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Rattlesnakes may be silently slithering in your yard!

Teach your Golden how to avoid them.

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Three Scoops of Vanilla Online Fundraiser (2)

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ONE-DAY ONLY ONLINE FUNDRAISER – FRIDAY, November 16th

Shop for the holidays and help RAG of AZ at the same time!

On Friday, November 16th, Three Scoops of Vanilla is hosting a one-day online fundraiser benefitting RAG of AZ at www.threescoopsofvanilla.com.

RAG of AZ will receive $15 from the sale of each of the two featured bracelets, which each cost $45. In addition, RAG of AZ will receive 25% from the sales of any other items the day of the fundraiser.

Shop (on Friday, November 16th only):

All items: www.threescoopsofvanilla.com

Two Featured Items:

https://three-scoops-of-vanilla.myshopify.com/collections/limited-editions/products/daily-deal

https://three-scoops-of-vanilla.myshopify.com/collections/limited-editions/products/after-five-bracelets

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Important: Please view this video on how to measure your wrist for bracelets. Do not add extra length; when you order, indicate the exact wrist circumference.

Information on the beads:
• Golden Retriever silhouette bracelet:  soft black matte agate beads with engraved stainless steel bar.
• Paw Heart bracelet:  amethyst and jasper beads.

 Shipping:

• Shipping within U.S. is free.
• International shipping is $12.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the medical care of the Golden Retrievers we rescue. Thank you for your support.       

Golden Tales August 2017

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President's Message

Phew! It’s been hot and muggy outside. While we humans sweat to cool off, our Goldens' fur prevents sweating, thereby trapping heat which causes a rapid rise in internal temperature. Heatstroke can occur when a pet’s internal temperature rises just a few degrees, so be care with your dog outside and keep them cool. See the article on ice cubes for dogs. Our dogs love ice cubes and know exactly where you’re going with the cup. 

Five more Goldens found their way across the Mexico border to Phoenix, with the help of Scottie McGowan and Susan Quisenberry. All five were males, in good health and have found freedom, love and homes. 

Scottie and Susan were greeted by a pack of RAGofAZ’s wonderful volunteers at the International Arrival waiting area and helped wheel the carts with 5 crates through the airport to the doggie potty area.

All were released from bondage to drink some water, stretch their legs, and to do their business.  All the dogs got along with each other fabulously and were very friendly. This also gave them time to meet the people that would take them on the last leg of their journey, their forever American home.  Transporters left the airport with their precious cargo and crate.  

Randi, about 6-7 years old, and now named Buddy, was transported by Karen Short.
Nikki, about 6 months old, and now named Tico, was transported by Mary & Oren Bishop.
Samy, about 2-3 years old, and now called Sam, was transported by Bob Schillaci.
Rosco, about 3 years old, and now called Champ, was transported by Susan and Scottie.
Cafu, about 3 years old, and now called Melbourne, was transported by Les & Kathie McIsaac.

Thank you everyone for making their journey to our side of the fence uneventful.

It is only about 40 days until Links of Gold, so make sure you make your reservations. See more in this newsletter.

Thanks to everyone who has donated to our rescue efforts for the past few months. We have rescued some Goldens from very bad conditions, and many parts of the world. Your donations will help us continue this effort.

Oren Bishop
President, RAGofAZ

 

Where do Golden Retrievers come from?

Originally hailing from Scotland, the golden retriever breed was started in 1865 from a lone yellow pup in a litter of black wavy-coated retrievers, crossbred with a local water spaniel by Lord Tweedmouth of Guisachan in Scotland. This gorgeous, friendly dog still excels in retrieving, as well as agility and obedience, and as service dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcing the Links of Gold Corporate Title Sponsor Shea Connelly Development!

It is with much delight that we introduce Bart and Cheryl Shea of Shea Connelly Development LLC (SCD-LLC) as our Corporate Title Sponsor for the Links of Gold Golf Tournament that will be held at Troon North on Saturday, September 9, 2017!

SCD-LLC, an Arizona based development company, with a national capacity, is a senior housing and multi-family oriented organization with the capabilities to address both commercial and residential projects. Currently, those living in Fountain Hills can observe first-hand the exciting, major, multi-purpose project the length of the Avenue of the Fountains rising from the desert.

The generosity of Bart, Cheryl and the fine people of SCD-LLC is very much appreciated and illustrates the company’s willingness to support their community. You will see by the Title Sponsorship sign that Bart and Cheryl are dog lovers. 

With only a month and a half before our signature fundraising event, the Links of Gold Golf Tournament, Buffet Dinner, World Class Raffle and Online/Silent Auction on September 9, we will soon be announcing the names of our generous RAGofAZ member Sponsors! Will your name be there? Please consider becoming a Links of Gold sponsor. By doing so you will add to the discussion around the theme of this year’s event that is, “Who Rescued Who.” Just CLICK HERE to view/purchase a sponsorship or to register for golf/dinner. 

If you have a wonderful story of how your RAGofAZ Golden rescued you please email Becky Buck-Wetzel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See you on September 9, 2017 at Troon North!


For Dog Lovers - Why Do Dogs Like Ice Cubes?

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It’s summer, and you’re no doubt looking for ways to help keep your pup cool. You may have him go for a swim, relax in the shade, or enjoy something cold to eat. Your furry friend may even seem to have a preference—ice. But why do dogs like ice cubes so much?

Turns out, ice cubes for dogs are a great way to help keep our canines cool on a hot day. We’re looking into why dogs like ice cubes, debunking the myths surrounding giving ice to dogs, and giving you some other tips on how to keep your dog cool in the heat of summer.read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Dog Lovers - How Do Dogs Choose Their Favorite Person?

pictureMy dog loves me, but he loooooves my youngest brother, Jacob. It’s not even a contest: put my brother and me on opposite ends of a room, and Radar will always run to Jacob first. It’s funny and mystifying at the same time. After all, I’m the one who raised Radar and take care of him every day. I feed him, walk him, let him sleep on my bed…but when Jacob comes for a visit, it’s like I cease to exist.

So sometimes, a dog’s favorite person is not always their primary caregiver. How do dogs choose their favorite person? And is it possible to change their minds?

Of course, every dog is different, but some generalizations apply. Read on to learn all about how dogs choose their preferred people.

Socialization matters
    Many dogs bond hardest to whoever cares for them during their key socialization period, which occurs between birth and six months. At this age, puppies’ brains are incredibly receptive, and their early social experiences influence them for the rest of their lives. That’s why it’s so important to ensure your puppy has positive interactions with a wide range of people, places, and things.
For example, dogs who aren’t exposed to people wearing hats may become afraid of hats later in life. I didn’t get Radar until he was six months old, so I don’t know exactly what his early socialization experiences were like. However, he tends to prefer men, which leads me to believe he had more positive, formative experience with male caretakers.
If your dog was already an adult when you adopted them, don’t worry: it’s not too late to become their favorite. While early experiences are important, continued socialization throughout their life matters a lot! Click here to learn more about how to socialize your dog.

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.

 

 

 

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You no longer have to re-register each year for Fry's Community Rewards Program! Just check that your current status is up to date and RAGofAZ will continue to reap the rewards!
Please take a moment to check your status...and if you haven't signed up yet, what are you waiting for? It's free and easy to help Goldens in need!

Golden Tales July 2016

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President's Message

pictureThe Links of Gold 2016 committee has been working hard and making certain that all aspects of the planning for the Saturday, September 10, event are accomplished. With only two months to go until the event, we are all pleased by the progress and the schedule for the golf tournament on the Monument course (which includes some brand new features this year), the buffet banquet and our famous raffle.

