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Links of Gold 2017 Golf Tournament Online Auction

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First time ever Rescue A Golden of Arizona Links of Gold Golf Tournament

ONLINE AUCTION!

Our annual Links of Gold Golf Tournament is RAGofAZ's biggest fundraiser of the year! For the first time, we are including an online auction to further our goal of raising funds to help place Golden Retrievers, not only from Arizona, but from countries around the world, in their forever homes.

Online bidding begins on Friday, September 1st and runs through 8 pm Friday, September 8th. At that time, the auction will carry over to our live event on September 9th. The bidding will continue at the event at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale. The highest bid will win the item. Anytime the system receives two bids that are the same, the first bid entered into the system wins. 

Click here to go to the auction. There's something for everyone! And you don't have to attend Links of Gold to participate in the auction (even though we would love it if you did!)

Links of Gold 2017 Golf Tournament Online Auction Items

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12 December Wilma

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Welcome to the season of wonder.

Our “Wild Wilma” came to us as a belated Christmas gift. She had spent her first three years as a “back-yard” dog where she’d bonded with a friendly Lab. However, both dogs were eventually surrendered to different rescues, which meant Wilma had to bid a sad farewell to her buddy.

RAGofAZ placed Wilma in a wonderful foster home, but no amount of love and attention seemed to assuage the loss of her beloved friend.

WilmaOutside resized xWilmaHoHoHo resized xShe sat outside cowering behind a planter and would not even come indoors. That’s when Freddie, our resident Golden Retriever, came to the rescue. Sensing that Wilma needed another dog who could calm her fears, the fosters asked us to bring Freddie to their home. Sure enough, the easygoing and unflappable Fred soon figured out how to be a pal to Wilma... the way only Goldens can. When Freddie jumped into our van to go home, Wilma hopped in with him, rode to our house and unpacked her bags. Now safe and secure once more, this holiday season finds Wilma and Fred lying by the Yule log as they gaze contentedly into each other’s eyes. You can almost hear them whisper “yabbadabba do!”

11 November Bella

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Bella here…. Yes, I had a rough beginning, but now I’m living the Golden life with my best Golden buddy, Sedona, and my forever loving and caring Mom. I was discovered to have diabetes and Valley Fever when I was rescued. After many, many trips to the vet to check my blood sugar, everyone tells me I’m getting adjusted to these pricks, which is every time I eat, but that’s okay as long as I’m eating!

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Rescue A Golden for finding me and giving me the best dog life ever!

10 October Walter

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People say I’m a VIP. I’m not sure why, or what that means, because my name is Walter, aka Sir Walter of Scottsdale. I’ve heard lots of other things: Loving, friendly, gentle, and old soul. Expressive eyes, too. Oh, and my favorite – big paws! I was rescued by RAGofAZ and went to my forever home in Scottsdale where I got new friends, Lilly, Teddy, Beau and Bailey.

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09 September Maddie

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Maddie, her name means sweet, joyful, loving and a need to serve humanity. This truly describes my girl who was found abandoned and starving with six new mouths to feed. Thanks to some very special guardian angels and RAGofAZ, seven beautiful dogs are in loving homes.

Maddie soon earned the title of “Mom of the Year 2012” and her story quickly spread through the rescue community.

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Maddie currently is the official Golden for the annual “Links of Gold” golf tournament, proudly representing RAGofAZ. On the day of the event she loves thanking all the golfers and diners who help make our annual fundraiser a huge success.

Her free time is filled with greeting all her friends in our neighborhood, playing with her best friend Bixler, a black lab and just being the joy of my life.

Thank you RAGofAZ for letting me adopt this beautiful lady.

08 August Sadie

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Here is my story... I first came to Rescue a Golden as a lost pup wandering in Goodyear, AZ. A nice lady took me home and posted fliers to try and find my family. Guess I was meant to go to a different family as some wonderful folks from RAGofAZ came to rescue me and help me find my new forever home.

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07 July Abby

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Abby became part of our family, and seventh Golden, in December 2014. She had been a stray who followed some children home from school. However, that family was unable to keep her and contacted RAGofAZ. That was our lucky day, as we had been on the waiting list for a while.

The rescue called with a good match for us and wanted to schedule a meet and greet. We fell in love with Abby at first sight. As she walked to our front door, her fur all fluffed, she wore a cute holiday headband on her head and looked adorable.

AbbyPorch resizedAbbyBeach2 resizedAbby has since made the move with us from the desert to the Atlantic Ocean. She loves strolls along the beach, and walks around our neighborhood soliciting pets from everyone she meets.

Her gentle laid back demeanor endears her to the neighborhood kids who stop by our house to see if Abby can come out to play.

She is the love of our lives. Thanks RAGofAZ for allowing Abby to become part of our family.

06 June Lucy

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I’m Lucy and here’s my Golden story. I was surrendered to RAGofAZ by my first mom because she realized that she didn’t have time for me. She loved me enough to want me to have a good life. But because I was left alone a lot as a young dog, I don’t like to be by myself. Thank goodness my forever home already had a Golden named Makana.

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Jasper and I do everything together. We walk Dad twice a day, play in the backyard, sleep side-by-side, and keep Mom nimble by spreading our toys all over the house. It’s a big job, but Jasper and I do it together. Thanks RAGofAZ, for my forever home and for Jasper.

05 May Teddy

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Teddy’s story begins, sadly, at a shelter where he had been abandoned as a wobbly, weak senior with multiple medical challenges. A skinny, older, red Golden, Teddy came into rescue with Tick Fever, chronic and devastating nosebleeds, hypertension, kidney issues, hip dysplasia, and liver problems. He had lost half of his once thick coat . . . and seemed embarrassed by his patchy, scalped appearance.

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He walked through the front door with his tail wagging and ran to greet our two Saint Bernards, Lady and Beaux. Small in comparison to his Saint siblings, Teddy could walk under Beaux, and did so regularly! Today, thanks to love and science, Teddy is doing well and proudly displays his beautiful reddish-gold coat. Once dragging his back paw due to hip pain, he now runs a mile a day and “bunny hops” when a leash comes out. He is a friend to all, which is to say Teddy never met a creature he didn’t love: birds, cats, rabbits, anything that breathes. Teddy clearly views himself as a Golden, not a Golden Retriever. And he was just what our home needed – thank you RAGofAZ!

 

04 April Bear & Lola

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Bear & Lola came into our family in November 2016. They were a “Senior Golden Couple” who needed a good home and we were a family that needed some “Goldens.” We had been without a Golden Retriever for a year. It was incredible how much love Bear & Lola immediately brought into our household.

Unfortunately, Lola went to the Rainbow Bridge on April 4, 2017. We will miss Lola’s high-spirited personality, her playful howl and the way she made a grand entrance when walking down the stairs!

On the other hand, Bear is Bear – a cuddly Golden with a serene personality that enjoys his walks in the desert. He loves to chase the bunny rabbits and birds that come across his path. His favorite pastime is watching TV from his spot on the couch. 

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Whenever an animal appears on TV, he immediately runs to the set – mesmerized by the images before him.

Life is so much better with a Golden Retriever and we are so happy that Bear has his forever home in our home!

03 March Gabby

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Gabby lived in a birthing cage for over three years and came into rescue in January 2016 as a special needs gal—a yeast infection, female issues, fleas, Ichthyosis, Giardia, and no current shots. She never walked on a leash, chewed a bone, or played with
a toy or ball, and was afraid to be alone.

