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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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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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2014 Calendar Totals Saturday, August 3, 2013 8:30 AM CDT

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 3, 2013

"Soon I'll be sniffin' out the winners ..."

“Soon I’ll be sniffin’ out the winners …”

Here are the 2014 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest totals as of 8:30 AM CDT, Saturday August 3.

You have until August 8 at midnight EDT to cast your votes for your favorite puppers. There are a number of new frontrunners, so keep track of your favorite pups to keep them in the running.

LOOK! Everyone now has votes, thanks to our generous donors.

We’ll be posting again in a couple of days. Stay tuned and good luck!

Czar Viney 1305
Trooper Collins 725
Yukon Harris 510
Kailech Cummins 500
Calamity Jane Rockwell 470
Molly Su Applegate 455
Kyle Golz 310
Beta Yadao 300
Gracie Martin 300
Pugsley Granberry 290
Maggie Snow-Cormier 285
Gracie Calvo 265
Eva Dupre 265
Roscoe Behrle 240
Jigsaw Allgood 240
Murphy Morris 220
Sunny Osborne 215
Merlin Miltner 205
Blondie Henley 195
Guinnes Litt 185
Nestle Epstein 185
Shadow Wade 182
Bentley Linaberry 180
Sheba Marie Pyle 180
Leela Decker 150
Annie Graffunder 145
Jake Turner 140
Mogli DeWald 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
Sundae Reed 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
Angel Treglia 15
Crystal No Last Name 15
Angel Cavella 15
Harley Giazzon 15
Mischa Brown 15
Lexi Sutphen 10
Rinti du Plessis 10
Uma Neet-Whitaker 10
Ingrid Neet-Whitaker 5
Max Waterloo 5
Angel Warner 5
Bailey Sandberg 5
Bebe Moroz 5
Chloe Bear Forster 5
Kanye Parry 5
Ruby Warner 5

 

 

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The Totals, They Are A Changin’.

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 29, 2013

Every toe counts when you're doing addition.

Every toe counts when you’re doing addition.

2014 Calendar Totals as of July 29 2013 8:30 AM CDT

We’ve had a few new comers to the top 13 contestants. And lots of dogs are neck-and-neck or tied. Keep track of your favorite dogs because things change pretty fast as we get closer to the end of voting. Remember, you have until August 8th at midnight EDT to get your pupper in the running or keep him or her there. And it’s always the last few days of the contest when the competition gets heated and things get really interesting.

Vote HERE.

Need a few ideas to help get more votes? Check out our last blog for some great tips.

We’ll keep counting if you’ll keep voting!

Czar Viney       1270

Trooper Collins       725

Kailech Cummins       470

Molly Su Applegate       430

Yukon Harris       385

Calamity Jane Rockwell       370

Kyle Golz       310

Beta Yadao       300

Gracie Martin       295

Pugsley Granberry       290

Gracie Calvo       265

Maggie Snow-Cormier       260

Merlin Miltner       205

Murphy Morris       195

Guinnes Litt       185

Roscoe Behrle       175

Bentley Linaberry       165

Annie Graffunder       145

Blondie Henley       145

Nestle Epstein       140

Shadow Wade       137

Jigsaw Allgood       115

Eva Dupre        110

Mogli DeWald       80

Jackie Pilarski       70

Jake Pilarski       70

Mauser Lopez       67

Abby Lavin       55

Sunny Osborne       55

Charlie Mortensen       50

Ginger Suh Quimby       50

Remedy Pilarski        50

Leela Decker       50

Murphy Hansen        45

Savannah Wolff             45

Sheba Marie Pyle       45

Sundae Reed       45

Jessica Baud       30

Desi Scroggins       30

Merlin Kisiel       30

Buckeye Belle Eaton       25

Harley Waterloo       25

Saffron Brandstetter       25

Zoe Brandstetter       25

Marshal Fortson       20

Jake Turner       20

Maggie Smith       20

Angel Treglia       15

Crystal No Last Name        15

Lexi Sutphen       10

Riley Robinson       10

Rinti du Plessis       10

Uma Neet-Whitaker       10

Ingrid Neet-Whitaker       5

Max Waterloo       5

Angel Cavella       5

Angel Warner       5

Bailey Sandberg            5

Bebe Moroz       5

Chance Galante       5

Chloe Bear Forster       5

Harley Giazzon       5

Kanye Parry       5

Ruby Warner       5

Mischa Brown       0

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Eight Ways to Get More Votes in our “Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down” Calendar Contest

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 25, 2013

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“Now, let’s see. Charlie is dark green, Blondie is yellow, Desi is purple, Sundae is turquoise … no wait — Nestle is purple and Saffron is yellow… no, that’s not right either. Oh bother! There has to be an easier way to count these votes.”

