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Chance to Help Improve the Lives of Dogs

The summer of 2013 was traumatic for the Langs.

In May 2013, their 8-year-old Golden Retriever, Lily, had been diagnosed with oral cancer. As the family struggled to come to terms with Lily’s diagnosis, their 10-year-old Golden Retriever, Max, died suddenly six weeks later from hemangiosarcoma. Lily spiraled into a deep depression and succumbed to her disease on September 11, less than three months after Max’s passing.

“As an empty-nester couple, our dogs are everything to us, and the loss of Max and Lily left a giant hole in our hearts,” says Linda Lang and Guy McCommon. “Just recently we received news of the sudden death of yet another friend’s dog to cancer, a standard Poodle. So many sad stories about such beautiful animals.”

Having lived through the heartache and helplessness of losing their dogs to cancer, Linda and her husband wanted to do something about this disease.

They brought a new Golden Retriever pup, Cooper, into their home and their hearts earlier this year. Cooper was just officially enrolled in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, and the family couldn't be more pleased.

“We received information from Cooper’s breeder about this study to gain insight into canine cancer,” Linda says. ”After our personal experience, we saw this as a chance to help improve the lives of dogs now and in the future; we also saw this as a way to honor Max and Lily through our new family member.”

Linda goes on to talk about Cooper’s sweet personality and his eagerness to please. She says it’s important to them to have Cooper in the study and to share their story with others.

“Cooper is the best little pup and now he has a chance to be a hero dog for all dogs and, in our hearts, especially for Max and Lily!” she says.

Categories: Animal health
July 24, 2014