- My Newfs
Why A Newfoundland?
I am often asked the question, why such a big messy dog? Why not something smaller and easier to maintain. As long as I can remember, I've always loved big dogs. There is just something very gentle and very comforting about being in the presence of these gentle giants.
During the 70's I was owned by rough coated Saints. My children grew up with them. I loved their loyalty but they were somewhat independent for my needs.
During the 80's and 90's I was owned by labs. I loved their easy going ways and sense of humor but they were too energetic for my comfort level.
The first time I met a newfie, it took my breath away. I couldn't get over how noble this creature looked and I found myself quite drawn to it. I started reading about the breed. They sounded lovable and goofy like the lab but not quite as energetic. Their size was similar to the Saints which I always found comforting. The drool didn't bother me. The warnings about the shedding didn't scare me at all. I fell in love with this breed....everything about it.
It took me about two years to convince my husband to even consider sharing our home with a massive, hairy, drooling dog. He agreed to accompany me on a visit to a breeder I had contacted so he could see these dogs up close for himself.
It's been 19 years since we've opened our home to this wonderful breed. I've learned so much from these incredible dogs. I've met many wonderful people along this journey and am fortunate to call a few of them my dear friends.
I've been forced to step outside my comfort zone and have become a better and stronger person because of it. Who would have thought that first time I picked that big fluffy black puppy up, looked into his eyes and asked, "Do you want to come live with us?" that my life would change so drastically and in such a positive manner.