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.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Adopter Update Sulli

Another great adopter update:

Well time has flown for us, and we hope for Sulli – it was two years at this time that I experienced a slow day at work and decided to complete the adoption application on a whim.  I had neglected to tell my wife Meredith that I was doing this, so when I got the call for a phone interview I thought I’d be in a lot of trouble.  But Meredith saw the picture of Sulli, who HART had in mind as a potential match for us, and she was sold.
When Sulli arrived with us, his foster home had done such a great job helping him begin his path toward being a happy, social dog.  But, he was still rambunctious, and loud, and didn’t believe in boundaries.  Now, after a really good training class, a little patience, and lots of play and treats, he has learned how to play well.  His sister dog, Cinder, bore the brunt of helping him understand how to play nicely.  But, he listened, and they now can be seen romping when she feels up to it.  And when they aren’t romping, you can often find them sleeping within reach of one another.
Everyone who comes to our home is quickly drawn to him – he is confident and happy, and will put on a show if there is a treat handy.  He lives his life through his mouth – and will eat anything that has flavor, including most paper products, so we have to watch him like a hawk.  But, he’s shifty, so we have some funny  (or not so funny) stories about his many mishaps related to eating something he shouldn’t – the corn cobs incident, the mushrooms incident, the bunch of bananas counter surf.  Every day with Sulli is a story waiting to happen – but it is also full of so much affection and love.
Thanks for trusting us with this Muppet of a Newf.  He has been a gift.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Adopter Update: Dory

 Season's Greetings Newf Friends!

It's been 10 months since Dory came home and we wanted to let you know how she's been doing. Dory very quickly settled into her new home and assumed the role of big sister and Mother to her now best friend Lukey. And while she is never far away from Lukey, she loves her snuggle time with the rest of the family. She is very eager to please and is such a polite and sweet girl. She always greets us at the door when we come home with so much love and the biggest smile. 
With the help of Lukey, a harness, and regular daily walks, Dory was very quick to learn to walk nicely on a leash and is the first to the door as soon as we say "walk time". She loves to great all the neighbourhood dogs and people. She and Lukey are rather popular in the neighbourhood, and everyone stops to visit with them. The kids in the neighbourhood have nicknamed her the cow dog (because of her black and white markings) and Lukey the bear dog. 

It took a while for Dory to over come her urges to chase bunnies and birds, but now she rarely pays attention to them while on her walks. Dory was a little anxious with van rides during her first few weeks with us, but quickly realized that most van rides led to the dog park and/or a timbit, and now we only have to say the word and she is waiting at the door to come along. We spent many days playing around in the water this past summer, and while Dory was very nervous in the water at the beginning of the season, she was much more comfortable towards the end and was even beginning to swim. 
As you can see from the pictures, Dory's hair has filled in quite nicely and she had her first visit to the groomers a couple weeks ago. She did very well! 

She celebrated her 4th birthday in November and it feels as though she's been with us her whole life. She is the perfect compliment to our family! We feel so lucky to have been chosen to give her the life she deserves. Thank you for bringing her into our family!

Happy Holidays!
Dory's Family

(pics of Dory & Lukey waiting for Santa, at the dog park, and on a walk)

Monday, December 8, 2014



Handsome, friendly, and sweet as can be, this gorgeous landseer is going to make one lucky family very happy!

Buster lived as a farm dog for the first few years of his life, then when his owner passed away Buster went to stay at his breeder's kennel to wait for a new family.  Since Buster had received no training, was not housebroken and knew no commands, many months went by and the right family for Buster never came along.
Upon hearing about Buster we contacted his breeder and offered to bring Buster into our foster program to give him the training that he needs to become adoptable.  His breeder agreed that this was in Buster's best interest, and is supporting us in Buster's care.

Buster arrived in our care on Dec 7 and has been fabulous at his foster home.  He is learning all about housebreaking and has not had any accidents in the house while his family have been home.  He is currently crated when he is left alone, and he settles in quickly and naps.  Buster is looking for a home where his owners have the time to commit to finishing his training.

His house manners are great, other than a little counter surfing (how can he be expected to resist all of those goodies right at eye level?)  Buster is learning his basic commands and is so eager to please that he is picking things up very quickly.  His leash manners are a work in progress, but coming along. 

Buster is a friendly, easy going boy who gets along with everyone he meets.  He loves attention and thoroughly enjoys getting petted, groomed, and loved.  He is so gentle, mellow and eager to please that he would make a great candidate for therapy work once his training is complete.  Well mannered around children, Buster could join a family with kids who are respectful of animals.

He became fast friends with the female Great Dane in his foster home and has been wonderful meeting a variety of dogs.  He is fabulous with the cat in his foster home and simply adores him! A home where he has another well mannered playmate would be great for him. 

Buster was born on February 4, 2009 so is 5 years old and is large for a Newf, measuring about 36 inches at his shoulder and weighing just over 170 lbs.  He has now been brought up to date with his vaccines and neutered.  His blood work was fine, he is HW negative. He is recovering from his surgery and being treated for an ear infection and will be ready to join an adoptive family once his ear is all cleared up.

