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I've been a member on here for awhile but never posted. Mostly read threads to get information. Unfortunately my Golden passed away early this year in April. It's been really hard for me to even look at any pictures of her until recently. Below are pictures of her - she was the best. I'm now looking into getting another one so I'll be posting on here asking questions if I have any. Goldens are the best dog and I can't see myself without one. The mourning of Brandy has come and gone and she'll never be forgotten. I'm ready to take in another sweet companion!


Below are pictures of my 17 year old Golden Retriever, Brandy. She's only 50lbs but she use to protects us everywhere we go!!

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Starting to show more gray in her face.. these are taken two years ago at 15 years old, her birthday is on Christmas eve.



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Wow ...Brandy was a beautiful girl. Her coat was so luxurious & rich ...& what a gorgeous face. I'm so sorry you lost her, but you had so many wonderful years together, & all those fabulous memories will always keep her alive in your heart. She will always walk beside you, even though you can no longer see her there. A new baby will never replace her in your heart, but it will help to heal your pain. Will you get another girl? Or are you thinking of getting a boy? You will have fun thinking up a name for your new baby. Would love to follow your progress.
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Welcome to GRF.

I'm sorry you lost your Brandy--she was beautiful, and how wonderful to have her for so many years.

Good luck in your search for your new puppy. This is a great place to get information.
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What a beautiful red girl. I'm partial to the reds myself and she looks very sweet. I'm sorry for your loss. We lost one of ours in February and I can tell you I still have a hard time with it. Thanks for sharing your sweet girl with us.

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Wow ...Brandy was a beautiful girl. Her coat was so luxurious & rich ...& what a gorgeous face. I'm so sorry you lost her, but you had so many wonderful years together, & all those fabulous memories will always keep her alive in your heart. She will always walk beside you, even though you can no longer see her there. A new baby will never replace her in your heart, but it will help to heal your pain. Will you get another girl? Or are you thinking of getting a boy? You will have fun thinking up a name for your new baby. Would love to follow your progress.
She was an amazing dog. Never left the yard so we didn't need to put a leash on her. She would always be at the front door everytime I came home. She was my childhood. Im 27 now, so ever since I was 10, she was by my side. My parents got her from a local newspaper ad from a breeder as a Christmas present. When she passed, I told myself I would never get a dog again because it was too painful. I wish they lived longer. After all this time, I've mourned and slowly started going back to dog parks and looking at dogs with a smile. I knew I was ready when I watched videos of my girl and looked at pictures without crying anymore. I know the next puppy in my life won't be Brandy at all but I have come to realize I do want Goldens in my life. I dog sat my neighbor's 6 yr old male golden and he is completely different than Brandy but still brought me joy! I'm thinking about getting a boy instead of a girl this time. I will definitley keep everyone up to day on my progress!

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Welcome to GRF.

I'm sorry you lost your Brandy--she was beautiful, and how wonderful to have her for so many years.

Good luck in your search for your new puppy. This is a great place to get information.
Thank you for the welcome. I am in the process of getting a nice shadow box made of some of her old toys, collar and leash with pictures to always remember her. After all she was my first experience with a dog and she was the best!

I'm already reading up a lot about breeders and what to look for. I just hope people don't mind me asking silly questions because it's been awhile since I've had a puppy!

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What a beautiful red girl. I'm partial to the reds myself and she looks very sweet. I'm sorry for your loss. We lost one of ours in February and I can tell you I still have a hard time with it. Thanks for sharing your sweet girl with us.
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss as well. Brandy had the strongest heart, her hips just gave out and she couldn't go up the stairs anymore or go to the bathroom on her own. We had the vet come to our house and she went peacefully. I do catch myself looking in familiar spots in the house of where she use to lay sometimes but instead of getting sad - I smile thinking of the good times only. For the first few months after she passed I had very strong vivid dreams of her and I playing when she was in her 'teenage' years. Made me think that's how she is now playing with her ball!
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Your girl was lovely, and how very fortunate you are to have spent your childhood with such a wonderful companion. Seventeen is a testament to great care and great love! While they are gone in physical form, a beloved dog will never leave you. Sounds like you have a lot to give a new dog, which would honor Brandy. Let us know how your search is going...

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So sorry for your loss of Brandy but glad you can focus on the good times. You were lucky to have her with you for so long, 17 years is about as old as they get. Many aspects of your story remind me of our Zeke, he was also the best and always there at the front door when we returned. When looking for another, we decided to go with a girl and from show rather than field lines. Really didn't want to be always reminded of Zeke and comparing to him. We're so happy to have Zoe now, she's a sweetie. Good luck with finding your next great Golden.


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I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful girl! You were very blessed to have her 16 years but I know how much it hurts. My Lucy passed last May, she was almost 9. I made this small shadow box for her. The background was her favorite bandana ( ok my favorite ) that she's wearing in one of the pictures.

Good luck on your search for a new puppy!
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