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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Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for general information about our program and our adoption policies and procedures.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Adopter Update: Sam

Awwww, happy belated gotcha' day Sam! Check out this great post from Sam's mom. (You can see Sam in person at NewfStock!)

"I'm a bit slow in acknowledging Sam's 5th Gotcha day which was on August 13 He is my constant companion whose many faces and antics have kept me amused and comforted, filling my life with much love, joy and happiness since that magic day when we first laid eyes on each other in 2009."

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NewfStock 2014 Info Package

NewfStock is Newf Friend’s biggest fundraiser of the year and the funds raised at this event are needed to keep our rescue running throughout the whole year.  Thank you for participating in this event!

Our goal for NewfStock 2014 is to bring in $25,000 (yes, we're an ambitious group) and a large portion of that will be coming from pledges, so please start collecting today!  Read on the learn more....

Parade Pledges

We’re kicking off the day with an all breed parade around Millennium Park, led by rescue dogs.  We encourage all attendees to join in the parade either with or without a dog (of any breed), and show your support of rescue.   What a sight this is, over 100 Newfs plus loads of Newf wannabees parading around the park! 

We’re asking attendees to collect pledges to bring in much needed dollars to help us meet the needs of Newfs over the coming months.  Every dollar helps so whether you collect $25 or $2500 your support is greatly appreciated!  We have a special prize for the person who collects the most pledges!  In 2012 the prize for collecting the most pledges went to Allison Sabo.   Maybe you will be this year's winner? 

It couldn't be easier to participate -- we’ve arranged two simple ways you can collect pledges.
  • Download & Print a Pledge Sheet. Collect pledges and bring the money collected and the pledge sheet to Newfstock. (Newf Friends is a division of HART, a registered charity, and donations over $20 will generate a tax receipt.  ****Cheques should be payable to HART with Newf Friends in the memo line.) Here's the link to the printable pledge form:  http://www.newfstock.ca/pdf/NewfStock_Pledge_form_2014.pdf
  • Online Pledge Collection. For your convenience, a personalized online pledge form can be created enabling you to generate pledges from family and friends around the globe!  These online forms enable your friends to donate online with a click of their mouse, and eliminate the need for you to collect pledges and bring them with you.  So easy!  Your customized page will have any info you want, including your fundraising goal, a photo of your choice and a message of your choice.  Here's the scoop on how to set up your Giving page: http://www.newfstock.ca/pdf/Newfstock_Giving_Pages_2014.pdf
The Weekend at a Glance - Full Itinerary will be available at the Park

Friday, September 12th
2:00 – 3:30 pm Romp and Swim – Weather Permitting
Location: Diamond Lake Public Beach
Details: Everyone welcome.  Beach is located about 15 minutes from the hotel on a very quiet street.  Ample parking is available; the beach is large, sandy with a park area surrounding it.
Dogs on leash.  Please clean-up after your dog.
This is not an “official” Newf Friends activity, but rather a suggested meeting place for Newf lovers.  
What you need: Bring your own chair, towels, etc.
Directions: Download pdf map at http://www.newfstock.ca/pdf/Swim_DiamondLake.pdf
From the Sword Motor Inn turn left onto Hastings Street (Highway 62 North).  Follow to South Baptiste Lake Rd and turn left.  Follow to Old Diamond Lake Rd and turn left.  Follow to beach on the right.

4:30 - 6:00  Volunteers meet to set-up Tents for Saturday – everyone is welcome to come out and lend a hand assembling the tents!
Location : Millennium Park. 
Directions: Download pdf map at http://www.newfstock.ca/pdf/NewfStock_map.pdf

6:30 pm Pizza Party and social time
Location: Millennium Park (or maybe back at the hotel -- to be determined)
Details: Once we're finished putting tents up we're going to order some pizza and chow down.  Bring a chair and join us! 

Saturday, September 13th – NewfStock Main Event
NewfStock!!! Taking place at beautiful Millennium Park in downtown Bancroft, Ontario from 10am – 5pm (maybe later, stay tuned). Rain or Shine (oh please don't let it rain!!!) Music, vendors, games, contests and Newfs!  Booths open all day long! Download pdf map at http://www.newfstock.ca/pdf/NewfStock_map.pdf
Dogs must be on leash, with an adult at all times please.  Bring your own chair, your appetite, your dogs, your kids, some cash to buy great merchandise and enter the raffle, and bring extra money for the silent auction!  We have some fabulous items up for bidding including original artwork, handmade quilts, woodwork and more!  Oh, and don’t forget your pledge form and pledges!
 Our full itinerary for the day is still in the works as new activities are being added.  It will be posted on-line soon.
Saturday evening:  Social time at the hotel.  Exact location to be determined.

