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frica is a fascinating continent with an abundance of incredible wildlife and natural beauty. Unfortunately both have come under increasing peril due to human activity, with deforestation destroying habitats, and the ivory trade and illegal poaching taking its toll on wildlife populations. Read about one of the refugees named Bubbles and how this pachyderm’s life has been enhanced here in the U.S. by her relationship with a special canine by the name of Bella. In October we attended an impassioned lecture at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History by one of the world’s foremost experts on cheetahs. In this issue, read about Dr. Laurie Marker (a native of California) and how her organization's innovative canine program in Namibia is helping to save cheetahs and other wildlife. The White House and the president are two beacons of freedom, and protecting them is a dangerous job. Although the Secret Service personnel and their K9 partners do their job every day, a few recent events led to high praise for two heroic K9s. More about Jordan and Hurricane, our dogs of the day, on page 10. Back home in Carmel Valley after his long stay in Washington, is another true American hero. We spoke with Leon Panetta about his Golden Retriever, Bravo, and how this constant companion helped lighten the mood in the normally tense Washington atmosphere. Passing through Santa Cruz and Monterey on their epic borderto-border walk, learn more about Luke Robinson, his two Great Pyrenees companions, and the cause and motivation behind their incredible 2000-mile journey. Among the many dogs in need of homes, Great Pyrenees are no exception. After a rough road, read about how one such sweet dog by the name of Rufus finally landed his forever home. Wishing you and your four-leggers a safe, happy, and healthy New Year! Woofs and Wags,
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Dogs of the Day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hurricane and Jordan 10 The heroics of two secret service K9s more than save the day at the White House.
Bravo! Panettaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Companion 14 Find out the important role Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta's dog, Bravo, played during high-ranking D.C. meetings.
Reclassify our Military Working Dogs 15 After a lifetime of service, why are U.S. military working dogs still
considered equipment and not members of the armed forces?
Cejas: Getting in Touch with Your Inner Dog
Dogs Saving Cheetahs 18 Learn more about California native, Dr. Laurie Marker, and how her organization's innovative canine programs are helping to save Cheetahs.
Bubbles, Bella, and Tawny Sky 24 A fairy tail friendship between a girl, an elephant and a black Labrador Retriever.
One Step at a Time 28 Read more about Luke Robinson, his dogs, Indy and Hudson, and their amazing border to border cancer-awarness journey.
32 Bits N Chews Rescue Me 34 Rufus, the Great Pyrenees's rough road finally leads to his
Cancer Prevention Oncoligist, Dr.Teresa Arteaga, shares important information about canine cancer prevention.
On the Cover: Moin (all black head) and Tschuess are both rescue dogs who live in Pacific Grove, CA.
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Dr. Cynthia Nichols grew up in King City surrounded by animals. She cannot remember a time when animals were not a part of her life. From the time she could walk and talk she was in love with all of Earth’s creatures. Her family had birds, hamsters, ducks, cats, and dogs. She grew up with German Shepherds in particular. Cynthia developed a keen interest in wildlife, conservation, marine life, endangered animals, and prevention of habitat destruction, and these have all continued to be areas of concern for her. Dr. Nichols is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz, where she majored in marine biology, and University of California, Davis where she earned her veterinary degree. She did her externship with the Florida Aquarium and Lowry Park Zoo. She has had the privilege of providing care to primates, elephant seals, cheetahs, manatees, bald eagles, and many other beautiful animals.
After graduation, she gained invaluable experience working at a 24-hour emergency clinic in Turlock for three years. When she was ready to buy her own practice in 2006, she decided to come home to Monterey County and purchased Parkview Veterinary Hospital. At Parkview, her practice is mainly cats and dogs, but she welcomes pigs, birds, reptiles, and all variety of pocket pets (rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats, and hamsters). Dr. Nichols especially enjoys focusing on wellness and keeping her patients healthy with early intervention and educating her clients to empower them to achieve the most favorable outcomes for the animals in her care. In 2013, Dr. Nichols opened Yippee Doggy Day Care at her hospital. She and her staff are delighted to see happy, healthy pets coming for day care and enjoying themselves. Then when they need to come in for an exam or treatment, the hospital is not such an unfamiliar destination.
