Tuesday, September 25, 2018

2018 Wrap-Up

What a weekend!

Thank you to everyone who came out and took part in NewfStock 2018, it was a resounding success! 
photo by Angela
Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of our supporters, we raised over $25, 000 to go towards the care of the Newfs in our program! What a great way to celebrate Newf Friends 10th Anniversary!

Photo by Lauren
There were a few hairy moments on Friday, and I'm not just talking about the dogs. With storms and tornados whipping through the province many attendees travelled through rough conditions to get to Bancroft to discover no power, heavy rains, and high winds throughout the town. Newf lovers are a tough and hardy bunch and everyone made the best of it!

Fun times at the swim date
Photo credit Allison
Luckily, 15 minutes north of town where the swim date was taking place the storms had moved on, and everyone who came out for a dip at beautiful Diamond Lake had a great time! There was a lot of stick chasing, splashing, romping about and floogers flying at the beach!

Goofy dogs!  Photo cred Allison
Finn's face pretty much sums it up!
Photo cred, Allison
By the time our Pizza Party rolled around the storms had ended, power was restored to most of the town, and we could have some fun. About 80 people joined us for food and drinks, we met many new friends and enjoyed catching up with old pals we hadn't seen in a while.

Saturday morning arrived quickly and volunteers in surrounding areas were still without power. They loaded the vehicles up with the help of flashlights on a very early start. I need to give extra high praise to Erica from Ferghus and Company who survived a frightening experience on Friday evening. A tornado whipped through her community, bringing a tree down on her car (which she was in!), and sending barns flying overhead into her yard. We are so glad that Erica, her family and neighbours all survived unscathed. Being the dedicated, hard-working, and amazing person that she is, she picked herself up, cleaned herself off, loaded up a vehicle and got to NewfStock with a smile on her face and did an incredible job of running our entire game centre. More about the games later... but suffice to say, Erica wins VOLUNTEER OF THE EVENT for her incredible dedication! If you are in the Kinburn area, her business Ferghus and Company is THE place to go for all things dog—from classes and courses to boarding and daycare, an indoor dog gym, grooming and supplies and so much more.   

Photo from Ferghus and Co
Our morning at the park started extra early with an army of volunteers working like a fine-oiled machine to put up tents, set up booths and get everything ready for the day. Power was still out at the park, but was miraculously restored JUST IN TIME for the band to do their soundcheck and kick off the event! Phew! With clear skies in the forecast, we knew we were in for a fabulous day!

Cash and Cassidy working the kissing booth like champs!


This quick video shows a shot of the park and some of the action!

The day began with our awesome MCs Ashleigh (you may have recognized her from TV shows like the Marilyn Denis show, CityLine, and more) and of course, the always hilarious Mike cracking up the crowd and getting everyone ready for our big day. They kept the event running on schedule all day long, ran contests, helped with the games, made everyone laugh during the raffle, and as usual did an amazing job of running the show! Thanks to both of them!

We kicked off the parade, and with dry-skies, everyone had a smile on their face and dance in their step! This year Mabel, a 3-legged rescue Newf, led the parade pulling a cart! Such an amazing girl she is! Everyone joined in on the fun as dogs of all breeds, big and small, paraded around the park to celebrate rescues and the people who love them. What a sight to see!


Next up, the band Work'n Dawgs hit the stage and provided toe-tapping musical entertainment throughout the day. Thank you so much to Geoff and Bill for once again donating their time, talent, and their equipment to help make our day such a special one.

Our Meet the Newfs booth was a busy spot, with various Newfs adopted from our program (and their owners) dropping by to greet attendees and share their stories.  It was heartwarming to look back over the last 10 years and reminisce about the nearly 300 Newfoundland Dogs who have come through our foster program. 

Our Seminar Area was a bustle of activity all day long.  RVT Lauren ran two seminars. First, a conditioning seminar (new this year), then a Skin, Ears and Coat seminar. 

Click HERE to see a clip of the conditioning seminar.


Kaila ran our always popular grooming seminar. Tami and Peggy ran another new seminar about Training Tools. In case you missed these seminars, or you want to review notes, here are the links to handy online outlines:






 

In the Demo Section of the event, Peggy and Kaila once again put on a great show offering the draft-work and water-rescue demos. These are always a crowd favourite and are met with much cheering and applause!



New this year: Tami ran Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) tests throughout the weekend. TWELVE dogs earned their CGN title at NewfStock this weekend! Congrats to title earners Skye, Mabel, Comet, Triton, and Viola who were all adopted from Newf Friends, as well as Cash, Zeppelin, Hudson, Herbie (Notta Bears Love Bug to Coeffeycove), Keji (Bralex's Kejimkujik), Cava (Top Shelf's last Call at Sun Valley), and Finnegan! Way to go everyone!!!!  


12 month old Viola, adopted from Newf Friends, earned her CGN

Our merchandise, auction and raffle booths were hopping all day long. We had some amazing items available and everyone left with armloads of awesome finds! Thanks to all the donors who gave such unique items for our event.


