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Please Come To Denver In September

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 17, 2012

By now you’ve heard that Luke and The Boys are on their whirlwind Summer of Murphy Tour. They even have their new wheels decked out and wrapped with our logo.

Well, they’ll be in the Denver area this coming weekend (September 22nd through the 24th) and if you’re in the neighborhood, they’d love to meet you. Here’s where they’ll be (all times are local) :

Saturday, September 22nd in Arvada, CO they’ll be at Street’s Fitness from 9 to 11:30 AM, 12520 W. 64th Ave., 80004. The event is “The Fuzzybutt Fight Club: Knock Out Cancer.” Join Puppy Up! Denver for a free boxing class at Street’s Fitness and make a donation to 2 Million Dogs. Stop by and meet Luke and the Fuzzybutts and learn about their unwavering fight against cancer in people and pets.

Sunday, September 23rd from 10 AM to 1 PM The Boys will be at the Barkly Manor Doggie Daycare, 5010 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver 80220. This will be a Brunch/Bark & Greet. Luke will be telling stories about his travels while on the road, and about the mission of 2 Million Dogs. And of course, the Fuzzybutts, Hudson and Indiana will be there to steal your hearts.

And on Monday, September 24that 6:30 PM they’ll be at Woof in Boots, Denver’s Premiere Doggy Daycare and Pet Boutique, 719 W. 8th Ave 80204, in Denver. This is a Bark & Greet and Luke will be speaking there as well. It’s also where you can sign up (early registration) for the Denver Puppy Up! Walk. (You can read more about the Denver Walk below.)  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, browse the Art Gallery featuring the work of some of Denver’s best pet artists, share time with Luke and The Boys, and learn some of the latest things he’s discovered about cancer in pets and people.

Wendy and Deli are The 2012 Puppy Up! Denver cancer heroes. They are both breast cancer survivors and they will be leading the walk at Stapleton Central Park in Denver on November 3. Won’t you join them? Sign up today at http://puppyupdenver.kintera.org/

And don’t forget to visit Puppy Up! Denver’s page on Facebook where you can keep up with the latest news on their Puppy Up! Walk.

The Second Annual Puppy Up! Denver Walk will be held at Stapleton Central Park in Denver on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2012. Registration is 8 AM to 10 AM. The Opening Ceremony will be followed by a 2 mile walk and this event begins at 10 am. We will also be having a Puppy Up! Market and Festival that will include human and canine entertainment, food and drink vendors, pet related businesses and human and K-9 cancer related organizations.

Pre-register online at $30.00/person at www.2milliondogs.org > Click on walks > click on Denver

Day-of registration $35/person

For more information, please email Hope at: hope.puppyup@gmail.com

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Puppy Up! Las Vegas Style

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 16, 2012

Up close and personal with Hudson.

As part of the Summer of Murphy Tour, there will be a Bark and Greet this coming Tuesday, September 18th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Luke, Hudson, and Indy will be there to see old friends and make new ones.

Event Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM (all times local)
Event Location: Snooty Pets
Event Address: 8560 W. Desert Inn #D4, (Directly in front of Vons @ Desert Inn and Durango), Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A, 89117, (702) 396-5510

Learn about early cancer warning signs, share your stories, meet new friends and say hi to old ones. Each “fuzzybutt” will receive a free Snooty treat – handmade, with love, on the premises. See you there and … Puppy Up!

For more information, check out their page on Facebook.


And, if you’re a golfer, don’t forget about the Puppy Up! Open on the 20th at Boulder Creek Golf Course. You can read about that here and sign up for the game here.


And don’t forget about their Puppy Up! Walk, coming this November. Here are the details.

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Bruce Trent Park
8851 Vegas Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89128

On-site registration begins at 11:00AM
The walk begins at 1:00PM

PRE-REGISTER online $20.00/person at
www.2milliondogs.org > Click on Walks > click on Las Vegas
or: http://puppyuplasvegas.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1039471

Day-of registration is $25/person


Contact: Rhondda Stark Atlas

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2 Million Dogs founder visits Denison, Texas

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 15, 2012

Jeri Waterloo, Luke Robinson, and Pamela Pyle.

As part of the Summer of Murphy Tour, Luke, Hudson, and Indiana were recently in Denison, Texas.

Here’s the article, written by Lynette George and published Friday, September 14, 2012 from the Herald Democrat.