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Hurricane Jordan By Whitney Wilde
Voted Best Veterinarian in Santa Cruz 2012
Seven-fifteen p.m., Wednesday, October 22, 2014: the sun was almost down at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. President Barack Obama had spent the day juggling many crises, including the outbreak of Ebola and the ongoing violence in Sudan. Wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, grey shorts, and black running shoes, a young man looking like any other tourist stood gazing at the south side of the White House. The athletic and muscled 23-year-old scaled the 8-foot tall north perimeter fence, and entered the White House grounds after jumping over a second (shorter) fence, and then continued sprinting toward the doors near the White House kitchen. He did not go unnoticed. Secret Service officers ordered him to stop and get on the ground, but he raced forward another 25 yards. Two Secret Service officers approached him. He landed a solid kick into Officer Jordanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body. Then Officer Hurricane slammed him to the ground. He got up, threw Hurricane down, and then repeatedly beat him with his fist. Moments later, he was surrounded and placed in handcuffs. The suspect had been arrested twice before for illegally entering the White House grounds. This time he was charged with four misdemeanor counts of willfully entering restricted grounds at the White House. More importantly, he was charged with two felony counts of Photo Courtesy ofshutterstock
maliciously harming the two Secret Service officers and one felony count of making threats. The two brave officers were taken for a medical check and released with minor bruising. They received a day off as a reward and it is likely these heroes will receive a Presidential Medal.
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cc | dogs of the day It reads like the plot of a crime show on television,
“Once you release the dogs to their objective,
except that the stars of this show are two Belgian
there’s not much that can stop them; the dogs take
Malinois! Their job is to stop intruders at the White
them down, slam into them,” recounted Former
House. Officer Jordan is a five-year-old black-and-
Secret Service director Ralph Basham. “There are
tan Malinois, and Officer Hurricane is a year older
certain parts of the body they are trained to attack.
and solid black. They live with their handlers 24
They are trained to stop the intruder and give the
hours a day, become members of their families,
handler time to respond.”
and then stay with them after they retire at around 10 years old. As working Secret Service officers, they have no time to play with the presidential pooches, Bo and Sunny, the Obama’s Portuguese water dogs. For fun, Jordan enjoys walks around the White House grounds and Hurricane enjoys playing with his Kong®.
Jordan and Hurricane were trained at James. J. Rowley Training Center, a 500-acre complex in Laurel, Maryland. During the program, started in 1975, the dogs go through 20 weeks of training. Each dog is trained for a specific skill: bomb squad, security sweeps at hotels/buildings, or to subdue intruders at the White House. After graduation, they
During another recent incident the dogs were not
are required to do eight hours per week of refresher
deployed, resulting in a knife-wielding intruder
making it right up to the White House doors. This, along with other Secret Service failures, resulted in the resignation of Secret Service director, Julia Pierson. With their lightning speed of up to 30 miles per hour and their 270-degree field of vision, these dogs are able to take off like bullets and quickly take down suspects.
The Secret Service has 75 canines in all, but only a select few work at the White House. Each dog costs $6,500 to $8,500. The Belgian Malinois breed was selected because of their strength, speed, energy, agility, obedience, and sociable nature. A male Malinois averages 60 pounds and their short hair is ideal for warmer weather. Malinois can run twice as
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Hurricane fast as a human in short sprints, up to 30 miles per hour, and their bite is hundreds of pounds per square inch. It was also Malinois that were part of a Navy Seal team that trapped and killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011. They are not a breed for everyone—being very intelligent, energetic, and with a high amount of drive, they can be a lot to handle.
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Panetta says Bravo brought humanity into the room when some of the world’s most serious issues were on the table. Bravo was a touchstone—a reminder of unconditional love and innocence. Bravo never did get to meet President Obama’s dog, Bo, but he’s happy to have received praise and pets from the president himself.
has held some of the most demanding jobs imaginable. Most recently as Secretary of Defense of the United States, and previously as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Luckily, he’s had a special someone by his side for the last 12 years making life just a little easier. No, I’m not talking about his lovely wife Sylvia. I’m referring to Bravo, who he affectionately refers to as their fourth son. Bravo is a dark red, 12-year-old Golden Retriever. And he does what dogs do best. He makes people smile! Bravo has had the privilege of sitting in on some of the most top-secret meetings of the United States government. Being a canine, his loyalty and discretion is trusted to the utmost degree. So far, he has not leaked a word about anything he may have overheard. No tell-all tales coming from this pooch. He was even in on the briefings during the U.S. Militaryled operation that ended with the death of Osama Bin Laden. What did Panetta’s colleagues at the CIA and the Department of Defense think of Bravo’s presence? It took a little getting used to. These highly professional, serious individuals, involved with volatile world affairs were not comfortable loosening up to pet a dog. Bravo won them over though. One by one. During briefings, Bravo would make his rounds. With a little nudge of the nose against a hand, Bravo would insist until they couldn’t resist. He would get his petting and make them smile. 14 | coastalcaninemag.com | Winter 2015
Bravo is enjoying life on the Panetta’s Carmel Valley ranch. He still goes just about everywhere with his family, including accompanying the Panettas to work at the Panetta Institute. At the end of a long day, Bravo absolutely must find his favorite toy duck, which he carries in his mouth up to bed. Sleep tight, Bravo!
