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It's time for Tucson Toad Aversion Training!

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Teach your Golden how to avoid these poisonous critters!

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Meet Molly--another Golden success story!

Molly A3Molly A1My wife and I wanted to write to you to again say thank you for connecting us with our sweet girl “Goldie” (Molly) in March 2015. She showed up on her initial visit skittish with untrained energy. She was unable to go on walks because she hated even the sight of another dog and had incredibly high anxiety levels. A year and a half later, she’s playing, sharing beds and making friends with other pups. She does Molly A5great with our friends’ dogs and has lost her territorial protectiveness. She (mostly) walks right beside us on our walks and has even learned to play with toys. Molly is a happy dog. She never wants to be further than five feet from us and is a joy in our family. Thank you so much for entrusting us with her beautiful soul and giving us one of the most incredible gifts. We wish your organization all the best of luck!

Molly AMolly A2Molly A4Kevin & Claire A.

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Famous Dog Quotes


dogs heaven"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I
want to go where they went." - Will Rogers

"We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare
and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their
all. It's the best deal man has ever made" - M. Facklam

"Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite
unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always
have to mix love and hate." - Sigmund Freud

"The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags
his tail instead of his tongue." – Anonymous

"Dogs need to sniff the ground; it's how they keep
abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog
newspaper, containing all kinds of late-breaking dog
news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are
often continued in the next yard." - Dave Barry

"Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never
washed a dog." - Franklin P. Jones

"If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise." – Unknown

"I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees us
peeing in his water bowl." - Penny Ward Moser

"A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn
around three times before lying down." - Robert Benchley

"No animal should ever jump up on the dining-room
furniture, unless absolutely certain that he can hold his
own in the conversation." - Fran Lebowitz

"I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a
weird religious cult." - Rita Rudner

"My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is
up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog
money." - Joe Weinstein

"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive
evidence that you are wonderful." - Ann Landers

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy
licking your face." - Ben Williams

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more
than he loves himself." - Josh Billings

"The average dog is a nicer person than the average
person." - Andrew A. Rooney

"Outside of a dog, a book is probably man's best friend;
inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx

"Ever consider what they must think of us? I mean,
here we come back from a grocery store with the most
amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must
think we're the greatest hunters on earth!" -Anne Tyler

"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that
certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very,
very few persons." - James Thurber

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and
dogs should relax and get used to the idea." - Robert A. Heinlein

Clinical Trials offer hope for dogs with Lymphoma

An Update of the Morris Animal Foundation Latest Studies

Courtesy of Golden Retriever Club of Illinois

morris animal foundationMonoclonal Antibody Therapy of Canine B-Cell Lymphoma

PROGRESS UPDATE: Lymphoma is one of the most common cancers of dogs, accounting for an estimated 25 percent of all canine cancers. In humans with lymphoma, the use of therapeutic antibodies has led to significant advances in treatment. read more Antibodies are proteins normally produced by the immune system to identify and neutralize foreign substances, such as viruses. These therapeutic antibodies can also be designed to selectively target and kill malignant cancer cells. Although widely used for treatment of lymphoma in people, similar treatments are currently not available for canine patients. Researchers from Colorado State University, the Garden State Cancer Center and Immunomedics Inc. recently developed a therapeutic antibody that effectively kills canine lymphoma cells.

Funded by Morris Animal Foundation, the research team is conducting a clinical trial to evaluate the antibody's safety and effectiveness in dogs with B-cell lymphoma. So far, 10 dogs have received the antibody infusion and have completed the trial. The cancer was temporarily stabilized in three of these dogs. This is significant as lymphoma usually progresses very quickly when no chemotherapy is given or when chemotherapy is no longer effective. Researchers plan to enroll a total of 15 to 18 dogs to test and compare five different antibody dosing levels. If results of this study are favorable, future clinical studies will be designed to assess the efficacy of multiple treatments with therapeutic antibodies, either when used as a single-agent therapy or in combination with conventional chemotherapy. Although all dogs can be affected by this type of cancer, certain breeds, such as Boxers, Rottweilers, Golden Retrievers and Cocker Spaniels, appear to be at greater risk.

A poignant goodbye to a life-changing rescue dog


Excerpted from a 15 August 2015 AZ Republic article by Diana M Nanez

dog outline yellowWhen you’re heartsick, the love of a pet can be a cure.

Even at your worst, your fourlegged friend will sit quietly by your side, licking your tears, nuzzling your hand and letting you know you’re not on your own.

Last week, a Tempe man wrote a tribute for his dog, Scully. Randy Keating poured his heart out and posted it on Facebook.

He described how a Maricopa County shelter dog he adopted more than a decade ago gave him an unconditional love that changed his life. Saved it, really, he says. And he wrote that even after a pet dies, there’s a bond that remains.

It was a universal message for anyone who has ever lost a pet so beloved it was as much a part of the family as any human. People responded to the post with kindness, prayers and stories about grieving and healing after the loss of their own pets.

While social-media memorials for pets are increasingly common, this tribute revealed low moments in a human’s life when the love of a pet became a lifeline.

