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Triumphant Tripawd Tails: Mackenzie

Nobody can predict exactly what will happen when a dog is diagnosed with canine cancer, and many pups like me will outlive even the most dire prognosis.

Some who exceed expectations were given chemotherapy treatments, while others didn’t have any. Some Tripawds changed their diet and started taking supplements, while other survivors did not.

The stories are all different, and despite our best efforts to find similarities and survival patterns, through things like the Tripawds Amputation and Cancer Care Survey,  none of us can say for sure that one thing will work better than another when treating canine cancer.

About the only thing we all share when it comes to cancer, is holding onto the hope that we can beat the odds. Keeping a pawsitive attitude and hoping for the best is one of the most important things we can do when coping with cancer.

Introducing Triumphant Tripawd Tails

We’d like to help you maintain your positivity, by introducing you to Triumphant Tripawd cancer survivors who exemplify the phrase “Living with cancer, not dying from it.”

In the first of many more profiles to come, we’d like to share Mackenzie’s story with you. Mackenzie is an eight year-old Golden Girl from California, who was diagnosed with bone cancer almost one year ago.  As she approaches the incredible one year post-amputation and diagnosis anniversary, her Mom shares the details about her journey:

What kind of cancer does she have?

When was she diagnosed?
Sept 5, 2009 – amputation on Nov 6, 2009 (front leg)

At what age?
7 1/2 years old

What kind of chemo did she have?

How many chemo sessions?
5 treatments in total

When were lung mets discovered?
June 28, 2010

What treatments has she had since chemo?
Cytoxin, Lasix, Palladia (just started when her lung mets were discovered), Metacam, Power Mushrooms, fish oil, Glucosamine

Any side effects?
None yet

Describe her diet.
Kibble (Natural Balance, Taste Of The Wild & Canidae mixed), cooked hamburger, turkey or chicken mixed with mixed canned no salt veggies, and a little bit of canned (Paul Newman’s Organic) plus other little goodies from time to time, not to mention some human food from time to time.

What are the three things you feel has contributed to her longevity?
This is a tough one but I would say Love first, amputation (definitely for quality of life) 2nd, followed by her chemo treatments (even though she had a rough time of it) and the Palladia/Cytoxin maintenance (metronomic) protocol

What advice would you give to someone facing a cancer diagnosis?
Take it one day at a time, follow your instincts, do your research and keep all treatment options open so you can decide what’s best for you and your pet.

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Read more about Mackenzie’s incredible story, by visiting her blog, Mackenzie – So Beautiful, and stopping by the Discussion Forums to say Hello!

If you would like to submit your Triumphant Tripawd’s story, contact us today and answer the questions above. We can’t wait to read your tails!

Walk with 2 Million Dogs on November 7

On November 7th, canines and their humans around the country will kick off the inaugural 2-mile walk for 2Million Dogs, an organization dedicated to discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research.

2Million Dogs was founded by Tripawds’ friend Luke Robinson, who walked over 2,000 from Austin to Boston with his Great Pyrenees dogs, Hudson and Murphy, to increase awareness of canine cancer.

The idea for the walk began when Luke had a vision of 2,000,000 dogs walking simultaneously all across the United States to help eradicate cancer. He believed that if he and his 2 dogs could walk over 2,000 miles, others could walk too, in order to make a huge impact on raising cancer awareness.

The 2 Million Dogs walk will be a day long event with entertainment, vendors and celebrations. The money raised will be used to fund canine cancer and comparative oncology research, particularly focusing on the causal relationship between infections, immune response, and cancer.

2Million Dogs is in the early stages of their development process, and are currently looking for research partners while raising monies to fund the study.

Walks will be held in the following cities. If yours isn’t listed, sign up here to organize a walk in your town!

Norcross, GA More info / Sign Up
Boston, MA More info / Sign Up
Newport, KY More info / Sign Up
Edinboro, PA More info / Sign Up
Fairborn, OH More info / Sign Up
Fort Collins, CO More info / Sign Up
New Milford, CT More info / Sign Up
Pittsburgh, PA More info / Sign Up
Richmond, VA More info / Sign Up
Seattle, WA More info / Sign Up
Poughkeepsie, NYMore info / Sign Up

Auburn, WA More info / Sign Up (Meet Tripawds Spokesdawg Wyatt Ray at this walk!)

Team Tripawds and NorCal Walkers Raise Over $80k for Morris!

A BIG “thank you” goes out to everyone who walked with Team Tripawds in person and in spirit at the Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk on Sunday.

It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon in Northern California, and Team Tripawds members in attendance report that a good time was had by all.

Even Angel Max’s family walked with us in spirit in their neighborhood in Washington, sporting their Tripawd Chloe t-shirts imprinted with our cancer heroes’ names on back. What an honor.

Chloe’s Mom Nicole was busy taking movies and photos of the big day, you can see her full report here at Chloe’s blog.

Morris Animal Foundation reports that their original walk goal of $40,000 was not only exceeded, but doubled! As of today, the total raised was $80,000 and counting! Wow!