There are several actions that you can take right after reading this email:
•    For those who are planning to honor your family Golden with a sponsorship please click here. Tee and table signage need to be designed and printed soon so that Mark Preston is not overwhelmed at the last minute.
•    For those who know that they will be supporting the organization and attending the buffet banquet please click here.
•    For those who are considering but are not yet decided whether to gather a foursome together, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. right away. It is understood that you have to round up some friends to support our noble cause, so please have them save the date. From our point of view, it will help us with our logistics and planning to know your possible intent. If you are ready to register, please click here.
•    Due to the added features we are including in this year’s tournament, like the free pre-tournament putting and chipping clinic and the putting contest, we will need several additional volunteers. Please contact Becky Wetzel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are looking forward to another successful Links of Gold event on Saturday September 10, 2016 at Troon North Golf Club. It is the dedication of our hard working members that make it happen. So sign up to volunteer the day of the event, bring a foursome for golf and dinner or come for dinner and the world famous raffle. Your continued support will help us to continue our work of rescuing and rehoming golden retrievers. 

Thank you for your ongoing support.


Chris P. P. Brant
President, RAGofAZ

 

Dental Care for All Family Members

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Your Golden companion can suffer from gum disease, tooth loss, and tooth pain just like the rest of the family. However, your Golden many not complain like you or one of your children. Regular brushing and oral cleanings help keep your pet's teeth strong and healthy.
"Dental disease is one of the most common preventable illnesses in pets," Ohio veterinarian Vanessa Douglas tells WebMD, "yet many people never even look in their pet's mouths."
By the age of three years old an estimated 80% of dogs show signs of dental disease that can lead to abscesses, loose teeth, and chronic pain. Regular visits to your vet for dental cleanings are very important but, "periodontal disease can be avoided by proper dental care by owners," Douglas says. A combination of brushing, oral rinses, and dental treats will help towards less plaque and retain healthy gums.
 

Monsoon: It’s Raining Frogs and Toads

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It’s time for a reminder about some visitors that we only see from July through September. Frogs and toads of the Sonoran Desert are truly as much a part of the monsoon as the rain itself. 

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Pumpkin is not just for Thanksgiving anymore!

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From an article by Dr. Karen Becker included in Healthy Pets
 
Dr. Becker revisits the confusing subject of dietary fiber, and why she recommends 100% pumpkin instead of rice in bland diets for pets with diarrhea and other forms of GI upset.
 
The subject of fiber is certainly confusing, even for professionals like veterinarians, but a basic knowledge of the different types of fiber is important in understanding what effect each type will have on an animal's body.

Most medical doctors and veterinarians agree that a healthy diet consists of fresh foods that are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber. But the amount and type of fiber a particular species needs has been more difficult for the medical community to agree on. read more

 

Leaving Pawprints on our Heart

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It's almost time to re-enroll in Fry's Community Rewards Program

pictureDid you know you can support Rescue A Golden of Arizona just by shopping at Fry's? It's easy when you enroll in Fry's Community Rewards! Re-enrollment is required on or after August first each year. Please click here to enroll or re-enroll. 

 

 

 

Rainbow Bridge

pictureGone but never forgotten . . . remember the beloved Goldens who have crossed to the Bridge recently but will live forever in the hearts of those who loved them. CLICK HERE

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

Golden Get-Together at Richardson's

RAGofAZ is planning to start a monthly, informal get-together at Richardson’s on the 3rd Thursday of every month, until further notice. Richardson’s is a dog friendly restaurant with an enclosed area for our four-legged companions and ourselves. The plan is for fellow members who have Golden hearts to congregate for a couple of hours every so often. No speeches, but probably a door prize for someone. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6-8 pm.
6335 North 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016

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Introducing our 2017 Calendar Cover Dogs

LADY and NEUTRON!

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

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

Click here for a sneak preview of our Seniors and Special Needs Goldens.

Click here to see our new feature on Working Goldens.

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LADY AND NEUTRON
A former long time RAGofAZ Board member, Ed Karsten, also enjoyed a satisfying career as a Dispatcher for the Phoenix Fire Department. Unfortunately, he passed away last year after a lengthy illness. In tribute to Ed, we photographed his two Goldens, now with a new home, at the “Hall of Flame Fire Museum.”

Below are their stories along with Lady and Neutron in front of the Dispatcher’s desk that Ed knew so well.

Neutron Lady 1 500LADY: I was rescued from a pond in Buckeye and reluctantly entered my new dad’s life. At first I really missed my previous home, but it didn’t take long for him to show me how much he loved me, and then it wasn’t long before I returned the love. We had three cats to play with and to cuddle with at nap time. I made sure the cat’s bowls were clean when they finished eating. Dad referred to me as his “Better half.” My favorite pastime is schmoozing people at RAGofAZ events.

Neutron Lady Dispatch 500NEUTRON (aka KNUTE): Dad showed up at our door to transport me to my next forever home, but somewhere during the ride we won each other’s heart... and the rest is history. I live to chase tennis balls! I kept putting them in Dad’s lap for him to throw until his pitching arm got too tired to continue. Dad sometimes tried to trick me into believing he had thrown the ball or he would hide it, but he couldn’t fool me. I always found them, even if it meant moving a cat from one end of the sofa to the other.

 

10 October Jayce and Gus

10October JayceGus 280 JAYCE is the best big brother that GUS could have!

Jayce arrived in rescue in 2008 from a sister rescue in Oklahoma at 10 months of age.

Jayce Gus 1 500He lived with his sister Golden until 2014 when the tornado known as Gus arrived as a young puppy. Gus is one of five puppies who came into rescue with the parvovirus--all the pups were lucky to survive. Jayce showed Gus the ropes when he joined our family and now they are inseparable. They both love to play ball, with Gus being totally ball obsessed. Jayce is a pool diving expert while Gus still has not decided whether swimming is right for him or not.

Jayce Gus 2 500We feel so very lucky to have both boys in our lives.

01 January Kody

01January Kody 280 KODY was born in November of 1999 and came to live with us in June of 2009. Fortunately we had just retired so were able to devote our full and well-deserved attention to Kody.

Kody loves to be with his people. He is a wonderful adaptable traveler who has accompanied us on many trips all over the Western US.

Kody 500Kody loves his animal family, too, which currently includes Maddy (a rescued Labrador Retriever we adopted in 2011) and two kitties named Mitzi and Bogie. Kody has been a invaluable mentor and friend to Maddy who was used as a puppy mill breeder and had never previously lived in a real home. These two older dogs have bonded and become inseparable.

Kody is an extremelyintelligent boy. For example: He loves toys that look and sound like cows. One day Kody completely emptied the large basket of its many dozen toys. He then sorted through them and placed all the cows in a separate pile of their own and lay down next to his little herd of bovine friends.

Waterfall Kody750Kody loves people and is a bit of a show-off when company comes. He will disappear into our bedroom and retrieve his bed dragging it down the long hall to the living room. Then if our guests don't pay enough attention to him Kody will disappear again and return dragging Maddy's bed to show them.

We love and adore our old golden boy who has brought so much joy and laughter into our lives!

02 February Bo

02February Bo 280 BO was meant to be ours. I work for a very busy corporation and I never answer my personal phone when I am working. On this particular day, my cell phone rang and I decided to answer it, even though I didn’t recognize the number.

Bo playtime 500Bo in grass 500A very kind lady said “I believe we have a Golden that would be a good match for your family”. She went on to explain that Bo was a one year old male, from a good home. Just what we were waiting for. We met that weekend and I fell in love. Bo now entertains us daily. From the potato chip bag over his head when we left the chips out accidentally to his little sneaky baby steps across the yard when he is sneaking up on his sister, Tilly. Oh and by the way....he needed hip surgery two weeks after we took him in. Thanks to RAGofAZ, he was taken care of right away. Bo bounced right back and is living a happy, active life with Tilly, Jake and Jessie, the cat.

 

03 March Goldielocks

03March Goldilocks 280 GOLDIELOCKS began her journey to RAGofAZ as a stray in a Flagstaff shelter where she was claimed by the owner of Highland Puppy Rescue, who named her “Goldie” and contacted RAGofAZ.

 Goldie, about 2 years old, was one very sick little girl.

