Every Dog Matters – Hero Dog #573
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 our Hero Dogs, and the families and veterinarians who care for them. This month, meet Sage, Hero Dog #573.
Each day, Sage gets to do something a bit unusual for a dog. Sage, Hero Dog #573, gets to go to college! Kyle Koslosky, Sage’s owner, attends the University of Northern Colorado, which just happens to have a dorm that allows dogs!
When Sage and Kyle aren’t at UNC, Denver is their home. Sage’s favorite pastime (if she’s not studying, of course) is hunting with Kyle, and the pair spend hours training together. Kyle’s mom, Sher, said it fills her heart to see how happy Kyle and Sage are together.
For Sage’s family, joining the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study was a way to help the golden retrievers they love so much. Sher learned about the study from a television report just a few days after Sage joined the family. “We immediately felt like it was fated for us to join,” said Sher. Like most pet parents, the Koslosky’s have experienced the pain of losing young dogs to cancer. Two of their dogs died suddenly from cancers – they were only 5 and 7 years of age when they passed.
Sher credits Sage’s veterinarian, Dr. Kelly Foster of Banfield Pet Hospital in Centennial, Colorado, with helping her stay on track with her study requirements. Dr. Foster’s support, said Sher, has made study participation fun. Dr. Foster’s dog also is enrolled in the study, and Sher said the two enjoy chatting about the study (and golden retrievers, of course) during Sage’s checkups. Sage is the picture of health so far, and Sher’s hope is that Sage and Kyle will have many years of love and companionship ahead.
Thank you Sage, Kyle, Sher and Kelly. Every participant in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, human and dog, matters!