A network of volunteers working together to help Newfoundland Dogs in need in Ontario, Canada

Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue is a foster home based rescue group operating in Ontario, Canada. We place dogs into carefully screened homes in Ontario and parts of neighbouring States, within a days drive. If you are outside of our area visit the Newf Rescue listings for Canada or the Newf Club of America Rescue Listing to find a rescue near you.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Do I need Pet Insurance?

Do I need insurance for my pet?

Before adding a four footed companion to your family it is important to consider how you will manage financially if the dog were to be injured or become ill and need specialized treatment. 

One of the reasons loving owners end up surrendering their Newf to our rescue is that they can not afford the financial burden of treating serious injury or illness.  Some of the most common health issues are skin issues which can be extremely expensive to diagnose and manage, and ruptured cruciate ligaments which cost in the vicinity of $3000-5000 per knee to repair, depending where you live in the province.  As a general rule, we advise potential adopters that if you can not easily access $5000 for emergency treatment, you should consider having a plan in place for how you will cover emergency vet care.  

Some families will set up emergency accounts for their pets which they automatically deposit funds to each month, and they leave that money aside in case of emergency.  This is a great option if you know that you will be able to leave the money untouched and only use if for emergencies.  However, realistically, many families are not in a position to do this, and having an insurance plan for their pet is the best option.

There are a number of plans available and it is important to look at what is and what is not covered before you decide on a plan.  Policies vary and monthly premiums range from about $40/month for basic plans to $100/month for plans that offer unlimited coverage and include preventative care including annual vet visits, bloodwork, heartworm prevention medications, vaccines, etc.

The companies some of our supporters have found to be easy to work with are Trupanion and Desjardins as their claims process and policy coverage are quite good. Check out their websites for pricing/limits/deductibles/copay amounts so that you can get an idea of what it will cost based on the age of your dog.  Also research other companies to see which group offers the right policy for you - your vet can offer you some suggestions.

By putting an emergency plan in place before you add your new family member you can rest easy knowing that should your four footed friend need care, you will be able to give them the treatment they need to help them recover.

Thursday, November 19, 2015



New arrivals Noodles is making herself at home in foster care.  She is a total love-bug who enjoys spending time with people, getting lots of belly rubs, hugs and attention.

Noodles thrives on attention and loves to be groomed, handled and to stick close to people.  She is gentle and friendly and would be very happy to have a family where someone is around a lot of the time and where she will have many opportunities to hang out with people.  She adores children and would be a great match for a family with well mannered kids.

She is uninterested in other dogs, not really keen on playing with them.  She pays little attention to dogs she meets at the park or while out and about.    If a dog gets in her face wanting to play she will give an appropriate signal to let them know she is not interested in their shenanigans, then will move along.  She would love a family where she could be the  only dog and get all of the love to herself! Or she could join a family with a mellow dog who is equally uninterested in horsing around.


She pays little attention to small animals (cats, squirrels, etc) so could potentially join a family with a dog savvy cat.

Born on September 28, 2008 she just turned 7 years old and appears to be in good health.  A retired dam she has now been spayed and will be brought UTD on vaccines before adoption.

Noodles is being fostered in Toronto.  Her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.  An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015



Sweet as can be, this adorable 5 year old Newf is the perfect match for someone looking for a friendly, affectionate, gentle companion.

Annabelle, or Bella for short, knows her basic commands, has excellent house manners, is easy going and an absolute pleasure.  She is quiet in the house, has excellent recall and is a real gem!
Well mannered around children, she could join a family with dog savvy kids.She is friendly with everyone, gentle and sweet as can be.

Annabelle gets along well with other dogs, is fine with cats, and is a wonderful girl! She could join a family with another well mannered four footed playmate.

Annabelle LOVES to play with toys!
LOL!  Silly girl!

Typical of the Newf breed, she wants to have people around her most of the time and would prefer a home where she will not be left alone for long hours.  She finds being alone to be stressful.  She would be an excellent therapy dog as she loves people and adores getting lots of attention.

Born on January 21, 2010 she has been spayed and is current on vaccines.  Annabelleis quite overweight at the moment, but good diet and lots of opportunities to exercise should help those pounds melt off.  She underwent bilateral cruciate repairs when she was younger and has excellent mobility with no issues. 

Yep, she's a Newf!  Check out that drool!

