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

October 2014  


halloween-chuckieAutumn is in full swing around the country and that brings the cool crisp air our Newfs love so  much. Even though your water gear is packed away, don't think the fun should stop for your Newf - carting, education, obedience and parties are great activities to fill a fall afternoon. Trick or treating with a Newf in costume is a sure way to make some new friends for you and your dog. Let us know what you and your Newf have been up to.


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Go For A Walk!
October 1-7 saw the celebration of Walk Your Dog Week. Autumn is a great time to get out and start walking. You can enjoy the leaves changing color, the crispness in the air and it gives you time to reflect on the year and helps you to make new changes for the coming year...healthy ones!

With the holidays upon you, you can start to create a healthy way to avoid the dreaded weight gain that often comes from too many holiday goodies because you have set a new habit in motion.

If you and/or your dog are overweight, walk just 30 minutes a day, three times a week, and you can lower blood pressure, increase energy, heighten your sense of happiness and well being, reduce your weight by 5% and your dog's by 15%.

Think about how healthy you and your best friend will be if you walked 7 days a week, every week! Even after just one solid week of walking for 15 mins. a day, you'll feel awesome as you raise the levels of endorphins in your brain, which combats depression and anxiety. You'll also notice a change in your dog's behavior as well.  Learn more about weight loss for your pudgy pooch here.
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Carlo - Protector and Shaggy Muse
"You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog as large as myself that my father bought me. They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell."
Emily Dickinson, responding to Thomas Wentworth Higginson question in a letter, April 25, 1862: "Who are your companions?"

It is a credit, indeed, to the breed that a poet who so treasured her privacy chose to share it with a Newfoundland whose sensitivity probably matched her own.

You can learn more about Emily and Carlo at the Newfoundland Club of America website, at the Emily Dickinson Museum, and in this charming children's book -

Emily and Carlo
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Last Call for Nominees
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.
Newfs with Great Noses in the News
Looking for a fun activity to try with your Newf? How about Nosework? Inspired by working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work is the fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. This easy to learn activity and sport builds confidence and focus in many dogs, and provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise.
Oslo the Newfoundland does K9 nose work
Oslo the Newfoundland does K9 nose work
Locate an instructor near you, find a competition to watch, and learn more about this growing sport at the NACSW website.

Committed NCA Members to serve on the Newfoundland Ambassador Committee.


The primary purpose of this NCA Committee is the solicitation, selection, training and support of Newfoundland Ambassadors.  The purpose of the Ambassadors themselves is to provide an easy way for members of the public to get acquainted with Newfoundland dogs, ownership requirements and their many activities. The committee is currently seeking to expand its membership beyond the current members to reach more areas of the country and best understand the opportunities and challenges for which Newfoundland Ambassadors need to be prepared. Anyone interested in serving on the Newfoundland Ambassador Committee should be committed to participating in monthly teleconference calls, assuming some of the committee's work such as contributing to the quarterly newsletter sent to all Newf Ambassadors, working to enhance the program and recruit additional Newf Ambassadors in areas that currently have none and follow-up on any items the committee deems a function of that committee, including collaborating and assisting other NCA committees when requested.

Anyone interested in joining the Newf Ambassador Committee should be a member of the Newfoundland Club of America for the immediate past 3 years, preferably a member of a regional club in his/her area, currently have Newfoundlands or have owned them previously and have access to Newfoundlands. A brief resume outlining your involvement with Newfoundlands, the NCA and what you will bring to the Newfoundland Ambassador Committee is requested if you would like to be considered to join this Committee. Please submit your resume to: Lynne Anderson-Powell at 

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The NCA Board remains busy with our upcoming Face-to-Face Meeting the first weekend in November. We would like to take a moment to mention that the circulation of the NCA e-Notes has grown from one thousand to over three thousand readers every month. If you are a new subscriber and would like to catch up on any issues that you have missed, be sure to check out the newsletter archive online. While the Board is committed to working for our breed, ask yourself what YOU can do to help as well, whether you work with the NCA on a national level, with a Regional Club or a local training or all-breed club, there are many ways to get involved. Your Newfs will thank you!

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.