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Only in Mexico!

Ricky is a superstar with the local Mexicans and Gringos here. Everyone loves Ricky more than the Papillon, Schnauzer, KC Cavalier, Boston Terrier that are in residence with their owners right now. They love the social nature of a Havanese, and to them he is every bit a Mexican by nature, more so than the other dogs in residence. They have no idea who Ricky Ricardo is, but they do know who Ricky Martin is (Puerto Rican pop singer), so here he is called Ricky Martin.

Tonight, I was taking Ricky for a walk after sundown and we ran into a security man and a service guy at the same time. They wanted Ricky to do tricks for them. One says to the other in Spanish, "he is bilingual too!" So I put Ricky through some of his easy tricks - sit, down, stand, roll over, fist bump, finish, mambo, etc, but I said the commands in Spanish. Ricky performed flawlessly, and my Mexican friends stood there with their mouths agape! They said in Spanish, "he understands Spanish better than most of the Gringos here!" They said Ricky is the smartest dog they have EVER seen! (which is probably true) Well truth be told, Ricky was just following my hand cues for each of the tricks! But who am I to spoil the illusion of a magic trick?

Ricky walks on hallowed ground here in Mexico and he is enjoying ever minute of it. Typical Havanese, sucks all the oxygen out of any situation!

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I love it. You go Ricky.







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Lol!
Teddy responds the same way when he hears chicken (and monkey) in any of the 4 languages we speak (and he only hears 2 languages when my parents are in town so he's not exposed to it much. In none of the 3 languages, are we offering to give him chicken but he gets this excited look. He can dream I guess! lol).

Was Ricky named after Ricky Martin?

Ricky, you smart little dog! I've always wanted to learn Spanish!! Come teach me and I'll pay you in belly rubs and cookies
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Way to go, Ricky! You are a diamond in your Popi and Momi's life, and others around you, too!

Clever, clever, boy! Ha!

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Way to go Ricky! Popi - what is the mambo?



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Oh Ricky, Mexico sounds like a blast! How I wish Molly and I were there with you right now because we got almost two feet of snow here today!



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Ricky is a superstar with the local Mexicans and Gringos here. Everyone loves Ricky more than the Papillon, Schnauzer, KC Cavalier, Boston Terrier that are in residence with their owners right now. They love the social nature of a Havanese, and to them he is every bit a Mexican by nature, more so than the other dogs in residence. They have no idea who Ricky Ricardo is, but they do know who Ricky Martin is (Puerto Rican pop singer), so here he is called Ricky Martin.

Tonight, I was taking Ricky for a walk after sundown and we ran into a security man and a service guy at the same time. They wanted Ricky to do tricks for them. One says to the other in Spanish, "he is bilingual too!" So I put Ricky through some of his easy tricks - sit, down, stand, roll over, fist bump, finish, mambo, etc, but I said the commands in Spanish. Ricky performed flawlessly, and my Mexican friends stood there with their mouths agape! They said in Spanish, "he understands Spanish better than most of the Gringos here!" They said Ricky is the smartest dog they have EVER seen! (which is probably true) Well truth be told, Ricky was just following my hand cues for each of the tricks! But who am I to spoil the illusion of a magic trick?

Ricky walks on hallowed ground here in Mexico and he is enjoying ever minute of it. Typical Havanese, sucks all the oxygen out of any situation!

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Ha! So now you need to learn the words for the commands in Chinese, Yugoslavian andHindi and REALLY wow them with your multilingual dog!!!

On a serious note, it always amazes me how much body language outweighs spoken language with a dog. It happens to me, and I see it happen to other agility handlers all the time. You send them to the A-frame while saying "tunnel" and they take the right obstacle. Conversely, if you SAY the right word, but pull away from an obstacle with your shoulders too early, they follow your shoulders, rather than going to the obstacle. It's amazing and frustrating at the same time. I'm sure even more so for the dogs... I'm sure they are thinking, "If you'd only SAY what you MEAN!!!"
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Was Ricky named after Ricky Martin?
No, it is Ricky Ricardo, named after the comical Cuban character who starred in the "I love Lucy" television series.

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Popi - what is the mambo?
The Mambo is a Latin dance like the Samba, Cha-Cha, Salza, etc. Ricky stands on his back legs and sways, hops, and spins around while I sing a Mambo song. The Mexicans go nuts with laughter! I know this is probably not good for his hips so I don't do it often and only for short periods of time, maybe 5 seconds.

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How I wish Molly and I were there with you right now because we got almost two feet of snow here today!
Oh how Ricky wishes Molly was here with him to run and play on the big lawn at the rear of our place in 80 degree weather.

A word about the native dogs in Mexico. Traditionally, a personal dog in Mexico was used for security purposes. The meaner the dog, the better. Dogs were never altered, never inoculated, never on a leash, and never fed a proper diet. Consequently dogs became over populated here and frequently a nuisance. Dog used to live a miserable life here often finding it necessary to scavenge for their own food when not feed fattening table scraps and infested with vermin and disease. When a dog was no longer of any use or diseased, the owners would drive them way out into the desert, without water, and leave them to die.

That is now beginning to change. Believe it or not, Mexicans as a group are starting to become a bit more affluent and a pampered pet is considered a status symbol. Mexican small animal Vets are becoming much more common and are becoming advocates for small animals. The expatriate population (primarily Americans and Canadians) are joining with like minded Mexican volunteers to form humane societies where dogs and cats are spay/neutered and then put up for adoption with ads in the local papers. Stores like Costco and Walmart are importing kibble. Yes, I know Costco kibble is not a good choice for our dogs, but it is a better choice for Mexican dogs compared to what they were eating. Finally, Mexicans see all the visitors who bring down their personal dogs on vacation and they are amazed at how useful, happy, well groomed, and healthy these dogs are. Just like an IPhone, they want one of these type of dogs too.

So, the situation is getting better for Mexican dogs but there is still a lot of work to be done. I feel encouraged!

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Ricky is an ambassador for dogdom! Way to go, Popi and Ricky!
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YEAH RICKY!! Great ambassador of the breed. How could anyone NOT love Ricky sounds like he really worked the room good Havanese boy!!!!!!!!!! <3
Love your bilingual trick lol.
Want to see a video of Ricky doing his stuff!
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