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    9 years ago, our son was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. Ethan was 8 years old and was given 12-14 months to live. The doctors told us to give him the best life you can.
    During radiation treatments, a dog named Peetey came in to visit with Ethan, he was a therapy dog and brightened Ethan's day every time he came to visit.
    At the time, Ethan wanted a puppy even though we had 2 dogs already (both English Pointers). My wife picked out a small sized Boston Terrier which quickly became Ethan's best friend during the last months of his life. They were inseparable.
    When Ethan passed away, we promised ourselves that the next dog we got, we'd train it to be a therapy dog and bring it to the children's hospital to brighten the lives of sick kids.
    Last April, we got an 8 week old English Cream Golden Retriever. She's a great dog and super smart. We decided that after basic obedience, we'd continue training her and eventually, get her therapy dog certified. Today, she gets her certification and will begin brightening other people's days.

    Ethan with Oreo, our English Pointer


    Ethan with Izzie, our Boston Terrier


    Ethan with Peetey, the therapy dog


    Our new therapy dog, Ellie
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    Bravo. Sorry for your loss. I know the pain of losing a child at a very young age also. Ethan lives on in your compassion that will be exhibited to others through your therapy dog ministry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    There is a 25 million dollar study going on in Colorado to try to find out why Golden Retrievers lifespan has been in steep decline.
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    That would be the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study conducted by the Morris Animal Foundation. As a retired epidemiologist I know a robust study when I see one, so I'm an active supporter of that program. There's some excellent work coming out of it, and curiously, some of it is helping with our understanding of human cancers. Tulliver and I visited their facility in Denver a couple years ago on our way to the SLC rally and found ourselves surrounded by extremely passionate scientists asking the right sort of questions. I left feeling very good about that team. Tulliver liked them as well.

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    BTW, Goldens were chosen because it's a popular breed with dedicated breeders who keep track of their lineage, important when examining hereditary factors, but the results will help all breeds.

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    We actually picked the Golden retriever and specifically the English Cream for the longer life and less prone to cancer traits they have.
    Other than all the shedding that goes on, I couldn't be happier with Ellie so far.
    Jon
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    Got her to almost 13....meds and help walking. Pretty good for a hundred pounder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnybow View Post
    9 years ago, our son was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. Ethan was 8 years old and was given 12-14 months to live. The doctors told us to give him the best life you can.
    During radiation treatments, a dog named Peetey came in to visit with Ethan, he was a therapy dog and brightened Ethan's day every time he came to visit.
    At the time, Ethan wanted a puppy even though we had 2 dogs already (both English Pointers). My wife picked out a small sized Boston Terrier which quickly became Ethan's best friend during the last months of his life. They were inseparable.
    When Ethan passed away, we promised ourselves that the next dog we got, we'd train it to be a therapy dog and bring it to the children's hospital to brighten the lives of sick kids.
    Last April, we got an 8 week old English Cream Golden Retriever. She's a great dog and super smart. We decided that after basic obedience, we'd continue training her and eventually, get her therapy dog certified. Today, she gets her certification and will begin brightening other people's days.

    Ethan with Oreo, our English Pointer


    Ethan with Izzie, our Boston Terrier


    Ethan with Peetey, the therapy dog


    Our new therapy dog, Ellie
    So sorry for your loss as well. I've no doubt Peetey provided a great deal of comfort to Ethan during his battle with cancer.

    We are also training our English Creme Golden Retriever to be a therapy dog. My wife is working with Pet Partners in Bend, OR and based on the progress Fynlee is making in the training, she should be ready for certification in early July.
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