We are honored that everyone took time out of their weekend to walk in support of our Tripawd heroes, and all those who have been affected by canine cancer.  Morris is a brilliant organization who’s doing an incredible job in helping us get closer to a cure for canine cancer.

Some day, this disease will be eradicated, thanks to your help.

Team Tripawds Walks for Morris this Sunday

It’s finally here! The big Team Tripawds debut at the Morris Animal Foundation’s walk in Los Gatos, California is this Sunday.

We’ve had a bunch of teammates sign up this week, some who aren’t even in California. Thank you to everypawdy who’s walking with us in pawson and virtually at home, this is one of the biggest Team Tripawds ever!

Because of you, Team Triapwds has raised $870 so far!

Thank you so very much, the generosity of this community is incredible. If you haven’t signed up yet and you’re able to help out the Morris Canine Cancer Campaign, it’s not too late. Sign up with Team Tripawds here, and join us this weekend:

The Morris Animal Foundation’s Cure Canine Cancer Walk

Los Gatos, California

9:00 a.m.—Registration/Check-in/Vendors open
10:00 a.m.—K9 Cancer Walk
Long Walk: 2 miles
Short Walk: .25 miles
11:00 a.m.—Speakers’ Presentation

Dr. Liz Devitt, Ark Animal Hospital
Dr. Michael Kiselow, Veterinary Medical Specialists
Dr. Michael Kent, University of California–Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Vasona Lake Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032
The K9 Cancer Walk is dog and family friendly

There is a $6.00 park entrance fee.

See you there!

Walk with Team Tripawds and Morris on October 10 in California

Northern California Tripawds, please join Team Tripawds on Sunday October 10 in Los Gatos to show your support for the oldest and most respected animal health research organizations in the world, the  Morris Animal Foundation.

Since 1948, Morris has funded more than 148 succesful canine cancer studies, such as;

  • Research that showed how bone cancer spreads
  • Ways to custom tailor chemotherapy
  • How chemo resistant cancer cells behave

The Canine Cancer walks help raise money so Morris can continue these breakthrough discoveries.

Chloe’s Mom made a custom Tripawd Chloe T-shirt to wear during the walk, and offered to include the names of Tripawd heroes past and present on the back. She is now up to 60 names and has room for more, so be sure to contact her if you want your cancer hero’s name on it.

And whether or not you’re walking in Los Gatos, you can walk with Team Tripawds in spirit, by ordering your own Team Tripawds shirt. Chloe’s very special “Inspawration Comes Standard” Tripawds Tribute T-shirt is now available in the Tripawds Gift Shop.

We hope you’ll join us on Sunday, October 10. Walk with us in pawson, or in spirit, by supporting Team Tripawds Cancer Walk Goal and our ongoing efforts to assist the Morris Animal Foundation, today!

Colorado Tripawds, Let’s Pawty this Month!

August is a busy month for Tripawds. If you’re in Colorado, let’s pawty!

Tripawds 2nd Annual Colorado Pawty

On Saturday we’ll be hosting our second annual Colorado Tripawds Pawty in Longmont, just north of Boulder.

Last year there were over 30 Tripawds attending and this year promises to have even more!

Plus, our special guest will be Luke Robinson and Murphy, fresh on the heels of their two year cancer awareness walk.

Murphy was recently diagnosed with cancer, and is now undergoing radiation treatments at Colorado State University. Luke says Murphy will be there this Saturday because cancer isn’t about to get this good dog down!

For directions to the Longmont gathering, visit our Tripawds Parties Discussion Forum topic. See you there!

Tripawds Second Annual Colorado Pawty

Saturday, August 7
10:00 AM – till the Tripawds poop out!
Longmont Dog Park #2

Walk with Team Tripawds for Morris Animal Foundation

On Saturday, August 21st, Team Tripawds will once again walk in the Morris animal Foundation’s K9 Cancer Walk in Estes Park, Colorado.

The day promises to be tons of fun with hundreds of canine cancer survivors and their friends, canine playtime, great speakers like canine cancer pain management specialist Dr. Robin Downing, cool goodies, music, contests and more!

Morris Animal Foundation Canine Cancer Walk, Estes Park Colorado

Saturday, August 21st
Registration 8:00 am
Estes Park, Colorado

Remember: Even if you’re not in Colorado you can still join our team by walking virtually with us from home. Just sign up here to join Team Tripawds!

Here’s a great video with the Estes Park’s chairperson, Patty Henderson, which explains why this is such a great cause. Hope to see you in Colorado this month!

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Submit Photos for 2011 Canine Cancer Calendar Contest

For the past two years, our friends over at 2 Dogs 2000 Miles have produced a beautiful, commemorative canine cancer awareness calendar. Jerry was featured in the first one, and other Tripawds members have made it in before too.

2 Dogs 2000 Miles Hudson and MurphyIf you have a dog — who has passed away from cancer, or who is currently fighting the disease — please enter him or her into the third annual Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down Calendar Contest!

Proceeds from the 2011 calendar will again be distributed to worthy canine cancer programs as well as the new 2 Million Dogs initiative, a 501c3 organization with a mission to eradicate cancer through investing in comparative oncology studies.

