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.

Video: A Dog in a Stick-y Situation


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a funny video that’s making the rounds on the Internet today. What is a dog to do when he wants to follow his owner through the gate, but he also wants to keep the awesome stick he found? Although there are a few people who find this a little mean on the part of the person taking the video, the vast majority of viewers see the humor and the pathos, as well as seeing their own pooch in a similar situation.

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Abused Dog Finds New, Loving Home, While His Former Owner Faces Charges


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a great story of a dog who has a new lease on life after suffering horrible abuse at the hands of his previous owner. Frankie was discovered last October in Grass Valley, California, after having been shot in the face with a pellet gun, tied to a tree, and left for dead. After extensive medical treatment and a few months of recovery, Frankie is now. . .

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Skype for Dogs


Written by: Kathleen Moore

Sometimes the hardest thing about a business trip or even a vacation is missing your furry companions back home. This explains why some folks have experimented with using the video-conferencing service Skype to chat with their pups. The above video uploaded on January 11th became an instant hit, as it appears to show two pups “talking” to each other over web-cam.

A Fast Company investigation into the phenomenon found that dogs and cats don’t experience technology in the same way humans do …

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Woman Writes in Her Will That Her Dog Must Die When She Does


Written by: Phil Monahan

Sasha

Sasha was an elder dog, but her neighbor says the dog had more years left in her.

photo via KUTV

Here’s a story that calls into question many aspects of dog ownership and care. A 92-year-old Utah woman, Trudi Schwenk, wrote into her will that, upon her death, her dog should be euthanized and their mingled ashes spread in the mountains. It sounds sweet and was surely an expression of love. But there’s one major problem: . . .

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Video: Stray Dog Rescued from Icy Lake Michigan


Written by: Phil Monahan

On Tuesday, Chicago’s Police Department Marine Unit completed a dramatic rescue of a dog seemingly stranded on the ice of Lake Michigan. It took the rescuers almost three hours to get the animal to safety because the conditions were treacherous and the dog didn’t really cooperate. Every time they made an attempt, the dog would. . .

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Video: Eldad Hagar and Team of Volunteers Rescue Shaggy


Written by: Phil Monahan

WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Eldad Hagar, of Hope for Paws, strikes again: this time thousands of miles from his Los Angeles home. When dog rescuers contacted him about a stray that they could not catch, he flew across the country to get the job done. Here’s a news report about the rescue, which involved some 40 volunteers, and about how Shaggy is doing now. You can even. . .

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Classic Video: Dogs and Polar Bears Playing Together


Written by: Phil Monahan

All this talk of frigid weather and dogs reminded me of this astonishing piece of video from way back in ’07. Yesterday, we posted about trouble caused by a family having coyotes in the back yard. Well this guy’s got polar bears. Incredibly, however, the two species do not come in conflict but seem to enjoy playing with each other. Your heart jumps into your throat when you see the bear playfully “mouth” the dog, but the huge animal turns out to be very gentle. In some shots, the bears seem to be begging the dogs to play with them.

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5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe in Frigid Weather


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Frigid winter temperatures require owners to be on guard for problems.

photo courtesy Tom, Arlington

The temperature reading on the dashboard of my car said 1 degree above zero this morning—cold enough for bundled-up humans, but what about dogs? Sure, they have fur, but dogs that have been bred as pets do not always have the protections against the cold that their wild ancestors enjoyed. The Detroit Dog Rescue has offered five tips top help dog owners ensure that their best friends stay safe when the mercury dips below zero: . . .

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The #OrvisDogs Instagram Contest: Announcing our Second Winner, and Our Next Contest!


Written by: Kathleen Moore


The winner! Photo by @kaylaobalderson:
“Smiley pants. #orvisdogs”

We were once again blown away by the incredible photographs of your Orvis Dogs this past week. In fact, looking at your photos makes us smile just like this week’s winner. Congratulations @kaylabalderson! Didn’t win this round? Don’t worry, there’s a new chance to win starting right now – see below!

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