Fast Facts
  • No children

  • Needs to be crated

  • Loves belly rubs

  • Arrived from Turkey


Joe is a courtesy cross-posting for GRRoW. Please contact them with any questions.

Joe has been working hard in board and train! But look out world because Joe is now looking for his forever home! He is a special needs dog and will require a special adoption, since no one on our adoption waitlist fits his particular needs.

A little background on Joe, he arrived in rescue from Turkey in July 2021.  It was discovered that he has a little fear of people coming into his space (home).  He will bark and lunge towards the fear.  He has been in a board and train and he has been working hard on facing his fears. Joe will is a wonderful dog with his people but he will always need to be managed.

He would do best in a home where there is not a lot of people coming and going – someone with a close-knit group of friends. We could see him going on walks twice a day – or going on a treadmill for a nice walk each day, and then lounging around in a fenced yard while his owner gardens etc.

No children – as each new friend that enters the home will be a trigger for him and he will need to be managed until he gets to know them. He has been good with strangers outside the home but gets nervous and barks/lunges when new people are coming into the home. We just keep him on the leash until he calms down and smells the new person and then he goes back to being sweet as can be.

He should be crated when his family leaves and at night, which is okay because he really loves his crate and considers it his safe space. He should not be allowed on the furniture as this can amplify his belief that his role is to protect the home/his pack.

Joe loves a good belly rub and if you are real lucky you will get to hear him ‘woo woo’. His favorite thing to do is nap but don’t let him fool you – he needs a good amount of exercise to be his happiest self!

  • 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