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Please Reclassify our Military Working Dogs the Secretary of Defense to create a program to provide veterinary care to adopted retired MWDs, but the program can not involve federal funds. A vital part of the bill was dropped before the legislation was passed though. These dogs are still classified as equipment. These, living, breathing, feeling beings are officially no different from a computer or a jeep. Advocates are still working to get our MWDs reclassified as “Canine Members of the Armed Forces” and recognized as more than inanimate equipment. This bill would also create some form of recognition for MWDs killed in action or
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Dogs Saving Cheetahs
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He spotted one goat down in the distance with a cheetah over it, and he quickly threw his gun up and shot and killed this predator, leaving her cubs alone to fend for themselves. After suffering many losses of his herd to cheetahs over the last few years, he’s also trapped several others. His farming neighbors were also trapping and killing cheetahs—even if they only suffered few losses—just to rid the area of this “vermin.” This was a tragic scene occurring throughout the 1980s, with half the cheetah’s population in Namibia taken out by farmers. Over 7,000 were gone. Who knew at the time that dogs, education, and a woman named Dr. Laurie Marker, along with her team
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at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) could turn this scenario around, and that by 2014, the cheetah population in Namibia would be stabilized. Dr. Marker founded the nonprofit CCF in 1990 in the heart of Namibia’s cheetah country.
their highly acclaimed livestock guard dog program) spread throughout the cheetah’s remaining range? And perhaps even to other species and habitats throughout the world, enabling people and wildlife to peacefully coexist?
Many of the farmers and their children who had been trapping the cheetahs now strive to protect these amazing and graceful creatures. Can the success of the forward-thinking and innovative ideas and techniques CCF is using to protect cheetahs here (centered around the success of
The cheetah reaches speeds of up to 70 mph, in short bursts, to catch prey, but it’s also in its own race against time. Extinction is its certain fate unless people change the way they are living now. Once ranging throughout Africa and Asia, wild cheetahs have decreased in number over the past 100 years from 100,000 to the approximately
10,000 remaining today. Wildlife in Africa and other growing population centers are suffering dramatic declines in their numbers as the human population increases. As the size of wildlife’s natural habitat shrinks, it also becomes degraded and fragmented as more land is cleared for logging, agriculture, livestock and other types of human encroachment into once pristine and ecologically balanced regions. “If we are going to save the cheetah, first we must change the way we are living,” said Dr. Marker. “The solution lies in addressing all the needs and problems as a whole and creating a balance that not only protects
wildlife and habitats, but improves peoples’ incomes and quality of life.” Cheetahs in national parks are more likely to be in competition with larger, more aggressive predators who might steal their prey or kill their young. That’s why 90 percent of the 10,000 cheetahs remaining in the wild are found outside protected areas, in areas where human populations live. CCF’s compound in Namibia includes more than 100,000 acres of integrated wildlife and livestock grazing lands, a model farm, and other related agricultural enterprises.
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“If we are going to save the cheetah, first we must change the way we are living,” said Dr. Marker. “The solution lies in addressing all the needs and problems as a whole and creating a balance that not only protects wildlife and habitats, but improves peoples’ incomes and quality of life.”
Dr. Marker’s interest in creating this balance led her to think about the guarding dogs used in Turkey for thousands of years to protect sheep from wolves and bears. She knew from talking with local farmers that if a nonlethal option for controlling predators were available to them, they would prefer it to their guns. So in 1994, CCF launched its Livestock Guarding Dog program by importing and raising 10 Anatolian shepherd puppies from the U.S., and later Kangal dogs from Turkey, specifically for the purpose of protecting small stock in Namibia. The dogs do not herd livestock, but rather place themselves between their herd and any predator that might appear. The dogs grow large in size and have an exceptionally loud bark, which in most cases is enough to discourage the predator and force it to 20 | coastalcaninemag.com | Winter 2015
look elsewhere for a meal. In the 20 years since CCF began its program, nearly 600 dogs have been placed with both commercial and communal farm operations at little or no cost to the farmers. CCF’s Livestock Guarding Dogs are very popular and considered to be extremely effective. Namibian farmers employing a CCF Livestock Guarding Dog report a drop of 80 percent or more in losses due to predation, all but eliminating the need to trap or kill cheetahs. CCF’s Livestock Guarding Dogs are born and raised in the model farm’s goat pens, so from day one they are bonding with the animals they’re charged with protecting. At 10 weeks of age they go to their new home and are placed with a farmer’s herd of goats to continue their training period. When bonded to their herd, the dogs are very protective and attentive
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to “their” goats and accompany the grazing goats out into the field each day. The goats are relaxed and quickly learn to trust the dogs. If a cheetah approaches and a warning bark alone is not enough to scare the big cat away, the dogs will attack and fight in defense of their goats. In order to receive a dog, a farmer must apply for a puppy in advance, and then the farm is inspected and approved by CCF. The farmers are provided with training on “puppy day” to teach them how to continue training and caring for their dog on the farm. CCF educators visit the farms regularly until the puppies reach 18 months of age, and then yearly after that to make sure that their training continues and they are well cared for. CCF also provides vaccinations and veterinary care.
