The Newsletter of the Newfoundland Club of Southern California, Inc. Oct.-Nov. 2011

Inside this issue:

President’s Message


— Lynn Hirth

Fall Draft Test


NCSC Dogs Bark for Kids
BARK (Beach Animals Reading with Kids) Therapy Dogs is a non-profit volunteer program that provides certified therapy dogs to elementary schools and libraries. Children love to read to the gentle, nonjudgmental dogs. Sophie listens to kids at Paularino Elementary in Costa Mesa, Obie listened to kids at the OC Pet Expo, and Imp is listening to kids attending the summer day care program at Morse Elementary School in Placentia where more than 65 kids signed up to read to the dogs! Reading out loud is crucial to the development of competent readers. When reading out loud, kids are encouraged to read each word rather than reading to themselves and skipping the words they don’t know. Many children are intimidated by reading in the classroom because they are shy, have difficulty decoding the text, or may be embarrassed about making mistakes. We work with children who are behind in their reading skills, lack selfconfidence, or have difficult or traumatic home lives. Even autistic and Asperger’s kids can benefit from reading to BARK dogs. Children in a six-week readContinued on page 4

NCSC Regional Specialty


9 Newfy Fun Day PONC Regional Specialty Rescue Report 11


Trophies for MNC Regional Specialty


NCSC 30th Anniversary Water Test Apparel Water Test Logo Contest Winner!



Wanted: Loving, forever homes … (page 12)

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Hi, Everyone, The end of the year is fast approaching. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas come barreling down on us every year, and we can only wonder where the time went. The NCSC had a water test in October, will have a Draft Test in November, and have our Regional January 6, in Palm Springs. If you are at all interested in things Newf, try to make it to the Regional. Betty McDonnell of Kilyka Newfoundlands will be our conformation judge. As an added bonus, the Mesquite Newfoundland Club of Arizona is having a Regional on Thursday, January 5. There will be supported entries the Saturday and Sunday after our Regional, too. If you missed out on donating money for one of our Regional Trophies, the Arizona club still needs sponsors for its trophies. Thank you to our many supporters who donated to our trophy fund. Karrie Cook was hard at work collecting donations. Visit the 2012 Regional Specialty site on Facebook, too (search Facebook for: 2012 NCA Newfoundland Regional Specialty). Michelle Alpern posts updates about the Regional. Mark the date — January 6, 2012 — for our Regional. The election Meeting will be held in October in Long Beach. It should be a fun day of dog activities. The notice and contact information should be in this Pawprints. Come and join the fun! The Newfoundland Club of Southern California has a lot of opportunities for volunteers. Rescue can always use drivers, donations, and foster homes. Our hard working working committee will always welcome enthusiastic newcomers. If you think you might want to get more involved come to one of the events, or suggest an event at a location near you. Have a Happy Halloween and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! Take care, —Denise Hatakeyama

2011 NCSC Club Calendar
October Sunday, Oct. 23 Newfy Fun Day (see page 9)

November Sunday, Nov. 20 Draft Test (see page 6) December Saturday & Sunday Dec. 17 & 18 PONC Regional Specialty (seep page 11) January 2012 Thursday, Jan. 5 MNC Regional Specialty (see page 16) Friday, Jan. 6 NCSC Regional Specialty (see page 8)

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Membership Information
President: Vice President Corresponding Secretary Recording Secretary Treasurer Board of Directors: Denise Hatakeyama Celia Gebhart Heidi Forrest Karrie Cook Peter Schran Mark Banda Michele Alpern Gigi Griffith Hans Reinisch Debby Rothwell 562-943-3248 909-238-5129 562-424-7806 714-840-5350 562-936-1259 805-985-4579 661-270-9173 760-728-8888 310-547-0798 562-936-1259

Member Updates:
New Applicants for MembershipNicholas and Joni Novosel 8500 Lurline Avenue Winnetka, CA 91306-1223 (818)886-8166 Newf Mix: Harley (9/1/07)

Membership Chairperson Newfoundland Rescue: Karrie Cook Denise Hatakeyama Karrie Cook Laurie Shapiro Celia Gebhart Denise Hatakeyama Kathy Mitchell Debby Rothwell JoAnn Stark Heidi Forrest Theresa Kaplan Woody Smith 714-840-5350 562-943-3248 310-245-2747 949-631-0432 909-238-5129 562-943-3248 818-317-8760 562-936-1259 805-653-1401 562-424-7806 562-438-0706 909-794-7947

Grant Nakano 8745 Delgany Avenue Apt. 303 Playa del Rey, CA 90293 (424)288-2879 Newf: Paprika Plush Nakano (7/14/07)

Club Activities: Breed Information: Draft/Water Work:

Tracking Work: Editor, Pawprints Webmaster:

President’s Notice: NCSC Member Roster Please do NOT use the NCSC Membership Directory for commercial purposes. It is for private use only. Only use the directory to contact people you know. If you would like to meet people in your area who have Newfs, contact the NCSC Board and ask if you can announce a get-together in Pawprints. It has to be clear that it is a Non-NCSC event.

