Golden Tales March 2016

Golden Tales Masthead Feb 2016

President's Message

This month I wanted to focus your attention on the ongoing Cutest Golden Contest for 2016. As you are probably aware we started the online competition earlier than previous years. One reason was so that you could obtain those “cool” photographs before the real heat begins. I hear that this week the temperatures are going to drop down and return to normal. So here is your chance!

Following this message there is an article about the ongoing competition. It was written by one of the hard working volunteer members of the committee, who help make the Cutest Golden Contest so successful for us every year. It goes without saying, that without your ongoing support and the good looks of your favorite Golden there would be no competition at all. So if you plan to participate now is the time.

This month’s online newsletter will also include several articles which are pertinent to the life and safety of your favorite four legged companion. I hope that you will take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to read them.

Chris P P Brant
President, Rescue A Golden of AZ


Cutest Golden Contest

pictureSome of the cutest Goldens ever have already been entered into our annual Cutest Golden Contest but we bet yours are just as cute so what are you waiting for? Enter your own cutest Golden right now by clicking here. Your $10 entry donation will help us further our mission of rehoming Golden Retrievers throughout Arizona. And your Golden may become our next cover girl or boy on our 2017 RAGofAZ calendar! Learn more about the contest here. See the cuties already entered here. The last day to enter is March 27th, and voting begins March 28th.


Scorpions are out early this year

pictureWith Arizona registering the hottest February on record, this fact was not lost on our scorpion population. They have arrived early this year. Just last week a nurse friend of ours in Scottsdale realized that her Golden had been stung by a scorpion and fortunately she knew what to do. Do you know what to do?

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Snakes Alive!

We were talking about scorpions in the last article; we must also start looking for rattlesnakes that have come out of hibernation. Sure signs of spring in the desert: warming weather, blooming cacti — and rattlesnakes slithering out of their dens.  read more


Snake Aversion Training

pictureIt's time again to sign up for rattlesnake aversion training with our partner trainers, Jay Smith and Ken Desch. They use live defanged and tethered rattlesnakes to safeguard your dog.

When: Saturday, April 9th at 5 PM 

Where: Campbell’s Ranch near 77th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road 

Contact Ken at 602-618-0446 for directions and to reserve your spot. read more

Enrolling in dog training classes

pictureReproduced from article by Animal Wellness Magazine Mar 14, 2016

I remember the excitement of signing up for my first summer camp. The brochure said the camp offered archery, swimming, baseball, camping, and all kinds of stuff a ten-year-old boy like me wanted to do.

The first day it rained. The indoor activities that looked so fun in the colorful brochure didn’t materialize. What did materialize were board games and reading. The next day the sun was out but we were told the archery field was closed. So we ran laps and did jumping jacks. We camped out one night – not in the woods, but behind our barracks. The campfire dinner consisted of gritty hamburgers and roasted marshmallows. The whole experience went downhill from there.  read more


The correct way to remove a tick

pictureReproduced from article by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AKC Healthy Dog

March 04, 2016

Removing a tick, or worse, ticks, from your dog may not be pleasant, but it’s important to do it promptly and correctly. Once you know how, it will be a fairly easy process.

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What to do if your dog eats chocolate

pictureReproduced from Article by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AKC Healthy Dog

Feb 08, 2016

Chocolate is toxic to dogs and depending on the type and amount of chocolate consumed and the weight of your dog, it could cause a serious medical emergency. That said, if your dog ate a small amount of milk chocolate, you don’t necessarily need to panic. Learn how much is too much, which types of chocolate are the most dangerous, and what signs to look for that may signal your dog needs treatment. read more

Human foods: Good and bad

pictureReproduced from Article by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AKC Healthy Dog

Dec 03, 2015

Dedicated dog lovers tend to be very kind people. We share our hearts and homes (and for some lucky pooches, even the foot of our beds) with our canine pals. Surely there is nothing wrong with sharing our favorite foods with them too, right? Not necessarily. Many of the foods, such as fruits and vegetables, that humans digest just fine can wreck havoc on a dog's body, causing severe health problems. However, some of the foods people eat can be introduced to a dog's diet just fine, providing health benefits such as joint strength, better breath and allergy immunity. read more

Title Security Agency Chooses Rescue A Golden of Arizona as its “A Token of our Appreciation” Program Recipient 4th Quarter of 2015

pictureTricia Hooper, one of our long time, dedicated volunteers works at Title Security Agency in Tucson. They have a program called “A Token of our Appreciation” to recognize organizations for their loyalty and support of the community.

Each quarter, three charities are chosen and their customers are invited to deposit a token in one of the three jars representing each charity. Each token represents a monetary donation by TSA.

On Feb 18th, Scottie McGowan, Director of Golden Rescue, was presented a check for $495 representing our portion of TSA charitable donations for the 4th quarter of 2015.

