You’ve probably heard the terms ‘man up’ or ‘woman up’ – but how about ‘puppy up’?
That’s the origin of the name for the Puppy Up to Cancer initiative founded by the 2 Million Dogs Foundation. Through every Puppy Up walk, funds are raised to help with cancer research.
Walks are usually led by human and canine survivors of cancer and often dogs who are infirm or who can’t walk for long distances participate by riding in wagons and carts.
Dogs are often used in comparative oncology studies because their cancers have commonalities with human cancers.
I think this is a great idea and since we have many dogs in New Zealand who also fall to cancer, fundraising in this way would be a way of contributing to the body of knowledge.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand