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13 – 13 – 13

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 4, 2013

(by Ginger Morgan, Executive Director, 2 Million Dogs)

As I write this, summer is coming to a close. I’m fortunate that so far, 2013 has kept me busy working for you and this cause in the best of ways.

Faye Morgan.

Faye Morgan.

In August, we posted stories of dogs who’d had cancer to our Facebook page, and you responded with words of comfort, shares, and votes in our calendar contest. Thank you. The 2 Million Dogs family continues to impress me with their dedication every day.

I lost another dog to cancer this summer — my beloved Faye (pictured). Like many of you, I let these experiences fuel my fire for this cause. I’m writing this to acknowledge that you are our best resource — your input, your stories, your comments, and your support. With that in mind, I’m pleased to announce that moving forward, I will personally update you on 2 Million Dogs, here on our blog in the coming months. I’ll share helpful tips and information about canine cancer, announce special events where you can participate or meet up with other supporters in our community, or update you on the latest and greatest with the cause.

As we support comparative oncology research, the leadership at 2 Million Dogs steadily seeks new ways to help you to spread the word about its importance and our mutual belief that a cure for cancer is out there. We get many comments that some of you want to participate in a walk but cannot, mainly due to prior commitments or bum knees.

Our next event is just for you. And everyone, actually.

It’s called 13-13-13.

 
On September 13:

* Ask 13 friends on Facebook to “Like” the 2 Million Dogs Facebook page here.

* Donate $13 to canine cancer research at here.    Please click on the orange donate button.

* Write 13-13-13 on a piece of paper, hold it up, take a selfie (a photo of yourself), and post your picture to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #2milliondogs.

I hope you all participate in our 13-13-13 event, and get a chance to join us at one of our many Puppy Up! Walks this Fall.

 

Get involved -- Pete and Ginger

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Puppy Up! In Jersey City, June 22

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 12, 2013

New Jersey Walk BannerGrab your walking shoes, your leash, and your canine best friend, and join the thousands who have already put feet to pavement to help end cancer in everyone. On June 22, we’re converging on Jersey City, NJ to support comparative oncology, the study of the similarities between cancers in dogs and cancers in people. These studies help save lives, both human and canine.

Follow the link here to register, join in the fun, and help 2 Million Dogs stop cancer in its tracks.

Registration opens at 11:00 am. The Walk starts at noon and all around good fun continues to 3 PM.

Where? Michael Anthony’s on the Waterfront
502 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310

Can’t Walk in New Jersey but want to contribute anyway? Follow the link above and become a fundraiser. Any amount is most welcome!

 

2 Million Dogs is having their Puppy Up! Walks all across the country again this year, so if you’re not in New Jersey, check out the Walk closest to you. Right here. Right now. Check out the map and find a Walk near you. Meet new people, meet new puppers, and make a difference in our fight against cancer. By walking? Yes, it’s as easy as that! We’ll see you there.

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Notice to Puppy Up! Jersey City Supporters

Posted by Erich Trapp on October 31, 2012

From the organizers of Puppy Up! Jersey City, we just received this:

Dear Puppy Up! Jersey City supporters,

Due to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, City of Jersey City has understandably canceled all events for the upcoming weekend including Puppy Up!

We wish everyone in the area well as we recover and restore.

In response to your questions – Although we will not physically Walk the Walk, we continue to strive to reach our goal of $10,000. So, we encourage all supporters to visit us online and:

1. “register” to walk by Nov 1st;
2. Fundraise through Nov 4th;
3. Sponsor a team, walker or fundraiser by donating to them by Nov 4th;
4. Donate to Puppy Up! Jersey City by Nov 4th.

http://PuppyUpJC.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1034488

Because our availability is limited as we recuperate in Jersey City, please follow our Facebook and Kintera walk pages for updates. Thank you for your help and support… Puppy Up!

All the best to everyone who has met Sandy.

2 Million Dogs extends its heartfelt good wishes to ALL our friends, supporters, sponsors, and walkers throughout all the areas affected by Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy.

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Us In A Nutshell — Thanks, Chicago Tribune

Posted by Erich Trapp on October 11, 2012

Up Close and Personal — Melisa Kottmeier makes friends with Indy, one of two Great Pyrenees dogs owned by Luke Robinson, founder of the 2 Million Dogs organization, who spoke to dog owners at FYDO Land in Elgin about links between human and pet cancer. (photo by Darrell Goemaat)

The Chicago Tribune recently covered the story of 2 Million Dogs and did such a great job, we’d like to share it here in case you missed it.

