Improved Treatment for Dogs with Soft Tissue Cancer

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - HAROLD

Conventional chemotherapy drugs modestly improve cancer survival rates, but many cause notable side effects. Recently, a study founded by Morris Animal Foundation found Metronomic therapy, a new way of administering chemotherapy that involves frequent, low-level doses of chemotherapy rather than higher doses at longer intervals, may improve dogs’ treatment response and decrease side effects. Researchers studied whether metronomic dosing of the drug cyclophosphamide is safe and effective in treating dogs with soft-tissue sarcomas.

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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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Happier K9s on the Job

Belgian sheepdog
A Belgian Sheepdog

As a veterinary student, Nicole Giguere understands the human–animal bond. She can also appreciate the heightened bond that police dogs share with their handlers. Not long after her husband, a paramedic, called her one evening to ask her how to help an injured police dog, Nicole decided that there should be some kind of first-aid course for handlers with working dogs. Her next step was to study the most common causes of injury in police dogs.

“I deeply admire police dogs,” Giguere says. “I feel that these dogs and their partners are the true embodiment of the human–animal bond.”

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Orvis Dog of the Day – Bella!

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Bella
Bella Dreaming
– Doug, Geneva

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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The Everlasting Mud Puddle

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Logan Loves His Mud Puddles
Eric Weissleder

When our dog, Logan does something that, to me, seems incredibly dumb, I take a step back, look a little closer, and eventually discover that it’s all part of a master plan. Case in point: the mud puddle.

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Saying Goodbye to Ol’ Rupe

I had to put Ol’ Rupe down the other day. It was really hard – harder than I had imagined. I guess the guy had curled himself around my heart tighter than I knew. But I also knew that with Ol’ Rupe being 14 1/2 years old as an English Pointer that this might be his last autumn, so I flew him out to Montana at the end of August to spend the glorious month of September to accompany me on days afield and astream.

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October is Adopt-a-Dog Month

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Klara
Today’s Dog of the Day is is Klara, lovingly adopted by Amanda
Submitted by Amanda in the 2010 Orvis Cover Dog Contest

As one who’s adopted a shelter dog, I can tell you firsthand that there is no better feeling than bringing one of these wonderful animals into your home. And since October is American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month , there’s no better time than the present to head to your local animal shelter and adopt a new companion.

You’ll find just about every dog (and cat) breed imaginable at a shelter—as well as some pretty unique mixed breeds—all in need of loving homes. If you prefer a specific breed, there are numerous online rescue organizations that specialize in individual breeds.

If you’re looking to do a something that will not only make you feel great inside, but will also potentially save a life, please adopt a dog or cat today.

Do you have an adoption story you’d like to share? We’d love to hear it in the comments section!

 

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Orvis Puppy of The Day – Leo!

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Leo

Leo & the Leaf
– greg, hyde park

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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Helping to Cure Canine Bone Cancer

Greyhound

“One Handsome Greyhound”
The word osteosarcoma is all too familiar in greyhound circles, where pet parents mourn the loss of thousands of beloved dogs each year. But there is hope in the fight against this deadly disease: The ongoing innovative research that will lead to new treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

It has long been known that some breeds have a predisposition to develop certain cancers—such as osteosarcoma in greyhounds, golden retrievers and great danes.

One promising study tests rapamycin, a drug used with human cancer patients, in treating dogs with osteosarcoma. This bone cancer clinical trial is shepherded by the Comparative Oncology Program at the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center for Cancer Research.

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Logan’s Favorite Place

As relative newcomers to Vermont, there were certain things my wife and I needed to do in order to assimilate us to the Green Mountain State. One of the very first things we did upon moving here was purchase an “official state vehicle” – a Subaru wagon. The next thing we did was adopt a dog to put in the car: a yellow Labrador mix named Logan.

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