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Penn Vet Hosts Free Lecture, “Losing a Pet and the Grieving Process”

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 31, 2012


For those of you in the Philadelphia, PA area, you might be interested in this presentation, coming up Saturday, September 8 the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet). The lecture is free and starts at 10 AM EDT. Here’s the information from the Penn Vet web page:

Grief Counselor Michele Pich slated to speak at Saturday, September 8 event

[August 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA] – On Saturday, September 8 the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) will host a free, open-to-the-public lecture called “Losing a Pet and the Grieving Process” at Penn Vet in Philadelphia, PA.

Beginning at 10:00 AM, Michele Pich, Ryan Hospital’s grief counselor, will cover the benefits of the animal-human bond and how a break in that bond influences a person’s life. She will talk about the stages of grief, what to expect when grieving the loss of a pet and the importance of having a support system in coping with that loss. Ms. Pich will also give suggestions for memorializing and honoring the ones we have lost.

Who: Penn Vet, dog and cat owners, interested members of the public.

What: Free lecture titled “Losing a Pet and the Grieving Process,” featuring Michele Pich of Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital.

Where: School of Veterinary Medicine, Hill Pavilion, located at 380 S. University Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

When: Lecture beginning at 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 8, 2012 and ending at 11:30 AM.

To register: Registration is required as seating is limited. This lecture is appropriate for all ages, but participants are asked to not bring their pets. To register, contact Michelle Brooks at mibrooks@vet.upenn.edu or 215.898.1480.

If you’re not in the area, you might email Michelle Brooks and ask her if they can make this lecture into a podcast for later listening. Perhaps if she gets enough requests, they can make it happen. At least suggest that they do so in the future.

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OrthoPets –Prosthetic & Orthotic Solutions

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 27, 2012

Hope with Nakio, the only dog in the world with 4 prosthetic limbs. Puppy Up! Nakio!


Our long-time friend and supporter Hope Parker met some incredible people today. She writes, “Today I met the owners of a wonderful company in Denver [Colorado] called OrthoPets. They make prosthetics for pets that could possibly help some dogs who have lost a limb to cancer.”

About OrthoPets:

Our vision at OrthoPets is to improve our patient’s quality of life through innovative prosthetic & orthotic solutions.

We have found great success in implementing the same adaptive technologies used in the field of human orthotics and prosthetics to care for our animal patients.

OrthoPets strives to give each patient a second chance to enjoy a normal life. We have found our non-invasive health care options can drastically improve the quality of life for a wide variety of animals.

Partnering with various animal health care professionals and animal lovers alike, we endeavor to provide the best animal orthotic and prosthetic care available.

OrthoPets has made Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions available to veterinarians, animal physical therapists, allied animal health care providers, and patient owners alike. Through these relationships, OrthoPets continues to revolutionize Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions to better meet our patients needs.

Learn more at OrthoPets.

Some of the prosthetics OrthoPets offers.

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Music City — Here We Come

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 26, 2012

Indy’s resting up for his trip to Music City, September 2nd. No doubt — he’s dreaming of Jackson’s Brunch Menu.

OK. So you wouldn’t know it to look at him, but Indy is pretty excited about heading to Music City on September 2nd!

Meet Indy, along with his brother Hudson, Founder of 2 Million Dogs, Luke Robinson, and Executive Director, Ginger Morgan (AKA Mommy G) this coming Sunday, September 2nd, at 3PM CDT at Jackson’s Bar and Bistro located in the center of Hillsboro Village one block from Vanderbilt University and three blocks from Belmont University and Music Row, 1800 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

Come enjoy some great company and delicious food and learn all about the Summer of Murphy Tour.

Nashville, TN (yes, THAT Music City) is their first stop on the Summer of Murphy Tour. (Click on the link to see their schedule of cities across the country.)

For more information on this event AND the 2 Million Dogs’ Nashville Puppy Up! Walk, please contact Sheila at sheila@2milliondogs.org.

For directions to Jackson’s, click here.

For news and updates on all 2 Million Dogs’ events and activities, our Puppy Up! Walks nationwide, and a complete schedule of The Tour, please visit our web page. And don’t forget to check out our new Puppy Up! Store.

While you’re at it, why not stop by and ‘like’ us on Facebook here.

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Congratulations and Thank You!

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 13, 2012

I can’t stop smiling!

2 Million Dogs is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest. They are:

Lily Lisle
Lily Humphrey
Villainous Vida von Wuffenhund Juno
Bailey Sandberg
Rio Monroe
Frasier Metcalf
Harley & Max Waterloo
Charlie Plank
Java Bell
Daisy Powell
Chase Weinand
Max Uphus
Tiny Turcan

We sincerely thank everyone who participated so generously and enthusiastically in this year’s contest, proceeds from which will be given to The Broad Institute. We will be announcing which Broad study the winners pick in a few days, so stay tuned.

Please remember, ALL the dogs (and the kitty) who were entered into the contest will appear in the Gallery. No one gets left behind.

And a very special thanks to the individuals who so kindly voted for the 14 dogs who had no votes.

We hope to have the calendars ready for sale by early October. They will be available through our store on our web site. I’ll post the link when they go on sale.

Thank you, everyone. Puppy Up!

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Duke Sanchez

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 9, 2012

Sometimes people only hear about our calendar contest at the last minute, when it’s much too late to enter. So is the case with this beautiful boy. I got Technical Sergeant Claudia Sanchez’s entry just as the last votes were being counted, and my heart sank because he missed the contest. But you must meet Duke and read a bit of his story. Remember him … I hope he will be our first entry next year.

