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Hi from a new(ish) member
I just though I would introduce myself, although I have been lurking for a month or so. I have really enjoyed reading all of your posts and seeing such supportive, family-like people. I am also happy to see that there are other people out there who know it is impossible to own just one havanese.
I am a mother of 3 kids aged 4 (boy),6 and 8 (girls). I have a 11 year old german shorthaired pointed (my first baby), two 2 year old havanese, a 5 month old havanese and a 6 month old rescue toy poodle. I grew up in the Northwest Territories, Canada with anywhere from 15-19 sled dogs and dog sledded through the long winters. I learned a lot about natural (pack) dog behavior this way.
I hunted with (or mostly trained to hunt) my GSP until my first kid came along and would not stay in the backpack for the hours that I needed. So I left that life behind and devoted most of my energy to my growing family.
Fast forward to two years ago when I knew I wanted another dog and knew I could not give a big dog puppy the attention and exercise it needed. Enter - the Havanese. I found myself so much in love with my first -Walter Toast a cream with apricot, and knew a buddy puppy would make my life so much easier -enter Harriet Pepper a black and tan except now she is silver and tan.
These dogs have brought so much joy to our lives. They are friendly, sometimes to a fault, and love my kids. Next, because it had been so long since we had a puppy, the kids and I were surfing the net for havanese puppy photos ... we could not resist a photo of a black and white tiny puppy and 4 weeks later Floyd Norman Oreo came home. He was a HUGE challenge because he was by nature a very dominant and wild dog. He was so small compared to my 90lb GSP we spent a lot of time in high alert mode but in the end it paid off and now he is the sweetest dog.
Just before Christmas came Mollie Yetta a 6 month old rescue toy poodle who's owner could not seem to understand the concept of making sure a 2 lb dog ate often enough. It took me a month of trying to convince the lady Mollie needed help but finally it was a hypoglycemic episode that convinced her and... she is here with us. It only took me 3 weeks to add half a pound to her tiny frame and now she is a healthy, happy, energetic 3 lb poodle.
I look forward to reading about your dogs and learning from your collective knowledge.