Sorry, we had a bad bout of storms blow through >>; Tornado warning + no basement = staring out the windows XD Anyway...
They're really great dogs =) The only thing about apartments and them is that they (or at least my cousin's...because he was my cousin's dog before he was my grandparent's) have barking issues if they're locked up. That's the whole reason he lived out by us, because there's plenty of space and he got to run around all day. My cousin's house/them being gone all day just didn't work out =\
Thats really awful about your dog ... But yeah I like Golden Retreivers, I actually wanted to get one for my apartment down at school this year but I figured it would be to hard to actually take care of him with classes etc.
I was thinking either a Siberian Husky or a Golden Retriever. We had a golden (or my grandparents did) until a few months ago when something was pushing on his organs and he had to be put down =( And he was a really great dog too, so XD I sort of want another one of those more than a husky, which is a little odd but I think it's because huskies have grooming issues and my mom would hate that.