Golden Tales December 2015

President's Message

pictureThis will be a shorter Golden Tales than normal as many of you will have much on your plate and many will be busy getting ready for Christmas and the holidays. Another Golden Tales will be forthcoming before the end of the year.

You will receive this message just in time for a last reminder that we are still looking for volunteers to help with the final three days of Gift Wrap, December 22, 23, 24. The regulars will be out there but through experience we know the more individuals and Goldens that are present at the sites the more successful financially will be the fundraiser. The coordinators and their teams of volunteers have made a terrific start to the gift wrap season, please join the band. We would love to see some new faces at the sites. You can go online and sign up right away for an hour or two. Results of the Gift Wrap efforts will be shared shortly after the holidays.

On behalf of the Board of Directors I want to thank you all for supporting the organization over the last year. I also want to wish you and your family members (of both two and four legs) a merry Christmas, a wonderful holiday season along with a happy and healthy New Year.

Chris P P Brant
President, RAGofAZ

Membership Dues are Tax Deductible, just as are Cash Donations to RAGofAZ

pictureFederal regulations state that membership dues to an organization like ours are charitable contributions and can be declared as a deduction on your tax returns.  

The information supplied by us in the past was inaccurate and so we our pleased to correct the error. With the end of the tax year (December 31) upon us you might consider this a good time to renew your membership or to make a charitable donation to Rescue A Golden of Arizona in the name of a beloved pet or family member.


Holiday Merchandise

The RAGofAZ calendars are selling fast but we still have stock for last minute gifts. Now that you have received that Christmas cake from Aunt Edith you can show your appreciation by going online and providing her address, so she can have one of these beautiful calendars hanging in her kitchen for all of 2016.

It seems many of you saw the beautiful note cards that we had printed recently. The first batch sold out almost immediately. We have rushed through a second printing and we will be restocked this weekend ready for your online purchases


If you need an extra gift for a relative or friend, the RAGofAZ shirts and hats are as always available to purchase online.



Before the 2015 Gift Wrap Season began there was PACC911 at Shea and 90th Street

pictureThere was much action at the Rescue A Golden of Arizona booth at the PACC911 event that was held outside PetsMart at Shea & 90th Street on Saturday, November 14, 2015. The energy and passion of the organization’s volunteers was on display throughout the day. We all can be mighty proud of our fellow members who represented our organization in a first class, quality way at this event. Thanks to Lynn Kitzmann, Emilie Duncan, Andie Graubard, Una and Dave Loge, Lesley Berquist, Lynne Nash, Christina Badger, Dianne Nevius, Becky Buck-Wetzel, Ellen Brant, Kay and Bob Dettling, Lani Hogan and Sybil Adler. These members were of course well supported by the stars Quila, Teddy, Chopper, Harley, Daisy, Corki, Kaylee, Pilot, Toby, Steve and Maddie. Click here to see photos of the event. 


Meet your Board Members

pictureGet to know a little more about the members of your Executive Board by clicking here





Celebration of Life Ceremony

pictureRescue A Golden of Arizona will honor Ed Karsten, a Golden Champion, with a Celebration of Life on February 14, 2016 in conjunction with our annual Bark in the Park event at the Kiwanis Park in Tempe, AZ.  All friends and family are invited to this celebration.  Watch for details in future Golden Tales, messages, and on our website.


Rainbow Bridge

Gone but never forgotten . . . remember the beloved Goldens who have crossed to the Bridge this past month 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.


Future Events

pictureAn up to date calendar of events will be included in our next mailing.


Executive Board Members

Chris P P Brant - President

chris brant presidentChris Brant took over as President one year ago.

Chris retired in 2011 after 31 years in sales representing McGraw-Hill. Before this he was an officer for ten years in the Royal Marines Commandos. During his stint in the

daisy ii brant

 Royal Marines, while commanding a Detachment of Commandos on HMS Minerva, back in 1973, on a port visit to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Chris met his wife of 41 years.

Daisy II is eight years old. She is Ellen and Chris’s fourth Golden (their second from RAGofAZ).
 Corki was inherited upon the death of Ellen’s mother Norma Keyes.

Oren Bishop - Vice President

oren bishop vpOren Bishop is new to this position. He served on the Board in 2009, for one year, as Board Secretary.

Oren has been active in fundraising for Meet and Greets events at PetSmart and Petco. He is also a member of the Transport Team.

Oren has been a member of RAGofAZ since 2007, when he and his wife, Mary, first adopted Abby, a five year old female Golden. Later, in 2008, they adopted Izzy, a one year old female Golden, rescued from a puppy mill. Then, in 2011, they adopted Zander, an 18 month male Golden. Abby and Zander are now waiting at the Rainbow Bridge.

 Oren retired in 2012, after working in the architectural field of commercial interior design for forty-eight years. He was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and left in 1979 for Los Angeles. In 1993, he moved to Phoenix, where he met his lovely wife, Mary. Their blended family includes four children (three daughters and one son) and seven grandchildren (five grandsons and two granddaughters).

Oren and Mary recently acquired a Flat Coat Retriever male puppy, by the name of Finnegan. Finnegan has brought life back to Izzy, after losing her two playmates, Abby and Zander.

Pamela Whitney - Treasurer

pam whitney treasurerPamela Whitney (with a friend’s son) has been Treasurer for Rescue a Golden of Arizona since 2013.

