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Take a Walk on the Purple Side

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 24, 2010

Sagira takes us with her on her Puppy Up! Walk across the Purple People Bridge

Jeremy Barnhill and Sagira have posted a wonderful 10 minute video of the Puppy Up! Walk over the Purple People Bridge. The day was beautiful, lots and lots of great dogs and people, and two of the most colorful bridges I’ve ever seen. Enjoy. And please leave a comment and thank Jeremy for posting this great video. It was almost like being there!

A view from underneath the Yellow Bridge.

Puppy Up! Sagira! Thanks for taking us with you!

Back home across the Purple People Bridge from Ohio to Kentucky.

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World-first clinical trial for dogs with cancer

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 23, 2010

Our thanks to Lonna Coleman for spotting this on the Internet.

Story by Jessica Bennett dated November 17, 2010


MOORABBIN vets have discovered that man’s best friend may hold the key to reducing the side-effects of chemotherapy in humans.

Dr Charles Kuntz, from Southpaws Speciality Surgery, said the clinic was conducting a world-first trial on dogs with bone cancer, which involved administering an even dosage of chemotherapy over a three-day period, rather than intense bouts over several hours.

“Traditional chemotherapy has a range of side effects such as nausea, vomiting and kidney toxicity,” Dr Kuntz said.

“The benefit this treatment has is it is slowly dripped in by a pump inserted under the skin over three days.

“This way you’re not getting the high peaks of toxicity of regular chemotherapy but the cancer is being exposed to larger amounts over time.”

Dr Kuntz said the method also cut the cost of treatment from between $3000 and $6000 to $1000.

Dr Kuntz said none of the 17 dogs included in the clinical trial had exhibited the usual side-effects of chemotherapy.

“The benefits are spending shorter time in chemotherapy treatment and the cost is much less,” he said.

Dr Kuntz said he had been approached by oncologists about the future application of the treatment in humans.

“It’s very exciting,” he said.

To read the full article, please follow this link.

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Allison Mae Photography Snaps Up Great Shots of Fort Collins Puppy Up! Walk

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 18, 2010

The photographs are coming in fast and furious. Here is a great gallery of photos taken at the Fort Collins, Colorado Puppy Up! Walk. Click on the link here and enjoy!

Thank you Allison Mae Photography for posting the great photos and Hope Lisle who got her lined us as the event photographer.

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White Whiskers Photography Captures Boston’s Puppy Up! Walk

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 18, 2010

If a picture is worth a thousand words (putting many of us who write out of business), this is one for the books — a beautiful gallery of photos from Boston’s Inaugural 2 Million Dogs Puppy Up! Walk on November 7th. Please visit Maria Andrews’ White Whiskers Photography and enjoy all the beautiful photos from that day. I recommend the slide show — go to the right top of the screen and click “slide show.” You won’t be disappointed!

Special thanks to Tracey Goodwin who was Boston’s Chief Puppy Up! Walk Organizer, and Maria Andrews for sharing her beautiful photographs.

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(2 Million) Dog(s) Tired

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 18, 2010

Our friend Bette Allen, owner of Tiny Growl, sums up her experience organizing the puppy up! Walk in her part of the world. It’s a great post and here’s just a taste. For the rest please follow this link.

Sundy Holland, Bailey and Syd.

It’s been nearly two weeks since my last post.  Other than when I first began blogging, I don’t think I’ve ever been quiet for quite so long.  I do apologize to my loyal readers, but it’s taken me all this time just to feel “normal” again.  The 2 Million Dogs Puppy Up! Walk was Sunday, November 7th and I can honestly say that I’ve never worked harder on anything in my life.  I’ve organized events before, but never for

Bette Allen and the puppy up! Crew from Seattle.

charity and never with a crew of less than a dozen people.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: fundraising ain’t no place for sissies.  You can quote me.  One nice side-effect is that I’ve lost nearly 10 lbs.  I call it the 501(c)3 diet and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

Vendors setting up.

The people that came to support Luke’s cause and walked with us on November 7th were there for those that they had lost.  They carried pictures of their dogs, held leashes that once connected them to their boys and girls and carried the memory of that loss with them as they walked.

Thanks to Bette and the folks in Seattle who came out and walked.

And thanks to all our City Leaders who put so much time and effort into such a great cause!

If you’d like to organize a Walk in your city or town for next year, or get People Tags.involved in any of our activities and events, please contact us through our web site.


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In The News

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 18, 2010

Reporter-Herald/Jackie Hutchins. Walkers and their dogs start their two-mile trek Sunday afternoon during the Puppy Up Walk for Cancer, raising money and awareness for canine cancer research.

