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One of the submissions received for 1999 was sent in by Sarah Marchand of St. Jean Chrysostome, Quebec and was translated into English by my brother, John:

While at a summer camp for Girl Guides I decided to bring my dog along for the week. During a swim session, the group of girls and I decided to let the current take us down the river while we had our life jackets on. Midas, my Newfoundland dog, followed us, never taking his eyes off us. He would come into the water to swim next to us and then walk on the bank to rest a little. He continued to do this alternately until the end of the swim when he got out of the water so we could be near him. Happily for us we had not been in danger but we had all been surprised by the lifesaving instincts of Midas which he had demonstrated for the first time.

Another submission was forwarded by Joan Leach from Joanne and Ken Seabloom of Lone Butte, B.C. This one involved one of their Newfs, Lucy, who mothered a miniature horse foal named Trinket who was not doing well. Here is an excerpt:

Trinket is not house broken so when she gets to walk around the living room, she wears baby training pants. Lucy always moves to lay across the hallway if she heads in the direction of the stairs. Then as Trinket changes direction, there is Lucy blocking the way to the slippery kitchen floor. She is truly a Newf nanny.

Peter Maniate has been writing columns for the Newf News, the magazine of the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada, since 1979.  In 1996 he started writing a Newfoundland dog column in the Breedlines section of Dogs in Canada magazine on behalf of the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada.  When Dogs in Canada ceased publication at the end of 2011 he continued the Breedlines column in the Newf Newfs.

Permission is granted for re-publication of the preceding article or excerpts from it as long as the author is credited and the name of the original publication and date of first publication is included.

Dogs in Canada

January 2001