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After a long and winding road, Harlow has finally made it to her wonderful new forever home!!! She will spend her days at work with her mom, greeting customers who come into the office.  All who meet her can not believe she has any vision problems.....they only see a happy, content Golden.

Thanks to everyone who offered help, good thoughts and prayers for Harlow.  This special girl is now exactly where she is meant to be.

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President's Message

  

President message-216x159It’s summer in the desert and the heat is on.

Just a quick reminder that if you think it’s hot outside so do your Goldens.  They need plenty of water and a shady spot to hide until you let them back in, which should be very quickly!  The pavement gets extremely hot and, unlike you, your dogs don’t wear shoes, so please . . . get your walks in before or after the sun comes out.  While the heat is an obvious issue, a less apparent threat is Valley Fever, which is caused by a fungus that gets stirred up by windstorms or even construction.  You can lessen the exposure of this illness to your dogs by keeping them indoors as much as possible.  Most Goldens will not seriously object to being with you.

 

 Summertime also means that our annual Board of Directors election cycle will be starting up again.  Indeed, the Nominating Committee is being formed right now.  Our next issue of Golden Tales will bring you all the details, but the time to think about running for the Board is now.  Our Golden Retrievers are smart and talented but they need humans to run this rescue so please respond when the call for nominees goes out.

 

Meanwhile, there is a lot going on!  Planning is in full swing for our Links of Gold Golf Tournament on September 13th at beautiful Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale.  Our annual online fundraising program, Bowl-A-Rama, just launched and runs until August 9th.  Please check out the rescue stories of our four Bowl-A-Rama canine representatives, Stevie, Willie, Tasha, and Finnegan, and help us make this campaign a success!

 

Finally, you will enjoy Scottie McGowan’s account of another journey to El Paso, Texas, to rescue five Golden Retrievers who needed new forever homes in sunny Arizona.  We’ll just have to teach June, Cash, Lucky, Devin and Jack how to lose that Texas accent when they bark!

  

Links of Gold

 

Links of Gold dog216x143It’s time once again for you to join us at our Links of Gold Golf Tournament on Saturday, September 13th at beautiful Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale!

This is the signature fundraising event of the year for Rescue A Golden of Arizona.  Your tails will be wagging when you tee off on Troon North’s breathtaking Monument course.  This year we are featuring a hole-in-one contest sponsored by Audi North Scottsdale!  How many Goldens can you fit in your new Audi?!  More of a socialite than a golfer? No problem!  Join us at 5:30 PM for “Yappy Hour” and dinner. This is your opportunity to retrieve your raffle tickets and get to know other Golden enthusiasts!  Yappy Hour will be followed by a sensational Italian buffet dinner featuring chicken piccata, pastas, salad, and desserts.  And there will be home-baked doggie treats for the pups!

 

We just can’t stop howling about this year’s raffle prizes!  We’ve been barking up all the right trees and have some spectacular items that you might win!  We continue to seek donations for our raffle, so please let us know if you have additional items you can fetch for the event!  Because we love to retrieve!  Click here for details or to register.
 

 

Bowl-A-Rama

 

Bowlarama216x287Have you ever seen a Golden Retriever bowl?

Yes, they love bowling! On Saturday, August 9th, the entire animal rescue community in the Phoenix metro area will gather for some friendly bowling competition and to help raise funds for our cause (two-footed bowlers only).  Rescue A Golden of Arizona (RAGofAZ) has enthusiastically supported Bowl-A-Rama for many years, and it has become a significant fundraiser.  In fact, every dollar we raise goes directly into our RAGofAZ treasury to help pay our vet bills and support our mission!


You can help by making a donation in honor of one of four fabulous Bowl-A-Rama Golden Retrievers: Stevie, Willie, Tasha and Finnegan. Their rescue stories will amaze and inspire you! Just click here to check out their photos and read how RAGofAZ came to their rescue. Ask your friends, family and colleagues to contribute too, and help make 2014 Bowl-A-Rama a howling success! Click here to donate.

 

El Paso Rescue

 

DevinLucky-216x162A Tale of the Tres El Paso Banditos is the story about the transport of five dogs from El Paso to Tucson.  Hoping you will take the time to read it.

Click here to read about our hilarious (in retrospect) adventure.


 

 

 

Barnes & Noble Gift Wrap 2014

Gift-wrap216x216Yes, it’s Christmas in July!

We may be locked into triple digits outside but here inside at RAGofAZ we are already planning our holiday gift wrapping program with Barnes and Noble Booksellers.  In fact, we have dates booked at B&N locations in Arrowhead (Bell/77th in Peoria), Happy Valley (off I-17), and Goodyear (Litchfield/McDowell). We also expect to be back at Crossroads B&N in Gilbert, and we’re on the hunt for some great locations in Tucson too.  Check out the dates scheduled so far in the “Mark Your Calendar” section at the end of this newsletter.  And get ready to “bring the bling” this holiday season!


 

 

Woof Down Lunch

Courthouse Square in Prescott was the place to be on Saturday, June 28th, when hundreds of animal welfare groups gathered with their furry – or not so furry – friends for some eats, drinks, and play time.

RAGofAZ’s northern contingent of volunteers manned the Rescue A Golden of Arizona booth and promoted our cause with great success.  Many thanks to Lynn and Daryl Lassen who brought Gamer and Honey, Ruth Ann Steffes with Tasha and Sedona, Robin Fox with Spirit, Becky Wetzel with Maddie, and Liz Sawtschenko, who trekked up from the Valley with her Gus.


 

Intake Team Members Needed

Ever wonder how we get information about new dogs coming in?   

Do you have some time and are fairly computer literate? Would you like to be the first to know the new dogs?  Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

Bridge Page

Rainbow Bridge monvalcropped 3 216x229Gone but never forgotten . . . remember the beloved Goldens who have crossed to the Bridge but will live forever in the hearts of those who loved them.  Click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL THE NEWS FROM SOUTHERN ARIZONA...

 

Curb Service

For the safety of our Golden Ambassadogs, we are providing Meet & Greet curb service during the hot weather here in Tucson.

 

When you arrive, call 520.360.4414 and someone will come out to safely escort your dog inside while you park.


Thursday July 17th Meet & Greet at Konaberi Self Serve Yogurt

Kona-beri-216x120Konaberi is located at 9155 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ 85749; meeting time is 6:00 PM.  This is a fun time when families beat the heat by heading on down to their favorite yogurt shop.  The owners are very generous.  They are donating two gift cards for us to raffle off at the store. 

Not only do we get to keep the raffle money, but we get a percentage of the yogurt sold during our time, and our dogs can wear their vests and collect money too.  Come join us for great yogurt and fun socializing.  If you can’t come to meet and greet, come to enjoy some delicious, cold yogurt.


Home Visit Team Members Needed in Southern Arizona

Home Visits-216x216We especially need people on the northwest side. 

Not labor or time intensive and you help us to know if a dog will be safe and loved in the home that you visit.  Training is provided.  Email us for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

 

 

 Emeritus Assisted Living Visits Tucson

Emeritus-At-Catalina-Foothills-216x161Last call for people who want to do visits to Emeritus Assisted Living at River & Swan. 

Those of us who have been going find that the residents really love interacting with the dogs. Our visit days are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 AM and usually just last about 45 minutes. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Call for Jim Click 2014 Jeep Raffle Tickets

Jeep-216x279There are still a few left.  Support your rescue and maybe ride around town in your new Jeep Cherokee.

Tickets are $25.00 each or 5 for $100.  Our ticket sales are retained by our rescue.  Credit Cards accepted. You can order on the RAGofAZ website or call Scottie McGowan at 520.360.4414.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark your calendar!

  • Calendar216x219Bowl-A-Rama - fundraising continues until August 9, 2014
  • Links of Gold Golf Tournament - Saturday, September 13, 2014
  • Golden Harvest Wine Tasting - Friday, October 17, 2014
  • Bark in the Park in Tucson - Sunday, November 9, 2014
  • Meet & Greet Konaberi Self Serve Yogurt - Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (see article above)
  • Meet & Greet - Bookman's at Ina Road and Thornydale Road in Tucson on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Holiday Gift Wrapping

Confirmed dates for three Barnes and Noble locations:

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 President's Message

We have a number of projects ramping up so I’m happy to bring you up to date.

First, let me thank everyone who submitted a photo of their dog for our  Cutest Golden Contest.  These are 50 of the coolest looking Goldens you’ve ever seen so please plan to cast your votes early and often.  Details below . . . please help us make this the most successful Cutest Golden Contest ever.  Kudos to Dean Mills, who developed our very first contest years ago and is still working diligently to make it more fun every year.  I personally appreciate your dedication – it’s an example for all of us.

Next up – our  Links of Gold Golf Committee is hard at work planning our biggest fundraising event of the year under the leadership of new Chairperson Julie Thompson. For some time, you’ve been asking me why we have not reached out to the business community in an effort to obtain some large-dollar sponsorships for Links of Gold.  I’m very pleased to tell you that this is precisely what Julie and her team are doing.  In addition to new sponsorship opportunities, we’ve also got a fantastic new menu featuring Chicken Piccata!  Check out the details below.  

Tee shirts with our new logo have arrived and are now available on our website (in both men’s and ladies’ sizes) and they look great.  Other items are also available through Lands’ End so please see info and link below.

Finally, I want to express my personal gratitude to all of you who have responded to our 3rd Annual Fundraising Campaign: The  Seasons of Rescue.  Your dollars are helping us to provide life saving care to injured and sick Goldens like Snowy and Rudy.  I am always moved by your generous commitment to our cause (link to donate is shown below).  And there is still time to contribute.  Your donation to our Annual Campaign is welcome any month of the year – because every season is the season of rescue.

More to come, I’ll keep you posted.  

Bob Schillaci
President

2014 Cutest Golden Contest – Ready, Set, Vote!

Simba2 resizedStart voting now for one or all of these cuties! This contest is one of our most important fundraising projects of the year – and definitely the most fun.

 Cast your votes every week and help your favorite Golden win a coveted spot in our 2015 Hearts of Gold calendar.  Maybe he or she will even be on the cover.  Only you can make it happen. Click here for rules, voting strategy and to cast your vote!




 

Save the date: Links of Gold Golf Tournament on September 13, 2014!

golfer-and-golden resizedMark your calendar now for the signature fundraising event of the year – Links of Gold!

 This year we have a fabulous new menu, a raffle with a real “wow” factor, and enhanced sponsorship packages tailored just for your business.  Or perhaps you know of a colleague or company that might be interested.  If you have a contact name and number for a possible sponsor lead, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll gladly follow up.  We are seeking donations for our raffle too – there are so many ways you can help!  Look for details on our website in early June.


 

Tee shirts with new logo now available!

RAGofAZ-TshirtYes, they are here!  Tee shirts featuring our happy new logo have arrived and are for sale on our website.

 Check out other items available through Lands’ End. Click here (and scroll down) to get started.

 

 

Thank you for your support of our 2014 Annual Fundraising Campaign: The Seasons of Rescue!

2014ac100-1 001 216x127 resizedYour generous support of our Annual Fundraising Campaign has raised nearly $7,000 to help us provide veterinarian care for our rescued Goldens.

But the need is great and  always will be, so please consider joining our campaign.  And because we are an all-volunteer organization, every dollar supports our mission.  Click here to see our beautiful Seasons of Rescue greeting card, or to donate.




The return of Bowl-A-Rama!

Bowlarama Buddy 1  2013a resizedIf it’s summertime, it must be Bowl-A-Rama time!  Rescue A Golden of Arizona will again be participating in the 12th Annual Bowl-A-Rama for Animal Rescue on Saturday, August 9th at AMF Scottsdale Lanes.

This event brings together the entire Phoenix Metro rescue community for some friendly competition.  Plus . . . you can help us raise funds by sponsoring one of our four bowling teams, each led by a special four-footed furry team captain.  More to come.




The Best Price For Fluconazole in Tucson

The high cost of Fluconazole has sent Arizonans scurrying month to month to find the least expensive cost to keep our Valley Fever pets in good health. 

 Click here to see the lowest cost found in Tucson.

Survival to Improve at Pima Animal Care Center (PACC)

All animal shelters face insurmountable problems in caring for the animals in their charge.  Overcrowding, substandard facilities, and lack of funding have led to high illness and euthanasia rates.

 Click here to read what one shelter is doing to make a difference.

It’s Fire Danger and Monsoon Season

We never know when any disaster is going to hit, and animals frequently must be left behind because of lack of planning.  Are you prepared?

Click here for information vital for your pet’s protection.

Toad Aversion Training, Tucson

Monsoon is approaching and with it the Sonoran Toads.  It has to rain before our trainer, Jay Smith, will have a toad.

If you are interested in toad aversion training, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

2014 Jeep Cherokee Raffle Tickets

Jeep Raffle info2aThere are still a few raffle tickets available but not for much longer.

To purchase tickets, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



 

 

 

Bridge Page

Sunset-Sky-013Gone but never forgotten . . . remember the beloved Goldens who have crossed to the Bridge but will live forever in the hearts of those who loved them.


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Mark your calendar!

Because you don’t want to miss a thing! Click here for our website events calendar.

  • WoofStock: May 18th  from 10A – 4P at Prescott Valley Civic Centers
  • Golden Time at Sweet Tomatoes, Tucson  (date & time to be announced)
  • Woof Down Lunch: June 28th  from 10A – 3P at Courthouse Plaza in Prescott
  • Bowl-A-Rama: August 9th at 1:30 at AMF Scottsdale Lanes
  • Links of Gold Golf Tournament: September 13th  at Troon North Golf Club
  • Golden Harvest on October 17th at AZ Bread Co. in Tempe

    Upcoming Meet and Greet events:
  • East Valley PetSmart Meet and Greet at Val Vista & Guadalupe in Gilbert: May 17th 10A - 2PM
  • Tucson PetSmart Meet and Greet at Broadway & Pantano: May 10th 10AM - 2PM
  • Tucson Bookman’s Meet and Greet at Ina & Thornydale: May 24th 11AM - 3PM



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 President's Message

I can hardly believe that the year is nearly half gone and summer is upon us.  At this time of year, we must diligently protect our Golden Retrievers from the brutal desert sun.  Give them plenty of water, walk them during the coolest part of the day or evening, and watch out for those hot pavements.
 
As your President, summertime always means that we must begin to focus on Board elections.  This year poses some special challenges in staffing our Board of Directors that I want to highlight early on.  At this moment, we already have three vacancies on our Board: Director of Events, Director of Golden Operations, and Director of Southern Member & Volunteer Activities.  Additionally, we have five Board members whose terms will expire in October – President, Secretary, Directors of Fundraising, Golden Rescue, and Southern K-9 Operations – and some of these incumbents do not plan to run for re-election.  If you do the math, you can see where this is going.
 
Historically, it has always been difficult to recruit volunteers who are willing to commit the time and energy to Board service.  Our Board has worked relentlessly to develop a strong process for succession planning, and we are ready to mentor and support potential Board members for as long as needed.  But we must have candidates to take the reins . . . and you could be among them!  The most important talent you need is a willingness to learn.  If you would like to know more about Board service, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  I would be happy to familiarize you with the duties of Board members and answer your questions.
 
I’m sure you understand and share my concerns.  It would be a shame to have worked so hard to set our organization on a path to fiscal sustainability and sound governance, only to see our progress halted because of a leadership void.  Please step up and become one of the leaders who will fill that void.  If not you, then who?

Bob Schillaci
President

2014 Cutest Golden Contest – Meet the Winners!

lizzy115resizedYou took your best shot (photo that is), you voted, and you chose the winner of our 2014 Cutest Golden Contest.

 Meet Lizzy, who will grace the cover of our 2015 Hearts of Gold calendar when it is published this fall.  Also winning a coveted spot in our calendar is Maddie, our runner-up, along with eight other adorable Goldens.  You can view all of them right now, just click here. Also, the slideshow on the RAGofAZ website has been updated to feature the winners. Check it out on our home page.

Not only will these Goldens make fabulous calendar models, their many human fans raised more than $8,200.00 in funds to support our organization and help pay those vet bills!  Congratulations to Lizzy’s humans, Michelle and John Krieger, and all of our winners and contestants – and thank you to everyone who voted!

 

From Labs to Lizards...

Fuzzy-Friends-banner2-275x118...did you know that you can enter your pet’s photo in our calendar as a “fuzzy friend?” 