“It’s [the article] not just about 2 Million Dogs.” says Executive Director Ginger Morgan, “It’s about how people live with cancer every day. By sharing this article you could be helping someone realize that they are not alone in their fight.”

The article was written by Amanda Marrazzo, Special to the Tribune. Photo credit is Darrell Goemaat, with the Chicago Tribune.

If you’d like to keep up with the work of 2 Million Dogs, you can set Google to do a Google Alert. How? Follow this link for simple directions.

Now, here’s the Chicago Tribune article …
October 10, 2012

When his beloved Great Pyrenees dog Malcolm died from bone cancer in 2004, Luke Robinson was sad and angry.

Adding to his loss: Nobody could tell him why.

“I didn’t even know dogs could get cancer,” Robinson said.

Beginning in 2008, Robinson and two of his other dogs, Murphy and Hudson, walked from his home in Texas to Boston to raise awareness about cancer in pets and links to human cancers as well. With stops and starts along the way, and Robinson and the dogs camping or staying with host families, the journey lasted more than two years.

“Somewhere on the cross-country walk I had this dream, this vision of taking the two dogs, walking 2,000 miles and making that into 2 million dogs,” he said.

And so his life’s mission was conceived. After the walk ended, the not-for-profit 2 Million Dogs was founded with the hope that eventually that number of canines and their owners will participate in walks to raise awareness and money to fund research to eradicate cancer from pets and people.

Humans share no direct genetic link with dogs, yet each dies from the same types of cancers in astronomical numbers, he said.

Sadly, Murphy was diagnosed with nasal cancer less than a month after arriving in Boston. He died a year and three days later.

Losing Murphy further strengthened his resolve.

“I think dogs are the canary in the coal mine,” he said. “I think that they hold the answer. They drink the same water we do, are exposed to the same air, environmental toxins. I can’t help to think since we don’t share a genetic link, there must be something in the environment.

“All the cancers we get, they are getting too,” he said. “And that is strange. … We share no evolutionary line with dogs. We don’t come from dogs and dogs don’t come from us.”

Robinson recently visited the Chicago area with Hudson and Indy, his newest “fuzzybutt,” on what he named the “Summer of Murphy Tour,” a cross-country journey in his van that he began in September.

He visited with local veterinary oncologists and met with dog lovers in Elgin and Schaumburg.

Robin Massey, owner of FYDO Land, dog day cares in Elgin and Huntley, said she was so moved by the mission at an event she attended last summer she became a co-chair of the local group.

“Unfortunately, being in the business I’m in, I have lost a lot of four-legged friends to cancer,” she said. “It’s not only about fighting cancer in canines, but about fighting cancer in everybody. It’s an all inclusive group.”

Since 2010, through events called Puppy-Up walks, 2 Million Dogs has raised $270,000, said Karyn Vasquez, a dog lover and member of the board of directors of the organization. About a third of the money goes to research, with the rest going toward education and awareness.

“For me, just letting people know that our companion animals really do get cancer is a huge step in the right direction,” said Vasquez, who lost her own dog, Chelios, to lymphoma on New Year’s Day 2010.

Last year the organization presented a $50,000 grant to Princeton University to fund the school’s study of canine mammary tumor development and progression.

“Mammary tumors are the most common tumors in intact female dogs,” she said. “In humans, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Mammary tumors in dogs and breast cancer in women have many similarities, both in terms of risk factors and biology.”

Interest in the mission has grown.

In 2010 there were Puppy-Up walks in 12 cities across the United States. In 2011, there were walks in 27 cities, and this year there are about 32. So far, about 3,000 dogs and their owners have participated, said Ginger Morgan, executive director of 2 Million Dogs.

“We are still looking for many dogs and their owners to help us in our fight against cancer,” Morgan said, encouraging owners to bring their dogs to a Nov. 3 walk in West Dundee.

“When we hit 2 million dogs, we will still continue walking. We’ll walk until we find a cure, until we can find out what is causing cancer and how we can prevent it.”

Heather Neal, of Aurora, like Robinson, also believes that cancers, as well as other ailments, in both humans and canines are caused by the environment we live in, the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.

She owns Cadence, an 8-year-old standard poodle, who last year received treatment for osteosarcoma, a malignant bone cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy, the amputation of her right back leg, a switch to a raw food diet and a daily cocktail of herbal supplements, Cadence is doing much better and today is cancer-free.

“She is vibrant, full of life, energetic,” Neal said. “Being on three legs has not stopped her at all. She is like a tornado.”

Neal believes humans have a spiritual connection with their dogs, and that dogs are the key to unlocking the mysteries of cancer.

“They are more than just pets to us; they are a family member,” she said. “Let’s do what we can to cure (cancer). It will be good for dogs and human beings.”

