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Golden Tales June 2017

President's Message

The beginning of this summer brought much excitement to our Director of Golden Rescue, Scottie McGowan. Scottie made connections with Goldens Without Borders (GWB) in Las Vegas. This connection introduced Scottie to other rescue groups in Korea, China and Mexico. If you paid attention to our web site, you have noticed that RAGofAZ has rescued 9 dogs from outside of the USA. More information on this adventure can be found later in this newsletter.

Besides making many people on our waiting list happy, we are now concentrating on our biggest fund raiser of the year, our annual Links of Gold  Golf Tournament. Chris Brant, Chairman, is working very hard to put together a smashing good time for all of our golfers and guests this coming September. You will see his postings on our web site and we will continue to feature this event in future newsletters. Let’s come together and support this event as the donations will help us bring in more dogs.

The Cutest Golden Contest brought in some ten winners that will be featured in our 2018 calendar. The calendar committee has been working hard to get all the photographs and stories of our winners finished and ready for publication. We hope to have the calendar printed and on hand for sale at the golf tournament.

Thank you one and all for all you do. Have a great summer and look for more news coming.

Oren Bishop
President, RAGofAZ


Links of Gold on Saturday September 9, 2017 at Troon North

Mark your calendar for September 9th, for this year’s Links of Gold Golf Tournament at Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale, AZ.  Sign up a foursome of friends, sponsor a hole, volunteer for the day or bring a pal to the buffet dinner and spend a day celebrating, “It’s all for the Love of a Golden!”  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Have you seen the recent announcement on the website? RAGofAZ has "gone International” and we are now saving Golden Retrievers from Korea, China and Mexico. We are also making connections in Turkey. Raising funds for RAGofAZ will have an extra meaning for us this year at Links of Gold. We have already received commitments from a number of sponsors and you can join them now by registering online with a click here.

As of June 1 you are able to register online for golf and/or dinner. Please check out the website; when you log on you will learn more about the features of this year’s event by enjoying a series of different fliers each time you visit. You can also check in on Maddie and Goldie Barkless!

This year’s theme is “Who Rescued Who”; we want to focus on how our beloved Goldens have rescued their owners. So, if you have a heartwarming story on how your Golden has rescued you, please let us know! Please contact Becky Buck-Wetzel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


  • Bart Shea – N-Shea Group 
  • Terry Cox – James Financial Advisor 480-837-4590 
  • Dr. Valerie Ferguson – Four Legged Friends 
  • Ken & Marilyn Edwards –Tristar Hotel Group 
  • Julie Kosier – Glendale Steel Supply 
  • Perry & Ellen Wybranski 
  • Dr. Sarah Bashaw – El Dorado Animal Hospita; 
  • Kristi Rivera 
  • Tait Elkie – Fountain Hills Law Firm 480-766-1231
  • Ellen & Chris Brant
  • Kay Dettling

Rescuing Goldens in other Countries

You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it!!​

Many people may ask why we are rescuing dogs from other countries, rather than from Arizona. We ask, why not. We will not turn our backs on a Golden that needs our help.

In the just released Year to Year survey from the National Rescue Committee, the number of dogs rescued from 2011 to 2016 has decreased almost 50%. In 2011, 8,399 Purebred Goldens were rescued in comparison to 4,474 in 2016. Of the ninety-six rescue programs that responded, in 2016, three groups had no activity, one group didn’t bring in any dogs and the other two had closed. In 2014, when some groups started rescuing Goldens from foreign countries, the total rescued was 325. In 2016, there were 854 imported Goldens rescued.

We wish that we can help rescue and save all the abused, abandoned and neglected Goldens in the world, but we decided we will start slowly and focus on those Goldens in countries where neglect and mistreatment is of the worst imaginable kind.
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Animal Communication

By SANDRA MURPHY, Animal Wellness Magazine

Once regarded with skepticism, animal communication is now often seen as an effective modality for getting to the root of a variety of problems.

Taylor still remembers talking with the veterinarian about her dog’s inexplicable behavior problems. It was the mid-1980s, and both she and the vet were flummoxed by Ally’s sudden and unprecedented fear of loud noises. A physical workup revealed no medical causes for the change, so Taylor wondered aloud if it would be worth taking the dog to a local animal communicator she knew of.


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Woof Down Lunch & Woofstock

Prescott & Prescott Valley Events

On June 3rd, many of our members headed north to escape the warmer temperatures. 