When his beloved Great Pyrenees dog, Malcolm, was diagnosed with and died from cancer, Texas native Luke Robinson knew his life was changed forever.  He discussed that tremendous change recently when he visited Denison in support of the Puppy Up! fundraiser to be held Nov. 4 at Waterloo Lake Park.

Puppy Up events are held throughout the nation in support of Robinson’s non-profit 2 Million Dogs program.  The program was created in 2010, specifically to help fund comparative oncology research which focuses on finding the common links between canine and human cancers and their causes.  2 Million Dogs has already provided $50,000 for a study at Princeton University.  The study involved comparing cancerous mammary glands in dogs and those in women.  An upcoming study to be aided by 2 Million Dogs will involve comparative oncology studies which will be a collaborative effort between Harvard, MIT, Mass General and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  Robinson says the hope in the relatively new world of comparative oncology is to find genetic markers between canine and human cancers which can lead to finding and possibly eliminating the causes of both, as well as finding cures.

“It’s like we are going on a fishing expedition,” says Robinson.  “If we fund enough of these comparative studies, we will find that big fish … I truly believe dogs hold the key to curing cancer in humans.”

Robinson continues, “Cancer is cancer.  It touches everyone.  Under a microscope, cancer looks the same whether it’s from a dog or a human.”

The determined Texan got the idea for 2 Million Dogs after making his own 2,000 mile trek across the country with his dogs to raise awareness of canine cancer.  It was an unexpected turn of events in Robinson’s life.

He earned his bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  While still an undergraduate, Robinson began a management consulting company, later honored with the prestigious “40 Under 40” Award by the San Antonio Business Journal in 2002.  He moved himself, his two Great Pyrenees dogs Malcolm and Murphy, and his company to Boston, Massachusetts in 2003.  The next year, Malcolm was diagnosed with cancer and lost the battle two years later in 2006.  It was during that time that Robinson began an educational journey to learn about canine cancer.  He discovered that cancer is the number one natural cause of death in dogs over the age of 2, and that dogs and humans get the same types of cancer.  He also learned that studying existing cancers in dogs can lead to developing better treatments for dogs and for humans, and that comparative oncology studies can help reduce the treatment costs associated with canine and human cancers.

In 2008, Robinson sold most of his belongings.  He, Murphy and his new Great Pyrenees puppy Hudson, would walk from Austin to Boston in an effort to raise awareness of the similarities between canine and human cancers and to promote comparative oncology research.  The walk lasted more than two years, the threesome carrying all their necessities in back packs, camping in a pup tent, and telling Malcolm’s story to anyone who would listen.  Along the way, Robinson also helped at animal shelters, met with veterinarians, and he was the topic of many publications and interviews.  He appeared with his two dogs on Dogs 101 on the Animal Planet in 2010, and was named one of the “Top Ten Not So Ordinary Pet People of the Year” in 2009.  He was also awarded the 2010 Humanitarian Awareness Award from Fetch a Cure and received the 2010 Caninatarian Award from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers in Atlanta, Georgia.  The walk resulted in the formation of 2 Dogs 2000 Miles.

“When I left Austin, I had maybe a couple of hundred bucks in my pocket,” remembers Robinson.  “Just when I’d be down to my last few dollars, somebody would always give me a $20 or something … The generosity of people’s hearts is amazing.”

At the end of the 826-day walk on June 19, 2010, Robinson was so encouraged that he came up with another plan.  If he and his two canine companions could walk 2,000 miles promoting cancer awareness, then why not have two million dogs walk two miles to continue the mission?  2 Million Dogs was born.  The urgency of raising public awareness was increased for Robinson about that same time when Murphy was diagnosed with cancer.  The faithful dog died in June of 2011.

To get the public involved, Robinson, in 2010, began Puppy Up! walks, not just to raise funds for comparative oncology studies, but to educate the public.  In November of 2010, the first Puppy Up! walks wer held in 12 cities across the nation.  In 2011, more than 25 cities, including Denison, hosted Puppy Up!, raising a total of almost $150,000.  This fall, nearly 40 cities nationwide, including Denison, are taking part.  It’s not as many as Robinson had hoped, but that doesn’t dampen his enthusiasm for the cause.

