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Finding the Puppy?

Hello Everyone!

My name is Linda and live in Greenville,NC. I want a puppy! I have researched and researched on breeds and keep coming back to a particular same type of breed. I have looked at too many sites to count. I would stay on the computer for hours to read and look and do some more studying. Also, tried staying within a few states close to us. As soon, as I saw the Havanerse, I feel in love. It is like all the mothering is coming out of me with lots with lots of love to give unconditional. This is the puppy I want.

I am getting very close to choosing some sites to get my puppy.

How did everyone else come about getting their puppy? How long did you have to wait? How many times could you see the puppy before you brought the puppy home. How did you feel about a puppy being flown on a jet?

So many questions. I am so glad I found this forum.

Linda
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Hi Linda and welcome to the forum.

To find a reputable breeder, I would recommend you check out www.havaneseclubofamerica.org There you will find everything you ever wanted to know about the havanese breed and more. To find a breeder near you, click on local clubs (menu on the left hand side). Once it comes up, click on #2 which is listing and locations of local clubs. If the breeders don't have puppies, they will refer you to another breeder, who does.

We also have quite a few great breeders posting on this forum, hopefully they can chime in with some recommendations.

Good luck,
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Hi Linda!

I'm sure everyone has a different wonderful story about how they got their pup. My Saydee came from a local breeder here in Idaho. I took a drive one Sunday (about 3.5 hours) just to go get my name on the list for an upcoming litter. I thought it would give me a few weeks to prepare (I had just lost my 2 maltese within months of eachother). Well, I got there and saw Saydee and never looked back. I visited with the breeder for nearly 4 hours! I felt bad because her husband started cooking dinner. I played with multiple puppies, seperating them from the group and also watching them interact. I just kept going back to Saydee and picking her up and looking in her little bright eyes. I knew she was meant to come home with me that day.

There was also a spunky little boy I considered, he was older (12 weeks as opposed to Saydee who was just 9 weeks) and he already was using the doggie door to go potty. He was also priced lower than Saydee. He was a wonderful little guy and is surely a well-loved little dog for someone. I often think about him, but I'm glad I chose Saydee instead.

My husband was on a camping trip with my daughter that day, and they were heading back home because my daughter got a fish hook stuck in her finger. So I was able to call them intermittently (they were in the mountains) and tell them about her. We talked about the little boy pup, but my daughter expressed the desire to have another girl, and that was all I needed to hear!

To make a really long story a little shorter, I ended up driving home with Saydee that night. It was very late when we got home and the whole family was exhausted from the day's events. I was a bit concerned about their ability to accept a new puppy so soon after the death of our other beloved dogs. My tension was eased as I drove up. They were in the driveway, and my daughter jumping up and down (she's 14) ...and then I saw my husband's face. Saydee had climbed up on my shoulder as I was pulling the car in, and the moment he saw her and began to cry sweet sentimental tears.

Bringing Saydee home ended up being not only an incredible sense of closure for us, it was a breath of new life in our home. While it wasn't totally planned out, it felt like it was meant to be, and I'm grateful every day for this new little girl in our life.

I hope you have a great experience getting your new Havanese

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Hi Linda,

You may want to contact Tom King on this forum. He lives in NC and if he doesn't have any pups available, would be able to refer you to some reputable ones near you. His website is http://www.starbornhavanese.com/

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My experience was in the beginning, very frustrating. I knew someone who had a female havanese and told me all about her. I asked the all too familiar question, "a hava-what?" After that I found myself looking for them on the Internet and I was attracted to a particular female on a site online. Knowing nothing at the time about good versus irresponsible breeders, I pursued purchasing this adorable little girl.

Fortunately for me, as it turns out, the breeder's reaction to some of my questions left me with a very uncomfortable feeling so I sadly opted to not buy my little girl. Months went by and I found this group. I told everyone about my quest and I got the most wonderful suggestions and advice. Thanks to Linda, I almost immediately found the perfect little boy for me. He was everything that I didn't want but I saw a photo of him on the breeder's site and I fell in love. Milo was 5 1/2 months when he came to me and he's been a joy and a sweetheart. Aside from having a really tough time with his potty training, I couldn't have chosen a better match, even though I never saw him in person till he arrived by plane on August 7, 2007.

