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Hi all. My name is Allan, but as Paul Simon sings, “You can call me Al.” That’s what my foster family calls me, as well as Al Pal because I’m such a good buddy. I love having a name, and I love having a home with a fenced-in yard where I can run free. And I love running! Foster mom thinks that’s because I spent the first 18 months of my life cooped up in a commercial breeding facility.

My foster family loves me for my calm nature and gentle ways. Yes, I have energy and can get excited, but mostly I’m a calm and easygoing guy – and did I mention handsome? That’s what everyone says when they see me.

Since I’ve had little socialization up to this point in my life, I’ve found adjusting to this wide-open world of yours a bit challenging. But my foster family and foster siblings – two other goldens and a shepherd/border collie/husky mix – have helped me to adjust. While I still find new objects, places and experiences a bit scary – I can be skittish sometimes – I have a natural curiosity that helps me bounce back and recover pretty quickly.

So I’m ready for my next adventure: a home of my own. Foster mom says I must have a home with a fenced-in yard and another dog to show me the ropes of living in my new home. That dog should be one who is on the younger side, maybe 6 or 7 years old or younger, and likes to play chase and wrestle. I love to wrestle with my foster sister and I’m a pretty strong guy. My new family will need to be patient with me and take things slowly; it might take me a little while to warm up to everyone.

Other things you should know about me: I am housetrained (though you might need to watch me the first week or two until I know my new routine), I get along just fine with cats (there are three in my foster family), I’ve learned some commands (my name, come, out, leave it, wait), and I love going for walks. I also love to have my chin scratched and once I trust you I will lean into your hand to help you scratch me. I love to chase toys and run around with them in my mouth (watch this YouTube video,; at some point you should be able to teach me to bring them back to you.

So what do you say? Is there room in your heart and home for a mellow guy like me?

Remember, in order to adopt me, you must have a fenced in yard and another dog to help continue to build my confidence.


1 Year Old

  • Be at least 23 years of age

  • No children under 6 years of age living in your home

  • We primarily adopt goldens to families living within Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and the southern most counties of Wisconsin

  • If you do not own your residence or live in a condo, you will need a letter from your landlord or property management company

  • Provide excellent vet care for your dog(s)

  • Do not use an invisible fence

  • Are not over your town/county's pet limit

  • Have the knowledge and agreement of all adults living in the household

  • Be prepared to make a lifetime commitment

  • QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR POLICIES? All your answers in our Frequently Asked Questions section.

If interested please fill out our online adoption application form; please make sure you fill in every required field/question or your submission will not go through. Please note that we take time to learn as much as we can about each dog in our care and our bios are our current observations; we are unable to make any guarantees on the future health or temperament of your adopted dog. Most dogs in our care come with unknown pre-rescue history and as such breed and age estimates are an educated guess.

Available Goldens for Adoption