NCA e-notes   Monthly Electronic Newsletter of the Newfoundland Club of America
June 2008

It's now officially summer, and many of you will be spending your time in the water with your Newfs, either training for a title or just plain having fun. For those of you who may be new to water work, many regional clubs have water training workshops and other events that you can attend to get started.  Visit the web site of the regional club near you to find out about events and water tests that may be taking place in your area.  There's lots of good information about water training in the Working Dog section of the web site as well.
Enjoy your summer!

As always, we want to hear from you. Email us at any time with your comments and suggestions.


In This Issue
Canine Allergies
CTMB Funds Research on Ruptured Cruciates
AKC Museum of the Dog
Kennel Histories
Breeder Education DVD Available
Canine Allergies - Get the Scoop
allergy dogDr. Janet Wojciechowski, a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology and an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts University, presented a seminar at the 2008 National Specialty on Canine Allergies. Allergies are abnormal reactions in which an animal's immune systems overreacts to everyday environmental substances. These substances, called allergens or antigens, cause allergic reactions upon exposure by inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact. There are many kinds of allergens such as tree, grass or weed pollens, molds, house dust, house dust mites, animal dander, human dander, feathers, fleas, certain bacteria, various chemicals and even ordinary foods. In order to make this information available to a wider audience, you can get a white paper containing the information from the presentation by contacting Tracey Warnke, NCNE Health Seminar Coordinator.
CTMB Funds Cruciate Research
nhc logoThe Charitable Trust Management Board received the review and recommendation from Research Advisory Committee for the study "Chromosomal Regions and Genes Associated with Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture in the Dog" in the amount of $119,672.  This study was approved for funding by the CTMB with the funds being designated from the Newfoundland Health Challenge. The CCLR Study will be under the direction of Vicki Wilke, DVM, PhD, DACVS, Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. The time frame for the program is 7/1/2008 through 6/30/2010 and the goal is to determine genes that are associated with Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture.
NCA Membership Renewals Due
small logoFor all NCA members, dues renewal forms have been mailed. Your renewals are due by July 1st. If you have not received your renewal form please contact Mary Lou Cuddy.  If you are interested in learning more about NCA membership, you can find out more, and download a membership application online.

Remember, each dues renewal form contains a section for donations. Please consider including a donation for the Health Challenge to help rebuild the fund so that another deserving study can obtain funding.
Kennel Histories Come Alive Online
What's behind your dog's pedigree? What kennel names make up the foundation of our breed? These are not just names on paper, but reflect years of dedication and hard work by the skilled and committed breeders that came before us. Learn more about Coastwise, Halirock, Oquaga and more at the history section of the NCA website.

Breeders Forum DVD Available
The Breeder Education Committe hosted a panel discussion at the 2008 National Specialty featuring Kathy Griffin- Seabrook, Peggy Helming- Pouch Cove, Suzanne Jones- Mooncusser, Betty McDonnell - Kilyka, and Marg Wilmott- Topmast. DVD's of the forum are available to order from the BEC.
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Congratulations to all the dogs, and their hard-working owners, who received recognition at the NCA Annual Membership meeting held in Warwick. Twelve dogs were inducted into the Register of Merit & twenty-two dogs received the distinguished Versatile Newfoundland Award. Two new awards were introduced at that time, with 9 dogs attaining the Working Achievement Award and seven dogs receiving the TOD/TOD-D designation for posting the necessary health test results in an open database.

The cost of funding the Cruciate Research study (see article above) will make a big dent in the coffers of the Newfoundland Health Challenge.  But there are more problems facing our breed and additional research opportunities, so please continue to be generous (and remember-it's tax deductible).  In addition, the CTMB is looking for help from an NCA member with expertise in Estate Planning.  The goal is to create a Giving Program that will benefit NCA Charities.  For more information, please contact Andy Zinsmeyer


Roger Frey
President, Newfoundland Club of America
Newfoundland Club of America