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Notice to Puppy Up! Jersey City Supporters

Posted by Erich Trapp on October 31, 2012

From the organizers of Puppy Up! Jersey City, we just received this:

Dear Puppy Up! Jersey City supporters,

Due to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, City of Jersey City has understandably canceled all events for the upcoming weekend including Puppy Up!

We wish everyone in the area well as we recover and restore.

In response to your questions – Although we will not physically Walk the Walk, we continue to strive to reach our goal of $10,000. So, we encourage all supporters to visit us online and:

1. “register” to walk by Nov 1st;
2. Fundraise through Nov 4th;
3. Sponsor a team, walker or fundraiser by donating to them by Nov 4th;
4. Donate to Puppy Up! Jersey City by Nov 4th.


Because our availability is limited as we recuperate in Jersey City, please follow our Facebook and Kintera walk pages for updates. Thank you for your help and support… Puppy Up!

All the best to everyone who has met Sandy.

2 Million Dogs extends its heartfelt good wishes to ALL our friends, supporters, sponsors, and walkers throughout all the areas affected by Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy.

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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.

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


Contact: Rhondda Stark Atlas

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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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Music City — Here We Come

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 26, 2012

Indy’s resting up for his trip to Music City, September 2nd. No doubt — he’s dreaming of Jackson’s Brunch Menu.

OK. So you wouldn’t know it to look at him, but Indy is pretty excited about heading to Music City on September 2nd!

Meet Indy, along with his brother Hudson, Founder of 2 Million Dogs, Luke Robinson, and Executive Director, Ginger Morgan (AKA Mommy G) this coming Sunday, September 2nd, at 3PM CDT at Jackson’s Bar and Bistro located in the center of Hillsboro Village one block from Vanderbilt University and three blocks from Belmont University and Music Row, 1800 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

Come enjoy some great company and delicious food and learn all about the Summer of Murphy Tour.

Nashville, TN (yes, THAT Music City) is their first stop on the Summer of Murphy Tour. (Click on the link to see their schedule of cities across the country.)

For more information on this event AND the 2 Million Dogs’ Nashville Puppy Up! Walk, please contact Sheila at sheila@2milliondogs.org.

For directions to Jackson’s, click here.

For news and updates on all 2 Million Dogs’ events and activities, our Puppy Up! Walks nationwide, and a complete schedule of The Tour, please visit our web page. And don’t forget to check out our new Puppy Up! Store.

While you’re at it, why not stop by and ‘like’ us on Facebook here.

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Meet Odie — Canine Grand Marshall, San Antonio

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 15, 2011

Odie is the Canine Grand Marshall for the Puppy Up! Walk in San Antonio. Odie has been diagnosed with Spindle Cell Carcinoma.

Submitted by his mom, Jo Ann Loux

Odie is a pit bull who was found in November 2008 wandering the streets of San Antonio. He was malnourished, heart-worm positive and had numerous puncture wounds on his body. Thanks to the kindness of the volunteers at the Converse Animal Shelter ,  he was rescued and nursed back to health. After spending time with a wonderful foster family and learning social skills at Green Dog Kennels.

At the kennel, Odie found a fur-ever friend, Chardonnay. It didn’t take long thereafter for Odie to become a permanent member of Chardonnay’s home in January 2010.

Unfortunately, six months after finding his forever home Odie was diagnosed with Spindle Cell Carcinoma and underwent surgery. He did well following surgery but in March 2011 it was confirmed that his cancer had spread and his time with me would be measured in months, not years. I had recently lost my beloved 11-year old Rottweiler to Osteosarcoma so I knew what Odie would be facing in the months ahead and decided to do my best to make sure he enjoys every day with me. And, in return, not a day goes by that Odie does not bring joy to my life. He is always making me laugh, whether by the quirky way he runs when he’s excited to see me or the way in which he is constantly picking up everything on the floor to take it to “his room” for safe-keeping. So far, Odie’s cancer has not slowed him down or changed his fun-loving spirit.
I don’t know whether it is Odie’s zest for life or his lion-hearted personality, but he has touched many lives and makes a lasting impression on everyone he meets.  Like many others who have adopted a rescue animal, my life will be forever changed for giving Odie the forever home that he truly deserves.

~ Jo Ann Loux. San Antonio, Texas

Odie will also be attending the San Antonio Pet Expo.  He will be at the 2 Million Dog Booth. Look him up and say HI!

