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April 2, 2014 - National Specialty Information

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Be sure to check your in-box for Daily News from the National Specialty. The "Tick Tock" will contain up to the minute results, schedules, important announcements and everything you need to know so you won't miss a thing!

February 16, 2014

Are you a Work-A-Holic? Does the first warm breeze in spring turn your thoughts to water training? Do you have more carts than cars in your garage? The NCA Working Dog Committee is looking for an enthusiastic team player to join us! Our next committee member should have experience in NCA Draft and Water work, and judges level experience is a definite plus! The committee meets during the evening on the 2nd Thursday of every month and is looking for someone willing to make a commitment to listen, share, and provide input at these teleconferences as well as someone able to follow through with the nuts and bolts work of the group. If you are a hard worker who is passionate about working dogs - please send a letter of interest to Lynne Anderson - NCABoD2ndVP@live.com

February 9, 2014

With Westminster now only a day away, we salute the only other Newfoundland to go Best In Show, Darbydale's All Rise Pouchcove "Josh" won in 2004.

February 8 , 2014

The NCA Salutes our Junior Handlers who will be competing at the Westminster Kennel Club

We are thrilled to have 2 Junior Handlers - Kaitlyn Benedict and Becker Reep qualified and competing with their Newfoundlands at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. These talented youngsters will square off against a huge field of juniors to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarship money and to showcase their love of Newfoundlands on the big green carpet. Junior showmanship judging will be streamed on the WKC website.

February 6, 2014

The New York Times, Wednesday, February 15, 1984
Newfoundland Is Best In Show - Top Prize at Westminster


The top-winning Newfoundland in the history of the breed, Ch. Seaward's Blackbeard, was named best in show last night as the 108th Westminster Kennel Club show ended its two-day run at Madison Square Garden. Kitty Drury of Saranac Lake, N.Y., chose the big, black dog before an enthusiaitic crowd of 7,500.

The 155-pounder, who is called Adam because be was the first pup to be whelped in a litter four years ago, was the first dog to gain the final last night when he was named best of the Working Group.

Owned by Elinor Ayers of Manchester Center, Vt., whose mother established the Seaward kennel in 1932, be entered with impressive credentials that included 29 best-in-show awards and 78 groups.

Louis Harris, in discussing his choice of Adam as best in group, said: "He's sound, alert and puts out like a great show dog should. Then he's in splendid condition."

He should be, for his handler, Gerlinde Hockla, walks him three miles a day. "It keeps us both in shape," she said.

The 2014 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is coming up soon- do you have your DVR set?

January 29, 2014

Foundation Decisions Shape the Future of the Breed

In the early 20th century, 2 World Wars and the Great Depression took their toll on the Newfoundland breed in the United States. Registrations declined, and entries at dog shows were at an all time low. Several dedicated breeders committed themselves to reviving the breed in this country through the importation of exceptional stock and breeding carefully planned litters. sheton king

One of these early influential kennels was Oquaga in New York, their foundation stud Shelton King of V and many of the dogs they produced can be found in the pedigrees of the wonderful Newfoundlands who share our lives today. Read more about the history of Oquaga Kennels.


January 24, 2014

Why NCA?

Are you a member of the NCA? Have you chosen not to join? Are you a new Newfoundland owner just learning about the breed and the club? We want to hear from you! The NCA Steering Committee is interested in understanding why Newfoundland owners do, or do not, choose to belong to the Newfoundland Cub of America (NCA). 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 just like you - please take a few moments to share your comments in this short survey today! Thank You.

Take the Survey Now!

December 30, 2013

Celebrating 30 Years of Rescue

30 years ago the need for Rescue mirrored the needs of today. Since 1983 over 1,200 Newfs have been saved. Since the formation of NCA Rescue funding has been used for Veterinary Care and Regional Club Grants.

The NCA Rescue network relies on countless hours of effort from Regional Clubs and dedicated individuals across the country who share their time, expertise, and hearts to transport, rehabilitate, groom, train and love these second hand dogs.

Your support of the NCA Rescue network has raised over $500,000 since 1983, all of which has gone back into direct care for dogs in need. NCA Rescue is 100% volunteer organized and staffed and responds to save Newfoundlands every day of the year.

Please consider a donation to support the great work done by NCA Rescue.


December 28, 2013

Health Challenge- Celebrating a Healthy Future!