(by Teri Mo)

Twice now, 2 Million Dogs has posted the running totals in our “Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down” Calendar Contest.

If you haven’t heard of the contest, it’s Luke Robinson’s fun little brainchild. Once a year, we ask people whose dogs currently have cancer or dog owners who have lost a dog to cancer to send us their dogs’ stories and photos.

We compile the stories and let the public decide which pups will be in next year’s 2 Million Dogs’ calendar. The public votes HERE, and the proceeds support comparative oncology (cancer) research.

It’s still early in the contest, and a few of our pups — our sweet, big-eyed, adorable pups — have no votes yet. (Cue crowd going “Awwwwwww.”)

But don’t worry — there’s plenty of time to get votes! Here’s how to boost those numbers:

  • When we feature your favorite dog on our 2 Million Dogs’ Facebook page, share it on your Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts, and use the words “vote and share!” Nothing helps you make your case like big, irresistible puppy-dog eyes.
  • Host a Puppy Up! Blitz on your lunch hour and invite your co-workers. Pick a dog for each co-worker. Whoever raises the most money for their dog by the end of the lunch break gets a box of fresh doughnuts the next morning.
  • Ask your co-workers to participate in a Give Up Your Daily Drink (soda or coffee) For Cancer Day. Everyone gives up his or her daily latte or soda, and the right to complain about it is “bought” by voting for your favorite pup with the money you didn’t spend on an Iced Calorie Bomb with three pumps of vanilla.
  • Not a social media person? E-mail friends and family asking each for $10.00 worth of votes for your pup. Avoid caps lock (SHOUTING), and keep the body of your e-mail short and sweet. (Feel free to use anything we’ve written here when explaining the contest.)
  • Write a silly or sweet song about your experience with your dog’s cancer, and post it on YouTube with the link to your dog’s calendar contest fundraising page. This is guaranteed to boost those numbers.
  • If your dog isn’t a contestant, pick your favorite underdog and dare all your friends to do their good deed for the day by bombarding that page with votes.
  • Tell your family and friends that the votes are a birthday gift to you. Tell them the only thing you want for your birthday is votes for your pup.
  • If your neighbors have dogs or they just miss your pup, get their e-mail addresses and share the contest with them.

This is all going to a good cause, so everyone wins. Save the puppies, save the people! Puppy up!

(Teri Mo is our resident social media guru.)

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Where Are My People? Why Aren’t They Voting For Me?

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 24, 2013

Some of my friends have no votes. Won't you remember them?

Some of my friends have no votes. Won’t you remember them?


Today’s Totals, July 24, 2013 — around 10:30 AM CDT

 

When the Man waked up he said, “What is Wild Dog doing here?” And the Woman said, “His name is not Wild Dog anymore, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.” — Rudyard Kipling

 

Looking at all the zeros and low numbers on the latest tally, one would think some of these dogs were orphans. Such beautiful faces should not be forgotten.

Please share our video with family and friends. Let’s not leave anyone behind.

 

