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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-27-2011, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Introducing myself to Havanes forum

Good morning: I am thrilled to find this online community of support with expertise from Havanese families.

I am interested in adopting a Havanese, one that will thrive in my environment. I am a single woman over 40. I live in Arlington VA. I will be moving to Shirlington Village in Arlington VA in January 2012. Shirlington VA is a dog-friendly urban village, across the street from the largest fenced in dog park in Arlington.

I often work from home. My office building is across the street. I plan on being able to walk a dog morning, lunch time, and after work.

Shirlington has a lot of dog services, like dog walkers, behavior specialists, really the best support.

The stores and restaurants typically allow dogs, and leave dog water bowls out.

I come from a family of German Shepard and Collie lovers, big dogs. My mother was the type that would never allow a dog indoors.

I have never had a pet indoors. I know I love dogs, and I have the time and patience. I am looking for a Havanese, which I might eventually be able to volunteer under my supervision with kids with disabilities or injured and recovering Soldiers.

Any ideas where to start in finding such a Havanese?

Thank you.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-27-2011, 11:57 AM
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Welcome and it sounds like you are doing a good job preparing for your Havanese. Is this club vary far away? Delaware Havanese Club Its fun to join a club and get to know breeders in your area. They would be able to help you find what your looking for.

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Hi Suzie: I haven't been to Delaware. I am surprised there isn't a Northern Virginia club on here because there are so many dog friendly neighborhoods in the area.

I would eventually like for my future Havanese to be capable of being a therapy dog.
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Welcome! Dang, I think I want to move to Shirlington!

Sounds like you'd be a great candidate for a rescue through Havanese Rescue Inc or Havanese Angel League. You could get matched up with a nice Hav who would be eternally grateful to be a therapy dog. I have a rescue that is a Hav and Shih Tzu mix. She and my Hav are BFF's.

I had big dogs growing up and English Bulldogs for the last 30 years, so I'm having a ball with my little dogs.

Leslie, Mom to Gracie (Noblegold Saving Grace) and Angie the HavaShih Rescue
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Welcome! I wish all communities are as dog friendly.

If not a rescue, if you can find a breeder that starts the socialization process properly and you continue, there is a good chance that the dog can be used for therapy.

Donnie, Momo and Ume's mom and loving it!



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Welcome!
I am in the greater DC area, also.
I second the suggestion that you check with Havanese Rescue. You might like to adopt an older dog, who is already housetrained and whose temperament is observable. If you are willing to travel to pick up your dog, you will find several nice dogs listed, who are out of state. Some of them seem mellow enough to do therapy work.
( I have 2 Havs from breeders and one from HRI. He's a sweetheart.)

Or you could look for a breeder who might be searching for a home for an older dog.
Or you could get a puppy, which would be great fun and lots of work!

Good luck in your search!

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Welcome and good for you.

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Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
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Thanks for the responses. Since I have never house trained a puppy I would also consider an older dog. Rescue would be fine. Would a breeder be leery of allowing me to adopt a puppy since this is my first one indoors? What age dog would you recommend? My only concern about rescue would be spending even more time and resources on teaching an older dog to learn better behavior. I thought it might be easier to adopt from a reputable breeder when the puppy is at least 16 weeks.
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Here's an article to ask yourself some questions. http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/ch...e-adopt-or-buy

part two http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/ch...puppy-or-adult

part three http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/ch...es-size-matter

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HI and to the forum! How great that your neighborhood is dog friendly! Being able to work across the street from home has to be the next best thing to being able to take your dog to work ( I take mine and she sleeps at my feet at my dh's office)

Choosing a great breeder is the first step, and there is a lot of information on the forum to help get you in the right direction.

Havanese are the best breed in the world Okay, so maybe a little biased! They are great dogs if you are considering training a therapy dog

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