NCA e-notes -DRAFT do not forward  Monthly Electronic Newsletter of the Newfoundland Club of America
April 2009

As the guardians of this wonderful breed, Newf fanciers often find themselves in a position of providing breed education to prospective puppy owners, and the general public. A great source to keep on hand is the Newfoundland Puppy Information Center - and the NCA Breeder Referral Hotline at 1-866-NCA-NEWF (1-866-622-6393). Both of these resources are great ways to steer new fanciers to a wealth of information available from the NCA.


In This Issue
Health Challenge Dollars Fund Study
DNA Collection in Frankenmuth
AKC Looking for a Hero
Regional Club News
Estate Planning - Are You Prepared?
Charitable Trust Funds Gene Mapping Study
morrisThe CTMB has approved $10,000 in funding over a two year period for the following grant from Morris Animal Foundation: "Pooled Association Mapping for Canine Hereditary Disorders".

More than 450 canine genetic traits are listed on the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals list. These traits affect every body system in dogs and can cause health problems ranging from mild disease susceptibility to severe illness and death.

DNA Blood Draw at the National Specialty
DNADNA Clinic at the National Specialty will be held Tuesday thru Friday.  The clinic is 10.00 and that includes shipping of the blood which the NCA gladly covers.  The DNA Clinic will be set up in the grooming building but you can make arrangements for "House Calls" at your set up if necessary.  Arrangements for "house calls" need to be made through Dr. Jenny Zablotny.
The DNA Clinic asks that you go to the CHIC Website and preprint and download your forms prior to the National.  You will still be able to get your blood drawn at the clinic it just streamlines the process if you take care of the paperwork ahead of time. If you have any questions regarding the DNA Clinic please contact Jenny Zablotny.
Is Your Dog a Hero?
Each year, AKC Awards for Canine Excellence recognize five dogs who have performed an exemplary act or series of acts, whether large or seemingly small, that have significantly benefited a community or individual. One award is given in the following five categories: law enforcement, search and rescue, therapy, service, and exemplary companion dog. Honorable Mentions are awarded to outstanding entries in each category. Nominate the canine hero in your life.
Regional Club News
NCA Draft Test Sunday, May 31 Hosted by  PENN-OHIO NEWFOUNDLAND CLUB, INC. Pymatuning State Park
Jamestown, Pennsylvania JUDGES Lynda A. Stierle-Dunn & Karen Dunaway. Chairman - David Hansen. Download a Premium List Entries close May 19.
PONC Spring MAY-Hem Fun day Saturday May 30th  Everyone is invited. It will be at Pymatuning State Park at  pavilion #2 on the east side of the dam. Come have lunch,  
get drafting instruction and practice, Obedience Instruction  and learn about things you can do with your Newfy.

River King Newf Club is hosting a water workshop May 30 & 31 at Rowen's Kennels in Brighton, IL. MORE INFO

High Country Newf Club is hosting a Newf Fun Day & BBQ - June 13 - Memorial Park, 58th and Allison St., Arvada CO. MORE INFORMATION

Find out more about your Regional Club and join in the fun!
Estate Planning
In the event that a pet outlives its owner, family members may find themselves in a predicament as to what to do with the pet or pets. The survivors may not know how to care for exotic pets, if you have them, or may not want to deal with a dog as large as a Newf or several Newfs. If you have family or a friend that is willing to take on a Newf, don't leave it to be dealt with until after the fact. NCA members Jennifer Zablotny, Debbie Jordan and Andy Zinsmeyer from the Charitable Trust provide information and resources on strategies for dealing with estate planning.

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Some people have already started their journey to Frankenmuth, Michigan to participate in this year's National Specialty, others are busy with packing and planning.  Be sure to keep up-to-date with the latest happenings in Michigan on the National Specialty website. The NCA Board will be meeting Monday of the Specialty week, as always our meetings are open to all NCA members and we encourage you to sit in. The Annual Membership Meeting will be held Tuesday evening, please make sure not to miss out.


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