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Puppy Up! and Walk in Auburn, Washington State

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 28, 2011

Sadie was a rescue, a sweet tempered girl we got from a local shelter. We were just getting to know each other when she got lethargic. We took her to the vet and she had massive internal bleeding due to advanced spleen cancer.

Popeye was a goof ball. Once he was chasing a bird in his air space, looking up while running, and ran into a swing set at full speed. He got up and looked around to see if anyone had seen him! Popeye also died of bone cancer.

On November 6th, 2011 we will be having our second annual 2 Million Dogs 2 Miles Puppy Up Walk in Washington State, in Auburn, Washington at Roegner Park, 601 Oravetz Road.

Joker was a sweet boy who is pictured with Mocha the pet skunk. He lived to the age of seven when he was diagnosed with bone cancer.

This walk has a special meaning this year because of Murphy’s fight and bravery in the face of this terrible disease. We will raise money and awareness in his memory as we walk the path along the banks of the White River.

My wife Ja Cee and I have lost 3 Great Pyrenees dogs to cancer, two to bone cancer and a rescue to spleen cancer, so this is a personal fight we are in against cancer!

Last year we met several dogs at our Walk who had cancer; some were in remission and cancer free, and we knew for others this would be their last walk, but they were there walking with their owners so other dogs might live cancer free.

I invite you to join us on November 6th at 10 AM to noon local time for registration, and walk with us at noon to support those with cancer, honor those we have lost and walk for those we can help. For more information about our Walk and to sign up, please visit our web page.

Buddy Brock

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Meet Odie — Canine Grand Marshall, San Antonio

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 15, 2011

Odie is the Canine Grand Marshall for the Puppy Up! Walk in San Antonio. Odie has been diagnosed with Spindle Cell Carcinoma.

Submitted by his mom, Jo Ann Loux

Odie is a pit bull who was found in November 2008 wandering the streets of San Antonio. He was malnourished, heart-worm positive and had numerous puncture wounds on his body. Thanks to the kindness of the volunteers at the Converse Animal Shelter ,  he was rescued and nursed back to health. After spending time with a wonderful foster family and learning social skills at Green Dog Kennels.

At the kennel, Odie found a fur-ever friend, Chardonnay. It didn’t take long thereafter for Odie to become a permanent member of Chardonnay’s home in January 2010.

Unfortunately, six months after finding his forever home Odie was diagnosed with Spindle Cell Carcinoma and underwent surgery. He did well following surgery but in March 2011 it was confirmed that his cancer had spread and his time with me would be measured in months, not years. I had recently lost my beloved 11-year old Rottweiler to Osteosarcoma so I knew what Odie would be facing in the months ahead and decided to do my best to make sure he enjoys every day with me. And, in return, not a day goes by that Odie does not bring joy to my life. He is always making me laugh, whether by the quirky way he runs when he’s excited to see me or the way in which he is constantly picking up everything on the floor to take it to “his room” for safe-keeping. So far, Odie’s cancer has not slowed him down or changed his fun-loving spirit.
I don’t know whether it is Odie’s zest for life or his lion-hearted personality, but he has touched many lives and makes a lasting impression on everyone he meets.  Like many others who have adopted a rescue animal, my life will be forever changed for giving Odie the forever home that he truly deserves.

~ Jo Ann Loux. San Antonio, Texas

Odie will also be attending the San Antonio Pet Expo.  He will be at the 2 Million Dog Booth. Look him up and say HI!

Puppy Up! Walk San Antonio 2011.  Join us on fb.  November 6, 2011 Mc Allister Park.

Thanks also to:

Lea Ann Goettsch, Pawfessional Baker, Doggie Dessert Chef
www.GreenDogDelicacies.com  210-842-7157
Organic / Natural Gourmet Dog Biscuits
Woof-liscious Doggie Cake & Biscuit Mixes
Hannah’s Helping Paw


UPDATE from Lea Ann Goettsch:  We’ll be at the San Antonio Pet Expo this Saturday, July 23, promoting 2 Million Dogs and the Puppy Up! Walk San Antonio. We’ll post pictures for y’all. There were 10,000 who walked through the door last year. I’m totally thrilled and honored to be there for 2 Million Dogs.

