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 water training seminar in Esparto was a big success. Thank you to Joy Alyea for allowing us to use her beautiful home and pond. Thank you, also, to Dawn Druge for chairing the event, and to Erin Zimmer (from NCSC) for driving north to provide the instruction. A successful event such as this always requires a group of hard-working people. Dawn and Erin were very ably assisted by a group of stewards and cooks who helped make the day a big success. I believe about twenty dogs participated with their handlers. Also, the date and location of the July Water Seminar may change to Saturday July 19 at Lake Berryessa. Watch for separate announcements in the Newfspaper and NCNC website.

NCNC members and their dogs were also very active in the conformation and obedience rings this past month. The schedule has become so busy that the results are listed in a separate article in this month’s NewfsPaper. However, highlights are in order: George (Joan Casler, Lynne Anderson, Pam Jackson & Jill Latchaw), Margaret (Debbie & Todd Bridge), Bordeaux (Ann Cramer), Falcon (Tanya Hill), and Dexter (Joyce Taylor & Debra & Danielle Nelson) all had Best of Breed wins. George, Bordeaux, and Dexter all had Group placements, as well. Flicker (Cherrie Brown) finished her conformation Championship and Austin finished his Grand Championship. Finally, Bonnie (George, Carol & Justin Chew & Pam Rubio) finished her Companion Dog (CD) title in Obedience. Congratulations to all!

So far, we still plan to hold our water tests at Lake Del Valle on September 6-7, 2014. However, due to the drought conditions, plans may change, so be flexible and check the NCNC website and Newfspaper for updates. Our water test committee is working with the East Bay Regional Parks District concerning training and tests at Lake Del Valle. (Shadow Cliffs and Lake Berryessa are also being considered as potential back-up test sites.) The Del Valle park supervisor has now signed our test application. There is still a question when and how quickly they will drain the lake, which could still impact us. (They will probably begin releasing water earlier than usual this year.) Currently Lake Del Valle is nearly “full to the brim.” We have park approval now to train in the evenings on Thursdays at Lake Del Valle at the normal location (Hobie Point). Rick Humphreys is unable to bring the boat and oversee the training as he has so graciously done for many years. However, Lori and I plan to train at Del Valle on Thursday evenings as often as we can make it, and we will bring the boat with us. Contact me if you want to train so that I know who to expect, and whether it’s worth us going. You can also train on any day in the area where dogs are normally allowed off leash – go through the gate just to the right of the boat launch area and follow the trail back to somewhere with enough beach to practice. (You may need to walk a half mile or more, and please be considerate to the fishermen and others.) Also, I understand some folks are now practicing at Folsom Lake (contact Cathy and Jerry Sayre for information) and at Lake Berryessa (contact Laura Gallagher). We will continue to update you as information becomes available.

The NCA website Events Calendar lists working events approved for the regional clubs. Some NCNC members are already thinking about traveling to other sites for water tests this year. (The more tests you enter, the better your chances of getting a title or building a string of qualifications!) For example, the High Country NC (HCNC) has three days of water tests scheduled for July 25-27, 2014, at Chatfield State Park near Denver, Colorado. The premium list can be down-loaded from the HCNC website. (Entries close July 21.) If you are interested in caravanning to Colorado, contact Kathy Sayre or Carol Chew. Other water tests currently listed on the NCA calendar include: NC of Seattle at Deep Lake, Nolte SP, on August 24; HCNC again on September 12-14; PNNC at Horseshoe Lake, WA, on September 20-21; and NC of San Diego at Glorietta Bay on September 27. A test for NCSC is not yet listed. Of course the NCA list can change. If you really want to travel to water tests, the NC of New England has a test scheduled for August 23-24 in Connecticut, but the judges are tough (Lori and me).

The next NCNC meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 9, at the home of Hazel Jacoby in Castro Valley. A grooming seminar will be included. See you there!

Have fun with your Newfs!

~ John Pearson, NCNC President