Annabelle is being fostered in the Ottawa, ON area and her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person. We will consider applicants who live within a 1 day drive of her foster, including applicants from the US.  An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Monday, November 9, 2015



On medical holding pending recovery from bilateral TPLO surgery. 

Affectionate, full of love and a total ham, Wilson is a wonderful boy who will make one lucky family very happy.

Born December 6, 2013 this sweet boy is just shy of his 2nd birthday.   He has nice house manners, knows basic commands and has excellent off-lead recall.  His leash manners are a work in progress but coming along nicely.

Wilson is neutered, UTD on vaccines and weighs 50 kgs.  Xrays show that his hips are ok, mild dysplasia on his left side but nothing too problematic.  He was surrendered to us due to bilateral cruciate ruptures.  An orthopedic specialist performed surgery on both knees on November 9/15.  Wilson will have several months of rehabilitation ahead of him following surgery.    (If a potential adopter is interested in participating in the rehab of Wilson throughout his recovery, and lives near one of our rescue-friendly clinics, we would consider a foster-to-adopt placement. Please contact us to discuss this option if you are interested.)

Coming from a loving home, Wilson is used to getting lots of hugs, belly rubs and cuddles.  He adores people and wants nothing more than to get lots, and lots of attention!  In fact, he loves attention so much that sometimes he can be a little pushy, like unexpectedly planting a big, sticky kiss right on your face!   Pucker up!  He likes children but can be very in their faces so is not suited to a home where there are very young kids.

He is an active,  playful boy who is looking forward to his knees healing so that he can resume his favourite activities again.  He loves to go for long romps in the woods, and is an avid swimmer.  A home where he will have access to a pool, pond, lake or river would make Wilson so very happy!  He will play in the water and swim around for hours - a great candidate for water rescue work perhaps?

Wilson is playful and enjoys the company of other dogs.  He shares toys well and loves to play tug and wrestle.  He shares his foster home with 4 other dogs and gets along well with everyone.   Sometimes he becomes overstimulated when there is a lot of excitement--in those moments he does respond to redirection by a calm handler who can identify when he is becoming too aroused and intervene before he escalates.  He is doing well learning to control his arousal when situations are very exciting, but this is a work in progress.  He could happily join a family with another well socialized dog who likes to play and assuming the dog is a relaxed, gentle dog, there will be no issues at all.   A home with an equally excitable dog is probably not the best placement as he will feed off the arousal of the other dog.   Calm and relaxed companions are best for Wilson!

Wilson finds kitties irresistible (they are just so darn fun to chase!), so a cat free home would be ideal.

Wilson is being fostered in the Bancroft, ON area.  His approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person. An adoption donation will apply once his medical hold has been lifted.  His 10 week post-op xrays are due in early January, and his hold will be lifted once those are completed.

Update: November 17, we have reached our fundraising goal!
A fundraising campaign to cover the costs of Wilson's surgery and rehabilitation is being started.  Our fundraising target for the WILSON FUND is $4500.

There are several ways to donate:

  • The simplest option for making a donation is to email transfer your donation to us at newf.friends@gmail.com  Please include a note specifying that the donation is for the WILSON FUND and include your mailing address for us to mail your tax receipt. 
  • To donate online if you are unable to email transfer, visit HART's donation page  to use Canada Helps (we are a division of HART).   When making your donation state in the message section that the donation is for the Wilson FundA tax receipt will be emailed to you immediately. 

  • Donors who prefer to mail a donation can send a cheque payable to  HART: Newf Friends Fund   to Newf Friends PO Box 1139  Bancroft, ON  K0L 1C0  Canada

  • Donations can be dropped off in person at a few locations in Ontario, please email us directly if you would like to make a cash donation and we will direct you to the nearest drop off spot.

Saturday, November 7, 2015


She's not a Newf, but this sweet Saint Bernard needed our help, so here she is......Gorgeous gal Kira arrived in our care on November 6th after being pulled from a high-kill shelter.  She is approximately 4 years old, and is as sweet as she is pretty.

Very nervous in the shelter environment, she immediately cheered up and relaxed at her foster home.  She is a love-bug who enjoys lots of attention and belly rubs!

She knows a few commands, en fran├žais, and we'll be working to teach them in english.  She has good house manners and is an absolute doll.  Her leash manners need a bit of work, but she is quick to learn and eager to please, so this should not be a problem.

