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 19, 2016


ADOPTED July 17, 2016

Quick Adoption Overview
2 years old - DOB December 10, 2013
Gets along with dogs and cats
Has some depigmentation of his skin -- this does not require treatment (see below)
Fostered in Mississauga, ON - We will consider homes for Ted up to 15 hours or so from his foster location -- this includes NB, NS and the eastern States.
Fenced yard required

Ted loves the water!
All about Ted
Adorable boy Ted is a great catch for anyone looking for a gentle, affectionate, Newf.  He makes friends with everyone he meets, both two and four legged, and is an all around awesome fella.  He is a very happy boy who always seems to be smiling!

Ted is a sweet Newf who has been well cared for and loved.  He has wonderful manners, knows basic obedience and would be a super match for anyone wanting a quiet, nicely behaved companion.

An avid swimmer, Ted would be a great fit for someone who also loves to swim or is looking for a dog to do water work with.

You probably noticed that Ted has a light coloured nose.  Ted has a harmless condition called vitiligo which causes loss of pigmentation in the skin. This is a hereditary condition that does not cause any problems for Ted, other than some light coloured spots on his face.

We've completed extensive testing to rule out any other cause for the depigmentation and were very pleased when the diagnosis of vitiligo was confirmed by a dermatologist on June 11.   Moving forward, there is no need for any treatment -- Ted's quality of life is not impacted and he suffers no ill effects. Hooray!

We'd like to extend a huge thank you to Dr. Jocelyn Wellington of the Animal Dermatology Services in London, ON for fitting Ted in on short notice and coming in on her day off to see him.  Thank you!

Ted has a very slightly increased risk of developing an immune mediated disorder at some point in his life, but with a healthy lifestyle the risk is very low. Eating a healthy diet (he currently eats raw) and having minimal exposure to vaccines will go a long way towards preventing any issues.  A home in a location where there is not a high risk of heart worm infection or lyme disease will be best for Ted so that he does not need to be subjected to preventative meds.

Ted is neutered, his vaccines are current and he is in good health.  He has cherry eye in his left eye.  Surgery has been performed twice and failed both times. We have determined that it is best for Ted to just leave it be.  On occasion he may need eye drops to keep the eye lubricated, but he is not experiencing any issues from this condition.

Ted thrives in a calm, quiet, predictable environment.  He is a sensitive boy who becomes anxious when there are loud noises (fireworks, thunderstorms, loud trucks, etc). Thanks to loads of love and care from his foster mom, Ted has made great progress learning that loud noises don't have to be scary.  Bravo Ted! There is still some work to do, and Ted will likely always be uneasy during thunderstorms/fireworks, but he is really coming around.

Like most Newfs, Ted wants nothing more than to hang out with his family and be near the people he knows and trusts.  A predictable schedule, and a family where he won't be left alone for extended times will be best for Ted.  Families who travel a lot and board their dogs, or require regular dog sitters are not the right match for Ted.  He'd prefer to have his people around as much as possible.

Ted gets along with other dogs and  would be super happy to join a family with another well mannered, friendly pooch for him to romp and play with.  He also gets along with cats -- what a good boy!

Check out his cute adoption video below. What a fun boy!

Ted is being fostered in Mississauga, ON - his approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation will apply.

Sunday, May 8, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview

I joined an adoptive family on June 20/16!  Lucky me!

3 years old - DOB March 17, 2013
Playful with energetic dogs, would be too much energy for senior dogs.
Good with cats
Gentle with kids
Fenced Yard Required
Located in the GTA

All About Honey
As sweet as honey!  Honey is a a 3 years old Newf, who was born March 17th, 2013.

She is a petite Newf at 80 lbs.  Her ideal weight would be closer to 85-90 lbs, so she needs to gain a few pound.   Not to worry, what she lacks in size she makes up for in personality.  :o)

Honey is super friendly with everyone she meets!  She loves affection and belly rubs.  She's been gentle and polite meeting neighbourhood kids.  A typical velco Newf, she'll follow you around any chance she gets!

