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As the dog days of summer have descended upon us, thoughts of crisp autumn days fill our dreams. Along with cooler days, the fall also brings THE 15th ANNUAL GRREAT 3K WALK on OCTOBER 27, 2018. This event is a major fundraiser for GRREAT and the proceeds are used to offset our continually rising veterinary costs.
GRREAT prides itself in never turning away a dog due to a medical condition and Lacey and Skyla are testaments to that ideal. This year’s focus is on the heart condition aortic/subaortic stenosis or SAS.
LACEY, is an 8-year old female who was taken to a shelter after her owner passed away, and from there she was rescued by GRREAT. During her initial physical it was discovered that she had a significant heart murmur and it was recommended that she be evaluated by a cardiologist. The echocardiogram revealed that Lacey has low end severe subvalvular aortic stenosis (SAS) which is not curable and will worsen over time. The cardiologist recommended she be allowed to set her own activity limits since the risk for sudden death is higher with increased heart rate. Lacey’s SAS is considered an inherited defect and, unfortunately, it appears she has had multiple litters of puppies. Due to the high risk of complications from general anesthesia, GRREAT has chosen not to spay her. Lacey is a sweet Velcro-golden who enjoys playing with her stuffed squirrel almost as much as being by your side. She has such a loving expression when she looks into your eyes that it melts the hearts of everyone who meets her.
SKYLA, is a 4-year old female who came from a breeding farm. After being diagnosed with SAS, the owner of the breeding farm was advised to stop breeding her and she came to GRREAT. While her current condition is mild, she does get easily winded due to the obstruction of blood flowing through her heart. She needs to be evaluated annually to monitor the rate at which her SAS progresses so her new owners can take steps to keep her as healthy as possible. Skyla has the potential to be a classic Golden, sweet, affectionate and “velcroed” to her humans, but because of her early life on the breeding farm, she came to GRREAT unsocialized and fearful. With patience, guidance, and a loving family, she is making excellent progress and is currently attending obedience classes. Chasing tennis balls and swimming have become her favorite activities!
SAS is a complex heart disease that can be either congenital or genetic and can show no signs. It is most common in large breed dogs like goldens. Currently, it is treated with medication and lifestyle changes, but Veterinary researchers are working diligently on new and innovative tests and procedures to treat SAS, along with targeting the exact genetic cause.
Lacey and Skyla have benefited from the quick diagnosis and treatment of their condition which may not have come without GRREAT’s commitment to take in and care for dogs no matter their medical issues. The only reason GRREAT is able to help dogs like Lacey and Skyla, is due to your generous support, without which medical treatment would not be possible. Please consider becoming a 3K Walk sponsor so we can continue to help our sweet Golden Retrievers.
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RESCUE HERO ($750 or more): Your company logo and name – or your name or dog’s name – will be listed prominently on the event T-shirt to be given to all walkers. You are also invited to have a table at our event to raise awareness of your product and /or services.
RESCUE ANGEL ($500): Your company logo and name – or your name or dog’s name – will be listed on the event T-shirt to be given to all walkers. Also, you are invited to have a table at our event to raise awareness of your product and/or services.
RESCUE PARTNER ($300): Your company name and logo – or your name or dog’s name – will be listed on the event T-Shirt in large print.
FRIEND OF RESCUE ($100): Your company name – or your name or dog’s name – will be listed on the event T-Shirt.
In addition, all levels of sponsorship will be listed in both our flier, on our website, and in all other publicity about this event, including press releases in local newspapers.
If you have any questions about sponsorship, please email Tiffany Bridgers, Events Coordinator, no later than September 23, 2018.