This blog is dedicated to both dogs and dog lovers, and it features the best articles, photos, videos, and news that we can find from around the world. We also write about the Orvis-Morris Animal Foundation Canine Cancer Campaign and our work supporting the dog-rescue efforts of the Petfinder Foundation.

Gibson Gains Ground in His Sheep Herding


Written by: Eric Rickstad


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Gibson training
Photo by Jenna Woginrich

I could not pass yesterday up. The combination of mild weather, melting snow, safe roads, and a border collie-in-training, meant I would make the drive to Denise Leonard’s Farm for a herding jaunt. It was the perfect day for a lesson. And anyone who trains animals knows you need to keep the dogs (and sheep) in the practice of work. Keep minds thinking, legs moving, and my heart rate up. So I packed up the Subaru, and before dawn my pup and I were off to learn how to be shepherds.

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Training Murph, Part VIII: Murph’s Excursion to the Country Store


Written by: Eric Rickstad


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Murph and his new pal at the country store
Photo by Mimi Fersen

The snow is melting slowly but surely here in Vermont. The sun is out every once in a while, and Murph, Pickett, and I have been taking longer and longer walks. The concept of heel seems to be firmly ingrained in Murph now, and I am using it every chance I get to make sure it stays that way. I used to just make Murph sit calmly for his dinner, but now that he understands heel, I call both him and Pickett to heel before every meal. I make them sit and wait while I place both bowls, then I release them separately by name. One act, three lessons: heel, patience, and name recognition.

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Take a Walk to Help Fight Canine Cancer


Written by: Eric Rickstad


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A Recent K9 Cancer Walk

This May 7th marks the 3rd annual Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk in Elk Grove, Calif. Many dogs succumb to cancer each year. Last March, Buddy, an 8-year-old chocolate lab mix, lost his human best friend to leukemia and his canine friend Raja to cancer too. On Saturday, May 7, help Buddy celebrate their memory, and raise money and awareness for canine cancer. All proceeds will benefit Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign, a national effort to help dogs live longer, healthier, cancer-free lives.

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Gibson, The Rookie


Written by: Eric Rickstad


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Gibson stares down the sheep
Photo by Jenna Woginrich

Gibson’s first time with his own sheep didn’t go as planned. I was herding under the influence, drunk on the excitement of herding my own sheep on my own farm. To walk out into that pasture with my collie and my crook, I felt like my heart was stitched together with wool and tweed: a hill shepherd to be. When you get glossy-eyed at 28 at the idea of a life of a sixty-year-old Scottish Farmer, you know you’re in trouble.

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