Havanese rescue Mom
Join Date: Jun 2007
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By Dana Kyle
Saturday a group of us sat in a circle, some of us thinking back on how large the circle used to be. Two years ago in Elayne and Jerry Cudmore’s back yard a few feet away from where we were now there had been a group of about 10 people and maybe 12 Havanese. Two short years later in a large fenced park a short distance away from that back yard there were 50 people in the circle and more than 30 dogs running around - just one big pack of happy Havanese. We are now; The Greater San Diego Havanese Club and I invited Terry Pike, from Havanese Rescue Inc. to speak to us.
Terry arrived with a darling little Havanese named Marley who she had rescued and who now lives in his furever home, adored by his furever family. Terry was dog sitting with Marley over the weekend, which is why she had him with her. When Terry walked in she put Marley the little grey and white neezer on the ground and he immediately melted into the pack of dogs running around, licking, sniffing and chasing each other. His tail looked as it might wag off.
As Terry began speaking one of the first things she did was pass two black and white photos around. As I looked at one of the photos I saw a very matted dog; in fact the dog was so matted it’s back was humped because it couldn’t straighten out it’s legs. The other picture was a dog that was totally bare; all hair shaved off from nose to tip of tail. These pictures were passed about the big circle.
Terry went on to talk about the number of dogs taken into rescue in the last 4 years, how that number has multiplied and how we lack foster homes in California. She made sure that we all knew there were many things we could do besides foster a dog. Havanese Rescue has something for everyone to become involved in.
Terry continued her talk, which evoked lots of interest --it was a great talk. She said, “Have the pictures gone all the way around?” They had and were handed back to her. She called Marley who ran over and jumped in her lap. She paused, then, she said “You know, both of these pictures are pictures of Marley, when he first came into rescue.”
There was a gasp, and you could hear “Oh no”, and “Oh my God”. That little matted dog would probably not have been picked by anyone looking to rescue a cuddly little dog in a shelter. It wasn’t cute. The other picture was the hairless, scared, not cuddly dog, definitely not like a Havanese that someone would be looking for.
Marley is a perfect example of what anyone would want if they wanted to adopt a Havanese, cuddly, beautiful coat, waging tail and happy. The big difference was he needed love and attention and a good home. Havanese Rescue provided him with the opportunity to turn from scared, and unwanted into a happy Havanese
We can all play a role in Havanese Rescue Inc and together we can make a difference in our breed.
So there you have the ingredients of a brilliant talk. Bravo Terry Pike!