Press Release from AMC

AMC Awarded Research Grant From 2 Million Dogs Foundation

(New York, NY – September 17, 2013) 

The Animal Medical Center is proud to announce that it has been selected to receive an $ 80,000 research grant in comparative oncology by the 2 Million Dogs Foundation, an organization committed to discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research.

In dogs, transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) is the most common tumor of the urinary tract.  TCC typically presents at a very advanced stage and the majority of dogs diagnosed with this tumor are euthanized due to failure to control the local disease within the urinary tract.  Current therapies include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgical debulking but none are able to consistently produce lasting remissions.

The AMC research study being conducted in affiliation with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center will be led by Dr. Chick Weisse, head of Interventional Radiology Service.  This study will compare systemic chemotherapy levels experienced by a canine patient following intravenous (typical route) versus intra-arterial (image-guided) routes of chemotherapy administration in the same patient.  

“At The AMC, recent advancements in interventional radiology techniques enable us to administer different drugs into the arteries feeding the actual tumors via minimally-invasive approaches – in order to achieve very high regional drug concentrations within the tumor – without the systemic side effects that would occur had these levels been administered  intravenously,” said Dr. Weisse.  The investigators hope to demonstrate higher achieved levels of chemotherapy within the targeted tissues as well as improved tumor remissions in canine patients with naturally occurring transitional cell carcinomas of the urinary bladder and urethra.

“2 Million Dogs is proud to be working with the Animal Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, two of the most prestigious institutions in comparative oncology,” said Ginger Morgan, Executive Director and President of the Board of 2 Million Dogs Foundation.

About 2 Million Dogs Foundation

2 Million Dogs Foundation is committed to discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research.  The organization will accomplish that mission through education and awareness, empowerment and mobilization and investment in research.  For more information:

About The Animal Medical Center

The Animal Medical Center (AMC), located on the Upper East Side in New York City, is a non-profit veterinary center that has been a national leader in animal care since 1910. As an academic veterinary hospital, The AMC promotes the health and well-being of companion animals through advanced treatment, research and education. The AMC staff is comprised of over 100 veterinarians who utilize an interdisciplinary team approach combining expertise across specialty areas and services to care for your pet 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information:

YBD’s Notes 1:  Chip Weisse, the principle investigator provided us with a Power Point Presentation that I wanted to share with you.  However, how to convert it  and post it here has been a serious pain in my arse, hence the delay.  

2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

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Getting Involved with Therapy Dogs

In recent news, service dogs have received much attention—for good reason. Following the tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon, the National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) established a new endowment to provide service dogs to anyone disabled by the marathon bombing. The victims, should they choose, may acquire a service dog in the future for necessary support.

This humanitarian effort has also inspired many other pet parents to certify their dogs for therapy purposes. Therapy dogs offer affection and periodic companionship to people in hospitals, various clinics, nursing homes, schools and disaster zones. They also help individuals with learning disabilities. Although a therapy dog certification may not be right for every canine, it’s a great option for dogs of all ages who meet certain temperament standards.

Who should consider certifying their dog?

Anyone who enjoys volunteering and owns a friendly dog would be a quality candidate. If you work long hours and frequently leave your dog alone at home, consider finding a pet sitter who is willing to go through the certification process with your dog. This way, you will give your canine much needed social interaction and training, while offering a service to your community.

 How can my dog achieve therapy dog status?

Some facilities offer in-service training, but more opportunities may be available if you and your dog obtain a professional certification. For example, Therapy Dog International (TDI) calls on both dogs and handlers to meet a number of requirements before attaining therapy dog status. Additionally, each handler/dog team must be certified independently, meaning the dog may work with multiple handlers during the process. Comprised of two phases, the process requires both the dog and handler(s) to complete 13 categorical tests.