The Woof Down Lunch, at the historic Courthouse Square in Prescott is always a fun event and draws a good crowd of people and four-legged friends.

We had lots of volunteers supporting and celebrating Rescue a Golden of Arizona at our booth.

The volunteers at the RAGofAZ booth were Ruth Steffes with Sedona and Bella, Robin Fox with Spirit, Scottie McGowan with Morgan, Becky Buck-Wetzel with Maddie, Kay Dettling with Rusty and Lucky, Andie Graubard with Quila, Cheryl Kellogg with Polan, Daryl and Lynn Lassen with Gamer and Jazz, Sam and Connie Morey with Ruger in spirit, Steve and Kathy Bourque and Randy Messersmith, no dogs. read more


Rainbow Bridge

Gone 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.





Mark your Calendar

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Golden Tales June 2016

President's Message - Links of Gold 2016

pictureIt is three months until the Links of Gold 2016 - Golf Tournament at the Monument Course at Troon North, that will be followed by a delicious buffet dinner and the famous raffle, when many valuable prizes will be handed out. It is at this annual event that so many of you have in the past participated, whether as golfers, dinner guests, donors or volunteers. I want to thank you for your support in the past and ask that you again start getting actively involved. Links of Gold is not only a fun event, it is an important fundraising opportunity for the organization.
The 2016 Links of Gold committee members are hard at work. The golf tournament will have many of the same features as in previous years, the longest drive for ladies and men, closest to the pin, along with various great prizes for a hole in one, including a possible $10,000 prize. We are adding several new attractions that will include: a free putting and chipping clinic for those who wish to attend; a putting competition and local craft beer tasting. We are also planning a fun, intriguing poker game that will require some luck and skill on the Golden dog-leg hole – more details about that later!
There have been many terrific raffle prizes that have been donated by generous business partners and RAGofAZ members. Below you will see that we have an old friend and supporter of our cause join us again as a corporate sponsor, thank you GenRx. New sponsors will be most welcome and should contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Don't forget to mark your calendar for Saturday, September fact, why not click here to sign up on our website now! Your support is much appreciated.
Corporate Sponsors: So far we would like to thank the following sponsors:
  • Ken & Marilyn Edwards of Tristar Hotel Group
  • Jackie & Jerry Miles from the J&J Miles Living Trust
  • Terry Cox of Raymond James - Financial Investment Company 480-837-4590
  • Sean Lonergan - GenRx Pharmacy
Chris PP Brant
President, RAGofAZ

Why do some dogs get cancer more than others?

pictureReproduced from Healthy Pets with Dr. Becker​
About half of humans over the age of 70 and dogs over age 10 are diagnosed with cancer. In terms of mortality, cancer accounts for about 23 percent of human deaths, and from 10 to 60 percent of dog deaths, depending on breed.

Golden Retrievers in the U.S. have a high rate of cancer compared to many other breeds. The high rate of cancer in Goldens is a relatively recent development. In the late 1980s, the breed wasn’t considered as having a high rate of cancer. But by the late 1990s, cancer was taking the lives of about 60 percent of U.S. Goldens. European-Bred Golden Retrievers develop cancer at a much lower rate (under 40 percent) than U.S. Goldens. 

For the rest of this story, click here.

How you can help fight Valley Fever

pictureResearcher are again asking for help from pet owners as they study canine diseases. This time Arizona genetics researchers are asking for dog lovers’ help in fighting Valley Fever, a mysterious, potentially lethal infection that plagues both dog and man. 

Fighting Valley Fever by Jodie Snyder is reproduced from an article that first appears in Healthy Living.

For further information on how you can help, click here.


Another Brief History of the Golden Retriever

Red golden pic2We reproduced an article about the origins of the Golden Retriever in an earlier edition of Golden Tales about a year ago. After recently browsing the web again I came across the Golden Retriever Club of America and I wanted to share more interesting historical facts about our beloved breed. If you click here it will take you to the GRCA Historical Education site and bring you a Brief History of the Golden Retriever.

Then if you click here you will be able to read an article entitled the Origin of the Yellow Retriever. It is an article first was printed in Country Life Magazine (England), July 25, 1952 and written by The Earl of Iichester...

...and click here to finish up this series of articles from the AKC Gazette, Golden Retrievers Food for Thought.

