On a recent trip to the Island of Newfoundland my brother, Greg, sent me a photo of the Newfoundland dog statue on Signal Hill in St. John’s: This powerful symbol of one of the province’s animal emblems got me thinking on how important statues are. While images in general are very powerful communication vehicles, most(…)
The Internet today is probably the most important communication media shaping how people feel about dogs in general and specific breeds in particular. To see how our breed is perceived outside of the Newfoundland dog fancy I decided to check out the “top” lists for dog breeds to see how we fared. Here is a(…)
A Newfoundland dog jumping from a helicopter to rescue a drowning victim is what usually comes to mind when we think of the Italian Dog Rescue School (Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio or SICS) but there is so much more to this incredible organization.
“Benevolent” is not a word usually associated with our domestic canines and it is certainly not a word that you would expect to find in a Kennel Club breed standard. That is absolutely so with one very important exception – for the Newfoundland dog.
Just when I thought that everything that could be written about the war hero, Gander, had been, along comes a marvellous book about this incredible Newfoundland dog. The book is entitled A Dog Named Gander and it is co-authored by Sergeant Major George S. MacDonell and Sue Beard. One of the factors making this book(…)
In 1975 I got my first Newfoundland and as I look back over the past 39 years I see many changes involving our breed here in their country of origin. Six areas in particular stand out in my mind: appearance, health clearances, diet, life span, rescue, and working events. Appearance When people look back at(…)
Previously I have described Newfoundlands as first cousins to the polar bear so it may seem strange that there could be any winter hazards for such a hearty cold weather breed. However I have found four possibilities; if they lived in the wild like the polar bears that list would be narrowed down to only one.
As a Newfoundland breeder with a special interest in dog carting I am often asked what criteria I use to select a pup as a potential draft dog. My answer comes in three parts and the second part usually surprises people.
Like most volunteers with organizations that rescue Newfs in need, I want nothing more than to put ourselves totally out of business by having the need go away. Regrettably we appear to be going in the opposite direction.
Since the 1800’s there has been fascination with three wheeled draft vehicles for dogs to power. One of the most unique is this tricycle from France in 1875. The back wheels were like giant hamster wheels with the dogs inside of them. Fortunately this didn’t catch on but similar devices were patented in both France and the USA.