Friday Film Festival 03.30.12

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is very Euro-centric, which is something that hasn’t happened before. We’ve got great stuff from Spain, Sweden, and France, along with a New Zealand entry that’s not at all what you. . .

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Rescue Dog Gets a New Prosthetic Paw

Skip

Skip takes a break from romping on his new limb.

photo via CBS47

Here’s an incredible story about a rescue dog given a new lease on life via the kindness of strangers. Skip, a pit bull from Merced, California, lost a paw as a result of infection after his previous owners bandaged his leg too tightly to fix what they thought was a broken leg. They brought Skip to the Merced Veterinary Clinic, but couldn’t afford his care. The dog was scheduled to be euthanized when one of the clinic’s employees. . .

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Friday Film Festival 03.23.12

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is very trouty, but given that many of us are eagerly awaiting Opening Day (where it applies), I think there can’t be too much trout. Strangely, there’s nothing from the Southern Hemisphere, which I find odd, given that their fishing seasons should be. . .

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Warning: “Dog Flipping” on the Rise

I doubt that many of our readers are looking to re-home a dog—in fact, they’re more likely to be the ones taking in new animals—but it’s worth putting out the word on a growing problem: “dog flipping.” In the same way someone would “flip” a house, buying it to then sell it at a profit, unscrupulous pet dealers do the same thing with companion animals. As the report above makes clear, these dealers scour classified ads and websites such as craigslist looking for people trying to re-home their dog. (Perhaps the dog owner is moving or can no longer care for a pet.)The dealer then pretends. . .

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Pilots ‘n’ Paws Fulfills Dying Man’s Wish to be Reunited with His Dog


Rod Calvert is reunited with his beloved dog, Bailey, during his final
days, as his wife, Debbi, looks on.

photo via Pilots N Paws

Roger Calvert traveled from his home in Florida to his native Pittsburgh for a medical checkup, where he received tragic news: His cancer had returned, and he had just days to live. Calvert knew that his final days would be easier with his beloved dog, Bailey, by his side. But Bailey, a 7-year-old Labrador retriever, was back in Florida, more than 1,000 miles away.

Enter Pilots N Paws, a nonprofit organization that uses private pilots to transport dogs around the country, usually from a shelter to a new home. But since the distance required in this case was so much farther than the normal trip, getting bailey to Pennsylvania was. . .

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Orvis Dog of the Day: Sammy the Hall-of-Famer

Sammy

A former stray found wandering the streets in an emaciated state, Sammy exudes calm,
and everyone who meets him agrees that there is something special about his touch.

photo courtesy NJVMA

Sammy is a Redtick-coonhound mix who has a very special gift. With the help of his owner—Nancy Turner of Somerset, NJ—he has gone from being a Mississippi stray to an award-winning therapy dog in just a few short years. One touch of his silky smooth coat leaves the young patients he visits feeling more at ease. Every year, the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) honors the. . .

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Service-Dog Training Program Helps Inmates

It’s obvious how a service dog can change the life of a disabled person by offering them increased freedom. But the process of training these dogs can also have profound impacts, as evidenced by a Washington program that uses prison inmates as dog trainers. As the video above shows, these men know that, in order to be eligible for the program, they have to change their ways, and then the experience of working with the dogs offers. . .

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Friday Film festival 03.16.12

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is quite globe-spanning and features a video that makes incredible use of the International Date Line. There’s a little bit of everything—saltwater, warmwater, steelhead, and trout—in plenty of interesting locations. But I want to add a. . .

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