Throughout the park, local vendors could be found selling their goods and offering information about their services.  Many great new connections were made!

Our volunteer photographer Eric Weiner took photos of attendees to be used in our 2020 calendar.  Pics to follow!


Our fabulous Game Centre hosted by Ferghus and Co was a huge hit as always, with loads of great games to play, prizes to be won and more! Check out the live feed from the local radio station Moose 97.7 FM (click here) of the Musical Chairs game!  


Cart rides for kids were ongoing throughout the day and are always a crowd pleaser.


Once again, we had special awards given out this year...

The award for the person who travelled the farthest to attend NewfStock went to Margaret and her Newf Daysie who travelled all the way from Corner Brook, Newfoundland to attend!

Lynda McFadden, President of the Newfoundland Dog Club Of Canada, presented the award for the oldest Newf attending Newfstock. We had 8 Newfs in attendance over the age of 10 years, and a hearty round of applause was given for all of them. The winner of the coveted Oldest Newf prize was Cubcake, owned by Carole, bred by Hannibal Kennels. Cubcake celebrated her 14th birthday on September 13! Wowzers! Congratulations to Cubby and her awesome mom! 



Many attendees collected pledges in support of Newf Friends, and the top two pledge collectors received some special gifts. Peter of Hannibal Kennels brought in $1611, thank you Peter! The gift (a gorgeous leather backpack donated by Roots Canada) for the people who brought in the most pledges was given to Marissa and Dave who raised a phenomenal $6232! Simply amazing, thank you both!

Our parent organization, HART, had their Grand for Growlers raffle draw for the $1000 cash prize, and the winner was Beth Pepin of Bancroft.  Congrats Beth!

We wrapped the day up with our team of volunteers up on stage for a round of applause for doing such a tremendous job. What a fabulous team, it's an honour to be part of such a dedicated, kind-hearted, fun-loving group of people who give of themselves so freely. Thank you to each of you for all you do. Newf Friends is so lucky to have such an incredible team.

Overlooking Bancroft from the platform at Eagle's Nest
On Sunday about 25 people and 16 dogs came out to the beautiful Bancroft Eagles Nest Park to take part in some photos and go for a walk. It was a gorgeous morning, the perfect temperature for the Newfs and the views from the lookout were stunning. What a wonderful way to end a fantastic weekend.  
Bancroft Eagles Nest Park
Photo Credit Blackdog Barnyard

Thanks once again to everyone who came out and took part in our weekend.  See you in 2020!

Sandra

At the Eagles Nest Lookout
Photo credit Blackdog Barnyard

At Brethour Lake
Photo Credit Blackdog Barnyard

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Itinerary Saturday September 22

NewfStock Main Event Itinerary
Saturday, Sept 22 10 AM – 4 PM
TIME Scheduled Activity Scheduled Activity Ongoing Throughout the Day
930 Information Booth opens
Drop off your pledge forms and all of the pledges you collected
Confirm your time for CGN if registered
Pick up a welcome package (if you didn't already get one Friday night at the hotel)
10 Main Stage: Our MCs Mike and Ash welcome everyone and will provide general info
Parade led by Rescues
1015 Music performed by Work'n Dawgs begins when the parade ends
1025 CONTEST: First person to the stage with a dog adopted from Newf Friends wins a prize
1030 SEMINAR BOOTH: Conditioning Seminar – with RVT Lauren Games with the team from Ferghus & Co!
Hot Dog Bobbing

Egg Race
Musical Chairs
Obstacle Courses
and more!

Ongoing throughout the day
Merchandise Booth open all day


Penny Raffle open until 3 pm


Silent Auction bidding open until 345 pm


HART Booth open all day


Food Vendor/Beer Garden open all day


Working Dog Booth, Healthy Newf Booth, Meet the Newfs booth open all day

Vendors open all day

Turtle Conservation Booth open all day

Kissing Booth and Spinning Wheel of Prizes open all day
1055 CONTEST: First person to the stage with a BROWN DOG wins a prize
11 DEMO AREA: Draft Demo - Peggy and Kaila
1140 CONTEST: First person to the stage with a dog that is NOT a Newf wins a prize
1145 SEMINAR TENT: Grooming Seminar - Kaila
1255 Contest: First person to the stage with a dog who can shake a paw wins a prize
1 SEMINAR TENT: Training Tools Seminar - Peggy and Tami


125 CONTEST: first person to the stage with a dog who has a CKC or AKC title wins a prize
130 SEMINAR TENT: Skin, Ears and Coat Seminar 
210 CONTEST: First person to the stage who has attended every NewfStock wins a prize
215 DEMO AREA: Water Rescue Demo
245 LAST CALL FOR RAFFLE!
3 Raffle Closes
AWARD given for the oldest Newf attending NewfStock
Raffle Draws begin
330 LAST CALL FOR AUCTION and Merchandise Booth
345 Auction Closes
PRIZE given to person who traveled the farthest to attend NewfStock
4 pm Prizes given for collecting the most pledges
HART's $1000 cash prize raffle ticket is drawn!
Closing Remarks


Event Closes – take down tents
Set up a tent at the back of the hotel for evening social


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

NEWFSTOCK 2018

NEWFSTOCK 2018 will be held on September 21-23 2018 in beautiful Bancroft ON!

