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Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

Update v16-4

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Update v16-4

Fundraising Highlight: A golden community

By Kelly Diehl, DVM, Scientific Writer and Researcher

A sense of community is a concept golden retriever owners understand very well. This past quarter, a number of celebratory events brought people and dogs together to strengthen past relationships, introduce new friends, and raise funds for Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Three events in particular were grand successes.

The first was Dewey’s Golden Jubilee at Delaware’s historic Rehoboth Beach during a May weekend. Billed as a “golden rush” of golden retrievers, the event organizer, Karen Gerth, led the group of heroes, supporters and their human families to Dewey’s Beach. The weekend-long celebration included a breakfast, yappy hour, and concluded with a bonfire. The event raised more than $1,000 for the study and created bonds that will endure for years to come.

The 2016 New England Golden Jubilee was held in Vermont at beautiful Dog Mountain. This annual event, organized and inspired by Sandra Lok, is a celebration of the more-than 3,000 dogs enrolled in the study. The celebration was started to honor Sandra and Peter Lok’s beloved golden retriever Ginger, who died from cancer. This year, the Lok’s welcomed more than 85 golden retrievers (and their families) from all over the northeast.

Dr. Mike Lappin’s 2nd Annual Golden Retriever Lifetime Study picnic for heroes & supporters was held on July 24 in lovely Lakeville, Mass. More than 30 golden retrievers and their pet parents enjoyed amazing weather, scenic views, and even swimming, in a show of support for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Attendees came from all over New England to enjoy good food, good friends and a chance to meet other heroes on this amazing day.

Events are a great opportunity to raise money, spread awareness, promote retention and build relationships in support of the study. The caring community of study participants puts the meaning of being in this study on a level above pure gold. Are you interested in hosting an event? Contact Thomas Stevens, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator.

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