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.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Adopter Update: Dixie




DIXIE ONE YEAR LATER
OCTOBER 26th, 2014

Dixie has been part of our family since October 26th 2013 and from the very moment she jumped into the truck and promptly laid down to sleep for the 3 hours back home, she continues to happily jump into the truck and promptly sleep for our 4 hour jaunts up to the cottage as though it was always meant to be.
 
Dixie loves people, loves Ghillie her fellow 4 legged friend, loves her food, loves to swim, loves to sleep and snore, loves to romp and play, and on more occasions than not, though she is definitely getting better, loves to bark because she either wants you to play with her, wants to be let in or out but much more importantly wants some one on one me loving time.

Over the past year, Dixie has learnt how to sit, how to stay, how not to take her owner off on an unexpected rush whilst hanging on at the end of the leash because there was someone or some other dog that she thought she needed to talk to or was much more important and we are happy to say that she has come through with flying colours.   Dixie is very much admired and greeted on our walks and in her gentle loving way takes it all in very humbly.
 
She has acquired a couple of fun loving nicknames as in Dixapotamus and Back Up; which neither really  need explaining but this past year she has given all of us tremendous pleasure, tremendous fun, tremendous love and a huge appreciation of all that a Newfie has to give.

Sending you all our very best with lots of licks,

Kevin, Carol, Ghillie and Dixie



Friday, October 24, 2014

Davey


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ADOPTION PENDING!
Adorable boy Davey arrived in our care on October 23 and is getting himself settled into his foster home.  Sweet, friendly, affectionate -- this boy is the whole package.

Davey is 3 years old, neutered, and will be brought UTD on vaccines once we clear up some skin and eye infections.  He has been diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia, but is able to get around well despite this.  We hope that with some weight loss and specific exercises targeting the muscles in his back end that Davey will have very good mobility.  At this time he does not require medication.  He will be seeing our vet within the next few days for a full work up and to devise a treatment plan.


On intake Davey was quite matted and had hot spots and sores on his body.   Given how thick and close to the skin his matts were it was decided that it would be easier on him to shave his coat.  Davey will be wearing a jacket this winter to keep him warm in the cold temps as his fur grows back.  Here he is, all groomed out -- we kept his adorable mop top!







 He gets along with everyone, both two and four legged and is a real gem!  Davey could join a home with other well mannered dogs and is also gentle with cats.   He knows basic commands, has decent leash manners , is well mannered and a lovely boy.  His off-leash recall needs some work, but that is easy to work on.

Davey loves to swim, which is a great activity to build up his hip muscles!  He'd be a great candidate for water rescue training.

He is being fostered in the Sudbury, ON area. Once his skin infections are clear and he has been vaccinated he will be ready to join an adoptive family.  Applications are being accepted now.  An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

2015 Calendars and more!


Woo-Hoo, time to do some shopping!!!!! 

A HUGE thank you goes out to our awesome volunteer Allison who worked so hard to update the Newf Friends online store to include all of our new tee-shirt designs and our 2015 Newf Friends Calendar featuring photos of some of the gorgeous Newfs who have gone through our program!

All prices on our website INCLUDE SHIPPING within Canada and the US (what a deal!) and 100 % of the proceeds from the sales from our online store come directly to Newf Friends to help us cover the cost of caring for the Newfs in our program.  


Our online store features our custom designs made just for Newf Friends! Great gift ideas all in support of a great rescue -- win, win! 

Happy shopping!
http://www.newfstock.ca/newfstore/

Wally

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Meet Wally, an adorable pup who is in need of some special care and a very special family.

Born approximately April 20/14 Wally is a young, growing pup who has a fabulous personality and is sweet as can be.  He's a real gem!

Wally has some orthopedic issues and we will be taking measures to correct these issues and give him the very best chance of developing properly and leading a long, pain-free life.  Unfortunately, a combination of poor breeding and some poor choices with respect to diet, veterinary treatment and exercise in his formative months likely contributed to worsening of symptoms from his ortho issues. We hope to minimize the impact of these choices.

Initial assessment prior to his surrender was rather grim, but our follow-up evaluations have shown a much better prognosis for Wally.  Contrary to what we were initially told, Wally's elbows and hips are looking good at this point.  His issue is in his shoulders and his surgeon is confident that arthroscopic surgery will be curative!   This is fantastic news!  Wally's surgery is scheduled for October 30th.