With deepest gratitude, Rescue A Golden of Arizona thanks Tricia Hooper for nominating us and for the support of TSA in rescuing Golden Retrievers.



2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is the Jim Click raffle car of the year 

pictureThis year, the Jim Click Automotive Team  is donating a 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. The iconic Mustang, an American muscle car, burst onto the scene in 1964 and never looked back. The Ford Motor Company is building 4,300 this year making this a collector’s item! The approximate MSRP is $47,000.

We are off to a roaring start with raffle ticket sales as we sold half of our 1st package at Bark in the Park in Tempe.  Many thanks to all who purchased tickets so far, and good luck to all.  But we may still have the winning ticket available, so don’t forget to buy yours.  Consider some tickets as gifts for the person who has everything—except a 2016 Shelby.

All the money we collect from our sale of raffle tickets stays with RAGofAZ.  Deadline for ticket sales is December 9th. The lucky ticket will be drawn on December 15th.  

$25 each or 5 for $100.  To purchase your chance to win this prize, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. read more

Rainbow Bridge

pictureGone 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.


Mark your calendar


Snakes Alive!

rattlesnake1Sure signs of spring in the desert: warming weather, blooming cacti — and rattlesnakes slithering out of their dens.

The information in the article that following was drawn from two sources, an article by Douglas Kreutz written for the Arizona Daily Star and from the website.


Rattlesnakes typically come out of their winter dens in March or April, but uncommonly warm winter and spring weather brought some out earlier this year, said Randy Babb, a biologist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

“We had those real warm snaps early on, so they’ve been out for a while,” Babb said, noting that snake sightings have been common.

“We saw eight or so of them when we were out on a research project recently,” he said.


Babb said Arizona is home to 13 species of rattlesnakes, with eight or nine species living in Southeastern Arizona, depending on how the region is defined.

They range far and wide — from deserts, canyons and forests to urban backyards.

Some rattlers slither a mile or more from their dens to places where they spend the summer, Babb said.


Rattlesnakes — sometimes called “buzzworms” because of the buzzing sound of their rattles — sometimes rattle before striking, but not always.

Some rattlesnake bites are so-called “dry bites” in which no venom is injected.

“During the last two seasons, the dry-bite rate was 19 percent in our patients,” Boesen said.

He said the best response to a bite is to go immediately to a medical facility for examination and treatment with anti-venom if needed.

“No cutting, no sucking, no tourniquets — none of that,” Boesen advised. “Just get to a hospital.”

He said plenty of anti-venom is available in Arizona this year.

Boesen and Babb said deaths from rattlesnake bites are extremely rare, and that there have been no known recent snakebite deaths in Southern Arizona.

Avoid rattlesnake bites

These tips for avoiding rattlesnake bites were provided by Keith Boesen, director of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, and Randy Babb, a biologist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

• Be on the lookout for rattlesnakes — whether on a remote hiking trail or in your own backyard.
• Watch where you put your hands and feet. Avoid reaching into areas obscured by brush or rocks.
• "Don't approach or provoke snakes," Babb said. "A lot of people get bit while trying to capture, kill or tease snakes."
• "If you encounter a snake, take one or two steps back and you should be out of striking range," Boesen said.
• Some fire departments will remove rattlesnakes from a confined yard or house. Check with the department covering your area for information.


We can learn to protect ourselves by applying some of these commonsense precautions, however, a trip to your local pet trainer may be advisable for your four-legged friend. Click here to find a list of RAGofAZ trainer partners. You can then contact them about the snake avoidance training.



“Thanks, the snake training paid off. About 8:30 Saturday evening I let my two dogs, Bosco and Emily outside to take care of business before they received their night-time treat and went to kennels for the night.

The pair had just gone out the door when they quickly turned and ran back inside. I picked up the flashlight and went out to see a rattlesnake had made its way inside our brick wall and was lying coiled next to one of the bistro chairs. Wow, the dogs had heard the rattle of the snake and or smelled it, or both and knew exactly what to do”.

Training dogs to avoid being bitten by rattlesnakes has many names. Snake breaking, snake proofing, snake avoidance, snake aversion and snake busting all come to mind. While these terms all mean the same thing, dog training procedures, techniques and methods vary between those performing the snake avoidance programs.

Snake Avoidance training focuses on "SSSS." Safety, sight, sound and smell. As we know, dogs instinctively react to sight, sound and smell, and can also be conditioned or trained to react in a positive manner to such senses. Of course, safety always comes first, especially when venomous reptiles are involved. Snakes used by the various trainers are incapable of biting a dog or person. Be sure to speak with your local trainer, ask them to share their philosophy and the precautions they take when using snakes in the avoidance classes.

A visit to your local trainer may save you much grief and a large sum of money!

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