Pet pointers: Make the most of a golden opportunity to adopt a great dog
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Q: My husband and I have decided we would like to get a dog. I have never really had dogs, but he grew up with golden retrievers and really wants us to get one. What should I know about goldens? We thought about getting one from a rescue organization, but wouldn’t that be a lot of extra work, since they are already damaged?

A: Why rescue a golden retriever? First, golden retrievers make wonderful companions. The breed is gentle, affectionate, intelligent, friendly and loyal. Golden retrievers enjoy children and are wonderful family dogs. Owners surrender their dogs for a variety of reasons. Changing life circumstances, including relocation, financial hardship, divorceor illness, may mean that an owner can no longer able keep their golden retriever.

Some people assume that all rescue dogs are “broken,” but this is not the case. Rescue organizations carefully screen surrendered dogs for health and temperament issues, and then work to match them with appropriate adoptive families. Each year, many healthy and well-behaved golden retrievers are placed in new, loving homes.

Why adopt a “golden oldie?” Golden oldies are dogs aged 8 years and older. While many families think they want to get a puppy or a young dog, there are definite advantages to adopting a more mature canine companion.

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