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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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Featured Pup — Shamus Lightbody

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 11, 2012

Handsome Shamus sporting his Puppy Up! bandana.

(by Joan Lightbody) My name is Shamus. I was adopted when I was 1 day old. My mother was abandon with 9 pups and animal control asked Joany and Ronnie to foster us for a little while. They kept me and my brother Polar Bear. Polar went to the bridge 6 years ago. He had seizures. He started having seizures when he was 2. He just went to sleep while at home one afternoon. I miss him.

I am blind and diabetic. I am 14 years old and a survivor. I had an 8 pound 12 ounce tumor removed from my chest. I am very lucky to still be here. They were afraid to operate because of the location of the tumor — it was close to the jugular. I was getting very uncomfortable and it was bothering me so they said I had a 50/50 chance. We decided to go ahead with surgery. Guess what. I Won.

I love the snow I still play with my new friends Captain, Cherry (border collies) and the new edition Daisy (Saint Bernard). I am the boss. I used to play fetch but now it is hard on me.

I was at the Puppy Up! Walk in Plymouth in 2011. I wasn’t able to walk the whole way but I stayed all day and greeted pups. What a great day.

In this photo, I have my bandana on. It says, “You Can’t Keep A Good Dog Down.”





I am sad today to share that Shamus passed away October 1, 2012. “Shamus went peacefully to the bridge today. Thank you to everyone. Thanks to his friends that stopped by to say see you later. Thanks to Stephanie at the clinic, and a special thanks to Dr. Fall who made his passing easy and helped us keep Shamus going these past few years. I miss you Shamie my pretty boy. Rest now my sweet angel.” ~ Kailee Morgan



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The 2012 Calendars are Ready to Order!

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 17, 2011

Just in time for the holidays! You can pre-order your 2012 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendars here.

Our own Murphy is on the cover of the 2012 Calendar. And for the first time we have two covers from which you can choose.  One is of Murphy running through a field in Bowling Green, KY just a little over a month before he was given rest. Cancer may have won the war but according to this picture, Murphy won the battle that day. It’s the battles won along the journey that we cherish and remember most.

The other cover is Luke carrying Murphy, the brave and valiant soldier, the one who was always the first out of the tent, who walked thousands of miles, always smiling, for others; the one whose courage and strength will always lead the way because he embodied our rally cry and our song, “Puppy Up!”

What makes our calendar so special? Our calendars aren’t  just a collection of pretty faces, although they certainly are that. Each month features a special dog and his or her story, written by the person who loved them best. Our calendars also include not only the regular ‘people’ holidays but special dog holidays as well, like International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, Squirrel Appreciation Day, K9 Veterans Day, International Homeless Pet Day, Stand up to Cancer Day, and a whole collection of special days set aside just for dogs.

Additionally, our calendar features a gallery of photos of all the dogs entered into this year’s calendar contest, a gallery of last year’s winners, and special features like the 10 early warning signs of cancer in dogs, a selection of photos from this year’s Puppy Up! Walks nation-wide, a note from Luke, and a special message from our Executive Director, Ginger Morgan.

These calendars make great gifts for family and friends, your vet, groomers, pet stores, your Great Aunt Bessie from Duluth, and are terrific keepsakes as well.

We know you will enjoy the beautiful layout designed by Brian Kristensen and special features of our one-of-a-kind calendar. Please order yours today!

For orders over 10, please contact Ginger for shipping costs at: ginger@2milliondogs.org.

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Ventura, CA Puppy Up! Walk

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 12, 2011

Photo courtesy of Lafmil Photography.

We’re not done yet! One more Walk this year and it’s in sunny California.

Tomorrow (Sunday, November 13th) is the Ventura Puppy Up! Walk for canine cancer awareness at San Buenaventura State Park. The walk begins at 1PM. To register, follow this link , click on the “Walks” button and choose Ventura.

Schedule of Events:

11:00am – 1:00 pm Registration
1:30pm – Walk Begins
Festivities until 5:00pm


San Buenaventura State Park
1200 East Harbor Blvd
Ventura, Ca. 93001

Come out, bring your pup, meet new people, enjoy the day, and have fun for a terrific cause. See you there!