Goldielocks 2 500Having recently had puppies she was undernourished, had tick fever, dual ear infections and a skin condition. Arriving here at her foster home exhausted, all she wanted to do was sleep. My heart was immediately captured by her gentle, sweet and loving disposition despite all that she was going through. Recovering with medication, Goldie’s puppy personality came alive and I fell in love with this amazing girl! I became a “foster failure” and Goldie officially became Goldielocks, the little lost girl who had found her forever home.

Goldielocks 3 500I am so blessed by Goldielocks and thankful for all the RAGofAZ volunteers who assisted her journey to her forever home!

Goldielocks loves the outdoors and enjoys daily long walks, hikes and trips to the arboretum. Her backyard faces open desert and she spends hours stalking the quail, rabbits, and occasional javelina, from her side of the fence.

04 April Steve

04April Steve 280 STEVE “the Wonder-Dog”

He is a wonder indeed! With the severities of our family going on, Steve seemed to fit into every aspect of our daily life in so many ways. He has a way of melting the hearts of everyone he meets.

Steve head shot 500Most likely you are asking why is it so?

We make our daily one mile walks every morning and evening. Bob, my husband and I are very quiet neighbors and generally fly under the radar so to speak. Well, Steve has many neighborhood friends and leaves “cookies” in the mailbox for his friends as we go. He also remembers the holidays and makes sure we tie a ribbon on them when it is a special time. He even has a black and white cat friend named “Bootsie” that watches for him every day and vice versa.

Steve’s tribute from Kay:

Steve therapy 500Hi our Steve Friends and Family;

Steve in grass 500Our Steve the Wonder Dog was more than a dog. You see, he had the world in his paw. He was the ambassador for two schools for the children, and was a National trained dog for the VA State Veterans Home at Steele Park. They cried to see him because we know that there are few visits. We visited twice a month. Especially the holidays. Dressed up of course. He would dress up for the kids and they loved that too. On top of it all, he had saved his Dad's life twice. Once in June from heart failure alerting me something was wrong he led me to my husband's bedside. On Feb. 2nd he alerted me as he was in full kidney failure. Now a dialysis patient three times a week. If it were not for Steve, I would not have my husband. Valley Fever matatazied in his brain and took him in less than a week. This loss is beyond words of hurt and a broken heart. The joy of watching Steve is only in memory. We are devastated more than anyone could imagine. Our Wonder Dog is part of our life that will always remain.

05 May Fred

05May Fred 280 FRED (FREDDIE ON THE BEDDIE)
Into everyone’s life a clown dog must enter. Or should. A Golden who pulls a smile from the saddest face, whose eyes light up a room, and whose antics induce non-stop laughter.

He is the dog who absconds with the bagel he grabs right out of your hand, who transplants your designer throw pillow to his favorite chair, who wakes you from a sound sleep for a belly rub, who proudly interrupts a romantic dinner with his loudest burp.

Fred sitting 500Freddie is perhaps an unlikely candidate for the clownish life having been found by border patrol officers wandering the desert lost and alone. RAGofAZ came to his rescue and brought him to us, his new forever family. Having just lost a beloved Golden, we were unsure if we were ready for another “heart” dog. Freddie would have none of it. On day one, he jumped onto our bed and went belly-up, ready to unpack his bags and settle in.

Tango500Since then, he has been the laughter in our lives and the devoted companion of his blind and aging “brother.” He remains now and forever the dog who loves to play the clown and who, when asked to strike a pose, sticks out his tongue.

Freddie has become a guide dog of sorts to his beloved companion, Tango, a 13 year old RAGofAZ rescue. Tango, nearly blind and with only one eye, cheerfully follows his bud everywhere . . . especially because Fred knows where the dinner dish is!

06 June Devin

06June Devin 280 When DEVIN came to us in June of 2014, he brought with him a bio asserting that he got along well with cats and other dogs and was physically ready to blend into our already active lifestyle.

Alas, it would take several months of patience and understanding before he accepted our eight-year-old Norwegian forest cat.

Devin 1 500As for other dogs, Devin prefers them on the other side of the highest walls possible. The most serious issue, however, was diagnosed a week after his arrival — a severe congenital heart defect. A complicated heart procedure followed, made possible by RAGofAZ. Although it did not fully remedy the situation, it has lessened the imminent danger. Devin loves his daily 3-5 mile walks on trails, in parks, and throughout the neighborhood, and he is forever ready for a sprint after the squirrels that share his backyard.

Devin BW 500Following that first summer with us, I wrote that Devin may not have the heart of a marathon runner, but he quickly became and most certainly remains the true heart of this family.

07 July Reagan

07July Reagan 280 REAGAN came to RAGofAZ through the Golden Retriever Rescue of El Paso. He had been a stray and was approximately 15 months old when he came to Arizona.

He was a TALL, skinny boy and ALL puppy.

Reagan swimming500Reagan went to two other homes before he joined our family which included two older goldens, Sherman and Barkley. He was starved for attention and being a puppy, had a lot to learn. We started training immediately. We learned last year that he was bi-lingual, so learning some commands in Spanish has made it a lot easier with his training. He has since completed 2 levels of his Canine Good Citizen.

Reagan ball 500Reagan is a big goofy, loveable guy who thinks all dogs and people, particularly children, are on this earth for him. He is a great ambassadog for RAGofAZ, loving all the attention he can get at our events. His favorite things in life besides people, include swimming, walks, car rides, snuggling with mom and dad any time he can and of course eating because he thinks he is starving.

Thanks RAGofAZ for allowing him to be a part of our lives. We look forward to seeing all the things he has yet to accomplish.

08 August Samson

08August Samson 280 This is my pup named SAMSON
a desert dog enamored with the sun
Often referred to as a gentle giant
but to tennis balls, a tireless tyrant.

SAMSON 1 50020 hours of sleep per day is his regimen
while his owner hustles for those Benjamins
to purchase his overtly expensive food
quickly escalating his lethargic mood.

Copious allergies once plagued his life
causing hot spots, baldness and much strife.
New food, medication a foregone conclusion
were the cure for his sensitive constitution.

SAMSON 4 500Upon returning from work I’m met with disbelief
and excitement requiring bladder relief.
Like his owner, Sam loves to swim
From a pool, you cannot keep him.

It’s true our dogs have golden hair
and I know Samson’s heart is gold in there.
Happier with a companion I could not be
all because of the incredible work from RAG of A-Z.

09 September Chloe

09September Chloe 280 CHLOE
I‘ve been ‘collecting’ Golden Retrievers for about 30 years, often in pairs, and always a senior, since I’ve been adopting with RAGofAZ.

These Golden oldies are sweet, affectionate and usually well trained.

Chloe laying down hat 500My 3G (gorgeous golden gal) Chloe is no exception. We walk daily (great exercise) and the neighborhood kids gravitate to her to share hugs, sloppy kisses and secrets too, I’m sure! Her wagging tail is non-stop and her laughing expression allows them to feel comfortable in approaching her.

Chloe has an abundance of heart and it reflects her true Golden style.

I was told she’s too young to be in the ‘oldest Golden’ category.... Yay! May she be my companion for many more years, as she follows me from room to room, we do ‘meet and greets’ at the mall or just meander down our street.

Goggles Chloe 500My Chloe, my Love.

11 November Jackson

11November Jackson 280 JACKSON 
When we lost our first Golden of 12 years in 2008, we knew that there would be more Golden dogs in our life. We contacted RAGofAZ about the rescue process,

telling them that we wanted an older “puppy” and maybe 2, definitely female.

Jackson 1 500In July of 2009, we were contacted by a volunteer about a couple of puppies she was fostering, 2 six-week old, male pups.

Several weeks later we were the proud parents of 2 rambunctious Golden pups. Jackson and his brother, Harley, re-introduced us to the joys of puppy parenting: eating Christmas ornaments, chewing holes in Oriental rugs, and tearing up any newspapers and magazines that were within puppy-reach.


Jackson 4 500Jackson has been a part of our lives for 7 years. We lost his brother 2 years ago and were worried that Jackson would be lonely. Jackson, however, thrived on all the attention he received being an only-dog. He 

loves to go on walks and chase the lizards. His absolute favorite thing in the world is playing “snowball.” This consists of Jackson romping through the snow while someone throws snowballs his way, for hours on end! Life is better with a Golden in it, and we are thankful every day that Jackson is in our lives!

