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, October 29, 2010

What Rescue Dogs are Good for

Shared with permission, this message is from one of our foster moms, a veterinarian who is currently fostering Delphine the Landseer.

"What Rescue Dogs are Good for"

This evening, I killed one of my favourite patients.

I was pleased to see his name in the appointment book. It is always a pleasure to see this handsome, sweet dog. The appointment note said "check up." He is a senior, so regular check ups are wise.

He came surging in as usual, tail wagging, cheerfully soliciting pats and treats. He had been recently groomed and looked lovely. Both owners accompanied him which surprised me slightly since usually I only see the Mrs.

Once in the exam room, they smiled at me, then tearfully told me that they think it is "his time." I looked at the happy dog and was astonished. How could they think that? They told me how he is slowing down much more so recently, how he is far less enthusiastic about his meals, and how he will wake up out of a sound sleep and pace restlessly, panting heavily, for 20 or 30 minutes at a time. They were afraid he was in pain.

I began a thorough physical exam from nose to tail. Good body condition. Has lost some weight, but was a little heavy before, so this weight is better for his arthritic old bones. Heart and lungs good. Some arthritis in his back, hips, and knees but nothing new there. So far, so good. Then I gently probed his abdomen. My old friend had always willingly permitted me to do anything with him. Now he tensed his abdominal muscles, held his breath, and squinted his eyes. Clearly painful, he was too brave to complain and far too much of a gentleman to ever consider something so unmannerly as growling at me. But even that brief touch revealed to me the mass in his abdomen. He had a cancerous tumor removed from his guts two years ago. Now it was back.

I cursed inwardly, and reported my findings to the owners. I discussed palliative care. They looked at each other, then shook their heads. Their dog was in pain. They were not going to wait until he was in agony.

So, using all my skill to ensure a gentle, peaceful death, I took the life of this beautiful, sunny natured creature.

Later, afterwards, I turned to the dogs I had with me: Emma the foofoo dog and Delphine. I brought Delphine with me to work today to recheck her weight and because I am concerned about her recent lack of appetite. I knelt beside her and hugged her. She readily accepts as much loving as she can get. I murmured to her, "At least we saved you." She leaned in to me.

They remind us that life goes on, and all we can do is our best, today and everyday.

Please hug all your dogs tonight.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Help us win $10,000

Just a quick reminder that we are in the final three days of voting in the Pepsi challenge to win a $10,000 grant to be used to help Newfs in need. We anticipate that the other charities in the running will have a big surge of votes over the coming days, and we are hoping to be able to maintain our position as one of the top three to ensure we get the much needed funding.
Thank you all for your votes over the last few weeks. We're asking for one big push over the next three days. Voting is simple, just got to http://www.refresheverything.ca/newfrescue log in, then click vote for this idea. Near the top right corner of the page you will see a "Thanks" or a 'Yay" or another message that indicates that your vote has been counted.
Please vote each day through October 31 and help us win the $10,000 to save more Newfs!
Thanks everyone,
The Newf Friends Team

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Adopter Update - Rosie

Hi There, I just wanted to touch base and let you know that I have Wendy (who we now call Rosie). She is a beautiful puppy and so affectionate. She likes nothing more than to cuddle. And the really great news is that she is very gentle with my two granddaughters (2 ½ and 9 months) which was really the important part.

I’ve attached a couple of photos – it was hard to get both Ruari and Rosie looking up at the same time. Thanks for the opportunity to adopt Rosie and she filled a very large hole left by our golden.

I will keep in touch and send more pictures. I hope Kyle finds a great home too.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Update - October 22, 2010

Just a few more days to go until the voting wraps up and we find out if we will be lucky enough to win the $10,000 grant. Please continue to log on daily to vote for us! Every vote counts, and we have been struggling to maintain our first place position.

The big love-bug Anna is still waiting for the right family to come along. This adorable girl is loving, affectionate and a pleasure to spend time with. She's great in the house, knows her basic commands, and will be a terrific companion for the right family. Read more about Anna under the available dogs link to the right.

Butters (above) and her sister Wendy (below) have both been adopted and are doing great in their new homes.

Kyle is still available for adoption. He is doing great in his foster home and is growing quickly! He is an affectionate, happy, athletic boy who will make a wonderful addition to the right family. Read more about him under the available dogs link to the right.

