Rocky Square

In the movie series Rocky, protagonist Rocky Balboa is depicted as an everyman who started out by going the distance and overcoming obstacles that occurred in his life and career.  I am not a fighter, but I have been working hard to overcome my obstacles and become a golden success story.  I originally came from a home where rough play was the standard and good behavior was not taught or encouraged.  I barked incessantly and sometimes gently put my mouth on a hand to get the attention I wanted.  My foster parents have been working with me by using what they call positive reinforcement. To me, that means treats and sweet talk!  They are so proud of my improved behavior!   My fur foster siblings Jacque and Bella have taught me what is acceptable dog-to-dog behavior and I am learning how to play appropriately with them.

Foster mom says I am a very smart guy and a diamond in the rough.  I love to please my humans and even though I have a lot of energy, I also enjoy unwinding by putting my head on my foster mom’s lap to encourage a few pets and pats.  She tells me I am a love bug.

There won’t be a need to have a rodent control company come to your home if I live with you.  I chase squirrels and chipmunks who dare to venture into the yard, even at the cost of the hosta plants. I enjoy walks wearing a harness or gentle leader, but I run like the wind when off leash.  I am starting obedience classes where I can fine tune my good behavior and become a perfect family member.  As my namesake Rocky Balboa once said, “I guess if I can change and you can change, everybody can change.”  I’m ready for a change!


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

  • 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