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

fat dogThe turning of the year is always a time for reflection and resolutions. Many people commit to plans for dieting and better health. This is the opportune time for us to consider the conditioning of our Newfs and make some resolutions for them as well. Maintaining a good body weight and muscle tone can have life long impacts on our dogs' health. Kurt Schulz, D.V.M., M.S., DACVS, associate professor of surgical and radiological sciences at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, says, "Controlling body weight is the single most important step an owner can take to minimize the risk of cruciate tears." Overweight dogs are also at risk for diabetes, heart disease and hepatic lipidosis. Jenny Zablotny, chair of NCA's Health and Longevity Committee also notes that studies have shown that dogs kept at an appropriate weight live an average of 2 years longer than overweight dogs.

Visit the Body Assessment Rating for Canines (BARC)  or the OSU Vet School Body Condition Chart for help identifying if a New Year's Resolution should be in your Newf's future.

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


In This Issue
DNA Clinic at '09 National Announced
AKC launches S.T.A.R. Puppy Program
NCA Joins in Holiday Card Challenge
NCA Board Elections
Giving Center Makes Online Debut
Got DNA? 625 Newfs in DNA Bank to date
A DNA Clinic will be held at the 2009 National.  The cost will be $10.00/dog. The clinic will be sponsored by Health and Longevity.
All blood samples will be submitted to the CHIC DNA Repository, co-sponsored by the OFA and the AKC/CHF.  This repository collects and stores canine DNA samples along with corresponding genealogic and phenotypic information to facilitate future research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs.
If you have questions contact Jenny Zablotny . Find out more about DNA collection.
Make your puppy an AKC S.T.A.R. 
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Every puppy deserves a great start in life and the AKC's newest program for puppies is here to help that happen.

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, the recently unveiled puppy level of the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program, is designed to reward owners who have taken the time to take their puppies to a puppy or basic training class at least 6 weeks long.

NCA joins DPCA Holiday Card Challenge
card challenge The NCA Legislative Committee - Debbie Dennison, Amy Davis, Brian Hodges and Elaine Perkins encourages all Newfoundland owners to take part in the Christmas/Holiday Card Challenge co-sponsored by the Doberman Pinscher Club of America and Rottweiler Club of America. You are encouraged to send one of your holiday greeting cards to all of your local, state and federal legislators featuring a photo of your dogs and a short note about how your dogs are important in your life.

Board Election Packets Have Been Sent
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Election packets for the 2009 have been mailed to all NCA members. If you do not receive your packet by 12/30/08 please contact Mary Lou Cuddy, NCA Recording Secretary.  Completed ballots must be received before February 1, 2009 in order to be counted. Please note that Feb. 1 is a Sunday and mail accordingly. Make sure your voice is heard - read your election packets, contact candidates with questions and vote!
Giving Center Debuts Online
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NCA Charities is pleased to announce the launch of the Charitable Trust Giving Center. Providing for instant online donations via PayPal™, as well as information on Planned Giving Opportunities, the Giving Center is your one - stop location for supporting Health Challenge, Rescue and more. Visit the Giving Center today and find out how you can help NCA Charities.

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NCA on the Web

NCA Charities

NCA Puppy Info Center

Newfoundland Dog Library

Newfoundland Breeders featured in AKC Breeder
Pouch Cove's Peggy & Dave Helming, 2006 AKC Breeders of the Year, say breeding is a matter of patience and careful study.
They share some thoughts with the fancy on breeding dogs. These observations have been gathered over the 40 years they have been engaged in breeding Newfoundlands and, more recently, during the last 10 years while breeding Portuguese Water Dogs.
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Board- Minutes & Agendas

Membership Info

Newf Tide Subscriptions

Committee Openings

Contact the Board

Address & Contact Information Updates

The NCA Board at the Lewis & Clark (and Seaman) Statue, left to right: Maredith Reggie, Pat Randall, Barbara Finch, Kathy McIver, Pam Rubio, Kevin Gallagher, Sue Marino, Mary Lou Cuddy, Mary L. Price, Jacqueline Brellochs, Mary W. Price, Mary Lou Roberts and Roger Frey.

In closing,

I would like to join with the entire Board of the Newfoundland Club of America to wish you and your's a safe and happy holiday season. Give all of your Newfs a hug from us!


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