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Two weeks ago we put up a contest in celebration of Phoenix’s successful treatment.  Three random winners have been selected to win $100, as well as matching donations to Michigan State University’s Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH). It is the full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory that was responsible for sending Phoenix’s cancer free blood report from across the country to he and I here in Reno, Nevada. This piece of paper was a very, very big deal to him and me:


If you’re wondering about the two local veterinary offices, surgeons, technicians and office support personnel who worked on him and took care of him through five surgeries and long term in patient care. The two offices received $400 worth of multiple gift baskets and flowers EACH from Phoenix and me. They will also be recieving a framed picture that Phoenix took with each office:

Sierra Veterinary Specialists…


Kings Row Pet Hospital…


So, without further waiting, Phoenix and I sat down at the computer and using a random number generator…

Congratulations to Balroop Singh, Mandi and Sarah Grace you have each won $100, and three matching $100 donations are being given in each of your names to Michigan State University!

You will be contacted by our webmaster, Chris, for help in receiving your prize and thank you to everyone who participated!

Phoenix Park Rancho

Phoenix, “Thanks everyone for playing!  Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a ball cap to go steal…”

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 40+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories, commentary, and (of course) my greatest love... my Golden Retriever, Phoenix.

  26 Responses to “Cancer Free Contest Winners!”

  1. Mike and Phoenix—-sharing the joy and paying it forward. Lovely as always. 🙂 PS: All your friends and supporters feel like winners.

  2. Congrats Phoenix! And you too, Mike. That is very, very good news!!

  3. Great contest. Congratulations to ALL THE WINNERS!

  4. Congratulations to the winners and of course to Mike and Phoenix who came out on top!

  5. You two are just awesomeness over and above. I love that you are paying forward but am not surprised. I love how healthy Phoenix looks in his pictures. Your story is such an inspiration and the two local vet offices are amazing people. I’m glad you took the time to write the journey for us to share the triumph with you.

  6. Aw, that’s so great Mike! What a nice ‘give back’ for everyone. Hugs and smiles to you both.

  7. So wonderful! Congrats everyone. Very happy again that Phoenix is better!!

  8. Oh wow, Mike and Phoenix, I never win anything, except for this one time in college when I won a year supply of tuna fish, bread, and mayonnaise. That was a pretty nice prize considering I was broke and hungry.

    Mike, I already told you what I want you to do with my winnings. Either buy Phoenix some new tennis balls or give it to your local non kill shelter, or keep it for future bills for phoenix. I’m just happy to know Phoenix is well and to see Mike’s smile again.

    Love to you both.

  9. Hi Mike,

    I don’t know what to say..this is so incredible! I believe Phoenix deserves this prize more than anybody. He has been a winner through all this suffering…may God bless you both with happiness and more love!

    I am so happy to see your pictures Phoenix, you are looking GREAT! All credit goes to your dearest dad.

  10. Congratulations to the winners! Mike and Phoenix, keep on rockin …

  11. awesome!!! Congrats to all the winners, but most of all congrats to Phoenix!! xoxo

  12. Congratulations everyone! Mike such a nice idea. Happy Weekend!

  13. Congrats to the winners, but I still think Phoenix is the biggest winner here <3!!

  14. Super huge congrats to the winners who are not me and I’m happy for them anyway but mostly just happy for Phoenix and you, Mike. Big time. Huge time. The hugest. <3

  15. I’ll echo Kristi…congrats to the winners that are not me! While that is exciting and all, the fact that Phoenix beat cancer is way more exciting! It was a nice thing for you to do though. 🙂

  16. Congratulations to the winners. 🙂 I agree with the others: Phoenix is the biggest winner of all. All the best to you both!

  17. Being able to celebrate by paying it forward is so heart warming. Phoenix has the best baseball-cap-wearing-friend to love and be loved by. I just found out that a dear friend lost her battle to the “C” disease today and re-reading your story again helped so much.

    Phoenix’s success shares that hope for us all. With love, we can deal with what may come into our lives.

  18. Congratulations to Mandi, Sarah and Balroop. I love the way that you and Phoenix and Past My Curfew stand for things that are greater than yourselves. You’re making the world a better place, and inspiring the rest of us to follow suit.

    Happy Fourth of July, my friends. My theory is that we need to evolve, as a people, from independence-worship to an embracing of our true interdependence. You and Phoenix are already there, with the way you’ve created community out of an encounter with cancer. Rock on.

  19. Congrats to the winners!

  20. Yay congrats to all the winners! I hope you and Phoenix had a wonderful 4th of July weekend!!!

  21. Our pleasure Phoenix. Glad you are cancer free 🙂

  22. Congrats to the winners! And a big WOOHOO for Phoenix’s health and your happiness. So glad to see things are getting better for both of you. Lots of love, my friend!

  23. Wow, congrats to the winners! Lots of kisses to Phoenix!

  24. Thank you again to everyone who participated and yes Phoenix was the true winner in the end. Are very appreciative and thankful to all of you 🙂

  25. Congratulations to the winners !

  26. Oh Phoenix, its so good that you are chasing and getting your Dad’s hats again – I love that you had such good news Mike, Phoenix is so worth it 🙂 xxx

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