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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.