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Man Walks 2,000 Miles to Help Save Dogs

Man Walks 2,000 Miles to Help Save Dogs

Luke Robinson and his two dogs recently set off on a 2,000-mile West Coast journey from Canada to Mexico on foot.

It’s not the first time the 43-year-old and his dogs have trekked thousands of miles. In 2008, they walked the East Coast.

Robinson embarked on these long-distance journeys to raise awareness about an alarming statistic: 4 to 6 million dogs die from canine cancer each year.

Robinson lost his Great Pyrenees Malcolm to cancer in 2006, which inspired him to start the Puppy Up Foundation, a national organization that raises awareness and support for canine cancer.

“We know dogs get the same types of cancer that we do. The question is why? That is what our foundation strives for,” Robinson said in a news release.

He began his six-month West Coast trek along with his dogs, Hudson and Indiana on May 10. The dogs are outfitted with Tagg GPS tracker collars so their travels can be followed online.

“We hope to encourage people to come out and walk a mile, walk a day, or walk a week with us since all of us have been touched by cancer,” Robinson said.

Consumers who purchase a Tagg GPS pet tracker during Robinson’s walk can get 10 percent off the cost of the device with the coupon code “2dogs.” When the journey concludes, Tagg will donate 25 percent of the proceeds from purchases with the code to the Puppy Up Foundation.

If you’re interested in following Robinson and his dogs, visit twodogsagainstcancer.org.

article by Laura Moss
Photo: Puppy Up Foundation

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11:18AM PDT on Sep 7, 2014

May his health hold and his puppies live long lives.

5:59AM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

I wish the best of luck to Luke, Hudson and Indiana!! Have a safe and rewarding trip!!

8:36PM PDT on Jul 4, 2014

Blessings to Luke and his dogs!

4:15PM PDT on Jun 3, 2014

Having had 3 dogs with cancers I hope to see Luke and the boys make a safe journey.

11:49PM PDT on May 31, 2014

I beg to differ. Canadian-owned dogs regularly suffer from joint and muscle injuries. Two vets I spoke to told me that owners regularly put too much stress on their pets' bodies - over-exercising them by cycling too far and too fast for the dog, taking them mountain climbing, mountain bike excursions, etc. just pushing them too far, too fast often over-heating them.

4:52PM PDT on May 27, 2014

Thank you, Luke. You're the kind of hero of which there is such a shortage. I am privileged to be able to read your story.

6:15AM PDT on May 24, 2014

Very emotional story !

2:42AM PDT on May 21, 2014

Good luck and hope you raise a lot of funds.

12:56AM PDT on May 21, 2014

Interesting, thank you

12:52AM PDT on May 21, 2014

Wow. Good man. :-)

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