Sunday, September 14th
11:00 am: Nature Hike
Location: Vance Park
Details: Dogs welcome on leash and of course please clean up after your dog.
Directions: Download pdf map at  http://www.newfstock.ca/pdf/Hike_VancePark.pdf
From hotel, turn right (south) onto Hastings Street.  At the lights at Bridge Street turn right.  At the bend, veer left to stay on Bridge Street.  Follow to Oak Street, turn left. Follow to Vance Farm Park.
****NEW**** As requested 1:00 PM Swim Date and Picnic Lunch at Diamond Lake Park (see directions about)  BYOLunch

What can you expect at the NewfStock main event?

We have several hundred people and over 100 Newfs as well as many other breeds of dogs registered to attend.  The fun filled day will be packed with activities for the whole family including lots of games, seminars, demos, cool things to buy, food, music and the chance to relax and spend time with friends.

Activities that are Available:

Parade: Join us in kicking off the day with our  huge parade of Newfs and Newf wannabees around Millennium Park.  Rescue dogs get to lead the pack!   Don’t worry, it’s not too long a walk!  Be sure to collect pledges for our walk, this is our main fundraiser of the year!

Meet the Newfs: Throughout the day we will have meet and greets set up with some of the awesome Newfs who have come through our program. Meet the dogs YOU helped save with your generous donations -- Tank, Mimi, River, Hope, and more! If you are bringing a Newf you adopted through Newf Friends and are willing to hang out at the Meet the Newfs booth for 15 minutes, send us a message and we'll pencil you in!

Raffle Items: Fabulous items donated by generous businesses, volunteers and friends.  You don’t want to miss out on this penny raffle!

Silent Auction: We have some beautiful pieces of art donated by our fabulous supporters, we also have stunning handmade quilts, beautiful wood work, and so much more.

Games: You and your Newf will have a blast bobbing for hotdogs, racing with eggs, playing musical chairs and competing in our obstacle course.  Fun for the whole family! 
*New this year, we have added a Rally-O course for you to try after the demo!

Vendors: Newf Friends will be selling our custom made newf themed items with all profits going to the rescue.  We have new designs you're going to love!  
*Local vendors will also be setting up booths with pet themed items! 

Seminars:  We have seminars and demos running ALL DAY!  And it's all FREE! 
Back by popular demand, Dr. Janice Selinger from Bridle Trail Veterinary Clinic will be speaking about skin health, this was our most talked about seminar last year!
*New this year, Dr. Janice will also be offering a joint health seminar.   
Allison Sabo will once again offer a weight loss seminar, with her trusty side-kick Mimi
We will be offering a grooming seminar again, run by Kaila Abele -- we know this is a popular one!
*New this year, Dr. Kim Facey of Apsley Veterinary Services will be showing you the basics of pet first aid.  Don't miss this important seminar! (pending confirmation)
*Also new this year President of the NDCC Lynda McFadden and her Hubby, president of COR Al McFadden of Jalynn Kennels Perm Reg'd will be talking about health clearances.  This is a great chance to learn more about how health clearances for breeding dogs differ from regular vet checks, and for you to see actual health certificates, learn what they mean and take advantage of a question and answer period with these experienced, reputable breeders.

Demos: Everyone loves to see Newfs in action.  This year we have 3 demos to offer:
Carting Demo with Joan Fisher
The very popular On-land water rescue demo by Joan Fisher
* New this year, a Rally-O demo by Caroline Sayer, Tami Koehle and Carole Macomber

Social Activities: Catch up with old friends and make some new ones!  There’s lots of places to sit and relax at the park and just enjoy the day

Photo-shoot: Have your Newf featured in the 2016 Newf Friends calendar!  For a $5 donation your Newf will be photographed by professional photographers and the photos will be used for our 2016 calendar.   Sign up at the registration booth!

