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Pre-Order Your 2013 Calendars for the Holidays

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 2, 2012

Lily Lisle, this year’s Cover Girl. Lily was touched by cancer three different times.

Time to Pre-Order Your 2013 Calendars for the Holidays

Our “Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down” calendars get better every year, and this year is no exception. Check out the 2013 cover. (Pictured is Lily Lisle, who fought 3 different cancers.) Please pre-order your calendars now. They make great gifts, are wonderful keepsakes, and every one of your friends and relatives should have at least one (if not more). And don’t forget your vet, your groomer, and your pet-sitter. Please follow this link and order now. Calendars are only $15.00 plus S&H.

We’d like you to know that your continued financial support of this year’s 2 Million Dogs’ calendar has enabled us to contribute $20,000.00 to our first canine cancer study with The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. This year, the 13 winners of the calendar contest were given the opportunity to choose from three of Broad’s canine cancer research projects, and they chose the osteosarcoma study. Osteosarcoma is the most common bone tumor of the dog. This cancer develops in the bone, usually the limbs, and as the tumor grows it becomes progressively more painful for the dog and can result in lameness. Often these tumors metastasize to the lungs.

Why does 2 Million Dogs choose to support Broad? Dogs and humans get many of the same diseases, including cancer. Studying DNA from both healthy and sick dogs can help researchers gain insights into diseases that affect both species. That work helped lay the foundation for a variety of studies into the genetic basis of disease — research that depends on help from dogs as well their human companions.

We commend Broad’s philosophy of sharing disease exploration across the research spectrum. Additionally, their work is international, which widely broadens their field of inquiry and the potential for groundbreaking discoveries because Broad Institute brings together a diverse group of individuals from across its partner institutions — undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, professional scientists, administrative professionals, and academic faculty. The culture and environment at the Broad is designed to encourage creativity and to engage all participants, regardless of role or seniority, in the mission of the Institute. Within this setting, researchers are empowered — both intellectually and technically — to confront even the most difficult biomedical challenges.

Thanks to you and everyone who participated in the contest, and purchases the calendar, we are able to contribute to Broad’s continuing pioneering research.

(Our terrific calendar is designed again this year by Brian Kristensen of Colorcodemedia.com.)

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From Puppy Up! Denver

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 1, 2012

“The Dog” by Francisco Goya.

I found the artwork posted by Puppy Up! Denver on Facebook so compelling I wanted to share it with all our blog readers.

Puppy Up! Denver writes:

One in three. One in three. ONE IN THREE. That is how many dogs get cancer, and they get the same cancers people do. Cancer doesn’t care that it already kills 7 million people a year. It will kill half of those one in three dogs each year too. But it doesn’t have to — and that’s why we walk this weekend, the first [weekend] in November, which is National Canine Cancer Month. STOP CANCER IN ITS TRACKS. Because Cancer. Touches. Everyone.

[PAINTING: *The Dog* by Spanish artist Francisco Goya. Oil mural on plaster transferred to canvas, 51¾ × 31¼ inches. Painted on the walls of Goya’s small house on the bank of the Manzanares River between 1819 and 1823, when he was at work on his series *The Disasters of War* and wanted to surround himself at home with something more inspiring, for his own pleasure (though his mood darkened the longer he worked on the war series). Never intended for public viewing, the fourteen works featuring dogs were removed fifty years after his death, now on display in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. Antonio Saura, one of Spain’s most influential modern painters and writers, called *The Dog* “the most beautiful painting in the world.”]

There’s still time to participate in this year’s Puppy Up! Walks around the country. Please follow this link and join us.

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We’re Mobile!

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 1, 2012

Yes, we are. You can now go mobile with 2 Million Dogs (2MD). Start receiving text alerts now. Text 2MD 55678.

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