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Carly 4100

Our twelfth of the twelve dogs - 

Carly - $4,100

Adorable, happy-go-lucky, two-year-old Carly came from a meat farm in Korea, but she arrived in Scottsdale on Golden Wings, RAGofAZ volunteer's private jet.  She had a myriad of medical issues that included vomiting, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, urinary tract infection, ear infections, and dehydration.  An ultrasound showed that In the small intestinal tract the food swirls around like a washing machine instead of flowing and going forward.  During the process of discomfort, lab tests, ultrasounds, medications, poking, and prodding, a veterinarian added hip dysplasia to the long list of issues; Carly walks like a duck.  After much research, deliberation, and consults, a decision was made to wait until she is older to decide between hip replacement or stem cell therapy.  Carly has come through all of this with Golden colors.  She is a feisty, gleeful girl enjoying life free from a cage with her Golden rescue companion, Cash. 

Kodi 2900

Our eleventh of the twelve dogs -

Kodi - $2,900

Two-year-old Kodi was the RAGofAZ test dog for accepting Heart Worm positive Korean dogs and funding the treatment in Korea until it was safe for them to fly to the U.S.  The rewards are two-fold; sick dogs can have a second chance, and RAGofAZ can save money by using less expensive vetting in Korea.  Kodi arrived in Arizona and became the recipient of many tests to determine his medical status for adoption.  He tested positive for microfilaria, the debris of killed Heart Worms and sent to an Internal Medicine Vet for an echocardiogram.  The recommendation was five months of restricted activity to ensure the microfilaria stayed in the heart and not out in the bloodstream.  Then a fecal test showed he had hookworms, so named for the hook in the worms' mouth.  They hook on to the dog's intestines and feed on the blood, and on top of that, he had Giardia, another intestinal parasite causing severe diarrhea.  More tests, medicines, veterinary care, and a long recovery, but he is worth every penny. 

This very handsome, lovable boy taught the RAGofAZ Vet Team some valuable lessons.  It's okay to accept Heart Worm positive dogs, they will stay in Korea during the restricted activity time, and all dogs are dewormed in country.  Kodi survived all of his maladies with the finesse of a Golden.

 

Mao Mao 4500

Our tenth of the twelve dogs - 

Mao Mao - $4,500

Eight-year-old Mao Mao was used for breeding in China.  When he could no longer sire, his owner took him to a rescue threatening to sell him to a slaughter house if they wouldn't take him.  He became one of RAGofAZ's first international dogs. Mao Mao came to Arizona with an ear infection that didn't respond to any our antibiotics.  After a year of unsuccessful treatment, his ear canal was removed rendering him deaf in that ear.  But Goldens are resilient.  Mao Mao was glad to be free of the ear infection, and he hears well with the other ear.  Sometimes it takes time...and money...to heal a dog.

Papa 700

Our ninth of the twelve dogs - 

Papa - $700

Eight-year-old Papa was picked up as a stray by Animal Control in El Paso, Texas.   After his neuter in Texas, RAGofAZ accepted him and brought him to Arizona.  Papa had developed a whopping infection resulting in severe swelling of his scrotum.  The painful look in his eyes betrayed his level of pain.  He had to be coaxed to eat, and he didn't move around much.  It took almost a month of antibiotics to treat the infection, but eventually, Papa was healed, and his demeanor changed.  He played like a puppy and decided not to be a picky eater.  He was ready to go to his forever home.

Shayla 950

Our eighth of the twelve dogs -

Shayla - $950

Shayla is a six-year-old Texas girl.  She came to RAGofAZ overweight and with a skin condition.  She ate little but still gained weight.  She needed thyroid medication, and allergy testing revealed seven pages of allergies including many foods and grass.  After in-depth research, It was still difficult to find safe food.  Her new, dedicated mom decided to become her personal chef.  A combination of thyroid medication, allergy shots, and a home-cooked diet enabled Shayla to lose fourteen pounds and her fur to grow back to beautiful Golden fur.

 

Don Diego 1000

Our seventh of the twelve dogs - 

Don Diego - $1,000

At eighteen-months-old this boy came to RAGofAZ as a stray from Guadalajara, Mexico. In his new home, he ran through the house peeing full stream, not a normal or acceptable activity. The Vet Team ordered a chest and abdomen ultrasound that revealed calcified stones in his bladder which may have been irritating and made him think he needed to "go right now in the house." A special diet helped to eliminate the stones. Diego had a ravenous appetite. Thus he became a counter surfer. His next stop was with a trainer. Diego's mantra is, "Don't worry. Be happy."

The dogs that come to RAGofAZ don't all have complex illnesses or injuries, but the testing to rule out what might be problematic is costly and made possible by our generous benefactors.

Dandy 1500

Our sixth of the twelve dogs - 

Dandy - $1,500

This skinny, four-year-old street boy was rescued from the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico weighing in around 47 lbs.  He had a sore on a rear leg that was open down to the bone that had to be treated before coming to Arizona.  Then somewhere in his travels, he contracted Giardia, a contagious intestinal parasite that causes diarrhea.  Today, the flesh has grown in and covered the bone and there is no longer any deep indentation.  Because of the excellent veterinary care Dandy received in Mexico and continued by RAGofAZ, he has no residual effects of his injury.  Dandy is living a Golden life...as an inside dog...with his forever family.

Marcus 1775Our fifth of the twelve dogs -

Marcus - $1,775

Sweet, four-year-old Marcus contracted Heart Worm while living in Korea. One look at that handsome face and we all agreed that he should become a RAGofAZ dog. We wanted to bring him to safety and to thrill an adoptive family right away, but it was hazardous for him to fly until the Heart Worms were dead, and the resulting debris absorbed by his furry body. If he flew too soon, there was the risk that the Heart Worms or debris called microfilaria could be pushed out of his heart and into his bloodstream resulting in blockage and certain death. RAGofAZ agreed to pay for Marcus' in-country medical care and two-and-a-half month required post-treatment confinement. It was finally time for him to take the 13-hour flight to LAX. RAGofAZ provided follow-up vetting to be sure he was clear. Because of your generosity, Marcus's story has a happy ending with an adoring family. 

Buster 1900Our fourth of the twelve dogs -

Buster - $1,900

Everyone from the transporters, to the vet team, to the veterinarians all fell in love with Buster at first sight. He is a beautiful, lovable, velcro boy.

Buster came us to at age six years, frightened, weighing 90 lbs, and needing our Gold Standard of care. He had two rotten teeth and a baby molar that were causing him much pain and could potentially cause a life-threatening infection. We extracted the three teeth giving him relief from that source of pain . His severe ear infections, another source of pain, and kennel cough were treated with antibiotics. It took a while for the infection to clear.

After neutering, vaccinating, microchipping and lots of love his forever family adopted him.

Leo 2100

Our third of the twelve dogs -

Leo - $2,100

Eight-year-old Leo came to us barely able to get up and down by himself, and walking was painful due to severe hip dysplasia. It was obvious that his days left on this earth were numbered. Our two options were surgery which was not a good solution for a dog his age, or stem cell therapy. Our vet team spent weeks researching and deliberating which way to go. Stem cell therapy looked like the best solution for this senior boy.

It is amazing to see Leo today. He not only gets up and down with ease, but he can go for walks again. He is a happy dog who has many years added to his lifespan due to stem cell therapy. He was neutered, received all immunizations, and microchipped.

A few short years ago, this would not be a medical or financial option. Leo is a success story because of new technology and the ability for RAGofAZ to take advantage of this technology through the generosity of people like you.

Tiny Tim 3500

Our second of the twelve dogs - 

Tiny Tim - $3,500

Eighteen-month-old Tiny Tim came into rescue from a breeder in August. Tim had a congenital liver shunt that was considered inoperable because its location was not easily accessible. Without surgery. Tim’s life would be shortened and his abilities would be limited. Tiny Tim, only 50 pounds, began a battery of tests and was fed three meals per day to fatten him up. After months of building him up and diagnostic tests, it was determined that there was indeed a chance for surgery for Tim. On November 30th, Tim had a cellophane sheath applied to the shunt which will allow Tim’s body to close the shunt on its own. To date, Tim is doing well and acting like the puppy he still is!

Jameson 4100Our first of the twelve dogs -

Jameson - $4,100

Jameson was on Craigslist three times. The breeder sold him, the first adopter had kids and no time, the second didn’t keep him because of frequent urination.  Then a co-worker bought him but didn’t want to keep him because of excessive urination.  Jameson had to be moved two more times to see specialists because of severe gastrointestinal problems.  After many months of tests, treatments, medical boarding, a special diet, and medications, he is now a normal boy in a stable, loving home.



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Twelve Dogs of 2018-Jameson

RAGofAZ 12 Dogs of Christmas Day 1

This holiday season, we’d like to celebrate some of the Golden lives that were saved by our rescue and whose medical treatment was possible because of your donations.

Meet Jameson, our first of the “Twelve Dogs of 2018."

Jameson - $4,100

Jameson was on Craigslist three times. The breeder sold him, the first adopter had kids and no time, the second didn’t keep him because of frequent urination.  Then a co-worker bought him but didn’t want to keep him because of excessive urination.  Jameson had to be moved two more times to see specialists because of severe gastrointestinal problems.  After many months of tests, treatments, medical boarding, a special diet, and medications, he is now a normal boy in a stable, loving home.

Won't you please help rescue more dogs like Jameson? Any size donation is appreciated. Thank you!

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Twelve Dogs of 2018-Kodi

Revised RAGofAZ 12 Dogs of Christmas Day 11This holiday season, we’d like to celebrate some of the Golden lives that were saved by our rescue and whose medical treatment was possible because of your donations.

Meet Kodi, our eleventh of the “Twelve Dogs of 2018."

Kodi - $2,900

Two-year-old Kodi was the RAGofAZ test dog for accepting Heart Worm positive Korean dogs and funding the treatment in Korea until it was safe for them to fly to the U.S.  The rewards are two-fold; sick dogs can have a second chance, and RAGofAZ can save money by using less expensive vetting in Korea.  Kodi arrived in Arizona and became the recipient of many tests to determine his medical status for adoption.  He tested positive for microfilaria, the debris of killed Heart Worms and sent to an Internal Medicine Vet for an echocardiogram.  The recommendation was five months of restricted activity to ensure the microfilaria stayed in the heart and not out in the bloodstream.  Then a fecal test showed he had hookworms, so named for the hook in the worms' mouth.  They hook on to the dog's intestines and feed on the blood, and on top of that, he had Giardia, another intestinal parasite causing severe diarrhea.  More tests, medicines, veterinary care, and a long recovery, but he is worth every penny. 

This very handsome, lovable boy taught the RAGofAZ Vet Team some valuable lessons.  It's okay to accept Heart Worm positive dogs, they will stay in Korea during the restricted activity time, and all dogs are dewormed in country.  Kodi survived all of his maladies with the finesse of a Golden.

