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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Monday, January 23, 2012

Update: January 23, 2012

Here's what we were up to last week:

Sweet 4 year old gal Katie arrived yesterday and is settling into foster care. This playful girl will be spayed shortly and ready to join a great family. Her bio will be updated soon, once we get to know her.

Remember Valerie? This silly girl joined an adoptive family last year and over the last few months they have been working hard to overcome issues between her and one of their other dogs. Unfortunately, it is just not working out and the decision has been made to find Valerie a new home. This playful girl has so much love to give, please help us find her a great home! Read about her here.

Sweet girl Rosie is doing great in foster care. We've received loads of applications for her and are still making our way through applications to find her perfect home. Read her bio here.

Adorable fella' Tyson is also doing terrific and is searching for a loving family to call his own. Read about Tyson here.

Sweet boy Tycho has been waiting far too long for a home - please help us find a home for this boy! This sensitive Newf just needs someone to love him. Do you have room in your heart for this gentle giant? Please consider opening your home to this loving boy. He needs a family. Read his bio here.

Goofy boy Marvin is recovering well from surgery. If you're looking for a playful, goofy, active Newf, Marvin's your boy! His bio can be read here.

Handsome boy Inti is doing awesome in foster care. This boy is a wonderful dog and will make an excellent companion for a loving family in search of a friendly, calm Newf to hang out with. Don't miss out on a chance to make this senior part of your family! Read all about him here.

Sweet girl Beatrice has an adoption pending. Read about her here.

River may have found a forever home -- we're waiting on a home visit! Fingers crossed! Read about River here.

Beautiful gal Maggie arrived in our care, was spayed and already has an adoption pending! Lucky girl Maggie!

Love bug Thunder was adopted! Congratulations sweet boy!

Did you know that Back-Yard-Breeders are a huge threat to the Newfoundland Dog breed? Over 3/4 of the Newfs in need of rescue were bred by BYB. Follow along on our FaceBook page as we post daily tips to help people identify BYB!

If you or someone you know is looking for a new canine family member that isn't a Newf, be sure to visit HART, our parent all breed rescue group's PetFinder listings. They've got wonderful dogs of all shapes and sizes, coats and ages who are waiting for great families to adopt them.
HART is also in need of foster homes across Ontario! HART rescues a large number of dogs and the need is great for foster families -- they can only save the lives of those dogs they have a foster space for, and their foster homes fill up quickly. If fostering Newfs isn't for you, then consider fostering for HART's all breed program where many smaller dogs are in need of loving foster homes. You can download the application here.

Hotel space for NewfStock 2012 is filling up quickly! Check out our NewfStock Blog for accommodation details and get your room booked right away!


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Katie

 Katie
#4103

Jan 11/14:  Katie joined a forever family!

Meet Katie, a super sweet girl who has a whole lot of enthusiasm for life.  She loves to get out and explore and is a friendly and affectionate girl who is looking for the stability of a loving home.  Katie has been waiting for the right family for far too long.

Woo-hoo, I love swimming in the pool at the K-9 Country Inn!
Katie likes to be active and loves to go for walks, go swimming and just get out and have fun.  She is well suited to a country home where she will have lots of opportunities to romp and play.

Her leash manners need work when she is around other animals, especially cats.  She is currently enrolled in classes to work on her manners and with the help of a number of volunteer handlers Katie is improving greatly.  She is boarding at a training facility and doing really well in this environment.


Katie knows basic commands, has lovely house manners and is easy to get along with.   After her exercise time is complete she'd be happy to chill out at your feet and relax, snoring away contentedly.


Katie loves attention and adores being hugged, petted, getting ear scratches, belly rubs and more.  She has a lot of love to give!  If you are looking for a cuddly Newf she's your gal!



Katie would very much love to live with a mild mannered dog that enjoys the occasional romp. Katie has a strong prey drive and loves to chase cats.  She is not suited to a home with a cat or other small animals roaming about.

 

Katie came to Newf Friends on January 22/12 after her owner decided she'd be better in a home where she would have space to exercise.   Katie was placed into an adoptive home but things changed with her adopters and Katie came back to Newf Friends.


Katie  was born May 27, 2008 so she is 5  years old. She has been spayed and her vaccines are up to date.  She's not a big girl, but she does have a lot of love to give!

