Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NewfStock 2012 Wrap-Up

NewfStock 2012 was quite simply put, a giant success!

We brought in $20,000 to go towards the care of Newfoundland Dogs in need in Ontario. What an incredible and worthwhile event!  Thank you to our fabulous team of dedicated  and energetic volunteers, and the incredible support of our donors and supporters!

Boum, by Angela Scappatura

NewfStock took months of planning and preparation, and countless hours of volunteer time.  Our volunteers planned and implemented this event, donated raffle items, raised funds, and worked so hard to make NewfStock a great weekend.

Special thanks to those of you who came out to work at the event: Paul, Anne, Jen, Kaila, Raph, Marlis, Celine, Beth, Angela, Carole, Caroline, Carol Ann, Patti, Glen, Sharon, Janice, Vicki, Bill, Jane, Bob, Allison, Erica, Andrew, Adrienne, Peggie, Tami, Lori, Peter P, Beth, Joan, Judi, Peter M, Mac, Mo, and Jim.  You guys are the best!

Photo by Wayne Allen
The weekend in review:
Bancroft was a flurry of activity with Newf lovers out and about shopping and taking in the area sights on the days leading up to and following the main event.  Local area merchants were happy to welcome such a great bunch of visitors to town.

Photo by Kaila Everest

There's one thing we can't do anything about and that's the weather.  The Friday Swim Date did not go as planned thanks to torrential downpours, although a few Newfs decided to head on out and go for a swim anyway – heck, what's a bit of rain when you're already soaking wet?  Most attendees preferred to stay dry and many ended up coming out and helping our volunteers finish up our welcome packages and raffle prizes.  Thanks everyone for the extra hands! 

Kaleb the Leonberger is seen here sporting his donation vest to raise funds for Newf Friends.  Photo by Kaila Everest

Lucky for us, the skies cleared overnight and the weather was perfect for the main event on Saturday. We enjoyed welcoming over  100 Newfs plus dozens of dogs of other breeds, and several hundred people throughout the day.   Once again, the Newf community really did us proud by showing what phenomenal dogs these are.

Our big day kicked off with a Parade of Rescues around Millennium Park.  A few remarked how the parade left them with goose bumps.   Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to collect pledges and to all of the people who supported us.  The pledge drive was a tremendous success!

This year's parade was led by the pets and family members of one of our volunteers who we lost earlier in the week.  HART/Newf Friends volunteer Celine shared a few words about our good friend and one of our most devoted volunteers, Dorothy Millen.  Dot was quite the lady, a good friend and an exceptional example of a volunteer.  She will be greatly missed.

Parade photo by Lynda McFadden

Our Meet the Newfs booth was a new addition to our line-up this year and it was a huge success!  Many of our adopters attended the event and came out to the booth to introduce their dogs to our supporters and donors.  The booth featured photos and stories of some of the Newfs who were participating in this event.

Photo by Adam Dutfield

Our Merchandise Booth was a popular spot on Saturday!  Our online store will be updated over the next few weeks and we will start shipping out our holiday orders right away.  Details will be posted up on our blog and Facebook page when we have updated our online store with all of the amazing new products.

Our 2013 Calendars were launched at NewfStock and they were a HUGE hit as always.  These calendars feature beautiful photos of many of the dogs who went through our foster program over the last 2 years.  They will be available online through our store shortly. 


Shoppers were out in full force at our merchandise booth.  Photo by Lynda McFadden

Photo by Lynda McFadden

Our Penny Raffle table was very popular,  featuring fabulous items donated by our volunteers and supporters.  Thank you to each and every one of you who donated items!

Photo by Wayne Allen

Photo by Lynda McFadden

The Silent Auction was a huge success thanks to the generosity of our supporters who donated some truly stunning pieces for the auction.  In addition to the items available for the online auction, we also had many stunning pieces available onsite.  Thanks to all of our generous donors.

Photo by Kaila Everest

Photo by Kaila Everest
 We had a bunch of Games and one ridiculous Obstacle Course and these were a load of fun!  Thanks to our volunteers Tami, Peggie and of course Erica and Andrew from Ferghus & Co for doing a fantastic job with this!

