Background

We are Paul and Alison Dodd and we live near Harwich in Essex with our two Newfoundlands, Flo and Beatrice. Paul is an Internet Services Provider with a background in programming, database and systems management. Before we decided that Newfoundlands were the right breed for us we did a lot of research (as any prospective new owner should!). In the process we collected a large amount of data from publicly available sources on bloodlines, health and show results. This web site is our way of sharing that data and our enthusiasm for the breed with other newfie owners, breeders, exhibitors and enthusiasts.

Thanks & Acknowledgements

Our new baby, Sandbears Perfection
Beatrice at 12 weeks old

We are eternally grateful to Suzanne Blake of Sandbears who entrusted us with our first Newfoundland, our beautiful Flo and more recently with our sweet-natured monster Beatrice. Suzanne and her husband Mark have been incredibly generous with their time and we truly appreciate their advice and mentoring, they have become good friends and demonstrated just what being a reputable breeder means. Please, don't ever buy a Newfoundland puppy from anyone other than a genuine and credible breeder, one who is committed to the standards laid down by the Kennel Club and Breed Clubs. Such breeders can always be contacted through the Club web sites listed on our links page.

We would also like to thank Joanne Watts and 'Gina' (Swanpool Gina Lollobrigida, now a Champion, a veteran and retired from the show ring). Gina was the first Newfoundland that we met 'close-up' and her sweet expression and amiable and affectionate nature instantly convinced us that the legendary Newfoundland temperament was no myth and a newfie was for us - she has a lot to answer for!

Working

A special mention goes to Graham and Jan Hill, owners of the late Ruby (Hanningfield Princess Leia) who was an outstanding water working newf, Maia (Alphabear Ocean Blue for Ableseanewf) and Amelia (Sandbears Lady Guinevere for Ableseanewf). They are members of the Grangewaters Working Newfoundlands group in Essex where we now enjoy our water training. Graham and Jan, along with Steve and Cindy Walker (Hanningfield Newfoundlands) and the other members of the group have been brilliant in the way they have encouraged us, knowing that we were newfie novices.

Judging & Stewarding

We thoroughly enjoy both showing and working our dogs and recognise that without the judges, stewards and helpers those shows and events could not take place. Because of that, Paul regularly stewards at open shows and water tests and is delighted to have been accepted onto the 'B' list of specialist Newfoundland judges by all three of the UK's breed clubs. He is also now a senior Section C judge for water tests.

The 'Newfie' Community

The many newfie owners and exhibitors we have met and who have been so friendly and encouraging also deserve a word of thanks, as do those people who have taken the time and trouble to email us with kind remarks and constructive suggestions which have helped us to develop this web site.

If you see us at a show or working event, come up and say "hello" and let us know you have visited our site. We are always happy to have comments (good ones hopefully!) and suggestions.


Jan and "Ruby" - a picture of contentment.

"Head to Hedd"
- "Gracie" with her breeder Hedd Richards.

Photo byPaul Dodd

"Flo" at eight months with Alison - not strictly a 'working shot' but taken shortly after a water training session.

14 June 2008

Photo bySteve Walker

"Yogi" - power dive, newfie style!

"Zoe" gets a thumbs-up from 'Mum' Cindy for a boat pull on her first (!) training session.

Photo byPaul Dodd

"Maia" in a typical boat towing image.

Photo byPaul Dodd

An artistic render of our "Flo".

Photoshop byCindy Walker