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Where Are My People? Why Aren’t They Voting For Me?

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 24, 2013

Some of my friends have no votes. Won't you remember them?

Some of my friends have no votes. Won’t you remember them?

Today’s Totals, July 24, 2013 — around 10:30 AM CDT


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


Looking at all the zeros and low numbers on the latest tally, one would think some of these dogs were orphans. Such beautiful faces should not be forgotten.

Please share our video with family and friends. Let’s not leave anyone behind.


Czar Viney       1225

Trooper Collins       625

Yukon Harris       385

C. J. Rockwell       370

Kailech Cummins       315

Molly Su Applegate       305

Beta Yadao       300

Gracie Martin       270

Gracie Calvo       265

Kyle Golz       215

Merlin Miltner       205

Murphy Morris       195

Pugsley Granberry       190

Maggie Snow-Cormier       160

Annie Graffunder       145

Bentley Linaberry       145

Shadow Wade       137

Guinnes Litt       135

Jigsaw Allgood       115

Eva Dupre       110

Roscoe Behrle       85

Mogli DeWald       80

Jackie Pilarski       70

Jake Pilarski       70

Mauser Lopez       67

Abby Lavin       55

Sunny Osborne       55

Charlie Mortensen       50

Ginger Suh Quimby       50

Nestle Epstein       50

Remedy Pilarski       50

Blondie Henley       45

Murphy Hansen       45

Savannah Wolff       45

Sheba Marie Pyle       45

Sundae Reed       45

 Jessica Baud       30

Desi Scroggins       30

Merlin Kisiel       30

Buckeye Belle Eaton       25

Harley Waterloo       25

Saffron Brandstetter       25

Zoe Brandstetter       25

Marshal Fortson       20

Angel Treglia       15

Crystal No Last Name       15

Jake Turner       10

Lexi Sutphen       10

Riley Robinson       10

Rinti du Plessis       10

Uma Neet-Whitaker       10

Ingrid Neet-Whitaker       5

Max Waterloo       5

Angel Cavella       0

Angel Warner       0

Bailey Sandberg       0

Bebe Moroz       0

Chance Galante       0

Chloe Bear Forster       0

Harley Giazzon       0

Kanye Parry       0

Maggie Smith       0

Ruby Warner       0

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2014 Calendar Totals – Wednesday Evening, July 17, 2013

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 17, 2013

"I've been working all night to post these numbers. What do you mean some dogs have no votes?"

“I’ve been working all night to post these numbers. What do you mean some dogs have no votes? What’s up with that?”

These numbers were recorded around 8 PM CDT, so they may already be different.

Because there’s no way (unfortunately) for our voting site to post the voting totals next to our dogs’ names, I will post totals here from time to time.  As the contest gets closer to the final voting day (August 8th at midnight EDT), I will post as fast as I can. (Not bad, considering I don’t have thumbs.) However, if you want to keep your favorite pupper in the running, you need to keep track too.

Where do I vote? Right here!

Czar Viney   1085

Trooper Collins   375

Yukon Harris   325

Kailech Cummins   310

Beta Yadao   300

Gracie Martin   270

Gracie Calvo   265

C. J. Rockwell   240

Molly Su Applegate   225

Kyle Golz   205

Merlin Miltner   205

Murphy Morris   150

Pugsley Granberry   150

Annie Graffunder   145

Maggie Snow-Cormier   140

Shadow Wade   137

Bentley Linaberry   110

Eva Dupre   100

Jigsaw Allgood   100

Jackie Pilarski   70

Jake Pilarski   70

Mauser Lopez   67

Abby Lavin   55

Mogli DeWald   55

Sunny Osborne   55

Charlie Mortensen   50

Ginger Suh Quimby   50

Nestle Epstein   50

Remedy Pilarski   50

Sheba Marie Pyle   45

Sundae Reed   45

Guinnes Litt   35

Jessica Baud   30

Roscoe Behrle   30

Buckeye Belle Eaton   25

Harley Waterloo   25

Saffron Brandstetter   25

Savannah Wolff   25

Zoe Brandstetter   25

Marshal Fortson   20

Jake Turner   10

Lexi Sutphen   10

Merlin Kisiel   10

Uma Neet-Whitaker   10

Desi Scroggins   5

Ingrid Neet-Whitaker   5

Max Waterloo   5

Angel Cavella   0

Angel Treglia   0

Angel Warner   0

Bailey Sandberg   0

Bebe Moroz   0

Chance Galante   0

Chloe Bear Forster   0

Crystal (I want to be adopted)   0

Harley Giazzon   0

Kanye Parry   0

Maggie Smith   0

Murphy Hansen   0

Riley Robinson   0

Rinti du Plessis   0

Ruby Warner   0

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Let The Voting Begin!

