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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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In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 6, 2013

"In the wee small hours of the morning, When the whole wide world is fast asleep ..."

“In the wee small hours of the morning, While the whole wide world is fast asleep …”

In the wee small hours of the morning, that’s the time we miss them most of all.”

Our latest totals as of Tuesday, August 6. Yes, in the wee small hours of the morning, 4:00 AM CDT.

Please bookmark our blog. Keep in mind totals can change rapidly as we move into the final days. This year’s contest ends Thursday, August 8 at 12:00 Midnight EDT. Please plan accordingly. I’ll be posting totals again tomorrow and, of course, Thursday throughout the day.

If you need to make an off-line donation (a check from a friend or cash), please email me (erich@2milliondogs.org) and let me know. I can make the donation for you. But these donations HAVE to clear before we can mark them paid and applied to your dog’s votes.

Good Luck to everyone and Puppy Up! And remember, whether your pup wins or not, he or she will appear in the calendar in the “Gallery Of Dogs” pages. No one gets left behind.


Czar Viney 1385
Yukon Harris 770
Trooper Collins 725
Kailech Cummins 500
Calamity Jane Rockwell 470
Maggie Snow-Cormier 460
Molly Su Applegate 455
Bentley Linaberry 435
Pugsley Granberry 345
Kyle Golz 310
Beta Yadao 300
Gracie Martin 300
Eva Dupre 295
Gracie Calvo 265
Murphy Morris 245
Roscoe Behrle 240
Jigsaw Allgood 240
Sunny Osborne 235
Merlin Miltner 225
Blondie Henley 220
Sheba Marie Pyle 190
Guinnes Litt 185
Nestle Epstein 185
Shadow Wade 182
Annie Graffunder 170
Leela Decker 150
Jake Turner 145
Mogli DeWald 90
Sundae Reed 80
Jackie Pilarski 70
Jake Pilarski 70
Remedy Pilarski 70
Mauser Lopez 67
Abby Lavin 60
Savannah Wolff 55
Chance Galante 55
Charlie Mortensen 50
Ginger Suh Quimby 50
Murphy Hansen 50
Jessica Baud 30
Desi Scroggins 30
Merlin Kisiel 30
Harley Waterloo 30
Riley Robinson 30
Buckeye Belle Eaton 25
Saffron Brandstetter 25
Zoe Brandstetter 25
Marshal Fortson 20
Maggie Smith 20
Harley Giazzon 20
Mischa Brown 20
Angel Treglia 15
Crystal No Last Name 15
Angel Cavella 15
Lexi Sutphen 10
Rinti du Plessis 10
Uma Neet-Whitaker 10
Chloe Bear Forster 10
Ruby Warner 10
Ingrid Neet-Whitaker 5
Max Waterloo 5
Angel Warner 5
Bailey Sandberg 5
Bebe Moroz 5
Kanye Parry 5
Little Bear Hain 5

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2 Million Dogs — Our Mission

Posted by Erich Trapp on March 13, 2013


Our Mission

2 Million Dogs Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and our ongoing commitment is discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research. Our organization is accomplishing that mission in the following ways:

Education and Awareness
The field of comparative oncology is relatively new and 2 Million Dogs continues to educate people about its tremendous potential through a global campaign of strategic partnerships, seminars, speaking engagements, social media, events, broadcasts, and other forms of media.

Empowerment and Mobilization
Through our The Puppy Up! Walks, we are building the largest pet and people cancer community in the world; from business people to artists to scientists and humanitarians, we are forging partnerships with individuals and institutions with the singular purpose of ridding the world of one of its deadliest diseases.

Investment in Research
2 Million Dogs scientific objectives are: Broadening our understanding of the links between human and companion animal cancer, creating a cross institutional collaborative platform, developing new approaches to research, and funding translational cancer studies that benefit both pets and people.

About Cancer

Like people, companion animals develop cancer – they get brain, breast, bone and lung cancer; lymphoma, and melanoma just to name a few, and scientists have discovered that the malignant cells are biologically comparable between humans and our companion animals.

Furthermore, cats and dogs are exposed to the same environmental risks, so if we hope to eradicate cancer there is tremendous potential in forming a partnership between pets and people.

