Did This Dog-Loving Couple Commit “Animal Abuse”?

John and Danika Shipman with their Yorkies, Copper and Penny.

photo via Dogster

Here’s a fascinating story from Dallas about a couple of dog lovers who are accused of abusing their pets. The story begins with a couple of young men who parked their car in a in a garage and were surprised to hear dogs barking. When they investigated, they discovered that the sound was coming from the trunk of a car.

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Tuesday Tip: How to Remove a Fly Stuck in Your Skin

Fly fishing can sometimes be a hazardous game, what with all those hooks flying around. Sometimes, unfortunately, the pointy end finds its way into someone’s skin. We discussed this very problem last spring in a post that featured an awesome picture of Orvis Rod & Tackle Manager Steve Hemkens sporting some Carrie Stevens-inspired lip jewelry. Getting hooked isn’t such a big deal if the fly is barbless or if the angler has taken the time to mash the barb before he casts it, but this doesn’t always happen. In the heat of the moment, any of us can forget this vital step. So what do you do when you’re stuck by a barbed point?

The video above offers a fine demonstration of the push-and-pull method. There are lots of videos on YouTube demonstrating this technique but I chose thos one because, seriously, how cool is this guy for actually hammering the hook into his skin? But, as you can see, it comes right out with a minimum of torn skin and blood. Here’s how you. . .

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Three New Online Magazine Issues!

Catch Jan 12

Those of us who enjoy the page-turning action of online fly-fishing magazines have a banner crop to choose from this week, as new issues of Catch, Southern Culture on the Fly, and A Tight Loop hit the digital newsstand. Catch features the best fly-fishing photography on the Web, as well as Todd Moen’s excellent videos. This issue offers the next installment of Brian O’Keefe’s “Colors of Fly Fishing” series, as well as great stuff from Argentina, Alaska, and Florida. But regular OrvisNews.com readers will know that I most enjoy the “Small Streams” slideshow. In fact, I’m in it. And I’ve got a copy of. . .

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UPDATE: Dog rescued by Kayaker Helping His Family Heal

Here’s a follow-up report from Florida on Barney, the dog who was rescued from the Gulf of Mexico by a kayaker after a hit-and-run accident that killed the dog’s owner. This ABC Action News report shows just how much Barney’s return has meant to Donna Chen’s family, grieving over the loss a wife an mother of three. “I think Barney coming back to us is a total miracle,” says Chen’s husband. Battered and bruised, the Vizsla is home, where he needs to be for his own health and for the piece of mind of his mourning family.

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Friday Film Festival: Friggatriskaidekaphobia Edition!

Friday 13

Welcome to our first Friday the 13th edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival for 2012! (And thanks to Orvis designer James Daley for the sweet logo.) This week’s collection is trout-heavy, with action from Chile to France to British Columbia. There are a couple other species thrown in, including monster bonefish and barramundi. Remember, we surf so you don’t have to. But if you do stumble upon something great that you think is worthy of inclusion in a future FFF, please post it in the comments below. See you next week with a fresh set of films!

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Woman Spends $50k to Clone Her Beloved Dog

Here’s a story that asks the question “How far is too far when it comes to preserving the memory of a beloved dog?” A New York woman, Danielle Tarantola, recently spent $50,000 to have her companion cloned by a laboratory in South Korea. Her dog, Trouble, passed away three years ago, and she was so distraught that she could not imagine living without him. Now she has a puppy, named Double Trouble, who was created using Trouble’s DNA. Tarantola claims, . . .

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Pictures of the Day: South Fork of the Boise Rainbow

South Fork Boise Rainbow 1

A gorgeous rainbow from Idaho’s South Fork of the Boise River.

photo courtesy Josh Hoisington

I got this great email from blog reader Josh Hoisington today:

In the middle of my second season fly fishing, I made the move to Idaho and have experienced some of the greatest fishing of my life. Here are some pictures of a 24-inch rainbow pulled from the South Fork of the Boise River. I caught her on a cranefly nymph with a downstream presentation I have dubbed. . .

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Orvis Casters Sweep Best of the West Competition in Denver

Pete and Molly

Pete Kutzer and Molly Semenik show off their “1st Place” caps from the Best of the West Casting Competition.

photo courtesy Pete Kutzere

OrvisNews.com readers are certainly familiar with casting instructor Peter Kutzer, whose excellent how-to videos have been featured here. And those who frequent the Women in Fly Fishing blog may remember Molly Semenik from this fun video posted back in September. Over the weekend, these two accomplished something remarkable when they completed an all-Orvis sweep of the prestigious Best of the West Fly Casting Tournament, held at the International Sportsman’s Expo in Denver, Colorado. Peter and Molly were competing against many of the most famous competition casters in the world, making their achievement even more impressive. We’ll get a full account from Pete when he gets back from his fly-fishing-show tour, but we felt the need to offer heartfelt kudos to both of these fantastic fly-fishing teachers!

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Friday Film Festival 01.06.12

Welcome to the first 2012 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 one of our most internationally diverse ever, with entries from Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, France, Denmark, Greenland, and the good ol’ U.S. of A. If you love tarpon, . . .

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Slideshow: Gorgeous Images of “Scruffies”

clients of scruffy dog photography ~ 2011 from illona on Vimeo.

Check out this wonderful slideshow, by Toronto photographer Illona Haus, which features one shot from each of her clients over the past year. Haus specializes in capturing the personalities of her canine subjects:

scruffy dog photography is not about your average pet portraits … these are intimate, one-of-a-kind sessions,
capturing your dog’s spirit and character using mostly natural light …
shot environmentally and in your home. no studios, no bright lights, no coercion, no stress.

There are some spectacular images here.

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