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.

Orvis Makes the Consumer Reports “Nice” List


Written by: Phil Monahan

Nice List

With the holiday shopping season about to kick off in a big way, Consumer Reports has announced its 2011 Naughty & Nice Holiday List. First introduced in 2010, the list looks at shopping policies and the companies behind them, citing the top ten “Nice” and top ten “Naughty” retailers.
We’re proud to say that Orvis has once again earned a berth in the top ten “Nice” ranking based on the company’s top-notch customer service, which includes live chat on its website. 

Check out the whole list and the rationale behind it on the Consumer Reports website.

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Video: A Girl and Her Dog Are Reunited


Written by: Phil Monahan

When the Smith family was living in Dubai, they adopted a dog named Holly, and for the next 18 months, Holly was the beloved pet of young Alyssa Smith. Unfortunately, Alyssa’s father lost his job, which meant that the family would have to return to England. Since they couldn’t afford the quarantine fee for Holly, they were forced to leave her with another family. It was heartbreaking, but, the Smiths were confident that Holly’s new owners were nice people and would take good care of the dog.

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Loyal Dog Stands Guard Over Injured, Elderly Owner Through the Night


Written by: Phil Monahan

Crackers stood by Emma and fended off wildlife as she lay wounded overnight outside her home after a fall.
Photo: West Central Tribune

Yesterday we ran a story about a dog who refused to leave his owner’s grave. Today we have the story of a loyal boy that stood guard all night when his elderly owner fell outside her home and could not get back on her feet.

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Recipes: Thanksgiving Treats for Dogs


Written by: Phil Monahan


Raja, of Travel Dog Books, has some great ideas for what to feed your pet on Thanksgiving.

photo via Travels with My Dog

While you’re strapping on the feedbag on Thursday, you don’t want your dog sitting in the corner and drooling over the turkey—especially because that turkey wouldn’t be very good for a dog anyway. So why not whip up some healthy, festive Thanksgiving treats just for your pet? The Travels with My Dog blog offers up three great seasonal recipes—Turkey Meatloaf for Doggies, Turkey Leftover Hound Hash, and Puppykin Muffin Treats—that will make your dog feel part of the celebration of nature’s bounty. It’s a great way to show your dog that you’re thankful for the joy and companionship you receive all year.

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Video of the Day: Just a Dog Horsing Around


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a wonderful video of two playmates having a great time, despite their size and species differences. Lucy is a two-year-old mixed Portuguese water dog, and Whiskey Brown is a four-year-old Quarter Horse stallion. According to their owner:

They were raised together with unconditional love and kindness. My two “pets” will always be together. They work as a pair, keeping the back pasture safe for me. I witnessed them both running side by side, chasing a wild hog. Coyotes are not welcome either.

You can tell from the video, that this is a game that they have played many times before, and they trust each other. Once again, we have further evidence of dogs’ ability to connect with and love other living things.

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Dog in China Holds Graveside Vigil


Written by: Phil Monahan


A dog in China who was the only companion to a single local resident has refused to leave him even after his death.

Lao Pan, 68, died earlier this month in the village of Panjiatun. His dog was found later at his grave, refusing to leave even after seven days without food. One local man brought him home to feed him, but the dog would only eat, then run back to the grave.

Locals are planning on building a graveside kennel for the loyal dog.

See the video here

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Videos of the Day: Snow Dogs!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Nelson Dog from The Life Unbound on Vimeo.


I stumbled across these great videos of dogs who love the snow. First, Nelson must get used to his new snow booties, and his stilted walk around the kitchen is both funny and heartwarming. Once in the powder, however, he’s full-speed ahead with his telemarking owners. In the second video, Saint Bernards Em and Dozer hike to the top of the mountain with their snowboarding friends, enjoying the warm sunlight. Both videos are great highlights of how people include their dogs in all manner of activities.

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Is Your Dog Smarter than a Two-Year-Old?


Written by: Phil Monahan


Illustration by Nishant Choksi for the New York Times.

A great story in Sunday’s New York Times tries to discover if there’s any truth to the saying that dogs are about as intelligent as a two-year-old human. Alexandra Horowitz—author of “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know” and a term assistant professor of psychology at Barnard College—at first dismissed the notion, but then she started noticing similarities between her own two-year-old and the family dog:

So I decided to get fully quasi-scientific about it. How are dog and child alike? How are they not? Herewith I report anecdotal instances of their behavior over one week, with some cherry-picked research to complete the story.

Both her observations and her conclusions are fascinating.

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