Links of Gold Golf Tournament 2015 Raffle Items

Baskets for Links of Gold


Premium Raffle Items
1. SunRidge Canyon Golf Foursome with Ping Putter and Ping Golf Bag
2. Hand Made Dog Toy box with toys; certificate from Animal Medical and Surgical Center for Veterinary care including Vaccines; and See Spot Shop Gift Certificate for Grooming
3. We-Ko-Pa Weekend Stay including Breakfasts and Dinners and Golf Foursome
4. Dean Koontz Basket with Limited Edition Signed Book and other related items in RAGofAZ Tote Bag
5. Diamondbacks--Four Infield Box Seat Tickets, Diamondbacks gift items and $50 Discover Card
6. IPad Air Basket with accessories
7. Scottsdale Camelback Resort(2 Bedroom Villa—sleeps 6) & Roaring Fork gift certificate in RAGofAZ Tote Bag with accessoriesRAGofAZ Tote 2
8. Inn at Eagle Mountain 2 night stay and Golf certificate
9. Tom Tom Golf Watch with Ping Putter, Ping Golf Bag & 2Golf & Sport Therapies Gift Certificates
RAGofAZ Tote10. Red Agave Resort Chalet 2 night stay; Cuccina Rustica and Dahl and DeLuca restaurant gift certificates and Verde Canyon Railway coach seats for 2 and RAGofAZ tote bag with accessories

Standard Raffle Items
1. Baby Boy Basket—great gift items for the new baby boy
2. Baby Girl Basket—pretty clothing and accessories for the baby girl
3. Night at the Symphony with Dinner for 2 at Alexi’s Restaurant
4. Pete & Mac’s Recreational Pet Resort—3 night stay for your favorite canineRaffle Basket 2
5. Dr. Woodrow—Day Whitening for a Beautiful Smile
6. Camelback Women’s Health—4 Body Contouring Treatments
7. Diamondback Tickets—Four Infield Box Seats
8. Scottsdale Gun Club Gift Certificate and $50 Discover Card
9. Beauty Basket with Argan Oil products, jewelry and Tamra Smith Hair Style Gift Certificate
10. Coffee Time Basket—coffee maker and accessories and $50 Pottery Barn Gift Card
11. Christmas with the Kids---Dean Koontz Books and items for holiday night with kidsRaffle Basket 1
12. Entertainer’s basket ---glass canisters, decorative items and $50 Crate and Barrel gift card
13. Evening in Scottsdale—Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Sassi Restaurant Gift Certificate
14. First Time Cook’s Basket with Hamilton Beach slow cooker and accessories
15. Dining In Basket—for an evening at home-- with $50 Crate and Barrel Gift Card
16. Four Legged Friends Basket—with gift certificates for veterinary care and toys for your dog
17. Mickey Mouse Basket—all things Mickey Mouse and certificate from AZ airtime jump centers
18. Mini Office Basket---office supplies, accessories and $50 Discover Card
19. Movie Night Basket—enjoy a cinematic night at home with $50 Discover Card
20. Picnic Basket with Gift Card to Carraba’s Restaurant
21. Small Dog Basket---items for small dog or puppy from Petsmart
22. Spa Basket---Luxury spa items plus Pedicure gift card from Diva Nails
23. Pamper Yourself Basket—Luxury spa items plus gift certificate to Revive Spa at the Marriott Desert Ridge
24. Sugar and Spice Girl Basket---for your girl canine with grooming from Petsmart
25. Tea Time Basket—teas and accessories-with $50 gift card to Crate and Barrel
26. Yoga Bag---RAGofAZ Bag with Yoga certificate, yoga items and Simply Kim’s Hairstyle card
27. Curious George Basket---All things Curious George including large wall décor item
28. Golden Lover Basket—all things Golden for your favorite dog and a Dog Bed
29. Spa Basket with wine, soap and jewelry
30. Pinot’s Palette—enjoy an evening with friends, with OHSO restaurant gift card
butterfly31. Butterfly Wonderland basket---admission tickets, hats, tees and other accessories
32. Start Cooking—Specialty bowl with cooking essentials and $100 Pottery Barn gift cards
33. Mason’s toy box—in memory of Mason—hand made toy box, dog toys and accessories
34. For my rescue and me---treats for your dog and you
35. Southwest Flight Center—Scottsdale Air Park—Flight simulator time & $50 Charleston’s restaurant card
36. X Golf Scottsdale—enjoy some time with 12 to 15 of your friends with X Golf Simulators and cocktails

Sweet Skye has found her forever home!