Gabby today is a happy 5-year-old gal who cares and treats her small stuffed animals as her puppies. Every day she takes her stuffed animals one by one outside into the sunshine, and in the evening she brings them all back inside to her rug. 

GabbyToys resizedGabbyToys2 resizedHer tail wags in happiness; she is a friend to our neighbors, to their dogs, and brings smiles to everyone she greets. She loves to go for walks—taking her bear with her, loves car rides, and sits on the back seat like a small person looking out the window. Gabby is low key, needs a great deal of sleep, and needs a special diet to aid in digesting her food. Gabby has filled the “Golden emptiness” in our lives.

02 February Henley

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Henley is truly what rescue is about.

Henley came to us in February from El Paso where he was thrown from a moving car and a Good Samaritan took him to the shelter. Months later he had an emergency splenectomy and it was uncertain if he was going to pull through the surgery. 

Packed full of attitude, this resilient little boy is now on his third chance at life. We named him after a famous song writer as we figured Henley has lots of stories about his past. 

HenleyHeadshot resizedHenley is now in a safe place and is close to our other RAGofAZ rescue Sammi who continues to teach him the Golden life. After numerous tests for an anemic condition and blood cells not maturing, a group of University of Pennsylvania scientists are working on a case study of Henley. As of this writing, it is still unknown what ails this little boy, but he is still thriving, wags his entire body when he sees us, and is now at a healthy weight.

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01 January Jasper

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My name is Jasper and I’m forever grateful to RAGofAZ. I was found by Pinal County Animal Control wandering in the desert with a pack of dogs. RAGofAZ came and rescued me. It was hard at my foster’s home. I’d never been in a car or a house, and the sound of the refrigerator scared me.

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When RAGofAZ called and said they had a forever home for me, I didn’t know what to expect. Dad and Mom seemed okay. They named me Jasper, because Mom said that my golden eyes reminded her of the gemstone yellow jasper that is found in the desert. We’re both gems found in the desert!

But then I met Lucy! (You’ll meet Lucy later in June) We hit it off right from the start. Lucy taught me so much, like don’t chew the sofa cushions and that we get to sleep on our own beds. Now I have two beds so that I always have someplace soft to sleep. I also have my bestie, Lucy. Thanks, RAGofAZ!

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Introducing our 2018 Calendar Cover Dog

CODY!

Scroll down to read all about our monthly calendar dogs. There are lots of bonus photos on our website this year!

Click here to view a remembrance of our companion Goldens who have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge this year.

Click here for a sneak preview of our Golden Oldies.

Click here to see Goldens from across the globe placed by RAGofAZ into new loving homes! 


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Last August we got the best 35th anniversary gift we could ask for. RAGofAZ had the “Phoenix Lost Dog” available for us if we were willing to provide him his forever home. Of course we said “YES” since we had lost our previous RAGofAZ Golden named King to cancer in May of 2016 and our house felt empty.

 CodyRunning resizedCodyRunning2 resizedThat night Cody was welcomed into our home and our hearts. It so happened to be the same night Michael Phelps competed in his final Olympic race, the relay. The last swimmer in that race to win Phelps that final gold was Cody Miller. Miller was born with a deformity causing his ribcage to grow abnormally limiting his lung capacity. He learned to swim to improve his breathing and became an Olympic medalist. Inspired by this “lost boy” who had overcome his early start to achieve greatness we decided to name our lost boy Cody. Cody has the spirit of a puppy, loves to play ball and smile out the window on car rides. Cody has a heart of gold and has lived up to his name.

Golden Tales August 2016

 

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President's message

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In just a month we will be gathering for the Links of Gold Golf Tournament and Dinner at the prestigious Monument Course at Troon North.  Now is the time to sign up and join us!
 
The tournament is set, including some new fun features:
  • You could win a Hole in One prize of $10,000!!!
  • FREE Putting & Chipping Clinic by John Gunby, Golf Pro from Prescott Lakes
  • A chance to win a new putter in the Pre-Tournament Putting Competition
  • Best Poker Hand winners as a result of action at the Golden Dog-Leg Hole
  • Craft Beer tastings at three separate holes
 You are not a golfer? Join us for Yappy Hour and dinner!
Here’s why you don’t want to miss it!     Click Here
  • Down a cool one at our cash bar Yappy Hour and pet our Golden Retriever ambassadogs for as many hours as you like.
  • Hear from members’ experiences with their therapy and service dogs.
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner featuring Chicken Piccata, Caesar salad, pasta dishes (including vegetarian), bread, and scrumptious pies.
Take your chances on the most fabulous array of raffle prizes you’ve ever seen!
  • a signed guitar by Alice Cooper
  • a 36” x 24” framed and signed watercolor print by the official PGA artist of the 2016 US Open at Oakmont
  • beautiful autographed lithographs
  • sports memorabilia
  • weekend packages at various hotels in and out of state
  • foursomes at some of the finest golf courses around Arizona
  • SWPGA Golf Pass
  • theater and symphony tickets
  • off road excursions and boat trips
  • a commissioned portrait of your Golden pet
  • restaurant gift certificates
And the most important reasons of all to attend Links of Gold?
  • Every dollar raised goes to benefit our mission of rescuing and “re-homing” displaced, sick, old or unwanted Golden Retrievers.
  • Your dedicated planning committee has been working to make this event a success for eight months and is fervently hoping that you will make all of their efforts worth it for our Goldens!
  • Your support now means that these wonderful events may continue in the future.
 
All that is left to do to make this event a great success for our beloved Goldens is for you to click here and sign up. Please do it now! 
 
What:   Links of Gold Golf Tournament, Buffet and Grand Raffle
When:  Saturday, September 10, 2016
  • 11:00 Golf Registration begins
  • 11:30 Putting Clinic 
  • 12:00 Putting Competition
  • 1:30 Shot Gun Start-Scramble format 
  • 5:30 Cash Bar Yappy Hour 
  • 6:30 Buffet Dinner
Where: The Monument Course at Troon North
Costs:   $500.00 for a Foursome (includes 4 Buffet Dinners)
             $150.00 for an Individual (includes Buffet Dinner)
             $35.00 Buffet only
 

Click here now!!

Chris P. P. Brant
President, RAGofAZ

 
 "People" foods you should share with your dog

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These dog-approved "people foods" your dog can eat provide variety and a nutritional boost!
 
From moderndog magazine written by Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott​

Can my dog eat that? Apples, salmon, pumpkin, beans, yogurt... people foods that are safe for your dog to eat. As a responsible and informed dog lover, you probably know that too much “people food” can make your dog ill or overweight, but there are some human foods that can be safely added to your dog’s meals in moderation to give a nutritional boost to Queenie’s diet and add a bit of variety to her food bowl. Just remember: any additions to your dog’s meals shouldn’t comprise more than 25 percent of her weekly caloric requirement. read more

 

 

12 Healthiest human foods for dogs

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There are plenty of people foods we’d love to share with our dogs, but some are much healthier than others. In fact, some foods are even toxic to our dogs. But fear not, there are certain human snacks that can actually benefit our four-legged friends. read more




 

Hypothyroidism - Why do so many vets fail to catch this disease early?

pictureThis article was reproduced from Healthy Pets  with Dr. Karen Becker July 17, 2016

Hypothyroidism in dogs is a condition in which the thyroid is unable to produce enough of the hormone thyroxine to meet the body’s demands. The disorder is more prevalent in certain breeds.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism are wide-ranging and can differ from dog to dog. Classic signs include lack of energy, weight gain, and poor coat and skin condition. 
 
