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

Annual NCA membership dues were due July 1.  If you've forgotten to mail in your renewal, please do so immediately.  If, for some reason, you didn't receive your renewal notification, be sure to contact the NCA membership chair, Mary Lou Cuddy.  Don't forget to update any address, telephone, or email information!
The membership renewal form provides a means for  you to make your tax-deductible donations to the NCA Charitable Trust for the Newfoundland Health Challenge, Newfoundland Rescue, and NCA Junior Scholarship.  Please be as generous as possible.

Beckie Stanvich the 2008-2009 NCA Nominating Committee Chair has announced the nominee slate for the NCA Board in 2009. The candidates are Lynne  Anderson-Powell, Jacqueline  Brellochs, Barbara  Finch, Kathy  McIver, Mary L. Price, and Pam  Saunders.
Additional nominations via petition should be sent to Mary Lou Cuddy, NCA Recording Secretary by Nov 1, 2008, in accordance with the NCA By-Laws. Petitions can be downloaded from the Nominating Committee section of the Committee Directory.

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


In This Issue
Heat Stroke- Symptoms and Advice
Working Dog News and Notes
Meet Wallace- new Mascot of Lifesaving Museum
Specialty Carting Program Growing by Leaps and Bounds
Heat Advisory - What to Know
redsunSummer can be a dangerous time for our dogs. You do not have to be around dogs long, if you are observant at all, to be able to recognize signs of stress.  They get a look on their faces and in their eyes, that shows it. The tongue seems to hang out further.  An ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of cure, but things do happen sometimes. Robin Smith, DVM shares some of her experiences and advice on heat stroke: "Heat stroke is unfortunately a common occurrence seen in the emergency room during the summer months. Unless very prompt and aggressive treatment is obtained, many of these dogs will die. Personally, having been a veterinarian for many years and seeing all kinds of dogs affected by heat stoke, I must say that I believe our giant breeds are more prone to heat stroke due to their size." Read Robin's complete article on the NCA Health Information pages. Tamzin Rosenwaser from the Health and Longevity and Research Advisory Committees shared some practical tips for big black dogs who have the compounding issue of laryngeal paralysis, making heat stroke even more life threatening: "Kouchi had laryngeal paralysis, some of the accommodations for her in the summer included:Tempurpedic and Primo pads to lie on.  She had AC, of course, and I used sheets and dog cooling blankets from Silver Eagle Outfitters. At home I had fans for her, and in the car, I had one of those fans you can get at Flying J or at RV places.  Some are cheap, made in China and break easily, others last longer. I clipped it to the arm rest of a front seat in the up position, and let it blow into the rear of the van. I hang my reflective tarps along the inside of the van.  They droop slightly, so I can still see out my side windows. You can also get reflective sheets of stiffer stuff at Lowe's, and cut it to fit your windows.

Notes from the Working Dog Committee
waterdogThe Working Dog Committe (WDC) would like to thank Cheryl Dondino for all of her hard work and dedication over the years as the chair of the NCA WDC. She put in many, many long hours compiling surveys and editing newsletters and never complained. Hers will be big shoes to fill!  Sue Marino, chair NCA WDC

Clarification:  WRDX Fitness Swim Certificates do NOT have to be sent at the same time as the WRDX entry. The entry can be sent without the certificate but the certificate must be given to the test secretary by the day before the test, the latest, and preferably as soon as possible before that date.

Update: Observer judges must have earned two WRD titles or one WRD title and one WRDX title, each on a different dog.

Keep up with working dog happenings & check the WDC  Meeting Agenda online!
Newf Joins Lifesaving Museum as Children's Mascot
Marshall, a friendly Newfoundland dog who was rescued by life-savers at the island's Surfside Life-Saving Station in 1877, serves as the museum mascot for the newly renovated Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum. As part of the children's education program, Wallace has a book coming out in August detailing his real life rescue.
AVMA: Marshall: A Nantucket Sea Rescue
by Whitney Stewart by Soundprints
List Price: $4.95
Our Price: $4.95
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Read More about Newfs in the news on the NCA website

Specialty Carting Expansion Approved
The WDC and NCA Board recently approved that Regional clubs may now hold NCA Specialty Carting at any Regional club event or as an independent event.
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National Specialty Plates Available
A very limited quantity of 2008 National Specialty plates are still available- these are highly collectible and will never be offered for sale again once the available stock is sold. Don't miss out - get yours today!
Proceeds benefit the National Specialty Trophy Fund
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Board- Minutes & Agendas

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Committee Openings

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Address & Contact Information Updates

Committee Openings
The Arbitration Committee is seeking an additional member. The ideal candidate should have at least 10 years experience as a NCA member, be familiar with Newfoundland health issues and generally familiar with Newfoundland breeding practices.  If you would like to be considered for this committee, please submit a resume to Kathy Mc Iver, Committee Liaison.

All applications will be reviewed by the Board of Directors.  For closed committees, such as the Arbitration Committee,  it is the responsibility of the Board to appoint committee members.
In closing,

If you and your Newf haven't been to the water yet this year, there's still time.  Beginners should contact their local regional clubs to learn the dates of any upcoming water training workshops and water tests.  And, as the kids prepare to go back to school, this might be a great time to locate and sign up for an obedience training class with your Newf.  Even if you don't plan to participate actively in obedience competition, these classes are great fun and offer a wonderful socialization experience for your dog -- especially puppies.

Don't forget to submit your pictures to the Newf Tide Photo Contest-deadline is August 31st. Rules and submission form found
on  the NCA website in the Membership Section.

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