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Unhappy Well hello there!

Hi, my name is Donna and I'm a Hav addict. ("hello Donna") LOL

I've been in lurker mode for months now and I've so appreciated learning from all of you experts! I haven't had to de-lurk until now because all my questions (until now) have been asked and answered by members. Cool.
My human babies are really growing up and we wanted a family dog. Well, maybe Mommy really wanted another baby. Not sure. Anyway, I went on an internet/magazine/expert search for the perfect small dog with children. And what do you suppose I found? The adorable Havanese. Big surprise to you all, right? LOL.
Bonnie Lass came to us in October. And I must brag that I think she may be the most adorable black and white parti girl in the world! LOL. She has brought undescribable pleasure to our family! She romps and hops in the backyard (must be careful to watch her so she doesn't become hawk-lunch), is pottytraining great outside and rarely has an indoor accident, she dances and sits on command, she is learning come, plays fetch, has taken to her crate beautifully and brings us millions of smiles!
Interestingly, she has been such a pleasure that I think I have developed a problem -- something you all mention on the boards as MHS? I am in the process of trying to obtain another Hav from my breeder! Well, with 4 kids, there should be less arguing who gets to play with the dog if there are two, right? That is if Mommy ever learns to share!!! LOL.
Now to my questions, I notice that when Bonnie has her head up in certain positions I can feel her ?breastbone? under her neck and between her front legs. It's not pointy but it does stick out a bit. Is that normal physically for a Hav? Also, I'm thinking about her first heat -- will she affect neutered male dogs (my neighbor has 3)?
Thanks in advance! I already know you are a wonderful bunch of people!
Another question, was that poster from FL with the over-active Bella looking for a stud for REAL? (LMAO... forgive me, I can be a smart a**!)
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Welcome to the forum, Donna and Bonnie. Bonnie is so cute. As a former lurker, you know we are going to pester you for more pictures, so start shooting.

As for the breastbone, I never really noticed on mine. I do feel it when I pet them, but haven't notice that it protrudes. Maybe because she is still a put it is more noticeable.

Looking forward to the adventures of Bonnie!

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Welcome to the forum,

I have noticed the breastbone you are talking about. I believe it to be normal. I too have a bad case of MHS. We love pictures, so don't be shy about posting.

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Welcome to the forum- I love Partis as well!
As we really got to know our dogs bodies in agility with stretching-I have noticed the breast bone as well! It sticks out a lot more on my Havanese than my maltese! Like my vet says, you want to be able to feel their bones-if you can't they are over weight!


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to the Forum, Donna! I love the name Bonnie Lass. She sure sounds like a cutie. I'm kind of partial to black and white partis. I don't know the answer to your questions, but I'm sure someone else does. I'm glad you're out of lurking!

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Welcome to you both!!!! I am glad that you are enjoying your little baby!!! They are soo much fun I tell ya!!! I am a little partial to the black and white parties as well!!! Keep us posted on number two and remember to post some pictures soon....we love them here!!!!

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Welcome to the forum!

I'm glad you decided to come out of the dark shadows and post!

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Welcome to the forum You have a cute little pup - Bonnie is a real sweetheart!

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Welcome to the forum, Donna.

Here's an older topic on the sternum/posternum that will probably answer your questions. (In short: It's normal. )

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When I first got Milo I felt his breast bone all the time and I thought it kind of odd. With all the other dogs I've ever had (admittedly none were this small) I'd never experienced it. It just made me feel I had to be really careful with him -- that he was somehow delicate. I don't feel it so much any more, partially because he's bigger and because I'm no longer afraid of hurting him.

Enjoy your adorable baby and welcome to the group.

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