We spent the first few years of our lives caring for puppies and now those days are over and it is time for us to put ourselves first. When we arrived at Foster Dad’s home, we were frightened and unsure of the unfamiliar sights and sounds of our new surroundings. We have been working hard to expand our world by trying new things and experiencing new situations.

We are given the freedom to wander in any part of the house, but we each have our own special places we go to destress and relax. We willingly go into our crates when Foster Dad leaves us alone, but we really get excited when he comes home and lets us out. We run circles around him in happy dog greetings. At night, we sleep close together on our comforter and occasionally join Foster Dad for a snuggle in the morning. Toys were quite foreign to us when we arrived. Now we are just starting to discover the delight of games of chase and wrestling together in the yard. We haven’t ridden in a car very often, so we are looking forward to some more practice runs before we become completely comfortable sitting in those big moving objects.  Leash walks are sometimes overstimulating for us, but we settle down after a few minutes out in the busy neighborhood. Progress is made in little steps.

Dakota’s Story: I am a reserved, calm girl who loves attention. I enjoy being close to my Foster Dad, especially when he sits on the floor. I still approach slowly, but will go belly-up for a scratch. I just started feeling comfortable crawling up on the couch for a snooze away from my “safe spot”.  Foster Dad has been working on obedience commands with me. I don’t respond to being bribed with treats and definitely am not interested in taking them from a hand, so training has been slow. I have learned to do a nice “sit” though. Tennis balls don’t interest me yet, but maybe in the future I will understand their appeal to most Goldens.

Payton’s Story: I am very quiet and never bark at critters or strangers who might pass by. When I am called, I come running in anticipation of receiving an ear rub or a yummy treat. I am well-mannered if you don’t count the time I got a little too close to a piece of pie on the table! I like to nap more than my sister, but I am always ready when something interesting is happening close by. I recently became attracted to toys and will pick them up and carry them from room to room. I particularly enjoy rolling around with a ball in my mouth. Foster Dad is a good teacher and I have mastered the “down” command…..most of the time.

While we are both still cautious in many situations, our personalities continue to blossom. In our adoptive home, we need a quiet, non-threatening environment. We would prefer that any children be older so they understand our need for gentle handling and stress-free play. Because we find comfort and security in each other, we need to take the next step to our forever family together. With time and patience, we will continue blooming and our lives will turn to solid gold. As our friend Snoopy said, “In life it is not where you go, it is who you travel with.”

It would be great if our forever home had a stable mentor dog to help us continue to blossom.  


Both 6 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

  • 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