Newfoundland Dogs to Appear at Annual Fundraiser

Holiday tradition "Santa’s Dogs” raises money for New York food pantry.

Posted: December 1, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

Newfoundlands at the annual fundraiserThe Newfoundland dogs of Jolly Roger will carry on their annual holiday tradition at Ulbrich’s Garden Center in Alden, N.Y, on Dec. 14. For one day out of the year, these big “Newfies” rely on their natural instinct to help pull fresh-cut Christmas trees from the “Cut your own” fields to the tree-staging area, all to raise money for charity.

For the past 15 years, Roger Frey, owner of Jolly Roger’s Pet Supply, has partnered with the garden center for one of their biggest events of the year. Frey said he has been breeding Newfies for 38 years, and he provides 15 to 20 of these working dogs to pull trees in sleds, wagons, and carriages.

The dogs, who weigh up to 150 pounds, also are available to take children on sleigh rides from the field up to the nursery building. Donations raised, which can range from $250 to $800 in one afternoon, go to the Alden-Marilla Community Food Pantry. The pantry services 25 to 30 families per month, Frey said.

The dogs wear festive bells and wreaths around their necks, and they’re also available for photographs with children. Frey, who is the president of the Newfoundland Club of America, said the event has become a special tradition for area families.


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Isobella   Nashville, TN

10/8/2009 4:07:14 PM

I have a 72 pound Newfoundland/Lab cross named Jack and I love to hear anything involving Newfies!!

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Hope   Coldspring, TX

12/2/2008 3:00:37 PM

What a wonderful tradition and for such a great cause. You give yourself to our Newfs, to the people of your community and to everyone who knows you. Thank you,

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Carolyn   Staatsburg, NY

12/2/2008 7:11:00 AM

Have a wonderful day--wish we could join you as we did in the past. The Jolly Roger family does a fabulous job for the community of Alden.Have fun and humans stay warm---love you all !!!!!

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Bonnie   Jupiter, FL

12/2/2008 6:34:22 AM

Great job, Roger! You make our whole newfy community proud! Wish I lived closer to go and help. Not much call for Newfs to pull christmas trees here in south FL.

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