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Featured Pup – Mosey Britton

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 19, 2012

Mosey Britton.

Here is our pup of the day for the 2 Million Dogs’ 2013 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest. Remember, you can enter your pup through July 27 and voting starts July 8th. To enter your dog or for more information, email erich@2milliondogs.org To learn more about the calendar, please follow this link.

(by Beth Britton) We adopted Mosey from a local all-breed rescue in May 2006 after she was pulled by them and into foster care from a high kill shelter in the South.  She had been a stray and not much was known about her background but it was guessed that she was about a year old at the time.   She immediately fit right into our household and family and was one of the sweetest dogs we ever had the good fortune of knowing. Mosey was our rock – the steady one who kept an eye out for all of us. She was the self-appointed guard dog of the family and tolerated 20-some foster dogs without batting an eye. She wasn’t one to run and play (hence her name) but she could haul butt across the yard to chase off any threat, such as the terrible deer or birds on the feeders, when the mood struck her. She was one of the kindest, most loving dogs we’ve ever had the honor of knowing and we’re thankful for the 6 years we had with her.  Mosey and her “sister” Rainy walked with us during the first Puppy Up! Walk in Connecticut in March 2010 as well as Luke’s final mile in Boston in June 2010.

About one week after losing Rainy to a long fight with nasal cancer, Mosey started to act a little off.  She was easily spooked and seemed to have trouble hearing.  After thinking we were fighting an inner ear infection, it was discovered that Mosey had a basal cell tumor on her eardrum.  When she was operated on to remove the tumor (7 weeks from the day we said our goodbyes to Rainy), it was discovered that the tumor had been growing in there for quite some time and had spread in several directions including up into her skull, so we laid her to rest so she wouldn’t have to endure any more pain.  We are very thankful for the wonderful 6 years we had with her and for her bringing us to the rescue organization that we are now actively volunteering with.


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Featured Pup – Rainey Britton

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 18, 2012

Rainey Britton — Canine Good Citizen.

Here is our pup of the day for the 2 Million Dogs’ 2013 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest. Remember, you can enter your pup through July 27 and voting starts July 8th. To enter your dog or for more information, email erich@2milliondogs.org To learn more about the calendar, please follow this link.

(by Beth Britton) Rainy came into our lives when a breeder I’ve long admired said she had this little female who wound up with slightly crooked teeth and wouldn’t be shown, did we want her? Although we’ve always been a huge advocate for rescuing dogs, Rainy was the one who broke all our rules and we knew we had to add her to our family.   She was our problem child as a puppy and quickly had us wrapped around her little paws but she grew into a sweet, wonderful girl and quite the Pyr About Town. She quickly finished her 2nd Level obedience class and got her CGC and therapy dog certification when she was just a year old.  We spent most weekends visiting the nursing home, at the dog park, or walking around town. Rainy was sure that everyone was there to see her and was quick to greet with a wagging tail and her head thrust into their laps for petting.  Rainy and her “sister” Mosey joined us for the first Puppy Up! Walk in Connecticut in March 2010, as well as Luke’s final mile in Boston in June 2010.

Rainy was diagnosed with inoperable nasal cancer shortly before her 4th birthday in October 2011.  What started out as some nasal discharge and rattly breathing turned into something we’d never expected or imagined.  When we decided not to pursue radiation therapy, the only option given to us that might’ve prolonged her life for up to 1 year but she would’ve had to live in a kennel at the hospital for a month, the doctors told us we’d have one to three months left with our girl.  But Rainy proved them wrong and we had five wonderful months with her. We celebrated her 4th birthday in style – she walked with us in the 2011 Puppy Up! Walk in Jersey City, and she represented 2 Million Dogs at the Super Pet Expo in Edison, NJ.   She fought a valiant battle against cancer but when she was uncomfortable more often than not, we had to let her go in March 2012.  She is and will always be our “baby girl” and we miss her terribly but  will continue the fight against this horrible disease in her honor and memory.

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A Father’s Father’s Day Wish

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 17, 2012

(by Luke Robinson) Late December 2010 when it became evident that Murphy’s initial course of radiation had not only failed but a new tumor, a sarcoma, had developed I knew his time was running out.  And even though I made the hard decision for a radical second round of radiation, my mind was already planning one final farewell tour:  To the cities we had not walked through and for those who hadn’t met Murphy and witnessed his indomitable spirit.

