After our Golden Retriever passed in May, our hearts were broken. We weren't planning to get another dog until after the summer, but one day I was browsing the avaible dogs on this site and saw HIM!! I just knew he was THE ONE for us. A week later he was lying in the bed between me and my husband :-) He is such a wonderful guy. We got him on August 13th and it was like he'd always been here. He acclamated to us and the house and the daily routine immediately. The vet and everyone we meet say "What a great dog".... He is so lucky. But, you know what? We are the lucky ones. He loves everyone and everything. He plays so well with the other dogs in the dog park, he goes for hikes with me and even out in the kayak with me. He smiles! He doesn't shed. He's housebroken. He is learning commands very well. What more could we want? We are so blessed to have Balder as a new member of our family. Balder seems a strange name, but our Golden Retriever was named Thor. In Mythology, Thor had a brother that he was very close to and his name was Balder. So Balder is his name. Thank you to everyone running this site for the wonderful job that you do. The care and compassion and the thought and consideration you put into placing the dogs in just a wonderful, wonderful worthwhile and much needed job. Thank you!!!!