Comment by Chris Brant: “This article is personal as our Daisy had all of these symptoms, her problem was correctly diagnosed and treated. She is now a healthy, spry eight-year-old with a full golden coat." read more

 

Valley Fever P.A.W.S.--You can help solve this mystery!

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We need data for both affected and unaffected dogs living in or traveling to areas where they may be exposed to the fungus that causes valley fever. Because we need data for dog breeds that are potentially exposed but don't get sick, please help us by reporting breed specific information on dogs that DO NOT have the disease. Your information will be used to understand breed specific risk for disease. Please provide as much information as you can. read more

 

 

 

Food allergies in dogs

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An article by Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott first published in moderndog

Some of the breeds most prone to food allergies include
Retriever, Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, Springer Spaniel, Collie, Dalmatian, German Shepherd, Lhasa Apso, Miniature Schnauzer, Shar Pei, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Dachshund, and West Highland White Terrier

Most common food allergens include
beef, dairy, and wheat.

Least common food allergens
fish and rabbit.

General signs and symptoms of allergies include
dry itchy skin, excessive scratching or licking, bald patches, a high frequency of hot spots, ear infections, skin infections, diarrhea, and vomiting. read more


Golden Get-Together at Richardson's

pictureRAGofAZ is planning to start a monthly, informal get-together at Richardson’s on the 3rd Thursday of every month, until further notice. Richardson’s is a dog friendly restaurant with an enclosed area for our four-legged companions and ourselves. The plan is for fellow members who have Golden hearts to congregate for a couple of hours every so often. No speeches, but probably a door prize for someone. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6-8 pm.

6335 North 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016

 

 

 

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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Golden Tales August 2015

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President's Message

As many of you know this is the final year that Judi Schillaci will be chairing the Links of Gold Golf Tournament and dinner committee. On behalf of the organization I want to express our deepest gratitude for all Judi’s hard work and leadership. She would be the first to tell you about her core of long-term, loyal supporters who have worked their hearts out, and along with their leader, they too will be stepping down this year. My point is not to neglect the newer members of the team who have played an integral part in the proceedings but these “Long-Service Medalists” will certainly be missed. We thank them all.

However, the best way to thank these dedicated volunteers personally is to go to the website now and just sign up, at least for the dinner. Just last Friday the sponsorships hit the $10,000.00 mark. A great effort by the team, but also by all those individual sponsors and companies that appreciate the wonderful work that Rescue A Golden achieves each year. You are all invested in this mission whether you volunteer, donate or just support us when we gather together.

Our number of golfers for this event increased last year and so it was decided it would be better for all if this year we bought the course out. Therefore, the situation provides another way to show your appreciation of Judi’s team. Many of us do not play golf but we all have at least one or two associates that we can call upon to support this great cause, on a great course. There is still plenty of room for more golfers to compete for some wonderful prizes. Individual phone calls, emails, or a few words at the office can make a difference. Thank you all in advance.

Chris PP Brant
President, RAGofAZ

Just two more weeks till Links of Gold!

pictureDon’t wait another minute to register for golf and/or dinner at our signature fundraising event, the Links of Gold Golf Tournament!  This event is made possible in large part by our generous sponsors led by our Title Sponsor, Sean Lonergan and the good people of GenRx! Click here to see a beautiful slide show of all of our sponsors.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated members of our planning committee: Penny Keaton, Judy Smith, Valerie Shaner, Mark Preston, Chris Brant, Margie Karow, Barbara Petronzio, Caren Solberg, Ann Adams, Liz and Denis Bechen, Julie Thompson, and Bob Schillaci.  I especially want to acknowledge two people who will be “retiring” from Links of Gold after this year along with Bob and me – Judy Smith and Penny Keaton.  

Judy has served as our “Raffle Queen” for nearly a decade and is the designer of the dazzling display of raffle baskets that will surely wow you when you see it.  And Penny has been our Tournament Coordinator for many years, ensuring that your experience is smooth sailing from check-in till the last swing on the Pinnacle Course.  We owe them enormous kudos for endless hours of planning, attention to detail, and hard work.  

But for you this is easy!  Just click here to register or purchase a sponsorship (it’s not too late).

When:     Saturday, August 29, 2015  – 1:30 shotgun 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 

If you prefer, you may mail your check payable to RAGofAZ to:
Rescue A Golden of Arizona  ~  PO Box 71987  ~  Phoenix, AZ 85050

Payment must be received by August 22, 2015.


On behalf of the entire Links of Gold Committee, it has been an honor and privilege to serve our organization in this capacity, and we thank you for your generosity and support.  Because it’s all for the love of a Golden . . .

Judi Schillaci, Chairperson
Links of Gold Golf Tournament

Dogs, Desert Toads Don’t Mix 

pictureDid you know that more dogs in Arizona die from toad encounters than from rattlesnake bites?
 
After the first heavy rain that we encountered when we moved to Fountain Hills in 1983 I observed a large toad in our backyard. He was many miles from the major water sources down in the Fountain Lake. I deposited the toad in a bucket and made a trip to the Fountain Hills Lake Park. Our new, found “friend” did not seem too interested in taking a swim.

It was quite a while later that I found out that the toad would have been quite happy to live beneath our backyard and would have only come out after heavy rains. I also found out that once we had Goldens roaming our property the likes of Bufo Toads were not the friendly pets in our midst that I had imagined back in 1983. read more


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Pet Dental Care - It's more important than you think! 

 

Contributed by Sarah Bashaw, DVM
El Dorado Animal Hospital, Fountain Hills, AZ

We all know how important good oral hygiene and dental care is for ourselves, but many pet owners don’t realize that it is equally important in our pets.  Good oral hygiene and regular check-ups are essential in maintaining both oral and physical health, and to prevent pain and infection.

You may wonder if your pet needs dental care at all.  There are some signs you may notice at home. read more

 

Which Foods are Safe to Feed Your Pet…. And which Ones are Not

pictureReprinted from WOOFipedia by the American Kennel Club

Can dogs eats grapes? Absolutely not. Grapes (and raisins) are toxic to dogs, and they should never be allowed to eat them. Why, you ask? Learn more here.

 

 

 

 

 

On the Road Again 

pictureWith Scottie McGowan, Assistant Transport Coordinator

It started with an urgent phone call.  It was a plea from El Paso.  Five Goldens needed homes.
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Rainbow Bridge

It is always sad to have to report of those beloved companions who have crossed to the Rainbow Bridge in the past month. CLICK HERE

And CLICK HERE to see a remembrance including those Goldens that have passed over the Rainbow Bridge previously.

We would like to begin acknowledging donations made in the name of companions that have been lost:

Kathleen Villagas made a donation in honor of her girl “Sunny.” 

 

A Tribute to Savannah

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Savannah McRae 6/24/02 – 7/20/15
 
What can I say about Savannah?  We all love our dogs beyond reason and so know our perception of them is colored by this lack of reason.  Savannah burst into my home in approximately June 2003 as a foster.  She was one years old and her former owner had bought her lot of toys, a stylish collar and raised eating bowls but was giving her up because Savannah wouldn’t let her “just sit quietly and read.”  The owner thought Savannah was hyper.  No; she was a puppy.  She was bow-legged, pigeon toed and owned any room she entered.  I was not looking for a second dog; I had a big beautiful boy, Fitz, who I adored.  People came to meet her.  She was too small, she was too red, she just wasn’t quite right. read more


 

What does it mean when a dog licks me?

pictureReprinted from WOOFipedia by the American Kennel Club

Do you ever wonder why your dog might be licking you? Does he smell the food you just ate? Does he want something? Does he just love me? Some of us think they are just kisses! There is a reason why they lick us. Click here to find out what it is.