The handful of my confidants, who were in on the early discussions about the tour, were resoundingly against it for they feared the stress would compromise his already battered body.  Although I fought fiercely for it, within a few weeks his health deteriorated and I knew they were right and the tour was canceled.

Almost equally painful than resigning yourself to the inevitability of losing your child and the absolute sense of helplessness was the sad realization that Murphy would never directly touch lives like the thousands he had on our walk.

I saved this blog for Father’s Day because as a father you do everything you can to save the life of your child and when that fails you do everything you can to carry their memory and beauty forward.

On the eve of the first anniversary of his passing, we have the possibility of fulfilling that dream.  We are planning a 20 city Summer of Murphy tour and the Toyota 100 Cars for Good has given us the chance to realize it.

The Murphy Mobile, as it will be christened, will be a beacon of hope and belief at every stop it makes for everyone and anyone who has been touched by cancer.  It’ll be both a place of celebration and remembrance and a reminder that our work is not done.

I wish I could have saved my boy.  I wish I could bring him back.  But I hope and pray I can keep his legacy alive. This is my Father’s Day wish.

And to do so, I need your help.  Please vote for 2 Million Dogs to win a Murphy Mobile. Even though voting doesn’t begin until 10AM EST on the 20th, right now you can go to www.100carsforgood.com,  type 2 Million Dogs in the search box and click on ‘Remind Me’ and an email reminder will be sent to you.

Keep the Faith, Puppy Up, & Happy Father’s day.

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Featured Pup – Mikey Moran

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 17, 2012

Mikey Moran.

Here is our pup of the day for the 2 Million Dogs’ 2013 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest. Remember, you can enter your pup through July 27 and voting starts July 8th. To enter your dog or for more information, email erich@2milliondogs.org To learn more about the calendar, please follow this link.

(by Carie Moran ) In 2005, we adopted Mikey from a Marine that was getting out of the Marine Corps. Instantly we knew he was home forever. There wasn’t anything Mikey could do wrong and there wasn’t a sacrifice we weren’t willing to make to accommodate him. Hair, slobber, and clumsiness were no problems from that day forward. The joy and happiness that Mike brought to our family was irreplaceable and we couldn’t imagine our lives without him.

As an Animal Care Technician for the US Army, Mikey has had the fortune to travel the country with us. He has lived in three different states (VA, OK, and TX). In seven years Mikey has met tons of people and none of them left Mikey without a smile, and a wet lap. Mikey’s ability to put a smile on people’s faces was his second best attribute. In the time we had Mikey he was able to help determine the adoptability of literally hundreds of animal’s dogs and cats alike.

In August 2011 Mikey was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma after he was unable to complete a two mile walk. One month later Mikey left us physically.  During Mikey’s last month on earth he spent his time in the front yard of his house doing what he loved to do, making people smile, and protecting his family while his dad was deployed. Mikey’s dedication to his family never wavered during the hardest time of his life. He is and will always be badly missed in our home. But there will always be an open place on the floor for him to lie.

We love you “Big Mike.” Mom, Dad and the Kids.

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Featured Pup – Delilah Massmann

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 15, 2012

Beautiful Delilah.

Here is our pup of the day for the 2 Million Dogs’ 2013 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest. Remember, you can enter your pup through July 27 and voting starts July 8th. To enter your dog or for more information, email erich@2milliondogs.org.

(by Cynthia Massmann) Delilah – my beautiful lady. She loved to swim and run in the snow and to hear me sing. (Her favorite song was “Seasons of Love” from Rent – she would snuggle up to me and wag her tail so hard).

I got Delilah through the newspaper. There wasn’t really any planning with it – she was free to a good home and I called on a whim. Not necessarily the most responsible method of getting a dog, but with her, I don’t regret it at all. She was my everything; game for anything I wanted of her.

She was trained to pull a wagon and knew one trick. If you pretended to slap her, she would fall over dead and wait – you had to “resurrect” her for her to get up again.

She was a buddy for my nephews who were scared of our less calm dogs, though Dela wasn’t always what you could call calm. When I would come home from work, she would quiver with excitement like a dog a fraction of her size. Delilah would run from one end of the house to the other, dashing as fast as she could, using the couch as a spring board.

