Monday, September 15, 2014

NewfStock 2014 Wrap-Up

What a weekend!

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who worked so hard to pull off this fabulous event, and thanks also to our incredible supporters who came out and made the whole weekend a huge success.

The weather was lousy but that didn't dampen the spirits of our amazing supporters and friends.  
We are thrilled to announce that NewfStock 2014 brought in $26,500 for Newf Friends!!!! 

We are working on collecting photos and will add more to this post as we receive them.
The Friday swim date was well attended and as always was loads of fun for all.  The group hike on Sunday was also well attended and the gang had a fun time out at Vance Park.

Photo by Wayne Allen

The main event on Saturday was packed with demos and seminars,  vendors, our merchandise, raffle and auction booths and so much more.  The pouring rain resulted in some cancelled demonstrations, games and activities, but a fun time was still had by all.

photo by Kim Facey

photo by Ferghus & Co

Even in the cold, damp weather, the homemade lemonade tasted deeeeeeelicious!  Thank you Ty and Riley for another awesome fundraiser!  You two boys are an inspiration to us all!

Ferghus & Co
 A few Newfs and their owners braved the rain and hit the awesome course provided by Ferghus & Co.  Thank you Erica and Andrew for the fabulous course!

Ferghus & Co

Games, games and more games!  Hot-dog bobbing in the rain - why not?  Everyone was already wet anyway!

photo by Kim Facey
Joan Fisher's carting demo was superb as always.  Thank you Joan for once again doing a great job.

photo by Ferghus & Co
The kissing booth was THE place to be, everyone had a great time.  One of our MC's Michael Scott is seen here getting some love from Sisko.

 WILMA! Naturally Wilma the Bloodhound (below) had to pucker up and get in on the fun!   It was no surprise when Wilma won the prize for longest ears!
photo by Ferghus & Co

photo by Wayne Allen
The park was rockin' to the tunes by Work'n Dawgs -- what a GREAT performance they put on!  Thank you to Geoff Webber and Bill Black for donating their time, talent and sound system for our event.

Mike and Ashleigh did a fantastic job as MCs, keeping the day running on time, pumping up the crowd in the pouring rain, telling us some hilarious jokes, and entertaining the park. Thank you both for keeping us laughing all day long!

Ash cheers on Muckle and family as they take the stage to accept the prize for Muckle being the tallest dog at NewfStock!

Kaila Abele is keeping warm during her grooming seminar.  Thank you Kaila for the great seminar!  Kaila's handout is available for download here.

Thank you also goes out to Dr. Kim Facey of Apsley Veterinary Services for her excellent first aid seminar, Dr. Janice Selinger from Bridle Trail Veterinary Clinic for her seminars on Skin Health and Ortho issues, and Al and Lynda McFadden from Jalynn Kennels for their seminar on health clearances.

 Visitors came from near and far.  The prize for the person who traveled the farthest went to Hannah Warren who drove up from Maine to join in on the fun!  Hannah arrived on Thursday and helped with a bunch of the prep for NewfStock and brought some fabulous donations from her bakery.  Visitors also joined us from New Jersey, Connecticut, Quebec and all across Ontario from the South Western part of the province up to Sault St Marie.

All of our visitors were generous and supportive, and the merchandise, auction and raffle booths were busy all day long.  Thank you to all of our donors who sent AMAZING raffle and auction items. We had stunning artwork, quilts, blankets, gift sets, glasswork, pottery and more.  Our custom merchandise will be available for purchase through our online store later this week.

The rescue parade was wet but cheerful as we were all singing in the rain!  The Bergsma family took the prize for bringing in the most pledges, over $3200!  Way to go!    Thank you to everyone who sponsored our parade!

 Thanks to everyone for another successful event, and a special thank you to the fifty volunteers who put this whole weekend together, traveled far distances to help out and work so hard to help Newfs in need across Ontario.

Great job everyone!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Itinerary - Main Event, Sept 13

NewfStock 2014, Saturday Itinerary

Time Scheduled Activity Scheduled Activity: Games Scheduled Activity:Meet The Newfs Ongoing throughout day
Information Booth opens
Drop off your pledge forms and all of the pledges you collected
Book your times for Photoshoot, carting aptitude testing

Pick up welcome packages

10 Main Stage: Our MCs welcome everyone and give general info
2014 Calendar Photo Shoot: $5 prebook time at information booth

Cart Aptitude Testing: $
Prebook 1/2 hour session at information booth

Merchandise Booth open all day
Penny Raffle open until 4 pm
Silent Auction bidding open until 4 pm
HART Booth open all day
Food Vendor open all day
Meet COR and NDCC available all day
Service dogs
Vendors open all day
1015 Parade led by Rescues
Music begins when parade ends
12 - 3 Work'n Dawgs will be performing
11 Skin health Seminar : Dr. Janice Selinger Games with the team from Ferghus & Co!
Hot Dog Bobbing

Egg Race
Musical Chairs
Obstacle Courses
Kissing booth
and more!