Here’s a great article from The Reporter Herald about the 2 Million Dogs puppy up! Walk in Fort Collins …

By Jackie Hutchins for Loveland Reporter-Herald

FORT COLLINS — After Luke Robinson lost a Great Pyrenees dog to cancer, he and his two remaining dogs took a walk — a long walk.

The trio walked 2,000 miles over two years, from Austin, Texas, to Boston, Mass., to share his story and raise awareness about cancer in dogs.

That effort grew into a foundation and a national effort to bring dogs and owners together to raise money for cancer research to benefit both people and dogs.

Fort Collins and 11 other communities across the country held the 2 Million Dogs Foundation’s first Puppy Up walks on Sunday.

One of Robinson’s other dogs, 9-year-old Great Pyrenees Murphy, was treated for nasal cancer at Colorado State University in August.

For the rest of the article, please follow this link.

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Two Walks in One

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 12, 2010

Readying the Chiefmobile.

Guest blog by Kerry Sneddon

We started our day with the intention of just attending the Poughkeepsie, NY Puppy Up! Walk and had pre-registered for it.  Michelle then put up a post on Facebook changing the starting time to ten AM.  I said to Robbin, Wow!  I’ll bet we could do both the Poughkeepsie and New Milford walks because registration was at 1:00 PM in New Milford.  Well, we loaded up the boys and hit the road from Central New Jersey shortly before eight AM and started our journey to Poughkeepsie, NY.  About 175 miles later, we rolled into the Poughkeepsie walk site and it was beautiful!  What a great group of people and dogs!  The last portion of the walk gave us the choice of a long road around the hillside or the route as the crow would fly.  We chose the latter and Chief negotiated the narrow footbridge over the

Kerry expertly maneuvering Chief and Ranger onto the bridge.

pond and then headed straight up the hill towards the pavilion.  Just using his front legs in the wheelchair, he went right up that steep grassy hill like a mountain goat!  We were in awe at his determination!  We rested a while after the walk and Michelle had some games and prizes for us and the pups.

I looked at my watch and it was almost noon at this point.  I said to Robbin, “Think we can make it to the New Milford Walk?”  The GPS said we could make the distance of a little over fifty miles through the mountains just in time to catch the registration time slot for the New Milford, CT Puppy Up! Walk.  We had met Dawn and her dog Sunny last spring in Newtown, CT when Luke and the boys were passing through.  We also had spent time together up in Boston for the final mile so we wanted to give old friends a big personal hug.  We loaded the boys up and off

Picture postcard perfect -- the town of New Milford, CT.

we went!  Robbin wondered if we were going to be able to get there before the 2:00 PM Walk start time.  Well, utilizing the skills garnered from a career in Law Enforcement, we made it through all those mountain passes

The New Milford walk begins.

and switchbacks and rolled into the New Milford, CT. Puppy Up!  Walk shortly after 1:00 PM with plenty of time to relax, meet and greet and photo shoot!  What an  amazing array of dogs had shown up in New Milford!  Dawn had laid out a beautiful walk through downtown, up and down some steep hills.  What a picturesque and quaint little New England town and the people were all outgoing, friendly and wonderful!  People, riding by in their cars, tooting the horn in approval!  Chief was having a ball in his wheelchair.  He would tuck his one hind leg up and coast down the hills….he looked like Fred Flintstone putting on the brakes when the speed started to get to great for him.  Everyone around him was

Sunny resting.

in hysterics laughing at his antics.  After everything he has been through, he sure can teach us humans what it’s all about to just deal with life’s happenings in stride and make the most out of each day!

After enjoying the company of so many supporters all day, walking uphill and down, nice brisk New England weather (quite windy!), we packed up the boys for the ride home.  Right around two hundred miles later we rolled back into the homestead with two pooped out Pyrs and two pooped but happy and proud humans!  We just hope we can put the SEARCH into cancer research.  So much for research……stop going over and over well trodden paths to find that key to eradicating cancer….look at all new ways through comparative oncology to unlock the door to putting the reins on raging cell division!

Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson.

On behalf of my beloved Pyr girl, Nimbo, and Luke’s Malcolm, who were escorted over the Rainbow Bridge before their time, Robbin and I will always be front-runners in the battle against cancer.  The support staff are all people who are guided through life by their hearts, especially those who have been severely wounded in one way or another by cancer.  It peaks the emotion like none other.

Kerry ‘n Robbin Sneddon, the support staff for Chief and Ranger, the Pyr brothers, and our two Samoyeds, Mother Maddy and daughter, Luna!

