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Last Minute Christmas Shopping?

Posted by Erich Trapp on December 15, 2013

Cheppie XmasWhat can’t you get a Amazon? Not much. So if you’re doing last minute Christmas shopping and you surf over to Amazon, use this link and Amazon will donate 5% of what you spend to 2 Million Dogs. Now THAT’S the spirit of giving! Save the link and use it all year. Here’s the link:

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/26-3780773

Happiest of holidays! And Thank You!

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Our 2014 Calendars Are Ready to Pre-Order!

Posted by Erich Trapp on October 29, 2013

Trooper Collins, our 2014 cover dog.

Trooper Collins, our 2014 cover dog.

Our beautiful 2014 “Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down” calendars are ready to pre-order here. Only $15.00 each, these calendars feature the photos and stories of this year’s top 13 winners, last year’s winners’ photos, and a gallery of all the dogs entered in this year’s calendar. Unique to our calendars you’ll also find special dog holidays like Canine Cancer Awareness Month (November), Squirrel Appreciation Day, What if Dogs and Cats Had Opposable Thumbs Day, K-9 Veterans Day, National Specially-Abled Pets Day, National Cancer Survivor’s Day, Rabies Awareness Month, and of course the regular people holidays as well. Also featured is a list of the “10 L” warning signs of cancer in your pet, and information about our nationwide Puppy Up! Walks and how to get involved.

Another feature unique to our calendar contests is that the top 13 winners get to decide the cancer study they would like to fund. This year’s calendar proceeds will again go to the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Last year’s calendar’s winners decided to help fund a study in osteosarcoma, and this year the winners decided to help fund a study into mast cell tumors.

We know you’ll enjoy this year’s calendar! Please place your orders soon. They make great gifts, and are something you and your friends will treasure for years.

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Breast Cancer And Dogs: The Next ‘Canaries In The Coal Mine’?

Posted by Erich Trapp on October 12, 2013

By Lynne Peeples, Huffington Post

(Thanks to Lynne Peeples and the Huffington Post for this article.)

When his beloved Great Pyrenees Malcolm died of bone cancer at age 6, Luke Robinson resolved to learn why.

“I didn’t even know dogs could get cancer,” he said.

The nagging mystery would send Robinson walking over 2,000 miles from Austin, Texas, to Boston with his other two dogs to raise awareness for canine cancer. It would also inspire his launch of an organization devoted to finding an answer — through the discovery of links between dog and human tumors.

“Breast cancer was the first cancer we funded,” said Robinson, co-founder of the nonprofit 2 Million Dogs . “Under a microscope, a mammary tumor from a dog and from a person look the same.”

As the prolific pink ribbons seek to remind us this month, breast cancer’s grip remains strong and its reach ever-expanding. One in eight women in the U.S. will now face the diagnosis — a rise of 40 percent in just one generation.

Perhaps less well-known, however, is that most breast cancers are not hereditary and that cancer is the leading disease-related killer of dogs, with mammary tumors the most common type afflicting females. (Early spaying significantly reduces the risk of such tumors.) These facts, combined with mounting evidence of harm posed by certain chemicals used on carpets, couches, food bowls, squeaky toys and manicured lawns enjoyed by people and pets — has led some experts and advocates to recommend a shift in breast cancer research and funding.

Only about 10 percent of breast cancer research dollars are devoted to its environmental causes, according to a federal interagency report published in February.

Luke Robinson and his two dogs, Murphy and Hudson, peer from a tent during his canine cancer awareness walk from Austin, Tex. to Boston in 2008. (Marei Burnfield)

Luke Robinson and his two dogs, Murphy and Hudson, peer from a tent during his canine cancer awareness walk from Austin, Tex. to Boston in 2008. (Marei Burnfield)

“Dogs drink our same water, they are exposed to the same toxins,” Robinson said. “The logical assumption is that indeed there is an environmental basis for these cancers. But a lot of research and funding comes from pharmaceutical companies. And there’s no money in cause and prevention.”

Overall, growing interest in canine cancer has led to new comparative oncology research at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University, with financial help from 2 Million Dogs. Investigators are treating shelter dogs that have developed mammary cancer, while gleaning information about the progression of the disease. The researchers hope to identify treatments that will benefit both dogs and humans.

