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.
Established in 2008.

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Friday, January 26, 2018



Update, June 3, 2018:
Iggy is now in sanctuary care.  
Iggy's latest ultrasound showed that his heart condition has advanced considerably in the last 6 months and his prognosis is poor.  
He is now a candidate for sanctuary care in our program, where he will remain in his loving foster home for the remainder of his life. 

Jan 20/18
Quick Adoption Overview 
  • DOB September 24, 2017 
  • Diagnosed with Moderate-Severe Subaortic Stenosis 
  • Iggy is located in Bancroft, ON - we will consider applications from families within a 1-day drive (ideally under 5 hours, but will consider up to 8 hours).  
  • Homes where Iggy will be left more than 4 hours total in a day will not be considered
  • Preference given to homes without children under the age of 8 
  • Iggy is suited to a home with another dog for him to play with
  • Fenced yard required, no exception
Before applying to adopt a dog or emailing us with questions, please read the dog's entire bio and review our FAQ page.  Emails asking questions that are answered on that page will not be responded to.

All About Iggy

Iggy's mom Carlie was surrendered to our program when she was several weeks pregnant.  Iggy and his littermates were born in our care and raised in a loving foster home.  Visit this page to learn all about the whole litter and the enriched environment Iggy was raised in, and to see weekly photos of Iggy during the first 10 weeks of his life before he moved to his current foster home.
Mar 11/18
Iggy is a social, fun loving boy who LOVES to be around people, and is an expert snuggler!  He is quick to learn and very motivated to please.  Iggy is learning his basic commands, has nice leash manners, is crate trained and house-trained.  What a smart boy!
Jan 18/18

Iggy is a soft tempered boy who is sweet and sensitive and gentle as can be.  He is a total love who wants no trouble, is quiet and well mannered, and very intelligent. He is a typical gentle giant and will make the right family a wonderful companion.
He plays nicely with other dogs and loves to wrestle and romp around.  He happily shares his toys (even his favourite stuffed skunk!) and enjoys having many playmates.  He lives with 4 other dogs and has many other canine pals visit for playdates regularly.  Iggy loves to curl up with his housemates for a good snuggle after a play session and always wants to be near his foster brothers.  
He is looking for a home where he will have another well-mannered dog to play with.  We are not considering homes where he will be the only dog.

Hanging out with one of his foster brothers, Jan 18/18
Iggy enjoys casual walks through the woods, snout wars with his brothers, wrestling matches, and general puppy mischief.  He's a country bumpkin who loves to spend time outdoors with his foster family.  A typical pup, he has lots of energy to burn but once properly exercised he is happy to chill out and relax.  His heart condition is not slowing him down and he loves to run around in the woods and explore all of the sights and smells on his daily hikes.
Mar 11/18
Once warmer weather arrives greater care will need to be taken to ensure Iggy does not overheat.

Running in the woods, Jan 20/18
Health concerns
Sadly, Iggy has been diagnosed with Moderate-Severe SAS   (LVOT 4.70 m/s, 88.3 mmHg) 
Mar 11/18
SAS is a genetic defect of the heart.  With this disease there is no way to tell how long Iggy will live - could be weeks, months or years.  Some dogs lead long, happy lives, others die suddenly quite young.  The median life expectancy with medication is about 5 yrs. He is available for adoption to special adopters who are willing to open their hearts to a dog who has SAS.
Christmas 2017

Adopters need to be prepared for the costs associated with this disease, which will increase with time as Iggy grows. He is taking Atenolol (a beta blocker) which will hopefully help reduce the potential clinical signs of SAS. These meds are dosed by weight and will cost approximately $50/month when fully grown.  Additional meds may be required down the road, with costs varying but potentially running up to $300/month.  He will also require echocardiograms and Cardiologist consults every 6 months to start with but these appointments could be more frequent as the disease progresses.

Special precautions need to be taken around treating infections, anaesthetics risk, watching for exercise intolerance, heat intolerance, etc.  And of course, the greatest challenge to raising a heart pup is preparing for the emotional journey of loving a pup who may not live a long life.  We are hoping to find a wonderful loving home where Iggy can live his life, however long it may be, with great happiness.

Mar 11/18

Due to Iggy's health condition, we have waived our typical adoption fee.  We ask instead for a donation of his adopter's choice.

Jan 20/18
To be considered for adopting a dog through Newf Friends please submit a completed application, which can be found on the CONTACT US/FORMS page. Before completing an application or emailing us with questions, please review our FAQ page.  As outlined on our FAQ page, applicants who do not meet our adoption requirements (ie. no fenced play area, living in an apartment building, having young children, etc.) will not be considered -- please do not email us asking us to make an exception.