9 Years





Fast Facts
  • A real sweetheart

  • Loves people

  • 70 pounds

  • No mentor dog needed

  • Fenced yard required

  • $200 adoption fee


INTRODUCTION As told by Rosie

Hi there! I’m Rosie, and if you look closely at my picture, you might see a hint of a smile. That’s because I’m one happy pup. Yes, I’m old(er). Yes, I spent many years working as a breeder. Yes, I am only now beginning to live my best life. But thanks to As Good as Gold, I love the direction my new life is taking me, and I can’t help but smile about it.

Geoffrey Chaucer (a really, really old guy from England) said, “. . .she was fair as the rose in May.” (I’m a very cultured canine, so I know these things.) I like to think the old guy was talking about me. I am a pretty girl, and more importantly, I have a personality to match.

When I first arrived at my foster mom’s home, I was a bit timid, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that I had hit the jackpot. I quickly learned that I L-O-O-O-O-V-E people and want to be as close to them and get as many pets from them as I can. I just want to hang out with my peeps wherever they are. I’m patient, too. I understand that you folks have other demands on your time, and that even though you want to pet me constantly, life gets in the way. So, I will doggedly (wink, wink) wait until you have time for me, enjoying naps while you’re working or otherwise engaged. Foster mom says I am low-maintenance. (I’m pretty sure that’s a compliment.)

Of course, every rose has its thorns, and I suppose I have a few, too. Walking on a leash is kind of a new thing for me. I’m not yet comfortable going potty on the leash; I’d rather do it in the back yard. And the art of walking is something of an acquired skill. I’m so excited about exploring this new world that I tend to zigzag, pulled in every direction by all the tantalizing smells, sounds and sights that surround me.

I’m also not too great with commands. I’m smart, but I just never had anyone to teach me. I know my name and will come when called, but my vocabulary stops there. If you’re patient, I know you could teach me all kinds of fun things. What a great way for us to bond.

Although I’m OK with other dogs, I’m definitely more of a people person, er, dog. My foster mom has a couple of dogs and even though they are nice, I could take them or leave them. We don’t have problems; we just don’t engage much. Well . . .  I guess I was a little naughty once. I’ve developed a deep fondness for tennis balls and Kongs (as would anyone, I think), and I got a teeny bit aggressive when one of my foster brothers got a little too close. Mom handled it like the pro dog-mom she is and simply eliminated the source of the problem, and I’ve never had an inclination to growl again. But if I live with you, maybe you would let me have a ball again? Please? Please? Think of the fun we could have.

So that we can have extra time for fun and games, I will even help you with chores! I like to tidy up the house by wandering around looking for toys (and socks and shoes) that I will then relocate to my bed. That will give us plenty of time for you to teach me the full game of fetch. (Right now, I only know to chase the ball, but it will be ever so much more fun once I learn to return it to you so that we can do it over and over and over again.)

Having lived my life as a breeder, I am only now understanding what a pampered, indulged life awaits. And I’m talking about YOU! I will spoil you with my unconditional love and loyalty. I’ve waited a long time to find a special companion. Maybe you, too, have been waiting to find that furever friend. Could it be me?

“We can complain that roses have thorns, or we can rejoice because thornbushes have Ros(ies).”

Let’s talk!


  • We don’t know how Rosie would be with children, although she met some at a meet-and-greet and was happy to have them pet her.
  • Rosie barks but not excessively (when dinner is being prepared, sometimes when left alone or at noises).
  • Seeks attention from people.
  • Enjoys being outside.
  • Can manage stairs.
  • Needs help getting in car but rides in (and exits) cars well.
  • Has eaten foster brothers’ poop (but not her own).

Medical Concerns

  • Is currently being treated for a resistant ear infection.

Golden Years Program

  • Adopting a senior (dogs 8 and older) like Rosie gives adopters the opportunity to participate in the AGaG Golden Years Program. After adopting a senior dog for a reduced $200 adoption fee, the adoption fee is waived if the family adopts a senior dog from AGaG again.
  • 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