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

September 2014  


The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and runs through November 30. If you own pets, the likelihood that you and your animals will survive a natural disaster depends largely on being prepared to vacate at a moment's notice. The American Kennel Club® (AKC) offers the following tips on how prepare for an evacuation in the event of a hurricane or natural disaster.

Don't leave your pet at home. Most evacuations last only a few days, but there are times that you may not be able to return to your home quickly. The safest place for your pets is with you. Be prepared to take your pets with you in an evacuation by having a sturdy, safe, comfortable crate or carrier ready for transporting.

If you plan to go to a hotel, call ahead to make sure your animals are welcome. Most hotels relax their pet policies during times of crises, but do not assume that will happen. Information concerning hotel pet-friendly policies is typically found on their website.

Animal-related businesses often offer shelter for people, family members and animals in the event of an emergency. If you belong to a dog club, contact members outside of the affected area by telephone or email to coordinate shelter and transportation for those in need.

Additional tips on how to prepare your pets for emergencies and natural disasters.


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Award Nominations Due October 15
small logo Do you know a heroic Newfoundland? Do you know a fancier who is the consummate "good sport"?  The NCA is seeking nominations for the Heroic Newfoundland Award, a dog who has been instrumental in warning others about potential danger or rescuing someone from danger. 

October 15 is also the deadline for the NCA Good Sportsmanship Award given to an NCA member who exemplifies good sportsmanship in all avenues and who works diligently on behalf of others and Newfoundlands without concern for personal gain.

For more information, or to submit a nomination, please contact Ingrid Lyden.

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Backpacking an Enjoyable Autumn Activity

What could be more fun that spending a crisp autumn afternoon hiking through the freshly colored leaves with your Newfoundland at your side? Having that Newf carry along a picnic lunch of course! Discover the fun and utility of backpacking with your dog with this classic from longtime Newfoundland fancier Alan Riley -

Taking Your Dog Backpacking
by Alan Riley by Newfoundland Club of America
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September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month
rescue dog TAKE THE PROMISE! Sign this petition to promise to do your part to be a responsible pet owner - your Newf will thank you!


As a dog owner, I do solemnly swear:

* I will never overlook my responsibilities for this living being and recognize that my dog's welfare is totally dependent on me.

* I will always provide fresh water and quality food for my dog.

* I will socialize my dog via exposure to new people, places and other dogs.

* I will take pride in my dog's appearance with regular grooming.

* I will recognize the necessity of basic training by teaching my dog to reliably sit, stay and come when called.

* I will take my dog to the vet regularly and keep all vaccinations current.

* I will pick-up and properly dispose of my dog's waste.

* I will make sure my dog is regarded as an AKC Canine Good Citizen® by being aware of my responsibilities to my neighbors and to the community.

* I will ensure that the proper amount of exercise and mental stimulation appropriate for my dog's age, breed and energy level is provided.

* I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification (which may include collar tags, tattoo or microchip ID.)

* I will adhere to local leash laws.
Autumn means Draft
draft As water gear is getting packed away, trainers everywhere are hitching up their carts and getting ready for Draft Test season. October abounds with Draft tests in Illinois, Connecticut, Indiana, and Washington. Check them out and spend a lovely fall afternoon watching our breed perform the tasks they have been bred to do.
NCA Membership
If you are a member of the Newfoundland Club of America and have not yet sent in your NCA Membership Renewal Form, please do so immediately.  If you have not received your renewal form, please contact Mary Lou Cuddy, Membership chair. Membership renewals were due July 1, 2014.

Members please note - all address, phone and email changes should be submitted the membership chair before October 1st in order to make it into the NCA Directory.  

If you are not yet a member and would like more information about the NCA, please review the information available on our membership page and begin the application process today- we would love to have you as part of our organization - the only group in the United States solely dedicated to preserve and protect the Newfoundland Breed.


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In accordance with Article IV, Section 3(a) of the Newfoundland Club of America By-Laws, the Nominating Committee has submitted the following slate of nominees for election to the Board of Directors to take office at the conclusion of the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting.

Lynne Anderson-Powell - 358 Swart Hill Rd., Amsterdam, NY  12010-7081
Steve McAdams - PO Box 370, Green Valley, IL  61534-0370
Mary L. Price - 1004 STH 78, Mount Horeb, WI  53572-3044
Patrick Randall - 7238 Hwy 162, Hollywood, SC  29449-5606
Pam Saunders - 26825 NW West Union Rd., Hillsboro, OR  97124-8182
Donna Thibault - 4 Skopek Rd., Union, CT  06076-4616

Those members of the Board whose terms do not expire until 2016 are John Cornell, Mary Lou Cuddy, Roger Frey, Sue Marino, Maredith Reggie and Pamela Rubio.

 Article IV, Section 3b of the NCA By-Laws provides for additional nominations of eligible members by written petition addressed to the NCA Recording Secretary and received at the Recording Secretary's regular address on or before November 1, signed by thirty members in good standing and accompanied by the written acceptance of each such additional nominee signifying his willingness to be a candidate.

The deadline for additional nominations is November 1, 2014. These additional nominations are to be sent to the NCA Recording Secretary, 1155 Raymond Rd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020-3719.  Nominees must include their written acceptance statement and photograph. At the July 28, 2004 meeting, the Board of Directors directed that a sample of a written petition and an acceptance statement be made available to candidates on the NCA website or from the Recording Secretary. At the November 3-5, 2006 meeting, the Board of Directors directed that all candidates seeking election to the NCA Board of Directors will be directed to write a personal profile and also an election statement on any matter(s) pertaining to the NCA, the Newfoundland breed, or purebred dogs. This statement will be limited to 800 words or less. It is strongly suggested that candidates use at least 200 words in their profile. At the August 19, 2010 meeting, the Board of Directors directed that all candidates submit a photograph (head only) for inclusion in the election packet.

Please send petitions, resumes, statements and photographs to the NCA Recording Secretary, 1155 Raymond Rd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020-3719 by November 1, 2014.

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.