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

Several NCNC members and their dogs traveled to Colorado for three back-to-back HCNC water tests on July 25-27 at Chatfield State Park near Denver. The tests were well run, and the weather was quite variable (and interesting!). Two NCNC dogs were very successful: Tucker, handled by Cathy Sayre, earned his WD, and Jeter, handled by Randy Robinson, earned both his WD and WRD. Congratulations!

NCNC members and their dogs were also active in the conformation rings this past month. Show results are listed elsewhere in the Newfspaper. Here are a few highlights: Margaret (Bridges) and Falcon (Hill) both earned Best of Breed wins in local shows. Congratulations!

The recent NCNC meeting on August 9 was very successful, productive and well attended. Besides the Board and General meetings, we had an excellent grooming seminar and selection of judges for the 2015 Regional Specialty. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Our back-to-back water tests are scheduled at Lake Del Valle on Saturday and Sunday, September 6-7, 2014. Saturday will be WD and WRD, and Sunday will be WD, WRD and WRDX. As I write this, the tests are nearly full. Early in the season, we were concerned whether Lake Del Valle would even be available, due to the draught conditions. Fortunately, the water level has been kept quite high for use after the summer season. Our water test Chair, Lori Littleford, and her committee worked diligently with the East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) to secure training and test sites at Lake Del Valle. Our permit is now approved, and the tests are on track.

If you don’t want to just count on the NCNC tests for your title(s), other water tests currently listed on the NCA website events calendar include: High Country NC in Colorado on September 12-14; PNNC at Horseshoe Lake, WA, on September 20-21; NC of Southern California on September 20-21; and NC of San Diego at Glorietta Bay on September 27.

We are entering a very busy time of year. Besides the water tests, discussed above, our Regional Specialty is coming up soon on Friday, October 24; the Fall draft test will be Sunday, November 16 near Dixon; and the NCNC holiday party and club meetings will be Saturday, December 6. Check the Calendar section of the NewfsPaper or the NCNC website for more details. I hope to see you there.

Have fun with your Newfs!

~ John Pearson, NCNC President