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March 2013  

Many of us are shaking off the winter cobwebs and thinking about getting outside and active with our Newfs. Draft training is a wonderful way to provide a great workout for our four-footed companion, as well as being a great outlet for our Newfoundlands natural working drive. The NCA offers lots of resources for those looking to get started with draft work, from the Draft Equipment Guide, to a seven-part video series on training your draft dog presented by Sue Marino of the Working Dog Committee. If you have questions about training, or would like to find some training partners, check in with the regional club in your area, and be sure to send us pictures of you and your draft dog!

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National Specialty Updates
This year we will again be offering On Demand Video, which will bring the National to your home each day if you are unable to attend.
Through On-Demand streaming video, our videographer will offer a delayed video of each day's events beginning Wednesday, May 1, through Saturday, May 4. The video for each day will be available four to six hours after the end of judging. Purchasing and viewing the videos is done through the videographer's website.
We are excited to be able to offer this service to you once again. The 2013 National Specialty team wants to be sure you feel included in our spectacular event even if you cannot personally attend. Of course, On-Demand will also be available to those who have computer access while attending the National but missed a part of the judging or want to see it again. Happy viewing!
Seeking Nominees
small logo The Nominating Committee for the Newfoundland Club of America Board of Directors is requesting that names of prospective nominees be submitted to Denise Hatakeyama.  If you know a member of the NCA, and who would like to serve on the 2014-2016 NCA Board, please ask him or her to send via email or regular mail, the following information.

A concise, factual biographical sketch which includes the following:
1. Length of time the candidate has been a Newfoundland owner, breeder, and/or exhibitor
2. Contributions to the sport of dogs
3. Contributions to the Newfoundland breed and to Regional and/or National Club
4. Special contributions which could be made to the National Club by virtue of talent, education, training or professional endeavor
Each potential nominee shall give written assurance of his/her willingness to:
A. Run for office
B. Attend meetings, contribute to mail meetings, and serve on committees and be an active and contributing member of the Board, if elected
The deadline for acceptance of nominations will be approximately 30 days after the publication of the Spring issue of Newf Tide.
Is Your Newfoundland a Good Citizen?
Canine Good CitizenŽ Becomes a Title!
As of January 1, 2013, Canine Good CitizenŽ has become an official AKC title that can appear on the title records of dogs registered or listed with AKC. Dog owners who complete the CGC as a Title process may list the suffix "CGC" after the dog's name.
Since the program began in 1989, CGC™ has been considered an "award," meaning that it has not been listed on a dog's title record.
Learn more about making your Newf a good citizen
Register for Canine Good Citizen Testing at the National
DNA Collection a Focus at the National Specialty
DNA The DNA Collection Clinic at the National Specialty is a great opportunity to assist health research now, and for the future health of our beloved breed. It is especially important to build families in the DNA bank- if you are bringing young dogs whose parents and grandparents have been collected in previous years please make an extra effort to get them all collected this year on Thursday, May 2nd between 9 AM and 5 PM.  The more Newfoundland samples, especially families, available in the bank, the more researchers will be interested in the health problems in our breed.

DNA Swabs for Cystinuria testing will also be available- see Jenny Zablotny in the Kern Grooming Building
Health Seminar Highlights Cardiac Concerns
The Health and Longevity committee is pleased to announce an educational talk by veterinary cardiologist, Dr. Joshua Stern DVM, DACVIM, of North Carolina State University. Dr Stern's lab focuses on the genetic causes of cardiac disease in dogs and cats. The Newfoundland Charitable Trust funded a portion of the study on locating the causative gene for subaortic stenosis in Newfoundlands, Golden Retrievers, and Rottweilers. Be sure to save some time at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. This is for pet owners and breeders alike and will focus on Subaortic Stenosis, how to diagnose, and possible future genetic tests. In addition to the seminar, Dr Stern will also be offering OFA cardiac exams, including echocardiograms and collecting research samples. The fees charged will go 100 percent to support veterinary cardiac research at North Carolina State University.
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In accordance with Article II, Section 1 of the By-Laws of the Club, the Annual Meeting of the Newfoundland Club of America, Inc. will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

You may present a topic for discussion at the meeting. A form to submit items for discussion is available for download on the NCA Website. For a discussion topic to appear on the published agenda, it must be received by the Recording Secretary no later than midnight, April 15, 2013.

Finally (Contact First Name),

This time of year brings a lot of activity to the NCA. Committee appointments are made at the Board face-to-face meeting at the National Specialty. If you would like to help the NCA in any capacity, take a look at the Committee Directory, and contact Lynne Anderson-Powell, committee liaison, with your area of interest.

I look forward to seeing many familiar faces at the upcoming National Specialty in Michigan, and to meeting many new friends as well. Remember that the NCA Board will be meeting in open session on Monday, April 29, and NCA members are welcome to attend. And don't forget to attend the Welcome Reception and Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening.

Pam Saunders,
NCA President

Newfoundland Club of America
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