|Greetings!, Another successful National Specialty has been wrapped up- a huge thank you goes out to the show committee and all of the hard working volunteers who made it such a successful week. From entertainment to education to examples of the breed standard in the ring, there was something for everyone. If you have never attended a National Specialty before, please mark your calendars for next year April 7-12 in Lancaster, PA hosted by the Colonial Newfoundland Club.
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|Rescue- 30 Years of Caring|
| The NCA Charitable Trust is very proud to be celebrating 30 years of helping Newfoundlands in need through our Rescue and Referral program. |
During the last 30 years over 1200 Newfoundlands have been helped and placed through your rescue program. Your donations have given these Newfoundlands a second chance for a healthy life and a loving home.
Your continued support of rescue is appreciated and important!
|Newfoundlands Captured by Artists Across the Years|
| "The tendency to memorialize favorite horses and dogs on canvas flourished in the 19th century, particularly in England. This painting shows a gray horse under saddle with a Mastiff and Newfoundland posed outside a country house. A painting of this type not only documented the owner's most prized possessions but also his station in life." William Secord, A Breed Apart 2001|
Learn more about painter of note who have used Newfoundlands as their subjects.
|Focus on: Dog Bite Prevention|
| All dogs can bite regardless of size or breed. The key to preventing dog bites starts with responsible ownership. Even though temperament is the hallmark of our breed, a Newfoundland is still a dog, and can still bite. |
The US Homeowners Insurance Industry paid out over $450 million in claims for dog bites in just the last year.
The AKC recommends:
Give your dog a good foundation on which to build.
Do not set your dog up for failure.
Preventing dog bites is more than just the responsibility of the dog's owner. It is also your responsibility to practice safe behavior when around unfamiliar dogs.
A dog should be kept on a leash when it is out in a public place. However, you may see a dog wandering loose without an owner, know the correct way to behave in those situations.
Dogs cannot hang a "Do Not Disturb" sign around their neck every time they want to be left alone. Instead, they communicate through their body language. A dog's body language communicates how the dog feels and whether it is in a friendly mood or should be left alone.
The AKC's Public Education Department publishes a teaching kit, Safety Around Dogs, Your Safety Begins with You!, for children in grades K-6.
|ON THE RIGHT TRACK: Getting Started in the Wonderful World of Tracking by Joyce Arivella|
| I first became interested in tracking when my girl Spirit came home in May 2001. Wherever she went, her nose was on the ground. To this day she is led by her nose, and she is the excellent tracking dog I knew she would be.
Some people run a track daily, some several times a week, and some once a week. This is your decision and depends on how easily your dog may become bored. You want to make this a fun activity. Tracking is a natural sport for your dog, and he will be in charge. Trust is a must. You must trust your dog to point you in the direction of the track; it is a very different sport than traditional obedience or agility where the dog must trust you to guide him. You cannot smell the scent so your dog will be guiding you, and it is important that you trust him. Learn to read your dog to know if he is on the track, if he has lost the scent, or if he has picked up a cross track. For the most part, you will need to learn to trust him. Your dog needs your trust to track with confidence.