Never had a Golden although would love to have one someday. I used to be friends with a Golden named Woody when I lived in NJ. He belonged to a neighbor I never really met, but he was always outside. Never did find out what happened to Woody, he was still very young the last time I saw him, but I think his family may have moved. Great dogs all the way around, though.
Great looking dog. Our dogs are basically hairy kids. They're about as mature as a two year old, get into mischeif, make messes around the house and eat like a horse. But we love 'em like we gave birth to them and are deaply saddened by the lose of one.