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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Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for general information about our program and our adoption policies and procedures.

Sunday, December 22, 2013



January 10, 2014: Goji has been adopted!

Say hello to Goji, a big, handsome fella' who just arrived at Newf Friends on December 21st.   What a sweet boy he is!

Goji is well mannered, gets along with other dogs, and cats and is an all around lovely boy who is friendly and affectionate.  He's a real catch!


Goji is 3 years old and is a tall boy who tips the scales at 180lbs.  He could stand to drop 5-10 lbs to reach his perfect weight.  He has been neutered and vaccinated.

I'm a big cuddly boy and I LOOOOVE doggie beds.  This XL bed from LL Bean is just barley big enough for me!

His owner noted that he had recurring hot spots, and on intake Goji was taken to a groomer to remove matts and get air onto his sores.  He will be seeing the vet at the first available appointment to get meds to clear his infections up. 
With healthy grain free food, grooming and vet treatment we expect his sores to heal quickly and Goji to feel so much better soon.

Goji's chest on intake

To be considered for adopting Goji please complete an adoption application and return it to us.  Goji is being fostered in Mississauga and his approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation of $500 applies.


Monday, December 9, 2013



Dec 21:  Glenn has been adopted!!

Meet Glenn, a gentle and affectionate boy who just arrived in our care and is getting settled into his foster home.  This adorable 5 year old is sweet as can be and looking for loving!

Glenn gets along well with other dogs and would be happiest in a home where he has the company of another four footed playmate.  

He is learning some basic commands, and working on his leash manners.  Despite having never lived indoors, Glenn is adjusting well and making great progress with housebreaking.

A sensitive boy, he is best suited to a home where someone will be around most of the time. 

Born 9/28/08 he is in good health, has been vaccinated and will be neutered on Dec 10 then will be ready to join an adoptive family.

To be considered for adopting Glenn, please complete our adoption application and email it back to us.  He is being fostered in the Paris, ON area and his approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person. An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013



December 27, 2013: Gwen was adopted.

Say hello to Gwen, a pretty 5 year old Landseer. She entered our program on November 30, 2013 and is currently settling into her foster home.

Never having lived inside before she is understandably taking a bit adjusting to life indoors. Her housetraining is coming along nicely and she's learning that dog beds are comfy to lay on. She has been fantastic with the other dogs at her foster home and friendly with all people. She loves to rest her head on your lap for attention. So sweet!! She is not too hot with the kitties though so a cat free home would be best for Gwen. Heavily matted on intake, some areas of her coat needed to be clipped down but after a trip to the groomer for a bath and tidy Gwen is looking (and smelling!) wonderful. She's quite a good looking girl!

Here's a video of her playing with a few of the resident dogs at her foster home. She definitely gets along well with other dogs! Sometimes she will bark at another dog to get them to play with her but she's never shown any signs of aggression or poor behaviour. She is in foster care with 6 other dogs ranging in size from tiny to giant and has no issues so she's quite well suited to a multi-dog household.

In the house Gwen is pretty low key and spends most of her time napping by your feet. She has no problem sharing her food, toys or bones with people but will bark at another dog if they stick their head in her food dish. Can you blame her??

Going for car rides with Gwen is something of an adventure. Firstly getting her in the car is a pretty big undertaking. She drops to the ground and refused to move so you have to boost her in; first the front end and then the back. We swear she weighs 200 lbs with how heavy she feels!! Her foster Mom has noticed a slight improvement as she's been taking her lots of places to expose her to the car so she just needs continued practice on getting in a vehicle. She hadn't been in one since she was a pup!

Winter-time fun video below!

Obedience-wise Gwen is pretty good. She knows all her basic commands (sit, down, wait, etc) but her leash skills need some work as she's never been walked on leash before. She pulls, especially to go and greet other dogs. She's just so darn friendly! Grooming Gwen is a pleasure as she just lays there and lets you brush her for as long as you like, making her coat a snap to upkeep.

At nighttime if Gwen is not in the same room as her "peeps", she will bark and howl. She is getting better at being left alone but her new family should be prepared for some clinginess while she transitions to her new home. She is not destructive when left alone, just vocal. Good thing because she hates being crated and will bust out of one every time she's put in. Silly girl!!

Her birthday is December 19, 2008 so she's almost 5 years old. She is now up to date with her vaccines and spayed. She weighs 116 lbs and is in great health.

Update December 19, 2013: 
Gwen had to be rushed to the vet this week when she suddenly began bleeding heavily from her vagina. The vet recommended emergency surgery as the bleeding was continuing and her gums were gray. He discovered she had internal bleeding from where her uterus was tied off during spay surgery the week before. Her blood was not clotting properly so the uterine stump did not heal correctly, causing it to break off which allowed blood to leak out, pool in her abdomen and seep out of her. The surgery was completed and Gwen went home to recover.

Her recovery has been thankfully uneventful and she is eating, drinking and going for leashed, short walks. She is on medications to combat any infection and also aid with her blood's ability to clot. When Gwen came to us she also had unhealed lacerations on her ear that did not heal properly; they were repaired during her spay surgery and are now looking great. The fact that the lacerations did not heal supports the vet's diagnosis that her blood does not clot normally. Please send your good thoughts to Gwen as she recovers and waits to join her approved home once she's 100% healthy.

Your support is greatly appreciated to help us cover the cost of Gwen's surgery and medications. Her vet bills to date are $1600. Donations can be made online through our website, or you can shop at our online store and 100% of the proceeds will come to Newf Friends! You can find links to our store and to our donation page on this website.

Gwen the day after her emergency surgery

Gwen is being fostered in the Guelph, Ontario area and her adopters are required to pick her up in person. A $500 adoption fee applies and a fenced yard is required.

If you would like to be considered for Gwen, please download an application to submit from the Contact Us page of this website.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Playstation 4

Brand spanking new Playstation 4 gaming console, a hot item this Christmas for sure. Sold out in stores!

Bidding starts at $350

The proceeds of this item will go towards Newf Friend's parent rescue organization HART Highland Animal Relief Team for their All-Breed foster program!

Generously donated by Leeanne Gilmour.

Teddy James by Cindy Williams

Teddy James by Cindy Williams, Pipeline Newfoundlands

A late new addition to our auction, this gorgeous original painting by Cindy Williams would make a great addition to any Newf fancier's collection.

12 x 16
Acrylic on Canvas

Thank you Cindy for your continued support of Newf Friends!

Opening bid is $100

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Listing of Auction Items

All of the items have been donated to us by our generous supporters.  Thank you!
100% of the funds raised through this auction go to Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue to help Newfs in need.
Please bid generously! Auction rules posted below.

Items available - Please click the link below each item to view the detailed listing with description and additional photos.

 Teddy James by Cindy Williams
Original Acrylic on Canvas painting.  Click here for listing.

Stained Glass
Stunning 3 ft tall stained glass Newf.  Click here to read more.

Gentle Giants by Bruce Weber
A must have for any Newf lover's collection!  Click here for the listing.

Handmade Christmas Tree Skirt 
Gorgeous handmade Christmas Tree skirt.  Click here for listing.
Handmade Oh Canada Quilt 
Handmade rag quilt.  Click here to view listing.

Latch Hook Wall Hanging
Unique Latch Hook Newf Head wall hanging.  Click here for listing.

The Explorers by Anne Mainman 
Unframed Print.  Click here to view listing.

Paws for Thought by Anne Mainman
Unframed Print. Click here for listing.

Pair of Maple Leaf Tickets
January 30th Leaf Tickets!  Click here for listing.

Kick Sled
Just in time for winter!  Click here for the listing.

PlayStation 4
Brand new, in the box. Click here for the listing.

 Christmas Stockings
Several Handmade Stockings available. Click here to see the listing.


