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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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Adopter Update: Finnegan

Hi Sandra and Allison:
Just a short note to up date you on our wonderful boy Finn.  There are four HART and Newf-friends alumni within a five minute walk from our home.  Finn was the first, Luke a black dog from HART, Maggie a Saint and Ester a young female Newf.  There is also a large Newf, Bear from a Newfoundland rescue in Whitby. Now back to Finn.    
It will be three years this month since Finnegan became a member of our family. We are as thrilled with Finn as the first day he entered our lives. He is everything I wished for in a companion.  He is always by my side. We go to the beach every day regardless of the weather. He is a star swimmer and never misses a chance to retrieve  almost anything afloat in the water.  
My Berner, Shannon was diagnosed with Wobblers this winter by a neurologist confirmed by a CT scan.  Finn has been so gentle with her.  She still goes to the beach with us, however, she no longer swims with Finn. The evenings they sleep beside each other curled up by my chair.
Attached are a few picks of Finn coming and going to the beach.  We are soon off to the East Coast I will update you on Finn's adventures on the Atlantic.
Thank you for Finn.     

Saturday, May 11, 2013



May 20, 2013: Caesar was adopted. Yay!

Gorgeous young boy Caesar came into our care on May 11, 2013. This guy is young, happy and as goofy as could be! He was surrendered by a family that could not meet his needs so he's now searching for an active family to join.

Born on October 11, 2012, this guy is just 7 months old, still just a pup. We all know what that means, don't we??? Yep, you guessed it. He's full of beans and requires lots of daily exercise to burn his puppy energy. If he doesn't get his energy out, he's something of a brat and will mouth you, jump up and be a typical young hooligan. He will need a confident owner that is willing to work with him on channeling his enthusiasm and teaching him basic obedience. He already weighs 123 lbs so it's imperative that a boisterous youngster like Caesar be guided and taught proper manners because he's still got some growing to do! No-one wants or needs a 150 lb dog jumping on them! Ouch!

At his foster home there are many other dogs and cats and Caesar is fantastic with all of them. Big, small, male, female, young, old... Caesar acts appropriately with all dogs and would love to join a family with another four-footed playmate. He has no issues with other animals being around his food, toys or bones either (and he's great with cats too!). What a good boy he is!

With people, Caesar is great. He has already perfected the Newfie lean and he loves to have his belly scratched. Everyone is his new best friend! When he's super excited he does have a tendency to give "love nibbles" to your hand but his foster Mom is working on redirecting this behaviour.

When Caesar meets new dogs, he immediately wants to play and has great doggie social skills. Check out the video below of him just after he met a spunky young Beagle. What a good time they had!

And here's Caesar having fun with a Lab mix at his foster home. He really took a shine to her. You'll see what we mean when you watch the video!

Full steam ahead!

In the house Caesar is pretty good (once he's had enough exercise, that is!). He likes to chew his bones or play with his toys (especially squeaky ones) and will happily amuse himself. His foster family hasn't seen him chew or destroy anything but he's been kept very well exercised because we all know that a tired puppy = a good puppy. He is fully crate and house trained as well.

Caesar snores when he's really tired!

One thing about Caesar we need to warn you about... he's a very very VERY messy drinker. We swear he sloshes more water on the floor than he gets in his mouth. A mop needs to be close at hand! He also likes to splash around in it outside, whether it's a puddle, bucket, from the hose, kiddie pool or muddy creek. See for yourself in the video below.

The reality of living with a Newf puppy who has access to water or mud. You sure you want a Newf?? :o)

At least after his mud bath Caesar does try to dry himself off a bit. Ha ha haaaaa! What a clown he is!

Caesar is up to date with vaccines, in good health and neutered. He currently weighs 123 lbs and his birthday is October 11, 2012. He is being fostered in the Guelph, Ontario area. 

His adopters will be required to live within 5-6 hours of his foster home (at the most!) and pick him up in person. Homes outside of this area will not be considered. Please refer to our FAQs to understand why.  Please do not email us asking if we will make an exception to our placement policy for you -- we will not.

If you'd like to be considered for him, please download an application to complete and submit from the Contact Us page of this website.

A $500 adoption applies and a fenced yard is required. 

We will not adopt Caesar to a home with children under the age of 10; he's too young and boisterous.

Adopter Update: Rupert

Hi Sandra...

Just thought that we’d send along an update on Rupert for you...along with a couple of photos of him enjoying the deck...