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Posted by Erich Trapp on November 10, 2010

[Reprinted from Luke’s post on the 2 Dogs 2,000 Miles Blog]

Half an hour before arriving at Fossil Creek Park in Fort Collins to lead the first of the 2 Million Dog March puppy up walks, gale force winds descended down from the Rocky Mountains and at times gusted up to 50mph by my guestimate.

As Hudson, Murphy & I walked up to the pavillion I had already decided to scrap the speech I had prepared opting instead to literally go where the winds took us. The violent gusts drowned out the amplifiers making it hard to even hear myself speak but I’ll try as best I can to sum up its essence.

To me, the winds were a sign. Now I know that’s partly my romantic interpretation of things but what an appropriate metaphor on an awfully important day.

Growing up in farming country you learn there are only two types of wind – helpin & a’hurtin. It’s easy in life to curse the head & crosswinds, but say a prayer of thanks for the tailwind. I myself did that upon occasion on our cross country walk. But the surest timber stands tall and true in the greatest of adversities and those are the people of 2 Million Dogs.

You launched 12 walks in 9 states with only two months of tarmac to plan and prepare these events and the response was nothing short of spectacular. Ginger will post the results here soon but the flags we planted Sunday November 7th 2010 send a strong message about our resolve and the strength of our community of cancer families and supporters & sponsors.

For me personally, what made me most proud was the news coverage and stories – listening and watching the people that hosted us on our travels being on the radio or TV for the first time in their lives… that was so cool. Signe & Patty who held fast the Purple People Bridge in OH; Brock Ketterman a handsome young fell’r and friend of the fuzzybutts in Pittsburgh who now has a day named after him for being the Marshall of the event there; Robin & Kerry who walked twice Sunday – in Poughkeepsie and in New Milford CT alongside one of our best friends, Chief;  our friends at Fetch a Cure in Richmond,; and our new friends in Washington State and Colorado who you’ll hear more about in the coming months.

I wanna thank Ginger Morgan, the Chief Puppy Officer of 2 Million Dogs, and our Board of Directors for continuing the vision I set forth March 2008 and their commitment to eradicating cancer in both pets and people.

What a great thing we started together and while we’re no oak trees yet we’re definitely a bunch of nuts blown all over this land standing our ground.

puppy up! y’all

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Puppying Up! on The Purple People Bridge

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 9, 2010

Grand Marshal Circle Tail, their President, Jen Kiblinger, and Amy and her service dog Cortez lead the way

Thanks to Patty Gartmann for this great blog.

What can I say about the Cincinnati 2MD Puppy Up Walk??  WOW!  I was truly touched by everyone’s enthusiasm, dedication and friendliness.  Such great people and truly wonderful dogs filled the Purple People Bridge on a beautiful November day to join together and fight cancer!!  We were quite a sight walking over that big purple bridge and weaving our way through Sawyer Point Park.

Our Grand Marshal was a service team from Circle Tail.  President, Jen Kiblinger, and Amy Hoh with her service dog, Cortez, led us on our Puppy Up Walk.  Before the walk began, Jen told the crowd about Circle Tail, an amazing organization, and then Amy told us about Cortez and how he enriches her life and the things he does to help her.  It was truly inspiring and I look forward to working with this organization in the future.

We had wonderful local sponsors including Rudy Green’s, Red Cross, Pet Pages, Louisville Weimaraner Rescue, Buckeye Bernese Mountain Dog Club, and John LaFree doing fabulous Custom Pet Caricatures!

Brian and Mouse and friends (in the back)

Entering Sawyer Point Park

We had volunteers to help us with registration and selling Puppy Up! Walk merchandise, cub scouts helping at our water stations, and several walkers taking photos and videos of the event.



Special thanks go to


Sandy Guile for helping us reach out to media sources to spread the word about the Puppy Up! Walk!  I also want to thank my family for encouraging me through all of this and for being there at our Walk and helping to make it successful.  I was thrilled to have several walkers volunteer their time for next year’s Walk!  Their enthusiasm was wonderful and great to know that our passion for this mission is shared by so many.

Without the final numbers reported yet from Signe, I would say we had 70

Coming down the home stretch. Well done!

walkers attending!  We thank all of them for coming out and spending the day with us and raising awareness and funds for K9 cancer research and comparative oncology research.

Patty Gartmann




Luke crossed the Purple People Bridge on March 6 of 2009.

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White Dog Goes to Colorado

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 9, 2010

All the way from New Mexico -- that's really the puppy up! spirit.

Here’s a great blog on the Fort Collins puppy up! Walk from our new friends in New Mexico. I hope you’ll take a minute to surf over and read about their adventure.

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