Our story begins on a somber note as we had to put down our beloved family dog Oreo after 12 years.

The first dog I then had any contact with was a Golden Retriever at our church’s comfort dog program.  That got us interested in this breed, so we went to an event at our local pet store where we met several members of AGAG.  We filled out an application that same day, thinking maybe when our daughter got home from college would be a good time to consider another puppy.  I received an unexpected e-mail from AGAG – they had three puppies left from a litter of eight and some pictures were included.

We enjoyed meeting all three of the puppies, but the runt of the litter seemed to bond with us a little more than his two brothers so we selected our Cody. From there, we have evolved to again be a complete family – husband, wife, three kids and a faithful canine companion who brings us immeasurable joy.

Cody was an instant hit in our neighborhood.  We can’t get around the block in less than 45 minutes because he has to stop and say hello to everyone he encounters.

Among his favorite things to do is to play with Jax, our neighbor’s Border Collie mix (who reminds us a great deal of our Oreo).  At this point, there is still one spot in our fence where he can squeeze under to go run around the yard with Jax.

Cody has exceeded our expectations in every way, and he most certainly completes our family.

  • 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