Every Dog Matters – Hero Dog #807
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 Bullet, Hero Dog #807.
For Rachel Olson, training golden retrievers is a major part of her life. Rachel is a PhD student at The Ohio State University, studying biomechanics and functional morphology. However, she still carves time out from her studies to train Hero Dog #807, Bullet.
Rachel remembers when her family got their first golden retriever.
“My family had a cocker spaniel, Barkely, when I was growing up,” said Rachel. “We lost him when I was in elementary school. It hit my brother and me pretty hard, and when we decided to get another dog everyone agreed it needed to be a golden.”
That golden retriever, Buddy, is still going strong at 12 1/2 years old. Buddy was the first dog Rachel trained, competing in 4H and AKC Junior Handling. Bandit was the next golden addition to Rachel’s family.
“Bandit was to be my conformation and agility dog,” said Rachel. “I never ended up doing much of either with him since we discovered flyball when he was a year old. Bandit still lives for flyball, running for anyone anytime!”
Bandit sired Bullet, Hero Dog #807. Rachel doesn’t remember when she first heard about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, but she does remember seeing it posted across social media.
“Bullet was born while the foundation was still searching for study participants, and as a biology pre-vet student at the time, signing him up for the study didn’t require much consideration,” said Rachel.
Bullet was certified through Therapy Dogs International as a therapy dog. He is a flyball enthusiast, like his sire, and is training in dog parkour, which combines elements of human parkour and dog agility. Rachel also has taken Bullet and Bandit to camp as part of the Ohio Teen Dog Experience, where Rachel is a counselor.
Thank you, Rachel and Bullet. Every participant in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, human and dog, matters. Morris Animal Foundation appreciates all of our study participants, volunteers and study supporters!