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

article by Laura Moss
Photo: Puppy Up Foundation

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Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson3 years ago

May his health hold and his puppies live long lives.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie C3 years ago

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

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R3 years ago

Blessings to Luke and his dogs!

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H3 years ago

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

heather g.
heather g3 years ago

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.

kathrynelizabet Etier

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.

Angela Kohn
Angela K3 years ago

Very emotional story !

Graham Parker
Graham P3 years ago

Good luck and hope you raise a lot of funds.

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa3 years ago

Interesting, thank you