Thank you to all of you for the kind replies! I can't even imagine my life pre-Brady. It's crazy how some little being that's so small can have such a huge impact on our lives. Brady weighs in at a hefty 7.5 lbs lol!
Thank you to Karen R, Evelyn, Karen C and Sheri! Your posts meant a lot to me.
Karen R, where are you in MA? Brady and I are in Lexington for the time being. My fiance is a minor league ball player, so we move every 6 months. Brady has been to 5 states so far in his 2 years of being on earth! Frequent flyer fluff.
I have contacted the breeder. I definitely don't want to bash anyone on here, but I made a huge mistake going with the breeder that we did. We got Brady when we were both 23. I wish I would have listened to my head when I saw the red flags from this breeder, but I didn't. And it turned out okay. I met my fluffy soulmate. I am praying that he lives a wonderful, long life on his little funny legs. Our breeder (when he finally responded, after about 4 emails spread out over a month) offered a replacement puppy. No. Thank. You.
I made the mistake of reading the beginning of the "Preston's Legs" forum last night. Here I am, holding my fluffy guy, worrying about everything in the world that this could mean for us and feeling terrible for the Havs that were talked about on the forum. I finally made it to the end this morning, and am overjoyed that Preston and his mom are still doing great today (I think it was around a 6 year long forum...CRAZY!)
I love my Brady and his little legs. I just hope that they don't cause him any complications or pain/suffering in the future. He's only 2! I do have him on joint supplements (Cosequin) daily so hopefully that will help. We hopefully have a very long road ahead of us. <3
I'm adding another picture of Brady boy. I work from home, which means puppy kisses all day long! So grateful to spend all day with my fluffball.
Oh! It's too bad you didn't come on the forum last week! We had a Havanese playdate at my house last Sat., with about 25 fluffernutters!
We WILL probably have some indoor play dates during the winter, though, so if you're interested, PM me with your e-mail address and I'll add you to our "Play Date list".
Yes, Preston has VERY crooked legs and is still going strong. I have another friend with an 8 year old puppy mill Havanese with very crooked legs. He was an awesome agility dog for most of that time, but his crooked legs have caught up to him with THAT level of activity. He no longer stays sound jumping, so his owner has stopped doing agility with him. That said, without the concussion of the jumping, he's still completely sound, healthy and happy.
Too bad about your breeder, but that's the problem with "replacement" contracts. NO ONE wants a different puppy...even if they've only had their puppy a few weeks when a problem is discovered. And, honestly, your breeder offered more than many of the not-so-good ones will. Many contracts I've seen will only either pay for treatment or replace a puppy if the problem is "life threatening". Neither LP or CD are "life threatening" in most cases, so some breeders with that kind of contract weasel out that way.
The only "health guaranty" that is really worth anything is when a breeder will help with medical expenses (usually up to the purchase price of the puppy) for any congenital defect. Even then, the BEST "insurance" you can get is ask a lot of questions and develop a good relationship with your breeder. Reputable breeders are worth their weight in gold in terms of the advice and moral support they can give you over the whole life of your dog!