The mission of the Newfoundland Club of Northern California is to encourage and promote the breeding, understanding, and appreciation of the Newfoundland dog, and to perform and to encourage such activities as will bring its natural qualities to perfection, including draft work and water rescue.
From the President…
We had two events in February the first being our second draft seminar of the year which was held in Antioch. The doggy attendees included several Bernese Mountain Dogs, a Saint Bernard, a Great Pyrenees and several Newfies. The day was just beautiful with the temperature staying around the 60 degree mark with clear skies and calm winds. I am very happy to report Lori Littleford and all of her helpers can still boast that all of her beginner level students are each pulling a cart by the end of the day. Congratulations! Rick Humphreys assisted a Berner and his owner in the intermediate level and John Pearson set up a tight maneuvering course with extra obstacles to challenge the test prep group. Based upon what I saw we’ve got a couple of dogs ready for our upcoming April 7th draft test.
We have our last draft seminar right around the corner, March 16th at Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville. We will be practicing at the test site so I urge all of the teams who will be taking the test, please come and join us! For those of you who aren’t ready to take the test we will also have our intermediate and beginner level instructors ready to assist in bringing you to the next level. I am looking forward to a great final seminar.
Lastly we had our annual meeting and awards banquet at the La Strada Restaurant in San Pablo. Debbie Bridge who prepared all of our awards was happy to report that NCNC members had earned over 50 titles last year! Wow, we sure have an awesome membership. I would like to thank Debbie for preparing the awards. Todd and Debbie Bridge also provided us with a beautiful slide show which consisted of pictures from 2012 events. We all enjoyed a giggle or two watching that slide show during the banquet, thank you Todd and Debbie. Pam Rubio prepared and passed out our Living Legend Awards. I lost count of these awards which is a good thing. I believe we passed out about 7 Living Legend Awards, congratulations to the recipients and thank you to Pam Rubio. I was very happy to present the Luis Parsons award to Rick Humphreys with assistance from Pam Rubio and John Brennan. I think Rick was very surprised to have been presented with the award. I would like to thank Joyce Taylor for administrating the award. I had a huge amount of help organizing the banquet and would like to thank Patty and Buzz Sondgroth . Patty and Buzz put together the gifts for banquet and they were a great success. Thank you!
-Dawn Druge, March, 2013