Rally-O course With Caroline, Carole and Tami opens at 1230 after the demo!
Dozer ,Hope and Savannah
1130 Grooming Seminar: Kaila Tank
12 Rally-O Demo: Caroline, Carole, Tami Bowser, River
1230 Understanding Health Clearances: Lynda and Al Boots, Rufus and Sandora
1 On Land Water Demo :Joan Fisher Cassie, Buddy
130 Ortho Issues Seminar: Dr Janice Selinger Snickers, Maggie, Kera
2 Carting Demo with Joan Fisher Mimi, Sam
230 First Aid Seminar Dr. Kim Facey Molly, Eddie, Panda
3 Weight Loss Seminar with Allison Sabo Mackenzie
330 Main Stage:
Oldest Newf, tallest dog, longest ears, shortest dog

4 Silent Auction and Penny Raffle Close
Draws are held
Prize for collecting most pledges
Prize for person who travelled the farthest


5 Event Closes – take down tents
Set up a tent at the hotel

Advance Bidding for Auction Items Now Open!

Those of you who are not able to attend NewfStock in persons are still able to bid on some of our auction items.  We've uploaded those items which can be shipped safely and are accepting advance bids now.  Visit this link for all of the details!
Happy bidding!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Just a few more days!

Hooray!  The big event is just a few days away, we can't wait to see everyone!

You still have a few days to get out there and collect pledges for the parade, extra pledge forms can be downloaded from the NewfStock site.  Who will win the prize for collecting the most pledges this year, maybe you???
Here are some important things to remember to help you get the most out of your weekend.
Directions and maps are posted on this site here.

Important times:
Swim Date Diamond Lake Beach 2 - 330
Tent set up Millennium Park 430 - 6
Pizza party 630 (after tents are up)
Main event Millennium Park 10am - 5pm (full itinerary will be posted on the website by Wednesday)
Saturday evening social at the Best Western hotel -- outdoors, look for the tent - 730 pm until the wee hours.
Group hike  Vance Park 11 am
Swim date/picnic lunch (bring your own lunch) Diamond Lake  1 pm

Remember to bring a chair to sit on at the main event! 

Bring cash to spend at the event -- there will be vendors, our massive merchandise booth with a bunch of new products, and there will be amazing penny raffle and silent auction items. 
The weather forecast is looking pretty good -- cool, but sunny, perfect for the dogs.  Bring some warm clothing - Saturday evening our newf social will be outdoors at the hotel under a tent so that we can all have our dogs with us -- the overnight temp is expected to be 3 degrees C (37 degrees to our US friends) so bring a hat, mitts, warm jacket and scarf. Your newf is going to be sooooo happy with these cool temps!  BYOB.  There will be a karaoke machine, so warm up your vocal cords (and maybe bring some earplugs).  LOL!

Those of you coming up from south of the border, remember to pack your passport and proof of vaccines for your dog. 
Safe travels everyone, we'll see you in a few days!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Local Businesses - great opportunity!

NewfStock is just a few weeks away -- Bancroft area businesses, you can promote your business at no cost in our welcome package!

NewfStock is a huge gathering of supporters of Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue (a division of HART) and the 3 day event draws hundreds of dog lovers from across Canada and the US. The main event is on Saturday, Sept 13, 2014 in Millennium Park, Bancroft.

We're putting together welcome packages for attendees, many of whom are coming from out of town and staying 3 or more days in Bancroft. If you'd like to offer a coupon or discount for attendees to encourage them to visit your business while they are in town please drop off your coupons/vouchers/brochures to Sandra at West Wind Gallery & Gifts by the end of the month (please bring a minimum of 250 - more if you want everyone who comes to the park to get one). Welcome packages will be distributed to all attendees who check in to the hotel and to everyone who visits the welcome booth at Millennium Park on Sept 13.

We're also teaming up with one of the organizers of the Hilly Hundred to encourage local businesses to take advantage of a similar opportunity for the weekend of October 4th when Hilly Hundred participants will be in town with their friends and families. If you would like to have your business included in their welcome package, drop off 75 additional coupons/vouchers/brochures and we'll have them added to the Hilly Hundred package.