Penn veterinarians previously studied dogs involved in September 11 search and rescue missions thought to be exposed to chemicals in the rubble. They found no elevated rates of major health problems in the decade after the attack.

To read the entire article by Huffington Post, please follow this link.

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Non-Resectable

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 22, 2013

Photo from left to right:  Drs. Richard Goldstein and Allyson Berent; Luke Robinson, Founder of 2 Million Dogs; Chick Weisse; Kate Coyne (CEO of AMC); Ginger Morgan, Executive Director of 2 Million Dogs; Nicole Leibman and Ann Hohenhaus.

From left to right: Drs. Richard Goldstein and Allyson Berent; Luke Robinson, Founder of 2 Million Dogs; Dr. Chick Weisse; Kate Coyne (CEO of AMC); Ginger Morgan, Executive Director of 2 Million Dogs; Drs. Nicole Leibman and Ann Hohenhaus. Indiana and Hudson.

 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

(by Luke Robinson)

“I’m sorry.  It’s inoperable.”

How many of you have heard these words? That diagnosis from Steve Withrow about Murphy’s nasal tumor still haunts my thoughts some two years post mortem.

2 Million Dogs is funding a two year, $80,000 drug delivery study with Animal Medical Center in Manhattan and Sloan Kettering.

The first phase of the study is urogenital cancer in dogs since, at the point of diagnosis, the prognosis is pretty grim.  Less than 30% of bladder cancer patients respond to traditional treatment and since surgical intervention isn’t a viable option, the need for target therapeutics is essential.

We all know that dosing chemo in dogs is drastically less than that in humans and if we can get the right drug directly into the tumor, we may achieve therapeutic drug levels at 40X the current regimen.  There are other potential benefits such as cost savings, but they are ancillary to our aims.

Speaking of… here’s my press release statement:

“It is an honor to work with two prestigious institutions in the fields of veterinarian medicine and cancer research.  2 Million Dogs’ scientific objectives in funding cancer studies are collaborative and comparative in both spirit and scope and this study is a shining example of that.  Cancer touches us all.  It is a cross species disease and now more than ever it is imperative for us work together to end this epidemic.”

More importantly, I’ve come to know the principal investigator, Chick, on a more personal level and I feel he has the vision, fortitude, and fire to make significant strides in the field of comparative oncology.

 

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Two Towers, Four Paws

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 10, 2013

GSD S&R(by Teri Modisette)

Twelve  years ago today, the Twin Towers slipped from the sky and plummeted to earth as America watched in shock. As that once beautiful Autumn day wore on to evening, news outlets reported many people still trapped, slowing dying in the avalanche of metal. How did they know? Those people used cell phones to call their families from beneath the remains of the World Trade Center. One by one, they said final goodbyes as the last of their cell phone batteries blinked out.

No one yet knew the death toll would reach nearly 3,000. All the rescue teams could do was send help. That night as pictures and “Please help me find my son” and “Please help me find my daughter” flyers went up around NYC, help arrived at Ground Zero on four legs.

Several sets of four legs, to be exact.

Emergency workers had flooded the area with light, enabling them to pair with public volunteers in a desperate search for the living, but they needed help from something with better hearing and a better sense of smell than the average human being. They were helped by Moxie and Tara from Massachusetts, Guinness from California, Kaiser from Indianapolis, Bretagne from Texas, Red from Maryland, Hoke from Denver. It was a long shot to call in search and rescue dogs. As good as the dogs were, 9/11 was undeniably a large-scale tragedy.

Search-and-rescue dogs are trained to pick up certain scents on the ground and in the air. Well-trained search dogs have proven to be the fastest way to locate a victim in the aftermath of a disaster like an earthquake or hurricane. Disaster search-and-rescue dogs are trained to find people in incredibly unstable environments, where smoke or chemical smells might affect the results of the dog’s search.

Three hundred and eighteen search-and-rescue dogs were trained to find the living who may have survived 9/11. Unfortunately, the terrorist attacks were a true disaster, making it a fruitless search. Despite this, the dogs at Ground Zero were seen doing what dogs do so well– comforting the firemen and first responders during the darkest hours of their lives.

