Saturday, December 27, 2008
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Plenty of three legged friends and their people are eager to hear what Yer Big Dog is up to, and how Hudson and Murphy are doing. Hope you'll be there too! See ya online.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
December 11, 2008
Two Dogs Walk 2K Miles for Cancer
Please also take time to read the generous and positive comments posted after the article.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Hudson is definitely a lady's man! Here Hudsy is getting a big smooch from a young admirer, Tory, at the Christmas Parade in White House, Kentucky.
Luke is excited and grateful to now be an Uncle six times over (his 6th niece). This is Dawn and Mark's first child and, needless to say, Uncle Luke is very happy too. Well, now we'll have to rechristen him from Yer Big Dog to Uncle Luke!
Welcome to the world, Sarah Elizabeth!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thank you all,
Hudson, Murphy, and Your Big Dog
1 Princess Daisy - 1025
2 Arnold - 583
3 Clondike - 578
4 Snowbear - 578
5 Jerry - 503
6 Elwood - 461
7 Maggie - 461
8 Hannah - 430
9 Coatey 427
10 Rosco - 427
11 Trina - 416
12 Jayce - 337
13 Lily 333
14 Tigger 322
15 Buster 317
16 Echo 300
17 Raven 291
18 Codi 275
19 Bond 215
20 So-Lei 191
21 Harry - 186
22 Chewie - 172
23 Carrier - 155
24 Cinnamon - 127
25 Harriet - 111
26 Brody - 90
27 Cagney - 87
28 Indiana - 87
29 Cheyanne - 81
30 Ephram 78
31 Buster M. - 71
32 Harlow - 65
33 Stella - 61
34 Bear - 56
35 Bella - 55
36 Nosey - 55
37 Big Tex - 53
38 Hershey - 52
39 TT - 50
40 Nika 46
41 Ellie 40
42 Jillianne - 35
43 Winston - 35
44 Nikita - 33
45 Zoe - 26
46 Malcolm - 25
47 Griffin - 21
48 Bo Peep - 20
49 Abigail - 18
50 Teddy Bear - 18
51 Drago - 17
52 Murphy - 17
53 Beau & Benny - 16
54 Bingo - 16
55 Sturmie - 14
56 Holly 13
57 Mali - 13
58 Linga - 12
59 Debo - 11
60 Genie - 10
61 Ophelia - 10
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63 Luna - 9
64 Sunshine - 8
65 Gunner - 6
66 Kiah - 6
67 Remy - 6
68 Coco - 5
69 Pennbo - 4
70 Winston L - 4
71 Boston - 3
72 Boyfriend - 3
73 Brandi - 3
74 Brittagh & Gryffin - 3
75 Brock - 3
76 Cedric - 3
77 Daisy M. - 3
78 Guinness - 3
79 Nutmeg - 3
80 Rascal - 3
81 Schatzi - 3
82 Shilo - 3
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thank you very much for your help.
Hudson & Murphy
Activist uses grief over stricken dog in a positive way
"A great battle happened here a long time ago. But when we started this walk in March, this became our own personal war," Robinson said.
"Our goal is to get the message out about the canine cancer crisis," he said.
Thanks to Bonnie Burch firstname.lastname@example.org and The Tennessean for writing this article.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
By Mindy Tate, Williamson Herald Editor
Robinson remembers mosquitoes “as big as sparrows” while walking through the Arkansas Delta in July. They hit Memphis in late August and have stopped along the way to volunteer at different shelters or humane associations to volunteer. Each time they do, Wagatha’s Extraordinary Biscuits for Dogs donates a 10-pound bag of treats to those shelters.
Those days volunteering has also given Robinson the chance to interact with animal lovers, experts, caregivers and those doing research into canine cancer and perhaps only deepened his resolve to get a national dialogue started.
Malcolm was only 6 when he was diagnosed, Robinson said, and 8 when he was given what Robinson describes as rest. He is making the trip with the trio though, as Robinson wears one of his claws and some of his ashes in memorial around his neck, and carries a St. Francis medal in his pocket given to him by his mother, herself a breast cancer survivor.
“When we are walking, we are working,” Robinson said. “When I get on the road with them and they get a rhythm, we work well together…the first 15 minutes, they are just pulling me.”
They average eight to 10 miles per day and at that pace won’t make it to Boston on their original timetable. Instead they will brave the winter months and hope to arrive to a celebratory event sometime in the spring.
“If they lost a companion pet, we have a memorial shirt,” Robinson said, showing a shirt with the names of animal’s lost to canine cancer. “Whenever we have to dig deep, all I have to do is look at my shirt to know there are angels walking with us.
“Another thing people can do is stop and give them hugs,” Robinson said of the dogs. Hudson greets all visitors by standing on his hind legs before throwing his paws around your neck.
“Last and most important is to help get the message out there of canine cancer,” Robinson said of the things that people can do.
Thanks to Mindy Tate of the Williamson Herald for covering the story.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The bonds we share with our animals strengthen even more when they become sick.
