¡Hola! from Senor Spirit & Senorita Milka!


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Milka 19 015Spirit 19 014Look Who's Coming Saturday, May 11th From Guadalajara, Mexico!

¡Hola! from four-month-old Señor Spirit and eight-year-old Señorita Milka!

We didn't have a flight volunteer, and Spirit's family couldn't wait another day, so they flew down to get their new fur kid. They are also helping out by bringing an 8-year-old Golden named Milka for another waiting family. As rescues helping rescues, they agreed to bring three other dogs that are going to another rescue. In all, they are bringing back five dogs. What fun!!

You can follow their short journey on Flight Aware

Flight info: Volaris Flt 974 Departing Guadalajara at 1:53 PM, arriving Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at 2:41 PM.


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Before they begin their journey to America, all international dogs are placed with pre-approved families.  If you want to be considered to adopt future dogs, international and domestic, please submit an Application to Foster/Adopt found on the website, and someone will contact you.  If you are already approved, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bons Is Coming To Arizona from Mexico!

18 020 Bons3Bons Is Coming To Arizona from Mexico!   He arrives on May 19th at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Buenos Dias, Americanos. I was rescued from the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico by Companions and Compassion rescue. I am so skinny, and I have a boo boo that is healing on my leg, but I was rescued just in time. Now I am coming to a forever family in Arizona on May 19th where I will have good food and lots of training. See you soon.

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Before they begin their journey to America, all international dogs are placed with pre-approved families.  If you want to be considered to adopt future dogs, international and domestic, please submit an Application to Foster/Adopt found on the website, and someone will contact you.  If you are already approved, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


A wish comes true for Chris (now known as Oliver)...

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We are delighted to announce that when our “special” boy Chris (now named Oliver) wished upon a star for a forever family… his wish came true! Oliver found a perfect family to call his own.

Thank you to all of our RAGofAZ supporters for your good thoughts and prayers for Oliver… he is “home”.

Oliver caught our attention while my husband and I were at breakfast and looking over Facebooks posts. He knows my soft spot for Goldens and Oliver's story was no different; how could we say no to that face! Oliver has a congenital heart defect that results in fainting spells when he gets excited or plays too hard, which as a Golden puppy is par for the course with him. Someone just forgot to tell him there was something wrong with him, it certainly doesn't slow him down.

Chris now Oliver5Chris now Oliver3Chris now Oliver4He loves playing tug and keep away with our other two Goldens, Hunter and Polar. He would chase the ball all day if you let him. He spends the rest of his time being my shadow, counter surfing (which were working on), napping, chasing the vacuum and walks. He has recently discovered the water hose and attacking the water has become a favorite! We couldn't be more thrilled to have him and he fits right in; it's as if he had always been a part of our family. We will take him for whatever amount of time he has and cherish it; he's an excellent reminder that nothing is promised and to take advantage of all you can. We love him and thank everyone for their assistance and allowing us to make him part of our family!Chris now Oliver1

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Links of Gold Title Sponsor GenRx Pharmacy


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

This marks the second year in a row that GenRx Pharmacy has stepped up as a presenting sponsor for Links of Gold, which is presented by Rescue A Golden of Arizona (RAGofAZ) in partnership with Pennies for Pups. GenRx is a Community/Retail Pharmacy specializing in procurement, storage, dispensing and the recording of medicines. The company is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is distinguished by a corporate culture of service and commitment to the community.

Sean Lonergan has chosen to support Links of Gold with this $3,000.00 Title Sponsorship in large part to recognize the work of an exceptional young lady who has been a dedicated RAGofAZ volunteer for many years. Ciara Petronzio is a previous Co-Chair of the Links of Gold Committee, a member of the National Honor Society, a winning competitive golfer, an accomplished musician, and recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for the state of Arizona. Most astonishing of all, Ciara founded her own charity, Pennies for Pups, when she was just nine years old, and over the years has raised thousands of dollars for the cause of animal rescue.

As Ciara leaves this fall for the University of Alabama, Sean honors her with this Title Sponsorship as a tribute to all she has accomplished. We are most grateful to GenRx Pharmacy for their continuing support and to Ciara for her years of dedicated service.

And that’s not all . . .

We will soon be announcing the names of our generous RAGofAZ Member Sponsors! Will your name be there?

Please consider becoming a Links of Gold sponsor. Just click here to view/purchase a sponsorship or to register for golf/dinner.

