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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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Updated Info for July 1, Ottawa

Dear Newf Friends,

My name is Crystal Parsons, I am a Newfoundlander who has been involved for a few years now with the Commemoration of Beaumont-Hamel ceremony which is marked every July 1 in Ottawa at the National War Memorial.

Last year, after I layed the wreath, I recall looking at the crowds from the steps of the War Memorial and remarking to myself "Goodness! Look at all the Newfoundland dogs! I wonder where they all came from?!"

Imagine my surprise when a co-worker told me just recently about your group and that there was a posting on your blog encouraging Newfoundland dog owners to bring their dogs to the War Memorial! The post was correct indeed - the crowds are thrilled to see the dogs and we welcome everyone - four-footed or two!

I wanted to let you know that there is one error though - this year the ceremony starts at 8:30! Below are the details and itinerary for our event this year - please pass it along to your members as we would love to see as many people in attendance as possible!

It's a very special ceremony this year as we mark the 95th anniversary of Beaumont-Hamel. You may also be interested to know that for the first time in our nation's history, soldiers from the Royal Newfoundland Regiment will stand guard over the Memorial for the full day on Canada Day.

Thanks for helping to spread the word about this very important commemorative event!

Best wishes,

Crystal Parsons


Please join us for this deeply important event to commemorate all Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans who fought at Beaumont-Hamel (France) in 1916.

July 1st, 2011
The National War Memorial (Cenotaph)
Corner of Wellington and Elgin, Ottawa, Ontario

Starts at 8:30 a.m. sharp (rain or shine)
Guests to arrive starting 8:00 a.m.

Join us for an historic ceremony as soldiers from the Royal Newfoundland Regiment stand in honour at the Cenotaph for the 24 hour period during Canada Day. The Lake Academy Choir, Fortune and Atlantic Voices Choir, Ottawa will lead the Ode to Newfoundland (see below).

Ensure the tradition continues. Please circulate this message to others; all are welcome!

The Ceremony

08:30 At the signal of the Master of Ceremonies, Sergeant Andrew Moore, Air Command Pipes and Drums will play a musical interlude to call the ceremony to attention.

8:32 God Save The Queen performed by a band of the Canadian Forces and accompanied by the Atlantic Voices Choir and the Lake Academy Choir.

8:35 The Last Post performed by the Canadian Forces Bugler.

8:37 Moment of Silence will be observed.

8:38 The Rouse performed by the Canadian Forces Bugler.

8:39 The Lament performed by Sergeant Andrew Moore, Air Command Pipes and Drums.

8:41 Act of Remembrance will be read in English and French

8:42 Act of Remembrance will be read in Innu language by The Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

8:43 Offering of prayers.

8:45 Reading of Loyola Hearn’s poem, Only One Tree.

8:47 Wreath laying.

8:51 Ode to Newfoundland performed by the Lake Academy Choir and the Atlantic Voices Choir, accompanied by a band of the Canadian Forces.

8:54 Master of Ceremonies will announce the formal ending of the ceremony

8:55 O Canada performed by a band of the Canadian Forces and accompanied by The Atlantic Voices Choir and The Lake Academy Choir.

Ode to Newfoundland

Written by Sir Cavendish Boyle (1849-1916)
Music composed by Sir C. Hubert Parry (1848-1918)

When sun-rays crown thy pine-clad hills,
And summer spreads her hand,
When silvern voices tune thy rills,
We love thee, smiling land,
We love thee, we love thee,
We love thee smiling land.

When spreads thy cloak of shimm'ring white,
At winter's stern command,
Thro' shortened day and star-lit night,
We love thee, frozen land,
We love thee, we love thee,
We love thee, frozen land.

When blinding storm gust fret thy shore,
And wild waves lash thy strand,
Thro'sprindrift swirl and tempest roar,
We love thee, we love thee
We love thee, wind swept land.

As loved our fathers, so we love,
Where once they stood we stand,
Their prayer we raise to heaven above,
God guard thee, Newfoundland,
God guard thee, God guard thee,
Good guard thee, Newfoundland.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


# 3626

July 17, 2011: Tabitha was adopted!
Pretty gal Tabitha arrived in our care on June 25th as an owner surrender. To put it simply, she is a lovely dog. She is calm, gentle and sweet, wanting nothing more than a tender hand and someone to love and treat her kindly.

Tabitha has settled into her foster home with no issues at all. She gets along famously with other dogs, enjoying their company and always choosing to lie touching or close to one. As a 5-6 year old, she is not terribly interested in playing with the younger dogs but she does like to go for walks with them and is always up for a round of squirrel chasing. She would have no issue joining a family with other dogs, whether they were large or small. She also gets along well with cats.