12 December Holly

12December Holly 280 HOLLY came to live with us in May of 2015. She is December’s Christmas Angel whose life as a puppy was doomed until she met the caring people at RAGofAZ.

Their all-volunteer team jumped into action and through fundraising events and donations raised the necessary money to pay for Holly’s surgeries and veterinary care. It’s a miracle that this little angel became part of our family—a happy home with loving owners.

Holly cactus2 500Our precious Holly was born with Megaesophagus, which kept her from being able to eat and digest food. After she received her desperately needed surgery and veterinary care, she needed to be fed small amounts of food, six times a day (all while sitting on my lap in an upright position). For us, it was truly a labor of love to help her. She pulled at our heartstrings.

While she is part of our entire family, Holly and Bill are almost inseparable. She’s always at his side—whether he’s napping, eating, or walking. She loves to cuddle.

Holly toy onback 500When Holly is not hanging out with Bill, she takes toys out of her toy box one by one, then returns them one by one to the toy box. She is our very special Angel all year long.

Links of Gold Golf Tournament Details

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Links of Gold Golf Tournament 2016 Details

Timeline
11:00 Golfers Registration Begins
11:30 Optional Free Putting Clinic
12:00 - 1:00 Putting Competition
1:15 Golf Carts Ready to Go
1:30 Golf Scramble Begins
5:00 Buffet Registration Begins
5:30 Yappy Hour
6:30 Golf Awards & Buffet Dinner
7:00 Program
7:30 Raffle Prizes Awarded

Golf Tournament Prizes

  • Putting Competition
  • Best Foursome
  • Closest to the Pin Men & Ladies
  • Longest Drive Men & Ladies
  • Hole in One $10,000
  • Hole in One prizes on 3 other holes
  • Foursome Best Poker Hand

Golf Features

  • Beer Tasting
    - Golfers will have the opportunity to sample 3 beers from the Scottsdale Beer Co
    - These craft beers will also be available at the banquet
  • Buy-a-Drive
  • Mulligans
  • Putting Competition
    - If there is a tie, the winner will be determined by a drawing
  • Poker Hands Competition
    - At the 14th “Golden Dogleg” hole each member of the foursome will be dealt 2 playing cards
    - At this hole golfers can win another playing card if the ball lands within a circle
    - At the 15th hole the foursome selects their best hand and registers it

Some of our Fabulous Raffle Prizes

  • Weekend Stays at various hotels in and out of the state
  • Foursomes at some of the finest golf courses around the state of Arizona
  • Guitar signed by Alice Cooper!
  • Sports Memorabilia
  • Tickets for Arizona’s Professional Sports Teams
  • Restaurant dinner gift certificates
  • Autographed lithographs, books, prints
  • Commissioned portrait of your Golden Pet
  • Golden related gift packages
  • Off road excursions and boat trips
  • Theater and Symphony tickets
  • Spa visits and beauty treatments
  • SWPGA Golf Pass

 

Links of Gold Golf Tournament 2015 Raffle Items

Baskets for Links of Gold

 

Premium Raffle Items
1. SunRidge Canyon Golf Foursome with Ping Putter and Ping Golf Bag
2. Hand Made Dog Toy box with toys; certificate from Animal Medical and Surgical Center for Veterinary care including Vaccines; and See Spot Shop Gift Certificate for Grooming
3. We-Ko-Pa Weekend Stay including Breakfasts and Dinners and Golf Foursome
4. Dean Koontz Basket with Limited Edition Signed Book and other related items in RAGofAZ Tote Bag
5. Diamondbacks--Four Infield Box Seat Tickets, Diamondbacks gift items and $50 Discover Card
6. IPad Air Basket with accessories
7. Scottsdale Camelback Resort(2 Bedroom Villa—sleeps 6) & Roaring Fork gift certificate in RAGofAZ Tote Bag with accessoriesRAGofAZ Tote 2
8. Inn at Eagle Mountain 2 night stay and Golf certificate
9. Tom Tom Golf Watch with Ping Putter, Ping Golf Bag & 2Golf & Sport Therapies Gift Certificates
RAGofAZ Tote10. Red Agave Resort Chalet 2 night stay; Cuccina Rustica and Dahl and DeLuca restaurant gift certificates and Verde Canyon Railway coach seats for 2 and RAGofAZ tote bag with accessories


Standard Raffle Items
1. Baby Boy Basket—great gift items for the new baby boy
2. Baby Girl Basket—pretty clothing and accessories for the baby girl
3. Night at the Symphony with Dinner for 2 at Alexi’s Restaurant
4. Pete & Mac’s Recreational Pet Resort—3 night stay for your favorite canineRaffle Basket 2
5. Dr. Woodrow—Day Whitening for a Beautiful Smile
6. Camelback Women’s Health—4 Body Contouring Treatments
7. Diamondback Tickets—Four Infield Box Seats
8. Scottsdale Gun Club Gift Certificate and $50 Discover Card
9. Beauty Basket with Argan Oil products, jewelry and Tamra Smith Hair Style Gift Certificate
10. Coffee Time Basket—coffee maker and accessories and $50 Pottery Barn Gift Card
11. Christmas with the Kids---Dean Koontz Books and items for holiday night with kidsRaffle Basket 1
12. Entertainer’s basket ---glass canisters, decorative items and $50 Crate and Barrel gift card
13. Evening in Scottsdale—Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Sassi Restaurant Gift Certificate
14. First Time Cook’s Basket with Hamilton Beach slow cooker and accessories
15. Dining In Basket—for an evening at home-- with $50 Crate and Barrel Gift Card
16. Four Legged Friends Basket—with gift certificates for veterinary care and toys for your dog
17. Mickey Mouse Basket—all things Mickey Mouse and certificate from AZ airtime jump centers
18. Mini Office Basket---office supplies, accessories and $50 Discover Card
19. Movie Night Basket—enjoy a cinematic night at home with $50 Discover Card
20. Picnic Basket with Gift Card to Carraba’s Restaurant
21. Small Dog Basket---items for small dog or puppy from Petsmart
22. Spa Basket---Luxury spa items plus Pedicure gift card from Diva Nails
23. Pamper Yourself Basket—Luxury spa items plus gift certificate to Revive Spa at the Marriott Desert Ridge
24. Sugar and Spice Girl Basket---for your girl canine with grooming from Petsmart
25. Tea Time Basket—teas and accessories-with $50 gift card to Crate and Barrel
26. Yoga Bag---RAGofAZ Bag with Yoga certificate, yoga items and Simply Kim’s Hairstyle card
27. Curious George Basket---All things Curious George including large wall décor item
28. Golden Lover Basket—all things Golden for your favorite dog and a Dog Bed
29. Spa Basket with wine, soap and jewelry
30. Pinot’s Palette—enjoy an evening with friends, with OHSO restaurant gift card
butterfly31. Butterfly Wonderland basket---admission tickets, hats, tees and other accessories
32. Start Cooking—Specialty bowl with cooking essentials and $100 Pottery Barn gift cards
33. Mason’s toy box—in memory of Mason—hand made toy box, dog toys and accessories
34. For my rescue and me---treats for your dog and you
35. Southwest Flight Center—Scottsdale Air Park—Flight simulator time & $50 Charleston’s restaurant card
36. X Golf Scottsdale—enjoy some time with 12 to 15 of your friends with X Golf Simulators and cocktails

Sweet Skye has found her forever home!

UPDATE:   Sweet Skye has found her forever home!

Our RAGofAZ foster mom has already brought Skye to meet her new family. Skye will now have a "new" mom and three 4 legged "new" siblings.

Thank you for the amazing support we received while looking for Skye's forever home.

RAGofAZ has the BEST members/supporters.

Skye is "home".... and oh so very happy.

Thank you.

