genrx 2015 title sponsorIt is with great excitement and pride that we announce Sean Lonergan and the good people of GenRx Pharmacy as our corporate Title Sponsor for the Links of Gold Golf Tournament on August 29, 2015!

This marks the second year in a row that GenRx Pharmacy has stepped up as a presenting sponsor for Links of Gold, which is presented by Rescue A Golden of Arizona (RAGofAZ) in partnership with Pennies for Pups. GenRx is a Community/Retail Pharmacy specializing in procurement, storage, dispensing and the recording of medicines. The company is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is distinguished by a corporate culture of service and commitment to the community.

Sean Lonergan has chosen to support Links of Gold with this $3,000.00 Title Sponsorship in large part to recognize the work of an exceptional young lady who has been a dedicated RAGofAZ volunteer for many years. Ciara Petronzio is a previous Co-Chair of the Links of Gold Committee, a member of the National Honor Society, a winning competitive golfer, an accomplished musician, and recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for the state of Arizona. Most astonishing of all, Ciara founded her own charity, Pennies for Pups, when she was just nine years old, and over the years has raised thousands of dollars for the cause of animal rescue.

As Ciara leaves this fall for the University of Alabama, Sean honors her with this Title Sponsorship as a tribute to all she has accomplished. We are most grateful to GenRx Pharmacy for their continuing support and to Ciara for her years of dedicated service.

And that’s not all . . .

We will soon be announcing the names of our generous RAGofAZ Member Sponsors! Will your name be there?

Please consider becoming a Links of Gold sponsor. Just click here to view/purchase a sponsorship or to register for golf/dinner.

What:      Links of Gold Golf Tournament and Dinner
When:     Saturday, August 29, 2015 – 1:30 shot gun start,
               5:30 cash bar yappy hour, 6:30 buffet dinner
Where:   Troon North Golf Club – Pinnacle Course
               10320 E. Dynamite Blvd.
              Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Registration Fees:
Individual Golfer:   $150.00 includes buffet dinner
Foursome:              $500.00 includes buffet dinner
Dinner Only:           $35.00

You may register online by clicking here or mail your check to:

Rescue A Golden of Arizona ~ PO Box 71987 ~ Phoenix, AZ 85050

Any questions, please contact Chairperson Judi Schillaci at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 623-537-5989.

Whos Your DaddyRescue a Golden of Arizona is dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of Golden Retrievers in need of a forever home.  From time to time, RAGofAZ will bring in a young pregnant Golden Retriever.  We take in these Goldens, place them in a foster home until the puppies are born, and the puppies are old enough to be adopted out.  These are occasionally half Golden and do not look like Golden Retrievers, but are still considered 100% RAGofAZ dogs.  In honor of these beautiful pups, we have a new page in the 2016 Calendar to celebrate these RAGofAZ Goldens.   We have named this new feature page "Who''s Your Daddy??"  

We are asking for photographs of these special dogs whose father was likely a "tall dark stranger" but has a Heart of Gold!  Won't you share their stories and photos and, for a donation of $20, have your unique RAGofAZ dog on this page? Click here to share your beautiful dog's photo and story. 

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Thank you for making our 2015 Annual Fundraising Campaign such a success!

pictureI have been humbled and touched by the response of our members and supporters to our 2015 Annual Campaign – Nothing Special.  To date, you have surpassed our hopes and wishes by donating more than $8,500.00!

Your commitment to Rescue A Golden of Arizona means that Golden Retrievers in need will be given a second chance at the kind of life they deserve. Because of your support, we can offer medical care, life-saving surgery, and the promise of a loving “forever” home . . . to the frightened shelter dog, the pup with Parvovirus, the ailing senior dog, and the beloved pet whose owner can no longer care for him. You are helping to ensure that no Golden will ever have to know the feeling of being “nothing special.”

Thank you.  You are forever special because you care enough to give the gift of rescue.

Chris P P Brant
President RAGofAZ

 

A Note from the Calendar Committee

pictureWho's Your Daddy???

Rescue a Golden of Arizona is dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of Golden Retrievers in need of a forever home.  From time to time, RAGofAZ will bring in a young pregnant Golden Retriever.  We take in these Goldens, place them in a foster home until the puppies are born, and the puppies are old enough to be adopted out.  These are occasionally half Golden and do not look like Golden Retrievers, but are still considered 100% RAGofAZ dogs.  In honor of these beautiful pups, we have a new page in the 2016 Calendar to celebrate these RAGofAZ Goldens.   We have named this new feature page "Who''s Your Daddy??"  In the next few weeks, we will be asking for photographs of these special dogs whose father was likely a "tall dark stranger."  Won't you share their stories and photos and, for a small donation,  have your unique RAGofAZ dog on this page?
 