“It was a time when I had never felt more alone in the world. I desperately needed a companion, I needed an outlet for the love I felt in my heart but didn’t know how to express. I needed something to make me believe that there was good in my life and it was worth living. Scully was that outlet, she was the rock I needed. She was the foundation which I began to turn my life around. I knew I wouldn’t do it for myself, but I would do it for her. I could love Scully as a proxy for myself, and I would strive to give her a better life.”

Keating says he wrote the post because Scully had given him so much he wanted to thank her in a public way...

“I didn’t know it at the time, but looking back, there’s something to be said about having an object of affection, something that you love and loves you back,” he says. “Scully taught me how to love.”

Scully was fine until about a week before she died. She looked lovely in her red-flowered bow, napping in her favorite squishy beanbag chair.

Then, Keating noticed her breathing was labored. The vet checked for valley fever. Keating was relieved when the test came back negative. But on Sunday, Scully’s breathing was so rough he rushed her to the emergency vet clinic.

“We knew something was seriously wrong,” he wrote.

The vet said Scully had terminal lung cancer. Nothing could be done to save her life.

Keating asked friends to send him pictures of Scully, as if he didn’t have enough already. He had posted photos of Scully playing with her new banana-yellow football. Scully giving sloppy-wet kisses. Scully on Halloween, when she played Spock to Keating’s young Captain Kirk.

On National Puppy Day, Scully was smiling, sitting in the grass under the shade of a tree, looking showy in her blue bow.

“She may be an old gray lady, but she will always be my pup,” he wrote last March.

On Tuesday, Keating wrote that he had said a last goodbye to his best friend. He posted 108 photos of her. And in comment after comment, people reached out.

“It’s not easy to lose a part of your family. Dogs are such loyal, loving, forgiving and selfless creatures and we are fortunate enough to be able to give them happy lives and enjoy the immense amount of joy they bring into ours!!!!”

“Pets are more than mere animals. They are love in the deepest, purest form.”

“Farewell, Scully, good and faithful servant. May you run free and await your best friend at the rainbow bridge.”

“She certainly sounds like an amazing friend. A quote I always appreciate is ‘I strive to be the person my dog thinks I am.’ ”

Keating wrote that his heart ached, but that he would remember every lesson Scully taught him.

“Goodbye, Old Girl. I love you so much, and hope you are at peace now. I will never forget you, and everything you did for me. You were, are, and always will be my best friend, and a very, very good girl. Cute, too. Scully Dog Keating. 9/6/04 – 8/3/15.”

The Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of Heaven is a place called The Rainbow Bridge. When each animal dies they arrive at The Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they each miss someone very special, someone who was left behind either in reality or the dreams of what should have been for those that never had a special bond, a special friend. Our friends that shared our lives comfort the friendless ones, promising them that their time will come.

Over the hill one by one come many people. They each stop and stare, hearts caught in throats by the majesty of the view. For many there are friends waiting, but more than a few have faced life's burdens alone and come to this haven expecting no one and falling to the ground in despair. As each huddles in his separate, silent misery a small silent form approaches. Soft muzzles are tentatively placed on clenched hands. Tender caresses from paws and fingers, gentle whispers of love pass back and forth. Loneliness meets loneliness and dissolves in joy. Friendless no more, the person and animal unite in joyous contemplation of their new-found special friendship. God in His Wisdom has allowed another chance for those that had none on this earth.

As for the other animals. they all run and play together, but the day comes when they too suddenly stop and look into the distance. Their bright eyes are intent; their eager bodies begin to quiver. Suddenly, they break from the group, flying over the green grass, faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friends finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress their beloved heads, and you look once more into those trusting eyes, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross The Rainbow Bridge together.

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Golden Harvest 2014

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St. Francis Festival


Rescue A Golden of Arizona (RAGofAZ) will once again participate in a beautiful PACC911 event, the St. Francis Festival Blessing of the Animals and Adopt-a-thon on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Franciscan Renewal Center located at 5802 E. Lincoln Drive in Scottsdale, AZ 85224. 

This is a great opportunity for RAGofAZ volunteers to meet and greet hundreds of animal lovers, and generate support for our organization as well as the cause of animal rescue.  People love to interact with our “ambassadogs” and learn about the benefits of rescue and adoption.

Kathy Mutch has generously offered to anchor our booth at this event but we must have your participation too.  We are looking for volunteers, with or without Golden Retrievers, to volunteer for two hour shifts between 10AM and 3PM.  Please email Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let her know when you can help out. 


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Volunteers needed!

Come, bring your Furbabies and talk Golden. 

We'll be running 2 hours shifts - as always - so you'll have lots of time to check out the rest of the event. Shifts are 9:30-11:30, 11:30-1:30, and 1:30-3:30. We'll also need help setting up & tearing down.

If you can’t volunteer for a specific time – come when you can.

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Dogtoberfest 2014

Volunteers needed!

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Who doesn’t love celebrating the cool days of autumn with your favorite pet? Rescue A Golden of Arizona will be at beautiful Courthouse Square in Prescott along with dozens of other rescues and animal welfare organizations to take part in Dogtoberfest! We need the help of our two-footed and four-footed volunteers to staff our booth, greet passers-by and talk a little rescue.

Please join us on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 10 AM till 4PM. Contact Lynn Lassen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know what time you can volunteer. You are most welcome with or without your dogs.

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We appreciate the continued support of our Sponsor Partners!

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