Won't you please help rescue more dogs like Kodi? Any size donation is appreciated. Thank you!

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Mao Mao 4500

Our tenth of the twelve dogs - 

Mao Mao - $4,500

Eight-year-old Mao Mao was used for breeding in China.  When he could no longer sire, his owner took him to a rescue threatening to sell him to a slaughter house if they wouldn't take him.  He became one of RAGofAZ's first international dogs. Mao Mao came to Arizona with an ear infection that didn't respond to any our antibiotics.  After a year of unsuccessful treatment, his ear canal was removed rendering him deaf in that ear.  But Goldens are resilient.  Mao Mao was glad to be free of the ear infection, and he hears well with the other ear.  Sometimes it takes time...and money...to heal a dog.

Papa 700

Our ninth of the twelve dogs - 

Papa - $700

Eight-year-old Papa was picked up as a stray by Animal Control in El Paso, Texas.   After his neuter in Texas, RAGofAZ accepted him and brought him to Arizona.  Papa had developed a whopping infection resulting in severe swelling of his scrotum.  The painful look in his eyes betrayed his level of pain.  He had to be coaxed to eat, and he didn't move around much.  It took almost a month of antibiotics to treat the infection, but eventually, Papa was healed, and his demeanor changed.  He played like a puppy and decided not to be a picky eater.  He was ready to go to his forever home.

Shayla 950

Our eighth of the twelve dogs -

Shayla - $950

Shayla is a six-year-old Texas girl.  She came to RAGofAZ overweight and with a skin condition.  She ate little but still gained weight.  She needed thyroid medication, and allergy testing revealed seven pages of allergies including many foods and grass.  After in-depth research, It was still difficult to find safe food.  Her new, dedicated mom decided to become her personal chef.  A combination of thyroid medication, allergy shots, and a home-cooked diet enabled Shayla to lose fourteen pounds and her fur to grow back to beautiful Golden fur.

 

Don Diego 1000

Our seventh of the twelve dogs - 

Don Diego - $1,000

At eighteen-months-old this boy came to RAGofAZ as a stray from Guadalajara, Mexico. In his new home, he ran through the house peeing full stream, not a normal or acceptable activity. The Vet Team ordered a chest and abdomen ultrasound that revealed calcified stones in his bladder which may have been irritating and made him think he needed to "go right now in the house." A special diet helped to eliminate the stones. Diego had a ravenous appetite. Thus he became a counter surfer. His next stop was with a trainer. Diego's mantra is, "Don't worry. Be happy."

The dogs that come to RAGofAZ don't all have complex illnesses or injuries, but the testing to rule out what might be problematic is costly and made possible by our generous benefactors.

Dandy 1500

Our sixth of the twelve dogs - 

Dandy - $1,500

This skinny, four-year-old street boy was rescued from the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico weighing in around 47 lbs.  He had a sore on a rear leg that was open down to the bone that had to be treated before coming to Arizona.  Then somewhere in his travels, he contracted Giardia, a contagious intestinal parasite that causes diarrhea.  Today, the flesh has grown in and covered the bone and there is no longer any deep indentation.  Because of the excellent veterinary care Dandy received in Mexico and continued by RAGofAZ, he has no residual effects of his injury.  Dandy is living a Golden life...as an inside dog...with his forever family.

Marcus 1775Our fifth of the twelve dogs -

Marcus - $1,775

Sweet, four-year-old Marcus contracted Heart Worm while living in Korea. One look at that handsome face and we all agreed that he should become a RAGofAZ dog. We wanted to bring him to safety and to thrill an adoptive family right away, but it was hazardous for him to fly until the Heart Worms were dead, and the resulting debris absorbed by his furry body. If he flew too soon, there was the risk that the Heart Worms or debris called microfilaria could be pushed out of his heart and into his bloodstream resulting in blockage and certain death. RAGofAZ agreed to pay for Marcus' in-country medical care and two-and-a-half month required post-treatment confinement. It was finally time for him to take the 13-hour flight to LAX. RAGofAZ provided follow-up vetting to be sure he was clear. Because of your generosity, Marcus's story has a happy ending with an adoring family. 

Buster 1900Our fourth of the twelve dogs -

Buster - $1,900

Everyone from the transporters, to the vet team, to the veterinarians all fell in love with Buster at first sight. He is a beautiful, lovable, velcro boy.

Buster came us to at age six years, frightened, weighing 90 lbs, and needing our Gold Standard of care. He had two rotten teeth and a baby molar that were causing him much pain and could potentially cause a life-threatening infection. We extracted the three teeth giving him relief from that source of pain . His severe ear infections, another source of pain, and kennel cough were treated with antibiotics. It took a while for the infection to clear.

After neutering, vaccinating, microchipping and lots of love his forever family adopted him.

Leo 2100

Our third of the twelve dogs -

Leo - $2,100

Eight-year-old Leo came to us barely able to get up and down by himself, and walking was painful due to severe hip dysplasia. It was obvious that his days left on this earth were numbered. Our two options were surgery which was not a good solution for a dog his age, or stem cell therapy. Our vet team spent weeks researching and deliberating which way to go. Stem cell therapy looked like the best solution for this senior boy.

It is amazing to see Leo today. He not only gets up and down with ease, but he can go for walks again. He is a happy dog who has many years added to his lifespan due to stem cell therapy. He was neutered, received all immunizations, and microchipped.

A few short years ago, this would not be a medical or financial option. Leo is a success story because of new technology and the ability for RAGofAZ to take advantage of this technology through the generosity of people like you.

Tiny Tim 3500

Our second of the twelve dogs - 

Tiny Tim - $3,500

Eighteen-month-old Tiny Tim came into rescue from a breeder in August. Tim had a congenital liver shunt that was considered inoperable because its location was not easily accessible. Without surgery. Tim’s life would be shortened and his abilities would be limited. Tiny Tim, only 50 pounds, began a battery of tests and was fed three meals per day to fatten him up. After months of building him up and diagnostic tests, it was determined that there was indeed a chance for surgery for Tim. On November 30th, Tim had a cellophane sheath applied to the shunt which will allow Tim’s body to close the shunt on its own. To date, Tim is doing well and acting like the puppy he still is!

Jameson 4100Our first of the twelve dogs -

Jameson - $4,100

Jameson was on Craigslist three times. The breeder sold him, the first adopter had kids and no time, the second didn’t keep him because of frequent urination.  Then a co-worker bought him but didn’t want to keep him because of excessive urination.  Jameson had to be moved two more times to see specialists because of severe gastrointestinal problems.  After many months of tests, treatments, medical boarding, a special diet, and medications, he is now a normal boy in a stable, loving home.

Twelve Dogs of 2018-Dandy

REVISED RAGofAZ 12 Dogs of Christmas Day 6

This holiday season, we’d like to celebrate some of the Golden lives that were saved by our rescue and whose medical treatment was possible because of your donations.

Meet Dandy, our sixth of the “Twelve Dogs of 2018."

Dandy - $1,500

This skinny, four-year-old street boy was rescued from the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico weighing in around 47 lbs.  He had a sore on a rear leg that was open down to the bone that had to be treated before coming to Arizona.  Then somewhere in his travels, he contracted Giardia, a contagious intestinal parasite that causes diarrhea.  Today, the flesh has grown in and covered the bone and there is no longer any deep indentation.  Because of the excellent veterinary care Dandy received in Mexico and continued by RAGofAZ, he has no residual effects of his injury.  Dandy is living a Golden life...as an inside dog...with his forever family.

Won't you please help rescue more dogs like Dandy? Any size donation is appreciated. Thank you!

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Our fifth of the twelve dogs -

Marcus 1775Marcus - $1,775

Sweet, four-year-old Marcus contracted Heart Worm while living in Korea. One look at that handsome face and we all agreed that he should become a RAGofAZ dog. We wanted to bring him to safety and to thrill an adoptive family right away, but it was hazardous for him to fly until the Heart Worms were dead, and the resulting debris absorbed by his furry body. If he flew too soon, there was the risk that the Heart Worms or debris called microfilaria could be pushed out of his heart and into his bloodstream resulting in blockage and certain death. RAGofAZ agreed to pay for Marcus' in-country medical care and two-and-a-half month required post-treatment confinement. It was finally time for him to take the 13-hour flight to LAX. RAGofAZ provided follow-up vetting to be sure he was clear. Because of your generosity, Marcus's story has a happy ending with an adoring family.

 

Buster 1900Our fourth of the twelve dogs -

Buster - $1,900

Everyone from the transporters, to the vet team, to the veterinarians all fell in love with Buster at first sight. He is a beautiful, lovable, velcro boy.

Buster came us to at age six years, frightened, weighing 90 lbs, and needing our Gold Standard of care. He had two rotten teeth and a baby molar that were causing him much pain and could potentially cause a life-threatening infection. We extracted the three teeth giving him relief from that source of pain . His severe ear infections, another source of pain, and kennel cough were treated with antibiotics. It took a while for the infection to clear.

After neutering, vaccinating, microchipping and lots of love his forever family adopted him.

Leo 2100

Our third of the twelve dogs -

Leo - $2,100

Eight-year-old Leo came to us barely able to get up and down by himself, and walking was painful due to severe hip dysplasia. It was obvious that his days left on this earth were numbered. Our two options were surgery which was not a good solution for a dog his age, or stem cell therapy. Our vet team spent weeks researching and deliberating which way to go. Stem cell therapy looked like the best solution for this senior boy.

It is amazing to see Leo today. He not only gets up and down with ease, but he can go for walks again. He is a happy dog who has many years added to his lifespan due to stem cell therapy. He was neutered, received all immunizations, and microchipped.

A few short years ago, this would not be a medical or financial option. Leo is a success story because of new technology and the ability for RAGofAZ to take advantage of this technology through the generosity of people like you.

Tiny Tim 3500

Our second of the twelve dogs - 

Tiny Tim - $3,500

Eighteen-month-old Tiny Tim came into rescue from a breeder in August. Tim had a congenital liver shunt that was considered inoperable because its location was not easily accessible. Without surgery. Tim’s life would be shortened and his abilities would be limited. Tiny Tim, only 50 pounds, began a battery of tests and was fed three meals per day to fatten him up. After months of building him up and diagnostic tests, it was determined that there was indeed a chance for surgery for Tim. On November 30th, Tim had a cellophane sheath applied to the shunt which will allow Tim’s body to close the shunt on its own. To date, Tim is doing well and acting like the puppy he still is!

Jameson 4100Our first of the twelve dogs -

Jameson - $4,100

Jameson was on Craigslist three times. The breeder sold him, the first adopter had kids and no time, the second didn’t keep him because of frequent urination.  Then a co-worker bought him but didn’t want to keep him because of excessive urination.  Jameson had to be moved two more times to see specialists because of severe gastrointestinal problems.  After many months of tests, treatments, medical boarding, a special diet, and medications, he is now a normal boy in a stable, loving home.