She gets along well with other dogs, appears to be ok with cats when tested but is not living with a cat in foster care.

She will be vetted shortly.  She has some minor skin irritations around her mouth which we hope will heal with a switch to a fish based diet and some TLC.  Kira appears to be just starting her heat cycle, which means we will not be able to spay her for 2 months (we wait several weeks after their heat ends before spaying, this is safest for the dog.)  

She will be fostered in the Mississauga, ON area. Once she is spayed we will consider homes within a 1 day drive of her foster location.  However, we will consider a foster-to-adopt placement for Kira once her heat cycle is over.  In this type of placement Kira could join her adoptive family prior to the spay, and then once it is safe to spay her we will proceed with surgery at one of our rescue-friendly vet clinics. Once her spay is completed her adoption would then be finalized.  To be considered for a foster-to-adopt placement, the adoptive family would have to live near one of our rescue friendly clinics which are located in Apsley, Mississaugua, Guelph, Brantford and Unionville.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Chronic Skin Issues

****  Below are the steps we take to treat dogs who have skin issues and enter our foster program.  You should always contact your veterinarian before beginning any treatment protocol -- hopefully this list of treatment options will help you and your vet come up with an effective treatment plan to help with your Newf's skin issues.****

Skin issues are becoming a common ailment in Newfs and are a condition that we frequently deal with in rescue.  There are a number of things that can contribute to skin and ear issues,  including allergies, genetic predisposition, thyroid dysfunction, and improper grooming and parasite prevention. 

We are often contacted by desperate owners looking for help to resolve their Newf's skin issues.  Depending on the severity of the issue there are a number of things that we do to help heal the dog's skin.  It is important to determine what is causing the skin issue and take steps to prevent future flare-ups, not to just treat the symptoms. 

Below we have listed the steps we take when a Newf who has severe skin issues arrives in our care.  The first two are done immediately, then based on the condition of the dog we move onto the next steps.  If you are battling chronic skin issues the first 4 items should be done right away.

1. Treat for fleas/lice/parasites - flea bite dermatitis is a common cause of itchy, inflamed skin which then becomes infected because the dog scratches and chews.  Ensure that your Newf and your home is free of fleas.

Your vet should also do a skin scraping to test for mange if that is the suspected underlying cause.

Hair loss and sores from flea bite dermatitis, Mackenzie began to heal immediately once her flea infestation was treated

2.  Diet -- when dogs arrive in our care we switch them over to a grain-free fish based food immediately.  Typically we use Acana Pacifica or Orijen 6 Fish and in a very short time we often see great improvement to skin issues with this one simple change.

Hair loss due to diet.  Harold began to improve immediately and began to heal when switched to Acana Pacifica.

3. Ear and skin cultures - by doing a culture this will let you know if any yeast or bacteria are growing on the skin or in the ears. Unfortunately some vets will prescribe antibiotics without doing a culture and sensitivity test which could lead to the wrong antibiotic being used. It is important to know if it is yeast vs bacteria as the conventional and holistic treatments will be different.
 A great product for cleaning ears is Burow's Solution which you should be able to purchase through your vet clinic. It is not a drug so doesn't interact with other meds. We use it twice daily on dogs that have severe ear issues - 1 squeeze of the bottle in the ear, rub for a minute and then wipe away any excess from the outside of the ear. Once the ears start to clear then we will go to once a day and then slowly back off to the point that we are only applying it weekly for maintenance. It can also be used as a topical ointment for really bad skin issues. We also clean the inside of the ears twice a day at the beginning as well using the Burow's on a cotton pad and slowly decrease as the ears clear up.

Chronic, severe antibiotic resistant ear infections.  A culture of the ear showed which antibiotics this infection was resistant to and helped us select the most appropriate treatment option

4. Thyroid panel - many dogs who have skin problems are also hypothyroid which is one of the underlying causes for the skin not being healthy. A thyroid panel will tell you if the thyroid is working correctly and if it isn't then your dog needs to be placed on thyroid meds which will continue for the rest of your dog's life. The meds are inexpensive and make a huge difference in the condition of their skin, energy levels and weight control. One thing to keep in mind though is that even if the results are within the "normal" ranges for the lab that does the testing a low-normal result should be treated as a hypothyroid case. Example - Lab T4 normal range is 10-60 and the test result is 17 - this is low-normal. The dog should be in the mid-range, around 35-40. You have the option of having your vet draw blood and sending a vial of serum into Hemopet in the US. Dr. Dodds provides specific results based on age, sex and breed and will advise you of the dosage that should be used if the your dog is outside of the appropriate range.

