Wednesday, September 30, 2015

We all know the dryer eats socks..................

Animals Eat the Craziest Things! by Nancy Kay, DVM

Golf balls retrieved from Zeus’s stomach
Every year Veterinary Practice News (VPN) holds its, “They Ate What?” Contest. Here’s how it works. Veterinarians submit X-rays of patients who have eaten highly inappropriate things along with photos of the foreign matter once it’s been removed. The VPN editorial staff judges the submissions for originality. The prizes- $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place- are sponsored by Trupanion pet insurance.
This year’s grand prizewinner was Dr. Gordon Schumucker of Lisbon Veterinary Clinic in Lisbon, Ohio. His patient Zeus, a one-year-old Doberman Pinscher, was examined because of vomiting. An X-ray revealed 20 round, foreign objects within the dog’s stomach. During surgery 20 golf balls were retrieved. Zeus was reported to have access to a driving range.
Second place went to Dr. Mike Jones of Woodland West Animal Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He removed the end of a fishing pole from the esophagus and stomach of a ten-week-old puppy. Yikes!
The third place winner was Dr. Theresa Taylor of Cherryville Animal Hospital in Cherryville, North Carolina. She examined a six-month-old Labrador Retriever because of vomiting and lethargy. Her X-rays revealed a metallic foreign body within the dog’s bowel. At the time of surgery, she discovered that this youngster had eaten a door hinge. After surgery, it’s reported that the mouthy puppy attempted to eat the wrap securing his intravenous catheter along with the plastic line connected to his intravenous fluids. Why do I think this puppy is in store for a lifetime of surgeries?
Some of the other reported foreign bodies included an animal’s collar, a studded belt, coins, a rock, a spoon, and a large bunch of hair ties. All of the stories had happy endings with one exception. After a python was “away from the house” for a week or so its owner requested an X-ray to determine what his pet ingested while MIA. The X-ray revealed a bejeweled collar within the snake’s intestinal tract. It turns out that a neighbor’s Siamese kitty disappeared right around that same time. It was reported that the snake owner fessed up and purchased another cat for his neighbor.

What’s the craziest thing your pet ever ate?

Saturday, September 19, 2015


We would love to see you again. 2016 will be an exciting year and we want you to be a part of it. We would like to thank you for your participation and ask for your continued support of AZGRC by renewing your membership.

Your membership will give you an instant invitation to all of our events ,Gotcha Day, and more! It's a definite must see, and for members only! We're also organizing special members only "Golden Gatherings" throughout the Valley, where we can get together and share the joy all of our Golden Retrievers give to us. You'll also receive a copy of our monthly e-newsletter, full of Golden high-lights and tales. It's going to be an exciting year and we can't wait to share it with you.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE! a member, you will be supporting our continued mission to find safe, loving, and permanent homes for our rescued Golden Retrievers! Unfortunately, most pets, including Golden Retrievers are often abandoned due to health concerns. Almost every Golden we rescue needs medical attention of some kind, whether it's vaccinations, a spay or neuter, tick or valley fever medicine, cancer removal, or more. Your membership fee goes directly to ensuring the health and well being of every Golden we rescue. Thanks to all of our members support, we've been able to house more than 100 Golden Retrievers a year!
Many of our members first joined the Arizona Golden Retriever Connection by adopting a rescued Golden from us. Can you ever repay the joy that your rescued golden brings to you and your family each and every day?  By becoming a member, you help us spread the Golden love and give another family just like yours the opportunity to find their next Golden companion.  
By becoming a member of AZGRC, you automatically agree to our terms and conditions.

Friday, August 21, 2015


Voting is underway for the top six Goldens whose photos will appear on the bottle labels of AZGRC's Forever Golden Estate Winery Wines.

Hi! Julee and Welsie here again. Be sure to cast your votes for the Goldens of your choice.  

Voting ends at 9 PM Arizona Time on Saturday, August 22nd.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer

How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer
By Colleen Oakley
WebMD Pet Health Feature Reviewed by Amy Flowers, DVM

Ready for a summertime game of catch with your favorite four-legged friend? Not so fast. If you're feeling the heat, you can bet your dog is, too. And for him, overheating can be dangerous. Follow these tips to keep him cool during the dog days of summer.

