Every Dog Matters – Hero Dog #1032
Morris Animal Foundation appreciates the commitment made by our study participants, and we want to honor and recognize that commitment. Each month, we’ll share their stories and learn about the families and veterinarians who care for them. This month, meet Benvolio, Hero Dog #1032.
Benvolio is not a name you encounter every day, but it is a quite fitting moniker for Hero Dog #1032.
“Benvolio is a character in ‘Romeo and Juliet;’ he was Romeo’s cousin,” said Danielle Hinton, Benvolio’s owner. “My first golden’s name was Romeo. Romeo died not long before we got Benny, so Benny got his name as a way of connecting him with Romeo, and as a remembrance of my first heart dog.”
Danielle is a veterinary technician, and first encountered the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study in a trade magazine. She loved the idea of participating in a study that would help future generations of golden retrievers live longer, healthier lives. Benny’s participation could help scientists understand how some factors affect the risk of developing disease – particularly when it comes to vegetables!
Benny is a lover of vegetables, lettuce being his favorite. Since some data suggests that eating vegetables might lower cancer risk in dogs, following Benny and other vegetable- eating study participants over a long period of time could shed more light on this potential health benefit.
While Benny is a part of one of the largest epidemiological studies ever undertaken in veterinarian medicine, Danielle reports that he is just the “biggest goofball” she’s ever seen, and loves his dog “sister” Joan.
“He has the biggest, funniest personality. His expressions are so comical,” said Danielle “Benny is the bigger dog at 80 pounds to Joan’s 35, but she’s the boss. It’s very much a big sister, little brother relationship. He bugs her, she tells on him. But they do adore each other as well. The play together all day and snuggle together every night.”
Thank you, Danielle and Benvolio. Every participant in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, human and dog, matters!