Challenger Square

If you are attracted to guys who are tall, tan and handsome, I’m your man!  When I arrived at As Good as Gold, I was plagued by pesky fleas that made me very uncomfortable.  These critters are gone now and my skin has healed after my constant scratching.  My appetite is great and I eagerly eat all the quality food and treats offered to me except fruits and veggies. I have managed to gain some weight, my coat has filled in and I feel so much better.

I am learning to play fetch with the tennis balls in the yard and sometimes return them to the pitcher! Stuffed animals don’t last very long around here because I love to rip them apart and proudly prance around with their carcasses.  I also enjoy a good chew on tasty Nylabones.  Since I am so tall, it is easy to explore the counter tops for some gourmet treats, so foster mom now hides everything away securely.

A whole new world opened up to me when my foster mom put a harness and leash on me for the first time. I was never taken for walks in my previous home.  I try not to pull, but I get very excited seeing the new sights and sniffing the unfamiliar smells. I guess I’m a work in progress.  I also like car rides and after looking out the windows for a bit, I usually just stretch out and take a snooze.

“Challenger” may be my name, but I would be more aptly described as easy going and non-confrontational.  I willingly give in to my fur foster brother’s whims and follow his direction. The bark of a Golden Retriever can reach 113.1 decibels and I think I can match that when I see the neighbor’s dogs. This is just my way of greeting them and I’m never aggressive! I love being close to my humans.  They refer to me as The Plopper because I flop down on top of them when I want some one-on-one attention and love pats.   I usually sleep on a blanket next to foster mom’s bed, but lately I have discovered how comfortable her bed is and I happily claim my half in the middle. I am ready to find the perfect forever family who will give me plenty of exercise and training, teach me how to play with toys, give me lots of attention and won’t insist that I eat my legumes.  Are you ready for a Challenge(r)?


9 Years 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