Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Meet Mr. October- Monty

Rescued        February 2010
Upon Monty’s rescue from the local shelter, it quickly became apparent why his previous owners had abandoned him.  Monty had a reflection obsessive compulsive disorder.  Simply put, Monty was obsessed with light.  Any shiny reflection made it impossible to focus.  Monty could not eat out of a metal bowl if it reflected light; he could not be around anyone wearing a watch or shiny jewelry of any kind.  Anything that caused a beam of light put Monty in a trance.  He was so thin he was almost emaciated.  This was a special young Golden that needed a very special family. 
Several adopters came to meet Monty but could not get beyond the way Monty was easily distracted.  When Monty’s foster mom first met Aaron and Christine, she was sure that Monty was in for another disappointment because Aaron wore a shiny prosthetic leg.  Monty fooled his foster mom and immediately bonded with Aaron and Christine.  Monty was sure this was his forever mom and dad! 
Monty went home with his new parents and met his new older brother Sam, a seven-year-old Golden.  Aaron, Christine and even Sam were very patient with Monty and helped him work through his OCD.  Because of their love and care, Monty is now a beautiful happy Golden.  Monty still deals with his sunbeam distraction, but only for a little bit in the morning and the rest of the day he is good.  Monty’s favorite thing is a blanket that is named Wendella.  When Monty is down or has done something naughty, he goes and gets Wendella and covers his head.
Monty’s life became even better when his mom and dad took in a puppy named Harlow.  Monty LOVES his new baby sister and enjoys having a playmate closer to his age.  For Monty, his family is all the sunshine he will ever need!

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Sad news here!  We got ticks! Yuk Yuk!
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 ticks before so not sure why we have now but 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.

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

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Annual AZGRC Membership Drive

Please go to: 
We would love to see you again. 2015 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, including "members only" events like our annual Gotcha Day, and more! We're 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.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Disaster Preparedness

State of Emergency Arizona 2014

The month of September is National Preparedness Month. Even in the desert heat of Arizona emergencies and disasters can happen! Today we have flooding! We may need an Ark.
We need to think of all of our humans and pets before this happens.
Do you have a plan? Just a few weeks ago we had huge rains and many families were affected, some lost their pets. Now is a second chance to make you plans...what if this happens to you and your pets. Are you prepared?

Here are a few things you can do:
  • Microchip your pet
  • Keep a current picture of your pet on your phone or computer
  • Collar with ID
Please share your thoughts and plans with us by commenting on this blog. 
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

September Calendar Boy- Wylie


Rescued        May 2012
Wylie was three years old when he was surrendered by his owner to Arizona Golden Retriever Connection.  He appeared to have lived a happy life until his family moved out of state, and “couldn’t take Wylie along.”  Like Logan, our “Mr. January”, Wylie had no forewarning that his life was about to change.  Unlike Logan, Wylie had a much more difficult time transitioning to the change.   
Wylie was described by his previous owner as a sweet gentle,  and calm dog who should be placed in a family with other dogs or children.  However, within a couple of days of his surrender, Wylie became stressed.  It was quickly apparent that Wylie had issues with being touched, especially around his head, and he did not have much in the way of obedience training.  In addition, Wylie seemed to be uncomfortable around other dogs and did not seem to like children.  At this point, he was one confused and unhappy Golden.  Then, to make matters even more difficult, Wylie’s foster family were going on vacation and Wylie needed to be boarded.  For a dog already stressed, this was not a good situation.  But once again, the AZGRC angels found a foster home that would be perfect for Wylie.  
Kelly, an animal lover, had recently purchased her first home and was excited about fostering a rescue dog.  When she learned about Wylie, Kelly was ready for the challenge.  She offered the quiet, safe environment that Wylie needed to begin healing.  Over the next several weeks, Kelly worked with an animal behaviorist to give Wylie consistency and structure and to rebuild his confidence and trust.  By August, Wylie had not only rediscovered his Golden personality, he had worked his way into Kelly’s heart.  Wylie was officially adopted and Kelly was now his forever Mom.
Today, Wylie gets to go to doggy daycare when mom is at work and loves to play with the other dogs.  He is also attending agility classes.  In October, Wylie met Kelly’s year-and-a-half-old nephew and loved him.  Wylie followed the toddler around and tried to share toys.  As Kelly says “Wylie is not only kiddo-approved but I think he actually enjoys munchkins!”  Way to go, Wylie!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

