Archive for November, 2009

Orvis cover dog photo contest benefits canine cancer

Saturday, November 21st, 2009


As the deluge of Christmas catalogs begins arriving in the mailbox, one I always look forward to is the Orvis Dog Book with its comfy dog beds, great toys, and fashionable yet practical dog accessories. No foo-foo stuff, but just the thing for a sporting breed like Alex the Welsh Springer. The wonderful folks at the Morris Animal Foundation have teamed up with Orvis in a photo contest to pick the Fall 2010 cover dog photo. Your dog could be the top model! MAF has teamed with Orvis and Eukanuba to help find a cure for canine cancer through Orvis’s annual photo contest. Submit photos of your favorite canine at by Jan. 24, 2010. The winning photograph will grace the cover of the fall 2010 Orvis Dog Book, and the winning photographer will win a $500 Orvis gift card. Vote for your favorite dog for just $1 per vote, with all voting proceeds going toward MAF’s Canine Cancer Campaign. Orvis and Eukanuba, together, will match your contribution up to $30,000. So, every vote you cast becomes $2 toward research to prevent, treat and cure canine cancer.

Dog Influenza

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

istock_000009601406xsmallAt Alex’s annual checkup this week, the veterinarian recommended vaccinating him for dog influenza, a respiratory virus that spreads quickly among dogs in places such as daycare, boarding kennels, dog parks, or dog shows. The virus was first discovered among greyhounds at Florida dog tracks, and has since spread to 30 states. Symptoms include sudden lethargy, high fever and nasal discharge, and can lead to pneumonia. Although most dogs respond quickly to antibiotics, the virus can be fatal. The vaccine involves two shots, two to three weeks apart, with yearly booster. For more information, see the Centers for Disease Control or

In Loving Memory of Byron, November 7, 2007

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Today is the second anniversary of my Welsh Springer, Byron’s death. Like today, it was a beautiful, clear fall day when he slipped quietly into his last sleep. He had struggled with mobility as spinal arthritis took its toll. For months, I had to help him to his feet. He walked with the aid of a sling under his belly. When he came to the cabin on weekends, I carried him down the stairs and settled him gently on his bed, next to the window where he could look out into the woods. He was a wonderful companion who brought me much joy. It’s hard to believe two years have passed. But no matter how many years go by, he lives on in my heart. I miss his gentle presence, but I am grateful for our time together.

Byron in the sunlight

Byron in the sunlight