My purpose in life used to be a full-time mommy. I was comfortable around other dogs, but I didn’t get many opportunities to interact with humans or experience anything beyond my cage. When my owner didn’t want me anymore, I was taken in by As Good as Gold. I came without any possessions, not even a name. My Foster Dad gave me my first gift. He named me Polly Esther.

At first, I wouldn’t take treats from anyone’s hand or leave my safe spot in the laundry room. That has all changed. I have learned to trust my Foster Mom, stick close to her and sleep near her bed. I check on her throughout the night to see if she needs to give me a scratch or pat, which she always does!  I also occasionally crawl into bed next to her and put my head on her shoulder so I know she won’t leave the bed without me.

I have fun exploring the yard with my canine foster siblings Bella and Jacque. I am learning a lot by just hanging around with them and feel safe when they are nearby. I know I would be lonely without another dog in my life, so that will be a necessity in my forever home. When I encounter something strange while outside, I put on a brave face and give a loud bark. Then I run in the opposite direction! I have even learned to respond to my new name and come in when I am called.  My ball with a rope attached is my first and favorite toy. I toss it, catch it, carry it and chew it!

The pictures and voices I see on the television screen in the family room still concern me a little bit, but if I get a cuddle at TV time, I feel more comfortable. My favorite place in the house is the kitchen because I know yummy stuff comes from there.  Since I love to eat, it’s a great place to hang out. I am a calm leash walker although I tend to cut my humans off a bit by crossing back and forth in front of them.  Foster Mom says that I will improve with practice. I am always a willing participant.

My name is perfect for me. Polyester is good under stress, has good durability and has high tenacity. This Polly Esther also has a perpetually wagging tail and needs special handling including occasional treats, gentle pats, patient training and lots of love.


2 Years Old

Adoption Process
  • 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