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Puppy Up! New Mexico Walk

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 9, 2011

Special thanks to Sue Smith for contributing this blog on their Puppy Up! Walk in New Mexico.

When: Sunday, September 25, 2011

Time:  11:00AM to 4:00PM Mountain Time

Where: Rotary Park, Bernalillo, New Mexico

Our walk will take place at Rotary Park in Bernalillo, NM from 11 AM to 4 PM. The park is conveniently located between Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe so that supporters from many communities of New Mexico can join us. To learn more about the New Mexico Walk, to volunteer, register, fundraise, and be a part of the first Puppy Up New Mexico! Walk, please visit our web page.

You can also find and friend them on Facebook.

A beautiful day at Rotary Park.

Rotoary Park NM

A great place to enjoy the day with pups and friends. Come walk with us!

cancer is a terrible monster. (I refuse to use a capital C). Too many who I have loved dearly have been taken too soon. They have left behind grieving families, unsung songs, empty tomorrows. I am talking about four-legged victims as well as human ones. This thief and murderer in all of its forms must be vanquished. It is my passionate hope that I will see that defeat within my lifetime and I carry the fight with devotion and force that cannot help but win…and I know I am not alone in this commitment.

Comparative Oncology is a new way of advancing on the foe. Cooperation and sharing… and finally recognizing the simple truth that “cancer is caner, period” gives our research more meaning and our results more impact.

I had the privilege of discussing the concept of Comparative Oncology with Luke Robinson last year and found his arguments that our best friends and furry companions are the “canaries in the coal mine” in our everyday environment insightful. They live where we live, breathe what we breathe, eat what we eat, and are exposed to the same environmental factors humans are. It just makes sense to study the diseases that affect us both as parts of the same illnesses and to seek answers in both realms.

The energy of a group of people gathered together who believe in the hope offered by Comparative Oncology and who are united to fight cancer was amazing at last year’s Fort Collins, Colorado, Puppy Up! Walk. We drove there just to participate and we were overcome with the depth of emotion we felt. Before we left that day, my family had already made a commitment to bring this intensity and its message to New Mexico in 2011.

Our goal at the 2011 2Million Dogs Puppy Up New Mexico! Walk is to create a day, an Event, centered on the Walk to be sure, but more. We want those attending to share, network, be recharged, and feel the community that exists. We have structured our day to include music, activities, presentations, and a bazaar which will get people talking to each other and connecting to kindred spirits.

One of the most amazing things I have discovered as I have organized New Mexico’s Puppy Up Walk  and spoken to potential sponsors, vendors, walkers, presenters, even musicians, is that truly, Cancer.Touches.Everyone. Almost every person I have interacted with has had a story about a relative or loved one or precious furbaby that was stolen by cancer. And each had a fire in their eyes as they told their tale; a fire that said “I have NOT forgiven. I will fight for my moment of revenge, when cancer is no more. How can I help?” I believe, together we are unstoppable in achieving success.

Education, fund raising, spreading the word – yes, those are very important parts of our walk. There is one more element that will define the day…Hope! Puppy Up New Mexico! will ultimately be a celebration of hope and love and canine confidence…and from that our victory is guaranteed.

Puppy Up!

We look forward to seeing you there!

UPDATE:  Start saving up your questions! Sonya Burr, trainer par excellence, has agreed to give a presentation on trainiing basics followed by a Q & A Session at the 2 Million Dogs Puppy Up New Mexico! Walk. Her reputation is stellar and we are honored that she will join us!

Have our presentations for Puppy Up New Mexico finalized! A talk on emergency preparedness; a hands-on seminar on how to improve your pet photos by famed NM pet photgrapher Joyce Fay; and a Pup & Me Fashion Show!