Vet Care Tip of the Month

pictureA little while ago a group of us were talking about infectious canine illnesses. The discussion moved onto what procedures our transporters should take after discovering that their new rescued Goldens had been suffering from various infectious diseases. With the summer upon us, when you have friends, relatives and their pets visiting, this problem may hit a little closer to home than you might first consider. Judy Smith kindly put together the following as a a guide. It does not address every canine  illness but the details still could be a great help if you have a sick animal visiting you. Click here for your Vet Care Tip of the Month.


Cutest Golden Contest

pictureOur 2016 Cutest Golden Contest has concluded and we have named ten lucky winners! You can see a video of all the contestants on our website. The winners will be featured in our 2017 Hearts of Gold calendar. There will be smaller photos of every contestant in the calendar, too.

The contest took in over $4,400, which, as always, will go toward rehoming Golden Retrievers all over Arizona. Thank you to everyone, human and four-legged, who participated. Our calendar is going to press shortly but you still have another month to submit photos for the Rainbow Bridge page and the Working Dog page.

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.

Mark your calendar


Links of Gold Golf Tournament Sponsors Slideshow

Thank you to our 2017 Links of Gold Sponsors!

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Thank you to our Links of Gold Golf Tournament 2015 Sponsors!

Golden Tales June 2015

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President's Message

pictureDid you ever hear of the Prescott Woof Down Lunch and do you know what it’s all about?
As you know there are numerous opportunities to volunteer during the year to support our organization. After Thanksgiving there are chances to help raise important funds when we gather together for Gift Wrapping in coordination with various Barnes and Noble Stores around the Valley. I hope that you will put that thought in the back of your mind so when we ask for volunteers you will, perhaps for the first time, be the ones that step forward. We have found that the larger the quantity of members who volunteer for at least one or two of these Gift Wrapping dates the easier it is on the regular valiant core of volunteers.

These pre-Christmas events are of course way in the future. There are other events (including Links of Gold, that you can read about below in this month’s Golden Tales) that we will regularly advertise on the website. You don’t have to have a personal invitation to volunteer, just come on out and enjoy the company of fellow members with that same love in their hearts for Golden Retrievers.

With that in mind you might have seen that something in Prescott was happening last Saturday that drew members from as far away as Tucson as well as others from the Valley. They joined the dedicated crowd of local volunteers from Yavapai County. We had a great gathering of Goldens and RAG Members at our booth in downtown Prescott for the Annual Woof Down Lunch

Please do not hesitate next June to either travel up to Prescott for the weekend or just make a day trip to get a change of scenery. While in Prescott we would love for you to volunteer at our booth for a few hours and then while in the town square you would also want to wander over and visit the other interesting exhibits that are coordinated by the organizers. Trophies were given out for such competitors as the best dog trick, the best ears, the best smile and the cutest dog, By the way, the best ears trophy was won by one of our Ambassadogs. There was also music in the park, great food, along with demonstrations presented by the Prescott Police and the Yavapai Search and Rescue.  Apart from many different dog breed rescues there were other exhibits of note, for example, a Dog Training Demonstration by Dandydogs and another group called Animal Disaster Services whose popular motto is, “Don’t Leave Home Without Us”.

Before I close I must remind you that the average temperature at this time in Phoenix is over 100 degrees but under the shade of the trees in the historic County Courthouse Park in downtown Prescott the temperature was a delightful 70 degrees. So next June we hope to see you and your Golden companions at the Woof Down Lunch in Prescott!

Chris P P Brant
President RAGofAZ


Would you like your Ambassadog or Fuzzy Friend to be in our 2016 Calendar?

pictureThis year we have two special ways to honor your companions:

Ambassadogs:  Make a $20 donation and submit a picture of your Ambassadog, whether Golden or not.  Ambassadogs have "Hearts of Gold" to be helping out at our events to raise awareness for Rescue a Golden of AZ and their Golden brother or sister.  We wanted to make sure to show them how much they are appreciated.  So, thank you Ambassadogs!

Fuzzy Friends: We have not overlooked your Fuzzy (or not so Fuzzy) Friends, and they can also be in our calendar for a $20 donation.  Show off all your pets and join in the fun.  What a wonderful keepsake coming your way in our 2016 Hearts of Gold Calendar!

Just click here to get started.

