In the year prior to graduating college I had this undesirable urge to have a dog not like a small dog but a big one that will play fetch and keep your feet warm while you work and make a huge splash in the lake. I cannot explain it but I could not wait to graduate so I could have a furry friend. All while at the same time I was rapidly falling in love with Mike who also truly wanted a dog as well. So once we walked across that stage our search began to find the right dog for us and our future. Ideally we probably should have gotten a smaller dog considering we would love to live in some cool loft apartment, but we opted for a Golden Retriever. My family has one and though she has her quirks she is a great companion.