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President's Message


President message-216x159It’s summer in the desert and the heat is on.

Just a quick reminder that if you think it’s hot outside so do your Goldens.  They need plenty of water and a shady spot to hide until you let them back in, which should be very quickly!  The pavement gets extremely hot and, unlike you, your dogs don’t wear shoes, so please . . . get your walks in before or after the sun comes out.  While the heat is an obvious issue, a less apparent threat is Valley Fever, which is caused by a fungus that gets stirred up by windstorms or even construction.  You can lessen the exposure of this illness to your dogs by keeping them indoors as much as possible.  Most Goldens will not seriously object to being with you.


 Summertime also means that our annual Board of Directors election cycle will be starting up again.  Indeed, the Nominating Committee is being formed right now.  Our next issue of Golden Tales will bring you all the details, but the time to think about running for the Board is now.  Our Golden Retrievers are smart and talented but they need humans to run this rescue so please respond when the call for nominees goes out.


Meanwhile, there is a lot going on!  Planning is in full swing for our Links of Gold Golf Tournament on September 13th at beautiful Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale.  Our annual online fundraising program, Bowl-A-Rama, just launched and runs until August 9th.  Please check out the rescue stories of our four Bowl-A-Rama canine representatives, Stevie, Willie, Tasha, and Finnegan, and help us make this campaign a success!


Finally, you will enjoy Scottie McGowan’s account of another journey to El Paso, Texas, to rescue five Golden Retrievers who needed new forever homes in sunny Arizona.  We’ll just have to teach June, Cash, Lucky, Devin and Jack how to lose that Texas accent when they bark!


Links of Gold


Links of Gold dog216x143It’s time once again for you to join us at our Links of Gold Golf Tournament on Saturday, September 13th at beautiful Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale!

This is the signature fundraising event of the year for Rescue A Golden of Arizona.  Your tails will be wagging when you tee off on Troon North’s breathtaking Monument course.  This year we are featuring a hole-in-one contest sponsored by Audi North Scottsdale!  How many Goldens can you fit in your new Audi?!  More of a socialite than a golfer? No problem!  Join us at 5:30 PM for “Yappy Hour” and dinner. This is your opportunity to retrieve your raffle tickets and get to know other Golden enthusiasts!  Yappy Hour will be followed by a sensational Italian buffet dinner featuring chicken piccata, pastas, salad, and desserts.  And there will be home-baked doggie treats for the pups!


We just can’t stop howling about this year’s raffle prizes!  We’ve been barking up all the right trees and have some spectacular items that you might win!  We continue to seek donations for our raffle, so please let us know if you have additional items you can fetch for the event!  Because we love to retrieve!  Click here for details or to register.




Bowlarama216x287Have you ever seen a Golden Retriever bowl?

Yes, they love bowling! On Saturday, August 9th, the entire animal rescue community in the Phoenix metro area will gather for some friendly bowling competition and to help raise funds for our cause (two-footed bowlers only).  Rescue A Golden of Arizona (RAGofAZ) has enthusiastically supported Bowl-A-Rama for many years, and it has become a significant fundraiser.  In fact, every dollar we raise goes directly into our RAGofAZ treasury to help pay our vet bills and support our mission!

You can help by making a donation in honor of one of four fabulous Bowl-A-Rama Golden Retrievers: Stevie, Willie, Tasha and Finnegan. Their rescue stories will amaze and inspire you! Just click here to check out their photos and read how RAGofAZ came to their rescue. Ask your friends, family and colleagues to contribute too, and help make 2014 Bowl-A-Rama a howling success! Click here to donate.





El Paso Rescue


DevinLucky-216x162A Tale of the Tres El Paso Banditos is the story about the transport of five dogs from El Paso to Tucson.  Hoping you will take the time to read it.

Click here to read about our hilarious (in retrospect) adventure.






Barnes & Noble Gift Wrap 2014

Gift-wrap216x216Yes, it’s Christmas in July!