She loved to meet new people but hated to have her picture taken, which with us, many people wanted her picture. You see, when we would go out to festivals where there was lots of pavement, Delilah had her own set of hot pink high tops. People would giggle and laugh when they met her and ask for a photo. I always agreed. Dela however . . . well, not so much. As soon as a camera was raised in her direction, she would turn around, giving the camera an excellent view of her posterior.

She was diagnosed with bone cancer shortly before Christmas in 2010 and given about three months to live. She lasted six, making it passed her twelfth birthday and waiting for me to bring a new pup home before she said goodbye.

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Featured Pup — Ingrid Neet-Whitaker

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 14, 2012

Ingrid on duty.

(by Carla Neet) The first time I saw Ingrid and her sister Uma, they were on a local TV program featuring animals at a high kill shelter who were in danger of being destroyed.  Ingrid looked directly into the camera and spoke to my soul and I knew I had to save them both.  One week later, Jean Harrison from a local Pyr rescue group delivered them to our home to foster.  We fell madly and completely in love with them and decided to let them keep us.  5 years later…….

Ingrid was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma after she had mysteriously broken her leg.  We learned from our vet that Osteosarcoma is an extremely painful and fast growing cancer that would eventually take her life. After much research and soul searching, we took the vet’s advice and had her left rear leg amputated.   This has proven to be absolutely the right decision.  We are about to celebrate her 1 year ampuversary.

She has taught us beautiful lessons of courage and bravery, while showing us each and every day counts for all those we love.  We are blessed to cherish every day we have our beautifully spoiled princess.

We are very proud that Ingrid has been selected to be the Grand Marshal for our Nashville, 2012 Puppy Up! Walk, Sunday, November 4 at Centennial Park, 2598 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37203.

If you’re on Facebook, check out all the news about the Puppy Up! Walk in Nashville here.

To see where all this year’s Puppy Up! Walks are being held, please click here to visit our web page.

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Featured Pup — Shamus Lightbody

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 11, 2012

Handsome Shamus sporting his Puppy Up! bandana.

(by Joan Lightbody) My name is Shamus. I was adopted when I was 1 day old. My mother was abandon with 9 pups and animal control asked Joany and Ronnie to foster us for a little while. They kept me and my brother Polar Bear. Polar went to the bridge 6 years ago. He had seizures. He started having seizures when he was 2. He just went to sleep while at home one afternoon. I miss him.

I am blind and diabetic. I am 14 years old and a survivor. I had an 8 pound 12 ounce tumor removed from my chest. I am very lucky to still be here. They were afraid to operate because of the location of the tumor — it was close to the jugular. I was getting very uncomfortable and it was bothering me so they said I had a 50/50 chance. We decided to go ahead with surgery. Guess what. I Won.

I love the snow I still play with my new friends Captain, Cherry (border collies) and the new edition Daisy (Saint Bernard). I am the boss. I used to play fetch but now it is hard on me.

I was at the Puppy Up! Walk in Plymouth in 2011. I wasn’t able to walk the whole way but I stayed all day and greeted pups. What a great day.

In this photo, I have my bandana on. It says, “You Can’t Keep A Good Dog Down.”





I am sad today to share that Shamus passed away October 1, 2012. “Shamus went peacefully to the bridge today. Thank you to everyone. Thanks to his friends that stopped by to say see you later. Thanks to Stephanie at the clinic, and a special thanks to Dr. Fall who made his passing easy and helped us keep Shamus going these past few years. I miss you Shamie my pretty boy. Rest now my sweet angel.” ~ Kailee Morgan



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Featured Pup — Girl Waring

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 8, 2012

Girl enjoying a day at the beach.

Here is our pup of the day for the 2 Million Dogs’ 2013 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest. Remember, you can enter your pup through June 30th and voting starts July 1st. To enter your dog or for more information, email erich@2milliondogs.org. Puppy Up!

