This holiday season, we’d like to celebrate some of the Golden lives that were saved by our rescue and whose medical treatment was possible because of your donations.
Meet Carly, our twelfth of the “Twelve Dogs of 2018."
Carly - $4,100
Adorable, happy-go-lucky, two-year-old Carly came from a meat farm in Korea, but she arrived in Scottsdale on Golden Wings, RAGofAZ volunteer's private jet. She had a myriad of medical issues that included vomiting, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, urinary tract infection, ear infections, and dehydration. An ultrasound showed that In the small intestinal tract the food swirls around like a washing machine instead of flowing and going forward. During the process of discomfort, lab tests, ultrasounds, medications, poking, and prodding, a veterinarian added hip dysplasia to the long list of issues; Carly walks like a duck. After much research, deliberation, and consults, a decision was made to wait until she is older to decide between hip replacement or stem cell therapy. Carly has come through all of this with Golden colors. She is a feisty, gleeful girl enjoying life free from a cage with her Golden rescue companion, Cash.
Won't you please help rescue more dogs like Carly? Any size donation is appreciated. Thank you!
Our eleventh of the twelve dogs -
Kodi - $2,900
Two-year-old Kodi was the RAGofAZ test dog for accepting Heart Worm positive Korean dogs and funding the treatment in Korea until it was safe for them to fly to the U.S. The rewards are two-fold; sick dogs can have a second chance, and RAGofAZ can save money by using less expensive vetting in Korea. Kodi arrived in Arizona and became the recipient of many tests to determine his medical status for adoption. He tested positive for microfilaria, the debris of killed Heart Worms and sent to an Internal Medicine Vet for an echocardiogram. The recommendation was five months of restricted activity to ensure the microfilaria stayed in the heart and not out in the bloodstream. Then a fecal test showed he had hookworms, so named for the hook in the worms' mouth. They hook on to the dog's intestines and feed on the blood, and on top of that, he had Giardia, another intestinal parasite causing severe diarrhea. More tests, medicines, veterinary care, and a long recovery, but he is worth every penny.
This very handsome, lovable boy taught the RAGofAZ Vet Team some valuable lessons. It's okay to accept Heart Worm positive dogs, they will stay in Korea during the restricted activity time, and all dogs are dewormed in country. Kodi survived all of his maladies with the finesse of a Golden.
Our tenth of the twelve dogs -
Mao Mao - $4,500
Eight-year-old Mao Mao was used for breeding in China. When he could no longer sire, his owner took him to a rescue threatening to sell him to a slaughter house if they wouldn't take him. He became one of RAGofAZ's first international dogs. Mao Mao came to Arizona with an ear infection that didn't respond to any our antibiotics. After a year of unsuccessful treatment, his ear canal was removed rendering him deaf in that ear. But Goldens are resilient. Mao Mao was glad to be free of the ear infection, and he hears well with the other ear. Sometimes it takes time...and money...to heal a dog.
Our ninth of the twelve dogs -
Papa - $700
Eight-year-old Papa was picked up as a stray by Animal Control in El Paso, Texas. After his neuter in Texas, RAGofAZ accepted him and brought him to Arizona. Papa had developed a whopping infection resulting in severe swelling of his scrotum. The painful look in his eyes betrayed his level of pain. He had to be coaxed to eat, and he didn't move around much. It took almost a month of antibiotics to treat the infection, but eventually, Papa was healed, and his demeanor changed. He played like a puppy and decided not to be a picky eater. He was ready to go to his forever home.
Our eighth of the twelve dogs -
Shayla - $950
Shayla is a six-year-old Texas girl. She came to RAGofAZ overweight and with a skin condition. She ate little but still gained weight. She needed thyroid medication, and allergy testing revealed seven pages of allergies including many foods and grass. After in-depth research, It was still difficult to find safe food. Her new, dedicated mom decided to become her personal chef. A combination of thyroid medication, allergy shots, and a home-cooked diet enabled Shayla to lose fourteen pounds and her fur to grow back to beautiful Golden fur.
Our seventh of the twelve dogs -
Don Diego - $1,000
At eighteen-months-old this boy came to RAGofAZ as a stray from Guadalajara, Mexico. In his new home, he ran through the house peeing full stream, not a normal or acceptable activity. The Vet Team ordered a chest and abdomen ultrasound that revealed calcified stones in his bladder which may have been irritating and made him think he needed to "go right now in the house." A special diet helped to eliminate the stones. Diego had a ravenous appetite. Thus he became a counter surfer. His next stop was with a trainer. Diego's mantra is, "Don't worry. Be happy."
