Della has a red collar but to be honest, she doesn’t need a collar to tell her from the other five newfies because she is the only black one!
This dog is simply gorgeous!
She is what I think of when I think Newfie.
Proud, dignified, playful, loving, sweet, noble.
This dog has the most social skills and I don’t wonder if someone at sometime spent some time with her. She acts like it.
Della will require daily brushing and regular professional grooming to get her coat where it needs to be. She has longer hair, typical of newfs.
She loves to be brushed, enjoys attention and walks fairly well on a leash.
She loves to cuddle and enjoys soft toys, biscuits and being with people.
She does jump up on us for attention but is very light footed so we have not corrected her. I guess we should but these dogs have just been through so much I don’t want to… not yet.
If I were to keep one, I’d be hard pressed but Della would be at the top of my list!
Della is every bit a newfie as described by AKC below.
The Newfie Invasion
We called to let the shelter know we had room.
We were thinking maybe 2 or 3 dogs, perhaps the 10 pound to 45 pound sizes.
The response: we are getting in some newfies, are you interested?
Years ago, no decades ago, my husband and I were owned by a Newfie.
A black male weighing in at over 200 pounds.
Mac, our gentle giant.
Then there was Babe and then Sparkle.
We loved those big giants despite the voluminous amounts of dog hair requiring extra vacuuming!
So, when I arrived at the shelter and saw the newfies, picking just one or two or three was not an option.
Sine they were all coming home with me, we needed a game plan.
I called my husband and said, Ok, where will we put six newfies?
Thankfully, long lasting friends of ours had been over the day before and donated the panels for two large kennels.
We set those up in our doggy room so three newfies in one kennel, two in another kennel and one in a large crate.
The one in the crate is typically the one that will need crate rest after her spay.
Three dogs in one kennel is over three hundred pounds so, several evenings, we could be found coming up with ways to reinforce the kennels as the newfs tend to lean into the panels moving them.
This has clearly been a newfie adventure and nothing has been simple.
First, worming, vaccinations, flea preventative, micro chipping. And some needed antibiotics for large infected hot spots or eye infections. One had a slight ear issue and needed her ears cleaned out several days in a row.
Then Professional grooming. I can not thank the staff at The Grooming Shop in Edwardsburg, Michigan enough for all their help!
They have bent backwards to work these dogs into their already full schedule. And remember, these newfies are puppy mill dogs meaning the only version of a bath was being sprayed with a hose – if that.
So, one by one and sometimes two at a time off to the groomer: loading them up into the van is always a project, getting them out of the van and into the grooming shop is an adventure but I really believe they loved their spa days because when I picked them up they didn’t just look good but had a calmness about them.
Since we normally don’t have such large dogs, we had to put in a special order for Lupine one inch large collars. We put their name on white tape and attached that to the top of the collar.
Now, each girl has her own color with her name. I had thought this would be a great way to identify them quickly but had not thought through that they have so much hair!
But now, that we have had them a couple weeks we are telling them apart.
Next up, vetting. We are thankful to the staff of Kryder Veterinarian for working with us which they have been doing for almost two decades.
Some of the newfies just need spay and rabies, some need eye surgeries. We are working through that now so that by time each newfie is ready for adoption they will have been spayed and eyes fixed.
From AKC: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/newfoundland/
- Personality: Sweet, patient, devoted; Newfs are famously good companions
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Newfs like using their big, powerful bodies—they need some room to romp
- Good with Children: Yes
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Eager To Please
- Height: 28 inches (male), 26 inches (female)
- Weight: 130-150 pounds (male), 100-120 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 9-10 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Della is available for adoption. If you are interested, please fill out an application and email it to us as an attachment. Click here for adoption application
Medical: She is spayed, micro chipped, wormed, and up to date on shots.
Microchip: Included in the adoption is the registration of the AVID micro chip in the new owner’s name.
Adoption fee: $350
Leash and Collar or Harness: a Lupine brand harness or collar and leash are provided for each canine. Lupine has a life time guarantee; if chewed, the company will replace it free of charge (thank goodness!).
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