I’m a sweet, active girl who likes to go for long walks, because I love exercise. Even so, when we had horrible weather, I was willing to stay inside and snuggle with my foster mom.  In my first home, lots of kids at once made me very nervous, so I need a home where adults will be consistent so I will remember my good manners.

Some people say I bark a lot, but I bark only for a good reason. OK, there might be a couple of good reasons, though. One is somebody at the door. But every good dog does that, right? If it’s you, my tone of voice says, “Welcome back, I love you, I’m so excited to see you!” I quit barking when you greet me. If it’s the mailman, it’s “You’d better not be delivering any bills, go away!” And it always works, so I’m quiet again.  I bark when I want to come in, because I want to be with you. When foster mom is home, I bark at thunder so she’ll come and get me. I drape myself over her lap, and then I take a nap.

My mom is a standard poodle and my dad is a golden retriever. I don’t shed nearly as much as a golden, but I do shed a little, and I’ll need grooming to keep me from getting matted. Foster mom says I’ve gotten a lot better about keeping my feet and my nose off the counter, but maybe that’s because she doesn’t keep any food there when I’m loose in the kitchen.

I love to retrieve tennis balls, but you’d better have two, because if you have one, I might decide you’d really be better off chasing me and getting more exercise. But if you show me a second ball, I’ll put the first one down to go get the second one. .  I am also a really good snuggler and will stay nice and close to you on the couch.  I am a good houseguest, I am housebroken and crate trained, but I don’t need to be crated, because I am not destructive at all. But I love having a kong with some of my breakfast in it to work on.

I used to like to play rough with my people and I can still get pretty mouthy when excited if your hands are too active.  I hope you are getting the picture that I will need a patient, kind owner who will enjoy taking me to positive reinforcement obedience classes, because I love learning. I have some bad associations with people grabbing at my collar which made me nippy, but since I have been working on positive associations with being handled, I expect good things to happen when my collar is grabbed. I’ll even let you take good stuff out of my mouth if you promise me a cookie. I’ll do almost anything for a cookie!

I have two golden foster sisters, and we coexist peacefully, although occasionally I want to keep foster mom to myself and give them a tiny growl. I do it less, because for some reason, foster mom moves away instead of the other two dogs!

I have had seizures in the past, but I’m taking medicine called Gabapentin, and I haven’t had a single seizure since being on this and away from stress. I hope they are a thing of the past.

As you can see, I have a lot of great qualities and will turn into a wonderful companion whether you want to snuggle, exercise, or train.  I am ready for you to welcome me into your home so we can play all day long!

Female, 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