UPDATE:   Sweet Skye has found her forever home!

Our RAGofAZ foster mom has already brought Skye to meet her new family. Skye will now have a "new" mom and three 4 legged "new" siblings.

Thank you for the amazing support we received while looking for Skye's forever home.

RAGofAZ has the BEST members/supporters.

Skye is "home".... and oh so very happy.

Thank you.


Hi there! My name is Skye!

pictureI am a sweet, funny, petite two year old Golden girl looking for a special home. I have an eye condition which will eventually cause me to lose my sight. I can see now but the "specialists" have said that at some point I will have limited to no vision...they can't say when that will be but for now my limited vision doesn’t slow me down. Since I have been with my RAGofAZ foster mom & dad and canine brothers I have no problem finding the dog door, toys and the tender touch of my foster mom & dad.  But don't be sad, this will not stop me from living a full and happy life.  All I need is a family with a little patience and some TLC.

I would love to have another dog in the house, for company when my human is away.  And someone who is home more often than not, as I have been called a Velcro dog.....who loves to be close to my favorite person. I have not shown any interest in swimming  with my canine brothers so if you have a pool, it would be best if it is fenced off or you can close your dog door when you leave. I am a typical Golden girl who has a beautiful soft coat and loves being brushed. I love to go for walks and for rides in the car and just hang out with YOU.  One more thing, please don't move the furniture.

If you pick me to be your special pup, I will promise to be the best pal you would ever ask for.  I have a lot of love to give, and won't let my eyesight stop us from having a wonderful life together. 

If you think you might be my special family,  please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let them know.  I am waiting for YOU! As they say...the Skye's the limit :)

Thank you.


12 December Wally

Wally was eighteen months old when he came into rescue. He had lived an isolated life with his previous owner and manifested some odd behaviors.

He went to live with one of our trainers who showed Wally love and consistency.

Wally was always spitting up as he was suffering from IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). With some corrective medication and diet, Wally no longer suffers the way he did. After months of looking for just the right family, Wally has moved to his forever home where a Golden sister has shown him how to live in a family and that life can be wonderful!

“What a joy it is to add handsome Wally to our family! He’s energetic and is the stellar keeper of the house. Who knew that Wally would be the best cuddler/snuggler as well as an expert ball catcher?”

11 November Marley

Marley came into rescue about 3 years ago—a frightened puppy due to past neglect. He had trust issues with humans as he had been abandoned by his owner.

With a good deal of patience and love, Marley has turned into the biggest lover bee on the planet. Happy that his mom works from home, his favorite activity is resting in bed with Mom and listening to everything she says!

An avid swimmer, ball chaser and smoocher, he is truly living a dream life and loves volunteering as a therapy dog with kids and as an ambassadog at PetSmart. Marley loves his new life and is a perfect example of a success story in rescue. Thank you RAGofAZ!


10 October Kenzie

I met my mother 3 years ago on Mother’s Day... how fitting is that? I think I was about 9 weeks old and I remember my foster mother describing me as a grown up dog in a puppy’s body.

Well, my independency has not escaped me but, oh, have I learned to love!

I love my family, walks and hikes, the snow, endless fetch, car rides, pillows, human beds and food. But I don’t like being left behind and will hide myself in the car when bags are being packed. I am so thankful that RAGofAZ rescued me from the pound and that my forever family loves me more than words can describe. I am lucky to have homes in both the valley and the mountains.


09 September Lily - Dashiell

Lily joined our family in 2004, one of 65 Goldens rescued from an Arkansas puppy mill. Having spent her first two years in a cage producing multiple litters, Lily took to the great outdoors with much enthusiasm.