Twelve Dogs of 2018-Tiny Tim

RAGofAZ 12 Dogs of Christmas Day 2

This holiday season, we’d like to celebrate some of the Golden lives that were saved by our rescue and whose medical treatment was possible because of your donations.

Meet Tiny Tim, our second of the “Twelve Dogs of 2018."

Tiny Tim - $3,500

Eighteen-month-old Tiny Tim came into rescue from a breeder in August. Tim had a congenital liver shunt that was considered inoperable because its location was not easily accessible. Without surgery. Tim’s life would be shortened and his abilities would be limited. Tiny Tim, only 50 pounds, began a battery of tests and was fed three meals per day to fatten him up. After months of building him up and diagnostic tests, it was determined that there was indeed a chance for surgery for Tim. On November 30th, Tim had a cellophane sheath applied to the shunt which will allow Tim’s body to close the shunt on its own. To date, Tim is doing well and acting like the puppy he still is!

Won't you please help rescue more dogs like Tiny Tim? Any size donation is appreciated. Thank you!

 donate button





Jameson 4100Our first of the twelve dogs -

Jameson - $4,100

Jameson was on Craigslist three times. The breeder sold him, the first adopter had kids and no time, the second didn’t keep him because of frequent urination.  Then a co-worker bought him but didn’t want to keep him because of excessive urination.  Jameson had to be moved two more times to see specialists because of severe gastrointestinal problems.  After many months of tests, treatments, medical boarding, a special diet, and medications, he is now a normal boy in a stable, loving home.

Twelve Dogs of 2018-Carly

Revised RAGofAZ 12 Dogs of Christmas Day 12This holiday season, we’d like to celebrate some of the Golden lives that were saved by our rescue and whose medical treatment was possible because of your donations.

Meet Carly, our twelfth of the “Twelve Dogs of 2018."

Carly - $4,100

Adorable, happy-go-lucky, two-year-old Carly came from a meat farm in Korea, but she arrived in Scottsdale on Golden Wings, RAGofAZ volunteer's private jet.  She had a myriad of medical issues that included vomiting, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, urinary tract infection, ear infections, and dehydration.  An ultrasound showed that In the small intestinal tract the food swirls around like a washing machine instead of flowing and going forward.  During the process of discomfort, lab tests, ultrasounds, medications, poking, and prodding, a veterinarian added hip dysplasia to the long list of issues; Carly walks like a duck.  After much research, deliberation, and consults, a decision was made to wait until she is older to decide between hip replacement or stem cell therapy.  Carly has come through all of this with Golden colors.  She is a feisty, gleeful girl enjoying life free from a cage with her Golden rescue companion, Cash. 

Won't you please help rescue more dogs like Carly? Any size donation is appreciated. Thank you!

 donate button





Kodi 2900Our eleventh of the twelve dogs -

Kodi - $2,900

Two-year-old Kodi was the RAGofAZ test dog for accepting Heart Worm positive Korean dogs and funding the treatment in Korea until it was safe for them to fly to the U.S.  The rewards are two-fold; sick dogs can have a second chance, and RAGofAZ can save money by using less expensive vetting in Korea.  Kodi arrived in Arizona and became the recipient of many tests to determine his medical status for adoption.  He tested positive for microfilaria, the debris of killed Heart Worms and sent to an Internal Medicine Vet for an echocardiogram.  The recommendation was five months of restricted activity to ensure the microfilaria stayed in the heart and not out in the bloodstream.  Then a fecal test showed he had hookworms, so named for the hook in the worms' mouth.  They hook on to the dog's intestines and feed on the blood, and on top of that, he had Giardia, another intestinal parasite causing severe diarrhea.  More tests, medicines, veterinary care, and a long recovery, but he is worth every penny. 

This very handsome, lovable boy taught the RAGofAZ Vet Team some valuable lessons.  It's okay to accept Heart Worm positive dogs, they will stay in Korea during the restricted activity time, and all dogs are dewormed in country.  Kodi survived all of his maladies with the finesse of a Golden.

 

Mao Mao 4500

Our tenth of the twelve dogs - 

Mao Mao - $4,500

Eight-year-old Mao Mao was used for breeding in China.  When he could no longer sire, his owner took him to a rescue threatening to sell him to a slaughter house if they wouldn't take him.  He became one of RAGofAZ's first international dogs. Mao Mao came to Arizona with an ear infection that didn't respond to any our antibiotics.  After a year of unsuccessful treatment, his ear canal was removed rendering him deaf in that ear.  But Goldens are resilient.  Mao Mao was glad to be free of the ear infection, and he hears well with the other ear.  Sometimes it takes time...and money...to heal a dog.

Papa 700

Our ninth of the twelve dogs - 

Papa - $700

Eight-year-old Papa was picked up as a stray by Animal Control in El Paso, Texas.   After his neuter in Texas, RAGofAZ accepted him and brought him to Arizona.  Papa had developed a whopping infection resulting in severe swelling of his scrotum.  The painful look in his eyes betrayed his level of pain.  He had to be coaxed to eat, and he didn't move around much.  It took almost a month of antibiotics to treat the infection, but eventually, Papa was healed, and his demeanor changed.  He played like a puppy and decided not to be a picky eater.  He was ready to go to his forever home.

Shayla 950

Our eighth of the twelve dogs -

Shayla - $950

Shayla is a six-year-old Texas girl.  She came to RAGofAZ overweight and with a skin condition.  She ate little but still gained weight.  She needed thyroid medication, and allergy testing revealed seven pages of allergies including many foods and grass.  After in-depth research, It was still difficult to find safe food.  Her new, dedicated mom decided to become her personal chef.  A combination of thyroid medication, allergy shots, and a home-cooked diet enabled Shayla to lose fourteen pounds and her fur to grow back to beautiful Golden fur.

 

Don Diego 1000

Our seventh of the twelve dogs - 

Don Diego - $1,000

At eighteen-months-old this boy came to RAGofAZ as a stray from Guadalajara, Mexico. In his new home, he ran through the house peeing full stream, not a normal or acceptable activity. The Vet Team ordered a chest and abdomen ultrasound that revealed calcified stones in his bladder which may have been irritating and made him think he needed to "go right now in the house." A special diet helped to eliminate the stones. Diego had a ravenous appetite. Thus he became a counter surfer. His next stop was with a trainer. Diego's mantra is, "Don't worry. Be happy."

The dogs that come to RAGofAZ don't all have complex illnesses or injuries, but the testing to rule out what might be problematic is costly and made possible by our generous benefactors.

Dandy 1500

Our sixth of the twelve dogs - 

Dandy - $1,500

This skinny, four-year-old street boy was rescued from the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico weighing in around 47 lbs.  He had a sore on a rear leg that was open down to the bone that had to be treated before coming to Arizona.  Then somewhere in his travels, he contracted Giardia, a contagious intestinal parasite that causes diarrhea.  Today, the flesh has grown in and covered the bone and there is no longer any deep indentation.  Because of the excellent veterinary care Dandy received in Mexico and continued by RAGofAZ, he has no residual effects of his injury.  Dandy is living a Golden life...as an inside dog...with his forever family.

Marcus 1775Our fifth of the twelve dogs -

Marcus - $1,775

Sweet, four-year-old Marcus contracted Heart Worm while living in Korea. One look at that handsome face and we all agreed that he should become a RAGofAZ dog. We wanted to bring him to safety and to thrill an adoptive family right away, but it was hazardous for him to fly until the Heart Worms were dead, and the resulting debris absorbed by his furry body. If he flew too soon, there was the risk that the Heart Worms or debris called microfilaria could be pushed out of his heart and into his bloodstream resulting in blockage and certain death. RAGofAZ agreed to pay for Marcus' in-country medical care and two-and-a-half month required post-treatment confinement. It was finally time for him to take the 13-hour flight to LAX. RAGofAZ provided follow-up vetting to be sure he was clear. Because of your generosity, Marcus's story has a happy ending with an adoring family. 

Buster 1900Our fourth of the twelve dogs -

Buster - $1,900

Everyone from the transporters, to the vet team, to the veterinarians all fell in love with Buster at first sight. He is a beautiful, lovable, velcro boy.

Buster came us to at age six years, frightened, weighing 90 lbs, and needing our Gold Standard of care. He had two rotten teeth and a baby molar that were causing him much pain and could potentially cause a life-threatening infection. We extracted the three teeth giving him relief from that source of pain . His severe ear infections, another source of pain, and kennel cough were treated with antibiotics. It took a while for the infection to clear.

After neutering, vaccinating, microchipping and lots of love his forever family adopted him.

Leo 2100

Our third of the twelve dogs -

Leo - $2,100

Eight-year-old Leo came to us barely able to get up and down by himself, and walking was painful due to severe hip dysplasia. It was obvious that his days left on this earth were numbered. Our two options were surgery which was not a good solution for a dog his age, or stem cell therapy. Our vet team spent weeks researching and deliberating which way to go. Stem cell therapy looked like the best solution for this senior boy.

It is amazing to see Leo today. He not only gets up and down with ease, but he can go for walks again. He is a happy dog who has many years added to his lifespan due to stem cell therapy. He was neutered, received all immunizations, and microchipped.

A few short years ago, this would not be a medical or financial option. Leo is a success story because of new technology and the ability for RAGofAZ to take advantage of this technology through the generosity of people like you.

Tiny Tim 3500

Our second of the twelve dogs - 

Tiny Tim - $3,500

Eighteen-month-old Tiny Tim came into rescue from a breeder in August. Tim had a congenital liver shunt that was considered inoperable because its location was not easily accessible. Without surgery. Tim’s life would be shortened and his abilities would be limited. Tiny Tim, only 50 pounds, began a battery of tests and was fed three meals per day to fatten him up. After months of building him up and diagnostic tests, it was determined that there was indeed a chance for surgery for Tim. On November 30th, Tim had a cellophane sheath applied to the shunt which will allow Tim’s body to close the shunt on its own. To date, Tim is doing well and acting like the puppy he still is!

Jameson 4100Our first of the twelve dogs -

Jameson - $4,100

Jameson was on Craigslist three times. The breeder sold him, the first adopter had kids and no time, the second didn’t keep him because of frequent urination.  Then a co-worker bought him but didn’t want to keep him because of excessive urination.  Jameson had to be moved two more times to see specialists because of severe gastrointestinal problems.  After many months of tests, treatments, medical boarding, a special diet, and medications, he is now a normal boy in a stable, loving home.

Twelve Dogs of 2018-Leo

RAGofAZ 12 Dogs of Christmas Day 3

This holiday season, we’d like to celebrate some of the Golden lives that were saved by our rescue and whose medical treatment was possible because of your donations.

Meet Leo, our third of the “Twelve Dogs of 2018."

