From Beverly Cusac, President of SENC
It’s hard to believe it’s July already, and we are in the throes of heat and humidity of the South! Since summer can be a dangerous time for all dogs, I decided to begin my report with a few reminders about heat-caused health issues:
Be sure your dog always has access to cool water.
Be sure you’re brushing your dog regularly. Loose coat can get trapped, can prevent your dog from cooling itself properly, and loose coat can also get tangled into a mat and can cause a hotspot.
Panting is how your dog cools itself, and it must have access to air that is cooler than its body temperature of 102 F to keep it from overheating.
Limit exercise during the hottest part of the day. Exercise is safest in the morning and in the late evening or night.
Remember that pavement, especially asphalt, can burn their feet.
Never leave your dog in the car in the summer, even if your windows are rolled down or your air conditioning is on.
Learn the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. These require veterinary intervention.
I hope you’re enjoying our website and logo. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback on both. We’re exploring ideas now for using our logo on some fund-raising items. Please let us know if there are items you would like to see us use the logo on for fund-raising.
As you know, SENC participated in the 2021 Triple Crown, and it was a huge success. The Board decided not to participate in the 2022 Triple Crown because we want to stay in our region next year and concentrate on a Regional here, as well as another water test. Since several people have asked that we re-visit the decision not to participate, I am putting it back on the agenda for the August Board Meeting.
Speaking of SENC events, I know many of you participate in other Club’s water and draft tests., but keep your calendars open for SENC’s 2021 water test on October 8, 9, and 10. The event will be at High Falls State Park in Seneca, SC. Benita Edds, our Working Dog Chair, and her committee members are putting together a great event. More detailed information will be on our website soon.
It will soon be dues renewal time. Please note that renewal information will go out in September. It’s possible that renewals will be online this year because it is much more cost effective and more stream lined. Notification will be sent out in advance of this new procedure.
The news is full of bad news about the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus. I sincerely pray that you and your family members will escape this latest round of infection spread. Please be safe!
Beverly Cusac, President
Southeastern Newfoundland Club
I know 2020 has been a most difficult year for all of us. We've seen the unthinkable unfolding before our eyes and ears. We've listened to the daily news telling us what we've never thought we'd hear; we've prayed for those affected, for the healthcare providers and other first responders reporting to work daily, for the essential workers who've worked to meet our needs, for those working to find the cures, and for the miracle vaccines needed for prevention and cure. We've prayed heartfelt prayers for those who have tragically lost loved ones and for their families. Thankfully for all of us, as we've worried, we've had therapy at our fingertips - our beloved Newfoundlands who have licked away the wounds we’ve sustained and have shown us the way to happiness, joy, love, and laughter even during the worst of times!
COVID-19 dictated the majority of SENC’s activities in 2020, but it is not dictating our plans for 2021! The Board has been busy looking ahead to the things we love to do with our Newf and our Newf friends. We're particularly excited about our plans for April’s Triple Crown. SENC joined with the New Pen Del and Colonial Clubs to put on a three-day Regional!! We’ll keep you posted as our plans are formalized. Of course, prior to that, we’ll also have our Annual Meeting. Those plans are still in progress, and we’ll share that information as soon as we have finalized it.
Congratulations go out to Michael Keats and Dana Phillips. They are assets to SENC and will continue for another two years as Board Members. A special shout out goes to Michael who has worked many long hours as an essential healthcare professional and still makes it to and contributes to our Board Meetings!
We've been asking all of you to share what you and your Newfs have been doing during the pandemic, so . . . On a personal note, Lola and I have been remarkably busy during this pandemic despite its many inconveniences. As many of you know firsthand, good parenting is a life-long and never-ending project. We’ve had the very important task of keeping up with Lola's son Matthew, GCHB CH Pouch Cove's Alright, Alright, Alright, as he’s traipsed around the country with Sheila and Keith Mallinson (his owners) and Karen Mammano. We’re proud to report that his traipsing has paid off BIG TIME during 2020 Matthew wasthe #2 Newfoundland in the country on October 31st, per Canine Chronicle statistics. So, as we report what we’ve been up to this year, we’re now preparing ourselves for an even busier and more taxing 2021 as we keep up with Matthew!
I wish each of you the Happiest of Holiday Seasons, and I pray for each of you a Healthy and Happy New
Year. May this Season fill each of us with renewed hope and happiness.
Beverly Cusac, President
Southeastern Newfoundland Club