Ryder, from South Dakota, Completes the Lower 48
Ryder is like many other Golden Retrievers. He occasionally hunts with his owners (and he looks to have the makings of a first-class hunting dog), but he also enjoys simply hanging out on the sofa with his family. He loves mud puddles but also likes to shower off the mud later. According to his mom, he will “walk right into our bathroom and go right into the shower and sit!” Ryder is also into carrying big sticks. His owner says he will find one and carry it all the way home.
Like all Goldens, Ryder is special in his own way, but he’s also a milestone dog for Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. He became the first dog enrolled from South Dakota. With Ryder’s addition, all 48 contiguous states now have at least one representative in the study. Having geographic diversity is crucial to the study because an even geographical spread is necessary to thoroughly evaluate how environmental factors contribute to risk factors for cancer and other diseases.
Like too many others, Ryder’s owners have suffered the loss of more than one Golden Retriever—Midas to hemangiosarcoma and Tucker to a stomach twist (gastric dilatation and volvulus). Ryder’s owners heard about the study from a relative and decided to register Ryder.
“We are excited to have Ryder in this study,” says his owner, Kathy, “and it is particularly close to us because we lost Midas to a sarcoma.”
Morris Animal Foundation still needs more study participants to meet our goal of 3,000 enrolled dogs. Join the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study and other canine heroes from your state in this historic study. With your help, and dogs like Ryder, we can provide a brighter, healthier future for dogs everywhere and “stick it” to cancer.
To learn more about Morris Animal Foundation and our other programs please visit morrisanimalfoundation.org.