After having many different dogs in my life as family pets, in 1993, I came to the decision I wanted a "personal" pet, and according to what I had read, the Newfoundland would suit me best in my expectation of a good -hearted , gentle large dog. I bought a Newfoundland female puppy whose parents were from Russian origin and called her "Lady Dee". After some time, I found out she had bad hips , although she has had no motoric problems till lately: at nine years of age, she moves rather stiffly and is on chondroitin medication, but apart from that, she is healthy and strong and has never been sick in her life. I also learnt, that the situation of the Newfoundland in Israel is very poor , and having fallen in love with this wonderful breed, I decided to dedicate myself to the promotion of the breed here. In the meantime, I have been educating myself on the breed : reading, looking at pictures of Newfs in other parts of the world, attending shows , contacting breeders in other parts of the world. I decided that Dee is not quite the type I want to promote, and that, actually, her type of long-muzzled, flat head is ,indeed , not according to the breedstandard at all. I fell in love with the "American" type of Newf, and was very fortunate to be able to purchase in 1998 a lovely female puppy , Cayuga Our Jubilee from Mr. Manlio Massa in Italy. I also became active in the committee of our breedclub, and started writing and editing a "Newfsmagazine" which I send out to all clubmembers every 3-4 months.