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One More Day!

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 8, 2012

“Still time to vote!”

Time’s almost up for this year’s Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest voting.

But you still have until midnight Eastern to vote. (That’s 11 PM Central, 10 PM Mountain, and 9 PM Pacific.) Still plenty of time to vote for your favorite puppers. Please go here to vote.

When will we know who has won? Please give us some turn-around time to check all the numbers. But you can get a pretty good idea by clicking on the link above and keeping track of the totals.  We’ll post winners and all the totals to our blog here, and we’ll send the individual winners email notices.

If you have any burning questions, please email me at erich@2milliondogs.org.

Good luck! And thanks to everyone who participated.


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Featured Pup — Abby Knoche

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 4, 2012

Abby Knoche.

Abby Knoche is one of our featured pups for the 2 Million Dogs’ 2013 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest.

(by Nancy Knoche) We adopted Abby, an 8-year-old female Sheltie, in December 2009. She was our first dog. Her original owners never had her spayed and by May of 2010 she had developed breast cancer, something our vet warned us could happen when he spayed her. We spent the summer traveling 90 minutes to a veterinary oncologist every three weeks. Abby handled the chemo like a trooper and never lost her sweet disposition (or her hair!). After a short respite, the tumors returned in October. A radical mastectomy gave us more time to love her, and again she handled it all with unbelievable ease, greeting the trick-or-treaters at our door with a wagging tail the very day she came home from the vet’s. She even raised money for 2 Million Dogs, proudly wearing her “Puppy Up!” bandana around the neighborhood. We savored our winter months with her, but by April 2011 we knew it was time to let her go. She was such a fighter to the very end. We called her our big hairy bag of love. She will always be the dog of our hearts.

Alan & Nancy Knoche

Voting continues through August 8th at midnight EDT. For more information, email erich@2milliondogs.org  To vote for these terrific puppers, please click on this link.  It will take you directly to the list of all the contestants. Click on the pup(s) of your choice. To vote, click on “Click here to donate” at the top of their page, just underneath the title.

Don’t miss out on your chance to share the excitement and put your favorite dog on this year’s “Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down” 2 Million Dogs’ calendar. Voting has been fast and furious, so don’t delay!

Proceeds from this year’s calendar will go to The Broad Institute, doing research in the genomics of canine cancer. Look for more details here. Our 13 top winners will decide which of three studies we will fund: osteosarcoma, mass cell tumors, or lymphoma.

Every vote is a dollar well-spent, searching for the causes of cancer. We’re working with researchers investigating cancer through comparative oncology, and searching for ways to stop cancers before they start.

Please join us in making a difference — until, together we can say: Cancer. Touches. No one.

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Voting is Live!

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 26, 2012

“I can’t wait to vote! Click here to see our cool video.”

Voting for the 2013 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down is now Live!

Here’s the link to take you to voting. Instructions are there.

Check out all the terrific contestants we have in this year’s calendar contest and go vote for your favorites! (Yes, that’s plural. Of course!)
Voting has been extended to August 8th, midnight EDT. So you have plenty of time to vote early and often.

Remember, your voting dollars will help decide the 13 winners of this year’s contest and proceeds will go to help fund a study with The Broad Institute.

THANKS to everyone who entered the contest. All your puppers are beautiful! Entries have now closed — but don’t forget to vote! Voting continues through August 8th at midnight EDT.

For more on the calendar, please visit our blog here.

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Featured Pup – Holly Villati

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 7, 2012

Holly Villati and a few of her toys.

From now until voting begins on July 1st, we’ll feature our calendar dog contestants. Today we’d like you to meet Holly.

(by Emily Villati)  Holly came to be part of our family on Thanksgiving Day.  Holly was a beautiful red-haired, hazel-eyed, pink-nosed Golden Retriever. Right away the whole family fell in love with her.