GENERAL INFORMATION : Pawprints is a publication of the Newfoundland Club of Southern California, Inc (NCSC). The opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and/or sponsoring body, and are not sanctioned or endorsed by the NCSC or the Newfoundland Club of America (NCA). Events sponsored by the NCSC are for information and educational purposes only. Articles of a medical nature reflect the opinion of the author and do not constitute an endorsement by the Newfoundland Club of Southern California, Inc. or the Newfoundland Club of America. CONSULT YOUR VETERINARIAN BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO DIAGNOSE OR MEDICATE YOUR DOG.

Deadline for next issue submissions is Nov. 10, 2011.
Please send all Pawprints submissions to: Theresa Kaplan, Editor Email: Send address, email and telephone updates to: Karrie Cook, Membership Chair Email:

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Continued from page 1 ing dog program increased their reading skills by 12-20% in comparison to kids NOT in a reading dog program. At Cleveland Elementary, the hearing impaired children sign their words to the dogs and the interpreter speaks the words. These kids also practice using their voice. You need a firm voice to get the dog to sit, shake, or catch. It’s fun for them to practice speaking when they can get the dog to respond! BARK currently has more than 80 teams listening to children in 40 regular locations (schools and libraries) along with numerous community events such as the OC Pet Expo. BARK also helps college kids at Chapman University and UCI to de-stress during finals. BARK encourages humane education by teaching children how to take care of their pets at home. BARK’s regular program is one day per week for eight weeks in order to build a better bond and rapport with the team and child. BARK assessment forms from teachers show 96 percent of kids increase in self-confidence, 94 percent in class participation, and 90 percent in reading skills. Yes, the dogs love it too! Most teams report their dog gets excited as soon as they get close to their school or library. Does your dog have what it takes to be a BARK dog? BARK looks for friendly dogs that like children, do not bite or jump, and can settle down. Your dog must be at least one year old and pass a 15-point test similar to the Canine Good Citizen test. The test includes some obedience, testing around groups of people, strangers touching your dog, and walking by food. BARK is not only testing the dog, but also the handler to be sure they are aware of and have control of the dog. BARK teams participate in the program once every few months, once a month, or once a week; whatever works for the volunteer. BARK provides all supplies and tries to find locations close to where the dog team lives. BARK has limited funding and is in need of picture books about dogs, small rolling suitcases, blankets, stickers, and small stuffed dogs. Check out the BARK website to see all upcoming events and testing dates:

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Ways & Means Chair Needed!
The Newfoundland Club of Southern California needs a new Ways and Means Chair. Would you like to be involved in NCSC events, but don't really want to show or do any working events? Do you have an artistic side you would like to express? Do you have a knack for design and a love for retail? Do you have a spare room or garage space to store merchandise? Consider volunteering to be Ways and Means Chair. You will be able to watch all events and contribute to the Newfoundland Club of Southern California. It’s also a great way to meet fellow Newfy lovers. We thank Melanie Bigelow for her several years of hard work. Please contact Melanie Bigelow at or (714)377-2038 if you are interested or would like more information about this opportunity.

Happy Birthday Newfs! Newf-days in October & November
Date 10/1/2009 10/9/2003 10/27/2007 11/3/2010 11/8/2008 11/15/2006 11/24/2004 Newf Name Beardog's Poseidon Cowboy Hudson Harley Katie's Kiss Abbey Tucker Last Name Shortell Hofman Forrest Valenzuela McKinnon Banda Mead Age 2 8 4 1 3 5 7

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NCSC Fall Draft Test
Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. Peter F. Schabarum Regional Park 17250 East Colima Road Rowland Heights, CA 91748 Judged by Martin Vroegryk and Gaby Cohen

Test Committee:
Karrie Cook, Chair (310)245-2747 or Erin Palmer, Secretary (310)766-4746 or Melanie Bigelow, Third Member (714)377-2038 or James Kell, Chief Steward (951)741-82887 or

To volunteer to help, contact Karrie Cook.

