About Us

Gold Canyon D.O.G. -Dog Owners Group-
Mission Statement:
"To Promote Responsible Dog Ownership"

The brainchild of Marta Saint-James and her dog Kramer , Gold Canyon D.O.G. - Dog Owners Group, and the future off-leash dog park, will promote responsible dog ownership through educational activities and events for owners and their dogs so they can interact. The most important task for D.O.G. was finding a suitable site for the park.

Since 2004 we have been working with Pinal County on our quest to obtain land behind the Firehouse Bar and Grill on Kings Ranch Rd, an 11-acre parcel donated by a local developer. At our D.O.G. meeting on November 21st, 2009, we decided to abandon that project because of close proximity of the parcel to homes in the area. We instead decided to concentrate our efforts on the partnership with the City of Apache Junction involving the Silly Mountain Park Project. For more information about this project visit our Our Park page.

In 2010 the Gold Canyon Dog Owners Group (DOG) Board of Directors decided to file for the Articles of Dissolution for the nonprofit status of Gold Canyon D.O.G., though the organization will still remain helping in dog related issues.  This website has been successful reuniting missing and found dogs with their owners through the PAW Alert page; educating dog owners about Canine Valley Fever; providing support when dogs cross the Rainbow Bridge and posting useful information through our Favorite Links page.
We also decided to donate the $8,207.22 held on our Bank accounts - The disbursement of these funds are as follows:

Presentation of the check for $4,103.62 to Friends of Apache Junction (Friends) on November 15, 2011 at the Apache Junction City Council meeting.
L to R: Darlene Girton, DOG Assistant-Treasurer; Francine Schut, DOG Vice- President; Tess Nesser, Chair, Parks Commission; John Insalaco, Mayor; Lucy J. Young, Friends President; Marta Saint-James, DOG President
and Jeff Bell, Director Parks & Recreation

The presentation of the check for $4,103.61 to
Panacea Animal Wellness Sanctuary
on Saturday, November, 2011
L to R: Walter Girton, DOG Treasurer; Darlene Girton, DOG Assistant-Treasurer; Francine Schut, DOG Vice President,; Dr. Eva DeCozio, Medical Director of the VCA Apache Junction Animal Hospital and co-founder of Panacea Animal Wellness Sanctuary and
Michelle Elek-Zuberbuehler
, co-founder of Panacea.

The vision of this organization is to build a sanctuary/safe haven for ALL domestic animals at risk of homelessness or euthanasia. For more information please visit Panacea website http://www.PAWSAZ.org

Kramer was our 12 year old Golden Retriever. He was a very special dog in Gold Canyon, loved by everyone in this beautiful community. Numerous articles in the Gold Canyon Ledger, local newspapers, in The Arizona Republic and the East Valley Tribune. He was also quite famous in events such as Special Olympics as a therapy dog.
My husband Curt Fonger owns Visions of the Southwest Photography, LLC. www.VisionsoftheSW.com He is the official "Pawtographer" for Gold Canyon D.O.G. Curt created a Special Edition Kramer’s Cards. All the proceeds went to the off-leash park project. In 12 months we raised over $1,200 from these cards.

Kramer was instrumental on this project. With his sweet face, his famous doggie lunchbox and his love for humans, he has raised hundreds of dollars for the park.

Kramer crossed the Rainbow Bridge on January 15, 2005
with Mom and Dad on his side.

Kramer with Mom Marta Saint-James

Logo designed and donated by Keith Knudsen, Knudsen Studios, Illinois


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