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The Board thanks the Nominating Committee for their work:


Andre Lapeyre, Chairperson

Committee members:
Dwight Gorsuch
Lori Littleford
Roger Powell
Becky Stanevich
Jocelyn Hawley (alternate)
Barbara Hearn (alternate)

 

NCA Board of Directors Candidates - Ballots must be returned by February 1, 2008 to be counted.


Since additional nominations have been received by the Recording Secretary, the election of Board members to take office at the next Annual Meeting of the Directors will be conducted by secret ballot, in accordance with Article IV, Section 4 of the NCA Bylaws.  Enclosed are: the ballot card (for double memberships, two ballot cards are enclosed); a plain envelope; and an envelope addressed to the Recording Secretary in care of Connections to Quality, LLC, NCA’s ballot counting contractor.

Any ballots received that do not use the official documents (ballot, inside envelope, outside envelope) in the manner specified in the Bylaws and the election package mailing (official ballot in the official inside envelope in the official outside envelope with label) will not be counted.

Please examine your election materials carefully upon receipt.  If you are missing any of the correct materials (one ballot for each voting member, an inside envelope, or an outside envelope pre-addressed to the NCA Recording Secretary in care of Connections to Quality, LLC with your name label affixed), please contact the Recording Secretary immediately at 1155 Raymond Rd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or by phone 518-885-5030 or by email bearscmp@nycap.rr.com to request the appropriate materials.  The NCA Board of Directors has arranged for Connections to Quality, LLC to count the ballots.  Ballots not received in the proper envelopes or at the proper address (Connections to Quality, LLC) will not be counted.

The voting procedure is as follows: Mark the ballot card in the appropriate squares next to the names of the candidates for whom you are voting.  YOU MAY VOTE FOR A MAXIMUM OF SIX (6) CANDIDATES.  Place the ballot(s) inside the blank envelope.  Place the blank envelope bearing the ballot(s) into the envelope addressed to the Recording Secretary and marked “Ballot,” and mail to Connections to Quality, LLC.  To be considered valid, ballots must be received by the Recording Secretary on or before February 1, 2009.

The results of the voting will be announced in the Annual Meeting Notice.

Remember:            

1. Vote for a maximum of six (6) candidates.
2. For a valid ballot, your ballot must be RECEIVED by the Recording Secretary in care of Connections to Quality, LLC in the proper envelopes and on or before February 1, 2009.

 

NCA Nominating Committee has submitted the following slate of candidates for the 2007-2009 Board of Directors
   
Lynne Anderson-Powell Read Candidate Statement
Jacqueline Brellochs Read Candidate Statement
Barbara A. Finch Read Candidate Statement
Sue Marino Read Candidate Statement
Kathy McIver Read Candidate Statement
Mary L. Price Read Candidate Statement
Summer Poris Read Candidate Statement
Pam Saunders Read Candidate Statement
Karen Steinrock Read Candidate Statement

 

Mary L. Price(1987-present) Email the Candidatemail

I am willing to continue to serve the Newfoundland Club of America and I welcome the honor as we work together to find resources and solutions for the challenges that face our breed and our Club.

AKC records and much anecdotal evidence indicate that the majority of Newfoundlands produced currently are bred by breeders who are not members of the Newfoundland Club of America.  NCA’s educational programs that are available to all are essential components to influence the future of our breed.  Our club must continually update our educational programs and develop and distribute new materials to all.

My memberships in the Newfoundland Club of America and the North Central Newfoundland Club since 1978 have provided opportunities to serve on several committees and in elected offices including:

  • North Central NC Board member, President, Vice President and Treasurer.

  • North Central NC committees: Rescue (current Chair), Constitution and By-laws, Nominating, 1995 and 2004 National Specialty.

  • NCA Board member, NCA Treasurer (current), NCA Rescue Chair (current)

  • NCA Charitable Trust Management Board member, Treasurer (current)

  • NCA committees–ex-officio member (current) – Rescue Education and Awareness (REACt)

  • NCA Delegate and Rescue panelist – 2002 AKC Parent Club Conference

In 1965 I established Carlow Kennel to exhibit my Smooth and Rough Collies.  Ten years later I transferred my interest to Newfoundlands.  I have enjoyed their constant companionship, bred and handled several conformation champions, produced other Titlists, and operated two boarding/grooming kennels - one at home which serves Newfoundlands exclusively and the other in Madison, WI that served urban housepets.

