ASHGI at the 2016 ASCA National Specialty




2016 ASCA National Specialty
ASHGI Information Booth



Sunday, Sept. 11 through Friday, Sept. 16
Hours:  9am – 4pm

We’ll be there to:

  • Answer Aussie Health questions
  • Talk about ASHGI programs
  • Hand out goodies
  • Raise funds for epilepsy and cancer research
  • Annual Research Sample and CHIC clinic.

Special fundraiser:

Silent Auction of a Dyrk Godby print “Turnin’ ‘Em Out”  featuring an Aussie.


This print was generously donated by Leslie and Dick Sorensen.


Stop by the booth and say Howdy!



Linda Phillips Memorial Cancer Challenge

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Linda Phillips and her daughter Kathrin Phillips-Ellis formed the dynamic team behind Rainyday Australian Shepherds. Linda’s laughter; enjoyment of life; and especially, life with dogs; were well known and shared by Aussie lovers around the country. When it became clear that more cancer information and Aussie blood samples were needed, Rainyday jumped at the challenge. They organized the Rainyday family for a blood draw and submission of a large family group.

Linda’s fierce commitment to the Australian Shepherd and her interest in improving long-term health and genetic soundness resulted in one of the earliest and largest sample sets submitted. In honor of Linda – and her love for Aussies – we offer a challenge to all Australian Shepherd owners, breeders and supporters – support the research, submit the samples, and share the information.

Click to view the 2014 ASCA Nationals Cancer Dog Memorial slide show.
Click to view the Linda Phillips Memorial Challenge slide show.
Help raise funds for research – purchase challenge logo items! 


What’s the Challenge? Do 100% of the below:

1. Contribute blood and tissue samples from affected dogs
2. Contribute blood samples from:
– Dogs you have already entered in the study – especially those who have been diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma since the original sample was submitted
– Unaffected related dogs as far out as a chain of blood samples can reach
Aussies who are 10+ years old who have not been diagnosed with cancer
3. Kennel commitment – samples/information from 100% of available dogs both in your kennel and from your kennel
4. Pedigrees
5. Historical data on dogs that had a soft tissue sarcoma or whose illness and manner of death strongly suggests that they did.
6. Donations and matching or challenge donations to support cancer research.

Research & treatment

      Our work would not be possible without the samples from your companions.
It takes a very special person who, as your dog is fading, stops and says, wait – there is research that can benefit from a sample of my beloved companion.
      And you then provided those samples to us.
                  I thank you. – Matthew Breen, PhD, North Carolina State University

What is a soft tissue sarcoma?

Malignant tumors that develop in tissues other than the bones, cartilage or nervous system. In Aussies the most common soft-tissue sarcomas are hemangiosarcoma and lymphoma.

What is Hemangiosarcoma (HSA)?

– HSA is a “blood seeking” cancer. It is found in organs and locations with significant blood sources
– In Australian Shepherds, HSA has been found to be polygenic and very complex – more so than in other breeds
– Primary locations for HSA: liver, spleen and heart. Also occurs in the kidneys, lungs and along major arteries in legs or body
– Onset of HSA in Australian Shepherds has been recorded as young as 5 years of age – but most commonly occurs in the 7 – 12 year age range
– HSA is a very fast developing cancer – all too often, it is not suspected and diagnosed until the cancer is advanced and the dog has an internal bleeding event requiring veterinarian care
– At present, HSA continues to be a virulent, fast moving cancer, without successful treatments or management approaches

What is Lymphoma (LYM)?

– Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes
– This cancer spreads readily to the liver, lungs, brain, and other organs.
– The genetic changes in these cancer dogs are very similar to the characteristic changes found in humans with cancer
– Onset can occur in dogs as young as 1 year but most are middle-aged or older
– Survival rate for LYM is extremely low.
– LYM – B & T Types….further studies ongoing regarding the response to treatments for developing the most effective protocol to LYM
– Bone marrow transplant treatment for canine LYM is now available at North Carolina State University Vet School.
– LYM assays/tests being released soon
• Lymphoma assay….95% accuracy – gives responsiveness data to Doxorubicin
• Cytogenomic assay to separate lymphoma from histiocytic malignancy

For more info:

Dr. Matthew Breen’s Laboratory
Canine Cancer Genomics Study Participation (Help Line)
Telephone: 919.513.1466
Fax: 919.513.7301

Australian Shepherd Breed Study Liaison
Denise Brown

ASHGI at the 2014 ASCA National Specialty!


                                                                                       ASHGI at the 2014 ASCA National Specialty

 Visit our booth in the Exhibit Hall! Open from Sunday, Nov. 2 through Friday, Nov. 7, 9am – 4pm.

  • Feed the Puppy! – help ASHGI help our Aussies by slipping a donation into our puppy container
  • Learn more about Aussie health – ask questions or pick up Aussie health hand-outs
  • Talk to us – we have resources for clubs as well as Aussie breeders and owners

ASHGI clinic info


Help us celebrate the 10-Steps program’s 10th Birthday!

Cake will be served – date and time to be announced.

Thank you PASA!

The Peninsula Australian Shepherd Association, a California ASCA affiliate club, has continued its long history of support and generously donated $1500 to ASHGI.   Without generous individuals and clubs like PASA, ASHGI would not be able to continue its educational and research-support efforts.  We deeply appreciate the support we receive from the Aussie community and strive to provide the service you want and our dogs deserve.

 Please join PASA by donating to ASHGI!

Major Gift from Texas Agility Shootout

The Texas Agility Shootout is an annual charity agility match supporting canine cancer research.  ASHGI is proud to be one of the recipients of proceeds from the 2013 event.  We were recently presented with a check for $8204.64 which shall be used to support research grants for canine hemangiosarcoma and lymphoma.

These two almost uniformly lethal cancers are the most common seen in Australian Shepherds and as well as number of other breeds.  ASHGI has raised tens of thousands of dollars for research in these two cancers and we are grateful that the Texas Agility Shootout has chosen to recognize our efforts to support canine cancer research with their extremely generous gift.

Check out our new website!

We’ve got a whole new look and loads of new content.  Within our 400+ pages you’ll find:

  • A FAQs section for quick answers to your health & genetics questions
  • Dozens of articles on breeding, genetics, and health issues
  • Info on current Aussie health research
  • Info on ASHGI programs & events
  • Info about who we are and where we came from
  • Opportunities to volunteer or donate 

AND a search box to help you locate the info you need quickly!


ASHGI would like to thank Butera Design for helping us make this vision a reality.