The dogs that come to RAGofAZ don't all have complex illnesses or injuries, but the testing to rule out what might be problematic is costly and made possible by our generous benefactors.
Our sixth of the twelve dogs -
Dandy - $1,500
This skinny, four-year-old street boy was rescued from the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico weighing in around 47 lbs. He had a sore on a rear leg that was open down to the bone that had to be treated before coming to Arizona. Then somewhere in his travels, he contracted Giardia, a contagious intestinal parasite that causes diarrhea. Today, the flesh has grown in and covered the bone and there is no longer any deep indentation. Because of the excellent veterinary care Dandy received in Mexico and continued by RAGofAZ, he has no residual effects of his injury. Dandy is living a Golden life...as an inside dog...with his forever family.
Our fifth of the twelve dogs -
Marcus - $1,775
Sweet, four-year-old Marcus contracted Heart Worm while living in Korea. One look at that handsome face and we all agreed that he should become a RAGofAZ dog. We wanted to bring him to safety and to thrill an adoptive family right away, but it was hazardous for him to fly until the Heart Worms were dead, and the resulting debris absorbed by his furry body. If he flew too soon, there was the risk that the Heart Worms or debris called microfilaria could be pushed out of his heart and into his bloodstream resulting in blockage and certain death. RAGofAZ agreed to pay for Marcus' in-country medical care and two-and-a-half month required post-treatment confinement. It was finally time for him to take the 13-hour flight to LAX. RAGofAZ provided follow-up vetting to be sure he was clear. Because of your generosity, Marcus's story has a happy ending with an adoring family.
Our fourth of the twelve dogs -
Buster - $1,900
Everyone from the transporters, to the vet team, to the veterinarians all fell in love with Buster at first sight. He is a beautiful, lovable, velcro boy.
Buster came us to at age six years, frightened, weighing 90 lbs, and needing our Gold Standard of care. He had two rotten teeth and a baby molar that were causing him much pain and could potentially cause a life-threatening infection. We extracted the three teeth giving him relief from that source of pain . His severe ear infections, another source of pain, and kennel cough were treated with antibiotics. It took a while for the infection to clear.
After neutering, vaccinating, microchipping and lots of love his forever family adopted him.
Our third of the twelve dogs -
Leo - $2,100
Eight-year-old Leo came to us barely able to get up and down by himself, and walking was painful due to severe hip dysplasia. It was obvious that his days left on this earth were numbered. Our two options were surgery which was not a good solution for a dog his age, or stem cell therapy. Our vet team spent weeks researching and deliberating which way to go. Stem cell therapy looked like the best solution for this senior boy.
It is amazing to see Leo today. He not only gets up and down with ease, but he can go for walks again. He is a happy dog who has many years added to his lifespan due to stem cell therapy. He was neutered, received all immunizations, and microchipped.
A few short years ago, this would not be a medical or financial option. Leo is a success story because of new technology and the ability for RAGofAZ to take advantage of this technology through the generosity of people like you.
Our second of the twelve dogs -
Tiny Tim - $3,500
Eighteen-month-old Tiny Tim came into rescue from a breeder in August. Tim had a congenital liver shunt that was considered inoperable because its location was not easily accessible. Without surgery. Tim’s life would be shortened and his abilities would be limited. Tiny Tim, only 50 pounds, began a battery of tests and was fed three meals per day to fatten him up. After months of building him up and diagnostic tests, it was determined that there was indeed a chance for surgery for Tim. On November 30th, Tim had a cellophane sheath applied to the shunt which will allow Tim’s body to close the shunt on its own. To date, Tim is doing well and acting like the puppy he still is!
Our first of the twelve dogs -
Jameson - $4,100
Jameson was on Craigslist three times. The breeder sold him, the first adopter had kids and no time, the second didn’t keep him because of frequent urination. Then a co-worker bought him but didn’t want to keep him because of excessive urination. Jameson had to be moved two more times to see specialists because of severe gastrointestinal problems. After many months of tests, treatments, medical boarding, a special diet, and medications, he is now a normal boy in a stable, loving home.