golden tales masthead july 2015

President’s Message : 2015 Links of Gold Golf Tournament

pictureThe Links of Gold Golf Tournament and Dinner has been growing in size over the years, and with your help this year’s event will be the most successful ever. If you haven’t already marked Saturday, August 29, 2015 on your calendar with a big golden ring please do so now. After you register for this event, I ask you to carry out one more important task for your organization.

Whether you golf or not, please reach out to three or four of your golfing friends and associates and ask them to support this very worthy cause by making up a foursome to play at Troon North.  This year we have reserved the beautiful Pinnacle Course exclusively for our tournament, which presents us with the perfect opportunity to increase the number of our golfers on the course.  At only $500.00 per foursome it’s a deal – and four delicious buffet dinners are included.  (Click here for a printable registration form.)
If just ten members are able to persuade a friend to gather up a foursome, it would make an incredible difference . . . because more golfers on August 29th means more Goldens will receive our help in their hour of need.
 Here is everything you need to know!

What:      Links of Gold Golf Tournament and Dinner
When:     Saturday, August 29, 2015  – 1:30 shot gun start, 
                5:30 cash bar yappy hour, 6:30 buffet dinner
Where:    Troon North Golf Club – Pinnacle Course
                10320 E. Dynamite Blvd.
                Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Individual Golfer:     $150.00 includes buffet dinner
Foursome:                $500.00 includes buffet dinner
Dinner Only:             $35.00
 (Don’t golf? Join us for yappy hour and dinner!) 

In closing, I would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity and the Links of Gold planning committee, led by Judi Schillaci, for their dedicated efforts.

I look forward to meeting you personally at Links of Gold!

Chris P P Brant
President RAGofAZ

Cheers to our RAGofAZ Links of Gold sponsors!

Some of our favorite two-footed and four-footed friends have stepped up to become sponsors in support of our biggest and best fundraising event of the year – the Links of Gold Golf Tournament!  

Our sponsors know that this year Links of Gold has it all – great golf, a delicious buffet dinner featuring Chicken Piccata, and a touching multimedia presentation about the miraculous rescue of our five “Parvo Pups.”  Wait till you see the incredible array of raffle prizes we are offering including a getaway weekend at We-Ko-Pa Resort, free golfing foursomes, an iPad, Tom Tom golf watch, golf bags and clubs, plus scores of gift certificates and gift baskets.  As always, our Goldens will be there to greet you, and to remind us all why we come together at this event in support of the cause of rescue.   

Won’t you join this elite group of sponsors so that you too can feature your favorite photo on our beautiful custom signs?  To help you decide, click here to view a slide show of the best-looking sponsors you’ve ever seen!  

Ready to become a sponsor now?  Then click here and we’ll make it happen – it’s quick and easy.

Thank you to the class of 2015 – our Links of Gold sponsors!

Corporate Sponsors:
Title Sponsor – GenRx Pharmacy
Hole Sponsor – Top Golf

Members and Supporters:
Special Angel Sponsor – Judi and Bob Schillaci
Golden Loving Sponsor – Una and Dave Loge
Rescue A Retriever Sponsor – Andie and Richard Graubard
Forever Home Sponsors – Animal Medical and Surgical Center; Jean and Bill Mack; Debbie Perkins and John Balfanz 
Star Sponsors – Caren Solberg, Nancy and Bruce Palmer; Lindsay Bowden and Karen Kass (AZCMS); Leigh and Jim Bradburn; Debbie Perkins and John Balfanz; Elaine Hutchings; Diamondback Drugs; Four Legged Friends Animal Hospital; Becky Buck-Wetzel


Thank you to the 2016 Hearts of Gold Calendar Committee

On behalf of the Rescue A Golden of Arizona organization I want to thank all those who have toiled so hard and put in so many hours on the creation of the 2016 Hearts of Gold Calendar. Members of the committee have come up with some novel ideas for our 2016 calendar and like you, I am anxiously awaiting a sneak preview of the production. I hear that there is still much work to be done before the new calendar goes to print in the next two months. RAG also appreciates all the owners and their Golden companions that took part in the Cutest Golden Competition, for without their participation this project could not be a success.