Phase I

  • Test I: Grooming Examination – must meet hospital standards
  • Test II: Check-In – handler simulates filling out check-in paperwork, and a helper holds the dog in another room separately, away from the handler
  • Test III: Getting Around People – the dog must demonstrate control when navigating around people and must be able to handle when people approach
  • Test IV: Group Sit / Stay – the dog must be able to sit and stay when the handler moves to the end the leash
  • Test V: Group Down / Stay – same as test 4, however, the dog must be able to lie and remain in a down position
  • Test VII: Visiting With Patients – the dog must demonstrate control and willingness to be petted by other people

Phase II

  • Test VIII: Testing of Reactions to Unusual Situations – the dog must be able to follow the handler while exposed to situations that might occur while serving
  • Test IX: Leave It; Phase 1 – the handler must instruct the dog to leave a treat that is presented by a person on a walker while greeting them
  • Test X: Leave It; Phase 2 – the handler instructs the dog to leave a piece of food that is presented in its path
  • Test XI: Meeting Another Dog – the dog must demonstrate control while the handler converses with another person and their canine
  • Test XII: Entering Through a Door To Visit at the Facility – the handler must instruct the dog to sit, stand, lie down or stay before entering
  • Text XIV: Reaction to Children – the dog must demonstrate control and comfort when exposed to children

What do I do once my dog is certified?

When your dog completes the appropriate certification courses, you’ll want to find a local facility where you can put him or her to work. Most hospitals permit the services of therapy dogs. Contact a hospital’s volunteer office to learn about their therapy dog policy.

If you don’t wish to have your therapy dog participate in hospitals, you might consider contacting local schools, clinics and rehabilitation centers.

Furthermore, some certification programs aid in finding facilities that accept therapy dogs. They may provide a list of local organizations that recognize and accept their program certified dogs.

This was written by Kevin Cooper, who writes about pet-related topics, including how to find affordable dog insurance options and other news about ASPCA Pet Insurance. He also enjoys learning about trending pet-related news across the web.

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Treat Yo Mama

Some cool treat images:

Treat Yo Mama

Image by Rantz
And I don’t care what race or what colour or what creed
All that shit don’t bother me,
Only one thing that you should not forget ,
You gotta treat you mama with respect
And I don’t care what fashion the styling of you hair,
I don’t care about the car or the clothes you do wear.
Only one thing that you should not forget ,
You gotta treat yo mama with respect.

John Butler Trio

For Jay – may your recovery treat you kindly.

Dog Treats

Image by BevKnits
I found this wicked cookie cutter for dog biscuits so I emailed Charlotte and she forwarded me the recipe for these cookies. The dogs LOVE them.

Here’s a link to Charlotte in NC blog with the doggie treat recipes:

New treat

Image by carterse
Emily and Katelyn find out just how much Ava and Kojak love these treats.

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The Combination Approach To Feeding Your Golden Retriever

Although you can get commercial food for your Golden Retriever, the ideal way to feed is to use a combination approach of both commercial food and fresh people foods. Most commercial food is good for your Golden, although it lacks nutrients and vitamins that fresh food has. Vets will tell you that fresh food is good, providing you don’t overdo it. Golden Retrievers love fresh food as well, as they can smell it a mile away. If it smells good to them – they’ll want it.

Most commercial foods will offer your Golden great sources of protein and vitamins, although fresh food contains far more essential sources. Chicken and meat for instance, have far more protein and minerals than any type of commercial dog food. Fish is another great choice, as it contains a lot of the protein your dog needs to maintain a healthy brain.

All dogs are well within the capacity of staying healthy, although you need to provide them with the minerals they need. Each dog is an individual, meaning that you can’t continue to feed him the same food on a daily basis. Golden Retrievers love people food, and they also love variety. What they need one day may vary the next, so you should always mix it up a bit and give them something different each day.

To be on the safe side, you should give your Golden a little bit of everything. This way, he will get everything he needs with his diet. When you design the diet for your growing Golden Retriever, you should always make sure to include animal protein. This is very important for your Golden, as he has to have it. Without animal protein, your dog will find himself literally struggling to stay healthy.

To keep your Golden Retriever healthy, it is very important that he gets quality nutrition. Although quality nutrition is very important, you should never him eat so much that he gains weight too fast. If you monitor his diet and know exactly what you are feeding him, he should remain in his weight class. Sometimes this can be hard to help though, especially if your Golden starts to develop allergies to a certain type of food.

If you ever have any questions regarding the diet of your Golden Retriever, you shouldn’t hesitate to ask your vet. Your vet could make some recommendations for you, even tell you the best type of commercial food for your dog. Depending on his individual needs, what he requires may be totally different than what another dog needs. As long as you keep your dog on a healthy diet and make sure he gets the food he needs – he should grow to be a healthy dog with plenty of energy.
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Poke, pay, push off

I used to work in a clinic that offered twice a week vaccine clinics. During those times, we would waive our customary exam fee (at the time it was $ 45), as long as the client was coming in solely for vaccines and had no health questions.