Skin issues caused by poor grooming, thyroid dysfunction and allergies
5. Allergy/Sensitivity testing - Blood testing is used by most allergy vets to determine what proteins or environmental allergens are causing an issue for the dog. The challenge with the blood test is that the dog must be off steroids for 6 weeks. The other option for testing which is one we have used is Nutriscan which is a saliva based test kit that you can do at home and then mail off to Hemopet for analysis. It isn't cheap to purchase BUT it is cheaper than the blood tests! Environmental allergens are tough to deal with so even if you know what your dog is allergic to you would have a hard time controlling it. This is the reason why we don't feel the need to do the blood testing. With Nutriscan you will find out what proteins/grains/starches are an issue for your dog and allows you to tailor their diet. It may lead to you needing to move to a different kibble or it may mean changing to a RAW diet so that you can 100% control the ingredients of your dog's diet.

6. Bathing - We have played around with a ton of different shampoos and the one that we are really happy with is Eqyss Micro-Tek. You can use it at full strength or cut it down with some water to make the bottle last longer. Our preference is full strength while the dog is having major issues and then as the skin is healing you can put the shampoo in a groomers bottle so that you can add water to it. A little goes a long way even at full strength. Dogs with severe issues should be bathed 2-3 times a week to start with and then slowly reducing the number of baths as the skin improves.

Bathing and topical treatment made a huge difference for Kera

7. Drying - It is really important that after bathing your dog gets dried really well. If you do not have a dog blower already we highly recommend you look at buying one. Keeping your dog dry after bathing and swimming will be key to long term skin health. There are many blowers on the market to choose from but keep in mind the more powerful the blower the shorter the drying time - unfortunately the more powerful also means more $$$. The good news is that if you buy a high quality blower it should last you a lifetime.

Hair loss due to lack of grooming and living in unsanitary conditions
8. In between baths - Green tea works great for cleansing and cooling really bad areas of the skin in between baths. Take 5 tea bags, place them in a 4 cup bowl and add boiling water. Let the tea steep for 10 minutes and then place it in the fridge to keep it cool.  Use a clean cloth to dip into the bowl and then wipe down the bad areas of skin multiple times a day. The other option which can be alternated with the green tea is Povodine Iodine Solution which is available over the counter at your local drug store. Squirt some into a bowl and add water until it is the colour if ice tea. Wipe the skin with a clean cloth - no need to rinse off.

Fiona required antibiotics, daily bathing and topical treatment between baths to clear her skin issues

 9. Supplements - Skin health starts from within the body so adding supplements into your Newf's diet may help. Supplements can be purchased either online or through your local organic health food store or health pharmacy.   Below is a list of things we use for dogs that do not respond to diet changes and bathing:

Supplements given away from food

Dr. Ohhira's Probiotic (or another high quality one) – 1 capsule twice daily on an empty stomach (preferably at least 30 minutes before food and a minimum of 30 minutes after thyroid pills for best results).

Supplements given with food

Digestive Enzymes – 1 capsule twice daily – open and sprinkle on food or given by mouth just before feeding

Synergy – 2 capsules twice daily – open and sprinkle on food

Golden Paste  - start with ¼ tsp twice daily and work up to 1 tsp twice daily on food

Oil of Oregano – start with ¼ dropper twice daily and work up to 1 dropper full twice daily on food – Either mix with the golden paste above or put the oil directly into your Newf's mouth right before it eats.

Kelp & Alfalfa mixed 50/50 – start with sprinkle and work up to 1 tsp per day – sprinkled on food

Spirulina – start with a sprinkle and work up to ½ tsp per day – sprinkled on food along with the Kelp mixture above

Allimax – 1 capsule once per day – open and sprinkle on food or given by mouth after feeding

My Community Comprehensive Immune Support – 2 capsules once per day – open and sprinkle on food or given by mouth after feeding

Omega Fatty Acids – minimum 2500mg combined of DHA/EPA once per day - start at a 1/4 dose and work up over a couple of weeks to prevent loose stool. This needs to be a fish or krill oil based and not synthetic.  NutraSea Concentrated gel caps are a good brand.  Gel caps are better than the liquid if your can get your dog to take them because they are less likely to go rancid. 

