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.

The Battle to Save the “Biblical Dog”


Written by: Phil Monahan


The Canaan dog has roamed the harsh desert climate since biblical times, but it is in danger of fading away.

photo by Brulliard/Washington Post

A fascinating story in the Washington Post describes an effort in Israel to save the Canaan dog, a breed that has been around since biblical times. However, Canaan dogs are now in danger of becoming lost forever because of a battle between the Israeli government and a kennel working to rescue the breed. According to the Post story: . . .

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Chinese Activists Rescue 150 Dogs Bound for Slaughter


Written by: Phil Monahan


A volunteer feeds one of the dogs rescued from slaughter last December in a stand-off between animal rights activists and dog-meat sellers in central China.

photo by Frank Langfitt via NPR.org

Here’s a remarkable NPR story that discusses the growth of the dog-lover community in China, a country not known for its human treatment of animals. The broadcast tells the story of how a group of 150 activists rescued a truckload of dogs destined for slaughter. It’s incredible how one woman’s phone call generated such an immediate and effective. . .

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Rescue Dog Gets a New Prosthetic Paw


Written by: Phil Monahan

Skip

Skip takes a break from romping on his new limb.

photo via CBS47

Here’s an incredible story about a rescue dog given a new lease on life via the kindness of strangers. Skip, a pit bull from Merced, California, lost a paw as a result of infection after his previous owners bandaged his leg too tightly to fix what they thought was a broken leg. They brought Skip to the Merced Veterinary Clinic, but couldn’t afford his care. The dog was scheduled to be euthanized when one of the clinic’s employees. . .

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Video: Brooklyn’s Anti-Westminster Dog Show


Written by: Phil Monahan

For some people, the Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a little too stuffy, a little too focused on pure breeds. Many of these people live right across the river in Brooklyn, where irreverence is a way of life. That’s the theme of the Brooklyn Mutt Show, which seeks to be everything Westminster isn’t. This year’s event featured a Star Wars and Star Trek dog costume contest that would make professional dog handlers cringe. But I think. . .

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Video: A Tribute to a Beloved Dog


Written by: Phil Monahan

Zoey ~ 199?-2012 from illona on Vimeo.

Back in January, we posted a beautiful slideshow of images by very talented photographer Ilona Haus of Scruffy Dog Photography in Toronto. Today, she uploaded this beautiful tribute to one of her past clients, Zoey, who recently passed away. Rather than being somber, however, this video is a gorgeous celebration of a dog who was clearly loved.

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Update: Fiona the Rescue Dog Becoming a Celebrity


Written by: Phil Monahan


After Eldad Hagar posted a new version of Fiona’s rescue video, her story has been picked up by media outlets around the country.

photo by Liz Stavrides

Last week, we posted a video of Fiona’s rescue and rehabilitation by Eldad Hagar of Hope for Paws. Since then, the video has gone global, and the plucky little dog’s story has appeared in such bigtime media outlets as. . .

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Orvis Dog of the Day: Dune!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Dune

Dune, a fourteen-month-old Bernese mountain dog, sleeps on the couch (his “spot”) after playing on the beach with his friend, Hobie. Dune loves sitting on your lap, even though he weighs 110 pounds.

photo by blog reader Kelly, New York

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New Zealand Hero Dog Is a True Giant


Written by: Phil Monahan


Guinness and his owner, Sean Scully, devoted their time and energy to
helping earthquake victims in Christchurch.

photo by Don Scott/The Press

An enormous Irish wolfhound named Guinness will be the first animal to receive a Local Hero Medal, as part of the 2012 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards. Guinness and his owner, Sean Scully, worked. . .

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Discover the Most Dog-Friendly Place in Britain


Written by: Phil Monahan


Sherrie the surfing dog shows her stuff in a new dog-friendly
tourism brochure from the Isle of Wight.

photo via telegraph.co.uk

How many of you could locate the Isle of Wight on a map? Best known for its annual music festival that attracts superstars from the worlds of rock and pop, the island sits off the southern coast of England and is a popular. . .

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