NCNC Newf’s and their people have been busy, as usual. In conformation: Georgia (Patty O’Brien & Edward O’Donoghue) earned two Best of Breed awards; Rocky (Linda & Robert Kennard) earned a Best of Breed. In Obedience: Crew (Kathy Mitchell) earned a first place (196.5) in Novice B at an all-breed trial. At the recent NCNC draft test, Tess (Jen Larsen) earned a new Draft Dog (DD) title; Page (Cherrie Brown) earned a new Draft Dog Excellent (DDX) title; and Jeter (Randy Robinson) requalified for the fifth time (DDX5) as Draft Dog Excellent. Congratulations!
The annual NCNC membership renewal forms were sent out recently by Debbie Bridge with instructions. Renewals are due by December 31, 2017. Please renew promptly! During the holiday season it is easy to forget. Then, the Membership Chair will need to spend time contacting folks to remind them. If you have not received the renewal notice & forms, please contact Debbie.
The premium list is now available for the Golden Gate KC benched shows at the Cow Palace. (See the Golden Gate KC website or MB-F.) Entries close very early (December 13, 2017). Two one-day shows are scheduled for January 27 & 28, 2018. These shows draw a large crowd of people interested in meeting & discussing the various breeds. For that reason, NCNC views the shows as an important opportunity to educate the general public about Newfs. We provide an educational table and we organize entries so that our Newfs can be benched together. (It’s also more fun that way!) Please consider supporting this effort by entering a dog and/or helping out at the Educational table. Dogs can be entered in conformation, obedience, rally or for “exhibition only”. Please contact Lynne Baker to help with the education table, and contact Summer Goodwin to bench your dog with the group. (See elsewhere in this Newfs Paper for more information.)
We are now into Draft work season. The Fall NCNC Draft Test was successfully held on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville. As noted above, we had one new DD qualifier, one new DDX qualifier, and one DDX re-qualifier. Thank you to everyone who helped make the test a success! In particular, thank you to Test Chair Lori Littleford, Test Secretary Cherrie Brown, and the many other committee members and stewards who worked hard to make this test go. I think everyone had a good time, as well! Thank you, also, to the Test judges: Lanelle Warrick (DD & DDX), Dawn Druge (DD) and John Pearson (DDX), who worked well together for a smooth-running and friendly test. In the upcoming new year, NCNC plans to host monthly carting seminars January through March, weather permitting. These annual seminars are a great place to start beginner dogs or practice experienced dogs through a mock course. The first seminar is currently scheduled for Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Larkey Park in Walnut Creek. (See elsewhere in this newsletter for more information and the entry form. Please pre-register.) NCNC will also have a Spring Draft Test which is currently planned for Sunday, April 8, 2018. Watch the Newfs Paper and the NCNC website for more information and entry forms.
The last club meeting of 2017 will be the annual holiday party on Saturday, December 16, at the home of Laura & Kevin Gallagher in Vacaville. As always, I’m sure there will be plenty of great food, deserts and comradery. Also, each person who brings a wrapped gift can participate in the very popular gift exchange and thievery. Please plan to attend this festive event!
Finally, anyone interested in working dog activities is welcome to participate in the annual Working Dog Committee planning meeting. This year it will be held at the home of Kevin and Laura Gallagher in Vacaville on Saturday morning, December 30, 2017. It traditionally starts with a pot-luck breakfast, which is always a treat. Then, we will decide working dog activities, locations, judges, chairpersons, etc. for the next year. This is your chance to influence the working dog schedule, so bring your suggestions and ideas. Laura Gallagher, our new WDC Chair, is the contact person. Watch the website for more information.
We have lots of activities planned for you and your dogs. As always, check the calendar section of the Newfs Paper or the NCNC website for more details. I hope to see you there!
Have fun with your Newfs!
~ John Pearson, NCNC President