Dr. Tiffany Leach, a veterinary oncologist who works at Specialty Vets in Buffalo Grove, said there are cancers that behave the same in humans and dogs, and there are also treatments that work on both human and dog cancers.

For example, sarcomas behave the same in children as they do in dogs, and there are medicines that can be used to treat both, Leach said.

“Vet oncology is so important to us because we can take a lot of the human cancers and get information to use for dog cancers,” she said.

As a resident at Purdue University she worked on a study of bladder cancer. It was found that the same treatments used for human bladder cancer were effective when used to treat bladder cancer in dogs.

It’s also been proved that pediatric osteosarcoma, or bone cancer, displays the same behaviors in children and dogs. And doctors are able to use the same treatments as veterinarians in treating it.

Leach also believes environmental factors play a role in canine and human cancers. But she also believes certain breeds tend to be prone to specific cancers. For example, she said, a Bernese mountain dog is prone to histiocytic sarcoma, an aggressive cancer that begins in the muscle tissue.

Leach herself knows firsthand the pain of dealing with cancer on more than one level. Her grandfather suffered with prostate cancer, which first led her to studying oncology along with veterinary medicine.

In 2005, she was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, or kidney cancer. Though she declined to go into detail about her health, she has gone through treatments and at least two surgeries, and simply said, “I’m handling it. I’m still able to go to work and lead a pretty normal life.”

Then there are her two beloved Irish wolfhounds, which each have dealt with their own cancers. Gideon, 6, had a soft-tissue sarcoma. The dog has had surgeries and radiation and is in remission. Jiggs, 9, was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a type of a bone cartilage tumor. Jiggs underwent surgery two months ago and seems to be in remission, she said.

All of these situations have confirmed that the profession she has chosen as her life’s work is exactly where she should be. She knows the struggles of cancer. She knows the heartache of a pet having a life-threatening disease. So when sitting with a pet owner and telling them their pet has cancer, she can honestly say she knows how they feel.

“You can at least genuinely say, ‘I’ve been through this and I understand,’ and you can really mean it on a level I couldn’t have had,” she said. “I’ve been lucky in that respect. I’m an undying optimist. I like to take the positive out of all of this.”

Robinson, meanwhile, is off to another city. His message is for all people, those with and without pets, and those who have or have not been affected by cancer.

“We are facing nature’s perfect enemy,” Robinson said. “No man, woman, child or companion animal is spared its killing field.”

A 2 Million Dog Puppy-Up will be held Nov. 3, at Randall Oaks Park, 1180 N. Randall Road, West Dundee. Registration is 10 a.m., opening ceremonies at 11:15 a.m., and a two-mile walk steps off at 11:30 a.m. Closing ceremonies will be at 12:30 p.m.

Preregistration by Nov. 1 is $20 per person (under the age of 14 is free). Day of walk registration is $25 per person. No limit on the number of dogs.

Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations and must not be on a retractable leash.

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Puppy Up! Las Vegas Style

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 16, 2012

Up close and personal with Hudson.

As part of the Summer of Murphy Tour, there will be a Bark and Greet this coming Tuesday, September 18th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Luke, Hudson, and Indy will be there to see old friends and make new ones.

Event Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM (all times local)
Event Location: Snooty Pets
Event Address: 8560 W. Desert Inn #D4, (Directly in front of Vons @ Desert Inn and Durango), Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A, 89117, (702) 396-5510

Learn about early cancer warning signs, share your stories, meet new friends and say hi to old ones. Each “fuzzybutt” will receive a free Snooty treat – handmade, with love, on the premises. See you there and … Puppy Up!

For more information, check out their page on Facebook.

 

And, if you’re a golfer, don’t forget about the Puppy Up! Open on the 20th at Boulder Creek Golf Course. You can read about that here and sign up for the game here.

 

And don’t forget about their Puppy Up! Walk, coming this November. Here are the details.

THE LAS VEGAS 2012 PUPPY UP! WALK
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Bruce Trent Park
8851 Vegas Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89128

On-site registration begins at 11:00AM
The walk begins at 1:00PM

PRE-REGISTER online $20.00/person at
www.2milliondogs.org > Click on Walks > click on Las Vegas
or: http://puppyuplasvegas.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1039471

Day-of registration is $25/person

VENDOR/SPONSOR/DONATIONS

Contact: Rhondda Stark Atlas
PuppyUpWalkLasVegas@gmail.com

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2 Million Dogs founder visits Denison, Texas

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 15, 2012

Jeri Waterloo, Luke Robinson, and Pamela Pyle.

