Join Date: May 2015
Location: Elkins Park Pa
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I just registered for the site having never previously looked at it, but motivated by the very recent loss of our third Gold Rush golden only yesterday and by your message.
I have had three goldens from Gold Rush going back to the '70s. The first, named Patience, was a female. Patience died around age 10-11 in 1987. I don't recall the details, but I do recall that she had a large tumor removed when she was about 10, and then had a recurrence perhaps 4-6 months later and then died.
The second, named Dulcie, arrived in 1987 and died in 1997, barely age 10, also a female. I don't recall the details of her particular last illness, but it was certainly a malignancy, again successfully removed to extend her life for several months.
Max, the only male, was born in November 2003. We acquired him as a one year old "failed" stud dog from Gold Rush. Having been healthy all these years, he was diagnosed with cancer of the spleen and a cancer of the liver. I could find out the type of cancer if you wish; the important part for me was that it was basically untreatable, hence Max's demise. So, Max lived the longest of the three: 11.5 years.
I would have to say that I've come to expect death by cancer of these animals, but have no idea whether Gold Rush goldens are statistically more prone. That' a question for a veterinary study.
I hope this is helpful.