Zest

Zest came to us from the great state of Montana, along with Red Cloud, Gojo, Cooter, Tomcat, Comet, Muskrat, Buddy, Yale, Granite, Streak, and Quick. Along with his buddy Red Cloud, Zest is a huge goof ball and is always full of energy. Him and Red play constantly outside, and they are always making laps around our fields wagging their tails. Zest is one of the most eager dogs on the treadmill! No matter how fast the treadmill is going, Zest wants to go faster! Sometimes Zest tries to jump up to reach the treats from the shelf in our treadmill room, when he thinks he’s been an extra good boy. He adjusted to his new life and friends almost instantly upon arrival, and has been a big ole’ goof ball ever since!  

Zest helped out to create a first of a kind Canine Brain Atlas. For that his brain was imaged by magnetic resonance while he was asleep. This type of imaging is commonly in humans and allows to identify such alterations as brain tissue volume and connectivity as well as to identify neuropathology at the early stages. However until recently this technique was not utilized for the same purposes in dogs. Participation of Zest and 9 other Vaika dogs allowed to build a comprehensive atlas of canine brain which from now on will serve as a reference standard for canine neurological research. Most likely more MR images will be taken while Zest ages - it will help to better describe which alterations canine brain structure undergoes through aging. 

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