How Many Newfoundland Dogs?

How many Newfoundland dogs are too many?

I spent the weekend with five adult Newfies and six puppies.

Here is mommy dog, Vada, with two of her six puppies:

Vada w Two Pups © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

The puppies are five weeks old now.

(I keep thinking they’re six weeks old, but they’re only five weeks.)

They were ten pounds when I arrived on Friday.

They weighed twelve pounds when I left.

They’re growing SO fast!

Here’s the puppy I *might* be getting:

GreenBoy92114I say “might” because he needs to pass a heart check when he turns nine weeks old.

Heart problems are common in Newfies.

If he doesn’t pass his heart test he won’t be available for adoption.

But, he’s adorable and I want him.

Here’s a photo of the same puppy getting a drink of water:

Green W Bucket Square © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

He looks like a panda bear with gorilla sized feet.

Newfies are such messy drinkers.

Most owners have them drink from buckets outdoors.

Here he is getting some one-on-one time with his mom:

Green W Mom Vada © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Of course, I spent a lot of time with ALL of the puppies.

I also really enjoyed the adult dogs.

Newfoundlands are so sweet, so tender hearted, and very loving.

This is Hannah:

Hannah © SHaggerty 2014 W-1Hannah is almost two years old.

She and I bonded very quickly.

Hannah didn’t want to leave my side the entire time I was visiting.

We even went hiking together.

After our hike, Hannah cooled off with a swim in a lake.

Hannah is full of enthusiasm for life.

I already miss all my Newfie friends!

8 Responses to “How Many Newfoundland Dogs?”

    • Suzanne

      I think my heart is still on Vancouver Island with the pups ….

  1. Missy Stalcup

    Thanks for sharing the photos. They are adorable. We never see the breed in Southern california!

    • Suzanne

      There are actually a LOT of Newfies in CA, but they don’t like heat so they are probably out walking mainly in the early mornings and/or evenings. My boys grew up loving a neighbor’s Newfie. It is how we first became knowledgeable about the breed. People often think they’re black St. Bernards … they’re huge, but a little smaller than a St. Bernard.

    • Suzanne

      I’ve tried not to get too attached to any ONE puppy since everything is dependent on health checks. Still, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I have a fondness for the pup shown above. He stole my heart.

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