For RAGofAZ members, many times our tasks do not let us come out into the limelight, and the public at large does not exactly know what we do. We ourselves are in sync with what we do every day as a routine, without realizing that we touch so many lives and so many dogs in our community.
Many times we do not realize how important we are in our communities and that Goldens depend on us for their survival. So sometimes we need to sit back and thank ourselves for a job well done after all these years of protecting Golden Retrievers, answering the call, and protecting their rights to live, and be forever loved. For making sure that every Golden is cared for, medically and mentally, whatever the costs. As a past member once said, “When a Golden calls out for help, drop everything and go help." Do the right thing and you will be rewarded.
In summary, to all our members I say THANK YOU. I appreciate you being a member and I look forward to working with you this coming year, as always.
All Board members gave a report on their activities for the past year.
• Presently we have 293 members, 40 of those are new members this past year. We have 98 expired memberships.
• Vet expenses this past year were at $60,248.56. Net income is below last year at $10,931.50. Good news is cash on hand is up with a total of $286,127.04.
• We should be getting some dogs from Taiwan very soon.
• Links of Gold was a successful event, bringing in over $19K.
Kathy Mutch, Director of the Nominating Committee, thanked the membership for voting and announced the new Board Members.
Secretary: Carol Quinn
Director of Fund Raising: Becky Buck-Wetzel
The meeting carried on with questions from members to the Board; however, between the tug-of-wars at center stage, between two playful dogs, the meeting was adjourned so we could continue the laughter of a pack of Goldens, all off lead, enjoying themselves.
Read what those in attendance had to say…………………….
Annual Meeting comments
• I really think the Annual Meeting was perfect. We had an agenda which we stuck to which I really liked. The pot luck food was an excellent idea which kept our costs down. The location was excellent, much closer than Mimi's. Thank you again for allowing us to hold it at your house. The misting system kept everyone comfortable which would not have been the case if we were at a park. Having the dogs there was
• This was the best annual meeting ever! Location was more private than a park. Off leash dogs were bouncing happy dogs. Off leash humans were free to socialize. Usual great pot luck food. No "Seating" of the new board off in private. Each board member gave a short synopsis of their report to all present. Lots of laughter. Scottie McGowan – Director of Golden Rescue
• Maddie and I have a great time. By far, the best annual meeting I have attended and I wouldn't change a thing. I thought the potluck worked well, meeting went very well, time frame was good and the dogs had a great time too. Thank you again to Mary, Izzy, Finnegan and you for hosting a great RAG event. Becky Wetzel – Director of Fundraising
• This year’s AM was my first and I had a great time. Your hosting was incredibly generous of your wife and you (and of course Finnegan!!). Having the dogs all run around and socialize was great and I loved seeing them all interact and play. What a great yard you have for them to play. My Finnegan and Khaleesi came home very happy that afternoon and slept the remainder of the evening.
In Loving Memory of Barbara Barclay
We recently received an $8,500 donation, in the name of Bonnie Barclay, from Bonnie’s Trust. We have been in communication with Bonnie’s son, Kevin, and Bonnie’s closest friend and the Trustee of Bonnie’s Trust, Jutta.
We have offered our sympathies and acknowledgement of what Bonnie meant to our organization and members, and how her donation will continue to help our Goldens, now and in the future.
For our members who knew Bonnie and worked along her side at our Christmas gift wrap events, you are well aware of what a fine person she was. Bonnie will be missed but never forgotten.
Gift the Gift of Rescue for the Holidays!
Beginning on November 25, 2016 you can make a contribution of any amount to RAGofAZ in honor of someone or his/her pet and ask us to send them the beautiful holiday card you see here. We can add a personal message from you, which we will handwrite on the card.
This year, we are adding a new touch … we will also include our beautiful 2017 Hearts of Gold calendar to make your gift truly special.
It’s easy! Starting the day after Thanksgiving, go to our website at www.golden-retriever.org and click on the holiday card graphic. You will complete a brief form to provide us with the information needed to send the holiday card and calendar. You may donate via credit card, PayPal, or if you prefer, you can mail a check. We will not reveal the amount of your donation to the person receiving the card unless you specifically ask us to do so. And, as always, you, the donor, will receive a personal thank you letter.
Read the article on Parvo here.
We have also received notice of veterinarians seeing dogs with Heartworm disease here in the Valley. It is always wise to buy Heartgard medication and administer every month to prevent Heartworm disease.
Read the article on Heartworm here.
Canine Cancer Research
Good morning! Cancer is a huge problem for Goldens. My Gamer is 2 1/2 years from diagnosis and the oncologist gave him 3-6 months to live. If we all got rid of kibble which is usually 30% or more carbs, our dogs would live longer and healthier. To check carb content (it's not on the bag) go to www.dogfoodadvisor.com.
Thanks. Lynn Lassen
Lynn attached some information from TruthaboutPetFood.com titled The Cutting Edge of Cutting Edge Canine Cancer Research, by Susan Thixton – October 10, 2016
Here are her opening remarks:
“The amazing work being done at KetoPet Sanctuary is something that every pet owner should be aware of. KetoPet Sanctuary gives us hope. Hope with a disease that takes far too many lives. Hope using the power of food. KetoPets is using food as a cancer treatment. Food!"
To find out more, click here.
Wild Thing: Helping Overexcited Pets Calm Down
Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It turns out that much of managing a wild dog’s behaviors comes down to managing the humans in your dog’s life (including yourself).
Start with a Smile
The holidays are approaching and we know you will be busy shopping for gifts, decorations, and more.
And CLICK HERE to see a remembrance including those Goldens that have passed over the Rainbow Bridge previously.
Mark your Calendar
Join us for the 2016 Rescue A Golden of Arizona's Howliday Party, December 9th, at Richardson's Restaurant, 16th St. & Maryland Ave., Phoenix, 6:00-9:00 PM.
Bring your family (including your dogs) and join us on Richardson’s dog
friendly enclosed warm patio. All food and beverages are included at no
cost to our members.
Bring a gift for a white elephant gift exchange.
An extra special appearance of a special elf from the north pole will take place at 7:00, so don’t be late.
Have your photograph taken with your family, dogs and friends by our special photographer.
Special cookies for your 4-legged family members will be furnished, and candy canes for everyone.
Don’t miss this howliday party, please join us for a great event to start off the yappy howlidays.