Every Dog Matters – Hero Dog #2832
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 Cody, Hero Dog #2832.
Cody is a champion digger. He digs with an intensity that gives the impression of a mission of urgency – as if digging holes is the most important job on the planet.
“I’ve never had a dog who was a digger,” said Kathy. “I think Cody would dig to China if he could. The other day my son and I went into the backyard, and Cody was digging a hole so large all we could see was the tip of his feathery tail.”
Kathy had cats and dogs growing up, but she didn’t own her first golden retriever until she got Honey. She fell in love with the breed (sound familiar?) and has had golden retrievers ever since.
Kathy can’t remember when she first heard about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, but she thought it was a great idea. At the time, her golden retriever Ashton was too old to participate, but Kathy tucked the information away. A short time later, Ashton died suddenly. Kathy was heartbroken, and ended up waiting a year before she got Cody. Something reminded Kathy of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, and she jumped on the chance to get Cody enrolled.
Cody is one of 53 dogs from New Jersey, the state where Morris Animal Foundation founder Dr. Mark Morris Sr. started his first veterinary clinic. Getting a good geographic distribution of study participants enhances the study results, and getting a good distribution within a state is a nice bonus.
There are dogs from the Pine Barrens of South Jersey to the New York metropolitan area to the Jersey shore to the forests of North Jersey. Having dogs in diverse environments in a small state can yield valuable information about environmental impacts on a particular population.
Cody, of course, doesn’t really care about that. He’s too busy digging another hole in the backyard, and Kathy wouldn’t have it any other way. “Golden retrievers mesh their lives with yours,” says Kathy. “I can’t imagine life without a golden.”
Thank you Kathy and Cody. Every participant in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, human and dog, matters!