Number 4 of All Breeds
Number 1 Working Dog
The Newfoundland
AM. CAN CH. SUMMERFORD'S EVER VIGILANT
"IRA"
Bred, owned and handled by Christina Koffman-Heard
Co-owned by Lynne Anderson and Rosemary Young
By Am. Ch. Onyxbay's Winter Warlock out of Am. Can.
Ch. Ashlin's Encore At Summerford
2008 Best of Breed wins: 78
Group Firsts: 44      Best in Shows:  14
Dogs Defeated: 7,109
The town of Summerford, Newfoundland, lies on that
island's central coast in secluded Notre Dame Bay. It's a
prosperous community populated with honest citizens with a
high work ethic and fierce personal pride - the same of which
can also be said of Summerford kennels and the
Newfoundland dogs bred there. For many years Christina
Koffman-Heard and husband Brad have put in their time by
participating in draft exercises, therapy programs and
advanced water exercises, carefully retaining the features and
attributes for which this Canadian national icon is recognized.
Dogs bearing their kennel prefix have repeatedly proven that
no challenge is too daunting, but is is in the conformation ring
where they truly stand apart. All dogs are handled by
Christina, often bred and owned by her as well. The
consistent style and type etched into these bear-like animals
have drawn accolades from such publications as
Canadian
Dog Digest
, where Ira was voted "Dog of the Year" by
readers and fans. Yet it's not always the largest BIS ribbon
or highest points tally that bring the widest smiles; in Ira's
case, it was taking Best of Winners at the 2008 U.S. National
from the Bred-by class.  Tough competition, to be sure - but
nothing the Newfs of Summerford can't handle.
126  Dogs in Review - August 2009