A Family Affair
As Thanksgiving approaches, families gather to celebrate and rejoice with one other. For many people, this includes giving thanks for the many blessings we receive from our pets.
For the Mesinger family, participation in Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a family affair, with everyone in the family contributing to the process. Jay Mesinger and his son Josh bring a unique father-son dynamic to the study. They are participating together with their “shared” dogs Louie and Miles, who go to work with the men daily, bringing smiles to everyone.
“My parents and I collectively share two Goldens. One is technically theirs and one is technically mine, but … the dogs end up staying together more than they do not,” Josh explains. “We are all involved in their care and we all love both dogs. Consequently, we all share in providing the best care and most loving environments for both dogs that we can.”
Like so many study participants, the Mesingers understand the profound sense of loss when a pet dies of cancer.
“Our animals are part of our family and we care deeply about them,” Josh says. “We have sadly lost many past dogs to cancer and have worked closely with Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center when past dogs have been sick. They first told us about this study and we immediately jumped on the opportunity to participate.”
The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study would not be successful without the participation of families across the country, in addition to the study “family” here at Morris Animal Foundation.
As Josh puts it: “Our collective thoughts and hopes for the outcome of this study are the same as the Foundation’s goals for the study: greater insight into the causes and possible cures for cancer in all animals and people. We are proud to be part of this and look forward to continuing to support the Morris Animal Foundation and the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study in any way that we can. We believe in what Morris is doing and look forward to seeing how this develops and what is learned from it.”
To learn more about Morris Animal Foundation and our other programs please visit morrisanimalfoundation.org.
Photo Courtesy of the Mesinger Family