In total, 950 canine dog teams served in response to September 11, 2001. They served at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and that field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Eleven years later, 2 Million Dogs remembers the day our best friends experienced  alongside all in this great nation– and the sweet snuggles and tail wags as our tears rolled down.

We will never forget.

last remaining dogsRead more about Retrieved, the book that honors the rescue dogs of 9/11.

To view a tribute to the search and rescue dogs of 9-11, please follow this link.

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13 – 13 – 13

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 4, 2013

(by Ginger Morgan, Executive Director, 2 Million Dogs)

As I write this, summer is coming to a close. I’m fortunate that so far, 2013 has kept me busy working for you and this cause in the best of ways.

Faye Morgan.

Faye Morgan.

In August, we posted stories of dogs who’d had cancer to our Facebook page, and you responded with words of comfort, shares, and votes in our calendar contest. Thank you. The 2 Million Dogs family continues to impress me with their dedication every day.

I lost another dog to cancer this summer — my beloved Faye (pictured). Like many of you, I let these experiences fuel my fire for this cause. I’m writing this to acknowledge that you are our best resource — your input, your stories, your comments, and your support. With that in mind, I’m pleased to announce that moving forward, I will personally update you on 2 Million Dogs, here on our blog in the coming months. I’ll share helpful tips and information about canine cancer, announce special events where you can participate or meet up with other supporters in our community, or update you on the latest and greatest with the cause.

As we support comparative oncology research, the leadership at 2 Million Dogs steadily seeks new ways to help you to spread the word about its importance and our mutual belief that a cure for cancer is out there. We get many comments that some of you want to participate in a walk but cannot, mainly due to prior commitments or bum knees.

Our next event is just for you. And everyone, actually.

It’s called 13-13-13.

 
On September 13:

* Ask 13 friends on Facebook to “Like” the 2 Million Dogs Facebook page here.

* Donate $13 to canine cancer research at here.    Please click on the orange donate button.

* Write 13-13-13 on a piece of paper, hold it up, take a selfie (a photo of yourself), and post your picture to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #2milliondogs.

I hope you all participate in our 13-13-13 event, and get a chance to join us at one of our many Puppy Up! Walks this Fall.

 

Get involved -- Pete and Ginger

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2014 Calendar Contest Results

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 9, 2013

"That was FUN. Let's do it again!"

“That was FUN. Let’s do it again!”

Congratulations to the Winners and ALL of the Contestants in the 2014 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down Calendar Contest!

Here’s the final count. Any votes that came in after the midnight EDT deadline did not apply.

Our top 13 winners are:

1 Trooper Collins 2140
2 Czar Viney 1460
3 Beta Yadao 1270
4 Gracie Calvo 1120
5 Blondie Henley 1000
6 Bentley Linaberry 1000
7 Molly Su Applegate 1000
8 Sheba Marie Pyle 960
9 Gracie Martin 940
10 Yukon Harris 900
11 Calamity Jane Rockwell 865
12 Kailech Cummins 785
13 Jigsaw Allgood 730

 

Also appearing in the Gallery Section will be:

Sunny Osborne 720
Pugsley Granberry 700
Maggie Snow-Cormier 660
Murphy Morris 640
Kyle Golz 510
Roscoe Behrle 510
Annie Graffunder 420
Eva Dupre 375
Shadow Wade 272
Merlin Miltner 225
Leela Decker 220
Guinnes Litt 185
Nestle Epstein 185
Joey Hanson 160
Jake Turner 155
Mogli DeWald 120
Murphy Hansen 120
Chance Galante 105
Mauser Lopez 102
Savannah Wolff 100
Marshal Fortson 85
Sundae Reed 80
Jackie Pilarski 70
Jake Pilarski 70
Remedy Pilarski 70
Abby Lavin 60
Charlie Mortensen 50
Ginger Suh Quimby 50
Angel Warner 30
Desi Scroggins 30
Harley Waterloo 30
Jessica Baud 30
Merlin Kisiel 30
Riley Robinson 30
Buckeye Belle Eaton 25
Ruby Warner 25
Saffron Brandstetter 25
Zoe Brandstetter 25
Harley Giazzon 20
Maggie Smith 20
Mischa Brown 20
Angel Cavella 15
Angel Treglia 15
Crystal No Last Name 15
Little Bear Hain 15
Max Waterloo 15
Chloe Bear Forster 10
Lexi Sutphen 10
Rinti du Plessis 10
Uma Neet-Whitaker 10
Bailey Sandberg 5
Bebe Moroz 5
Ingrid Neet-Whitaker 5
Kanye Parry 5

 

Because of your generous donations, we will be able to fund another research study with The Broad Institute this year. Our top 13 winners will determine which study we fund, and we’ll announce that soon here on our blog and our website, so please bookmark both.

