Take a Step to Cure Canine Cancer—Puppy Up on 9/16

Cancer Touches Everyone—Especially Dogs

4 to 6 MILLION dogs die from cancer each year

For me…

  • My two springer spaniels, Cassie (from a brain tumor and leukemia) and Kaylee (from osteosarcoma).
  • My neighbor just died from stomach cancer last month.
  • My dad died from nasopharyngeal cancer.
  • My husband, sister in-law, and brother in-law have had skin cancer.

Statistics report that 36 children EACH DAY are diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer does indeed touch everyone—and most of us feel helpless.

Has cancer touched you?

Walk for Canine Cancer Research

Cancer in dogs is very similar to people, since we share about 85% of the same genes. Comparative oncology uses pet dogs for clinical trials of cancer treatments that may work to cure some forms of cancer or create palliative care for both people and dogs.

Often cancer drug studies use mice, which don’t normally get cancer. Researchers have to give the mice cancer first before they can test the drugs. Many drugs that work during research studies using mice may not work with people.

Puppy Up Raises Funds for Cancer Studies using Comparative Oncology

In 2008, Luke Robinson, walked his two dogs on a 2,300 mile cross-country trek. As Luke walked, he shared his story of Malcolm, his Great Pyrenees whom he lost to cancer, as he talked to the residents of towns he passed through. He formed a grassroots movement to raise funds for canine cancer research. His goal is to get 2 million dogs to walk simultaneously across the U.S. to raise funds to fight cancer. The Puppy Up Foundation formed from this grassroots movement.

Help Support

Several Chicagoans who blog about pets and belong to BlogPaws (Sandra Townsend – Dolly the Doxie, and Kristen Avery – The Daily Pip) will join Buffy and me on September 16th for Puppy Up Chicago.

Please click here to support me in our fight against canine cancer.

To learn about the use of pet dogs in comparative oncology studies, read my review of Heal The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures by Arlene Weintraub.

Please comment if you have had a dog touched by cancer and check out my website on Canine Cancer Concerns.

Above all – please help to support cancer research with Puppy Up.

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26 thoughts on “Take a Step to Cure Canine Cancer—Puppy Up on 9/16

  1. Thanks so much for sharing the cause! I’m really looking forward to the walk it’s going to be so much fun! Your family, dogs and humans has had way to much experience with cancer and to think that cancer occurs more in dogs than people! See you in a few weeks. Dolly and Sandr

  2. Gosh you have had your share of losses, I am sorry. We lost our Sooty cat to lymphoma and believe very few will not felt the touch of cancer in some way.

    I love Puppy Up it engages the heart of every dog owner ❤️

  3. My heart goes out to you, your friends, family members, and fur family members who have been touched by cancer. Thank you for sharing information about Puppy Up in the fight against cancer. I’m going to check out your links to learn more.

  4. I love this idea! I work as a veterinarian and deal with cancer on an almost daily basis. One of my good friends just finished her PhD in cancer research and will be working on canine cancer research soon (she just has a two years of veterinary school left). I have never heard of Puppy Up before, but will have to look into now. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks, Kate! I’m sure veterinarians have a very hard time, especially when you have to tell your clients that their pets have cancer. Hopefully, your friend can help shed some light on how to cure or at least give us more time with our pets that get this disease.

  5. Cancer is one of the most feared, hated and dreaded words in all of the English language, for good reason. I lost my first mastiff to osteosarcoma and our labrador had an aggressive mast cell tumor which fortunately he survived after surgery. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in big dogs, with 8 of the 9 dogs most commonly affected by cancer are big dogs. It is a wonderful thing you and Buffy and the other folks with the Puppy Up campaign are doing. Thank you! Great post!

    • I have heard that some breeds are especially prone to cancer, many are large dogs. Golden retrievers are especially affected. I’m sorry to hear about your mastiff. Osteosarcoma is an awful disease. I hope your lab is doing well.

  6. There is way too much cancer in this world, both in people and pets. I’ve had a lot of it in my family, but thankfully never in my pets (Knock on Wood!!) This is a really great initiative, much needed. Thanks for sharing.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  7. What a wonderful cause to support, and good luck on your fundraising walk! My father died from liver cancer 34 years ago, and my husband’s sister had/has cancer but seems to be doing well. None of my dogs have ever been affected by this horrible disease but 2 of my cats died of it. Thanks for raising awareness of Puppy Up, I had never heard of this organisation. Let us know how your walk goes!!

  8. It’s sad that cancer really is something that touches everyone’s life at one point or another. My dad is a cancer survivor and I had a pet rabbit who passed from cancer when he was just 2 years old. Good luck with your fundraising!

  9. I’m so sorry to hear about all the people and pups you love who we’re affected by this terrible disease. There’s actually a Puppy Up near me coming up too. I may have to check it out! What a cool event

    • I didn’t know about it either until I read Sandra Townsend’s blog on Dollie the Doxie a few weeks ago. Check out the Puppy Up website for locations of their walks. If there isn’t a walk near you, please consider supporting them. Thanks!

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