Sometimes you think you have a great idea…then the execution happens and it is a total bust. That can happen in any aspect of life, but when it comes to choosing the perfect pet, a mistake like that can be a disaster. Not to mention, you could destroy the soul of a very loving creature in the process.
One of the characteristics that a Newfoundland is famous for is their HUGE hearts. You may not realize this, but Nanna, the nursemaid dog in Peter Pan was a Newfie. I have had the misfortune of witnessing one of these wonderful animals being treated poorly by an owner that believed they could just get the dog and then it would basically care for itself. The first warning I will give you is that, if you are not prepared for the high amount of just basic grooming you will need to perform, then this is NOT the dog for you. I won’t say that you have to give them a full brushing EVERY day…but it needs to be at least a few times a week.
There are a variety of tools that you will have to either learn to use, or be prepared to pay somebody to use for you. One instance I recall involved one of Freyja’s litter mates. The people who took this beautiful dog were eventually calling the breeder to complain about what they had nicknamed “Devil Dog”. Eventually, the breeder went to reclaim the animal. He was brought to me with tales of his vicious temperment. When I went to work on bathing and brushing him, I discovered bits of thorn bushes clumoed in the fur around his nether parts! During this almost two hour process, this “evil monster” had numerous opportunities to bite me. It never happened. I almost cried a few times while taking care of this poor animal that had been so mistreated.
Grooming is actually a special time in our house. And with the addition of our second Newfie, it is a race to see who gets to the table first. My Newfies LOVE their time on the table (although I think they love the treats just a bit more). It is a chance for you to give 100% of your attention to your furry baby. Talk to them, tell them how beautiful they are. Trust me…it does not go unrewarded. This is not a chore…it is a chance. And if you can’t commit to just the basic grooming sessions, a Newfie is NOT the dog for you.