Monthly Archives: December 2011

Ohio One Step Closer to Banning Dog Auctions


Written by: Phil Monahan

One of the most disturbing elements of the already troubling puppy-mill industry is the way breeding dogs are sold at auctions. As the video above shows all too graphically, these dogs are treated poorly and are valuable to their owners only inasmuch as they can produce large numbers of puppies. But, at least in one state, such auctions may soon be a thing of the past.

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Friday Film Festival 12.30.11


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. We skipped last week, since it was a holiday for us, but we’re making up for it with a baker’s dozen videos, an all-time high, in this week’s FFF. We’re a little light on the saltwater content here, but if you love trout, . . .

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Man Leaps into Ravine to Save Dog, Both Rescued


Written by: Phil Monahan

In a dramatic, hour-and-a-half-long rescue yesterday, Los Angeles firefighters pulled Ivan Solis and his dog, Lola, from a 300-foot ravine on the outskirts of the city. Lola had slipped over the edge of the ravine while chasing a water bottle, and without hesitation, Solis went over the edge after her. His answer to the question, “Why did you risk your life for a dog?” speaks volumes about the relationship between man and his best friend.

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Video: Dog Goes Hog-Wild!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a fun video that’s as touching as it is entertaining, once you know the back story:

Tabitha the pig and Susie the boxer play together at Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norwich, England. Susie is an ex-breeding dog, rescued from a Welsh puppy farm. The owner was successfully prosecuted, and banned, for keeping dogs in attrocious conditions.

It’s wonderful that a dog who has been through so much has found a wonderful friend and is still capable of expressing joy.

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A Magical Day Chasing the Utah Grand Slam

Falcon's Ledge Pin

Here’s the prize for an angler lucky enough to achieve the Utah Grand Slam.

photo by Spencer Higa

Fly fishermen have different expectations when they set out to the river. Some like to catch lots of fish, while others just want to catch big fish. Here on the southern slope of the Uinta Mountains, a lot of anglers set out aiming to get a “grand slam,” which is to catch four different species of trout—brown, rainbow, cutthroat and brook—in a single day. Even better if they all come from a single river. I had the rare experience this summer of witnessing a unique double grand slam while guiding Travis and Todd, from San Diego, California.

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Pictures of the Day: More Lake Erie Steel

Erie Steel 3

Here’s one of our most important product testers.

photo by Shawn Combs

Earlier this month, six of us from the office got together to test some 2012-2013 products by pulling on some Lake Erie tributary steelhead. We packed up in a truck and drove eight hours (each way) to fish for fourteen hours with a few good friends from Steelhead Alley Outfitters. The smiles tell the rest of the story.

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Essay: What Makes Dogs Different


photo by Tim Bronson

[Editor's note: Jenna Woginrich, one of our graphic designers, is also a homesteader and an author. (Check out her most recent book, Barnheart.) She shares her life with Siberian huskies Jazz and Annie, as well as Gibson, a border collie. Here’s an essay Jenna recently published on her blog, Cold Antler Farm.

No animal even remotely compares in import to the dog here at Cold Antler Farm. Dogs get the lion’s share of attention, love, and care. They live in the house with me. They share my bed and furniture. They get the best medical attention, food, and effort I can afford. Dogs are not livestock to me. They are not children, siblings, or any other simulacrum of human interaction. They are my dogs. That is enough.

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