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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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Us In A Nutshell — Thanks, Chicago Tribune

Posted by Erich Trapp on October 11, 2012

Up Close and Personal — Melisa Kottmeier makes friends with Indy, one of two Great Pyrenees dogs owned by Luke Robinson, founder of the 2 Million Dogs organization, who spoke to dog owners at FYDO Land in Elgin about links between human and pet cancer. (photo by Darrell Goemaat)

The Chicago Tribune recently covered the story of 2 Million Dogs and did such a great job, we’d like to share it here in case you missed it.

“It’s [the article] not just about 2 Million Dogs.” says Executive Director Ginger Morgan, “It’s about how people live with cancer every day. By sharing this article you could be helping someone realize that they are not alone in their fight.”

The article was written by Amanda Marrazzo, Special to the Tribune. Photo credit is Darrell Goemaat, with the Chicago Tribune.

If you’d like to keep up with the work of 2 Million Dogs, you can set Google to do a Google Alert. How? Follow this link for simple directions.

Now, here’s the Chicago Tribune article …
October 10, 2012

When his beloved Great Pyrenees dog Malcolm died from bone cancer in 2004, Luke Robinson was sad and angry.

Adding to his loss: Nobody could tell him why.

“I didn’t even know dogs could get cancer,” Robinson said.

Beginning in 2008, Robinson and two of his other dogs, Murphy and Hudson, walked from his home in Texas to Boston to raise awareness about cancer in pets and links to human cancers as well. With stops and starts along the way, and Robinson and the dogs camping or staying with host families, the journey lasted more than two years.

“Somewhere on the cross-country walk I had this dream, this vision of taking the two dogs, walking 2,000 miles and making that into 2 million dogs,” he said.

And so his life’s mission was conceived. After the walk ended, the not-for-profit 2 Million Dogs was founded with the hope that eventually that number of canines and their owners will participate in walks to raise awareness and money to fund research to eradicate cancer from pets and people.

Humans share no direct genetic link with dogs, yet each dies from the same types of cancers in astronomical numbers, he said.

Sadly, Murphy was diagnosed with nasal cancer less than a month after arriving in Boston. He died a year and three days later.

Losing Murphy further strengthened his resolve.

“I think dogs are the canary in the coal mine,” he said. “I think that they hold the answer. They drink the same water we do, are exposed to the same air, environmental toxins. I can’t help to think since we don’t share a genetic link, there must be something in the environment.

“All the cancers we get, they are getting too,” he said. “And that is strange. … We share no evolutionary line with dogs. We don’t come from dogs and dogs don’t come from us.”

Robinson recently visited the Chicago area with Hudson and Indy, his newest “fuzzybutt,” on what he named the “Summer of Murphy Tour,” a cross-country journey in his van that he began in September.

He visited with local veterinary oncologists and met with dog lovers in Elgin and Schaumburg.

Robin Massey, owner of FYDO Land, dog day cares in Elgin and Huntley, said she was so moved by the mission at an event she attended last summer she became a co-chair of the local group.

“Unfortunately, being in the business I’m in, I have lost a lot of four-legged friends to cancer,” she said. “It’s not only about fighting cancer in canines, but about fighting cancer in everybody. It’s an all inclusive group.”

Since 2010, through events called Puppy-Up walks, 2 Million Dogs has raised $270,000, said Karyn Vasquez, a dog lover and member of the board of directors of the organization. About a third of the money goes to research, with the rest going toward education and awareness.

“For me, just letting people know that our companion animals really do get cancer is a huge step in the right direction,” said Vasquez, who lost her own dog, Chelios, to lymphoma on New Year’s Day 2010.

Last year the organization presented a $50,000 grant to Princeton University to fund the school’s study of canine mammary tumor development and progression.

“Mammary tumors are the most common tumors in intact female dogs,” she said. “In humans, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Mammary tumors in dogs and breast cancer in women have many similarities, both in terms of risk factors and biology.”

Interest in the mission has grown.

In 2010 there were Puppy-Up walks in 12 cities across the United States. In 2011, there were walks in 27 cities, and this year there are about 32. So far, about 3,000 dogs and their owners have participated, said Ginger Morgan, executive director of 2 Million Dogs.

“We are still looking for many dogs and their owners to help us in our fight against cancer,” Morgan said, encouraging owners to bring their dogs to a Nov. 3 walk in West Dundee.

“When we hit 2 million dogs, we will still continue walking. We’ll walk until we find a cure, until we can find out what is causing cancer and how we can prevent it.”

Heather Neal, of Aurora, like Robinson, also believes that cancers, as well as other ailments, in both humans and canines are caused by the environment we live in, the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.

She owns Cadence, an 8-year-old standard poodle, who last year received treatment for osteosarcoma, a malignant bone cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy, the amputation of her right back leg, a switch to a raw food diet and a daily cocktail of herbal supplements, Cadence is doing much better and today is cancer-free.

“She is vibrant, full of life, energetic,” Neal said. “Being on three legs has not stopped her at all. She is like a tornado.”

Neal believes humans have a spiritual connection with their dogs, and that dogs are the key to unlocking the mysteries of cancer.

“They are more than just pets to us; they are a family member,” she said. “Let’s do what we can to cure (cancer). It will be good for dogs and human beings.”

