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Maureen Bridget Cavanaugh
January 7 1955 - April 4 2005

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 our Newfies. Author: Christopher Plum

 

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