Long before I got into Havanese I wanted to learn how to become a breeder. My first breed was Keeshonden - so I needed a name that worked with both Kees and Havanese. There's a neat name generating web site: http://unique-names.com/
I entered my key words, and while lots of nonsense popped up, one came close to something I loved...hence the name Vanleigha. I pronounce it Van-LEE-A. I've had a website for about a year now, but it's just a parked business card to hold the name until I am ready to go "public" Vanleigha.com
I have so much more to learn before I actually breed and I'm thankful for all the people who have reached out to mentor and educate me. Some key people include our favorite forum members Elaine, Kathy and Kimberly (havtahava). My Keeshond breeder had over 50 years of experience. I've also made it a point to learn from top people in other breeds. I've been very blessed with some exceptional people as I begin down this path. It may be two years or it may be five years, but someday, I do hope life works out the way I'd like.
I believe one critical decision for breeders is Kathy's statement:
...There are many breeders that will be there for you after you get your puppy. That is a part of what makes a breeder, an "ethical" breeder.
The breeders on this forum that post regularly, are ethical breeders that stand behind their dogs forever.
Standing behind a dog forever is my idea of a dream breeder. And an awesome responsibility. Certainly a joy but also one of heartache and bittersweet moments. I do so admire all of you who have gone before and worked so hard to give us such healthy, happy dogs that fit the standard to the best of your abilities, love and beliefs.
Now for a few fun things. I did a cute calendar for friends this year and had some business cards and notes printed up (which are out of date now since I've moved.) My signature is just temporary until I can actually finalize what/when all this happens. And for those of you that know me, yes, the white dog is Buddy, my Brazilian rescue Maltese. So enjoy looking at these - I had a great time.
I'd love your input and can't wait to have a Vanleigha "hav". LOL