Hopefully the information above will help get your Newf on the road to good skin health.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015



Sweet gal Verona is on medical hold pending treatment for chronic skin/eye/ear infections.  She is eligible for a foster-to-adopt placement with the right family, see details below.

Affectionate and playful, Verona arrived in our care recently and is doing very well in her foster home.  This lovely landseer is friendly and thrives on attentions.  She has nice house manners, is quiet and easy going and will make a fabulous companion for the right family.

Verona patiently waits in the bay window at her foster home while her foster mom is out.  Awwwww.
Verona is a pleasure to spend time with.  She knows her basic commands, follows direction well, loves to be handled and petted and  is a typical "velcro-newf" who wants to be at her foster mom's side all the time.  She is gentle and well mannered with children and could join a family with dog savvy children over the age of 5.

Verona plays nicely with other dogs and could happily join a family with another well socialized large dog to romp and play with.  

She has very high prey drive and is absolutely not suitable for a home with cats or other small animals.  Families who have small animals need not apply for Verona.

She is 6 years old and is currently being treated for chronic skin, ear and eye infections that have been left untreated for quite some time.  She is responding to treatment and slowly improving.  Her ears will likely always need management once the infections are clear due to how long they were left untreated. 

Upon arrival Verona was quite emaciated and unhealthy.  She has made great improvement, but has a long way to go until she will be healthy enough to spay.  She currently weighs below her ideal weight. 

Verona is being fostered east of Toronto, ON.  Although she is on medical hold, we would consider applicants for a foster-to-adopt placement with a family who have the time and experience to continue to work through her health issues, provided that they live near one of our rescue friendly vet clinics.  These clinics are located in Apsley, Mississauga,  Brantford and Guelph. In a foster-to-adopt placement, Verona would join her adoptive family prior to completion of her veterinary care.  We would continue to oversee her vet care and cover all costs associated with her vet care at one of our supportive clinics until her medical hold is completed, at which time the adoption would then be finalized.

To be considered for adopting a dog through Newf Friends please complete our adoption application found here and email it back to us to begin the screening process.  

Sunday, October 25, 2015



On Medical Hold pending one more repeat test to be done late December:  Foster to adopt families who live near one of our rescue-friendly vet clinics will be considered.  See details below.

Smart, spunky, eager to please and full of puppy energy, this little stinker is looking for a special family to call his own.

Buster is a fast learner who is very motivated to please.  A confident pup, he is fearless when facing new and unusual situations and confidently follows direction from his handler.  He is learning his basic commands and excels at off lead work thanks to his strong desire to be with people.  He will be a great candidate for obedience work and once he is a bit older, water rescue and possibly draft work too.

Buster is living with several other dogs and is constantly meeting new dogs of different breeds.  He is very well socialized and already has excellent social skills meeting and playing with new dogs.  A home where he will have another dog to romp and play with will be ideal for Buster.

Buster will soon be 6 months old and after a rough start to his life he is looking for stability and lots of love and care.  His ideal adopters will have the time and financial resources to give Buster some extra support throughout his life.

Buster has been through a lot in his first few months.  His health needs will be discussed in great detail with potential adopters during our interview process.  A brief overview is that he has some manageable health issues that will require daily monitoring and testing (using a very simple and quick, inexpensive,  at home test) to prevent issues.

A special diet and supplements, paired with strict adherence to dietary restrictions around treats/etc will hopefully prevent any further issues. It is important for Buster to have someone home with him most of the time, so families where he will be left alone at home for several hours a day are not a suitable match for him and need not apply.

Given the extensive diagnostics and treatments that we have provided Buster, it is our hope that he will lead a long, happy, healthy, issue-free life.  We are optimistic that with preventative steps he will not have any serious issues, although the possibility does exist for some complications.

It is fair to assume that throughout his life Buster will require regular early detection health tests more frequently than other dogs to ensure that he remains healthy.  Because of his pre-existing health condition he will not be eligible for health insurance for this particular issue and his adoptive family should have the resources to keep an emergency fund on hand in case of the unlikely development of complications requiring special treatment.

