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Newfound Friends was formed 23 years ago in 1990, with the objective of using the skills of the Newfoundland Dog to raise money for childrens charities. In the early days it was difficult to convince people that this would be a good way of raising money for charity but, with the support of close friends and a dedicated team of Newfoundland owners, we began to convince them that our aims and objectives could succeed. To date we have raised over a million pounds in various ways. Newfound Friends have become a firm favourite at many maritime festivals throughout the UK. The dogs also carry out theraputic work with seriously ill children who attend hospices and home from home cancer care establishments. The pictures above speak for themselves and we believe that Newfoundlands are second to none in their dedicated work with these very brave children.
The dogs also quite often make appearances on TV and there are a couple of programmes due to be screened this year. We have also received numerous awards and nominations for the work that Newfound Friends undertakes Pictured right is our youngest member Tol. We have always encouraged children to get involved working with the dogs as we believe it is good for their confidence and know that the dogs have a special affinity with our younger members. Throughout the website you will see pictures of dogs and children together showing how they form a very special relationship. Newfound Friends are very grateful to all the photographers for the many wonderful pictures supplied for this site. Thanks to Gordon Burns, Drew Gardner, Paul Gillis and Bob Holder.
NB Newfound Friends holds the copyright to all photographs on this web site.
Newfoundland dogs have been the St. Bernards of the sea for hundreds of years and now they are helping to make lifesaving fun for the next generation of lifeguards.
Each week a group of magnificent 14 stone Newfoundlands, the canine members of the Newfound Friends Society, arrive at the Cotswold Water Park to help Rookie lifeguards with their rigorous training exercises. The dogs are so enthusiastic about the training that it certainly rubs off on the young trainees.
The Newfound Friends are an impressive sight when in the water and their water safety and rescue skills have gained them an influential supporter.
Olympic swimming medalist, Sharron Davies was so impressed with the dogs that she has become patron of the society. The former swimming champion explains that Newfoundlands are really happy when in the water. 'They just love the water, first and foremost' Sharron says, 'they have a unique swimming action that enables them to glide along effortlessly , surging and pushing through the water using all four legs."
But how do these hairy kings of the water with their thick fur coats manage to swim so well?
Their fur actually helps, it's oily which helps to make the dogs bouyant and they have two layers of coat which provides insulation to keep them warm in the water. But the Newfoundlands most exceptional swimming aid is the fact that they have flaps of skin between their toes on all four feet, effectively giving them webbed feet which make excellent paddles.
The Royal Life Saving Society has honoured the dogs for their lifesaving skills and promotion of water safety. The dogs of Newfound Friends are the only dogs ever to attain such awards of comendation from the society.
I took part myself and was so, so pleased that I was able to experience this unique activity. Being a dog person myself, I can totally understand the dedication and commitment involved in training these dogs to do what they do. Dogs and humans worked together like clockwork and it was a privilege to be able to see them in action. I wholeheartedly look forward to being able to book the guys in again next year in the hope that they will run another day for us. We raised well over £7,000 on the day itself which is enough to train another assistance dog for a physically disabled person. Thanks to these people and the special things that they do, there will be yet another disabled person whose life will be made earlier thanks to their canine carer.
Bonio dog biscuits have long had a reputation for providing dogs with healthy teeth and gums. A Bonio a day, or in the case of Newfoundlands several Bonios a day, is proven to stop the build up of plaque and tartare on the dogs teeth.
Because the dogs of Newfound Friends display team use their mouths to pull people, bouyancy aids and boats it is vital to keep their mouths in good order and their teeth strong.
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CONGRATULATIONS to Ellie and Chloe for attaining gold medal life saving awards at a recent event run by the Royal Life Saving Society at Windsor. Newfound Friends has always encouraged children to take part in water rescue with the Newfoundland Dogs and it's great to see these two young ladies reach such a high standard. Well done girls!