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Taking the first step…

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 7, 2011

The Puppy Up! 2011 Walk begins -- Belton, Texas

by Tish Beauchamp Cotham

Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 5:30 AM my alarm makes my headache, which was pounding, even worse. My only thought was “let me sleep a little bit longer” and “if I get up then please let the coffee be good.” These thoughts came and went fast because those are not the thoughts of someone who Puppys Up!

I had loaded my truck the night before so I only had to shower, grab a few last minute items, then head to the park. I arrived to a quiet park, free of cars, people and dogs. Within a few hours I was off and running! It was a day of remembrance, honoring and helping. It was a day like no other.

I watched as the four legged, three legged and two legged made their way into the park towards registration and vendors.  Some came from as close as ten minutes away to as far as three hours away.  The estimated 100 people with their companions came to walk two miles because of their own personal desire to make a difference in this fight against cancer.


I walk for Brutus.

I had no idea what I had done until I looked into their eyes, listened to their stories and shared tears with them.  I had no idea what it truly meant until I stood before the crowd and began my speech.  It was a simple speech in the beginning.  I had thanked them all for coming, and introduced our sponsors and acknowledged our vendors.  I introduced our human breast cancer survivor of four years.  She’s a tough woman and refuses to let cancer keep her down.  I moved onto our many canine survivors that were there in the crowd.  Mast cell tumors, lymphoma, osteosarcoma were just a few.  Then there were those individuals who, days before the Walk, had their shirts made in remembrance of the canines they had loved and lost.

I finished my speech and moved onto the dedication of the first Puppy Up! Walk in Belton, Texas which was organized each day for eight months for the love of Murphy Robinson.  I had written so much about what I felt and what I wanted to say.  I had told Luke that I was nervous about my speech and he simply said to speak from the heart and if I got stuck then to look at my bracelet and share what Murphy meant to me.  With tears I did just that.

Following the dedication, the Puppy Up! song was played and my heart was racing with excitement and a sense of sadness.  This was it — the moment had arrived for our two mile walk.  I saw so much in each person.  I saw tails wagging, smiles and tears.  I saw history being made.

I will never be able to truly thank those that made today possible. There are no words that even come close. I know and realize the best thanks I could give is to never stop and most importantly, never forget.

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Five Sibes Blog Promotes Puppy Up! Walk

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 4, 2011

What are Sibes? Siberian Huskies, of course! And they have a great blog about the upcoming Puppy Up! Walks around the country. They also write extensively about the history and goals of 2 Million Dogs. Check out their great blog and support them here.

Tell them 2 Million Dogs sent you!

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Great Poster helps Promote Puppy Up! Walk in Costa Mesa

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 2, 2011

A picture (or in the case a poster) is worth a thousand words. Check it out. If you’re in the area, help support the Costa Mesa Puppy Up! Walk by visiting this Pick Up Stix restaurant. For more information, please follow this link. By the way, their Puppy Up! Walk is this Sunday, November 6th at Fairview Park, 2525 Placentia Avenue. You can register early (until November 3rd) or right there at the walk.

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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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Fuzzybutts Coming to San Antonio

Posted by Erich Trapp on October 26, 2011

San Antonio TEXAS:  This year the Puppy Up! Walk in San Antonio will host Luke, Hudson, and Indiana. They raised the most funds for their walk, and so won The Fuzzybutts’ appearance at their Walk.

The Fuzzybutts are coming! C’mon out on November 6 to meet Luke, Hudson, and Indiana. You don’t want to miss this event. Register today to Puppy Up! against cancer. Each one of us will make difference to fight this deadly disease.

To register for the San Antonio Walk, please follow this link.

To see if there is a Walk near you, and to register, please follow this link.

A cancer – free world starts with one mile, one dog at a time. Register today to walk on November 6 to Puppy Up! against cancer. Support those with cancer, honor the friends we’ve lost, walk for those we can help.

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