Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Calling all Goldens--Be a Hero Today

When Jackie and I decided to create this blog hop, we gave a lot of thought about what to call it. We tossed around a lot of names, but Give Cancer the Paw seemed right. What does Give Cancer the Paw mean?
  One meaning could be sort of a “we’re not going to let this disease bully us” type of attitude. But to me, Give Cancer the Paw is that we’re all joining hands—and paws—and uniting together to share information that builds a better understanding of issues surrounding canine and feline cancer, discuss methods of prevention, and most of all support for one another. We’ve probably all been touched by cancer in some way--whether it’s a loved one or a beloved pet. Here’s your place to share your thoughts, pictures and tributes as well.

I’ve recently adopted two golden retrievers. Some of you remember Brooks. He was a 12 year old golden with a big, golden heart. Sadly, we lost him to cancer a year after we adopted him.

Brooks was a good boy.

Now we have 8 year old Ike. He had some anemia and weight loss, which the doctor thought was possibly leukemia. Since then, Ike’s blood levels have improved, so we’re hoping that’s not the case. But we’ll be keeping a watchful eye on the situation.

Ike always gets the best seat in the house.

Since falling in love with Golden Retrievers, I learned that the breed has a much higher rate of dying of cancer than any other breed. According to the National Canine Cancer Association, 60% of goldens who develop cancer will die from some form of it.  The Morris Animal Foundation wants to learn why, and discover links that may help not only Goldens, but all breeds, and even people.

The Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study aims to following 3,000 purebred golden retrievers for 12- 14 years. The study requires no special treatments or procedures--you fill out annual questionnaires about your pets' lifestyle, diet, exercise, behavior, travel, health and environment and submit them through a secure online portal.

Moses would eat anything--including this stuffie.

 So far 600 dogs are enrolled. There is room for more. Your golden can be a hero to so many others dealing with cancer. To participate contact the Morris Animal Foundation. Help us discover important clues to curing and treating canine cancer.

Be a Golden Hero!

Join Give Cancer the Paw blog hop 2/6. Co-hosted by Peggy's Pet Place and Pooch Smooches.

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  1. I am so glad that Ike is ok and I hope nothing comes of his bloodwork. Glad you featured the Golden study. I see a lot of cancer with the goldens we see at the clinic and it is sad. So hopefully this study will help some out.

  2. I first heard that stat about Goldens and cancer when we did the Morris K9 Cancer Walk a few years ago. I was shocked. (It's like double or triple the stat for other breeds.) I hope a lot of folks will enroll their Goldens as this study is going to gather such important information, which will help all breeds!

  3. It is really scary about Goldens and cancer. We just heard those stats a couple months ago. Paws crossed that Ike is okay and not ill. So many ill pets are out there right now, it makes us sad, but Mom tries to think like a dog as best as she can and live in the moment, taking things one day at at time.

  4. Hope that Ike's health continues to improve and that it is not cancer. I've blogged about the Morris project a few times because I think it is such important work. If my dogs were purebred Goldens instead of mixes, I would definitely participate. Great post.

  5. Glad that Ike is improving, but the prevalence of cancer in Golden's is disturbing, I hope breeders are taking note and acting accordingly. MAF does such good work.

  6. I was really glad to hear about the Golden Retriever study… which is why I also posted about it today! So glad to hear Ike's improving. He's a handsome fella!

  7. Jan K, Wag N Woof PetsFebruary 7, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    I hate those statistics for goldens, but love that MAF has this great program to study the issue. I'm glad Ike has been showing improvement, and sure hope that continues.


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