Every Dog Matters – Hero Dogs #8 and #9
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 Gertie-Bee and Pippa-Lily, Hero Dogs #8 and #9.
Jan and Jeff Borders have a bustling household of furry friends, and a family with more than enough love to go around. Their golden retrievers, Emma-Rose, Gertie-Bee, and Pippa-Lily live a happy life with their feline friends, Tess and Mamie. Together, the family has experienced both the joys of being pet parents and the heartaches of pet cancer.
Gertie-Bee and Pippa-Lily were enrolled early on in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Jan learned about the study through the Foundation’s newsletter, AnimalNEWS, and was ready to participate before the program even began.
“It means a lot to me to be a part of something that could possibly help in the diagnosis, treatment, and cure for cancer in these beautiful animals,” said Jan.
Gertie-Bee is the lover of the family, and has a special bond with three of her toys: Monkey, Mr. Pig and Rooster. Her stuffed babies are treated with respect and love and are constantly by her side. “Gertie is our nurturing soul,” said Jan.
In fact, Gertie has a history of offering her babies to any of her furry siblings when they seem ill. Pippa-Lilly, on the other hand, is the life of the party. She serves as the family’s alarm clock and is ready to go by 5 a.m. every day. She loves playing fetch and snuggling up with Jan to sleep.
A strong bond exists between all of the animals and their people and, like any resilient family, they stick together through the tough times, including facing cancer. Jan and Jeff are very familiar with the devastation that cancer brings. Their first golden was a cancer survivor while a second died suddenly as a result of acute cardiac arrhythmia. The family also has lost a cat to cancer. Recently their son, Zach, lost his Irish setter to cancer and his golden retriever (that had survived one cancer) within 10 days of one another. Their daughter, Jordan, has also overcome many hurdles to cure her own cat’s cancer, and he is currently in remission.
“Being a part of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a way of giving back,” said Jan. “We are so proud to play even a tiny part in the work to possibly prevent others from the heartbreak our family has experienced.”
Thank you, Jan, Jeff, Gertie-Bee, Pippa-Lily and the entire Borders family, for your commitment to the study. Every participant in the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, human and dog, matters!