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International Lexi

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We have a lot of action and excitement for our newest international Golden. 

Lexi is our newest rescue from South Korea, She left Incheon on Asiana Airlines and arrived safely in America landing at LAX on January 23rd. Then she will be chauffeured to Tucson, Arizona.

Stayed tuned for updates of Lexi's journey to a Golden life.


  

Lexi’s Story:

Lexi's owner dumped her in front of a factory area and the local villagers fed her scraps as she scavenged for food. She hid when the dog meat traders would come around and was lucky they didn’t find her. Someone contacted Jenny at the Korean Dog Sanctuary Rescue and told her about Lexi, so Jenny went to save her before the butchers found her. Jenny found the owner who had dumped her, and he gave Jenny permission to take her.

Update:

Lexi is currently residing with her family and quickly settling in. Her past experiences dodging dog meet traders has made her understandably very cautious when she is outside the safety of her new yard. Her family is slowly teaching her that she no longer needs to be afraid of anything. She loves toys and her new bed.See her latest photos below

 

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Lexi (now known as Luna)'s update - 19 March 2018

There’s a lot to be said about the benefits of steady companionship (pack family) and routine (activities and surroundings) when it comes to making a rescued Golden feel comfortable in a new and unfamiliar environment.

If you’ve followed Lexi’s (now Luna’s) story, you know that she came from the streets of Seoul, South Korea to RAGAZ in Tucson, by way of Los Angeles. Since landing in her forever home, we’ve tried to provide her with a stable, secure and loving environment that she can trust will not be a threat to her general well-being.

We work diligently to convey to her that we are her permanent pack family and that we will not abandon her so we take her on frequent walks and car rides and don’t lock her away from us when we’re relaxing at home. We have established routines around feeding, sleeping, “getting busy”, and quiet time which have all seemed to calm Luna and build up a trust that she no longer has to wonder where her next meal is coming from nor fear the dog meat patrols she dodged in Seoul.

The results of this approach have been, in our opinion, pretty remarkable. She is no longer the timid little girl that we had to carry over the door threshold. In the 7 weeks Luna has been with us, she is house-broken and crate trained, walks well on a leash (although there’s always room for improvement), and has all of the indicators of being capable to socialize with other dogs and humans. We attribute our collective success in our pack more to her disposition and innate intelligence than what we, as her forever family, have provided.

Kudos to RAGAZ for pairing us up with a Golden that is so very simpatico with us and who so easily integrated with our family.

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Teddy's Tale

 

Teddy’s Tale … Or … How We Got the Gold Back

(As told by Sarah Gieszl, Teddy’s rescue)

 

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Flashback to January 2015: Dan and I excitedly moved into our first home. Scooter, my best friend and wonderful 8-year-old Golden Retriever, was as gleeful as we were with the move. He immediately “owned” the back yard with fetching tennis balls. Our first order of business wasn’t the typical, “What color should we paint the kitchen?” Instead, we started filling out adoption forms for another Golden.

Anyone who has adopted a dog knows the process. First, check online for available dogs; second, fill out an application; third, pass a home check; four, wait … wait; five, repeat Teddy3Teddy4the steps until the call finally comes and you hear the three magic words, “We have a Golden.” For us, step four stretched into a year.

 Being somewhat impatient, Dan and I decided to foster various dogs, mainly Pits. Fostering is something we are committed to. But one day we welcomed Lady, a wonderful senior (and slobbery) Saint Bernard rescue. Eight-years old with no teeth, chronic colitis and an enormous tongue that constantly hung out of her mouth, Lady was quite a sight. Scooter and Lady became fast friends. Lady was a “forever foster” due to age, but we signed 

Teddy5adoption papers anyway! Six months into our wait for a second Golden, Scooter was diagnosed with the highest-grade histiocytic Sarcoma of his left elbow. He had months to live. After his leg amputation in July, Scooter was an active tripod who --- like a true Golden --- never stopped fetching his tennis ball or wagging his tail. During hospice, 

he slowly, gently wagged his tail as he gazed at me, occasionally licking my hand and sighing as he dosed. Scooter succumbed to cancer on Christmas Eve in 2015. I lost my best friend; our house lost its “Gold.”

At the turn of 2016, we experienced all those feelings that somehow sound trite when 

described in writing. We felt “lost” without our Scooter. We had “sinking” feelings every 

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day. We expected to see him when we came home. We had to put this grief in the context of what we had experienced after Scooter’s 

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diagnosis: a crash course in learning to “live in the moment” and be “mindful” to put it in current parlance. We didn’t anxiously count days trying to neither predict the moment of death nor ask a series of “what ifs” as a laundry list of regrets about the past. We simply loved Scooter and helped him remain comfortable and peaceful … with lots
of pets and, of course, a tennis ball. 

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Scooter’s death humbled Dan and me because we learned so much from him. Yes, Scooter was “just a dog” but we believe that a dog is among the best teachers of many things in life.

