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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Monday, April 29, 2013


I've been adopted! 

Say hello to Barney, a sweet landseer who is looking for a loving home.

This handsome 8 year old boy is gentle and loving and will make a great companion for the right family.  He is used to being around children and could join a home with older children.

Friendly and gentle, Barney gets along with everyone he meets.  He has great doggie social skills and could happily join a family with another 4 footed playmate of canine or feline persuasion.

Barney has been bounced around recently and is a bit stressed out by this.  The stability of a loving adoptive home will quickly help him come around.  Ideally, he would like a family where someone is home more often than not.

Barney is gentle, well mannered and knows basic commands.  He is a wonderful boy who is friendly and affectionate.  Barney can get a bit anxious in new situation and needs to be reminded not to pull on the leash or elbow his way to the door.  With a gentle, but firm reminder as to what is expected of him, he will settle right back into the wonderful, easy-going fella his foster family loves.  Car rides are something he delights in and he will happily hop into the car when invited.

He has been neutered,vaccinated and is in good health.

Barney is being fostered in the Ottawa area.  His adoptive family will be required to pick him up in person.  Because he is a senior a reduced adoption donation of $400 applies.



May 25, 2013: Bear was adopted!!

Meet Bear, a lovable 18 month old Landseer who is looking for a great family to call his own.

He arrived in our care on April 28 and is getting settled in his foster home.  So far he's proving himself to be a friendly, affectionate fella' who gets along with everyone.  He knows some basic commands and is an easy going Newf.

Through no fault of his own, Bear has been bounced around a few times in his short life.  He is looking for the stability of a forever home.
Burning off steam at the dog park
Bear is just a young Newf and still has a lot of learning to do.  We've been told he can get into a bit of mischief when left alone (counter cruising, raiding the garbage) so is best suited to a family where someone is home most of the time  and where he can get some training to help him learn proper house manners.
Uh-oh!  Guess who likes to get dirty?
This sweet Newf is playful and friendly and gets along well with other dogs.  He could join a family with other well socialized dogs.  He will playfully chase cats but does no harm.
Did I mention that I like to play with other dogs?

Bear has been neutered and is UTD on vaccines.
He is being fostered in the Brantford area and his adoptive family will need to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Thursday, April 18, 2013


# 2013-006

May 5, 2013: Mayzie has been adopted!

Say hello to Mayzie, an adorable Newf pup who is looking for a fabulous family to call her own.

Mayzie was born on December 27, 2012 so is just a few months old and is cute as a button.  She has a lovely temperament and is calm, quiet and lovable.   She is a young pup and has much learning to do, but in the hands of the right owner she will blossom into a well trained, well socialized dog.

Mayzie  arrived on April 17 and was immediately taken to the vet for care.  On intake she was extremely thin, weighing only 18 lbs compared to the normal 30-40 lbs a Newf pup of her age should weigh.  Treatment has been given for parasites and she has been put on a good healthy diet.  Now that her nutritional needs are being met properly we expect her to start putting weight on quickly.  She has been steadily gaining weight and is thriving in foster care.

Like the vast majority of dogs in rescue, this little sweetheart was bred by a BYB (backyard breeder).  In addition to failing to meet Mayzie's nutritional needs, this puppy producer also failed to take care in placing Mayzie into the right home.  Sweet Mayzie was sold to an inexperienced buyer who simply was not prepared for the tremendous responsibility of raising a Newf pup.  Within a few days of buying her this caring owner realized she did not have the time, space or knowledge to properly care for Mayzie.   The pup was turned over to Newf Friends where great care will be taken to find her the perfect family.  This was the most responsible choice Mayzie's owner could have made.

Mayzie's ideal family will be active people who have the time and skills to properly train and socialize a puppy.  Preference will be given to families with previous giant breed experience.

Mayzie is very playful with other dogs and ideally she will join a family with another well mannered and well socialized dog.

Mayzie has received her shots and been dewormed.  Due to her young age she has not yet been spayed.  She will be adopted with a strictly enforced non-breeding contract and a spay contract in place.

Mayzie is being fostered in Pickering.  Her adoptive family will be required to pick her up in person. 

An adoption donation of $800 applies.  We will offer a partial rebate upon proof of spay at the agreed upon age.

Unless otherwise stated at the beginning of this bio, Mayzie is still available for adoption.  Please do not send emails asking if she is still available.   To be considered for adopting Mayzie please submit a completed adoption application and return it to us to begin the screening process.  The application is available for download on the Contact Us page of this website. A securely fenced yard is required. 