Puppy Up! Walk San Antonio 2011.  Join us on fb.  November 6, 2011 Mc Allister Park.

Thanks also to:

Lea Ann Goettsch, Pawfessional Baker, Doggie Dessert Chef
www.GreenDogDelicacies.com  210-842-7157
Organic / Natural Gourmet Dog Biscuits
Woof-liscious Doggie Cake & Biscuit Mixes
Hannah’s Helping Paw


UPDATE from Lea Ann Goettsch:  We’ll be at the San Antonio Pet Expo this Saturday, July 23, promoting 2 Million Dogs and the Puppy Up! Walk San Antonio. We’ll post pictures for y’all. There were 10,000 who walked through the door last year. I’m totally thrilled and honored to be there for 2 Million Dogs.

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43 Stones

Posted by Erich Trapp on December 1, 2010

Written by Luke, Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Murphy finished his course of antibiotics but he continues to bleed from his left nostril periodically. I’ve consulted with DVMs & MDs but at the end of the day my instinct tells me something is wrong.

While fish oil is an anticoagulant I began administering 2 grams daily in Louisville back in September but it wasn’t until San Francisco two months later that his nosebleeds began. It may be a contributing factor but it isn’t the cause.

So what does the nosebleed mean? It could be a positive indication that the tumor cells are lysing or a symptom of tumor growth or even the side effects of radiation.

I talked at length with an ICU doc last night and after running through a scenario analysis, we agreed that it was, in her words, structural. She also pointed out that my insticts have always been spot on with Murphy. True enough, as it was nineteen stones ago I awoke Saturday morning and knew something was wrong with Murphy. The following Monday my fears were confirmed that he had nasal cancer.

According to Dr. LaRue, his radiation oncologist,  after four months it’s more likely than not that some tumor tissue will remain so we’re already anticipating surgery or hopefully not more radiation.

We’re a week and a half away from his CT scan and while I have many meetings and appearances between now and then I can cancel those and move up our appointment at CSU. The question is, if the tumor is growing again, does a week and a half make a difference?

Back before Malcolm was diagnosed with bone cancer I swore I detected a slight limp and I observed him every day on our walks on the Charles River. But I let his vet convince me I was seeing things. A few weeks later after I finally took him in for an X-ray and got the diagnosis I was racked with guilt for not going with my gut but his oncologist assured me it wouldn’t have mattered.

I feel like I have six-shooter pointed at my head with three bullets in it. I’m just so busted up inside.

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(2 Million) Dog(s) Tired

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 18, 2010

Our friend Bette Allen, owner of Tiny Growl, sums up her experience organizing the puppy up! Walk in her part of the world. It’s a great post and here’s just a taste. For the rest please follow this link.

Sundy Holland, Bailey and Syd.

It’s been nearly two weeks since my last post.  Other than when I first began blogging, I don’t think I’ve ever been quiet for quite so long.  I do apologize to my loyal readers, but it’s taken me all this time just to feel “normal” again.  The 2 Million Dogs Puppy Up! Walk was Sunday, November 7th and I can honestly say that I’ve never worked harder on anything in my life.  I’ve organized events before, but never for

Bette Allen and the puppy up! Crew from Seattle.

charity and never with a crew of less than a dozen people.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: fundraising ain’t no place for sissies.  You can quote me.  One nice side-effect is that I’ve lost nearly 10 lbs.  I call it the 501(c)3 diet and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

Vendors setting up.

The people that came to support Luke’s cause and walked with us on November 7th were there for those that they had lost.  They carried pictures of their dogs, held leashes that once connected them to their boys and girls and carried the memory of that loss with them as they walked.

Thanks to Bette and the folks in Seattle who came out and walked.

And thanks to all our City Leaders who put so much time and effort into such a great cause!

If you’d like to organize a Walk in your city or town for next year, or get People Tags.involved in any of our activities and events, please contact us through our web site.


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In The News

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 18, 2010

Reporter-Herald/Jackie Hutchins. Walkers and their dogs start their two-mile trek Sunday afternoon during the Puppy Up Walk for Cancer, raising money and awareness for canine cancer research.

Here’s a great article from The Reporter Herald about the 2 Million Dogs puppy up! Walk in Fort Collins …

By Jackie Hutchins for Loveland Reporter-Herald

FORT COLLINS — After Luke Robinson lost a Great Pyrenees dog to cancer, he and his two remaining dogs took a walk — a long walk.