Leo - $2,100

Eight-year-old Leo came to us barely able to get up and down by himself, and walking was painful due to severe hip dysplasia. It was obvious that his days left on this earth were numbered. Our two options were surgery which was not a good solution for a dog his age, or stem cell therapy. Our vet team spent weeks researching and deliberating which way to go. Stem cell therapy looked like the best solution for this senior boy.

It is amazing to see Leo today. He not only gets up and down with ease, but he can go for walks again. He is a happy dog who has many years added to his lifespan due to stem cell therapy. He was neutered, received all immunizations, and microchipped.

A few short years ago, this would not be a medical or financial option. Leo is a success story because of new technology and the ability for RAGofAZ to take advantage of this technology through the generosity of people like you.

Won't you please help rescue more dogs like Leo? Any size donation is appreciated. Thank you!

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Tiny Tim 3500Our second of the twelve dogs - 

Tiny Tim - $3,500

Eighteen-month-old Tiny Tim came into rescue from a breeder in August. Tim had a congenital liver shunt that was considered inoperable because its location was not easily accessible. Without surgery. Tim’s life would be shortened and his abilities would be limited. Tiny Tim, only 50 pounds, began a battery of tests and was fed three meals per day to fatten him up. After months of building him up and diagnostic tests, it was determined that there was indeed a chance for surgery for Tim. On November 30th, Tim had a cellophane sheath applied to the shunt which will allow Tim’s body to close the shunt on its own. To date, Tim is doing well and acting like the puppy he still is!

Jameson 4100Our first of the twelve dogs -

Jameson - $4,100

Jameson was on Craigslist three times. The breeder sold him, the first adopter had kids and no time, the second didn’t keep him because of frequent urination.  Then a co-worker bought him but didn’t want to keep him because of excessive urination.  Jameson had to be moved two more times to see specialists because of severe gastrointestinal problems.  After many months of tests, treatments, medical boarding, a special diet, and medications, he is now a normal boy in a stable, loving home.

Twelve Dogs of 2018-Buster

RAGofAZ 12 Dogs of Christmas Day 4

This holiday season, we’d like to celebrate some of the Golden lives that were saved by our rescue and whose medical treatment was possible because of your donations.

Meet Buster, our fourth of the “Twelve Dogs of 2018."

Buster - $1,900

Everyone from the transporters, to the vet team, to the veterinarians all fell in love with Buster at first sight. He is a beautiful, lovable, velcro boy.

Buster came us to at age six years, frightened, weighing 90 lbs, and needing our Gold Standard of care. He had two rotten teeth and a baby molar that were causing him much pain and could potentially cause a life-threatening infection. We extracted the three teeth giving him relief from that source of pain . His severe ear infections, another source of pain, and kennel cough were treated with antibiotics. It took a while for the infection to clear.

After neutering, vaccinating, microchipping and lots of love his forever family adopted him.

Won't you please help rescue more dogs like Buster? Any size donation is appreciated. Thank you!

 donate button





Leo 2100Our third of the twelve dogs -

Leo - $2,100

Eight-year-old Leo came to us barely able to get up and down by himself, and walking was painful due to severe hip dysplasia. It was obvious that his days left on this earth were numbered. Our two options were surgery which was not a good solution for a dog his age, or stem cell therapy. Our vet team spent weeks researching and deliberating which way to go. Stem cell therapy looked like the best solution for this senior boy.

It is amazing to see Leo today. He not only gets up and down with ease, but he can go for walks again. He is a happy dog who has many years added to his lifespan due to stem cell therapy. He was neutered, received all immunizations, and microchipped.

A few short years ago, this would not be a medical or financial option. Leo is a success story because of new technology and the ability for RAGofAZ to take advantage of this technology through the generosity of people like you.

Tiny Tim 3500

Our second of the twelve dogs - 

Tiny Tim - $3,500

Eighteen-month-old Tiny Tim came into rescue from a breeder in August. Tim had a congenital liver shunt that was considered inoperable because its location was not easily accessible. Without surgery. Tim’s life would be shortened and his abilities would be limited. Tiny Tim, only 50 pounds, began a battery of tests and was fed three meals per day to fatten him up. After months of building him up and diagnostic tests, it was determined that there was indeed a chance for surgery for Tim. On November 30th, Tim had a cellophane sheath applied to the shunt which will allow Tim’s body to close the shunt on its own. To date, Tim is doing well and acting like the puppy he still is!

Jameson 4100Our first of the twelve dogs -

Jameson - $4,100

Jameson was on Craigslist three times. The breeder sold him, the first adopter had kids and no time, the second didn’t keep him because of frequent urination.  Then a co-worker bought him but didn’t want to keep him because of excessive urination.  Jameson had to be moved two more times to see specialists because of severe gastrointestinal problems.  After many months of tests, treatments, medical boarding, a special diet, and medications, he is now a normal boy in a stable, loving home.

Twelve Dogs of 2018-Marcus

RAGofAZ 12 Dogs of Christmas Day 5

This holiday season, we’d like to celebrate some of the Golden lives that were saved by our rescue and whose medical treatment was possible because of your donations.

Meet Marcus our fifth of the “Twelve Dogs of 2018."

Marcus - $1,775

Sweet, four-year-old Marcus contracted Heart Worm while living in Korea. One look at that handsome face and we all agreed that he should become a RAGofAZ dog. We wanted to bring him to safety and to thrill an adoptive family right away, but it was hazardous for him to fly until the Heart Worms were dead, and the resulting debris absorbed by his furry body. If he flew too soon, there was the risk that the Heart Worms or debris called microfilaria could be pushed out of his heart and into his bloodstream resulting in blockage and certain death. RAGofAZ agreed to pay for Marcus' in-country medical care and two-and-a-half month required post-treatment confinement. It was finally time for him to take the 13-hour flight to LAX. RAGofAZ provided follow-up vetting to be sure he was clear. Because of your generosity, Marcus's story has a happy ending with an adoring family.

Won't you please help rescue more dogs like Marcus? Any size donation is appreciated. Thank you!

 donate button





Buster 1900

Our fourth of the twelve dogs -

Buster - $1,900

Everyone from the transporters, to the vet team, to the veterinarians all fell in love with Buster at first sight. He is a beautiful, lovable, velcro boy.

Buster came us to at age six years, frightened, weighing 90 lbs, and needing our Gold Standard of care. He had two rotten teeth and a baby molar that were causing him much pain and could potentially cause a life-threatening infection. We extracted the three teeth giving him relief from that source of pain . His severe ear infections, another source of pain, and kennel cough were treated with antibiotics. It took a while for the infection to clear.

After neutering, vaccinating, microchipping and lots of love his forever family adopted him.

Leo 2100

Our third of the twelve dogs -

Leo - $2,100

Eight-year-old Leo came to us barely able to get up and down by himself, and walking was painful due to severe hip dysplasia. It was obvious that his days left on this earth were numbered. Our two options were surgery which was not a good solution for a dog his age, or stem cell therapy. Our vet team spent weeks researching and deliberating which way to go. Stem cell therapy looked like the best solution for this senior boy.

It is amazing to see Leo today. He not only gets up and down with ease, but he can go for walks again. He is a happy dog who has many years added to his lifespan due to stem cell therapy. He was neutered, received all immunizations, and microchipped.

A few short years ago, this would not be a medical or financial option. Leo is a success story because of new technology and the ability for RAGofAZ to take advantage of this technology through the generosity of people like you.

Tiny Tim 3500

Our second of the twelve dogs - 

Tiny Tim - $3,500

Eighteen-month-old Tiny Tim came into rescue from a breeder in August. Tim had a congenital liver shunt that was considered inoperable because its location was not easily accessible. Without surgery. Tim’s life would be shortened and his abilities would be limited. Tiny Tim, only 50 pounds, began a battery of tests and was fed three meals per day to fatten him up. After months of building him up and diagnostic tests, it was determined that there was indeed a chance for surgery for Tim. On November 30th, Tim had a cellophane sheath applied to the shunt which will allow Tim’s body to close the shunt on its own. To date, Tim is doing well and acting like the puppy he still is!

Jameson 4100Our first of the twelve dogs -

Jameson - $4,100

Jameson was on Craigslist three times. The breeder sold him, the first adopter had kids and no time, the second didn’t keep him because of frequent urination.  Then a co-worker bought him but didn’t want to keep him because of excessive urination.  Jameson had to be moved two more times to see specialists because of severe gastrointestinal problems.  After many months of tests, treatments, medical boarding, a special diet, and medications, he is now a normal boy in a stable, loving home.

Twelve Dogs of 2018-Don Diego

REVISED RAGofAZ 12 Dogs of Christmas Day7This holiday season, we’d like to celebrate some of the Golden lives that were saved by our rescue and whose medical treatment was possible because of your donations.

Meet Don Diego, the seventh of the “Twelve Dogs of 2018."

Don Diego - $1,000

At eighteen-months-old this boy came to RAGofAZ as a stray from Guadalajara, Mexico. In his new home, he ran through the house peeing full stream, not a normal or acceptable activity. The Vet Team ordered a chest and abdomen ultrasound that revealed calcified stones in his bladder which may have been irritating and made him think he needed to "go right now in the house." A special diet helped to eliminate the stones. Diego had a ravenous appetite. Thus he became a counter surfer. His next stop was with a trainer. Diego's mantra is, "Don't worry. Be happy."

The dogs that come to RAGofAZ don't all have complex illnesses or injuries, but the testing to rule out what might be problematic is costly and made possible by our generous benefactors.

Won't you please help rescue more dogs like Don Diego? Any size donation is appreciated. Thank you!

 donate button





Dandy 1500Our sixth of the twelve dogs - 

Dandy - $1,500

This skinny, four-year-old street boy was rescued from the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico weighing in around 47 lbs.  He had a sore on a rear leg that was open down to the bone that had to be treated before coming to Arizona.  Then somewhere in his travels, he contracted Giardia, a contagious intestinal parasite that causes diarrhea.  Today, the flesh has grown in and covered the bone and there is no longer any deep indentation.  Because of the excellent veterinary care Dandy received in Mexico and continued by RAGofAZ, he has no residual effects of his injury.  Dandy is living a Golden life...as an inside dog...with his forever family.

Marcus 1775Our fifth of the twelve dogs -

Marcus - $1,775

Sweet, four-year-old Marcus contracted Heart Worm while living in Korea. One look at that handsome face and we all agreed that he should become a RAGofAZ dog. We wanted to bring him to safety and to thrill an adoptive family right away, but it was hazardous for him to fly until the Heart Worms were dead, and the resulting debris absorbed by his furry body. If he flew too soon, there was the risk that the Heart Worms or debris called microfilaria could be pushed out of his heart and into his bloodstream resulting in blockage and certain death. RAGofAZ agreed to pay for Marcus' in-country medical care and two-and-a-half month required post-treatment confinement. It was finally time for him to take the 13-hour flight to LAX. RAGofAZ provided follow-up vetting to be sure he was clear. Because of your generosity, Marcus's story has a happy ending with an adoring family.

