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

August 2013  

Summer is winding down, and across the country the dogs and handlers who have been working hard training for water tests are demonstrating the fruits of their labors. In many areas these events draw large crowds of spectators and media attention. You can see lots of these reports online via the NCA Pinterest Boards.

If you have the chance to observe or, better yet, participate in a water test, you should definitely take advantage of the opportunity. Seeing our Newfoundlands demonstrate their working instinct and perform the tasks they have been bred for centuries to do is an event not to be missed. Check the NCA Calendar to locate the dates and places of upcoming water tests in your area.

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Nominations Sought for Good Sportsmanship Award
The NCA Good Sportsmanship award is an award specifically designated to honor those members whose contributions are vital to the success of any dog club. It is presented to honor a club member who competes fairly and works for the advancement of the sport and the club without regard to personal honors. Only one medal per year is available to a club, so to be honored by a club as large as the NCA is indeed an honor.
Each year the membership is solicited to recommend individuals for consideration. The Board makes the final decision based on input from the membership. Members should submit names for consideration to
AKC Debuts new title for Responsible Dog Owners
The AKC is launching an advanced Canine Good Citizen title called the  AKC Community Canine-  The "CGCA" Title. AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. As with CGC, AKC Community Canine has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title. This is a title that appears on the dog's title record at AKC. All skills on the test are tested on leash. The AKC Community Canine (CGCA) test may be done in a class, at shows, in pet stores or in the community. When the test is administered in community settings such as at a business or special event, evaluators must have the necessary approval of the business owners, etc.
While Canine Good Citizen tests are simulations of real world skills, (e.g., dog/handler walks through a "crowd" of evaluators in a ring), the goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog's skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a ring, in AKC Community Canine, the "walks through a crowd" test item will involve the dog walking through a real crowd at a dog show, on a busy sidewalk, in a therapy dog setting, or at a training club.
New Book Explores Newfoundlands Victorian Roots
Victorian Heroes: The popularisation of the Newfoundland and St Bernard in Victorian England (Dog History Series)
by Amy Fernandez by Puppy Care Education
Kindle Edition ~ Release Date: 2013-07-07
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"The Saint Bernard shares with the Newfoundland the honor of being the only two breeds of dogs whose special mission and characteristics are the saving of life, in contradiction to all other breeds which more or less, lie in the direction of destruction." (Show Dogs)

Newfoundland art at the Kennel Club by Nick Waters
Few breeds of dog have such a fascinating and romantic background as the Newfoundland. Even its size commands attention. Immortalised in literature by Lord Byron and J M Barrie, in art by Sir Edwin Landseer, companion and work horse for man as he explored new boundaries, and the hero in countless stories of bravery and determination that enthralled Victorian children.   It is against such a background that the Kennel Club Art Gallery stages its latest exhibition, 'The Newfoundland: An Exhibition of Art and History Portraying this Noble, Loyal Breed'. - Read More
International Assistance Dog Week
servicedog One of the highlights of the 2013 International Assistance Dog week (August 4-10 2013) was the announcement of a new study to explore the role of assistance dogs in the workplace. A year-long awareness and information gathering effort will include interviews with both employers and experienced assistance dog teams (employees paired with assistance dogs) to move this never-before-researched area into the mainstream of employment policies and practice. Findings will be disseminated widely to increase employment success among those with disabilities and provide answers to employers inexperienced in accommodating assistance dog teams. READ MORE
AKC Honors Canine Heroes With New Wilderness Search And Rescue Title
sar Wilderness Search and Rescue dogs, who use their air scenting or tracking abilities to locate missing persons, typically in a non-urban setting, will now be recognized by the American Kennel ClubŪ (AKCŪ) with the new SAR-W title. The AKC already acknowledges dogs that are FEMA or State Urban Search and Rescue (SUSAR) certified as Urban Search and Rescue Dogs.

Within the field of Wilderness Search and Rescue there are dogs that specialize in tracking, trailing, air scent, water and avalanche search and rescue.

The handlers of Wilderness Search and Rescue dogs that have been deployed on at least five SAR missions and that have been certified by an AKC recognized SAR certification organization may request a title by downloading and completing this form. The dog must be AKC registered or enrolled in the AKC Canine Partners program. The handler is required to submit the dog's SAR certification document and documentation verifying the dog's deployments. For more information please contact Lisa Carroll at 919-816-3900 or
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The next advertising deadline for Newf Tide is September 15. The next article deadline is October 1.

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As the days grow shorter and the weather turns cooler, remember it's time to get out the carts and harnesses and hook up those Newfies -- whether it's just for fun (cleaning up the yard and hauling leaves, pumpkin picking, or participating in a parade) or preparing for a draft test,  If you're new to draft work, try to attend a regional club draft test or a club fun day.  You'll meet plenty of people there who can help you get started. You can also get lots of information, along with video seminars on getting started in Draft work from the NCA website.

Second notices for late payment of NCA membership dues are going out soon, if you have forgotten your renewal, please get it in to Mary Lou Cuddy as soon as possible for inclusion in the member Directory. Also if you have had a change of address, phone or email please let Mary Lou know so that the Directory will have your information listed correctly.

We have several committees currently looking for new members. If you would like to volunteer to serve on an NCA committee please contact Lynn Anderson with a brief bio of your Newf and/or dog experience along with any other skills  or expertise from outside the dog world. Right now we are looking for volunteers for the AKC Breed Column Committee and the Technical Resource Advisory Committee in particular.

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.