Our Cutest Golden Contest was a great success!

pictureWe are happy to announce that our Cutest Golden Contest brought in over $6,800! 

A huge thanks to all who participated. Our Calendar Committee is working hard on creating our 2016 calendar which will feature the winners, and will also include photos of all the dogs that participated.   

Announcing GenRx Pharmacy as our Links of Gold Title Sponsor!

It is with great excitement and pride that we announce Sean Lonergan and the good people of GenRx Pharmacy as our corporate Title Sponsor for the Links of Gold Golf Tournament on August 29, 2015!

GenRx is a Community/Retail Pharmacy specializing in procurement, storage, dispensing and the recording of medicines.  The company is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is distinguished by a corporate culture of service and commitment to the community.

This marks the second year in a row that GenRx Pharmacy has stepped up as a presenting sponsor to honor longtime RAGofAZ volunteer Ciara Petronzio, founder of Pennies for Pups and former co-chair of the Links of Gold Committee.  Ciara is also a member of the National Honor Society, a winning competitive golfer, an accomplished musician, and recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for the state of Arizona.

We are most grateful to GenRx Pharmacy for their continuing support and to Ciara for her years of dedicated service.

We will soon be announcing the names of our generous RAGofAZ Member Sponsors!  Will your name be there? Please consider becoming a Links of Gold sponsor. Just CLICK HERE to view/purchase a sponsorship or to register for golf/dinner.

Morris Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

pictureSome of you already are familiar with the lifetime study of Golden Retrievers that is being conducted by the Morris Foundation. The researchers are hoping to discover the causes of cancers in Goldens.

A few RAG members have their young Goldens enrolled in the study. This month we have included three articles related to to the work of the Morris Foundation. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Have a Puppy Playdate!

pictureWe have recently placed a number of puppies in forever homes. With that in mind we thought that it would be useful to forward several pieces by AKC that covers etiquette and more when planning a puppydate, or even an adult dog get together. CLICK HERE to learn more.


Vantage West Credit Union Goes Golden

Each quarter, the employees of Vantage West Credit Union have a jeans day fund raiser to support charities.

This past quarter, Rescue A Golden of Arizona was the recipient of their generosity.  CLICK HERE to read the rest of the story.​



Keep your dogs safe this summer
Don't miss Toad Aversion Training

pictureSonoran Desert Toads seem like toys to dogs.  But the mucous excretion on them is poisonous and can cause death.

CLICK HERE for Tucson Toad Aversion training information.


Still have some 2015 Mustang Raffle Tickets Available in Tucson

pictureCLICK HERE to find out how you can be in the running to win this limited edition.



Golden Burgers in Tucson


It’s Time for Our Annual Fuddruckers Chow Down 

CLICK HERE to get a juicy, made to order hamburger or veggie burger and Support RAGofAZ while you munch.

All you have to do is print the attached coupons, cut them apart, and distribute them to friends, family, sports teams, etc. Next, go to Fuddruckers on June 24th for the best hamburgers or veggie burgers in Tucson.  When you enjoy a scrumptious meal, RAGofAZ gets 20% of the meals purchased by people who present the coupons.  Only one coupon is needed per group; coupon applies to all menu items.Hope to see you there.

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It might be Time to Visit the Rescue A Golden of Arizona Shop!
See: Top Menu Bar Home Page

pictureRecently we received a limited number of beautiful books entitled Yellowdog River of Love. These books include glorious photographs of Golden Retrievers along with an interesting content. 

They were surplus copies from an East Coast Golden Rescue organization. Online these high quality, coffee-table books are selling on eBay for a minimum of $68.00. We will be happy to mail you a copy for a minimum donation to RAGofAZ of $14.00 that includes postage. We will probably not be able to get a resupply of Yellowdog River of Love, so if you want a copy for yourself or if you want to send to a friend a gift at Christmas you will need to order immediately, while we still have stock.

While we are on the subject of merchandising, summer holidays are just around the corner and you can find several appropriate items for purchase on the website.  

Go online for custom RAG hats, t-shirts, luggage tags, bandanas and/or to purchase a copy of Yellowdog River of Love.

Rainbow Bridge

pictureIt 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.

