I lost my first golden boy on May 2, 1992 due to liver failure. Probably cancer. He was almost 12 years old. I was so devastated at losing Jake that I couldn't get another golden retriever until 1998 when I got my sweet boy Leo. He passed away Jan. 16, 2010 from kidney failure and pancreatitis. I kept him alive as long as possible with medicine and a special diet but when he couldn't eat or get up anymore I had to make the tough decision and I still cry. He was my heart dog. I still remember him smiling and wagging his tail at me that last day. He loved his momma and I don't think he wanted to leave me anymore than I wanted to lose him.