Friday, August 21, 2015


Voting is underway for the top six Goldens whose photos will appear on the bottle labels of AZGRC's Forever Golden Estate Winery Wines.

Hi! Julee and Welsie here again. Be sure to cast your votes for the Goldens of your choice.  

Voting ends at 9 PM Arizona Time on Saturday, August 22nd.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer

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. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015


  Did you know you can help provide much needed funds to
AZGRC  just by shopping at Fry'sIt's easy when you enroll in Fry's Community Rewards program.

All you have to do to get started is go online

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!!!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

4th of July Brings Fireworks and BBQ-Please remember our furry friends need extra help.

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.

  • 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 20, 2015

    Special Fund Raiser for Della

    On June 23rd we are hosting an online fundraiser to help Della get her new prosthetic paw. This custom bracelet is available only for this one day event. 
    $15.00 of the purchase price of this bracelet helps Della. 

    25% of all other items on the website will also help Della. Check out this beautiful jewelry at 

    BUT please wait until June 23rd to order.
    There are many special items at this site and I know you will have fun scoping out the goodies, but please wait to order until June 23rd. AZGRC will receive 25%on all items ordered from the website and if you order the bracelet, we will receive $15.00. 

    This bracelet can only be seen on the website June 23rd.
    IMPORTANT ORDERING INFORMATION:  When measuring your wrist for bracelets, please measure as the video describes at
    This will ensure the correct fit for the bracelet; otherwise it will not fit snugly. 
    **Be sure to include your wrist size, which is the circumference of your wrist in inches, not your bracelet size.  Your EXACT wrist circumference is needed so do not add the extra ½ inch like the video suggests.

    Let’s make the event a success and change Della’s world! Thank you for your support.

    Friday, June 5, 2015

    Thunderstorm Phobia

    This is not normal weather for June in Arizona. How many of you spent last night and today with your dogs trying to crawl into bed with you? Monsoons start in July, but you may need those anti-anxiety therapies now for your furry friends.  Also, these storms may spook your pets, so be 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
    Thunderstorm Remedies:
    For those pets that do not like thunder and lightening, here are some things to try.

    Give the dog a safe place where he can go in a storm.

    Consider a snug garment. Thundershirts work well for some dogs. 

    Ask your veterinarian for advice. Do not use over the counter medications unless verified by your vet.

    Natural therapy can work-Rescue Remedy. Close curtains and turn up the sound of TV or play music.

    Please share what works best for your pets. 

    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.