Saturday, December 27, 2008

Chat Live with Yer Big Dog!

Luke and The Boys will make a special appearance in the Live Tripawds Chat Room from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (PST) this Monday, December 29. Drop by to say "Hi!" or ask any questions about their life on the road, so far.

Visitors can view the chat but you must register or log in to participate. Registration is free, subscribes you to Jerry's Three legged Dog Blog and enables access to your own profile in the Tripawds Discussion Forums.

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.

Yet Another Winter Risk to Worry About!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Day Romp

Hudson Meet Watson, a one year old Old English Sheepdog. Kinda makes me proud of the little tyke...

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from everyone at 2 Dogs 2000 Miles

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Two Dogs Walk 2K Miles for Cancer

Here's a great article published on 12/11/08 on ZooToo by Amy Lieberman.

December 11, 2008
Two Dogs Walk 2K Miles for Cancer

Luke Robinson and his two Great Pyrenees dogs are walking from Austin, Texas, to Boston, Mass., in name of one beloved dog and the untreatable cancer that took his life.

NEW YORK -- Luke Robinson's Great Pyrenees, Malcolm, died two years ago, but he remains committed to giving the dog's memory the walk of a lifetime -- all the way from Austin, Texas, to Boston.

Robinson and his two other Great Pyrenees, Hudson and Murphy, set out from Texas on foot -- and paws -- in March, in no hurry to reach their final destination.

"I have devoted the rest of my life to canine cancer, to raising awareness for it," the 37-year-old said.

The former business consultant says he was not a likely candidate to follow a risky course -- quit his high-profile job, sell his car, place all of his possessions in storage and transport his urban life to the backroads of the country.

But after Malcolm, then age 6, was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, Robinson's previous sense of purpose was thrown out the doggy door.

"It really shattered my world," Robinson said. "He was my boy. He wasn't my blood, but he was my boy. My days rose and set with him. He was a part of me."

Laying Malcolm to rest two years after his diagnosis, however, didn't lead Robinson to relinquish his battle against the fatal cancer.

The man who used to sing Malcolm bedtime songs began to ask questions: Why did this have to happen to his otherwise healthy dog, especially at such a young age? And, if Malcolm was only one of many dogs plagued by cancer, why weren't people paying more attention?

The latter is a question that too few people are actually broaching, Robinson says.

"There really is no chemo treatment for dogs," he said. "The vast majority of drugs out there only slow the progression. There really isn't that much out there, and when I began to fully appreciate the disparity between human and pet medical science, I realized there was a huge problem."

Most pet owners fail to recognize the serious threat of canine cancer, from which around 50 percent of dogs will eventually die, says Gary Nice, founder of the National Canine Cancer Foundation.

"Their pets get diagnosed, and then people come to us all the time, saying 'I didn't realize it was that bad of a situation.' "

Like Robinson, Nice decided to take action and establish the foundation after he lost his golden retriever, Bailey, to bone cancer several years ago; he has since seen two more of his goldens succumb to the same disease.

Golden Retrievers, Boxers, Flat-Coated Retrievers and Bernese Mountain dogs are predisposed to cancer, Nice says. Pedigree dogs, especially show dogs, like his own, also tend to experience more diagnoses, given their smaller, exclusive breeding circuit.

Around $5 million is spent on canine cancer research every year in the United States, compared with the $500 million that human cancer research receives annually, Nice says.

Unable to brush off these statistics in the aftermath of Malcolm's death, Robinson transmitted his grief into energy -- enough to sustain him and Murphy, 2, and Hudson, 7, as they complete their nearly 2,000 mile trek.

"I just wasn't willing to let his loss go in vain," Robinson said. "Whatever we do, we have to get the awareness out there for this issue."

Robinson and "the boys," as he calls them, planned the journey as an 11-month excursion, a goal that could be met if they traveled eight to 10 miles a day. Obstacles along the way, however, have slowed their progress -- as they now near Bowling Green, Ky., the trio has so far walked around 921 miles.

Steering clear of major interstates and highways, Robinson, normally weighed down with a 90- to 100-pound backpack, likes to take things step by step.

Robinson's volunteer team of six is crucial in coordinating his itinerary, which can be tracked on his blog,

"We are always trying to find someone who can pick him up off the road, find someone to take him to someplace warm, or let him spend the night at their house," said Ginger Morgan, the spokeswoman of Robinson's team.

"I sometimes feel like I am trying to find a place for Joseph and Mary."

Morgan generally finds success in persuading strangers, from veterinarians to church employees, to assist Robinson and his dogs in some fashion.

Relying on the kindness of strangers, though, is becoming more challenging, as Robinson heads north, away from the Southern community with which Morgan, who lives in Memphis, Tenn., has contacts.

Donations partially sustain Robinson's relatively frugal lifestyle, but his personal savings also bolster his budget, which lends to a regular diet of ramen noodles and trail mix.

When staying with strangers is not an option, Robinson doesn't mind shacking up with "the boys" in his tent. Come nightfall, the dogs take turns cuddling with their owner in his sleeping bag, in order to stay warm.

During days off, they sometimes perform meet-and-greets with spectators, who turn out to catch the trio while they can.

The dogs are troopers, Robinson says, and can outlast him any day on the walking trail.

"Hudson and Murphy are the stars of the show," Robinson said. "I'm just the guy carrying their luggage."

The team will soon weave through Kentucky, then cut north to pass through major cities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and finally, Massachusetts. Robinson hopes to arrive in Boston by this summer.

He doesn't know where his pursuits will then take him, but doubts he will return to the world of business.

"This is my life, now," Robinson said. "I loved Malcolm. He is the inspiration and motivation that enabled me to gear myself up for this journey. This is just the first step."

A first step that will stop at nothing short of 2,000 miles and a lifetime to spare.

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.

Not one to be denied, Tory kept puckering up, trying to steal a kiss from Handsome Hudson. Luke finally caught this picture. Hudson, his usual charming self, accepted her admiration with humility and a wink.

Welcome, Sarah Elizabeth!

Congratulations to Dawn and Mark Robinson and Uncle Luke! Sarah Elizabeth Robinson arrived at 8 pounds 3 ounces (the last time she will ever divulge her weight).

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

Calendar Contest Winners

“Announcing the top 13 submissions is bittersweet for us. All of the 82 stories and photos touched us deeply and we wish there was enough room to feature everyone.”

“Thanks to all of those who submitted photos and stories, and all who voted. The response was overwhelming and perfect proof that cancer can’t keep a good dog (or cat) down. Most of these companions have left us, some many years ago, but it is evident that their spirits are still present in, and part of us, our families, and our friends. It is truly an honor and privilege to offer this tribute to our beloved companions touched by cancer.”

“So that all of their stories might be told in their entirety, we have launched our puppy up! blog where people will be invited to share the stories of their loved one’s undaunted puppy up spirit. Over the next few days everyone who submitted a story for the calendar will be invited to participate as a guest author to share their companion’s stories in their entirety.”

Thank you all,
Hudson, Murphy, and Your Big Dog

Congratulations to our top 13 winners and to ALL who participated in the “Cancer Can’t Keep A Good Dog Down” Calendar. Your enthusiasm and generosity honors everyone listed below.

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
62 Finnegan - 9
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

Thank you for your patience while we counted and recounted every vote. We will have more details on the calendar soon, as well as information on becoming a guest author on the Puppy Up! blog. For more timely updates, please consider subscribing to the 2 Dogs Daily email.

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