If you would like to be considered for adopting Buster, or any other Newf in our program, please complete our adoption application and return it to us by email.

Buster is being fostered in the Midland, ON area and his approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Adopter Update: Happy Birthday Molly!

Check out this adopter update we received last week on Molly's 11th birthday!

Hi Sandra,

Today is Molly's 11th birthday HOORAY !!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is an update....Remember that we told you that she was getting laser-therapy, it didn't do anything. She was getting weaker and weaker with her hind legs. We really thought that things would go down hill from there. We were really sad.

 But we went on vacation to Havelock (ON) anyway. What a beautiful area. Molly and Izzy enjoyed themselves in the Crow River. Molly just lied down in the water with harness and all to cool down a bit. (see pics) We had the most beautiful weather that week. It was a bit difficult to get Molly down to the river and back to the house again but we managed thanks to the HelpEmUp Harness.
(can't have a big dog without this thing when they get old)  

When we came home, we went back to the vet again, to hear what we could do more for our girl. The vet suggested acupuncture. Well, I was skeptic about it. But now after 3 treatments things have changed so much, it's just amazing. We're so glad about this.

In the beginning when the vet put a small needle in her foot, she wouldn't react at all. There was just no "connection" between her brain and her foot. Now, the last time she pulled her foot back when the needle got in. Her feeling was back!!!!
We can see that when she walks, she places her feet more secure on the ground, not that drunken walk anymore..
 She doesn't need her harness on, she walks around the house more. Normally she would stay in the kitchen where her bowl was, so she didn't have to walk far for it. Of course, when she's to enthusiastic, she still falls down once in a while. It's not like she's a young dog again. She's really happy, she rolls on her back and has this big smile, and her eyes well, you know what I mean.:-) .So we'll see how she will do in the winter, but we're hopeful that she will be strong enough to get through it.
This evening she will get a big sausage in her food and of course Izzy gets it too, you can't spoil just one dog;-)
We love Molly soooooo much!!!!!!!!!! She's really special..

We hope all is well with you!

Anyway, big hugs from us all
Lars,Marij, Molly and Izzy

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Draft work with your Newf

The Newfoundland Dog breed has a rich history of working abilities including both water rescue and draft work.  Newfs played an important role in the lives of the residents in their native province, particularly fishermen whose dogs helped by hauling their fishing nets in from sea.  Once on shore, the dogs were then hitched to wagons or carts to take the fish to market.  The dogs also helped around their owner's homes hauling loads of firewood and supplies.

National and Regional Newfoundland Dog Clubs around the globe work to preserve the natural working dog abilities of the breed and promote this heritage by offering workshops and seminars on draft work as well as draft tests.

2008 NDCC National Specialty Draft Dog Test
photo by Black Dog Barnyard

As the holiday season approaches many regional clubs participate in Christmas tree pulls, a fun activity for the entire family.  We recently posted a link on our Facebook page to this excellent article from the Newf Club of America on how to modify your dog's cart for carrying a Christmas tree.  The photo (shown below) that accompanied the article shows a happy, healthy 4 year old newf pulling a tree on a wagon.

Photo from the NCA facebook page

Many of us have enjoyed participating in draft work with our Newfs and know first hand that a correctly balanced cart and properly fitted harness ensures that the dog is not bearing the weight on its body.  Newcomers to the breed, or folks who haven't had the opportunity to see Newfs doing draft work in person may wonder if it's safe or fair to hitch Newfs up to carts, and may question how much weight a Newf can pull.

For the answer to this we turned to Peter Maniate of Hannibal Kennels in Lindsay, Ontario.  Peter is a Newfoundland dog breeder and a professional trainer specializing in dog carting. Since 1979 he has been writing a bi-monthly column in the Newf News entitled Carting Corner.

Peter and Gander Bear
photo by Black Dog Barnyard

A collection of his most recent online articles can be found on his website , but to answer the question of a Newf's pulling capacity we had to turn to his archives which are not yet published online.  Below are two articles discussing the science behind carting.  Click on the images to see the articles in larger size.

Carting Corner May/June 2000

Carting Corner Sept/Oct 1999

Participating in draft work is a great way for Newf owners to build a stronger bond with their dog, to learn a new useful skill, and to preserve the heritage of the breed we love.  To learn more about draft work and upcoming seminars and tests in your area, or to join in on Christmas tree pulls or parades contact your regional Newfoundland Dog Club.

In the Newf Friends area there are two clubs:
Central Ontario Newf Club
South Eastern Ontario Newf Club

For a full list of  regional clubs across Canada visit the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada website

For information about regional clubs across America visit the Newfoundland Club of America website

In the UK visit the Newfoundland Dog Club UK's website

2008 NDCC National Specialty Draft Dog Test
photo by Black Dog Barnyard

For more information about Working Dog activities visit the Newf Club of America website which is an excellent resource for all things Newf!

2008 NDCC National Specialty Draft Dog Test
photo by Black Dog Barnyard

Sunday, November 16, 2014



Nov 30: I was adopted!

They don't get much cuter than this!

Gorgeous gal Nellie is a sweet and spunky girl who is looking for a fabulous family to call her own.

