golden tales masthead aug 2016

President's message

In just a month we will be gathering for the Links of Gold Golf Tournament and Dinner at the prestigious Monument Course at Troon North.  Now is the time to sign up and join us!
The tournament is set, including some new fun features:
  • You could win a Hole in One prize of $10,000!!!
  • FREE Putting & Chipping Clinic by John Gunby, Golf Pro from Prescott Lakes
  • A chance to win a new putter in the Pre-Tournament Putting Competition
  • Best Poker Hand winners as a result of action at the Golden Dog-Leg Hole
  • Craft Beer tastings at three separate holes
 You are not a golfer? Join us for Yappy Hour and dinner!
Here’s why you don’t want to miss it!     Click Here
  • Down a cool one at our cash bar Yappy Hour and pet our Golden Retriever ambassadogs for as many hours as you like.
  • Hear from members’ experiences with their therapy and service dogs.
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner featuring Chicken Piccata, Caesar salad, pasta dishes (including vegetarian), bread, and scrumptious pies.
Take your chances on the most fabulous array of raffle prizes you’ve ever seen!
  • a signed guitar by Alice Cooper
  • a 36” x 24” framed and signed watercolor print by the official PGA artist of the 2016 US Open at Oakmont
  • beautiful autographed lithographs
  • sports memorabilia
  • weekend packages at various hotels in and out of state
  • foursomes at some of the finest golf courses around Arizona
  • SWPGA Golf Pass
  • theater and symphony tickets
  • off road excursions and boat trips
  • a commissioned portrait of your Golden pet
  • restaurant gift certificates
And the most important reasons of all to attend Links of Gold?
  • Every dollar raised goes to benefit our mission of rescuing and “re-homing” displaced, sick, old or unwanted Golden Retrievers.
  • Your dedicated planning committee has been working to make this event a success for eight months and is fervently hoping that you will make all of their efforts worth it for our Goldens!
  • Your support now means that these wonderful events may continue in the future.
All that is left to do to make this event a great success for our beloved Goldens is for you to click here and sign up. Please do it now! 
What:   Links of Gold Golf Tournament, Buffet and Grand Raffle
When:  Saturday, September 10, 2016
  • 11:00 Golf Registration begins
  • 11:30 Putting Clinic 
  • 12:00 Putting Competition
  • 1:30 Shot Gun Start-Scramble format 
  • 5:30 Cash Bar Yappy Hour 
  • 6:30 Buffet Dinner
Where: The Monument Course at Troon North
Costs:   $500.00 for a Foursome (includes 4 Buffet Dinners)
             $150.00 for an Individual (includes Buffet Dinner)
             $35.00 Buffet only

Click here now!!

Chris P. P. Brant
President, RAGofAZ

 "People" foods you should share with your dog


These dog-approved "people foods" your dog can eat provide variety and a nutritional boost!
From moderndog magazine written by Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott​

Can my dog eat that? Apples, salmon, pumpkin, beans, yogurt... people foods that are safe for your dog to eat. As a responsible and informed dog lover, you probably know that too much “people food” can make your dog ill or overweight, but there are some human foods that can be safely added to your dog’s meals in moderation to give a nutritional boost to Queenie’s diet and add a bit of variety to her food bowl. Just remember: any additions to your dog’s meals shouldn’t comprise more than 25 percent of her weekly caloric requirement. read more



12 Healthiest human foods for dogs

pictureFrom I Love Dogs by Katie Finlay

There are plenty of people foods we’d love to share with our dogs, but some are much healthier than others. In fact, some foods are even toxic to our dogs. But fear not, there are certain human snacks that can actually benefit our four-legged friends. read more


Hypothyroidism - Why do so many vets fail to catch this disease early?

pictureThis article was reproduced from Healthy Pets  with Dr. Karen Becker July 17, 2016

Hypothyroidism in dogs is a condition in which the thyroid is unable to produce enough of the hormone thyroxine to meet the body’s demands. The disorder is more prevalent in certain breeds.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism are wide-ranging and can differ from dog to dog. Classic signs include lack of energy, weight gain, and poor coat and skin condition. 
Comment by Chris Brant: “This article is personal as our Daisy had all of these symptoms, her problem was correctly diagnosed and treated. She is now a healthy, spry eight-year-old with a full golden coat." read more


Valley Fever P.A.W.S.--You can help solve this mystery!

pictureThe following article was published by the Translational Genomics Research Institute

We need data for both affected and unaffected dogs living in or traveling to areas where they may be exposed to the fungus that causes valley fever. Because we need data for dog breeds that are potentially exposed but don't get sick, please help us by reporting breed specific information on dogs that DO NOT have the disease. Your information will be used to understand breed specific risk for disease. Please provide as much information as you can. read more




Food allergies in dogs

pictureNothing to sneeze at: food allergies and your dog-signs, symptoms and what to do
An article by Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott first published in moderndog

Some of the breeds most prone to food allergies include
Retriever, Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, Springer Spaniel, Collie, Dalmatian, German Shepherd, Lhasa Apso, Miniature Schnauzer, Shar Pei, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Dachshund, and West Highland White Terrier

Most common food allergens include
beef, dairy, and wheat.

Least common food allergens
fish and rabbit.

General signs and symptoms of allergies include
dry itchy skin, excessive scratching or licking, bald patches, a high frequency of hot spots, ear infections, skin infections, diarrhea, and vomiting. read more

Golden Get-Together at Richardson's

pictureRAGofAZ 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




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.


Mark your calendar

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