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Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Tell me about Newfoundlands
« on: April 08, 2005, 10:50:44 am »
I think JaBear covered all the bases on getting a Newf.  They aren't for everyone and that's for sure.  They take a fair amount of maintenence, drool and shed alot (they love to shake their heads when they have long threads of drool hanging).  The most important thing to do is do your homework on your breeders.  Go visit them, see how they interact with their dogs, check the health history and breeding history of their dogs.  See how many dogs they own and/or show.  Ask yourself, does this person breed to improve the genetic lineage of their Newfies or are they a puppy mill and mostly do it for the money.  You wouldn't believe some of the things we came across when looking for a puppy, things that would make you cry your eyes out.  Also, see if they belong to any Newfoundland societies, like the NCNC.  Those groups highlight breeders who follow the appropriate guidelines of healthy and humane breeding.  Go to NCNC.ORG if you live in California or if you want to see an example of this.  On a side note, I see you already have a St. Bernard.  Did you know that Newfies were used to re-strengthen the St. Bernard genepool.  In the early 1900's, St. Bernards had been so overbred that they had major problems, so Newfoundlands were brought in to help out.  That's why they have such a similar disposition.  Good luck finding a pup!

Newfoundland Discussions / National Specialty
« on: April 08, 2005, 09:10:16 am »
Hey Newfie folks!!!  How many of you are going to make the National Specialty in Monterey?  It looks like it is going to be a blast, hundreds of Newfies everywhere.  It sucks that it goes on mostly during the week, so working folks may not make it until the weekend when things are wrapping up.  The other thing that is a bummer is that the Great White Shark is no longer at the MB Aquarium which I really wanted to see.  I would like to hear who's going and their thoughts.

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: Drake Pics
« on: April 08, 2005, 09:02:27 am »
Jules, Drake is 3 next month.  How old is Spotakiss?  He looks like a lover.  I know it sounds weird, but my wife and I are obsessed with Drakes big long lips.  We kiss him on them all the time.  Are we the only ones?

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: Drake Pics
« on: April 08, 2005, 09:00:04 am »
Thanks, Bear is a cutie too.  He reminds me of our friends Newf Yogi, very similar in looks.  I hope that Sarah and I can meet up with you and Michael at the specialty.  It looks like we won't be able to get there until Friday night, which is a bummer.  I don't know if Michael told you but I designed the official logo for the Specialty and I can't believe the attention it has gotten.  I am really excited to get there.

Newfoundland Pictures / Drake Pics
« on: April 07, 2005, 06:01:52 pm »
The following are some great pics of Drake that we have taken of him so far.  Newfies take such great shots!

Newfoundland Pictures / Love My Newf
« on: April 07, 2005, 05:27:36 pm »
Hey everyone, I have finally logged onto this website.  This is so great!  Michael told me about it and here I am.  I own a 2 year old Newfie named Drake and he is the light of me and my wife's life.  My avatar is what we used for our Christmas card and people ate it up.  Isn't it crazy how much attention these dogs get?  I would love to hear other people's stories.

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