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Family and friends say Amber, my 8-year old golden, is spoiled. And I suppose she is. Overweight, yes. Under-exercised, I suppose. I'm 83 and don't feel up to long hikes anymore. My wife of 58 years died two years ago. Amber and I are alone in this house that used to be filled wall to wall. She represents the love I am allowed now. She is the one who is waiting at the door when I come home. She is the one who is lying at my feet as I write this and the one who will take her place beside my bed when I retire. Her bark in the morning will usher in a new day as she waits at the door to be let out. Her bark also alerts me to the front door when I don't hear a knock. She cuddles beside my recliner as I watch TV. While my wife was living, confined to a wheelchair and oxygen hose, Amber would come for me when ever Sharyl called my name. If anyone ever deserved to be pampered, Amber has earned her place in this house.
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She sounds like a wonderful companion. Spoiling sounds justified. If you are worried that she is overweight and underexercised, can you hire someone who will take her for a walk or to the park every day to get some exercise? It might be worth trying to reduce her food a little, too, to try to drop some of the weight. Ultimately, it will make her healthier, and she will be with you longer.

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Goldens spoil us with devotion and love and we spoil them right back. That is how it should be. I agree though that it would be a good idea to find someone to walk her. Maybe there's an older kid in the neighborhood who would give her some exercise just to keep her healthy.


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