Duke Sanchez


(by Claudia Sanchez, TSgt, USAF) Duke was a rescue that our family adopted after he followed us home one day after a jog. He fit right in with our other dogs and became my running partner. We got him sept 2011 and he was diagnosed with bone cancer November 2011 and laid to rest Jan 2012. In that short time he became not only my running partner but also my motivator. He kept me running and rehabilitated me after I became bedridden for a month. He gave me his everything and asked for nothing. My heart still hurts and I’ll always miss him.

There is nothing I wouldn’t give for one more run with him.

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Thank You!

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 8, 2012

“Whew! That was fun, but we’re dog tired! Time for a nap!”

Voting is over for this year’s Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest.

We’ll be announcing the winners some time on Saturday. We’ll post the results here on this blog and we’ll email all the winners then.

It’s been wonderful. Beautiful puppers (and our token kitty); heartfelt stories.

Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm.

And thank you especially from all our contestants:  Abby, Alenoush, Awesome, Bailey S., Baron & Bailey M., Beanie, Betty, Blizzard, Blossom, Boomer, Brodie, Buddy, Casey, Champagne, Charlie P., Charlie S., Charley V-W. (NOW spelled right), Chase, Crystal, Daggit, all our Daisys (there were 3), Deebo, Delilah, Denali & Sequoia, Desi, Dylan, Edie, Fluffy, Frasier, Gatsby, Ginger, Girl, Glacier, Goldie, Gordon, Gracie & LuLu, Gracie R., Gypsy, Harley, Havoc, Heidi, Hero, Highway 9, Holly, Huey, Ice, Ingrid, Java, Jeopardy, Kimani, Lexi Lu, our 3 Lilys, Linga, Lucy E., Lucy G., Maddie, Maggie, Magic, Max U., Max W., Mikey, Monty, Morgan, Mosey, Murphy, Nemo, Nikita Marie Sue, Norton, Oliver, Peyton, Queen Nova, Rainy (spelled right), Rio, Rizzo, Seager, Shamus, Skye, Sunday, Tamaiijja, Timber, Tiny, Toki, Ukiah, Villainous Vida, Whoopie, Zack, and Zoe.

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Less Than An Hour To Go

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 8, 2012

“I’m so excited, I could just …!”

Can you feel the excitement?

We can here at mission control. Less than an hour to go and voting is wild! Remember, voting ends at midnight, Eastern Daylight time.

You can still vote here.

Thank you, everyone. And puppy up!

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Have You Forgotten Us?

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 8, 2012

Of the 91 beautiful faces in this year’s calendar contest, 14 haven’t even 1 single vote. Not even 1.

Update! Some very nice humans have gone in and voted for the dogs who had no votes. From all of them, we say Thank You!

Now EVERYONE has some votes.

They are:

Delilah Massmann

Dylan Lawfer

Fluffy House

Gordon McCarthy

Magic Ianello

Mikey Moran

Nemo Bridges

Nikita Marie Sue Beatty

Norton Forsyth

Oliver Malchow

Sunday DeBow

Tamaiijja Polcyn

Timber Spray

Jeopardy Kennedy Patzman

Thank you, and Puppy Up!


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One More Day!

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 8, 2012

“Still time to vote!”

Time’s almost up for this year’s Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest voting.

But you still have until midnight Eastern to vote. (That’s 11 PM Central, 10 PM Mountain, and 9 PM Pacific.) Still plenty of time to vote for your favorite puppers. Please go here to vote.

When will we know who has won? Please give us some turn-around time to check all the numbers. But you can get a pretty good idea by clicking on the link above and keeping track of the totals.  We’ll post winners and all the totals to our blog here, and we’ll send the individual winners email notices.

If you have any burning questions, please email me at erich@2milliondogs.org.

Good luck! And thanks to everyone who participated.


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Featured Pup — Alenoush Sullivan

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 4, 2012

Alenoush Sullivan

Meet Alenoush Sullivan, one of our featured pups for the 2 Million Dogs’ 2013 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest.

(by Gloria Sullivan) Alenoush came to live with us as a foster dog in August of 2010.  This poor old boy had been through some really rough times; he was malnourished, missing teeth, his ears had been cut, he had a chain imbedded in his neck,  was bitten by a snake, and was heartworm positive.

After taking him in, we knew right away that he was special.  Ally was the sweetest, gentlest soul, (his name even means “sweet white wave”); he wanted nothing more than to be next to us, enjoying the love we gave him. Last November, he was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma. We opted not to put him through chemo, given his heartworm history and age. We tried oral chemo, but the tumors spread rapidly and on January 4 of this year we lost our “sweet white wave.”  Even though he was not with us for long, he gave so much to us, and we are so grateful that we were able to give him what was probably the best year and a half of his life.


Voting continues through August 8th at midnight EDT. For more information, email erich@2milliondogs.org  To vote for these terrific puppers, please click on this link.   It will take you directly to the list of all the contestants. Click on the pup(s) of your choice. To vote, click on “Click here to donate” at the top of their page, just underneath the title.

Don’t miss out on your chance to share the excitement and put your favorite dog on this year’s “Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down” 2 Million Dogs’ calendar. Voting has been fast and furious, so don’t delay!

Proceeds from this year’s calendar will go to The Broad Institute, doing research in the genomics of canine cancer. Look for more details here.  Our 13 top winners will decide which of three studies we will fund: osteosarcomas, mass cell tumors, or lymphoma.

Every vote is a dollar well-spent, searching for the causes of cancer. We’re working with researchers investigating cancer through comparative oncology, and searching for ways to stop cancers before they start.

Please join us in making a difference — until Cancer. Touches. No one.

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