The Shine On Study was conceived at the University of Minnesota Veterinary School to reduce the mortality and the suffering caused by canine hemangiosarcoma. Shine On consisted of three phases. Phase-1 refined a blood test to diagnose hemangiosarcoma. Phase-2 determined the utility of this test to determine if the disease had returned in a dog that was being treated for hemangiosarcoma. Phase-3 established the utility of the test to diagnose hemangiosarcoma in the earliest stages, so intervention would prevent the disease in otherwise healthy dogs. In this case, prevention would be achieved using the drug eBAT to kill the cells that create and maintain the tumor and to make the environment inhospitable to tumor growth.

More information about the Shine On Study, updated results and the drug eBAT may be found at



Tuukka Excellent Jumpers Run 02/05/2020

Running agility has become a passion – the team aspect of focus and connection with my beautiful, smart, talented and patient golden retrievers of my own breeding, the excitement of success, the critiquing and learning as we both grow separately and together, the pleasure of camaraderie with other like minded handlers. I miss all that so during this pandemic, cope by reliving sterling moments in the competition arena. This video is of Tuukka and I completing a clean run and qualifying score in Excellent/Masters Jumpers with Weaves. He is one qualifying score away from a title. Gooood dog!!

New Golden Oldie Cancer Study

Moët will be participating in this study.

July 1, 2020 – The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study team is looking for golden retrievers over 12 years of age that have never been diagnosed with cancer to participate as control subjects in a cancer research project.
Dr. Erin Hales, postdoctoral fellow with the Study, is studying genetic changes that may contribute to cancer in golden retrievers. Older dogs (older than dogs enrolled in the Study) are needed as controls. These are dogs that have lived well into old age and successfully avoided the cancers that take the lives of so many younger golden retrievers. To fill this need, the Golden Oldies project was born.
To participate, dogs must be purebred golden retrievers, preferably registered with the AKC. Owners will complete a brief survey to sign up and then, if selected, fill out a short questionnaire. Each dog will have a blood sample drawn by their family veterinarian for DNA extraction. This DNA will be compared to DNA from Study dogs diagnosed with cancer to look for differences that could be a clue to why some dogs get cancer and others don’t.
By establishing a control group, Dr. Hales can start analyzing Study cancer samples now, meaning faster results to share with veterinarians, dog owners and researchers.
We’ll be sending out more specific information as soon as we have a target date for project launch. Who knows – maybe your dog could be a Golden Oldie! If you have questions in the meantime, you can reach us at

The Versatile Golden Retriever

Looking for something rewarding to do during the duration of the COVID 19 Pandemic? Consider beginning a training program for you and your Golden Retriever! Goldens are versatile and have potential in a number of performance areas. And connecting with your dog in goal oriented fun activities promote a renewed sense of well being, relaxation, and resilience. Even if you prefer not to compete the benefits of performance training are significant for both golden and owner! Check out the list below for descriptions of AKC activities offered:

What are the available areas of competition for my Golden Retriever?

What are the available areas of competition for my Golden Retriever?

Ireigold Can’t Touch This ( Lucy) having a blast on the agility field. Happy dog!!!


Photo Credit Michael Hassey

At a time when there is so much uncertainty in our lives taking a moment to remember the people, places, experiences that bring us joy can be restorative.

Canine Diarrhea Primer

There Are Four Kinds of Stool:
1.Normal Logs
2.Pudding Diarrhea – soft stools that will mound up
3.Brown Water Diarrhea
4.Brown Water Diarrhea with blood
Parasites and Diarrhea
If a dog gets diarrhea as a result of parasites, the most common causes are Coccidia  or Giardia. Both will cause diarrhea, but each requires different medication. All dogs have some level of Coccidia in their gut. When a dog is stressed (i.e. being shipped, moving into a new environment etc ) the stress can cause the Coccidia to bloom and flair up causing diarrhea. Humans get Giardia when they drink water that has fecal matter in it. Both Coccidia and Giardia need to be diagnosed by a Vet .
Pudding Diarrhea
Pudding diarrhea can be caused from:

  • changing food.
  • over feeding.
  • eating garbage
  • stress
  • exercise and excitement

Adding a little canned pumpkin to the food not only helps firm up stools in dogs but it also helps relieve constipation.  The  homeopathic remedy DiaBac  works for bacterial diarrhea symptoms and  can be used against e-coil, salmonella, diet, water changes, environment change, stress or food allergies.
Brown Water Diarrhea
Brown water diarrhea is a serious situation and is a sign of a sick dog. When a puppy has water diarrhea it can easily become dehydrated, and if the diarrhea does not stop within 24 hours the puppy must see   a vet.
Brown Water Diarrhea with Blood
If you see brown water diarrhea with blood in it, you have a medical emergency. It is beyond the scope of pet owners to deal with blood in diarrhea.

