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I am so sorry for your loss. I have never personally lost a Golden at such a young age, but I did have one that made me question sticking with the breed. I had a female that had cancer, and many other issues that came with it. To be honest I spent a fortune on her and constantly questioned her quality of life. My husband and son decided they wanted another dog. I was very set against it. I didn't even go with them to look at the litter. They brought me home a 10 week old Golden male. I fell immediately in love with him. My female was still living, so he was an addition. In his first 7 years of life he never had a single unscheduled vet visit, not even an ear infection. I've owned Golden's for many years and my very first one, Remington, was the one I measured all Golden's by. Duke, the one they brought home against my will, is now the one I find myself measuring all Golden's by. He is 9 years old now and is showing his age. He is having health issues now, but I can't imagine my life for the last 9 years without him.
He restored my faith in the breed I love. I have decided that health issues or not I'm a Golden owner. I was at the vet yesterday with Duke and with all of his problems he had hip x-rays done and they were still good, his heart is good, no cancer. He is challenging for me right now, but my vet even commented on what an amazing guy he's been. I'm just hoping for a few more amazing years. If I don't get them it's okay, he's made my life better.
It's a hard decision to make but my other choice was a German Shepherd and I have since learned they have at least as many health issue as Golden's, and so do labs. (My son owns labs)