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How Dogs Can Make You Healthier (it’s not what you think!)  

We all know that our relationship with dogs can do good things for our health. Just petting a dog can decrease our blood pressure, or allow us to heal faster from injury. And, of course, walking with our dogs is good exercise, which is also a wonderful way to improve our overall health.
But there’s another way that dogs can help us be healthier and happier, and that’s by donating to PUPPY UP, a fund raising event that supports interdisciplinary research on cancers that affect both dogs and people.
How will that make you healthier? First, this kind of cutting edge, comparative oncology research is one of our best hopes to prevent and treat a variety of cancers. But in addition, we know that giving—whether of our time as a volunteer, or by donating money—actually makes us healthier, happier and even live longer.

Here’s what psychologist Dr. Mark Snyder says about the benefits of giving:

“People who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness,” Snyder says. “All of these things go up as their feelings of social connectedness goes up, which in reality, it does. It also improves their health and even their longevity.”

You don’t have to volunteer to feel good about helping to fight cancer! Join me in contributing whatever you can to support this important cause. After you do, you can glow all day long knowing that you did something good for your dog, yourself and the people you love.  

















Fun Facts from last year’s Puppy Up in Madison

• 1100 human participants
• 900 canines, 83 teams
• 55 sponsors
• Over $132,000.00 raised 

The Madison walk raised the most money of all 40 cities participating. And we won’t stop until we do it again!

Meet Tryggvi, a Norwegian Buhund (yes, that’s a breed!) who is in remission from a nasty bout with a mast cell tumor. Tryggvi received chemotherapy and multiple checkups to ensure that the tumor hadn’t spread. Two years later, he is still playing with his dog friends, pulling his dad on rollerblades and destroying puzzle toys at record speed. 











This year Jim and I will be walking in memory of our dear, sweet Lassie, who died of cancer a few years ago, and Jim’s sister, Barbara, who died of ovarian cancer when she was only 59 years old. Help us in our fight against cancer, so stories like these are a thing of the past.











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