(by Dr. Neely B Waring) Girl found rescue in the fall of 2008. A rescue volunteer saw her tied outside a home in the Miami heat; she had no food, water, or shelter from the sun or rain. The volunteer stopped and knocked on the door. The owner refused to surrender her at the time, but only a week later called the number the girl left with him. He dropped Girl off without a second thought. She was 10 years old, malnourished, and had obviously birthed many litters. She sat in rescue 6 months before I saw her picture online. My friends were pushing me to get a puppy, but her big round eyes touched my soul.

After several months with me, she began to let her personality shine. She was so feisty for being a senior dog! She learned she could jump on the furniture and once she found my bed she never left it! She helped foster many puppies through rescue and was fondly referred to as “the nanny.” She loved to go out on the town with us. She was often seen sporting a cute dress or floppy hat and pink sunglasses. We joked that she was the typical Florida retiree. She won over the judges with her underbite at Worth Avenue’s 2011 Pet Parade and was awarded Best Smile. She was also recognized as Oldest Bulldog at Buddies Thru Bullies 2012 Bullympics.

She developed mammary tumors when she was around 11 years old. They stayed small for quite some time, but over the last few months they grew fast. By then she was 13 and her health was declining. She was losing weight rapidly and going through phases of Vestibular Disease. The vet suspected a brain tumor, but we chose not to do many extensive tests due to her age and health. She had already surpassed the average lifespan of a bulldog and we were so grateful for the time we had with her. We chose to give her the best quality of life we could until the end.

Girl passed in April 2012, but her legacy continues. Her image is used in the Bullies Against Bullying campaign to reach out to kids about the effects of bullying.


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Featured Pup – Holly Villati

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 7, 2012

Holly Villati and a few of her toys.

From now until voting begins on July 1st, we’ll feature our calendar dog contestants. Today we’d like you to meet Holly.

(by Emily Villati)  Holly came to be part of our family on Thanksgiving Day.  Holly was a beautiful red-haired, hazel-eyed, pink-nosed Golden Retriever. Right away the whole family fell in love with her.

We live in a house with a large back yard in which Holly got into trouble many times as a puppy when she played in the mud. One second she was a red-haired angel; the next, she was a dirty little monster.  But how could we really get mad at such a cutie?  Holly was a swimmer – she couldn’t see a pool that she didn’t want to jump in. We are so fortunate to live in South Florida so Holly could swim all year round! Holly also loved car rides, especially when we went to pick up the kids from school. She also became a Canine Good Citizen, and we were all very proud of her!

Holly was so smart that she took no time to learn to go to the bathroom outside. However, there was one incident where my husband (who never took care of any animals in his life time) was watching Holly as I went to the grocery store.  Holly asked to go outside by scratching the door. He just thought she needed attention and continued watching T.V. She went on top of his shoe and peed inside as she looked at him. She had some aim, because not even one drop fell outside of the shoe. As for my husband – he knows when the other dogs scratch at the door to let them out.

We lost Holly to mast cell cancer, but she sure put up a fight! We took her to many chemotherapy sessions and she was a trooper, always with a smile on her face.  We never took one day with her for granted. She was an immense joy to be around. We miss her every day!

Holly is and always will be in our hearts.


Mommy, Daddy, Sisters and Brother

Emily, Holly’s mom adds:  We donated Holly’s blood to TGEN research. That was when I learned more about the research.  Since then I’ve been asking everyone I know to help by asking their vets to go on the TGEN website and donate the blood of dogs with cancer.

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Our 5th Annual Calendar Contest Has Begun!

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 3, 2012

Here’s Yoshi McCabe. He had 5 major cancer surgeries by the time he was 5 years old. Yoshi was one of 2011’s over 120 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down Calendar contestants. Just look at that smile. True Puppy Up! Spirit.

What’s more fun than a room full of puppies? It’s our Annual 2 Million Dogs’ Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down Calendar contest!

This is the fifth year that 2 Million Dogs is producing our beautiful calendar, and we’d like you to participate.

Enter the 2 Million Dogs’ Calendar contest to honor your canine cancer hero and have a chance to personally make the decision that might help end cancer forever.  The 13 top vote-getters will choose which cutting-edge Broad Institute cancer research project this year’s proceeds will fund.

UPDATE! Voting has started! YEAH! Go here to vote!

Voting deadline has been extended until midnight EDT, August 8th. Plenty of time to vote early and often!

