Sunday, November 9, 2014

Remember Santa Photo Time


HOLIDAY PET PHOTOS ARE COMING!!!


Does your pet want a new bone or toy this Christmas?  Maybe your pet is wishing for a big fluffy bed or a new shiny collar. Schedule your holiday pet photo appointment today at one of our participating locations and let Santa himself find out what your pet is asking for this year. 

For a $25 donation to Arizona Golden Retriever Connection, you will receive two (2) 4X6 Prints & a CD with all the photos from your photo session. All proceeds benefit homeless and abandoned Golden Retrievers in need. Cash or check only please.This is one of our great fundraisers, and you get a great photo to remember the holidays. 


SEE SPOT SHOP – ANCALA VILLAGE

Phone: 480-451-5225
11291 E. Via Linda, #146
Scottsdale, AZ  85259
(At the Ancala Village Shopping Center - Southwest corner of Via Linda and Frank Lloyd Wright)
Sunday, November 23rd, 10 AM – 2 PM


SEE SPOT SHOP – STETSON VILLAGE

Phone: 623-594-0807
3780 W. Happy Valley Road, #138
Glendale, AZ 85310
(At the Stetson Village Shopping Center – next to Safeway)
Sunday, November 23rd, 10 AM – 2 PM


PETE AND MAC'S GILBERT

Phone: 480-633-3384
321 E. Elliot Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Saturday, December 6th, 9 AM - 3 PM

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fostering is an Exciting Adventure in Doggie Kisses and Fur




In January 2005, I was not sure about this new adventure of foster mom. I thought it would be a way for me to share my quiet home and give some peace to a confused and weary dog. My first adventure was a beautiful dog named Lucky. He had been put aside and forgotten by people and was not sure about humans when he came to me. He had a long rap sheet of misadventures but he told me he was innocent. He was afraid of mops, brooms, sudden movements, and cell phones. He loved to chew on TV controllers and pagers. Supposedly he helped eat a goat before he was saved by AZGRC. Many days of kisses and hugs, brushings and playing passed and he learned that humans could be trusted again. The first day he met a new family, he decided it was his forever home and so did they. He blossomed into the greatest dog. He loved his swimming pool and long walks.
Many dogs have been fostered since then, some stay with us and some find other great forever homes. Senior dogs are our favorites! Each dog brings great opportunities. My oldest foster dog, Bobbie, loves to share his home with everyone. Here he is lounging on a bed donated by one of our foster dogs. She came with two beds and a sack of toys and bones. When she found her forever home, she found all new things. 
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.
WHAT IS EXPECTED?
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. 
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
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 info@azgrc.org.
You will never regret fostering. 


Friday, October 31, 2014

2014 AZGRC Calendar - November



2014 AZGRC Calendar - November

CASSIE

Rescued        February 2011
Skin allergies in dogs occur for so many different reasons and it’s not easy to determine the cause, let alone the cure.  Sometimes the problem goes away in a few months and sometimes it becomes chronic.  In the meantime, the dog can be pretty miserable with constant itching, sores, and hair loss.  Sometimes, it’s the reason a dog is abandoned. 
No one will ever know for sure if that’s what happened to Cassie.  But one thing was for sure; Cassie had skin problems that needed medical attention.  She also needed a family who would be willing to take on the challenge of getting Cassie healthy again.  Arizona Golden Retriever Connection found that family when Neal and Barbara, a retired couple with another rescue Golden, opened their home to Cassie. 
In addition to using the medication prescribed by Cassie’s vet, Neal and Barbara worked with AZGRC in determining the best kind of diet for a dog with potential allergy issues.  Within a couple of months, Cassie had stopped itching and her hair began growing back.  Cassie, being a young Golden, was not above causing lots of mischief for her foster parents.  In her first few weeks, she ate plants and a wicker basket in the backyard; chewed on her bed; and acted like a sled dog when on a leash.  In spite of these antics, or perhaps because of them, Cassie made a place in Neal and Barbara’s hearts.  Yes, Cassie had found her forever home!
Today when Cassie is not playing with Kobee, her canine sibling, Cassie loves having her picture taken and thoroughly enjoyed posing for the AZGRC photographers.  “Miss November 2014” would look at the camera, perk up her ears and smile!  Of course, what else would you expect from such a beautiful Calendar girl!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Camping and Traveling with Your Furry Friends

Road Trip!!!!

If you are going on a hike, camping, or road trip with your dog, you need to be prepared. Here are some things to remember:
-foot protection (heat or snow) protective boots are needed
-plenty of water and food, do not let your dog drink from lakes or streams-prevent heatstroke http://www.vetmedaz.com/2014/07/15/heat-stroke-risk-for-pets/
-flea or tick preventative
-collar and tags
-easy access to your dogs vaccination/medical records

-keep your dog on a leash, watch for rattlesnakes! http://www.vetmedaz.com/2014/07/15/heat-stroke-risk-for-pets/  

Also remember to have a first aid kit with you.
Your Dog’s First-Aid Kit Should Include:

·        Absorbent gauze pads
·        Adhesive first aid tape
·        Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder, or spray
·        Blanket (a foil emergency blanket)
·        Cotton balls or swabs
·        Gauze rolls
·        Hydrogen peroxide
o   Hydrogen peroxide can be used to induce vomiting; do this only when directed by a veterinarian or a poison-control expert
·        Ice pack
·        Non-latex disposable gloves
·        Petroleum jelly (to lubricate the thermometer)
·        Rectal thermometer (your pet’s temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F)
·        Scissors (with blunt ends)
·        Sterile saline solution to clean open wounds
·        Tweezers and comb to remove cactus thorns or burrs
·        Nail clippers
·        Plastic eyedropper or syringe
·        Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for allergic reactions
o   Check with your veterinarian to make sure Benadryl is approved for your pet and verify the appropriate dosage amount
·        Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) to clean the thermometer
·        Ear-cleaning solution
·        Glucose paste or corn syrup (for diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar)
·        Non-prescription antibiotic ointment
·        Small flashlight
·        Towels

Happy Road Trip!


