Rehabilitating the Dogs Rescued from Michael Vick’s Kennels

Ever wonder what happened to the dogs raised to fight and then rescued from Michel Vick’s “Bad Newz Kennels”? National Public radio ran a piece a few days ago on the efforts to rehabilitate those dogs and the people behind the effort.

“We had started developing a battery of tests … : Could you touch the dog and handle the dog? Was the dog reactive? How did it respond to people? How did it respond to other dogs? Was the dog safe around food, toys and children? Things like that. So when we sat down to take a look at [the Vick] case, we needed to understand what the potential aggression problems were going to be. And we also needed to satisfy the government’s concerns about liability. If this dog goes out and we permitted it and it attacks a small child, it’s going to get back to us somehow. So we really needed to demonstrate to the government that the dogs were going to be safe when we made some recommendations for placement.”

You can listen the story or read it in its entirety here.

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Unconventional Dog Training

Come autumn, I have the best job in the world. As a bird hunting guide for PRO Outfitters in Central Montana, I spend 28 days a month with my dogs walking rolling hills under a big sky, looking for wild sharptail grouse, Hungarian partridge, and ring-neck pheasant. My dogs are ideal co-workers: every morning their eyes light up when they see me, and they can’t wait to get to work. Bird hunters know that few things compare to the bond you share with your dog in the field. And nothing compares to watching your young pointing dog gain confidence, put the pieces together, and finally “get it.”

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Down. Stay. Come. Good Boy.

We enrolled Logan in obedience training during the winter of 2007. I remember because my wife, Erica was pregnant with our first child, Joshua. The reason I mention my wife’s pregnancy is because it was she, at 7 months pregnant, who participated in the classes while I, like the world’s most self-absorbed, uncaring husband, tipped back on a metal folding chair and watched her march around the room in a parade of dogs, led along by a 70-lb. Labrador.

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In the Loop 9.24.10

Robert Humston, a biology professor from Virgina’s Washington and Lee University, has been studying the
impact of stocked trout in reservoirs on the Commonwealth’s native brook trout. His findings so far are fascinating: it turns out that the stocked trout may actually help

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Rowing for the Cure

If you’re fishing on the Henry’s Fork in Idaho this weekend, don’t be surprised if something large and startling appears from upstream. No, it’s not the world’s biggest strike indicator. It’s a first-of-its-kind hot-pink RO drift boat, representing Rowing for the Cure, that’s sure to stand out from the other watercraft on the river. The project is the brainchild…

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Podcast- The Fly Fishing in the Fall, Bait Fish Migration Podcast


What is your favorite time of year for saltwater fly fishing? For Tom it’s in the fall. In the most recent episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, Tom has some great tips on how to avoid crowds, read bird behavior and present your fly for the best experience on the water.

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In the Loop 9.21.10

The editor of Angling Trade magazine, Kirk Deeter, picks the Orvis Shoe-In—a flip-flop big enough to fit over your wading boots—as one of the coolest new products on display at the recent International Fly Tackle Dealer show in Denver. The Shoe-In is designed to let anglers wearing studded boots fish from a drift boat…

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Meet the Fly-Fishing Editor

Welcome to the OrvisNews.Com fly-fishing blog, where you can get a daily dose of news, tips, lessons, and more! Although Orvis is behind this great new venture, our content will not be Orvis-exclusive. Instead, we aim to cover the entirety of the sport, bringing you cool stories, videos, and pictures from around the angling world. We’ll take advantage of a large network of…

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In Praise of Ugly Streamers

It was a brutal summer in Vermont, and the Battenkill has been running so low and warm that everyone I know stopped fishing it in
August for fear of over-stressing the trout. But recently, nighttime air temperatures have started dipping into the 40s, and the leaves on the maples are beginning to turn—sure signs that fall is here. The Tricos, which started coming off last month, are winding down. They’re the last big hatch of the year on the ’kill, bringing fish to the surface again to feed on spinnerfalls at dusk…

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