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The Totals, They Are A Changin’.

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 29, 2013

Every toe counts when you're doing addition.

Every toe counts when you’re doing addition.

2014 Calendar Totals as of July 29 2013 8:30 AM CDT

We’ve had a few new comers to the top 13 contestants. And lots of dogs are neck-and-neck or tied. Keep track of your favorite dogs because things change pretty fast as we get closer to the end of voting. Remember, you have until August 8th at midnight EDT to get your pupper in the running or keep him or her there. And it’s always the last few days of the contest when the competition gets heated and things get really interesting.

Vote HERE.

Need a few ideas to help get more votes? Check out our last blog for some great tips.

We’ll keep counting if you’ll keep voting!

Czar Viney       1270

Trooper Collins       725

Kailech Cummins       470

Molly Su Applegate       430

Yukon Harris       385

Calamity Jane Rockwell       370

Kyle Golz       310

Beta Yadao       300

Gracie Martin       295

Pugsley Granberry       290

Gracie Calvo       265

Maggie Snow-Cormier       260

Merlin Miltner       205

Murphy Morris       195

Guinnes Litt       185

Roscoe Behrle       175

Bentley Linaberry       165

Annie Graffunder       145

Blondie Henley       145

Nestle Epstein       140

Shadow Wade       137

Jigsaw Allgood       115

Eva Dupre        110

Mogli DeWald       80

Jackie Pilarski       70

Jake Pilarski       70

Mauser Lopez       67

Abby Lavin       55

Sunny Osborne       55

Charlie Mortensen       50

Ginger Suh Quimby       50

Remedy Pilarski        50

Leela Decker       50

Murphy Hansen        45

Savannah Wolff             45

Sheba Marie Pyle       45

Sundae Reed       45

Jessica Baud       30

Desi Scroggins       30

Merlin Kisiel       30

Buckeye Belle Eaton       25

Harley Waterloo       25

Saffron Brandstetter       25

Zoe Brandstetter       25

Marshal Fortson       20

Jake Turner       20

Maggie Smith       20

Angel Treglia       15

Crystal No Last Name        15

Lexi Sutphen       10

Riley Robinson       10

Rinti du Plessis       10

Uma Neet-Whitaker       10

Ingrid Neet-Whitaker       5

Max Waterloo       5

Angel Cavella       5

Angel Warner       5

Bailey Sandberg            5

Bebe Moroz       5

Chance Galante       5

Chloe Bear Forster       5

Harley Giazzon       5

Kanye Parry       5

Ruby Warner       5

Mischa Brown       0

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Eight Ways to Get More Votes in our “Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down” Calendar Contest

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 25, 2013

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“Now, let’s see. Charlie is dark green, Blondie is yellow, Desi is purple, Sundae is turquoise … no wait — Nestle is purple and Saffron is yellow… no, that’s not right either. Oh bother! There has to be an easier way to count these votes.”

(by Teri Mo)

Twice now, 2 Million Dogs has posted the running totals in our “Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down” Calendar Contest.

If you haven’t heard of the contest, it’s Luke Robinson’s fun little brainchild. Once a year, we ask people whose dogs currently have cancer or dog owners who have lost a dog to cancer to send us their dogs’ stories and photos.

We compile the stories and let the public decide which pups will be in next year’s 2 Million Dogs’ calendar. The public votes HERE, and the proceeds support comparative oncology (cancer) research.

It’s still early in the contest, and a few of our pups — our sweet, big-eyed, adorable pups — have no votes yet. (Cue crowd going “Awwwwwww.”)

But don’t worry — there’s plenty of time to get votes! Here’s how to boost those numbers:

  • When we feature your favorite dog on our 2 Million Dogs’ Facebook page, share it on your Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts, and use the words “vote and share!” Nothing helps you make your case like big, irresistible puppy-dog eyes.
  • Host a Puppy Up! Blitz on your lunch hour and invite your co-workers. Pick a dog for each co-worker. Whoever raises the most money for their dog by the end of the lunch break gets a box of fresh doughnuts the next morning.
  • Ask your co-workers to participate in a Give Up Your Daily Drink (soda or coffee) For Cancer Day. Everyone gives up his or her daily latte or soda, and the right to complain about it is “bought” by voting for your favorite pup with the money you didn’t spend on an Iced Calorie Bomb with three pumps of vanilla.
  • Not a social media person? E-mail friends and family asking each for $10.00 worth of votes for your pup. Avoid caps lock (SHOUTING), and keep the body of your e-mail short and sweet. (Feel free to use anything we’ve written here when explaining the contest.)
  • Write a silly or sweet song about your experience with your dog’s cancer, and post it on YouTube with the link to your dog’s calendar contest fundraising page. This is guaranteed to boost those numbers.
  • If your dog isn’t a contestant, pick your favorite underdog and dare all your friends to do their good deed for the day by bombarding that page with votes.
  • Tell your family and friends that the votes are a birthday gift to you. Tell them the only thing you want for your birthday is votes for your pup.
  • If your neighbors have dogs or they just miss your pup, get their e-mail addresses and share the contest with them.

