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Great advice about older dog health from a veterinarian


Written by: Phil Monahan

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Honey

As dogs age, their eating habits, dietary needs, and behavior change. To best serve an older pet, such as Honey, owners must be prepared to deal with these changes.

photo by Kristi, Shrewsbury

[Editor's Note: Our story about Bear Dog reminded me of this excellent advice column on older dogs from a couple years ago. There's some great information here.]

In today’s Seattle Times, veterinarian Dr. Karen Weeks answers a bunch of questions about the health of older dogs. In the column, she addresses issues of diet, changes in behavior and quality of life in pets that are advanced in age. This is great information if you currently have an older dog, and it’s good to know for those of us whose pets might not be there yet, but will be someday. Plus, there are links at the bottom of this column to previous installments, which cover canine health throughout a dog’s life, a good resource.

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Washington Town’s Favorite Citizen is a Gregarious 18-Year-Old Dog


Written by: Phil Monahan


Now grizzled and gray, Bear Dog has been making friends in Castle Rock for 18 years.

photo by Bill Wagner via TDN.com

The sign at the North County Recreation Sports Complex in Longview, Washington, is very clear that “No pets allowed inside baseball complex or on soccer fields,” but then there’s a strange addendum: “except Bear Dog.” It’s an unusual concession that speaks to the town’s love and respect for an 18-year-old Labrador mix who has. . .

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Video: Zoe, the Amazing Border Collie


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a wonderful video made by a young Polish dog trainer, Patrycja Kowalczyk, and featuring a brilliant Border Collie named Zoe. The video is beautifully shot and some of Zoe’s skills are pretty incredible. I don’t even know how you would train a dog to go completely limp while you pick it up. I mean, how do you explain that? You can see them working on that trick here.

Editor’s warning: At about the 2:00 mark of this video is an extremely vulgar curse word. I would normally never publish a video containing such a word on the dog blog, but I assume that Ms. Kowalczyk simply didn’t get it. (Her blog is entirely in Polish.) So, if you’re easily offended, don’t watch or skip from 1:55-2:05.

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Dog Intelligence Study Shows Dogs are More Like Humans Than Wolves


Written by: Kathleen Moore


Dogs are more like us than we previously knew.

photo via SmithsonianMag.com.

Like many of us, Brian Hare discovered early on that his dog Oreo had some remarkable abilities. The Labrador retriever could interpret human gestures, and follow his gaze or pointing finger. Unlike many of us, Hare took this study on as his life’s academic pursuit. Hare went on to found the Canine Cognition Center at Duke University.

Now, he and coauthor Vanessa Woods have come out with a book titled The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs are Smarter than You Think

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12 Lifesaving Tricks to Teach Your Dog


Written by: Phil Monahan

I suspect that most dog owners view obedience training as something they do to make their own lives easier. An obedient dog won’t run away, dive into the nearest trash bin, or ignore your call—all of these things take time and can be aggravating for the dog owner.

However, as Jaymi Heimbuch writes on the mother nature network website, an obedient dog is also a safe dog. A dog who responds well to your commands can be protected from a variety of real-world dangers. Heimbuch offers 12 seemingly simple. . .

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Guess This Dog’s Breed Contest 02.20.13


Written by: Phil Monahan


Can you identify this small breed?

photo via akc.org

Welcome to our second edition of the Guess This Dog’s Breed contest on OrvisNews.com. This is your chance to show off how much you know about the various kinds of dogs, or you’ll learn more about the dogs we love. Twice a month, we’ll show you photos and ask you to identify the breed for a chance to win a. . .

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Video: New Hampshire Man Reunited with His Dog After Ten Years


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s an incredible story from my home state. A Nashua, New Hampshire, man named Jamie Carpentier was reunited with his long, lost dog after ten years—all because he just happened to visit the website of a local rescue operation. Carpentier had never visited the site before, but he had recently lost his Boxer and was just checking to. . .

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