Posted by Erich Trapp on July 10, 2013

dancing-dog-cartoonVoting for the 2014 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contestants has begun and runs through midnight, August 8, EDT.

Here’s the link to take you to voting. Either click on it or cut and paste it into your browser.


Just follow the directions on the welcome page and scroll on down to see all the contestants. Clicking on their names will take you to their pages where you can cast your votes.

Votes start at a minimum of $5.00 and increase in whole dollars after that. Every time you log on to vote, you have to start with a $5.00 minimum. (For example. I want to vote for my dog Spot. I log on and spend 5 bucks on Spot. Tomorrow I notice Spot is trailing and I have to bump him up. I still have to start with a $5.00 minimum. Of course, this IS Spot we’re talking about, and he’s worth a lot more than 5 bucks!)

Please check out all the beautiful puppers. Leave no pup behind!

You can vote as often as you like for as many dogs as you like. Bookmark the page so you can keep up with your favorite contestants.

The top 13 dogs with the most votes will be the 2014 calendar dogs. Their people will have the opportunity to vote on which study with the Broad Institute donations will fund.

Remember — all the dogs will appear in the Photo Gallery.

Questions? Problems voting? Email Erich at erich@2milliondogs.org.

Have fun and Puppy Up!

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Reggie Duman and His Tumexal Treatment

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 30, 2013

Beth Duman recently sent us this story about her Belgian Tervuren and an alternative treatment he is receiving for his osteosarcoma. It’s called Tumexal.

Disclaimer: Please remember, we post this and information like this to inform our readers of potential new/different/alternative treatments for their beloved companions. 2 Million Dogs does not endorse any particular treatment, protocol, therapy, veterinarian, and/or drug. It is up to each individual to do his or her own research and then act accordingly on the information they are able to gather. But we wanted to share with you the success Beth is having with this particular treatment for this particular dog and his disease. Here is what she shared with us.

Beautiful Reggie.

Beautiful Reggie.

This beautiful boy, Reggie, is a nine-year-old gorgeous Belgian Tervuren. About four months ago, he started gimping on his left front foot. We have some very good vets on our community so I visited three of them a number of times. Two of the vets are skilled in alternative medicine so Reggie received chiropractic treatments, electro-chiropractic treatments, Chinese herbs, acupuncture, pain  and anti-inflammatory medications. I also worked with a wonderful Tellington Touch practitioner and message therapist.

Reggie continued to get worse until he was in pain that was causing him to occasionally scream and making it hard for him to sleep without constantly readjusting himself because of his discomfort. We increased his pain meds. He was only going outside to relieve himself and could no longer use the doorway that involved walking down two steps to get outside.

Finally after months of his physical and mental deterioration, one of the chiropractor vets was able to feel a tumor under his left scapula. The vet was not certain that the tumor was operable  so I immediately made an appointment with the vet who was the most skilled surgeon. She did a number of X-rays and attempted to aspirate the tumor. The X-rays showed a mass 77 mm in size in an area that was not easily accessed. She had the long hard conversation with me about  possible options for Reggie. If she were to amputate his leg, she would also need to remove the shoulder. Amputation would serve to lesson his pain but, no doubt, the cancer would have already metastasized to his lungs. Chemotherapy  might add a couple months to his life, as might radiation. I asked her what she would do if he were her dog with a similar prognosis. She said pain management would be her choice. I agreed.

When I got home, I looked up a cancer researcher’s contact information. I had stumbled on Dr. Nice’s web site some months before – when my dogs were all healthy. He had sent me a Power Point presentation about his cancer intervention protocol. I immediately called Dr. Nice and arranged to have treatment sent for Reggie.

For the last month, Reggie has been taking three specially prepared capsules along with a couple of milliliters of a liquid to help him absorb the capsules. Twice a day, I rub in a cream version of the treatment on his shaved chest at the tumor site.

