Joe, sorry to hear about your Golden Retriver. We had to put down our Fletch at 13 years old. Cancer of the liver. He was a stray and the Vet said he was part terrier. He looked a lot like Benji. That was 4/10/10. We were really heart broken and we still get all choked up when we talk about him. The closest thing we could find that looked like Fletch was a Doodle. So on Memorial Day 2010 Mark (my husband) went to a Breeder in Palm Beach County and picked out our Pemon. Let me tell you, Joe you are not making a mistake. The Doodles are wonderful dogs. Intelligent, loving, stubborn (sometime) and goofy. Pemon has brought so much love and laughter into our lives. It sure has helped tremendously. You had a beautiful retriver, love the color. They are very easy to train, but you have to have a lot of love and patience when they are a puppy. Our Pemon was suppose to max out at 60 lbs. and he is 94!