Monday, August 1, 2016



  Did you know you can help provide much needed funds to
just by shopping at 

All you have to do to get started is go online at

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!Image removed by sender. Frys

We all thank you!!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sam is still patiently looking for his forever home. Please share so Sam can get out of boarding and start his new life in a home and off the streets.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Preparing for a Safe 4th of July

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.

If your pet is already microchipped, double check that all of your contact information filed with the microchip registry is current.

  • 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 18, 2016

    Excessive Heat Warning

    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. 

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    Warm Weather Worries


    Sad news here!  Now is the time for ticks and mosquitoes. 
    Tell your mom to check you for ticks. There is a bumper crop of ticks here in Arizona because of our warm climate. We never had many ticks before so not sure why mom is going crazy with tick search and destroy.  So what are ticks?

    Ticks are parasitic arthropods that feed on the blood of their hosts. They are attracted to warmth and motion, often seeking out mammals – including dogs. Ticks tend to hide out in tall grass or plants in wooded areas waiting for prospective hosts. Once a host is found, the tick climbs on and attaches its mouthparts into the skin, beginning the blood meal. Once locked in place, the tick will not detach until its meal is complete. It may continue to feed for several hours to days, depending on the type of tick. On dogs, ticks often attach themselves in crevices and/or areas with little to no hair – typically in and around the ears, the areas where the insides of the legs meet the body, between the toes, and within skin folds. Most species of ticks go through four life stages - eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adults. All stages beyond eggs will attach to a host for a blood meal (and must do so on order to mature). Depending on species, the life span of a tick can be several months to years, and female adults can lay hundreds to thousands of eggs at a time. 

    The dog is a natural host for heartworms, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog mature into adults, mate and produce offspring. If untreated, their numbers can increase, and dogs have been known to harbor several hundred worms in their bodies. Heartworm disease causes lasting damage to the heart, lungs and arteries, and can affect the dog’s health and quality of life long after the parasites are gone. For this reason, prevention is by far the best option, and treatment—when needed—should be administered as early in the course of the disease as possible. Call your vet today about prevention and yearly labs. 

    Here is a link for more information on heartworm:

    Here is a link to how to find and remove a tick:

    Here is a link to more information on tick prevention:

    Please check with your vet about prevention medication. They know what medication your dog is on and what will be safe to use on your pet.
    Our mom uses diatomaceous earth (food grade) and it works well for us. You can find it at your favorite pet store or feed shop.
    Bobbie, Julee, and Welsie

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    Facebook Event to help Butters

    On March 15th, we received a call from Dr. Grant
    at VETMED Consultants.  Butters, a 10-week-old Golden Retriever,
    had been brought in because he had Parvo.  His family was heartbroken. 
    They could not afford the potentially very expensive treatment to
    save Butters’ life so they made the selfless decision to surrender
    him to Arizona Golden Retriever Connection.  Since then,
    Butters has been receiving 24-hour care by the wonderful staff at VETMED.
    Starting April 1st and continuing through April 15th, we’re having an online fundraiser and Facebook party with Origami Owl to raise money to cover Butters’ medical expenses.  AZGRC will receive 30% of sales (before taxes and shipping); at the same time, you can buy jewelry for Mother’s Day, Graduation, or a birthday.  To shop for the fundraiser, click on the Shopping Link below; it is not necessary to have a Facebook account to participate in the fundraiser. 
    If you haven’t checked out Origami Owl recently, there are many new items such as:  college logo charms, specific dog breed charms, Major League Baseball team charms, Swarovski crystals, and a bridal collection.

    Throughout the Facebook event we will play games, learn about the jewelry, and information will be provided on how to build lockets.  You will have the opportunity to win free jewelry, during the first week of the Facebook event, by participating in the games; the person with the most points gets a prize.  There will also be other prizes during the games such as free charms or dangles. 

    If sales reach $1,000, a raffle will be held for a special hostess exclusive. Keep an eye on Facebook because the raffle will be held there!  The person with the highest bid will win the hostess exclusive.

    CLICK HERE to read an update on Butters or to donate. 

    SHOPPING LINK for fundraiser:

    CLICK HERE to participate in games / the Facebook party:
    SHIPPING:  Available only to United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

              Thank you very much for your support.

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016



    2015 Goldens Friends Calendar page
    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.
    On an average it costs Arizona Golden Retriever Connection approximately $1,500 to rescue one of our Goldens.  This includes complete medical examinations at Golden Friends 2the 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 2017 calendar.  You can be a part of this special endeavor by becoming a “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 2017 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 2017 Golden Friends pages.  
    Reserve your pet's spot on our Golden Friends pages today!
    DEADLINE - APRIL 1, 2016