After being owned by both a Golden and a Boxer (notice I didn't say it the other way around), I have to say that there are no other dog breeds that I would rather be owned by. Yes, I know that mutts are great too (I grew up with an awesome shepherd mix, and my parents and sister have great mixed breed dogs). However, I will gladly go to a Boxer rescue or a Golden Retriever rescue to get our family another dog when the time arises again.
This year we rescued Buster, a 5 year old overweight Golden Retriever. I am proud to say that he has lost 15 pounds (of course he isn't happy to be dieting, but really, who likes to diet?). He has proven to be a good companion for Finchy, who has aged quite a bit since Chili Dawg's cancer (he will be 10 on Halloween). Buster is a special Golden. We have had him since March, and he still has not figured out the screen door to the patio. Every single day he runs into it (seriously- doors are hard for him). If he could talk, I think he would sound like Doug from the movie Up. Here's a clip, in case you haven't seen the movie- it is Buster to a "T".
What he lacks in brains, he makes up for with his heart. He has the heart of a Golden for sure. He can sense when I have had a bad day, and he climbs into bed with me and lets me pet him until I fall asleep. Chili Dawg was able to do that too.
There are people out there that think I'm a "crazy dog person" and I'm okay with that. I think that dogs are one of the nicest creatures that God created, and I have been blessed to have Him teach me a few lessons through them. Have you thanked God for your dog today?