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CCF’s Other Dogs Of course, dogs are well known for a large variety of human-assistance needs, from traditional herding to modern uses in narcotics and bomb detection, search and rescue, and as therapy and assistance dogs and guiding the blind. More recently, dogs are being trained to help wildlife biologists find such things as cryptic animals, rare plants, and other organics, as well as scat (poop) from bears to whales. All of these are very hard for humans to find, and a lot can be gained scientifically from studying samples. CCF has their own scat dogs, a Border Collie rescue named Finn and a Springer Spaniel named Tiger. They were brought to Namibia under Dr.
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“In 2015 as CCF marks its 25th anniversary, we are more convinced than ever that dogs are man’s best friend for a very good reason. They have the ability to think and act independently and can recognize our own limited abilities to properly care for livestock. They are smart, attentive, and so protective! Whether or not they are aware, they are also the cheetah’s best ally, too,”
Marker’s guidance to detect cheetah scat. Once the dogs find scat, it is collected and analyzed to provide information on diet, parasites, and hormones that determine gender, health, and stress levels. DNA is used to identify relationships among animals and identify individuals. The dogs are trained only to detect cheetah scat and will sit when it is located. Both the livestock guarding and scat detection dog programs provide work that the dogs can accomplish far more efficiently than humans can. Dogs are amazing animals in their own right, but at CCF they are also helping to save cheetahs and assist with 22 | coastalcaninemag.com | Winter 2015
critical research. A secondary result of farmers using dogs is that their children can now go to school instead of watching the herd. At school, the children are then exposed to CCF programs that teach them about the interconnection among creatures and their habitats and about cheetahs and their value to the ecosystem and the economy. And this leads to more positive wildlife human interactions for future generations. And who would guess that man’s best friend can also be best friends with a cheetah?
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“In 2015 as CCF marks its 25th anniversary, we are more convinced than ever that dogs are man’s best friend for a very good reason. They have the ability to think and act independently and can recognize our own limited abilities to properly care for livestock. They are smart, attentive, and so protective! Whether or not they are aware, they are also the cheetah’s best ally, too,” said Dr. Marker. CCF’s dogs have already prevented the decline of cheetahs in one part of Africa, and their work is just beginning in others. Indeed, CCF’s concepts are spreading to other nations on the continent, with two litters of livestock-guarding puppies recently going to Tanzania. CCF and other conservation organizations that also work with local people and endangered animals throughout the world are sharing ideas through such organizations as the Wildlife Conservation Network (Wildnet.org), which gathers these conservationists together for workshops and holds a national conference open to the public each fall in San Francisco. Conservationists like Dr. Laurie Marker are the true heroes and provide hope that cheetahs, as well as many other animals, will not only exist in zoos and film documentaries, but can also remain wild and coexist with humans in a richly diverse, sustainable habitat. For more information about Dr. Marker, CCF and its programs, please visit www.cheetah.org. Considering sponsoring a dog to help Cheetahs.
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Bubbles, Bella, Tawny:
A Real-life Fairytale
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Bubbles, Bella and Tawny Sky are a fairytale and a reality, all at once. Their story began thirty years ago when Dr. Bhagavan Antle (known as "Doc") rescued a baby elephant whose mother and family had been slaughtered by poachers. Doc flew the 230-pound orphaned baby from Johannesburg, South 24 | coastalcaninemag.com | Winter 2015
Africa to Atlanta, Georgia. Doc, a wild-animal advocate and the founder/director of T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve, has been "Dad" to Bubbles for thirty years. Tawny Sky is Doc's daughter, who was born when Bubbles was a pre-teen and growing at a rapid elephant pace. Tawny and Bubbles have grown up together on the enormous wildlife refuge in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where over a hundred exotic and domestic animals are rescued and cared for. Like sisters, Tawny and Bubbles have played together and developed into
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beautiful young ladies; Tawny is now twenty and following in the footsteps of her father (directing conservation projects), and her big gray sister is now nine feet tall, weighs 9,000 pounds, and also serves as an ambassador for endangered species. So where does Bella, the canine, enter this incredible tall tale? About eight years ago, a VERY large swimming pool was being built for Bubbles (with windows so visitors could watch her swim). While the pool was under construction, a black Labrador puppy was abandoned by one of the workers. Tawny fell in love with Bella, and she and her black Lab have been inseparable ever since. Big sister Bubbles and Tawny's new puppy did not form an immediate bond. Although they were comfortable with each other while testing the pool as it was being filled, it was their mutual passion for and increasing time spent in the water that solidified the bond.
