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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 08-06-2007, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Lurker comes out; new Hav owner seeks Harrisburg area info

Hi folks,
I have been lurking on this forum for quite a while now, learning about Havs, ever since I "babysat" my brother's Minka last spring. He's JimMontana, and his Minka is a way-cool young Hav, very sweet and smart. Haven't met her little bro Tully yet, but spending that time with her convinced me my next dog should be a Hav.

At first, after being with Minka, I was thinking getting a puppy was the way to go -- I've had three mixed-breed dogs, each from puppyhood, one at a time, earlier in my life -- but the more I considered, and the more I learned about Havanese as a breed, I decided it made more sense, for where I am in life now, to see about getting a young adult, past the housetraining stage but still young enough to have a nice long life together, I hope.

So, via word of mouth in email form (thank you Kimberly for the original lead! and Jim! for all the coaching and encouragement!) I learned of a 4-yr-old "boy" who was being returned to his breeder, and to cut the story straight to the chase, tomorrow (well, later today, since it's now past midnight) I will meet her and him. We've had phone and email communication about this young male Hav, and he sounds like a great dog. I'm very excited about his coming into my life. We're picking him up in South Carolina and then driving to our new home in Harrisburg PA.



...where we just moved, from northern California, last week. So I know almost nothing about the Harrisburg area, and my first batch of Hav-related questions centers on the local area.

Is there anyone on the forum who can recommend a Havanese-knowledgeable veterinarian in the Harrisburg area?

How about play-dates -- anyone close enough to Harrisburg to consider getting together sometime?

What about groomers who know Havs -- are there any anywhere near Harrisburg? I am hoping to learn enough skill and bond well enough with my little guy to be able to care for him myself, but having a groomer available if my life gets crazy-busy is probably a good idea. Just planning ahead.

I know I'm going to have lots more questions and so I'm very grateful this forum exists. I've learned a lot already just from reading postings, and have enjoyed the photos immensely.

Am almost certainly going to rename him and we're still considering possibilities. So, stay tuned; will let you know when that's final and introduce him with a photo.

Feeling grateful and excited,
Yvonne
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post #2 of 66 (permalink) Old 08-06-2007, 11:53 PM
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Hi Yvonne! I can't help you out with your area questions as I'm in NYC, but I just wanted to say congratulations on your new Hav and please make sure to post when you can! Have you picked a name yet?
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Yvonne, I'm so excited for you and glad that tomorrow is the big day. I was thinking of you a couple of times today and wondering how close the meeting is. I can't wait to hear all about your meeting and see pictures of you and the new guy.

Best wishes for a perfect meet tomorrow.
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Hi,
I am in Valley Forge, Pa, which is about 1.5 hours. Brady's mom also lives here. We get together all the time, you are welcome to come down. We will also be going to the Harrisburg dog show this Sunday! We wil be in Ring 2 at 10am. If you would like to go I can give you more info.





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Yvonne,
Welcome to the forum! I hope that by the time you read this, that your new baby will be in his forever home!! I am from central Jersey and have a play date at my house with NY, PA and DE Hav mommies. We had a ball, and I plan on having another one this fall, so we will keep you up to date. Sorry that I an unable to help with the other items in your area.
Have fun today!!
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What perfect timing, Linda - shows in Harrisburg this weekend. Yvonne, that may be a perfect opportunity to meet several other Havanese owners as well, and if the PA shows are anything like ours, there will be plenty of fun vendors to visit and find items that you can't find in dog stores.
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I am so bummed, I am about 2 1/2 hours from Harrisburg but I have a wedding this weekend - Darn
If anyone knows of any other shows coming up soon, in my area, I would love to hear about them. Thanks.
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Yvonne, Welcome to the Forum!! I'll second what Kimberly said. Dog shows are the BEST place to stuff for the dogs. There's usually a wide array of things and the toys are a great deal. You can get lots of toys for not a lot of money.
Congratulations on your new Hav boy!!

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Welcome, Yvonne! You've just joined the best group in the world. And you're getting the best kind of dog in the world. It just doesn't get much better than that!

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Welcome Yvonne! What a great story! I love to hear people's stories of how they came to find out about and/or get their hav baby! Infact there is a thread somewhere on here that I actually started where your story would be great and very welcomed! If you have time find it and post there....it might encourage other newbies to do the same!
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