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

February/March 2014  

During March we recognize National Poison Prevention Week

The ASPCA APCC free mobile app provides a wealth of knowledge in the palm of your hand. With quick access to potentially life-saving information and our hotline 24/7/365, the ASPCA APCC app helps keep your pet safe year-round. The ASPCA is dedicated to helping you and your pet, and this is another way we are able to do just that.
With just a few swipes, you can:

Gather critical information on substances that may be harmful to your pet based off their species.
Easily select which item you are searching for in our quick selection menu.
Gain access to colorful images for easy identification, level of toxicity, side effects, and actions to take for each item listed.
Complete access to our chocolate wheel and rodentislide, quickly helping you determine the level of severity for your pet if these substances are consumed.
Quickly contact our 24/7/365 hotline number, with full access to our specially trained veterinary staff and toxicologists in a click of a button.


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NCA Honors Longevity
Deadline Extended

Each year the old newfNCA recognizes the oldest living Newfoundland. This program will recognize any Newfoundland who has reached the age of 14, with a special honor and recognition at the Annual Meeting for the oldest dog during 2014.
If you would like to apply for this recognition the deadline is March 10, 2015. Please email nominations to Ingrid Lyden, Awards Chair.
You must include:
-copy of AKC registration
-letter from veterinarian stipulating that the dog is still alive or providing date of passing information
-all owners' names (at least one must be a NCA member)
Winner will be notified after via mail, and recognized at the Annual Meeting. All qualifying 14 year old Newfoundlands will receive a personalized commemorative certificate.
Looking for some tips on living with your living legend?  Check out Elizabeth Heath's article on the Hubpages Education Center.

Share Your Opinions on Health
 Survey Closing Soon

In 2012, the Steering Committee of the NCA conducted a survey of the membership. Some of the questions asked centered around what members felt were the most important functions of the club, and how the club should allocate resources. Over 450 people have already taken this survey - please join them.

When asked to rank the importance of various activities of the NCA, both "Preserve and protect the Newfoundland breed" and "Work to improve the health of Newfoundland dogs" were rated "most important" by 91% of the members and overall got 7.4 and 7.7 out of ten respectively for resource allocation. A majority of the members, 74%, felt that the NCA does not spend enough on Health and Longevity with it capturing 8%** of the current annual budget. (**This figure does not represent spending for NCA Health Challenge Research Studies which are funded through your donations to the NCA Charitable Trust)

 Take this survey


The Steering Committee is interested in understanding what aspects of health are your highest priority.  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.

Thank you again for your participation in our survey. We value and appreciate your input.

2015-2016 Breeders List Application

REMINDER - You must submit an application for new listings AND renewals. There  is no fee for renewals.   


pup12Qualification for the NCA Breeders List:  

1.   Must have been a member in good standing of the Newfoundland Club of America, Inc. for five consecutive years.

2.   Must be willing to serve as an educational resource for prospective Newfoundland owners.

3.   Must have no grievances, which the Arbitration Committee has found to have a basis in fact and were unresolved at the closing date for the list. (NCA members and non-members may file grievances.)

4.   Must always use a written Agreement/Contract in all Newfoundland transactions.

5.   Must have bred two (2) Newfoundland litters while a member of the NCA.

6.   Must have bred an AKC or CKC Champion Newfoundland. A copy of the Certificate of Title must be attached if not previously submitted.

7.   Must have one sponsor, who is a current member of the Breeders List.

8.   The NCA expects its members to make a life-long commitment to every Newfoundland they produce and to cooperate in the rescue of any Newfoundland dogs they produce.

9.   The NCA recommends that every person on the Breeders List be a member of an NCA regional club. If the member does not live in the United States, he or she should be a member of their national or regional club in the country in which they live.  


