Beale Park Boat Show

Newfs in Action had their first display of the season at the annual Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show from the 1st to 3rd June. This is a major display for our Club and was our eighth year at this event. Many people come just to see our dogs so the format of our displays are continually changing with each year being different to the previous one.

We had twelve Newfies working in the water, sometimes on their own or in twos or even threes. Rescuing casualties in the water varied from jumping out of the boat, bringing someone to shore by their wrist, taking out a life ring, rescuing them off a surf board or ‘herding’ a group of casualties with a float line, to name just a few. Sometimes the boat ‘broke down’ and was brought in by a dog either pulling it from the ‘bow’ with a rope or by standing on the shore holding the rope firmly in its mouth whilst the boat driver pulled the boat in using the rope. Finally, the ‘NIA Brass Band’ had to ‘jump ship’ when their was a ‘fire on board’ and were rescued by one of our Newfies! It was a diverse programme with plenty for the public to watch and be entertained.

We had some welcome help for this event from Greg & Julie Roffe with their friends Tony & Julie Payton, as well as some land and water help from members of the RLSS. We had twelve working dogs in the water plus three gorgeous twelve week old puppies and a twelve year old ‘great grandmother Newfy’. The puppies helped to make our dry land event a great success. The public were able to see how these small, fluffy bundles of fur can grow into very large dogs of 60 kilos or more! They were able to learn more about the Newfoundland breed, see them in their carts and have photographs taken with our dogs as well as generally fuss and stroke them.

Displays of this kind require a commitment to training the dogs so that they not only perform well in the water but are safe with the public and with unfamiliar noises and sights around them. The officers of NIA do a wonderful job of ensuring that everything goes to plan (or as near as possible!) and we are all indebted to the hours that they put in to make this such a wonderful event.

Our next event is ‘Gatton Country Fair’ at Gatton Park, Reigate on Sunday 1st July. Do come along and see this amazing breed in the water demonstrating the skills that they were bred for.

Sue Whittaker