Dog Lover Helps Paint Nashville Gold
Each year, our friends at the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) hold a conference for veterinary care providers, during which members of the veterinary community share scientific and management knowledge, and learn about new technologies, products and procedures that will improve their clinical practices.
Members of our team will travel to this year’s conference (booth #220) in Nashville to promote the Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet some of our enrolled Golden Retrievers and talk to their owners about their passion for this study and why they enrolled their dogs.
Local resident Carol Beasley will be joining our team along with her two Golden study participants, Bevo and Jubilee.
Here Is Carol’s Story in Her Own Words:
It is amazing how Golden Retrievers become so much a part of people’s lives. Their personalities and temperament endear them to dog lovers everywhere. Their versatility is awesome, doing so many things well: therapy, hunting, agility, obedience, cuddling, soothing emotions, comforting. What an awesome breed!
We got our first Golden, Louie, in 1996 and our life was forever changed. Before Louie, we took good care of our dogs, but with Louie and all the dogs to follow, our vision of how you care for dogs took a huge upward swing. Maybe it was us, maybe it was the breed, but we seemed to love Louie and all our Golden Retrievers more than any other dogs we had previously. While other dogs had died of (seemingly) old age, Louie died of hemangiosarcoma at 12 ½ years of age. Because our vet thought Louie was the best-natured Golden he knew, he had recommended him as a stud to another client. We took the pick of the litter, Cheznie. Cheznie also passed away too early, due to two different auto-immune disorders, at age 10. Primarily because of those deaths, we decided to do whatever we could to help in this study to find out how we can avoid more of these deaths in our beloved breed.
We have two dogs in the study, Bevo and Jubilee. Bevo is drop-dead gorgeous, has a fabulous loving temperament and wants to lead us around by putting his mouth gently on our arms. (We don’t really like that). He is SERIOUS about retrieving balls in the yard. His best dog bud is Jubilee. I didn’t realize before Jubilee what a strong bond could be forged with a puppy that I literally had my hands on since her very first breath. She’s known no other home but ours. That bond is special.
Carol’s story of losing her dogs to disease is far too common, and it exemplifies why Morris Animal Foundation believes the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is worth our time and energy. By observing each study dog over its lifetime and comparing the data gathered from all of them, we can evaluate how genetics, diet and environment influence cancer and other diseases—and learn how to prevent, treat and cure them. To learn more about Morris Animal Foundation and our other programs please visit morrisanimalfoundation.org.
AAHA Conference participants can stop by the Morris Animal Foundation booth #220 during the conference to meet three Golden Retrievers enrolled in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study:
- Bevo (and Carol Beasley) on Friday, March 21 from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
- Jubilee (and Carol Beasley) on Saturday, March 22 from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
- Vegas (and Marynell Haas) on Friday & Saturday from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.