Click the activities button above for a full list of this year's planned activities.  Many new additions have been added!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

NewfStock 2016 Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who came out to NewfStock 2016 and made our weekend another huge success!  Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue brought in over $24,000 to go towards the care of Newfs in need.  
Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography
Photo by Lynn Neuman

The weekend started with our Friday afternoon swim date.  The weather was perfect and the dogs all had a great time splashing about in the pristine waters at Diamond Lake.
The Friday night pizza party at the Sword Best Western in Bancroft was a great chance for everyone to get together and socialize, catch up with old friends and make new ones.  On Sunday several Newfs gathered for a group hike at Vance Park.

Friends meeting up before the pizza party
Photo by Wayne Allen
The main event on Saturday was loads of fun with an action packed schedule of events.  We started the day with our big Parade which featured dogs of all breeds -- what a sight to see!

Photo by Wayne Allen
Photo by Wayne Allen

Photo by Wayne Allen
Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography

The rain held off for most of the morning and everyone had a great time playing in the games section provided by Ferghus and Co from Kinburn, ON.  (A great place for your pet, if you are in that part of the province check them out!)
Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography
Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography
Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography
Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography

Photo by Lynn Neuman
Hot dog bobbing!!!  Always a hit! Photos by Alyssa Lloyd Photography




New this year, we featured a Working Dogs booth and a Healthy Newf booth.  Volunteers answered questions about working dog activities including draft work, water rescue, therapy work, scent detection and more.  Information about the National and Regional Newf Clubs was shared to encourage participants to join their area club and get involved in working activities with their Newfs. Seminars were offered on nutrition and skin health, and loads of free product samples were given to attendees.
Photo by Lynn Neuman
Seminars this year included a new seminar on scent detection by Tami Koehle which was very popular -- it will be brought back again next year!

Kaila Abele's grooming seminar always attracts a crowd, even in the rain.  Her sweet gal Ayasha is a wonderful model!  Photos by Alyssa Lloyd Photography.



Peggy Flockhart came out to do the on-land water rescue demo -- her boy Seamus did a fabulous job showing the different components of the water test.  Such enthusiasm!

 

 
 
 

The drafting seminar by Kaila was also a big hit.  Look at how focused Ayasha is on Kaila! 
 
Photos by Alyssa Lloyd Photography

The Meet the Newfs booth was a popular spot for everyone to stop by and meet some of the Newfs who have come through our program.  There was an extra large crowd  when Colin and George arrived to sign copies of Free Days with George.  George was adopted through Newf Friends and is now a famous surfing dog and subject of Colin's National Best Selling book.  Talk about happy endings!
Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography
Beth and her girls pose for a photo with George and Colin
Photo by Wayne Allen
Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography
Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography
Our merchandise booth was a HUGE success this year, featuring all new garments with new designs.  Keep an eye on our website, we will be posting the new garments for sale online soon!  Our 2017 calendars were also launched and will be online shortly.

Newf Friends volunteers having a good laugh
Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography
Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography
Ty and Riley, some of our junior volunteers, working at their awesome refreshment booth
Jodie Etmanski Photography worked throughout the day to capture portraits for our 2018 calendar.  The weather may have been less than ideal, but she made it work with help from Deb!
Keeping the camera gear dry in the rain!  Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography
 Here's a little preview of some of the photos Jodie captured; so cute!
Jodie Etmanski Photography


Peter of Hannibal Kennels ran his carting aptitude event again, attracting several registrants.

Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography
The raffle booth and silent auction were a hot spot thanks to the amazing donations from our friends and supporters.  Thanks everyone!
Photo by Lynn Neuman

Mike, our MC, kept the day running smoothly and cracked lots of jokes to keep the mood light, even in the rain. 
Mike getting some love from Cava, photo by Caroline Sayer
Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography
Our musical entertainment was provided by Work'n Dawgs who once again did an awesome job and kept us all tapping our toes throughout the afternoon.  Such a great band!
Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography
New this year, the Bancroft Legion had a food booth and beer garden and they too had a very successful day. We look forward to their participation again next time!
Photo by Wayne Allen
The prize for the oldest newf went to Cubcake who turned 12 on September 13!  Cubby is seen here walking in the parade with her mom.  She was bred by Peter Maniate/Hannibal Kennels.
Photo by Wayne Allen

The Newf who traveled the farthest was Brutus who came to us from Detroit.
Photo by Debi Santavicca-Ruggeri
Brutus gets the prize for traveling the farthest

Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography
Once again, the Bergsma family collected the most pledges, over $5000 this year!  WOWZERS!!!!!  Thank you all for your incredible support.
Photo by Wayne Allen
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us, and to our INCREDIBLE team of dedicated volunteers who make all of this possible.  What a great event!

See you again in 2018!
Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography

Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography
Photo by Alyssa Lloyd Photography