Puppy Up New Mexico is not just a walk in the Park…it is an all day EVENT!

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Calendar Contest — New New Deadline! October 1st

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 9, 2011

This is Pete, the top dog of last year's calendar contest.

The 4th annual 2 Million Dogs “Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down” Calendar Contest has begun! Please note that we’ve changed the deadline. The contest runs  through midnight CDT, Saturday,  October 1st.

The calendar is in honor of and a memorial to our beloved companions touched by cancer, and a tribute to their unfaltering spirit, undaunted courage, and the unshakable loyalty they have given us.

2010's top 13 winners.

Our calendar is a collection of 13 stories and photos about dogs who have had or are currently fighting cancer. What makes the 2 Million Dogs’ calendar unique is that we also have a two page gallery of many of the runners-up, and we also print the winners from last year’s contest.

If you would like to enter your dog, or know someone who would, please have them follow this link. You’ll find directions for uploading your stories and photos there.

Our Gallery Pups, page one.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please direct them to me, Erich, at 2MDcalendar@gmail.com.
Check back to the voting site often as new stories and photos are added almost daily.

Our Gallery Pups, page 2.

Come join the fun and help support 2 Million Dogs!

2 Million Dogs Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is committed to discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through education and awareness, empowerment and mobilization, and investment in research.

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Introducing the Central Texas Puppy Up! Walk 2011

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 2, 2011

When: Sunday, November 6, 2011

Time:  1:00PM to 5:00PM Central time

Where: Yettie Polk Park, Belton, Texas

Tisha Beauchamp Cotham, Organizer

Thanks to Tisha Beauchamp Cotham for this blog on the Puppy Up! Walk in Belton, Texas on Sunday, November 6, 2011.  This walk will take place at Yettie Polk Park from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Central Time. To learn more about the Belton Walk, to volunteer, register, fundraise, and be a part of the first Belton Puppy Up! Walk, please visit their web page.

You can also find and friend them on Facebook.

There wasn’t much I knew about cancer, at least not in our canine companions.  I sure as hell didn’t know anything about comparative oncology. Though I have been a personal friend of Luke’s since school, it wasn’t until I found out what he was doing to bring awareness that I stopped and took notice.  I am not ashamed to say that I was one of the many who didn’t pay much attention to the common links between canines and humans.  I am however proud to say that I know now.

I have not lost a fur-baby to cancer and I pray I never do.  In my life, those I have known with cancer have been the elderly, and I suppose in an odd way it was accepted because… well, they were old.

I started working in a hospital and my patients were of all ages but the ones who affected me the hardest were the children who had no idea of the devastation that was to come.

My mother was diagnosed with cancer and along with her Lupus, it was not easy to assist in her care, deal with her own emotional downfall, and my emotions as well.  She has since overcome her cancer and Lupus as well.  The chemotherapy that she underwent was also successful in ridding her body of Lupus. Who would’ve known?

I also have a dear friend who is younger than I am by just a year or so and she has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Are you kidding me?  When did this happen?  We are too young to be affected.

I made my way to my vet this past week and she told me of a puppy that is just 13 months old that now has osteosarcoma.  OK, this has got to stop!  It is not just the elderly humans who are being hit with cancer… it is everyone.  As the saying goes, Cancer.Touches.Everyone. 

Tisha's dog, Kirby, will be there. Bring your pup and walk too!

I know that my part may be small; however, it is a part that I am extremely proud of.  I have decided to do whatever I can to bring awareness and educate thosewhot find themselves in the very same place as I did.  I am hosting the Puppy Up! Walk in Belton, Texas on Sunday, November 6, 2011.  This walk will take place at Yettie Polk Park and it will be from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Central time.  I  encourage you to be a part of this as well!  Maybe you have questions, maybe you have stories, maybe you have knowledge that we have yet to come across.  Let’s not be silent anymore. Let’s Puppy Up!

I can be reached at 254.541.7942 or email tish.puppyup@gmail.com

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