How does it work? Until July 27th, you can enter your dog(s) into the 5th Annual 2 Million Dogs calendar contest. All entries must be in by the end of the day on July 27. We gather your photo and story entries, publish them online for everyone to see and read, and then the voting begins. The year’s calendar proceeds will be dedicated to The Broad Institute and their research into canine cancer.

Who Can Enter? Anyone with a dog who currently has or has had cancer (living or passed) can enter, including dogs who have entered before. Entering your dog is free and easy.

What do I send and where? Send a high resolution digital photo of your dog and his or her story (about 150 words) to Erich at erich@2milliondogs.org. Make sure the photo is a minimum of 500kb

Murphy was on our 2012 calendar cover.

resolution. 1 Meg resolution or greater is ideal for reproduction in our calendar. We accept the following photo file formats: .jpg and .tiff. If you have had more than one dog with cancer, of course you can enter more than one photo and story. Please don’t forget to include the name of your dog, your first and last name, and your email. And please don’t forget to send us your story. (Yes, sometimes that happens.)

Pete was on our 2011 calendar cover.

What happens then? When we receive your entry we’ll let you know in an email within 24 hours. If it needs corrections (story too long, photo too small), we will send you an email telling you.

How does it work? We’ll collect all the stories and photos throughout June and July. As entries arrive, we’ll post them here to our 2 Million Dogs’ blog so you can have plenty of time to meet all the contestants. We’ll start posting them to our web site where live voting will begin.

Lucie was on our 2010 calendar cover.

Voting continues to midnight, EDT August 8.

How do we vote? We’ll post a link to our web site and here on the blog which will take you to where you can cast your votes.  All the dogs’ stories and photos will be available to view and you’ll be able to cast your votes for your favorite dogs. 1 dollar = 1 vote. The 13 dogs with the most votes win places on this year’s calendar.

Princess Daisy was our very first calendar cover.

Where Do My Voting Dollars Go?  We’re very excited to announce that this year the proceeds from the Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down Calendar will be dedicated to funding a canine cancer study with The Broad Institute. The top 13 winners will decide which one of three studies to fund: osteosarcoma, lymphoma, or mast cell tumors  (For more on each study, please click on the links.)

What makes the 2 Million Dogs Calendar so special?  One of 2 Million Dogs’ steadfast goals has always been education about canine cancer and comparative oncology. And one of the best ways we can do this is through your stories and photos, which genuinely inspire and encourage so many others.

Helping fund cutting-edge canine cancer research is another one of our calendar’s vital objectives. This year we’re working with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Why Broad? Because their researchers gain insights into cancers that affect both dogs and people. Because, as we all know …  cancer. touches. everyone.

A Gallery Photo page from 2011.

But what makes our calendars unique?  Not only do the winners pick their special months, but every dog entered has his or her photo in the calendar. No one gets left behind. We have a whole section of gallery photos (see photo) dedicated to all of the dogs entered that year.  We also include all 13 of last year’s winners, and our calendar includes not only the regular ‘people’ holidays but dozens of special dog holidays like: National Puppy Day, Pet Theft Awareness Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, World Animal Remembrance Month, Pet Cancer Awareness Month, etc.

Our calendars are truly unique and one-of-a-kind keepsakes.

Immortalize your canine cancer hero in two very special ways:
Your pup’s photo and story will provide inspiration for an entire month in the 2 Million Dogs’ 2013 Calendar. And you will have a personal hand in directing our fight against cancer!

We’re looking forward to all this year’s entries and, through your participation, funding vital canine cancer research through The Broad Institute. But we can’t do it without your help. So, come join the fun, enter your pup, vote for your favorites, and help make a difference. Directly support critical canine cancer research.

We know you’ll want to learn more about the ground-breaking research The Broad Institute is doing, so please follow this link.

What do we mean by high resolution photos and why do you need to send us high resolution photos?

The resolution of a photograph determines the output quality of a photo. The higher the resolution, the less pixels will be visible, even after enlargement.  We ask you send us high resolution digital photos so the images on the calendar look smooth and sharp.

Taking High Resolution Photos — On your digital camera, determine the maximum megapixel available. These numbers can range from 2.0 megapixels to 160. Because your photos will be reproduced in the calendar, make sure to take them at the maximum resolution.

Stay tuned to this blog for our pups of the day …

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