Dr. Tiffany Leach, a veterinary oncologist who works at Specialty Vets in Buffalo Grove, said there are cancers that behave the same in humans and dogs, and there are also treatments that work on both human and dog cancers.

For example, sarcomas behave the same in children as they do in dogs, and there are medicines that can be used to treat both, Leach said.

“Vet oncology is so important to us because we can take a lot of the human cancers and get information to use for dog cancers,” she said.

As a resident at Purdue University she worked on a study of bladder cancer. It was found that the same treatments used for human bladder cancer were effective when used to treat bladder cancer in dogs.

It’s also been proved that pediatric osteosarcoma, or bone cancer, displays the same behaviors in children and dogs. And doctors are able to use the same treatments as veterinarians in treating it.

Leach also believes environmental factors play a role in canine and human cancers. But she also believes certain breeds tend to be prone to specific cancers. For example, she said, a Bernese mountain dog is prone to histiocytic sarcoma, an aggressive cancer that begins in the muscle tissue.

Leach herself knows firsthand the pain of dealing with cancer on more than one level. Her grandfather suffered with prostate cancer, which first led her to studying oncology along with veterinary medicine.

In 2005, she was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, or kidney cancer. Though she declined to go into detail about her health, she has gone through treatments and at least two surgeries, and simply said, “I’m handling it. I’m still able to go to work and lead a pretty normal life.”

Then there are her two beloved Irish wolfhounds, which each have dealt with their own cancers. Gideon, 6, had a soft-tissue sarcoma. The dog has had surgeries and radiation and is in remission. Jiggs, 9, was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a type of a bone cartilage tumor. Jiggs underwent surgery two months ago and seems to be in remission, she said.

All of these situations have confirmed that the profession she has chosen as her life’s work is exactly where she should be. She knows the struggles of cancer. She knows the heartache of a pet having a life-threatening disease. So when sitting with a pet owner and telling them their pet has cancer, she can honestly say she knows how they feel.

“You can at least genuinely say, ‘I’ve been through this and I understand,’ and you can really mean it on a level I couldn’t have had,” she said. “I’ve been lucky in that respect. I’m an undying optimist. I like to take the positive out of all of this.”

Robinson, meanwhile, is off to another city. His message is for all people, those with and without pets, and those who have or have not been affected by cancer.

“We are facing nature’s perfect enemy,” Robinson said. “No man, woman, child or companion animal is spared its killing field.”

A 2 Million Dog Puppy-Up will be held Nov. 3, at Randall Oaks Park, 1180 N. Randall Road, West Dundee. Registration is 10 a.m., opening ceremonies at 11:15 a.m., and a two-mile walk steps off at 11:30 a.m. Closing ceremonies will be at 12:30 p.m.

Preregistration by Nov. 1 is $20 per person (under the age of 14 is free). Day of walk registration is $25 per person. No limit on the number of dogs.

Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations and must not be on a retractable leash.

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Thank You, Orchard Park School Students!

Posted by Erich Trapp on October 5, 2012

Luke with student Carley Levinsohn presenting a check for over $400.00 to 2 Million Dogs. (Photo by Make Corbin of WIBC)

As reported by Mike Corbin with WIBC, 93.1FM,  some enterprising Indiana grade schoolers led by one young lady are doing their bit for cancer research.

Students at Orchard Park School in Indianapolis, Indiana donated the $400 they raised to 2 Million Dogs Thursday.

Fifth-grader Carly Levinsohn heard about the group. She was on hand to present the check to Robinson and his dogs Indiana and Hudson outside the school (pictured).

As part of a class assignment to build a business, Carly and other students in her class chose to donate their profits to the group. Carly says she hopes the money helps researchers cure cancer in dogs and people. Robinson says the donation is important because it will help toward that end. He adds that raising awareness is also crucial. Robinson says many people don’t know that pets can also get brain, breast and other types of cancers and that the disease has a similar physiological makeup in dogs as in humans.

 

Thank you Carly and all the kids who Puppied Up! and made the donation happen.

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The 14th Of …

Posted by Erich Trapp on October 3, 2012

Ginger Morgan with Murphy, Luke Robinson with Hudson, and a multitude of friends and supporters walking the final mile together in Boston.

So Luke had this idea a while back.

If 2 dogs could walk 2,000 miles for cancer we could get 2 million dogs all over the country to walk.  On the same day and at the same time. I’m a very visual person and the impact of that would send shockwaves across the nation.  Literally – if we had a bunch of big dogs pounding the pavement in synchronicity.  

We chose the first Sunday in November for no reason other than auspicious weather in most parts of the country and out of respect for other walks.

This year, we have 25 cities walking on the exact same day (the others are rebels) but the Fuzzybutts can only be at one of them.  And this year, it’s the final stop on the first Summer of Murphy tour and I have something special in store and you don’t want to miss it. 

But it’s not up to me.  It’s up to you.  The city that raises the most money by October 14th is where we’ll be and you can click here to sign up for your local walk, start a team, and start fundraising. 

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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.

THE LAS VEGAS 2012 PUPPY UP! WALK
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

VENDOR/SPONSOR/DONATIONS

Contact: Rhondda Stark Atlas
PuppyUpWalkLasVegas@gmail.com

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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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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!
https://www.facebook.com/events/385542321513638/
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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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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