When we picked up our Happy Girl, huddled on her bed in her foster home, on the Saturday after Christmas 2018, we knew we were bringing a timid girl into our home. We were told that she had to be carried outside at times and sometimes had to be fed by hand. Noises and walking on a leash frightened her.

With time and patience, and following the lead of her sister, AGaG adoptee Zoey, Happy has really come around. One major accomplishment is going potty without being on a leash. After sleeping in our room on her own bed, she will go down the stairs to let you know she has to go out. She waits patiently every morning with her sister for her morning treat. In addition, Happy has now advanced to eating from a bowl instead of taking her food from the floor. Happy really surprised us when on the first day we attempted a dog park, she loved playing with the other dogs! She and Zoey now play on a regular basis.

Every day Happy gets better and better. Every now and again she will get spooked by something but really gets over it quickly now. She loves the grandkids!

We have an in ground pool and we are hoping someday she will swim.  All in all she has become a great addition to our family.

  • 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