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Dog can’t get enough of senior neighbor, visits her daily
Cheddar, an affable golden retriever, was put up for adoption before finding a new home. He eventually forms an everlasting bond with new neighbor Jean.
Blake Hyatt
04.02.20

Some people – and animals – have a natural affinity for one another. Such is the case between Cheddar, an older golden retriever, and Jean.

Soon after settling into his new home post-adoption, Cheddar took a neighborhood walk with his new mom, quickly running into Jean and her spouse. He’s been attached to Jean ever since their first “hello.” Now, they’re practically inseparable.

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Cheddar is a golden retriever, a classic, globally popular dog breed. They’re known to be intelligent and friendly, perfect for families with seniors or small children. The breed is Scottish in origin, according to the American Kennel Club.

Golden retriever puppies are among the cutest things in the world.

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Golden retrievers are still incredibly adorable even when fully grown. They’re famous for their lush, golden hair, friendly faces, and affable personalities.

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Cheddar has all of these same qualities, even in his “old age.”

At 8 years old, Cheddar was given up for adoption and rescue. Although he came from a loving family, his owner was dealing with cancer and couldn’t give Cheddar the life he deserves. In a tough family decision, he was given to a local rescue in hopes of adoption. Fortunately, he found a welcoming, loving home. He’s affable, goofy, and very needy, but in the best way possible. He loves to spread and receive joy.

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“He is very, very, very needy,” Cheddar’s mom Shelley tells The Dodo. “He cannot be alone. All Cheddar wants is to have all attention on him — once you start petting him and then stop, he will either bump your arm with his head or tap his paw telling you to continue. He would have you sit for hours if he could, just petting him.”

Despite his age, Cheddar is a go-getter. He’s eager to love and be loved, and is still pretty active.

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He’s even comfortable during the winter, demanding walks and playtime without hesitation. Cheddar seems to enjoy snow a lot.

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Cheddar’s favorite thing in the world is simply hanging out with Jean, his best friend. Anywhere she goes, he follows, whether in the house or great outdoors.

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Regarding the frequent trips to Jean’s home, Shelley says, “We try and go there every day if we can. They live around the corner and one street over from us. When it’s been more than a few days and we haven’t seen her, Cheddar is particularly vocal when we visit next. He knows exactly what street they are on and in fact, even if we don’t head there, he insists on it by pulling on the leash and trying to turn in that direction. If we pass the house with no intention of going in, he plants himself with full body weight on one spot and stands there until you relent.”

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No matter the season, Cheddar prefers being outdoors with Jean at his side, craving her attention at every moment. He knows exactly what he wants.

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Cheddar’s 11 years old now, and he still has that youthful energy and willingness to love.

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Cheddar has a lot of love to give, easily forming bonds with complete strangers. After meeting Jean one single time, they’ve been attached ever since.

Maybe Jean resembles a past owner, or maybe she and Cheddar just have a natural chemistry and affinity for one another. They clearly make each other happy, sharing their love on a near-daily basis.

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By Blake Hyatt
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Blake Hyatt is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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