There has been a saying among our local rescue group, “rescue takes many forms.” As rescuers of Golden Retrievers, we have an incredible opportunity to help the breed we so love. As you know, over 60% of golden retrievers will develop cancer and is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 2. Our treasured breed is prone to other diseases like epilepsy, skin allergies and heart disease.
The Morris Animal Health Foundation has embarked on the largest and longest research study in veterinary medicine, the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is an observational study that will follow 3,000 golden retrievers from puppyhood to the end of their lives. For inclusion in the study, the golden must be under 2 years of age and in possession of a three-generation pedigree. The information collected from the study will allow researchers to gain an understanding of cancer and other canine diseases. To read more about this groundbreaking study, go to http://www.caninelifetimehealth.org. The study is now full! There are 3000 dog “heroes” registered. These dogs will be followed for the remainder of their lives.
Throughout the years there will be numerous fundraisers to help support the study. These, which have included tee shirts, necklaces, and cartoons, have been posted on Facebook. We will try to keep you advised of these as they are posted, since the items for sale are unique and are, of course, Golden related.