Sometimes It Is “Rockit” Science
Rockit is a 3-year-old Golden Retriever whose owner has made a commitment to help advance veterinary medicine for all dogs through her own dog’s participation in Morris Animal Foundation’s groundbreaking Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
“The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a light at the end of the tunnel,” says Barbara Hodson, Rockit’s owner and best friend.“ I signed Rockit on because after receiving so many years of selfless dog loving, it was my turn to give something back.”
Barbara got her first Golden more than 30 years ago. His name was Barley, and he stole my heart, she says.
At 6 years of age, Barley developed an autoimmune disease, which he lived with for four years.
“Through it all he remained happy, playful and totally oblivious to the fact that he was withering away. I stayed with Golden Retrievers for their spirit, their amazing good nature and their uncanny ability to express joy,” she says.
Barbara has had six Golden Retrievers who have shared her life and helped her in many ways. “They keep me grounded and remind me what life should be. They have given me confidence, allowed me to make friends, helped me bring joy to others, kept me from becoming a couch potato and shown me that anything is possible,” she explains.
Sadly, Barbara has lost two of her precious Golden Retrievers to cancer, a reality too often seen in this kind-hearted breed, and in all dogs. One in two dogs is likely to develop cancer in its lifetime—and for Golden Retrievers that statistic is a shocking 60 percent!
Rockit’s involvement in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is contributing to the science of veterinary medicine. The study team is excited to host Rockit and Barbara at the Morris Animal Foundation booth (#1927) at this year’s Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. They will be ready to meet and greet conference attendees on Monday, February 17, 2014, from 3:30-5:30 pm.
To learn more about Morris Animal Foundation and our other programs please visit morrisanimalfoundation.org.