This is all going to a good cause, so everyone wins. Save the puppies, save the people! Puppy up!

(Teri Mo is our resident social media guru.)

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Where Are My People? Why Aren’t They Voting For Me?

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 24, 2013

Some of my friends have no votes. Won't you remember them?

Some of my friends have no votes. Won’t you remember them?

Today’s Totals, July 24, 2013 — around 10:30 AM CDT

 

When the Man waked up he said, “What is Wild Dog doing here?” And the Woman said, “His name is not Wild Dog anymore, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.” — Rudyard Kipling

 

Looking at all the zeros and low numbers on the latest tally, one would think some of these dogs were orphans. Such beautiful faces should not be forgotten.

Please share our video with family and friends. Let’s not leave anyone behind.

 

Czar Viney       1225

Trooper Collins       625

Yukon Harris       385

C. J. Rockwell       370

Kailech Cummins       315

Molly Su Applegate       305

Beta Yadao       300

Gracie Martin       270

Gracie Calvo       265

Kyle Golz       215

Merlin Miltner       205

Murphy Morris       195

Pugsley Granberry       190

Maggie Snow-Cormier       160

Annie Graffunder       145

Bentley Linaberry       145

Shadow Wade       137

Guinnes Litt       135

Jigsaw Allgood       115

Eva Dupre       110

Roscoe Behrle       85

Mogli DeWald       80

Jackie Pilarski       70

Jake Pilarski       70

Mauser Lopez       67

Abby Lavin       55

Sunny Osborne       55

Charlie Mortensen       50

Ginger Suh Quimby       50

Nestle Epstein       50

Remedy Pilarski       50

Blondie Henley       45

Murphy Hansen       45

Savannah Wolff       45

Sheba Marie Pyle       45

Sundae Reed       45

 Jessica Baud       30

Desi Scroggins       30

Merlin Kisiel       30

Buckeye Belle Eaton       25

Harley Waterloo       25

Saffron Brandstetter       25

Zoe Brandstetter       25

Marshal Fortson       20

Angel Treglia       15

Crystal No Last Name       15

Jake Turner       10

Lexi Sutphen       10

Riley Robinson       10

Rinti du Plessis       10

Uma Neet-Whitaker       10

Ingrid Neet-Whitaker       5

Max Waterloo       5

Angel Cavella       0

Angel Warner       0

Bailey Sandberg       0

Bebe Moroz       0

Chance Galante       0

Chloe Bear Forster       0

Harley Giazzon       0

Kanye Parry       0

Maggie Smith       0

Ruby Warner       0

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More Ways to Help

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 23, 2013

broad boxerOur “Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down” 2014 calendar is in full swing, so stop by and vote for your favorite canine cancer heroes. Your voting dollars will go to The Broad Institute again this year, and we want to raise as much as we can to further their work. Their research is international and encompasses canine cancer exploration at the DNA level. Last year the calendar contest winners chose to fund Broad’s Canine Osteosarcoma study. This year’s winners will have the same opportunity to choose which study to support.

And the work Broad does is translational*, which means it helps in human cancer research as well.

Some Background — Since the Human Genome Mapping Project began, $3 billion has been spent over 15 years to generate a reliable sequence of the human genome. Sequence of the canine genome was generated in 2004, taking only about a year to finish and costing about $50 million. (Source.)

Throughout this period of intense research, an important fact has emerged. People and dogs are extraordinarily similar in a genetic sense. But while it takes thousands of human patients with cancer to identify risk factors, it only takes maybe 100 canine patients to identify these factors in dogs. This is because their genetic makeup is not as ‘noisy’ as that of humans. As such, researchers can look at the genetics of cancer in dogs to accelerate discoveries that will benefit both dogs and people.

As you probably already know, the statistics on cancer in dogs are alarming, and in fact, the current rate of cancer is higher in dogs than it is in humans.

But did you know that dogs are:

  • Twice as likely to develop leukemia than humans.
  • Four times more likely to suffer from breast cancer.
  • Eight times more likely to develop bone cancer.
  • An incredible thirty-five times more at risk for developing skin cancer. (Source.)

So, besides voting in the calendar contest to support the work of Broad, how can you help further the research they’re doing the rest of the year?

Broad needs DNA samples from purebred dogs who have been diagnosed with the cancers Broad is studying, as well as from older, healthy dogs (ages 8+ years) from the same breeds. Currently those cancers are: Hemangiosarcoma, Osteosarcoma (bone cancer), Lymphoma, Mast Cell Tumors, Mammary Tumors, Melanoma (skin cancer), and Glioma (tumors that start in the brain or spine).

Why are DNA samples important? At its deepest root, cancer is caused by damage to the DNA. DNA is found in every cell and is responsible for directing cells in normal behavior patterns. Under normal circumstances, the body is able to repair DNA damage, but when that damage isn’t repaired, the cells begin to behave abnormally, beginning the out-of-control growth that leads to cancer formation. (Source.)

