Sunday, April 2, 2017

Golden Gathering at Tax Day Celebration

Duck & Decanter

Tax Day Celebration

Saturday, April 15th

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Duck & Decanter
1651 E. Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ  85016

Enjoying lunch on the patio at Duck & Decanter
or sharing a glass of wine with AZGRC members
and their four legged kids has become one of our
favorite Spring traditions for many years.
Don't miss out on the fun and laughter – and great food too.  
Come hang out, relax and enjoy the afternoon with us!
Please R.S.V.P. to by Friday, April 14th
with "Tax Day" in the subject line so we can get an
approximate head count and reserve tables.

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, March 19, 2017



Arizona Golden Retriever Connection’s (AZGRC) annual calendar project
 is one of our most popular and successful revenue-generating endeavors.  
Thanks to the generous support of our page, production and printing 
sponsors, along with our veterinary supporters and our Golden Friends,
Arizona Golden Retriever Connection is able to directly allocate 
more than 98% of all calendar sales to pay for medical expenses 
associated with rescuing our Goldens.
2015 Goldens Friends Calendar page

Golden Friends 2

On an average it costs Arizona Golden Retriever Connection 
approximately $1,500 to rescue one of our Goldens.  This includes 
complete medical examinations at the time of rescue, vaccinations,
micro-chips, spaying/neutering surgeries as well as more specialized 
care for some of our seriously ill rescues.  
Very soon Arizona Golden Retriever Connection’s talented, 
all-volunteer calendar team will begin work on our 2018 calendar.  
You can be a part of this special endeavor by becoming 
“Golden for Golden” Friend of AZGRC.  For each $25 donation, 
one space in the Golden Friends section of the calendar will be 
reserved for a snapshot of your pet.  Of course, you can reserve 
as many spots as you would like!  Pets of all kinds and from all 
backgrounds are most welcome.  We want to light up our 2018 
calendar with as mGolden Friends 3any Golden smiles as possible!
For a $25 donationyou can be a part of this great fundraiser and showcase your Golden in a snapshot (photo requirements below) on our 2018 Golden Friends pages.  
Reserve your pet's spot on our Golden Friends pages today!

DEADLINE - MAY 1, 2017

Golden Friends photos will be sized to approximately 1’x1/25” in a vertical format.  Please send the full format photo,DO NOT CROP PHOTOGRAPH.  Photos will be cropped by AZGRC to focus on your pet’s head.  It is recommended that your photo clearly show your pet’s face in a forward-facing pose. (See Examples)  If you are sponsoring more than one pet, please copy the Sponsorship Form and complete a form for each pet.  Photos should be taken at the highest resolution your camera will permit.
Digital photos must be a minimum of 3x5 and saved as a .jpg or .png, 300 dpi resolution.
Glossy or matte finish color photographs should be submitted in a standard 3x5 or 4x6 size.  Note, photos will not be returned.  Clearly print your name, telephone number and your pet’s name on a post-it-note and attach to the back of your photo.  DO NOT WRITE on the back of the photograph.
  • Your name (As you’d like it to appear in the calendar)   
    John and Joy Smith, John Smith and Joy Evans
  • Your dog’s name
  •  Is your dog an AZGRC Rescue?
  • Your address
  •  Contact email address
  • Attach the image file of your pet to your  email TO:
CLICK HERE to download and print the form.
Mail your completed form, donation and pet's photo to:AZGRC 2018 GOLDEN FRIENDS SPONSORSHIP
P.O. BOX 26678

You may also fax the form back to us at 480-563-9154.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs

For some folks, the start of a new year is a catalyst to lose weight and this may mean switching from plain old sugar to lower calorie sweeteners. Xylitol is one such sugar substitute that is safe for human consumption, but is toxic for dogs. In fact, it can be deadly.

