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Sweet Dreams

Those who have our 2015 golden retriever calendar will recognize this as the March featured image. Puppy ZuZu having sweet dreams next to her sister Daisy.

Three golden retrievers smiling

Happy for Thanksgiving

The girls are happy for Thanksgiving because they know there could be, just might be a little leftover turkey. And filthy plates needing that extra special cleaning. We’re happy and thankful for our family, friends, and blessings small and big. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

ZuZu is now an official participant in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study sponsored by the Morris Animal Foundation. This is a groundbreaking study that will be tracking the lives of 3,000 golden retriever volunteers in order to gain insights into preventing and treating cancer and other canine diseases. ZuZu had her first annual physical today, and although a little nervous toward the end, she did great. There are currently 2,226 golden retrievers enrolled, and if you have a golden retriever that is 2 years old or less, we encourage you to look into this wonderful study.

After our Shadow passed from cancer in 2013, our quick research into cancer in golden retrievers was quite revealing. Cancer appears in golden retrievers at an alarming rate, upwards to 60% or more of goldens are stricken with this evil according to some of the research we found. This study should really shed light on cancer in golden retrievers; not only with regard to the prevalence, but on what may be behind the high numbers. We’re proud that our little ZuZu will help contribute to this research, and hopeful some great guidance will come from it.

The process doesn’t take a lot of time. There is a fairly lengthy questionnaire to start things off, but it doesn’t take more than 30 to 45 minutes. Then you need to find a participating veterinarian (you can search for vets via zip code). For ZuZu, her vet was not part of the study. But after speaking with them about it, they were more than happy to join which was great. Then you schedule an appointment, and the Study will send you a box with all of the materials the vet will need for the exam. It is best to drop the box off to the vet ahead of time so the amount of time needed can be determined. For ZuZu, it was a little over an hour, and she was done. She will do this annually while she is an earthly angel and taking care of us.

Here is the link: About the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

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