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, October 28, 2014

Adopter Update: Dixie

OCTOBER 26th, 2014

Dixie has been part of our family since October 26th 2013 and from the very moment she jumped into the truck and promptly laid down to sleep for the 3 hours back home, she continues to happily jump into the truck and promptly sleep for our 4 hour jaunts up to the cottage as though it was always meant to be.
Dixie loves people, loves Ghillie her fellow 4 legged friend, loves her food, loves to swim, loves to sleep and snore, loves to romp and play, and on more occasions than not, though she is definitely getting better, loves to bark because she either wants you to play with her, wants to be let in or out but much more importantly wants some one on one me loving time.

Over the past year, Dixie has learnt how to sit, how to stay, how not to take her owner off on an unexpected rush whilst hanging on at the end of the leash because there was someone or some other dog that she thought she needed to talk to or was much more important and we are happy to say that she has come through with flying colours.   Dixie is very much admired and greeted on our walks and in her gentle loving way takes it all in very humbly.
She has acquired a couple of fun loving nicknames as in Dixapotamus and Back Up; which neither really  need explaining but this past year she has given all of us tremendous pleasure, tremendous fun, tremendous love and a huge appreciation of all that a Newfie has to give.

Sending you all our very best with lots of licks,

Kevin, Carol, Ghillie and Dixie

Friday, October 24, 2014


I was adopted!

Adorable boy Davey arrived in our care on October 23 and is getting himself settled into his foster home.  Sweet, friendly, affectionate -- this boy is the whole package.

Davey is 3 years old, neutered, and will be brought UTD on vaccines once we clear up some skin and eye infections.  He has been diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia, but is able to get around well despite this.  We hope that with some weight loss and specific exercises targeting the muscles in his back end that Davey will have very good mobility.  At this time he does not require medication.  He will be seeing our vet within the next few days for a full work up and to devise a treatment plan.

On intake Davey was quite matted and had hot spots and sores on his body.   Given how thick and close to the skin his matts were it was decided that it would be easier on him to shave his coat.  Davey will be wearing a jacket this winter to keep him warm in the cold temps as his fur grows back.  Here he is, all groomed out -- we kept his adorable mop top!

 He gets along with everyone, both two and four legged and is a real gem!  Davey could join a home with other well mannered dogs and is also gentle with cats.   He knows basic commands, has decent leash manners , is well mannered and a lovely boy.  His off-leash recall needs some work, but that is easy to work on.

Davey loves to swim, which is a great activity to build up his hip muscles!  He'd be a great candidate for water rescue training.

He is being fostered in the Sudbury, ON area. Once his skin infections are clear and he has been vaccinated he will be ready to join an adoptive family.  Applications are being accepted now.  An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

2015 Calendars and more!

Woo-Hoo, time to do some shopping!!!!! 

A HUGE thank you goes out to our awesome volunteer Allison who worked so hard to update the Newf Friends online store to include all of our new tee-shirt designs and our 2015 Newf Friends Calendar featuring photos of some of the gorgeous Newfs who have gone through our program!

All prices on our website INCLUDE SHIPPING within Canada and the US (what a deal!) and 100 % of the proceeds from the sales from our online store come directly to Newf Friends to help us cover the cost of caring for the Newfs in our program.  

Our online store features our custom designs made just for Newf Friends! Great gift ideas all in support of a great rescue -- win, win! 

Happy shopping!


February 5/15: Wally was adopted!

Meet Wally, an adorable pup who is ready to find his forever family.

Born approximately April 20/14 Wally is a young, growing pup who has a fabulous personality and is sweet as can be.  He's a real gem!  He was picked up as a stray and we are not sure what type of mix he is.  He definitely has Newf features, and is possibly mixed with a lab, hence the shorter coat. Whatever mix he is, he's adorable!

He is gentle, has excellent house manners, follows direction well, knows basic commands and is an absolute delight.  His leash manners are a work in progress, but he's getting there.  Wally loves children and could join a home with dog savvy kids over the age of 6 who are respectful of dogs and are willing to help him learn to sit calmly when meeting children.  

Wally gets along well with other animals and could happily join a family with other four footed companions, although a lot of rough play is not appropriate for him as he is growing.  As with all giant breed puppies, a home where he will not be required to climb a lot of stairs will be best for him as he develops.

Wally had some orthopedic issues which we have corrected.  Wally's hips appear to be in good shape.  His shoulders were problematic and his elbows had some issues so we had arthroscopic surgery performed on October 30 and the orthopedic specialist feels that the surgery went very well and that Wally's issues will be completely resolved.  Wally is healed and ready to be adopted.

Because he is only a pup and still growing steps that are taken now will greatly impact his long term mobility--hopefully we can make a difference for this sweet boy.  In consultation with veterinarians we started Wally on a specific diet, with supplements to aid his development, a careful and purposeful exercise regimen to help him as he grows.  All of this, combined with surgery should put Wally on the road to good health and a long, pain-free life!

Wally, on the left. loves to snuggle with his foster sister

Wally's ideal family will have the time to work with him to do specific exercises to help strengthen his muscles and support his joints as he grows.   Supplements and a healthy diet  will play a key role in his long term health.  His adoptive family will need to have the resources to provide this level of care throughout his life. 

Wally is being fostered in eastern Ontario.  His approved family will be required to pick him up in person. Wally is a Newf mix, an adoption donation of $400 applies.

 To be considered for adopting a Newf from Newf Friends please complete the adoption application found here and email it back to us.