As part of the Summer of Murphy Tour, Luke, Hudson, and Indiana were recently in Denison, Texas.

Here’s the article, written by Lynette George and published Friday, September 14, 2012 from the Herald Democrat.

When his beloved Great Pyrenees dog, Malcolm, was diagnosed with and died from cancer, Texas native Luke Robinson knew his life was changed forever.  He discussed that tremendous change recently when he visited Denison in support of the Puppy Up! fundraiser to be held Nov. 4 at Waterloo Lake Park.

Puppy Up events are held throughout the nation in support of Robinson’s non-profit 2 Million Dogs program.  The program was created in 2010, specifically to help fund comparative oncology research which focuses on finding the common links between canine and human cancers and their causes.  2 Million Dogs has already provided $50,000 for a study at Princeton University.  The study involved comparing cancerous mammary glands in dogs and those in women.  An upcoming study to be aided by 2 Million Dogs will involve comparative oncology studies which will be a collaborative effort between Harvard, MIT, Mass General and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  Robinson says the hope in the relatively new world of comparative oncology is to find genetic markers between canine and human cancers which can lead to finding and possibly eliminating the causes of both, as well as finding cures.

“It’s like we are going on a fishing expedition,” says Robinson.  “If we fund enough of these comparative studies, we will find that big fish … I truly believe dogs hold the key to curing cancer in humans.”

Robinson continues, “Cancer is cancer.  It touches everyone.  Under a microscope, cancer looks the same whether it’s from a dog or a human.”

The determined Texan got the idea for 2 Million Dogs after making his own 2,000 mile trek across the country with his dogs to raise awareness of canine cancer.  It was an unexpected turn of events in Robinson’s life.

He earned his bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  While still an undergraduate, Robinson began a management consulting company, later honored with the prestigious “40 Under 40” Award by the San Antonio Business Journal in 2002.  He moved himself, his two Great Pyrenees dogs Malcolm and Murphy, and his company to Boston, Massachusetts in 2003.  The next year, Malcolm was diagnosed with cancer and lost the battle two years later in 2006.  It was during that time that Robinson began an educational journey to learn about canine cancer.  He discovered that cancer is the number one natural cause of death in dogs over the age of 2, and that dogs and humans get the same types of cancer.  He also learned that studying existing cancers in dogs can lead to developing better treatments for dogs and for humans, and that comparative oncology studies can help reduce the treatment costs associated with canine and human cancers.

In 2008, Robinson sold most of his belongings.  He, Murphy and his new Great Pyrenees puppy Hudson, would walk from Austin to Boston in an effort to raise awareness of the similarities between canine and human cancers and to promote comparative oncology research.  The walk lasted more than two years, the threesome carrying all their necessities in back packs, camping in a pup tent, and telling Malcolm’s story to anyone who would listen.  Along the way, Robinson also helped at animal shelters, met with veterinarians, and he was the topic of many publications and interviews.  He appeared with his two dogs on Dogs 101 on the Animal Planet in 2010, and was named one of the “Top Ten Not So Ordinary Pet People of the Year” in 2009.  He was also awarded the 2010 Humanitarian Awareness Award from Fetch a Cure and received the 2010 Caninatarian Award from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers in Atlanta, Georgia.  The walk resulted in the formation of 2 Dogs 2000 Miles.

“When I left Austin, I had maybe a couple of hundred bucks in my pocket,” remembers Robinson.  “Just when I’d be down to my last few dollars, somebody would always give me a $20 or something … The generosity of people’s hearts is amazing.”

At the end of the 826-day walk on June 19, 2010, Robinson was so encouraged that he came up with another plan.  If he and his two canine companions could walk 2,000 miles promoting cancer awareness, then why not have two million dogs walk two miles to continue the mission?  2 Million Dogs was born.  The urgency of raising public awareness was increased for Robinson about that same time when Murphy was diagnosed with cancer.  The faithful dog died in June of 2011.

To get the public involved, Robinson, in 2010, began Puppy Up! walks, not just to raise funds for comparative oncology studies, but to educate the public.  In November of 2010, the first Puppy Up! walks wer held in 12 cities across the nation.  In 2011, more than 25 cities, including Denison, hosted Puppy Up!, raising a total of almost $150,000.  This fall, nearly 40 cities nationwide, including Denison, are taking part.  It’s not as many as Robinson had hoped, but that doesn’t dampen his enthusiasm for the cause.

“I’m from Texas and we dream big down here,” says Robinson.  “I have a dream and it’s great to see it unfolding.  I just wish it would be unfolding a little faster … I’m an ambitious person and I had hoped we’d be having 500 walks across the country by now, but it hasn’t happened yet.”