Benefits of Comparative Oncology

There is a large population of cats and dogs with pre-existing cases of cancer

Cancer occurs in pets within years compared to decades in humans

Veterinarian Oncologists believe there are between 4 and 8 million new cases of cancer in companion animals every year. Most of those never receive adequate care or treatment.

Increasing the number of comparative oncology studies means more and more dogs and cats will have access to the latest treatments.

It’s important to note – comparative oncology studies do NOT involve animal testing. The companion pets that participate have naturally occurring cancer  ̶  the cancer has already developed in the animal; it was not induced. This means that one of the potential long-term benefits of these studies could be reducing our reliance on animal testing.

pupperDo You Know The 10 Early Warning Signs?

Love your dog? Learn the 10 L’s


Not all lumps and bumps are cancerous in dogs. There are sebaceous cysts, lipomas, and warts, all of which are benign. But if you detect a growth on your dog it’s important to have it checked out by a veterinarian and, if warranted, aspirated and biopsied.


Scratches and abscesses are not uncommon for the normal, active dog but the sores that don’t heal can be of concern.


Bone cancer is typically found in larger breed dogs like Great Danes, Bernese Mountain dogs, Rottweilers, Boxers, Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards, and Great Pyrenees, and the primary early indication is prolonged limping or favoring a limb or side. Other types of cancers can also cause persistent lameness.

Loss of Appetite

If your dog shows no interest in eating or their daily consumption has declined for several days, take them to a vet.


Tiring out easily, unwillingness to exercise and loss of interest in normal daily activities can be an early sign of cancer.

Loss of Weight

Not to be confused with loss of appetite. Cachexia, or emaciation, is often associated with cancer and can occur even if your dog is still eating normally. So if your dog is inexplicably losing weight, consult a veterinarian.

Loud Odor

A very strong and offensive smell can sometimes be a byproduct of tumors in the mouth and nasal cavity.

Loss of Normal Body Functions

Dogs having difficulty voiding or defecation or unusual urine or feces should be looked at.

Loss of Blood, Bleeding or Bloody Discharge

Blood present in vomit, stool, and nasal discharge are cause for serious concern and although not always telltale signs of cancer, your dog should be examined as soon as possible.

Labored Breathing

Abnormal respiration or respiratory distress can be a symptom of cancers in dogs.


Come and get involved!   To find out more about the 2 Million Dogs Foundation, our nationwide Walks, our yearly calendar, our other fund-raising events, and the research our efforts support, please visit our web page

And please come join us on Facebook, follow the adventures of Hudson and Indy, and follow us on Twitter

For more information, please contact us by writing to our Executive Director, Ginger Morgan, at ginger@2milliondogs.org.

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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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Penn Vet Hosts Free Lecture, “Losing a Pet and the Grieving Process”

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 31, 2012


For those of you in the Philadelphia, PA area, you might be interested in this presentation, coming up Saturday, September 8 the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet). The lecture is free and starts at 10 AM EDT. Here’s the information from the Penn Vet web page:

Grief Counselor Michele Pich slated to speak at Saturday, September 8 event

[August 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA] – On Saturday, September 8 the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) will host a free, open-to-the-public lecture called “Losing a Pet and the Grieving Process” at Penn Vet in Philadelphia, PA.

Beginning at 10:00 AM, Michele Pich, Ryan Hospital’s grief counselor, will cover the benefits of the animal-human bond and how a break in that bond influences a person’s life. She will talk about the stages of grief, what to expect when grieving the loss of a pet and the importance of having a support system in coping with that loss. Ms. Pich will also give suggestions for memorializing and honoring the ones we have lost.

Who: Penn Vet, dog and cat owners, interested members of the public.

What: Free lecture titled “Losing a Pet and the Grieving Process,” featuring Michele Pich of Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital.

Where: School of Veterinary Medicine, Hill Pavilion, located at 380 S. University Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

When: Lecture beginning at 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 8, 2012 and ending at 11:30 AM.

To register: Registration is required as seating is limited. This lecture is appropriate for all ages, but participants are asked to not bring their pets. To register, contact Michelle Brooks at mibrooks@vet.upenn.edu or 215.898.1480.

If you’re not in the area, you might email Michelle Brooks and ask her if they can make this lecture into a podcast for later listening. Perhaps if she gets enough requests, they can make it happen. At least suggest that they do so in the future.

