Tuesday, June 8, 2010

From The Woo Hoo Report

2 Dogs, 2000 Miles a Walk from Austin to Boston

Posted by stephcolin on Jun-7-2010

Article by Ginger Morgan

FROM THE ROAD, NEW ENGLAND, U.S.A.—On Saturday, June 19, 2010, Luke Robinson and his two Great Pyrenees, Hudson and Murphy, will complete their 2,000-mile journey by walking their final mile into Boston, MA.

Beginning in March 2008 from Austin, TX, Luke Robinson and his dogs have been walking across the US to raise awareness for canine and human cancer. Luke’s inspiration for his incredible journey came from his desire to both remember and to look for answers after his first Great Pyrenees “Malcolm” lost a hard fought battle with Osteosarcoma also known as bone cancer. He put his material life in storage, packed his tent and hit the road.

Recently Luke and his two companion dogs, eight year-old Murphy and three year-old Hudson were guests on the Today Show where they shared their skills for survival on the road for the past two years.

Boston will be the setting for a weekend long dog-friendly celebration to welcome Luke and his boys! Currently there are friends, family and dog lovers from 18 states planning to walk the Final Mile with Luke, Hudson and Murphy. Prior to sharing the final mile into Boston, all will gather at the Kelleher Rose Garden at Back Bay Fens for a brief Memorial Service, June 19th, at 9:30 am to remember the pets and people they have lost to cancer. Following the service a moment of silence will be observed so that we might remember all our loved ones touched by cancer.

The final mile beginning at Back Bay Fens and going to the Boston Common, led by Luke, Hudson, and Murphy, will then begin after the Memorial Service.

The Puppy Up! Festival on Saturday, June 19, at the Boston Common Parkman Bandstand is the doggie event of the season with food, shopping and entertainment. The Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium (CHCC) will be at the festival collecting DNA samples from dogs. The samples collected by the CHCC are for a nationwide project involving more than 30 scientific investigators at nearly a dozen institutions, which plan to use dog DNA to not only discover the causes of cancer in dogs, but in people, too.

Later that evening join Luke and his boys for a Gala Event at the elegant Fairmont Copley Hotel featuring a silent auction and dinner. Luke will also reveal a new adventure that dog lovers from around the world can participate in: 2 Million Dogs, to bite back even harder at cancer!
Robinson, Hudson and Murphy are currently walking in the Providence, Rhode Island area making their way to Boston.

For more information on attending this unique event visit www.2dogs2000miles.org or for information about our next phase visit 2 Million Dogs.

Follow this link to find out information about our Boston events: 2 Dogs 2000 Miles Boston Celebrations

Stop by our Puppy Up! Store for some really cool stuff!

Puppy Up!
Ginger Morgan


(pictured -- Luke enjoying some down time with Murphy and Hudson at the Fetch A Cure event they recently attended. Luke holding the Fetch A Cure Humanitarian Award The Boys received. Congratulations!)

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