Golden Tales Masthead May 2015

Thank you for making our 2015 Annual Fundraising Campaign such a success!

pictureI have been humbled and touched by the response of our members and supporters to our 2015 Annual Campaign – Nothing Special.  To date, you have surpassed our hopes and wishes by donating more than $8,500.00!

Your commitment to Rescue A Golden of Arizona means that Golden Retrievers in need will be given a second chance at the kind of life they deserve. Because of your support, we can offer medical care, life-saving surgery, and the promise of a loving “forever” home . . . to the frightened shelter dog, the pup with Parvovirus, the ailing senior dog, and the beloved pet whose owner can no longer care for him. You are helping to ensure that no Golden will ever have to know the feeling of being “nothing special.”

Thank you.  You are forever special because you care enough to give the gift of rescue.

Chris P P Brant
President RAGofAZ


A Note from the Calendar Committee

pictureWho's Your Daddy???

Rescue 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??"  In the next few weeks, we will be asking for photographs of these special dogs whose father was likely a "tall dark stranger."  Won't you share their stories and photos and, for a small donation,  have your unique RAGofAZ dog on this page?
More exciting Calendar News coming soon.  Watch and join in the fun...


Do You Know What's Happening on August 29, 2015?

Join us for a day filled with great golf, fabulous food and gorgeous Goldens at our annual golf tournament, dinner and raffle!  Registration opens next month with affordable all-new sponsorship opportunities to fit everyone’s budget.  You won’t want to miss this, so stay tuned for details.

We will keep you posted!

WHAT: Links of Gold Golf Tournament
WHEN: Saturday, August 29, 2015
WHERE: Troon North Golf Club – Scottsdale

WHY: Pinnacle course reserved exclusively for RAGofAZ, Chicken Piccata buffet, dazzling raffle prizes--it's the biggest and best fundraising event of the year!

Maggie: Her New Beginning

pictureMaggie, 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.


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Canine Flu Update

pictureRAGofAZ 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.

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The Emotional Loop that Bonds You and your Dog
By Gary Kane

pictureArticle 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.

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Did you know?

pictureGolden Retrievers originated in the 1860s in Great Britain from foundation stock developed at the Scottish country estate of Lord Tweedmouth. To begin the breed, Lord Tweedmouth mated a yellow wavy-coated retriever--the only yellow in a litter of blacks--to a Tweed Water Spaniel (a breed now extinct). The resulting litter produced four bitches who, with a limited number of outcrosses, produced the foundation stock from which all of today's Golden Retrievers descend. Goldens were first brought to North America in the late 1890s and were first registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1925. 

This information is provided by Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA).



Are You Prepared?
By Scottie McGowan

The citizens and visitors of Arizona enjoyed a very mild, rainy winter.  The rain freshened the air and encouraged new growth of foliage with beautiful spring flowers.

The downside of this pleasure is that the new growth of Buffel grass and other assorted weeds are destined to die in the summer sun and become fuel for fires throughout the state.  

We’ve all seen with Hurricane Katrina, last year’s wildfires, and monsoon floods what can unexpectedly happen, especially with pets, when disaster strikes and we are not prepared.

It’s time to plan for whatever contingency may occur.  Click here to read and print the attached document, EVACUATION PREPAREDNESS, to assist you with your personal planning.  Better safe than sorry.  Hoping everyone has a safe and fun summer.

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Gone 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.





Save the Date

pictureWoof Stock Adopt-A-Thon – Prescott Valley
Saturday, May 30, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
7501 E Civic Center 

Woof Down Lunch – Prescott
Saturday, June 6, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Prescott Courthouse Square

Toad Aversion Training
Date and Location TBA

Saturday, August 1

Links of Gold Golf Tournament
Saturday, August 29
Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale

Vail Farmer's Market Chili Pepper Fest
Saturday, September 12
Vail, Arizona

Sunday, October 4, 10:00 am -- 4:00 pm
Prescott Courthouse Square

Thanks to Nancy Baker, Carol Quinn, Susan Quisenberry, Scottie McGowan, Judi Schillaci, Judy Smith, and Margie Karow for their contributions.