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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 05-10-2011, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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Frustrated and venting...sorry

Our dear Reagan passed after 14 wonderful years, it has been 2 years and after much research, we decided on a Havanese. Why is it that you fall in love with a picture on a website, are asked a bunch of personal questions on a rescue application never to hear back at all. (3rd time) No one has ever called my vet or any references. We are retired law enforcement officials, we do not have small children. We have a large home in a nice community and would like to rescue. I guess this is why people get frustrated and just buy a puppy.

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I am sorry you are feeling frustrated getting a dog out of a good rescue can take time. I am not with Havanese Rescue, I do work with a couple of rescues and have been doing it for years. Many of the dogs that show up on the internet sites have applications pending and it takes time to go through them. Many of the people in rescue have jobs, so the process takes longer. This is just a suggestion instead of wanting 1 dog try filling out the application that you are willing take a different dog if that dog is taken. This help can you get your foot in the door so that you get screened and talk to a real person. Even though the dog you saw may not be the one, there are always more, you are the one to say yes or no. They is also a Foster to adopt program. Please keep in mind many good rescues have much time and money invested in their dogs, many of the dogs have been around the block too many times, so they just want to get the dog in the right home this time, and you should want the right dog in your home. I hope someone contacts you soon, don't give up it takes time. Best of luck.

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That was a very good post and explanation of rescue process, and you gave good advice!

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To add to what Robbie has said, whether you are adopting a rescue or purchasing a puppy, it's a bad idea to choose a dog or puppy based on a cute photo or even a short blurb on a web site. ALL Havanese are cute... or at least all the ones I'VE met! What's important is that you find the dog or puppy that is the perfect match for YOU. And that's not based on looks or color. Breeders and foster care givers have spent a lot of time with these dogs, know their personalities well, and are the best people to match a dog/pup to their forever home. If, as Robbie said, you apply expressing your interest in ANY dog who would be a good fit for your family, you'll probably find that dog (or they will find you!!!) a lot faster!


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I understand what everyone is saying and you're right....but I know that sometimes a certain dog speaks to you. Sometimes it's something in the eyes or a feeling you get that they are meant for you and I totally get that too.

You are a wonderful person for considering rescue and I really hope this works out for you

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Sorry I was just in a mood this morning. I do realize how hard rescues work, the job that they do to save animals is wonderful. I was on the board for an SPCA and it was a "working" board...meaning we cleaned the kennels, gave shots, laundry etc...Our family has had 2 rescues and they were/are the best dogs. I have been searching for months, I really don't take this lightly at all. It means everything to me to be matched to the right dog. I found my Choc Lab Allie on Petfinder and it may sound weird but as soon as I saw her picture and read her description I knew she was ours! Goofy, I know. I know that the foster moms work really hard at finding the right match and writing a good, accurate description. After many emails and phone conversations we adopted Allie in May 2004. I also helped the organization with home studies in my area.
I guess Mika reminded me of one of our dogs that has passed. Mariuch was 14 years old when she passed, I sat in the vet's parking lot crying for 2 hours, just frozen. Mika's story is that she has been with a family that had moved a lot and Mika did not like it. We just bought our final home in February and I just thought that parallel was kind of neat.
I really did not mean to say anything bad about rescues, I'll try to notify a moderator to delete my comment, it was not my intention to hurt anyone.
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Sorry I was just in a mood this morning. I do realize how hard rescues work, the job that they do to save animals is wonderful. I was on the board for an SPCA and it was a "working" board...meaning we cleaned the kennels, gave shots, laundry etc...Our family has had 2 rescues and they were/are the best dogs. I have been searching for months, I really don't take this lightly at all. It means everything to me to be matched to the right dog. I found my Choc Lab Allie on Petfinder and it may sound weird but as soon as I saw her picture and read her description I knew she was ours! Goofy, I know. I know that the foster moms work really hard at finding the right match and writing a good, accurate description. After many emails and phone conversations we adopted Allie in May 2004. I also helped the organization with home studies in my area.
I guess Mika reminded me of one of our dogs that has passed. Mariuch was 14 years old when she passed, I sat in the vet's parking lot crying for 2 hours, just frozen. Mika's story is that she has been with a family that had moved a lot and Mika did not like it. We just bought our final home in February and I just thought that parallel was kind of neat.
I really did not mean to say anything bad about rescues, I'll try to notify a moderator to delete my comment, it was not my intention to hurt anyone.
Hi there, I dont think anyone took it that way and more importantly your should not delete your comment. I really appreciate the fact that you are willing to share your story and sounds like you are ready for a new addition to your family. I also recently shared my concern about a similar incident that occured and I can honestly/sincerely say that HRI was great in addressing my concern to my full satisfaction. I firmly believe that this forum is a great place to share your concerns, the good stuff that happens and sometimes the bad stuff. I see the forum as a safe place where people have different opinions but more importantly people are kind and more often than not careful with each others feelings.

I would recommend that you please reach out to HRI again and let them know of your continued interest in the specified dog. I know that they have great volunteers and foster mums/dads. Be patient, everything happens at the right time which is not always "when" we want it to happen. Good Luck
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Hi there, I dont think anyone took it that way and more importantly your should not delete your comment. I really appreciate the fact that you are willing to share your story and sounds like you are ready for a new addition to your family. I also recently shared my concern about a similar incident that occured and I can honestly/sincerely say that HRI was great in addressing my concern to my full satisfaction. I firmly believe that this forum is a great place to share your concerns, the good stuff that happens and sometimes the bad stuff. I see the forum as a safe place where people have different opinions but more importantly people are kind and more often than not careful with each others feelings.

I would recommend that you please reach out to HRI again and let them know of your continued interest in the specified dog. I know that they have great volunteers and foster mums/dads. Be patient, everything happens at the right time which is not always "when" we want it to happen. Good Luck
Believe it or not HRI has already contacted me because someone from the forum sent them my post. They were very good about addressing my post. If not Mika, then I am sure I will be successful in finding a little beauty to rescue.
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Believe it or not HRI has already contacted me because someone from the forum sent them my post. They were very good about addressing my post. If not Mika, then I am sure I will be successful in finding a little beauty to rescue.
I know this sounds silly but HRI ROCKS
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That's great and

I was just about to say to leave your post as it is and someone from HRI will see it and contact you, we have many members here involved with Rescue in one way or another (Havanese and other locals)

I hope it works out for you! You sound like the perfect home
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