About Newf Friends

Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue is a volunteer run, foster home based rescue group for Newfoundland Dogs in need in Ontario, Canada.
We place Newfs into carefully screened homes in Ontario and surrounding provinces and states.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monsieur Plume


Monsieur Plume
# 3376
Jan. 3-11: M. Plume has a pending adoption.

Say hello to Monsieur Plume (his friends call him Jake.) This handsome boy is a sweet love bug who is looking for his perfect family to love him, give him lots of attention and spend lots of time with him. Jake was rescued from an unfortunate situation and this sweet boy is looking for a special family to call his own. Lacking in experience, Jake will need some time to learn all about living indoors, and how to be a well mannered boy. He has a lovely, gentle temperament, and he wants to please, so will be quick to learn.

Jake needs to learn basic commands, and to be given an opportunity to be exposed to new things. His foster family will be working on this in the coming weeks. He will benefit from obedience classes not only to learn commands, but also to help build his confidence and help him bond with his adoptive family. Having been through a difficult time, Jake is understandably stressed with all of the changes in his life and new experiences. His gentle, sweet nature shines through, and in no time he will blossom into a wonderful boy.
Jake will benefit from the care of a family that will take him out and about to explore the world and learn all about new things. He has lots of energy to burn off, and is best suited to an active family that like to get out and do things with their dog.
He was housed with other dogs in his past home, and he is getting along well with the other dogs and cats in his foster home. Jake should be adopted into a family with another well socialized dog, he really takes comfort in the company of other dogs.
Jake was born on February 28, 2009 so he's now about 21 months old. He has been neutered and is up to date on vaccines.

He will be ready to join a family in a few weeks time, around the end of December, once he has healed from his neuter surgery.

An adoption donation of $500 applies.
Jake is in foster care in the Guelph, Ontario area. His approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Adopter Update - Finn - Nov 28, 2010

Happy Holidays to everyone. I would like to thank Newf Friends for allowing my family to adopt Finnegan. Congratulations to all the Newfs who have found forever homes and their families.
Today we took family Christmas photos. Originally, we thought we would do the photo shot first and then go to the beach afterward. However, we eventually decided that with Finn's energy level it would be best to play on the beach before we attempted the Christmas photos, hence Finn's wet coat.
Finn is an amazing guy. Laid back is NOT his middle name. My boy was born to work. He does not allow us to be bored for a minute. At the beach Finn dives into the water with gusto. Shannon, our Berner, follows a little more timidly behind. Then back on the beach, back into the water and off again. He has a perfect recall. I just have call his name once. He turns on a dime, comes to me, sits beside me and waits for a treat. We traveled to the Atlantic ocean in September. Finn tested his sea legs with great results, see photo of Finn and Shannon playing in the ocean.

He learned to sit nicely on the patios in different tourist towns along the Atlantic Coast. We heard people say "what beautiful dogs." I could not agree more.
Colleen



Saturday, November 20, 2010

Update - November 20, 2010

Beautiful Anna is making great strides in her foster home, but is still waiting for that special family to come along. Working with a trainer, her dedicated foster guardians are hard at work to improve Anna's on leash skills and social behaviour when meeting new dogs. She is making terrific progress. She would love to find a family of her own. View Anna's bio here.

Congratulations Mimi (aka Mika) on your adoption! What a lucky girl! Read all about Mimi and the other dogs who have found their forever homes on the Happy Endings page.

As one goes out, another comes in. A new arrival is coming today, details to follow in a few days.

Say hello to Maverick. This handsome 5 year old Landseer has been with us a week now and is doing great in his foster home. Read all about him under the available dogs link to the right. This love-bug is a great boy! Read his full bio.

Foster Homes Needed! We are still in need of foster homes in Ontario, from Niagara through to the Quebec border, and up through Sudbury.

If you think you would be interested in providing a foster home for a Newf in need please complete our Foster Application form and return it to us at newf.friends@gmail.com

Mackenzie will now be known as "the Newf that refuses to be spayed." This girl has done everything to derail our plans to spay her. From staph infections to abscesses, there's always something preventing her surgery. Her spay surgery has been postponed AGAIN because she has gone into heat. Once her heat is over we will wait a few weeks to allow her blood vessels to return to normal, then she will go in for her spay and cherry eye surgery. We are looking at mid January. Read Mackenzie's bio.

