Oh dear, Newfienut! That was what I was wondering. It's one thing for short-coated dog, but quite another for a Newfoundland.
Perhaps I'll forget the pool in the back yard idea. We will be going across to the river and the beach quite often in summer months, so that gives us a chance to get the coat dry after swimming a bit more before getting home.
Thanks for your input - been wondering where you are? I'm so excited Newfienut!!!