The auction is being held on our Facebook page which can be found here
  1. To bid on an item, simply enter your bid into the comment box for the photo of the item on the item's Facebook listing.
  2. The starting bid for each item will be posted in the description.
  3. Please bid in increments of $10.00 or more, unless otherwise stated.
  4. Winners for each item will be the highest bid as of  Monday, December 9, 2013  at 8:00 PM (EST). One of the administrators will indicate winning bidders in the comment sections for the items.
  5. Preferred method of payment is via e-mail transfer or PayPal to orders@newfstock.ca
  6. Shipping costs are the responsibility of the purchaser and will be added onto the cost of the item.
  7. Bidders who do not have a Facebook account can email their bid to newf.friends@gmail.com  no later than Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM (EST).   Please include your name, full mailing address and phone number.
    Please indicate your highest bid.  An agent will bid in $10 increments on your behalf 
    until the email bidder is successful or their highest bid is passed by another bidder.  The agent bidding for an email bidder WILL NOT go over their highest bid and will try to obtain the lot for less if possible.
  8. All bids are per lot as described. The right is reserved to withdraw any lot prior to the sale.  Newf Friends has the right to reject any bid. In the event of any dispute our decision shall be final.
  9. In the event a winning bid is withdrawn after the auction closes, the next highest bid will become the successful bidder, at the discretion of Newf Friends.
  10. Claims for errors in description must be made within 7 days after receipt. Any returns are at the buyer's expense.
  11. Any item for which the reserve bid is not met will be removed from the auction and auctioned at a later time.
  12. All proceeds of the online auction will go towards the care of Newfs in our program.
  13. The placement of a bid shall constitute acceptance of these terms of sale.

Kick Sled

Winter is here, what better time to get a kick sled!

Generously donated by Marina Fitzpatrick (River's mom!) she says, "River wants to donate a kicksled to help Tank!"  All proceeds from the sale of the kick sled will go to Tank's Happy Hips Fund!

6 ft 4 long, 3 ft tall, 2 ft wide
20 lbs
CrosSled Brand

Bidding starts at $75

Shipping of this item will be difficult, pick-up is preferred. It is currently located in Bancroft, ON but could be sent along on one of our transports to Belleville area, Peterborough, or Ottawa or Toronto. 

Book: Gentle Giants - Bruce Weber

Gentle Giants A book of Newfoundlands  by Bruce Weber
A must have for any serious collector of Newfoundland Dog memorabilia, this stunning book features the photography of world renowned photographer Bruce Weber.

Bulfinch Press, 1994, First Edition.  Very rare.
In like-new condition, this large book (10 x 12.5 inches) contains 141 black and white and color images, covered in illustrated hardcover boards.  
These books have sold in excess of $1000. 
 Bidding starts at $450
Generously donated by Trinda Lee via Marlis Bartscher.  Thank you ladies!  All proceeds from the sale of this book go to Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue.

Pair of Leaf Tickets

A fabulous Christmas Gift for the hockey fan!  A pair of tickets to the Toronto Maple Leafs vs Florida Panthers game at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Thursday, January 30, 2014
7 pm
Sec 322, Row 4, Seats 1 and 2

Bidding starts at $100 for the pair

Generously donated by Marina Fitzpatrick, mom to River!  Here's what she had to say,
"River would like to donate a pair of Leaf tickets, Jan 30th game, to help raise funds for her buddy Tank. Riv is fully enjoying life thanks to the fund raising Newf Friends did to replace both of her knees in 2011. She desperately wants Tank to have the same pain-free, wonderful second chance at a happy life. These tickets would make an awesome Christmas present and go a long way to saving a life. All oriceed from the sale of these tickets will go to Newf Friends "Tank's Happy Hips Fund".  

Latch Hook Wall Hanging

What a great gift idea for the Newf lover on your Christmas list!

This latch hook wall hanging measures approximately 3ft x 3ft and comes with a hanging pole.

Starting bid is $60
Bid in $10 increments

This item was generously donated by Donna Hounsell, Moonfleet Newfoundlands.  Thank you for your ongoing support Donna!

Newf Tree Skirt

This beautiful Newfoundland Dog themed Christmas tree skirt will be the envy of Newf owners everywhere. It is truly a one-of-a-kind item!

Designed and handcrafted by Marina Fitzpatrick (mother of wonder-dog River) it features several unique scenes, including numerous 3-dimensional elements. Measuring 102" x 52", it is sure to add charm and magnificence to any tree.

Starting bid is $100.

View of underside
Close up of underside pattern
A mini string of lights

Tree with wee little candy canes & a star

Paws for Thought

Paws for Thought by Anne Mainman
12x14  print

What a gorgeous print! A must have for all Newf lovers!

Kindly donated by Pat Johnson, By the Creek Newfoundland Dogs.  Thanks Pat!

Bidding starts at $40