Greeting A Newfoundland Dog

newfoundland-dogA woman walked by with her Newfoundland dog while I waited for the bus this morning. It’s a 2 year old female, small for its age: 130 pounds (the dog, not the woman). A beautiful, friendly animal (the dog, not the woman, although she was nice too).

I quickly judged the dog’s temperament, seeing it was friendly, then said “Good morning” to the woman, asking about the dog’s age and name. A Newfoundland dog is tough as a rock, but friendly as you can imagine. I wanted to tackle it to the ground and play with it – a beautiful dog.

Funny that I’d want to know the dog’s name before the woman’s (I didn’t even ask her).

A friend just got a dog.  A mix of this and that; a mutt, which I have no bias against: I’ve owned more than one. He brought it to our house on the weekend; like all puppies, it was cute and lovable, but I didn’t have an affinity toward it like I’ve had toward other dogs. Like people, some dogs I can relate to better than others. THAT’S RIGHT!

The first dog I personally owned (opposed to one my parents got when I lived with them) was from the SPCA in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where my girlfriend (now wife) volunteered. A cross between a beagle and lab, I think, he was a dog I immediately attached to: friendly, kind, gentle, intelligent… like me! Yeah.

We visited a Newfoundland dog breeder in New Glasgow about 10 years ago, as I described in a previous post. It was fun. If I was rich and lived in the country, it’s something I think I’d enjoy – raising dogs.

7 Replies to “Greeting A Newfoundland Dog”

  1. The dog that bit me was highly territorial and probably abused by its owner. I was helping the owner put the dog in the back of her jeep, because the dog had gotten away from it. As soon as the dog got in the back of the jeep — its territory — it bit me, hard. They are an extremely gentle breed, but if they decide to turn on you, you’re in trouble. Small children wouldn’t have a chance.

    Still, if I had the room for a Newfoundland dog, I’d get one. I’d look around for a non-slobbering breed. Remember on the variations of the breed we saw at the Newfoundland dog show in St. John’s?

  2. I vaguely remember that dog show. Why did we go?

    I’d get the non-slobbering breed, too. Why would someone get the slobbering kind?

    I remember seeing the brown ones and the combination black and white ones.

    About drooling and a Newfoundland Mailing List FAQ:

    When they get a drink of water, a good deal of that water comes streaming out of their mouths when they’re done. Remember that Newfies love people. They also love to share their drinks with people. Drool is a fact of life with Newfies.

    Sometimes I wonder how drool gets on my ceiling. Then I see my dogs shake their heads.

    Besides, drool is good for you. Oh I’m sorry, you didn’t know it would get in your food? It will, though not as much as Newfie fur. I’m not making this up.

  3. We went to that dog show because you guys were thinking about getting a Nfld dog. Once Iain is about 4 or 5, you can probably get a Nfld dog. Get it in the summer when you have time to train it properly. Your house and backyard are big enough for a Nfld dog. It doesn’t require much exercise, but I’m sure it’d do alright.

    I should look into when the next dog show is happening around here, not just a regular dog show (which is half a freak show if you ask me), but a Newfoundland Dog dog show. As soon as you spend some time with those dogs, you want to get one.

  4. I have 4 adult newfies. It’s summer and I know why humans have legs :-) For them to wipe their faces on. Wouldn’t want it any other way.

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