In ancient Egypt the heart was considered the controller of the body. Thus, if learning a song, you "learned it by heart". Medical research has advanced since then. Yet, when we ask for Health Challenge gifts- it is "from the Heart". As a result, over $500,000 has been raised and donated since 1995, truly an indication that you "took our request to 'Heart'".


The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) and the Newfoundland Health Challenge (NHC) work very closely with the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the Morris Animal Foundation and others to review and select research proposals. RAC comprises the NCA's scientific resources and is instrumental in providing review and feedback regarding potential and active research projects supported by the NCA Trust, as well as opening and maintaining lines of communication within the research community. The members of RAC review studies based on many criteria including - is the study relevant to our breed (eg. "Copper Toxicosis In Bedlington Terriers" would not be funded), does it address a breed-specific health issue (eg. Sub Aortic Stenosis), does it address an issue which is prevalent across breeds (eg. osteosarcoma) or is it a study whose results will open doors on a broad front (eg. mapping genes)

During 2013 at the recommendation of the Research Advisory Committee, the Charitable Trust funded 6 different studies totaling $75,000. Since its inception the Health Challenge has raised over $574,000.00 and funded dozens of studies. Many of the studies have provided the new Technology and Procedures now resulting in the reduction of what used to be debilitating diseases. Such effort and success is paramount to meeting our goal of a safe and healthy future for every Newfoundland. Support NCA Health Challenge with your tax deductible contribution today and help us Celebrate A Healthy Future!

December 27, 2013

NCA Celebrates Education! The 1992 formation of the Scholarship Fund is one of many dates that is significant in the history of NCA Charities. Several major gifts were received that created today's funding capability: Gifts from the Elinor Ayres Estate, the Geraldine Irwin Estate and a donation from Anne Williams were landmark for their timing and use. The Scholarship Fund was directly started as a result of these generous gifts.

Junior Scholarship has provided college level tuition payments for 25 successful applicants that have shown an ongoing interest in caring for, training and showing their Newfoundlands. During the Junior and/or Senior year of high school these juniors submit applications to demonstrate their commitment to the Newfoundland and an essay detailing desire, experience and an insight into their life with a Newf. In some cases the funds have also applied to other "hands-on" training for dog-related careers. Support NCA Charities with your tax deductible contribution today and help us Celebrate Education!

December 11, 2014

Doing some Christmas shopping- want to help Rescue and Health Challenge?? Any item purchased at Amazon.com can have a portion of the proceeds donated to NCA Rescue and Health Challenge if you USE THIS LINK to get to Amazon- bookmark it - use it today - use it a lot! http://www.ncanewfs.org/amazon.html

November 14, 2013

We are excited to have had the opportunity to use eBay™'s Giving Works platform in 2013 to reach out to our eBay™ friends and continue supporting Newfoundlands. To date this program has raised $1439.95 for the NCA Charitable Trust. We sincerely appreciate the kindness and generosity of Newfoundland fanciers everywhere and look forward to your support in the future. Buying and selling on eBay™ to support NCA Charities is easy! Just click the link and get started today. NCA Charities on eBay™.






"Three Secrets About the Draft Test Regulations"


by Roger Powell

reprinted from NewfTide 1997

Actually, these are not real secrets. But they are three points that many people do not realize.

Point 1: The Draft Test Regulations are not a training manual.

Draft tests were devised so that people who have worked with their dogs in harness can test their abilities. This orientation makes draft tests different from many other dog-related activities. The intent is not that people will train their dogs primarily to pass draft tests. The intent is that people who work with their dogs regularly will have a way of testing their abilities, a way of testing themselves against a standard. The Draft Test Regulations were written so that people could put on such tests in a standard manner. The Regulations were written as guidelines for the people putting on the tests.

Why were draft tests devised this way? One cannot learn to do draft work from reading about a narrow set of exercises. Draft work is not as simple as it may appear. To do draft work, a person and a dog (or dogs) must work together using equipment that is appropriate for the dog and for the job at hand. Both the person and the dog must learn how to use equipment; this is more than just learning how to pull. The dog must learn how the equipment responds under different working conditions and how to change his behavior to make the equipment work right under those conditions. The dog must learn how to overcome common problems. A dog working in the woods must learn how to prevent equipment from catching on logs, branches and rocks. A dog pulling kids in a wagon must learn how to handle kids' wiggles. And the dog's owner must also learn how to use equipment properly. The dog, after all, cannot climb into the harness and hook himself to his draft apparatus. The owner must learn what equipment is appropriate for what jobs and conditions and for what dogs. Consequently, at a draft test, not only are a dog's abilities t





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