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Latest News

December 18, 2014

On December 16, the Senate passed HR 5771 which included a one-year extension of expired tax provisions.

This action reauthorizes the IRA charitable rollover through December 31, 2014.

Donors age 70 1/2 or older may transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to a qualified public charity, such as the NCA Charitable Trust. Your transfer will be made free of federal income tax, and the gift qualifies as your 2014 required minimum distribution.

Consult your financial adviser to take advantage of this tax benefit! The NCA Charitable Trust is a community based, community funded public benefit corporation, Federal ID number 06-1500326.

To make a year-end gift to support The NCA Charitable Trust you can go to -


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November 30, 2014 - From the 2015 National Chair -


I know that everyone is chomping at the bit for information about the 2015 NCA National Specialty.  Due to some recent developments at the host hotel which have only come to light in the past few week or so, there may have to be some adjustments to the information packet.  As soon as we work out some bugs, we will get the information packet to you.  I am confident that I will be able to work this out quickly with the hotel in order to make our show the experience that our exhibitors and spectators, vendors and committee expect from a New England national!

Thanks so much for your patience!  
Donna Thibault
2015 National Specialty Chair


November 25, 2014

Wanted: persons interested in the role of Newf Tide Editor

Please Email newftidepolicy@newfdogclub.org

November 20, 2014

Newf Tide: 1st Quarter 2015 Deadline: JANUARY 2, 2015

All hard copy submission with non-digital photos are to be sent to:
Beth Sell
2605 West Lake Road
Cazenovia NY 13036-9816

Send All electronic submissions to:

If you submitted an item for the 4th Quarter issue and have not been contacted, please send an email to editor@ncadogs.org with description of your submission.

Thank you for your help,
Newf Tide Policy Committee,
Aura Dean, Patti Emmerling, Nancy Gasser, Beth Sell, Julie Poulin Siefert and Jeannette Voss


October 29, 2014

The AKC Board has been evaluating a variety of possible changes to the Conformation Judging Approval Process. During our study, we received input from a variety of sources. One example involves the breed educational components, which were established based on a poll of all Parent Clubs.

We now need your insightful personal comments and suggestions regarding the proposal. Attached are four documents that fully explain the proposal: an overview of the proposal, the detailed proposal, a judges education component matrix, and a Frequently Asked Questions document.

Please review all the material and let us have your comments, suggestions, questions, and overall agreement or disagreement with the proposal as it stands today. Simply respond to this email at this address with your thoughts.

We have established a 21-day comment period to give the necessary time for due consideration and comment. Please respond no later than Tuesday, November 18, 2014. This will allow for a careful analysis of all responses prior to the December Board meeting.

Since we are requesting input from as many participants as possible, please feel free to pass this on to others. Thank you for your help and guidance in this important process.

Alan Kalter
AKC Chairman

Overview of the Judging Approval Process Proposal

FAQs on the Judging Approval Process Proposal

Judging Approval Process Proposal

Sample – Education Component Matrix

To provide your feedback you may email judgingapproval@akc.org

October 21, 2014 - - Wanted!!!

Committed NCA Members to serve on the Newfoundland Ambassador Committee
The primary purpose of this NCA Committee is the solicitation, selection, training and support of Newfoundland Ambassadors.  The purpose of the Ambassadors themselves is to provide an easy way for members of the public to get acquainted with Newfoundland dogs, ownership requirements and their many activities. The committee is currently seeking to expand its membership beyond the current members to reach more areas of the country and best understand the opportunities and challenges for which Newfoundland Ambassadors need to be prepared.  Anyone interested in serving on the Newfoundland Ambassador Committee should be committed to participating in monthly teleconference calls, assuming some of the committee’s work such as contributing to the quarterly newsletter sent to all Newf Ambassadors, working to enhance the program and recruit additional Newf Ambassadors in areas that currently have none and follow-up on any items the committee deems a function of that committee, including collaborating and assisting other NCA committees when requested.
Anyone interested in joining the Newf Ambassador Committee should be a member of the Newfoundland Club of America for the immediate past 3 years, preferably a member of a regional club in his/her area, currently have Newfoundlands or have owned them previously and have access to Newfoundlands. A brief resume outlining your involvement with Newfoundlands, the NCA and what you will bring to the Newfoundland Ambassador Committee is requested if you would like to be considered to join this Committee. Please submit your resume to: Lynne Anderson-Powell at NCABOD2ndVP@live.com

October 8, 2014

The AKC is seeking input regarding the recommendations made by the 2014 Obedience Advisory Committee. Below is a link to view a complete list of these recommendations plus a link to a “voting” document.

