2 Years





Fast Facts
  • Stray; picked up in McDonald’s parking lot

  • Has vision problems but he compensates well

  • Fenced yard required, won’t potty on leash.

  • Low energy/sleeps a lot

  • Underweight at 75 pounds

  • LOVES people, other dogs not so much

INTRODUCTION As told by David

You are probably familiar with the Bible story of David and Goliath. In it, the young hero David is faced with a huge challenge that to most seemed insurmountable. I think that like the Biblical David, I, too, have come up against obstacles that could have derailed my life.

My first two years are a mystery. In January 2024 I was found abandoned in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Aurora. Animal control picked me up, but no one claimed me. Fortunately, AGaG was willing to take me in, and from that point on, things began to look up.

The first week or two after my rescue, I was scared, nervous and anxious. Pretty understandable, I think. But it didn’t take long before my true golden nature surfaced, and my love of people was on full display. One of my vets fell in love with me and said I made friends with everyone at the clinic. She wisely noted that the “best medicine for David is to get him into a loving home.”

I love to be hugged, and if you are on the floor, I will climb on you looking to get and give a hug. I’m not particularly interested in toys; really, I’d just like to hang out with you all day, except for when I take my long and luxurious naps.

Due to my mysterious background and some unusual behaviors, the kind people at AGaG initially feared that I might have liver and/or neurological problems. But testing showed I was fine except for a vision problem that I was most likely born with. I seem to have some blind spots, though I have learned to compensate with my peripheral vision. When I am in a new place, I might seem rather clumsy and bump into walls and doorways. However, the more comfortable and familiar I get with a place and people, the better I can manage my environment.

Not surprising, there are still some remnants of my past mystery life. There was likely a time when food was not a sure thing. During that time, I lost weight, which I need to regain. Fortunately, I am young, and I love food and treats, so that should be easy. Once I am confident that I know from where and when my meals are coming, I believe I will stop counter surfing. It’s also unsure how I would get along with other dogs. I have not had much interaction while staying with my wonderful foster families, but I did get a bit aggressive when I met a dog at the veterinary clinic. For that reason, it is recommended that I be the only dog in the home.

The vet was pretty sure that I have been potty trained, but between not having a stable home for a period and the mental trauma that goes with homelessness, I admit that I have regressed. For a while, I would relieve myself in foster mom’s home when she went out. I think I was just really scared at the thought of being abandoned again. But mom has been working with me and heaping lots of praise on me for doing my business outside, and I’m getting much better!

My foster mom thinks I am a diamond in the rough. She knows that my time alone – scared and hungry, unsure of what tomorrow might bring – clouded who I really was. She is now seeing my true nature and my true potential. Mom sees that I am low-key and easy-going; she even thinks that I could be a good therapy dog! Maybe it’s because my past has given me the ability to empathize with others who are going through rough times.

When the young and inexperienced David slew Goliath, he heroically defied expectations. Given my sketchy background, I’m sure many people have also judged me. But I am ready to shatter those gigantic prejudices and demonstrate that I am ready to become a loyal, loving, laid-back member of YOUR family.

Interested? Let’s talk.


  • Congenital vision problem (no meds; no cure).
  • Needs to gain weight.
  • 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