I've been lurking on this site since we decided we wanted a Havanese (quite a while ago!). Thank you all SO much, I really learned a lot by reading this forum before we actually took the step!! And, I am so glad to finally officially join (what a great group to be a part of!) and to introduce you to our new baby boy!
We did our research, talked to a couple of people with Havenese puppies in the area, and then finally found our little guy. I have to admit that we (my daughter and I) saw his picture in the classified ads and just fell in love IMMEDIATELY - I went out to meet him/pick him up the next day. And yes, I know that is not the way it is supposed to be done, but the lady that we bought him from was just absolutely wonderful
(I wonder if she is on this forum?). She is the owner of both parent doggies (who are both house pets), raises a litter every year or every other year, and she raises the puppies in the house with her, the parent dogs, 4 children of various ages, her childrens' friends who stop by and give love to the puppies, and even a cat. My new little guy is so very well socialized, and he LOVES people so very much, that he about wags his bottom off (so cute!) whenever any stranger stops to say hi to him!
I've hired a pet sitter for him 3 days a week and the sitter has been just absolutely wonderful (and don't worry, she knows that he cannot play with other dogs yet, since he hasn't had his full shots yet). The other two days, I am planning on working from home in the mornings and then he will be alone for a couple of hours at the most until my daughter (11 years old, and very mature and responsible) gets home from school, and can take care of him. Eventually, he will have to be alone for up to 5 - 5 1/2 hours a day at the most, but I know that this period of his growth (he is 9 weeks and 2 days old) is vital to his mental and emotional development, and that, just like a human baby, he needs the company right now.
I've been taking him on car rides as much as I can. He does fine as long as he is not in the crate (when he was in the crate, he would just cry and cry) - I am trying to teach him to sit in the passenger seat and that he is absolutely not allowed in my lap (as the driver) in the car, and I usually have to push him back to the seat and to a sitting position a couple of times when we first get in the car, and then he settles down and curls up on his blanket and enjoys the ride, as long as I caress him often (which I can't resist doing anyway!). My daughter is out of town until Sunday, but after she gets back and whenever we are riding in the car together, I am sure he will be perfectly content to be in her lap and be loved by her while we are driving!
Oh, and I also tried to contain him to the kitchen (with a blanket, toys, water, and paper in a litter box) the first night I had him, but he cried and cried, so I relented and took him into my bed. Can you believe that he sleeps the ENTIRE night straight through? The first two nights, I set my alarm to get up every 2-3 hours to take him to the bathroom. The first night, he went pee once, the first time I got him up; since then, whenever I get him up to go, he just sits down and looks forlornly up at me as if to say, "can we go back to bed now?" and then goes right back to sleep when we go back to bed. After the second night, I decided that I would just get him up to go if he got restless (since he is sleeping right next to me, I wake up when he does) but he hasn't ever woken up, except one time when I fell asleep with my light and the TV on and he woke up at 5am and decided he might want to start getting up. (I took him to go pee, but he didn't go, then I went back to bed and turned the light and tv off, and he went right back to sleep!!)
Sorry for the length of this post, I am just sooooo proud of (and happy that we have) our new baby boy! My only complaint is that he cries even if I leave the room for a minute... and I know it seems like I am not helping that by taking him everywhere with me and letting him sleep in my bed, but I really do think that, just like a human baby, he needs the company now in order to be a secure and healthy adult dog later. (I raised my daughter the same way, and she is a very independent, secure, well-behaved, healthy, and happy pre-teen now... but that is another story, for another time lol.)
Oh yea, and housetraining is a bit of an issue at the moment - but that is not really an unexpected surprise, and he does seem to be 'getting' it, as long as I am vigilant. (And his sitter, bless her heart, is working very diligently with him on that... what would I do without her?! -She says he is wonderful, and hasn't had a single accident at her house... I think I need to get more tips from her, since I can't say the same about our place!!)
Oh, and the chewing!!! I know he is teething right now, and I bought him TONS of toys to chew on and play with, but he still tends to want to chew the furniture and anything else we leave out. So if anybody has any suggestions for good teething chew toys (I bought him nylabones, a 'steak-flavored' nylon floss rope chew toy, and a bumi, as well as numerous other toys, and he will chew on all of them for a bit though is favorite by far
is the loofa), that would be much appreciated! (I did buy bitter lime spray, and I sprayed it on the bottom shelf of our coffee table, one of his favorite places to chew. He then proceeded to lick it off and chew on the table just as enthusiastically as before, ha ha!)
Anyway, thanks for listening! I am SO glad to have found this site, and even more glad to have our new little baby boy! By the way, no, he doesn't have a name yet - that has been the hardest thing to figure out so far! I know he needs a name, and soon, so we will decide by this weekend.