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Saying hello - newbie here!

Hi group! Fellow Havanese enthusiasts! For many I don't think that even sums it up; I know I am completely and utterly in L-O-V-E with our Charlie!

We've had him a little over 2 years, my parents got him and I was there to pick him up and take him from his home to make a new home with us. From the moment we got him in the car, I said to myself, I have never seen a dog with such a quirky, sweet, special disposition. He immediately sensed the air conditioning coming from the vent, and leaned towards it, "biting" at the air and pawing at it with his wee little paw, although of course there was nothing to grab, but that was his first experience feeling that blast of cool air on his face. We laughed and laughed for a good 15 minutes as he continued, bound and determined to "catch" whatever was blowing his fur about :-)

We took our Maltese-Bichon mix, Zoe, with us for his ride home. Charlie didn't hesitate to "ride her back," paws fumbling about in her face, part of the ride home. My other love Zoe is a patient, sweet, calm girl, whereas Charlie is a bundle of energy and excitement. He has greatly improved her health (she lost one full pound...a lot for a 7 lb. dog), and their despair is quite evident if they are apart for too long.

We were worried about their dynamic, clashes for attention, but her laid-back demeanor and pure shy sweetness perfectly complements his love for the spotlight. Zoe is two years his senior, but Charlie immediately came upon our home with a sense of strength, purpose, and most of all, gave us a joy we never knew possible from such a sweet creature. He's more than that, more than a dog...I'm confident the regular members of this forum will certainly agree to that.

When I get home late at night, he jumps out of the bedroom where he sleeps (although I tip toe, he hears me every time!), and then I hear his sweet little sniff-sniff-sniff at the bottom of my door, and there he is, smiling and happy, no matter how tired he might have been or how great his dreams were, he wants to say hello and show love. Then he hops in my bed and lets me spoon him, which no dog I've known before has ever done.

This dog is an absolute doll. He never once had an accident in the house during those formative puppy training months (of course, he went on the pee pads by the door...and occasionally found great fun in shredding one to bits during what he considered too much time apart from his family - a few hours at most!). Charlie has been a joy to train, teach commands, he is loving and gets along with Zoe so well. Maybe she contributed to his catching on quickly regarding house training, but these dogs are SMART.

And QUIRKY. We have windows in our front sunroom that can open "outwards," just a bit, and it's enough for him to wedge his little body out the window. He jumps up on the bench in the sunroom, gets on the windowsill, and out he goes - the other week a neighbor caught him strolling along the side of the house (on the ledge, which is quite wide, and my father padded below in case he were to take a wrong step!), about a half-foot above our soft grasses below. It's his little watchtower and where he presses his nose and paws against the window (when it's closed), as we leave, which breaks my heart! I considered keeping him out of that room for safety, but not only does he keep a safe distance in the window (only his head peeks out), but it gives him a chance to see what's going on in the world, to watch for intruders and let us know who's approaching, and most importantly, to wait for any of his family to drive up to the house, park that car, and walk up the steps...once that happens, he is off that windowsill and waiting by the door full of energy and a welcome.

Does anyone else notice their Havanese LOVES to be up high, almost like a cat? He wants that vantage point. He'll always get on the back of any sofa, chair, etc, and even better, if pillows are stacked up, he'll get to the top of those and make his nest. The way he roots before bed is hilarious; I've even caught him 'rooting' a hard floor just for that comfort as if he had a blanket. The dog puts his toys back in the basket after he's done with them. He truly is a loving wonder, and I'm forever in love with him too!

Anyway, as we all love our precious boys and girls, I'm sure everyone has an anecdote to share and I didn't mean to get so carried away....I am in the Tampa Bay area, soon relocating to my family's alpaca farm in North Carolina try out that clean, country living for a while (Charlie and Zoe love to perch atop the tractor when it's not moving), chase the geese and hear them honk, and bound endlessly across the pastures. They are happy there!

Anyone else notice the particularly quirky personality traits of these amazing dogs? I've never seen one quite like him..his climbing, wanting to be up high, rooting underneath and behind pillows, biting at air...maybe these are all normal happy dog behaviors and I'm simply clouded by my sheer love for him, but this dog has something special. Any thoughts?

Well, I've said more than enough for now. Just posted some pics of the little guy and can't wait to read all the other stories of how these Havanese have transformed so many lives with their happy, sweet presence and love.

PS - If I posted this in the wrong place, I do apologize - I'm not that adept at forum usage, but learning!
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Welcome fellow Hav lover. Yes they do like to perch high as they can...mine are found on the back of the couch waiting for us to come home always. Their best winter game is to climb the highest snow drift and romp, play and wrestle at the top. Wasn't able to open your photos though.

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Welcome to you and Charlie! He sounds awesome and from your avatar pic, looks like he has the sweetest face but I can't see your pictures either!

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to the forum! You are in the right place for fellow Hav parents-who-adore-their-furbabies*

Sounds like you were smitten from the get go. (me too!) There are quite a few Hav folks in NC, I don't know how far you'll be from Virginia Beach, but we have a few playdates throughout the summer months that are always fun, if you are near enough to come, send me a PM.

Charlie is adorable!!

Feel free to post pictures of your other baby, siblings are always welcome here

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Welcome to the forum my guys love to be up high also. You can often find them on the back of the couch looking out the window to keep on eye on whats happening outside. The Pictures did not work for me either. Looking forward to more stories and pictures. I live in eastern NC.

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Welcome to the forum - we love pictures....but I couldn't open yours either - maybe just post some here!

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Welcome, When you do get the pictures posted I want to see booth Zoe and Charlie
One of the most favorite things I love about my Havanese is the way they follow me every where and they are so fast to find anything that dropped on the floor most of the time I have no idea where they found it. I also love all the kisses My Zoey does not stop she smothers me with kisses she makes me laugh it is almost sick her toung goes up my nose TMI

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Oh, Suzi -

Welcome to the forum, sparkle30, Charlie and Zoe! Looking forward to pictures of both Charlie and Zoe. Sounds like you have joined the right group - we are all NUTS about our fur kids!!

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Second attempt - newbie posting pics of Charlie and Zoe!

OK people, let's see if this works! I might need someone tech-saavy to private message me with a step-by-step....sad, I know!
I did create an Album on my profile, of course I can see those photos, but apparently you all cant, so here goes! I think these are mostly puppy pics, I'll just post a couple and then wait to see if they can be viewed by the rest of the group before posting a whole slew of the life of Charlie and his sister Zoe!
Thanks for the welcome!

Oh - we'll be in Oxford, NC; a couple hours east of Raleigh-Durham..perhaps Northeast, but more east than North. Right south of the Virginia border.
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