Here is the text from the ad - the owner writes better about his dogs than I ever could:
"We have two AKC registered male Golden Retrievers who are seeking new families. They are father and son. It is not necessary that they are placed together, only that they are placed with a family who loves dogs and will care for them thoughtfully. They would make terrible guard dogs because they wouldn’t harm a stranger any more than they would their owner. Usually, Titan does bark when a strange vehicle pulls in the driveway, but what he’s thinking is probably “Hey, my ball’s over there, let’s play”.
Comet was born in 2002 and Titan in 2003. We purchased Comet when he was 6 weeks old for my youngest son for 4H. He and Comet were in 4H for two years and participated in obedience and showmanship contests at The Great Darke County Fair. He also trained with the Greenville Area Dog Club for a couple of sessions. Comet’s greatest fault is that he likes to chase cars, therefore we have been keeping him contained in the barn or tied. We have had three Goldens ran over by vehicles and we don’t want that to happen again. He would do fine in your house if you so desired with only a little training.
Titan was born in the back room of our house. Last year he was my youngest daughter’s 4H dog. He also participated in 4H obedience and showmanship contests at the fair. He is normally outside, but would also make a good inside dog with minimal training. He loves to play, especially “fetch”, although sometimes he won’t bring you back the ball to you. I think he wants you to “fetch” also.
Neither of these dogs would harm anyone, but I don’t know how they would react to cats. We’ve never had any because my wife is allergic to them. They have and will chase and kill rats, mice, moles, rabbits, and an occasional ground hog. They both would be happiest to be in a family with children to play with, and the more the better. Both have always been around children and are no threat to bite. I wouldn’t expect them to be protectors as they have never been protective of anything, but as companions they are excellent.
So, if these dogs are so great, then why are they looking to place them with someone else? My youngest son is attending both high school and taking college courses and preparing for his senior year and then college. He really doesn’t have the time to care for Comet as he should be taken care of. We lost our youngest daughter in an auto accident in December. She and Titan were pretty close and I think he really misses her. I just don’t have the heart to spend the time with him right now. In another year or so it will be just the two of us here and we already have one Golden in the house and little desire to run around with two others to play with them like they need.
Both dogs are in excellent health and up to date on all their shots through May.
P.S. The pictures are of Titan. Comet is slightly larger and a bit redder in color."
He lists his contact information as email@example.com and his phone number as (937) 997-4271. E-mail him or give him a call if you want to give one of his dogs a home!
"Golden retrievers are not bred to be guard dogs, and considering the size of their hearts and their irrepressible joy in life, they are less likely to bite than to bark, less likely to bark than to lick a hand in greeting. In spite of their size, they think they are lap dogs, and in spite of being dogs, they think they are also human, and nearly every human they meet is judged to have the potential to be a boon companion who might, at many moment, cry, "Let's go!" and lead them on a great adventure."
~ Dean Koontz
~ Dean Koontz