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

The National Specialty is almost upon us. This massive undertaking brings together Newfoundland fanciers from across the country and around the globe.  Events of this kind cannot take place without the support of many volunteers.  There are still a few gaps in the volunteer staffing for this year's National.  Check the National Specialty website to find out what areas need your help.  Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, and share your love of the breed with others. We are looking forward to seeing many of you in Frankenmuth.
In This Issue
H&L Online Survey Seeks Health Information
Free DNA Blood Draws at National Specialty
Rescue and Health Challenge Silent Auctions
BEC Lending Library
Cardio Clinics at National Specialty
Health & Longevity Survey Tops 200 Responses
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. Please collect your dog(s) health information (health screenings, cause of death for deceased dogs, unique health issues) so that you can complete the full survey.

I'm ready to take the survey now.

Don't forget - Health Clinics & Seminars at this year's 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, board certified 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.
DNA Blood Draw at the National Specialty- Free!!
DNADNA Clinic at the National Specialty will be held Tuesday thru Friday.  The clinic is being offered at NO COST this year thanks to a partnership with the Van Andel Research Institute.  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.
Rescue and Health Challenge Silent Auctions
nhc logoSilent auctions, with the proceeds to benefit Newfoundland Rescue and the Newfoundland Health Challenge, will take place in a tent near ringside on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Be sure to stop by and help these important causes. Donations are gratefully accepted. Contact Mary L. Price (Rescue) or Mary Jane Spackman (Health Challenge).
Breeder Education Library Available
The Breeder Education Committee (BEC) library  is available to  NCA Regional Clubs and NCA members in good standing.  The collection includes books, DVDs, and CDs  devoted to genetics, breeding, movement, puppy rearing, etc.  

There is a $10.00 mailing fee for most items shipped within the United States. For your convenience, a self addressed, prepaid return envelope will accompany your order.  For destinations outside the United States, please contact us for a shipping fee quote. Upon receipt of the signed borrower's agreement and shipping fee, in-stock items will usually be mailed within 72 hours. Unless prior arrangements have been made, all items must be returned within 35 days.  A complete catalog list, borrower's agreement, and reservation form are available online.

Please contact us with your suggestions or comments.

Cardiology Clinic Screening in Frankenmuth
Cardiologist: Richard D. Kienle, DVM - Diplomat ACVIM (Cardiology)
What: Auscultations and Dopplers (no shaving required)
When: Tuesday, May 4 - Thursday, May 6
Time: 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Cost: Auscultations - $40 Dopplers - $160

Contact Linda Maggy to schedule a preferred day and time for your appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, but prescheduled appointments will be given priority. This clinic will be advertised on the OFA website and open to other breeds; however, Newfoundlands will be given first consideration. Cost to register results with OFA - $7.50; ARCH registration forms will also be available. Bring a copy of your dog's/dogs' registration form(s) and microchip number(s).
Nominating Committee Seeks Qualified Candidates
small logoYour NCA Nominating Committee is seeking qualified people to submit their names for consideration as nominees for the NCA Board of Directors.  The vitality of the NCA in future decades depends on your participation.  If you feel you have the qualifications, skills and enthusiasm to serve on the Board, please submit your name for consideration and prepare a written resume' addressing the following points:
*Years of experience as a Newfoundland owner, breeder, and/or exhibitor
*Contributions to the sport of dogs
*Contributions to the Newfoundland breed and to the national or regional clubs by virtue of talent, education, training, and/or professional endeavor.
*Written assurance of willingness to run for office, attend meetings, serve on committees, and be a consistently active board member, if chosen.
 Candidates' letters of intent and resumes' must be received in full by June 1, 2010.  No extensions can be granted.  Please forward any submissions to theNCA Nominating Committee chair Cheryl Dondino.
Go Green: How to be an Eco-friendly Dog Owner
April 22 marked the fortieth annual celebration of Earth Day, as people all over the globe gathered to take action against climate change and other environmental hazards. The environmental impact of dog ownership may not be on Earth Day's official agenda, but a growing number of dog owners are finding ways to reduce their dogs&' "carbon pawprint". From the food your dog eats to the way you handle its waste,

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New Judges
   Celia Gebhardt, 
Corona, CA
  Eligible to accept provisional DRAFT judging assignments.

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