Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North Carolina
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Meet Yogi and The Importance Of A Good Breeder
I am very tardy in introducing Yogi and me on this forum. Today is one year of high energy Yogi as part of our lives. It has been a busy year. As the subject seems to be timely on this forum. I will tell our story. I have two dogs (not Havanese) that 'Shih Tzu Fanciers of So. CA' were unable to take so they ask if I could. Not being with a rescue I could break rules. The dogs were a sheriff impound and quarantined in a shelter. They were not adoptable. They were from a breeding facility and in bad shape. They had been living in stacked cages in a barn and then abandoned in their cages. I was told I must take both " No one takes the Lhasa's, if they do they bring them back for lack of understanding the breed''. The Phrase "no one takes the Lhasa's" has stayed with me all these years.
One night just before the New Year in 1999 outside the shelter after turning over cash, a higher raking shelter person handed me one red Lhasa and one blonde gold Shish Tzu; ages about 2 and six months. I named them Poohkey and Boo Boo. I rushed them to the emergency vet Poohkey (Tzu) had Proptois in one eye. The eye was saved, and this year in Jan I had him to NC State Vet School he still has sight limited by webbing, the other eye has a dented cornea from running into a pole two years ago, the eye was saved and he has sight around the dent, it is his good eye. He has dry eye in both eyes and no cataracts just normal aging now. He also had a grade 3 heart murmer and assorted infections. He had no socialization. He let you pick hi up, but he only interacted with other dogs.
Boo Boo the Lhasa had feet that were damaged from the wires on the cage he lived in; also he chewed them and plucked all the hair off to his knees. He was a behavioral nightmare! He had infections and allergies. I had a Husky who helped socialize Poohkey but the Lhasa and he never go on.
Today BooBoo has been blind since about three from PRA (he was their breeding male!) dry eyes and one cherry eye. Also he has back problems and had a disc Problem last year while being boarded at the vet from IVDD, he could not walk well and had to be kept on rest and has recovered. He still fears the cage, never startle him or grab him from behind and never ever touch his back feet.
Poohkey is the frail one (don't tell him) he had a disc problem from IVDD around the neck area on going issues with that since two. This year in Feb he got a bacterial infection and went into heart failure. Last week it it did not look good. The heart medicine has done wonders. It took two years to housetrain them I moved to NC 5 years ago, I had to work on housetraining again.
Our journey to Yogi was very enlightening. We looked in three states for a special needs dog, a Shih Tzu, or a femal Lhasa or a mix with either. What I learned is not all rescues are good rescues some are in it to exploit the fancies (as they call them) for money, some started out with good intentions, some are brokers and some are just nuts!!! Yes there are good ones just beware of the scams.
My neighbor wanted to go to our local no kill shelter her Mother in-law is on the board. I had seen their dogs mostly hunting dogs and boarder collies. I had no expectations that day. After looking at most of the dogs, way in a back run was a small gray dog looking out of an igloo. I went over he cam out. I was told he was a puppy, not social, lethargic, and a poodle mix. I never saw the poodle except the runny eyes, I thought I saw Lhasa that phrase "no one takes the Lhasas" came back. I called my DH and were were told he had been in the pound for three weeks before they took him. They let me take him home that night.
He fit in from the first meeting! I brushed some of the mats and gave him a bath. Something was not right! The head was all wrong, the build under the hair was wrong, the feet were not cat like, not Poodle like, and the hair it was to puffy and light. Oh and the tail funny curly crook at the end. I thought he's like a Puff ball. When I took him to the vet after his newter I told her he was some designer poodle mix like a mutt. She said "no I have seen this breed at the shows some old breed I think (she shows goldens).
So I started looking, I had not been to an all breed show since the 80's. After a time I thought a long shot a Lowchen. I found a breeder in VA. I was told no that is a Havanese. I said those are small dogs like Shih Tzu's. I was told there are bigger ones. I then found Havanese Rescue and later this forum. Both have been so full of information!!!! I have learned everything from gromming, blowing coat, RHL, shredding, WooWoo's, and nose bumps. Of course health issues to look for.
Last year Yogi's sage was estimated to be between nine months to one year. He is in great health and came housetrained. He must have been a pet. He has grown and now weighs 17 pds from 13, has ever changing coat colors and gets along with his dog brothers. He has high energy and sometimes plays too ruff. We are crazy about him. Someday we will get another Havanese hopefully a rescue. If I were ever ask to take another mill type dog knowing what I know now, I would do it in a minute. For now we will enjoy them all and add another when the right one comes along. This is our story and hopefull I will be able to add pictures. Most of my dog's issues could have been avoided. These issues cost money, take time, and break your heart. Theeye issues are on going. The disc problems take months and some times years to heal. Always it is a helpless feeling. A good breeder makes all the difference.
Robbie, Boo Boo, Yogi, and Misty's human.
Poohkey miss you, monkey.