What exactly is xylitol?
Discovered by German chemist Emil Fisher in 1891, xylitol is found in fruit and vegetable fibers. The xylitol we consume is manufactured by beginning with a product called xylan found in hardwood trees and corncobs.
Xylitol was first put to use as a sweetener in Finland during World War II when sucrose was unavailable. The growth in xylitol popularity is attributed to its many beneficial properties. To begin with, xylitol is as sweet as sucrose, but with far fewer calories. Additionally, compared to sugar, it causes very little insulin release in people and insulin is not required for it to be put to use as an energy source for the body. Lastly, xylitol has been shown to prevent mouth bacteria from producing acids that damage the surfaces of the teeth. For this reason, xylitol is commonly included in toothpastes, sugar-free gum, and other oral care products.
Species- specific effects
The effect of xylitol on insulin release varies dramatically between species. In people, rats, horses, and rhesus monkeys, xylitol causes little to no increase in insulin release or change in blood sugar levels. This is altogether different in dogs, cows, goats, rabbits, and baboons. In these species xylitol causes a marked increase in insulin release and drop in blood sugar and is the basis for xylitol toxicity.
Toxicity in dogs
After a dog consumes a significant amount of xylitol, there is a massive release of insulin from the pancreas. This, in turn, results in a dangerously low blood sugar level and symptoms such as weakness, trembling, seizures, collapse, and even death.
At higher dosages, xylitol can cause massive liver destruction (known as necrosis) in which large numbers of livers cells die abruptly. This produces an acute health crisis and, in many cases, death.
Vomiting is often the first symptom of xylitol toxicity. Other symptoms related to the low blood sugar level develop within 30 minutes to 12 hours following consumption. When xylitol-induced liver damage occurs, blood liver enzyme values typically begin increasing within 12 to 24 hours.
The dose of xylitol considered to be toxic for dogs is 0.1 gram or more of xylitol per kg of the dog’s body weight.
Treatment of xylitol toxicity
Emergency treatment is warranted after a dog consumes xylitol. If vomiting can be successfully induced within the first 30 minutes or so (before the xylitol leaves the stomach), the problem may be solved. Once xylitol leaves the stomach and triggers the pancreas to produce insulin, intensive treatment is warranted in order to try to counteract the effects of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) and liver damage. Treatment includes hospitalization with round-the-clock care, blood monitoring, and administration of intravenous glucose and liver-protective agents. In some cases, blood transfusions are needed to counteract the effects of blood clotting abnormalities caused by liver failure.
The prognosis for xylitol toxicity varies and depends on how promptly the dog receives treatment as well as the amount of xylitol that was consumed.
Read labels carefully
Many foods and dental products contain xylitol. It is found in chewing gum, candy, peanut butter, cereals, and toothpaste, to name a few. Believe it or not, some products advertised specifically for dogs, such as toothpaste, contain small amounts of xylitol! What are these manufacturers thinking?!
Not all product labels clearly state if they contain xylitol. If a label states only, “artificially sweetened,” presume that it contains xylitol. If you opt to use xylitol-containing products in your household, be sure to keep them completely out of your clever dog’s reach.
What to do if your dog eats xylitol
If you believe that your dog has just eaten (as in you just watched it happen) something containing xylitol, contact a veterinary hospital staff member right away. You might be advised to induce your dog to vomit at home. This is accomplished by forcing your dog to swallow hydrogen peroxide.
If you’re not really sure when the xylitol was consumed (you’ve just returned home from work and the remains of sugar-free gum wrappers are decorating the couch), transport your dog to a nearby veterinary clinic or 24-hour emergency hospital right away. Be sure to take the label of the consumed product with you. Time is always of the essence when treating xylitol toxicity.
Look around your house and see if you have any xylitol-containing products. What did you find?
If you would like to respond publicly, please visit:
Happy new year,
Nancy Kay, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of Your Dog's Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Leptospirosis Update

Leptospirosis in Maricopa County Update

What is it?

  • A bacterial disease that can affect people and animals, including dogs.
  • The bacteria that causes leptospirosis is spread in the urine of infected animals, including rodents, wildlife, pets, and livestock.
  • People and dogs can be infected through contact with infected urine or water or wet soil contaminated with urine.
Symptoms in Dogs
  • May vary and can include low energy, loss of appetite, fever, red eyes, vomiting, diarrhea, and in severe cases may result in liver or kidney failure and potentially death. Some dogs do not get sick.
Prevention for Dogs
  • Talk with your veterinarian about vaccinating your pet for leptospirosis.
  • Reduce your dog’s exposure to urine and urine-contaminated soil, water, grass, food, or bedding from infected animals (such as rodents, wildlife, farm animals, and other dogs).
  • Limit contact with soil or water (drinking or swimming) that could be contaminated such as ponds, rivers, dog parks, and your own backyard.
  • Limit contact with rodents, wildlife, livestock, or other dogs that may be infected.
Symptoms In People
  •  May vary and can include flu-like symptoms and may progress to severe illness resulting in liver or kidney failure and potentially death. Some people do not get sick.
Prevention for People

