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June 18, 2014 – It is with great excitement that we introduce you to Brooks, the 1,500th Golden Retriever to enroll in the study.

Brooks loves to play tug. As soon as you sit down, he drops a toy in your lap. His favorites are the ones he can rip up and pull the stuffing out of. Needless to say, those don't last very long and are replaced often. His owner, Amy, hopes Brooks’ participation in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study will give other dogs the opportunity for more play and longer, healthier lives!

Although Amy had been a dog parent before, she hadn’t owned a Golden Retriever before Brooks. She learned about the study while researching the breed on the Golden Retriever Forum. She says she spent a lot of time reading about the study and its goals on the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study website. Amy says, “The sheer volume of data that is being collected is overwhelming, and we can’t wait to see what the study reveals.”

When asked what motivated her to enroll Brooks in the historic Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, Amy replied: “Knowing that cancer is the leading cause of death in the breed, my husband and I wanted to register Brooks as soon as he came home. This is such an amazing and impressive study, and we know it will help improve the lives of so many dogs.”

Amy says she was beyond ecstatic when she learned that Brooks was a Golden Study milestone dog.

“I had been anxiously watching the countdown on the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Supporters Facebook page! It was such an exciting week and we were so happy to be a part of it,” she says. “We are proud to be involved in the study and are trying to do our part to recruit new heroes, just like each of the 1,500 already enrolled.”

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