Delphine is doing great in her foster home, with the exceptional care of her foster guardian, her health issues are on the mend. She will be having her spay surgery and entropion surgery very soon. This sweet gal is going to make one very lucky family so happy! Read Delphine's bio.


Our new Online Store is open for business. Drool towels and drool tees will be back in stock and ready to ship by December 1st! Place your order today!
Thanks everyone for all of your support! 100% of the funds go to help Newfs in need.

Have you checked out our new Kids that Care Project? We want to hear from you! Send us your stories of how your children have helped animals, and we'll share the stories on our blog and help to spread the message that kids can and do make a difference in the lives of animals.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Update November 14, 2010

It's been a busy few weeks at Newf Friends, with lots happening. We are doing our best to get through all of the emails and applications we have received, and hope to get in touch with everyone over the next few days. Thanks for your patience and support.

Meet Maverick, our newest arrival. This handsome 5 year old Landseer arrived on Friday and is settling into his foster home very well. More details on Maverick will be posted as we get to know him.

Foster Homes Needed! We are always looking for foster homes for Newfs who find themselves in need of temporary housing while their forever home is being found. Now, more than ever, we need more families to come forward to open up their hearts and homes to foster a Newf in need. Fosters are the backbone of our rescue, providing a home environment, training, and TLC for Newfs in need while they await their adoptive homes.
We are looking for foster homes in Ontario, from Niagara through to the Quebec border, and up through Sudbury.
Read what one of our foster volunteers wrote about being a foster parent.
If you think you would be interested in providing a foster home for a Newf in need please complete our Foster Application form and return it to us at newf.friends@gmail.com

Mackenzie continues to improve in foster care. She has needed multiple vet visits to have drains put into an abscess, but we are hopeful that this is finally on the mend. Her spay and cherry eye surgery has once again been scheduled, for later this week, assuming that her infection is completely gone. If not, surgery will be performed on the abscess to completely remove it, and we will again reschedule her spay surgery. Little "Macaroni" has had a rough ride, but in the loving care of her foster home, she continues to make steady progress.

Beautiful Anna is also making great strides. Working with a trainer, her dedicated foster guardians are hard at work to improve Anna's on leash skills and social behaviour when meeting new dogs. She is making terrific progress.

Delphine is doing great in her foster home, with the exceptional care of her foster guardian, her health issues are on the mend. She will be having her spay surgery and entropion surgery very soon. This sweet gal is going to make one very lucky family so happy!

Mika (aka Mimi) is doing great at her foster home. Thanks to the hard work of her foster Boot Camp guardians, she has dropped 10 lbs since she arrived. Way to go pork chop! She' got several more pounds to drop until she is at a weight where it would be safe to spay her, but she's well on her way. Her fitness has improved, she's got more energy, and she's walking those pounds off!

Sweet Kyle has been adopted by a great family. He's got quite the busy social schedule ahead of him with a big family to love him, puppy play groups, dog walking groups and more! Congratulations little guy!


Our new Online Store is open for business. You should check it out! Orders have been rolling in and will all be shipped out by Tuesday. Thanks everyone for all of your support! 100% of the funds go to help Newfs in need.

Have you checked out our new Kids that Care Project? We want to hear from you! Send us your stories of how your children have helped animals, and we'll share the stories on our blog and help to spread the message that kids can and do make a difference in the lives of animals.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Maverick is Looking for his own Family

Maverick

December 4, 2010: Maverick joined his new family.

