Monday, September 8, 2008
Sisters & their Newfies
Sometimes sisters do not like to admit that they are more alike than not. Such is the case with my sister Jen & I. There is 7 years between us & to say that we were really, really close growing up might be a tad exaggeration. But that was when we were young & of course now we are real sisters (LOL) and what do real sisters do together?
Well, we buy dogs that we love and we buy big dogs, big dogs like Newfoundlands! Yep, its become family tradition for us. Jen is upholding the tradition now because I am deep in sheep right now but it did start with me. Back in 1991 I bought my first black Newfie Brutus. Then in '93 I bought Zeus, a brown Newfie who I showed on & off, then came Molly, a black Newfie, & then there was Lacey, a Landseer (black & white Newfie). Then Jen got her first Newfie, a beautiful Landseer named Thunder. There is just no kind of love like a Newfoundland love.
But then Jen got married & there was always this underlying question of if the new hubby was going to love Newfies too. Bob was NOT a goober fan at all. To say the least, drool really grossed him out.........but that was then and this is now and Bob is now a Newfie person!!!! Bob & Jen bought a brown Newfie named Sherman & then Bob said Jen babied Sherman too much so then Bob just bought himself a brown puppy and the family tradition is moving forward!
Now before you look at the pics below, please understand that BROWN is an acceptable color for a Newfoundland!
There are judges out there that tend not to understand that concept & there are Newfie breeders who don't get it either BUT we know it to be true cuz
BROWN NEWFIES RULE!!!!
This is Bydand The Chosen One, aka "Sherman". Sherman is 4 pts away from his championship!!! He will be 2 yrs old in November. We are all excited about how well Sherman is doing in the show circuit because he is a brown & black Newfies just always do better in shows. With Sherman is Tim Zeitz, a professional dog handler & groomer. I met Tim & his wife Tracy like 10 yrs ago when I was showing my brown Newfie Zeus. Tim & Tracy have become wonderful friends to both Jen, Bob, & I. Tracy showed my corgis Dixie at the Cardigan Nationals in April & took 3rd in open bitches with her!! Tim & Sherman are becoming an unbeatable team!
And this is the new Newfie puppy!!! AKA brother-in-law Bob's dog. This little guy was flown to Ohio from Bydand Newfoundlands in North Dakota just last weekend. His show name is tentative right now but he is known now as "Leroy". He refused to stand up for his pic......probably due to jet lag:)
Okay, I just had to take a pic of his paws. Now mind you this little guy is just 9 weeks old & weighs 25 #.........Jen & Bob are hoping for a big boy ( I believe Jen said his father was 180#).
I think this little guy is on the right track!
This is my niece Gracie with her big dog Sherman. Gracie is not fond of big dog drool either. But she is young & I am sure it will grow on her and I know she loves Sherman!
Wouldn't Gracie make the cutest junior handler?
Okay, so I have been informed by my sister & brother-in-law that it is my family responsibility to get back into family tradition & get a Newfie. Of course, it has to be a female, preferably brown, but a black Newfie that is brown recessive will be good also. I have to have their approval first before I buy:)
I sure do miss my Newfies.......there is just nothing like living with a big dog!
(P.S. if my mom/dad read these last few sentences I will deny writing it:)