We live in a house with a large back yard in which Holly got into trouble many times as a puppy when she played in the mud. One second she was a red-haired angel; the next, she was a dirty little monster.  But how could we really get mad at such a cutie?  Holly was a swimmer – she couldn’t see a pool that she didn’t want to jump in. We are so fortunate to live in South Florida so Holly could swim all year round! Holly also loved car rides, especially when we went to pick up the kids from school. She also became a Canine Good Citizen, and we were all very proud of her!

Holly was so smart that she took no time to learn to go to the bathroom outside. However, there was one incident where my husband (who never took care of any animals in his life time) was watching Holly as I went to the grocery store.  Holly asked to go outside by scratching the door. He just thought she needed attention and continued watching T.V. She went on top of his shoe and peed inside as she looked at him. She had some aim, because not even one drop fell outside of the shoe. As for my husband – he knows when the other dogs scratch at the door to let them out.

We lost Holly to mast cell cancer, but she sure put up a fight! We took her to many chemotherapy sessions and she was a trooper, always with a smile on her face.  We never took one day with her for granted. She was an immense joy to be around. We miss her every day!

Holly is and always will be in our hearts.


Mommy, Daddy, Sisters and Brother

Emily, Holly’s mom adds:  We donated Holly’s blood to TGEN research. That was when I learned more about the research.  Since then I’ve been asking everyone I know to help by asking their vets to go on the TGEN website and donate the blood of dogs with cancer.

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Our 5th Annual Calendar Contest Has Begun!

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 3, 2012

Here’s Yoshi McCabe. He had 5 major cancer surgeries by the time he was 5 years old. Yoshi was one of 2011’s over 120 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down Calendar contestants. Just look at that smile. True Puppy Up! Spirit.

What’s more fun than a room full of puppies? It’s our Annual 2 Million Dogs’ Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down Calendar contest!

This is the fifth year that 2 Million Dogs is producing our beautiful calendar, and we’d like you to participate.

Enter the 2 Million Dogs’ Calendar contest to honor your canine cancer hero and have a chance to personally make the decision that might help end cancer forever.  The 13 top vote-getters will choose which cutting-edge Broad Institute cancer research project this year’s proceeds will fund.

UPDATE! Voting has started! YEAH! Go here to vote!

Voting deadline has been extended until midnight EDT, August 8th. Plenty of time to vote early and often!

How does it work? Until July 27th, you can enter your dog(s) into the 5th Annual 2 Million Dogs calendar contest. All entries must be in by the end of the day on July 27. We gather your photo and story entries, publish them online for everyone to see and read, and then the voting begins. The year’s calendar proceeds will be dedicated to The Broad Institute and their research into canine cancer.

Who Can Enter? Anyone with a dog who currently has or has had cancer (living or passed) can enter, including dogs who have entered before. Entering your dog is free and easy.

What do I send and where? Send a high resolution digital photo of your dog and his or her story (about 150 words) to Erich at erich@2milliondogs.org. Make sure the photo is a minimum of 500kb

Murphy was on our 2012 calendar cover.

resolution. 1 Meg resolution or greater is ideal for reproduction in our calendar. We accept the following photo file formats: .jpg and .tiff. If you have had more than one dog with cancer, of course you can enter more than one photo and story. Please don’t forget to include the name of your dog, your first and last name, and your email. And please don’t forget to send us your story. (Yes, sometimes that happens.)

Pete was on our 2011 calendar cover.

What happens then? When we receive your entry we’ll let you know in an email within 24 hours. If it needs corrections (story too long, photo too small), we will send you an email telling you.

How does it work? We’ll collect all the stories and photos throughout June and July. As entries arrive, we’ll post them here to our 2 Million Dogs’ blog so you can have plenty of time to meet all the contestants. We’ll start posting them to our web site where live voting will begin.

Lucie was on our 2010 calendar cover.

Voting continues to midnight, EDT August 8.

How do we vote? We’ll post a link to our web site and here on the blog which will take you to where you can cast your votes.  All the dogs’ stories and photos will be available to view and you’ll be able to cast your votes for your favorite dogs. 1 dollar = 1 vote. The 13 dogs with the most votes win places on this year’s calendar.