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cc | feature "The refuge has access to the Intracoastal Waterway, a river 250 feet wide," explains Doc. "At about seven to eight months old, Bella jumped in the water while Tawny rode Bubbles in the river. With Bella's natural and endless passion for the water and her inherent ability to swim . . . well, a 9,000-pound swimming partner was hard to resist." He goes on to describe how Bella's friendship with Bubbles grew stronger when Bella realized the elephant was a platform from which she could jump into the water. Bubbles helped her by getting deep into the waterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;her head sometimes right at water levelâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and dropping a shoulder so Bella could climb aboard her head. The two began playing together, tossing and catching a ball; Bubbles throws the ball with her trunk, and Bella jumps off her head or back to retrieve it. Now, eight years later, the relationship between the two has only grown stronger, and the importance of their friendship is not to be understated. "Bubbles considers Bella her little sidekick, her own little pet," Doc explains. "With just Bubbles in the water, three or four people are needed to entertain her, but with Bella, the two of them will stay for hours.â&#x20AC;?
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Bubbles and Bella also play on land and sometimes just like to hang out together. Bella curls up between the enormous legs of her gentle giant friend while Bubbles meticulously grooms her with the tip of her 8-foot-long trunk. The relationship is unique and incredible. So why? Why do these two different species interact so well together? Why does an enormous pachyderm relate so well to a small canine? Their mutual love for the water is one reason, but more importantly, both dogs and elephants are highly social beings who can build friendships. "An elephant's brain is the largest of any land animal," explains Doc, "and an elephant is not only as smart as the average six-year-old child, but has the social capacity of the average human, as well. Bubbles has the ability to empathize, and she listens to and understands the spoken word. These glorious animals also need huggy, touchy contact . . . and that is what Bubbles gets from her family and her love affair with her special sidekick, Bella." Doc adds an important comment: "There are many stories of cross-species getting along so well together. One is the story of Suryia and Roscoe, the orangutan and the hound. I wonder why we,
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the human species, can't emulate these animals. Why can't we even get along with others of our same species?" I asked Doc what he would like to leave with our readers. He emphasized the need for continued support for elephants who are still being slaughtered by the thousands. The Rare Species Fund, The International Elephant Foundation, and Save The Elephants are all organizations that help.
And even if you aren't living a fantastical fairytale or on an enormous preserve with an enormous swimming pool and taking care of an enormous elephant . . .
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He also mentioned the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2013, something that he and Bubbles helped pass in Congress. By asking for these stamps at the post office, we will be helping five endangered species. And please watch these videos and visit Bubbles' Facebook page to see Doc, Tawny, Bubbles and Bella: http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtube& v=5ZvQd9lKwXU https://www.facebook.com/Bubbles.Elephant And don't forget. There are so many dogs like Bella who have been abandoned or who need homes; they will swim with you, play ball with you, or just sit by your side. Winter 2015 | coastalcaninemag.com | 27
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O One ne Step Step at at a a Time Time By Carie Broecker
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu Imagine walking almost 2,000 miles down the west coast of the United States, from the Canadian border to the Mexican border, with a Great Pyrenees at your side. There would be magnificent views from the many vistas you would encounter. The natural beauty would be breathtaking, but the journey would be arduous. Imagine seeing the Monterey Bay area for the first time and continuing south down the Pacific Coast Highway into Big Sur and beyond. Your footprint is three feet wide with your dog by your side. Vehicles are whizzing past you with a mere three inches to spare as you press yourself and your dog as far onto the shoulder as possible without being swept over and down a cliff to the sea. Why would anyone do this walk? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back up. Luke Robinson is in an exam room at a veterinary clinic. He is in shock because he just found out his seven-year-old Great Pyrenees, Malcolm, has bone cancer. Malcolm had been limping and Luke thought it might be a little arthritis or an injury. His veterinarian took x-rays and broke the devastating news to Luke. Many of us have been thereâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;finding out a beloved pet or family member or friend has cancer. Cancer can make us feel angry, sad, and helpless.
