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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 05-14-2011, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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For those of you with MORE than 1 Hav ...

I fear I am coming down with a case of MHS and need a reality check!

For those of you that brought home a second (or 3rd or 4th... LOL) how did you know you and your first were ready for an addition? how did you make the addition as stressless as possible on your 1st dog? AND what are the challenges and trials of having more than 1?
Tillie is turning a year next month and we are all really settled and going along happily here, I would have to be INSANE to add a puppy into the family, right? LOL

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We are adding a second Havanese in a few weeks. Poppy will have a new little brother, Teddy. We don't really know why we are getting a 2nd Havanese. Maybe we are just crazy. We are hoping for the best and I too want to hear some words of wisdom on the transition.

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LOL, he is adorable, and you ARE crazy.. aren't we ALL?

Be sure to post all the exciting details and keep us posted about how it all goes! Very exciting to be getting a new baby!! How old is Poppy??
I see you live in Katy! I have a friend that recently moved there from CA!
Wish we had some hav friends around here!!

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We are just plain crazy...no words of wisdom from me lol...we got our first and because he had such bad separation anxiety and we lived in an apt and neighbors were complaining within a week we had our second.........so basically we had twins...they did great together and I thought it was actually easier with two because they kept each other entertained and were company for each other.....flash forward to April ...they are both over a year old and we took a puppy (16 wks) from a friend who no longer could keep her......I think you forget how much work a puppy is once you have adult dogs who are potty trained...obedience trained...out of the chew on everything that moves stage....so as long as you are PREPARED for how much work a puppy is then you should be ok......my male accepted her pretty quickly...my female didn't want anything to do with her for the first few days......now they "tolerate" her and sometimes I think they actually like her...other things to consider are feeding....you will have to have them separated to feed them......I stayed home for a few days with mine and because they seemed to all be getting along ok I kept her in a gated off area w/in the room the other two stayed and now they are all just together in room....all that said.....THREE little faces peering at you when you come home and so excited to see you are better than one
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now, you know anyone with more then one is going to do nothing but encourage you to get a second one! LOL You might as well just give in and get another one right now!LOL
Whimsy just turned one and I have not been hit with MHS and I'm not planning on it either. She is a nice mellow dog happy to sit and snuggle on my retired lap and I'm really content with just one. She's an "only dog" (Also consider twice the expense..just trying to keep it real $)

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ha ha SERIOUSLY Evelyn!! We are fairly content and Tillie DOES have the cats to play with... I am totally blaming my case of MHS on 2 factors.. Tillie is nearly 1 AND have you SEEN "Claire" on Katie's website (www.moptophavanese.com) ? OMG i am in LOVE with her ... see, TOTALLY Katie's fault. LOL

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Ok.....Here we go....

Are you ready for another year of having a baby & toddler with needs? Crying, cleaning up, taking outside, training, chewing on stuff...etc....

Are you ready for double the work? Bathing and grooming needs that is...

Are you ready for turmoil? It may take a little while for your current Hav to get use to the puppy. This little baby will have LOTS of energy (who wants to play all the time, who will get in your current Hav's face and get on your older Hav's nerves). Provide a higher perch so your Hav can jump to higher grounds to get a break from the puppy.

Are your ready to give your current Hav lots of attention...it maybe more attention than the puppy gets.

I knew all along I wanted a 2nd Hav and wanted to get the 2nd Hav when the first one was 1-2 years old. And.....I was getting tired after a years worth of playing! Dexter was wearing me out because I was the primary playmate!

Is your husband ready for another year of puppy-hood?

This is your reality check!



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ha ha, NICE! thanks so much for the reality check! All great things to consider!!
i didn't SAY i WANTED another one did I? LOL... okay, maybe I do. but wanting and getting are 2 totally different things, right? LOL

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I really thought that We would get a second one when Rosie turned a year old. But we get a kitten instead and life happens also. Josie Wales grew into a CAT and pretty much stays outside and Rosie is really the lap dog that I wanted her to be. She makes every step that we take, barks at every strange noise, entertains me to no end and I adore her. I can't imagine hurting her little feelings by getting another dog now that would compete for our affection. She would be hurt. Besides, I have enough trouble finding a place for Rosie in emergencies, I can't imagine finding a place for two. Believe me, it is not like finding a baby sitter.
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I have two-plus a foster-they get along fine. My Rommy Man & Miss Paige are so bonded. Was not like that when I got Rommy as my first foster-but once the Princess figured out he was staying she did okay. I have had fosters come and go so mine are used to other dogs being here-when Frannie came it was as if both Paige & Rom knew she was never leaving. We just make sure everyone gets lots of attention-sleeps with us and each knows they are the love of my life-I take Paige out for a "special day" once a month-and then Rommy goes out with mom for his special day.

You could become a foster home then you would have the joy of having a second dog for a little while-and in time you would know if you really wanted to add another pupster to your family "furever".

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