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Golden Tales November 2015

President's Message

The Passing of a Long Time Board Member of Rescue A Golden of Arizona
Ed Karsten, Director of Golden Rescue, passed away on Wednesday November 4, 2015 ​

​Ed Karsten was the architect of many of the critical procedures that Rescue A Golden uses today, notably among them our detailed processes for transporting dogs. A significant number of our current volunteers were also trained by Ed and so he will continue to have a lasting effect on our organization. 

It was because of Ed’s tremendous courage and intrepid willpower that he beat back the inevitable outcome of his illness for five long, grueling years. What is remarkable is that after numerous chemotherapy treatments and the resulting physical sickness, Ed would take the shortest of timeouts before returning to rescue a stray from the shelter or transport another Golden Retriever, giving them a second chance at life in a new forever home.

Over the past several days I have received personal messages containing stories, condolences and farewell notes from many of you who worked with Ed, learned from him, and cared deeply about him. By clicking here you will be able to read these memories and contribute some of your own about this incredible, important and special member of our organization.  

We have also received requests about how to make a donation in his name. To make a donation in memory of Ed Karsten for his beloved Golden Retrievers, click here.

We are working with Ed’s family to arrange an event where we can all come together to celebrate Ed Karsten’s life. Details will be posted on both our website and Facebook page.

I know you join me in conveying our heartfelt condolences to Ed’s family.

Chris PP Brant
​President, RAGofAZ  

Guys, Gals, and Goldens - Get ready to Gift Wrap!

pictureYes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year – our annual holiday gift wrapping program!  We will be out in force wrapping holiday presents at select locations across the Valley and in Tucson this holiday season.

We need you to volunteer!
•    Members and non-members welcome, no experience required.
•    Come with or without a dog – any dog will do (we’ll share ours).
•    You can help wrap gifts, or simply greet shoppers, thank donors, talk about your dog and just have fun! 

We have friendly and dedicated Site Coordinators at each location to handle scheduling and help you with any questions you have.

This is easy:
•    Check out our schedule by clicking here and see what’s best for you.
•    Send a brief email to the Coordinator assigned to your store of choice with your name (and your dogs’ if you are bringing them), email address, and dates and hours you can volunteer.
•    The store will supply paper, tape and scissors, but donations of bows, ribbons, sparkly decorations, gift boxes, gift bags and attractive wrapping paper are always welcome.

That’s it!  Let’s have some fun out there!


Top 10 Homeopathic Remedies For Cats & Dogs

By Julie Anne Lee, DCH, RCSHom with David Ruish, DVM 
Reprinted from Animal Wellness Magazine
Newsletter Nov. 3, 2015
When you think Arnica, think pain, bruising and trauma.

Based on the principle that “like cures like,”  homeopathy is a very effective healing modality that goes deep to the root of a problem, unlike many other forms of treatment...There are literally thousands of homeopathic remedies available to us. These remedies are used for everything from long term chronic conditions to behavioral issues and pathological conditions.

Please click here to read about ten leading remedies for some of the most common acute conditions in dogs and cats.

Bark in the Park Tucson Style 2015

Celebrating Rescue A Golden of Arizona’s 17th year of rescuing dogs, we had a tail wagging, sloppy kisses, yummy food good time!
The western background for Portraits by Debbie Troudt can be seen here. For a full summary and great Golden photographs of the event click here.

Mark your Calendars

Sat Nov 28 & Sun Nov 29     Reid Park Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, Tucson
                                               9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Holiday Gift Wrap begins Sat Nov 28
Click here for dates and times

Shop Early!! The holidays are just around the corner 

If you have to shop for friends and family members we are sure they would be delighted to receive a copy of the beautiful 2016 RAGofAZ calendar. Click here to start shopping!





Rainbow Bridge 

​Gone but never forgotten . . . remember the beloved Goldens who have crossed to the Bridge these past two months but will live forever in the hearts of those who loved them. CLICK HERE

And CLICK HERE to see a remembrance including those Goldens that have passed over the Rainbow Bridge previously.










Bark in the Park Tucson Style 2015


By Scottie McGowan, Director of Southern K9 Operations

Celebrating Rescue A Golden of Arizona’s 17th year of rescuing dogs, we had a tail wagging, sloppy kisses, yummy food good time!

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Laurel Manning, Barb Davis, and Carrie Kinnear set up the agility course and did some demonstrations. A few dogs were able to try it out.

Our featured veterinarian this year was Dr. Claire Marie Zepeda and staff of Valencia Animal Hospital. Chris Brant presented our framed certificate of appreciation which is now sitting on the counter at the hospital. Dr. Zepeda shared the different types of pet insurance and showed how to care for your dog’s teeth.

Back by popular demand was Elisa Bohlman to paint paw prints and other images on20151108 140956 both humans and animals. No doubt she will be back again next year. With so many wearing paw prints, it looked like there was a stampede of Goldens.

After the ceremonial cake cutting, we surprised five year old Drew Bender with his own cake, a “5” candle, a small gift, and lots of people singing Happy Birthday. Drew lost his two year old beloved Golden companion, Mason, to cancer a few months ago. He is waiting for another companion to come along. In the meantime, our Morgan gives him lots of cuddling. Drew shared a moment with his mom during the Rainbow Bridge Ceremony.20151108 121703

And oh those raffle baskets! Kat Kromminga once again wove her magic with 17 desirable baskets. This year we also had a patio heater that garnered lots of tickets in the cup.

The peanut butter licking contest was a big tail wag enjoyed by 30 dogs. Rufus Rodriguez won first place; Sedona Steffes was a close second. Both dogs went home with a $10 PetSmart gift card. Both were also former winners.

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Jen of Dragonfly by Jen Artistry displayed some beautiful tiles with pictures of our dogs. Several people ordered some with their own dog’s pictures.

Mark and Charly Brazil of C&S catering once again blessed us with fabulous hot dogs,20151108 140844 hamburgers, and homemade potato salad and baked beans. Grill master, Hank Lambert flipped those burgers with gusto.

If you missed it, there is always next year.

Go to to see lovely pictures taken by Dianne Janis. Scroll down to 9 November.

Top 10 Homepathic Remedies

By Julie Anne Lee, DCH, RCSHom with David Ruish, DVM Arnica
Reprinted from Animal Wellness Magazine
Newsletter Nov. 3, 2015

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