Every Dog Matters – Hero Dog #1516
Morris Animal Foundation appreciates the commitment made by our study participants, and we want to honor and recognize that commitment. Each month, we’ll share their stories and learn about the families and veterinarians who care for them. This month, meet Auggie, Hero Dog #1516.
Auggie has an obsession with water.
“Auggie first started swimming when he was probably about 4 to 5 months old,” said his owner Christina Hunley. “After a brutal winter, I think he forgot how to swim.”
Christina tried to coax Auggie back into the water but he wouldn’t go in deeper than his chest. “I knew that he would enjoy the water more if he wasn’t scared to swim, so I bought him a life jacket. He quickly realized he wouldn’t drown and I was able to remove the jacket. He has been jumping in the water to swim alone ever since!”
Swimming is an excellent exercise for dogs. Canine exercise physiologists estimate that one minute of swimming is equivalent to four minutes of running. Swimming is a low-impact sport that still gives participants a good cardiovascular workout. Swimming has become an important component of many post-surgery rehabilitation programs for dogs, and there is mounting evidence that it is beneficial in aged dogs with arthritis. Swimming also is another activity that helps dogs release excess energy, and some therapists feel that water immersion is soothing for some dogs.
For Auggie, swimming is just plain fun!
Thank you, Christina and Auggie. Every participant in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, human and dog, matters!