Photo by Kaila Everest

Photographer Kaila Everest captures this moment where River and her adoptive mom had just completed the obstacle course.  River was getting some love from her foster mom Erica as the crowd cheered. River was adopted this past spring after going through our foster program and receiving surgery for bilateral cruciate injuries.

River doing the obstacle course.  Photo by Kaila Everest
River doing the obstacle course.  Photo by Kaila Everest
River doing the obstacle course.  Photo by Kaila Everest

Saturday's Weight loss seminar by our fabulous volunteer Allison Sabo was very well received.  Let's get those paws moving and ensure all of our newfs maintain a healthy weight to maximize their life!

Rupert the Irish Wolfhound towered over the newfs!  Photo by Wayne Allen

Photo by Jennifer Kane

NewfStock would not be complete without the amazing seminars offered by Joan Fisher.  Thanks so much once again, you and your awesome gal Tiika, and Judi's girl Splash are wonderful.    The carting demo was as always a pleasure to watch.


Photo by Kaila Everest
 The grooming seminar was very well attended and there are sure to be many well groomed Newfs with perfectly trimmed ears thanks to Joan! 

Photo by Kaila Everest

Photo by Kaila Everest
Photo by Adam Dutfield
New this year was the Obedience and On-Land Water rescue Demo performed by Joan and her Newf Tiika.  This demo was absolutely amazing and we are definitely going to make this an even bigger component of the day at the next NewfStock!  

Photo by Adam Dutfield  --  Tiika is seen here taking a line out to a "drowning victim", then going around the victim to pull her back to "shore" with the line
Photo by Adam Dutfield - Tiika is pulling a "drowning victim" back to shore with a line

 Kaila and Dr. Jancie helped out with Ears and Nails.  Thank you ladies for making the newfs at the park look their very best!

Photo by Wayne Allen

Photo by Adam Dutfield
Dr. Janice Selinger was on hand to offer a skin seminar which drew a crowd, and to do an Ask the Vet Question period.  Thanks Janice for everything you do for Newf Friends and HART!

Our MC Paul did a fantatic job of running the day and keeping everything moving along.  Thank you Paul!
A huge thank you also to John Foreman and Friends for donating their time to provide entertainment throughout the day, keeping everyone's toes tapping. All of the music was fantastic and a perfect backdrop for the day.
Photo by Angela Scappatura

pPo by Lynda McFadden
We were so pleased to have our friends from the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada and the Central Ontario Region Club attend NewfStock.  They had a great booth selling NDCC merchandise, offering information and providing education, giving away free literature and handing out memberships for the National and Regional Club.  I hope that everyone who picked up a membership package will join the club.  It is through working cooperatively with the National Club that we as rescuers can hope to have an impact on the future of our breed, preserve it's heritage, protect the breed from the damaging effect of back-yard-breeders, and help the breed we love remain strong, healthy and  true to what a Newf should be.  

Photo by Wayne Allen
Much thanks to Henry Christiansen, Ross Jackson, Don McLeod and the Bancroft Photography Club for doing our photo shoot. Photos from the shoot will be featured in the 2014 calendar and will be available online for purchase next year.

Photo by Kaila Everest

There were lots of contests and we gave loads of prizes and awards, the most notable being:

The award for oldest newf went to Nana, owned by Jane and Bob Clubley.  Nana is 12 1/2 years young!

Allison Sabo won the prize for bringing in the most pledges.

Marlis Bartscher flew in from Nova Scotia and took home the prize for traveling the farthest.



Our parent organization HART was in attendance and their booth was a bustle of activity as they sold the last of their Grand for Growlers Raffle Tickets, as well as tickets for their huge draw for the Broil King Keg BBQ!  HART's booth generated an additional $1552 for HART's All Breed Rescue Program thanks to the hard work of their fabulous volunteers including HART President Deb Moxam and HART's All-Breed volunteers Beryl, Pat, Debbie, Helen, Anna, Tina, Lloyd, Lynn, Wanda, Leeanne and Celina.

The HART booth was busy all day.  Photo by Lynda McFadden
The winners of HART's Grand for Growlers Raffle were:
$1,000 Jim George of Bancroft
$500 Craig Steger of Buffalo New York
$200 Marina Fitzpatrick of Whitby
Congratulations winners!