“I’m from Texas and we dream big down here,” says Robinson.  “I have a dream and it’s great to see it unfolding.  I just wish it would be unfolding a little faster … I’m an ambitious person and I had hoped we’d be having 500 walks across the country by now, but it hasn’t happened yet.”

Though Robinson’s continuing journey isn’t all tail-wagging good times, he continues on.

“It’s sometimes frustrating … My whole life is cancer.  People send me messages every day about their dogs having cancer … My life is already filled with tragedy … How can I just set on my laurels?”

Denison was Robinson’s second stop on his visit to 23 Puppy Up! locations throughout the nation.  He and his small crew, only one of whom receives a salary, were feted with a meet-and-greet at the Hickory House Restaurant upon their arrival Sept. 7, followed by a gathering in Sherman later that evening.  Robinson and his two canine companions, lovingly referred to as the “fuzzybutts,” also led the Bark & Paw Parade on Sept. 8.


UPCOMING — Denison’s Puppy Up! Walk takes place on Nov. 4 at Waterloo Park.

In addition to the Walk, the Denison Puppy Up! event will feature a pet adoption fair, live music, vendors, food, prizes and more.  For details, call 903-327-3081.

If you’re in Facebook, you can keep up with news of the Puppy Up! Walk in Denison here.

Special thanks to Jeri Waterloo and Pamela Pyle for their continued hard work!

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2 Million Dogs Is A Chase Community Giving Nominee!

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 14, 2012

We’re pleased to announce that 2 Million Dogs has been chosen as a 2012 Chase Community Giving nominee!

This nomination gives our cause a chance to share $5 million in grant funding with other charities across the United States––and to do so, we need your votes! Facebook Users and Chase account holders can help canine and human cancer research with the click of a mouse.

Voting is now live, so you may vote for us any time between now and September 19.

How Voting Works

On Facebook, everyone gets two votes, which must be used for two different charities.  Visit https://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/ now to get started. You earn a bonus vote by clicking the Like, Tweet, Send or Copy Link button if a friend uses that link to vote, and you may use that on any charity listed. Chase customers receive 2 additional votes. To use those votes, visit ChaseGiving.com and log in using your Chase online ID and password. For questions about voting, email support@chasegiving.com.

About Chase Community Giving

Chase Community Giving is a grant program that invites the public to help determine which non-profits should receive donations from Chase. To date, the program has given away over $20 million in grants to U.S. charities.

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Long May You Run

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 13, 2012

Luke Robinson and 2 Million Dogs’ Murphy Mobile. This should make the next 2400 miles a lot easier than the first.

There are wheels and then there are WHEELS.

2 Million Dogs is on the road in style. Kicking off the Summer of Murphy Tour, the much anticipated van-wrap has happened and we’re so excited we could … well, you get the idea. Not only will Luke and the Boys, Hudson and Indy, be touring in our cool van, getting the word out about canine cancer and comparative oncology, but everyone who passes them (or who Luke passes) will see our van and read our message: Cancer. Touches. Everyone.

Look for them on the highways.

Wave and say ‘Puppy Up!’





2 Million Dogs’ Murphy Mobile, wrapped and ready to run.

We’ve been through
Some things together
With trunks of memories
Still to come
We found things to do
In stormy weather
Long may you run.

Long may you run.
Long may you run.
Although these changes
Have come
With your chrome heart shining
In the sun
Long may you run.
~~from the song by Neil Young, “Long May You Run

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Scentsy Saves Lives

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 12, 2012

Do you enjoy a delicious-smelling house but are afraid commercial products aren’t good for you or your animals?

Everyone enjoys a fresh, fragrant home, but who knows what goes into those commercial products you plug into the wall. Even if you read the ingredients, you’re still clueless about the effects it will have on health, hearth, and home.

Here’s a smartsolution. Scentsy! And thanks to our great friend Deana K. Wehr who is sponsoring this terrific fundraiser, you can enjoy these great products and know that 20% of your purchase will go to 2 Million Dogs!

Snapshot Warmer with Murphy’s photo.

Take a look at this Snap Shot warmer – one of the many holders they offer.  You can showcase your beloved pet and have a safe product that will envelop your home with your favorite fragrance.  And 20% of your purchase goes to help 2 Million Dogs and their mission to discover the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers.

Now, we’re not rushing the holidays, but this looks like the perfect gift for just about anyone. A gift for someone special AND a gift to 2 Million Dogs. That’s a deal!

