Sunday, January 6, 2008

Brand Newf Year


Satchel is still recovering from his traumatic refurbishing and showing and is not yet available for comment.

So we thought we'd start the Brand Newf Year with the nicest piece of writing we know of on Newfs and with a picture of the greatest water dog we've ever known.

Happy Newf Year to all,

Andrew



THE LEGEND OF THE NEWFOUNDLAND DOG


"There is a land where the waves explode upon the reef in a boiling foam, there the legend was born.

As the story is told, God turned one day to contemplate all of his creations and saw on that Newfoundland Isle, flailed by storm a small nation of fishermen, whose rough, weather-beaten people fought courageously against the impervious elements of nature as the freezing cold winter and the unforgiving coastline took its toll, and the sea often asked the sacrifice of human life. Nevertheless, they remained deep-rooted, these men of Newfoundland with the stubbornness as great as their courage.

God saw, and in his infinite compassion, thought how he might alleviate their suffering. He searched among the creatures of his creations but found none that would serve. It was then he decided to create one anew.

He took the body of a bear, whose bone structure lent well to such arduous labours and whose thick fur would resist the bitter Newfoundland cold. Then he thought to sweeten this silhouette with the lithe, flexuous lines and movements of the seal, with all it’s prowess to swim and speedily slip between the waves.

Now turning to the sea, he saw the playful dolphins happily following the ships, their sweet, joy-filled eyes revealing their serene temperament, and more; they so love man that they often rescue them, saving them from the sea. Yes, they too would be part of this creature.

When he had done the moulding and casting, there suddenly appeared in his creative arms, a superb animal with glistening black fur; powerful and sweet in the same moment.

This new being, however, had to have an allegiance and faithfulness, tried and true, to be able to live beside man and be ever ready to offer his life for his master. It was at that moment that the Lord opened and placed in his chest, the heart of a dog, and the miracle was complete.

From that day onward, those men of the sea had beside them, their courageous companion ever strong, ever faithful the, Newfoundland Dog."

(Reprinted in translation from the book Il Cane Di Terra Nova by Emmy Bruno, editor Mursia-Milano)

7 comments:

Randi said...

Hi An-Drool!

I'm sorry Satchel is still NO COMMENT...I hope he's alright after such torture..

I loved the story of the Newf Dog...You both are AWESOME!

Love & Licks,
Randi

Cub the Newf said...

Andrew, I believe that someday you will fill Jack's very big pawprints. Keep your eye on that goal, buddy.

Cub

Gizmosav said...

Hey Andrew,
Great story, it just confirms how perfect we are...
Thanks buddy for sharing it.
and you know how much I loovve that picture of Jack! Now that IS perfection!!!
Hey Satch, hang in there, youv'e still got a couple weeks off.
Giz

onecoatsam said...

Thanks guys -- we love you!!

JB said...

Happy New Year, Andrew!
(U2 Satchel)


JB

Flanaghan the Newfie said...

Satchie --

You feeling better yet?


Flanaghan the Newfie

Randi said...

Hi Satchel & Andrew -

I left a little award for you on my bloggy from Jan. 11 - You Make My Day!

Love & Licks,
Randi