I recently stumbled across (and read!) the 143 pages of Havana Silk thread that contained a LOT of Havanase History. I'm mostly a lurker (looking at puppy pictures
), but my curiosity is getting the better of my shyness. So now I'm hoping someone can help answer a question that's been nagging for a while now.
I am privileged to own Lil Pawz Speedy "Caesar", son of Sebring Sorcerers Stone "Max" and Kolmar's Waltzing Matilda "Matty", and Lil Pawz Senate Mandate “Mandy”, daughter of Lil Pawz El Destello “Sparky” and Expression-Contessa at Lil Pawz “Tessa”. In getting to know Caesar, his pedigree, and the Havanese breed, I have become suspicious that I've owned a Havanese before.
In November 1980 we adopted from the Santa Clara Animal Shelter a 5-6 month-old "cockapoo" we named Alex. Alex is on the left (I hope!) below, Caesar on the right. Alex was white with cream markings (the colors on the photo below are darker than he was), about 14 lbs, 11 inches high, with a tail that curved over his back no matter how I tried to get him to hold it like a “normal” dog. His coat was eventually long and flowing with a full flag tail. It was as profuse as Caesar's, slightly more silky than Caesar’s but less so than Mandy’s.
Alex had this odd habit of occasionally running all over the house -- just running and running, apparently for the sheer joy of it. (rlh?) He earned his Mixed Breed CD, but just wouldn't let me go out of sight for Open. (Velcro?) I've called Caesar "Alex" more times than I can mention, usually when he's doing some normal Hav behavior that reminds me of Alex. When I finally became aware of my suspicions I looked at old home videos taken when he was around six. His gait resembles Caesar's (light-footed and elastic?); his rump appears slightly higher than his shoulder. (rising topline?) Alex was a member of our family until June 1997.
Is there anyone on this Forum who goes back that far with Havanese? Was there anyone who might have been breeding in 1980 in the San Jose area? Were there any stories of a pup going missing around November of that year?
I'd appreciate any light anyone can shed on Alex's mystery, even if it's only to say you're sure there were no Havanese in the San Jose area in 1980.