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.

Upcoming Film Focuses on the Love of a Dog


Written by: Phil Monahan

The first trailer for an upcoming film called “Darling Companion” has just been released. According to ComingSoon.net, the film tells “the story of a woman who loves her dog more than her husband. And then her husband loses the dog.” The film is scheduled for release on April 20, and it looks like it could be both funny and touching. Plus, you know, it’s about a dog.

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An Appeal to Protect California’s Model Shelter Law


Written by: Phil Monahan

Last month, we posted about how California Governor Jerry Brown’s dog, Sutter, has his own page on the official state website. Yesterday, political activist and former state senator Tom Hayden released a video calling on Governor Brown not to repeal the “Hayden Bill,” passed in 1998, which created a statewide policy preference for adoption and owner-redemption at all animal shelters. (You can read a summary of of the bill here.) It’s an important issue for those who believe that shelters should use euthanization as a last resort. If you feel strongly about this issue, you can sign Hayden’s petition.

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Orvis Dog of the Day: Riley!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Riley

Riley, who passed away last month at the age of 10-1/2.

photo by Jim and Kim, Groton, MA

Here’s our first reader-submitted Dog of the Day. (That didn’t take long!) The photo came with this note:

Riley is missed so much, and he was taken from us too young. Having him as dog of the day would mean so much.

We’re sorry for your loss and are honored to have him on the OrvisNews.com Dog blog.

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Should we license owners instead of dogs?


Written by: Phil Monahan


Is this a dangerous dog breed, or are attacks caused by dangerous owners?

photo courtesy Wikipedia

After a vicious attack by two pit bulls on Chicago’s lakefront cost a 62-year-old man his left foot, there’s been much discussion in the Windy City about how to prevent a repeat in the future. Most of the time, regulations focus on the specific breed of the dogs who perpetrated the attack, which is why there are so many pit-bull bans in communities across the country. But dog lovers know that no specific breed is to blame. Now a Chicago alderman has. . .

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