Because he is only a pup and still growing steps that are taken now will greatly impact his long term mobility--hopefully we can make a difference for this sweet boy.  In consultation with veterinarians we started Wally on a specific diet, with supplements to aid his development, a careful and purposeful exercise regimen and cartrophen injections to help him as he grows.  All of this, combined with surgery should put Wally on the road to good health and a long, pain-free life!

Wally gets along well with other animals and could happily join a family with other four footed companions, although a lot of rough play is not appropriate for him as he is growing.  As with all giant breed puppies, a home where he will not be required to climb a lot of stairs will be best for him as he develops. 

Wally's ideal family will have the time to work with him to do specific exercises to help strengthen his muscles and support his joints as he grows.   He is currently on nsaid's to manage inflammation and pain -- hopefully once he heals from surgery this will no longer be needed.   Supplements, a healthy diet and ongoing cartrophen injections will play a key role in his long term health.  His adoptive family will need to have the resources to provide this level of care throughout his life. 

Wally is being fostered in eastern Ontario.  He will be ready for adoption once he has healed from his arthroscopic surgery - we estimate he will be ready by mid-late November.  Applications for Wally are being accepted now.

Monday, September 15, 2014

NewfStock 2014 Wrap-Up

What a weekend!

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who worked so hard to pull off this fabulous event, and thanks also to our incredible supporters who came out and made the whole weekend a huge success.

The weather was lousy but that didn't dampen the spirits of our amazing supporters and friends.  
We are thrilled to announce that NewfStock 2014 brought in $26,500 for Newf Friends!!!! 

We are working on collecting photos and will add more to this post as we receive them.
 
The Friday swim date was well attended and as always was loads of fun for all.  The group hike on Sunday was also well attended and the gang had a fun time out at Vance Park.

Photo by Wayne Allen

The main event on Saturday was packed with demos and seminars,  vendors, our merchandise, raffle and auction booths and so much more.  The pouring rain resulted in some cancelled demonstrations, games and activities, but a fun time was still had by all.

photo by Kim Facey


photo by Ferghus & Co

Even in the cold, damp weather, the homemade lemonade tasted deeeeeeelicious!  Thank you Ty and Riley for another awesome fundraiser!  You two boys are an inspiration to us all!

Ferghus & Co
 A few Newfs and their owners braved the rain and hit the awesome course provided by Ferghus & Co.  Thank you Erica and Andrew for the fabulous course!

Ferghus & Co

Games, games and more games!  Hot-dog bobbing in the rain - why not?  Everyone was already wet anyway!

photo by Kim Facey
Joan Fisher's carting demo was superb as always.  Thank you Joan for once again doing a great job - always great to see your smiling face!
photo by Wayne Allen

 
Peter Maniate's carting aptitude testing booth was booked solid all day long!  Thanks to Peter of Hannibal Kennels for his expertise!
Peter's Newf Gander Bear won the prize for being the oldest Newf at NewfStock!

photo by Ferghus & Co
The kissing booth was THE place to be, everyone had a great time.  One of our MC's Michael Scott is seen here getting some love from Sisko.
photo credit - Jess from Jersey!

 WILMA! Naturally Wilma the Bloodhound (below) had to pucker up and get in on the fun!   It was no surprise when Wilma won the prize for longest ears!
photo by Ferghus & Co

photo by Wayne Allen
The park was rockin' to the tunes by Work'n Dawgs -- what a GREAT performance they put on!  Thank you to Geoff Webber and Bill Black for donating their time, talent and sound system for our event.

Mike and Ashleigh did a fantastic job as MCs, keeping the day running on time, pumping up the crowd in the pouring rain, telling us some hilarious jokes, and entertaining the park. Thank you both for keeping us laughing all day long!

Ash cheers on Muckle and family as they take the stage to accept the prize for Muckle being the tallest dog at NewfStock!

Kaila Abele is keeping warm during her grooming seminar.  Thank you Kaila for the great seminar!  Kaila's handout is available for download here.

Thank you also goes out to Dr. Kim Facey of Apsley Veterinary Services for her excellent first aid seminar, Dr. Janice Selinger from Bridle Trail Veterinary Clinic for her seminars on Skin Health and Ortho issues, and Al and Lynda McFadden from Jalynn Kennels for their seminar on health clearances.