A long sequence of events led me to find another last winter. Once again I wanted a girl. I was determined -- until I saw Bailey's photo and knew in an instant he had to join the pack. Once again I only saw a photo, never met him in person till he flew into my life in May of 2008. He was just about 9 weeks old and the spunkiest, most fearless little soul you could imagine. I love him so much I sometimes think my heart will burst from the sheer emotion.

So, making a long story not so short, there are many roads to the same place. You'll know when the right puppy is there for you, whether you meet him/her in person or not. As for flying, mine both did very well with it, though I would never have a puppy flown to me in the dead heat of summer again. It was a long day for Milo. As for Bailey, he arrived a little of a surprise so I wasn't at the airport to meet him. He managed to entrance all the staff who came in contact with him and he made a new friend on the way home.

I hope your experience is as positive as mine has been. Good luck with it. The havanese are very special little souls.

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Welcome to the forum! I got really excited at first cause I thought you were in Greenville, SC and I would LOVE hav playdates! I just moved to the area so I don't know many breeders around here but I did meet some great hav breeders that are part of the Carolina Havanese Club (http://centralcarolinahavaneseclub.tripod.com/). You may want to meet some breeders at some of the local shows and see their dogs in person if you can.

First, I wouldn't ever get a puppy of a site they are probably coming from a puppy mill. Definitely get a puppy from a breeder who health tests and socializes their puppies. I personally recommend if you can meet the puppy and go home and really think about that puppy for your family before you chose that puppy- take advantage. A great breeder will interview you and pick your family as much as you interview their puppy. It is so hard to not fall in love with any puppy, especially ones need rescued from bad breeders but waiting and thinking it out is the best. Your wait time can vary with breeders and what is available and what puppy would be the best for for you and your family.

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Welcome! My story is similar to yours, started researching what kind of dog would be good for our family and, thank God, I found Havanese. Almost daily either my husband or I say, "We can't believe how much we love this little boy and how much happiness he has brought into our home!" He makes us laugh every day! Nothing like puppy kisses in the morning and the morning stretch is so funny.

We found a breeder who was only a few hours from us. We went to "look" one Saturday and stayed for several hours. She was so patient with us! We had to wait about 2 weeks to get him, it seemed so long, but he has been such a sweetie!

You'll get wonderful advice from the breeders on this forum. I wish you well as you search for the perfect addition to your family.

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Hi Linda , I would like to recommend this article called Before You Get Your Puppy http://www.siriuspup.com/pdfs/before_puppy_sirius.pdf

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welcome to the forum!

I got my little sweetie from a breeder in the same state that I live - - NJ. Though many get their havanese from recommended breeders out of state.

You a close to Florida, I understand there is a fantastic breeder there.
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Hello Everyone!

My name is Linda and live in Greenville,NC. I want a puppy! I have researched and researched on breeds and keep coming back to a particular same type of breed. I have looked at too many sites to count. I would stay on the computer for hours to read and look and do some more studying. Also, tried staying within a few states close to us. As soon, as I saw the Havanerse, I feel in love. It is like all the mothering is coming out of me with lots with lots of love to give unconditional. This is the puppy I want.

I am getting very close to choosing some sites to get my puppy.

How did everyone else come about getting their puppy? How long did you have to wait? How many times could you see the puppy before you brought the puppy home. How did you feel about a puppy being flown on a jet?

So many questions. I am so glad I found this forum.

Linda
Linda,
Check out the website for T-Wags in Florida. It has just about all of the info you'll need all in one place. We got our Cooper from Tim and both Tim and Cooper are great. As far as getting Cooper to RI from Florida, Tim flew here with him and took him on as a carry on!!!! We've had Coop for 2 months {he's 7 months now} and everything is awesome. Florida isn't too far away from NC...... Good luck.

Donna & Brian
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