Please read the entire list of recommendations on the PDF document at the link below to see the complete information before providing feedback through the feedback form:
Click here to view a PDF of the entire recommendations.
To provide feedback in the voting document, select the recommendation item# from the following link:http://www.tfaforms.com/348283.
Please rate the item using the selection criteria and there is a comment box for brief comments regarding that particular recommendation.
If you wish to comment on several recommendations, use the RATE ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATION link at the bottom to comment on other items.
Be sure to click SUBMIT at the bottom when you are ready to send your comments to AKC.

Comments will be taken until the deadline date of:
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12 Noon EST.

September 15, 2014

In accordance with Article IV, Section 3(a) of the Newfoundland Club of America By-Laws, the Nominating Committee has submitted the following slate of nominees for election to the Board of Directors to take office at the conclusion of the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting. Lynne Anderson-Powell, Steve McAdams, Mary L. Price, Patrick Randall, Pam Saunders, Donna Thibault. Those members of the Board whose terms do not expire until 2016 are John Cornell, Mary Lou Cuddy, Roger Frey, Sue Marino, Maredith Reggie and Pamela Rubio. Article IV, Section 3b of the NCA By-Laws provides for additional nominations of eligible members by written petition addressed to the NCA Recording Secretary and received at the Recording Secretary’s regular address on or before November 1, signed by thirty members in good standing and accompanied by the written acceptance of each such additional nominee signifying his willingness to be a candidate. The deadline for additional nominations is November 1, 2014. These additional nominations are to be sent to the NCA Recording Secretary, 1155 Raymond Rd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020-3719. Nominees must include their written acceptance statement and photograph. At the July 28, 2004 meeting, the Board of Directors directed that a sample of a written petition and an acceptance statement be made available to candidates on the NCA website or from the Recording Secretary. Please send petitions, resumes, statements and photographs to the NCA Recording Secretary, 1155 Raymond Rd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020-3719 by November 1, 2014.

August 15, 2014

New York, NY - In an effort to honor the thousands of therapy dog teams that make a difference in the lives of others daily, the American Kennel Club® (AKC®) has added four new titles to the popular AKC Therapy DogTM program.  

In addition to the AKC Therapy Dog (ThD) title (awarded after 50 visits), the AKC now offers:  

AKC Therapy Dog Novice (ThDN) - Awarded after 10 visits . AKC Therapy Dog Advanced (ThDA) - Awarded after 100 visits . AKC Therapy Dog Excellent (ThDX) - Awarded after 200 visits . AKC Distinguished Therapy Dog (ThDD) - Awarded after 400 visits

"The AKC heard from many dog owners whose dogs had already earned the ThD title and who wanted additional formal recognition of their ongoing commitment to volunteering to help others. We're pleased to expand the AKC Therapy Dog program as a result of these requests," said Doug Ljungren, Vice President of AKC Sports and Events. "We've also added a way to acknowledge beginning therapy dogs, hoping that this will encourage even more dogs and owners to participate in therapy dog work."

Dogs who are registered and approved by recognized therapy dog organizations may apply to earn the AKC Therapy Dog titles, which will be listed on the dog's AKC title record. Any dog, including mixed breeds, can earn AKC Therapy Dog titles as long as the dog is AKC-registered, listed with AKC Canine Partners or enrolled in the Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) program. AKC does not train or certify therapy dogs.

Applications for the new titles will be accepted beginning June 1st, with titles awarded beginning July 1st.  

To apply for a title or learn more about the AKC Therapy Dog program, visit http://www.akc.org/dogowner/therapy/index.cfm.   
















by Roger Powell


reprinted from Newf Tide 1999

What is the origin of our wonderful dogs? Are they the last survivors of Leif Erikson's ill-fated colony on Vinland? Are they members of a unique breed derived from black wolves in North America? Was the breed developed by the First Nation Peoples who lived on the island we now call Newfoundland? Information new since I last wrote on this topic 15 years ago, provides clues to the origin of dogs and to the origin of our breed, specifically. To relieve your curiosity, the answers to the questions are: We do not know. No. And No. Stay tuned, however, for details.
Recent analyses of DNA verify that dogs are domesticated wolves and are not derived from coyotes or jackals or any other known canid. Exactly which wolves were the forbearers of most dogs is not known presently; no population of wolves from which we have genetic data matches the predicted original genetic background for the ancestor of most domestic dogs. Dogs do appear, however, to have been domesticated twice, and a few breeds from Asia appear to have been interbred with wolves more recently than other breeds. Olsen's and Olsen's conclusion from 20-odd years ago that the Chinese wolf was the progenitor of domestic dogs found in North American before European settlement has not been supported by research on DNA. The exact wolf progenitor for most domestic dogs, including Newfoundlands, is not known.





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