Here’s some more about Scentsy and why it’s a perfect product for your home year-round:

What are Scentsy Candle Warmers? Scentsy wickless candles are highly scented, flameless, and safe to use just about anywhere.  Scentsy candles are designed to quickly fill your home with beautiful aromas.  Using a low wattage light bulb to melt highly scented wax, this system is easy and simple to use. Scentsy’s beautiful ceramic warmers house a low-watt light bulb that slowly melts the Scentsy Bar or Scentsy Brick, filling your home with one of more than 80 distinctive, long-lasting scents.

Scentsy has 80+ long lasting, highly scented Candle Bar fragrances. Scentsy currently offers dozens of beautifully hand crafted ceramic electric candle warmers, room sprays, Scent Circles (hanging fresheners), Travel Tins, Scent Paks, Fragrance Foam (non-drying, alcohol free hand sanitizer) and even scented stuffed animals called Scentsy Buddy’s.

How safe are Scentsy Candle Warmers? Scentsy wax won’t burn away (putting dangerous chemicals into the air) like regular candles. The low watt light bulb is warm enough to melt the wax but not hot enough to burn you or any curious kids or pets, should they touch it. The wax gets just above body temperature. You’ll have a beautiful decorative Scentsy warmer that you can reuse instead of a sooty black candle jar when you’re done enjoying one of Scentsy’s 80+ long lasting scents. Scentsy was created by two moms who were looking for a safe alternative to candles.

Do Scentsy products contain phthalates? No. Scentsy products are made with fragrance oils that do not contain phthalates.

Why doesn’t Scentsy use soy or vegetable-based wax candles? Vegetable-based waxes do not produce a quality candle bar. Scientific research suggests there are health risks associated with burning any type of candle, be it soy or petroleum. Scentsy warmers melt wax without the use of a flame, which means no chemicals or pollutants are released to contaminate lungs, walls, or furniture.

What makes Scentsy different from other candles? Scentsy Bars are much safer than traditional “wicked” candles. The type of wax used is softer than jar candles, which allows for a lower, safer melting point and better fragrance throw. The fragrance in Scentsy wickless candles also contains three times the amount of oil used in regular “wicked” candles.

So there you go. Something new, delicious, and safe  for your home – a great gift – and the additional benefit of knowing that 20% of your purchase will go to 2 Million Dogs.

For more information and to order, click here.

THIS EVENT IS ON FACEBOOK as well, so be sure to share with all your friends and family and invite them to this event!
Go to the link above, “Like” the page and invite all of your friends to event! 

This is an open party and EVERYONE is invited!  

Thank you, Deana, for making this fundraiser possible!

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It’s OK If I’m Driving … I Have A License

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 12, 2012

Hot Wheels Hudson.



Hudson at the Toki Poki Headquarters. He’s ready to get on the road!

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Abby Hamman

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 9, 2012

Abby Sunshine Hamman

(by Miss Alexandra Hamman) Abby Hamman was adopted into my life four years ago. She came to me when her owner was very ill.

When I came in Abby’s life I was going through a rough patch of my own. She made me feel better about a lot of things that were going on in my life.

In the fall of 2011 Abby’s leg started to show a lump and I took her into a vet. They told me it was a fatty pocket and not to worry about it.

In February of 2012 the lump on Abby’s leg burst open. Fearing this was going to be the end of my best friend, I took her into the Green River Veterinary Clinic were Dr. Edwards did surgery to save Abby’s leg. After surgery came months of waiting for it to heal and for her to be able to have only a scar left.

In the beginning of August 2012 she started to not be herself. Something was wrong but she seemed fine ‒ just a little grumpy (which was a little out of character for Abby).

August 20th she became very ill. She barely moved and would not get up. After a long week of carrying her inside and trying to feed her and laying by her side, I took her back in to the Doctor. He told me this could be the end of such a sweet dog. So after four days of meds and trying and begging her to hang on, I had to face the hardest thing ever alone — taking her in to be put to sleep, to end her suffering and let her be free from all of the shots and the cone of shame. The last few moment Dr. Edwards went over the last minute details and gave her the sleepy meds. She looked into my eyes and took her last breath. I held her paw and kissed her good-bye, telling her one day we will meet again someday, and not to worry.

A week after saying good-bye I got a call from Dr. Edward telling me that he had her ashes. I looked at my mom in shock that he gave me back a piece of my best friend that I can keep with me throughout my life.

