May 12, 2012 Subscribe
Rescue Newfies and Teaching the Teacher

Christie Smith fell hard for the Newfoundland’s water-loving reputation. Editor Susan Chaney interviews the fancier who shares her story of discovering a passion while searching for a companion. Meet the trio of Newfies she’s trained to various levels of water rescue titles, and discover some of the reasons she says that water rescue training isn’t for the faint of heart, the impatient or those short of time.

Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn introduces Best In Show Daily readers to her junior high art teacher, Sandy Henry. In today’s Down and Back, Pilar shares her former teacher’s inspirational story and the tremendous influence she continues to have in our blogger’s life. As student becomes teacher, Pilar thinks she’s found a way to say “thank you” to the woman who’s made such an impact in her life.

If you’re in Ludwigs Corner, Pa., today for the Chester Valley Kennel Club’s all-breed show, be sure to say hello. I hope to see you there.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

Newfoundlands Take to Rescue Like Fish to Water
By Susan Chaney
Some dogs jump, tunnel or track another animals’ scent during performance trials. Others rescue people. Dogs like Beacon, Buoy and Sonar do anyway.

They belong to Christie Smith, a landscaper who lives in Manakin, Va., and competes with her three dogs in Newfoundland Club of America water rescue trials..

The Newfoundland’s origin is as fisherman’s assistant, pulling nets full of fish from the sea onto land, then from the shore to market by cart. But that’s not all they did. more

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A Service Dog Story – the Student Becomes Teacher
By Pilar Kuhn
In 2006 I came across Canine Companions for Independence for the first time and thought of one of the most influential people in my life – my junior high art teacher, Sandy Henry.

I was struggling with growing up in those days, and Sandy would let me spend time in her art studio working on projects long after most kids had gone home. Sandy was the voice of reason and would stand up for what she felt was right – even if that meant reminding us kids to respect our elders when we thought they were slighting us in some way. more

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