We did this to provide a service to those clients who would go to the weekend vaccine clinic at the pet store instead of coming to us. I know how those weekend clinics work. They are much like the flu clinic I took my kids to last week. You go, you get your shots, you leave. If you ask about your kid’s ear infections you’d be given a blank stare as they ushered you out the door. Poke, pay, push off.

And you know, it works as long as that is truly all you need. But you would be shocked, or maybe you wouldn’t, I don’t know, at how many times that was not at all the only thing clients need. Especially in the vet clinic. I love questions! That is what I am here for, to educate nervous new pet owners and also say, hey, look at this tooth or this mass or this ear. To say, hey, I see Rover is 14 and has never had bloodwork and you said his appetite is low; perhaps we should postpone these vaccines and make sure he’s OK. But all of that stuff? That’s an office exam. And we have 15 people in the lobby waiting for a bordetella vaccine.

I hated those vaccine clinics with a passion, because at least once a clinic I would get a client who said, “no concerns! Just rabies!” to the technician, waited until I came into the room, and asked me for an allergy consult. And I would either do it because I felt a professional obligation, even though it meant everyone else outside had to wait, or risk being called a (insert choice insult here.)

With the exception of rabies vaccine, our local feed store carries all the other regular canine vaccines. Yes, it’s less than coming to me. Anyone can learn how to give a shot to a dog in about 5 minutes, that’s not the hard part. When you come to me for an exam and vaccines, you are paying for all the other intangibles, captured here so nicely by a colleague with better graphic design skills than me:


I understand why people go to those clinics- it’s inexpensive and it’s convenient. It is not, however, a replacement for an office call. Give us a chance. You might be pleasantly surprised at what our staff can do for you, and most importantly, your pet.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Greenies have left the grid

A few nice greenies images I found:

Greenies have left the grid

Image by RightAsRain
the Greenies declare independence from the Second Life grid and take their toys and blast out into the metaverse. 04 July the SL region will be deleted. Take on last ride on the rocket secondlife://Greenies%20Home%20Rezzable/155/129/34

Greenies have left the grid

Image by RightAsRain
the Greenies declare independence from the Second Life grid and take their toys and blast out into the metaverse. 04 July the SL region will be deleted. Take on last ride on the rocket secondlife://Greenies%20Home%20Rezzable/155/129/34

Greenies have left the grid

Image by RightAsRain
the Greenies declare independence from the Second Life grid and take their toys and blast out into the metaverse. 04 July the SL region will be deleted. Take on last ride on the rocket secondlife://Greenies%20Home%20Rezzable/155/129/34

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The Epidemic of Overweight Pets: Treats and Excess Carbs Can Shorten Lives!

So many pets are overweight in the U.S.and those extra pounds are taking years off their life!

Excess pounds can prevent blood from moving where it should, keep the lungs and heart from working efficiently, and will grind down cartilage covered joints to bone on bone contact and result in painful arthritis!

The directions on pet food cans and bags often advise feeding 25-50% more than needed. Many dogs and cats need less because of LOW METABOLISM.

A 30 min walk 3-5 times a week can help dogs stay in shape, raise their calorie burning capacity, and help their muscles burn extra calories! It’s hard to get cats to exercise, so changing the type of food is the best bet.

It’s the amount of food we feed and the high amount of carbs in the diet that make our dogs and cats fat!.For dogs, dry commercial food can be made lower calorie by feeding half the amount soaked in water or mixed with canned green beans. Feeding the same commercial canned food as the dry may help because canned food has less calories per ounce than it’s dry food cousin.  Canned food may help decrease calories and encourage weight loss. For cats, changing the diet to canned from dry food may help with weight loss and avoid chronic medical problems like diabetes and arthritis.

High carb treats pack a bunch of needless calories. Feeding 2 -3 biscuits a day may make weight loss impossible. Feed a higher protein treat like a piece of chicken, cheese, fish, or piece of chicken hotdog! You can also feed baby carrots, green beans, or apples to those fruit and veggie types!

Lower calorie, nutritious treats like Lickety Stik are grain free, organic, have nutrients, and less calories for those weight challenged pets


Pet Obesity in America infographic by PetSafe
Special thanks to PetSafefor sharing this visualization with us.

