Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Paradise (South Florida)
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My name is Dana and I am thrilled to be here. I have Sheri to thank for that. I have been reading the forum for probably six weeks, but was having real difficulty accessing the boards or contacting an administrator via email. Out of sheer desperation, I just clicked on Sheri's profile in a post of hers and out of the blue sent her a PM asking for help. As you can see, voila, I am here now. Sheri, thank you so very much.
My Hav baby is Rico. He's 20 months old and has been with us a little over 2 months. How he got here is a bit of a saga.
We (my husband and I) have been married for seven years. We're a retired couple living in Paradise (southeastern Florida). When we met, I had a dog. My husband had not had a dog since he was a child in England. For a wedding gift, I gave him a gorgeous little Welsh Terrier, Taffy. Three years ago I lost my beloved blue Shar Pei, Razz Ma Tazz, to cancer. I was devastated. Taffy has always pretty much been husband's dog as Razz was mine. I love Taffy, but I'm not a "terrier person" per se. I've raised children and Taffy is basically a perpetual 2 year old, very high energy.
When I was ready for another dog, I started researching for a breed that would blend well with the high energy Taffy. I wanted a dog that would not be threatening to her place here in our lives. I wanted a non-shedding breed, a small dog that wasn't too small, wasn't "foo foo" and could hold it's own with a bossy female terrier, a mellow personality but still "with a zest for life" and smart as well as willing to be my baby and be very affectionate and didn't bark too much, was a healthy breed and smart. Also, the dog needed to be a good traveler as we usually put a lot of miles on our RV yearly. I also preferred a dog who was past puppy hood, was housebroken and past the chewing stage and good with children as we have 10 grandchildren between us. A very tall order for some little dog. After a year of researching and spending day after day on the internet, I decided the Havanese fit the bill. Six months later I came across Rico on a breeder's website. We loaded up the RV and traveled across the state to meet him. The rest, to be trite, is history.
We've had Rico since the first week in October. He is everything I wanted/need and more. When we first brought him home (we were in the RV), Taffy refused to be in the same room with him, slept in the shower and didn't eat for three days. Once she ventured out, Rico tried making friends, she growled at him. He backed off, but never gave up trying to engage her. He never seemed to take the snubs and growls personally. It took a couple of weeks, but now, they play for hours. He's the submissive one which is what is necessary with her. He's submissive, but not cowed. He's a bundle of fun and 11.5 lbs of love. He's smart as a whip and learned "sit, down, over" in about 15 minutes. I can't imagine being a little dog, leaving one home, back to the breeder for a while, getting picked up in an RV by two old people and then trying to convince some growling black and tan wirey terrier to not only not kill you, but to learn to like you. Few humans could handle that...
I've had lots of dogs in my lifetime. The only time I've ever been without a dog was when I was at college. This little Havanese is special. He really is. I never thought I could love another dog as I did Razz. I was wrong. I just had never met a Havanese before.
I'm sorry this was so long. This is who we are and why we're here. The forum is excellent and a wonderful resource and community. Thanks for letting me join. I promise that I won't always ramble on like this.