President's Message

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all our Goldens, Members and friends. I hope the New Year will bring all of you peace, love and blessings.

It has certainly been quite the last few months as we are still experiencing a shortage of Goldens needing our help. We did have a wonderful Annual Meeting in October and I want to welcome our two new Board members, Stephanie Valley, Vice President and JR Stanfield, Director of Information Technology. I thank both of them for volunteering to be members of our Board and look forward to working with them throughout the coming year.

Our Holiday Gift Wrap is in progress at Barnes & Noble. This holiday fundraiser has always been fruitful in donations and we ask all of you to help whenever you can. The dogs enjoy meeting the people and their appearance certainly helps to fill the donation jar. It seems the more dogs we have, the more money we get. Please contact the following coordinators and let them know you will help: Diane Nevius and Cathy Sloan at Happy Valley, Becky Buck-Wetzel at Arrowhead, Chris Brant at Scottsdale, and Susan Quisenberry at Dana Park Village. Their contact information can be found on our web site in the article “Come and Join the Fun this Holiday Season."

Our new year is fast approaching and you won’t know what day your Golden’s Birthday is on without one of our RAGofAZ calendars. So go place your order now for the beautiful calendar full of special goldens and their stories. The calendars make perfect Christmas gifts. Speaking of Christmas gifts, check out our store, plenty of items for your husband or wife, T-Shirts, Hats, Coffee Cups and Note Cards. You can do it on our web site, right from your home, no gotta go to the mall or get dressed.

Here's wishing you a Golden New Year,
Oren Bishop
​President, RAGofAZ

Calming Games for a Hyperactive Dog

By Animal Wellness Magazine

Over-excitement can be a problem if you can’t get your hyperactive dog to settle down. These 3 games help by rewarding relaxed behavior. Identifying a hyperactive dog is pretty easy. He wiggles around a lot, is easily distracted and has a really hard time settling down even in quiet environments. Some hyper dogs become so excited they’ll drool, pant, whine and bark, especially in new situations. Basically, these dogs seem to have unlimited more





Why do I have to wait so long to adopt a dog?

This question is frequently asked by people waiting to adopt a dog.  You completed the Application to Adopt, you were visited by a member of the Home Visit Team, you received a Letter of Approval, but you have been waiting for many months and still no dog. There are several reasons why it sometimes takes a long time to get a dog.
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Fun Facts about Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats are amazing creatures who can do incredible things. Here are just a few fun facts about our furry companions.

Does your dog use his right or left paw when batting toys or shaking hands? Studies have found that just like people, dogs and cats are either “right” or “left pawed”.read more





Do you have your Golden's teeth cleaned?

Disclaimer: A thorough dental cleaning under anesthesia, and brushing your dog’s teeth, is considered the “gold standard” by veterinarians for maintaining your pup’s oral health. I am not claiming that there is a direct replacement for that. However, some people don’t brush their dog’s teeth, or choose not to put their dogs under anesthesia (for health or personal reasons), so I wanted to share my experience with an alternate method that is better than doing nothing at more




The real problem with Wheat

By Deva Khalsa, VMD

People and animals have been eating wheat for thousands of years, so why has it started causing health issues in so many? The answer may shock you.

Wheat has been a staple grain for centuries. It forms the basis for a large number of foods eaten by both people and animals. Yet it’s only relatively recently that we and our companion animals have started suffering from health problems caused by ingesting wheat. Why did this grain suddenly become the villain of the food pyramid, given its long history in the diets of both humans and dogs? read more




To God, from the Dog...

Dear God: Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good dog.

1.    I will not eat the cats' food before they eat it or after they throw it up.
2.    I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc. just because I like the way they smell.
3.    The litter box is not a cookie jar.
4.    The sofa is not a ”face towel.”
5.    The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.
6.    I will not play tug-of-war with Dad's underwear when he's on the toilet.
7.    Sticking my nose into someone's crotch is an unacceptable way of saying "hello."
8.    I don't need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm under the coffee table.

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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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