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Getting third dog (second Hav) from a rescue??

I posted some of this on another thread. But, thought I'd start a new one to get more advice.

We have two dogs right now, Daisy who is a 3 yr old bichon/cocker mix, and Cooper, 1 yr old Havanese.

I do quite a bit of volunteering with the local rescue groups. Everything from taking pics of the pups for one group for Petfinder, to taking the big dogs from another to the dog park on Thurs. And some Sat. mornings, I devote my time to walking a dog or two around Petsmart on adoption day.
So, needless to say..I love dogs I really thought our next, if there was to be one. Would be another rescue.
Daisy was a rescue from a Bichon rescue, from a puppy mill raid Yes, she's one of those "designer dogs" (do we have an eye rolling guy around here?)

Anyways, we'd come to the decision that maybe, instead of buying, or rescuing another dog..we would foster. Help more then one, etc. But, we're afraid our kiddos may get too attach (as would I).

Then I started looking up Havanese, just for the heck of it on Petfinder. Really never thought we'd have another. LOVE them, but really were leaning more towards rescue, then buying another purebred pup.
Well, I saw this guy Ralph that I posted about a few days ago. Just thought he was cute..not too serious.
THEN..I saw Noel. Oh, she's just a doll. We've joked that because we have a white doggie, and a black one..we wanted a black and white one next time. And sure enough..that's what this one is. AND, a girl. Which I wanted again (I'm sooo out numbered in this house with four sons )

So here's where I need advice. What do I ask this place that has her? I asked just a few questions, and got back that she's 3 months old. From show parents, but her ear was bitten by another dog, and has had to be drained, tended to, etc. And basically will most likely only have one ear (visually). I don't care. I'm not going to show her, breed her. Just love her
I know nothing about health testing, temperament..other then she said she's very playful, sweet, etc.
AND, I was thinking she'd have to be shipped. As it turns out, the woman is offering to meet me in a town just two hours away!! I'm geographically impaired, lol. I didn't realize they were as close as they were. advice? redflags from this rescue?
I'm kind of clueless and really just want the best result for this pup and my family.
My computer has been acting up, so I haven't responded to the woman's last email. For all I know, she's been adopted. Which I would be fine with. As long as the girl gets a nice home

Oh, I also have the fear of being the crazy dog lady with the three yappy dogs, lol. Is three just a NUTSO idea in general?

Thanks !!!!

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Tritia...You have a GOOD heart!!

I hope this all works out for you...
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Aww, thanks Diane. But, am I just a total fool? lol.

Thanks for your replies on the other thread. Again, I agree with all you said. Something to consider..for sure
I guess because I've never had a dog that I knew anything about (health testing, etc) it's all new to me to be concerned. Naive..I know.
I'm learning....

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I was looking up that rescue yesterday and got distracted and never finished looking up anything. It is new to me.

I'd ask Kathy and/or Amanda if they have any good info to ask. Both of them are deeply involved in rescue. The only thing I can think of is that Kameryn's rescue needs to ask YOU a lot of questions or run the other way.
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I would have alot more dogs too, if I didn't have a husband to keep an ounce of sense in my head!

If you have the ability, means and love to take on more then I wish you all the best.

Getting feedback is a good first step!
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I too have been rescuing dogs all my adult life. My girlfriend used to call me the Mother Theresa of the canine set, so I may not be the best one to give you advice. I think there is nothing greater than giving an animal a wonderful second chance at the life they deserved in the first place. So clearly you can see where I'm heading. I'd vote yes to this little girl if that's where your heart is taking you. My heart goes right along with you.

Wish I could be more objective.

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When you go to the Havanese Rescue website and click on adoptable dogs, you are directed to Petfinder. So, I guess they are the right place to go to rescue a Havanese. I also saw Ralph. He was a cutie. I was curious because by DH and son are both Ralphs.

Anyway, if you can handle the 3 dogs, then I say go for it. If it is a rescue, I doubt they will have much info on health testing. So, if you are willing to take a chance on this pup, which is what we do anytime we get a pet, then you have my vote. She is a cutie and would be lucky to be a part of your family.

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What a cute pup!

I applaud you for going to rescue for your next dog. My last 2 dogs have both been shelter dogs, and I couldn't be happier with them.

I did visit the web site. It looked good, sounded good, then I went to see the adoptable pets. I saw multiple breeds, mostly puppies, then young adults.
Other than one dog who was said to have been found at a garage sale, no mention as to where these dogs were aquired.
That to me is a red flag.

They do alter all pups/adults before placing in new home which I agree with.
All UTD on shots and on preventives. The prices I thought were very reasonable for a pure bred breed, and seems about the norm for a rescue organization.

I guess my concern is that they have shih tzu puppy, maltese puppy, havanese puppy, and young yorkshire. All very desirable breeds right now.

If you were able to drive there and see for yourself where and how these little ones are being kept, I would do that. I would ask where did they come from, how did that rescue aquire them.

Good luck in your decision, keep us updated!
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Hi Shada!!!!

Got pic's of your Hav(s)??? We'd love to see them
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I agree with Shada and think you need to find out more about where these dogs are coming from. There is not much information on this "rescue" and it is interesting that she says that the dogs are in her home. I am certainly not saying it isn't legit, but I think you need to explore things further. I don't know what guidelines petfinder follows to have someone register as a rescue, but perhaps that might help to find out. I know a lot of very legit rescues (SPCA, HALO, HRI, etc.) put their dogs on there, I just never thought about if some may not be.

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