Mika is also doing well in her foster home. She has started to drop some of her excess weight, and her fitness is improving already. She is enjoying getting out and moving around at her foster home, aka "doggy boot camp". It will be a while until she is ready to be spayed, but applications for her adoption are being accepted. You can read more about Mika under the available dogs link to the right.

Delphine is also doing great and making progress in her foster home. Pictured above, she is relaxing with some of the other dogs in her foster home. She will be ready to be spayed soon, and then will be ready to join an adoptive home. This sweet girl is a real love bug and is going to make one lucky family very happy. Read more about her and see more pictures under the available dogs link to the right.

Sweet Mackenzie is making lots of progress in her foster home as she waits for the right family to come along to adopt her. This little ball of love is affectionate, playful, and fun loving. Her spay surgery has been delayed until early November, but she will be ready to join an adoptive home soon. Read more about "Macaroni" under the available dogs link to the right.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Delphine is Looking for a Home

ID #3345

December 17, 2010: Delphine joined her new family.

Delphine and her sister Mimi arrived at the beginning of October from Quebec. Mimi has been adopted but Delphine is still looking for a family.

Delphine is a beautiful CKC registered Landseer and is 4 years old.

She is a sweet tempered Newf, a TOTAL love bug and an all around great gal -- nicely mannered, friendly with people and other dogs, and a simply adorable cuddly Newf. Delphine knows basic commands (in French) and is an extremely gentle girl.

Having lived outdoors her entire life, Delphine has now learned all about living indoors in her foster home. She is doing very well transitioning to being an indoor pet and is very happy.

Previously used as breeding stock, Delphine's owner had changes in their life situation and made the decision to turn the girls over to us to ensure that they ended up in the best homes possible. Delphine has been working on her basic house manners and is ready to become a family member in her future adoptive home.

On intake Delphine weighed 127 lbs and is on an exercise and diet routine to drop a few pounds. She has recently finished a heat, and her spay surgery will be performed in a few weeks. She also has entropion (lower eyelid rolled in) on both eyes, which will be corrected at the time of her spay surgery.
Update: November 26th.
Delphine has been spayed, had entropion surgery and
weighs 114 lbs. She is recovering well.

Delphine's foster family report that she is a wonderful girl with an excellent temperament, wonderful behaviour and an all around great Newf. She is good with other dogs and animals, great with kids, social, loving, obedient - a real pleasure.

Vet checked upon intake. Delphine is UTD on vaccines, no fleas, treated for parasites. Her heart sounds good, with no murmurs.

To be considered for adopting Delphine please complete and adoption application, found to the right.

An adoption donation of $500 will apply. Fenced yard required.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Update - October 4, 2010

Samson (above) and Satchmo (below) were both adopted by great families. Congratulations all around.

Beautiful Anna (above) is still searching for a very special family to call her own. This affectionate girl needs some loving and stability in her life. You can read all about her under "Available Dogs" to the right.

Sweet Mackenzie is doing great in her foster home. This fun loving girl is on the mend, her skin infections and eye infection are cleared and she goes back to her vet later this week for a re-check. Hopefully she is now healthy enough to spay and have eye surgery and get ready for adoption. She has a wonderful, gentle Newf temperament and will make a great addition to the right family.

Kyle, the Berner/Saint/Newf mix and his two sisters are doing well in foster care and we hope that some terrific families come along for them soon. These adorable 13 week old pups are real love bugs! Kyle is a real character, full of love!

Butters, Kyle's sister is cute as can be, and loves to snuggle and give kisses. What a sweetheart she is!
Wendy, another of Kyle's sisters has moved to a foster home in the Ottawa area where she is making herself right at home. What a sweet girl, Wendy is social and loving!

New arrivals yesterday afternoon are Mika and Delphine. These gorgeous Landseers are in foster care for assessment. See our "Available Dogs" listings for more info.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Adopter Update - Jethro

Hi Allison,

Quick update on Jethro. He is doing great. Not an early morning kinda guy. He lumbers down when he knows his breakfast is ready, then out to do business and back to bed with Dad.

Am attaching photo of Craig and the dogs on our hike. The other day the 2 girls flushed out a jack rabbit and it ran right by Jethro. Good thing he’s pretty slow. The rabbit escaped. I don’t think the girls were too impressed with his hunting skills. Haha

He’s working out great. Him and Moose have only had a couple of minor snap offs. Jethro gives Moose his space.

We are very happy to have Jethro and I really am amazed at how quickly he has fit right in.