FUN DAY GIVES THE OSTEOSARCOMA PROJECT A GREAT START
The IWHG would like to thank Sharon Lake and her team of helpers who ran the "Long Nose Day" at Gainsborough, Lincs,on Sunday 14th June 2015. The Long Nose Day is a two day companion show, now in its 10th year and organised by the Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust. The Saturday is reserved for Greyhound only classes, but the Sunday is open to other breeds, with novelty classes and various other canine activities, such as giant dog agility, pet gundog scurry and speed jumping. This year the Lincs Greyhound Trust kindly put on both standard and 'fun' Wolfhound classes and all proceeds from the entries were donated to Irish Wolfhound Osteosarcoma Research through the IWHG.
Thirty Wolfhounds, their owners and companions, joined in the party atmosphere and the organisers were stunned at the amount of money raised on the day from class entries, cake sales, the raffle and donations. Thanks to the huge generosity and level of support shown by those who attended, the amount raised on the day was an amazing £740. However, many who could not attend on the day, but still wanted to show their commitment to the cause, made donations after the event - and the final total was an astonishing £1347.50.
Special thanks to the "A Team" - Ali Irvine, Amanda Brown and Andrea Joyce for working hard all day and huge thanks to all those who helped organise, took part, donated, made cakes, gave raffle prizes and generally contributed to making this event such a success.
OSTEOSARCOMA RESEARCH - exciting news about a new project
The IWHG is hoping to partner with Nottingham University in an exciting new research project studying osteosarcoma in Irish Wolfhounds. Whether this project goes ahead depends entirely on you! We need enough people to sign up to make the research statistically significant, if the census is not representative of a good proportion of the IW population then the research will be invalid. This is a large and far-reaching project and will need a dedicated and enthusiastic team of active and committed participants.
A team from Notts Vet School are hoping to use a longitudinal study to look holistically at the occurrence of osteosarcoma. For study participants, this means dogs being swabbed and owners filling out an extensive questionnaire, and thereafter the owner filling out health updates regularly throughout the life of the dog. Should any of the dogs unfortunately then develop osteosarcoma, the study team are in the best place to concentrate research efforts on that specific dog.
The research aims to study factors affecting the initiation and development of osteosarcoma, to identify markers which can be used in a screening programme for early detection of the disease, to review and optimise treatment protocols, and to identify novel treatment targets.
We will need approximately 1000 dogs to participate, with owners who will engage with the research team and provide regular health updates. Ideally, these dogs need to be alive and resident in the British Isles (information about dogs who have unfortunately already died from osteosarcoma will also be appreciated). If your dog has already been swabbed by Notts Vet School, then you will only need to fill out the initial questionnaire and promise to fill out the regular health updates.
If you are interested in being involved with this research please email me
If you have any questions I will try to answer them.