Mark your Calendar and Save the Date for Southern Activities

Saturday June 13    Meet & Greet PetSmart
                                Broadway & Pantano
                                10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sunday June 14      Toad Aversion Training in Tucson
                                                    8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Wednesday June 24 Golden Burgers at Fuddruckers
                                  Fund Raiser
Saturday June 27   Meet & Greet Bookman’s
                               Ina & Thornydale
                              10:00 AM to 1:00 PM  NEW HOURS

Upcoming Events in the Phoenix area

Saturday June 13    Gilbert PetSmart Meet & Greet
                                 857 N. Val Vista Dr.
                                 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM  NEW HOURS for summer

Saturday August 29  Links of Gold Golf Tournament
                                  Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale
                                  CLICK HERE for details or to register


Golden Tales July 2015

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President’s Message : 2015 Links of Gold Golf Tournament

pictureThe Links of Gold Golf Tournament and Dinner has been growing in size over the years, and with your help this year’s event will be the most successful ever. If you haven’t already marked Saturday, August 29, 2015 on your calendar with a big golden ring please do so now. After you register for this event, I ask you to carry out one more important task for your organization.

Whether you golf or not, please reach out to three or four of your golfing friends and associates and ask them to support this very worthy cause by making up a foursome to play at Troon North.  This year we have reserved the beautiful Pinnacle Course exclusively for our tournament, which presents us with the perfect opportunity to increase the number of our golfers on the course.  At only $500.00 per foursome it’s a deal – and four delicious buffet dinners are included.  (Click here for a printable registration form.)
If just ten members are able to persuade a friend to gather up a foursome, it would make an incredible difference . . . because more golfers on August 29th means more Goldens will receive our help in their hour of need.
 Here is everything you need to know!

What:      Links of Gold Golf Tournament and Dinner
When:     Saturday, August 29, 2015  – 1:30 shot gun 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

Individual Golfer:     $150.00 includes buffet dinner
Foursome:                $500.00 includes buffet dinner
Dinner Only:             $35.00
 (Don’t golf? Join us for yappy hour and dinner!) 

In closing, I would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity and the Links of Gold planning committee, led by Judi Schillaci, for their dedicated efforts.

I look forward to meeting you personally at Links of Gold!

Chris P P Brant
President RAGofAZ

Cheers to our RAGofAZ Links of Gold sponsors!

Some of our favorite two-footed and four-footed friends have stepped up to become sponsors in support of our biggest and best fundraising event of the year – the Links of Gold Golf Tournament!  

Our sponsors know that this year Links of Gold has it all – great golf, a delicious buffet dinner featuring Chicken Piccata, and a touching multimedia presentation about the miraculous rescue of our five “Parvo Pups.”  Wait till you see the incredible array of raffle prizes we are offering including a getaway weekend at We-Ko-Pa Resort, free golfing foursomes, an iPad, Tom Tom golf watch, golf bags and clubs, plus scores of gift certificates and gift baskets.  As always, our Goldens will be there to greet you, and to remind us all why we come together at this event in support of the cause of rescue.   

Won’t you join this elite group of sponsors so that you too can feature your favorite photo on our beautiful custom signs?  To help you decide, click here to view a slide show of the best-looking sponsors you’ve ever seen!  

Ready to become a sponsor now?  Then click here and we’ll make it happen – it’s quick and easy.

Thank you to the class of 2015 – our Links of Gold sponsors!

Corporate Sponsors:
Title Sponsor – GenRx Pharmacy
Hole Sponsor – Top Golf

Members and Supporters:
Special Angel Sponsor – Judi and Bob Schillaci
Golden Loving Sponsor – Una and Dave Loge
Rescue A Retriever Sponsor – Andie and Richard Graubard
Forever Home Sponsors – Animal Medical and Surgical Center; Jean and Bill Mack; Debbie Perkins and John Balfanz 
Star Sponsors – Caren Solberg, Nancy and Bruce Palmer; Lindsay Bowden and Karen Kass (AZCMS); Leigh and Jim Bradburn; Debbie Perkins and John Balfanz; Elaine Hutchings; Diamondback Drugs; Four Legged Friends Animal Hospital; Becky Buck-Wetzel


Thank you to the 2016 Hearts of Gold Calendar Committee

On behalf of the Rescue A Golden of Arizona organization I want to thank all those who have toiled so hard and put in so many hours on the creation of the 2016 Hearts of Gold Calendar. Members of the committee have come up with some novel ideas for our 2016 calendar and like you, I am anxiously awaiting a sneak preview of the production. I hear that there is still much work to be done before the new calendar goes to print in the next two months. RAG also appreciates all the owners and their Golden companions that took part in the Cutest Golden Competition, for without their participation this project could not be a success.

