“It’s a hard-knock life for me

It’s a hard-knock life for me…

‘Stead of treated, we get tricked

‘Stead of kisses, we get kicked

It’s a hard knock life.

Don’t it feel like the wind is always howlin?

Don’t it seem like there’s never any light?

Once a day, don’t you wanna throw the towel in?

Its easier than puttin’ up a fight.

No one’s there when your dreams at night get creepy

No one cares if you grow or if you shrink.

Empty belly life, rotten smelly life, full of sorrow life, no tomorrow life!”


My name is Elsa and it was a hard-knock life for me for over 7 years.  I was raised in a kennel for the purpose of breeding golden retriever puppies.  I never had the chance to run in a yard, play ball or have toys until As Good as Gold Rescued me this past year and I discovered the golden life.

I am still very fearful of people, noises, and new things, until my foster family lets me outside to run in the backyard. There I run like the wind, hold my tail up high and wag it as fast as I can. I love to play with my foster sisters, and sometimes with my foster brothers.

I have discovered that they leave balls, and chews, and other special stuff laying on the floor – so I cautiously and quietly creep up and grab the goods and take it back to my safe space. Foster mom keeps telling me how beautiful I am when she massages me. I love to be petted, and I love being brushed. Even though I hang out mostly on my safe space, I do go up to foster dad when he is sitting in his recliner, and touch his hand. At first, that was asking him to pet me, but I discovered if I touch his palm again, I get a cookie! Mmm..good!

Foster mom tells me there is a family waiting for me, who will give me massages, feed me cookies, have a sibling dog playmate for me, let me run in their yard, and love me forever…Is it you who will change me into a beautiful dreamer?

8 Year Old Female


  1.  A full-time resident dog to show me that life isn’t scary
  2.  A fenced in yard since leashes are really scary
  3.  Someone who is home a lot to continue to work with me to build my confidence
  • 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