Lady too was sad after Scooter passed. She looked for him all over our small house. We continued to wait for a Golden, but our hands were tied to the timing of someone making the difficult decision to surrender their Golden or the horrible decision to abandon their Golden. Unexpectedly, Beaux came on to the scene. A Golden? Nope. A young, spry but ever so lazy Saint rescue, Beaux immediately won us over. Lady seemed to think she miraculously, unexpectedly delivered another puppy. She treated Beaux as her own. 

Teddy10Teddy11On April 7th, 2016 we got that call! The rescue was headed to the Apache Junction shelter to pick up a Golden. The shelter photo via email revealed a skinny, older, red Golden, much like Scooter. Once at our house, Teddy required no “introduction”—he walked through the front door with his tail wagging and ran to greet the Saints. And they welcomed him. Teddy was “home.” Small in comparison to his Saint siblings, he could walk under Beaux, and did so regularly. Sadly, Teddy did not know how to fetch. In fact, he did not know what a tennis ball was and was perplexed by a squeaky toy! And he was sick. What kind of life had Teddy lived?

Teddy12Teddy13The next weeks and months revealed that Teddy indeed had a rough life. He came with diagnosed Tick Fever, which proved to be one of the most stubborn cases our vets have seen. He had chronic nosebleeds for two weeks, and despite our best cleaning efforts, his coat morphed into a light pink color. (Teddy proved that poodles are not the only breed that rocks colored fur!) Next came hypertension, kidney issues, hip dysplasia, and liver problems followed by hypothyroidism. (He lost half of his once thick coat and seemed embarrassed by his patchy, scalped appearance. “Woof!”) But Teddy smiled and wagged his tail and licked our hands and played
with the Saints. Our vet Liaison, Andie, was there for us every step of the way. Late night calls, so many vet visits, CT scans and all the unknowns, RAGofAZ and Andie never once let us feel like we were alone in this.

Teddy14Today, thanks to love and science, Teddy is doing well. He has daily medications, weekly physical therapy swim lessons to avoid hip surgery, and acupuncture/cold laser therapy. He has a newly grown, 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, basically anything that breathes. Teddy clearly views himself as a Golden, not a Golden Retriever.

Teddy was dealt a bad hand. Abandoned in Apache Junction as a wobbly, weak senior with multiple medical challenges, he faced a painful death as a stray or the short list to euthanasia due to age and infirmity. Thanks to RAGofAZ, Teddy got the perfect home --- one that was ready to live in the moment, no matter what that moment brings.

And all our home needed was to get its Gold back. Thank you, RAGofAZ.

 

Bark in the Park 2017

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Bark in the Park is the chance for us to honor all volunteers and adopters. Come join us for this family and dog friendly event!

We will also honor in ceremonies companions who have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in the past year, as well as those who have welcomed new Goldens into their “forever” homes.

WhereKiwanis Park in Tempe, at Ruben Romero Ramada, the southern section.

When : Sunday, February 12th, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Cost for Bark in the Park: $10.00 per person by Feb. 8th; $15.00 per person at the door; kids 12 & under are free.

 

Pre-registration online is closed. You may register at the event.

 

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  • 11:00 - 12:00: Check in and registration 
  • 12:00 - 1:00: Lunch 
  • 1:30: Rainbow Bridge Ceremony - We will honor the pets we’ve lost over the last year. If you’d like to remember your pet in our ceremony and receive a framed photo of your pet, be sure to submit their photo on the registration form by February 3rd.
  • 2:00: Rescue Ceremony - This ceremony is for those who have adopted a RAGofAZ dog in the past year. Enter your dog’s name on the registration form by February 3rd and she or he will receive a personal bandana.
  • 2:30: Raffle Drawings - We will be featuring some beautifully crafted gift baskets with you and your Golden in mind. Raffle tickets will be available for sale at the event. Must be present to win or have someone pick up your basket.

We will have dog contests, vendors and RAGofAZ merchandise for sale.
Any questions, please contact Kay Dettling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 480-600-8312.

Pre-registration online is closed. You may register at the event.

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We will also honor in ceremonies companions who have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in the past year, as well as those who have welcomed new Goldens into their “forever” homes.

WhereKiwanis Park in Tempe, at Ruben Romero Ramada, the southern section.

When : Sunday, February 14th, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Cost for Bark in the Park: $10.00 per person age 13 or older, $15.00 per person at the event; kids 12 and under are free.

For Ed's Celebration of Life Ceremony - no charge. If you want to attend both events, please pre-register or pay at the event.

 

Online registration is now closed.

