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Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue is a volunteer run, foster home based rescue group for Newfoundland Dogs in need in Ontario, Canada.
We place Newfs into carefully screened homes in Ontario and surrounding provinces and states.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Newfoundland Pups

Update December 6/17
Four pups have been cleared by the cardiologist and are adopted.

3 of the puppies (Iggy, Andie and Viola) have sadly been diagnosed with severe subaortic stenosis (SAS), as has their mom Carlie.  This disease could have been prevented had the breeder who bred Carlie performed a simple heart clearance on her before breeding her. 

SAS is a genetic defect of the heart.  With this disease there is no way to tell how long they will live - could be weeks, months or years.  Some dogs lead long, happy lives, others die suddenly quite young.  The median life expectancy with medication is about 5 yrs.The 3 pups are available for adoption to special adopters who are willing to open their hearts to a dog who has SAS.  The pups are Viola, Andie and Iggy (see below).   Adopters need to be prepared for the costs associated with this disease, which will increase with time and the growth of the puppies. They will be starting Atenolol (a beta blocker) which will hopefully help reduce the potential clinical signs of SAS. These meds are dosed by weight and will cost approximately $50/month when they are fully grown.  Additional meds may be required down the road, with costs varying but potentially running up to $300/month.  They will also require echocardiograms and Cardiologist consults every 6 months to start with but these appointments could be more frequent as the disease progresses.

Special precautions need to be taken around treating infections, anaesthetics risk, etc.  And of course, the greatest challenge to raising a heart pup is preparing for the emotional journey of loving a pup who may not live a long life.  We are hoping to find wonderful loving homes where each of these pups can live their life, however long it may be, with great happiness.

Quick Adoption Overview 
  • Girls Located in Fergus, ON; Male located in Bancroft, ON
  • DOB September 24, 2017 
  • Applications now being accepted
  • At this time US adopters will NOT be considered due to border regulations, we are working on this
  • Homes where the pups will be left more than 4 hours total in a day will not be considered
  • Preference given to homes without children under the age of 8 (see below) 
  • Preference given to homes with another adult dog who is well mannered and will be a great playmate for the pup
  • Fenced yard required, no exceptions

Before applying to adopt a dog or emailing us with questions, review our FAQ page.  Emails asking questions that are answered on that page will not be responded to.

Please Read All of the information below
Carlie and pups
 A pregnant Newf named Carlie was surrendered to our program and her pups were born in our care.  We are told the sire of the litter was a Landseer  as well.  

Born via c-section on Sept 24
The litter has been raised in an enriched indoor environment and the pups have been very well socialized with dogs of all sizes, with cats, and with people. Great care has been taken to expose these pups to a variety of different people and things to help ensure that they are confident and have a good foundation of experiences prior to adoption.  Preference will be given to families who have the time and experience to carry on with this work and properly train, socialize and care for their pup to ensure that it matures into a well mannered adult.  

Adventure box to help expose the pups to unusual sights, textures and sounds
* Homes where there is another well socialized, well mannered adult dog will be our first choice as these pups will all benefit from growing up with another dog for companionship and as a role model. Homes without other pets will need to have a well thought out, solid plan in place for ongoing socialization.

Puppies require a large time commitment from owners;  families who have very busy schedules where the pup will be left alone all day are not a suitable match for a Newf pup.  No puppy wants to be in a cage for 8 hours!
Raising a puppy is hugely rewarding but takes much time and energy from all members of the family.  Newfs, in particular, are very slow maturing and can be quite rambunctious as puppies requiring a lot of training during the first 2 years of their life.  As such, families with young children under the age of 8 aren't suited; the only exception would be families who have EXTENSIVE giant breed experience and children over 6 yrs who are exceptionally dog savvy.  It's important that all family members are mature enough to play an active and consistent role in the training and raising of a puppy.   This criterion is in place based on having hundreds of Newfs surrendered to our rescue group over the years and consistently seeing the challenges that families raising a young dog with young children face, and the very high rate of surrender by families with young children.  

These pups will be available to homes within a 5-hour drive of their foster location -- US adopters will not be considered due to vaccine requirements at the border.  We do NOT administer the rabies vaccine to pups under 6 months of age so these pups cannot cross the border.  This is for the health of the puppy.

The pups will be placed with a strictly enforced non-breeding contract and spay/neuter agreement. 

The pups who do not have SAS will be placed with an adoption fee of $800 which includes a spay/neuter deposit which will be reimbursed if requested at the time of surgery once the pup is old enough.  

The pups who have SAS will have their adoption fee waived.  We ask instead for a donation of their adopter's choice.  Non-breeding contracts will be in place.

IGGY:  Black Collar Male (2017-029)  

Diagnosed with Moderate-Severe SAS, Velocity LVOT 4.70 m/s, 88.3 mmHg - available for special adoption

Iggy is a social, fun loving boy who is eager to please, LOVES to be around people, is quick to learn and super sweet.

ANDIE:  Pink Collar Female (2017-026)   

Diagnosed with Severe SAS, Velocity Ao 6.60 m/s, 174 mmHg - available for special adoption

VIOLA: Purple Collar Female (2017-027)

Diagnosed with Severe SAS, Velocity LVOT 5.40 m/s, 116 mmHg - available for special adoption

Green Collar Male (2017-031) - Adopted

Orange Collar Male (2017-025) - Adopted

Red Collar Male (2017-030) - adopted

Yellow Collar Male (2017-032) - adopted

See weekly puppy collage pictures below: