December Lucy290

With almost 9 years of memories, Lucy was an extra special Golden that we miss dearly. From the day we adopted her from RAGofAZ, she instantly became part of our family.

She loved her treats-- patiently waiting by the pantry door throughout the day. With a huge smile on her face, she happily went on car rides and walks. It seemed she was trying to tell everyone where she was going all the time carrying her leash in her mouth.  She loved to swim--it was her favorite thing to do.  We don’t know how, but somehow she knew without anyone saying a word, that we were upstairs changing into our swimsuits. There she was, waiting eagerly, standing at the door to the pool.   Lucy would when sit by my side, chin on my lap, big eyes looking up at me, and then she put her paw in my lap. The most unique thing we remember about her is how she always waited until the last person went upstairs to bed. She would follow behind them, but not before she grabbed a shoe to take with her. We will always keep Lucy and these memories in our hearts forever.

November Lightning290

Thunder and Lightning, a bonded pair, found their forever home in October 2010.  It had been a difficult few months for these girls.  Their first owner had passed away leaving them without a home.

 We feel very lucky to have been able to adopt these fabulous sisters.  They were wonderfully trained, love to cuddle and are the first dogs we have ever had that just lay down and WANT to be brushed!!  Unfortunately, we lost Thunder to cancer in October 2013, but Lightning has moved on strongly.  She has found a new routine with an expanded family of two other orphans (bearded collies!) that also found themselves without a home.  Lightning is the sweetest dog we will ever have!

October Tinker Belle290

Tinker’s life began, thanks to Rescue a Golden of Arizona, when they did a puppy mill rescue in 2008. When she was rescued from the puppy mill, she was a very timid frightened little girl.

 Tinker adopted me September 20, 2008.  Today Tinker is happy, sassy, brave, playful, loving, and a toy hoarder. Every day she runs at mach speed in the back yard past her beloved fur companions as a reminder, perhaps to herself, that she is free. She has brought me so much joy, and I am grateful to her rescuers and foster mom for bringing her along to where she is today.

September SimbaTango290

Simba and Tango became a duo in November 2013 when we realized that Simba appeared to be mourning the recent loss of his companion dog, Lady.  Sad eyes, we thought, he seems lost.

 RAGofAZ had recently taken Tango into rescue after a wonderful foster family had saved him from being “dumped.”  An oldie but a goodie, Tango had eye, skin and ear problems, weak hind legs, and needed to be altered.  But all we really wanted to know was if Tango needed a home – our home.  Simba and Tango connected immediately and have been inseparable ever since.  Simba has always been outgoing, energetic and affectionate while Tango initially seemed “folded in.”  Over time, as Tango regained his health and strength, Simba has helped him learn to assert himself and discover his “inner dogness.”  Now, we can’t even say the word “park” without the two of them running around and wagging their tails furiously.  And both of them will beg for petting and attention, lavishing love on everyone they encounter…especially us!

August Sadie290

At the end of April in 2010, Sadie came into rescue from Yuma at the age of 9. She was dirty, smelly and had severe ear infections along with mammary tumors.

As fosters, we took her to vet appointments, nursed her through surgery, cleaned her ears and fell in love.  One month after her arrival, she became an official ElkHound.  Sadie is the girl next door – everyone and everything loves her. She now, occasionally, pays it forward by helping with new dog evaluations and at the age of 13 sleeps through Barnes and Noble Gift Wraps with one eye open – just in case there are cookies involved!

July Sasha290

We are so blessed to have Sasha in our lives. Sasha is a very happy little girl.

She loves to give kisses when you come home from work or even if you are just away for a few minutes. She is such a loving and joyful girl. We are so blessed.

June RockyMolly290

Rocky and Molly are inseparable “best buds” and enjoy one another as playmates.

  They are always learning from one another, sharing and taking toys from one another, diving and playing ball in the pool, walking every morning, and being “golden bad” together.  Rocky having had no puppy life is learning from Molly how to enjoy a “golden” life playing with toys, enjoying belly rubs, and eating hibiscus flowers.  We are so grateful every day to RAGofAZ for bringing us this sweet duo!

May Maddie290

Maddie, RAGofAZ's "Mom of the Year 2012," came to rescue with 6 young puppies. She and her 2 day old puppies were found abandoned shortly before a winter storm struck northern Arizona, a storm that the young family surely would not have survived.

to a group of guardian angels, the young family was safe and thanks to RAGofAZ, Maddie and her puppies are now in loving homes.

Maddie is sweet, joyful and loving. Her days are filled with chasing lizards or tennis balls and just hanging out with me. She waits patiently hoping her friend Jesse, who drives one of those brown trucks, will stop and deliver a package and a doggie treat. She knows the sound of his truck and runs to the door when she hears him coming down the street!

Maddie loves to go shopping and being an ambassadog for RAGofAZ. Her latest endeavor is to become a Therapy dog, so she can share her love and happiness with even more people.

I tell her every day she is my special girl and every day is special with my Maddie. Thank you RAGofAZ for all you do to bring joy and happiness to more loving homes.

April Cassie290

From the time that Cassie, originally Ruthie, was adopted from Rescue A Golden of Arizona, she was the light of our lives.

  We were lucky to have her with us for 9 years.  Everyone loved her, especially our customers. They want to greet Cassie even before saying hi to us!  We surely miss her, but what a blessing to have had her in our lives.

March Teddie290

Hi. My name is Teddie.  I was 15 in May of 2014.  I was actually rescued three times in my life.

Once by RAGofAZ Transport Team,  then by my Foster Mom who is actually my Forever Mom and then I was rescued again by my forever Dad when I was 9 (I actually coordinated the whole married thing). Dad came with a little dog “Lady” (must have been a golden in disguise) and I had a golden sister.  We added a funny colored golden brother and now we are a pack of five.  I have had to say good bye to many of my golden friends over the years and I know someday I will join them at the bridge.  I apparently still have some work to do.  I had surgery this year to remove a mass on my leg.  My doc, who we all call “Flag” at University 'cause we can’t spell the rest of the name worked some miracle for me and has given me some more time.  I am so grateful that my mom decided to become a volunteer at Rescue a Golden back in 1999 otherwise I wouldn’t be able to write this story about my wonderful life.  Thank you Rescue a Golden for giving me that second chance and I think my mom and dad are pretty grateful that I have enriched their lives so much with my unconditional love and spirit.

February Timmy290

 We are the classic "foster failures".  We were asked if we would be able to 'immediately' foster one of the Goldens brought in from El Paso, Texas.

We arrived for the meet and greet and Timmy marched to my husband's car and did not even look back!  My husband immediately bonded with this gorgeous light golden who was missing three toes on his back foot.  He needed orthopedic surgery to remove an old corrective plate which had "popped" off of his rear leg bone After the surgery we had an orthopedic brace made and Timmy now has developed a swagger only very confident Golden Retrievers possess.  The brace is used mainly as a walking boot to help correct his gait. Without the brace on, his is fast and very agile!  Timmy found a good friend when  Sasha, a Golden puppy,  joined our family at 16 weeks.  She keeps him active and entertained. . Thank you RAGofAZ for allowing us to adopt this wonderful golden boy!

January Finnegan290

Finnegan came to RAGofAZ through the intervention of a concerned vet and another rescue group.  Finnegan was hit by a car, and taken to an emergency animal hospital by a Good Samaritan.

  He was diagnosed with a broken leg and placed in a splint.  Another rescue group wanted to help Finnegan, but could not afford the vet bills, so the veterinarian steered them to RAGofAZ.  The first surgery was not a success, as the bone had shifted and Finnegan required an orthopedic specialist.  While all this was going on, I was grieving over the loss of my beloved Golden Retriever, Oliver.  Oliver was my first Golden and was like a child to me.  When I told my fellow volunteers at RAGofAZ about the loss of Oliver, they knew immediately that Finnegan would be a great match.  His injury and second surgery were quite scary for me, never dealing with this before, but Finnegan was a trooper through it all.  He has such a sweet nature about him and is truly my lap puppy.  Anytime I sit on the floor, he comes over and sits down in my lap for a love.  I miss Oliver every single day, but the antics and sweetness of Finnegan have helped me grieve and put a smile on my face everyday.

