11 Years





Fast Facts
  • Loves constant petting and attention 🙂

  • Excited and happy for short walks

  • Should be an only dog

  • Seizures, controlled with medication

  • Severe hip dysplasia and spinal arthritis, on medication


My dream forever family would pet me as much as humanly possible, take me for a few short walks each day, and lead rather low-key lives like me.

I’m 11-years old and sleep frequently throughout the day. I like napping under foster mom’s desk while she works. I’ve figured out that while she’s working, she’s not available to pet me. Otherwise, petting is my favorite part of being awake.

When I know we’re going for a walk, the excitement I feel shows, as I become very animated! I’m thinking, I can’t believe I’m so lucky—we’re going for a walk! I also like to trot up and back on the driveway, just to check out the world.

The walks are short though. Foster mom doesn’t want my hips to get sore as I have hip dysplasia and spinal arthritis. I take medicine for it which helps. I can get into foster mom’s car with a supportive push. Also, it would be best if my forever home had few stairs, as they’re a bit difficult for me.

Oh, during walks we often come across other dogs. I don’t have much experience with other dogs so don’t really know how to interact with them. I’m not aggressive, just unsure what to do! In my first foster home there was a pup who slept on the other side of the gate to keep me company. That was nice, but for the most part I’d likely do best in a home where no other dogs are living.

I know to go outdoors to do my business. In fact, at my first foster home I would ring the bell to go out! I sleep throughout the night and don’t disturb foster mom for a potty break. Foster mom said, “Duke is terrific about doing his business and coming back inside when called.”

It’s okay if I’m left alone in the house, I never get into anything. I just use it as nap time.

Nothing can be more calming in the evening than being petted to sleep by someone who cares about me.

I take medication to keep seizures under control, and eye drops for “dry eye.” My vision might be a bit imperfect as sometimes I can’t find treats on the floor—thank goodness the nose knows!

I also don’t hear as great anymore, but that doesn’t stop me from being so happy when I know my person is around for petting. I love my toys and happily carry them around and squeak them, so I definitely hear something!

You might like to know that my foster parents haven’t seen me around children much, but I did play nicely with a 3-year-old girl who lives next door.

When I first came to As Good as Gold, foster mom brushed me, which I loved for so many reasons! After a bath, grooming, and nail cut, I felt like Mr. Universe! The groomer said I was the best dog they ever had! Another reason why I could be Mr. Universe!

One time, foster mom and I took a nap together. She woke up before me and found that I had wrapped my paw around her arm. Then when she sang, “Duke of Earl” to me, I felt so loved.

If you’re looking for a dog who would love you and seek your attention, I might be your Mr. Universe!

  • 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

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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.

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