More exciting Calendar News coming soon.  Watch and join in the fun...

 

Do You Know What's Happening on August 29, 2015?

pictureSAVE THE DATE!
 
Join us for a day filled with great golf, fabulous food and gorgeous Goldens at our annual golf tournament, dinner and raffle!  Registration opens next month with affordable all-new sponsorship opportunities to fit everyone’s budget.  You won’t want to miss this, so stay tuned for details.

We will keep you posted!

WHAT: Links of Gold Golf Tournament
WHEN: Saturday, August 29, 2015
WHERE: Troon North Golf Club – Scottsdale


WHY: Pinnacle course reserved exclusively for RAGofAZ, Chicken Piccata buffet, dazzling raffle prizes--it's the biggest and best fundraising event of the year!


Maggie: Her New Beginning

pictureMaggie, a twelve year old Golden, was found as a stray and spent two weeks at a local shelter waiting for her family to find her. She was the shelter workers favorite. She was always happy, loving and eager to play fetch if the workers had time to throw the ball for her. She was overweight, dirty and had difficulty moving her back legs, unless she had a ball to retrieve.

 

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Canine Flu Update

pictureRAGofAZ will keep you updated on incidents of the Canine Flu that has become a serious problem in the Midwest. According to scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin who have conducted additional tests, the cause of the outbreak is now believed to be due to a virus that's closely related to Asian strains of influenza A H3N2 viruses. 

The CDC advises that treatment for canine influenza largely consists of supportive care that assists the dog in mounting an effective immune response. For dogs experiencing a more mild form of influenza, this may include medication to make the animal feel more comfortable, as well as fluids to ensure proper hydration.

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The Emotional Loop that Bonds You and your Dog
By Gary Kane

pictureArticle Copied from AKC News April 20, 2015

Your Bichon Frise leaps into your lap, settles in, and gazes adoringly into your eyes. He seems blissfully content. You cannot help but smile at him.
This feel-good interaction between you and your Bichon might begin with that gaze and point to a powerful biological mechanism that fuels the loving bond between man and dog, according to a report in the journal Science.

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Did you know?

pictureGolden Retrievers originated in the 1860s in Great Britain from foundation stock developed at the Scottish country estate of Lord Tweedmouth. To begin the breed, Lord Tweedmouth mated a yellow wavy-coated retriever--the only yellow in a litter of blacks--to a Tweed Water Spaniel (a breed now extinct). The resulting litter produced four bitches who, with a limited number of outcrosses, produced the foundation stock from which all of today's Golden Retrievers descend. Goldens were first brought to North America in the late 1890s and were first registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1925. 

This information is provided by Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA).

 

 

Are You Prepared?
By Scottie McGowan

The citizens and visitors of Arizona enjoyed a very mild, rainy winter.  The rain freshened the air and encouraged new growth of foliage with beautiful spring flowers.

The downside of this pleasure is that the new growth of Buffel grass and other assorted weeds are destined to die in the summer sun and become fuel for fires throughout the state.  

We’ve all seen with Hurricane Katrina, last year’s wildfires, and monsoon floods what can unexpectedly happen, especially with pets, when disaster strikes and we are not prepared.

It’s time to plan for whatever contingency may occur.  Click here to read and print the attached document, EVACUATION PREPAREDNESS, to assist you with your personal planning.  Better safe than sorry.  Hoping everyone has a safe and fun summer.

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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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Save the Date

pictureWoof Stock Adopt-A-Thon – Prescott Valley
Saturday, May 30, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
7501 E Civic Center 


Woof Down Lunch – Prescott
Saturday, June 6, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Prescott Courthouse Square
 

Toad Aversion Training
Tucson
Date and Location TBA

Bowl-A-Rama
Saturday, August 1

Links of Gold Golf Tournament
Saturday, August 29
Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale

Vail Farmer's Market Chili Pepper Fest
Saturday, September 12
Vail, Arizona

DogtoberFest
Sunday, October 4, 10:00 am -- 4:00 pm
Prescott Courthouse Square

Thanks to Nancy Baker, Carol Quinn, Susan Quisenberry, Scottie McGowan, Judi Schillaci, Judy Smith, and Margie Karow for their contributions.

