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President's Message

pictureThe Links of Gold 2016 committee has been working hard and making certain that all aspects of the planning for the Saturday, September 10, event are accomplished. With only two months to go until the event, we are all pleased by the progress and the schedule for the golf tournament on the Monument course (which includes some brand new features this year), the buffet banquet and our famous raffle.

There are several actions that you can take right after reading this email:
•    For those who are planning to honor your family Golden with a sponsorship please click here. Tee and table signage need to be designed and printed soon so that Mark Preston is not overwhelmed at the last minute.
•    For those who know that they will be supporting the organization and attending the buffet banquet please click here.
•    For those who are considering but are not yet decided whether to gather a foursome together, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. right away. It is understood that you have to round up some friends to support our noble cause, so please have them save the date. From our point of view, it will help us with our logistics and planning to know your possible intent. If you are ready to register, please click here.
•    Due to the added features we are including in this year’s tournament, like the free pre-tournament putting and chipping clinic and the putting contest, we will need several additional volunteers. Please contact Becky Wetzel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are looking forward to another successful Links of Gold event on Saturday September 10, 2016 at Troon North Golf Club. It is the dedication of our hard working members that make it happen. So sign up to volunteer the day of the event, bring a foursome for golf and dinner or come for dinner and the world famous raffle. Your continued support will help us to continue our work of rescuing and rehoming golden retrievers. 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Chris P. P. Brant
President, RAGofAZ


Dental Care for All Family Members

pictureFrom WebMD
Your Golden companion can suffer from gum disease, tooth loss, and tooth pain just like the rest of the family. However, your Golden many not complain like you or one of your children. Regular brushing and oral cleanings help keep your pet's teeth strong and healthy.
"Dental disease is one of the most common preventable illnesses in pets," Ohio veterinarian Vanessa Douglas tells WebMD, "yet many people never even look in their pet's mouths."
By the age of three years old an estimated 80% of dogs show signs of dental disease that can lead to abscesses, loose teeth, and chronic pain. Regular visits to your vet for dental cleanings are very important but, "periodontal disease can be avoided by proper dental care by owners," Douglas says. A combination of brushing, oral rinses, and dental treats will help towards less plaque and retain healthy gums.

Monsoon: It’s Raining Frogs and Toads

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. 

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Pumpkin is not just for Thanksgiving anymore!

pictureThe Perfect Bowel-Soothing Food for GI Upsets and Diarrhea
From an article by Dr. Karen Becker included in Healthy Pets
Dr. Becker revisits the confusing subject of dietary fiber, and why she recommends 100% pumpkin instead of rice in bland diets for pets with diarrhea and other forms of GI upset.
The subject of fiber is certainly confusing, even for professionals like veterinarians, but a basic knowledge of the different types of fiber is important in understanding what effect each type will have on an animal's body.

Most medical doctors and veterinarians agree that a healthy diet consists of fresh foods that are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber. But the amount and type of fiber a particular species needs has been more difficult for the medical community to agree on. read more


Leaving Pawprints on our Heart

pictureCourtesy of Land of PureGold Foundation

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It's almost time to re-enroll in Fry's Community Rewards Program

pictureDid you know you can support Rescue A Golden of Arizona just by shopping at Fry's? It's easy when you enroll in Fry's Community Rewards! Re-enrollment is required on or after August first each year. Please click here to enroll or re-enroll. 




Rainbow Bridge

pictureGone 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.

Golden Get-Together at Richardson's

RAGofAZ is planning to start a monthly, informal get-together at Richardson’s on the 3rd Thursday of every month, until further notice. Richardson’s is a dog friendly restaurant with an enclosed area for our four-legged companions and ourselves. The plan is for fellow members who have Golden hearts to congregate for a couple of hours every so often. No speeches, but probably a door prize for someone. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6-8 pm.
6335 North 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016

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