The winner of HART's draw for the Broil King Keg BBQ was Mary Lefeuvre of Bancroft.

And HART's Door Prize winner was Pat McColl of Bancroft.

The Sunday hike was a great way to wrap up the weekend, with about a dozen dogs attending and taking a stroll together through beautiful Vance Farm Park.   We ran into some other hikers on the trail and there were a lot of wagging tails and ohhs, and awwwws.

Rupert the Irish Wolfhound turned a few heads at NewfStock!  Photo by Wayne Allen
Thanks also to the Town of Bancroft for the use of beautiful Millennium Park; area camp grounds and area B&Bs where many of the attendees stayed; and of course to the Sword Motor Inn for welcoming a hotel full of Newfs with open arms.

Photo by Wayne Allen
NewfStock 2012 was a tremendous success. Thank you to everyone who came out to the event and to the whole Newf Friends team who worked so hard to create a phenomenal weekend for everyone.

Great job everyone  I look forward to our next event!

~ Sandra

Photo by Angela Scappatura
Photo by Angela Scappatura

Photo by Kaila Everest
Photo by Wayne Allen

Photo by Wayne Allen

Monday, September 3, 2012

Auction Items

Here's a sneak peek at a few of the fabulous items we have available for the silent auction!  YES, you will be able to bid online!!!  Details coming soon!

Original Painting, framed
by Nancy Gasser

Maiden Voyage
Numbered Print

Search and Rescue
Original Water Colour
by Elizabeth Quandt

Hand Made Quilt
by Marina Fitzpatrick

Stained Glass
by Rita Lo
(this image is a mock up)

Mad Hatter
Numbered Print
by Nancy Gasser
Donated by Hannah Warren

 Passenger Cart
Gently Used
*pick-up only, not available for shipping*

More silent auction items to come!
We also have loads of penny raffle items, and of course some fabulous new products available for purchase -- you are going to love the new additions to our merchandise line!

Friday, August 17, 2012

2012 Info Packages

Hello Newf lovers!  Can you believe it? NewfStock is just a month away! Thank you for registering, here's your handy information package with everything you need to make the most of your visit to Bancroft and NewfStock.

This package contains:

  • Pledge Forms for our parade (online & printable)
  • Info about all of the activities at NewfStock
  • Directions and printable maps to help you find everything you need
  • Important numbers including vet locations and phone numbers in case of emergency
All rescue dogs attending, regardless of breed or which rescue they are from will receive a bandana to identify them as a rescue.  To celebrate rescues, our parade will be headed up by rescued dogs!

 NewfStock is Newf Friend’s biggest fundraiser of the year and the funds raised at this event are needed to keep our rescue running throughout the whole year.  Thank you for participating in this event!

Our goal for NewfStock 2012 is to bring in $25,000 (yes, we're an ambitious group) and a large portion of that will be coming from pledges, so please start collecting today!  Read on the learn more....

Parade Pledges

We’re kicking off the day with an all breed parade around Millennium Park, led by rescue dogs.  We encourage all attendees to join in the parade either with or without a dog, and show your support of rescue.   What a sight this will be, over 100 Newfs plus loads of Newf wannabees parading around the park! 

We’re asking attendees to collect pledges for those participating in the Parade to bring in much needed dollars to help us meet the needs of Newfs over the coming months.  Every dollar helps so whether you collect $25 or $2500 your support is greatly appreciated!  We’ve got a special prize for the person who collects the most pledges!  In 2010 the prize for collecting the most pledges went to Sandy Mulheren from New Jersey who collected over $2000 in pledges.  He was very closely followed by Anne McNamara from Sudbury.  Maybe you will be this year's winner? 

