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A Lifetime Health Project, plus Supporting the Future of Our Sport

“The first study in the Morris Animal Foundation Canine Lifetime Health Project will gather information about 3,000 young Goldens over their lifetimes.” So writes Editor Susan Chaney about the database that will create the largest, longest observational study ever designed to improve dogs’ health. In her interview with the study’s director, Susan discovers similarities to research projects that have advanced human health care. Find out how the Golden Retrievers enrolled in this study may help to find the causes of canine cancer and other diseases.

DFR Blogger Kayla Bertagnolli acknowledges what most fanciers believe: the future of the dog sport lies with our junior handlers. To offer proof, Kayla reviews a recently held competition where entry fees were waived and young handlers demonstrated their skills for a chance to win a round-trip ticket to attend a marquee show. Meet the talented young lady whose skillful handling has her planning a visit to Westminster next year.

Best In Show Daily welcomes the German Wirehaired Pointer, MBIS MSBIS GCh. Mt. View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, to our spotlight ads. To see the showcase we created for ‘Oakley,’ just click on his ads. Once there, you’ll learn the high points of his career and see an entire slide show of photos of this exceptional Sporting dog.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

A Grand Way to Support the Future of Our Sport
By Kayla Bertagnolli

Show after show I hear people talking about how the junior handlers are the future of our sport. Some clubs go the extra mile to show just that and even take it one step further. 

The Harvest Moon Junior Classic, in conjunction with the Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore, demonstrated its support of that philosophy with an additional goal of, in their own words: “We hope to bolster support for the spirit of camaraderie and competition among not only the future of our sport but among all of us that back them as they venture into the world of purebred dogs.” more

Study to Gather Lifetime Data on 3,000 Golden Retrievers
By Susan Chaney

In years to come, researchers wanting to study any aspect of Golden Retriever health will have a plethora of data, as well as blood and other samples to work from. The first study in the Morris Animal Foundation Canine Lifetime Health Project will gather information about 3,000 young Goldens over their lifetimes. more



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