First off, I'm sorry if this is something that I'm bringing up that will upset people or make others feel like it shouldn't be said. However, it happened to me just today and I am still processing it and trying to figure out how to respond should it happen again (an I'm pretty sure it will). Please don't flame or post things like "not this again" as I am not trying to bring anything up as to who or what is better, I just want honest opinions on how I should handle something. If you all feel like this is better left unsaid, I will remove the post, or ask Melissa to do it. Anyway, here goes:
I was at the dog park earlier today with Kubrick as it was beautiful day out (60 degrees and sunny) and I decided to enjoy the nice weather. Of course, every other dog owner out there had the same idea so the dog park was jam packed. There were FOUR Havs there, which is very impressive considering that usually there are one or two at a time (even though I meet Havs on the street pretty often, four at once is pretty rare). Kubrick was running around playing with the other dogs when another Hav and her owner came in. She was a very sweet lady with this beautiful 7 month old B&W Hav. She started to talk to me as she sat next to me.
Of course, she asks me which one was my dog so I point out Kubrick, thinking that I will have to explain that he is a Hav as even other Hav owners are surprised that he is one (most people don't think he's a Hav as I've found that at least in NY darker Havs are rare - I've yet to meet one here). Before I could say anything, she asks me "Oh is that a Havana Silk Dog?" I swear if my jaw could do this:
, it would have! Now, I know that we all here on the forum know about this whole controversy, but I have yet to meet a single NY dog owner that knows about it or would even think of a dog being an HSD over a Hav.
I tell her no, that he's a Havanese and she says that she thought he wasn't because he's silky and aren't Havanese not silky and HSDs silky? Then she goes on to say that when she was calling breeders to buy a Hav she did get in touch with an HSD breeder who said that she shouldn't get a Hav because she needs the and I quote "true cuban dog" and not the "fake one." She said that she wound up not going with that breeder because she thought that she sounded too stuck up or something like that.
Whatever, that's not what I want to talk about. What I do want to talk about is how I can explain to regular people (who don't know anything about this whole controversy) what the difference is between the two. I did talk to her for about 15 minutes about my own opinion of what happened and how Havs can also be "silky" and that's not a prerequisite alone for the HSD people, but I think I confused her more than anything and I'm not sure that I got my point across.
I guess most of you wouldn't care, but I do wish I could have been more prepared for her question, if that makes sense. I just never seriously thought it would happen! I'm guessing most of you won't run into this as there don't seem to even be other Havs around you (not to mention that people don't even seem to know what a Hav is at all), but I'm guessing this will be something that will come up more and more often for me as time goes by as New Yorkers are notorious for finding the new and different.
If any of you find that this is going to start a horrible long and bad thread (you know, the one full of family pictures), please tell me and I will ask Melissa to take it down. I don't want a discussion of Hav VS HSD, I just want your opinion.
Sorry for the length of this and thanks for reading if you were able to get through it!