NCA e- notes     Monthly Electronic Newsletter of the Newfoundland Club of America

July 2013  

If you and your Newf haven't been to the water yet this year, there's still time.  Beginners should contact their local regional clubs to learn the dates of any upcoming water training workshops and water tests.  And, as the kids prepare to go back to school, this might be a great time to locate and sign up for an obedience training class with your Newf.  Even if you don't plan to participate actively in obedience competition, these classes are great fun and offer a wonderful socialization experience for your dog -- especially puppies.

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New Draft Regulations Available to Download
draft The WDC will be reviewing the requirements for all working event judging levels (observational through mentor). Please send your suggestions or comments about the judging requirements to: Andre Lapeyre or by mail to Andre Lapeyre, 3231 County View Ct SW, Rochester, MN 55902 by October 1, 2013.We appreciate your input.

The NCA Board recently approved updates to the NCA Draft Test Regulations as of June 2013. These will take effect for the fall NCA Draft Tests. Judges, committees and entrants please familiarize yourself with the changes that have been made. The changes will be printed in RED. The updated Regulations are now posted on the NCA, please download your copy today.
Newf Tide Photo Contest
camera Once again, the Newfoundland Club of America, Inc. announces its annual photo contest, open to all NCA members. The primary contest is for adult members of the NCA. There will be a separate competition for photos taken by junior members or children, up to 18 years of age, of members. The winning junior member's photograph will compete in the adult class. The winning photograph will appear on the front cover of the 4th quarter Newf Tide 2013 and the second place photo on the back cover. Photographs awarded adult and junior runners up will be published on inside pages of the same issue.  Read More.
Pet Fire Safety Day Hits Home with NCA
The NCA Board voted to present a plaque to the Sharon, Connecticut Fire Department thanking them for their heroic efforts to save the Kloofbear Newfoundlands (Evelyn De Reus and Brian Wessels) from the fire which leveled their kennel. Home fires are the most common disaster that the American Red Cross responds to - and also the most preventable. According to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by fires. You can help firefighters help your pets by keeping collars and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them. Affix a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated. Learn more
Please Consider Joining the Newfoundland Ambassador Program
puppy 7There are three simple reasons why anyone who has been an NCA member for three years or more should become a Newfoundland ambassador:
You get to talk about how wonderful your dog and breed are;
Your dog will get a chance to meet new people and help them decide if a Newf is right for them;
You can give something back to the breed that has given you so much by helping educate the public about Newfies and thus ensure that anyone who decides to buy a Newf knows what they are getting, and gives the dog a good home.
If, after reading the above reasons for becoming a Newf Ambassador, you are ready to make the commitment, please visit the Newfoundland Ambassador page of the website.


AKC All Breed Lure Coursing Lures in Newf
The American Kennel Club recently created a new event that allows all dogs to discover the excitement of lure coursing.

"The Coursing Ability Test can provide a wonderful community outreach opportunity, an enjoyable experience for dogs and owners and a way to expose a wider audience to the sport," said AKC's AVP of Performance Events Doug Ljungren. "Most dogs will chase a lure and have fun in the process."

The Coursing Ability Test (CAT) is for any dog of any breed, including mixed-breeds, as long as it is at least 1 year old and individually registered or listed with AKC.

To pass the test, a dog running alone must pursue a lure, completing the course with enthusiasm and without interruption within a given time. Learn More
Sampson passes a Coursing Ability Test (CAT)
Sampson passes a Coursing Ability Test (CAT)
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Congratulations to Gina Bonnell from California. She is now a provisional draft test judge, she may now accept assignments.

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Annual NCA membership dues were due July 1.  If you've forgotten to mail in your renewal, please do so immediately.  If, for some reason, you didn't receive your renewal notification, be sure to contact the NCA membership chair, Mary Lou Cuddy.  Don't forget to update any address, telephone, or email information!
The membership renewal form provides a means for  you to make your tax-deductible donations to the NCA Charitable Trust for the Newfoundland Health Challenge, Newfoundland Rescue, and NCA Juniors Fund.  Please be as generous as possible. If you did not remember to include a donation, you can always donate online through the Charitable Trust website.

Pam Saunders,
NCA President

Newfoundland Club of America
Your NCA Board of Directors recognizes the value and prevalence of social networking systems, such as Facebook™, email lists, and blogs. Sometimes the rise of this entirely new class of communication has been accompanied by what has come to be viewed as cyber-harassment. Those engaged in cyber-harassment post negative comments and half or fabricated truths, often in a sarcastic manner, about individuals who cannot defend themselves. Members of the Newfoundland Club of America should consider social networking communication as public and, as such, understand that their comments reflect on themselves and the NCA. Members should consider carefully what and how they write and are encouraged to stress positive aspects of education rather than negative or sarcastic comments about owners, breeders, and/or Newfoundland fanciers.