Success Stories (p. 2)


Amber is a beautiful four-year-old. I was worried about trying adoption since we had a bad experience with it once. My doctor suggested a gentle dog. I talked with a friend who owns a Golden and she found the AGaG website for me.

I fell in love with Amber the moment I met her. Only four, she moved slowly because she’d become obese. She was shy but loving from the very start. In the month we’ve had her, we’ve watched her literally blossom – she’s losing weight, plays, chases tennis balls, and isn’t shy about cuddling. We can’t thank AGaG enough for all the joy that Amber has brought to our lives!


In June 2008 we were lucky enough to host our first foster dog ‘Angus’ (in the Santa hat). From the moment he walked onto our lawn, and met our other two Goldens, I knew I was doing the right thing! After Angus required some surgery we nursed him back to health and by the end of the summer we were all in love with him. My dogs accepted him like they were brothers from the start! Angus and our dog Wumpus, who is completely blind, are always together and are both 11 years old. We can’t imagine our lives without him. He continues to put a smile on our face every day! In November we adopted Angus. We look forward to spending the rest of our lives dedicated to the wonderful organization As Good as Gold!


We lost our wonderful Golden Amber to cancer. I had always called her Sunshine. Then I learned about rescue organizations, found AGAG and immediately applied.

AGAG then called me about a 2 year old named Sunshine, who I adopted and named Autumn. She was used as a breeder in a puppy mill and was found tied to a tree when rescued. She didn’t even know how to walk, climb stairs, socialize, anything. It has taken her months to come out of her shell, but everyday she surprises me in some way. She loves long walks and playing ball. She is very loving, quiet and loves to cuddle. She would be happy being petted or brushed all day long.

Through our membership with AGAG, Autumn and I have met wonderful friends. I am so very thankful for AGAG and the wonderful work you do.


We adopted Balto from AGaG in April 2012, when he was about a year and a half old. He was nervous around new people and dogs at first, but with training he has grown into a loving, energetic pup! He is equally at home playing in the backyard as he is spending a lazy afternoon on the couch. He loves fuzzy toys that squeak, getting treats out of his Kong, and going on long walks. Balto has been a great addition to our family, and we look forward to many more years of golden love!


Last month Sunny (on the right, my first rescue) and I lost a major part of our family when 10 year old Durham died. Both our hearts were broken, and Sunny was completely lost, after 3 weeks she was still grieving; no toys, no play, slow walks. Not even the dog park worked! So I called AGaG for help and shortly after, 96lb big boy Beau (on the left) appeared.

Love at first sight for both of us! The pack is now back to normal. Beau was very nervous and submissive at first. This loving, house trained, dog-friendly dog needs to lose weight, but is a wonderful companion. He is now much calmer, and at five years old, he has finally found his forever home. Thank You AGaG!


Shortly before my wife’s surgery, our beloved Chase (an AGAG adoptee) had a major seizure and died suddenly. As her health improved, my wife began scanning the AGAG website for an older Golden. We saw a 7 year old female labeled Hazel and pursued her. The foster family had renamed her Bella because she is so beautiful.

From the moment she entered our house we realized she had found a home. She adapted to us easily and we adapted to her, though we occasionally call her boy rather than girl since we had male Goldens for 20 years. She answers to Bella now, her official name as well as her description. She is gentle, well mannered, knows her commands, and loves to be brushed for hours. This must be a female thing since our 3 previous male Goldens only tolerated it.


I will always remember the day I received a call from AGaG asking if I believed in fate – it was shortly after we lost our five-month old AGaG pup, Maya. A foster home was needed for eleven-week old Buttercup. Bella (formerly Buttercup) was almost identical to our sweet Maya. It almost seemed that Maya was coming back to us in the spirit of another puppy.

We decided to be foster parents for Bella, and soon knew she would mend our broken hearts. Bella now thrives in her new home shared with Calypso, her 9-year old rescued Golden brother, and two felines. Bella is now five months old and keeps us entertained every day. We are so blessed that she came into our lives when she did, we truly believe it was fate!


Hi! I’m Benji and here I am, in my FOREVER home! I thank everyone at AGaG for all the love and care you gave me these past several months.

I especially want to thank my foster family – you were so patient and loving while I recuperated from my surgeries and helped me understand the right way to behave. My days are now filled with long walks and play time throughout the day and so much loving, well, I sometimes wonder if maybe I won the doggie lottery?

Here’s a photo of me… with the dark red coat, and Cheyenne, my big brother. Thanks again, AGaG. Without you, I would not have found my forever family. We are all so very grateful for what you do, and how well you do it! All my love, Benji


Adopting Bernie was easy. Bernie is about two years old and was living in a garage when he was rescued. Two weeks after my application was accepted I met Bernie and knew immediately he would come home with me. He is one of the sweetest and most loving creatures I’ve ever met. He’s been with me and his new golden brother Tucker for two months, and we couldn’t be happier.

