A Hero Always Scouting for Something to Do
“Anything that falls on the floor is fair game,” Bob Parrillo, a Golden Retriever Lifetime Study participant, says about his Golden Retriever Scout. “Scout will prance around with whatever he grabs and play keep-away with it.”
Truly, anything is up for grabs. Bob relays how he and his wife recently were startled to hear their car alarm making the sound of the panic button alert. “We couldn’t figure out what was going on until we realized Scout had the keychain in his mouth!” Bob exclaims.
Scout also loves to grab the TV remote. Although he hasn’t yet figured out how to turn on the television, this didn’t stop Scout and his Golden Retriever sibling, Remy, from being glued to the TV set on Thanksgiving watching the National Dog Show. The mischievous Scout wakes Bob and his wife each morning by walking on them, then licking their faces as soon as they stir. Bob has a soft spot for his good-looking hero dog, so Scout gets away with a lot. Bob has had several Golden Retrievers and says he is “wedded” to the breed.
“Jack was one of our first. Jack was our heart dog. He came to work with me and was always at my side, trying to please me. It would be hard to imagine a more loyal friend or relative,” Bob says. “It is difficult for me to talk of Jack without emotion slamming me. Jack was always healthy—until he was struck with cancer and had to be put down.”
Bob became aware of the study through his veterinarian, Dr. Chris Fain, of Veterinary Services of Wickford, whom he calls “an angel of a woman.” Bob quickly enrolled the mischievous puppy Scout, and he has high hopes for the study. “I wish the people at Morris Animal Foundation good luck and Godspeed in their mission.”
To learn more about Morris Animal Foundation and our other programs please visit morrisanimalfoundation.org.