Hello! My name is Adrienne, I am a new(ish) golden retriever owner. My husband has had them since he was a baby. Her name is Kota, she is 14 months old. She was a runt with a lot of sickness when we got her. She had giardia, worms, was very underweight and lethargic, and had ear mites. We got her all fixed up, and though she is still small (45 lbs soaking wet) she is such a joy to have around the house. I love all dogs and cats (we have a black cat who Kota loves!) but I realize now why my husband INSISTED we get a golden retriever. Everyone she meets she loves, including other animals! We plan on breeding her once, and then we will spay her, but hopefully we will keep one of her pups! She is a great dog!!