"Hello, I'm Walter!"

“Hello, I’m Walter


I’m nearly 12 years old and thanks to RAGofAZ I’m still here to tell my story.

It began when the nice folks at the Yavapai Humane Society in Prescott found me, sick and starving, and took me in. I guess they thought I was a little too sick for them to deal with so they called RAGofAZ and Aunt Robin and Aunt Ruthann came to get me. Between the shots they gave me and the infections in my ears and chest I guess I was a bit out of it. I did have a brief run in with one of Aunt Robin’s cats but I guess they forgave me. The punishment wasn’t too bad.

Things got a little scary when they took me to the vet the next day and they learned that I had two ear infections, pneumonia and three masses in my back end. Everyone was wondering if I was going to make it but I said “to heck with that. I’m a tough old boy.” They gave me some meds and my lungs and ears cleared up in a hurry…and did I mention that the food was pretty good at Aunt Robin’s. Everyone was so nice and seemed so happy that I was doing so well.

After recovering for a while I was moved to a nice new home – no cats for me to get into trouble with – and RAG started to wonder about those masses in my rear end. They seemed surprised when the first doctor they took me to couldn’t find them. I was then moved to another new home and another vet and they too poked and prodded and took an x-ray and couldn’t find anything, either. Everyone seemed really amazed that the masses had vanished but all I cared about was that the vet told my foster mom to feed me 4 times a day until I put some weight on. I really liked him! He also gave me some pills to help my arthritis that wouldn’t upset my stomach and in no time at all I was feeling like my old self and enjoying my walks.

Walter1Once they decided that I didn’t have something called cancer after all they started looking for a permanent home for me. You might think that it would take a lot of time to find a spot for an old boy like me but the fact is some nice new people came over to meet me and pet me at my foster mom’s house before I was even medically released for adoption. One more visit to the vet…who didn’t say anything about feeding me less (I told you I liked him!) and I was good to go. Would you believe, the very next day I was off to my new home in Scottsdale where things are looking pretty good for this old dog who wouldn’t give up. Thanks RAGofAZ. I couldn’t have done it without you.”

Golden Tales October 2016

President's Message

pictureThanks to all the sponsors, volunteers, golfers and dinner guests, who helped to make Links of Gold such great fun and a financially success. If you already have purchased your beautiful 2017 RAGofAZ Calendar please circle September 9, for the 2017 Links of Gold. We have already started planning for next year’s event!

This will be my last Golden Tales as I will be stepping down as President in a couple of weeks. I hope that one or two of the articles over the past two years have been useful for you and have kept you up to date with what has been going on. Thank you for your support. I will remain involved with this great organization and look forward to visiting with you in the near future.

Rescue A Golden of Arizona will be busy over the next several months starting with the Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 15th (see details below). We will also have a presence this year at the Arizona State Fair on Wednesday, October 26th from 12:00-6:00 in conjunction with PAC911. To volunteer and help out at our booth please email Kay Dettling, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just stop by and pick up your RAGofAZ 2017 Calendars. We have also accepted an invitation from the Herberger Theater to attend the Festival of the Arts on November 5th. Again, pleaseThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer. This event has something for everyone, singles, families, dog lovers and more.  Please learn more at https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/festival-of-arts/.
We are also following up our monthly social gathering Wag-N-Tales at Richardson’s on October 27th and again on November 17th. The first get together in September was a success so let’s continue to build on that (see below). The Annual Christmas Party will be held at Richardson’s on December 9th. Finally, we will shortly be asking for you to join in the fun and volunteer at the various Holiday Gift Wrap locations around the Valley.

I wish you and your four legged companions good health and happiness.

Chris P. P. Brant
President, RAGofAZ

Rescue A Golden of Arizona Annual Meeting

pictureAnnual meeting – a dog-friendly picnic event held outdoors each year, the annual meeting offers RAGOFAZ members an opportunity to “meet & greet” each other, their goldens and the newly elected board. A meeting agenda is prepared and business is conducted, including annual reports from officers, directors and coordinators.
DateSaturday, October 15th 
Time11:00 am - 2:00 pm
PlaceMary and Oren Bishop’s home – 5625 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013
(click here for map)
RSVP 602-279-2998 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Pot luck picnic lunch

This event is free and open to all members and their dogs.

Last name beginning with the following letters, bring a dish to share.
    A – F will bring a side dish
    G – L will bring a dessert
    M – R will bring a main dish
    S – Z  will bring an appetizer

Bring your own beverages, lawn chairs or blankets.  Patio seating is available for about 40 to 50 people.
Friendly dogs can be off leash. A large secure grass back yard is available for large groups and lots of dogs.

The Board of Directors election is coming up soon and the new board members will be announced and introduced at this event. So come out and meet your board, meet new members and new dogs. Enjoy a casual day of food, meeting new people, updates from the directors on dogs, finances, future and past events and all things relating to Rescue A Golden of Arizona.

Our agenda will have an open discussion period and we welcome your suggestions on how we can make our organization better for you and for the breed we all so love.

Golden Get-Together at Richardson's

pictureEveryone, including your Goldens, will be welcome at this social gathering. This is a dog-friendly restaurant. There is an open patio area that will comfortably seat 30 people along with your pets. Everyone will be responsible for their own tab. Please mark the date on your calendar. Bring along another Golden lover with you whether or not they are members of RAGofAZ. 

Thursday, October 27th 6pm to 8 pm
6335 North 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016          602-265-5886

Vet Care Tip of the Month: Parvovirus

pictureTwo years ago I had been President for only a couple of weeks when I heard that a breeder had puppies in two litters that had contracted the Parvovirus. RAGofAZ volunteers reacted immediately after a decision was made to attempt to save as many of these puppies as possible.

By now most of you know the outcome; through a herculean effort of the team of veterinarians and RAGofAZ volunteers there are now five healthy two-year-old Goldens out there in forever homes.

The follow article was posted on our website recently. Here is a reminder of what could be potentially a fatal virus. read more


"Old Age is not a Disease"

pictureFrom an original article from Harmony Holistic Veterinary care by Delia Macdonald D.V.M. of Prescott, AZ

Being old doesn’t mean you should hurt all the time. Being old shouldn't imply that you can't get up or move in relative comfort. Being old doesn’t mean loose stool or periodic episodes of vomiting. We would be very concerned if we saw these symptoms in a young animal! Why do we ignore them in an old one?

As a veterinarian, it is my job to help educate owners to best support their geriatric pet friends. To this end, I'd like to share three lessons I've learned: pain is not normal, attitude matters, and food matters. I'll finish up with my takeaways for elderly pet care. read more


2017 Hearts of Gold RAGofAZ Calendars are here!

picturePick some up at a RAGofAZ event for $10 each, or you can order them online for $15 for one, with a discount for orders of three or more. The more you buy, the more you save!


Rainbow Bridge

pictureGone but never forgotten . . . remember the beloved Goldens who have crossed to the Bridge recently 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.


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