 Visitors came from near and far.  The prize for the person who traveled the farthest went to Hannah Warren who drove up from Maine to join in on the fun!  Hannah arrived on Thursday and helped with a bunch of the prep for NewfStock and brought some fabulous donations from her bakery.  Visitors also joined us from New Jersey, Connecticut, Quebec and all across Ontario from the South Western part of the province up to Sault St Marie.

All of our visitors were generous and supportive, and the merchandise, auction and raffle booths were busy all day long.  Thank you to all of our donors who sent AMAZING raffle and auction items. We had stunning artwork, quilts, blankets, gift sets, glass work, pottery and more.  Our custom merchandise will be available for purchase through our online store later this week.

The rescue parade was wet but cheerful as we were all singing in the rain!  The Bergsma family took the prize for bringing in the most pledges, over $3200!  Way to go!   Honorable mention went to Peter Maniate who brought in over $2500 in pledges.  Thank you to everyone who sponsored our parade!


 Thanks to everyone for another successful event, and a special thank you to the fifty volunteers who put this whole weekend together, traveled far distances to help out and work so hard to help Newfs in need across Ontario.

Great job everyone!

Sandra



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Advance Bidding on Silent Auction Items

ADVANCE BIDDING NOW CLOSED.  THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PLACED BIDS, GOOD LUCK IN THE AUCTION!

Can't make it to NewfStock?  No worries you can still support rescue and bid on some amazing auction pieces.  Those items that can be shipped are available for advance bidding by people who are not able to attend the big day!  There will be a lot of other items at the event, so if you are able to attend, please do!

How does advance bidding work?

You email your highest bid to us by 5 pm EST September 12, 2014 and our agent will bid on your behalf, in $5 increments.   (Full details listed below, under "The Legal Stuff".)

Here are the items available for advance bidding - bid generously, all proceeds come to Newf Friends rescue!  (Note, items marked with an opening bid have multiple bids on them already, and the current bid showing is $5 above the second highest  as we are bidding on behalf of the person who has placed the highest bid.)

Lot 1 - Morning at the Lake
Mary LaFontaine donated her stunning piece of art entitled Morning at the Lake
original acrylic painting

unframed  24 x 36 
opening bid currently at $175
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Lot 2 - Newf sitting in snow
 5.5 x 8 water colour
Donated to us by artist Elizabeth Quandt
Opening Bid currently at $110
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Lot 3 - Newf Standing in Snow
 5.5 x 8 water colour
Donated to us by artist Elizabeth Quandt
opening bid currently at $80
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Lot 4
 Brown Quilt 34 x 40
 Made by Laurie Campbell   London ON
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Lot 5
Black brown and red quilt 40 x 56
Made by Mary Kroetsch  London ON
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 Lot 6
Flannel double sided blanket 42 x 49 - red
Made by Sharon McLaughlan  London ON
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 Lot 7
Flannel double sided blanket 42 x 49 - blue
Made by Sharon McLaughlan  London ON
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lot 8
Breda gold man's wristwatch - multi-time zone ($80 us)
Donated by Susan, Dave and Tank - Seaforth. ON
Opening bid $60
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Lot 9
16 x 20
original acrylic painting
Donated by Cindy Williams of Pipeline Newfoundlands in Saskatchewan
Bid currently at $150
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Lot 10
12 x 16
original acrylic painting
Donated by Cindy Williams of Pipeline Newfoundlands in Saskatchewan
Opening Bid currently at $150
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 Lot 11
Newf Quilt- squares
quilt is 66 X 66
 Handmade by Marina Fitzpatrick
Opening bid currently at $305
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Lot 12
Table runner 
 17 X 44 inches
 Handmade by Marina Fitzpatrick
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Lot 13
wall hanging 24 X 42 - Silver
 Handmade by Marina Fitzpatrick
Current opening bid at $75
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Lot 14  
tree skirt 36 X 36
 Handmade by Marina Fitzpatrick
Opening bid currently at $130
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Lot 15
pillow - red 12 X 16
 Handmade by Marina Fitzpatrick
Opening bid at $105
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Lot 16
Newf Quilt - diamond
quilt is 66 X 66
 Handmade by Marina Fitzpatrick
Opening bid currently at $205
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 Lot 17
pillow - green 12 X 16

 Handmade by Marina Fitzpatrick
 Opening bid at $105
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 Lot 18
wall hangings 24 X 42 - green and red
 Handmade by Marina Fitzpatrick
Opening bid currently at $160
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Back Issues of Newf News, Newf Tide, and Newf Tide Supplements.  Bids are placed by magazine/by year.  For a full list of available back issues click here. 
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 Lot 19
An 8"x10" Canvas painting of a black Newf with black painted sides ready to hang.
Artwork by Nicole Munch Sketches and Paintings.
Opening bid currently at $80

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 Lot 20
 A watercolour scene of two newfs playing in the water. 9"x12"
Artwork by Nicole Munch Sketches and Paintings
 Opening Bid currently at $100

Join us at NewfStock to see other gorgeous items donated by Nicole including hand painted wine glasses, holiday decorations and a large candle holder.