Check out other feeding tips in the “Dog Dish Diet” and Home Cooking Pet Food in “Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet”


My Corgi was so overweight she didn’t want to do anything but lay around and eat. Since putting her on your diet in “Feed your Pet to avoid the Vet.” She has slimmed down nicely. She is now more energetic and chases squirrels. She’s happier, more loving, her fur is so soft. As I’m sure you know, Corgis shed a lot! With her that has even slowed down a great deal and no fleas. Her teeth are clean and she doesn’t have dog breath! Thank you Dr. Greg for writing the books and educating us on a better much healthier way to feed our fur-babies!


Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet

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An Epic Battle: Fluffy Pup vs Fluffy Dandelion [VIDEO]

Who will win?! This intense battle is a close one, as the wary weed seems to hold a strange power over this fluffball of a Keeshond pup! 


Fluffy Pup Battles Dandelion


The Daily Treat: Animal Planet

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Jane Lynch K9s for warriorsThis past Saturday, October 5th, animal advocate Wendy Diamond, founder of Animal Fair Media, hosted a patriotic breakfast and fundraiser as part of’s Bark Business Tour at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza to benefit K9’s For Warriors. To date just over $ 145,000 has been raised – 28 lives Saved! 14 dogs 14 Veterans!

Halo Purely for Pets, co-owned by Ellen DeGeneres, is proud to be a major sponsor of the nationwide tour. In addition, is feeding Halo Spot’s Stew to every service dog sponsored in the tour.

Along with Wendy, actress/comedian Jane Lynch, Fox’s Raising Hope star Garret Dillahunt, and Hallmark’s Mark Steines honored K9s For Warriors Graduates – United States Marine Leroy and Apache.

Actress and animal advocate Jane Lynch is also hosting “SHELTER ME: Let’s Go Home”, the 2nd episode of the emotionally charged PBS television special.

The Bark Business Tour will stop in 10 cities, and won’t “roll over” until at least $ 150,000 is raised. Join us and help us save the life of a vet and a dog.

For more information about the event visit



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Days 8, 9 and 10

Well these last few days have not gone according to plan.  Day 8 was SUPER windy so we decided to get some errands done.  We did some laundry and shopping and basically just hung around.

On Day 9 we made a trip to Yellowstone – and good thing too as the park is now closed!  The weather was horrible – cold, rain, hail, snow, wind.  We ventured out no more than a mile from the car at each stop and I never wanted to risk my camera as even if it wasn’t raining when we left, it usually was by the time we got back.  We visited the canyon area and it was gorgeous but I’ve got no pictures.  For wildlife we saw 4 river otters coming down the bank towards the river. It was super cool – they walked nose to tail and kind of looked like a giant, shiny centipede.  :)  We also saw two very young bears. It looked like a baby with an older sibling.  There was no mama in sight which made us pretty sad to see as we are pretty sure the bigger one was nowhere close to big enough to be an adult.  We also saw some more bison and elk but you know, “Been there, done that”. LOL

Day 10 (today) had beautiful weather.  We got ready quickly and were ready to head out on a long hike that would take us past 11 waterfalls and end at a lake.  We got out to the truck and realized it had a flat. No big deal, we could handle that.  I distracted the dogs and Marlin got to work. He got all the bolts off but could not remove the tire.  He was very frustrated. I suggested we call AMA and he thought that was silly – it was just a flat.  Over an hour later he finally caved – mainly because he thought he’d busted one of the bolts that hold the tire on.  Then the tow truck then took about 1.5 hours to get here.  :(  At this point, we realized we were never going to get out in time.  The driver had a sledge hammer so together they got the tire off and the spare on.  Turns out the bolt wasn’t busted – it just got loose and ended up in the wrong place.  It ended up being a much more minor problem than we were anticipating, but it still managed to kill half the day.

We decided to cure our blues with some retail therapy in Bozeman.  They have a very cute downtown. I managed to keep the purchases for myself to a minimum but got some Christmas presents purchased.  Yay. I think that is my earliest start yet.

Fingers crossed that tomorrow we get that hike in!  We plan on meeting up with my dad and Shelley and they are closer than they thought they’d be, so we’ll be able to do the long one we want to do.

Oh and I’ve decided to start up the Project 365 again starting October 1.  I’m hoping to finish the last three months and maybe keep the momentum going into the new year.  We’ll see how it goes.  Today was the dreaded self portrait….  I kind of like it. The blade of grass blurring the front of my face helps. :)

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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