 

Hi there! My name is Skye!

pictureI am a sweet, funny, petite two year old Golden girl looking for a special home. I have an eye condition which will eventually cause me to lose my sight. I can see now but the "specialists" have said that at some point I will have limited to no vision...they can't say when that will be but for now my limited vision doesn’t slow me down. Since I have been with my RAGofAZ foster mom & dad and canine brothers I have no problem finding the dog door, toys and the tender touch of my foster mom & dad.  But don't be sad, this will not stop me from living a full and happy life.  All I need is a family with a little patience and some TLC.

I would love to have another dog in the house, for company when my human is away.  And someone who is home more often than not, as I have been called a Velcro dog.....who loves to be close to my favorite person. I have not shown any interest in swimming  with my canine brothers so if you have a pool, it would be best if it is fenced off or you can close your dog door when you leave. I am a typical Golden girl who has a beautiful soft coat and loves being brushed. I love to go for walks and for rides in the car and just hang out with YOU.  One more thing, please don't move the furniture.

If you pick me to be your special pup, I will promise to be the best pal you would ever ask for.  I have a lot of love to give, and won't let my eyesight stop us from having a wonderful life together. 

If you think you might be my special family,  please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let them know.  I am waiting for YOU! As they say...the Skye's the limit :)

Thank you.

SKYE 

12 December Wally

12WALLY December290WONDERFUL WALLY
Wally was eighteen months old when he came into rescue. He had lived an isolated life with his previous owner and manifested some odd behaviors.

He went to live with one of our trainers who showed Wally love and consistency.

Wally was always spitting up as he was suffering from IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). With some corrective medication and diet, Wally no longer suffers the way he did. After months of looking for just the right family, Wally has moved to his forever home where a Golden sister has shown him how to live in a family and that life can be wonderful!

“What a joy it is to add handsome Wally to our family! He’s energetic and is the stellar keeper of the house. Who knew that Wally would be the best cuddler/snuggler as well as an expert ball catcher?”

11 November Marley

11MARLEY November290MARLEY AND ME
Marley came into rescue about 3 years ago—a frightened puppy due to past neglect. He had trust issues with humans as he had been abandoned by his owner.

With a good deal of patience and love, Marley has turned into the biggest lover bee on the planet. Happy that his mom works from home, his favorite activity is resting in bed with Mom and listening to everything she says!

An avid swimmer, ball chaser and smoocher, he is truly living a dream life and loves volunteering as a therapy dog with kids and as an ambassadog at PetSmart. Marley loves his new life and is a perfect example of a success story in rescue. Thank you RAGofAZ!

 

10 October Kenzie

10KENZIE October290I AM ONE HAPPY, SPOILED DOG!
I met my mother 3 years ago on Mother’s Day... how fitting is that? I think I was about 9 weeks old and I remember my foster mother describing me as a grown up dog in a puppy’s body.

Well, my independency has not escaped me but, oh, have I learned to love!

I love my family, walks and hikes, the snow, endless fetch, car rides, pillows, human beds and food. But I don’t like being left behind and will hide myself in the car when bags are being packed. I am so thankful that RAGofAZ rescued me from the pound and that my forever family loves me more than words can describe. I am lucky to have homes in both the valley and the mountains.

 

09 September Lily - Dashiell

09LILY DASHIELL September290A TAIL OF TWO DOGS
Lily joined our family in 2004, one of 65 Goldens rescued from an Arkansas puppy mill. Having spent her first two years in a cage producing multiple litters, Lily took to the great outdoors with much enthusiasm.

She has the most amazing, loving spirit and a powerful tail that rarely stops wagging, earning her the nickname “Thumper.” A neighborhood charmer, it can easily take 2 hours to walk around the block as Lily greets her public.

Dashiell came to us in 2010 with the name Diesel, which seemed inappropriate for this goofy yet elegant Golden. Named after the writer D. Hammett, Dashiell is a very tall Golden who, while he doesn’t necessarily know what his tail is doing, always knows when it’s dinnertime. He is a smart, big hearted and affectionate soul, the star of his doggie daycare and a convenient pillow for his sister, Lily.

 

08 August Thor

08THOR August290THOR BY THE DOOR
When rescued in July 2013, two year old Thor looked sickly, acted very lethargic, and was timid from being moved from home to home. As the smallest Golden Retriever we had ever seen, our Thor, at that time, certainly did not personify the hammer-wielding God of Thunder known as Thor in Norse mythology.

In addition to being malnourished, he suffered from Valley Fever and tick infestation.

Strong and athletic, our Golden Retriever now lives up to the mythology, particularly in Thor’s role as a protector of mankind. Nicknamed “Thor by the Door”, he dutifully protects his human parents and the family home by standing guard with his back to the front door or wherever he feels he can best protect us.

When not guarding the front door, Thor brings joy with his fun, mischievous personality and his infectious smile. He loves meeting people, playing with other dogs and chasing rabbits. Confident, loyal and playful, Thor, now 4 years old, has blossomed into everything we could hope for in a Golden Retriever! We love and appreciate Thor. Thor has found his forever home thanks to RAGofAZ.

07 July Chacho

07CHACHO July290CHACHO—PROUD. LOYAL. DEVOTED. Chacho stands proud, his eyes reflecting his immeasurable love and devotion to his family. Chacho was adopted in May 2013 to join our recently adopted girl, Cider, who needed someone to match her energy level.

 

We certainly got that, and now our house is filled with Golden antics. Chacho loves to eat, and has been known to get himself into trouble seeking out snacks while we are gone—opening cabinets, closets and the pantry in search of what he finds edible. Chacho and Cider are now inseparable and can be wrestling one moment and climbing into our laps to show affection the next.

Chacho loves his morning walks, afternoon naps, going for rides and, of course, dinner time.

Both dogs are adventurous and love spending time with us on camping vacations where they can explore and relax outdoors. Chacho has given us the love we did not think could be replaced after losing our previous dogs. We are fortunate to have Chacho and it is our mission to give him the same love and devotion he gives to us on a daily basis.

06 June Angel

06ANGEL June290A VERY SPECIAL ANGEL
Angel was rescued two years ago this month from an unloving and unkind world. She touched a deep place in our hearts and came into our family at a special time.

Who knew we would soon need an “angel” to help us overcome tremendous grief at losing our precious old Golden girl. In a short two years we have been through much together and if possible we love her more each day.

Angel is a wonderful ambassadog for RAGofAZ and loves the attention she gets at our gift wrapping and meet and greet events. She has even been a welcoming foster sister when a new RAGofAZ dog needed a place to stay for a few days.

This last Christmas, Angel got a younger Golden sister which has delighted her. They snuggle, play together and fill our home with joy and laughter. Angel and her sister Cozy are passionate swimmers. They jump with abandon into the pool to catch tennis balls thrown for their pleasure.

We are so grateful to RAGofAZ for rescuing our amazing girl and letting us be her forever family.

05 Jake - Crystal - Morgan

05JAKE CRYSTAL MORGAN May290JAKE | CRYSTAL | MORGAN
JAKE
Three year old Jake had never been inside a house when he arrived at our home, so we introduced him to the doggy door.

At first he would go outside to play and come back in to pee and poop. But he quickly learned the right order of things. Jake is so smart and has a repertoire of tricks. He was Crystal’s best friend and the two would wrestle and play until they were exhausted.


CRYSTAL
Princess Crystal came to RAGofAZ in 2009 from a loving family moving overseas. We succumbed to her charm and with the cat’s approval she stayed. She was an exuberant ambassadog, Home Visit Diva, and best travel buddy. Crystal went to the Rainbow Bridge in October 2014 after a brave battle with cancer. This sweet girl is very much missed.


MORGAN
In 2012, RAGofAZ took in 3 year old Morgan as a stray with pneumonia and Valley Fever. He needed a good deal of medical care to prepare him for adoption. After a month of giving him that care, Morgan decided he was home and we agreed. His favorite pastime is hunting lizards and getting belly rubs at Meet & Greets. With those soulful eyes, he charms everyone he meets.

