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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-07-2008, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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The Vanleigha Kennel Name Story

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: 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"

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:

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...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 I did a cute calendar for friends this year and had some business cards and notes printed up (which are out of date now since I've moved.)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

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Congrats Lisa! Goodluck!


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I love the name and I want a Vanliegha Hav also. I'm glad you have a goal to work toward...and I have no doubt you will reach that goal. Good Luck !!!!

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Very cool cards. I like the colours. Follow your dreams and you will learn the language of the world....I have no idea what that means really but I just read The Alchemist and it sounded appropriate lol
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Originally Posted by Me&2Girls View Post
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 commend you for not being in a rush and working and studying hard to do what is best for the breed. You are not planning on breeding to try and make money, but rather are wanting to do it to improve the breed.

I enjoy the conversations we have and we all continue to learn from each other.
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Very cool Lisa, and I do like the name!

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Lisa reading this put a tear of happiness in my eyes. I can only imagine the joy you are feeling right now watching your dream start to come together. Congratulations girl!

Leeann, Riley, Monte & Rumor

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You are one of the nicest folks I've ever met. Of course, I have bonded to you for many reasons, including our little lookalikes. Your goals for breeding are admirable and knowing you for just even this short time, I am convinced that you will reach your goals.

Hugs to you and the girls,and MeMe, Romeo and that other little gorgeus hunk of fur.

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Congratulations, Lisa! I am sure all your efforts will bear many sweet fruits ...oops, pups! You are so lucky to have Elaine, Kathy and Kimberly as mentors. Good luck with your endeavor!

Pattie, how nice that you joined the forum. Good to see you posting. You gotta to post the pictures of your lovely duo.

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