Chris P P Brant
President RAGofAZ



Keep your dog safe this summer

Reprinted from the Golden Tales Summer Issue 2010 issue written by DJ Jenkins 

You already know not to leave your dog in a car during the summer, even for a minute, but do you know how to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion? Click here to read more about keeping your dog safe in our Arizona summers.

Are you feeding your Golden a healthy diet?

pictureReprinted from the November 2006 Issue of Golden Tales

Click here! By crosschecking with the list of criteria provided alongside the labels on your dog’s food packaging you will be able to determine how well you are feeding your Golden.


So you think you want a puppy...

pictureReprinted from the Golden Tales Winter Issue 2009 written by Judy Smith

Some of the Goldens that have been rescued over the past few months have been from owners who could not cope with a young rambunctious puppy. This article may make some of you be a little apprehensive!

read more


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

pictureDebra Martin’s Yellowdog River of Love was a popular sales item last month. A new and probably final shipment of these books arrived last week. While they last you can receive a copy for $14.00, which includes the postage. On eBay this beautiful coffee-table edition is selling at a minimum of $68.00, not including postage.

While we are on the subject of merchandising, summer is here 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.




Did you know you can support Rescue A Golden of Arizona just by shopping at Fry's?

picture It's easy when you enroll in Fry's Community Rewards!
Just grab your Fry’s VIP card/key tag and go to  Click on REGISTER in the top right corner of the page and follow the prompts to create an online account if you don’t already have one.  Once you’ve done that, find COMMUNITY REWARDS on your Account Summary page, and enroll by selecting Rescue A Golden of Arizona (or use our NPO # 19627).  Be sure to swipe your card every time you shop to earn rebates for RAGofAZ! 

More easy ways to help RAGofAZ!

pictureIt is also easy to sign up with AmazonSmile and Goober Pet Direct to add contributions directly to RAGofAZ.

Goober Pet Direct will make a donation to rescue every time you shop on their website. Just choose RAGofAZ from the list at checkout.

Click on the logos to go to their websites.



We sent out an earlier email about our rescue boy, Mason.  Mason was only two years old and lost his battle to a very aggressive form of osteosarcoma.  Despite our best efforts and that of our veterinary partner, we reluctantly sent Mason to the Rainbow Bridge.  We are fortunate that most of our rescue stories end happily.  However, when a rescue like RAGofAZ is willing to take in any dog despite health problems, there are going to be dogs like Mason that we cannot help.


Right now, we have two senior Goldens named Cory and Stanley.  Cory and Stanley both
came into rescue with inoperable cancers. However, we are lucky to have wonderful foster families who are willing to give hospice care to Goldens like this whom we are unable
 to place in forever homes, but who are not ready to make their final journey.  Cory has been with a foster since February and continues to do surprisingly well—a true testament to her loving care and zest for life.  Stanley as well is receiving chemotherapy for his cancer and enjoys swimming at his foster home where he has been since April.  So even these dogs are success stories of a sort.  We will continue to rescue Goldens regardless of their medical needs and offer them the best that we can to restore them to good health.


What you need to know about the deadly disease of Valley Fever!

Reprinted from the 2011 Summer Issue of Golden Tales written by Judy Smith, and updated by Judy Smith July 2015

If you live in Arizona, there is an excellent chance your dog will become infected with Valley Fever. Click here to learn about current treatments and ongoing research into this deadly disease.

An alternative way to say goodbye

pictureReprinted from the 2011 Summer Issue of Golden Tales originally written by RAGofAZ Founder Joyce Hubler​

It is a very sad time in each of our lives when that inevitable decision has to be made. Reading the following information now may prepare yourself better for when you have to make that decision.

                                                              read more


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.

"Until we meet again..."

Mark your Calendar

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Before leaving the July Golden Tales please take a few minutes to visit the logos of Fry's, AmazonSmileand Goober Pet Direct to sign up today. It is very easy to complete, does not cost anything but a little time but doing so can make a significant difference in the size of the organization’s coffers.