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Summer of Murphy Tour in Little Rock Thursday

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 5, 2012

Murphy and Luke.

The Summer of Murphy Tour continues .. while the Nashville leg of the Tour was called because of bad weather, here’s another chance to be a part of The Summer of Murphy Tour.


Local dog lovers, in partnership with 2 Million Dogs, a national nonprofit organization working to support comparative oncology, are holding the event to do outreach and share life-saving information.

It’s part of 2 Million Dogs’ “Summer of Murphy” tour going on from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Little Rock Animal Village (4500 Kramer Street).

Just like people, companion animals develop cancer: brain, breast, bone and lung cancer; lymphoma and melanoma are all common in pets, who are exposed to the same environmental factors as humans. Veterinary oncologists believe there are between four and eight million new cases of cancer in companion animals every year. Most of those never receive adequate care or treatment and often go undiagnosed.
2 Million Dogs has built the largest pet and people cancer community in the world to advocate for comparative oncology, an emerging field of study that is broadening the understanding of the links between human and animal cancer.

“The field of comparative oncology is relatively new, however it has tremendous potential to give us key insights to what’s causing cancer across species,” said Ginger Morgan, executive director of 2 Million Dogs. “Comparative oncology is important and necessary if we want a world in which cancer is no longer one of the top killers of our children, our parents, and our pets.”

The Summer of Murphy Tour was inspired by the loss of one of the two companions who accompanied Luke Robinson on a cross-country walk to raise awareness of comparative oncology in 2008. Similarly, Robinson intends this tour to honor and celebrate the lives of other pets with cancer – those who have survived, those who are fighting, and those [who] have succumbed.

“Cancer touches everyone,” said Robinson. “Cancer is the world’s greatest scourge, the deadliest pandemic facing pets and people alike. We are here to celebrate and remember survivors as well as those we have lost, and share the spirit of Murphy and other dogs who do not give up or give in until the end.”

The Summer of Murphy tour, which started in August, visits 23 cities besides Little Rock, including: Nashville TN, Denison TX, Belton TX, San Antonio TX, Austin TX, Santa Fe NM, Albuquerque NM, Las Vegas NV for the First Annual Puppy Up Charity Golf Tournament, Denver CO, Garden City KS, Liberty MO, Chicago IL, Indianapolis IN, Cincinnati OH, Columbus OH, Fairborn OH, Pittsburgh PA, New Castle PA, Monessen PA, Clinton NJ, Jersey City NJ, New Milford CT, and Madison CT.

2 Million Dogs recently donated $50,000 for a comparative oncology study of mammary tumors at Princeton University in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania. The project treats shelter dogs with mammary tumors and then studies tissues to understand how breast cancer metastasizes in women.
2 Million Dogs, largest pet and people cancer community in the world, was established to support comparative oncology and educate the public about common links between cancer in humans and companion animals.

To learn more about the Summer of Murphy Tour, watch the trailer here.

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Less Than An Hour To Go

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 8, 2012

“I’m so excited, I could just …!”

Can you feel the excitement?

We can here at mission control. Less than an hour to go and voting is wild! Remember, voting ends at midnight, Eastern Daylight time.

You can still vote here.

Thank you, everyone. And puppy up!

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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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What? Say it isn’t so!

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 31, 2012

What??? Some dogs have NO VOTES? That can’t be right. Are you trying to break my heart??

We have a terrific line-up of beautiful dogs this year, but I noticed there are at least 50 dogs who haven’t been voted for even once. Really? That can’t be right.

So I’m thinking, maybe everyone doesn’t have the right link for voting? So I’m posting it again. You only have until August the 8th at midnight EDT to rally the troops and get friends and family (and you) to vote for your pupper(s). If you have any questions about voting, please email me at erich@2milliondogs.org.

OK, here’s the link to the Fundraiser Directory.  You can keep track of the voting tallies there.

And here’s a fun little video about voting you can send to friends and family: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpFmhezokO0

Remember, votes are only $1.00 (starting at $5.00 and > in dollar increments thereafter). Your votes not only go towards your favorite pup but the money we raise will help fund one of three studies with The Broad Institute. Why is this important? Because, among other things, they are studying the genomics of some major canine cancers: lymphoma, mast cell tumors, and osteosarcoma. In so many of the stories this year, these were three of the predominant cancers. Your voting dollars can contribute to helping find the causes of canine cancer.

