And the winner is Hunny from Akron, Penn.!
Hunny, Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Hero #905, is the winner of the first Morris Animal Foundation compliance contest.
The newly announced award is both a thank you and an incentive for our veterinary and owner study participants. Each calendar year, dogs that complete their study requirements automatically will be entered in a drawing to receive a valuable prize. This year’s prize was two Microsoft Surfaces given to both Hunny’s pet parent, Cheri Van Zant, and Hunny’s veterinarian, Dr. Lauren Lane, as a thank you for their commitment to the study.
Cheri says that Hunny found her. Hunny was 8 months old when she and Cheri became a family.
“Hunny is pretty wild,” say Cheri. “It’s taking her awhile to calm down. She’s irrepressibly happy and it’s a joy to watch her romping and racing at high speed, or wiggling when simply trying to sit still.”
Cheri has many dogs that enjoy frequent play dates with Hunny. More than a dozen dogs of all types have come to visit and Hunny, Cheri reports, is a good-natured hostess, playing as little or much as they wish.
Cheri said that she heard about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study after seeing Betty White, a long- time Morris Animal Foundation supporter, discuss it during a television interview. Cheri, who has a background in marine science, knew that little Hunny was the right age to enroll. Cheri liked the idea that she and Hunny could help support science by participating in the study. Cheri set out to find a veterinarian who already had other patients in the study, and she located Dr. Lauren Lane of White Oaks Veterinary Hospital in Manheim, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Lane and her husband, Dr. Ron Lane, manage this exclusively companion animal practice. Dr. Lane also has undergone a rigorous process of additional study and examination to become board certified with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. The doctors have two golden retrievers of their own, and have a great love of the breed; Dr. Lane has had 11 golden retrievers over her lifetime!
Sadly, nine developed cancer at some point in their life. Dr. Lane told us that she thinks the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is an awesome study and she’s excited to be involved with her patients.
To be eligible for next year’s drawing, a dog must have its 2016 owner questionnaire, study visit (with sample collection) and veterinarian questionnaire completed. We want to thank Dr. Lane, Cheri and Hunny for their continued support of this important study!