We hope to see many local businesses support these two events which are filling hotels and bringing visitors to our area, helping to boost the local economy!

For more info about NewfStock  email Newf Friends at

For more info about the Hilly Hundred visit

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NewfStock 2014 Info Package

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 2014 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 (of any breed), and show your support of rescue.   What a sight this is, over 100 Newfs plus loads of Newf wannabees parading around the park! 

We’re asking attendees to collect pledges 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 have a special prize for the person who collects the most pledges!  In 2012 the prize for collecting the most pledges went to Allison Sabo.   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 - Full Itinerary will be available at the Park

Friday, September 12th
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

6:30 pm Pizza Party and social time
Location: Millennium Park (or maybe back at the hotel -- to be determined)
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 13th – NewfStock Main Event
NewfStock!!! Taking place at beautiful Millennium Park in downtown Bancroft, Ontario from 10am – 5pm (maybe later, stay tuned). 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, handmade quilts, woodwork and more!  Oh, and don’t forget your pledge form and pledges!
 Our full itinerary for the day is still in the works as new activities are being added.  It will be posted on-line soon.
Saturday evening:  Social time at the hotel.  Exact location to be determined.

Sunday, September 14th
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.
****NEW**** As requested 1:00 PM Swim Date and Picnic Lunch at Diamond Lake Park (see directions about)  BYOLunch

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 -- Tank, Mimi, River, Hope, and more! If you are bringing a Newf you adopted through Newf Friends and are willing to hang out at the Meet the Newfs booth for 15 minutes, send us a message and we'll pencil you in!

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 have some beautiful pieces of art donated by our fabulous supporters, we also have stunning handmade quilts, beautiful wood work, 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! 
*New this year, we have added a Rally-O course for you to try after the demo!

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!  
*Local vendors will also be setting up booths with pet themed items! 

Seminars:  We have seminars and demos running ALL DAY!  And it's all FREE! 
Back by popular demand, Dr. Janice Selinger from Bridle Trail Veterinary Clinic will be speaking about skin health, this was our most talked about seminar last year!
*New this year, Dr. Janice will also be offering a joint health seminar.   
Allison Sabo will once again offer a weight loss seminar, with her trusty side-kick Mimi
We will be offering a grooming seminar again, run by Kaila Abele -- we know this is a popular one!
*New this year, Dr. Kim Facey of Apsley Veterinary Services will be showing you the basics of pet first aid.  Don't miss this important seminar! (pending confirmation)
*Also new this year President of the NDCC Lynda McFadden and her Hubby, president of COR Al McFadden of Jalynn Kennels Perm Reg'd will be talking about health clearances.  This is a great chance to learn more about how health clearances for breeding dogs differ from regular vet checks, and for you to see actual health certificates, learn what they mean and take advantage of a question and answer period with these experienced, reputable breeders.

Demos: Everyone loves to see Newfs in action.  This year we have 3 demos to offer:
Carting Demo with Joan Fisher
The very popular On-land water rescue demo by Joan Fisher
* New this year, a Rally-O demo by Caroline Sayer, Tami Koehle and Carole Macomber

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 2016 Newf Friends calendar!  For a $5 donation your Newf will be photographed by Dr. Henry Christiansen and members of the Bancorft Photography Club and the photos will be used for our 2016 calendar.   Sign up at the registration booth!

Pampered Pooch - Nail Clipping and Ear Trims:  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 Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada and the Central Ontario Region Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada.  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 - the BIG draw will be held at the end of the day!  $1000 cash prize! 

Food:   Bring your appetite!  There will be great food - details coming soon!

Music: There will be lots of great music to keep your toes tapping and tails wagging.
Geoff  Webber and Bill Black of  "Work'n Dawgs" will be taking the stage.
We are looking for more musicians to play some live sets, if you are interested in helping out, send us a message.

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 at the Kawartha Veterinary Emergency Clinic
1840 Lansdowne St W Unit 18 Peterborough, On K9M 2M9

We look forward to seeing you at NewfStock!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Newfstock will be here soon!

Registration forms and pledge packages will be online later this week!  Everyone on our mailing list will receive an email with details!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Donations are starting to arrive!

NewfStock will be here before you know it!  We are gearing up and hope to have our registration and pledge forms online very soon!

Here's a sneak peek at the first pieces of art that have been donated to us for auction at the big event!  More to come!

These two charming original watercolor paintings were donated to us by artist Elizabeth Quandt!  Thank you for your continued support Elizabeth!

Cindy Williams of Pipeline Newfoundlands in Saskatchewan has generously donated two of her original acrylic paintings.  Thank you Cindy for all you do for rescue!