Mayzie is brown and white.  Mayzie came from a BYB who produces off-standard Newfs with respect to colour.   This puppy producer is exactly the type of "breeder" we warn families to avoid.  Breeders who ignore the breed standard, fail to offer proper vet care and nutrition to their pups, and fail to properly screen their purchasers are the reason why so many Newfs end up in rescue.  To learn more about identifying BYB read our article which you can find here.

Did you register for the Parade of Rescues yet?

The NDCC National Specialty is just a few weeks away!  This is a friendly reminder to everyone who plans to participate in the Parade of Rescues that your registration needs to be received by May 1st, so time is running out!

This is the first time in the 50 year history of the club that Rescued Newfs are being celebrated at the Specialty so we really do hope that many of you will plan to attend and participate in this event.

The parade will be part of the opening ceremonies on Saturday, May 25th.

Each Newfoundland participating in the parade will receive a rosette with their name printed on it.  You are invited to submit a picture of your dog along with your story (200 words or less) about your experiences with your rescued Newfoundland, to be included in the Specialty Catalogue.

 Please complete the registration form found at http://www.newfoundlanddogclub.org/images/rescue.pdf  and return it with your $10 registration fee (cheques can be made out to NDCC) to:

Marian Shoemaker
blacknita [at] golden.net
60 Cedar Cres.
Box 160
New Dundee, ON
N0B 2E0

Newf Friends will once again have a booth at the Specialty and we'll be selling lots of great products.  We hope to see you in Gananoque May 24-26!

All of the details about the National Specialty can be found here:   http://www.newfoundlanddogclub.org/

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Join us in Kanata

Don't forget to visit us in Kanata this weekend!!! 

Bring your dog and drop by the Kanata Pet Valu to visit with volunteers from Newf Friends, HART and Willow. 

There are raffle tickets for great prizes, nail clipping for your dog, fun and games and more! All of the proceeds go to our rescues so come out and show your support!

See you there!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

How to tell if you're ready for a Newfoundland

Newfs LOVE water and mud!

1)     Lift a hundred pound bag of wet sand up and down the stairs

2)     Push a hundred pound bag of wet sand into your car

3)     Borrow a pony and purchase a Dremel and practice dremeling the pony's hooves while on your hands and knees..be sure to remember to give him carrots

4)     Smear hair gel all over your walls and throw it on the ceiling and TV, while you are at it... smear the lower half of all windows, curtains, and glass doors

5)     Wear old football cleats and run and slide on your wood floors

6)     Smear your toilet seat in more gel and bits of mulch and grass

7)     Throw away all light colored dress clothes, purses, and shoes

8)     Rub fur and gel into the roof of your vehicle

9)     Drip lotion out of the windows and down the sides of your car

10)     At least twice daily drop that bag of wet sand on your bare foot

11)     Shake balls of fur, mulch, and a bucket of dirt all over your house daily (add water for rainy days) for variety add bits of toilet paper, shaving cream, and feathers

12)     Throw chains and some of that gel on your stainless steel appliances

13)     Stand on your dishwasher door while it is opened

14)     Practice repeating " NEWFOUNDLAND....no, it's not a Black Great Pyrenees..150 pounds....4-8 cups a day....no, I don't have a saddle" over and over with a smile

15)     Volunteer at the zoo to help wash the large animals and clean up their poop

16)     Invite your friends over and have them all try to get in the bathroom while you are using it

17)     Throw muddy wet rocks on the floor and walk on it in bare feet in the dark, you may not scream or you will wake someone

18)     Have someone operate a chain saw outside your bedroom door all night...record this and play it every night right next to your ear

19)     Take a Nice long piece of rubber hose and go around smacking all the coffee mugs off the end-tables and hit any close male in the privates and just smack your own legs a few times

20)     Take shampoo, egg whites, and a gal of water and make big pools on your tile floors.....run through this windmilling your arms and yelling whoopeee

21)     Pull back your sheets and fill your bed with a bag of yard clippings and sand, add a branch and a bone..... carefully re-make your bed...smear your pillow with hair gel

22)     Practice sleeping on the outside 6" of your bed with no pillow and that wet bag of sand next to you...your blankets are to be under the bag of sand

23)     Practice telling people that your husband does NOT beat you, that those bruises are from your dogs