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Lot 21
Prepack of 6 Holiday Bibs, handmade by Marina Fitzpatrick
6 fully reversible bibs in seasonal designs.  (Image shows front and back of each bib.) Collection includes a reversible bib for each of the following 6 holidays:  Valentine's Day, St Patrick's Day, Easter, Canada Day, Halloween and Christmas.

Opening Bid at $50
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Lot 22
A Pair of Leaf Tickets, donated by River and her family.
Sec 311, Row 7 seats 3 and 4
Tues, Oct 14 at 7:30 pm
opening bid currently at $150
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 Lot 23
Reflection of a Newfoundland - printed on metal
By Sandra Nicholson, Black Dog Barnyard Photography Studio
16x24 printed on metal
Suitable for indoor/outdoor use
opening bid currently at $405
photographer will write a personalized message on the back of the image for the winner bidder, if requested.
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 Lot 24
Mali "Newfoundland" postage Stamp on wood
Authentic reproduction printed on wood
8x10
Donated by West Wind Gallery & Gifts
opening bid at $60
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 Lot 25
Newfoundland Postage Stamp on wood
Authentic reproduction printed on wood
8x10
Donated by West Wind Gallery & Gifts
opening bid at $60
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Lot 26
Stunning 4 corners pillow featuring a Newf in a sailor's cap
Donated by Hannah Warren
Opening bid currently at $75
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 Lot 27
"Hunny Season" © by Nancy L. Gasser
Unframed print
Donated by Hannah Warren
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Lot 28
"Brains, Heart, Courage" © by Nancy L. Gasser
Unframed Print
Donated by Hannah Warren


The legal stuff......

Silent Auction  Bids will be accepted by email to newf.friends@gmail.com  up until 5pm EST Sept. 12, 2014. Please state clearly the lot number, description and your HIGHEST bid....no BUY IT bids will be accepted. Please include your name, full mailing address and phone number.

The silent auction will take place on Sept 13, 2014 at Millennium Park in Bancroft, ON.

An agent will bid on the floor for the e-mail  bidders in the following manner.

a) only the top two bidders on each lot will be considered
b) the silent auction bidding will start at $5 over the second highest e-mail bid and that bid will be for the highest e-mail bidder on that lot.
c) the agent will continue to bid if necessary until the e-mail bidder is successful or their highest bid is passed by a floor bid...
d) A floor bid that matches the e-mail bidder will go to the e-mail bidder unless the floor bidder advances by one more bid
e) Only the agent will know the amount of the e-mail bids
f) If there are no e-mail bids then the bidding on that lot will begin at the minimum bid as noted in the listings.
f) All bids are in increments of $5

Terms of Sale

1. All bids are per lot as described. The right is reserved to withdraw any lot prior to the sale.The auctioneer shall regulate the bidding on the floor. The auctioneer has the right to reject any bid. In the event of any dispute his decision shall be final.

2. The highest bidder shall prevail at one advance of $5 over the next highest bidder. Tie bids shall go to the e-mail bidder unless advanced as above. There will be no buyer's premium added to the selling price.

3. Successful FLOOR BIDDERS must pick up their lots or arrange for delivery immediately after the sale. E-mail bidders will receive notification if successful. Lots shall not be sent/given to the buyer until payment has been received.

4. Shipping and handling are charged to the BUYER. Lots will be shipped by Xpresspost in Canada or Xpresspost USA to the USA.

5. Claims for errors in description must be made within 7 days after receipt. Any returns are at the buyer's expense.

6. All lots must be paid for by cash, certified cheque or bank draft in Canadian funds or via email transfer.

7. The agent bidding for an e-mail bidder WILL NOT go over their highest bid and will try to obtain the lot for less if possible.

8. The placement of a bid shall constitute acceptance of these terms of sale.