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May 30, 1998

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Chamonix, the Pet of the Day
Name: Chamonix
Age: Two years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Newfoundland
Home: Monument, Colorado, USA
   The simple fact that Chamonix is a Newf is what makes her special. She gives unconditional love and affection. She refuses to be without me. If I leave the room for a second she's right behind me wishing I'd stay put so she can enjoy her nap. Her brown eyes are windows to an ancient and wonderful soul. She is a beautiful person. She is incredibly sweet. But, she also gets jealous when I direct my attentions elsewhere, because, as my wife says, "She loves her Daddy."

    Newfies are the greatest thing since sliced bread (but we like to keep that a secret)! They drool a lot, shed a lot and need lots of grooming, but they're worth it. Newfs originated from the island of Newfoundland, Canada. Nobody knows for certain what breeds went into their genetic makeup. They eventually made their way to Europe, where they became popular. In the 18th century, an English artist named Sir Edwin Landseer, popularized the black and white Newfoundland dog in many famous paintings. Thereafter, the black and white variety became known as a Landseer Newfoundland. In Victorian England, Newfs were used extensively as nannies for children. However, the Newfs real claim to fame comes from it's water rescue abilities. Most tall ships of that era carried a Newf on board as a lifesaver. And the dog that Lewis & Clark took with them on their great quest for the Northwest Passage? A Newf, of course. In fact, France uses Newfs as life guards on public beaches. Many Newfs have been credited with saving many lives over the course of history. For some more stories, visit the Newfoundland Breed History website.

    For a copy of the Newf FAQ visit this Newfoundland website.

    I've got another Newfie, Chamonix's little brother, Cousteau. He'll be a year old in September, and yes, he's a cow dog too! Pictures of Cousteau (and many more of Chamonix) can be seen at our website.

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