I have written on this blog in the past about my big, friendly Golden Retriever, Goliath. He is my second Golden and I hate to think of a day without a Golden in my home. Now there is an opportunity for Golden lovers like me to participate in a lifetime study being conducted by the Morris Animal Foundation to help prevent and cure cancer and other diseases in this and other breeds.
Golden Retriever owners across the country are invited to apply to participate in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the largest and longest observational study ever undertaken to improve the health of dogs. Morris Animal Foundation, the nonprofit organization running the study, will enroll 3,000 Golden Retrievers over the next two years. To qualify, dogs must be under 2 years of age and in good health. Owners can register their dogs at www.CanineLifetimeHealth.org.
Dogs accepted into the study will participate for their entire lives, and during that time, owners and veterinarians will provide health, nutritional and environmental information about the dogs. This observational information will help scientists identify ways to better prevent cancer and other diseases in Golden Retrievers. The information learned from these dogs is also expected to improve the health of all dog breeds.
Orvis customers may recognize Morris as the beneficiary organization of the Orvis Cover Dog Contest where Orvis customers have helped us raise over $700,000 dollars for canine cancer research! This latest effort from Morris will go even further in helping our pets live longer, healthier lives.
Morris is looking for 3,000 participants and their owners. If you have a Golden Retriever under two years old and want to help make a difference, click here to learn more.
Goliath and I thank you.