Katie is being fostered in the Cookstown area. Her new family will need to pick her up in person.  The typical adoption donation of $500  is reduced to $400 to offset the cost of  her training needs.  If you think you'd like to adopt Katie, fill out an adoption application and email it back to us.  A securely fenced yard is a must for Katie and is non-negotiable - given her love of chasing cats, and electric fence will not qualify.

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Maggie


Maggie
#4102

January 24, 2012: Maggie was adopted!

Nope, I'm not a Newf! I'm a gorgeous young St. Bernard that these kind Newfie people took under their wing. I'm so glad because I'm told I'll find a super family to cherish and take care of me forever. Let me tell you a bit more about myself to help you decide if I'm the girl for you.


I came to the Newfie folk on January 18, 2012 because my Momma had a whole bunch of really awful stressful things happen to her over the past few months. Terrible! Anyways, she had me since I was 6 months old (I'm 2 1/2 now), took wonderful care of me and made me into the awesome, well socialized girl that I am. She was devastated to have to let me go but the Newfie foster lady told her that she would only adopt to me to the most wonderful family. That made us both feel better.


Anywho... enough about that.. let me tell you some good stuff. I love other dogs and am great with all sizes... giant, medium and teeny tiny. I also love cats! Another favourite thing of mine? People!! I love to give big goobery kisses and receive loads of attention. I'm nice to everyone I meet, never jumping up or misbehaving. I grew up with children so I love them too and am very gentle and sweet. I would positively be over the moon if i could join a family with another dog for me to play with and kids for me to snuggle. Heaven!!



What else?? Oh oh oh, I know! I love the car! I hop right in and settle in for a drive to somewhere fun. Maybe the dog park or the beach or a hike. You name it, I'm game! I'm really good at listening to my peeps and want to please. I might need a little work with my leash skills but no worries, I'm easy to manage, especially when I'm wearing my harness. Yahooo!


When I'm the house, I'm calm. I don't really bark much or get into things that I shouldn't. I'm a just a perfect big girl and could fit in almost anywhere! I love other dogs, cats, people, kids... what a catch I am!



Now I know if you're on this website you probably like those big black hairy dogs but guess what? Newfs and Saints go together like PB&J. Check me out with fellow foster dog Rosie in the videos. We just met and we already love each other and look at us play... awesome eh?!? Us Saints are perfect playmates for Newfs. We both drool a lot, same size, love to snuggle and like to be with our people. And one more added bonus about me? I'm a smooth coat Saint! I don't require as much brushing as a Newf. What do you think of that! Foster Mom said it was great.

I love the snow!

I am in great shape, have no health concerns and I have now been spayed. I'm 2.5 years old and weigh about 114 lbs. I'm being fostered in the Guelph Ontario area and if you're approved to adopt me you have to come and pick me up in person. An adoption donation of $500 applies. To be considered for adopting me just complete the Newf Friends adoption application (you can pretend it says Saint wherever you see Newf.)

i can't wait to meet you!!


Monday, January 16, 2012

Update: January 16, 2012

Here's what we've been up to over the last week!

Sweet girl Rosie is doing great in foster care. We've received loads of applications for her and will be screening this week to find her very best match. Read her bio here.

Adorable fella' Tyson is also doing terrific and is searching for a loving family to call his own. Read about Tyson here.

Love bug Thunder is simply adorable -- look at his gorgeous brown coat! He has settled well into foster care and hopes to find a home soon. Thunder's bio can be seen here.

Sweet boy Tycho has been waiting far too long for a home. This sensitive boy just needs someone to love him. Do you have room in your heart for this gentle giant? Please consider opening your home to this loving boy. He needs a family. Read his bio here.

Goofy boy Marvin went for his cherry eye and neuter surgery this weekend. He did well and is recovering in foster care. If you're looking for a playful, goofy, active Newf, Marvin's your boy! His bio can be read here.

Sweet girl Beatrice is doing great in her foster home and is ready to find a loving family. This awesome girl is gentle, well mannered, gets along with everyone and is ready to find a perfect home. She is a dream Newf, sweet as can be! Read about her here.

Handsome boy Inti is doing awesome in foster care. This boy is a wonderful dog and will make an excellent companion for a loving family in search of a friendly, calm Newf to hang out with. Don't miss out on a chance to make this senior part of your family! Read all about him here.

River is ready to find a home! Her follow-up x-rays look good and her treatments are now complete. She still has some weeks of rehab ahead of her, but the exercises can be done in her adoptive home. Applications are now being considered. Read about River here.


Cutie pie Paris was adopted by a great family. Way to go!