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Duke Sanchez

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 9, 2012

Sometimes people only hear about our calendar contest at the last minute, when it’s much too late to enter. So is the case with this beautiful boy. I got Technical Sergeant Claudia Sanchez’s entry just as the last votes were being counted, and my heart sank because he missed the contest. But you must meet Duke and read a bit of his story. Remember him … I hope he will be our first entry next year.

Duke Sanchez


(by Claudia Sanchez, TSgt, USAF) Duke was a rescue that our family adopted after he followed us home one day after a jog. He fit right in with our other dogs and became my running partner. We got him sept 2011 and he was diagnosed with bone cancer November 2011 and laid to rest Jan 2012. In that short time he became not only my running partner but also my motivator. He kept me running and rehabilitated me after I became bedridden for a month. He gave me his everything and asked for nothing. My heart still hurts and I’ll always miss him.

There is nothing I wouldn’t give for one more run with him.

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A Father’s Father’s Day Wish

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 17, 2012

(by Luke Robinson) Late December 2010 when it became evident that Murphy’s initial course of radiation had not only failed but a new tumor, a sarcoma, had developed I knew his time was running out.  And even though I made the hard decision for a radical second round of radiation, my mind was already planning one final farewell tour:  To the cities we had not walked through and for those who hadn’t met Murphy and witnessed his indomitable spirit.

The handful of my confidants, who were in on the early discussions about the tour, were resoundingly against it for they feared the stress would compromise his already battered body.  Although I fought fiercely for it, within a few weeks his health deteriorated and I knew they were right and the tour was canceled.

Almost equally painful than resigning yourself to the inevitability of losing your child and the absolute sense of helplessness was the sad realization that Murphy would never directly touch lives like the thousands he had on our walk.

I saved this blog for Father’s Day because as a father you do everything you can to save the life of your child and when that fails you do everything you can to carry their memory and beauty forward.

On the eve of the first anniversary of his passing, we have the possibility of fulfilling that dream.  We are planning a 20 city Summer of Murphy tour and the Toyota 100 Cars for Good has given us the chance to realize it.

The Murphy Mobile, as it will be christened, will be a beacon of hope and belief at every stop it makes for everyone and anyone who has been touched by cancer.  It’ll be both a place of celebration and remembrance and a reminder that our work is not done.

I wish I could have saved my boy.  I wish I could bring him back.  But I hope and pray I can keep his legacy alive. This is my Father’s Day wish.

And to do so, I need your help.  Please vote for 2 Million Dogs to win a Murphy Mobile. Even though voting doesn’t begin until 10AM EST on the 20th, right now you can go to www.100carsforgood.com,  type 2 Million Dogs in the search box and click on ‘Remind Me’ and an email reminder will be sent to you.

Keep the Faith, Puppy Up, & Happy Father’s day.

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Good Nutrition Is Vital To Maintaining A Robust Immune System

Posted by Erich Trapp on April 9, 2012

Whether your dog has cancer or not, maintaining a balanced and healthy diet is vital. When a dog’s immune system is compromised, either by disease or treatment, nutrition is critical in giving your companion the best chances possible for fighting disease. As many are becoming aware, good nutrition is at the heart of the battle against cancer.

If you feed your pet a commercially prepared diet (canned and/or dry foods), it’s essential that you know what’s in the food and how to read the label. But after the first few ingredients, reading dog food labels is often like reading hieroglyphics.

But there’s hope. Here’s a helpful article on WebMD by Elizabeth Lee that can help you decipher the contents of your dog’s dinner. The article starts here and lists 7 things you should know about reading dog food labels, what’s good, and what you’ll want to avoid, including: (1) How do I read the dog food ingredient list? (2) What are byproducts, and should I avoid dog foods that contain them? (3) What are all those chemical-sounding names? (4) How can I make sure the food meets my dog’s needs? (5) What is the guaranteed analysis? (6) What do “natural” and “holistic” labels mean? and finally (7) What is organic pet food? Additionally, the article provides a “Feeding Directory” with numerous articles on appetite, hydration, new-puppy diets, and a host of other helpful links.

And for more on nutrition and dogs with cancer, you might find the article on “Nutrition for the Canine Cancer Patient” at CanineCancer.com helpful as well.