It couldn't be easier to participate -- we’ve arranged two simple ways you can collect pledges.
  • Download & Print a Pledge Sheet. Collect pledges and bring the money collected and the pledge sheet to Newfstock. (Newf Friends is a division of HART, a registered charity, and donations over $20 will generate a tax receipt.  ****Cheques should be payable to HART with Newf Friends in the memo line.) Here's the link to the printable pledge form:

  • Online Pledge Collection. For your convenience, a personalized online pledge form can be created enabling you to generate pledges from family and friends around the globe!  These online forms enable your friends to donate online with a click of their mouse, and eliminate the need for you to collect pledges and bring them with you.  So easy!  Your customized page will have any info you want, including your fundraising goal, a photo of your choice and a message of your choice.  Here's the scoop on how to set up your Giving page:

The Weekend at a Glance

Friday, September 14th
2:00 – 3:30 pm Romp and Swim – Weather Permitting
Location: Diamond Lake Public Beach
Details: Everyone welcome.  Beach is located about 15 minutes from the hotel on a very quiet street.  Ample parking is available; the beach is large, sandy with a park area surrounding it.
Dogs on leash.  Please clean-up after your dog.
This is not an “official” Newf Friends activity, but rather a suggested meeting place for Newf lovers.  
What you need: Bring your own chair, towels, etc.
Directions: Download pdf map at

From the Sword Motor Inn turn left onto Hastings Street (Highway 62 North).  Follow to South Baptiste Lake Rd and turn left.  Follow to Old Diamond Lake Rd and turn left.  Follow to beach on the right.

4:30 - 6:00  Volunteers meet to set-up Tents for Saturday – everyone is welcome to come out and lend a hand assembling the tents!
Location : Millennium Park. 
Directions: Download pdf map at


6:00 pm Pizza Party and social time
Location: Millennium Park
Details: Once we're finished putting tents up we're going to order some pizza and chow down.  Bring a chair and join us! 

Saturday, September 15th – NewfStock Main Event
NewfStock!!! Taking place at beautiful Millennium Park in downtown Bancroft, Ontario from 10am – 5pm. Rain or Shine (oh please don't let it rain!!!) Music, vendors, games, contests and Newfs!  Booths open all day long! Download pdf map at

Dogs must be on leash, with an adult at all times please.  Bring your own chair, your appetite, your dogs, your kids, some cash to buy great merchandise and enter the raffle, and bring extra money for the silent auction!  We have some fabulous items up for bidding including original artwork, a dog cart, stained glass pieces, a handmade quilt and more!  Oh, and don’t forget your pledge form and pledges!
Here's a link to our itinerary as it stands right now  --  there's lots to do and see! 

Sunday, September 16th
11:00 am: Nature Hike
Location: Vance Park
Details: Dogs welcome on leash and of course please clean up after your dog.
Directions: Download pdf map at

From hotel, turn right (south) onto Hastings Street.  At the lights at Bridge Street turn right.  At the bend, veer left to stay on Bridge Street.  Follow to Oak Street, turn left. Follow to Vance Farm Park.

What can you expect at the NewfStock main event?

We have several hundred people and over 100 Newfs as well as many other breeds of dogs registered to attend.  The fun filled day will be packed with activities for the whole family including lots of games, seminars, demos, cool things to buy, food, music and the chance to relax and spend time with friends.

Activities that are Available:

Parade: Join us in kicking off the day with our  huge parade of Newfs and Newf wannabees around Millennium Park.  Rescue dogs get to lead the pack!   Don’t worry, it’s not too long a walk!  Be sure to collect pledges for our walk, this is our main fundraiser of the year!

Meet the Newfs: Throughout the day we will have meet and greets set up with some of the awesome Newfs who have come through our program. Meet the dogs YOU helped save with your generous donations live River, Mimi, Isabel and more.

Raffle Items: Fabulous items donated by generous businesses, volunteers and friends.  You don’t want to miss out on this penny raffle!

Silent Auction: We've got some beautiful pieces of art donated by our fabulous supporters, we also have a dog cart, and so much more.

Games: You and your Newf will have a blast bobbing for hotdogs, racing with eggs, playing musical chairs and competing in our obstacle course.  Fun for the whole family!

Vendors: Newf Friends will be selling our custom made newf themed items with all profits going to the rescue.  We have new designs you're going to love!

Seminars:  Dr. Janice will be speaking about skin health and offering a Q&A period, Allison will be talking about weight loss,  Joan and Judi will be offering a grooming seminar.

Social Activities: Catch up with old friends and make some new ones!  There’s lots of places to sit and relax at the park and just enjoy the day

Photo-shoot: Have your Newf featured in the 2014 Newf Friends calendar!  For a $5 donation your Newf will be photographed by Dr. Henry Christiansen and volunteers from the Bancroft Photography Club and the photos will be used for our 2014 calendar.   Sign up at the registration booth!

