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.

Rescuing Dogs After Hurricane Sandy


Written by: Phil Monahan


A fireman carries a resident’s dog to safety from flood waters in Little Ferry, N.J. on Tuesday.

photo via Animal Tracks on Today

After Hurricane Katrina left more than 250,000 pets stranded, animal lovers are clearly concerned about the fate of dogs in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the Northeast on Monday. Luckily, the region is home to many pet-friendly. . .

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10 Tips for Keeping Dogs Safe on Halloween


Written by: Kathleen Moore


Don’t let this be a spooky Halloween.

photo via aspca.org

It’s always good to re-familiarize ourselves with Halloween safety tips for our dogs, and with the rising popularity of canine costumes, it’s becoming more important to keep certain things in mind. This guide from the ASPCA gives us 10 helpful tips to make sure Fido has a happy Halloween: . . .

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Video: Dog Scouts of America Teaches Dogs to Be Good Citizens


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a great video report about a local Dog Scouts of America chapter in California. (We previously posted about the organization here.) Dog Scouts of America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “improv[ing] the lives of dogs, their owners, and society through humane education, positive training, and community involvement.” Founded in 1995 by a woman in Michigan named Lonnie Olson, DSA now features troops from Maine to California. Dog Scouts can earn more than 60 badges for things such as. . .

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First National Monument to Military Dogs to Be Unveiled in January


Written by: Phil Monahan


The monument, sculpted by artist Paula Slater, will go on tour until it is permanently
installed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

photo courtesy John Burnam Monument Foundation, Inc.

We have posted many times about the courage and sacrifices of dogs who serve in the military, both in combat and as service dogs for returned veterans. On January 1, during the Tournament of Roses Parade, the first national monument to military dogs will be unveiled. The U.S. Working Dog Teams National Monument was designed by. . .

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Video: “Halo Vest” Helps Visually-Impaired Dogs


Written by: Kathleen Moore

Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5

A pair of friends in Atlanta have come up with a product to make life a bit easier for their visually-impaired furry friends. Dorie Stratton noticed her blind dog Scottie Boy was “just having a hard time navigating, and he’d bump into things, and he’d cry.” Not content to watch the little pup suffer, Dorie called her friend Ellen Burgess, who happens to run an alterations business.

Together, the two developed a prototype “Halo Vest.” The vest includes a soft “halo” that extends around the dog’s head, protecting his noggin from those hard bumps.

It’s touching that these pet parents adopted “special needs” pooches like these, and then even went a step further by coming up with a creative solution to some of their problems. Read the full story here and visit Halos for Paws for more information about the product.

Are there any visually-impaired Orvis Dogs out there? Would this product be useful for them?


A Halos for Paws Customers

Photo: HalosforPaws.com

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Video: Chester’s Story, “Paying It Forward”


Written by: Phil Monahan

Paying It Forward: Chester’s Story from Visual Mercenary on Vimeo.

In October 2011, Chester was a stray dog picked up by a Dearborn, Michigan, police officer and brought to the Dearborn Animal Shelter. Full of fleas and with advanced stages of mange, Chester was in bad shape. But after weeks in isolation receiving great medical care, Chester became the star of the show at last year’s. . .

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Marine to Be Reunited with Dog Pal from Afghanistan


Written by: Phil Monahan

Shaun Duling has always been a dog lover, so it’s not surprising that he befriended a stray while serving in Afghanistan last year. At first, the mixed breed, which he named Bolt, was wary, but the pair soon developed a strong bond. Duling knew that he would be heartbroken when he had to leave Bolt to come back to the U.S., so he has been. . .

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New Book Showcases Underwater Dogs


Written by: Kathleen Moore


Seth Casteel’s photos went viral online, and are now available as a book.

photo via wired.com

We’ve written about Seth Casteel’s amazing underwater pictures before. His captivating images went viral online, and quickly spread around the world. Now the pictures are available as a 144-page book titled, appropriately, Underwater Dogs.

Wired.com was able to catch up with the photographer, and ask about his experience with sudden fame.

“Casteel says he thinks one of the most important parts of the experience has been the way it’s helped him spread a message about the value of dogs. The range of emotions he’s captured in the photos have shown dogs in a new light — no pun intended — and he hopes people have begun to see the animals in a more three-dimensional way.”

We couldn’t agree more. Read the full interview here.

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