Thank you for being a part of the 2 Million Dogs’ community.

Puppy Up!

 

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New Calendar Totals as of 8:10 PM Aug 8 2013

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 8, 2013

OMG! Who stole the abacus??? OK, how many toes among us?

OMG! Who stole the abacus??? OK, we can do this. How many toes among us?

Hi Everyone!

This will be the last blog on this year’s calendar I post until the winners are announced late Friday. Please don’t wait until the last minute to vote (HERE).

Right now the votes are coming in faster than I can keep up, so please keep up with your competition.

Thank you all again for another terrific calendar contest. Voting ends midnight EDT.

 

Trooper Collins  2140

Czar Viney           1460

Beta Yadao         1270

Gracie Calvo       945

Molly Su Applegate         868

Bentley Linaberry            867

Yukon Harris       770

Blondie Henley          680

Murphy Morris         640

Kailech Cummins              610

Pugsley Granberry          600

Maggie Snow-Cormier      585

Calamity Jane Rockwell       565

Gracie Martin    550

Kyle Golz             510

Roscoe Behrle                   510

Sheba Marie Pyle             450

Jigsaw Allgood             395

Eva Dupre           375

Sunny Osborne      340

Annie Graffunder        320

Shadow Wade                   272

Merlin Miltner   225

Leela Decker      220

Guinnes Litt        185

Nestle Epstein   185

Joey Hanson      155

Jake Turner        145

Mogli DeWald    120

Murphy Hansen       120

Chance Galante              105

Savannah Wolff               100

Mauser Lopez   87

Sundae Reed     80

Jackie Pilarski     70

Jake Pilarski        70

Remedy Pilarski         70

Abby Lavin          60

Charlie Mortensen          50

Ginger Suh Quimby         50

Angel Warner          30

Desi Scroggins        30

Harley Waterloo               30

Jessica Baud       30

Merlin Kisiel       30

Riley Robinson  30

Buckeye Belle Eaton       25

Ruby Warner     25

Saffron Brandstetter      25

Zoe Brandstetter      25

Harley Giazzon  20

Maggie Smith    20

Marshal Fortson         20

Mischa Brown   20

Angel Cavella     15

Angel Treglia      15

Crystal No Last Name     15

Little Bear Hain                  15

Chloe Bear Forster          10

Lexi Sutphen      10

Rinti du Plessis  10

Uma Neet-Whitaker       10

Bailey Sandberg        5

Bebe Moroz       5

Ingrid Neet-Whitaker     5

Kanye Parry        5

Max Waterloo   5

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This Morning’s Calendar Totals – August 7, 2013

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 7, 2013

It would certainly help with voting if I had thumbs!

It would certainly help with voting if I had thumbs!

These totals were recorded at 7:30 CDT this morning. Voting ends August 8 at 12 midnight Eastern time, so please don’t wait until the last minute to vote.

 

VOTE for your favorite puppers HERE.

 

Thanks to everyone for your patience yesterday when the voting site was down for a couple of hours. Let’s hope they have resolved their issues.