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Cover Winner Lizzy

Lizzy spent the first 9 years of her life as a breeding dog in a dirt pen in Northern Arizona with only a juniper tree for shelter.

When Lizzy came into RAGofAZ in the spring of 2013, she was overweight and had a stomach full of rocks. She needed surgery to remove cancerous tumors, and had a number of other health issues that needed to be treated. Lizzy now lives with us on a ranch near Prescott where she enjoys two hot home cooked meals and snacks every day, as well as a morning hike and at least one car ride.  She has a choice of many soft beds to sleep in, including ours!  Lizzy has adopted dozens of stuffed animals and cares for them as if they were her puppies. Hiking and swimming are some of her favorite activities but chasing water from a hose is the ultimate fun!  A fantastic traveler, Lizzy has been in 13 states so far. She swam in the Atlantic Ocean, frolicked in lakes, streams and ponds in Pennsylvania, boated in Tennessee, and chased frogs and ducks in Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. Lizzy enjoys every minute of her life and we feel lucky to share all those minutes with her. Is she spoiled you wonder?  We can guarantee it!

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President's Message

Vote edited-5September is fast approaching and that means we will soon be entering our Board of Directors annual election cycle.  I am pleased to announce that Kathy Mutch has agreed once again to chair our Nominating Committee and conduct our election process.

 

This year there will be five Board positions open for election: President, Secretary, Director of Fundraising, Director of Golden Rescue, and Director of Southern K-9 Operations. The position of Director of Events is not part of this year’s election cycle, but it remains vacant and the Board would like to appoint a willing member to fill it.

 

It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your President for the past three years, and I thank you all for your dedication, support and kindness. I am completing my second term this autumn, and will not be running for a third term. Change in leadership is always healthy for any organization, and I look forward to working with our new President. And I cannot think of a better time to transition to a new President. We have survived the recession and are financially stable. The rescue teams are running smoothly, and if there is any problem at all it’s that there are not as many dogs coming into rescue. This is the case nationwide and most likely reflects the improving economy. Still, whoever takes over in November will not be walking into any sort of crisis, and I’ll still be in position to serve as your mentor.

 

Our Goldens cannot rescue themselves. Board service is one of the most important and rewarding ways you can contribute to our rescue’s success. I strongly urge you to step up and run for a Board position. Chairperson Kathy Mutch will be providing details in the near future as part of the normal election process.

 

Finally, next month we will hold our signature fundraising event – the Links of Gold Golf Tournament. I want to personally thank Michelle and John Krieger for allowing their very entertaining Golden Retriever, Lizzy, to serve as our Canine Sponsor for the second year in a row! Lizzy will be keeping you updated on all things Links of Gold so look for e-blasts from her leading up to the big event on September 13th (Lizzy is an excellent typist despite the oppositional thumb issue). I also wish to acknowledge our Premier Sponsors, Una and Dave Loge, for their leadership, generosity and kindness. And Audi North Scottsdale has generously stepped up as our Hole in One sponsor, so don’t miss your chance to drive a new Audi off the course! This is my final Links of Gold as your President, and I’d love to end my term of service with a huge success!

 

See you at the golf tournament on September 13th!

 

Bob

 


 

Lizzy Krieger returns as Links of Gold Canine Sponsor!

Lizzy TroonLast year, Lizzy heard lots of buzz about the Links of Gold Golf Tournament and what a fantastic time everyone had golfing, eating, drinking, and winning cool raffle prizes. Lizzy understood that this was because she had been in charge of planning the entire event, so she decided to take over again this year. And she’s gone all out, convincing Audi North Scottsdale to sponsor our Hole in One! Lizzy will personally drive the winner off the course . . . because everyone knows Goldens are excellent drivers!