 

 



 

2016 Hearts of Gold Calendars are here!

pictureThe 2016 Rescue A Golden Calendar is off the press and it is now ready to order online. The Calendar Committee did a magnificent job in producing the 2016 edition. It has some new features that you will enjoy. The photographs of our present and past companions are exquisite. On behalf of the organization I want to thank all those involved in this labor of love.
 
Chris

 

 

 

 

 

Support RAGofAZ just by shopping at Fry’s! 

Fry’s Community Rewards program requires you to re-enroll each year on or after August 1st so that RAGofAZ can continue receiving benefits every time you shop at Fry’s. It’s easy, just click here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

T-shirts

A new shipment of T-shirts of all sizes has arrived and with Links of Gold Golf Tournament coming up it would be great to see an array of teal on the green and at the buffet dinner. You may purchase them by clicking here.



 

 

Golden Retriever Books 

The sales of autographed copies of the Yellowdog River of Love Golden Retriever books are going well. You can buy them on eBay for $64.00 plus postage or from RAGofAZ for $14.00. Click here to order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Protect Pets from the Back-to-School Blues

pictureReprinted from Kristen Levine Pet Living at KristenLevine.com

Heading back to school is always an exciting time for families. New teachers, new friends, new routines, new things to learn! But for pets, watching their favorite human playmate run out the door to catch the bus can be “ruff.”

After a summer full of fun, frolic, adventures and non-stop interaction, cats and dogs can become depressed or anxious when suddenly left alone all day. Occasionally, some pets can also develop more extreme behaviors like loud meowing or barking, escape attempts, panting, drooling, and chewing on inappropriate items. 

 

How to Protect Pets from the Back-to-School Blues

 

Reprinted from Kristen Levine Pet Living at KristenLevine.com

Heading back to school is always an exciting time for families. New teachers, new friends, new routines, new things to learn! But for pets, watching their favorite human playmate run out the door to catch the bus can be “ruff.”

jackandzoesm3img 5822After a summer full of fun, frolic, adventures and non-stop interaction, cats and dogs can become depressed or anxious when suddenly left alone all day. Occasionally, some pets can also develop more extreme behaviors like loud meowing or barking, escape attempts, panting, drooling, and chewing on inappropriate items.

To help ease the transition, try incorporating some of these ideas into your new school routine:

Prep for School

If your child’s classes haven’t begun yet, start preparing your pet now. For a week or two leading up to the first bell, plan some activities away from home. On the first day, stay away for a couple of hours, then gradually increase the time you’re gone.

The Same Old Routine

Pets thrive on routine and a sudden change can be stressful and disorienting. Think about the parts of your pet’s current routine – meals, walks, training – that can stay the same, and try to stick to the established schedule.

New and Improved

For any routines that must be altered, replace them with new ones. For example, if you can no longer walk the dog in the morning because you’re driving your child to school…why not just take your pup along for the ride?

Boredom Busters

Imagine being all alone without anything to do all day long. You can’t even get yourself a snack even though the fridge is right there! After a few days or weeks of this, you might come up with some…ahem…creative ways to entertain yourself. Head boredom off at the pass by leaving your pet with interactive toys that engage his mind and body.

Daycare Days

If your pup is dog-friendly and well socialized, think about taking her to reputable doggie daycare a few times a week. She’ll get lots of physical and mental stimulation, along with plenty of attention from the staff.

Home Run

Not all dogs are social or love to hang out in big groups. And my cats Turdie and Olivia seem to think “kitty camp” is a terrible idea. Luckily, if your pet is a homebody, there are plenty of experienced dog walkers and cat cuddlers who are only too happy to drop by and entertain your furry family member while you’re away.

After School Special

Talk to your children about how much your pets miss them when they’re at school. Encourage them to spend some quality one-on-one time with their special buddy when they get home. This might mean playing together in the back yard, talking to them about what they learned, or curling up on the couch and doing homework or reading out loud with the pet by their side.

New Year, New Responsibilities

Including kids in pet-related chores is a great way to teach compassion and commitment. So with each new school year, give your child a little more responsibility when it comes to your pet. Make sure tasks are age-appropriate so that both kid and critter are set up for success!

Avoid the Dog Pounds

We’ve all heard of the Freshman 15 but what about the Fido 5? Even just one or two extra pounds can have a detrimental effect on your pet’s health. With school in session, chances are he’s not as active as he was during the summer. So take a second look at his diet and adjust meals and treats as necessary.

Class Act

Yes, you can teach an old (or young) dog new tricks! And why should kids have all the back-to-school fun, anyway? Fall is the perfect time to sign your pooch up for a new training class. Depending on where you live, you might find options that range from obedience to agility to canine choreography!

Why does my dog lick me?

Reprinted from WOOFipedia by the American Kennel Club

Golden LickingAs you might have noticed, dogs just love to lick humans! Why all this licking? Well, the behavior is deeply ingrained in a dog. It’s visible early on, when puppies will lick each other as a way of interacting and of grooming each other. They sometimes lick their moms as a way of asking for some milk. When dogs are in packs, they will lick a dominant dog to ask for permission to eat communal food. So sometimes your dog wants something when he licks you. But there are other reasons for this slobbery behavior. Sometimes your dog just wants your attention. At other times, he might lick you as a way of playing with you (instead of biting you, which is how he plays with other dogs). Some researchers say that licking is just another way that dogs explore their environments.  One thing’s for sure: The more you respond positively to your dog’s licks, the more likely he is to lick you. It sure is one way of getting your attention!

Savannah McRae 6/24/02 – 7/20/15

Shared by Denise McRae


Savannah7What can I say about Savannah? We all love our dogs beyond reason and so know our perception of them is colored by this lack of reason. Savannah burst into my home in approximately June 2003 as a foster. She was one years old and her former owner had bought her lot of toys, a stylish collar and raised eating bowls but was giving her up because Savannah wouldn’t let her “just sit quietly and read.” The owner thought Savannah was hyper. No; she was a puppy. She was bow-legged, pigeon toed and owned any room she entered. I was not looking for a second dog; I had a big beautiful boy, Fitz, who I adored. People came to meet her. She was too small, she was too red, she just wasn’t quite right. They all said “what about that one”, pointing to Fitz. No; he’s mine. I started meeting the prospective parents outside. Do you know what it’s like to not invite people into your home in Arizona in the summer? We were dying in the heat and they thought I was hiding something. I was; the big beautiful Golden. Finally, one family said she wasn’t very pretty. With outrage I said “she’s perfect.” And just like that, she was mine. I did clear it with Fitz and promise to love him just as much. Turned out, he couldn’t live without her. She always felt like she belonged, taking Fitz’s toys, food, whatever he had. He never minded and she never thought about it twice.

And she loved to run. I rented a house and Fitz could cross that yard in two bounds; I Savannah4needed a larger yard (although we made great use of the largest dog park in the country, it wasn’t the same.) So I bought the house I live in now just for the yard. The three of us would play ball and the heat would wear me out. So, Fitz and I would come in, and watch Savannah with her ice and water through the big slider. It was Savannah’s yard.

