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The Scoop: Landing a Newfound Helper

Newfies fill a special place in my heart. If I had a large home with a large backyard, those large, black dogs would be tops on my list even before I heard about the amazing tale of this very special Newfoundland named Connie. Connie shares her home with Hazel Carter who suffers from crippling arthritis. Everyday tasks were becoming increasingly difficult so Hazel got resourceful and enlisted the help of her best, furry friend. Not only does the pooch carry her own dinner bowl and put it back, she also helps pick up things off the ground, and can untie Hazel's shoelaces if need be. However, her most amazing accomplishment, IMO, is her ability to do the laundry. Curious? Then

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Connie picks out the dirty clothing from the basket, places it in the machine, adds a detergent ball, and paws the machine on. After the cycle is done, the ever-resourceful pup transfers the wet clothes to the tumble dryer with her mouth and sets that into action. Hazel insists the pup knows to separate the dark clothes from the white, which seals the deal for me. This all sounds a bit too good to be true but, with a doggie who has been successful in several obedience contests, it looks like she's definitely got one blue-ribbon winner on her hands here — and a possible future in animal training!

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pink4444 pink4444 8 years
Oh wow! that is amazing. newfies are the cutest, sweetest animals ever
myplanetvenus myplanetvenus 8 years
Thats AMAZING! I love Newfies, but I'm happy with my little Jackal at his more medium size!!
buch1979 buch1979 8 years
Lucy while always a cheerful helper would get too distracted rolling around on the dirties and making little nap time doggie nests for herself. She loves nothing more than her papa's post work out socks, and farm day jeans.
runnergeek runnergeek 8 years
she's too cute!!! i love newfies too!
amers230 amers230 8 years
that's so cool! although i have to say, i don't think i'd be wild about the idea of my dog handling clean clothes in her mouth lol. but hey, she could start all the laundry loads that she wants!
manay manay 8 years
This story brings a smile to my face =] What a smart and helpful puppy! I wonder how one could train there dog to do such a task my dog doesn't have the patience
bythesea bythesea 8 years
Wow, now that's a smart dog. Although I'm not surprised. Dogs can do such amazing things
poodlezmommy poodlezmommy 8 years
Such a helpful pup! What I would like to ask is, What method of training did you use to train Connie?
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