We are really loving our new boy...he is so well behaved in the house and just loves the couch...he isn’t fond of cameras though so we have a tough time getting good shots of him...he’s developed a real fondness for the rope in the photos and would play tug or fetch with this rope all day long!!!

His leash walking is much improved, with the help of a few lessons for us with a great obedience trainer here in the area...it is a process but he is much better than he was and doesn’t pull nearly so much on the leash...we have an appointment coming up with someone who can help with his issues with other large male dogs but it hasn’t been a problem so far so...fingers crossed. Off leash is still a bit of a problem as the many squirrels seem to love to taunt him and he loves to chase!! He is learning that he can’t climb trees and that they are a bit of a waste of energy which is good...

The weather is getting nice so we will be introducing Rupert to his “beach” down the street very soon and will forward some photos of his first swimming adventure over the next week or two!
Thanks again, so very much, for all that you do for these pups at Newf friends, Sandra...Rupert is wonderful and we do love him dearly...he is a great addition to our family for sure!

We’ll be in touch again soon!


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Adopter Update: Chance

Here is the latest update from Chance's family --  looks like Newf paradise!  What a wonderful life Chance has!

Hi Erica,

Thought you might want to see a couple photo’s of Chance doing her daily thing.

One photo of Chance having her morning swim…she’s not much of a walker yet. Then she spends the rest of the day in the studio…with a nice cool cement floor...great for these recent warm days.

She’s my new studio assistant and student greeter on teaching days.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Adopter update: Jade

Jade has been with us for almost two years now. And much has changed since we first adopted her. We added another (human) baby to our family about 10 months after she joined us and then we moved about 400km north to Sudbury, Ontario in Dec 2012.

Jade has taken all the changes completely in stride. She had a great time this winter with all the snow.
Her personality is so friendly and calm that we decided to have her tested to become a St. John’s Ambulance therapy dog. She passed with flying colours and will start visits very soon. Most of her initial work will be in senior residences but hopefully once she gets enough experience she will also start to do some school visits etc. She loves people of all ages.  And everyone loves our gentle giant, Jade. 

Here are some recent pictures of Jade. We call her nanny Jade because she insists on following the baby around. Although that might be more for the potential food that he likes to throw off his tray, more than actually taking care of the baby ;). 
Synchronized Newf Walking…hoping to be an Olympic sport in 2018 Winter Games!

 Jade lounging in the family room

 Just a funny picture of Jade’s tongue during a walk

Jade and Lukas

I hope this email finds everyone at Newf Friends well! We couldn’t be happier with our decision to add Jade to our family in Sept 2011.

Sunday, May 5, 2013



May 10: Daphne was adopted!

Say hello to Daphne. a beautiful Landseer who is looking for a loving home.  She is sweet, gentle and friendly and will make a wonderful companion for one lucky family!

Daphne on intake day -- once she is groomed out she is going to be a pretty gal!
This lovely girl arrived in our care on May 3rd.  She had been living with her family since she was a pup but they felt that they were not meeting her needs so they made the decision to turn her over to Newf Friends.

For the last several years Daphne has spent long days living outside or locked in a room in the basement.  Those days are over now and she is searching for a family where she will be included in all aspects of family life and get lots of love, attention and belly rubs.  Daphne's ideal family will be one where someone is home most of the time and where she will be  part of everything that goes on with the family.   She deserves lots of love!

 Daphne is a true gentle giant and could join a family with children.  She also has wonderful manners around other dogs and would be happy to join a family where she had another 4 footed playmate to romp around the yard with.

Daphne loooooooves to play in water whether it's a pool, puddle, stream or bucket! Don't say we didn't warn ya.......she likes to get dirty!

Daphne is 7 years young, has been spayed and her vaccines have been updated.  She is in need of losing 20-25 lbs.  Now that she is on a healthy grain-free diet of Acana Pacifica and getting lots of exercise we expect that the weight will drop off.  She has some mild arthritis in her knee, so it is of even greater importance that she drop her excess weight.  Her mobility is good, but a home with only minimal stairs will be best.

May 10.......Daphne is all groomed out and looking beautiful!

Hey, someone flip this pool over and fill it for me!

Daphne is being fostered in the Pickering area.  Her adopters will be required to pick her up in person.

To be considered for adopting Daphne please complete our adoption application found in the Forms section of this site and return it to us by email.   An adoption donation of $500 applies.