She’s ruled the roost with every dog I’ve fostered. But never in an overt way. Somehow they all let her go out the door first, take the ball that was being tossed. It was unspoken but understood. And then one day two years ago I noticed my other dog, Suzie, wasn’t letting Savannah out of the door first. Odd. Then just before Christmas I felt the lumps. I called Mary, our super Veterinarian and she came to see us. I’d read up on it by then and asked what she thought. Chemo for lymphoma was a reasonable option. Not doing anything was also a reasonable option. We chose action and she loved spending her day getting chemotherapy. Only Savannah.

With all of the big, beautiful, true to confirmation Goldens out there, somehow she was chosen for four photo shoots. It was all in the attitude. Other than the day of surgery (she blew her knee out chasing a ball) and the day I knew she was ready to say good-bye, she never had an unhappy day. She took the sunshine with her wherever she went. That sunshine will light her way to the Rainbow Bridge where I know that Fitz, who loved her the way I do, beyond reason, was waiting for her.

Pet Dental Care--It's more important than you think!


Contributed by Sarah Bashaw, DVM
El Dorado Animal Hospital, Fountain Hills, AZ

Dog with toothbrushWe all know how important good oral hygiene and dental care is for ourselves, but many pet owners don’t realize that it is equally important in our pets. Good oral hygiene and regular check-ups are essential in maintaining both oral and physical health, and to prevent pain and infection.

You may wonder if your pet needs dental care at all. There are some signs you may notice at home. Does your dog have “doggie breath?” Is it unpleasant for you to smell your dog when he’s panting, or is the odor from your cat when she’s grooming strong? These are possible signs of oral disease. Other symptoms might include heavy tartar on molars, bleeding gums or loose teeth. Most pets will not show signs of pain until the disease is very severe. If your pet is already exhibiting signs of pain or difficulty eating the disease process may be very advanced.

The first step in an oral health assessment is a visit to your veterinarian. An oral exam is performed in the exam room with your pet awake. Depending on the temperament of your pet, most of the teeth can be examined, but not all teeth and not every surface can be seen. After the initial assessment, your veterinarian will decide if further action is needed. If disease is detected, an anesthetized oral examination, assessment and treatment are the next step.

Anesthesia is safe in pets, and the side effects and risks are very low. It is required to use anesthesia to safely evaluate all the teeth, perform dental x-rays, and to clean under the gum line. Pets will not hold still like we will in a dental chair! General anesthesia is safest, as it allows protection of the airway with an endotracheal tube, and adjustment of the anesthesia can be easily achieved.

Once your pet’s oral examination is complete and disease is detected, treatment is done during the same anesthetic event. This might be as simple as a thorough cleaning both above and below the gum line, or if disease is severe your pet may require extractions or periodontal surgery. Your pet’s doctor will contact you during the procedure to discuss treatment options and advise you about what treatment needs to be performed.

- Dr. Sarah Bashaw has an interest in veterinary dentistry and has dedicated hours of post-doctoral hands-on and lecture training in the discipline. She recognizes the value to good oral health, and would be happy to discuss any concerns you might have about your pet’s dental care.

Dogs, Desert Toads don't mix

 

By Chris Brant, President, RAGofAZ

After the first heavy rain that we encountered when we moved to Fountain Hills in 1983 I observed a large toad in our backyard. He was many miles from the major water sources down in the Fountain Lake. I deposited the toad in a bucket and made a trip to the Fountain Hills Lake Park. Our new, found “friend” did not seem too interested in taking a swim.

It was quite a while later that I found out that the toad would have been quite happy to live beneath our backyard and would have only come out after heavy rains. I also found out that once we had Goldens roaming our property the likes of Bufo Toads were not the friendly pets in our midst that I had Bufo alvarius 1imagined back in 1983.

Dogs are at especial risk from Sonoran Desert (Bufo) Toads and can quickly exhibit potentially fatal symptoms of toad poisoning (excessive salivation or foaming at the mouth, head shaking, red or irritated gums, drunken gait, confusion, weakness or complete collapse, heart arrhythmia, vomiting, diarrhea, and pawing at the mouth). Seizures and death can occur in dogs within 30 minutes from a Sonoran Desert Toad poisoning. Once toad poisoning symptoms appear, emergency veterinary care is needed, but if you observe your dog with a Sonoran Desert Toad, immediate first aid can help prevent toad poisoning from occurring in the first place: Sonoran Desert Toad (Bufo alvarius) http://fireflyforest.net/firefly/2007/08/12/sonoran-desert-toad/.


 

One of our trainers, Jay Smith, is offering Toad Avoidance training classes through October. Please click here for details. 


 

Reprinted from The Fountain Hills Times:

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El Paso--On the Road Again

On the Road Again

 

With Scottie McGowan, Assistant Transport Coordinator


It started with an urgent phone call. It was a plea from El Paso. Five Goldens needed homes.


Connie, the president of our sister rescue, the Golden Retriever Rescue of El Paso (GRREP), needed help with finding homes for 4 dogs in El Paso and one in Las Cruces, NM. It was the signal to alert The Golden Express to get on the road again.Map

There was a flurry of tasks and team interactions as we prepared to receive these Goldens. The Intake Team collected known information; the Placement Team quickly found foster homes; the Vet Team made appointments for anticipated medical care; the Transport Coordinator Team found local transporters to complete the delivery to fosters, I coordinated with Connie and the El Paso transporters and prepared the pile of paperwork. This was all accomplished within a small window of time prior to our leaving Arizona.

Tom and Ginny Williams were eager and ready for their first El Paso transport. In El Tom and Ginny El Paso1Paso, the three of us me at our hotel to discuss strategy for the transport and had a fabulous Texas steak dinner followed by a good night’s rest. We were ready to meet our new Goldens.

The next morning, we met Gracie, Sammy, Buddy, and Eddie who greeted us withEl Paso pups smiles and wagging tails unsuspecting that they were about to embark on a great adventure. Amidst lots of activity, we completed all of the paperwork and loaded the dogs. Gracie, Sammy, and Buddy rode with Tom & Ginny; Eddie rode with me; we began our long journey back to Arizona.

But we had one more pickup to make. We were to pick up a sweet, little blonde girlSkye El Paso Las Cruces with foster named Skye from her foster in Las Cruces, NM. Skye is a special interest girl because she is partially blind and will eventually be fully blind. It was imperative that we quickly get her into her forever home so she could learn her way around before that happens. Skye and her foster bid a teary farewell, she jumped into my dogmobile and met Eddie, and we continued our journey back to Arizona and home.

After one potty and food break, the next stop was my house in Tucson. Humans and canines stretched their legs before continuing the trip up north. Susan Quisenberry was at my house ready to take Skye home with her to foster and to take Buddy to meet up with Chris Brant who delivered him to his foster in Scottsdale. Tom & Ginny, fosters for Sammy and Gracie, continued their journey home. Eddie was staying in Tucson, so I loaded him back in the car and delivered him to his foster.

All have been adopted, but Gracie didn’t stay. Sadly, she was suffering from renal failure among other things and she was in a great deal of pain. We tried to save her but there was nothing we could do. Tom Williams was with her as she was mercifully helped to the Rainbow Bridge. Tom and Ginny were her adopters of record.

There were so many people from many teams scurrying to make this all happen. A special Tail Wag to everyone for helping these Goldens. We couldn’t do it without you.

In the future, we will be making more trips to El Paso to rescue more Goldens. Stay tuned for more adventures of transporters On the Road Again.

