NEWFS AND NEWS...The Inside Poop
I’d like to thank all of you for giving me the chance to serve as President of the
Northstar Newfoundland Club. It has been gratifying to watch the club grow and
change, all the while bringing more people to love and care for the Newfoundland
breed. It is hard to believe that it was controversial to even think of forming the
club in the first place now that we are so well established.
I got my first Newfoundland in 1980 from Halirock Kennels in Shelburne, VT.
More correctly, my wife, Maureen Cavanaugh (now deceased) announced that she
had found a dog and I could choose to like it or find a new home. As we moved
around the country and the number of Newfies in the house got as high as 12, I
guess it was pretty clear that I was hooked. We bought a farm, which we later
named “Black Dog Apple Farm” in Buffalo in 1983. At that time the people we
saw most often included many who remain good friends, and active in the breed,
today: Mary W Price, Judy Soder, Priscilla Zeller, Judy Soder, Richard and Sandy
Donnay, Fred and Karin Bock, Jan and Terry Blakeborough, Duane and Susie
Manke, Fay Greer, Ann Dunnigan and Marilyn Fischbein-Byers. Some, including
Maureen, are no longer with us, including Bobbi Jarel and Anne Williams.
In Buffalo we raised 14 litters, the last consisting of 14 puppies. We showed
(thanks to a lot of help from Richard and Sandy Donnay) at least 35 of the 65
puppies we had to championships. You could say we were “show people” but our
favorite activity with the dogs was always letting them greet people who came to
our farm to pick apples.
In 1998 we moved east where we lived until Maureen’s death in 2005 after which
it took me a couple of years to get back to Minnesota where I am now once again
feeling home. I have really enjoyed the club, especially the parades and dog
centered events that involve so many enthusiastic people and dogs.
We have made a few minor changes to our By-Laws which should become
official soon (we have to go through the proper administrative channels with the
NCA) and our meetings will once again allow us to conduct business with the
number of members (15 to 20) that generally come to each meeting.
I’d especially like to thank our retiring board members, especially President
Susan Wagner, Vice President Rhonda Kern and Treasurer Judy Soder for their
leadership and stewardship of the breed over the past few years.
I look forward to hearing your ideas and working with you for the benefit of all
Author: Christopher Plum