Pampered Pooch - Nail Clipping and Ear Trims:  For a $5 donation your pooch’s nails will be clipped and ear hairs will be trimmed!  What a deal!  Be sure to have this done before your photo shoot!  All proceeds go to Newf Friends.

Newf Clubs:  Meet some of the folks from the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada and the Central Ontario Region Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada.  They will have a booth set up to answer questions, give out info, sell products and take membership applications.  Be sure to stop by their booth to say hello!

HART's All Breed Booth
:  Our parent organization HART will be in attendance with a fantastic booth with lots to see and buy!  Be sure to pick up some raffle tickets - the BIG draw will be held at the end of the day!  $1000 cash prize! 

Food:   Bring your appetite!  There will be great food and drink from a local business!  Details coming soon!

Music: There will be lots of great music to keep your toes tapping and tails wagging.  We are looking for some musicians to play some live sets, if you are interested in helping out, send us a message.

Prizes: You can win stuff, good stuff and lots of it!  Besides the raffle table there will be prizes for contests, and the prize for generating the most pledges!  You should try to win that one!

 And so much more!  We have new additions signing up daily!

Directions to Millennium Park
From East (Ottawa)
Get yourself to Highway 41, and follow that up to Highway 28
Turn left.  Follow 28 to Bancroft, and turn right at the lights at Hastings Street.
Follow Hastings Street to Millennium Park, on your left just past the Sword Motor Inn

From North (Barry’s Bay)
Follow Highway 62 all the way into Bancroft.
Look for Millennium Park on your right side, shortly after you pass Tim Hortons.

From South (Belleville)
401 to Highway 62 North exit
Follow Highway 62 up through Madoc, and continue on to Bancroft.
Turn right at the stop sign at Bridge Street.
Turn left at the lights at Bridge Street and Hastings Street.
Follow Hastings Street to Millennium Park, on your left just past the Sword Motor Inn

From West (Peterborough)
Take 115 to the end at Highway 7 EAST and turn right towards Ottawa
Follow to Highway 28.  Turn left to Bancroft
Follow all the way into Bancroft (about an hour)
Turn left onto Hastings Street at the lights
Follow Hastings Street to Millennium Park, on your left just past the Sword Motor Inn

Printable Maps are available online:
Map to NewfStock -- Millenium Park and Sword Motor Inn

Map to Friday’s Meet and Greet Swim Play Date – Diamond Lake Public Beach

Map to Sunday’s Nature Hike – Vance Farm Park

Important Numbers:
Sword Motor Inn
146 Hastings Street N, Bancroft, Ontario K0L 1C0
Phone: 613-332-2474

Millennium Park is directly next door.

Area Vets
Faraday Animal Hospital  - a 5 minute drive from the Sword Hotel
29391 HWY 28 S. RR #3 Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0
After hours emergency care is available

Apsley Veterinary Services – ½ hour south of Bancroft – for those staying at Silent Lake Provincial Park, this is the closest vet
9779 Highway 28 Apsley, ON K0L 1A0

After hours emergency care is available at the Kawartha Veterinary Emergency Clinic
1840 Lansdowne St W Unit 18 Peterborough, On K9M 2M9

We look forward to seeing you at NewfStock!

Sunday, August 10, 2014


September 6: I was adopted!

Handsome fella' Domino arrived on Aug 10 and is making himself right at home in foster care.

Friendly with everyone he meets, great with other animals, and sweet as can be, this boy is a real catch.

He was born February 18, 2012 and appears to be in good health.  He will be neutered shortly then will be ready to join a new family.

More details to follow.....

Thursday, August 7, 2014



September 7: I was adopted!

Beautiful Ellie is a 3 year old, female Saint Bernard. She came into rescue through no fault of her own when circumstances in her family caused them to have to make the heart wrenching decision to give her up. Ellie has known much love in her life and she knows how to give love in return.

Ellie has lived with both dogs and children. She gets along well with others and is a
very sweet girl. Ellie had been significantly overweight but has recently lost quite a bit of her unwanted girth. Her vet says she is in good shape.

Ellie will bark at people she doesn't know upon first meeting them but that is basically an invitation to pet her. She loves walks, though her leash manners need a little work. She adores belly rubs and cuddles. Ellie truly thinks she is a lap dog and will climb into your lap while you are watching television. She is a gentle giant who just wants to be loved.

