Has anyone had any dealings with Shilo Goldens in Pomeroy, OH? I'm interested in an upcoming litter and interested to know anyone's thoughts about the breeder. Thanks in advance!
Jennifer owned a sister to the 14.5 year old that I have here right now. Casino passed away suddenly last month of heart failure and even in her sorrow, Jennifer made the extremely difficult decision to donate Casino's eyes to Dr. Townsend's research. She has asked me to consider doing the same with my girl. I am trying to figure out how to approach my vet with this request.A critical current need for the research to find the gene causing Golden retriever pigmentary uveitis is DNA from older dogs that are unaffected with the condition. The best way to be sure the individual is not affected with pigmentary uveitis is to have histopathologic (microscopic) examination performed of the eyes. Therefore I have a request for owners of older Golden retrievers (12 years or older), especially those who have sent blood samples either to me (Dr. Townsend) or who have DNA on file in the CHIC DNA database. When your beloved Golden passes away, could you please consider having your veterinarian send me the eyes for histologic examination? I know what a difficult request I am making. I know that is such a difficult time. However it would be such a tremendous benefit. We have to be absolutely sure that the Goldens we think are clear of pigmentary uveitis are clear as we start screening genes. Otherwise if we have the status listed incorrectly it will greatly muddy the waters and make finding the gene nearly impossible.