If you would like to get into the action and join one of our Golden teams, apply on our website; www.golden-retriever.org.

Can Dogs Eat Grapes?

 

Reprinted from WOOFipedia by the American Kennel Club


 

Can dogs eats grapes? Absolutely not.

Grapes (and raisins) are toxic to dogs, and they should never be allowed to eat them.

GrapesWhy, you ask? Well, veterinarians aren't quite sure. But it has been proven that the fruit can cause kidney failure in dogs—a very serious condition that can be fatal. As little as one grape per pound of body weight is enough to cause an issue in some dogs.

Symptoms of kidney failure include vomiting, excessive drinking, and lethargy. Eventually, urine production halts and tremors start. C

Another weird fact about this toxicity: It occurs in certain dogs (but we’re not sure why some are affected and not others) and has never been seen in cats.

What do you do if your dog eats a grape or raisin? Call your veterinarian immediately sick dogand tell them the amount of grapes your dog ate and how much your dog weighs. If it just happened, they may suggest you bring him in to induce vomiting and offer activated charcoal. A dog demonstrating signs of kidney failure (mentioned above) should be taken to veterinarian right away—more intensive care may be required.

Now learn if dogs can eat apples here.

And see a list of safe vs. unsafe foods for pets here.

Can Dogs Eat Apples?

 

Reprinted from WOOFipedia by the American Kennel Club


 

Yes, dogs can eat apples. And most love 'em, too.

AppleApples are a great source of vitamin c, fiber, calcium, and phosphorus, and they’re a safe way to satisfy your pet’s sweet tooth (as opposed to chocolate and other doggy diet no-nos).

Two caveats: Do not feed the seeds to your dog as they contain cyanide, a toxic substance. (Some also advise keeping the stem from your pet, too.) Also, like in people, eating too many apples can cause a dog to have a bellyache and diarrhea, so serve them in moderation.

Find out if other foods are safe to feed your pet here.

Which Foods are Safe to Feed your Pets?

 

Reprinted from WOOFipedia by the American Kennel Club


 

Food Chart

Oliver--This is why we do what we do

 

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We had a good time together since day one.

I heard he did not like other dogs, the vacuum cleaner and I guess atypical – afraid of the thunder and lightning.

The first morning we took our morning walk in his new neighborhood and meet some of the neighbors. Those with dogs hesitantly approached this 104 pound Golden Retriever immediately dropping down on his front paws and barking while creating a monsoon with his fast wagging tail. His favorite was Bentley. A little charmer of a white dog who would come across the street to meet him nose to nose and looking Oliver in the eye, lick his nose. He would then turn and totally ignore his pal.Oliver1

I would take out the Oreck and Oliver I found would just lay there with "the look" that said "you want to vacuum, go around me". One day while he laid on the tile floor I gently placed the running cleaner on him and he thought he died and went to heaven. He was air cooled and brushed up and down, nirvana. He really liked the Shop Vac.

Thunder and lightning would wake him up while still some distance away. How do they do that? He was heavy and being a senior this precluded his jumping up on the bed. Yes, I would give in and lift him up and cuddle and talk to him, but he would not want me to tell you that. It became easier to just put my pillow down and lie on the floor with him panting and dripping on me.

He was noticeably having more difficulty getting up as the vertebrae in his rear legs were weakening. No hip dysplasia or arthritis, just calcification and age. Prednisone was helping, but you could see the weakening over time. He just wanted to please and had a lot of heart.

Oliver went outside this morning, as I heard the flap of the doggy door, when he came in and lay in front of fan number 2 in the living room, I noticed a wet spot on his side. Further investigation determined a clean white lesion, about the size of a dime, surrounded by a slightly swollen area. I tried to think bug bite, but I knew better.

A visit to the Vet determined it was cancer and it would spread.

We all know they are our friend, companion, lover, partner and we are responsible for their well-being. As with everything else in life, there is a cost.

Today I paid the cost.

I know when Oliver walked to the bridge he received some renewal and a spring in his step. He went; tail wagging, across the bridge to see his friends who crossed before him. He will have tales of Oreck vacuum cleaners, friends who licked his nose, neighbors who would come by his yard walking or by car and honk for him to come out and say hello. He would tell of the wonderful cupcakes he got only on his birthday.

We were so fortunate Rescue a Golden of Arizona found us. Yes, I am sad, but know he came to a home where he was loved, taken care of and gave so much.

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--Bill

12 December Teddie

DECEMBER: TEDDIE

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There is so much to say about this girl--there is just not enough time or room.  We have been proud to share Teddie's life for 13.5 years when she rescued me and then got her very own special forever Dad four years ago.

 I am going to say I think my husband fell in love with her first but that is just my opinion :o)  Needless to say, they are inseparable too.


I was an active foster home for many goldens and had just turned over another puppy to a new forever home when I got "The Call.”  “The Call” was “we have a golden puppy that needs a home and the current owner said she will leave her in the parking lot if we don’t get her.”  As Rescue a Golden does no dog is left behind.  I got ready and met the intake volunteer at the Greyhound station within an hour.  My only thought was, "oh no another puppy couldn’t it be an older dog :o)."  
That was the thought.  I pulled into the parking lot and all I saw was this little head just rising above the window in my friend’s car.  I am not sure if I even parked my car first or just ran out of my car and could not wait to have that little puppy in my arms and said OMG.  Okay, so I am still the foster mom at this point.


The first couple weeks I had her she was a little uncertain of her surroundings.  She preferred sleeping under the bed instead of on the bed.  One day I walked in my room and she was cuddled up by my pillow looking very content. I thought how sweet.  I hopped up on the bed and cuddled with her only to have something fluttering down on my leg.  Yes, she is a retriever.  There was an injured bird that she brought in and put him under the covers and was actually watching over it. Needless to say we don’t have any birds. I had Teddie for a couple weeks and interviewed a few prospective parents and I just couldn’t let go.  She has this look that says, “hey I am home” and that was it. She found her forever home and tears come to my eyes as I think about all the years we have been blessed to be together.

So far this year we have made it to Canyon Point and Big Lake with Teddie and her golden siblings.  They all were able to run and they slow down so they can all frolic together. Teddie had the biggest smile on her face and a smile her dad and I will never forget.  God willing we are taking her on another couple trips back to the rim and White Mountains in the next two months.


 She comes alive in the mountains and we are so looking forward to giving her that joy.  Someday soon she may join her friends at the bridge but until then she will have one special moment after another knowing every day how much we love her.

 I just know that she rescued us and not the other way around.  We are blessed.


Cynthia Halunka

11 November Thunder & Lightning

NOVEMBER: THUNDER & LIGHTNING

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On October 4, 2010, Thunder and Lightning found their forever home.  It had been a difficult few months for these girls.  Their first owner had passed away, leaving them without a home. 

The next home they went to did not work out well - three dogs in the house were just too many.  Thunder and Lightning were at first very shy and unsure where they landed.  We fell into a nice routine of walking every morning-- something the girls needed to work their way into as they were a bit out of shape!  They love getting out early while there are lots of bunnies and quail running around on the streets.  Both are experts at the slow sneaking move to try and see if they can catch a bunny unaware.  Even though they never seem to get close enough, the game is still fun.  After about two months of living with us Lightning was up barking in the middle of the night.  Repeated requests to stop were not met.  We dragged ourselves out of bed to see what all the commotion was about.  Lightning had spotted a burglar stealing our patio furniture!!  What a good guard dog :) We feel very lucky to have been able to adopt these fabulous sisters.  They were wonderfully trained, love to cuddle and are the first dogs we have ever had that just lay down and WANT to be brushed!!

