golden tales masthead june 2015

President's Message

pictureDid you ever hear of the Prescott Woof Down Lunch and do you know what it’s all about?
As you know there are numerous opportunities to volunteer during the year to support our organization. After Thanksgiving there are chances to help raise important funds when we gather together for Gift Wrapping in coordination with various Barnes and Noble Stores around the Valley. I hope that you will put that thought in the back of your mind so when we ask for volunteers you will, perhaps for the first time, be the ones that step forward. We have found that the larger the quantity of members who volunteer for at least one or two of these Gift Wrapping dates the easier it is on the regular valiant core of volunteers.

These pre-Christmas events are of course way in the future. There are other events (including Links of Gold, that you can read about below in this month’s Golden Tales) that we will regularly advertise on the website. You don’t have to have a personal invitation to volunteer, just come on out and enjoy the company of fellow members with that same love in their hearts for Golden Retrievers.

With that in mind you might have seen that something in Prescott was happening last Saturday that drew members from as far away as Tucson as well as others from the Valley. They joined the dedicated crowd of local volunteers from Yavapai County. We had a great gathering of Goldens and RAG Members at our booth in downtown Prescott for the Annual Woof Down Lunch

Please do not hesitate next June to either travel up to Prescott for the weekend or just make a day trip to get a change of scenery. While in Prescott we would love for you to volunteer at our booth for a few hours and then while in the town square you would also want to wander over and visit the other interesting exhibits that are coordinated by the organizers. Trophies were given out for such competitors as the best dog trick, the best ears, the best smile and the cutest dog, By the way, the best ears trophy was won by one of our Ambassadogs. There was also music in the park, great food, along with demonstrations presented by the Prescott Police and the Yavapai Search and Rescue.  Apart from many different dog breed rescues there were other exhibits of note, for example, a Dog Training Demonstration by Dandydogs and another group called Animal Disaster Services whose popular motto is, “Don’t Leave Home Without Us”.

Before I close I must remind you that the average temperature at this time in Phoenix is over 100 degrees but under the shade of the trees in the historic County Courthouse Park in downtown Prescott the temperature was a delightful 70 degrees. So next June we hope to see you and your Golden companions at the Woof Down Lunch in Prescott!

Chris P P Brant
President RAGofAZ


Would you like your Ambassadog or Fuzzy Friend to be in our 2016 Calendar?

pictureThis year we have two special ways to honor your companions:

Ambassadogs:  Make a $20 donation and submit a picture of your Ambassadog, whether Golden or not.  Ambassadogs have "Hearts of Gold" to be helping out at our events to raise awareness for Rescue a Golden of AZ and their Golden brother or sister.  We wanted to make sure to show them how much they are appreciated.  So, thank you Ambassadogs!

Fuzzy Friends: We have not overlooked your Fuzzy (or not so Fuzzy) Friends, and they can also be in our calendar for a $20 donation.  Show off all your pets and join in the fun.  What a wonderful keepsake coming your way in our 2016 Hearts of Gold Calendar!

Just click here to get started.

Our Cutest Golden Contest was a great success!

pictureWe are happy to announce that our Cutest Golden Contest brought in over $6,800! 

A huge thanks to all who participated. Our Calendar Committee is working hard on creating our 2016 calendar which will feature the winners, and will also include photos of all the dogs that participated.   

Announcing GenRx Pharmacy as our Links of Gold Title Sponsor!

It is with great excitement and pride that we announce Sean Lonergan and the good people of GenRx Pharmacy as our corporate Title Sponsor for the Links of Gold Golf Tournament on August 29, 2015!

GenRx is a Community/Retail Pharmacy specializing in procurement, storage, dispensing and the recording of medicines.  The company is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is distinguished by a corporate culture of service and commitment to the community.

This marks the second year in a row that GenRx Pharmacy has stepped up as a presenting sponsor to honor longtime RAGofAZ volunteer Ciara Petronzio, founder of Pennies for Pups and former co-chair of the Links of Gold Committee.  Ciara is also a member of the National Honor Society, a winning competitive golfer, an accomplished musician, and recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for the state of Arizona.