Czar Viney       1225

Trooper Collins       625

Yukon Harris       385

C. J. Rockwell       370

Kailech Cummins       315

Molly Su Applegate       305

Beta Yadao       300

Gracie Martin       270

Gracie Calvo       265

Kyle Golz       215

Merlin Miltner       205

Murphy Morris       195

Pugsley Granberry       190

Maggie Snow-Cormier       160

Annie Graffunder       145

Bentley Linaberry       145

Shadow Wade       137

Guinnes Litt       135

Jigsaw Allgood       115

Eva Dupre       110

Roscoe Behrle       85

Mogli DeWald       80

Jackie Pilarski       70

Jake Pilarski       70

Mauser Lopez       67

Abby Lavin       55

Sunny Osborne       55

Charlie Mortensen       50

Ginger Suh Quimby       50

Nestle Epstein       50

Remedy Pilarski       50

Blondie Henley       45

Murphy Hansen       45

Savannah Wolff       45

Sheba Marie Pyle       45

Sundae Reed       45

 Jessica Baud       30

Desi Scroggins       30

Merlin Kisiel       30

Buckeye Belle Eaton       25

Harley Waterloo       25

Saffron Brandstetter       25

Zoe Brandstetter       25

Marshal Fortson       20

Angel Treglia       15

Crystal No Last Name       15

Jake Turner       10

Lexi Sutphen       10

Riley Robinson       10

Rinti du Plessis       10

Uma Neet-Whitaker       10

Ingrid Neet-Whitaker       5

Max Waterloo       5

Angel Cavella       0

Angel Warner       0

Bailey Sandberg       0

Bebe Moroz       0

Chance Galante       0

Chloe Bear Forster       0

Harley Giazzon       0

Kanye Parry       0

Maggie Smith       0

Ruby Warner       0

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More Ways to Help

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 23, 2013

broad boxerOur “Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down” 2014 calendar is in full swing, so stop by and vote for your favorite canine cancer heroes. Your voting dollars will go to The Broad Institute again this year, and we want to raise as much as we can to further their work. Their research is international and encompasses canine cancer exploration at the DNA level. Last year the calendar contest winners chose to fund Broad’s Canine Osteosarcoma study. This year’s winners will have the same opportunity to choose which study to support.

And the work Broad does is translational*, which means it helps in human cancer research as well.

Some Background — Since the Human Genome Mapping Project began, $3 billion has been spent over 15 years to generate a reliable sequence of the human genome. Sequence of the canine genome was generated in 2004, taking only about a year to finish and costing about $50 million. (Source.)

Throughout this period of intense research, an important fact has emerged. People and dogs are extraordinarily similar in a genetic sense. But while it takes thousands of human patients with cancer to identify risk factors, it only takes maybe 100 canine patients to identify these factors in dogs. This is because their genetic makeup is not as ‘noisy’ as that of humans. As such, researchers can look at the genetics of cancer in dogs to accelerate discoveries that will benefit both dogs and people.

As you probably already know, the statistics on cancer in dogs are alarming, and in fact, the current rate of cancer is higher in dogs than it is in humans.

But did you know that dogs are:

  • Twice as likely to develop leukemia than humans.
  • Four times more likely to suffer from breast cancer.
  • Eight times more likely to develop bone cancer.
  • An incredible thirty-five times more at risk for developing skin cancer. (Source.)

So, besides voting in the calendar contest to support the work of Broad, how can you help further the research they’re doing the rest of the year?

Broad needs DNA samples from purebred dogs who have been diagnosed with the cancers Broad is studying, as well as from older, healthy dogs (ages 8+ years) from the same breeds. Currently those cancers are: Hemangiosarcoma, Osteosarcoma (bone cancer), Lymphoma, Mast Cell Tumors, Mammary Tumors, Melanoma (skin cancer), and Glioma (tumors that start in the brain or spine).

Why are DNA samples important? At its deepest root, cancer is caused by damage to the DNA. DNA is found in every cell and is responsible for directing cells in normal behavior patterns. Under normal circumstances, the body is able to repair DNA damage, but when that damage isn’t repaired, the cells begin to behave abnormally, beginning the out-of-control growth that leads to cancer formation. (Source.)

Why purebred dogs? In developing breeds, certain physical features (size, shape, coat, color) and behaviors were selected by breeders. This genetic diversity makes purebreds dogs ideal for genetic research. Using samples from only purebred dogs ensures the fastest progress for all dogs.

If your purebred dog has had cancer or is an older, healthy dogs (age 8+) please visit www.broadinstitute.org/dogsamples where you’ll find information to guide you on working with your vet to collect and ship blood samples to use in their studies.

To learn more about the breeds they study and the work your votes will be funding, please follow this link: www.broadinstitute.org/dogresearch.

Broad Institute on blackBroad’s Ethical Statement: The Broad Institute’s Canine Disease Mapping group performs disease research under a conservative ethical model that no harm should come to the dogs. Dogs enrolled in their studies are pet dogs, participating after owner consent, only in ways that do not harm them. They DO NOT induce cancer in dogs, nor do they ever keep any animals in the laboratory.

Thank you for supporting the efforts of 2 Million Dogs and The Broad Institute through your participation in the 2014 “Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down” calendar. Don’t forget to cast your votes for your favorite dogs before voting ends at midnight, EDT, August 8th.

*Translational research is research in the laboratory with an eye toward learning things that could be brought back to patients (both animal and human) in the clinical setting.

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