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.

Photos: The Dogs of Reddit VI


Written by: Phil Monahan


Who could resist those eyes?

photo via reddit.com

Reddit.com refers to itself as “the front page of the Internet,” but it’s really a social news website where folks post links to pretty much anything they find interesting or funny. The content can be pretty vulgar and sophomoric, so I don’t recommend that anyone easily offended visit the site, but what makes Reddit relevant to this blog is that members frequently post pictures of their dogs. One of the quirks of the site is that, on your birthday, you are supposed to post a photo of. . .

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Requiem for a Beloved Neighborhood Dog


Written by: Phil Monahan


Little Man was finally captured after 6-1/2 years as an elusive but beloved stray.

photo courtesy laobserved.com

Here’s the wonderful story of Little Man, a beloved local fixture in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, who passed away last week. He spent years as an elusive stray living in Elysian Park, and local residents adopted him as their own: . . .

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Woman Whose Dog Died After Eating Treats Made in China Launches Petition


Written by: Phil Monahan


Heidi, who died after eating treats made in China, is the inspiration for the petition.

photo courtesy chang.org

An Illinois woman whose beloved dog, a German shepherd named Heidi, died after eating dog treats made in China has launched a petition drive to get these treats removed from store shelves. Rita Desollar feels betrayed by the treats’ manufacturers, by the FDA, and by the retailer who sold her the treats. So she penned a letter to have these products. . .

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Video: Is Vigilante Dog-Rescue Group a Good Idea?


Written by: Phil Monahan

The Dogmatic from Lance Oppenheim on Vimeo.

Here’s a remarkable video about a group of Florida dog lovers, called 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida, who put themselves in great danger to rescue both abandoned dogs in the Everglades and those being held in abusive conditions elsewhere. Unlike the videos from Eldad Hagar that we frequently post, this one involves. . .

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Attention Golden Retriever Owners: The Morris Animal Foundation needs your help


Written by: Phil Monahan

Goliath and me after a long, busy day of swimming and chasing sticks.

I have written on this blog in the past about my big, friendly Golden Retriever, Goliath. He is my second Golden and I hate to think of a day without a Golden in my home. Now there is an opportunity for Golden lovers like me to participate in a lifetime study being conducted by the Morris Animal Foundation to help prevent and cure cancer and other diseases in this and other breeds.

Golden Retriever owners across the country are invited to apply to participate in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the largest and longest observational study ever undertaken to improve the health of dogs. Morris Animal Foundation, the nonprofit organization running the study, will enroll 3,000 Golden Retrievers over the next two years. To qualify, dogs must be under 2 years of age and in good health. Owners can register their dogs at www.CanineLifetimeHealth.org.

Dogs accepted into the study will participate for their entire lives, and during that time, owners and veterinarians will provide health, nutritional and environmental information about the dogs. This observational information will help scientists identify ways to better prevent cancer and other diseases in Golden Retrievers. The information learned from these dogs is also expected to improve the health of all dog breeds.

[read the Morris press release here]

Orvis customers may recognize Morris as the beneficiary organization of the Orvis Cover Dog Contest where Orvis customers have helped us raise over $700,000 dollars for canine cancer research! This latest effort from Morris will go even further in helping our pets live longer, healthier lives.

Morris is looking for 3,000 participants and their owners. If you have a Golden Retriever under two years old and want to help make a difference, click here to learn more.

Goliath and I thank you.

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Dog Saves 81-Year-Old Owner with Lassie-Like Performance


Written by: Phil Monahan


81-year-old Derek Ramsden suffered bruising to his back, but believes that Toby saved
his life by alerting others and leading them back to the scene of Ramsden’s fall.

photo via telegraph.co.uk

Remember when Lassie would go to get help because Timmy was in trouble? She’d run to house and bark until someone followed her back to the scene of the accident. Well, apparently, that’s not just TV magic because a little Lhasa Apso named Toby performed just such a heroic feat when his elderly owner was. . .

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Dog Euthanized by Mistake at Florida Shelter. . .AGAIN!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Back in April, we posted about a terrible situation in which a Florida animal shelter accidentally euthanized a healthy, 8-month-old puppy just 45 minutes after it had been dropped off. At the time, shelter managers swore that changes would be made to avoid this kind of occurrence, but now it has happened again, just five months later. According to reports, . . .

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Video: Minnesota Dog Adopts and Nurses Stray Kitten


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a very cute story of a dog who has found her true calling: as a mother to a stray kitten. Pat Weber’s grandson found the tiny kitten in the family’s barn, so cold that they questioned whether or not it was still alive. But when it warmed up and started meowing in the house, Weber’s 4-year-old Pekingese, Mittens, jumped into action. Mittens was so committed to the kitten that she even started. . .

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Returning War Dogs Also Need Time to Adjust to Life at Home


Written by: Phil Monahan


Contract Working Dog Master Corporal Uzo (far right) with the Canadian 2 Troop,
2nd Combat Engineer Regiment, 2-3 Field Squadron in October, 2011.

photo via The Daily Beast

A fascinating story on the Daily Beast website highlights the adjustments that military dogs must go through when their service has ended. We’ve posted many times about the incredible jobs these dogs do on the battlefield, and we have advocated for simplifying the adoption process back home. But as the story of Uzo reveals, adopting a military dog can come with. . .

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