Written by Rhonda Hovan

Rhonda Hovan has been a breeder and owner-handler of Golden Retrievers for more than thirty years. As a freelance writer, she has won both the Veterinary Information Network Health Education Award and the Eukanuba Canine Health Award. Rhonda is the Research Facilitator for the Golden Retriever Club of America and founded the Starlight Fund at the AKC Canine Health Foundation to support Golden Retriever health research. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the National Canine Cancer Foundation, and is an emeritus Director of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Rhonda can be reached at RhondaHovan@aol.com .