4.5 Years





Fast Facts
  • 85 pounds

  • House-trained

  • Needs fenced yard (won’t yet relieve herself on leash)

  • Should be only dog in the home

  • Gentle and affectionate

  • Loves meeting new people

INTRO As told by Duchess

 I am a large, cream-colored golden retriever, and if I do say so myself, I am quite beautiful! When I visited the veterinarian, they did say I needed to lose some weight, though.

I love being around my foster mom and always follow her wherever she goes. Sometimes I bark to get her attention and nudge her to encourage her to pet me. However, I can get agitated when foster mom’s dogs are around because I don’t like to share the attention. I admit I am a little possessive of her.

Although I don’t like being crated, I am OK with being confined to a small area. I love playing with dog toys when I’m alone, settling into my comfy dog bed, and sleeping throughout the night.

I do need to work on basic obedience commands. I am eager to learn and know I will do great with during training. Though I haven’t had much experience walking on a leash, I have been doing well and have not been pulling.


  • Duchess exhibits signs of being person possessive and is “clingy” as a result.
  • She enjoys being with other dogs outdoors, but not so much indoors; therefore she should be the only dog in her forever home.
  • Has not been around cats or kids, so interaction with them is unknown.


Duchess is healthy overall, but our veterinarian recommended she lose 20 pounds (she has lost 5 in her foster home). She has been treated successfully for tapeworm (Praziquantel) and an ear infection (Gentamicin/Betamethasone) and is currently on Fortiflora (probiotic) and Tylan powder to help with a recent colitis diagnosis.


Duchess is a large, gentle dog who would make a great addition to a family without other pets. She enjoys spending time with her human companions and wants them and their attention all to herself. A family that takes regular walks would be great for Duchess as this will help her to bond and the exercise will help her lose 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