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, June 23, 2014



Oct 10: I was adopted

Gwen in in a foster to adopt arrangement:  She will be adopted once her heartworm treatments are completed

A home visit is being done for a potential home for her once her medical hold is released
Beautiful gal Gwen is looking for love.  This beautiful landseer came through our program late last year and was adopted in December. Unfortunately her family are relocating overseas and sadly made the decision to return Gwen to our program.

Gwen has lovely house manners, knows basic commands, and is a quiet, easy going Newf.

Gwen gets along well with other dogs and could happily join a family with another well mannered dog.  She is not so great with cats, she can't help herself, she loves to chase them!  She is best in a cat-free home.
For some background, Gwen's bio from when she came through our program last year can be read here

Born Dec 19, 2008, she is a happy, 5 year old Newf.Recent bloodwork has shown that she is HW positive so we will begin treatment immediately.

She is being fostered in the Port Perry area. Donations towards her care are appreciated.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014



Nov 8/14
I was adopted!

What a pretty little peanut!

Gorgeous gal Suzy arrived in our care on June 16th and is doing great.  She is friendly and social, gets along well with everyone she meets and is a real love bug.

Suzy is gentle and easy going, is used to children and could join a family with dog savvy kids. Such a great girl!  She has nice manners and loves to be with her family -- a real velcro newf!

The sweet gal gets along well with other dogs and would be happy to have a four footed playmate.

She knows basic commands and is working on her leash manners.  She is well behaved in the house except for the occasional counter cruising incident -- she loves bread!  Her foster family are working on this.

She came to us through no fault of her own.  She lived with a family for 3 years, had 3 litters in that time, and then changes in their life led to their decision to surrender her to us.

Suzy was born on April 23, 2010 so is 4 yrs old. When we took her in to be spayed it was discovered that Suzy is heartworm positive.  We will be treating Suzy prior to making her available for adoption - this will take several months.  We would consider a foster to adopt situation (her approved adopters foster her throughout treatment, then her adoption is finalized once she is healthy.)

She is being fostered in Paris, ON area.  Her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person. An adoption donation of $500 applies, once her heartworm treatment has been completed..

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Prevent Fly Strike!

Dr. Janice reminds us that fleas and ticks aren't the only insects we need to worry about. To protect your dogs from fly strike you must keep your pets clean and properly groomed, and pets who have sores on them must be kept away from flies! Here's what Dr. Janice had to say:

Saw my first case of fly strike this year. This happens when thick fur, soiled with diarrhea, blood, or other bodily fluids attracts flies which lay their eggs there. Maggots hatch out within 1-2 days. The maggots produce an enzyme which actually digests the skin and creates open wounds. They will feed on both live and dead tissue. They produce toxins and enzymes that can make the affected animal very ill or even kill it,. The wounds are always worse than they look at first!
Keep your pets CLEAN. If they are ill or have open wounds, keep them indoors, away from flies. Cleaning maggots out of wounds and trimming away dead tissue is not my favourite task.

.......Most often I see it in heavily coated dogs, like Newfies (and sheep, when I used to do large animal work) but this was actually a guinea pig which lived in an outdoor pen.

.........It can happen fairly quickly, in only a few days and since it is usually covered by soiled matted hair (at least at first) it can be easy to miss at the start. i probably see a half a dozen or so cases every summer. I used to see more when I worked in rural practice where animals were left outside more.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014



July 9, 2014:  I was adopted!

Are you looking for a lovable Newf to curl up on the couch and cuddle with you?  Thelma is your girl!  This sweet landseer is friendly and affectionate, loves belly rubs, chin tickles, ear scratches and all the affection she can soak up.

Thelma and her daughter Louise arrived in our care on June 10 when their owner was no longer able to care for them.

Thelma is under assessment in foster care and is doing well so far.  She is a quiet, sensitive girl who is a little on the shy side when meeting new people  but warms up quickly and becomes fast friends with anyone who is willing to give her some snuggles.

She has nice house manners and is easy going,  follows direction well.  She knows basic commands like sit and is a gentle girl with a lovely temperament.

She fancies herself a bit of a Diva and it's clear that she is used to getting a lot of attention and being pampered, without too many rules in place.  What a princess!  She is the kind of girl who would probably have an inexperienced owner wrapped around her paw in no time.  Her gorgeous eyes and gentle little kisses are pretty irresistible and she seems quite confident in her ability to use those traits to get what she wants.  Ha, ha!   She is learning the routine and rules in her foster home and finding her place within the pack.  With an owner who won't let her walk over them, she will be a fabulous companion.

She did well meeting the 5 other dogs in her foster home and is settling in.  She could join a family with another well socialized large breed dog.  She has shown subtle indicators of a bit of possessiveness when another dog comes near her bed but responds immediately to redirection.  This is not uncommon when a foster (especially a Diva!) is put into a new environment with several other dogs.   Her foster family will be working through this with her.  She is not guarding food or toys so that's terrific, she waits nicely with the other dogs for meals and is easy to manage. 

Here she is hanging out with some dogs at her foster home (her daughter Louise was visiting that day too!)

So far Thelma has shown no interest in playing or socializing with the other dogs and she would be totally fine going to a home where she was the only pet and all of the attention could be on her.  She is far more interested in people than in dogs!

Thelma was born September 24, 2007 and is in good health.  She weighs just over 100 lbs,has now been spayed and brought up to date on vaccines and is ready to find a loving home.

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


Sep 5:  I was adopted!