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Luke had all those feelings, but he decided to do something about it. That moment at the vet’s office, with tears running down his face, was the catalyst for Luke to start an organization called 2 Million Dogs. As Luke educated himself about cancer so he could help Malcolm, he learned that people and dogs get the same kinds of cancer. He learned that cancer cells in people are identical to cancer cells in dogs. He learned that by studying cancer in dogs, researchers could better understand cancer in people. He learned about comparative oncology, which is the study of similarities between dogs and humans with cancer. And he learned that there is not enough research being done to stop this deadly disease from cutting lives short. The mission of the Puppy Up Foundation (formerly called 2 Million Dogs) is to help discover the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research. The foundation accomplishes this through education, empowerment, and investment in research. Luke knew he had to do something to make a difference and to stop cancer. He took off his suit and tie and put his business and finance background behind him. He sold most of his belongings to begin a 2,300-mile, twoyear journey from Austin, Texas to Boston, Massachusetts. He walked from town to town talking with people about Malcolm, educating them about cancer, and raising funds for cancer research one mile, one city, and one person at a time. By his side were his two Great Pyrenees, Hudson and Murphy. And on his arm, his tattoo of Malcolm with the words, “You are my son.” Shortly after finishing that first walk, his beloved Murphy, who had just walked in memory of Malcolm, was diagnosed with an aggressive nasal cancer. Once again, Luke’s world was shaken to the core. Within a year he would lose Murphy, another beloved dog— his child—to cancer. After losing Murphy he felt like he had to get back on the road and continue raising awareness and funds, and he began to plan his next trip. Winter 2015 | coastalcaninemag.com | 29
In 2010, after Luke’s first walk, twelve cities had been inspired to host Puppy Up walks for cancer awareness and to raise funds for cancer research. Each year the number of walks has grown, and last year 32 cities held Puppy Up walks. In May 2014, Luke started his second trek of nearly 2,000 miles from Vancouver to San Diego with his dogs Hudson and Indiana (who is also a Great Pyrenees) by his side. He and the dogs would walk from town to town with the mission of spreading awareness of canine and human cancer. At the end of each long day, Luke pitched a tent to share with the dogs (who he affectionately calls the “fuzzybutts”) or stayed with supporters when possible. Supporters would also meet up with them along the way from time to time to walk a stretch of road or bring them treats. The hardest part of the trip was when they arrived at the California border and Hudson was not doing well. He was having problems with his pads and was struggling. Luke could not keep Hudson on the road with him in this condition. Luke made the decision to send Hudson back home to Memphis. A supporter volunteered to drive him back. Luke and Indiana continued on their mission to leave a legacy of awareness and mobilization on the west coast. Luke and Indy made their way through Santa Cruz and Monterey counties around the last week of October. We met up with them in Moss Landing on a small dirt-road turnoff along Highway 1. Having already gone 10 miles that day, they restocked their water at the house of a friendly neighbor and then took a well-deserved break on the side of the road. Indy lapped up a cool drink from his folding bowl and Luke recounted a bit of his backstory, explaining some of the symbolism he
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carries with him, including the necklace he wore with two hollow links containing the ashes of both Malcolm and Murphy. On Sunday, December 14, after seven months of walking an average of 80 miles per week, Luke and Indiana completed their journey. Puppy Up Foundation executive director, Ginger Morgan, brought Hudson out to walk the last two days with them, along with a group of supporters.
There is still a long road ahead in the field of cancer research. The studies that are needed are multiyear, multimillion-dollar studies. Luke will be leading the way and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rest until advances are made to prevent and treat cancer in animals and people.
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Puppy Up Foundation has awarded $250,000 in grants for comparative oncology research and has invested $100,000 in education and awareness campaigns. Luke has now walked 4,000 miles across 19 states, and has spent three years on the road raising awareness for his cause. Luke plans to retreat to New England with the dogs to settle in and put words to paper to write a book that tells his story and brings awareness of his cause to the masses.
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Books Worth Barking About Bulu: African Wonder Dog By Dick Houston
2011, Yearling, $6.95 Born on a crocodile farm in Zambia's untamed South Luangwa Valley, the puppy seemed different from his littermates. Too quiet. Unresponsive. Nobody wanted him. Enter Anna and Steve Tolan—former police officers who had left behind their life in England to live in the African bush. The peculiar puppy suited them perfectly. They named him Bulu, or "wild dog" in the local Nyanja language. Bulu found his calling as a foster parent to the orphaned baby animals—including warthogs, monkeys, elephants, baboons, bushbucks, and buffalo—cared for by the Tolans. Bulu's story is a joyful confirmation of dogs as unique spirits, capable of love, compassion, and bravery. Packed with vivid descriptions of encounters with crocodiles, lions, leopards, poisonous snakes, armed poachers, and more, Bulu: African Wonder Dog is for readers of all ages.
The Boy Who Talked To Dogs: A Memoir By Martin McKenna
2014, Skyhorse Publishing, $24.95 An emotional and poignant story, The Boy Who Talked to Dogs is an inspiration to anyone who’s ever been told he or she won’t amount to anything. It’s also a unique, fascinating look into canine behavior. In these pages, Martin shows how modern life has conditioned dogs to act around humans, in some ways helpful, but in other ways unnatural to their true instincts, and how he has benefited enormously from learning to “talk dog.” When growing up in Garryowen, Ireland, in the 1970s, Martin McKenna escaped from endless bullying by running away from home and eventually adopting—or being adopted by—six street dogs. Martin discovered a different kind of language, strict laws of behavior, and strange customs that defined the world of dogs. More importantly, his canine companions helped him understand the vital importance of family, courage, and selfrespect—and that he wasn’t stupid after all.