One month later, Reggie’s tumor has shrunk to 50 mm. He is off all pain medications and is happy and active. He has a slight limp but easily walks and trots. He’s now soliciting play from our other dogs and back to being my active friendly buddy.

He will be following Dr. Nice’s protocol for two more months. I have been in contact with Dr. Nice about Reggie’s progress and has shared that other dogs are seeing similar results. The treatment is called Tumexal. Dr. Nice’s web site is www.CanineCare.us.

I hope this information will be beneficial to others who are dealing with choosing treatment  options for their dogs. It has certainly been a blessing to us and Reggie.


Beth Duman, VSPDT, CPDT-KA

Beth Duman is a biologist and positive dog trainer in Michigan. Her highly rated training book, The Evolution of Charlie Darwin: Partner With Your Dog Using Positive Training, can be purchased at Amazon.com.

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Pssssssttt … Hey you. Yeah – you! Come over here.

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 27, 2013

Princess Daisy telling Bob a secret.

Princess Daisy telling Bob a secret. (Photo by Bev Hollis.)

There’s this calendar contest going on and I have the inside scoop … OK. OK. Yeah – I get it. Dog. Scoop. Real funny. Pay attention.

Anyway, I have the inside scoop.

Can you please stop giggling and let me tell you something? Take a breath and chill.

OK. You alright now?


Look, there’s this terrific calendar contest going on. It’s called Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down and it’s going to have all sorts of photos and stories of very brave dogs with cancer in it, and lots of other neat stuff.  I know all about it because my friend Princess Daisy was on the very first cover. Yes, The Princess Daisy. The One and Only. That’s her in the photo, before she went to the Rainbow Bridge. She’s gossiping with her friend Bob.

So, I know Princess Daisy and she knows all about 2 Million Dogs and where they sent their calendar proceeds last year – the money they made when people like you sent them their photos and stories and votes. The Princess has a very high security clearance here at The Rainbow Bridge, and she told me that she got to read the very letter from The Broad Institute about how they’re using the funds from last year’s calendar contest to study osteosarcoma in several breeds: Leonbergers and Goldens and Great Danes and Great Pyrenees. The very funds people donated to study genes and dogs and cancer. This is very important research that Broad is doing, and they collaborate with other scientists and research organizations from all over the world. So this is a big deal. A really big deal. And all the people who participated in the contest last year had a hand in helping make this research possible by taking part in the calendar contest.

No kidding.

But what I really need to tell you is that time is running out to enter. You have to send your photos and stories to Erich (erich@2milliondogs.org) right away. And then, when voting starts, you have to get all your friends and co-workers and aunts and uncles and cousins and brothers and sister and even total strangers to vote, because the money you and your friends donate will go to research to help dogs, and even people. Yes, people. Dogs and people get the same kinds of cancers. Haven’t you been paying any attention?

The important thing to know is that each year the calendar contest supports research that help dogs and people. But you can’t help if you don’t enter and you don’t vote.

So? What are you waiting for?

Follow this link to find out about the calendar contest and how to enter.

Then send a photo and story of your dog who has or has had cancer to Erich at erich@2milliondogs.org. He’s pretty cool and he’ll write you back when he gets your stuff.

Oh, and Princess Daisy said I’d better include her cover photo from the very first Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar from 2009. Princess Daisy_2009-calendarHonestly, I think she’s sticking her tongue out at cancer.

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Our 6th Annual Calendar Contest Has Begun!

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 2, 2013

Tiny Turcan -- Featured Pup on February, 2013.

Tiny Turcan — Featured Pup on February, 2013.

Just look at that face. That’s Tiny Turcan, one of the winners of last year’s 2 Million Dogs’ Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest.

Honor your canine cancer hero and contribute to our ongoing mission to fund cutting-edge research.

We have our first entries! Don’t wait until the last minute to enter!

This will be the sixth year that 2 Million Dogs will produce our beautiful calendar. We encourage everyone to participate!

So, how does it work? Starting June 3rd (that’s Monday), enter your dog into the contest. We gather your photo and story entries, publish them online for everyone to see and read, and then the voting begins. All entries must be in by midnight, CDT, on July 8th.

