SAN DIEGO, May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Meet Luke Robinson, who lost his Great Pyrenees dog Malcolm due to cancer in 2006. Malcolm is not alone as the latest statistics reveal as many as 4 to 6 million dogs pass away due to canine cancer each year. Due to this alarming figure, Luke is a big advocate about educating and spreading the word about the disease, and has since founded The Puppy Up Foundation, a national organization that raises awareness and support for canine cancer.
This week, Luke will be starting his second walking journey with his two Great Pyrenees, Hudson and Indiana, along the West Coast (the first journey was in the Eastern region between Houston and Boston in 2008). With approximately 2000 miles to cover, his journey from the Canadian to Mexican border should last about six months. Along the way, Hudson and Indiana will be sporting Tagg GPS Pet Tracker collars to document every step of the way.
"We know dogs get the same types of cancer that we do…The question is why? That is what our foundation strives for," says Founder of The Puppy Up Foundation Luke Robinson. What I love most about Tagg is that people from all over the world can follow us on this historic journey. 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. It's a perfect partnership."
Tagg GPS Pet Tracker is the industry leading pet GPS and fitness tracking device, and is supporting Luke's mission by supplying their products and GPS service charges for free. In addition, during the 6-month journey, consumers who buy a Tagg GPS Tracker via www.pettracker.com with coupon code "2dogs" will receive an automatic ten (10) percent off the Tagg Tracker. At the end of the walk, twenty-five (25) dollars of each purchase made with the coupon code above will be donated to Luke and his nonprofit The Puppy Up Foundation.
"When our company heard of Luke's story and his second walking mission with his two dogs to spread the word about canine cancer, we immediately wanted to be involved," remarked Tagg GPS Pet Tracker Vice President of Marketing, Jeff Zotara. "Not only will Tagg keep Luke's dogs safe from the possibility of being lost, but will also be helpful in monitoring the dogs activity and exercise during this long journey."
Those who are interested in following Luke and his dogs on the journey, you can visit www.twodogsagainstcancer.com for video blogs, photos and live-tracking maps of the journey.
Tagg was created to help connect owners to their pets in new and meaningful ways. Using advanced GPS and cellular technology; Tagg places owners in control of their pets' well being by notifying owners if they become lost and tracking changes in activity levels throughout time via a smartphone app and their computers. Tagg has been honored with multiple awards for innovation in the pet and technology industries. For more information, visit www.tagg.com; follow Tagg on Twitter @TaggTracker or Facebook at www.facebook.com/TaggThePetTracker.
The Puppy Up Foundation
The Puppy Up 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: www.puppyup.org.
Tagg It Forward
Tagg is proud to support the Puppy Up Foundation through their Tagg It Forward program –a donation program created to support non-profits that share their mission of keeping pets safe and healthy. If you are involved with a pet-friendly non-profit that could use Tagg's support, please reach out to them through taggitforward.com.