24)     Stuff your washer with your best bedding and another one of those bags of yard clippings and hair.....add a couple of branches and bones and run

25)     Remove your normal dryer vent and just run a temporary hose out your laundry window for venting hair

26)     Without smiling, offer to drive your friends for a dressy night out

27)     Bend all your eye-glasses and smear with more of that gel

28)     Invest in a vacuum company

29)     Invest in a dog food company

30)     Purchase a vacation home for your veterinarian

31)     Walk around your grocery store talking loudly on your cell phone saying "bitch" and "sperm count" and "bitch panties" and "imported semen" over and over

32)     Lay a sand bag in front of your sink, in front of the refrigerator and in front of the dishwasher.. ..now cook for 10 guests

34)     Stand at your back door from dawn til dark opening and closing it

~ Author Unknown -- we first came across this many  years ago on the Newf-L email list

Monday, April 1, 2013


# 2013 - 005
April 14: Chance has been adopted!

Say hello to Chance, a stunning purebred Newfoundland Dog who arrived in our care on April 1, 2013.  This gorgeous girl is everything a Newf should be and more -- truly one in a million!

Chance was born on January 10, 2007 so she is 6 years old.  She is spayed, UTD on vaccines and other than needing to shed a few pounds she is in good health.

She came from a family who loved her tremendously and it shows -- she is a wonderful girl who has a lovely personality.  Due to changes in their family her owner had to make the heartbreaking decision to rehome Chance.

 Chance is a well mannered girl who is calm, quiet, gentle and an absolute pleasure to spend time with.  She gets along with other animals and has excellent social skills with other dogs.  She could join a home with another dog, or she would be equally happy being the only dog and being the center of attention.

Chance is being fostered in the Kinburn area (near Arnprior) and her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.
An adoption donation of $500 applies.
If you would like to be considered for adopting Chance please complete an adoption application found in our forms section and return that to us via email.

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

Each year Newf Friends and our parent organization HART have animals come into our care who have been the victims of cruelty in the form of neglect or cases where dogs have been intentionally harmed.  Cruelty can take many forms -- we see dogs who have been abandoned, starved, denied veterinary care for injuries or illnesses, shot, beaten, dragged behind cars, and more.  Cruelty can also take the form of dogs being left outdoors without adequate shelter/food/water, living in unsanitary conditions, failure to properly groom and care for pets, and worse.

What can you do about it?

1.  Get involved.  Consider volunteering with your local rescue group to help animals in need.  You can help with fundraising, fostering, transport, home visits, photographing dogs, or assisting with social media work.

Support your local shelter, wildlife rehab centre, spay neuter program and more.

2. Take action.  Work together with like minded individuals to bring about positive changes to laws to ensure that animals are better protected.

On a municipal level you can contact your municipality to have regulations put in place around leaving dogs tied outdoors; On a provincial level you can fight against discriminatory breed specific bans; On a federal level, you can advocate for stricter laws around animal care and harsher penalties for people convicted of animal cruelty.

Join the National Club for your breed of choice (eg. The Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada) and work with them to lobby the CKC to put higher standards in place for breeders.

3.  Don't be a part of the problem.  Never purchase a pup from a puppymill/puppy producer, pet store, puppy broker or BYB.  Even if you feel like you are "rescuing" the dog from a bad situation, when you purchase from one of these sources you become part of the problem.  

Only support reputable rescues and reputable breeders who maintain high standards of care for their dogs.

4.  Speak up.  Help prevent cruelty to animals by learning to identify cruelty, and understanding what steps you can take to stop it. It is only through action that we can make a difference. Be the voice for those who can't speak for themselves.

If you witness cruelty, don’t turn a blind eye and let the animals continue to suffer. Report cruelty, and save a life.

5.  Make ethical choices.  Preventing cruelty extends to all animals, not just domestic pets.  Choose cruelty free products whenever you can; if you eat meat or dairy, buy from sources who ethically raise the animals (like local farmers!)  Be conscientious--even small changes in your daily habits can have a big impact.

6.  Be a good role model.  Take great care of your pets - give them lots of love and care, train them well using positive techniques, feed them healthy foods, groom them often, provide regular preventative health care, give them a loving home. 

7. Teach your children to be kind to animals. From wildlife to farm animals and family pets, teach your children to be respectful, gentle and compassionate towards animals. They are the next generation of animal lovers.