  • Always wash your hands after coming in contact with sick dogs and their urine or body fluids.
  • Wear gloves while cleaning up after your dog to avoid contact with their urine.
  • Use a household antibacterial cleaning solution to clean up areas in your home if your dog urinates inside (such as a 1:10 bleach solution - 1 part bleach, 9 parts water). Urine-contaminated bedding and towels are disinfected through normal laundering.
  • Designate an area for your dog to urinate that is away from areas where other people or dogs frequently go and away from areas of standing water.

If Your Dog is Diagnosed With Leptospirosis
Your dog should avoid contact with other dogs for 6 weeks after finishing antibiotic treatment. If you must take your dog to a boarding, grooming, or another facility where there might be other dogs, notify the facility ahead of time that your dog was recently diagnosed with leptospirosis so that they can take special precautions.
Give your dog the full course of antibiotics prescribed by your veterinarian to decrease the amount of time their urine is infectious. If you have additional dogs in your household, discuss potential antibiotic treatment for them with your veterinarian to address potential infections without symptoms.
If you or a family member feel sick, please see your doctor and let them know your dog was recently diagnosed with leptospirosis.

For further information:

 Contact with any questions, or visit .

Sunday, February 5, 2017


  Sunday February 26, 2017
 Top Golf 
 9500 E Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
 2PM - 5PM
Picture a premier golf entertainment complex combined with your favorite local hangout 


You can challenge your friends and family to addictive point-scoring golf games that anyone from the hopeful pro golfer to someone who never lifted a club can enjoy! 

Tickets to the event are $50 per person.  This will include free use of the driving range, all-you-can-eat buffet table featuring delicious appetizers, Texas style chili, hot dogs and all the fixin's.  Non-alcoholic drinks are also free.  

AZGRC will also hold a silent auction and raffle off a great gift basket!  

Sound fun? Then don't miss out when 
AZGRC friends and supporters get together for an afternoon of  TOPGOLF!

All proceeds from the event will go toward the medical expenses associated with rescuing and rehoming our Goldens.



For more information on this event, contact AZGRC at 602-870-0037.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Last Ten Days of Holiday Shopping-Finish Strong

This year, finish your holiday shopping, 
AZGRC style! 

A bottle of wine is always a welcome gift and you can make your's Golden by going to 

 and selecting from Arizona Golden Retriever Connection's premier wines, featuring our 2017 Calendar Goldens. 
For something really special, customize your label with a favorite Golden of your own.

If you enjoy the warmth and fragrance that candles bring to a home, be sure to visit

 and take a look at AZGRC's collection of candles, featuring some of our 2017 calendar Goldens.  Emma's Christmas TreeGoliath's Forest Delight, and Buddy's Peppermint are sure to be hits at this time of year!  

Looking for a unique, fun gift that features Goldens? Browse through

and chose from a variety of shirts, caps, mugs and note cards all with AZGRC logos and photos.

When you shop at any of these great websites, a portion of the profit from each sale will go to AZGRC and help us with the medical expenses associated with rescuing our wonderful Goldens.

Be sure your shopping list includes the 2017 AZGRC Calendar,
featuring many of our amazing rescued Goldens. This beautiful calendar is only $10 and shipping for the calendars is free.

 AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you already know. Same products, same prices, same service.  
The difference is that when you shop at AmazonSmile,
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmilepurchases to  Arizona Golden Retriever Connection.  

If you shop at Amazon, it's time to shop at AmazonSmile.  
The AZGRC's Goldens will thank you!
 Begin your shopping by clicking:

Those of you who use GoodSearch as your favorite search engine already know that GoodSearch gives back to AZGRC for every search.  But did you know that
is another great way to give to AZGRC while shopping on-line at some of your favorite retail websites. 

   To learn more, click HERE and start shopping! 


Last, but not least, our annual
AZGRC Gift of Rescue is now underway.  
Decorate our on-line cactus with ornaments, lights, and holiday messages to friends and family.  Help make this season one of AZGRC's brightest!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your support and have a safe and happy holiday season!

Arizona Golden Retriever Connection