The 13 dogs with the most votes not only win a month on the calendar (or the cover), but their people decide which of the three studies above 2 Million Dogs will help fund. You can’t get more direct involvement than that unless you’re the one holding the test tube!! Yes, your votes matter. Not only to these dogs, but to so many other pups stricken with cancer.

2 Million Dogs knows there are many organizations to which you can send your money. We appreciate your involvement with us. And there are many organizations looking to find cures, and that’s admirable too. But why not look at the causes of cancer, so fewer dogs have to suffer to begin with? Help us get to the heart of the matter.

Cancer. Touches. Everyone.

Help us fund the research that has the potential to find a way to stop it before it starts.

Thank you.

In case you’re in the mood for it, here’s a bit of geek for you:

Genetics scrutinizes the functioning and composition of the single gene whereas genomics addresses all genes and their inter relationships in order to identify their combined influence on the growth and development of the organism.

What’s the difference between genetics and genomics?

Genetics is the study of single genes and their effects. For example, Huntington’s or Tay-Sachs disease would be considered “genetics” because a single gene causes these diseases, despite environmental interactions.

Genomics is the study of all your genes including interactions of those genes with each other and with your environment. For example, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and cancer would all be considered “genomics” because they are caused by genetic and environmental factors.

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Come Vote For Us!

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 28, 2012

“You betcha I’m going to vote. Now where did that cat put Mommy’s credit card?”

You cannot resist me. You must come and vote …

Some really nice (and very tired) man has posted ALL our stories and photos, and now it’s time for you to vote for us. There are a lot of us to look at and admire. We’ll make you laugh and cry, and inspire you with our fortitude and love. So, don’t just sit there. (Yeah, I see you.) Click on the link (after all, you have those fancy opposable thumbs) and start voting.

Sit. Stay. Until you’ve voted … every day.

Your voting dollars not only help choose the winning 13 puppers this year, but your dollars will help support funding research with The Broad Institute. That’s very important. Follow this link to find out why.


PS — Thank you. And puppy up!

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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 – Rainey Britton

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 18, 2012

Rainey Britton — Canine Good Citizen.

Here is our pup of the day for the 2 Million Dogs’ 2013 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest. Remember, you can enter your pup through July 27 and voting starts July 8th. To enter your dog or for more information, email erich@2milliondogs.org To learn more about the calendar, please follow this link.

(by Beth Britton) Rainy came into our lives when a breeder I’ve long admired said she had this little female who wound up with slightly crooked teeth and wouldn’t be shown, did we want her? Although we’ve always been a huge advocate for rescuing dogs, Rainy was the one who broke all our rules and we knew we had to add her to our family.   She was our problem child as a puppy and quickly had us wrapped around her little paws but she grew into a sweet, wonderful girl and quite the Pyr About Town. She quickly finished her 2nd Level obedience class and got her CGC and therapy dog certification when she was just a year old.  We spent most weekends visiting the nursing home, at the dog park, or walking around town. Rainy was sure that everyone was there to see her and was quick to greet with a wagging tail and her head thrust into their laps for petting.  Rainy and her “sister” Mosey joined us for the first Puppy Up! Walk in Connecticut in March 2010, as well as Luke’s final mile in Boston in June 2010.

Rainy was diagnosed with inoperable nasal cancer shortly before her 4th birthday in October 2011.  What started out as some nasal discharge and rattly breathing turned into something we’d never expected or imagined.  When we decided not to pursue radiation therapy, the only option given to us that might’ve prolonged her life for up to 1 year but she would’ve had to live in a kennel at the hospital for a month, the doctors told us we’d have one to three months left with our girl.  But Rainy proved them wrong and we had five wonderful months with her. We celebrated her 4th birthday in style – she walked with us in the 2011 Puppy Up! Walk in Jersey City, and she represented 2 Million Dogs at the Super Pet Expo in Edison, NJ.   She fought a valiant battle against cancer but when she was uncomfortable more often than not, we had to let her go in March 2012.  She is and will always be our “baby girl” and we miss her terribly but  will continue the fight against this horrible disease in her honor and memory.

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A Letter for 2 Million Dogs’ Executive Director

Posted by Erich Trapp on October 30, 2011

Murphy and Ginger

I’m often asked, “How do you do it; work tirelessly for the cause and the mission?” And, “Why did you get involved in the beginning?” The truth is, in the beginning, I just wanted to make sure that Hudson and Murphy arrived in Boston safely. And if Luke got there safely, too . . . well, that would be an added bonus.

