National Co-Chairs are Two Golden Ladies
The Golden Study Volunteer Program is definitely a “golden” opportunity to make a difference in the health of dogs, and Nancy Clark, senior study participants specialist for Morris Animal Foundation, wanted to find highly dedicated dog lovers to help lead the program.
She found two special ladies dedicated to recruiting study-eligible dogs, and they don’t plan to stop until the study is 3,000 Golden Retrievers strong.
Sydney Waring and Beth Bernstein recently became national co-chairs for the volunteer program. In just two months, their efforts have set in motion a great program with room to grow.
Beth’s love for Golden Retrievers started more than 20 years ago when she lost a Flat-Coated Retriever to lymphoma. Shortly after, Beth met a woman wearing a Golden Retriever Club of America jacket, and they started talking Golden Retrievers. Little did Beth know that this chance encounter would start a new life of showing, breeding and caretaking of this wonderful breed.
Sadly, Beth lost her very first Golden, Hunter, to hemangiosarcoma at the tender age of 6. After that loss, Beth made a promise to Hunter that she would find a way to help solve the puzzle of this heartbreaking disease.
“Being a breeder brings on more responsibility, and I’m tired of getting those phone calls and crying with my extended Golden family,” she says.
This is why she enrolled her new Golden, Journey, in the Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study and decided to co-chair the volunteer program.
Sydney also knows firsthand that Golden Retrievers have a high risk of cancer. More than 60 percent of them will develop the disease, and unfortunately, Sydney’s personal statistic is much higher. All of her dogs have died of this dreaded disease. Sydney is a passionate advocate for Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.” She says this study is a gift to the breed that she loves.
Sydney volunteers her time in memory of the companions she lost to cancer and to provide hope for the Golden breed, in particular those wonderful dogs that she currently shares her life with: Mica, Tori and Teddy. Sydney describes Mica as her heart dog and inspiration.
”She has valiantly battled cancer for the past six-plus years,” she adds.
Both Beth and Sydney are indeed “Golden ladies,” and Morris Animal Foundation welcomes them to our team!
Want to become a Golden Volunteer yourself? Sign up today at https://caninelifetimehealth.org/become-a-golden-volunteer/. To learn more about Morris Animal Foundation and our other programs please visit morrisanimalfoundation.org.