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Video of the Day: Every home needs a Harvey!


Written by: Phil Monahan

I recently stumbled on this great advertisement from England and loved it so much, I had to share. It’s a year old, but many of you may not have seen it. Harvey is a shelter dog looking for a forever home, so he makes a very convincing presentation to a couple looking to adopt. The dog’s look at the end is brilliant.

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UPDATE: Lily the blind Great Dane and her devoted guide dog find a new home!


Written by: Phil Monahan


Len and Anne Williams walk with their new pets, Lily (left) and her guide dog, Maddison.

photo courtesy rossparry.co.uk

Today brings great news for those dog lovers following the story of Lily, the blind Great Dane, and her best pal and guide dog, Maddison. As we posted last week, the pair was in need of a new home after their owner gave them up for unspecified reasons. The fear was that it would be difficult to find someone willing to take not only one huge dog, but two—including one with a disability.

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Murph Training, Part XX: First Hunt…Sorta


Written by: Phil Monahan

Pickett and Murph

Pickett (left) and Murph get ready for a grouse and woodcock hunt, Murph’s very first.

photo by Tim Bronson

The other day, I took Pickett out to try and run up a few woodcock and maybe find the one resident grouse in southern Vermont. As I was gearing up and Pickett was jumping in the car, it occurred to me that perhaps this might be the time to take Murphy and expose him to a real hunt. I’m not hunting him this year, as he is only a yearling and has a long way to go, but he’s doing really well at close obedience work. I thought this might be a good opportunity for him to get some real-time experience at heel pushing through tough cover and work on his honoring—having to stay at my side while Pickett worked the cover. Another benefit would be sitting to the flush, which we work on daily: me throwing bumpers as he walks at heel and him sitting immediately when the bumper goes up. He needs to be eased into the real thing and this was a fairly low-key opportunity.

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UPDATE: Petey’s Home!


Written by: Phil Monahan


After three months, Petey and his owner, Jim Arrighi, are reunited in Tennessee. While Petey was missing Arrighi’s wife, Juanita, passed away, making Petey’s return that
much more important.

photo by Mark Hicks/The Stewart Houston Times

Yesterday, we posted a story about Petey the Jack Russell Terrier, who had been found in Michigan—600 miles from his home—after a three-month journey. Volunteer Nancy Greiser from the Michigan Humane Society drove Petey all the way home to Tennessee to be reunited with his owner, . . .

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Petey’s Incredible Journey and Return


Written by: Phil Monahan

A story of a dog traveling long distances is nothing new, but this one has an added poignancy and highlights the benefits of implanting an identifying microchip in a beloved pet. Petey disappeared from his home in Tennessee on July 28, and his owners, septuagenarians Juanita and Jim Arrighi, were distraught. They hung posters, scoured the neighborhood, and did everything else they could think of to find the Jack Russell terrier, all to no avail. Then, sadly, Juanita. . .

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Video of the Day: The Best-Laid Plans. . .


Written by: Phil Monahan

We post a lot of stories here about hero dogs, loving dogs, intelligent dogs, etc. But it’s important to remember that they’re sometimes just dogs. This video is a perfect example of how doggy behavior can sometimes foil our best-laid plans. And even as she blows-up this guy’s big moment, Macey the Labrador is still adorable. You can read the whole story here, but be warned that it has a sad ending.

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