"Heatstroke is by far the greatest concern," says Andrea Hilden, DVM, a veterinarian with Animal Care Center of Green Valley in Arizona. A Hebrew University study found that 50% of dogs with heatstroke won't survive.

Also known as hyperthermia, heatstroke happens when a dog's body temperature rises above the average 102.5 F and can't be controlled by normal cooling processes, like panting. Warning signs include fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, and, at the worst, confusion and seizures. Here's how to keep your dog cool and healthy all summer long (and even get in a few games of outdoor catch).

Follow Fido's lead. "The No. 1 sign that a dog's core temperature is getting too high is fatigue," Hilden says. "If you're out for a hike with your dog on a hot day and he's searching for every shady spot to lie down in, turn around and carry him home." If you’re worried that he’s overheated, you can use a rectal thermometer to check his temperature when you get home, she adds.

Don't let the temperature fool you. Dogs can get too hot in weather as low as 80 degrees. Add in humidity and exercise and it could be a recipe for disaster. "If you can't comfortably sit outside for an extended period of time, then don't let your dog do it, either," Hilden says.

Remember.....if it is too hot for you to be barefoot, it is too hot for your 4-legged friends. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015


  Did you know you can help provide much needed funds to
AZGRC  just by shopping at Fry'sIt's easy when you enroll in Fry's Community Rewards program.

All you have to do to get started is go online

You will be asked to create a Fry's V.I.P online account if you do not already have one.  There's no charge and it takes just a few minutes.   Once that's done you can choose an organization.  Just key in Arizona Golden Retriever Connection  to locate our number.  
Then, every time you shop at Fry's and use your V.I.P Card you will earn dollars for AZGRC!
                       So, sign up today!
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We all thank you!!!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

4th of July Brings Fireworks and BBQ-Please remember our furry friends need extra help.

Hi, my name is Bobbie and I want to share some past memories of 4th of July. As you can see by the picture above, I use to party in the bathtub. It was the place I go when anxious and upset. All that loud shooting and fireworks bother my sensitive ears. I also do not like cameras, flashing lights or ceiling fans, but that is another story.  It took me awhile, but I have finally trained my mom to help me during these trying times. Thunder shirts ( are really soothing. Rescue Remedy is really great!! She also keeps me inside and the curtains closed. Sometimes she turns up the volume on the TV or radio. I get to sit in her lap and get extra hugs.

Some other things you can do are:

·        Keep all your pets inside and make sure the doors and windows are closed.
·        All your furry friends should be micro-chipped and have the collar with ID on.
·        This might be a good time for a frosty treat or a kong treat to keep them        occupied…or even better a new toy!
·        You may check with your vet if these things do not work and there may be medication to help calm your furry friend during this time.

  • Keep an updated photo of your dog. 

     These are also good ideas for the Arizona monsoon season….lightning and thunder can also be very troubling. There are many lost and runaway dogs in the shelters the day after July 4th. Remember stay safe and beg for Frosty Paws!!  

    Saturday, June 20, 2015

    Special Fund Raiser for Della

    On June 23rd we are hosting an online fundraiser to help Della get her new prosthetic paw. This custom bracelet is available only for this one day event. 
    $15.00 of the purchase price of this bracelet helps Della. 

    25% of all other items on the website will also help Della. Check out this beautiful jewelry at 

    BUT please wait until June 23rd to order.
    There are many special items at this site and I know you will have fun scoping out the goodies, but please wait to order until June 23rd. AZGRC will receive 25%on all items ordered from the website and if you order the bracelet, we will receive $15.00. 

    This bracelet can only be seen on the website June 23rd.
    IMPORTANT ORDERING INFORMATION:  When measuring your wrist for bracelets, please measure as the video describes at
    This will ensure the correct fit for the bracelet; otherwise it will not fit snugly. 
    **Be sure to include your wrist size, which is the circumference of your wrist in inches, not your bracelet size.  Your EXACT wrist circumference is needed so do not add the extra ½ inch like the video suggests.

    Let’s make the event a success and change Della’s world! Thank you for your support.