Review these details on submitting your dog’s photo and how the winners will be chosen, then send in your entry — and tell the 2 Dogs crew that Tripawds sent you.

Act now! The submission deadline is July 31.

Tripawds “Ask a Vet” Chat This Weekend: Saturday, 7/10 8pm EST, 5pm PST

Get your rehab and general canine health questions ready! Dr. Jessica Waldman from California Animal Rehabilitation Center is dropping by. Dr. Waldman can answer just about any canine health questions you have: amputation, surgery recovery, exercise, mobility, alternative medicine, diet, aging and more.

Saturday, July 10

8:00 PM Eastern / 5:00 PM Pacific

In the Tripawds Chat Room

Jessica H. Waldman, VMD, CVA, CCRT

Dr. Jessica H. Waldman

Dr. Waldman is co-founder of California Animal Rehabilitation Center, one of the few rehab centers in the country with both a doctor and a physical therapist on staff, both of whom are certified canine rehabilitation practitioners. Dr. Waldman speaks at veterinary meetings on the subject of Canine Rehabilitation and she has a special interest in neurological rehabilitation and in nutrition for all life stages. She loves to see her patients’ quality of life improve, and she counsels in nutrition utilizing a combination of Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine for the best possible outcome.

Dr. Waldman completed a certificate program from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. She is also a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the Chi Institute. She is one of the founding members of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians.

If you haven’t already watched our blog post series with Dr. Waldman, check them out:

Canine Rehabilitation: Exercises and Stretches with CARE

Canine Rehabilitation: Amputation Recovery Advice with CARE

Canine Rehabilitation: Pain Meds and Supplement Tips from CARE

Join Team Tripawds August 21 to End Canine Cancer

Many of us joined this community because we’ve been affected by canine cancer. It’s an awful disease, and we all want it stopped. One easy way we can make a difference is by walking, virtually or in pawson, at the Morris animal Foundation’s K9 Cancer Walk in Estes Park, Colorado.

Why We Believe in Morris

Join us in Estes Park Colorado on Saturday, August 21st for a beautiful day in the park. There will be lots of dogs, playtime, speakers, goodies, music, contests and more!

Sign Up Today! Join Team Tripawds Here

Twice a year we participate in this event, held in Sacramento in spring, and Estes Park, Colorado in summer.

We really believe in the Morris Animal Foundation. They’re the oldest and most respected organization on the planet that is helping to end canine cancer.

Morris Animal Foundation launched the Canine Cancer Campaign to help scientists worldwide prevent, treat and, ultimately, cure cancer in dogs. The K9 Cancer Walk program helps fund research that will develop prevention strategies, test new treatments, establish tools for cancer researchers and train new scientists specializing in cancer research.

Let’s Do it Again!

In Spring, our West Coast Team Tripawds members walked in Sacramento at the Morris K9 Cancer Walk (photo above). That walked raised over $61,000! We hope this event is even more successful.

Please join us on August 21st in Estes Park, in your hometown, or in your PJs at home! If you can’t be wish us in pawson, remember, you can walk “virtually” and be on our team too. Just sign up here to join, it’s just $30 per adult.

Can’t make it to Estes park for the walk? No problem! Select the Sit and Stay option to support team Tripawds from the comfort of your own dog bed.

Or how about hosting a Tripawd Pawty in your hometown on the same day, and walk virtually with us in Colorado? Imagine, Tripawds all around the country, walking in spirit, together, to help end canine cancer.

Please Join Team Tripawds Today!

2000 Miles To End, 2 Million Dogs Begins

It’s hard to believe nearly three years have past since we first heard about 2 Dogs 2000 Miles.

We were there in Austin to help kick off this epic journey at the 2 Dogs 2000 Miles Launch Picnic back in February, 2008. And on this Saturday, June 19, 2010, Luke and the Boys will finally reach their destination in Boston.

After hiking nearly 2,500 miles to raise awareness of canine cancer (and funds for comparative oncology), the upcoming celebrations in Boston are for much more than the end of this cross country dog walk. They shall celebrate the beginning of a new initiative to eradicate cancer in dogs and people – 2 Million Dogs, Partners for a New Hope in Cancer Research.

We sincerely wish we could be there to walk the final mile. But we are hoping all Boston area Tripawds can make it to serve as our three legged constituency. If you are anywhere near Boston this weekend, please attend and give Luke, Hudson and Murphy all big hugs for us!

And if your dog has cancer, be sure to submit a DNA sample for the Canine Herditary Cancer Consortium genetic  study while you’re there.

If you can’t make it to Boston, be sure to join us in an effort to collect 2000 DNA samples for this important research.

If this is the first time you’ve heard about Luke Robinson, check out our video interview with the Big Dog from before he embarked on his journey with Hudson and Murphy … and don’t forget to Puppy Up!

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PS: If you’ve ever wondered who the Great Pyrenees, Malcolm, is in our random header images above, he was Luke’s three legged dog who eventually succumbed to cancer – and the reason behind 2 Dogs 2000 Miles.

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