Professionally as an accountant I have managed Accounting Departments in the hospitality, real estate and health care industries, not-for-profits, and local government where I currently serve on the local Town Board.

I feel we must consider ourselves stewards of our beloved breed for the future and through our collective leadership clearly demonstrate that Newfoundlands deserve our respect and our care

 

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Lynne Anderson-Powell (1995-1999) Email the Candidatemail

I am a member of the NNC, NCNE and BMNC.  I am very active in BMNC, as President the last 2 years, past Recording Secretary and on their Board for several consecutive terms.  As their Rescue Contact, I established their current rescue program.  I have served as Chair or Secretary for Draft and Water Tests.  I am a past NCA Board member (2 terms); chaired Gen Ed and Ad Hoc Rescue; and currently serve on Rescue, REACt & BEC.  As an NCA Breed Mentor, I have participated in many JEC Seminars.  I am pursuing approval from AKC as a Newf Breed Judge and have attended several AKC Judges, Breeder or Working breed seminars.

I live in Amsterdam, NY with my husband William (Bill) Powell.  I am currently a manager for process improvement and automation programs for a Top Fortune 500 company.  My experience and roles there have developed my skills in management; engineering and automation of processes; design, deployment and support of software; vendor management; finance and business execution.  I have become expert at working globally with people with many different backgrounds and viewpoints to gain consensus on how to reach a common goal.  After 38 years with this company my career goal is to retire in a few years and increase my activity with my Newfs and the Newf world.

My experience with Newfs:

In 1988, after wanting a Newf for years, I obtained my first Newf from Walden Pond Kennel, R. Van Syoc and A. Ransome.  This set in motion my love affair with the breed and started one of many cherished friendships with Newf people and others in the world of dogs.

After showing, training and learning about Newfs, I decided to start breeding.  How lucky I was to have the mentors who helped point me in the right direction.  With 20+ years experience in owning, training, and breeding horses, I was not a total novice.  But there was much to learn about Newfs - breed type, health, pedigrees and structure.  This can be done only with the help of friends and mentors.  And only be accomplished by spending huge amounts of time observing and listening to people who were willing to share their beliefs, knowledge, experience and mistakes.

Since that start I have produced many Newfs and established ThreePonds as a ‘known’ kennel, especially for our white and blacks.  Always up for a challenge, I realized that the white and blacks while very competitive in obedience and working events were often not as competitive in the breed ring.  So my goal became to improve the white and black.  I have worked hard with others who share this goal to produce Newfs that are not just great white and black Newfs, but great Newfs who happen to be white and black.

We have produced 2 ROMs and many champions.  Our Newfs have received exciting awards at prestigious shows all over the world – CRUFTS, Westminster, Gold Cups, The European Show, NCA Regionals, NCA and Canadian Nationals.  We have produced dogs that earned obedience and working titles, including the NCA Top Obedience Newf for 2007, who has now achieved an OTCH.

But what makes me the most proud is when one of my ‘puppy people’ says how great their Newf is; how easy it is to live with; and how much they love and enjoy that Newf.

So finally, what do I believe we need to do?

I strongly believe that we need to emphasize that a quality Newf should be able to prove their soundness, breed type and ability to perform what they were originally ‘designed’ to do.  Their unique abilities to work in water and as a draft dog are essential elements that set them apart from other breeds.  A great breeder will require that they not just be able to go through the motions but work willingly and efficiently and could, if properly conditioned, do this all day - every day.  Soundness of mind and body, correct structure and proper breed type can and must co-exist!

We have much to do to improve their health and soundness.  We have much more to do to educate the current and future generations of breeders and owners.  We have to find effective ways to support new owners; stop the impulse buyer and disreputable breeder; and to connect people who should have Newfs with people who should be breeding them.

To do this the NCA has to reach out to and leverage our Committees and Regional clubs.  We need to be more inclusive of both NCA and non-NCA owners and breeders to understand how to support them all - pet owner, breeder, exhibitor and to encourage all work with the NCA towards our common goal - to preserve and protect the Newf.