 

Buster 1900Our fourth of the twelve dogs -

Buster - $1,900

Everyone from the transporters, to the vet team, to the veterinarians all fell in love with Buster at first sight. He is a beautiful, lovable, velcro boy.

Buster came us to at age six years, frightened, weighing 90 lbs, and needing our Gold Standard of care. He had two rotten teeth and a baby molar that were causing him much pain and could potentially cause a life-threatening infection. We extracted the three teeth giving him relief from that source of pain . His severe ear infections, another source of pain, and kennel cough were treated with antibiotics. It took a while for the infection to clear.

After neutering, vaccinating, microchipping and lots of love his forever family adopted him.

Leo 2100

Our third of the twelve dogs -

Leo - $2,100

Eight-year-old Leo came to us barely able to get up and down by himself, and walking was painful due to severe hip dysplasia. It was obvious that his days left on this earth were numbered. Our two options were surgery which was not a good solution for a dog his age, or stem cell therapy. Our vet team spent weeks researching and deliberating which way to go. Stem cell therapy looked like the best solution for this senior boy.

It is amazing to see Leo today. He not only gets up and down with ease, but he can go for walks again. He is a happy dog who has many years added to his lifespan due to stem cell therapy. He was neutered, received all immunizations, and microchipped.

A few short years ago, this would not be a medical or financial option. Leo is a success story because of new technology and the ability for RAGofAZ to take advantage of this technology through the generosity of people like you.

Tiny Tim 3500

Our second of the twelve dogs - 

Tiny Tim - $3,500

Eighteen-month-old Tiny Tim came into rescue from a breeder in August. Tim had a congenital liver shunt that was considered inoperable because its location was not easily accessible. Without surgery. Tim’s life would be shortened and his abilities would be limited. Tiny Tim, only 50 pounds, began a battery of tests and was fed three meals per day to fatten him up. After months of building him up and diagnostic tests, it was determined that there was indeed a chance for surgery for Tim. On November 30th, Tim had a cellophane sheath applied to the shunt which will allow Tim’s body to close the shunt on its own. To date, Tim is doing well and acting like the puppy he still is!

Jameson 4100Our first of the twelve dogs -

Jameson - $4,100

Jameson was on Craigslist three times. The breeder sold him, the first adopter had kids and no time, the second didn’t keep him because of frequent urination.  Then a co-worker bought him but didn’t want to keep him because of excessive urination.  Jameson had to be moved two more times to see specialists because of severe gastrointestinal problems.  After many months of tests, treatments, medical boarding, a special diet, and medications, he is now a normal boy in a stable, loving home.

Twelve Dogs of 2018-Shayla

REVISED RAGofAZ 12 Dogs of Christmas Day 8This holiday season, we’d like to celebrate some of the Golden lives that were saved by our rescue and whose medical treatment was possible because of your donations.

Meet Shayla, the eighth of the “Twelve Dogs of 2018."

Shayla - $950

Shayla is a six-year-old Texas girl.  She came to RAGofAZ overweight and with a skin condition.  She ate little but still gained weight.  She needed thyroid medication, and allergy testing revealed seven pages of allergies including many foods and grass.  After in-depth research, It was still difficult to find safe food.  Her new, dedicated mom decided to become her personal chef.  A combination of thyroid medication, allergy shots, and a home-cooked diet enabled Shayla to lose fourteen pounds and her fur to grow back to beautiful Golden fur.

Would you please help rescue more dogs like Shayla? Any size donation is appreciated. Thank you!

 donate button






Don Diego 1000

Our seventh of the twelve dogs - 

Don Diego - $1,000

At eighteen-months-old this boy came to RAGofAZ as a stray from Guadalajara, Mexico. In his new home, he ran through the house peeing full stream, not a normal or acceptable activity. The Vet Team ordered a chest and abdomen ultrasound that revealed calcified stones in his bladder which may have been irritating and made him think he needed to "go right now in the house." A special diet helped to eliminate the stones. Diego had a ravenous appetite. Thus he became a counter surfer. His next stop was with a trainer. Diego's mantra is, "Don't worry. Be happy."

The dogs that come to RAGofAZ don't all have complex illnesses or injuries, but the testing to rule out what might be problematic is costly and made possible by our generous benefactors.

Dandy 1500

Our sixth of the twelve dogs - 

Dandy - $1,500

This skinny, four-year-old street boy was rescued from the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico weighing in around 47 lbs.  He had a sore on a rear leg that was open down to the bone that had to be treated before coming to Arizona.  Then somewhere in his travels, he contracted Giardia, a contagious intestinal parasite that causes diarrhea.  Today, the flesh has grown in and covered the bone and there is no longer any deep indentation.  Because of the excellent veterinary care Dandy received in Mexico and continued by RAGofAZ, he has no residual effects of his injury.  Dandy is living a Golden life...as an inside dog...with his forever family.

Marcus 1775Our fifth of the twelve dogs -

Marcus - $1,775

Sweet, four-year-old Marcus contracted Heart Worm while living in Korea. One look at that handsome face and we all agreed that he should become a RAGofAZ dog. We wanted to bring him to safety and to thrill an adoptive family right away, but it was hazardous for him to fly until the Heart Worms were dead, and the resulting debris absorbed by his furry body. If he flew too soon, there was the risk that the Heart Worms or debris called microfilaria could be pushed out of his heart and into his bloodstream resulting in blockage and certain death. RAGofAZ agreed to pay for Marcus' in-country medical care and two-and-a-half month required post-treatment confinement. It was finally time for him to take the 13-hour flight to LAX. RAGofAZ provided follow-up vetting to be sure he was clear. Because of your generosity, Marcus's story has a happy ending with an adoring family.

 

Buster 1900Our fourth of the twelve dogs -

Buster - $1,900

Everyone from the transporters, to the vet team, to the veterinarians all fell in love with Buster at first sight. He is a beautiful, lovable, velcro boy.

Buster came us to at age six years, frightened, weighing 90 lbs, and needing our Gold Standard of care. He had two rotten teeth and a baby molar that were causing him much pain and could potentially cause a life-threatening infection. We extracted the three teeth giving him relief from that source of pain . His severe ear infections, another source of pain, and kennel cough were treated with antibiotics. It took a while for the infection to clear.

After neutering, vaccinating, microchipping and lots of love his forever family adopted him.

Leo 2100

Our third of the twelve dogs -

Leo - $2,100

Eight-year-old Leo came to us barely able to get up and down by himself, and walking was painful due to severe hip dysplasia. It was obvious that his days left on this earth were numbered. Our two options were surgery which was not a good solution for a dog his age, or stem cell therapy. Our vet team spent weeks researching and deliberating which way to go. Stem cell therapy looked like the best solution for this senior boy.

It is amazing to see Leo today. He not only gets up and down with ease, but he can go for walks again. He is a happy dog who has many years added to his lifespan due to stem cell therapy. He was neutered, received all immunizations, and microchipped.

A few short years ago, this would not be a medical or financial option. Leo is a success story because of new technology and the ability for RAGofAZ to take advantage of this technology through the generosity of people like you.

Tiny Tim 3500

Our second of the twelve dogs - 

Tiny Tim - $3,500

Eighteen-month-old Tiny Tim came into rescue from a breeder in August. Tim had a congenital liver shunt that was considered inoperable because its location was not easily accessible. Without surgery. Tim’s life would be shortened and his abilities would be limited. Tiny Tim, only 50 pounds, began a battery of tests and was fed three meals per day to fatten him up. After months of building him up and diagnostic tests, it was determined that there was indeed a chance for surgery for Tim. On November 30th, Tim had a cellophane sheath applied to the shunt which will allow Tim’s body to close the shunt on its own. To date, Tim is doing well and acting like the puppy he still is!

Jameson 4100Our first of the twelve dogs -

Jameson - $4,100

Jameson was on Craigslist three times. The breeder sold him, the first adopter had kids and no time, the second didn’t keep him because of frequent urination.  Then a co-worker bought him but didn’t want to keep him because of excessive urination.  Jameson had to be moved two more times to see specialists because of severe gastrointestinal problems.  After many months of tests, treatments, medical boarding, a special diet, and medications, he is now a normal boy in a stable, loving home.

Twelve Dogs of 2018-Papa

REVISED RAGofAZ 12 Dogs of Christmas Day 9This holiday season, we’d like to celebrate some of the Golden lives that were saved by our rescue and whose medical treatment was possible because of your donations.

Meet Papa, the ninth of the “Twelve Dogs of 2018."

Papa - $700

Eight-year-old Papa was picked up as a stray by Animal Control in El Paso, Texas.   After his neuter in Texas, RAGofAZ accepted him and brought him to Arizona.  Papa had developed a whopping infection resulting in severe swelling of his scrotum.  The painful look in his eyes betrayed his level of pain.  He had to be coaxed to eat, and he didn't move around much.  It took almost a month of antibiotics to treat the infection, but eventually, Papa was healed, and his demeanor changed.  He played like a puppy and decided not to be a picky eater.  He was ready to go to his forever home.

Won't you please help rescue more dogs like Papa? Any size donation is appreciated. Thank you!

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Shayla 950Our eighth of the twelve dogs -

Shayla - $950

Shayla is a six-year-old Texas girl.  She came to RAGofAZ overweight and with a skin condition.  She ate little but still gained weight.  She needed thyroid medication, and allergy testing revealed seven pages of allergies including many foods and grass.  After in-depth research, It was still difficult to find safe food.  Her new, dedicated mom decided to become her personal chef.  A combination of thyroid medication, allergy shots, and a home-cooked diet enabled Shayla to lose fourteen pounds and her fur to grow back to beautiful Golden fur.

 

Don Diego 1000

Our seventh of the twelve dogs - 

Don Diego - $1,000

At eighteen-months-old this boy came to RAGofAZ as a stray from Guadalajara, Mexico. In his new home, he ran through the house peeing full stream, not a normal or acceptable activity. The Vet Team ordered a chest and abdomen ultrasound that revealed calcified stones in his bladder which may have been irritating and made him think he needed to "go right now in the house." A special diet helped to eliminate the stones. Diego had a ravenous appetite. Thus he became a counter surfer. His next stop was with a trainer. Diego's mantra is, "Don't worry. Be happy."

The dogs that come to RAGofAZ don't all have complex illnesses or injuries, but the testing to rule out what might be problematic is costly and made possible by our generous benefactors.

Dandy 1500

Our sixth of the twelve dogs - 

Dandy - $1,500

This skinny, four-year-old street boy was rescued from the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico weighing in around 47 lbs.  He had a sore on a rear leg that was open down to the bone that had to be treated before coming to Arizona.  Then somewhere in his travels, he contracted Giardia, a contagious intestinal parasite that causes diarrhea.  Today, the flesh has grown in and covered the bone and there is no longer any deep indentation.  Because of the excellent veterinary care Dandy received in Mexico and continued by RAGofAZ, he has no residual effects of his injury.  Dandy is living a Golden life...as an inside dog...with his forever family.