If you or someone you know is looking for a new canine family member that isn't a Newf, be sure to visit HART, our parent all breed rescue group's PetFinder listings. They've got wonderful dogs of all shapes and sizes, coats and ages who are waiting for great families to adopt them.
HART is also in need of foster homes across Ontario! HART rescues a large number of dogs and the need is great for foster families -- they can only save the lives of those dogs they have a foster space for, and their foster homes fill up quickly. If fostering Newfs isn't for you, then consider fostering for HART's all breed program where many smaller dogs are in need of loving foster homes. You can download the application here.

Hotel space for NewfStock 2012 is filling up quickly! Check out our NewfStock Blog for accommodation details and get your room booked right away!


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Adopter Update: Grace

Another great adopter update received today! Here's what Grace had to say about her new home.......
Grace here!! Well, there is so much to tell that I hardly know where to start. I will include some Christmas pictures at the end, it was a wonderful day and there was a taste of turkey at the end! I am still settling in and am learning something new everyday it seems. One big thing that I have learned is that it is NOT a good idea to take the pie off the counter while it is cooling. HOT! HOT! HOT! And it doesn’t really make anyone else happy either. I am learning to play with my new toys that Santa brought me and not steal India’s when she has picked one out of the basket. I love to take walks and play outside and they tease me as I am not really sure that I love the snow that we’ve had here. Not much yet this winter, but everyone tells me there is sure to be more. I will have Mom help me write more in a couple of months!

Love and kisses, Grace
The 1st picture is Grace and her new Bobo
The 2nd picture is Grace and the remnants of the paper...Weeeeee!
The 3rd picture is Grace at the end of the day and wow is she tired...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Zoe's transport - the story of a foster's journey home

Each night, Zoe had a job to do.

Her foster family included two young boys, and although she lived with them only three weeks, the 160 pound Newfoundland dog took her role in the household seriously.

"She would wander into my boys' room and look them over as if to say goodnight," said foster mom, Sarah. "And as soon as she got up, she would run in to check on them."

Zoe was rescued in northern Ontario after a volunteer with Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue heard about her situation. But, despite the efforts of some volunteers, several months passed before Zoe was surrendered. 

"We were aware there was a Newf in need and had extended the offer to help, but the family didn't follow up," said Sandra, founder of Newf Friends. 

Eventually she was surrendered. When that happened, Sandra looked to her volunteers to help transport Zoe to southern Ontario.

"Doing transports is extremely time consuming, trying to sort out who's going to meet the dog, finding volunteers who are all available on the same day," she said. "If someone's late it may throw the transport off. It's one of the more challenging aspects of the process."

Zoe's journey was certainly a challenge. It took five people more than 12 hours to transport Zoe to her final foster home.

When she embarked on her journey, Zoe was shy, suffered skin issues and had an ear infection. But it wasn't difficult to see, despite the hardship she'd faced and her haggard appearance, Zoe was a gentle soul. 

After half a day on the road with different Newf Friends volunteers, Zoe arrived in southern Ontario and met Sarah for the first time.

"My first impression was she was pretty reserved, but still as sweet as they come," said Sarah, who works at an animal shelter and regularly fosters dogs and cats.

Socialization began right away. First stop? An elementary school.
"After we dropped the boys off at school, she was fine. She just leaned on us and watched through the fence," she said. "You could tell she was a little out of her comfort zone but nothing negative."

Next up, a visit to some local pet stores. Zoe couldn't walk in the door at first - she was petrified of a bird squawking inside. So they stood outside and absorbed the environment.

But the big test was Halloween. 

"She was the most well-behaved dog you'd ever meet in your life," said Sarah, who has three cats and two dogs of her own. "Once we did the trick-or-treating she soared."

Through three weeks of fostering, Sarah took Zoe everywhere with her. And when it was finally time to say goodbye, the timid Newfoundland had gained confidence and healed.

"I took her to the pet stores a couple weeks later and she walked right in the door. It shows we just needed to show her the world," she said.

While letting go of Zoe was particularly difficult, Sarah said she has to think about why she fosters.

"I always remind myself it's not about me. It's about the animals," she said. "I'd rather feel sad and help, than not do anything."

Zoe joined her forever family from Quebec in late November.



Adopter Update: Charlie

Thank you,thank you,thank you for our sweet Charlie!