04 April Lexi

04LEXI April290LEXI IS PEOPLE. At 15-1/2 years young, we still believe she understands almost everything we say to each other. Lexi was adopted at 5 months and already had all the symptoms of bad hips.

That did not stop her from long walks, swims, and even pool diving for many years.

Today Lexi still loves to do laps in the pool, but spends most of her time relaxing and watching the world go by. Lexi was never really interested in other dogs, not even her rescued Golden sisters. She preferred meeting new humans with a big smile and almost frantic tail wagging. She never met a man, woman or child she did not like at first lick.

Also, unlike her sisters she never wants the spotlight. We often have to find her for dinner or a walk as she never would ask for anything. She trusts us, and we trust her.

Love is my dear old girl Lexi.

03 March Rocky

03ROCKY March290CALL IT SERENDIPITY, CALL IT KISMET... I JUST CALL IT WONDERFUL!
After previously adopting a Golden in 2000, I thought I could never go through the heartache of such a loss again after 13 wonderful years together.

In November 2014, I found myself thinking about adopting again. Just as I was warming up to the idea, Rocky was undergoing a serious operation to remove 18” of rope that he had eaten. Rocky very nearly died. That is when the stars began to align for Rocky and me. I believe we needed each other and that it was meant to be. Rocky is one of the most affectionate and loving dogs I’ve ever known and I spend every day trying to make up to him what he had missed before his rescue. However, I will always be so grateful to RAGofAZ for bringing us together.

He is one very special dog and I love him to pieces.

02 February Amy

02AMY February290THIS GIRL IS PURRR-FECT
Three years ago, a dedicated RAGofAZ volunteer found Amy at a shelter. Her front legs had been badly injured when she was hit by a four-wheeler.

Through RAGofAZ, Amy got the vet care she needed and went to a wonderful foster home to recover. Today Amy is a happy and healthy 12 year old.

We think that Amy is really a cat in a Golden Retriever body. She purrs; she has many cat friends in the neighborhood; she enjoys sitting with the cat rescue at meet and greets; and she sleeps 23 hours a day. Although initially afraid of most dogs, Amy has learned from patient canine friends that dogs are just as nice as cats!

Thank you RAGofAZ for rescuing our sweet and gentle Amy.

01 January Tilly

01TILLY January290LOVING. SWEET.
Tilly came to us through RAGofAZ as a 7 year old. She is now about 9 years of age. Tilly must have had a hard life – she came to us with some medical problems that were easily fixed. However, she has other problems not so easily remedied.

Tilly was apparently never well socialized in that she does not know what toys are, and has no interest in them at all. Imagine a Golden who doesn’t know what a tennis ball is! Even after two years of trying to interest her, toys are still completely ignored. Her happiness is being in the same room with us – that’s all she wants. She seldom barks – and then only if her fur brother, Simpson, starts it. She is a loving, sweet girl. Tilly does like an occasional short walk outside, but mostly prefers lounging around the house where she can keep an eye on us.

00 Cover Dog Gaia

2016 Hearts of Gold Calendars


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Introducing our 2016 Calendar Cover Girl GAIA!

Scroll down to read all about our monthly calendar dogs.

Click here to view a remembrance of our companions who have passed over the Rainbow Bridge this year.

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WE FELL IN LOVE with Gaia’s beautiful eyes seven years ago. Eleven months old, she arrived at our Sedona home with her tail tightly tucked under her... frightened, afraid of men, children and cars.

All of our lives made a positive change that day. When Gaia met our beloved dog, Akiva, they played as if they had known each other forever. Gaia knew she was in her forever home that would fill her every breath with love, patience, compassion and... training! She quickly learned to walk on a leash and other commands, which enabled her to visit schools and assisted living facilities.


Gaia is the mascot of Purple People Inc. and accompanies us to book signings. Her favorite tricks are “high fives” and flipping food from her nose to her mouth.


Gaia adores her canine sister, Tara, who is a Canine for Independence Hearing Dog. They both love to be brushed and groomed in the morning. At home or in the car, Gaia always finds a way to position herself next to Tara with her head resting on her.


Grateful to have Gaia’s heart of gold in our lives, we thank the volunteers and supporters of RAGofAZ.

 

 

Until we meet again

 

"Until we meet again..."


I will never know what I did to deserve such an awful life full of abuse and neglect. My life had become so sad and lonely it was like living in an endless, dark tunnel. I remember looking up one day and seeing a bright light shining at the end of the tunnel. The light was so bright I thought that God must have sent an angel to finally end my suffering.


God did send an angel, he sent you. The bright light I had seen was your smiling face. You promised me that my days of neglect and abuse were over. My battered body and broken spirit hardly dared to believe it was true.


You opened your heart and your home and gave me more love and comfort and safety than I had ever known before. You gave me the softest bed my tired, aching bones had ever felt and more toys and attention than I had ever dreamed existed.


I no longer cringed when a hand was raised near me, because your hands had only kindness and treats to offer me. I no longer feared the sound of feet approaching, because your feet had never kicked me, they had only taken me on wonderful adventures to exciting new places.


Although "quantity" of time can be measured in days and weeks, there is no way to measure the "quality" of time. So there is no way to really measure just how deeply your love and devotion affected my life. But sometimes, even love & devotion and all the medical attention in the world can't heal a body that has been battered and broken for too long.


So please do not be sad that I am gone. You performed a miracle in what little time we had together. You made my spirits soar and helped my soul find peace and contentment. From the day I met you I never suffered again, not even at the end.


Just knowing that my memory would live in your heart forever gave me the strength to let go and find my way to Rainbow Bridge. So go forward from today with only happy memories of me in your heart and let them give you the strength to keep on lighting up sad, lost lives.


Remember I will live forever in your heart and in the stars up above and my star will shine brighter with every life that's touched by your love.


Author Unknown          

Help us Help Mason

Mason 15 0282Mason is a two year old boy who was just surrendered to RAGofAZ. Mason is having mobility issues and is unstable on his feet. Despite the efforts of his family to determine the problem, they cannot afford the veterinary expenses involved in

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 making a good diagnosis. After a full set of spine xrays and an MRI, a tumor was discovered in his hip. We are waiting for the results of the aspirate of the tumor to come back before we determine our next steps. Surgery is likely in his future. We are committed to doing what we can to restore Mason’s mobility! ragofaz mason newRAGofAZ turns away no dog for medical reasons and it looks likes Mason’s care will be expensive. If you’d like to help defray the costs of Mason’s care, please click here and hit the Donate button. Please include “for Mason” in the subject line.


We are always looking for special foster and adoptive homes for our special needs dogs. We have been very fortunate to find homes in the past---Sophia, now Holly is doing very well in her new home. (See her photo with her new mom.) 

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If you think you’d be interested or would just like more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Mason

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It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Mason, our two year old little boy that we told you about has made his way to the Rainbow Bridge. Mason was being treated at one of our specialty vets in Tucson for lack of control in his rear legs. After x-rays were taken; bloodwork performed; and an MRI, the doctor found a tumor in his hip. The mass was aspirated and, because of Mason’s age, we were so very hopeful that we could amputate his leg to save his life. Unfortunately, the pathology of the tumor is such that the cancer is a very aggressive osteosarcoma and that Mason was in significant discomfort. The kindest thing we could do was to release this boy from his pain and send him on his way.

We have been so touched by the support, both financial and emotional, that you all have given us with Mason. Your generous donations will help defray the nearly four thousand dollars that we spent to try to help him enjoy the fullness of life that every dog deserves. RAGofAZ turns away no dog for medical reasons. We have had great success with the five puppies that had parvo and also our Holly (formerly Sophia) who had megaesophagus surgery. We are able to do these things because of your support and we only wish we were able to do more for this sweet Golden boy. Godspeed, Mason.

12 December Lucy

December Lucy290

With almost 9 years of memories, Lucy was an extra special Golden that we miss dearly. From the day we adopted her from RAGofAZ, she instantly became part of our family.

