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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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hope - formerly known as Miss Chewy

(formerly known as Miss Chewy - thanks everyone for the name suggestions!)

October 10, 2014:  Hope (now Freyja) has been adopted!

Hope is in a foster to adopt arrangement, waiting for the all clear on her skin issues and completion of her spay

Hope arrived in our care on May 21, 2014 and is currently on medical hold while we help her become a happy, healthy girl.

This 6 year old girl will need a lot of TLC and veterinary care to help her get healthy.  Donations can be made to Newf Friends by visiting our parent organization's donation page.  We are a division of HART -- when placing your donation specify that it is for the Newf Friends Fund (select this option from the drop down menu) and 100% of the donation will be directed to us.  A tax receipt will be issued for your kind donation.

Our veterinarian's notes describe Hope's condition:

Hope "is a dear, sweet dog and she is a mess. Skin is red, thickened, wrinkled, marked hair loss, big thick calluses on her elbows and on her butt from lying and sitting on concrete. Her ears are full of pus and her eyes are weeping green goo. She is lean but not excessively skinny at 111.2 lbs.  
Her teeth are good. Her knees are good. She is a bit tender over her back and her hips are a tad stiff but not terrible.

She has a faint heart murmur over her pulmonic valve, so I cannot rule out a mild pulmonic stenosis. I will listen to her again later to see if it is still present.

I did several skin scrapings and smears. I found one dead Demodex mite, which is entirely normal. No signs of sarcoptes mites but that does not rule out scabies (sarcoptic mange) so I treated her with Revolution anyway. Lots of yeast, lots of bacteria. Same thing with ears, both yeast and bacterial infection. She is also very itchy, understandably.

What worries me is that her mandibular, prescapular, and popliteal lymph nodes are all hugely enlarged. I am hoping that they are reacting to her skin infections but there is the possibility that she has lymphoma.

Blood and urine have been sent to the lab for testing. I took needle aspirate samples of her lymph nodes and will sent them out to Dr Brian Wilcock (pathologist at Histovet) for examination.

I have started her on Nizoral shampoos twice weekly with leave-on chlorhexidene conditioner once weekly, oral antibiotic (cephalexin), medicated eye drops and ear drops, and a topical Soother spray. I have also started her on prednisone since she is so itchy that she is injuring herself."
Bloodwork results are back and  show that she is mildly anemic, but the rest of her blood count is normal.  No increase in white blood cells especially lymphocytes in circulation. Her kidneys and liver are fine. Her globulin level is up, mostly likely due to immune stimulation from terrible skin, but can't rule out cancer either. Heartworm and tick borne diseases (4Dx) negative.

Update:  Hope's pathology report came back with great news -- her enlarged lymph nodes are due to infection, not cancer!

Hope, June 1, ten days of treatment so far and much improved!

 A HUGE thank you to Bark Fur Joy Grooming Salon in Mississauga for doing an incredible job of cleaning up sweet gal Hope. She feels so much better already, and we will have no problem treating her skin issues now that all of her matted fur is gone!
Not only did Bark Fur Joy groom her for FREE, they also made a $200 DONATION to Hope's vet care and offered the use of their tub and blower whenever we need it! Such fabulous rescue supporters! Thank you so much Bark Fur Joy!



** Hope's coat was beyond saving and she had to be clipped close at our request. Normally we don't trim Newfs so close but in this instance it was in her best interest so we can get a handle on her infections. Bark Fur Joy has done a fabulous job of grooming out several Newfs for us, including most recently Koda wo looked so handsome after his groom!

Hope on intake:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Adopter Update; Maggie the Saint

 Hi, it's been almost 2 and a half years since we adopted Maggie. She is doing great and we couldn't be happier to have her as part of our family. She is enjoying her long walks and playing with her brother!
We just spent a weekend at the cottage where she got to do one of her favourite things, wading in the lake! :)
She will soon be a big sister! Attached are some pics including some photos with baby to be! We love her so much!

Friday, May 16, 2014



June 30: I was adopted!

Meet Eva, a friendly and affectionate purebred landseer Newf.  This sweet girl is gentle and sensitive and is looking for a wonderful family to call her own.

Eva was born on Feb 22, 2009 and was purchased by a puppy producer at a year of age and used as a brood bitch producing newf-mix puppies since that time.   Over the last couple of years she has been bred at least 6 times.  Changes in her owner's living arrangement necessitated that Eva find a new home and she made her way to Newf Friends on May 16th.

Eva's days of breeding are now happily behind her and once she is cleaned up and vaccinated we will have her spayed.  She will be ready to join a new family and start her new life as a companion by mid-June.

Eva on intake -- in need of a good grooming!
 We are told Eva gets along well with other dogs and we will be testing her once her vaccines are completed.  Eva spent most of her days living outdoors although her owner tells us that she recently has been preferring to be indoors.  With a number of stressful changes in her household over a short period of time we were told that Eva seemed to go into a depression and had not been herself in the weeks leading up to her surrender to us.  Our hope is that moving into a loving foster home where she will get lots of attention and TLC will help her blossom into a happy girl.  So far she is proving herself to be very affectionate and is soaking up all the loving she is receiving.

