Remembering warm hearts on a cold day
After days of beautiful weather, we experience another Colorado spring snowstorm (after days of beautiful weather), I am thinking back to another cold day I experienced not long ago. Frigid, cold, New York weather didn’t keep the crowds away from attending the ever popular AKC Meet the Breeds event held as a part of the Westminster Dog Show. Meet the Breeds highlights dogs from more than 100 breeds, all of which illustrate each breed’s history, including my favorite, the Golden Retriever.
Throughout the past year, I have grown very close to the Golden Retriever community and have met many wonderful Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study volunteers, including my friends from the Hudson Valley Golden Retriever Club (HVGRC). This year, their club provided the dogs that represented the Golden Retriever breed at the event. I was lucky enough to be there with Morris Animal Foundation, so I was able to watch the parade of fantastic dogs, each exemplifying the best of their respective breeds. Hudson Valley’s booth showcased many beautiful Goldens from the tri-state area, all while I worked with the club to spread awareness about our Study.
Nancy Greenburg, pet parent and well-known Golden Retriever breeder, ushered in two of her superstars, Chelsea and Rocky, as superb examples of the breed. Both dogs delighted the crowd with their energetic and engaging personalities. Also in attendance was Eli, hero dog #2014. This wonderful two year old was a terrific ambassador for our Study.
I was incredibly honored to have so many people ask me about the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. They all shared stories of their own personal journeys with beloved pets, and expressed excitement that this study might shed light on, or lead to more advancements in, animal health.
Even though it was cold, simply spending the time with Golden Retrievers and their owners, warmed my heart that our work at the Foundation is providing hope for dogs everywhere.
To stay up to date with the latest from Morris Animal Foundation and our Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, visit www.morrisanimalfoundation.org.
By: Thomas Stevens