 

Czar Viney 1385
Yukon Harris 770
Trooper Collins 725
Molly Su Applegate 605
Kailech Cummins 500
Bentley Linaberry 470
Blondie Henley 470
Calamity Jane Rockwell 470
Maggie Snow-Cormier 460
Kyle Golz 410
Gracie Martin 400
Pugsley Granberry 365
Gracie Calvo 315
Beta Yadao 300
Eva Dupre 295
Shadow Wade 267
Jigsaw Allgood 255
Roscoe Behrle 255
Murphy Morris 245
Sunny Osborne 235
Merlin Miltner 225
Leela Decker 190
Sheba Marie Pyle 190
Guinnes Litt 185
Nestle Epstein 185
Annie Graffunder 170
Jake Turner 145
Joey Hanson 135
Mogli DeWald 120
Chance Galante 105
Savannah Wolff 100
Sundae Reed 80
Jackie Pilarski 70
Jake Pilarski 70
Remedy Pilarski 70
Mauser Lopez 67
Murphy Hansen 65
Abby Lavin 60
Charlie Mortensen 50
Ginger Suh Quimby 50
Desi Scroggins 30
Harley Waterloo 30
Jessica Baud 30
Merlin Kisiel 30
Riley Robinson 30
Buckeye Belle Eaton 25
Saffron Brandstetter 25
Zoe Brandstetter 25
Harley Giazzon 20
Maggie Smith 20
Marshal Fortson 20
Mischa Brown 20
Angel Cavella 15
Angel Treglia 15
Crystal No Last Name 15
Ruby Warner 15
Angel Warner 10
Chloe Bear Forster 10
Lexi Sutphen 10
Rinti du Plessis 10
Uma Neet-Whitaker 10
Bailey Sandberg 5
Bebe Moroz 5
Ingrid Neet-Whitaker 5
Kanye Parry 5
Little Bear Hain 5
Max Waterloo 5

 

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In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 6, 2013

"In the wee small hours of the morning, When the whole wide world is fast asleep ..."

“In the wee small hours of the morning, While the whole wide world is fast asleep …”

In the wee small hours of the morning, that’s the time we miss them most of all.”

Our latest totals as of Tuesday, August 6. Yes, in the wee small hours of the morning, 4:00 AM CDT.

Please bookmark our blog. Keep in mind totals can change rapidly as we move into the final days. This year’s contest ends Thursday, August 8 at 12:00 Midnight EDT. Please plan accordingly. I’ll be posting totals again tomorrow and, of course, Thursday throughout the day.

If you need to make an off-line donation (a check from a friend or cash), please email me (erich@2milliondogs.org) and let me know. I can make the donation for you. But these donations HAVE to clear before we can mark them paid and applied to your dog’s votes.

Good Luck to everyone and Puppy Up! And remember, whether your pup wins or not, he or she will appear in the calendar in the “Gallery Of Dogs” pages. No one gets left behind.

VOTE HERE.

Czar Viney 1385
Yukon Harris 770
Trooper Collins 725
Kailech Cummins 500
Calamity Jane Rockwell 470
Maggie Snow-Cormier 460
Molly Su Applegate 455
Bentley Linaberry 435
Pugsley Granberry 345
Kyle Golz 310
Beta Yadao 300
Gracie Martin 300
Eva Dupre 295
Gracie Calvo 265
Murphy Morris 245
Roscoe Behrle 240
Jigsaw Allgood 240
Sunny Osborne 235
Merlin Miltner 225
Blondie Henley 220
Sheba Marie Pyle 190
Guinnes Litt 185
Nestle Epstein 185
Shadow Wade 182
Annie Graffunder 170
Leela Decker 150
Jake Turner 145
Mogli DeWald 90
Sundae Reed 80
Jackie Pilarski 70
Jake Pilarski 70
Remedy Pilarski 70
Mauser Lopez 67
Abby Lavin 60
Savannah Wolff 55
Chance Galante 55
Charlie Mortensen 50
Ginger Suh Quimby 50
Murphy Hansen 50
Jessica Baud 30
Desi Scroggins 30
Merlin Kisiel 30
Harley Waterloo 30
Riley Robinson 30
Buckeye Belle Eaton 25
Saffron Brandstetter 25
Zoe Brandstetter 25
Marshal Fortson 20
Maggie Smith 20
Harley Giazzon 20
Mischa Brown 20
Angel Treglia 15
Crystal No Last Name 15
Angel Cavella 15
Lexi Sutphen 10
Rinti du Plessis 10
Uma Neet-Whitaker 10
Chloe Bear Forster 10
Ruby Warner 10
Ingrid Neet-Whitaker 5
Max Waterloo 5
Angel Warner 5
Bailey Sandberg 5
Bebe Moroz 5
Kanye Parry 5
Little Bear Hain 5

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