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

February 2014  

 It's National Pet Dental Health Month! To address the importance of oral health care for pets, February is recognized as a reminder month to raise awareness that pet health also includes the mouth: healthy gums, teeth, and fresh breath. When was the last time you took your companion animal to get a dental exam and cleaning? How often do you check the inside of their mouth or brush their teeth at home?

Not brushing a pet's teeth often can simply mean you may be unaware of just how crucial oral pet care actual is. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, many cats and dogs will show signs of oral disease by the age of three, so beginning a dental care regiment early on in your pet's life is highly recommended. Regardless of if you currently brush a pet's teeth or simply could use some pointers, there are many natural ways to improve the dental health of your pets. LEARN MORE 


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Spotlight on Honorary Members
A select group of people who have made a significant lifetime contribution to the preservation and protection of the Newfoundland dog, and who have been dedicated and active members of the Newfoundland Club of America have been honored with Honorary Memberships. Here is one of those stories:  
Hilda Madsen
Hilda began breeding Newfoundlands in 1960 under the Hilvig prefix. Her foundation stock was a combination of Little Bear and Edenglen, and one of her first litter's produced the lovely bitch, Ch. Hilvig's Corsage, ROM. Corsage was indeed special, and was Best of Opposite Sex and winner of the Brood Bitch class under noted breeder judge and past NCA President, Bea Godsol at the 1968 National Specialty. Hilvig stock can be traced through many of the pedigrees that stand today. Not only was Hilda a member of the NCA, but also a charter member of New-Pen-Del Newfoundland Club, an honorary member of Great Lakes Newfoundland Club, and a charter member of Delaware Water Gap Kennel Club where she served on the Board of Directors. READ MORE
Award-Winning Author Launches New Newf Tale
Elsa Was Born a Dog, I Was Born a Human...Things Have Changed
by Rhoda Lerman by Blue Heaven Publishing
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On Sunday, February 9, 2014, at the Westminster dog show, Rhoda Lerman's book Elsa Was Born a Dog, I Was Born a Human...Things Have Changed received the Merial Special Award for the best work in 2013 on Human-Animal Bond. Merial is a large manufacturer of veterinarian pharmaceuticals. The award was for "the work that best highlights the unique relationship between a dog and its owner and best brings to life the concept of the human-animal bond". There were 700 entries and there was strong competition. It was presented by the Dog Writers Association of America. Rhoda was very pleased to have her book honored by other writers. 

Annual of Titlists Submissions Due
judging In 2014, the Newfoundland Club of America will publish an Annual of Titlists for Newfoundlands that earned titles in 2013. The owner of any dog that earned an NCA water or draft title or an AKC conformation, obedience, tracking, or agility title during 2013 may have the titlist's picture and three-generation pedigree printed in this publication. The only restriction is that the owner or co-owner must be an NCA member. Foreign titles, including Canadian titles and non-regular designations, such as CGC, will be printed with your dog's name; however, if your Newfoundland earned only a foreign title or non-regular designation, your dog is not eligible to be included. Copies of certificates showing your dog has earned a foreign title (or non-regular designation) must be sent to the editor, Karen Clancy, for inclusion in the database.  READ MORE
Why NCA?
small logo Are you a member of the NCA? Have you chosen not to join?  Are you a new Newfoundland owner just learning about the breed and the club? We want to hear from you! The NCA Steering Committee is interested in understanding why Newfoundland owners do, or do not, choose to belong to the Newfoundland Cub of America (NCA). This survey is open to NCA members and non-members alike; it is not an anonymous survey, nor is it scientific. The goal is to obtain first-hand information from Newfoundland owners just like you - please take a few moments to share your comments in this short survey today! If you have already taken the survey - Thank You, your thoughts and opinions are important to us!



Get In Touch!

capitol With anti-dog legislation being proposed at the local, state, and national level everywhere we turn, it is even more vital that your voice is heard. It is especially important to contact your elected officials, as they will be more apt to listen to their own constituents than national organizations. It is important that they hear your story and why this issue impacts you. They can also check when you voted, so be sure to register and vote in every election!

It may seem daunting and time consuming to contact your government official, but it doesn't have to be! This doesn't have to be a lengthy letter, you just need to make your voice heard on where you stand on a particular issue. To give your correspondence the most impact, here are a few tips:

  • Address only one issue in each letter.
  • Legislators receive a lot of e-mail. If you have the time, mail the letter instead. If you e-mail, use the format of a traditional letter.
  • Keep your letter to one page.
  • Be courteous, but make your point and don't be apologetic.
  • State your specific purpose or position in the first paragraph.
  • Refer to specific legislation by number and title.
  • Mention if you are a constituent.
  • State why you support or oppose a particular measure.
  • Personalize your letter.

Here's how to address each type of legislator

To a Federal Senator:

The Honorable (name)

United States Senate

Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator (name):            


To a Federal Representative:

The Honorable (name)

U. S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman or Congresswoman (name):    


To a State Senator:

The Honorable (name)

(State capital address)

Dear Senator (name):


To a State Representative:

The Honorable (name)

(State capital address)

Dear Assemblyman or Assemblywoman (name): OR

Dear Representative (name): OR

Dear Delegate (name): (title used in that state)


Let's make sure our legislators hear from us!


NCA Breeder's List Applications Due
The NCA provides a list of breeders for potential puppy buyers. Applications for the 2014-2015 list are now being accepted for new and renewing breeders. Please download an application and return to the Breeder's List Committee. The deadline for acceptance of applications is May 31, 2014.
Working News
 jumpAre you a Work-A-Holic? Does the first warm breeze in spring turn your thoughts to water training? Do you have more carts than cars in your garage? The NCA Working Dog Committee is looking for an enthusiastic team player to join us! Our next committee member should have experience in NCA Draft and Water work, and judges level experience is a definite plus! The committee meets during the evening on the 2nd Thursday of every month and is looking for someone willing to make a commitment to listen, share, and provide input at these teleconferences as well as someone able to follow through with the nuts and bolts work of the group. If you are a hard worker who is passionate about working dogs - please send a letter of interest to Lynne Anderson

Congratulations to new Water Test Judges- Cara Perry of Texas and Erin Zimmer of California. They may now accept assignments.
Get More Info

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call 1-866-NCA-NEWF (1-866-622-6393)

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National Specialty Updates

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Top 20 Merchandise and sponsorships are available- check out page 31 of the packet.

Aura Dean is coordinating donations for the Fine Arts Auction - if you are an artist please consider contributing a piece.
We want to find you!
Have you moved? Do you have a new phone number or email address? The NCA would like to have current contact information for all members. If you have recently changed your contact information, please complete the
Newf Tide Deadline
Deadline for submission of articles to the second quarter issue of Newf Tide is
April 1, 2014.
Deadline for advertising submissions is March 15.


The results of the NCA Board of Directors elections have been tabulated. Thank you to all of the members who took the time to complete and send in their ballots. The following directors will take office following the Annual Meeting in April and will serve a two year term on the Board. Mary Lou Cuddy, Roger Frey, Susan Marino, Pam Rubio, Maredith Reggie and John Cornell. Please support their efforts as we work as a club to preserve, protect and promote the gentle giants who share our lives.

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.