Peter & StacieTrompetter

10 October Pumpkin

OCTOBER: PUMPKIN

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Hello! Pumpkin here! Before I was named Pumpkin (got this name because mom's birthday is in the fall), days under another name were a bit rough.  And although I do not and will not revisit those days, I still have to tell you my journey from being a number in the animal shelter to the 1st runner-up in the 2013 RAGofAZ Cutest Golden Contest.

In May 2012, I was found as a stray and brought to the animal shelter. Ring ring...the shelter contacted my owner by the tag I was wearing but to my huge disappointment, owner said it was great that I was off the street but I was no longer wanted. Luckily, a very nice lady with RAG found me there and decided I deserved better than being a number at the shelter. And life as Pumpkin was about to begin...

I went home with a young woman but they said she was only my foster...Well, I knew I didn't want to move, so I became a very good boy and learned the basic commands quickly to prove that I was worthy of staying. AND I DID IT! I never ended up packing my bags and though I was happy to stay, I still had a hard time trusting them 100% because I was so traumatized. After six months, I finally figured that I was home and safe and at last, was able to sleep with my eyes shut. Life as Pumpkin is great except for the once a month Meet & Greet that I attend. It is not that I do not enjoy doing it, it's just that I'm too cute and EVERYONE wants to meet me and pet me and sometimes I get tired afterwards. Since I have made appearances every month for the past year, I have no shame to call myself the official RAGofAZ West Valley Ambass-A-Dog! At the events, I put smiles to shoppers' faces, I entertain the children with my tricks and I comfort those who are sad as they tell stories about their beloved dogs.
 
I LOVE my life! I DO! And none was possible if it was not for RAGofAZ saving me and finding a good home for me!


Heather Yan

09 September Lady

SEPTEMBER: LADY

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Lady’s story is a perfect example of the old adage that for every dog in need there is the perfect “forever” home out there somewhere. 

Little is known about Lady’s first eight years of life, but she was rescued by RAGofAZ and placed in a loving home in Tucson.  Lady was a fearful dog who did not tolerate other animals well, and would not accept the resident dog in her new home.  We had just applied to adopt, had no children or animals at home, and could offer Lady a quiet and calm environment.  The RAGofAZ placement people made it clear that we could probably never have another animal around Lady and we agreed to that.  Poor Lady---she panted with anxiety for many hours following her arrival at our house, and stayed glued to our family room rug except when she needed to go outside.  We didn’t even make eye contact for five hours.  Finally, she looked up at me and blinked in the way dogs do when they are acknowledging you.  Slowly I slid over on the rug and gently petted her.  After a few days she clearly was bonding with both Bob and me.  In fact, she became deeply attached to us, though still would not tolerate other people or dogs.  In time, even that began to change, as Lady learned that yes, people will come into our home and nothing bad will happen.  Finally, more than two and a half years after adopting Lady, we decided to try adopting another Golden from RAGofAZ.  
But that’s another story . . .    

Judi and Bob Schillaci
   

                                

08 August Katy & Daisy

AUGUST: KATY & DAISY

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My name is Daisy and the first year of my life wasn’t that great.  I was kept in a kennel, in a shed, outside, by myself.  Once I was ready to have babies, I was put on Craigslist to be sold to the highest bidder.


Then Rescue a Golden of AZ came and got me, and brought me to my family. 

I have an older sister named Katy, but we look and act like twins.  I was only 46 pounds when I came home a few years ago, and when I got home they had food out for me all the time.  I gained almost 20 pounds in six months – and now I look hot!


At first it was kind of weird, because I was allowed to roam around the house and I didn’t have to go into a cage.  My mom and dad tried to convince me that if I stopped moving or pacing I wasn’t going to be put in a cage.  My sister Katy taught me how to chill out and relax.  I love doing whatever Katy is doing.


Katy and I have four doggie beds, multiple couches, and mommy and daddy beds to sleep on.  I usually find out where Katy is sleeping, and then I lay down on top of her.  Katy and I have about 50 tennis balls at our house, but I only like to play with the tennis ball Katy has.  When Katy is interested in something in our backyard, I am too.  Being a younger sister is awesome.


During the last year mommy thought daddy and I needed to practice better manners, so she sent us to school.  I learned two things.  1. I don’t like the cats at PetSmart.  2. I love the birds at PetSmart – and I think they like me too from the way they reacted when I lunged at them.


Overall I am one lucky girl.  Thank you to all of the Rescue a Golden volunteers for everything you do.

Daisy, Katy & Kristi Rivera

07 July Buddy

JULY: BUDDY

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We adopted Buddy in February.  He had been the stud dog for a backyard breeder for the past nine years, and a divorce left him homeless.  We met him at a foster home and immediately accepted him into ours. 

He was initially frightened by his new surroundings and all the change and uncertainty in his life, but daily walks and tennis balls quickly changed his perceptions.  Some malignant skin cancers needed removal, and he had two surgeries soon after coming to our home, but he did well and was soon enjoying his walks again.  When summer came, he discovered the pool, and now his days consist of waking us up by rolling on the bed, followed by a long walk, which includes chasing tennis balls.  On returning home, he takes a swim, has breakfast, then goes to work with his Mom.  Much to his delight, the walk, swim, and food repeat themselves in the evening.  Last week, Buddy learned how to dive, and now does graceful dives into the pool at every opportunity.  Well, it's time to quit writing--Buddy just pushed away my keyboard and dropped a tennis ball in my lap.  I think I'll go play with my old friend...


Cindy Nelson

06 June Sampson

JUNE: SAMPSON

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Sampson, a nine year old Golden Retriever, came into rescue on April 21st from a situation where he had been living outside for all of his life.  Our transporters relayed him from northern Arizona to Paradise Valley to one of our very best and experienced foster homes. 

Sampson was very timid and fearful, but was starting to become more comfortable in his new home.  On Tuesday, April 23rd, a service person at the home inadvertently left one of the gates open.  While his foster mom was out with him, she could not make it to close the gate before Sampson took off up the hill behind her property.  His foster mom followed him, but he was able to elude her.  Sampson was spotted later that evening by one of the neighbors and, again, on Friday, by some of our volunteers.  Since then, despite concentrated efforts involving night vision equipment and dedicated, thoughtful searching, Sampson has continued to remain on the loose.

We have had dogs go missing in the past and most of the time, we do manage to find them.  Unfortunately, Sampson is not your typical Golden and is afraid of most people, especially men.  Trapping him is probably our best option (We were able to safely trap Russell last year).

Sampson, however, has proven to be elusive.  For a while he was travelling in the same area, but now seems to be moving about in wider circles.  Because of this, we have expanded our search area.  With funds donated specifically to be used to help recover Sampson, we have purchased cameras and have set them up in areas where Sampson has been sighted.  We have twice hired a tracker and her dogs to determine where Sampson has been.  This is exactly how we learned that his travel area has broadened.  Our volunteers and the tracker work for hours with dogs out in the heat trying to determine his location.

“Sampson’s Angels”, volunteers that have moved heaven and earth to try to recover him are still out in force---placing signs; speaking with area residents, police and service people; working with the tracker when necessary; baiting the areas near the cameras; checking the camera memory cards for sightings.  We follow up on every lead.  In the process, we have managed to help return other lost Golden Retrievers to their homes, but have not found Sampson.  Sampson is VERY fearful and if located, he should not be approached as he may well move farther out of his comfort zone.

