On June 17, I welcomed a new member to my family – a golden retriever puppy! This was a long-awaited dream of mine, to be a dog mom to a wonderful golden retriever. The first dog I ever met in my life was a golden retriever, and he was the sweetest, smartest, and most playful dog. Ever since then, I have longed to take care of a golden of my own. And finally – 22 years later – I’m thrilled to be able to do so.