As winter holds us in a chilly grip, many of our Newfoundlands are reveling in the cold and the snow. Those thick fur coats seem custom made for extended snow ball tossing games and making dog-shaped snow angels. Be sure to keep an eye out for winter dangers - antifreeze and some ice melting chemicals are toxic to dogs, and dogs can be subject to frostbite and hypothermia especially if they are young, old or have a chronic illness. Winter can be a beautiful time of year. It can be a dangerous time as well, but it certainly doesn't have to be. If you take some precautions, you and your pet can have a fabulous time taking in the icicles, the snow banks, and the warm, glowing fire at the end of the day. Thanks to Kari Bundy for this great photo of her Oliver helping out in the snow.
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|More Ways to Shine|
|Is your dog a workaholic? The Board has approved 2 new titles that will help qualify your Newfoundland for the NCA Working Achievement Award. Earning either of 2 of the new AKC performance titles, the Versatility Obedience Title and the Tracking Dog Urban title will both count towards the requirements of the Working Achievement Award. To see a full description of the award and its requirements, check out the Working Dog section of the NCA website.|
|New Named Trophy to Debut at 2011 National|
|Starting in 2011, the winners of the Stud Dog and Brood Bitch classes at each National Specialty will be honored with a plaque in memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Loring Powers. Mrs. Powers was the owner and founder of Waseeka Kennels, one of the premier Newfoundland breeders of the early twentieth century. Many famous Newfoundlands trace their heritage back to Waseeka dogs. Read more about this instrumental woman and her breeding program in kennel histories on the NCA website.|
|For the Health of our Dogs & the Future of our Breed|
|The CTMB will offer a Doppler Rebate program to encourage our breeders to use this gold standard of heart evaluations for breeding stock. The Doppler Rebate Program is for all breeding Newfoundlands owned by NCA members based on the following criteria:|
· The Newfoundland must be between one and seven years of age.
· The Doppler must be performed by a Board Certified Cardiologist after 12 months of age
· The Newfoundland must be intact.
· Newfoundlands must be owned by NCA members.
The $100 rebate will be issued upon receipt of the signed cardiologist report. A $50.00 rebate will be issued upon receipt of the signed cardiologist report from a Doppler clinic held at a National Specialty. All requests for the rebate requests should be sent, along with a SASE to: Cissy Sullivan. Download a Rebate Application.
The program will begin on January 1, 2011 and will only be available to dogs dopplered after January 1, 2011. The Rebate Program has a cap of $5,000 and will be available on a first come, first served basis until the funds are exhausted.
|Newfoundland Info Booth Scores Group 1|
|Congratulations to the Newfoundland Club of America booth at the Eukanuba 2010 show! The Joe Reinisch family did a GREAT job of depicting the Lewis and Clark expedition. There was one "Seaman" on Saturday, Bailee, owned by Michelle Alpern (Sacajewa). There were several on Sunday, Annie owned by Kathy McIver, Abbey owned by Jean and Fred Freuhs, Tucker owned by Carol Mead, and Brodie and Bailee (back for more) owned by Michelle Alpern. Great job everyone! These "Meet the Breed" opportunities are a great way to provide public education about our fantastic dogs and their history.|