Eva appears to be in good health with the exception of dry skin/coat.  With proper grooming and nutritious food we expect to see an improvement quickly.

Eva is being fostered in the Haliburton, ON area, her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person. An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Someone needs to be groomed!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Adopter Update: Murphy

Hello Friends!
It's been exactly one year since I adopted Murphy and brought him to his new home.  As soon as I saw Murphy's big, cute head and read about his joint problems, I knew that we were meant to be in each other's lives.  My previous giant breed had severe elbow dysplasia and I felt that I could provide Murphy with the care he needed.  He has been the best dog and this past year has seen him really come into his own. 


When I first got Murphy he was coming off his first ACL surgery.  After 3 months of rehab, his other ACL finally gave way. Another surgery, and another stretch of rehab.  In that time, Murphy was calm and reserved and was so patient through it all.  He put in his time on the water treadmill and he still gets lazer therapy on his joints and muscles.  He was/is such a wonderful, sweet guy.  It was clear that he'd been loved his whole life, and that made me very happy.
Now that Murphy is all healed, watch out!  This boy has really developed a goofy personality and has become very vocal.  I'm often greeted by howling and face bumps.  This past winter in NY was very cold and snowy and Murph loved every second of it. 
We go on daily hikes and we recently got back from our first backpacking trip together in the Adirondacks.  He was perfect!  Hiked and swam all day, and then when it was time for bed he walked right in the tent and slept through the night. I think he's really enjoying this new, active lifestyle. 
I'm so blessed to have Murphy in my life.  He's my best friend and my constant companion. 

Thank you Newf Friends for everything you do for these wonderful animals.  And thank you for Murphy.
Courtney and Murphy

Friday, May 9, 2014



May 16: I was adopted!

Gentle fella' Koda arrived in our care on May 7 and is settling in very well at his foster home.  He is well mannered and is a total love bug!  Friendly, social, and happy, Koda is a great catch.

He gets along well with everyone he meets and could happily join a family with other dogs to play with.

Koda is being fostered in the Mississauga area and his approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  Because he is a senior a reduce adoption donation of $350 applies


Koda on intake -- someone needed to be groomed!

Koda on intake -- someone needed to be groomed!



July 11, 2014:  I was adopted!

Sweet gal Nikkii arrived at Newf Friends on May 7th and is making herself right at home.  This 8 year old love bug is sweet as can be and is looking for a fabulous family to call her own.

Social and friendly, Nikkii loves attention and is drawn to children. She has good house manners and knows basic commands.

She has lived with another Newf for most of he life and could join a family with a mellow, well mannered dog.  
She is in good health, has been spayed and will be ready to be adopted once we clear up an ear infection.
Nikkii is being fostered in the Hamilton area and her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.  Becasue she is a senior, a reduced adoption donation of $350 applies.


Saturday, May 3, 2014


MAY 13, 2014: I was adopted!

Cuteness overload!  Lovable pup Henry arrived on May 2 and is having a great time at his foster home.

Born  Nov 16/13,  Henry is just a young pup.  We are told that his dad was a St. Bernard
and that his mom was Newf-Bouvier mix.  He's cute as can be, and will definitely be a big fella' when he's full grown.

A typical young male giant breed puppy, Henry has loads and loads of energy and is a goofy, playful boy.  His owners were ill prepared for training and caring for a giant breed puppy and found themselves quickly overwhelmed by Henry's puppy antics.  With few rules, little structure and not enough stimulation in his life Henry found it hard to contain his enthusiasm and puppy energy.  His family made the decision to turn him over to us for training and adoption.

Henry is very bright, is eager to please and is a quick learner.  With proper exercise and stimulation, and a handler who provides consistency, structure and can teach him basic manners Henry will blossom into a wonderful boy.  Within hours of arriving at his foster home Henry was already doing an awesome job of following the rules and has settled in quickly.  He is making tremendous progress with crate training, leash manners and is proving himself to be a fantastic puppy.

Henry gets along well with the other dogs in his foster home and is a playful boy.  He's been out to events with his foster mom already and was wonderful meeting lots of new people and animals.  What a good boy!  He is ok with cats, although he does bark at them playfully.  He would be fine in a home with other pets. 

His surrendering family had young children and they report that Henry was very boisterous with the children and would clumsily knock them down and chase after them playfully.  This is not unusual for a young puppy who has not yet received adequate training - he's playing and just needs to learn how to play appropriately.   This behaviour will very easily be resolved and we feel that Henry could be placed in a home with dog-savvy children over the age of 10.

Henry's ideal family will have someone around much of the time to give him the attention and training he needs.  He is best suited to a family with previous giant breed experience.

Henry is UTD on vaccines.  Given his young age he has not yet been neutered.  He will be placed on a strictly enforced non-breeding contract with a neuter contract in place.  A partial refund ($100) of his adoption donation will be issued once his neuter is completed.  His neuter should be done after his growth plates have closed. 

Henry is being fostered in the Guelph area and his approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation of $700 applies - see note above regarding the partial refund after his neuter.