Ireigold Golden Retrievers

I love getting notes and photos like these. Hannah  has been writing to me via her Mom since she was a puppy. Hannah is from a 2007 litter of Irei and Champ, and Moet is a sister of a later breeding of the same goldens.
The photo is of Hannah and 2 1/2 year old Stalzcup grandchild, Dylan.  They had spent the day together with Hannah right up close to one of her favorite children.
This letter “from” Hannah  and written by Nancy    poignantly illustrates  the extraordinary bond between  human and golden  during a time when Nancy had just come home from hip surgery.
Dear Grandma,
I wanted to let you know that mommy is feeling much better. Her hip is healing and she doesn’t use a cane or walker anymore. When she first came home from the hospital she was pushing a metal frame in front of her and trying to walk behind it. I didn’t like it at first, but then I realized it was helping her to walk and that was good. I guess that’s why they call it a “walker.”
For the first 3 weeks she couldn’t climb the stairs so daddy put a hospital bed in his office on the first floor. That way mommy had a bathroom right across the hall and everything she needed was on one floor. It was a little confusing the first few days but we all got used to it after awhile.
The first night, when it was time for bed, I realized that daddy was going upstairs to his bed, but mommy was going to sleep downstairs in this funny hospital bed. I call it funny because when she pushed a button on the side of the bed it went up and down. Yes, the bed moved up and down, and from the look on her face, this made her feel more comfortable. I’m glad because I love her a lot.
I thought to myself, where am I going to sleep? My comfy bed is upstairs, but I can’t leave her alone downstairs. I looked at the bed; I looked at her and lay down under daddy’s desk nearby. She told me I could go upstairs, but I couldn’t leave her. She seemed sad and that walker was hard for her to use. Mommy turned off the lights and said goodnight to me and “you’re such a good girl; mommy loves you.” That’s all I needed to hear.
In the middle of the night I heard a strange sound and realized it was mommy’s bed moving. The light went on and I looked up from under the desk. Mommy was trying to get out of bed. I watched her as she slowly got her legs to the edge of the bed and tried to sit up. She finally made it and again slowly shuffled with the walker across the hall to the bathroom. I followed her to make sure she was okay. I waited in the hallway until she came out and went back to bed. I followed her and waited until she was safely in bed, then she said “goodnight, Hannah, I love you.” I sighed and went back under the desk.
Mommy and I continued to do this every day and every night for over three weeks. Soon she was using a cane and no more walker! It felt so good to help her and now she tells everyone that I took good care of her. Well, of course I did. After all, she is my mommy.
With love to you too,

AKC Open Jumpers

Lucy earned her agility AKC Open Jumpers with Weaves Title this weekend!!! That’s with 16  twenty  inch jumps and 12 weave poles in a row. Check out  the Ireigold website (Lucy’s page) if you’d like to see her blast through the weave poles!

This has been an extraordinary summer for the Ireigold dogs so far with Lucy jumping into  an Open JWW, Tess completing  her Rally Novice title and Irei earning  a  Canine Good Citizen title   that enables her to join me in my counseling internship in the Fall. Goldens are certainly versatile – there are so many ways you can enjoy  your dog in activities that are meaningful, healthful, and fun!

Dogs Can Have Heat Stroke Too!

Dogs Can Have Heat Stroke Too!

Hot weather can cause heat stroke in animals as well as humans. Here are some behaviors to watch for and things you can do immediately if you think your dog may have heat stroke.


*Heavy panting

*Dark red or purple coloration to tongue


*Loss of balance

*Pupils non responsive


Try to slowly bring down body temperature (don’t put dog into an ice bath).

*Wrap dog in cool, wet towel or blanket or put them in cool tub of water.

*Apply cool damp cloths or an ice pack wrapped in a cloth to rectum, scrotum or vulva– these are areas of major blood supply and cooling the skin surface will help to lower body temperature more effectively.

*Spray small amounts of cool water with electrolyte solution mixed in (Gatorade, Pedialyte, etc) into dogs mouth. Never pour into the mouth as the dog may aspirate the fluid into his/her lungs.

*Take dog to Vet asap!

Be safe and enjoy this hot weather!!