What:      Links of Gold Golf Tournament and Dinner
When:     Saturday, August 29, 2015 – 1:30 shot gun start,
               5:30 cash bar yappy hour, 6:30 buffet dinner
Where:   Troon North Golf Club – Pinnacle Course
               10320 E. Dynamite Blvd.
              Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Registration Fees:
Individual Golfer:   $150.00 includes buffet dinner
Foursome:              $500.00 includes buffet dinner
Dinner Only:           $35.00

You may register online by clicking here or mail your check to:

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

Any questions, please contact Chairperson Judi Schillaci at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 623-537-5989.

Who's Your Daddy?

Whos Your DaddyRescue a Golden of Arizona is dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of Golden Retrievers in need of a forever home.  From time to time, RAGofAZ will bring in a young pregnant Golden Retriever.  We take in these Goldens, place them in a foster home until the puppies are born, and the puppies are old enough to be adopted out.  These are occasionally half Golden and do not look like Golden Retrievers, but are still considered 100% RAGofAZ dogs.  In honor of these beautiful pups, we have a new page in the 2016 Calendar to celebrate these RAGofAZ Goldens.   We have named this new feature page "Who''s Your Daddy??"  

We are asking for photographs of these special dogs whose father was likely a "tall dark stranger" but has a Heart of Gold!  Won't you share their stories and photos and, for a donation of $20, have your unique RAGofAZ dog on this page? Click here to share your beautiful dog's photo and story. 

Meet Holly--born with Megaesophagus--and learn how RAGofAZ has changed her life!


Here's one of our intakes--Holly, age 13 weeks! Holly was born with Megaesophagus---the aortic arch formed a band around her esophagus making it difficult for her to eat. (She would regurgitate most of her food). She spent a few days in a foster home with three Golden sisters, and then had a lengthy surgery at Animal Medical and Surgical Center Scottsdale by Dr. Linney. ASophia2 band was removed from around her esophagus and bougienage (ballooning) was done to her esophagus to help expand it. She is now eating and doing so much better. The doctor is very hopeful that this challenging and expensive surgery has been successful.

Holly spent several days recovering in the hospital, and has now gone home with her new Mom and Dad! 

Holly's vet costs are approaching $6,000. She will still need to have her vaccinations and be spayed and have two hernias repaired when she is 6 months old, but RAGofAZ will take care of that as part of our Gold Standard. 

Holly's story is made possible because of our generous supporters. We do what we do, all for the love of a golden to give them a chance at a wonderful life. Thank you!Holly DSC 4976


Links of Gold Golf Tournament Registration Thank You

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Congratulations! You are now registered to attend our 2017 Links of Gold Golf Tournament where people and pups come together for a celebration of all things Golden.

Thank you for your support!

All for the love of a Golden . . .

Chris P. P. Brant
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Links of Gold Chairman

Links of Gold Golf Tournament Corporate Sponsorship Registration Thank You

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Thank you for choosing to show your support for the cause of Golden Retriever rescue with a generous corporate sponsorship of our 2017 Links of Gold Golf Tournament!

We are very grateful.

All for the love of a Golden . . .


Chris P. P. Brant
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Links of Gold Chairman

Voting Results for Week #2

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Canine Flu Update

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RAGofAZ will keep you updated on incidents of the Canine Flu that has become a serious problem in the Midwest. According to scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin who have conducted additional tests, the cause of the outbreak is now believed to be due to a virus that's closely related to Asian strains of influenza A H3N2 viruses.

The CDC advises that treatment for canine influenza largely consists of supportive care that assists the dog in mounting an effective immune response. For dogs experiencing a more mild form of influenza, this may include medication to make the animal feel more comfortable, as well as fluids to ensure proper hydration.

We have heard of some isolated cases in the Valley, but no major outbreaks. Unfortunately, all it will take is one sick dog in the shelter, doggie day care or dog park for the disease to spread exponentially. The virus is highly contagious. If a dog coughs or sneezes, vapors in the air can travel 30 feet. The virus can live on surfaces, clothing or hands for 24 hours. If your dog presents with a respiratory infection or becomes lethargic and is unwilling to eat, prompt treatment by a veterinarian is important.

We are not trying to frighten anyone--we all just need to be vigilant about the health of our dogs. Please be especially careful if you are travelling through the Midwest with your pet.