Marcus 1775Our fifth of the twelve dogs -

Marcus - $1,775

Sweet, four-year-old Marcus contracted Heart Worm while living in Korea. One look at that handsome face and we all agreed that he should become a RAGofAZ dog. We wanted to bring him to safety and to thrill an adoptive family right away, but it was hazardous for him to fly until the Heart Worms were dead, and the resulting debris absorbed by his furry body. If he flew too soon, there was the risk that the Heart Worms or debris called microfilaria could be pushed out of his heart and into his bloodstream resulting in blockage and certain death. RAGofAZ agreed to pay for Marcus' in-country medical care and two-and-a-half month required post-treatment confinement. It was finally time for him to take the 13-hour flight to LAX. RAGofAZ provided follow-up vetting to be sure he was clear. Because of your generosity, Marcus's story has a happy ending with an adoring family. 

Buster 1900Our fourth of the twelve dogs -

Buster - $1,900

Everyone from the transporters, to the vet team, to the veterinarians all fell in love with Buster at first sight. He is a beautiful, lovable, velcro boy.

Buster came us to at age six years, frightened, weighing 90 lbs, and needing our Gold Standard of care. He had two rotten teeth and a baby molar that were causing him much pain and could potentially cause a life-threatening infection. We extracted the three teeth giving him relief from that source of pain . His severe ear infections, another source of pain, and kennel cough were treated with antibiotics. It took a while for the infection to clear.

After neutering, vaccinating, microchipping and lots of love his forever family adopted him.

Leo 2100

Our third of the twelve dogs -

Leo - $2,100

Eight-year-old Leo came to us barely able to get up and down by himself, and walking was painful due to severe hip dysplasia. It was obvious that his days left on this earth were numbered. Our two options were surgery which was not a good solution for a dog his age, or stem cell therapy. Our vet team spent weeks researching and deliberating which way to go. Stem cell therapy looked like the best solution for this senior boy.

It is amazing to see Leo today. He not only gets up and down with ease, but he can go for walks again. He is a happy dog who has many years added to his lifespan due to stem cell therapy. He was neutered, received all immunizations, and microchipped.

A few short years ago, this would not be a medical or financial option. Leo is a success story because of new technology and the ability for RAGofAZ to take advantage of this technology through the generosity of people like you.

Tiny Tim 3500

Our second of the twelve dogs - 

Tiny Tim - $3,500

Eighteen-month-old Tiny Tim came into rescue from a breeder in August. Tim had a congenital liver shunt that was considered inoperable because its location was not easily accessible. Without surgery. Tim’s life would be shortened and his abilities would be limited. Tiny Tim, only 50 pounds, began a battery of tests and was fed three meals per day to fatten him up. After months of building him up and diagnostic tests, it was determined that there was indeed a chance for surgery for Tim. On November 30th, Tim had a cellophane sheath applied to the shunt which will allow Tim’s body to close the shunt on its own. To date, Tim is doing well and acting like the puppy he still is!

Jameson 4100Our first of the twelve dogs -

Jameson - $4,100

Jameson was on Craigslist three times. The breeder sold him, the first adopter had kids and no time, the second didn’t keep him because of frequent urination.  Then a co-worker bought him but didn’t want to keep him because of excessive urination.  Jameson had to be moved two more times to see specialists because of severe gastrointestinal problems.  After many months of tests, treatments, medical boarding, a special diet, and medications, he is now a normal boy in a stable, loving home.

Twelve Dogs of 2018-Mao Mao

REVISED RAGofAZ 12 Dogs of Christmas Day 10This holiday season, we’d like to celebrate some of the Golden lives that were saved by our rescue and whose medical treatment was possible because of your donations.

Meet Mao Mao, the tenth of the “Twelve Dogs of 2018."

Mao Mao - $4,500

Eight-year-old Mao Mao was used for breeding in China.  When he could no longer sire, his owner took him to a rescue threatening to sell him to a slaughter house if they wouldn't take him.  He became one of RAGofAZ's first international dogs. Mao Mao came to Arizona with an ear infection that didn't respond to any our antibiotics.  After a year of unsuccessful treatment, his ear canal was removed rendering him deaf in that ear.  But Goldens are resilient.  Mao Mao was glad to be free of the ear infection, and he hears well with the other ear.  Sometimes it takes time...and money...to heal a dog.

Would you please help rescue more dogs like Mao Mao? Any size donation is appreciated. Thank you!

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Papa 700Our ninth of the twelve dogs - 

Papa - $700

Eight-year-old Papa was picked up as a stray by Animal Control in El Paso, Texas.   After his neuter in Texas, RAGofAZ accepted him and brought him to Arizona.  Papa had developed a whopping infection resulting in severe swelling of his scrotum.  The painful look in his eyes betrayed his level of pain.  He had to be coaxed to eat, and he didn't move around much.  It took almost a month of antibiotics to treat the infection, but eventually, Papa was healed, and his demeanor changed.  He played like a puppy and decided not to be a picky eater.  He was ready to go to his forever home.

Shayla 950

Our eighth of the twelve dogs -

Shayla - $950

Shayla is a six-year-old Texas girl.  She came to RAGofAZ overweight and with a skin condition.  She ate little but still gained weight.  She needed thyroid medication, and allergy testing revealed seven pages of allergies including many foods and grass.  After in-depth research, It was still difficult to find safe food.  Her new, dedicated mom decided to become her personal chef.  A combination of thyroid medication, allergy shots, and a home-cooked diet enabled Shayla to lose fourteen pounds and her fur to grow back to beautiful Golden fur.

 

Don Diego 1000

Our seventh of the twelve dogs - 

Don Diego - $1,000

At eighteen-months-old this boy came to RAGofAZ as a stray from Guadalajara, Mexico. In his new home, he ran through the house peeing full stream, not a normal or acceptable activity. The Vet Team ordered a chest and abdomen ultrasound that revealed calcified stones in his bladder which may have been irritating and made him think he needed to "go right now in the house." A special diet helped to eliminate the stones. Diego had a ravenous appetite. Thus he became a counter surfer. His next stop was with a trainer. Diego's mantra is, "Don't worry. Be happy."

The dogs that come to RAGofAZ don't all have complex illnesses or injuries, but the testing to rule out what might be problematic is costly and made possible by our generous benefactors.

Dandy 1500

Our sixth of the twelve dogs - 

Dandy - $1,500

This skinny, four-year-old street boy was rescued from the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico weighing in around 47 lbs.  He had a sore on a rear leg that was open down to the bone that had to be treated before coming to Arizona.  Then somewhere in his travels, he contracted Giardia, a contagious intestinal parasite that causes diarrhea.  Today, the flesh has grown in and covered the bone and there is no longer any deep indentation.  Because of the excellent veterinary care Dandy received in Mexico and continued by RAGofAZ, he has no residual effects of his injury.  Dandy is living a Golden life...as an inside dog...with his forever family.

Marcus 1775Our fifth of the twelve dogs -

Marcus - $1,775

Sweet, four-year-old Marcus contracted Heart Worm while living in Korea. One look at that handsome face and we all agreed that he should become a RAGofAZ dog. We wanted to bring him to safety and to thrill an adoptive family right away, but it was hazardous for him to fly until the Heart Worms were dead, and the resulting debris absorbed by his furry body. If he flew too soon, there was the risk that the Heart Worms or debris called microfilaria could be pushed out of his heart and into his bloodstream resulting in blockage and certain death. RAGofAZ agreed to pay for Marcus' in-country medical care and two-and-a-half month required post-treatment confinement. It was finally time for him to take the 13-hour flight to LAX. RAGofAZ provided follow-up vetting to be sure he was clear. Because of your generosity, Marcus's story has a happy ending with an adoring family. 

Buster 1900Our fourth of the twelve dogs -

Buster - $1,900

Everyone from the transporters, to the vet team, to the veterinarians all fell in love with Buster at first sight. He is a beautiful, lovable, velcro boy.

Buster came us to at age six years, frightened, weighing 90 lbs, and needing our Gold Standard of care. He had two rotten teeth and a baby molar that were causing him much pain and could potentially cause a life-threatening infection. We extracted the three teeth giving him relief from that source of pain . His severe ear infections, another source of pain, and kennel cough were treated with antibiotics. It took a while for the infection to clear.

After neutering, vaccinating, microchipping and lots of love his forever family adopted him.

Leo 2100

Our third of the twelve dogs -

Leo - $2,100

Eight-year-old Leo came to us barely able to get up and down by himself, and walking was painful due to severe hip dysplasia. It was obvious that his days left on this earth were numbered. Our two options were surgery which was not a good solution for a dog his age, or stem cell therapy. Our vet team spent weeks researching and deliberating which way to go. Stem cell therapy looked like the best solution for this senior boy.

It is amazing to see Leo today. He not only gets up and down with ease, but he can go for walks again. He is a happy dog who has many years added to his lifespan due to stem cell therapy. He was neutered, received all immunizations, and microchipped.

A few short years ago, this would not be a medical or financial option. Leo is a success story because of new technology and the ability for RAGofAZ to take advantage of this technology through the generosity of people like you.

Tiny Tim 3500

Our second of the twelve dogs - 

Tiny Tim - $3,500

Eighteen-month-old Tiny Tim came into rescue from a breeder in August. Tim had a congenital liver shunt that was considered inoperable because its location was not easily accessible. Without surgery. Tim’s life would be shortened and his abilities would be limited. Tiny Tim, only 50 pounds, began a battery of tests and was fed three meals per day to fatten him up. After months of building him up and diagnostic tests, it was determined that there was indeed a chance for surgery for Tim. On November 30th, Tim had a cellophane sheath applied to the shunt which will allow Tim’s body to close the shunt on its own. To date, Tim is doing well and acting like the puppy he still is!

Jameson 4100Our first of the twelve dogs -

Jameson - $4,100

Jameson was on Craigslist three times. The breeder sold him, the first adopter had kids and no time, the second didn’t keep him because of frequent urination.  Then a co-worker bought him but didn’t want to keep him because of excessive urination.  Jameson had to be moved two more times to see specialists because of severe gastrointestinal problems.  After many months of tests, treatments, medical boarding, a special diet, and medications, he is now a normal boy in a stable, loving home.

Golden Tales December 2017

President's Message

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all our Goldens, Members and friends. I hope the New Year will bring all of you peace, love and blessings.

It has certainly been quite the last few months as we are still experiencing a shortage of Goldens needing our help. We did have a wonderful Annual Meeting in October and I want to welcome our two new Board members, Stephanie Valley, Vice President and JR Stanfield, Director of Information Technology. I thank both of them for volunteering to be members of our Board and look forward to working with them throughout the coming year.