Why purebred dogs? In developing breeds, certain physical features (size, shape, coat, color) and behaviors were selected by breeders. This genetic diversity makes purebreds dogs ideal for genetic research. Using samples from only purebred dogs ensures the fastest progress for all dogs.

If your purebred dog has had cancer or is an older, healthy dogs (age 8+) please visit www.broadinstitute.org/dogsamples where you’ll find information to guide you on working with your vet to collect and ship blood samples to use in their studies.

To learn more about the breeds they study and the work your votes will be funding, please follow this link: www.broadinstitute.org/dogresearch.

Broad Institute on blackBroad’s Ethical Statement: The Broad Institute’s Canine Disease Mapping group performs disease research under a conservative ethical model that no harm should come to the dogs. Dogs enrolled in their studies are pet dogs, participating after owner consent, only in ways that do not harm them. They DO NOT induce cancer in dogs, nor do they ever keep any animals in the laboratory.

Thank you for supporting the efforts of 2 Million Dogs and The Broad Institute through your participation in the 2014 “Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down” calendar. Don’t forget to cast your votes for your favorite dogs before voting ends at midnight, EDT, August 8th.

*Translational research is research in the laboratory with an eye toward learning things that could be brought back to patients (both animal and human) in the clinical setting.

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2014 Calendar Totals – Wednesday Evening, July 17, 2013

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 17, 2013

"I've been working all night to post these numbers. What do you mean some dogs have no votes?"

“I’ve been working all night to post these numbers. What do you mean some dogs have no votes? What’s up with that?”

These numbers were recorded around 8 PM CDT, so they may already be different.

Because there’s no way (unfortunately) for our voting site to post the voting totals next to our dogs’ names, I will post totals here from time to time.  As the contest gets closer to the final voting day (August 8th at midnight EDT), I will post as fast as I can. (Not bad, considering I don’t have thumbs.) However, if you want to keep your favorite pupper in the running, you need to keep track too.

Where do I vote? Right here!

Czar Viney   1085

Trooper Collins   375

Yukon Harris   325

Kailech Cummins   310

Beta Yadao   300

Gracie Martin   270

Gracie Calvo   265

C. J. Rockwell   240

Molly Su Applegate   225

Kyle Golz   205

Merlin Miltner   205

Murphy Morris   150

Pugsley Granberry   150

Annie Graffunder   145

Maggie Snow-Cormier   140

Shadow Wade   137

Bentley Linaberry   110

Eva Dupre   100

Jigsaw Allgood   100

Jackie Pilarski   70

Jake Pilarski   70

Mauser Lopez   67

Abby Lavin   55

Mogli DeWald   55

Sunny Osborne   55

Charlie Mortensen   50

Ginger Suh Quimby   50

Nestle Epstein   50

Remedy Pilarski   50

Sheba Marie Pyle   45

Sundae Reed   45

Guinnes Litt   35

Jessica Baud   30

Roscoe Behrle   30

Buckeye Belle Eaton   25

Harley Waterloo   25

Saffron Brandstetter   25

Savannah Wolff   25

Zoe Brandstetter   25

Marshal Fortson   20

Jake Turner   10

Lexi Sutphen   10

Merlin Kisiel   10

Uma Neet-Whitaker   10

Desi Scroggins   5

Ingrid Neet-Whitaker   5

Max Waterloo   5

Angel Cavella   0

Angel Treglia   0

Angel Warner   0

Bailey Sandberg   0

Bebe Moroz   0

Chance Galante   0

Chloe Bear Forster   0

Crystal (I want to be adopted)   0

Harley Giazzon   0

Kanye Parry   0

Maggie Smith   0

Murphy Hansen   0

Riley Robinson   0

Rinti du Plessis   0

Ruby Warner   0

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Let The Voting Begin!

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 10, 2013

dancing-dog-cartoonVoting for the 2014 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contestants has begun and runs through midnight, August 8, EDT.

Here’s the link to take you to voting. Either click on it or cut and paste it into your browser.

https://2md2m.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/2014CalendarContest/FundraiserDirectory/tabid/476351/Default.aspx

Just follow the directions on the welcome page and scroll on down to see all the contestants. Clicking on their names will take you to their pages where you can cast your votes.

Votes start at a minimum of $5.00 and increase in whole dollars after that. Every time you log on to vote, you have to start with a $5.00 minimum. (For example. I want to vote for my dog Spot. I log on and spend 5 bucks on Spot. Tomorrow I notice Spot is trailing and I have to bump him up. I still have to start with a $5.00 minimum. Of course, this IS Spot we’re talking about, and he’s worth a lot more than 5 bucks!)

Please check out all the beautiful puppers. Leave no pup behind!

You can vote as often as you like for as many dogs as you like. Bookmark the page so you can keep up with your favorite contestants.

The top 13 dogs with the most votes will be the 2014 calendar dogs. Their people will have the opportunity to vote on which study with the Broad Institute donations will fund.

Remember — all the dogs will appear in the Photo Gallery.

Questions? Problems voting? Email Erich at erich@2milliondogs.org.

Have fun and Puppy Up!

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