Born around Sept 9/14 this not so little darling is ready to find a loving home where she will get all of the training, attention and love she deserves.  We are told that she is a Newf/Great Dane cross -- her mom was a Newf and her dad a Dane.  Looking at the size of her feet, she is going to be a very big girl.  At 10 weeks of age she was already over 30 lbs.

Nellie is a very confident puppy who will be best matched to an equally confident owner who has giant breed experience and excellent dog handling skills.  Nellie is not a suitable puppy for first time dog owners given her larger than life personality and her expected giant size.  Owners who have the time and desire to work with Nellie to properly socialize and train her are what she needs.

Nellie is crate trained and her foster family are working on teaching her basic commands.    She is a mouthy puppy and her confidence means that she can be a pushy girl so she is not suited to a home with children under 12 years of age living there or visiting regularly. She is a bright pup who is eager to please and is an absolute delight.  With proper training, socialization and lots of hard work she will mature into a wonderful companion.

She loves to romp and play with other dogs and would be happiest in a home where she will have the company of another well socialized and well trained dog.  Preference will be given to homes with another well mannered large or giant breed dog.

Nellie is an active girl and will need LOTS of opportunities for age appropriate exercise to keep her out of trouble.  As with all giant breed puppies, exercise should be tailored to her needs as a growing puppy -- no overdoing it!

Nellie has been dewormed and received her first shots.  Given her young age she has not yet been spayed.  She will be placed on a strictly enforced non-breeding contract with a mandatory spay contract in place.  A partial refund ($100) of her adoption donation will be issued once her spay is completed, which should not be done until her growth plates close.

Nellie is being fostered in the Bancroft, ON area and her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.  Preference is given to homes within a 5 hour drive -- this includes parts of Ontario and Quebec.  Please note, unlike with adult rescues, we do not place young puppies into the US due to vaccine requirements at the border.

An adoption donation of $700 applies - see note above regarding the partial refund after her spay.

To be considered for adopting Nellie please complete the adoption application found here and email it back to us.  Homes without a securely fenced play yard will not be considered.



Update Dec 13:  Faye is currently on medical hold due to complications following her spay. She has been hospitalized since the morning of Dec 12 and remains in the ICU at this time.
Update Dec 16:  Faye is being released from hospital today!  Follow up tests will be done in the coming days and all test results will be back by the end of the month.  She will remain on medical hold until all tests are complete and her red blood cell count has returned to normal.
Donations to help cover the cost of her care are appreciated, her veterinary care to date has risen to above $5000

Friendly, gentle, well mannered and eager to please.  Faye is the whole package!  This gorgeous girl is perfect in every way.  She has excellent house manners, walks nicely on lead, has great off leash recall, knows basic commands and is gentle and affectionate.  Yep, she's pretty terrific!

A very people focused girl, Faye loves to give hugs and get loads of attention.  She is excellent around children -- calm and non threatening and could join a family with young kids.  Faye would be a fabulous dog for a family interested in doing therapy work, she loves to meet new people.

Faye is a playful girl who gets along very well with other dogs. She has excellent doggie social skills and is calm, cool and collected, looking for fun. She loves to romp, wrestle and play and would be happy to join a family where she has another gentle and friendly playmate. 
She is also fine with cats, and even baby goats! Such a good girl!

Faye is estimated to be around 3 years old, has been brought up to date with vaccines and has now been spayed.  A mild problem with the cartilage in her eye was corrected at time of spay.  She is at a slightly increased risk of problems with the gland in her eye, but at this point no further issues are evident.

Faye experienced complications the morning after her spay and began bleeding internally from a site that was not related to her surgery. She underwent emergency surgery to stop the bleeding and was hospitalized for 5 days.  The cause of the bleed has not been determined, it may have been a side-effect from medications, or she may have an underlying condition like hemophilia or Von Willebrand Disease.  We have sent out her blood for full testing to rule these disorders out and will have the results by the end of December. 

When she has been playing hard she has a very slight limp on her left shoulder, but it passes quickly and her vet exam found nothing concerning - xrays show no problems with her shoulder or elbow.  Slowly working to increase her muscle mass and getting her in shape should make a big difference for her.

Nothing of any concern was found with her knees, although her hip xrays show that she is moderately dysplasic, her right hip is worse than her left.  This may be contributing to the limping we are seeing on her front end.  Her hocks don't have great range of motion, but overall are ok.  No arthritis was visible on xrays.

At this point meds are not needed.  Faye's mobility is excellent, and steps to slow deterioration of her joints will make a difference for her.  Faye will be best served by continuing an exercise regimen specifically geared towards increasing her lean muscle mass and getting her in shape.  Down the road, as she ages, Faye will likely require nsaids.

She is being fostered in the Bancroft area and her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person. An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Adopter Update: Koda

Have a look at these great photos and update sent to us from Koda's adopters!  We love these happy endings!
Looking handsome!
He is absolutely the best match for this family! He is great with all the kids, all the dogs that visit, he's protective & very loving! He is the best & he loves his life! 

 We love him!

Snuggled up with his best friend
Swim time with his buddy