 

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  • 10:00 - 10:30: Check in and registration
  • 10:30 - 11:30: Ed Karsten Celebration of Life 
  • 12:00 - 1:00: Lunch 
  • 1:30: Rainbow Bridge Ceremony - We will honor the pets we’ve lost over the last year. If you’d like to remember your pet in our ceremony and receive a framed photo of your pet, be sure to submit their photo on the registration form by February 9th.
  • 2:00: Rescue Ceremony - This ceremony is for those who have adopted a RAGofAZ dog in the past year. Enter your dog’s name on the registration form by February 9th and she or he will receive a personal bandana.
  • 2:30: Raffle Drawing - We have a special raffle item this year--it's a 2016 Ford Mustang Raffle 2016Mustang Shelby GT350! Click here to read more. 
  • We also are featuring some beautifully crafted gift baskets with you and your Golden in mind. Raffle tickets will be available for sale at the event.
  • We will have dog contests, vendors and RAGofAZ merchandise for sale.

Any questions, please contact Oren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 602-279-2998 home, 602-684-6325 cell.

 

Canine Valley Fever Vaccine

Don’t you want to get in on the rising excitement centered around the new canine Valley Fever vaccine at the University of Arizona?

Here’s your chance. Mark on your calendar the date: March 21st. Be at the Mustang Public Library on 90th St. and the 101 by 2:30 PM and listen to Lisa Shubitz, DVM, give the lowdown on how the vaccine was born, how soon it can be developed and how it’ll save hundreds of dogs’ lives.

See the flyer below for more info or contact Janice Arenofsky at 480-831-9079 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Bark in the Park 2015

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We will also honor in ceremonies companions who have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in the past year along with those loving adoptees who have welcomed new Goldens into their “forever” homes.

Where: Kiwanis Park in Tempe, at Ruben Romero Ramada, the northern section.

When : Sunday, February 8th, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 per person on or before Feb.4th; $15.00 per person at the event; $30.00 family of 3 or more; kids 12 & under are free.

Online registration is now closed.

 

 

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• 11:00 – Register & Visit RAGofAZ Partners*
• 11:30 – Welcome
• 11:40-12:40 Picnic Lunch. (burgers, hot dogs, salads, sodas & desserts)
• 1:00 – Rainbow Bridge Ceremony: We will honor the pets we’re lost over the last year. If you’d like to remember your pet in our ceremony and receive a framed photo of your pet, be sure to submit their photo on the registration form by January 31st.
• 1:30 – Rescue Ceremony: This Ceremony is for those who have adopted a dog in the past year. Enter your dog’s name on the registration form by January 31st and she or he will receive a personal bandana.
• 2:00 – Contests:
    - GRreat Peanut Butter Licking Contest
    - Best Golden Trick
• 2:30 – Raffles Drawings: We are featuring some beautifully crafted gift baskets with you and your Golden in mind. Raffle tickets will be available for sale at the event.

*RAGofAZ Partners and More:

Any questions, please contact Christina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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PACC911 Glimmer of Hope

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Our rescue is a proud partner and benefactor of PACC911’s Emergency Medical Funds.  

GLIMMER OF HOPE

THURSDAY EVENING – FEB 27, 2014 6-9 PM

Arizona Country Club – 5668 E. Orange Blossom Lane, Phoenix AZ 85018

Please join us for an exciting evening of live & silent auctions, entertainment and a sumptuous meal at the Arizona Country Club as we come together to celebrate the animals and raise funds for our vital Emergency Medical Fund (EMF).  Single tickets are available NOW at the prepay price!

Please go to http://pacc911.org/special-events to purchase your ticket!

2014 Bark in the Park

 

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Come join us in this family and dog friendly event!  This is a way to celebrate our new adoptees, remember those dogs we've lost and a thank you to all our volunteers  for their dedication and hard work. 

Where: Kiwanis Park in Tempe, at the Ruben Romero Ramada, the northern section.

When: February 9th, Sunday, from 11:00 AM till 3:00 PM. Click here for a map.

"Socks Judy" Lukas is able to spin your Golden's hair and create a customized bear knitted from that hair.  She will be attending Bark in the Park. You can bring your dog's brushed hair to the event.  For more details, click here.

Schedule of events:

  • Lunch 11:30-12:30
  • Contest 1:00 PM: Waggiest Tail, Best Smile, Best Trick
  • 1:30 PM: Rainbow Bridge Ceremony: In this ceremony, we honor the pets we've lost over the last year. If you'd like to remember your pet in our ceremony and receive a framed photo of your pet, be sure to submit their photo on the registration form.
  • 2:00 PMRescue Ceremony: This ceremony is for those who have adopted a dog in the past year. Enter your dog's name on the form, and he or she will receive a personalized bandanna.
  • 2:30 PM: Raffle drawing:  We are featuring some beautifully crafted gift baskets with you and your Golden in mind.  Raffle tickets will be available for sale at the event.

Online registration in closed, you may register at the event.

 

We appreciate the continued support of our Sponsor Partners!

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Need to relinquish your Golden?

If you need to rehome your Golden please call our WOOF LINE at (602)404-WOOF (9663), or click one of the links below. 

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