About Nampa Newfies

The Washburns

We’re the Washburn family: 2 parents and 8 children, plus 3 children-in-law. We’ve lived in Nampa since 1986. We got our first Newf named Bear in 1996.

The years have flown by. With three of our children married, we have 10 cute grandchildren. The other five of our children are away at college and working in careers.

The Washburns

2020 News

The year 2020 is a year never to be forgotten. Our month of May was eventful… May 1st our second oldest son Travis got married. That was a happy occasion. With COVID only ten people could attend their wedding!

On the 12th of May our oldest son Tevya, unexpectedly had a pulmonary embolism and passed away. He had a blood clot that went to his lungs and then he died of cardiac arrest. It all happened so quickly there was no chance of saving him… he was in Spokane, Washington with his wife and 4 children visiting her parents.

These past couple of months have been a blur and difficult. We are grateful for our belief in the Savior Jesus Christ and his gift of the Resurrection.  We are dealing with the pain of our loss. Thanks for your prayers.

With this change in our family,  I need to be available to help my grandchildren. I need a break from the hustle and bustle of selling and raising puppies but will always be available to help or answer questions.

My daughter Cheyenne Washburn Whetten will be caring for the up and coming litters. She’s very knowledgeable and is great to work with. Email: chysta@gmail.com. Cell: 208 994 4083. Cheyenne lives in Erda, Utah, with her young family.

We have started Nampa Newfies Instagram and Facebook pages where you are welcome to follow us!

My daughter Shawnee Washburn Haderlie is located in Connecticut and will have a litter in October with Millie. She is very experienced with whelping and raising puppies. Email: shawneehaderlie@gmail.com. Phone: 208 908 8995.

In December 2019, our son Tanner returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.  We are so blessed that he made it safely home. He is a Captain in the Marines and serves in the Infantry.  Thank you for your prayers and support.

I hope all is going well for all of you in these crazy times… God Bless you all and thank you for your love and support.  It has been a blessing in my life to meet all of you and get to know you.  I have loved meeting you and sending you home with a loving Newfie to bless your life.

— Sonya Washburn

2019 News

Cheyenne and Logan Whetten started a Nampa Newfie location in Erda, Utah (a suburb of Salt Lake City). They have 2 gorgeous females that are going to be our next Mommas.

Recently our son Tanner who is a captain in the Marine Corp reserves has been called to deploy to Afganistan for the year 2019…Makes me realize how little gratitude I have had in the past for the great young men and women who serve our country…they deserve our prayers of spiritual and physical safety every day. It was Tanner that asked his dad when he was 12 years old if he could get a Newfie. He was told, “do your research and then report back”…Tanner did his homework and we began the process of finding our first female Newfie.

2017-2018 News

The years have flown by and now all the children have gone… our youngest, Jackson is in college. A tremendous amount of work is required for raising a litter of Newfoundland puppies. I realized that I can’t do multiple litters at a time and my daughters Cheyenne and Shawnee both have an interest in continuing on with Nampa Newfies as I slowly hand the reins over to them.

Cheyenne and her husband Logan Whetten live in Erda, Utah. They have Winnie and Ruby and are going to raise litters at that location. We will call that Nampa Newfies, Utah location. This website will always show the best way to contact us. Either via our phone or email.

— Sonya

I’m Sonya Washburn


I grew up on a ranch near Huntington, Oregon. My father was a cattle rancher. I’m the second-to-youngest of 11 children. My job as a kid was to feed the dogs. These were cattle dogs (Australian Shepherds and Blue Heelers), I loved caring for them. When we’d ride to various BLM seedings, my dad would tell me and my siblings to go gather cattle on this or that mountain area and bring them down to the corrals. He’d assign each of us an area, and we’d split up and head out. Naturally the dogs would go with me because I fed them. That always irritated my dad because he needed the dogs to go with him. He’d generally ride the creek and send the dogs into the brush where a horse couldn’t go to get the cattle hiding in the shade of the overgrowth. After much convincing, the dogs would follow him. One time he decided that I couldn’t feed or pet the dogs anymore! That didn’t last long.

Sonya Washburn

One spring morning I was riding with my dad several miles up the creek from home. We were checking on the spring mother cows and newly born calves. We found a moma cow had passed away in giving birth. She left a healthy, big calf. My dad said, “If you haul this calf the 2 miles to home, you can raise it on the milk cow and get the money from it.” He lifted it onto my horse, placing it right in front of me, kind of across my lap. I had to hold under the calf’s neck to keep him balanced. Me and my horse “Caballo” headed for home with great hopes of becoming rich! (My dog feeding assignment didn’t afford me the opportunity to make any money.) I took care of my calf, and dad sold him at the Ontario auction for $240. After about a year, my older brother helped convince my dad that I should take my money and buy a female Wirehaired Terrier and raise puppies. This way I could start saving for college. I bought my first dog from a good breeder and named her Scamp. Sometimes I’d open the window at night and sneak her in the “girls’ bedroom.” She slept on the foot of my bed. Early in the morning before my dad would come to wake us, I would hide her under the covers! She seemed to know she was a stowaway and would lay very still until he left.

Sonya Washburn

When I was in fourth grade my dad got a new dog named Oscar. He was all black but had white socks on his front feet. He was a very good cow dog. I loved him, I spent a lot of time combing and petting him and of course I fed the dogs. It wasn’t long before Oscar loved me and followed me everywhere around our ranch. Well after several episodes of Oscar not wanting to follow Dad around and work cattle, a neighbor came over for a visit. Dad told him, “this is a great dog but he’s been spoiled” and he gave Oscar to him…they drove off with my dog, my heart about broke. A week later Oscar showed up to our house I was so happy to see him again, I loved him and hugged him and found out he had swam the river that separated our ranch from our neighbors ranch. Oscar had traveled about 8 miles to get back home. About 2 days went by and our neighbor showed up and asked if we had seen Oscar. I was sure hoping my dad would change his mind and not give Oscar back to them, but they loved him and quickly loaded him up and drove away, that was the last time I saw Oscar. I did hear great reports on him, these neighbors said he was the best working cow dog they had ever had… I was glad he had a good, if I couldn’t keep him.

That was kind of a sad experience for me. My dad viewed dogs as livestock, and a part of working a ranch, my dad was really a pioneer. He worked hard to make a living and provide for his family… His father was one of the 26 Arizona Rangers that chased cattle rustlers through and around Arizona, New Mexico and down to the Mexican border or brought them in for trial. If you want to read a great book its available on Amazon.com its a book that Joseph Pearce wrote of his experiences as an Arizona Ranger…its called “Line Rider” by Joseph Pearce and J Washburn. My son J Travis Washburn took the manuscript that my grandpa typed up on his old typer writer and J Travis formatted it in book form added pictures and put it on amazon. Its quite an interesting read about the outlaws that rustled cattle and sheep and encounters with American Indians. Travis left it in my Grandpa Joseph’s own words. Very good read..

Arizona Rangers

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