We are most grateful to GenRx Pharmacy for their continuing support and to Ciara for her years of dedicated service.

We will soon be announcing the names of our generous RAGofAZ Member Sponsors!  Will your name be there? Please consider becoming a Links of Gold sponsor. Just CLICK HERE to view/purchase a sponsorship or to register for golf/dinner.

Morris Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

pictureSome of you already are familiar with the lifetime study of Golden Retrievers that is being conducted by the Morris Foundation. The researchers are hoping to discover the causes of cancers in Goldens.

A few RAG members have their young Goldens enrolled in the study. This month we have included three articles related to to the work of the Morris Foundation. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Have a Puppy Playdate!

pictureWe have recently placed a number of puppies in forever homes. With that in mind we thought that it would be useful to forward several pieces by AKC that covers etiquette and more when planning a puppydate, or even an adult dog get together. CLICK HERE to learn more.


Vantage West Credit Union Goes Golden

Each quarter, the employees of Vantage West Credit Union have a jeans day fund raiser to support charities.

This past quarter, Rescue A Golden of Arizona was the recipient of their generosity.  CLICK HERE to read the rest of the story.​



Keep your dogs safe this summer
Don't miss Toad Aversion Training

pictureSonoran Desert Toads seem like toys to dogs.  But the mucous excretion on them is poisonous and can cause death.

CLICK HERE for Tucson Toad Aversion training information.


Still have some 2015 Mustang Raffle Tickets Available in Tucson

pictureCLICK HERE to find out how you can be in the running to win this limited edition.



Golden Burgers in Tucson


It’s Time for Our Annual Fuddruckers Chow Down 

CLICK HERE to get a juicy, made to order hamburger or veggie burger and Support RAGofAZ while you munch.

All you have to do is print the attached coupons, cut them apart, and distribute them to friends, family, sports teams, etc. Next, go to Fuddruckers on June 24th for the best hamburgers or veggie burgers in Tucson.  When you enjoy a scrumptious meal, RAGofAZ gets 20% of the meals purchased by people who present the coupons.  Only one coupon is needed per group; coupon applies to all menu items.Hope to see you there.

Check out the mouth watering menu at


It might be Time to Visit the Rescue A Golden of Arizona Shop!
See: Top Menu Bar Home Page

pictureRecently we received a limited number of beautiful books entitled Yellowdog River of Love. These books include glorious photographs of Golden Retrievers along with an interesting content. 

They were surplus copies from an East Coast Golden Rescue organization. Online these high quality, coffee-table books are selling on eBay for a minimum of $68.00. We will be happy to mail you a copy for a minimum donation to RAGofAZ of $14.00 that includes postage. We will probably not be able to get a resupply of Yellowdog River of Love, so if you want a copy for yourself or if you want to send to a friend a gift at Christmas you will need to order immediately, while we still have stock.

While we are on the subject of merchandising, summer holidays are just around the corner and you can find several appropriate items for purchase on the website.  

Go online for custom RAG hats, t-shirts, luggage tags, bandanas and/or to purchase a copy of Yellowdog River of Love.

Rainbow Bridge

pictureIt is always sad to have to report of those beloved companions who have crossed to the Rainbow Bridge in the past month. CLICK HERE

And CLICK HERE to see a remembrance including those Goldens that have passed over the Rainbow Bridge previously.

Mark your Calendar and Save the Date for Southern Activities

Saturday June 13    Meet & Greet PetSmart
                                Broadway & Pantano
                                10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sunday June 14      Toad Aversion Training in Tucson
                                                    8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Wednesday June 24 Golden Burgers at Fuddruckers
                                  Fund Raiser
Saturday June 27   Meet & Greet Bookman’s
                               Ina & Thornydale
                              10:00 AM to 1:00 PM  NEW HOURS

Upcoming Events in the Phoenix area

Saturday June 13    Gilbert PetSmart Meet & Greet
                                 857 N. Val Vista Dr.
                                 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM  NEW HOURS for summer

Saturday August 29  Links of Gold Golf Tournament
                                  Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale
                                  CLICK HERE for details or to register