We may be locked into triple digits outside but here inside at RAGofAZ we are already planning our holiday gift wrapping program with Barnes and Noble Booksellers.  In fact, we have dates booked at B&N locations in Arrowhead (Bell/77th in Peoria), Happy Valley (off I-17), and Goodyear (Litchfield/McDowell). We also expect to be back at Crossroads B&N in Gilbert, and we’re on the hunt for some great locations in Tucson too.  Check out the dates scheduled so far in the “Mark Your Calendar” section at the end of this newsletter.  And get ready to “bring the bling” this holiday season!






Woof Down Lunch

Courthouse Square in Prescott was the place to be on Saturday, June 28th, when hundreds of animal welfare groups gathered with their furry – or not so furry – friends for some eats, drinks, and play time.

RAGofAZ’s northern contingent of volunteers manned the Rescue A Golden of Arizona booth and promoted our cause with great success.  Many thanks to Lynn and Daryl Lassen who brought Gamer and Honey, Ruth Ann Steffes with Tasha and Sedona, Robin Fox with Spirit, Becky Wetzel with Maddie, and Liz Sawtschenko, who trekked up from the Valley with her Gus.


Intake Team Members Needed

Ever wonder how we get information about new dogs coming in?   

Do you have some time and are fairly computer literate? Would you like to be the first to know the new dogs?  Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Bridge Page

Rainbow Bridge monvalcropped 3 216x229Gone but never forgotten . . . remember the beloved Goldens who have crossed to the Bridge but will live forever in the hearts of those who loved them.  Click here
















Curb Service

For the safety of our Golden Ambassadogs, we are providing Meet & Greet curb service during the hot weather here in Tucson.


When you arrive, call 520.360.4414 and someone will come out to safely escort your dog inside while you park.

Thursday July 17th Meet & Greet at Konaberi Self Serve Yogurt

Kona-beri-216x120Konaberi is located at 9155 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ 85749; meeting time is 6:00 PM.  This is a fun time when families beat the heat by heading on down to their favorite yogurt shop.  The owners are very generous.  They are donating two gift cards for us to raffle off at the store. 

Not only do we get to keep the raffle money, but we get a percentage of the yogurt sold during our time, and our dogs can wear their vests and collect money too.  Come join us for great yogurt and fun socializing.  If you can’t come to meet and greet, come to enjoy some delicious, cold yogurt.

Home Visit Team Members Needed in Southern Arizona

Home Visits-216x216We especially need people on the northwest side. 

Not labor or time intensive and you help us to know if a dog will be safe and loved in the home that you visit.  Training is provided.  Email us for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.







Emeritus Assisted Living Visits Tucson

Emeritus-At-Catalina-Foothills-216x161Last call for people who want to do visits to Emeritus Assisted Living at River & Swan. 

Those of us who have been going find that the residents really love interacting with the dogs. Our visit days are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 AM and usually just last about 45 minutes. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..







Last Call for Jim Click 2014 Jeep Raffle Tickets

Jeep-216x279There are still a few left.  Support your rescue and maybe ride around town in your new Jeep Cherokee.

Tickets are $25.00 each or 5 for $100.  Our ticket sales are retained by our rescue.  Credit Cards accepted. You can order on the RAGofAZ website or call Scottie McGowan at 520.360.4414.















Mark your calendar!

  • Calendar216x219Bowl-A-Rama - fundraising continues until August 9, 2014
  • Links of Gold Golf Tournament - Saturday, September 13, 2014
  • Golden Harvest Wine Tasting - Friday, October 17, 2014
  • Bark in the Park in Tucson - Sunday, November 9, 2014
  • Meet & Greet Konaberi Self Serve Yogurt - Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (see article above)
  • Meet & Greet - Bookman's at Ina Road and Thornydale Road in Tucson on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Holiday Gift Wrapping

Confirmed dates for three Barnes and Noble locations:

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