I am a Golden who has faced a lot of obstacles in my young life. With no place to call home, I lived my life on the streets as a stray. I had to forage for food and by the time I was rescued I was severely emaciated. With love and patience I was encouraged to eat my fill and now tip the scales at fifty-six pounds.

Most toys don’t interest me, but mention a tennis ball and I am off and running in anticipation of a game of fetch. I love to go on walks to see what is new in the neighborhood.  When invited to go for a car ride, I insist on riding in the “shot gun” position to get the best view. My favorite destination is the dog park where I get to run around with all the other dogs, but still like to return to Foster Mom’s side for occasional reassurance.  All the people at the park think I am adorable and give me lots of pets. I guess I am pretty special! Recently, I found a dog friend that looked just like me in something called a “mirror.”  I could not figure out why my friend kept hiding when I would looked in the back and side of the frame. Even my vocalizing did not encourage the other dog to play with me. I don’t often bark except when I suspect there is stranger danger when someone enters my house. Now visitors give me treats when they come in. I like that part of what Foster Mom calls desensitizing! I love spa days including nail trims, ear and teeth cleaning and hair brushing. I feel beautiful when we are finished. When I’m not busy with my tennis ball, I look forward to finding someone willing to relax and cuddle with me. At night, Foster Mom lets me sleep close to her on her bed.

My veterinarian says that I have something called Protein Losing Nephropathy (PLN) which means I lose proteins through my kidneys and into my urine. The loss of proteins also can leave me susceptible to developing fluid in my chest and abdominal cavities. The kidney disease can also cause an increase in blood pressure. I have had fluids removed from my chest several times in the past, but since starting on medications to decrease protein in my urine and regulate my blood pressure, the doctor has seen a remarkable improvement in my condition. My veterinarian says that there is no cure for PLN and that my long-term prognosis is difficult to predict. I just have to stay on my medications, and continue to monitor my blood pressure and protein levels. I don’t understand any of that! All I know is that I have a voracious appetite, love to play like any other young dog and am as sweet as ever.

My future home needs to also understand that I am afraid of men.  I will bark at them.  Some men can slowly win me over, but some may still scare me.

I hope that my diagnoses does not deter a family from meeting me, inviting me to join their clan and loving me forever. After all, no one is assured of what will happen in the future, but I plan to continue to live life to its fullest for a long time.


7 Years Old

  • 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.

Available Goldens for Adoption