President's Message

Can you believe it’s almost Fall? You can tell by the Halloween decorations that are already on display in many stores and of course, the smell of pumpkin spice in the air…everywhere! I am looking forward to cooler days and even cooler nights. Partly so my dogs and I can get back to our normal walking routine and not have to worry about burning paws but also because we’re heading back into our busy fundraising season. We’ve had more veterinary expenses than usual the past few months taking care of several Goldens with some pretty serious health issues. Each case has taken a big toll on our bank account and we hope to replenish it with some of our upcoming events.

Fall is the time we begin to sell our 2020 Rescue A Golden of AZ calendar featuring 15 rescued Goldens. This year we have not one but three “oldest Goldens” to celebrate and will be featuring two “special needs” dogs. We can’t wait for everyone to grab a copy or two! 

Fall is also the season we start planning our largest fundraising event of the year, Top Golf. We are moving this year’s event to November 17th so we’re not bumping into the busy holiday season in hopes that even more people will be able to attend. Last year’s event received such great feedback that we decided toextend it this year by another hour for even more golfing fun! Start thinking of who you’ll invite to be on your team and if you don’t have a team, no worries, we will help you join another team and meet some new people! For anyone who isn’t good at golf (me!) or not sure how to play, don’t worry, Top Golf is fun for everyone, absolutely no golf experience required. No golf clubs needed, no tiny holes to aim for, no clunky golf carts!

We have a few other things going in the upcoming months too. We will elect (or re-elect) several Board seats and announce them at our Annual Meeting on October 19th which is open to all members. Keep an eye on our website and social media for more information on this event! For those in the southern parts of AZ, be sure to come see us at the Chile Festival in Tucson on September 21st!  

Again, everything we do is 100% volunteer driven and we cannot operate or save a single Golden without their help. In this quarter’s newsletter I am featuring one of our long-standing volunteers who’s held a variety of positions and currently serves as our Director of Golden Rescue. Scottie McGowan wears many different hats and spends an enormous amount of her time dedicated to rescuing as many Goldens as possible, near and far. She is the lifeblood behindour International Rescue efforts and none of the dogs coming from S. Korea, Turkey, Mexico and China would be here if not for her work! We would be hard pressed to find a volunteer as dedicated as Scottie!

Speaking of volunteers, we put a call out to add more volunteers for a variety of roles and we were overwhelmed with the response! We knew we had a lot of supporters out there but we were thrilled to see how many of you wanted to volunteer your time with us on our mission to save all the Goldens. We were able to add an additional 25+ to various teams which will help in areas such as fundraising, transporting dogs, event help, shelter walking and more. We are forever grateful to each of our volunteers whether they help once a quarter or every day. 

Heather Marcom


Volunteer Spotlight: Scottie McGowan

This quarter we’re celebrating Scottie McGowan. Scottie is one of our most tenured volunteers and has held many different roles over the last 14 years including her current role as Director of Golden Rescue. Many of you may recognize her work as the leader who pulls all of our International Rescue efforts together. You can find her driving her mini-van (with a huge vinyl sticker of a Golden on the side!) back and forth from LAX picking up dogs or flying to Mexico to bring back a bunch of Goldens in crates heading to their new homes in AZ. Her energy is endless and her enthusiasm is infectious. We would not be able to save as many dogs as we do without her. Thank you, Scottie, for all you do!

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What to do about Grain Free Dog Food

There has been a lot of talk about the need to abandon grain free dog foods because of a detected link between DCM (canine Dilated CardioMyopathy) and grain free dog foods.  DCM leads to an enlargement of the heart and weakening of the heart muscle.  We have consulted with our veterinary partners and they concur that there is a link but that link comes with a few caveats.

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Beware the Sonoran Desert Toad

pictureFrom PetMD and Reptile Magazine

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. 

There are seven different toads that can found around Arizona. If you have been in the state for even a little time you probably know some of these toads can be deadly to our canine pets. Unfortunately, our Golden companions are not always so well informed. read more


Easy ways to support RAGofAZ

Did you know you can support Rescue A Golden of Arizona just by shopping at Fry'sread more
You're shopping on Amazon anyway...why not support a good cause at the same time? read more
You can support Rescue A Golden of Arizona just by taking your dog for a walkread more

RAGofAZ  Website Tips

A message from our Webmaster, Margie Karow

Looking for an older story on our website?

Just scroll down to the “Archived Articles” link near the bottom of any of our website pages. You’ll find issues of Golden Tales dating back several years, Hearts of Gold calendar dog stories from previous years, and lots more.

You can also use the search bar in the upper right corner of any page. Just enter what you’re searching for, hit enter, and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find it.



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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