Born 10/26/22





Fast Facts
  • Moderate Subaortic Stenosis

  • Puppies need someone home most of the day

  • Does better with another dog in the home

  • Very sweet girl!

  • Special Needs Adoption Fee:  $200


As Good as Gold has rescued four special-needs pups, two males and two females. They were born with subaortic stenosis (SAS), which is a narrowing at the aortic valve of the heart. When this valve is narrowed, the heart must work harder to force blood out through the valve. This additional work can lead to muscle failure. SAS is a hereditary condition. For more information on SAS, review the link at the end of this article.

Unfortunately, dogs with this condition have an average life span of about 3 years. A medication, atenolol, may add to the life expectancy of dogs with SAS. The cost averages about $10 per month.

The Special Needs adoption fee is $200.

Notes on all of the pups:

  • All have heart murmurs, which coincides with SAS.
  • Because they are young pups, having someone home with them most of the time is best. Pups need to relieve themselves more often, though this improves with time.
  • Strenuous exercise should be avoided. No long and fast walks. Zooming and running in the yard should be curtailed.

My Snuggle Puppy toy with the heartbeat is my special, special friend. But I want everyone to know that treats, especially Kongs with peanut butter, are also a favorite. Note that Kongs placed in a crate encourage me to enter—hint hint.

My additional likes are people no matter what age; other dogs, big or small; and bath time! I like to jump in!

My “not like” is taking walks. Maybe I’m just a house girl. Foster mom notices that I have bursts of energy yet am mostly a very laid-back puppy.

Guess you must be told that I’ve been known to steal slippers, shoes, and socks, yet I’ve never chewed on them! Isn’t that a plus?

I know my name and the commands “come” and “sit.” For the most part I’m housebroken. Mom says I’ve come a long way with this considering I lived outside the first four months of my life. I was confused about where to go potty at first.

I’m told I’m a “very sweet girl.”  Do you have room in your heart for my Snuggle Puppy and me?

Info on SAS:

  • 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