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When I first got on the internet in 1998 I was so excited to be able to join Newf-l, an email group for lovers of Newfoundlands. Then a few years later I discovered forums, especially Newf Net Forums. This format let me choose when I wanted to get my Newfie fix; it also let me choose the forums that I was most interested in. My favourite forum on Newf Net was “Senior Newfs” followed closely by “Food and Diet”.

Email lists and forums have been almost completely replaced by newer types of social media especially by Facebook. While Newf-l and Newf Net Forums have managed to hang on they are only a shadow of their former selves.

When I started looking for Newfoundland dog groups on Facebook I tried to count them all but gave up when faced with the overwhelmingly number. While some of the groups have thousands of members, interestingly some of them have only a half dozen or less.

Some of the groups are of the general interest type and allow any form of discussion and photos of Newfoundland dogs. Others cater to a specific characteristic such as advanced age or colour. Others are geographically based by country such as Australia or India; others are more local such as groups focusing on a city like Ottawa or Windsor, Ontario.

Below are some of the more interesting Groups on Facebook for lovers of Newfoundland dogs.

Colour

There is a group for each of the colours other than black. The gray and Irish spotted groups seem to be on the defensive. As for the brown Newfoundland group there are only two members.

If the Irish Spotted group had asked my opinion (and they didn’t) I would have suggested they make the caption under the Group’s name more positive, something like “Our pictures are the cutest!”

  • Landseer Newfoundland dog owners
  • Brown Newfoundland – I love it!!
  • The Irish Spotted Newfoundland Society – Don’t call us ‘mismarked’!!!!!!!!
  • Yes, we have a gray Newfoundland and we are proud

Social

  • Single Newfoundland Dog Owners
  • Spokane Newfoundland Meet Up Group
  • Naughty Newfs – The idea is to get together every now and then for a doggie play date.

Health

  • The Holistic Newfoundland Dog
  • The Healthy Newf
  • Newfoundland Dog Cruciate Study
  • Newfs: SAS & CBV – Hope for our <3 Puppies

Seniors

This is a group obviously very dear to my heart. I’m surprised there are not more such.

  • Senior Newfoundland Dog

Friendly

These groups cater to those who appreciate consideration of others and good manners when on line.

  • The Friendly Newfoundland Dog Group
  • Newfoundland Dogs – friendly chat
  • Newfoundland Dogs Lovers for Non-Snobbish Owners

Collectibles

  • Newfoundland Dog Collectibles
  • Newfoundland Dogs – Literature & Art

Photos/Videos

These sites are twinned.

  • Newfoundland Dog Photographs
  • Newfoundland Dog Videos

Rescue

  • Newf Rescue
  • Knit for Newfs

Light-hearted

  • Naughty Newfoundland Dogs
  • Newf Dogs License Plates!
  • Upside Down Newf – A group dedicated to sharing humorous photos of our Newfs in their favourite sleeping positions.
  • Newfs in chairs
  • Newfs Gone Bad Calendar
  • Insomnia Page for Newf Lovers – If you can’t sleep at night.

Activities/Training/Working

  • Newfoundland Service Dogs
  • Newfoundland breed, show & work
  • Working Newfs – Training, Tips and Problem Solving
  • Newfs in Action

Newf Crosses

  • Newfoundland Cross Dog Owners Forum

For Breeders

  • Newfoundland Breeders Connection
  • Newf Breeders Forum
  • Newfoundland Dog Frozen Straws and/or Pellets

This last group is relatively new has not seen much action yet but I believe it may be a harbinger of the future for our breed if we are to protect and save them. According to the Newfoundland Dog Database out of Germany we only have the equivalent of 200 breeding dogs worldwide. Frozen semen enables going further afield, to the whole planet actually, to find stud dogs and this could keep the gene pool as diverse as possible. The frozen straws may last indefinitely and thus allow for back breeding to past generations – in other words both time and space can be conquered.

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.

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Newf News

November/December 2017