Pam has a very strong background in accounting, a Bachelor of Science from the Accounting National University, she attended the University of Phoenix MBA Program, and she is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She has also attended numerous ABA Compliance and AML Conferences along with IIA Sponsored Seminars.

Pam has two lovely retrievers, eight year olds Riley and Baxter.

Carol Quinn - Board Secretary

carol quinn secretaryCarol Quinn has been involved with Rescue a Golden of Arizona since 2010 as a volunteer at the East Valley Meet and Greets and Home Visit Team member, and she also got involved as a Foster and on the Transport team. She was elected to the Board of Directors as the RAGofAZ Secretary in October of 2011 and she is still in that position. Carol enjoy working with everyone in the organization and she loves visiting with all the dogs.

Carol Quinn is also an active volunteer with Banner Desert Hospital in the Therapy Dog Program. She began that in January 2003 with her first Golden, and she has continued with that program with all her Goldens over the last 13 years. The dogs do love to help people and are just the best of medicine!

Carol says, “I got involved in all of this, all for the Love of a Golden.” Yes that sentiment is so true! I am now on my 4th Golden and I love them all. There is just something about this breed, those Goldens’ eyes, they look right into your soul. To everyone who has loved a Golden, you know what I mean.” Carol wanted to be sure to thank you letting her help RAGofAZ and getting to know your Goldens!

Scottie McGowan - Director of Golden Rescue

scottie mcgowan golden rescueAfter the passing of Ed Karsten, Scottie McGowan was asked by the Executive Board members to move into the position of Director of Golden Rescue. Scottie had worked closely with Ed for several years, developing her own broad scope of experience, that made her ideally suited to take over the position.

Scottie and her husband, Ken, moved to Tucson in 1997. She retired in 2003 after serving 30 years in the USAF. That same year, they also adopted their first rescue Golden, Chad, and they became volunteers. When Chad went to the Rainbow Bridge in January 2009, she joined the Intake Team in his memory. Since then, Scottie has served as a member of the Home Visit, Transport, and Transport Coordinator Teams. She was also appointed as the Intake Team Coordinator and the Assistant Transport Coordinator.

Scottie McGowan has been a board member for four years holding the position of Director of Southern K9 Operations.

Nancy Baker - Director of Golden Operations

Nancy Baker Golden OperationsNancy Baker has been associated with Rescue A Golden of Arizona for over four years now. Nancy and her husband, Oelando, began their volunteering by being a foster family. They branched out into transporting dogs in addition to the fostering. When necessary they took the Goldens in their care to Crossroads Vet Hospital in Gilbert. Eventually Nancy took over the position of Vet Care Liaison for Crossroads which evolved into becoming the Vet Care Manager and Liaison to Animal Medical and Surgical Center in Scottsdale.

Just over a year ago Nancy left her vet assignments to serve on the Board. She was elected to the position of Director of Golden Operations. Nancy describes her important responsibilities and also how she feels about her fellow workers, “I oversee very talented and dedicated coordinators organizing foster volunteers, placement, vet care, microchips and follow-up teams. It is an honor to work with so many amazing dog loving like-minded people.”

Oelando and Nancy have two grown daughters and two fur grandbabies. They have had many dogs over the years. They share that they loved them all but the Goldens of course were their favorites. They adopted their first RAGofAZ Golden girl Angel in June 2014. Angel has a younger Golden sister named Cozy. Both dogs participate as RAGofAZ ambassadors in various Meet and Greets and other events.

Nancy expresses how it is her great pleasure to serve in her current position as Director of Golden Operations because of her passion for this wonderful breed, and to help the organization continue to rescue and successfully rehome Goldens.

Becky Buck-Wetzel - Director of Fundraising

becky buck wetzel fundraisingBecky Buck-Wetzel was recently appointed as the new Director of Fundraising. The timing was just right for both Rescue A Golden of Arizona and for her, as Becky had just retired last August.

Becky had spent most of her working career in retailing (sales and management) and insurance (customer service, claims, sales and underwriting). While back in Michigan, Becky added to her busy schedule by chairing a charity golf tournament; the perfect background for her new position on the Board.

Becky is the Mom of Maddie ("RAGofAZ's Mom of the Year 2012"). Becky lives in Chino Valley. Maddie and Becky are inseparable and they are a common sight walking together through the stores of Prescott.

Becky has been a member of RAG since 2011.

Judith Cybulski - Director of Information & Technology

Judith Cybulski TechnologyJudith Cybulski has been a volunteer and a foster, as well as a member of the Home Visit Team and she is now a Board member. Judith was appointed to Rescue A Golden of Arizona Board as the new Director of Information and Technology in July of this year.

Judith was Senior Analyst and Technology Writer for the Southwest Call Center of Bank of America.

Goldie Cybulski

 In this position she was responsible for development, writing and the implementation of policy and procedure for the Twenty-Four Hour Call Center. Judith also consulted and aligned the Project Management and Automated/Internet Banking with their policies and procedures.

Judith has rescued Dulci and Diego 2002-2010, Harlow 2012-13 then she fostered Goldie. The inevitable happened and she is now the proud Mom to Goldie. (see photograph above).


Our Parvo Pups are growing up!

UParvo Pups with families