Hi, my name is Larry and I live in upstate New York with my wife and 2 kids (a daughter, age 10, and a son, age 5).
Schroeder joined our family in February, and I didn't know much about the Havanese breed before this year. My daughter researched breeds that would be good for our family (after losing our best beloved Aussie-mix, Nana, a year ago). She discovered the Havanese breed and fell in love.
Schroeder has fit into our family very well. He's big for a Havanese--at almost 8 months he's nearly 21 pounds! He's a sweetheart!
My daughter would like to train Schroeder to become a therapy dog, and I am encouraging this fully. I'd love to get her visiting others in the community who need encouragement, and this is a great way to do it! Since this is all new to me, I've started a blog where I can highlight what we learn along the way and promote the work of therapy dogs. That way others unfamiliar with the process and needs won't have to start from scratch (and will learn from my mistakes)! Here's the URL, if you're interested: http://schroederpup.wordpress.com
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Photos below, both before and after the big shave. (We were unhappy with our groomer who shaved him down without consulting us... But he's still a cutie!)