Ch Marcarpents The Rowdyman: "Rowdy"
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Rowdy is the sire of
our Rosie, and grandfather to our
Navy, also making him Great
grandfather to all of Navy's pups, so his adventures may be of
interest to many of you.
In October 2009, Rowdy joined the
family of William Ball, (author of
"Life Among the Giants"), Ingrid Ball and their three other Newfs.
Rowdy was bred by Nina Cote of
Rowdy turned 14
years in September 2014.
Rowdy receiving his neighbor
friend who visits every morning.
Rowdy (pictured with his owner's grandson)
at the Newfoundland Dog National Specialty
Rowdy at 11.5 years old (January 2012)
Rowdy at 9 1/2 years old (January
Rowdy & Ingrid
Bill and Rowdy have not
been doing much therapy work this summer, as Rowdy was sprayed by a
Read more about it here.
Was sitting out in the
field reading this afternoon, dogs lying in varioius areas enjoying the
breeze. At one point I noticed the tent bouncing all over the
place like there were two very "active " teenagers inside
going at it ..
What it turned out to
be was Rowdy in there trying to pile up a couple of cushions to a
comfortable sleeping area .. Took him a few minutes and the
attached picture show that he was successful.
Bill (Rowdy's owner)
I thought it would be interesting and
inspiring to follow Rowdy and Bill's work. I know there have been a
few people who have purchased pups, who have expressed an interest in
doing Therapy work with their Newfs. I thought it would be a good
way to introduce us all to the wonderful benefits of Therapy work with
dogs. These benefits not only extend to the people the dogs visit,
but also to the owners of the dogs, and the dogs themselves.
Rowdy was introduced to
Therapy work before Christmas (2009) and his 'job' will start at the end
of January. We will endeavor to keep his page updated with his new
Today I brought Molly and Rowdy. I
spent the first 30 mins trying to separate the two of them . They both
wanted to visit each person but together. I would guide one of
them to another part of the circle but they eventually ended up with
both of their heads in the same persons lap and usually right where I
happened to be sitting or standing .
There was one gentleman in
attendance by the name of Dave. He was elderly and had
advanced Alzheimers. He could barely move, could not lift his head,
could not speak. When I brought one of the dogs to him he could hardly
move his hand to pet the dog, but he tried. He obviously loved the
dogs but could not communicate at all ..
Near the end of the session, I was
just starting to think about gathering up our stuff and the dogs when
Rowdy very suddenly and quickly left a lady he was visiting with Molly
and very deliberately and quickly turned to go to the other end
of the room (about 30 feet away) to where Dave was sitting alone with
his head still hung down. He marched over there and immediately laid
his head on Dave's lap. The staff and I noticed this right away
it was so obvious. He stayed there not moving his head for a good 10
minutes. Dave managed to get his hand on top of Rowdy's head but very
little actual petting going on so it was not because of the attention
that Rowdy headed over to him .
The last time I saw that kind of
sensitivity was a couple of times with Rimshot and of course Bailey
many years ago .. Was really nice to see. Once again these dogs amaze ..
Bill (Rowdy's owner)
According to Bill (Jan 2010):
"Rowdy has started his
"second" life - the one of indoor comfort, fireplaces,
etc. He is such a gentle boy. He has fit in with Molly, Seven
& Annie as if he has been here for years.
We have had many Newfs over the years
and have known Rowdy since his birth. Nevertheless we were amazed at
just how gentle and unassuming this boy is.
Because he is in heaven when he
is being scratched and touched by people, we know he is going to
make a great therapy dog. His training now consists only of controlling
him "giving his paw" when he wants some attention. A
five pound paw can hurt a senior who may not be prepared for it .. Apart
from that he is ready !"
Rowdy and Ingrid
Rowdy and Molly
Celebrating Rowdy's first official Day of Therapy at
Glen Stor Dun Lodge in Cornwall, Ontario. (January 2010)
"This was the Day Away Program
where future residents of the facility are brought in for a day of various
activities. This gives the care givers at home a break as well as helps
these folks start to adapt to the environment.
Rowdy did really well, was
comfortable in the environment and actually seemed to know that his job
was to go from person to person .. As you can see, he was welcomed