|Legislative Alerts Posted for Many States|
|Think legislation doesn't affect you? Think again.|
Today your rights as a dog owner and breeder are threatened by unjust limit laws, breed-spe- cific bills, and breeding restrictions. AKC works for responsible dog ownership and respon- sible legislation. Each year we monitor more than 850 state and national bills to protect the rights of dogs and their owners. We can't imagine a world without dogs - can you?
Visit the NCA Legislative Action Center today- Get Involved!
|Remember to Support NCA Charities with Your Holiday Shopping|
|Giving to NCA Charities can be an easy and quick addition to your holiday shopping this year. Any purchases made at Amazon.com will generate referral fees to Health Challenge and Rescue if you visit The Newfoundland Dog Library first - just visit and enter what you're shopping for in the search box.|
NCA Charities is also partnered with eBay, you can buy and sell items with a portion or all of the proceeds going to Health Challenge or Rescue or you can designate NCA Charities as a "Favorite Charity" and include a $1 donation with your purchases. Learn more here.
|National DNA Collection Update|
Many, many thanks to everyone that helped and had their dog's blood drawn. As some may have noticed, there has been a delay in getting the samples to OFA/CHIC. This year, the Van Andel Research Institute/Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium provided the DNA banking. They are a research group in Grand Rapids, MI working with support from OFA and the AKC Canine Health Foundation on malignant melanoma, lymphoma, osteosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma and malignant histiocytosis. Four of these five cancers occur with some frequency in Newfoundlands and CHCC is recruiting samples from dogs with confirmed disease. VARI/CHCC provided supplies for the clinic, paid for shipping the samples and then extracted the DNA from the samples. OFA charges owners twenty dollars per sample to process the samples and paperwork when samples are sent directly to OFA. VARI/CHCC's "fee" for free processing is keeping a small portion of the DNA for control samples in their research. The rest of the DNA will be sent to the CHIC DNA Repository and should be at OFA within a matter of weeks. The clinic was very successful with 185 new dogs added to the database. This compares to 141 done last year in the same location when the cost was $10 per dog. The success of the clinic was no doubt mainly because the DNA processing was free this year but we were also prominently located at the front of the grooming building. We also had "aggressive marketing" in place. The cost to NCA was hiring technicians to draw blood and man the clinic.
For more information on VAI/CHCC or to send tumor samples, please visit:
Jennifer Zablotny, DVM
Chair, Health and Longevity Committee
|Award Nominations Due October 20|
|Do you know a heroic Newfoundland? Do you know a fancier who is the consummate "good sport"? The NCA is seeking nominations for the Heroic Newfoundland Award, a dog who has been instrumental in warning others about potential danger or rescuing someone from danger. October 20 is also the deadline for the NCA Good Sportsmanship Award given to an NCA member who exemplifies good sportsmanship in all avenues and who works diligently on behalf of others and Newfoundlands without concern for personal gain. For more information, or to submit a nomination, please contact Ingrid Lyden.|
|National Specialty Photo Contest Launches|
An exciting NEW photo contest open to everyone. Photos submitted in 6 different categories, winners will be featured in a beautiful 2012 Calendar. All photos submitted will be on display at the 2011 National Specialty.
Entries open October 1 2010 - March 1 2011.
For all the details visit the 2011 National Specialty Website