The life and work of artist, farmer, Golden Retriever breeder,etc.... Lisa Head Harbidge

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cancer Detecting Dog, Comet

We are so pleased to find out that one of the golden retrievers we bred has a very important job. Comet has been training and passed the testing and has been identified as a dog capable of detecting lung cancer. He works several days a week training and working. What a wonderful job his owners have done with him to devote the time required for this specialized work.
If you would like to see him at work, there is a short video at this link below:


Golden Retriever
DOB: February 15, 2012
team member since August 2014
A graduate of clevercanines pupstart and core programs, Comet has been in the cancer detection program since August 2014. His favourite reward is treats. Comet’s natural alert is to drool excessively while licking the correct sample, which through training, he no longer does. His trained alert is to sit in front of the correct sample. Comet is incredibly thorough, often going up and down the row of samples several times before selecting the correct station to ensure confidence in his decision. He is incredibly diligent and has a strong work ethic.