Sunday, May 17, 2015


1. Adulthood. In most cases, senior Goldens are well past the chewing and digging stages of life. They cause less destruction than puppies and younger dogs. They also have a longer attention span for training.

2. Peace of Mind. Over 90% of older dogs are housebroken before they go to a second home; those that aren’t are easily trained. An adult dog has a larger bladder and can go for longer periods of time without relief.

3. Experience. Most senior Goldens have been socialized with other animals. They can provide an example and a calming influence to younger dogs.

4. Tolerance. Older Goldens are good first dogs for children because they are patient with tailtugging and rough petting. They’ll generally walk away from a rough playing child rather than hurt him.

5. Companionship. Senior dogs don’t demand constant watchfulness and attention. They’re content just to be in the same room while family members are working or relaxing. A Golden Oldie will be more happy with a sedate walk than with intense exercise.

6. Dignity. Senior Goldens are generally calmer than young dogs; they won’t scare small children or the elderly by jumping up to greet them.

7. Adaptability. An adult dog will adapt more easily to changes in your household, such as a new baby, relatives or guests visiting, or being left alone for long periods of time.

8. WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). A senior dog is fully grown, and most of its health history is known (hereditary diseases, arthritis, hip dysplasia are some). There are no guesses about how big it will get, whether it will bark a lot, or what its energy level will be.

9. Personality. A senior dog arrives with its own set of likes (e.g., soft places, belly rubs, tennis balls) and dislikes (e.g., cauliflower, squirrels, vacuum cleaners), and each one is different. Discovering all the facets of a senior’s personality makes life with them truly enjoyable.

10.Memories. Even if you have a senior Golden as part of your life for only a few years, or for just a few months, the days and adventures you share are precious. The love you receive will more than compensate for the sadness of eventually losing such a wonderful companion.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Golden Retriever Moms are the Best

"What is a Mother?"

A mother is someone to shelter and guide us,
To love us, whatever we do,
With a warm understanding and infinite patience,
And wonderful gentleness, too.

How often a mother means swift reassurance
In soothing our small, childish fears,
How tenderly mothers watch over their children
And treasure them all through the years.

The hearth of a mother is full of forgiveness
For any mistake, big or small,
And generous always in helping her family
Whose needs she has placed above all.

A mother can utter a word of compassion
And make all our cares fall away,
She can brighten a home with the sound of her laughter
And make life delightful and gay.

A mother possesses incredible wisdom
And wonderful insight and skill-
In each human heart is that one special corner
Which only a mother can fill!
 Author: Katherine Nelson Davis

Friday, May 1, 2015


An AZGRC foster is someone who opens their heart and home and agrees to give temporary shelter to a rescued Golden Retriever.  Most families foster each AZGRC Golden for an average of 1-2 months, but we never know how long it may take for our Goldens to find their forever homes.  You can let us know what kind of Golden Retriever you'd like to foster, (age, size, sex, activity level, etc.,) and how long you'd like to foster.  We will do everything we can to accommodate you and your family.
SAFE SPOT:  We ask that you give your foster Golden a safe place to rest his head while he's up for adoption.  You will be responsible for a name (if he doesn't already have one,)  food, water, and shelter.
LOVE LOVE LOVE:  When your foster Golden first meets you, he will be very disoriented and feeling out of sorts.  He is his most fragile in the first few days of foster care.  Love him up and let him know that everything will be OK.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU:  After your Golden gets a little more comfortable, spend some time getting to know him.  Learn the Golden's personality and help us determine what family best suits him.
DR. KNOWS BEST Follow any health guidelines set up by the veterinarian in his initial health check.  He may need to gain weight, or go on a diet.  He may have medicines or other special needs.  [NOTE: all vet bills are borne by AZGRC, and any emergency visits are reimbursed by AZGRC.]
GOOD DOGHelp us make sure your foster Golden is "family friendly."  Most of our Goldens have good manners, but some may need a bit of basic obedience and indoor etiquette.
THE BIG DAY:  Be open to arrangements to meet any interested applicants, whether they come visit your foster Golden in your home - or an AZGRC volunteer arranges a greeting. 
Please fill out our online application, the easiest and quickest way to become a foster.  We will try to contact you within 5 days of receipt to start the review process, and answer all of your questions.  For more info, email
You will never regret fostering. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What you need to know about Midwest Canine Flu

Midwest Canine Influenza Outbreak: A New Virus Within the United States by Nancy Kay, DVM

