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Cancer. Touches. Everyone.

Featured Pup — Abby Knoche

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 4, 2012

Abby Knoche.

Abby Knoche is one of our featured pups for the 2 Million Dogs’ 2013 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest.

(by Nancy Knoche) We adopted Abby, an 8-year-old female Sheltie, in December 2009. She was our first dog. Her original owners never had her spayed and by May of 2010 she had developed breast cancer, something our vet warned us could happen when he spayed her. We spent the summer traveling 90 minutes to a veterinary oncologist every three weeks. Abby handled the chemo like a trooper and never lost her sweet disposition (or her hair!). After a short respite, the tumors returned in October. A radical mastectomy gave us more time to love her, and again she handled it all with unbelievable ease, greeting the trick-or-treaters at our door with a wagging tail the very day she came home from the vet’s. She even raised money for 2 Million Dogs, proudly wearing her “Puppy Up!” bandana around the neighborhood. We savored our winter months with her, but by April 2011 we knew it was time to let her go. She was such a fighter to the very end. We called her our big hairy bag of love. She will always be the dog of our hearts.

Alan & Nancy Knoche

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: osteosarcoma, 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, together we can say: Cancer. Touches. No one.

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