2 Years





Fast Facts
  • House-trained

  • Good with children

  • Good with dogs

  • Not good with cats

  • Needs fenced yard

  • 65 pounds

INTRODUCTION As told by Simba

 I’m Simba, the smiling golden! OK, so apparently my smile includes a curled lip, but don’t let that put you off — it’s my Simba smile! I want to be with humans. Foster mom says, “There is not one ounce of aggression in this pup.”

I like to be near people and follow foster mom from room to room throughout the day. Evenings are the best because everyone is home and gathered in one room, which provides a great opportunity to get their attention. I sit near them and touch my paw to their legs urging them to pet me. Similar to a child, I sometimes have trouble relaxing in the evenings and the human touch helps me settle.

For most of my first two years I lived with a family, but they moved to a place that didn’t allow dogs —can you imagine that? — so they relinquished me to As Good as Gold, which has proved to be a great thing. I love being with my foster family and hear that a forever family is my next step.

Foster mom says I’m “definitely a sweet boy.” Know what else she says? That I can be a goofball! Maybe that’s what she thinks when I chase a flashlight and play the game “don’t let the balloon hit the floor.” I can jump really high! I so love the snow and catching snowballs in my mouth! I am thrilled when I get the chance to whiz down a hill on a sled!

There are three children in my foster home — the youngest is 6. Foster mom appreciates that I’m so tolerant and playful with them. Sometimes I’ll playfully grab their toys, but I’ll happily return them when they trade me for one of my own. I’ll also just drop their toy too, if they ask, after some prompting.

Emma is my furry foster sister. We play together a lot! We share toys and play outside together. I also look to her as a leader. With my energy, I think having another dog in my forever home would be pretty cool, but not necessary. If Emma wants to chill for a while, I just find another family member to be with.


  • Keep the doors closed; Simba will zoom out if he sees a door is ajar!
  • Fine with crate
  • Has shown fear of fireworks
  • Does not counter surf, guard or growl
  • Has exhibited humping in the past, but this decreased quite a bit since his neuter. He may do so initially with a new family, but the behavior will likely dissipate


  • Has a Grade 1 heart murmur; vet recommends recheck in April 2024 with BNP monitoring (checking protein in bloodwork)
  • Diagnosed with hypothyroidism, for which he takes medication. T4 levels to be checked again in mid-May 2024.
  • Completed treatment for Lyme’s disease
  • 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