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Monday, September 20, 2010

Newfie Fun Days

A while back I did a post about my Newfoundland dog.   Having owned two Newfies in my life, I really have a soft spot for them.  Oh, and as a little aside. you don't really own Newfies:  they own you!  Our last Newfoundland, Barkley, weighed 216 pounds.  And he still thought of himself as a lap dog! 

Because of that fondness Hubby and I have for Newfies, when we read in the paper that Newfie Fun Days were being held in Eliot, Maine, a town about 40 minutes away, we knew we had to go.  It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed seeing dozens of these beautiful, gentle animals.  (Without having to pick up their doo-doo or wipe up their drool!)  There are variations of the breed:  the original Newfoundland dogs are black; there are black and white ones, called Landseers; I had never seen the brown ones; and also present was a Grand Pyranees which is an all white Newfie twin.  I suspect the Landseer may be a result of Newfies doing the deed with Grand Pyranees.  (That's purely speclulation on my part...don't quote me!  I don't mean to sully any dog's reputation here,)

Newfie Fun Days are an annual event where Newfie owners get together and show off their dogs, learn about the breed, and see some of the things that the dogs can do.  There was an event call "carting," where the dogs are harnessed and hitched to wagons and walke through an obstacle course, with a young passenger aboard.  Newfies are working dogs by nature, and most of them love doing this, once they have had a little experience with it.  Another event was the water trials.  Newfies have webbed feet, are great swimmers and are capable of rescue activities.  There were demonstrations of how a Newfie can do a "wet fetch"  (my term, not theirs)--retrieve a life preserver pillow tossed in the water.  Another pulled a boat to shore with a rope.

The slide show below is a series of photos I took that day.  I apologize that I couldn't figure out how to change the color of the captions, so some of them are difficult to read.  Hopefully that won't detract from your enjoyment of the pictures.  If you click on the little square made of arrows at the lower left of the window, you can enlarge the photos to full screen; they lose a little of their sharpness, but it's great to be able to see how huge these pets are.   Enjoy!

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15 comments:

Steven Anthony said...

wow, they are beautiful creatures, I cant imagine one curling up in my lap, lol...thanx for sharing

Karen and Gerard said...

What a fun event and those dogs are gorgeous! I bet you would like the movie, "Hotel For Dogs." Here's my review of it (It's a book too!):
http://ourstack.blogspot.com/2010/09/movie-review-hotel-for-dogs.html

My name is PJ. said...

My best friend had two Newfies, back-to-back. They are truly gentle giants....giant shedders.....but gentle giants!

Brian Miller said...

these are truly beautiful dogs...i like the chocolate one...sounds like a fun time too for them and their owners...

glnroz said...

what a way to sppend the day...

Mesina said...

What fab pics Eva! I LOVE Newfoundlands, though I've never owned one myself. We have a Siberian Husky and a Golden Retriever. Sounds like a great day out for Newfie lovers!!! xx

Claudia said...

what beautiful dogs and they seem to enjoy it!

natalee said...

OMG!! What fun.... I learned so much about this breed... we will be dog hunting soon (when Bad baby finally potty trains) and im voting for a Newfie...xoxox

Kmama said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Those dogs are huge and beautiful but HAIRY. I had a super hairy dog once and never again!!

Bossy Betty said...

Such sweeties!! Gorgeous animals!

Pat said...

Boy those are HUGE doggies! They kind of look like bears! LOL! Yours weighed over 200 lbs? Sheesh! I can't imagine his food bill! They look adorable!

injaynesworld said...

They're gorgeous. What a fun day that must have been.

Eva Gallant said...

Jayne: It was an extremely pleasant day. Beautiful day, beautiful dogs!

Boatswain said...

When Newfoundlands have puppies, the ones with lots of white on them are called Landseers, even though they come from the same litter. Great (not Grand) Pyrenees are not related to Newfoundlands and have a very different personality.

Boatswain said...

FWIW, normal Newfoundland litters sometimes include puppies that are black and white. They are called Landseers even though they have 100% Newfoundland parents. Great (not Grand) Pyrenees are an unrelated breed with a very different personality. Adult male Newfoundlands are supposed to weigh 150 pounds at most. More than this dramatically increases the likelihood of joint problems in later life.