If we determine that he is staying in one particular area and feeding in that location, we can try again with a trap.  In the meantime, we continue to post updates on our Facebook page and our volunteers do what they can to try to bring our lost boy back home.

05 May Molly & Rocky

MAY: MOLLY AND ROCKY

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 Rocky came into our lives when we first saw him at a RAGofAZ anniversary for three rescued overweight goldens, a mother and her two daughters in 2012. 

Rocky was brought to the Tucson area by DJ and Judy so he could go to Jay’s Boot Camp for a month.  It was an instant love affair for Fritz.  He lay claim to Rocky immediately.  After Rocky’s time at Camp, Jay and Scottie brought Rocky to his new forever home with Fritz.  Rocky still had issues, and we worked with him, sometimes under very trying situations.  Rocky harbored a lot of anger, frustration, and anxiety, and was thin.  So Fritz fed him Taste of the Wild.  When Rocky went for his second Vet checkup, Fritz was so proud since he had filled out--only to be told by Dr. Behrens that Rocky was obese.  Six months later, Rocky has slimmed down; he is Fritz’s best “bud,” follows Fritz where ever he goes and cries like a baby when he cannot find him.  He has his own “Binky” that he sucks on every night—obviously with previous owners he severely lacked attention and never had any toys as a puppy.


Rocky’s best friend is Molly, our other rescued Golden who will be five going on two this year.  Both Molly and Rocky love to swim, no matter what the outside temperature might be; both love to play water ball; Molly is my alpha girl and is a fantastic wrestler.  Just ask Rocky--she can pin him any time she chooses.  Molly has a mind of her own.  She will give you those “eyes” and knows how to “work a crowd.”  Having been Molly’s mom since she was eight months old, she has finally matured, or as much as an active golden can.  She is my guard dog, my best friend, and always has at least one ball along with another toy in her mouth all the time.  Molly hates the words, “I am going on errands and you must watch the house,” knows when I am dressed to play golf, dressed to go work out, and dressed to take her for a walk, and knows “night time treat time” at 7 pm, and knows how to “talk back” when she does not approve of my saying “no.”  


Molly sorely misses Destiny who went to the Rainbow Bridge in January.  Molly was able to say her good byes to Destiny, so she does not look for her.  We can tell when she really misses Desi, as she will take Desi’s “Ducky” and shake the living daylights out of it.  Sometimes she gathers all of Desi’s toys in one corner and then lays on them.  


Our family is Blessed to have our Rescued Goldens—Rocky and Molly--in our lives and are grateful for RAGofAZ for rescuing them.

Barbara & Frederick Klink

04 April Maddie

APRIL: MADDIE

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Say "hello" to Maddie, RAGofAZ Mom of the Year 2012. Maddie came into RAGofAZ in March of 2012 with six little bundles of joy in tow. She and her two day old puppies were found abandoned just days before the big snowstorm that struck northern Arizona in March 2012.

Thanks to some very caring folks, Maddie and her puppies were out of harm’s way. Thanks to RAGofAZ, they are now in loving homes.

The best word I can use to describe Maddie is "joyful." She is loving, gentle and very tender-hearted. She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. Her summer pastimes include chasing lizards and bird watching.  Winter brings the hope of a fresh snowfall. Tennis balls, walks and playing with her cousin Sadie are year-round passions. She goes shopping and to Starbucks with mom and to the bank with dad. Her dad sings her a song "You are my Maddie" every day. She loves the mail lady, the UPS man and all the events where she gets to be an ambassadog for RAGofAZ. Everyone is a friend in Maddie's eyes.

Someone thanked us for rescuing and adopting Maddie, but she rescued us right back. We had lost Molly just a month before and our home seemed so empty. Maddie is loved more than she may ever know. Maddie is our sunshine, and we plan to keep our sunshine around for many years to come.

Becky & Jerry Wetzel

 

 

03 March MeMe

MARCH: MEME

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MeMe's relocation from Tucson had one superior perk. It would result in the gift of eye sight. That is a fitting reward for a young lady with a sweet and caring disposition who charmed everyone who cared for her.

Those attributes were not lost on the support group who, including the eye surgeon, joined in wondering what MeMe would be like after the surgery. That was answered in short order when I was told I could return her to activities outside the house. Our first exploration was on the lawn in front of my house, an area replete with rabbits.

Almost immediately she focused in on a rabbit about 25 feet away. As she sat there she cocked her head left and right in a quizzical way. She obviously had no memory of rabbits.

Almost every day that I took her out, she would go to the same spot, look at the place where her rabbit buddy had been. This ended about a week later when she decided that she needed closer inspection and she bolted off the lawn with me strung out at the end of the leash. The bunny understood the potential and has not been seen since.

Joe Ettinger

02 February Daisy Dukie

FEBRUARY: DAISY DUKIE

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Jake and I lost our best buddy Winston to the bridge November 17, 2011.  We were lost.  Judy and Dean encouraged me to take all that love I had for Winston and give it to a new fur kid.  Our vet suggested a puppy to bring back out Jake's young ten year old side.

I got the call in April for Daisy and she has been one of us since that day.  She was so fearful and afraid of every noise.   Daisy spent the first six months of her life in a backyard without much human interaction.  It took her a while, but now she is a fun-loving, crazy golden puppy.  That first night she was on the floor snuggling up to Jake.  She loves to swim, go for walks, go for rides, and sit in your lap for a snuggle.  Every morning she climbs up into my bed with one of her babies and makes a loud yawn.  Some days I find her in the back yard tossing tennis balls to herself.  I can't imagine life without her and her sweet smile.
 
Thank you RAGofAZ for helping Jake and me to heal after the loss of Winston.  You were so right; I needed to take all that love and give it to a Golden Rescue.
 
Caren Solberg

01 January Sunshine

JANUARY: SUNSHINE

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Sunshine, true to her name, brightens my world with her presence.  I can’t imagine how anyone could have surrendered her. 

She always seems happy and her tail wags when anyone comes into the house as she greets each person with a toy in her mouth.   Sunshine rarely barks and likes dogs and people whether we meet them when we are out for a walk or at the dog park.    She tilts her head from side to side when she doesn’t quite understand what is happening and runs in the opposite direction when she hears the vacuum cleaner or when it is time for medication, but if she hears the refrigerator door open or the treat box come out of the cabinet, she is there in a flash.  Although we have been together less than a year, we know each other so well.  Sunshine is where she belongs – with me.


Richard Kalpousos

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This huge “horse” of a dog was surrendered by a busy family who did not have time for him and could not give him all of the attention he needed. 

We had already adopted Lady from RAGofAZ several years earlier and were unsure if she would accept another dog because of her history of intolerance of other animals (and many people!).  RAGofAZ brought in a professional trainer to oversee the introductions, and sure enough Lady growled, barked, nipped and lunged at Simba.  For his part, Simba remained passive and obedient to the trainer’s commands.  Within one hour, the trainer had Lady and Simba lying quietly in the same room.  Within the next few days there was only an occasional minor kerfuffle, but the two dogs began to bond – and now they are inseparable!  Simba is the friendliest and sweetest Golden I’ve ever met, and he does indeed crave attention.  Every time we walk into the house, he runs and jumps with joy and brings us all of his toys to demonstrate his fervent devotion!  And every night I whisper in his ear “I’ll always have time for you.”


Judi and Bob Schillaci

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