Monica Hewitt of Festus sent in this photo of Nugget, who loves to swim.

Monica Hewitt of Festus sent in this photo of her golden doodle, Nugget, who loves to swim.

Nugget, a golden doodle, is pictured relaxing poolside in this July 23, 2017, photo taken at his home, said owner Monica Hewitt of Festus.

He was 7 months old at the time.

“This is our family’s pool,” Hewitt said. “That’s normally where he swims. He loves to swim.”

Now 47 pounds, Nugget is active in or out of water.

“He is full of energy and always has been,” she said. “He likes to bark, too.”

Nugget likes everybody.

“He loves people and loves other dogs,” Hewitt said. “He’s best friends with our daughter’s dog.

The Hewitts will celebrate Nugget’s birthday this week.

“He will be three on Dec. 26,” she said.

Nugget is a valued member of the family.

“We love him to death,” she said. “He’s a good boy.”

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