 

 

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Jacqueline Brellochs (1992-1996, 2003-present)Email the Candidatemail

                 

Our first Newfoundland puppy entered our new house in 1969.  I handled Ch. Ganshalom’s Panda Bear, CD to her titles.  Early ring success hooked me on showing, and Panda’s attributes led me to make balanced structure and floating movement among my top priorities.  Her call name became the basis for kennel name, Pandaga.  Bred first litter in 1973 and only re every three years while our sons were young, handling my own Newfs until 2006 when knee problems prevented running.

First family WD was earned 1983 by Christopher, then 13 years old.  Later I obtained 7 WDs, 3 WRDs, 5 DDs, 1 TDD, and 4 CDs.  I am a provisional water test judge.

For 38 years I have been an active member of the NCA, Genesee Region Newfoundland Club and Finger Lakes Kennel Club, serving on committees and assisting at events, both conformation and working.  Appointments included chairperson, GRNC’s 1st Regional, 1988, test secretary for 1992 National Draft Test, chair of GRNC’s 2003 Draft Test.  And in charge of Vendors for 2003 National.

I chaired the Versatile Newfoundland Committee from 1984 inception until this spring.  On Newf Tide Policy Committee, 1991, proposed the annual photo contest for covers of Newf Tide.  On Illustrated Guide Committee, I favored providing more rationales for important conformation points to increase understanding in upcoming breeders as well as for prospective judges.  I am a breed mentor.  I served on the Working Dog Committee, 1995-2003 during revision of the water test regulations and development of the WRDX exercises, urging a lifesaving approach with less AKC obedience formality and working with our dogs’ instincts, never against them.  I am currently a member of Health + Longevity Committee.

I like working on the Board (1992-96, + 2003-present) to make a positive difference and would appreciate the chance to continue thus serving our membership and beloved Newfoundlands.

As custodians of the Newfoundland breed and of its standard of excellence, NCA and its members need to work harder at resisting show fads and in respecting our standard.  I am concerned about some of the features succeeding in the show ring as they contradict those we approved as defining our Newfs.

Average size for adult dogs is 28” to shoulder and 130-150#.  But so often such a male is bypassed.  “Large size is desirable, but never at the expense of balance, structure and correct gait”.  But, again, the bigger dog often gets the nod even when he has a narrow, swinging front and close, bicycling rear.

Standard calls for broad skull with only slightly arched crown, close fitting eyelids, moderate slope of stop and clean cut muzzle free of wrinkles and whose depth and length are approximately equal.  The standard does not even mention flews, but numerous Newfs exhibit deep and loose flews as well as excess stop, wrinkles and loose eyes – features enumerated as faults of the overdone head in our Illustrated Guide.

How different the proportions of the cobby ideal dog of our IG as compared to many long-bodied specimens who have garnered top placements.

Shoulders well laid back and upper arm same length as shoulder blade – a careful examination of pictures in Newf Tide show how many contradict the prescription for forequarters.

Well-bent stifles and hocks with line perpendicular from hock to ground is less than the overangulated rears which cause dogs to move on those hocks and stand naturally with hocks angled inwards.

There are detrimental consequences when features become exaggerated, both for the comfort of our dogs and for their ability to function as originally intended.  Lack of straight column of bones creates joint stress and, over time, increasing discomfort.  Upright front angles make movement jarring and increase susceptibility to shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries.  Overangulated rears are associated with increased incidence of cruciate ligament ruptures.  Narrow as well as deep chests correlate with gastric torsion (e.g. Great Danes).  And larger size is more apt to lead to spinal problems which shorten life span.

Newfoundlands were strong, level swimmers.  But upright shoulders and longer bodies move the center of gravity back.  Lack of strong ligaments as evidenced in a good pole just behind the skull, results in a “ewe neck” which drives the rear down while swimming and adversely affects strength of the front to propel dog through water.  Overangulated rears do not have a strong push against the water (nor on land, hitched to cart).  And so we have Newfoundlands who do not swim level.  Rather, several are laborious swimmers whose rears are significantly lower in the water than their withers.  For them, it is slow going even in calm reservoirs as they are sent for articles 50 feet out or for boats 75 feet from shore.  This, the breed which became famous for valiant rescues in cold, rough seas!


