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Sad story, and help from breeders (please)
Today is a very sad day for me. I had to put down my pom. She was my baby and I loved her SOOO much. She's not been well for a while now - she had many, many health issues. We've been doing our best to treat as things come up and just give her a good quality of life.
This morning as I was getting ready for work, she broke her usual morning routine. She followed me all around the house, and she looked up at me with big, painful eyes and I know she was asking for help. I've been struggling for months about what to do. This morning, if she could talk, she would have said "it's time." I took her to the vet, who didn't even have to ask why I was there. She just looked at me and said "Now?" I could only nod, I couldn't even talk. So I consoled my baby while the vet held her still and administered the shot.
When I walked away, I couldn't help but notice how peaceful she looked. The pain and suffering she had been enduring for the past three (almost four) years was finally gone. But it still hurts me that she's gone.
Several years ago I rescued a beautiful Havanese to be a companion for my pom. They got along beautifully and spent their days snuggling together in their oversized bed.
My Havanese is such a sweet, amazing creature, and I would like to get another companion for her. She's middle-aged (not sure of exact age, but we think around 8-10 yrs) and very calm, and has some quirks that I think most Havanese do not have (due to her past).
I would really like to get a grown dog to keep her company, someone who is a little on the calm side, because she tends to get intimidated by excitable dogs and goes into hiding rather than play with them.
So I would like to know how I might go about finding the right dog for our family. I wouldn't mind another rescue, but my husband is concerned about the amount of work that could potentially take. As an alternative, I would like to know about "retired" breeding dogs. How old is a dog when they are retired from breeding? What sort of temperament do they typically have? What do breeders do with those dogs? If this is the type of dog that would blend well into our family, how would I go about finding one?
Thank you so much for your time. I want to get the right dog for us, and I want Tango to have the best companion we can find for her. Thanks again.