1 Year





Fast Facts
  • Needs soft food for swallowing issue

  • Sweet & Petite, 55 pounds

  • Good with other dogs

  • Unknown with cats

  • Needs a lot of exercise

  • Will need positive reinforcement obedience classes


Everyone was really worried about me when I was given to As Good as Gold, because I have some kind of swallowing problem.  I made ugly squelching noises when I ate and drank, and had spasms that sounded like I was choking. All kinds of experts looked at me, and they say there are lots of terrible things I DON’T have, and what I do have is manageable and probably not going to get any worse.  So my foster mom feeds me food she has soaked with some canned food stirred in, and I take my time eating and drinking, so I sound much better!

I’m kind of a little guy, 55 pounds at my perfect weight, but that means everyone thinks I’m a puppy and I’m extra cute.  I’m only 1 ½ years old, so really I am still a pup, and I love to play with my foster sister, a middle-aged golden. I steal her toy, and we play tug with it, or she fetches a ball and I carry one while I run next to her. Sometimes I even give it to foster mom and let her throw it for me. I keep trying to teach her to play “catch me if you can” while I run with the ball, but she doesn’t want to play that game.

Another game I like is running in the yard back and forth between my foster mom and a friend who take turns calling me. I fly like the wind, and sometimes take an extra lap around the bushes, while I run for a tiny treat reward.  I also get pets so I have plenty of time to swallow the treat.

I love going for walks, too, but if I see a squirrel close by, I get a little excited. I have to use a harness, because the vet said collars are only for identification for me. Pulling on the collar makes my choking really bad.

I grew up with kids and I’d really love to have one, but they never seem to be out for walks when I am, early in the morning. I always wag my tail at them when they walk by.

I love attention and petting, and I’m a pretty good boy to have around the house. If my foster sister is getting brushed, I make sure I get brushed, too. Mostly I know which toys are mine and which are not (like shoes). But I still need some reminders when I decide to go exploring or I try to get a wrestling match going in the house or pretend I’m a paper shredder. I don’t use a crate normally, but sometimes I accidentally shut myself into one when I am getting toys out. I don’t mind, I lie down and take a nap while I wait for someone to come let me out.

I need

  • Fenced in yard for zoomies, because I love to run way faster than humans can
  • Someone willing to fuss with my food a bit, to make sure it has the right consistency so I don’t choke
  • Someone who will make sure I get lots of exercise and training, because I am a smart young guy bursting with energy
  • Love and snuggles and cuddles and petting

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  • 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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