He was a big dog — 85 pounds even when lean and fit — but not much different from any other healthy golden. Through the years, at least until his hips became so stiff that he didn’t want to sit, he’d do this immediately and unconsciously. That’s where ‘Fang’ originated, and although dozens of other nicknames were given to him through the years, Fang was the one that stuck. The thing that Fang never tired of teaching me:Immerse yourself completely into whatever it is that you’re doing. “No!” she insisted, “I mean it’s really, really cold.