Only people who have been through the battle with cancer in their dog can truly understand how strong this bond can be. In turn, they easily develop tight bonds with others who have shared the same experience.
Case in Point: The Tripawds / 2 Dogs connection.
We met Yer Big Dog online after receiving a comment from him on our three legged dog videos of Jerry – our own canine cancer hero. After learning about Malcolm and the 2000 mile walk Luke is undertaking to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research, we bonded immediately.
But let us step back a bit ... Jerry was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the fall of 2006. After his amputation we decided to sell our home and business to travel the country with him. He was given only about three or four months to live and we wanted to spend all that time with him.
We hit the road in our RV, exploring the country and spreading the word that it's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four. We traveled from one coast to the other while Jerry continued to amaze us, outliving all the doctors' expectations, and developing a community of support along the way through his Tripawd Discussion Forums.
After reaching the Atlantic ocean in Maine, and spending time on a farm in Florida, we were headed back west when we heard of the launch date for the 2 Dogs 2000 Miles walk from Austin to Boston. A launch party was in order.
What a pleasure it was to meet Luke and the boys in person (and in dog). We gathered at a park where a handful of three legged dogs joined us for food and fun times.
video interview and had a major sleep-over party – three people and three big dogs in a 24' trailer.
Soon we were both on the road. Each heading our separate ways – but both crossing the U.S. – with a common cause. To spread the word about the scourge that is cancer in dogs. Granted, we have it a bit more comfortable in our trailer, while Luke hikes and sleeps on the ground. But he does have Hudson and Murphy to keep him comfortable.
Sadly, we had to say goodbye to Jerry on October 3, nearly two years after his amputation. But our hike shall go on. And we will continue to support the efforts of everyone here at 2 Dogs 2000 Miles.
Monday, October 27, 2008
"My name is Lewsen’s Princess Daisy Dawg and as you can see from my photo, I am an English Bulldog. I am very talented and I am a good writer. I know you are familiar with other famous bulldogs, and perhaps you know of that Zelda dog who has a lot of costumes? She is not a good writer, and I am. That is why I am a princess and she is not."
Why do you and your people support 2Dogs2000Miles? Who would not support you after they learn about you? Oops….. Mom says that sounded smarty pants. Sorry.
Our Daisy-Girl had an awful tumor on her heart and this caused her to cross The Rainbow Bridge much sooner than she would have. If I --- me --- Bob ---- can do even one tiny little thing to help with our dreams coming true, then I will use all of my stubborn side to do it. Soon.
Lily is 9 weeks old and she is an English Bull Dog. She was born in Big Stone Gap, Virginia and her true name is Lewsen’s Lily of the Valley. She has a full set of very sharp baby teeth.
Your people have been some of our best donors to 2Dogs and we really thank them. Why do you think they do this? We want to help however we can, and since we aren’t on the Walking Trail, we thought some money would come in handy to help the research. If we were closer to where Mr. Luke is walking, we would come and walk with him. I really like Hudson and Murphy and I would like to meet them sometime. And also when we donate to help this cause, we also have a way to remember all of our wonderful clients who passed away. We try to help get their names onto Luke’s shirts.
You sent us some wonderful pictures. Who is the person who took your pictures? Our wonderful photo grapher (that's what Daisy called her -- a picture taking person: photo grapher) is Bev Hollis and her web site is www.bevhollisphoto.com You should take a few minutes to play with your Mouse Person, get him in a good mood and then ask him to help you look at Bev's photos. You can look at the Puppy Series section under my name (me -- BOB) We would like it very, very much if you added our Miss Bev (who is also a vet doctor) to our Circle of Friends. I used to be her Main Man until Baby Lil came along. Poor me, tossed aside for a prettier face.
Very special thanks to Patti Best for her help in translating Pit Bull to English. Please visit Bob, Lily, Princess Daisy, and Patti at: http://blog.everythingandthedog.com/.
Thanks, Bob! Puppy up!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Pictured are: Luke fixing The Honest Kitchen for Hudson and Murphy, and Hudson showing how delightfully happy his tummy is after his Honest Kitchen dinner!
"Keen" photo is copyrighted by The Honest Kitchen.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Last November, I started bringing him home with me at night because he would stand at the front door of the HS and watch me as I drove off. I hated seeing his face at the door so he joined my "pack" at home.
He is terribly afraid of storms. I guess it's because of Katrina. I have to either get on the floor with him and hold him or we get in the bed together and I hold him until the storm is over.
We are not sure how Buddy lost his foot. A vet told me that it looked like Buddy had gotten it stuck in something and chewed it off as there are no surgery scars. As you can tell from the video he doesn't let it keep a big dog down! However, I do have to pick him up to get in the bed, unless of course there is a storm -- then he will jump on the bed with me!
At last, Buddy has his forever home, and now is an official member of the 2Dogs family. Welcome home, Buddy! You have that true Puppy Up! spirit.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Luke did say he’d been taking some great videos of the area (and the area around Mousetail is quite beautiful with its tree-covered hills, beautiful river, and valleys of dense fog). And of course the Boys love the cooler weather. Luke calls it their “frisky weather.”
