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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.

From KARK 4 NEWS

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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Congratulations and Thank You!

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 13, 2012

I can’t stop smiling!

2 Million Dogs is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest. They are:

Lily Lisle
Lily Humphrey
Villainous Vida von Wuffenhund Juno
Bailey Sandberg
Rio Monroe
Frasier Metcalf
Harley & Max Waterloo
Charlie Plank
Java Bell
Daisy Powell
Chase Weinand
Max Uphus
Tiny Turcan

We sincerely thank everyone who participated so generously and enthusiastically in this year’s contest, proceeds from which will be given to The Broad Institute. We will be announcing which Broad study the winners pick in a few days, so stay tuned.

Please remember, ALL the dogs (and the kitty) who were entered into the contest will appear in the Gallery. No one gets left behind.

And a very special thanks to the individuals who so kindly voted for the 14 dogs who had no votes.

We hope to have the calendars ready for sale by early October. They will be available through our store on our web site. I’ll post the link when they go on sale.

Thank you, everyone. Puppy Up!

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Have You Forgotten Us?

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 8, 2012

Of the 91 beautiful faces in this year’s calendar contest, 14 haven’t even 1 single vote. Not even 1.

Update! Some very nice humans have gone in and voted for the dogs who had no votes. From all of them, we say Thank You!

Now EVERYONE has some votes.

They are:

Delilah Massmann

Dylan Lawfer

Fluffy House

Gordon McCarthy

Magic Ianello

Mikey Moran

Nemo Bridges

Nikita Marie Sue Beatty

Norton Forsyth

Oliver Malchow

Sunday DeBow

Tamaiijja Polcyn

Timber Spray

Jeopardy Kennedy Patzman

Thank you, and Puppy Up!

 

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Featured Pup — Alenoush Sullivan

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 4, 2012

Alenoush Sullivan

Meet Alenoush Sullivan, one of our featured pups for the 2 Million Dogs’ 2013 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest.

(by Gloria Sullivan) Alenoush came to live with us as a foster dog in August of 2010.  This poor old boy had been through some really rough times; he was malnourished, missing teeth, his ears had been cut, he had a chain imbedded in his neck,  was bitten by a snake, and was heartworm positive.

After taking him in, we knew right away that he was special.  Ally was the sweetest, gentlest soul, (his name even means “sweet white wave”); he wanted nothing more than to be next to us, enjoying the love we gave him. Last November, he was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma. We opted not to put him through chemo, given his heartworm history and age. We tried oral chemo, but the tumors spread rapidly and on January 4 of this year we lost our “sweet white wave.”  Even though he was not with us for long, he gave so much to us, and we are so grateful that we were able to give him what was probably the best year and a half of his life.

 

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: osteosarcomas, 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 Cancer. Touches. No one.

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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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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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Featured Pup – Mosey Britton

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 19, 2012

Mosey Britton.

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) We adopted Mosey from a local all-breed rescue in May 2006 after she was pulled by them and into foster care from a high kill shelter in the South.  She had been a stray and not much was known about her background but it was guessed that she was about a year old at the time.   She immediately fit right into our household and family and was one of the sweetest dogs we ever had the good fortune of knowing. Mosey was our rock – the steady one who kept an eye out for all of us. She was the self-appointed guard dog of the family and tolerated 20-some foster dogs without batting an eye. She wasn’t one to run and play (hence her name) but she could haul butt across the yard to chase off any threat, such as the terrible deer or birds on the feeders, when the mood struck her. She was one of the kindest, most loving dogs we’ve ever had the honor of knowing and we’re thankful for the 6 years we had with her.  Mosey and her “sister” Rainy walked with us during the first Puppy Up! Walk in Connecticut in March 2010 as well as Luke’s final mile in Boston in June 2010.

About one week after losing Rainy to a long fight with nasal cancer, Mosey started to act a little off.  She was easily spooked and seemed to have trouble hearing.  After thinking we were fighting an inner ear infection, it was discovered that Mosey had a basal cell tumor on her eardrum.  When she was operated on to remove the tumor (7 weeks from the day we said our goodbyes to Rainy), it was discovered that the tumor had been growing in there for quite some time and had spread in several directions including up into her skull, so we laid her to rest so she wouldn’t have to endure any more pain.  We are very thankful for the wonderful 6 years we had with her and for her bringing us to the rescue organization that we are now actively volunteering with.

 

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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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@#$!*%($(#

Posted by Erich Trapp on December 17, 2010

dog pharynx

(Here’s the link to Luke’s original post on 2 Dogs 2000 Miles blog)

Murphy’s a tough ole boy and it’s just like him to have a tumor with serious resolve. In Dr. Withrow’s words despite 18 doses of radiation we’ve only stunned it. He thinks the original mass is ‘stable’ but I’m not convinced. From the PET scan you can see how it is lysing the bone tissue of the left orbit.

But that’s not the bad news. There are two new growths and while we’re having them biopsied today there’s really no doubt they’re malignant. The one that’s causing grave concern is growing in his pharynx the slender space that takes oxygen from the snout to the lungs. If you look at the picture nearby the pharynx is the narrow corridor cut between the eyes. That’s problematic. Like bottle-necked traffic at some point it’ll stop the flow of air through his nasal passages entirely.

We’re not at the point yet of discussing euthanasia so don’t go there. Dogs don’t have quit in them and I’m not about to quit on Murphy. People are the only species on this planet who give up on life.

Aside from bloody discharges and ‘pharyngeal gagging’ which is like a reverse sneeze, Murphy’s doing quite well. It’s his strength I’m convinced that’ll be our greatest asset in this fight. However, hard decisions are on the horizon.

There’s no good model I can look at this in humans as nasal cancer is surprisingly rare. They say re-radiating is the only alternative left but I’ll spend the weekend researching every options. I’ll exhaust all possibilities and mortgage my soul if I have to.

For those of you who want to help, here’s what we need: a comprehensive list of human adenocarcinoma drug trials. They’ll probably be gastric or colorectal studies but if there’s any therapy that this cancer is responding to in people, we need to know. Rather than email me the results please post everything to my wall on Facebook. I want everyone to have access to this research.

Next, I need a near film quality camera. I don’t know how much time Murphy has left but I want to document every minute of it. My camera doesn’t have the quality so we need a loaner.

Thank you…

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