She is on the smaller side for a Newf, and her surrendering family clipped her coat so she will need a few months until her coat starts to come back in properly. Physically she is in good shape besides some scrapes/scars on her nose and forelegs, which her owner said were caused by Tabitha breaking through a fence to chase groundhogs/escape. In foster care she has not tried to escape the fenced property, she actually stays quite close to her foster Mom and the other dogs. While out for off leash walks in the woods Tabitha never strays far and waits on the trail if she gets too far ahead. Her recall is not rock solid or immediate but she usually does return, just at her own pace (typicaly Newf!). Tabitha has also never walked on a leash before so her leash manners understandable need some work (she pulls).

Up to this point in her life Tabitha had been an outdoor dog only. In foster care she has transitioned wonderfully to living indoors and you could not ask for a calmer, gentler or quieter dog. She is content to nap the day away on a dog bed (usually spooning with one of the other dogs) and has yet to bark. Her tail always wags as members of her foster family approach and she is appreciative of any attention shown her. She calmly accepts all hugs, kisses and sweet talk with gentle wags and face kisses. Once you're petting her, look out ~ she does not want you to stop, she will nudge your hand softly for the loving to continue. It's sweet but then again pretty much everything about Tabitha is sweet, kind and gentle. She can be shy with new people but as time goes on and she learns to trust, we expect her hesitancy to disappear. Tabitha needs a gentle, kind family to shower her with love and attention.

Tabitha will be spayed and brought UTD on vaccines on July 7th. She will be ready to join a family once she's completely healed from her surgery, probably around the 3rd week of July.

An adoption donation of $500 applies. To be considered for her please complete and submit an adoption application, found on the Contact Us page.
Tabitha is being fostered in the Guelph Ontario area and her adoptive family is required to pick her up in person. Sorry, no exceptions.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Update - June 25, 2011

We've been busy as ever, again!

Pretty girl Tabitha arrived today. Details about this adorable girl can be found here.

Beautiful Jade is still waiting for her perfect home to come along. She's friendly, well mannered and a total doll!
Details about Jade can be read here.

Sweet Valerie, cute as a button, loving and affectionate, this girl is a playful Newf mix who is looking for her perfect family. Read about her here.

Mariah is waiting for her perfect family to come along. If you are looking for a low key, quiet gal who loves to snuggle check out Mariah's bio.

Pretty girl Luna has a home visit lined up for an adoptive home. Fingers crossed!

Yogi the Saint is still waiting for a family to love. This sweet boy loves people and is friendly and social. He'd be a great addition to a giant breed loving family interested in a solo dog. Read all about him here. Because Yogi's needs are unique we WILL consider placing him into a home outside of our catchment area.

Lovely Jazz has an approved home and will be joining them next weekend.

Adorable girl Buttercup was adopted yesterday. Congratulations sweetheart!

Nahla has also been adopted! Congratulations gorgeous!

Our new line of Newf themed merchandise is ready to go! Our Online Store is updated and we are ready to take orders! Shipping will start once the postal strike ends.

Our parent group HART has dogs of all shapes and sizes available for adoption. If you know of any loving families who are looking to adopt a dog, please direct them to HART!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Adopter Update - Penelope

Remember Penelope?? She entered our rescue program in January 2011 as an underweight, unsocialized young girl who needed eye surgery and lots of help to be confident and happy. She spent four months in foster care having her medical and socialization needs taken care of before being adopted by a wonderful family. Well look at her now!! We just received this update:

Penelope with her brother Angus

Hi Allison!  Sorry I haven't sent an update sooner.  Penelope is doing great!  She and Angus are best friends and they play and wrestle all day.  She's learned to swim and has made a bunch of new dog friends.  Still working on meeting new people but she's vastly improved.  She's gained 5 lbs. and her fur is nicely filling out.  Her obedience is really coming along too.  She loves our house in Vermont too. Everything is great.  Thanks so much. 


P.S. I've sent a few pictures and her announcement.

Best friends!

Making friends

A natural swimmer!

"Look at me go Mom!"

Announcement card her family sent out
Surveying the forest

Thursday, June 16, 2011

July 1, Ottawa

A message from Joan, one of our supporters:

Hi to anyone who might be anywhere in the vicinity of Ottawa on July 1st,

This year is the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel when so many Newfoundlanders were killed. There will be a Memorial service at the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa at 830am. The Atlantic Voices Choir will be singing along with a children's choir from Newfoundland. It is always wonderful to have as many Newfoundland dogs as possible there in memory of "Sable Chief", the Newfoundland dog mascot of the Newfoundland Regiment during WWI. It also delights the many Newfoundlanders who come out for the ceremony to see our Newfoundland dogs. Tiika will be on stage as Mascot for Atlantic Voices, and hopefully as many as possible of you will be there with your dogs, too.

