**** Please read the information at the end of his story regarding his hips ****

A shiny, black coat covering a true Golden heart. That’s me, DRACO!

I’m looking for a family to follow around the house like a shadow, take me on walks, and accompany on car rides (admittedly, I try very hard to co-pilot).

Aren’t walks the BEST? Despite some limitations I presently have with a weak hip muscle (we’re thinking the underwater treadmill therapy I’m presently receiving will “lick” this problem), I still plow through the snow and love going outside to romp!

Even though I’m on the small side—50 pounds, my energy continues with play time with my foster-dog-siblings. I don’t usually initiate toy play, but if one of them begins, I’ll gladly participate! Tug-of-war is one of my favorite games.

I like to be close to my foster parents and their resident dogs. The first night I lived with them, I joined in the bedtime cuddle ritual! I think my foster parents were surprised when I put my head right in their laps; I felt so happy to be with them. I show love to my foster siblings too. Sometimes I lick or kiss one of them just because I like them so much.

My foster family says that I get along great with my foster siblings and most other dogs, but my “in charge” personality does not allow for a good rapport with other alpha males my age.

I’m a polite 2-year old and sit nicely to accept a treat and to have my leash attached. I enjoy making friends with people. My new friends at the vet’s office lavished me with praise and pets.

My foster family says that I have the “best disposition ever.”  And, that a dog lover would be thrilled to welcome me into his or her home.

Male, 2 Years Old

**** Both of his hips are deformed. One has severe hip dysplasia and the other is missing the femoral head (almost like he had a previous surgery to remove it). He has started underwater treadmill therapy and should continue with this to build up his muscle mass. He is getting Adequan injections and is on a pain medication called Meloxicam. He would benefit from a good joint supplement as well. He will need to get regular exercise, swimming would be great, along with keeping him very slim. He needs to build up and keep his muscle mass in his back end.  At this point, he is not showing any signs of discomfort and it doesn’t slow him down at all. He may end up needing surgery down the road for the severe hip, but it is not necessary at this point since he is not showing clinical signs.  The hip missing the femoral head can’t have anything done to fix it, he just needs to maintain muscle mass.

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