I am the very proud owner of one super sweet Havanese girl named Miley that turned a year old on Dec. 1st. Let me first just say that we absolutely love her to pieces. She is like a child to us. My husband was not sure about getting a dog when I brought up the subject, but after getting Miley, he completely changed his mind. It is almost disgusting the amount of coddling and pampering that he bestows upon her (and it is definitely reciprocated).
They truly love each other and I could not be more tickled.
Miley is great with the entire family, though (including my four year-old daughter and our two cats). She is so sweet and loving. We would like to adopt another Hav in the Spring or Summer. We are at work most of the day, and I hate that she is lonely during that time.
Miley tries to play with the cats without much success and I think that she would be a wonderful sister to a new canine friend. My daughter has an interactive play puppy that Miley licks and snuffles whenever she hears it making noises. It just melts my heart.
The reason for my post is due to learning the hard way about not buying a puppy from a reputable breeder. I really did not know any better when we adopted Miley. I didn't know there were puppy brokers. The ad that I responded to on Ebay Classifieds stated that she was from a loving home where she was kept indoors and that two families had bred their dogs and were working together to find them loving homes.
She was up to date on her shot record, but I didn't know about health testing. My parents bred Jack Russells once and I thought that all home adoptions would be similar to that. They were taken to the vet for check ups, given their innoculations, socialized in our home and went to good families that visited us on our farm before we decided whether or not that we would let them go to those families. In the case of Miley, I was too trusting.
Miley came to us at 12 weeks with Giardia. It was terrible and took us nearly 4 months to get rid of. Those first days together were very stressful and expensive with vet bill after vet bill. Now she HATES our vet. Besides thatn that, Miley is slightly bowlegged, which I now know is CD. The vet doesn't think that it is a severe problem, but I will definitely be on the lookout for associated health problems in the future.
At any rate, you can see why I am wanting to do things the right way this time. If anyone can make recommendations for a breeder in our area or in surrounding states, I would appreciate it...and so would Miss Miley. Thanks for taking time to read this.