Every Dog Matters — Hero Dog #40
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 Vegas, Hero Dog #40
Mary participated in the Greater Sacramento (formerly Elk Grove) K9Cancer Walks with her local agility group. About the time she got Vegas, her attention was caught by a notice in one of the foundation’s newsletters; young golden retrievers were needed for a groundbreaking new study. Mary didn’t hesitate, and Vegas became one of the first dogs enrolled in the study.
“I’ve never lost a dog to cancer,” said Mary. “But I have many, many friends who’ve lost dogs. It is very important to find a cure for cancer. It was a no brainer signing up for the study.”
Mary had a Boston terrier and a German shepherd as a child, and was a self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady” for a while, but eventually Mary decided she wanted a dog again. She knew she and her husband would need to agree on a breed, and Mary suggested a golden retriever. They got Aspen and the rest is history.
“Aspen saved my life in a way. She was my guardian angel,” said Mary. Mary’s husband was often away, leaving Mary alone with Aspen. Mary read about agility, and thought she would give it a try with Aspen. Mary soon made lots of friends, and is now active in her local agility and rescue community.
Vegas has followed Aspen and her older brother, Tanner, in agility, but she also participates in obedience, tracking, rally, dock-diving, and therapy – Mary said she does a little bit of everything.
Mary is becoming an old hand at filling out all the forms that come along with being in the study; she claims she is getting a little “faster” each time. However, she insists that all the time she spends getting Vegas’s check-ups and filling out forms is worth it if it makes the difference in the lives of the golden retrievers she’s come to love.
Thank you, Mary and Vegas, for your commitment to the study. Every participant in the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, human and dog, matters!