She has the most amazing, loving spirit and a powerful tail that rarely stops wagging, earning her the nickname “Thumper.” A neighborhood charmer, it can easily take 2 hours to walk around the block as Lily greets her public.

Dashiell came to us in 2010 with the name Diesel, which seemed inappropriate for this goofy yet elegant Golden. Named after the writer D. Hammett, Dashiell is a very tall Golden who, while he doesn’t necessarily know what his tail is doing, always knows when it’s dinnertime. He is a smart, big hearted and affectionate soul, the star of his doggie daycare and a convenient pillow for his sister, Lily.


08 August Thor

When rescued in July 2013, two year old Thor looked sickly, acted very lethargic, and was timid from being moved from home to home. As the smallest Golden Retriever we had ever seen, our Thor, at that time, certainly did not personify the hammer-wielding God of Thunder known as Thor in Norse mythology.

In addition to being malnourished, he suffered from Valley Fever and tick infestation.

Strong and athletic, our Golden Retriever now lives up to the mythology, particularly in Thor’s role as a protector of mankind. Nicknamed “Thor by the Door”, he dutifully protects his human parents and the family home by standing guard with his back to the front door or wherever he feels he can best protect us.

When not guarding the front door, Thor brings joy with his fun, mischievous personality and his infectious smile. He loves meeting people, playing with other dogs and chasing rabbits. Confident, loyal and playful, Thor, now 4 years old, has blossomed into everything we could hope for in a Golden Retriever! We love and appreciate Thor. Thor has found his forever home thanks to RAGofAZ.

07 July Chacho

07CHACHO July290CHACHO—PROUD. LOYAL. DEVOTED. Chacho stands proud, his eyes reflecting his immeasurable love and devotion to his family. Chacho was adopted in May 2013 to join our recently adopted girl, Cider, who needed someone to match her energy level.


We certainly got that, and now our house is filled with Golden antics. Chacho loves to eat, and has been known to get himself into trouble seeking out snacks while we are gone—opening cabinets, closets and the pantry in search of what he finds edible. Chacho and Cider are now inseparable and can be wrestling one moment and climbing into our laps to show affection the next.

Chacho loves his morning walks, afternoon naps, going for rides and, of course, dinner time.

Both dogs are adventurous and love spending time with us on camping vacations where they can explore and relax outdoors. Chacho has given us the love we did not think could be replaced after losing our previous dogs. We are fortunate to have Chacho and it is our mission to give him the same love and devotion he gives to us on a daily basis.

06 June Angel

Angel was rescued two years ago this month from an unloving and unkind world. She touched a deep place in our hearts and came into our family at a special time.

Who knew we would soon need an “angel” to help us overcome tremendous grief at losing our precious old Golden girl. In a short two years we have been through much together and if possible we love her more each day.

Angel is a wonderful ambassadog for RAGofAZ and loves the attention she gets at our gift wrapping and meet and greet events. She has even been a welcoming foster sister when a new RAGofAZ dog needed a place to stay for a few days.

This last Christmas, Angel got a younger Golden sister which has delighted her. They snuggle, play together and fill our home with joy and laughter. Angel and her sister Cozy are passionate swimmers. They jump with abandon into the pool to catch tennis balls thrown for their pleasure.

We are so grateful to RAGofAZ for rescuing our amazing girl and letting us be her forever family.

05 Jake - Crystal - Morgan

Three year old Jake had never been inside a house when he arrived at our home, so we introduced him to the doggy door.

At first he would go outside to play and come back in to pee and poop. But he quickly learned the right order of things. Jake is so smart and has a repertoire of tricks. He was Crystal’s best friend and the two would wrestle and play until they were exhausted.

Princess Crystal came to RAGofAZ in 2009 from a loving family moving overseas. We succumbed to her charm and with the cat’s approval she stayed. She was an exuberant ambassadog, Home Visit Diva, and best travel buddy. Crystal went to the Rainbow Bridge in October 2014 after a brave battle with cancer. This sweet girl is very much missed.

