Monthly Archives: October 2011

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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Friday Film Festival 10.28.11


Written by: Phil Monahan

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 bounces all over the planet; in fact, just three of the eight videos are from the good old U.S. of A. The rest come from such far-flung locations as Wales, Japan, Russia, and Lithuania. Who knew. . .

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Take the Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge for a chance to win a signed copy of Tom’s book


Written by: Phil Monahan

Rosenbauer_trivia_challenge

Tom is out of the office this week, so I put the quiz together. I must say, I think it’s pretty darned tough. If you score high on this one, you should be very proud of yourself.

Post your score in the comments below to become eligible for our giveaway: One lucky commenter, chosen at random, will win a signed copy of Tom’s recent book The Orvis Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing, a great resource for anyone who enjoys chasing trout in mountain or meadow streams.

The winner of last week’s random drawing was a commenter with the interesting handle “dirtysouth.” Good luck!

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The Rebirth of the Wild White Salmon River


Written by: Phil Monahan

Yesterday, the 98-year-old Condit Dam on the White Salmon River was breached, allowing water to flow freely for the first time since 1923. It’s an incredible moment for those who seek to open the river to salmon and steelhead, whose passage and access to spawning grounds have been blocked for so long. Watch the dramatic video above to see the historic moment, and then click “Read More” to watch a second video for some historical perspective on the dam itself, why it was removed, and what the effects of a newly wild White Salmon River will be.

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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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The Orvis Job Wall 10.27.11


Written by: Phil Monahan

The Orvis Home Office in Sunderland VT

The Orvis Home Office in Sunderland, VT

 Welcome to the Orvis Job Wall, where we update you periodically on the opportunities to be a part of the Orvis team. As a friend and follower of Orvis, you likely know and appreciate the products, the brand, and the lifestyle that have been integral to Orvis for more than 150 years. We firmly believe that the only way for Orvis to achieve its vision to be the most respected lifestyle brand in America is to build a company culture that is supportive and inspiring to the individuals who will help us get there. You may not have considered that Orvis, the brand you know and love, may also be a great place to take your next career step, so we hope provide some insights in to our employment brand, culture, and opportunities.

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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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