She is brown with a small bit of white on her front.
Lara weighs in at just over 100 pounds. She has a pretty shaped head and a thick brown coat of fur.
Lara was spayed the day after she came into our program and she has put on more weight.
She is the youngest one at just a year of age. She is sweet as can be.
Lara has the brown coat and will require daily brushing and regular professional grooming to get her coat where it needs to be.
She loves to be brushed, enjoys attention and walks fairly well on a leash.
She has been really good in her large kennel but has not had experience in a home so she will need work on house training and just on being a house dog.
She loves to cuddle and enjoys soft toys, biscuits and being with people.
She is every bit a newfie as described by AKC below.
And just like that ~ we have six adult Newfies in our program.
It all started simple enough.
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.
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.
The Newfie Invasion Video:
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