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August 16, 2015

Have feedback about the new AKC website/marketplace- let them know!! From the AKC - - Over the past two weeks we have received feedback from members, breeders and puppy buyers, as to how we can enhance the user experience and value of Marketplace. In order to make these improvements and enhance other functionality without service disruption, we will be temporarily revert back to our Online Breeder Classifieds system. During this time, we will provide current users with free ads on OBC and customer support until the improvements to Marketplace are completed.
Should you have any questions or concerns about this process, please email AKCMarketplace@akc.org.
Gina M. DiNardo
Vice President

August 1, 2015

In accordance with ARTICLE IV, SECTION 3(a) of the Newfoundland Club of America Bylaws, the 2015 NCA Nominating Committee has nominated the following slate for election to the NCA Board:

Steve Britton, P.O. Box 554, Montrose, Michigan 48457-0554;
John Cornell, 964 Williams Hills Road, Richmond, Vermont 05477-9623;
Mary Lou Cuddy, 1155 Raymond Road, Ballston Spa, New York 12020-3719;
Janice Kiseskey Anderson, 5801 South Fairfax Road, Bakersfield, California 93307-8909; Sue Marino, 5 Idlewood Drive, Auburn, Massachusetts 01501-2133;
Pam Rubio, 8955 Burchell Road, Gilroy, CA 95020-9404.

Newly elected directors will take office at the conclusion of the 2016 Newfoundland Club of America Annual Membership Meeting. Those members of the board whose terms do not expire until 2017 are: Lynne Anderson-Powell, Steve McAdams, Mary L. Price, Patrick Randall, Pamela Saunders and Donna Thibault.

ARTICLE IV, SECTION 4(b) of the NCA Bylaws, also provides for additional nominations of eligible members by written petition - addressed to the NCA Recording Secretary and received at his regular mailing 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, 2015. These additional nominations are to be sent to the NCA Recording Secretary, P.O. Box 554, Montrose, MI, 48457-0554. Nominees must include their written acceptance statement and photograph.

At its July 28, 2004 meeting, the NCA Board of Directors ordered that a sample of a written petition and an acceptance statement be made available to candidates on the NCA website (http://www.ncanewfs.org/members/pdfs/nominatingpetitionv2.0.pdf), or from the NCA Recording Secretary.

At the November 3-5, 2006 meeting, the Board of Directors directed all candidates seeking election to the NCA Board of Directors to write a personal profile and also an election statement on any matter(s) pertaining to the NCA, the Newfoundland breed, or purebred dogs. This statement will be limited to 800 words or less. It is strongly suggested that candidates use at least 200 words in their profile.

At the August 19, 2010 meeting, the Board of Directors directed all candidates to submit a photograph (headshot only) for inclusion in the election packet.

Please send resumes and statements to the NCA Recording Secretary, P.O. Box 554, Montrose, MI 48457-0554 by November 1, 2015.


Steven J. Britton

Steven J. Britton
NCA Recording Secretary

2015 Nominating Committee: Cathy Hartke (chair), Lori Eldridge, Peggy Lange, Erin Murphy, Stacy Roderick; John Affel and Lori Littleford (Alternates).


July 20, 2015

Interested in applying for the Newf Tide Editor's position?
Email NewfTidepolicy@ncadogs.org to request a bid package starting July 6,2015. Completed bids must be returned in the requested format with appropriate work samples on or before August 6, 2015.
Want to know more? Please email us at NewfTidepolicy@ncadogs.org

June 14, 2015

NCA members: It is has come to our attention that there was an error in the printing of the NCA renewal forms for our US members. The printer inadvertently used last year’s file and mailing list. They have apologized profusely for the error. They are correcting this mistake and the proper renewal form will be sent in the next day or two. This does not affect our international members or the Canadian/Mexican members.

If you have already sent your renewal form, you do not need to do anything else and you may disregard the second mailing. If you have any questions, you may contact the Membership Chair.

We thank you for your understanding.

May 5, 2015

Membership Directory App now available for iPhone -

Check out the new app for NCA members. Search and find other members and clubs.

March 24, 2015

Attention - Working Exhibitors and Water Test Committees - changes have been approved to the NCA Water Test Regulations. The New Regulations are available online
The primary change is that in the Junior Division Basic Control. There will no longer be an exemption for dogs with a CD. The group stay exercise has been eliminated, and Controlled Walking and Recall Basic Control exercises will be performed off leash in the water front test area within 35 feet of the water’s edge as close to parallel to the water front as the site will allow.








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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