Josilyn (Jossi)

Female, 6-years old

The day after Christmas I turned 6-years old. Well past the puppy stage now, it has become clear to me, and to foster mom, that I appreciate having a schedule. I’ve become accustomed to my appointed mealtimes, and now watch to make sure mom’s getting the food ready according to plan. I also know when it’s time for our morning walks.

Before coming to As Good as Gold I was not able to count on certainties in my life, perhaps that’s why I appreciate the regularity of meals and walks so much. Foster mom was immediately aware of my uncertainties and fears. Her calm reassurances and patience have reduced my fears a bit, but mom thinks it’s going to take quite some time for me to feel more confident in my world.

My forever home must include an owner who has an understanding of a dog’s perception of body language and who is willing to continue foster mom’s patient and calm supportive style. Though I’m willing to come out of my “safe place” (I chose a corner by mom’s front door) and am willing to be in the general location of activity, I still feel threatened when someone looks directly at me or walks directly towards me.  Mom understands that I’m more comfortable when she looks the other way as she walks past me in the hallway. She turns her head from me as she hands out treats or gives me dinner. Doorways concern me. Mom handles this by standing behind the door and allowing me to walk through at my own pace.

Another dog in the household to act as a mentor dog is very important. I have followed the actions of my furry foster siblings regarding acceptable behaviors, and it’s important for me to continue to learn from other dogs.

A fenced-in yard is another “must have.” A fenced in yard allows me the opportunity to investigate the world at my own pace. Also, mom has noticed that I prefer finding relief spots in my own back yard rather than taking care of business during walks.

Initially staying in my “safe spot,” I’ve progressed to being close by, though not always in the same room with my family. And, I’ve discovered that I really like to be petted! I feel free now to touch mom with my nose as a gentle reminder that it’s petting time. I began making a little bark to alert mom of mealtimes, relief time outside, and front door noises! Also, we have a 3 p.m. treat time!  Actually, it’s my furry sister ‘s medicine time. The medicine goes into a treat (can’t fool us!) and all three of us get a snack! If mom’s running late, I just remind her with a “Rrrr, rahrrr, ruhruhruh,” I see a smile on foster mom’s face with each step I take towards trusting her and becoming a bit more comfortable in the world.

I’d love to be in a peaceful, understanding, and supportive forever family. Oh, and a family that loves to pet their golden would be a dream come true.

  • 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.

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