So, there you have it. Luke and the Boys, deep in the heart of The Volunteer State.
More soon. Until then, Puppy Up!
Erich & His 4 Pack
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Yeah, Luke – much nicer!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
You’re the developer of the biscuits yourself?
Can you give us a little bit of the history? Why did you start making dog biscuits?
So you got started in 2006?
2006, yes that’s right.
What drew you personally to the issue of nutrition in dogs in particular?
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about Wagatha’s and your interest in 2 Dogs?
I think that what 2 Dogs is doing is fantastic and I think raising awareness about canine cancer is really important. I think that grass-roots efforts will raise the awareness of people’s choices when they go into the store and buy what they buy. It seems that every month there’s another food recall, whether it’s pet or people … and why take that chance? For the majority of people, their pets are the center of their lives -- why subject your best friend, your family member to something you don’t have to subject them to? There are choices. And they’re not necessarily any more expensive.
It’s my pleasure. We live in a world where we all really have to help each other out … reaching out to our neighbors and friends is really what we have to do.
Wagatha's name and logo are the copyrighted property of Wagatha's. Their logo is used with permission.
Monday, September 29, 2008
As I was soon to learn, Parrotheads are Jimmy Buffet fans but to say they're just that is hugely limiting. Their slogan is "Party with a Purpose" and man do they deliver on both promises. These guys are always finding ways to help organizations and have fun during the process and giving to charitable causes is a requirement. You can't even start a chapter without making that commitment. According to Wikipedia, they collectively raised $2.2 million for charities in 2005 and devoted thousands of volunteer hours, too.
Even though they don't have a Parrothead Club for the Homeless, I consider myself a lifelong member and can't wait to meet more of them along our travels.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
As you know, we rely completely on volunteers for the walk. While they've done an outstanding job and I am eternally grateful for the countless hours they've committed to the cause, we are in the process of resolving the problem and taking steps to ensure it won't happen again.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
OK, here's a summary:
(3) Please be sure to submit a story with your photo. 1 to 2 paragraph limit, please. Don't forget to include your name and contact email. You will be notified when we receive your photo and story.
(4) Submissions begin immediately and continue through November 15th, ending at midnight EST.
(5) Photos of all dogs will be posted on our web site after November 16th, and voting begins at our web site 2 weeks after the last submission and continues through December 1st. Deadline for voting is December 1st, again at midnight EST.
(6) Each $1.00 donation = 1 vote. You may vote (and thus donate) multiple times! Please do! Please invite family and friends to vote as well! Votes will be cast at our website beginning November 2nd.
(7) Calendars will be available for the new year and cost only $15.95. These will make excellent gifts! Remember, each calendar will spread the important news about canine cancer, so please consider giving them as gifts to vet clinics, colleagues, groomers, your own favorite vet, as well as family and friends.
(8) ALL photos will be published in the calendar. While only twelve dogs will be chosen to represent the 12 months of the year, based on the number of $1.00 votes each dog receives, EVERY photo submitted will be published in the calendar. Pictures not included in the body of the calendar will be published in the back pages, so every dog's picture will appear.
This calendar will not only help get the word out about the seriousness and prevalence of canine cancer, but will also be a lasting tribute to those beautiful dogs who struggled with and are still struggling against this disease.
We hope you will be part of this effort. Send in your photos and stories, please pass the word to family and friends, and then, come November 2nd, vote, vote, vote for your favorite dogs!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The memorial service for the animals will be held outdoors at Brown-Forman Amphitheater located on River Road east of Tumbleweed. It will include musical selections and poetry-reading, as well as a moment of silence as candles are lit in memory of beloved animal friends. This event is free and will take place rain or shine. Those in attendance will be able to have their pet's name read out loud.
"Chance's Spot is founded by Gail Heller. Ms. Heller was Chance's caregiver for fourteen years. She has had several canine companions in addition to Chance and currently resides in Indiana with Moses, her pointer mix and Mazie, her Basenji mix."
"Ms. Heller has bred, trained and shown dogs and has worked as an animal control warden where she implemented a Responsible Dog Ownership Basic Training Program. She has also worked as a veterinary technician where she assisted in the care and treatment of sick pets. Her work at Chance's Spot has been featured in the Louisville Courier-Journal Newspaper."
(All quotes, pictures, and illustrations are the copyrighted property of "Chance's Spot" and are reprinted here under Fair Use, Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. § 107.)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
It was my last luxury in Arkansas. I went to church that Sunday then walked for the next 24 hours, rested a day, then got back on the road and completed a 60 mile stretch in two days of walking through Crowley's Ridge and almost to West Memphis. One of the most fascinating sights was between Forrest City and Madison, which seemed entirely draped in Kudzu, a highly invasive Southern vine.
A secluded spot near a bayou beckoned me. I barely had enough energy to make camp and only minutes after I had done so, a truck drove up. What now? The passenger door opened and the boy appeared carrying a plate of food.