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April 2014  

The National Specialty is almost upon us. This massive undertaking brings together Newfoundland fanciers from across the country and around the globe.  Events of this kind cannot take place without the support of many volunteers.  There are still a few gaps in the volunteer staffing for this year's National.  Check the National Specialty website to find out what areas need your help.  Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, and share your love of the breed with others. We are looking forward to seeing many of you in Rhode Island.
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Survey Says! What You Told Us About Health & Education

The recent survey conducted by the Steering Committee received 500 responses. You can download a snapshot of the results for the survey.

The Steering committee will be sharing this information with the board and other NCA Committees to improve our resource allocation to best meet the needs of our membership and Newfoundland fanciers everywhere.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey - your thoughts and opinions are important to us and we value your input!
Water Test Regulations Updated
Attention - Working Exhibitors and Water Test Committees - changes have been approved to the NCA Water Test Regulations. The New Regulations are available online -

The primary change is that in the Junior Division Basic Control. There will no longer be an exemption for dogs with a CD. The group stay exercise has been eliminated, and Controlled Walking and Recall Basic Control exercises will be performed off leash in the water front test area within 35 feet of the water's edge as close to parallel to the water front as the site will allow.

Research Study Updates
Two of the studies receiving funding through the NCA Charitable Trust recently received updates from the research teams. These studies are a result of your donor dollars at work improving the health of our Newfoundlands. Thank You.
Evaluating the Complex Genetic Basis of Bloat Dr. Claire Rebecca Sharp, BVMS Tufts University
Emily Dickinson's Shaggy Muse
"As a owner (& author) of Newfoundland dogs, I'm always on the lookout for a new book featuring this magnificent breed. Emily and Carlo is a gem! I admire Emily Dickinson and learning about her relationship with her gentle Newfie, Carlo made me admire her all the more. Their special bond was strong and there's no doubt Carlo was her muse. The illustrations are perfect --ethereal, charming and quiet. I was completely taken with this lovely book and purchased it for my personal library. Recommended for the entire family." -Hillary Hyland

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Do you know a dog that deserves an ACE award? Nominate the next award-winning hero today!

The Awards for Canine Excellence celebrate canine heroes in appreciation for the inspiring ways in which they contribute to our lives. Each year, five loyal, hard-working dogs are commemorated for making significant contributions to an individual or their communities. One award will be given in each of the following five categories:

* Uniformed Service K-9 (Dogs certified to help law enforcement, military or firefighting personnel in their work)
* Search and Rescue Dog (Dogs certified to assist in wilderness and urban tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events and locating missing people)
* Therapy Dog (Dogs certified to provide affection and comfort to those in need)
* Service Dog (Dogs certified to help those with disabilities)
* Exemplary Companion (Non-certified, household pet)

Newfs In Agility? You Bet!
Sweetbay's Aurora CD MX MXJ AXP AJP NF OFP
Sweetbay's Aurora CD MX MXJ AXP AJP NF OFP "Rory" and Anna
There are many, many activities that you can enjoy with your Newfoundland. The best place to find out about new things for you and your Newf to do together is your closest Regional Club - thanks to the great folks at the Old West Newf Club for sharing this video of an awesome working dog! To find more information about doing Agility with your Newf- check out these articles.
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Help Wanted
Positions are available within the NCA for a position on the Working Dog Committee and for an AKC Gazette Liaison - please contact Lynne Anderson if interested.


Within the next several days, many of us will be heading off to the National Specialty in Rhode Island.  This will be a week full of competition and fun and education for Newf lovers.  Everyone is invited, and we encourage you to take part.  If you cannot be there in person, be sure to follow the events that will be updated daily on the National Specialty web site.

Join us for the Annual Meeting of the Membership of the Newfoundland Club of America at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza at the Crossings in Warwick, Rhode Island.  This meeting will immediately follow the National Specialty Welcome Reception.
Membership has its privileges--but it also has its responsibilities, and attending this meeting is one of them.  We need a quorum in order to conduct the business of the club--but just as much as your presence, we want your ideas, opinions, and enthusiasm. Your input and vote are important.
We'll look forward to seeing you at the meeting.  Remember  - everyone is welcome to attend! NCA members should sign in and pick up their voting card at the door.
See you in Rhode Island!

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.