NCA e-notes   Monthly Electronic Newsletter of the Newfoundland Club of America
March 2010
Greetings! ,

The excitement is definitely mounting as the 2010 National Specialty draws closer.  Here's a reminder of some of the special features of this year's show. Though you can't possibly participate in all of them, I hope everyone will find something of interest and plan to attend.
       "A Musical Journey to Newfoundland" with the MacO'Brothers.  Join your friends for dinner, drinks, and snacks in the "Black Dog Lounge". (Monday 7:00-11:00 p.m.)
       "Dog Owners: The Endangered Species of the 21st Century". Guest Speaker: Cindy Cooke, Legislative Specialist.  Everyone who loves dogs and the sport of dogs needs to hear what Cindy has to say and learn what we must do to protect our rights to own, breed, and show dogs.
(Tuesday 2:00 p.m.)
       "From the Obedience Judge's Point of View". Seminar with AKC Judge and fellow Newf owner, Anna Lorenz.  Find out what a judge is watching for when judging an exhibitor's performance.  It just might help you improve your scores!  (Thursday 3:00 p.m.)

In This Issue
H&L Online Survey Seeks Health Information
WRDX Fitness Swim Discontinued
Rescue and Health Challenge T's and Sweats - Get Yours Now!
Deadlines Approach for NCA National Specialty
Committee Updates
Consie Powell Book - Shipping Promotion - Special Limted Time Offer
Health & Longevity Launches Online Survey
surveyThe NCA Health & Longevity Committee has launched an online survey. The purpose of this survey is to gather  important health information including what new diseases may be occurring in the breed, what diseases are important to the respondents and what the perception of NCA health information and the NCA message regarding health is. This survey is open to anyone who has owned a Newfoundland in the last five years, and we encourage you to participate. The survey is constructed to limit surveys to one per computer. Preview the survey questions and collect your information now.

Don't forget - Health Clinics & Seminars at this years' National Specialty:  Dr. Briden Stanley will share information about the research she is conducting on Laryngeal Paralysis (Tuesday 3:30 p.m.) and Dr. Richard Kienle, certified board cardiologist, will speak on heart problems affecting our Breed (Wednesday 3:00 p.m.)  Dr. Kienle will offer cardiac evaluations (including Doppler) Tuesday-Thursday, and H&L Chair, Jennifer Zablotny, has organized a CHIC DNA Blood Draw for Tuesday-Saturday.
WRDX Rules Update
waterdogThe WDC and NCA board have voted to discontinue the fitness swim for WRDX as of the 2010 season. Though a fitness certification is no longer required, it is a handler's responsibility to prepare and condition his or her dog physically for the extreme distance and time required to complete these exercises. It is the judges' responsibility to terminate any exercise at any time a dog is deemed to be in distress or appears to be experiencing difficulty in completing any of the exercises. The exercise will be stopped immediately and the dog will be excused from further testing.
Rescue and Health Challenge Apparel Pre-Orders
rescueThe NCA Rescue Network and NCA Health Challenge will be selling a variety of apparel at the National Specialty. You can pre-order these items now to be shipped if you will be unable to attend the Specialty, or for pick-up at the National to guarantee your selection of color and size. Contact Sue Miller for more information



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National Specialty Update

2010logosmall AKC Canine Good Citizen Test- Certify your Newf as a "Canine Good Citizen". Advance registration is appreciated, but walk-ins will be tested, if time permits. (Wednesday 10:00 a.m.)
For the Juniors - There will be a Handling Seminar (Tuesday 3:00 p.m.), a Pizza Party (Tuesday 6:00 p.m.), "Shadow Days" on Wednesday & Friday, and a Parent Round Table (Thursday 4:00 p.m.) all leading up to the exciting Junior Showmanship Competition on Saturday!
Newfywood - You won't want to miss this year's Top Twenty/Ten extravaganza. There will be plenty of seats and good spectator viewing for all to see and applaud the year's top winners.  Dress in style in a commemorative Newfywood T-shirt or sweatshirt. (Thursday 8:00 p.m.)
National Specialty "Treasures"- Win or purchase some remembrances of the 2010 National. There will be an outstanding selection of NCA Logo items for sale, raffles for the hand-crafted "Lighthouse Quilt "and bountiful Regional Baskets, and unique art objects up for bid at the Fine Arts Auction.  (Friday 7:30 p.m.)

Many registration deadlines are quickly coming up on April 1 and April 14 - please check the Specialty Information Packet and website, If you need more information contact Sandee Lovett, National Chair.
Committee Survey Online
small logoIf you currently serve on a NCA Committee you should have received an invitation to complete an online committee performance survey. If you have not yet completed the survey please do so by April 1. If you serve on multiple committees and need a second link to complete the survey again, please contact Tech Resources. The answers to this anonymous survey will be used to help with the  2010/2011 committee appointments as well as to provide support necessary for continued committee success. Hopefully, there will be 100% participation in the survey.
Looking for Heroes: Nominations Open for 11th Annual Awards for Canine Excellence
AKC Humane Fund Logo Over the last decade, thousands of dog lovers have nominated special canines for the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). Each Year ACE honorees are recognized nationally, and five dogs are chosen who have performed an exemplary act or series of acts, whether large or seemingly small, that have significantly benefited a community or individual. Do you know a dog who has touched people's lives? Read about the nomination process here.

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Would you like to provide your Regional Club members the opportunity to purchase Consie Powell's latest treasure and save on shipping? For a limited time if you order 15 copies they will be shipped priority mail for only $11. Great idea for therapy dog groups and school groups too.

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Newfs on the Small Screen
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Debuting this April 22- be sure to catch "American Serengeti" on NatGeo/NatGeoWild. A TV Series featuring the acting talents of "Retro" in the role of Seaman, companion to Lewis & Clark.
Check your local Listings for times and channels.
I am looking forward to seeing many of you at this year's National Specialty, this week provides an opportunity for breed enthusiasts to reconnect face to face, share our accomplishments  and discuss our favorite subject - our dogs! Some of the not to miss events on my calendar are The Breeder Education Forum- Learn from a panel of experienced Newfoundland breeders as they share their insights and discuss "best breeding practices".  (Wednesday 8:00 p.m.), for the Working Dog Enthusiasts - Newf Newf Olympics returns for a second year with some new challenges. Come cheer for your favorite dog/handler teams as they compete for the Gold! (Wednesday 6:30 p.m.) The WDC will share its agenda items of the past year, as well as discuss training and judging of WRDX at the Working Dog Forum. (Friday 5:00 p.m.)

Wishing you safe travels to the National and a fun-filled week with all our special Newfs and friends!


Sincerely,
 rogersig

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