Ellie takes a few days to settle into new environments. She will pace and bark when left alone, but this passes within a few days.  Patience is the key to making her comfortable, and belly rubs, lots of belly rubs!

Ellie is spayed and up to date on her shots. She is fully housebroken.

Do you have a home for this big, drooly hunk of love?  She is currently being fostered in Lion's Head, ON.  An adoption donation of $400 applies.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014



October 17, 2014: Mabel was adopted!

Mabel arrived in our program on August 6th after having lived her life as a kennel dog. Her birthday is November 20, 2011 so she's almost 3 years old.

When Mabel arrived at her foster home she was incredibly stressed and scared of everyone and everything. Her tail hung straight down at all times and she would back away, while moaning, from people and other dogs. She was so spooked and depressed her foster Mom wondered if Mabel would ever come around. Then something amazing happened. On day 4, her foster Mom was walking Mabel with all the other dogs and Mabel just hauled off and started doing zoomies around the yard. Her foster Mom was able to catch on camera the exact moment that Mabel shed her past. Soooo wonderful!

That moment for Mabel was the turning point. She began interacting with people and acting like a normal dog. She will regularly approach her foster Mom for attention and also new people. She is hesitant with men and will bark when she meets them but will eventually approach them at her own pace. She continues to bark at new things, like the lawn mower, but with continued exposure to all things in the world, Mabel is getting better at accepting new things without barking.

She loves to toodle around the yard, play and laze around with the other dogs and is very well suited to live with other dogs (she's good with cats too). Mabel would love to have a well mannered sibling to act as her role model. Check out the picture below of Mabel with some of the other dogs at her foster home, she's right in the middle, relaxed as could be.

When she first started interacting with the other dogs she would sometimes act like a bully or fun police, always trying to put herself into the middle of the action and breaking up other dogs when they were playing. With calm leadership and direction Mabel has improved greatly with this behaviour and is learning that other dogs are allowed to play and so can she! Her play skills have needed some work (she didn't know what to do with herself!... she'd just run around barking or ram into other dogs) but with the guidance of her foster Mom and lots of other well mannered dogs to learn from Mabel is becoming a well rounded, polite player. She was never aggressive, just unsure of what to do... she'd never had the opportunity to play before! Here's another video of her doing zoomies in the rain...

Fairly matted on intake, her foster Mom clipped out the large mats and brushed out her dense, overgrown undercoat. Mabel is excellent for grooming but does not like her tail being brushed, she'll try and squirm away.

Day one, very stressed & in need of grooming

Mabel is also quite underweight at only 83 lbs, needing to gain 20-25 lbs to reach her ideal body condition. We are feeding her a high quality kibble and supplementing with goodies for extra calories as well. As of September 22, she'd gained almost 15 lbs. Her spay took place on September 25 and she recovered beautifully. She is ready to join a family now.

During her vet exam, it was discovered that Mabel had a 3/6 heart murmur. He will be listening again as sometimes dogs can display a murmur when stressed. In terms of Mabel's long term health, we don't know if the murmur will pose an issue or not. Many, many dogs live entirely normal lives with murmurs and never need medication. While we don't see the murmur being an issue, it is something that her new owners should be aware of.

Day one, 83 lbs

Having lived as a kennel dog, Mabel is easily spooked by new things. She has a sweet, gentle personality and needs a calm, relaxed owner to spend time socializing her and show her how great life as a cherished family pet can be. Mabel is not suited to a home with children because loud or sudden movements scare her. She's best suited to an adult only home or one with teenagers. A fenced yard is absolutely required as she will attempt to bolt and hide when frightened.

We will add to her bio as Mabel comes out of her shell even more.

Mabel is being fostering in the Guelph Ontario area and her approved family is required to pick her up in person. An adoption donation of $500 applies.

If you would like to be considered for Mabel, please go to the Contact Us page and download an application to download and submit.

Adopter Update - Blue!

An update from Blue's family. Blue was adopted in February 2014.

Hey there,

Thought I'd send a couple photos of Blue your way. She is an awesome part of our family! A friend of ours recently became disabled and couldn't keep her German Shepherd, Zoey, so we have become a three dog family. Blue and Zoey play constantly!!

Blue is also quite fascinated with the chicks that recently hatched. She is a goofy loving girl. We are so happy to have her!

Hope all is well!