Bentley Brings Completeness and Love to His Family
Like so many other participants in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, Rosemary Ferrieri and her dog, Bentley, are honoring the memory of a beloved family member. Maddy was Rosemary’s first Golden Retriever and the dog who hooked her on the breed.
“Maddie was everything Goldens are known for and more,” Rosemary says. “She taught me many life lessons, most importantly that I did not want to live my life without a Golden ever again.”
Maddie died of an inherited kidney disease just before her fourth birthday. Rosemary is hopeful that the Golden study will help shine some light on this lesser-known health problem in Golden Retrievers.
“Goldens are smart, gentle, loving, magnificently beautiful and have wonderful family-oriented personalities,” she says. “I also wanted a dog that could enjoy playing fetch with our kids and keep everyone living an active lifestyle.”
Rosemary learned about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study through an online forum and was eager to enroll her new pup, Bentley. Bentley has been keeping Rosemary and her family on their toes. He likes to snuggle, “talk” to his family and is always ready for an adventure—the dirtier, the better!
Rosemary, who views Bentley as a hero dog, feels a kinship to the other study participants, stating: “Everyone is so dedicated and we are truly like one big Golden family. I am so happy that Bentley can participate in Maddie’s honor—she brought a completeness and love to our family.”
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