By Scottie McGowan, Director of Southern K9 Operations

Celebrating Rescue A Golden of Arizona’s 17th year of rescuing dogs, we had a tail wagging, sloppy kisses, yummy food good time!

20151108 120701The western background for Portraits by Debbie Troudt was well received. There were some fun pictures taken of “Western Goldens.” Can’t wait to see those pictures.

Laurel Manning, Barb Davis, and Carrie Kinnear set up the agility course and did some demonstrations. A few dogs were able to try it out.

Our featured veterinarian this year was Dr. Claire Marie Zepeda and staff of Valencia Animal Hospital. Chris Brant presented our framed certificate of appreciation which is now sitting on the counter at the hospital. Dr. Zepeda shared the different types of pet insurance and showed how to care for your dog’s teeth.

Back by popular demand was Elisa Bohlman to paint paw prints and other images on20151108 140956 both humans and animals. No doubt she will be back again next year. With so many wearing paw prints, it looked like there was a stampede of Goldens.

After the ceremonial cake cutting, we surprised five year old Drew Bender with his own cake, a “5” candle, a small gift, and lots of people singing Happy Birthday. Drew lost his two year old beloved Golden companion, Mason, to cancer a few months ago. He is waiting for another companion to come along. In the meantime, our Morgan gives him lots of cuddling. Drew shared a moment with his mom during the Rainbow Bridge Ceremony.20151108 121703

And oh those raffle baskets! Kat Kromminga once again wove her magic with 17 desirable baskets. This year we also had a patio heater that garnered lots of tickets in the cup.

The peanut butter licking contest was a big tail wag enjoyed by 30 dogs. Rufus Rodriguez won first place; Sedona Steffes was a close second. Both dogs went home with a $10 PetSmart gift card. Both were also former winners.

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Jen of Dragonfly by Jen Artistry displayed some beautiful tiles with pictures of our dogs. Several people ordered some with their own dog’s pictures.

Mark and Charly Brazil of C&S catering once again blessed us with fabulous hot dogs,20151108 140844 hamburgers, and homemade potato salad and baked beans. Grill master, Hank Lambert flipped those burgers with gusto.

If you missed it, there is always next year.

Go to to see lovely pictures taken by Dianne Janis. Scroll down to 9 November.


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