Who Can Enter? Anyone with a dog who currently has or has had cancer can enter. (Living or passed.)

What do you send and where? Send a high resolution digital photo of your dog and his or her story (about a paragraph) to Erich at erich@2milliondogs.org. If you have had more than one dog with cancer, you can enter more than one photo and story. 1 Meg resolution or greater for your photo is ideal for reproduction in our calendar. We accept the following photo file format: .jpg .  Please don’t forget to include the name of your dog, your name, and your email. And please don’t forget to send us your story. (Yes, sometimes that happens.) If you have entered before, we welcome you to enter again.

What happens then? When we receive your entry we’ll email you. 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 through July 8.

How do we vote? On July 10th , we’ll post all the photos and stories to our Greater Giving web site here, where voting will begin. Voting continues to midnight CDT, August 8th.

Votes start at a minimum of $5.00 and increase in increments of $1.00 after that.  Each time you log in to vote, the minimum is $5.00. (For example, $5 = 5 votes.  $25 = 25 votes. You get the picture.) Whole dollars only please. The 13 dogs with the most votes win a month (or the cover) on this year’s calendar. And proceeds from your dollars help fund ground-breaking research with The Broad Institute.

Lily Lisle, last year's cover girl.

Lily Lisle, last year’s cover girl.

Your pup’s photo and story will provide inspiration for an entire month in the 2 Million Dogs’ 2014 Calendar. 

What makes our calendars unique? Every dog entered has his or her photo in the calendar. An entire section of the calendar is devoted to a gallery of photos of all the dogs entered. We also include all 13 of last year’s winners, and our calendar includes not only the regular holidays but dozens of special dog holidays like: Pet Cancer Awareness Month, National Puppy Day, Pet Theft Awareness Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, World Animal Remembrance Month, etc. Our calendars are truly unique and one-of-a-kind keepsakes.

Encourage your family and friends to vote, July 10 to August 8.

We’re looking forward to meeting this year’s contestants!

Confused about photo image size? Here’s some help …

For your pet’s photo to look GREAT in the printed calendar, you will need to submit a high resolution image. We suggest submitting the LARGEST image size possible.  Here are some simple guidelines to help you determine image resolution.

Minimum file size of 1MB but the LARGER the file size the better

The same holds true if you are looking at the pixel size (ie: 1800 x 1200 pixels)– the LARGER the better

If you’re exporting your image from your iPhoto library on your MAC computer or phone, export/send as the LARGEST option

The example below shows high and low resolution images. You can view this information when you hover your mouse over the image on your PC computer.

example image001 from Christy

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Auburn University in Alabama Testing Bone Cancer Treatment for Dogs

Posted by Erich Trapp on May 13, 2013

Many of the dogs we have met through the 2 Million Dogs Foundation, and earlier with 2 Dog 2000 Miles, have suffered from bone cancer (osteosarcoma). This article, by Evan Belanger, details how Auburn University is testing a new treatment for osteosarcoma. You can find the complete article here as well.

Auburn testing bone-cancer treatment for dogs that could increase survivability and translate to human treatments


Pictured is Lily Johnson. “Most dogs suffering from bone cancer must have the impacted leg amputated. In more than 90 percent of cases, the cancer cells migrate to the lungs, creating demand for new treatments.”

Pictured is Lily Johnson.
“Most dogs suffering from bone cancer must have the impacted leg amputated. In more than 90 percent of cases, the cancer cells migrate to the lungs, creating demand for new treatments.”

By Evan Belanger

AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn University is testing a new treatment for bone cancer in dogs that a university veterinarian says could one day be broadened to treat human cancers.

The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation has awarded Bruce Smith, director of the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer, a two-year grant totaling $118,848 to test the new therapy.

The treatment consists of a virus normally used as a hepatitis vaccine in dogs that has been modified to only make copies of itself when inside cancer cells.

It ruptures the cancer cells, killing them and releasing thousands of copies to attack other cancer cells.

“By using this approach, we turn the cancer cell into a factory that produces more virus,” Smith said. “You could say that we help the cancer cell become an agent of its own death.”

The immediate goal of the study is to prove the efficacy of the new treatment for bone cancer, but Smith said the long-term goal is to create a single treatment that can treat multiple types of cancer in dogs.

