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 11, 2013



Jan. 31/13: Moya was adopted. Yay!

Happy New Year everyone! My name is Moya and I'm a pretty gal who just arrived with Newf Friends on January 10, 2013. There was a breakup in my family that made it impossible for my Mom to keep me so she contacted the Newfie people. They've promised to find me a home that will love and spoil me as much as she did (which was a lot!).

having fun on a hike
My birthday is March 8, 2010 so I'm just about 3 years old; past the puppy stage but still young enough to go for big hikes, play in the yard and be a silly goof (like in the video below!). I know all my basic commands (sit, down, wait, come (sometimes!), back up, shake paw, drop it, leave it) and I'm always ready to listen. I am actually quite an obedient lady! I grew up in the country with a big fenced property so I'm not really used to walking on a leash. I pull a lot when I first get going but eventually I settle; it's just really exciting! My new family will want to do some leash training with me and if food is involved I will be super-duper happy to learn! I love love love love looooove food! I also need help with not jumping up when I'm excited. For this reason, I would not be suited to a family with young children. Pretty sure, I'd unintentionally knock one over. Whoooops!

When I first came to my foster home I was super anxious. I drooled A LOT and paced A LOT and whined a fair bit too. I was scared and didn't know what the hoot was going on. You would be too! After a few days I settled in just fine and now I'm doing great. I am still anxious in new situations because I haven't been exposed to a lot of different places but with time and continued socialization I'll calm down when I'm out and about. I just need my new family to take me to lots of places and be patient... give me time to adjust because I've had a lot of changes recently and as they say... "Rome wasn't built in a day!"

surveying the yard
About food... I guess I'm a bit of a piggy-girl. I lived with another Newf and I would try and gobble his food up too. Mmmm mmmmm good! I guess I packed on a few extra pounds because of this, not much but enough for the vet to tell me to lose 10 lbs to be the perfect weight. I currently weigh about 120 lbs and my target weight is 110 lbs. So only healthy treats for me and lots of exercise to get those few pesky pounds off. Ok, no problem! I love being outside and booting around!!

At my foster home there are lots of other dogs and I don't have any issues with them at all. I like playing, romping, chasing and hanging out with the other dogs and have no problems sharing my food, toys, space or really anything. I could quite easily join a family that had another nice dog for me to hang with and learn from. Check me out playing in the video below. I was so absorbed in chasing that I accidentally bowled another dog over... sorry Sheila!

Here's a cute video of me fetching my ball and then deciding that treats are better than fetching, told you I loved food!

I am a little embarrassed to admit this next thing but here goes... I am afraid of kittie cats. There... I said it. I know a big girl like me has nothing to be scared of from such harmless things but I've never been around cats before so I'm nervous of them. I'm giving them a wide berth at my foster home but every day I'm a little less shy around them.

I was shaved in the Fall and my coat is starting to come back in. I will require regular brushing to ensure that my growing undercoat doesn't matt up. About grooming.... I'm a bit of a goofball. I think its funny to wiggle around and squirm ... such a great game! Foster Mom says I need work on being calm for brushing and it will just take time and lots of positive reinforcement. If that means treats I'm game!

My foster Mom has introduced me to a treat ball. OMG! It is the best thing ever!! Where has this doo-dad been all my life?!?! Check me out having fun with it in the video below. This contraption occupies my mind and gets me moving around, all while dropping kibble. AWESOME!

I have GREAT focus when treats are involved!
I am spayed, up to date with my vaccines and in good health. I do have something called 'spay incontinence' and I take medication for it twice a day. We've got it under control and it doesn't cause me any problems and most importantly, no mess for my family to clean up. My Mom gave the Newfie people a whole year's worth of medication so that my new family wouldn't have to worry about it for quite some time. The medication is not expensive at all but she just wanted to make things as seamless as possible for me to find a great new family. Since its best for me to go out for a bathroom break every few hours (so I don't get a super full bladder and maybe leak), I need a home where I won't be alone for more than 4-5 hours a day. One more thing, I also need a fenced yard.

pouring rain doesn't bother me!
So, long story short... I'm a nice girl, I'm waiting for an awesome family and until they come along I'll have a great time at my foster home. I hope to meet you soon!!

