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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-28-2019, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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New home for Diva?

My Diva is 15 mos, sprayed and very sweet. The problem is housebreaking and my poor health. She needs out at least every 2 hours and goes to the command "potty". However, she also goes here and there at other times in the house when no one sees her. I have Lupus which greatly wears me down and have also had a serious post- surgery infection since last May that the doctors have been unable to cure (I'm not contagious. ) we have a very large home (big areas gated off) but still, I don't have the strength to be running up and down the steps what is required. I think it's time to look for a new home for Diva. I would give her free but only to a very loving home where someone was home most the time. She loves other animals and people once she knows them, but is more hesitant of men initially. Contact me if you're interested.
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Forgot to say I am in southeast Ohio, near the Ohio River and West Virginia. She is AKC registered. My email is [email protected]
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I am sorry for your medical issues. I know this had to have been a heart wrenching decision. I pray that things will go better for you.
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I'm sorry you are having such health issues.
Did you get her from a breeder? I know that my contract says that my breeder will/must rehome my dog if I can't keep him? (My boy was rehomed to me when the previous owner had health issues. My breeder checked me out so much making sure that Shadow was going to a great home.) I think most good breeders do this.
You might like to contact the Havanese rescue. Most of the breed specific rescues are very good at placing dogs in wonderful homes.
Have you considered Litter box training? I am not a fan of indoor potty training but it might be something for you. I'm sure someone will chime in on my ideas that knows better but I am sure that this is heartbreaking for you and I had to offer something.
Can you keep us posted on Diva and what happens with her please?
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I am very sorry to hear about your health issues. I know this would make being a dog mom difficult. One thing I would suggest...can you block off the stairs so at least you do not have to deal with them? Going up and down stairs is very bad for a small dog anyway. This can lead to spinal issues. My dog once had a disc episode. Since then, no stairs or jumping off furniture ever. I have a two story and the stairs are always blocked. I carry her upstairs to our bedroom at night and she has a crate in there. Good luck.
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Diva is not potty trained. You should gate Diva off in a small room area without carpet or an ex-pen when you don't have eyes on her. You can try putting down a potty tray such as Ugo Dog with a paper pad inside it. Puppies automatically will go on potty trays but considering the age of your dog it maybe too late to indoor house break her. Dogs don't like to potty in their personal area so the smaller the space the better. When you let her out of the small gated room or ex-pen put a leash on her, keep her next to you so she cannot run off and potty somewhere.

If you're interested in trying to keep the dog, a fenced yard with a doggie door where she can go in and out on her own will make your life a lot easier. However, this doesn't solve the problem that Diva is not house potty trained at this time.

Although, we love 'em having a puppy is an exhausting experience. I'm sure you'll find a wonderful home for such a cutie. Best to you.

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I am an HRI volunteer, and contacted the owner about helping her with re-homing Diva. She informed me that she has placed her with a retired couple who has 2 dogs.
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Thanks for letting us know. I keep checking back to see what happened to Diva. I hope that her new home turns out to be a wonderful, loving place.
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You’re welcomed. I hope Diva will do well in her new home, too.
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I got Diva last March. Her breeder was big on the litter box but we found that Diva either didn't use it or tried to but would go on the edge of it or it would fall outside it. We used an X-pen for months. We also have a pet door and invisible fence which she used. However, as much as she went in and out she didn't get used to going out when she felt the need to potty. We also had most carpeted areas gated off in our large house. So I did most of the things suggested . It was my Lupus which has me so worn down that I couldn't do better. The new people are younger and stronger that me and she has a ****zu and a Maltese to play with now. Here she just had an aloof cat. This is day three without her and I'm still very heartbroken. I like to hear how other people have seen re-homed Havanese adjust to a new family. Do they grieve their old mom? She has stayed with dog-sitters (in Sept as long as 9 days) and always had a ball with their dogs, but then of course full of glee when I'd pick her up.
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