Introducing Trixie, our 2,000th dog!
Whether she’s turning partial backflips in the morning or playing “top dog” with her canine friends, Trixie brings joy to her owner, Denise.
“Outside, Trixie is the perpetual tomboy, who is always up to a good game of tag or a wrestling match,” says Denise.
Denise has been in love with Golden Retrievers “ever since I first laid eyes on them at the young age of 16.” She lost Trixie’s great grandmother, Rose, to hemangiosarcoma in 2007, and she feels that participating in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a way for not only herself but also for Trixie to honor Rose.
Trixie took the honors of being our 2,000th dog to enroll, but Denise has two other dogs, Ruby – a 2 year old female who was the 1721st dog enrolled and Webster – a 2 year old male who was the 1672nd dog enrolled in the study. She couldn’t be more excited to participate in “this very important and far-reaching endeavor” and says she is especially intrigued by the environmental aspect of the study. She is particularly keen to learn whether there are any connections to cancer among the numerous environmental, chemical and nutritional factors being studied.
Denise says her experience as a breeder and a veterinary clinic employee prepared her for many of the questions asked and samples collected. She found the blood workup to be a wonderful component of the study that also benefits the participant a great deal. She was surprised that DNA is being collected and stored and that there is a request for nail trimmings!
We congratulate and thank Denise on Trixie being the 2,000th dog enrolled! To learn more about Morris Animal Foundation and our other programs please visit morrisanimalfoundation.org.