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.

 

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President’s Message

The past month has been busy for NCNC members and their dogs. Near the end of February, several traveled south for the NCSD Regional Specialty, followed by two days of shows (Silver Bay KC). NCNC dogs were very successful. At the Specialty on Friday, Dexter (Joyce Taylor) won BISS, George (Casler/Anderson/Jackson/Latchaw) went select, and Margaret (Todd and Debbie Bridge) got an AOM. Both Saturday and Sunday, George took Best of Breed, and Margaret went Best Opposite. Dexter took a Select on Saturday. A dog that Cherrie Brown co-owns, Aukai “Keep the Stoke,” got an AOM Friday and went Select on Sunday. Congratulations!

March was a busy month for draft work. We started with a successful carting seminar in Gilroy, which made up for the rained-out Antioch seminar. Thank you, Pam Rubio, for graciously providing your facilities and plenty of good food. Lori Littleford, Laura Gallagher and I were the instructors. After a morning seminar followed by lunch, about five of us took our dogs and carts to Christmas Hill Park for some practice at the test site before the impending draft test.

Despite warm weather (in the 80’s), the draft test in Gilroy on March 16 was very successful. Linda Maggy assembled and led a well-oiled test committee machine. The judges and stewards kept things moving efficiently all day, finishing the freight haul in the early afternoon before the temperature peaked. Three of the eight entries qualified, and several others were oh-so-close (e.g. didn’t come on the recall, or moved on a stay, or encountered a problem late on the freight haul). Congratulations to the qualifiers: Carol Chew with Bonnie (new DD); Cherrie Brown with Ramble (DD2 re-qualifier); and my own team of Ready (new TDD) and his mother Rose (TDD1 re-qualifier).

As I write these words, I am looking forward to four days of shows at Vallejo. With a large conformation entry, there should be majors both ways each day! There are also NCNC members entered in obedience. And, some of our members will be traveling soon to the NCA National Specialty in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Good luck to everyone!

Don’t forget the upcoming NCNC picnic and club meeting at the San Leandro Marina Park on April 26. The new location sounds wonderful. If you haven’t already registered for the picnic, please do so. (See the website.) The event will also include an NH&R raffle, so bring your donation items and cash for tickets. And soon, the water training season begins. We have much to look forward to!

~ John Pearson, NCNC President