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Parade of Newfs December 6, 2008

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Holly The Newf and her Christmas cart

Holly The Newf and her Christmas cart

Saturday morning my family and I participated in the Williamsburg Christmas Parade with The Colonial Newfoundland Club. What great fun! This was my first parade and I had a very good time. All my dog friends and I had our carts to pull, which were decorated for the holidays. My cart was brand new. Jim finished it for me the night before the parade. This was my first opportunity to pull it. The kids wrapped boxes to look like Christmas presents to decorate my cart. I got so excited about the whole thing that I pooped right in front of the review stand. Whoopsie! Jim cleaned it up for me. (Wouldn’t want to make the group look bad!) Kim said I did a very good job since I’m still new to carting and draft work. The kids had a great time giving out candy to people along the parade route. We marched through the center of Colonial Williamsburg. There were thousands of people who turned out to watch us. After the parade I got to meet many new people and children who wanted to pet me and find out more about Newfoundlands. I really enjoyed myself and we all look forward to going again next year. Be sure to watch the video that we made at the parade.

I’m a working dog now! November 10, 2008

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Holly's First Try at Carting

Kim took me to a draft and carting workshop on Saturday so that I could learn how to pull a cart. I got to visit with a bunch of other Newfoundlands. I was amazed to learn that all the other Newfs like to work at jobs like I do. Kim says Newfoundlands are a working breed dog and we need to work. Sometimes I get bored when I don’t have enough to do, so Kim thought that we would have fun carting. She was so right. I got to try on a draft harness. Kim said it was a bit confusing figuring out how to get it on, but she’ll get the hang of it. The instructor, Dwight, suggested I try pulling flag poles in my harness to get the feel of things. I didn’t mind the poles at all, so we decided to try the cart. Kim helped me attach the cart to my harness. It felt great so I just started pulling it. I pulled it all over the park. I loved it! I didn’t want to stop. Kim said that we could get our cart and harness. I would really like that. She said the Colonial Newfoundland Club is participating in the Colonial Williamsburg Christmas Parade in Williamsburg, VA, on December 6th with a carting group. Kim said she thinks we can go. I can’t wait!

To learn more about carting and draft work for Newfoundlands and working breed dogs, visit the Draft Dog section of the Colonial Newfoundland Club’s web site and The Newfoundland Club of America’s Draft Dog page.

Newfoundland Grooming Workshop September 20, 2008

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holly_grooming_seminar_092008Kim and I went to a Newfoundland Grooming workshop at the house of Cindy Flowers of Old Bay Newfoundlands. Kim has been very excited to learn about how to properly groom and trim me. Newfoundlands need to be groomed and brushed on a regular basis or their double coats can become matted. I had a bad experience earlier in the summer with a groomer who decided to shave part of me to get rid of some mats. Kim was very, very upset. Newfoundlands are not suposed to be shaved. She decided we wouldn’t go the groomer anymore, so she is making me my own grooming salon in the basement of our house. We got to try out all the professional grooming equipment that Cindy had. Kim learned the proper technique for using shears and how to shape my face and my feet. She learned some tricks to help me stand still and not sit down. We talked to other Newf owners about proper washing and drying techniques so I don’t smell stinky or get mildewed. We got handouts with pictures to take home and practice with. Kim thought it was well worth the trip, even though she put a huge black scratch on the side of our van when she hit Cindy’s fence. Jim won’t be happy. Maybe he won’t notice.

For more information on Newfoundland grooming, check out the Colonial Newfoundland Club’s Grooming Page and Judi Adler’s Book The Newfoundland Puppy: Early Care, Early Training.

Newfoundland Water Rescue Workshop July 27, 2008

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Kim and I had a very exciting weekend. We went to a Water Rescue workshop for Newfoundlands that was hosted by the Colonial Newfoundland Club at Codorus State Park in Pennsylvania. I’ve been swimming before, but this weekend I learned the basics for water rescue. I went in the water and swam to people who were yelling “help”, I practiced swimming around people and towing them into shore, I fetched a bumper in the water, and best of all, I got to take my first boat ride. The boat ride was so much fun. Kim sat beside me and fed me chicken the whole time. I really like boats! Then we practiced jumping off the boat into the water. It wasn’t deep water to start with, but I saw some of the more experienced dogs jump off the boat in the middle of the lake to save their humans. I was really impressed to see one dog that dove underneath an overturned boat in the water to save their human that was trapped under the boat. Kim said she wants us to work on what we learned so we can try to get our Junior Water Rescue title. Sounds like fun to me!

For more information on water rescue work visit the Colonial Newfoundland’s page on water rescue, the Newfoundland Club of America, and OSA Newfs.

Fun Dog Games June 1, 2008

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Yesterday my family took me to the Colonial Newfoundland Club’s Summer Fun Days. It was great to see so many dogs that look like me! The club had a picnic, a just for fun dog show, a raffle…but my favorite activities were the dog games. They had a limbo contest that I won with my littlest girl, musical dogs, and the dress the dog race where we came in third. It was great fun having everyone cheer me on. I even won a dog toy. You might want to try one or more of these games the next time you have a dog picnic or a dog party.

I’m a therapy dog! May 31, 2008

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tdi_certification_052008Today the Colonial Newfoundland Club had their Spring Fun Days. We all went to participate in the just for fun dog show, the picnic, and the fun and games. I played the Limbo, Simon Says, and my personal favorite, Dress the Dog. I won a monkey toy and a teddy bear toy. What fun! The club had a Therapy Dogs International (TDI) representative there to qualify dogs to do therapy work. Kim’s sister Jenn has dogs that do therapy dog work. Kim said that I would really enjoy being a therapy dog. We decided at the last minute to take the Canine Good Citizen test to see if we could become a TDI team. I had to walk beside Kim and be a good listener, walk up to a person in a wheel chair, meet another dog, leave food on the ground without touching it, sit for several minutes while Kim left, and come when Kim called me. I did pretty good at all the exercises except the coming when Kim called me. I saw my kids behind Kim and when she called me I got excited and raced to see my kids. The nice lady giving us the test let me try again and I did much better. I passed the test. So now, I’m a therapy dog.

 

Watch me taking my Canine Good Citizen Test.

 

To find out more about how to qualify a dog to do therapy work or find out about scheduling a therapy dog to visit your organization visit Therapy Dogs International, Delta Society, AKC, and Land of Pure Gold Foundation. To schedule Holly for a therapy dog visit, go to her web site at www.HollyTheNewf.com .