I watched over Hudson, Murphy, and Luke from the fateful day they walked into Memphis in August 2008, to the time they took their final steps into Boston on June 19, 2010, and I learned. I thought I knew that one out of three dogs get cancer in their lifetime and that one in four die from it. I thought I understood the meaning of “Puppy Up!” Then in 2010, I lost eight close canine friends to cancer, including my very own Pete. The numbers are just numbers until one of your own is one more. When I heard Pete’s diagnosis, I wept silently in a friend’s arms. I prayed to God that if he was truly merciful, he would take Pete and not make me have to make the decision that every pet parent dreads.

My prayers were answered.

Then, weeks after getting the news about Pete, our very own Murphy was diagnosed with nasal cancer. My cries were not silent this time. I wailed, kicked, screamed, and cried on the floor for hours. Not Murphy, my God, not Murphy. It was sick, unbelievable, that Murphy’s cancer had been growing while he walked all those miles to raise awareness of canine cancer. There must have been days he didn’t feel good. As Luke tells the story, Murphy was always the first one wanting to start the day, always the first one out of the tent in the morning. He never wavered.

That same strength is what kept Murphy going through eighteen rounds of radiation at CSU. He came back to Memphis, full of life, running in the back yard, taking down my Lilly and holding her there with that big Pyr paw. Sure, there were times he slept more than not, wouldn’t eat—or only if I hand-fed him. But there were also times he was all Murphy, and then some, demanding belly rubs, dinner. I had hope.

Those last months, there were times we danced, times we snuggled, times just shared. In the end, there were times we leaned into one another to just “be.” And then time ran out.

Time is what we have. One week before our Puppy Up! Walks, we’ll be walking in unison across the country in nearly twice as many cities as last year. For some of you this is your city’s first walk. You may get the same questions I get. “How do you do it? Why did you get involved to begin with?”

I can’t answer that for you. But personally and as the executive director of 2 Million Dogs, I’m asking that you take a moment before your walk begins to remember and dedicate each step to the one who was always the first out of the tent, who walked thousands of miles, always smiling, for others though he suffered himself; the one whose courage and strength will always lead the way because he embodied our rally cry and our song, “Puppy Up!” And I have my answer. He is still my reason. Murphy.

Puppy Up!

Ginger Morgan

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Featured Pup – Murphy Robinson

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 30, 2011

Murphy Robinson

Every day, from now until our calendar contest  ends on October 1st, we’ll feature several of our calendar dog contestants. If you don’t know him already, we’d like you to meet Murphy Robinson.

Murphy’s Story

Murphy’s story continues although he’s no longer here with us. He touched so many lives on his journey from Austin to Boston… how many we’ll never know. He was a beautiful old soul and I miss him terribly.


To vote for Murphy Robinson, please click on the link.


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Posted by Erich Trapp on June 25, 2011

When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog anymore, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.'” — Rudyard Kipling

It is with great sorrow that I must tell you that our dear friend Murphy was given rest Wednesday evening, June 22, 2011 after a year-long battle against cancer.

Murphy was diagnosed with nasal adenocarcinoma only a short time after he, Hudson, and Luke finished their 826 day, 16 state, 2300+ mile journey from Austin, Texas to Boston, Massachusetts in June 2010.

The battle for Murphy is over, and no doubt by now he is reunited with his brother, Malcolm, who also died from cancer, and who was the inspiration for their walk.

But the curse of cancer remains, and it is up to us to redouble our efforts to see that these beautiful animals, and countless others, have not died in vain. 2 Million Dogs continues its efforts, guided by the spirits of all those who have gone before.

If you are new to 2 Million Dogs, you can read their story from the beginning at the 2 dogs 2,000 miles blog here.  Start from the beginning and read through the hundreds of blog posts to see where The Boys traveled, the amazing adventures they had, and all the remarkable people and pups they met.

If you are on Facebook, there are many wonderful tributes to Murphy posted on Luke’s wall  and on Hudson and Murphy’s wall . And please visit YouTube for a photo-tribute to Murphy.

Murphy, only 10, was preceded in death by his brother Malcolm. He is survived by his Papi, Luke, his brother Hudson, his Mommy Ginger, dozens of Mommies and Uncles across the country, and thousands of friends across the globe. Please remember them in your thoughts.

puppy up!

Erich and his 5 Pack

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