Gojo came to us all the way from Montana, along with Zest, Red Cloud, Buddy, Muskrat, Comet, Cooter, Yale, Granite, Streak, and Quick. He is one of "the blondes," as we have a big group of yellow-furred dogs that play outside together. Gojo is super sweet, and is a very go-with-the-flow kind of guy. He gets along with everyone, and loves food!
Gojo was one of the first dogs in our program to receive full body CT scan. Unfortunately, it revealed a large mass in his spleen, which we thought to be a tumor. Gojo then underwent surgery in which his tumor was removed. While the humans worried in anticipation of his pathology report, Gojo recovered and acted like the happiest puppy on the block. We were relieved to find out that the tumor turned out to be lymphoid hyperplasia: a benign enlargement of the lymph node which probably occurred due to a long gone infection. Gojo is lucky that this was caught and removed; though benign, such lymphoid hyperplasias in the spleen are a common cause of hematomas in dogs and can rapture, leading to internal bleeding. Gojo will stay with Vaika and participate in the longevity study, but due to his recent health issues, he might not participate in treadmill or pull-test training.