Our Holiday Gift Wrap is in progress at Barnes & Noble. This holiday fundraiser has always been fruitful in donations and we ask all of you to help whenever you can. The dogs enjoy meeting the people and their appearance certainly helps to fill the donation jar. It seems the more dogs we have, the more money we get. Please contact the following coordinators and let them know you will help: Diane Nevius and Cathy Sloan at Happy Valley, Becky Buck-Wetzel at Arrowhead, Chris Brant at Scottsdale, and Susan Quisenberry at Dana Park Village. Their contact information can be found on our web site in the article “Come and Join the Fun this Holiday Season."

Our new year is fast approaching and you won’t know what day your Golden’s Birthday is on without one of our RAGofAZ calendars. So go place your order now for the beautiful calendar full of special goldens and their stories. The calendars make perfect Christmas gifts. Speaking of Christmas gifts, check out our store, plenty of items for your husband or wife, T-Shirts, Hats, Coffee Cups and Note Cards. You can do it on our web site, right from your home, no gotta go to the mall or get dressed.


Here's wishing you a Golden New Year,
Oren Bishop
​President, RAGofAZ
 

Calming Games for a Hyperactive Dog

By Animal Wellness Magazine

Over-excitement can be a problem if you can’t get your hyperactive dog to settle down. These 3 games help by rewarding relaxed behavior. Identifying a hyperactive dog is pretty easy. He wiggles around a lot, is easily distracted and has a really hard time settling down even in quiet environments. Some hyper dogs become so excited they’ll drool, pant, whine and bark, especially in new situations. Basically, these dogs seem to have unlimited energy.read more

 

 

 

 

Why do I have to wait so long to adopt a dog?

This question is frequently asked by people waiting to adopt a dog.  You completed the Application to Adopt, you were visited by a member of the Home Visit Team, you received a Letter of Approval, but you have been waiting for many months and still no dog. There are several reasons why it sometimes takes a long time to get a dog.
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Fun Facts about Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats are amazing creatures who can do incredible things. Here are just a few fun facts about our furry companions.

Does your dog use his right or left paw when batting toys or shaking hands? Studies have found that just like people, dogs and cats are either “right” or “left pawed”.read more

 

 

 

 

Do you have your Golden's teeth cleaned?

Disclaimer: A thorough dental cleaning under anesthesia, and brushing your dog’s teeth, is considered the “gold standard” by veterinarians for maintaining your pup’s oral health. I am not claiming that there is a direct replacement for that. However, some people don’t brush their dog’s teeth, or choose not to put their dogs under anesthesia (for health or personal reasons), so I wanted to share my experience with an alternate method that is better than doing nothing at all.read more
 

 

 

 

The real problem with Wheat

By Deva Khalsa, VMD

People and animals have been eating wheat for thousands of years, so why has it started causing health issues in so many? The answer may shock you.

Wheat has been a staple grain for centuries. It forms the basis for a large number of foods eaten by both people and animals. Yet it’s only relatively recently that we and our companion animals have started suffering from health problems caused by ingesting wheat. Why did this grain suddenly become the villain of the food pyramid, given its long history in the diets of both humans and dogs? read more

 

 

 

To God, from the Dog...

Dear God: Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good dog.

1.    I will not eat the cats' food before they eat it or after they throw it up.
2.    I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc. just because I like the way they smell.
3.    The litter box is not a cookie jar.
4.    The sofa is not a ”face towel.”
5.    The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.
6.    I will not play tug-of-war with Dad's underwear when he's on the toilet.
7.    Sticking my nose into someone's crotch is an unacceptable way of saying "hello."
8.    I don't need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm under the coffee table.

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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

HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP EVENTS through Dec 23
 
Please click here for schedule, locations and contacts

Golden Tales December 2015

President's Message

pictureThis will be a shorter Golden Tales than normal as many of you will have much on your plate and many will be busy getting ready for Christmas and the holidays. Another Golden Tales will be forthcoming before the end of the year.

You will receive this message just in time for a last reminder that we are still looking for volunteers to help with the final three days of Gift Wrap, December 22, 23, 24. The regulars will be out there but through experience we know the more individuals and Goldens that are present at the sites the more successful financially will be the fundraiser. The coordinators and their teams of volunteers have made a terrific start to the gift wrap season, please join the band. We would love to see some new faces at the sites. You can go online and sign up right away for an hour or two. Results of the Gift Wrap efforts will be shared shortly after the holidays.

On behalf of the Board of Directors I want to thank you all for supporting the organization over the last year. I also want to wish you and your family members (of both two and four legs) a merry Christmas, a wonderful holiday season along with a happy and healthy New Year.

Chris P P Brant
President, RAGofAZ

Membership Dues are Tax Deductible, just as are Cash Donations to RAGofAZ

pictureFederal regulations state that membership dues to an organization like ours are charitable contributions and can be declared as a deduction on your tax returns.  

The information supplied by us in the past was inaccurate and so we our pleased to correct the error. With the end of the tax year (December 31) upon us you might consider this a good time to renew your membership or to make a charitable donation to Rescue A Golden of Arizona in the name of a beloved pet or family member.

 

Holiday Merchandise

The RAGofAZ calendars are selling fast but we still have stock for last minute gifts. Now that you have received that Christmas cake from Aunt Edith you can show your appreciation by going online and providing her address, so she can have one of these beautiful calendars hanging in her kitchen for all of 2016.
 
 
 

It seems many of you saw the beautiful note cards that we had printed recently. The first batch sold out almost immediately. We have rushed through a second printing and we will be restocked this weekend ready for your online purchases

 

If you need an extra gift for a relative or friend, the RAGofAZ shirts and hats are as always available to purchase online.

 

 

Before the 2015 Gift Wrap Season began there was PACC911 at Shea and 90th Street

pictureThere was much action at the Rescue A Golden of Arizona booth at the PACC911 event that was held outside PetsMart at Shea & 90th Street on Saturday, November 14, 2015. The energy and passion of the organization’s volunteers was on display throughout the day. We all can be mighty proud of our fellow members who represented our organization in a first class, quality way at this event. Thanks to Lynn Kitzmann, Emilie Duncan, Andie Graubard, Una and Dave Loge, Lesley Berquist, Lynne Nash, Christina Badger, Dianne Nevius, Becky Buck-Wetzel, Ellen Brant, Kay and Bob Dettling, Lani Hogan and Sybil Adler. These members were of course well supported by the stars Quila, Teddy, Chopper, Harley, Daisy, Corki, Kaylee, Pilot, Toby, Steve and Maddie. Click here to see photos of the event. 


 

Meet your Board Members

pictureGet to know a little more about the members of your Executive Board by clicking here

 

 

 

 

Celebration of Life Ceremony

pictureRescue A Golden of Arizona will honor Ed Karsten, a Golden Champion, with a Celebration of Life on February 14, 2016 in conjunction with our annual Bark in the Park event at the Kiwanis Park in Tempe, AZ.  All friends and family are invited to this celebration.  Watch for details in future Golden Tales, messages, and on our website.
 

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Rainbow Bridge

Gone but never forgotten . . . remember the beloved Goldens who have crossed to the Bridge this past month 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.

 

Future Events

pictureAn up to date calendar of events will be included in our next mailing.

 

Executive Board Members


Chris P P Brant - President

chris brant presidentChris Brant took over as President one year ago.

Chris retired in 2011 after 31 years in sales representing McGraw-Hill. Before this he was an officer for ten years in the Royal Marines Commandos. During his stint in the

daisy ii brant

 Royal Marines, while commanding a Detachment of Commandos on HMS Minerva, back in 1973, on a port visit to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Chris met his wife of 41 years.

Daisy II is eight years old. She is Ellen and Chris’s fourth Golden (their second from RAGofAZ).
 Corki was inherited upon the death of Ellen’s mother Norma Keyes.


Oren Bishop - Vice President

oren bishop vpOren Bishop is new to this position. He served on the Board in 2009, for one year, as Board Secretary.

Oren has been active in fundraising for Meet and Greets events at PetSmart and Petco. He is also a member of the Transport Team.

Oren has been a member of RAGofAZ since 2007, when he and his wife, Mary, first adopted Abby, a five year old female Golden. Later, in 2008, they adopted Izzy, a one year old female Golden, rescued from a puppy mill. Then, in 2011, they adopted Zander, an 18 month male Golden. Abby and Zander are now waiting at the Rainbow Bridge.

 Oren retired in 2012, after working in the architectural field of commercial interior design for forty-eight years. He was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and left in 1979 for Los Angeles. In 1993, he moved to Phoenix, where he met his lovely wife, Mary. Their blended family includes four children (three daughters and one son) and seven grandchildren (five grandsons and two granddaughters).

Oren and Mary recently acquired a Flat Coat Retriever male puppy, by the name of Finnegan. Finnegan has brought life back to Izzy, after losing her two playmates, Abby and Zander.


Pamela Whitney - Treasurer

pam whitney treasurerPamela Whitney (with a friend’s son) has been Treasurer for Rescue a Golden of Arizona since 2013.

Pam has a very strong background in accounting, a Bachelor of Science from the Accounting National University, she attended the University of Phoenix MBA Program, and she is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She has also attended numerous ABA Compliance and AML Conferences along with IIA Sponsored Seminars.

Pam has two lovely retrievers, eight year olds Riley and Baxter.


Carol Quinn - Board Secretary

carol quinn secretaryCarol Quinn has been involved with Rescue a Golden of Arizona since 2010 as a volunteer at the East Valley Meet and Greets and Home Visit Team member, and she also got involved as a Foster and on the Transport team. She was elected to the Board of Directors as the RAGofAZ Secretary in October of 2011 and she is still in that position. Carol enjoy working with everyone in the organization and she loves visiting with all the dogs.

Carol Quinn is also an active volunteer with Banner Desert Hospital in the Therapy Dog Program. She began that in January 2003 with her first Golden, and she has continued with that program with all her Goldens over the last 13 years. The dogs do love to help people and are just the best of medicine!

Carol says, “I got involved in all of this, all for the Love of a Golden.” Yes that sentiment is so true! I am now on my 4th Golden and I love them all. There is just something about this breed, those Goldens’ eyes, they look right into your soul. To everyone who has loved a Golden, you know what I mean.” Carol wanted to be sure to thank you letting her help RAGofAZ and getting to know your Goldens!


Scottie McGowan - Director of Golden Rescue

scottie mcgowan golden rescueAfter the passing of Ed Karsten, Scottie McGowan was asked by the Executive Board members to move into the position of Director of Golden Rescue. Scottie had worked closely with Ed for several years, developing her own broad scope of experience, that made her ideally suited to take over the position.

