A mentor dog and a fenced in yard. 

Happy, waggy, shaggy, and easy to care for—that’s me!

I’m a 6-year-old fluff ball! Speaking of which, I was a bit too “round” when I first came to live with foster mom. I’ve lost some weight and have a bit more to go. You see, I’m on the short side and have a pretty small frame. My weight is around 40 pounds now. Foster mom watches my food intake and I get to take walks. I can walk further now because of the weight loss. And I’m good on a leash! (Mom said so.) I also find it a joy to race around in the fenced-in yard! Mom doesn’t leave me alone out there though, as she realizes I have no fear of other animals, even deer, and there are a lot of creatures to watch in her neighborhood.

I have a furry foster sibling now! Following her around the house is so much fun! I’ve learned the ins and outs of living in a house from her. We’re so close we even share the same bed and blanket sometimes.

During my first five years of life, I didn’t learn many social skills. Knowing that, foster mom was happily surprised to discover that any fears I have are quite minimal. New things and narrow spaces do startle me a bit, but when foster mom reached for me the very first time I readily accepted. And I loved it when she gave me attention and pets.

I’m mostly house broken. See, when I was chubbier, I had a problem getting outside fast enough! So mom provided “pee pads” for me which I now rarely use. I don’t know how to tell her I have to go out, so she keeps me on a potty schedule: after breakfast, and then every few hours after that until the last outing before bed. During the night, I’m confined to a large gated area with a very fancy memory foam mattress. The only time I might use the pads is when mom leaves for several hours; she leaves me in the gated area and provides potty pads for me—just in case.

Do you like my curly, fluffy hair? Last spring I was experiencing hair loss on my back. The vet discovered that I have a thyroid problem and put me on daily medication. It’s a helped a lot; my fur has grown back beautifully!

Foster mom knows me best. I heard her say, “KoKo is adjusting well. She’s outgoing, exuberant and smart.” She’s proud ‘cause I can count to three! After my sister and I run around in the morning, mom gives us 1, 2, 3 treats! I know when were at #3, so after I get it, I run to the other room, eat it, and then take a nap.

Did I tell you how much I like to be petted and held? My furry sister does too. If we sit nicely at mom’s feet, she will let both of us hop onto her lap. We snuggle there for a while getting petted and loved. Ahh, that’s probably the best part of the entire day.

Foster mom says I’m friendly with adults, but I haven’t been around children, so foster mom isn’t sure if I will be ok with them.  I must have another dog in my forever home which would be beneficial and act as a role model for me. I also must have a fenced in yard.  Foster mom says, “KoKo makes me laugh. She has a fun and happy personality, and a continually wagging tail.”

If you’re looking for a happy, little dog, who loves attention, please come look for me!

  • 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