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Love dogs - need advice

Hi - I'm new to this forum (or any forum for that matter!). I've been running into a problem in that I've had dogs all of my life since I was a little girl (I'm 45 now) and I had a dog until 4 years ago. My little dog Trixie died 4 years ago (she was a JRT -Fox terrier mix) and her death hit me really hard. I have been wanting to get a dog for about 1 year now and I just fell in love with these little Havanese dogs! (I've only seen one puppy in a puppy store, but they're not common around here at all.) They're so cute. Here's the problem - I just feel like I've forgotten everything about raising a dog and everytime I get close to seeking out a dog - I back off and stop looking. I watch all my friends dogs - I love dogs, but literally freeze when I take the step to actually get one. The one thing I do know is when I do get a dog, I'd love to see about getting a Havanese. You all seem to love these little dogs (obviously!). Does anyone out there have any advice for me?
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Patty - We just got our dog a little over a month ago. It's not the easiest thing in the world, having a dog...but it is so worth it. They give you so much love and they are a great deal of fun. I tried for YEARS to talk my husband into getting a dog. He gave me a huge laundry list of qualities the dog would need (no shedding, friendly, small...). He thought I wouldn't be able to find a dog that would meet all those requirements. Lo and behold...the Havanese. We have been thrilled since. Call a bunch of breeders and get yourself on a list. I called a few in the NY/NJ area and most don't have puppies right now, but there will be plenty early next year. GO FOR IT!

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Hi - I'm new to this forum (or any forum for that matter!). I've been running into a problem in that I've had dogs all of my life since I was a little girl (I'm 45 now) and I had a dog until 4 years ago. My little dog Trixie died 4 years ago (she was a JRT -Fox terrier mix) and her death hit me really hard. I have been wanting to get a dog for about 1 year now and I just fell in love with these little Havanese dogs! (I've only seen one puppy in a puppy store, but they're not common around here at all.) They're so cute. Here's the problem - I just feel like I've forgotten everything about raising a dog and everytime I get close to seeking out a dog - I back off and stop looking. I watch all my friends dogs - I love dogs, but literally freeze when I take the step to actually get one. The one thing I do know is when I do get a dog, I'd love to see about getting a Havanese. You all seem to love these little dogs (obviously!). Does anyone out there have any advice for me?
Hi Patty,
to the forum, glad to have you here

I can say I know exactly how you feel. I am so sorry for your loss. I had my pom for almost 18 years and when it was time to let her go it was one of the hardest times in my life. After her death I had a hole in my heart from her leaving me as well as the empty space without a dog. It took awhile , but then I got into my Aussies. It help with the pain of not having a dog anymore, but with some physical health issues I still longed for a small breed. When I met the Havanese it was love at first sight. I now have three adults and five puppies here and even though I will always miss my special girl these guys have healed my wounds.

Good luck in your adventure with finding that new little dog to help heal your heart

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Patty, are you in New Jersey? I'm guessing by your user name choice.

I am not going to be much help with the loss of your dog and recommending a way to get back into dogs. I just hope your hurt is healed with time. I'm so sorry to read of your loss.

Please forgive my lack of geography, but if you are in NJ and would like to meet some Havanese in person there are some dog shows coming up in NJ and near states where I'm sure some Havanese will be shown and you can go to meet some breeders/owners:
Augusta, NJ - Oct 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (I don't think I've ever seen a 5-day show before!)
Buena, NJ - Oct 19, 20, 21
Augusta, NJ - Oct 28

Romulus, NY - Sept 27, 28, 29, 30
Oyster Bay, NY - Sept 28, 29, 30
Syracuse, NY - Nov 15, 16, 17, 18

Uncasville, CT - Nov 2

Wrightstown, PA - Oct 5
Aliquippa, PA - Oct 6, 7
Bloomsburg, PA - Nov 1, 2, 3, 4
Philadelphia, PA - Nov 15, 16, 17, 18
Hopefully, one of those shows is close enough to you and will fit in a timeline where you can go meet some other Havanese in person.

Havanese are wonderful little dogs. They aren't right for everyone, but hopefully you can meet a few and see if one is meant for you.
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Hi, Patty. Glad you found us. I had my lab/husky x for 18 yrs and my German Shep x for 16 yrs. I didn't think I would want another dog, but when I decided I did, I found the Havanese. Well, now I have two.

After having my dogs for such a long time, I was very nervous about getting a puppy again. But, believe it or not, it's just like riding a bicycle. You don't forget what to do. If you know it is the right time to get one, everything falls into place.

Good luck to you. A few things to remember...
..Don't buy from a petstore. Find a good breeder. There are some right here on the forum and they would be happy to help you find a puppy if they don't have any. Read through all the threads about how to buy a puppy, or check with the Havanese Club of America website. They have good guidelines there for finding a good breeder.
..Havanese are like potato chips - you can't just have one. If you've been reading through the posts, you will see we all have MHS (multiple havanese sysdrome).
..We love, love, love to share pictures of our furbabies. So, when you do get your pup, have a camera ready. We will nag you until you post pictures.


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Hi Patty and ! I really do think you should try to meet some Havanese. If you fall in love with them, it may very well give you just that extra push to go ahead and get one... I know that a lot of people on this forum had that happen to them!

Perhaps if you find people near you with Havanese you can meet them face to face. Kimberly also had a great suggestion to go to dog shows in the area!

Good luck and please let us know what you decide!


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Everyone - thanks so much for your replies! I don't yet know how to reply to a forum, but I must tell each and every one of you that I feel so relieved in reading all of your responses. I feel like I'm talking to people who know exactly where I'm at and a few of you have been in my shoes in losing a dog. And all of you are so encouraging! I will check out the Dog shows as mentioned by Kimberly as I do live in New Jersey and I can certainly check out a few of those.

Also, thank you all for being so welcoming! (As soon as I figure out how to use this forum and properly post replies - I'll do better at responding to you.)

Patty

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Hi Patty!
I say go for it! Havs are AWESOME dogs...
Beamer is my fist dog EVER.. best dog ever.. We are so happy we got him.. I'm sure you will be able to find a good breeder in your are without to much trouble!

Good luck!
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I can say I know exactly how you feel. I am so sorry for your loss. I had my pom for almost 18 years and when it was time to let her go it was one of the hardest times in my life. After her death I had a hole in my heart from her leaving me as well as the empty space without a dog.
That really hits home. I had my pom for almost 16 years and she's been gone a few years. I still have her collar and toys and cry every time I see them. They're put away, but when I have to go in that closet, I see them.

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Hey Patty!
Why don'y you come to the Havanese playdate in New Jersey! There will be a lot of Havanese there. It is on Oct.14th. The dogs are dressing up in Halloween costumes. You can meet some of the members and their wonderful Hav's. We would love to meet you. It's being held at LaurieF's house near Long Branch New Jersey. If you want to come, just let us know and Laurie can get you squared away with directions.
As far as being nervous about a new pup, I totally ubderstand. If someone tolds me 3 years ago I would have 3 dogs, I would have told them they were crazy! I didn't even care for dogs. I did a 5 day commercial for Petsmart and the last day, I met a really nice toy poodle. I couldn't believe there was a dog out there that I actually liked! I decided to research for a small, non shedding, not hyper, non yapping breed. I came across the Havanese and got Bella about 2.5 years ago. There furballs have changed my life and now I have 3 of them. I knew nothing about dogs, never owned one in my life before Bella! I just read a few books and I was on my way!

I hope to see you at the playdate! Let us know if you can make it.






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