My Christmas wish is for a forever home where I can snuggle by someone’s side to share comfort and love.

Showing affection is probably my number one trait. I heard my foster mom say that I’m “. . . the dearest, sweetest, and most affectionate dog she has ever known.” I really love my foster family. I love other people too, if I know they are kind.

The reason I want to be by someone’s side is that for the first three years of my life, I felt scared and lonely. I was kept in a crate much of the time. I didn’t know the happiness of being with humans and other dogs.

My foster family and my furry siblings have been teaching me about this wonderful world for several months now. My two furry siblings have been teaching me about going potty outside. I’m very good at it now. I’m also proud of myself because I’ve learned “sit” and I’m trying hard to understand “stay”.  Guess what? I’m learning “shake!” When I’m not sure what to do, Molly, my furry foster sister, puts her paw on my arm to remind me. (She’s the best!)

Speaking of furry siblings, it would be best for me to have a furry sibling in my forever home. Dogs like me blossom when we have a mentor.

Know what’s really exciting: the back yard! Foster mom is so happy that I’ve discovered the joy of running freely in the fenced-in yard. This discovery has tweaked my Golden Retriever interest in chasing squirrels, but my nice foster mom is still happy for me! Walking and following my nose in the yard is a great pastime for me. A fenced-in yard for a dog like me would be best.

I never imagined car rides! Oh! And walks with the family! I don’t mind my leash at all: it represents an outing with my family and an opportunity to sniff! Things like that were only in my wildest dreams.

My foster mom says I’ve made “huge strides’ in the past few months. She knows me quite well so has very good insights into what my forever home should offer. First of all, I do need to have a family member with me at most times—at this point anyway. I have separation anxiety. Being left alone leads me to ingest all sorts of things in the house that could cause intestinal blockage, which is dangerous. I am highly fearful of the crate so that cannot be used for me. (I don’t ingest bad things when my family is home.) Mom thinks that dog obedience classes might give me confidence and that doggie day camp might be a good option. I do take two medications presently to help ease my fears.

I’m a small Golden: 50 pounds. And, I’m told my coat is smooth and beautiful.

In her foster notes, mom wrote, “Our Meg continues to be a charmer and winner of hearts.”  Could I win yours?

Female, 3 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