AZGRC's 2015 Calendar PreSale

AZGRC's 2015 Calendar PreSale
Begins Tuesday, September 2nd

Get your sneak peak at the new AZGRC 2015 calendar. Be the first one on your block. Your furry friends want to know who the top models are. No need for the red carpet, just order and we will deliver! Lights, action, popcorn! So get ready to snuggle on the couch (with your best furry friends) and order NOW! (9/2/2014)  

AZGRC's 2015 Calendar PreSale
Begins Tuesday, September 2nd

Friday, August 22, 2014

Canine Bladder Infections: Part II by Nancy Kay, DVM

Canine Bladder Infections: Part II by Nancy Kay, DVM

In the first article of this series you were introduced to the causes of canine bladder infections and their associated symptoms. This article will help you understand how canine bladder infections are accurately diagnosed. The process always begins with testing a urine sample.
Collection of urine samples for testing
If a bladder infection is suspected, testing the urine will be one of the first steps your veterinarian takes. There are a few different ways to collect urine from a dog.
“free catch” sample involves catching some urine in a container as the dog urinates. The presence of bacteria in a free catch sample is nonspecific, meaning the bacteria might have originated anywhere en route to the collection container, including the bladder, urethra, vulva, prostate gland, and even the hair around the opening of the penis or vulva. In other words, bacteria found in a free catch sample may not be all that meaningful. Other possible downsides to collecting free catch urine samples are a wet hand and suspicious looks from the neighbors.
Urine can also be collected via catheterization. A plastic or rubber catheter is inserted into the end of the urethra and advanced forward into the urinary bladder. Once in the bladder, urine is withdrawn through the catheter. There are a few drawbacks to this sampling method. Most dogs experience some discomfort with the process. Additionally, it is tricky business finding the opening to the urethra in female dogs. And because the catheter comes in contact with the urethra and reproductive structures (vagina, penis, prostate gland) before reaching the bladder, one cannot be certain as to the origin of bacteria found in the urine sample.
The preferred method of urine collection is a technique called cystocentesis. This involves introducing a small needle directly into the urinary bladder. Urine is collected into a syringe attached to the needle. Other than the stress associated with restraint, there is typically no more discomfort for the dog than would be associated with a vaccination. The beauty of a cystocentesis sample is that, if bacteria are detected, one can be certain they were living in the bladder.
Diagnosis of infection
A bladder infection is definitively diagnosed when bacteria are identified within a urine sample that has been collected via cystocentesis. Supporting evidence of infection includes the presence of red blood cells and excessive white blood cells and/or protein within the urine. Keep in mind, these ancillary abnormalities can occur with a variety of urinary tract diseases other than infection.
Bacteria in the urine can be documented by two tests: urinalysis and urine culture. The combination of the two is always ideal. A urinalysis measures urine concentration and pH, screens for red blood cells, white blood cells and protein, and involves viewing the urine sample under the microscope. While this test is relatively reliable, it can produce false negative results particularly if the urine sample sits for several hours prior to testing (certainly the case when samples are sent to a commercial laboratory rather than tested in house). Over time, the bacteria have a way of disappearing from view. Additionally, if the urine sample is dilute (more water than sludge), small numbers of bacteria can readily be missed during the microscopic evaluation.
The gold standard method for documentation of bacterial infection is a urine culture. Urine is inoculated onto agar and incubated for 48 to 72 hours. This way, the growth of bacteria can be documented, and identification and sensitivity testing can be performed. These tests clarify the species of bacteria growing as well as which antibiotics the bugs are sensitive to. This is super important information, particularly when treating dogs with recurrent bladder infections.
Part III of this series will discuss the treatment of bladder infections with special attention given to those dogs who are “repeat offenders”. Please stay tuned!

Sending best wishes to you and your four-legged family members for abundant good health,
Nancy Kay, DVM