Give a warm hello to Maverick, a handsome boy who is looking for a family of his own. He came to Newf Friends from a loving home that could sadly not care for him any longer due to sickness in the family. His foster guardians report that he’s quite a happy guy, very sweet. Like a typical Newf, he likes to be in the same room as his people, loves cuddles and is a pro at the Newfy lean.
Maverick is not overly active but needs his daily exercise and loves to run around in the woods. Once exercised he is content to lie around the house on either his dog bed or the floor. He has nice house manners.
He gets along fine with all people, cats and the other dogs in his foster home.
He does get excited when other dogs are barking or playing loudly but with very mild correction he settles. This habit could easily be trained out over time.
He’s a calm boy, excellent for grooming. No problem looking in eyes, ears or mouth.
The big fella’ knows basic obedience. Come, sit, stay, wait, down, off, move on. He's crate trained but doesn’t really need it as he is not destructive in the house. He’s quite eager to please, very open to correction and learning new things. He now sits & waits very nicely (without being asked) at the door to enter or exit. Maverick sits and waits for his meals and will only break the sit when given the ‘ok’ (he does drool while waiting though!). He has a very gentle mouth when taking treats. So sweet!
Loves the car; hops right in and rides nicely. He is very excited to get in but will sit nicely and wait until told he can hop up. Same thing getting out but again, this guy aims to please and listens very well to commands so he waits to get his gentle leader on and be released before hopping out.
Maverick absolutely loves going for walks! He wears a gentle leader with no problem. He is excellent on leash if there are no distractions. If he sees another dog or person, he gets excited and wants to say hi. He will attempt to pull you but if you correct him, he’s fine. He will sit and wait and when calm his foster guardian will let him go over to say hi. He is 100% appropriate in his greetings, on and off leash. He’s quite a sociable guy!
Maverick also loves the dog park! Plays, runs, chases, swims, explores.. always busy and always making friends. He is very nice with people, happy to receive pets, kisses and attention from anyone. His behaviour is as close to perfect as you can get, says his foster mom. He’s fantastic with big dogs, small dogs, whatever, no problems. Even when dogs with issues bark at him, he turns away and moves on.
This big sweetheart is 5 years old, a tad on the chunky side at 160 lbs and 33” at the shoulder – yup he’s a tall one. He snores. Loud. He slobbers. A lot.
He needs work on greeting people without excitement. At first he was barking and jumping up, now he’s just too excited, runs over and wants pets. Most people do not want a huge dog running over to them at full speed. His foster guardians are working on this and it’s going well, but will need to continue to be worked on in his adoptive home
Says his foster guardian, “He is simply lovely. A pleasure to foster. Did I mention he’s stunning?”
All in all, this guy is a gem. His only issue is excitement in certain situations but he learns quickly and is eager to please. He absolutely needs a calm, confident leader that is not intimidated by his size or bark. An owner with previous giant breed experience is required.
Maverick is neutered, vaccinated and ready to join the right family. To be considered for adopting him, please complete the adoption application to begin the process. An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Kids that Care Project

When you think of getting a gift for a 7 year old boy what comes to mind? Action figures? Video games?

How about a donation to a dog rescue?

Not what you would typically pick, right? Well then you haven't met Paul. This young Newf lover recently had a party to celebrate his 7th birthday and guess what he asked for? That's right, donations to Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue. Instead of bringing a gift, Paul asked that all of his party guests make a donation to the Newf Friends division of HART to help support Newfs in need. Imagine that, a 7 year old boy caring enough about Newfs to give up getting birthday presents in exchange for helping Newfs in need.

Pretty terrific, right?


Speaking of terrific children, how about Kayleigh, a very special 9 year old girl who is a huge supporter of rescue and lover of animals. Last year when Ella arrived in our care Kayleigh was so moved by her story that she set out to raise funds to help pay for Ella's extensive medical bills. Through the sale of baked dog treats this inspiring young girl raised money to help Ella get better.

Recently Kayleigh heard that we had a special new arrival in our program, Ella's mom Mackenzie. Mackenzie too has some special health issues, including the need for surgery to correct cherry eye. Once again Kayleigh has stepped forward and made it her goal to raise funds to help with the medical expenses for this special Newf. She's working hard to sell more cookies, and being an aspiring photographer, she's going to be auctioning off a photo-shoot to raise funds for Mackenzie's surgery. What fun!

These two children, through their generosity and selfless acts of kindness, have truly made a difference in the lives of animals in need.

Thank you Paul and Kayleigh, from all of us at Newf Friends. You are both an inspiration.

We are so moved by these acts of kindness that we wanted to share their stories, and encourage other children to look to Paul and Kayleigh for inspiration and step up and make a difference in the life of an animal. In honour of Paul and Kayleigh, we're launching the Kids that Care Project. We hope other children will follow Paul and Kayleigh's example and help animals in their own communities, around the globe.

Just like Paul and Kayleigh, we'd like to see children come up with fun and creative ways to help animals. It doesn't have to be just Newf Rescue, we want to hear about how you have helped animals, any animal, no matter how big or how small.

