golden tales masthead aug 2017 

President's Message

Phew! It’s been hot and muggy outside. While we humans sweat to cool off, our Goldens' fur prevents sweating, thereby trapping heat which causes a rapid rise in internal temperature. Heatstroke can occur when a pet’s internal temperature rises just a few degrees, so be care with your dog outside and keep them cool. See the article on ice cubes for dogs. Our dogs love ice cubes and know exactly where you’re going with the cup. 

Five more Goldens found their way across the Mexico border to Phoenix, with the help of Scottie McGowan and Susan Quisenberry. All five were males, in good health and have found freedom, love and homes. 

Scottie and Susan were greeted by a pack of RAGofAZ’s wonderful volunteers at the International Arrival waiting area and helped wheel the carts with 5 crates through the airport to the doggie potty area.

All were released from bondage to drink some water, stretch their legs, and to do their business.  All the dogs got along with each other fabulously and were very friendly. This also gave them time to meet the people that would take them on the last leg of their journey, their forever American home.  Transporters left the airport with their precious cargo and crate.  

Randi, about 6-7 years old, and now named Buddy, was transported by Karen Short.
Nikki, about 6 months old, and now named Tico, was transported by Mary & Oren Bishop.
Samy, about 2-3 years old, and now called Sam, was transported by Bob Schillaci.
Rosco, about 3 years old, and now called Champ, was transported by Susan and Scottie.
Cafu, about 3 years old, and now called Melbourne, was transported by Les & Kathie McIsaac.

Thank you everyone for making their journey to our side of the fence uneventful.

It is only about 40 days until Links of Gold, so make sure you make your reservations. See more in this newsletter.

Thanks to everyone who has donated to our rescue efforts for the past few months. We have rescued some Goldens from very bad conditions, and many parts of the world. Your donations will help us continue this effort.

Oren Bishop
President, RAGofAZ


Where do Golden Retrievers come from?

Originally hailing from Scotland, the golden retriever breed was started in 1865 from a lone yellow pup in a litter of black wavy-coated retrievers, crossbred with a local water spaniel by Lord Tweedmouth of Guisachan in Scotland. This gorgeous, friendly dog still excels in retrieving, as well as agility and obedience, and as service dogs.








Announcing the Links of Gold Corporate Title Sponsor Shea Connelly Development!

It is with much delight that we introduce Bart and Cheryl Shea of Shea Connelly Development LLC (SCD-LLC) as our Corporate Title Sponsor for the Links of Gold Golf Tournament that will be held at Troon North on Saturday, September 9, 2017!

SCD-LLC, an Arizona based development company, with a national capacity, is a senior housing and multi-family oriented organization with the capabilities to address both commercial and residential projects. Currently, those living in Fountain Hills can observe first-hand the exciting, major, multi-purpose project the length of the Avenue of the Fountains rising from the desert.

The generosity of Bart, Cheryl and the fine people of SCD-LLC is very much appreciated and illustrates the company’s willingness to support their community. You will see by the Title Sponsorship sign that Bart and Cheryl are dog lovers. 

With only a month and a half before our signature fundraising event, the Links of Gold Golf Tournament, Buffet Dinner, World Class Raffle and Online/Silent Auction on September 9, 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. By doing so you will add to the discussion around the theme of this year’s event that is, “Who Rescued Who.” Just CLICK HERE to view/purchase a sponsorship or to register for golf/dinner. 

If you have a wonderful story of how your RAGofAZ Golden rescued you please email Becky Buck-Wetzel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See you on September 9, 2017 at Troon North!

For Dog Lovers - Why Do Dogs Like Ice Cubes?

pictureby Jacqueline Bennett

It’s summer, and you’re no doubt looking for ways to help keep your pup cool. You may have him go for a swim, relax in the shade, or enjoy something cold to eat. Your furry friend may even seem to have a preference—ice. But why do dogs like ice cubes so much?

Turns out, ice cubes for dogs are a great way to help keep our canines cool on a hot day. We’re looking into why dogs like ice cubes, debunking the myths surrounding giving ice to dogs, and giving you some other tips on how to keep your dog cool in the heat of more








For Dog Lovers - How Do Dogs Choose Their Favorite Person?

pictureMy dog loves me, but he loooooves my youngest brother, Jacob. It’s not even a contest: put my brother and me on opposite ends of a room, and Radar will always run to Jacob first. It’s funny and mystifying at the same time. After all, I’m the one who raised Radar and take care of him every day. I feed him, walk him, let him sleep on my bed…but when Jacob comes for a visit, it’s like I cease to exist.

So sometimes, a dog’s favorite person is not always their primary caregiver. How do dogs choose their favorite person? And is it possible to change their minds?

Of course, every dog is different, but some generalizations apply. Read on to learn all about how dogs choose their preferred people.

Socialization matters
    Many dogs bond hardest to whoever cares for them during their key socialization period, which occurs between birth and six months. At this age, puppies’ brains are incredibly receptive, and their early social experiences influence them for the rest of their lives. That’s why it’s so important to ensure your puppy has positive interactions with a wide range of people, places, and things.
For example, dogs who aren’t exposed to people wearing hats may become afraid of hats later in life. I didn’t get Radar until he was six months old, so I don’t know exactly what his early socialization experiences were like. However, he tends to prefer men, which leads me to believe he had more positive, formative experience with male caretakers.
If your dog was already an adult when you adopted them, don’t worry: it’s not too late to become their favorite. While early experiences are important, continued socialization throughout their life matters a lot! Click here to learn more about how to socialize your dog.

Rainbow Bridge

Gone 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.




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You no longer have to re-register each year for Fry's Community Rewards Program! Just check that your current status is up to date and RAGofAZ will continue to reap the rewards!
Please take a moment to check your status...and if you haven't signed up yet, what are you waiting for? It's free and easy to help Goldens in need!