I’m 2 and half years old, very smart and have been to obedience and have come a long way in agility. I spend my days playing with other dogs at my current foster home. I love to snuggle and play with my favorite frisbee toy. I do very well with experienced dog owners who I can look to for guidance as I do have fear aggression towards new people. I trust “my people” but have a hard time meeting others. I will tolerate my muzzle and work well for treats. I need a home with lots of rules and someone that can spend the time training and loving me as I can be a very good dog. I need lots of exercise and mental stimulation so I’m not suited for apartment life.

Please note Spencer has a bite history and will need ongoing training. During his adjustment his new home may encounter aggressive tendencies like lunging at strangers. He is not a dog who can simply “be loved”. Structure is necessary for him to be comfortable and live his life.

Thank you to Carrie Rhindress for fostering this boy


Hello! My name is Finn and I'm looking for a very special home who can provide for me with my special medical needs.

My foster mom said that I should write a little something about myself.

I'm a 1 and half year old Golden Retriever. I’m up to date on all of my shots, and I guess that makes me good for another year. Foster mom gives me medication once a day to help with my elbows, but they haven’t stopped me from playing with my doggy foster sister! I also have three foster cats that I live with, and I love them all! I sleep in my kennel at night, and I’m fine with that. Foster mom doesn’t like it when I look for food on counters, so we’re working on that, and she says I’m being a good boy. She also says that I’m sometimes just like a teenager, but I’m getting way better! I love walks, but I don’t like going too far, and I love balls!
I’d love to meet you! Please get in touch with the rescue if you think you could be my forever home ❤

Trainers note:

While Finn can be a great boy he is certainly not the average golden retriever. He can be quite pushy and difficult at times which makes him not the greatest family dog. Due to a few snaps, resulting in bites we won’t recommend Finn for everyone. A home who can keep consistency on training will be necessary for success.
*Medical information *

Finn was diagnosed with elbow displaysia at a young age (see below for more information on the disease). Because of this, Finn already has a mild degree of arthritis in his elbows and will require ongoing daily medication(s) to keep him comfortable. Arthritis is a diagnosis of long term management as there is no way to reverse it, only slow down its progression. In addition to the expense of ongoing medication, some chronic medications come with side effects and Finn's kidneys, liver, and gastrointestinal health should be monitored with routine bloodwork if he remains on certain pharmaceuticals long term. It is also vital that Finn remain in lean body condition as being overweight will only worsen the condition and will require a specific diet also necessary for his joint health. It is important to understand that Finn's life expectancy may be shortened due to this issue as well simply because he will bear the effects of arthritis earlier on in life therefore potentially suffering a poorer quality of life at an earlier age.

Today, Finn is a comfortable happy boy as long as he doesn't play too hard or go on strenuous/long walks. He will not be a good candidate for fetch, hard hikes or intensive exercise but will do well with moderate length controlled leash walks. Here is a great resource for more information on elbow dysplasia if you think Finn might be right for you!

If you are interested in adopting Finn and are financially able to provide for him and his medical needs, please send us an email to or on our Facebook page 🐾

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