In 2012, RAGofAZ took in 3 year old Morgan as a stray with pneumonia and Valley Fever. He needed a good deal of medical care to prepare him for adoption. After a month of giving him that care, Morgan decided he was home and we agreed. His favorite pastime is hunting lizards and getting belly rubs at Meet & Greets. With those soulful eyes, he charms everyone he meets.

04 April Lexi

04LEXI April290LEXI IS PEOPLE. At 15-1/2 years young, we still believe she understands almost everything we say to each other. Lexi was adopted at 5 months and already had all the symptoms of bad hips.

That did not stop her from long walks, swims, and even pool diving for many years.

Today Lexi still loves to do laps in the pool, but spends most of her time relaxing and watching the world go by. Lexi was never really interested in other dogs, not even her rescued Golden sisters. She preferred meeting new humans with a big smile and almost frantic tail wagging. She never met a man, woman or child she did not like at first lick.

Also, unlike her sisters she never wants the spotlight. We often have to find her for dinner or a walk as she never would ask for anything. She trusts us, and we trust her.

Love is my dear old girl Lexi.

03 March Rocky

After previously adopting a Golden in 2000, I thought I could never go through the heartache of such a loss again after 13 wonderful years together.

In November 2014, I found myself thinking about adopting again. Just as I was warming up to the idea, Rocky was undergoing a serious operation to remove 18” of rope that he had eaten. Rocky very nearly died. That is when the stars began to align for Rocky and me. I believe we needed each other and that it was meant to be. Rocky is one of the most affectionate and loving dogs I’ve ever known and I spend every day trying to make up to him what he had missed before his rescue. However, I will always be so grateful to RAGofAZ for bringing us together.

He is one very special dog and I love him to pieces.

02 February Amy

Three years ago, a dedicated RAGofAZ volunteer found Amy at a shelter. Her front legs had been badly injured when she was hit by a four-wheeler.

Through RAGofAZ, Amy got the vet care she needed and went to a wonderful foster home to recover. Today Amy is a happy and healthy 12 year old.

We think that Amy is really a cat in a Golden Retriever body. She purrs; she has many cat friends in the neighborhood; she enjoys sitting with the cat rescue at meet and greets; and she sleeps 23 hours a day. Although initially afraid of most dogs, Amy has learned from patient canine friends that dogs are just as nice as cats!

Thank you RAGofAZ for rescuing our sweet and gentle Amy.

01 January Tilly

Tilly came to us through RAGofAZ as a 7 year old. She is now about 9 years of age. Tilly must have had a hard life – she came to us with some medical problems that were easily fixed. However, she has other problems not so easily remedied.

Tilly was apparently never well socialized in that she does not know what toys are, and has no interest in them at all. Imagine a Golden who doesn’t know what a tennis ball is! Even after two years of trying to interest her, toys are still completely ignored. Her happiness is being in the same room with us – that’s all she wants. She seldom barks – and then only if her fur brother, Simpson, starts it. She is a loving, sweet girl. Tilly does like an occasional short walk outside, but mostly prefers lounging around the house where she can keep an eye on us.

00 Cover Dog Gaia

2016 Hearts of Gold Calendars

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Introducing our 2016 Calendar Cover Girl GAIA!

Scroll down to read all about our monthly calendar dogs.

Click here to view a remembrance of our companions who have passed over the Rainbow Bridge this year.

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WE FELL IN LOVE with Gaia’s beautiful eyes seven years ago. Eleven months old, she arrived at our Sedona home with her tail tightly tucked under her... frightened, afraid of men, children and cars.

All of our lives made a positive change that day. When Gaia met our beloved dog, Akiva, they played as if they had known each other forever. Gaia knew she was in her forever home that would fill her every breath with love, patience, compassion and... training! She quickly learned to walk on a leash and other commands, which enabled her to visit schools and assisted living facilities.

Gaia is the mascot of Purple People Inc. and accompanies us to book signings. Her favorite tricks are “high fives” and flipping food from her nose to her mouth.