   


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Time to Check your Calendar- Don't Miss out on the FUN























1. Membership Renewal-
Please go to: http://www.azgrc.org/getInvolved/membership.html 
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.

2. Order 2015 AZGRC Calendar- Go to 
www.azgrc.org.    AZGRC 2015 CALENDAR
Now Available


3. GOTCHA DAY- It's not too early to mark your calendar for Saturday, November 1st!  That's the day when AZGRC members gather together to celebrate the wonderful four-legged members of our family!
  
 It's a day of great fun, good friends, delicious food, awesome raffle baskets, boutique shopping, and games for four-legged and two-legged participants!
  
We will meet at Vista Del Camino Park, Ramada 3 from10:00AM to 1:00PM.

Please RSVP by October 29th by calling 602-870-0037 or emailing events@azgrc.org.  Please use "Gotcha Day" as the subject line for the email.  Be sure to include the number of people and pups attending.

For more details, watch your mail for the Gotcha Day postcard or check AZGRC's website at www.azgrc.org.

AZGRC will provide the food. Lawn chairs suggested.

GOLDENS GIVE BACK!
Please bring dog or cat food to be donated to P.E.T. (Pets Eat Too) Pantry.  For more information on P.E.T. Pantry visitwww.scottsdalepetpantry.org.

4. SEE SPOT SHOP- 











Monday, October 6, 2014

Gotcha Day is Coming Soon

GOTCHA DAY IS COMING!   

It's not too early to mark your calendar for Saturday, November 1st!  That's the day when AZGRC members gather together to celebrate the wonderful four-legged members of our family!
  
 It's a day of great fun, good friends, delicious food, awesome raffle baskets, boutique shopping, and games for four-legged and two-legged participants!
  
We will meet at Vista Del Camino Park, Ramada 3 from10:00AM to 1:00PM.

Please RSVP by October 29th by calling 602-870-0037 or emailing events@azgrc.org.  Please use "Gotcha Day" as the subject line for the email.  Be sure to include the number of people and pups attending.

For more details, watch your mail for the Gotcha Day postcard or check AZGRC's website at www.azgrc.org.

AZGRC will provide the food. Lawn chairs suggested.

GOLDENS GIVE BACK!
Please bring dog or cat food to be donated to P.E.T. (Pets Eat Too) Pantry.  For more information on P.E.T. Pantry visitwww.scottsdalepetpantry.org.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Trick or Treat

Halloween can be a fun event for families and their pets. However, if safety precautions are not taken, it can also be a hazardous time for our four-legged companions. Here are some practical yet potentially life-saving tips that can help protect your pets on Halloween.
1. Dangerous Pet Costumes
Never leave a pet unattended while wearing a costume. Small (or large) parts of a costume can become chewed and ingested and can in turn potentially lead to foreign body ingestion which can be life threatening to your pet.

2. Halloween Decorations and Fire Hazards

If you like to decorate your home in the Halloween spirit, take into consideration what you're putting on display and where the decorations will be placed. Easy-to-reach decorations — or candles — can be eaten or knocked over, potentially leading to choking, foreign body ingestion, electrical shock and even burns and a household fire.
Err on the side of caution while decorating and choose pet-safe products.

3. Noise Affects Pets

Dogs and cats can become skittish and anxiety ridden on Halloween due to the incessant ringing of the doorbell, constant squeals and chatter just outside the door, and small fireworks set off in the street.
In addition, the barrage of strangers dressed in unfamiliar and scary costumes can alarm some pets, increasing their anxiety. Take extra precaution on Halloween: gauge your pet's typical reaction while greeting visitors and decide if putting up a baby gate or leaving your dog or cat in a back room of the house would keep them calmer throughout the evening.

4. Candy and Chocolate Are Toxic

Candy and chocolate are never good for dogs or cats and on Halloween there is an increased chance that Fluffy and Fido may consume treats meant for tricksters.
·        Chocolate and xylitol, a sweetener found in many candies, can be extremely toxic to pets.
·        Lollipops and their sticks can be choking hazards and cause a painful obstruction or foreign body ingestion that may require surgery to remove.
·        Candies wrapped in plastic and other types of wrapping can also lead to chocking or cause an obstruction and upset stomach. 

5. Lost Pets

Halloween isn't an ideal time to let your dog or cat wander outside unattended. While there aren't any documented reports or statistics to indicate that pet abduction increases on Halloween, be mindful that a prankster or a mean-spirited individual could be inspired to mess with your pet.
Take caution and keep pets indoors with you, or escort them outside on a leash if you plan on including your pet in neighborhood festivities. Sudden noises and strange-looking costumes can also spook your pet, causing them to run away, therefore, it’s always a good idea to adorn your pet with a collar and identification tags in case you become separated.
If you dog is not micro-chipped, make sure they have their collar and ID tags. 

Please share what you do to keep your dog safe on Halloween!