The lessons learned could also be used to create new treatments for human cancer and could lead to human trials in partnership with a medical college, he said.

“Ultimately, we want that to be a clinical treatment in dogs,” Smith said. “But it’s also something that’s going to tell us something about how to use this approach in people, so we’re very big on this idea of one medicine.”

Bone cancer in dogs, which accounts for about 5 percent of tumors in dogs, has a very poor survival rate.

In most cases, the dog’s leg is amputated to make the dog more comfortable and remove the tumor, but the cancer cells migrate to the lungs more than 90 percent of the time.

In those cases, dogs that receive chemotherapy typically only live nine to 12 months post diagnosis, creating demand for more effective treatments.

“This therapy attacks those metastases and will hopefully eliminate them or make them more sensitive to chemotherapy,” Smith said.

The study will involve 20 dogs over two years. All dogs must be referred by a veterinarian and must have all four legs intact so researchers can collect live cancer cells from the tumor.

The grant will cover the cost of the viral treatment, but owners must pay for the cost of amputation and chemotherapy, treatments with which the viral injection is intended to work in conjunction.

The Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer was founded in 2012 to accelerate the translation of cancer innovation from the laboratory to the clinic.

AURIC follows a “one-medicine” concept that views human and animal health as a single field where discoveries in one species advances health in both species.

“Dogs are actually very similar physiologically to people, and a lot of the cancers they get have the same gene mutations,” Smith said.

“Tumors like breast cancer is very, very similar between dogs and humans. Dogs get skin cancer, dogs get blood cancers that are similar to human cancers, dogs get brain cancers that similar to human cancers … so what we learn in dogs is very applicable to humans.”


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2 Million Dogs — Our Mission

Posted by Erich Trapp on March 13, 2013


Our Mission

2 Million Dogs Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and our ongoing commitment is discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research. Our organization is accomplishing that mission in the following ways:

Education and Awareness
The field of comparative oncology is relatively new and 2 Million Dogs continues to educate people about its tremendous potential through a global campaign of strategic partnerships, seminars, speaking engagements, social media, events, broadcasts, and other forms of media.

Empowerment and Mobilization
Through our The Puppy Up! Walks, we are building the largest pet and people cancer community in the world; from business people to artists to scientists and humanitarians, we are forging partnerships with individuals and institutions with the singular purpose of ridding the world of one of its deadliest diseases.

Investment in Research
2 Million Dogs scientific objectives are: Broadening our understanding of the links between human and companion animal cancer, creating a cross institutional collaborative platform, developing new approaches to research, and funding translational cancer studies that benefit both pets and people.

About Cancer

Like people, companion animals develop cancer – they get brain, breast, bone and lung cancer; lymphoma, and melanoma just to name a few, and scientists have discovered that the malignant cells are biologically comparable between humans and our companion animals.

Furthermore, cats and dogs are exposed to the same environmental risks, so if we hope to eradicate cancer there is tremendous potential in forming a partnership between pets and people.

Benefits of Comparative Oncology

There is a large population of cats and dogs with pre-existing cases of cancer

Cancer occurs in pets within years compared to decades in humans

Veterinarian Oncologists believe there are between 4 and 8 million new cases of cancer in companion animals every year. Most of those never receive adequate care or treatment.

Increasing the number of comparative oncology studies means more and more dogs and cats will have access to the latest treatments.

It’s important to note – comparative oncology studies do NOT involve animal testing. The companion pets that participate have naturally occurring cancer  ̶  the cancer has already developed in the animal; it was not induced. This means that one of the potential long-term benefits of these studies could be reducing our reliance on animal testing.

pupperDo You Know The 10 Early Warning Signs?

Love your dog? Learn the 10 L’s


Not all lumps and bumps are cancerous in dogs. There are sebaceous cysts, lipomas, and warts, all of which are benign. But if you detect a growth on your dog it’s important to have it checked out by a veterinarian and, if warranted, aspirated and biopsied.


Scratches and abscesses are not uncommon for the normal, active dog but the sores that don’t heal can be of concern.


Bone cancer is typically found in larger breed dogs like Great Danes, Bernese Mountain dogs, Rottweilers, Boxers, Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards, and Great Pyrenees, and the primary early indication is prolonged limping or favoring a limb or side. Other types of cancers can also cause persistent lameness.