 

2017 LOG Maddie Logo

Congratulations! You are now registered to attend our 2017 Links of Gold Golf Tournament where people and pups come together for a celebration of all things Golden.

Thank you for your support!

All for the love of a Golden . . .

Chris P. P. Brant
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Links of Gold Chairman

2017 LOG Maddie Logo

Thank you for choosing to show your support for the cause of Golden Retriever rescue with a generous sponsorship of our 2017 Links of Gold Golf Tournament!


We are very grateful.


All for the love of a Golden . . .

 

Chris P. P. Brant
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Links of Gold Chairman

2017 LOG Maddie Logo

Thank you for choosing to show your support for the cause of Golden Retriever rescue with a generous corporate sponsorship of our 2017 Links of Gold Golf Tournament!


We are very grateful.


All for the love of a Golden . . .

 

Chris P. P. Brant
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Links of Gold Chairman

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 Week 2 winners

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 Week 3 results

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RAGofAZ will keep you updated on incidents of the Canine Flu that has become a serious problem in the Midwest. According to scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin who have conducted additional tests, the cause of the outbreak is now believed to be due to a virus that's closely related to Asian strains of influenza A H3N2 viruses.

The CDC advises that treatment for canine influenza largely consists of supportive care that assists the dog in mounting an effective immune response. For dogs experiencing a more mild form of influenza, this may include medication to make the animal feel more comfortable, as well as fluids to ensure proper hydration.

We have heard of some isolated cases in the Valley, but no major outbreaks. Unfortunately, all it will take is one sick dog in the shelter, doggie day care or dog park for the disease to spread exponentially. The virus is highly contagious. If a dog coughs or sneezes, vapors in the air can travel 30 feet. The virus can live on surfaces, clothing or hands for 24 hours. If your dog presents with a respiratory infection or becomes lethargic and is unwilling to eat, prompt treatment by a veterinarian is important.

We are not trying to frighten anyone--we all just need to be vigilant about the health of our dogs. Please be especially careful if you are travelling through the Midwest with your pet.

Judy Smith
Vet Care Manager

pup roseBy: Gary Kane

Article Copied from AKC News April 20, 2015

Your Bichon Frise leaps into your lap, settles in, and gazes adoringly into your eyes. He seems blissfully content. You cannot help but smile at him.


This feel-good interaction between you and your Bichon might begin with that gaze and point to a powerful biological mechanism that fuels the loving bond between man and dog, according to a report in the journal Science.


Researchers in Japan found that when dogs focused a prolonged gaze on their owners the dogs experienced elevated levels of oxytocin, a hormone produced in the brain that is associated with bonding and nurturing, similar to that between parent and child. The owners on the receiving end of those gazes also experienced a boost in their levels of oxytocin.


The researchers, led by Dr. Miho Nagasawa of the department of animal science at Azabu University, refer to this mutual feedback between man and dog as an "oxytocin-gaze positive loop." What that means, essentially, is that your dog's gaze makes you feel loved and your response -- a smile, a returned gaze, a caress -- makes your dog feel cherished.


The researchers measured the oxytocin levels in the urine of 30 dogs and their owners before and after they interacted. The dogs, males and females, included Golden Retrievers, Dachshunds, Poodles, a Jack Russell Terrier and a few mixed-breed dogs. Measurements showed that increases in the oxytocin were greatest in dogs who gazed at their owners for prolonged periods, which researchers defined as 100 seconds in the first five minutes of the encounter. Breed or sex has no significant influence on the changes in oxytocin levels.


In a second phase of their study, the researchers applied nasal sprays of oxytocin or saline to the dogs. Each dog was brought into a room with its owner and two strangers. The female dogs given a dose of oxytocin gazed longer at their owners, who in turn experienced a boost in their oxytocin levels. The researchers were at a loss to explain by the sex of the dog influenced the outcome, but speculated that male dogs were more protective of their owners with strangers in the room and less inclined to focus their gaze.


Evan MacLean, a researcher at the Canine Cognition Center at Duke University, wrote in a separate article in Science that the findings of Nagasawa and his team could have far-reaching implications.


"In addition to providing clues about how dogs became a part of human history, the results also help to elucidate the proximate mechanisms through which our relationships with dogs may be salubrious," he wrote. "For example, the benefits of assistance dogs for individuals with autism or posttraumatic stress disorder -- conditions for which oxytocin is currently being used as an experimental treatment -- may arise partly through these social pathways.


"In the meantime, Nagasawa (and his team) have provided more evidence that when your dog is staring at you, she may not just be after your sandwich."