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Barbara A. Finch (1986-1988, 2007-present) Email the Candidatemail

From the time I purchased my first Newfoundland in 1972, I have always been involved in the breed.  I joined the NCA in 1973 and since that time I have been a member of or served as a chairman of many NCA committees.  I am currently a member of the Specialty Show Coordinating Committee, where I am Chairman of the Specialty Show Guide, the Technical Resources Committee and the Judges Education Committee, where I have presented four Study Groups for prospective judges in the past 18 months.  I have been a Board Member for several Regional Clubs and I served as Hospitality Chairman for two National Specialties.

My dog show experience outside of the NCA is extensive.  My all-breed club is the Piedmont Kennel Club in Charlotte, NC, where I served as Show Chairman for their 2008 shows.  I am also a member of the Morris & Essex Kennel Club.  I currently judge eight breeds:  Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Bernese Mountain Dogs (prov), Great Danes (prov), Newfoundlands,
Barbara A. Finch, continued

Portuguese Water Dogs (prov), Siberian Huskies and St. Bernards (prov).  I also judge Jr. Showmanship (all breeds).  I have judged specialties in Norway, Sweden, Hungary and Italy and the Gold Cup in Denmark, and judged NCA National Specialties in 2001 and 2007.  I am a delegate to the American Kennel Club representing the Arkansas Kennel Club.

Although currently not breeding, I had a very successful career breeding Newfs under the kennel prefix of Tuckamore.  I bred over 50 Champions, two National Specialty BOBs, one National Specialty BOS, BIS Newfs, AOM winners and Group winners.

In my life out of dogs, I am currently in my 3rd year of serving as the Human Resources Officer for the Town of Davidson (NC).

It has been a pleasure to serve on the NCA Board for the past two years and I would sincerely like to continue to serve.  I am willing to run for office.  I will attend meetings, contribute to mail meetings, and serve on committees and be and will be an active and contributing member of the Board, if elected.

As I run for a second term as a Board Member of the NCA, I need to speak about our wonderful breed and my desire to keep it as wonderful as it is.  From recent records, we have found that most rescue dogs do not come from NCA breeders.  So the natural question comes about, do we try to bring those breeders into the NCA or do we attempt to educate the public to buy only from NCA breeders.  We as board members are constantly challenged to make decisions which not only concern the Newfoundland dog but also the members of the club.  We, the NCA Board members, need to remember that we should be above it all.  We need to be honest at all times and leave the vendettas behind.  We need to always vote to better the breed and the needs of the members.  I vow to follow these guidelines, if elected to the Board.

 

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Sue Marino (2007-present) Email the Candidatemail

The Newfoundland world has added a lot to my life including some of the best friends anyone could hope for.  Both of my children have been involved in the Newf world.  I feel it helped them learn responsibility, compassion, sportsmanship and friendship.  I enjoy many activities with all of my Newfs.  I enjoy draft work, water rescue, rally, freestyle, therapy work and occasionally AKC obedience and conformation.  I have bred litters in the past but don't have time for it now though I do keep up with current breeding practices through my many friends who breed and through seminars offered at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine where I have worked for 20 years.  I enjoy teaching all kinds of training clinics and judging at the mentor level in water and draft.  I learn something new every time I teach a workshop or judge a test and my goal is that the participants learn as well as have fun.  I'm always eager to learn more and share my knowledge with other Newfy lovers while trying to find solutions to each unique training challenge.

I am currently serving on the NCA board and as the chair of the NCA Working Dog Committee.  I served on the board of the Newfoundland Club of New England for 8 years as their working dog secretary and another two years as a director.  I have served on three National Specialty committees.  I have chaired numerous draft and water tests and stewarded at most tests around the Northeast as well as at many National Specialty Draft Tests around the country.  I look forward to the privilege of continuing to contribute positively to the NCA board.

