The NCA is responsible for the preservation, protection and welfare of the Newfoundland Dog. We provide health, education, and rescue programs, safeguard the breed standard and promote the historical work of the breed
In 2012, the Steering Committee of the NCA conducted a survey of the membership. Some of the questions asked centered around what members felt were the most important functions of the club, and how the club should allocate resources.
When asked to rank the importance of various activities of the NCA, both "Preserve and protect the Newfoundland breed" and "Work to improve the health of Newfoundland dogs" were rated "most important" by 91% of the members and overall got 7.4 and 7.7 out of ten respectively for resource allocation. A majority of the members, 74%, felt that the NCA does not spend enough on Health and Longevity with it capturing 8%** of the current annual budget. (**This figure does not represent spending for NCA Health Challenge Research Studies which are funded through your donations to the NCA Charitable Trust)
The Steering Committee is interested in understanding what aspects of health are your highest priority. This survey is open to NCA members and non-members alike; it is not an anonymous survey, nor is it scientific. The goal is to obtain first-hand information from Newfoundland owners.
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 -
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!
2015 National Specialty Chair
November 25, 2014
Wanted: persons interested in the role of Newf Tide Editor
If you submitted an item for the 4th Quarter issue and have not been contacted, please send an email to email@example.com 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
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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December 22, 2014
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