Photo Credit: Steven Turville
If you keep tabs on dog-related news, you’re probably already aware of the recent outbreak of canine influenza in the Midwest. Chicago appears to be at the epicenter of the epidemic.
The first dogs affected by this virus were observed in mid-March of this year. Since then, more than 1,000 known cases have been reported in and around Chicago, and there have even been a few deaths.
New virus within the United States
Until a week ago, the virus responsible for this canine influenza outbreak was thought to be H398, a strain of Influenza A that has been present in the United States for some time. Cornell University (thumbs up to my alma mater) recently reported that scientists there have isolated a brand new influenza virus from affected dogs in the Midwest. This virus, referred to as H3N2, is closely related to strains of influenza affecting dog populations in South Korea and China. H3N2 is now making its debut appearance within the United States. How the virus was introduced here is anyone’s guess.
Dogs living within the United States have no natural protection against H3N2 because their immune systems have never been exposed to it before. For this reason, it will remain highly contagious until canine populations develop immunity, either through natural infection or vaccination.
The contagious stage of canine influenza begins a few days before symptoms arise. In other words, the healthy-appearing pup at the dog park or doggie daycare center may be on the verge of developing viral symptoms. Spread of the disease occurs via respiratory secretions (discharge from nose, mouth, and eyes). Both dogs and cats are susceptible to the H3N2 virus. It is not transmissible to humans.
The symptoms most commonly associated with influenza virus include: high fever, loss of appetite, coughing, nasal discharge, and lethargy. In the best-case scenario, an infected dog may show only mild symptoms or none at all. Worst-case scenario, pneumonia may develop. Pneumonia was the likely cause of death in five dogs who have reportedly succumbed to this disease.
Many infectious bacterial and viral diseases are capable of producing the symptoms described above. Knowing that H3N2 is the culprit requires specialized testing performed on a mouth or nose swab. Cornell reports that the development of a blood test capable of diagnosing this disease is in the works.
Treatment of influenza ideally involves supportive and symptomatic care until the dog’s immune system wins the battle against the virus (requires approximately two weeks for most dogs). Therapy may include supplemental fluids, special diets to entice appetite, anti-inflammatory medications, and cough suppressants. Antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent secondary bacterial infection.
If evidence of pneumonia is present, much more intensive therapy is indicated and may include hospitalization for intravenous fluids and antibiotics, supplemental oxygen, and 24-hour monitoring by a veterinarian.
At this time, it is not known if the vaccine currently available to prevent H3N8 is also protective against the newer H3N2 strain. There may be some cross over protection, but just how much is uncertain. I suspect that updated information about the effectiveness of the current vaccine and/or development of a new vaccine will be forthcoming in the near future. For now, I recommend discussing use of the current influenza vaccine with your veterinarian.
If you live in or around Chicago, or if you learn that influenza cases are beginning to pop up in your neck of the woods, know that the very best protection involves keeping your dog away from popular, public, canine venues such as dog parks, boarding kennels, grooming parlors, pet stores, and doggie daycare facilities.
Please know that there is no cause for panic. The vast majority of dogs affected by this new strain of influenza fully recover. Talk with your veterinarian about the incidence of canine influenza in your locale to help determine the level of concern for your dogs.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Your Special Golden April Calendar

Meet Angel the April Calendar 
For some dogs, the journey to a forever home is a long one, with lots of false starts and wrong turns.  Angel was one of those dogs.  She came to Arizona Golden Retriever Connection with lots of energy, a loving heart, and very little expectations.  But AZGRC, along with foster Mom Shirley and foster Dad Walt were determined that Angel would indeed find her forever home.  After all, maybe the third (or was it the fourth or fifth time) would be the charm!
Just a few miles away from Angel’s foster home, an eleven-year-old Golden named Sunny had recently crossed the Rainbow Bridge, leaving her grieving mom Kathy without a dog to care for. Since Kathy’s previous Golden was a rescue, she knew how wonderful it is to give a home to an unwanted dog.  When Kathy heard about Angel, she thought this just might be the Golden for her.  She arranged for a meeting.
“When my foster mom took me to my new home, I liked it right away.  There was a nice backyard and I saw lots of birds.  There was a hole in one of the doors, and it had a flap that let me go outside and come back inside whenever I pleased.  Best of all there was a basket of toys, just for me!  The lady who greeted me was very nice and sure seemed to like me.  I hope I can stay for a very long time, maybe even forever.”
Angel and Kathy have now been together for several months.  Angel loves her walks and enjoys watching the birds in the backyard.  Kathy loves having the companionship of another happy Golden.  It seems that at long last, Angel is truly home.
Easter is April 5th

Your Golden may want to eat your Easter Candy and chocolate.
Chocolate and Easter plants can be dangerous to their sensitive stomachs. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Does your Golden like the Camera?