Chris P P Brant
President RAGofAZ



Keep your dog safe this summer

Reprinted from the Golden Tales Summer Issue 2010 issue written by DJ Jenkins 

You already know not to leave your dog in a car during the summer, even for a minute, but do you know how to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion? Click here to read more about keeping your dog safe in our Arizona summers.

Are you feeding your Golden a healthy diet?

pictureReprinted from the November 2006 Issue of Golden Tales

Click here! By crosschecking with the list of criteria provided alongside the labels on your dog’s food packaging you will be able to determine how well you are feeding your Golden.


So you think you want a puppy...

pictureReprinted from the Golden Tales Winter Issue 2009 written by Judy Smith

Some of the Goldens that have been rescued over the past few months have been from owners who could not cope with a young rambunctious puppy. This article may make some of you be a little apprehensive!

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It might be Time to Visit the Rescue A Golden of Arizona Shop!
See: Top Menu Bar Home Page

pictureDebra Martin’s Yellowdog River of Love was a popular sales item last month. A new and probably final shipment of these books arrived last week. While they last you can receive a copy for $14.00, which includes the postage. On eBay this beautiful coffee-table edition is selling at a minimum of $68.00, not including postage.

While we are on the subject of merchandising, summer is here and you can find several appropriate items for purchase on the website.  


Go online for custom RAG hats, t-shirts, luggage tags, bandanas and/or to purchase a copy of Yellowdog River of Love.




Did you know you can support Rescue A Golden of Arizona just by shopping at Fry's?

picture It's easy when you enroll in Fry's Community Rewards!
Just grab your Fry’s VIP card/key tag and go to  Click on REGISTER in the top right corner of the page and follow the prompts to create an online account if you don’t already have one.  Once you’ve done that, find COMMUNITY REWARDS on your Account Summary page, and enroll by selecting Rescue A Golden of Arizona (or use our NPO # 19627).  Be sure to swipe your card every time you shop to earn rebates for RAGofAZ! 

More easy ways to help RAGofAZ!

pictureIt is also easy to sign up with AmazonSmile and Goober Pet Direct to add contributions directly to RAGofAZ.

Goober Pet Direct will make a donation to rescue every time you shop on their website. Just choose RAGofAZ from the list at checkout.

Click on the logos to go to their websites.



We sent out an earlier email about our rescue boy, Mason.  Mason was only two years old and lost his battle to a very aggressive form of osteosarcoma.  Despite our best efforts and that of our veterinary partner, we reluctantly sent Mason to the Rainbow Bridge.  We are fortunate that most of our rescue stories end happily.  However, when a rescue like RAGofAZ is willing to take in any dog despite health problems, there are going to be dogs like Mason that we cannot help.


Right now, we have two senior Goldens named Cory and Stanley.  Cory and Stanley both
came into rescue with inoperable cancers. However, we are lucky to have wonderful foster families who are willing to give hospice care to Goldens like this whom we are unable
 to place in forever homes, but who are not ready to make their final journey.  Cory has been with a foster since February and continues to do surprisingly well—a true testament to her loving care and zest for life.  Stanley as well is receiving chemotherapy for his cancer and enjoys swimming at his foster home where he has been since April.  So even these dogs are success stories of a sort.  We will continue to rescue Goldens regardless of their medical needs and offer them the best that we can to restore them to good health.


What you need to know about the deadly disease of Valley Fever!

Reprinted from the 2011 Summer Issue of Golden Tales written by Judy Smith, and updated by Judy Smith July 2015

If you live in Arizona, there is an excellent chance your dog will become infected with Valley Fever. Click here to learn about current treatments and ongoing research into this deadly disease.

An alternative way to say goodbye

pictureReprinted from the 2011 Summer Issue of Golden Tales originally written by RAGofAZ Founder Joyce Hubler​

It is a very sad time in each of our lives when that inevitable decision has to be made. Reading the following information now may prepare yourself better for when you have to make that decision.

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Rainbow Bridge

pictureIt 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.

"Until we meet again..."

Mark your Calendar

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Before leaving the July Golden Tales please take a few minutes to visit the logos of Fry's, AmazonSmileand Goober Pet Direct to sign up today. It is very easy to complete, does not cost anything but a little time but doing so can make a significant difference in the size of the organization’s coffers. 