An issue facing the NCA is misunderstandings between the board and its committees.  We have a committee liaison that does a wonderful job communicating between the committees and the board but I think that the committees sometime question the board’s decisions about issues which affect their committees or why the board did not agree with their recommendations.  The NCA committees do a lot of foot work for the board about issues which the board has to address.  Most of the time the board votes to accept the committee’s decisions but occasionally it does not and I think that the committees, who have worked very hard to present the board with information, don’t always understand the reasoning of the board’s decisions.  The board always appreciates the work that the committee has done but may have reasons, unknown to the committee, why they cannot agree with their decision.  In the past some committees have been upset that the board did not accept their recommendations or advice.  I think in these cases if more information was given to the committee about why the board voted the way they did there would be a better understanding of the board’s decision by the committee and less hurt feelings.  I think if we give each committee more feedback about the decisions that the board makes it would only strengthen the relationship between the board and its committees.

Also, I support the boards decision to communicate better with committee chairs about the job they, and their committee, are doing.  If the board doesn't think the chair or committee is doing the job they expect them to do, the chair will be told that the board isn't satisfied and what they need to do to better the performance of the chair or the committee.

There is an issue facing our breed that I would like to address and that is temperament.  Our breed standard states: Sweetness of temperament is the hallmark of the Newfoundland; this is the most important single characteristic of the breed.  The very first line of the standard states: The Newfoundland is a sweet-dispositioned dog that acts neither dull nor ill-tempered. Why then are we seeing more and more aggression in our sweet tempered breed?  Many breeders and committees are concentrating on health issues in the breed but temperament seems to be taking a back seat.  If temperament is so important to our breed standard then why isn’t it being addressed as much as, if not more than, the health issues?  I would encourage people to consider dog’s temperaments as much as their health clearances when making a decision to breed.  We must work at maintaining the sweet temperament which is so important to our breed.

 

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Kathy McIver (2005-present)Email the Candidatemail

Newfoundlands have been a major part of my life since 1972.  Over these many years, the dogs have enriched my life during good times and bad.  I joined the NCA in 1978 and my first litter was born in 1983.  Since then, Newfoundlands carrying the Cachalot kennel name have successfully competed in all areas of competition.

Serving on a regional level as an officer, director, newsletter editor, Specialty and committee chair, laid a solid foundation for becoming involved on a nation level.  I’ve participated in the following ways:

Board member, 2005 to present
Second Vice President, present
Committee Liaison, present
Breeder Education Committee (BEC), chair, 2005 to present
Regional Club Liaison 2005 to 2008
Regional Club Committee Liaison, 2005 to 2008
Health and Longevity Committee member 2005 to 2007
AKC Task Force Committee 2007 to 2008
JEC Breed Mentor 2001 to present
BEC Breeder Mentor 2005 to present
Breeders List member 2002 to present

Like many parent clubs, the NCA is at a transformative time our history.  I believe it is the NCA’s duty to develop programs that will increase our influence and guardianship of the Newfoundland breed.  With anti-canine legislation preventing owning large dogs, much less keeping them intact long enough to breed, the core of something we all hold dear – purebred dogs – is in grave danger.  According to the AKC studbook, NCA members are breeding less and less, but our registration numbers haven’t changed much.  Who’s doing all the breeding?

Within our club, members need to feel free to debate, question, and even disagree with each other.  Respect for another member’s point of view, breed commitment and/or expertise should not depend on where a person’s dogs came from.  Rescue people think breeders are ruining the breed; working people turn up their noses at the mention of conformation, and so on.

If these trends are not reversed, are we going to find ourselves struggling with a declining volunteer base to provide rescue and medical services to dogs bred by non-NCA affiliated breeders?  Or, will the declining number of NCA member bred litters mean, in the near future, one would have to be a NCA member even to qualify for consideration for a puppy?  If the public is forced to purchase their first Newfoundland from an “alterative source”, what can (or should) the NCA do to help?  How does the NCA protect our financial reserves while protecting the breed?  How is our breed even defined?  These are the type of questions I think the NCA needs to address so we can adequately prepare for the future.

One of the most rewarding and challenging aspects of serving on the Board is trying to develop new approaches to governing.  It may be helpful to review how previous boards addressed the problems of their times.  Having the advantage of looking at history with hindsight may help us find new sources of ideas for the future.

Part of good leadership requires maximizing results while utilizing available resources.  The NCA’s biggest resource is our membership.  Until honesty, integrity, respect, and accountability are accepted as the norm of behavior, we are not maximizing the heart of the NCA’s infrastructure – the membership!  Please help the Board by sharing your ideas and suggestions.  If you like something or don’t like it, let the Board know.