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Draft Test Volunteers Needed!
Come to the NCSC Fall Draft Test and cheer for the dog and handler teams as they strive to earn a draft dog or team draft dog title! Volunteering at a draft test is the best way to learn about the sport. No experience is necessary, and we will show you everything you need to know. We’ll have plenty of experienced handlers on hand to answer any questions you might have. We are in need of the following:  Stewards – We need many people to help and no experience is necessary. We need people at the obedience ring and at the start of the harnessing and hitching area. If you’d like to take a one mile walk in a beautiful park, WE NEED YOU to walk behind a dog and handler team during the freight haul (primarily for safety purposes). We also need two people to act as lead stewards at the front of the freight haul (ability to remember the one mile walk required).  Volunteers to help with carrying, set up, and tear down of items for the obedience ring, maneuvering course, breakfast, lunch, raffle, and Ways and Means items.  Raffle Donations – We will have a raffle the day of the test, and we are in need of your donated items. Stay tuned to your e-mail for the opportunity to purchase tickets for a few specialty items (you need not be present at the draft test to win these items). If you would like to help with any of the above, contact Draft Test Chair Karrie Cook at today!

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Newfoundland Club of America Regional Specialty
Hosted by the Newfoundland Club of Southern California Friday, January 6, 2012 Palm Springs, California
Conformation and Juniors Judge: Betty McDonnell Sweepstakes and Veteran Sweepstakes Judge: Anna Lorenz Superintendent: Jack Bradshaw

Make sure you plan ahead and plan on coming to the NCSC Regional Specialty in Palm Springs on Friday, January 6, 2012. The Mesquite Newfoundland Club Regional is the day before, so plan to make that, too, if you can. Our Regional is one of the first Newfoundland Specialties of the year and we always have a great time. Our judges are Newfoundland breeders, Anna Lorenz (Sweeps) and Betty McDonnell (all other Dog and Bitch Classes). If you want to learn about a Regional, think about volunteering; we can always use an extra hand. Melanie Bigelow is our Raffle Chair. If you are interested in donating a prize, contact her at or (714)377-2038. If you have any questions, contact Denise Hatakeyama at or Michelle Alpern at There are just being a few trophies left to sponsor. If you’re interested, contact Karrie Cook at

2011 BOS, CH Goldcoast Madison Ave. Uptown Girl

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In Memoriam

MAY 17TH 2003 ~ SEPTEMBER 11TH 2011 Gaelan came to me as a rescue just before Christmas, 2003 at six months of age. I was asked to foster him, which is the kiss of fate for me as I bond very quickly … and in this case so did Gaelan. Gaelan had the sweetest demeanor and got along with all dogs and people, wanting to be in the middle of everything at all times. He did not like water work, but was in his element the times I took him to the Special Olympics. Gaelan came to me suddenly and left me suddenly. I thank the wonderful rescue sector of the club for calling me. I was blessed to have him in all his loving gentleness.

—Loved by Pamela, Rachael, Cherie, and the rest of the Pack

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RESCUE REPORT: October/November 2011

—Laurie Shapiro & Karrie Cook

Likely a side effect of the economy, the dogs entering our rescue program are in worse shape than ever before. This, of course, results in higher bills at the veterinarian’s office. Our fundraising efforts are never-ending (as you’ve surely noticed when Laurie tries to get you to buy yet another T-shirt!) Rescue is very grateful to all those who give of their money, and also those who give of their time. One easy and “free” way to help is to shop at Ralphs with the club card registered to benefit SCNRC, better yet if you get your friends, neighbors and co-workers to do the same. As the holidays approach, think of the Rescue boutique for gifts; Laurie is always quite happy to be your personal shopper! And, if you and all of your friends have plenty of Tshirts and sweatshirts, consider rescue donations for “in honor of” gifts and memorials. Many of our supporters included donations with their NCSC club year dues: Kelli Austin, Charlie Axilbund and Diana Ahlem, Mark Banda, Roberta Bracamonte, Shirley Brown, Ralph and Donna Carlson, Pamela Forney, Ben and Linda Henry, Grant and Ginger Hoag, Mari Hofman, Ebba Lundberg, Mike and Marilyn Maltby, Sandra Martin and Alexandra Flannigan, Carol and Jonathan Maskin, Ed and Virginia McKinnon, Carol Mead, Brinah Milstein, Jack and Shirley Murray, Gretchen Notley in memory of Piglet, Keith Rawlinson and Lori MacPherson, Ellen Sletten in memory of Enzo the Magnificent, Carol and Dennis Snyder, Bill and Melodie Taylor, Shin Yoshikawa, and Lynda and Marty Ziegler. The Duke family made a special donation because they are currently unable to foster a dog. Carol Snyder coerced several friends, relatives and coworkers into making donations for rescue. Our illustrious and thoughtful water test committee chose Rescue Gear for their exhibitor and judges’ gifts. Big thanks to the Newfoundland Club of San Diego and hostesses Pam and Joyce for including SCNRC in their annual FUNdraiser. We are lucky to have friends who are generous with their time. The Mohr family is fostering Brownie, which has turned Debra into a chauffeur and personal trainer. Brownie has had LOTS of visits to the vet, and is doing well on her weight loss program. Thank you to Robin Meares and family for fostering Thor aka Louie, and for the wild freeway crawl from Tujunga to Irvine!!! Woody Smith is currently fostering not one but three orphan dogs while we search for their perfect families! Updates: We are saddened by the recent loss of two or our rescue alumni. Enzo (the Magnificent) Sletten and Gaelan Piller are dearly missed by their families, the rescue committee, and by all whose lives they touched. They each had a rough start in life, but ended up in incredibly loving and attentive homes. Our condolences, and thanks, to the Sletten and Piller families.

