Harley Square

Hi Everyone, my name is Harley and yes, I’m every bit of 12 years old.  My foster parents call me a curmudgeon.  I don’t know what that means but I know I like to get my own way and I’m not afraid of letting anyone know if I’m unhappy.  Like a lot of older guys I also have selective hearing sometimes.  I can be lying on my bed & not hear you walk up to me but I can sure hear whenever my foster mom or dad opens up the treat bin.  I think I have them pretty well trained by now – sometimes they want me to go outside (like right before bed) but I make them get a treat for me  before I’ll follow them to the back door (did I mention I like to get my own way?).


I love going for walks just please make them short walks as I get tired easily (arthritis will do that to an old guy like me) and I love to go see my neighbors.  I fact, sometimes I like to pretend I’m Harry Houdini by slipping out of the backyard to visit the neighbors.  I also love going for car rides, especially to the local dog park – just don’t expect to get a long walk in yourself.  I’m much more into hanging around the entrance to see who’s coming and going.


Even though I really like my foster mom & dad (I normally will follow them around the house just to keep an eye on them) there are times when I really just want to be left alone to rest & nap.  My foster brother, Jackson, is an 11 year old Golden & I just can’t keep up with his energy.  It seems all he wants to do is play & I just don’t like to play anymore so mom & dad have tried to keep Jackson away from me when he’s in one of his moods.


Did I mention my arthritis?  If I did please excuse me – my memory isn’t what it used to be.  Anyway, I really don’t like stairs at all but I will deal with 2 or 3 at a time if I have to.  I don’t walk up stairs anymore; it’s more of a bunny hop.  Mom & dad do give me a supplement and it seems to be working.  Also, when I first came to my foster home I also had really bad allergies but a change to a good senior diet has helped (along with some stuff from my doctor for bad days)


Despite my foster dad calling me a curmudgeon I’m a really nice guy.  If you’re looking for a quiet partner who doesn’t need constant attention then I’m your man.  Just make sure we do things my way…


12 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