It's hard to believe a full year has gone by, since Charlie came to our home.As I write this email,Charlie is fast asleep beside me on the sofa while the fireplace warms the room. A typical night other than Sophie (our golden) is usually cuddled up as well. She's decided to call it a night and is currently sleeping on our bed. They had a good run today when we took them for a hike with their buddy Bear,our friends' Bernese Mountain Dog.

Charlie has been such a great dog! He has been easy to train and knows all his basic commands. The hardest one was "down" as he kept trying to give me his paw (newf joke I suspect).He finally understood the hand signal after some work,which wasn't long, as Charlie is veryyyyyy food motivated. Friends by the dozen he has made this year, four and two footed,because of his gentle personality. Even my parents joked at Christmas that if we just happened to leave him behind at their place, we could visit him often.

He LOVES being touched,brushed,stroked! The first time he went to the groomer, he didn't even wait for the table to be lowered, he just hopped up waiting patiently to be brushed.The groomer said she had never seen anything like it.

His first Christmas was special. He was able to meet some of our extended family for the first time. They loved him! Christmas dinner was a fabulous night with 19 people and 5 dogs,including Sophie and Charlie. He fit our dog crazy family like a glove and was showered with attention,which he lapped up.

The best thing is that Sophie and Charlie have become the best of friends. I spent many a summer nights this past year sitting on the deck watching them play together, which was so entertaining. Their nicknames are now frick and frack as they have become truly inseparable.

Charlie is our third dog, but our first rescue and as this has been such a positive experience for us, we have decided to adopt only rescues from now on.

Sheila,Stewart and Spencer

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Update: January 10, 2012

Happy Newf Year!

2012 is off to a very busy start at Newf Friends with 3 new arrivals coming in over the last couple of days putting us at 9 Newfs currently in our foster program. If you've been thinking about applying to become a foster family for Newfs in need, now is the time. We have foster homes across southern, eastern and central Ontario from Ottawa to Brantford and up into Sudbury. We provide food and supplies, cover veterinary care and expenses, you provide a safe, loving, indoor home for a Newf in need while we search for a new family for them. Fostering is incredibly rewarding, give it a try! Our Foster Home application can be downloaded here.

Here's some info about the Newfs currently in our foster program:

New girl Rosie is a sweet and gentle 2 year old girl who is looking for a great family to love her. Read her bio here.

Arriving with Rosie was her adorable pal Tyson who is also 2 years old and searching for a loving family to call his own. Read about Tyson here.

Love bug Thunder arrived yesterday and is simply adorable -- look at his gorgeous brown coat! Thunder's bio can be seen here.

Sweet boy Tycho has been waiting far too long for a home. This sensitive boy just needs someone to love him. Do you have room in your heart for this gentle giant? Please consider opening your home to this loving boy. He needs a family. Read his bio here.

Goofy boy Marvin is having a blast at his foster home. He is scheduled to be neutered and have cherry eye surgery on January 13th, then will move to foster care in Kingston. His bio can be read here.

Sweet girl Beatrice is doing great in her foster home. This lovable girl is gentle, well mannered, gets along with everyone and is ready to find a perfect home. She is a dream Newf, sweet as can be! Read about her here.

Handsome boy Inti is doing awesome in foster care. This boy is a wonderful dog and will make an excellent companion for a loving family in search of a friendly, calm Newf to hang out with. Don't miss out on a chance to make this senior part of your family! Read all about him here.

River continues to recover from her second TPLO surgery. She had a bit of a set back due to an infection but with continued supportive care she is recovering and will be ready to join an adoptive family soon . She is set to have follow-up x-rays on January 14th. We are now accepting applications for River's adoption. Read about River here.


Cutie pie Paris is doing terrific in her foster home and now has an adoption pending. Lucky girl! Read her bio here.

Lovable gal Barbie has been adopted and is now known as Chloe! Congratulations Chloe and family, we are so happy for you!

If you or someone you know is looking for a new canine family member that isn't a Newf, be sure to visit HART, our parent all breed rescue group's PetFinder listings. They've got wonderful dogs of all shapes and sizes, coats and ages who are waiting for great families to adopt them.
HART is also in need of foster homes across Ontario! HART rescues a large number of dogs and the need is great for foster families -- they can only save the lives of those dogs they have a foster space for, and their foster homes fill up quickly. If fostering Newfs isn't for you, then consider fostering for HART's all breed program where many smaller dogs are in need of loving foster homes. You can download the application here.

Hotel space for NewfStock 2012 is filling up quickly! Check out our NewfStock Blog for accommodation details and get your room booked right away!

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