Judy Smith
Vet Care Manager

The Emotional Loop that Bonds You and your Dog

pup roseBy: Gary Kane

Article Copied from AKC News April 20, 2015

Your Bichon Frise leaps into your lap, settles in, and gazes adoringly into your eyes. He seems blissfully content. You cannot help but smile at him.

This feel-good interaction between you and your Bichon might begin with that gaze and point to a powerful biological mechanism that fuels the loving bond between man and dog, according to a report in the journal Science.

Researchers in Japan found that when dogs focused a prolonged gaze on their owners the dogs experienced elevated levels of oxytocin, a hormone produced in the brain that is associated with bonding and nurturing, similar to that between parent and child. The owners on the receiving end of those gazes also experienced a boost in their levels of oxytocin.

The researchers, led by Dr. Miho Nagasawa of the department of animal science at Azabu University, refer to this mutual feedback between man and dog as an "oxytocin-gaze positive loop." What that means, essentially, is that your dog's gaze makes you feel loved and your response -- a smile, a returned gaze, a caress -- makes your dog feel cherished.

The researchers measured the oxytocin levels in the urine of 30 dogs and their owners before and after they interacted. The dogs, males and females, included Golden Retrievers, Dachshunds, Poodles, a Jack Russell Terrier and a few mixed-breed dogs. Measurements showed that increases in the oxytocin were greatest in dogs who gazed at their owners for prolonged periods, which researchers defined as 100 seconds in the first five minutes of the encounter. Breed or sex has no significant influence on the changes in oxytocin levels.

In a second phase of their study, the researchers applied nasal sprays of oxytocin or saline to the dogs. Each dog was brought into a room with its owner and two strangers. The female dogs given a dose of oxytocin gazed longer at their owners, who in turn experienced a boost in their oxytocin levels. The researchers were at a loss to explain by the sex of the dog influenced the outcome, but speculated that male dogs were more protective of their owners with strangers in the room and less inclined to focus their gaze.

Evan MacLean, a researcher at the Canine Cognition Center at Duke University, wrote in a separate article in Science that the findings of Nagasawa and his team could have far-reaching implications.

"In addition to providing clues about how dogs became a part of human history, the results also help to elucidate the proximate mechanisms through which our relationships with dogs may be salubrious," he wrote. "For example, the benefits of assistance dogs for individuals with autism or posttraumatic stress disorder -- conditions for which oxytocin is currently being used as an experimental treatment -- may arise partly through these social pathways.

"In the meantime, Nagasawa (and his team) have provided more evidence that when your dog is staring at you, she may not just be after your sandwich."

Maggie: Her New Beginning


From bedraggled stray to beloved family member...
read her story and watch her video below.

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Maggie, a twelve year old Golden, was found as a stray and spent two weeks at a local shelter waiting for her family to find her. She was the shelter workers' favorite. She was always happy, loving and eager to play fetch if the workers had time to throw the ball for her. She was overweight, dirty and had difficulty moving her back legs, unless she had a ball to retrieve.

A RAGofAZ volunteer rescued Maggie from the shelter for us one morning. The volunteer drove Maggie to her own home to stay until it was time to meet with a veterinarian for an appointment that afternoon. When the vet visit was over the volunteer took Maggie home again until after dinner that day. Maggie took great delight in visiting with three Golden boys and a RAGofAZ family that would play fetch with her.

Because of the wonderful team of volunteers that we have and the loving welcoming families waiting to adopt a senior golden just like her, we were able to find Maggie an amazing forever home that same day. After dinner, the volunteer drove Maggie the rest of the way to her new family who embraced her with open arms.

Over the next month Maggie was treated to a spa visit where she was groomed and pampered, and visited the vet again for X-rays, blood work to check her health condition, dental work, and medicine to help with her arthritis. We have received photos over the month documenting Maggie's progress. RAGofAZ has also reported back to the shelter, giving them an update and thanking them for letting us give Maggie her new beginning.

If you want to see how Maggie is progressing, click on the video below to watch her doing the activity she loves most, that is beside just being in the presence of her adoring new family.  

Harlow Update

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After a long and winding road, Harlow has finally made it to her wonderful new forever home!!! She will spend her days at work with her mom, greeting customers who come into the office.  All who meet her can not believe she has any vision problems.....they only see a happy, content Golden.

Thanks to everyone who offered help, good thoughts and prayers for Harlow.  This special girl is now exactly where she is meant to be.

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