NCA e-notes   Monthly Electronic Newsletter of the Newfoundland Club of America
July 2009

This month the AKC Gazette focuses on Giant Breeds, with articles such as: For the Love of the Breed: In 2009, the AKC Humane Fund will be supporting purebred-rescue groups. This month the GAZETTE explores the challenges and triumphs of saving giant breeds. Nutrition: The Best Way to Grow a Big Dog and Out of Joint on options for a puppy with severe hip dysplasia by Jeff Grognet, DVM. You can read the current issue of the AKC GAZETTE online every month.
Enjoy your summer!

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

In This Issue
AKC Registration Pledge
Photo Contest Details
Mandatory Observer Judge Requirements
Regional Club News
Pet Protection During Home Fires
NCA Accepts AKC Registration Pledge Challenge
The NCA supports AKC's programs, including educational resources for children and adults, the AKC Canine Health Foundation that funds canine health research, and the Government Relations Department that works to preserve our rights to own, breed, and enjoy our dogs.   
We understand that AKC registration brings new dog owners into the exciting world of AKC programs and  events.  We recognize that AKC relies on fees from litter and dog registrations to fund those programs. And we know that too often, new owners forget to register their puppies.  
We want to extend AKC's message of responsible dog care and help keep our organization strong and growing by ensuring that every puppy that we so carefully produce is registered with the American Kennel Club.   
Even if you don't breed- take the pledge! Experienced fanciers are frequently acknowledged as dog experts among their families, friends, and in their communities.  Members who are not currently producing litters can do their part in fulfilling the Pledge by educating others about the value and importance of purebred dogs and by encouraging new dog owners to
register their puppies with the AKC. Learn More.  Starting August 1 - Take the pledge!
Newf Tide Photo Contest Deadline Approaching
cameraOnce again, the Newfoundland Club of America, Inc. announces its annual photo contest, open to all NCA members. The primary contest is for adult members of the NCA. There will be a separate competition for photos taken by junior members or children, up to 18 years of age, of members. The winning junior member's photograph will compete in the adult class. The winning photograph will appear on the front cover of the 4th quarter Newf Tide 2009 and the second place photo on the back cover. Photographs awarded adult and junior runners up will be published on inside pages of the same issue. Entries must be received by August 31, 2009.  Read More.
Working Dog Notes:
Mandatory Observer Judge (OJ) Requirements
draftAfter you have completed the application process and test procedures you will be contacted  and informed that you may set up the first of the two test Observations required. A new OJ must observe at two tests, in two different locations and under four different judges. You will need to contact the test chairman and both judges of the test where you want to observe. At least one judge must be a Mentor, with the other being no less than Partner status. The OJPC must receive the request for observation at least thirty days before the test to allow for the approval notice to be sent to everyone involved. Once it is set up, your name will be printed as an observer judge in the catalog and possibly the premium list. You may not plan the second observation until the OJPC has received positive reports from the judges on your first observational assignment. You will receive an e-mail when the reports from the first observation are processed, informing you that you may set up the next OJ assignment.
When two successful observations have been completed and the OJPC has notified you of the positive judges reports, you will be contacted by the WDC Chair informing you that you are now at provisional status and may accept assignments. Your name will appear in NCA e-notes listing your provisional status and that you may now accept provisional judging assignments.
The OJPC will forward your file to the WDC Judges database, and you will be listed on the WDC website.
Regional Club News & Upcoming Events
seamanNewfoundlands from the pacific northwest descended on Ft. Clatsop for the annual Seaman Day to celebrate the canine explorer who accompanied Lewis & Clark. Read More.

The Newfoundland Club of New England will be doing water rescue demos at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut on August 29 & 30 as part of "Dog Days" More Info.

Northland Newf Club continues to offer slings and stretchers as part of their rescue program fundraisers. These are invaluable for any household with a Newf, especially an aging dog. Read More.
Protect Your Pets from Home Fires
To help reduce the estimated 500,000 pets affected by home fires each year, the American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services today launched the inaugural "National Pet Fire Safety Day." This nationwide awareness day educates pet owners about potential risks when pets are left home alone and provides them with proven prevention measures to ensure their safety.

Read our prevention, escape and rescue tips, and get your free "Pet Alert Window Cling", here.

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Working Judges Take Note
Partner and Provisional Judges who have not exhibited in the last three years are now flagged on the judges lists (Water Judges and Draft Judges) and cannot accept new assignments until they exhibit again. If you are flagged and think that you should not be please contact Denise Castonguay.
And Finally,

Many of you recently received your 2nd Quarter Issue of Newf Tide, the official print publication of the NCA. The current issue contains articles about a new type of draft event "The Great American Draft Dog Competition"; 2008 Recognition including ROM's and VN's; and many other features. If you do not already receive Newf Tide, you can subscribe online, a subscription is included in your NCA membership.

If you are a member of the Newfoundland Club of America and have not yet received your NCA Membership Renewal Form, please contact Mary Lou Cuddy, membership chair. Membership renewals were due July 1, 2009.
Enjoy the long summer days with your Newfoundland - drop us a line and let us know what you're up to!


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