Buster is being fostered in the Bancroft, ON area.  His approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  We will consider homes within a few hours drive of his foster location once his medical hold is lifted.   However, we will consider foster-to-adopt applications now from families who live near one of our rescue-friendly vet clinics located in Apsley, Mississauga, Brantford, Markham, or Guelph.  Foster-to-adopt means that Buster could join his adoptive family prior to our medical hold being lifted, and we will continue to cover the costs of his vet care until the hold is over, then his adoption will be finalized. He has one more repeat test to be done late December and if all remains well he will be cleared for adoption at that time.

Buster has received vaccines appropriate for his age.  Buster is too young to receive his rabies vaccine so does not meet the requirements for crossing the border to the US.  We will not be considering US applicants at this time.

 To be considered for adopting a dog through Newf Friends please complete our adoption application found here and email it back to us to begin the screening process.  


Friday, October 23, 2015



November 21/15: I was adopted!

Maggie is a happy-go-lucky girl that loves nothing more than cuddles and belly rubs. She was born February 25, 2013 and arrived in our foster program on October 22nd, 2015.  She's on the petite side at 110 lbs, and can stand to drop a few pounds.  This pretty girl has a bounce in her step, and smile on her face!   What a cutie.

Sweet Maggie is looking for an adult only home as she can be a bit insecure in busy environments.  She prefers a calm environment, and can be startled by the quick unpredictable movements of kids.   Homes where children live or visit often will not be considered.  However, meeting respectful kids at the park and on walks will not be an issue -- Maggie greets everyone with a smile and a tail wag.
Maggie is sharing her foster home with another dog, and they get along great.  She likes to play and has a lovely, gentle play style.  She would also be perfectly happy as an only dog. 

She lived with a cat as a puppy, and appears to have no real prey drive (squirrel approved :-)), so she should do well with cats or small animals in her forever home.  

Miss Maggie is very loyal and bonds closely with her family.  She is a bit of a shadow dog at home (not to mention, a fantastic foot warmer!), but she is also excellent when left home alone (she does not bark, chew, have accidents, etc).   Maggie is reliably housetrained.  What a good girl!
She has demonstrated very nice off leash skills with a reliable recall (in safe areas), and loves her trips to the park, or hiking trail!   She's also very good in the car.  She likes dipping her feet in the water, but is not a big swimmer (or perhaps she just hasn't yet had the opportunity to learn!).

Her foster family is working on her basic obedience and manners, which are coming long very nicely.  She does jump up occasionally when excited, and pulls on leash, so family members should be sturdy on their feet and willing to continue her obedience training. She'd love to do obedience classes (or other activities), and they would be great for building up her confidence.

Her surrendering family reported some mild resource guarding, particularly in the context of stealing food and playing keep away.   With a little bit of dog-proofing and re-training, this has not been an issue in her foster home and we have not been able to reproduce any resource guarding.  She should be set up for success in her forever home, and if so, we don't believe there will be any ongoing issues.

Maggie is a healthy young lady, with no known medical concerns.  She is up to date on her vaccines, heartworm tested, microchipped and spayed. 

Maggie is being fostered in the Ottawa area and her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.  We will consider homes within a one day drive of her foster location, including adopters from the US.  An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015



I was adopted!

Lovely gal Rosetta (Zetta for short!) is a well mannered 5 year old who is friendly with everyone she meets and is looking for a great family to call her own.

This darling girl came to us through no fault of her own when her owners found they were not able to meet her grooming and exercise needs.

Rosetta used to live on a farm and is accustomed to being around a variety of animals.  She is gentle with cats, chickens, goats and other dogs.  She could happily join a family where there are other animals for her to play with.

Due to heavy matting we were unable to save her coat and she had to be clipped short, unfortunately. 

Zetta is spayed and will be brought up to date on core vaccines.  She is in overall good health although at 152 lbs she definitely needs to drop some weight.  She suffered a minor injury to her knee a few years ago but that healed and she has no mobility issues.  On occasion her leg may tremble, we see this frequently with newfs.   She is an active girl who likes to romp around and does well when she has a chance to burn off some steam.

She knows basic commands although sometimes takes her time to respond -- she does things in her own, sweet time!  Her house manners are good and she is an easy going gal.

Her owners told us she does excitedly pull on leash when she sees other dogs in a playful way, but so far her foster family report that she has been great on leash!

She is being fostered in the Midland, ON area.  Her approved adopters will be required ot pick her up in person.  An adoption donation of $500 will apply.