2015 Goldens Friends Calendar pageFor almost every year since 2001, Arizona Golden Retriever Connection has published an annual calendar to showcase the wonderful, amazing Goldens that we have been blessed to rescue; and to celebrate the passion, commitment, and energy of our members, volunteers, supporters, and veterinary partners.  The proceeds from our Calendar fundraisers have helped us to provide every one of our rescued dogs with a full veterinary check-up, vaccinations, micro-chips, and spaying/neutering surgeries.  
2015 Golden Friends calendar pageYou can help us continue to provide the best veterinary care possible for our rescued dogs by purchasing a space in our 2016 calendar to showcase your pet, alongside our other “Golden Friends” sponsors.  Pets of all kinds and from all backgrounds are welcome. 
Thanks to the unbelievable generosity, time, and talents of our members and volunteers, our calendar is produced at a minimal cost to our organization.  Therefore, AZGRC can channel over 98% of all calendar proceeds directly to the 2015 Golden Friends Calendar pagemedical expenses associated with rescuing our dogs.
So send in your pet photo(s) today!  We want to light up our 2016 calendar with Golden Smiles!
For a $20 donationyou can be a part of this great fundraiser and showcase your Golden in a snapshot (photo requirements below) on our 2016 Golden Friends pages.  
Reserve your pet's spot on our Golden Friends pages today!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hello March and Remembering Mr March 2015


Rescued        JANUARY 2012
“My name in Morgan, and I hate everyone because everyone hates me.  Some humans put a noose around my neck and then locked me in a cage.  I stay outside and growl if anyone comes near me.  My ear hurts really bad and I cough a lot, but nobody cares.  There are two ladies I think could be nice.  They gave me some cheese and meat.  I don’t snarl at them.  They are quiet, and I feel calm with them.  Maybe not everybody hates me.  Maybe I do have some friends.”
Some dogs when rescued are sick in body, some in sprit.  Some are just scared and don’t know what to expect next.  Morgan was all three.  Scheduled for euthanasia, Morgan was considered too aggressive for public adoption. He was very thin, had badly infected ears and a terrible cough. Here was a dog who had lost all his spirit and had no hope left inside him.  However, when the AZGRC volunteers entered his cage, Morgan was nervous but somehow recognized that help had come at last.  Over the next three months, Morgan’s foster dad showed him that not everyone in the world was bad.  Morgan slowly became more content and less afraid.  He started to reach out for attention and show signs of playfulness.  A thousand miles away, two former AZGRC Board members saw Morgan’s photo on the AZGRC website.
Mike and Tim are Golden Retriever lovers and animal rescue advocates who now live in Texas.  They believe that a dog badly in need of love and care is the best kind of dog to own.  When they saw Morgan’s photo on the AZGRC website and heard his story, they had to meet him.  So Morgan took a long car ride to Dallas, Texas in hopes of finding his forever home.
Morgan tells us what happened.  When I met my new dads, Mike and Tim, I liked them right away.  I was very scared at first, but they told me they would take care of me and love me.  They were quiet and petted me very gently.  When they took me to my new home, I found I could go for long walks and even visit other animals like a horse and llama.  My dads feed me lots of good food and play with me a lot.  They take me for long rides in the car, and it is so much fun!  I still get scared, but my Dads love me and I love them.  I know I can count on them to keep me safe.  My foster Dad was right.  The world can be a good place and even dogs like me can find a forever home.     
Morgan spent two wonderful years with Mike and Tim.  He took long rides in the car, loved his walks in the country, and even enjoyed the company of his Golden Retriever neighbors.  Sadly, Morgan journeyed across the Rainbow Bridge in May 2014.  Even though the 2015 calendar had not yet gone to print, there was never a thought to replace “Mr. March”. Mike and Tim would not want it any other way.  They believe that animal rescue is about saving the “unsavable”.  Morgan was such a rescue.  But before he crossed the Bridge, Morgan had found a place to call home and a love that would never fail him.  In the end, that’s what matters most.

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