Demos: Check out the carting demo by Joan Fisher.  We're also working on a few other demos but don't have the details hammered out yet!  Don’t miss this chance to see some gorgeous Newfs doing what they love to do!

Pampered Pooch - Nail Clipping and Ear Trim by Kaila:  For a $5 donation your pooch’s nails will be clipped and ear hairs will be trimmed!  What a deal!  Be sure to have this done before your photo shoot!  All proceeds go to Newf Friends.

Newf Clubs:  Meet some of the folks from the Central Ontario Region Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada and the National Club.  They will have a booth set up to answer questions, give out info, sell products and take membership applications.  Be sure to stop by their booth to say hello!

HART's All Breed Booth
:  Our parent organization HART will be in attendance with a fantastic booth with lots to see and buy!  Be sure to pick up some raffle tickets!

Food: The fine folks from the Maple Leaf Chip Truck are coming down to serve up loads of tasty goodies.  They offer a variety of items to choose from, including vegetarian food.  Bring your appetite!

Music: There will be lots of great music to keep your toes tapping and tails wagging

Prizes: You can win stuff, good stuff and lots of it!  Besides the raffle table there will be prizes for contests, and the prize for generating the most pledges!  You should try to win that one!

 And so much more!  We have new additions signing up daily!

Directions to Millennium Park
From East (Ottawa)
Get yourself to Highway 41, and follow that up to Highway 28
Turn left.  Follow 28 to Bancroft, and turn right at the lights at Hastings Street.
Follow Hastings Street to Millennium Park, on your left just past the Sword Motor Inn

From North (Barry’s Bay)
Follow Highway 62 all the way into Bancroft.
Look for Millennium Park on your right side, shortly after you pass Tim Hortons.

From South (Belleville)
401 to Highway 62 North exit
Follow Highway 62 up through Madoc, and continue on to Bancroft.
Turn right at the stop sign at Bridge Street.
Turn left at the lights at Bridge Street and Hastings Street.
Follow Hastings Street to Millennium Park, on your left just past the Sword Motor Inn

From West (Peterborough)
Take 115 to the end at Highway 7 EAST and turn right towards Ottawa
Follow to Highway 28.  Turn left to Bancroft
Follow all the way into Bancroft (about an hour)
Turn left onto Hastings Street at the lights
Follow Hastings Street to Millennium Park, on your left just past the Sword Motor Inn

Printable Maps are available online:
Map to NewfStock -- Millenium Park and Sword Motor Inn


Map to Friday’s Meet and Greet Swim Play Date – Diamond Lake Public Beach


Map to Sunday’s Nature Hike – Vance Farm Park

Important Numbers:
Sword Motor Inn
146 Hastings Street N, Bancroft, Ontario K0L 1C0
Phone: 613-332-2474

Millennium Park is directly next door.

Area Vets
Faraday Animal Hospital  - a 5 minute drive from the Sword Hotel
29391 HWY 28 S. RR #3 Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0
After hours emergency care is available

Apsley Veterinary Services – ½ hour south of Bancroft – for those staying at Silent Lake Provincial Park, this is the closest vet
9779 Highway 28 Apsley, ON K0L 1A0
After hours emergency care is available

We look forward to seeing you at NewfStock!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Info packages!

NewfStock is just a few weeks away!

The NewfStock info packages will be emailed next week to all people who have preregistered.  This gives you important info about the big event including maps, a schedule of events and itinerary, the Rescue Parade pledge form and so much more.

If you plan to attend but haven't registered yet please do so today!  There is no cost to register, and by preregistering you will help us know how many people to expect so we can be sure to have enough welcome packages, prizes, gifts and more.  

This is sure to be a fabulous event, don't miss out!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Thank you Dublin Dog!

Check out these awesome collars that arrived today from Dublin Dog Co in North Carolina!  We will have them available in the raffle at NewfStock in September.

They are fabulous collars which are ideal for water loving dogs like Newfs because they are NO STINK COLLARS!  What a great idea, no more stinky collars after water training! I'm going to order some for my own Newfs from the Dublin Dog website!

Thanks for the donation of these cool collars Dublin Dogs!