Scottie and her husband, Ken, moved to Tucson in 1997. She retired in 2003 after serving 30 years in the USAF. That same year, they also adopted their first rescue Golden, Chad, and they became volunteers. When Chad went to the Rainbow Bridge in January 2009, she joined the Intake Team in his memory. Since then, Scottie has served as a member of the Home Visit, Transport, and Transport Coordinator Teams. She was also appointed as the Intake Team Coordinator and the Assistant Transport Coordinator.

Scottie McGowan has been a board member for four years holding the position of Director of Southern K9 Operations.


Nancy Baker - Director of Golden Operations

Nancy Baker Golden OperationsNancy Baker has been associated with Rescue A Golden of Arizona for over four years now. Nancy and her husband, Oelando, began their volunteering by being a foster family. They branched out into transporting dogs in addition to the fostering. When necessary they took the Goldens in their care to Crossroads Vet Hospital in Gilbert. Eventually Nancy took over the position of Vet Care Liaison for Crossroads which evolved into becoming the Vet Care Manager and Liaison to Animal Medical and Surgical Center in Scottsdale.

Just over a year ago Nancy left her vet assignments to serve on the Board. She was elected to the position of Director of Golden Operations. Nancy describes her important responsibilities and also how she feels about her fellow workers, “I oversee very talented and dedicated coordinators organizing foster volunteers, placement, vet care, microchips and follow-up teams. It is an honor to work with so many amazing dog loving like-minded people.”

Oelando and Nancy have two grown daughters and two fur grandbabies. They have had many dogs over the years. They share that they loved them all but the Goldens of course were their favorites. They adopted their first RAGofAZ Golden girl Angel in June 2014. Angel has a younger Golden sister named Cozy. Both dogs participate as RAGofAZ ambassadors in various Meet and Greets and other events.

Nancy expresses how it is her great pleasure to serve in her current position as Director of Golden Operations because of her passion for this wonderful breed, and to help the organization continue to rescue and successfully rehome Goldens.


Becky Buck-Wetzel - Director of Fundraising

becky buck wetzel fundraisingBecky Buck-Wetzel was recently appointed as the new Director of Fundraising. The timing was just right for both Rescue A Golden of Arizona and for her, as Becky had just retired last August.

Becky had spent most of her working career in retailing (sales and management) and insurance (customer service, claims, sales and underwriting). While back in Michigan, Becky added to her busy schedule by chairing a charity golf tournament; the perfect background for her new position on the Board.

Becky is the Mom of Maddie ("RAGofAZ's Mom of the Year 2012"). Becky lives in Chino Valley. Maddie and Becky are inseparable and they are a common sight walking together through the stores of Prescott.

Becky has been a member of RAG since 2011.


Judith Cybulski - Director of Information & Technology

Judith Cybulski TechnologyJudith Cybulski has been a volunteer and a foster, as well as a member of the Home Visit Team and she is now a Board member. Judith was appointed to Rescue A Golden of Arizona Board as the new Director of Information and Technology in July of this year.

Judith was Senior Analyst and Technology Writer for the Southwest Call Center of Bank of America.

Goldie Cybulski

 In this position she was responsible for development, writing and the implementation of policy and procedure for the Twenty-Four Hour Call Center. Judith also consulted and aligned the Project Management and Automated/Internet Banking with their policies and procedures.

Judith has rescued Dulci and Diego 2002-2010, Harlow 2012-13 then she fostered Goldie. The inevitable happened and she is now the proud Mom to Goldie. (see photograph above).

 

Our Parvo Pups are growing up!

UParvo Pups with families

 

Golden Tales December 2014

Golden Tales Masthead Dec 2014

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I am sure that I’m not the first to state that, “If all humans were Golden Retrievers there would never be any wars!” From what I have observed in the last two months, since taking over as President of RAG of AZ, the temperament of some of our four legged pals has been rubbing off on their two-legged companions.

As many of you know I had been a passive member of RAG of AZ for about a decade. Over those years I had attended a few functions and those mainly due to the fact that my wife Ellen offered her artistic talents to produce a keepsake, a portrait of their Golden, for a winner at the silent auctions.

Recently, I found out that I had been missing many of the benefits of being a member of this great organization. I hope that this message tweaks the curiosity of at least a few of you. If it does I hope that you will today mark February 8, 2015 on your new Hearts of Golden Calendar and join the community of Golden Lovers at the Bark in the Park in Tempe in February. I can guarantee that if you join your fellow members on February 8 you will meet some of the finest individuals that you have met in your life. At the end of the meeting you will leave with a smile on your face, having swapped Golden stories with kindred spirits, laughed a little and maybe shed a tear or two after hearing the passion of a grieving owner of a departed pet. I believe the result will be that you will be feeling really good, knowing that you have been blessed by having a Golden Retriever in your life and after mingling with some of the other interesting and caring folks you will be equally happy with the long term bonds that you will likely make at the Bark in the Park. See you in February!

How did I suddenly come up with these conclusions? Well, Ellen and I have attended a number of different events recently and at many of these functions they had called for volunteers to assist. The common theme was to raise funds for RAG of AZ. All you need to do is to read of the success of each of the four Barnes and Noble fundraising sites we have been working this year. Although there are generous shoppers out there, many of the donations are made only because of the hard work and fine image of our numerous volunteers, (with a little help from their adorable four-legged friends). A big thank you to everyone who coordinated the efforts at the gift-wrapping stations and to those volunteers who gave up valuable hours to assist during this busy time of the year.

This year we only had four sites for gift-wrapping instead of the usual six, however, collectively we still brought in the tremendous figure of $12,711.61 over the Christmas Shopping period to help RAG’s coffers. Next year we plan to increase the number of sites. That will only be possible if we have enough volunteers to work the stations. I have faith that will not be a problem!

Although these dollars collected will help towards paying for our large veterinarian bills, particularly those that we recently received for rescuing the Parvo Five Puppies, I would be amiss if I didn’t remind you all that bills will continue to be acquired if we endeavor to save the lives of our beloved Goldens.

As the year of 2014 winds down I want to thank again, for their hard work and strong leadership, all those past board members and volunteers that helped pave the way for building the well-oiled organization that we have today. Personally, I would especially wish to thank Bob and Judi Schillaci for their wise tutelage of me from the time I declared my interest in running for the position of President.

With just a week to go before the end of the year I know that many of you are planning to make tax-deductible donations to your charities of choice. If you are reading this letter I don’t need to acquaint you with the positive work accomplished by the Rescue A Golden of Arizona organization. We as a body would be deeply appreciative of any contribution that you can make and I hereby offer on behalf of my fellow members our profound thanks for your generosity.

Please donate by clicking here.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy, Healthy and Successful New Year …. and that, of course, includes your four legged family members.

Best Regards,

Christopher P P Brant

President RAG of AZ

Rover Dog Bed

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Upon reading about the large vet bills that we had to pay to save the lives of the "Parvo 5" Puppies, John and Judy Picha, owners of Rover Company in Prescott, Arizona, have generously offered to donate $110 of the $120 cost of each beautiful 30” x 36” dog bed sold through Rescue A Golden of Arizona's website through February 28th!

Your golden gets a comfy new bed and RAGofAZ gets much needed funds so we can keep rescuing goldens. What a deal! 

 


 

You can choose from one of four fabric colors:

color-autumn-fern225 color-birch-fores225t color-forest225 color-sea-isle-blue225

You can read more about these durable beds here, but be sure to come back to this page to place your order.


Hurry, as this offer is good only through February 28, 2015. Click here to place your order. 

PACC911 Paws For A Wish

Click here to learn more.

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Special Angel Murphy

 Special Angel Murphy

RAGofAZ Murphy Collar resized

We have our holiday miracle story!  Murphy is a 3 year old dark red beauty who was found by a good Samaritan who then called RAGofAZ.  Murphy had obvious injuries to his leg and could not put weight on it. He was brought to one of our vets who determined that Murphy had a serious fracture to his leg, likely caused by being hit by a car.  He was seriously dehydrated and is about 20 pounds underweight.  Murphy has since had surgery to repair the leg fracture and is recuperating in a foster home---giving him time to heal, build up strength and learn again about the joys of living in a home. 

We will be looking for a permanent home for Murphy once he has recovered from this trauma. In the meantime, if you would like to make a donation using credit card, debit card, or PayPal, to help this “Special Angel” and other Goldens who do not yet know they will need us, please click the "Donate" button below and follow the links.

If you wish to donate by check, please make payable to RAGofAZ and mail to:

Rescue A Golden of Arizona
PO Box 71987
Phoenix, AZ 85050

If you are interested in bringing Murphy into your heart and home and have had a home visit, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

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Special Angel Murphy update

 Murphy before:

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Murphy, now known as Toby, is a 3 year old dark red beauty who was found by a good Samaritan who then called RAGofAZ. Toby had obvious injuries to his leg and could not put weight on it. He was brought to one of our vets who determined that Toby had a serious fracture to his leg, likely caused by being hit by a car.  He was seriously dehydrated and was about 20 pounds underweight.  Toby has since had surgery to repair the leg fracture and has recuperated in a foster home---giving him time to heal, build up strength and learn again about the joys of living in a home. 

Toby has found his forever home! Read what he has to say here.

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Hello Friends:
 
This is the first time I’ve had the chance to write to you, but I’ve sure been thinking of you! My name is Toby (aka Murphy) and I was rescued by RAGofAZ the first part of December. Some of you may know my story, but just in case you don’t here’s a brief recap: After being found in a drainage ditch in North Phoenix by some guardian angels (they fly around me ALL the time) I was rescued - saved, really - by RAGofAZ. I was in lots of pain with a fractured femur and had been surviving somehow (I have erased that memory) in the desert for a really long time, evading packs of hungry coyotes. The angels at RAGofAZ made sure that I received the treatment that I needed which included surgery with a plate, screws, and bone grafts. After a couple of weeks in recovery with my foster angel, Auntie B, I was adopted by my family and that’s where my story truly begins . . .
 
When I first came to my family I was terrified of everything and everyone from loud noises to hummingbirds flying by. Two-legged animals were especially frightening to me. I would hide in my family’s closet and figured out how to push the door closed so that I could hide so that “bad” things wouldn’t happen to me. After almost two months with my family I have learned to play with my toys, walk with my humans, wade in my pool, and, most important of all, to trust again. (Mom says that I’ve discovered my inner dog and calls me a “wild child” sometimes. I’ve even learned I have a voice!). I have to admit that some loud noises still scare me, but I’m lots braver and not nearly as afraid (certainly NOT of hummingbirds!). I know now that life is good, two-legged animals can be trusted, and squeaker toys are lots fun.

If I could make a wish it would be that all pups out there would have the same angels in their lives that I have in mine. Without the support, expertise, and love from everyone at RAGofAZ I would not have survived. Thank you RAGofAZ for saving my life and for giving me a wonderful life. I will be forever grateful. Got to go now to chase some hummingbirds!

With Love,
Toby (aka Murphy, Tobster, Tobes)

 

 

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