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

NCNC members and their dogs were active this month in the conformation, obedience, and rally rings as well as a draft test. (Show results are listed elsewhere in the Newfspaper.) Here are a few highlights:

The NCNC Regional Specialty was very successful, thanks to co-Chairs Laura Gallagher and Pam Jackson and their very busy crew of helpers. Of particular note, Dexter (Taylor & Nelson & Nelson) took Best of Breed; Tess (Larsen & Cohen) took Best Opposite Sex from the classes to finish her championship; George (Jackson, Latchaw, Casler & Anderson) and SeeSea (Lange & Kitch) got Selects; Walter (Bridges) and Falcon (Hill) got Awards of Merit. In Obedience, Busy (Vroegryck & Littleford) took High –In-Trial with a first place score of 198.5 in Novice B. My own Ready took a 1st place in Rally Excellent B, finishing his RE title, and he also got his first qualifying leg in Novice B obedience. Again, thank you to everyone who participated in our Regional to make it so Special.

In other shows and trials: George (Jackson, Latchaw, Casler & Anderson) took a Best of Breed and a Group 1; Dexter (Taylor & Nelson & Nelson) took a Best of Breed and a Group 2; Earl (Vroegryk) finished his championship; Chloe (Ryan & Ryan & Taylor) finished her CD (and VN!) with a 2nd place in an all-breed Novice A; and Busy (Vroegryck & Littleford) took a 3rd in an all-breed Novice B.

The NCNC Fall Draft Test at Dixon was very successful. Congratulations to the new draft dogs, Tucker (Sayre), Jeeter (Robinson), Teagan (Bogush) and re-qualifier Doe (Masters). Several other entrants came very close, as well. Thanks to our judges (Cherrie Brown and Pam Saunders), our observer judge (Dawn Druge), and to the Co-Chairs (Lynne Baker and Patti Sondgroth) and all the helpers on their committee.

We continue a very busy time of year. The NCNC holiday party and club meeting will be held on Saturday, December 6, at the Maggy’s home in Hayward. The party is always lots of fun with great food, drink, friends and the famous gift exchange (and theft). Don’t miss it! Starting off the new year, we will have the annual Working Dog Committee meeting, again at the Maggy’s house, on Saturday, January 10. This is a very important meeting since working dog events will be planned for the next year. So, if you want a say in those events, come to the meeting! Besides, a great potluck breakfast is served to start things off! (Contact Linda Maggy for details) The January 17 club meeting at Hazel Jacoby’s house in Castro Valley will include nominations from the floor for club officers, in addition to those nominated by the Nominating Committee. The club’s Annual Meeting on February 21 will be a big event including the annual awards banquet and the announcement of the newly elected club officers. Winter also means draft seminars, the first of which is scheduled for Sunday, January 18, at Larkey Park in Walnut Creek. (Contact Walt Parsons for information and registration) As always, 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