Two years ago we adopted a dog from a rescue place. She was replacing the world's greatest dog--a seven year old golden retriever male who was a gentle giant and died when he was only seven. I waited approximately two years before getting a new dog. I needed to get something different so I wouldn't compare to the wonder dog before. For the first time in my life I got a female dog who is 3/4 golden retriever and 1/4 lab. She's got golden fur, but it's black (think shedding on light carpet). She can be a little vixen. She has the world's worst dog breath (and that's saying a lot). Often times she doesn't even greet me at the door--depends on her mood. She's messy, a little demanding, and more high-strung than I anticipated. But . . .