Male, 15 months old

I’m so in love with life! My ultimate joy comes from people; spending time with them is pure bliss. When my foster mom comes down the stairs in the morning, I can hardly contain myself. “She’s here, she’s here!”

I have been blessed with an amazing foster family. The family includes three children … added bliss! Sometimes we play a bit, but when they’re busy with homework, you can find me lying on the floor right next to them.

Check out my fancy wagon! It’s a comfy spot and provides me an opportunity to see the world with my foster family. The wagon is helpful because, you see, I have a permanent disability; my back and rear legs are paralyzed as the result of a spinal injury. The paralysis doesn’t stop me from pursuing what I can of life, but it does require extra care from my family.

To further explain, I was very recently rescued. One day while I was lying outside at the rescue, I was feeling uncomfortable, unhappy, and simply overwhelmed with life. Then, a very nice lady (I found out later she was a volunteer from As Good as Gold) came up and started talking to me with soft kindness in her voice. She took me with her and then found a foster family to take me in. My foster family and I certainly have bonded. My ultimate goal, though, is to find my forever home. Or, perhaps, it will be my next foster or foster-to-adoption situation.

Today, I’m feeling more comfortable, especially after meeting with a vet. My coat was causing me all sorts of itchiness and simply unbearable discomfort. He provided a plan to clear it up — phew! He also started me on medication for a urinary tract infection (UTI); boy, that infection can make a doggie feel sickly.

I work around the paralysis in my own way, plus certainly, my foster family provides substantial support. My next family would assist me as I go through the physical therapy that will likely strengthen my front legs. Stronger front legs will hopefully improve my use of a wheelchair. (Yes, the plan is for me to have a wheelchair: I’ll be able to get around better!)  Currently I scoot and hop to get where I’m going. In fact, when the As Good as Gold volunteer came to visit the other day, I was so excited that I hopped like a rabbit towards her car! When I got to her, I commenced the famous golden lean-in for hugs and pets.

I’m house trained and scoot to the door when I need to go out. But, due to my injury and the current UTI, I don’t always make it outside in time. Getting excited often leads me to lose bladder control, too. It’s because of this that I always wear a diaper while in the house. I’m a pretty little guy, 43 pounds, which I believe makes assisting a bit easier.

Toys, stuffed animals, and chew bones are pleasant pastimes. Being around other dogs is kinda cool, too! The dogs next door and I sat on opposite sides of the fence the other day and simply sniffed the air. It was the doggie equivalent of a chat … a sniffy chat, you might say!

During the day, I hop around the house following foster mom. I like to see what she’s doing, especially when it’s food related, and, of course, I want to be near her. Each evening foster dad and I lie on the floor together and watch TV. He rubs my tummy as I wriggle and then lean in for more petting and massaging. If his hand stops, I paw at him as a gentle reminder that it’s snuggle time.

My foster family and the volunteers who have met me think I’m a sweet, affectionate, and happy boy who would make a great companion for someone who can devote time and care to me with a big dollop of love added in!  I’d promise to love you back with all of my puppy heart.

Adoption Process
ADOPTION REQUIREMENTS, NO EXCEPTIONS:
  • 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