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Walk with a Million Dogs this Sunday

Puppy Up everypawdy! Tripawds is here in rainy Auburn, Washington, getting ready for tomorrow’s nationwide 2 Million Dogs Walk to benefit canine cancer research.

After a week of driving and seeing other Tripawds from Colorado to Washington, Tripawds Spokedawg Wyatt Ray is more than excited to meet more of the Tripawds community and walk to help to end this disease.

Look for the Tripawds table at the walk, we’ll be there rain or shine!

Auburn, WA Puppy Up! Walk
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Roegner Park
601 Oravetz Rd
Auburn, WA 98092

Times of the event will be as follows:

10:30am– Registration
11:30am – 2 Mile Walk Begins
10:00am – 3:00pm – Vendors, Food & Entertainment

Parking at this event will be at the school parking lot and is free.|
Registration $25.00

Receive a bandana and 2 Million Dogs Bracelet with entry fee

Find the nearest walk in your part of the country, by checking the 2 Million Dogs Walk website.

Here’s a great story the local news ran about the event. Hope to see you there!

OncoPet Detects Cancer Markers in Dogs

Canine bone cancer disguises itself in different ways, from limping to crankiness. Oftentimes, even an x-ray won’t clearly show what’s going on. But what if you could avoid wasting precious time, and with a simple blood draw, learn if cancer is a real possibility?

Better yet, wouldn’t it be great if cancer screening tests were always part of your maturing dog’s yearly physical?

With the release of the OncoPet RECAF test for cancer detection in dogs, determining the likelihood of cancer in your dog is now a reality. Developed by OncoPet Diagnostics and BioCurex, the OncoPet RECAF test is the first commercially-available blood-based test for the universal detection of cancer in companion animals.

While the OncoPet RECAF™ test is not a definitive standalone diagnostic test like a biopsy, it is an invaluable additional tool to assist in early detection of cancer, or when a cancer diagnosis is in question.

One Blood Draw with Results in about a Week

The process is simple: your vet takes a blood draw, then sends it to a laboratory in Vancouver, British Columbia for processing. Results are emailed back in about a week. The test is expected to cost anywhere from $90 to $120, plus shipping. The test can be done on any breed or mix of dog, at any age.

The OncoPet RECAF™ test detects the presence of RECAF, a universal marker for malignant cell growth in humans and animals. RECAF is a molecule that is present on cancer cells but not detected in significant levels on healthy cells or benign tumor cells. The presence of RECAF can more accurately detect cancer than many current tumor markers, as RECAF is less likely to report a false positive result. The blood test for RECAF is identical for humans and companion animals.

The screening can detect most kinds of common cancers, including bone cancers. According to OncoPet, the test will give an indication of the likelihood (with a 90-95% confidence level) of the patient having a malignancy. However, it won’t provide information regarding the type of cancer, what stage the cancer is at or if it has metastasized (spread).

A Post-Cancer Follow-Up Tool

This is great news for dogs who already have cancer, since periodic testing after treatment can let you know if the levels of the RECAF marker are increasing, which may indicate that the cancer is returning, before it actually manifests clinically.

Because the test is so new, additional data needs to be collected to find out the specific types of cancers that are being detected. As more individuals ask for this screening at their veterinarian’s office, OncoPet and BioCurex scientists can learn about what cancers the test is detecting, as long as veterinarians follow up with the company to report the final diagnosis.

Ask your vet about the OncoPet RECAF™ test.

For less than the price of arthritis medications, multiple x-rays and biopsies, we think this easy test is a great idea when cancer is a real pawsibility in your beloved best friend.

Golden Pawrents Can Help with Morris Canine Cancer Study

One of the reasons we wholeheartedly support Morris Animal Foundation and encourage people to participate in their Canine Cancer Campaign Walks is to enable Morris studies like the MADGiC Project (Making Advanced Discoveries in Golden Cancers).

This three-year, $1 million dollar study is is part of Morris’ Canine Cancer Campaign, a worldwide effort to prevent, treat and cure this disease in dogs.

Morris has selected Goldens for this study because as one of the most popular breeds in America, Goldens also have a 60 percent chance of being diagnosed with cancer. Hemangiosarcoma and lymphoma account for more than 30 percent of deaths in Goldens. The relationship between Goldens’ genetic traits and their susceptibility to cancer is still unknown.

Eventually, Morris says that “the results of this study will be of interest to all dog owners because these cancers affect every breed and cause the deaths of tens of thousands of dogs each year.”

The study is being led by world-renowned cancer researchers Dr. Jaime Modiano, from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Matthew Breen at North Carolina State University and Dr. Kerstin Lindblad-Toh at the Broad Institute of MIT and Uppsala University, Sweden. Together they will “investigate mutations that are involved in risk and progression of hemangiosarcoma and lymphoma.”

Morris encourages owners of Goldens diagnosed with lymphoma or hemangiosarcoma to participate in this research by working with their veterinarian to donate a small tumor and/or blood sample. Additionally, blood samples from healthy Goldens over 12 years of age are also needed.

For more information, visit www.breenlab.org, www.modianolab.org and www.dogdna.org, or contact Rhonda Hovan at rhondahovan@aol.com or 330.668.0044.

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?
Osteosarcoma

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?
Carboplatin

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

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

Location
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.

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