Golden Tales Masthead August 2015

President's Message

As many of you know this is the final year that Judi Schillaci will be chairing the Links of Gold Golf Tournament and dinner committee. On behalf of the organization I want to express our deepest gratitude for all Judi’s hard work and leadership. She would be the first to tell you about her core of long-term, loyal supporters who have worked their hearts out, and along with their leader, they too will be stepping down this year. My point is not to neglect the newer members of the team who have played an integral part in the proceedings but these “Long-Service Medalists” will certainly be missed. We thank them all.

However, the best way to thank these dedicated volunteers personally is to go to the website now and just sign up, at least for the dinner. Just last Friday the sponsorships hit the $10,000.00 mark. A great effort by the team, but also by all those individual sponsors and companies that appreciate the wonderful work that Rescue A Golden achieves each year. You are all invested in this mission whether you volunteer, donate or just support us when we gather together.

Our number of golfers for this event increased last year and so it was decided it would be better for all if this year we bought the course out. Therefore, the situation provides another way to show your appreciation of Judi’s team. Many of us do not play golf but we all have at least one or two associates that we can call upon to support this great cause, on a great course. There is still plenty of room for more golfers to compete for some wonderful prizes. Individual phone calls, emails, or a few words at the office can make a difference. Thank you all in advance.

Chris PP Brant
President, RAGofAZ

Just two more weeks till Links of Gold!

pictureDon’t wait another minute to register for golf and/or dinner at our signature fundraising event, the Links of Gold Golf Tournament!  This event is made possible in large part by our generous sponsors led by our Title Sponsor, Sean Lonergan and the good people of GenRx! Click here to see a beautiful slide show of all of our sponsors.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated members of our planning committee: Penny Keaton, Judy Smith, Valerie Shaner, Mark Preston, Chris Brant, Margie Karow, Barbara Petronzio, Caren Solberg, Ann Adams, Liz and Denis Bechen, Julie Thompson, and Bob Schillaci.  I especially want to acknowledge two people who will be “retiring” from Links of Gold after this year along with Bob and me – Judy Smith and Penny Keaton.  

Judy has served as our “Raffle Queen” for nearly a decade and is the designer of the dazzling display of raffle baskets that will surely wow you when you see it.  And Penny has been our Tournament Coordinator for many years, ensuring that your experience is smooth sailing from check-in till the last swing on the Pinnacle Course.  We owe them enormous kudos for endless hours of planning, attention to detail, and hard work.  

But for you this is easy!  Just click here to register or purchase a sponsorship (it’s not too late).

When:     Saturday, August 29, 2015  – 1:30 shotgun 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

Registration Fees:
Individual Golfer:    $150.00 includes buffet dinner
Foursome:               $500.00 includes buffet dinner
Dinner Only:            $35.00 

If you prefer, you may mail your check payable to RAGofAZ to:
Rescue A Golden of Arizona  ~  PO Box 71987  ~  Phoenix, AZ 85050

Payment must be received by August 22, 2015.

On behalf of the entire Links of Gold Committee, it has been an honor and privilege to serve our organization in this capacity, and we thank you for your generosity and support.  Because it’s all for the love of a Golden . . .

Judi Schillaci, Chairperson
Links of Gold Golf Tournament

Dogs, Desert Toads Don’t Mix 

pictureDid you know that more dogs in Arizona die from toad encounters than from rattlesnake bites?
After the first heavy rain that we encountered when we moved to Fountain Hills in 1983 I observed a large toad in our backyard. He was many miles from the major water sources down in the Fountain Lake. I deposited the toad in a bucket and made a trip to the Fountain Hills Lake Park. Our new, found “friend” did not seem too interested in taking a swim.

It was quite a while later that I found out that the toad would have been quite happy to live beneath our backyard and would have only come out after heavy rains. I also found out that once we had Goldens roaming our property the likes of Bufo Toads were not the friendly pets in our midst that I had imagined back in 1983. read more

Mark your Calendar



Pet Dental Care - It's more important than you think! 


Contributed by Sarah Bashaw, DVM
El Dorado Animal Hospital, Fountain Hills, AZ

We all know how important good oral hygiene and dental care is for ourselves, but many pet owners don’t realize that it is equally important in our pets.  Good oral hygiene and regular check-ups are essential in maintaining both oral and physical health, and to prevent pain and infection.

You may wonder if your pet needs dental care at all.  There are some signs you may notice at home. read more


Which Foods are Safe to Feed Your Pet…. And which Ones are Not

pictureReprinted from WOOFipedia by the American Kennel Club

Can dogs eats grapes? Absolutely not. Grapes (and raisins) are toxic to dogs, and they should never be allowed to eat them. Why, you ask? Learn more here.






On the Road Again 

pictureWith Scottie McGowan, Assistant Transport Coordinator

It started with an urgent phone call.  It was a plea from El Paso.  Five Goldens needed homes.
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Rainbow Bridge

It 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.

We would like to begin acknowledging donations made in the name of companions that have been lost:

Kathleen Villagas made a donation in honor of her girl “Sunny.” 


A Tribute to Savannah

pictureShared by Denise McRae

Savannah McRae 6/24/02 – 7/20/15
What can I say about Savannah?  We all love our dogs beyond reason and so know our perception of them is colored by this lack of reason.  Savannah burst into my home in approximately June 2003 as a foster.  She was one years old and her former owner had bought her lot of toys, a stylish collar and raised eating bowls but was giving her up because Savannah wouldn’t let her “just sit quietly and read.”  The owner thought Savannah was hyper.  No; she was a puppy.  She was bow-legged, pigeon toed and owned any room she entered.  I was not looking for a second dog; I had a big beautiful boy, Fitz, who I adored.  People came to meet her.  She was too small, she was too red, she just wasn’t quite right. read more


What does it mean when a dog licks me?

pictureReprinted from WOOFipedia by the American Kennel Club

Do you ever wonder why your dog might be licking you? Does he smell the food you just ate? Does he want something? Does he just love me? Some of us think they are just kisses! There is a reason why they lick us. Click here to find out what it is.




2016 Hearts of Gold Calendars are here!

pictureThe 2016 Rescue A Golden Calendar is off the press and it is now ready to order online. The Calendar Committee did a magnificent job in producing the 2016 edition. It has some new features that you will enjoy. The photographs of our present and past companions are exquisite. On behalf of the organization I want to thank all those involved in this labor of love.






Support RAGofAZ just by shopping at Fry’s! 

Fry’s Community Rewards program requires you to re-enroll each year on or after August 1st so that RAGofAZ can continue receiving benefits every time you shop at Fry’s. It’s easy, just click here


A new shipment of T-shirts of all sizes has arrived and with Links of Gold Golf Tournament coming up it would be great to see an array of teal on the green and at the buffet dinner. You may purchase them by clicking here.



Golden Retriever Books 

The sales of autographed copies of the Yellowdog River of Love Golden Retriever books are going well. You can buy them on eBay for $64.00 plus postage or from RAGofAZ for $14.00. Click here to order.









How to Protect Pets from the Back-to-School Blues

pictureReprinted from Kristen Levine Pet Living at

Heading back to school is always an exciting time for families. New teachers, new friends, new routines, new things to learn! But for pets, watching their favorite human playmate run out the door to catch the bus can be “ruff.”

After a summer full of fun, frolic, adventures and non-stop interaction, cats and dogs can become depressed or anxious when suddenly left alone all day. Occasionally, some pets can also develop more extreme behaviors like loud meowing or barking, escape attempts, panting, drooling, and chewing on inappropriate items.