She loved her treats-- patiently waiting by the pantry door throughout the day. With a huge smile on her face, she happily went on car rides and walks. It seemed she was trying to tell everyone where she was going all the time carrying her leash in her mouth.  She loved to swim--it was her favorite thing to do.  We don’t know how, but somehow she knew without anyone saying a word, that we were upstairs changing into our swimsuits. There she was, waiting eagerly, standing at the door to the pool.   Lucy would when sit by my side, chin on my lap, big eyes looking up at me, and then she put her paw in my lap. The most unique thing we remember about her is how she always waited until the last person went upstairs to bed. She would follow behind them, but not before she grabbed a shoe to take with her. We will always keep Lucy and these memories in our hearts forever.

11 November Lightning

November Lightning290

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

 We feel very lucky to have been able to adopt these fabulous sisters.  They were wonderfully trained, love to cuddle and are the first dogs we have ever had that just lay down and WANT to be brushed!!  Unfortunately, we lost Thunder to cancer in October 2013, but Lightning has moved on strongly.  She has found a new routine with an expanded family of two other orphans (bearded collies!) that also found themselves without a home.  Lightning is the sweetest dog we will ever have!

10 October Tinker Bell

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Tinker’s life began, thanks to Rescue a Golden of Arizona, when they did a puppy mill rescue in 2008. When she was rescued from the puppy mill, she was a very timid frightened little girl.

 Tinker adopted me September 20, 2008.  Today Tinker is happy, sassy, brave, playful, loving, and a toy hoarder. Every day she runs at mach speed in the back yard past her beloved fur companions as a reminder, perhaps to herself, that she is free. She has brought me so much joy, and I am grateful to her rescuers and foster mom for bringing her along to where she is today.

09 September Simba & Tango

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Simba and Tango became a duo in November 2013 when we realized that Simba appeared to be mourning the recent loss of his companion dog, Lady.  Sad eyes, we thought, he seems lost.

 RAGofAZ had recently taken Tango into rescue after a wonderful foster family had saved him from being “dumped.”  An oldie but a goodie, Tango had eye, skin and ear problems, weak hind legs, and needed to be altered.  But all we really wanted to know was if Tango needed a home – our home.  Simba and Tango connected immediately and have been inseparable ever since.  Simba has always been outgoing, energetic and affectionate while Tango initially seemed “folded in.”  Over time, as Tango regained his health and strength, Simba has helped him learn to assert himself and discover his “inner dogness.”  Now, we can’t even say the word “park” without the two of them running around and wagging their tails furiously.  And both of them will beg for petting and attention, lavishing love on everyone they encounter…especially us!

08 August Sadie

August Sadie290

At the end of April in 2010, Sadie came into rescue from Yuma at the age of 9. She was dirty, smelly and had severe ear infections along with mammary tumors.

As fosters, we took her to vet appointments, nursed her through surgery, cleaned her ears and fell in love.  One month after her arrival, she became an official ElkHound.  Sadie is the girl next door – everyone and everything loves her. She now, occasionally, pays it forward by helping with new dog evaluations and at the age of 13 sleeps through Barnes and Noble Gift Wraps with one eye open – just in case there are cookies involved!

07 July Sasha

July Sasha290

We are so blessed to have Sasha in our lives. Sasha is a very happy little girl.

She loves to give kisses when you come home from work or even if you are just away for a few minutes. She is such a loving and joyful girl. We are so blessed.

06 June Rocky & Molly

June RockyMolly290

Rocky and Molly are inseparable “best buds” and enjoy one another as playmates.

  They are always learning from one another, sharing and taking toys from one another, diving and playing ball in the pool, walking every morning, and being “golden bad” together.  Rocky having had no puppy life is learning from Molly how to enjoy a “golden” life playing with toys, enjoying belly rubs, and eating hibiscus flowers.  We are so grateful every day to RAGofAZ for bringing us this sweet duo!

05 May Maddie

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Maddie, RAGofAZ's "Mom of the Year 2012," came to rescue with 6 young puppies. She and her 2 day old puppies were found abandoned shortly before a winter storm struck northern Arizona, a storm that the young family surely would not have survived.

to a group of guardian angels, the young family was safe and thanks to RAGofAZ, Maddie and her puppies are now in loving homes.

Maddie is sweet, joyful and loving. Her days are filled with chasing lizards or tennis balls and just hanging out with me. She waits patiently hoping her friend Jesse, who drives one of those brown trucks, will stop and deliver a package and a doggie treat. She knows the sound of his truck and runs to the door when she hears him coming down the street!

Maddie loves to go shopping and being an ambassadog for RAGofAZ. Her latest endeavor is to become a Therapy dog, so she can share her love and happiness with even more people.

I tell her every day she is my special girl and every day is special with my Maddie. Thank you RAGofAZ for all you do to bring joy and happiness to more loving homes.

04 April Cassie

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From the time that Cassie, originally Ruthie, was adopted from Rescue A Golden of Arizona, she was the light of our lives.

  We were lucky to have her with us for 9 years.  Everyone loved her, especially our customers. They want to greet Cassie even before saying hi to us!  We surely miss her, but what a blessing to have had her in our lives.

03 March Teddie

March Teddie290

Hi. My name is Teddie.  I was 15 in May of 2014.  I was actually rescued three times in my life.

Once by RAGofAZ Transport Team,  then by my Foster Mom who is actually my Forever Mom and then I was rescued again by my forever Dad when I was 9 (I actually coordinated the whole married thing). Dad came with a little dog “Lady” (must have been a golden in disguise) and I had a golden sister.  We added a funny colored golden brother and now we are a pack of five.  I have had to say good bye to many of my golden friends over the years and I know someday I will join them at the bridge.  I apparently still have some work to do.  I had surgery this year to remove a mass on my leg.  My doc, who we all call “Flag” at University 'cause we can’t spell the rest of the name worked some miracle for me and has given me some more time.  I am so grateful that my mom decided to become a volunteer at Rescue a Golden back in 1999 otherwise I wouldn’t be able to write this story about my wonderful life.  Thank you Rescue a Golden for giving me that second chance and I think my mom and dad are pretty grateful that I have enriched their lives so much with my unconditional love and spirit.

02 February Timmy

February Timmy290

 We are the classic "foster failures".  We were asked if we would be able to 'immediately' foster one of the Goldens brought in from El Paso, Texas.

We arrived for the meet and greet and Timmy marched to my husband's car and did not even look back!  My husband immediately bonded with this gorgeous light golden who was missing three toes on his back foot.  He needed orthopedic surgery to remove an old corrective plate which had "popped" off of his rear leg bone After the surgery we had an orthopedic brace made and Timmy now has developed a swagger only very confident Golden Retrievers possess.  The brace is used mainly as a walking boot to help correct his gait. Without the brace on, his is fast and very agile!  Timmy found a good friend when  Sasha, a Golden puppy,  joined our family at 16 weeks.  She keeps him active and entertained. . Thank you RAGofAZ for allowing us to adopt this wonderful golden boy!

01 January Finnegan

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Finnegan came to RAGofAZ through the intervention of a concerned vet and another rescue group.  Finnegan was hit by a car, and taken to an emergency animal hospital by a Good Samaritan.

  He was diagnosed with a broken leg and placed in a splint.  Another rescue group wanted to help Finnegan, but could not afford the vet bills, so the veterinarian steered them to RAGofAZ.  The first surgery was not a success, as the bone had shifted and Finnegan required an orthopedic specialist.  While all this was going on, I was grieving over the loss of my beloved Golden Retriever, Oliver.  Oliver was my first Golden and was like a child to me.  When I told my fellow volunteers at RAGofAZ about the loss of Oliver, they knew immediately that Finnegan would be a great match.  His injury and second surgery were quite scary for me, never dealing with this before, but Finnegan was a trooper through it all.  He has such a sweet nature about him and is truly my lap puppy.  Anytime I sit on the floor, he comes over and sits down in my lap for a love.  I miss Oliver every single day, but the antics and sweetness of Finnegan have helped me grieve and put a smile on my face everyday.

00 Cover Dog Lizzy

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Cover Winner Lizzy

Lizzy spent the first 9 years of her life as a breeding dog in a dirt pen in Northern Arizona with only a juniper tree for shelter.