Though Robinson’s continuing journey isn’t all tail-wagging good times, he continues on.

“It’s sometimes frustrating … My whole life is cancer.  People send me messages every day about their dogs having cancer … My life is already filled with tragedy … How can I just set on my laurels?”

Denison was Robinson’s second stop on his visit to 23 Puppy Up! locations throughout the nation.  He and his small crew, only one of whom receives a salary, were feted with a meet-and-greet at the Hickory House Restaurant upon their arrival Sept. 7, followed by a gathering in Sherman later that evening.  Robinson and his two canine companions, lovingly referred to as the “fuzzybutts,” also led the Bark & Paw Parade on Sept. 8.

 

UPCOMING — Denison’s Puppy Up! Walk takes place on Nov. 4 at Waterloo Park.

In addition to the Walk, the Denison Puppy Up! event will feature a pet adoption fair, live music, vendors, food, prizes and more.  For details, call 903-327-3081.

If you’re in Facebook, you can keep up with news of the Puppy Up! Walk in Denison here.

Special thanks to Jeri Waterloo and Pamela Pyle for their continued hard work!

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Music City — Here We Come

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 26, 2012

Indy’s resting up for his trip to Music City, September 2nd. No doubt — he’s dreaming of Jackson’s Brunch Menu.

OK. So you wouldn’t know it to look at him, but Indy is pretty excited about heading to Music City on September 2nd!

Meet Indy, along with his brother Hudson, Founder of 2 Million Dogs, Luke Robinson, and Executive Director, Ginger Morgan (AKA Mommy G) this coming Sunday, September 2nd, at 3PM CDT at Jackson’s Bar and Bistro located in the center of Hillsboro Village one block from Vanderbilt University and three blocks from Belmont University and Music Row, 1800 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

Come enjoy some great company and delicious food and learn all about the Summer of Murphy Tour.

Nashville, TN (yes, THAT Music City) is their first stop on the Summer of Murphy Tour. (Click on the link to see their schedule of cities across the country.)

For more information on this event AND the 2 Million Dogs’ Nashville Puppy Up! Walk, please contact Sheila at sheila@2milliondogs.org.

For directions to Jackson’s, click here.

For news and updates on all 2 Million Dogs’ events and activities, our Puppy Up! Walks nationwide, and a complete schedule of The Tour, please visit our web page. And don’t forget to check out our new Puppy Up! Store.

While you’re at it, why not stop by and ‘like’ us on Facebook here.

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Puppy Up! New Mexico!

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 9, 2011

by Sue Smith

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 2MillionDogs.org Puppy Up New Mexico! will hold its inaugural Walk for Canine Cancer Awareness and Research on Sunday, September 25, at Rotary Park in Bernalillo, NM. The event begins with registration and activities at 11 AM and continues until 4 PM. The 2.0 mile group walk around the perimeter of the park begins at noon.

United to fight a serious foe, the day will be a celebration of hope and the love of dogs. Festivities centered around the Walk will include:

·    live music (from folk to instrumental to hip hop, we hope to have everyone bopping on the grass),
·    a vendors’ bazaar (perfect for gift shopping, restocking the treat cupboard or adding some personal bling),
·    representatives from local shelters and adoptable pets,
·    tasty noshes for humans and pups highlighting some of the best cookin’ in our area,
·    a silent auction (with items to fit every bidder’s budget),
·    pup and owner games (an agility set up, Rover Says, and more)
·    informational presentations range from Emergency Preparedness by FEMA to “Ask the Trainer” Q&A.
·    a Canine Couture Fashion Show where proud owners can show off their super model pups,
·    A memorial Wall will allow participants to share those who valiantly fought and who will never be forgotten.

The funds raised from this event will be used to fund canine cancer and comparative oncology research, particularly focusing on the causal relationship between infections, immune response, and cancer. We are in the early stages of our process as we are currently looking for research partners and raising monies to fund the study.

Research has shown us that dogs and humans get the same types of cancers. If we study already existing cancers in our canine companions, we can help develop not only better treatments for them, but also better treatments for humans as well. Because these studies will also help reduce the cost of treatment for the animals involved, more people will be able to afford to have their companions treated for this deadly disease.

Be a part of history this September 25th as New Mexico joins the network of cities all across America coming together to take a stand against cancer. Let your howl be heard! A cancer-free world starts with one dog, each mile at a time.

To pre-register, sign up here.  The cost online is $20.00. Or register the day of the event, $25.00, at the park. Every participant receives a gift bag, a Puppy Up! bracelet and a bandana. For more information, contact Sue Smith at 505-232-7996

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