Loss of Appetite

If your dog shows no interest in eating or their daily consumption has declined for several days, take them to a vet.


Tiring out easily, unwillingness to exercise and loss of interest in normal daily activities can be an early sign of cancer.

Loss of Weight

Not to be confused with loss of appetite. Cachexia, or emaciation, is often associated with cancer and can occur even if your dog is still eating normally. So if your dog is inexplicably losing weight, consult a veterinarian.

Loud Odor

A very strong and offensive smell can sometimes be a byproduct of tumors in the mouth and nasal cavity.

Loss of Normal Body Functions

Dogs having difficulty voiding or defecation or unusual urine or feces should be looked at.

Loss of Blood, Bleeding or Bloody Discharge

Blood present in vomit, stool, and nasal discharge are cause for serious concern and although not always telltale signs of cancer, your dog should be examined as soon as possible.

Labored Breathing

Abnormal respiration or respiratory distress can be a symptom of cancers in dogs.


Come and get involved!   To find out more about the 2 Million Dogs Foundation, our nationwide Walks, our yearly calendar, our other fund-raising events, and the research our efforts support, please visit our web page

And please come join us on Facebook, follow the adventures of Hudson and Indy, and follow us on Twitter

For more information, please contact us by writing to our Executive Director, Ginger Morgan, at ginger@2milliondogs.org.

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Orchard School 4th Grade Business Project Donates Generously to 2 Million Dogs

Posted by Erich Trapp on March 5, 2013


Luke, Indy, Carly, and Hudson.

Recently, 2 Million Dogs received word that a generous donation was made to our Foundation, thanks to the efforts of Carly Levinsohn and the heartfelt appeal she made to her fellow classmates in a 4th grade business project at Orchard School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Below is her letter to her classmates, and a letter to us. Thank you Carly and everyone who contributed so thoughtfully to our organization on behalf of dogs with cancer.

We applaud the efforts of this young generation, and the hard work that went in to supporting a cause they believe in. Thank you.




Carly presenting a check to Luke Robinson, founder of 2 Million Dogs.

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Pre-Order Your 2013 Calendars for the Holidays

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 2, 2012

Lily Lisle, this year’s Cover Girl. Lily was touched by cancer three different times.

Time to Pre-Order Your 2013 Calendars for the Holidays

Our “Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down” calendars get better every year, and this year is no exception. Check out the 2013 cover. (Pictured is Lily Lisle, who fought 3 different cancers.) Please pre-order your calendars now. They make great gifts, are wonderful keepsakes, and every one of your friends and relatives should have at least one (if not more). And don’t forget your vet, your groomer, and your pet-sitter. Please follow this link and order now. Calendars are only $15.00 plus S&H.

We’d like you to know that your continued financial support of this year’s 2 Million Dogs’ calendar has enabled us to contribute $20,000.00 to our first canine cancer study with The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. This year, the 13 winners of the calendar contest were given the opportunity to choose from three of Broad’s canine cancer research projects, and they chose the osteosarcoma study. Osteosarcoma is the most common bone tumor of the dog. This cancer develops in the bone, usually the limbs, and as the tumor grows it becomes progressively more painful for the dog and can result in lameness. Often these tumors metastasize to the lungs.

Why does 2 Million Dogs choose to support Broad? Dogs and humans get many of the same diseases, including cancer. Studying DNA from both healthy and sick dogs can help researchers gain insights into diseases that affect both species. That work helped lay the foundation for a variety of studies into the genetic basis of disease — research that depends on help from dogs as well their human companions.

We commend Broad’s philosophy of sharing disease exploration across the research spectrum. Additionally, their work is international, which widely broadens their field of inquiry and the potential for groundbreaking discoveries because Broad Institute brings together a diverse group of individuals from across its partner institutions — undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, professional scientists, administrative professionals, and academic faculty. The culture and environment at the Broad is designed to encourage creativity and to engage all participants, regardless of role or seniority, in the mission of the Institute. Within this setting, researchers are empowered — both intellectually and technically — to confront even the most difficult biomedical challenges.

Thanks to you and everyone who participated in the contest, and purchases the calendar, we are able to contribute to Broad’s continuing pioneering research.

(Our terrific calendar is designed again this year by Brian Kristensen of Colorcodemedia.com.)

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