Hmmm…what can I say? This breed is definitely not for everyone, but I cannot imagine my life without at least one newf in it. Newfoundland Dogs are giant, hairy, slobbering creatures that demand a lot of attention, a lot of grooming, and lot of food but….. they give back so much more with their love and devotion to us mere humans. We’ve been owned by several Newfies over the last twenty years and although each has had its own unique personality the basic qualities of They are quietly courageous, protective without being aggressive and “all about the love”, as Gary likes to say. They very much love to have a job and were originally bred for hauling fishermen’s nets, hauling wood, draft work and water rescue. They are wonderful service and therapy dogs as they seem able to know humans needs and know when they need to be more gentle than usual.They are so much a part of our lives that we feel something, a part of our own being, is missing when they are not with us…fortunately that is a rare occurrence. We have been involved in showing, breeding (discovered quickly that those activities were not for us), enjoyed doing newf rescue and are currently the human servants of ten year old Toby (Whiskey Creek’s To Be or Not to Be) and nine month old Luke (Whiskey Creek’s Alaska Luke). Toby is ever the Gentle Giant, always my protector and concerned companion. He seldom leaves my side on a hike and isn’t far if he does go ahead of me. When we’ve been walking in the woods and encountered a bear or other critter he will always position himself between me and the perceived threat, issuing an almost undetectable low rumble as if to say, do not mess with this human, until the threat is gone. He is a funny old fella these days….fancies his job is to fetch firewood in exchange for a “cookie” and he has now taught this job” to Luke.
Newfoundlands are beyond dog!