If re-elected, I will continue to work towards greater transparency in board operations.  An open approach into the governance of the NCA is required as proof the board is fulfilling its job as stewards of the club.

We all have a shared responsibility in making the NCA worthy of the breed we protect.

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Summer Poris Email the Candidatemail

I have had 3 Newfoundlands in the last 14 years.  My first was in the conformation ring, and earned his CD, WRD, DD, CGC and TDI.  My second earned his DD WRD CD, and my third is on her way to earning her championship and has her DD and CGC.  Nothing is better than a day with the dogs.

I have served the Newfoundland Club of Northern California for the past 10 years as either President, vice-president and/or a director, and have been a member for 14 years.  I have been the Ways and Means Chair, Recognition, and Awards Chairman and the agent of Incorporation for NCNC as a 501 © 4.  I also incorporated Newfoundland Health and Rescue as a 501 © 3 in 2002, and serve on its current board of directors.  I currently chair the Health and Rescue web store, whose duties include item procurement, storage, shipping and sales documentation.  I have been a member of NCA for 12 years and have served on ad hoc and standing committee’s.  I also have served as the Regional Show Chairman for 7 years.  I am a Partner Draft and Water Test judge, have chaired, been secretary to, and stewarded multiple water and draft tests and water and draft seminars.  Time spent with the Newfoundlands is always time well spent.

It’s an ongoing problem, the overwhelming amount of unaffiliated Newfoundland breeders producing the majority of Newfoundland puppies these days.  I will get up on the stump again about education.  People will buy a Newfoundland from anyone if they don’t know better.  That of course excludes those whom need a puppy “now” or find a $400.00 puppy an offer they cannot refuse.  If we can educate the public about the standard of the Newfoundland dog and

the reasons for breeding to that standard we are on the right track.  I like the idea of identifying “substandard” dogs as pointed out in the Illustrated Guide for the Newfoundland Dog.  There is a reason for every part of the written standard and any breeder that does not breed to this standard does a great disservice to the breed and those who would buy their puppies.  A properly bred Newf, in temperament and structure, is a joy to behold.

Another problem is Rescue.  Not so much at the National Level as a very dedicated group of individuals has produced a nicely functioning committee.  It’s at the regional levels that rescue needs help.  With the current economy more dogs are going to be turned over to rescue.  (We are already seeing this in Northern California)  The drain on funds and volunteers will cause undue strain, resulting in burnout.  What to do?  Come to the realization the Rescue is as important as all the other issues facing NCA/Regional Clubs.  It’s the only service that ONLY benefits the dogs, and is no less important than health testing and reporting, holding Club members to the Code of Ethics, Breeder Education, Judges Education, etc.  I am very happy the 2009 National Specialty will allow Regional Clubs to raise funds for Rescue, the first time this has occurred.  Again, it’s all about the dogs.

 

               

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Karen Steinrock Email the Candidatemail

An NCA member since 1992, Karen and her husband Greg have owned and loved Newfoundlands for twenty years.  Through that time her involvement in breed activities has included conformation, obedience, pet therapy and working dog events.  She is active in the Colonial Newfoundland Club for whom she handles public relations for the annual water test and other working dog activities.  She also served as NCA’s Breeder Referral contact for two years.

A professional public relations specialist and free-lance writer, Karen currently serves as Publicity Chair for the NCA.  Her home-based business of 18 years includes a variety of industrial and commercial accounts which have given her strong ties to both local and national media.  Prior to starting the business, she spent ten years in the marketing department of Hershey Foods Corporation and three years with a national advertising agency.

She began volunteering for local animal shelters in the early 1980’s, organizing media events for the Harrisburg Humane Society, followed by ten years working with dogs/cats and handling public relations for the Helen Krause Animal Foundation.

Karen’s weekly pet column has run in the Harrisburg and Allentown, Pa. newspapers for the past ten years.  The Q&A format gives her access to thousands of dog owners—a unique opportunity to reach the public with information about purebred dogs and responsible pet ownership.  Knowing her love of Newfoundlands, readers often inquire about our breed.

