Well, the weather forecasters were wrong again, luckily, and the Draft Test weekend of April 7 & 8, 2018 took place under partly sunny skies, just right temperature, and free of rain. I was able to attend on Saturday and was pleased to see new faces in the crowd. Both dogs and handlers worked hard and some came away with new titles. Congratulations! A big thank you to event chair Lynne Baker, Test Secretary Patti Sondgroth, Chief Steward Lisa Lee and her crew of stewards, and all those who supported the event.
By the time many of you read this, a group of intrepid “Newfy Groupies” will off to the NCA National held again in the quaint German Village of Frankenmuth, Michigan. Although most of us will not have dogs with us, it will be so fantastic to see the impeccably groomed and handled dogs over 2 days of obedience and 4 days of conformation. Nothing can top last year’s show at Salishan (okay, bragging just a bit on behalf of our Club) but I know it will be a wonderful time.
The Annual Picnic is just around the corner so be sure to mark your calendar for June 16, 2018 and send in your reservation as soon as possible so Patrick and Lisa have a good attendance count. It is only a small fee to attend and it is a great time. Dogs are welcome at this event and be sure to bring a friend (human, that is).
Speaking of the Annual Picnic, this is also the day we honor our rescues Newfs who have gone to their forever homes. Not only can you meet and greet the dogs but there will be games as well. NH&R also offers a brown bag featuring gently used Newfy items (remember to check your closets and bring your goodies to donate) and June Gibson will have all of her rescue merchandise available for sale. The sale proceeds of the merchandise and the brown bag provide a good amount of the budget necessary to fund the care of our rescue Newfs, so be sure to bring your checkbooks, cash and credit cards to support this wonderful group.
Finally, remember that our tireless NewfsPaper editor, Jen Larsen, has arranged for the famous “NewfBrookie” to answer your Newf-related questions on just about any topic from behavior to nutrition. You will see her article below. Be sure to take advantage of this resource if you have any questions about your big boy or girl.
Well, that’s it until next time.