Over the past few months, several career change dogs, staff and volunteers from Guide Dogs have been volunteering with the Pine Street Foundation to help with a study designed to determine whether dogs can perform the early detection of ovarian cancer. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, tune in to KQED-TV (PBS / Comcast 709 - SF) at 7:30 to an episode of Quest titled, "Fido Fights Cancer." The segment is also available here on the PBS website.
GDB dogs that initially tried out to take part in the study included: Beauty, Bella, Chapin, Collins, Freeman, Ida, Jack, Tessy, Tibbs, and Trevino. All of the five dogs selected for the study are from GDB stock, including Freeman (a retired breeder), and career change dogs: Tessy, Tibbs and Collins. GDB staff members Kathy O'Brien and Rebecca Hornick are the trainers interviewed. Read more about the study at the Pine Street Foundation website.