 

Lizzy’s latest idea is to feature your Golden Retriever on a tee box sign for just $100.00! And they’re selling like Frosty Paws so don’t wait. Click here to purchase your tee sign now – and while you’re at it sign up for 18 holes at beautiful Troon North Gold Club, or just the all new buffet dinner featuring chicken piccata.

 

You too can become a sponsor just like Lizzy! Our new sponsorship opportunities are very affordable (click here to check them out). It’s a great way to support the Goldens you love!

 

And wait till you see the raffle prizes Lizzy has come up with – weekend getaways to Palm Springs, Sedona, Flagstaff, free golf, Suns tickets, and fabulous gift baskets! Just be sure to grab those homemade doggie cookies sitting on the tables because Lizzy made them herself! Yum!!!

 

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Save the Date: Golden Harvest Anniversary Celebration!

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Join us for an evening of delicious wine, incredible food and great company – just $25.00 per person (must be 21 and older).

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM
AZ Bread Co.
315 West Elliot Road, Tempe AZ
(SE corner of Elliot and Kyrene)

Food provided by AZ Bread Co.
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Wine courtesy of One Hope Wine
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Annual Meeting
October 26, 2014 at Papago Park

PicnicCook up your favorite dish and join us for a pot luck picnic at our RAGofAZ Annual Meeting!  Head down to Papago Park in Tempe at 11:00 AM to welcome your newly elected Board of Directors and say goodbye to those who have completed their terms of service.  


 

 

 


 

The Annual Chili Pepper Festival is right around the corner!
September 20th, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Vail, AZ
(Just south of Tucson)

PeppersAh, savor the aroma of fresh chilies roasting over the fire, delight to the wares of many vendors, enjoy the strains of good music, and the companionship of lots of Goldens meeting and greeting at the Rincon Valley Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market. To volunteer, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Scottie McGowan at 520-360-4414. This is an annual favorite.  Don’t miss it!


  


Save November 9th for Bark in the Park southern style!

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It’s that time again to remember our dearly beloved Goldens who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge, to celebrate our newly adopted pups, to let the dogs play a game or two, and to enjoy good food and fellowship. As usual, we will be at Reid Park in Tucson, Ramada 15, from 11:00AM to 3:00 PM. More details forthcoming as the day draws near.

 

 

 

 

  


Dogtoberfest is coming on Sunday, October 5th in Prescott!

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Who doesn’t love to down a brew with your favorite pet?  Rescue A Golden of Arizona will be at beautiful Courthouse Square along with dozens of other rescues and animal welfare organizations to celebrate Dogtoberfest!  Stay tuned for details.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 


 

PACC911/PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend

PAC911 PetSmartSave the date: Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10A till 3P at the PetSmart store located at 10030 N 90th Street, Scottsdale, AZ.  Bring your dogs and chat with attendees about the joys and benefits of rescue.  Look for details as we get closer to event day.


 

 

  


Thank you to our Bowl-A-Rama supporters and dogs:
Stevie, Tasha, Willie & Finnegan!

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The pins were spinning and crashing at Scottsdale Lanes on Saturday, August 9th as scores of animal rescues came together for the 12th Annual Bowl-A-Rama! Leading up to the event, RAGofAZ raised $2,600.00 in donations supporting our four beautiful Bowl-A-Rama dogs – Stevie, Tasha, Willie and Finnegan. We exceeded last year’s fundraising goal by several hundred dollars! Thank you to every one of you for your generosity and support.

Sadly, we must report that sweet Tasha crossed to the Bridge early this month and offer our heartfelt condolences to Ruth Ann Steffes on her loss. Though the time Tasha was with us was too short, we are grateful for the love and joy she gave Ruth Ann and all who ever had the chance to lay a hand on her trusting face.

 

 

 

 


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Gone 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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