Her foster family is teaching her basic obedience, including keeping all four paws on the floor.  Her new family will have to keep up her training.  She is a smart and eager student, though, and her training is coming along nicely.

Honey hasn't had a lot of opportunities to socialize with new dogs, and so takes a few moments to warm up. Once she settles, she is a play machine.  She would be great with a social, playful dog that would appreciate her rough and tumble play style, and equally fine as an only dog.

Her foster family has a cat, and Honey is doing very well.  She did try to chase a few times, but has learned that feline friends generally don't want to play with her.  Humph!

Honey will absolutely excel at working dog activities!  She is bright, eager and loves to learn!  Her foster family has enjoyed teaching her the basics, such as sit, down, stay, etc.  Her crate training is also coming along nicely.

She is an energetic girl, who needs a active family to keep her mind and body well exercised.

Honey has recently gone into heat, which will delay her spay surgery.  It is safest to delay surgery for 5-6 weeks following the end of a heat cycle.  We will consider a foster-to-adopt placement in Ontario once her heat has ended (mid June).  In this case she could join her adoptive family prior to spay, and in 6 weeks time we would then proceed with spaying before finalizing the adoption.

She is being fostered in the GTA.  Her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.
An adoption donation of $500 will apply.

Sunday, May 1, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview
Adoption Pending

4 years old
Health Needs:  Suffers from kidney disease, see comments below
Newf  mix
Tested well with cats
Is fine with well mannered dogs
Gentle with children, but we'd recommend older kids because she is bouncy.
Fenced yard required

All About Betty-Lou
Betty-Lou and her brother T-Bone (who has since been adopted) arrived in our care on May 1 when changes in their owner's life situation made it necessary for them to find a new home.  They are said to be Newf x Old English Sheepdog.  She is approximately 120 lbs.

She was born May 13, 2012 (4 years old).  Upon arrival Betty-Lou had a serious UTI which we promptly treated.  She seemed to be doing well but a few weeks after her treatment ended she began having accidents, her urine became bloody and we knew something more serious was happening.  Looking back over her vet history from her surrendering family, it appears that she presented with bloody urine when she was 10 months old.  A short (too short) treatment of antibiotics was administered at that time and no follow-up was ever done.

It appears that Betty-Lou has been suffering from a chronic infection for several years.  We scheduled an ultrasound, ran tests and have now confirmed our fears -- her kidneys and bladder have been permanently damaged.

We are working to come up with the very best plan for supporting her kidneys and ensuring that she has a good quality of life.  A special diet, supplements and regular monitoring of her kidney function will be needed.

At this point we can not estimate what her life expectancy will be, but her blood levels are good, she is not in renal failure, and we are optimistic that she will enjoy many bright days ahead. We do not feel that she is a candidate for our sanctuary (palliative care) program, and do feel that she could join an adoptive family to enjoy her remaining time in the loving care of a family of her own.  It is impossible to estimate how long her kidneys will function, but with proper diet and care it is possible that she will enjoy many years to come.

We are hoping that she can find a forever family of her own who will love her and give her a fabulous quality of life.  A home where someone is around much of the time is needed, as she will need opportunities to go outside to potty regularly through the day.

UPDATE: Betty-Lou is currently being treated for a UTI.  As such, she is available as a "foster to adopt" placement.  This means that Newf Friends will continue to cover her medical costs while her UTI is being treated.   She started a round of antibiotics, which will be administered for the next four weeks (starting on June 28th, 2016).  She we will require a minimum of two trips into one of our vet clinics during this time, to check her progress.   As such, she can only be placed within reasonable proximity to one of our vet clinics, which are:  Mississauga, Markham, Fergus, Brantford and Apsley, Ontario.  Once the infection has cleared up, her adoption can be finalized 

Betty absolutely adores all people!   She is very friendly and loves belly rubs.  She started out a bit TOO friendly, and would jump up to kiss your face.  :-P  With a little training, she is doing much better and now sits politely for attention the majority of the time.  She will need on going training in her future home, to ensure she is the best dog she can be.

