimated 300,000 dog lovers united at Woofstock, a weekend dedicated to all things canine. The event started in Toronto in 2003 and soon grew to be the largest gathering of dog-lovers (and their beloved dogs) in North America. It also includes more than 200 dog product vendors.
In an article in the Toronto Observerone attendee put it like this:
“For decades, dogs have become more and more a part of our families in North America,” said Nigel Ryce, part owner of A Leg Up. “Woofstock is a totally unique way to tip our hats to our canine companions and all they bring to our lives.”
Great news for people, especially kids, who suffer severe and even life-threatening allergies to things like peanuts: allergen-sniffing dogs that warn you of the allergen before you get too close to them. The dog’s keen sense of smell is just another example of how our canine friends can better our lives and actually save them.
An ordinance passed in College Park, GA to register “dangerous dogs” is said to be in the interest of public safety. According to a story on CBS Atlanta
“College Park officials will enact a “dangerous dog” registry next month that some critics say is very close to canine profiling. Residents owning dogs that have, without provocation, bitten someone during the last 12 years, will be required to register their pet with the city clerk’s office. Pit bull, Doberman, Rottweiler and German shepherd owners, will also have to register their dogs whether they have ever attacked someone or not.”
What do you think? Should dog owners pay extra money because they own a certain breed, even when their individual dog has never harmed anyone? Are there dangerous dogs or just negligent owners?
A little boy in search of his lost dog. It’s the stuff of which movies are made. A few summers ago, with the help of one of our personalized dog collars, Orvis was involved in such a drama when Buddy, a golden retriever tagging along to a family reunion far from home, wandered off and found himself in a dog pound.
What crazy fun summer things do you and your dog like to do? How about…surfing? The Loews Surf Dog Competition took place at Imperial Beach, California, Saturday June 4, 2011. Thousands of people came to watch around 50 dogs and their owners surf as the dogs competed for the surfing championship. Tell us what fun things you and your dog like to do, then check out the awesome photos at the the Loews Surf Dog Competition Blog
As we wrote about in a a previous post, Orvis is a pretty dog-friendly work environment. On any given day you’ll see three or four dogs playing together during lunch, swimming in our casting pond or running trhough training sessions with their owners.
Dogs Training on the lawn at Orvis HQ
Click the READ MORE button to read about experts who believe that companies should be more dog-friendly as a way to become more productive.
There’s a new dog in town and its name is Wappy. It wags, it sits up, it’s cute, but not so cuddly. That’s because it’s a plastic robot toy dog. Is this the new wave of pets for kids and parents who want low maintenance and no shedding fur, or just another passing fad? What do you think?
I talked about training with two dogs last time and told you I would update you on how that was going. The pure and simple fact is, it did not go well. It was too much for the dogs and too much for my skill set, but it did teach me a great deal about where Murph really is.