Beautiful gal Kera arrived in our care on June 17th and has been getting lots of TLC to help her become healthy.  This sweet girl was suffering from horrible infections over most of her body including eyes, ears, feet and skin.  We are please to report that Kera has recovered beautifully and will be ready to join a forever family soon! 
 Affectionately known as 'Goob', Kera makes friends with everyone she meets!  Wonderfully sweet and affectionate with people, playful and happy-go-lucky with other dogs and gentle with cats and kids, she would be a lovely addition to most families.

This pretty gal has excellent recall and answers to both Kera and (yep, you guessed it...) Goob!  Kera knows her basic commands and listens well but could use a little bit of work on her leash manners.  She LOVES car rides and visiting people and places.

Kera is a purebred Newf who was born August 12, 2009.  In her short life she has already been bounced around through 4 different families.  Despite a life of instability she is a resilient girl who is  well adjusted and takes everything in stride.

Kera has been diagnosed as hypo-thyroid and will require daily medication to ensure her thyroid levels are managed.  Her thyroid medication is not expensive (approximately $18-$24/mth) but will most likely be required for the rest of her life
Kera is being fostered in the Ottawa area and her adoptive family will be required to pick her up in person. 

Kera on intake -- her eyes, ears, feet and skin were oozing due to infections...
Kera the Newf with her foster 'Dad'


Foster Homes Needed!

Want to make walk time even more enjoyable? Add a foster dog to your pack!

Newf Friends is in need of foster homes in Ontario.

Summertime means that many of our volunteers are heading away on vacation so our foster homes are bursting at the seams! If you've thought about fostering, now is the perfect time to join our team. We need you!

We cover vet care and provide food and supplies, you offer love, training, and a safe environment for Newfs in need while we search for an adoptive home for them.

Contact us today to find out more about becoming a Newf Friends foster family to help us save lives! www.newf-friends.ca

*If you live outside of our catchment area, consider fostering for your local rescue. For a list of Newf Rescues across Canada visit www.newfrescue.ca and for a list of American Newf Rescues visit http://www.ncarescue.org/pages/rescuemap.html#.U5g24y-JlDo

Tuesday, June 10, 2014



ADOPTED July 26/14!

Update: July 14: A home visit is going out for Raven!

Say hello to Raven, a pretty gal who is searching for a fabulous family to call her.

This approximately 4 year old love bug is a happy, friendly girl who loves to spend time with people getting lots of loving.  She arrived in our care on June 9 and is settling into her foster home well and already making friends wherever she goes. 

Raven has nice house manners and is a quiet, mellow girl.  She is house-trained and knows her basic commands, she walks well on leash and is an absolute pleasure to be with.  She is fine being left in the house for a regular work day, is not destructive at all.

Raven has lived with other large and giant breed dogs and could happily join a a family with another larger breed companion.  She has been around smaller dogs but is not reliable near very small dogs so for this reason she is best joining a family with only medium or large size pets. 

She enjoys leisurely walks in the woods and is looking for a quiet country home where she will be away from the hustle and bustle of city life.  Because she is not reliable near small dogs, she is not suited to visiting dog parks -- walks in the country on her own property are the best bet for her.  She loves to swim and is a great candidate for water rescue training!

Raven has been vaccinated and spayed.  She is being fostered in the Bracebridge area and her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.  An adoption donation of $500 applies.



Thursday, June 5, 2014



ADOPTED July 26/14!

Could she be any cuter??? 

Marshmallow is a lovable, huggable bundle of love who arrived in our care on June 4th and is making herself right at home.   She has excellent house manners, is quiet, well behaved and although she doesn't seem to know many commands, she is a lovely, calm girl who stays out of trouble. 
She is a friendly and social girl who loves belly rubs and cuddles.  She is gentle around children although she fancies herself a lap dog so may squish little people in her efforts to climb up for some loving!  She will make a wonderful addition to the right family.
sometimes I goober on myself
Marshmallow (aka Marsha) is a purebred Saint Bernard who was born on August 22, 2007 and has recently had a lot of uncertainty in her life, but is happy and coping well with all of the changes.  This sweet girl was surrendered to the SPCA in 2013, underwent entropion surgery and spay then was adopted out.  A few months later she was returned to the shelter due to incontinence (she had an untreated bladder infection, poor girl!) and the decision was made to turn her over to rescue for fostering and placement.  She has been treated and is now clear of infection.

Marsha weighed 165 lbs on intake, but would be much healthier in the 120-125 lb range.  We have ruled out thyroid dysfunction as the cause so are focusing on a regimen of exercise and healthy diet to resolve her weight issue. We have already started to see improvement as her stamina increases little by little with each walk and her weight is slowly dropping.    Hopefully over the next few months Marsha will drop the excess weight and become a happy, healthy girl! 

Marsha enjoys her daily romp in the woods and is seen here with a little spring in her step....

Despite carrying a lot of extra weight, her mobility is very good and we have noticed no joint issues.  Her wellness blood work all came back normal, she has been brought up to date on vaccines and is spayed. She previously had entropion surgery and her eyes seem fine, although given the excess fat on her face her cheeks do make it difficult for her to see at times.  We expect to see improvement in the coming weeks as she drops her weight.

She would very happily go to a home where she would be the only dog and all of the attention could be on her! She'd love that!  Marshmallow was being fostered with several other dogs and did well for a few weeks, but has shown issues with other female dogs. She could join a home with a well mannered male dog.   If she were joining a family with other dogs she would be best suited to an owner with previous multi-dog household experience who can monitor her and help her with the transition.

Marsha is being fostered in the Hamilton area and her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.  An adoption donation of $400 applies.