Download an Application - May 30, 2015 


Research Participation Needed
 New Study Announced - DNA Samples Needed

Research Participants Needed! A new study requires DNA blood samples for Newfoundland Dogs diagnosed with Ectopic Ureters The study is at: Bannasch Laboratory University of California, Davis contact: Miriam Aguilar -

Download this PDF for more information
2014 Annual of Titlists
Annual of Titlists Submissions Due

jump In 2015, the Newfoundland Club of America will publish an Annual of Titlists for Newfoundlands that earned titles in 2014. The owner of any dog that earned an NCA water or draft title or an AKC conformation, obedience, tracking, or agility title during 2014 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
Getting Started With Your Draft Dog
NESBC, Working Dog Demonstration Part 1
Beginning Draft Seminar Part One - watch the rest online

2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of the very first NCA Draft Test, and the inaugural season of the new Draft Dog Excellent title. Even though many areas are still deep in winter, it is not too early to start studying and collecting equipment so that your dog can particiapte in draft activities this year. Learn More about Draft Work.
National Specialty News
Greetings Everyone!
It's wonderful to see how well and quickly this year's national specialty is progressing.  We are so pleased with the response and really look forward to hosting a truly memorable national specialty with the help of so many hard-working and dedicated committee members!
We have already passed our Early Registration deadline of February 15th, and the next important deadline to remember is February 28th for Catalog Advertising and Living Legends.  The deadline for pre-ordering logo merchandise was March 1st, but it has been extended to March 10th!  The National Specialty WebStore has some great logo items for sale, so be sure to do your shopping before March 10th to get the pre-order discounted rates and ensure your selection in size and color!
A couple other things to bring to your attention are Ring-Side Seating and the popular Top 20/10 and its fabulous logo.  Logo merchandise can be found in the National Specialty WebStore.  Details can be found in the National Specialty Website.
Please folks when filling out your forms, first check the National Specialty Website for the latest downloadable form, and please complete each form legibly.  The Registration Committee would very much appreciate your choice of dog color for the commemorative pin which is clearly listed on the Registration Form.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or the appropriate committee member.  A complete list of committee members is located in the Info Pack on the National Specialty Website.
NEWFondly yours,
Donna Thibault, Chair
2015 NCA National Specialty
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More Information
Cardiac Health - Rebates for Doppler Ultrasounds
Available through June 1, 2015 - The NCA Newfoundland Health Challenge offers a Doppler Rebate to encourage our breeders to use this gold standard of heart evaluations for breeding stock. The Doppler Rebate Program is for all breeding Newfoundlands owned by NCA members.

A $100 rebate will be issued upon receipt of the signed cardiologist report. (A $50.00 rebate will be issued upon receipt of the signed cardiologist report from a Doppler clinic held at a National Specialty, since they are already discounted significantly.)

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In accordance with Article II, Section 1 of the By-Laws of the Club, the Annual Meeting of the Newfoundland Club of America, Inc. will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick Rhode Island.


You may present a topic for discussion at the meeting by downloading the submission form. For a discussion topic to appear on the published agenda, it must be received by the Recording Secretary no later than April 21, 2015.


NOTICE: The following members were declared elected to the Newfoundland Club of America Board of Directors to serve a two-year term (2015-2017) which will commence at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting:

Lynne Anderson-Powell

Steve McAdams

Mary L. Price

Patrick Randall

Pam Saunders

Donna Thibault


At its December 18, 2014 meeting, the NCA Board appointed Steve Britton to fill the remainder of Maredith Reggie's term, due to her passing.


At this same meeting in accordance with Article IV, Section 3 (c) of the Bylaws and by unanimous consent, the NCA Board declared the slate presented by the Nominating Committee - Lynne Anderson-Powell, Steve McAdams, Mary L. Price, Pat Randall, Pam Saunders and Donna Thibault - elected and to take office at the next Annual Meeting of the Board.



Respectfully Submitted,


 Mary Lou Cuddy, Recording Secretary


As always, we want to hear from you. Email us at any time with your comments and suggestions.

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.