Unlikely Heroes By Jennifer Holland 2014, Workman Publishing Company, $9.95 In Unlikely Heroes, Jennifer Holland uncovers and celebrates a side of animals that we often think belongs primarily to people—heroism, that indefinable quality of going above and beyond, often for altruistic reasons, often at great personal risk. These 37 inspiring true tales show animals whose quick acts have saved lives, like the pod of dolphins who protected swimmers in New Zealand from a great white shark by forming a screen around them. There are stories of animals who simply and unselfishly give, like Rojo the llama, who shines his very special light of loving kindness on the elderly patients in an Oregon rehab center.
Forever Friends In May 2014, Ruuxa, a cheetah cub, was born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. His mother rejected him so he has been hand raised to be an animal ambassador. At four weeks old, he was paired with Raina, a five-week-old Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy. They will be raised together as siblings and will be lifelong companions. Ruuxa and Raina hit it off immediately and love to wrestle and tumble and snuggle together. Raina’s role will be to communicate to Ruuxa with her body language that there is nothing to fear in new or public surroundings. Raina’s relaxed state will help Ruuxa remain calm. Winter 2015 | coastalcaninemag.com | 33
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Rufus, the Rescued Great Pyrenees By Carie Broecker
im and Julie Montgomery had two Great Pyrenees, Cleopatra and Andre, who helped guard the family’s pet goats and chickens in a rural neighborhood in Santa Cruz County in California. They had lost two goats to predators in the past, but for the past five years with Cleopatra and Andre on the job, their small pets had been safe. Great Pyrenees are best known as livestock-guardian dogs. They typically weigh 115 to 140 pounds and stand up to 33 inches at the shoulder. These dogs have been bred as guardian dogs, keeping flocks safe from bears and wolves for over a thousand years. Keeping their territory safe from predators is engrained deep in their DNA. At the same time, they have been bred to be exceptionally patient and kind to the livestock they are protecting. Jim and Julie were involved with Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northern California, helping with transportation of dogs and doing general volunteer work. They kept up with the stories about dogs being rescued by following the Pyrenees Rescue Facebook page. In 2012, a week before Christmas, Julie saw a post on the Facebook page about Rufus. Rufus was a six-yearold Great Pyrenees who was currently in boarding, but 34 | coastalcaninemag.com | Winter 2015
the boarding facility was full for the Christmas holiday. Rufus needed a place to stay for a week. Randy, the CEO of Pyrenees Rescue, was asking for short-term, temporary care for Rufus. But Rufus had a rap sheet. Between being given up to shelters, placed in "forever homes" that did not work out, short-term kennel care, and his most recent stint on a livestock-demonstration farm where he failed as a livestock guardian dog, he had eight stops in six years. One of his main issues was that he had been labeled an escape artist. Julie’s and Jim’s hearts went out to Rufus. The poor pup had been through so much being bounced around from home to home. They felt like they could make him happy if they brought him home to foster for just one week. They knew they were taking a huge leap of faith, but they really wanted to help him on his journey to his forever home. They drove an hour to La Honda to pick him up. He was happy to meet them and jumped right in the truck like he’d been expecting them. They were told he didn’t get along with other dogs, but when they got home and introduced him to Cleopatra and Andre, the three of them hit it off right away. What they learned about Rufus within the first few days was that he is not a typical Great Pyrenees. He had no interest in sleeping outside and guarding the property. He had no interest in protecting livestock. He was a “people dog.” He was a house dog. He wanted to be inside
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The other thing they found out about Rufus, much to their surprise, given his background as a “problem” dog, is that he had perfect house manners! He was well behaved and calm indoors, he was housebroken, and he was content within the confines of a home environment. They set him up with a bed and food and water in the kitchen, and he was happy. On Christmas morning, Rufus found a cozy spot under the Christmas tree and sprawled out for a nice nap. When Jim and Julie walked into the living room, they found him there, under the tree, like a Christmas gift from the universe. They knew that this stop—home number nine—would be his final home. The hard part was convincing Randy, who they had the utmost respect for, that this dog was a perfect fit in their home; that he was a bona fide house dog not a ranch dog, and that he was not the troublemaker he’d been made out to be.