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I Am 2 Dogs 2000 Miles

Posted by Erich Trapp on March 29, 2012

by Luke Robinson, March 29, 2012

reprinted from the 2dogs2000miles blog

Since the conclusion of the walk I’ve been bouncing around all over the place starting blogs, fan clubs, and websites, too.  Two reasons for this; first I’m a lightening rod for novel thoughts and innovative ideas.  I was born this way and rarely a week goes by when I’m not climbing the conceptual walls.  Ginger has a placard in her house specifically for me that reads, “Go Fascinate Someone Else,” since she has historically almost always been on the business end of my ideations.

Second, it seems apparent to me now that some of them were designed by my subconscious mind as a distraction from accepting, internalizing, and processing Murphy’s loss.  I joked that after I returned from my fast last year I sat down in front of a spreadsheet to list all of the projects and ideas I had.  Three sheets later, I still wasn’t finished probably making me the busiest homeless guy ever.

I have been working tirelessly since then on multiple fronts all, in their own right in furtherance of my life’s mission and as extension of the walk.   The Homeless Chef was spawned from the many meals I made for host families to thank them for their kindness and generosity.  Finding Fuzzybutt Four was conceived by me to help find homes for other rescued Pyrenees once little Indy came into our life.

For a long while now I intended to phase out 2 Dogs 2000 Miles because that journey was over.  Evolve it into the Fuzzybutt Fight Club or one of the other sites I launched to become the central console for my efforts to eradicate cancer.

But managing so many projects mostly on my own has exacted a tremendous toll on me and it’s time to focus.

Although I loved every second of life on the road I never considered myself a hardcore hiker or adventure junkie.  That’s reserved for guys like Jonathan Stalls whom nature custom designed specifically for that.

Yes, yes… I knew we would have future adventures like 2 Dogs 2000 Beers or 2 Dogs 200 Golf Courses I hadn’t figured out what came next yet.

But I realize now after all of this reflection and introspection and the tragic circumstances in between, this story shall continue as it began.

I am 2 Dogs 2000 Miles and walking across Japan is Chapter Two.

Some of you were curious why I’ve chosen the Rising Sun next and I’ll address that in a future blog.  But for now to simplify and focus, some changes must be made.

1. My personal Facebook page, 2 Dogs 2000 Miles will continue.  However I have about a thousand people waiting to be my friend as it is my personal account.

2. The 2 Dogs 2000 Miles Group on Facebook will also continue . This will be the only authentic FB for now.  We may have to convert to a fan page rather than a group but  we’ll deal with that when we get to it.  Thank you for everyone who has been keeping the group alive and I will have a stronger presence there going forward.

3. Fuzzybutt Fight Club and the 2 Dogs 2000 Miles fan pages I’ll be phasing out and posting for everyone there to move over to the aforementioned group.

4. The 2dogs2000miles blog will be my own personal and professional public blog.  I’ll post things about cancer, the foundation I started – 2 Million Dogs events; but expect recipes, adventures, and social commentaries here as well.  If you only care to learn about developments in canine cancer and comparative oncology, please visit the foundation’s website.

5. The only other blog which will carry forward is Raising Indiana though there  will be changes there, too and to learn about those please read about them here.

Finding Fuzzybutt Four and the Homeless Chef won’t be, however, as I am winding those down. Although I’m tremendously appreciative of everyone’s involvement, I just don’t have time for them.

6. The Rock, The Ripple, and the River.  The book has been the greatest consternation and lack of clarity for me since the walk ended.  It plagues me still.  Part one, the first of the trilogy, is complete but I’m thinking now that the documentary should take priority as Jesse, my partner and DP and I have been working tirelessly to get it to a film festival for next year.  This may change.  Hell, it may change, then change back, then change again.  All I can say with absolute certainty is this story, its past, present, and future will be told.

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Great Pod Cast with Dr. Temple Grandin

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 3, 2011

Dr. Temple Grandin's new book.

Please visit the Finding Fuzzybutts Four blog and enjoy the latest pod cast with Luke and his special guest, Dr. Temple Grandin. Find out more about Dr. Grandin’s newest book, Animals Make Us Human here. To learn more about her work, please visit her web site.

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