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South Central Newfoundland Club's Rescue Tree Pull

by Kyler Laird last modified 2009-12-07 20:11

Bozo greeted people and pulled trees.

date: 2009-12-06 (3116 days ago)

dogs: Bozo/Bo

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I've enjoyed working with the Newfs in my life and I often talk about SCNC's tree pull being a perfect example of helping rescue dogs earn their keep. When Leslie invited me to help at the tree pull this year I couldn't resist. Because it's 90 minutes away I'd planned to take everyone in the semi for the day. I had the trailer all packed and warmed but then decided to simplify and just take Bozo in the Jeep. It was a good decision.

Dull's Tree Farm was already packed when we arrived at 12:15. I harnessed Bozo and connected him to the ice fishing sled. He was completely comfortable in the crowd of people and several dogs. We eventually found the Newfs and then worked the circuit.

Mostly Bo and I wandered. Many people just wanted to pet Bo and talk about him. Sometimes I forget how strikingly beautiful he is. He had many admirers.  This is the first time I've had Bo in crowds since moving him to my facility and it was a thrill to see how relaxed he was with everyone, including several toddlers who got right in his face.  He's a great dog.

Bo gave a ride to one child and pulled a couple loads of trees. The last load had three trees and it got a bit stuck in the mud when we paused on the hill but Bo forged ahead with a bit of help.  The only time he had the slightest lapse in behavior was when he saw his Newf buddy, Kerry, and they weren't allowed to play with each other.

SCNC was very gracious to us and I was delighted to experience such a wonderful event. The tree farm appreciates the crowd that comes for the dogs and SCNC's rescue fund got a substantial boost from tips. We heard several people say that they came for the dogs.  It was a huge success.


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