In addition, Karen pens the quarterly Newf column and periodic feature articles for the AKC Gazette and has written for Dog World as well as Dogs in Review magazine.  For five years Karen produced and hosted a weekly talk radio show, featuring a broad spectrum of guest experts including many dog fanciers.  Radio led to a two-year stint as “The Pet Lady”, offering weekly pet tips on the local ABC television affiliate.  Her Newfies appeared in numerous segments.

Through her writings and other activities, Karen has gained unique insight into the public consciousness as well as the inner workings of other breed clubs and the issues they face.  Her great passion is to help bridge the gap between breed fanciers and the public – to help average dog owners make educated decisions about breed, breeders and general care.

She hopes to bring her writing, media and public relations skills to the table for the NCA, working to promote understanding about the Newfoundland breed, while encouraging support and involvement from the membership.

Karen, her husband, two Newfies, cats and goldfish reside in central Pennsylvania.

 

 

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PAM SAUNDERS Email the Candidatemail

I began my love affair with our wonderful breed long ago and acquired my first Newfoundland in 1978 after finishing college to become a Veterinary Technician and I am now a Veterinary Hospital Manager where I manage a very large, 9 doctor, hospital outside Portland, Oregon.  My first Newf, Amie, was my constant companion and she immersed me in this versatile breed by training me in all aspects of obedience, water work, draft work and conformation.  She was my first VN.  I’m a current member of not only the NCA but also both Regional Clubs- the Pacific Northwest Newfoundland Club and the Newfoundland Club of Seattle.  Along the way I’ve stayed active and have stewarded in countless working events as well as served on numerous working event committees.  I am currently an active member of the NCA’s Working Dog Committee as well as a “counter” for the NCA Awards Committee where I (along with others) tally qualifying scores for Newfoundlands in obedience.  This year I also worked with the NCA Membership Committee to format the 2008-2009 NCA Directory.  I enjoy judging Newfoundland working events as a mentor level water and draft test judge.  I have earned 3 VN’s and recently my Makena was the NCA’s Top Producing Bitch for 2005.  My husband Marc and I currently have 6 Newfoundlands in our lives.

My other passion, besides Newfoundlands, is photography and many of the photos currently used by the JEC in their judges education presentation were taken by me.  I enjoy taking photos of Newfs along with other animals and wildlife.  Another passion of mine is 4-H dog Obedience where I not only judge children and their dogs of all breeds but also serve on the Oregon State 4-H Dog Obedience Committee.  I have been a NCA member for many, many years and am ready and willing to serve the NCA membership through a position on the NCA Board.

If I am fortunate enough to become a member of the NCA Board of Directors, I would like to see work continue or begin on a number of issues facing our breed and Club.  Some of these issues are:

  • I applaud the NCA’s upgraded website and think that the more User friendly and educational this website is, the better and a continuation of these improvements will benefit all.

  • I am very excited about the ongoing research on anterior cruciate rupture and I would be supportive of ongoing research in not only this area but also lymphoma cancer.  Both of these health issues are seen far too often with our breed.

  • I would like to see the NCA continue to be active with the AKC and other organizations against unfair legislation against dogs and the unfair legislation that impact the ethical breeding of dogs.

  • Over the past few years there has been an increase in the number of NCA committees chaired by Board members.  I would like to see the NCA Board choose committee Chairmen from the dedicated, talented NCA membership and not from within the Board.

  • The hosting of our NCA Nationals has become very difficult for many Regional Clubs to take on.  I would like to see the Board work with the Specialties Show Committee to see how we can help Regional Clubs with the hosting of NCA Nationals.

I have been a veterinary hospital manager for over 20 years, where we employ over 50 people and feel that I have a strong ability to work well with others.

I have served on many committees and am currently a member of the Working Dog Committee.  I was also responsible for working with the Membership committee and formatting the 2008-2009 NCA Membership Directory and getting it ready to send off for publication.

I have been active in all aspects of the Newfoundland for 30 years, whether it’s conformation, working events, fun events (parades and cart rides for children), health issues, seminars, etc.

I would very much like to become an active member of the NCA Board and serve the NCA membership.

 

 

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Newfoundland dogs are good to save children from drowning, but you must have a pond of water handy and a child, or else there will be no profit in boarding a Newfoundland.
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