The trio walked 2,000 miles over two years, from Austin, Texas, to Boston, Mass., to share his story and raise awareness about cancer in dogs.

That effort grew into a foundation and a national effort to bring dogs and owners together to raise money for cancer research to benefit both people and dogs.

Fort Collins and 11 other communities across the country held the 2 Million Dogs Foundation’s first Puppy Up walks on Sunday.

One of Robinson’s other dogs, 9-year-old Great Pyrenees Murphy, was treated for nasal cancer at Colorado State University in August.

For the rest of the article, please follow this link.

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Two Walks in One

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 12, 2010

Readying the Chiefmobile.

Guest blog by Kerry Sneddon

We started our day with the intention of just attending the Poughkeepsie, NY Puppy Up! Walk and had pre-registered for it.  Michelle then put up a post on Facebook changing the starting time to ten AM.  I said to Robbin, Wow!  I’ll bet we could do both the Poughkeepsie and New Milford walks because registration was at 1:00 PM in New Milford.  Well, we loaded up the boys and hit the road from Central New Jersey shortly before eight AM and started our journey to Poughkeepsie, NY.  About 175 miles later, we rolled into the Poughkeepsie walk site and it was beautiful!  What a great group of people and dogs!  The last portion of the walk gave us the choice of a long road around the hillside or the route as the crow would fly.  We chose the latter and Chief negotiated the narrow footbridge over the

Kerry expertly maneuvering Chief and Ranger onto the bridge.

pond and then headed straight up the hill towards the pavilion.  Just using his front legs in the wheelchair, he went right up that steep grassy hill like a mountain goat!  We were in awe at his determination!  We rested a while after the walk and Michelle had some games and prizes for us and the pups.

I looked at my watch and it was almost noon at this point.  I said to Robbin, “Think we can make it to the New Milford Walk?”  The GPS said we could make the distance of a little over fifty miles through the mountains just in time to catch the registration time slot for the New Milford, CT Puppy Up! Walk.  We had met Dawn and her dog Sunny last spring in Newtown, CT when Luke and the boys were passing through.  We also had spent time together up in Boston for the final mile so we wanted to give old friends a big personal hug.  We loaded the boys up and off

Picture postcard perfect -- the town of New Milford, CT.

we went!  Robbin wondered if we were going to be able to get there before the 2:00 PM Walk start time.  Well, utilizing the skills garnered from a career in Law Enforcement, we made it through all those mountain passes

The New Milford walk begins.

and switchbacks and rolled into the New Milford, CT. Puppy Up!  Walk shortly after 1:00 PM with plenty of time to relax, meet and greet and photo shoot!  What an  amazing array of dogs had shown up in New Milford!  Dawn had laid out a beautiful walk through downtown, up and down some steep hills.  What a picturesque and quaint little New England town and the people were all outgoing, friendly and wonderful!  People, riding by in their cars, tooting the horn in approval!  Chief was having a ball in his wheelchair.  He would tuck his one hind leg up and coast down the hills….he looked like Fred Flintstone putting on the brakes when the speed started to get to great for him.  Everyone around him was

Sunny resting.

in hysterics laughing at his antics.  After everything he has been through, he sure can teach us humans what it’s all about to just deal with life’s happenings in stride and make the most out of each day!

After enjoying the company of so many supporters all day, walking uphill and down, nice brisk New England weather (quite windy!), we packed up the boys for the ride home.  Right around two hundred miles later we rolled back into the homestead with two pooped out Pyrs and two pooped but happy and proud humans!  We just hope we can put the SEARCH into cancer research.  So much for research……stop going over and over well trodden paths to find that key to eradicating cancer….look at all new ways through comparative oncology to unlock the door to putting the reins on raging cell division!

Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson.

On behalf of my beloved Pyr girl, Nimbo, and Luke’s Malcolm, who were escorted over the Rainbow Bridge before their time, Robbin and I will always be front-runners in the battle against cancer.  The support staff are all people who are guided through life by their hearts, especially those who have been severely wounded in one way or another by cancer.  It peaks the emotion like none other.

Kerry ‘n Robbin Sneddon, the support staff for Chief and Ranger, the Pyr brothers, and our two Samoyeds, Mother Maddy and daughter, Luna!

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