She stood stock still for a moment, taking in the situation, then hurtled toward the water and first galloped, then swam full speed toward Amiya before I had even entered the lake. Grace swam around Amiya from behind, giving Amiya a chance to grab on to Grace’s body – which she did – and pulling her promptly in to shore.
Hannibal Kennels has received many honours over the last three decades. The most prestigious honour was having Hannibal’s Col. Freeman chosen as the model for a 1988 Canada commemorative postage stamp honouring the Newfoundland breed. The Dogs of Canada commemorative stamp series was commissioned to celebrate the centenary of the Canadian Kennel Club.
Napoleon shared many adventures with Lloyd over the years, such as fishing for shrimp in Greenland. Lloyd has immortalized Napoleon in photographs that he sells around the world, all proceeds going to Canadian Newf Rescue. These include the most incredible head shot and many showing his prowess in the water.
Big Mac became Peter’s top carting dog, performing at the Toronto Sportsmen Show for many years and attending every possible club event. At the 2002 National Specialty (left), Big Mac went in the carting class and proved that Newfs today, like their ancestors in the early days of Newfoundland, are still capable of working to age 13.
Belle’s life was a major milestone in the quest to regain the healthy longevity that Newfoundland dogs enjoyed centuries ago and she brought much love to those whose lives she touched in many ways, especially to Shel and Peter. To her last moment the sighting of a young child sent her tail a wagging. On January 14, 2012 at 14 years and three weeks of age, Belle passed.