Gaia adores her canine sister, Tara, who is a Canine for Independence Hearing Dog. They both love to be brushed and groomed in the morning. At home or in the car, Gaia always finds a way to position herself next to Tara with her head resting on her.

Grateful to have Gaia’s heart of gold in our lives, we thank the volunteers and supporters of RAGofAZ.



Until we meet again


"Until we meet again..."

I will never know what I did to deserve such an awful life full of abuse and neglect. My life had become so sad and lonely it was like living in an endless, dark tunnel. I remember looking up one day and seeing a bright light shining at the end of the tunnel. The light was so bright I thought that God must have sent an angel to finally end my suffering.

God did send an angel, he sent you. The bright light I had seen was your smiling face. You promised me that my days of neglect and abuse were over. My battered body and broken spirit hardly dared to believe it was true.

You opened your heart and your home and gave me more love and comfort and safety than I had ever known before. You gave me the softest bed my tired, aching bones had ever felt and more toys and attention than I had ever dreamed existed.

I no longer cringed when a hand was raised near me, because your hands had only kindness and treats to offer me. I no longer feared the sound of feet approaching, because your feet had never kicked me, they had only taken me on wonderful adventures to exciting new places.

Although "quantity" of time can be measured in days and weeks, there is no way to measure the "quality" of time. So there is no way to really measure just how deeply your love and devotion affected my life. But sometimes, even love & devotion and all the medical attention in the world can't heal a body that has been battered and broken for too long.

So please do not be sad that I am gone. You performed a miracle in what little time we had together. You made my spirits soar and helped my soul find peace and contentment. From the day I met you I never suffered again, not even at the end.

Just knowing that my memory would live in your heart forever gave me the strength to let go and find my way to Rainbow Bridge. So go forward from today with only happy memories of me in your heart and let them give you the strength to keep on lighting up sad, lost lives.

Remember I will live forever in your heart and in the stars up above and my star will shine brighter with every life that's touched by your love.

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Help us Help Mason

Mason 15 0282Mason is a two year old boy who was just surrendered to RAGofAZ. Mason is having mobility issues and is unstable on his feet. Despite the efforts of his family to determine the problem, they cannot afford the veterinary expenses involved in

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 making a good diagnosis. After a full set of spine xrays and an MRI, a tumor was discovered in his hip. We are waiting for the results of the aspirate of the tumor to come back before we determine our next steps. Surgery is likely in his future. We are committed to doing what we can to restore Mason’s mobility! ragofaz mason newRAGofAZ turns away no dog for medical reasons and it looks likes Mason’s care will be expensive. If you’d like to help defray the costs of Mason’s care, please click here and hit the Donate button. Please include “for Mason” in the subject line.

We are always looking for special foster and adoptive homes for our special needs dogs. We have been very fortunate to find homes in the past---Sophia, now Holly is doing very well in her new home. (See her photo with her new mom.) 

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If you think you’d be interested or would just like more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’d love to hear from you!



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It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Mason, our two year old little boy that we told you about has made his way to the Rainbow Bridge. Mason was being treated at one of our specialty vets in Tucson for lack of control in his rear legs. After x-rays were taken; bloodwork performed; and an MRI, the doctor found a tumor in his hip. The mass was aspirated and, because of Mason’s age, we were so very hopeful that we could amputate his leg to save his life. Unfortunately, the pathology of the tumor is such that the cancer is a very aggressive osteosarcoma and that Mason was in significant discomfort. The kindest thing we could do was to release this boy from his pain and send him on his way.

We have been so touched by the support, both financial and emotional, that you all have given us with Mason. Your generous donations will help defray the nearly four thousand dollars that we spent to try to help him enjoy the fullness of life that every dog deserves. RAGofAZ turns away no dog for medical reasons. We have had great success with the five puppies that had parvo and also our Holly (formerly Sophia) who had megaesophagus surgery. We are able to do these things because of your support and we only wish we were able to do more for this sweet Golden boy. Godspeed, Mason.


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