You have a golden opportunity to improve the health of dogs. Join Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. This is a groundbreaking effort to learn how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and other diseases. This is the largest and longest observational study ever undertaken to improve the health of dogs. The study will enroll up to 3,000 golden retrievers and will last 10 to 14 years.
Register at www.caninelifetimehealth.org. To be eligible for enrollment, dogs must be healthy, purebred golden retrievers. They must have a verifiable three-generation pedigree. They must be under two years of age.
In 2011, our golden retriever was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, a cancer of blood vessels. Since humans don’t get this cancer, very little research was being done. We were able to enjoy a few months with our sweet boy before cancer ended his life.
It is always difficult to lose a beloved pet but it is especially hard when you realize that cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs, and golden retrievers have a higher risk of developing cancer than most dogs. It is estimated that more than half of all golden retrievers will die of cancer. This is why goldens were selected for the first Canine Lifetime Health Study. The information collected will improve the health of all dogs!
A few months after losing our golden to cancer, we got a puppy to help fill the hole in our hearts. We enrolled the pup in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study and it has been very rewarding knowing that we are helping dogs while raising and enjoying our loving companion.
Morris Animal Foundation is the global leader in supporting research that advances veterinary medicine. Learn more at www.morrisanimalfoundation.org.
If you want to support Morris Animal Foundation’s groundbreaking study, become a volunteer. Find out more at www.caninelifetimehealth.org/become-a-golden-volunteer.
It is a wonderful thing to be able to make a valuable contribution to the future health of all dogs!
SPEEDING ON HOLLYWOOD HILL
To the young driver of the older bright blue Audi going 80-100 m.p.h on 168th Avenue NE (top of Hollywood Hill) on last Sunday afternoon — shame on you. If you had had to stop for another car, a pet or, god forbid, a child you could have never done it in time. You recklessly sped past the pipeline trail so fast that other cars going the opposite direction of you stopped to comment on it. I was walking my three dogs on the side of the road, thankfully on the grass and not the street as I sometimes do. You probably live on Hollywood Hill and are aware that many bikers, walkers, horses and dogs cross 168th to continue on the pipeline. You could have easily hit someone and going that fast I am sure you would have killed anything that crossed your path.
Hopefully, your parents will read this and take your car away from you before you kill someone or yourself.