She loves her leash walks, and is a real joy to walk.  She likes visiting all the neighbours, including the neighbourhood kids.  She sits nicely for head scratches.  She is very patient too, if you want to stop and chat.  She sits at your feet and show off how lovely she is, until it's time to keep going.  What a neighbourhood super star!

She is a typical shadow Newf when you are home, but also very well behaved when left alone.  She is not destructive around the house, does not chew things she isn't supposed to, and can have free reign without any issues, as long as there are no obvious temptations on the counters.  Good girl!

Betty Lou is also very quiet in her foster home (she has only barked a handful of times).

She LOVES car rides, and hops right in without any hesitation.  She's always ready for the next adventure!

Betty has had minimal opportunity to meet new dogs in her lifetime, and so she tends to be unsure of new dogs and avoids them.  She warms up easily enough, as long as they are polite and would be well suited to living with another four footed pal, or being the only dog.

She tested well with cats, but is not currently living with feline friends.

As a bonus, Betty-Lou hardly drools and is ever so gentle taking treats.

She is also awesome off leash and has great recall.

Betty-Lou is spayed, microchipped, and up to date on her vaccines.

She is looking for a family that enjoys all of her favouite things -- lounging, belly rubs, car rides, and walks. Does that sound like anyone you know?  ;-)

She is being fostered in the Toronto area.

Given Betty-Lou's health needs, there is no adoption fee for her to join a loving forever family.



June 15, 2016: I was adopted!

Quick Adoption Overview
4 years old
Newf  mix
Fine with cats
Good with dogs but needs a slow introduction, as he has had minimal opportunities to meet new dogs in his lifetime.
Fenced yard required
Located in the Ottawa area

Coming into rescue & in need of a groom!

All About T-Bone
T-Bone, and his sister Betty-Lou arrived in our care on May 1 when changes in their owner's life situation made it necessary for them to find a new home.  They are said to be Newf x Old English Sheepdog.  They are not bonded, and are happily living in separate foster homes.

T-Bone is smaller than his sister, at approximately 100lbs, and could stand to lose at least 10 lbs.

He was born May 13, 2012 (4 years old).

The duo lived outdoors, and have been learning all about the comforts of being indoor dogs in their respective foster homes.  T-Bone is now nicely housetrained and doesn't have any accidents in the house.  What a good boy!

Getting cleaned up at the groomers

T-Bone is very social and adores all people!   He is very affectionate and loves a nice cuddle.  He does need to learn some boundaries, including keeping 4 paws on the floor.  

He loves car rides, belly rubs, being brushed, and any form of attention, really!

Go team, go!

T-Bone has had minimal opportunity to meet new dogs, and is showing some insecurity in this regard, which we are continuing to assess.  He is in a foster home with two female dogs, and is doing well.  He is becoming more playful all the time. He will benefit from confidence building and a confident handler.  At this point, he would not be a candidate for dog parks, as he does best with proper (slow) introductions.

He appears to be fine with cats, but is not currently living with a cat in his foster home. 

T-Bone is fond of children, but would be best with older kids while he learns boundaries and to keep all four paws on the floor.  Visiting children would be just fine.  He has spent time with his foster parent's grand kids and was a good boy.  So sweet!

These little humans sure are swell.

T-Bone as a wonderfully soft (gentle) mouth, is not destructive in the house, and he is super off-leash.  Atta boy!   He is also not much of a drooler.  Bonus!

I love country walks.... and WATER!!

T-Bone is neutered, microchipped, and up to date on his vaccines.

He is being fostered in the Ottawa area.  Her approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation of $500 will apply.