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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-23-2009, 05:15 PM
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When I met my boyfriend/fiance, he had a Black lab and a Chocolate lab. after a few years, his kids got him a Yellow lab to add to the mix. less then 2 years later we had to put down the Black lab, Rocky. He was 12, but had bad hips and even had hip replacement when he was 8.
A few months later, I got my kids a puppy. They were torn between another black lab, or a Golden... we finally went with the Golden!
When my fiance and I moved in together we had the three dogs, but a year ago we had to put down the chocolate lab, Bear. Mr. Bear was blind, from diabetes, and had lived with it for almost 4 years! Two shots of insulin a day for that long takes it's toll on an animal...
So now we are left with the yellow lab, and our Golden, and they are equal partners in crime!!

I still one day would like a German Sheppard... but for now, Labs are my breed of choice!
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My first two dogs as a child were Cocker Spaniels. I thought they were so pretty, with their wavy long fur and floppy ears. Of course, I wasn't the one who had to take care of them, either. My grandma always had Basenji's when I was growing up. Perfect dog type for her, but not for me.

Once I went away to college I didn't have dogs again until my husband and I were married. We adopted two mutts from the Humane Society. One doggie we have no clue what he had in him he was so mixed, and the other one was half Australian Cattle Dog and half who knows??? Maybe even GR. We loved them both but once we had kids I decided that I wanted a breed next time that likes kids. My two pound pupppies just tolerated my kids, but never really enjoyed being with them.

My brother in law (who's a vet) and my sister in law have always had Goldens. I knew from being around them what great dogs they are, even if they are like a fiber factory blew up in your house from all the fur, lol. So when our 2nd pound pup reached the great age of 16 and had to be euthanized, we decided to "go for the gold". We didn't want to buy a puppy so I started watching on Craig's List in the hopes that maybe we could luck out and find a dog that way.

One day a lady posted a beautiful GR on CL. She didn't really want to get rid of him, but she had been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or something and couldn't keep him any longer. We were excited and got my kids all excited, etc....(big mistake!). The day we were to go pick him up, she called and canceled because her daughter was too upset to give him away. We were sad but understood, so I kept watching CL. Finally we found Sam, being given away under similar circumstances. His family was divorcing and had 3 large dogs....something had to give, so they gave away Sam since he was the youngest. They took great care of him, and the woman's mom was his breeder (don't know for sure, but probably a BYB) so she did a lot of training with him, etc....He came to us well leash trained, neutered, etc....

Of COURSE two days later the lady with the first GR called and wanted to give him away after all. We took him, but found that with 3 children, (including a baby who was 9 months old at the time), 2 male puppies (both 12 months at the time) were just too much to handle. So Buddy was returned and Sam has remained. He's a GREAT dog, the best I've ever owned. I am sold on Goldens and he's everything I had hoped for, especially with the kids. I can't imagine having a different breed, although I'll never say never. I still miss Buddy like crazy and wish we could've kept him, but he and Sam are both really large (over 75 pounds each) and it was just more than I could manage while keeping the baby safe from their unintentional but rough playing.


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My inlaws had goldens, my father in-law would have no other dog. We had a sheltie (a birthday present from my hubby) and was hooked. When there first golden passed away they found Gold-Rush here in Princeton. I went with them to pick out their puppy. Little Sarah was a beautiful dog and just so sweet. So when the she passed away again they made the trip down here and both of us went to help pick out Annie. She was another adorable doll, unfortunately she had a heart murmur and they decided to give her back for a healthy dog. My husband and I had fallen in love with Annie 1 and decided that if they needed to find her a home we would take her. Well little Annie 1 had already found a new home but they had another puppy with a murmur that needed a home. Sunny was 3 months and the sweetest most delightful puppy, after meeting her their was no decision to make. So knowing that it could be a bad heart condition we took her home. My sheltie was 14 and not well, we found out later that she had a bladder tumor. Anyway, it turned out that Sunshine had severe SAS and was given 3 years. We were stunned but determined to make her time with us worth every minute. She passed away 1 month shy of her 8th birthday and she was the most incredible dog. Everyone who ever met her were in tears. At the time I had a cleaning girl, she cried the whole time she cleaned the day she found out. Our Orikin exterminator cried, her vet, cardiologist and all the techs were sobbing as hard as I was. She was a special girl and forever made me a golden lover.

The day I brought Darby home at just 7 weeks, my husband found me sitting on the sofa holding my sleepy boy crying like a baby thinking of Sunny and how much she changed my life. What can I say, for me goldens are gods dogs - none better.

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We are very lucky that our landlord lets us have Ripley. But once we get a house of our own, we were talking about getting Rippers a sister or brother! She would be an excellent big sister.
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I didn't really choose Pal, he sort of fell into my lap. When he died this fall I did a lot of research and considered a lot of different breeds. At first I had no intention of getting another golden retriever because I knew no golden would ever be exactly like Pal. But every breed I looked into I kept comparing to goldens and eventually I realized that really is what I wanted.

So now I am just waiting on a little puppy!

I would also love to own a great dane, bernese mountain dog, newfoundland, leonberger, etc... Anything BIG and particularly anything BIG AND FLUFFY!
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