If you'd like to be considered for my adoption, just complete an application and send it in (you can find it on the Contact page of this website). An adoption donation of $500 applies and my new family has to pick me up in person. I am being fostered in the Guelph, ON area.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Adopter Update: Sisko

Hello All,
Just thought we would share an update with you for Sisko, our newest addition,
We truly believe that fate has brought Sisko into our hearts and home this holiday season. 
Since the passing of our beloved Sawyer, we have always felt one day we would find another  Newf whom we would love and who would love us as much as he did, and Sisko has filled that void. He is the sweetest boy we have ever met oh, as well as Zeus our Golden hes pretty darn cute too and  truly enjoys  Sisko's company. 
We have discovered that he loves home made doggy treats, did we mention that he is  very spoiled ? We have also discovered that he is quite the home boy and really not crazy about all this white stuff although it is kinda fun to snow plow through it for a little bit, so that Mom can take those winter snow photos. We all look forward to the warmer days of spring so that we can go back to our field walks and chasing the geese away, which he is  not too good at,  lol, but for now we will stay in where its warm and cozy and he can snuggle up with his babies' which if any of you know  Sisko he loves more than anything, except for those home made treats, did we mention he is spoiled. 
We have attached some recent photos of him this holiday season, and from our Newf Family to yours we wish you health, happiness and well being in the coming year, 
Best wishes,
Sisko's family


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Update: January 3, 2013

Happy Newf  Year!  We hope that all of our friends and supporters had a wonderful holiday season and that 2013 has been off to a great start for you.

As Newf Friends wrapped up the year we had placed 35 Newfs into loving homes in 2012, bringing our total number of Newfs placed to 115 in just 4 years. We started the new year with 10 Newfs in foster care, and two Newfs pending intake.  2013 is shaping up to be another busy year at our rescue - foster homes are needed!

Here's what we've been up to since our last update:
Gorgeous Mira was adopted.  She was our last adoption of 2012 and is getting lots of love in her new home!  Woo-hoo!

The year started off great for Ashes, who is our first adoption of 2013.  Congratulations beautiful girl!

More good news -- 20 month old Sullivan has an adoption pending!  Congratulations  sweet boy!  Check out his bio here.

And more great news, sweet senior girl Sheila also has an adoption pending!  How terrific is that? 

We've had lots of happy endings, but there are still many Newfs waiting for the right family to come along.  Here are the Newfs who are currently waiting for homes:

Gorgeous fella' Texas arrived in our care and has been under assessment for the last month. He is doing GREAT and is ready to find his perfect family.  You can read his bio here.

Love-bug Rupert is doing terrific and having a great time romping and playing at his foster home.  If you are looking for a playful active companion he'll be right up your alley!    Here's his bio.

Speaking of love-bugs, sweet, sensitive Monty has loads of love to give.  This adorable young landseer is doing very well in his foster home.   He loooves belly rubs and snuggles and has excellent house manners.  He is ready to find his perfect family.  Read about Monty here.

This big teddy bear is Schultz,  a fabulous fella' who is ready to join a great family.  Gentle, affectionate, great with other dogs, cats, kids, you name it, this boy is the whole package!   Isn't he just the cutest?  Read more about him in his bio.
Sweet girl Katie needs a home of her own.  She has been waiting much too long!   This adorable girl is looking for a great, cat free family to love.  She really is a wonderful girl, she needs someone to love her!  Read about her here.
Willie is still waiting for the right family to come along.  This 4 year old purebred boy has so much love to give.  Do you have room in your heart for him?  Learn more about Willie Wonka here.

Gorgeous gal Molly is searching for her perfect match!  Molly is sweet, gentle, easy going and gets along with everyone -- an all around awesome gal.  Read all about her here.

Did Santa forget to order a 2013 calendar for you?  No worries, we still have some left!   Visit our online store today!  100% of the proceeds go directly to help Newfs in need.

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.