Wednesday, February 22, 2017, was a sad day for our organization. I am filled with much sadness to announce the loss of one of our dearest members, Norm Fee. Norm left our earth, as we know it, for a better place. More information is to be found in this newsletter. Let us pray for his lovely wife, Kay.
Our search for a new Vice President received multiple applications and we have selected Leigh Ervin as our new VP. You will find more info on Leigh in this newsletter. Leigh was at our Karsten’s Bark in the Park and was meeting everyone, so I hope you had a chance to meet her.
Speaking of Karsten’s Bark in the Park, we had a great time and the weather was perfect. The rain that probably kept some of our foul weather friends away, didn’t develop and everyone was dry and happy. We have lots of pictures to share in this newsletter. Congratulations to our Director of Events, Kay Dettling, and her wonderful volunteers, for another successful event.
Last month’s Annual Doggie Street Festival was perfect. We had a great location, lots of volunteers and dogs. And we made a few bucks in donations. At the end of the event, it was announced that 85 dogs found forever homes.
Coming up soon will be our Cutest Golden Contest. Do you think your Golden is the cutest you’ve ever seen and should be on calendars, in the movies, and nominated for an Oscar? Then take those pictures and get ready to enter. Who knows, you could have a cover girl or boy in your home.
That’s all for now.
President, Rescue A Golden of Arizona
Meet Leigh Ervin, our new Vice President
Although she has not served on other non-profit boards, in 2014 Leigh was the Staff Parish (HR Leader) of The Fountains United Methodist Church. She and her family are very active with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. Leigh has also led a monthly women’s Book Club for nearly 14 years. Her business acumen, church and community endeavors, and her love of dogs will serve her well as our Vice President.
Leigh and her husband Ed adopted their first Golden in 1985 in their home state of New Jersey. Subsequent Goldens, as well as a Bernese Mountain Dog and two mixed breeds, have been adopted through organizations such as Golden Retriever Connection in southeast Florida, where they lived for 13 years, to RAGofAZ. They adopted 2-1/2 year old Golden, Chase, in 2007 from RAGofAZ. After Chase crossed The Rainbow Bridge in 2016, they welcomed Toby, another 2-1/2 year old Golden, into their home. Tragically, after less than 4 months, Toby also crossed The Bridge, having succumbed to an apparent enlarged heart. Although they are currently parents to a rescued shepherd/malamute mix, they know their next Golden will find them in 2017 and are anxiously awaiting news.
Leigh’s husband, Ed, is a piano tuner/technician with over 1200 churches, schools, restaurants, teachers, and private customers throughout the greater Phoenix area. They have three adopted children: Kelsey Hope, 25, who relocated to North Carolina in 2016 with her significant other in the Air Force; Melissa Faith, 20, a fulltime student at ASU; and Jack Wesley, 12, a talented athlete and percussionist in 6th grade.
In her spare time, Leigh enjoys hiking with her canine companions through the trails behind her home in Fountain Hills, reading, yoga, and puttering around her home. She also occasionally writes a blog, including several entries about Chase, Toby, and her current dog Grace at http://www.balancingalife.wordpress.com.
We welcome Leigh to our Board and our Golden Love……..
In Loving Memory of Norm Fee
A memorial service to celebrate Norm's life will be held on Tuesday, February 28th, 2:00 PM at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care, 400 S. Power Rd. (Broadway and Power), Mesa, AZ. 480-830-4422.
In lieu of flowers, Kay has requested donations to Rescue a Golden of Arizona in Norm's memory...in keeping with his devotion to the Goldens he loved and the organization that he and his wife so truly loved and served for so many years. In the near future there will be a link on our web site and Facebook page to leave condolences, memories and donations.
The RAGofAZ Calendar Committee would love your help!
Is your Golden Retriever an obsessive licker? Do you frequently catch him scratching or biting at his own feet or coat? It can often be hard to know whether it’s allergies or related to another possible health issue.
We're sure that many of you have seen some of the recent news stories regarding a Leptospirosis (Lepto) outbreak in the valley.
Vacation Tips 101 - Traveling with your Golden
You’ll have more fun. And they’ll certainly have more fun! As you probably know already, that’s what makes your Golden the happiest of all --- simply being together with the entire family.
Dog stays with owner for 20 hours after man breaks his neck
2017 Karsten's Bark in the Park
CLICK HERE for photos.
And CLICK HERE to see a remembrance including those Goldens that have passed over the Rainbow Bridge previously.