She passed away at the age of 10. She was the most amazing four-legged friend I could ever ask for. She is forever missed, and this is Abby Sunshine Hamman’s story.

Her middle name is Sunshine because Abby was my sunshine on the dark and rainy days.

To view a beautiful tribute to Abby made by Alex, please click here.


UPDATE: Abby has her own tribute page on Facebook. Please visit it here.

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Do Dogs Golf?

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 5, 2012

Puppy Up! Golf T-shirt.

Well, apparently they do. At least, the one on this T-shirt does. (Leave it to a Pyr to take up golf. Air Bud, eat your heart out.)

If you’re a golfer too, and you’re in the Boulder City, Nevada area, this might just be the game for you …

The inaugural Puppy Up! Open to benefit 2 Million Dogs will be played on September 20, 2012 at Boulder Creek Golf Course, 1501 Veterans Memorial Drive in Boulder City, Nevada. It is a scramble format with a cost of $125 per golfer. It includes golf, cart, lunch, and doggie goodie bag for each golfer. 8:00 AM shotgun start. Spots are still available. You can register by mailing a check to 2 Million Dogs, PO Box 530074, Henderson, NV 89053 or follow this link to register.

We still have Puppy Up! golf t-shirts available. $20 each includes shipping. Send a check to Bruce Singer at PO Box 530074, Henderson, NV 89053. Include your address and shirt size with your order. The shirts also benefit 2 Million Dogs. If you would like more information, contact Bruce Singer at puppyupvegas@yahoo.com.

Boulder Creek Golf Course.


“Golf is a game who’s aim it is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.”  ~ Winston Churchill

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Scientists regrow dog’s jawbone in revolutionary procedure

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 5, 2012


Reprinted from: http://dogtime.com/scientists-regrow-dogs-jawbone-in-revolutionary-procedure.html#

Friday August 31st, 2012

By Dog Time Staff

Researchers at the University of California Davis have discovered how to regrow a dog’s jawbone in a ground-breaking study that has the potential to change animal medicine as we know it.

Biomedical engineer Dan Huey and veterinary surgeon Boaz Arzi developed the innovative bone replacement procedure while working as a postdoctoral research team. Huey and Arzi collaborated with UC Davis Professor Frank Verstraete, who heads the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at the school’s veterinary teaching hospital to perfect the technique.

One of the dogs whose life will be forever changed is Whiskey, a 10-year-old Munsterlander  dog from San Francisco.

Owner Tom Swierk tells KTVU that Whiskey suddenly started having difficulties while chewing.

“I figured he had a bad tooth,” Swierk explains, “which was surprising, because he pretty much only eats kibble, cauliflower, and carrots.”

Swierk was shocked to learn from Whiskey’s veterinarian that the culprit was not his dog’s tooth at all – it was an aggressive bone cancer that had made its way into Whiskey’s jawbone. The vet referred a worried Swierk to the UC Davis William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital so that Whiskey could get the surgery and treatment he would need to save his life.

Surgeons removed the cancerous growth, a malignant tumor about the size of a thumb, but it had grown so large that half of Whiskey’s lower jaw had to be removed along with it.

The surgery might have led to a poor quality of life for Whiskey, Verstraete told ABC News. “They cannot catch a ball, play tug of war after such a procedure,” he explained.

But thanks to the bone regrowing procedure developed by the research team, Whiskey was given a second chance. First, Arzi extracted 2.5 inches of Whiskey’s damaged jawbone. He then constructed a titanium dental bridge made of special plates and a type of spongy material infused with proteins that promote and stimulate bone growth. The special bridge was then inserted into the defect site in Whiskey’s jaw.

The results were noticeable soon after the surgery, said Huey. “Within two weeks after the procedure, you could feel bone forming under the skin, and by three months we had new bone that was very similar in density to that of the native bone,” the engineer explained.

Of the eight dogs that were treated as a part of the experimental study, Whiskey had the largest chunk of bone removed and would prove to be the biggest indicator as to whether or not the bone regrowing procedure would be a success.

And success it was. The eight dogs who received the procedure all fared so well afterwards that Huey and Arzi hope to expand the technique for use on larger defects of the jawbone in other dogs, perhaps lighting the way for bone regrowth possibilities for humans as well.

To view a video of Whiskey, click here.


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