1 Year





Fast Facts
  • 37 pounds

  • Smart and playful

  • Cuddle bug

  • Mentor dog not required

  • Fenced yard required

  • House-trained

INTRODUCTION     As told by Winnie

VROOM! VROOM! VROOM!!! I just ran a few zoomies across my foster mom’s fenced-in backyard. I can run like the wind! And I do, several times a day. I also love to play fetch with a rubber ball that I will return to you so we can play over and over and over again.

I’m looking for a family that is active, adventurous, patient and that wants a loving, intelligent companion. As a former breeder dog, I am new to family life, but with every passing day and each lesson learned, I am quickly coming to realize that finding my fur-ever home is exactly what I want.

 My foster mom describes me as an “absolutely delightful spitfire of energy and adorableness!” For the past few months, she has been patiently showing me the ropes of being part of a family. She says I’m making great strides, but I won’t lie; I have a few more lessons to master.

Foster mom thinks I’m still a flight risk, so my new home must have a fenced yard. It’s not that I wouldn’t want to stay with you; it’s just that I have so much energy and am so curious about this new world, that off I go. Mom also warns that whoever adopts me will have to be mindful of always holding tightly to my leash. Who knows what I might see that would make me bolt: a squirrel? A ball? A fast-food wrapper?

See, that’s the thing. I’m kind of impulsive, and so I just react. But a lot of that is because I’m only 1 year old, so I’m kind of like a teenager. I’m also smart and anxious to please, so with consistent training and love, I will learn fast. Taking one series of positive reinforcement training classes will be a special condition of my adoption.

By the way, I have a rather dominant personality, so I want to be the big kahuna in the house – after YOU, of course! I would probably enjoy the companionship of furry siblings, but they’d have to be OK with me as top dog. My foster mom has three other dogs, and we have all gotten along pretty well (even if I occasionally helped myself to a toy someone else has).

In a nutshell, here are some things to know about me:

  • I’m crate-trained (though not too happy about being put in it).
  • I know a few commands and am working on others.
  • I need help getting into the car (though with time I know I’ll figure it out). Car rides make me a bit nervous but I’m a good passenger.
  • If you’re the kind of person who loves to cuddle up with your pup, I volunteer!
  • When I first arrived at my foster mom’s, I was nervous, so I chewed on inappropriate things (pillows, blankets, papers). But this is greatly improving.


  • Still exhibits some shy behavior in new situations.
  • Behavior around children is unknown.
  • Has demonstrated mildly aggressive behavior toward other dogs when wanting a toy or treat.
  • Has counter surfed.
  • Still adjusting to being on a leash, so has not yet incorporated daily walks into routine.


  • No health concerns.
  • 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