And it doesn’t have to be Golden or even a dog.


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Win a brand new Audi at our Links of Gold Golf Tournament!

Audi logoSeptember 13, 2014 at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale

 

Rescue A Golden of Arizona is thrilled to announce Audi North Scottsdale as our Links of Gold Hole in One sponsor!  Sign up now for your chance to hit that once-in-a-lifetime hole in one and drive away in a fabulous new car!

 

Also new this year – a delicious buffet dinner featuring Chicken Piccata, Caesar salad, tortellini and rotini dishes, and scrumptious pies!  We have bold new sponsorship opportunities for you and your business, and welcome your support in so many ways.  Please help make Links of Gold a success by sharing potential sponsorship leads, and soliciting raffle donations from stores and venues that you patronize.  Just send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll take it from there.  Registration opens on June 1st so sign up now to be part of our biggest and best fundraising event of the year. Click here

 

Woof Stock 2014

Woofstock croppedOur northern Arizona volunteers had a wonderful time as animal lovers and rescue advocates gathered at Woof Stock on May 18th at the Prescott Valley Civic Center to celebrate this annual event.

It was a great opportunity to promote our organization and the cause of Golden Retriever rescue at a wonderful community venue.  Many thanks to Lynn and Daryl Lassen, Ruth Ann Steffes, Robin Fox and Becky Wetzel – along with their fabulous four-footed friends! – for representing RAGofAZ so well!




 

Let’s Go Shopping!

RAGofAZ 3c logo 240x134Check out our new tee shirts that showcase our happy new logo!  You can also order a variety of cool new sweatshirts, hats and other items through Lands’ End or Needles Up.

Just click here to get started.

 

 

 

 

 

Woof Down Lunch on Saturday, June 28th!

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Come and spend the day with your favorite two-footed and four-footed friends at Woof Down Lunch!

Held at beautiful Courthouse Square in Prescott, this is a great opportunity to have lunch with your pets and fellow Golden-lovers while promoting the cause of animal rescue.  Please bring your own chairs and any comfort items you or your dogs will need.  If you can attend, please email Lynn Lassen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know when you will be there.



 

 

Harlow, a Golden girl who found her "forever home"

Harlow forever home croppedAfter a long and winding road, Harlow has finally made it to her wonderful new forever home!!!

She will spend her days at work with her mom, greeting customers who come into the office. All who meet her can not believe she has any vision problems.....they only see a happy, content Golden.

Thanks to everyone who offered help, good thoughts and prayers for Harlow.  This special girl is now exactly where she is meant to be.

 

 

 

 

 Jim Click 2014 Jeep Cherokee Raffle Tickets

Jeep Raffle info2aSome tickets are still available.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information or click here.  Credit cards are accepted.  $25 each; 5 for $100.  All ticket sales money goes to RAGofAZ.



 

 

 

Summer Pet Care

With the heat now in the triple digit range, it’s vitally important that we change some of our normal habits when it comes to pet care.

 Click here for some important guidelines from the American Animal Hospital Association to protect your canine through the dog days of summer.

Meet & Greet News

Greetings from our Bookman’s Ina Road Tucson Meet & Greeters.

Click here to meet some committed, merry making volunteers.

 

Bridge Page

Sunset-Sky-013Gone but never forgotten . . . remember the beloved Goldens who have crossed to the Bridge but will live forever in the hearts of those who loved them.


read more


 

 

Mark your calendar!

Because you don’t want to miss a thing! Click here for our website events calendar.

•    Woof Down Lunch: June 28th  from 10 AM – 3 PM at Courthouse Plaza in Prescott
•    Bowl-A-Rama: August 9th at 1:30 at AMF Scottsdale Lanes
•    Links of Gold Golf Tournament: September 13th at Troon North Golf Club
•    Golden Harvest on October 17th at AZ Bread Co. in Tempe

Upcoming Meet and Greet events:

•    East Valley PetSmart Meet and Greet at Val Vista & Guadalupe in Gilbert on June 21st from 12 - 4 PM
•    Tucson PetSmart Meet and Greet at Broadway & Pantano June 14th 10 AM - 2 PM
•    Tucson Bookman’s Meet and Greet at Ina & Thornydale June 28th 11 AM - 3 PM