Vantage West Credit Union goes Golden


Each quarter, Vantage West Credit Union’s employees have a jeans day fund raiser to support a charity. Kelly Burch, a Tucson volunteer and credit union employee at a local branch, kindly nominated Rescue A Golden of Arizona (RAGofAZ) for the last quarter.
We were ecstatic when Kelly called to make an appointment to present us with a check for $970.00. Goldens Jake and Morgan proudly joined me at the Nexus Tucson Branch to accept the check on behalf of RAGofAZ.
Heartfelt gratitude to Vantage West Credit Union for its community outreach, to Kelly for nominating RAGofAZ, and to all of its employees who participated in this fund raiser. Many Goldens will benefit from the outpouring of generosity.

Toad Aversion Training--Tucson

Trainer, Jay Smith and a Sonoran Toad will be on hand to train your dogs to avoid the toads like he did with the snake.toad training

Date: Sunday, June 14th
Time: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Place: 9745 N Calle Loma Linda, Oro Valley, AZ

All dogs are welcomed.

The cost for toad aversion training is $70 per dog.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register no later than Friday, June 12th.
Or call Scottie McGowan at 520.360.4414.

Morris Foundation


Reprinted from Morris Animal Foundation

Pet Cancer Checklist

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study update

For further information go to


Reprinted from The Arizona Republic

AZ Republic Pet Cancer



6 Tips for Socializing Your Puppy


Reprinted from WOOFipedia by the American Kennel Club


Mac Mindy 2A well-socialized and secure puppy is a happy puppy. This means helping him early on to feel that the world is a fun and safe place to be—whether encountering other dogs, children, or strangers on the street. Ideally, your pup will be content in any setting, and even when you’re not home. Give him plenty of stimulation, socialization, and encouragement or you will risk problems such as aggressive or fearful behavior, excessive barking, and separation anxiety.

Take your puppy to a dog park regularly, but don’t overstimulate him. And make sure to follow these safety/etiquette tips. If he doesn't enjoy the experience, though, don’t force him into it. Keep his social periods brief at first, so as not to overdo it. (Don’t allow socialization before he is fully immunized.) And always pick up after your dog, wherever you go.

To discourage separation anxiety—which often results in puppies engaging in destructive behavior—supply your pup with chew toys to keep him appropriately occupied in your absence. You’ll want to make sure that both his teeth and mind are busy.

Sometimes dogs need to work off steam in ways you don’t have time to provide. Consider signing your dog up at a dog daycare center, if there is one in the neighborhood, or hire a dog walker to take your pup on an extended walk to burn off energy.

If your puppy meets another dog on the street or at the dog park who seems aggressive, calmly lead your dog away. Never try to force an interaction that could turn dangerous.

At the earliest opportunity, take your puppy for a brief ride in the car. Stop by the vet’s office, just for a visit and a treat, so he considers it a positive place to spend time.

Because puppies sometimes see kids as equals, they may react to them in unpredictable ways. Put your pup into a “sit” or “down” when meeting toddlers or babies. He should never be permitted to jump on them.

How to Host the Perfect Puppy (or Adult Dog) Play Date


Reprinted from WOOFipedia by the American Kennel Club

ParvoPups at Play 1Here’s a fun way for you and your pup to have fun before the weather gets cold: Host a play date! Your dog will enjoy playing with other dogs (and learn valuable social skills at the same time), and you will enjoy hanging out with the other human beings (and, of course, the puppies).

Keep your guest list small at first—maybe even just two or three other puppies. You can expand as your pup matures. And until your dog is used to loud noises, don’t invite loud people. Invite your calmer, quieter friends, at least at first. As for the puppies, make sure they are all up-to-date on vaccinations, and that they are fairly calm and friendly. And keep them on a leash at all times!

Your house is the best place to host your first few parties, since you can control the environment and avoid the distractions that come with a park or other public venue. During the party, don’t forget to let the pups take potty breaks every 20 minutes (you might want to set a timer). In fact, the first few parties can end at 20 or 30 minutes. Eventually they might last as long as an hour.Knixy

If you also have plenty of healthy treats on hand for the adorable playmates—both canine and human—you (and your play dates) will be a hit!

Find out some great tips on socializing puppies here.

See a Golden Retriever puppy party in action here!

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