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February: Meet Lexie

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Almost a year after losing our beloved 12 year old Golden Riley, we knew we wanted to adopt a Golden and contacted RAGofAZ. We were told that it could be several months before we received a call, but just a few days after our final interview, we were told about a Golden needing a forever home. Lexi, along with several other Goldens, was rescued from a farm in China and was looking for her forever home. Ready to open our hearts and our home, we instantly fell in love with Lexi.

Lexi arrived underweight and we were told that she did not know how to swim, had never had a toy before and most likely did not understand any English. Within an hour of settling in, our sweet Lexi was in the pool and learning to chase after a tennis ball.

Lexi is three years old now, and while she still suffers from food insecurity and separation anxiety, she has adjusted remarkably well. Lexi loves her long morning walks and enthusiastically spends her free time frantically chasing birds, bunnies and lizards and cooling off in the pool.

While we will never know the horrors Lexi endured in her past life, we are beyond blessed to have her and believe that Riley sent us our sweet Lexi so that we could shower her with the love, attention and patience she deserves. She is our sweet angel, and we are so grateful to RAGofAZ for bringing so much joy to our lives.

January: Meet Penny

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Sweet little Penny changed our lives for the better in March of 2022. She arrived on a bus from Mexico, ready to begin her new life with us in Arizona. She was so friendly and loving from day one. Even on the drive to Tucson from Phoenix she couldn’t wait to climb in the front seat with us.

Despite not knowing much about her history, Penny’s future is looking bright as ever. After several necessary tooth extractions, she’s as happy as can be. She gets along well with her two kitty sisters, Callie and Willow. Her tail always seems to be wagging and her tongue hangs out to the side since there’s hardly any teeth there to keep it contained. She loves to play in the yard, go on walks and cuddle with her humans.

We are so grateful to Rescue a Golden of Arizona!! Thank you for all you do.

Cover Dog Lucy

Cover Dog Lucy

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Introducing our 2023 Calendar Cover Dog


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November 2021 was a very sad month as my beloved Sedona went to the Bridge on November 8 and then on November 28th I had to send her adopted sister Bella to be with Sedona. My home and my heart were very empty.

A week before Christmas a volunteer from RAGofAZ called and said they had a Golden girl coming in from Mexico and could I foster her? Of course I said yes! I named her Lucy and on Christmas Eve she arrived from Mexico. Becky Wetzel and I drove to Anthem to pick her up. It was love at first sight, she was so sweet and calm. I quickly found out that Lucy is house broken, she loves being petted and she loves her toys. I spoke to Ann Marie Hoff, an animal communicator and she said Sedona had arranged for Lucy to come to me, because Sedona wanted to come back to me!

Lucy was my Christmas miracle and she is the love of my life. Lucy is currently in Therapy Dog Training to become a Therapy Dog, just like Sedona. Thanks to RAGofAZ for allowing Lucy to come into my life and make my world whole again.

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Bark in the Park Feb 19 2023

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Bark in the Park Feb 19 2023

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It’s time to sign up for 2023 Bark in the Park!

Fun for the whole family! Come join us for our annual Bark in the Park event. This family and dog-friendly event is our chance to celebrate our new adoptees, remember the dogs we lost, and thank our volunteers for all their hard work supporting RAG of AZ! This event is only for RAG of AZ members and their families and friends.

Added attractions include guest speaker Tammy Pauletto, DVM, Harmony Veterinary Clinic, Ann Marie Hoff, Animal Communicator, the peanut butter licking contest, and our fabulous raffles!

WHERERed Mountain Park, Eagle Ramada, 7745 E Brown Rd, Mesa, AZ 85207 (202 Red Mountain and Brown Rd)

WHEN: Sunday February 19, 2023 from 11AM – 3PM

COST: $10 per person by Monday February 13, 2023 (kids 12 & under are free)

    • 11:00 -12:00 Register and Check-In 
    • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch catered by Caldwell County BBQ 
    • 1:00 – 1:10 Welcome/Kelly Cook, President RAG of AZ 
    • 1:10 – 1:30 Tammy Pauletto, DVM, guest speaker 
    • 1:30 – 2:00 Bridge and Rescue Ceremonies 
    • 2:00 Peanut Butter Licking Contest 
    • 2:15 Raffle drawing (must be present to win)

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If you adopted a dog from RAG of AZ during 2022-2023 and want a complimentary bandana with your dog’s name embroidered on it, request it by Monday February 13, 2023.


If you lost a pet, any pet, in 2022-2023 and would like a special memorial photo presented at the Bridge Ceremony, submit your photo no later than Monday February 13, 2023

› Online registration closes on Monday, February 13, 2023 ‹

PACC911 Adoptathon Berge Toyota Mesa Feb 5

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PACC911 Adoptathon Berge Toyota Mesa Feb 5

RAG volunteers needed

Volunteers needed for PACC911 adoption event on Sunday February 5, 2023

RAG of AZ is attending the Phoenix Animal Care Coalition (PACC911) adoption event on Sunday February 5, 2023 from 10AM – 2PM.

We need you to staff our booth. This is a great opportunity to socialize your golden, talk about rescue and your RAGofAZ experience. A chance to make some new friends or see some of your RAGofAZ family you haven’t seen for a while.  Come on out with or without your golden and join in on the fun!

Volunteers are needed from 10:00 AM– 2:00 PM. Come for a hour or two, or longer.

Date: Sunday, February 5, 2023
Place: Berge Toyota, 2020 Riverview Auto Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201 (202 Red Mtn Fwy & Dobson Rd.)

Contact: Becky Buck-Wetzel at  to volunteer.

Hope to see you there.

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Cutest Golden Contest coming soon!

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Cutest Golden Contest coming soon!

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Submissions accepted beginning Sunday, February 12th

Topgolf Annual Fundraiser: March 26, 2023

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Topgolf Annual Fundraiser: March 26, 2023

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Topgolf Fundraiser – a fun day for the whole family or group of friends!

When: Sunday, March 26, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WhereTopgolf Scottsdale
Address: 9500 E. Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Cost: Golf & lunch: $70/person
Lunch only: $40/per person 

Format: Six member teams

This is an event the entire family can enjoy – you don’t even need to know how to play golf – but it is for our two-legged friends only.

There will be a delicious steak/chicken fajita buffet luncheon, a Hole-in-One challenge with a $10,000 prize, a $5 50/50 raffle and 3 show-stopping themed raffle baskets: Masters of GolfVineyard Fantasy, and Entertaining at Home.

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TimeSchedule of Events
10 a.m.Guest arrival, check-in
10 – 10:30 a.m.

Briefing by Topgolf personnel,
demo and practice

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Two rounds of TopContender golf tournament,
Hole-in-One challenge, winners announced

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Steak/chicken fajita buffet lunch
1 – 2 p.m.Open golf play, mix and mingle
1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.


We offer a variety of affordable sponsorship opportunities for our Golden-loving members, and for businesses that care about the community and charitable causes.

Sponsors’ signs will be prominently displayed at the event. Click here for 2022 event signage.

Attendee registration will open February 20

RAG 2023 Topgolf Event Flyer
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