Looking forward to seeing you there. You might even get to see the new Royal couple!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Adopter Update: Harley

Hi Newffriends,
Harley has now been with us for two months and it seems that he has already been part of the family much longer than that. He is doing extremely well and is loving the outdoor life. Daily walks down to the lake and romping through the bush are his favorite activities. Oh and we are almost forgetting that he loves car rides! He has lost about 12 pounds and is much more active. He loves to wrestle and play with our 5 children who all adore him. He is a gentle ambassador and welcome guest at Community Living in Kirkland Lake and a most sought after mascot of our soccer team. He loves the attention and gives it back in spades. Now if we can only keep him out of our muddy pond we might be able to keep his coat in shape and our floors clean... not that we expect that to happen! Harley has become, as we expected, the loving centrepoint of our life and we are extremely grateful to you for making this happen.
Thanks again,
Alex & Bernadette

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Server Issues

We are experiencing technical difficulties with our NewfStock server which hosts our online store and many of our online forms. A volunteer is looking into this and working to resolve the issue.

Anyone needing an adoption application, foster application or surrender form please email us directly at newf.friends@gmail.com and we can forward the file to you.

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have this matter resolved shortly.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Update - June 10, 2011

It's been a busy few weeks once again, and there has been a steady stream of Newfs in need making their way to our rescue. We have some really fabulous dogs waiting for loving homes.

Beautiful Jade is still waiting for her perfect home to come along. She is healing well after her knee surgery and is ready to be adopted. maybe she is the girl you've been looking for?
Details about Jade can be read here.

Sweet Valerie, cute as a button, loving and affectionate, this girl is an active and playful Newf mix who is looking for her perfect family. Read about her here.

Nahla is a pretty Landseer who is totally adorable and has lots of love to give. Read her bio here.

Mariah, Jazz and adorable Buttercup arrived in our care yesterday. Learn more about Buttercup, Jazz, or Mariah.

Pretty girl Luna also arrived yesterday. Read about her here.

Yogi the Saint is doing really well in the care of an awesome behaviourist and is ready to find a family to call his own. Read all about him here

Handsome boy Larry found a great home and is settling in well. Way to go Larry!

Gorgeous gal Star arrived in our care, and was adopted a few days later! She found a wonderful home and is doing great! We're so happy for you Star!

Our new line of Newf themed merchandise is ready to go. We're working on getting our online store updated. Stay tuned!

Volunteers braved the nasty weather and set up a booth at the NDCC National Specialty. Although the weekend weather was lousy it was still a successful event. Thanks to all of the volunteers who pitched in to help out!

Our parent group HART has dogs of all shapes and sizes available for adoption. If you know of any loving families who are looking to adopt a dog, please direct them to HART!



July 23, 2011: Sadly, sweet Mariah passed away suddenly today in the arms of her foster mom. It is believed that she had a massive heart attack..
She left us having known much love and living life to the fullest doing all of the things she loved.
Forever in our hearts.....

Meet Mariah, a gorgeous purebred Newf who is 9.5 yrs years old and looking for a loving family to spend her senior years with. She is an absolute doll - friendly, social, quiet and gentle as can be.

Mariah came to us, along with her pals Buttercup and Jazz after their owner's health necessitated that she move into a long term care facility. A heartbreaking decision for everyone involved.

Mariah is the most calm, cool, collected of the three girls -- a confident, alpha girl. She is gentle, patient, and affectionate. Having known much love in her life, she seeks out hugs and kisses from people and wants nothing more than to be petted and cuddled.

With typical Newf temperament, she takes everything in stride and is a true gentle giant. She gets along well with everyone, 2 and four legged, and is an all around wonderful girl. She could join a family with another well socialized dog -- she is happiest in the company of other Newfs.

She is UTD on vaccines and is undergoing treatment for ear infections. On intake it was determined she will need to drop about 15-20 lbs. before she is able to be spayed, and she is already well on the way to doing this. She gets around well, has no difficulty with stairs and is in overall good health for a senior gal.

Sweet "Mars-Bar" is very bonded to people and would be happiest in a home with someone around most of the time. She is an avid swimmer and would love to have access to regular swimming in her adoptive home.

To be considered for adopting Mariah, please complete an adoption application and return it to us to begin the screening process. Because she is a senior our usual adoption fee of $500 will be reduced to $250.

Mariah is being fostered in the Bancroft area. We do not ship dogs, and Mariah's adoptive family will be required to pick her up in person.