Every Dog Matters — Hero Dog #1963
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 Finn, Hero #1963.
Jill McKinley is passionate about animals. With two golden retrievers, Finn and Gatsby, a Shih Tzu named Teddy, a kitten, dwarf rabbit, and a parakeet, the household is bustling with fun and activity.
At a routine visit, Jill’s veterinarian told her about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, and Jill knew she wanted Finn to be included. Jill is all too familiar with the health problems associated with golden retrievers, having previously lost two wonderful dogs; Max passed away at 11 years old from kidney failure, and Murphy at 13 from cancer.
“We loved them with all our hearts and miss them,” said Jill. ”Our pets are a very important part of our family.”
Finn, now 2 years old, is an active, loving pup that enjoys competing in dock jumping and agility training.
“Finn has always loved jumping and playing in the pool since he was a puppy,” said Jill. “We knew it was a perfect activity for him.”
Gatsby, a bit more hesitant to jump into the water, became involved in agility training and Finn quickly joined in. When he’s not competing, Finn loves to play with bouncy balls and with his canine family.
Jill loves her “fur babies,” and wants to see them live long and healthy lives.
“We want to be a part of something so worthwhile in helping find a cure, or at least reasons, for the frequent diagnosis of cancer in our beautiful goldens,”said Jill. “Hopefully, we can help find answers to help the breed.”
Thank you, Jill, Finn, Teddy and Gatsby, for your commitment to the study. Every participant in the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, human and dog, matters!