Happy spring! It’s getting beautiful here again in the Pacific Northwest. The sunshine is out and our days are longer leaving more time to do things with our amazing Newfs.
Covid restrictions seem to be easing up and we are eager to safely resume some of our club’s activities.
Over the last year I have spent a lot of time thinking about my fellow club members. I’ve wondered how you were and what you were up to. I had the joyful experience of co-breeding and raising a litter of puppies and kept one. Yes, I now have THREE girls! Have you ever heard the saying, “Newfs are like potato chips, you can’t have just one”? Well…it’s true! But I’m guessing that you may already know this.
It’s amazing to see what some of you and your dogs have been up to, knowing that many more of you have been just as busy with your furry (and human) families. Truly, you are all amazing. Be sure to check out ALL the brags, beautiful tributes, articles and stories shared by your fellow members. They are sure to inspire you, make you smile and bring a tear to your eye.
We are gearing up for what looks to be a busy final six months of the year. I don’t know about you but I am so ready to get outside with my dogs by my side and do some of the activities we enjoy.
So that you can begin to plan, here’s a brief synopsis of what is scheduled so far, more will be added as we go:
Just around the corner we have not one, but two Newfoundland Specialties scheduled in Oregon for June 25 in Canby and July 28 in St. Paul.
We will also be having a casual Fun Walk in June and hope you’ll join us.
Water season is approaching and the Working Dog Committee is getting an on-land training resource together and then our usual water training group(s) will begin.
We are very excited to have our Water and Draft Tests scheduled in back -to- back weekends in September and will need all hands on deck for volunteers.
Plans are in the works for a Beginners Grooming Seminar. A beach BBQ get together is planned for October. We also have the Sister’s Christmas Parade on the calendar for the weekend after Thanksgiving. That’s always great fun so save the date! Our annual Holiday Party will round out the year.
In this newsletter there are also some resources for ongoing virtual events that you can enjoy with your dog(s) through DoMore With Your Dog and the AKC.
I am anticipating a lot of fun times ahead for all.
These events are only possible because of volunteer work. We really need your support and participation, especially for the Working Dog events. Take a moment to consider which event you might be able to serve as a volunteer. We would love to see you all out there! No experience is needed. Volunteering/stewarding is absolutely the best way to learn and network.
I’d like to take a moment to say a special thank you to all the committee members and volunteers who have been hard at work planning and preparing for these events and activities.
Please be sure to check the club website, Facebook page and your email for event updates and meeting information.
As always, if you have any questions, need resources, have ideas, want to be more involved, please reach out, we REALLY love to hear from you!
I hope to join you all soon at some of these activities with my girls, Kennedy, Ali & Frankie.
Frankies First Snow!