When Lizzy came into RAGofAZ in the spring of 2013, she was overweight and had a stomach full of rocks. She needed surgery to remove cancerous tumors, and had a number of other health issues that needed to be treated. Lizzy now lives with us on a ranch near Prescott where she enjoys two hot home cooked meals and snacks every day, as well as a morning hike and at least one car ride.  She has a choice of many soft beds to sleep in, including ours!  Lizzy has adopted dozens of stuffed animals and cares for them as if they were her puppies. Hiking and swimming are some of her favorite activities but chasing water from a hose is the ultimate fun!  A fantastic traveler, Lizzy has been in 13 states so far. She swam in the Atlantic Ocean, frolicked in lakes, streams and ponds in Pennsylvania, boated in Tennessee, and chased frogs and ducks in Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. Lizzy enjoys every minute of her life and we feel lucky to share all those minutes with her. Is she spoiled you wonder?  We can guarantee it!

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Golden Tales August 2014

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President's Message

Vote edited-5September is fast approaching and that means we will soon be entering our Board of Directors annual election cycle.  I am pleased to announce that Kathy Mutch has agreed once again to chair our Nominating Committee and conduct our election process.

 

This year there will be five Board positions open for election: President, Secretary, Director of Fundraising, Director of Golden Rescue, and Director of Southern K-9 Operations. The position of Director of Events is not part of this year’s election cycle, but it remains vacant and the Board would like to appoint a willing member to fill it.

 

It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your President for the past three years, and I thank you all for your dedication, support and kindness. I am completing my second term this autumn, and will not be running for a third term. Change in leadership is always healthy for any organization, and I look forward to working with our new President. And I cannot think of a better time to transition to a new President. We have survived the recession and are financially stable. The rescue teams are running smoothly, and if there is any problem at all it’s that there are not as many dogs coming into rescue. This is the case nationwide and most likely reflects the improving economy. Still, whoever takes over in November will not be walking into any sort of crisis, and I’ll still be in position to serve as your mentor.

 

Our Goldens cannot rescue themselves. Board service is one of the most important and rewarding ways you can contribute to our rescue’s success. I strongly urge you to step up and run for a Board position. Chairperson Kathy Mutch will be providing details in the near future as part of the normal election process.

 

Finally, next month we will hold our signature fundraising event – the Links of Gold Golf Tournament. I want to personally thank Michelle and John Krieger for allowing their very entertaining Golden Retriever, Lizzy, to serve as our Canine Sponsor for the second year in a row! Lizzy will be keeping you updated on all things Links of Gold so look for e-blasts from her leading up to the big event on September 13th (Lizzy is an excellent typist despite the oppositional thumb issue). I also wish to acknowledge our Premier Sponsors, Una and Dave Loge, for their leadership, generosity and kindness. And Audi North Scottsdale has generously stepped up as our Hole in One sponsor, so don’t miss your chance to drive a new Audi off the course! This is my final Links of Gold as your President, and I’d love to end my term of service with a huge success!

 

See you at the golf tournament on September 13th!

 

Bob

 


 

Lizzy Krieger returns as Links of Gold Canine Sponsor!

Lizzy TroonLast year, Lizzy heard lots of buzz about the Links of Gold Golf Tournament and what a fantastic time everyone had golfing, eating, drinking, and winning cool raffle prizes. Lizzy understood that this was because she had been in charge of planning the entire event, so she decided to take over again this year. And she’s gone all out, convincing Audi North Scottsdale to sponsor our Hole in One! Lizzy will personally drive the winner off the course . . . because everyone knows Goldens are excellent drivers!

 

Lizzy’s latest idea is to feature your Golden Retriever on a tee box sign for just $100.00! And they’re selling like Frosty Paws so don’t wait. Click here to purchase your tee sign now – and while you’re at it sign up for 18 holes at beautiful Troon North Gold Club, or just the all new buffet dinner featuring chicken piccata.

 

You too can become a sponsor just like Lizzy! Our new sponsorship opportunities are very affordable (click here to check them out). It’s a great way to support the Goldens you love!

 

And wait till you see the raffle prizes Lizzy has come up with – weekend getaways to Palm Springs, Sedona, Flagstaff, free golf, Suns tickets, and fabulous gift baskets! Just be sure to grab those homemade doggie cookies sitting on the tables because Lizzy made them herself! Yum!!!

 

Please contact Chairperson Julie Thompson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details. She’ll check with Lizzy and get back to you.



 

Save the Date: Golden Harvest Anniversary Celebration!

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Join us for an evening of delicious wine, incredible food and great company – just $25.00 per person (must be 21 and older).

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM
AZ Bread Co.
315 West Elliot Road, Tempe AZ
(SE corner of Elliot and Kyrene)

Food provided by AZ Bread Co.
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Annual Meeting
October 26, 2014 at Papago Park

PicnicCook up your favorite dish and join us for a pot luck picnic at our RAGofAZ Annual Meeting!  Head down to Papago Park in Tempe at 11:00 AM to welcome your newly elected Board of Directors and say goodbye to those who have completed their terms of service.  


 

 

 


 

The Annual Chili Pepper Festival is right around the corner!
September 20th, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Vail, AZ
(Just south of Tucson)

PeppersAh, savor the aroma of fresh chilies roasting over the fire, delight to the wares of many vendors, enjoy the strains of good music, and the companionship of lots of Goldens meeting and greeting at the Rincon Valley Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market. To volunteer, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Scottie McGowan at 520-360-4414. This is an annual favorite.  Don’t miss it!


  


Save November 9th for Bark in the Park southern style!

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It’s that time again to remember our dearly beloved Goldens who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge, to celebrate our newly adopted pups, to let the dogs play a game or two, and to enjoy good food and fellowship. As usual, we will be at Reid Park in Tucson, Ramada 15, from 11:00AM to 3:00 PM. More details forthcoming as the day draws near.

 

 

 

 

  


Dogtoberfest is coming on Sunday, October 5th in Prescott!

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Who doesn’t love to down a brew with your favorite pet?  Rescue A Golden of Arizona will be at beautiful Courthouse Square along with dozens of other rescues and animal welfare organizations to celebrate Dogtoberfest!  Stay tuned for details.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 


 

PACC911/PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend

PAC911 PetSmartSave the date: Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10A till 3P at the PetSmart store located at 10030 N 90th Street, Scottsdale, AZ.  Bring your dogs and chat with attendees about the joys and benefits of rescue.  Look for details as we get closer to event day.


 

 

  


Thank you to our Bowl-A-Rama supporters and dogs:
Stevie, Tasha, Willie & Finnegan!

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The pins were spinning and crashing at Scottsdale Lanes on Saturday, August 9th as scores of animal rescues came together for the 12th Annual Bowl-A-Rama! Leading up to the event, RAGofAZ raised $2,600.00 in donations supporting our four beautiful Bowl-A-Rama dogs – Stevie, Tasha, Willie and Finnegan. We exceeded last year’s fundraising goal by several hundred dollars! Thank you to every one of you for your generosity and support.

Sadly, we must report that sweet Tasha crossed to the Bridge early this month and offer our heartfelt condolences to Ruth Ann Steffes on her loss. Though the time Tasha was with us was too short, we are grateful for the love and joy she gave Ruth Ann and all who ever had the chance to lay a hand on her trusting face.

 

 

 

 


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RAGofAZ 3000th Golden

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These dogs are waiting to hear about to Rescue A Golden of Arizona's 3000th  rescue!  Who will it be?
This Golden should be coming into rescue in the next month.  We will be celebrating the 3000th Golden at our Annual Meeting and our Golden Harvest Celebration, both in October.  In the meantime,  share your stories and photos about your RAGofAZ rescue to help celebrate the rescue of #3000!  Send the stories and photos directly to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

Judy Smith

Vice President

Rescue A Golden of Arizona

All for the love of a Golden

We appreciate the continued support of our Sponsor Partners!

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Need to relinquish your Golden?

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

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