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RESCUE REPORT: October/November 2011
On a much happier note, Abbey Banda (aka Abbey Normal) is a Canine Good Citizen and TDI therapy dog. Congratulations Mark! Sally Maltby has passed her therapy dog probation with flying colors. We knew you had it in you, Sal! She is now making a difference with her visits to the County children’s shelter. We continue to be in need of foster homes. Please contact Karrie if you are interested in learning more. We do have runs that can be set up in your yard temporarily if this accommodation would allow yours to become a foster home! Here is the update on current rescues: Oliver – ADOPTED! This 3 year old male, who appeared to have been the wrong dog for a very busy family, has been placed with a very experienced Newfoundland owner (and former adopter through Newfoundland Rescue). He now resides in Tucson, Arizona and his new owner has loved and trained six Newfoundlands prior to Oliver. Jennifer has worked with her dogs in therapy work, obedience and water work. We look forward to updates on Oliver and hearing about all of the wonderful things that we know he’ll accomplish with Jennifer’s experience, guidance and love.

Auggie – This five year old male is ready for his forever home with just the right family. Woody has worked tirelessly with Auggie, and we’re happy to report that it appears that he’s overcome his issue with going out the door leading to the backyard. Auggie is a wonderful, laid back boy and is in need of a home where he can lounge about during the day. Woody takes him on about a ¾ mile walk each day which seems to be just about the right amount for Auggie. Please contact Karrie at (310)245-2747 or if you or someone you know might be interested.

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RESCUE REPORT: October/November 2011
Brownie – This gorgeous 5 year-old female was relinquished by her owner whose mother had purchased her for him as a puppy. He told Karrie that she’d had foxtails removed from her feet recently and that the sites were not healing because Brownie kept licking them. We knew that she had lick granulomas from near constant licking as soon as we saw them. This appears to be a nervous habit that Brownie has developed which will be very difficult to break. She has been wearing a soft ecollar and has had the rear leg bandaged to prevent her from licking. The front leg is healing well since she can’t reach it when the e-collar is in place. She doesn’t seem to mind the collar, and it can be removed when she can be supervised. She is also on a trial of medication to see if this might help the behavior. Brownie is also on a weight-loss plan as mentioned above in preparation for her spay procedure. She will be ready to place after that. She will need to go to a home with a diligent owner that is home much of the day and will not mind keeping Brownie in an e-collar when unsupervised. Let Karrie know if you or someone you know might be interested in her. Louie – This three year-old beautiful male was found running alongside the road with a rope tied around his neck. He’d obviously escaped a bad situation and was found by a Good Samaritan who took him to the local shelter and notified us. The Good Samaritan was also there to bail him out as “First Hold,” just in case we weren’t second on the list. Louie is a bit like Mary Poppins – “practically perfect in every way!” He’s handsome, healthy, loves all people, other dogs, cats, chickens, etc. He is a quick learner and is looking for someone to provided him with the much need affection and attention that he was sorely lacking in his previous home. Thank you for Robin Meares for pulling Louie from the shelter and to Robin and her family for providing him with a fantastic foster home until his forever home can be found.