So get together with your friends, your classmates, your siblings, and come up with a plan on how you can help save the life of an animal in need. Email us your stories about how you are doing your part to help animals, and we'll share your stories on our new blog, and spread the message that children can and do make a difference in the lives of animals.

From all of us at Newf Friends, thank you Paul and Kayleigh for setting such a wonderful example. Our hope is that others will learn from your kindness and be moved to do the same.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
~ AESOP ~
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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Adopter Update - Ella, November 6, 2010

11 months ago Ella joined her adoptive family and her new life began. Healthy, happy and ready to take on the world, our "Wee Ella" is now all grown up and doing great. She's come a long way from the tiny 3 lb puppy we rescued last September, barely clinging to life. You can read about Ella's journey in our archives. Her's is a remarkable, inspiring story.

Below is the latest update from Ella's Mom. Updates like this make all of the hard work, tears and heartache of rescue work worthwhile. Seeing the happy faces of dogs like Ella is what rescue is all about.

Ella is now well over a year and is doing just great! She's gone through her "klutzy, face-plant" stage and has grown to become strong, athletic and very agile. She stayed on the smaller size, like her Newf Mom, but has longer legs with webbed feet...definitely see both Newf and Dane in her...a real half 'n half combo! Her favorite pastimes are TOYS and more toys...always wanting to play catch , tug of war or simply trying to destroy every single toy that enters the house...which by the way she is quite successful at...not many toys can survive through Ella's love of the challenge to obliviate them! She also LOVES the garden hose and begs enthusiastically to be sprayed and soaked with water or chase and bite the water stream. Pet store visits are embraced with more enthusiasm!

Ella is my 'wild child' and has lots of energy, is competitive, intense, very spirited, loving, enthusiastic and happy...full of vim and vinegar!...a monkey doodle!...lots of fun! :)


She has a devilish sparkle in her eye, which she has most certainly earned the right to have!
She LOVES her pack and to clean their ears (especially Zoe's) or eyes (even Jake's, who has no eyes at all), loves to share her toys very willingly or just simply steals the other's toys if she feels like it. She is full of kisses and love for her family.


She is very much loved and a blessing to have as a member of the pack and in my life.


Thank-you Newf Friends!


...Judy and Gang...kitties included :)


One year after rescuing Ella, almost to the day, Newf Friends rescued her mother, Mackenize. This beautiful Newf is currently in foster care and receiving extensive veterinary care. Her story is just unfolding. Like her daughter, she has much to teach us about celebrating life and living in the moment.

How Do Fosters Do It?


We are always in need of foster homes for the Newfs who come through our program. Many families are reluctant to volunteer to open their hearts and home to a foster dog because they fear they will be heartbroken when adoption day comes and the dog is ready to move on.

One of our volunteer fosters, Allison, wrote the following response to the question…..

How Do Fosters Do It?

People are always curious about dog fostering, say they’d love to do it but they can’t, they’d end up with a house full of dogs because they couldn’t bear to give the foster dog up. How do fosters do it? The answer is fairly simple. Rigorous screening of potential adoptive families.
As a foster volunteer, when you know that the rescue team is going to find an amazing, loving forever home for your foster, it gives you a great sense of peace. You don’t have to worry that the dog is going to end up back in rescue or that it won’t have someone to love and cuddle it as much as you do. The people that are chosen to adopt our dogs are wonderful, the kind of people that you would let babysit your own dog. Yes, on Adoption Day, tears may be shed, but they are happy tears because you know, without a doubt, that your foster will be well cared for and extremely happy for the rest of its life. The feeling of accomplishment is tremendous. You helped that dog when he needed it, you welcomed him into your home, gave him love, vet care, exercise, grooming, whatever was required, you did it and on Adoption Day you are seeing the benefits of your efforts… a dog that didn’t have a home or family starting a new life with the best family possible. Nothing beats the exhilaration you feel inside, knowing you, as a loving foster, made it possible.
Foster volunteers are vitally important and without them, dog rescue could not take place. Will you consider opening your heart and home to a dog in need? Try it once and if you don’t experience a huge sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, you don’t have to do it again. But at least doing it once, you helped one dog.

“Saving one dog might not change the world, but it could
sure change the world for that one dog.”

Please send us an email if you would like more information about becoming a volunteer foster family for a Newf in need, or complete our foster application found here to begin the process.