Luke - Golden Retriever for adoption through As Good as Gold

I am a big handsome guy dressed in a beautiful coat.  My long legs give me a great view of the kitchen table and counter tops, but I don’t ever help myself to food that is not meant for me.  If something is on the floor though, then all bets are off. I may claim possession and don’t usually want to give it up! My foster family plays a game with me called “Fair Trade”: I get a treat if I drop the forbidden item. Sometimes they give the contraband back to me and I prance around with it to get everyone’s attention. I love it when they laugh!  Because I tend to guard things that I deem as mine, I would do best in a home without young children who might try to suddenly grab things from me. I would also prefer to be the only fur face in your home until I learn to apportion “my” belongings a little better.  (Meaning both dogs and cats, since I may not be so nice if they get near my things).

Leash walking is my favorite activity and even though I am strong, I walk politely.  I don’t pay any attention to dogs we pass and I enjoy the sweet words and friendly pats I receive from people we meet along the way. After our jaunts, I still need additional playtime. A fenced yard is the perfect place for doing my fast paced circle eights and playing catch with my tennis ball.  I even bring the ball back most of the time! Your home will be secure with me living there because I am very aware of every strange noise I hear and will alert you to arrivals at the door. I am working on differentiating household sounds from “stranger danger” so I can control my barking. Since I am a social guy I would love to have human companionship throughout the day. I will be your shadow and take every opportunity to cuddle, accept a scratch or two and take a snooze with you on your bed or mine.

I have met with a trainer several times and am learning to overcome my shortcomings, but I still have some work to do in various areas. With some patience, encouragement and practice, I will be a loving lifelong companion to a lucky family.


5 Years Old

  • 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.

Available Goldens for Adoption