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I am so sorry to hear about your experience. I have been without my Golden for 16 years. Lost my Newfoundland of 11 1/2 years in 1987 and my Golden from Goldrush, in 1994. He was 6 years and 5 months and died of liver cancer. I took him to the cancer vet on the east side of Manhattan and they said there was nothing to do. 13 days later, be was gone. Goldrush, can't remember the woman's name, said, "sorry."
I was devastated. I could never get another dog after seeing two of my best friends die within six years. Newfoundlands only supposed to get to 6 or so but he lived almost twice as long as my Golden. I agree that Goldens are the best. I can not imagine how you have survived that many losses. Have thought about another, but they all seem to have Goldrush blood in them. This may be an irrational fear, but I can't help it.
I live a in a wealthy area (though I am not one of that group, just a regular guy) and my clients get Goldens from the UK to avoid the cancer issue. Apparently, they are very strict on inbreeding there, which is probably the root of our discussion. Unfortunatey, they are white instead of golden, wary of strangers, aloof, barky not as gentle, friendly or happy right up until the end as ours. Nice dogs, just different from most Goldens in the USA.
Well, anyway, good luck if you get another one. Pass along any info if you find another breeder. In the meantime, I will just keep imagining what my Golden would be doing if he was still with me right now...