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Archive for September, 2013

Non-Resectable

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 22, 2013

Photo from left to right:  Drs. Richard Goldstein and Allyson Berent; Luke Robinson, Founder of 2 Million Dogs; Chick Weisse; Kate Coyne (CEO of AMC); Ginger Morgan, Executive Director of 2 Million Dogs; Nicole Leibman and Ann Hohenhaus.

From left to right: Drs. Richard Goldstein and Allyson Berent; Luke Robinson, Founder of 2 Million Dogs; Dr. Chick Weisse; Kate Coyne (CEO of AMC); Ginger Morgan, Executive Director of 2 Million Dogs; Drs. Nicole Leibman and Ann Hohenhaus. Indiana and Hudson.

 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

(by Luke Robinson)

“I’m sorry.  It’s inoperable.”

How many of you have heard these words? That diagnosis from Steve Withrow about Murphy’s nasal tumor still haunts my thoughts some two years post mortem.

2 Million Dogs is funding a two year, $80,000 drug delivery study with Animal Medical Center in Manhattan and Sloan Kettering.

The first phase of the study is urogenital cancer in dogs since, at the point of diagnosis, the prognosis is pretty grim.  Less than 30% of bladder cancer patients respond to traditional treatment and since surgical intervention isn’t a viable option, the need for target therapeutics is essential.

We all know that dosing chemo in dogs is drastically less than that in humans and if we can get the right drug directly into the tumor, we may achieve therapeutic drug levels at 40X the current regimen.  There are other potential benefits such as cost savings, but they are ancillary to our aims.

Speaking of… here’s my press release statement:

“It is an honor to work with two prestigious institutions in the fields of veterinarian medicine and cancer research.  2 Million Dogs’ scientific objectives in funding cancer studies are collaborative and comparative in both spirit and scope and this study is a shining example of that.  Cancer touches us all.  It is a cross species disease and now more than ever it is imperative for us work together to end this epidemic.”

More importantly, I’ve come to know the principal investigator, Chick, on a more personal level and I feel he has the vision, fortitude, and fire to make significant strides in the field of comparative oncology.

 

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Two Towers, Four Paws

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 10, 2013

GSD S&R(by Teri Modisette)

Twelve  years ago today, the Twin Towers slipped from the sky and plummeted to earth as America watched in shock. As that once beautiful Autumn day wore on to evening, news outlets reported many people still trapped, slowing dying in the avalanche of metal. How did they know? Those people used cell phones to call their families from beneath the remains of the World Trade Center. One by one, they said final goodbyes as the last of their cell phone batteries blinked out.

No one yet knew the death toll would reach nearly 3,000. All the rescue teams could do was send help. That night as pictures and “Please help me find my son” and “Please help me find my daughter” flyers went up around NYC, help arrived at Ground Zero on four legs.

Several sets of four legs, to be exact.

Emergency workers had flooded the area with light, enabling them to pair with public volunteers in a desperate search for the living, but they needed help from something with better hearing and a better sense of smell than the average human being. They were helped by Moxie and Tara from Massachusetts, Guinness from California, Kaiser from Indianapolis, Bretagne from Texas, Red from Maryland, Hoke from Denver. It was a long shot to call in search and rescue dogs. As good as the dogs were, 9/11 was undeniably a large-scale tragedy.

Search-and-rescue dogs are trained to pick up certain scents on the ground and in the air. Well-trained search dogs have proven to be the fastest way to locate a victim in the aftermath of a disaster like an earthquake or hurricane. Disaster search-and-rescue dogs are trained to find people in incredibly unstable environments, where smoke or chemical smells might affect the results of the dog’s search.

Three hundred and eighteen search-and-rescue dogs were trained to find the living who may have survived 9/11. Unfortunately, the terrorist attacks were a true disaster, making it a fruitless search. Despite this, the dogs at Ground Zero were seen doing what dogs do so well– comforting the firemen and first responders during the darkest hours of their lives.

In total, 950 canine dog teams served in response to September 11, 2001. They served at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and that field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Eleven years later, 2 Million Dogs remembers the day our best friends experienced  alongside all in this great nation– and the sweet snuggles and tail wags as our tears rolled down.

We will never forget.

last remaining dogsRead more about Retrieved, the book that honors the rescue dogs of 9/11.

To view a tribute to the search and rescue dogs of 9-11, please follow this link.

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13 – 13 – 13

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 4, 2013

(by Ginger Morgan, Executive Director, 2 Million Dogs)

As I write this, summer is coming to a close. I’m fortunate that so far, 2013 has kept me busy working for you and this cause in the best of ways.

Faye Morgan.

Faye Morgan.

In August, we posted stories of dogs who’d had cancer to our Facebook page, and you responded with words of comfort, shares, and votes in our calendar contest. Thank you. The 2 Million Dogs family continues to impress me with their dedication every day.

I lost another dog to cancer this summer — my beloved Faye (pictured). Like many of you, I let these experiences fuel my fire for this cause. I’m writing this to acknowledge that you are our best resource — your input, your stories, your comments, and your support. With that in mind, I’m pleased to announce that moving forward, I will personally update you on 2 Million Dogs, here on our blog in the coming months. I’ll share helpful tips and information about canine cancer, announce special events where you can participate or meet up with other supporters in our community, or update you on the latest and greatest with the cause.

As we support comparative oncology research, the leadership at 2 Million Dogs steadily seeks new ways to help you to spread the word about its importance and our mutual belief that a cure for cancer is out there. We get many comments that some of you want to participate in a walk but cannot, mainly due to prior commitments or bum knees.

Our next event is just for you. And everyone, actually.

It’s called 13-13-13.

 
On September 13:

* Ask 13 friends on Facebook to “Like” the 2 Million Dogs Facebook page here.

* Donate $13 to canine cancer research at here.    Please click on the orange donate button.

* Write 13-13-13 on a piece of paper, hold it up, take a selfie (a photo of yourself), and post your picture to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #2milliondogs.

I hope you all participate in our 13-13-13 event, and get a chance to join us at one of our many Puppy Up! Walks this Fall.

 

Get involved -- Pete and Ginger

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