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Hi all,

Thought I'd introduce myself. I'm new to Havanese and actually new to dog ownership. In fact, I'm so new that my puppy hasn't arrived yet! I've been lurking here for a few weeks, though, learning all I can and ahve been doing my "dog research" for about 6 months.

You've probably all seen my puppy... He's one of the black and white cuties in Tom King's photos of his puppy play pen set-ups. (which one exactly has yet to be determined!)

I look forward to learning more from all of you in the months ahead, and I can't WAIT to pick up my pup in a couple of weeks!!!

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Kathy welcome to the forum. Another New Englander for our playdates! Ooohhh, maybe we'll have a new puppy for our Fall playdate. I'm in Portsmouth, RI, where are you in Mass? When will you pick up your puppy?

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Thanks for the welcome! We are in Holliston, so not TOO far from RI. I saw that you had NE playdates... it sounds like great fun! I'm hoping to eventually do agility with him, so I'll be wanting to get him out and about and exposed to as many new and different situations as possible.

I'm a (recently) ex-horse trainer/show rider due to health issues, and can't imagine being without an animal I can really work with regularly. When I started exploring different breed possibilities, the Havs looked like a perfect fit. All Ive read on this board about how hard some are to house train has me a bit nervous, but I also know that Tom gives them a great head-start in that department, and I have the whole summer to devote just to that before needing to leave him alone for longer periods. I'm hoping he'll be one of the easier ones!<g> (I'm sure everyone does!)

I'll be flying down on July 13th, and bringing him home on the 14th. In the mean time, I'm "puppy shopping" to get everything ready for him!

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Welcome Karen! Can't wait to hear all about your puppy when you bring him home. Have fun getting ready, it's lots of work but the slobbery kisses are worth it!

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Welcome Karen!

I'm an ex-horse person too! One thing is certain, you will be getting an excellent puppy if you're getting one from Tom! Plus it will be used to getting it's little nails trimmed too! Did you see that thread? sooo darn cute!

Can't wait to hear more about your little baby!

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I REALLY miss my horses (well, my show horse is just leased out, so if I get to a point that I can ride again, even if just a little, I can) but I haven't been able to ride since November, and it has been driving me crazy. I think a puppy will be good for me mentally as well as physically!

I have been impressed with Tom's posts on this forum, and with talking to Pam on the phone. I have a good freind who is a professional dog trainer (also a horse person) who also teaches dog training and animal behavior at Becker College. She has been helping me in the process of finding a puppy. (and she'll help me train him) She has experience with both agility and sheep herding as well as obedience stuff, so she really has a broad range of skills.

When I showed her the letter from Pam explaining how the puppies were raised, and showed her the pictures of the puppies in their play pen, she said, "this is EXACTLY how young puppies should be raised". So between talking to Tom and Pam, and Katey's "seal of approval", I'm feeling really comfortable with my choice. (if I live through the waiting part<g>)

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Welcome to the forum, Karen. Can't wait to meet your new furbaby. You are very lucky to be getting one of Tom's pups.


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Karen. How exciting. Let us know which pup you decide on and have Tom post a picture for us. We LOVE pictures.

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You are lucky to be getting one of Tom's puppies. Aside from the fact that they're adorable, he goes so far with their training to make your job easier when you get your little one. You've made a wonderful choice, going with a hav. They are the sweetest, most loving little balls of fluff and will fit easily into your lifestyle. The only problem is, you can't have just one.

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Well, I think I havge to stick with one for a while anyway... I had a REALLY hard time talking my husband into a dog at all. He's still not totally convinced, but since almost all his friends have dogs, and they are all telling him he'll love it once he gets to know it, he's caved.<g>

He had some bad experiences with dogs when he ws a kid, including watching as a neighbor's German Shepard tore his cat to bits. I can't blame him, but I've had to keep reminding him that THIS dog won't be much bigger than the cat. I think Snowbelle will be able to handle the dog. (after all, she's got everyone else in the house trained to do her bidding<g>)

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