Someone in his past had trained him well to sit, stay, come, and lie down. He is so well behaved that he often travels with the Montgomerys and is always a hit when they stay in hotels. Rufus had been misunderstood when, because of his breed, he was locked away from people and expected to behave as a livestock guardian. His story reminds me of the children’s story of Ferdinand the bull who would rather sit and smell flowers than fight with matadors. What a blessing that Rufus was allowed to step outside of the stereotype of his breed and be his true self. We can all learn something from Rufus and from the Montgomerys for giving him the chance to shine. Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northern California (GPRNC) is dedicated to helping recover lost Great Pyrenees; to keeping Great Pyrenees out of the hands of laboratories, animal dealers, and puppy mills; to keeping Great Pyrenees out of animal shelters; and to placing Great Pyrenees in homes where they will get the highest level of care. For more information, go to www.gprnc.org.
Randy had 40 years experience with Great Pyrenees and his fear was that Rufus was on good behavior, but that once he gotten real comfortable, his true mischievous, destructive personality would come out and he’d be returned again. After two months of harmony with the Montgomerys, Randy agreed to approve the adoption. It’s been two years now, and Rufus continues to be a sweet and perfect gentleman in Jim and Julie’s home. They do keep him on leash when out in the yard with the goats, but he has never shown any aggression toward them. He loves to ride in the car, loves to go for walks, and wants to meet every stranger he passes. He has shown the Montgomerys that he knows basic commands.
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Cancer is the number one disease-related cause of death in dogs and cats. It accounts for nearly 50 percent of reported pet deaths each year. As in people, prevention and early detection is key. It is also important to remember that amazing advances have been made in detection and treatment of pet cancer, and a high quality of life can be provided for your pet. The cause of cancers in pets is multifactorial. There are certain breeds that tend to get certain types of cancer more often than others. Now that the canine genome is mapped, it is known that cancer has been unknowingly bred into certain breeds. There is significant research being performed to find the mutations that cause these cancers and create affordable screening tests to breed these mutations out. However, as in people, cancer is a disease of mutations, and living long enough is typically the main reason for getting cancer. Over a period of time, a dog or cat lives long enough for mutations to increase to point of eventually manifesting in cancer. Cancer occurs when there is a DNA mutation causing some genes to be damaged, changed or defected. If these cells with damaged genes are not destroyed by the body’s immune system, they will grow uncontrollably. Pet cancer prevention is very similar to that in people. Here are some key points: 1. Start with good nutrition. Remember that each dog is an individual and that there is not a “perfect” diet for all dogs. Whether a dog needs a novel protein, low-fat, or high-protein diet, it is important to find a good one for your pet early on, and you may need to change it as your pet’s needs change.
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2. Exercise. Regular exercise is critical. 50 percent of dogs in the U.S. are obese, and this leads to a variety of health issues, as well as cancer. Exercise reduces stress, builds the immune system and strengthens the bond between you and your pet. 3. Stress. Reduce stress as stress can lead to pro-inflammatory and immune issues (i.e., stress diarrhea, weight loss). 4. Minimize exposure to pesticides/herbicides and secondhand smoke. Pesticides and herbicides are reported in bladder cancer in Westies, and secondhand smoke has been attributed to lymphoma and lung cancer in dogs. 5. Spay/Neuter. This is controversial, and depending on your breed, speak to your veterinarian. Spaying before the first heat lowers the chance of mammary cancer to 0.8 percent in dogs; however, early spaying has been implicated in hemangiosarcoma in Golden Retrievers and bone cancer in Rottweilers. 6. Know your breed! Certain breeds are predisposed to certain cancers, so your veterinary care may be different for different dogs. Scotties, Westies, Shelties, and Aussies are all predisposed to bladder cancer, so you may want to start ultrasounds or at least urinalysis. Bernese Mountain dogs and flat coats are predisposed to histiocytic sarcoma. This should be discussed with your veterinarian. 7. Annual/biannual exams with your veterinarian. It is reported in the literature that owners go to the vet more when they have a younger dog than older dog. Consider that as humans get older, we increase early-detection tests (i.e., mammograms, colonoscopies), so it follows that an older dog should also go to the vet more rather than less. 8. Routine dentals. This has been controversial because of the anesthesia required. However, I can say that this is how most oral tumors are found. If an oral tumor is found because it got so big that the owner can see or smell it, then it is often not curable. 9. Decrease inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a cause for 25 percent of human cancers. In dogs this can be chronic diarrhea, vomiting, dental disease, arthritis or skin disease. 10. Finally, massage your pet frequently. If a lump or bump is felt, then a needle aspiration should be done and a map of your dog’s lumps/bumps kept, whether they are benign or malignant.
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If your pet does have a diagnosis of cancer, again it is important to remember that there is often a treatment and this is not a death sentence. It is important to have a team approach, and your veterinarian will contact an oncologist who will advise you of the different options to best suit your pet. There are traditional modalities of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, but also immunotherapy and targeted therapies. It is also key to remember that you are an advocate for your pet, and whether you treat cancer or not, it is important to be educated to what is available and for your pet to be comfortable and secure through their journey.
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