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My two nieces, the furry one is Abby and Mackenzie on the right.

Abby the Newfie

Abby the Newfie

There is someone that I talk about often, and that is Abby the Newfie, my puppy niece. I figured I should share some information about this girl because I do talk about her a lot. I even started a hashtag for her on Instagram  #abbythenewfie. She is big, gentle, loveable, and sometimes stubborn, but then again, so am I, at times.

Abby and Me
Seven-month-old Abby the Newfie and I the day we first met.

Who Is She?

Abby is my sister’s dog, and she is the first niece/granddaughter of the family. She was born April 19, 2015, in North Carolina and was raised in South Carolina. Now, she is a Nebraska resident for a while.

She is a spoiled Newfoundland “puppy.” She enjoys ear and butt scratches, along with tummy rubs. Her favorite pastimes include sleeping, eating, getting petted, chasing kicked balls, and medium to short walks, oh, and sleeping.

Abby’s favorite season is Winter; snow and chilly weather energize her beyond belief. She enjoys either lying in or eat snow. If it is snowing outside, she will lay out there and let the snow pile up on her till she is ready to come inside.

My folks and I do enjoy spoiling her. When I took my parents on their first Amtrak trip to see Abby and her humans, my mom dropped her bag, and it squeaked from the toys packed away for her.

Abby seems to like me, and I love her. When I take the train out to Paula’s, it comes in around 11 pm; Abby is the only one excited to see me.

The Newfoundland Breed

Newfoundland dogs, known as nanny dogs, have many great qualities. Newfies are gentle giants, great with children, natural protectors, and bred as water rescue dogs. As adults Newfoundland’s weight from 100-150 pounds, ranging in height from 25-30 inches. Although they are also clumsy, stubborn, and drool.

Fortunately, Abby is not a massive drooler like some Newfiesunless you have food that she wants or if she is excited.

Newfoundland’s appear in several movies like The Secret Life of Pets, Must Love Dogs, Police Academy 2, and Peter Pan, from where Paula fell in love with the breed.

Abby Being A Newfie

In some ways, Abby is a typical Newfie, but in other ways, it seems like she never read the manual on being your best Newfoundland self.

Abby, being the protector, will check in on her humans if they are out of eyesight to make sure all are around and safe. If she doesn’t see her humans when she woke up from a nap, she often checks to make sure all is well in the homestead.

When she lived in South Carolina, her, well, Paula’s apartment was a single level. When it comes to bedtime, she would either sleep on her cot in the room I was in or close to the bedroom door. She wanted to keep an eye on things. At her new home, she has changed, making due to her arch-nemesis, stairs.

Abby had a hard time adjusting from bedroom protector to being on the lower level all to herself.

Abby enjoys going on walks, but she prefers group walks. She keeps a watchful eye on everyone to make sure no one falls behind, and if they do,  she stops until everyone is together. My sister and I were going to the dog park, and Abby and I were the first ones out the door. Abby would leave until they were with us.

Abby protects her family from the “evil” geckos that sun themselves on her window; at least, she believes they are evil. She barks at them, while her efforts do not phase them. She then deploys her nose of danger and bumps the glass with her nose to try to rid her family of their “evil.” There has been more than one incident where Paula went outside to knock the geckos off of the window so Abby could find peace in her life. Here is a video of Abby saving her family.

Fun With Abby The Newfie

On another visit to Paula’s, we received an invitation to a pool party along with Abby; the home had an in-ground pool and a plastic kiddie pool for the younger ones. Well, Abby thought that the kiddie pool was the puppy pool and claimed it very quickly for herself.

Abby would walk around the big pool and keep an eye on everyone. We had to reassure her a few times that everyone was okay and just playing, and they didn’t need her help. On one walk around the pool, Abby got a little too close to the edge of the swimming pool, she did not calculate the side of the spool, and she fell in. The look on her face was OH CRAP!

Abby The Newfies Cares

Abby sleeping

Over the summer of 2017, my hometown flooded. Abby and her family were visiting Wisconsin during this ordeal. Our yard, my folks’ car, garage, and basement were all flooded, I know Abby probably did not know what was going on, but she knew something was going on that hurt her humans.

If Abby knew someone was feeling down around the house, she would sit by them and try to comfort them as best she could. She was a great therapy dog for us and others when we took Abby for walks downtown for many of the city residents as they dealt with the physical and emotional stresses of the flood.

Abby was a trooper because we lost power for a few days, and she did not have A/C, but we did our best to keep her fantastic such as getting her blocks of ice and spraying her with water. We did get her a pool to stay cool in, though she did not use the pool as much as we thought.

Wrap up

If you are interested in owning one of these great dogs,  remember they are big dogs and shed.

Abby has been the inspiration for me to travel to South Carolina to visit her. She is not the best traveler herself, for she does get car sick at times, though she does like car rides.

Now you know a little more about Abby and how she is a beautiful pup.

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Safe Travels,


Abby checking out Mackenzie

**I do like to thank my sister Paula for the movie and some of the photos!**


Kev has traveled over 125,000 miles on over 660 trains all around the United States aboard Amtrak. When he is not on the move, Kev enjoys making music as an organist.