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,