Princess Daisy was our very first calendar cover.

Where Do My Voting Dollars Go?  We’re very excited to announce that this year the proceeds from the Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down Calendar will be dedicated to funding a canine cancer study with The Broad Institute. The top 13 winners will decide which one of three studies to fund: osteosarcoma, lymphoma, or mast cell tumors  (For more on each study, please click on the links.)

What makes the 2 Million Dogs Calendar so special?  One of 2 Million Dogs’ steadfast goals has always been education about canine cancer and comparative oncology. And one of the best ways we can do this is through your stories and photos, which genuinely inspire and encourage so many others.

Helping fund cutting-edge canine cancer research is another one of our calendar’s vital objectives. This year we’re working with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Why Broad? Because their researchers gain insights into cancers that affect both dogs and people. Because, as we all know …  cancer. touches. everyone.

A Gallery Photo page from 2011.

But what makes our calendars unique?  Not only do the winners pick their special months, but every dog entered has his or her photo in the calendar. No one gets left behind. We have a whole section of gallery photos (see photo) dedicated to all of the dogs entered that year.  We also include all 13 of last year’s winners, and our calendar includes not only the regular ‘people’ holidays but dozens of special dog holidays like: National Puppy Day, Pet Theft Awareness Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, World Animal Remembrance Month, Pet Cancer Awareness Month, etc.

Our calendars are truly unique and one-of-a-kind keepsakes.

Immortalize your canine cancer hero in two very special ways:
Your pup’s photo and story will provide inspiration for an entire month in the 2 Million Dogs’ 2013 Calendar. And you will have a personal hand in directing our fight against cancer!

We’re looking forward to all this year’s entries and, through your participation, funding vital canine cancer research through The Broad Institute. But we can’t do it without your help. So, come join the fun, enter your pup, vote for your favorites, and help make a difference. Directly support critical canine cancer research.

We know you’ll want to learn more about the ground-breaking research The Broad Institute is doing, so please follow this link.

What do we mean by high resolution photos and why do you need to send us high resolution photos?

The resolution of a photograph determines the output quality of a photo. The higher the resolution, the less pixels will be visible, even after enlargement.  We ask you send us high resolution digital photos so the images on the calendar look smooth and sharp.

Taking High Resolution Photos — On your digital camera, determine the maximum megapixel available. These numbers can range from 2.0 megapixels to 160. Because your photos will be reproduced in the calendar, make sure to take them at the maximum resolution.

Stay tuned to this blog for our pups of the day …

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Cody, the Codyhoula’s Story

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 6, 2011

Cody White

Every day, from now until our calendar contest ends on September 17th, we’ll feature several of our calendar dog contestants.  We’d like to introduce you to Cody.

(by Suzanne White)  Cody came to us through a post on the message board of Catahoula Rescue Inc.  A week later, Steve and I were driving to Greenville, SC to bring Cody home.  She was 5 months old, and was either born in a shelter, or left there just after birth.  Her shelter name was Krispy (can you imagine).  She is (our best guess), a cross of Catahoula and Cattle Dog.

She became my first agility and obedience dog, and then later – Steve’s first.  She has wicked fast turns and an unfailing enthusiasm for tunnels.  Unfortunately, Cody had suffered physical trauma before we came to own her and, after several reparative surgeries, we had to retire her early from agility.

Cody remained our best companion and truck dog.  Always ready for a road trip, her second home is the back of the SUV.

Cody was diagnosed with  Stage 2 Mast Cell cancer August 9th, 2009.  She was 9 years old.

At 10 years old, Cody earned her UKC Rally 3 Obedience title.

At 11, she is still with us – loving life.  Chasing balls, and wading at the edge of the ponds.

Cody, who was given 6 months 2 years ago – has outlived my father, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.

6 million dogs are diagnosed with cancer each year. That is 1 in 3 dogs.  Their struggles may shed new light on the disease. Funding canine cancer research works to save lives, find cures, better treatment and diagnosis for both man and dog.

Read more at Suite101.

To vote for Cody, please follow this link.

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