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Rescue Report—Updates! August/September 2011
Adonis – This approximately 5 year-old male is the perfect dog for someone wanting a Newfoundland on the bit smaller side. Adonis weighs in at just over 100 pounds, but fits the Newfoundland conformation standard in every other way. His prior owner found him as a stray when he was about two years old. He lived with her and her four small children until she could no longer handle him. Fortunately, the reasons she provided for giving him up (completely wild, jumps on everyone, other dog aggressive) have not come to pass. We think he just lived in a chaotic household, and his owner didn’t have the time or energy to train him. He is currently being fostered with Auggie and Penny and gets along fine with them. He does not jump on people. He does need ongoing training, but Woody has worked diligently in teaching him some basic obedience. He is a fairly active boy and LOVES his daily walks. He is very curious about his environment and enjoys spending time both inside and out. He seeks out attention and enjoys petting and belly rubs. With his small stature, he could likely participate in agility which is a ton of fun and great exercise for both the dog and handler. If you’d like to learn more about Adonis, please contact Karrie. Penny –

As you’ll remember, this 14 month, 12 pound female was pulled from a shelter along with Auggie since we were told by shelter personnel that they were very attached to one another. Penny would do well in a home with other dogs, but does not need to be placed with Auggie. She is a very cute little girl and always looks like she’s smiling! If you know a small dog person or if you’ve always wanted a sweet, little lap dog that requires very little grooming and doesn’t drool, perhaps Penny is the right dog!

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The Mesquite Newfoundland Club is having its Regional on Thursday, January 5, 2012. This will be the beginning of a historical event: back to back Regionals hosted by two separate Regional Clubs of the Newfoundland Club of America. Karrie Cook did an amazing job collecting for our (NCSC) trophies. Arizona, which is a smaller club, needs sponsors for its trophies. Below is a list of trophies available. Please send funds to: Vickie Hansen, 18014 N. 145th St., Surprize, AZ 85374-4223.

All trophies are Holland Boone, copper, pewter and pewter and glass.
 21 ½” X 14” pewter Serving Wave Tray – Best of Breed- Sponsored by Larry & Vicky Hansen, Ironwood Newfoundlands  18 ½” X 10 ½ “ pewter Serving Wave Tray – Best Opposite Sex to Breed- $40.00  12” X 9” pewter link basket – Select Dog/Bitch (Grand Champion points)-$35.00 each  7 ½” X 9” pewter link basket – Award of Merit-$20.00 each  10 ½” X 7” pewter & glass vase - Best of Winners $25.00  17” X 8” pewter link basket – Winners Dog/Bitch -$20.00 each  5” X 7” pewter photo frame Reserve winner dog/bitch- $17.50 each  5” salsa spoon – 1st in all regular classes- $5.00 each  7” by 7” pewter trivet Veteran 7 years and under 9 dog/bitch- $7.50 each  3 ½” X 5 ½” pewter photo frame, Veteran 9 year and over dog/bitch-$7.50 each  12” X 5” glass vases Stud dog/Brood bitch-$7.50 each  7 ½” pewter bowl with mother of pearl inlay Versatile Dog-$7.50  5” pewter with mother pearl inlay coaster Versatile Bitch-$7.50  Sweepstakes---Puppy and Veterans  17” X 10 “ pewter casserole with handle - Best in Puppy Sweepstakes-$30.00  11” X 8” pewter tray – Best in Opposite Sex Puppy Sweepstakes-$25.00  9”X9” copper baskets –Best Veteran Male/Best Veteran Bitch (Veteran Sweeps)-$17.50 each  Junior Showmanship  2” X 7”ice cream scoop Novice Jr, Novice Intermediate, Open Jr, Open Intermediate-$7.50  5 1/2” scoop Novice Senior-$7.50  7” scoop Open Senior-$7.50  Best Junior showmanship $25.00 Visa card---$25.00

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Want more? Melanie also has gear with last year’s logo, as well as club logo gear, water training gear, leashes, and assorted other goodies for purchase!

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NCSC 30th Annivesary Water Test Logo Contest
Congratulations to Gigi Griffith, winner of the NCSC 30th Anniversary Water Test logo contest (entry #5). For her beautiful design, Gigi receives a complimentary NCSC membership
Entry 1 ☐ Entry 5 ☐

for 2011-2012, a complimentary Tshirt and, of course, bragging rights!

All entrants should be proud of their submissions — this was not an easy
Entry 2 ☐

choice to make! Thank you to everyone who participated in the
Entry 6 ☐

contest for your wonderful designs: ó Design 1 by Carol Mead

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ó Designs 2, 3 & 4 by Pamela Piller ó Designs 6 and 7 by Anna Couch
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ó Design 9 by Rick and Donna Humphreys

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Entry 9 ☐