Every Dog Matters – Hero Dogs #251 and #615
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 Bevo and Jubilee, Hero Dogs #251 and 615.
When we picked Jubilee’s number out this month, we couldn’t forget her older brother, Bevo. Their owner, Carol Beasley, is one of 222 people who have more than one dog in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
Carol is well known to our Golden Retriever Lifetime Study team for her kindness and giving nature, as well as being one of the first people to enroll their dogs in the study. She is passionate about golden retrievers as therapy dogs, and this influenced her decision to enroll Bevo and Jubilee.
“We joined the study because we believe goldens are the best breed of dogs,” said Carol. “We see how helpful they are in therapy in all kinds of situations. I’ve seen children reading to them, older folks grabbing handfuls of dog as they love on them, and homeless people sitting and gently petting them. It’s tragic that this breed often dies way too young from cancer.”
In addition to Bevo and Jubilee, Carol has three other dogs at home: Duncan, a mixed-breed rescue; Darby, a golden retriever and therapy dog; and Betsy, another therapy dog and Jubilee’s mom. With so many goldens, it’s not surprising that Carol has lost one to cancer.
“My golden Louie died of an aggressive splenic hemangiosarcoma,” said Carol. Carol also lost Louie’s daughter Cheznie to immune mediated anemia and thrombocytopenia, and vasculitis.
Carol’s experience reminds us that although we have defined study endpoints in terms of cancer diagnoses, we are interested in other diseases as well. We know that golden retrievers are predisposed to diseases such as atopy (a tendency to be hyperallergic) and hypothyroidism. Both of these diseases are due to abnormalities of the immune system, and documenting all cases of immune aberrations can help dissect out the role of the immune system in many diseases, including cancer.
Thank you, Carol, Bevo and Jubilee not only for your commitment to the study, but also for your dedication to helping others through therapy dog programs. Every participant in the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, human and dog, matters!