We adopted Josie, a 6-year-old female, retired from a breeder.  At the time, our 11-year-old female Golden, Trudy, was still healthy.  Upon meeting Josie, Trudy was somewhat jealous, but Trudy’s good nature prevailed, and she snuggled Josie on our way home from the foster mom’s house.

Josie, we were warned, had no personality.  She was docile and reticent, scurrying from us when we came near.  However, as she watched Trudy play with us and come to us for attention, Josie was right next to her for pets and scratches.  Trudy taught Josie to use stairs and follow us outside to do her business.

Months after we adopted Josie, Trudy stopped walking.  We doctored her for six months, and she would recover, then collapse in intervals.  All the while, Josie stayed next to Trudy or nearby; Josie seemed to comfort her furry sibling. Soon, Josie went on our walks as Trudy spent most of her days lying on the floor.  We buried Trudy a few weeks ago after she started bleeding internally.  Josie has been a great comfort to us and is always next to me now.

  • 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