I was sitting here drinking a cup of tea reading your story. Thanks so much for sharing. I loved hearing about how folks love and take care of their dogs. Your story was certainly touching and full of love. Thanks for sharing.
How did I come to have a Havanese? Long story. I had a dog named Trixie for 14 1/2 years. I loved her beyond words (I still tear up just thinking about her.) She was diagnosed with Leukemia and one morning in June 2003 we had to put her to sleep. My life seemed to end that day too.
That same year my husband and I went to Bolivia to do some missions work and EVERYWHERE you turn in Bolivia - there are dogs in the street. Oh, how hard it was to not take every one of them back on the plane with me. (I knew from the way my heart felt, that the Lord was telling me that my love of dogs would never die.)
In a few months I would start looking for dogs on Petfinder, mostly I was looking for another JRT, like Trixie. But I just couldn't bring myself to get one. I would also spend time in pet stores looking at the puppies, but never daring to touch one. There was one pet store that we'd visit from time to time, and one day the woman asked me if I wanted to pet a Havanese. I said, sure, what's a Havanese? I thought she was going to bring me a type of Guinea Pig or something! Well, she brought out this little white fluffy puppy and she was the first dog I held in a long time. She was a sweetheart. I still couldn't bring myself to have another dog and left that day without her (learning since then to stay away from pet stores!). Well, from that day on, I started researching the Havanese breed and I fell in LOVE!
I found this forum with all of these GREAT loving folks and found that there was a playdate happening in NJ where I live. Laurie, a wonderful person who posts on this forum, invited me to the playdate, even though I didn't have a dog yet. Well it was at that playdate that I knew I loved this breed as I fell in love with Lily her dog and saw the silly little clowns they can be in the likes of Kubrick and how beautiful they can be in the likes of little Bella, and Shelby, and Phoebe, and Javiar, to name just a few of the dogs there that day.
A few factors was weighing into my choice of dogs, do I have the time to raise a puppy, can I afford to buy a Havanese, etc. I was trying to be smart about this - I REALLY WANTED ONE! But the money...I don't know..., etc. Well, last April, I found a little brown dog on Petfinder that I thought I'd check out, so I started to fill out an application. (There were other's I would apply for, but kept getting turned down, because I worked.) I was about to leave for vacation to Niagara Falls, and in the middle of filling out an application, I heard a voice in my head say, No, don't apply for this dog. On Friday, when you get back from vacation, check Petfinder and you will find a Havanese in NJ with no issues. I said, Huh? Well, I'm a praying person and I knew that voice to be the Lord, so I waited. As soon as I got back, I looked on Petfinder, and there was Pawpins (now Buttons), a beautiful Havanese. I applied for her and out of many applications, her owner gave her to me. This woman, out of her own personal pain and life difficulties, gave me her dog.
Buttons has been the light of my life since coming here 8 months ago. My husband and I love this little dog sooooo much. I am sure that I will always have a Havanese in my life. We both are thinking about possibly getting another Havanese and other ways that we can be more involved with folks in the world of dogs. Possibly therapy dogs or agility, both of which nothing we know about, but we'll see where this brings us.
But I NOW definitely know what is meant by MLS - Multiple Havanese Syndrome. (I personally think it would be great to have a herd of these little dogs!)
Many blessings to you friends - thanks for listening!