On Bernie’s to-do list every day is to be petted and follow me around, then he and Tucker play together and take long walks with me. He listens better than Tucker does, and I raised Tucker from a puppy! Tucker and I adopted a best friend for life, and met some pretty wonderful people in the process as well. Thanks AGaG!



I just received my One-Year Anniversary postcard for adopting Betty. She is doing very well. She was a very scared dog when she came home with us, but now follows me everywhere. I’ve taken her to obedience class and am very pleased that she comes when I call her. She is really a very good, calm dog for only 3 years old. Harley, my daughter’s lab, absolutely loves Betty and the feeling is mutual. I take Betty over once a week just to have her play with Harley. I love Betty very much and I’m very happy that I was allowed to adopt her. I will always take good care of her and I hope she lives a very long life. Thank you, As Good as Gold, for everything!


I’ve had Brady (formerly DJ) for three months so far. When I got him and took him home, he adjusted quickly. He loves to go for walks and does very well on a leash. Anything that looks like a ball to him he ‘claims’ as his own. He is not happy unless all of his tennis balls are out of his ‘toy box’ and are by his side or are being thrown for him to fetch.

He is such a great dog and I don’t know how anybody could have given him up. He is my big ‘gold’ shadow. When he’s not my shadow, I can always find him on his favorite blanket in the family room. Everyday I look forward to coming home and being greeted at the door by Brady.


Could we have been lucky enough to have adopted the best dog ever?  Well, we think we were, as the past two years with our Buddy have been absolutely incredible.  Buddy was found wandering the streets of Chicago, malnourished, balding, and covered with hot spots.  He was considered a senior as the vets believed he was about seven at the time.After his foster mom worked her magic and showered him with lots of love and care, Buddy was adoringly welcomed into his forever home by his “new” eight year old sister, Amber.  Talk about a win-win for all!  We are so sincerely thankful for the opportunity to adopt Buddy, as he is absolutely “as good as gold.”


We lost our two year old golden to complications from intestinal surgery. We did not want to take the time to raise a puppy again but missed the companionship of our Ryno.

A friend told us about AGaG, so we logged on to the site and decided to meet one of the available goldens. We fell in love with a year and a half old golden ball of energy. Life has been quite exciting ever since, and we’ve loved every minute of it.



We adopted Charlie in March 2007. Charlie is on the right in the photo with Annabelle, in December 2007. Charlie quickly became a beloved member of the family. His manners and obedience continue to improve each week. Regular exercise – including walks and runs – have helped with his high energy level. Charlie loves Annabelle and they wrestle and play in the yard.

Charlie’s favorite activity is to get love – from whomever will give it. He loves to have belly rubs in front of the fire. And his favorite thing is to be brushed. If we stop, even for a second, he’ll nudge our hand for more. He’s affectionate and lovable and he’s fit right into our home. We’re so thrilled we adopted him from As Good As Gold.



This is Chester, who we adopted from AGAG about four years ago after we lost our first Golden to lymphoma. Chester had gone through two homes in a span of 2 or 3 years, because his owners could not deal with his bad habits. He ate a small knitted pot holder and it got caught in his small intestine and resulted in large vet bills. It was touch and go for a few days, but he had been a strong healthy dog and survived those critical days. And now he is as good as new, and we are much more aware of things that he might want to get at, such as socks, dish towels, paper towels etc. Some things dogs just do not learn.


We lost Duncan in 2012, our second rescue.  He gave us ten wonderful loving years and after two years we decided to help and love another Golden. As Good As Gold found us the most handsome, well mannered, loveable Golden named Chip.  His foster mom told us she thought he was the “perfect Golden” and she was right! He has melted our hearts already in more ways than one.  We took Chip into my mom’s nursing home where they were so excited that they all wanted him to become their resident dog. We can’t thank As Good As Gold enough for letting us adopt this wonderful, well mannered, loveable, handsome boy Chip. We have added onto our family not only by adopting Chip but also by the AGAG staff that we have met. They are wonderful people to work with.  They care about each and every Golden and are amazing at what they do.



Chunky was adopted by his forever home in 2005.  He has been described as the ‘light of our lives’ since his adoptive Mom & Dad saw him peeking out the window of his former foster home to see who was coming to see him!  The minute they saw him, they fell in love with his personality, and love all of his quirks.  The idea of not adopting him never, ever crossed their minds.

Chunky’s forever family says he rescued them as much as they rescued him.  Enjoy your awesome life Chunky!


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